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Norman's Architecture Adventure

Norman's Architecture Adventure
Joshua P. Sanabria
GoArchitect, October 2018

Hardcover | 8-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches | # pages | # illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-1732945104 | $24.99

Publisher Description:
Norman is a young boy who wants to be an architect just like his mom. One day he goes on an unexpected adventure and along the way explores his imagination, meets new friends, and learns about the joy of architecture.

Through gorgeous illustrations and a relatable story Norman's Architecture Adventure teaches children how having an imagination is the greatest adventure anyone can have. Nothing holds Norman back, he sees what could be and he creates it. He is unrestricted by age, ethnicity, or preconceptions.
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Spotlight: Norman Foster

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Arguably the leading name of a generation of internationally high-profile British architects, Norman Foster (born 1 June 1935)—or to give him his full title Norman Robert Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank of Reddish, OM, HonFREng—gained recognition as early as the 1970s as a key architect in the high-tech movement, which continues to have a profound impact on architecture as we know it today.

LG Goes Architecture

Before heading to work this morning I caught a glimpse of a commercial on TV for LG Signature. What stood out was the way the LG products – refrigerator, television, washing machine, air purifier – were positioned in front of some fairly notable, if not all widely known, works of architecture.

There's Johan Otto Von Spreckelsen's La Grande Arche in Paris:

Fumihiko Maki's Four World Trade Center in New York:

James Stirling's State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart:

And Norman Foster's 30 St. Mary Axe in London:

‘Bring it on’: Airport tsar backs architects’ airport visions

London airport advisor Daniel Moylan has welcomed proposals by Norman Foster, Gensler and Make to increase air capacity in the south east

¡Feliz Cumpleaños César Pelli!

Cortesía de Construye Argentina

“[La arquitectura puede definirse como] Dar una respuesta apropiada y una interpretación artística adecuada a los problemas que se nos presentan en cada proyecto en particular.”

Hoy el arquitecto argentino César Pelli conocido por diseñar algunos de los edificios más altos del mundo, como las Torres Petronas en Kuala Lumpur, la Torre de Cristal en Madrid, y el Edificio Costanera Center en Santiago de Chile, cumple 87 años.

Nacido en Tucumán, estudió arquitectura en la Universidad Nacional de Tucumán y en 1952 se trasladó a Estados Unidos, desde donde ha realizado gran parte de su carrera dirigiendo el estudio Pelli-Clarke-Pelli.

Foster urges West to look to China for infrastructure lessons

Norman Foster has urged Western governments to learn from China how to make bold, quick changes to their infrastructure

Defender of the Faith

0213c_AR_Columns_LOOMIS_hires01 Vittorio Garatti’s revolutionary ballet school in Cuba has sat unfinished for nearly 50 years. Now, as Norman Foster prepares for a major renovation, Garatti is trying to preserve his project’s legacy.

Cyclist Utopia Unveiled in Norman Foster’s Elevated SkyCycle Highways

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Architect and cycling enthusiast Sir Norman Foster just unveiled plans for the SkyCycle, a “cycle utopia” that soars up and above the congested streets of London. The three-story high bicycle highway is envisioned to cover 135 miles routed above the city’s existing rail lines. The sky-high scheme was created as a response to growing concerns over bicycle safety and the mounting physical constraints of adding on-the-ground segregated bike paths.

Coming Soon: Checking the Vital Signs of the World's Planned Mega-Projects

Rendering: Construction Digital If the economic downturn threw a wrench into the development machine back in 2008, that machine has been successfully restarted in recent years, as record-breaking projects have started up or, in some cases, restarted, while a few grand projects have been left to collect dust. Much of the new development is occurring in what used to be called the developing world, like India, where the India Tower was planned for Mumbai.