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67 Race Course Road . Mumbai OMA Situated on the south east coast of Mumbai facing the Hippodrome, the development will house a couple of the tallest buildings in Mumbai. Building in Mumbai, especially in such a prominent location carries with it a wide range of challenges and possibilities, Code Constraints, efficiency and views. Code … Continue reading OMA

An Architectural Guide to Belfast: 20 Unmissable Sites in Northern Ireland's Capital

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The city of Belfast is enjoying a resurgence of life. Having been gripped by decades of conflict over politics and religion, the Northern Irish capital has been transformed by peace over the past ten years, and now hosts an array of sublime architecture old and new, by renowned architects past and present.

The urban landscape of Belfast, transitioning between industry, culture, arts, commerce, and education, makes the city a worthy destination for architects and designers. Influenced by Irish and British vernacular styles, shaped by the demands of shipbuilding, linen, security, and now post-conflict confidence, the city remains somewhat of a blank canvas for creatives to experiment, reflect, and dream.

Stone House / MM++ architects

© Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki
  • Architects: MM++ architects
  • Location: Nha Trang, Vietnam
  • Lead Architects: Mỹ An Phạm Thị, Michael Charruault
  • Area: 300.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki
  • Other Participants: Hào Lương Văn
© Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki

Text description provided by the architects. Located in Nha Trang, a sea side city of Vietnam’s south east coast, this vacation villa has a very privileged location. Carved into the hill, the site of 500 sqm enjoys a unique ocean view, overlooking the bay and mountains in the background. The goal was to find solutions at early stage of the conception to optimize this viewing experience and manage the high constructions density of this residential area in the future.

Come Hell or High Water: Cities Must Evolve in the Face of Climate Change

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ]

The time to talk about climate change as if it’s merely a hazy possibility that won’t occur in our lifetime anyway has long passed. Multiple recent reports have made it clear that it’s already happening, and its effects will be much worse than previously expected.

In 2016, the Paris climate accords set a goal of limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius (at which it’s already failing); the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change now says two degrees is both inevitable by the year 2040 and genocidal, set to cause the death of all coral reefs, extreme wildfires, heat waves and other weather events that will subsequently threaten the world’s food supply and transform the global economy.

The Dune Cabin / Murman Arkitekter

© Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman

Text description provided by the architects. The building is located near Sjaustru fishing village on the east coast of Gotland. The holiday home sits among maritime forest with thin vegetation cover towards the Baltic sea and direct access to the local beach. The client had a strong vision on what they wanted to achieve as a family holiday home in Gotland and was fully engaged in the design process. A process that started 15 years ago when they bought a small beach cabin on this exclusive site.

Winners announced for the 2018 Landscape Institute Awards


Design for a Medium Scale Development Award Winner:  Aberfeldy phases 1 and 2, Levitt Bernstein

 The Landscape Institute recently announced the winners of the annual Landscape Institute Awards 2018. From 163 entries, the winners highlight an array of projects which focus on landscape design, community, sustainability and innovative thinking. The diversity of the projects showcases the efforts the profession makes to protect and develop the landscape.

The Awards Ceremony on Thursday 22 November at The Brewery in London celebrates those who are at the forefront of the profession, leading new work in the fields of design, community engagement and health and wellbeing across both the UK and internationally.

What to Get an Architect for Christmas [2018]

This is the 9th annual and highly anticipated What to Get an Architect for Christmas gift guide. It’s hard for me to process that when I wrote the very first gift guide back in 2010 that this would become the most requested blog post that I would write every single year. In that first year, the guide was just my own personal gift wish list, but now I spend almost an entire year curating what sort of items should make the final cut. Apparently, some years I clearly want more stuff than others, and this year’s list at 28 total items falls somewhat short of last year’s intensive mega-book list (43 total items, 31 one of which were books.)

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

CAA Architects Reveals Futuristic Eco-City Design for the Maldives

Ocean's Heaven. Image Courtesy of CAA Architects Ocean's Heaven. Image Courtesy of CAA Architects

CAA Architects have won first prize in the Maldives Airport Economic Zone competition. Their winning proposal, "Ocean’s Heaven" is a mixed use development made to embrace tropical culture and ocean systems with renewable energy structures in a living belt design. Facing global warming and rising sea levels, the project hopes to create a new model for sustainable development before the Maldives disappear from the world forever.

Amazon Selects Both New York City and Arlington for HQ2

Amazon Seattle HQ. Image © Flickr user Joe Behr licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 Amazon Seattle HQ. Image © Flickr user Joe Behr licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Amazon has selected New York City and Arlington for it's next headquarters, set to become two of the biggest economic development projects in the United States. Instead of choosing one site, Amazon will spread over $5 billion in construction and investments across the two locations. The tech giant will house at least 25,000 employees in each city, and could receive more than $2 billion in tax incentives. The new announcement ends a 14-month competition among cities across the country.

Finalists announced in 2018 Landscape Institute Awards

Shortlist showcases the of best in landscape architecture, design, planning and management ahead of 2018 Awards ceremony

The Landscape Institute is pleased to announce the shortlist of finalists for the annual Landscape Institute Awards 2018. The projects showcase the breadth of exceptional work of the many different types of landscape professionals, including landscape designers, managers, planners and researchers and in particular the power landscape has to impact on people’s lives.

Over 160 entries were received from around the world and winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Thursday 22 November at The Brewery in London, at an event recognising and celebrating excellence, innovation and creativity by practitioners working in both the natural and built-environments. New York Times best-selling author and journalist Florence Williams will be the keynote speaker and the awards will be compered by broadcast journalist and BBC London radio contributor, Ebs Akintade. This event aims to highlight the innovative work by the landscape profession across the UK and internationally.

Dan Cook, CEO of the Landscape Institute, said: “The Landscape Institute’s Awards are designed to really push the boundaries of landscape design, and bring together professionals from the entire sector to collaborate and inspire. They demonstrate what is unique about the profession, which at its heart is focussed in creating and managing places that benefit people, place and nature. Interestingly one of the common themes this year across many entries is the importance placed on community engagement and is symbolic of the values held by the next generation of the profession.”