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Register now: LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction 2019

Sponsored Content • Dec 17, 2018 • 58

Register now: LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction 2019
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Expert conference on "Re-materializing construction"

LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction 2019 in Egypt

Every three years, the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction conducts an international conference, bringing together more than 300 renowned experts from architecture, urban design, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, material sciences and related fields from all continents.

The 6th International LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction will be hosted by the American University in Cairo from April 4 to 6, 2019. It is dedicated to the topic of "Re-materializing Construction."

The Forum pursues the question of how the building and construction industry can adapt to be lea (...)

GFD from China Introduced Aesthetics Inherited from Song Dynasty into an Experience Center

Sophia T • Dec 16, 2018 • 1004

GFD from China Introduced Aesthetics Inherited from Song Dynasty into an Experience Center

Jiuxi, a scenic spot on the west side of West Lake in Hangzhou, boasts fantastic natural landscape and cultural relics, and presents a poetic lifestyle. Connecting Qiantang River and West Lake, it integrates picturesque mountains and rivers with the aesthetics inherited from Song Dynasty. The name of the project is derived from the Jiuxi Scenic Spot. Based on the local environment and culture, GFD, an interior design firm based in Hangzhou, China, designed a multifuncational space that displays Oriental charm in contemporary context.

The courtyard features a mirror-like pool, a tree and a rock-shaped sculpture. With simple lines and well-arranged structure, it shows a minimalist style in design, presents a fascinating view similar to (...)

Studio Gang's Tour Montparnasse Tower Awarded with The Glass Future Prize At WAF 2018

WA Contents • Dec 14, 2018 • 577

Studio Gang's Tour Montparnasse Tower Awarded with The Glass Future Prize At WAF 2018

Studio Gang's proposal for Tour Montparnasse tower in Paris, France has been awarded with the The Glass Future Prize at this year's World Architecture Festival, which was held between 28-30, 2018 in RAI Amsterdam.

Originally developed for the international competition to redesign the French capital’s famous Tour Montparnasse tower, Studio Gang’s design transforms this monolithic skyscraper into a beautiful new landmark for twenty first century Paris.

The jury was impressed by the project’s performance-driven design, which incorporates using wind as a driver to change the building’s massing, and also by its dynamic shading system.

This new WAF prize, sponsored by Guardian Glass, is award (...)

Francis Kéré's rounded pavilion for Montana's Tippet Rise Art Center breaks ground soon

WA Contents • Dec 14, 2018 • 532

Francis Kéré's rounded pavilion for Montana's Tippet Rise Art Center breaks ground soon

The Tippet Rise Art Center announced that construction work will soon begin on Francis Kéré's rounded pavilion in Fishtail, Montana. The 200-square-metre pavilion will be a new gathering space for the Tippet Rise Art Center designed by Berlin-based Diébédo Francis Kéré as a quiet, protective shelter for the visitors of the ranch.The pavilion is scheduled to open in summer 2019.The architects released his first conceptual design in May 2018. The first renderings show that the pavilion will provide a warm and calm environment as it is surrounded by wooden seating decks and ceiling that form the overall structure of the pavilion. The pavilion is designed in order to emphasize the stunning views of (...)

Pico Colectivo stacks colorful container units to design cultural production zone in Venezuela

WA Contents • Dec 14, 2018 • 534

Pico Colectivo stacks colorful container units to design cultural production zone in Venezuela

Multiple colorful container units were stacked to create a new cultural production zone in the Guacara city of Venezuela. Designed by Venezuela-based architecture firm Pico Colectivo, the 550-square-metre project was developed as a microorganism of alternative economies based on the realization of artistic disciplines, from the restructuring of an unoccupied property, using containers and objects.

Called Cultural Production Zone: Uunits Of Urban Creation, the project acts as a symbol of a process of cultural conquest that derives from the confrontation by taking the street as a space for transformation.

The building is located in the most intense area of the city center, very close to the main square, shops and municipal inst (...)

MAD Architects' wavy "Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center" nears completion in Nanjing

WA Contents • Dec 14, 2018 • 721

MAD Architects' wavy

MAD Architects' new mixed-use complex, named "Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center", is nearing completion in Nanjing, China. Developed as a city-scale urban project, led by Ma Yansong.

The mixed-use development, covering approximately 560,000 square meters, is comprised of commercial, hotel, office, and residential programs.

The scheme seeks to restore the spiritual harmony between humanity and nature through the integration of contemplative spaces that, while immersing inhabitants in nature, still meets the conveniences of modern day living.MAD’s design unfolds onto the city like a village-like community. A mix of low-rise buildings connected by footbridges are nestled into the landscape.

Curving, ascending cor (...)

Rescape: “Housing for One”: Sqr Factor Design Competition Entry from India

Pappal Suneja • Dec 14, 2018 • 691

Rescape: “Housing for One”: Sqr Factor Design Competition Entry from India

This is the synopsis of Sqr factor: "Housing for one", a National Design Competition Entry – Rescape; Residing in Urban Landscape by young Indians architecture students Mayank Gupta, Nalini Sharma, Pooja Singh, and architect Pappal Suneja. The entry was Shortlisted in ‘Top 30’ best design interventions by the juror panel comprising of Prof Krishna Rao Jaisim, Gita Balakrishnan, Sathya Prakash Varanashi & Vijay Narnapatti.

Brief describe in the competition was such that “The growing issue of homeless people around the world is one that needs to be tackled on a war footing. As our cities grow, each of them is occupied by a diverse narrative of migrants who make the city their home. A one-third of all urban d (...)

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas call for equal recognition for Italian Institute’s Lifetime Award

WA Contents • Dec 14, 2018 • 498

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas call for equal recognition for Italian Institute’s Lifetime Award

An online petition by activism groups Voices of Women Architects (VOW) and Rebel Architette has been launched for an equal recognition of Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, Partners of Studio Fuksas, for the Lifetime Achivement Award by the Nazionale di Architettura (IN/ARCH).

Massimiliano Fuksas has recently been awarded with the Lifetime Achivement Award by the Lazio regional branch of Italy’s National Institute of Architects late last month, which was given solely to him. However, the prestigious award did not recognize Doriana Fuksas, who has worked with his husband and partner since 1985.

The letter by activism groups Voices of Women Architects and Rebel Architette has criticized Doriana Fuksas' omission from th (...)

"Imagine Prague" City-Game & Exhibition Helps Citizens Build Their Imaginary City of the Future

Elis Mutlu • Dec 14, 2018 • 304

Prague’s Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning (CAMP) celebrates its second season with an interactive city-game & exhibition: Imagine Prague / Pře(d)stav si Prahu. The exhibition encourages the citizens "step into the shoes of city planners to build the city of the future" as it is nicely stated by the organizers. And, the exhibition can be visited until the 20th December, open from Tue – Sun from 9 am to 9 pm.

"Each of the four game stations operate independently of others, however decisions made while playing will influence the shaping of the whole."

The interactive exhibition combines real-data information technologies and gaming elements with the visitors' imagination of how the city migh (...)

Technology in the heart of nature

Farzam Kharvari • Dec 14, 2018 • 2197

Technology in the heart of nature

Have you ever wondered how technology can modify our environment?

Or, how technology granted us new experiences in our own environment?. The possible answers are about the usefulness of robots, spaceships, skyscrapers, and etc., but how about blending nature and technology. One of the primary precedents of such tries was the Philip Johnson’s Glass House with all its critiques.

However, in the heart of Graz, second largest city of Austria, lies an island in the river which blends the nature and technology in a very different way. The Murinsel or Mur Island is an artificial floating island on Mur river in Graz, Austria. It was completed in 2003 and since then it is one of the landmarks of Graz. However, the history of suc (...)