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Issue 455
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Delegates take to Twitter to share WAD13 highlights with the world
Initiated in 2005 by the UIA, World Architecture Day was adopted by WAN last year as the first of our annual events to celebrate architecture around the globe and ask the difficult questions that push this
industry forward. This year WAN has partnered with the AIANY to showcase the best of New York design
talent in an engaging three day event that is still in full swing. On Sunday 6 October we wandered down the Highline with L'Observatoire International and Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, took a moving tour of the 9/11 Memorial Ground with Snohetta, took turns up the New York Times Building with Thornton Tomasetti, strolled through The Standard with Ennead, tiptoed through the Morgan Library, visited Via Verde with Grimshaw and looked round the Lincoln Center with Diller, Scofidio + Renfro. Monday 7 October was marked by a full-day conference at the Center for Architecture in Manhattan, packed full of architects, engineers, developers and industry experts who travelled from 20 different nations to hear specialists from the residential sector dissect this year's topic - Towards 8 Billion... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Ptuj Performance Center, Ptuj, Slovenia
An insightful adaptive reuse scheme is underway in Ptuj, Slovenia at the site of a former Dominican monastery. The 800-year-old building has been graciously transformed into a congress and cultural centre while many layers of history within its boundaries havev been preserved. Restoration works will continue now that the public areas of the... Read more
2 Crystal Lagoons, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The world's largest manmade lagoon is to be constructed in Dubai as part of the planned Mohammed Bin Rashid City - District One development. Headed by Meydan Group and Sobha Group through a joint venture, the $7bn residential development will centre on the newly-announced pool, designed by Crystal Lagoons. At 40 hectares, the lagoon will be four... Read more
3 Mixed-use schemes, China
Architecture firm Goettsch Partners (GP) has won two recent design competitions in China for the Greenland Group, one of the country's largest real estate developers. Located in the cities of Foshan and Suzhou, the projects are both mixed-use, multi-building developments, together encompassing more than 650,000 sq m. In Foshan, the Chancheng... Read more
4 Clermont Hotel and Residences
glh., the London-based global hotel subsidiary of Singapore-listed GuocoLeisure Group, has launched an opulent hotel brand by revealing three luxurious hospitality developments in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and the United Kingdom. The three establishments will run under the new brand 'Clermont' and in total hold a gross development... Read more
5 Bouwbedrijf Boogert, Oosterland, Netherlands
Four generations in the making, Dutch construction firm Boogert is a highly respected firm prized for its innovative techniques and progressive vision. The company commissioned design studio MIII Architects to conceptualise a new office complex for its staff in Oosterland, The Netherlands. The resulting complex was completed in... Read more
Winners of WAN AWARDS Residential Sector announced at WAD13 in New York
AED 3.25bn quartet of projects to be unveiled by MAG Group this week
This week Cityscape Global will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre (UAE), welcoming property experts from around the world to discuss core issues facing the industry and offering a platform from which developers can showcase their latest schemes. One of the many multinational property experts attending this year's event is MAG Group, a global development firm who are planning to unveil a series of projects worth AED3.25bn in total.

At the core of MAG Group's project showcase will be MAG222, a 51-storey property in Dubai Marina which the company is touting as 'the world's largest M-shaped residential building'. Once complete in 2017, the sparkling AED 900m tower will sport 550 one- to four-bedroom apartments plus eight duplex penthouses, some with private rooftop swimming pools.

Each of the residential units will benefit from a range of high-end shared facilities including bespoke landscaped gardens, an entire floor dedicated to a health club, an open-air deck with infinity pool and spa, and a coffee shop. Retail units and conference facilities have also been stitched into the plans.

In recent years industry focus has shifted from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to China following an explosive surge in supertall towers and plans for new cities however Chairman of MAG Group Moafaq Al Gaddah is convinced that the UAE still offers a tremendous level of investment opportunities.

He explains: "Dubai remains an attractive investment proposition for local, regional and international investors, and our active pipeline of AED 3.25bn worth of upcoming projects is a direct endorsement of the potential that the city still has to offer to residential property buyers."

Also part of MAG Group's project portfolio for Cityscape Global is an AED 400m residential building in close proximity to Dubai Mall in the Business Bay district and an AED 2bn scheme in Meydan comprising residential townhouses and low-rise apartment units. There are also plans for an AED 450m retail development focusing on interior design in Al Barsha 2, currently scheduled for handover in 2015.

Overlooking the Burj Khalifa Boulevard, the AED 400m property (MAG220) will be 20 storeys in height and include a modest 81 two- to four-bedroom apartments plus two penthouses.

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WAN Business Information: Turkey's
ambitious healthcare vision for 2023
Glass pod home devised for forest
in Kazakhstan by Aibek Almasov
Erik Andersen, Principal at Forum Studio has led design efforts on transformational projects for prominent academic medical centers and large healthcare systems in Turkey, across the U.S. and internationally. We spoke to Andersen to find out what it is like to do business in Turkey? "It's fantastic. Turkey is at a pivotal moment in their history as they approach their 100 year
In the centre of a densely wooded forest in Almaty, Kazakhstan is a little clearing with a single 40ft fir tree, its mature branches stretching outwards in a perfectly natural, unstructured form. This is the site for the latest project for A. Masow Design Studio - a sparkling residential scheme for a private client. Due to complete in 2014, the project is estimated to cost £225,000 in an area where the average home goes on the market for approximately £625,000.
anniversary as a Republic in 2023. They have found themselves in an enviable position of being one of the best places in the region for investors to invest in a country that has a stable and growing economy and a stable and pro-business government. Consequently their economy is booming and they have a growing influence in regional and global affairs." Forum Studio has become a trusted design partner for Acibadem Healthcare Group, Turkey's leading private healthcare provider. Forum's work for... Read more As a result the architecture firm has already been approached with requests from three additional private clients keen to procure their own crystalline forest home. Located in the mountainous region of Almaty, the property will be constructed using a series of metal columns, plasterboard panels, concrete and wooden flooring, and floor-to-ceiling windows for optimum viewing of the wooded area. Aibek Almasov of A. Masow Design Studio explains: "The client was a businessman at the age of 38 years... Read more
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