Issue No.363 // 13 December 2011
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Head in the clouds?

MVRDV's newly unveiled residential project in South Korea said to resemble events of 9/11

Last week Dutch firm MVRDV presented their latest project - a pair of elevated residential towers in South Korea - which was met with much controversy from the international press. One after another, online and print publications blasted building’s architects, saying that the connecting ‘cloud’ between the two pillars ‘bears similarity to the fireball that engulfed the twin towers in New York 10 years ago’ [The Telegraph]. The concept itself includes two giant towers at 260m and 300m in height connected by a ‘pixelated cloud’ which incorporates a number of additional amenities and external spaces. This central 10-floor bridge is the area that has acted ignited such fury as it is said to reflect the plume of smoke that was ejected as the hijacked planes hit the Twin Towers in New York during the terrorist......more

Alésia Museum to open in 2012
Subtle historical references found in Bernard Tschumi Architects' Alésia Museum: The Battle of Alésia was waged by Julius Caesar in September 52BC against a united league of Gallic residents in a French settlement in Burgundy. A major hill fort - Alésia......more

The dynamics of the folding façade
Curtain opens of Rocco Design's rejuvenation of former cinema in Hong Kong: LHT Tower redevelopment by Rocco Design Architects comprises 29 storeys, with 11,000 sq m of Grade A office space and 3,000 sq m of podium retail and restaurant. Situated at......more

Planning for post-Olympics
OPLC announces 10 competing designs, aiming to create a new park legacy in London: On 3rd December the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) unveiled the final ten designs shortlisted for potential implementation in London’s newest public spaces......more

An oasis for the people
Geometric pastoral care centre energises former no-man's-land in Northern Austria: Straddling the River Danube in Northern Austria is the city of Linz, a cosmopolitan community which is home to a bold new religious centre. On a lush, empty plot of land......more

Herman Hertzberger takes the gold
Queen Elizabeth II approves 2012 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture for Hertzberger: Widely recognised as one of the most important influential theorists of the architecture industry, Herman Hertzberger has been awarded the Royal Gold Medal by the Royal......more

21st century learning in motion
CMA+U named amongst winners at ‘Future Proofing Schools Competition’: The University of Melbourne, united with partners, including the Australian Department of Early Childhood and Early Childhood Development, have recently been seeking out......more

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