Toronto architecture practice designs an office with community top of mind

Dubbeldam Architecture + Design renovated this building in Toronto’s Corso Italia neighbourhood and use the upper floor as their office space.

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Because it’s a mild 4 C on this overcast November Saturday, the lineup for the morning’s java jolt is five-deep at Wallace Espresso. By the time the high of 6 C is reached around 1 p.m., there will likely be more, and the lone jogger streaming past the corner of St. Clair Avenue West and Westmount Avenue in Toronto – the gateway to Corso Italia – will have turned into a group, and the door to the co-working space, Lokaal, will be glad for its well-lubricated hinges.

But it wasn’t always this way.

If 2020 has taught the architecture world anything, it’s the importance of neighbourhoods. Specifically, how to create and foster them, and then help them thrive … even in difficult times.

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RIBA Announces Winners of 2020 President’s Medals, World’s Best Student Architecture Projects

RIBA Announces Winners of 2020 President’s Medals, World’s Best Student Architecture Projects

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has just announced the winners of the 2020 President’s Medals. The annual awards for the world’s best student architecture projects, gathered in this edition, the highest number ever of entries with 336 nominations from 118 schools of architecture located in 32 countries.

Robert Beeny- The RIBA Silver Medal . Image Courtesy of RIBA 2020 President’s MedalsLizzie Osborne - The RIBA Dissertation Medal . Image Courtesy of RIBA 2020 President’s MedalsTengku Sharil Bin Tengku Abdul Kadir - The RIBA Bronze Medal . Image Courtesy of RIBA 2020 President’s MedalsAisling Mulligan - the RIBA Awards for Sustainable Design part 2. Image Courtesy of RIBA 2020 President’s Medals+ 9

The RIBA Silver Medal was awarded to Robert Beeny (University of Westminster) for Devil’s Valley Geothermal Co-operative. The RIBA Bronze Medal went to Tengku Sharil Bin Tengku Abdul Kadir (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL) for One Tree Manual. The RIBA Dissertation Medal was awarded to Lizzie Osborne (University of Huddersfield) for Cesspits of Filth: Queer Vernaculars in West Yorkshire 1975 -1985. Moreover, the Serjeant

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kurt hollander captures shimmering architecture in the rainforest city of quibdo, colombia

originally from NYC, kurt hollander is a writer and a fine art/documentary photographer who currently lives in cali, colombia. in the following text, hollander introduces his latest photo series, ‘shimmering architecture’, in which he has captured the aluminum-clad buildings of the colombian rainforest city of quibdo.


if you should happen to fly into the colombian city of quibdo on a clear day, within the vast green rainforest surrounding it and the serpentine cappuccino-colored atrato river that flows by it, you will see the city literally shimmer. qubido is an unlikely urban center in the middle of one of the most bio-diverse areas in the world. originally a major center of indigenous dwellings, the city has maintained its indigenous presence while becoming one of the largest afropolis or negropolis in the americas.kurt hollander captures shimmering architecture in the rainforest city of quibdo, colombiaall images © kurt hollander



quibdo is the only major city of colombia where its ruling class and population

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architecture brio elevates mumbai artist retreat on heavy boulders

architecture brio has completed an artist retreat in india that seeks to create resilient cultural infrastructure in a world threatened by climate change. the project is located on a coastal plot facing the mumbai peninsula with the city’s skyline visible across the bay. during monsoon season the land floods, an event that is happening more often and with more intensity as a result of rising sea levels. the project explores solutions for building in remote, coastal areas by using materials and construction techniques that have a minimal impact on fragile ecosystems.

architecture brio mumbai artist retreat
image by randhir singh | main image by edmund sumner



the project forms part of a larger masterplan that will eventually include multiple outdoor spaces for working, relaxing, and contemplation. by starting with the artist workshop, the retreat can start to organize events and workshops on its premises. located on a low lying coconut palm plantation near a beach,

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Elektrobit Unveils Industry-First Software Platform for Next-Gen Vehicle Electronics Architecture

Elektrobit (EB) announced EB xelor, an industry-first software platform designed to streamline the development of next-generation automotive electronics architectures based on high-performance computing (HPC). According to the company, EB xelor provides car makers and Tier 1 suppliers with an upgradable software foundation for connected and intelligent vehicles, allowing them to focus less on automotive infrastructure and more on innovation and profitability: developing differentiating features and functions for their vehicles.

EB xelor brings together software from EB, open-source and third-party software, plus tools, and services that are critical for HPC environments but won’t necessarily differentiate one vehicle from another. Per the company, by choosing EB xelor, car makers and Tier 1s can save the time, resources, and staff required to source and integrate these elements on their own. Based on its experience with car makers on production projects involving software for HPC architectures, EB conservatively estimates savings of up to 30%

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Meet the Winners of the 2020 Panamerican Architecture Biennial of Quito

Meet the Winners of the 2020 Panamerican Architecture Biennial of Quito

Estudio Iturbide / Taller Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo. Image © Rafael Gamo
Estudio Iturbide / Taller Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo. Image © Rafael Gamo

On November 20, the 2020 Panamerican Architecture Biennial of Quito (BAQ 2020) announced the winners of the present edition. Every other year, the BAQ “invites to discuss contemporary production of the built environment, aiming to improve the practice of our profession” in the Americas.

According to the organization, the BAQ 2020 aimed “to study the transforming capacity of architecture from the discipline to its environment and the city, one that questions the existing system of relationships to reach a new approach that balances the ideal and the real.”

Meet the winners of the 2020 Panamerican Architecture Biennial of Quito (BAQ 2020):

World BAQ Award

Tropicario Jardín Botánico de Bogotá / De Arquitectura y Paisaje (DARP)


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Online offerings presented with architecture exhibit in Chicago | Visual Arts


Pictured is a display from the exhibit “Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People” at Wrightwood 659 in Chicago.

A fascinating exhibit titled “Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People” is the latest display housed at Wrightwood 659 in Chicago.

Due to the current closings of museums and other public venues in Chicago, the exhibit, which is to run through Dec. 12, is not able to be enjoyed by “live” visitors now. Architecture fans can take part in virtual programs, however, which are being held in conjunction with the exhibit.

Balkrishna Doshi, who is in his 90s, is well known in India and is a Pulitzer Prize-winning architect.

“Not too many people know of him in Chicago,” said James D. McDonough, executive director of Alphawood Foundation,  a group which helped make the exhibition’s display possible in Chicago.

“It was important to bring (some) of his architecture to America and bring to

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Pune architecture students win The Drawing Board-2020 competition

PUNE: The fifth edition of ‘The Drawing Board’, a competition for architecture students pan South East Asia was won by Pune students including Purushottam Deth, Nikhil Patne and Somesh Kachavar. All of them are the students of VIT’s PVP College of Architecture and bagged a cash prize of Rs.50,000 said an official release.

This is the fifth year of this competition jointly organized by Bengaluru based Mindspace Architects and Pune based Rohan Builders . Over 1300 students from more than 14 countries took part in this competition. The jury for the competition consisted of Architect Takaharu Tezuka of Tezuka Architects – Japan, Architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai – Mumbai and Architect Rahul Gore of Opolis Architects- Mumbai.

The release informed that the first runner up team was from the Chittagong University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh comprising Faisal Hossain, Sumaiyya Sultana, and Sadman Ali who won Rs. 35,000 with

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LASPOTECH tasks govt on Yoruba architecture

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THE Lagos State Polytechnic has called on the Nigerian Government to resuscitate the Yoruba indigenous architecture, saying such a step will help to build a sustainable environment more than the best 3-D.

This was the core of discussion at the 28th inaugural lecture of the institution which was titled, ‘Sustaining the future through the rejected cornerstone: A semiotic approach to Yoruba-African architecture’.

The lecture was delivered by Dean, School of Environmental Studies, Mr Ajibade Adeyemo.

Adeyemo in his insightful lecture said the African architecture remained a veritable instrument for the enrichment of architecture, adding that the use of indigenous materials in building were also cheaper and affordable.

“Our traditional materials should be fashioned with available materials to meet the needs of the people, promote social inclusion as well as suit the environmental condition harmoniously to reverse the present dominance of external influences.

“There is the need to look

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Space Force can ramp up protection of space architecture as launches hit light speed

The rapid pace of rocket launches from the eastern range is more than just a commercial space boon.

It means a greater capacity to defend America’s space architecture against aggressive adversaries developing space weapons, said the commander of the 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida.

“It’s on the forefront of everyone’s mind, even our bosses,” Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Douglas Schiess told the Washington Examiner. “How can we keep this pace up, and how can we be even faster or [have] more launches?”

When Schiess first served at Cape Canaveral eight years ago, he saw just a dozen annual launches. In 2020, the Department of Defense’s eastern range is set to surpass 30 commercial and national security launches.

Even more launches are expected as the nation’s newest service, Space Force, stands up and needs to deploy additional assets into space.

Launch capacity has been enabled

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