Issue No.222 // 15 December 2009
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What do architects know about climate change?

Climate conference reveals 'scary' perception about architects' role in the environment

Talking from the hubbub of the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen, UIA President Louise Cox revealed the 'scary' perception that the average person on the street has presented to her about architects at the conference. "People in the street are saying to me 'well, why are you here and what do architects know about climate change?' And that's scary because obviously the community doesn't understand that what we do can either reduce all these things or make them worse," she said in an exclusive podcast with World Architecture News......more

A twist for the Chicago Spire
Union boss steps in to save the floundering Calatrava project: North America's tallest tower was stopped dead in its foundations last year as the recession bells clanged and key players argued over alleged non-payment of millions of dollars in......more

Arcadia tumbled
Fosters and HKR's high rise design rejected by UK Communities Secretary: Glenkerrin UK has 6 weeks to appeal a decision by UK Communities Secretary John Denham to reject the Foster + Partners and HKR design for the Arcadia mixed-use......more

Calatrava's crossing
Long awaited Samuel Beckett Bridge opens: Dubliners took their first steps across the Samuel Beckett Bridge yesterday following its official inauguration. The six-laned bridge is Santiago Calatrava's second in the Irish capital city being preceded by the......more

Kuwait's retail city in third phase
Foundations set at Gensler-designed shopping destination: Phase III of The Avenues, Kuwait’s largest shopping destination, is underway. Located in the Al Rai district of Kuwait City, the mall has been designed in collaboration by the London and Los......more

Finishing the Medical Mile
Viñoly completes phase II of Van Andel: Rafael Viñoly Architects has announced the completion of Phase II of the Van Andel Institute Education and Medical Research Centre (VAI) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A major fixture of of Grand Rapid’s Medical......more

Foster reveals Biometropolis
Foster + Partners reveal designs for major new health city masterplan: Foster + Partners has revealed its designs for a 71-hectare teaching and medical facility in Mexico City upon notice of their appointment to the project. Campus Biometropolis.....more

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