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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

11 Architecture Biennials to Pay Attention to in 2019

Venice captured all architects' hearts and minds last year, but 2019 —a Venice-less year— will be still a year full of biennials and festivals around the world (many of which we're proud to be official partners of). The excitement is already building. 

From Chicago's new approaches to the traditional practices to Shenzhen's future technology prospect; from Oslo's degrowth agenda to Brazil's focus on everyday architecture, it's time to start saving dates for the following biennials around the world!

China: Bi-City Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture (2019 UABB)
Late 2019 — (Boreal) Spring 2020

What Can You Find in This 24.9-Billion-Pixel Panoramic Photo of Shanghai?

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Photography & Video. ]

Commissioned by the Shanghai government, this 24.9-billion-pixel panoramic photograph captures an incredible amount of detail, and it’s easy to lose hours zooming in on every individual scene. Taken from the top of a skyscraper, the photo aims to “show China’s economic take off to the world,” both in terms of what can be spotted in the image and the technical prowess required to produce it.

15 Reasons why 2018 was a Record-Breaking Year for Tall Buildings

Shenzhen Energy Mansion / BIG. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Shenzhen Energy Mansion / BIG. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

The CTBUH has released its Year in Review, charting the year’s tall building developments around the world. 2018 saw a record-breaking 18 supertall buildings (over 300 meters tall) built across the world, and 143 buildings of over 200 meters in height completed.

To quantify the extent to which architecture reached to the sky throughout the year, the CTBUH estimate that if each tall building completed in 2018 was laid end to end, it would exceed the entire length of the island of Manhattan; some 13 miles (21.6 kilometers).

Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People

Balkrishna Doshi in his studio, "Sangath Architect’s Studio", Ahmedabad, 1980 © Iwan Baan 2018 Balkrishna Doshi in his studio, "Sangath Architect’s Studio", Ahmedabad, 1980 © Iwan Baan 2018

With the exhibition »Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People« (30 March to 8 September 2019), Vitra Design Museum presents the first international retrospective about the 2018 Pritzker Prize laureate Balkrishna Doshi outside of Asia.

The renowned architect and urban planner is one of the few pioneers of modern architecture in his home country and the first Indian architect to receive the prestigious award. During over 60 years of practice, Doshi has realized a wide range of projects, adopting principles of modern architecture and adapting them to local culture, traditions, resources, and nature. The exhibition will present numerous significant projects

Premio Internacional VELUX 2018 para Estudiantes de Arquitectura

“Light Forms Juggler” de Anastasia Maslova proyecto ganador en la categoría ‘Luz Natural en Edificios’.

El tema general del Premio Internacional VELUX 2018 para Estudiantes de Arquitectura ha sido “Luz del mañana”, lanzado para que futuros arquitectos de todo el mundo reflexionen e investiguen sobre la luz natural en edificios y espacios.

El jurado del premio ha estado formado por Carme Pigém Barceló, Rick Joy, Li Hu, Saša Begović y Martin Pors Jepsen, y ha seleccionado a los nueve ganadores regionales después de revisar más de 600 proyectos presentados de 57 países a principios de este año.

los proyectos ganadores a nivel mundial del Premio Internacional VELUX 2018 para Estudiantes de Arquitectura han sido para las propuestas “Light Forms Juggler” de Anastasia Maslova, proyecto ganador en la categoría ‘Luz Natural en Edificios’ y “Road to Light” de Yuhan Luo, Di Lan, Yuan Liu y Yusong Liu, proyecto ganador en la categoría de Investigación sobre la Luz Natural.

La luz del sol como creador de formas

Herzog & de Meuron's M+ Museum Tops Out in Hong Kong

M+ Museum. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron M+ Museum. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron's M+ Museum of visual culture has topped out in Hong Kong ahead of its scheduled opening in 2020. Focusing on 20th and 21st century art, design, architecture and moving image, M+ will be the centerpiece of the West Kowloon Cultural District, and a key venue in creating interdisciplinary exchange between the visual arts and the performing arts in Asia.

Future Towers / MVRDV

© Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode
  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Location: Amanora Park Town, Hadapsar, Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Principal In Charge: Jacob van Rijs
  • Client: CCL Amanora Park Town
  • Area: 140000.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Ossip van Duivenbode
  • Head Of Department: Stefan de Koning
  • Design Team: Oana Rades, Saimon Idiakez, Doris Strauch, Maria Lopez Calleja, Akshey Venkatesh, Wenhua Deng, Nacho Velasco, Pepijn Bakker, Kate Van Heusen, Ignacio Zabalo, Silke Volkert, Sara Bjelke, Nuray Karakurt and Ivo Hoppers
  • Project Negotiation: Inger Kammeraat
  • Pmc: Northcroft with Narenda Bhagwat, Nikita Oak, Satin Walla
  • Co Architects: Client team
  • C&S: J+W with Umesh Joshi
  • Mep: Client team
  • Program: Mixed-use, housing, commercial space and public amenities.

Expert Conference on “Re-Materializing Construction”

Roundtables prime the LafargeHolcim Forum and devise a clear agenda. The 3rd LafargeHolcim Roundtable was hosted by Werner Sobek (pictured center) at the Institute for Lightweight Structures & Conceptual Design at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. Roundtable participants included Marilyne Andersen, Marc Angélil, Alejandro Aravena, Xuemei Bai, Philippe Block, Harry Gugger, Guillaume Habert, Dirk Hebel, Anna Heringer, Vivian Loftness, Karen Scrivener, and Werner Sobek. © LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction Roundtables prime the LafargeHolcim Forum and devise a clear agenda. The 3rd LafargeHolcim Roundtable was hosted by Werner Sobek (pictured center) at the Institute for Lightweight Structures & Conceptual Design at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. Roundtable participants included Marilyne Andersen, Marc Angélil, Alejandro Aravena, Xuemei Bai, Philippe Block, Harry Gugger, Guillaume Habert, Dirk Hebel, Anna Heringer, Vivian Loftness, Karen Scrivener, and Werner Sobek.

The 20 Largest Cities in the World of 2018

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By 2050, the world will be home to almost 10 billion people, two-thirds of which will live in cities. As the transition from rural to urban continues, a network of metropolises across the world is rapidly expanding. Today, the world’s 20 largest cities are home to almost half a billion people, a number only set to rise as urban centers become taller, more expansive, and more dense.

Below, we have rounded up the top 20 cities in the world of 2018, with additional figures on population, area, and density. Eight of the top 10 cities are in Asia, with India and China both containing 3 of the top 20. The largest American city is New York City, while the largest city on the European continent is Moscow. Read on below for the full results.

1. Tokyo-Yokohama, Japan

Tokyo. Image via shutterstock.com Tokyo. Image via shutterstock.com

Population: 38,050,000
Area: 8,547 sqkm
Density: 4,500/sqkm

2. Jakarta, Indonesia