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6 Historical Buildings Topped by Contemporary Glass Extensions

August 10, 2019 Christele Harrouk 0

When an extension on an existing historical building is requested, often architects opt for glass, transparent and reflective interventions. Some decide to stay neutral and subtle when dealing with an older structure, while others choose a bold and outspoken design to manifest their contemporary character. With each project having its own conceptual motivation and reasoning, the outcomes are different and diverse. 

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Italians Ban Large Cruises from the Historical Center Of Venice

August 9, 2019 Christele Harrouk 0

Starting September, all ships that exceed 1000 tones will be obliged to change their route, in order to prevail them from entering Venice’s lagoon. The Italian government took the decision after major protests due to many incidents, the latest being in June of 2019 where 5 people were injured from a collision between a cruise ship, the dock, and a small tourist boat.

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The World’s First Dynamic Bridge and Autonomous Boats in Amsterdam

August 8, 2019 Christele Harrouk 0

The roundAround project, developed by researchers at MIT, in collaboration with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, is basically a bridge made of autonomous boats called Roboats. The least traditional solution, roundAround, but the most versatile and modular answer, connects the waterway between Marineterrein and the City Center in Amsterdam, allowing the transportation of people and goods.

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Dirk Denison Renovates the Mies Van Der Rohe Bailey Hall

August 7, 2019 Christele Harrouk 0

The Mies van der Rohe residential building, the Bailey Hall built in 1955, at Illinois Institute of Technology will be subject to renovation works by Dirk Denison Architects. The Chicago-based firm will modernize the mechanical, structural, and interior works, modifying its original function, and introducing a new configuration to host up to 330 first- and second-year students, while the exterior will remain faithful to the original design and the ground floor lobby will still hold on to the Mies’ iconic recessed glass lobby.

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LAVA+Aspect design the Central Park of Ho Chi Minh City

August 7, 2019 Christele Harrouk 0

In partnership with ASPECT Studio, LAVA won the international competition to design Central Park in HCMC, Vietnam. Commissioned by the committee of the Ho Chi Minh City, the contest’s winning entry will be built in 2020. LAVA’s proposal for the 16 hectares Park, commemorates the old infrastructural value of the plot, once home to the 19th-century French railway tracks, and celebrates the implementation of a future mobility system.