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Biden revokes Trump’s “beautiful” architecture executive order

February 25, 2021 India Block 0
The White House

US president Joe Biden has officially undone Donald Trump’s executive order requiring new federal buildings to be built in the classical style, 69 days after it was signed. Biden announced a batch of revocations on 24 February 2021 including executive order 13967, titled Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture. The controversial order requiring all new government

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KPF designs trio of interconnected skyscrapers for east London

February 24, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A visual of a trio of skyscrapers in east London

Kohn Pedersen Fox has unveiled its design for a trio of skyscrapers linked by vertical planters, which is set to be built at 70 Gracechurch Street in east London. The 154.7-metre-tall complex is designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) to host a mix of office and retail spaces, alongside a viewing platform on its upper

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Boris Johnson proposes roundabout beneath Isle of Man as part of tunnel system under Irish Sea

February 22, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A satellite image of the Isle of Man

UK prime minister Boris Johnson has proposed connecting England, Scotland and Northern Ireland via tunnels connected to a giant underground roundabout beneath the Isle of Man. The roundabout, nicknamed the Douglas Junction after the Isle of Man’s capital, would be accessed by two tunnels from England, one from Scotland and one from Northern Ireland, reported

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This week Richard Rogers revealed his final building

February 20, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Richard Rogers final buildings

This week on Dezeen, high-tech architect Richard Rogers unveiled a cantilevered art gallery in France, which was the final building designed before his retirement. Named The Richard Rogers Drawing Gallery, the building cantilevers 27 metres from a hillside at the Château La Coste vineyard in southern France. It was Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rogers’ last work created before his retirement from Rogers Stirk

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Plans for Barbican concert hall by Diller Scofidio & Renfro axed

February 19, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
London Centre for Music by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Plans for the pyramidal Centre for Music by Diller Scofidio & Renfro in London have been scrapped, with a “major renewal” of the nearby Barbican estate set to take place instead. The concert hall designed by US studio Diller Scofidio & Renfro with British firm Sheppard Robson was planned as the new home for the London

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Dorte Mandrup to turn former home of Nazi architect into design academy

February 19, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A glass-walled exhibition space at Saalecker Workshops

Dorte Mandrup has announced its plans to convert the Saalecker Workshops, the former home of German architect Paul Schultze-Naumburg, into an international design academy. The adaptive reuse project is an attempt to repurpose the “uncomfortable monument” near the town of Naumburg in central Germany into a space that celebrates free-thinking and diversity. Once complete, it

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Sumayya Vally named one of Time magazine’s 100 leaders of the future

February 19, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Sumayya Vally

Sumayya Vally, the founder of South African architecture studio Counterspace, has been named on the Time100 Next list of people “poised to make history”. Vally, who is designing this year’s Serpentine pavilion, is the principal of Johannesburg-based architecture studio Counterspace. She was the only architect named on the list that aims to “highlight 100 emerging leaders who are shaping

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Sumayya Vally named one of Time magazine’s 100 leaders of the future

February 19, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Sumayya Vally

Sumayya Vally, the founder of South African architecture studio Counterspace, has been named on the Time100 Next list of people “poised to make history”. Vally, who is designing this year’s Serpentine pavilion, is the principal of Johannesburg-based architecture studio Counterspace. She was the only architect named on the list that aims to “highlight 100 emerging leaders who are shaping

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Construction begins on MVRDV’s Pyramid of Tirana renovation

February 19, 2021 James Parkes 0
Steps line the roof and facade

Work has begun on the conversion of the 1980s brutalist Pyramid of Tirana in the Albanian capital into a youth-focused cultural hub. Dutch-architecture studio MVRDV is set to convert the 11,835-square-metre pyramid in central Tirana into a “peoples monument” that contains cafes, studios, workshops and classrooms where free lessons will be available to young Albanians. Built as a museum dedicated to former communist

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Foster + Partners’ 50 Hudson Yards supertall skyscraper tops out in New York

February 18, 2021 India Block 0
50 Hudson Yards by Foster + Partners

The 50 Hudson Yards supertall skyscraper designed by architecture studio Foster + Partners has reached its full height in New York as Facebook plans to move in. Under construction as part of the Hudson Yards development in west Manhatten, the 58-storey skyscraper will contain offices when it completes. The final beam on the 1,011-foot-tall (308 metres) building was

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