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AR Issues: Beyond the historic panacea of the Garden City

ArchDaily is continuing our partnership with The Architectural Review, bringing you short introductions to the themes of the magazine’s monthly editions. In this post, we take a look at AR’s October 2014 issue which, inspired by URBED’s Wolfson Prize-winning design, features a look …
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Santiago Calatrava’s Chicago Spire Finally Axed

Santiago Calatrava‘s much maligned design for the Chicago Spire has finally met its end, thanks to a lapsed payment deadline from the site’s developer, Grant Kelleher. The project, which would have been the tallest building in the USA, began construction in 2007… Sigue leyendo

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Does Devolution Hold The Key To Greater Investment In The Built Environment?

The British city of Manchester, often seen as the UK’s second city alongside Birmingham, will become the first metropolis outside of London to be given greater local autonomy over budgets and city planning. The devolution deal, which will also see the city receive the right to directly elect a Mayor (in line with large cities in the US, for example), will furnish the city with “a new housing investment fund worth up to £300million.” As it is understood that the first Mayor of Greater Manchester will be elected in 2017, there’s time to discuss how this new political environment in the UK might help boost building in what has described as a “Northern Powerhouse.”

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A New Office Building With Multiple Personalities


Council House 2 (CH2) is a highly sustainable office building designed by the City of Melbourne and DesignInc. Most “sustainable” buildings are tight boxes, made bland by the necessity to incorporate technology and passive techniques, but in CH2 the architects really went for broke. Featuring different materials on every facade, as well as clearly Gaudi-inspired …Continue Reading
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4 Lessons the UK Should Take from Denmark

Last week the UK’s Culture Minister Ed Vaizey announced that he was commissioning a review of the country’s architecture policy, to be led by Sir Terry Farrell along with a number of high profile advisors, including Thomas Heatherwick, Alison Brooks and Alain de Botton. According to Vaizey,… Sigue leyendo

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Without Architects, Smart Cities Just Aren’t Smart

Arguably the biggest buzzword in urbanism right now is the ‘Smart City’. The idea, although certainly inclusive of eco-friendly practices, has even replaced “sustainability” as the major intent of cities planning for positive future development. Smart City thinking has been… Sigue leyendo

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President Obama Appoints Michael Graves To US Access Board

Photo: Barry Johnson Anna Wintour may not have a future as a US ambassador, but the cause of aesthetics and good design is by no means lost on the government. In January President Obama appointed Michael Graves to the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, which governs the independent federal agency covering accessible design under Sigue leyendo

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VIDEO: Federal Architecture

Democratic By Design is a short film, produced by the General Services Administration and narrated by Luke Russert, that tackles the issue of federal architecture. Buildings designed for the government typically have a familiar aesthetic. Washington, DC, is dominated by… Sigue leyendo

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