Rohit Talwar: what does AI mean for the future of architecture?

As Artificial Intelligence removes as many as half of jobs in the future, architecture’s role and the use of space will change fundamentally The arrival of artificial intelligence (AI) is set to have a major impact on the future of architecture and design, as a significant proportion of the built environment that has (up to now) been designed for people-centred activities (offices, shopping centres, banks, factories, schools) may in the next 10-20 years house 50 per cent or less workers and have far fewer physical customers or users. Furthermore, with the rise of AI, some organisations might run on...

Read More

Studio Saxe combines jungle, yoga and design in Costa Rican hotel

Costa Rican architects Studio Saxe have completed an, oh so Zen, hotel and yoga studio in the beautiful tropical climes of Nosara, Costa Rica. Costa Rican architects Studio Saxe have completed an, oh so Zen, hotel and yoga studio in the beautiful tropical climes of Nosara, Costa Rica.Studio Saxe is a sustainably minded practice which strives to blend contemporary design with the natural environment. Hotel Nalu- Nosara is no exception, Studio Saxe has used local craftsmanship and the surrounding environment to frame the architecture of the hotel. Nosara is well known around the world for its great surfing...

Read More

India independence: A celebration of India's ancient architecture

India is a country with a rich heritage. As such, it has some impressive buildings which reflect its ever evolving culture. Over the years, India has become a country where religion has been a defining factor and has contributed to some incredible architecture. Some of the world’s most prominent religions originated in India, including Buddhism and Hinduism. If you take a look at some of India’s ancient architecture you will be met with beautiful Buddhist monasteries and stupas, forts built as means of protecting Hinduism, and buildings influenced by the Middle East, Afghanistan and Persia after the Muslim...

Read More

Gimme shelter: the Scottish bothies designed as artist retreats in the wilderness

Artist Bobby Niven and architect Iain MacLeod have worked together to construct three new bothies – traditionally minimally equipped shelters in the Scottish Highlands – offering subsidised retreats for artists in the rugged landscape Words by Alyn Griffiths At the centre of a forest clearing in a remote corner of Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park stands Drake’s Bothy – a former shooting lodge converted into a simple overnight shelter for weary hill walkers. Inspired by the back-to-basics experience offered by this and other similar structures dotted throughout the Scottish Highlands, Edinburgh-based organisation the Bothy Project is developing a network...

Read More

Knight Architects' five pronged bridge connects visitors to floating pocket park

With the never ending urban sprawl that has come to characterise London, it can be difficult to find somewhere to get back to nature. Luckily there are some architects and designers who are working to solve this problem. The floating new pocket park that opened in Paddington Basin this spring is a perfect example of this innovation. Located the Grand Union Canal, the park was developed by European Land and Property Limited who commissioned acclaimed garden designer Tony Woods of The Garden Club to create the final design.  It features open lawns and decked platforms for Londoners to...

Read More