Design & Build Review: Issue 30

In this issue: The planning controversy shaking Glasgow, architect Sophie Nguyen on creating with colour and the impact of Brexit, our thoughts on the Aga Khan Award for Architecture shortlist and much more


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In this issue we turn our attention to Glasgow, where proposals for the city’s Park Quadrant area have proved highly controversial. With claims that the project is not in keeping with the area compounded by allegations of attempted manipulation of the planning process, we consider what next for this complex project.

In the wider United Kingdom the prospect of Brexit is causing no end of concerns for architects and the construction industry. In special double feature, we speak to French architect Sophie Nguyen, who works predominantly in the UK, about the issues Brexit has raised, as well as how her innovative use of colour and light defines her projects.

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture, which recognises outstanding building projects from countries with significant Muslim presence, recently announced its shortlist for this year. We look through the 19 nominees to highlight our favourite designs.

Plus, we look at some of the most engaging and innovative restaurant designs from around the world. Hospitality is often a field where designers have greater freedom to experiment, and these projects certainly push the envelope.

And if that wasn’t enough, we look at the defining buildings of Japanese architect Toyo Ito’s career thus far, consider the work of a promising architecture student and highlight some of the latest materials, fixtures and fittings.

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In this Issue

Developers, Residents and the German Government

It’s not unusual to see developers and local residents opposing one another, but proposals to build on Glasgow, UK’s Park Quadrant have been particularly controversial. We speak to Park and Woodland Heritage about its vociferous defence of the site.

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Sophie Nguyen: Creating With Colour

French architect Sophie Nguyen has extensive design experience in France and the UK, where she set up her own design studio in 2003. We talk to Nguyen about her career to date, and her ideas on circulation, colour and light.

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Sophie Nguyen: Views on London and Brexit

In the second part of a two-part interview feature, French architect Sophie Nguyen discusses London’s property market. What’s the situation with planning in the UK capital, and how could Brexit affect architects and designers working in the city?

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The Aga Khan Award for Architecture Every three years hundreds of building projects from countries with a significant Muslim presence compete in the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. This year, out of 348 projects, 19 have made the shortlist across 14 countries. Here we look at three of these innovative architectural designs.

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A Matter of Taste

Restaurants often reflect the interior zeitgeist of the day, but they can also provide some of the most innovative and avant-garde designs. Here we look at some recent projects from around the world that have produced striking and inspiring results.

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A Career in Buildings: Toyo Ito

Japanese architect Toyo Ito is widely considered to be one of the world's most influential and innovative designers. A pioneer of conceptual architecture, his work explores the blending of virtual and physical space as well as the role of architecture within cities. Here we look at some of the most defining buildings of his career so far.

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Future Greats

Every month we peruse the work of hundreds of students and recent graduates to discover those who show considerable promise. This month we’re looking at the portfolio of a student from the Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology.

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New In

The architecture world is forever being bombarded with new materials, fixtures and fittings. Here we look at some of our favourites from the products being pushed this month.

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Next issue preview

In the next issue of Design & Build Review, out in September, we’re turning attention to environmentally friendly design. We’ll look at how technological developments are making skyscrapers greener, and hear from Professor Brian Evans about the role of green spaces in cities.

We’ll also talk to startup Circology about its digital platform, which is designed to reduce waste in the construction industry.

Plus we consider how the Sydney Opera House drove the development of modern engineering, and feature a retrospective on the remarkable career of the late Zaha Hadid.

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