Design & Build Review: Issue 28

In this issue: MVRDV and Tramhaus reinvent the suburbs, the rights and wrongs of restoration, the new architectural tools, Brexit and the construction industry, the structures of Chelsea Flower Show and much more


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In this issue we look at the project from Dutch architects MVRDV and home manufacturer Tramhaus, who have teamed up to "reinvent affordable living in the suburbs". While it's a compelling prospect, with some typically beautiful renderings, it also sounds rather familiar. We ask whether the scheme is truly innovative, or really just a rehash of the British planned communities of the 1920s.

Elsewhere, the architectural world has been in uproar over the recent 'restoration' of the Spain-based Matrera Castle. In the wake of the controversy, we ask what makes a truly successful restoration project, and where the castle's architects went wrong.

You may already be aware that architecture is experiencing something of a renaissance in terms of the tools used to develop and showcase designs. From virtual reality to 3D printing, visualisation options have never been more varied, and there are serious benefits to adopting the technologies. We look at the new architectural tools that have become available, and how best they can be used.

In the UK, where Design & Build Review is published, Brexit is almost all anyone can talk about. Every industry has a view on how a departure from the European Union would affect them, and the construction industry is no different. We find out how the issue is impacting on the industry, and what could happen if the British public vote 'leave' in the upcoming referendum.

Plus, we look at the use of outdoor structures at this year's Chelsea Flower Show, consider the incredible career of Renzo Piano, profile the work of a recent graduate and look at some of the latest materials, fixtures and fittings to come onto the market.

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In this issue

Reinventing the Suburbs
Dutch architectural firm MVRDV and home manufacturer Traumhaus have partnered to "reinvent affordable living in the suburbs". But is the project in Mannheim, Germany, just a rehash of the planned communities of the 1920s, or does it offer true innovation? We investigate.
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Ruining a Ruin
The controversy surrounding the recent restoration of a Spanish castle is a reminder of the fine line between success and failure when it comes to historic buildings. We ask what makes a truly successful restoration project.
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The New Architectural Tools
Increased client and community engagement, environmental benefits and lower budgets are just some of the advantages that architects are embracing by incorporating tools such as augmented reality, 3D printing and virtual reality into the design process. We find out more.
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Beyond Brexit
With Britain's EU referendum just weeks away, we look at the debate taking place within the UK's construction industry, which may realistically have to deal with the aftermath of a 'Brexit'.
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Building for Outdoors
Outdoor structures are a popular way to carry architecture through into gardens, and when done right, they can be both innovative and inspiring. We look at some of the designs showcased at this year's Chelsea Flower Show to see what's leading the pack when it comes to architectural landscaping.
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A Career in Buildings: Renzo Piano
Renzo Piano turned the architecture world on its head when he and Richard Rogers designed the Pompidou Centre. But 45 years later he has surpassed all expectations. We look at his incredible career through some of his best-known buildings.
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Future Greats
Every month we delve into the portfolio of a promising architecture student or recent graduate. This time it's the turn of a 2015 graduate from Ukraine's Kharkov National University of Construction and Architecture, who has produced some striking yet futuristic designs.
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New In
New materials, fixtures and fittings are forever appearing. Here we take a look at some of the latest products to become available.
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Next issue preview

In the July issue of Design & Build Review, we'll look at the Rio Olympic park, to find out how it matches up to previous years' developments.

Plus we investigate how the Snowdon Aviary at London Zoo is set to be renovated, and consider the challenges associated with developing the most advanced radiotherapy unit to date.

There's also a look at how angled steel and wood cladding was used to create the world northern most artists' retreat, as well as a visual retrospective of British architect Norman Foster's career to date.

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