Diller Scofidio + Renfro wins competition to design Chinas artificial Eco-Island

September 1, 2016 by  
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Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s (DS+R) winning design was selected by an international jury over proposals from the likes of Foster + Partners , Morphosis , and UNStudio . All ten proposals feature a crescent-shaped island design reminiscent of the yin-yang, a Chinese symbol that signifies harmony and balance. DS+R succeeded in fitting all the programmatic needs into a relatively compact footprint while creating a landscape that looked as natural as possible. “The jury found the strength of the project was that it was singular and clear in realizing the Ecoisland as a whole,” wrote the jury. “It would create a beautiful, iconic form rising naturally out the landscape, recalling the volcanic caldera of the area, and shape the island into a continuous structure that would be an extremely efficient compaction of resort, retail, and housing. The project leaves the rest of the island as a place for aquaculture and agriculture, recreation, resort living and cultural facilities. This proposal is one for a truly a human-made island that celebrates all that makes such water-bound places so attractive and beautiful, while contributing to our understanding of deep, intrinsic ecology.” Related: Planned eco-tourism center will pay respects to Cambodia’s wildlife and dark history Construction on the South Sea Pearl Eco-Island is slated to begin in 2017 and is expected to be complete by 2027. The development costs are estimated to be $1.25 billion. + Diller Scofidio + Renfro Via ArchDaily

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Tech group 3D-prints a cutting-edge bike to highlight the power of collaborative innovation

September 1, 2016 by  
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A Belgian tech consortium has created a one-of-a-kind 3D-printed bicycle that solidly positions the country’s Flanders region as the leading innovator for the still-emerging technology. The group, composed of 15 companies and research institutes, is called Flam?D (Flame3D) and its masterpiece is known as the ?-bike, which nobody has any idea how to pronounce. Ironically, despite all evidence to the contrary, Flam?D insists that the ?-bike is “NOT a 3D-printed bike.” Is that a nod to the region’s rich history in surrealism, or are they just messing with us? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-_o_yAqDqk The main reason Flam?D has chosen to be so flippant about its cycle creation is quite simple. Rather than focus on the product, the consortium hopes to inspire tech industry folks to look at the process by which it was developed. As 3D printing technology advances—even in the region of Flanders where Flam?D notes that any number of companies could easily print a bicycle—what becomes most important in further innovations in the field is cooperation. By combining the efforts of 13 companies and two research institutes, Flam?D says its goal is “demonstrating real innovations in [3D printing] and an obvious eagerness to cooperate,” according to its website. “The result happens to look like a bicycle.” Related: Empire Cycles unveils world’s first ultralight 3D-printed titanium bike Essentially, the 3D-printed bike is not meant to revolutionize the field of bicycle manufacturing. Rather, Flam?D intends it to be a demonstration tool to show companies and students what 3D-printing technology (in a cooperative team environment) is capable of producing. The bike was unveiled Aug. 27 at an event at Zolder Race Circuit, and is now on tour, sharing its message of innovation and cooperation at other events and fairs. Flam?D consists of the following companies and research institutes: 3D&I, 3Dee, Formando, Hoet, KULeuven, Layered Prints, Materialise, MT3D, REIN4CED, RSPrint, Sirris, T&M Solutions, Tenco DDM, Ugent and Vamac. The consortium notes that the actual creation of the bicycle was made possible by further cooperative efforts by these firms: Ridley Bikes, r-l-f, Mobi-bikes, Bodycote IMT, koopjefiets.be and Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Via New Atlas Images via Flam?D

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Man-made islands create a calm marina at the heart of the Pearl of Istanbul

August 8, 2016 by  
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Forum Studio designed the Pearl of Istanbul to encompass a whopping 1,660,000 square feet, positioning it to become a landmark destination. Situated on a natural bluff overlooking the Marmara Sea, the Pearl looks like another sprawling luxury resort, but project leaders insist it will remain accessible to the public at large, with affordably priced apartments and hotel rooms , with retail spaces and restaurants at the ground level. The land portion of the Pearl will consist of several sculptural towers right on the shore, with landscaped terraces and spectacular views of the marina below. Related: Istanbul unveils $1 billion green super-development Of course, the jaw-dropping marina is the part of the design getting most of the attention. A string of floating, man-made islands creates the perimeter of the marina, where a staggering 500 boat can dock as well as terminals for cruise ships. The islands will double as a seawall, ensuring calm waters inside the marina while reducing the environmental impact on marine habitats. The cultural significance of the project is not lost on its designers. In a statement, Forum Studio describes the importance of a develop of this scale: “The Pearl of Istanbul is at the heart of this transformation. Envisioned by Turkey’s business and civic leaders, and designed by the urban planning and architectural design team at Forum Studio, the Pearl marks Istanbul’s rebirth as a global destination.” + Forum Studio Via ArchDaily Images via Forum Studio

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Soccer Team Real Madrid to Build $1 Billion Artificial Island Resort in UAE

March 23, 2012 by  
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Spanish soccer super-team Real Madrid have announced plans to construct a $1 billion luxury resort in the United Arab Emirates – and to ensure a truly unique location, the sports company plans to construct an archipelago of artificial islands upon which it will be located. The resort, which has also been described as a theme park for the soccer obsessed, will include two high-rise hotels, luxury villas, a 10,000 -seat ocean-side football stadium, a marina and a hi-tech museum devoted to the history of the Team. Real Madrid have announced that the 430,000 square meter project will be constructed in partnership with the UAE government, and they hope to open by 2015. Read the rest of Soccer Team Real Madrid to Build $1 Billion Artificial Island Resort in UAE Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: artificial islands , Florentino Perez , High Rise Architecture , Holiday Resort , Hotel Resort , man-made islands , Real Madrid , Spanish Football , Spanish Soccer , united arab emirates

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Dubai’s World of Islands is Sinking Into the Sea

January 26, 2011 by  
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