Issue No.155 // 19 August 2008
An impossible legacy?

Controversy brews over Gaudi masterpiece

The Sagrada Familia is the undisputed masterpiece and life’s work of Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi. It is also a building mired in controversy and just plain bad luck. As the building edges ever closer toward completion, which is estimated to be in the next two decades, another protest has broken out questioning whether anyone is capable of doing justice to the late Master’s vision. The latest protest comes from a group of influential architects and artists from Spain’s art and heritage world, led by Manuel Borja-Villel, the Director of Madrid’s Reina Sofia art museum. They claim the new work will bear little resemblance to Gaudi’s vision and that the tourists who visit the structure will find......more

Living in a box
Travelodge container hotel opens in Uxbridge, UK: Travelodge, the budget hotel company, have completed their first recycled hotel made out of shipping containers. The 86 containers used in the Uxbridge hotel were prepared in China with plasterboard......more

Leadenhall delay: a shrewd move
British Land halt construction of landmark London build in preparation for construction cost reductions: British Land have confirmed this morning that London’s upcoming tallest building, the Leadenhall Building - nicknamed the Cheesegrater, has......more

Canada's largest mosque completes
Canada is celebrating the addition of its largest mosque built in Calgary: Calgary in Canada is now the home of one of North America’s largest mosques, declared by Prime Minister Stephen Harper as an “architectural treasure”......more

Platform for art
Tham & Videgard Hansson complete Kalmar Museum of Art: Situated in the City Park of the renaissance town of Kalmar, the new Kalmar Museum, designed by Tham & Videgard Hansson Arkitekter of Sweden, is built next to a restaurant pavilion ......more

Aura and Lotus to land at Venice Biennale
Zaha Hadid will use the event to showcase her sculptural works in six different locations: Zaha Hadid will feature two bespoke projects at the Venice Biennale this September but the architects work will be prominent throughout the event further......more

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