Weekly Roundup for Week of May 29

Movie Museum. Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali have been tapped to design the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures which will be located in the May Company building, part of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

“Renzo’s track record of creating iconic cultural landmarks combined with Zoltan’s success in transforming historically-significant buildings is a perfect marriage for a museum that celebrates the history and the future of the movies,” said Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO.

Via Hollywood Reporter

Africa’s Tallest Tower. @126 have released designs for a 110-storey structure in Tshwane, South Africa, which will be the tallest building in Africa.

Scheduled for completion in 2018, the project has been met with mixed reaction from locals. The mixed-use facility is planned to include residential units, office space, retail facilities, and hotel and conference spaces, however its close proximity to existing commercial venues is something of a concern. Businesses around the area are going through an economic slump and will not be able to handle the influx a project of this nature would bring.

Via World Architecture News

Gleaming new train station. The Chicago Transit Authority’s $38-million modern new Morgan “L” station on Chicago’s Near West Side opened this week.

The dazzling station, with its spectral stair towers and glass-sheathed transfer bridge, has sparked debate on whether the money spent on the station would have been put to better use fixing the CTA’s creaking rails and slow zones.

Via Chicago Tribune

Pop-up hotels a trend. More and more “pop-up” or temporary hotels are growing as a business trend for hospitality companies.

These temporary hotels allow developers to check out locations, experiment with design ideas and test out the market for guests without a huge financial commitment. Some hospitality companies are even making new business bets on the pop-up approach.

Via SmartPlanet

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