• Copper - interpreted in many different forms and applications spanning architecture, design and technology – is the theme of a new exhibition at Milan’s Triennale Design Museum. Entitled "Copper Crossings, Copper Shapes in Contemporary Art, Design, Technology and Architecture", the exhibition opens on 15 September at 19:00 and will be on display until 9 November.

  • Chris Hodson examines the growing role of copper in urban and landscape design - as well as architecture - in various structures linked to transport, infrastructure and streetscape projects around Europe.

  • Platform of Arts and Creativity, Guimarães in Portugal, wins the European Copper in Architecture Awards.


Editor's choice

Tourism Office for Villedieu-les-Poêles, France

An "object" building - It is a simple volume, compact, easily identifiable from a distance.  The curved lines, inviting, refer to metal ribbons arranged and held in the...

Lenbachhaus Museum, Munich, Germany

Foster + Partners explain their major project to transform the experience for visitors to Munich’s Lenbachhaus Museum, where a golden copper alloy intervention enhances the...

Lecture Hall, University of Bialystok, Poland

Designers’ intention was to create an educational architecture not only in the aspect of functional solutions, but also esthetic ones, especially crucial to the environment in...

Krasnodar Youth Academy of Football, Russia

The building complex of the Krasnodar Youth Academy of Football is located in a newly developed district of Krasnodar city.  The aim of the project is to create a...

College de Labarthe sur Leze, France

The aim was to create a school answering to the High Environmental Quality and educational standards. The architects tried imagining the scale of the future equipment and to...

Multipurpose facility, Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella, Italy

The fairgrounds at Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella have been redeveloped into an urban park with two multi-purpose facilities.  The local council agreed to the demolition of...

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Specifying durable and effective antimicrobial materials for healthcare design is becoming increasingly important in light of growing antimicrobial resistance and the need to improve infection control.  A new CPD presentation helps architects to understand the challenges of infection control and the solution antimicrobial copper touch surfaces provide.


We open this issue with the results of the 2013 European Copper in Architecture Awards and make no apologies for reminding ourselves of the outstanding quality of the shortlisted and award winning projects, as well as the diverse applications of copper on display

Chris Hodson caught up with the founding partner of Award Winners Pitágoras Aquitectos to discuss the practice’s work.

Architects and designers of healthcare projects are being encouraged to consider how architectural design can positively influence a healthcare facility in a new competition.  The UIA International Student Design Competition – targeting students of architecture – is now inviting entries via Architects for Health.  Alongside conventional measures, antimicrobial copper touch surfaces can make a positive contribution to patient safety and is an innovative measure to consider for any healthcare project.

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