Khan Shatyr Entertainment Centre’s 150 metre mast successfully erected

The most critical phase in the construction of the Khan Shatyr Entertainment Centre in Kazhakstan was successfully completed yesterday with the erection of its 150 metre-high tripod mast. The 2,000 tonne structure was lifted into place by four cranes in a process that took two weeks.

[SOURCE: Foster + Partners]

Finalists announced in RIBA terrace contest – Architects Journal

Dan Pearson, Glowacka Rennie Architects, Burd Haward Architects and designers Studio Weave and Millimetre have been short listed for RIBA terrace contest

SOURCE: Architects Journal – Finalists announced in RIBA terrace contest.

Groundbreaking today on new Salvador Dali Museum – St. Petersburg Times

St. Petersburg Times reports

“The future home of the Salvador Dali Museum is a blank canvas, a smooth greensward adjacent to the Mahaffey Theater on the downtown waterfront.

The design by Tampa-based architect Yann Weymouth of the international firm HOK has to serve two practical imperatives: display the collection, the most comprehensive in the world, to best advantage; and protect it from the ravages of a possible storm, up to a Category 5 hurricane, with 18-inch concrete walls.”

[SOURCE: St. Petersburg TimesGroundbreaking today on new Salvador Dali Museum]

Hangzhou Shangri-la to get shorter

In a period when the tallest buildlings are going up such as the Shanghai Tower and Burj Dubai it is comforting to see a city that has the initiative to protect its character and urban fabric.

Hangzhou is requiring that buildings that surround the beautiful West Lake should be made less than 24 metres(78.7ft). The Shangri-La hotel on the edge of the Lake will be made to reduce its building.

read more @ the SOURCE: The Guardian – Chinese city to trim tall buildings

Pandas face tough time this winter

China Daily reports

“Giant pandas living in the wild in Sichuan will face a struggle to survive this winter because of the damage caused to their environment by the May 12 earthquake, an expert said Thursday.

In July, the Sichuan government unveiled a 2 billion yuan ($290 million) plan, drawn up by experts from Wolong, Peking University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing-based firm Turenscape, to redevelop the reserve.”

[SOURCE: China Daily – Pandas face tough time this winter].

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