Issue No.408 // 30 October 2012
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World's largest building overshadowed by heritage dilemma

Outrage is growing in heritage circles as the Saudi Government prepares to demolish three historic mosques dating back to the seventh centuryto make way for world's largest building.
Due to start on site in a few weeks after the annual Hajj pilgrimage, the new, expanded Masjid an-Nabawi mosque complex in Medina, Saudia Arabia is designed to hold some 1.6m peopleand reported to be costing $10.6-billion USD. Low cost flights have enabled an increasing number.......more

AS+GG's Great City unveiled
Tall building specialists reveal concept for 1.3 sq km satellite city outside Chengdu: New plans have been released for a self-sustaining satellite city outside the Chinese city of Chengdu. Tall building experts Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture......more

Baku alight with Flame Towers
Construction nears completion on HOK's gleaming Flame Towers in Azerbaijan: Construction is nearing completion on HOK's ambitious Flame Towers project in Baku, Azerbaijan. The three glossy towers, designed for Azinko Development MMC......more

An idea with legs...
Centipede Cinema opens in Portugal: Ever wished you could disappear for a few minutes; escape from the humdrum routine of day-to-day life into an alternative reality? Residents of Guimaraes, Portugal are now enjoying this luxury as a temporary......more

Hard at WORK
New York architects to design assembly hall for 2014 Summit of the African Union: An international competition for an Assembly Hall in Libreville, Gabon has been won by New York-based WORK Architecture Company. Beating other entrants from the......more

A place to call HOME
Temporary shelter concept in east London garages wins HOME design competition: London-based architecture practice Levitt Bernstein has been announced as the winner of Building Trust International's latest design competition. HOME invited......more

Building bridges...
HNTB unveils 'Ribbon of Light' concept for redevelopment of Sixth Street Viaduct in LA: A looping concept by global design firm HNTB has been chosen for the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement in Los Angeles. The existing bridge connects downtown and......more

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