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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.