The latest project in the City of London has been completed, the oval-shaped Can of Ham, and Philadelphia’s tallest building opens it’s doors. All in this week’s Property Portal.

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The latest skyscraper to hit the City of London has been completed; the Can of Ham stands on the same street as the Gherkin, and was designed by Foggo Associates. Measured at 90 metres in height, the building will largely contain offices with some shops and restaurants on lower levels. Due to the design, the internal space is vast thanks to the domed shape of the building, which has come under criticism for being slightly unimaginative and ugly. Surprisingly flattered by its nickname ‘Can of Ham’, Foggo Associates claim it is only the most iconic designs that recieve nicknames so early on.

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A new ‘smart forest city’ concept has been unveiled by Italian architect Stefano Boeri for the Mexican city of Cancun. Containing 7.5 million plants, the botanical garden was intended to be, “An urban ecosystem where nature and city are intertwined and act as one organism.” Similar projects to these are being rolled out across China in an attempt to depollute the heavily populated urban areas.

“The Smart Forest City will absorb 116, 000 tons of carbon dioxide with 5,800 tons of CO2 stocked per year.”

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Aswell as the completion of the Can of Ham, Philadelphia’s tallest building has just been completed, topping out at 341 metres. Foster + Partners are behind the design, which takes the aesthetic of the more traditional skyscrapers, with staggered rising glass blocks. Not the firms’ prettiest of buildings from the outside, but the inside helps to make amends, as huge rooms with surrounding glass give a very open feel. Occupying the top of the tower is the new Four Seasons Philadelphia, with lower floors being used for a variety of different things, including the television studios for NBC10 and Telemundo62.

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A huge, new fund has been announced by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick which will go towards the generation of new towns across the country, on a scale not seen since the Milton Keynes and Canary Wharf developments. A figure of £10m has been assigned for 10 new developments, which will be locally led and created.

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Universal Design Studio and Giles Miller Studio have created a recyclable studio for the BBC in Cannes, which can be dismantled and reused for something else at the end of it’s lifespan. Created for the MIPCOM trade show in Cannes, the building will be mainly used to entertain clients, showcase its content and “physically embody the brand”.

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In a move almost unthinkable in today’s world, the left wing Berlin state cabinet have agreed to freeze rent in Berlin for five years. The move still requires approval from state parliament, but it will cement Berlin’s status as a protector of artistic endevours in the heart of Europe.

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Despite all the Brexit propaganda, buyers in the prime property market have appeared to ignore these warnings, as a total of £2.06 billion was spent on super prime properties in London in the year to May 2019.

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A revolutionary new theatre has opened in London’s Soho, which brings movement to the audience and the stage. The stalls and the balcony are able to revolve independently, and the stage can also move up and down, bringing an entirely new experience to theatre. Forming a part of a new development called Walker’s Court, the project was designed by architecture, interiors and graphic design studio, Soda.

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The Japanese residential sector has been given a boost, as uneasy investors look for a safe place for their money amidst the US-China ongoing battles.

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Smart cities continue to pop up all over the world, but nowhere more so than America. Innovation Park is set for the Nevada desert, aiming to power the entire city through blockchain technology. Bill Gates is also getting on board, creating Bellmont, a city with high-speed internet, connected infrastructure and driverless cars. Aswell as Stefano Boeri’s plans in Mexico, are we seeing the rise of the new city?