Issue No.354 // 11 October 2011
 
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Urban design hinders emergency services in Egyptian capital

The traffic jam in the image to the left would be frustrating for most, causing those behind the wheel to be late for meetings, cancel appointments or miss the school bell. But what if the driver is a fire fighter or paramedic on the way to an emergency call? There is no doubting the fact that Cairo’s traffic problems are in drastic need of reform, however with political tensions on the incline, it must be queried whether the congestion issues faced by the city’s emergency services are a question of urban design or social instability. Last week, journalist Steven Viney penned an article for the English edition of Almasry Alyoum suggesting that the instigating factors behind this growing problem are a medley of......more

The Big Build completes
Sacramento International Airport opens tomorrow with $6m of public artwork: Tomorrow the $1bn redevelopment of Sacramento International Airport will open for business with the first outbound flights scheduled for 6am. Designed by Corgan Associates......more

A players' best friend...
Sculptural China National Tennis Center by Atelier 11 completes in Beijing: On 25th September the Diamond Arena by Atelier 11 was officially declared open in Beijing. The dedicated China National Tennis Center is a 15,000-capacity stadium which is......more

Architecture under the lens
Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam considers religious architecture, the African metropolis and pessimism in the industry: From the 6th to the 9th October, Rotterdam will be overrun by architecture film enthusiasts as the city plays host to the......more

A three-pronged approach
New images of grand Kuwait International Airport released by Foster + Partners: This elegant trefoil plan is the new Kuwait International Airport designed by global architecture firm Foster + Partners. The concept looks to set a new environmental......more

Like a rock...
Unique Jerusalem home projects from raw rockface combining natural influences with cutting edge design techniques: This ethereal private residence by Paritzki & Liani Architects is almost more about the existing environment than the architectural......more

The new Glass Mountain
Tallest cliff face in Europe is backdrop for stunningly elegant restaurant complex: Reiulf Ramstad Architects has completed a breathtaking restaurant and information centre at the base of the Troll Wall - Europe’s tallest vertical, overhanging rock face......more

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