Issue No.169 // 25 November 2008
KPF takes it tall
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Shanghai World Financial Center named 'Best Tall Building Overall' by CTBUH

Shanghai World Financial Center has been named ‘Best Tall Building Overall’ at the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) international Tall Building Awards. The Centre, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, was commended at the awards ceremony in Chicago for its “clear and elegant form, dramatic at all scales through a connection metaphorically of the earth and sky”. The CTBUH also announced the structural design as ‘revolutionary’. Standing at 494m tall from sidewalk level to the tip, the Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC) in China falls short of the World’s Tallest Building title by 142 m at the current measurements for the Burj Dubai. But according to the CTBUH the tower is the tallest......more

Finalists announced in The Hague
International Criminal Court will now consult with architects to develop final design: 19 designs for the International Criminal Court in The Hague went on display in the Atrium of The Hague City Hall following the announcement of the winning......more

A civic monument to justice
Safdie’s Federal Courthouse opens in Massachusetts: Like a good wine, Moshe Safdie gets better with age. The architect’s new federal courthouse in Springfield Massachusetts is one of his finest works to date. Boston Globe Architecture critic Robert......more

Damascus flowers educational future
Dramatic discovery centre leads way for Syrian educational programme: As one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, Damascus represents discovery all by itself. Evoking the necessity to embrace this spirit are the statistics - 40% of......more

Rogers crashes the crunch
Determined to steal the Crunch's thunder, Rogers heads two credit busting deals in one week: A colossal development in London’s Canary Wharf received a major boost this week with the announcement that JP Morgan, a bank......more

Ain’t no mountain high enough
Shanghai’s Himalayas Center design unveiled: The concept for Shanghai’s new cultural and business complex, Himalayas Center, was unveiled at the recent China International Travel Mart 2008. The RMB 2.4 billion project is situated in rapidly developing zone......more

A bunker fit for Bond
Former anti-atomic shelter gets a second life: Cold War defence facilities do not often cross paths with contemporary architecture but when they do, the result can be quite unforgettable. Take Pionen - White Mountains: originally designed during......more

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