Cutting Edge ‘Invisible’ Tower Granted Construction Permit Outside Seoul, Korea

World Architecture News
September 5, 2013

The eruption of supertall towers across the world has also seen a rise in ‘landmark’ architecture, with the majority of these glistening tall towers contorted into unusual shapes or incorporating ‘vanity height’ in an effort to stand out on the architecture map. For GDS Architects, A&U and Samoo Architects, this is not the case. Tower Infinity is the result of an international design competition won by the team in 2008 and the project has just been granted a construction permit. The 450m-high structure is destined for a prime site just outside Seoul in South Korea, an area well known for its ambitious architectural design (search WAN for Yongsan International Business District for some breathtaking plans). More …

Oral Reviews

The next set of oral reviews will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday November 26 and 27, 2013. The oral review is an interview-based examination open to those Intern Architects who have:

  • completed and logged at least 2800 hours; and
  • completed the required AIBC courses.

Applications, along with an employer’s letter and fee payment, must be received by Friday, November 15, 2013. Eligibility will be confirmed by the Registration & Licensing Department. For complete details and to download the application form, click here.

The Vancouver Architect Who Made Nature His Muse

Traveling exhibition celebrates Ron Thom, who found higher beauty in the handmade.

By Adele Weder, The Tyee

September 6, 2013

Long before the 100-Mile Diet and Lululemon, Vancouver wielded cultural influence over the rest of the nation in quite another way: through its architecture. A powerful emissary of this movement was Vancouver architect Ron Thom. As well as a slate of landmark houses around the Vancouver region, he made his mark designing the iconic B.C. Electric head office building (now the Electra condominium tower) at Burrard Street and Nelson Avenue. Thom then garnered renown not just in Ontario but around the world for his design of Toronto’s Massey College. Peterborough’s Trent University, and the Shaw Festival Theatre on Niagara-on-the-Lake. More …