Issue No.103 // 10 August 2007
Smog threatens Olympics

Air quality may not be fit for purpose

A huge toxic smog hung over Beijing’s celebrations of the one year mark this week sparking fears about the viability of the Olympics. Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said that Beijing’s pollution problems are so severe that that some events may have to be cancelled. The Chinese Olympic organising officials have refused to comment. In June of this year, pollution in the capital reached an air pollution index (API) of 202, ranking it a grade 4A which; “aggravates symptoms of cardiac and lung disease patients, reduces the endurance during exercise and produces symptoms in healthy crowds.” ..........more

TVS Architects $882 million addition in Chicago
The TVS designed $882 million, three million square foot McCormick Place West expansion opened today July 31st 2007, eight months ahead of schedule and on budget. The publicly-financed West Building adds an additional 470,000 square feet ..........more

Lambrechts-Bertinat Architects divine design in Uruguay
The design was inspired by a nautical theme based on references from the inspirational story of a small XVIIth century carved wooden image of the Virgin Mary, made by Indigenous South Americans, brought to the country through the mighty South ..........more

Famous five chase £30m museum
On 18 July, five architects presented their conceptual designs for a new $30 million art museum to be built at the University of Michigan in East Lansing, Michigan. Those firms are Coop Himmelb(l)au of Vienna and Los Angeles; Kohn Pederson Fox ..........more

Davide's house with a view in Switzerland
Located in one of the sunniest parts of southern Switzerland, this house rises on the site where once old rural constructions were. It is characterized by small monolithic volumes standing on the natural slope of the land and it is surrounded by nature ..........more

K2S Architects Finnish master plan in Finland
After having won the open competition for the new extension of the city centre of Lahti in 2005, Helsinki based K2S Architects Ltd have just finished their master plan for an area between the centre of the city and the water front. In this urban plan ..........more

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