Issue No.218 // 17 November 2009
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She dreamt of Rome...

And as the MAXXI previewed this week, that dream came true for Zaha Hadid

When Zaha Hadid was ten years old she travelled around Italy with her parents, stopping in Rome for the first time, and was dumbstruck by the history and beauty of the Italian city. In later years when she was studying architecture in London, she was able to experience it again when visiting her brother who lived in Rome. As if fated in the timeline of her life, Rome emerged once more, when Hadid was in the stride of her solo career, as the competition for the National Museum of 21st Century Arts was announced. “This competition was announced in late of 98," she said. "I called one of the people who......more

Design on the edge
Sparch takes a strong design angle at newly completed Raffles City: Work rest and play were to be accommodated at CapitaLand’s Raffles City in Beijing, but Sparch were tasked with creating more than just a functional arrangement......more

Along the cultural line
New cultural district in Aarhus set for disused railway zone: A four-way collaboration of Danish architects has been successful in the design competition for a new culture district in Denmark’s second largest city. The masterplan......more

Make that a martini
James Bond location sets the scene for luxury resort masterplan by Make Architects: Make Architects has won a closed competition to masterplan and design a new luxury resort on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast, beating off competition from Foreign......more

Tip top
World's most leaning structure tops out: Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi’s iconic leaning tower, has topped out its central core and reached its final height of 525 feet. Capital Gate leans an incredible 18 degrees (14 degrees more than the famous leaning tower of......more

Masterplanning Mumbai
BDP win first Indian commission with retail masterplan: BDP has won its first architectural commission in India, following the decision to establish a studio there in early 2010. The scheme is a 154,000 sq m retail-led mixed-use development......more

A wooden gesture
M3architecture complete memorial for the birthplace of the modern day Labour party: Brisbane based architecture practice m3architecture, in association with Brian Hooper Architect, have recently completed a £3 million memorial project for the......more

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