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Register now: LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction 2019

Sponsored Content • Dec 17, 2018 • 240

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 (...)

Snøhetta and Harvard for Center for Green Buildings and Cities Unveil zero-emission house

WA Contents • Dec 17, 2018 • 54

Snøhetta and Harvard for Center for Green Buildings and Cities Unveil zero-emission house

The Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC) at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) announced the completion of a new house and prototype designed by Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta.

Called HouseZero, the house, built in a pre-1940s in Cambridge, has been renovated an ambitious living-laboratory and an energy-positive prototype for ultra-efficiency that can help us to understand buildings in new ways.The design of HouseZero has been driven by radically ambitious performance targets from the outset, including nearly zero energy for heating and cooling, zero electric lighting during the day, operating with 100 percent natural ventilation, and producing zero carbon emissions. The building is intended to (...)

COBE extends Danish Red Cross Headquarters with giant urban staircase in Copenhagen

WA Contents • Dec 17, 2018 • 107

COBE extends Danish Red Cross Headquarters with giant urban staircase in Copenhagen

Danish architecture studio COBE has completed the extension of the headquarters of Danish Red Cross, with new building that creates a giant urban staircase connected to upper level of the main building.

Named Red Cross Volunteer House, the building is located adjecent to Fælledparken, one of the biggest recreational green areas in Copenhagen, the Volunteer House and the public spaces around it offer a new connection in the area. The building is directly connected to the existing main entrance, thus creating a common entrance to the entire Red Cross.

Taking visitors from the street level to the upper level of the existing building, the 750-square-metre building contains a flexible interior lay-out, making room for both w (...)

DS+R renovates Met Warehouse for new home of MIT School of Architecture and Planning

WA Contents • Dec 17, 2018 • 124

DS+R renovates Met Warehouse for new home of MIT School of Architecture and Planning

The MIT School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) announced that New York-based architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) will renovate MIT's historic warehouse to serve as a new home for the MIT School of Architecture and Planning and a campus-wide makerspace run by Project Manus. The MIT has selected DS+R after an in-depth community-driven search to lead the project. Located at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Vassar Street, the adaptive reuse of the Metropolitan Storage Warehouse will have a new feature, creating a new hub for design research and education and allowing the school to expand its range of activities and offering benefits to the Institute community. The Met Warehouse is comprised of a massive brick structu (...)

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

Sophia T • Dec 16, 2018 • 1167

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 • 615

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 • 559

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 • 552

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 • 763

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 • 706

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 (...)