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Issue 482
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Trio of flood-resistant houses constructed in Cambodia for less than $6,000
Back in October 2012, WAN advertised a design competition for sustainable housing in Cambodia. Organised by Building Trust International with Habitat for Humanity Cambodia, Karuna Cambodia and the
Cambodian Society of Architects, the competition challenged entrants to pitch ideas for a simple,
cost-effective and flood-resistant residential project costing no more than $2,000. Three winners were selected in March 2013 and we are delighted to announce that this trio of successful designs has now been seen through to realisation. The Wet + Dry House by Mary Ann Jackson, Ralph Green, Muhammad Kamil and Nick Shearman, the Courtyard House by Jess Lumley and Alexander Koller, and the Open Embrace by Keith Greenwald and Lisa Ekle are now occupied by new homeowners in Cambodia. David Cole, Founding Partner and Director of Building Trust International said: “The most heartwarming part of the process so far was watching family who used to live at the hospital having the chance to move into their home. The project builds on the fantastic work that Habitat for Humanity Cambodia... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Istanbul Airport, Istanbul, Turkey
Designs have been released for ‘the world’s largest airport terminal under one roof’, conceptualised by Grimshaw, Nordic Office of Architecture and Haptic Architects. The trio of firms was appointed by the Turkish consortium of Cengiz, Kolin, Limak, MAPA and Kalyon to design the terminal complex for the new Istanbul Grand Airport. Ambitious renderings... Read more
2 International Business School, Suzhou, China
BDP has won the commission to design the International Business School in the ancient city of Suzhou which lies 80 km to the west of Shanghai. The school makes up the last building of the Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University (XJTLU) south campus. BDP was appointed in 2012 to masterplan the large-scale campus to provide... Read more
3 Korea University Business School Hyundai Motor Hall, Seoul, South Korea
Planned as a 21st century Business School that will be responsible for educating global leaders, the construction of Korea University’s Hyundai Motor Hall designed by Samoo Architects & Engineers has recently been completed. Located on the edge of the university’s perimeter with a 14m height... Read more
4 Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Currently housed in an aging mansion and cluster of Modernist additions, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in British Columbia is in need of extensive renovation. A competition for the transformation project was won by LWPAC Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc. + Moore Architecture... Read more
5 UK Pavilion for Milan Expo
Eight teams have reached the final stages of a design competition for the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015. The six month event will address the theme Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, and entrants into the design competition were challenged to channel the additional UK theme, Grown in Britain: Shared Globally. Whilst UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) has released... Read more
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Tarek Shuaib on the evolution
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Transport infrastructures must be the backbone of metropolitan growth
In this second installment of our interview with Tarek Shuaib, Managing Partner at Kuwait-based multidisciplinary firm Pace, we discuss the how the architecture, engineering and construction industries have changed in Kuwait over the past ten years, the ways in which Pace procures new work and what lies in store for this successful practice. Click here to read part one of this interview.
Metropolises of the world are growing very fast both in population and extent, some at five percent a year, many others nearly that much. Growth at that rate means a city will double in population every 14 years, requiring the equivalent of a whole new city: imagine having to build New York, Washington, or any city in 14 years. That is the reality that many cities of the world have to
How has the AEC industry evolved in Kuwait over the past decade?
From an architectural perspective, the profession in Kuwait has evolved from the beginning of the 21st century. That is primarily due to the influence of economic, local, and global changes. In addition to environmental factors influencing change, a dichotomy between the cultural forces of globalization and localization is instrumental in shaping today’s architecture; i.e. the modern versus the traditional, the Islamic versus the Western, and the... Read more
confront - and they do not know how to do it. The results are disastrous. Since June 2010, half of the world’s population - 3.5 billion people - has been living in urban areas. And the trend is continuing. The most developed countries are about 80 percent urbanized. We expect to have two billion new urbanites in the next 25 years. That means 80 million every year, more than 50,000 families every day. The world has to build 50,000 dwellings every day, and schools, hospitals, fire stations, administrative buildings,... Read more
Paul Monaghan, Director at AHMM on designing better healthcare buildings
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