Urban fabric

Marcel Chouraqui : “Innovation hinges as much on verticality as on the environment for living”

Marcel Chouraqui : “Innovation hinges as much on verticality as on the environment for living”

The director general of Adivbois explains the objectives and aims of the Wood Buildings for Living competition which allowed to launch 13 projects in twenty-four places and 12 high-rise wood buildings projects.

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Wood buildings scale new heights

In a country where concrete is king, construction of wood buildings is reaching new heights by hedging on verticality. There are currently around thirty high-rise wood building projects underway in France and hence the country has moved into position as a world leader in this field.

India : Business is booming for Enia Architectes

The Parisian architecture practice set up a design studio in New Delhi in 2014 and is seen as a pioneer. Yet India’s market offers many opportunities across a diverse range of sectors.

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A committed and respected city woman

Manuelle Gautrand is the first French architect to be the laureate of the 2017 European Architecture Award. She has been collecting awards and been awarded contracts at an increasing rate with projects both in France and abroad. She is passionate about urban landscape and, as far as she is concerned, the city of tomorrow must allow residents to reclaim public spaces.

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Algiers’ new Grand Mosque: a “golden” opportunity for Franklin France

Franklin France – global leader in lightning protection – has been commissioned by the China state construction engineering company to design the lightning protection system for Africa’s largest Mosque.

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Patrick Schweitzer: “our greatest success has been to showcase Rwandan savoir-faire”

Designed by Patrick Schweitzer & Associés and the only school of its type in the country, the new Faculty of Architecture and Environmental Design in Kigali, Rwanda, recently opened its doors. With its emphasis on local resources and its forms drawing inspiration from Rwanda’s topography, the new building itself is a pedagogic tool. We speak to Patrick Schweitzer.

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Elizabeth de Portzamparc achieves new heights in Taiwan

The project for the 2nd largest tower in Taiwan was awarded in late 2017 to the Franco-Brazilian architect who imagined a "vertical district" interconnected to the city. The culmination of long years of experimentation with "link architecture".

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Bouygues Construction will transform a disused railway yard in Cardiff into a campus dedicated to innovation

Cardiff University in Wales, has awarded a contract worth 134 million euros to Bouygues UK, the British subsidiary of France’s Bouygues Construction, to build two high-tech centres on the site of a disused railway yard. Designed by architecture practices Hawkins Brown and HOK, construction on the project will begin in September.

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Senegal: Hardel Le Bihan creating housing for 10,700 students in Dakar

As part of the rehabilitation of the University of Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, itself closely linked to the ‘Plan for an Emerging Senegal’ launched in 2015 by President Macky Sall, architecture practice Hardel Le Bihan is creating 27 new buildings designed to house 10,700 students on behalf of Amsa Realty, the real estate subsidiary of the Compagnie Financière de l’Ouest Africain.

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Sara Rozenfarb : “Digital transition in the real estate sector is inescapable”

On June 20-21 at the Palais des Congrès, Paris will welcome the 1st European edition of MIPIM PropTech. The gathering is organised by Reed MIDEM, the world’s leading organiser of international real estate events and aims to bring together key players in the property and tech sectors. Sara Rozenfarb, director of strategy and new developments for Reed MIDEM’s real estate division, talks about the origins and purpose of the event.

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Coldefy weaves its ‘Living Canvas’ in China

With its Public Culture and Arts Centre in the Bao’an district of Shenzhen, architecture practice Coldefy & Associates gains a foothold in China.

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2018 Prix Versailles: British architects sweep the board

Two of the four winners of the 2018 Prix Versailles are based on the UK: Foster + Partners took a prize for Apple Orchard Road in Singapore (photo) and Acme were awarded for Watermark WestQuay in Southampton. Two French practices are also amongst the winners: Cardondale for Dolce & Gabbana’s Venice Palazzo and Marseille Architecture Partenaires for McArthurGlen Provence in Miramas.

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Urban development: French expertise and Grand Paris exported to Russia

At the St. Petersburg International Forum, Andrei Tchibis, Russian Deputy Minister in charge of Construction and Urban Services and Alexandre Missoffe, Director General of the Greater Paris Investment Agency (Paris-Ile de France Capitale Economique, or PCE) signed an agreement on 25 May 2018 to mobilise the expertise of players in the Grand Paris project to support the development of pilot cities in the Russian Federation

Space in the spotlight at 16the Venice International Architecture Biennale

Twin of the contemporary art Biennale with which it alternates every other year, the equally prestigious Venice International Architecture Biennale takes place from 26 May until 25 November 2018. Its keyword is Freespace and it will showcase 63 national participations presented by the very finest architects from around the world.

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Copenhagen: a city of sustained – but carbon neutral – growth

With Denmark’s capital continuing to attract more young people and families, the municipality’s urban planners must abide by strict constraints. Because the city has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2025.

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