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Topical interviews with the movers and shakers in the world of architecture. Current architectural news, views, insights & panel discussions that go beyond the headlines and dig deeper into the design world.
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Topical interviews with the movers and shakers in the world of architecture. Current architectural news, views, insights & panel discussions that go beyond the headlines and dig deeper into the design world.






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...


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...


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...


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...


The Shanghai Tower – an engineering marvel with symbolic longevity

Broadcasting from Munich at BAU 2017, Michael Hammond is talking facades with Ben Tranel, Principal at Gensler (left) and Professor Thomas Auer, Head of Technology (right).


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...