• Theme: Public Buildings, Public Spaces

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    “It’s not innovation if it isn’t repeatable,” Ar. Gurpreet Shah, principal architect at Creative Group, said during the Design Summit at construction fair The Big5 in November 2015. Gurpreet Shah explained the importance of creating quality architecture that meets environmental and human needs that can be cloned. The...

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    “We ran out of smog in Rotterdam,” Daan Roosegaarde said, in reference to the smog-free rings still up for purchase, in a phone interview with ArchiExpo. Around 1600 people had pre-ordered these rings to financially support the Smog-free Tower project, a job well-achieved. Roosegaarde shipped the last batch of rings...

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    Japanese architect Hiroshi Nakamura wins the Hospitality Building LEAF award 2015 with his Ribbon Chapel project. The ‘metal ribbon’ is as symbolic as it is functional. Two winding staircases start at different places, intercross and finally meet—creating the ribbon. The staircases lean on ‘one another,’ doting the...

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    “In the future, waste shouldn’t exist,” Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde said in the official video for the Smog Free Project. It goes without saying that bad air quality in cities affects our psychological and physical well-being. Roosegaarde and his team of experts came up with, what they call, “the world’s largest...

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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...

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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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