NEWS REVIEW
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Stunning images of Steven Holl Architects' Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu
In 2008, one of Asia's largest real estate developers, CapitaLand, commissioned Steven Holl Architects to design a dynamic hybrid development in the centre of Chengdu, China. Five years later
and the team are celebrating the official completion of the Sliced Porosity Block, a LEED Gold complex
which offers a smooth blend of quality real estate and unrestricted public space. Chengdu is swiftly establishing itself as one of China's most architecturally diverse cities. From KSP Jurgen Engel Architekten International's Sino-German High-Tech Industrial Service Platform with its dramatic banded void to Aedas' jagged Chengdu Megli the Celadon and the shapely series of 30 curvilinear clubhouses by Keppie, Chengdu is open to a variety of architectural expressions. Also on the cards is a glittering new 1.3 sq km city by tall building specialists Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill: Chengdu Tianfu District Great City on the boundary of Chengdu. Should this concept design be seen through to realisation, it will be connected with the main bulk of Chengdu by a new mass transit system. Steven Holl... Read more
Top stories this week
1 The Distinction, Dubai, ZAS
DAMAC Properties has announced its first major new product launch since 2008, with 295 premium serviced hotel apartments in the Burj Area. 'The Distinction' will be a 195m-high, 53-storey tower overlooking the platinum real estate in the heart of Dubai, with enviable views of the fountain, mall and world's largest tower, the Burj Khalifa. The Distinction has been designed by... Read more
2 Phoenix Stadium, Haiti, Project Phoenix
Cite Soleil, a commune in Port-au-Prince, Haiti is densely populated and rife with crime. Recognised by the United Nations as a Red Zone (a region that poses high security concerns to UN staff), the community developed as a shanty town and has bloomed in population although there are no official statistics on current residents... Read more
3 2013 Honours List
As is customary for the first day of every year, Tuesday 1 January 2013 saw the unveiling of the New Years Honours List in the United Kingdom. At the beginning of each year, Queen Elizabeth II reveals a list of those she has deemed worthy of the titles of Knight, Dame, and Commander, Member or Officer of the Order of the British Empire. In the 2013 list there are... Read more
4 The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Foster + Partners
One of Lord Norman Foster's first public buildings in the United Kingdom, the Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia, has received a protected status from Heritage Minister Ed Vaizey. The move was welcomed by conservation organisation English Heritage whose Designation Director, Roger Bowdler said: "We are pleased that... Read more
5 Festina Lente, Sarajevo
This unusual little bridge in Sarajevo is the design of three Bosnian product design students in response to a tender issued five years ago. Just completed, the Festina Lente bridge (which translates as 'to make haste slowly') has been described by its designers Adnan Alagic, Bojan Kanlic and Amila Hrustic as 'lightweight, agile and adaptable' and is rapidly absorbing... Read more
Project of the Week: Ta Phin Community House
Time running out for Zaha project as 'pirates' replicate design
As WAN reported earlier this week, the world's most famous female architect is facing a case of plagiarism in China with her latest project in Beijing. Hadid's design for the Wangjing SOHO scheme has allegedly been replicated in Chongqing and may be completed before her Beijing project which is due for completion in 2014. China is no stranger to speedy construction projects with schemes such as the T30 Hotel at Dongting Lake, Hunan Province

which shot up in 15 days and another 16-storey building also completed in Hunan Province, this time in an incredible 136 hours. This time however, the race is about more than just statistics.

Developer Chongqing Meiquan Properties Ltd is advertising units at its commercial property currently under construction on Jiangbei Haier Road at a cost of 42,000 Yuan per sq m. The property - known as Meiquan 22nd Century - is to be 85,000 sq m in total with renderings clearly showing two curved building volumes very similar to those designed by Hadid in Beijing.

Local press appear to have been aware of this replica design since May 2012 however the story has taken to the global stage in the last few days after it was suggested by Die Spiegel that Chongqing Meiquan Properties Ltd's development may be completed before Hadid's Wangjing SOHO project.

In May 2012, China Intellectual Property gave the following report: "On May 14 (2012), SOHO China and Chongqing Meiquan held press conferences respectively. Chongqing Meiquan, speaking with Chongqing dialect, stated that the design of Meiquan 22nd Century was inspired by the cobblestones on the bank of the Yangtze River by which Chongqing was built.

"However, Pan (Shiyi, Board Chairman of SOHO China) took a tough stance on this issue, saying that Wangjing SOHO was designed to reproduce the image of Koi, which symbolizes 'wealth, luck, health and happiness' in Chinese culture, and insisted on filing a lawsuit. He also thought that in order to guarantee the healthy development of China's creative industry, it was necessary to protect creative ideas and IP rights in China."

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New report confirms that
design impacts student performance
Chinese firms invest $11.2bn
in Cambodian infrastructure project
Most architects know that school environments affect students' performance, and could be forgiven for feeling smug at the contents of an independent report by academics at the UK's Salford University if it were not for the fact that it is unlikely to influence clients and budget holders. This report - part of the Head Project (Holistic Evidence and Design) - goes
According to local reports, officials met last week to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the construction of a 400km railway line connecting a new steel mill in Preah Vihear and new seaport off the coast of Koh Konh, both in Cambodia. Worth at least $11bn, the new developments and associated infrastructure are to be carried out by Cambodia Iron
to the heart of our campaign to highlight effective design in the WAN AWARDS with Buro Happold. Getting post-occupancy data from recently completed buildings is not yet the norm but evaluating performance is heavily dependent on this feedback. The timing of the report is also interesting as the UK is just about to embark on a severely cut-down school building programme. Critics say the design brief for the 261 primary schools borders on one size fits all/flat pack. The report confirms a strong correlation between... Read more and Steel Mining Industry Group with China Railway Group. The Phnom Penh Post quoted Chairman of the Cambodia Iron and Steel Mining Industry Group Zhang Chuan Li as saying: "Work will begin in July 2013 on all three parts of the project. It will employ more than 20,000 local workers and 3,000 Chinese experts." The steel mill is to be located in Rovieng, northern Cambodia over an area of 14 sq km and will be linked to a seaport in the south-west province of Koh Kong by a new railway line which... Read more
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