The Moscow Urban Forum, an inspiring international platform devoted to the development of megacities and the improvement urban living standards around the world, launches this week. Running from June 30 until July 3, this year’s theme is ‘Fast-Growing Megacities. Technologies of Dynamic Development.’

Many of today’s most intriguing projects achieved in megacities around the world will be presented in Moscow, a city itself on the path towards emerging as one of the world’s most flexible and dynamic megacities. Speakers this year include the acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, as well as the fantastically ambitious urban architect Hani Rashid, founder of Asymptote Bureau NY.


Another headliner we are looking forward to is Knut Sauer, Vice-President of Hyperloop One. Their hyperloop vacuum capsule trains are one of the most ambitious urban transport undertakings of our time, able to carry passengers and cargo at speeds exceeding 1200 km/hr.


Throughout the programme, a multi-disciplinary approach will be struck with leading planners, sociologists, economist, business leaders and current/former mayors of megacities ranging from Beijing to Berlin, who will all be shedding their unique perspectives on today’s most pressing urban issues and topics. You can explore the full programme here.

If you are inspired by cities and the future vibrancy or our urban environments, Moscow is the place to be this week. It is still possible to register.

We will also be bringing highlights throughout the week for those who are unable to make it to Moscow but are inspired by the cutting edge urban dwelling concepts emerging in our planet’s megacities.


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The revolutionary idea of How It’s Made changes the way architectural projects and the parties involved are presented and documented.

How It’s Made is all about storytelling. Archello decided to outline a selection of How It’s Made projects presented by top manufacturers showcasing their involvement in the project. Because every project,the products behind it and the parties involved, are important to us.

How It’s Made project: King Fahad National Library  with a story by Sefar

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Photographer: Christian Richters,©Gerber Architekten

The King Fahad National Library was a project undertaken by Gerber Architekten in collaboration with Sefar. The King Fahad National Library, one of the most important cultural buildings in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an outstanding project.

In collaboration with Art Engineering, Sefar developed a new system for covering these large, flat areas for the project the King Fahad National Library.

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Photographer: Christian Richters,©Gerber Architekten

The innovative Light ceiling system is ideal for large, flat, backlit ceilings – whether with artificial or natural light. In this case, the pre-assembled fabric sections were set into specially developed aluminum profiles and successively tensioned.

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Photographer: Christian Richters,©Gerber Architekten

The membrane ceiling filters developed by Sefar were used to utilize the skylight at its most.

During the hours of darkness, the same effect is created by means of lamps installed above the light ceiling. In the middle of the roof is an atrium, below which is an open-plan reading area. Located on the ground floor surrounding the original building is the main entrance hall, exhibition areas, a restaurant, and a book store.

How It’s Made project: Museum Vlaardingen with a story by Q-railing

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In collaboration with Q-railing, Houdijk Architecten came together in the making of this high end museum located in the Netherlands. The main task was to design and restore the current building of the museum.

With Easy Glass Pro by Q-railing, glass alignment is made easy. What is Easy Glass Pro?

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©Museum Vlaardingen

Easy Glass Pro is unique in having base shoes that let you fine-tune the positioning of each glass panel from inside the balustrade. No bolts, screw tightening, scaffolding or special tools required. That, together with the Safety Wedge glass-mounting solution, makes installation incredibly easy and cost-effective.

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How It’s Made project: De Rotterdam with a story  by Villeroy & Boch AG

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Photographer © Ossip van Duivenbode

44 Floors – it took four years to construct the biggest building in the Netherlands – De Rotterdam, or Vertical City, on the bank of the River Maas.

Villeroy & Boch AG came together in the making of De Rotterdam with OMA architects, next to Hunter Douglas, Bolidt, KONE, Vetrotech by Saint Gobain and many more industry experts.


The focus here is placed in the 240 exclusive two to four room apartments,where hand wash basins, table wash basins and cabinet wash basins as well as wall-mounted toilets from the collection of Villeroy & Boch AG were used. The rectangular Subway bathtubs of sanitary acrylic provide for luxurious bathing comfort in each apartment.

In case you want to highlight your involvement in a project of choice, contact our Sales Executive, Guido Mensink at or call us at +31 (0) 35 69 93 055 and get your campaign.