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Inde : Young architects learning ‘French methods of working’

Inde : Young architects learning ‘French methods of working’

Five Indian city planners and architects are training in five French architecture practices.

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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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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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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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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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D. Ringelstein (SOM) : “Height is not a magical solution to the densification of cities”

The international, multidisciplinary architecture and urban planning practice SOM – creator of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa in Dubai,– is renowned the world over for its savoir faire and is currently deploying its expertise in the Paris region. Its director, Daniel Ringelstein AIA, speaks to Urban Utopia about SOM’s organisation and strategy, and how it is tackling the challenges of modern urban planning.

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Toronto’s New Courthouse: “sculpted from the urban fabric into which it is placed”

Antonio Belvedere is the partner in charge of the new Toronto Courthouse project for Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW). He speaks to us about this project, recently awarded to the Paris-based architecture studio against competition from American firm Perkins Eastman. Ultimately it was not only by the lessons RPBW learned from its work on the Paris’ new law courts (Palais de Justice) that won over the Canadian jury, but above all the convincing manner in which the RPWB team applied the logic of urban planning and design to the project.

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Canada – Renzo Piano Building Workshop will design new Toronto Courthouse

The celebrated architecture firm with branches in Paris, Genoa and New York is part of the EllisDon Infrastructure Team consortium selected to build the new courthouse building in the Canadian city. Conceived as a PPP, the mega-contract is worth close to a billion dollars.

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Christian de Portzamparc: “Greater quality is possible at ground level because we can now acquire additional air rights”

The French architect - a very visible presence in New York with buildings such as One 57 and the LVMH and Prism Towers - explains how the acquisition of air rights helps ensure greater architectural quality at ground level.

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Morocco Franco-Moroccan design partnership signs Casa-Port station in Casablanca

Casa-Port railway station – the result of close collaboration between French multi-disciplinary consultancy AREP and Moroccan architecture group G3A – gave the SNCF subsidiary a foothold in Morocco. Four years after the station’s inauguration, AREP’s founder and Chairman of its Management Board, Etienne Tricaud, explains the project’s fundamental principles and the benefits of this co-design.

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