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Renzo Piano's Jerome L. Greene Sciences Center to open in New York in 2016
Universities around the world are building dedicated centers for the study of the brain and New York's Columbia University is no exception. For ten years now, Columbia has longed to build an innovative,
multidisciplinary hub for brain research but found
it difficult to do on its densely built up Morningside Heights campus without compromising the very qualities that attract students, researchers,and faculty to its world class university. Now with a new 17-acre campus expansion underway in West Harlem, Columbia is constructing new buildings to house new programs, including a cutting-edge facility for brain research. Designed by Renzo Piano, who is also master-planning the new campus, The Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, named for the eponymous publisher and real estate developer, will be the first of 15 new buildings realised on the new campus. It will be housed within a 450,000 sq ft glass tower... Read more
Top stories this week
1 City Green Court, Prague, Czech Republic
The third building in a new cluster by Richard Meier & Partners in Prague, Czech Republic has completed. City Green Court has been woven into the fabric of the Master Plan of Prague 4-Pankrac, a series of buildings designed by the New York-based architecture practice. The team worked in collaboration with Skanska Property Czech Republic... Read more
2 Dailai Conference Hall, Vinhphuc, Vietnam
WAN award winners and 2012 Vietnam Architects of the Year Vo Trong Nghia have designed a conference hall nestled among the forests and mountains outside of Hanoi, Vietnam. The Dailai Conference Hall, which covers an area of 730 sq m, is situated within the Flamingo Dailai residential resort and was constructed using locally-sourced... Read more
3 Ambulance Playground, Blantyre, Malawi
Dutch designers Luc van Hoeckel and Pim van Baarsen have recently completed the transformation of a parking space into a playground for disabled Children in Malawi. The playground is located a the side of Beit Cure hospital Blantyre, who specialise in orthopaedic treatments. In co-operation with Sakaramenta... Read more
4 Cambodian Future Houses Competition
In October 2012, charitable organisation Building Trust International announced details of their latest competition, inviting architects and designers to submit housing designs for a residence in Cambodia costing no more than $2,000. Working in collaboration with Karuna Cambodia, Habitat for Humanity and the Cambodian Society of... Read more
5 The Curving House, Yongin, South Korea
A 'concave lens' curving house that recalls traditional Korean architecture has been constructed in Sinbong-dong, Yongin, South Korea. Designed by Seoul-based firm JOHO Architecture and completed in October 2012, the raised and curved house combines ash-coloured bricks set at different angles together with a STS mirror-type... Read more
WAN AWARDS Residential Winners
Beach and Howe and Boréal
WAN House of the Year Award Winner
Gota Residence, East Africa
WobbleWorks LLC reveals world's first 3D printing pen
With 3D printing now a reality and projects such as Universe Architecture and Rinus Roelof's Landscape House and Foster + Partner's proposed 3D moon base in the press, two American toy designers have come up with an innovative and cheaper way of being able to participate in the trend: by creating the world's first 3D printing pen. Dubbed the 3Doodler, the €55 ($75) device allows the user to hand-draw or 'doodle' a design in 3D with items
created by the pen ranging from a simple 3D house to an ostrich, butterfly, and even a small plastic replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The device contains a mains-powered heater which warms a single line of 3mm ABS or PLA plastic and is fed in through the back of the device. As the user draws, the warmed plastic comes out of the pen and is quickly cooled via a small fan, forming a string of plastic that can create a strong, stable structure, according to its creators.

Developed by American designers Peter Dilworth and Max Bogue from US start-up firm WobbleWorks LLC, the device requires no software and can simply be plugged in to the mains, with plans for a wireless, battery-powered device in the pipeline. Commenting on the device, Peter Dilworth said: "We wanted to design a 3D printing device that could be used within minutes, without needing any technical knowledge, software or computers. We also wanted it to be affordable as well as fun, so that anyone could 3Doodle!"

Funded using the Kickstarter platform, the product reached it's target goal of €23,000 ($30,000) within a few hours, and at the time of going to press (Thursday 21 February) had received over a €760,000 ($1m) in funding, with the product due to be manufactured in China. According to John Biggs, of Tech Crunch, the product is 'fun, clever, and introduces basic 3D-printing concepts without the rigmarole of programming and CAD'.

For the artists out there, the device has two speeds, fast and slow. These speeds help to determine the flow of the plastic and allow the user to create larger objects and fill a large area quickly, or by using the slower speed, to doodle intricate and precise details. The two developers have said that they hope to be able to fit the pen with different size tips/head for different thicknesses, much like having different paintbrushes.

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Floating school in Makoko is first
phase of floating town by NLÉ Architects
Zaha Hadid Architects
meet with World Cities Network
Architecture has always had the ability to shape how we live our lives and our relationship with the surrounding environment. For the residents of Makoko, Lagos in Nigeria, the threat of flooding is a part of their daily existence, with the July 2012 floods in Nigeria killing 363 people and displacing over 2 million residents. Out of this devastation and the subsequent eviction
Patrik Schumacher, Partner and Director at Zaha Hadid Architects meets with Brian Kilkelly, CEO of World Cities Network to consider how to the built environment can improve communication and the challenges planning law create whilst developing new urban spaces. "All our production is communication dependent, all our problems are
of residents from slums built on the waterfront, a floating school and a floating town is being created in this water community, designed by NLÉ Architects. The Makoko Floating School, a floating building prototype for African water communities, together with the Lagos water community, are designs which will, according to the architects, 'pioneer sustainable development in coastal African cities' with NLÉ Architects currently looking at a similar project in the Niger Delta. The design of the school came... Read more communication problems and the urban environments, such as London, are communication hubs. So for me, the built environment is a 360 multimode of communication which competes directly with these things" explains Patrik whilst pointing to his smart phone in his hand. As we become increasingly dependent on communication, Patrik tell us how the built environment can reflect this in its design and how planning law can restrict development in
urban design.... Read more
Crystal helps contemporary artists create
inspiring work with water in the public realm
Water is a powerful tool. As an essential primal element, water tends to resonate with human beings who are often naturally drawn to it, especially when it is presented in a spectacular form. For artists, it is sculptural and highly versatile, and can create different movement, sounds, shapes and colours. For centuries artists have used water in their work to express themselves, and many examples of this can be found in the public realm. This is no different today, with contemporary artists using water as an expressive tool and taking advantage of the latest technology to create inspiring work.

Crystal, a world leader in water design and technology, has been collaborating with artists and helping them realise their visions since the company's inception in 1967. It acts as a bridge between artists, architects and engineers, believing that fountains are a place where art, architecture and engineering graciously meet. Many of Crystal's staff are artists themselves, and thrive on being able to converse with other artists and help bring their ideas to life.

One artist that Crystal works with is Mark di Suvero. Born Marco Polo Levi-Schiff di Suvero in Shanghai, China in 1933 to Italian expatriates, he moved to San Francisco, California in 1941 with his family. From 1953 - 1957 di Suvero studied philosophy at the University of California, before moving to New York where surrounded by Abstract Expressionism, he focused all his attention on sculpture.

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