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Refurbishment National monument De Ploeg

2 days 6 hours ago
Bergeijk, Netherlands
Designer: diederendirrix
Contributed by: diederendirrix

De Ploeg is an ensemble of factory building and park in Bergeijk, designed by the leading Dutch architect and furniture designer Gerrit Rietveld and garden architect Mien Ruys. The factory was built in 1956-1959 as a weaving mill. After the original owner left, the building was empty for a few years, until the exhibition developer Bruns bought it to establish offices and workshops. In one year, the National Monument has been completely refurbished by Diederendirrix, in collaboration with Atelier van Asseldonk. The new interior seamlessly matches the lines Gerrit Rietveld strived so much for with an added touch of the 21st century. The visitor centre hosts permanently changing exhibitions, and of course the history of 'De Ploeg'. The park, also monumental status, is being renovated in accordance with the vision of Mien Ruys and has kept its open character. Bruns will keep promoting the organisation of events so that the park receives a more central role in the centre of Bergeijk.

Riethovensedijk 20
5571 CR Bergeijk

Hotel The Exchange

2 days 6 hours ago
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Designer: Onswerk Architecten
Contributed by: Grohe

Hotel The Exchange is a hotel in the heart of Amsterdam that combines a love of fashion with comfortable accommodation. The Exchange has a total of 61 rooms spread across three attached buildings on the Damrak. The rooms range from 1 to 5 stars. The room interiors at this creative concept hotel rival unique art exhibitions. What sets this hotel apart is that each room is individually dressed, just like a model on the catwalk. The unusual design based on fashion metaphors was created by graduates and alumni of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI), under the tutelage of the INA MATT studio and in collaboration with the Dutch Textile Museum. The young designers transformed the rooms into spaces where fashion and architecture meet in the most unexpected and inspiring ways. The bathroom design is equipped with GROHE fittings, mixers for baths and showers and shower sets transforming the hotel bathrooms into a sensual water experience in a relaxing oasis of well-being.

Damrak 50
1012 LL Amsterdam

Crane Hotel Faralda

2 days 6 hours ago
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Designer: IAA Architecten
Contributed by: Grohe

An exceptional piece of industrial heritage, a breath-taking view of the IJ and the city of Amsterdam and a neighbourhood brimming with creativity - Crane Hotel Faralda offers an unforgettable hotel experience for all lovers of extravagant and exclusive accommodation. The developer Edwin Kornmann Rudi had the giant crane dismantled, refurbished, transformed into a design hotel and reassembled at its location on the former shipyard. He was supported by the firm IAA Architecten, and interior designer Edward van Vliet. Renowned industrial partners such as GROHE contributed to the interior design. Access to the three suites as well as the rooftop Jacuzzi and lounge platform is via two panoramic elevators, which carry guests to the three distinctly designed suites. Ample glass surfaces combined with red painted steel accentuate the stature of the industrial crane, that stands as a monument to its own history while at the same time projecting a highly contemporary design message.

NDSM-plein 78
1033 WB Amsterdam

Antwerp Theatre Square

2 days 6 hours ago
Antwerp, Belgium
Designer: Studio Associato Secchi-Viganò
Contributed by: Zinkinfobenelux

At one time or another, we all pay a visit to an open air market. Since the redevelopment of Antwerp's theatre-square market, it has been possible to shop there even on a rainy day. The square has been provided with a colossal free-standing steel canopy, more than 20m in height and with a surface area of ca. 70 x 70m. Despite the powerful overall visual impression it makes, a careful look at the canopy will reveal that it is comprised of relatively simple steel components. Another immediately apparent element of the square are the fire escape stairs of the Municipal Theatre. Following hot-dip galvanisation, the stairs were assembled on the ground floor, and the handrails in turn attached. Then, the entire stairs 'measuring 12m in length) were hoisted and attached to the canopy construction. Almost 1.000 tonnes of steel were employed in realising the project.

2000 Antwerp

Port House Antwerp

2 days 6 hours ago
Antwerp, Belgium
Designer: Zaha Hadid Architects
Contributed by: egbertdeboer

The headquarters for the Antwerp Port Authority, designed by the renowned firm of Zaha Hadid Architects, is another iconic landmark in the old docks north of the city centre. The building symbolises the dynamic, reliable, ambitious and innovative character of the port. The Port House is a landmark on the Antwerp skyline, consisting of a modern glass structure suspended over the historic Hansa House. The suspended addition to the Hansa House stands on three pillars containing the lifts and stairs. Two of the pillars stand in the covered inner courtyard of the Hansa House, while the third stands outside it and houses a panoramic lift shaft. The outer skin of the suspended structure is all in glass, while the four outer walls of the historic building underneath have been restored to their former glory.

Zaha Hadidplein (intersection Siberiastraat & Mexicostraat) 1
2030 Antwerp

Nordic Haven Apartments

2 days 6 hours ago
Bydgoszcz, Poland
Designer: Nizio Design International
Contributed by: pkrajewski_pl

The building is designed on a trapezium plan. It has a cascade/terrace form, and in the elevation prominently marked is the division into office/commercial and residential parts. On one side it will have 4 storeys, adjusted to the height of the existing development. The building climbs up in terraces towards the River Brda to the height of 16 above-ground storeys. The residents will enjoy, e.g. a raised courtyard with greenery and viewing platform, green terraces on the roofs, and terraces and loggias encircling from the outside the residential part of the building. The building has a light glass elevation underscored by the woodwork, and Optiwhite glass balustrades on the upper storeys. The glass is contrasted with natural terracotta panels in dark brick colour. The bottom part of the elevation is emphasised with vertical wooden elements that provide sun protection acoustic insulation. (source: http://nizio.com.pl/nordic-haven-apartments-in-bydgoszcz/)

Artura Grottgera 1
85-001 Bydgoszcz

Mafengwo Global Headquarters

2 days 6 hours ago
Beijing , China
Designer: SYN Architects
Contributed by: SYN2017

"When the IP Era is ushered in, brands pay more attention to their personalized performances than before, while enterprises show more care for employees' office space and their identities of, enthusiasm for and emotion cultivation related to corporate cultures. We have created a unique space for Mafengwo, which will be enjoyed by its employees as if they're working in the best office ever in the world. " - Zou Yingxi, Principle Architect of SYN Architects. As one of the most popular websites providing tourism services in China, Mafengwo advocates freedom and exploration of the unknown. On the occasion of its upcoming 10th anniversary, a decision has been made to terminate the team's long-term scattered form of office works, thus improving its cohesion leapingly and eliminating the strangeness among internal teams engaged in different business sectors. The design task of its brand new global headquarters has been assigned to SYN Architects.

798 1
100001 Beijing

Cultural centre and music school

2 days 6 hours ago
eco, Spain
Designer: Alberich Rodriguez Arquitectos
Contributed by: RGM

The building results in a compact plan that adapts itself to the geometry of the existing terrain and occupies its lower and southern part. Likewise, the building adapts to the existing topography in a steep slope, arranging its program of uses in a stratified way, within dependent layers with different uses. As a result the building organizes itself with two entrances located in the opposite facades and different floors. An empty space runs longitudinally within the building, merging uses and levels and permits a complex use and perception of it. This vacuum presents itself as the place of principal communication in the interior of the building, describing it spatially and qualifying it as a public building as it widens its limited interior surface area. Plinths and frames are solved with contemporary materials: reinforced concrete; the white stuccos. As well as the scale and the volumetric treatment collaborate in the insertion in Meco Town.

Eras 4
28880 eco

SEPE Office

2 days 6 hours ago
San Sebastián, Spain
Designer: coll-barreu arquitectos
Contributed by: MI_MOA

The ground and first floor of a residential building in a neighbourhood recently created must be reformed to locate the offices of SEPE, the Spanish public service of employment support. The project attends to express and take advantage of the multiple nature of light. A central vertical space is filled with white light reflecting panels to bathe the heart of the offices with pure, clean and dense light. A transparent skylight over the white planes allows to understand the interior of the block and to value the terraces and the domestic presences of  the dwellings that occupy the top floors of the block. The perimeter reinforces the presence of natural light with a blue glass facade mounted on a black steel structure. Perforated wood panels filter the incoming light and protect the offices of the dominance of views from outside. The facade is the heterogeneous light of the San Sebastian landscape. The natural changing light is not surprising but familiar.

Podavines Kalea 1
20010 San Sebastián

Vilamoura Villa

2 days 6 hours ago
Vilamoura, Portugal
Designer: Joaquim Bento Lousan
Contributed by: buildncomms

Concrete block property sitting on edge of golf course in Vilamoura region of Algarve, Portugal. Accommodation comprises work/living space which looks to be to one floor (ground level) unless there is underground space. Also utilises garage built into ground at side of property, making the overall appearance very low profile and friendly to the local environment whilst bringing a welcome contemporary edge to the often bland faceless golfing resorts of the Algarve.

Caminho dos Golfes 1
245087 Vilamoura

New R

2 days 6 hours ago
Nantes, France
Designer: Hamonic + Masson
Contributed by: Hamonic-Masson

Composed of curved angles and surrounded by undulating balconies, New'R pays homage to Oscar Niemeyer as well as to the architecture of the 1970s French Riviera, (André Minangoy and Michel Marot's "Marina Baie des Anges", for example) and finally the hedonistic fantasy of Miami Beach! Sensual and multi-directional, the building is located at a pivotal point between the "Mail Picasso" and the new neighbourhood currently being developed alongside the rail infrastructure. Framing and capturing the existing location, New'R embraces the site and forms a new landscape.

Mail Picasso 9
44000 Nantes

Rue Camille Claudel

2 days 6 hours ago
Clichy, France
Designer: Hamonic + Masson
Contributed by: Hamonic-Masson

In the history of architecture it is rare to find examples of roads built entirely by the same architect. We often see urban projects divided into 'slices' of 50 to 60 houses under the guise of "architectural diversity." Hamonic+Masson won the Camille Claudel project in 2013 having proposed a global and unitary strategy: diversity is a question of form and typology, and not simply style. The project is organised around 7 buildings on 2 separate plots linked by a public road. The morphology of the buildings develops in a way that provides each apartment with multiple views of the Seine and maximum sunlight exposure. The buildings interact in a way that creates collective spaces overlooking the new road. The architect has responded to the search for identity within the collective and provided differentiation by proposing multiple, varied exterior spaces and numerous typologies. The facades are clad in metallic lace with varied motifs, which give an identity to this new neighbourhood.

Rue Camille Claudel
92110 Clichy

Tassiloplatz 25-27

2 days 6 hours ago
Munich, Germany
Designer: BJKS
Contributed by: Pfannschmidt

Refurbishment of two existing office buildings, with an additional wing for small apartments, creating a new ensemble. A new parking space beneath the yard allowed to create an attractive courtyard with playground. Tassiloplatz 25-27 was nominated for the German Design Award 2018 and has won the first Prize in Deutschen Fassadenpreis 2017.

Tassiloplatz 25 - 27
81541 Munich

Dublin Dental Hospital

2 days 6 hours ago
Dublin, Ireland
Designer: McCullough Mulvin Architects
Contributed by: ArchDublin

Dublin - a city of individual houses - should have a roof-scape of terraces, apartments and viewing platforms. In this project, five contiguous protected structures are converted to new uses for Dublin Dental School and Hospital, combining conservation with strong modern intervention into the fabric. The houses - a piece of city, archaeology and typology combined - are upgraded, using voids and fireplaces for services, retaining doors and surfaces. The rooftop is transformed by the addition of zinc 'pods' containing a new library; light-well 'stalks' are dropped through the fabric, forming niches and spaces around a corridor intervention linking the houses laterally.

Lincoln Place
D02 F859 Dublin

Virus Reference Laboratory

2 days 6 hours ago
Dublin, Ireland
Designer: McCullough Mulvin Architects
Contributed by: ArchDublin

This extension to the Virus Reference Laboratory was built on a restricted site in University College Dublin. It plays a significant role in the relationship between the central university buildings and the surrounding landscape, in particular the lake directly below it. Laid out with offices above and a laboratory, canteen and meeting facility on the ground floor, it is everywhere concerned with being in landscape and with the interpretation of landscape. At a local level, one side is framed by a rational triangular shape on the ground plane - the inner edge is intimately tied around a small Japanese garden. The plan is simple: open space with a coloured core which can be glimpsed in the round as one moves around the building. Additional height to parapets gives it a cube-like proportional muscularity: the elevations are clad in a skin of abstract interlocking and overlapping shapes in which glazing and timber panels project and recede from the main surface.

University College Dublin Belfield
4 Dublin

Dublin City Walls Venue

2 days 6 hours ago
Dublin, Ireland
Designer: McCullough Mulvin Architects
Contributed by: ArchDublin

When Dublin Civic Offices were built in the 1970s, sections of the Viking City Walls were discovered on the site. Some of these were sealed into a double height basement room for 30 years. The project creates a sequence of modern conference rooms within this volume by decisive intervention. The medieval wall is extended on its original line by a corridor, a hollowed-out space whose external dimension matches that of the old wall - solid become void. The rest of the architecture is made as an undulating timber wall and ceiling, folded up to fill the double height space and offer a view of the old wall from a new public entrance. City Wall Space is a meeting and conference facility with a capacity for up to 200 people (120 seated).

Dublin City Council Civic Offices Wood Quay
8 Dublin

House 4/6, Paju House

2 days 6 hours ago
Paju, South Korea
Contributed by: MASIL

The family consists of a grandmother in her 80s who had a stroke on the way to the toilet outside and now is in the hospital, a father who is a non-regular worker and works till late every day, and a middle school adolescent daughter who is always left home alone and is the first subject of concern for the family. Thanks to Illegal extension works, the house has a square-shape, yet its building area is only about 13 pyeong. Though the area was only 13 pyeong, from the start, the project had to face with a task of securing a maximum space for the family of three. As the original access road had a width of less than 4m, new construction was not available. Such a circumstance forced to lead the project like a reconstruction project. The original building area must have been kept, and so was the height.

Surihol-ro 860-16
10826 Paju
South Korea

Haengchon vacant lot 3

2 days 6 hours ago
Seoul, South Korea
Designer: KDDH architects
Contributed by: MASIL

The Haengchon vacant lot, created for urban agriculture, is a useful site where public architects, residents, experts and public officials can join forces to create a vacant space owned by the city. At the center of the city's agriculture industry, Haengchon's vacant lot 3 is located in Muak-dong, Jongno-gu, where fresh air flows through Inwan Mountain and Seoul's capital city. On the first floor of Haengchon vacant lot, adjacent to raising seeding field and public garden, there is an agriculture equipment storage and water storage tank that can use the water from the roof of Jongno-gu record archive. There is a room for internal restroom and residents education. The second floor is designed for various activities, such as exhibitions and community activities, and a community-operated coffee shop will be set up to trigger communication between residents. A solar panel was installed on the south side of the building to produce about 7,300 kwh of electricity annually.

Tongil-ro 18na-gil 19-1
South Korea

MdP La Lainiere de Roubaix

2 days 6 hours ago
Roubaix, France
Designer: Carlos Arroyo
Contributed by: nunarce

MdP is the first C2C (Cradle to Cradle) building in France. A regenerator of a former factory, it is an economic, cultural and environmental activator. The MdP (House of the Project) hosts meetings, exhibitions, calls for tender, as needed to reactivate the 1.000 Ha area into the circular economy. It is also improving soil and air conditions, eating up the chemicals left over from former industrial activity. There were no earthworks, using driven piles that may be recovered; the structure and facades are designed for disassembly and reuse; materials are biodegradable or recyclable, with zero harmful chemicals; sanitation generates nutrients, with the chimneys of three dry toilets as a main feature of the facade; landscaping cleans the soil; the building feeds on clean energies, with controlled solar exposure and the principle of the thermal onion; technology reuse is easy, the designers call it 'superfurniture': mobile equipment units to provide a specific function to any space.

rue d'Oran 151
59100 Roubaix

Folch i Torres square

2 days 6 hours ago
Barcelona, Spain
Designer: Jordi Farrando
Contributed by: farrando

Ciutat Vella and Eixample are two districts of Barcelona that are significantly different. The objective was to transform the square into an element of contact between both urban areas and an opportunity to articulate the various confluences, in order to stop it being a cul-de-sac and become the gateway to Raval. A great diagonal stepway becomes the main axis that articulates this new connection. Vegetation plays a fundamental role e through the combination of trees and plants that bloom at different times of the year. The square opens to the outside and becomes a gateway to Raval. It is a space that takes care of the balance between the various users; where everyone can walk or sit quietly to chat or read; where multitudinous events can be organized; where the smallest ones may enjoy inclusive playgrounds, the youngsters a basketball court and the eldest petanque courts; a space of coexistence where, in short, the various groups of residents can find their place and interrelate.

Placa de Josep M Folch i Torres
08001 Barcelona
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The Intersection of Kendama and Architecture

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Caledonian Sleeper service beds down with refreshed carriages

2 days 1 hour ago
Caledonian Sleeper services are to be expanded with the roll out of a new Highland route from June 2019, sporting ‘hotel on wheels’ decor created by Edinburgh-based interior designers Ian Smith Design on behalf of Serco. Confined to constricted cabin space Smith has created a series of contemporary rooms, some with en-suite toilets and showers, as well as reclining seats,...

Mews-style serviced apartments address Inverness visitor demand

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HRI Munro Architecture has brought forward revised plans for eight mews-style serviced apartments in Inverness, a response to the growing demand for short-term accommodation in the Highland capital. A growing tourism sector and business need had spurred proposals for 16 serviced apartments at Ross House, a detached Victorian house within the central conservation area, but this was...

Advance work gets underway at Paisley Town Hall

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Kier Construction has been appointed to carry out the pre-construction element of a £22m overhaul of Paisley Town Hall , with the implementation of vital stonework and roof repairs. Designs brought forward by Holmes Miller Architects would transform the landmark into an events space and visitor attraction complete with its own conference facilities, improved access and updated...

Peel Ports set out reindustrialisation blueprint for Hunterston

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Peel Ports has opened a six-week consultation open to all residents and businesses in North Ayrshire in a search for ideas and opinions their views on what the future should bring to a 300-acre brownfield site at Hunterston . Consultations dovetail with the publication of a masterplan seeking to capitalise on extensive deepwater and rail connections which should make it a prime site for...

Feedback sought for Granton Waterfront coastal quarter

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The City of Edinburgh Council is inviting feedback on indicative proposals for the latest phase of development at Granton Waterfront following its acquisition of a former gasworks. A 15-year development framework is being drawn up for the site to include new homes, a school, medical centre, shops and business space together with associated public realm improvements intended to better...

Fruitmarket Gallery ‘Open Out’ vision tabled

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Reiach & Hall Architects have finalised their competition-winning proposals f or the redevelopment of the Fruitamrket Gallery to accommodate its expansion into an adjoining fruit warehouse – latterly a nightclub. Dubbed Open Out the plans entail a full renovation of the existing A-listed gallery while extending its footprint to accommodate additional gallery space and a...

Izat Arundell bring forward Leith Docks tenement repair

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Izat Arundell Architects have brought forward proposals to repair Leith’s Bath Road through reinstatement of housing on the site of a tenement property demolished in 1979. The resulting gap-site has been earmarked for six contemporary flats alongside an extension to a ground floor pub, spurred by continued regeneration of the Leith Docks area. Bath Road has become a hotbed of...

Port Dundas homelessness centre expands

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Glasgow City Council has tabled plans to erect a 54-bed extension to an existing homelessness assessment centre by the Forth & Clyde Canal at Rodney Street, Port Dundas. The expansion has been necessitated by the planned closure of an existing hostel at Clyde Place in Tradeston and will replace temporary cabins which have been in use since September last year. Phase two plans drawn...

LDN Architects take design lead at Inverness Castle visitor centre

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Highland Council has selected LDN Architects to carry forward the transformation of Inverness Castle into a set piece visitor destination for the city. LDN were brought on board for their extensive conservation expertise, which will see the heritage asset enhanced for its new role as a tourism hub, serving as a gateway to the wider Highland region. The castle vision includes the...

Livingston veterinary hospital wins go-ahead

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A new veterinary centred designed by Jefferson Sheard Architects is to be built in Livingston after plans brought forward by CVS Group were given the green light by West Lothian Council. The Livingston Veterinary Referrals & Pathology Centre will deliver 30,000sq/ft of purpose-built medical facilities within Livingston Trade Park to the north of Houston Road on scrubland within the...

Egyptian Halls architectural competition seeks adaptive re-use ideas

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An international architectural competition has been launched by The Alexander Thomson Society to elicit design ideas for the adaptive re-use of The Egyptian Halls in Glasgow. A response to the ongoing threat of demolition of the A-listed warehouse the competition is seeking to break a stalemate which has left the building in a state of limbo as negotiations with buildings owner Derek...

Colony model inspires Leith waterfront homes

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EMA Architects are to offer a fresh twist on traditional Edinburgh colony housing with the launch of the latest element of Waterfront Plaza by CALA Homes. A contemporary take on the historic building typology the new homes will adopt a contemporary approach, offering occupiers modern open plan living spaces combined with generous windows over three levels. Building on the traditional...

Glass towers to stand Broxburn distillery HQ in good stead

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Broxburn-based Ian MacLeod Distillers are preparing to begin work on a dramatic new headquarters after outgrowing their current premises in the West Lothian town. The £4.5m project is expected to get underway this July, delivering 10,000sq/ft of office space across two wings of accommodation linked by a glass atrium. Dominated by twin glass towers modelled on traditional louvred...

Edinburgh Airport Business Gateway rekindled with planning in principle

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A long-held vision to build to develop a mixed-use masterplan for Edinburgh Airport has been given fresh impetus with the award of planning permission in principle. Edinburgh International Business Gateway (EIBG) has been quietly bubbling away for over a decade with a consortium of developers comprising Murray Estates, Frogmore Property, New Ingliston and Salmon Harvester Properties...

£200m fund established to correct Grenfell-style cladding

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The UK government has allocated £200m to fund the replacement of dangerous cladding on high-rise buildings where private developers have refused to step in and pay for expensive remedial work after some developers refused to pay for the work. This would be allocated to around 170 high-rise buildings identified as being at risk – a further 23 social housing tower blocks will also...

Government outlines thinking for a temporary relocation of parliament

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Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has published their design proposals for a temporary debating chamber for the House of Commons ahead of a decant of government from the Palace of Westminster to accommodate vital renovations. The designs sit at the heart of a consultation launched to inform the public of parliament’s plan to relocate functions to the ‘northern estate’, a...

North Berwick care home and hotel given all clear

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TGP helm Cambuslang park proposal

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TGP Landscape Architects have conceived a feasibility masterplan to regenerate a former steelworks at Hallside, Cambuslang, as parkland. Hallside Heritage Park sits within walking distance of the Drumsagard Village housing development and has been earmarked as a gateway site for rail travellers heading to Glasgow from the east. The current site had been neglected since being planted in...

SPT offers the first glimpse of its new driverless Subway fleet

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Gilmerton Gateway mixed-use proposals emerge

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Plant machinery specialists Bernard Hunter have brought forward indicative proposals for a mixed-use retail development in Edinburgh incorporating a medical centre, community hub and 60-bed hotel. An application for planning in principle prepared by Mackenzie Design Company earmarks brownfield land to the east of Gilmerton Station Road for the commercial hub, referred to as Gilmerton...
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Nigeria: Reconstruction of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Has Reached 40% Completion - Govt

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[Guardian] The Federal Government yesterday said that the completion rate of the reconstruction work on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway has reached 40 per cent.Federal Controller of Works, Mr. Adedamola Kuti, who disclosed this yesterday when he led workers of the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and other relevant stakeholders to the site of the Prayer City Magboro completed section of the 43-kilometre Road, urged Nigerians to appreciate the efforts being put in place by the contractor to ensure that the road is com

Cameroon: Limbe Annex Stadium - Engineers Mobilise for Quick Repairs

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[Cameroon Tribune] Engineers have concerted in Limbe to begin repair works on the roof of the Limbe Omnisports Annex-Ngeme-Limbe Stadium, part of which was blown down in the night of 3 breaking 4 May, 2019, in a heavy rainstorm. Madam Ayuk Chantal, Director of the Limbe Omnisports Annex-Ngeme- Stadium, attended the technical meeting and told this reporter that repair works would begin anytime soon on the damaged 2000-stadium roof. Although the cost of repairs was not revealed to the press, Arthur Essiane Ossele, Deputy Direc
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Tanzania: Zanzibar Upgrades Its Town to City Level

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[Daily News] The Minister for Regional Administration, Local Government, and Special Department, Mr Haji Omar Kheri, has said that 'Zanzibar town' is heading towards becoming a city by July because it is almost meeting the requirements as per international standards.

South Africa: Gift of the Givers Pulls the Plug On the City of Saints

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[Daily Maverick] After spending millions drilling boreholes of its own accord to bring water to the people of drought-stricken Makhanda in the Eastern Cape, the humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers has abruptly upped and left as accusations swirl in the City of Saints over verbal agreements for payment, procurement processes and corruption.

South Africa: Ramaphosa Never Promised Alexandra Community a Million Houses - Officials

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[Daily Maverick] Residents of the impoverished township bordering Sandton are likely to be irritated by the disclosure by human settlements officials that an election campaign promise by the president was never made. On the third day of the inquiry by the South African Human Rights Commission and the Public Protector into socio-economic ills in the area, the officials said the media misinterpreted what Cyril Ramaphosa had said.

South Africa: Informal Settlements Need Better Rubbish Collection

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[GroundUp] City of Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato brought the "Keep Cape Town Clean" Campaign to Khayelitsha last week in a bid to teach residents how to take responsibility for keeping their community clean. But, as a study last year by the University of Cape Town shows, the rubbish collection system doesn't work for people in informal settlements.

Nigeria: Why Tricycle Operators Protested in Bayelsa - FRSC Sector Commander

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[Leadership] Yenagoa -Authorities of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has debunked reports that Tricycle operators popularly known as 'Keke Operators' protested against the Corps in Bayelsa State, saying the protest embarked upon last week was due to dispute between the State government and the tricycle operators over alleged annual fee for Renewal of Ministry of Transport Numbering.
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Stop The War on Children

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Too many children are dying as a result of explosive weapons, and the international community must step up to protect and declare children off limits in war. In a new report, Save the Children documented the devastating toll that armed conflicts have on children psychologically and physically and is urging further resources and political commitment […]

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Do We Need a Global Convention of Common Principles for Building Peace?

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When the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) concluded a three-day forum on “Peace and Development” on May 16, the primary focus was the daunting challenges threatening global security, including growing military interventions, spreading humanitarian emergencies, forced migration, increasing civil wars, extreme weather conditions triggered by climate change and widespread poverty and conflict-related hunger. For […]

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The US Strategy for Regime Change in Iran: A Dangerous Game

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With the further recent escalations involving US and Saudi accusations of Iran’s involvement in damaging four commercial carriers in the Persian Gulf, and the US military plans to send 120, 000 troops, the US has raised the stakes in the dangerous game of trapping Iran to take steps that can justify US attack on Iran. […]

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Citizenship & Growth: Inclusive Citizenship Laws Tend to Foster Economic Development

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Patrick Amir Imam is the Resident Representative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Zimbabwe & Kangni Kpodar is Deputy Division Chief in the IMF’s Strategy, Policy, and Review Department and senior fellow at the Foundation for Studies and Research on International Development in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

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Patrick Amir Imam and Kangni Kpodar

Cameroon Crisis “More Alarming Than Ever”

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The United Nations must act to prevent further devastation from the escalating crisis in Cameroon, human rights groups said. Since 2016, worsening violence in Cameroon’s Northwest and Southwest regions has killed almost 2,000 people and displaced over 430,000 people. For years, the UN has remained largely silent about the crisis. Finally, however, the Security Council […]

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Tharanga Yakupitiyage

Frontex Mandate Expanded

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The European Union plans to deploy 10 000 armed border guards by 2027 to patrol its land and sea borders. The force will have the power to use armed force on the EU’s external borders. The European Border and Coast Guard agency, Frontex, currently employs 1 500 border guards and works alongside national border control […]

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Ida Karlsson

Bulgaria’s Press Navigates Harassment & Threats in Pursuit of Stories

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Attila Mong* is a freelance journalist and Berlin-based correspondent for the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Europe

In October 2018, Viktoria Marinova, a host for TVN, was raped and murdered near the station's studios. When CPJ's Europe correspondent, Attila Mong, spoke with her colleagues and other journalists during a trip to Bulgaria last month, they said that while they don't believe the attack is linked to Marinova's work, it has highlighted the dangers and pressures for investigative reporters.

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Attila Mong

Spotlighting the ‘Abilities’ in ‘Disabilities’

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The power of sport can help make global sustainable development a reality, and such power transcends cultural, linguistic and even physical barriers. In recent years, disabled athletes have gained greater visibility—an essential step in recognising their talent, abilities, and importance. In December, the United Nations General Assembly formally recognised the power of sport as an […]

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Tharanga Yakupitiyage

Trump and China: The Art of Deal or Clumsy Bullying?

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With the most recent spat between China and the US—not uncharacteristically if unintentionally engineered by Trump’s announcement of increasing tariffs from ten per cent to twenty five percent unless China agrees to his “deal”whatever that may be we seem to be back to the drawing board in the ongoing US-China trade war. Last week I […]

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Haider A. Khan

America First as a Threat to Mulitlateralism

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On 25 April, Joseph Biden announced his candidacy for the US presidency, declaring that his decision was based on fears of Trump being re-elected: ”He will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation, who we are, and I cannot stand by and watch that happen.”1 Joe Biden´s statement mirrors rising concerns that Trump´s […]

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Jan Lundius

Bangladesh rescues 23 Rohingya girls from traffickers

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(Dawn) – Twenty-three teenage Rohingya girls were rescued after being brought from refugee camps to the capital Dhaka to be sent to Malaysia by air, Bangladesh police said on Sunday. Dhaka police also arrested four human traffickers including a Rohingya couple and recovered over 50 Bangladeshi passports from them on Saturday. Police spokesman Mokhlesur Rahman […]

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Editor Dawn

Internal Displacement “Deserves Visibility”

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More people are displaced inside their own countries than ever before, and only higher figures can be expected without urgent long-term action, a new report found. Launched by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), the new Global Report on Internal Displacement examines trends in internal displacement worldwide and has […]

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Tharanga Yakupitiyage

Tunisia boat capsize: Most of the victims Bangladeshi

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(The Daily Star) – Around 60 migrants most of them from Bangladesh have died after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea after it left Libya for Italy, the Tunisian Red Crescent said today. Survivors told the Red Crescent the tragedy unfolded after some 75 people who had left Zuwara on the northwestern Libyan coast […]

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Bamboo screen fronts minimal home in Mexico's West coast by Zozaya Arquitectos

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This holiday home in Mexican beach town Zihuatanejo was designed by Zozaya Arquitectos to step down a steep slope towards the Pacific Ocean. Casa Z sits high above the small town, which is a popular tourist destination on Mexico's Pacific coast due to its warm climate and expansive beaches. "The main concept of the project

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James Brillon

Pink-painted concrete, cherry wood and cork feature in Manhattan bakery by GRT Architects

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A warm material palette is used to transport customers from the urban grit of New York City into this cosy bakery designed by local firm GRT Architects. Bourke Street Bakery, a well-known Australian bakery & cafe in Sydney, tasked GRT Architects to design its first location in America. The studio's Rustam Mehta, Tal Schori and

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Bridget Cogley

AP Valletta adds extension with "woven" stone facade to The Coach House in Malta

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The Coach House by AP Valletta

Architecture office AP Valletta has restored an old coach house in the town of Balzan, Malta, adding a contemporary extension featuring a weave-patterned stone facade. The Coach House occupies a building situated alongside the 18th-century Palazzo Bosio, which is located within a conservation area on the edge of Balzan's historic centre. The original building is

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Alyn Griffiths

Bed and Bunker collection reinvents disused Dutch bunkers as retreats

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Bed and Bunker furniture Remko Verhaagen

An eight-piece collection of furniture by designer Remko Verhaagen is part of an initiative to rehabilitate disused war bunkers along the Dutch coast to use as holiday homes and artist retreats. The non-profit Stelling 33 Foundation launched in 2013 with the aim of exploring the potential of the Dutch remnants of a 5000-kilometre defence line

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Anna Winston

Ben Thompson brings the English country home into the 21st century at Heckfield Place

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Heckfield Place hotel by Ben Thompson

British designer Ben Thompson has combined the grandeur of a Georgian manor with the informality of a modern farmhouse for the interiors of a new hotel in Hampshire, England. Heckfield Place is an 18th-century country house, renovated to create 44 guest suites, two restaurants, spa facilities and an underground cinema. It sits at the heart

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Amy Frearson

Sordo Madaleno completes Solaz Resort in Cabo with stacked blocks and cascading terraces

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Mexico City firm Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos has stepped and staggered a series of buildings and terraces to form the sprawling Solaz resort in Los Cabos. The property sits on 24 acres (9.8 hectares) of rugged waterfront terrain on the Baja Peninsula between Cabo San Lucas and the historic San Jose del Cabo. "The extraordinary natural

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Paul Jebara

IM Pei's Mesa Lab in Colorado captured in new photographs

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IM Pei's Mesa Lab photographed by Tom Ross

This photoset by Australian photographer Tom Ross captures a geometric, concrete research laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, which was designed by architect IM Pei who passed away this week. Ross, a long-time fan of the late Pritzker Prize-winning architect, ventured to the city's rural Table Mesa neighbourhood to capture Mesa Lab earlier this year. "Whenever I travel

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Eleanor Gibson

Implant Architecture designs Lithuanian house with star-shaped plan

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Lithuanian house in Radailiai by Implant Architecture

A star-shaped arrangement of gables allows for sweeping views across the surrounding landscape from this house in the village of Radailiai, Lithuania. Lithuanian studio Implant Architecture designed the house to have no obvious front, with large areas of glazing at each gable's end giving a different perspective over the landscape. "Having a full panoramic view,

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Jon Astbury

Schloss Hollenegg castle exhibition explores the design of dining table etiquette

1 day 10 hours ago

Twenty-one designers have explored the rituals of the dinner table for an exhibition inside an Austrian castle. Called Ad Mensam after the Latin for "at the table", the exhibition explores the table as a place where people gather to share food and have proper conversations. It is on show at Schloss Hollenegg, a castle on

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Augusta Pownall

This week, the world reflected on the legacy of IM Pei

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The Grande Louvre by IM Pei

This week on Dezeen, the world paid tribute to the "incredible life" of Chinese-American architect IM Pei, who passed away on Thursday aged 102. Referred to by Li Xioadong as "a true master", Pritzker Prize-winning Pei was known for his bold modernist style, and illustrious portfolio of museums, libraries and civic centres. Among his most

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Lizzie Crook

Nine South Korean houses that stand out in their crowded neighbourhoods

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Five-storey house by STPMJ

Tall, skinny houses designed to fit on small, restrictive plots, can be found all over south and east Asia. Here are nine of the best examples from the densely populated neighbourhoods of Seoul and Busan – South Korea's two largest cities. Five-storey House, Seoul, by STPMJ Five-storey House by STPMJ is topped with a seamlessly swooping roof

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Semi Han

NADAAA fuses old and new to create Daniels Building on circular Toronto site

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Daniels Building at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Architecture studio NADAAA has renovated a Neo-Gothic brick building and added a sculptural extension with a jagged roof to house the design school at the University of Toronto. Officially called Daniels Building at One Spadina Crescent, the school building is located on the university's campus in central Toronto. The project entailed the renovation of a

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Jenna McKnight

Struggle! 100 Years of Women's Suffrage exhibition curator picks five highlights

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An exhibition at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands celebrates 100 years of universal voting rights in the country. Co-curator Egge Knol picks five objects that tell the story. In the Netherlands, as in so many countries, it took years of tireless campaigning to change the law to allow women to vote. The Dutch parliament

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Augusta Pownall

"The beheading of culture is irrevocable"

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Li Edelkoort on the Met Gala

Celebrities attending the Met Gala not only misunderstood the concept of camp, but showed levels of waste that will lead to a backlash against displays of decadence, says Li Edelkoort. With growing unease I witnessed the spectacle at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the temple of culture as we once knew it. The displayed extravaganza,

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Li Edelkoort

Trueing's Cerine lighting hangs from chunky coloured glass chains

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Cerine lighting collection by Trueing

New York design studio Trueing has intended to put "an interesting spin on the familiar" with the bold hand-formed coloured glass chain links that feature in its latest collection of lighting. Launched at this year's NYCxDesign festival, Trueing's Cerine series comprises two pendants, a floor lamp and a sconce. The Brooklyn studio, founded by partners

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David Braha

Piero Lissoni designs modular Dock seating system for B&B Italia

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B&B Italia Dock sofa

Dezeen promotion: Italian architect Piero Lissoni has created a modular sofa system for B&B Italia, which can be reconfigured with 84 different components. Presented at this year's Salone Del Mobile furniture fair in Milan, the Dock seating system is designed so that it can be assembled in numerous variations to suit different people's needs. The sofa's structure is based on

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Mary Duggan completes versatile events space inside London's Science Museum

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Science Museum events space by Mary Duggan Architects

Gauzy white curtains and subtly patterned floors help organise the layout of this events space, created by architect Mary Duggan for the Science Museum in London. Occupying the fifth and sixth floors of the Science Museum's building in South Kensington, the two-room facility is designed as an "ever-changing theatre of activity". Since the 1980s these

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Natasha Levy

Klaus Littmann to plant 300 trees inside Wörthersee football stadium in Austria

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For Forest installation by Klaus Littmann and Enea Landscape Architecture

Curator Klaus Littmann imagines a future where forests only exist inside stadiums, like animals in a zoo, in his upcoming installation, For Forest. Littmann is working with Enea Landscape Architecture on the installation, which will see 300 trees planted across the pitch of Wörthersee Stadion, home of football team Austria Klagenfurt. Billed as Austria's largest

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