Saturday, December 17, 2005

Architecture ! Dublin Habitat

Architecture ! Dublin Habitat
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- In crafting a modern setting within a historic context, the Irish firm of
Douglas Wallace Architects has struck a delicate balance between respectful homage to the past and a stylish adventure into the future. In the new Habitat store in Dublin, they have converted an 18th-century Bank of Ireland and a 1960s office building into a large retail establishment for the city center. Working with concept architect Patrick Mellett of Paris, Douglas Wallace has transformed two adjacent buildings into offices and 22,000 square feet (2000 square meters) of retail space for the home furnishings franchise, one of the largest retail units to.............Read on!
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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Series Of Blasts Rocks New Delhi (OFF Topic)

More than 30 killed in explosions at crowded markets in Capital (off Topic)
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- A series of explosions shook New Delhi on Saturday, tearing through markets jammed with shoppers ahead of an upcoming Hindu festival- DIWALI. As many as 20 people have been killed in an explosion in Sarojini Nagar market and 15 others have reportedly been killed in Paharganj.Red alert declared in Delhi following explosions in Paharganj, Sarojini Nagar market and Govindpuri.Most of those injured or killed in the explosions were ordinary people out shopping in the festival season. According to latest reports, RDX was used in the blasts.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in a statement from Kolkata said the blasts are a clear case of terrorism.
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Sunday, May 08, 2005

Architects faking it for museum ***

Architects faking it for museum
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- A COMPETITION to design a museum which will never be built is exercising the minds of Manchester architects. The contest to come up with plans for the Manchester Letherium has become one of the greatest challenges to the world's architects. Some have spent days and nights sweating over their vision of the Letherium, which is the name given to the imaginary museum `proposed' for the junction of Princess Street and Whitworth Street.The winner will be announced on April Fools' Day - which is appropriate, as the Letherium will never be built. ...............................Read on!!
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Thursday, April 28, 2005

The 7th International Conference On Multi-Purpose and Tall Buildings

The 7th International Conference On Multi-Purpose and Tall Buildings
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- After six highly successful conferences in , , , , and , the most prominent international forum specialising in Towers and Tall Buildings will be held in . Do not miss this unique opportunity to join and share knowledge with regional and international colleagues representing the most esteemed Architects, Engineers, Land Developers, Material Specialists, Entrepreneurs and Decision-Makers at the forefront of the tall building construction industry worldwide!!
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Thursday, April 14, 2005

Regarding Water by ArchitectureWeek ***

Regarding Water by ArchitectureWeek
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- A building can outwardly but subtly express the functions it shelters and express institutional regard towards its surrounding context. An example of this is the new office building for Rijkswaterstaat Zeeland, the Department of Water Management and Transport (RWS), in Middelburg, The Netherlands. Through its many sustainability features, it shows deference to energy and water conservation and to the well being of its occupants........................
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(Source: Architecture Week)

Friday, April 01, 2005

'ARTCITY' International Design Competition 2005 Call for Submissions

-Artcity is a celebration of contemporary , and , held every September in , . Artcity opens possibilities for conversations, debates and realizations about how and what artists, architects and designers do and how they see and shape the world around us. By programming underused, neglected and temporary spaces, the enters into environments where the public live and work, re-shaping and re-defining Calgary's - and Calgarians'- everyday landscape...........More Info!
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Call for Submissions
Visual Arts
Architecture / Peepshow
Graphic Design

Thursday, March 31, 2005

ArchitectureWeek's :Thom Mayne Pritzker Prize ***

Thom Mayne has been named Pritzker Prize laureate of 2005.
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- This year's choice for Prize laureate is Los Angeles architect Thom Mayne. He is known for breaking through traditional bounds of forms and materials, and his work has been chosen for numerous awards during his three-decade career. Mayne is principal of Morphosis, meaning "manner of formation." The firm's recent built works to capture media attention include the Diamond Ranch High School, the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters, and the Dr. Theodore T. Alexander, Jr. Science Center School. He is currently working on a project in association with City's bid for the 2012 Olympics. Mayne.................Read More!
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Bangladeshi architect Md Rafiq Azam has recently got the “Focus Countries Commendation Award-2003”

Architect Md Rafiq Azam has recently got the “Focus Countries Commendation Award-2003”
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- Bangladeshi architect Md Rafiq Azam has recently got the “Focus Countries Commendation Award-2003” of JK Cement Group, India for his project — Karim Residence — at Gulshan in the city. Rafiq Azam also won the same award in 1997 and 1999, said a press release. Md Rafiq Azam was also among the 23 finalists from around the world in the “Aga Khan Award for Architecture-2004” for his multi-family housing project in Khazedewan, Lalbagh. The other selected projects of Rafiq Azam..........................Read More!

Mumbai's Shivaji Terminus in UNESCO'S heritage list!!

Mumbai's Shivaji Terminus in UNESCO'S heritage list
Press Trust of India
- Chhattrapati Terminus has been included in the UNESCO's World Heritage List.A certificate regarding this was given by the UNESCO's officer-in-charge () to the Chairman of Railway Board, which has been preserving the , at a ceremony in New Delhi on Wednesday.The included the structure,...................Read More!
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(Source: Hindustan Times)

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Architecture Students Helping Rebuilt Tsunami Disaster Struck Area's

architecture students help in recovery
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- According to, Ball State University
students helping to rebuild a fishing village with their bare hands. While staying in the tiny Sri Lankan fishing village of Kalametiya, more than 20 Ball State students who participated in an architecture field study program this semester helped families construct permanent homes in place of the tents they'd been living in since December's deadly tsunami ravaged the island nation. Well, we all appreciate the efforts of those, who are directly or indirectly helping in relief and rebuilding process of struck areas. We also appreciate people to donate generously for .
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FRONTIERSPACE...Beyond the boundaries!

FRONTIERSPACE...Beyond the boundaries!
Space Agency
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- Space Agency is a committee of The
League for Studies in and the Environment. Founded in 1979, The Vancouver League is a non-profit organization and dedicated to the promotion of architecture and . Frontierspace is an open international design in the city of Vancouver organized by the spaceAgency. The frontier is a border that separates the known and accepted from the unknown; it is the leading edge; it is a space where new ideas can be tested. This competition aims to generate innovative design proposals to re-think an existing space in the city....................Read More!
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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

LEDs, the Latest Frontier on Architectural Lighting !! ***

LEDs, the Latest Frontier on Architectural Lighting
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-LEDs are everywhere, and not just in traffic lights and digital alarm clocks where they started several decades ago. LEDs, short for light emitting diodes, have been steadily making their way into architectural applications around the world. Until recently, LEDs were considered impractical for widespread use in large environments but the technology has improved dramatically—they’re smaller and brighter, use less power, can be computer controlled, and cycle through all the colors of the rainbow—enticing more and more architects and designers to integrate them in their work.Many manufacturers (even those that only recently incorporated the technology into their lines) have now made LEDs, if not a.............................
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- DakshinaChitra is a unique Centre located on the east coast road in Muttukadu on the way to which offers the visitor an unforgettable & authentic insight into the lifestyles of the diverse peoples of South India. Traditional craftspersons & folk artists work & perform in the reconstructed period settings of 19th century streets, homes & workshop-spaces in the & sections. These are presently open to the public. Enter the TamilNadu section through a majestic carved wooden doorway..............Read More!
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Monday, March 28, 2005

Summers in the town again, why not “HARVEST RAINWATER “? ****

Learn how to harvest the rain . April 18 - 21 , 2005
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- Centre for Science and Environment () has launched its training programme on 'Urban Rainwater Harvesting,' and I would like to introduce you to its prime components. This initiative is a part of the Anil Agarwal Green College, that is being set up presently.For more than two decades now, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has worked to spread awareness about the immense relevance of . Our primary...................More!
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Everything Old World is New Again

Everything Old World is New Again
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- We may live in a new age, but we still clamor for old world styling in our homes. Today’s interior design trends reflect our desire for looks that say “handcrafted” yet perform “high tech.” Laminate flooring is an ideal marriage of the modern homeowner’s love of authentic details and need for maximum durability. “Homeowners today can have the timeless appeal of wood’s look in laminate flooring products that offer superior durability, clean easily -- and install quickly, without glue,” explains Claes Wennerth, president of laminate flooring manufacturer, Alloc, Inc. located in Racine, Wis. “This dual personality..................Read More!!
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SCU Plans Green Building to Show Sustainable Designs !***

SCU Plans Green Building to Show Sustainable Designs
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- Straw bale walls, photovoltaic cells, recycled textiles, and featuring locally harvested wood are some features that will be a part of the new Commons building on SCU's Mission . architectural firm of Kaplan Mclaughlin Diaz (KMD) has been commissioned to design the new building, which will be the ultimate "green" building on campus and an example of SCU's commitment to stewardship of the ..........................Read More!
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Sunday, March 27, 2005

Winning Design For National AIDS Memorial !!

Winning Design For National AIDS Memorial
By, Kari Webb
- A haunting design by two New York architects has won a competition to create a centerpiece for the National AIDS Memorial Grove. It's a seven-acre garden in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park that is the only federally recognized AIDS memorial in the United States. The winning entry is called "Living Memorial." Designed by Janette Kim and Chloe.............More!
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EARTH IN AUROVILLE - "Introduction" !! *****

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- From the early days of Auroville, in the 1970’s, different experiments have been made with earth building, with mixed results. The creation of the former Auroville Building Centre/Earth Unit in 1989, and the construction of the Visitors’ Centre, started a new era in earthen architecture.This Visitors’ Centre of 1200 m² was granted the “Hassan Fathy Award for Architecture for the Poor” in 1992. Built of compressed stabilised earth blocks, it demonstrated the potential of stabilised earth as a quality building material.Since then, the value of earth as a building material has been acknowledged for its economic advantage, as well as its comfort and quality, which promotes indigenous and sustainable development. Today, Auroville can show a wide variety of earthen projects: public buildings, schools, apartments and individual houses.Most of the projects...............................Read More!
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The Temples of India *****

The Temples of India
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- Focusing on the and medieval temples of India, this section is designed as a tutorial on the tradition of Indian temple construction. Readers are encouraged to begin with a overview of technical terms and make use of the numerous cross ................................Read More!
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Saturday, March 26, 2005

Top Architecture Prize Winner : Morphosis's Thom Mayne ****

Mayne will receive a $100,000 grant and a bronze medallion at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion
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, FAIA, who founded his now internationally renowned firm Morphosis in 1972, has been chosen as the 2005 Laureate of the Pritzker Prize. This award celebrates a three-decade career in which the -based architect has garnered 54 national, state, and local Awards as well as numerous other honors around the world..................The firm also is looking forward to completing the New Academic Building for The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and the 2012 Olympic Village, a project in association with the Big Apple’s bid for the 2012 Olympics. Morphosis also .................Read More!
(Source: AIArchitect)
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Friday, March 25, 2005

FOCUS - Hong Kong arts hub project a battleground for world's top architects

FOCUS - Hong Kong arts hub project a battleground for world's top architects
by Mark McCord
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- HONG KONG (AFX) - As seeks a spectacular new landmark to add to its famous skyline, the city has become a battleground where the world's greatest are striving to make their mark with a visionary arts and performance center.
and Argentinean were both in the southern Chinese enclave last week to marshal their forces in a bidding war for a project already designed, in terms of outline, by Britain's Lord . The three heavyweights, who between them have created some of the world's most striking modern structures, are keen not only for the riches the 40-hectare West Kowloon Cultural District will offer the winner, they want a piece of the prestige it is expected to.............................More on BattleGround!

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Architecture Timeline ***

Explore architecture through the ages

- This page provides a quick history of in the Western world, from prehistoric megaliths to modernist . Follow the links to find articles and photos for each period and style. Please note that architecture is a fluid art. Architectural styles do not start and stop at precise times, and the dates.....................................More!
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Deconstructivism Architecture !! **

One of Peter Eisenman's homes,
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- Deconstruction or
," according to words at the 1988 Frist international symposium on deconstruction in . It is looking for "the between" According to at the same symposium, architects who fracture are merly illustrative; they are not challenging an preconceptions. While the theory the "new way of seeing" for architects and academics may be viewed as a decadence it more importantly offered an alternative incluence to the increasing banality of formality.The resulting buildings actually seem to fit the word - dismantled, fractured dissasmblages, with...............................Read More!
(Source: Archpidia)

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Need a Building? Just Add Water *

Need a Building? Just Add Water
Rowan Hooper
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- In a world with millions of
refugees, numerous war zones and huge areas devastated by natural disaster, aid agencies and militaries have long needed a way to quickly erect shelters on demand. Soon, there will be such a method. A pair of engineers in London have come up with a "building in a bag" -- a sack of cement-impregnated fabric. To erect the structure..........More!
(Source: Wired News)

Innovator picked for top architecture prize :2005 Pritzker ***

Innovator picked for top architecture prize
By Ann Jarmusch
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- Thom Mayne, a daringly progressive architect based in Los Angeles, will receive the 2005
Pritzker Architecture Prize. The award, which carries a $100,000 grant, is considered the design world's equivalent to the Nobel Prize. Mayne, 61, leads the innovative firm Morphosis, which captured public and media attention for the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters and the Science Education Resource Center/Science Center School, both completed last year in Los Angeles. The Caltrans building.........................Read More!

Sunday, March 20, 2005

'Erin Go Bragh' : Architects of Ireland

Erin Go Bragh : Architects of Ireland . Peter Rice (1935-1992)
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Irish architects -After he received his primary degree, he spent a year at Imperial College in London before joining Ove Arup and Partners in 1956 to work on the Sydney Opera House.
At Arups he was part of a small team which worked for three years to figure out a way to built Utzon's shells. After three years working on the project in London, he moved to Sydney to be assistant engineer to Ian MacKenzie. After one month MacKenzie fell ill and was hospitalised, leaving Rice in total charge. At the age of 28, he was resident engineer on one of the world's most recognisable buildings. He was responsible ..............................Read More about Peter Rice.
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