Issue No.297 // 10 August 2010
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Beijing - the legacy continues

Water Cube reopens as Asia's biggest indoor water park after 10 months of reconstruction

Infamous for its extravagant spending during the 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing spent a staggering estimate of €31bn decorating the city with iconic pieces of architecture. Whilst it was hoped that tourists would continue to flock to Beijing to experience the new cityscape firsthand bringing with them much-needed capital, this was not the case. In an attempt to combat these shortcomings, planning and design firm Forrec were brought in to revamp the National Aquatics Centre, known affectionately as the Water Cube. The news will come as a reassurance to those in the UK concerned.......more

New York City stands divided
Ground Zero mosque pits religious freedom against families of 9/11 victims: A decision to build a mosque two blocks from ground zero has divided the nation, prompting outrage among 911 families who see the decision as a slap in the face while garnering......more

Green light for Wirral Waters
Planning permission approved for £4.5bn development on banks of the River Mersey: Yesterday saw a huge step forward for the UK’s largest planning application – Wirral Waters – as Wirral Planning Committee granted planning permission for the £4.5bn......more

Unanimous vote for BDP
BDP to design two new facilities for Nanjing Medical University, Jiangsu province, China: Major international practice Building Design Partnership (BDP) has won the competition to design a new Faculty of Medicine and an admin building at Nanjing Medical......more

WAN winner’s success snowballs
FXFOWLE receive two more prestigious awards - one for past WAN AWARDS winner: Two FXFOWLE projects – one of which, Nordhavnen: City Regenerative, was victorious in the WAN AWARDS ’09 Urban Design sector this time last year –.....more

On the rocks
New mixed-use facility completed in winter sports hub near Rocky Mountains: Incorporating elements of the area’s European Alpine design heritage with more contemporary forms, Solaris is a newly completed mixed-use facility nestled at the centre of......more

€760m Metro Corridor in construction
Kolkata on track for swifter travel with new Metro Railway East-West Corridor: Construction is currently underway on an immense infrastructure project in India. Lee Harris Pomeroy Architects composed the plans for the Kolkata Metro.....more

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