The San Francisco waterfront is set for a huge make-over, as the Mission Rock development is announced, and several major London projects have been given the go-ahead, with the capital showing real resilience in an uncertain times.

Read on to find out this week’s biggest news stories concerning property & architecture.

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A huge new development of the San Francisco waterfront has been unveiled, featuring contributions from MVRDV, Studio Gang and Henning Larsen. Mission Rock will be a new 28-acre neighbourhood, with the aim of creating a new community hub for the city. Housing, offices, retail space and green space will all be incorporated, aswell as a 5-acre skate park right on the waterfront.

Mission Rock

Mission Rock

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The Isle of Dogs is set to get two new twin towers, amongst the other financial towers in the area. Rising to 65 and 35 storeys, the £470m project will contain mostly apartments and housing, with the tallest tower containing a hotel.

Consort Place - HEKKTA - Mission Rock

Consort Place – HEKKTA – Mission Rock

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The grand jury for the 2020 RIBA International Prize has been unveiled, as Jeanne Gang, Rossana Hu and Odile Decq make up an all-female line up.

Gustavo Utrabo, who won the 2018 RIBA International Prize and Emerging Architect Prize, is also on the jury for the awards programme, for which Dezeen is a media partner.

Artist and set designer Es Devlin joins the jury as the lay jury member.

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Doubts about the completion of a new Hollywood-scale film studio in East London have been silenced as it is revealed the large development will go ahead. The preferred development partner had pulled out because of Brexit uncertainty, but the Made in Dagenham studio will go ahead under Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council’s pioneering regeneration company.

With the project providing up to 20,000 square feet of film stages and workshops, aswell as creative workspaces and retail opportunities, it is the largest studio development in London for 25 years, highlighting the push of artistic and creative endevours in the capital.

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New York’s Museum of Modern Art has reopened following major renovation work by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Gensler. The main bulk of the work was the task of expanding the layout by a third, aswell as creating new galleries.

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There are significant reports of a crisis in the architecture education sector in India, with a huge rise in demand for the subject leading to teacher shortages, widespread cheating and also exploitation of students.

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A new neighbourhood is currently under construction in Manchester, masterminded by Dutch practice Mecanoo. Beautifully utilising the existing Victorian brick canal-side warehouses and the 1964 concrete tower, the new development will marry old and new in a space containing shops, green space and offices, including a podium that floats over the water.

KAMPUS

KAMPUS

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The areas of the UK where rent is rising at the fastest rate have been revealed, as Nottingham rents are up by 5.4%, whilst Leeds and Bristol experienced rises of 4.5%. With all three cities containing major universities, could the students be a large cause for the increases?

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Atelier Liu Yuyang has created a stunning boutique hotel in the southern Chinese region of Guangxi. Reusing old farmhouses, the XY Yunlu Hotel is situated with an unreal backdrop of the Chinese hills.

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The Mayor of London’s office has released a document advising architects on how to operate within a circular economy. A circular economy being the concept of keeping materials in circulation as long as possible and also redesigning and reusing waste, the document stated that 54% of the waste generated in London ever year is caused by the built environment, which consumes 400 million tonnes of material in the same period. Tactics such as rental furnishings and blockchain technology have been suggested as methods to reduce the carbon footprint of the sector.

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A new hotel and wine bar made of shipping containers has opened in Waterloo, London. Stow-Away London used 25 old containers about to be demolished, stacked on top of each other with large windows built in.

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House prices in London have fallen for the 18th month in a row, wiping £7,000 off the average value of London homes.

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Orient Occident Atelier have designed a new school in Cambodia for local NGO Adventurous Global School, with enough space for the entire village. A gridded exterior also doubles up as a gym for the kids to play on, and is also positioned on a raised plinth to avoid the school flooding.

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A green light has been given to the huge new Elizabeth House development right next to Waterloo Station, which is expected to bring £100m worth of public benefits. The building itself will comprise of mainly offices and retail space, but there will also be a one-acre garden promenade, directly connected to the Waterloo Station concourse which will benefit the 100m users of the station each year.

Likely to transform the aesthetic landscape of the central station, it will also facilitate new links into Waterloo Station and help to accommodate the 30% projected passenger growth that is predicted over the next five years.

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SOM reveals designs for a vast new office building in the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires, with two towers of varying heights joined by a glazed bridge. The bridge creates a hole in the centre of the building, which frames the water in an “urban window”. The new build titled Catalinas Norte II is part of a new masterplan to extend the Argentinian city’s Catalinas Norte business district towards the waterfront.