Issue No.211 // 29 September 2009
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Hadid announced as winner of prestigious Praemium Imperiale award

Zaha Hadid has been announced as the 2009 Laureate for Architecture at the Praemium Imperiale Awards for art in Japan. The prestigious award is a global prize awarded by the Japanese Art Association and has become a mark of the highest international distinction for the arts. This year a remarkable four out of the five category winners were from the UK: Richard Long becomes Sculpture Laureate, Alfred Brendel becomes Music Laureate, Tom Stoppard becomes Theatre/Film Laureate and Zaha Hadid takes the crown......more

Green light for Gazprom
Russia’s controversial tower project wins final approval: A 400-meter tower designed by RMJM for the Russian energy giant Gazprom has gained final approval from the city of St. Petersburg, despite opposition from residents and UNESCO. At 77......more

Sky's the limit
shl complete their largest school project yet named after Norwegian adventurer: schmidt hammer lassen architects' largest school project to date has completed in Norway. The project is one of Norway's Schools for the Future, enhancing cross......more

Calatrava unveils travel epicentre
Liège-Guillemins TGV Railway Station opens in Belgium: 13 years in the making, and three years after topping off, the new high-speed rail station at Liège-Guillemins designed by eminent architect, Santiago Calatrava, has finally opened in Belgium. Billed as ......more

Major re-design for China’s 3rd largest city
Heller Manus Architects’ masterplan design to transform Guangzhou: Having recently completed the design of the Northern Axis of China’s third largest city, Heller Manus Architects has been awarded the contract to design Guangzhou’s Southern......more

Building as instrument
Allied Works celebrates winning National Music Centre project in Calgary: The Cantos Music Foundation in Calgary Canada has selected Portland based Allied Works Architecture led by Brad Cloepfil to design a new National Music Centre in......more

Bringing life to Brussels Meeting Centre
Glass cube entrance becomes the urban symbol of a new site of communication with the world: An audacious architectural proposition to the city offers a newfound visibility to the former “Palais des Congrès” by means of a poetic emblem......more

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