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Issue 466
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160-acre redevelopment scheme in Uganda by David Adjaye receives backing
The biggest urban redevelopment scheme in Africa is now underway following the support of UK-based charitable organisation Made in Africa Foundation. Initiated by designer Ozwald Boateng OBE and
international businessman Kola Aluko, the organisation helps major construction projects
across Africa get off the ground with 'first mile' finance. Renowned architect David Adjaye OBE has presented a landmark concept to the Government of Uganda with Boateng and CEO of the Made in Africa Foundation Chris Cleverly. Thanks to the backing of the foundation, the scheme in Kampala, Uganda is now able to get underway. The Made in Africa Foundation provided funding for masterplans and feasibility studies for the 160-acre scheme which looks to redevelop an area in Naguru-Nakawa with more than 3,500 residences, a church, school, commercial units, hotels, retail amenities, restaurants and leisure facilities. It is hoped this design can be used as a base for further redevelopment projects across Africa. Made in Africa Foundation co-founder, Nigerian Oil and Gas entrepreneur... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Stonehenge Visitor & Exhibition Centre, Amesbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
This week saw the official opening of the Stonehenge Visitor and Exhibition Centre by Denton Corker Marshall. Located at Airman's Corner in Wiltshire, UK, the £27m scheme has seen contemporary public facilities constructed to support one of the UK's most treasured historic landmarks. Stonehenge is a cluster of unexplained... Read more
2 Lavenue Crown Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Renderings have been released of the new Lavenue Crown Hotel, designed by Atkins. Destined for Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, the smoothly curving form rises 160m into the skyline with a concept derived from the lotus flower. Designed for client Lavenue Investment Corporation, the lavish hotel will be an instantly recognisable... Read more
3 Axel Springer Media Campus, Berlin, Germany
Three concepts have been selected in a competition for the new media campus of multimedia firm Axel Springer in Berlin-Mitte. Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Buro Ole Scheeren and OMA were chosen by a jury for the three top spots however a final winner is yet to be selected; the jury will meet again to choose the order of these three entries... Read more
4 Luanda Masterplan, Angola
Global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan has won an international competition to deliver a vision to transform Luanda, the capital of Angola and one of Africa's most dynamic cities. The practice has been appointed by the governor of Luanda, Bento Joaquim Sebastião Francisco Bento, to provide a growth strategy for the city and its wider... Read more
5 Qianhai Integrated Transportation Hub, Shenzhen, China
The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have been commissioned with the design of a new urban development project on a 45 hectare site in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. It comprises a transportation hub including five underground railway stations, a border control point and... Read more
Transport Sector Sustainable
Building of the Year
Urban Design Sector
Sharon McHugh reveals the
best architecture books of 2013
Building Sustainable Cities:
Park or Parking Lot?
As Christmas approaches, here are some must-have titles for every architect's bookshelf. Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light - Published in conjunction with the first exhibition devoted to architect Henri Labrouste in the United States - and the first anywhere in the world in nearly 40 years - this lushly-illustrated publication is the result of a four-year research project
Large expanses of cracked asphalt, utilitarian light poles and minimal landscaping - the surface parking lot is an eyesore we've put up with for too long. Many citizens and urban planners have shifted focus to developing walkable, livable, and sustainable cities, bringing our parking problem into harsh light. How can we build parking lots that are both functional and ecologically friendly? One of the easiest ways to reduce the ecological
into the entirety of Labrouste's production. It presents nearly 225 works in all media, including drawings, watercolors, vintage and modern photographs, film stills, and architectural models. Essays by a range of international architecture scholars explore Labrouste's work and legacy through a variety of approaches, offering fresh historical perspectives on the architect and his structural innovations. Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes - This book is an accompaniment to the MOMA's June 2013 exhibition, the largest ever produced on Le Corbusier. Reflecting the geographic extension of Le Corbusier's designs and built works as well as his indefatigable... Read more impact of surface parking lots is to add large areas of vegetation. Plant-life in parking lots benefits the city environment in three ways: In the hotter months, surface parking lots are partly responsible for the heat island effect. Trees planted around perimeters and in medians inside parking lots help reduce the amount of solar radiation that reaches the area below the canopy. Shading large expanses of the pavement is an effective way to help cool a community. Another way plant-life battles the heat island effect is through evotranspiration. Trees and vegetation absorb water through their roots and release it through their leaves—the water then evaporates... Read more
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predictions for 2014 and the most-desired design gifts this Christmas...
In conversation with Vinayak Bharne
Urbanist Vinayak Bharne is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Urbanism at the University of Southern California and a practicing urban designer. His three most recent books - The Emerging Asian City: Concomitant Urbanities & Urbanisms; Rediscovering the Hindu Temple: The Sacred Architecture and Urbanism of India; and the forthcoming Zen Spaces and Neon Places: Reflections on Japanese Architecture and Urbanism - provide provocative dialogue on understanding cities within specific contexts across cultures,
nations and historical periods. WAN's Mumbai Correspondent Pallavi Shrivastava spoke to Bharne about the ideas, agendas and inspirations behind these efforts.

Tell us a little bit about your three books and motivation behind each of them.

My forthcoming book Zen Spaces & Neon Places brings two decades of writing and reflecting on Japan, since my first trip in 1993 as an exchange student from India. With the emergence of China and India, Japan has now dropped below the intellectual radar, when, in fact, it continues to remain a very relevant reference for our times. So this book offers a critical reinterpretation of Japan's complex built environment across history - the import of Tang Dynasty prototypes, entry of European influences, insinuation of Western democracy, rise and collapse of the economic bubble, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster - and their transformative effects in shaping and re-shaping the Japanese built landscape we see today. The intention is to provoke deeper reflections on why and how what we see today has come to be, and learn from it.

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