Issue No.104 // 17 August 2007
An inconvenient truth...

World press in frenzy over Beijing Axis plan

The national and international press have been in a frenzy this week over the new north-south axis reshaping central Beijing. Much play has been made of its inherent Imperial connotations, and the involvement of German architect Albert Speer, son of Hitler’s architect of the same name. Parallels have even been drawn with the rise of the Chinese totalitarian state and pre war Germany. It’s a great story for the media but it wouldn’t be the first time the press got it wrong over Beijing. (see Comment 2nd May 2007) Seventy years ago, his father was dubbed the “the first architect of the Third Reich” and was best known ..........more

Eco chic
Grant Amon Architects design and build the Svärmisk Resort Apartments in Australia Svärmisk. Resort Apartments are located at the end of the picturesque Kiewa Valley at the foot of Victoria's Alpine Resorts. At the edge of the Mt.Beauty ..........more

Atkins award in Kuwait
Atkins Middle East’s Al Sharq office complex has added another notch to its awards belt, recently receiving the honour of CNBC Arabian Property Award High Rise Architecture Award. A clear indication the international architecture community ..........more

Tranparent embassy for Warsaw
Tony Fretton Architects has received planning permission for a new £12m scheme for the British Embassy Warsaw, Poland. Tony Fretton Architects’ scheme for the New British Embassy has a serene and simple form and retains the glass façade ........more

Social condensing in Arizona
The Social Condenser project is located at the base of the Superstition Mountain Range in the town of Superior, Arizona which was founded in 1882 and has strong ties to mining of copper, silver and gold. The project is a renovation and expansion ..........more

Three months and counting
Work at St Pancras started in 2001 with the completion date set for 14 November 2007 (the original station took four years to build from 1864-1868). Originally it was completed in 1868 by William Barlow, the eminent Victorian railway engineer. St Pancras ..........more

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