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My extreme zinc section is yet again transporting us to the other side of the world. This superb single-family house was built in the south-west of New Zealand’s South Island, close to Queenstown. It is in this breathtaking preserved region, evocative of the origin of the world, that director Peter Jackson filmed his famous “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

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Innovation cannot be decreed. It is the result of a deliberate approach that involves all areas of expertise in a company. This is demonstrated by Arnaud Peters, a young Doctor in History at the University of Liège and probably one of the best European specialists in the history of metallurgy of non-ferrous metals, in his book entitled “La VIEILLE MONTAGNE – Innovations et mutations dans l’industrie de zinc” (La VIEILLE MONTAGNE – Innovations and mutations in the zinc industry) published by Editions de la Province de Liège, which details the innovation processes deployed at the Société des Mines et Fonderies de zinc de la Vieille Montagne between 1806 and 1873!

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Pritzker price 2016 : Alejandro Aravena

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The great gamble for Greater Paris

On 6 December last, I had the pleasure and privilege of participating in the annual conference of the Alliance des Minerais, Minéraux et Métaux – Alliance of Ores, Minerals and Metals (A3M), which took place in the superb premises of CCI* Ile-de-France on avenue de Friedland in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.

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Very best wishes for 2017!

With a new year comes new prospects. Below I have listed mine, for our company and our sector of activity, on Proust questionnaire style!

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Expanding or creating hollow spaces in an existing building!

Autumn 2016 marked the return of the ARCHIZINC CAMPUS architecture competition. This 5th session, officially launched on 1 October last in Paris, confirms its environmental orientation and its architectural ambition: generate the interest of architecture students concerning the issue of urban densification, especially solutions using roof extensions (previous edition) and requalification (this edition)

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WAF Berlin: the highest density of architects per square metre in the world!

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) organised in Berlin from 16 to 18 November 2016 kept all its promises. For three days, world-renowned architects and interior designers debated, exchanged ideas and, in some cases, won awards. A wonderfully inspiring experience!

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Episode 6 - “Hard times”: Leadership under threat and First World War.

Thanks to economic growth and pertinent industrial choices, the use of zinc underwent rapid growth during the 19th century. Until the 1880s, business was boosted by the almost exclusive use of zinc for roofs and rainwater systems on buildings (see episode 2 & 3, including Haussmannian revolution and great expositions).

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Fab labs/Living labs: hubs of creative energy

Throughout the world, creation of co-working spaces grew by over 70% between 2012 and 2014! This represents 4,000 extra co-working venues with a total of 5,780 spaces available. This illustrates just how popular these systems have become.

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Episode 5 - Social relations: the road to solidarity

Traditionally, Vieille Montagne has always paid great attention to the balance between its white collar workers, blue collar workers and operators! During the 19th century, the pioneering social innovations it implemented were rewarded, notably by an honorary diploma during the 1867 Universal Exposition in Paris.

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