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24 November 2015
Issue 564
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Milan’s vertical forest
Bosco Verticale is located in Milan, Italy's emerging Porta Nuova district. The project, which translates in English as 'vertical forest,' comprises two landscaped towers that between them contain 113 apartments offering
expansive views across the city. The design by Stefano Beori is characterised by its integrated
vegetation comprising 1,000 different species of trees, shrubs and plants. In total, the scheme contains 780 planted trees, seeking to increase the site’s biodiversity, which may have been adversely affected during the project’s construction. The taller of the two towers climbs to a total height of 112 m, with staggered concrete balconies protruding from each of the scheme’s façades. Each individual dwelling features a private garden which protects interior living space from acoustic pollution, dust particles, harsh winds, and direct sunlight. At roof level, photovoltaic panels contribute to the self-sufficiency of the complex, while greywater from the building is filtered and reused to irrigate the site’s extensive flora. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Awards Jury named the Bosco Verticale, Milan, as... read more
Top stories this week
1 London's Bishopsgate
tower approved
The City of London’s Planning and Transportation Committee has resolved to grant planning permission for 22 Bishopsgate (22) in the City of London, UK. This marks a significant step forward in AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets’ (AXA IM – Real Assets) plans for a new building in the City which it intends to deliver with development partner Lipton Rogers. AXA IM - Real Assets and Lipton Rogers intend to transform this important site in the City of... read more
2 UNStudio gives Arnhem station a new twist
The new Arnhem Station in the Netherlands will be officially opened this week, on 19 November. The multidisciplinary approach by the architecture firm UNStudio and engineers Arup linked architectural design to human behaviour with techniques such as wayfinding and signage. With the opening of the new station building the transformation of the area is now complete. Since 1996 UNStudio has collaborated with Arup... read more
3 Greenwich given the greenlight
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has given his seal of approval for the capital’s largest single regeneration development on the Greenwich Peninsula, London, UK. A revised masterplan for nearly 12,678 homes and 12,000 jobs on a previously disused gasworks will create an entire new district formed of five neighbourhood zones that will be designed by architects Allies and Morrison. The 80-ha site... read more
4 Du Besset – Lyon reinvents an old classic
The French office Du Besset – Lyon has just completed the transformation of a former 1930s sanatorium into a School of Architecture located in Clermont-Ferrand, France. The rational spirit of this perfect example of a functional building has been restated to create a model of coherent architecture for future students. The ideal relationship between construction and nature is restated to nestle the new school of... read more
5 Atelier Thomas Pucher wins Austrian library competition
Atelier Thomas Pucher has won the international competition for the extension and the renovation of the University of Graz main library in Austria. The library, which is located in the heart of the campus, will have a new auditorium for 430 students. It will include 650 reading and working places for students, as well as a study and examination rooms, administrative and storage areas. At the moment the library holds... read more
BIG to head up Pittsburgh masterplan Muji to work its mojo on houses
A new development in Pittsburgh, USA, re-envisioning the former site of a historic arena and bustling neighbourhood, may be one of its biggest opportunities yet to truly redesign the fabric of a major city. Ever since demolition in 2012, the Civic Arena site, former home of the city's professional hockey franchise, the Penguins, has been an unrealised possibility offering prime real estate near the city's core. BIG, West 8 and Atelier Ten's vision for a new masterplan in Pittsburgh covers 28 acs, including 1,200 units of housing as well as over 1m sq ft of retail and commercial space. It provides accessibility across Pittsburgh's unique topography and creates a vibrant new open space for the city’s residents to enjoy. BIG were brought in to design the residences and public... read more
The Japanese have long ruled the tiny house movement. And no wonder. Japan has some of the most expensive housing in the world, with the UK's Independent newspaper now reporting the average cost of a 40 sq m house there to be a staggering $422,440. In response to the country’s growing housing crisis, many of Japan’s top architects, like Shigeru Ban and Yashiro Yamashita, have turned their talents to designing low cost houses the size of garden sheds that can be deployed in many different circumstances. The latest to get in on the small house craze is Japanese retailer, Muji, who unveiled last month at Tokyo Design Week, three micro houses it plans to bring to market. Dubbed Muji Huts, the houses come in three... read more
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Tech Spot #30: Morocco
poised to become solar superpower
London, Ontario
connects to the Thames
Morocco is set to make history when the first phase of one of the world’s largest concentrated solar power plants starts generating electricity, reported the World Bank (WB) in an article on its website. “When fully operational, it will produce enough energy for more than one million Moroccans, with possibly extra power to export to Europe,” it noted. The solar thermal plant at Ouarzazate will harness the Sun's warmth to melt salt, which will hold its heat to power a steam turbine in the evening. The first phase will generate electricity for three hours after dark; the last stage aims to supply power 20 hours per day. It is part of Morocco's pledge to get 42% of its electricity from renewables by 2020. The UN has praised Morocco for the level of its ambition. The UK, a country with higher GDP... read more
Denver-based landscape architecture and urban design firm Civitas, in collaboration with Canadian planning, design and engineering firm Stantec Consulting, has been announced winner of London, Ontario’s ‘Back to the River’ design competition. “This is a transformational, game-changing, city-building initiative,” says London, Ontario’s Mayor Matt Brown. “It’s about reconnecting to an asset we have at the heart of downtown. Now we can focus on execution and do this right.” The city presented the competition as an international search for designs that would strike a balance between environmental sustainability, economic development and community/recreational space. Titled ‘The Ribbon of the... read more
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