Construction on a vast new district in Tokyo has begun this week, aswell as a rethink on HS2 and Trump’s declaration that he wants to buy Greenland! A topsy-turvy week in the world of property & architecture.

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A brand new district has begun construction in Tokyo named the Toranomon-Azabudai district, where several new landmark projects will be built, including a giant pergola by Heatherwick Studios, and three skyscrapers designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the tallest of which will become the tallest building in Japan. Heatherwick Studios were keen to bring greenery into the equation to prevent from the ‘sterile’ atmosphere often created with large, new developments. Within the new Tokyo district will be several shops, restaurants, offices, a food hall, and also a new school for international students named The British School of Tokyo.

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A new terminal has been designed by Astin John for the new Hyperloop in Mumbai. With the design inspired from the aerodynamic free flow of air, the terminal will link the Hyperloop to other modes of transport, combining lucid shapes and vibrant colours in the design.

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Asian billionaires have begun a spending spree on UK assets, buying up everything from skyscrapers to schools, utilising the low pound. This comes after family of Hong Kong’s richest person, Li Ka-shing, bought out all of Greene King including 2,700 pubs, restaurants and hotels for £2.7bn.

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Trump has declared he wants to buy Greenland! The Arctic Circle appears to be a new proxy for a political power struggle, similar to that of the 19th century “scramble for Africa”, with the region remaining largely untapped in terms of resources.

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The City of London have brought in several new guidelines for new developments, to protect cyclists from wind tunnels created by tall structures, becoming the, “UK’s first wind microclimate guidelines”.

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Facebook are opening up little pop-up cafes in five of the UK’s cities, to allow people to have a privacy check-up and a free coffee. So between 28th August and 5th September, if you find yourself in either London, Brighton, Manchester, Cardiff or Edinburgh, get yourself checked out!

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Santiago Calatrava has been fined €78,000 by an Italian court for his design of the Ponte della Costituzione over the Grand Canal in Venice. Fined for gross negligence, the architect was blamed for the budget and incurring higher that predicted maintenance costs.

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Boris Johnson has announced a £1bn fund to help ailing high streets across the country. Fifty towns have been promised a share of the fund, from Dover, Dudley, Scarborough and Stockport. Although, several of the towns recieving the fund are Conservative-held parliamentary constituencies, including High Wycombe, Salisbury, and Wandsworth in London, so many have seen this as a move to strengthen the Tory position if there is to be an early election.

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Aston Martin have begun a new architectural service, which allows owners of Aston Martin’s to create Batman-esque garages for the supercars. Their new Automotive Galleries and Lairs service stretches from underground lairs to entire properties, aiming to enhance the luxury experience.

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As the government ponders HS2, it has emerged that the delivery company for the project spent almost £600m buying up the houses en route, including comedian John Bishop’s country mansion in Cheshire.

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The Zaha Hadid-designed Niederhafen River Promenade in Hamburg has been completed, as part of new measurements brought in for the city to protect from flooding. While providing vital flood defence for the city, the new walkway also incorporates amphitheatre-like staircases, a three-storey restaurant and shops at street level to offer the city a new public space and riverside walkway.

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Liverpool has announced new plans to expand Anfield, as the high-flying side dominates European football, with plans to build a new stand that will take Anfield’s capacity to beyond 60,000.

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Ukraine’s population that works abroad is helping to fuel a huge property boost back home. With Ukraine being Europe’s biggest recipient of remittances in proportion to the size of its economy, the money sent back is largely being invested into property, due largely to a distrust of the banks.

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Danny Dyer has put his Chingford mansion on the market, which you can rent for a whopping £15,000 a month!