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In Shenzhen, China, ground was recently broken for the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, designed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). Image: OMA

Bucharest · 2007.1128
London, United Kingdom-based architecture firm YRM has revealed its master plan for the redevelopment of a former industrial site in northwest Bucharest, Romania. High- and midrise office buildings, and a new plaza and landscape design, will update the 42,000-square-meter (450,000-square-foot) site, formerly occupied by an electronics factory. The firm is opening a new studio in Bucharest to work on the project and several other regeneration projects in the region

San Francisco · 2007.1128
SB Architects has hired three new principals: Bruce Wright, AIA; Thomas Sprinkle, AIA; and Mark Sopp, LEED AP. All three will be based in the firmís San Francisco, California, office.

Los Angeles · 2007.1127
The Market Lofts at 9th and Flower have opened in downtown Los Angeles, California. Irvine-based KTGY Group, Inc. designed the $70 million mixed-use development, which includes six stories of loft condominiums above street-level retail and an underground garage. The retail component includes the first supermarket in downtown Los Angeles since the 1950s.

A vivid green exterior on one side of the complex refers to a nearby park, while a golden color on another side is intended to evoke the evening sun. Each of the 267 units features large windows and stone countertops. The development also includes a landscaped courtyard, swimming pool, social room and kitchen, fitness center, and screening room. Lee Homes of Marina del Rey, Calif., developed the project in partnership with CIM Group of Los Angeles.

Fort Lauderdale · 2007.1127
Construction has begun on Satori, a mixed-use development in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Miami office of Mouriz Salazar & Associates designed the project, which will comprise four buildings of three to nine stories each, with 279 rental units and 12,000 square feet (1,100 square meters) of retail space.

The development will feature meditation gardens and courtyards, a pool, business center, parking garage, and a two-story, 8,000-square-foot (740-square-meter) clubhouse. The Fort Lauderdale office of Interiors by Steven G designed the interiors with an Asian-inspired theme. Residential units will feature hurricane-resistant windows and patio doors, granite kitchen countertops, and balconies and terraces. The Altman Companies of Boca Raton is the developer. Satori is scheduled for occupancy in late 2008.

Shenzhen · 2007.1122
Ground has been broken for the new headquarters of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in Shezhen, China (pictured above). The Beijing office of Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, designed the 250-meter- (820-foot-) tall tower, comprising 200,000 square meters (2.2 million square feet). The broad "base" of the tower will be raised several floors above street level, freeing space on the ground for public use. Completion is expected by 2010.

Somerville · 2007.1121
Arrowstreet of Somerville, Massachusetts, has promoted five staff members to associate principal: Davis Bois, AIA, LEED AP; Mike Manship, AIA; Bobbie Oakley; John Rufo; Westley Spruill; and Alex Valcarce, AIA. The firm provides architecture, planning, interior design, and graphic design services.

Prague · 2007.1120
Prague-based A69 Architects has revealed its design for Central Park Prague, a residential development in Prague, Czech Republic. Located in a 16-hectare (40-acre) green area, the high-rise buildings will feature protruding balconies that provide a varied texture to the facades. The project is expected to open in April 2008.

Denver · 2007.1113
The Denver, Colorado, office of Van Tilburg, Banvard & Soderbergh (VTBS Architects) has revealed its design for the St. Francis Corner Residences, a multiunit residential building for the homeless in the Curtis Park neighborhood of Denver. The five-story, 42,600-square-foot (3,960-square-meter) building will comprise 50 one-bedroom and studio units. It will also include a community room, fitness room, and computer lab. Construction is slated to begin in January 2008 and be completed by January 2009.

New York · 2007.1111
Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel, Architects, PC (GKV Architects) of New York City has revealed its interior design for the offices of Global Asset Management in the historic Rockefeller Center in New York. The offices will occupy the 21st floor and part of the 17th floor, totaling 15,700 square feet (1,460 square meters). The public area and office fronts will feature brick and glass detailing, and the conference room ceilings will consist of wood-framed fabric.

Little Rock · 2007.1107
The William J. Clinton Presidential Center, designed by Polshek Partnership Architects, has received a Platinum certification in the LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) rating system. When the building opened in 2004, it received a Silver rating in the LEED-NC (New Construction) program. The nonprofit Leonardo Academy was the primary LEED consultant for the update project.

The Presidential Library located within the Center is a part of the U.S. National Archives. This is the first federal building to receive a LEED Platinum rating, and one of fewer than 70 buildings worldwide that have been certified Platinum to date. The announcement was made by the U.S. Green Building Council during Greenbuild, for which Clinton was the keynote speaker.

San Francisco · 2007.1028
Modern architect Richard W. Snibbe, FAIA, died in San Francisco on October 28, three days short of his 91st birthday. Snibbe studied architecture at Harvard's Graduate School of Design under the direction of Walter Gropius.

Snibbe was the son of the German-American industrial textile pioneer George Schnibbe and Mildred Robinson. He attended St. John's University as an undergraduate before heading to Harvard. Snibbe became a member of the American Communist Party during that time.

From 1951 to 1956, Snibbe worked at the architectural firm of Edward Stone. One of his projects there was the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India. In 1958, the firm Ballard, Todd and Snibbe was established. Snibbe designed numerous public housing, healthcare, and education buildings, including Princeton University's tennis pavilion and graduate dorms. His career in architecture slowed after the McCarthy era, when his history as a Communist prevented him from winning further government public building projects. In the 1970s, Snibbe designed the unbuilt "Handloser Project," a series of fantastic, suspended structures intended for the Rocky Mountains.

Snibbe later founded CIMA, the Congress of International Modern Architects, with John Johansen, Harry Seidler, James Stewart Polshek, and others.

Snibbe was author of three books: Small Commercial Buildings (1956); The New Modernist In World Architecture (1999), with his second wife, Patricia Miscall Snibbe; and an unpublished autobiography, completed in 1987, which is available for download on a memorial web page for Snibbe.

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