Traditional data centres consume huge amounts of energy, but give very little back....
Functional facilities: designing sustainable data centres
Traditional data centres consume huge amounts of energy, but give very little back. With the number of centres growing, Norwegian architecture practice Snøhetta is embarking on a project to transform them into energy-producing resources for local communities. Patrick Kingsland explores how it can be done.
Elevating urban infrastructure
Public space design is often dominated by sweeping spaces and wide terrains that give a sense of openness to crowded urban spaces. However, the winners of a new design competition for New York’s Park Avenue have created a series of elevated structures that transform the boulevard’s famous medians. Patrick Kingsland finds out about the benefits of elevated urban infrastructure.
Algorithmic design: an insight into T2.a Architects’ process
Algorithms are increasingly being used to aid design across a host of industries, and now Budapest-based T2.a Architects has incorporated the technology into a new residential building. The project’s chief architect, Bence Turanyi talks to Patrick Kingsland about how it is shaping the company’s wider design process.
Ausdrain 1.5Ml Rainwater Harvesting Tank Installed at Marsden Park
In 2018, a 1.5 million litre (Ml) Ausdrain EnviroModule2 Rainwater Tank was installed under the newly constructed Marsden Park Playing Fields.
Seismic shift: tech to make buildings more earthquake-resistant
Geoscientists recently predicted 2018 would see a noticeable increase in earthquakes across the world as a result of changes in the earth’s rotational patterns. This might be debatable, but what is not is the need for greater innovation in the design of quake-resistant buildings, as Ross Davies reports.
Wilshire Grand Centre, Los Angeles
The Wilshire Grand Centre is a large-scale, urban mixed-use project developed at the site of the former Wilshire Grand Hotel, in downtown Los Angeles, US. At 1,100ft, the Wilshire Grand Centre redefined the city’s skyline when it opened in June 2017.
After the flood: the pioneering architects embracing flood-conscious design
An increase in extreme weather conditions is requiring architects to increasingly take flooding into account in their designs. Elliot Gardner takes a look at some of the projects pioneering in this area, and hears from some of the architects involved in such projects about the best practices for flood-conscious design.
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