Archinect - News 2015-11-29T14:38:28-05:00 Has London finally found a Thames bridge that everyone can get behind? Nicholas Korody 2015-11-25T04:39:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T19:43:40-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You wait years for a new bridge across the Thames then three come along at once. Joining the controversial garden bridge and a plan for a crossing between Nine Elms and Pimlico, both of which have fierce opponents, comes a proposal unveiled today for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge between Rotherhithe and the Isle of Dogs in east London that hasn&rsquo;t aroused a single objection &ndash; yet. There&rsquo;s a good reason why: of the three plans, it makes by far the most sense.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&nbsp;</p> With city's approval, London "The Stump" Pinnacle celebrates resurrection as 22 Bishopsgate Alexander Walter 2015-11-18T05:00:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T20:59:09-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="772" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The City of London skyline is to be dominated by a newcomer after the latest version of a tower formerly known as the Pinnacle or Helter Skelter received the green light from planners. The revived building, officially known as 22 Bishopsgate &ndash; or simply 22 &ndash; will be the tallest building in the Square Mile at 278 metres (912ft) [...]. The new design scrapping the expensive curved-glass panels at the top was the work of PLP Architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arrested development: London's tallest building-to-be slated for demolition</a></p><p>Related London news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Canary Wharf may be host to western Europe's tallest residential tower</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southwark planners nix 'crude and literal' rocket-shaped flats</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3(00) feet and rising: an aerial video tour of London</a></li></ul> A new London Tube map shows walking times between stations Nicholas Korody 2015-11-11T05:41:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T23:31:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="393" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Transport bosses have unveiled the first official map showing the walking times between central London's Tube stations.&nbsp; The comprehensive plan highlights the time it takes to travel on foot between almost all of the stations on London&rsquo;s Underground network. [Transport for London] Chief Executive Gordon Innes said: &ldquo;The Tube is the most used transport method by visitors in London, stations for many of our top attractions are within walking distance of each other.</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can download the new map <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> London Garden Bridge will track visitors' phone signals, submitted plan says Alexander Walter 2015-11-11T04:00:00-05:00 >2015-11-11T12:16:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Visitors to the garden bridge in London will be tracked by their mobile phone signals and supervised by staff with powers to take people&rsquo;s names and addresses and confiscate and destroy banned items, including kites and musical instruments, according to a planning document. [...] Caroline Pidgeon [...] said she feared the bridge was following &ldquo;a worrying trend of the privatisation of public places, where the rights of private owners trump those of ordinary people&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Garden Bridge wins new supporters with revised funding deal</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Further legal setbacks for London Garden Bridge</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cheeky "A Folly for London" winners announced</a></li></ul> London Garden Bridge wins new supporters with revised funding deal Justine Testado 2015-11-02T19:34:00-05:00 >2015-11-05T21:21:28-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The controversial and seemingly doomed plan for a garden bridge over the Thames in London could be resurrected after the group behind the project reached an agreement with council officials over the level of public funding. On Monday...a joint announcement by Lambeth...and the Garden Bridge Trust said negotiations would resume after a deal to limit the money Transport for London (TfL) would have to pay towards construction to &pound;10m, from an original &pound;30m.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a title="London's Garden Bridge endangered by public funding shortfall" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Garden Bridge endangered by public funding shortfall</a></p><p><a title="As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead</a></p><p><a title="Satirical &ldquo;Folly for London&rdquo; competition mocks Garden Bridge project" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Satirical &ldquo;Folly for London&rdquo; competition mocks Garden Bridge project</a></p><p><a title="Zaha Hadid, Piers Gough, other leading cultural figures criticize Heatherwick's London Garden Bridge" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid, Piers Gough, other leading cultural figures criticize Heatherwick's London Garden Bridge</a></p><p>You can find more previous news on the Garden Bridge <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> MIT launches three-year collaboration with London’s Soane Museum Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-27T17:57:00-04:00 >2015-11-04T23:21:13-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The collaboration will consist of seminars, workshops, and studio classes for MIT students and potential exhibitions at MIT and the Soane Museum. This fall, the Department of Architecture is offering the program&rsquo;s first class, a reconsideration of architectural fragments [...] &ldquo;The Fragment,&rdquo; taught by David Gissen, a visiting professor in the History, Theory and Criticism program, will explore architectural monuments rendered into a fragmented, disassembled, or ruined state.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news from MIT:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: "Rock Print" from ETH Z&uuml;rich and MIT</a></li><li><a title="MIT presents 3D printer that can print 10 materials simultaneously without breaking the bank" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT presents 3D printer that can print 10 materials simultaneously without breaking the bank</a></li><li><a title="MIT's &quot;Placelet&quot; sensors technologize old-fashioned observation methods for placemaking" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's "Placelet" sensors technologize old-fashioned observation methods for placemaking</a></li><li><a title="Hashim Sarkis named dean of the School of Architecture and Planning" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hashim Sarkis named dean of the School of Architecture and Planning</a></li></ul> Curatorial team announced for the British Pavilion at the 15th Venice Biennale Nicholas Korody 2015-10-23T04:19:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T18:34:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The British Council <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> today the winning proposal for the British Pavilion at the 15th Venice Biennial of Architecture: <em>Home Economics, </em>a project&nbsp;authored by the architecture writers <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shumi Bose</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jack Self</a> alongside the architect and planner Finn Williams.</p><p>According to the curatorial team,&nbsp;<em>Home Economics</em>&nbsp;will address "the frontline of British architecture: the family home." The team plans to divide the British Pavilion into a series of 1:1 &nbsp;immersive domestic spaces, designed by a "multidisciplinary team of architects, artist, designers and developers."&nbsp;</p><p>In their proposal, the team writes, "The exhibition will ask urgent questions about the future of housing. Social and technological changes are collapsing the patterns of domestic life - but the design of the home hasn't caught up. Can the house ever escape its economic status as an asset? Should our homes still be considered private spaces? How do new types of families and households produce new spatial needs? What are the m...</p> Get Lectured: The Bartlett, Fall '15 Justine Testado 2015-10-21T12:58:00-04:00 >2015-10-21T12:58:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is ready for another school year.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>The next featured poster comes from The Bartlett School of Architecture at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University College London</a>.</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</em></strong></p><p>Listed below are upcoming events. Lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Chemistry Auditorium, Christopher Ingold Building at UCL: 20 Gordon St, London. Free and open to the public.</p><p><strong>Oct 28</strong><br>Asif Khan</p><p><strong>Nov 4</strong><br>Peg Rawes</p><p><strong>Nov 11</strong><br>Fabrizio Barozzi + Alberto Veiga / Barozzi Veiga</p><p><strong>Nov 18</strong><br>James Corner / James Corner Field Operations</p><p><strong>Nov 25</strong><br>Adam Greenfield</p><p><strong>Dec 2</strong><br>Sheila O'Donnell + John Tuomey / O'Donnell + Tuomey Architects</p><p><strong>Dec 9</strong><br>Endo Shuhei / Endo Shuhei Architect In...</p> 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize awarded to the Burntwood School by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Justine Testado 2015-10-15T16:12:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T15:56:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Following their July announcement of the shortlist for the 2015 Stirling Prize, RIBA announced [today] the Burntwood School in Wandsworth London as the winning project. Now in its 20th year, the RIBA Stirling Prize is regarded as the UK&rsquo;s most prestigious architecture prize. Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), the practice that designed the all girls' school, is winning the coveted award for the first time.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More photos and project details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA reveals the six 2015 Stirling Prize shortlisters</a></p> 3(00) feet and rising: an aerial video tour of London Julia Ingalls 2015-10-15T04:52:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T15:30:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"O, giddy London," Morrissey once sang about the city which has been serially (and gorgeously) aerially filmed by Jason Hawkes. Hawkes has shared his professional-grade footage from September 2015 in this video that surveys the twilit glitter of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Gherkin</a>, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">watery sweep of the Thames</a>, and, of course, the giddy crush of life on the high streets:</p> Canary Wharf may be host to western Europe's tallest residential tower Julia Ingalls 2015-10-09T04:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-23T21:28:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="577" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Developer Greenland Group has submitted plans for a 67-storey tower that would provide 869 new homes on West India Quay. If approved, the building will be western Europe&rsquo;s tallest residential building at 241m.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOK</a>, the yet-to-be-approved tower would feature a west wing of affordable units, retail on the ground floor, and according to the rendering below, an incredible amount of sunshine:&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Damien Hirst's surprisingly restrained gallery space opens in London today Alexander Walter 2015-10-08T15:30:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T17:03:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For an artist who used to chop up cows and ambush people with his foreskin, his new south London HQ is notably subdued. The facade is not encrusted with dead butterflies nor diamond skulls, nor is there the clinical air that his eerie white production facility in Gloucestershire exudes. In fact, it looks a bit like a block of luxury docklands apartments &ndash; a couple of old brick warehouses with a polite in-keeping brick extension. Has the 50-year-old prankster finally grown up?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Opening of Damien Hirst&rsquo;s new London art space scheduled for October</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Damien Hirst's gallery development draws closer to completition</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Damien Hirst's London art space due to open next spring</a></li></ul> Southwark planners nix 'crude and literal' rocket-shaped flats Julia Ingalls 2015-10-08T04:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-23T23:06:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Planners have panned a rocket-shaped tower proposed for a site in Southwark by Russian practice Studio 44, saying it would be a &lsquo;wilfully insensitive insertion on the skyline&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio 44</a>'s Russian-investment-backed apartment scheme, which was based on Yuri Gagarin's 1961 space flight, has been scathingly rejected by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southwark</a> planners. The developer and designers behind the proposed 30-flat development (which made no provisions for affordable housing, despite having enough units to do so) apparently did not heed the warnings of planners during the 2011 pre-application submission, when planners indicated that the design likely wouldn't fly.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Images via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p> Up to 50% of all renting London households are living in poverty Julia Ingalls 2015-10-02T05:26:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T01:25:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to an insight study performed by the think tank <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New London Architecture</a>, the dimensions of the London housing crisis are spectacularly bad: 80 percent of all new homes are only affordable to 20 percent of residents, while a near majority of all renting households are living in poverty. The study predicts that the city will add 70,000 residents per year, resulting in a total population of 11 million by 2050 (an increase of 2.4 million from this year's population of 8.6 million).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Billionaire investors</a> aren't helping the housing shortage: 61 percent of all new homes are bought as investments, without any intention of being occupied by the owners. However, not all is lost: London's relatively low urban density makes it an ideal place for increased housing development, provided that the housing can actually be afforded by the people who intend to live in it.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Photographing 5,000+ pubs in London Julia Ingalls 2015-09-25T05:44:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:13:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the past seven years, Ewan has been painstakingly researching London's pubs, both past and present, cataloguing them and taking photos before uploading details to his online database Pubology...his mission is to photograph every pub in London &ndash; although, as he tells me, it's difficult to know just how close he is to that goal.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Estimating the total number of pubs in London at somewhere around 5,000, photographer Ewan Munro has tried to draw some distinctions to limit the scope of his massive project. For example, how does one define <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>, and how does one define a pub versus a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bar</a>?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>From historic, centuries-old establishments to modern shipping container drinkeries, Munro has managed to assemble an impressive architectural <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">archive</a> of pub photos: cheers to that.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> London's Garden Bridge endangered by public funding shortfall Julia Ingalls 2015-09-25T04:34:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:13:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The London garden bridge project has been placed in jeopardy after a London council withdrew its support because of public costs and the Labour mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan, said he would ditch the proposed horticultural Thames river crossing if he took office.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>'s proposed Garden Bridge, which recently inspired <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a satirical contest of unpalatable entries</a>, may be doomed to remain a hotly contested rendering. The &pound;30 million of public funds needed to fund the bridge has temporarily been withdrawn because Lambeth council leader Lib Peck said the cost is "unjustified." Both current <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor Boris Johnson</a>&nbsp;and chancellor George Osborne have pledged &pound;30 million of his own to the project, but it will still need additional funding to bridge the gap.</p> Cheeky "A Folly for London" winners announced Julia Ingalls 2015-09-24T06:19:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:40:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="152" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>'s proposed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garden Bridge</a> hasn't attracted universal acclaim, it has spurred an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unusual competition</a>. A purposefully free-to-enter satirical contest known as "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Folly for London</a>"&nbsp;encouraged anyone and everyone to submit "absurd, illogical, egotistic and obtrusive designs for&nbsp;the public green space on London&rsquo;s South Bank which would be sacrificed for The Garden Bridge." Judged by Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, journalist&nbsp;Owen Hatherley and political cartoonist&nbsp;Martin Rowson, the overall winner, "Green Fire of London" is a perennial flame fueled by trees culled from London's parks to "free up vast tracts of new land for developers to use for luxury constructions." It beat out entries in a variety of categories, including Absurd Transport Infrastructure, Priapic Humour, and Greenwash.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Some of the honorable mentions, including "Jesus Square &amp; Bridge" took a subtler approach, proposing the construction of an underwater bridge that would allow any species walki...</p> London Mayor Boris Johnson pledges £285,000 to crowdfunding projects Julia Ingalls 2015-09-18T07:38:00-04:00 >2015-09-17T19:40:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="518" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week, he signed over &pound;285,000 of his &pound;9m High Street Fund, created in March, to projects which will "re-energise the capital's high streets"...the mayor's office is donating to these projects through Spacehive, a civic crowdfunding website through which campaigners can raise money from the public to fund their community schemes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>From a proposed revitalization project known as the "Peckham Coal Line" that, much like New York City's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line</a>, would transform abandoned coal sidings into a foliage-rich walkway for pedestrians and cyclists, to a public library in an alley known as a "Literalley," designers and dreamers alike are being encouraged to enter their high street improving projects into a bid to be awarded money from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor Johnson</a>. His favorite projects will receive up to &pound;20,000 each.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Urban fingerprints reveal a city's fundamental character and composition Julia Ingalls 2015-09-17T15:10:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:36:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Like humans, cities and neighborhoods have their own unique fingerprints. The maps were created by researchers at the center&rsquo;s Urban Age program, who have been studying how the layout of rapidly urbanizing cities can affect their livability.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York</a> is a grid, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> is an airy whirl, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hong Kong</a> is dense: at least, that's according to the black and white "fingerprint" maps put together by the Urban Age program at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London School of Economics and Political Science</a>. The project helps researches see at a glance the macroscopic characteristics of urban environments, from density to wealth disparity to room for growth. The project has profiled urban centers all around the world, including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio de Janeiro</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mumbai</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For news about other innovative designs using aerially-compiled urban patterns, do read:</p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UpStarts: Four O Nine architecture and design</a></p> 100 renderings of ideas to solve London's housing crisis released Julia Ingalls 2015-09-17T07:12:00-04:00 >2015-09-16T15:28:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The international competition organized by think-tank New London Architecture and the Mayor of London has released 100 renderings of proposed solutions to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s housing crisis.&nbsp;Attracting over 200 entries from 16 countries around the world, the competition includes submissions from respected London-based architectural firms including&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dRMM</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The ideas cover a variety of&nbsp;conceptual ground, although the innovative use and repurposing/modification of existing spaces appears in numerous renderings, as shown in the entries of Akira Yamanaka and Hal Architects:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Several proposals make use of the Thames and other waterways to create floating housing, such as these renderings from Baca Architects and dRMM:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Starting on October 15th, the 100 shortlisted entries will be on public display for free at the&nbsp;NLA galleries in The Building Centre near Russell Square, and ten winners will be announced by the end of October. Those winners will be...</p> Mark your calendars for 100% DESIGN: Design in Colour, Sept. 23-26 in London Justine Testado 2015-09-16T06:05:00-04:00 >2015-09-15T18:23:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">100% Design: Design in Colour</a> is almost here! Since its humble beginnings in a tent along London's King's Road back in 1995, 100% DESIGN has grown year after year into the UK's largest trade show that promotes global top-notch design and creativity. Over 20,000 attendees in the architecture and design community will gather at the show's new location, Olympia London, on September 23-26.</p><p>Centrally themed "Design in Colour" for its 2015 edition, the three-day event will span across two levels and be divided into five sections: Interiors, Design &amp; Build, Kitchens &amp; Bathrooms, Workplace, and Emerging Brand.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>100% DESIGN collaborated with trend forecasters WGSN, among several more, to bring to life the visual and sensory experience of the use of color in interior design and across the built environment. The 2015 show will include specially commissioned editorial features, leading seminars, live content, and an international mix of over 400 exhibitors. The top color trends for 2016 will threa...</p> designjunction 2015 happens next week in London! Justine Testado 2015-09-15T05:51:00-04:00 >2015-09-14T18:53:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designjunction 2015</a> is happening soon on September 24-27! As part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 London Design Festival</a>, designjunction will showcase nearly 200 cutting-edge international contemporary design brands inside The College and the Victoria House, located across each other along London's Southampton Row.</p><p>Visitors are guaranteed to find something that will catch their eye from the distinct range of designers and pop-up stores exhibiting this year. Visitors can also check out talks, live workshops, eateries, and a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">children's charity auction</a> that will showcase 21 artistic interpretations of the iconic Eames Elephant.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Inside the Victorian-era College &mdash; the former home of Central Saint Martins &mdash; over 100 brands will showcase their latest cutting-edge designs, including new product launches. Designjunction will take over five floors of the Lethaby building and other stunning spaces within the campus.</p><p>Across the street, the Victoria House will show off a mix of more than 50 high-end pop-up stores and ...</p> Grimshaw and Arup release designs for new high-speed rail hub in central London Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-12T05:15:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:55:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Beginning in 2017, the London transit hub that's been described as "a dingy, grey, horizontal nothingness"<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">*</a>&nbsp;will undergo a massive redesign to incorporate a new&nbsp;high-speed rail line connecting London and Birmingham.</p><p>The first phase of the so-called HS2, connecting London and Birmingham (before&nbsp;forking out to reach Manchester and Leeds in phase two), is expected to open in 2026, and developer HS2 Ltd. has just released designs by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arup</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a> for its outset station in central London, a redevelopment of Euston station.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Grimshaw and Arup's design crafts an incremental approach to maintain current activity at the station during construction. Additions to the station include 11 new platforms for the HS2, a new glass fa&ccedil;ade and three new entrances.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>First opening in 1837, Euston station was London's first intercity line, and ranks as its 6th busiest. Its original classical design was demolished in 1961 and replaced with what has been derided by Richard Morrison of The Times as...</p> NBBJ proposes 3 moving walkways to replace London's Circle Line Julia Ingalls 2015-09-11T05:50:00-04:00 >2015-09-13T10:19:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Instead of relying on a subway that breaks down and causes interminable delays, what if the 17 miles of London's Circle Line were replaced with three moving walkways, much like the ones in airports, that allow pedestrians to step on at three miles per hour and then amble over to a fast lane of 15 miles per hour?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>According to&nbsp;James Pinkerton, an architectural assistant at the London office of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NBBJ</a>&nbsp;which proposed the idea,&nbsp;the travelators would be easier to maintain than a traditional train system precisely because of its three separate walkways. If one broke down, the "two further lines would run smoothly," forming a ceaseless band of movement that wouldn't need to pause for stops or be held up by one solitary malfunctioning train. Travelers could simply walk on and walk off.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"We came up with this idea that benefits the city as a whole," he explained to me in a brief phone interview. Pinkerton&nbsp;was also part of the NBBJ team that created the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shadowless tower</a>, which was designed from a s...</p> Sneak peek: What's in store for designjunction 2015 in London Justine Testado 2015-09-05T04:15:00-04:00 >2015-09-22T02:22:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Design Festival</a>, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designjunction 2015</a>&nbsp;tradeshow brings together a stellar international group who are at the top of their game in contemporary interior design. Taking place at The College and the Victoria House along London's Southampton Row from September 24-27, visitors are guaranteed to find something that will catch their eye from nearly 200 brands. This year's designjunction will feature a distinct range of pop-up stores, talks, live workshops, eateries, and&nbsp;a children's charity auction that will showcase 21 artistic interpretations of the iconic Eames Elephant.&nbsp;</p><p>Planning a trip to designjunction? Read on to learn more about what to expect this year.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Inside the Victorian-era College &mdash;&nbsp;the former home of&nbsp;Central Saint Martins &mdash;&nbsp;over 100 brands will showcase their latest cutting-edge designs, including new product launches. Designjunction will take over five floors of the Lethaby building and other stunning spaces within the campus.&nbsp;</p><p>Be on the lookout for <strong>He...</strong></p> Walkie Talkie Tower wins Carbuncle Cup for UK's worst building of the year Alexander Walter 2015-09-02T12:06:00-04:00 >2015-09-02T17:45:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A City of London skyscraper, nicknamed the Walkie Talkie, has won the annual Carbuncle Cup, awarded to a building judged to be the UK's worst. In its short history, the 37-storey office tower has melted parked cars and critics have compared its three-storey roof garden to an airport terminal. Thomas Lane, who runs the awards, said the carbuncle "crashes into London's skyline like an unwelcome party guest".</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walkie Talkie Tower summons the elements again &mdash; this time it's wind!</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Walkie Scorchie&rsquo; building given permanent sunshade</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly-designed "Walkie Talkie" skyscraper melts car with light reflections</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Prison-like' student housing wins Carbuncle Cup for Britain's worst building of the year</a></li></ul> Archinect's comparison of transient-oriented architecture Julia Ingalls 2015-08-26T21:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T09:18:27-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In 2003 in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Utah</a>, government officials decided to try a radical solution to homelessness: giving people who would otherwise be on the street permanent housing. Twelve years later, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">surprisingly cost-effective</a> program is a success: almost all of the people given homes remained in them, and the number of people out on the streets in the state has dropped nearly to zero. So what works and what doesn't architecturally in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">homeless housing</a>?&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>James Furzer, a 26-year old architectural technician for the U.K.-based Spatial Design Architects, is currently <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">crowdsourcing</a> funds to build single-person housing modules that attach to preexisting buildings in dense urban centers like London, where 7,500 people routinely sleep on the streets.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fakro&rsquo;s Space for New Visions</a> award-winning design is a&nbsp;great emergency shelter idea, but doesn't foster a sense of permanence, unlike Utah's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sunrise Metro Apartments</a>, which take the form of a traditional (relatively aesthetically boring) apartment building ...</p> designjunction 2015 heads to The College and the Victoria House in London, Sept. 24-27 Justine Testado 2015-08-21T20:47:00-04:00 >2015-08-21T20:56:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="230" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Now in its fifth edition, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designjunction</a> tradeshow is back for 2015 on September 24-27, this time at The College and the Victoria House in London's Southampton Row. As part of the upcoming <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 London Design Festival</a>, designjunction will showcase the latest products and cutting-edge designs from over 100 leading international brands. Visitors will also get to check out pop-up stores, talks, live workshops, and eateries aplenty.</p><p>Read on for more info:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As the former home of the Central Saint Martins, the Victorian-era College will serve as a&nbsp; distinct backdrop for the designjunction exhibition, which will take over five floors of the Lethaby building and other stunning spaces within the campus.</p><p>A life-sized Underground Station installation by Camilla Barnard will pop up next to the TfL cafe, and a Leading Seminar Programme will also take place. The seminar's "Design for a Reason" theme will discuss how issues like sustainability and digital developments affect the design process in t...</p> Arrested development: London's tallest building-to-be slated for demolition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-21T12:58:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T18:29:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the Pinnacle skyscraper&nbsp;grew to just nine floors before falling victim to financial wrangling. Often referred to as The Stump, its stunted lift core has stood as a concrete folly ever since work halted more than three years ago. Its days are numbered. Scaffolding is now climbing up the core in preparation for demolition. The replacement building will have a very&nbsp;different design. The old core must be pummelled to rubble and a new one constructed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from London's skyline:</p><ul><li><a title="London's oligarch-transformation continues with a &quot;sky pool&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's oligarch-transformation continues with a "sky pool"</a></li><li><a title="Artist Carsten H&ouml;ller to wrap world's longest tunnel slide around the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower in London" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Artist Carsten H&ouml;ller to wrap world's longest tunnel slide around the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower in London</a></li><li><a title="Walkie Talkie Tower summons the elements again &mdash; this time it's wind!" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walkie Talkie Tower summons the elements again &mdash; this time it's wind!</a></li><li><a title="London is eating itself" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London is eating itself</a></li></ul> London's oligarch-transformation continues with a "sky pool" Nicholas Korody 2015-08-20T18:46:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T19:29:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the overseas investor who has it all, what better trophy to add to the portfolio of properties you will never visit than an apartment with its own &ldquo;sky pool&rdquo;? London may already have a fairytale Sky Garden, but now Irish developer Ballymore plans to introduce a &ldquo;world first&rdquo; all-glass swimming pool bridge between two apartment blocks in Nine Elms, allowing its residents to float 10 storeys up in the air. -Oliver Wainwright</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>