Issue No.204 // 11 August 2009
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Alsop steps down

Stirling Prize winner Will Alsop will retain a consultancy at Archial

Highly revered architect Will Alsop has announced he is revoking control of Alsop Architects and will now take up only a consulting role at Archial, the organisation which wholly owns his design practice. The 61 year old is reportedly going to concentrate on his painting which he believes will 'make (him) happier'. Known for his rather bohemian lifestyle, Alsop is an outspoken member of the architecture world having recently generated wide protest over the intrusion of Prince Charles in planning matters, boycotting the Prince's speech at the RIBA. On the matter of his departure from Alsop Architects, he told......more

Rogers design not sustainable
'Excessive bulk' of British Museum extension doesn't pass Camden Council sustainability standards: Camden Council in London last month put paid to Richard Rogers' current design for the extension to the British Museum by refusing planning permission.......more

Norway welcomes the Knut Museum
Controversial museum for equally controversial laureate opens in Hamaroy: 500 visitors yesterday attended the opening of a museum in Hamaroy, Norway, dedicated to a laureate writer whose name later seeped into notoriety due to his Nazi sympathies. The......more

A stretch for Calatrava
Calgary Peace Bridge unveiled: The City of Calgary Canada has unveiled a new $24.5 million footbridge, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The red and white tubular structure which will span the Bow River and connect the North......more

Mandela launches secret garden Hospital
Children's hospital design launched by former SA President: Sheppard Robson and John Cooper Architecture (JCA)'s design for a new specialist children’s hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa received the great honour......more

Just a stone's throw away
Wuhan Pebbles await next stage of design development as planning approved: Construction of 2 Atkins-designed high rise towers set for Wuhan, China is ebbing closer as the designs are awarded local government planning......more

Europe's first floating apartment
Construction to commence in March 2010: Holland is to be home to Europe's first ever floating apartment building when Waterstudio's Citadel project completes. Construction is set to begin in March 2010 on the 60 unit apartment building, designed by Koen......more

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