Issue No.308 // 26 October 2010
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Anish Kapoor provides a little light relief for visitors to Kensington Gardens

London is arguably one of the greenest cities on the planet, a fact intrinsic to Thomas Heatherwick's recent dandelion-esque creation for the Shanghai World Expo which mapped out the interlocking network of tree-lined streets that make up the urban jungle that is England's capital. As one wanders through the city of London so little pockets of quintessential countryside appear, nestled between ambitious steel and glass towers and traditionally elaborate red-brick dwellings. One such pocket is Kensington Gardens. A tranquil expanse of grass and lakes, at this time of year the Gardens are transformed into a blended mass of bronze, ochre, tan and burgundy as the conk.......more

A major breakthrough...
Gotthard Base Tunnel reaches new milestone: A few days ago, a 3,000 tonne drill powered through the last few metres of Alpine rock during the construction of the Gotthard Base Tunnel. At 57km (35.4miles) the 9.5m wide passageway now bears the title......more

The end of CABE?
Results of the UK Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review: Chancellor George Osborne announced the UK Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review at 12.30 this afternoon, cutting the welfare budget drastically to reduce public spending by......more

Love thy neighbourhood...
200 year old church saved from demolition & transformed into artistic community space: A listed church in Ryton, Gateshead, is to be given a new lease of life courtesy of GradonArchitecture. Plans to adapt the religious structure into a creative open plan.....more

Mission accomplished
Winning competition proposal injects new life into tired former factory complex in Beijing: Father and son architecture duo Massoud and Ali Afsarmanesh were awarded top prize in the first Architects In Mission (AIM) International Competition to reinvigorate Cable......more

Head for the hills
Henning Larsen Architects and Buro Happold to create luxury hotel on Meskheti Range: The breathtakingly scenic setting of the Meskheti Mountain Range in Georgia is to become home to a new luxury spa hotel, as designs by Henning Larsen Architects with......more

Ciao bella...
Radical leaning hotel duo in Copenhagen approaching completion say 3XN: Right now the construction of the Bella Sky hotel in Copenhagen is the largest building site in Denmark, with work well on target for completion in 6 months time. Visually the hotel......more

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