Norman Foster: The quality of infrastructure determines the quality of our lives

Atlanta, left, and Hong Kong, right, were counterpoints in the conference's discussions.

Atlanta, left, and Hong Kong, right, were counterpoints in the conference’s discussions. (Jeremy Taylor / Chris Lee / Flickr; Montage by AN)

This month, the London School of Economics (LSE) hosted its 10th annual UrbanCities debates, a forum where world leaders in the field of urbanism come together to discuss their views on the subject and its relative disciplines (mainly architecture). This year AN caught up with Design Museum curator Deyan Sujic, Norman Foster, and Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, among others for the debate.

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Small town receives new high-tech science facility dressed in a dynamic crystalline metal mesh veil

Architecture, East, Envelope
Friday, November 20, 2015
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High precision assembly of rigid metal mesh panels suspended in tension off a steel frame structure (courtesy Cambridge Architectural)

High precision assembly of rigid metal mesh panels suspended in tension off a steel frame structure (courtesy Cambridge Architectural)

A total of 149 custom panels cover nearly 11,000 sq. ft. of the facade, providing a passive approach to daylighting, glare reduction, shading, and solar heat gain reduction.

The Georgia BioScience Training Center is a signature building with a dual purpose: a high-tech facility supporting research critical to bio-manufacturing that brings identity to Georgia’s growing biosciences industry. The 40,305 sq. ft. building is sited approximately 45 miles due east of Atlanta in Social Circle, “Georgia’s Greatest Little Town,” and houses laboratories, classrooms, meeting rooms, and large gathering spaces. The building is organized around a large elliptical courtyard lined with glass walls. “Building planning centered on the idea of a “10 minute marketing tour” as the state will tour thousands of future ‘prospect’ companies through the facility,” says Nathan Williamson, Associate Principal at Cooper Carry.
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Atlanta plans to combat food deserts by hiring its first Urban Agriculture Director

Urban farming in Atlanta (Courtesy UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Science)

Urban farming in Atlanta (Courtesy UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Science)

Atlanta has staked a commitment on urban agriculture. The city is poised to hire its first Urban Agriculture Director this fall. Conceived by the office of Mayor Kasim Reed, the position is part of a strategy to eliminate food deserts in south and west Atlanta by promoting agriculture within the city limits.

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Atlanta may be getting a nine-acre highway capping park

(Courtesy Jacobs)

(Courtesy Jacobs)

Atlanta, Georgia’s Buckhead Community Improvement District is forging ahead with a proposal to cap the GA 400 highway with a nine-acre park that could potentially double or triple the value of surrounding neighborhoods. Spanning one third of a mile, the floating park will connect Lenox and Peachtree roads, two arterial roadways, and cap the highway and MARTA line while providing access to the Buckhead Station. Currently in the feasibility stage, the park is being designed by local firm GreenRock Partnership and global engineering giant Jacobs.

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Eavesdrop> Broken Dreams? Bill Clinton admits he really wants to be an architect

Bill Clinton at the 2015 AIA convention in Atlanta. (Carl Bower / Courtesy AIA)

Bill Clinton at the 2015 AIA convention in Atlanta. (Carl Bower / Courtesy AIA; Montage by AN)

At the 2015 AIA convention in May, former President Bill Clinton gave a keynote address to the unwashed masses. He praised collaboration among designers and other stakeholders, and even admitted that “If I had another life to live, I’d be an architect, especially in this age of climate change.” He is not the only president to speak of a childhood dream of designing buildings. President Obama said in a 2008 campaign speech that he also had aspirations to be an architect as a youngin’. We’re just glad these heads of states didn’t opt for fireman.

City of Atlanta seeks designs for an artistic pavilion along the Atlanta BeltLine

(Courtesy Atlanta BeltLine Inc.)

The Historic Fourth Ward Park located on the Atlanta BeltLine (Courtesy Atlanta BeltLine Inc.)

The City of Atlanta has announced a competition for the design of an outdoor cultural pavilion for prominent display on the Westside trail of the Atlanta BeltLine. The BeltLine is the most comprehensive transportation and economic development ever undertaken by the City of Atlanta, and among the largest urban redevelopment programs in the US, providing affordable workforce housing, brownfield remediation, public art, and historic preservation.

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Munching on air pollutants: Would you eat these meringues made from the smog you breathe every day?

(Courtesy The Center for Genomic Gastronomy)

(Courtesy The Center for Genomic Gastronomy)

How do you coax city slickers to really take notice of air pollution? Start selling meringues, of course. At this year’s Ideas City festival in New York City, the Center for Genomic Gastronomy set up a “Smog Tasting” food cart introducing aeroir (a play on terroir for the atmospheric taste of place) meringues infused with recreated urban smog from four cities.

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Two outdated Atlanta bridges get a major design redo thanks to these winning design teams

sin(uosity). (Courtesy Max Neiswander and Luke Kvasnicka)

The winning entry, sin(uosity). (Courtesy Max Neiswander and Luke Kvasnicka)

Winners of the Atlanta Bridgescape Competition were announced last week at the AIA Conference that was held in the city. The competition, launched earlier this year, asked multidisciplinary teams to reimagine two of Atlanta’s outdated bridges with a budget of about $3 million.

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PeopleForBikes Issues Green Light For Six Cities Seeking Improved Bike Infrastructure

A list of over 100 cities has been whittled down to six. PeopleForBikes has announced the latest cities that will be the focus of the 2014 iteration of the Green Lane Project, an initiative that promotes urban bike infrastructure.

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Discover the Diversity of Glass at the Architects Forum Glass+Performance at GlassBuild America

National
Monday, September 9, 2013
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(Courtesy Seele, Inc.)

Seele’s glass facade on Herzog & de Meuron’s Perez Art Museum in Miami, FL. (Courtesy seele, Inc.)

On September 11th, the Architects Forum Glass+Performance in Atlanta, Georgia presents some of the biggest names in architecture for a symposium of diverse programs, esteemed speakers, and informative dialogues, all in the name of glass. As part of GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Exposition, The Architect’s Newspaper and Glass Magazine have teamed up to develop a spectacular lineup addressing the multiplicity of uses of architectural and decorative glass. Registration allows attendees access to the exciting events of the day, including a keynote address by architect Neil M. Denari, as well as entrance to the three day GlassBuild America Trade Show Floor and five Continuing Education Units from the American Institute of Architects.

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Enclos’ High Performance Facades Series Focuses on Glass, Facade Technology

National
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
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Structural Glass Facades, Station Place: Security & Exchange Commission Headquarters, Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Enclos)

Structural Glass Facades, Station Place: Security & Exchange Commission Headquarters, Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Enclos)

Glass-clad, cable-net structures are one of today’s leading forms of high-transparency facade technology. Since 2009, Enclos has been an authority in the design, engineering, fabrication, and assembly of custom curtain wall systems and structural glass facades. The company has published a number of reports about building skin systems. Volume 1: Skylights of the Facade TecNotes Series focuses on glass in overhead applications and the unique opportunities it brings. On September 11th, Enclos’ Mic Patterson will join AN to discuss glass facades at GlassBuild America: The Architects Forum in Atlanta. Mr. Patterson will share several examples that show how optimal transparency and aesthetic elegance can work together. He will discuss projects such as 51 Louisiana in Washington, D.C., two existing buildings that have been joined by a glass-clad atrium, and Station Place: Security & Exchange Commission Headquarters, also in Washington, D.C., which consists of a 55-foot-long and 60-foot-wide skylight. Mr. Patterson has lectured internationally on various aspects of advanced facade technology and is the author of Structural Glass Facades and Enclosures.

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