A Guided Tour Of The 2015 Milan Expo

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With 145 countries participating in the 2015 Expo, alongside input from international organizations, corporate partners and an extensive program organized by the Expo itself, there’s a lot going on in Milan right now. So much so, in fact, that it can be a little overwhelming to get a handle on all the sights that are worth your attention.

To help you out, we’ve put together a guided tour of the key pavilions that are turning heads, including the defining vistas of the expo grounds, the displays that are worth your time and the oddities that might entertain. From the Expo’s defining icon, the 30-meter-tall Tree of Life, to the exhibition on architecture’s favorite consumable (that’s coffee), and all the national pavilions in between, the things you need to see are here. Whether you’re planning to visit the Expo and want a quick and dirty way to ensure you’ve covered the highlights, or whether you’re simply hoping to live vicariously through the internet, this tour is for you.

UAE Pavilion – Milan Expo 2015 / Foster + Partners

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Architects: Foster + Partners
Location: Ingresso EXpo, Via Giorgio Stephenson, 107, 20157 ,
Collaborators: The National Media Council, United Arab Emirates, Chairman, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Commissioner General Salem Al Ameri
Year: 2015
Photographs: Filippo Poli, Foster + Partners

Dubai Design District Taps Foster + Partners To Design Its Second Phase

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The Dubai Design District (d3) has tapped Foster + Partners to design its masterplan’s second phase. Spanning one million-square-feet, the new development will be a “Creative Community” that will serve as a ”thriving cultural epicenter” within d3, and an “incubator” for emerging designers an artists.

“This is an exciting initiative, which supports young creatives, and allows ’s design scene to flourish from within,” says Gerard Evenden, Studio Head at Foster + Partners.

Take A Look At Milan Expo’s 2015 Pavilions on Opening Day

The USA Pavilion’s 7,200-square-foot vertical farm. Image © Saverio Lombardi Vallauri

Italy’s global commercial fair, Milan Expo 2015 opened today. The six month event, expected to attract nearly 20 million visitors, is showcasing 54 national pavilions, among a number of corporate and multinational installations, all focused on “Feeding the Planet” and promoting their national cuisine. Pavilions by Foster + Partners, Herzog & de Meuron, SPEECHDaniel Libeskind and many others will remain on view through October 31.

Take a look at some of the fair’s most talked about pavilions on opening day, after the break.

Insiders Tip BIG to Redesign Foster + Partners’ World Trade Center 2 Tower

Orignial WTC scheme; Foster + Partners

A new report from the Wall Street Journal suggests that BIG may replace Foster + Partners to realize the 2 (WTC2) tower - the final tower planned to be built on Ground Zero. The 79-story tower, originally designed in 2006, was stalled due to the economic crash of 2008. 

According to the report, 21st Century Fox and News Corp have “tipped” BIG to redesign the tower should they strike an agreement with project backers Silverstein Properties and The Port Authority of and New Jersey to move into the tower. If the deal goes through, the two companies would occupy nearly half of the building – enough to kickstart development. 

New City Hall in Buenos Aires / Foster + Partners

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Architects: Foster + Partners
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Foster + Partners Chosen to Design New Transport System for Jeddah

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Foster + Partners has been appointed through an international competition to develop the “architectural vision” for Jeddah’s city-wide public transport plan. The commission, made official today by the Makkah Province governor, seeks to establish a “long-term, sustainable” city network plan that will foster flexible growth and achieve efficiency through the integration of all modes of transportation, including metro, ferry, bus and cycle.

“The comprehensive plan extends from the design of the stations to the trains and branding,” said Foster + Partners. “In addition, the development of the metro system will create a new urban amenity for the city of at key locations below the elevated track.” The will also allocate space for public squares and various nodes of development.

Foster + Partners Reveal Plans for Toronto’s Second Tallest Tower

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Foster + Partners has unveiled plans for an 80-story mixed-use tower that will rise 318-meters on a prominent site in downtown Toronto at One Bloor West. The city’s second tallest building, “The One” skyscraper aims to “pioneer a new model of vertical retail” with an expansive, 60-meter commercial base that will anchor dense housing.

Foster Chosen to Design Qatar 2022 Centerpiece Stadium

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Foster + Partners has been chosen ahead of David Chipperfield Architects, Mossessian & Partners and Mangera Yvars Architects to design the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar centerpiece – the Lusail Stadium. The British practice will now move forward with its competition-winning scheme (first proposed in 2010) with the help of stadium experts ARUP and Populous.

“It is an honor to design this centerpiece stadium – we are delighted to have won the international competition. This is an exciting step forward in stadium design – it will be the first to break the mould of the free standing suburban concept, and instead anticipates the grid of this future city, of which it will be an integral part,” said Norman Foster, founder of Foster + Partners.

Foster + Partners Breaks Ground on Taiwan’s National Museum of Marine Science and Technology

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Foster + Partners have broken ground on Taiwan’s new National Museum of Marine Science and Technology in Keelung. To be the largest aquarium in northern Taiwan, the museum will face Badouzi harbor, while staying connected to the waterfront and nearby fishing village.

AJ’s Shortlisted Women Architects of the Year Share Advice for Aspiring Females

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Architects’ Journal has released the shortlist of their annual Women in Architecture awards, naming 17 established and emerging practitioners who have raised the profile of women architects “in a sector where women still face an alarming degree of discrimination.” In honor of their selection, the nominees have shared their advice for aspiring female architects. 

See who was shortlisted and find out what they believe takes for women to succeed in the profession of architecture, after the break. 

6 Modern Pyramids that Show Timeless Geometry is Here to Stay

The Louvre Pyramid / I.M. Pei. Image © Greg Kristo

If you were a Greek tourist in the 1st century BCE you would likely have had something in your hand that would be quite familiar here in the 21st century. A guide book. The most popular guide book of the Hellenic world listed seven wonders of the world that should be visited by any Greek traveler.

Of those seven wonders, six no longer exist. The Colossus of Rhodes, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus were lost to natural causes, the Temple of Artemis and Statue of Zues destroyed by human hands, and no one knows what happened to the Hanging Gardens. The remaining wonder is the Great Pyramid of Giza. This colossal Egyptian structure is so grand a work that even today, 4,500 years after its construction, it is still considered by some to be the most impressive civil engineering project in history, beating out feats like the Panama Canal, the Hoover Dam, and the Golden Gate Bridge.

The pyramid isn’t just an ancient wonder. Just as the Great Pyramid has managed to survive into modern times, so has our love affair with the simple but powerful angled shape. Modern architects and engineers continue to build pyramids. These modern pyramids may not be stone tombs to ancient pharaohs, but are no less stunning for all that. Read on after the break for six examples.

Norman Foster Revisits New York’s Hearst Tower With Drones

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To mark the 10th anniversary of the topping out of New York City’s Hearst TowerLord Foster returned in order to narrate a short film shedding new light on the building with the aid of camera . The 46 storey building – which is integrated into a 6 storey base brick structure designed by Joseph Urban in 1928 - was “one of the most sustainable buildings of its time.” Now, ten years later, this footage captures spectacular new views of the main atrium.

Call For Entries: RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship 2015

Call For Entries: 2015. Image Courtesy of RIBA

The 2015 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship has launched and is inviting applications from schools of architecture around the world. A £6,000 grant will be awarded to one student by a panel of judges which will include Lord Foster and the current President of the , Stephen Hodder. First established in 2006, the scholarship is now in its eighth year and is designed to fund international research on a topic related to the survival of our towns and cities in a location of the student’s choice.

Foster + Partners Remain World’s “Most Admired Architect”

and FR-EE – Fernando Romero EnterprisE’s winning scheme for the Mexico City Airport expansion (click to learn more). Image Courtesy of DBOX for

A global survey conducted by BD has deemed Foster + Partners to be world’s “most admired architect” for the ninth consecutive year. The London-based practice, led by Norman Foster, is the 16th largest practice in the world. Foster + Partners’ ranking was undeniable, as the survey revealed a significant seven percent lead over runner-up contender, Herzog & de Meuron.

“To be voted most admired practice by our peers is a great honor,” said Norman Foster. “It is a huge tribute to our talented and hard-working teams with their myriad skills and disciplines, both in our many studios around the world and our base in London, all working towards the common goal of bringing innovative design solutions to create a better built environment.”

See who else topped the list as the world’s “most admired,” after the break.

Defining a More Purposeful Architecture: A Guide to Current Architectural Trends

The current state of architectural design incorporates many contemporary ideas of what defines unique geometry. With the advent of strong computer software at the early 21st century, an expected level of experimentation has overtaken our profession and our academic realms to explore purposeful architecture through various techniques, delivering meaningful buildings that each exhibit a message of cultural relevancy.

These new movements are not distinct stylistic trends, but modes of approaching concept design. They often combine with each other, or with stylistic movements, to create complete designs. Outlined within this essay are five movements, each with varying degrees of success creating purposeful buildings: Diagramism, Neo-, Revitism, Scriptism, and Subdivisionism.

Designs Unveiled for Foster + Partners’ “Health Education Campus” in Cleveland

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Foster + Partners has submitted plans for a new “Health Education Campus” in , Ohio. The 485,000-square-foot quadrangle building is designed to foster collaboration between the students of Case Western Reserve University and the Clinic on the medical campus’ existing 11-acre parcel at East 93rd Street between Euclid and Chester Avenues.

Skanska and Foster + Partners Collaborate on World’s First 3D Concrete Printing Robot

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Global construction company Skanska is teaming up with Foster + Partners and the engineers at Loughborough University (LU) to create the world’s first commercial 3D printing robot. The company has signed an agreement with LU, who has been working on the project since 2007, to partake in an 18-month initiative with a consortium of partners focused on developing a robot capable of printing complex structural components with .

A video about LU’s research on 3D concrete printing and Foster + Partner’s involvement, after the break.