The Architecture and Construction News Roundup

The latest news and data from the architecture and construction industry

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Architecture and Construction News in Numbers


The height of 125 Greenwich Street, which is now the tallest residential skyscraper in New York after topping out in March. Designed by Rafael Viñoly, the building includes a curved glass façade to provide views of the city's main landmarks.


The number of storeys that the Bestseller Tower in Brande, Denmark, will have once it is completed, making it the tallest building in western Europe. Set for completion in 2023, it will be visible from 37 miles away.


 The number of seats in Populous' newly opened stadium for Tottenham Hotspur. The stadium, which has been described as "the best in the world" by Populous director Christopher Lee, has a host of novel features, including the largest single-tier stand in the UK. 


The percentage of the world's largest cities that will be impacted by rising sea levels by the year 2050, according to the UN, creating an urgent need for sustainable, flood-resistant design solutions.



The cost of a recently completed nursery and community building in London that has received a court order to be demolised. The scheme, designed by Studio Cullinan and Buck Architects, has been ordered for removal as it was built on consecrated ground.

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The Key Architecture News This Month

The Tulip gets planning permission

Foster + Partners has received planning permission for The Tulip, the controversial skyscraper set to tower above The Gherkin. The City Corporation Planning and Transport Committee voted 18-7 in favour of the project. However, it has attracted criticism, particularly from city mayor Sadiq Khan and Historic England, which argued it would damage views of the Tower of London.

Source: The Independent

Serpentine architect ordered to pay interns

Junya Ishigami, the architect behind this year's design for the Serpentine Gallery pavilion, has agreed to pay all the staff working on the project after a scandal erupted over the issue. Ishigami attracted considerable criticism for advertising unpaid positons requiring the holders to work 11 hours a day, six days a week. The Serpentine said it required all workers to be paid following the revelation.

Source: Dezeen

RIBA Publishes Gender Pay guidance

The RIBA has published guidance for architecture practices on how to close the gender pay gap as part of a bid to encourage firms to commit to reducing it. The guidance, Close the Gap - Improving Gender Equality in Practice, includes best practice and actions including fair recruitment and promotion methods, flexible working and the appointment of a diversity champion or taskforce.

Source: Archdaily

Mergers and Moves:

Industry happenings from around the globe


Pfau Long Architecture, a San Francisco architecture practice, has merged with the San Francisco arm of Perkins+Will. The merger went into effect on 1 March, and is designed to give the international practice greater roots in the area, as well as increased capabilties in light industrial, residential, education, cultural and civic architecture.

Source: Architect


British architecture firm Hawkins\Brown has launched a new office with presence in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. Dubbed Studio Scotland, it is headed by Peter McLaughlin. The expansion was made after the practice won work at the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh. Hawkins\Brown already has branches in London and Manchester.

Source: Architects Journal


SmithGroup, an architecture, engineering and planning firm based in Detroit, the US, has acquired Paulien & Associates, a higher education facilities planning firm. The acquisition has seen SmithGroup open an office in Denver, which will specialise in higher education and health. The two companies have previously worked together on 30 projects.

Source: Architect


International shared office provider WeWork has appointed Mexican architect Michel Rojkind as the senior vice president of Architecture. Rojkind previously founded Rojkind Arquitectos in 2002, and is known for a focus on innovation and social and environmental impact. He joins Bjarke Ingels, who was recently appointed as WeWork chief architect.

Source: ArchDaily

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