The newest building on Toronto’s Ryerson University campus, the Snøhetta-designed Student Learning Centre, is a new expression of a very old idea: the ancient Greek gathering spaces of Stoas and Agoras. These inherently social learning spaces provided inspiration for the building’s eight storey design, which features unique spaces to meet, study, and exchange ideas.
After fending off Rafael Viñoly, Zaha Hadid, Nicholas Grimshaw, Haworth Tompkins Limited and compatriots Mecanoo, OMA‘s design for “The Factory” will become Manchester’s new art house. Lead by Rem Koolhaas, The Factory will be in the British city’s center and is touted to cost $166 million with a further $13.5 million-a-year to run.
Swiss watchmaker Rolex is looking out for new talent. The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative pairs accomplished artists and designers across all disciplines with emerging practitioners for a yearlong, one-on-one mentorship. At an awards ceremony on Sunday in Mexico City, David Chipperfield was chosen as the mentor in architecture. The partnership with the as-yet-unchosen protege will begin mid-2016.
“City-ness” is at the heart of the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, which kicked off last Friday in Shenzhen, China. Titled Re-Living the City and curated by Aaron Betsky, Alfredo Brillembourg, Hubert Klumpner, and Doreen Heng Liu the event brought together architects, designers, urbanists, and makers on the site of the former Dacheng Flour Factory not far from Shekou Port.
Smart HVAC products are quickly gaining traction in the architecture and design industry. From air curtains to smart thermostats, managing heating and cooling systems has never been easier.
Connect Smart Thermostat to any smartphone, tablet, or PC and control HVAC systems with your fingertips. This thermostat features three modes—Smart, Ambient, and Presence—that are energy efficient. It’s designed with a glass finish, six display options, detectable sensors, and 30 easy-to-use features.
Designed for installation over docks and bays, these industrial air curtains block wind from entering buildings to help keep cool air indoors during warm months. The air curtains are powered by gas or propane and can run in a blower-only mode. Model AB comes in two sizes, which can be joined together to reach a maximum width of 22 feet.
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New to the Magic-Pak family, V-Series is a heating and cooling single-packaged vertical unit that’s made for both multifamily and mixed-use environments. It’s available in 1-, 1.5-, 2-, and 2.5-ton capacities and both gas-electric unit and electric-electric unit options. The V-Series efficiencies range from 9.2 to 11.0 EER and 80 to 90 percent TE.
This smart thermostat includes wireless remote sensors that measure the temperature in a variety of rooms, allowing homeowners to remotely adjust heating, cooling, humidity, and fan settings with ecobee’s residential mobile app. Users can access multiple thermostats at once and schedule HVAC settings for long and short periods of time.
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This geothermal heat pump system features more than 25 unit settings and iGate Connect, which allows the user to control the system via WiFi. Available in vertical-upflow, vertical-downflow, and horizontal compositions, this system sucks in heat from a designated space and stores it in the iGate Smart Tank hot water storage tank for use.
Lyric is an interactive thermostat that allows the user to remotely adjust heating, cooling, and humidity settings in a matter of seconds. The easy-to-use device features a three-inch round glass face, smart cues, geofencing technology, and a motion-sensing, illuminated display.
French architecture firm SCAU has designed a “water wheel hotel” on the Seine River, currently under consideration in Paris. During its six-month installment, people would be able to sleep in the slowly moving hotel for 300 euros a night. The water wheel structure would be built of wood and only take four days to assemble, meaning the hotel can easily be re-erected elsewhere.
Daniel Libeskind has released the design for a 33,400 square-foot, contemporary art center in the heart of Vilnius, Lithuania, a city famous for its baroque architecture and medieval old town. The center, which represents Vilnius past and present, was designed by Studio Libeskind in partnership with Do Architects and Baltic Engineers. It is the first center ever to be dedicated solely to modern and contemporary art by Lithuanian artists.
Skywalks, or elevated sidewalks, continually resurface as an urban solution to alleviate pedestrian traffic, provide additional retail space, and offer a safe alternative to sharing space with automobiles. However, each time a skywalk is actually realized, problems abound.