NEWS REVIEW
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Issue 419
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QRio scheme integrates tourist information into Rio's pavements
Each year, approximately two million foreign tourists flood into the pulsing city of Rio de Janeiro (in addition to Brazilian tourist traffic) to sample its sandy white beaches, dance through its colourful carnivals and gaze
wonderingly at the 30.1m-high statue of Christ the Redeemer. Finding one's way around a buzzing
new city can be a difficult task, especially if you don't speak the language; however visitors to Rio de Janeiro are now able to learn more about the city and its positive traits using their smart phones and tablets. The city began installing a series of QR code patterns onto its pavements on Friday 25 January in preparation for the 2016 Olympics, starting at Arpoador by Ipanema Beach. Keeping in line with the traditional black and white mosaic tiles that already line the streets in this area, the QR codes can be easily activated using a free app for smart phones called 'QR Reader'. In scanning the pavement QR code, the user will be diverted to a tourist information website which lists details about area where they are standing, including a Google Map so they can find their way about... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Museo Del Mundo Maya, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
Opened to the public in September 2012, the Museo Del Mundo Maya in Yucatan, Mexico has been recognised by the Premio Iberoamericano CIDI in the Culture category. The awards programme covers all Latin American territories and the architects of Museo Del Mundo Maya, Grupo Arquidecture (formerly 4A Arquitectos) will officially receive... Read more
2 Chicago Building Fire, United States
A warehouse in the US city of Chicago has become an internet sensation after it caught fire and then froze as firefighters showered it with water that hardened in the -7° temperatures. More than 200 firefighters attended the scene over the last three days reported the Huffington Post, with hot spots that burnt fiercely within the ice-encrusted... Read more
3 Faena Aleph Residences, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Faena District in Argentina is now home to Foster + Partners' first completed project in Latin America. Owned by Faena Group, the district totes architectural designs by some of the industry's most expressive figures including Philippe Starck whose Faena Hotel incorporates a number of recycled silos and the Faena Arts... Read more
4 Italcementi i.lab, Bergamo, Italy
Italcementi i.lab, the new research and development centre for Italcementi is intended to reflect the company's position of leadership, technological advancement and commitment to research and innovation in the use of concrete. Prominently positioned at the eastern end of the Kilometro Rosso Scientific... Read more
5 Central Office of FEDA Confederation of Employers of Albacete, Albacete, Spain
The Confederation of Employers of Albacete (FEDA) is a nonprofit organisation representing and supporting the business network in the Region. Due to the evolution of its activities and growth of services, the organisation raised the idea of bringing together in a sole building all the installations that were scattered... Read more
WAN AWARDS: Longlist
Sustainable Building of the Year
WAN 21 for 21 Award
Practice of the Week
Experts respond to last week's lead story on 3D printing...
Last week's lead News Review story featured a residential concept design drawn up by Universe Architecture and artist Rinus Roelofs which is due to be realised through the use of 3D printing. Janjaap Ruijssenaars of Universe Architecture told WAN how he intended to use traditional construction methods for the facades of the house and a D-Shape machine to complete the rest. Read the complete article here.

WAN asked two experts - Dr Mike Cook from Buro Happold and Dominic Thasarathar from Autodesk - if 3D printing could be considered a viable alternative to traditional construction methods. They answered thus:

Dominic Thasarathar, Strategic Industry Relations, Construction, Natural Resources, Autodesk

It's early days, but assuming it can be proven to be a low-risk, commercially viable proposition, then it may open some intriguing possibilities. Initially perhaps by complementing traditional construction methods, in a similar manner to how both digital fabrication of components and automated control of heavy plant have taken hold. I could also see potential value for sites in remote locations and printing of spare parts for building maintenance.

If it delivers on the promise of side-stepping the status quo, where complex, low-volume building components cost more than mass-produced standardized elements, Intellectual Property will become the new currency of competition.

Dr Mike Cook, Senior Partner and Chairman, Buro Happold

We are increasingly familiar with the value of 3D printing to allow us to create small scale models of complex building components and complex buildings. They have done a lot to bridge the gap between computer screen and 3D geometry. Research is well underway to up-scale this process to apply it to large building components and even, perhaps, whole buildings.

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WAN Product of the Year Award
presented at BAU in Munich
Can buildings create social and
economic resilience in the city?
BAU 2013 celebrated the trade fair's 20th anniversary and its claim to be the World's Leading Trade Fair for architecture, materials and systems, is backed up by attendance figures. Over 235,000 visitors in just 5 days makes for one incredible show, but this year broke previous records for international visitors, topping 60,000 for the first time, and in terms of exhibitors,
To celebrate buildings that have produced a positive impact on society, World Architecture News annually runs the WAN Effectiveness Award. The winners over the past three years have demonstrated how individual buildings can make a difference to economic and social resilience to cities and how they can increase real estate value. The first winner
Munich's trade fair centre played host to over 40 different countries. Among the BAU attendees were influential figures such as Daniel Libeskind, Christoph Ingenhoven, Patrik Schumacher and Ben van Berkel, underlining BAU's status as the world's leading gathering of architects. The show covered hot topics for the future of the industry including sustainability and building for life. As headline sponsor to WAN's Product of the Year Award, BAU was an excellent platform for the presentation of the winner's certificate... Read more of the WAN Effectiveness Award in 2010 was the Discovery Green, an urban park in Houston, Texas, designed by PageSoutherlandPage. The twelve-acre park opened in April 2008, in response to the increase demand for public space in the densely populated area. Discovery Green has transformed the perception and experience of downtown Houston. On a social scale, downtown has benefited from the large and broad constituency of users in the park. It has become a rich melting pot for Houston's... Read more
schmidt hammer lassen wins Karlshamn
scheme with WAN Business Information
On Friday it was announced that Danish architecture studio schmidt hammer lassen had won an international competition to design a 5,000 sq m cultural centre and library in Karlshamn, Sweden. The overarching concept for the design was 'under one roof', drawing together all of Karlshamn's cultural elements in a single building. schmidt hammer lassen architects has been signed up to World Architecture News' (WAN's) Business Information Service for several years now and WAN was one of the first sources to list
the tender in May 2012. Lena Baden, Press and Prequalification Officer for schmidt hammer lassen architects explained: "WAN includes almost all competition and tender announcements in Europe and covers a big chunk of the entire world as well. We started subscribing to WAN about three years ago and the staff at WAN has been very helpful and attentive to our requests.

"I search the WAN website only once or twice a week, and therefore I asked if WAN could turn the ads I had already opened a different colour, as I couldn't remember where I had got to the last time I visited the service. To my pleasant surprise, WAN reacted quickly, and the very next day, the ads I opened had turned grey when I closed them again. That's a huge help that I hope many of the other users have benefited from.

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