Architectural History

Mile-high buildings feasible, architect says

Mile-high buildings feasible, architect says

A mile-high skyscraper, almost double the height of today's tallest building, may become a reality by 2025 as countries splurge cash in an ego-fuelled race to construct the world's highest tower.

Thursday, 20 September, 2012, 4:57am

The Z factor

The Z-Boat designed by architect Zaha Hadid.

Architect Zaha Hadid has been commissioned to design an eight-metre vessel known as the Z-Boat. Designed for London-based art dealer and writer Kenny Schachter, its asymmetrical shape would look at home in a Batman movie.

31 Aug 2012 - 3:56pm

Richard Rogers

FAREWELL TO FLORENCE I found the first half of my life much more difficult than the second half. My parents were Italian, my mother was a potter from Trieste, and I was born in Florence.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Curves of steel

People are not used to women speaking their minds, says Zaha Hadid. 'They think you should be mute - if you're not you're difficult and if you have an opinion you are bad tempered.'

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Out of date

I am in agony. So are the thousands of others who live or work in the vicinity of the old Victoria Prison/Central Police Station complex. What was once a serene oasis of historic low-rise buildings where birds nestled on tiled roofs is now an ugly construction site.

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Heritage caught up in club mentality

From today, a secluded heritage site in the heart of Hong Kong will be officially open to the public for the first time in more than 170 years. Formerly the explosives magazine site of the British garrison, the military compound in Admiralty has been turned into the headquarters of the Asia Society, a non-profit US organisation seeking to promote Americans' understanding of this region.

10 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Police probe demolition of historic Beijing courtyard

Police in Beijing are looking into possible irregularities in the demolition of a former residence of renowned architect Liang Sicheng by a state-run developer, a senior municipal government adviser says.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


It should come as no surprise that the nation responsible for giving us Hello Kitty, tiny trees and the subway chin rest should also produce something as strange as Metabolist architecture.

In the 1950s, Japanese architects Kenzo Tange, Takashi Asada, Kisho Kurokawa and Kiyonori Kikutake, along with writer Noboru Kawazoe, devised a grand plan to build all over Tokyo Bay.

28 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Out and about

Blandly homogenous, most modern architecture has become a noticeable aspect of modern China. Let's face it, even the country's most 'iconic' contemporary buildings - basically any over-hyped new skyscraper plucked at random from the glittering skylines of Shanghai or Hong Kong - could be mistaken for another anywhere in the world, from Chicago to Johannesburg.

2 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Lost City and Other Stories

Lost City and Other Stories Hanart Square Until Aug 21

17 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Central preservation proposals show common-sense approach

In his policy address Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen placed a great deal of emphasis on the six new economic pillars - education, medicine, environmental industries, innovative science, cultural development [and food safety and product testing].

He also talked about the preservation of Central and there has been much discussion about this plan.

31 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

The Editor's Note

Does form follow function? Or is function a slave to form? The architects and designers of the past 100 years have laid down battle lines over these questions and their war of words rumbles on.

5 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Four historic buildings face demolition risk

The fate of at least four newly graded historic buildings is uncertain because they have fallen into the hands of companies looking for redevelopment opportunities.

11 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Flexibility urged over historic buildings

Exemptions from strict standards recommended

Guidelines exempting private owners of historic buildings from some of the most stringent building standards should be established immediately to remove stumbling blocks to their preservation, a government-commissioned consultancy study says.

26 May 2008 - 12:00am

Historic protection must apply to all buildings

Governments are most vulnerable to criticism when they promise reforms yet are seen as being too slow or inadequate. The Tsang government may have been more responsive than previous administrations in trying to meet public demands for greater legal protection of heritage sites. But its efforts to put in place a more effective preservation policy are still lagging behind.

17 May 2008 - 12:00am