Drone video reveals progress on Heatherwicks tree-covered mountain architecture in Shanghai

August 8, 2017 by  
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Shanghai’s “tree-covered mountains” are coming to life as evidenced in #donotsettle project’s latest video. Filmed with a DJI Mavic Pro drone, architects Wahyu Pratomo and Kris Provoost’s footage shows a sneak peek into the construction progress of the Heatherwick Studio-designed project for M50, the city’s contemporary art district. The six-hectare plot will feature staggered, mountain-like volumes enveloped by 1,000 trees. Par for the course for Shanghai’s futuristic cityscape, this unusual 330,000-square-meter mixed-use development will comprise housing, offices, retail, a hotel, and a school. As seen in the drone footage, trees have already been installed on the undulating building’s columnar planters. The planting will help soften the appearance of the concrete volume once they mature. Related: Heatherwick Studio wants to build a tree-covered mountain in the middle of Shanghai “Conceived not as a building but as a piece of topography , the design takes the form of two tree-covered mountains, populated by approximately one thousand structural columns,” said Heatherwick Studio . “Instead of being hidden behind the facade, the columns are the defining feature of the design, emerging from the building to support plants and trees.” The development is slated to open in 2018. + Heatherwick Studio Via ArchDaily Images via #donotsettle

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London mayor halts orders for Thomas Heatherwick’s double-decker buses

January 5, 2017 by  
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Orders for the much-anticipated redesigned double-decker buses that hit the streets of London in 2011 will be discontinued under Mayor Sadiq Khan. In a money-saving gambit, Transport for London (TfL) stopped orders for the New Routemasters designed by Thomas Heatherwick , on the grounds that they are too expensive. During his campaign, Khan suggested the modern buses manufactured by Wrightbus be discontinued to free up money to freeze fares for four years. Transport for London just confirmed that suggestion in Khan’s first Business Plan : “New capital investment will be reduced significantly as we discontinue purchases of New Routemaster buses. We will carry on investing in the fleet however, by retrofitting 3,000 vehicles with Euro VI standard emission technology by 2020.” Related: London mayor announces plan for two new bike superhighways The New Routemasters were greeted with excitement when they were unveiled in 2010 ; people praised Heatherwick for bestowing a “London look” on the buses. The vehicles boast three doors and two staircases, and succeeded the iconic old Routemaster buses. As the buses jaunted more frequently through the city, Heatherwick said he was glad the bus became “part of London’s landscape and personality.” Passengers did grumble that the buses were too hot, so TfL added windows that could open. Former mayor Boris Johnson bought the first 600 buses for £354,000 each in 2012, and 200 more in 2014 for £325,000 apiece. The New Routemaster buses are hybrid diesel-electric vehicles, but many people now think electric batteries have overtaken the older technology. A spokesperson for the mayor told The Guardian TfL would invest in “a new generation of buses” designed to benefit London’s air quality. The business plan says “a significant number of new green buses will be unveiled” in 2020 or 2021. Via Dezeen and The Guardian Images via Heatherwick Studio

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Architects and artists sling harsh criticism at Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge project

June 3, 2015 by  
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When someone says “Everyone is a critic,” they’re typically exaggerating. If architect Thomas Heatherwick is saying it now, it might actually seem true. A host of prominent British architects, novelists, and artists have expressed sharp—and public—criticism of Heatherwick’s proposed Garden Bridge project in London, which still awaits judicial review. Some have called the bridge project “crap” while others simply claim Heatherwick is the “wrong person” for the job. Read the rest of Architects and artists sling harsh criticism at Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge project Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Boris Johnson , Garden Bridge , Heatherwick Studio , joanna lumley , London , thomas heatherwick , Thomas Heatherwick Studio , zaha hadid

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UNStudio and DP Architects complete phase one of sustainable Singapore University of Technology & Design

June 3, 2015 by  
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AirBnB and other rentals linked to more frequent evictions in San Francisco neighborhoods

June 3, 2015 by  
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According to a report released by public sector management consulting firm  Harvey Rose , between 950 and 1,960 units in San Francisco have been effectively removed from the housing market by hosts like AirBnB and VRBO, which are renting out entire units for more than 58 days. This number represents up to 23.2 percent of the city’s vacant units, causing a public debate on how to regulate short-term renting websites  which are, reportedly, pushing people out of their neighborhoods and causing an increase in evictions. Read the rest of AirBnB and other rentals linked to more frequent evictions in San Francisco neighborhoods Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Airbnb , housing regulation , renting websites , San Francisco , San Francisco evictions , short-term renting , social issues , social responsibility , temporary housing , VRBO

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Google isn’t ‘feeling lucky’ after Mountain View city council chokes HQ plans

May 6, 2015 by  
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We sort of thought that  Google  was well on their way to owning the world, but it seems that isn’t really the case, especially in Mountain View, California, where plans for a sprawling green headquarters campus have been dashed by a few newly-appointed city council members. In a vote earlier this week , the council considered construction requests from Google and LinkedIn (among others) and—in news of the “whoah”—LinkedIn won. Google already has rights to about 700,000 square feet of land in the area in question, located just north of Highway 101, and had requested an additional 2.5 million square feet of land across four sites. Interestingly, Google’s initial ask was more than the city had to divvy up in the first place. The council members had only 2.2 million square feet of land to dole out, so it was clear at the outset that someone wouldn’t get their way. The Tuesday evening vote awarded LinkedIn with 1.45 million square feet of the requested 1.6 million, while poor Google was granted only 515,000 square feet —a mere crumb compared to their lofty plans. With this news, the hot shot design team Heatherwick Studios  and Bjarke Ingels Group  (BIG) will have to make serious cuts to their original design, which included an enormous greenhouse and an indoor cycling track, among other sprawling luxuries. Unless someone can convince the folks at LinkedIn to turn tail, it looks like Google may have to get used to not being the biggest dog in the fight. Learn more about the original plan for Google’s sprawling campus here , and stay tuned for details as the plans are updated to reflect the much smaller footprint. Via Forbes Images via Google Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: big , Bjarke Ingels Group , Google , google headquarters , google HQ , google hq design , google hq plans , google mountain view , Heatherwick , heatherwick studios , new google hq , thomas heatherwick

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Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge Gets Green Light from London’s Lambeth Council

November 12, 2014 by  
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Thomas Heatherwick Unveils Plans for Submerged Oasis Park in Abu Dhabi

April 24, 2014 by  
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Thomas Heatherwick just unveiled plans for an incredible semi-subterranean public park in Abu Dhabi that would use a fragmented canopy to keep visitors cool. Al Fayah Park would transforms the desert into a place of relaxation for locals to enjoy. The sprawling park is topped with a desert-inspired floating roof canopy supported by staggered columns. Read the rest of Thomas Heatherwick Unveils Plans for Submerged Oasis Park in Abu Dhabi Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: abu dhabi park , Al Fayah Park , canopy park , eco design , green design , sustainable design , sustainable oark abu dhabi , thomas heatherwick

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Awe Inspiring Seed Cathedral Wows at Shanghai World Expo 2010 (photos)

April 27, 2010 by  
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Images via: dezeen.com and despoke.com The fierce competition between showstopping pavilions is heating up in Shanghai as the opening of the World Expo 2010 draws nearer (May 1).

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