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Bustler's Top Prize-Winning Architects and Designers of 2021

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2021 proved to be another gripping year filled with moments of triumph and challenge. However, as the architecture industry attempted to regain a sense of 'stability,' architects, academics, and designers persevered. Reflecting on the year, our Bustler editorial team has curated a few highlights featuring award-winning architects and designers of 2021.

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Morphosis completes a conference center inspired by the historic Yangtze River

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The Conference Center, like the river, connects the region to the rest of the globe, promoting development and worldwide interchange. The post Morphosis completes a conference center inspired by the historic Yangtze River appeared first on Åvontuura.

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Koto designs twisted holiday home overlooking the Cotswolds

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A twisted, stacked form clad in black timber creates both terraces and cantilevering canopies at this holiday home in the Cotswolds , designed by prefab specialists Koto. Falcon House is the first two-storey modular house completed by the British studio , which designs and manufactures prefabricated cabins. Koto has designed a prefabricated cabin in the Cotswolds.

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sajjad navidi proposes a system of smart houses that adapts to rising sea levels

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borrowing the defense mechanism of a pufferfish, the proposed structures inflate / deflate in response to water and weather conditions. The post sajjad navidi proposes a system of smart houses that adapts to rising sea levels appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.

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Architectural Visualization Trends and the Rise of AI

A new industry study conducted by Architizer on behalf of Chaos Enscape surveyed 2,139 design professionals to understand the state of architectural visualization and what to expect in the near future. We asked: How are visualizations produced in your firm? What impact does real-time rendering have? What approach are you taking toward the rise of AI?

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New York announces a multibillion climate resiliency plan for South Street Seaport and Financial District

The Architect's Newsletter

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Mayor’s Office of Climate Resiliency (MOCR) today announced the release of the Financial District and Seaport Climate Resilience Master Plan, a [.]. Read More. The post New York announces a multibillion climate resiliency plan for South Street Seaport and Financial District appeared first on The Architect’s Newspaper.

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Favorite Architecture Books of 2021

A Daily Dose of Architecture Books

This year I featured nearly 200 architecture books on this blog, placing them into one of six day-of-the-week categories: Monograph Monday , Technical Tuesday , World Wednesday , History/Theory Thursday , Free-for-all Friday , and Wayback Weekend. Setting aside the last so I can focus on recently published books, here are my 21 favorite reads from this year, categorized as they were when I reviewed them and listed in order of the books' publication dates, indicated in parentheses.

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Creative retreats: 9 havens for artists, writers and musicians

The Spaces

Retreats are no longer just the preserve of hippies and health fanatics – a growing breed are springing up with creatives in mind. From a Tadao Ando- designed haven in Mexico to a recording studio in a Norwegian cabin, these are spaces to re-charge and re-inspire artists far away from the pressures of daily life. We’d like to book in for a residency at these 9 creative retreats….

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Budget Breakdown: A New Zealand Architect Builds a Passive House for His Family for $490K

Dwell

Drawing on a simple material palette of plywood and corrugated metal, architect Rafe Maclean designs a certified Passive House on a steep, challenging lot in Dunedin. Around a decade ago, New Zealand–based architect Rafe Maclean designed a house. "We thought it was going to be thermally quite good and efficient. Then it was built and the clients moved in, and they gave me some very direct feedback: It was such an energy-hungry house to keep warm," recalls Rafe.

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8 tips for converting office space to life sciences labs

BD+C

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, real estate markets have clearly taken major pivots across the board. From residential adjustments toward the suburbs, the incorporation of safety barriers in public facilities, to major changes in commercial retail and restaurant consumer demands, those of us working in the built environment are seeing trends shift at a pace faster than ever before. .

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From Plan to Reality: Unlocking the Power of Aerial Imagery for AEC

Aerial imagery has emerged as a necessary tool for architecture, engineering, and construction firms seeking to improve pre-construction site analysis, make more informed planning decisions, and ensure all stakeholders have access to an accurate visualization of the site to keep the project moving forward. Download our guide and take a deeper look at how aerial imagery can be leveraged to drive project efficiency by reducing unnecessary site visits and providing the accurate details required to

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Toronto’s elimination of most parking minimums is now official

Brandon Donnelly

We knew it was coming. But it’s important and worth mentioning again. This week, Toronto City Council adopted new Zoning Bylaw Amendments that will remove most parking minimums across the city. We now join many other cities across North America who have done similar things in order to try and encourage more sustainable forms of mobility. If you’d like to take a spin through the draft amendments, you’ll find them linked here.

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Stefano Boeri releases documentary about 'world’s first social housing vertical forest'

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Stefano Boeri Architetti has released a short documentary on the Trudo Vertical Forest, which the firm bills as “the first social housing vertical forest in the world.” Built in the Dutch city of Eindhoven , the project draws its inspiration from the firm’s Bosco Verticale in Milan. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Stefano Boeri Architetti (@stefanoboeriarchitetti) The 19-story tower rises 230 feet (70 meters) and contains 125 apartments designed to accommodate long

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This house in Nagoya by Tomoaki Uno Architects utilizes traditional field masonry techniques

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The site is located in an upscale residential area with lush greenery, with Nagoya University and Nanzan University walking distance. The post This house in Nagoya by Tomoaki Uno Architects utilizes traditional field masonry techniques appeared first on Åvontuura.

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Claywood by Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt is a wheelchair-friendly house in disguise

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British architecture studio Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt has completed a Hampshire house that aims to makes life easier for a wheelchair user, while not compromising on design quality. Every room in Claywood is designed to be both accessible and functional for retiree Jo Wright, who became a wheelchair user after suffering a spinal cord injury. Rather than creating a building that looks like a disabled person's home, Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt has produced a family home that embraces contemporary archite

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7 Ways Real-Time Visualization Can Solve Architectural Challenges

In the dynamic world of architecture, design, and construction, creative problem-solving is crucial for success. Traditional methods often fall short in effectively conveying design intent to clients. Real-time visualization empowers you with a solid decision-making tool that smooths the design process. Discover the power of real-time visualization: Effective Communication Convey your vision clearly and align with clients.

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boonserm premthada, THE DESIGN PRIZE 2021 social impact winner, creates elephant dung bricks

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the initiative proves how animal waste can be upcycled in a way that fosters cultural and economic values for local communities. The post boonserm premthada, THE DESIGN PRIZE 2021 social impact winner, creates elephant dung bricks appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.

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Chicago will fund the city’s first affordable housing complex for Indigenous residents

The Architect's Newsletter

After long-standing advocacy efforts by Indigenous community leaders and local housing proponents, the City of Chicago has offered financial backing to a new affordable housing development specifically for Native residents. [.]. Read More. The post Chicago will fund the city’s first affordable housing complex for Indigenous residents appeared first on The Architect’s Newspaper.

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Antigoni Beach Resort renovation by Caneplex Design | Manufacturer references

Architonic

1. Reception, lobby and office space renovation. Antigoni Beach Resort is located at Ormos Panagias, in the green peninsula of Sithonia, Chalkidiki. TAKA+ PARTNERS were assigned to redesign the entire lobby layout, including the customers’ welcome area and office spaces in the central building of the resort, of 220 m2. The aim of the design is an updated layout that provides for optimal functionality of the space.

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Ep 066: Architects and Sketching

Life of an Architect

There is a nostalgia associated with architects and sketching but is it still an integral part of the design process anymore? The post Ep 066: Architects and Sketching first appeared on Life of an Architect. Continue reading Ep 066: Architects and Sketching at Life of an Architect. There is a nostalgia associated with architects and sketching but is it still an integral part of the design process anymore?

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Concrete Waterproofing: The Next Step to a More Resilient Design

Don’t let water wash away all your hard work. When specifying concrete waterproofing, you need a solution that’s reliable and permanent. Without it, your concrete waterproofing is at risk of failing and letting water erode and corrode the concrete that it was supposed to protect. Reduce the risk of waterproofing failure by reading through our latest free specification e-book, which will take you through the four key components to better concrete waterproofing specification.

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How South India’s colourful architecture influenced Ettore Sottsass and postmodernism

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Geometric houses in a kaleidoscope of bold colours shimmer against blue skies, resplendent palm trees and dusty streets in a new photography series on south Indian architecture. The photographs frame the boxy concrete homes, showcasing their colour blocking, abstract relief features and exuberant tones, as well as their elaborate entrance gates. They were snapped by Kassia Karr, in collaboration with Spandana Gopal, who champions Indian design through her homeware company Tiipoi.

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Before & After: A Muddled Midcentury Home in L.A. Gets a Showstopping Makeover

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Green carpeting, begone—after a revamp by A1000xBetter, this Studio City dwelling glows with white oak detailing and a whole new flow. Perched on a sloped lot in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles, this 1965 home has a striking entryway defined by double-height walls of glass. "It wasn’t designed and built by a notable architect, as far as I know, but it very much has the architecture of a traditional Buff and Hensman home," says lead designer Patrick Maziarski of the Altadena interiors

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First-of-its-kind Starbucks built in just six days

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A new Starbucks store is set to open in Abbotsford, B.C. that was assembled in six days with near-zero construction waste. The store was designed to reduce the energy needs for heating and cooling compared to standard construction builds.

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Samuel Powel Elementary School and Science Leadership Academy Middle School by Rogers Partners

Architectural Record

Two public schools converge in a building by Rogers Partners—part of an emerging boomtown.

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Sustainable Architecture: Design Green with the Client in Mind

Speaker: Pedro Clarke – Principal Architect at A+ Architecture, In Loco Program Director

Sustainability begins with a conversation, and acquiring customer buy-in is entirely dependent on how the conversation is framed. Clients may not see sustainability as a priority out of fear of operational costs and quality. While these are legitimate concerns, it is our responsibility as architects to listen and foster a collaborative culture that answers client issues while also reducing our carbon footprint.

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Zaha Hadid Architects' Eleftheria Square inaugurated in Nicosia, Cyprus

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Zaha Hadid Architects ’ Eleftheria Square in Nicosia, Cyprus has been inaugurated. The project intends to be the city's primary gathering space, establishing new connections to unite a divided capital. Image: Laurian Ghinitoiu / Zaha Hadid Architects Eleftheria Square is located near the center of Nicosia, adjacent to the centuries-old Venetian Walls and the dry moat that encircles the city.

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Valerio Olgiati complete office building in Basel with house-shaped concrete columns

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The concrete building is defined by horizontal slabs that are carried by house-shaped columns, forming an earthy stone shelf. The post Valerio Olgiati complete office building in Basel with house-shaped concrete columns appeared first on Åvontuura.

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Heatherwick Studio's 1,000 Trees opens in Shanghai

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The first section of the plant-covered 1,000 Trees development, designed by British designer Thomas Heatherwick 's studio, has officially opened in Shanghai , China. Described as "Shanghai's Hanging Gardens of Babylon", the mixed-use development features up to 1,000 pillars, each with a tree planted on top. It was designed by Heatherwick for developer Tian An.

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stylish cat towers and scratchers designed by jiyoun kim studio

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created for korean pet brand milliong, the cat furniture collection is designed to blend with home interiors. The post stylish cat towers and scratchers designed by jiyoun kim studio appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.

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Report: Optimism for Construction Growth in the Next Year Remains High

Research reveals 96% of respondents are very or fairly optimistic about their organization’s growth prospects for the next year. The InEight Global Capital Projects Outlook also finds over half see digital technology as the greatest growth opportunity. But these are only some of the findings. Don't be kept in the dark when it comes to the future. Read the report today!