• Theme: Building and Construction

    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...

    The ability to draw by hand—both to create precise technical drawings and more expressive sketches—has underpinned the architectural profession for centuries. Yet the advent of the digital age and the pervasiveness of design software has seen the role and relevance of hand drawing in architecture increasingly...

    Dutch architecture firm DUS Architects is no exception to the sweeping innovations in the 3-D printing world. Its 3-D-printed canal house was visited by U.S. President Barack Obama in 2014, as well as by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan and Rijksmuseum director Wim Pijbes. The...

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    In our last issue, we began discussing our discoveries at Orgatec’s materials exhibition. Beautiful espresso cups made of ground coffee beans, which would normally end up in the trash, got our attention, and from there we gathered information on several products to stir up some inspiration. With nearly 9 million bags...

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    Dubai is the financial and nightlife capital of the Arab world. The city is defined by thumping discos, gravity defying buildings and blindingly bright beaches. But when one wants to take a break from the non-stop partying and incessant deal making where to go? And what if one wanted to settle down and raise a family...

    The Big 5 International Building and Construction Show, held at the Dubai World Trade Center November 21-24, 2016, hosted thousands of construction suppliers. Rothenberger, international innovator of pipe tools, climate-control and environmental technologies for over 60 years, has been attending the Big 5 since 2007....

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