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Architecture and Construction News in Numbers
The percentage of professionals that want to continue working from home after the end of quarantine, creating new challenges for residential architecture. In the UK, many are also leaving major cities in favour of the countryside, in search of more interior and exterior space.
The number of years that Gensler has topped the list of the Top 300 US Firms in architecture, compiled by Architectural Record. The list is compiled by revenue, with the 2020 list compiled using 2019 data. Gensler, which saw a 12% increase in revenue in 2019, is followed by Perkins and Will in second place.
The height of The Pacifica, a tower that, once completed in 2021, will be highest in New Zealand’s capital Auckland. Designed by Plus Architecture, it represents a significant shift in the city’s approach to housing, with Auckland planners only recently embracing residential inner-city apartments.
The number of stations that have now been finished on the new Doha Metro Network, a driverless system currently under construction. All stations have been designed by UNStudio, and sit across three different lines. A further 40 stations will be completed in phase two of the project.
The length of the Fehmarnbelt link, which when completed will be the world’s longest immersed road and rail tunnel. Connecting Lolland Falster in Denmark with Schlewig Holstein in Germany across the Baltic Sea, it was given the go-ahead in September.
The Key Architecture News This Month
Richard Rogers announces retirement
British architect Richard Rodgers has announced his retirement, 43 years after founding his practice Rogers, Stirk, Harbour + Partners. The winner of a host of awards across his career, including the Pritzker architecture prize in 2007, Rodgers is best known for his hi-tech developments, including the Pompidou Centre, the Lloyd’s building and the Millennium Dome.
Source: The Guardian
California’s Ziggurat faces demolition
The Chet Holifield Federal Building in Laguna Niguel, California, more widely known as the Ziggurat, is facing the prospect of demolition as the government building is being considered for sell-off as part of an initiative by the US Public Buildings Reform Board. The iconic Ziggurat was originally designed as a manufacturing facility in 1971 by modernist William Pereira.
London housing design app launched
A housing design app has been launched by the Mayor of London, architectural practice Bryden Wood and consultancy Cast that is designed to encourage housebuilding in the UK capital. It provides digital technology and data to assist with the design and construction of residential properties.
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