Archinect - News 2017-07-27T04:57:37-04:00 New Rooftop Observatory launched at Bold Tendencies Abigail Banfield 2017-07-25T05:36:00-04:00 >2017-07-25T05:36:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Peckham&rsquo;s famous multi-storey car park has a new addition; a new viewing gallery created by Cooke Fawcett. The young practice, based in London&rsquo;s creative Clerkenwell, was formed just two years ago, by directors Oliver Cooke and Francis Fawcett, after working on the Tate&rsquo;s Switch House at Stirling-prize winning practice Herzog &amp; de Meuron.</p> <p>This project, a spectacular kiosk and viewing gallery for arts space Bold Tendencies, will not only provide breathtaking views of London&nbsp;but also act as an interactive setting for installations and specially commissioned art pieces. This arts-focused structure joins (and benefits from) Peckham&rsquo;s famous rooftop hangout,&nbsp;<em>Frank&rsquo;s Bar</em>. Over the past decade, the Peckham multi-storey car park has been slowly transformed by Bold Tendancies, through a programme of culture. Immersive public space and unique views have drawn over a million visitors south of the river, to this unlikely home of the arts. &nbsp;</p> <p>Francis Fawcett: &ldquo;For an avant garde cultural institut...</p> This Man Designed an AI to Generate British Placenames Nicholas Korody 2017-07-21T12:21:00-04:00 >2017-07-24T14:03:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As any American who tuned into the last British election realized, UK placenames are a bit out there (at least to American ears, that is), from Droop in Dorset to Westward Ho! in Devon. So Dan Ho decided to train a (quirky) AI to generate its own.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are some of the ones the computer crafted:</p> <ul><li>Ospley</li><li>Stoke Carrston</li><li>Elfordbion</li><li>Hevermilley</li><li>Ell</li><li>Elle&rsquo;s Chorels</li><li>Capton Briins Forehouint Eftte Green</li><li>Waryburn Torner Midlwood</li><li>Wasts Halkstack</li><li>Kinindworthorpe Marmile</li><li>Dompton Ole</li><li>Dimmer Common</li><li>Pairinggleat</li><li>Catley Holtbridgeham Ruse</li><li>Colon-in Mead</li></ul><p>Check out the full list, as well as how he did it, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> The UK parliament to be restored by BDP Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-19T18:06:00-04:00 >2017-07-19T18:07:22-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The full scope of work includes architecture, civil and structural engineering, building services engineering, interior design, landscape architecture, lighting design, acoustics and planning. Since its construction in the mid-1800s, many systems in the palace have never undergone a major renovation, and the heating, ventilation, water, drainage and electrical systems are antiquated.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BDP</a>'s London studio beat <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Allies and Morrison</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOK</a> in the competition and has been awarded a full interdisciplinary contract for client advisory services for the refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster, the meeting place for the two houses of the UK parliament.</p> <p>The firm will be collaborating with heritage and conservation specialist Donald Insall Associates, civil and structural engineer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alan Baxter Associates</a>, building services engineer Hoare Lea and planning consultancy Gerald Eve.</p> UK’s Royal Mail issues 10 stamps featuring iconic modern architecture Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-13T13:45:00-04:00 >2017-07-13T15:13:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In announcing the stamps, Royal Mail said that they celebrate excellence in contemporary architecture and engineering in the United Kingdom and &ldquo;the renaissance in architecture of the past two decades in Britain.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>One strip of five pictures includes <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>'s&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Aquatics Center</a>, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Library of Birmingham</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecanoo</a>, Glasgow's SEEC Amadillio by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scottish Parliament</a> in Edinburgh designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EMBT</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RMJM</a>, and the Giant&rsquo;s Causeway Visitor Center in Northern Ireland by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heneghang Peng</a>.</p> <p>Shown on the other strip are the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners</a>, the Eden Project in St. Austell by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw</a>, Liverpool&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Everyman Theater</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haworth Thompkins</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Imperial War Museum</a>&nbsp;by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Libeskind</a>, and the Tate Modern&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Switch House</a> in London by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog and De Meuron</a>.</p> <p>Ordering information is available from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Royal Mail</a>.</p> Starry shortlist of architects for London’s new Center for Music Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-11T20:38:00-04:00 >2017-07-12T12:18:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The viability of building a major new concert hall in London has been widely debated, and the future of the Center was thrown into doubt last November, when the British government withdrew its commitment to contribute 5 million pounds (about $6.4 million) to pay for a business plan. The City of London Corporation stepped in with 2.5 million pounds (about $3.2 million) to allow project to go ahead.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The shortlist for the future home for the London Symphony Orchestra and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama was announced on Monday and consists of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>AL_A</u></a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Foster + Partners</u></a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Renzo Piano</u></a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Diller Scofidio + Renfro</u></a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Gehry Partners</u></a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Snohetta</u></a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>, all of which have extensive experience working on cultural buildings. </p> <p>The center which will include a concert hall with up to 2,000 seats, as well as education and training spaces, will be located in&nbsp;what is currently the Museum of London, designed by Hidalgo Moya and Philip Powell in the 1970s. The building is estimated to cost 200 million to 250 million pounds ($257 million to $322 million) to construct and is to be covered by private and philanthropic donations. </p> <p>"The shortlisted architects have been asked to provide detailed designs as well as estimated costs, and the winner will be announced this fall."</p> David Chipperfield-designed Hepworth Wakefield named Britain’s Museum of the Year 2017 Alexander Walter 2017-07-06T12:40:00-04:00 >2017-07-06T12:58:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] Art Fund Museum of the Year is awarded annually to one outstanding museum, which, in the opinion of the judges, has shown exceptional imagination, innovation and achievement across the preceding 12 months.&nbsp; The Hepworth Wakefield was selected as winner of the &pound;100,000 prize from a group of five finalists, also including Lapworth Museum of Geology (Birmingham), National Heritage Centre for Horseracing &amp; Sporting Art (Newmarket), Sir John Soane&rsquo;s Museum (London) and Tate Modern (London).</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Iwan Baan.</figcaption><figcaption></figcaption></figure><p>"The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hepworth Wakefield</a> has been a powerful force of energy from the moment it opened in 2011, but it has just kept growing in reach and impact ever since," said Art Fund director Stephen Deuchar. "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Chipperfield</a>&rsquo;s building has proved a perfect stage &ndash; both for the display of collections and as the platform for a breathtaking sequence of special exhibitions, curated with determined originality by the talented curatorial team."</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Iwan Baan.</figcaption><figcaption></figcaption></figure><p>Comprised of a series of 10 small, irregular, trapezoidal blocks, the gallery also won a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2012 RIBA Award</a> for architectural excellence and was shortlisted for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stirling Prize in the same year</a>. <br></p> V&A Museum addition includes $70M all-porcelain public courtyard Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-30T17:33:00-04:00 >2017-06-30T17:44:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="451" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The bold addition features the world's first all-porcelain public courtyard, paved with 11,000 handmade porcelain tiles in 15 different patterns. The tiles were manufactured by Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum, the Netherlands' oldest registered company, established in 1572.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After six years of construction, the Exhibition Road Quarter, AL_A-designed courtyard space opened yesterday in London's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Victoria and Albert Museum</a>, adding 11,840 square feet of column-free flexible gallery space to the museum to help accommodate the V&amp;A's headline exhibitions. Intended as a meeting point, public square and museum entrance, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AL_A</a>'s extension is V&amp;A&rsquo;s largest architectural intervention in over 100 years.</p> Reiulf Ramstad's proposal for a multivalent, inspirational Ross Pavilion in Edinburgh Julia Ingalls 2017-06-29T14:55:00-04:00 >2017-06-29T14:55:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While no one can claim that they understand where inspiration comes from, most would agree that it doesn't hurt to have an unfettered view of nature in an architecturally inventive setting. Norwegian architects Reiulf Ramstad are among the seven finalists in the Ross Pavilion International Design Competition to design a new cultural pavilion for Edinburgh's West Princes Street Gardens, and their plans reveal a glass-walled, timber-framed structure that attempts to harmoniously look toward the future while not alienating the centuries-old architecture&nbsp;surrounding it.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: Forbes Massie Studio</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: Forbes Massie Studio</figcaption></figure><p>The result is a surprisingly timeless pavilion that encourages contemplation, relaxation, and an appreciation of the Gardens.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: Forbes Massie Studio</figcaption></figure><p>As the architects explain, "The Ross Pavilion will be the focal point of the city of Edinburgh and its many visitors, but it can also be a symbolic place for all of Scotland as well. The intervention into the Gardens ...</p> The Harvard GSD unveils restored Richard Rogers’ Wimbledon House in London Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-28T13:25:00-04:00 >2017-06-28T14:54:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="447" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Wimbledon house in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>, UK, designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lord Rogers</a>&nbsp;in&nbsp;1968,&nbsp;was&nbsp;gifted to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard Graduate School of Design</a> in 2015 to provide both a residence for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Rogers Fellowship</a>, and&nbsp;GSD's new&nbsp;venue for lectures, symposia, and other events. Restored by British architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Philip Gumuchdjian</a> and landscape architect Todd Longstaffe-Gowan&nbsp;since 2015, the house premiered yesterday, on June 27.</p> <p>Philip Gumuchdjian, commented &ldquo;Parkside is&nbsp;not just an iconic, flexible machine for living, nor simply a historic experimental building that foretold the architect&rsquo;s future work; it was also a home with a unique memory, patina, and aura. Conserving these qualities within a wholly refurbished twenty-first-century building tailored to Harvard&rsquo;s new use was our aim and hopefully the achievement of the team&rsquo;s work.&rdquo;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Richard Rogers&rsquo;s Wimbledon House. Photograph by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of Harvard Graduate School of Design.</figcaption></figure><p>Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, whom re-designed the garden context&nbsp; from the street front...</p> The Guardian reports on the social housing crisis in the UK Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-26T14:34:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T14:45:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now, although the horror is still raw and much about it is still unknown, it has also become clear that Grenfell exposes in the harshest possible way questions of the current state of social housing, about the accessibility, affordability and quality of homes, and their impact on people&rsquo;s lives.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Guardian's feature&nbsp;examines the new documentary<em> Dispossession: The New Housing Swindle </em>which addresses the build up anger surrounding the issue of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">affordable housing</a> and the failed attempts at combatting it, including&nbsp;Margaret Thatcher's right-to-buy policy&nbsp;and the effects of&nbsp;the 60s and 70s estates renewal. Beyond that, the article also offers recent examples of demolition, displacement through opinions of people that have experienced it firsthand<em>&ndash;</em>former residents of social or council housing. </p> <p><em>"No honest portrayal of the current situation can ignore the fact that the last time government was a major builder of homes it didn&rsquo;t get it all right. But, as it is now blindingly obvious that the market is not going to provide by itself, active building and planning by the public sector looks inevitable. There are ways to achieve new and affordable homes &ndash; by densifying suburbs, encouraging garden cities and, indeed, by renewing council estates &ndash; but none of them are easy. The invisib...</em></p> Crowdfunding campaign launched for Camden Highline Abigail Banfield 2017-06-26T12:27:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T12:37:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A crowdfunding campaign has been launched for the latest civic development in North London; the Camden Highline. For years, the disused railway has been talked about among local residents, with many wanting to see a little bit of New York in Camden Town.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image Courtesy of Camden Town Unlimited</figcaption></figure><p>Since 2016, Camden Town Unlimited have been working with Network Rail to secure the 18-metre&nbsp;wide disused railway line, which runs for almost a&nbsp;kilometre&nbsp;between the beloved, vibrant Camden Market and the newly developed Kings Cross area. The initial ambitions for the project include creating a space which is accessible to all and will provide a home for the arts, festivals, and live performance, as well as ecological and educational benefits.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image Courtesy of Camden Town Unlimited</figcaption></figure><p>Using the famous New York High Line as a precedent, this crowd-funded project will initially work on the existing infrastructure, workshops, events, and feasibility works. The funds raised from the campaign run on&nbsp;...</p> RIBA reveals 49 winning projects for 2017 National Awards Justine Testado 2017-06-21T19:04:00-04:00 >2017-06-21T19:22:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The&nbsp;2017 RIBA Awards cycle continues!&nbsp;Advancing from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the 2017 London Awards</a>, 49 stunning projects throughout the UK&nbsp;have just been announced as winners in the&nbsp;2017&nbsp;National Awards for architecture, which distinguishes the UK's most outstanding buildings and offers insight into construction, design, and investment trends in the country.</p> <p>This year's winners include a variety of projects like the&nbsp;Tate Modern's Blavatnik Building, the British Airways i360 &mdash; dubbed as the world's first &ldquo;vertical pier&rdquo;,&nbsp;the Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre, and the transformative&nbsp;Leicester Cathedral's Richard III Project &ldquo;With Dignity and Honour&rdquo;, to name a few.</p> <p>In regards to design trends with this year's winners, RIBA President Jane Duncan&nbsp;commented on&nbsp;the ongoing&nbsp;prominence of brick as a building material, as well as the increasing use of timber. She also pointed out&nbsp;certain exemplary housing and education projects that more cities should model. &ldquo;Silchester and Ponders End are both great examples of e...</p> BFI Giveaway - Win tickets to 'Berger on Buildings' and a BFI Membership Package Ellen Hancock 2017-06-15T05:55:00-04:00 >2017-06-15T09:30:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In conjunction with the BFI's <a href=";BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture on TV</a>&nbsp;season this June we are offering Archinect readers the chance to win tickets to <a href=";BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=B251A9D4-AD4F-4E70-B3A0-546F5BF3C4CD&amp;BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=3E11BE97-CDB9-4B49-890A-B7249AD0B98B" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berger on Buildings</a>&nbsp; with an intro from Mike Dibb, Tom Overton and Matthew Harle.&nbsp;</p><p><em>John Berger passed away in January this year, leaving behind an unparalleled contribution to literature, criticism, film and television. We have the privilege of screening his rarely-seen work on architecture and the built environment in this special programme. Enjoy his ethical consideration of the city in The Visual Scene (BBC 1969. Prod Nancy Thomas. 31min), his commentary on Le Corbusier&rsquo;s designs in A City at Chandigarh (1966. Dir Alain Tanner. 44min), and Berger&rsquo;s profile of the outsider artist Ferdinand Cheval in 10 Thousand Days, 93 Thousand Hours, 33 years of Effort (BBC 1965. Dir Michael Gill. 28min).</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>We are also offering one lucky Archinect reader a full <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BFI Membership Package</a>. Enjoy priority booking for BFI Southbank and BFI London Film Festival. Other all year-rou...</p> London tower block fire kills twelve; previous warnings about "very poor fire safety standards" may have gotten ignored Alexander Walter 2017-06-14T14:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T13:30:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="812" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Twelve people have died in a west London tower block fire and the number of deaths are expected to rise, police have said. [...] Grenfell Tower underwent a two-year &pound;10m refurbishment as part of a wider transformation of the estate, that was completed last year. [...] Before and during the refurbishment, the local Grenfell Action Group claimed that the block constituted a fire risk and residents warned that site access for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted".</p></em><br /><br /><p>While it's still too early to determine the cause of the fire, the <em>BBC</em> reports that "before and during the refurbishment, the local Grenfell Action Group claimed that the block constituted a fire risk and residents warned that site access for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted"."</p> <p>Latest updates on the disastrous blaze can be found in <em>The Guardian</em>'s live feed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>UPDATE, June 14, 2017, 2:06 PM EST:</strong></p> <p>Latest reports raise the fear that the tower may be seriously in danger of collapsing with structural cracks appearing in the corners. Firefighters have been pulled out of the tower.</p> <p><img src=""><em>Image via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@mrgeorgeclarke</a> on Instagram.</em></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#GrenfellTower Tweets</a></p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-06-13T03:30:00-04:00 >2017-06-23T11:31:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As we move into the third week of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Festival of Architecture</a>, the city is certainly not slowing down in its love for the built environment.&nbsp;Get involved in this week's workshops and exhibitions, which range from drawing London's skyline to eating it.&nbsp;</p><p>Don't miss your very last chance&nbsp;to visit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Circling the Square</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japanese House</a> before they close.</p><p>You can check out all of the best London Festival of Architecture events <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s&nbsp;latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><img alt="" src=""><br><em>Image: HCMA Architecture + Design</em></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Night Time Is The Right Time | Until 15 August</a></strong></p><p>In collaboration with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor of London</a>, this exhibition and event programme by the The Built Environment Trust explores our city after-hours. Looking at a range of reasons to be up after the sun, including social media and essential maintenance works, the exhibition will question the need and the potential of developing cities to work on a 24-hour basis.</p><p><img alt="" src=""><br><em>Image: Anna Parker</em></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beyond...</a></strong></p> New UK train station got their math inspiration wrong Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-12T17:14:00-04:00 >2017-06-13T11:46:16-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Conway confirmed what several mathematicians have noticed since the station&rsquo;s unveiling: the pattern on the fa&ccedil;ade follows the logic not of Conway&rsquo;s Life but of Wolfram&rsquo;s Rule 30, a different cellular automaton identified by the computer scientist Stephen Wolfram.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atkins designed</a> &pound;50m&nbsp;Cambridge North <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">railway station</a>, a 4,843 sq ft building with three platforms and parking, opened this May.<br>Its aluminum <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fa&ccedil;ade</a>&nbsp;was inspired by The Game of Life, a cellular automaton that a British mathematician John Horton Conway developed in 1970. Conway, nevertheless, claims that he does not recognize his work in the architecture of the station.&nbsp;<br><br><img src=""><br><br>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s not mine,&rdquo; the mathematician said of the pattern. &ldquo;I have had an influence on Cambridge, but not apparently on the new railway station.&rdquo;</p> <p>As a 2015&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guardian profile of Conway</a>&nbsp;put it, &ldquo;the Game of Life demonstrates how simplicity generates complexity, providing an analogy for all of mathematics, and the entire universe."</p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-06-06T03:30:00-04:00 >2017-06-05T17:22:06-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Week two of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Festival of Architecture</a>, and the pace is ramping up. Expect to find yourself in an internal war when deciding on what to do on Saturday - Architectural Yoga, or watching 'Boris Bike' racing&hellip;</p><p>&nbsp;There are plenty of workshops and exhibitions to go to, especially over the weekend, and many exhibitions and open studios throughout the week. The vast majority are free, and are 'drop-in', so what are you waiting for?</p><p>&nbsp;You can check out all of the best London Festival of Architecture events <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s&nbsp;latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><img alt="" src=""><br><em>Image: Sinclair Johnston</em></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Smellery of Smithfield | Until 2 July</a></strong></p><p>Until July, catch this 'smellscape' at the Smithfield (a place which is already locally known for its distinctive odour), to explore how smells can unlock memory. Local stories and histories will also be included in this olfactory installation.</p><p><img alt="" src=""><em>Image: Footprints of London</em></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Once there was a Church | 7 June</a></strong></p><p>This walking tour will...</p> The V&A Museum releases rendering of its new Photography Center designed by DKA Nicholas Korody 2017-06-05T13:03:00-04:00 >2017-06-05T13:03:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&amp;A) has revealed a rendering and the name of a major sponsor for its new Photography Centre. The former, by David Kohn Architects (DKA), showcase a redesigned gallery space that more than doubles the space previously allocated to the display of photography. The latter is the Bern Schwartz Family Foundation, which honors the legacy of Bernard Schwartz, an American businessman who took up photography late in life.</p><p>The DKA design features a modular system of display cases enabling a variety of exhibition formats. They won the commission to redesign the&nbsp;original nineteenth-century picture gallery&nbsp;in a competition.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;We are delighted to be working with the V&amp;A and their curatorial team on this landmark project, not least because of my personal passion for photography,&rdquo; states David Kohn. &ldquo;Our approach has been to offer visitors the widest range of ways to engage with this world-leading collection, framed by the stunning architecture of the refurbished galle...</p> Call for Entries: Archinect UK Portfolio Competition 2017 Ellen Hancock 2017-06-01T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-23T06:23:18-04:00 <img src="" width="1028" height="606" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Archinect UK is launching a nationwide portfolio competition for 2017. This award aims to celebrate and promote the exceptional talent, vision and innovation of UK Architects, Interior Architects, Landscape and Urban designers.</p><p>The competition will be managed online via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect&rsquo;s unique community profiles section</a>, with the winners invited to exhibit at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interiors Educators Freerange show</a>, the largest exhibition of architecture and interior design graduates in the UK.&nbsp;</p><p>There will be a range of categories and a prestigious judging panel of professionals from the architecture &amp; design industry whom we will be introducing here on Archinect shortly. Winners will be announced in conjunction with the IE awards on the evening of July 14th , with events and talks throughout the rest of the show.</p><p><strong>Awards</strong></p><ul><li>Best Overall Portfolio Design</li><li>Best Imagery&nbsp;</li><li>Best Typography</li><li>Judges Favourites</li><li>Most Creative</li><li>Best Archinect Profile&nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>To enter:</strong></p><ul><li>Upload your portfolio to your Archinect profile or register and set up a pro...</li></ul> IF_DO's mirrored pavilion reflects on the Dulwich Picture Gallery Abigail Banfield 2017-05-31T14:10:00-04:00 >2017-05-31T16:11:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="620" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>IF_DO, a &lsquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">young and restless</a>&rsquo; practice based in Peckham, have completed their rectilinear, temporary pavilion at Dulwich Picture Gallery. For the practice, which was formed only a few years ago in 2014, this is a breakthrough project; exposing their work to a whole new audience.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Al Scott, Co-founding Director, IF_DO, said:</p><p><em>&ldquo;</em><em>The Dulwich Pavilion has provided a wonderful opportunity for us to create a unique public structure in an exceptional setting. We have benefitted hugely from the freedom given by our clients and support of the London Festival of Architecture. Working in close collaboration with creative engineers StructureMode and fabricators Weber Industries to realise the project has been a great experience, and vital to it</em><em>s</em><em> success.</em><em>&rdquo;</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This is the first pavilion to grace the gallery&rsquo;s grounds and pays tribute the John Soane&rsquo;s iconic building design on its 200th anniversary since doors were first opened. Not only does this structure compliment and literally mirror its context, it w...</p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-05-31T03:30:00-04:00 >2017-05-30T18:12:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Festival of Architecture</a> returns this year, bigger and better than ever, with the theme of <em>memory</em>, and events ranging from film screenings and talks, to workshops and guided walks. The festival kicks off this week, and is an eclectic mix of informal and child-friendly installations and formal events including some challenging debates and panel discussions. After last week's intense and colourful <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clerkenwell Design Week</a>, we hope you've rested up over the bank holiday to tackle this month of architectural celebration... Below, we've featured just a few of the great events and workshops that form the LFA this week, or that you should book onto for the coming weeks to avoid missing out. We will bring you more highlights over the next few weeks. &nbsp;</p><p>You can check out all of the best London Festival of Architecture events <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s&nbsp;latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p>With all this going on, don't miss&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Imagine Moscow</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wolfgan...</a></p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-05-23T03:30:00-04:00 >2017-05-24T17:44:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week is Clerkenwell Design Week, which brings showcases of&nbsp;the best in new design, as well as celebrations and networking. We've picked out some highlights below, but the full experience is an exploratory&nbsp;one taken by foot. Also happening&nbsp;this week is the annual Chelsea Flower Show, and openings of&nbsp;exciting exhibitions. Catch <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Imagine Moscow</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">America After the Fall</a> before they finish, and visit the Tate Modern for the monthly <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNIQLO TATE LATES</a>.</p><p>Check back next week for our picks of this year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Festival of Architecture</a>. In the meantime,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s&nbsp;latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><img alt="" src=""><br><em>Image: Jim Stephenson</em></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clerkenwell Design Week | until 28 May</a></strong></p><p>Clerkenwell Design Week returns for its annual festival celebrating makers and designers. Each year, the EC1 area is overrun with some of the best emerging designers and big brands alike showcasing their approach to the creative environment.&nbsp; Innovative technology will sit beside stunning ...</p> Disused petrol station site to be transformed into apartments by NEUBAU Abigail Banfield 2017-05-23T01:54:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T14:54:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A major project in north London has just received planning permission; a &lsquo;pixelated&rsquo; residential scheme will replace a historic clock tower and a derelict petrol station. The architects behind the project, NEUBAU, are an emerging practice consisting of thinkers and designers with international experience.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>28 apartments will be arranged in smaller six meter wide units, in a way which reduces the overall visual impact of the development. The building up of height,&nbsp;and its corner location, creates an acoustic shield created by the corner frontage has created a sheltered area behind the building for a communal garden; a &lsquo;private oasis&rsquo; for future residents.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The site, a challenging corner on two very busy roads, is currently home for a disused petrol station and a large clock tower. Following a long and difficult planning process, the aptly named &lsquo;Tower Station&rsquo; development will maintain the cubic volumes of the existing tower, and its civic function at the same time, with a large mechanic...</p> Miller Kendrick Architects complete Welsh pop-up hotel Abigail Banfield 2017-05-19T08:00:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T05:43:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="539" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Miller Kendrick Architects, a small practice founded by Michael Kendrick and Paul Miller in 2015, have completed their build of a &lsquo;pop-up-hotel&rsquo;; a cabin that was one of eight winning designs of &lsquo;Epic Retreats&rsquo;. Named &lsquo;<em>Arthur&rsquo;s Cave&rsquo;</em>, this small structure will be featured on Channel 4 as part of the &lsquo;Cabins in the Wild with Dick Strawbridge&rsquo; series, the first episode of which airs on Sunday 21st May.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The modern design was inspired by its surrounding ancient Welsh landscapes, which tumble and stretch for miles around the faceted larch-clad structure. With a fantastic outlook across the Snowdonian National Park, and shelter formed by the rocky foothill of Castle Y Bere, MKA&rsquo;s geometric cabin nestles in a unique and captivating location.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Staying true to MKA&rsquo;s passion for testing new forms of low-cost, efficient, and sustainable methods of construction, <em>Arthur&rsquo;s Cave</em> uses locally sourced materials and a clever construction method of jigsaw-joined birch plywood ribs, which acts as structur...</p> RIBA responds to Conservatives Manifesto Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-19T05:49:00-04:00 >2017-05-20T11:30:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The Conservative Party&rsquo;s manifesto outlines its vision to further empower communities. Whoever forms the next government should ensure that plans to build high quality housing and infrastructure are linked with industrial and devolution strategies to encourage more jobs and a better quality of life for people across the country.&#8203;"</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the publication of the Conservatives manifesto, published earlier today.</p><p><em>"The RIBA welcomes the Conservatives&rsquo; acknowledgment that the UK&rsquo;s architects are the finest in the world. This is recognition of the vital role that good design has on improving quality of life, sustainability and social integration; and acknowledgement that architects are the design professionals that make this happen."</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>On Brexit: </strong></p><p>&ldquo;The RIBA has long been calling for the rights of non-UK EU nationals to be confirmed. I&rsquo;m happy to see it is included in the Conservative manifesto. Skilled architects come to the UK from across the world, giving us the edge in creativity and innovation; we need to ensure this continues into the future.</p><p>&ldquo;British architects have been clear about our key asks from Brexit through RIBA&rsquo;s &lsquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global By Design&rsquo;</a> report. The RIBA will continue to be a strong voice for the sector in the coming weeks and months.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>On planning and co...</strong></p> RIBA responds to Liberal Democrats Manifesto Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-19T05:49:00-04:00 >2017-05-24T09:09:40-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"I am pleased to see that the Liberal Democrats have recognized the key role of the built environment sector in tackling issues such as energy demand, climate change and urban flooding through their plans for infrastructure and housing. &ldquo;Proposals for new housebuilding should be balanced with ambitions to deliver high quality, well designed and sustainable homes across the country.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the publication of the Liberal Democrats manifesto, published earlier today.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>On Brexit:</strong></p><p>&ldquo;I warmly welcome the commitment from the Liberal Democrats to protect the rights of existing EU citizens in the UK, and UK citizens in the EU. Our members need to see this issue resolved as a matter of urgency. The party&rsquo;s desire to open up access to university courses also chimes with RIBA&rsquo;s target to achieve greater diversity in the architecture profession through apprenticeships, with varied and affordable new routes to qualification.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>On planning and communities:</strong></p><p>&ldquo;The promise to devolve powers around housing, transport and skills, backed with resources for infrastructure projects is a welcome step to help local communities create better places to live, work and play. Meaningful devolution opportunities in areas such as housing can help to boost skills in the construction sector across the country.</p><p>&ldquo;The Liberal Democrats also wish...</p> All-star line-up revealed for Vision 2017: UNStudio, Zaha Hadid Architects, Gensler, Foster + Partners and more Sponsor 2017-05-17T06:00:00-04:00 >2017-05-19T12:04:18-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a></p><p><em><strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; This post is brought to you by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vision 2017</a>.</strong></em></p><p>Vision 2017 has announced its programme, including some of the biggest names across the built environment industry, alongside the brightest start-ups and world-renowned experts. A series of talks, debates and presentations will address the main issues facing the profession, both in the UK and in a global context. New technologies, materials, products and approaches will be explored across five lecture theatres on the 6-7 June, with Vision as the official trade partner of the London Festival of Architecture. The event is also affiliated to other key industry partners, such as the RIBA, New London Architecture, the Museum of Architecture and BRE.</p><p>Alongside the extensive programme, Vision has also partnered with various international trade authorities, including Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Latvia and the Czech Republic, represented at the event through a number of pavilions, each housing multiple participants.</p><p>As al...</p> RIBA responds positively to Corbyn's new manifesto for Labour Nicholas Korody 2017-05-16T15:43:00-04:00 >2017-05-19T00:55:06-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="1004" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In mid-April, the Prime Minister Theresa May reversed her earlier stated decision and called for a snap election&mdash;a move that surprised many. While some called the move opportunistic, others supported the early election, including Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Labour, the opposition party. The Labour Party currently trails behind the Conservative Party, led by May, in national polls. Today, Corbyn released a manifesto, intended to make clear his party&rsquo;s positions and to drum up support for the embattled party.</p><p>The manifesto, dubbed &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">For the Many, Not the Few</a>&rdquo;, takes strong positions. Around &pound;50B sourced primarily from taxes on corporations and the country&rsquo;s wealthiest citizens would be used to fund major new public programs, from housing to education to healthcare to transit. The manifesto rules out rises in VAT, national insurance, and income tax for all but the top 5% of earners.</p><p>For some, the manifesto is seen as stridently leftist. By all accounts, it represents a stark difference to th...</p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-05-16T03:30:00-04:00 >2017-05-15T19:32:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With a focus on the housing market and the future of living in London, the topics covered in this week's events vary from flying cars and future regeneration, to DIY and the celebration of existing structures. Be sure to take the time to visit exhibitions which are coming to a close within the next couple of weeks. Notably the Tate's&nbsp;showcase&nbsp;of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Hockney</a>&nbsp;and the Saatchi Gallery's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From Selfie to Self-Expression</a> exhibitions are deserving of the attention they have gained since their openings earlier this year.</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&nbsp;latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><img alt="" src=""><em>Camden Lock Market, Image: Glenn Copus</em></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taking Stock: London&rsquo;s evolving markets | 19 May</a></strong></p><p>London's street markets are so often&nbsp;globally&nbsp;depicted as a hub of community activity, however how are they coping in today's climate? Over 300 markets across London supply and support their surrounding&nbsp;communities, and provide a&nbsp;sense of place. Speakers, including planners and designers, ...</p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-05-02T03:30:00-04:00 >2017-05-01T20:59:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With the start of May comes book launches and exhibition openings, not to&nbsp;mention&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clerkenwell Design Week</a>&nbsp;to look forward to at the end of the month. Keep yourself busy&nbsp;on this, another 4-day week, with exhibitions, Saturday Architecture School and cinematic celebrations of great architects.&nbsp;</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&nbsp;latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Book launch: Jane Rendell &ndash; &lsquo;The Architecture of Psychoanalysis: Spaces of Transition&rsquo; | 4 May</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""><em>Image: Moisei Ginzburg and Ignatii Milinis, The Narkomfin Communal House, Moscow (1928-1929) (Photograph: Jane Rendell, 2012).</em></p><p>This Thursday, join Jane Rendell at the Bartlett for the book launch of her book &lsquo;<em>The Architecture of Psychoanalysis: Spaces of Transition</em>&rsquo;, which explores how architectural space registers in psychoanalysis and investigates "both the inherently spatial vocabulary of psychoanalysis and ideas around the physical 'setting' of the psychoanalytic encounter". This launch will feature...</p>