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Thursday, 14th February 2013 at 9:20am
"Chairs for Abu Dhabi" took five days to create and reached the 20 foot high ceiling of the gallery it was housed in.
It created a focal point for the event and a pavilion for people to try to escape the hustle and bustle of the fair and proved to be a popular meeting point.
Tadashi is renowned for using recycled materials or scrap, using metal, wood, plastic and, in this case, used chairs, ranging from sofas and benches to stools and arm chairs.
A stunning structure that 'pays homage to humanity’s diversity, unity and interconnectedness', according to the artist.
Images from Daniel Suarez for Reuters
Thursday, 10th January 2013 at 12:58pm
As part of this activity we were able to secure them a mention in the Evening Standard Homes and Property supplement as part of an article discussing the 'don't move, improve' trend.
The article featured Ed Miliband and his wife, as they extend their house in Primrose Hill, and quotes Barbour ABI's statisticss that detail the volume of planning applications received across London boroughs.
In the article Adam Valentine, Group Content Director at Barbour ABI, said he expected the upward trend to continue – in 2010 some 55,000 London homeowners applied for permission to extend their homes. “I think that the areas where we are seeing a large volume of home improvements are those where prices are still rising. These are the areas where people will seek to increase the size of their homes,” he said.
Read the full article here.
Miliband's Primrose Hill mansion gets even bigger _ News _ Property news _ Homes & Property.pdf (300 kb)
Wednesday, 9th January 2013 at 7:10pm
To make the blocks, Brigid Burton, mother of Gray's girlfriend, poured water with food colouring into empty milk cartons then froze them.
Gray took on the task over 5 days with help from the family and neighbours and this was the result.
Check out the full story with more images here
Friday, 7th December 2012 at 8:31am
We had a great night at the Construction Marketing Awards yesterday - shortlisted for three awards we picked up the trophy for Best Brand and Positioning Campaign for our work with electrical distributor Rexel.
We were approached by Rexel to develop the brand identity for a new online merchant, NaturalSparx, supplying the renewables sector.
The Think Tank was tasked with developing the messaging, brand design and identity for use in marketing collateral both off and on-line.
We created a vibrant look and feel for the brand that delivered standout within the renewables sector, alongside a series of icons to represent core products and services and a positioning statement for this new brand.The brand identity was developed, along with the messaging, to work across a range of media from the website to direct marketing, advertising and point-of-sale.
In stiff competition from five other shortlisted entries in this category we managed to scoop the prize with the judges commenting, 'A very well executed campaign, with striking creative ideas that set the business apart in a very crowded market place.'
Well done to all The Think Tank team and to Rexel for giving us the opportunity to help launch one of their brands.
We were also shortlisted in the awards for:
SAS International - Best Product Launch
Rexel - Best Campaign over £25k
Friday, 30th November 2012 at 12:00am
The Think Tank has received four awards in the 'BestFor PR Industry Awards'.
The awards have been keenly contested and 'BestFor' describe them as follows:
' PR Agencies across the UK have the opportunity to apply for a BestFor PR ranking. Our independent judging panel rigorously assesses each application and if successful, agencies are awarded a gold, silver or bronze ranking and listed within the relevant ranking table.
Each ranking table on the BestFor PR website enables companies seeking PR agencies to identify, select and contact leading agencies in the applicable sector or region that match their requirements.'
We are thrilled to have received the following awards:
Silver - Consumer Category
Silver - Property and Construction
Bronze - Technology
Bronze - National Category
This is a great credit to our PR team. Well done to all.
Click here to find out more.
Sunday, 7th October 2012 at 3:32pm
The Think Tank will be speaking at the RIBA Insight Consultancy Days again this year, covering the topic of web site design best practice.
We have been approached to help support the event by providing our expertise in the design and build of web sites, examining best practice and providing hints and tips to marketing professionals from across the construction industry on how to achieve optimum results from their online presence.
The RIBA Insight Consultancy Days are held in Manchester on 23rd October and in London on 30th October. Liam Bateman, Director at The Think Tank, will be talking at the Manchester event and Dragana Knezevic, Account Director at The Think Tank, at the London event.
To find out more about the whole programme click here.
Thursday, 13th September 2012 at 7:24pm
Combining a research centre, Dolphinarium and the underwater worlds from five continents the centre will have tanks that are more than 10,000 cubic metres in size.
These will hold around 500 species of marine and fresh water inhabitants with a complex of different sized tanks, allowing visitors to explore a range of habitats including the Sea of Japan, the Sea of Okhotsk, the Bering Sea, Lake Baikal, the Amur River and Lake Khanka.
The centre has been design by architects, OJSC Primorgrajdanproekt and you find out more on Arch Daily.
Photographs by Alexander Hitrov.
Tuesday, 19th June 2012 at 9:38pm
What started off as a corridor in the sky has steadily grown to now include the frame of a roof and it still keeps going up.
Looking up at it just makes us giddy, let alone being on top of it, putting it together.
Sunday, 10th June 2012 at 9:10pm
This stunning piece of architectural engineering is the Al Dar Headquarters in Abu Dhabi, designed by MZ Architects.
The semispherical building consists of two circular convex shaped facades joined by a narrow band of indented glazing.
Additionally, our client, SAS International, had their System 150 metal ceiling tiles specified for all floors throughout.
The suspended ceiling system was required to make a significant contribution to acoustic comfort within the office areas taking into consideration both open plan acoustic absorption and room to room privacy. In addition acoustic flexibility for future tenants had to be considered to suit individual space-planning requirements.
Find out and see more of this innovative design on Arch Daily.
Sunday, 10th June 2012 at 4:38pm
Thursday, 7th June 2012 at 6:46am
FoundOcean is a leading engineering company which has been providing offshore grouting services for the global energy construction industries for over 45 years. It provides a range of services to the oil & gas and renewable energy sectors including foundation and structural grouting, structural repair and strengthening, as well as pipeline and cable support and protection across the globe.
The Think Tank has been appointed to raise FoundOcean's profile within these sectors through PR support activity in the UK and beyond.
Working closely with the in-house marketing team we have been developing article opportunities and comment pieces across the European energy sector press, engaging with stakeholders, discussing key industry issues and demonstrating that FoundOcean has the expertise and experience to answer the needs of the sector through innovative engineering.
Over the coming months we will be securing opportunities within the core industry titles to raise awareness of FoundOcean's capabilities, and position it at the forefront of sector expertise. We will be focusing our efforts on delivering and securing industry comment, feature articles and case studies around the groundbreaking work that FoundOcean is doing, and supporting the company at exhibitions and events.
Monday, 7th May 2012 at 4:41pm
When Georgia built a new road connecting the Republic of Azerbaijan with the Republic of Turkey they commissioned architects J. Mayer H to design a series of 20 rest stops (or service stations).
The result was these stunning structures that are located on selected scenic viewpoints along the route. They serve as activators for their area and neighbouring cities. Not only do they serve as gas stations and supermarkets, but also as farmers markets and cultural space for local arts and crafts.
See more on Contemporist here.
Monday, 30th April 2012 at 9:06am
Woods Bagot, a leading global architecture and design practice, has recently published a report into airport design and the future implications of global travel.
The report, called WARP Speed: Mach 1, covers a range of topics that will influence the way that airports are designed in the future including technology, efficiency, passenger numbers and collaboration. The report seeks to understand the near to medium term trends that are shaping the design of airports so that we can all build the IATA vision of “sufficient and efficient” infrastructure in a sustainable and future proofed way.
By 2050 it has been estimated that 16 billion passengers will fly every year along with 400 million tonnes of freight. The implications are immense and this first stage report attempts to highlight and tackle some of the core issues.
The report was compiled by a team of senior experts and identifies emerging trends in the aviation industry that will be critical to the future success of airports. It focuses on airports as well as their tenants – airline carriers, retailers and concessionaires.
In the report introduction they say, 'Woods Bagot’s WARP Speed: Mach I is the first in a series of research investigations that identify emerging trends in the aviation industry that will be critical to the future success of airports. From wild science fiction to grounded realities, WARP Speed: Mach I makes forecasts by exploring the various wants, needs and aspirations of airports and their tenants. Most importantly, WARP Speed: Mach I recognizes that change – fast change – is the only constant in the aviation industry.
Throughout WARP Speed: Mach I, we are taken on an exploration of the often-tenuous relationship that exists between airports and the airline carriers, retailers and concessionaires with which they share are both dependence and competition.'
This is an important insight into the issues facing the aviation industry in the coming decades and makes interesting reading.
You can download the full report here:
Monday, 9th April 2012 at 10:07am
Experimenting with materials in architecture to achieve environmental benefits has led to the development of many outstanding innovations that have changed the way we interact with buildings.
Now architect Doris Kim Sung, assistant professor of architecture at the USC School of Architecture, is experimenting with how a building can interact with its environment through the materials used in its construction.
Her latest installation, “Bloom”, is 20-foot tall and made from 14,000 tiny sheets of metal that open and close with the sun manipulating the light within the structure.
Sung discovered a new use for a material usually used in thermostat coils that responds to temperature changes. The metal alloy, called “thermobimetal”, is made of two sheets of metal laminated together. Each metal expands at a different rate when heated, curling as the temperature rises and flattening when cooled.
The metal sheets curl upwards with the sun creating moving shaded areas within the installation when needed. Sung believes that it could be used to create canopies that close when the sun is above or vents that open when the air becomes too stuffy and is now working on ways to integrate thermobimetal with standard building components.
It looks fantastic and is a mixture of art and architecture that addresses an environmental need. See a video of the installation below and more can be found on their blog.
Tuesday, 27th March 2012 at 7:48am
Well, they should be…with three halls packed to the brim at Stockholmmassen, just 10 minutes outside of Central Stockholm, this event is full of tools, materials and everything you can think of to do with the building industry. Over three days I had the opportunity to speak to journalists from many Scandinavian publications and experience the building industry from a completely different cultural perspective.
I had the privilege of going to Stockholm with our client Formica Group to help launch its VIVIX exterior facade panels. Offering opportunities to play with colour and shape, VIVIX panels can complement or add interest to office buildings, public, cultural and sports facilities, transportation centres, industrial buildings, educational facilities, residential developments and more.
Eva Hoernisch, Formica Group Design Manager, Europe, was on hand and together we were able to take a few moments to explore the building materials section. With her eye on colour Eva spotted a stand with insulation sample pieces in the most beautiful colour palette. We were dumbfounded at first as to why insulation would be so colourful until we realised it correlated to different degrees of density. VERY clever!
With room for FIKA (traditional Swedish coffee and cake), a little of bit of Swedish entertainment and a lot of hard work, being part of Nordbygg was definitely an experience to remember.
Sunday, 25th March 2012 at 6:43am
If you're the type of person who owns lots of different construction sets, like Lego, K'Nex, Mechano etc, but are frustrated that they don't fit together then this is for you.!
The Free Universal Construction Kit is a set of 3D adapter bricks that offers complete inter-operability between up to 10 children's construction toys. With nearly 80 models available for free download, the kit can be printed, one at a time, using open-hardware desktop 3D printers like Makerbot.
Just what we've all been waiting for!
Saturday, 17th March 2012 at 7:05am
Renee Hytry Derrington and Gavin Todd, Formica Group senior executives will be at the stand, offering a unique insight into the company’s product innovation and sustainability strategies. After 99 years of defining the look and performance of modern interiors worldwide, the company goes all out (excuse the pun) with its innovative exterior facade panels VIVIX which will be showcased in the UK for the first time at Ecobuild. A perfect way to celebrating many decades of innovation!
See more about Formica and the Environment here.
Monday, 16th January 2012 at 8:49am
Built by the Broad Group, it used prefab construction techniques for ninety-three percent of the high-rise. The 17,000 square meter hotel is known as T30, is located in the Lin Gang Industrial Zone in Xiangyin County and comprises of over 350 rooms, a restaurant, bar, gym, swimming pool on the top floor, underground parking and a helicopter pad.
Thursday, 17th November 2011 at 10:25am
The walkable, large outdoor sculpture Tiger & Turtle – Magic Mountain is currently in construction on the Heinrich Hildebrand Höhe in Duisburg Wanheim (D). It overtops the plateau with the artificially heaped-up mountain by 21 metres so the visitor can rise by more than 45metres above the level of the landscape and enjoy an impressive view over the Rhine.
The curved flight of stairs inscribes like a signature on the landscape and plays upon the iconic nimbus of the classical roller coaster. Visitors climb the roller-coaster-sculpture on foot via differently steep steps. So the sculpture subtly and ironically plays with the feelings of promise and disappointment, mobility and standstill, just like a real roller coaster. Visitors happen to briefly meet with oncoming visitors on the steep 1 metre wide corridors. LED-lights are integrated in the handrails and highlight the flight of stairs so the sculpture is accessible at night, too.
To read more visit Contemporist. Photography by Eichental.
Tuesday, 8th November 2011 at 12:14pm
- It is an initiative of the nonprofit association “self-sufficent movement” which seeks to promote the philosophy of self-sufficiency in society, invest aggressive consumer trends, encourage and disseminate self-sufficient practices, investigate and explore ways to self-sufficiency.
- I.F.A.C. is a project focused on 200 young artists and architects from across Europe to live together 10 days in a space of creation and integration of different arts, the result will be creations , publishing, construction and various designs in any field of art.
- I.F.A.C. will be located in a rural setting, to provide a fun work environment where a festive atmosphere will be the framework for debates and discussions about contemporary concerns.
IFAC is developing a preliminary contest in order to select and reward the future Tutors of the IFAC Workshop, the competition seeks a diversity and richness of workshops, to express and work around current issues in art and construction. Registration is free, you may submit projects to the workshop on 5th December 2011.
The awards are 10 prizes of € 100 for each workshop or the chance to lead your project and be published or the free assistance of a tutor to I.F.A.C.
Visit www.IFAC2012.com for more information on how to enter or go to plusmood to read the full article.