Design & Build Review: Issue 26

In this issue: the design projects transforming India's public spaces, skyscrapers of the future, transforming a power plant into a music studio, the blurring of video games and architecture and much more


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In this issue we look at the University of Westminster's International Design Challenge that aims to transform neglected and disused public spaces in South Asia into recreational, informative and easy-to-maintain spaces that benefit the community.

Looking to future projects, we profile some of the best entries to eVolo's annual design competition that imagines tomorrow's cityscapes, and we investigate how, for better or worse, the lines between architecture and game design are becoming increasingly blurred. Is the world of gaming influencing the design of building and landscapes in the real world?

Plus we look at how Germany's industrial past is been regenerated to suit its creative and vibrant present, and find out how an EU-funded research project is tackling the problem of renovating existing building stock.

We also pay tribute the late Zaha Hadid by looking at her incredible career and the legacy she left behind, as well as a profiling another of the leading pioneers of modern architecture: Le Corbusier.

Plus we look at the work of a highly promising architectural student, and consider some of the latest materials, fixtures and fittings.

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In this issue

Zaha's Legacy
The death of Dame Zaha Hadid last month sent shockwaves through the architecture world. Here we look at her incredible career and the legacy she has left behind
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Clean India
Inspired by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Clean India Mission, the University of Westminster's International Design Challenge 2015-2016 were presented with "A collective challenge to transform 100 public spaces". Frances Marcellin profiles the stand-out projects from the 500+ entries
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Tomorrow's Cityscapes
In announcing the winners of its annual skyscraper competition, eVolo has again brought some remarkable and innovative designs to the fore. Lucy Ingham profiles the leading concepts
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The Music Machine
LA-based Optimist Design has transformed a former power station in Berlin to create a recording studio for Red Bull. Chris Lo speaks to the firm's director of design Michael Brown to discover the opportunities and challenges of regenerating an old industrial site
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Playing House
Technology is pushing the fields of architecture and game design ever closer together. But are the increasingly blurred edges a benefit for architecture, or do they jeopardise the basic principles of the field? Chris Lo explores the architectural value of virtual worlds
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iNSPiRing Renovation
The EU-funded iNSPiRe research project is tackling the problem of renovating our existing building stock by developing 'plug and play' renovation technologies. Dr Veronika Schröpfer from the Architects' Council of Europe, and William Davis from Insight Publishers talk us through the project
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A Career in Buildings: Le Corbusier
Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, known more widely as Le Corbusier, was one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. One of the leading pioneers of modern architecture, his career spanned five decades and three continents. Here we look at his incredible career through a selection of the buildings he designed
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Future Greats
Each month we take a look at the portfolio of a promising architecture student or recent graduate. This time it's the turn of a master's student studying at The Royal Danish Academy of Architecture in Copenhagen
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New In
There are new materials, fixtures and fittings coming onto the market every day. Here's our pick of those that have appeared in the last month
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Next issue preview

In the May issue of Design & Build Review, we'll be looking at the world's largest co-living scheme, set to open in London in May, to ask if this could be the blueprint for middle-income urban housing.

Plus we consider the grey area that lies between influence and infringement, following comment made by the late Zaha Hadid, and ask what lies ahead for Renzo Piano's London Paddington scheme now his divisive skyscraper has been rejected.

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