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Manchester moves closer to a new Factory

This is my home town and I am always proud of the city’s ambition and the quality of the architecture that has defined the city in recent decades. Rem Koolhaas’ OMA have designed a 100M GBP new arts centre featuring a 7000 seat auditorium for arts and cultural events. On a site that once housed…

Sketching the #architect ‘s personality

Sketches of scale figures can be seen as an architectural signature. These miniature stand-ins for human life not only bring scale and understanding to a sketch, they also offer a glimpse into the architect’s personality. Some designers automatically go for realistic, anatomically correct people, while others have more abstract interpretations of the human body. But what…

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The Architect’s toolkit

An Architect’s work life can be extremely varied and in my experience a typical week can involve a sketch of a new concept, drawing and document reviews and design team discussions through to client presentations and site reviews of construction progress. The ability to carry out a site review and to record your observations while staying…

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Star Wars architecture

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has finally found a home. Following nearly a decade of searching, the museum’s board has announced that Los Angeles’ Exposition Park will serve as the site for the MAD Architects-designed building housing the life’s work and expansive art and media collection of one of history’s most celebrated filmmakers, George…

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Designing for well-being

I consider that sustainability extends beyond the obvious “green veneer,” the ubiquitous solar panel or the wind turbine. As an Architect I seek opportunities with my Clients to design for the user or those who will experience the architecture. Designing for well-being is therefore critical to successful design. A successful building design promotes frequent use…

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skyscrapers from wood & glue

University researchers in the UK are exploring cellulose and xylan on a molecular level that could lead to innovations in strengthening wood materials. Molecules 10,000 times narrower than the width of a human hair could hold the key to making possible wooden skyscrapers and more energy-efficient paper production, according to research published today in the…

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#design with trees

  Tree and Design Action Group is a group that shares the collective vision that the location of trees, and all the benefits they bring, can be secured for future generations through better collaboration in the planning, design, construction and management of our urban infrastructure and spaces. The group have created a guide, “The Trees in…

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concrete innovation

Concrete is a material that excels in its functionality, providing structure to architecture and engineering across the world. There are other ways that this versatile material can be used to provide texture and detail in design. The following are a sample of some Architect’s approach to detailing with concrete.   Follow the link below to get…

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@google scrapes the ground in London

Google has announced plans to establish a new HQ adjacent to their existing location in King’s Cross, London, UK. The new complex should house 7,000 Google staff in a 10-storey “landscraper” of around 650,000sqft. Google replaced Architect AHMM with Thomas Heatherwick who has also designed the new London Bus and the Olympic Cauldron amongst other…

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RCA Battersea South campus design

Herzog & de Meuron has won a competition to create a strategic design approach to the planned 108M GBP Battersea South Campus. The jury for the competition noted that Herzog & de Meuron’s approach exhibited “a deep understanding of the potential for Battersea, making new connections and foreseeing the possibilities for sustainable place-making,” while provided…