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A Guided Tour Of The 2015 Milan Expo

10:30 - 8 May, 2015
© Hufton+Crow
© Hufton+Crow

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.

© Evan Rawn © Evan Rawn © Min Keun Park © Hufton+Crow +38

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

13:09 - 5 May, 2015
Dubai Design District Taps Foster + Partners To Design Its Second Phase, © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

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 Dubai’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

14:54 - 1 May, 2015
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
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

13:30 - 29 April, 2015
Insiders Tip BIG to Redesign Foster + Partners' World Trade Center 2 Tower , Orignial WTC scheme; Foster + Partners' WTC2 seen second tower from left. Image © Silverstein Properties
Orignial WTC scheme; Foster + Partners' WTC2 seen second tower from left. Image © Silverstein Properties

A new report from the Wall Street Journal suggests that BIG may replace Foster + Partners to realize the World Trade Center 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 New York 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. 

Foster + Partners Chosen to Design New Transport System for Jeddah

16:00 - 30 March, 2015
© Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

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 Jeddah at key locations below the elevated track.” The masterplan will also allocate space for public squares and various nodes of development.

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

12:15 - 12 March, 2015
Foster + Partners Reveal Plans for Toronto's Second Tallest Tower, © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

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

12:00 - 9 March, 2015
Foster Chosen to Design Qatar 2022 Centerpiece Stadium , © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

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

00:00 - 16 February, 2015
Foster + Partners Breaks Ground on Taiwan’s National Museum of Marine Science and Technology , © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

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

00:00 - 22 January, 2015
© Pollard Thomas Edwards
© Pollard Thomas Edwards

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. 

Courtesy of vPPR © Williamson Chong Architects © Emre Arolat Architects © Foster + Partners +16

6 Modern Pyramids that Show Timeless Geometry is Here to Stay

01:00 - 17 January, 2015
6 Modern Pyramids that Show Timeless Geometry is Here to Stay, The Louvre Pyramid / I.M. Pei. Image © Greg Kristo
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.

The Pyramid House / Juan Carlos Ramos. Image Courtesy of Juan Carlos Ramos Olbrich's Bolz Conservatory / Stuart  Gallaher. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia user Chief-O (public domain) The Walter Pyramid / Don Gibbs. Image © Flickr CC user Cyrus II The Palace of Peace and Reconciliation / Foster + Partners. Image © Flickr CC user Ken and Nyetta +16

Norman Foster Revisits New York's Hearst Tower With Drones

00:00 - 16 January, 2015

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 drones. 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

01:00 - 12 January, 2015
Call For Entries: RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship 2015, Call For Entries: 2015. Image Courtesy of RIBA
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”

00:00 - 9 January, 2015
Foster + Partners Remain World’s “Most Admired Architect” , Foster + Partners and FR-EE - Fernando Romero EnterprisE’s winning scheme for the Mexico City Airport expansion (click to learn more). Image Courtesy of DBOX for Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners and FR-EE - Fernando Romero EnterprisE’s winning scheme for the Mexico City Airport expansion (click to learn more). Image Courtesy of DBOX for Foster + Partners

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

01:00 - 9 January, 2015
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-Brutalism, Revitism, Scriptism, and Subdivisionism.

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

00:00 - 25 November, 2014
Skanska and Foster + Partners Collaborate on World’s First 3D Concrete Printing Robot, © Loughborough University
© Loughborough University

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 concrete 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 concrete. 

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

Norman Foster's Interview with The European: “Architecture is the Expression of Values”

01:00 - 31 October, 2014
Norman Foster's Interview with The European: “Architecture is the Expression of Values”, Apple Campus 2 / Foster + Partners. Image © City of Cupertino
Apple Campus 2 / Foster + Partners. Image © City of Cupertino

Berlin-based editor Max Tholl of The European Magazine has shared with us his interview with Norman Foster on the role of architecture in today’s society. 

The European: Lord Foster, architects design buildings that will characterize cities for decades or even centuries to come. How difficult is it to design buildings for an unknown future?

Foster: Flexibility is a key consideration. We design with an awareness that circumstances will change – that a building’s context will evolve; it may be used in different ways and will need to incorporate new technologies that we cannot yet predict.

The complete interview, after the break. 

Foster + Partners Reveals Cardiff Central Square Masterplan

00:00 - 31 October, 2014
Millennium Walkway. Image Courtesy of Cardiff City Council
Millennium Walkway. Image Courtesy of Cardiff City Council

The City of Cardiff has unveiled plans by Foster + Partners to redesign the city's Central Square, close to the Millennium Stadium, adding over a million square feet of office, retail and residential buildings organized around a new civic square. Explaining that it is "the key gateway to Cardiff" for many visitors, City Council leader Phil Bale said that Central Square's "role in providing a positive image for Cardiff and Wales cannot be underestimated," adding that Foster + Partners' design is "reflective of the City’s ambition to be amongst the most ‘liveable’ cities in the world."

More on the plan after the break

Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster Tapped to Design Luxury Hotels in China

00:00 - 21 October, 2014
Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster Tapped to Design Luxury Hotels in China , Jumeirah Nanjing. Image Courtesy of Jumeirah Group
Jumeirah Nanjing. Image Courtesy of Jumeirah Group

Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster have been tapped to design two luxury hotels for the Jumeirah Group's newest properties in China: Jumeirah Wuhan and Jumeirah Nanjing. Both properties will be adjacent to existing business districts and will provide luxury suites, specialty restaurants, executive club lounges, business centers, spas and more.