Archinect - News 2016-05-06T03:23:26-04:00 See the RIBA 2016 London Awards winners, Wilton's Music Hall named regional Building of the Year Justine Testado 2016-05-06T03:00:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T20:27:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>RIBA revealed an array of projects as the winners of the 2016 London Awards during a recent ceremony. First launched in 1966, the yearly competition distinguishes some of the area's top-notch design projects in various architectural categories. While winning in the competitive London Awards is already a great honor, they're just the beginning of RIBA's yearlong awards cycle. Now, the London Awards winners will move on to compete in the RIBA National Awards.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Take a gander at some of the winning projects:</p><p>Alphabeta by Studio RHE</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Graveney School Sixth Form Block by Urban Projects Bureau</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Covert House by DSDHA</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Regent High School by Walters &amp; Cohen Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Bath House Children's Community Centre by Lipton Plant Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Ely Court, South Kilburn by Alison Brooks Architects &amp; Hester Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Plimsoll Building by David Morley Architects &amp; Weedon Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find the rest of the winners <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> Aerial cable cars proposed for Chicago Julia Ingalls 2016-05-05T21:03:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T21:33:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Eye</a> designers <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marks Barfield Architects</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Davis Brody Bond</a>&nbsp;have created a new aerial cable car for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a>. The plans, which are being sponsored by&nbsp;Lou Raizin&nbsp;and Laurence Geller CBE, have yet to gain approval from any official city agency, but in the meantime here are a few renderings of the gleaming cars gliding to and fro across the cityscape:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>By crushing over the&nbsp;Navy Pier, the Chicago Lakefront, the Riverwalk running alongside the Chicago River, and downtown Chicago, the cable cars would "showcase an aerial vista of Chicago and its architectural&nbsp;heritage to the eyes of the world." The full video can be seen at the 26:42 mark of this much longer tourism presentation spiel:</p> Norman Foster's secret garden: a tour of Foster + Partners' Maggie's Center Julia Ingalls 2016-05-04T13:07:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:34:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Cancer survivor Lord Norman Foster gave HRH Duchess of Cornwall a tour of his newly completed Maggie's Center in his hometown of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester</a> at the cancer facility's official opening April 27th, showing her a design that emphasizes natural light and a connection to nature. This has lead to numerous sliding glass doors and walls throughout the rectilinear plan, as well as the intention to plant vines on the signature triangular timber frame. Additionally, each treatment and counselling room comes with its own private garden.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As Foster noted, "Our aim in Manchester, the city of my youth, was to create a building that is welcoming, friendly and without any of the institutional references of a hospital or health centre &ndash; a light-filled, homely space where people can gather, talk or simply reflect. That is why throughout the building there is a focus on natural light, greenery and views; with a greenhouse to provide fresh flowers, and an emphasis on the therapeutic qualities of nature and ...</p> London Design Festival has revealed a host of installations for 2016 Ellen Hancock 2016-05-04T12:29:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T13:34:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Installations announced for LDF 2016 include a giant curved walkway made of sustainable wood, a takeover of a disused stairwell and sit-in boxes that aim to address the housing crisis. The Smile, designed by Alison Brooks Architects, is an outdoor installation supported by the American Hardwood Export Council and ARUP, and is a 36m-long curved rectangular tube made from sustainable timber.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here are some more of this years offerings:</p><p>&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Baboushka Boxes are design by dRMM and supported by financial company Legal &amp; General as well as the homeless charity Shelter.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Created by consultancy Gilthero and supported by Italian watch maker Panerai, The Green Room will be based in a stairwell at the V&amp;A and explores the concept of time.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The much discussed crazy gold course conceived by Sir Paul Smith which still needs to raise&nbsp;&pound;120,000 through Kickstarter to happen.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Already announced the live robotically sculpted canopy at the V&amp;A.</p><p>For related installations, check these out:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V&amp;A East project update</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's V&amp;A to host a robot construction team this summer</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">100 renderings of ideas to solve London's housing crisis released</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In tempestuous London, design leads the evolution: Archinect's report from the front lines of the London Design Festival</a></li></ul> Construction of Heatherwick + Signe Nielsen-designed Pier 55 to begin this summer Justine Testado 2016-04-29T14:43:00-04:00 >2016-05-01T19:41:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Work will go ahead to construct an &ldquo;elevated island park&rdquo; in the Hudson River off Manhattan after a judge dismissed a lawsuit from environmental and civic advocates. The $130m park, which has been given the go-ahead by the US Army&rsquo;s Corps of Engineers, will be based on the Hudson River... Judge Joan Lobis, who threw out the lawsuit, said: &ldquo;A significant purpose of maintaining event spaces in the park is to generate funds for the ongoing upkeep of the park, which is surely a park purpose.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking at all sides of the Pier 55 offshore park development</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barry Diller Pledges $130M for Futuristic Offshore Park on the West Side</a></p> £950 for a mouldy 'central' flat? Welcome to London. Ellen Hancock 2016-04-28T10:59:00-04:00 >2016-04-28T12:09:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you want evidence that London&rsquo;s renters are being taken advantage of, look no further than a new social media campaign. Launched Monday, the #rantyourrent hashtag encourages London&rsquo;s overcharged and poorly housed tenants to visually detail the bad conditions they&rsquo;re expected to put up with in return for large sums of monthly rent. &nbsp; The results, detailed in a new Tumblr called Vent Your Rent, make for sobering viewing.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More articles on London and the housing crisis here:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The root of London's housing crisis lies beyond its borders</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's housing crisis is creating a chasm between the rich and poor</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></p> Better than ever: Mackintosh Building will reopen in 2018 along with campus expansion Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-22T12:55:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T00:42:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Two years ago, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a disastrous fire</a> broke out in the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Building, the jewel of the Glasgow School of Art&rsquo;s campus. Now, after sifting through the damage, outlining a careful restoration plan and finding the funds, the Glasgow School of Art has announced that the building will not only be back in operation for the 2018 - 2019 academic year, but will also be part of a campus expansion plan that includes upgrading the Mac&rsquo;s east wing, and adding a former Stow College building for studio/workshop space.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Just as it was before the fire, when it reopens The Mac will be at the center of the campus circulation, and serve as the home-base for first year students. The new Stow College site will be refurbished by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BDP</a> beginning this summer, with plans for the School of Fine Arts to move in the fall of 2017.</p><p>Page\Park, the architects appointed to restore the Mac and expand its east wing, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">started work in March 2015</a>.&nbsp;Total costs are rounding out to &pound;51m (about two-thirds for the r...</p> ZHA after Zaha: Patrik Schumacher on Zaha and what's next for the firm, on Archinect Sessions #61 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-21T17:25:00-04:00 >2016-04-26T15:20:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The sudden <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">death of Dame Zaha Hadid</a> could not also mean the end of Zaha Hadid Architects. With major projects still ongoing all over the world, the firm had to keep things running strong, focusing on the future while managing grief. After working with Zaha for nearly thirty years,&nbsp;Patrik Schumacher has now <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">taken over leadership</a>&nbsp;at the firm, and joins us on the podcast to discuss what it was like&nbsp;collaborating with her "killer instinct", and&nbsp;how he can continue honoring the "DNA" of her work.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 61 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "ZHA after Zaha":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p> V&A East project update Ellen Hancock 2016-04-21T12:02:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T00:05:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="555" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A key part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V&amp;A</a>&rsquo;s expanding family of sites dedicated to the past, present and future of the designed world, V&amp;A East is a brand new civic space and cultural destination that will form part of the Olympic legacy project taking shape at Stratford Waterfront.</p><p>The seven-storey building is being designed by award-winning architectural practice <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">O&rsquo;Donnell-Tuomey</a> and is part of the masterplan developed with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Allies and Morrison</a> for the new educational and cultural district in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London. At 18,000 sq metres, V&amp;A East will sit directly opposite <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid&rsquo;s London Aquatics Centre</a> and adjacent to a group of partners with which the V&amp;A has great creative synergy: Sadler&rsquo;s Wells, UAL&rsquo;s London College of Fashion and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCL (University College London).</a></p><p>V&amp;A East will be an entirely new kind of civic institution. At its core will be the ability and remit to respond quickly to current affairs, and to use objects, the V&amp;A collection, collaborations and displays to in...</p> Recreation of Palmyra's Arch of Triumph presented in Trafalgar Square Ellen Hancock 2016-04-20T12:00:00-04:00 >2016-04-20T13:23:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A monumental recreation of the destroyed Arch of Triumph in Palmyra, Syria, has been unveiled in London&rsquo;s Trafalgar Square. The 1,800-year-old arch was destroyed by Islamic State militants last October and the 6-metre (20ft) model, made in Italy from Egyptian marble, is intended as an act of defiance: to show that restoration of the ancient site is possible if the will is there.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on the relating topics in this article check out these links:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Palmyra after ISIS: a first look at the level of destruction</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Before + after photos of Syria's devastated heritage</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another Grade II listed building loses its protected status in north east England</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's V&amp;A to host a robot construction team this summer</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Sam Jacob to redevelop former pub in Shoreditch Nicholas Korody 2016-04-19T17:20:00-04:00 >2016-04-20T09:41:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sam Jacob Studio&rsquo;s mixed-use development in the Hoxton Street conservation area retains the fa&ccedil;ade of the Victorian pub originally on the site while creating ground-floor community facilities with an apartment above. The four-storey scheme will restore the last remaining piece of what was once a terraced street razed to the ground by bombing during the Second World War. The new block is expressed as a curved wall punctured by diamond-shaped window openings.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on Sam Jacob, or his former practice <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FAT</a>, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FAT Announces The End of Its Practice</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wild Potter Grayson Perry &amp; FAT Design Shrine-like Cottage in Essex</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sam Jacob lecture at UK/CoD</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Home truths: architects tackle the housing crisis</a></li></ul> “Inflatable Museum” to provide additional learning support to disadvantaged areas of Manchester Ellen Hancock 2016-04-18T12:43:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T01:05:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An &ldquo;Inflatable Museum&rdquo; is about to be launched in Greater Manchester with the aim of bringing exhibits and educational programmes to schools in disadvantaged districts of the city. It is transportable in a van, can be blown up in under half an hour and can accommodate a full school class. It incorporates moveable cabinets, a large open presentation area and high definition projection equipment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Relating stories in the Archinect News:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA launches 2016 funding for new architecture research</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The price of keeping Britain's 'Downton Abbeys' from crumbling</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New year, new you: how a few UK firms are switching up their game</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas to design Manchester arts center, "The Factory"</a></li></ul> RIBA launches 2016 funding for new architecture research Ellen Hancock 2016-04-15T17:16:00-04:00 >2016-04-15T17:16:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="171" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is calling for applications from students, academics and practitioners interested in conducting research in architecture during 2016/17.<br><br>The RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship aims to support applicants in their personal, professional and academic development within the architectural field, providing an opportunity for imaginative, original research, and travel.<br><br>In 2016, one scholarship worth &pound;5,000 is available to individuals or groups of students and graduates for a period of international travel (which can be during a period of international work experience).<br><br>The RIBA Research Trust Awards are offering grants of up to &pound;10,000 each, available to support original independent architecture research by practitioners, academics and recent graduates.<br><br>The judging committee particularly welcomes applications from practice-led researchers.<br><br>The RIBA LKE Ozolins Studentship is worth &pound;18,000 outside London or &pound;20,000 in London annually to a student who wis...</p> 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="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="" 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> Brunel’s Thames Tunnel transformed into an underground theatre Ellen Hancock 2016-04-14T11:00:00-04:00 >2016-05-03T00:31:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Called the Grand Entrance Hall, the underground space &ndash; opening today &ndash; will be run by The Brunel Museum and is set to host plays, operas, concerts and even weddings. Architects Tate Harmer breathed new life into the 1843 Grade II*-listed shaft &ndash; originally designed by civil engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his father Marc &ndash; adding a cantilevered staircase to make the 75ft-deep hall accessible.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Discover more UK content here:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Galleries appoints Yana Peel as new CEO</a></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tall order? Wooden skyscraper could become Britain's second tallest building</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stock bricks to Brutalism: housing design in Poplar</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The unbranded, hybrid approach of the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape</a></p></li></ul> Serpentine Galleries appoints Yana Peel as new CEO Justine Testado 2016-04-13T15:32:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T08:11:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hong Kong-based philanthropist and entrepreneur Yana Peel has been appointed chief executive of the Serpentine Galleries in London. The [Serpentine's] trustees took the unusual decision to choose a fellow trustee to fill the new post. Julia Peyton-Jones, who put the institution on the international map, is stepping down as co-director this month after 25 years at the helm. Peel will work in partnership with Hans Ulrich Obrist...[who] takes on the new role of artistic director.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After 25 years, Serpentine co-director Julia Peyton-Jones is leaving</a></p><p><a title="The Serpentine Pavilions from the past: Where are they now?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Serpentine Pavilions from the past: Where are they now?</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG to design 2016 Serpentine Pavilion, alongside smaller "Summer Houses" by Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi, Barkow Leibinger, Yona Friedman and Asif Kahn</a></p> A tall order? Wooden skyscraper could become Britain's second tallest building Ellen Hancock 2016-04-12T10:23:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T01:16:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Plans for London&rsquo;s first timber skyscraper were presented to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson this week with researchers saying natural materials were &ldquo;vastly underused&rdquo;. The design is for an 80-storey, 300m-high wooden building integrated into the Barbican complex. The tower would create 1,000 new residences. Architects&rsquo; Journal described the concept scheme as &ldquo;toothpick-like&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read relating articles on Archinect here:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A guide to London mayoral candidates and their housing policies</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is London experiencing a brick boom?</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design revealed for 1 Undershaft, London's tallest skyscraper by the "thinking developer&rsquo;s architect"</a></p> Stock bricks to Brutalism: housing design in Poplar Andrew Parnell 2016-04-08T05:07:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T09:25:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The East End of London has been associated with many things: the &ldquo;cockney&rdquo; sense of humour; colourful criminals; waves of immigration; and poverty. Not many people associate it with architecture. But it was in Poplar in the south eastern corner of the East End that I chose to do <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">my architectural guided walk</a>, called Stock Bricks to Brutalism: Housing Design History in Poplar. The reasons can be found in the great regeneration of the area&rsquo;s housing that took place in the twentieth century to address the problems of overcrowding, dilapidation, poor sanitation and bomb damage.</p><p>In this one locality, Poplar, you can trace the progression of social housing design from the end of the First World War through to the early 1980s &ndash; the days of high volume <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">council housebuilding</a> in the UK &ndash; from blocks of flats of the 1920s, 1930s and 1950s built using &ldquo;stock brick&rdquo; (London&rsquo;s traditional building material made from the clay on which the city stands) to 1960s and 1970s tower and slab blocks built i...</p> Celebrate Zaha Hadid's life at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery on April 8th Julia Ingalls 2016-04-07T14:44:00-04:00 >2016-04-07T18:09:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you're in London Friday, you can celebrate the late, great Zaha Hadid at a public memorial held at the Magazine restaurant at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., visitors can sign books of condolence and pay respects to her surviving family members, which include her brother Haytham, nephew Hussein Haytham, niece Rana Haytham, as well as the family of her late brother Foulath Mohammad.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on Dame Hadid's work, life, and passing:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The extra-architectural ventures of Zaha Hadid</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The remarkable early paintings of the late Dame Zaha Hadid</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha on Zaha: "I always thought, you know, I should do well because the work is good."</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The architecture community reacts to Dame Hadid's death on social media</a></li></ul> London's housing crisis is creating a chasm between the rich and poor Nicholas Korody 2016-04-06T19:20:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:38:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London&rsquo;s red-hot housing market of late is by now an international legend, drip-feeding the media with tragicomic stories of insane pricing on a weekly basis&mdash;from the $710 cupboard to the one-bedroom flat on sale for $37 million. Now a new report out this week details some of the harmful social effects that this boom in housing costs has wrought. Unsurprisingly, they are many.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This research, conducted by the think tank Centre for London, shows that the city's housing crisis is creating a massive gulf between the city's rich and poor. It's also creating an "inequality chasm" between London and the rest of the United Kingdom.</p><p>The report identifies three major trends. First, privately-rented homes outnumber owner-occupied ones, with the former growing increasingly poor. Second, while the top ten percent of British citizen are growing exponentially more wealthy, the rest of the country is getting much poorer. Third, in a reverse of historic models, poverty is becoming "suburbanized."</p><p>Read the linked article for more information on the study and what it says about life in London today.</p><p>For related Archinect coverage, check out these articles:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In tempestuous London, design leads the evolution: Archinect's report from the front lines of the London Design Festival</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A guide to London mayoral candidates and their housing policies</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Could a pop-up village in south-east Londo...</a></li></ul> Shortlist for new Museum of London revealed Ellen Hancock 2016-04-04T10:43:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:40:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Caruso St John, Stanton Williams with Asif Khan, and BIG in a team with Hawkins\Brown have been shortlisted to design the Museum of London&rsquo;s new home in Smithfields. The shortlisted teams saw off 80 entries from more than 140 practices and were chosen based on their relevant skills and experience, in particular of significant cultural projects. The competition will create a &pound;150 million new base for the Museum of London in the historic West Smithfield market.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Also selected:</p><ul><li>Lacaton &amp; Vassal Architectes with Pernilla Ohrstedt Studio</li><li>Diener &amp; Diener Architekten with Sergison Bates Architects, East Architecture and Graphic Thought Facility</li><li>Studio Milou architecture with RL&nbsp;&amp; Associ&eacute;s, Axis Architects and Alan Baxter Associates</li></ul><p>Read more articles relating to the chosen practices here:</p><ul><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Damien Hirst's surprisingly restrained gallery space opens in London today</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Get a glimpse of the 2015 RIBA regional London Awards winners</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SPARC, Grimshaw, BIG, Foster + Partners, and MJMA are among this week's winners</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New year, new you: how a few UK firms are switching up their game</a></p></li></ul> Foster + Partners' get the go-ahead on controversial Whiteleys renovation Ellen Hancock 2016-04-01T04:31:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:24:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Foster + Partners&rsquo; plans for the overhaul of London&rsquo;s Grade II-listed Whiteleys shopping centre have got the go-ahead &ndash; despite opposition from locals. Westminster City Council approved the contentious scheme last night, but will now look into setting conditions concerning the scale of two residential towers that form part of the proposal, alongside a gym, hotel, cinema and new shops.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on listed projects, take a look at previous coverage here:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another Grade II listed building loses its protected status in north east England</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sex Pistols graffiti secures famous Tin Pan Alley building Grade 2* listed status</a></li></ul> The extra-architectural ventures of Zaha Hadid Nicholas Korody 2016-03-31T20:46:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T16:09:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="302" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Zaha Hadid will rightfully go down in history for the tremendous mark she made on architecture. But buildings weren't the only things she designed.</p><p>In fact, for the majority of her career, she worked at smaller scales, whether with painting, furniture design, or some other venture. One of her first realized projects, from 1985, consisted entirely of furniture, shelves, and other additions to a pre-existing International Style home in London at 24 Cathcart Road.</p><p>Her interest in the expanded field of design, including interiors and the objects that fill them, continued throughout her career. For some, this work indicates a crass and unapologetic commercialism. Philip Kennicott, for example,&nbsp;<a href=";tid=ss_tw-bottom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wrote</a> for the Washington Post earlier today, "She spoke the airy language of architectural theory, with all its utopian overtones, but she vigorously branded consumer products from candles to tableware to neckties."</p><p>ln any case, her influence exceeds architecture &ndash; extending to the runway, the showroo...</p> Zaha on Zaha: "I always thought, you know, I should do well because the work is good." Julia Ingalls 2016-03-31T14:09:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T16:05:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What was it like to be Zaha Hadid? From teaching to developing her vision to turning down an opportunity to work with Rem Koolhaas, in this remembrance we collect a few of Zaha's first-person writings and interviews about her life and work from her unparalleled, groundbreaking career.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>On being a woman and an Arab, excerpted from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian</a>, 2012:</strong></p><p>Being an Arab woman and a modern architect certainly don't exclude each other &ndash; when I was growing up in Iraq, there were many women architects. You cannot believe the enormous resistance I've faced just for being an Arab, and a woman on top of that. It is like a double-edged sword. The moment my woman-ness is accepted, the Arab-ness seems to become a problem.</p><p>I've broken beyond the barrier, but it's been a very long struggle. It's made me tougher and more precise &ndash; and maybe this is reflected in my architecture. I still experience resistance but I think this keeps you on the go.&nbsp;</p><p>As a woman in architecture, you need confidence. Sometimes, w...</p> "Dame Zaha Hadid was an inspirational woman, and the kind of architect one can only dream of being" Ellen Hancock 2016-03-31T12:38:00-04:00 >2016-03-31T14:20:50-04:00 <img src="" width="266" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Visionary and highly experimental, her legacy despite her young age, is formidable. She leaves behind a body of work from buildings to furniture, footwear and cars, that delight and astound people all around the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p>RIBA President Jane Duncan comments on the sudden passing of Dame Zaha Hadid DBE</p> Zaha Hadid Dies at Age 65 Center for Ants 2016-03-31T11:32:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T16:00:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="457" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>She died of a heart attack on Thursday in a Miami hospital, where she was being treated for bronchitis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Zaha Hadid passed away Thursday from an apparent heart attack in Miami, Florida. She was being treated in a hospital at the time.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Update:&nbsp;</p><p>Zaha Hadid's office has released an official statement on their website as follows:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>ZAHA HADID 1950-2016</p><p>It is with great sadness that Zaha Hadid Architects have confirmed that Dame Zaha Hadid, DBE died suddenly in Miami in the early hours of this morning. She&nbsp;had contracted bronchitis earlier this week and suffered a sudden heart attack while being treated in hospital.</p><p>Zaha Hadid was widely regarded to be the greatest female architect in the world today.&nbsp;Born in Baghdad in 1950,&nbsp;she studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut before starting&nbsp;her architectural journey in 1972 at the Architectural Association in London.</p><p>By 1979 she had established her own practice in London &ndash; Zaha Hadid Architects &ndash; garnering a reputation across the world for her&nbsp;ground-breaking&nbsp;theoretical works including The Peak in Hong Kong (1983), the Kurf&uuml;rstendamm...</p> 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="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="" 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> Say no to a "Brexit," says David Chipperfield Nicholas Korody 2016-03-30T17:18:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T23:46:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="419" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&lsquo;If we accidentally complete our isolation from Europe, please don&rsquo;t let us imagine that this creates a new openness to the rest of the world &ndash; isolation is isolation. We would not only give up the distinct practical advantages of collaboration but the social, political and intellectual advantages too&rsquo;, he said. Chipperfield, who has offices in London, Berlin, Milan and Shanghai, has hit out at politicians for failing to articulate the cultural significance of the European Union.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more UK-specific news, take a look at some past coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Excavating ancient Rome beneath London's streets</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Britain's last deep-pit coal mine closes &mdash; the end of the industrial revolution?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Encroaching on the green belt: UK loosens protections on rural land</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Assemble wins Turner Prize, becoming first architects to win "UK's most prestigious art prize"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Curatorial team announced for the British Pavilion at the 15th Venice Biennale</a></li></ul> Luxury UK student housing is on the rise, and with it, gentrification fears Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-30T12:43:00-04:00 >2016-03-30T12:43:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Students are the advanced guard of creating that activity, that buzz. They help make it easier to persuade other businesses and investors there is something going on here.&rdquo; Not everyone is convinced. [...] &ldquo;Universities are now aping the private sector by building this top-end stuff, so a lot of students feel priced out. You can&rsquo;t blame private companies, but universities have a got a different role. They should try to provide affordable options and not act like property developers.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Viennese student dorms may Passively House refugees" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Viennese student dorms may Passively House refugees</a></li><li><a title="Homework and Jacuzzis as Dorms Move to McMansions in California" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Homework and Jacuzzis as Dorms Move to McMansions in California</a></li><li><a title="New Philadelphians and the end of gentrification guilt" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Philadelphians and the end of gentrification guilt</a></li><li><a title="Those hipster millennials might not be the true gentrifiers of U.S. neighborhoods" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Those hipster millennials might not be the true gentrifiers of U.S. neighborhoods</a></li></ul> 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="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="" 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>