“Urban Catalyst – Shaping the Future of Medini City” was a project undertaken by University of Saint Joseph’s Urban Design Studio led by Ar. Nuno Soares and integrated at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. This project was part of Iskandar Puteri 100YC Biennale Session Program and started as a global design challenge put forward to the leading international architecture schools. (*)

The project offered original architectural and urban forms for the new City of Medini, Iskandar Puteri’s future Commercial Business District, in Malaysia. Designed from its essential framework it aims to create an alternative masterplan for this new urban community for the following 100 years.

Iskandar Puteri 100YC Biennale Sessions happened between May 26th and May 28th at the Sale D’Armi of the Arsenale, with a special lecture on the first day by Ar. Patrick Schumacher, the Principal of Zaha Hadid Architects.

The 16th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara happened until November 25th at the Giardini and Arsenale venues. The year’s theme is FREESPACE, a word which focus on the “generosity and quality of space itself.”


Organized by RMIT (the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) with participation of the following schools: University of Saint Joseph, Macau; Raffles University, Iskandar; University of Reading, Malaysia; University of Melbourne; University of Western Australia; Ohio State University; Pratt Institute; SCI-Arc; Syracuse University; University of Cincinnati; University of Pennsylvania; University of Kentucky; University of Southern California; University of Texas; Washington University in St. Louis; Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México-Tijuana; RMIT Europe; Sint-Lucas School; Technical University Berlin; Università Iuav di Venezia; University of Innsbruck; and Bartlett UCL.

The Project