Archinect - News 2016-07-28T06:43:30-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149949053/a-milkman-s-drawings-capture-bristol-through-8-decades A milkman's drawings capture Bristol through 8 decades Julia Ingalls 2016-06-02T16:38:00-04:00 >2016-06-04T20:39:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/53/53divbej5iv0nhdc.jpg" width="514" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Garth England's] extraordinary drawings, made in Hengrove Lodge care home between 2006 and 2013 and published in a beautiful book called Murdered with Straight Lines, capture the changing city through the eyes of this post-war everyman. Born in Bristol general hospital in 1935, England spent most of his 79 years in the city&rsquo;s suburban south: in Knowle West, Hengrove, Bedminster and Totterdown...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The essence of a city isn't just contained in its physical brick and mortar, but in the memory of its denizens. Garth England, who managed to see virtually every type of structure in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/65960856/bristol-s-architect-mayor-wants-the-city-to-be-a-laboratory-for-change" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bristol</a> in his work as a milk delivery man, began to draw his artistic recollections while in a retirement home, many of which are not only of historical architectural value, but incorporate stories of how certain objects and structures played a role in daily, intimate life:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1t/1to0lgbv90xkyd0n.jpg"></p><p>As the piece notes, <em>&ldquo;There is something very truthful to Bristol&rsquo;s suburban development in the details, almost like a social history,&rdquo; says architectural historian Andrew Foyle, who lives in south Bristol. &ldquo;What struck me was how extraordinarily accurate to specific houses a lot of Garth&rsquo;s work is. If you put the Grange at 258 Wells Road, Knowle&nbsp;into Google Maps, for example, you can see he&rsquo;s completely there.&rdquo;"</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lk/lkp79a553t9rubbp.jpg"></p><p>For more on the intersection between art and architecture, check out these original Archinect features:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149944931/parasite-the-bandage-over-the-nomadic-wound" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">paraSITE: the bandage...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940743/the-price-of-keeping-britain-s-downton-abbeys-from-crumbling The price of keeping Britain's 'Downton Abbeys' from crumbling Alexander Walter 2016-04-14T15:06:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T19:47:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9g/9g6vx64jzrmtybdx.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Downton Abbey is just down the road from us,"&nbsp;Mockler-Barret said.&nbsp;&ldquo;And we&rsquo;re so jealous of Lord and Lady Carnarvon. Although they won&rsquo;t tell us how much they&rsquo;ve made from 'Downton Abbey,'&nbsp;I think they&rsquo;ve done quite well out of it.&rdquo; But that&rsquo;s the fairytale. The residents of Milton Manor will be happy if they can just patch up their inheritance and avoid the&nbsp;humiliation and disgrace&nbsp;of losing the ancestral seat after 250 years of family ownership.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139474587/meet-the-preservationist-trying-to-revolutionize-historic-house-museums" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meet the preservationist trying to revolutionize historic house museums</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135184637/rowan-moore-on-the-seemingly-erratic-decision-making-in-historic-preservation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rowan Moore on the seemingly erratic decision-making in historic preservation</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145579946/brutalism-s-struggle-to-stay-relevant-a-few-more-buildings-we-lost-in-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149937328/a-guide-to-london-mayoral-candidates-and-their-housing-policies A guide to London mayoral candidates and their housing policies Nicholas Korody 2016-03-30T20:56:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T23:46:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/17/170aspr7wxd55hyo.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Which London mayor candidate will fix the capital's housing crisis? There&rsquo;s a short answer to [that] question. It is that none of them will. There are two big reasons for that: one, there&rsquo;s only so much any mayor has the power to do about the city&rsquo;s various housing problems; two, none of the front line candidates are willing to do everything they actually could do. Housing policy is difficult stuff...</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on London's housing woes, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935882/could-a-pop-up-village-in-south-east-london-be-the-answer-to-the-city-s-housing-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Could a pop-up village in south-east London be the answer to the city's housing crisis?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147756307/pay-to-stay-may-boot-60-000-uk-families-from-their-homes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Pay to stay" may boot 60,000 UK families from their homes</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123892522/activism-targeting-london-s-housing-crisis-bubbles-to-the-surface" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Activism targeting London's housing crisis bubbles to the surface</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149937197/another-grade-ii-listed-building-loses-its-protected-status-in-north-east-england Another Grade II listed building loses its protected status in north east England Ellen Hancock 2016-03-30T11:39:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T23:45:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e7/e7dd7cb07945c93dd74ca0e68ef421c5.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A &ldquo;strikingly elegant&rdquo; office building in the north east of England is set to be demolished after losing its protected status just a year on from being listed. It will be the latest in a series of important modernist buildings in the area to be flattened in recent years.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/149937011/bank-of-england-proposes-new-limits-for-buy-to-let-landlords Bank of England proposes new limits for "buy-to-let" landlords Nicholas Korody 2016-03-29T13:00:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T23:40:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/43/43lwh7r8rs6sq97c.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Buy-to-let landlords should face new limits on the amount they can borrow, the Bank of England has proposed. It suggested that lenders should be much stricter when deciding whether or not to grant landlords a mortgage. Instead of just taking their rental income into account, the Bank wants lenders to look at their wider financial situation as well. If adopted, the new rules could reduce lending to landlords by up to 20% over the next three years.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), the newly-proposed standards should "curtail inappropriate lending, and the potential for excessive credit losses."</p><p>The new strictures would take into account the costs a landlord accrues in order to rent a property, tax liabilities associated with the property, a landlord's "personal tax liabilities, 'essential expenditure' and living costs," and, in cases where it supports the loan, a landlord's extra income.</p><p>For more on the real estate landscape of the UK, check out some past Archinect coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147756307/pay-to-stay-may-boot-60-000-uk-families-from-their-homes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Pay to stay" may boot 60,000 UK families from their homes</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145216392/the-state-facilitated-death-of-the-council-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The (state-facilitated) death of the council house</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136203111/new-restrictions-on-public-space-in-england-and-wales-could-make-unusual-or-unpopular-behavior-criminal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New restrictions on public space in England and Wales could make "unusual or unpopular" behavior criminal</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130502087/the-guardian-reveals-how-developers-play-the-planning-system-to-get-around-affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130268199/robin-hood-gardens-residents-dare-lord-rogers-to-spend-a-night-in-the-blighted-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens residents dare Lord Rogers to spend a night in the blighted estate</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935283/in-a-surprise-announcement-uk-gov-to-provide-540m-for-flood-protection In a surprise announcement, UK gov to provide £540m for flood protection Nicholas Korody 2016-03-17T18:20:00-04:00 >2016-03-18T01:17:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ri/rijcbf8nshuesg04.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>English cities and towns left without planned flood defences by government cuts will now get the projects after a surprise &pound;540m boost in funding in Wednesday&rsquo;s budget. The north of England, devastated by winter floods, will get at least &pound;150m of the new money, giving better protection for thousands of homes. The Guardian had revealed that 294 projects in line for funding were left stranded after heavy cuts by David Cameron&rsquo;s coalition government...</p></em><br /><br /><p>For related coverage, take a look at some of these older articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147756307/pay-to-stay-may-boot-60-000-uk-families-from-their-homes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Pay to stay" may boot 60,000 UK families from their homes</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145216392/the-state-facilitated-death-of-the-council-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The (state-facilitated) death of the council house</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146755050/more-and-more-people-are-dying-as-a-result-of-air-pollution-in-england" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More and more people are dying as a result of air pollution in England</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130502087/the-guardian-reveals-how-developers-play-the-planning-system-to-get-around-affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127589042/creating-a-northern-england-powerhouse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Creating a Northern England Powerhouse</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146755050/more-and-more-people-are-dying-as-a-result-of-air-pollution-in-england More and more people are dying as a result of air pollution in England Nicholas Korody 2016-01-28T05:00:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:29:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/za/zamtqwsuqux447sf.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The number of premature deaths attributed to particulate pollution has risen, government figures show. According to Public Health England, the percentage of premature deaths attributable to minute particles known as PM2.5s rose to 5.3% in 2013 in England from 5.1% in 2012. The death rate in London rose to 6.7% from 6.6%. The figures follow significant improvements in air quality across England in 2010 and 2011.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144970663/new-delhi-mandates-odd-even-car-rationing-to-fight-world-s-worst-air-pollution" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&#8203;New Delhi mandates odd-even car rationing to fight world's worst air pollution</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143127994/reducing-turin-s-smog-with-free-public-transit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reducing Turin's smog with free public transit</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142916001/beijing-s-latest-airpocalypse-is-bad-enough-for-city-to-issue-first-ever-red-alert" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing's latest "airpocalypse" is bad enough for city to issue first ever red alert</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139550931/car-free-events-significantly-improve-air-quality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Car-free events significantly improve air quality</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/136203111/new-restrictions-on-public-space-in-england-and-wales-could-make-unusual-or-unpopular-behavior-criminal New restrictions on public space in England and Wales could make "unusual or unpopular" behavior criminal Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-08T18:02:00-04:00 >2015-09-08T18:02:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wx/wx2s924z57qxluby.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Public Space Protection Orders, or PSPOs, came into existence last year under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. Similar to the much-derided anti-social behaviour orders (asbos), PSPOs allow for broad powers to criminalise behaviour that is not normally criminal. But where asbos were directed at individuals, PSPOs are geographically defined, making predefined activities within a mapped area prosecutable.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For a primer to this piece, check out:</p><ul><li><a title="Taking a stand against privately-owned public spaces" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133486545/taking-a-stand-against-privately-owned-public-spaces" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taking a stand against privately-owned public spaces</a></li></ul><p>And for more on contested public spaces:</p><ul><li><a title="Christoper Hawthorne on the recovery of public space in Los Angeles" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123839523/christoper-hawthorne-on-the-recovery-of-public-space-in-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne on the recovery of public space in Los Angeles</a></li><li><a title="Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's &quot;High Line&quot;, but anxiety for its future remains" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129171831/locals-welcome-the-606-a-k-a-chicago-s-high-line-but-anxiety-for-its-future-remains" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's "High Line", but anxiety for its future remains</a></li><li><a title="Not all sidewalks are created equal in D.C." href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128102115/not-all-sidewalks-are-created-equal-in-d-c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Not all sidewalks are created equal in D.C.</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/126377080/old-royal-naval-college-aims-to-restore-40-000-sq-ft-of-its-painted-hall-plan-to-be-unveiled-in-nyc-next-month Old Royal Naval College aims to restore 40,000 sq.ft of its Painted Hall, plan to be unveiled in NYC next month Justine Testado 2015-04-28T19:44:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T19:03:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zq/zqkjkv1orzi61smp.jpg" width="514" height="799" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Arts patrons continue to support the restoration of the Painted Hall at the Christopher Wren-designed <a href="http://www.ornc.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Old Royal Naval College</a> at the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site in Greenwich, London. Over the next three years, the ORNC's three-stage conservation project would clean and restore the remaining 3,700 sq.m. (approx. 40,000 sq.ft) of the Painted Hall, sometimes dubbed "the Sistine Chapel of the U.K." The first phase restored 560 sq.m. of paintings in the Upper Hall back in 2013. The second phase focuses on the Lower Hall, the Vestibule, and the semi-underground King William Undercroft directly beneath the Painted Hall.</p><p>Housed inside King William Court, the Painted Hall was originally built as a dining hall for British naval veterans who lived at the Royal Hospital for Seamen. Once the hall was built, English painter James Thornhill began his 19-year endeavor of painting the interior from 1708 to 1727. As instructed, Thornhill's paintings largely pay tribute to the British Navy a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119583618/preserving-england-s-history-in-concrete Preserving England's history in concrete Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-30T15:11:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T17:39:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ec/ecd5dcc0cabe28ab74ebd0ea0ef30e50.jpg" width="514" height="794" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week, English Heritage ... listed 14 late 20th century office developments as historic monuments. The buildings, all constructed between 1964 and 1984, will now be protected from summary demolition or insensitive remodeling, standing as examples of the best architecture of their period. [...] The buildings being spared might seem extremely modest, even provincial. That could partly be the point&mdash;the buildings are supposed to be representative of their country, after all.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/109722336/get-lectured-oxford-brookes-university-2014-2015 Get Lectured: Oxford Brookes University, 2014-2015 Justine Testado 2014-09-24T15:30:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T23:28:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a9/a9nkbg0lqsifn05w.jpg" width="514" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/493828/fall-2014-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2014</strong></a></p><p>Say hello to another edition of Archinect's <em>Get Lectured</em>! As a refresher, we'll be featuring a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>Our poster today features the 2014-15 OxArch Lecture Series, "Beyond Architects, Beyond Architecture" from OxArch (The Oxford Architecture Society). OxArch is the student society of the Oxford Brookes University School of Architecture in Oxford, England.</p><p><em>Beyond Architects, Beyond Architecture</em> investigates the ways architectural thinking operates outside the immediate field of designing and making buildings. The series also highlights ways non-architects approach their design processes.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>connect@archinect.com</em></a><em>.</em></p><p>All lectures are on Tuesday evenings at Oxford Brookes U...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107635330/the-british-countryside-family-who-are-designing-entire-cities-in-iraq The British countryside family who are designing entire cities in Iraq Alexander Walter 2014-08-28T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:13:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c3/c3185589171dfa72c8e7c90ece3a5111.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The cities we&rsquo;re working on were neglected by Saddam Hussein, so they have little basic infrastructure,&rdquo; says Elliot Hartley, 36, a director of Garsdale Design. But why can&rsquo;t Iraqis redesign their own cities? &ldquo;There has been a massive brain drain of professionals from Iraq over the years, and a lack of investment in local government planning departments, which means that the skills aren&rsquo;t there &ndash; yet,&rdquo; [...]. More improbably yet, only one member of the family firm [...] has set foot in Iraq.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107094585/great-mistakes-in-english-medieval-architecture Great Mistakes in English Medieval architecture Archinect 2014-08-21T13:17:00-04:00 >2014-08-21T19:51:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sk/skxzgbe4q16bx17g.jpg" width="514" height="774" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of the great things about medieval art and architecture is that people just went in and did things. They didn&rsquo;t build models and scale them up, building great cathedrals and abbeys was a learning process as much as anything else. This means many of these apparently perfect aspirations to the Heavenly Jerusalem have some often quite comical mistakes, corrections and bodge-jobs that once you see, you can&rsquo;t unnotice.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/102193096/nicholas-grimshaw-to-offer-mentorships-to-emerging-architects-in-manchester-s-noise-festival-2014 Nicholas Grimshaw to offer mentorships to emerging architects in Manchester’s NOISE Festival 2014 Justine Testado 2014-06-18T21:02:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T22:06:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aa/aatxwnxqp3x73abi.jpg" width="514" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Every year since 2005, the Manchester-based NOISE Festival gives thousands of aspiring architects the opportunity to get their portfolios recognized by some of the design industry's most well-known names. The nationwide Festival, which takes places online and through exclusive events, showcases undiscovered talent in over 14 categories including Architecture, Design, Illustration, Games, Fashion, Music, Fine Art, and Film.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Among the panel of noteworthy Curators who will judge the submissions, British architect Nicholas Grimshaw of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22827902/grimshaw-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a> is this year's Architecture Curator. He'll be offering a one-on-one mentorship to five entrants whose submissions he rates the highest.</p><p>If you're eager to join,<strong> <a href="http://www.noisefestival.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">do it now</a> </strong>-- it's free and open to all ages! The deadline has been extended to <strong>July 6, 2014</strong>.</p><p>Head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/nicholas_grimshaw_to_offer_mentorships_to_young_architects_in_mancheste/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> to find out more.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/78540032/british-ice-cream-shoppe-snugbury-s-creates-a-35ft-straw-dalek-for-50th-anniversary British ice-cream shoppe, Snugbury's, creates a 35ft straw Dalek for 50th anniversary Archinect 2013-08-02T18:58:00-04:00 >2013-08-02T18:59:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8s/8ssujmbpqq9kp8or.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Snugbury's has been erecting its giant straw sculptures for more than 10 years, but this one is by far the most advanced yet. It features two fully movable parts - the head and the gun - and also includes audio. It is the brainchild of engineer Mike Harper, whose team of volunteers have put in an estimated 700 man hours to bring the creation to life.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/65960856/bristol-s-architect-mayor-wants-the-city-to-be-a-laboratory-for-change Bristol's architect mayor wants the city to be a 'laboratory for change' Archinect 2013-01-21T14:11:00-05:00 >2013-01-29T09:28:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/12/127e97c3316c79b84712a3b17f6a576a.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"I'm going to be intolerant of bad architecture," he says, describing how the former head of planning was a highways engineer who "let anything and everything through &ndash; including office blocks stacked on top of multistorey car parks. "My idea of good architecture is about creating place. It's not about providing glitzy iconic buildings, competing one against the other, but how we use the best of what we've got."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/44740295/residential-skyscrapers-come-of-age-in-britain Residential skyscrapers come of age in Britain Archinect 2012-04-12T12:23:00-04:00 >2012-04-12T12:24:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a15519c7a1b7ec0983f7ad9463ae8958.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Because towers take so long to plan and construct, the current crop reflect a vision up to a decade old, reckons Nick Offer of Arup, an engineering firm. Economic conditions and the scale of such projects mean that only the very brave will invest now... In 2010 the coalition scrapped the previous, Labour government&rsquo;s density targets, which were designed to encourage developers to build more units. Instead it has endorsed &ldquo;garden cities&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/44200134/just-climbing-the-shard-whatever" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Just climbing the shard, whatever...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/18926166/carbuncle-cup-2011-mediacityuk-is-crowned-britain-s-ugliest-new-building Carbuncle Cup 2011: MediaCityUK is crowned Britain's ugliest new building Archinect 2011-09-01T13:46:20-04:00 >2011-09-01T13:49:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lc/lcohi4d455nno5f3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There were other strong contenders, but the 2011 Carbuncle Cup for Britain's "ugliest new building" has been awarded to the &pound;600m MediaCityUK. This concatenation of anaemic buildings is the controversial new regional headquarters of the BBC, and home to the media studies faculty of Salford University.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/18816739/get-set-for-druids-in-golf-buggies-at-stonehenge Get set for druids in golf buggies at Stonehenge Archinect 2011-08-31T14:56:46-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d8/d8980ab0362ebffada1d31a57f23b723.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now the British government is preparing to close the road around [Stonehenge], restoring the stones' heathland setting, while a new visitors' centre is constructed 2.5km away. In the new design, hundreds of thousands of sightseers will reach the site via the centre on a lightweight transit system. Expect druids in golf buggies.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/10837669/totally-cosmic-the-life-mounds-of-charles-jencks Totally cosmic: the Life Mounds of Charles Jencks Paul Petrunia 2011-06-22T17:10:33-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c1/c1fa4d2beda9bf9cb5144382e43091af.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Life Mounds are the first thing you see as you drive through the gates of Jupiter Artland, a sculpture park in the grounds of Bonnington House, outside Edinburgh. Newly completed, these eight man-made hills have been shaped by the distinguished US critic, polemicist and&nbsp;designer Charles Jencks. Beautiful&nbsp;things, they rise in stepped ramps sheathed in emerald green turf,&nbsp;clustered around swirling&nbsp;ponds.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/7855502/buried-treasure buried treasure Paul Petrunia 2011-05-27T19:39:54-04:00 >2011-05-28T16:18:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o0/o0uqe8ne06gjvo8f.jpg" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This lovely underground home is slated to be the first zero-carbon home in the North West of England. Designed by Make Architects, this 4-bedroom oasis leaves the views of nature in tact above the ground while creating spaces filled with light and space below the ground plane.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>