Archinect - News 2015-07-29T09:45:13-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/132588869/bartlett-students-collaborate-with-mobile-urban-garden-project-in-london Bartlett students collaborate with mobile urban garden project in London Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-24T12:51:00-04:00 >2015-07-26T20:38:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z0/z01tyz2c1rfjyfly.jpg" width="514" height="677" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Kings Cross, a northern-London borough with an industrial history, has been undergoing massive redevelopment efforts since the turn of the millennium. Since then, the area has been referred to as an ongoing construction site, as a university, schools, affordable housing, and a public swimming facility have cropped up. And on July 22nd, undergraduate students at the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture unveiled seven structures built into a new public garden in the area.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ig/ig6mr7rvnjft82zf.jpg"></p><p>The structures were built in collaboration with an urban community garden project called <a href="http://www.globalgeneration.org.uk/skip-garden-and-kitchen-1/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skip Gardens</a> &ndash; referring to the &ldquo;skips&rdquo; or &ldquo;dumpsters&rdquo; (as they&rsquo;re known in the US) where the flora was planted, making the Gardens mobile. Now, the students&rsquo; projects have been installed in the midst of Skip Gardens, and are open to the public, offering new facilities for educational vents, cooking, farming and dining.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ob/ob5j2a45gowrs27s.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ts/tstmaosws9o7f59w.jpg"></p><p>The structures are varied, but often feature reclaimed materials. There&rsquo;s a chicken coop made from bamboo, a hydro...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132109096/london-will-host-its-first-design-biennale-at-somerset-house-in-2016 London will host its first Design Biennale at Somerset House in 2016 Justine Testado 2015-07-18T03:25:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T13:23:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s1/s13w4h7ft23y80fh.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>London is ready to join the design biennale club as it begins working toward launching its very first international design biennale at the Somerset House on September 14 to October 5, 2016. Modeled after the biannual <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/453301/2014-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice</a> architecture and art events, London plans to gather up to 40 countries that will contribute representative design installations and exhibitions in response to a particular theme. The Neoclassical Somerset House, a former royal-palace cultural hotspot near the banks of the River Thames, will serve as an elaborate backdrop for the event.</p><p>With Dr. Christopher Turner as deputy director, participants will address the theme "Utopia by Design', in marking the 500th anniversary of the publication of Sir Thomas More's fictional classic <em>Utopia</em>.</p><p>"Participants are encouraged to interrogate the history of the utopian idea and engage with some of the fundamental issues faced by humanity, suggesting solutions to them that use design and engineering. Their responses will not only ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131877039/reminder-the-2015-aa-summer-dlab-red-application-deadline-is-july-20 REMINDER: The 2015 AA Summer DLAB :: RED application deadline is July 20! Sponsor 2015-07-14T17:25:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T13:58:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6w/6w3y94rqmlrlshfd.jpg" width="514" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>There's still time to apply for the AA School of Architecture 2015 Summer DLAB :: RED workshop. Starting July 27 through August 14, the summer program emphasizes the integration of algorithmic / generative design methodologies and large scale digital fabrication tools. Student participants get to explore natural formation processes and interpret them as innovative architectonic spaces.</p><p>Continuing its yearly color-based agenda with RED, the 2015 Summer DLAB will investigate the phenomenon of decay in nature.</p><p>The program is open to all current architecture and design students. <strong>The application deadline is July 20.</strong> (Application form below)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/96/96890esc28t0ko3d.jpg"></p><p>By investigating the process of decay across various scales in natural organisms, DLAB participants will formulate rules of generating decomposition as their design research area. These rules will then evolve into design strategies for the creation and fabrication of a large-scale prototype. The design and fabrication process will be informed by the use ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131877038/postmodern-no-1-poultry-divides-architects-in-debate-over-recent-heritage Postmodern No 1 Poultry divides architects in debate over recent heritage Alexander Walter 2015-07-14T15:09:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T20:05:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/44/44z7x84nd9dc26qc.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It might be the City&rsquo;s most contested site. A new call to list No 1 Poultry, designed by architect Sir James Stirling and one of the last monuments of postmodernism, has revived a debate about the position and the protection of recent heritage. A proposal by Perella Weinberg [...] to make changes to an imperfect building has provoked the Twentieth Century Society to call for its listing at Grade II*, the second highest status available (and the highest possible for such a recent structure).</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130268199/robin-hood-gardens-residents-dare-lord-rogers-to-spend-a-night-in-the-blighted-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens residents dare Lord Rogers to spend a night in the blighted estate</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122146647/how-a-postmodernist-department-store-is-trying-to-become-the-youngest-monument-in-poland" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How a postmodernist department store is trying to become the youngest monument in Poland</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/131489455/walkie-talkie-tower-summons-the-elements-again-this-time-it-s-wind Walkie Talkie Tower summons the elements again — this time it's wind! Alexander Walter 2015-07-09T14:30:00-04:00 >2015-07-09T18:09:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rr/rr52vgshkn8n06wp.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The City of London Corporation has promised a more "rigorous" assessment of developers' predictions of ground winds, following complaints about strong gusts outside the 20 Fenchurch Street Building, better known as the Walkie Talkie. "I almost got blown over the other day walking up past the building," a sales assistant working nearby said earlier this year. "When I got around the corner it was fine. I was scared to go back."</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's not the tower's first run-in with the laws of physics:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80975331/rafael-vi-oly-designed-walkie-talkie-skyscraper-melts-car-with-light-reflections" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly-designed "Walkie Talkie" skyscraper melts car with light reflections</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99882337/walkie-scorchie-building-given-permanent-sunshade" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Walkie Scorchie&rsquo; building given permanent sunshade</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130817583/multi-media-art-interventions-coming-to-london-s-victoria-tube-line Multi-media art interventions coming to London's Victoria tube line Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-01T11:40:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T08:44:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/za/zawa442fhi1n51yf.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The project, called Underline, will include the underground&rsquo;s first music commission and a plan by the Turner prize-nominated architectural collective Assemble to improve what is regarded as one of the most unloved station exits on the entire network, at Seven Sisters in north London.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Organized by "Art on the Underground", a group that curates contemporary artworks for display in the London Underground, the new project will bring a variety of art, music and architectural&nbsp;interventions to the Victoria Line. Commissions selected to be part of the Underline are not simply public art projects &ndash; the interventions involve real proposals to improving the quality of experience for both commuters and workers on London's tube.</p><p>The whole tube line is under the curatorial purview, with architecture firm Assemble selected to focus particularly the Seven Sisters stop, known for its "anti-social behaviour problems".&nbsp;Artist Giles Round's Underline project, called "Design Work Leisure", will produce "prototypes of functional objects that can be used on the tube: a new ceramic tile for patch repairs on the existing tiles, for example, or new clocks, lighting or direction signs."&nbsp;Film and musical performances will also pepper the Victoria Line during Underline's run.</p><p>More news relate...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130814370/london-to-try-out-an-all-electric-double-decker-bus London to try out an all-electric double-decker bus Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-01T05:25:00-04:00 >2015-06-30T20:33:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/at/at7gvkp9op4sc95g.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[London Mayor Boris] Johnson, who uses the city&rsquo;s bike-share system to commute to work most days, told the Guardian that he would welcome the quieter, greener buses on his city&rsquo;s streets, saying current buses are like &ldquo;throbbing, belching machines that emit their fumes like wounded war-elephants&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since 2008, London Mayor Boris Johnson has introduced over 1,300 hybrid buses onto city streets, and all-electric single-decker buses have been in use since 2013. It was previously thought that all-electric double-decker buses weren't feasible &ndash; their size makes them too difficult to efficiently power with electricity alone. BYD, the Chinese firm that will build the new all-electric buses, can provide batteries that will "apparently be light and cheap enough" to power London's iconic double-deckers. The first pilot bus will begin operating on London's Route 16 this October.</p><p>More news from London:</p><ul><li><a title="London is eating itself" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130714691/london-is-eating-itself" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London is eating itself</a></li><li><a title="As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130175688/as-garden-bridge-procurement-process-is-headed-for-review-london-group-claims-that-30-new-parks-could-be-funded-instead" 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></li><li><a title="SelgasCano's &quot;psychedelic chrysalis&quot; Serpentine Pavilion is now open" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130175687/selgascano-s-psychedelic-chrysalis-serpentine-pavilion-is-now-open" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SelgasCano's "psychedelic chrysalis" Serpentine Pavilion is now open</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130800696/opening-of-damien-hirst-s-new-london-art-space-scheduled-for-october Opening of Damien Hirst’s new London art space scheduled for October Alexander Walter 2015-06-30T15:57:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T23:54:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7b/7bza2o60lgqeb93i.jpg" width="514" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Opening in October, Newport Street Gallery is the realisation of Hirst&rsquo;s long-term ambition to share his diverse collection &ndash; which includes over 3,000 works &ndash; with the public. [...] Designed by architects Caruso St John, Newport Street Gallery spans 37,000 square feet, which includes a restaurant and shop. Its construction has involved the conversion of three listed Victorian buildings [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117115624/damien-hirst-s-gallery-development-draws-closer-to-completition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Damien Hirst's gallery development draws closer to completition</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130739661/immerse-yourself-in-100-design-s-design-in-colour-in-london-this-september-register-now Immerse yourself in 100%DESIGN's "Design in Colour" in London this September. Register now! Justine Testado 2015-06-30T05:25:00-04:00 >2015-07-13T17:13:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5w/5wlw9f1hqqk6xxq3.jpg" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>100%DESIGN is packing an extra punch of color this time around. 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, 2015.</p><p>Centrally themed "Design in Colour", 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. The popular "Talks with 100%Design" program will also take place once again, featuring headlining speakers like British designer Ilse Crawford.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6g/6g4tts3ie1uezvdl.jpg"><br><em>From L to R: North Limited, Designheure, and Antonio Lupi.</em> <em>Photos courtesy 100%DESIGN.</em></p><p>100%DESIGN worked closely with several collaborators such as trend forecasters WGSN to bring to life the sensory experience of the use of color in interior d...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130714691/london-is-eating-itself London is eating itself Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-29T13:10:00-04:00 >2015-07-06T14:01:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/me/meyjlu0oai5ehkif.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although the cranes swing, much of the new living zones now being created range from the ho-hum to the outright catastrophic. The skyline is being plundered for profit, but without creating towers to be proud of or making new neighbourhoods with any positive qualities whatsoever. If London is an enormous party, millions of people are on the wrong side of its velvet rope.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rowan Moore sets a signpost in London's rampant development, checking in on the industries and businesses struggling in the midst of city-wide growth. Moore points out that while things like a bevy of cranes and a thriving multicultural food scene may look like more feathers in London's urban hat, these developments are precipitating big losses for other industries, and if unchecked, would quash the city's personality entirely.&nbsp;</p><p>More on London's recent developmental issues:</p><ul><li><a title="The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130502087/the-guardian-reveals-how-developers-play-the-planning-system-to-get-around-affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing</a></li><li><a title="Robin Hood Gardens residents dare Lord Rogers to spend a night in the blighted estate" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130268199/robin-hood-gardens-residents-dare-lord-rogers-to-spend-a-night-in-the-blighted-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens residents dare Lord Rogers to spend a night in the blighted estate</a></li><li><a title="Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130196665/considering-the-future-of-work-at-the-2015-london-festival-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architecture</a></li><li><p><a title="Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127540172/airbnb-celebrates-london-s-deregulation-act-with-floating-house-on-river-thames" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames</a></p></li></ul><p><em>Correction: An earlier version of this article misidentified the piece's author &ndash; it is Rowan Moore, not Rowan Smith.</em></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130502087/the-guardian-reveals-how-developers-play-the-planning-system-to-get-around-affordable-housing The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing Alexander Walter 2015-06-26T18:49:00-04:00 >2015-06-28T10:09:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/24/24qnmyo04ppr5ay5.jpg" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seen exclusively by the Guardian, the document sheds new light on why so little affordable housing is being built across England; why planning policy consistently fails to be enforced; and why property developers are now enjoying profits that exceed even those of the pre-crash housing bubble.</p></em><br /><br /><p>And the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/110562/affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">affordable housing</a> crisis is certainly not restricted to the greater London area as many recent headlines on Archinect show:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124122059/no-room-for-affordable-housing-in-sf-build-it-in-oakland" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No room for affordable housing in SF? Build it in Oakland</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125745572/we-ve-got-enough-millionaires-george-lucas-wants-to-build-affordable-housing-on-his-own-land" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"We've got enough millionaires": George Lucas wants to build affordable housing on his own land</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129656013/developers-in-california-can-be-required-to-include-low-income-housing-courts-declare" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developers in California can be required to include low-income housing, courts declare</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129874643/kevin-daly-s-backyard-bi-h-ome-provides-affordable-housing-for-humans-and-wildlife" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kevin Daly's Backyard BI(h)OME provides affordable housing for humans and wildlife</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115812933/chicago-rethinks-rules-for-developers-to-increase-affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Rethinks Rules for Developers to Increase Affordable Housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105477200/poor-doors-not-the-worst-thing-about-social-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Poor doors': not the worst thing about social housing</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130415330/hot-work-in-the-summertime-from-helsinki-to-london-to-nyc-archinect-sessions-35 Hot Work in the Summertime: From Helsinki to London to NYC, Archinect Sessions #35 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-25T17:20:00-04:00 >2015-06-29T23:35:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tu/tud1llbcqwbulrf0.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Lots of summer blockbuster news to discuss on this week's podcast. The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130249664/a-black-museum-for-the-white-city-of-the-north-moreau-kusunoki-architectes-selected-to-design-guggenheim-helsinki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">winner of the Helsinki Guggenheim competition was announced</a> (a young husband-wife firm from Paris took the cake), <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/54077942/selgascano" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SelgasCano</a>'s&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130175687/selgascano-s-psychedelic-chrysalis-serpentine-pavilion-is-now-open" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"psychedelic chrysalis" Serpentine Pavilion opened</a>, and <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/129810359/as-cosmo-gets-ready-to-warm-up-we-sit-down-with-andr-s-jaque-of-the-office-for-political-innovation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andres Jaque's COSMO for MoMA PS1's "Warm Up"</a> began its water cycle. And while not quite blockbusting, in what could easily be the premise for a Vincent Price flick, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130268199/robin-hood-gardens-residents-dare-lord-rogers-to-spend-a-night-in-the-blighted-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">residents of the blighted Robin Hood Gardens dared Lord Rogers</a> to spend a night in their quarters.</p><p>Special guests&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/quilian" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quilian Riano</a> and Peggy Deamer of <a href="http://www.architecture-lobby.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture Lobby</a> join our news discussion this week, dropping their excellent and incisive commentary on ethical practice into every topic. We are collaborating with the Lobby to measure satisfaction with work-life balance in architecture &ndash; take the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129882702/archinect-the-architecture-lobby-wants-to-know-how-satisfied-you-are-with-your-job" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3-question survey here</a>.</p><p>Listen to episode thirty-five of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Hot Work in the Summertime":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below ...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130412101/serpentine-galleries-launch-build-your-own-pavilion-for-really-young-architects Serpentine Galleries launch Build Your Own Pavilion for (really) young architects Alexander Walter 2015-06-25T15:26:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T22:38:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ou/ou7lmxj42tfbtnhc.jpg" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In this first year of Build Your Own Pavilion, young people aged 8 to&nbsp;14 are invited to submit their Pavilion designs online and at workshops&nbsp;across the UK during the summer of 2015. The platform and workshops&nbsp;give an insight to the basic principles of architectural design and&nbsp;workshop students will be given the Pavilion brief and a toolkit that&nbsp;begins with sketching by hand, working with simple modeling materials&nbsp;and progressing to 3D design and print technologies.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Earlier this week, London's Serpentine Galleries launched the much anticipated <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130175687/selgascano-s-psychedelic-chrysalis-serpentine-pavilion-is-now-open" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 summer pavilion</a> &mdash; a vibrant and playful space slug designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/54077942/selgascano" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SelgasCano</a>.</p><p>To celebrate fifteen years of pavilions (and continuing the theme of "playfulness"), the Galleries also launched <em><a href="http://buildyourownpavilion.serpentinegalleries.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Build Your Own Pavilion: Young Architects Challenge</a>, </em>an initiative that "enables young people to upload their own designs&nbsp;for a Pavilion to an online gallery, gain insight and learn about the&nbsp;architectural process from the world&rsquo;s leading architects, download&nbsp;tools for designing and building their own Pavilions."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/re/rea0rye4wu7x6gbo.jpg"></p><p>Besides the website, <em>Build Your Own Pavilion </em>also offers design &amp; engineering workshops for children throughout the UK, organized in partnership with Kidesign. See some images and a video of previous workshops below.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jt/jtfatdtvqo67voul.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j0/j0d6bkyneeme161z.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130268199/robin-hood-gardens-residents-dare-lord-rogers-to-spend-a-night-in-the-blighted-estate Robin Hood Gardens residents dare Lord Rogers to spend a night in the blighted estate Alexander Walter 2015-06-23T18:12:00-04:00 >2015-06-28T07:45:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fh/fh9rpm5ivb5f43bd.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Lord Rogers launched a campaign to save one of London&rsquo;s most notorious housing estates from demolition, he was adamant that it was a desirable place to live. [...] It is a claim he may regret. Unhappy residents of the estate have challenged the peer to be true to his word and swap his &pound;12 million Chelsea townhouse for a few nights in one of their blighted flats.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/42890487/robin-hood-gardens-set-for-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens Set For Demolition</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130196665/considering-the-future-of-work-at-the-2015-london-festival-of-architecture Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architecture Laura Amaya 2015-06-23T15:37:00-04:00 >2015-06-23T18:35:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dl/dl6bb09x05muzaqv.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the central theme of the <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/event/london_festival_of_architecture_2015/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Festival of Architecture</a> (LFA) in its 2015 edition,&nbsp;&ldquo;Work in Progress&rdquo; welcomes a discussion on the changing nature of the workplace and its impact on the city. The Festival, which opened on June 1st, hosts a series of events in both cultural and academic venues. Projects authored by a wide range of designers, from research institutes to corporate practices, invite the public &mdash; both local and international &mdash; to engage in a conversation about architecture and the city.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4o/4oe8h4j62zqxmv53.jpg"></p><p>The LFA organizers, led by Patricia Brown (Chair), have chosen the theme &ldquo;Work in Progress&rdquo; as the guiding thread for the event that brings together participants through both an open call and via direct selection. As London&rsquo;s commercial industry has evolved, so has the nature of work and the workspace. Inevitably this has shaped London&rsquo;s development throughout the years: from the intimacy of workplace interiors to the interactive nature of public spaces in the city.</p><p>Originally launched ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130175688/as-garden-bridge-procurement-process-is-headed-for-review-london-group-claims-that-30-new-parks-could-be-funded-instead As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead Alexander Walter 2015-06-22T13:24:00-04:00 >2015-06-23T17:07:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/35/357ptbdiparo1uax.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] has ordered a review of the procurement process for London&rsquo;s garden bridge design after the Architects&rsquo; Journal revealed apparent irregularities in the tendering process. [...] Heatherwick&rsquo;s &pound;173,000 fee was more than three times more expensive than the &pound;49,939 offer by Wilkinson Eyre, and more than 11 times that of the &pound;15,125 offer by Marks Barfield. [...] cost of the project could fund 30 new London parks or 30 times the amount of open space the bridge would provide.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/529656/garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129874651/new-housing-and-school-developments-stand-out-in-riba-2015-national-award New housing and school developments stand out in RIBA 2015 National Award Justine Testado 2015-06-18T17:33:00-04:00 >2015-06-19T13:04:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yk/yk5h3z8qvtu56luj.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A few weeks after the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/9592/riba" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Royal Institute of British Architects</a> announced the winners of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127595087/get-a-glimpse-of-the-2015-riba-regional-london-awards-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 regional London Award</a>, the competition continues with the announcement of the National Award winners. Thirty-seven projects from throughout the UK including England, Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland made the cut.</p><p>'The RIBA National Awards provide a unique insight into UK construction, investment and design trends,' RIBA President Stephen Hodder said. New housing developments and educational facilities were at the forefront in this year's batch of National awardees, much to RIBA's delight, especially at a time when high-quality housing and school buildings are sorely lacking in the UK. The winners will be celebrated during a special event at the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/14325/serpentine-pavilion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Pavilion</a> in London on July 8.</p><p>Here's a few of the winning projects:</p><p>&darr; Abode, Great Kneighton, Cambridge by Proctor and Matthews Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m7/m73o0zxv9g0kwjal.jpg"></p><p>&darr; Darbishire Place, E1 by Niall McLaughlin Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ie/ie6dqme8hq8p865q.jpg"></p><p>&darr; Alfriston School, Beaconsfield by Duggan Mor...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129738012/the-serpentine-pavilions-from-the-past-where-are-they-now The Serpentine Pavilions from the past: Where are they now? Justine Testado 2015-06-17T08:07:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:20:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cz/cz4edsn4dtq9die3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Over the years, the Serpentine pavilion programme quickly became established as an annual christening of starchitects&rsquo; baubles, and most pavilions have been sold off to private collectors...The people who buy the pavilions do so in enormously good faith. They need to have a lot of land, as well as the ability to pay for dismantling the structure, moving it and resurrecting it, as well as fulfilling all of the statutory requirements of planning permission.</p></em><br /><br /><p>On that note, SelgasCano's polygonic <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123735848/selgascano-unveils-designs-for-the-2015-serpentine-pavilion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Serpentine Pavilion</a> will open to the public later this month.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/14325/serpentine-pavilion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously on Archinect</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129637458/is-thomas-heatherwick-designing-google-s-london-hq Is Thomas Heatherwick designing Google's London HQ? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-15T14:03:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T19:31:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a0/a0f6m6franz60glb.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google's ambitious &pound;1 billion King's Cross development, which will be the technology giant's European headquarters, has faced repeated delays since it was first announced back in 2013. The project currently has "no target completion date."</p></em><br /><br /><p>This news came to <em>Business Insider</em>&nbsp;via&nbsp;"a source close to Heatherwick", although neither Google nor Heatherwick has commented on it at this time. <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/12450131/heatherwick-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heatherwick</a> is already pinned to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122588365/critical-response-to-googleplex-expansion-focuses-on-suburban-development-not-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">expansion of Google's Mountain View headquarters</a>, along with Bjarke Ingels of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>. Previous designs by local firm <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/69207772/allford-hall-monaghan-morris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AHMM</a> were rejected by Google earlier this year, but it's unclear whether they'll still play a role in the design process.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129420910/satirical-folly-for-london-competition-mocks-garden-bridge-project Satirical “Folly for London” competition mocks Garden Bridge project Archinect 2015-06-12T19:22:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T20:48:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7fb510506e01650b7dd92bcc0163f6a.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As controversy carries on over the notorious Garden Bridge by Heatherwick Studio proposed for London's South Bank, some opposers of the project are expressing their discontent with good ol' British satire in the soon-to-be-launched "Folly for London" competition. If you have a cheeky sense of humor, you'll have fun in this one.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/529656/garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously on Archinect</a></p><p><strong>UPDATE, June 15, 2015: </strong><a href="http://www.willjennings.info/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Jennings</a>, artist and initiator of the "Folly for London" competition, sent us this statement to further explain the cause until the design ideas contest officially opens for entries.</p><p><em>Details of the competition will be announced in due course and we will seek entries from across professional architectural and design circles, established and amateur artists, citizens of London and anyone else with an interest in the capital - adults and children alike - before a panel of judges, including architecture writer Owen Hatherley, will meet to decide the best follies. </em></p><p><em>The <a href="http://www.afollyforlondon.co.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a> is not only intended as a &lsquo;home&rsquo; for the competition, with details being added as we get closer to the launch, but will also have writings and responses to the many issues around the city, politics, finances and architecture which are raised by the problematic Garden Bridge project. </em></p><p><em>While we will invite crazy, ridiculous and satirically nonsensical projects and ask p...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129348666/construction-kicks-off-for-steven-holl-designed-maggie-s-centre-barts-in-london Construction kicks off for Steven Holl-designed Maggie's Centre Barts in London Justine Testado 2015-06-11T20:25:00-04:00 >2015-06-12T12:36:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nt/ntuofrl46b0dnhsq.jpg" width="514" height="278" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A groundbreaking ceremony yesterday marked the beginning of construction for the new&nbsp;<a href="https://www.maggiescentres.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Maggie's</a><a href="http://www.maggiescentres.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Centre</a> Barts that's coming to Northeast London next year. The 18 Maggie's Centres across the UK offer free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their loved ones. During the ceremony, a large banner thanking everyone involved in the project was unveiled on site and a time capsule to be opened in 2065 was compiled -- in tradition with every Centre that is built. The capsule consisted of a signed watercolor print from Steven Holl, framed Hong Kong bank notes from British bank institution HSBC, and archive materials from St. Bartholomew&rsquo;s Hospital.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yv/yvcl8hss5gjt120e.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u1/u13ftgqld1xs1u1u.jpg"></p><p>The new Centre will be built on a 725 m2 site within the richly historic grounds of the 12th-century St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London's oldest hospital. With Steven Holl commissioned for architectural design in association with UK firm JM Architects, the Barts Centre will be a more vertical "vessel within a vessel withi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129258639/debated-relocation-of-u-s-embassy-in-london-is-inevitably-painful-for-locals Debated relocation of U.S. Embassy in London is "inevitably painful" for locals Justine Testado 2015-06-10T15:58:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T15:58:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tv/tvx8hk5zl7c1nx8b.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The United States Embassy in Grosvenor Square, a Modernist concrete building in the heart of Mayfair, London&rsquo;s most exclusive neighborhood, has been a potential terrorist target for years, creating anxiety for both employees and neighbors...So a new embassy [by KieranTimberlake] is under construction for a move by 2017, and the residents of Mayfair are relieved. But this being Britain, the new embassy has become the object of debate and, in some quarters, ridicule.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86471663/kierantimberlake-s-u-s-embassy-in-london-celebrates-groundbreaking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KieranTimberlake&rsquo;s U.S. Embassy in London celebrates groundbreaking</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129176662/book-review-katrina-palmer-s-end-matter Book Review: Katrina Palmer's "End Matter" Nicholas Korody 2015-06-09T20:02:00-04:00 >2015-06-09T20:02:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s4/s44mi659rbtsb9cn.jpg" width="514" height="778" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On September 2, 1666, a fire began in a bakery on Pudding Lane in London. By the next day, the flames had fanned out north and west, engulfing much of the city&rsquo;s medieval center. The fire, later knowns &nbsp;as the Great Fire of London, destroyed much of the old cathedral of St. Paul as well as the overcrowded, narrow streets that surrounded it. In the aftermath of the fire, a period of social unrest was followed by a large-scale reconstruction, helmed by the noted architect Sir Christopher Wren. He built a new cathedral in the English Baroque style and supervised, to some extent, the city&rsquo;s larger reconstruction. Today, St. Paul&rsquo;s Cathedral and much of the city&rsquo;s core owes its appearance in part to Wren&rsquo;s preference for a particular variety of white, soft stone hewed on the Isle of Portland. The restitution of London spurred the industrial development of Portland&rsquo;s quarries. For every monument that rose up, such as the looming Doric column that memorialized the fire itself, a hole was e...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128643441/zaha-hadid-piers-gough-other-leading-cultural-figures-criticize-heatherwick-s-london-garden-bridge Zaha Hadid, Piers Gough, other leading cultural figures criticize Heatherwick's London Garden Bridge Justine Testado 2015-06-02T16:29:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T20:12:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r2/r25cls8dmmjocmka.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'Architecturally, the ends of the bridge are abysmal: they are sort of hacked off. It&rsquo;s not a good termination of the bridge &ndash; it&rsquo;s inelegant &ndash; and the views of the ends of the bridge are particularly poor and ungraceful. It doesn&rsquo;t look good. It isn&rsquo;t a nice piece of work.' &mdash; Piers Gough</p></em><br /><br /><p>As the cherry on top for the widely dreaded Thames Garden Bridge, <em>The Guardian</em> rounds up a somewhat entertaining mix of critical reactions from prominent British architects, novelists, and artists on the proposed project, which faces an imminent judicial review.</p><p>Previously:</p><p><a title="Further legal setbacks for London Garden Bridge" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125910421/further-legal-setbacks-for-london-garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Further legal setbacks for London Garden Bridge</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127711878/new-york-london-ranked-highest-in-2015-global-cities-index New York & London ranked highest in 2015 Global Cities Index Alexander Walter 2015-05-21T14:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T14:23:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m5/m5yxcyxv5xetp1q4.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York and London remain the world&rsquo;s most global cities, as they are the only cities to rank in the top 10 of both the Global Cities Index and the Global Cities Outlook according to the A.T. Kearney Global Cities 2015 [...]. San Francisco leads the Global Cities Outlook due to its strength in innovation. Other cities ranking at the top of the Global Cities Outlook include London (#2), Boston (#3), New York (#4), and Zurich (#5).</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pm/pmthe53mzemffmja.jpg"></p><p>For lovers of city rankings:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106959605/melbourne-named-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-fourth-consecutive-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melbourne named world&rsquo;s most liveable city for fourth consecutive year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105942974/forbes-releases-baffling-coolest-cities-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forbes Releases Baffling "Coolest Cities" List</a></li></ul><p>For skeptics:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.citylab.com/work/2015/05/the-top-6-reasons-to-be-wary-of-city-rankings/393686/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Top 6 Reasons to Be Wary of City Rankings, Ranked</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127595087/get-a-glimpse-of-the-2015-riba-regional-london-awards-winners Get a glimpse of the 2015 RIBA regional London Awards winners Justine Testado 2015-05-20T04:18:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T20:56:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a0/a0t7r62q19egqmj0.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>RIBA celebrated the winners of the 2015 London Awards, which highlights top-notch architectural design within the London capital region. Starting from 159 entries down to a final shortlist of 67 projects, 38 projects won awards during a recent evening ceremony at the National Theatre. A few of the winners scored extra in receiving London Special Awards, including the RIBA London Building of the Year Award.</p><p>The regional London Awards are considered an honor, but they're just the start of a series of RIBA competitions. Regional winners will be considered for the RIBA National Award. Once the National winners are announced in June, those winners will finally advance to compete for the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize for best building of the year.</p><p>Here's a few of this year's London Awards winners:</p><p><strong>The Foundry, SE11</strong> by Architecture 00 Ltd<br>(also winner of the RIBA London Building of the Year Award)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/es/esw0248qchj3d31c.jpg"></p><p>Foyles, WC2H by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands<br>(also winner of the RIBA London Architect of the Year A...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127540172/airbnb-celebrates-london-s-deregulation-act-with-floating-house-on-river-thames Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames Alexander Walter 2015-05-18T20:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T08:39:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j9/j9en013pe04vbcdk.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Airbnb is sailing a full-size floating house along the Thames this week to celebrate new rules to support home sharing in London. The publicity stunt follows the passing of the Deregulation Act last month, which means Londoners are now free to rent their homes for up to 90 days a year without risk of fines or having to secure planning permission before doing so.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/du/du2x8h30xtwlc36c.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9q/9qavxb2ruikf3787.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p0/p08c23hhs1bobdnj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/06/0626kfh7nu6yhfz4.jpg"></p><p>For more information and your chance to stay in the floating house click <a href="https://www.airbnb.co.uk/night-at/floating-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127348063/aa-summer-dlab-red-is-now-accepting-applications-until-july-20 AA Summer DLAB :: RED is now accepting applications until July 20 Sponsor 2015-05-15T13:03:00-04:00 >2015-05-15T13:03:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/89/89unwrmie93y2zt2.jpg" width="514" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="https://www.aaschool.ac.uk/STUDY/VISITING/summerdlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Summer DLAB</a> from London's <a href="http://www.aaschool.ac.uk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA School of Architecture</a> is gearing up for its 2015 cycle. Starting July 27 through August 14, the summer workshop emphasizes the integration of algorithmic / generative design methodologies and large scale digital fabrication tools. Student participants get to explore natural formation processes and interpret them as innovative architectonic spaces.</p><p>Continuing its yearly color-based agenda with RED, the 2015 Summer DLAB will investigate the process of decay in nature.</p><p>The program is open to all current architecture and design students. <strong>The application deadline is July 20.</strong> (Application form below)</p><p>More details below:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ml/mlszdw19pxjntixv.jpg"></p><p>By investigating the process of decay across various scales in natural organisms, DLAB participants will formulate rules of generating decomposition as their design research area. These rules will then evolve into design strategies for the creation and fabrication of a large-scale prototype. The design and fabrication process will be informed by t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126771486/robert-venturi-prince-charles-that-false-corinthian-column Robert Venturi, Prince Charles & that false Corinthian column Alexander Walter 2015-05-05T13:53:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T22:15:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7n/7n3il5gkf4rtn1mv.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today it houses one of London&rsquo;s best permanent collection displays, but the 1991 Sainsbury Wing extension to the National Gallery in London was almost scuppered when Prince Charles and the other trustees opposed the architect of the new building, Robert Venturi. The row was over a false Corinthian column that the US architect wanted as a decorative feature on the Trafalgar Square fa&ccedil;ade of the new extension.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/126711128/pop-brixton-to-open-in-late-may-2015 POP Brixton to open in late May 2015 Joachim Perez 2015-05-04T12:52:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T22:39:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cq/cq5wkfh61lgetox9.jpg" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Created from low-cost, low-energy, shipping containers, the refreshing design has a focus on sustainability and efficiency. The converted units will create a mini-city, providing much needed flexible studio, retail, office and workshop space in one of London&rsquo;s most vibrant communities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For those of you that miss the<a href="http://dekalbmarket.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Dekalb Market in Brooklyn</a>, a new shipping container campus will be opening later this month in London. &nbsp;Designed by<a href="http://www.ct-architects.co.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Carl Turner Architects</a>, <a href="http://www.popbrixton.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">POP Brixton</a> promises to be an incubator space for start-ups and small business, as well hosting private parties, community film screenings, street kiosks, workshops and more. Construction has already begun on the project with an opening scheduled later this month.</p>