Whether it be christmas trees, greenhouses, or exotic animals, we have a voracious appetite for large-scale LEGO constructions. Dutch design firm LOOS.FM expanded on the life-size LEGO trend with Abondantus Giganticus, a 20 meter tall church-shaped temporary pavilion created for last year’s Grenswerk Festival in Enschede, The Netherlands. The structure was constructed from Legioblocks, which are completely reusable, stackable concrete construction blocks the size of pyramid stones which are typically put to use in industrial applications. As their name suggests, Legioblocks lock together in much the same way as their plastic counterpart, proving to be a versatile, efficent construction solution. In Abondantus Giganticus, LOOS.FM painted the blocks to reference the construction toy after which Legioblocks are named.
La insólita construcción ocurrió en China; el inmueble, un hotel prefabricado, fue erigido en tan sólo 360 horas.
PEKIN (EFE).- Una constructora china ha logrado erigir en tan sólo 360 horas (15 días) un hotel prefabricado de 30 pisos, doblando con ello su anterior récord, cuando logró erigir un edificio de 15 plantas en seis días, cuenta la empresa en su web.
El edificio fue terminado el 31 de diciembre y su construcción se exhibe en un video que recoge en cámara rápida el proceso desde el primero hasta el último día, unas imágenes que en cinco días desde que fueran colgadas en YouTube han obtenido más de un millón de visitas.
El hotel ha sido construido junto al lago Dongting, uno de los más grandes de China, en la provincia de Hunan, y la firma lo presenta como un avance medioambiental, ya que su construcción emplea menos materiales nocivos para la naturaleza, como el cemento o el hormigón, y genera menos residuos.
Algunos expertos aseguran que el nuevo hotel marca un hito que podría a largo plazo cambiar el sector mundial de la construcción.
Aunque un edificio construido en un tiempo tan corto puede generar dudas sobre su estabilidad, sus autores aseguran que puede soportar terremotos de hasta 9 grados de magnitud..
La constructora china Broad ha levantado en 360 horas (15 días) un hotel prefabricado de 30 pisos en el sur del gigante asiático. Este tiempo supone un récord para la compañía que duplica su anterior marca de construir 15 plantes en seís días.
Una constructora china ha logrado erigir en tan sólo 360 horas (15 días) un hotel prefabricado de 30 pisos, doblando con ello su anterior récord, cuando logró erigir un edificio de 15 plantas en seis días, cuenta la empresa en su web (www.broad.com).
The renderings for the massive modular complex for Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yard were revealed Friday by Forest CityRatner Developments. Designed by SHoP Architects, the 32 storey building will be the world’s tallest prefab and will look like stacks of volumes akin to a college campus. Although the prefab project will save on both cost and waste, the initially promised 17,000 jobs it would create has been somehow reduced to a paltry 190, amongst other disappointments.
Around 60% of the modular complex will be prefabricated, which will cut down on congestion, noise and pollution from the construction site. But what it also cuts down on is the promised union worker’s wages- from $85 an hour on the construction site to $35 in the less dangerous factory site, not to mention the aforementioned fewer jobs than initially proposed.
Another discrepancy from the 2006 plan is the size of the affordable housing apartments. The new construction report announced 130 studios, 180 one bedrooms and 20 two bedroom apartments, which differs from the original claim that 50% of the units would be 2 or 3 bedroom apartments. A percentage of each will still become affordable rental housing, but larger families counting on calling the new Atlantic Yards home will have to look elsewhere.
Research reveals sustainable projects are on the rise; cost is potential prohibitive factor.
BALTIMORE, PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The majority of architects and interior designers, 87% and 86% respectively, acknowledge that they are concerned with how products are manufactured with regard to sustainability, according to new research released today by IMRE. The research showed that the number of sustainable projects performed by architects and interior designers is projected to rise in the next year, and that sustainable products are often associated with higher cost.
These are some of the results released from the survey in which 812 architects and designers responded to an online survey fielded between September 19 and 23, 2011. The survey was spearheaded by IMRE, a full-service marketing agency specializing in the Home & Building industry, in conjunction with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).
Doubts are cast on manufacturer claims about sustainable products.
The way architects and interior designers view manufacturers’ claims that their products are sustainable reveals that brands need to re-focus their marketing efforts to make their claims more convincing.
While most architects and interior designers pay careful attention to manufacturers’ sustainability claims, both are similarly skeptical when asked if they are confident that products referred to as «sustainable» actually are.
40% of architects and 34% of interior designers are «uncertain» if products claiming to be sustainable are actually sustainable.
Almost 22% of architects and 11% of interior designers are «somewhat» or «not at all confident» that products are actually sustainable.
Only 2% of architects and 3% of interior designers are «completely confident» in manufacturers’ claims that products are actually sustainable.
Cameron Sinclair is the co-founder and ‘eternal optimist’ at Architecture for Humanity, a charitable organization that seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crisis and brings professional design services to communities in need. Over the past ten years the organization has worked in twenty six countries on projects ranging from school, health clinics, affordable housing and long term sustainable reconstruction.
Sinclair and Architecture for Humanity co-founder Kate Stohr have compiled a compendium on socially conscious design titled «Design Like You Give A Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises». He serves on advisory boards of the Acumen Fund, Detroit Collaborative Design Center and the Institute for State Effectiveness.
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