Austin Journal: Nicely designed new stadium for soccer-loving city.

by Ron Bernthal Opened in spring 2021, Austin’s new Q2 Stadium is a modern stadium and soccer park at McKalla Place, in the North Burnet section of North Austin. The Q2 Stadium is Austin’s first major league sports stadium and home … Continue reading

London Journal: Mixed-use community hub in city’s Westminster district.

by Ron Bernthal The Copenhagen-based architectural firm Henning Larsen, whose urban project, “105 Victoria Street,” is located just a short walk from Buckingham Palace, will contain not just office space, but a reinterpretation of the typical commercial building lobby as … Continue reading

New York City Journal: A park along the Hudson will create Manhattan’s first public beach.

by Ron Bernthal New York City’s Hudson River Park Trust has begun construction on Gansevoort Peninsula, a riverfront park designed by the noted landscape firm James Corner Field Operations that will be home to  Manhattan’s first public beach. Construction began … Continue reading

Kolonaki Journal: Yes, stunning design and pain chocolat are quite compatible at new Athens bakery.

by Ron Bernthal One of the nicest looking bakeries in the world opened in December, 2020, in the city of Athens, Greece. The bakery is not only beautifully designed by the Athens-based firm called en-route-architecture (e-r-a), with designers Katerina Kourkoula … Continue reading

Brno Journal: Designers save Brutalist building in Czech Republic.

by Ron Bernthal In May, 2021, the Czech Republic-based Chybík + Krištof Architects and Urban Designers announced the completion of the redesigned Zvonarka Central Bus Terminal in Brno, Czech Republic. Self-initiated in 2011, this redesign and restoration project saw the … Continue reading

Shanghai Journal: Mainland China’s first SITES Gold project converts former airport runway into sustainable urban park

by Ron Bernthal Xuhui Runway Park is an innovative urban revitalization project that breathes new life into a unique piece of Shanghai’s history. Designed by the global design firm Sasaki, and located in the Xuhui Riverfront Area, the park is … Continue reading

Melbourne Journal: Australia’s largest gallery will add to this city’s vibrant arts district.

by Ron Bernthal The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) announced in late 2020 that The Ian Potter Foundation has pledged AUD$20 million (USD$15 million) towards the building of Australia’s largest contemporary art gallery, the NGV Contemporary. The funding is part … Continue reading

Rennes Journal: Downtown revitalization project transforms historic French city.

by Ron Bernthal The Saint-Michel quarter has always been a transient place. Rennes’s history goes back more than 2,000 years, at a time when it was a small Gallic village named Condate. Together with Vannes and Nantes, Rennes was one … Continue reading

Nairobi Journal: City government strives to unclog daily traffic jams.

by Ron Bernthal One of the consequences of the rapid urbanization in African cities is the increase of urban traffic. People who relocate to Nairobi, or arrive as leisure and business visitors, are met with some of the most brutal … Continue reading