Issue No.398 // 21 August 2012
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Concentration on infrastructure in China in light of increasingly extensive transport networks

China's rapid growth has been heavily documented over the past few years with sky-high commercial buildings and towering residential skyscrapers making global headlines with startling regularity. What often goes unnoticed however is the plethora of urban design and infrastructure projects that are supporting this increase in population, enabling swift transport between first and second tier cities. Despite billions of Yuan invested in the network of infrastructure projects across China, there is a clear economic benefit to the scheme as access to and from economic centres is eased even with increased density in population. Local news source Shanghai Daily ran a series of infrastructure-related stories recently, including the completion of the Yuxi-Mengzi Railway which will link southwest......more

A welcome retreat
Remote restaurant in the Swiss Alps completed by local architects Tilla Theus: This buffed aluminium form is a remote restaurant at the summit of one of the Arosa peaks in Switzerland, and the work of experienced local architects Tilla Theus. The design......more

Subverting the principles of surveillance
Lugo's Former Prison is rehabilitated into a Cultural Centre by CREUSeCARRASCO: The redevelopment - also named the 'rehabilitation' - of Lugo's former prison is now underway with the space being transformed into a new cultural centre. The......more

Feel the chemistry
Crystal CG and The Chemical Brothers create animated promo video for Olympic Velodrom: Digital and visual services provider - and former WAN AWARDS sponsor - Crystal CG has teamed up musical duo The Chemical Brothers to create a short film featuring......more

New images of 1WTC
Port Authority and Durst Organization release glittering images of 1WTC in NYC: The first office tower to rise from the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan, One World Trade Center has been celebrated recently through the release of thirteen new......more

The dominant minority
South Korean architect Seung Hyo-Sang presents symbolic display for Venice: The International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia is architecture's largest international celebration, this year directed by David Chipperfield and open from 29......more

Which of these is your Art of Building winner?
Voting for Art of Building 2012 finalist now open: The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) invites the world to decide the outcome of its 2012 international photography contest winner. Just some of the artistic subjects to reach the final stages......more

WAN's first ever Engineering winner
Vinoly to give keynote speech at World Architecture Day
St. James' Theatre
Vicky Richardson, joint curator for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale
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