HEKKTA’s Property Portal – New York Hudson Yards Protest

Fill yourself in after the Bank Holiday weekend with all the latest news concerning property & architecture with HEKKTA‘s tidy bulletin.

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A huge protest was held on Park Avenue in New York by unionised construction workers after it was revealed that Related Companies will be using non-union workers for the next phase of the Hudson Yards project. The chairman of the company, Steve Ross, has been singled out with workers calling for him to step down. Ross filed an $100m lawsuit earlier this year, accusing them of inflating costs of the project after finding a number of discrepancies and misconducts. Intentionally using non-union workers for the enormous $20 billion project will put many out of work.

Protests over the Hudson Yards project

Protest over the Hudson Yards project

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SOM have designed a new cubic, glass federal courthouse in Downtown LA. The shape and design in reminiscent of the new US Embassy in Nine Elms, London.

US Courthouse - HEKKTA - NY Protest

US Courthouse – HEKKTA – NY Protest

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The low value of the pound has made London the most attractive place to invest in commercial property, with almost £7bn being spent in the capital in the first half of the year, with Hong Kong second, followed by Paris.

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Duncan Walker of Skyports is confident that the once distant dream of drone travel will soon be common place as the company is buying up London rooftops for ‘vertiports’, places these drones can land for delivery or transportation of items or people.

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Foster + Partners’ new elegant skyscraper in the Hungarian capital of Budapest is set to go ahead, despite the new skyscraper ban limiting all buildings to 90 metres or under. The architecture firms’ design stands at 120 metres.

MOL Campus - HEKKTA - NY Protest

MOL Campus – HEKKTA – NY Protest

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Despite rising demand, housing levels in Britain’s private rented sector are dwindling, highlighting the need for more investment in purpose-built rental property for the country’s growing number of tenants.

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Studio Gang have revealed new renderings for a 40-storey twisting apartment tower in San Francisco with amazing views of the San Fran-Oakland Bay Bridge. Inspired by the city’s ‘classic bay windows’, the Miro Tower is currently in the first phases of construction.

Mira Tower - HEKKTA - NY Protest

Miro Tower – HEKKTA – NY Protest

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US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has been appointed to lead the jury for the Pritzker Prize.

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Brooks + Scarpa have imagined a concept for a public pavilion, doubling as an energy plant. The pavilion would generate energy from the sun, but also harness the energy from lighting, providing the public with a safe way to experience the spectacle of a lightning storm.

Brooks + Scarpa Energy Pavilion - HEKKTA - NY Protest

Brooks + Scarpa Energy Pavilion – HEKKTA – NY Protest

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An undercover investigation has discovered that one in 10 letting agents are discriminating against those on housing benefits.

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A 20 storey tower designed by the late Will Alsop is set to be built in London by the River Thames. Permission was granted back in 2014, but financial issues caused delay, however the Battersea building will now go ahead.

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Zaha Hadid Architects are drawing up their plans for a huge, new housing development in Bristol, on the site for the new stadium. Populous are designing the new 12,000 seater stadium, and the housing scheme will bring 550 new homes, a 345-room hotel, a large-capacity conference centre and two office blocks built on the two-hectare site near Temple Meads Station.

ZHA Bristol housing scheme - HEKKTA - NY Protest

ZHA Bristol housing scheme – HEKKTA – NY Protest

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Architecture and engineering firm NIKA have come with an idea which could help solve Sydney’s housing issues. They have proposed building houses or flats in bridges which run over the city’s road networks. Click here to watch a video.

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The fate of Mexico City’s amazing new airport will be left to the public as new President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador announces he will hold a public vote in October 2018. Construction on the airport has been ongoing since 2015, but the staggering $13.3 billion (£10.30 billion) cost has led to many questioning it.

2018-08-28T12:57:26+00:00