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Five-Tower UNStudio Design Wins Wenzhou CBD Competition

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19 Jul 2013, Wenzhou, China

Dutch office UNStudio has won a competition to design a trade center in the growing city of Wenzhou, China, with its proposal for a family of segmented skyscrapers. Occupying an 11-hectare (27-acre) site near the riverfront, the Yongjia World Trade Centre will mix retail, leisure and residential uses, according to designboom. Read more.


Jean Nouvel & Friends Win EPO Competition

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16 Jul 2013, Rijswijk, Netherlands

The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced that a consortium lead by Ateliers Jean Nouvel in association with Dam & Partners Architecten have won the international competition to design and construct its new Main Building in Rijswijk, a suburb of The Hague, the Netherlands. Read more.


Redesigning Detroit Competition Produces Exciting Possibilities

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02 Jul 2013, Detroit, United States

Last week, Rock Ventures announced the winners of a contest to redesign the site of the demolished Hudson's department store in downtown Detroit. MINICITY Detroit, by Davide Marchetti and Erin Pellegrino of Rome won first place and $15,000 in the “Redesigning Detroit” competition. Read more.


OMA Tapped for Tors Torn

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19 Jun 2013, Stockholm, Sweden

OMA has won the Tors Torn Competition for the development of two mixed-use towers in the new Hagastaden area of Stockholm. The two 100-meter (328-foot) landmark buildings will stand as the third-tallest skyscrapers in the Swedish capital, defining the area and city's growing center. Read more.


Chlorophyll Tower Could Scrub Manhattan’s Air

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05 Jun 2013, New York City, United States

Egyptian firm IAMZ Design Studio's submission to the eVolo skyscraper competition is directly inspired by nature. The Chlorophyll Tower's residential cells are designed to absorb New York city's emissions of harmful gases and convert them into energy. Read more.


Top Firms Tackle Penn Station Redesign

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30 May 2013, New York City, United States

Four New York-based architecture firms have unveiled competition entries for a new Penn Station and a relocated Madison Square Garden. SHoP Architects, H3 Hardy Architecture, SOM and Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, have had only two months to create their competition entries. Read more.


Shigeru Ban Wins Hamburg Competition

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30 May 2013, Hamburg, Germany

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has won the competition to design the Watertowers HafenCity, a residential complex in Baakenhafen Harbor, in Hamburg. The six-tower development will range between eight and twelve stories and will be built along the city's Elbe River front. Read more.


Crown Hotel Sydney Announces Design Winner

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16 May 2013, Sydney, Australia

Wilkinson Eyre Architects has won the bid to design the new Crown Hotel in Sydney as part of a larger $6 billion Barangaroo Redevelopment Master Plan. The organic design finds its roots in an abstracted form of three stems growing out of the ground and twisting as they reach the top of the structure. Read more.


Barangaroo's Crown Hotel Competition Heats Up

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09 May 2013, Sydney, Australia

Three internationally recognized firms are competing to design a multi-billion dollar resort hotel tower at Barangaroo South on Sydney's harbor foreshore. The shortlist is composed of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architects (AS+GG) and Wilkinson Eyre Architects. Read more.


AS+GG Wins Imperial Tower Competition

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06 May 2013, Mumbai, India

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture has won Mumbai’s Imperial Tower competition with a 400-meter aerodynamic design. The Imperial Tower, which could become the tallest in the city, was designed to "confusedthe wind" by minimizing the negative effects of wind in the low-rise city. Read more.


British Architect Wins Montpellier Tower Residence Competition

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19 Apr 2013, Montpellier, France

Montpellier city officials have named London-based Farshid Moussavi Architecture as winner of the Jardins de la Lironde tower competition. The unconventional design features a stack of shifting curved floor plates that will form the 11-story apartment block in the French city. Read more.


Shenyang Launches Future Tallest Competition

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08 Apr 2013, Shenyang, China

Architecture firms RMJM, Aedas, Pelli Clarke Pelli and SCUT have been shortlisted to work on a giant skyscraper in the Chinese city of Shenyang. The tower would rise 92 stories and be connected by a shared podium to a second tower of 66 stories. Read more.


Beijing Re-Imagined Through “Light Park” Floating Skyscraper Competition Finalist

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18 Mar 2013, Beijing, China

Finalist in the 2013 Skyscraper Competition by eVolo Magazine, "Light Park” is a floating skyscraper, held aloft by helium, providing citizens with much-needed access to light and fresher air. Read more.


United Bank Competition Entry Looks to Inspire Unity

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27 Feb 2013, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Vienna-based firm Sohne & Partner Architeckten has released its competition entry for the new United Bank Building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Bustler reports. The submission was designed in collaboration with Ethiopian firm Miot BET Architects. Read more.


Sydney Skyscraper Competition Enlists Top Architects

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21 Feb 2013, Sydney, Australia

Four world-renowned designers have been shortlisted to create a design for the Crown Sydney resort tower in Barangaroo which is as iconic as the Syndey Opera House. The contenders are Renzo Piano, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, Kohn Pederson Fox and Wikinson Eyre. Read more.


OMA's 425 Park Unsuccessful Submission Profiled

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11 Feb 2013, New York City, United States

OMA's entry for the 425 Park redesign competition is profiled by designboom, which features a form that twists in an attempt to circumvent the city's planning practices and skyscraper aesthetics. OMA was one of the four Pritzker Prize-winning firms short-listed for the 425 Park Avenue commission. Read more.


OMA's 425 Park Unsuccessful Submission Profiled

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11 Feb 2013, New York City, United States

OMA's entry for the 425 Park redesign competition is profiled by designboom, which features a form that twists in an attempt to circumvent the city's planning practices and skyscraper aesthetics. OMA was one of the four Pritzker Prize-winning firms short-listed for the 425 Park Avenue commission. Read more.


OMA Wins Shenzhen Tower Competition

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07 Feb 2013, Shenzhen, China

Rem Koolhaas's Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has won the design competition for the Essence Financial Building in Shenzhen, China. The design was chosen from the shortlist of four other entries by international and Chinese practices. Read more.


Richard Meier Architects Wins Hamburg Competition

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15 Jan 2013, Hamburg, Germany

American firm Richard Meier Architects has won the competition to design the German real estate company Engel & Völkers' headquarters in Hamburg. The project will be a mixed-use complex located in the city's Hafencity district and is expected to open in 2015. Read more.


Students Compete to Design Temporary Timber Stadium Tower

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12 Dec 2012, London, United Kingdom

A 200-meter timber tower near Wembley Stadium in the Borough of Brent, London has been proposed in a “temporary buildings” student competition. Called The Splinter, the tower is a design produced for the competition by one of a dozen groups of Royal College of Architecture students. Read more.


AS + GG Wins Qintai Center Competition

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06 Nov 2012, Wuhan, China

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture has won the competition to design the Qintai Center in Wuhan. The complex will include a 248 meter (814 foot) tall, mixed-use tower and related podium structure, designboom reports. Read more.


Top Firms Compete to Redevelop Australia Site

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30 Oct 2012, Sydney, Australia

Five international architecture firms, including Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), are vying for the chance to provide master planning services for Barangaroo Central. The Master Plan will link Headland Park with the financial hub and include a landmark hotel. Read more.


425 Park Shortlisted Designs on Display

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19 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

Curbed New York has posted all the renderings from the recently completed competition for the redesign of 425 Park Ave. The design by Norman Foster of Foster + Partners was chosen earlier this month from the four Pritzker Prize-winning architects who competed. Read more.


Union Station Renovation Ideas Create Dynamic Public Spaces

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18 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

Following the July proposal to remove restrictions on building heights around New York's Grand Central Station, a coalition of architects has produced a series of exciting ideas to transform the area into a stately entry point to the city. Read more.


Norman Foster's Winning Park Avenue Design Released

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04 Oct 2012, New York City, United States

Foster & Partners won the competition to redesign 425 Park Avenue, which will be built on the current site of a 55-year-old office tower on a prime site. Work on the winning concept design is scheduled to begin construction in 2015. Read more.