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Tod Williams and Billie Tsien win 2019 Praemium Imperiale for architecture

September 17, 2019 India Block 0
Tod Williams and Billie Tsien win 2019 Praemium Imperiale for architecture

American architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien have been named architecture laureates for the Japan Art Association’s 2019 Praemium Imperiale awards. Awarded annually, the Praemium Imperiale recognises artists who have made a “major international impact” in the fields of architecture, sculpture, music, painting and theatre or film. Williams and Tsien are best known for projects

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Refugee shelters could be built from concrete fabric in 24 hours

September 17, 2019 India Block 0
Cortex Shelter by Cutwork

Cortex Shelter by Cutwork is a concept for a shelter for refugee camps than could be built by adding water to a concrete textile in just 24 hours. Conceptual architecture studio Cutwork designed the shelter to be built with Cortex Composites, a type of flatpack concrete sheeting that can be rolled into place and set

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Concrete arches cocoon egg-shaped kiln in Chinese porcelain factory

September 12, 2019 India Block 0

AZL Architects has completed the BingDing Wood Kiln Factory in Qiancheng village, China, building a series of concrete arches over a traditional brick kiln. AZL Architects designed the whole porcelain factory to echo the shapes of the monumental, egg-shaped kiln. Concrete arches curve over the body of the kiln, with windows and vertical joints orientated

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Government threatens to “name and shame” owners that do not replace Grenfell-style cladding

September 9, 2019 India Block 0
Cladding removal UK government fund

The UK government says building owners will face “consequences” if they do not use a new £200 million fund to remove dangerous cladding, 26 months after the Grenfell Tower Fire. UK secretary of state for housing Robert Jenrick said that building owners who do not remove unsafe aluminium composite material (ACM) from residential tower blocks will

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Zuo Studio builds arching bamboo pavilion over water in Taiwan

September 5, 2019 India Block 0
Bamboo Pavilion by Zuo Studio

A pavilion of woven bamboo and steel by Zuo Studio arches over a body of water to create a shady place to sit in Huludun Park in Taiwan. Zuo Studio designed Bamboo Pavilion for the Taichung Real Estate Development Association as part of the 2018 World Flora Exposition. Its ridged form is designed to recall

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Think tank to research terraforming Earth founded by Moscow’s Strelka Institute

August 30, 2019 India Block 0
The Terraforming think-tank by the Strelka Institute

The Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow has launched a postgraduate course to research how the Earth could be terraformed to reverse the impacts of climate change. Called The Terraforming, the interdisciplinary think tank will research ways in which the Earth could be dramatically transformed in the future to return it to

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Time magazine names V&A Dundee and The Shed amongst world’s 100 greatest places of 2019

August 28, 2019 India Block 0
The Shed by DSR and Rockwell Group

Kengo Kuma’s V&A Dundee and The Shed in New York by Diller Scofidio + Renfro are among the top 100 locations to visit this year according to Time magazine’s list of World’s Greatest Places 2019. The £80 million Scottish outpost of the V&A Museum and Manhatten’s cultural centre with a retractable roof are two of the architecture

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Indonesia’s new capital will be located on Borneo

August 27, 2019 India Block 0
East Kalimantan in Borneo, site of the new capital

As congested and low-lying Jakarta sinks rapidly, Indonesia’s government has revealed that the new capital city will be built on the island of Borneo. President Joko Widodo announced that the administrative functions of Jakarta would move to the area of East Kalimantan, reported Bloomberg. The new capital will be located between North Penajam Paser and Kutai

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London bandstand where David Bowie played given listed status

August 16, 2019 India Block 0
David Bowie's bandstand in Beckenham listed

An ironwork bandstand in south London where David Bowie organised and performed at a festival 50 years ago has been given Grade II-listed status. The bandstand in Beckenham was the centrepiece of a free 1969 music festival organised by Bowie in the spirit of Woodstock. It took place on Croydon Recreation Ground, where the bandstand sits,

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Living facade of plant pots will cover Green Villa by MVRDV in the Netherlands

August 15, 2019 India Block 0
Green Villa by MVRDV

Architecture practice MVRDV has unveiled designs for a residential development in Sint-Michielsgestel, the Netherlands, with green walls formed of shelves of plants. Together with their co-architect Van Boven Architecten, the Dutch practice has developed Green Villa for property developer Stein to sit in a corner site on the southern edge of the town. The three-storey

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