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The new Serpentine pavilion was unveiled (and it's worth having a look at it)

© MBA Photography 2017 It was designed by a Burkinabe architect, Diébédo Francis Kéré, the 17th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, last of a unique series of works of the most important international architects. The design has a lot to do with weather, which could be many things. Spreading from a central ellipse of steel supports, a layered canopy of timber and translucent polycarbonate filters the sunshine. The blue, curving walls provide degrees of breeziness and shelter from the wind. © MBA Photography 2017 Rainwater, something which Kéré thinks the British appreciate too little – “you don’t know what you have” – will slosh from the canopy into a central void formed between the supports, at sp

Could Grenfell Tower fire have been avoided?

“We are on record as saying time and time again that we are desperately worried that our Building Regulations have been falling behind the scale and the scope of what has been going on in the world of the built environment”: Dennis Davis showed his anger after Grenfell Tower that killed, at least, 79 people and his worries about the future fire regulations, that the politicians have to update. At the Firex International event, in a panel titled "Grenfell Tower: why building regulations need to be reviewed", Fire Sector Federation vice chair said: "Currently the construction industry’s approach to fire regulations is laid out in Part B of the government’s Building Regulations Approved Documen

The future of our cities goes through Active Design

Can we work together to give the streets back to city-dwellers and, at the same time, create healthier, more pleasent streetscapes? The answer is yes and comes from five major cities around the world: Paris, Stockholm, Copenhagen, New York and London. Five of the most important spokesperson of sustainable architecture, during a Cities Dialogue session, "Active Design", took place during the major exhibition "London: Design Capital", demonstrated that is not impossible to integrate active travel and wellbeing with rapid population growth. CEO's APUR, the city planning agency of Paris, Dominique Alba, showed how Paris uses public space effectively, to encourage activity and promote healthier

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