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Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2013 announced

Totally independent, the UK and International Restaurant & Bar Design Awards is now in its fifth year and receives entries from the UK and the world's top architects, designers and hospitality operators. Judges consist of the most influential personalities and have included the editors of Wallpaper and Frame magazines, Karim Rashid and Alberto Alessi. Winner of the best bar was Atrium Champagne Bar in London and winner of the best restaurant was Höst in Denmark.

Source: Restaurant and Bar Design Awards

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

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

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

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