Famed architect Shigeru Ban builds quake-proof homes from rubble in Nepal



  • After the quakes hit Nepal, Ban said Nepali students in Tokyo and his friends around the world hastened to raise funds for his project.
  • Construction workers make the final touches to a prototype house of the Nepal House Project designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban in Kathmandu October 15, 2015.
  • Renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban – who helped bring global attention to humanitarian architecture and continues to influence fellow architects and disaster-relief workers – devised a solution.
  • The prototype for his latest humanitarian housing project in Nepal consists of standard timber door frames joined together and reinforced with plywood.
  • His initial goal to build 30 homes in Phatakshila in the Sindhupalchok district in central Nepal in the coming months is moving forward.


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2016: A year of grand designs



  • The branding of 2016 as the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, follows this 2015’s Year of Food and Drink status, and 2014’s Year of Homecoming.
  • VisitScotland’s involvement signals the belief that there’s a tourism buck to be made out of selling Scotland’s architecture – both historic and new – as an attraction.
  • WHEN fire tore through Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building on 23 May, 2014, the shockwaves spread far beyond the confines of the creative community.
  • Turning the festival – and the entire Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design – into a financial success is the responsibility, ultimately, of the quango.
  • Contemporary structures add a new layer to our built environment, taking inspiration from and sometimes reacting against past achievements in design.


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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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London Met’ Protests Intensify



  • The protesters are campaigning against the sale of London Metropolitan University’s Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design which, is expected to gain the London University a minimum of £50m.
  • It followed a night of visual protests, which saw hundreds of students standing as silhouettes in the university windows as sunlight left London.
  • With the university seeming under increasing fire in recent years, the board of Directors has decided that a single, Holloway Campus in 2017 is a decision that best suits the university, however, many students of London Met staunchly oppose that opinion.
  • “We believe this will benefit our students, who will enjoy an enhanced student experience, and our staff, who will have more opportunities to collaborate”

  • The student protests have been led by protest group Occupy The Cass, and Turner prize-winner Jeremy Deller, who is a visiting professor at the Cass, has been seen on Twitter showing his support for the cause.


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Vo Trong Nghia Designs 2016 SCAF “Fugitive Structures” Pavilion



  • The cutting-edge Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia has been announced as the designer of the fourth annual Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) “Fugitive Structures” architectural pavilion which will be installed across two cities and two sites in 2016: the State Library of Queensland, Brisbane and the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney.

    “I want to bring nature back to the city,” said Vo. “In Ho Chi Minh City, the population has reached nearly 10 million with only 5.35km2 of green space – only 0.25% of the entire city.

  • Vietnam’s unrestricted economic development has devastated the natural environment across the country.
  • This is the problem architects need to solve.”

    According to SCAF, Vo’s innovative bamboo “green steel” structure incorporates a dense forest of natural materials and will feature a clear ceiling that floats above, creating a shelter from the elements whilst allowing visitors to view the sky.

  • The highly porous structure will include numerous entry points for adults and children to walk or crawl through.
  • Dr Gene Sherman, Executive Director of SCAF, explained: “The design of the SCAF pavilion centres around two central pillars of Vo Trong Nghia’s approach to architecture: the innovative use of bamboo, and his passion – and self imposed duty – to green the world’s urban landscapes with plants and vegetation.”


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Urban jungle: wooden high-rises change city skylines as builders ditch concrete



  • Mass timber could prove to be a viable alternative to concrete and steel for mid-to-high rise buildings.
  • We don’t see mass timber replacing those, it just becomes another option when certain parameters and goals apply to a project.”
  • Called mass timber, the material is an umbrella term for large, solid chunks of panelized wood.
  • Out of the mass timber initiative, CLT might prove to change the construction paradigm.
  • Two urban building projects, in New York City and Portland, Oregon, will be changing their city’s skylines with an environmentally sustainable, cost-competitive building material.


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Architectural collective wins Turner Prize



  • This year’s winning nomination looks set to continue the trend as judges of the prestigious contemporary art prize have widened the definitions of contemporary art, choosing an architectural collective as the winner for the first time.
  • At the Turner Prize exhibition they showcased their work through a showroom of a social enterprising workshop set up in Granby to help the community.
  • The 16 core members of the collective attended the ceremony on Monday night to receive the prize cheque of £25,000.
  • Assemble was awarded the prize for their work refurbishing 10 houses in Granby, Liverpool, an area which had fallen into disrepair.
  • Jewish founding member of the collective, Paloma Strelitz, said the group was surprised to be nominated, adding: “We sit between disciplines.


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UK’s Top Art Award, the Turner Prize, Won by Architecture Project for Derelict Houses



  • The UK’s Turner Prize for 2015 has been won by Assemble, a collective group of architects that has restored derelict houses.
  • The Turner is the leading award in British contemporary art, and arguably Europe’s most prestigious contemporary visual art prize, and Assemble is its first winner from the architecture and design field.
  • Alex Farquharson, director of Nottingham Contemporary, has been appointed the new director of Tate Britain.
  • Assemble was nominated both for this “Granby Four Streets” project as well as others.
  • The total prize pool for the Turner is £40,000 (about $60,300).


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Riba investigates architect’s allegations of institutional racism



  • To my great pride my citation for my OBE was as chair of the Society of Black Architects.
  • The Royal Institute of British Architects has launched an investigation into allegations of institutional racism made by a leading architect and member of its national council.
  • Riba said it had appointed a QC and expert in the field to conduct an independent investigation into the claims.
  • Duncan, the Riba president, said in a statement that Owusu had written expressing her “dissatisfaction” and had alleged “that the election process may have been tainted by institutional racism”.
  • Racist and sexist discrimination runs through architecture “like a stick of rock”, and it starts at the top with Riba, Elsie Owusu has claimed.


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ArandaLasch adds pleated concrete facade to Tom Ford store



  • US firm Aranda\Lasch has completed a store for fashion designer Tom Ford in the Miami Design District, featuring an angular facade that references bold Art Deco motifs (+ slideshow).
  • Robins, co-founder of the Design Miami fair, is turning the area into a neighbourhood dedicated to fashion, design, architecture and dining spaces.
  • Inside the Tom Ford store, menswear and womenswear are split up over the two floors.
  • The architecture studio – which recently designed looping Railing chairs made of metal pipes for Design Miami – referenced patterns and shapes typical on the Art Deco-period architecture around Miami in its design for building’s facade.
  • “Inspired by the pleated Art Deco patterns found in architecture and fashion, the facade is given a texture that revives the exuberance and ornament of Miami’s golden era,” the studio told Dezeen.


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