• Archive for: January, 2016

    “It’s a tough one,” Mario Seneviratne, Director of Green Technologies said during the conference on LEED v4 at the construction trade fair Big5 2015 in Dubai. Architecture professionals going from LEED v3 to v4, as Seneviratne explained, will come across some challenges. “I’ve been all over the world to discuss the...

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    Japanese architect Hiroshi Nakamura wins the Hospitality Building LEAF award 2015 with his Ribbon Chapel project. The ‘metal ribbon’ is as symbolic as it is functional. Two winding staircases start at different places, intercross and finally meet—creating the ribbon. The staircases lean on ‘one another,’ doting the...

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    “In the future, waste shouldn’t exist,” Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde said in the official video for the Smog Free Project. It goes without saying that bad air quality in cities affects our psychological and physical well-being. Roosegaarde and his team of experts came up with, what they call, “the world’s largest...

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    Design agency Blazysgérard, founded by Alexandre Blazys and Benoît Gérard, kept busy over the year and released a new collection of tiles for Surfaces & Co. In a conversation with ArchiExpo, Alexandre Blazys explained that in his and Gérard’s designs “function comes first, and we make it good looking later.” Due to...

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    Mosa Tile Pattern Generator may appeal to those questing for uniqueness. Launched in 2013 as a mural tiling generator, this free online tool was recently upgraded to allow its users to customize floor tiling. The Pattern Generator is available for free on Mosa’s website. It allows designers, architects and any...

    “This is where urban development is still taking place.” Dutch architect Daan Roggeveen moved to China seven years ago to launch, with journalist Michiel Hulshof, a research project called Go West. Focused on urbanization in central and western China, the project reveals China’s urban revolution. According to the...

    Despite the conveniences of modern technology, wires restrain us. Most of us have experienced the frantic search for a charger or electric plug as cell phone batteries run low (like the YouTube video below). Corian surfaces by Dupont, a leading global brand for surface material, innovates stylish and durable products....

    Those dreamy, imaginative air drawings can now become solid objects with “the world’s first 3-D printing pen,” the 3doodler by Wobbleworks Inc. The original version from 2013 was revamped and sized down by 75%. Version 2.0 comes with a lighter and sleeker design. The device works a lot like a hot glue gun using ABS or...

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    Described by Norman Foster as “a celebration of space and light,” it’s easy to be impressed with the free-flowing, luminescent design of the new City Hall in Buenos Aires, which opened in April 2015. But it’s true innovations lie beneath the surface with eco-friendly attributions. Argentinean Recipe to Cool Concrete A...

    In line with the “less is more” trend, Cape Town architects Jan and Liani Douglas, the founders of Douglas & Company, favor simple and practical design. Their studio showcases an extensive portfolio of furniture, lighting and objects as well as their work in complete interior layouts. Jan and Liani completed their...

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