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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.






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...


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...


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 Read more


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, UN Studio 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.


Words for PC

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.


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