Issue No.372 // 21 February 2012
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Brazilian airport installs Antimicrobial Copper™ touch surfaces with impressive results

Architects and designers have been privy to the antimicrobial properties of copper touch surfaces for many years, often installing such surfaces in hospitals and medical centres to reduce transference of harmful bacteria between staff, visitors and patients. In a break from tradition, Congonhas Airport in São Paulo, Brazil has just upgraded its handrails, counter tops and elevator guardrails to Antimicrobial Copper™ with amazing results. Since installing the systems in December 2011, airport staff have reported a dramatic reduction in residual bacterial contamination levels, with less than 10 colony forming units (CFUs) per sq cm discovered on the copper touch surfaces. The equivalent areas in stainless steel may rank as high as 800 CFUs. Scientific testing has uncovered a variety of bacteria that have a 1% survival chance past the two hour mark on Antimicrobial Copper™.......more

Artistic licence
Damien Hirst to build eco homes in Devon: Collaborations between artists and architects are a regular occurrence in the AEC industry, successful examples including Olafur Eliasson’s partnership with Henning Larsen Architects for the Harpa Concert Hall in......more

Maki & Associates win Patna Museum
Reports that Foster + Partners won Patna Museum competition quashed by official statement from Government of Bihar: The original Patma Museum was constructed by the British in India’s Bihar State to showcase the incredible historical artefacts.....more

Open to offers...
Tony Fretton Architects-designed building in the Netherlands gives full flexibility to users: Many new builds claim to provide maximum flexibility to their end users but few reach the levels of Tony Fretton Architects’ Solid 11 structure in Constantijn Huygenstraat......more

More delays in Hamburg
Legal issues arise over Herzog & de Meuron's delayed Elbphilharmonie scheme: Herzog & de Meuron’s extravagant Elbphilharmonie project in Hamburg, Germany, has hit another snag as reports surface that contractor HochTief is facing a.....more

For the Love of Architecture
Inspired by Valentine's Day, Architecture for Humanity's Cameron Sinclair declares his love of architecture in all its forms: It has been a tough time for the profession. Projects have been put on hold, layoffs have been unrelenting and a stagnant industry has......more

Striking gold in Waurn Ponds
Respected architects complete sparkling library in Victoria's new architecture hub: This golden punctuated shell is the glistening new Library and Community Hub at Waurn Ponds on the outskirts of Victoria in south-east Australia by Whitefield McQueen......more

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