• Theme: Public Buildings, Public Spaces

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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...

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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...

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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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    Water is growing scarcer, arable farmland is disappearing and global hunger is such that one out of nine people on Earth is suffering from chronic undernourishment. Indeed, one of the biggest challenges facing humanity today is finding more sustainable ways to grow food. Exhibitors presented ingenious solutions such...

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    The crowd of upscale Kenyans was in a festive mood dancing, drinking and laughing at a Nairobi nightclub. But then, one of the revelers spotted two white Westerners, journalist Michiel Hulshof and architect Daan Roggeveen. The Kenyan asked the two Dutch men whether they were Americans and then, without giving them...

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    “I was in practice for one month when the university asked me if I’d like to teach,” award-winning Australian architect Glenn Murcutt said during the press conference at Cersaie 2015. In addition to Yale in the United States, universities in Ireland, Denmark, Finland and others have been inviting Murcutt to teach...

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    Almost every week another company releases a brainchild born from a new 3-D printing technology: biodegradable and bionic artificial bone structures to printing chemical reactions with the chemputer. Here are a few interesting materials on the market now: Wood Start with James Novak’s wooden 3-D printed smart phone...

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    The State Hermitage Museum held its first retrospective exhibition of Zaha Hadid’s architectural works in Russia, from 27 June to 27 September 2015. The exhibition displayed over 300 paintings, models, sketches, photographs and design objects created by Zaha Hadid during her career, nearing four decades long.   Kazimir...

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    Accommodating the perpetual shift of contemporary working styles, the Dekleva Gregorič architects innovated the (un)curtain office in 2014. Dekleva Gregorič architects were commissioned in 2013 to transform 350 square meters into an office space (See also “The workspace via architect Michele De Lucchi’s Milan 2015...

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