Issue No.215 // 27 October 2009
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CBD design competition concludes with SOM triumphant

Beijing has experienced a reawakening in light of the 2008 Olympics. While the embers of the international event are still glowing in the presence of the various stadia and regenerative projects, it is clear that China is not going to let the good work be un-done as the winner of the competition for the Central Business District design was announced today. Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM) was chosen from an invited list of seven of the top architecture establishments worldwide to develop designs which will see Beijing's CBD double in size over the next eight years and......more

World's second tallest build starts
Ground broken at Digital Media City tower in South Korean capital: At 640 m high, Digital Media City Landmark tower in Seoul, South Korea, will be around 180m shorter than the Burj Dubai, but it is projected to be the second tallest building in the......more

Prix reveals House of Music plans
Ribbon cut for revised designs: Wolf D. Prix, Design Principal and CEO of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU today presented the final scheme design for the House of Music during a press conference at the Utzon Centre in Aalborg, Denmark. In close......more

OMA create the 'perfect combination'
Innovative and sustainable design wins competition for City Hall in Rotterdam: Europe's modern architectural epicentre is soon to receive a new city hall, courtesy of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), in collaboration with Werner Sobek......more

Hamptons allure
A new luxury condo building for New York’s Upper East Side: Georgica is a new 20 storey glass condo building located on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Named after a pond in the Hamptons, the project promotes a privileged lifestyle to families who......more

Great Blue Whale design beached
Third prize for nautical themed pavilion: Coming third place in the international competition for the Thematic Pavilion at Yeosu Expo 2012, Studio Nicoletti Associati's design emerges from Yeosu’s waters as a Great Blue Whale hurling itself out of the......more

New corner of Hamburg
J.Mayer H Architects' design makes wonder from wedge in unique office block: October 2009 marks the completiton of the office building 'Steckelhörn 11', located in the old centre of Hamburg, close to the prominent new 'Hafen City' development. It......more

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Patrik Schumacher joins Commercial sector jury
Mount Fuji is disappearing...
as Editorial Director Michael Hammond is interviewed by CBC
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