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The number of homes powered each year by Bjarke Ingels Group’s CopenHill, a newly opened waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen, Denmark. The striking design has captured attention for its incorporation of an urban ski slope and park on the sloped roof of the structure.


The award of a new international landscape architecture prize announced by The Culture Landscape Foundation (TCLF). Set to run biennially, the award will be open to artists, planners, architects, urban designers and landscape architects that have designed projects with a significant body of landscape architecture. The award is being underwritten by a $1m gift from TCLF board co-chair Joan Shafran and her husband Rob Haime.


The height of CITIC Tower, a planned tower set to be built in Beijing, China. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, which is known for its work on supertall buildings, the tower will be the tallest in the Chinese capital when completed. With a vase-like shape, it is designed to reference a ritual vessel from Bronze-Age China known as a ‘zun’.


The amount San Francisco’s iconic Transamerica Pyramid has been put up for sale for. Designed by American architect William Pereira, the 48-storey brutalist-style tower was constructed in 1972 for the Transamerica Corporation, but has never been listed for sale before. It is widely known for its tapered pyramid shape, which is intended to reduce the shadow cast on the surrounding area.



The cost of a new airport terminal for Kansas City, which is designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Set to be the largest single infrastructure project in the city’s history, it will replace the existing airport, which was built in 1972. The terminal will host 39 gates, with the ability to expand to up to 50 in the future. Having broken ground in March, it is scheduled for completion in 2023.

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Grafton Awarded RIBA Gold Medal

Grafton Architects has been announced as the winner of the 2020 RIBA Royal Gold Medal. The Dublin-based practice is headed by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, making it one of the few female recipients of the award. Grafton’s work includes University of Limerick Medical School, which was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2013, and a vertical campus for the Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC) in Peru, which won the 2016 RIBA International Prize.

Source: The Guardian

Mac Fire Report Delayed

The much-anticipated report into the devastating fire at the Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh Building is now unlikely to be released until 2020, despite previously being described as in its “final phases”. The delay is thought to be due to issues accessing some parts of the structure. It is hoped that the report will shed light on the cause of the blaze, which gutted the building in June 2018 during a £35m restoration project that had followed a previous fire in 2014.

Source: Architects Journal

AIA Prioritises Climate Change

The American Institute of Architects has announced climate change is a “critical issue” for the architecture profession, releaseing a five-point action plan to help the industry realise net-zero design. The Where We Stand: Climate Action plan is designed to accelerate the decarbonisation process within American architecture, including by encouraging more sustainable material sourcing and changing building codes to mandate carbon-efficient design.

Source: Dezeen

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