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Issue 438
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Sublime cloud of steel by Sou Fujimoto opens in Kensington Gardens
It's a glorious June day in London's Kensington Gardens and the air is alight with anticipation for the unveiling this year's Serpentine Pavilion. One of the highlights of the city's cultural calendar, the Serpentine
Pavilion is the dream of many young international architects. The brief is simple. An architect who has
never completed a building in the United Kingdom is invited by the Serpentine Gallery to design and construct a temporary pavilion for the public to enjoy over the summer season. Until last year, Arup held the keys to the engineering of each pavilion, but with David Glover's recent move to AECOM, the pavilion has followed him there. Sou Fujimoto is this year's chosen one: a mild mannered gentleman from Tokyo who, at 41, is the youngest architect ever to complete a pavilion for the Serpentine's annual celebration. Flanked by Julia Peyton-Jones, David Glover and Hans Ulrich Obrist, the humble Fujimoto addressed an excited cluster of journalists and photographers under the steel and polycarbonate eaves in Kensington Gardens this morning. Composed of slim fronds of solid steel... Read more
Top stories this week
1 The Bow, Calgary, Canada
The tallest building in Calgary and the tallest in Canada outside Toronto opens this week. The Bow is the new joint headquarters of natural gas and oil firm Encana and oil company Cenovus and has been designed by Foster + Partners to a breathtaking height of 237m. Anchored by a public base of retail units and restaurants, the tower curves inwards, facing south to exploit the... Read more
2 AIANY takes to the public policy stage
The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) has long played an advisory role to Mayoral administrations, agencies, and the City Council. Now the organization will intensive its efforts to shape public policy beginning with the current major effort, a 30 point "Platform for the Future of the City to be considered by candidates... Read more
3 Al Wakrah Stadium, Qatar
Zaha Hadid Architects and AECOM have been selected to act as design consultants on the Al Wakrah Stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Stadium in Qatar. Located on a site 12 miles south of Doha, the stadium will hold 45,000 spectators during the international sporting event and be reduced to a capacity of 20,000 spectators after the FIFA World Cup has come to a close. The... Read more
4 Maggie's Newcastle, Newcastle, United Kingdom
Opened in May this year, Maggie's Newcastle is the 15th Maggie's Centre in the UK and the 16th in total, after Frank Gehry completed a Centre in Hong Kong in March. Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres have become a celebrated series of uplifting architecture through the commissioning of some of the world's top architects. Practices... Read more
5 LACMA, Los Angeles, United States
Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has revealed his concept for the redesign of the east campus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Commissioned by the institution to provide 'new insight into the meaning and function of an encyclopaedic museum and the relationship of architecture to its site', Zumthor has now unveiled models of... Read more
AECOM's John Hicks and Carl McKenzie report from
Hospital Build and Infrastructure Middle East 2013
Last week one of the Middle East's major healthcare exhibitions took place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Hospital Build and Infrastructure Middle East Exhibition and Congress 2013 attracted influential healthcare players from around the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region and beyond. It provided the opportunity for delegates to take the pulse of the healthcare industry in the Middle East and to learn more about innovation and best practice from leading global healthcare experts.

Much of the debate and discussion around the Exhibition Centre focused on how healthcare authorities, healthcare providers (both public and private), investors and all those engaged in the health industry can meet the massive increase in demand. The anticipated demand over the next decade will need to be met through the design and operation of future-proofed healthcare systems and the infrastructure that supports them to ensure sustainable quality and cost-effective healthcare outcomes.

The last few years have seen a major investment and expansion in the healthcare industry across the region. According to the Congress's organisers, the GCC healthcare industry is expected to spend an estimated US $44 billion by 2015, rising to US $60 billion by 2025 from its estimated size of US $28.9 billion in 2011. By 2025 demand for hospital beds in the GCC is stated to more than double, requiring almost 162,000 beds to meet the forecast demand. In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) alone, the demand for hospitals is likely to grow from 51,000 to 70,000 and the number of hospitals is likely to rise from 364 to 502. KSA's spend on healthcare is expected to grow to over US $20 billion by 2016.

So what has triggered this unprecedented rise in demand in the Middle East that is accompanied by spiralling healthcare costs?

Health systems throughout the Middle East are varied, many addressing specific local issues. The more mature economies are increasingly facing challenges that resonate around the world - population growth, aging populations and an increase in lifestyle diseases. The less mature health economies face challenges of equal, but different, magnitude as they attempt to alleviate the pressure on overburdened systems, raise standards of care to improve medical outcomes and increase access to quality healthcare.

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The facades as a canvas of light Richard Coleman, Chairman of WAN,
reacts to one of last week's articles
There are many ways architecture interacts with the community and facilitates cultural behaviour. However, very few times it can actually become a canvas for an artwork. Vivid Sydney Festival has seen this opportunity and have converted the facades of some significant buildings along the harbour into canvases for light projections. Every evening until 10th June, these building facades
I was pleased to see WAN's diversion to Pishwanton, Scotland and the entirely handmade Goethe Institute building last week: all a safe distance from technology! Many architects and artists who respect Steiner's ideas do, in fact, embrace the computer and all it provides. I am quite sure Rudolf Steiner would have done so himself. He would probably have cautioned against overdose, supported a balance of activity (between art and science)
convert to canvases for vibrant colour light-art, and, in spite of cold and wet winter nights, Sydney-siders are enjoying every bit of the festival. The projection at the Sydney Opera House, 'Play' is designed by Spinifex Group. It really is very playful giving vibrant colours to Opera sails. The facade of Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) hosts 3D-mapped projections with a creative splurge of colours. The artwork is brought to life by collaboration of Gemma Smith, represented in MCA's collection and Spinifex Group.... Read more and a freedom from technology in the bedroom! He would want human creativity to be assisted by technology rather than replace it. I submit that Steiner's own work in conceiving the two Goetheanum buildings in Dornach, Switzerland, through a clay modelling technique, would have been greatly assisted by the deployment of a laser scanner, a 3-D printer and BIM constructional methods, transferring the dimensions from his inspirational sculpted model, to the 'drawing board' and then to the concrete... Read more
Matt Yeoman gives the inside track on what developers in the TMT industry are looking
for in London
Buckley Gray Yeoman is a London-based architecture practice situated in the eclectic borough of Shoreditch. Over the past few years, the firm's portfolio has expanded rapidly and with it, the list of top names commissioning Buckley Gray Yeoman for repeat schemes, Fred Perry and Derwent among them.

This quirky design studio specialises in creative adaptive reuse projects and nowhere is their talent and ingenuity more apparent than in the freshly-completed Buckley Building for developers Derwent. Located on a prominent site on Clerkenwell Green, the warehouse-style property has been a huge hit with Unilever and Hill+Knowlton who have already snapped up a large proportion of the floor space on offer.

In restructuring the former factory building to allow for more generous floorplates and undoing the modifications that were hiding the original industrial features, Buckley Gray Yeoman opened themselves up to the burgeoning Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) market. In the following interview, Matt Yeoman, Director at Buckley Gray Yeoman, tells WAN what developers in the TMT market are looking for in London properties.

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