Issue No.210 // 22 September 2009
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5 principals leave KPF London for new practice

Following an attempted take over of the Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) London office in early summer the five principals involved in the bid have left the practice this week with immediate effect. Lee Polisano, David Leventhal, Karen Cook, Ronaldus Bakker and Fred Pilbrow left the firm on Wed 16 September following the rejection of their bid on what is said to be a 'mutual agreement' with the firm and have revealed they are setting up their own practice. The most significant departure is that of Lee Polisano who was both President of KPF internationally, with firms in New York, Shanghai and Hong Kong, and founding partner of the London office. He said: “It’s been an honour and a privilege to .....more

Viñoly's school for architecture completes
City College of New York has a new inspirational tool: Officially opening yesterday was Rafael Viñoly Architects' remodelled School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture at City College of New York. Having worked successfully on......more

Breaking the rules of stadium design
NBBJ’s competition entry presents a new vein of thinking for sporting venues: Entering into an international competition for the design of the new Shide stadium in Dalian, China, NBBJ has pulled out the stops to make its design stand out, creating a ......more

Coming to District 9
Set for the banks of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Riverfront Township within the upcoming District 9 is expected to help elevate Vietnam as the next dragon of Asia. The project is one example of the rapidly expanding cities in the country Vietnam has been......more

A floating future for New Orleans?
Floating city concept designed for ecological living solution: Kevin Schopfer, heading up Ahearn Schopfer architects practice, has developed this unconventional solution to ecological living, specified for use in New Orleans. Together with Tangram 3DS, a......more

UK's largest speculative office opens
Complete with retail, leisure facilities...and a golf course!: In less than two years, Maxim has risen from the remnants of the Chunghwa Picture Tubes site to become the UK’s largest speculative office development, with the potential to......more

Doing exactly as it says on the tin
As an office, storage facility and a shop, this concrete box is a versatile space: A rectangular box sits in an industrial plot within the historic town, Skofja Loka in Slovenia. Using a prefabricated concrete system with ready made openings on each ......more

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