The Hudson Yards project has opened to the public, as the first phase of the enormous development is completed. In other news, RIBA announce London’s best new buildings and the poor living conditions in student accomodations is highlighted.

The mammoth Hudson Yards development phase one has finally been completed, and opened up to the public on the 15th March. Located on Manhattan’s West Side, the $25bn project stretches between 30th Street to the south, 34th Street to the north, 10th Avenue to the east and 11th Avenue to the west. A series of vast new skyscrapers, shops, restaurants and the famous new cultural centre, The Shed, make up the first phase of the project. Some of the biggest names in architecture have had their input in the project, from KPF and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, to Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio; it is the creation of the best minds in the field.

Hudson Yards - HEKKTA
Hudson Yards – HEKKTA

The best new buildings in London have been shortlisted by RIBA, including Heatherwick’s Coal Drops Yard and London Bridge Station by Grimshaw.

RICS are blaming the struggling housing market on Brexit uncertainty, claiming the prolonged process is causing buyers and sellers to sit tight, suggesting that once a solution has been reached, the market should recover relatively quickly.

New photos reveal the stunning roof leading to the world’s tallest indoor waterfall at the new Jewel Changi Airport, designed by Moshe Safdie’s firm. The large amounts of rainfall that Singapore recieves inspired the idea to funnel that rainwater through the roof and into the building, with stunning results.

Jewel Changi Airport - HEKKTA - Hudson Yards
Jewel Changi Airport – HEKKTA – Hudson Yards

A survey carried out about student accomodation has revealed that a third of students have gone without heating or running water in their properties.

MVSA Architects and Stefano Boeri Architetti have been awarded the Future Project of the Year by The Architectural Review for their ‘Wonderwoods’ project in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Their use of greenery to cover the outside of the building means that 5.4 tonnes of CO2 will be absorbed per year.

Wonderwoods - HEKKTA - Hudson Yards
Wonderwoods – HEKKTA – Hudson Yards

Paris’ prime property market is experiencing a boom, with high demand and low supply inflating prices.

It has been announced that Jerusalem’s ‘City Gateway’ is set for a new International Congress Center. Part of a wider expansion of the business district, the center will be designed by Studio Fuksas.

International Congress Center of Jerusalem - HEKKTA - Hudson Yards
International Congress Center of Jerusalem – HEKKTA – Hudson Yards

Despite the housing shortage that is gripping the nation, the number of empty homes in England has risen to 216,000, valuing at £53.6bn.

French and English researchers have re-engineered an ancient building material called cob, who believe it has a much higher sustainability than current building materials. CobBauge as it’s called is made from a mixture of water, soil and fibres like straw and hemp, which was widely used for centuries in southwestern England, Wales and northern France.

Only 5% of tenants who have been victims of ‘revenge evictions’ have been protected by their councils. This emerges as the abusing of rights by landlords continues to be highlighted in the media, with little action from the government.

New visuals have been released by Rafael Viñoly for his new tower, NEMA, which will become Chicago’s tallest residential tower when completed. The images showcase the building’s fantastic views and also Viñoly’s attempt to evoke the structural system of the Willis Tower.

NEMA / CHICAGO - HEKKTA - Hudson Yards
NEMA / CHICAGO – HEKKTA – Hudson Yards
NEMA / CHICAGO - HEKKTA - Hudson Yards
NEMA / CHICAGO – HEKKTA – Hudson Yards

The traditional spring property revival has been effectively killed by Brexit this year, with asking prices down by 0.8% from a year ago.

Zoopla has banned housing benefit discrimination from their site, as it emerged that 1 in 10 agents in England refused to let to DSS tenants.