Oscar Niemeyer in Algeria: Modernism in the Maghreb

Oscar Niemeyer in Algeria

Oscar Niemeyer was the reason I chose to visit Algeria in the first place said NICK @ CONCRETE AND KITSCH.
So here his story dated May 26, 2019, and titled Oscar Niemeyer in Algeria: Modernism in the Maghreb.
 After spending time among the seminal modernist architect’s works in Brasília the year prior, I was keen to see more of his futuristic and red-adjacent vision in other parts of the world.  And despite an array, impressive works in France and Tripoli, Lebanon, my heart was set on Africa.

The Construction of Tall Buildings Industry in the GCC

In our previous article on Architecture of Tall Buildings published on April 13, 2015, we elaborated on this segment of the construction of tall buildings industry in the GCC and its evolution. Far from questioning the ‘raison d’etre’ or the real need for such structures, we would like to make here as close to reality a statement of what has been achieved on the ground last year. Indeed, in 2016, a record of 128 buildings were completed worldwide, according to the the Chicago-based council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)’s Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2016. It says : While Africa has yet to see a 200-meter-plus completion since 1973, the Middle East ended the year, for the second time, with nine such completions. This continues a steady trend of completions in the region, but pales in comparison to its all-time high of 23 in 2011, a spike that was attributed to a global post-recession recovery in tall building construction. 2016 was the first year since 2006 that the Middle East has not seen the completion of a supertall (300-plus-meter) building, but one should be wary of assuming that this is indicative of a regional swing away from the supertall height threshold. Optimistic projections show as many as [ . . . ]

The Sustainable City of Ksar of Tafilelt of Beni-Isguen story

The Sustainable City of Ksar of Tafilelt of Beni-Isguen story was known to the local people since its inception. It has been rewarded last Monday in Marrakech, Morocco, by the 1st Sustainable City Prize, following an online vote called “Internet’s users Favourite City”, the Algerian Press Service (APS) reported on Wednesday citing officials of the Amidoul Foundation, initiator of the Ksar.
The Ksar of Tafilelt, which was regarded as a very human experience in the northern edge of the Sahara and an eco-city in the desert, had more than 600 votes of the built environment professionals of the world, for having combined architecture, sustainable development, preservation of the environment and local lifestyle, said Moussa Amara, the Project Manager of the Ksar of Tafilelt . . .

Zaha Hadid to design Forest Greens Rovers new Grounds

Zaha Hadid to design Forest Greens Rovers new Grounds. In the Touching story about an all-girl school and published on April 6th, 2016 in this site, the whole life of Zaha was summarily but brilliantly described by our colleague Lee Light. She elaborated on the life and achievements of “the first woman and the first Muslim to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, winning it in 2004. She received the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, she was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire and in 2015 she became the first woman to be awarded the RIBA Gold Medal. A partial list of her life-time projects and awards are listed on Wikipedia. No doubt she had more on the drafting board in her London office of 400 employees. As these projects come to completion, her list will continue to grow post posthumously, one of which is proposed here. We reproduce this article of ecobuild which is the UK’s largest and number one event for specifiers across the built environment. No other UK event attracts 33,319 high calibre, senior level decision makers and influencers from architects and developers to local government and major infrastructure clients.
Non-league side Forest Green Rovers has picked a design by Zaha Hadid Architects for the team’s new 5,000-seat stadium.

How to build a £10,000 House?

How to build a £10,000 House? Prefabricated house, self-build, surface reduced… the solutions exist. The vision, in this article, is certainly not the perception that most owners of what must be a decent and respectable house, i.e.: large, spacious, stone and on a large plot of land have. However for more than 90% of the world’s population, the reality is quite different; buildable green fields becoming rarer near workplaces if inexistent altogether, for instance in the UK and if ever there were any, they would be so expensive.
But for this new trend of micro and / or mini dwellings, the buildable surface is reduced to a minimum, for the obvious lowering of all costs and therefore that of allowing the first time buyers to purchase and enter the market. The micro-apartment as elaborated on by most designers can also be combined into apartment blocks as brought to under the spotlight by Newsweek’s Jonathan Glancey on October 16th, 2016.

Are Micro-Apartments Innovative Solutions for Cities or Future Slums?

Soon enough, short of some last-minute appeal on behalf of protesters, Brill Place Tower will be shooting up from a site in Somers Town, a slightly neglected district just north of St. Pancras station in central London. The 25-story building is actually a pencil-thin pair of what dRMM, its inventive young architects , . . .