Archinect - News 2016-09-29T11:20:15-04:00 This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-09-26T13:46:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T23:03:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week, plunge yourself into the art world with opening shows, private views and controversial subjects all on offer in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>. Works on display throughout the exhibitions seek to challenge the viewer, and in the case of Guerrilla Girls, bring about big, tangible&nbsp;change through art.&nbsp;</p><p>Additionally, this week is one of the last chances to visit the incredible&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Pavilion by BIG,</a> if you haven't already, ahead of its closure on the 9th October.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Silhouettes and Shadows: David Bowie Remembered |&nbsp;Open now until 26 October</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Bowie on the album cover of "Heroes", image: Masayoshi Sukita</em></p><p>David Bowie has been celebrated widely in London since his death at the beginning of this year. This exhibition remembers the star through&nbsp;photographs and&nbsp;accompanying stories from the photographers who knew and worked with him over the years. Including previously unseen prints, this exhibition seeks to...</p> Níall McLaughlin wins RIBA 2016 Charles Jencks Award Justine Testado 2016-09-21T18:43:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:21:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;For me, architectural practice includes drawing, writing and building as interlinked activities. It is a continual ferrying between an engagement in the natural processes required to bring something reliable and concrete into being, and the need to clear a space for the expression of doubt, possibility and a half-glimpsed ideal...I am very grateful for the recognition.&rdquo; &mdash; N&iacute;all McLaughlin</p></em><br /><br /><p>The RIBA revealed&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">N&iacute;all McLaughlin</a> as the 2016 Charles Jencks Award recipient today.&nbsp;Named after landscape designer and architectural theorist Charles Jencks, the award recognizes an individual or practice for their recent major contributions to architectural theory and practice simultaneously.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Bishop Edward King Chapel. Photo &copy; Nick Kane.</em></p><p>Most recently, McLaughlin <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">represented Ireland</a> in the 2016 Venice Biennale with his&nbsp;&lsquo;Losing Myself&rsquo; installation, which focuses on the spatial experiences of people with Alzheimer's. His firm also won the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize last year.</p><p>Find out more&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron named 2015 RIBA Jencks Award winners</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Benedetta Tagliabue wins 2013 RIBA Jencks Award</a></p> RIBA appoints Alan Vallance as new Chief Executive Ellen Hancock 2016-09-20T01:12:00-04:00 >2016-09-20T10:36:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Alan Vallance has been chosen as the new Chief Executive of the RIBA unanimously by the interview panel. He has been Interim Chief Executive at the institute since February this year and prior to that Interim Director of Finance. Previous to working at the RIBA he has worked in finance, consulting, strategic planning and general management in Europe and Australasia.&nbsp;</p><p>Regarding his appointment Alan Vallance said:</p><p>&ldquo;Architects are creative, visionary and collaborative professionals who ensure that our built environment serves and strengthens communities now and in the future. It is a privilege to have been appointed to the role of Chief Executive&nbsp;of the RIBA. I look forward to working with the Board and Council, the staff team and members in the UK and globally to deliver the RIBA&rsquo;s five year strategic plan and to further strengthen the RIBA&rsquo;s offer to current and future members.&rdquo;</p><p>Read more news relating to the Royal Institute of British Architects here:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK Architects&rsquo; Workloads Expected t...</a></li></ul> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-09-19T12:23:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T23:03:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week&rsquo;s picks come with an energy and collaborative passion which is so&nbsp;characteristic of this time of &nbsp;year. With the London&nbsp;Design Festival raging on and the anticipation&nbsp;of a new season hanging thick in the air, it seems as though London has started afresh, seemingly recovering from the events of this summer. Walking around the city, and at events,&nbsp;it is hard to not feel that same energy buzzing all around.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'s latest happenings</a> and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turner Prize 2016 | 27 September - 2 January 2017</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Assemble's Sugar House Studios, Turner Prize Winners, 2015. Image: Assemble</em></p><p>The Turner Prize, founded in 1984, is a celebration of artists under 50 years old who have created &ldquo;an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding&rdquo;. &nbsp;Past winners have included Grayson Perry, Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst, Richard Long, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Assemble</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>This year&rsquo;s panel comprises of esteemed directors and cur...</p> designjunction brings immersive design experiences and its first open-air party to King's Cross Sponsor 2016-09-13T03:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T14:22:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="281" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designjunction</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>designjunction</strong></a> (22 &ndash; 25 September) is set to transform its new home in King&rsquo;s Cross into one destination full of immersive design concepts and stimulating experiences.</p><p>On Wednesday 21 September designjunction will host its first open-air party on Granary Square alongside headline partner Dezeen, and sponsored by EIZO. Expect street food from Real Food Festival, pop-up bars and live DJ sets from Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip and Adventures in Paradise.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Throughout the show, the centrally located Granary Square will be home to eight giant Monopoly-style houses, filled with conceptual installations, creative projects and live activities.</p><p>Presenting its SmartHouzz concept, Houzz will demonstrate how to maximise urban living space through smart design, smart use of space and smart technology. Leading high-end kitchen and bathroom manufacturer, Dornbracht, will create an immersive installation &ndash; the Dornbracht Water Experience.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Specialising in visuall...</p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-09-12T13:15:00-04:00 >2016-09-15T23:50:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>London Design Festival hits the city&nbsp;this week, bringing together all of the design events under one name. This year, the overarching theme is&nbsp;<em>London Is Open</em>; international designers shown throughout the festival emphasise that this city is one greatly influenced by diversity. With the Design Biennale events, exhibitions, and the Open House Weekend all falling within the next fortnight, our main task is&nbsp;to work out when we will be able to grab some sleep...</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>London Design Festival | 17-25 September</strong></a></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image: Alison Brooks Architects</em></p><p>London Design Festival celebrates London's best designers&nbsp;as well as bringing together the biggest events in the arts and design field, including London Design Biennale (Somerset House), 100% Design (Olympia) and London Design Fair (Old Truman Brewery).&nbsp;</p><p>Since 2007, the London Design Festival has commissioned the world&rsquo;s biggest designers and artists to create ...</p> UK Architects’ Workloads Expected to Decrease for the First Time Since 2012 Erin Whalley 2016-09-10T12:21:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T23:13:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="571" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The RIBA Future Trends Survey predicts that UK architects&rsquo; workloads are expected to decrease for the first time since 2012.</p><p>The fall in positivity occurred in the month after the UK referendum on EU membership, with the confidence of practices falling, anticipating negatives consequences if the UK were to actually leave the EU. The results of this and previous trend surveys are published here: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Though the figures provided in the study are generalised, they are useful as a comparison and show that the fall appears to be quite significant; with a balance figure of -7 in July, compared to the +22 shown in June. <em>(Values given are the balance figure; the difference between the practices expecting more work and those expecting less.)</em></p><p>As these are overall values, across the country results have differed. For example, London has predicted a workload decrease, whilst Wales and the West returned a positive balance figure of +14.</p><p>Practices participating in the RIBA survey confirmed that the p...</p> Preview 100% Design: This year’s highlights include Asif Khan and Ron Arad Sponsor 2016-09-09T03:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T00:50:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href=";id=208" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href=";id=208" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">100% Design</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>100% Design, the UK&rsquo;s largest trade fair for architects and designers, returns once more to London Olympia. The show, with over 26,000 international visitors spending exceeding &pound;3.4 <em>billion</em> has a deserved reputation as the commercial heart of London Design Festival.</p><p>Over the past few years under show director William Knight, also responsible for Clerkenwell Design Week, the show has maintained a consistent focus on quality, driving 100% Design&rsquo;s&nbsp;wider role of delivering international trade for London and the UK&rsquo;s design sector. Along with a much appreciated move to the spectacular London Olympia, this has seen its unrivalled talks programme increase its reputation as the place to hear industry leaders and current trends as well as take part in the best professional development seminars.</p><p>This year is no exception, with an impressive talks line-up, which has been curated by the Design Museum as part of its &lsquo;on loan&rsquo; campaign. The programme com...</p> Designs of the Year nominees, Stephen Lawrence Prize shortlist, and more in this week's competition recap Justine Testado 2016-09-06T15:12:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T15:31:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At the start of every week, we highlight some of the most recent news in competition-winning projects, commissions, awards, shortlists, and events on&nbsp;the newly redesigned&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;from the previous week that are worth checking out.</p><p>Among last week's London-filled competition highlights, RIBA announced the projects going head-to-head for the 2016 Stephen Lawrence Prize. The Design Museum also revealed a lengthy nomination list of well-known firms and emerging talent for Designs of the Year. Read on for recap #123:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Design Museum reveals 2016 Beazley Designs of the Year nominees</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Back for its ninth installment, the Design Museum's slightly renamed Beazley Designs of the Year Award revealed&nbsp;more than 70 fascinating nominated designs.&nbsp;Bjarke Ingels Group, MAD, Herzog &amp; de Meuron, OMA, and Grafton Architects are some of the Architecture category nominees.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Six shortlisted for 2016 Stephen Lawrence Prize</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Established in memory of aspiring architect Stephen Lawrence, the prize recognizes the best UK...</p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-09-06T13:41:00-04:00 >2016-09-12T23:54:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week marks the start of the London Design Biennale, a fantastic event which brings 35 countries together through the shared language of design. The weather may have turned slightly, but what a great&nbsp;reason to sit inside&nbsp;and listen to a great talk or two? There is a wealth of talks which form a large part of this festival taking place this week,&nbsp;as well as many gallery and exhibition openings to get your creative side flowing.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong>Talks at the London Design Biennale 2016 -&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shenzhen talk (7 September)</a> <em>and</em></strong> <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ecotopia talk (10 September)</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image: 100 Visions of the City in the Age of Green Utopia, Alan Marshall</em></p><p>As part of the Biennale, there is a series of talks from leading designers on ranging subjects. Particularly intriguing is a talk from Xiaodu Liu on the trials and logistics of Shenzhen, China, whose rapid growth in the 80s and 90s was unsustainable, leading to problems which need res...</p> Weston Williamson beats ZHA to win Cairo's 'Science City' Competition. Erin Whalley 2016-09-05T11:04:00-04:00 >2016-09-06T12:18:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From an experimental vertical-zoo, to a rather demure yacht club in Ullswater, it&rsquo;s clear that no two Weston Williamson designs are ever approached in the same manner. They are a multiple award winning company, based in London, creating designs across the globe.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Recently, they have beaten Zaha Hadid Architects (amongst many other forerunning practices) in the competition to design Cairo&rsquo;s &lsquo;Science City&rsquo;; a complex that will include a planetarium, observation tower, science park and other facilities for learning and research.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The project was instigated by the Bibliotheca Alexandria, who asked candidates to design motivational, exciting interior spaces that were also inspiring on the outside. Their vision was for the winning proposal to embody the human pursuit of science and our unceasing quest for knowledge.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Weston Williamson&rsquo;s design, which owes a mention to their architect Phil Turner, appears to look like an eye from above; a direct reference to Egyptian culture and history. Visuals...</p> RIBA client of the year shortlist is announced Eleanor Marshall 2016-09-05T11:01:00-04:00 >2016-09-06T12:18:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today (Thursday 1 September 2016) announced the shortlist for the 2016 RIBA Client of the Year award. The annual award, supported by The Bloxham Charitable Trust, recognises the role that a good client plays in the creation of fine architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The RIBA Client of the Year award recognises that great architecture is often born from a good relationship between the client and the architect. The award reinforces that a good client can have a positive impact on what the architect produces. The winner is to be announced at the RIBA Stirling Prize Party on the 6th of October.&nbsp;</p><p>The 2016 shortlist is:</p><ul><li>Leicester Print Workshop&nbsp;&ndash; nominated by Takero Shimazaki Architects for their 2016 RIBA Award-winning Leicester Print Workshop</li><li>Manchester City Council&nbsp;&ndash; nominated by Mecanoo for their 2016 RIBA National Award-winning <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOME</a> (in addition to the 2016 RIBA North West Award winners Manchester Central Library by Ryder Architecture and Library Walk Link Building by SimpsonHaugh and Partners)</li><li>University of Oxford Estates&nbsp;&ndash; nominated by WilkinsonEyre for their 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlisted <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Weston Library</a></li><li>Westmorland Limited&nbsp;&ndash; nominated by Glenn Howells Architects for the 2016 RIBA National Award winning Gloucester Services by Glenn Howells Ar...</li></ul> As a new class of super rich investors displace the traditional elite, average Londoners are pushed further and further outside the city limits Nicholas Korody 2016-08-31T14:01:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T23:27:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London&rsquo;s traditional elite, such as lawyers, architects and academics, are being pushed out of their enclaves in Mayfair, Chelsea and Hampstead by an influx of global super rich investors, causing a chain reaction of gentrification across the capital, according to research by the London School of Economics. An influx of ultra-high-net worth overseas buyers is leading the old elite to sell up and move from London&rsquo;s most exclusive postcodes and buy in areas they previously considered undesirable</p></em><br /><br /><p>While it may be hard to sympathise with the "traditional elite", these displacements set off a chain-reaction, as the affluent middle class moves into neighbourhoods that were once working class. In turn, lower-income Londoners are forced out of the city all together.</p><p>For more on the state of London's housing crunch, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Overcrowding on London's canals</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">To live in London you can't be a Londoner</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">London fails to achieve any targets for affordable housing</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">&pound;950 for a mouldy 'central' flat? Welcome to London.</a></li></ul> Zaha Hadid pavilion displayed at Chatsworth House Ellen Hancock 2016-08-30T12:44:00-04:00 >2016-09-06T12:11:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An enormous, curvy, mushroom-like pavilion designed by the late architect Dame Zaha Hadid has been installed in the grounds of one of Britain&rsquo;s grandest stately homes. The pavilion was an unexpected addition to the roster of temporary pavilions commissioned each year by the Serpentine Gallery in London. When rising steel prices meant the 2007 pavilion coming from artist Olafur Eliasson and architect Kjetil Thorsen was delayed, Hadid offered to step in with a stopgap</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Read more about impressive UK pavilions here:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid show coming to Serpentine Sackler Gallery this winter</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;To be with architecture is all we ask.&rsquo; &ndash; interview with Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Hive pavilion moves to Kew Gardens</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Digital Elytrons. Latest Architecture Technology at the V &amp; A Museum.</a></li></ul> Zaha Hadid show coming to Serpentine Sackler Gallery this winter Alexander Walter 2016-08-30T04:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T11:56:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An exhibition of rarely seen paintings, drawings and digital works by Zaha Hadid is due to open at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London this winter (8 December-12 February 2017), throwing new light on the late British-Iraqi architect&rsquo;s accomplishments as an artist and calligrapher. [...] Sketches and paintings linked to major projects, both realised and unrealised, will go on show.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid's repertoire is a stunning display in Venice's Palazzo Franchetti</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Celebrate Zaha Hadid's life at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery on April 8th</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZHA after Zaha: Patrik Schumacher on Zaha and what's next for the firm, on Archinect Sessions #61</a></li></ul><p>Looking for exciting architecture and design events happening in London <em>right now</em>? <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's weekly event picks</a> keep you up to date.</p> Almost half of Londoners support limits on building height Nicholas Korody 2016-08-29T19:24:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T11:56:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most Londoners think tall buildings should only be built in areas like the City and Canary Wharf, and that there should be limits on how high they can be, according to a survey for the Skyline Campaign published today. The findings come after Westminster Council controversially gave the green light for a 30 storey tower to be built in Paddington, and show stark differences in the views of Londoners in the inner and outer boroughs...</p></em><br /><br /><p>While 49% of those living in inner London think that the 270 proposed, planned, or under construction towers set to go up in London is too many, only 34% of people from the outer boroughs agree. Additionally, the study found that Londoners are, by and large, skeptical that tall buildings will solve the city's housing shortage.</p><p>For more on housing in London, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Ethical Dwellings for Generation Y' explores new forms of living and owning in a changing London</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Everyone deserves a decent place to live.' &ndash; minding London's development gaps with Mohsin Cooper</a></li></ul> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-08-29T14:53:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T11:46:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Just like that, we are at the start of September. The beginning of this month sees the London &nbsp;architecture scene wake up from its summer daze, and get into gear ahead of the commencement of the academic year and London's Design Biennale.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>RIBA Stirling Prize Stories | 6 September</strong></a></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image: RIBA</em></p><p>Earlier this summer, we brought you the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2016</a>, which showcased this year&rsquo;s best buildings. The Architects behind these designs will be coming together for this evening of discussion and development. This is a unique opportunity to understand the methodologies and the concepts behind these shortlisted buildings, and what it would mean to the practices to win the Stirling Prize.</p><p>Hear from the shortlisted practices below:</p><ul><li>Herzog &amp; de Meuron, Blavatnik School of Government</li><li>Michael Laird Architects &amp; Reiach and Hall Architects, City of Glasgow College Riverside Campus...</li></ul> London's Walthamstow Central Parade converted into a creative hub by Gort Scott Ellen Hancock 2016-08-26T11:18:00-04:00 >2016-09-03T11:10:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gort Scott Architects has transformed London&rsquo;s Walthamstow Central Parade into a bustling social enterprise hub. The 1960s former council building now accommodates up to 50 independent makers and creative businesses, as well as providing an exhibition and flexible event space, which is open to the public.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Read more news from the UK here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://London's%20architectural%20debate%20society,%20Turncoats,%20is%20coming%20to%20D.C." rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's architectural debate society, Turncoats, is coming to D.C.</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Technology&nbsp;and&nbsp;tradition combine in Jestico +&nbsp;Whiles&rsquo; award-winning House 19</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Wish Machine by Autoban, part of the London Design Biennale, invites visitors to walk through a tunnel made of transparent hexagonal tubes</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ackroyd + Associates design technically advanced photographic studio at Alva West</a></li></ul> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-08-23T13:17:00-04:00 >2016-09-01T23:00:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As August draws to a close, so do several exhibitions and projects. Take advantage of these (largely free) shows, as well as a fantastic opportunity to take your Instagram to the next level by brushing up on your architectural photography skills on a walking workshop.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Mode in Flux | Open now until 27 August</strong></a></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image: Hufton &amp; Crow</em></p><p>Set within London&rsquo;s Roca Gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and completed in 2011, is the &lsquo;Mode in Flux&rsquo; exhibition showcasing the relationship between engineering and fashion, which is coming into its final week. The gallery itself is a great place to visit; to explore the cavernous showroom is immersive and magical.</p><p>This exhibition focuses on the innovation and technology within fashion design, and how we ask demand more of our clothes in the age of &lsquo;smart&rsquo;. Interactive and transforming pieces make up the collection, with sportswear that changes colour...</p> Ackroyd + Associates design technically advanced photographic studio at Alva West Ellen Hancock 2016-08-18T12:15:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:44:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Alva Studios is a well known photography studio company known for providing the most technically advanced facilities. Their new studio, a large refurbished warehouse, in West London is designed by the architects Ackroyd + Associates. Together they are working to create London's most pioneering photographic facility, with an array of one-off features such as an automated adjustable ceiling, mechanical green screens and automated daylight control.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>T</em><em>he scale of the studios is epic, but the ancillary spaces - the lounges, restaurant, galleries, and snugs - are intentionally designed to a more human scale.</em></p><p><em>The luxurious aesthetic for these spaces is derived from a contemporary interpretation of the industrial warehouse; polished screeds, full height pivoting crittal glazed screens, and distressed timber.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>A+A worked with closely with steel fabricators, joiners and craftsmen to achieve the highest quality of finish. Many elements were prototyped to ensure that they had the correct feel and t...</em></p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-08-15T15:48:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T21:32:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="217" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week, London is set to be bright, warm, and action-packed&hellip; proving that you don&rsquo;t need to leave the city in August! From interactive, innovative&nbsp;engineering, to an exhibition of memes, this week&rsquo;s picks are decidedly fun-filled.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">I Am London | Open now until 4 September</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Featured in the exhibition: Lucy Hawley of London Zoo</em></p><p>London's identity is largely shaped and entwined with its historic buildings and places. This exhibition looks at this through the city&rsquo;s heritage and the stories of its inhabitants,&nbsp;taking&nbsp;these 60 stories and linking&nbsp;them to their settings within the city. From students to paramedics, and beefeaters to tailors; this selection of people connect the&nbsp;human experience to the built environment.&nbsp;</p><p><em>"This wonderful exhibition encapsulates how much London has changed over the years, but also reminds us why the capital continues to be the most open, pioneering and divers...</em></p> Nex-Architecture get approval for new restaurant on Cadogan Estate in West London Ellen Hancock 2016-08-11T13:11:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T01:11:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>London architecture practice Nex- have won an open design competition to build a new restaurant on the King Road Chelsea. Named the Cadogan Caf&eacute;, the new full-service restaurant will be open from breakfast through to evening meals.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The caf&eacute; has a sleek 'ribbon-like' wall of white polished concrete that curls round to a circular seating area&nbsp;for over 100 diners. A curved&nbsp;glass wall tracing the perimeter rises and falls into the basement depending on the weather. This is a world first in glass design and allows flexible yearly use and al-fresco dining.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Featuring a new public rooftop terrace overlooking the square and the Saatchi Gallery, the cafe allows visitors to sit amidst the bustling Duke of York Square and enjoy the surrounding environment.&nbsp;</p><p>Construction is planned to begin in Autumn 2016 and completed by Autumn 2017.</p><p>Hugh Seaborn, Chief Executive of the Cadogan Estate said, &lsquo;The Jury was won over by Nex&rsquo;s design, which combines functionality with a sense of elegant self-containme...</p> Ben Derbyshire from HTA Design voted President Elect of the RIBA Ellen Hancock 2016-08-09T12:16:00-04:00 >2016-08-11T01:18:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In September 2017 Ben Derbyshire will officially&nbsp;become RIBA President-Elect, taking over from the current President Jane Duncan.&nbsp;</p><p>Commenting on the announcement on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HTA's website</a> he said:</p><p>&ldquo;Once again we find ourselves in turbulent times. In winning this election&nbsp;I&nbsp;am conscious of a great sense of responsibility owed to architects everywhere, in all corners of the UK and overseas. Jane Duncan has laid the foundations for change at the RIBA that I look forward to driving forward, when I take up the role of President.&nbsp;My primary goal&nbsp;is to champion architects so that they, our sister professions and clients, can advance architecture as the cornerstone of the well-designed and more sustainable built environment society desperately needs.&nbsp;All architects, wherever and however we practice, need an&nbsp;RIBA that works for us."</p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-08-08T17:11:00-04:00 >2016-08-11T01:28:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week, explore in the good weather some of the great gardens and greenery London has to offer. Watch the Olympics with a drink on a lawn, join in with the kids to make a cardboard neighbourhood, or visit a floating garden and learn how to hula hoop.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Farmopolis | Open now until September 1</strong></a></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image: Farmopolis</em></p><p>Farmopolis is an interesting new addition to the Thames this summer, created by Secret Productions and Wayward architects, in conjunction with RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Farmopolis is an experimental production centre, pioneering an area of public together in the middle of the city, whilst being a practical, productive farm. With the creators&rsquo; combined experience spanning festivals, arts, community architecture, and farming, future hopes for the project are to create event spaces and to develop hydroponic and sustainable farming systems.</p><p>The garden will be bobbing in the river for...</p> 'Adopt an Object' campaign announced by London's Design Museum Ellen Hancock 2016-08-08T13:37:00-04:00 >2016-08-11T01:17:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In an attempt to help raise the final &pound;1 million needed to cover construction costs of their new Kensington High&nbsp;Street home, the Design Museum in London have launched a fundraising campaign, Adopt an Object.&nbsp;</p><p>For &pound;5, each adopter will receive&nbsp;a personalised thank you film showing an iconic&nbsp;object from the Design Museum's permanent collection making it's way from Shad Thames to the new site in Kensington. Twelve films have been commissioned for the project including a pair of Louboutin heels riding a tube and a Dyson Vacuum crossing the road.&nbsp;</p><p>The new museum is due to open on 24 November and will include a free permanent collection as well as two temporary&nbsp;spaces.&nbsp;</p><p>Terence Conran, founder of the Design Museum commented:&nbsp; 'We are about to move from Shad Thames to new, bigger premises in Kensington, where all our dreams and ambitions to create the best and most important design museum in the world will become a step closer to reality. It will make my long lifetime in design absolutely wo...</p> A "great throbbing shaft": Oliver Wainwright on Brighton's British Airways i360 tower Nicholas Korody 2016-08-04T14:23:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T00:04:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="703" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To some it&rsquo;s the Brighton Pole, to others it is Sussex&rsquo;s supersized lollipop. Naughtier minds have dubbed it &ldquo;the cock and ring&rdquo;. Before it has even opened, the south coast&rsquo;s new observation tower has gathered a gaggle of nicknames &ndash; and you can see why, when its creators insist on calling it the British Airways i360. To opponents, it may still be the iSore, a Chernobyl chimney despoiling the beach. It could have been designed to feel less like a corporate entertainment lounge on a stick.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>But by night, when it glows like a sword plunging down from the heavens, it is hard to resist. Come the Pride festival this weekend, when the i360&rsquo;s programmable LED lights will form a dazzling rainbow, there might prove to be no better symbol for the city than this great throbbing shaft.</em></p><p>For more news from Brighton, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Designers of the London Eye create new landmark for Brighton</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Brighton's Embassy Court by Wells Coates featured in new film</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Plan to build UK's first building entirely out of waste</a></li></ul> Will Brexit kill £405B worth of infrastructure projects? Nicholas Korody 2016-08-03T19:57:00-04:00 >2016-08-03T20:01:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Prime Minister Theresa May recently announced that the newly-formed government will delay making any decisions about building a major nuclear power plant&mdash;the first in a generation&mdash;until the fall.</p><p>Economists reacted with alarm to the announcement, according to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a>, since the deferral raises doubts about the future of &pound;405 billion worth of infrastructural projects. The infrastructural projects would both improve productivity and provide much-needed economic stimulation as the country faces the possibility of a major recession.</p><p>Before the UK&rsquo;s vote to leave the European Union, the UK planned major energy and infrastructure projects meant to improve the country&rsquo;s crumbling infrastructure. These included a high-speed rail from London to northern England and a major expansion of either Heathrow or Gatwick airports&rsquo; capacity.</p><p>Some economists question whether the UK could afford these projects at all, as the country&rsquo;s economy and credit rating remain uncertain following Brexit. Still, sp...</p> How are London's Olympic grounds being used 4 years later? Julia Ingalls 2016-08-03T19:52:00-04:00 >2016-08-09T01:10:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Just in time for Friday's Rio Olympics, it's time to take a look back at former Olympic villages: specifically, what good are they post-games? In London, the 560 acres of the East End that was transformed into the grounds for the 2012 Olympics have undergone the Olly Wainwright examination in his latest piece for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian</a>. As he writes,</p><p><em>That London has a lasting physical inheritance from its two-week &pound;12bn jamboree is indisputable, but what kind of place is the promised Legacy-land turning out to be?&nbsp;So far, it&rsquo;s an odd one. It is somewhere that feels more like an accidental suburban campus than a real piece of London &ndash; a place where the different functions that make up a city have been separated out, each built without much thought given to how they relate.</em></p><p>Good news: there is some affordable housing among the leftovers/adjacent proposed developing properties loosely branded as Olympicopolis, but there could be more (as ever).</p><p>More Olympics news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio's streets clog with traffic as ...</a></li></ul> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-08-01T13:43:00-04:00 >2016-08-09T01:03:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stirling Prize Shortlist</a>&nbsp;announced, and the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NLA Awards</a>&nbsp;presented, there is an air of celebration of achievement in the design world. This week&rsquo;s events are packed full of opportunities to understand and celebrate award winning architecture and investigate the design which surrounds us as we move through the city.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check Back regularly</a> to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sadiq Khan Cycling Summit at the NLA | August 3</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""><em>Image: NLA</em></p><p>Reflecting the increasing number of cyclists in our city, as Sadiq Khan took up position of Mayor, he promised to &lsquo;make London a byword for cycling around the world&rsquo;. At this conference, plans to make the city safer and easier for pedestrians and cyclists will be showcased. Hearing from the Deputy Mayor for Transport, attendees will also hear of the current state of travel in the city as well as future plans. Discussing Cycle Super Highways, CLOCS and &lsquo;Mini-Hollands&rsquo;, the speakers include policy makers, borou...</p> Expansion of London City Airport granted planning permission Ellen Hancock 2016-08-01T08:06:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T02:37:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London City Airport has been given permission to go ahead with a $450m expansion plan that will fit it with seven extra stands, a parallel taxiway and an extended terminal. The plan, which was approved by the government yesterday, will increase the airport&rsquo;s capacity from 4.3 million passengers to 6.5 million by 2025. The airport said the expansion would create &ldquo;world-class terminal facilities, more space and facilitate a greater frequency of flights&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more news and features about UK transport projects here:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw chosen to design Heathrow's new terminal</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After Brexit, &ldquo;the priority for the government at this time will not be big sexy projects&rdquo;</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Station to station: the architects behind Crossrail, Europe's biggest infrastructure project ever</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crossrail unveils images of new Elizabeth line stations</a></li></ul>