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Sollertia, a firm specialising in textile architecture and the design, fabrication and construction of lightweight tensile structures, has extended its innovative services and expertise. Backed by an experienced team of professionals who specialise in high-performance technical textile structures, Sollertia’s comprehensive service offering focuses on creating bold, durable and innovative solutions that are advancing the state-of-the-art architecture.

Barely a few months since COP26, the new year is a poignant reminder that the climate clock is ticking and of the urgent action needed to limit global warming to 1.5˚C. While there is hopeful progress in the growth of green energy and electric vehicles and a shift towards sustainability in business, there is still significant work to do to address decarbonisation in the UK housing sector. Stewart Little, CEO of IRT Surveys, explains how new, data-rich technologies enable property owners, landlords, developers and construction businesses to make smarter retrofit decisions and achieve improved sustainability.

Jean Hanna, Design Director at WWA Studios, has over 30 years’ experience in delivering large-scale projects for new-build and remodelled extra care, retirement housing and general needs housing schemes at a range of urban and rural locations. Here, she answers a few questions about her career and looks back on the path that led her to the position she holds today.

Although one of our oldest building materials, traditionally covering the domes and spires of our city skylines, copper also offers limitless possibilities for contemporary architectural design. The numerous natural surfaces and alloys available today, deployed in various forms and systems, give copper timeless qualities, particularly suited to juxtaposition with historic buildings. Here, copper specialist Aurubis explores how innovative architects optimise the potential of this intriguing material.

The Wood Pavilion #1 is a spatial experiment that is located near a river in the tourist area of Jiangxin Island in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu. For the design, LIN Architecture overlooked the consideration of functional elements and began by looking for keywords that defined spatial aspects in the environment.

Brookfield Place, Sydney, designed for Brookfield Properties by Make Architects with Architectus as Executive Architect, is a mixed-use scheme that includes revitalising the pedestrian Transit Hall on George Street for Wynyard Station. The project demonstrates the true benefits and power of urban densification. Alongside 75,000m2 of premium office and retail space, it comprises upgraded multimodal transport links, new and renewed public connections that prioritise the pedestrian, and two restored and fully-integrated heritage buildings.

With a master’s degree in architecture, Yorgo Lykouria started his career at Himmel/Bonner, then subsequently moved to Helmut Jahn in Chicago. Following these positions, he started his own multidisciplinary studio, which led to consulting with HOK and finally founding Rainlight Studio, where he is now the Creative Principal.

Following various lockdown periods, work-from-home mandates and a move towards more flexible working patterns, the office is under threat.

A partnership formed by CREECO, the parent company of Eeyou Eenou Realty Properties Inc. (EERP), and Cogir Real Estate is proud to unveil its spectacular Odea Montreal mixed-use project in Old Montreal. The site, owned by the James Bay Cree since 1995, has witnessed the revitalisation of the neighbourhood and will reflect the Cree’s desire to participate in community development.

With the nearby Yangtze as the key inspiration for the building and its inner workings, Paradise Walk Wuhan Jiangchen evolves around river-themed interior spaces that distinctively enrich the retail experience and social encounter in a notion of water and movement. Centrally located in Wuhan’s central business district (CBD) on top of a multi-line transport node, the shopping centre, designed by CLOU Architects, takes on multi-level transport-oriented development (TOD) characteristics, to discharge, channel, host and gather large visitor volumes within its V-shaped footprint.

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