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Issue 471
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Sochi Winter Olympic Games: Inside the Coastal Cluster
On 7 February 2014, the Sochi Winter Olympic Games will begin with an explosive opening ceremony at the Populous-designed Fisht Stadium in the Coastal Cluster. Site preparations at the Olympic Park have
been dogged by claims that billions of dollars have mysteriously 'disappeared' during construction,
stray dogs that live in the vicinity of the park are being slain to bolster security during the Games, issues of structural stability at several venues and that migrant exploitation is rife. In this article we focus on the venues in the 'Coastal Cluster' that are due to host the international sporting events beginning this week. Designed by Populous and awarded a shortlist position in the 2010 WAN AWARDS Civic Buildings sector, the Fisht Olympic Stadium takes inspiration from its setting between the coast and nearby mountain range. A continuous lower bowl is flanked by two upper wing terraces with exposed structural elements throughout. The team at Populous has been cautious to preserve sightlines to the scenic surrounding environment while providing a modern, flexible stadium for... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Honeycomb, New Providence Island, Bahamas
Honeycomb is a stand-out new scheme released by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), HKS and MDA for the Albany beach and golf community in New Providence Island in The Bahamas. The residential building spreads over 175,000 sq ft and has been designed as the centrepiece of the Albany masterplan. This contemporary residential building gets... Read more
2 Meliá Vienna Hotel, Donau City Towers, Vienna, Austria
On 17 February 2014 the doors will open to the sleek Meliá Vienna Hotel, occupying 17 storeys of the Donau-City (DC) Tower 1. Designed by French architect Dominique Perrault and local firm Hoffmann-Janz Architekten, DC Tower 1 is one half of a pair of glittering new structures for Vienna, with DC Tower 1 currently holding the title... Read more
3 Casa Flotanta, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Imagine waking up in the morning halfway up a hillside in Costa Rica to see nothing but crystal clear blue skies and the leafy fronds of verdant foliage. This is a dream come true for the Gooden-Nahome family who commissioned Benjamin Garcia Saxe - the architect behind the tremendously popular Containers of Hope and Bamboo... Read more
4 Reforma Towers, Mexico City, Mexico
A glistening white mixed-use scheme is destined to grace the Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City, a significant thoroughfare that splices the city in two. The new face on this bustling street is a two-pronged development by Richard Meier & Partners and Diametro Arquitectos entitled Reforma Towers. While the design retains the strong aesthetic flair... Read more
5 Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Madrid, Spain
The home ground of football club Real Madrid is to undergo a drastic redevelopment scheme at the hand of von Gerkan, Marg und Partner (gmp-architekten) with L35 Ribas. The announcement was made by the club's president, Florentino Perez. Perez explained: "We want to turn the Santiago Bernabéu into the best... Read more
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WAD14 heads East to Shanghai this November
Now in its third year, World Architecture Day (WAD) has gone from strength to strength. Starting in 2012 with our inaugural London summit, and following on from 2013's hugely successful New York conference, we are excited to announce that this year we will be heading to Shanghai, China.

Shanghai has long featured on the architectural stage, with its stunning mix of neo classical architecture sitting side by side with some of the most interesting and progressive buildings to be constructed over the last 20 years.

Our 2013 summit in New York was a hugely successful three days of building tours, speakers from across the globe and workshops held around Manhattan. This year, we intend to continue on this path, bringing you the best of international architecture, the movers and shakers and big players on the world stage, all hosted in one of Asia's most enigmatic cities.

Last year's theme of Towards 8 Billion, Housing the Next Generation will this year be carried forward and focus on Towards 8 Billion, Moving the City, with an in-depth look at the transport, infrastructure and architectural problems to be faced in many of the world's largest cities today, as well as the sectors impacted by transport such as commercial, retail and multimodal hubs.

WAN's Editor in Chief, Michael Hammond said: "After London and New York, Shanghai seems like a logical progression, but it goes much deeper than that. Shanghai has pushed the boundaries of the modern city in many ways, not least with transport, being the world pioneer in commercial Maglev travel.

"At WAD14 we want to draw on Shanghai's energy, taking the best of our first two years and adding more; More commercial opportunities, more connections, more inspiration, more debate."

Our exciting 2014 summit will host 350 international delegates on the 12, 13, 14 of November this year, as well as workshops to be hosted around the city and exclusive building tours of some of Shanghai's most celebrated buildings.

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Moss and lichen to creep over
Geology Museum + Research Center
Frank Lloyd Wright and the
City - Density vs. Dispersal
Los Angeles-based design studio lee + mundwiler architects have shared their latest civic scheme with WAN as it draws to completion on the coast of Shenzhen. Located across the water from Hong Kong on the Dapeng Peninsula, the Geology Museum + Research Center features a pair of volumes connected by a sheltered courtyard. The design of the complex was inspired by its location on a peninsular sculpted by volcanic eruptions dating back 135 million years.
Clearly we are living in an era aided by new technologies that are making our cities denser and the buildings in them taller than ever before. Organizations like the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) are keeping tabs on the global horse race between architects and nations to scoop the title of world's tallest building. We are now technologically
After years of volcanic eruptions, the land has been moulded into a plethora of unique rock formations which are now the focus of guest researchers within a protected Geological Park. Visiting academics are invited to use the 2,800 sq m Research Centre which faces the nearby bay. The larger of the two volumes is a 6,200 sq m museum which is open to the public, educating visitors on geological issues. lee + mundwiler architects directly reference the rocky surroundings in the architectural... Read more capable of building mile-high structures. But at what cost? We are at a critical time where the re-examination of the benefits and consequences of building tall is warranted. So it comes at an especially propitious moment in time that MoMA has taken up this subject in an new exhibition that looks at Frank Lloyd Wright's thinking about the growing American City in the early 20th century. Frank Lloyd Wright and the City- Density vs. Dispersal, on view at MoMA from 1 February until 1 June 2013, highlights... Read more
Subterranean tunnels beneath London
tube to be transformed into urban farms
Project of the Week
Children's Culture House Ama'r
One hundred feet beneath London's streets is a network of tunnels. Not the Underground tunnels that shuttle millions of commuters and tourists back and forth across the city but a series of passageways that were used to shelter people during the air raids of World War II. Richard Ballard and Steven Dring, a pair of entrepreneurs from the west of England, have today initiated
Amager, pronounced "Ama'r", is Denmark's most densely populated island - a part of Copenhagen. In 2005, the area was selected to become one of Copenhagen's numerous integrated Urban Renewal projects, with the ambition of strengthening the existing cultural institutions. Visual artist; Kerstin Bergendal, was appointed to realize the preparatory phase of dialogues
a crowdfunding project called 'Growing Underground' with the backing of Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr. The duo has 58 days to raise the £300,000 necessary to fund their project which would see 2.5acres of these underground tunnels transformed into a subterranean farm, nurturing fresh produce for London restaurants, supermarkets and wholesalers. Located beneath the Northern Line near Clapham North tube station, the designated tunnels are to house specially-designed structures to enable three layers of plant growth. This process has been tested in Yorkshire... Read more in 2006-2007, in which Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter participated. The process included both children from the ages 9- 14 and adults with different kind of professions; librarians, teachers, musicians, visual artists and actors. From the process was elaborated a collection of principles for a building that encourage children in expressing themselves through art, music and dance. Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter implemented these principles in the design of the building. The Children's Culture House Ama'r offers various play facilities and programs for children. The spaces provide opportunities... Read more
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