Issue No.117 // 16 November 2007
It's a jungle out there...

Déjà vu as Croydon plans to regenerate - again

David Bowie once described Croydon as “complete concrete hell.” The South London borough was regenerated after the second world war but circumstances contrived against it and the brave new city failed to maintain its growth. Now Croydon Council has appointed visionary architect Will Alsop to develop a new master plan for the city centre. Croydon was devastated in the second world war and embraced the “new” concrete technology with a vengeance and exciting clusters of high rise towers grew up out of the bomb craters and this in turn attracted large corporations and all-important jobs. By the late 1960s Croydon was the place to be, all .............more

Soccer City
Boogertman Urban Edge & Partners reveal plans for the new FIFA world cup 2010 soccer stadium in Johannesburg. The Soccer City corresponds to highest technical standards of modern football stadiums. Also the visual appearance of the ..............more

Bombay dream
Sanjay Puri Architects design the Bombay Arts Society building after a 60 year wait. The fluid forms enmeshed in each other, at parts emerging from each other constitute this building, housing art galleries, an auditorium, a cafeteria and a small ..............more

Grimshaw takes off in St Petersburg
London based Grimshaw have been chosen to design the new 450 million euro Pulkovo Airport. The masterplan represents and responds to the climate and heritage of St Petersburg. The striking new terminal roof and envelope are designed to ..............more

Integrating mass in China
Goettsch Partners' 37-storey project occupies a full city block adjacent to a vibrant public plaza in the central business district of Chengdu. The mixed-use development integrates a 12-storey shopping center with a 25-storey Hyatt Regency ..............more

Libeskind wins in Vegas
Studio Daniel Libeskind is serving as a design consultant to Adamson Associates to design the retail and public space complex on the main Las Vegas strip as part of the MGM MIRAGE's CityCenter construction project. CityCenter, a vertical ..............more

From around the world
Will Alsop talks to WAN about his vision for Croydon....
Croydon plans: Why we shouldn't underestimate the value of our recent heritage.
Celebrating 30 years of the Pompidou Centre, Richard Rogers talks to WAN in Paris
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