small WAN logo 13 November 2012
Issue 410
Is Camlins' Linear Park at Nine Elms the next High Line?
James Corner Field Operations, Piet Oudolf and Diller Scofidio + Renfro's snaking High Line in New York has become the pinnacle of urban landscape design in recent years. Held up as a shining example of
effective and aesthetically pleasing urban regeneration, the transformation of a network of old railway lines high above Manhattan's West Side has inspired a plethora of similar proposals and landscape architecture competitions from the
5.4-acre elevated park above the new Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco by Pelli Clark Pelli Architecture to the 'Low Line' competition for London, won by Fletcher Priest Architects with their ingenious mushroom farm scheme under Oxford Street. On Thursday 8 November, WAN attended the official unveiling of Camlins' concept for the Linear Park destined to meander through the new Embassy Gardens residential scheme as part of the wider Nine Elms development in London. The modest landscape architecture firm from Powys in Wales has concocted a luscious strip of parkland for developers Ballymore which will wind through Embassy Gardens from Vauxhall to Battersea Power Station, past a myriad of towering residential units in a masterplan drawn up by legendary London-based architect Sir Terry Farrell. Due to open to the public in 2014, the Linear Park will become fully stimulated in 2015 when the Embassy Gardens project comes to completion. The entire development has been heavily inspired by elements of New York's urban realm, with Farrell referencing the city's meatpacking district as... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Portal of Awareness, Rojkind Arquitectos
Edgy design studio Rojkind Arquitectos was selected by international coffee manufacturer Nescafe to design a dynamic public installation as part of an ongoing series with seven other artists. The concept looks to brighten up areas of Mexico City with vibrant artistic pieces, each of which incorporates up to 1,500 metal coffee... Read more
2 Al Maryah Island Masterplan, Broadway Malyan
Concepts drawn up by the Abu Dhabi-based studio at Broadway Malyan for the masterplanning of Al Maryah Island - formerly Sowwah Island - have been approved by Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council. The immense 3.5million sq m plans conceptualise a new Central Business District (CBD) for Abu Dhabi and present an outline for the... Read more
3 Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi,
Construction on the HDR-designed Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is progressing with pace in the UAE, with the 364-bed hospital due to open at the end of 2013. Located at Abu Dhabi's new Central Business District on Al Maryah Island, the new healthcare facility is both symbolically and literally founded on... Read more
4 Gehua Youth and Cultural Center, OPEN Architecture
This pioneering youth and cultural center designed by OPEN Architecture is located in Beidaihe, a seaside town with exceptional historical and cultural significance. The whole building is situated so that it is surrounded by nature, protected from the noises and chaos of the city. The project brief outlined a space which had various functional requirements... Read more
5 Ryugyong Hotel,
Baikdoosan Architects & Engineers
This week, social media forum Twitter has been alight with news that the Baikdoosan Architects & Engineers-designed Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea is due to complete in summer 2013. Construction began on this modern-day pyramid back in 1987 but has hit many speed bumps over the years... Read more
WAN Product for the Year Award Winner: KONE MonoSpace
Sustainability: Where are we?
We are delighted to announce that Alan Ford AIA from Denver, Colorado has joined our programme as a judge for our inaugural Sustainability category. Alan first came onto the WAN radar when his book, Designing the Sustainable School started flying off the shelves in 2007. Its success was almost certainly down to the fact that it was probably the first authoritative book to embrace the principles of sustainable design and apply them to a specific sector, delivering
both theory and practice in one attractive package. Since then Alan has sat on our education awards, first in 2009 and then in 2011.

But nothing stands still and Alan is the first to admit that five years on, things have evolved. In an exclusive interview Alan points out: "Our definition of sustainability is continually evolving and it is getting more and more sophisticated in its use of technology and natural systems. Some of the more interesting trends that I am seeing are taking cues from nature, illustrated by the interest in biomimicry and the work of people such as Michael Pawlyn."

In the area of sustainability more than most others, architects are increasingly having to work closely with other members of the project team. "Right here in Colorado we have a cross disciplinary team of architects, scientists and engineers studying the concept of a living wall applied to a high rise. The research is looking at a dynamic wall system with the aim of slashing energy consumption by 95% through the development of high tech walls that essentially breathe with the environment."

Alan has listed below some guidelines that he believes are the cornerstones of sustainable design today.


Implemented strategies to minimise the ecological footprint of site development. That could include innovative methods for how water and waste are managed. In the past that has included the use of rain water harvesting, the use of indigenous plant material, the use of wetlands or dry wetlands for processing waste...

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Zaha's Eli and Edythe Broad
Art Museum opens in Michigan
Architects take to the streets
of Munich this January
Echoing and extending the many circulatory and visual connections that define its surrounding topography, the Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), forms itself by extending and folding these connections through a series of pleats, producing a structure that changes as visitors pass through it, creating great curiosity yet never fully
This coming January will see the second edition of BAU's Long Night of Architecture, opening the otherwise-private architectural gems of Munich to the public with guided tours and lectures on the buildings' architectural qualities. During BAU 2011, a number of buildings across the city were opened to attendees of the conference as well as the general public
revealing its content. That is how ZHA describes the new Broad Museum which opened Saturday on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. For Hadid, the Broad is one in a series of completed museum projects for the practice and her second building in the United States, the first one being the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, Ohio, a building that bears the distinction of raising that museum's profile whilst attracting nearly 20,000 additional visitors to its ranks... Read more with an astonishing level of interest. Attended by 14,000 people, the Long Night of Architecture was a roaring success and BAU has planned an even more comprehensive event this coming January with 40 buildings signed up to take part. This year, the team at BAU will be providing free transportation between the buildings with shuttle buses running every 15 minutes along 11 different routes. Knowledgeable architecture students will be giving talks on the buses and lectures or guided tours will be available... Read more
Tel Aviv's skyline set to rise
Haaretz, Israel's oldest daily newspaper, yesterday published an announcement that apartment buildings across the city of Tel Aviv are set to move skywards. According to the publication, the local planning and building committee has confirmed that residential units in Tel Aviv are to undergo vertical extension projects as part of a new scheme to encourage investment in the city's architecture. The article reads: "After years of foot-dragging by the Tel Aviv municipality, the local planning and building committee has hammered out a program
to add two and a half storeys to apartment buildings throughout the city. The move comes after years of delays in implementing National Master Plan 38 for reinforcing apartment buildings against earthquakes. The plan will breathe new life into property development and investment in the city."

A formal statement is yet to be released from the planning and building committee however if these reports do come to fruition, the investment opportunities for Tel Aviv would be immense. Renovation projects of older residential structures in Jaffa and in the city's east and southern districts could see homeowners and developers add another two and a half storeys above the current roofline while buildings on Ibn Gabirol Street could be extended by seven and a half storeys. There is also call for demolition in the White City of structures not under preservation to make room for new high-rise residential buildings.

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