Design & Build Review: Issue 33

In this issue: Pininfarina’s award-winning air traffic control tower for Istanbul New Airport, the new trade platform transforming the interior design industry, the changing nature of the home of the future, Frank Lloyd Wright’s career in buildings and much more


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As industries go, architecture and design welcomes unconventional and experimental proposals more than most.  So in this issue we’ll explore innovations that are challenging the established order.

We hear from Paolo Pininfarina, studio manager of “Ferrari’s go-to design company,” Pininfarina, about celebrating Turkish tradition while at the same time designing an air traffic control tower that challenges the drab, purely-functional past interpretations of these buildings.

The interior design industry has been notoriously slow to incorporate new technologies, but we speak to founder and CEO of eporta, Aneeqa Khan, about how interior design’s answer to AirBnB is connecting interior designers, architects and retailers with manufacturers and designers.

Technology is changing our homes, but will the home of the future be a Jetsons-like high-tech wonderland or will it take inspiration from nature and become a living, emotional structure. We look at how we could one day be involved in a symbiotic relationship with our homes.

And with the news that the UK Parliament needs to be moved, while the Palace of Westminster is refurbished, we ask whether a proposed floating structure on the River Thames holds water. We’ll also consider whether it’s time to rethink the role of art in urban infrastructure as we look a project that has transformed a London pedestrian crossing into a work of art.

Plus we profile the hipster who the American Institute of Architects recognised as “the greatest architect of all time” Frank Lloyd Wright, profile the work of a promising architecture graduate and highlight some of the latest materials, fixtures and fittings to come onto the market.

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In this Issue

Rising Above
In September an air traffic control tower for Istanbul New Airport, designed by Italian studio Pininfarina and US engineering firm AECOM, beat off stiff competition to win a prestigious International Architecture Award. We speak to the studio’s manager, Paolo Pininfarina, about the latest award and designing a modern icon sensitive to Turkish tradition.
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Changing Interiors
The interior design industry has been slow to adopt technological change, but eporta, a new trade platform that brings together buyers and sellers, is aiming to change that for good. We speak to founder and CEO Aneeqa Khan about revolutionising the way trade buyers and manufacturers discover, market and order furniture.
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The Future Home
Will the homes of tomorrow be Jetsons-like high-tech wonderlands? In an article first published in Design & Build Review’s sister title Factor, we consider the home technology of the future – what’s likely to succeed, and how it’ll shape our lives – internally and otherwise.
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Parliament Afloat
The UK Parliament needs to be temporarily moved while its home, the Palace of Westminster, undergoes much-needed and long overdue refurbishment works. International architecture and planning firm Gensler has proposed a solution in the form of a temporary Parliament on the River Thames.
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A Career in Buildings: Frank Lloyd Wright
One of the most significant designers of the 20th century, Frank Lloyd Wright is officially recognised by the American Institute of Architects as “the greatest architect of all time”. Here we look at his incredible career through some of his most significant buildings
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Cross in Style
A project between Better Bankside and Transport for London has seen a pedestrian crossing temporarily transformed into a work of art. Is it time to rethink the role of art in urban infrastructure?
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Future Greats
Each month we profile a recent graduate or architecture student with a particularly promising portfolio. This time it’s the turn of an architecture student from Wellington, New Zealand who has taken on some rather intriguing projects.
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New In
New materials, fixtures and fittings are always being announced, and this month we’ve had a host of options to choose from. Here we profile our favourites from the products being pushed this month.
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Next issue preview

In the next issue of Design & Build Review, out in December, we’ll be looking back at architecture in 2016 to determine the key construction stories and major design developments that have characterised the last 12 months.

We’ll also look at an award-winning mixed housing development that is pushing up standards while maintaining low budgets, to determine what lessons can be learned for the rest of the industry.

Plus we’ll look at the challenges behind designing the new Cairo Science City complex, and consider the pioneering contributions made by Irish architect and furniture designer Eileen Grey.

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