Issue No.369 // 31 January 2012
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A lesson for us all

Young charity brings sustainable, easily relocated school facilities to Burmese refugees

Building Trust International may only be one year old but it already looks set to have a substantial effect on hundreds of young lives by the end of 2012. The charitable organisation has just announced the winners of a unique competition inviting architecture and design studios around the world to formulate concepts for an educational facility for migrant or refugee children which can be relocated should social/political factors command, leaving no trace of construction on the land. An underprivileged community of Mae Sot in Burma is to be the first population to benefit from this inspirational scheme. Termed ‘Moving Schools’, the design competition looks to provide a long-term solution.......more

Vitreous vessel for art and light
McGee Art Pavillion at the College of Ceramics in New York completed by Ikon.5: Oft times, buildings speak to us before they are made. Hence the expression ‘What does this building want to be?’ In designing an expansion of the School of Art and......more

An icon brought back to life...
The Commonwealth Institute to become the new home of London’s Design Museum: Plans have been unveiled this week for the relocation of the Design Museum from Tower Bridge to the Commonwealth Institute in Kensington, London. Two......more

Buildings fall in Rio
Concerns raised over infrastructure ahead of Rio Olympics after three buildings collapse: Three buildings in the Brazilian capital of Rio de Janeiro have collapsed with reports suggesting that up to eleven people may have been killed. The three towers......more

In direct contrast...
New designs for luxury tower in Manila: In yesterday’s edition of News Review we ran a short feature on an affordable lighting scheme in the slums outside Manila, the second most populous city in the Philippines, showcasing an ingenious design......more

A natural stimulant
Nestlé Chocolate Factory/Museum in Sao Paulo gets a makeover from Metro Arquitetos: The Néstle Chocolate Factory was originally built in Brazil’s largest city in the 1960s, its blocky concrete and red-brick mass opting for function over aesthetics and......more

A Marke-d change
Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects celebrated for sleek transformation of windmill in Marke: D-hotel is an extension and reconversion of an existing farm and mill site into a hotel, designed by Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects. A cluster of three concrete volumes......more

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