HEKKTA’s Property Portal – Building Better?

This week in the world of property and architecture, this first report from the new UK housing commission Building Better, Building Beautiful was unveiled, aswell as London’s new linear park The Tide opening to the public, with mixed reviews…


The new UK housing commission Building Better, Building Beautiful has published it’s first report outlining a new direction for councils regarding planning permission in the UK. It encourages councils to say no to ‘ugly’ developments, and also wants the local communities more involved in the process at an earlier stage, compared to the current system which only allows people to lodge objections until the planning stage. Car-free high streets and mixed-use schemes are also encouraged within the report, headed by the new chair Nicholas Boys Smith after the Scruton sacking.


Highways England are working with scientists to try to bring graphene into the road network in the country, with the super material being 200 times stronger than steel and just one atom thick. Introducing graphene into the reparing process has potential to extend asset life and make the network perform at an “industry changing level.”


A new reformed health and safety system is being brought in in residential properties to make it more accessible for landlords and tenants.


The Aston Martin DBR1 is being celebrated at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with an amazing structure by British artist and designer Gerry Judah, consisting of one “impossibly thin” forty-seven tonne piece of steel. The beautiful car perched eagerly at the tip of the structure represents the start of a line of prime British racing engineering.


Principle of Zaha Hadid Architects, Patrik Schumacher, has taken aim at the architecture education system stating that it is in crisis, accusing schools of being disconnected from the real world and claiming that many teachers use their positions to promote their own agendas.


Skidmore, Owings & Merrill are the chosen firm to design two new terminals as part of the new Chicago O’Hare airport expansion. Renderings of SOM’s scheme reveal spacious buildings with glass walls, high ceilings, pale wooden interiors and rounded ceilings. A feature of the interiors is ample sunlight, as well as a number of biophilic design elements.


The first part of London’s new linear culture park has opened to the public, which offers free public art to view for any of those walking or running along with the backdrop of the capital. Aiming to emulate Manhattan’s High Line, many have said the London equivalent has fallen short.


The rising rent costs show no sign of stopping, with rents rising 8% in the second quarter of 2019.


Have a look at James Dyson’s new £43m penthouse in Singapore, the most expensive available, after he announced plans to move operations of his firm to the city-state.


Twenty-nine arrests were made at BAM’s King’s Cross site for it’s huge, new development after immigration officials stormed the site on Thursday last week, as they say they, “are committed to ensuring those working on our sites are legally eligible to do so, and will continue to work closely with our subcontractors to ensure thorough checks are being carried out.”


The “most significant African American architect in recent history”, Philip Freelon dies aged 66, after a short battle with ALS.


The French city of Rennes is set for a new mixed-use development with the centrepiece a fluted tower designed by JDSA. The Féval Tower will offer 188 new apartments to the city, and will sit right next to a brand new station offering fast links to other major cities in the country.


Kanye West’s new prefabricated homes for the homeless have reportedly taken inspiration from Star Wars.


UK market sees first monthly fall in asking prices this year.


Housing markets in Brisbane and Adelaide are outstripping their larger counterparts, with the two cities experiencing “goldilocks conditions” for property prices in the next three years according to a new report.

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