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Issue 458
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No prickly customers at Acton Ostry Architects' new Cactus Club in Vancouver
Relaxed dining chain Cactus Club recently celebrated the opening of their largest venue to date - Cactus Club Coal Harbour in Vancouver. The 20,000 sq ft outlet offers more than double the average interior
space for the chain's units and offers arguably the most breathtaking view of any of the 23 venues.
Embedded into the green roof of the LMN Architects-designed Vancouver Convention Center on the harbour-front, the new restaurant looks out over the water through sloping glass walls which slide open easily, opening up the interior seating to the coastal landscape outside. Internally the d├ęcor takes inspiration from its local context, with slate flooring and low stratified stone walls, the materiality of which, architects Acton Ostry explain, 'echoes the Canadian West Coast landscape and establishes a sense of belonging for patrons and employees alike'. Butcher-block tables can be found throughout, countered by rich brown leather seating and lit by a floating display of hand-blown glass lights. During the day, natural light flows in through the sloping glass roof and walls, enriching... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Red Star Line Museum, Antwerp, Belgium
Eight years in the making, the Red Star Line Museum opened in Antwerp, Belgium on 28 September. A European counterpart to New York's Ellis Island Immigration Museum, the museum is housed in a former maritime complex of three brick buildings that have been restored and updated by New York architect Beyer Blinder Belle to house... Read more
2 FAR ROC Masterplan, New York, United States
White arkitekter, ARUP and Gensler have been announced as the winning team in a two-stage international competition for the resilient redevelopment of an 80+ acre site on the Rockaway Peninsula, Arverne East in New York. The competition was launched in April 2013 following the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy... Read more
3 Shanghai West Bund Biennial Pavilions, Shanghai, China
From 19 October until 19 December, the waterfront in Shanghai will burst into life as the city celebrates the fields of architecture, art and theatre with the Shanghai West Bund Biennial for Architecture and Contemporary Art. As part of this two-month festival, Danish architects schmidt hammer lassen were invited to design... Read more
4 Tales Pavilion, Beijing, China
In the leafy fronds of Beijing's Lido Garden is the latest outlet of design retailer Tales. Conceptualised by Venetian architect Luca Nichetto following an encounter with the company at the Milan Euroluce Exhibition in April, the Tales Pavilion is now open for business following a swift design and build challenge. A statement from Nichetto... Read more
5 Lishui Zijing Technology Enterprise Park, Nanjing, China
Having cemented their place in the Chinese market for comprehensive masterplans, BDP are preparing for construction to commence on their latest scheme: Lishui Zijing Technology Enterprise Park. Located just south of Nanjing, the generous park will be built in stages with the first phase estimated for completion... Read more
WAN House of the Year Award 2013
Shortlist and commended Winner announced at London exhibition
Kingspan: The BIM revolution must begin with manufacturers
Everywhere you look, people are talking about BIM. In fact, it's fair to say that awareness of BIM and its forthcoming impact on the construction industry is very high. That's hardly surprising; when the UK government announced the use of BIM would be mandatory for all public sector projects from 2016, it created a powerful incentive for AEC professionals working in the UK to get educated on BIM, and fast. But it does raise the question; how do we get from
high awareness to high adoption of BIM, and whose responsibility is it to drive this change?

At face value, BIM is everybody's responsibility. Fundamentally a collaborative way of working, it allows architects, specifiers, contractors, owners, occupiers and even demolition companies to share vital information throughout the entire lifecycle of a building much more efficiently than in the past. In that case, you might suggest that it is the responsibility of all of these groups to drive increased adoption of BIM.

That's true, to a point. But while each of these groups have reasons to use BIM, from saving money to ensuring health and safety, increasing energy efficiency to reducing installation times, none of them have the power to drive it through from the start of the process. Architects can clamour for BIM-friendly products, and occupiers can request comprehensive 'user guides' to their buildings, but neither group can ensure that the files contain the level of information needed to make it work most effectively. They create the demand, but who creates the supply? That responsibility lies with manufacturers.

Here at Kingspan Insulated Panels, we've taken that responsibility to heart. We believe that it is up to manufacturers to take the BIM-friendly leap, and make the necessary investment to support their customers. Our work with the UK government part-funded 4BIM project, exploring BIM's role across the supply chain, has highlighted the important part manufacturers must play to support the development of BIM use in building design, planning, construction, occupation and even end of life decommissioning.

Manufacturer-created BIM files (like the ones we've just released for some of our most popular products) save time, reduce the risk of incorrect data and help reduce clashes or errors in the design and installation phases.

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Foster and Gehry secure phase 3
of Battersea Power Station scheme
Sydney Metroblog:
A retrospective of George Nelson
A partnership has been formed between Gehry Partners and Foster + Partners, two of the most well-recognised architecture firms in the world, as the pair come together to design Phase 3 of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment scheme in London. A groundbreaking ceremony for the initial phase was held in July 2013 and details have just been announced for the third phase by Gehry Partners and Foster + Partners. This latest phase includes the creation of a
"Design is an integral part of the business." These are the words of George Nelson, one of the most important American designers of the 20th century. Sydney's Powerhouse Museum is hosting an exhibition of his works, not only as an architect, but also as a graphic artist, product designer and much more, giving glimpse of his interesting career. In some of our past blogs, we have discussed the variety of career paths some architects have chosen.
High Street with two key residential zones totalling 1,200 units, split into two sections either side a central channel. Gehry Partners will be responsible for the residential buildings to the east of the High Street while the residential buildings to the west will be designed by Foster + Partners. These units will be supported by a 200-room hotel, 350,000 sq ft of retail and restaurant space, leisure amenities, and a 15,000 sq ft library.... Read more George Nelson seems to be the one who has done almost everything an architect can do at the time. After earning an architectural degree, he worked as an author and journalist. In 1947 he opened his own design office when Herman Miller commissioned him to design their collection of furniture. He then ventured into business communications and corporate design of the company. His practice worked in the field of architecture,... Read more
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