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Architects should give up concrete say experts at Architecture of Emergency climate summit

September 20, 2019 India Block 0
Architects urged to cancel concrete

Experts and activists at the Architecture of Emergency climate summit in London have called upon architects to fight climate change by ditching concrete. “If you came here with the hope of one clear action for what you can do in the office tomorrow – stop it with the concrete,” said Maria Smith, founder of architecture

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Architects join Global Climate Strike to demand government action

September 20, 2019 India Block 0
Architects join global climate strike

Stanton Williams, Grimshaw and dRMMM are three of many UK architecture practices taking to the streets to protest political inaction over climate change in today’s Global Climate Strike. The Climate Strike is a movement spearheaded by schoolchildren protesting the lack of action over climate change by refusing to go to school on Fridays. “Our Civilisation

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Monolithic black house conceals internal courtyard containing a single tree

September 19, 2019 India Block 0

Apollo Architects and Associates has designed Umber, a house in Tokyo clad in black aluminium-zinc alloy coated steel with a hidden courtyard. The entrance to the single-storey house is reached via a pathway enclosed on either side by black walls and covered by wooden slats, intended to evoke what the studio describes as “the nostalgic

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Tod Williams and Billie Tsien win 2019 Praemium Imperiale for architecture

September 17, 2019 India Block 0
Tod Williams and Billie Tsien win 2019 Praemium Imperiale for architecture

American architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien have been named architecture laureates for the Japan Art Association’s 2019 Praemium Imperiale awards. Awarded annually, the Praemium Imperiale recognises artists who have made a “major international impact” in the fields of architecture, sculpture, music, painting and theatre or film. Williams and Tsien are best known for projects

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Refugee shelters could be built from concrete fabric in 24 hours

September 17, 2019 India Block 0
Cortex Shelter by Cutwork

Cortex Shelter by Cutwork is a concept for a shelter for refugee camps than could be built by adding water to a concrete textile in just 24 hours. Conceptual architecture studio Cutwork designed the shelter to be built with Cortex Composites, a type of flatpack concrete sheeting that can be rolled into place and set

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Concrete arches cocoon egg-shaped kiln in Chinese porcelain factory

September 12, 2019 India Block 0

AZL Architects has completed the BingDing Wood Kiln Factory in Qiancheng village, China, building a series of concrete arches over a traditional brick kiln. AZL Architects designed the whole porcelain factory to echo the shapes of the monumental, egg-shaped kiln. Concrete arches curve over the body of the kiln, with windows and vertical joints orientated

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Government threatens to “name and shame” owners that do not replace Grenfell-style cladding

September 9, 2019 India Block 0
Cladding removal UK government fund

The UK government says building owners will face “consequences” if they do not use a new £200 million fund to remove dangerous cladding, 26 months after the Grenfell Tower Fire. UK secretary of state for housing Robert Jenrick said that building owners who do not remove unsafe aluminium composite material (ACM) from residential tower blocks will

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Zuo Studio builds arching bamboo pavilion over water in Taiwan

September 5, 2019 India Block 0
Bamboo Pavilion by Zuo Studio

A pavilion of woven bamboo and steel by Zuo Studio arches over a body of water to create a shady place to sit in Huludun Park in Taiwan. Zuo Studio designed Bamboo Pavilion for the Taichung Real Estate Development Association as part of the 2018 World Flora Exposition. Its ridged form is designed to recall

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Think tank to research terraforming Earth founded by Moscow’s Strelka Institute

August 30, 2019 India Block 0
The Terraforming think-tank by the Strelka Institute

The Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow has launched a postgraduate course to research how the Earth could be terraformed to reverse the impacts of climate change. Called The Terraforming, the interdisciplinary think tank will research ways in which the Earth could be dramatically transformed in the future to return it to

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Time magazine names V&A Dundee and The Shed amongst world’s 100 greatest places of 2019

August 28, 2019 India Block 0
The Shed by DSR and Rockwell Group

Kengo Kuma’s V&A Dundee and The Shed in New York by Diller Scofidio + Renfro are among the top 100 locations to visit this year according to Time magazine’s list of World’s Greatest Places 2019. The £80 million Scottish outpost of the V&A Museum and Manhatten’s cultural centre with a retractable roof are two of the architecture

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