Archinect - News 2017-07-21T17:04:17-04:00 This Man Designed an AI to Generate British Placenames Nicholas Korody 2017-07-21T12:21:00-04:00 >2017-07-21T12:52:18-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As any American who tuned into the last British election realized, UK placenames are a bit out there (at least to American ears, that is), from Droop in Dorset to Westward Ho! in Devon. So Dan Ho decided to train a (quirky) AI to generate its own.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are some of the ones the computer crafted:</p> <ul><li>Ospley</li><li>Stoke Carrston</li><li>Elfordbion</li><li>Hevermilley</li><li>Ell</li><li>Elle&rsquo;s Chorels</li><li>Capton Briins Forehouint Eftte Green</li><li>Waryburn Torner Midlwood</li><li>Wasts Halkstack</li><li>Kinindworthorpe Marmile</li><li>Dompton Ole</li><li>Dimmer Common</li><li>Pairinggleat</li><li>Catley Holtbridgeham Ruse</li><li>Colon-in Mead</li></ul><p>Check out the full list, as well as how he did it, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Sir David Adjaye + Sadie Morgan join London Mayor Sadiq Khan's "Good Growth by Design" Julia Ingalls 2017-07-11T12:44:00-04:00 >2017-07-11T12:44:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London needs to provide space for 46,000 new jobs and build 50,000 new homes a year just to keep up with demand, as well as build the social infrastructure to support both. Good Growth will enable this, leaving a legacy of world-class buildings, outstanding public realm and large-scale regeneration for Londoners of the future.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Exhibiting both farsightedness and excellent aesthetic taste, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has created a program specifically meant to help anticipate and solve London's growth (experts estimate the city will soon have a population of 10 million). The "Good Growth by Design"&nbsp;program will have an advisory panel of 50 design advisors, including Sir David Adjaye and Sadie Morgan.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>London. Image: Juan Cabanillas via Flickr</figcaption></figure><p>As the mayor explained in a statement, &ldquo;London is facing unprecedented population growth and with that comes challenging work, but also amazing opportunities to deliver a city that is socially integrated, sustainable, healthier, safer and with a world class public realm. We must embrace London&rsquo;s rapid growth with both hands and take this chance to use good architecture and planning to make a real difference to the lives of Londoners. And this is a chance to learn from past mistakes, some of which are still dotted across our city, and blight the lives of the communities that...</p> The Guardian reports on the social housing crisis in the UK Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-26T14:34:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T14:45:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now, although the horror is still raw and much about it is still unknown, it has also become clear that Grenfell exposes in the harshest possible way questions of the current state of social housing, about the accessibility, affordability and quality of homes, and their impact on people&rsquo;s lives.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Guardian's feature&nbsp;examines the new documentary<em> Dispossession: The New Housing Swindle </em>which addresses the build up anger surrounding the issue of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">affordable housing</a> and the failed attempts at combatting it, including&nbsp;Margaret Thatcher's right-to-buy policy&nbsp;and the effects of&nbsp;the 60s and 70s estates renewal. Beyond that, the article also offers recent examples of demolition, displacement through opinions of people that have experienced it firsthand<em>&ndash;</em>former residents of social or council housing. </p> <p><em>"No honest portrayal of the current situation can ignore the fact that the last time government was a major builder of homes it didn&rsquo;t get it all right. But, as it is now blindingly obvious that the market is not going to provide by itself, active building and planning by the public sector looks inevitable. There are ways to achieve new and affordable homes &ndash; by densifying suburbs, encouraging garden cities and, indeed, by renewing council estates &ndash; but none of them are easy. The invisib...</em></p> Meet the world's leading maze designer, Adrian Fisher Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-05T15:07:00-04:00 >2017-06-05T15:07:06-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Adrian Fisher is the world's leading maze designer, having created more than 700 mazes across 32 countries since 1979. "I really do love my job," says the 65-year-old. "It's like I'm a big kid, and creating things that people can play in all day long - who wouldn't want to do that?"</p></em><br /><br /><p>For 38 years, Adrian Fisher has been designing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mazes</a> from his southwest <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">England</a>-based studio. From classical hedges, to carnival mirrors with special effects, Fisher works with a variety of forms and in a variety of scales. His road to becoming the world's leading maze designer was unexpected. He began his career as an accountant while designing mazes as a hobby on the side. When he was 27, Lady Elizabeth Brunner wanted a maze built at her home and Fisher landed the gig. He now employs four permanent staff and typically works with 15 additional specialists, from animators to builders, at any given time.</p> "The new real-estate concept of ethnic cleansing" gets investigated Julia Ingalls 2017-04-04T17:58:00-04:00 >2017-04-04T17:58:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is true that the developers of Europe&rsquo;s largest regeneration project don&rsquo;t appear to do ordinary. But they don&rsquo;t seem to do many black people either...Speak to any property-marketing agency and they will tell you their east-Asian clients are buying a piece of England, which &ndash; for them &ndash; means blond-haired, blue-eyed Burberry models.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a particularly taut and enjoyable piece for the Guardian, Oliver Wainwright investigates the questionable marketing tactics behind a starchitect-studded project in England that is catering mainly to East Asian buyers, among several other structures being sold primarily to off-shore clients. Are the ethics of the profession being comprised to make some cold hard cash? As Wainright notes:</p><p><em>In the computer-generated visions emblazoned across the site hoardings, the bustling cafe-lined streets are inhabited by an almost entirely monocultural society of white thirtysomethings. Women with long blond hair and shopping bags, occasionally accessorised with prams, fill the foreground of a scene drenched with that scorching Miami sunshine so familiar to this part of Britain&rsquo;s capital. &ldquo;New exciting concept coming soon,&rdquo; coos another billboard over a vacant shopfront where this tableau is intended to unfold. The new real-estate concept of ethnic cleansing.</em></p> 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="" width="650" height="470" 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="" 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=""></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=""></p><p>For more on the intersection between art and architecture, check out these original Archinect features:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">paraSITE: the bandage...</a></li></ul> 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="" width="650" height="433" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meet the preservationist trying to revolutionize historic house museums</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rowan Moore on the seemingly erratic decision-making in historic preservation</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015</a></li></ul> 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="" width="650" height="325" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Pay to stay" may boot 60,000 UK families from their homes</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Activism targeting London's housing crisis bubbles to the surface</a></li></ul> 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="" width="620" height="412" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" width="615" height="410" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Pay to stay" may boot 60,000 UK families from their homes</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The (state-facilitated) death of the council house</a></li><li><a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens residents dare Lord Rogers to spend a night in the blighted estate</a></li></ul> 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="" width="592" height="391" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Pay to stay" may boot 60,000 UK families from their homes</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The (state-facilitated) death of the council house</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More and more people are dying as a result of air pollution in England</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Creating a Northern England Powerhouse</a></li></ul> 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="" width="650" height="389" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&#8203;New Delhi mandates odd-even car rationing to fight world's worst air pollution</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reducing Turin's smog with free public transit</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing's latest "airpocalypse" is bad enough for city to issue first ever red alert</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Car-free events significantly improve air quality</a></li></ul> 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="" width="650" height="390" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Not all sidewalks are created equal in D.C.</a></li></ul> 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="" width="650" height="1011" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Arts patrons continue to support the restoration of the Painted Hall at the Christopher Wren-designed <a href="" 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> 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="" width="620" height="958" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" width="650" height="919" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></p><p>All lectures are on Tuesday evenings at Oxford Brookes U...</p> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Great Mistakes in English Medieval architecture Archinect 2014-08-21T13:17:00-04:00 >2014-08-21T19:51:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="979" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" width="591" height="836" 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="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> to find out more.</p> 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="" width="650" height="433" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Residential skyscrapers come of age in Britain Archinect 2012-04-12T12:23:00-04:00 >2012-04-12T12:24:19-04:00 <img src="" width="595" height="335" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Just climbing the shard, whatever...</a></p> 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="" width="650" height="433" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" width="650" height="366" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> buried treasure Paul Petrunia 2011-05-27T19:39:54-04:00 >2011-05-28T16:18:58-04:00 <img src="" width="595" height="362" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>