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Designing for disasters #thinkdifferent

Henk Ovink is the Netherland’s acting director general of spatial planning and water affairs and took a different approach to this international challenge. In June 2013, the US housing department launched a $1bn multidisciplinary design competition informed by this new approach. Dubbed Rebuild by Designand funded by the Rockefeller Foundation (which also supports Guardian Cities) and other…

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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…

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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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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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@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…

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#cloudarchitecture

The design concept is defined by three elements: the “Theca”, the “Cloud” and the “blade” of the Hotel. The “Theca”, longitudinally oriented, is the container, with a steel structure and double-glass façade, that encloses the Cloud. The “Cloud” represents the heart of the project. Its construction within the “box” of the Theca underlines the juxtaposition…