Issue No.403 // 25 September 2012
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The Big Issues

Flawed construction process damages environment

The construction industry is coming under increasing criticism for its use of inferior quality materials and products when striving to deliver projects quickly and within tight budgets. Whilst the use of cheaper fixtures and fittings pays financial dividends in the short-term, there can be significant long-term environmental consequences, including higher energy usage and increased carbon emissions. This prevailing method continues to go unchecked by the government and flies in the face of its stated policies in support of reducing carbon emissions in our cities. To minimise costs and to expedite project delivery, many clients choose the 'Design & Build' process, in which the design and construction services become the responsibility of a single contractor. The contractor.......more

The future is crystal clear...
New landmark building for Siemens creates the world's largest exhibition dedicated to the sustainable future of cities: A Sustainable Cities Initiative by Siemens, conceived by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, has recently opened in London. The......more

'The Bathtub'
The expansion and renovation of the Stedelijk Museum by Mels Crouwel: The complete renovation of the Stedelijk Museum, located in Amsterdam's Southern district in the Museum Quarter, had just been unveiled this month. The construction by architect......more

The Value of Quality...
...from conception to realisation: At World Architecture Day next week we'll be taking The Big Issues and presenting them to our panellists and attendees in an attempt to find solutions for the industry's biggest challenges. Send your Big Issues to .....more

Cultural Centre craned into place
Angular 350 sq m, 170-tonne cultural centre hoisted onto the end of Southend Pier: The White arkitekter and Sprunt-designed Southend Pier Cultural Centre is now open to the public. Officially completed a few weeks ago, the 350 sq m public facility is located at......more

A tree-top education
A school in the shade of the plane-trees has been created by Tectoniques: The Jean Carriere nursery school in Nimes (southern France) is located in the Haute Magaille neighbourhood, south-east of the city centre. Existing large plane trees form......more

The perfect pitch
Davide Macullo Architects presents bold new commercial headquarters for Jansen AG based on pitched rooftops of Oberriet: This project is the landmark HQ of the new Jansen Campus and is the result of two years of extraordinary collaboration......more

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