Archinect - News 2017-07-27T08:38:17-04:00 The privatization of public space in London, investigated by the Guardian Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-26T04:30:00-04:00 >2017-07-25T15:33:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Pseudo-public spaces &ndash; large squares, parks and thoroughfares that appear to be public but are actually owned and controlled by developers and their private backers &ndash; are on the rise in London and many other British cities, as local authorities argue they cannot afford to create or maintain such spaces themselves.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The abundance of pseudo-public spaces, namely outdoor, open and publicly accessible locations owned and maintained by private companies in London&nbsp;is alarming. To this day it's largely unclear what regulations people passing through privately-owned 'public' land are subject to, and where members of the public can view those regulations.</p> <p>The Guardian conducted an investigation, contacting landowners of more than 50 major pseudo-public spaces in London,&nbsp;asking an identical set of questions: what restrictions are in place covering users of your land, how are these enforced, where can members of the public see a list of these restrictions, and what conditions are there in the relevant planning agreements regarding public access to your land? Also inquiring whether a series of public activities &ndash; including peaceful political protest, non-commercial photography, non-commercial artistic performances and rough sleeping &ndash; would be permitted on their site, the Guardian received responses from ...</p> 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> 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> The Norman Foster Foundation announces a program of education initiatives Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-12T14:40:00-04:00 >2017-07-12T14:42:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Based in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Madrid</a> and operating globally, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Norman Foster Foundation</a>&nbsp;is a non-profit promoting holistic education and interdisciplinary thinking and research.&nbsp;</p> <p>Followed from the <em>Future is Now</em> forum held in Madrid's Royal Theater on the 1st of June, Mayor of Madrid and Lord Foster brought together leading figures in the fields of science, design, architecture, politics, art, economics and history, to&nbsp;a capacity audience of 2,000 and 75,000 online viewers.&nbsp;</p> <p>With the support of the Rolex Institute, the Foundation will host week-long events in its Madrid Headquarters in November 2017. Grants will be awarded to ten students from around the world for a series of talks, think tanks and workshops led by key individuals, including Norman Foster, on issues such as the city, infrastructure, mobility and technology.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a><figcaption>The Norman Foster Foundation. Image courtesy of the NFF</figcaption></figure></figure></figure><p>In October 2017 the Foundation will feature an exhibit titled Common Futures in Madrid's Espacio Fundacion Telefonica. Create...</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> Sir David Adjaye + Sadie Morgan join London Mayor Sadiq Khan's "Good Growth by Design" Julia Ingalls 2017-07-11T12:44:00-04:00 >2017-07-11T12:44:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London needs to provide space for 46,000 new jobs and build 50,000 new homes a year just to keep up with demand, as well as build the social infrastructure to support both. Good Growth will enable this, leaving a legacy of world-class buildings, outstanding public realm and large-scale regeneration for Londoners of the future.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Exhibiting both farsightedness and excellent aesthetic taste, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has created a program specifically meant to help anticipate and solve London's growth (experts estimate the city will soon have a population of 10 million). The "Good Growth by Design"&nbsp;program will have an advisory panel of 50 design advisors, including Sir David Adjaye and Sadie Morgan.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>London. Image: Juan Cabanillas via Flickr</figcaption></figure><p>As the mayor explained in a statement, &ldquo;London is facing unprecedented population growth and with that comes challenging work, but also amazing opportunities to deliver a city that is socially integrated, sustainable, healthier, safer and with a world class public realm. We must embrace London&rsquo;s rapid growth with both hands and take this chance to use good architecture and planning to make a real difference to the lives of Londoners. And this is a chance to learn from past mistakes, some of which are still dotted across our city, and blight the lives of the communities that...</p> 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> London office tower 22 Bishopsgate will have a rock climbing window Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-28T14:50:00-04:00 >2017-06-30T10:31:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="533" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Due to various cultural, demographic, and technological advances, the way people work and live today has dramatically changed. The freelance economy is on the rise, more people are choosing (and allowed) to work from home, and tech and start up companies are foregoing traditional office spaces to set up shop in restored warehouses and adapted historic buildings. These developments have called into question the fate of the high-rise tower as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">commercial skyscrapers struggle to find enough tenants</a> to fill up their floors.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of Purple PR.</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">22 Bishopsgate</a>, currently under construction and due to open in 2019<strong>,</strong> is one approach that responds to these key shifts in the workplace. Located in the heart of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>, the 62-story tower will be the tallest building in the Square Mile at 278 meters, eclipsing the nearby Heron tower at 231. The building represents a new approach by offering its professional residents choice. Recognizing the relationship between employee wellbeing and produ...</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> 34 buildings in London evacuated after failing fire tests in light of Grenfell Tower tragedy Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-26T13:29:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T13:29:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Britain said 34 high-rise apartment blocks had failed fire safety checks carried out after the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze, including several in north London where residents were forced to evacuate amid chaotic scenes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Two weeks ago, a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">low-income residential tower in London tragically caught fire</a> resulting in the death of <em>at least</em> 79 occupants. The incident has sparked a national (and even international) conversation about the safety standards set by London officials for low-income residents as it has been discovered that certain precautions like sprinkler systems were deemed unnecessary in the interest of cutting costs. In addition, a cladding on the exterior of the building has been largely determined as the reason the fire lead to such deadly results. The same material is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">said to clad tens of thousands of buildings in more than 87 tower blocks across the United Kingdom</a>.</p> <p>In an attempt to avoid similar failures in the future, British officials have inspected over 600 high-rise buildings across England. From this, the Department for Communities has concluded that 34 apartment blocks across the country fail to meet safety standards. The aluminum cladding that covered Grenfell has begun to be remove...</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> The Fundació Mies van der Rohe has launched a mobile app to browse nominated projects Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-22T14:42:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T14:53:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Fundaci&oacute; Mies van der Rohe has launched an app so that anyone with a mobile phone can find on a map, and visit, the nominated works of this year's European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture. The app suggests routes for visiting the sites and even allows it's users to propose new ones. The cities of Berlin, London, Dublin, Paris and Barcelona, in addition to displaying the 2017 nominations, have also included works nominated in past editions of the award.&nbsp;</p> <p>For Android, the app can be downloaded&nbsp;<a href=";hl=es" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.<br>and for iPhone, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> A chess set that forms the New York City skyline Julia Ingalls 2017-06-20T13:53:00-04:00 >2017-06-20T14:10:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>First-name-only architects Chris and Ian of Skyline Chess have already rendered landmark buildings of London into chess pieces, and now they're trying to create a similar set of New York City, provided they receive enough funding via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">their Kickstarter</a>. &nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>Each building has been carefully chosen to represent a particular chess piece. As the architects explain:&nbsp;<br></p> <p>"We gave careful consideration to selecting each piece on the board, to ensure that it both visually reflected the appropriate chess piece and also reflected the architectural status and scale of that building in the city.</p> <ul><li><strong>King</strong>&nbsp;- One World Trade Tower&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Queen</strong>&nbsp;- Empire State Building&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Bishop</strong>&nbsp;- Chrysler Building&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Knight</strong>&nbsp;- Flatiron Building&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Rook</strong>&nbsp;- Guggenheim Museum&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Pawn</strong>&nbsp;- Brownstone House"</li></ul><p>Each piece has been weighted and given a felt bottom to make them enjoyable to hold and maneuver.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></figure></figure> Grenfell Tower Fire: Corbyn calls for empty flats in the adjacent area to be requisitioned as evidence grows that negligence responsible for the blaze Nicholas Korody 2017-06-16T13:47:00-04:00 >2017-06-16T13:47:18-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Reports indicate that a cladding, banned in the United States, added to the Grenfell Tower was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">largely responsible</a> for the intensity of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fire</a> that claimed <em>at least </em>30 lives earlier this week in North Kensington. It was just &pound;2 cheaper per square meter than an alternative, fire resistant version. Disturbingly, the cladding was added to appease wealthy residents nearby, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">states</a> Emma Dent Coad, the Kensington MP, and to &lsquo;regenerate&rsquo; the area through development.</p><p>Anger has risen as the fire increasingly looks less like a tragic accident and more and more like the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">result</a>&nbsp;of outdated regulations and funding cuts. For example, sprinkler systems are not mandatory in public housing blocks&mdash;raising fears that some 4,000 similar blocks are at risk of similar tragedies. It is important to note that black and minority ethnic people are disproportionately housed in such flats.</p><p>When a fire erupted in 2009 in another tower block, analysis made clear inadequate measures were being taken to address fi...</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> Co-founders of London's Duggan Morris to amicably demerge Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-09T14:59:00-04:00 >2017-06-23T00:47:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The founders of Duggan Morris Architects have split the practice.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Co-founders of the London-based firm&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Duggan Morris Architects</a>&nbsp;have decided to split the business after a 13 year run. The duo, Mary Duggan and Joe Morris, had been a couple up until early 2016 and have finally released their plans to de-merge the practice following the end of their personal relationship. Joe Morris will continue on as Duggan Morris Architects, while Mary Duggan announced the launch of her eponymous new practice. She will take nine staff along with her as well as some clients.</p><p>The couple maintains that the professional parting is amicable and due to increasingly diverging interests. Since the firm was founded in 2004, they have grown into a practice of 50 and have received increasing attention and acclamation for their work. They have received nine RIBA Awards, the Manser Medal, the Stephen Lawrence Prize and two Mies van der Rohe European Prize nominations.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Here is the statement from the practice, in full:</strong></p><p><em>Since its inception by Joe Morris and Mary Duggan in 2004, Dug...</em></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> 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> Sign up now for AA Summer DLAB 2017 Sponsor 2017-05-30T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-05-30T12:24:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>AA Summer DLAB experiments with the integration of advanced computational design, analysis, and large scale prototyping techniques. In its 12th year, Summer DLAB continues to build on its expertise on complex architectural design and fabrication processes, relying heavily on materiality and performance. The programme brings together a range of experts &ndash; tutors and lecturers &ndash; from internationally acclaimed academic institutions and practices, Architectural Association, Zaha Hadid Architects, among others. The research generated at Summer DLAB has been published in international media and peer-reviewed conference papers, including SimAUD (Simulation in Architecture and Urban Design), eCAADe (Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe).</p><p><img title="AA Summer DLAB 2017" alt="AA Summer DLAB 2017" src=""><em>AA Summer DLAB 2017</em></p><p>AA Summer DLAB investigates on the correlations between form, material, and structure through the rigorous implementation of computational methods for design, analysis, and fabrication, coupled with analog...</p> Korea's High Line, the MVRDV-designed Skygarden, opens in Seoul Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-23T14:38:00-04:00 >2017-05-25T22:47:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ever since the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line</a> appeared above the streets of Chelsea in New York, cities across the globe have been working on creating their own variations of the civic project. In London, this iteration was to be the Thomas Heatherwick designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garden Bridge</a>. However, the project was marred by controversy due to suspicious funding and motives and was finally <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">nixed by the Mayor</a> back in April. Well, as <em>the Guardian</em>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">points out</a>,&nbsp;&nbsp;London could've stood to take a few pointers from the South Korean capital of Seoul, whose <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> designed Skygarden opened over the weekend to much excitement.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The firm won the bidding process back in May 2015 and have since been working to transform an existing overpass in the heart of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seoul</a> into a 983-meter long public garden, overlaying a matrix of Korean flora onto the 16m elevated steel and concrete structure. The Rotterdam-based architecture and urban design practice has gathered 50 families of plants, collecting around 228 species and sub-species and arrange...</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> 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> 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> Amanda Levete shares the songs, book and luxury item she'll need while stranded on a deserted island Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-12T13:25:00-04:00 >2017-05-12T16:16:35-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brought up in Richmond, the oldest of three children, she showed her independent spirit early on, and left school at 16. She discovered architecture while on a Foundation year at art school and was offered a place at the Architectural Association, even though her portfolio didn't feature a single drawing of a building.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Desert Island Discs is a long running radio program broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Each episode, a guest is asked to choose eight recordings, a book and a luxury item that they would want if they were stranded on a desert island. Amanda Levete, the Stirling Prize-winning British architect was a recent guest on the show. Catch up&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;to listen to the architect discuss what she would want to accompany her, the importance of civic spaces, what it was like winning the Stirling Prize and more.</p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-05-09T03:30:00-04:00 >2017-05-14T23:49:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week's focus is on how design can affect our cities, ourselves, and our environment. From insights into the Moses-Jacobs urban battle in mid-century New York, to exploring the future of social housing in our European cities, this week is full of future-facing events to explore how designers can shape our worlds.&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">Transforming Social Housing - Stories from the UK and Europe | 16 May</a>&nbsp;</strong>and <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Social Housing - Definitions and design exemplars | until 28 May</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""><em>Image: RIBA</em></p><p>This debate is inspired by Karakusevic Carson Architects' new book "Social Housing", which explores designing&nbsp;modern social housing. In conjunction with this book launch event, RIBA are hosting a supporting exhibition which will draw together 24 case studies of social housing schemes from across Europe. This launch features a debate, with panellists including Paul Karakusevic (co-author of Social Housing and Partner at Kar...</p>