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IKEA’s modular home offshoot names a U.K. manufacturer

BoKlok UK, a modular home development company owned and operated in partnership between IKEA and Swedish construction giant Skanska, has at long last appointed a builder that will help to bring the first of the company’s hotly-anticipated prefab dwellings to market in the United Kingdom. London-based modular homebuilding startup TopHat was selected for the five-year contract, […]

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The Home of 2030 Design Competition

Home of 2030 is the design competition created to drive innovation in the provision of affordable, efficient and healthy green homes for all. We need to increase the supply of new homes, ensuring resources are used efficiently and we build them to last. They need to provide healthy, safe and attractive places to live, that benefit […]

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Zaha Hadid Architects’ massive London towers finally receive approval

AN announced last December that Vauxhall Cross Island, a mixed-use proposal designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) in south London, had received criticism from members of the neighboring borough of Wandsworth over its proposed height and location, and would be facing a public planning inquiry prior to receiving approval. Sited across from Vauxhall Underground station, the […]

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Sharon Davis Design completes rammed earth community hospital in rural Nepal

The remote district of Achham in the hills of Nepal has a doctor-patient ratio 150 times more extreme than the average recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). In dire need of a community hospital, the New York-based Sharon Davis Design has completed the transformation of a formerly overrun clinic into a 7.5-acre campus, nearly […]

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How architecture is exacerbating the coronavirus crisis for minorities and Black Americans

For the duration of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, AN will use this column to keep our readers up to date on how the pandemic is affecting architecture and related industries. This weekly article is meant to digest the latest major developments in the crisis and synthesize broader patterns and what they could mean for architecture […]

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Michael Maltzan Architecture reveals variegated new dorms for the University of Toronto

The University of Toronto (UT) recently unveiled a proposal for the Harbord Residence, a 10-story graduate dorm building designed by Los Angeles-based firm Michael Maltzan Architecture, with local firm architectsAlliance serving as the architect of record, for the St. George campus north of Downtown Toronto. Currently pending approval from the University Council, the proposal would provide […]

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Takeaways from the AIA New York’s COVID-19 town hall

This afternoon, the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIANY) hosted a webinar designed to explain what’s going on in New York City during the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, how resources are being shared with the national chapter, and what architects can do to contribute. In Town Hall: Coping with COVID-19 […]

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Luxembourg becomes first country to make all public transit free

In a big move to reduce traffic congestion, the tiny European country of Luxembourg has scraped transit fares and made all modes of public transportation free. Various European municipalities have enacted free public transit schemes, some on a restricted or resident-only basis, with Dunkirk, France, and Tallinn, Estonia, being among the largest cities to do […]

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Seoul’s semi-basement dwellers get financial boost from the city after Parasite

Hot off the staggering success of Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite at the 92nd Academy Awards, the Seoul Metropolitan Government is extending a helping hand to those living in the city’s cramped and famously flood-prone semi-basement apartments. As reported by English-language daily the Korea Herald, a total of 1,500 households living in semi-basement apartments, or Banjiha, will […]

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Open Call: Low-cost House Design Competition

We are pleased to announce the launch of an annual international design competition: Low-cost House Design Competition. The competition is designed to challenge and seek creativity with ideas and concepts in architectural design, as well as landscape design or site planning. This competition aims to promote alternative solutions to housing, coming up with affordable and […]

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The mythologies of Oregon’s utopian seekers still informs its design and architecture today

A few months back, while casually scrolling through some feed or another, I was struck by a series of images for a Portland-based boot company, Danner. Kicking up a faint cloud of dust with measured, deliberate steps, a lone photovoltaic maintenance worker moves across the image between parallel sets of solar trackers in a 64-acre […]

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New York’s original offer for Amazon HQ2 included an extra $800 million

Nearly a year after Amazon abruptly canceled plans to build its second headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, new information has surfaced revealing that New York officials offered $800 million more in incentives and grants than initially disclosed to lure the tech giant to the state. Documents revealed from a Freedom of Information Act Request […]

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