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Lack of home-grown talent in Jubilee Gardens shortlist

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London's South Bank Centre has selected a shortlist of design teams for the £2 million redevelopment of Jubilee Gardens which illustrates the paucity of native landscape-design talent. The shortlist comprises: Dutch practice West 8; Eric Parry Architects in association with German practice Latz und Partner; Gustafson Porter, the uk offshoot of American Kathryn Gustafson; Hamburg-based Gustav Lange; and Parisian Agence Jacqueline Osty. The shortlisted teams, which all have experience of designing heavily used urban open spaces, were selected from more than 70 submissions from nine countries. An appointment should be made by the end of September.

The gardens, which have been closed for five years during the construction of the Jubilee Line Extension, will re-open at the end of October. Implementation of the new design will be phased.

Zumthor wins CarlsbergArchitecture Award

Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has won the 1998 Carlsberg Architecture Award, worth £130,000, the biggest individual architecture prize in the world. Founded in 1992, previous winners were Tadao Ando and Juha Leviska.

Zumthor, whose best-known recent work is the thermal baths at Vals, was picked by an international jury because of the intense exploration of the essence of architecture contained in a number of his works (see aj Review, 3.9.98). They 'combine unostentatious command of technology with deep understanding of human feelings and physicality'.

The jury included Francois Chaslin, Professor Kenneth Frampton, Toshio Nakamura, Henning Larsen, and Architectural Review editor Peter Davey.

Two towers now taking shape in Dubai will be the ninth and seventeenth tallest buildings in the world. The 350m-tall office tower will be higher than any tower in the Middle East and Europe. Both this sky-scraper and the 305m-tall hotel are due for completion in mid-2000. Hyder Consulting is the lead consultant of the project and the architect is norr Group. Both buildings are triangular in cross-section, inspired by Islamic themes. They have been designed to frame the view of the 149m-high 20-year-old World Trade Centre on approaching the city from Abu Dhabi.

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