Moscow rises to Foster’s space-age vision approved

Moscow planners have approved Lord Foster’s design for the world’s biggest building – likened by critics to an alien spacecraft and a “dahlia stuck in a string bag”. The British architect’s £2bn “city within a city”, Crystal Island, will be built on the banks of the Moscow river, with a total floor area of 2.5m square metres, making it the largest enclosed space ever to be constructed.

Crystal Island’s steel mega frame is to feature a “smart skin” to buffer against extreme temperatures and is expected to contain 3,000 hotel rooms, 900 apartments and a school for 500 pupils. Its 620m-wide base will taper to a spire almost 500 metres high, giving it the form of a vast transparent wigwam.

Moscow rises to Foster’s space-age vision | Art & Architecture | Guardian Unlimited Arts.

London Olympics bringing in more equipment for clean up

The London Olympics site is current undergoing remediation and has just brought in more moachinery to clean 750 tonnes of soil per day. The construction program starts in spring with the Olympic Stadium.

Read more at Building.co.uk

Wysing Arts Centre revamp ready to be unveiled

The visual arts in Cambridge are set to receive a boost, with the opening of the revamped Wysing Arts Centre this week.

The £1.7m centre, incorporating a total of nine buildings, has been in development for three years, with design by architect Hawkins Brown, while London branding consultancy OSB Design has created a signage system and graphics.

£1.7M Wysing Arts Centre revamp ready to be unveiled – Design Week.

Ealing urged to reject Penny Whistle tower

Plans to build skyscrapers in the suburbs were dealt a blow as English Heritage attacked proposals for a 40-storey tower in west London.

The Government’s advisory body believes the centre of Ealing is the “wrong location” for the 469ft block of flats, nicknamed the Penny Whistle.

Rowan Moore, director of the Architecture Foundation, said: “Once again London’s vague planning system is giving rise to a pointless and expensive debate. Is it okay to build towers in suburbs? Yes. But how big is too big? It is up to the Mayor to give a lead, which he has failed to do.”

Ealing council expects to decide on the application next month.

Ealing urged to reject Penny Whistle tower | Evening Standard.

Greece to transform airport into a park | Spero News

A MULTIMILLION-EURO plan to transform Athens’ former airport into a residential park complete with sports venues and leisure and business centres has been met with mixed reactions by experts.

On November 26, Public Works Minister George Souflias opened the Elliniko project to public consultation, giving architects, landscape architects, civil engineers, local mayors, ministers and transport directors an opportunity to air their objections – or forever hold their peace – before the bulldozers roll in.

“My first impression is that it’s probably the best plan that has ever appeared for the area,” says landscape architect Thomas Doxiadis. “It is a very responsible and forward-thinking landscape strategy of the type we should be looking at for the next century.”

Greece to transform airport into a park | Spero News.