Design & Build Review: Issue 21

In this issue: Why the 'starchitect' is no guarantee for success, what went wrong with London's Walkie Talkie building, MAD Architects' vision for the future of the Los Angeles tower block, a new concept for urban living form the YO! brand, and more.


Design and Build Review Issue 21

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In this issue we're taking a look at the less successful sides of architecture, starting with the projects that show hiring a 'starchitect' is no guarantee of success. We also look at what went wrong in the development of London's infamous Walkie Talkie building. A

way from the failures of the industry, we look at how MAD Architects wants to green Los Angeles with it conceptual skyscraper, and find out how such buildings can bring nature into the city.

We also look at a project from sushi heavyweights YO! to create compact, morphing apartments, and ask: could the YO! Home be a model for future urban living?

Plus there's an extract from David Watkin's book A History of Western Architecture, a look at contemporary church designs from around the world and a roundup of the latest materials, fixtures and fittings.

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In this issue

Falling Stars
The world's premier cities are competing to secure the talents of architecture's household names for high-profile projects. Chris Lo looks at why hiring a 'starchitect' is no guarantee of a successful result.
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A Disastrous Legacy
London's Walkie Talkie, is a sore sight for many of the capital's residents. Eva Grey investigates what went wrong in the planning, construction and delivery of the building.
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Nature Meets Skyscraper in Los Angeles
Mad Architect's concept skyscraper, designed for an exhibition in Los Angeles about future living in the city, has attracted considerable interest for its green design. Frances Marcellin looks at how it improves upon the conventional city block.
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Fish to Flats
YO! is a brand synonymous with sushi restaurants, but the company wants to help solve house shortages. Its YO! Home - a compact, space-saving apartment - is set to hit the market before the end of the year. We find out more.
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Architecture for the Millennium
The end of the last century was a fascinating time for architecture, as post-modernism mingled with technological change. In this excerpt from his book A History of Western Architecture, architectural historian David Watkin charts the changing styles of the times.
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Contemporary Faith
Religious architecture is an enduring showcase of changing design styles and trends. We look at projects taking modern approaches to church design and how they are capturing a sense of faith in a contemporary manner.
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New In
New building materials, fixtures and fittings are forever coming onto the market. Here we highlight some of the more interesting and innovative products that have recently been unveiled.
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Next issue preview

In the next issue, out in December, we'll look at the innovative architectural designs considered impossible to make into reality. We also find out how urban planning in Dubai is building creativity into the city, ask if it is possible to make homes affordable and zero-carbon and look at fresh approaches to bookstore design. Plus we look at how shipping containers have become a retail revolution, and kick-start a new series on architectural innovators.

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