Forensic Architecture shortlisted for Turner Prize 2018

April 26, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

Investigative agency Forensic Architecture has been shortlisted for this year’s Turner Prize, the UK’s most important art award. The research group, based at Goldsmiths University in London, has been recognised for its investigative exhibitions, which recreate events using spatial analysis to reveal human rights violations. Founded in 2010 by Israeli architect Eyal Weizman, the architectural investigative agency is currently working to

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Male-dominated architecture industry is undergoing “dramatic change” says Elizabeth Diller

April 25, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Architect Elizabeth Diller has praised her inclusion on this year’s Time 100 list as a positive step towards gender parity in architecture, but voiced concern that too many female architecture students are not making it into the workplace. The co-founder of New York studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) was recently named as the only architect

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The XI towers in New York will “dance” with each other, says Bjarke Ingels

April 25, 2018 Dan Howarth 0

BIG has released new renderings of the pair of towers it is building beside New York’s High Line, which architect Bjarke Ingels says are shaped out of “mutual courtesy” for one another’s views. The XI development – also known as The Eleventh – is currently rising from a full city block between the city’s Chelsea

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The XI towers in New York will “dance” with each other, says Bjarke Ingels

April 25, 2018 Dan Howarth 0

BIG has released new renderings of the pair of towers it is building beside New York’s High Line, which architect Bjarke Ingels says are shaped out of “mutual courtesy” for one another’s views. The XI development – also known as The Eleventh – is currently rising from a full city block between the city’s Chelsea

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KPF’s bullet-shaped skyscraper nears completion in Shenzhen

April 25, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

This supertall tapered skyscraper designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox for the China Resources export company in Shenzhen is nearing completion ahead of its opening later this year. The 400-metre supertall skyscraper, which is known locally as Spring Bamboo due to it resembling the shape of a bamboo shoot, will become the city’s third tallest building when it completes. Officially named the China Resources Headquarters, the 67-storey

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Developer to replace dangerous cladding on Croydon tower block

April 24, 2018 India Block 0

Developer Barratt Homes has promised to cover £2 million of work on a high-rise block in Croydon, south London, which failed cladding safety tests after the Grenfell Tower fire. Residents were left in fear of debt after the building’s private owners refused to pay the cost of removing and replacing the dangerous cladding, insisting the leaseholders

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Memorial in Alabama acknowledges violence against African Americans

April 23, 2018 Bridget Cogley 0

A memorial and museum dedicated to the legacy of racial violence and injustice in America are set to open in Montgomery, Alabama. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice was designed by Boston-based Mass Design Group and set up by Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) – a non-profit organisation that works to advance national reconciliation around race.

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Elizabeth Diller named world’s most influential architect by Time magazine

April 20, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Elizabeth Diller is the only architect named on Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people of 2018, with philanthropist Eli Broad calling her a “visionary”. Diller, who founded New York-based firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro with partner Ricardo Scofidio, has been named on the Time list for the second time. “She imagines things the rest of us

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Milan “will benefit from Brexit” as the city grows in confidence and status, say designers and critics

April 20, 2018 Marcus Fairs 0

Milan is becoming a major cultural destination that could attract creative businesses away from London, according to leading figures in the city for its design week. Margriet Vollenberg, the Dutch curator behind the city’s Ventura Centrale and Venture Future exhibitions, said Milan was becoming a “world city”. “Brexit is an opportunity for Milan,” she said,

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Zaha Hadid Architects will use robots to build barrel-vaulted school in rural China

April 20, 2018 Natasha Levy 0

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled plans for a primary school in China’s mountainous Jiangxi province, which will feature a series of barrel-vaulted classrooms built in part by robots. Lushan Primary School will be situated 160 kilometres north-west of the province’s capital, Nanchuang, and perched on a small peninsula. It will be able to accommodate up

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Studio Gang unveils scalloped concrete condo tower for Brooklyn

April 19, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

US firm Studio Gang has revealed a 51-storey residential tower in Brooklyn, featuring scooped concrete windows and a curved elevated park. Newly released images show the 11 Hoyt development, which the firm’s New York studio has designed for the site of a former car park, next to the Macy’s store in Downtown Brooklyn. The condominium

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Kenneth Frampton to receive Golden Lion at Venice Architecture Biennale

April 19, 2018 Jessica Mairs 0

British architect, critic and educator Kenneth Frampton will recieve the Golden Lion lifetime achievement award at the Venice Architecture Biennale next month. Frampton was selected for the award by the curators of this year’s Biennale, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Dublin-based Grafton Architects. Born in London in 1930, Frampton studied at the Architectural Association before

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OMA’s Qatar National Library opens in Doha

April 19, 2018 India Block 0

Dutch architecture firm OMA has completed its Qatar National Library building in Doha, which features tiers of marble bookcases set within a single open-plan space. The OMA-designed building, which opened earlier this week, houses several collections of Qatar’s most important texts and manuscripts on Arab-Islamic civilisation. Initial images of the library’s angular concrete exterior emerged on social media as

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Fly-through video shows impact of 500 tall buildings planned for London

April 18, 2018 Jessica Mairs 0

This fly-through video created for the NLA’s annual London Tall Buildings Survey shows how over 500 towers currently proposed for London will affect the capital’s skyline. The digital model of London was created by VU.CITY for New London Architecture (NLA) as part of its fifth annual London Tall Buildings Survey, which was published today. The results of

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Robots complete span of 3D-printed bridge for Amsterdam canal

April 17, 2018 India Block 0

Robots have finished 3D printing the structure of a steel pedestrian bridge devised by technology startup MX3D, which is set to span a canal in Amsterdam. Dutch designer Joris Laarman is working with with Amsterdam-based robotic manufacturing technology start-up to build the 12-metre-long bridge, which will eventually cross a canal in the Dutch capital. Six-axis robots were used to “draw” the

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Mecanoo’s performing arts centre nears completion in Taiwan

April 17, 2018 Natasha Levy 0

Dutch practice Mecanoo is putting the finishing touches to an arts centre in the Taiwanese port city of Kaohsiung, which plays host to a selection of opera houses, concert halls and an open-air theatre set into its bulging roof. Situated on a former military training base, The National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts will be the

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Renovation works at Grenfell Tower added “fuel” to fire, reveals leaked report

April 17, 2018 Jessica Mairs 0

“Deficiencies” introduced during renovation works at Grenfell Tower contributed to fire deaths, according to a leaked report by fire safety experts. Poorly installed fire barriers, gaps around window frames, and flammable cladding and insulation were introduced to the west London tower in renovation works by Studio E Architects before the fire, states the report. The 210-page document prepared by

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“Vertical village” by Sou Fujimoto, Nicolas Laisné and Dimitri Roussel to be built in Paris

April 17, 2018 India Block 0

Sou Fujimoto, Nicolas Laisné and Dimitri Roussel have won the competition to build a new mixed-use development in Paris with their design called Vertical Village. Japanese architect, Fujimoto collaborated with the two French architects to design the complex that will be built almost entirely from wood and will stand as a “new gateway” to the suburb of Rosny-sous-Bois.

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