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  • Ole Scheeren
  • CCTV Beijing by OMA and Buro Ole Scheeren
  • The Interlace by Buro Ole Scheeren and OMA
  • The Interlace by Buro Ole Scheeren and OMA
  • Collaborative Cloud by Ole Scheeren
  • Archipelago Cinema by Buro Ole Scheeren
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Ole Scheeren: “Architecture should tell a story”

45-year-old German architect Ole Scheeren, in his riveting TED talk, explores the new potentials in architecture that can be achieved by implementing unexpected but thoughtful solutions to design challenges. Prior to launching Büro Ole Scheeren in March 2010, Scheeren was Director and Partner along with the legendary Rem Koolhaas at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (Ole was responsible for the office's work across Asia).

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  • Ivan Harbour
  • Antwerp Law Courts by RSHP
  • 8 Chifley by RSHP
  • International Towers Barangaroo by RSHP
  • Ching Fu Group by RSHP
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Tall Storeys Seminar – Ivan Harbour

Ivan Harbour, the lead architect on two Stirling Prize-winning entries—for Terminal 4 of Madrid-Barajas Airport (2006) and Maggie's Centre, London (2009)—shared his perspective on architectural design competitions during the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s “Tall Storeys” talk in Sydney.

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  • Dublin, the author says, is a city of distractions filled with the loud metallic "cha-ching" sound of cars driving over an unsecured grate.
  • If employees at Facebook are anything like most of us, they already have a myriad of distractions right at their fingertips.
  • "Distractions lead to poor performance, which adds to one’s stress levels."
  • "[We] can’t stand to be alone for a second and need the distraction of cat videos to heal ourselves."
  • Philosopher Matthew Crawford recommends we re-engage with reality and the physical world by participating in extreme activities such as motorcycle racing.
  • Neurologist Anjan Chatterjee coined the term “cosmetic neurology” to describe the practice of taking drugs to strengthen ordinary cognition.
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Smart Pills

I met my love by the gas works wall
Dreamed a dream by the old canal
Kissed a girl by the factory wall
Dirty old town, Dirty old town

 

These lyrics from The Pogues song "Dirty Old Town" is the unofficial anthem of Dublin and can be heard bellowing out of the many pubs in the Temple Bar area. It was written by Ewan MacColl and is, in fact, about Salford, Greater Manchester England, not Dublin. Nevertheless, after spending several weeks in Dublin, I understand why it’s been adopted: Dublin is a dirty old town.

 

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  • Centre de Santé et de Promotion Sociale in Laongo, Burkina Faso by Kéré Architecture.
  • Centre de Santé et de Promotion Sociale in Laongo, Burkina Faso by Kéré Architecture.
  • Eko Atlantic project on reclaimed land off the coast of Lagos, Nigeria by MZ Architects and AR+H ARCHITECTS.
  • David Adjaye has been selected to design the centrepiece of the largest redevelopment project in Africa’s history, the Naguru/Nakawa project in Uganda.
  • One of the greenest schools in the entire world, Waterbank School in Kenya by PITCHAfrica.
  • One of the greenest schools in the entire world, Waterbank School in Kenya by PITCHAfrica.
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THE AFRICAN AWAKENING

Africa is rising faster than most think. The once proud and illustrious continent is breaking free from the shackles of poverty, indignity, corruption, and even genocide. It is shaking off the perception that it is a hopeless cause—the child who eternally needs propping up, a forever charity case. 

 

Thanks to (mostly mobile) technology, millions of Africans now have the tools to keep themselves continuously informed, run small businesses with sophistication, and report corruption through social-media channels with less fear of retribution.

 

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  • Guangzhou Airport City by Woods Bagot
  • Guangzhou Airport City by Woods Bagot
  • Guangzhou Airport City by Woods Bagot
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City airport or airport city

The ‘aerotropolis’ is an urban environment that is anchored with an airport. Over the past few years, its popularity has been rapidly gaining momentum over the globe.

 

But while most cities have historically been planned around a river, a port, or an intersection of trade, the aerotropolis is a city designed around an airport.

 

Is this possible? Is this sustainable? Can a city be planned around an airport, or will airports always be designed around a city?

 

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  • A prominent example of the Taylorist Office is the Larkin Administration Building by Frank Lloyd Wright.
  • In the Bürolandschaft (Office Landscape) model, staff from all levels now sat together to enhance communication.
  • The Action Office by the Herman Miller Research Corporation allowed workers to personalize their workspace.
  • A Virtual Office offers communication and address services without providing dedicated office space.
  • The Networked Office—technology brought about the growing uncoupling between the workplace and the work itself.
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The Evolution of the Workplace

Throughout modern history, the design of the office has had to contend with rival aspirations—management supremacy vs. employee empowerment, privacy vs. interaction, the demand for ever-increasing productivity vs. the long-term corporate benefits of a happy workforce. As in all major shifts in design, the advances were led by strong-willed visionaries whose ideas challenged the status quo and continue to influence the space where we spend nearly half of our lives.

 

 

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AN INTERVIEW WITH GIUSEPPE FARRIS

Studio Farris Architects is an architectural practice based in Antwerp, Belgium, and founded by Italian architect Giuseppe Farris in 2008. The studio's stated goal is to discover the intrinsic potential in every project—questioning the obvious, and exploring the surroundings and cultural heritage. This while always looking for harmony between sustainability and innovation, functionality and experience, ratio and feeling. For Giuseppe, the building's users always play a fundamental role in the conception of the architecture.

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Tall Buildings: From Singular to Mixed

"There is nothing more poetic and terrible than the skyscrapers' battle with the heavens that cover them."

                                                                                                                           – Federico Garcia Lorca, poet and playwright
 

Few architectural typologies polarize opinion as much as the skyscraper. Some believe it trespasses on the horizon; many, however, consider it a progressive fulfillment (and technological expression) of mankind's potential. 

 

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  • 700 Bourke Street by Woods Bagot, Photo by Shannon McGrath
  • Oxigen by Woods Bagot, Photo by David Sievers
  • Fujitsu Sydney by Woods Bagot, Photo by Tyrone Brannigan
  • Dexus Sydney by Woods Bagot, Photo by Tyrone Brannigan
  • 700 Bourke Street by Woods Bagot, Photo by Shannon McGrath
  • Woods Bagot Sydney Studio, Photo by Trevor Mein
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Productivity and the creative workplace by Sarah Kay

When I’m asked how to increase productivity in the workplace, my first question is always: “What type of productivity? The pump-it-out-faster type or the make-great-things-happen type?”

 

Most businesses now are definitely targeting the latter. In traditional process-driven businesses, productivity and efficiency are simple to measure, but in today’s economy, businesses can’t survive without constant innovation and a focus on creativity.

 

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