When KMD Architects was recently tapped to design a new eco-friendly headquarters for the Cinepolis cinema chain in Morelia, Mexico, the San Francisco–based firm joined a growing number of architects making their green mark south of the border.
HOK Sport unveiled conceptual plans on Tuesday for a new $290 million hockey arena in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, at the eastern edge of downtown. When the city’s Sports and Exhibition Authority (SEA) and the Pittsburgh Penguins announced the project earlier this year, it reopened old wounds in the contentious relationship between development authorities and residents of the city’s storied Hill District.
Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, in consultation with Alex Garvin & Associates, will issue an RFQ on September 4 seeking designers for a 4,500-acre park in Shelby County, Tennessee. Located at the northeastern edge of Memphis, the site is more than five-times the size of Manhattan’s Central Park. Organizers are hoping to design a new kind of park for a new age. Images: Courtesy Alex Garvin & Associates Shelby Farms Park, located at the northeast edge of Memphis (top), will encompass 4,500 acres—some five times the size of Central Park in New York City. Organizers of a new RFQ for the
A row of cement bollards blocking the main entrance to Glasgow’s international airport terminal prevented an explosives-packed vehicle from crashing into the building with disastrous consequences in June. Other airports have erected bollards or reinforced-concrete blast walls for the same reason.
The Airports Authority of India has chosen plans by a team of architects including Frederic Schwartz Architects, Hargreaves Associates, Gensler, and New Delhi-based Creative Group to expand the Chennai International Airport’s domestic and international terminals. When completed in 2010, the $300 million project will transform Chennai, located in the city formerly known as Madras, into India’s greenest airport. Images: Courtesy Frederic Schwartz Architects The revamped Kamraj Domestic Terminal will feature what designers describe as a “green gate”: a parking garage with a green roof and rainwater capture systems. Two one-acre gardens will form a central element within the terminal (top).
When Coney Island’s Astroland amusement park closes its gates this Labor Day weekend, it will be for good. The kitschy but beloved 1962-vintage venue in Brooklyn is making way for a massive new entertainment and hotel complex developed by Thor Equities. Nearby businesses and residents successfully pushed to have this project scaled back, but there’s no stopping a wave of redevelopment sweeping the area.
Urban revitalization is emerging in Poland in tandem with world-class design, drawing the likes of architect Robert Krier and filmmaker David Lynch to the scene for movie-related building projects. In Lodz, a town outside of Warsaw where Lynch shot scenes for Inland Empire in 2006, the pair is in development talks for an urban renewal project whose cornerstone will be a film studio and arts center.
Underwater living is no longer a Jules Vernes fantasy. Crescent-Hydropolis Resorts is constructing Hydropolis: a 1.1-million-square-foot hotel located 20 feet below the surface of the Persian Gulf, off the coast of Dubai.