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A spa­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion group based at Gold­smiths, Univer­sity of Lon­don has been named the over­all win­ner of the Beazley De­signs of the Year 2018. Foren­sic Ar­chi­tec­ture – which fo­cuses its work on ex­pos­ing mis­car­riages of jus­tice through re­search – won for its sur­vey ex­hi­bi­tion Counter In­ves­ti­ga­tions, mounted last March at the In­sti­tute of Con­tem­po­rary Arts. Also rec­og­nized were the Fal­con Heavy rocket by Elon Musk’s Spacex, which won for trans­port de­sign, and Thomas Heather­wick’s Zeitz Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art Africa, the vic­tor in the ar­chi­tec­ture cat­e­gory. The Beazley De­signs of the Year are on view at Lon­don’s De­sign Mu­seum un­til Jan­uary 6. In Novem­ber, Ama­zon re­vealed that its HQ2 project would be built in two cities, rather than in one. The de­vel­op­ments will cost an es­ti­mated $5 bil­lion in con­struc­tion and in­vest­ments across the two sites, in Long Is­land City, New York and Arlington, Vir­ginia. The Royal Ar­chi­tec­tural In­sti­tute of Canada has an­nounced projects in nine cities as the win­ners of the 2018 Na­tional Ur­ban De­sign Awards. Among them is the Ur­ban Bee­hive Project in Char­lot­te­town, PEI by Nine Yards Stu­dio, which took the Com­mu­nity Ini­tia­tives cat­e­gory. Other win­ners in­clude Toronto’s Pub­lic Work, for the To­core: Down­town Parks and Pub­lic Realm Plan, and Le­may, which won for its restora­tion of Place Vauquelin in Old Mon­treal. Among other ma­jor ac­co­lades handed out this past fall was the Royal In­sti­tute of Bri­tish Ar­chi­tects’ Stephen Lawrence Prize for 2018, which rec­og­nized Tonkin Liu’s trans­for­ma­tion of an agri­cul­tural shed in North York­shire into a sus­tain­able home. And the 2018 Os­car Niemeyer Award for Latin Amer­i­can Ar­chi­tec­ture has been awarded to the Teopanzolco Cul­tural Cen­ter in Cuer­navaca, Mex­ico. Isaac Broid and Pro­duc­tora de­signed the project to re­late to an ad­ja­cent pre-his­panic ruin. Read about it on page 050 of this is­sue.

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