Russian City Risks Its World Heritage Status Over new tower

Saint Petersburg, the imperial capital of Russia famed for its elegance and beauty, risks losing status as a world heritage site under plans by a Scottish company to build the highest tower in Europe there.

RMJM, Edinburgh-based co-architects of the contro-versial Holyrood building, have designed the £1bn-plus, 396m Okhta Tower as headquarters for state-controlled Gazprom – one of the world’s largest energy companies.

The proposals have promp-ted an outcry from heritage and conservation groups that it would ruin St Petersburg’s historic skyline.

Russian City Risks Its World Heritage Status Over Scotsdesigned Tower (from The Herald – UK ).

Busan to Have 117-Story Building(The Korea Times)

Busan Metropolitan City will launch a big project to build a 117-story resort building. According to Busan Urban Development Corporation (BUDC), it will enter into an agreement with “Triple Square Consortium (TSC)’’ on Tuesday to construct the super large resort building at Haeundae, the biggest beach in the country.

If the agreement is completed, TSC will dig ground for the construction, which is scheduled to end in December next year. A total of 1,540 billion won will be invested for the 511 meter-tall building in the land size of 584,000-meter square.

Busan to Have 117-Story Building(The Korea Times).

The Getty Center at 10: Still aloof, yet totally L.A. – CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK – Los Angeles Times – calendarlive.com

During much of the 1990s, as the Getty Center was rising on its Brentwood hilltop, a couple of stubborn questions dogged the hugely ambitious project: Would Richard Meier’s design ever have anything meaningful to do with, or say about, the cityover which it loomed? Or would it exist as an expensive import, a vast collection of smooth enamel and rough travertine conjured up by a New York architect who looked west for commissions but east, to Europe and its Modernist past, for inspiration?

The Getty Center at 10: Still aloof, yet totally L.A. – CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK – Los Angeles Times – calendarlive.com – L.A. Times

‘People Need Beauty’: Architect Oscar Niemeyer Turns 100

Oscar Niemeyer, the last surviving founder of architecture’s Modernist movement, turns 100 on Saturday. The grandfather of Brazilian architecture is a living legend, and plans to remain so for a while.

‘People Need Beauty’: Architect Oscar Niemeyer Turns 100 – International – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News.

New galleries take shape at Botanical Garden

For years, the aluminum lath house that sheltered the Desert Botanical Garden’s treasured cactus collection sorely needed a dynamic makeover.

Considered state of the art in 1950, the space had long ago reached capacity, with specimens poking through the top of the lath and shade cloth roof, and spilling over rocks that served as protective and decorative boarders. An additional structure added in 1965 for succulents didn’t much improve the look.

New galleries take shape at Botanical Garden.

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