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UK government urged to sack housing-commission chair Roger Scruton over controversial comments

November 8, 2018 India Block 0

Roger Scruton, chair of the UK government’s Building Better, Building Beautiful commission, is under scrutiny for voicing opinions on Jewish people, rape and homosexuality. The Conservative government is facing calls to remove Scruton from the new post, where he will “advocate for beauty in the built environment”, after statements he made in past lectures resurfaced. The writer and

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Stockholm blocks Chipperfield’s Nobel Center, Foster’s Apple Store and city’s Olympic bid

November 8, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

Stockholm’s new council is stopping development of an Apple Store by Foster + Partners and the David Chipperfield-designed Nobel Center, as well as halting the city’s Winter Olympic bid. The chance of any of these major projects happening has been greatly reduced now that a coalition of the Alliance parties and the Green Party have taken control of the

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Amazon HQ2 could split between New York and Virginia

November 7, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Amazon plans to split its major second headquarters in North America between Queens, New York, and Arlington County, Virginia, according to reports. After spending a year looking for a home for HQ2, the retail giant now intends to set up two bases, The Wall Street Journal has reported. Long Island City – a burgeoning riverside neighbourhood in

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SHoP refreshes design for Hudson’s Detroit skyscraper

November 7, 2018 Dan Howarth 0

New York firm SHoP Architects’ regeneration plans for a former department store in Downtown Detroit, which include building the city and state’s tallest tower, have undergone dramatic revisions. The studio has refreshed the design of the mixed-use development on the J L Hudson’s Department Store site, to include an updated programme and a markedly different

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Wilkinson Eyre’s latest designs for Lord’s Cricket Ground stands revealed

November 7, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

Lord’s Cricket Ground has released visualisations showing two new stands designed by Wilkinson Eyre, which will stand either side of the Stirling Prize-winning Media Centre by Future Systems. Wilkinson Eyre has designed the pair of structures to replace the Compton and Edrich Stands at the historic London stadium. The images were released as the ground’s owners, Marylebone

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Cryptocurrency millionaire plans blockchain smart city in Nevada desert

November 6, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Cryptocurrency millionaire Jeffrey Berns has revealed plans to develop a large parcel of Nevada’s desert into a smart city powered by blockchain technology. Berns, who made a fortune selling cryptocurrency last year, plans to transform the 67,000-acre (27,113-hectare) plot in the north of the US state after paying reportedly paying $170 million (£130 million) for

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UK’s new commission for beautiful buildings is “tedious hangover from 1980s” say architects

November 6, 2018 India Block 0

UK architects have attacked the government’s new Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission, which has been set up to improve the design quality of homes and places. The commission, announced on Saturday by housing secretary James Brokenshire, aims to prevent “poor quality design and build of homes and places”. Architect Charles Holland has described it as “a tedious

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$50 million penthouse in Zaha Hadid’s 520 West 28th revealed in new photos

November 5, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

A sculptural white staircase, a sprawling rooftop terrace and High Line views are among assets at the penthouse topping Zaha Hadid Architects’ 520 West 28th in New York. Developer Related Companies released photos of the 637-square-metre property to coincide with its recent market listing. The residence, which occupies the final three floors of the 11-storey

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$50 million penthouse in Zaha Hadid’s 520 West 28th revealed in new photos

November 5, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

A sculptural white staircase, a sprawling rooftop terrace and High Line views are among assets at the penthouse topping Zaha Hadid Architects’ 520 West 28th in New York. Developer Related Companies released photos of the 637-square-metre property to coincide with its recent market listing. The residence, which occupies the final three floors of the 11-storey

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Designs revealed for V&A East buildings by O’Donnell + Tuomey and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

November 2, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

London’s V&A has released details of its plans for V&A East, a new outpost at the Olympic Park featuring a five-storey museum designed by O’Donnell + Tuomey and a research centre created by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. V&A East is being developed at two sites within London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. A design museum is planned for Stratford Waterfront,

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Glass elevator for Battersea Power Station revealed in new visual

November 2, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

Architecture firm Wilkinson Eyre has revealed visuals showing its plan to install a glass lift inside one of the chimneys of Battersea Power Station in London. As part of its renovation of the Giles Gilbert Scott-designed power station, the architecture studio has designed a lift that will rise 109 metres through one of the building’s four chimneys. When it reaches its peak, it

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Glass elevator for Battersea Power Station revealed in new visual

November 2, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

Architecture firm Wilkinson Eyre has revealed visuals showing its plan to install a glass lift inside one of the chimneys of Battersea Power Station in London. As part of its renovation of the Giles Gilbert Scott-designed power station, the architecture studio has designed a lift that will rise 109 metres through one of the building’s four chimneys. When it reaches its peak, it

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Yves Behar debuts fully customisable tiny homes

November 1, 2018 Dan Howarth 0

Designer Yves Behar has launched a range of prefabricated accessory dwelling units that aim to tackle rising house costs and increase urban density in California. The San Francisco-based designer has partnered with custom home company Plant Prefab – which recently gained funding from Amazon – to create LivingHomes YB1, the first in a line of

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Mexico City architects protest “fake, unlawful” referendum on Foster-designed airport

November 1, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

The result of the public vote to scrap Foster + Partners’ partially built airport for Mexico City has not gone down well among local architects, who have described the referendum as an example of the country’s “political issues and corruption”. A host of architects based in the Mexican capital have spoken out about the decision, which president-elect Andrés

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Open-plan offices discourage face-to-face communication, says research

November 1, 2018 Natasha Levy 0

Workers in open-plan offices have less face-to-face interaction with colleagues than those who work separately, according to research by Harvard students. Published by The Royal Society, The Impact of the ‘Open’ Workspace on Human Collaboration is a research paper produced by Ethan Bernstein of Harvard Business School and Stephan Turban of Harvard University. It states that, although companies

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India unveils world’s tallest statue

November 1, 2018 India Block 0

A 182-metre-high monument created by Michael Graves Architecture and Design, which is four times the size of the Statue of Liberty, has been officially inaugurated in Gujarat state, India. The Statue of Unity is nearly 50 stories tall, and together with its three-level base measures 240 metres, making it the world’s tallest statue. Designed by Indian sculptor Ram

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SOM architect’s “sister skyscrapers” for doomed Chicago Spire site halted

October 31, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

The controversy surrounding the site of Santiago Calatrava’s ill-fated Chicago Spire continues, as the city stalls the pair of skyscrapers that SOM’s David Childs has proposed for the vacant waterfront plot. Child’s 400 Lake Shore Drive, designed for developer Related Midwest, was rejected by Chicago’s vice mayor Brendan Reilly on Monday 22 October 2018 – 10 years after

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Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima and Sou Fujimoto donate works to auction for disaster-relief charity Home for All

October 31, 2018 Augusta Pownall 0

Leading Japanese architects have offered up drawings, models and other original works to raise funds for Home for All, the non-profit organisation set up by Toyo Ito following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Sou Fujimoto, Kazuyo Sejima, Junja Ishigami and Fumihiko Maki are among the architects that have donated items to be auctioned online. The auction site launched on the final

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Foster’s $13 billion Mexico City airport nixed after public vote

October 30, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Foster + Partners’ new airport for Mexico City has been cancelled mid-way through construction, following a public referendum that resulted in a majority vote against the project. Mexico’s president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that he will respect the outcome of the referendum, which saw 70 per cent of participants vote in favour of scrapping

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There is “no good Brexit” say Foster, Rogers and Chipperfield in open letter to UK prime minister

October 30, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

Over 1,000 leading architects have signed a letter to the UK prime minister stating that Brexit would be “devastating” to the architecture profession. “We believe that there is no good Brexit,” says the letter, which was organised by Piers Taylor, founder of Invisible Studio and BBC presenter. Addressed to Theresa May, the Brexit letter has been

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