Stefano Boeri Architetti combined the concept of “Vertical Forest” and “Farm of agricultural industry” in its newly-unveiled urban vertical farm titled “Urban Vertical Farm of Brightfood”. The project explored a new way of urban production in metropolitan areas by combining greenery, food production, and visual aesthetics in a 110,000 square-meter structure. In addition to its ecological features, the new urban agricultural complex offers commercial and office spaces in the vibrant city of Shanghai.
As our cities densify and building types become more and more mixed-use, we tend to spend a lot of time in noisy environments. When we think about acoustic comfort, we rarely think of places like restaurants, venues, and big offices; places with a lot of people, machinery, and background noise. The quality of sound can entirely change the experience of people in an interior space, and improving the space’s acoustic quality relies on treating all surfaces, from walls to ceilings, and flooring. In this article, we will present a variety of solutions for ceilings, flooring, and walls, their different combinations, and a simple guide of how to apply them correctly in public spaces without compromising the aesthetic of the interior.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed the six shortlisted buildings contending for this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize. Celebrating its 25th year, the award is given to the United Kingdom’s best new building. The selected buildings demonstrate “the innovation and ambition that lies at the heart of exceptional architecture”, varying from a city mosque in Cambridge to a remote bridge in Cornwall and a vibrant gathering space in Kingston.
Nestled in the Arctic landscape of Greenland‘s UNESCO-protected wilderness, Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter has completed the Ilulissat Icefjord Centre, a research and visitor center that highlights the effects of climate change. The structure blends into the surrounding landscape, offering visitors a unique panorama of the Icefjord, while observing the detrimental consequences that climate change has on the environment.
Cities we live in today have been built on principles designed decades ago, with prospects of ensuring that they are habitable by everyone. Throughout history, cities have been catalysts of economic growth, serving as focal points for businesses and migration. However, in the last decade, particularly during the last couple of years, the world has witnessed drastic reconfigurations in the way societies work, live, and commute.
Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava is rebuilding World Trade Center’s St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in New York City. The church, which was destroyed during the 9/11 attacks, began its reconstruction process in 2015, and is finally reaching completion in 2022. The new structure’s design is inspired by a mosaic of Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, formerly the Church of Hagia Sophia, which was one of the fundamental factors in defining the original architecture of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.
During the first week of September, Milan Design Week opened its doors to more than 350,000 architects, designers, artists, and craftsmen from all around the world to explore new design innovations and exchange ideas about the interior design, furniture, and lighting. In parallel to the event hosted at the Rho Fiera, interventions by world-renowned architects were installed across the city as part of the Fuorisalone.
Work on Bjarke Ingels Group‘s gateway for Milan’s CityLife district has officially commenced. The new-generation office building marks the completion of the CityLife area in the Italian city, an urban regeneration project that has been restored to provide a livable environment characterized by sustainability, improved quality of life, and all-inclusive services. The structure is set to “stand as a new paradigm for the offices of the future, as the outcome of a new idea of workplace based on innovative design solutions that put quality of life at the center and redefine the concept of sustainability”.
To reduce the “green” half of Sweden’s carbon emissions caused by the forest industries, Anders Berensson Architects have proposed to build the worlds largest timber structure titled the Bank of Norrland. The design aims to store carbon dioxide and a year’s worth of timber production, ensuring the continuity of the Swedish construction and manufacturing industries regardless of weather and consumption.
Aedas has unveiled Shenzhen C FutureCity, a two-phase project in Futian’s Shangsha Village, Shenzhen. The design highlights how we “converse with the future and render a unique shopping experience that advances the development of the city” by creating an urban lifestyle center nestled between residential and corporate towers.