Urban regeneration is the hot topic of the week, with several large scale city developments being announced across the globe, including the new St. Louis greenway project.

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A new greenway has been imagined for St. Louis, which will serve to connect the city’s 17 neighbourhood more cohesively, with better links to parks, businesses, art districts and other cultural institutions. Crucially the new greenway will inject investment into African-American neighbourhoods that have suffered from prolonged deglect and disinvestment.

An urban overhaul has been thought up by Carlo Ratti Associati for the Swiss city of Lugano. With the intention of reconnecting the city with it’s lake, the new project will contain a network of public spaces, putting in place a floating garden and a reconfigurable waterfront, aswell as creating a series of public interventions like a “floating garden island, a new water navigation system and reconfigurable roads capable of responding to people in real-time”.

Lugano - HEKKTA - St. Louis

Lugano – HEKKTA – St. Louis

Akon is to create his own city in Senegal, with it’s own crypto-based economy using Akoin. Akon City will encompass 2,000 acres of space, very close to the capital city of Dakar. The land was gifted to the singer by the President.

BIG founder Bjarke Ingels travelled to Brazil to have a meeting with the President Jair Bolsonaro to discuss developing a tourism masterplan for the northeast region of the country. Keen to put emphasis upon the ecological challenges the area faces, the meeting was called “extremely productive”, and could go a long way in helping to change the President’s stance on climate change after recent fires in the Amazon.

Foster + Partners have launched an appeal against the rejection of their new tower, The Tulip. Sadiq Khan was less than complementary about the design, stating it was not, “world class architecture that would be required to justify its prominence”. The practice have said whilst unique, it will become as much of an icon as it’s neighbour, The Gherkin, which faced similar criticism when first built.

Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias has won the 2020 Royal Academy Architecture Prize for her work on urban sculptures in public spaces.

Birmingham’s tallest tower is to go ahead, getting the green light on Thursday, and will contain luxury apartments, aswell as attractions such as a restaurant and bar at the top levels.

In a dramatic upturn of fortunes, UK house prices rose at the fastest rate on record last month for that time of year, with a surge in confidence with more assurance in the poltical sphere for the first time in a long time.

Zaha Hadid’s bold creations and masterplans in China show no sign of slowing, as they announce plans to build a new island in the Tianfu New Area, south of Chengdu. Unicorn Island will be a bustling hub for the development of start-ups, in an area that prides itself on technical innovation, and will be home for 70,000 researchers, office staff, residents and visitors.

Unicorn Island - HEKKTA - St. Louis

Unicorn Island – HEKKTA – St. Louis

Roger Scruton, the co-chair of Building Better, Building Beautiful and a key figure as a British conservative thinker, author and critic has passed away at 75 after a short battle with cancer.

Henning Larsen designs an all timber neighbourhood, to be built on a space of land near Copenhagen. Accomodating 7,000 residents, the new wooden neighbourhood puts nature at the heart of the space; ” we’re creating a city where biodiversity and active recreation define a sustainable pact between people and nature.”

A new 4,850-seat stand at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground has been given the green light, taking capacity up 26,700, making it the largest cricket ground outside of London.

The man-made Erie Canal, which stretches from Albany on the Hudson River to Buffalo on Lake Erie, is to have a 21st century overhaul, with Governor Andrew Cuomo revealing plans to inject $300 million (£230 million) to revitalise the canal that runs through the state. Working with UK firm Buro Happold Engineering, initiatives include new outdoor recreation areas, commercial spaces and several bridges crossing the water.