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Issue 429
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Eric Owen Moss' Waffle under construction in Los Angeles
Last month, WAN visited Los Angeles and met with Founder of Eric Owen Moss Architects and Director of SCI-Arc (The Southern California Institute of Architecture) Eric Owen Moss. Moss is one of the biggest
hitters of the LA architecture scene and WAN was delighted to be given a personal tour around
some of the inspirational architect's upcoming projects. The latest is a three-stage scheme currently under construction in Culver City. Comprised of a remodeled warehouse (completed in 2011), The Cactus Tower and The Waffle, the development exudes the characteristically expressive style of Moss whose projects have gained a strong following for their offbeat nature. The Cactus Tower is the inventive reuse of an aging industrial press, whose press and sheet metal enclosure have been removed. The remaining 55ft-high steel frame has been outfitted with five trusses 30ft in the air with 28 steel pots inserted in a new 'green structure'. Nestled within these pots are cacti which create a unique focal point for office workers nearby and form a canopy for the informal meeting area beneath... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Austin360 Amphitheater at the Circuit of The Americas, Texas, United States
Austin-based Miró Rivera Architects has announced the completion of the Austin360 Amphitheater at the Circuit of The Americas. The amphitheater will serve as Central Texas' new world-class home for outdoor entertainment. The 6,761-seat amphitheater is the largest outdoor amphitheater in Central Texas... Read more
2 40-storey hotel engulfed in fire, Grozny, Russia
A 40-storey luxury hotel tower in Grozny, Russia was engulfed in flames on Wednesday evening after an apparent short circuit caused the entire building to catch alight. Local media reports that floors 2 to 40 were on fire however the blaze has now been extinguished and no-one has been injured. Part of a complex of 7 tall towers in Grozny, the... Read more
3 Sancaklar Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
The first in a series of five conferences spread over five years will take place at Victoria House in London's Bloomsbury Square next week. INN Istanbul will bring together design firms, fashion designers, Turkish architects and brands from across the city to celebrate all that is design in Istanbul. These city-specific showcases will continue over... Read more
4 One World Observatory, New York, United States
Today the media got an insider's tour of the new observation deck at One World Trade Center, designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. On hand were David Checketts, Chairman of and CEO of Legends Hospitality, which won the license to operate the deck along with officials of the Port Authority New York and New Jersey and the Durst... Read more
5 Moscow Polytechnic Museum and Educational Centre, Moscow, Russia
An international competition (featured by the WAN Business Information Service) has been won by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas architects + Speech. The team's concept for the Moscow Polytechnic Museum and Education Centre was awarded first place in the second stage of the competition... Read more
2013 WAN AWARDS: 21 for 21 Award Longlist
Brian Kilkelly: "Mayors and city leaders are in the best position to take the lead"
World Cities Network Chief Executive Brian Kilkelly on why fast and effective decision-making will help cities adapt to a changing world.
"Cities have to deal with the impact of population growth, climate change, urbanisation, economic stress, changes in lifestyle and resource depletion," says Kilkelly. "To address these, they need to rise to the challenge of creating effective decision-making processes, whilst being realistic about what they can achieve."

Businesses are already feeling the impact, Kilkelly points out. They are at risk from severe events; damage to the US East Coast from storm Sandy is estimated at as much as $50bn, for example; and on a day-to-day level many are seeing costs for resources such as energy rise dramatically

"Vibrant, high quality places help businesses attract the top talent they need." Yet business can boom in cities that create the right environment. "Vibrant, high quality places help businesses attract the top talent they need," says Kilkelly. "For example, I'm hearing that in the US, firms are choosing to move away from Silicon Valley into the heart of San Francisco because they want to be in a more vibrant, community setting. They want more flexible, adaptable office space, with high environmental standards."

He argues that, if businesses and cities are to flourish together, resilience is vital. "Resilience affects whether cities can recover quickly from acute stresses such as storms or a sudden shift in the economy," he says. "It's also about whether cities can deal with chronic stresses - like dealing with pressure for housing by adapting and increasing the current housing supply."

For Kilkelly, delivering resilient cities is as much about the decision-making process as it is technical innovation. "There are great technological and design solutions out there for many of the challenges cities face. But I'd argue that we know what we need to do and we know we can do it - technically speaking. The real challenge is making the tough decisions to invest and make things happen. This takes leadership."

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Georgian Government Building
unveiled by Robin Monotti Architects
How Buro Happold brought
Zaha's Riverside Museum to life
The first image of a new business centre for the government of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, has been released by Robin Monotti Architects. The design has been approved by all departments of the local government of Tbilisi. The design is a direct response to its neighbouring building, one of the most important examples of Soviet architecture. Robin Monotti's design for the 16,000 sqm Tbilisi Business Centre proposes a glass building that contrasts
In June 2011, Zaha Hadid's spiked Riverside Museum in Glasgow, Scotland was completed and Caroline Ednie attended a press conference on the banks of the River Clyde on behalf of WAN. Her report on the transport, engineering and shipbuilding museum sparked a wealth of comments from our readers who were clearly marked into two distinct camps. Those such as Alex Njoo from St. Kilda in Victoria enthused, 'If the Glasgow project
with the solidity of its concrete neighbour, home to the Bank of Georgia, and adopts a circular plan that avoids competing with its box like cantilevers. A reference to the neighbour's cantilevers is present in the overhanging circular discs that create each floor of the building... Read more is anything like the MAXXI, it is certainly a masterpiece to be experienced. I look forward, one day, to visit Hadid's latest creation', while others, such as Paulina in London confessed, 'the building does nothing for me in terms of scale and engagement with the public realm'... Read more
Lend Lease completes 'Australia's greenest
timber apartment building' in Victoria Harbour
Designed and built by Lend Lease, the Forte residential tower in Victoria Harbour, Melbourne is now the tallest completed structure in the world constructed using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT). The building rises 10 storeys into the sky and comprises 23 boutique residential apartments and 4 townhouses. Forte is a highly environmentally-friendly block which saved 1,600 tonnes of CO2 emissions during construction in comparison with concrete and steel - the equivalent of removing 400 cars from the roads.

CLT buildings may be a more readily accepted form of construction in Europe but the practice is less common in Australia as Head of Operational Excellence for Lend Lease's Australia business Daryl Patterson explains: "Designed and produced in a factory environment, Forte was 30% faster to build, safer and with higher precision than traditional construction materials.

"It also resulted in reduced construction traffic to and from site, caused less disruption to the community and produced less waste. Unlike Europe where the revolutionary material has been used for more than a decade, Australia is only at the beginning of its CLT journey and still has a way to go to recognise the enormous potential in our market."

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