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It's all colours and simplicity over at the Circus…

What happens when you confront a free-thinking iconic Italian architect with a tight brief locked down by a highly focused global retailer? “Strong compromises of course,” Piero Lissoni returns a wry smile together with a quick glance at the client’s representative, “a lot of coffee was involved…” But in an exclusive interview with WAN on the day of the opening, Lissoni was confident that he had delivered the client’s vision: “We wanted a clean and refined design using simple mediums: natural light, plain materials, clean lines and shapes, black, white.” The ambitious transformation which was planned in great detail in the architect’s Milan studio saw the protected 19th Century structure first gutted and refurbished and then extensively re-fitted......more

Twizzle down the wind
HOK completes the Windy City’s first green parking garage with integrated wind turbines: Almost every new build these days incorporates multiple ‘green’ elements as the need to protect our surroundings grows stronger day by day. Environmentally.....more

Taipei City in bloom
King Shih Architects release images of their work for 2010 Taipei International Floral Expo: This November, Taipei City Government will host the 2010 Taipei International Floral Expo – a horticultural event authorised by AIPH. Sprawling over four site areas – Fine......more

Fresh claims from Ai Weiwei
Artist behind the Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium attacked again by Chinese police: Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has reportedly fallen victim to a second attack by police. Weiwei claims that a gang of plain-clothed police officers assaulted him, two lawyers and......more

City + Arch + River = 5 final designs
Finalists on show for Gateway Arch international design competition: Constructed in the early 1960s, the Gateway Arch rises as a shimmering beacon across the St. Louis skyline as part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Concocted......more

New theme park is dream come true
Bollywood-style theme park in Gurgaon offers tourists an authentic taste of India: Kingdom of Dreams is an arresting new Bollywood-based theme park in Gurgaon, in the northern Indian state of Haryana. The live entertainment complex sprawls.......more

Battle of Trafalgar rages on
Six new proposals for Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth unveiled today: Following the success of Yinka Shonibare MBE’s Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, six shortlisted proposals have been unveiled at St-Martin-in-the-Fields for the next Fourth Plinth......more

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