Issue No.405 // 09 October 2012
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Cookie cutter architecture?

As education design is standardised in the UK, we consider the rise of the flat-pack building

Last week, the UK government released plans for standardised education facilities. The three concepts for 'baseline' boxes can be found here, with full reports on what architects will and will not be able to include in their educational institution proposals on the UK government website. Massive budget cuts in the sector have seen the Building Schools for the Future programme axed and a very limited number of projects - those in dire need of help - given attention in economical fashion however this latest stage has raised concerns nationwide. Angela Brady, President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) spoke out last week, to draw attention to the problems with such 'cookie cutter' concepts, saying: "In these times of austerity of course we need to cut our cloth on all spending, however the Government's proposals for the design and construction of future schools are far too restrictive with too much focus on short term savings." WAN asked Maria Nesdale, Regional......more

Cross fertilisation of ideas and talent
Amsterdam University College opens up a new Science Park by Mecanoo Architects: Science Park, Amsterdam, is the new home for the Liberal Arts and Sciences program at the Amsterdam University College. The design created by Mecanoo......more

Making a difference
Tessa Schubert interviews Make Architects' John Puttick and Ken Shuttleworth: Make Architects, founded by Ken Shuttleworth has continued its expansion, completing its first building in China in July: the Weihai Pavilion. WAN's Tessa Schubert speaks to......more

The Toronto Towers
Gehry unveils skyline-defining arts project: Frank Gehry yesterday unveiled conceptual designs that will transform Toronto's King Street Entertainment District and radically change the city's skyline. The multi-phase, multi-year project is the largest and most......more

Foster announces New York tower
Sustainable office building on Park Avenue unveiled by Foster + Partners: Foster + Partners has been selected by a partnership of L&L Holding Company and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. (LBHI) to design their new office tower at 425 Park Avenue. The......more

RIBA comments on austerity school plans
Government offers cookie-cutter designs for future schools across the United Kingdom: The UK Government has released designs for a series of flat-pack schools in an effort to save money in the education sector. Termed 'baseline designs', the concepts.....more

AS+GG strikes the right note
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill win contest for Qintai Center with guzheng-inspired design: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture has won an international competition to design Qintai Center, a 248m (814ft) tall, high-performance corporate......more

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