Southbank Journal: US$1.5 billion mixed-use tower with a “green spine” proposed for Melbourne riverside neighborhood.

By Ron Bernthal An Australia developer, Beulah International, has selected the Amsterdam-based UNStudio’s design proposal for a mixed-use tower in the Southbank area of Melbourne. The Australian firm Cox Architecture, is working with UNStudio on the project. Southbank, a busy … Continue reading

Arlington Journal: Amazon’s design proposal for HQ2

by Ron Bernthal It was November 13, 2018 when Amazon announced its new co-headquarters (with Seattle), known as HQ2, would be built in Arlington, Virginia, a 26 square-mile suburb of Washington, D.C., located on the southwest bank of Potomac River. … Continue reading

Lindesnes Journal: Europe’s first underwater restaurant attracts visitors to southern Norway.

By Ron Bernthal Located at the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline, where cold winter winds and ethereal summer breezes blow over rocky beaches, an underwater restaurant, the first in Europe, is situated at a unique geographical confluence, where thousands … Continue reading

Milan Journal: Proposed “skyscraper forest” building to be part of revitalized urban district.

By Ron Bernthal In early 2021 COIMA SGR, Italy’s leading independent company in the asset management of real estate investment funds on behalf of institutional investors in Italy, announced that the architectural firms of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+r) and … Continue reading

Nine Elms Journal: Along the Thames a neighborhood continues to prosper with regeneration projects and plenty of green space.

By Ron Bernthal A site called Nine Elms has existed on London South Bank since the mid- 17th century. Once just a row of elm trees, in the late 19th-century and early 20t-century Nine Elms was a notorious slum. Today, … Continue reading

New York Journal: Proposal to revitalize historic NYC park.

By Ron Bernthal For nearly 170 years New York City’s Union Square has been a gathering place for commerce, entertainment, for labor and political events, and of course for recreation. The park owes its name to its location at the … Continue reading

Best Tall Building Awards

by Ron Bernthal The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced Award of Excellence winners of its Best Tall Building awards for 2020-2021, with Asian, Australian and American projects among this year’s standouts. The CTBUH Annual Awards … Continue reading

Køge Journal: A harborside eatery built with Danish practicality and simplicity.

by Ron Bernthal Designed for possible disassembly, the Braunstein Pakhuset (Warehouse) opened in 2020 and will eventually, after Covid-19 travel restrictions are lifted, welcome thousands of annual visitors who have been visiting the popular Braunstein Bryggeriet and Destilleriet (micro-brewery and … Continue reading

Toulouse Journal: New Exhibition and Convention Center built in city’s ‘innovation zone”

by Ron Bernthal MEETT, Toulouse’s new Exhibition and Convention Centre, is located in the innovation zone north of Toulouse. The project’s design firm, OMA, founded in the Netherlands, led by partners Chris van Duijn, Ellen van Loon and Rem Koolhaas, … Continue reading

Lisbon Journal: New high-speed rail link to Porto proposed.

by Ron Bernthal  In 2020 the government of Portugal has confirmed its intention to press ahead with rail investments of more than $12 billion,  as part of a larger  national stimulus program.  The highlight of the package, however,  is the … Continue reading