• Theme: Building and Construction

    Architecture professionals filled the space dedicated to sub-Saharan Africa at Batimat 2015. Among the opportunities presented, Cameroon delegates discussed their long-term development project Cameroon Vision 2035, launched in February 2009. Although development in Cameroon is only now kicking off, there’s much on the...

    On November 3, 2015, our tour guide led us through the Paris business district La Défense and directed us toward Majunga Tower by award-winning architect Jean-Paul Viguier. The silver of the double-skin façade glistened as the sun began to fade. Thin metal sheets with, what seemed to be, a digital code design ran...

    Among the plethora of innovative awards at Batimat, Benoit Beach Villa and the regional offices of Auvergne structures were awarded the Mondial du Bâtiment’s Smart Home and Building Grand Prix. The prize is dedicated to technologically conscious companies who exemplify innovation in respect to building design,...

    A block of resin clay, a handful of acrylic paint and a mind submerged in artistic thinking; Vincent Fecteau released another untitled puzzling sculpture in 2014. While a number of exhibitors at Batimat this year expressed their interest in using wood and cement, Fecteau builds with a variety of materials such as...

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    At this year’s Batimat, several companies displayed innovative water and room heating products. Cinier makes sculptural radiators from a proprietary limestone-based stone product, while Cosy Art uses resin for its decorative radiant heating units. Twido’s energy-saving water heaters can be incorporated into...

    Innovation, a word often overused, requires observation and analyzation. One of the leading online platforms for architecture and design, ArchiExpo launched the i-Novo awards to identify the latest novelties discovered at trade fairs around the world. The construction trade fair Batimat, located in Paris and held...

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    BIM was under discussion at Batimat 2015 in Paris, a leading biennial construction exhibition. One pertinent BIM presentation was made by Agence Qualite Construction (AQC), a Paris-based organization. To examine the performance of BIM, AQC launched a study in 2010 that would follow the construction processes of 40...

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    A space dedicated to the sub-Saharan Africa at Batimat 2015 presented current architecture opportunities in six countries experiencing sustained growth: Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Gabon, Nigeria, Senegal and Chad. Development in Africa as a whole brings up the question of local and international participation. Most...

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    The award-winning luminescent concrete was as impressive on site as on paper. ArchiExpo followed the tour given by French journalist Cyrille Maury and learned more about the product first-hand. The group Lumineo blends fiber optics into cement to create their translucent material Lumistone. It appears paper-thin but...

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    Our Batimat tour bus pulled up near the end of the afternoon November 3, 2015. The Parisian sky, cluttered with clouds of various grays, blended with the façade of our last visit. Deep purple faded to silver, then to black, reflecting the celestial mood. The shape of a bird, repeated 200,000 times in aluminum...

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