Taipei dominates the headlines this week in the property & architecture world, with news of MVRDV’s Times Square for Taiwan, and the architecture world braces for the results of Brexit on the industry.

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Architecture firm MVRDV have released their plans to create Taiwan’s Times Square in the city of Taipei. The twin towers made up of stacked boxes with interactive screens, will glow at 337 and 280-metres-tall, towering over anything in it’s surroundings. Placed in the capital’s Zhongzheng district, the huge screens will display a mixture of adverts, sporting events and even cultural events.

Taipei Twin Towers - HEKKTA

Taipei Twin Towers – HEKKTA

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Taiwan’s hotly anticipated Taipei Performing Arts Centre is nearing completion as firm OMA release photos of the building without scaffolding for the first time. The huge development once finished will aim to “facilitate the development of local performing groups and add to Taipei’s image as an international cultural hub”.

Taipei Performing Arts Centre - HEKKTA

Taipei Performing Arts Centre – HEKKTA

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RIBA have released a report which states that half of the EU architects living and working in the UK are considering leaving due to Brexit.

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British Ghanian architect David Adjaye has praised the new Ghana Building Code, brought it at the end of 2018, which will establish standardised regulations on quality, durability and materiality within construction. The knighted architect called it a “major milestone for the country”.

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Snøhetta have just won the Budapest South Gate International Masterplan Design Competition with it’s idea to create a small student ‘island’ in south Budapest on the Danube River. With plans to house 12,000 students in accomodation, it’s no wonder the government went for their idea! The island will be a small student world, but will also contain educational and sporting facilities, including a 15,000 seater stadium, and some parks and recreational features.

Budapest Student District - HEKKTA - Taipei

Budapest Student District – HEKKTA – Taipei

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A record number of 18 new supertall buildings were completed in 2018, showing the trend of reaching for the skies is only continuing to grow.

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Housing charity Shelter, who see the front line of the housing crisis, say that at least 1.2 million homes will need to be built to combat the housing crisis that is mounting in the UK. Vastly increasing social housing must come first, with the most vulnerable such as the homeless, in desperate need of help.

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The Tbilisi Architecture Biennial 2018 gave Georgian architects the opportunity to speak of the current architectural chaos in the capital of Tbilisi. At a crossroads between it’s Soviet past, and building for the future, the city is now a chaotic mess of concrete blocks and glass skyscrapers. TAB artistic director Tinatin Gurgenidze commented saying, “We lack good quality architecture”, “[Tbilisi] is at the stage where a certain amount of anarchy still has beneficial effects, which I hope will continue to last. It’s seemingly a hopeful moment in the city,”.

Tbilisi - HEKKTA - Taipei

Tbilisi – HEKKTA – Taipei

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KPF have completed their 400-metre-high supertall bullet skyscraper as the headquarters of the China Resources export company in Shenzhen, China.

China Resources HQ - HEKKTA - Taipei

China Resources HQ – HEKKTA – Taipei

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In a strange turn, house prices in December unexpectedly rose at the fastest monthly rate in almost two years, despite all the Brexit warnings of a continued slowdown.

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UK house prices unexpectedly rose at the fastest monthly rate in almost two years in December, according to Halifax, despite warnings over the potential impact of Brexit for the year ahead.

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Apple mimic traditional Japanese houses and lanterns with their recently completed store in Kyoto, Japan; part of their expansion in Japan, the country that became the first to house an Apple Store outside of the US in 2003.

Apple Store Kyoto - HEKKTA - Taipei

Apple Store Kyoto – HEKKTA – Taipei

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Halifax stay deposit demands remain very tough for most young buyers, as property values rose by 1.3% over the course of 2018.

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The Helsinki Central Library Oodi, designed by ALA Architects, is topped with a ‘book heaven’ with an airy and light study section with an undulating roof aiming to “embrace technology and progressive values to provide a variety of innovative services alongside its lending collection of books.”

Helsinki Central Library Oodi - HEKKTA - Taipei

Helsinki Central Library Oodi – HEKKTA – Taipei

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It has emerged that Trump’s new wall design he called “beautiful” can actually be cut through with a saw.