01 | 2020
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Dear reader,

Construction means change. Buildings create new opportunities and new perspectives, and their impact can go far beyond their practical utility. I believe that the Elbe Philharmonic Hall in Hamburg is a good example of how one building can give a new face to a whole city. Very few individuals are capable of designing a building of this caliber. And, that’s one of the reasons the best architects of our time have become international stars. In this issue, we also explain why such collaborations present a special challenge—and why they are worthwhile.

The impact that buildings have on their environments is the theme of another feature in this issue: a look at the latest developments in New York City. The buildings our subsidiary Turner Construction has constructed there in recent decades have changed daily life in this metropolis. They include hospitals, universities, cultural institutions, sports facilities—and, of course, iconic skyscrapers, such as the Hearst Tower. We invite you to join us on this exciting journey.

Sincerely yours,

Marcelino Fernández Verdes 
Chief Executive Officer of HOCHTIEF