• Theme: Building and Construction

    Cars line the streets of a typical urban setting, bumper to bumper, squeezed to the brim. Schools have reached their pupil population limit and some children have to transfer. One thought comes to mind: there are too many people. It is not on the radar for the numbers to go down. In fact, the population is expected to...

    As green solutions for urban settings become a necessity, the awards program i-NOVO honors innovative companies Aponix, Tolerie Forezienne and ZinCo. The Aponix Vertical Barrel by Aponix won the design award with its vertical farming system incorporating barrels. It generates an aerosol or drip irrigation inside each...

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    Stockholm-based design studio Note has become quite notable since its debut in 2007. Named Swedish designers of the year in 2015 and 2016, the studio is in full steam. In 2017 the company exhibited its 20x Sørensen Fine Leather, Weave—woven concrete tiles for Kaza Concrete—, hand tufted Palette rugs for Ogeborg and...

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    They say you can’t rush perfection. When January’s official opening performance took place at the Elbphilharmonie—Hamburg’s dazzling new concert venue—this soaring brick-and-glass monolith by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron was years behind schedule, not to mention €700 million over budget. But those who experience...

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    Since our 2017 reports on green materials, IMM Cologne has kickstarted this year with a host of interesting organic materials for both architecture projects and design products. Several eco-conscious brands participate in the movement for a greener future by manufacturing organic construction materials. BioMASON has...

    Smart City was a hot topic at the Big 5 conference organized by DMG Events in Dubai at the end of November 2017. But how can IoT revolutionize the construction industry? IoT offers the construction industry several application for roads and other infrastructure, buildings, concrete, cranes and quarries. Alaa Daghan,...

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    At Beirut Design Week 2017, Lebanese designer Nathalie Harb’s The Silent Room responded to the need for a unique space of tranquility in a noise-polluted city. Located in an empty parking lot by a busy highway bridge in an industrial neighborhood of Beirut, the bright pink, wooden-planked structure is open to the...

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    State-of-the-art design and landscaping meet health and community at Oxygen Park in Doha. The Qatar Foundation commissioned the 130,000-square-meter park dedicated to sport and outdoor recreation. Located in Education City, it provides students, faculty and the general public with parkland, subterranean team sport...

    The city of Sharjah, UAE, might reach its zero-waste landfill goal by 2020, as Foster + Partners will remodel the city’s principal landfill site for Bee’ah, the leading environmental energy and waste management company of the Middle East. Some of the firm’s technological endeavors include the introduction of...

    The United Arab Emirates projects establishing a functioning Martian colony within the next hundred years with its Mars 2117 Strategy. The Mars Science City will be a vast simulation space that realistically replicates the environment and atmosphere of planet Mars in the Emirates desert. It will feature laboratories...

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