The world’s #tallestbuilding … in #wood !

Shigeru Ban Architects, working for the developer PortLiving, have designed the world’s tallest hybrid timber building in the Coal Harbour district in Vancouver, Canada.   This design had to attain a design standard worthy of its location next to the Arthur Erikson “Evergreen Building” which is landmark listed. ArchDaily have more images here…World’s Tallest Hybrid…

Visit Gaudi’s first house

Gaudi’s first residential project will open to the public as a museum later this year. The house, in Barcelona, is classed as a Word Heritage Site. Casa Vicens was built as a summer home between 1883 and 1885 1 ; it was designed by the 31 -year-old Gaudí for Manel Vicens i Montaner (1836-1895), a…

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…

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…

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…

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…