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Related Companies-commissioned boutique residences
on the High Line marks first NYC project for Zaha Hadid
Related Companies announced today that it has commissioned Zaha Hadid Architects to design a boutique residential building adjacent to the High Line at 520 West 28th Street in Chelsea, just south of Hudson Yards.
It will be Hadid's first building in New York City. "We are proud to partner with Zaha Hadid Architects and to continue Related's commitment to the very best
in urban architecture," said Jeff Blau, CEO of Related Companies. "This development will be truly unique within the city's architectural offerings, and will pave the way for future architectural achievements on Manhattan's west side." A chevron pattern enhances the sculpted exterior, at once separating and merging the two distinct zones of the building. The innovative concept further develops this contextual relationship, giving each residence the highest degree of originality. "Our design is an integration of volumes that flow into each other and, following a coherent formal language, create the sensibility of the building's overall ensemble," explained Hadid. "With an arrangement that reinvents the spatial experience, each residence will have its own distinctive identity, offering multiple perspectives and exciting views of the neighborhood." The 11-story development will have 37 residences of up to 5,500 sq ft... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Reyhan Gate, Mazandaran Province, Iran
A competition to design a set of gates to a residential complex in Mazandaran Province, North Iran has been won by two Italian architecture practices: Waltritsch a+u and Rndr Studio, both based in Trieste. The two firms worked together to conceptualise a graceful and elegant gateway which would be a welcoming gesture to those arriving home. Waltritsch a+u explains: "Constructing a gate to... Read more
2 Emmen Urban Hybrid, Emmen, Switzerland
A competition to design a housing development in Emmen, Switzerland has been won by MVRDV with investment corporation Senn BPM AG, landscape architects Fontana and Wuest & Partner real estate consulting. In drawing up plans for this new development of 95 homes, MVRDV moved away from the specific brief for a single housing block and instead suggested something quite different... Read more
3 'Switch to Pure Volvo' Pavilion, Italy
Los Angeles-based Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA) and engineers Buro Happold have won a competition to design a portable pavilion to showcase the new plug-in electric hybrid car from Volvo, the V60. The 'Switch to Pure Volvo' competition was hosted by architecture magazine The Plan and amassed more than 150 submissions with SDA and Buro Happold's undulating design coming out on top... Read more
4 Uitbreiding Museum De Fundatie, Zwolle, Netherlands
On the border of the densely-packed downtown Zwolle and a green expanse of parkland, Bierman Henket architecten have completed an unusual new addition to the Museum de Fundatie. This former courthouse built in 1838 in neo-classical style was in need of expansion but with a constricted site it was agreed that extending upwards was the architects' only option. The result is an elliptical volume designed by ... Read more
5 + Pool, New York, United States
Time is running out for a Kickstarter campaign seeking donations to build a floating pool in New York's East River. Called the '+ Pool' for its shape of a mathematical plus sign, the floating pool will have separate areas for kids, lap swimming, sports and relaxation. The + Pool has been designed with a tested multi-layer filtration system that removes bacteria and contaminants from the river water...Read more
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How can IP Protection work to an architect's advantage
and what steps can you take to protect your work?
In late June 2013, claims circulated the media that the impressive London 2012 Olympic Cauldron from Heatherwick Studio was actually derived from a concept tendered to LOCOG by New York-based Atopia Innovation. A cluster of burning copper petals which rose from a splayed position to a glorious blazing column, the London 2012 Olympic Cauldron was, for many, the architectural highlight of the Games.

When WAN contacted Atopia Innovation for a comment on the situation, the firm's CEO Jane Harrison was keen to stress that no-one from the company had accused Heatherwick Studio of plagiarising their work as was being reported in the press. The main concern for Harrison was the issue of Intellectual Property (IP) Protection and support for the creativity and innovation of small practices in the design and building industry.

Considering the effects that a lack of IP Protection can have on a small firm, Harrison told WAN: "There are two primary issues here: protecting your IP and defending your rights to it when it is infringed. Both cost money and for small firms, particularly young creative ones, money is often in short supply. Design fees seldom cover the cost of really good design, let alone having a legal team at your disposal.

"Small creative firms essentially have to put up with having their rights infringed, or in extreme cases, bring the debate to the media. Given the passion they invest to their work, this is a challenging process. This is why the exploitation of this reality by large organisations particularly those that have a lot of power, should be deemed unacceptable."

At Harrison's suggestion, WAN spoke to Dr Paul Leonard about IP Protection in architectural practice. A former Director of the Intellectual Property Institute for 10 years, Dr Leonard is well versed in the legislation that can protect practices and propel them forward. He joined the team at Billings Jackson Design 3 years ago and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and a Fellow of the RSA.

For Dr Leonard, the main issue with IP Protection in the architecture and design industry is that professionals simply aren't aware of how to use it. He explains: "I am, frankly, bewildered by the lack of knowledge and understanding of the IP system amongst architects and designers. Almost exclusively, IP is seen as a reactive, protective device; something that stops other people copying one's work. Well, it is to an extent, but that is not why the IP system exists.

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CarbonLight Homes
'Other people's houses feel like caves'
Heathrow Airport Redevelopment
The new London business hub?
At a daylighting event in Copenhagen this past May, WAN met Rory Bergin Partner of Sustainable Futures at architecture practice HTA and firm believer in the power of natural lighting in residential design. Rory is part of a team working with daylight experts VELUX on a series of residential experiments across Europe called VELUX Model Home 2020.
On Monday 15 July, Mayor of London Boris Johnson spoke out in favour of the government buying Heathrow Airport for an estimated £15bn and transforming it into a thriving residential and commercial district rather than expanding it to meet passenger demands. Heathrow Airport currently covers 1,227 hectares of land with 186 aircraft stands and serves 184 destinations in 80 countries.
A range of private homes have been designed in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany and the UK to undergo rigorous testing to establish the impact that sustainable design elements can have on real families. HTA has designed the two CarbonLight test homes in the UK, located in Kettering, and are analysing how two 'typical' families react to the highly sustainable designs through data analysis... Read more Johnson has been guided on the issue by his aviation adviser Daniel Moylan who attended WAN's East or West? aviation debate in February this year, where 64% of the assembled experts voted in favour of aviation developments in east London as opposed to the construction of a third runway at Heathrow. Johnson presented three options for developments to... Read more
Portland 2 Portland reaches the finish line
After cycling 4,347 miles across the USA, Ireland and the UK, the intrepid Portland 2 Portland team of British architects and planners finally made it to the RIBA Headquarters in Portland Place, Central London on their cross-continental research project and charity cycle ride. The 15 core riders were joined by 65 cyclists to ride the final leg from Windsor to London last Saturday (13 July) including leading British architects Richard Rogers and Terry Farrell to cycle the final mile from Waterloo Place to Portland Place.

They had set off from Portland, Oregon on America's west coast on 27 April. The team of amateur cyclists (with an age range of 26 to 72) were led by Peter Murray, founder of Blueprint magazine and Chair of New London Architecture which promotes London's built environment. This was not just a test of physical and mental endurance, despite the current Tour de France only being a meagre 2,115 miles. The team has been researching how the cities they visited along the way are coping with the increasing interest in the bicycle as a credible form of urban transport.

Before setting out on their epic voyage, the team conducted training rides in Freiburg, Copenhagen and Rotterdam to provide baseline experience as Germany, Denmark and The Netherlands are regarded as exemplars in the provision of bicycle infrastructure.

Once complete, the research will provide comparative data and offer solutions based on what the cyclists have witnessed and, most importantly, ridden and experienced. They spoke extensively with Transport Commissioners, Planners and Campaigners along the way to collate information which, it is hoped, will assist politicians and planners in instituting improved cycling conditions in cities across the world.

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