Design & Build Review: Issue 44

15 June 2018 (Last Updated July 25th, 2018 14:17)

In this issue: Bringing experience back to architecture, making algorithms work for residential design, how robots are driving the future of construction, and more

Design & Build Review: Issue 44

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Innovation is central to architecture, as each generation seeks to not only establish new forms of design, but make use of the latest and greatest technologies. So in this issue of Design & Build Review we’re looking at the innovative edge of the industry, from the technologies changing the construction landscape to the practices pushing boundaries.

3D printing has attracted considerable interest for its potential for construction, but it may be robots that ultimately prove more impactful. We explore their potential for the industry. Plus, following its colourful, Bruno Taut-inspired glass installation in London last year, Space Popular is growing a serious reputation as an architectural practice to watch. We hear their vision for the future and why we are living in an age of “spatial illiterates”

Also in this issue, we find out how algorithms are increasingly being used to aid design across a host of industries, talking to T2.a Architects chief architect about the company’s algorithm-based design process, investigate how SME developers can help resolve the housing crisis, and take a look at how Foster+Partners have planned the headquarters of drone company DJI to incorporate the use of quadcopters in and around the building.

Plus, we look at some of the latest projects to break ground, as well as those that are finally ready to open and discover some of the key trends for office design in the coming year

For all this, and much more, take a look at the latest issue of Design & Build Review.

In this issue

Breaking Ground: The Architectural Projects Beginning Construction

Groundbreaking ceremonies are an important step in a building’s realisation, marking the moment when they truly begin to become a reality. Here we look at some of the key projects to begin construction in the last few months

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Algorithmic Design: An Insight into T2.a Architect’s Design 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.

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Gas Giant: Herzog & de Meuron’s transformative landmark for Stockholm

Embedded in an area of royal parkland designated the world’s first National Urban Park, situated just north of Stockholm, is an historic industrial complex consisting of brick gasholders and other buildings used to serve gas production. Now, Herzog & de Meuron and Oscar Properties are transforming one of those gasholders into a residential landmark for the city.

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Glass Future: Space Popular and the Colourful Architecture of Tomorrow

Following its colourful, Bruno Taut-inspired, glass installation in London last year, Space Popular is growing a serious reputation as an architectural practice to watch. Patrick Kingsland spoke to the innovative company about its vision for the future of design.

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Will robots drive the digital revolution in construction?

3D printing has attracted considerable interest for its potential for construction, but it may be robots that ultimately prove more impactful. Chris Lo explores how robotic systems are making inroads in a sector dominated by age-old construction practices, and how robots might support the move towards a digitised process.

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Heart of the matter: Future architects need to refocus around buildings’ humanity

A new series of articles from engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon explores what members of the industry imagine the buildings of the future to look like and how they will be created. Callum Tyndall examines how the latest instalment shows the need to refocus around the people that will actually use the buildings

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How can SME Developers Resolve the Housing Crisis?

With demand for housing in the UK surpassing the number of properties available on the market, how can developers address the surging number of potential homeowners? Paresh Raja, CEO of Market Financial Solutions examines whether SMEs could provide a solution

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Next issue preview

In the next issue of Design & Build Review, out in August, we’ll speaking to WilkinsonEyre’s Chris Wilkinson about the Sydney skyscraper One Barangaroo and the changing nature of urban design.

We’ll also look at the progression of mixed-use developments, with lessons from Aedas’ planned Vanke Tianfu Cloud City, a development inspired by The Cloud.

Plus we’ll look at the work of rising architectural stars IF_DO, consider how urban infrastructure is increasingly being lifted above ground level and investigate some of the latest trends in bridge design.