On 23rd February 2017, on the eve of what would have been Steve Jobs’ 62nd birthday, Apple announced that the company’s much-awaited headquarters in the 175-acre campus in Cupertino, California is ready! Jobs’ dream project of creating Apple's new headquarters “as a beacon of innovation and a place for the company's employees to continue their efforts to release groundbreaking products” is set to be fulfilled. Developed in collaboration with Foster + Partners, and now officially called ‘Apple Park’ the main office building is a futuristic, spaceship-like structure. Employees will start occupying it from April, but construction will go on through the summer, and relocating all 12,000 employees to the new campus would go on till the end of the year.
Like all things Apple, will the new HQ too have the same intensity of design and meticulous attention to detailing? TFOD peeps into the new office of the the company that has changed the way the world uses computers, listens to music, or simply - communicates!
And the much-awaited news from Australia comes with Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten of OMA unveiled as the architects commissioned for the design of the fourth annual MPavilion!
Australia’s leading architecture commission and design event – and Australia’s answer to the Serpentine Pavilions – has been made possible through the vision of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation and philanthropist Naomi Milgrom AO. MPavilion is a success story that has seen government, business and private sectors collaborate to bring an important new civic space to Melbourne with a strong public, industry and educational component. This year, the pavilion has been commissioned to internationally renowned Netherlands-based OMA, and will be designed by Rem Koolhaas, founder OMA & David Gianotten, the studio’s Australian branch chief.
In today’s technological era, machines are taking over all manual jobs. Soon we might see the same happening in the world of architecture and construction. Architects and designers can rest assured as there are no machines invented with the intellect to take over their jobs yet. But a company based in Perth, Australia Fastbrick Robotics Limited, did create a machine, named Hadrian X, that can lay bricks at a lightning fast rate, which could eliminate the need for skilled labour in construction. Reportedly, Hadrian built a fully functional house in a whooping two days’ time! The machine works at quite an impressive top rate of laying thousand bricks per hour, which equals 150 houses a year!
Leadership, more often than not, springs up as a reaction against some kind of oppression or denial. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a simple Muslim woman named Shaista Amber not only became the voice of her community’s women, but also a pioneer of many unlikely firsts. Shaista built the first ‘women’s’ mosque in her city of Lucknow two decades ago when she was denied entry into the existing ones, making it a centre for resolution of Muslim women’s issues in the years since. Now, she sets a new precedent by switching over this mosque to solar energy for all its power needs, in response to the contemporary call to reduce consumption of non-renewable energy and environmental pollution. It’s true, change occurs when women take it upon themselves to bring it about and make the world a better place for all of us.
The future belongs to the youth, be it in any field as also in design. Ar. Anurag Bhandare, representing that promising young faction, has taken up the reins at Avishkaar Architects, a practice established in Mumbai’s suburbs more than thirty years ago and led thus far by his father Ar. Parag Bhandare. TFOD takes the opportunity to highlight the work of this thriving suburban design practice and its young successor by designating them the Profile of The Week.
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