Modern day Machu Picchu wins inaugural RIBA International Prize for the worlds best new building

November 25, 2016 by  
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The grand jury, chaired by world-renowned architect Richard Rogers , commended UTEC as an inspirational example of civic architecture in empowering people and societies to innovate and progress. The vertical campus building is made up of landscaped terraces with clefts, overhangs, and grottos to provide natural ventilation , shade, open circulation, and exposed meeting spaces. This permeability puts the building’s activity on full display to the surrounding neighborhood to help blend UTEC into Lima’s urban fabric. Related: Six of the world’s most incredible buildings shortlisted for the RIBA International Prize “UTEC is an exceptional example of civil architecture – a building designed with people at its heart,” said the RIBA jury. “Grafton Architects have created a new way to think about a university campus , with a distinctive ‘vertical campus’ structure responding to the temperate climatic conditions and referencing Peru’s terrain and heritage. Sitting on the border of two residential districts in Lima, in section UTEC perches tantalizingly on the edge of a ravine. Seen from across the ravine it is as bold and as pure a statement of the symbiosis between architecture and engineering as could be imagined; a piece of geology imposed on its pivotal site, mirroring the organic curve of the landscape and accommodating itself in the city. To its close neighbours, it is a series of landscaped terraces with clefts, overhangs and grottos, a modern day Machu Picchu.” + Grafton Architects + RIBA Images by Iwan Baan

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The Tiny House of Slow Town is ready for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games

November 25, 2016 by  
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The house was built in Gangwon city, the host city for the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games and one of the cleanest left in South Korea. The area’s pristine quality calls for designs that preserve the natural beauty of the landscape. Related: Alek Lisefki’s Tiny House is a luxurious eco-friendly dream on wheels The Tiny House of Slow Town does just that; in addition to maximizing housing facilities for the upcoming Olympic Games, the building features environmentally friendly materials and has a small footprint . Its interior comprises a living room, built-in kitchen, a small bathroom and a large bed accessible via a steep staircase that also functions as a storage space. + The Plus Partners + DNC Architects Via Archdaily Photos by Moobum Jang

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70% of Bolivian residents lack sufficient water amid worst drought in 25 years

November 25, 2016 by  
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The Bolivian government recently declared a state of emergency in response to the worst drought the country has experienced in 25 years. Water shortages have ignited protests, and an estimated 125,000 families have been impacted by the drought. President Evo Morales said, “We have to be prepared for the worst.” There are 339 municipalities in Bolivia, and 172 had already declared their own state of emergency. According to a Pan American Health Organization report, 70 percent of people in Bolivia don’t have enough drinking water . Most of Bolivia’s capital city has access to water only every third day, for just three hours, according to Al Jazeera. Bolivia’s Vice Ministry of Civil Defense estimates 360,000 cows and 716,605 acres used for agriculture have been hit by the drought. Related: Bolivia’s second largest lake has completely dried up The country’s water supply has dwindled, in part because in recent years Bolivian glaciers providing water for millions are melting. El Niño likely worsened the drought as well. President Morales said the country could use the crisis to “plan large investments” for Bolivia to adapt to a diminished water supply due to climate change . He also said local governments should set aside money and workers to obtain water from nearby water bodies and through drilling wells, and to transport that water to cities with the help of military forces. But some reservoirs and other water sources are nearly empty. Three dams supplying water to La Paz, home to nearly 800,000 people, are nearly dry. One of the dam’s capacities is at one percent, and the other two are at around eight percent. Al Jazeera reports that locals have protested the water shortages, and some protesters even held the country’s deputy water minister and water authorities hostage. Via The Guardian and Al Jazeera Images via Wikimedia Commons and Pixabay

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Zaha Hadid is the first sole female recipient of the prestigious RIBA Royal Gold Medal

September 24, 2015 by  
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Wilkinson Eyre Wins RIBA Lubetkin Prize for Structurally Innovative Guangzhou International Finance Center

October 19, 2012 by  
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The prestigious RIBA Lubetkin Prize was recently awarded to Wilkinson Eyre Architects for the Guangzhou International Finance Center in China.  The 103-story triangular skyscraper features an innovative structure that uses 20% less steel than similar buildings of its size, which made it a fitting choice for the “best new building outside the European Union.” Read the rest of Wilkinson Eyre Wins RIBA Lubetkin Prize for Structurally Innovative Guangzhou International Finance Center Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2012 , awards , china , efficient , Environment , guangzhou , Guangzhou International Finance Center , Lubetkin Prize , RIBA , Royal Institute of British Architects , skyscraper , Sustainable , Wilkinson Eyre Architects

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