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Out-of-this-world designer drops in on Cool Britannia

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One of the world's leading travel and tourism design gurus flies into London next week en route to New York, where an international conference will discuss hotel resorts of the future. Howard Wolff of Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo will be discussing projects including 'energy beam highways', which could take visitors to the moon in five-and-a-half hours, and 'interactive brainwave visual analysers', which will allow resort guests to control services facilities by pure thought.

Haworth Tompkins Architects' design for 59 housing co-op homes has won planning permission. The flats, maisonettes and large family houses for Coin Street Secondary Housing Co-operative will house 350 people on 5 hectares in London's Lambeth. The design, which will cost £9 million, comprises a landscaped garden bounded on three sides by homes, with a community and training centre on the fourth side.

Alsop & Stormer has won a competition for a mammoth £170 million, 90,000m2 business centre. Berliner Tor in Hamburg will be 95 per cent offices, with the remainder residential, shops and restaurants. The design for a corner site 2km from Hamburg's centre will be a mixture of colourful low- and high-rise blocks of between seven and 20 storeys. The architect beat Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners and eight German practices.

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