Archinect - News 2017-05-25T08:43:19-04:00 Korea's High Line, the MVRDV-designed Skygarden, opens in Seoul Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-23T14:38:00-04:00 >2017-05-25T05:38:42-04:00 <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> 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> Reflecting on an era of architectural icons Nicholas Korody 2017-05-01T13:54:00-04:00 >2017-05-12T17:21:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="891" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>And still they come. The Gherkins, Shards, Walkie-Talkies, Cheesegraters, Scalpels, giant iPhones, Bird&rsquo;s Nest stadiums, flying tabletops, big pants. Like the conveyor belt of consumer items that older readers will remember in Bruce Forsyth&rsquo;s Generation Game, the supply of funny-looking buildings with funny names seems never-ending. Nicknames are converted into brands; satire and marketing merge.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>There has been an era of architectural invention like few others, combined with a sense of hollowness, the feeling of not knowing what it&rsquo;s all for.</em></p> The Clerkenwell Design Week countdown heats up! Sponsor 2017-04-28T12:43:00-04:00 >2017-05-08T10:13:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=""></a><p><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clerkenwell Design Week.</a></strong></em></p><p>Clerkenwell Design Week is less than a month away and with the festival celebrating its 8th year in May 2017 (23-25), it will be quite the celebration! CDW has firmly established itself as the UK&rsquo;s leading independent design festival and annually attracts the international design community to this small area of London for three days of exciting events.&nbsp;</p><p>Home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, Clerkenwell is truly one of the most important design hubs in the world.&nbsp;To celebrate this rich and diverse community, Clerkenwell Design Week has created a showcase of leading UK and international brands and companies presented in a series of showroom events, exhibitions and special installations that take place across the area.</p><p>Highlights this year include some of CDW&rsquo;s most ambitious installations yet, such as The Beacon, &nbsp;a 7.5m tall structure located at the entrance to Design Fiel...</p> London Mayor Sadiq Kahn scraps Garden Bridge Ellen Hancock 2017-04-28T05:07:00-04:00 >2017-04-30T22:22:58-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has finally pulled the plug on the controversial plan for a garden bridge across the Thames, announcing that he would not provide the vital financial guarantees needed for construction to begin. In a letter to the Garden Bridge Trust, the charity leading the much-delayed project, Khan said he was taking the decision because of a continuing shortfall in fundraising for the scheme, and a lack of the necessary land use agreements despite three years of talks.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Will luxury apartment owners shut down the Tate's viewing platform? Julia Ingalls 2017-04-25T13:55:00-04:00 >2017-04-25T13:57:33-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Good walls make good neighbours &ndash; but not, it seems, when they are made entirely of glass. Five residents of the multi-million-pound Neo Bankside towers, which loom behind Tate Modern like a crystalline bar chart of inflated land values, have filed a legal claim against the museum to have part of its viewing platform shut down. They claim that its 10th-floor public terrace has put their homes into a state of &ldquo;near constant surveillance&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an apparent case of art interfering with life, the owners of the apartments next to the Tate Modern's viewing platform are trying to legally erect some kind of visual barrier between them and the visitors of the museum (although the exotic technology of curtains has apparently not yet made it to the U.K.). This attempt at transforming the viewing platform into just a platform is raising ire for several good reasons, chiefly because it places the comfort of a few above the aesthetic pleasure of potentially millions. On the plus side, it has also caused Oliver Wainwright to write a highly enjoyable piece delving into barely restrained class tension and London's swollen luxury real estate market.&nbsp;</p> Foster + Partners plan redundancies due to uncertainty in the construction market Ellen Hancock 2017-04-25T05:17:00-04:00 >2017-04-26T18:15:56-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Britain&rsquo;s largest architectural firm, Foster + Partners, plans to lay off nearly 100 people, and blamed the uncertainty around construction projects caused by last summer&rsquo;s Brexit vote. The company, whose London projects have included the Millennium Bridge, the Great Hall redevelopment at the British Museum and the Gherkin tower, said the cuts would mainly affect staff at its headquarters in Battersea, south-west London.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-04-25T03:30:00-04:00 >2017-04-24T19:12:15-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Returning once again, the Tate opens its doors wide <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this Friday night</a> to mark the end the&nbsp;month. Expect the usual views and sunsets from the Switch House tower, as well as workshops and talks throughout the building. What better start to the bank holiday?</p><p>The Bartlett's talk <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New London Vernacular/Urban Qualities</a>, hasn't yet been fully booked, so make sure you register before all the tickets are gone.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><img alt="" src=""><br><em>Image credit: RIBA Collections</em></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James and Jazz | 2 May</a></strong></p><p>James Stirling may be world-renowned for his contributions to architecture, but he was also well known for his 'larger-than-life character'. His love of jazz music will be celebrated in this evening of live music, top DJs, and hearing from Stirling's life-long friends including Robert Maxwell, who studied alongside the great architect at Liverpool. This event is part of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Circling the Square</a>exhibition.</p><p><img alt="" src=""><br><em>Image: Design Museum</em></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Get into Desi...</a></strong></p> The best UK and international architects and researchers gather for Vision 2017 Sponsor 2017-04-19T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-04-18T13:14:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vision 2017</a>.</strong></em><p>Aimed at architects, designers, specifiers and their clients, Vision 2017 provides an international focus for innovative products and building solutions, bringing together some of the best designs and leading figures from across Western Europe. &nbsp;Across two days in June, the CPD-certified show will host the best and brightest from established practices and start-ups, with new ideas and technological innovation at the heart of the event.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Vision 2017 Speaker Studio Saxe Canopia</em></p><p>All the talks and presentations at Vision will take place under the umbrella topics: Materials Innovations, Technological Insight and Architectural &amp; Design Evolution. This framework will help delegates rethink the built environment and the manner in which we can shape places and spaces. Speakers have been sourced from the best practices in the country and around the world, both small and large. Caroline Bos of UNStudio will talk about their research into the circular eco...</p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-04-18T03:30:00-04:00 >2017-04-18T05:36:59-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As we move into another four day week for us in London, we can think ahead to the weekend sooner than normal. The RA has a late night on Saturday themed around&nbsp;the <em>American Dream</em>, and Sunday has a family day packed full of activities&nbsp;at <em>The Japanese Hous</em>e exhibition. If you find some spare time before then, make sure to catch the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Fear and Love</em></a>&nbsp;exhibition at the Design Museum, and The Geffrye Museum's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Teenage Bedrooms</a>, before they close next week.&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 latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><img alt="" src=""><em>Image: Barbican Centre</em></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Japanese House - Family Day | 23 April</a></strong></p><p>The Barbican Centre's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Japanese House Architecture and Life after 1945</a> exhibition&nbsp;continues to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pull in crowds</a>, with its 1:1 scale models&nbsp;and examples of design. This 'family day' allows grown ups and children alike to get creative with design and the concept of home. Activities range from working on masterplans with concrete shapes, to creating a take-away living home model...</p> The Garden Bridge: a sign of our "post-truth" times? Nicholas Korody 2017-04-17T12:29:00-04:00 >2017-04-17T12:29:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The garden bridge, proposed to cross the Thames from the South Bank to Temple, is nothing if not a landmark of the post-truth era. It has wrung tens of millions out of the public purse on the basis of deceptions, distortions and facts that proved to be fake. First sold as &ldquo;a gift to the people of London&rdquo;, entirely paid for by private sector donations, it is now due to cost a minimum of &pound;60m in public money. Its estimated total cost has gone from &pound;60m to &ldquo;north of &pound;200 million&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Its claims to fundraising prowess are exaggerated, its promised transport benefits minimal. Its backers assert overwhelming public support on the basis of a poll that told those polled nothing of the costs and drawbacks of the project.</em></p> Redeveloped with the promise of new social housing, the Heygate Estate's units have been entirely sold off to foreign investors Nicholas Korody 2017-04-13T17:41:00-04:00 >2017-04-13T17:41:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Heygate Estate in London was torn down in 2014, forcing tenants out of their homes with compensation that was less than 40% of market value. Supposedly, the replacement building would have affordable housing as well. But, according to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vice</a>, 100% of the properties sold in the building so far have gone to offshore foreign investors. While the original redevelopment plan called for 500 social housing units, just 82 were actually built out of a total of 2,530 new units.</p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-04-11T03:30:00-04:00 >2017-04-10T13:30:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With the prospect of a 4-day weekend ahead, London's residents and businesses are making plans to make the most of what should be a sunny and busy break. While London has some incredible green parks to enjoy, make sure not to miss out on special exhibitions and events over the break.&nbsp;</p><p>Why no fill a free day over the long weekend with&nbsp;visiting closing exhibitions, including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Fantastic Barbican World</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Revolution: Russian Art 1917&ndash;1932</a>?&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 latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><img alt="" src=""><em>Image: Fairground Ride&nbsp;by Iantresman (Own work)&nbsp;CC BY 3.0,&nbsp;via Wikimedia Commons</em></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fairground: an exploration of art, politics and ideas | 13-15 April</a></strong></p><p>With games including <em>Coconuts Complaints</em> and <em>Smash the Patriarchy,</em> this take on a traditional fairground explores the political and social issues faced today through clever takes on traditional games. Visitors will be entertained and challenged in a way which they never have been before.</p><p><img alt="" src=""><em>Image, "The Ligh...</em></p> Biting independent review on Garden Bridge is a reality check for the project's authorities Justine Testado 2017-04-07T20:23:00-04:00 >2017-04-07T20:24:00-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Today, the Greater London Authority released a biting investigative report on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garden Bridge</a> conducted by senior Member of Parliament Margaret Hodge. Last October, Mayor Sadiq Khan formally appointed Hodge to lead the independent review, as part of Khan's promise to investigate the decisions surrounding the mismanaged project when he first came into office. Based on Hodge's findings, prospects on the controversial project are still looking grim; it would be better to ditch the project than risk wasting more public money.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Rendering courtesy of Arup/Heatherwick Studio.</em></p><p>&ldquo;This review does not seek to assess whether building a Garden Bridge over the River Thames is a good idea; that is a matter for the Mayor, and I made clear at the start of this review process that I had no view,&rdquo; Hodge writes in the introduction. The report focuses on examining value for money for public funds. Hodge notes the likelihood of increasing project costs, which she states could rise to over&nbsp;&pound;200 million wit...</p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-04-04T03:30:00-04:00 >2017-04-03T14:37:00-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week provides a wealth of opportunities to explore our views of ourselves and our cities; from looking at the way in which technology has changed how we physically see ourselves, to how it has changed how we interact with our urban surroundings.&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 latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><img alt="" src=""><em>Image: Still from "The Honeymoon Suite", Juno Calypso</em></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From Selfie to Self-Expression | until 30 May</a></strong></p><p>Having opened last week, this exhibition is already creating a stir; exploring self-expression through classical art through to modern day 'selfies'. This exploration over 5 large gallery spaces of what is often seen as a vain, inane pursuit, becomes a springboard for discussion of the wider culture.</p><p><img alt="" src=""><em>Image: Museum of Architecture</em></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beyond buildings: What is the role of architecture in the sharing economy? | 10 April</a></strong></p><p>This evening talk will confront the future of the economy and perceptions of the built environment in a world of changing, envelop...</p> RIBA announces 85 shortlisted projects for 2017 London Awards Justine Testado 2017-04-03T19:12:00-04:00 >2017-04-03T19:18:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA</a> revealed a hefty shortlist for the 2017&nbsp;London Awards today. Starting out with 215 hopeful submissions, the jury picked&nbsp;85 to advance in the regional competition, including projects designed&nbsp;by David Chipperfield,&nbsp;AHMM, WilkinsonEyre, Coffey Architects, Fletcher Priest Architects, Grimshaw,&nbsp;Haworth Tompkins, Zaha Hadid Architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour &amp;&nbsp;Partners,&nbsp;and many more notable contenders.</p><p>In the coming weeks, one of the&nbsp;five London juries working across the West, North, East, South East and South West areas of the city&nbsp;will visit all the shortlisted projects for further evaluation.&nbsp;Here's the full shortlist:</p><ul><li>1 King William Street, AHMM</li><li>131 Sloane Street, Stiff + Trevillion</li><li>Mixed Use Scheme, Bermondsey, Hampson Williams Ltd</li><li>Private House, North London, Alan Higgs Architects</li><li>Shepherd&rsquo;s Bush Road, ColladoCollins Architects with LOM Architects (interiors)</li><li>2 Orchard Place, NGArchitecture</li><li>30 Cannon Street, Delvendahl Martin LLP</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Belarusian Memorial Chapel, Spheron Architects. Photo: Jo...</em></p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-03-27T14:05:00-04:00 >2017-03-27T14:13:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="503" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After the clocks going forward at the weekend, we have more light to get out and play with. Make the most of it on Friday, with another <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TATE late</a> in the evening sun (hopefully). A beer and art with friends watching the sunset from the heights of the Switch House viewing platform&hellip; what could be better?&nbsp;While you're there, don't miss the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Rauschenberg</a> and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anywhen</a>exhibitions, which are both&nbsp;in their final week at the Tate Modern.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image: Florian Braakman</em></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BMW TATE Live Exhibition: Ten Days Six Nights | Until&nbsp;2 April</a></strong></p><p>Having started last week, this exhibition, Ten Days, Six Nights, is a showcase of live art in 'The Tanks'; the&nbsp;rooms in&nbsp;the belly of the Tate Modern's extension, Switch House. Highlights include mist sculptures, and curated 'parties'. The focus of the project is to show the alternative, experimental, expressions of art - giving the public the oportunity to see art in ...</p> City of London’s One Poultry to become design-led creative office Abigail Banfield 2017-03-27T13:43:00-04:00 >2017-03-27T13:44:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="449" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Development manager General Projects, along with architects BuckleyGrayYeoman, have been commissioned to re-establish the building as a Grade A HQ office and retail building, thoughtfully designed around the evolving needs of today&rsquo;s creative sector businesses, whilst celebrating and reconstituting the building&rsquo;s original splendour as a masterpiece of modern British architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>One Poultry, </em>completed almost two decades ago in 1998, is both an iconic and striking building, located above Bank underground station in the heart of the City, with neighbours including the Royal Exchange and the Bank of England. Recently awarded Grade II* listing, <em>One Poultry</em>, with its characteristic, colourful material usage and prominent positioning, is truly a landmark building. Recent <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">exhibitions</a>, books, and talks have focused on the history of this project; of the start of the site, and the turbulent unbuilt plans of the previous Mies van der Rohe design.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>BuckleyGrayYeoman's scheme,&nbsp;which will deliver 110,000sqft of inspirational Grade A offices, will maintain the solid, inspirational, postmodernist style with commissioned artwork, generous facilities, and &lsquo;gallery-style volumes&rsquo; including ceilings soaring to almost four metres.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The surrounding area is soon to reflect the City&rsquo;s &lsquo;vibrant future&rsquo; too, with a new hotel from the Soho House Group and the Foster + Partners design fo...</p> Superflex to take over the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern Nicholas Korody 2017-03-21T12:32:00-04:00 >2017-03-21T12:32:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="855" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Each year, the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern in London houses a site-specific work designed specially for the massive space. This year, the Danish collective Superflex will install a work, the details of which are under wraps until October 3.</p><p>Founded in 1993 by the artists Bj&oslash;rnstjerne Christiansen, Jakob Fenger and Rasmus Nielsen, Superflex are known for their participatory and engaging installation work. The group describes their work as <em>Tools</em>, or proposals that invite audiences to join in experimental models intended to alter economic production conditions and engage in democratic processes.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&ldquo;Their work raises timely questions about the role of the artist in contemporary society, exploring how we interpret and engage with the increasingly complex world around us,&rdquo; states Frances Morris, director of the Tate Modern. &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t wait to see how they tackle these themes within the unique scale and public context of Tate Modern&rsquo;s Turbine Hall.&rdquo;</p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-03-20T13:38:00-04:00 >2017-03-20T13:38:22-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="463" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>To kick off spring, this week's highlight is the 1:1 replica of the Moriyama House (2005) which forms the centerpiece of The Japanese House exhibition at the Barbican, opening this Thursday. Other events not to miss include talks on urban planning, London cycling, and the conflicts between state and private ownership in Moscow.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image: Sou Fujimoto Architects, House NA, Tokyo, Japan, 2011. Photo Iwan Baan</em></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 | 23 March - 25 June</a></strong></p><p>This exhibition, organised in collaboration between the Japan Foundation and the Barbican Centre, is the first major UK showcase of Japanese domestic Architecture between 1945 and now. This focus on post-war Japanese design will feature over 40 architects' work including a full-size recreation of the Pritzker-prize winning architect&nbsp;Ryue Nishizawa's Moriyama House.</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image: John Lockwood Kipling</em></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lockwood Kipling: Ar...</a></strong></p> 691 New Homes in North London given the go-ahead by Sadiq Khan Abigail Banfield 2017-03-14T11:54:00-04:00 >2017-03-14T11:54:42-04:00 <img src="" width="636" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Announcing the decisions, Khan said he had fully considered all the evidence available and was &ldquo;confident&rdquo; both high-density developments would deliver hundreds of genuinely affordable homes for Londoners. &ldquo;Building the homes Londoners urgently need will mean town centres and suburbs becoming denser, so we expect developers to continue to come up with high-quality designs which don&rsquo;t have a negative impact on their surroundings.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Overruling councillors in two north London Boroughs, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has approved an Allies and Morrisson scheme in Tottenham Hale and another in Harrow by Moss Architecture; both will be high-density housing developments which together will deliver 691 new homes for Londoners within 30 minutes of central London.</p><p>Khan spoke of the schemes&rsquo; close proximity to transport, and potential to provide affordable homes, as key factors in giving these developments the green-light. He also noted the changes made to these schemes to ensure the protection of &ldquo;our precious Green Belt&rdquo;. This decision comes at a time where overcrowding and unaffordable housing is prevalent in the press and in parliament. &nbsp;</p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-03-13T13:33:00-04:00 >2017-03-13T13:35:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week considers the roles of artists and architects in our ever-changing world, whether this is discussing the pedagogical directions of architecture schools or the&nbsp;direction of 'Europe's cultural&nbsp;capital'. Storytelling is prevalent in this week's events; including the tale&nbsp;of tracing&nbsp;displaced artists, and hearing personal insights&nbsp;from MJ Long and Lord Peter Palumbo on the unbuilt Mansion House Square and eventual&nbsp;creation of No. 1 Poultry.</p><p>Be sure to visit&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gavin Turk's exhibition</a>, which has just&nbsp;been extended by one week (now&nbsp;closing 26th March); the artist's playful pastiche and skilful use of materials&nbsp;is&nbsp;not to be missed.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a> to keep up to date with&nbsp;London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image Image: Community Centre, Elephant and Castle by Chris Barnes (Unit 12, The Cass)</em></p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">School/Work: Architectural Conversations between Pedagogy and Practice | 17-27 March</a></strong></p><p>Featuring some incredible work of five award-winning architects who teach at the Cass...</p> London's Cheesegrater sells for £1.15B—the second-biggest sale ever of a building in the UK Nicholas Korody 2017-03-07T12:32:00-05:00 >2017-03-07T12:32:36-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners</a>-designed Leadenhall Building, more commonly known as the &lsquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cheesegrater</a>&rsquo;, was sold to a Chinese property tycoon for &pound;1.15B&mdash;the second-biggest sale ever of a building in the UK. The tallest building in the City of London, the Cheesegrater was previously owned by the developer of the building, British Land, and its joint venture partner Oxford Properties.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The sale marks one of the largest purchases of UK property by a Chinese company and is the largest sale in the country since 2014. When the building was completed that year, it had the highest rents of any building in the City.&nbsp;</p><p>Tim Roberts, head of offices at British Land, stated &ldquo;This sale shows continued investor appetite for best-in-class, well-located property in London.&rdquo; Others, however, might find the sale indicative of the increasing unaffordability of the capital city, which has witnessed a major boom in large, expensive towers.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2017-03-06T14:07:00-05:00 >2017-03-09T12:31:04-05:00 <img src="" width="639" height="459" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week is somewhat focused on the development of the next generation in our field; workshops&nbsp;give advice to young creatives, and a panel is lead by emerging figures under 30 discussing iconic schemes. Talks on the regeneration of Moscow, and the lessons we can take from post-war Modernism also provide a springboard for discussion throughout the coming seven days.</p><p>This week also marks the last chance to visit the V&amp;A's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Undressed</a>&nbsp;exhibition, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gavin Turk's showcase</a> at the award winning <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Newport Street Gallery</a>.&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 latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Inquiry: Mansion House Square &amp; No. 1 Poultry | 14 March</a></strong></p><p>AND</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mies van der Rohe &amp; James Stirling: Circling the Square | 8 March - 25 June</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image: RIBA collections</em></p><p>This 'courthouse' style discussion sees the younger generation of curators, theorists, planners, and architects critically examine the&nbsp; schemes of Mies (unbuilt) and Stirling (built) at Mansion House Square.</p><p>This even...</p>