Architecture

Moscow’s future, Moscow’s past: a reluctant love story

The massive architectural heritage of the Soviet era has long been a source of mixed feelings for Moscow’s residents, and in the building boom of the last two decades, much of it has been lost to the developer’s shovel. Belatedly, the city has now begun to acknowledge, protect, and adapt these time-worn, daunting, romantic buildings.

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Re-imagining the demise of buildings

The construction of an exciting new building is a spectacle of optimism, and we tend to assume that once completed, a given structure will last forever. It never does, of course, but planning for the end of buildings remains rare. A new book, Buildings Must Die, sets out to change that.

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Learning from Kigali

One of the fastest-growing cities in the world is Rwanda’s capital Kigali, and its challenges are as complex as any other urban centre’s. Guillaume Sardin explains how a new documentary research project led by his think tank and a team of Rwandan architecture students hopes to unveil the inner dynamics of one of its most diverse neighbourhoods.

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Abstracting the particular

A graphic designer by trade, Delhi-based Sanjay Nanda is also a photographer of uncommon artistic vision. Fascinated by the interplay of colour, texture, and light, much of Nanda’s work focuses on the composition of abstract images found hiding in the

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Gettin’ across

New Zealand is getting closer to building the final link in a regional walking and cycling network that has been split by the lack of a route across Auckland’s Harbour Bridge. Copeland Associates Architects were commissioned last year to design

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From macro to metro

Projections show that 75% of the world’s population will be living in cities in the next couple of decades: right now, 40 people per hour are moving into the city of Lagos, Nigeria. This unprecedentedly urbanized world will bring both

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A big lung for a big city

Future-minded magazine of architecture and design eVolo has been holding its Skyscraper Competition since 2006, seeking revolutionary new ideas in the exploitation of technology, materials, aesthetics, and spatial organization to redefine what a skyscraper is and does. For 2011 a

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Light and power

A quick glance at the all-window exteriors of modern office buildings seems to offer little hope for the application of solar power cells anywhere but on rooftops, which comprise but a small proportion of a given tower’s total surface area.

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Life in the wood

Due for completion by 2014, this ten-story apartment building in Melbourne will be built entirely out of wood: cross-laminated timber, to be precise, pre-fabricated in Europe and shipped to Australia. The “passive house” standard it is built upon will minimize

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Out of immateriality, diversity

Though we often think of the power of architecture as deriving from a specific material structure — in other words, from a specific arrangement of beams and tiles and walls — it is the “negative” aspects of architecture which often

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Looking for less than zero

With sustainability rapidly emerging as a typical design criterion for higher-end buildings, third-party “green building” certifications like LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) have become familiar terms even to non-architects. New or renovated buildings may be LEED certified at

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The shining white reef of Shenzhen

Like Chicago after the Great Fire of 1871, China’s rapid economic development and associated cultural aspirations have enabled it to serve as a kind of blank slate for some of the most vibrant and radical architecture being built in the

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