Moh Architects wins RIBA contest for Urban Splash’s Walsall waterfront regeneration – Building Design

Vienna-based Moh Architects has won the RIBA competition to design a new waterfront project in Walsall for Urban Splash.

[SOURCE: Building Design – Moh Architects wins RIBA contest for Urban Splash’s Walsall waterfront regeneration ] .

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Function meets form – The National Newspaper

National Newspaper reports that

“Marks Barfield Architects, the award-winning London-based practice, are aiming for an organic look that is informed by nature.

DAD, a project by Abyaar, a Kuwaiti boutique real estate developer, is a 26-hectare commercial, residential and retail project within Dubai’s International Media Production Zone. And Marks Barfield has been commissioned to design several core components of it: 11 residential buildings with a gross built area of 2.1 million sq. ft., a central clubhouse, children’s playground and seven retail units. Central to the project will be the three Pebble buildings. Construction is scheduled for completion in the last quarter of 2011.”

[SOURCE: Function meets form – The National Newspaper].

University of Leicester stakes £1 billion to secure elite status

The University of Leicester — recently crowned University of the Year — has launched a £1 billion campus development to help it move into the top ten of British universities.

The building programme, one of the biggest ever undertaken in the sector, will strengthen Leicester’s unique position as an elite university committed to widening access to higher education.

Architects – Shepheard Epstein Hunter

SOURCE: University of Leicester – University of Leicester stakes £1 billion to secure elite status.

Kimbell Art Museum reveals $70 million Renzo Piano expansion designs – Fort Worth Business Press

Fort Worth Buiness Press reports

“After a year and half of discussion and planning, Fort Worth’s Kimbell Art Museum on Nov. 18 unveiled preliminary plans for a new $70 million neighboring building designed by Italian architectural giant Renzo Piano and funded by the Kimbell Art Foundation.

Piano said only about 20 percent of the existing lawn will be incorporated into a sweeping berm that will shield the roof from the western sun and insulate the walls. Piano said he is working closely with landscape architect Pond & Co. of Atlanta.”

SOURCE: Fort Worth Business PressKimbell Art Museum reveals $70 million Renzo Piano expansion designs –

Foster + Partners selected for excellence in construction in the Gulf region

Foster + Partners has been honoured with the title, “Architect of the Year”, in the inaugural Gulf State Building Awards, announced on 13 November at a ceremony in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.

Celebrating the highest standards in the region’s construction industry, entries were invited from companies working in the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The judges noted that Foster + Partners’ new office in Abu Dhabi “has a variety of exciting projects already coming out of the ground – the Index Tower in Dubai will be completed next year…and the Al Raha Beach and the Central Markets projects are already bringing architecture of star quality to Abu Dhabi… Perhaps the practice’s greatest achievement has been the concept for Masdar, which has been designed as the most environmentally-friendly development in the UAE.”

Gerard Evenden, Senior Partner, commented:
“We opened our Gulf office in Abu Dhabi in April of this year on the strength of our projects in the region. To receive this award less than a year later is a real endorsement of our work and we look forward to realising some of our most exciting and challenging projects there over the next few years.”

Foster + Partners’ current work in the Gulf includes:

The Index, Dubai
Business Bay Offices, Dubai
Central Market, Abu Dhabi
Al Raha Beach Development, Abu Dhabi
Masdar Development, Abu Dhabi
Masdar Cityscape, Abu Dhabi
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi
Blue City, Oman
UAE Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010

SOURCE: Foster + Partners – Press Release

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