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Green Architecture’s Urgent Quest For Cheaper, More Sustainable Energy

Over the years, an increasing number of disciplines have become interested in the concept of creating a sustainable environment. Green Architecture is one of these disciplines and its goal is to create green buildings. These ...

Idea Lab in Ciudad de México / by ARCO Arquitectura

Innovating, discovering, experiencing and acting are the main activities which will be held at i.d.e.a. Lab a new space for culture and creation designed by ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea executed in Mexico City.

A'tolan House, Taiwan / by : Create+Think Design Studio

A’tolan is the word meaning, “a place with many rocks”, from the indigenous language of the natives on the east coast of Taiwan. It may also be interpreted as “piling of rocks”, “building wall with ...

BECYCLE Boutique Fitness Studio, Berlin / by Lien Tran

BECYCLE is the first Boutique Fitness Studio in Berlin, Europe’s clubbing capital, to offer “high energy” spinning classes with hi-tech bikes and a nightclub atmosphere featuring music from live DJs.

Izmir Transportation Hub / by Eray Carbajo

Eray Carbajo wins Honorable Mention award in National Competition for Izmir Transportation Integration Hub

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Category: Architects

How To Choose The Best Gifts For Architects

If you have a partner or friend who studies architecture, choosing the perfect gift for them can be a hard nut to crack. Conventional gifts such as belts and perfumes might fail to tickle their fancy. Rather than leaving you in a conundrum, this challenge should prompt you to think outside the box.

Today, there’s a variety of cool gifts you can purchase for architects. For instance, this remarkable array of architect gifts by giftgeek will inspire you and spark your creativity. These gifts are affordable, so you won’t have to break the bank trying to impress your architect friends.

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WSP ARCHITECTS / Design Company Profile

WSP is an international innovation-oriented creative architectural design institute with Class A architectural design qualification. It is also one of top 10 international architectural design institutes in China and the first-class brand in the architectural design in China.

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BIG Launches New Engineering Division

BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group has further strengthened its in-house capabilities by hiring Duncan Horswill—former CCO at Søren Jensen Engineers—to lead BIG Engineering, a new specialized unit dedicated to ensuring the structural, mechanical integrity and resilience of BIG buildings globally.

Newly minted BIG ENGINEERING is currently working on a wide range of projects, including the new NOMA restaurant in Copenhagen and the Faroe Islands Education Centre. BIG will continue to collaborate with external engineering firms, including long-time collaborators AKT, ARUP, DeSimone, Thornton Tomasetti, BuroHappold, Schlaich Bergermann Partner, Bollinger + Grohmann, Ramboll, MKA among many others.

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LUIS DE GARRIDO interview for BEYOND magazine (China) about ARTIFICIAL NATURE ARCHITECTURE concept.

1. Nowadays, the world is faced with population explosion and energy crisis. Energy Consumption is increasing incredibly. Concerning the architectural design field, energy efficiency is paid more and more the present situation of sustainable architectural design?

Sincerely, I don’t think so.

A lot about sustainable architecture has been talked last years, but anything has been done. As a sign of this, journalists still illustrate its articles of sustainable architecture with the same image, and is still difficult to find projects that have a feature, however small, that could be considered “sustainable. ”

It is a fashion media that was looked down on by architects 10 years ago, and nowadays everyone wants to lead it. But it is easier said than done. There is a lot of talking, but little is done.

Personally I think that only a handful of architects made ​a truly sustainable architecture by their own initiative, and well above the existing rules in each country. These architects are: Ken Yeang, Richard Register, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Jonathan Hines, David Kirkland, Hansen & Petersen, Peter Zumthor, Mario Cuccinella, … ..


Jim Olson: Architecture for Art

Jim Olson: Architecture for Art, the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to the career of Jim Olson, founder of Olson Kundig Architects. Organized by the Museum of Art at Washington State University, the exhibition will be on view from September 30 to December 10, 2011. An opening reception and a lecture by Jim Olson will take place on September 29, 2011.

The exhibition will serve as a retrospective for Olson’s 45-year career, including his own homes—an apartment in downtown Seattle and his cabin on Puget Sound—as well as his public design work, which encompasses the Lightcatcher Museum in Bellingham, Washington, St. Mark’s Cathedral and the Pike & Virginia Building in Seattle, and the Noah’s Ark Exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Interview with Luis De Garrido for VITRUBIUS Portal (Brazil)

[Google-translated from Spanish]


– A mid-twentieth century, the architect was, in a sense, the obligation to consider the weather conditions for the design of buildings. Admittedly with some precision the positive and negative effects of climate change in order to develop design strategies for a harmonious relationship with the building.

Rapid technological developments after the Industrial Revolution dramatically changed the relationship and the architect was launched, literally, to pursue other paradigms derived from consideration of the elements.

In this sense, one of the best references available at international level is the Spanish architect Luis de Garrido, who has spent more than 20 years of experience in research and development projects integral architecture, bioclimatic and sustainable.

Its chief architects as references to architects Ken Yeang, Peter Zumthor, MVRDV, Eisaku Ushida, Hansen and Petersen, Emilio Ambasz, Norman Foster, Jonathan Hines, David Kirland … among a few others.

Always controversial in their presentations, Luis De Garrido is the creator of some concepts that accompany it in its various activities and are responsible for promoting the role of the architect’s mission to the sustainability of projects.

Maaskant Prize for Young Architects awarded to Nanne de Ru of Powerhouse Company

Nanne de Ru

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The Dutch architect Nanne de Ru (b. 1976) has been awarded the Rotterdam-Maaskant Prize for Young Architects 2011. ‘The jury is very impressed with his rich and balanced design production, which is based on a broad sense of architectural understanding. He proves to be able to combine this broad professional view with an explicit, compelling and expressive design power in the different areas where he operates. De Ru has found a for his age incredible balance between both having a wide perspective and a precise focus. This makes him an example and inspiration for his contemporaries.’

Norman Foster Crowned as ‘Britain’s Best 2008’

Lord Foster

Beating his competitors including J K Rowling, Damien Hirst and ‘Atonement’ Director, and Joe Wright in the Arts Category, Norman Foster voted as ‘Britain’s Best 2008’ based on his design contribution around the planet.

Norman Foster said: “I’m absolutely delighted to accept this prestigious award. It is wonderful for our team, which is spread around the world, to receive such recognition for our global achievements.”