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A Californian classic

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Andrew Dinsky PLG Estates 

A challenging plot size dictated the design process for this unique Californian home

This 4,500 square-foot single-family home, designed by AUX Architecture, is situated in the Melrose neighbourhood of LA. It was designed to meet the economic demands of maximizing square footage while preserving indoor-outdoor living. A roof garden provides additional outdoor space that was otherwise displaced by the building footprint.  The material shift of white stucco against gray Equitone fibre cement board panels is intended to read as if the gray mass is being cut away to reveal the museum quality white interior—like a box with incisions made into it. A balcony off the master bathroom is the perfect example.  Challenged by a lot only 40 feet wide, the residence features living spaces designed to open to the outside. An existing pool was reduced in size and left in place so the main living spaces open to it. Nick Myall News editor

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South Asian cities tackle climate change

South Asian cities tackle climate change

As the global C40 reinventing cities competition reaches its conclusion at the end of May several South Asian cities are focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the effects of climate change

As organisations like C40 focus on making our cities resilient towards the effects of climate change the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM), an international coalition of city leaders, has committed to raising the global ambition for climate action. This May it has launched a regional chapter for South Asia in New Delhi, India. The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy - South Asia (GCoM-SA) aims to support the efforts of cities in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and make their communities more resilient toward the effects of climate change.  GCoM-SA was launched within the context of the South Asian Cities Summit and through support from the European Union (EU) funded International Urban Cooperation programme in India and city network partners. At today’s launch event, GCoM Vice-Chair and former UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, the architect behind the historic Paris Agreement, and EU Ambassador Tomasz Kozlowski joined mayors, commissioners, key local actors and representatives from across South Asian countries as well as global and local city network partners to share regionally relevant challenges, best practices and lessons learnt, and demonstrate how a shared vision for the future can enhance climate action in the communities and quality of life for their citizens.  GCoM-SA aims to encourage and support South Asian sub-national authorities to promote the economic and health benefits of cities’ climate action. To date, 14 cities in South Asia have committed to GCoM, representing a population of more than 36 million. Through their commitments made to GCoM to take action on climate change, cities in the region could reduce their emissions by 65%. The region’s overall potential to curb emissions is even greater, and GCoM-SA officially launched today a campaign to further invite mayors and commissioners from India as well as local governments across the region to join the Global Covenant of Mayors and commit to transitioning to a low-carbon and climate resilient economy. The Indian cities of Surat and Gangtok signed a commitment to join cities across the globe to take action as part of this coalition today. Through the regional chapter, and as delivered by local and global city network partners, the Global Covenant of Mayors will offer technical support and training and work with signatory cities and sub-national authorities in South Asia to plan and implement climate initiatives more effectively. It will provide access to global city data, research and knowledge, harmonized reporting standards and technical assistance in preparing climate action plans as well as increased access to finance. It is essential to ensure that one of the world’s most rapidly urbanizing continents has the data, tools and technology required to realize ambitious goals.  GCoM’s global research and innovation agenda on cities and climate change will support Indian cities in developing the science and knowledge needed to help evolve urban areas into transformative agents of change. GCoM-SA will also aim to facilitate collaboration with multilevel governance actors to allow Indian cities to implement the climate action plan in an integrated way, collectively raising global climate ambition to deliver on the goals of the Paris Agreement. Indian cities will host 200 million more people by 2030, and two-thirds of India’s buildings that will exist by 2030 remain to be built.  The country’s future urban planning and implementation will have a decisive influence on the global climate impact of international efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, many of India’s cities are highly vulnerable to sea level rise, as they are situated along the country’s extensive coastline or along major rivers, and are already feeling the impacts of extreme weather events, including heat waves and floods. Many Indian cities and states are developing climate action plans as part of the national agenda. The cities of Rajkot and Surat have already begun developing urban climate initiatives that serve as examples of global climate leadership. The city of Rajkot, whose mayor Jaiman Upadhyay is also a Global Covenant of Mayors Board Member, is the 22nd-fastest-growing city in the world and the first Indian city to commit to a climate change mitigation target through a forward-looking development plan that encompasses climate-resilient economic growth and contributes to India’s Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). The city has committed to reduce GHG emissions by 25% by 2020 from Rajkot city’s baseline GHG emissions from 2012-13. Since then, Rajkot city has saved approximately 16million kWh electricity and approximately 13,000 tonnes CO2e GHG emission. The successful urban planning and implementation includes interventions in energy efficiency, renewable energy, solid waste management, monitoring water supply and integrated transport planning. Energy efficient affordable housing schemes for informal settlements are currently being developed. As part of one of the projects, “CapaCITIES,” which is funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Rajkot city has prepared a climate resilient city action plan by using ICLEI’s ClimateResilientCities methodology tool, which includes scientific research-based mitigation and adaptation actions for cities to reduce GHG emissions, which will soon be part of Rajkot’s regular planning process. The city has also been participating in many awareness campaigns to sensitize its citizens towards the challenges of climate change and encourage their active participation.  The city of Surat is the eighth largest city and ninth largest urban agglomeration in India, one of the fastest growing cities in the world, and one of the world’s most climate change affected cities. Surat is leveraging its engaged citizens to help develop a Resilience Strategy that is designed to articulate solutions that make Surat more resilient not only to physical challenges, such as floods and aging infrastructure, but also to social challenges, such as cohesion and urban health. Specific programs in the Resilience Strategy include mobility and traffic management, affordable energy efficient housing, water management, regulation of the ecosystem and environment, strengthening social cohesion, and upscaling public health infrastructure and training.  With the increased presence and reach of the Global Covenant of Mayors in South Asia, the aim is for more cities to make strong contributions towards building a low-carbon future, working to set carbon reduction targets, and implementing changes that are necessary to propel the world towards reaching the goals in the Paris Agreement.  This Sothern Asian initiative ties in with the Reinventing Cities competition and the global work of C40 which focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the effects of climate change in key cities across the globe. More information on the Reinventing Cities competition, eligibility criteria and the project sites in each city can be found at http://www.c40reinventingcities.org/  Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40 - “Think local, act global, is the 21st century state of mind. By launching this global competition, we make this philosophy very concrete celebrating the most vibrant innovative solutions to environmental challenges. "Reinventing Cities will set new standards of sustainability in cities and who better than our citizens to imagine the future of their cities? I am convinced that the winning projects will surprise us all and present innovations we are unable to imagine today"  To learn more about the work of C40, please visit www.c40.org, follow C40 on Twitter @c40cities or Instagram @c40cities and like C40 on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/C40Cities.   Nick Myall News editor

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New images of V&A Dundee revealed

New images of V&A Dundee revealed

A new exhibition of photos of the V&A Dundee - the first building in the UK designed by Kengo Kuma - will be on display at this year’s Venice Biennale

A photographic exhibition of V&A Dundee will be presented by Kengo Kuma and Associates, in collaboration with PiM.studio Architects, during the 2018 Venice Biennale. This will be held from May 26 to November 25 in Palazzo Bembo, Riva del Carbon, beside the Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal in Venice. The exhibition is part of Time Space Existence, organised by the European Cultural Centre with the support of the GAA Foundation. Kengo Kuma, architect of V&A Dundee, said: “My inspiration always starts from the place where the project will be. In the past, I have visited Scotland many times. It is a very beautiful country and I’m truly in love with the Scottish landscape and nature. “When we started this competition, the first thing I wanted to do was visit the site. I always want to do this. I would be too scared otherwise. After all, certain things can be felt there and nowhere else. “The uniqueness of this project for us is in the position between the water and the city – it is very different from a normal site as it sits in between land and water. As we started thinking about the project one of my colleagues showed me a picture of the cliffs of north-eastern Scotland – it’s as if the earth and water had a long conversation and finally created this stunning shape. “The design of V&A Dundee attempts to translate this geographical uniqueness into the building by creating an artificial cliff. “The big idea for V&A Dundee was bringing together nature and architecture, and to create a new living room for the city. “I hope the museum can change the city and become its centre of gravity. I am delighted and proud that this is my first building in the UK.” V&A Dundee, in consultation with Kengo Kuma and Associates, commissioned architectural photographers Hufton+Crow to produce new images which are featured in the exhibition. The new design museum will open on Saturday 15 September this year, unveiling Ocean Liners: Speed and Style as its first exhibition, alongside permanent Scottish Design Galleries, new design commissions and an exciting programme of activities for people of all ages. V&A Dundee will be the first building in the UK designed by Kengo Kuma, the internationally renowned architect who is also designing the National Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. His vision is for the museum is to be a new ‘living room for the city’, welcoming everyone to visit, enjoy and socialise, and to reconnect the city with its historic River Tay waterfront. For more information about the Venice Biennale, please visit http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/2018 Nick Myall News editor

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Heidelberg joins C40’s ‘Reinventing Cities’

Heidelberg joins C40’s ‘Reinventing Cities’

The city of Heidelberg has joined the C40 ‘Reinventing Cities’ initiative and is moving ahead with far-reaching plans to clean up its air

Heidelberg, a mid-size medieval city in Germany’s southwest, has signed up to the C40 Green and Healthy Streets declaration for fossil-fuel-free streets. Heidelberg’s pledge is the most aggressive in Germany so far as cities rather than national or international bodies take the lead in cleaning up their air.  According to Bloomberg.com, the university and industrial town of some 150,000 inhabitants will buy only exhaust-free municipal buses starting in 2025 and will ensure that a major part of its urban area is zero-emissions by 2030, Mayor Eckart Wuerzner said Tuesday in a statement. Heidelberg joined a list of 14 bigger municipalities like London, Mexico City and Los Angeles to sign the C40 Green and Healthy Streets declaration for fossil-fuel-free streets. Wuerzner’s commitment “illustrates the determination of mayors around the world to take bold climate action,” said Mark Watts, C40’s executive director. Germany, a global powerhouse of carmaking as the base of BMW AG, Volkswagen AG and Mercedes parent Daimler AG, lags behind other countries in setting a date to end the use of automotive combustion engines. The U.K. last year followed France in declaring a ban on sales of new gasoline and diesel cars by 2040. Merkel, sometimes dubbed the “car chancellor” by Germany’s media for her perceived accommodating stance on auto manufacturers, hasn’t committed to such a deadline. Michael Bloomberg, founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, parent of Bloomberg News, is the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. He’s also president of the board of C40 Cities, a group of municipalities that will work with the International Council on Clean Transportation and Emissions Analytics to measure vehicle emissions with remote sensors and portable emissions monitoring equipment. His Bloomberg Philanthropies is one of the funders of C40. More information on the Reinventing Cities competition, eligibility criteria and the project sites in each city can be found at http://www.c40reinventingcities.org/ To learn more about the work of C40, please visit www.c40.org, follow C40 on Twitter @c40cities or Instagram @c40cities and like C40 on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/C40Cities. Nick Myall News editor

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IN BRIEF

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Perkins+Will strengthens its London architecture team with new senior appointment

Global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will has appointed Brandon

LIAM FOX LAUNCHES AWARDS FOR BEST BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS OF THE FUTURE

International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox MP, today launched the GREA

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07.06.2018 

The LA Design Festival 
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Immersive Technology in the Built Environment 
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Open to new ideas...

Open to new ideas...

Openstudio Architects has been invited to participate in the exhibition “TIME SPACE EXISTENCE” organised by the GAA Foundation and hosted by the European Cultural Centre at Palazzo Mora, Venice

The “TIME SPACE EXISTENCE” exhibition will run from May 26th to November 25th, 2018 to coincide with the Venice Biennale of Architecture. Over 300,000 visitors are expected to attend the free event. Openstudio Architects has collaborated with cinematographer Tatjana Meirelles to create a ten-minute long multi-screen film installation which will be shown at the exhibition.  The film captures time, space, existence, light and landscape in the Swartberg House in the Great Karoo, South Africa. The Swartberg House has been designed to harvest the passage of time and light, and variations in heat and cold, to allow the inhabitants to develop an intense awareness of natural cycles of days and seasons, and the landscape in which the house is built. The movements of a young girl, a young woman and an older woman activate the screens and the house. Without human interaction the house lies dormant, save for the movement and sounds of wind, birds and Animals. The use of film powerfully evokes the presence of the house, and the particular sense of place. The character of the film changes from the bright openness of daylight to a layered nuanced night. The multiple screens, and the ages of the people who move through them, subtly convey the passage of time, and the layered spaces of different scales that facilitate different inhabitations and existences. To watch a short preview of the installation please click here. Further information regarding the exhibition can be found on the ECC’s website 

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pH+ get the go ahead on Fish Island

pH+ get the go ahead on Fish Island

This residential project in east London sees two typologies expressed using two different material styles

Architects pH+ and Developer City & Suburban have received planning permission for a new mixed-use scheme on Fish Island in Hackney Wick, London, as part of the Wickside Masterplan. Drawing on the concept of shared space where residential, working and public uses meet; Trego Road, is designed around a series of communal tiered yards, parks, and gardens.  Providing 52 new homes, maker spaces and tiered public and private amenity spaces, the scheme has been carefully developed to respond to the scale and materiality of the existing and emerging context whilst ensuring the building possesses a character of its own within the streetscape. The project will accommodate a greater diversity of tenure and uses, as well as the in between “non saleable” shared spaces, required to create cohesive fully functioning and successful communities. Two typologies are expressed by two material styles. To the street side, the arrangement of balconies and voids sits behind a series of columns that punctuate the façade of the building creating depth, shadow and movement. The central sculptural form folds across the site and is clad in corrugated bronze metal referencing the industrial buildings of its surrounding context.  A super basement concept is proposed to respond to the creative industries who have historically adopted the locale. Fabrication spaces (B2) on the lower ground are exhibited through yard and street facing active frontages of showroom and office space (B1) at ground floor level. This layering allows residential uses to sit above and alongside noisier light industrial maker spaces without impacting on the use and enjoyment of either whilst allowing rich neighborhoods to form Andy Puncher, pH+ Director, said: "Trego Road is the second of a series of projects we are working on at Fish Island which seek to explore how intensifying, concentrating and densifying a range of uses can create higher quality living and working environments and ultimately the formation of stronger and richer communities. Its scale and position within a larger masterplan has facilitated greater explorations of boundaries between public and private space and residential and commercial uses which we look forward to developing in greater detail as the project moves to the site stages at the end of the year.”    Glen Charles, Director of City & Suburban and role said: “As a developer we are interested in building communities. Working with pH+ across a range of sites and locations we have been able to explore the fundamental role the intensifying of use plays in delivering truly sustainable  living and working environments.” Nick Myall News editor

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A place of rest, retreat and mindfulness

A place of rest, retreat and mindfulness

The Ellipsicoon by UNStudio creates a tranquil nomadic extension to the home: a detached, secluded space of immersion in nature

Inside-outside, light and shade, open and closed, the Ellipsicoon offers a tranquil space for either solitary moments of rest, reading or contemplation, or a cocoon-like theatre for conversation and communication. Designed by Ben van Berkel / UNStudio,  the Ellipsicoon pavilion is a space for the mind, for moments of ephemeral escape, for rumination or for simply being. Designed and developed digitally, then handwoven by highly skilled craftsmen, the continuous sculptural surface of the pavilion is constructed from strands of 100% recyclable high-density polyethylene (HDPE). The curved sides of the structure taper inwards as they rise, enabling the rounded openings to facilitate moments of being simultaneously both inside and outside - physically and intimately connected to the surroundings and to nature, whilst wrapped and enclosed by the soft, continuous curves of the woven structure. Upon crossing the threshold the user stands slightly above ground level, after which a sunken seating area offers enclosed and semi-enclosed space, with built in seating that follows the fluid contours of the space. Here differently proportioned elliptical openings frame views to the surroundings whilst providing daylight to the interior. Ben van Berkel: “I have long been interested in exploring spaces which extend function to replace the reality of the everyday with the potential for more nuanced, reflective experiences. The Ellipsicoon offers a place of temporary disengagement, where the practicalities, duties and interruptions of daily life can momentarily fade and the imagination can take over.” The Ellipsicoon was designed as part of the REVOLUTION PRECRAFTED transportable pavilion series: Revolution Precrafted Pavilions are collectible structures, whose wide variety of functions are designed to complement existing spaces. Nick Myall News editor

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Glenn Howells Architects forge ahead with i9

Glenn Howells Architects forge ahead with i9

Planning has been granted for Ion Developments i9 scheme for City of Wolverhampton Council

Progress on delivering a new eye-catching modern office development at the heart of the City of Wolverhampton Interchange has reached a major milestone as planning was approved for the proposed i9 building on Railway Drive, Wolverhampton. I9 emerged as a scheme following the success of the award-winning i10 complex on the opposite side of the road and will provide 50,000 sq ft of stunning Grade A office space when completed in 2020. i9 is the next step in building a thriving commercial quarter at the heart of Wolverhampton Interchange - bringing further investment and jobs to the city. Glenn Howells Architects’ design for i9 was the winner from a strong field of ten UK leading architects and urban design practices in a national design competition. They are the architects behind the Paradise Birmingham scheme - one of the biggest city centre development projects in the UK.  Steve Parry, managing director of Ion, commented: ‘The development of i9 will offer a new state of the art, Grade A office building for Wolverhampton. The i10 development has already proven that we can attract new occupiers to Wolverhampton and the state-of-the-art transport links of the Interchange will be a major attraction for those new occupiers.’ Fraser Godfrey, senior architect from Glenn Howells Architects said: ‘ The i9 building is situated at an important gateway site within Wolverhampton City Centre and offers the opportunity to define a benchmark for the future regeneration of this part of the city. The design has been developed to be sensitive to neighbouring landmarks such as the Chubb Buildings and through considered detailing and the use of high quality materials, it will become a contemporary addition to Wolverhampton’s historic family of red-brick Victorian buildings. It is set to house restaurants and a business lounge on the ground floor of the building as well as a rooftop amenity space, with panoramic views towards the city centre conservation area and Interchange.’    Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, City of Wolverhampton Council said: ‘Since i10 was completed we have seen increasing demand for quality office space in that location of the city, particularly from large space users. i9 was always envisaged to satisfy that demand, and it is great news that official planning approval has now been granted. We want this building to become the design and quality benchmark for future developments in the city and to demonstrate our ambition for the city centre. This important site ideally lends itself to a distinctive, high-quality headquarters building.’ Jamie Phillips, partner, Knight Frank, Birmingham added: ‘We are extremely pleased to be involved in the interchange and the granting of planning for i9 is another positive message for the market. After the success of i10, which let prior to completion, we are looking forward to seeing i9 developed and to delivering premium office space available in Wolverhampton.’ Nick Myall News editor

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Belatchew Arkitekter designs the Discus

Belatchew Arkitekter designs the Discus

Belatchew Arkitekter has designed a new landmark high rise in central Nacka; a booming part of the Stockholm metropolitan area in Sweden

Discus is a new landmark building in Nacka City, Stockholm in Sweden. With its characteristic irregular silhouette it is sure to become a symbol of this growing metropolitan area. The tower will be placed in the heart of a new public transport node, right above the metro station in Nacka City's new city centre. The building will consist of about 30 floors and will accommodate 450 to 500 apartments of different sizes, together with commercial and public facilities, creating an active and vibrant place. "Discus is a beautiful building in the middle of our upcoming city with an entrance to the Metro on the ground floor, stunning views, with parks outside and both offices and apartments within. The building will give the site an identity of both modernity and playfulness," says Mats Gerdau, the Mayor of Nacka. "High rises attract a lot of attention and must therefore be exciting to look at. This building will represent and symbolize Nacka, so we want it to be a daring building - which we think Discus is, " says Gunilla Glantz, Director of Urban Planning, Nacka Municipality. "Discus is the first high rise in Nacka's most central parts, and with its strong form, the building will contribute to Nacka's exciting silhouette. Discus clearly shows an architectural ambition that Nacka Municipality wants to see in future projects in Nacka City," says Nina Åman, City Architect, Nacka Municipality. "Nacka is a visionary municipality who dares to test new urban structures where traditional neighborhoods are combined with high rises. Public transport is crucial for the city of the future, and that we now, in Nacka's most central location, can realize our insights and ideas about an architecture for public transport with high passenger flows is very inspiring, says Rahel Belatchew, CEO and Principal Architect, Belatchew Arkitekter. Nick Myall News editor

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The Pyramid of Tirana rises again...

The Pyramid of Tirana rises again...

MVDRV are set to transform an Albanian landmark building

MVRDV has revealed an initial design for Tirana Pyramid in the presence of Prime Minister Edi Rama, Mayor Erion Veliaj, The Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF), members of the Municipality of Tirana and public. The 11,800m2 former communist monument will become a large multifunctional technology education centre for young people. Mayor Veliaj declared that this project ‘will completely change the current building, putting it in service of innovation, technology, art and culture, not only in Albania but to the entire region.’ The project will be completed in June 2019. Situated in the centre of Tirana, the former Enver Hoxha Museum was designed in the 1980s by a group of architects including the then president’s daughter Pranvera Hoxha and her husband Klement Kolneci. Throughout the years it has also served as a temporary base for NATO during the War in Kosovo, a night club and as an event space. In recent years there were plans to transform the structure into a national theatre. These plans never materialized meaning the building has been left to decay for more than a decade. The pyramid has a unique silhouette and a strong presence in the urban environment. It never left the public attention and was a centre point in numerous protest and a background for demonstrations. Despite the generous use of glass on its façade the building appears to be hermetically sealed and inaccessible. The attempt to transform the interior clogged the atrium and created even more obstacles for one to experience the space. The project aims to give the building back to the public. By opening the ground floor from all sides the structure becomes transparent. By making the façade roof accessible and scalable a new perspective to the city appears and by flooding the interior of the space with green the object becomes one with its surroundings. “Though in the past, there were plans to transform this monumental building into a national theatre, this never materialised which left this fantastic building in ruin for more than a decade,” says Winy Maas, co-founder of MVRDV. “The Pyramid of Tirana will rise again by becoming a new centre of technology and learning for young people. Maas continues “It is a symbol for many Albanians. For the older generation, it is a memory to the cultural events during communist times, for the recent generation it became the place to celebrate the new era. They will use it as a hangout, as a place to glide of, and for concerts and gatherings. We will open it up to its surroundings as a structure in the park, that can be populated by people, trees, and containers for co-working. We will make the beams accessible and safe so that we can all climb to the top and celebrate the structure, with views of the city of Tirana. We create an inhabited monument.” Nick Myall News editor

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