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This Company Is Using Prefabrication to Rapidly Deliver Huge Numbers of Buildings in India

5 June, 2018 - 09:30
KEF Infra's Philip Johnson House, built in 20 days, showcases its prefabrication methods. Image Courtesy of KEF Infra KEF Infra's Philip Johnson House, built in 20 days, showcases its prefabrication methods. Image Courtesy of KEF Infra

This article was originally published by Autodesk's Redshift publication as "Can Prefab Construction Meet Infrastructure Needs in India? KEF Infra Thinks So."

At KEF Infra One—a prefabrication plant outside of Krishnagiri, India—houses, cafeterias, and hospitals roll off an assembly line, as do the premade doors, windows, bathroom fixtures, and furniture to be installed within them. It’s a one-stop shop that makes building a house as easy as buying the food, dishes, and cookware for a family dinner in one fell swoop at Target.

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Green-Lit Mixed-Use Proposal Enhances Hackney Wick Through Regeneration and Retention

5 June, 2018 - 08:00
Courtesy of Forbes Massie Courtesy of Forbes Massie

Wickside is a £120m “permeable, mixed-use neighborhood” that will provide 475 homes and 300 jobs for the surrounding community. Designed by BUJ Architects and Ash Sakula Architects, the neighborhood has recently received the all-clear from the LLDC planning committee. Almost nine years in the making, the scheme uses “urban blocks set around ordinary London streets” to create a complex, diverse townscape with a variety of uses. The neighborhood is housed within a 28,800 square meter former waste transfer site in Hackney Wick, London. Integrating the context’s existing buildings and cultural heritage, Wickside aims to develop the existing creative community through “retention and regeneration,” and is one of the largest development sites in the area.

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DublDom in Kandalaksha / BIO-architects

5 June, 2018 - 07:00
© Artem Lasovsky © Artem Lasovsky

Creek House / Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

5 June, 2018 - 05:00
son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Headquarters / HOK

5 June, 2018 - 04:00
© Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith
  • Architects: HOK
  • Location: Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
  • Architect Of Record: CH2M
  • Area: 175300.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Tim Griffith

My Venice Biennale A-Z

5 June, 2018 - 04:00
Last month I went to Venice for the Vernissage of the Venice Architecture Biennale. I've been covering it for World-Architects (the output of myself and my fellow editors can be found on the Italian-Architects platform), though below is a smattering of my impressions, mainly of the exhibition and national pavilions but occasionally venturing beyond the Biennale venues.

A=Argentina and Australia
2018 Venice Architecture Biennale
Both national pavilions consisted, in part, of indigenous landscapes transplanted to Venice, Argentina in the Arsenale and Australia in their pavilion in the Giardini. Pictured is the latter, whose plants from around Melbourne were grown in the pavilion from seeds brought to Venice eight months ago.

B=Bar

The Biennale Vernissage is full of parties, but give me a relatively quiet bar that spills out onto the street, such as this one near the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, the venue of the US Pavilion's typically packed party, instead.

C=Corderie

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Tales of Hidden Tunnels: Read About the Secrets of Underground Spaces

5 June, 2018 - 03:04
[ By SA Rogers in Travel & Urban Exploration. ]

In centuries past, people would dig tunnels for all sorts of purposes – escaping war, transporting bootleg goods, running other kinds of illegal operations, secretly expanding their homes under the surface or just mining chalk and flint. Some were naturally created, some accidentally as cities like Chattanooga raised the grade of their streets to avoid flooding. Back when Portland, Oregon was one of the world’s most dangerous ports, its notorious Shanghai Tunnels were used to transport and sell slaves captured in the city above in a historic example of human trafficking. Often, residents of cities don’t even realize there are hidden subterranean spaces right beneath their feet.

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How Real-Time Rendering Can Reduce Your Time and Effort in Architectural Design

5 June, 2018 - 03:00
Designer Projektowanie i Wykonawstwo Designer Projektowanie i Wykonawstwo

Architects are always trying to be more efficient and adding more value for clients. But with most software, rendering is very time-consuming, impairing efficiency significantly. It is exhausting for designers when the process of visual processing uses energy that would be better invested in design and architecture itself.

With the Enscape plugin, real-time rendering and virtual reality can help to remedy this situation. The plugin integrates as a toolbar in the popular design platforms Rhino, Revit and SketchUp, with a version for Archicad also currently in development. Because the software is a plugin for these popular programs, architects do not need to learn to use new software, but work in their familiar system with some additional features. And since the software runs on the local graphics card, projects do not have to be uploaded to the cloud.

Optimize Your Workflow

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The HUT / 23o5 studio

5 June, 2018 - 02:00
© Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki
  • Architects: 23o5 studio
  • Location: Thủ Đức, Vietnam
  • Architect In Charge: Ngô Việt Khánh Duy
  • Contruction: 23o5 studio
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki

Text description provided by the architects. The house is designed for young couples. After the outside activities, they demand a quiet and peaceful space. The Hut is located far away from the center, but is nestled in a developing area. The green spaces disappear due to urbanization, pose a question for us to bring the balance back.

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SCAPE Presents Ecological Citizens at the Venice Biennale

5 June, 2018 - 00:00

SCAPE, one of seven teams participating in the US Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, presents Ecological Citizens. The US Pavilion, commissioned by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The University of Chicago, asks participants to embody the theme of Dimensions of Citizenship, and consider how citizenship is constructed and contested in the built environment across seven different scales. Within the scale of the region, SCAPE demonstrates that landscape architecture can be a critical tool for re-envisioning the response of citizens to climate change.

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Yangcheng Lake Villas / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

5 June, 2018 - 00:00
© Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute

Room Without Roof
 / HYLA Architects


4 June, 2018 - 22:00
© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell
  • Architects: HYLA Architects

  • Location: Singapore, Singapore
  • Lead Architect: Han Loke Kwang

  • Project Team: Kompiya Rattanangkul, Goh Chiou Hwa, Thomas Ong

  • Area: 720.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Exhibition Center of Zhengzhou Linkong Biopharmaceutical Park / WSP ARCHITECTS

4 June, 2018 - 21:00
© RUIJING Photography © RUIJING Photography
  • Architects: WSP ARCHITECTS
  • Location: Zhengzhou Airport Economy Qu, Zhengzhou, Henan, China
  • Lead Architects: Gang Wu, Ling Chen, Tam Nelson
  • Design Team: Zhe Sun, Jinfan Weng, Minghu Zhao, Peng Chen, Donghui Li, Jianlong Guo, Long Li, Zeyang Zhang, Qiaoya Cui, Yujie Li, Yipeng Xiao, Lu Wang, Fei Yu
  • Area: 4872.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: RUIJING Photography

WXCA Architects

4 June, 2018 - 20:53
WXCA Architects
Muzeum Książąt Lubomirskich . Wroclaw WXCA Architects The proposed building of Muzeum Książąt Lubomirskich is a contemporary palazzo with classic, balanced proportions, strong rhythms and an open structure. CONTINUITY, IDENTITY, PERMANENCE Massive walls, woven from fine stone blocks, pile up intricately creating a distinct gradation of structure, a traditional, almost classical order enclosed in a … Continue reading WXCA Architects

Vatican chapels

4 June, 2018 - 20:36
360-degree video + Dezeen This 360-degree video created by Dezeen offers a look inside all 10 chapels commissioned by the Vatican City.

Time magazine recreates iconic cover using 958 drones

4 June, 2018 - 20:23

Time's The Drone Age – A Special Report cover

Time magazine has sent a fleet of drones into the Californian sky to create a 100-metre-tall version of its cover, for a special report on unmanned aerial vehicles. Read more