Issue No.373 // 28 February 2012
 
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Shortlist announced for 148,000-hectare expansion of Russian capital

Last week, ten diverse groups of designers, academics, urban design specialists and engineers were selected by the Architectural Department of Moscow City Government as a shortlist for the Moscow Agglomeration Masterplan Strategy. This colossal scheme will expand the boundary of the Russian capital to incorporate 148,000 hectares of land to the south-west of the city, with the ten shortlisted partnerships presented with the task of preparing concept ideas within the next six months. These concepts will then be placed on public display following a review in September 2012. Seventy design groups entered the competition and the ten finalists have been......more

New satellite images...
SOM wins masterplan competition for Beijing Bohai Innovation City: SOM has won the job to design a compact, environmentally-enhanced community of satellite cities along the Chinese high-speed rail corridors connecting Beijing to the port city of Tianjin......more

OMA breaks ground in Taipei
Work begins on OMA's unusual design for Taipei Performing Arts Center in Taiwan: Rem Koolhaasâ?? extraordinary Taipei Performing Arts Center (TPAC) has now begun onsite following a groundbreaking ceremony on 16th February, 2012......more

Calatrava completes Dallas bridge
Dramatic white arch marks Dallas skyline: Already an icon, the gleaming 400ft white arch of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the first steel bridge across the Trinity River in Dallas, will officially open March 4, 2012. Designed by the Spanish architect......more

The wonderland of war...
Napoleonland: Franceâ??s answer to American Disneyland makes light of serious matters: A recent proposal by the French government to build a themed amusement park dedicated to Napoleon raises questions about the publicâ??s appetite for imagined......more

Application funded by Farrell & Partners
Farrells fight to save Battersea Power Station by submitting listed building application: Terry Farrell & Partners, the internationally renowned architect-planners, have released a statement confirming they intend to submit a listed building application for......more

The two faces of eco-design
Dynamic retirement home in Costa Rican mountains incorporates sustainability: Areopagus is a building harmoniously integrated into the landscape of the Costa Rican mountains. The project was planned as a retirement residence for a client from......more

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