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“Leave the neighbourhood to heal as it chooses” says MP responding to Grenfell memorial design

August 17, 2018 India Block 0

The MP for Kensington, the London borough containing Grenfell Tower, has spoken out against a conceptual memorial, which she says would re-traumatise residents. Emma Dent Coad, who was elected as the Labour MP for Kensington in 2017, said she was horrified to see the concept from architecture studio JAA, which suggested encasing the burnt-out shell

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Sidewalk Labs unveils design for neighbourhood in Toronto “future city”

August 15, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs is proposing “unprecedentedly” tall timber buildings, sprawling public spaces, and heated pavements to melt snow, for the first neighbourhood in its major development on Toronto’s waterfront. Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, and its project partner Waterfront Toronto released the designs for an unused 12-acre (9.5-hectare) lakeside site during a roundtable discussion

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UNStudio to design Australia’s tallest building

August 15, 2018 India Block 0

UNStudio and Cox Architecture have won a competition to design a supertall skyscraper for Melbourne, with a pair of twisting green towers. Called Green Spine, the tallest of the projects’s twinned towers will reach 356.2 metres high making it the tallest building in Australia. The skyscraper will be topped by a publicly accessible botanic garden and greenery

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Ponte Morandi suspension bridge collapses in Genoa during storm

August 15, 2018 India Block 0

A motorway bridge built in the 1960s has collapsed during heavy rainfall in Genoa, Italy, killing at least 37 people. The concrete Ponte Morandi structure, designed by prolific Italian engineer Riccardo Morandi, disintegrated at 11.30am local time on 14 June 2018. Up to 35 vehicles plunged down a 45-metre drop into a flooded stream below, after a tower

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“Architects have a role to play in addressing school violence” says AIA

August 14, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

The American Institute of Architects has revealed plans for a series of initiatives that will use “the power of design” to tackle gun violence in US schools and create safer environments for children. Following a wave of violence in US education facilities this year – including 30 shootings since January 2018 – the American Institute of Architects (AIA)

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Construction workers suffer highest death rate from opioid overdoses in Massachusetts

August 14, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

A new study of opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts has found that the construction industry is the worst affected, while architecture and engineering are the only occupations to have a higher death rate among women than men. Published this month by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the report follows a major opioid epidemic in

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Co-housing not just for “liberals and outcasts” says Studio Weave

August 14, 2018 Amy Frearson 0

Co-living could help solve some of the UK’s biggest social problems, from loneliness to the ageing population, according to research by London architecture office Studio Weave and RIBA. The report Living Closer: The Many Faces of Co-housing, produced by Studio Weave with the RIBA, argues that several issues contributing to the UK’s housing crisis could be combatted through the

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Robots will assemble brick facades of Milan’s university science campus

August 14, 2018 India Block 0

Carlo Ratti Associati is designing a new science campus for the University of Milan, complete with brick facades that will be made by robots. External brickwork on the new buildings will be designed and built with the assistance of robots and include letters and symbols. This facade, say the architects, could be re-arranged into a different

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Dubai’s first skyscraper to be listed in initiative to preserve 1960s and 70s architecture

August 13, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

Dubai’s first skyscraper, first library and a clock tower are all set to be heritage-listed, as the UAE’s largest city looks to preserve the early buildings that shaped its development. Dubai Municipality has launched a programme called Modern Heritage, which aims to protect some of the most significant buildings constructed when the city was first beginning its

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AIA demands “blanket ban” on asbestos following new EPA regulation

August 10, 2018 Bridget Cogley 0

The American Institute of Architects has denounced a US government proposal that could allow the manufacture of new asbestos products, following a significant backlash from the architecture community at-large. Although not yet passed, the Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes asbestos be re-introduced into the market through new

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Damage to Steven Holl’s Reid Building revealed following Mackintosh fire

August 9, 2018 India Block 0

Steven Holl’s extension to the Glasgow School of Art will need repairs following damage sustained during the fire that destroyed the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed building. When fire ripped through the art school on 15 June 2018 the rain shield of the Reid Building sustained heat damage, and will need to be replaced the school has revealed.

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BIG reveals Miami Produce Center raised on stilts above former warehouses

August 8, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Architecture firm BIG has released plans to build a major complex in an industrial neighbourhood of Miami, combining housing, offices, a school and urban farming. BIG’s Miami Produce Center will be elevated on columns above a trio of warehouses in Allapattah – a district known for a large open-air produce and textile markets. The 125,000-square-metre

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Steven Holl to overhaul University College Dublin with design referencing Giant’s Causeway

August 8, 2018 Amy Frearson 0

Steven Holl Architects has won a competition to revamp Ireland’s largest university, with a proposal featuring buildings that reference the geological forms of the Giant’s Causeway. The New York-based firm, led by architect Steven Holl, was selected ahead of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, John Ronan Architects, O’Donnell + Tuomey, Studio Libeskind and UNStudio to design

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Grenfell Tower reimagined as a black concrete-covered memorial

August 8, 2018 India Block 0

London-based architecture studio JAA has revealed a proposal to encase the burnt-out shell of Grenfell Tower in a sarcophagus of black concrete as a memorial to the victims of the fire. JAA developed the concept after becoming concerned that the “tragedy caused through negligence” would not be memorialised sufficiently, meaning it could fade from collective

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Olson Kundig completes major renovation of Seattle’s Space Needle

August 7, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

The Space Needle observation tower in Seattle has reopened to the public following an extensive overhaul by American firm Olson Kundig Architects, which involved adding “the world’s first and only revolving glass floor”. Olson Kundig’s Century Project saw the renovation of the 184-metre-high structure, which was built for the 1962 World’s Fair, and has remained a landmark on the

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Zaha Hadid Architects reveals plans for Maltese skyscraper

August 6, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed images of a 31-storey tower, planned for Paceville on the northern coast of Malta. Named Mercury Tower, the building would be eight storeys higher than the nearby 23-floor Portomaso Business Tower – currently the tallest building on the Mediterranean island. The 24,500 square metre tower was designed by the late Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher,

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Ai Weiwei’s Beijing studio demolished by Chinese authorities

August 6, 2018 India Block 0

Artist and activist Ai Weiwei took to Instagram to show Chinese authorities knocking down his studio in Beijing, with many of his artworks still inside. Weiwei, who worked with Herzog and de Meuron to design the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games, posted a series of clips showing construction machinery being used to tear

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Snøhetta plans nixed as Philip Johnson’s AT&T Building gains landmark status

August 1, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Philip Johnson’s postmodern AT&T Building has been awarded landmark status, halting Snøhetta’s controversial renovation plans for the Midtown Manhattan skyscraper. New York’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) announced yesterday, 31 July 2018, that it has granted landmark status to the tower, also known as 550 Madison. The designation protects the exterior of the reddish-toned stone building, preventing the Oslo and

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Architects petition to save Venturi Scott Brown’s San Diego art museum

July 31, 2018 Dan Howarth 0

Over 70 architects, critics and preservationists have signed a petition to prevent the “tremendous mistake” of demolishing parts of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown’s Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, to make way for an expansion by Selldorf Architects. Architects Terry Farrell, Robert AM Stern and Toshiko Mori, critic Paul Goldberger, curator Martino Stierli,

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