Issue No.108 // 14 September 2007
 
Out of the ashes…

Rivals work together in spirit of hope

A band of the world’s most prolific architects are working side by side on the 10th floor of 7 World Trade Centre in an effort to meet the completion deadline in 2012. Elsewhere in the world, the firms, Rogers, Fosters and Maki are doing battle to win projects but in this room, they are one team. One name runs through the project like a thread, interwoven into every aspect of the reconstruction. Larry Silverstein. It’s been a rough ride. Silverstein had bought the towers in July 2001 for $3.2bn and six weeks later they were rubble. The task to bring together the disparate parties in the emotionally charged atmosphere has been a tremendous achievement. Many said he couldn’t do it. It’s a real ..........more

Shard finances cast shadow over project
Funding for London’s tallest tower is once again in crisis mode. The troubled £350 million London Bridge Tower ( LBT) known as the Shard of Glass by Renzo Piano is scheduled to be the tallest building in Europe, and has been heralded as an ...........more

Sybarite's blue lagoon in Dubai
The Crescent Lagoon is an underwater sculpted landscape with colourful corals & sea water plant life cultivated to create a unique & surreal world. At night, the lagoon will be lit with concealed underwater light sources to create a dramatic and ...........more

OMA's stacked pyramids in Mexico
The Office of Metropolitan Architect has been commissioned by Groupo DANHOS to design Torre Bicentenario an 50-plus stories mixed-use tower that celebrates Mexico’s independence from Spain. To be located in the center of Mexico City ...........more

Stock Woolstencroft's 21st century design
Work has recently completed on a £6.9 million, mixed tenure residential scheme on Barking Road, Canning Town, which combines the latest high-quality design and materials technology with more traditional techniques. Architects and ...........more

Small Utah town to get a Gehry
At 78, and with all his success, Frank Gehry is in the enviable position to pick and choose his projects. His latest foray is the design of a mega sports entertainment complex in Lehi, Utah which, when built, will include the State’s tallest building ...........more

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