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At 500,000 sq ft, the three story shopping and dining centre dominates the Third Street Promenade within easy walking distance of the Santa Monica Pier and beach. In the past, Santa Monica Place has appeared in multiple blockbusters such as Pretty in Pink, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Beverly Hills, 90210 so it was crucial that the newly reworked design allowed the facility to retain its sense of identity

Currently under construction, Zaha Hadid’s dramatic design for a new Library and Learning Centre rises as a polygonal block from the centre of a new campus (masterplan by BUSarchitecture) at the University of Economic & Business, Vienna

Incorporating elements of the area’s European Alpine design heritage with more contemporary forms, Solaris is a newly completed mixed-use facility nestled at the centre of luxury skiing destination Vail, Colorado

The $1.5 billion skyscraper marks the first time since Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza that the world’s tallest building has been found in the Middle East. It also represents a great leap forward in height, rising higher than the previous record-holder, Taipei 101 in Taiwan, by more than 1,000 feet

This 408-apartment development is a major catalyst for the ongoing regeneration of the Elephant & Castle area in central London, its modest footprint-creating additional areas of public realm at ground level. The scheme also includes an adjacent five-storey pavilion building comprising residential and retail facilities

Designed by Venice-based Iranian architect Dr. Armin Hohsen Daneshgar of Daneshgar Architects, the Iranian embassy will be a six-storey marble and stone structure sporting irregular windows and sharp, clean lines.

Situated on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, Casa Kik√© (AR November2007) was designed by London-based architect Gianni Botsford for hisfather, a writer with 17,000 or so books, and was built for less than £60,000

In the United States - if not the world - Spanish Architect Santiago Calatrava is the go-to guy when it comes to designing transportation facilities. Having established a reputation as a formidable designer of bridges,Calatrava moved on to design a collection of world-class cultural facilities

Presented here are two of the entries to run competition to design a fictional facade for the Piraeus Tower on Athens' coastline. Situated in one of the Mediterranean's largest ports (Piraeus), the 22-storey abandoned building dominates the skyline at 84m tall

The area that was the subject of the competition, what is known as the ‘North Bund’ in Hongkou District, covers some two sq km and plays an important role in Shanghai's urban development

The Salvador Dali Museum has moved premises once again as visitor numbers continue to climb. Started by friends and patrons of the legendary Catalan artist Albert and Eleanor Morse when their personal collection reached mammoth levels, the museum has gathered a huge following over its 39 years in operation

The project is positioned at the gateway to the Pangyo Techno-Valley Campus. The goal is to create a landmark building and invigorate research facilities through design to attract global companies specialising in high tech industries such as Biotechnology (BT), Information Technology (IT) and Green Technology (GT)

Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, the Tseshaht First Nation Health Centre and Multiplex by Vancouver-based Lubor Trubka Associates Architects took the prize in the built category, and the Shenzen Third Peoples’ Infectious Disease Hospital by TRO Jung Brannen was declared the winner in the unbuilt category

Rios Clementi Hale Studios’ design for the new Los Angeles Civic Park will result in a transformational urban space in the tradition of the world’s great city parks

US ‘National Endowment for the Arts’ announces $3 million in grants to city governments and other organisations around the country for urban design projects, including $100,000 for advanced work on a cultural building planned as part of the redevelopment of the Hudson Yards on the West Side of Manhattan


On the outskirts of the Colombian capital of Bogot√°, where unplanned settlements accumulate like flotsam,Giancarlo Mazzanti has designed a new kindergarten for local children. Embedded in a drab and gimcrack landscape of breeze-block houses, the crisply articulated contours of Mazzanti’sbuilding strike a resilient note in a neighbourhood assailed by the corrosive effects of poverty and violence

The design of the new Vancouver Convention Centre West presented an opportunity to fully engage the urban ecosystem at the interface between a vibrant downtown core and one of the most spectacular natural ecosystems in North America

Originally built as the East Coast production studios of Paramount Pictures, the landmark loft-like structure that now houses the Museum of the Moving Image will reopen on 15 January 2011 after undergoing a $67m transformation led by Thomas Leeser of Leeser Architecture