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Welcome to WAN’s Housing Focus. Here we are showcasing some of the best housing solutions for densely populated urban areas which include four entries to this year’s WAN Urban Challenge.
Countries across the globe are grappling with housing issues as supply lags behind demand. London’s own crisis is approaching a critical point with many prospective buyers are being priced out of the market as pressure on the city’s green belt land increases.
With the aim of tackling the main issues underlying London’s housing crisis a gathering of like-minded visionaries and innovators will assemble in central London on May 23rd.
The World Architecture News Urban Challenge is a global ideas competition and housing symposium. Drawing on 10 years of experience running the largest International architectural awards programme, the main aim of this initiative is to bring together talents from across the world inviting them to put forward ideas and projects that will tackle London's housing crisis.
Ole Scheeren’s vertical village
The Interlace, a vertical village in Singapore, is a residential development, designed by OMA/Buro Ole Scheeren, which has introduced a radically new approach to contemporary living in a tropical environment. It is one of the most ambitious residential developments in Singapore's history, generating... Read more
Architects of Invention create in Birmingham
London-based practice Architects of Invention (AI) has submitted a design proposal for 500 residential units in Birmingham’s
FCBStudios move ahead in East London
As new developments continue to emerge at a rapid pace in East London, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios have received
Competition Jury

Andrew Best
Buro Happold

Jo McCafferty
Levitt Bernstein

Peter Murray
New London Architecture

Martha Thorne
Pritzker Architecture Prize / IE School of Architecture & Design

THE LIVING CLIMATE MACHINE, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Arbutus Street Microflats, London, United Kingdom
Crawford Partnership
Sudbury, London, United Kingdom
Henning Stummel Architects
Clichy-Batignolles eco-neighborhood, Paris, 17th arrondissement, France
Jean Bocabeille Architects + Atelier du Pont
FLEXIRESI, Varies, United Kingdom
Astudio Ltd
HCL Architects-Residential Projects, Varies, United Kingdom
Horden Cherry Lee Architects
tiNY, New York City, United States
Density and Desire, London, United Kingdom
aCTa asia private limited
Mixed use Public Housing Development at Bidadari, Singapore, Singapore
MKPL Architects Pte Ltd
Public Housing at Bedok Town Centre, Singapore, Singapore
MKPL Architects Pte Ltd
LIFEARK, London, United Kingdom
GDS Architects
URBANMODE, London, United Kingdom
Urban Rug, London, United Kingdom
syntax architektur
Microliving - Two Compact Homes for London, United Kingdom
Ab Rogers Design and The Manser Practice
HAUT, Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Team V Architecture
Balance, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Tien Sher Group of Companies
McAfee Modular Systems, United States
McAfee 3 Architects
Orientation + Lateral Housing London, London, United Kingdom
spaced out Limited
Airspace Development, London, United Kingdom
Apex Airspace Development
Marston Court emergency housing project, London, United Kingdom
CargoTek Ltd
KODA by Kodasema, Tallinn, Estonia
UP@Robertson Quay, Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
AXIS Architects Planners Pte Ltd
Chapter Lewisham, Thurston Road, London, United Kingdom
Weston Williamson + Partners
VK:a architecture
Naked house, London, United Kingdom
World’s tallest mass wood structure
September 2016 saw the completion of the world’s tallest mass wood structure: Brock Commons at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in the beautiful city of Vancouver on Canada’s west coast. The structure is a hybrid system of CLT floor slabs, glulam columns, steel connectors and a concrete core. It stands at 18 storeys and 53m high – the maximum height permitted on campus. This stage of construction was completed four months ahead of schedule, and took under 70 days...
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Building Community - New Apartment Architecture
As the need to build more affordable housing in our cities grows there's an urgent need for more innovative solutions. In his new book Building Community, author Michael Webb explores apartment buildings as a typology of growing significance and traces the history of multiple-occupancy housing through its most innovative 20th-century exemplars. These range from the pioneering projects of Henri Sauvage and Michel de Klerk to the landscaped housing estates of Weimar Germany, the radical proposals of Le Corbusier, and public housing in post-war Europe.
London Housing Symposium, 12 September 2017
Will the London Plan be up to the Challenge? Following the NLA’s great debate, partners World Architecture News (WAN) have pulled together an international Task Force of visionaries and innovators to examine solutions being implemented in other world cities. Is London unique, or can we learn from other cities? This is a rare opportunity to engage with the Task Force and to take readings from peers in the debating chamber. This is a must-go-to event for anyone involved in providing housing in London. The new London Plan will be stress-tested by a panel of international experts. Don’t miss out, this event will be sold out, book early.
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