Touring the World of Architecture: Week 45
By Christopher William Reeves
This week's Touring the World of Architecture is all things green! A green bridge in London, a green Expo winner in Kazakhstan and a green airport in Singapore... so much green going on! Check out Friday Fun's Auction and a video about ingenious homes in unexpected places.
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London Garden Bridge Gains Momentum
Some may recognise Thomas Heatherwick from architectural Ted talks or as the man behind the UK Pavillion design at the 2010 Shanghai Expo. Well he's certainly keeping busy; his latest project, a garden bridge for London. Images released this week show the lush green footbridge spanning the River Thames, 367 meters long the bridge will be an oasis for Londoners on their daily commute. Due for completion in 2017 the bridge has moved onto the public consultation phase.
This Week's Win
Astana World EXPO 2017 Winner is... AS+GG
With over 100 competition entries including all the architectural big dogs, AS+GG have won the rights for the huge 173.4 hectare area in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Based on the Expo's theme "Future Energy" the first phase of buildings due for completion in 2017 will include sustainable exposition buildings, art and performance spaces, retail areas, pavilions, a hotel and residential and office spaces.
Organised within a "smart grid", the buildings will become generators of their own power leading the way in sustainable architectural design.
And Another Story
SAA Architects release their Green Themed Plan for the World's Best Airport
Singapore's Changi Airport, voted the 2013 World's Best Airport, is soon to become even better with an impressive new Terminal 4 design from SAA Architects and UK design firm Benoy Limited. Boasting vertical garden walls, glazed facades, biometric technologies and old Peranakan style retail areas, the terminal slated for 2017 will accommodate approximately 16 million passengers a year. Surely worth a visit!
20 of the Best Scale Down to Build Creative Dolls Houses for KIDS
Next week, on the 11th of November to be precise, 20 exclusive doll's houses will go to auction at Bonhams in London. Designed by 20 of the World's leading architects and designers, including FAT Architects, Zaha Hadid, Grayson Perry and Chris Ofili these unique childrens play houses have been specifically designed with the needs of disabled children in mind. The auction is in aid of the charity KIDS and is expected to bring in some big bids, Zaha Hadid's design has just hit £10,000!!
View all the Dolls Houses and empty your wallet here.
This Week's Video
One of the most sought-after architectural photographers, the incredibly talented Iwan Baan, presents in this short TED Talk the many ways people shape their shared built environment - from glossy starchitecture to handmade homes.
Visit Iwan Baan's website here.
via/ TED Talks
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