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The new Vo-Tech: Transforming vocational workshops into 21st century learning labs

It’s no secret: the way students learn today is different. Curriculum is shifting, subjects are blending, and methods for engaging students are changing – but are facilities adapting to the increasing demands of technology, collaborative learning, and project-based instruction? In many cases, yes.

Skanska hosts three-week 'hackathon' to find architect for Seattle tower development

To select an architect for our latest Seattle commercial development project – a tower called 2&U – we thought about what we really needed in our design partner, and how we could best uncover those qualities.

Hong Kong university building will feature bioclimatic façade

Designs for a new school campus for Hong Kong’s Technological and Higher Education Institute (THEi) have been released, and, as Inhabitat reports, it will feature a bioclimatic façade.

Timber high-rise residential complex will tower over Stockholm waterfront

Swedish practice Tham & Videgård Arkitekter has released designs for high-rise residential blocks made out of timber that will tower over an unused transport harbor in Stockholm, Dezeen reports.

The firms say that the four 20-story apartment blocks, totalling 24,700 sm, will be made entirely out of Swedish pine, from frame to façade. 

Malaysia developer to break ground on mega resort in Las Vegas

Genting Berhad, a Malaysia-based developer, has received preliminary approval from city officials to start construction on Resorts World Las Vegas, a $4 billion project that will include 3,000 hotel rooms, 3,500 slot machines and game tables within a 175,000-sf casino, 30 food and beverage outlets, and a 4,000-seat theater, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Kengo Kuma selected to design new Paris Metro station

Paris is expanding, and city planners have selected Japanese firm Kengo Kuma & Associates’ bid to design a new station to serve a new stretch of the Paris Metro.

Dezeen reports that the station will be located in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis, north of the city’s core. The station will act as a main interchange for a metro extension that will circuit around the capital. 

Morphosis unveils plans for controversial high-rise hotel in tiny Alpine village

Vals is a village of roughly 1,000 people, nestled in the Alps in Switzerland. That might seem like a strange place to put a skyscraper. But don’t tell that to developer Remo Stoffel or local quarry entrepreneur Pius Truffer, who unveiled their plans to build an 80-story, 381-meter (1,250-foot) luxury hotel with 107 guest rooms and suites in this tiny rural community.

That height would make this hotel the tallest building in Europe, beating out 1,012-foot, 87-story Shard in London.

Chance encounters and the ‘action’ office: Do collisions spark innovation?

In the world of science, there are legendary stories of how chance encounters and serendipitous connections led to breakthrough discoveries. There’s the tale of the 1796 run-in between British scientist Edward Jenner and a cowpox-infected dairymaid that eventually led to the smallpox vaccination.

Designs released for new entertainment center in Lubbock, Texas

The Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association released designs for a new performing arts facility in Lubbock, Texas.

The facility, called The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences, is named after the spectacled, Lubbock native, rock and roll crooner who tragically died in a 1959 plane crash in Iowa while on tour.

Plans for a new condo tower in New York create a ‘communal ecosystem’ for residents

The conceptual plans for a 700-foot-tall, 65-story condominium tower in New York City were unveiled in early March by its architect, Perkins+Will.

The design for this 150,000-sf building, referred to as East 37th Street Residential Tower, debuted in Cannes, France, where it received the MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects Award, in the Tall Buildings category, out of more than 2,400 submissions.

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