Issue No.370 // 07 February 2012
 
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The rise of digital learning forces education design to get creative

This week it emerged that the Government of Kerala has instigated a futuristic new programme where high school and higher secondary school students will be able to study in a building-free environment, accessing all necessary teaching materials via a virtual classroom. This is not the first time a programme of this nature has been made available; in fact, it is becoming more commonplace, begging the question: How long until the school building becomes obsolete? In 2009, Shelly Blake-Plock penned a blog post that went viral and has seen a renewed spate of interest as the changing face of education has gained pace. Blake-Plock’s post was.......more

1WTC cost reaches $3.8bn
Possible design flaw could add millions to the cost of One World Trade Center: The agency building the new World Trade Center says that a design flaw could add millions of dollars to the cost of the complex’s signature tower. The Port Authority of New......more

Mixed-use project in Lagos unveiled
Live-work typology splits Studio Seilern Architects’ Banana Island scheme in two: This glass-rich waterfront project in the Nigerian city of Lagos is the work of Studio Seilern Architects, who are swiftly making a name for themselves in West Africa. The......more

The next frontier...
Marks Barfield conceptualises £6.4m walkway through the Amazon Rainforest: A bold new science centre has been proposed for the Amazon Rainforest. The project, worth £6.4m, will be located in Xixuaú Xiparina, a secluded region of untouched forests in.....more

Gehry leaves his mark
Frank Gehry’s Pershing Square Signature Theatre Center opens in Hell's Kitchen: Signature Theatre yesterday opened The Pershing Square Signature Theatre Center, its new permanent home designed by architect Frank Gehry. Spanning an entire......more

Restoration on the way for Alcatraz
Atkins to repair crumbling penitentiary building on famous Alcatraz Island: Atkins has been appointed by the USA’s National Park Service to undertake structural repair work to the federal prison building on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. The......more

Hadid signs agreement for CBI HQ
Step forward for Zaha's first building project in Iraq - Central Bank of Iraq Headquarters: Zaha Hadid Architects’ design for a waterfront headquarters for the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) on the Tigris River in Baghdad has moved forward following an......more

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