Archinect - News 2014-07-29T21:16:34-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/105315632/london-s-gherkin-is-put-up-for-sale London's Gherkin is put up for sale Archinect 2014-07-29T11:21:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T11:22:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0b/0b9e866ef468bab0b638073fe8f4cf5c.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London's Gherkin skyscraper has been put up for sale, with interest expected from Chinese, other Asian, and US buyers, estate agency Savills has said. The City of London tower is expected to fetch offers in the region of &pound;650m, the firm said.</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/104941218/london-mayor-boris-johnson-nimbies-pretend-to-care-about-architecture-to-block-developments London Mayor Boris Johnson: Nimbies pretend to care about architecture to block developments Alexander Walter 2014-07-24T13:57:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:33:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6e/6e568b365da8a08ef58ba34730c1953a.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Homeowners who "pretend" to care about architecture are "nimbies in disguise" who in reality want to block any development in their local area, Boris Johnson has said. In a scathing assessment, the Mayor of London said homeowners are dishonestly claiming they care about new homes being affordable or well-designed, in fact they simply oppose new developments entirely. Mr Johnson has promised to increase house-building in the capital, and wants to see 45,000 new homes by 2018.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92764874/boris-johnson-s-abuse-of-planning-power-is-an-assault-on-democracy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boris Johnson's abuse of planning power is an assault on democracy</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104862450/damien-hirst-s-london-art-space-due-to-open-next-spring Damien Hirst's London art space due to open next spring Alexander Walter 2014-07-23T13:27:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T21:55:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f0e778d00b393bc6e4438e22acf6f831.jpg" width="300" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Damien Hirst&rsquo;s art complex in south London, which was initially due to open this year, will take a little longer to complete. A spokeswoman for Science Ltd, Hirst&rsquo;s company, says that it is now due to open &ldquo;in May or June&rdquo; next year. The centre, which is designed by Caruso St John architects, runs the length of Newport Street in Vauxhall. The former theatre carpentry and scenery production workshops will become six galleries. Office space and a restaurant are also planned.</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/104785258/london-s-canary-wharf-spreads-east-with-new-towers-and-3-000-homes-planned London's Canary Wharf spreads east with new towers and 3,000 homes planned Alexander Walter 2014-07-22T13:18:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T21:36:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ed/ed6a3a6d555ec29918bfef97eae5657d.jpg" width="220" height="310" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>More than 3,000 homes are to be built at the eastern edge of Canary Wharf after Tower Hamlets council gave the green light for the project, the first extension to the financial district since the banking crisis struck in 2008. [...] Its centrepiece, at 211m the tallest building, is a 57-storey cylindrical residential skyscraper facing the waters of South Dock, designed by Herzog &amp; de Meuron [...]</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/104717771/goldsmiths-to-build-public-art-gallery Goldsmiths to Build Public Art Gallery Nicholas Korody 2014-07-21T18:10:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T21:36:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h9/h98fckqpx9qs3far.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Goldsmiths, which is part of the University of London and home to one of the UK&rsquo;s leading art schools, plans to build a public art gallery behind the art department&rsquo;s home, in an early 20th-century former public baths. To help raise the &pound;2m needed to convert the old water tanks of the Laurie Grove Baths into an art space, the institution is asking its star alumni and emeritus professors [...] to donate works that will be auctioned by Christie&rsquo;s, possibly next year.</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/104497122/register-now-for-100-design-2014-this-september Register now for 100%DESIGN 2014 this September Sponsor 2014-07-18T19:52:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T12:21:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lo/lo4e9106dkafg0x7.jpg" width="514" height="116" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://100percentdesign.co.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">100%DESIGN 2014</a>, the UK's largest design trade event, is back for its 20th edition. As one of the <a href="http://www.londondesignfestival.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Design Festival</a>'s major events, this year's trade show will take place from September 17-20 at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London.</p><p>"First staged in 1995 within a tent off the Kings Road, 100%DESIGN has gone on to be the benchmark event for the promotion of design product and activity in London. Through different editions 100% Design has continued to excel, easily outsizing any other design event in the UK."</p><p>Before you know it, September will be here. So mark your calendars and <a href="http://100percentdesign.co.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">register now</a>!</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104407067/2014-riba-stirling-prize-shortlist-is-revealed 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist is revealed Justine Testado 2014-07-17T15:48:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:10:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k9/k99hzfpjebnys8zg.jpg" width="514" height="491" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's that time of year again. Six buildings were just announced for the 2014 shortlist of the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize for best new building in the UK. Each contender will be judged particularly for its design excellence and its significance in the evolution of architecture and the built environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d5/d5fwq6ead6dytsba.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i8/i8xc0q4lsr3ilzb2.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0j/0jcdmp76uhwdmlfe.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bp/bpgly1r9shwt06gn.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9g/9gyqkdl6yb5ihpsk.jpg"></p><p>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/2014_riba_stirling_prize_shortlist_is_revealed/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104245331/china-town-meet-the-architecture-giant-with-asian-designs-on-london China town: meet the architecture giant with Asian designs on London Alexander Walter 2014-07-15T13:24:00-04:00 >2014-07-15T23:44:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dc/dc5859e1d5f029e81e5c71a43de515d3.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Our Chinese clients have their sights set on London, and they know what they want,&rdquo; says Keith Griffiths, the Welsh-born chairman of Aedas, who presides over the 1,400-strong practice from its Hong Kong headquarters. &ldquo;They are used to high rise, high density, truly mixed-use developments &ndash; having everything on one site, so you can live, work and play without ever leaving the building. We think that's the way London needs to densify.&rdquo;</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/103934627/architecture-at-london-s-royal-academy-of-arts-summer-exhibition-2014 Architecture at London’s Royal Academy of Arts - Summer Exhibition 2014 Alexander Walter 2014-07-11T12:41:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:00:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4f/4f5xrp5ovoi93kp5.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Got a day to spend in London this summer? Go and immerse yourself in the Royal Academy of Arts&rsquo; Summer Exhibition 2014 which opened to the public last month. The annual event &mdash; held every year without interruption since 1769 &mdash; prides itself as the world&rsquo;s largest open submission exhibition. The program aims to provide an international platform for emerging and established artists in various disciplines ranging from painting to printmaking, photography, sculpture, architecture and film.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Summer Exhibition 2014 will be on display until Sunday, August 17.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103865540/apply-now-for-the-2014-aa-summer-dlab-white-registration-ends-monday-july-14 Apply now for the 2014 AA SUMMER DLAB :: WHITE - Registration ends Monday, July 14 Sponsor 2014-07-10T15:22:00-04:00 >2014-07-10T15:40:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x4/x4hzqjyo0lnyjojj.jpg" width="514" height="726" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The final registration deadline for <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/event/aa_summer_dlab_white/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA SUMMER DLAB :: WHITE</a> is quickly approaching: Apply by July 14 for your spot in this exciting summer workshop. Presented by London's <a href="http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA School of Architecture</a>, the program focuses on the integration of algorithmic / generative design methodologies and large scale digital fabrication tools.</p><p>The workshop will take place in London between July 21 until August 2, 2014 and from August 2 onwards, will be located in South England's Hooke Park until August 8, 2014.</p><p>All current architecture and design students are invited to apply.</p><p>Find more details below or <a href="https://www.aaschool.ac.uk/STUDY/VISITING/summerdlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p><p>"One of the major objectives of Summer DLAB is to demonstrate the continuity of the workflow between computational software and digital assembly procedures leading to physical fabrication. In this respect, the programme is formulated as a two-phase process. During the initial phase participants benefit from the unique atmosphere and facilities of AA&rsquo;s London home. The second phase shifts to A...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103858287/exhibition-review-building-the-picture-architecture-in-italian-renaissance-paintings Exhibition Review: 'Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Paintings' Alexander Walter 2014-07-10T12:57:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:02:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wr/wrk2sf6n1qb68nk7.jpg" width="381" height="176" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Buildings in paintings have too often been viewed as background or as space fillers which play a passive or at best supporting role, propping up the figures that carry the main message of the picture. By looking afresh at buildings within paintings, treating them as active protagonists, it becomes clear that they performed a series of crucial roles."</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/103655820/in-depth-louis-kahn-exhibition-opening-at-london-s-design-museum-on-july-9 In-depth Louis Kahn exhibition opening at London’s Design Museum on July 9 Justine Testado 2014-07-07T21:13:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T06:41:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lx/lxbekm7zlnfmhsam.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture" is a multi-themed exploration behind legendary architect Louis Kahn that will be showcased at the Design Museum in London starting Wednesday, July 9. Until Oct. 12, 2014, the exhibition will feature architectural models, original drawings, travel sketches, photographs, and films &ndash; including interviews with famous architects like Renzo Piano, Frank Gehry, Sou Fujimoto, and Peter Zumthor who each describe how Kahn has influenced his own work.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/te/teg4jgk1l0lw2pph.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ny/nyq7hxkiyeve966b.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m4/m4c4f3mt1q3oy9ia.jpg"></p><p>Learn more about the exhibition on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/in-depth_louis_kahn_exhibition_opening_at_londons_design_museum_on_july_9/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103092153/british-museum-extension-it-does-its-job-but-could-have-been-richer British Museum extension: 'It does its job but could have been richer' Alexander Walter 2014-06-30T13:28:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T13:29:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d0/d031ceda74763e51709857a178c6b4e1.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This, if it is a harsh way to describe the British Museum's attempts to update itself over the last two decades, with the help of the most famous architects in the land and hundreds of millions in generous donations, nonetheless reflects what's going on. Like large cultural institutions everywhere, the museum finds itself dealing with similar pressures to those of commercial players in the fields of leisure and entertainment [...] and it reaches for similar solutions..</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/102628658/smiljan-radic-unveils-egglike-14th-serpentine-pavilion-in-london-s-kensington-gardens Smiljan Radic unveils egglike 14th Serpentine Pavilion in London's Kensington Gardens Justine Testado 2014-06-24T13:17:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T23:14:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cf/cf9fo2e317yejo9k.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Since <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/95481774/smiljan-radic-to-design-14th-serpentine-galleries-pavilion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the announcement</a> this past March, Chilean architect Smiljan Radic has unveiled the 14th Serpentine Pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery's Kensington Gardens in London. For the past 14 years, the Serpentine Gallery has invited famous architects like Sou Fujimoto, Jean Nouvel, SANAA, and Frank Gehry to design the annual temporary structure for the London Festival of Architecture. Their famous designers aside, the pavilions themselves are a story of their own.</p><p>An eggshell. A "Stone Age spaceship". A cocoon. A deformed donut -- Radic's design for the 14th Serpentine Pavilion is already receiving plenty of colorful descriptions. Supported by massive quarry stones, Radic's pavilion is a fiberglass, semi-transparent hollow shell that will be used to host a variety of social and cultural events and will also include a cafe inside. The pavilion's flooring also features gray wooden decking to make the structure feel more like a patio than a fully enclosed space.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ao/ao862a7cqwn4uvp6.jpg"></p><p>Playing on the idea of the f...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102628656/london-s-garden-bridge-it-feels-like-we-re-trying-to-pull-off-a-crime London's Garden bridge: 'It feels like we're trying to pull off a crime' Alexander Walter 2014-06-24T13:11:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T23:03:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/79/79606175da223ead3b8cc917c3789318.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Take one voguish designer, one national treasure and one icon-hungry mayor and what do you get? A floating forest across the Thames. But can anyone actually say what the &pound;175m garden bridge is for?</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/100058349/update-ksr-architects-fluorescent-chandelier-pavilion-at-the-camden-create-festival UPDATE: KSR Architects’ fluorescent “chandelier” pavilion at the Camden Create Festival Justine Testado 2014-05-20T17:39:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:55:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dt/dtm5lnucunswxpt6.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After being chosen to have the winning design in the competition, KSR Architects got to realize their proposal for the Camden Town Pavilion at the iconic Britannia junction during the town's first Camden Create Festival that recently occurred in Camden, London. KSR Architects' colorful pop-up pavilion must've been quite the statement piece to celebrate the town's unique creative culture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out some photos of the pavilion:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cv/cv98e5egqim4wrll.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pw/pwot20ygrhgxfsn8.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6e/6e02gyg12fmc8bjz.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/at/atksifjipwxp5qo0.jpg"></p><p>More details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/update_ksr_architects_fluorescent_chandelier_pavilion_at_the_camden_create_/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99882337/walkie-scorchie-building-given-permanent-sunshade 'Walkie Scorchie’ building given permanent sunshade Alexander Walter 2014-05-16T14:13:00-04:00 >2014-05-16T14:15:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6b/6b83bbeab2e3a3b2edd19a1c41c0645f.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Walkie Talkie &ndash; or 20 Fenchurch Street &ndash; became known as the Walkie Scorchie because of its apparent ability to bounce heat from the sun on to buildings in the next street in the City of London. Yesterday, the developer, Land Securities, said that it had received planning permission for a &ldquo;brise soleil&rdquo; sunshade to be attached to the building to replace a temporary system erected last summer. Work is due to start this month.</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/99832200/apply-for-the-2014-aa-summer-dlab-white-now-until-july-14 Apply for the 2014 AA SUMMER DLAB :: WHITE now until July 14 Sponsor 2014-05-15T17:11:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T22:50:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tc/tcrmy7gxhbyd206b.jpg" width="514" height="755" 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://archinect.com/schools/cover/298/architectural-association-school-of-architecture-aa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA School of Architecture</a> is back again for its 2014 cycle. The summer-long workshop emphasizes the integration of algorithmic / generative design methodologies and large scale digital fabrication tools.</p><p>Continuing its color-based agenda with White, this year's Summer DLAB will highlight White as a starting point to investigate natural formation processes and interpret them as innovative architectonic spaces.</p><p><strong>The application deadline is JULY 14! </strong>The program is open to all current architecture and design students.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w4/w4q6kflmpfkl5q5y.jpg"></p><p>"One of the major objectives of Summer DLAB is to demonstrate the continuity of the workflow between computational software and digital assembly procedures leading to physical fabrication. In this respect, the programme is formulated as a two-phase process. During the initial phase participants benefit from the unique atmosphere and facilities of AA&rsquo;s London home. The second phase shifts to AA Hooke Park campus and revolves around the fabrication and ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99823685/museums-avoid-the-four-corner-effect Museums Avoid the Four-Corner Effect Alexander Walter 2014-05-15T13:37:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T23:01:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/11/1147b1997e8568b4d3b9234280c7eeb7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the Barbican Center in London, the Curve gallery is an example of an unusually shaped art space in the middle of a traditional, rectiform center. Its 90-degree curved design, wrapping around the back of the performing arts center's main hall, has been by turns a challenge and a blessing, and its function continues to evolve even after 30 years' experience.</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/99707689/london-falling-short-on-affordable-housing-amid-boom London Falling Short on Affordable Housing Amid Boom Alexander Walter 2014-05-13T13:32:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T22:51:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0c/0c41893fc9bf013e6e31f9d3c6657259.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2010, Nick Williams oversaw construction of luxury apartments at London&rsquo;s One Hyde Park, where a penthouse valued at 175 million pounds ($297 million) sold last month. Now he works at the other end of the property ladder, building discounted homes for those shut out of the boom. Local officials have &ldquo;realized the housing crisis for people who are neither rich nor poor is massive [...]&rdquo;</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/99649076/shard-becomes-london-s-eyeful-tower Shard becomes London’s ‘eyeful’ tower Alexander Walter 2014-05-12T13:22:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:57:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4b/4b7bf60ca235f0ae014dadaf56950b58.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The first guests at western Europe&rsquo;s tallest hotel came expecting unforgettable views &ndash; but may have got more than they bargained for. The bedrooms in Shangri-La&rsquo;s luxury hotel, which opened last week in London&rsquo;s 310m-tall Shard building, come with binoculars so guests can survey the city&rsquo;s landmarks through the floor-to-ceiling windows. But thanks to a quirk in the building&rsquo;s design, some rooms also come with potentially revealing views of other guests.</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/98901070/building-the-picture-architecture-in-painting-review-a-show-to-change-the-way-you-look-at-art Building the Picture: Architecture in Painting review – a show to change the way you look at art Archinect 2014-04-29T14:12:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T23:37:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0h/0huiim7leoikem5z.jpg" width="514" height="498" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Buildings in paintings have always been treated as a background, as something subordinate to the figures themselves," says co-curator of Building the Picture, a new exhibition at the National Gallery that aims to put the architecture of Renaissance paintings on centre stage. "We're arguing that the buildings are active protagonists. They're not just propping up the characters, but are also capable of carrying key messages and performing a series of crucial roles themselves."</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/98565093/seven-category-winners-for-designs-of-the-year-2014 Seven category winners for Designs of the Year 2014 Justine Testado 2014-04-23T19:03:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T20:40:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ex/exo8fk5hqzgdy718.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This year's Designs of the Year jury have chosen their cr&egrave;me de la cr&egrave;me of the world's most cutting-edge design. Since London's Design Museum announced the 76 nominees in February, the competition has narrowed down to seven category winners. In the final step of the competition, one of these category winners will be announced as the overall winner by June 30 at an event hosted by St. Martins Lane London.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The category winners are:</p><p>(Pictured above) Architecture: HEYDAR ALIYEV CENTER, BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - Designed by Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher</p><p>Digital: PEEK (PORTABLE EYE EXAMINATION KIT) - Designed by Dr. Andrew Bastawrous, Stewart Jordan, Dr. Mario Giardini, Dr. Iain Livingstone</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c9/c95mjp0shoollmiu.jpg"></p><p>Fashion: PRADA S/S14 - Designed by Miuccia Prada</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qv/qv8g8s82u3i30vph.jpg"></p><p>Furniture: PRO CHAIR FAMILY - Designed by Konstantin Grcic</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wn/wn3dxj68ck063efr.jpg"></p><p>Graphics: DRONE SHADOWS - Designed by James Bridle / booktwo.org</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/30/30ec0jgh70l8xe1h.jpg"></p><p>Product: THE SEABOARD GRAND - Designed by Roland Lamb and Hong-Yeul Eom</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hl/hlkuxea6icmib3zp.jpg"></p><p>Transport: XL1 CAR &ndash; Designed by Volkswagen</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p0/p0cgjhdocgnkl3r2.jpg"></p><p>More details can be found on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/seven_category_winners_for_designs_of_the_year_2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93401323/seventy-six-nominations-listed-for-designs-of-the-year-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Seventy-six nominations listed for Designs of the Year 2014</strong></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98551137/london-s-skyline-needs-more-tower-blocks-not-more-luxury-flats London's skyline needs more tower blocks, not more luxury flats Alexander Walter 2014-04-23T13:13:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T13:16:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/60/606387462b4d7c220c2b8560534073ea.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Whenever a campaign wants to stop some new development it will use the phrase "tower block". This isn't what the developers would call them &ndash; they prefer "stunning developments" or "luxury apartments". There is a national campaign afoot against new towers, specifically against the astonishing 230 mostly residential ones planned for the capital. Inevitably, the campaign has referred to tower blocks and "the mistakes of the 1960s" knowing this is emotive language [...].</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/98204993/cities-need-goldilocks-housing-density-not-too-high-or-low-but-just-right Cities need Goldilocks housing density – not too high or low, but just right Alexander Walter 2014-04-17T13:31:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T20:44:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/00/003508c69ab984a03ea84c4a73835db5.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In so-called hot cities [...] battles are raging over height limits and urban density, all on the basis of two premises: 1) that building all these towers will increase the supply of housing and therefore reduce its costs; 2) that increasing density is the green, sustainable thing to do and that towers are the best way to do it. I am not sure that either is true.</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/98035328/boris-johnson-must-build-a-proper-case-for-transforming-london-s-skyline Boris Johnson must build a proper case for transforming London's skyline Alexander Walter 2014-04-14T15:49:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T22:15:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c9/c9f4ee4ea98b97d5a2941f0d3171f2ae.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dear Boris, Let's agree that towers can be beautiful. Let's also agree that London needs new homes and plenty of them. It may well be that many of the 200-plus tall buildings now proposed can play a useful role if, as you say, they are "sensitively managed, well designed and in the right place". London is not Amsterdam nor Vienna, cities whose inherited profile is retained at all costs. But neither, as you once put it, should it be Dubai-on-Thames.</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/97490472/frank-gehry-unveils-plans-for-his-first-buildings-in-england Frank Gehry unveils plans for his first buildings in England Alexander Walter 2014-04-07T14:16:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T20:27:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/68/682f0572f2c5c8f73fc1e0ff2529faaf.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With titanium facades swinging like jiving skirts and windows staggered like towers of toppling coins, the chaotic energy of the latest apartment designs for Battersea power station can only mean one thing: Frank Gehry is in town. As the 85-year-old visionary architect behind the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao outlined plans for 700 apartments in London &ndash; his first English buildings &ndash; he walked straight into a raging debate about the capital's affordable housing crisis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84837877/gehry-and-foster-selected-to-design-phase-3-at-battersea-power-station" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry and Foster selected to design Phase 3 at Battersea Power Station</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97257545/london-s-12bn-olympic-park-opens-up-to-the-public London's £12bn Olympic park opens up to the public Alexander Walter 2014-04-04T13:50:00-04:00 >2014-04-04T13:51:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/80/805f3f744e142151036d62d09463d9b2.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Almost 10 years and &pound;12bn in the making, the full extent of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will finally open to the public on Saturday, revealing "the biggest new park in Europe for 150 years", magicked from the mud at the bottom of the Lea Valley. Stretching for 230 hectares (568 acres) around a knotted tangle of waterways and rail lines, it is, says its maker, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), the size of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens combined [...].</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/96948499/does-london-need-a-planning-revolution Does London need a 'planning revolution?' Alexander Walter 2014-03-31T13:52:00-04:00 >2014-04-01T09:15:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a2/a262b68a57607ef665c384e75f55156d.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Britain&rsquo;s decades-long planning &ldquo;chaos&rdquo; has left London a city of great individual buildings, such as the Gherkin and the Shard, standing in a sea of &ldquo;woeful&rdquo; architecture, the Government&rsquo;s design czar said today. Marylebone-based architect Sir Terry Farrell called for a &ldquo;revolution&rdquo; in the planning system, to end the culture of Nimbyism and put the creation of well designed places to live, work and shop at the heart of policymaking.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Farrell 's remarks certainly aren't limited to contemporary architecture in London:<em> &ldquo;If you dump yourself in any town centre and look at what the end of the 20th century and start of the 21st century has brought, it is woeful.&rdquo;</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96485993/get-lectured-uca-canterbury-spring-14 Get Lectured: UCA Canterbury, Spring '14 Justine Testado 2014-03-25T14:01:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T14:02:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/05j6b7gm8hfk04pa.jpg" width="514" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/384806/2014-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2014</a></strong><br><br>Archinect's <em>Get Lectured</em> is up and running again for the Winter/Spring '14 term! As a refresher from our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/329751/fall-2013-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fall 2013 guide</a>, every week we'll feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current season. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>Our next poster features the Multistory Spring '14 Guest Lecture Series at London's University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury School of Architecture.</p><p>"Over the past ten years the UCA Canterbury School of Architecture has been running Multistory - a series of talks and events organised by students and alumni of the School. This year there have already been more than 20 lectures, debates and events at Canterbury attracting guest speakers from the architecture, design and fine arts industries.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to <a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">conne...</a></em></p>