The UK-based technical and management support services company was also responsible for the master plan for London’s Olympic Park for the 2012 Games. A seven-member jury – consisting of representatives of Rio City Hall, the International Union of Architects, Brazil’s Architects Institute, the Rio 2016 Games Organizing Committee and the Federal Government – sifted through 60 applicants from 18 countries.
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Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture by Mark Gorgolewski, June Komisar and Joe Nasr takes a look at forty projects created by designers from the U.S. and around the world in accordance with the increasingly popular locavore movement, which—for health and environmental reasons—encourages the cultivation of food near the area of consumption. The projects featured in the book evaluate new ways to make space for urban agriculture. It explains the benefits of food production in the city and how residents can have access to fresh, nutrient-rich produce from local sources.
The 9th annual Architecture and the City Festival will be held September 1-30 in San Francisco, with "Architecture of Consequence" as the theme selected by AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design. Programs will address the roles of architects and designers in improving communities in terms of sustainability, creativity and quality of life.
The Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) and four Bay Area design firms will come together in the Architecture of Consequence: Dutch Designs on the Future exhibition to demonstrate how progressive design and creative problem solving can be applied to major urban issues such as decreased social cohesion.
Cocoon Fires is a line of modern and innovative fireplaces, designed by Federico Otero. These modern fireplaces are a combination of sophisticated design, heating function, and environmental awareness. Running on biofuel, which allows for a smokeless (and thus, flue-less) fireplace. With a range of fireplaces for either indoor or outdoor use, Cocoon Fires radiates style and introduces the modern fireplace to the modern home. From hanging to free standing portable fireplaces and finished in either mirror polished or black carbon steel, Cocoon Fires can fit into any room needing warmth without the spatial commitment.
For more information, visit the Cocoon Fires website.
The Renzo Piano Foundation awarded the studio of IOTTI + PAVARANI ARCHITETTI from Reggio Emilia, Italy for the first edition prize for Italian Architects under forty. With more than seventy entries in the competition, the prize is made more significant by selection by a single juror, Renzo Piano himself. In doing so, the prize becomes a source of pride and satisfaction as it serves as a recognition that good design is able to be recognized and executed across generations.