Issue No.397 // 14 August 2012
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Next up...Sochi
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London 2012 Olympics sets a high benchmark for Sochi

From one Olympic Games to the next. On Sunday 12 August 2012, Thomas Heatherwick's cauldron was extinguished and dissected into 204 individual petals and the sky above Populous' Olympic Stadium illuminated by untold numbers of fireworks. In two weeks time the various stadiums and sporting arenas at the Park will be tested further as the London 2012 Paralympic Games get underway but in the meantime, the world - and the architecture industry in particular - has turned its gaze to Sochi, host of the 2014 Winter Games. Moments before the Opening Ceremony two weeks ago, Dmitry Chernyshenko, Sochi 2014 President and CEO, announced that construction was progressing with gusto on the infrastructure for the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. There may be less hype for the Winter Games than its summer counterpart, but the impact that this international sporting event......more

Packing light...
Matthew Coates and James Green unveil intelligent green ECO-PAK home kit: WAN is continuously flooded with inventive concepts for container homes and we've published various designs over the years. From Benjamin Garcia Saxe's low-cost Costa Rica......more

Small practice, giant project
World Architecture Day speaker Roisin Heneghan's practice Heneghan Peng completes Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre: WAN is delighted to announce that Roisin Heneghan of architects Heneghan Peng will be speaking at the inaugural World......more

La Ville de Pins opens in Seoul
Gleaming French restaurant in heart of Seoul completed by local firm BANG by MIN: This modest 306 sq m restaurant in Seoul, Korea is a recently completed project from emerging local firm BANG by MIN. Led by Sae Min Oh, the team has created an intimate......more

Heatherwick stops traffic at the V&A
London designer collaborates with S3i Group to create suspended traffic cone installation: Thomas Heatherwick has become a household name across the world after lending his unique design aesthetic to the London 2012 Olympic Cauldron, a gleaming......more

Will Alsop confirmed for World Architecture Day
We are delighted to announce that Will Alsop will be appearing at World Architecture Day 2012: London to deliver a keynote speech. The enfant terrible of contemporary architecture, Will is responsible for some of the most daring, distinctive and controversial......more

An education in tradition
Japanese design studio UZU completes sloping nursery school next to rice fields: Otonoha School is a nursery school that looks to develop children's relationship with nature and music. The symbol is a tree with musical note. Rice fields are left all around the......more

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