Tesla windscreen factory in Peru features coloured glass fittings

  • A strip of double insulated U-glass brings natural light into the production hall from the south, while protecting it from summer sun exposure.
  • Black glass walls enclose a showroom where a movement-activated system plays atmospheric music when someone enters the space.
  • “The white walls, floor and ceiling polarise the dark entry funnel.”
  • Tinted and textured glass delineate areas inside this office and factory completed by V.oid Architecture for the Lima-based company that manufactures car windscreens for Tesla (+ slideshow).
  • The production offices are suspended over the vast machinery hall, giving employees clear views of the production line.


22 Construction workers injured as slab of under-construction building collapses

  • Initially these injured construction workers were rushed to the Primary Health Centre in Mauda where they received preliminary treatment.
  • Nagpur (Mauda): In what could be mentioned as unfortunate especially on a festive day, the slab of an under-construction building collapsed and fell on the construction workers working on the site on January 15, 2016.
  • Nearly 22 workers were trapped in the debris of the collapsed slab.
  • The Police, Fire and other departments of the district administration swung into action and retrieved every construction worker from the debris.
  • However, Medical Officer of Casualty Ward Dr Vaneeta Bokade added that no worker is critical but are being treated for minor injuries, abrasions, lesions etc. . .


Prefabricated Architecture and Product Design

  • In a recent article posted on Core77, Gordon Stott argues for a transition in design thinking around fabricated architecture.
  • The Unity Home design was developed in collaboration with the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and is reportedly outfitted with the largest collection of Cradle to Cradle (C2C) certified building products in a residential project.
  • Prefabricated modular methods of construction also bring additive manufacturing techniques, including 3D-printing, into play.
  • The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s recent report, Delivering the circular economy: A toolkit for policymakers, looked at issues of prefabrication and construction in a policy context.
  • The focus of off-site construction has been to replicate standard building processes, rather than taking advantage of the potential opportunity in aiming to replicate a product manufacturing mindset.


New 4-lane Road to be Constructed

  • The road will be constructed in the areas that fall under the limits of Kochi Corporation and Thrikakkkara Municipality.
  • Out of the total project cost, Rs 270 crore will be set aside for meeting land acquisition cost.
  • The expected cost for the construction of the road including two large bridges and one small bridge is estimated at Rs 412 crore.
  • As per the plan, in the first phase, work will be carried out at the stretch between Seaport Airport Road and Arakkakadavu, where land acquisition is comparatively easier.
  • KOCHI: A new four-lane Road will be constructed from Seaport-Airport Road in Thrikkakkara to connect it with Chakkarapparambu in the NH. The work will be implemented in a phase-to-phase manner and the administrative decision in this regard is likely to be taken soon.


Forest land not defined but MCG builds Jharsa dam wall

  • Gurgaon: Despite repeated complaints from local residents, illegal encroachment on forest land on both sides of the 150-year-old Jharsa dam to build a wall continues unabated.
  • During the tenure of the previous MCG commissioner, the MCG had started the beautification of Jharsa dam in Sector 15 (I) in coordination with the forest department.The project included removal of encroachment, plantation and construction of a five-foot-high wall on both sides of the dam.
  • MCG commissioner T L Satyaprakash said he has ordered an immediate end to construction failing which action would be taken.
  • “If there is any illegal construction, it will be removed and no government land in the area would be left unattended for encroachment,” he said..
  • The MCG has ordered an immediate halt to construction of the wall and wait for forest land to be demarcated.Locals say the construction of the wall is going on at the behest of some influential people who want to use the forest land as parking space and kitchen garden, leaving a big chunk of land vulnerable to encroachment.One resident alleged that constructing a wall on both sides of the Jharsa dam without proper demarcation would mean validating the encroachment.


Teaching Students the Value of BIM > ENGINEERING.com

  • The event was designed to enhance the students’ understanding of various BIM concepts and scenarios.
  • Recently, 24 university students from three different universities in Singapore, Australia and Columbia had the opportunity to take part in a five-day 5D BIM Immersion and Competition.
  • The immersion featured a number of hands-on training sessions on 4D and 5D BIM concepts using a variety of software such as ARCHICAD and Synchro.
  • For more information on the 5D BIM Immersion and Competition, visit the GRAPHISOFT website.

  • Students in the southern hemisphere have been busy learning what building information modeling (BIM) is all about.


Tributes after leading architect Gareth Hoskins dies aged 48

  • TRIBUTES have been paid to the Scottish architect Gareth Hoskins, who died at the weekend aged 48.
  • Scottish architecture is much the lesser with his parting.”

    Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, said: “Gareth Hoskins was an outstanding architect.

  • She tweeted: “Very sad to hear of the death of Gareth Hoskins, one of Scotland’s finest architects.
  • Hoskins trained as an architect at the Glasgow School of Art and at Florence University.
  • Hoskins Architects issued a statement confirming his death, adding: “It is with great sadness that we confirm that Gareth Hoskins OBE, the founder and Managing Director of Hoskins Architects, has died.

    “Gareth, who was 48, took ill at an event in Edinburgh on Sunday 3rd January and, despite receiving the best care possible in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, he passed away on Saturday.

    “Everyone at Hoskins Architects is deeply shocked and saddened by this untimely loss.


Graham Construction secures £6.3m contract on Higgs centre

  • The Higgs Centre for Innovation will be built at the Royal Observatory in the city.
  • HILLSBOROUGH based building firm Graham Construction has secured a £6.3 million to build a space centre in Edinburgh named after renowned particle scientist Peter Higgs.
  • The space centre is just the latest in Scotland.
  • The new Higgs centre in Edinburgh will focus on space and big data technologies and the whole scheme will cost £12m when fitting out is complete.
  • Last month, Graham completed a £10m primary school in Fort William for the Highland Council.


Chicago Architecture Biennial has half a million attendees

  • Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: organisers of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial have counted more than 500,000 visitors and the city has renewed its commitment to host another edition in 2017.
  • “The first-ever Chicago Architecture Biennial was an unequivocal success, exceeding our expectations for attendance and bolstered Chicago’s reputation as the vanguard of architectural thinking on the national and international stage,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
  • The Chicago totals far exceed those of the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, which counted 228,000 visitors.
  • Writing in Dezeen, Sam Jacob hailed the biennial as being “rooted in the visionary, imaginative tradition (rather than history) of Chicago itself.”
  • An outgrowth of the city’s Cultural Plan, the city created the biennial to showcase Chicago’s legacy as a birthplace of modern architecture and reassert its centrality to global architectural discourse.


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.