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Building on our popular "On the Move" and “This Week” podcasts, a new studio-based series, Shop Talk features topical interviews with the movers and shakers of architecture. Focused on current news, Shop Talk is included in WAN's weekly News Review - signup here to receive your copy.

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Onwards and Upwards? 

Two must-go-to events are approaching; the Council for Tall Buildings conference in Dubai on PolyCentric cities and WAN’s Reclaiming the Streets Symposium in London. Both events seek to exploit the opportunities being created by new technology and to share knowledge and visions for safer, cleaner, more efficient cities. But are these visions compatible? We ask Antony Wood, CEO of the Council for Tall Buildings whether the future is in the sky or in the street..? 


Exploring wider (and higher) horizons with Tom Kundig 

Today’s guest is Tom Kundig, founding partner at Seattle based Olson Kundig. His firm has recently won the WAN AWARDS Tall building award with a project in South Korea. In this episode, we chart the firm’s string of successes from 2010 when they won the House of the Year Award with a unique concrete house on a hillside. 


Make no small plans… 

In our latest Shop Talk podcast WAN’s Editor in Chief Michael Hammond talks to New York based architect Andre Kikoski at the New London Architecture Centre in central London… “We’re doing a new project in China. To get on a plane and emerge in China is so powerful. You realise that the world is as big or as small as we make it and that design has the power to cross borders and transcend time and space.” Commenting on the Hudson Yards development in New York Andre said: “It’s the single largest private development in US history, a staggering amount of square footage. Our client at Hudson Yards said ‘we challenge you to show us something we’ve never seen before.'” Andre was shortlisted for WAN’s 21/21 initiative three years in row. In addition his practice was shortlisted for the restaurant and bar category for WAN’s sister brand World Interiors News and Andre is a WAN Awards judge this year. Nick Myall News editor 


Reinventing our Cities 

We catch up with Kirsten Dunlop, CEO of Climate KIC in the Netherlands and Stefano Boeri the Milan architect successfully pioneering vertical city forests in Italy. 


City of Dreams… 

In this unusual programme we explore Dubai through the eyes of Sanjay Manchanda CEO of Nakheel. This burgeoning city has enabled many architects to realise some of the world’s most incredible projects. Projects that otherwise would have gathered dust in the filing cabinet most architecture firms have. “Unbuilt” Listen to Sanjay talking about Zaha’s Opus project and his open invitation to architects “bring us your dreams”… 


Sustainable pioneering… 

In this episode, we meet Stephen Van Dyke of LMN Architects. Stephen talks to us about the pioneering spirit that still exists in his home town. A spirit that has attracted commercial giants to this small, former frontier town jammed up in the far NorthWest corner of the USA? 


Far from the Madding Crowd 

In this episode, we visit the North London studio of Gustafson Porter + Bowman and talk to directors Neil Porter and Mary Bowman about the role of Landscape Architecture in tomorrow’s cities. 


Reinventing Cities 

In this episode, we talk to Mark Watts from C40 to discusses an ambitious initiative by Climate group C40 involving an incredible 49 sites in 19 cities creating a series of unique opportunities for architects to engage with city leaders and make a difference. 


The times they are a-changin'… 

Shoptalk’s Michael Hammond interviews Gordon Wright, Senior Vice President, Director of Workplace Global, HOK about their recently published report, The New Financial Workplace. 


Re-inventing the streets in Copenhagen… 

In this episode we meet Flemming Rafn Thomsen and Jeppe Ecklon from Tredje Natur (Third Nature) a Danish firm who are pioneering a possible solution to the growing problem of urban flash flooding. In the next 30 minutes our guests take us underground in Copenhagen to explain how their innovative concept, the Climate Tile, works. Along the way, we talk about monster rain, floating car parks, the battle for square metres in our cities and coffee shops. 


The reality of architecture in a virtual world 

When we start preparing these programmes, we have a pretty good idea of the story or person we want to present. Well that’s the plan anyway. We’re talking to architects of course, so anything can and often does happen. So it was with today’s guest that as the interview progressed, a whole new narrative started to evolve, one that could or should ring twin alarm bells of danger and opportunity to every practising architect. We expect this episode to spark some thought provoking discussions about the very future of architecture, if you want to comment, we’d love to hear from you just email us on or tweet us on @WANShopTalk The music selected by Lance is Todd Rundgren’s Utopia Theme. “Architects are always looking for Utopia.” We start with a small boy in Fargo North Dakota helping his father on a construction site… stick with it, its an amazing story. His name is Lance Josal by the way. 


Re-inventing London’s Design Museum… 

WAN’s Michael Hammond talk to Deyan Sudjic, Director of London’s Design Museum about the ten year quest to find a new building that would showcase the UK’s design industry, connect with and draw from the past but also provide a platform and a base for the next generation of designers to learn, draw inspiration and drive forward the UK’s role as a leader in this field. Key facts: The Design Museum's new £83-million London home by John Pawson and OMA opened in November 2016 at the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington. Dutch architecture practice OMA worked with London firm Allies and Morrison, and Arup engineers to restore the shell of the 1960s Grade II*-listed building in west London. 


Pioneering CoHousing in London 

London’s housing market is under relentless pressure and homes are becoming ever more unaffordable, pricing out some of the key demographics that the city so desperately needs to keep growing. Enter The Collective, a new concept for the UK aimed squarely at young professionals, bridging the gap between University and family homes, the Collective is taking the market by storm and becoming a property flagship of the sharing economy. We talk to Ollie Spragley, Planning and Design Manager about how Co-housing is challenging the market and the planning system. 


Lord Rogers of Riverside – The Inside track on the Pompidou 

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the completion of the Pompidou Centre in Paris, designed by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano. 


London housing: heading for a perfect storm? 

Demand in the London property market is rocketing which is making it difficult and in some cases impossible for key workers to get a foot on the property ladder. Some commentators are now predicting a perfect storm as financial, social, planning and technology sectors align creating a building boom to meet this demand. This is good news for the housing gap but will architects get moved further down the chain of influence in the rush to build high volume housing projects? Here, WAN Editor in Chief, Michael Hammond talks to Chris Darling of Darling Associates who responds to the recent Government White Paper on Housing… 


A long and winding road through architecture… 

Today’s guest is one of the best known figures on the London Architecture circuit. His journey through the world of architecture started at the age of seven. Now in his seventies, his joint passions for cycling and the built environment have been harnessed in a relentless campaign to reconfigure the streets of London and provide a vision for cleaning up transport in our cities. Incredibly, Peter Murray has never practised architecture. In our exclusive interview, Peter explains how he manages to influence design through communication.  


A most uncommon building 

September 2016 saw the completion of the world’s tallest mass wood structure: Brock Commons at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in the beautiful city of Vancouver on Canada’s west coast. The structure is a hybrid system of CLT floor slabs, glulam columns, steel connectors and a concrete core. It stands at 18 storeys and 53m high – the maximum height permitted on campus. This stage of construction was completed four months ahead of schedule, and took under 70 days. The focus is now on the interiors, which are scheduled for completion in May 2017. The building will house 404 students. Michael Hammond, WAN’s Editor in Chief, recently spoke to Russell Acton, Principal at Vancouver-based Acton Ostry Architects who were the brains behind the building, in close collaboration with structural engineer Fast + Epp, tall wood advisor Architekten Hermann Kaufmann of Austria, and Structurlam in Penticton BC.  


Concrete’s back! But did it ever really go away? 

Last Wednesday, World Architecture News hosted a fascinating panel discussion at UK Construction Week on the hot topic of the day: concrete. Chairing the discussion was Michael Hammond, WAN’s Editor in Chief, and sharing thought-provoking observations and opinion from the panel were experts in the field, Simon Anson, Associate at Arup Associates; Robert Fry, Managing Director – International of Aukett Swanke Architects; Jason Parker, Partner at MAKE Architects, and Elaine Toogood, Senior Architect at The Concrete Centre. 


Spotlight on inspirational infrastructure 

Now that the dust is finally settling after the whirlwind that was UK Construction Week in Birmingham last week, we’ve had the chance to take stock of some of the fascinating encounters and discussions we experienced at the show. High on the list is a panel discussion hosted by World Architecture News on Tuesday 18th October on the vast topic of ‘Inspirational Infrastructure’. 


Light at the end of the tunnel... 

Michael Hammond goes underground to speak to two of the protagonists of the biggest construction project in Europe about the architectural and engineering challenges involved when building on such a massive scale When we describe Crossrail as a ‘big’ project, that’s something of an understatement. Now 75% complete, Crossrail, the UK’s largest ever rail infrastructure project, will comprise 42 km of new tunnels, 10 brand new stations and improvements to 30 other existing ones on the new Elizabeth Line. Once complete in 2019, a fleet of 66 trains of 200m long (that’s the length of two football pitches) will carry an estimated 200 million passengers a year. The route will run from Shenfield to the east of London to Reading to the west of the capital, also providing an all-important rail link to Heathrow Airport. The project will generate around 55,000 new jobs, 57,000 new homes, 3.25 million sq ft of new shops and offices, £42 billion for the UK economy, with a 10% increase to London’s rail capacity. With the approach of UK Construction Week (which opens today in Birmingham) Michael was keen to talk infrastructure. He was fortunate enough to get together with Julian Robinson, Head of Architecture at Crossrail, and Oliver Tyler, Partner at WilkinsonEyre – the architects responsible for the impressive design of the new Liverpool Street Station on the Elizabeth Line. For such a colossal project to be running on time and on budget is a Herculean achievement by anyone’s standards. Michael asks Julian what the secrets to the success story that is Crossrail are (the answer is in the podcast). And on a purely pragmatic level, Michael also enquires as to how all the construction materials and equipment are physically transported to their destination below the ground. In turn, Oliver discusses the way in which the various architects appointed to Crossrail have had to think ‘volume’ rather than ‘envelope’ when designing cathedral-like underground spaces with a ‘wow’ factor. Michael also asks how much individual expression versus corporate identity WilkinsonEyre has been allowed at Liverpool Street in terms of the architecture. It’s a very interesting reply, but you’ll have to tune in to the podcast to hear it! 


It's a jungle out there... 

In the run-up to the UK’s biggest construction event, UK Construction week and the announcement of the winner of the WAN Concrete in Architecture Award, we talk to Roger Meyer, Associate at Patel Taylor and Tim Snelson, Structural Engineer at Arup Associates about the virtues of concrete, wood and hybrid structures.. 


Nina Rappaport 

Nina Rappaport is an architectural critic, curator, historian, and educator. For over sixteen years she has been publications director at Yale School of Architecture, for which she edits the bi-annual magazine Constructs, exhibition catalogs, and the books series.  


Sustaining good design 

Christina Ingram from the WAN AWARDS team speaks to 2014 Sustainable Building Award winner, Jim Huffman Design Director from Perkins+Will on being a jury member and the progression of sustainable building design… 


Post Industrial Drama 

Within the shadow of Renzo’s Shard a revolution is brewing. A new Russian Quarter is being masterminded by innovative developer, Southwark Square. The Shard, or to use its official name, the London Bridge Tower, together with the huge infrastructure upgrade at the adjacent station have provided the catalyst for a major re-development in Southwark. Just across from the station, vibrant borough market is London’s latest culinary hot-spot and is living proof of the potential that has been sparked by the Shard. In this week’s programme, Don Riley talks about his dramatic plans for Gagarin Square, a celebration of all things Russian aiming to provide a cultural follow-up to the commercial success of London Bridge. Read more on Gagarin Square


Building visions out of suffering 

When you listen to Daniel Libeskind’s remarkable life story, it seems his path has been shaped by a number of what he describes as ‘life-changing moments’. 


Destined to be together 

Earlier this week, WAN’s Editor in Chief, Michael Hammond, went to London’s world-Famous Royal Albert Hall to meet with architect and current Chief Executive, Chris Cotton. Home to ‘The Proms’ and witness to performances from so many of the greats (including David Bowie with David Gilmour, Adele, Dusty Springfield, Sir Elton John, and Jimi Hendrix) the majestic auditorium seats 5,000 people and is the largest concert hall in Europe.  


Earth to Architects 

Post-Paris December 2015, WAN’s latest podcast series explores the mammoth issue of climate change and its implications for architects as we move towards a more carbon-neutral future... 


Man on a mission 

Mark Burry talks to Michael Hammond about how the ruins of Gaudi's vision have been pieced together and transformed into a state-of-the art construction project complete with 3D modelling and off site manufacture

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A Perspective on Colour 

Now in its third year, the WAN Colour in architecture award is attracting diverse entries from around the world but using colour in buildings is a brave move and it can be controversial.

Christina Ingram from the WAN AWARDS team asks Will Alsop some searching questions about the dangers and benefits of using colour in architecture… 


Ben van Berkel - The smell of concrete in the morning 

The smell of concrete in the morning,

Today’s guest is Co-founder of an international studio that has built a sound reputation for original design, encompassing everything from furniture, through schools, offices, concert halls to infrastructure projects.

His firm, UNStudio is currently in the news for the recent opening of the amazing Arnhem Station, some 19 years in the making…

We are delighted to welcome Ben van Berkel who takes us back to the very beginning… and the smell of concrete. 


Defining Danish architecture 

Today we go to New York to catch up with Danish Architect, Louis Becker, Design Director and Principal Partner at Copenhagen based Henning Larsen Architects.  


AHMM’s 25 year journey to win the Stirling Prize 

Paul Monaghan, one of the founders of AHMM talks to Michael Hammond about winning the Stirling Prize, how the stars were aligned for this project enabling the creation of an architectural gem in the war-torn education sector and why it couldn’t be built today. 


Breaking down the boundaries… 

This week's guest is arguably the UK’s brightest star of design and architecture. In the last few years he has realised an amazing array of designs from a rolling bridge, a seaside café, the British Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo, the amazing cauldron at the London 2012 Olympics, the new London Bus… the list is endless.

Sir Terence Conran has even cited him as a 'Leonardo da Vinci of our times'.

However, his latest project, London’s controversial Garden Bridge is dividing the capital. It’s either a waste of money or landmark project to equal New York’s Highline.

We are of course talking about the one and only Thomas Heatherwick.  


Gorgeously Vulgar 

Our guest today is well known figure on the London Architecture circuit. A larger-than-life character known both for his uncompromising passion for architecture and for his mission to bring his unique brand of vibrancy to his buildings and the streets of London.

Piers Gough, founder of CZWG explains to Michael Hammond why London is Gorgeously Vulgar and why we should be proud of this unusual “heritage”…

The music track featured at the beginning of this podcast is an original composition by Piers’ brother Orlando Gough, a successful composer in the world of ballet and theatre. It is entitled ‘And the Days Are Not Full Enough’. 


Make time for Birmingham… 

UK Construction Week opens in Birmingham on the 6th October - with only a week to go, we talk to Nathan Garnett the Event Director about why it’s important for architects to go. 


The next generation of architects in the Making? 

Our guest today says he doesn’t want to be a big name architect, although many in the profession would argue that he already is. He is immensely proud of his roots in the hard, post-war metal-bashing world of the UK’s Industrial Midlands …

His progressive practice has delivered some 50 buildings since being formed in 2004 but more surprisingly over 70 babies.

We meet the man behind Make…

Ken Shuttleworth.. 


Exhibiting good architecture 

Our guest this week has over the last 35 years been tasked with bringing some of London’s most precious cultural landmarks up to date. Projects including the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, the National Portrait Gallery, Somerset House and more recently the highly controversial traffic sharing scheme at Exhibition Road.

Edward Jones, co-founder of Dixon Jones talks to Michael Hammond about London’s architecture today and the importance of teaching architecture by those practising it.

Sound track; “Night Train by The Oscar Peterson Trio, was always a favourite during late night working sessions,” Edward Dixon 


Will China’s economic woes lead to slump in the UK? 

Our guest on Shop Talk today is Steve Watts, Partner at London-based cost-consultants Alinea. 


Going Tall in Manhattan… 

Our guest this week is Rafael Viñoly, architect behind the towering 432 Park Avenue in Manhattan. In our exclusive interview, Rafael talks to us about his early years in Uruguay, how he originally got into architecture, his passion for music and the challenges facing architects today… 


Down by the waterside… 

Our Guest today would be the first to admit that has been around the block a few times. He is known not only for his striking modernist buildings, his Stirling prize win, his extensive academic work, his art but also for his turbulent career and a lifestyle which has earned him the mantle of the “enfant terrible” of architecture.

We meet a reflective Will Alsop at his Studio’s Riverside Beach in Battersea West London… 


Monumental Success 

Our ShopTalk guest today describes himself as an American with Norwegian roots. His fledgling firm rose to fame overnight when it won the 350 million US dollar Alexandria Library from under the noses ofmany of the world’s leading architects.

Craig Dykers, founding partner of Snøhetta talks to Michael Hammond about this unusual problem and explains why he is still happy to design anything from a bird’s nest to an opera house… 


In search of normality 

Today’s guest, an urban designer from Santa Monica was thrown into the international spotlight when his proposal to connect Israel and the Palestinian territories with an arc of infrastructure was singled out as a possible solution to the Middle East Crisis. So when I had chance to meet Doug Suisman in London I was keen to find out more.

The bar of a London Club provided a perfect backdrop as Doug calmly relayed his amazing story of being projected into the heart of the Middle East conflict and how a small window of opportunity provided both sides of the conflict with a ray of hope… 


Grand Paris Express Program 

We spoke to Jean-Michel Wilmotte about his 8-year plan to transform the grubby grand-dame into ‘a happy entrance’ to Paris, and how, to him, the project is very much a ‘human’ one. 


Winning the Dream Ticket  

How does it feel to win the world’s biggest ever architectural competition? We ask the winners of the Helsinki Guggenheim, and then how they think their client will measure up….

Our Guests this week are Ari Wiseman, deputy Director of the Guggenheim Foundation and Nicolas Moreau and Hiroko Kusonoki the winning architects.  


1968 and all that... 

Co Founder of Coop Himmelb(L)au, Wolf Prix talks exclusively to Shoptalk about how his vision for radical change was born out of the Paris riots in 1968 and still holds true to this day and why architects need change their approach to architecture before they are designed out of the picture altogether. 


Brighton’s i360: One Tower, One Team 

Marks Barfield’s London Eye helped give London a 21st Century focus; now it’s Brighton’s turn as the i360 rises… 


Man and Machine 

Our guest today, Simon Terry, Innovation & Brand Director at Anglepoise (and direct descendant of the original family run manufacturer) takes us back to 1932 to the birth of this iconic lamp.

If you have an Anglepoise lamp in your studio tweet us a photo! Just mention us @WANShopTalk, and we might RT. 


Behind the scenes at the Festival 

London is once again gearing up for its annual architectural extravaganza, the month long, London Festival of Architecture.

The Festival was started back in 2008 by Peter Murray and launched by the incoming mayor, Boris Johnson with much fanfare and flag waving.

Now seven years on, we talk to Lara Kinneir, Programme Manager of the Festival to out how the big idea is working out… 


Summer in the city 

This week’s guests are London architect Amanda Levete and philanthropist Naomi Milgrom discussing the aims challenges of designing Melbourne’s second M Pavilion. 


Concrete in the Limelight… 

Paddy Dillon, lead architect at Haworth Tompkins, takes us behind the scenes on a tour of the £80 million transformation of Denys Lasdun’s brutally beautiful National Theatre on London’s South Bank.

Read more 


Exclusive - Le Corbusier Controversy 

WAN editor, Michael Hammond speaks exclusively to François Chaslin and Xavier de Jarcy, both authors of controversial new books on Le Corbusier and his alleged leanings towards fascism during the Second World War and to Jean-Louis Cohen, an established author of numerous books on Corbusier.

Read more 


Frei Otto – The enduring legacy of tensile structures 

Frei Otto who sadly passed away last week is the topic of this week’s Shop Talk. In the next twenty minutes we try to get a better understanding of both the man and his legacy which is still being utilised in contemporary projects today.

Two of our participants, Mike Taylor from Hopkins Architects and Andrew Best of Happold Engineering both acknowledge their careers have been shaped by the German visionary whose quest for creating lighter than air structures led to a whole new typology; tensile structures…

Martha Thorne speaking with us from New York had the privilege of advising Frei Otto that he had won the 2015 Pritzker Prize.

Listen to the podcast now…

Read more 


London’s Garden Bridge – the Minister’s response 

Following WAN’s recent reporting of the growing controversy over London’s proposed Garden Bridge, we tabled the concerns to the UK’s Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey MP.

Read more 


Trouble down at the bridge 

Most Londoners will be familiar with the proposed garden bridge over the Thames by Thomas Heatherwick. Like the last pedestrian crossing over the Thames, the Millennium Bridge, it is mired in controversy.

With us today on ShopTalk are Cezary Bednarsky, a serial bridge designer and Malcolm Reading, a leading expert in design competitions.

Read more 


A (really) cool idea... 

As cool ideas go, they don’t come much cooler than Matt Gibb’s plan for his home city of Edmonton Canada. With some 5 months out of 12 below freezing, sometimes reaching as low as -40deg, Matt's vision for the world’s first urban freezeway commuter route is clearly way outside the box.

Original, visionary, sustainable yes of course, but will it work?

Michael Hammond asks Matt Gibbs

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Close Shave 

The news this week has been dominated by the dramatic fire of a residential tower in Dubai. Incredibly no one was killed or even seriously injured, a really positive sign for the building’s design.

However even by a cursory scan of the photographs and preliminary information, other questions are raised. Why did the fire spread so fast? And why did flaming panels cascade from the structure greatly increasing the risk of fire spread and injury to people in the streets below.

In this week’s Shop Talk, Michael Hammond talks to two WAN AWARDS judges, Bruce Nicol from the High Performance Building group at Dow Corning and formerly a façade consultant with Arup Facades and Martin Clarke OBE representing the World Concrete Forum.

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Tunnel Vision 

Ian Mulcahey, co-director of Gensler London talks to WAN’s Michael Hammond about a radical plan to send London’s cyclists underground.

Read more 


City Designer's Richard Coleman on Centre Point 

In this week’s Shop Talk interview, Michael Hammond speaks with Richard Coleman, founder of City Designer, a London based consultancy assisting in achieving optimal planning procedures for those responsible for sensitive or challenging developments.

Read more 


Hawkins\Brown's Morag Morrison considers the top projects in the news this week 

In this week’s Shop Talk interview, Michael Hammond speaks with Morag Morrison, Partner at HawkinsBrown and a member of the 2013 WAN Colour in Architecture Award jury panel. Morag was also part of the team that won the inaugural WAN Colour in Architecture Award back in 2011 with the New Biochemistry Building at the University of Oxford, UK.

Read more 


Bob Fry, Managing Director International at Aukett Swanke discusses the week's news 

’ve always been a fan of Nicholas Grimshaw and his work; he’s always brought a particular blend of what we used to call ‘high tech’ group of architects back in the ‘70s and ‘80s to bear in a slightly richer way through his work and this airport in a way, for me, does a number of things.

Read more 


Morten Schmidt of schmidt hammer lassen considers this week's top news stories 

“First of all this is interesting because it is one of the first modern libraries - and not a classical library - to be renovated and because at the same time it is a historically preserved building.”

Read more 


All Design Founder Will Alsop considers this week's top news stories 

Each week we will invite a well-known name from architecture to join us in the WAN newsroom to help our subscribers see the week’s news through their eyes.

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 New series

Designing for better education? 

Most architects know that school environments affect students’ performance, and could be forgiven for feeling smug at the contents of an independent report by academics at the UK’s Salford University if it were not for the fact that it is unlikely to influence clients and budget holders. We talk exclusively to co-author of the HEAD Project report, Professor Peter Barrett of Salford University. 


Groucho Reading 

Groucho Reading 


Tech Focus: Kalzip 

Kevin Turton from Kalzip talks to Michael Hammond about how manufacturers are adopting BIM and how this can be of benefit to architects. 


Michael Hammond stars on ArchiTALK 

Jane Decker and Sebastian Eilert interview WAN's Editor in Chief, Michael Hammond, on radio show ArchiTALK, broadcast live from Miami, Florida. 


Tech Focus: Zaha Hadid Architects 

An enlightening discussion with Simon Johns and Shaun Farrell from Zaha Hadid Architects in London and Phil Bernstein from Autodesk analysing ZHA's use of Revit software. 


Tech Focus: Kalzip FC Façade 

Michael Hammond speaks to Trahan Architects' Brad McWhirter about firm's structural repairs to the Louisiana Superdome after Hurricane Katrina, utilising the specially developed Kalzip system. 


Effectiveness - the next big thing? 

As the industry begins to give more thought to the impact of quality architecture on a building's users, Michael Hammond asks 2010 WAN Effectiveness Award winner Larry Speck of Page Southerland Page 'Is effectiveness the next big thing?' 


Tech Focus: Loblolly House 

Michael Hammond interviews lead architect on the Loblolly House project Marilia Rodrigues and Autodesk’s Erin Rae Hoffer about the use of Revit in the project's design process. 


Interview with John Wells Thorpe 

In his wide-ranging career, John Wells-Thorpe has designed more than £65 million worth of building projects in the UK and overseas. Excelling at art from an early age, it was almost natural that John should become an architect, and he studied at the School of Architecture in Brighton before winning an award to study in Rome – where the young student, faced with modern Italian design in a historic city, felt like a child in the world’s best toy shop. 


Looking over the fence 

Is our healthcare design effective? Richard Mazuch is a director of design research and innovation at London based Nightingale Associates and a WAN AWARDS judge, and says no.

The WAN Effectiveness Awards are sponsored by Buro Happold 


Mind the gaps 

SWA Group’s Rene Bihan explains why Landscape Architecture can best frame historical and cultural places. 


Exclusive Interview 

Phil Bernstein, vice president, industry strategy and relations, Autodesk AEC tells WAN why Building Information Modeling is redefining the way in which projects are designed. It’s a whole new way of working and there’s no going back… 


Food for thought... 

Acoustics are a vital component of any restaurant design, but are these elements sometimes overlooked for the sake of aesthetics? WAN talks to two acoustics experts, Emma Greenland at WSP and Adrian Passmore at Arup to find out... 


NLA - Creaming off cash? 

After Michael Gove accused architects of 'creaming off cash which should have been going out to the front line', the NLA hosted a breakfast meeting where design professionals aired their views on the Building Schools for the Future Programme... 


The dark side of Dubai 

Luxury island developer Safi Qurashi is facing jail in Dubai after signing cheques worth more than £50m without sufficient funds. WAN talks to Qurashi's legal adviser Radha Stirling to get to the bottom of this complex case... 


Is there any hope for schools of the future? 

President of the RIBA Ruth Reed talks to WAN about the effects of the Government's decision to scrap the Building Schools for the Future Programme... 


Opening the box of dreams 

Ed Schlossberg chats to WAN's Jennifer Potash about his striking design for 'Dream Cube' - the Chinese Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo 2010... 


What do architects know about climate change? 

UIA President Louise Cox talks to WAN direct from Copenhagen at the UN Climate Summit about the worrying perception of architects' importance in the climate challenge... 


A Swiss architect abroad 

Courtesy of World Radio Switzerland's Swiss By Design programme, Presenter Jennifer Davies talks to eminent architect Bernard Tschumi about his entry into architecture and his move from his homeland to Paris... 


A modest master of architecture 

Courtesy of World Radio Switzerland's Swiss By Design programme, Presenter Jennifer Davies talks to Pritzker Prize winner Peter Zumthor, author of many outstanding yet modest buildings in Switzerland and beyond... 


The architect who retired from retirement 

Will Alsop talks with WAN about the truth behind his 'retirement' and his plans for RMJM now that he is heading their new flagship office... 


It shouldn't happen to an architect... 

London's buzzing with Charles Bancroft's new thriller whose complex plot is threaded through the capital's architectural community. Rob Gilbert faces every architect's worst nightmare when one of his buildings collapses. Facing ruin, he fights to clear his name but that's when events really start to spiral out of control. Only for the brave hearted. 


Welcome Mrs President 

Ruth Reed is the first ever female President of the RIBA, taking the baton from Sunand Prasad. Here she tells WAN what she has in store for British architects under her leadership at the organisation... 


Entering the Cocoon 

The centre-piece of the new Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum in London, the Cocoon, is an extensive library of 20 million plant and insect specimens and is the largest sprayed concrete structure in Europe. The project's architect, Anna Maria Indrio of CF Moller Architects took time out to show us around... 


Laying down the law 

RIBA President Sunand Prasad seeks to put an end to the Royal Question - Should the UK's Prince Charles be able to point his Goldfinger at ongoing projects to have the architect banished? 


Wimbledon's Ace 

Lead Architect for the recently completed Wimbledon regeneration, Dale Jennins of Populous, talks of the break away from HOK and why umbrella sellers at the iconic stadium have a reason to be worried 


Shattered facades? 

UK Conservative politician John Gummer has claimed that glass facades will become a thing of the past in a Tory Government. Arup's Global Leader of Materials and Facade Engineering, Andrew Hall gives his reaction to the claim. 


Future Schools 

Julian Weyer, Partner at the Danish architects CF Moller, fast forwards to what could be the next generation of school design and explains how they do it in Denmark. 


When Great became green... 

Ken Yeang discusses the design of the UK's greenest hospital wing, an addition to London's famous Great Ormond Street Hospital, as we ask how sustainability can operate during a recession. 


Still rising 

Heading the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Antony Wood holds a strong insight into architecture today - he shares this with WAN to reveal that buildings need not shrink amidst the financial chaos. 


Future tech schools 

Gensler's Global Head of Education design and the headmaster of tech school prototype, Kent New Line Academy, talk with WAN about the relationship between technology and school design and where this could lead us in the future. 


Educating Design 

Mairi Johnson, Design Director at Partnerships for Schools talks exclusively to WAN about the UK’s ambitious nine billion pound school upgrade programme. 


A message for Boris... 

Prolific London architect Sir Terry Farrell is pushing forward his ambitious vision for the Thames Gateway Parklands and has a clear message for the new London Mayor, Boris Johnson who wants to relocate Heathrow Airport in the Thames Estuary. 


No time for complacency 

WAN’s Michael Hammond catches up with Norman Foster at Barcelona and finds some forthright views on how architects can still find opportunities within a recession.. 


Scott Sarver 

How do you re-model an ancient city for the 21st Century? Scott Sarver, CEO of DeStefano + Partners, tells us how and why this is necessary in the South Korean capital city of Seoul. 


The inaugural World Architecture Festival 2008 

Paul Finch takes us to Barcelona and talks to WAN about the forthcoming extravaganza of architecture. A fascinating insight into the process and reasoning behind the selection of a winner from 722 entries. 


Nick Seierup 

How do changing attitudes and times affect design? Perkins + Will's Nick Seierup discusses how civic building in LA has been affected by generational shifts. 


Live from the Venice Biennale 

Live from Venice, Gareth Hoskins talks to WAN about the importance and relevance of delivering architecture to an international audience. 


Moving to the Empire State 

BBG-BBGM New York's Bruno Grinwis tells WAN about the challenges and glories of making the 1930's icon, the Empire State Building, their new home. 


Getting London on track 

This week’s green light for London’s £16Bn/10 year Crossrail project will create 14,000 construction jobs. Douglas Oakervee, Executive Chairman of London Crossrail talks exclusively to WAN about the challenges facing London’s largest infrastructure undertaking in recent times… 


Exporting the dragon... 

David Roberts CEO Aedas Asia talks exclusively to WAN about how his 750 strong Hong Kong office now reaches out to mainland China, Machau and Dubai.... 


Credit Crunch 

WAN host an exclusive breakfast briefing by Simon Rawlinson of Davis Langdon to discuss how to come out on top in the Credit Crunch. 


Meet the Big Guys 

An exclusive insight into how three basic ground rules helped grow Gensler into the world's largest architectural practice with with 3249 staff in 30 offices. Meet Chris Johnson Managing Principal, Gensler Europe/Middle East and Ken Baker Co-Managing Principal, Genlser Europe/Middle East...

Please accept our apologies for the sound quality in some parts of this recording... 


Peter Murray 

Peter Murray, the man behind the first London Festival of Architecture talks exclusively to Michael Hammond about this huge project. 


Prison Design. Will Alsop thinks outside the box... 

The UK's prison system is in meltdown with the highest incarceration rates in Europe and no viable strategy in sight. Re-offending rates are at an all time high. Will Alsop, one of the UK's most visionary architects has strong views on prison design and recently launched an initiative called Creative Prisons, aimed at challenging current attitudes to prisoner rehabilitation. 


Time travelling with Autodesk 

Phil Bernstein, Vice President, industry strategy and relations for Autodesk AEC takes us back in time to the first Autodesk product and tracks its evolution through the current BIM phase and expores how architectural software may look in the future. 


Unqualified Disaster? 

Alan Weinstein, President of AIA Queens Chapter, tells WAN why some residents of New York think that the Mayor is "insane" following an amendment to the buildings charter which could leave an unqualified person in charge of the city's 975,000 buildings...
Alan would like to clarify that when talking about the architects in relation to the WTC he meant that they entered the surrounding buildings in the days after. He added: "The heroic actions of the emergency workers on that day were superhuman - God Bless the FDNY and the NYPD and all who gave their lives to protect us." 


Jim Stafford 

Jim Stafford, Associate Principle of Perkins and Will, tells WAN about their huge project in India and discusses its indications of a burgeoning Indian economy 


Thierry Renault 

Thierry Renault, Deputy Managing Director of Reed MIDEM gives WAN the low-down on MIPIM, the world's property market. 


Rob Smith 

Rob Smith, Associate at Arups talks to WAN about a new damping system for tall buildings that could enable structures to go even higher. 


Erick van Egeraat 

Erick van Egeraat talks to WAN about his design for Federation Island and how architecture is changing in scale. 


Moshe Zwarts 

Professor Moshe Zwarts from Zwarts & Jansma Architects talks to WAN about his proposals for an underground city in Amsterdam. 


Defender of the Dome 

Senior Director at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Mike Davies, reveals the real story behind the Millennium Dome and talks us through London's new T5. 


David Mangin 

Parisian architect, David Mangin talks exclusively to WAN about the challenges of the redevelopment of the notorious Les Halles in Paris. 


Peter Weingarten & Sudhir Jambhekar 

Peter Weingarten and Sudhir Jambhekar of FX FOWLE talk to WAN about the challenges facing Mumbai...... 


Nick Reynolds 

Nick Reynolds, Principal at HOK Sport takes us on a walkaround at the O2 Arena in London. Please note, this file is 30MB and the tour is over 30 minutes but well worth it! 


Ken Yeang's Eco Skyscrapers 

WAN talks exclusively Ken Yeang about the increasing sustainabilty challenges facing architects and about his new book Eco Skyscrapers


Wheel of fortune 

Creators of the London Eye, David Marks and Julia Barfield talk about the unique challenges they had to overcome to get the wheel off the ground and their vision for London's energy generation. 


Richard Rogers in Paris 

Richard Rogers talks to WAN with his son Abe at the opening of the new retrospective exhibition at the Pompidou Centre in Paris now celebrating its 30th birthday... 


Will Alsop explains his vision for Croydon 

Exclusive interview with Will Alsop discussing the unique challenge of this south London borough. 


2012 Olympic Stadium design unveiled 

Why Olympic design may never be the same. Rod Sheard, stadium architect at HOK Sport, talks to WAN about the dramatic stadium proposal for the 2012 London Olympics. 


Sketches of Frank Gehry - Reaction 

At our very own private screening of Sydney Pollack's short film, Sketches of Frank Gehry, WAN gauges your reaction to the film. 


Cement manufacturers come clean 

Exclusive interview with Howard Klee of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) about the impact of cement manufacture on building design. 


End of an era.... 

WAN talks to Dennis Sharp about the life of Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, who died last week from heart failure. 


Building a winner 

Alexander Schwarz was David Chipperfield’s project architect for this year’s Stirling Prize winning Museum of Contemporary Literature in Germany. We catch up with Alexander at Dusseldorf Airport… 


Daniel Libeskind 

An exclusive WAN interview with inspirational architect Daniel Libeskind, designer of the master plan for ground zero and the world trade center site. 


Al Manakh 

Rem Koolhaas, Mark Wigley and Ole Bouman discuss the history, culture and architecture of The Gulf region at the launch 'Al Manakh' hosted by the Netherlands Architectural Institute in Rotterdam. Please excuse sound quality, due to live on-stage recording. 


Perrault's Parisian visions 

Dominique Perrault designer of the iconic Bibliotheque Nationale meets President Sarkozy and talks exclusively to WAN about the vision for Paris. 


Inside the WTC ' War Room' 

Richard Paul of Rogers Stirk Harbour takes us into the design room at the WTC where three of the world's most prolific firms are collaborating to meet a punishing schedule. 


The Architecture of Parking 

Simon Henley talks exclusively to WAN about his new book, the Architecture of Parking with guest Catherine Croft, director of the Twentieth Century Society. 


Meet the president 

Sunand Prasad, the RIBA's new president joins WAN's new friday programme This Week to discuss current news and provide a unique insight into how he will address some of the challenges facing architects in the UK and abroad. 




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Is London in the shadow of New York? 

WAN's Michael Hammond talks exclusively to Lee Polisano, KPF's president about the differences between architecture in London and New York. 


Building the Burj 

WAN's Michael Hammond in London talks to George Efstathiou of SOM in Chicago. George is managing partner for the project and talks exclusively to WAN about the challenges facing super-tall buildings and the future... 


Exclusive video of Foster and Partner\'s tower in London 

Paul Lynch of glazing specialist Mero Schmidlin gives an insight into the challenges of installing glazing panels above the streets of London - in inclement weather. 


Zaha Hadid wins RIBA Award 

London based Zaha Hadid has won the 2006 Jencks Award. The award is given to an individual who has recently made a major contribution simultaneously to the theory and practice of architecture. Previous recipients include Cecil Balmond, Foreign Offices Architects and Peter Eisenman. The award was given at the RIBA's London headquarters in London this week by Charles Jencks. 


Buildings that answer back? 

An experiment is taking place this week which innovatively allows a building to respond to its design. Machines for singing is sponsored by the UK's arts council and involves "wiring-up" the fabric of the structure with sensors to detect ultra sonic and supersonic responses to activities within the building. 


Evelina Childrens' Hospital 

Find out why this London hospital will set a new benchmark standard in healthcare. Take an audio tour of the new facility with the client's project manager Alastair Gourlay and Hopkins Architects directors Pamela Bate and Andy Barnett. 


Guy Battle 

Founder of international consultancy firm Battle McCarthy talks about the increasing effect environmental issues are having on the shape of architecture 


Chris Wilkinson 

Founder of London based Wilkinson Eyre, twice winner of the UK's Stirling Prize and now designing the world's 4th tallest building. 


Ken Shuttleworth 

30 years as Foster's right hand man, designer of London's Gherkin, Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok airport (the largest building in the world) and Europe's tallest skyscraper, the Commerzbank in Frankfurt.