Climate change has dominated the news in recent months, and the same remains within the property & architecture world. Moving capitals, abandoning Jakarta, and drastic new measures, HEKKTA brings you right up to speed with all the latest news.

It has been announced this week that Indonesia is moving it’s capital away from Jakarta, due to the impact of climate change. The sinking city, one of the most vulnerable in the world to the impact of rising sea levels, is sinking at a rate of 10 inches per year, with the northern part of the city sinking 2.5 metres in just the last decade. Research shows some areas could be entirely submerged by 2050.

Home to 10m people, this must be the first major capital to fall victim to rising tides, with the government having no choice but to abandon it.

The new capital has yet to be decided, but a front runner is Palangkaraya in Kalimantan, but concern has been raised that this too would be damaging, as Kalimantan contains vast amount of forest, ‘the lungs of the world’ as one student said, and this could be a further devastation blow in the bid to reforest the planet.

The President said the move will take around 10 years and cost $33bn.

Jakarta - HEKKTA
Jakarta – HEKKTA

If the Government is going to hit the new 2050 targets on emissions, then the construction and architecture industry has about 10 years to take all new buildings over to net zero carbon. This comes after mounting pressure from the Committee on Climate Change on ministers to make wholesale changes to energy generating infrastructure and big changes to new buildings and improvements to existing buildings.

A legal campaign by a variety of different groups against Heathrow expansion has been rejected by the High Court, as Transport secretary Chris Grayling comments, “The positive outcome confirms my belief that government undertook a robust process in coming to its decision to support a new north-west runway at Heathrow Airport by 2030.” By all accounts, Heathrow is going ahead.

Paddington is set for a new skyscraper, the Cucumber Tower, thanks to it’s cyclindrical shape, mimicing the Gherkin. Another legume for the London sky! It is the final piece in the waterfront regeneration of Paddinton, and the new skyscraper will be joined by two other towers, bringing 426 new flats to the area.

Cucumber Tower - HEKKTA - Jakarta
Cucumber Tower – HEKKTA – Jakarta

Cities around the world, such as Berlin and Edinburgh face serious housing conundrums, as more and more residents are being priced out of their homes.

In order to replace the Dale Youth Amateur Boxing Club, which tragically burned down in the Grenfell Fire, London architecture studio Featherstone Young have completed a new boxing gym for them, Bay 20, free of charge.

Bay 20 - HEKKTA - Jakarta
Bay 20 – HEKKTA – Jakarta

Aga Khan awards shortlist for this year has been released. Click here to browse the 20 projects up for the award.

A new documentary titled ‘The Proposal’ has been presented by artist and writer Jill Magid, exploring the life works and legacy of Luis Barragán, who is one of the most famous architects of the 20th century.

The Proposal - HEKKTA - Jakarta
The Proposal – HEKKTA – Jakarta

First time buyers are the real winners of the current dip in the housing market, as they benefit off the lower prices.

“the number of mortgages being taken out by first-time buyers has continued to approach pre-financial crisis levels in recent months.”

After Roger Scruton’s sacking, Nicholas Boys Smith, the founder of Create Streets, has been appointed as interim chair of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission.

A new citizen-funded advertisement campaign will be aiming to get buyers of properties to consider choosing a location partially based upon air quality, stressing the lethal effects of toxic air in cities like London.

A new Statue of Liberty museum is set to open on Liberty Island in New York. The $70 million museum’s processional stairways and rooftop pavilion offer open gathering spaces for the island’s projected 30,000 daily visitors, which stunning views of Manhattan.

The Statue of Liberty Museum - HEKKTA - Jakarta
The Statue of Liberty Museum – HEKKTA – Jakarta

Edinburgh announces major plans to cut cars out of the city centre in a bid to reduce pollution. It will be trailed on the first Sunday of each month for 18 months, preventing any car entry to the centre between midday and 5pm, encouraging people towards bikes instead.

Zaha Hadid’s mammoth new cultural centre in Changsha is nearing completion, as new photos are taken of the Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Art Centre.

The stunning design, which look like concrete flowers from above, will contain a theatre, a contemporary art museum and a smaller multi-purpose venue.

Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Art Centre - HEKKTA - Jakarta
Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Art Centre – HEKKTA – Jakarta

NUDES continue their tradition of ‘out the box’ thinking with this new proposal for a secondary school in Malawi, constructed purely out of straw bales. You would never confuse the almost extra-terrestrial design from the outside for a school, but within the structure, they have managed to create a light and spacious working environment.

NUDES - HEKKTA - Jakarta
NUDES – HEKKTA – Jakarta
NUDES - HEKKTA - Jakarta
NUDES – HEKKTA – Jakarta