Issue No.307 // 19 October 2010
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WAN AWARDS Urban Design sector winners announced

Urban Design is always an enlightening sector of the WAN AWARDS, as the ideas presented form the basis of our expanding cities. The designs - both built and unbuilt – offer up catalysts for the urban regeneration that is shaping our cultural centres the world over, from transport links in Niagara Falls to permanent event venues in Montreal, open parkland in Georgia to wildly undulating pedestrian bridges in Slovenia. This year, the sheer diversity of the entries astounded our jury panel, leading ‘built’ juror Peter Sheard to conclude that the “innovative, vibrant and intelligent designs…offer the real possibility of significantly improving people’s quality of life.” This point was picked up by many of the esteemed jurors, all of whom agreed that all shortlisted entries displayed “a......more

China finds a new supermodel
World's tallest TV tower opens in Guangzhou: Stealing the title from the CN Tower in Toronto, the swirling Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower by Information Based Architecture (IBA) has just opened to the public at a staggering 610m in height. During three days......more

Caught in the act…
Balancing Barn, a gleaming cantilevered holiday home in the classic English countryside is now complete: Living Architecture, an organisation dedicated to bringing the British public into close contact with ambitious modern architectural projects, commission......more

Fluid concept for Bali beaches
Marine Research Center proposal takes its formative clues from tsunami structure: A recent international design competition for a Marine Research Centre in Bali Indonesia gave firm solus4 an opportunity to study and architecturally interpret the structure of tsunami waves. The competition, co-sponsored by......more

Exclusive opportunity
Piers Gough of CZWG architects to lecture in Tripoli: Piers Gough, WAN AWARDS Juror and Senior Partner at London-based architecture practice CZWG, will give a 90 minute lecture entitled Rigorous Optimism at Al-Fateh University in Tripoli on 17th......more

The tides are turning on Île Seguin
New images of Jean Nouvel's regeneration of former Renault factory on Île Seguin, Paris: With 30,000 labourers at its peak, the Renault factory on Île Seguin in Boulogne-Billancourt was a hubbub of industrial action from 1920 to 1992. After lying dormant for.....more

Walking tall
Choi+Shine wins the BSA Unbuilt Architecture Award with Land of Giants™: Massachusetts-based design studio Choi+Shine has recently received the Boston Society of Architects Unbuilt Architecture Award for their creative concept Land of.....more

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