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Issue 475
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Hollywood gains a new star in Thom Mayne's Emerson College
Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts is renowned for its communications and arts programs. It has an impressive list of supportive alumni including: Bobbi Brown, founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics;
Bonnie Comley, the producer of Warhorse and the Merchant of Venice on Broadway; the actor
Dennis Leary; and Max Mutchnick, the co-creator of the Emmy Award-winning sitcom Will and Grace. With its deep connections to the entertainment industry, Emerson started offering courses in Burbank California in rented space 27 years ago. In March, the College will open a bold new building, a self-contained urban campus designed by Thom Mayne of Morphosis, on the famed Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. The building is a good fit for Emerson - an innovative structure to house its innovative programs. The 10-storey aluminum-clad building is comprised of two components; two vertical residential towers linked by a heliport that create and frame a void below into which is inserted a sculptural structure that houses classrooms and administrative space. Surrounding the... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Çanakkale Antenna Tower, Çanakkale, Turkey
Back in December 2013 WAN published a shortlist of eight practices who had made the final stages of a competition to design a 100m-tall observation and broadcast tower in the city of Çanakkale, Turkey. This competition has now been won by IND [Inter.National.Design] + Powerhouse Company in collaboration with ABT. The brief, published... Read more
2 Here East, London, United Kingdom
Planning approval has been granted for the transformation of the Press and Broadcast Centres at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (formerly the London 2012 Olympic Park) into a creative and digital cluster. Originally designed by Allies and Morrison, the Press and Broadcast Centres will be given a full makeover by award-winning... Read more
3 Aquatics Centre, London, United Kingdom
On Saturday 1 March, the Zaha Hadid Architects-designed Aquatics Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park opened to the public in its completed legacy form. During the London 2012 Olympic Games, the ethereal structure was one of the most talked-about venues with a swooping form that earned it the title of 'the Olympics' most majestic space'... Read more
4 Pavilion for the City Jubilee, Karlsruhe, Germany
So the legend goes, Charles III William, Margrave of Baden-Durlach awoke from a dream of founding a city in 1715. After a dispute with his existing capital of Durlach, the Margrave of Baden-Durlach founded Karlsruhe which stands today as the second largest city in the state of Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany. In 2015, the city will celebrate its... Read more
5 Pulkovo International Airport, St. Petersburg, Russia
A new terminal at Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg, Russia designed by Ramboll, Pascall + Watson and Grimshaw has opened to the public. The terminal building is the first of a two-phase project costing €1bn which will see the dated airport facility expanded and modernised to meet the operator's long-term goal of achieving a... Read more
Shimul Javeri Kadri talks to WAN about design diversity,
women in architecture in India and guiding the next generation...
Shimul Javeri Kadri is the Founder and Principal Architect of SJK Architects, a Mumbai-based firm that has spent the past two decades designing spaces that are rooted in the earth, harnessing the power of the sun, the wind and nature to create volumes suffused with light. SJK Architects implements
contemporary innovations that draw from Indian traditions and spiritual metaphors to create projects that are socially and ecologically relevant to the diversity of Indian culture.

Shimul Javeri Kadri spoke to WAN's Mumbai Correspondent Pallavi Shrivastava about...

Her education

College days were about idealism, The Masters - Louis Kahn & Corbusier followed by BV Doshi & Charles Correa; 'Vernacularism' as practiced by Lawrie Baker and Hassan Fathy and plain simple drafting with a T-square and a drawing board. After graduating as an architect in India, I went to the US to do a Masters in Architecture and realised I had enough architecture under my belt. I loved the flexibility and opportunity to study politics, sociology and economics through a Masters in Urban Planning and discover 'grounding' and meaning in design. So, in many ways, I put the cart before the horse and studied liberal arts after architecture.

Specialising vs diversity

Diversity is wonderful up to a point. Then standardisation and process must be developed so that the practice has a strong backbone. The strengths of SJK lie in optimising climate and cultural context. Egalitarian democratic societies, a deep respect for nature and living with it, and a fundamental belief in people and their connectedness drives our world view.

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Brompton Road Tube station, located on the Piccadilly line between South Kensington and Knightsbridge stations, has been sold by the Ministry of Defence to an anonymous buyer for £53m. Designed by architect Leslie Green and opened in 1906, Brompton Road Tube station was closed in 1934 as it was no longer considered financially viable. During the Second
I've always been a fan of Nicholas Grimshaw and his work; he's always brought a particular blend of what we used to call 'high tech' group of architects back in the '70s and '80s to bear in a slightly richer way through his work and this airport in a way, for me, does a number of things. Particularly from the Russian perspective, a lot of the bigger airports that
World War, the station was used as Winston Churchill's war office and is said to be the site where Rudolf Hess was interrogated. Above ground the 28,000 sq ft property includes a drill hall, garages, offices and a mess, with extensive underground areas that have not been in use for many years. The site will be developed by Michael Spink into a 'very high quality residential development' and the money from the £53m sale will be circulated back into... Read more have been recently completed, they are interesting - they're not bad airports by any stretch of the imagination - but they are big, formalist shapes clad in relatively modest cladding and here you've got something that is a little more out of the spirit of the Saarinen days of formalised structures. I thought that this was a fascinating project in that this is a part of Turkey desperately trying to place itself on the map through the medium of an icon... Read more
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