Issue No.207 // 01 September 2009
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Dark days
Downward spiral - The Lighthouse may not recover (Image copyright Tamara Polajnar)

Scottish architecture institution faces closure as 24 jobs are lost

Scotland's premier architecture institution The Lighthouse in Glasgow faces its darkest hours as it announced the loss of 24 of 57 jobs this week following the news that it had entered administration. Offering support to students and architects throughout the country, The Lighthouse, which is housed in the renovated Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed Glasgow Herald building, has been celebrating its tenth year but now faces the possibility that it will not be able to pull through the recession. The organisation accrued a reported deficit of £250,000 following the retraction of government funding for a key design festival and after the expense of attending last year's Venice Biennale. The Lighthouse had......more

BIG players
Copenhagen architects beat Foster and Hadid with 'modern and rational' library: Invited as one of five pre-selected architect led teams, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) was awarded first prize in an open international design competition which included......more

The memories return
WTC Last Column comes home for permanent installation: It was a ceremony not too dissimilar from a memorial procession itself, as press were invited to travel with the Last Column from Hangar 17 at JFK airport to the World Trade Center site in the......more

Masdar Centre design revealed
LAVA use solar shading umbrellas in Eco City centre: Giant umbrellas, with a design based on the principles of sunflowers, will provide moveable shade in the day, store heat, then close and release the heat at night in the plaza of a new......more

Battersea faces death by recession
REO debts may be unsustainable in financial climate, say auditors: Realisation of the controversial £1billion plans for London’s Battersea Power Station may prove to be a pipe dream after auditors advised the company that owns the site, REO......more

Beautiful blend for business school
Tradesmanship honoured at Georgetown's new Business School building: The $83.5 million Rafik B. Hariri Building, which opened this summer as the new home of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, has caused a stir by receiving......more

Out in the open
Open air theatre injects modernist city centre with minimalist performance space: Situated between the gothic Saint Laurenskerk (Saint Laurens cathedral) and the Delftsevaart canal, the Grotekerkplein was formed only during the......more

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