Issue No.154 // 12 August 2008
Ready for departure

Asia's biggest rail station opens in time for the Olympic Games

The extraordinary scale of Beijing South Railway Station can only be rivaled by the incredible speed at which its expulsions will travel, with trains leaving the station reaching record speeds of 350kph. And the impecible timing of the completion of the station means that trains can now depart on schedule to take spectators from Beijing to Tianjin Olympic Center, which will host the football preliminaries for the games, in just 30 minutes. Beijing South Railway Station, designed by Terry Farrell and Partners......more

Final decision for Croydon development
Fosters' design wins through as Compulsory Purchase Order refused: Foster + Partners and developers Schroders and Stanhope will be breathing a sigh of relief today as plans to scupper their Croydon Development have fallen flat. The......more

Hadid creates hillside residence
Capital Hill Residence brings luxury to the slopes of Barvikha, Russia: Imagine a house designed by Zaha Hadid...then imagine a house designed by Zaha Hadid set in the lush vegetation with its own pool and Turkish baths - then you have Capital Hill......more

With or without U2?
Plans for Foster's U2 Tower halted amid market turbulance: The U2 Tower, due to rise in the docklands area of Dublin, has been hit by the turbulent market as plans have been halted by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) and financial......more

Stamp of approval for unique stadium
HKS design innovation attracts big names in sport: On August 24, the Indianapolis Colts will take to the field at Lucas Oil Stadium for the team’s first home game in its new 1.8 million sq ft, retractable roof stadium. Chosen as the site of the 2012 NFL Super ......more

Facelift for Ecuador educational facility
Vargas Arquitectos aim to challenge the stereotypical conception of educational spaces: Vargas Arquitectos won a national competition organized by the Board of Architects of Ecuador in 2002 at the XIII Bienal de Arquitectura de Quito with this design and......more

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