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Benoy Shares Their Design for a New Global Business School in Saudi Arabia

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Slated to open in 2020, Benoy has released their design for a central academic building in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It will house the Global Business School, an educational hub that will attract Saudi and international business students through partnerships with Imperial College Business school, Cornell University, and Harvard Law School.

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The six-level building will be composed of two distinct wings connected by an enclosed atrium. Sporting smooth contours and rounded corners, the north wing will contain faculty offices, teaching spaces, and the innovation center. While the larger, south wing surrounds it with student dining halls, an auditorium, sports area, and a knowledge center.

Bendigo’s Newest Botanic Garden opens

In a climate of uncertainty, gardens of the future have a critical role in testing and demonstrating new connections between communities and their environments. The Bendigo Garden for the Future, a collaboration between TCL, Paul Thompson and Peter Elliott Architecture and Urban Design, was officially opened to the public at the weekend with a community event that attracted hundreds of visitors.

The Best Architecture Reads this Spring: 19 New Books Selected by Metropolis Magazine

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Metropolis Magazine has released a curated list of 19 new books to read this spring, with topics ranging from the evolution of social housing to Stanley Kubrick's unfilmed masterpiece to a fascinating tome on the architecture of Zionism. Not simply volumes detailing well-tread histories, these chosen titles explore every niche category through the lens of architecture. Ever wondered how Buckminster Fuller inspired six former gang members to construct his geodesic dome? Or what metro stations in North Korea look like?

Moncler Dubai Mall by CURIOSITY | Shop interiors

Moncler collaborated with Gwenael Nicolas / CURIOSITY to open their first mono-brand boutique in Dubai, which strengthens the brand presence in the Middle East. Located inside the Dubai Mall, one of the world's largest shopping centres and unavoidable stop-off point for luxury shopping, the boutique with total area 250 sqm shows the new architectural concept, embodying combination of the heritage and the contemporary quality of the brand. The façade welcomes visitors with a large white stone like an iceberg floated in the huge atrium, which shows us the essence of brand. Delicate stone cutting portrays surface of broken ice blocks, which expresses beauty and power of nature. Visitors will be surprised with the vertical interior creating the significant contrast with impression of entrance, when they will come inside. The very high ceiling gives visitors enjoyable experience like exploring in a forest, with floating products displayed at different heights, which will naturally… continue

Qatar National Library / OMA

© Iwan Baan – OMA © Iwan Baan – OMA
  • Design Team Sd, Dd And Cd: Sebastian Appl, Laura Baird, Andrea Bertassi, Helen Billson, Benito Branco,Nils Christa, Daniel Colvard, Tom Coronato, Anita Ernodi, Clarisa Garcia-Fresco, Dina Ge, Mauricio Gonzales, Bermy Ho, Vincent Kersten, Keigo Kobayashi, Dimitri Koubatis, Jang Hwan Lee, Oliver Luetjeus, Bimal Mendis, Joaquin Millan Villamuelas, Barbara Modolo, David Nam, Sebastian Nau, Rocio Paz Chavez, Francesca Portesine, Teo Quintana, Miriam Roure Parera, Peter Richardson, Silvia Sandor, Tjeerd van de Sandt, Louise Sullivan, Anatoly Travin, Yibo Xu
  • Executive Team And On Site Team: Vincent Kersten, Gary Owen
  • Sub Consultants: ARUP Acoustics

How Satellite Images of the Earth at Night Help Us Understand Our World and Make Better Cities

Nighttime view of Western Europe: England (top right), Paris (bright city near the middle of the image) and Belgium and the Netherlands (middle-right of frame). Image courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center Nighttime view of Western Europe: England (top right), Paris (bright city near the middle of the image) and Belgium and the Netherlands (middle-right of frame). Image courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center

Satellite images of Earth at night make for fascinating, beautiful pictures. But they also confront us with a growing form of pollution. Why do we waste so much energy to light outer space when we only need light on the ground? High-resolution satellite data can now deliver detailed insights into how humans have shaped the night, and these earth observation systems are about to reform our urban planning. They can become an integral part of project development and control, as many strange ecological, political and social phenomena become apparent with a closer look at the night-time imagery of our planet.

On Jørn Utzon's 100th Birthday, 11 Prominent Architects Pay Tribute to the Great Architect

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Today marks what would have been the 100th birthday of the leading Danish architect, Jørn Utzon. Notably responsible for what could be argued to be the most prominent building in the world, the Sydney Opera House, Utzon accomplished what many architects can only dream of: a global icon.

IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore on 18-21 July

55th IFLA World Congress 2018 will be the largest and most significant event for landscape professionals in the world. Supported by 5 regions – Americas, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific, it sets the stage at the ‘City in a Garden’ for professionals, government bodies and academics to be part of the in-depth discourse on trends, challenges, and business opportunities on a global scale. IFLA World Congress 2018 is the key platform that champions landscape architecture as a major contributor to the development of attractive, liveable, equitable, and sustainable environments of the future through the themes of Biophilic City, Smart Nation, and Future Resilience.

The Congress promises an enriching experience that will feature the most inclusive exhibition showcase involving landscaping solutions, innovations, and products in the Asia Pacific region. Participants can look forward to connecting with a comprehensive community including government bodies, business leaders, industry representatives, academics, and thought-leaders on conversations that surround potential strategic innovations to adapt to the changing environment.

Congress Theme
Biophilic City
This theme examines our discipline and the practice of landscape architecture in the context of rapidly growing cities. Citing Singapore as an example of a Biophilic City, Timothy Beatley rhetorically questions “Exactly what is a biophilic city, what are its key features and qualities?”.

Smart Nation
Positioning landscape architecture in the context of an increasingly digitalised society, we aspire to extend our ability to measure and assess our environments beyond our physical senses through the aid of remote sensors and probes.