Entries are now invited for the 2013 European Copper in Architecture Awards 16 - a showcase for architects designing with copper and its alloys to promote their work to an international audience. The final deadline for receipt of entries is 31st May 2013.
CHANGE AND CONTINUITY
We begin this issue with a fond farewell to Lennart Engström who is retiring from our Editorial Team. He instigated Copper Forum magazine 18 years ago and has played a key role in its development from the four-page first issue targeted at Scandinavian architects to today’s forty-page, pan-European 25,000 circulation magazine published in 13 languages. All of us in the Editorial Team valued his wisdom, passion for copper in architecture and gentle yet persuasive nature, whilst working with Lennart was always fun as well.
Chris Hodson discusses the Clarion Post Hotel with Professor Magnus Månsson, Owner of architects Semrén & Månsson
Copper based products improve the economic and environmental performance of multiple applications in energy, transportation and buildings.
Chris Hodson discusses the transparency and materiality of the Deptford Lounge facades with Hamish Kilford-Brown, Project Architect at Pollard Thomas Edwards architects.
Self-disinfecting surfaces such as copper are a significant step forward in reducing infection-causing microbial bioloads on clinical surfaces. The question we should ask is: why select a non-antimicrobial surface when we now know that some naturally-occurring metals, such as copper, have this intrinsic antimicrobial activity?
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is one of the UK's most common life-threatening inherited diseases, affecting some 8,500 children, teenagers and young adults. Hospital treatment is complex and lengthy and, whilst in hospital, patients are isolated from family and friends and removed from their normal lives. Pseudomonas aeruginosa chest infections are of particular concern as the organism has been shown to be transmissible between people with CF, so it was important that the new facility be designed with premiere infection prevention measures firmly in mind.
First prize in the international Copper and the Home 2012 design competition has been awarded to Francesco Morackini of France for his project: Prohibition Kit. The jury’s unanimous decision was based on the graphical care of Francesco’s design for an alcohol distillery disguised as a collection of everyday objects – a playful reference to the Prohibition Era, when alcohol was banned. The presentation of prizes was made at a ceremony at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan.
This issue brings together an eclectic mix of recent buildings where copper and its alloys play a key role in architectural expression. It can be seen as a typological tour, revealing a growing diversification in the use of the material by designers across all kinds of buildings - and in new ways.
The Surface Design Awards recognise examples of progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in projects both in the UK and internationally. The winners will be the architects, designers, contractors and clients who have created something truly outstanding across 10 key awards.
A total of 589 projects from 45 countries were submitted for the DETAIL Prize 2012, the fifth time that the contest has been held. The DETAIL Prize seeks to identify impressive architectural projects with innovative features and a coherent overall concept.
1.5 million people to walk up the new copper staircase per year
Designing the extraordinary is the first major solo exhibition of the work of Heatherwick Studio, recognized as one of the most innovative design studios working in the UK today.
A Swedish architect prevails in the “Win an iPad” competition
The Regeneration Issue
This entire issue is dedicated to the ingenuity of architects in regenerating the environments that we live and work in. Preserving and adapting existing buildings and townscapes to suit new uses is sustainable, saving on resources and making the most of assets. But it also carries with it a challenge for designers in developing their particular interpretation of history and context for the 21st century.