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2007 Mar 28
Briton Richard Rogers (73), the famed architect of a series of iconic buildings all over the world, was announced winner of the 2007 Pritzker Architecture Prize.
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2007 Mar 30
A French architect claimed to have uncovered the mystery about how Egypt's Great Pyramid of Khufu was built. Jean-Pierre Houdin said advanced 3D technology had shown the main ramp which was used to haul the massive stones to the apex was contained 10-15 meters beneath the outer skin, tracing a pyramid within a pyramid.
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2007 Apr 1
Laurie Baker (90), a British-born architect, died in India. He spent more than 60 years in India building homes that were ecologically sound and affordable for the poor.
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2007 May 31
In a breach of security, detailed plans for the new US Embassy under construction in Baghdad appeared on the Web site of the architectural firm that was contracted to design the massive facility.
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2007 Jun 26
China launched a $1 billion fund to finance trade and investment by Chinese companies in Africa as part of efforts to nurture commercial ties. The Chinese government said inspectors have seized shipments of US-made orange pulp and dried apricots containing high levels of bacteria and preservatives. A 22-mile long bridge that its builders claim is the world's longest sea-crossing structure was formally linked-up just south of the business hub of Shanghai.
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2007 Sep 14
Developers in Dubai said the Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building since July, has also become the tallest free-standing structure on earth, reaching 1,822 feet. The over 700-meter (2,313 feet) Burj Dubai tower complex, a part of the Dubai Mall, was expected to be completed this year. The design was by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill of Chicago.
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2007 Sep
In China the National Grand Theater, also known as The Egg, opened opposite the Great Hall of the People. The opera house, a pet project of former Premier Jiang Zemin, was designed by French architect Paul Andreu at a cost of $360 million.
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2007 Oct 6
The Stirling Prize, Britain's most prestigious architecture prize, was awarded to Germany's Museum of Modern Literature. The classically influenced building designed by David Chipperfield Architects, opened last year in Marbach, southwest Germany.
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2007 Oct 19
A team of students from Germany's Technische Universitat Darmstadt won a weeklong competition on the Washington DC National Mall for the best, most efficient, and well-designed and -engineered solar home.
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2007
Alan Lapidus, architect, authored “Everything by Design: My Life As an Architect.” His father Morris Lapidus, had designed Miami’s Fontainebleu Hotel (1954).
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2008 Mar 18
NASA reported that the thickest Arctic ice is melting according to satellite data.
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2008 Mar 20
In the Netherlands a new attraction officially opened in Oegstgeest called Corpus. The $31 million project organized led by businessman Henri Remmers featured a 115-foot seated human shape on the outside and large-scale exhibits of the human anatomy inside.
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2008 Mar 30
The Pritzker jury announced French architect jean Nouvel (62) as the winner of the 2008 Pritzker Prize.
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2008 Jun 10
In NYC a million pieces of stainless steel toy parts assembled into a nearly seven-story model skyscraper glimmered under the hot sun. It was created by American artist Chris Burden (b.1946). The 16,000-pound (7,250-kg) "poetic interpretation" of the 30 Rock Building at Rockefeller Center was made of replicated Erector set pieces from the toy created by A.C. Gilbert in 1912.
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2008 Jun 24
In NYC David Fisher, an Italian architect, said he is poised to start construction on a new skyscraper in Dubai that will be "the world's first building in motion," an 80-story tower with revolving floors that give it an ever-shifting shape.
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2008 Jul 17
California became the first US state to approve green building standards.
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2008 Aug 8
In Beijing, China, the 29th Olympic Games, costing an estimated 40 billion dollars and shrouded by political controversies, burst into life with a spectacular opening ceremony. The official slogan for the games this year was “One world, one dream.” Actress activist Mia Farrow began Web-casting her own "Darfur Olympics" from a refugee camp on the barren Sudan-Chad border, aiming to shame China into using its influence with Khartoum to end the Darfur conflict. Construction before the games forced more than 1m people from their homes.
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2008 Aug 30
China’s tallest building, the 101-story, 1,614-foot Shanghai World Financial Center, opened 14 years after Minoru Mori, its Japanese developer, began the $1.13 billion project. The family owned Mori Building Co. owned 70% of the project.
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2008 Nov 22
Qatar unveiled its new Museum of Islamic Art, designed by I.M. Pei. By 2012 the MIA was considered to be one of the half-dozen best in the world.
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2008 Nov 29
Joern Utzon (b.1918), the Danish architect who designed the iconic Sydney Opera House (1957), died. In 2003 Utzon won the Pritzker prize.
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2008
Ada Louise Huxtable authored “On Architecture: Collected Reflections on a Century of Change.”
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2008
In San Francisco the 16-story Arterra residential tower, designed by Kwan Henmi, was built at 300 Berry St.
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2009 Jan 14
Jan Kaplicky (b.1937), a British-based Czech architect, died in Prague just hours after his wife Eliska gave birth to their daughter Johanka. He designed the award-winning media center at Lord's cricket ground in London.
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2009 Feb 23
Norwegian architect Sverre Fehn (b.1924) died in Oslo. His unique style of blending modern forms with Scandinavian traditions earned him the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize (1997). His white concrete Glacier Museum (1991), which has been hailed as a landmark within contemporary architecture. It stands on a plain carved by Norway's Jostedal Glacier at Fjaerland Fjord.
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2009 Apr 12
The Pritzker jury named Peter Zumthor (65), a Swiss architect, as the 2009 winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
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2009 May 29
In Argentina Swiss architect Peter Zumthor (66) received the 2009 Pritzker Architecture Prize. He compared his creative process to the arc of a love affair.
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2009 Jun 2
In Belgium a new museum, designed by architect Christian de Portzamparc, opened in Louvain-la-Neuve dedicated to Georges Remi (1907-1983), creator of the comic book hero Tintin (1929).
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2009 Jun 20
Greece opened its new, $180.5 million Acropolis Museum with a lavish party, bolstering its long campaign for the return of 2,500-year-old sculptures stripped from the citadel more than two centuries ago. It was designed by Bernard Tschumi and Michael Photiadis.
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2009 Oct 25
Lawrence Halprin (b.1916), SF Bay Area landscape architect, died. His work included the design of San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square in 1968 and the FDR Memorial in Washington DC, completed in 1997.
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2009
The Crystal Bridges Museum for American Art, designed by Moshe Safdie, was scheduled to open in Bentonville, Ark.
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2009
In Dallas, Texas, the new Bill and Margot Winspear Opera House, designed by Norman Foster, opened on Flora Street in the Dallas Arts District. Across the street the new Dee and Charles Wyly Theater, designed by Joshua Prince-Ramos and Rem Koolhaas, also opened.
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2009
In San Francisco the 645-foot Millennium Tower, designed by Handel Partners was completed at 450 Mission St.
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2010 Jan 4
Dubai inaugurated the world's tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa, hoping to shift international attention away from the Gulf emirate's deep financial crisis and rekindle the optimism that fueled its turbocharged growth. The name was secretly switched from Burj Dubai and unveiled to the public as the Burj Khalifa, after the emir of Abu Dhabi and UAE president Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The observation deck was the only part of the tower that opened. It was closed in February following an elevator malfunction that left visitors trapped. The deck reopened on April 4. Work continued on the rest of the building's interior.
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2010 Feb 3
Israel announced that British and American architects were named winners of its prestigious Wolf Prize. British architect David Chipperfield was recognized for overseeing the reconstruction of Berlin's Neues Museum in a building that had been abandoned since World War II. American architect Peter Eisenman designed the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, inaugurated in 2005.
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2010 Mar 28
The Pritzker Architecture Prize was awarded to Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, partners in Sanaa Ltd. of Tokyo. Their work included NYC’s New Museum of Contemporary Art, completed in 2007.
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2010 Jun 11
In China a construction crew in the south-central city of Changsha completed a 15-story hotel in just six days.
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2011 Jan 25
Miami, Florida, unveiled its New World Center concert hall designed by Frank Gehry.
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2011 Nov 11
The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, designed by architect Moshe Safdie, opened in Bentonville, Ark., with a $1.2 billion endowment from the Walton Family Foundation.
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2011 Nov 23
Czech architect Karel Hubacek (87) was reported dead. His famed 1973 tower hotel, which also serves as a television transmitter on the nearby Jested mountain was named the most significant Czech building of the 20th century.
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2012 Jan 7
Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon led the lighting of a soaring independence monument, "The Pillar of Light," that was supposed to be ready for the 2010 bicentennial, but came in nearly 1½ years late and way over budget. The quartz-clad light tower has been dubbed "the monument to corruption." Costs nearly tripled from about 400 million pesos to more than 1 billion (equivalent at current rates to about $75 million).
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2012 May 24
South Korea’s capital unveiled its latest landmark, a controversial $256 million city hall with an undulating glass structure that looms over its preserved colonial-era stone predecessor. It overshadowed the 1926 structure built during Japanese rule.
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2012 Jul 5
Europe's tallest skyscraper the Shard was inaugurated in London by Qatari PM Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani, whose country has funded it, and Queen Elizabeth II's son Prince Andrew. The name was coined by its Italian architect Renzo Piano.
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2012 Oct 31
Italian architect Gae Aulenti (84) died at her home in Milan. Her work included the 1986 makeover of a Parisian train station into the Musee D’Orsay as well as the 2003 makeover of San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum.
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2012 Dec 5
Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer (104) died in Rio de Janeiro. He had designed Brazil's futuristic capital and much of the United Nations complex.
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2012
Philip Choy (86) authored “San Francisco Chinatown: A Guide to Its History and Architecture.”
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2013 Mar 17
Japanese architect Toyo Ito (71) won the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
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2014 Jan
In Indonesia construction began on the Pertamina Energy Tower, a 99-story, 530 metres (1,740 ft) skyscraper in Jakarta. Designed and planned by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) it will be the tallest building in Indonesia upon completion in 2020.
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2014 Mar 21
In South Korea the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a curvy futuristic $450 million building meant to remake Seoul into a global design capital, opened to the public after years of debate about its impact on a historic city precinct. It was designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid.
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2015 May 1
In NYC the new $422 million Whitney Museum, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, opened.
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2016 Jan 13
Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena won the prestigious 2016 Pritzker Prize, earning praise for "powerful" designs that address key social and economic challenges of the 21st century.
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2016 Feb 3
Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid was awarded Britain's Royal Gold Medal, becoming the first individual woman to win the award. Known for works including the Guangzhou Opera House in China and the London Aquatics Centre.
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2017 Mar 1
Tom Pritzker, chairman and president of the Chicago-based Hyatt Foundation, announced that Catalonia-based architects Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta have won the 2017 Pritzker Architecture Prize.
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2017 Mar 16
The European Parliament rejected a call to ban Arctic oil and gas exploration, in a symbolic vote seen as a barometer for future moves by Brussels to regulate to protect the region.
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2017 Jun 5
Architect William Krisel (92) died in Beverly Hills. In the 1950s and 1960s he and business partner Dan Palmer designed some 40,000 cheap but elegant tract homes in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas.
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2017 Aug 15
Gunnar Birkerts (92), Latvia-born modernist architect, died at his home in Needham, Mass. His work included the national library in Latvia, the country’s symbolic Castle of Light.
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2017
Wendy Laser authored “You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn.”
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