GM Builds the First Chevrolet Volt

from Wired: Autopia by Chuck Squatriglia


General Motors started building the first pre-production Chevrolet Volt electric vehicles today. The significant milestone marks the first time engineers are assembling a vehicle that looks like the car slated to start rolling off an assembly line next year.

These cars, known as integration vehicles, are key to the Volt’s development because they are used to refine things like driving dynamics. They also get shaken down and beaten up to ensure the range-extended EV is road-ready. So far all we’ve seen are prototypes and test mules based on the Malibu and Cruze like the one we drove last month. The cars GM started building today at its technical center outside Detroit are the real deal.

“The purpose for the integration vehicle builds is two-fold,” GM spokesman Rob Peterson told “First, they validate our production design, vehicle safety and performance capabilities. Just as important, the build activity provides valuable insight into the final vehicle assembly process to ensure a high-level of build quality and manufacturing efficiency when production begins in November 2010.”

Engineers will assemble the first of the integration vehicles by hand, a process that will take about two weeks. Production will ramp up to a rate of 10 a week by mid-July, and Peterson says GM plans to have 80 cars on the road by fall. Early next year, GM will begin building “several hundred” more pre-production vehicles at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant that will produce the Volt we’ll see in showrooms by the end of 2010.

Photo: General Motors

NYC Giving Times Square to Pedestrians

from Green Options by Becky Striepe

New York City barricaded Broadway around Times and Herald Squares on Sunday night, turning stretches of Broadway into pedestrian plazas.

[Times Square Billboards. Creative Commons photo by Matt Mendoza]

With pedestrian traffic in Times Square up over 200% from 1980, the area was as riddled with people jams as it was with traffic jams. City officials think that re-routing auto traffic to Sixth and Seventh Avenues will open the area up, ease air pollution, and help businesses.

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Vacant Auto Dealers Present A Great Opportunity

from Wired: Autopia by Tony Borroz


With General Motors shuttering umpteen dealerships and Chrysler shutting umpteen more, we’re about to see a lot of idle real estate out there. Parcels of land with big, expansive buildings and acres of asphalt will be up for grabs.

It raises an interesting question. Namely, what should we do with that land?

We’re talking about vast expanses of real estate. Check out the Google Map The New York Times put togetherand you’ll see what we mean. The folks over at Planetizen wondered what should be done with it all and came up with five ideas:

  • Ask the locals what the community needs.
  • Create urban gardens.
  • Establish “walkable, vibrant places and improve current communities.”
  • Use the land to host farmers’ markets and local events.
  • Build solar and wind energy parks and electric vehicle charging stations.

Those are all nifty ideas. But we know our fearless readers here at Autopia can do better. What would you do with that land? Build an indoor electric go-kart track? Set up an EV dealership to cash in on the coming craze? Establish re-education camps for sub-prime mortgage lenders? Or maybe you’d follow one of Planetizen’s ideas. Let us know.

Use the Reddit Widget below to let us know what to do with all this soon-to-be-vacant real estate and garage space.

Photo: Flickr / thomas.merton

Raise Your BPA Level 60 Percent!

from Green Options by Cate Nelson

For the first time, a study proved that using polycarbonate plastic increases your blood levels of bisphenol-A. And not just a little bit, either. After a week of using these materials for beverages, study participants had a 60 percent increase in the level of BPA in their blood.

Bisphenol-A has been linked to early onset of pubertylow sperm count and infertility, and its carcinogenic effects may include breast cancer. It has also been linked to heart disease and diabetes. You’ve heard all of this, I’m sure.

But how ’bout this? Bisphenol-A was first developed as a synthetic hormone. It’s an endocrine disruptor. It affects our children. It affects our adults. And the FDA still refuses to require removal from food contact materials?!

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GreenGT’s 400-hp Electric Racer Ready For Le Mans

from Green Options by Jerry James Stone

The GreenGT was designed specifically for kicking butt at the 24 hours of Le Mans.

With 400 hp and a top speed of 171 mph, the electric race car concept pushes 1,475 lb-ft of torque up to 100 mph then drops it to 590 lb-ft for high-speed traction. All this and it’s powered by two 30kW lithium-ion batteries charged by flexcell photovoltaic solar panels.

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Autodesk helps cities track their carbon emissions

from Green Options by Reenita Malhotra

Last week, at the C40 Large Cities Climate Summit in Seoul, Autodesk, Inc., a world leader in 2D and 3D design and engineering software, announced that it will collaborate with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) and the Microsoft Corporation, to provide visualization technology for Project Two Degrees. Project Two Degrees is an Internet-based application that provides cities with a set of tools to measure, compare, and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at a local level.

Autodesk joins forces with the Clinton Foundation to build sustainable cities

Autodesk will provide the technology, initially based on Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise, that will act as the model-based visualization environment used to view, evaluate and compare the results of analysis and monitoring in the C40 city. Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise software is a powerful mapping solution for delivering information more quickly, easily, and cost-effectively via the web.

Green Building Elements had a chance to speak with Brett Smith of Autodesk and Olivia Ross of the Clinton Foundation.  Here is what they had to say.

GBE: How does the software track emissions?

Brett Smith (Autodesk): The Project 2° Emissions Tracker is designed to measure as many municipal and corporate activities as possible. Users enter data on emission producing activities such as fuel and electricity consumption, vehicle traffic, waste production, industrial processes and air and sea vessel fuel use. The software then converts the data into greenhouse gases, including tons of CO2 equivalent, taking into consideration the source and type of activity.

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Digging for New Material: Bioplastics are Growing Into the Green Economy

from Green Options by Jeffrey Berlin

As the Economist wages the largest debate about bio-fuels in memory, another market opportunity appears to be showing itself in the bio production space as well. Bio plastics have been sprouting up in various applications, but a recent study puts the total market of green packaging at $43.9Billion by 2013. The highest growth gains in this market will be in bio plastics for reasons of price stability and increased capacity the report said. Bio plastics will, it is reported, preform at an annual growth rate of thirteen percent. This spells big news for an industry which currently holds only about .1% percent market share.

Part of the reason for this growth will be due to policy changes which restrict the use of some of the most environmentally damaging materials, but the largest effect seems to be coming from packaging producers themselves. Corporate social responsibility leader Coca Cola has developed a new bottle which is composed of around thirty percent bio plastics with the intended goal of developing a one hundred percent renewable option in the future. Likewise, Wal-Mart has begun sourcing toys and children’s goods made from bio plastics.

The draw is that decomposition coupled with less petroleum based material seems to be better environmentally, but some counter this analysis. According to the Guardian Newspaper, foods producers in the UK such as Innocent Drinks have chosen to stop using bio plastics due to lack of recycling options for the products at present. Likewise there have been claims that bio plastics can be environmentally damaging on par with their petroleum based counterparts. Recent innovations have made it so less energy is needed to create bio plastics and thus it seems the growth of the sector makes environmental sense. Followers of Bill McDonough’s cradle to cradle concept often tout the re-usability and closed-loop life cycle of these products, while others derided their historically slow decomposition rates.  Some applications in the burgeoning bio plastics space are:

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DOUBLEXPOSURE Photographers Exhibit Impacts of Climate Change

from Green Options by Adam Williams

Photographers have long held a useful key to effecting change.

Think of Ansel Adams and his influence on early 20th Century government leaders in the United States; he helped demonstrate the value of nature and the need for national parks.

Think of the Farm Security Administration photography effort of the 1930s, led by Roy Stryker (photographers included: Dorothea LangeWalker EvansGordon Parks).

Now, think of DOUBLEXPOSURE, and the work of two photographers who are pairing work that “brings the viewer into panoramas of glaciers once grand but now receding. The compelling comparisons put into stark view the fact of melting glaciers.”

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Light Bulb Condom

from AMNP


I’m sure that many of you saw this earlier this month – but the “Euro Condom”, designed by Ingo Maurer, was just brought to my attention this morning and I HAD to pot it on AMNP. Long story short: new European guidelines have banned frosted incandescent bulbs, because the frosted bulbs give off less light [which is absurd]. In response, designer Ingo Maurer has developed the “Euro Condom”, an opaque silicon “condom” that you stretch over a clear incandescent bulb to give it the frosted effect.

The Euro Condom consists of a thin, heat-resistant silicone cover that turns a clear bulb into a frosted one. Frosted bulbs will be banned by the new EU guideline on light sources beginning September 2009, because they are said give off less light than clear bulbs.

But according to the specifications of various manufacturers the difference, measured in lumens, is negligible or not existing. – Protect yourself from stupid rules, use the Euro Condom!


My ninjas, PLEASE! This is definitely a story that should make you smile – and brighten up your day if you’re here in the rainy North-East. I mean – there’s even an illustrated step-by-step condom-like set of instructions….brilliant.

.:Euro Condom by Ingo Maurer -> via Dezeen

Hawaiian Garbage-to-Energy Plant Recycles Derelict Fishing Nets for Electricity

from Green Options by Tina Casey

Fishing Nets Like These are Being Recovered to Make Electricity in Hawaii

Now that Oprah has turned her spotlight on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, that great mass of garbage floating in the ocean has finally caught the public eye.  An upcoming ocean garbage expedition to the patch, dubbed Project Kaisei, should draw even more attention when it launches this summer.  Project Kaisei’s aim is to explore the feasibility of collecting and recycling the garbage patch, which mainly consists of plastics, into diesel fuel.  How feasible is it?  A modest derelict fishing net recycling program in Hawaii provides some tantalizing clues.

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London Yields: Urban Agriculture

from BLDGBLOG by Geoff Manaugh
[Image: The King’s Vineyard, London, by Soonil Kim, one of many projects featured in London Yields: Urban Agriculture].

One of the many benefits of being in London this week is that I get to stop by the Building Centre, one of my favorite urban galleries and architectural exhibition spaces, to check out their new show London Yields: Urban Agriculture.
While imagining what it might be like to eat extremely local food, grown right there in your city – a line of 96th Street Honey, for instance, or, in light of Times Square’s recent (but unfortunately temporary) pedestrianization, perhaps a Times Square Tomato (why not agriculturalize parts of Times Square?) – we also need to ask how we might make such a vision come true.
How can a city like London be at least partially turned over to food production – so that London Fields might produce southeast England’s newest yields of meat, fruit, and vegetables?
I have to admit that urban agri-utopianism is easily one of the most seductive visions of the 21st century city that I’ve yet seen – from farming new medicinal plants on the rooftops of schools to hybridizing sci-fi flowers on vast and heavily perfumed highway-farms stretching across one borough to another – and it’s hard not to get excited when thinking about such things.

Another Argument Against Ethanol

from Wired: Autopia by Chuck Squatriglia


The ethanol industry is pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to increase from 10 percent to 15 percent the amount of ethanol that is blended into gasoline, saying it will boost demand, create jobs and foster development of cellulosic fuels.

BusinessWeek argues otherwise in a column by Ed Wallace, who calls ethanol a scam that should be abandoned. He argues the ethanol industry is “quickly failing” and says, “Don’t let anybody mislead you: The new push to get a 15 percent ethanol mandate out of Washington is simply to restore profitability to a failed industry.”

The Renewable Fuels Association has said the success of corn-based ethanol will hasten the development of cellulosic ethanol. “In order to have a second generation of ethanol fuel,” it argues, “you have to have a first-generation.” Wallace flatly accuses the ethanol industry of lying to make its case and lays out a laundry list of reasons why ethanol is a dead-end that Washington must stop traveling.

The industry says Wallace is wrong on every count and offers a point-by-point rebuttal.

Wallace offers the following reasons why ethanol isn’t worth pursuing:

  • Using ethanol creates more smog than regular gasoline, a point he says the EPA conceded in 1995.
  • Independent studies show ethanol is a net energy loser, though some research suggests there is a small gain.
  • Fuels blended with ethanol reduce fuel efficiency 30 to 40 percent.
  • Aside from the food-for-fuel debate, “the science seems to suggest that using ethanol increases global warming emissions over the use of straight gasoline.”
  • Ethanol-laced gasoline “is already destroying engines across the country in ever larger numbers.”

Wallace, who also is a columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, spoke to several mechanics in suburban Fort Worth who said they’re seeing more cars with fuel pumps, intakes and other components damaged by ethanol-blended gasoline.

“Not one mechanic I’ve spoken to said they would be comfortable with a 15 percent blend of ethanol in their personal car,” he writes. “However, most suggest that if the government moves the ethanol mandate to 15 percent, it will be the dawn of a new golden age for auto mechanics’ income.”

Growth Energy, an ethanol industry trade group, takes issue with every point.

“In his column, Mr. Wallace fails in his journalistic duty to provide readers with the facts,” the organization writes. “He relies on anecdotal evidence in support of his erroneous claims while completely ignoring the large body of scientific literature that supports the use of higher blends of ethanol in vehicles.”

It offers the following rebuttal:

  • Evidence suggests increased use of ethanol brought a 5 percent decrease in ground-level ozone between 2001 and 2007.
  • Every gallon of ethanol produced delivers one-third or more energy than is used to produce it.
  • “Study after study” has shown ethanol has minimal impact on food prices, and rising food prices are the result of rising energy costs. As for the issue of global warming emissions, Growth Energy says a study in the Journal of Industrial Ecology states “the ethanol industry currently is producing a fuel that is as much as 59 percent lower in direct-effect lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline.”
  • The push to increase the amount of ethanol blended with gasoline is needed because the industry is producing more ethanol than can be used under current government regulations. The current limit is “arbitrary” and “threatnes to block research and development into cellulosic and future generations of biofuels.”

You can read Wallace’s column here and Growth Energy’s full rebuttal here. The EPA has extended the public comment period for the proposal to increase the amount of ethanol blended with gasoline. More information about that is available here.

POST UPDATED 7:15 p.m. Eastern time May 26 to include additional information from Growth Energy.

POST UPDATED 1 p.m. Eastern time May 27: Ed Wallace dropped us a line to say he stands by his column and takes issue with some of Growth Energy’s points. He says the 5 percent reduction in smog can be attributed to the replacement of old vehicles with newer, cleaner models. About 5 percent of the nation’s fleet isturned over annually, he says. He also says a Congressional Budget Office report released last month shows ethanol production increased the price of food by 10 to 15 percent. He’s written a follow-up column; you can find it here.

POST UPDATED 1:15 p.m. Eastern time May 27: The Environmental Working Group, a health and environmental research and policy organization, just sent us an email challenging Growth Energy’s claims. In a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, the organization makes many of the same claims Wallace does and says Growth Energy makes “numerous fundamental errors of fact and interpretation, both in its arguments advocating for ethanol increases and in its supporting data.” You can read the letter here.

Photo: Flickr / tlindenbaum

Burj Dubai cranes to be down by August

Burj Dubai cranes to be down by August May 25, Dubai

The cranes atop the Burj Dubai will be dismantled by August 2009, according to a senior Emaar executive.”The project is expected to open by the end of the year,” said Greg Sang, Project Director at Emaar Properties. “But we are still looking at all of the programming elements. After lowering all the cranes in August, we still have to finish all the fitouts, As of now, the basic core and shell is all finished in Burj Dubai. But every floor is at a different stage of being completed.”…more

Integrated sustainability design

Integrated sustainability design May 25, South Africa

Zonk’izizwe (meaning ‘all nations’) Town Center transforms one of the last remaining vacant sites in its location, into a one-of-a-kind mixed-use destination. Situated midway between Johannesburg (the economic hub of Africa) and Pretoria (the capital of South Africa), it will be developed as a new town centre, connecting these two populous and fast- growing cities…more

Mumbai to Join Asia Mega-City Club with 100 Storey Skyscraper

Mumbai to Join Asia Mega-City Club with 100 Storey Skyscraper May 26, Mumbai

The Metropolitan Region Development Authority in Mumbai is taking bids on an iconic 100-plus-story building in the city’s Wadala district. The tender calls for an interstate bus terminal and tower to be built on 35 hectares of land. Pre-qualifications for tenders have been asked for submission by July 2. Only construction companies with an annual turnover of US$600million will be accepted, while shortlisted firms who meet this criterion will then be asked to submit their bids…more

Dubai Tall Emblem Structure

Dubai Tall Emblem Structure May 26, Dubai

Cesar Bobonis-Zequeira, Ivan Perez-Rossello and Teresita del Valle designed ‘Utopia One’ for the Dubai tall emblem structure competition in Zaabeel park.The tower and its elements are composed of materials that resemble a smooth sculptural piece that are integrated into the park. The base behaves as a single unit housing the programmed spaces, entry areas and existing walkways. Form creates a courtyard intended for gatherings and general leisure…more

Early Exposure to Gas Appliances May Increase Risk of ADHD

from Green Options by Derek Markham

Preschoolers exposed to pollutants from gas-powered appliances are more likely to exhibit attention and cognitive disorders, according to a new study from Spain.

The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found that early childhood exposure to indoor air pollution, specifically NO2 (nitrogen dioxide), led to lower scores on cognitive tests and was found to affect the child’s ability to pay attention.

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2009 RIBA Award Winners Announced

from News by Vanilla Hustler

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) recently announced the winners of the 2009 RIBA Awards. RIBA Awards for architectural excellence have been presented across the country with 103 buildings in the UK and Europe winning awards (97 in the UK and six in the rest of the EU).

The RIBA Award-winning buildings range from an Observatory at Kielder in Northumberland to the Liverpool One regeneration and retail master plan, from a private house at Dungeness to Wexford Opera House in South East Ireland. Health centers, notably for Cancer, are well represented here as are retail buildings in their many forms, including John Lewis in Leicester and the Reiss and Monsoon headquarters in London. Seaside buildings and regeneration projects also feature in various guises. The architects whose work has been honored this year range from small practices to large, international ones. There are also some multiple winners such as Allies and Morrison (4 awards), Hawkins/Brown (3 awards), BDP (3 awards), Niall Mclaughlin Architects (4 awards) and Penoyre & Prasad (3 awards).

RIBA President Sunand Prasad said about the 2009 RIBA Award winners: “The RIBA Awards are a thermometer to indicate the state of health of British architecture and for 2009 the results are good: both quality and quantity have been maintained. This year’s list accurately reflects both the diversity, and the workload of UK architecture, with more schools and health buildings than usual winning awards.  It is particularly heartening to see more schemes that are about regenerating our cities, towns and countryside.  These awards, which are judged on a regional basis, reflect and reward the good things that are going on all across the UK, and they also form the basis of what promises to be another interesting year for the RIBA Stirling Prize.”

The 97 UK buildings that have won an RIBA Award are:


Beatson Institute New Cancer Research Facility
Reiach & Hall Architects

Drummond House – The Shed
LJRH Architects

Moore Street Housing
Richard Murphy, Elder & Cannon, JM, Page/Park


Moore Street Housing

North Glasgow College

Pollock Civic Realm
Archial Architects Ltd

The Potterrow Development
Bennetts Associates

The Printworks
Cameron Webster Architects

Northern Ireland:
Fallahogey House
McGarry-Moon Architects Ltd

The Knockbreda Centre
Penoyre & Prasad/TODD Architects

Cardinal Hume Catholic School
GWK Architects

North East:

Gateshead Heritage at St Mary’s
Design Service, Gateshead Council

Kielder Observatory
Charles Barclay Architects

The Place
Reid Jubb Brown Architecture

Saltholme Wildlife Reserve and Discovery Park

The Tyneside Cinema
Fletcher Priest Architects

Work Space
Malcolm Fraser Architects Ltd

North West:

13b Paradise Street, Liverpool ONE
Allies and Morrison


13b Paradise Street, Liverpool ONE

BDP Manchester Studio


BDP Manchester Studio

Liverpoool One Masterplan

Midland Hotel
Union North

Paradise Street Bridge
Wilkinson Eyre Architects

The Schaefer House
MBLA Architects & Urbanists


Three Towers
Union North


1 North Bank

Castle Hill Hospital
HLM Architects

Castleford Bridge
McDowell & Benedetti


Castleford Bridge

Charles Street Car Park, Sheffield
Allies and Morrison

York St John University, De Grey Court
Rivington Street Studio


Penderyn Distillery Visitor Centre
David Archer Architects

Ruthin Craft Centre
Sergison Bates architects

West Midlands:

Bournville Place
Stanton Williams

Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College
Nicholas Hare Architects LLP

The Pavilions
Ross Sharpe Architects Ltd

East Midlands:

82 Derngate
John McAslan & Partners

Rafael Vinoly Architects



David Wilson Library
Associated Architects LLP

Highfields Automotive and Engineering Training Centre – Public Space
Hawkins/Brown Architects

John Lewis Department Store & Cineplex
Foreign Office Architects (FOA)


John Lewis Department Store & Cineplex (check out the Archinect ShowCase feature on this project)

Level Centre
Clash Associates Ltd

The Minster School
Penoyre & Prasad LLP

New Art Exchange
Hawkins/Brown Architects


Anglesey Abbey Visitor Centre
Cowper Griffiths Architects

Clay Field
Riches Hawley Mikhail Architects


Clay Field

Gillespie Centre
Van Heyningen and Haward

House at Piper’s End
Niall McLaughlin Architects

The Long Barn Studio
Nicolas Tye Architects

Moller Centre for Continuing Education & Churchill College Music Centre

Private House

The Taylor Library
Wright & Wright Architects

South West:

Falmouth School and Design & Technology Building
Urban Salon Ltd

Pencalenick House
Seth Stein Architects Ltd

Scott Building
Nicholas Burwell Architects


Scott Building

Anchor Store, Bristol
Stanton Williams


Anchor Store, Bristol

The Apprentice Store
Threefold Architects

Merchants Academy
Penoyre & Prasad LLP

Meads Reach Bridge
Niall Mclaughlin Architects


Burnham Copse Primary School
Hampshire County Council & Architecture & Design Services

Hind House
John Pardey Architects


Hind House

The Mountbatten Building, University of Southampton

New Biochemistry Department, University of Oxford
Hawkins\Brown Architects

Queen’s & Stanhope House
Rick Mather Architects

Westwell Manor Farm Stable Conversion
Munkenbeck+Marshall Urbanism Limited

South East:
Craddock Cottages Development
Stephen Taylor Architects

Deal Pier
Niall Mclaughlin Architects

Pond Meadow Special Needs School

Private House
Allies and Morrison

Private House
Simon Conder Associates

Alison Brooks Architects

Runnymede Civic Centre
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios LLP


5 Aldermanbury Square
Eric Parry Architects


5 Aldermanbury Square

14 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
Julian Harrap Architects

100 VE, Unilever London Headquarters
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Arts Council England: National Office
Caruso St John Architects

Block 3, Tarling Estate Regeneration
S333 Architecture + Urbanism Ltd

City of London Information Centre
Make Architects

Frame House
Flacq Architects Limited

Gap House
Pitman Tozer Architects

Garden Pavilion
Andrew Pilkington Architects & Designers

Ash Sakula Architects

House in Belsize Park
Eldridge Smerin

House in Highgate Cemetery
Eldridge Smerin


House in Highgate Cemetery

Imperial College Central Library
A-EM Studio Ltd

Kentish Town Health Centre
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Kew Treetop Walkway
Marks Barfield Architects

Kings Cross Construction Skills Centre
David Morley Architects

Kings Place
Dixon Jones Ltd

Lumen URC and Community Centre
Theis and Khan Architects

Maggie’s Centre, London
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

New Street Square
Bennetts Associates

One Vine Street
Allies and Morrison

Reiss Headquarters
Squire and Partners


Reiss Headquarters

St. Benedict’s School, Ealing
Buschow Henley

St Martin-in-the-Fields
Eric Parry Architects

St Mary Magdalene Academy
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

UCL Cancer Institute: Paul O’Gorman Building

Urban Housing, Finsbury Park, London, UK
Sergison Bates Architects

The Yellow Building
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
The six RIBA Award buildings in the European Union are:


Fuglsang Kunstmuseum, Lolland
Tony Fretton Architects


Zenith, Saint-Etienne
Foster + Partners


Burren House, Dublin
Niall McLaughlin Architects

Wexford Opera House
Keith Williams Architects

The Netherlands:

Hoogvliet Heerlijkhied, Rotterdam


Bodegas Protos
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners


Bodegas Protos

Images: RIBA

Skyscrapers Going Up For Sale Fall Far In Price, Amid Distress

Skyscrapers Going Up For Sale Fall Far In Price, Amid Distress May 21, New York

A 40-story skyscraper sits on a prime corner in the wealthiest U.S. commercial market, blocks from Rockefeller Center and Central Park. It recently sold for $100,000. The 1330 Avenue of the Americas building — which sold for close to $500 million three years ago — was auctioned in April 2009 for the minimum to a Canadian pension fund unit after owner Harry Macklowe defaulted on a $130 million loan…more

Madrid’s ‘Distrito C’ Self Shading Solar Office

Madrid’s ‘Distrito C’ Self Shading Solar Office May 21, Madrid

Distrito C is an ambitious project designed to consolidate 40,000 employees in Madrid from Spain’s largest company, Telefonica. The complex includes four phases of three buildings each, for a total of twelve structures. The design and materials for the buildings are identical so as to streamline the construction process and keep time and material waste to a minimum…more

Foster + Partners wins Stockholm Slussen masterplan competition

from News by Bustler


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Following up on our recent article announcing the finalists of the Slussen urban redesign competition, and news that Lord Norman Foster was awarded Prince of Asturias award, today it was announced that Foster + Partnershave been selected.  Images and text have been provided by the architects…

Foster + Partners and Berg Arkitektkontor, part of C.F. Møller Architects, have been appointed to design a masterplan for the heart of Stockholm, transforming the waterfront area of Slussen from an urban aberration to a popular destination. The proposal will bring new life to the area, linking the islands of Södermalm and Gamla Stan and stripping away the layers of history to reclaim a valuable city quarter.

Samoo Architecture PC co-Designs Winning Project, Taekwondo ‘One’, Design-Build Competition

from News by Bustler


Samoo Architecture PC, with the project lead Samsung C & T Corporation and Samoo Architects & Engineers in Seoul, Korea, have been awarded first prize and the building/construction commission for the newTaekwondo Park World Headquarters in Muju, Korea.