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London transplants at the Milano Salone

On the seventh floor of the Rinascente shopping building in Milan there is a lovely outside terrace where you can relax, eat, drink or simply admire the spectacular view of the Duomo immediately opposite. A great way to celebrate the Milan Furniture Fair, especially when the generous party hosts were Vittorio Radice, and from the [...]

Pleasing body and mind

Welcome to the new INSIDE World Festival of Interiors website, and welcome to INSIDE 2014!
We are starting our programme for the year on a high, with the news that designer Nigel Coates has become an Associate Director of INSIDE, and will be helping us make this year’s event bigger and better. He will be joined [...]

Welcome to WAF 2014

Welcome to our new World Architecture Festival website, and greetings from the team here in London. We launched WAF 2014 in Singapore on the 5th March and in Kuala Lumpur on the 6th March. Next week we will be in Cannes, catching up with architects at the MIPIM real estate fair, and the following week [...]

Last chance to enter the WAF awards 2013

I was in Kiev last week for the inaugural Art Space Awards for interior design in the Ukraine, and a spectacular event it was, held in Kiev Opera House. The optimistic atmosphere among those present was very much like that of World Architecture Festival or the Aga Khan Awards - an acknowledgement of inspirational design [...]

An architecture policy would not guarantee quality, but it would set a welcome tone

Ed Vaizey, who really does have an interest in, knowledge of, and liking for architecture, has taken a welcome initiative. His review of the state of British architecture, intended to inform a debate about the desirability of a national architecture policy, will focus minds and raise the status of architecture in Whitehall, possibly to the [...]

What’s in a name? The curious case of the non-architect

Regulation can be a difficult thing, not least the rules surrounding the name or title ‘architect’. Here in the UK, we recently had a farcical situation where our regulatory body, the Architects’ Registration Board, told an architectural magazine that it could not refer to Renzo Piano as an ‘architect’ since he was not registered in [...]

Reflecting on a great event – and looking forward to 2013

All over for another year - and a hugely enjoyable three days it was as we celebrated WAF’s fifth anniversary in our new location, Singapore.
With more than 1,800 attending, this was our biggest audience since our launch in 2008, and it was great to see so many additional delegates from India, [...]

A week to go and it’s looking good!

The fifth World Architecture Festival takes place in Singapore for the first time next week (3 to 5 October). We’re expecting a crowd of about 1,750, which will be the biggest audience since we launched in 2008.
So . . . many thanks to our partner sponsor, GROHE, who have given us great support over the [...]

Venice Biennale a splendid prequel to WAF

This year’s Biennale is a great affair, and the opening provided an opportunity to see architects from across the world who have connections with our very own World Architecture Festival, past and present. On the opening day of the three-day press preview I bumped into Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher, whose MAXXI Museum of XXI [...]

Looking forward to an Asian WAF – but what defines Asia?

I had the pleasure of being a judge on this year’s President’s Design Awards in Singapore, a programme covering not just the built environment, but graphics, products, exhibitions, interiors and landscapes. With invited international jurors as well as locals, the PDA is a well-organized event which demonstrates the commitment of Singapore to the promotion of [...]