If you happen to be in Paris then take time to visit Ocean Memories, the latest exhibition of designer Mathieu Lehanneur, at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Rue de le Verrerie, in the Marais district.
After seeing the master plan for the vast water droplet–shaped cultural hub Aljada, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, and Kengo Kuma Architects’ amazing vision for Danish seaside culture at its planned Waterfront Culture Centre in Copenhagen, we started thinking about the growth in aquatic leisure developments and how they’ve evolved from the humble swimming pool into complex pieces of architecture now influencing how we participate in water sports.
Almost a third of the world’s land surface is classified as ‘arid’ and this area is expected to increase as climate change brings more frequent, extreme weather events, such as drought. There is a great need for innovative developments in this field.
Last month we told you about The Algae Dome Pavilion – a design that showcases how the Earth’s self-regulating life support system can be integrated into our cities in the form of biomass circulating architecture that absorbs carbon dioxide and converts it to oxygen that is re-released back into the urban environment. This particular one is being used to grow the mineral, protein and vitamin rich micro-algae Spirulina.
If you’re planning to be in Italy this summer, then the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation in Florence will be worth a visit. It’s conducting a sculptural experiment with an installation built by artist Carsten Höller that invites visitors to slide 20 meters from the second-floor loggia of its Renaissance building to the courtyard below via one of two futuristic, tubular corkscrew slides and…Wait for it…carrying a bean plant.
Amazing technological advances means that a future where our buildings are fabricated and constructed entirely by robots is just around the corner. There are now numerous projects around the world that see robots and 3D printing replacing traditional building techniques.
Zaha Hadid Architects have just unveiled plans for a new school in China that will be partially constructed by robots.
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