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Copper’s Contribution to Healthcare Architecture

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.

Elizabeth Walker– London, UK is winner of a new iPad mini

Elizabeth Walker– London, UK is winner of a new iPad mini

“Struck by the quality of the entries and the variety in which copper has been used”

Elizabeth Walker– based in London, UK - is the winner of a new iPad mini by voting in the Public Choice Award on Copperconcept.org



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

Copper Recycling – Closing the Loop

The red metal is used for its intrinsic qualities of electrical and thermal conductivity, corrosion resistance and workability in the building construction sector. In Copper Forum 34, you read that environmental reporting requirements in the building sector are also steadily increasing. One of the real sustainable benefts of copper is that many of the copper and copper alloy products used in plumbing, heating ventilation and cooling, solar thermal installations and architectural applications, can be produced with 100 % recycled content.

Copper Architecture Forum magazine 35/2013 published


This issue invites comparisons – both of how architects go about designing their buildings and of their attitude to copper as a modern architectural material.

Copper in a Box

Copper in a Box at 100% Design

From 18th – 21st September, 100% Design, will host the Copper in a Box exhibition as part of London Design Week, underscoring the growing importance of copper in contemporary design.  Dozens of objects will be exhibited on Stand L170, created by renowned international designers including Tom Dixon, Voon Wong & Benson Saw, Ilse Crawford and Ingo Maurer.

Copper Architecture Forum now available as iBook

Issue number 2013/34 has been formatted into an appealing iBook that provides all the pleasure of reading an inspiring magazine on an iPad.

Shortlisted projects announced for the 2013 European Copper in Architecture Awards

An international team of architect judges has shortlisted ten projects for the 2013 European Copper in Architecture Awards, a celebration of the very best in contemporary architecture. The winners will be announced at a dedicated event during the international BATIMAT show in Paris, with an exhibition of entries throughout the show from 4th to 8th November.

Clarion Post Hotel - Interview with Professor Magnus Månsson, Owner of architects Semrén & Månsson

Chris Hodson discusses the Clarion Post Hotel with Professor Magnus Månsson, Owner of architects Semrén & Månsson

Copper’s Contribution to Improving the Environmental Performance of Buildings

Copper based products improve the economic and environmental performance of multiple applications in energy, transportation and buildings.

Race Cottam Associates

Sheffield Copper

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.

Ronald McDonald House of Charleston

4 antimicrobial installations from around the world

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?

French ‘Prohibition Kit’ Wins Copper and the Home 2012

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.

Interview with Pollard Thomas Edwards architects

Chris Hodson discusses the transparency and materiality of the Deptford Lounge facades with Hamish Kilford-Brown, Project Architect at Pollard Thomas Edwards architects.

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