• Theme: Building and Construction

    “Coffee without milk is not the same as coffee without cream,” says Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek. It’s the opening session of the Future Architecture Platform’s Matchmaking Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The FA platform, according to Matevž Čelik, director of the Museum of Architecture and Design in...

    Contrary to the previous year’s Das Haus demonstration of sensual indulgence by Sebastian Herkner, U.S. designer Todd Bracher settled with the essentials for his “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage,” provoking visitors to wonder what’s actually needed to live. Instead of representing the traditional home, Bracher developed...

    The energy efficiency of a building depends on the energy expended to ensure the energy needs of its occupants (domestic hot water, air conditioning, etc.). The greater the energy efficiency, the less energy is spent. Karim Beddiar, head of research and innovation at the CESI Group, has published the book Intelligent...

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    “The stories down here are incredible,” Paul Sehnert, director of development management for Pennovation Center, told ArchiExpo e-magazine before a guided tour of the building. “[One innovator is working on] genetically engineered lettuce to be used as a drug delivery system. It could change human history. This is not...

    Keynote speaker Patrik Schumacher, director at Zaha Hadid Architects, stirred up quite an ordeal with his ideas on housing during last year’s World Architecture Festival, which ran November 16-18. The festival, which is a kind of global melting pot for architecture and design professionals, celebrated a theme of...

    Chicago-based architecture firm Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill is spearheading one of the globe’s most significant projects to date: The Jeddah Tower (formerly known as the Kingdom Tower). Set for 2017, the construction is planned to be the tallest building worldwide, reaching 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) with a surface...

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    In early September, a mass of camping tents cluttered Place Stalingrad in Paris, providing shoddy shelter for hundreds of newly arrived refugees with nowhere else to go. In this urgent situation, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo called for construction of two refugee centers. The city commissioned architect Julien Beller to...

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    “Too big, too light and impossible to control in flight,” aviation specialists said—apart from Dassault—believing the challenge unattainable. Contrary to belief, the Solar Impulse 2 ended its ’round-the-world flight in July 2016 without having consumed a drop of fuel. Powered only by the sun’s energy, and piloted by...

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    London’s November hotel event Sleep challenges the context of hotel design and architecture for its 10th year running. Five design teams were invited to compete in this year’s competition under the complex theme Sinus-Milieus, a scientifically validated model which charts people’s changing values and everyday...

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    Drawing is the first step to brainstorming as much as it’s the final form of an idea. On the one hand, drawing can be regarded as an act of personal meditation, and on the other, it’s a format of visual communication. Like the expression “back to the drawing board” suggests, drawing is a process of research, aiding...

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