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Print Your City: Custom Street Furniture Made of Plastic Household Waste

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Furniture & Decor. ]

Citizens of Thessaloniki, Greece can bring their plastic household waste to a “zero waste lab,” use software to design their own custom recycled street furniture and watch it take form via 3D printer. The project is the latest from “Print Your City,” a creative initiative by Dutch research and design studio The New Raw that combines DIY urbanism interventions with smart use of freely available materials.

The team hopes to create circular waste streams within the city, engaging local residents in the process and enhancing public spaces at the same time. Print Your City takes municipal plastic waste, grinds it up into pellets or flakes and feeds it into 3D printers to produce street furniture that’s extremely tough and durable.

Groupwork + Amin Taha

Groupwork + Amin Taha
168 Upper Street . London Groupwork + Amin Taha . photos: © Timothy Soar 168 Upper Street among the 383 works nominated for EU Mies Award 2019. The parade of buildings between Waterloo Terrace and Barnsbury Street, of which the proposed site forms the north corner, act as a prominent and all but intact late … Continue reading Groupwork + Amin Taha

Shortlisted Projects Announced for the EU Mies Award 2019

The European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation have announced the 40 shortlisted works that will compete for the 2019 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. The Prize, for which ArchDaily is a media partner, has seen a jury distill 383 nominated works into a 40-project-strong, celebrating the trends and opportunities in adaptive reuse, housing, and culture across Europe.

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The Environmental Cost of Cement, and What to Do About It

Sesc Pompeia / Lina Bo Bardi. Image © Fernando Pires Sesc Pompeia / Lina Bo Bardi. Image © Fernando Pires

For thousands of years, concrete has been a foundation of the built environment: the most widely used man-made material on the planet. However, as architects, and the public alike, sharpen their focus on the causes and effects of climate change, the environmental damage caused by cement has become a subject of unease.

As exhibited in a recent in-depth article by Lucy Rodgers for BBC News, cement is the source of about 8% of global CO2 emissions. The piece was written off the back of the UN’s COP24 climate change conference in Poland and found that in order to meet the requirements of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, annual cement emissions must fall by 16% by 2030.

If the cement industry were a country, it would be the third largest emitter in the world – behind China and the US. It contributes more CO2 than aviation fuel (2.5%) and is not far behind the global agriculture business. (12%).
-Lucy Rodgers, BBC News

House of Province / Team V Architecture

© Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders
  • Architects: Team V Architecture
  • Location: Arnhem, The Netherlands
  • Lead Architects: Jeroen van Schooten (partner/architect), Irène Horvers (senior architect)
  • Area: 30000.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Jannes Linders

Kindergarten / Biuro Toprojekt

© Juliusz Sokołowski, Wojciech Bęczarski © Juliusz Sokołowski, Wojciech Bęczarski
© Juliusz Sokołowski, Wojciech Bęczarski © Juliusz Sokołowski, Wojciech Bęczarski

Text description provided by the architects. Pre-school education is one of the most important stages in human development, so we should carefully care for the quality of space in which this process takes place. Children cannot be underestimated and serve only colored interiors. A child is a serious, sensitive recipient who puts the highest demands on the designer.

Sauerbruch Hutton

Sauerbruch Hutton
M9 Museum District . Venice Sauerbruch Hutton M9 nominated for EU Mies Award 2019. _ M9 is a museum of the cultural inheritance of the 20th century, located in Mestre, the mainland gateway to Venice. An agent of urban renewal, M9 provides a point of local identification and helps to redress the disparity of cultural … Continue reading Sauerbruch Hutton

Coral Cities: 30-Minute Urban Commutes Rendered as Blooming Animations

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Graphics & Branding. ]

Cities like London, Amsterdam and Rome bloom like vivid living organisms in a series of creative road network visualizations, each one as unique as a snowflake. The individual shapes of cities have just as much to do with these arteries multiplying into wispy branches as they do geography, topography and architecture, notes data scientist Craig Taylor, and when they’re rendered in color and animated, they take on an unexpected abstract beauty.

Aires Mateus

Aires Mateus
Architecture Faculty . Tournai Aires Mateus . photos: © Tim Van de Velde Tournai nominated for EU Mies Award 2019. _ The plot was composed of three buildings. They were all different from each other, in terms of scale, materials, and identity. The new entity connects all the other buildings so that they can assume … Continue reading Aires Mateus

Menos é Mais

Menos é Mais
Casa do Rio . Douro Menos é Mais . photos: © José Campos Hotel River House nominated for EU Mies Award 2019. To build without touching – Staggered by the natural beauty of a valley looking over the Douro River, our approach empowered the sense of maximum respect and minimum impact. We sought for a … Continue reading Menos é Mais