London has most expensive construction costs in Europe, second in the world



  • The International Construction Costs Index published by Arcadis, analyses the relative costs of construction across 44 major cities, and also shows a crucial imbalance in London’s expensive construction market.
  • London is the most expensive city in Europe and the second most expensive city worldwide in which to build, according to an index from a global design and consultancy business.
  • At the other end the least expensive cities for construction are Taipei, Bangalore, Bangkok, Kula Lumpur, Ho Chi Min, Bucharest, Prague, Sarajevo, Sofia and Jakarta.
  • Overall the top city is New York, with Hong Kong in third place followed by Geneva and Macau.
  • Cost premiums in the top cities range from 40% to 60% in comparison with other European counterparts.


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5 ways to prepare your IT network architecture for 2016



  • Providing secure access to the network with security between both the network and the cloud and the network and the endpoint should be a priority.
  • For example, creating a distributed architecture using Versatile Interface Processors, which carry their own processors and can switch IP data packets and provide network services allows the system performance to scale up according to requirements.
  • CBR rounds up the five things that your network will need to be in order to survive in 2016.
  • What will be the characteristics of a good IT network in 2016?
  • A mesh network, the most resilient form of network, might provide a solution.


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French Minimalism’s Love Affair With 1950s Architecture Explored at Galerie Pascal Cuisinier



  • Architectural & Minimalist: French Design of the Fifties runs from October 29 through December 31, 2015 at Galerie Pascal Cuisinier, Paris.

  • A new exhibition at Paris-based Galerie Pascal Cuisinier examines the motivation behind the close love affair and its influence.
  • The new show, “Architectural & Minimalist,” highlights about 30 select pieces, among them some of the most radical and minimalist designs of the era, across furniture, chair, and lamp design.
  • French minimalistic design and architecture have been married for years.
  • The gallery champions the first generation of French industrial designers – those with works produced between 1951 and 1961.


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Should Britain’s ‘worst building’ be demolished?



  • That view of 20 Fenchurch Street that brought you to tears is the exact opposite of what he wanted.
  • Either 20 Fenchurch Street is there as long as it endures, or we do something about it.
  • After a day in Paris at Frank Gehry’s exhilarating fish-like, wave-like I found myself on the South Bank almost weeping at the view of 20 Fenchurch Street.
  • I still find it very hard to accept that Centre Point, a building that once personified hit-and-run property development, should now be a listed building.
  • Or even Sant’Elia, although buildings like 20 Fenchurch Street do seem to exploit modern engineering to create futurist dreams that would be a lot better left on paper.


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Super Lamp by Martine Bedin



  • Pomo summer: Memphis Group designer Martine Bedin’s Super Lamp can be trailed along like a dog on a leash, demonstrating the collective’s playful style.
  • “We were always discussing the possibilities of new furniture, furniture that could move,” said Bedin. “I was designing everything on wheels at this time.
  • The Super Lamp was one of a variety of lighting designs that Bedin created for Memphis.
  • The Super Lamp is still produced and sold through the Memphis Milano gallery, and has remained one of Memphis’ most recognisable pieces.
  • Sottsass and his wife Barbara Radice also visited Bedin in Paris, and spotted the design for the Super Lamp while flicking through her sketch book.


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