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Pavilion House / Waechter Architecture

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London's ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower Will Soon Be the World's Tallest Slide

Anish Kapoor’s ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower in London will soon host the world's tallest and longest tunnel slide. The 114-meter-tall tower, already the UK's tallest sculpture, was originally built for the 2012 London Olympics. As the Metro reports, the semi-transparent stainless steel tube slide will start its descent 80-meters above ground within the structure's infamous lattice work, spiraling five times before embarking on a final 50-meter drop. Rides will last 37 seconds and cost just £5 a ride. 

See the Beauty in Programmable Materials in this Mesmerizing Video

In his TED Talk showcasing his work at MIT's Self Assembly Lab, computational architect Skylar Tibbits does an excellent job of explaining the functional possibilities of programmable materials and four-dimensional printing - from structures that assemble themselves in space, to infrastructure that can adapt itself to changes in demand. But there is one property of these materials that he fails to mention: they can be truly beautiful in action.

But in this video by Dana Zelig, a masters student in industrial design at Jerusalem's Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, the beauty of these processes is placed front and center. Using nothing more than 12 sheets of shrinkable pre-stressed polystyrene taken from children's creativity sets, a home printer and an infra-red light, Zelig's "Traces" project has created a series of self-forming shapes that delicately transform in front of our eyes.

Vitra / Studio Libeskind

© Romulo Fialdini © Romulo Fialdini © Ana Mello © Ana Mello

Why Landscape Designers Will Be Key to the Future of Our Cities

For most people, spending time outdoors in well-designed public spaces is one of the highlights to city life. Why, then, do we spend comparatively little time and money on designing them? In this article, originally posted on Metropolis magazine as "Designing Outdoor Public Spaces is Vital to the Future of our Cities" Kirt Martin, the vice-president of design and marketing at outdoor furniture designer Landscape Forms, makes the case that landscape architects and industrial designers working in the public realm are key for our cities' health and happiness.

All of us treasure our time in outdoor spaces. So why do we devote so little of our attention to their design?

As a designer in the site-furniture industry, I am always curious about the value people place on the outdoors. I like to ask people I meet to describe a great city like New York, Chicago, or Paris and what they most remember about being there. Or I ask them, if they won $25,000 to spend on a dream vacation, where they would go and what they would do. Their fond memories of a celebrated city or an escape into the wild often have little in common, except for one thing: Their most memorable and meaningful experiences almost always revolve around the outdoors.

9 ¾ Bookstore + Café / PLASMA NODO

  • Architects: PLASMA NODO
  • Location: Medellín, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Area: 120.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Daniel Mejía

© Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía © Daniel Mejía

Street Artists and Local Government Team Up to Create Colorful Mexican Mural

About an hour outside Mexico City lies the small town of Palmitas in the Pachuca district, an area that, a few months ago, began a massive street art project to unite the community. Beginning as an idea from local government leaders, the project was executed by self-taught street artists Germen Crew.

Using the existing architecture set on the town’s predominant hill, Germen Crew created a multi-perspective piece of art that takes one of Mexico’s most recognized art forms—the mural—and adds a new sense of perspective and community to the historic tradition.

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22 Bishopsgate Set to be London's Tallest Skyscraper

PLP Architecture has released their new design for a skyscraper at 22 Bishopsgate. Set to be 278m tall, it will be the tallest building in the City of London, second only to the Shard in the UK. The site was originally home to the Pinnacle, a slightly taller proposal that stopped work in 2012 due to economic restraints. Located in the midst of the city’s cluster of tall buildings, the new design will pick up where the Pinnacle left off, reusing the already built foundations and basements. Read more about this new development in London after the break.

Gallery: Palladio in Vicenza

Phillip Bond, an architectural photographer based in the US, recently made a trip back to the city of his birth: Vicenza. While there he took the opportunity to photograph a series of Andrea Palladio's most famous works, from the Palazzo Chiericati and the Basilica Palladiana, to the Palazzo del Capitaniato. The vast majority of Palladio's built works exist in the Veneto region of Italy in cities such as Padua, Verona, and Venice with the highest concentration in Vicenza, which was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

See the gallery in full after the break.

Palladio in Vincenza. Image © Phillip Bond Palazzo Chiericati. Image © Phillip Bond © Phillip Bond © Phillip Bond

Diagonal House / Simon Whibley Architecture & Antarctica

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts

National Graphene Institute / Jestico + Whiles

© Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow

RIBA London Seminar: The Skills You Need to Succeed

Richard Fallon, a specialist voice, presence, and personal impact coach, will focus this session on how to talk to your team, win that pitch and manage client relationships.

RIBA London Seminar: The Seven Ages of Practice

The Seven Ages of Practice, led by Andrew Whiting of HÛT highlights how best to maintain your brand; from inception through to legacy. Taking its name from Shakespeare's poem the 'Seven Ages of Man', Andrew will cover aspects of marketing, the media and how to react in a competitive market.

Revit Architecture 101 - Online Course (And We're Giving Away a ThinkParametric Membership!)

ThinkParametric launches its Revit Architecture 101 course taught by Håvard Vasshaug Design Technologist and BIM Specialist at DARK Architects.