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Foster + Partners Unveils Design for Droneport in Rwanda

Foster + Partners Unveils Design for Droneport in Rwanda | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Foster + Partners has unveiled designs for a droneport in Rwanda, proposed in an attempt to bring more efficient medical care and commercial delivery services to communities in Africa where there is a lack of infrastructure required to meet the population's needs.

The droneport includes a health clinic, a digital fabrication shop, a post and courier room, and an e-commerce trading hub, making it a key civic building in its own local area and its design allows the drones to land safely in a densely packed area.

Scheduled for completion in 2020, the complex of three buildings will allow Redline's network to extend to 44% of Rwanda. Foster + Partners also suggests that subsequent phases of the project could see up to 40 buildings across Rwanda, serving not only the whole country but also neighboring countries including the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, September 21, 2015 2:16 PM

Foster + Partners has unveiled designs for a droneport in Rwanda, proposed in an attempt to bring more efficient medical care and commercial delivery services to communities in Africa where there is a lack of infrastructure required to meet the population's needs.   

"Just a 3rd of Africans live within two km's of an all-season road," explains the press release. "It would require unprecedented levels of investment in roads and railways to catch up with the exponential growth in Africa’s population, which is set to double to 2.2 billion by 2050." Foster + Partners instead proposes to leap that development hurdle by making use of 21st century technology - namely drones.

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Yale School of Management by Foster + Partners

Yale School of Management by Foster + Partners | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The new Yale School of Management (SOM) Campus will unite the SOM’s faculty departments together at a single location for the first time. The building has been designed in response to an integrated curriculum that has the potential to reinvent business school education.

The ground floor contains the public space, cafes and auditorium, with the classrooms and study areas on the upper floors. The classrooms are contained within eight double-height oval drums, visible through the glazed façade. These curved spaces facilitate the integrated teaching methods of the curriculum – more than one lecturer can address the class at once, while still allowing every student a clear view and encouraging free interaction. - See more at: http://architype.org/project/yale-school-of-management/#sthash.6Csdu21M.dpuf

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Plans for new Apple HQ, by Norman Foster, officially released | News | Archinect

Plans for new Apple HQ, by Norman Foster, officially released | News | Archinect | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
If you love Apple and fine ingenious design as much as we do, you will be thrilled to hear that the beautiful, environmentally-aware Foster + Partners designed new Apple Campus is now one step closer to becoming a reality.
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Foster + Partners Unveils Buenos Aires' City Hall, the first in Argentina to Receive LEED Silver

Foster + Partners Unveils Buenos Aires' City Hall, the first in Argentina to Receive LEED Silver | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Designed by Foster + Partners, the new city hall for Buenos Aires has recently been unveiled where it will house the mayor and 1,500 employees. It takes advantage of its abundant green setting in parque patricios and hopes to become a catalyst for regenerating the local neighborhood. The building itself carries foster and partner’s typical design strategy of using efficient and sustainable design. 

Welcomed by a four-storey atrium, the open and generous floor plates of the city hall is wrapped in floor-to-ceiling glass walls, illuminating the vast space with natural light. this creates a visual connection between the interior and the adjacent park whilst encouraging a sense of community and communication between departments. The construction techniques are influenced by the sub-tropical climate, from the careful choice of materials to the composition of each façade. Externally, the flowing roof canopy, supported by individual pillars is a distinct feature- the wave-like roof overhangs providing shade for the public areas underneath. The building is the first in argentina to receive the environmental LEED silver standard award for sustainability and the first civic project in the country by the acclaimed practice.

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Jameson House | Foster + Partners

Jameson House | Foster + Partners | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Jameson House is a new 35-story mixed-use tower in the heart of Vancouver, and completed just at the end of last year, already the building is almost fully occupied. The project combines the restoration of heritage buildings with new construction: the lower level offices and shops tie into the existing streetscape to reinvigorate the downtown neighborhood, while the apartments above face dramatic views of the bay and create a new landmark on the skyline.

Fusing old and new, the site connects the city’s financial centre with its emerging creative hub, and the scheme integrates two 1920s Beaux Arts structures: the entire internal double-height volume of the A-listed Ceperley Rounsfell Building has been returned to its original configuration and the facade of the B-listed Royal Financial Building has been retained....


Sir Norman Foster said: “Vancouver has a spectacular location, surrounded by mountains and the sea. The design makes the most of the city’s fantastic natural setting, with balconies and deep bay windows looking out towards the landscape. Jameson House further develops a number of key themes that have been integral to our work for many years. The project combines restoration with new construction; it is high-density and mixed-use, offering a sustainable model for urban living; and it demonstrates innovation, both in its evolution of the high-rise building and its progressive environmental agenda.”

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