8 Biodegradable Materials the Construction Industry Needs to Know About

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In architecture we are so caught up in creating something new, we often forget about what happens at the end of a building’s life cycle—the unfortunate, inevitable demolition. We may want our buildings to be timeless and live on forever, but the harsh reality is that they do not, so where is all the waste expected to go?

As with most non-recyclable waste, it ends up in the landfill and, as the land required for landfill becomes an increasingly scarce resource, we must find an alternative solution. Each year in the UK alone, 70–105 million tonnes of waste is created from demolishing buildings, and only 20% of that is biodegradable according to a study by Cardiff University. With clever design and a better awareness of the biodegradable materials available in construction, it’s up to us as architects to make the right decisions for the entirety of a building’s lifetime.

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Time-Lapse Follows the Demolition of Over 25 Buildings (And it is Even More Satisfying Than You Think)

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As Shanghai works hard to become an international economic, financial, trade and shipping center of the world, the city powers behind to keep up with the ever-growing needs. Joe Natisvideo follows the demolition of the buildings that didn’t quite make the cut for the fast-paced 21st century living as soaring skyscrapers and developments take their place. 
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In the video, the cranes can be seen effortlessly eating away at the buildings - as if they were built out of paper and sticks – as the new structures spout out of the ground in what seems seconds due to their incredibly efficient construction systems. Natis perfectly captures the monumental scale of the developments in his aerial documentary ‘Demolish.'

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Over the years, Shanghai has been subject to many changes to evolve into the international metropolis it is today. The
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On Jørn Utzon’s 100th Birthday, 11 Prominent Architects Pay Tribute to the Great Architect

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© <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/seier/5958688179/'>Flickr user seier</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/seier/5958688179/'>Flickr user seier</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> Today marks what would have been the 100th birthday of the leading Danish architect, Jørn Utzon. Notably responsible for what could be argued to be the most prominent building in the world, the Sydney Opera House, Utzon accomplished what many architects can only dream of: a global icon. To celebrate this special occasion, Louisiana Channel has collaborated with the Utzon Center in Aalborg, Denmark to put together a video series to hear prominent architects and designers talk, including Bjarke Ingels and Renzo Piano, about their experiences with Utzon and his work—from his unrivalled visual awareness of the world, to his uncompromising attitude that led him to create such strong architectural statements. Unlike many architects around at the time of Jørn Utzon, who as modernists rejected tradition in favour of new technologies and orthogonal plans, Utzon combined
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Aedas’ Latest Mixed-Use Development Creates a City Inspired by ‘The Cloud’

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Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Aedas' latest project is inspired by the tech cloud as a platform to boast connectivity within the mixed-use development and enable maximum productivity between the zones. Vanke Tianfu Cloud City will be within the new development zone in ChengduChina designated for new hi-tech and sci-tech industries and provide offices, exhibition, residential and retail facilities. 
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Integrating greenery into the project was important for Aedas; across the four land plots of the development, they have designed a 54,000 square meter central green axis that will offer a park-like experience for pedestrians and terraced facades that will benefit from the expansive, green-filled balconies with panoramic views of the nearby Xinglong Lake. The project will also adopt green roofs and sky gardens to improve sustainability and reduce heat gain and cooling load, mitigating the heat island effect. The masterplan has been carefully considered to

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Campervan Breaks World Record for Largest Indoor 3D Print

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Courtesy of Create Cafe 3D Print Courtesy of Create Cafe 3D Print 3D printing just got a whole lot more impressive. If we weren’t already enthralled by the bridgeshomeless shelters and structural components that have been made possible through 3D printing, a Canadian team have managed to print the world’s first 3D printed campervan that beats records for the largest indoor 3D print ever – three times larger than the previous record holder. Made from hundreds of feet of plastic filament, the seamless camper measures 13 feet long and six feet wide and took over 230 hours to build on their custom ErectorBot 3D printer. The 3D-printer experts at Create Café in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan responsible for the trailer recorded the progress throughout the nine-day job. Despite having to tackle the high temperatures whilst it printed throughout night and day, and an unexpected software reboot, they were able to successfully print the 600-pound object and
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Which Architecture Firms Are Building the Most in New York City?

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Courtesy of Related-Oxford Courtesy of Related-Oxford In an industry-affiliated overshadowed by the so-called ‘starchitects’, do we really know who is dominating in the field of architecture? Often it is found that for most of the projects bearing the big names, there are the firms assuming the roles of “executive architect” that work behind the scenes to enable the high-profile buildings to get through planning and construction.  To give us insight into which architecture practices actually have the most impact across in New York City, The Real Deal have compiled a list of the 30 firms with the highest square footage of new buildings across the five boroughs over a six-year period from the 1st of January 2012 until the 31st of January 2018. There are of course many of the firms that you would expect, although as you will see there are also a few that have gone under
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Pascall+Watson to Design Stansted Airport’s Transformation

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Courtesy of Pascall+Watson Courtesy of Pascall+Watson After Pascall+Watson’s success with their concept design for the £130m Arrivals Terminal at Stansted Airport, the firm have been selected for the £600m transformation programme by MAG (Manchester Airports Group owners of Stansted Airport). As demand for air travel continues to increase, Pascall+Watson’s plans aim to provide a greater choice of airlines and destinations by making use of the airport’s spare runway capacity and supporting the future growth. 
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The new 34,000 square meters arrivals terminal will feature a modular sky-lit roof above the double height spaces containing enhanced immigration and baggage reclaim areas, spacious arrivals concourse and welcoming public forecourt. By uniquely separating the arrivals terminal into a new building, it will transform the existing building into a departures only terminal, freeing up space to expand the check-in, security and retail areas. The transformation will also bring new airside coaching facilities,
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RDHA Wins The 2018 RAIC’s Architecture Firm Award

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Courtesy of Tom Arban Courtesy of Tom Arban Toronto based architecture studio, Rounthwaite Dick and Hadley Architects (RDHA) have been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Firm Award. The annual award recognizes firms that demonstrate architectural excellence and design for a better quality of life by addressing the important issues in society. This year’s winner, RDHA, is one of Canada’s oldest practices, established in 1919, that has recently undergone a successful renewal to produce the highest caliber of architecture.
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“There is a remarkable consistency throughout the last 10 to 15 years of work by a younger generation of designers that have taken over the firm and kept the lineage and re-established themselves as a leading designing firm in Toronto,” said the five-member selection jury. “For the successors to rebuild the firm and reputation and deliver a fresh portfolio of completed projects,

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North Face Releases a Geodesic Dome Tent Capable of Withstanding the Toughest Weather

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via North Face via North Face Reinterpreting the teachings of Buckminster Fuller, North Face have announced the latest tent in their collection; a geodesic dome tent. Thanks to the most spatially efficient shape in architecture, it can withstand winds of up to 60 mph as the force is spread evenly across the structure whilst even providing enough height for a six-foot person to stand comfortably inside. The extremely efficient design has allowed the tent to weigh not much more than 11kg and comprise of 5 main poles and the equator for fast and easy assembly and storage. The outdoor gear company has also considered a water-resistant dual-layered exterior skin for their incredibly strong and sturdy tent to endure whatever mother nature has to throw at it.
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The 230x210cm interior of the tent offers much more space than its similarly sized competitors, the shelter easily provides room

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Detroit’s Waterfront is Setting a Precedent for Community Led Architecture

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Courtesy of James Corner Field Operations Courtesy of James Corner Field Operations As the river offers a place of beauty and solitude to the people of Detroit, four international design teams have presented their creative schemes for the West Riverfront to extend this vibrant area in the city as part of an international design competition led by the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy (DRFC). The development of the 22-acre West Riverfront Park is expected to cost around $50 million to complete the DRFC’s ultimate vision for 5.5 miles of revitalized riverfront.  The four principal firms include Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN), Hood Design Studio (HDS), James Corner Field Operations and Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates (MVVA) collaborating with numerous Detroit and Michigan- based firms. Each of the teams has collaborated closely with the public to achieve a design that gives justice to the legacy of the people.
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Detroit’s Waterfront is Setting a Precedent for Community Led Architecture

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Courtesy of James Corner Field Operations Courtesy of James Corner Field Operations As the river offers a place of beauty and solitude to the people of Detroit, four international design teams have presented their creative schemes for the West Riverfront to extend this vibrant area in the city as part of an international design competition led by the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy (DRFC). The development of the 22-acre West Riverfront Park is expected to cost around $50 million to complete the DRFC’s ultimate vision for 5.5 miles of revitalized riverfront.  The four principal firms include Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN), Hood Design Studio (HDS), James Corner Field Operations and Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates (MVVA) collaborating with numerous Detroit and Michigan- based firms. Each of the teams has collaborated closely with the public to achieve a design that gives justice to the legacy of the people.
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Architecture That Can Feed You: Penda’s Yin & Yang House Addresses Our Detachment With Food

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Courtesy of Penda Austria Courtesy of Penda Austria As a generation that has the most flexibility in day-to-day life, live-work dwellings are becoming more and more popular; a topic that is expected to be seen everywhere in 2018. We can now work anywhere as long as we have a decent internet connection and something to type on. Penda’s latest design, Yin & Yang house, calls upon millennials to take advantage of this ability and move back to the countryside for a better quality of life. Yin & Yang house in Germany’s countryside will provide a small family the resources to grow all of their own food for a self-sufficient lifestyle whilst establishing a harmonious dialogue between the living and working spaces in the home. Addressing our detachment with the origins of our food and the unsustainable industrial agriculture, the house will become a living organism that will transform as the seasons' pass,
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NYC’s High Line Wins the 2017 Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design

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© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan Eight long and prosperous years have passed since the first part of the New York High Line opened in 2009. As a prominent piece New York's architectural and urban identity, it is no wonder that it has been awarded the Harvard GSD Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design, recognising the ongoing efforts of the Friends of the High Line for their adaptivity to the changing context of the park and their support from the beginning for design excellence. The jury was particularly inspired by the multidisciplinary project between James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf, spanning the public and private domains as a model of collaborative design. It was also commented on the social and political relevance of the High Line in saving a piece of American history from ruin and interacting through community outreach programs and a wider
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How the Urban Tower Retro67 Will Celebrate the Vulnerable Heritage of Lebanon

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Courtesy of IDDQD Studio Courtesy of IDDQD Studio Beirut has seen an influx of wealth into the area ever since the end of the Lebanese Civil War in 1990. Large-scale developments and designer architecture from Herzog & de MeuronSnøhetta and David Adjaye have been popping up throughout the capital, much like its Middle Eastern neighbors. Retro67 by Andrea Vattovani Architecture will celebrate the appearance of the old town of Beirut and reinterpret the traditional stylistic elements with the modern flair that is becoming the city’s favored style.
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Retro67’s unique identity and connection to the city's heritage will be distinguished by the external curtains defining the open façade. Due to a large amount of sunshine in Beirut, it is imperative for the architects to protect the building from direct light and heat through some form of sunshade. Drawing from the local context of the city and

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Futuristic Illustrations Show What Architecture and Construction Will Look Like in 2030

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via MIT Technology Review via MIT Technology Review In a world where technology is at the forefront of our lives, it’s hard to imagine that many of the jobs that are available now did not exist 10 years ago; uber drivers, social media managers, app developers and even the job of an ArchDaily writer would have seemed an abstract concept! As technology advances further, even more job positions will be created and others left behind, leaving it open to speculation as to what will come next. It is almost impossible to predict the future, but digital agency AKQA and Mish Global have attempted the impossible and envisioned several potential jobs in the design and construction industry in 2030 following inspiration from several panels they attended at the World Economic Forum. With the speed of changes over the last decade, they don’t seem too far from reality either.
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In recent years,
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Futuristic Illustrations Show What Architecture and Construction Will Look Like in 2030

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via MIT Technology Review via MIT Technology Review In a world where technology is at the forefront of our lives, it’s hard to imagine that many of the jobs that are available now did not exist 10 years ago; uber drivers, social media managers, app developers and even the job of an ArchDaily writer would have seemed an abstract concept! As technology advances further, even more job positions will be created and others left behind, leaving it open to speculation as to what will come next. It is almost impossible to predict the future, but digital agency AKQA and Mish Global have attempted the impossible and envisioned several potential jobs in the design and construction industry in 2030 following inspiration from several panels they attended at the World Economic Forum. With the speed of changes over the last decade, they don’t seem too far from reality either.
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In recent years,
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