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Moneo at the crossroads
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Columbia University’s new Northwest Corner Building signals a bold and controversial direction

When Rafael Moneo accepted the commission to design a new interdisciplinary science building for Columbia University he knew it wouldn’t be easy. From the get go, the Spanish architect was tasked with the enormous challenge of designing a 14 storey building over an existing gym that was to remain in use during construction. He was also asked by Columbia’s President, Lee Bollinger, to design a ‘daring’ structure of ‘glass and steel’ that would represent the future of the sciences, ‘open the university to the neighbourhood’ and complement the school’s planned expansion to the northwest, (a 17-acre satellite campus designed by Renzo Piano). In short, the building was to be an engineering marvel and an architectural departure that would test the temperament of the community and the preservationists as the school prepared to embark.......more

Take a breath
Interactive light display for Art Basel Miami Beach encourages environmental awareness: The annual Art Basel Miami Beach has once again transformed the sandy beachfront of this vibrant city with a four day celebration of contemporary art. Joint......more

In the red
Extension to Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome to open on 5th December: Architecture practice Odile Decq Benoir Cornette won an open competition to design an extension to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome in 2001, and are currently......more

Third time's a charm
Groundbreaking ceremony held for National Supercomputing Center at Hunan University: Construction has begun on China's third National Supercomputing Center (NSCC), located at Hunan University in Changsha. A groundbreaking ceremony for......more

Those in glass houses...
Historic private manor transformed with 21st century curved glass atrium: Spratley Studios has been commended by the RIBA South for its work on Blewbury Manor in North Oxfordshire. The Henley-based practice extended the private Grade II......more

On a roll
Latvian design studio complete mobile dwelling with essence of a traditional home: Esclice is a mobile home concept by Riga's ARHIIDEA Arhitekti designers Toms Kokins, Eriks Grube and Martins Hermansons. Based on the design of the traditional Latvian.....more

Atelier Thomas Pucher sets the tone
Austrian firm wins competition to design €100m home for Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra: The renowned Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra is to receive a revolutionary new home in Warsaw designed by Atelier Thomas Pucher, following an international......more

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