It is projected that by the year 2050, nearly 80% of the earth’s population will reside in urban centers. With fears of overcrowding and land scarcity, the need to evolve our agriculture is one of the primary challenges we face in the 21st century.
A solution? Vertical farming. The innovative concept, which was first pioneered by Columbia University professor Dickson Despommier, is a promising solution that many of the world’s most populated cities are starting to consider. As of now, the land-scarce Republic of Singapore is leading the way with the opening of the world’s first commercial vertical farm, featuring 3.65-hectares of stacked vegetables in the northwestern district of Lim Chu Kang.
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Aimed at being a city for kids, the Prinsessegade Kindergarten and Youth Club Winning Proposal by COBE + NORD Architects…, in collaboration with PK3 and Grontmij, will be the largest daycare center in all of Denmark. It also presents a
By James P. Cramer. Reprinted, with permission, from DesignIntelligence. If you like this article, you may also enjoy In Defense of an Architecture Education, which claims that, despite economic stagnation, the profession is still worth pursuing, and Thoughts on Architectural Education, a collection of observations and frustrations from an Architecture student.
You could argue that architectural education is pretty good the way it is. In fact, it is most likely the best that it has ever been. But it’s not good enough. Just as architects and designers need to deliver more value in the future, the education that supports and gives birth to the future of the profession needs to prove its relevance.
It is the profession’s responsibility to support the evolution of higher education. Human capital is in jeopardy. We have a talent supply problem as we look to the horizon.
There is a changing nature in the work of design. In this context many educators acknowledge that higher education has not kept up with the big changes taking place in the design professions. Who has? Change and uncertainty face all of us. Finger pointing is not going to advance us to a higher place. It is time for architects and educators to adopt a learning, non-blaming approach to change.
Find out the 12 steps that will help provide design students, educators and professionals the best opportunities for success today, after the break…
Our friends from CEBRA just shared the news of their next endeavor for designing a skidome in Randers, Denmark. Serving as more than a series of complex slopes for those to enjoy, the project will become the largest skidome in the world. When viewed in isolation, the massing’s gentle curves and minimalistic exterior treatment read as a subtle strategy to incorporate the slopes; yet, only when seen at the city scale does the project’s 1,000,000+ sqf (including a hotel, restaurant and shops) allow the viewer to understand the project’s potential urban presence.
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Panavision, the Uruguay exhibit for the 13th Venice Biennale, features the works of the new generation of Uruguayan architects, using their Pavilions as a common ground, a place rather than an exhibit, where the focuses, approaches, tools, worries, emphasis and strategies of these practices converge. More details from the curators after the break:
Holm Architecture Office (HAO) and AI… have been invited to create a proposal for the city of Daqiuzhuang in northern China. Sited in a newly developed part of the city, the new cultural building takes its form from the traditional
Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References (Birkhaüser, 2012), the new book edited by Robert McCarter and designed by Irma Boom, will be presented at a book launch event November 13th. ‘do you read me?!’, the renowned Berlin bookshop, will host the first…
Architects: Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB
Location: Jönköping, Sweden
Interior: Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB genom Helena Toresson, Sara Helder (formgivare), Viktor Alm, Björn Nilsson & Anna Nyborg Lafveskans (medverkande)
Client: Landstingsfastigheter i Jönköpings län
Photographs: Courtesy of Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB
Hyunjoon Yoo Architects… shared with us their proposal for the Green Square Library & Plaza Design in Australia. By locating the building on the west side of the park, this gave them the opportunity to integrate the library and the