Issue No.313 // 30 November 2010
 
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Dubai Municipality cracks down on levels of glass used in building façades

It was announced yesterday at the EnviroCities 2010 conference in Dubai that a new federal green building code will put limits on the level of glass used in a new building’s facade. Due to be implemented in 2014, Dubai Municipality will be leading the way, ensuring that all government buildings will meet the new criteria from the beginning of next year. Speaking at the conference on Sunday, Eisa Al Maidour, Municipality’s Assistant Director General for the Engineering and Planning Sector, said: “The next three years are a trial period to make sure we have enough materials and the code does not affect the market. We thought about making this transition period just one year by decided it was too short.” The new code states that buildings......more

First images Zayed National Museum
Zayed National Museum set to be first completed museum on Saadiyat Island: Foster + Partners has released new images of its designs for the Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi, after they were officially unveiled by His Highness Sheikh......more

London welcomes the 'Cucumber'
Billionaire brothers present 140m tower to rival the Gherkin at Merchant Square: Sunday Times Rich Listers Simon and David Reuben have submitted plans for a 41 storey residential tower at their prosperous Paddington Basin site in London's West......more

A popularity contest...
Evocative canopy structure becomes KPOP’s signature in competition entry from MJ Architecture: Washington DC-based design practice Martinez + Johnson Architecture present their entry for the Kaohsiung Maritime Cultural and Popular Music......more

Head and shoulders above the rest
Shard becomes tallest building in Britain: Racing up at a rate of knots, Renzo Piano's Shard has now surpassed One Canada Square in London as the tallest building in the UK. The building's concrete core has now passed the 770ft (230m) mark on.....more

Return of the Bard
Royal Shakespeare Theatre reopens following vast regeneration works: The Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RST) in the Bard's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon has once again undergone a dramatic transformation. Since the original theatre was built in 1879......more

In the limelight
New images released for Grand Theatre in Moroccan capital by Zaha Hadid Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects has been commissioned to design a cutting-edge Grand Theatre in Rabat, Morocco, following an agreement earlier this month with.....more

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