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Inside is the new Outside

Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, the cofounder of Snøhetta, reasons that architects must begin considering indoor space as just as public as outdoor space. Maybe with the sole exception of railway stations, public space is generally understood as outdoor space. Whether in the United States or in Europe, especially now with heightened concerns around security, there seems to…

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#architecture for profit?

An interesting commentary by OMA partner Reinier de Graaf on architecture and its function in society whether to serve the people or to be a function of capitalism. Capital architecture

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#mixeduse facility for Paris

Kengo Kuma and Associates have repurposed an existing warehouse in Paris, France to provide education spaces, a gym and housing. Located close to commuter rail links this new mixed use facility serves the local area’s  worker’s need and acts as a community hub. For further images and drawings refer to the KKA project profile, here.    

Cities Safer by Design

Cities safer by design

The World Resources Institute has published the design guide, Cities Safer by Design. In summary, Many of the world’s cities can become safer, healthier places by changing the design of their streets and communities. Where public streets have been designed to serve primarily or even exclusively private motor vehicle traffic, they can be made immensely safer…

5 Steps to Creating High-Performance Communities

Communities should have energy and water-saving systems, but at a high level there also needs to be a more holistic approach to creating a sense of place and connection, while at the same time being accessible to different demographics and vibrant all throughout the day. Noah Friedman and Kristen Hall (Perkin+Will) explore what makes community…

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James Wines Architect – interview

I have long been fascinated with the work of SITE as innovators in urban design and environmental thinking. I enjoy the challenge that their work brings to the “norm” and the pre-conceived notion that the vast majority hold, of what architecture is or should be. I became aware of their at architecture school when studying…

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Sustainable cities from wood

It is widely accepted that using wood in building construction can be effective at reducing carbon emissions from the process. Imagine the sustainable benefits of densified cities that use the sustainable material that could have a double impact on the emissions generated from our population centres. The Great Fire of London in 1666 should add…