Archinect - News 2016-02-08T01:02:13-05:00 More and more people are dying as a result of air pollution in England Nicholas Korody 2016-01-28T05:00:00-05:00 >2016-01-28T10:15:26-05:00 <img src="" 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="" 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> Infrastructure or advertisement? Sky to sponsor the Garden Bridge Nicholas Korody 2016-01-14T04:00:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T00:13:10-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hey London, how do you feel about a major span across the Thames being corporately sponsored? Because that's what's going to happen with the Garden Bridge. It's just been announced that Sky, the media behemoth owned by Rupert Murdoch, has given an undisclosed amount to the Garden Bridge Trust. But this is no altruistic gesture: one of the gardens on the bridge "will be named by Sky".</p></em><br /><br /><p>As the article <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">notes</a>, there are a slew of issues &ndash; besides aesthetic ones &ndash; plaguing the newest Thames crossing. First, Sky is set to sponsor the bridge. Second, attendance projections suggest that queues will be necessary and South Bank will get even more crowded (so much for expediting travel). Third, your cell phone <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">will be tracked</a> while on the bridge.</p><p>Yikes.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Has London finally found a Thames bridge that everyone can get behind?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Has London finally found a Thames bridge that everyone can get behind?</a></li><li><p><a title="London Garden Bridge will track visitors' phone signals, submitted plan says" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Garden Bridge will track visitors' phone signals, submitted plan says</a></p></li><li><p><a title="London's Garden Bridge endangered by public funding shortfall" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Garden Bridge endangered by public funding shortfall</a></p></li><li><p><a title="London's oligarch-transformation continues with a &quot;sky pool&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's oligarch-transformation continues with a "sky pool"</a></p></li><li><p><a title="As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead</a></p></li></ul> The (state-facilitated) death of the council house Nicholas Korody 2016-01-08T02:13:00-05:00 >2016-01-08T08:44:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Whereas residents were once all long-term tenants, in the 35 years since Margaret Thatcher encouraged people to buy &ndash; and therefore sell &ndash; their council flats and houses, the population of places like this has become ever more transient. In particular, homes that were once council properties are now often owned by buy-to-let landlords who rent them out on a short-term basis.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Encroaching on the green belt: UK loosens protections on rural land Nicholas Korody 2015-12-16T17:46:00-05:00 >2015-12-16T17:46:15-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If there is one thing Britons dislike more than their country&rsquo;s housing shortage, it is the idea of building more houses. Even as a lack of homes has sent prices through the roof... cities have remained ringed by protected &ldquo;green belts&rdquo; of land that are off-limits to developers. Attempts to build on them provoke outcry. But on December 7th the government published a consultation on letting councils allocate &ldquo;appropriate small-scale sites in the green belt specifically for starter homes&rdquo;...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Assemble wins Turner Prize, becoming first architects to win "UK's most prestigious art prize" Nicholas Korody 2015-12-07T16:20:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T23:16:55-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="409" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 18 members of London-based Assemble were named winners of the 31st Turner prize on Monday night, receiving their &pound;25,000 prize from the Sonic Youth co-founder and artist Kim Gordon at an awards dinner broadcast live on Channel 4 from Tramway, Glasgow. Assemble are the first non-artists, in the strictest sense of the word, to win the prize. They were nominated for their work tackling urban dereliction in Toxteth, Liverpool...</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Assemble</a>, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architecture-ish</a> collective known for their direct action urban interventions, has just won the prestigious Turner Prize. Working "across the fields of art, architecture and design," they are the first non-artists, in the strictest sense,&nbsp;to win the prize, and the first whose work so directly contends with the urban environment.<br><br>Specifically, Assemble was praised for their work in Toxteth, Liverpool, that involved using design to improve the living conditions and the houses of a derelict area called Granby Four Streets.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>"[Assemble] draw[s] on long traditions of artistic and collective initiatives that experiment in art, design and architecture," the judges stated. "In doing so they offer alternative models to how societies can work. The long-term collaboration between Granby Four Streets and Assemble shows the importance of artistic practice being able to drive and shape urgent issues.&rdquo;<br><br>With their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Granby Four Streets project</a>, Assemble created a showroom to display product...</p> National council member accuses RIBA of "institutional racism", prompting investigation Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-04T19:40:00-05:00 >2015-12-13T11:27:40-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Elsie Owusu] alleged that the election [for Riba&rsquo;s vice-president of practice and profession] was rigged in favour of a rival candidate, and in a complaint to Riba&rsquo;s president, Jane Duncan, she claimed it was &ldquo;tantamount to institutionalised racism in my view&rdquo;. [...] &ldquo;The banter, discrimination and treating black people worse than other staff goes through architecture like a stick of rock. It&rsquo;s absolutely disgraceful and it starts at the top with Riba."</p></em><br /><br /><p>In response to Owusu's allegation, RIBA has initiated a formal investigation, and states that a report will be filed in time for discussion at the next national council meeting in March of 2016.</p><p>According to the Guardian, the allegations include not only accusations that the election of the Vice President of Practice and Profession was rigged in favor of&nbsp;Owusu's competing candidate, who is not black, but also references "sexist" banter by council members.</p><p>Also as quoted in the Guardian, Owusu invokes the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Equality Act of 2010</a>&nbsp;in her claim that being passed over in the election constitutes institutional racism:</p><p><em>And this is an example: when there are two people up for a job, one an elected member, the other not, to use the weight of the institution from the president&rsquo;s chair to support a white person over a black person, when we are both equally qualified, to me is the institution using its power to support behaviour that is tantamount to racism.</em></p><p>More details on the allegations can be foun...</p> A new London Tube map shows walking times between stations Nicholas Korody 2015-11-11T05:41:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T23:31:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="393" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Transport bosses have unveiled the first official map showing the walking times between central London's Tube stations.&nbsp; The comprehensive plan highlights the time it takes to travel on foot between almost all of the stations on London&rsquo;s Underground network. [Transport for London] Chief Executive Gordon Innes said: &ldquo;The Tube is the most used transport method by visitors in London, stations for many of our top attractions are within walking distance of each other.</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can download the new map <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Milton Keynes invests in driverless cars over public transit infrastructure Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-10T05:03:00-04:00 >2015-10-11T00:46:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Milton Keynes is currently the host city for a set of driverless car trials funded indirectly by the U.K. government &mdash; the most ambitious testing yet staged in the world. If all goes as planned, by 2018, Milton Keynes&rsquo; downtown will be served by an on-demand, publicly run system of 30 to 40 driverless two-seater pod cars, which will allow residents to travel between any two points in the city&rsquo;s downtown without navigating or reacting to obstacles themselves.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For a glimpse of the LUTZ Pathfinder autonomous vehicles in action, check out the video below:</p><p></p> Searching for Queen Elizabeth's architectural legacy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-25T03:53:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:12:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="648" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Elizabeth II is the first major British monarch who will not have an architectural style named after her [...] The present Elizabethan era includes as many as a dozen architectural highlights and at least two broad architectural styles. &ldquo;I cannot imagine a term or an argument that would tie all of this together,&rdquo; says Stanford Anderson, a professor emeritus of history and architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. &ldquo;'New Elizabethan architecture&rsquo; just ducks the question.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Grimshaw and Arup release designs for new high-speed rail hub in central London Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-12T05:15:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:55:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Beginning in 2017, the London transit hub that's been described as "a dingy, grey, horizontal nothingness"<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">*</a>&nbsp;will undergo a massive redesign to incorporate a new&nbsp;high-speed rail line connecting London and Birmingham.</p><p>The first phase of the so-called HS2, connecting London and Birmingham (before&nbsp;forking out to reach Manchester and Leeds in phase two), is expected to open in 2026, and developer HS2 Ltd. has just released designs by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arup</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a> for its outset station in central London, a redevelopment of Euston station.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Grimshaw and Arup's design crafts an incremental approach to maintain current activity at the station during construction. Additions to the station include 11 new platforms for the HS2, a new glass fa&ccedil;ade and three new entrances.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>First opening in 1837, Euston station was London's first intercity line, and ranks as its 6th busiest. Its original classical design was demolished in 1961 and replaced with what has been derided by Richard Morrison of The Times as...</p> 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="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="" 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> Victory for affordable housing as UK court throws out 'insane' government policy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-08T01:36:00-04:00 >2015-08-11T18:40:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the government&rsquo;s recent planning policy &ndash; which could have resulted in property developers dodging up to &pound;1bn in affordable housing payments &ndash; has been definitively quashed following a High Court ruling. [...] the &ldquo;vacant building credit&rdquo; let developers convert empty buildings into housing without making the usual Section 106 contributions for affordable homes.[...] The ruling was described as a &ldquo;victory for common sense [that] will help generate more affordable homes in London&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on housing policy in the UK:</p><ul><li><a title="The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing</a></li><li><a title="London is eating itself" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London is eating itself</a></li><li><a title="Cornered: London Building Innovatively Addresses Homelessness" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cornered: London Building Innovatively Addresses Homelessness</a></li><li><a title="Activism targeting London's housing crisis bubbles to the surface" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Activism targeting London's housing crisis bubbles to the surface</a></li><li><a title="London's traditionalist architects come back swinging in their fight against skyscrapers" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's traditionalist architects come back swinging in their fight against skyscrapers</a></li></ul> £200,000 disappears at UK charity Article 25, book keeper arrested Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-18T04:00:00-04:00 >2015-07-20T13:05:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Article 25&rsquo;s office manager and book keeper Scott William Golding has been charged with fraud and false accounting after &pound;200,000 went missing from the charity&rsquo;s accounts</p></em><br /><br /><p>Article 25, a UK charity that helps provide shelters in disadvantaged communities worldwide, had its future thrown into question in June, when &pound;200,000 of its funds (equivalent to approximately $312,060) were found to be missing. This past Tuesday, Article 25&rsquo;s book keeper and office manager, Scott William Golding, was arrested in conjunction with the lost funds, and is being charged with &ldquo;fraud and false accounting&rdquo;.</p><p>In response, the nearly ten-year-old charity is rallying to &ldquo;tighten up&rdquo; its financial management. The arrest coincided with the charity&rsquo;s annual fundraising effort, which met its goal, and Article 25 does not plan to stop its projects while investigation is ongoing. Article 25, named after the right to habitable shelters as decreed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, has collaborated with local governments, NGOs and charity programs for a variety of scaled projects all around the world, often in response to disaster scenarios. It was founded in 2006 by&nbsp;former...</p> Book Review: Katrina Palmer's "End Matter" Nicholas Korody 2015-06-09T20:02:00-04:00 >2015-06-09T20:02:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="778" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On September 2, 1666, a fire began in a bakery on Pudding Lane in London. By the next day, the flames had fanned out north and west, engulfing much of the city&rsquo;s medieval center. The fire, later knowns &nbsp;as the Great Fire of London, destroyed much of the old cathedral of St. Paul as well as the overcrowded, narrow streets that surrounded it. In the aftermath of the fire, a period of social unrest was followed by a large-scale reconstruction, helmed by the noted architect Sir Christopher Wren. He built a new cathedral in the English Baroque style and supervised, to some extent, the city&rsquo;s larger reconstruction. Today, St. Paul&rsquo;s Cathedral and much of the city&rsquo;s core owes its appearance in part to Wren&rsquo;s preference for a particular variety of white, soft stone hewed on the Isle of Portland. The restitution of London spurred the industrial development of Portland&rsquo;s quarries. For every monument that rose up, such as the looming Doric column that memorialized the fire itself, a hole was e...</p> Self-driving trucks may hit UK roads next year (truckers included) Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-19T13:33:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T13:35:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Fleets of self-driving lorries could be tested on UK roads as soon as next year, according to reports. [...] The initiative would cut fuel consumption, backers said. However, the plan has been criticised by motoring groups which said such a fleet would be "intimidating" to other road users.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> University of Kansas architecture dean John Gaunt stepping down after 20 years Alexander Walter 2014-04-03T14:59:00-04:00 >2014-04-03T16:01:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="302" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After 20 years as the dean of the School of Architecture, Design and Planning, John Gaunt will miss the &ldquo;intensity of the wider university community involvement,&rdquo; but looks forward to being more engaged with his students. [...] &ldquo;No regrets for those 20 years,&rdquo; Gaunt said. &ldquo;I have a sense of accomplishment and involvement and value, and the teaching part of it has been an enrichment, which from here on I&rsquo;ll have a more direct and defined involvement in, but really a different kind of challenge.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Doll houses designed by 20 big-name architects such as Adjaye, Zaha, DRMM, FAT, Make to be auctioned for KIDS charity in November Justine Testado 2013-10-09T17:52:00-04:00 >2013-10-11T08:45:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> A Dolls' House, a project by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cathedral Group</a>, adds a contemporary twist to a childhood pastime. The UK developer rounded up 20 big-name UK architecture firms -- like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adjaye Associates</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coffey Architects</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dRMM</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Duggan Morris</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FAT</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAKE</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Egret West</a> -- in collaboration with designers and artists to have each of them create their own modern version of a doll house that will be auctioned in November to raise &pound;100,000 for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KIDS</a>, a charity that supports disabled children, young people, and their families throughout England. The doll houses will also be presented and exhibited at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bonhams</a> before they are auctioned at an evening event on November 11.<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Aside from showing off the personal visions of each design team, these one-of-a-kind doll houses include at least one element designed specifically as a learning aid for children with a disability.</p> <p> Among the list of well-established names and their reinvented doll houses include <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAKE Architects</a> whose "Jigsaw ...</p> "The Life Aquatech" by thinkTANK fuses aesthetics and performance with hydronics Justine Testado 2013-10-01T17:37:00-04:00 >2013-10-07T21:55:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> After 16 months of computational and fabrication research into building system technology, a team of students known as thinkTANK created "The Life Aquatech" for their thesis project at the AA Design Research Laboratory (AADRL). Prioritizing human comfort in terms of temperature, the structure has a self-regulating hydronic system that behaves more like a biological mechanism instead of the standard HVAC system. Additionally, the water-based system easily fuses with the building's contoured aesthetics and doesn't compromise performance.<br><br> Here's the project description and images that thinkTANK sent to us:<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> "The Life Aquatech investigates the relationship between the building systems that mediate between interior and exterior and architectural design by shifting from air-based systems to a water-based system.<br><br> Human comfort is one of the main drivers of the investigation, seeking an ideal relationship between the user&rsquo;s comfort in relation to temperature and how the building can sel...</p> Winners of 2013 RIBA Manser Medal and Stephen Lawrence Prize Alexander Walter 2013-09-30T17:16:00-04:00 >2013-09-30T17:25:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Also presented with institute honors that night were two projects which represent the UK's most excellent small projects: the 2013 Manser Medal for the best new home went to Slip House by Carl Turner Architects, and the 2013 Stephen Lawrence Prize in recognition of fresh talent and smaller construction budgets went to Montpelier Community Nursery by AY Architects.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously:</p> <ul><li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shortlist for the 2013 RIBA Manser Medal highlights the UK&rsquo;s best new homes</a></li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Six houses shortlisted for RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize 2013</a></li> </ul> RIBA Stirling Prize 2013 goes to Astley Castle by Witherford Watson Mann Architects Alexander Walter 2013-09-26T18:48:00-04:00 >2013-09-30T17:27:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="401" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winner of the 2013 Stirling Prize was announced at a special ceremony in London tonight: Astley Castle, a groundbreaking modern holiday home inserted into the crumbling walls of an ancient moated castle, in Warwickshire, England by London-based Witherford Watson Mann Architects has won the coveted trophy for the best building of the year.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2013 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Shortlist for the 2013 RIBA Manser Medal highlights the UK’s best new homes Justine Testado 2013-09-09T21:44:00-04:00 >2013-09-30T17:26:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects has revealed its shortlist for the 2013 RIBA Manser Medal - Best New Home -- the UK's most distinguished private home design award. [...] Locally presented and judged, the RIBA Awards are specifically for structures in the UK by RIBA Chartered Architects and RIBA International Fellows. Winners are also considered for the RIBA Stirling Prize.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>UPDATE: </strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of 2013 RIBA Manser Medal and Stephen Lawrence Prize</a></p> 'Prison-like' student housing wins Carbuncle Cup for Britain's worst building of the year Archinect 2013-08-30T13:20:00-04:00 >2013-09-03T08:21:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cramped rooms with low ceilings and one small window facing directly on to a brick wall. If you crane your neck, you can just about see the outside world. It could be a description of the cells in Pentonville Prison, but these are the conditions enjoyed just down the road from the Victorian jail in a new student accommodation block for University College London &ndash; today announced as winner of the Carbuncle Cup by Building Design magazine, for the worst building of the year.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Britain's worst buildings of the year - vote now for your (least) favorite!</a></p> Britain's worst buildings of the year - vote now for your (least) favorite! Alexander Walter 2013-08-20T18:54:00-04:00 >2013-08-30T13:24:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Votes have been open for the Carbuncle Cup's annual naming and shaming since May. And now, here's the shortlist for the ugliest building of the year &ndash; from a swirly vertical pier to faux-fronted student flats.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to cast your vote in the poll for the UK's ugliest building of the year, hosted by The Guardian.</p> <p> In the running for this year's award are:</p> <ul><li> Avant Garde tower, Bethnal Green, London</li> <li> UCL student housing, 465 Caledonian Road, Islington, London</li> <li> Porth Eirias Watersports Centre, Colwyn Bay, Wales</li> <li> Redcar Beacon aka the Vertical Pier, Redcar, Cleveland</li> <li> Premier Inn, Waterloo, London</li> <li> Castle Mill housing, Port Meadow, Oxford</li> </ul><p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Prison-like' student housing wins Carbuncle Cup for Britain's worst building of the year</a></p> Why are so many women leaving architecture? Archinect 2013-08-08T13:37:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T12:25:52-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is a sad fact that the number of women in architecture is dropping, whilst in many other professions women have long had parity in numbers as well as pay and status. Of the Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) 27,000 chartered architects, just 4,000 are women. Whilst the number of female architecture students has grown &ndash; now 44%, we can't seem to retain them in the profession. Just 34% officially qualified chartered architects are women.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize Shortlists Three International Buildings Alexander Walter 2013-07-18T21:09:00-04:00 >2013-09-26T20:01:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Institute also announced the selection of the three best international buildings which will now be competing for this year's Lubetkin Prize. The final winner will be announced - together with the Stirling Prize winner - on September 26th by the RIBA in London.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Also announced today: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2013 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist</a></p> <p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay wins 2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize</a></p> 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist Alexander Walter 2013-07-18T20:00:00-04:00 >2013-09-26T18:59:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects today announced the UK &amp; Ireland's six top projects shortlisted for the 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize. The selected buildings will now go head to head for the prestigious prize, and the winner will be announced on the evening of Thursday, September 26th in London at Central Saint Martins, King&rsquo;s Cross, designed by last year&rsquo;s RIBA Stirling Prize winner Stanton Williams.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Also announced today: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize Shortlists Three International Buildings</a></p> <p> <strong>UPDATE: </strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA Stirling Prize 2013 goes to Astley Castle by Witherford Watson Mann Architects</a></p> RIP Mark Fisher: We Will Rock You. TED 2013-07-02T19:20:00-04:00 >2013-07-08T19:47:51-04:00 <img src="" width="458" height="586" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Anyone who has been to a Stones, U2, Queen, Pink Floyd Concert during the 80s 90s will certainly know the work of Mark Fisher who died 25 June.&nbsp; One of those special folks going through the AA and finding a place called home.&nbsp; We will miss you.</p> <p> He was known not only for his brilliance but the rapid deployability of stage/concert design logistics.</p> Zaha Hadid: Britain must do more to help encourage its women architects Archinect 2013-02-17T10:31:00-05:00 >2013-02-19T23:35:16-05:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a damning indictment of the prevailing culture of her own profession, Dame Zaha Hadid, the world's leading female architect, says she has faced "more misogynist behaviour" in London than anywhere else in Europe and that things are not improving at all for women in architecture.</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> The UK’s Most ‘Outstanding’ Green Building Anna Johnson 2012-12-20T20:23:00-05:00 >2013-03-12T12:46:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The building, known as 1 Angel Square, has been designed to deliver a 50 per cent reduction in energy consumption compared to The Co-operative&rsquo;s current Manchester complex and an 80 per cent reduction in carbon. This will lead to operating costs being lowered by up to 30 per cent.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>