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The amount of time it has taken to build a new hospital in Wuhan, China, The 1,000 bed hospital has been constructed in order to provide specialist treatment to patients suffering from the coronavirus. The 25,000 square metre facility has been constructed using prefabricated elements.

88 Years

The length of time The School of Architecture at Taliesin, which announced that it would be closing at the end of January, has been open for. Established in 1932, the Arizona-based school has been struggling since 2017. It was forced to close after failing to reach an agreement with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.


The initially planned height of 45 Broad Street, a proposed supertall building in Manhattan, New York, which has now been postponed indefinitely. Construction had begun on the skyscraper, which was reduced by 8 feet to accommodate Federal Aviation Administration regulations, but has now been stopped due to market conditions.


The number of supertall skyscrapers that were completed in 2019, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, making it a record-breaking year for the construction of buildings over 300m. By contrast, there was a number of building of between 200-300m completed. The tallest was the 530m-high Tianjin CTF Finance Centre by SOM.



The amount being sought by the UK charity Art Fund in order to prevent Prospect Cottage, the former home of filmmaker Derek Jarman in Dungeness, the UK, from being sold to a private individual. The iconic house is renowed for its garden, which was created by Jarman while he was suffering from the Aids virus.

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The Key Architecture News This Month

Adolfo Natalini, 1941-2020

Adolfo Natalini, co-founder of Superstudio, has died at the age of 78. Renowed for his radical vision, Natalini was known for his provocative dystopian depictions of future architecture, which were designed to generate discussion on future ways of living. He also produced a number of postmodern designs for civic projects, including the Edificio Per Uffici ad Alzate Brianza in Como and the Florence's Teatro della Compagnia.

Source: Dezeen

Trump Threatens to Destroy Iranian Heritage

Architects reacted with horror to US President Donald Trump’s threat to destroy Iranian cultural sites in January, after he tweeted that cultural sites, such as the Gate of All Nations in Persepolis, could be targeted by US military efforts. The targeting of cultural sites is in violation of the Geneva Convention and United Nations Security Council resolution 2347.


Cecilia Alemani to Curate Venice Biennale

Cecilia Alemani, the curator of the High Line in New York’s art programme, has been appointed as artistic director of the 59th Art Venice Biennale. The appointment makes Alemani the first Italian woman to organise the festival, which will begin in May 2021. She previous curated the Biennale’s Italian pavilion in 2017.


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