Issue No.113 // 19 October 2007
End of an era...

Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa dies of heart failure

His last years were spent fighting the authorities to save his iconic Nakagin Tower from demolition. In typical style, he even ran for the post of Mayor in a last ditch attempt to save the building. In the end, the building outlived its creator. The capsule tower, as it has become known was a visionary concept when it designed in the early 1970s and has since become a major Tokyo tourist attraction but its future still hangs on a thread. Kurokawa, who made his world debut in 1960 at age 26, led a style known as the Metabolism Movement, advocating a shift from "machine principle" to "life principle" in his literally..............more

Cement manufacturers come clean
It had been under the radar until now. While most of the population have been busy worrying about travelling responsibly, the cement industry has been quietly pumping more CO2 emissions into the air than the entire aviation industry. In an unprecedented ...........more

New kids on the block
First images of Herzog de Meuron's Manhattan development. It is a radical redesign of a traditional cast iron building with utterly unique apartments and townhouses (the first townhouses built in ...........more

HOK's Ajman "jewel in the crown"
Ajman is a small island enclave and the smallest state in the United Arab Emirates; the newest location for an inspirational HOK masterplan, a design for the regeneration of a marina and to become the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Ajman ...........more

New benchmark for live/work design
SoDa Studios are setting an example in London for live/work projects. Aimed at regenerating city areas, these kinds of projects generally succeed in attracting young and aspirational workers. A key ...........more

Rafael Moneo's Prado extension in Madrid
The red-brick, granite and oak, 152m Euro extension to the Prado Museum in Madrid was designed by the Spanish architect Rafael Moneo. One of the most popular tourist attractions in the Spanish capital, the Prado will now be able to house many of the paintings which are ...........more

From around the world
Reflecting on the life of Kisho Kurokawa with Dennis Sharp of DoCoMoMo...
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