Super Shopping Centre opens in London – mixed reactions

Westfield London – a new 1.7 billion pound shopping centre has opened to mixed reviews. Many think that the architecture may be understated and could be more grand and uplifting and that it feels like a place just for retailers to push their wares.

In recent years more and more shopping malls are becoming the ‘town squares’ of suburbs and cities with more and more emphasis placed on the secondary uses of shopping malls such as dining out, concerts, people watching and general passive recreation rather than consumption. Although these secondary activities are not welcome by some shopping centre managements.

What do you think of the new Westfield London merely a place to shop or does it add more to the community and area?

Improving Montreal will take more than attracting one star architect

Henry Aubin, The Gazette’s regional affairs columnist, heralds the coming of star French architect Paul Andreu to a corner of the Quartier des spectacles as, if not a mythical event, “one that will breathe a breath of fresh air for the city’s stuffy insular architectural establishment.”

SOURCE: The Gazette – Improving Montreal will take more than attracting one star architect.

Irish architects win World Building of the Year for Milan development | Europe | News

Irish firm Grafton Architects have won the first ever World Building of the Year award for their new faculty building for the Luigi Bocconi University in Milan.

SOURCE: Propertywire.com – Irish architects win World Building of the Year for Milan development

Architecture can focus on L.A.’s shared spaces – Los Angeles Times

Christopher Hawthorne of L.A. Times looks at “Amid a period in which bolder has meant bigger, the economic slowdown could help push architects to imagine, identify and define new paths.”

Looking at the current financial crisis and how architecture could benefit in the long term.

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Architecture can focus on L.A.’s shared spaces

World Architecture Festival – Day 2 Awards

New & Old – Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian Institution, USA by Foster + Partners

Office – Duoc Corporate Building, Chile by Sabbagh Arquitectos

Pleasure – Sheep Stable, Netherlands by 70F Architecture

Production – BMW Welt – Event, Exhibition and Automobile Delivery Center, Germany by Coop Himmelb(l)au

Religion & Contemplation – Dornbusch Church, Germany by Meixner Schlüter Wendt Architekten

Sport – Sports Hall Bale, Croatia by 3LHD Architects

Shopping – K:fem, Sweden by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB

Private Houses – Final Wooden House, Japan by Sou Fujimoto Architects

Transport – Nordpark Cable Railway, Austria by Zaha Hadid Architects

Along with the eight category winners from yesterday, these nine projects will re-present to the super-jury tomorrow, competing for World Building of the Year.

read more @ the SOURCE: World Architecture Festival – Barcelona 22-24 October 2008.

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