Issue No.355 // 18 October 2011
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Is Huaxi the next Shanghai?

China's richest village opens luxury 328m tower as it begins an architectural ascent

In the 1950s it was home to around 600 hardworking farmers. Today this figure stands closer to 35,000. We are of course talking of Huaxi, a so-called ‘village’ in China’s Jiangsu province sprawling outwards at breakneck speed which last week opened a breathtakingly lavish 328m tower costing 3bn Yuan (£301m). An Internet storm followed as blogs and Twitter users picked up on reports from reliable news sources listing seemingly impossible statistics: a £31m solid gold statue of an ox weighing over a tonne; a large proportion of the Huaxi villagers each donating 10m Yuan in shares; genuine flakes of gold inlaid on the reception floor... The 800-suite building which acts primarily as a hotel and conference centre under the title Longxi International Hotel has become a symbol of China’s construction industry but for many, this is a bridge......more

New face for 1920s icon
Art Deco beauty of Myer's flagship Melbourne store reinvigorated by NH Architecture: Myer’s city store has long held a position as a civic elder to the public life of Melbourne. Centrally located in the Bourke Street Mall, the store has witnessed a century of......more

Rural legend...
Myths and indigenous beliefs inspire winning concept for three park gateways in Norway: In the media age many children spend hours with eyes locked on computer screens, television sets or interactive gaming devices instead of outside, exploring......more

The latest Shard of Glass
Libeskind’s modern addition to Dresden Museum of Military History opens today: Dresden, a fairly small city near the German/Czech boarder, is the capital city of the Free State of Saxony and the proud owner of Daniel Libeskind’s latest creation. In a......more

Royal opening for Marlowe Theatre
Keith Williams' €29.5m new Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury opened by HRH Prince Edward: At a gala concert before an audience of 1,200, the new Marlowe Theatre was formally opened on 4th October 2011 by HRH Prince Edward accompanied by the......more

True cultural expression
Transformation of historical shipyard building completes on Elsinore's waterfront: This remarkable transformation of a former industrial ship yard in Denmark’s Elsinore into a cultural and knowledge centre has been completed by AART......more

Oakland residents get moving
Recreational facility for low-income area of CA, East Oakland Sports Center, completes: To build a new sports centre in Oakland’s Ira Jinkins Park and make fitness and recreation accessible to the low-income Brookfield neighbourhood has been the city’s......more

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