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Issue 415
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Season of Goodwill: The best non-profit projects of 2012
As our regular readers will know, WAN's News Review regularly brings details of headline news with the top names in architecture and cutting-edge projects of international interest. Since this is the season of
goodwill, we thought for the last issue of the year we would bring you a round-up of this the best projects
of 2012 from non-profit organisations who are making a real difference to the lives of those in need across the globe. Back in January this year, we led our News Review with a truly admirable scheme by young non-profit Building Trust International (BTI). The charity offers necessary design services to communities in need across the world and this year saw the development of a new school in Mae Sot, Burma. BTI hosted a design competition to conceptualise a long-term solution for a community displaced by political instability. The design needed to be extremely flexible with the ability to be flat-packed and relocated leaving no trace on site 'while bestowing on its users a sense of permanence when in its fully constructed form'. The international contest was won by architects Amadeo Bennetta and... Read more
WAN readers share their favourite buildings and honest critique
1 Reader Review: Architecture For Humanity
Karl Johnson - Communications Associate - Maybe it's because I pass it on my commute, and because I know the neighborhood really well, but one of my favorites is the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park by Herzog & De Meuron. The strikingness of its presence does not battle its surroundings, as many iconic...Read more
2 Reader Review: Fun Palace
As one of the most visionary architects of the late 20th century, Cedric Price's thought provoking and innovative work has had an enduring influence on contemporary architects and artists. Though never built, I have nominated Fun Palace as my favourite building. Initiated with theatre director Joan Littlewood, the building was designed to have facilities for, amongst other things... Read more
3 Reader Review: Zambi Restaurant
My tastes have been pretty typical for a middle aged, western educated architect brought up on the canon of 20th century architecture that we are all so familiar with. But my recent discovery of the work of the architect, painter and sculptor, Amancio "Pancho Guedes" in Mozambique has led me to think hard about my own preconceptions... Read more
4 Reader Review: San Cataldo Cemetery
It was a misty morning sometime in April 2012, just outside the city of Modena. I arrived on site I had seen so many times in books. From the outside, the walls hides all and only by entering a single gate I was presented with the majestic panorama of the unfinished masterpiece of Aldo Rossi; The Modena Cemetery. The dance between... Read more
5 Reader Review: Temppeliaukio Church
As you enter the portal, a tiny gesture of deference is required. You may be asked to remove your shoes, or perhaps there might be a discrete sign asking you to switch off your cellphone. You may even be asked to wash your hands. This moment, shared with your companions, is usually unspoken. As you step in, you could be met with soaring music... Read more
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Sustainability: Where are we going? Richard Turner answers...
Looking back at developments in the lighting industry over the last decade, it is clear that LEDs and LED technology have a major role to play in the future of our industry. As the technology evolves, LEDs will be used for more applications to allow building owners and managers to reap the benefits of reduced energy consumption and associated cost savings. To cope with the increased demand the manufacturing and distribution of LED products

will need to be carefully controlled and managed. In the past, manufacturers in Asia have dominated LED manufacturing but it is simply no longer sustainable to import vast quantities of lamps and luminaire components from Asia when it comes to LED. As the electronics and technology available have advanced over the past decade, we are now able to manufacture LED lighting solutions in Europe - saving significantly on transport costs, not to mention improving the product's carbon footprint.

We work hard to source all components required from within each local market, using local market's resources. In this way, we are building a platform of lighting products designed, developed and manufactured for the local market but on an international scale.

It is not just about ensuring the components are sustainable it is about designing products that offer end-users final installation energy-efficiencies. The lamps and luminaires must provide the right quality of light, achieve performance targets and at the same time provide an attractive fitting. LED outperforms CFL with a lot of our fittings and, more importantly, our new products comfortably meet targets whether they are watts per square metre or lumens and watts per square metre.

Whether it is designing a true retrofit LED GS50 ES50 lamp that delivers energy savings to homeowners or whether it is designing architectural luminaires for offices - whether CFL or LED - the importance of a control system cannot be underestimated.

By integrating control systems you can achieve vast savings. For example, DALI has been talked about for years and now we are actively installing such systems. This is due to combination of the need for energy savings (reduced running costs) and also meeting regulations, such as LENI calculations, and building performance targets.

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Interview: David van der Leer
from BMW Guggenheim Lab, Mumbai
WCN's Elena Collins examines
Atkin's Future Proofing Cities report
The BMW Guggenheim Lab is a mobile laboratory with a purpose that travels to various cities and explores urban issues and through public engagement aims to understand urban fabric and its culture in context. The Lab comprises of interdisciplinary teams of urban planners, sustainability consultants, educators, researchers and traffic consultants and it aims
A major new report 'Future Proofing Cities' was recently published by Atkins, in a unique partnershipwith the Department for International Development (DFID) and University College London (UCL). The report assesses the risks to cities from climate hazards, resource scarcities, and damage to ecosystems and how they can act now to future proof
to serve as a platform to facilitate and encourage a dialog between citizens and professionals about the urban spaces we inhabit. The BMW Guggenheim Lab was launched in Berlin and ran from June through July; later it ran in New York from August through October. The Lab has now travelled to Mumbai and is currently camping at its central location, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum and will run through 20 January 2013. Pallavi Shrivastava, WAN's Mumbai Correspondent, had the opportunity to interview the Lab's Curator... Read more themselves. Covering 129 cities totalling 350 million people in 20 countries, the report identifies practical measures that cities can take to manage these future risks. Around 75% of the world's population will live in cities within 40 years. Almost all of this population growth will happen in the developing world, with 4.6 billion people projected to live in already rapidly growing cities. How will these cities in the developing world cope socially, environmentally and economically? Elena Collins met with Nick Godfrey, one of the principal writers... Read more
Into the Crypt: Museum of Old and New Art
MONA Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania is infamously known as a 'subversive Disneyland' and 'Museum of sex and death', and I had anticipated not liking it because of these labels. But like a visit to any Gallery or Museum, a feeling of ambiguity is perhaps appropriate because of the expected friction between truth to the art historical discipline, and galleries as vehicles of mass enjoyment and consumption. Galleries or Museums rely on daylight and careful exposure of artefacts. In contrast, MONA utilizes darkness
effectively to make this a novel experience. It is a challenge to design subterranean spaces as a provocative experience. At MONA, the journey to the 'bottom' of the building is simple. It is perhaps akin to that of entering a crypt - a supervised meandering through accumulated treasures of a person, satisfying perhaps an unrealized archaeological fantasy.

The feeling of the going into a darkened space, three levels down can be intimidating or repelling. However, the illuminated lift core formed a conduit around which the staircase is wrapped. It is point of reference, a secure tie, allowing one/me to explore the collections beyond. Ironically, the darkness felt safe as I was being guided by the mobile guide - the 'O' that runs on an IPod Touch, and connected with headphones which updates to provide audio guides and information on the art of works in the vicinity. Forsaking the map, I decided to go an intuitive tour of the Museum.

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