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RIBA Stirling Prize goes to Stanton Williams

First the WAN AWARDS, now the RIBA Stirling Prize. This is the year for Stanton Williams

On Saturday 13 October, the 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize was awarded to London practice Stanton Williams for their Sainsbury Laboratory for the University of Cambridge. Official recognition as the building which has made the biggest contribution to British architecture this year, the Stirling Prize is presented annually by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at a glamorous awards dinner, usually broadcast live to the general public. This year however, the rest of the world had to wait for media reports as this was the first time that the Stirling Prize announcement was not filmed for television purposes. WAN's Business Information Manager Caroline Stephens attended the ceremony in Manchester with Autodesk and was present to see the Stanton Williams team accept this treasured award. She details: "It was a great pleasure to accept the kind invitation to attend my first RIBA Stirling Prize award ceremony. Drinks and canapes were served in the wonderfully charismatic Victorian gothic Manchester Town Hall, from which we followed the RIBA........more

High Line for London
Local practice Fletcher Priest Architects wins High Line for London Competition: Diller Scofidio + Renfro's High Line project in New York is widely recognised as one of the most successful urban design projects in the world today. Now the city of London is......more

Interview: Walt Miller from John Portman * Associates
John Portman & Associates complete luxury, eight-storey Park Hyatt Hyderabad: John Portman & Associates (JPA) has recently seen its stunning design for the Park Hyatt Hyderabad realised in one of India's most rapidly developing cities. WAN quizzed Walt.....more

A stage for urban life
gmp's Grand Theater in Tianjin opens like a sea shell on the water-side: Nestled in the newly formed Culture Park of Tianjin, Gerkan, Marg und Partners' (gmp) Grand Theater has just opened its doors to an eagerly awaiting public. Situated on the edge of a......more

Charming street furniture in Gdansk
Schleifer, Milczanowski Architekci creates gleaming multi-use public facilities: In 2009 Gdansk became one of the EURO 2012 host cities. The Schleifer, Milczanowski Architekci team was asked to prepare several conceptual designs of a prefabricated public......more

Mecenatpolis completes in South Korea
Sculptural urban design elements animate mixed-use development in Seoul: Mecenatpolis, a nearly 300,000 sq m mixed-use, transit-oriented project in the evolving Hapjeong neighbourhood in downtown Seoul, is the latest Jerde Place to open in Asia......more

Angling for attention
Cleveland's new Museum of Contemporary Art by Farshid Moussavi now open: A lot is riding on the opening of Cleveland's Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). For the frugal and cash-cautious MOCA, the museum must be a successful art destination......more

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