Modular Buildings

Tree Pose

Burkina Faso-born Francis Kéré was selected to design the Serpentine Pavilion, a temporary installation at the Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Garden, London. His Berlin-based practice has designed everything from schools to retail environments. Kéré’s installation addresses how people move through the gardens while they interact with one another. “I was interested in how my contribution to this Royal Park could not only enhance the visitors’ experience of nature, but also provoke a new way for people to connect with each other,” says Kéré. Kéré’s pavilion speaks to the ecological and social value of trees. “It is a micro cosmos that fuses cultural references from my home country of Burkina F


ARUP’s Spinning Circles Around the Circular Economy

The January-February 2017 issue of AP covered a project at the London Design Festival showcasing the capabilities of CLT (Cross-laminated Timbers); now AP is exposing the Circular Building, a project by Arup that puts the concept of the Circular Economy at the forefront of design. This is not surprising as finite natural resources have become scarcer, raw material prices have increased, as have the value of finished products. Consequently, companies, design firms and communities planning for sustainable and resilient futures are beginning to envision buildings as “material banks,” dealing with buildings like life-sized Legos; after all, Legos can be re-used for generations and like finite re