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Buzz | June 2014

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Many famed Japanese Architects are unhappy with Zaha Hadid´s design for the 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. A petition to stop the project was initiated by Pritzker Prize-winning Architect Tokyo Ito, who has already managed to get about 14,000 signatures. A group of industry heavy weights argued that the design is too big and also too pricey! Instead they suggested renovation of the 1964 Olympic Stadium, which would cut the cost of the project in half and preserve the architectural monument as well. Olympic officials responded that they would need to rethink the $3.1 billion expenditure and the entire project.

Foster & Partners recorded an annual UK income of ú130m which apparently accounts to 41 per cent of the fee income of the top 10 practices. The recession is clearly over!

With increasing cases of collapsing buildings and illegal structures rising, Mumbai-based RTI activist Anil Galgali filed a query about Architects and their role of responsibility. He discovered that no yearly record is maintained of defaulting architects. In response, the Council of Architecture stated that they do not have a record of names and dates of complaints, or a list of number of architects accused of professional misconduct.

New York-based Architect who designed the Chennai, Vadodara and Raipur airports in India, Frederic Schwartz passed away last week following a long battle with cancer. At only 63, Schwartz will perhaps be most remembered as the winner of a Lower Manhattan Development Corporation contest to fill the space vacated by the Twin Towers.

Durban is going to host the 25th World Congress of Architecture at the International Convention Centre Durban (ICC) from 3-7th August 2014. This is going to be one of the biggest gatherings of architects ever held in South Africa.

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