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Vinci and St Modwen sign £2bn deal for Covent Garden Ι Construction Enquirer

Vinci and St Modwen sign £2bn deal for Covent Garden Ι Construction Enquirer | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
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The multi-phase scheme will include development of 550,000 sq ft of modern facilities to house the 200 businesses that make up the UK’s largest fruit, vegetable and flower market.

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GlazingRefurbishment's curator insight, January 7, 2013 4:09 AM

Will we be saying goodbye to one of london's iconic areas?

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Carbuncle Cup: Parliament House, Lambeth, London

Carbuncle Cup: Parliament House, Lambeth, London | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
These baleful flats on Black Prince Road designed by Keith Williams Architects would look more at home on Stratford High Street than in central London, says the nominator
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"This dog’s breakfast of a tower inflicts a worse crime on London’s skyline than the Walkie Talkie, argues the nominator of Keith Williams’ Parliament House."

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Manser Medal rebrands as RIBA House of the Year

Manser Medal rebrands as RIBA House of the Year | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

The RIBA is relaunching its Manser Medal as the House of the Year Award - complete with its own four part television series

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Backed by Kevin McCloud’s Grand Designs programme, the new-look award includes plans for a weekly series to be aired on Channel  4 during November.

 

The show, named Grand Designs: RIBA House of the Year, will feature each of the 20 longlisted houses.

 

The list includes seven RIBA National Award-winning homes including schemes by Wilkinson King, McGonigle McGrath, and Jamie Fobert Architects.

 

The houses will be whittled down to just six when the shortlist is revealed during the course of the television series. However the winner will no longer be announced on the same night as the RIBA Stirling Prize.

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Concept shelter would pop-up in an emergency

Concept shelter would pop-up in an emergency | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Turkish design firm Designnobis has designed an interesting concept for a compact pop-up shelter dubbed Tentative. The design shows promise thanks to its dramatically decreased size when in transportation.
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#Staffordshire Small Businesses saved by council loan fund #SME

#Staffordshire Small Businesses saved by council loan fund   #SME | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Since 2009, the Staffordshire Business Loans Fund has awarded local SMEs over £4m in funding, in turn creating and safeguarding over 1,000 jobs, Staffordshire County Council has revealed.
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Local business owners who struggle to gain traditional funding from highstreets lenders are able to apply for loans ranging from £10,000 – £50,000;

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Architectural Visualizations and Design Communication - A Sweet Symphony

Architectural Visualizations and Design Communication - A Sweet Symphony | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Design communication is one of the main and the most important aspect of building design and architecture. Now, design communication is most aptly and suitably done via visualization. Through visuals, your design and design intent both can be conveyed sufficiently to all involved...
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BLUEPRINT AWARDS 2015 SHORTLISTS #BPAWARDS2015

BLUEPRINT AWARDS 2015 SHORTLISTS  #BPAWARDS2015 | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
BLUEPRINT AWARDS 2015 SHORTLISTS
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BLUEPRINT AWARDS 2015 SHORTLISTS

The complete set of shortlists for all Blueprint Awards 2015 categories. Your afternoon browsing delivered.

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, August 25, 11:39 AM

Los proyectos seleccionados para optar a los premios de la prestigiosa revista Blueprint, en 2015.

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Jan Kattein completes ‘hypnotic’ pavilion

Jan Kattein completes ‘hypnotic’ pavilion | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

Islington-based Jan Kattein Architects has completed this pavilion in Potters Fields near #London Bridge

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Built in collaboration with architecture and design outfit Mill & Jones for the London Bridge Live Arts Festival, the structure features a series of modules topped with cones made from jute.

Openings in the top of the cones sway in the breeze, creating what the practice described as a ‘hypnotic tunnel into the clouds’.

The pavilion sits in Potters Fields between Tower Bridge and Foster + Partners’ City Hall and was designed around the festival’s them of ‘exchange’.

The festival runs until Wednesday (26 August).

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#London's Green Garden Bridge will be awash with color

#London's Green Garden Bridge will be awash with color | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
More information about the flora that will be planted on London's Garden Bridge has been announced. The bridge is aimed at being "a green haven in the middle of the city." Planned by landscape designer Dan Pearson, the planting will span different times, climates and seasons.
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The Garden Bridge is expected to open to the public in summer 2018.

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Business Helpline support helps #Stoke-on-Trent and #Staffordshire firms grow

Business Helpline support helps #Stoke-on-Trent and #Staffordshire firms grow | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

A helpline set up to advise Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire businesses and help them grow is going from strength to strength.

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"Another key to our success is that this is a locally-based service, with the in-depth understanding of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire economy that can make all the difference.”

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We may not be running out of #Helium after all

We may not be running out of #Helium after all | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
A team of scientists led by Diveena Danabalan of Durham University conducted a new study that indicates that there may be vast new sources of helium in the western mountain regions of North America.
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....     This suggests that we have probably underestimated the volumes of helium which are actually available to explore.

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Winners of the 2015 Think Brick Awards revealed

Winners of the 2015 Think Brick Awards revealed | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Twenty six projects across Australia have been recognised in the 2015 Think Brick Awards.
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The winners and finalists from the 2015 Think Brick Awards are:

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Market For Energy Efficient Windows Growing Fast - Green Building Elements

Market For Energy Efficient Windows Growing Fast - Green Building Elements | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
The market for energy efficient windows is growing by 19% a year, thanks to electronic switchable technology that allows us to change their tint wirelessly.
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Europe faces up to flight safety threat posed by #drones

Europe faces up to flight safety threat posed by #drones | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
No-drone zones, software to block flights into sensitive areas and registration rules are among proposals from European regulators and aviation experts to ensure growing numbers of drones don't case dangerous run-ins with passenger aircraft.
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Pilots' associations and others have called for drones to be fitted with geo-fencing technology,

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Jennings: 'People are tired of being duped by developers' #Architecture

Jennings: 'People are tired of being duped by developers'   #Architecture | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

Will Jennings, the organiser of the contest seeking rival ideas to Heatherwick Studios’ contentious Garden Bridge, on why people are ‘tired of being marketed to, rather than talked to’

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Two quotes from the recent article, The battle of Norton Folgate: a victory for social media, resonate for me. 

 

One, from Joe Morris of Duggan Morris, goes: ‘There is a rapaciousness which isn’t halting – a definite shift in attitude. There are people out there who are repeatedly sending out a negative message and there are things like Twitter to stir up the frenzy.’

 

The second was from Paul Williams of Stanton Williams: ‘What the Spitalfields Historic Buildings Trust showed at its exhibition [and subsequently online] was a misrepresentation; a distortion of our scheme that was tantamount to propaganda.’

 

People increasingly feel as if changes to the environment around them happen despite them and without considering them. When projects increasingly appear to pass through the planning process with little apparent regard for citizens’ comments and ignoring residents or action groups who had opposed them, is it any wonder people look to new forms of protest, solidarity and spreading their concerns?

 

And what of the many people that cannot easily negotiate the labyrinthine online planning portal? Or don’t know it exists? It can be a complicated process not only to find information, but then to register and communicate an opinion. Not everybody has the abilities or skills to engage on this level. The democratic process should be in place to work for all, not just those that understand the systems and how to play them.

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http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/comment/jennings-people-are-tired-of-being-duped-by-developers/8688025.article?WT.tsrc=email&WT.mc_id=Newsletter2 ;

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Skyscraper made of shipping containers envisaged for Mumbai

Skyscraper made of shipping containers envisaged for Mumbai | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Ganti and Associates Design has taken a crack at imagining a structurally viable, sustainable container-based skyscraper for India's huge Dharavi slum in Mumbai. The unnamed concept
would rise to a height of 100 m (328 ft).
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Window Salesman spared Jail over half a million in untaxed commission

Window Salesman spared Jail over half a million in untaxed commission | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

Anthony Jenkins, 60, was spared prison by a judge last week but fined £20,000 and ordered to finish paying back around £111,000 in unpaid taxes.

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“Tax fraudsters such as Jenkins think they have an upper-hand over those who pay what is due. He stole from public finances and would have continued his fraud had HMRC not stopped him.

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Vertical Architecture Designs Set to Redefine Construction Industry

Vertical Architecture Designs Set to Redefine Construction Industry | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Development of high rises and sky scrapers means huge investments; it also means that there is a lot at stake and hence Architects, engineers and contractors need to amp up project management work so that such large scale building development may be handled well. This can be done by leveraging the...
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Hanging Gardens of Medusa: The first stratospheric sky garden with proto life - DesignCurial

Hanging Gardens of Medusa: The first stratospheric sky garden with proto life - DesignCurial | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Professor of Experimental Architecture Rachel Armstrong has created the first stratospheric sky garden and platform for the cultivation of 'artificial life'.The Hanging Gardens of Medusa...
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How Chile's fogcatchers are bringing water to the driest desert on Earth

How Chile's fogcatchers are bringing water to the driest desert on Earth | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
The people of Chile's drought-stricken north, home to the Atacama desert, have had to make do with very little when it comes to water. But a mist known as the Camanchaca rolls in from the Pacific from which they are able to harvest water through cleverly designed nets.
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Busy Mexico City street to be reclaimed as green space and linear park

Busy Mexico City street to be reclaimed as green space and linear park | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Plans have been unveiled to reclaim a road in Mexico City from cars. Avenida Chapultepec is one of the city's busy main arteries, but is clogged with cars and splits the city. The historical road will feature an elevated park with green spaces and a layout tailored for those on foot or bike.
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The plans for the Corredor Cultural Chapultepec were presented by Fernando Romero last week and the project is expected to be completed by 2017.

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Keele and Staffordshire universities join forces to boost economy

Keele and Staffordshire universities join forces to boost economy | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
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The two universities have worked with the LEP over the last 12 months to develop a strategic, independent innovation council, focused on visioning and realising innovation-driven, sustainable economic growth locally

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Construction economists predict at least four more years of solid growth

Construction economists predict at least four more years of solid growth | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Latest forecasts from the Construction Products Association confirm remarkable confidence in the industry’s prospects over the next few years, despite a downgrade in this year’s expected growth.
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Modular high-rise lets residents customize their apartments

Modular high-rise lets residents customize their apartments | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Furnishing a new home can be a time consuming experience. For residents of the planned Vijayawada Garden Estate in India, however, this won't be a problem. Its modular design means that everything needed for each apartment can be picked from an accompanying catalog and simply slotted into place.
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Residents can choose from different prefabricated modules that slot into the tower's framework.

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Energy Efficient Windows Coming

Energy Efficient Windows Coming | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
More energy efficient windows are coming featuring insulation power as high as R-20. But the efficiency of the frame is just as important as the glass.
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