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2013 Veronica Rudge Green Prize winners in Urban Design

The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) has announced the 11th Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design award winners: Eduardo Souto de Moura’s Metro do Porto in Porto, Portugal, and the Northeastern Urban Integration Project in Medellín, Colombia. The two works create opportunities for mobility that go beyond physical movement to advance social mobility and reinvigorate civic space. Placing these two highly successful yet vastly different projects within the same conceptual frame also highlights the diverse economic, political, cultural, and logistical challenges that each has surmounted.

Source: Arch Daily

20 Architects Design a Dolls’ House for KIDS

Inspired by the dolls’ house that Edwin Lutyens designed for The British Empire Exhibition in 1922, twenty British practices are each designing a contemporary dolls’ house in aid of the disabled childrens’ charity KIDS. Each version will sit on a 750mm square plinth to be exhibited during this year’s London Design Festival (14th – 21st September, 2013) before being auctioned. Each design must contain “a unique feature to make life easier for a child who is disabled.”

Source: Arch Daily

World Green Building Week

From 16 to 20 September 2013, Green Building Councils in 98 countries representing more than 25,000 organisations will host events, run campaigns and celebrate World Green Building Week under the theme: 'Greener Buildings, Better Places, Healthier People'.

Source: World Green Building Council

Apple Redesigns San Francisco Store to Preserve Historic Fountain

Earlier this summer we reviewed plans for a new Foster + Partners-designed Apple Store in the heart of San Francisco which received a considerable amount of backlash for its accused ubiquitous design that disregarded the city’s historic Ruth Asawa Fountain. Since, Apple has decided to respond to the complaints and Foster + Partners have just released images of the revised design that preserves the fountain. 

Source: Arch Daily

Versatile floor system obtains technical approval

With the Cofraplus 220 floor system, Arval, the brand from ArcelorMittal for innovative sheet-steel construction elements, is introducing a lightweight, cost-effective solution for building long-span flooring structures. The concept permits the design of continuous slabs and can also be used in combination with various floor beam configurations in multi-storey building applications like car parks or office buildings. End of May, the system has been approved by the Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik (DIBt) German  Ende Mai 2013 unter der Nummer Z-26.1-55 vom Deutschen Institut für Bautechnik bauaufsichtlich zugelassen.

Source: Architect’s Choice