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KHR Arkitekter A/S-designed Atuarfik Hans Lynge
School acts as colourful signpost for new marketplace in Qinngorput
Atuarfik Hans Lynge School in Nuuk, Greenland is many things: a cutting-edge educational institution; a lesson in sustainable school design; and a signpost for a newly masterplanned marketplace project
in Qinngorput. Designed by Danish firm KHR Arkitekter A/S, the 6,000 sq m project has been
stitched into the rocky urban fabric as 'the centre for the future development of the town'. The €17m project was completed in partnership with Troldtekt whose eco-friendly acoustic panels lend a natural touch to this rustic scheme. The school building is set in a rugged location at the foot of mountains in Qinngorput. A series of staggered classrooms branch off from a main school building in the centre, taking full advantage of picturesque views out to the harbour. Due to the craggy topography of the site, the school building is vulnerable to blasting winds and influxes of snow or melting water. As such, large eaves have been incorporated to protect the structure with a longitudinal stone gutter to defend the northern façade against rushes of water. Carefully angled roofs guide strong winds up over... Read more
Top stories this week
1 One World Trade Center, New York, United States
On Thursday 2 May, the final two sections of steel spire that will crown the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill-designed One World Trade Center (1WTC) in Manhattan, New York were lifted to the top of the tower. Draped in the American flag which fluttered its stars and stripes in the breeze, Sections 17 and 18 of the spire were hoisted to the top of the... Read more
2 Padiglione Italia at Expo 2015, Milan, Italy
The team of Nemesi & Partners Srl, Proger SpA and BMS Progetti Srl have won an international competition for the design of the Padiglione Italia at Expo 2015. The 2015 Expo will be held in Milan, following on from the highly successful Shanghai Expo in 2010. Pavilions from the Shanghai Expo 2010 can be seen via the following links... Read more
3 Apple HQ, Cupertino, United States
Altered plans for the Apple HQ designed by Foster + Partners with Arup, OLIN, Kier & Wright and Alta have been released by the City of Cupertino in California following a series of articles reporting on the supposedly ballooning costs of this mammoth project. On 4 April 2013, Bloomberg reported that the cost of the project had risen from $3bn to $5bn however... Read more
4 Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2013 Shortlist
Earlier this week we posted the 20 exemplary projects that have been selected for the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Shortlist. At an official ceremony at St. George's Castle in Lisbon in September 2013, 5 or 6 of these breathtaking schemes will be chosen to share a prize fund of $1m in recognition of the impact they have had... Read more
5 SO-IL wins competition for Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art
Young New York-based architecture studio SO-IL has been selected by the University of California (UC Davis) to design the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at its Davis campus. Following a $10m donation by Jan Shrem, proprietor of Clos Pegase winery in the Napa Valley, the institution will... Read more
5 practices selected for WAN 21 for 21 Award
Exclusive interviews with 15 speakers for this year's CTBUH Tall Buildings Conference
Fifteen architects, engineers and industry experts dropped into the Groucho Club last week to talk to World Architecture News about building tall. WAN hosted this pre-event session in preparation for this year's Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Conference in London this June. Click here to view all five video interviews on our YouTube channel.

Question: What will you be speaking about at the CTBUH June 2013 London conference?

Stephan Reinke (Steering Committee)
Kamran Moazami, WSP (Speaker)
Peter Rees, City of London (Speaker)

PR: Building tall is the last resort and is why we have created a cluster of towers. London has succeeded in building office clusters. London has been the victim of gangster cash in building tall residential developments that will never been lived in...

KM: How to collaborate with the designers is key and we face many challenges in London building tall

Question: Tell us about your involvement with the CTBUH June 2013 London conference?

Steve Watts, CTBUH Trustee (Conference Co-Chair)
David Glover AECOM (Speaker)
Peter Barbalov, Farrells (Speaker Representative)

SW: It is the first time that the conference is in London since 2001...we have an incredible array of tall buildings that are changing the skyline. We are expecting at least 800 people to the conference in June.

DG: Understanding the economics of building tall in a historic city: London is a great example of that. Designers have come up with some fantastic innovations to deliver those buildings and those innovations have started to challenge the classic tall building design.

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What are the attributes for determining
the performance of a building's facade?
Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City
Environmental Sanitation Project
While Extended Industry Standard Architecture (EISA) develops a set of attributes for high performance and green high performance, qualitative terms like "integrates, optimizes and outperforms" are subjective and relative measures that yield no concise metrics for evaluation.
The Ho Chi Minh City Environmental Sanitation (Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Basin) Project is having a transformational impact on the city, directly benefitting over 1.2 million people with improved sanitation and reduced flooding while at the same time serving as a new city asset that can be enjoyed by the people of Ho Chi Minh City. Development challenges that the project tackled included: An insufficient capital investment to replace decaying infrastructure
The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) is one of the organizations working to define these needed metrics, baselines, benchmarks and verification strategies, specifically with respect to the building envelope. The building envelope is the nexus of many, often conflicting, functional demands, or as NIBS states: "many high-performance attributes... Read more and to keep pace with rapid urban growth; The frequent flooding that occurred in the city because of undersized drains and inadequate routine maintenance; Severe pollution of water courses, particularly in densely populated areas of cities, because there was no provision for either wastewater collection or treatment and weak utility... Read more
The car is dead. Long live the car.
Just when we thought the car was dead, just when we thought the age of the train was finally here, (again) so the great wheel of history/technology/advance/ cycle of transport could actually be oscillating back towards a new era of the car. Impossible? Maybe, but some very influential people and organisations are predicting just that. The shift started as an amusing, eccentric experiment by Google. A driverless car. What fun. How silly. You may even have read about it while relaxing on a high speed train, flying over endless snarled
up highways. To add some perspective to the idea, 100 years ago, today's commercial flights would have been dismissed as mere science fiction, the jump to driverless cars using the latest technology, GPS, sensors, algorithms, big data, is much less significant, more a bringing together of what we already have.

So what's the big deal about driverless cars? In short, self-drive cars could increase capacity on highways by up to 500%. The investment needed to get this level of upgrade would be a mere fraction of conventional methods. Studies by the University of Texas suggest that smart intersections could perform 200-300 times better than existing traffic signals. Other organisations like PWC and leading US Think Tanks are already exploring the wider impact of this transformation, from self-parking, increased mobility for the elderly and infirm, car sharing, freeing up of urban parking spaces; the list is endless.

Could it really happen? Google has already clocked up some 400,000 incident free miles with their experimental car, and Abu Dhabi's futuristic city, Masdar already has driverless cars known as Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) vehicles.

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