What About Happy Holidays?

WAI Wishes You Happy Holidays

What About WAI's 100k?

wai-architecture.com Reaches 100,000 Readers

WAI's www.wai-architecture.com and http://waiarchitecture.blogspot.com/ have reached the milestone of 100 thousand readers. Thank you for reading WAI and remember that you can follow us on Facebook.

What About WAI in Clam?

WAI Featured in Clam Magazine

The winter / fall issue of Paris-based creative magazine Clam is dedicated to Happiness and includes interviews with artists, musicians, models, and all forms of creative personalities from around the world.  The 26th issue of Clam magazine features musician Esperanza Spalding on the cover. 

Go and get a copy of Clam on a bookshop near you. 
Subscribe to Clam here.

What About a Pin-Up of Pure Hardcorism?

WAI has been featured in Pin-Up Magazine

The fall/ winter issue of the magazine for architectural entertainment Pin-Up features a review of WAI's manifesto of pure form in architecture. Stephan Froese introduces WAI directors "Nathalie Frankowski from France and Cruz Garcia from Puerto Rico are young Beijing-based architects who aren't afraid of making loud statements and taking on architecture's old guard" and then dissects Pure Hardcorism in what he calls an exhibition of "bravado that boldly walks the line between an ambiguously tongue-in-cheek polemic and a delirious architectural gospel".

For more of the review find the 13th issue of Pin-Up Magazine in your favorite bookshop or order the magazine here.

What About WAI at World Architects and Chinese Architects?

WAI featured on World-Architects and Chinese-Architects.com

The curated platform world-architects.com, and chinese-architects.com features the profile of WAI Architecture Think Tank.  The overview includes information about specific architectural projects, biographical links and all the contact information of WAI.

What About Cities of the Avant-Garde Video?

Généalogie d'un collage

WAI’s video narrative « Généalogie d'un collage » is now available on Vimeo. The video displays the creation of the collage Cities of the Avant-Garde, as well as one of the poems that were developed with the iconic image.

Asap Rocky “Peso” (2011)
Jan Garbarek & Agnes Buen Garnas “Rosensfole” (1988)

What About a Week of WAI?

A Week of WAI in Moving Cities

Shanghai-based think tank Moving Cities (Bert de Muynck & Monica Carrico) have featured a post on their webpage about a week of WAI. WAI in a Week narrates through descriptive text and a series of images a week of the work, life, and projects of WAI co-founders Nathalie Frankowski and Cruz Garcia. WAI in a Week has been divided in two parts. The first one can be accessed here and the second one here.  

What About the WAIzine in Bratislava?

Image from http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fakulta-Architekt%C3%BAry-STU/51610096561

WAIzine goes to Bratislava with Archizines

The World Tour of the Archizines Exhibition has just opened in the Faculty of Architecture of the Slovak Technical University in Slovakia. The exhibition that started the 5th of November will be on display until November 23.

Next stop of the Archizines show is Dublin.

For more info stay tuned to WAI.   

What About Archizines Opening in Chile?

Image from: http://www.facebook.com/ARCHIZINESSantiago

Archizines opens in Santiago de Chile

The Archizines exhibition displaying now 80 contemporary architectural publications has opened its doors to the public in el Centro Gabriela Mistral in the Chilean Capital. Go and read the WAIzine and other independent magazines.
Remeber that apart from the limited edition printed issues the WAIzine 1, and WAIzine 2 can be read on ISSUU.

Archizines Santiago Exhibition Space 

What About It? Part 1 

What About It? Part 2 

Opening events of Archizines Santiago
Image from Plataforma Arquitectura 

What About WAI, Khidekel, and Icons in Studio Magazine?

Cover Studio Magazine #03: Icon, Milan 2012

WAI  has been featured in Studio Magazine #03 Icon

The third issue of Milan-based Studio Magazine features WAI’s “Lazar Khidekel and the Possibility of a Revolutionary Architecture”. The magazine created by RRC Studio in Milan focuses on its third edition on the architectural icon, and  includes contributions by Klaus, BIG, Guido Tesio, Leslie Sklair, Franco Purini, Leopold Lambert, Alicia G. Yeste, Fake Industries, Nicola Emery, Jose Davila, Stefano Corbo, Leo Caillard, Scott Budzynski, Boa Mistura, Luis S. Baptista, Serafina Amoroso, and Clet Abraham.

The digital version of Studio Magazine #03 can be accessed in ISSUU.  

Spread with "Lazar Khidekel and the Possibility of a Revolutionary Architecture"

Back Cover Studio Magazine #03:Icon

What About WAI in Domus China?

Domus Greater China
September 2012

WAI featured in Domus China

The Greater China September issue of Domus includes a chinese translation of Ethel Baraona Pohl piece From Line to Hyperreality. The text dissects the work of WAI, Aristide Antonas, Perry Kulper, and François Roche in order to draw the state of architectural representation today. In the printed as well as in the online edition WAI’s collage Cities of the Avant-Garde can be enhanced in augmented reality by the Aurasma app sending you to Le Poème de WAI

From Line to Hyperreality

Spread featuring WAI's Cities of the Avant-Garde

What About WAI at Surge Art Fair 2012?

Study No.1
120cm x 120cm
47 1/4" x  47 1/4"
Oil on Canvas

Garcia Frankowski's Islands and Architectons Oil Paintings Featured on Surge Art Fair in Shanghai

Several of the oil paintings made by WAI co-founders Cruz Garcia and Nathalie Frankowski have been selected to form part of the Surge Art Fair in Shanghai.
Artworks for upcoming contemporary artist in China will be up for grabs on one of the biggest contemporary art events.
“The eagerly anticipated SURGE Shanghai art fair will make its debut on October 20-21st 2012 at Shanghai’s River South Art Center. Showcasing contemporary artwork from around China, we’re bringing you a diverse mix of oil paintings, limited edition prints, breathtaking photography and hand painted sculptures – with every artwork under 30,000 RMB. Whether you’re a first-time buyer who’s easing into the art world or an experienced buyer who knows what they want, the fair has something that will peak everyone’s interest.”

Dates: Friday October 19th (VIP Preview), Saturday October 20th and Sunday October 21st
Time: 10am to 8pm

Location: River South Arts Center, Shanghai

For more information go here.

What About Archizines in Brussels and Santiago?


Archizines goes to Brussels and Santiago de Chile

The Archizines exhibition featuring the WAIzine is traveling to WAI’s birthplace and to Santiago de Chile.

More Info about Archizines Brussels:

5 October – 3 November 2012
Faculté d'architecture La Cambre-Horta (ULB)
ARCHIZINES LIVE: Friday 5 October

More info about Archizines Chile:


18 de octubre – 11 de noviembre de 2012
BiblioGAM _ Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral, Alameda Bernardo O’Higgins 227, Santiago
Martes a viernes: 10.00 AM – 8.00 PM
Sábados y domingos: 11.00 AM – 7.00 PM
Cerrado el lunes.
con Elias Redstone y los editores de SPAM y Public Library, Pablo Brugnoli y Emilio Marín.
Invitado Especial: André Tavares.
Miércoles 17 de octubre, 7.30 PM, BiblioGAM.
Créditos de ARCHIZINES Santiago
Curador: Elias Redstone
Montaje: Emilio Marin, Juan Carlos López
Diseño gráfico: Folch Studio
Producción: Patricio Mardones – Ediciones ARQ

What About WAI at the BJDW?

Presentation by Nathalie Frankowski and Cruz Garcia

WAI at the Beijing Design Week

As part of the Manifesto Series organized by the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), TEXTENT Group and Dutch Design, Fashion and Architecture WAI participated on a roundtable discussion moderated by Aric Chen (Creative Director of the Beijing Design Week).

Held at the CCD Pavilion designed by Ai Wei Wei the presentations and following discussion included WAI co-founders Nathalie Frankowski and Cruz Garcia, photographer Ruben Lundgren (co-founder WassinkLundgren), graphic designer Shoupin Zhang (founder MAX Office), and graphic designer Celine Lamee (LAVA Design).  

As diverse as the projects in each of the presentations were the discussion concentrated on the ambitions, capacities and limitations of architecture, graphic design, and photography. 

Simultaneously, WAI’s project the Housetelier is being exhibited at the Dashila Factory Area during the Beijing Design Week. 

Presentations at  CCD Pavillion in Caochangdi moderated by Aric Chen (second from the left), Shoupin Zhang (left),
Nathalie Frankowski (second from the right), and Cruz Garcia

Presentation by WAI co-founders Nathalie Frankowski and Cruz Garcia

Presentation by WAI co-founders Nathalie Frankowski and Cruz Garcia

Discussion moderated by Aric Chen, included Nathalie Frankowski, Cruz Garcia, Celine Lamee, Shoupin Zhang, and Ruben Lundgren


What About WAI at Dashila?


Housetelier at night: urban lantern

For the Beijing Design Week WAI responded to an invitation to rethink the Dashila District through specific architectural interventions that could renovate the area.
The result is the Housetelier, which reuses the courtyard typology of the Chinese hutong and converts it into a mixture of atelier, house, gallery and office.
Dashila Site Plan

Can architecture be an urban catalyst? How to regenerate an urban zone with interventions of specific forms of architecture?
By designing a space based on the three points of work, exhibit and live, the Housetelier creates the ideal conditions to attract creative enterprises that could enhance the urban context in the Dashila District both by contributing to its micro economy and by fomenting cultural and intellectual exchange through activities and events.
Couryard + Gallery + Atelier 

Conceived as an architectural prototype for urban re-development, the Housetelier integrates office space, gallery space, and living space in a seamless architectural strategy. By creating spaces that are visually related to a central courtyard, but that could also be accessed independently, the Housetelier could be used by up to three different tenants simultaneously.
The first level of the building situates at each of the four sides of the courtyard an atelier, service space (kitchen, storage, and restrooms), office space, and gallery space in a sequence of spaces that relate visually and spatially.
The Second Level of the building includes a residential apartment whose main spaces are arranged around the central courtyard.
Housetelier at day:abstract box

Treated with a translucent polycarbonate main façade, the Housetelier looks radically neutral during the day, while it turns into a kaleidoscopic lantern during the night, inviting those who wander around to discover the contents of the building.   

Plan Level 1
Plan Level 2

What About Caochangdi in BJDW?

Caochandi Copyright CCD

WAI Live Discussion at Caochangdi Art Community

WAI will take part of a roundtable discussion “City as Site” on Friday October 5, the closing day of the Manifesto Series organized by the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) and supported by the Dutch Design Fashion Architecture, Beijing Design Week, and Caochangdi Community.
Moderated by Aric Chen (Creative Director Beijing Design Week) the discussion will include as its participants Jeremi Descamps (Urbanism, Sinapolis, France), Neville Mars (Architecture, MARS Architects, Netherlands), Noortje Boer and Celine Lamee (Graphic Desing, LAVA, Netherlands), Shoupin Zhang (Graphic Design, Max Office, China) and Ruben Lundgren (Photography, WassinkLundgren, Netherlands).
For more information stay logged on to WAI.

Time: October 5, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
Venue: Caochangdi, collaboration with CCD Table Talk Program.
Jeremi Descamps (Urbanism, Sinapolis, France)
WAI Architecture Think Tank (Architecture, China)
Neville Mars (Architecture, MARS Architects, Netherlands)
Noortje Boer and Celine Lamee (Graphic Desing, LAVA, Netherlands)
Shoupin Zhang (Graphic Design, Max Office, China)
Ruben Lundgren (Photography, WassinkLundgren, Netherlands)

The WAIzine goes to Helsinki

The Archizines exhibition goes to Artek in Helsinki. The Exhibition will be on display from September 12 to September 29.  

The WAIzine goes to Paris

The Archizines exhibition goes to the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris. The Exhibition will be on display from the 6th of September, until the 27 of the same month.
For the Booklet of the talks go here
WAI Live Webcast

WAI Goes Live Across China

WAI Architecture Think Tank presented and discussed its projects on a live webcast with more than 500 online users across China. The project that brought together students and professionals from all corners of the country was moderated from Beijing by www.iarch.cn and questions sent through the net were addressed after the presentation. 

To Watch the video of the presentation go here or go to iarch.cn .

Live Discussion Panel