Boundaries as spaces: The architecture of Riken Yamamoto, 2024 laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize

What distinguishes architecture that is made for the private and public realms? One aspect could be the degree of privacy that is afforded to each user by way of thresholds. But to Riken Yamamoto, who has been bestowed the 2024 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the traditional notions of freedom and privacy should be deconstructed while rejecting […]

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A look back at FuturArc’s stories and happenings in 2023

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Shaping a more sustainable built environment is a process that takes place over many years. As architects and designers—which make up FuturArc‘s contributors, interviewees and collaborators—we understand the importance of time in realising projects, as well as the importance of taking a pause to learn from what we have created. Looking back at the myriad […]

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World Environment Day 2023: Solutions to Plastic Pollution

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Initially patented as an alternative to tree-based materials, and with the intent to reduce deforestation, plastic bags and other types of single-use plastic has grown to cause problems for the environment due to their widespread use and lack of recycling management in many places. The production of plastic is among the world’s most energy-intensive manufacturing […]

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Architectural practice in Web 3.0: What is the true ‘cost’?

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Nowadays, the title of an architect could refer to separate professions with physical and digital counterparts—architects are traditionally practitioners that deal with the physical built environment, but the same title has grown to be used by those crafting networks in information technology (IT), data systems or software. As the divide between physical and virtual environments […]

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Animals are aiding airport operations: Bee quality officers, falcon patrols and more

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In the aviation industry, animals have a connotation of danger and disruption. Wildlife that strays into airport territory could cause delays with a ripple effect on flight schedules—along with the larger risk of machine damage. However, Nature’s creatures and winged machinery may not be as adverse as many would imagine. In fact, they have long […]

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Could high-rise lifts and empty flats be turned into batteries?

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In densely built-up urban areas, it is possible—and increasingly affordable—for high-rise buildings to generate renewable energy through photovoltaic cells and wind turbines. But to properly balance supply with demand, the energy needs to be stored in batteries, which are still high in cost. Researchers from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) have come […]

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