Issue No.371 // 14 February 2012
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More luck than judgement?
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'Lucky' coin-inspired structure on Pearl River, Guangzhou, meets mixed reviews online

Construction is pushing on with rapid pace at a significant waterside scheme on the Pearl River, Guangzhou, designed by Italian architect Joseph di Pasquale for the Guangdong Plastics Exchange. The 33-storey commercial facility has been inspired by the jade Bi Disks synonymous with rank and moral excellence throughout Chinese history and chief engineer on the project, Wang Zhanshan, has detailed: “It’s a real fusion of Western and Chinese design. The distinctive feature of the building is that it is shaped like an old Chinese jade or a waterwheel and also has good feng shui for attracting fortune. A golden coin, jade or waterwheel alongside the river means luck to Cantonese: Water brings money.” The use of jade Bi.....more

China's gift to Africa
Chinese-funded headquarters for African Union officially opened in Addis Ababa: A 20-storey headquarters and conference centre for the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was inaugurated at an official ceremony on 28th January, 2012 attended by many......more

Calatrava breaks new ground
Education buildings for Yuan Ze University are first buildings in Taiwan for Calatrava: These serene images have just been released of Santiago Calatrava’s first project in Asia: a Performing Arts Center, Art and Design School, and Y.Z. Hsu Memorial......more

Structural inadequacies in CTV Building
'Critical factors' in CTV Building collapse during Christchurch earthquake uncovered: A report issued by The Department of Building and Housing in New Zealand into the collapse of the CTV Building on 22nd February 2011 during a devastating......more

Artistic duo reunited
From the Bird's Nest to the Serpentine - Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei selected for 2012 Serpentine Pavilion: The Serpentine Gallery have announced that the Swiss architect duo Herzog & de Meuron and Chinese designer and artist Ai Weiwei are to......more

Strong winds to hit Britain...
£100m investment and 1,000ft turbine and Brighton farm to boost UK's green energy: Three new wind turbine projects have been revealed for the British coastline. The most ambitious of the schemes involves the insertion of 1,000ft giant turbines as......more

Time for reflection
Restrained Libeskind residential project to open this spring in Singapore: A series of leaning towers have recently erupted along Singapore’s waterfront. ‘Reflections’ is the latest creation of Studio Daniel Libeskind and yet is uncharacteristically subdued in......more

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