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‘Gotham City’ to Become a Reality?

‘Gotham City’ to Become a Reality?

It is often said that London is one of the hardest cities to build in in the world, with planning permission rarely granted and restrictions rife in the core of the capital.

The Lagoons: Eco-resort for Dubai

The Lagoons: Eco-resort for Dubai

Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, and Ahmad Bin Byat, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Holding, today unveiled the joint venture’s masterplan of The Lagoons, a magnificent waterfront city within Mohammed Bin Rashid City (MBR City), inspired and built by the banks of the Dubai Creek, at Cityscape Global, the premier property exhibition. The mega-development for tomorrow’s youth is spread over an area of 6 million sq m (over 1,482 acres).

Cenke Tower Glistening Design

Cenke Tower Glistening Design

This new tower for the Cenke Group by HENN is located on the northsouth axis in the centre of the Chinese metropolis of Taiyuan. As well as office space, the building also contains a hotel on its upper floors and a retail area at the basement level.

Green Light for ‘Wiggle’ Tower

Green Light for ‘Wiggle’ Tower

This site of the new residential Bathurst Tower is on a prominent corner in the centre of the Sydney CBD. The proposal for a 35 storey tower will be a significant element in the CBD skyline. Tony Owen Partners have sought to design a building which provides a world class addition to Sydney as a cosmopolitan international city.

Clermont Takes to the World Stage

Clermont Takes to the World Stage

glh., the London-based global hotel subsidiary of Singapore-listed GuocoLeisure Group, has launched an opulent hotel brand by revealing three luxurious hospitality developments in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and the United Kingdom. The three establishments will run under the new brand ‘Clermont’ and in total hold a gross development value of £2.1bn.

Ten Skyscrapers for Helsinki

Ten Skyscrapers for Helsinki

This time a year ago World Cities Network was a budding initiative, reaching out to city administrations across the world to encourage change-makers to build more resilient cities. Today the organisation has announced that it is working with the City of Helsinki on a monumental redevelopment project with a tender due to be released in December. The redevelopment masterplan will focus on a site 3km north of Helsinki and create the city’s first high rise business and media district.

‘Walkie Talkie ’ or ‘Walkie Scorchie ’ ?

‘Walkie Talkie ’ or ‘Walkie Scorchie ’ ?

Rafael Vinoly’s 20 Fenchurch Street in London, affectionately dubbed the Walkie Talkie for its curved silhouette, has been the focus of much heated debate for its unusual form. Today the project has hit the headlines for a more concerning reason – sunlight reflected off the tower’s façade appears to be causing damage to personal property on the street below.

Spring in their Step

Spring in their Step

Eighteen months after opening an office in Shanghai, Farrells have been appointed as architect planners for two major new mixed-use developments in the city. Located on either side of the Huangpu River, these prestigious projects will transform the urban landscape of the central northern area of Shanghai.

Mashreq Bank Headquarters

Mashreq Bank Headquarters

The practice behind the recently completed Cayan Tower has just released glittering imagery for the new Mashreq Bank Headquarters, also destined for Dubai. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has been selected to design the 32-storey commercial headquarters for Mashreq Bank and the single rendering shows a cantilevered volume with a cluster of palm trees at the base of a gaping void.

Pearl of the North

Pearl of the North

Site excavation works are underway at the Baoneng Shenyang Global Financial Centre development in Shenyang, China, designed by global multidisciplinary firm Atkins. The development, with total investment estimated at over £1bn, consists of two towers of 565m and 328m in height, and will be the landmark of Shenyang, the largest city in northeast China. “The excavation work for the entire development site started last spring and is still ongoing,” Atkins Asia Pacific Communications Manager Christina Zhuang told WAN, adding that construction on the entire complex was due to be completed in 2018.