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Alejandro Aravena, winner of 2016 Pritzker Prize.

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 14, 2016 by vincentloy

Pritzker Prize, awarded annually to honour a living architect (or architects in partnership) is regarded as the highest architectural award in the world. The past winners of this prestigious prize include Philip Johnson, I.M.Pei, Richard Meier, Frank Gehry, Robert Venturi, Tadao Ando, Renzo Piano, Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Peter Zumthor, Toyo Ito, etc. The recipient for this year’s Pritzker Prize had just been announced not long ago, and the winner is Alejandro Aravena.

He is the 41st Pritzker Prize laureate and the first Chilean to receive the award. Alejandro Aravena is an architect born in 1967 in Santiago, Chile. After graduated from Universidad Católica de Chile in 1992, he established Alejandro Aravena Architects in 1994. He was a visiting professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design from 2000–2005 and is the Elemental-Copec Professor at his alma mater. He had also written some books on architecture. Other than that, he was a member of the Pritzker Prize Jury from 2009 to 2015, and is an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. In 2006 he became the executive director of ELEMENTAL S.A, a company working on infrastructure, transportation, public space and housing projects. In July 2015 Aravena was named Director of the Architecture Section of the Venice Biennale, with the responsibility for curating the 15th International Architecture Exhibition to be held in Venice in 2016.

Some of the many awards he had received in the past for his creativity, contribution and commitment in architectural field are León de Plata XI Bienal in Venice, Erich Schelling Architecture Medal in 2006,  Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2008, Silver Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2008, Index Award winner in 2011, and of course this Pritzker Prize in 2016.

Aravena has a large portfolio of private, public and educational projects in Chile, the USA, Mexico, China and Switzerland. But perhaps more notably, through his firm ELEMENTAL, he has managed to build 2,500 units of social housing, engaging in the public housing policies of governments where he works and taking an opportunistic approach to market forces to generate a powerful impact on lower-income communities.

“Alejandro Aravena epitomizes the revival of a more socially engaged architect, especially in his long-term commitment to tackling the global housing crisis and fighting for a better urban environment for all,” explained the Jury in their citation. “He has a deep understanding of both architecture and civil society, as is reflected in his writing, his activism and his designs. The role of the architect is now being challenged to serve greater social and humanitarian needs, and Alejandro Aravena has clearly, generously and fully responded to this challenge.” He is also praised to have ‘”risen to the demands of practicing architecture as an artful endeavor, as well as meeting today’s social and economic challenges.”

Some of his famous past works include:

Siamese Towers, San Joaquín Campus, Universidad Católica de Chile

Monterrey Housing. Monterrey, Mexico

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St Edward’s University Dorms. Austin, Texas, USA

Medical School, Universidad Católica de Chile. Santiago, Chile

Novartis Office Building. Shanghai, China

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Congratulation, Alejandro Aravena! Before this, not many would know this name. Now, since he is 2016’s recipient of Pritzker Prize, defeating other hot favourites like Steven Holl, Daniel Libeskind, Santiago Calatrava, etc this year, people in architecture field like us would have his name in our minds from now on. He made a mark in the world’s architecture scene, and so his name is worth a part in our memory especially after he won this prestigious Pritzker Prize for 2016.

(Images and information in this post are from http://www.archdaily.com/780203/alejandro-aravena-wins-2016-pritzker-prize/. You can read more about this wonderful architect and his works in that link to Archdaily website).

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Malaysia’s badminton in Glasgow 2014

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2014 by vincentloy

For badminton, Malaysia always perform well in Commonwealth Games as the country is seen as the strongest in this particular sport compared to the other Commonwealth nations. Other strong countries in this sport like China, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan or Denmark are not here. Hence, there shouldn’t be any tough challenge for our Malaysian badminton players to excel in Glasgow 2014.

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Unfortunately, even before the start of the games, our World. No.1 player, Lee Chong Wei decided to drop out of the games due to injury he had earlier. If he is here, I’m like 100% confident that he will win the men single match for us. He had also won in two previous editions of the Commonwealth Games (Melbourne 2006 and New Delhi 2010). So, now it’s up to our other players, Liew Daren and Chong Wei Feng to help deliver a gold in men single. But in the end, disappointingly, both didn’t even get to appear in the final as they were defeated in earlier rounds. What a shocking exit.

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The whole Malaysian badminton team had won the first gold medal of the sport in Glasgow 2014, for the team event. England came in second while Singapore is in third place. None of our team performed good enough to at least obtain any medal for men single and women single categories. We also lost out in mixed doubles. Luckily, we still had hope for men doubles and women doubles as Malaysia will appear in the final of these two categories. This is the reason I’m getting back to my TV on this Sunday’s night; to watch their matches live from Glasgow, Scotland, the host of this 20th Commonwealth Games.

Before the final took place, Malaysia now only had 4 gold medals in overall medal tally. Our women doubles pair, Vivian Hoo and Woon Khe Wei defeated the Indian pair in two straight games to win another gold medal for our country. They made us proud. At first, I didn’t have high expectation on them. This is my first time seeing this pair playing. But they delivered quite a good performance accompanied with multiple mistakes by the Indian pair. Congratulations to them.

Next was the men doubles match. Our representatives, Tan Wee Kiong and Goh V Shem defeated the Singaporean pair in three games. It was like they were against Indonesians, and not Singaporeans as both the opponents are actually Indonesian citizens. I wonder how Singapore can grab them and ask them to perform under their country’s name. Well, these badminton matches were not to the top quality (expected since many other strong countries are not here) but I’m still happy that Malaysia won three golds out of six in badminton of Glasgow 2014. If we think further positive, Malaysia still cemented its position as the strongest Commonwealth nation in badminton.

So, the final tally for Malaysia now stands at 6 golds, 7 silvers and 6 bronzes. We are still one lack from the target of 7 gold medals set earlier. And the worst news is that we performed quite poorly this time compared to the previous Commonwealth Games. In New Delhi 2010, we obtained 12 gold medals. Now, we only had 6. Reduced to half. Quite disappointing. Malaysia now only stands at 12th position in the overall medal tally, even behind Singapore at 11th with 8 golds. Not even in top 10 of which we usually do. Hoping that Malaysia would do better in future games. We can…because of this spirit from the iconic slogan; ‘Malaysia Boleh’!

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

Cali 2013 World Games

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2013 by vincentloy

Perhaps not many have known about the existence of World Games. It’s no doubt  not as famous or as big as the Olympic Games but it is certainly an international multi-sport event. First held in 1981, the games held once in every four years (similar to Olympics) is meant for sports, or disciplines or events within a sport, that are not contested in the Olympic Games. The World Games are organised and governed by the International World Games Association (IWGA), under the patronage of International Olympic Committee (IOC). The year the games takes place would be a year after every Summer Olympic Games.

The sports contested (usually over 30) includes but not limited to acrobatic gymnastics, aerobic gymnastics, artistic roller skating, dancesport, beach handball, canoe polo, rugby sevens, squash, karate, bowling, tug of war, powerlifting, water skiing, sport climbing, softball, wushu, etc of which some are included as invitational sports. I first get to know on this games four years ago when the 8th World Games was held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. That is the time when this games received wider popularity and that Kaohsiung hosted it in a grand way that proved successful. I watched its opening ceremony and it was a great effort in a beautiful stadium.

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The recent 9th World Games was held in Cali, Colombia from 25th July till 4th August 2013 for a duration of 11 days. It has a slogan; ‘Fair Play to the Planet’. A record-breaking total of 109 countries participated with over 3800 athletes involved, making Cali 2013 the biggest ever in the games history. I didn’t have the interest to watch the ceremonies this time, and let’s just look at the results; the medal table since the games is over. Italy topped the table by winning 18 golds, 13 silvers and 18 bronzes. Russia came in second with 17 golds, 23 silvers and 13 bronzes while the third went to France with 16 golds, 11 silvers and 13 bronzes.

Olympics’ powerhouses like US clinched 11 golds, 4 silvers and 4 bronzes and China won 14 golds, 6 silvers and 2 bronzes. How about my country’s performance? Not bad. At least, Malaysia won a single gold medal and placed 37th (better than no standing), thanks to Nicol David in squash. On invitational sports, Malaysia won 2 silvers and 2 bronzes. Now, Nicol is on her way to prepare for last campaigning to include squash into Olympic Games to possibly end Malaysia’s thirst for Olympic gold medal by 2016. Good luck and may squash be successfully included into Olympics! Cali 2013 had concluded yesterday, and for your information, the next edition, 10th World Games will be held at Wroclaw, Poland in 2017. World Games deserves a much greater attention too, and so I wrote this post for it to share or indirectly promoting it out to my readers.

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The last two images showing fireworks over Pascual Guerrero Olympic Stadium during Cali 2013 World Games’ opening ceremony on 25th July 2013.

(Images and several information in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web).

Malaysia’s performance in London 2012 is by far the best in the nation’s history

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2012 by vincentloy

The Summer Olympic Games, the world largest sporting event which had its 30th edition, London 2012 concluded yesterday saw the best performance of my country, Malaysia in the games based on the nation’s history. In total, Malaysia won a silver medal and a bronze medal from the games. Yes, this is not a good achievement if we are going to compare that with numerous medals won mostly by China, United States and the host country, Great Britain. But for a small country in South East Asia with only 30 participating athletes, it is already a great milestone for the nation in sports. Malaysia is ranked in top 60 among over 200 participating countries in the games.

Malaysians do not really excel well in variety of sports, particularly in athletics, football, gymnastics, basketball, ping pong and many others. The ones we focused on are definitely badminton, cycling, diving, squash and bowling. Lee Chong Wei is going to retire soon, and hence there seems to be no other talented junior to take over Chong Wei’s place to make the country proud from this sport which is currently overwhelmed by China’s mighty team. Recently, we saw lesser hope in cycling event from our not-improving cyclists. It is very hard to get a medal from diving since China is also very strong on this particular sport. Squash and bowling are not included in Olympic sports…too bad, if not, we would have a greater chance to win few more medals in the games.

London 2012 games repeated Malaysia’s success back in Atlanta 1996. In Atlanta 1996, Malaysia won also a silver and a bronze, but both medals are from only badminton. For this recent edition of the games, Malaysia had silver from badminton, won by Datuk Lee Chong Wei in men single while the bronze is from diving, won by Pandelela Rinong. Hence, I think that this games is by far the most successful for Malaysia’s performance, since the medals won now are from two different sports, instead of only one. Too bad that Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong finished in fourth placing in men doubles of badminton. They managed to get into semifinal which is so close to getting a medal but lost to the much stronger Korean team in bronze medal match.

So, the three best performances by Malaysia in London 2012 are:

1. Lee Chong Wei (Silver) : Won the first game of the final against Lin Dan from China but eventually losing out the last two games. It was a very close contest and luck in the end was not on his side that forced him to settle on silver again after he had won a silver medal previously in Beijing 2008. Now, he decided to compete also on the next Olympics, Rio 2016 if his physical strength is good by then.

2. Pandelela Rinong (Bronze) : A young talented woman in diving. She became the first Malaysian woman to won an Olympic medal, and this medal is also the first medal for Malaysia in diving sport. Well, from her achievement, Malaysia would start to see bigger potential of winning medal in other sports rather than just depending on badminton, that would eventually put a lot of pressure to the nation’s badminton players.

3. Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong (4th place) : Getting a fourth place is quite a good achievement, but without any medal in hand, it is a sad and pity thing for them. They had did their best. Getting even into the semi final is already a success to them. Nevermind, this pair had proven that they are not ‘missing in action’ this time after their glory back in 2006, winning gold medal in Doha 2006 Asian Games. Looking forward to them in next edition of the Olympics.

Congratulation to the winning Malaysian athletes, Lee Chong Wei and Pandelela Nirong. Both of you have made the country proud by having the nation’s flag raised up during victory ceremony in front of thousand of audiences. Eventhough there is still no ‘Negaraku’ (national song) heard indicating that the country have not won any Olympic gold medal before, but the opportunity is still there in future games. To the others who have not made it, it’s okay….you have tried your best. Well done anyway. Let’s hope that Malaysia will do much better in future games, by starting to prepare for the next games four years later to accomplish the goal of winning the country’s first ever Olympic gold medal.

 

Deep respect to the hero of Malaysia, Lee Chong Wei! Eventhough he lost to Lin Dan, but he had captured the hearts of all Malaysians from his wonderful performance in the very exciting final at London 2012

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2012 by vincentloy

Every Malaysians now would be feeling very down. I am not an exception. The result of the just-concluded men single final between Lin Dan from China and Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia in badminton of London 2012 Olympic Games is truly heartbreaking to all Malaysians. Chong Wei, the only hope for Malaysia to get first ever Olympic gold medal lost to his long-time arch nemesis, the mighty Lin Dan in three games; 21-15, 10-21, 19-21. It is a very close and narrow contest between the two, known as the top two best men single badminton players in the world currently.

Too bad, my prediction is true and that luck is not on Malaysia side. It appears that my country has no fate with the Olympic gold medal. Every Malaysians purposely had their dinner early so that they could get back home on time to watch the much anticipated final, giving chance to make the country proud from Lee Chong Wei. The chance to win the gold medal heightened as soon as Chong Wei won the first game (21-15). It is quite unbelievable and we are so excited by that time as Chong Wei had shown a very good start. Things don’t go smooth for Chong Wei in the second game. Lin Dan is much more aggresive and widen the gap between their points, hence winning the second game easily (10-21).

Then, left the last rubber game, which is the most essential. Our attention never gets off the TV screen and my heart was pumping so fast that I somehow sense a strong nervosity in my mind. I believe every Malaysians must be feeling the same. It’s the deciding game. It is a very close contest between the two. Lin Dan made some very obvious net mistakes and sometimes had his shuttlecocks aimed out of boundary. That is good for Chong Wei to earn points. However, Chong Wei himself also did several major mistakes and he is found weak on his backhand skill. Well, both played to their very best and it seems that Chong Wei’s performance is now on par to Lin Dan. What’s separate Chong Wei from winning the gold medal just now is only the luck.

Luck is not on Malaysia’s side at the last minute of the game when the score is 19-19. Few rounds earlier, it is Chong Wei that stood nearer to gold medal point, but then Lin Dan strike back hard to make the score even. Then, without wasting any further time, Lin Dan do his attacks and Chong Wei countered it with unlucky mistakes and finally lost in a very saddening way. Chong Wei immediately kneel down in a sign of extreme disappointment which is inevitable as this would be his last Olympic outing and he did not make it for the gold once again. While on the other hand, Lin Dan is too happy and excited, screaming out loud, taking off his shirts and doing a lot of patterns after becoming the first ever Olympic defending champion (won in two straight editions of the games) in badminton. It is a great achievement for him once again, but it’s a serious heartbreaking thing for Chong Wei to face. It is really sad to see him in moment after losing the last game. We all felt so sad, and to be honest, now I’m seriously feeling very down and in no mood situation. Hope Chong Wei would rise up from all those disappointments and pressure, and don’t take this defeat too seriously. You have had captured every Malaysian’s heart from your wonderful performance just now which is shown to be extremely better than his meeting with Lin Dan in Beijing 2008.

It is such a pity that he lost it out in the last few minutes of the deciding game. Luck is seriously not on Chong Wei’s side but we all know he did his very best and his performance just now is extremely good and impressive. He at least gave a very good fight and both delivered a badminton performance in the very best quality ever I have seen in men single category. Chong Wei would be forever champion in all Malaysians’ hearts despite not able to win Olympic gold medal. Nevermind, he still had two silver medals for Malaysia (one from Beijing 2008, and latest one from London 2012). He already made the country very proud. He is forced to settle for silver medal once again. On another news, Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong lost to the Korean pair in men double bronze match not long ago (few hours earlier). I didn’t watch that match because I expected Malaysia to lose for that since Korean pair is much more superior. But getting fourth placing that comes with no medal at all appears to be another big disappointment to the Malaysian pair and to the whole country. Well, this is what it is. We have to accept that. No matter what, Malaysia Boleh!

(Images from this post are not mine and are obtained from various sources in Facebook)

Goal! Malaysia won SEA Games 2011 Final Football Match against Indonesia.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2011 by vincentloy

I think this totally deserves a post here. Congratulation to Malaysian football team for having successfully maintained the first position in South East Asia in football sport. That is a great job of winning the final match against Indonesia an hour ago, when it was still 21st November 2011 night, after scoring 4-3 penalty kick wins. And yes….that means another gold medal for Malaysia in the medal tally of 2011 SEA Games in Palembang and Jakarta, Indonesia which is going to end tomorrow.

I seldom watch football matches which are favourite to many boys. Since I have had already sat in front of the TV in around 8.30pm, and so, time for a bit of football, to show support for Malaysia. Of course, I did not completely watch the whole match, and I reserved my time specially for the last part, the most crucial moment, when it is turn for penalty stage to decide the winner. It’s 1-1 draw in the 90 minutes match, and there are two uncounted goals due to faults, each by both opponents, in the extra time of 30 minutes…and so, the most exciting part came; PENALTY!

This part, I purposely came out of my room to watch it. Just a few minutes, but it is definitely heartstopping moment at that point of time, not only to the approximately 100 000 audiences in the stadium, but also to people at home watching TV, to people watching on public streets, and personally to myself too. It’s been long time since the last time I get so excited on a sports competition. It’s 3-3 draw in the final stage of penalty kick while Malaysia still had one more opportunity. Then, the goalkeeper had been able to have contact with the ball rolling in, but not able to grab it, and so….the ball roll its way into for goal! GOAL! What a luck for Malaysia! I thought it couldn’t make it as the goalkeeper already had it, but then he can’t stop the ball from rolling in. Too bad for Indonesia. It seems that the fate wanted Malaysia to continuously top SEA Games in football for two editions.

That’s great. I can see a very ‘down’ atmosphere inside the stadium filled with red-shirts as the supporters of their country, Indonesia. Some even started to have tears including the Indonesian players themselves. It’s not the end of the world, right? Anyway, Malaysian football team really do proves themselves to be improving, but still there are much space for improvement if they want to step even further to Asian Games stage or even to Olympic. Ahh…my Facebook home page as expected, is again flooded with this news of Malaysia winning, and I even update a status on that too…haha…just to join the happening atmosphere even in cyber world itself. So many people are cheering, and even screaming, after each goal, especially the final penalty goal that brought the winning point to Malaysia.

Holiday? Many Malaysians are requesting for a public holiday tomorrow (which means today). Huh…a holiday just for a win in SEA Games? Is it serious? Are Malaysians really that lazy? Anyway, even if it’s holiday also, there would be no effect on me. We can only consider that if we win gold medal for Olympics, which is way much harder than this one. So, I really don’t think it’s appropriate and necessary for having a holiday tomorrow for this win. Yes, it’s really hard to get the gold medal in this football match, but does that appears to be more essential than the nation’s progress even in one single day? Anyway, it’s still a great news and a proud moment for Malaysia. Malaysia do certainly ‘BOLEH’ at certain time.

(Both pictures above are in courtesy of TheStarOnline)

Final medal table of Guangzhou 2010

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2010 by vincentloy

The last sport of the games, women volleyball gold medal match had just ended, and it is China that won the last gold of the games, totalling to 199 golds, one short of 200. Anyway, this is their best ever achievement after Beijing 1990 Asian Games when China won 183 golds. It is inevitable and no doubt that China dominated the sporting event, and China wished for the same at London 2012 Olympic.

This is the final medal table of Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games:

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  China (CHN) 199 119 98 416
2  South Korea (KOR) 76 65 91 232
3  Japan (JPN) 48 74 94 216
4  Iran (IRI) 20 14 25 59
5  Kazakhstan (KAZ) 18 23 38 79
6  India (IND) 14 17 33 64
7  Chinese Taipei (TPE) 13 16 38 67
8  Uzbekistan (UZB) 11 22 23 56
9  Thailand (THA) 11 9 32 52
10  Malaysia (MAS) 9 18 14 41
Total 472 474 618 1564

Eventhough China seems to be the unbeatable monopoly here, it is not the same for Olympic because Asian Games is just a regional games, not covering the whole world with other strong sporting nations like United States. The nation’s sports committee also clarified that China did not actually did a very good job this time especially in some sports. The government is hoping for better result at London 2012, just like in Beijing 2008 Olympic when China topped the medal table.

As for Malaysia, this is among the best performance by the nation in history of Asiad, by achieving 9-gold medals target and by getting into top 10 ranking out of 45 participating nations. In Doha 2006, Malaysia achieved 8 gold medals and placed in top 15. Now, this time, Malaysia has improved with one more gold medal. However, it is a disappointment in some sports like badminton and bowling when Malaysia did not manage to grab gold medal as expected. One more bad news, Malaysia is withdrawing from bid to host 2019 Asian Games. Haiz…lost hope on my country…Malaysia don’t have the ambition to showcase to the world based on Vision 2020 by this sporting event..

Anyway, forget about that. Keep that in mind that Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games, biggest and most spectacular in history of Asiad movement is going to end tonight, with a much anticipated spectacular closing ceremony at 8pm! One more hour to go!