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The World's Most Liveable Cities in 2019

07:30 - 8 April, 2019
The World's Most Liveable Cities in 2019, Strandbar Herrmann. Vienna, Austria. Image © Christian Stemper, via Vienna Tourist Board
Strandbar Herrmann. Vienna, Austria. Image © Christian Stemper, via Vienna Tourist Board

For ten consecutive years, Vienna ranks first in the Mercer survey on cities with the best quality of life in the world. In this edition to the global ranking, eight Western European cities join the top ten, even when "trade tensions and populist undercurrents continue to dominate the global economic climate", as Mercer points out in its report.

Skyscrapers of 2018: Soaring Beyond the Archetypal Crystal Tower

07:00 - 14 December, 2018
Skyscrapers of 2018: Soaring Beyond the Archetypal Crystal Tower, © Viktor Sukharukov
© Viktor Sukharukov

Either as singular outcroppings or as part of a bustling center, skyscrapers are neck-craning icons across major city centers in the world. A modern trope of extreme success and wealth, the skyscraper has become an architectural symbol for vibrant urban hubs and commercial powerhouses dominating cities like New York, Dubai, and Singapore.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Architectus Design Earthquake-Resistant Library in Christchurch

15:30 - 16 October, 2018
Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Architectus Design Earthquake-Resistant Library in Christchurch, Tūranga Library, Christchurch. Image © Adam Mørk
Tūranga Library, Christchurch. Image © Adam Mørk

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Architectus have announced the opening of Tūranga, the new central library for Christchurch, New Zealand. Built to address the earthquakes that damaged Christchurch in 2010 and 2011, the library is one of the first public buildings to open downtown after the disasters. Working with Architectus and the indigenous Māori people of New Zealand’s South Island, the design was made to celebrate rebirth in Christchurch.

Woods Bagot and Peddle Thorp Win Auckland Skyscraper Competition

13:00 - 9 October, 2018
Woods Bagot and Peddle Thorp Win Auckland Skyscraper Competition, 65 Federal Street. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot
65 Federal Street. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Woods Bagot and Peddle Thorp have been announced as the winners of the international competition to create a new high-rise tower in central Auckland. Drawn from five finalists including Warren and Mahoney, Cox Architecture, Zaha Hadid Architects, and Elenberg Fraser, the winning design will stand 180m high. The building design is inspired by New Zealand’s natural landscape and the country’s unique geology and fauna.

Jasmax Designs New Zealand's EXPO 2020 National Pavilion Inspired by Māori Culture

16:30 - 2 October, 2018
Jasmax Designs New Zealand's EXPO 2020 National Pavilion Inspired by Māori Culture, New Zealand Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Jasmax
New Zealand Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Jasmax

Architecture firm Jasmax has been selected to design New Zealand's National Pavilion for EXPO 2020 in Dubai. New Zealand will participate in Expo 2020 from October 2020 to April 2021. Expo 2020 Dubai will bring together 180 nations and 25 million international visitors. Over six months, the event will inspire collaboration on global challenges and opportunities. New Zealand’s theme for Expo 2020 is 'Care for People and Place'. The pavilion will feature an exhibition experience, corporate hosting facilities, a restaurant and design store.

These Are The 20 Most Livable Cities in the World in 2018

06:00 - 5 April, 2018
These Are The 20 Most Livable Cities in the World in 2018, © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/theodevil/4970314282'>Miroslav Petrasko [Flickr]</a>, bajo licencia <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">CC BY-NC-ND 2.0</a>. ImageViena, Austria
© Miroslav Petrasko [Flickr], bajo licencia CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. ImageViena, Austria

For the ninth consecutive year, Vienna has placed first in Mercer rankings on cities with the best quality of life in the world. Despite the current economic volatility in the European continent, the Austrian capital joins eight other European cities in the top ten.

Inside the Production of the Massive Miniature Models Used to Film Blade Runner 2049

08:00 - 20 November, 2017
Inside the Production of the Massive Miniature Models Used to Film Blade Runner 2049, Courtesy of Weta Workshop Design Studio
Courtesy of Weta Workshop Design Studio

You may not have guessed that the dystopian state of Los Angeles filmed in Blade Runner 2049 is a real place, just smaller. The scenes, from Los Angeles to the Trash Mesa and Wallace Tower were built to scale in Wellington, New Zealand by Weta Workshop, the massive ‘miniature’ sets were then filmed by cinematographer Alex Funke.

This Large Structural Frame is Made From Laminated Wood

08:00 - 26 August, 2017
This Large Structural Frame is Made From Laminated Wood, © Paul McCredie
© Paul McCredie

Warren and Mahoney Architects' design for the extension of Wellington Airport in New Zealand highlights the potential of using laminated wood in large-scale architectural projects.

The World's Most Expensive Cities in 2017 (And Why They Are So Expensive)

09:30 - 3 July, 2017
The World's Most Expensive Cities in 2017 (And Why They Are So Expensive)

Hong Kong tops the list of the world's most expensive housing markets relative to income, with Sydney, Auckland, Vancouver, Los Angeles and San Francisco also making the list.

New Agreement Allows U.S. Architects to Earn Reciprocal Licenses in Australia and New Zealand

14:00 - 5 January, 2017
New Agreement Allows U.S. Architects to Earn Reciprocal Licenses in Australia and New Zealand, © The Shopping Sherpa via Attribution Engine. Licensed under CC BY-ND
© The Shopping Sherpa via Attribution Engine. Licensed under CC BY-ND

For U.S. architects, working abroad will now be easier than ever, as the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has announced a new mutual recognition arrangement with the licensing authorities of Australia and New Zealand. Effective as of January 1, 2017, the agreement allows architects to earn reciprocal licenses that authorize architects to work in the two countries.

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