All articles by Elisabeth Fisher

Elisabeth Fisher

Brazil’s Olympic preparations: construction boom or bust?

In preparation for two major sporting events, Brazil is experiencing a major construction boom – but not without dangers. Elisabeth Fischer investigates how government housing and infrastructure programmes, along with a lack of skilled construction professionals, could threaten the successful completion of some architectural projects ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.

Future cities at Rio+20: focus on sustainable urban planning

Only days ahead of Rio+20, the UN published an initiative to promote resource-efficient and ecological urban planning. Looking into the Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities, Design Build Network finds out why non-sustainable cities are no option for the future of city planning and architecture.

Urban water design: strategies for future cities

Global hospitality firm Hyatt Hotels’ affiliate has signed a management agreement with PEC Portfolio Springvale for the development of new hotel called Hyatt Place Melbourne Springvale in Australia.

Cityscape: the future of urbanisation

As population numbers continue to skyrocket, architects will have to rethink their idea of urban space. Elisabeth Fischer explores the concepts aimed at tackling the uncontrolled growth and critical size of tomorrow’s future cities.

Design economics: Construction management software

In times of economic uncertainty modern construction management software can be vital for the success of a project. Elisabeth Fischer discovers how the latest technology, including workflow and mobile software, and the concept of connected data can deliver design jobs on time and under budget.

London 2012: Olympic accommodation

The construction of hotel rooms and other housing in London is booming in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic Games. Elisabeth Fischer explores the designs that will accommodate athletes and visitors at one of the biggest events in the history of the British capital.

Arts hubs and regeneration in 21st century Britain

Could cultural hubs such as Margate’s Turner Contemporary gallery be the key to reviving neglected towns in the UK? Christopher Kanal profiles the latest projects of Stirling Prize-winning architect David Chipperfield and describes the unique opportunity of regenerating towns through design.

Old meets new: Historic buildings in a modern city

Historic buildings are an integral part of today’s cities and their preservation is an element of basic architecture. Elisabeth Fischer discovers what it takes to successfully blend old and new structural designs in modern metropolises.

LEAF Awards 2011: the winners

Several of the architectural world’s hottest talents assembled to celebrate the ninth annual Emirates Glass LEAF Awards. Elisabeth Fischer profiles some of the winning projects.