Archinect - Features 2016-05-06T11:06:18-04:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/149943012/how-chicks-with-bricks-finds-female-solidarity-and-humour-in-the-uk-s-building-industry How 'Chicks with Bricks' finds female solidarity (and humour) in the UK's building industry Robert Urquhart 2016-05-04T11:06:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T04:55:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b6/b67dltom35egqmn4.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With an easy to remember name, an inclusive attitude and a pragmatic sense of duty, <a href="http://www.chickswithbricks.com/" target="_blank">Chicks with Bricks</a> has been holding networking events in London since 2005 with the aim of inspiring and connecting women in architecture and construction.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/148909269/new-kids-chipping-on-the-old-blocks-the-london-school-of-architecture-s-first-phase New kids chipping on the old blocks – the London School of Architecture's first phase Robert Urquhart 2016-02-25T03:56:00-05:00 >2016-03-10T01:01:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ut/utlc2c0t6itgecg6.jpg" width="514" height="141" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Is contemporary architecture practice forging a new identity for itself through collaboration? What part does education play in this mix?</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/148738958/working-warrior-an-interview-with-katy-marks-of-citizens-design-bureau Working Warrior: an interview with Katy Marks of Citizens Design Bureau Robert Urquhart 2016-02-23T04:50:00-05:00 >2016-02-25T11:07:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vu/vuy2vldurhnnzxqx.jpg" width="514" height="770" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Three awards sit centre stage on the desk of Citizens Design Bureau&rsquo;s tiny office and workshop in Hackney Downs, in East London. First a Sterling Award 2014 for The Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, from CDB founder Katy Marks&rsquo; time at <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/4735/haworth-tompkins" target="_blank">Haworth Tompkins Architects</a>, and then two fresh World Interiors Awards: Best Leisure and Entertainment Venue, again with Haworth Tompkins, and Best Bar for the Royal Court, with <a href="http://archinect.com/lyndongoode" target="_blank">Lyndon Goode Architects</a>. This is no ostentatious display: these are hard-won trophies for an architect with a visionary, warrior-like approach to contemporary practice.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/148351233/screen-print-40-alexandra-lange-s-power-positions-from-dirty-furniture-issue-2 Screen/Print #40: Alexandra Lange's "Power Positions" from Dirty Furniture, issue #2 Nicholas Korody 2016-02-17T17:43:00-05:00 >2016-02-21T23:59:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jo/jomojq0es6bj2v4l.jpg" width="514" height="704" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the high-gloss landscape of design magazines, all tables have been wiped clean. But in practice, things get messy: our desks are cluttered, our kitchens are flecked with sauce, our careers take form or falter as we finger the seams in the Formica. In this issue of <a href="http://dirty-furniture.com/" target="_blank"><em>Dirty Furniture</em></a>, the second in a finite series of six, an object usually shrouded by its ubiquity is illuminated by a series of essays that considers the table not just as a formal object, but also as an architecture and convention that structures our familial, social, political, and spiritual relationships.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/147273569/a-misting-mirror-a-chair-that-shoots-fireworks-and-other-material-experiments-by-soft-baroque A misting mirror, a chair that shoots fireworks, and other material experiments by Soft Baroque Nicholas Korody 2016-02-03T17:44:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T00:27:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t2/t2zjvsjh2mee7bmx.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://softbaroque.com/" target="_blank">Soft Baroque</a>, the London-based design studio founded by Sa&scaron;a &Scaron;tucin and Nicholas Gardner, has made pretty significant ripples in the design world for a practice just barely two years old. Their strange but visually-delightful furniture functions both online and offline, incorporates unwieldy materials like fireworks and water vapor, and treats history like a hunk of clay to be molded. They have an adept and playful way of involving conceptual elements in their work that makes you wonder how form and function alone ever seemed like sufficient ends for a design &ndash; or, at the very least, why your living room table is so boring.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/145288644/new-year-new-you-how-a-few-uk-firms-are-switching-up-their-game New year, new you: how a few UK firms are switching up their game Robert Urquhart 2016-01-14T05:48:00-05:00 >2016-01-16T22:40:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dj/dj3vu7qe3x0y8b5v.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's that time again &ndash; the fresh slate of a new year, the bloat of holidays past and the intent to make good on promises to oneself. Evolution through resolution. Before Christmas, I'd attended a talk organised by London&rsquo;s Museum of Architecture&nbsp;entitled &ldquo;Alternative Careers in Architecture,&rdquo; with guest speakers Chris Romer-Lee, director and co-founder of Studio Octopi&nbsp;and Carl Turner of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/83073930/carl-turner-architects" target="_blank">Carl Turner Architects</a>. The event was a perfect opportunity for reflection on career progress, work-life management and future ambitions &ndash; the main points of which are served up here, in three parts.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/143690626/playing-to-the-house-architecture-s-unconventional-performance-in-film-and-theatre Playing to the House: architecture's unconventional performance in film and theatre Robert Urquhart 2015-12-23T02:59:00-05:00 >2015-12-26T16:42:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dx/dxtx4hkevfbuprhx.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>During the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/139482631/in-tempestuous-london-design-leads-the-evolution-archinect-s-report-from-the-front-lines-of-the-london-design-festival" target="_blank">2015 London Design Festival</a>, Groves Natcheva Architects exhibited a short film they'd made, entitled <em>Black Ice</em>. Written by Adriana Natcheva's brother and shot entirely in his house &ndash; which the architects had designed, and located across the balcony from where Groves Natcheva is based &ndash; the film is a powerful study in dark, brooding suspense. Indeed, so much was made of the &ldquo;psychotic&rdquo; plot of <em>Black Ice</em> by certain elements of the design press, that perhaps the real essence of the film was missed.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing London's Bleak Housing Robert Urquhart 2015-12-18T05:00:00-05:00 >2015-12-24T18:22:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bn/bn24v1zn0v6juiln.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The housing crisis in London has rumbled on for decades, its supply never quite catching up with the demands of its own population growth. Council stock has been sold off without being replaced, creating an un-developable green belt around it &ndash; a victim, in part, to its success as a hip, modern, international financial centre, and purveyor of &ldquo;Olde Worlde&rdquo; charm.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/142594913/science-nonfiction-bringing-emerging-technologies-into-the-uk-s-architecture-education Science Nonfiction: bringing emerging technologies into the UK's architecture education Robert Urquhart 2015-12-05T04:00:00-05:00 >2015-12-09T01:09:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pg/pgwc7dq94bpopgkn.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Taking stock of emergent technologies at The Bartlett and the Architectural Association in London &ndash; two of the most innovative and genre-pushing architectural education institutions worldwide &ndash; it&rsquo;s difficult to not be in awe of the possibilities. Michael Weinstock, Director of the Emergent Technologies and Design at the AA, describes the current state of just what &ldquo;emerging&rdquo; means: "I think we are at a kind of break point where we are just starting to get free of the imitation of previous ways of doing things. We've already got the efficiency, fewer people, fewer materials &ndash; that's the first goal, that's established. But let's remember that emerging technology is the outcome of an evolutionary process."</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/139482631/in-tempestuous-london-design-leads-the-evolution-archinect-s-report-from-the-front-lines-of-the-london-design-festival In tempestuous London, design leads the evolution: Archinect's report from the front lines of the London Design Festival Robert Urquhart 2015-11-03T13:20:00-05:00 >2015-12-23T13:07:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8j/8jlmkkvd6m1t95h8.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>London may currently be undergoing a regenerative process akin to heavyweight cosmetic surgery, but under its shiny new surface remains a cranky old soul. The surgery is not without complications: the lack of affordable housing makes mainstream news on a regular basis. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130714691/london-is-eating-itself" target="_blank">Gentrification</a>, displacement of communities and encroaching globalization where one size fits all, has brought about an identity crisis to this brisk and confident city.&nbsp;But despite this crisis, the creative industries that form the largely unwitting infantry for property developers march on. <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/event/the_london_design_festival_2015/" target="_blank">The London Design Festival</a> is at the vanguard of this march.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/121127644/upstarts-martha-read-architects UpStarts: Martha Read Architects Julia Ingalls 2015-02-20T09:48:00-05:00 >2015-02-22T20:41:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kj/kj15sykvah1jr7mw.jpg" width="514" height="855" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Founded in 2012 by former literature student and obituary writer Martha Read, UK-based Martha Read Architects is the distillation of multiple cultural sensitivities, honed over decades of teaching, writing, and working globally.</p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/11336/upstarts" target="_blank"><strong>UpStarts</strong></a>&nbsp;is a series of features on the foundations of contemporary practice. It will have a global reach in which practices from Europe, North America, Asia, and beyond will be asked to address the work behind getting the work, and the effect of cultural contexts. The focus will be on how a practice is initiated and maintained. In many ways, the critical years of a fledgling design partnership is within the initial five years, after the haze and daze of getting it off the ground.&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/11336/upstarts" target="_blank">UpStarts</a></strong>&nbsp;surveys the first years of practice as a tool for tracking the tactics of the rapidly evolving methods for sustaining a practice.</em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/105321273/showcase-concrete-house-by-studio-gil ShowCase: Concrete House by Studio Gil Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-29T14:22:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T18:05:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y6/y6t5uucm7h2wnejn.jpg" width="514" height="571" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/51925022/studio-gil" target="_blank">Studio Gil</a>&rsquo;s extension of a Victorian terraced house in East London works from the inside out. Situated in a conservation area in the Mile End neighborhood, "Concrete House" maintains its exterior cladding while opening up its interior to the outside, knitting together remodeled inner spaces and exterior views.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/90699107/showcase-10-hanover-st-by-squire-and-partners ShowCase: 10 Hanover St by Squire and Partners Archinect 2014-01-08T20:17:00-05:00 >2014-01-25T01:33:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t1/t10jyrmf9fnb4pvy.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/1518/showcase" target="_blank"><strong>ShowCase</strong></a> is an on-going feature series on Archinect, presenting exciting new work from designers representing all creative fields and all geographies.</p><p><em>We are always accepting nominations for upcoming ShowCase features - if you would like to suggest a project, <a href="http://archinect.com/about/contact.php" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/88776771/in-focus-edward-neumann In Focus: Edward Neumann Archinect 2013-12-17T17:23:00-05:00 >2013-12-23T18:28:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y9/y9vbc8kcnwjykhqv.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/7347/in-focus" target="_blank"><strong>In Focus</strong></a> is Archinect's series of features dedicated to profiling the photographers who help make the work of architects look that much better. What has attracted them to architecture? How do they work? What type of equipment do they use? What do they think about seeing their work in blogs?</p> <p> In this feature, we talk to London-based photographer <a href="http://emcn.co.uk/" target="_blank">Edward Neumann</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/56310866/student-works-fallen-star Student Works: Fallen Star Elif Erdine 2012-09-05T10:00:00-04:00 >2012-12-13T23:08:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f3/f3uns05w3rd7qt6x.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> &ldquo;Fallen Star&rdquo; is an installation set between biomimetics, interaction, and perception. It is the final working prototype of the Architectural Association (AA) DLAB Visiting School which took place in AA London and AA Hooke Park during July 23 &ndash; August 5, 2012.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/14049321/a-spoonful-of-sugar-helps-the-medicine-go-down A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down Chris Hildrey 2011-07-21T12:00:00-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eo/eop37zzjdzijdbwv.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In this feature Bartlett student (and <a href="http://v2.archinect.com/schoolblog/blog.php?id=C0_453_39" target="_blank">Archinect school blogger</a>), Chris Hildrey, discusses some critical issues in the architecture industry, such as the core sustainability of the practice of architecture, as it relates to other industries, and unpaid labor. He also takes us to a fun London architecture event to show us the sweeter side of our profession.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/448/millbank-pier Millbank Pier Archinect 2004-06-06T11:27:00-04:00 >2012-11-29T19:12:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nl/nlwbsj3rc9pxhi2f.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The Millbank Millennium Pier by the architecture practice of David Marks and Julia Barfield is the latest addition to the riverbus transport network serving the Thames River. London River Services (LRS) created a new route to provide a riverboat link between Millbank and the Millennium piers, effectively connecting both the Tate Britain and the Tate Modern by a convenient and tourist-friendly method of transportation. The route also includes a stopover at Waterloo pier, on the foot of the London Eye (also designed by Marks and Barfield), thus providing access to the Saatchi gallery, a third important gallery along the route.</p>