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Chicago architects lead the way in future proofing…
As the density of our cities spirals upwards so the premium for brownfield sites grows apace. Increasingly architects will be tasked with urban regeneration schemes involving existing towers. The cost of these projects is huge when demolition and loss of revenue are added to construction, not to mention the environmental impact. Chicago architects Goettsch Partners have future-proofed this tower by preparing for upwards extension at the original design stage. Could this be the start of a new generation of buildings? ..............more

Mamouth task
The Elephant and Castle area is London’s missing quarter. Situated further north than Victoria Station and enjoying exceptional levels of public transport connectivity, the site has the potential to become a prime location at the heart of the capital. This new masterplan will reconnect the communities living and working around the heart of the Elephant and Castle, knitting them together into a vibrant new urban community. Transport routes will be rationalised in order ..............more
Tianjin Art Museum
A magnificent swan-shaped museum has just been completed in Tianjin city, one of the largest cities in China, located 350km southeast of Beijing. This massive new museum, which is said to be China's second largest building, houses the collections of the former Tianjin Art Museum and the Tianjin Historical Museum, and was planned as a part of a huge 77-acre development..............more
Atkins responds to the Dubai dilemma
The recent feature on Dubai (News Review 14th July) created a storm of response from WAN readers. Many were in agreement while others justified the work of architects in the region and detailed the methods they undertaking to combat the sustainability issue. Edwina Askew, Regional Manager, Corporate Communications of Atkins Middle East outlines here some of the measures her practice is taking…. ...................more
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