• Theme: Building and Construction

    “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...

    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...

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    The interior design profession in Japan, as explained by designer Kita Toshiyuki in 2012, was nearly nonexistent. The lifestyle there simply wouldn’t allow it. Limited space and cluttered shelves pushed the average citizen away from inviting guests over to admire their lovely home. There is, however, a definite move...

    “Wood, a sustainable and natural substance, is the ideal material of this constructive revolution in progress,” said Eric Richard, architect at Kerosene, in magazine Séquences Bois on July 6. Throughout the construction trade fair, exhitibors presented wood in interesting ways. We learned more about Accoya wood, an...

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    Only a few years ago, the concept of a “smart city”—or one that uses a complex network of wireless devices to facilitate communication between buildings and infrastructure, residents, service providers and administrators—seemed like science fiction. Today fiction is rapidly becoming reality. A recent report from...

    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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