Archinect - News 2016-07-29T15:44:49-04:00 Asif Kahn and Stanton Williams to design new Museum of London Nicholas Korody 2016-07-28T16:46:00-04:00 >2016-07-29T13:00:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="655" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Asif Kahn and Stanton Williams will design the new Museum of London, beating out competition like BIG and Caruso St. John from the shortlist of six architects. Their winning design features a dramatic domed hall with a central staircase down into the museum's excavated subterranean space.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Currently located at the Barbican, the museum will relocate into a much larger, Victorian-era, Grade II-listed building, which used to house several markets. The new design also includes a sunken garden.&nbsp;The new museum is tentatively scheduled to be built in 2022.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t the Spaces</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside Asif Khan's Serpentine Pavilion Summer House</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shortlist for new Museum of London revealed</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sochi Olympic pavilion will transform into giant 3D portraits</a></li></ul> It's been one month since Brexit. How are you coping? Ellen Hancock 2016-07-28T15:24:00-04:00 >2016-07-29T04:54:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On June 23rd, 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union. In the following month, the pound dropped&nbsp;10% in value against the US dollar (the lowest since the 1980s), PM David Cameron resigned, Boris Johnson resigned, Nigel Farage too (not before insulting all of the European parliament), and the Labour party are squabbling like children.</p><p>After everyone else jumped ship, Theresa May now resides at No.10 and must deal with the aftermath of Brexit. With her new cabinet in place (we are still hoping Boris' appointment as Foreign Secretary is a joke) and the promise that Article 50 will not be triggered until the new year, what happens next?</p><p>Fill out our <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">survey</a></strong> and tell us how Brexit has affected you already, and what you think the future holds for a UK outside of the EU.&nbsp;</p> Students go above the double-curve in “InFlux”, from AA Summer DLAB::RED Justine Testado 2016-07-27T18:49:00-04:00 >2016-07-28T12:27:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Contrasting against the greenery of Hooke Park is &ldquo;InFlux&rdquo;, a brick-red wall prototype that 18 students and their tutors assembled for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA School of Architecture</a>'s Summer DLAB::RED 2015 program. Taking place from July 27 to August 8, the RED-themed agenda explored the phenomenal process of decay in nature.&nbsp;</p><p>InFlux builds upon the material behavior research that began&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in 2014</a>, with further investigations that connect geometry, material, and structure. During the first two weeks, students&nbsp;investigated the fabrication and construction of double-curved complex geometries in applying generative design techniques and robotic milling strategies. Students then applied their skills in constructing the 1:1 working prototype during the last seven days of the program. Since then, InFlux has become a permanent installation at Hooke Park.</p><p>Also be on the lookout for more from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Summer DLAB::ORANGE</a>, which just started earlier this week.</p><p>Keep reading for more about InFlux's fabrication process:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Ph...</em></p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-07-25T14:53:00-04:00 >2016-07-29T00:40:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With this year&rsquo;s Olympics, the &lsquo;greatest show on earth&rsquo;, fast approaching and&nbsp;<em>London 2012</em>&nbsp;still very much in our minds, a lot of the conversation in the city has been focused around the legacy of our games, and the possible outcomes from&nbsp;<em>Rio 2016</em>. Discussions have naturally turned toward an international focus recently, and this week&rsquo;s events in the city are no exception. From showcasing foreign partnerships with Asia and Africa, to walking tours exploring the international designs of London, this week is packed full of interesting things to do and see.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong>Walking tours:</strong></p><p>This week, there are a couple of chances to get outside on walking tours of the city. Take a step back from the world you see as a commuter, perhaps whizzing past architectural beauties as you rush for the tube, and instead learn about the planning and concepts behind London&rsquo;s jumble of streets.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">King&rsquo;s Cross Tour | Happe...</a></strong></p> Newcastle Degree Show in London 2016 Erin Whalley 2016-07-25T04:07:00-04:00 >2016-07-29T00:39:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Newcastle&rsquo;s degree show, despite being heavily edited for its London venue, manages to present a large range of design that emphasises just how creative the study of architecture can be. The breadth of research is inspiring, with studies covering everything from Walt Disney wonderlands, to the highly geophysical formation of sand patterns. It is a credit to the current architectural climate that students are encouraged and supported to find resolved architectural expressions for such diversity.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>(Greg Walton, MArch.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>(Simon Baker, March.)</p><p>Amongst the fantastical explorations (one example of which delves into an analysis of C.S.Lewis, and how architectural form can be found within his fictional worlds) are an equal number of technological forays. Some of these look into harnessing new sustainable energy sources, other provide possible methods for cleaning waterways of litter.&nbsp;</p><p>A current trend that can be seen across architecture and design at the moment, and is exhibited in several projec...</p> Grimshaw chosen to design Heathrow's new terminal Eleanor Marshall 2016-07-20T11:48:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T00:55:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Heathrow Airport has chosen Grimshaw to draw up concepts for a &rsquo;hub airport of the future&rsquo; as part of its ambitious &pound;16 billion growth plans The practice, which saw off Zaha Hadid Architects, Benoy and HOK, was praised for &rsquo;pushing the boundary of what an airport could and should be&rsquo; and for showing &rsquo;how Heathrow could be expanded in a sustainable but affordable way&rsquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw</a>&nbsp;has been chosen to design a new terminal for London's Heathrow Airport. However, it remains up in the air wether the plans for a third runway will be given permission by the UK government. Many critics of Heathrow's expansion have been given <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">top posts</a>&nbsp;in Teresa May's new Cabinet, causing speculation that the expansion could be thwarted.&nbsp;</p><p>However,&nbsp;Head of Design at Heathrow, Barry Weekes <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">maintained that</a>&nbsp;&ldquo;With the Concept Architect and Programme Client Partners now in place, we are now ready to begin the process of expansion once the Government makes the right choice for the whole of Britain.&rdquo; Going further, Andrew Thomas, a partner at Grimshaw stated "We believe the expansion of Heathrow is vital to maintaining the UK&rsquo;s place within the global economy".&nbsp;This announcement in the aftermath of Brexit is undoubtedly an attempt to solidify the case for Heathrow's expansion.</p><p>Read related articles on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Creative Currency, post-Brexit: Mark Middleton of Grimshaw weighs the good...</a></li></ul> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-07-18T13:44:00-04:00 >2016-07-19T06:59:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As London finally heats up, the city brings us some fantastic outdoors events. From family friendly trails to river cruises; it's best to make the most of this week's sun! Whether you are running around looking for fanciful dream jars, or reflecting on the work at the Tate, this is the week to utilise the long (and hopefully warm) evenings.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>A Journey and a Destination: How to Make Living Streets | July 19</strong></a></p><p><img alt="" src=""><em>Image: PRP</em></p><p>"We demand a lot from our streets. They are where we live, a way of getting from A to B, and the place where neighbours meet and community networks are built."</p><p>This talk, hosted by The Building Centre, will be a great chance to discuss what it is that makes a 'successful' street, with speakers from Architectural and Landscape/urban planning expertise. Asking poignant questions, and opening up for discussion, the panel will tackle sustainability, transport, accessibility and...</p> Provocative architecture debating series Turncoats goes international Eleanor Marshall 2016-07-13T11:46:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T19:37:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Debates are rubbish. We've all been there: a panel of similar people with similar views taking it in turns to talk at length about their similar work - too polite, too deferential, too dull. At best they are lukewarm love-ins, critically impotent, elitist and stuffy. Turncoats is a shot in the arm.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Turncoats, a provocative architectural debating society that originated in London last year, has expanded to Scotland, the USA, Canada and Serbia, with more cities in the pipeline. The London originators have turned the premise into a franchise, inviting cities to apply for free and start a Turncoats debate series.&nbsp;The aim is to start confrontational and challenging architectural debate, and make it free for anyone who wants to listen. The premise of a Turncoats debate is the presentation of two opposing&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'theatrically provocative opening gambits'</a>, then, in the spirit of its name the opposing parties switch sides.&nbsp;</p><p>I attended <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Rip it Up and Start Again'</a>, held in Glasgow, Scotland last week. In the Turncoats tradition, mobile phones are placed in envelopes to prohibit recording and a 'shot in the dark' of tequila and a Turncoats badge is offered on arrival. The debate was held in an old glue factory, and the panel consisted of industry professionals arguing for and against the architec...</p> Our predictions for the Stirling Prize 2016 nominees Ellen Hancock 2016-07-13T03:45:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T20:23:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s that time of year again&hellip;On Thursday 14th July the nominees for this years Stirling Prize will be announced. For anyone who doesn&rsquo;t know the UK&rsquo;s most prestigious award, it was founded in 1996 and recognises &ldquo;the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture in the past year.&rdquo;</p><p>Although the future of the industry is somewhat uncertain following the EU referendum a few weeks ago, firms have been optimistic; confident in their innovative skill and entrepreneurial ability to tackle the potential problems ahead.</p><p>Looking back over completed projects from the last year, it is clear to see why. It has been a particularly impressive year for UK projects - it was no mean feat selecting our predictions for the six nominations.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>AHMM - 61 Oxford Street</strong><br>Last year AHMM took first place for Burntwood School in Wandsworth. This year we think they may have a chance with 61 Oxford Street, a distinctive and contemporary landmark that takes inspirati...</p> HLM and Tectonics Architects win UK Passivhaus awards Abigail Banfield 2016-07-12T13:30:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:42:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Congratulations to triumphant Tigh na Croit by HLM Architects &amp; Lansdowne Drive by Tectonics Architects who were crowned the 2016 UK Passivhaus Awards winners. The Winners were announced at a ceremony held in London on the 7th July, attended by approximately 80 delegates.The winners were decided by PHT members and Award Ceremony delegates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>HLM have won the Rural category of this year's UK Passivhaus Awards. The house, which&nbsp;aimed to create a low-energy, modern solution for the 'outdoorsy' clients, has been designed to reflect its Scottish Highland context.</p><p>Tectonics Architects&nbsp;gained the award for the Urban category, with their fantastic project in Hackney.&nbsp;</p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-07-12T03:00:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:46:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Though it seems in London, school is now &lsquo;out for summer&rsquo;, that doesn&rsquo;t mean that things have slowed down! This week there are some great exhibitions to visit on days when the weather isn&rsquo;t as fine as we would hope, and some tours, talks, and workshops to let you delve right into the architecture of our city.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Giant Doll&rsquo;s House Project | Open now until July 15</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>In this project, architects and children have created rooms to be combined to create a giant &lsquo;Doll&rsquo;s House&rsquo; for the exhibition in this South West gallery, which aims to raise funds and awareness for Shelter. This installation project, through its whimsical interpretation of the home, explores hopes and ideas in the context of domesticity.</p><p>Conceived and developed by architect Catja de Haas, this project has seen architects and children creating spaces in shoeboxes, which reveal context and influences of the maker as well as s...</p> Creative Currency, post-Brexit: Mark Middleton of Grimshaw weighs the good and bad for UK firms as split with EU looms, on One-to-One #30 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-11T15:31:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:41:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Mark Middleton, partner at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw</a> in London, has been facing the Brexit decision's aftermath like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">many of his architecture-compatriots</a>&mdash;with positive pragmatism. While prominent architecture and design professionals lent their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">support to the "Remain" campaign</a>, they now have little choice but to #keepcalmandcarryon, while carefully reevaluating how ties with the European Union could affect business, as well as London as a design capital.</p><p>Middleton joined me on One-to-One to sort through the current mood for practitioners in the UK, and the effects Brexit could have on architecture projects and policy in the years to come.</p><p>Find more Brexit news <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#30 with&nbsp;<strong>Mark Middleton</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p>... Designers of the London Eye create new landmark for Brighton Eleanor Marshall 2016-07-11T14:22:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:37:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Marks Barfield Architects have, quite literally, reinvented the wheel and have created the i360, a vertical cable car with a sculpted viewing pod, perching lightly upon Brighton&rsquo;s seafront... It takes the form of a slender mast that will be 568ft high (when the spire is added), which supports a sculpted, doughnut-shaped pod, with glass windows and a reflective mirrored underside. The pod takes up to 200 people at a time skyward over a flight time of 20 (daytime) or 30 minutes (evening).</p></em><br /><br /><p>Due to open this summer, the British Airways i360 is a new futuristic landmark for Brighton&rsquo;s seafront designed by architects <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Marks and Julia Barfield</a>. It is hoped that the BA i360 will herald a new touristic golden age for Brighton, replicating the success of the London eye on&nbsp;Brighton&rsquo;s seafront. The i360 will be possibly be advertised on British Airways flights to the UK, in an international revival of Brighton's ambitions. Inclusive of the immediate community, there will be <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">half price tickets</a> for Brighton residents and free entry for state school children in Brighton and Hove once in their school career. There is also to be a restaurant at the base of the tower, and the restoration of a pair of original building on the West Pier.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>The BA i360 June 2016 - Image courtesy of British Airways i360/Kevin Meredith</em></p><p>In juxtaposition to the i360 tower, the Grade I listed West Pier is situated adjacent. The condemned structure is a skeleton from the golden age of domestic holidaying. Th...</p> London mayor Sadiq Khan blocks extra funds for garden bridge work_for_free 2016-07-11T03:34:00-04:00 >2016-07-18T05:09:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The future of London&rsquo;s proposed garden bridge has been called into further question after the city&rsquo;s new mayor, Sadiq Khan, halted preparatory work on the structure over fears this could involve more public money being spent. The Garden Bridge Trust says the bridge from South Bank to Temple, featuring 270 trees and thousands of plants, will be a &ldquo;tiara&rdquo; for London, being both an iconic landmark and a vital pedestrian bridge.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more about London's Garden Bridge on architnect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's garden bridge, the saga continues</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why are Heatherwick's proposals succeeding in New York but tanking in London?</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sadiq Khan investigates troublesome details in Thames garden bridge project</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Infrastructure or advertisement? Sky to sponsor the Garden Bridge</a></p> Post-Brexit pessimism causes precautionary job losses Eleanor Marshall 2016-07-09T04:05:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T15:53:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With the construction industry expected to be the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first casualty</a>&nbsp;of Brexit, leading architecture firms in the UK <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Make</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sheppard Robson</a>&nbsp;and<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> BDP</a> have already started to react to the uncertainties in the construction industry. In February of this year it was reported that housebuilding in the UK hit a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">seven-year high</a>, as the construction industry was steadily recovering from the last recession. However, post-Brexit uncertainty has caused a crisis of confidence, prompting large firms to take precautionary measures against the loss of projects and a lull in construction.</p><p>It may seem as if optimism has been exchanged for pessimism by some big firms, however the actual impact on the architectural profession in the UK in the next few years remains open to speculation. Uncertainty based on assumptions could lead to a self fulfilling prophecy within the industry, as no one really know what will happen if the UK leaves the EU. Speaking to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dezeen</a>, Simon Allford of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AHMM</a>&nbsp;respond states practically...</p> Affordable spaces for London's creative industry by Urban Acupuncture Ellen Hancock 2016-07-08T11:18:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T15:48:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The duo asked themselves the question if London will still be the capital of creativity, arts and crafts in 10 years time. Rising rents for residential and work spaces, combined with an&nbsp;increasingly unaffordable education system, are making the city less and less accessible. According to Boano and Pri&scaron;montas, London has always been a center for creativity,&nbsp;but the recent financial pressures have turned &lsquo;creativity&rsquo; into an industry that can only be joined by people who are able to afford&nbsp;it.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>At this unstable time, the capital's creative industry must be entrepreneurial and work together to remain the best, are we up to the challenge? Read more stories of ingenuity in the UK here:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Hive pavilion moves to Kew Gardens</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Digital Elytrons. Latest Architecture Technology at the V &amp; A Museum.</a></li><li><a href="http://RIBA%20reveals%2046%20stunning%20projects%20as%202016%20National%20Awardees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA reveals 46 stunning projects as 2016 National Awardees</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Allies and Morrison propose an alternative to the garden bridge</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London revives co-housing</a></li></ul> Don't miss: walking through the Economist Plaza skorgaonkar 2016-07-08T05:45:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:22:01-04:00 <p>The Economist Plaza was designed by Alison and Peter Smithson in the 1960s and still serves as a seminal example of an inviting and approachable urban space in Central London. The project is successful because it bravely addresses the clash between the aesthetic of the Smithsons and the surrounding historic fabric.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>St. James&rsquo;s is steeped in history and tradition. The Economist Plaza itself shares a wall with Boodle&rsquo;s, a historic private member&rsquo;s club designed with Palladian windows and other classical features. In contrast, the Smithsons advocated the aesthetic for New Brutalism by examining and questioning the work of modernists like Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier. They were hired for this project after completing the Hunstanton School in Norfolk.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Smithsons scheme may appear to be modernist but it subtly addresses the surrounding architecture. The original complex contained an office tower, residential building and bank. The Portland stone cladding references classical mater...</p> National Trust to show the beauty of Croydon work_for_free 2016-07-08T03:27:00-04:00 >2016-07-18T05:26:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bowie hated it. Peep Show besmirched it. The London suburb may get a bad rap in popular culture, but now there is the chance to see a different side. [...] Watson is helping to organise tours of Croydon taking in architectural highlights such as NLA House (now No 1 Croydon), sometimes known as the &lsquo;threepenny bit&rsquo;; [...] The National Trust is turning to Croydon after its successful tours of London&rsquo;s brutalist concrete buildings, places it argues should be cherished as much as Croydon&rsquo;s towers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Property funds suspend trading in biggest seize-up since financial crisis work_for_free 2016-07-08T03:25:00-04:00 >2016-07-18T05:07:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Property funds worth &pound;18 billion have stopped trading after Brexit sent a chill through the commercial property market. [...] The fear was that too many property investors would try to take their money out at once, forcing fund managers to sell properties at a loss. [...] The Bank of England has warned that the share prices of UK real estate investment trusts have fallen sharply following the referendum.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more about the effects of Brexit on archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Creative Currency, post-Brexit</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Post-Brexit pessimism causes precautionary job losses</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After Brexit, &ldquo;the priority for the government at this time will not be big sexy projects&rdquo;</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects react to shocking EU referendum result</a></p> ArcSoc (University of Cambridge) Summer Exhibition Anna Jenkin 2016-07-07T01:36:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T14:28:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="731" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>The University of Cambridge Department of Architecture (ArcSoc) is proud to host their annual exhibition at the Bargehouse (SE1 9PH) from the 14th-17th July (Press preview, 6pm, Thursday 14th July). The Summer Show is the culmination of a year&rsquo;s design work in the studios and is entirely student curated, designed and run. From the initial explorations of first years to the final schemes of their graduates, the ethos of their work is grounded in context and collaboration across the school.</em></strong></p><p>The exhibition will run until the 17th July, including&nbsp;lectures from alumni and on the 16th July, prospective students will be invited to attend talks by current students and studio tutors. Alongside the drawings and models, there will be pavilions and extracurricular artwork to showcase our students&rsquo; many talents.</p><p>ArcSoc is an entirely student-run society. We raise funds for the exhibition by hosting a variety of events in Cambridge throughout the year, from drawing classes that support the universi...</p> If you have only one day in London go to the British Museum Ose Etomi 2016-07-06T11:33:00-04:00 >2016-07-14T23:07:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Walking around London it is impossible not to be in awe of the city. Time and time again people have mentioned the energy the city seems to radiate, not just the buildings but the people as well. It is truly my favourite place in the world. The city is steeped in history which can be read through the buildings. You will often find yourself walking down a metropolitan street with tall skyscrapers and glossy storefront windows only to turn into a narrow alleyway with cobblestone pavement and quaint houses. The city is a contradiction of old and new sitting side by side and somehow it works. No place in London showcases this phenomenon more than the British Museum and that&rsquo;s why it is my favourite place to visit in the city.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Established in 1753 it has been the stage for a number of notable artefacts like, the Rosetta stone, the Lewis Chessmen and the Mummy of Katebet, to name a few. Today, it is still the site of some controversies most notable the Elgin Marbles and where they belong. N...</p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-07-06T03:00:00-04:00 >2016-07-14T23:02:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week, though July is still struggling to shine through the grey, London&rsquo;s cultural scene is heating up nicely. London Art Week brings with it an incredible chance not only to see some interesting work, but to meet and discuss ideas with a wonderful group of people. Though many will have already jetted off to explore overseas, summer exhibitions in London can be a &lsquo;get-away&rsquo; in themselves.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alternative Careers in Architecture: Writing and Journalism | July 7</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>It is a phrase often repeated, especially to graduates: not all those who studied architecture go on to design buildings.</p><p>This series of talks explores the paths less travelled by those leaving architectural education. Thursday&rsquo;s talk is the fourth in this series and will be exploring the current state of writing in the architecture field. The season of talks have been varied in theme, and informative; giving voice to the alter...</p> Thomas Heatherwick awarded Honorary Fellowship by Goldsmiths, University of London Ellen Hancock 2016-07-05T10:47:00-04:00 >2016-07-05T10:47:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="599" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Heatherwick who founded Heatherwick Studio in 1994 has been recognised for his 'innovative' contribution to the architecture and design field.&nbsp;</p><p>Writer and Goldsmiths lecturer Adam Mars-Jones, who will introduce Goldsmiths&rsquo; new Honorands to the stage over four graduation ceremonies this July, says:<em>&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;Thomas Heatherwick has a multi-disciplinary approach, a practice of looking<br>at things afresh and moving in unexpected directions, so that the resulting objects are both elegant design solutions and examples of lateral thinking made visible.&rdquo;</em><br>&nbsp;</p><p>His best known projects include the Olympic Cauldron for the London 2012 Olympic Games and the New Bus for London. In 2013 he was awarded a CBE for his services to design.&nbsp;</p> Overcrowding on London's canals Ellen Hancock 2016-07-04T11:39:00-04:00 >2016-07-22T12:46:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m no longer a boater, and when I took a walk around the canal recently, I discovered that London&rsquo;s canals have hundreds more boats than before, many in temporary moorings &ndash; constant cruisers that have to move every two weeks. Twenty years ago, you could walk from Little Venice to the Sainsbury&rsquo;s at Kensal Green and barely see a moored boat. Now, they are two abreast almost the entire way, on both sides of the canal.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Find out more about how the housing crisis is affecting London:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brexit will put even more strain on towns already pressed for housing</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How elevators could fix the affordable housing crisis</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London revives co-housing</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To live in London you can't be a Londoner</a></li></ul> Sadiq Khan names Justine Simons deputy mayor for culture Ellen Hancock 2016-07-01T11:46:00-04:00 >2016-07-14T01:30:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Top figures from the cultural world applauded the appointment of Justine Simons, 45, by Mayor Sadiq Khan, who handed her responsibility for firms working in film, music, video games, crafts and publishing. She said: &ldquo;My lifelong belief is that creativity can transform lives and places. &ldquo;Culture is part of London&rsquo;s DNA. It&rsquo;s a big reason so many of us choose to visit and live here, it generates billions for our economy and gives London its unique character and dynamism.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more articles on the topic here:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Peyton-Jones discusses her legacy and leaving the Serpentine Gallery</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brexit will put even more strain on towns already pressed for housing</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects react to shocking EU referendum result</a></li><li><a href="http://%22The%20most%20useless%20totem%20pole%20of%20mayoral%20hubris%22:%20Oliver%20Wainwright%20rides%20the%20ArcelorMittal%20Orbit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The most useless totem pole of mayoral hubris": Oliver Wainwright rides the ArcelorMittal Orbit</a></li></ul> Julia Peyton-Jones discusses her legacy and leaving the Serpentine Gallery Ellen Hancock 2016-06-30T11:45:00-04:00 >2016-07-03T01:30:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="513" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The London art world won&rsquo;t be quite the same after July 8. That&rsquo;s the day Julia Peyton-Jones is finally taking her leave of the Serpentine Gallery&nbsp;where she has been director since 1991. Over 25 years, she has overseen a programme that, bearing in mind the organisation&rsquo;s relatively diminutive scale, has punched well above its weight with exhibitions that have included everything from Helen Chadwick&rsquo;s unforgettable bubbling chocolate fountain to Marina Abramovi&#263;&rsquo;s 512 hour-long performance piece.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read relating articles here:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside Barkow Leibinger's Serpentine Pavilion Summer House</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Twists and Turns: BIG's Serpentine Pavilion and the new Summer Houses on Archinect Sessions #67</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside Asif Khan's Serpentine Pavilion Summer House</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Possibly the Serpentine's most impressive pavilion yet": Olly Wainwright on BIG's Serpentine Pavilion</a></li></ul> REMINDER: The 2016 AA Summer DLAB: ORANGE application deadline is July 11! Sponsor 2016-06-29T15:11:00-04:00 >2016-07-03T01:29:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em><strong><img alt="" src=""></strong></em></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA Summer DLAB 2016</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Summer DLAB experiments with the integration of algorithmic / generative design methodologies and large scale digital fabrication tools. Continuing its color based agenda, Summer DLAB immerses in &lsquo;orange&rsquo; for its 2016 cycle, as a starting point to investigate principles of natural formation processes and interpret them as innovative architectonic spaces. These concepts are carefully interwoven with spatial, performance-based, and structural criteria in order to create full-scale working prototypes.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The three-week long programme is formulated as a two-phase process. During the two-week initial phase, participants benefit from the unique atmosphere and facilities of AA&rsquo;s London home. The second phase, lasting for a week, shifts to AA Hooke Park and revolves around the fabrication and assembly of a full-scale architectural intervention realized by the use of robotic fabrication techniques in AA&rsquo;s Hooke Park premises.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Prominent Features ...</p> This week's picks for London architecture and design events Abigail Banfield 2016-06-28T12:12:00-04:00 >2016-06-28T12:21:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's been a strange week. With London still in shocked disbelief after <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the referendum result</a>, it&rsquo;s probably better to channel our energy into something a bit more positive, and to focus on what can be created in our vibrant city. The week ahead holds lots of community based events, focused on bringing people together and creating all-inclusive developments and spaces. As an ongoing theme in London's architecture circles, the importance of community is central to any good proposal or idea.</p><p>It is also worth noting that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">many degree shows</a> are still open, and their optimistic design and positive energy is not only refreshing, but what I feel everyone needs a bit of right now.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a> to keep up to date with the city&rsquo;s latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What is Community? Powered by PechaKucha | June 28</a></strong></p><p>This event is a great opportunity to hear about ideas surrounding community improvement in a light-hearted setting. Hosted by the NLA and Bespoke, it is sure to be ...</p> RIBA release a statement following EU referendum result Ellen Hancock 2016-06-24T12:38:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T00:37:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="194" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>RIBA President Jane Duncan said:</strong></p><p><em>&ldquo;The RIBA is a global organisation that supports its members, validates schools of architecture and champions the importance of a quality built environment around the world. UK architecture talent is incredibly resilient and we will continue to ensure that our profession has a bright future, whatever the operating environment.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;Clearly there is uncertainty about the timescales and impact on a range of issues important to our industry including free movement in the EU for architects as well as students, trading and material sourcing, inward investment relationships, EU procurement rules and the effect on the construction sector if restrictions are placed on EU migration.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;In common with other UK businesses and organisations, the RIBA is assessing the short and longer term effect of the withdrawal on our members and the Institute and we will provide further guidance in due course.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;Most importantly, we will work with colleagues in industry and government t...</em></p> Architects react to shocking EU referendum result Ellen Hancock 2016-06-24T11:02:00-04:00 >2016-07-04T11:19:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>All the progress we have made will now be put on hold and the government&rsquo;s attention will be diverted while we try and work out how to deal with Brexit. - Rob Naybour, Weston Williamson + Partners</p></em><br /><br /><p>Today marks a historic turning point for the UK and European Union - the UK has voted to quit the EU. What lays ahead no one is really sure; Cameron has already resigned this morning and discussions for a second Scottish referendum have begun.&nbsp;</p><p>The majority within the architecture industry have strongly and vocally supported the Remain campaign celebrating the integral role the EU has played in inspiring and funding creative projects, free movement and the benefits of an internal single market. Most importantly community; a community based on respect and support that derived from the desolate situation after World War Two that at its core believed in humanity.</p><p>The referendum has revealed some alarming results about the state of the UK, a very clearly divided country. However the decision has been made and we must now face up to these consequences, we must now address what kind of a nation we want to be.</p><p>We asked top architects for their reactions to the result and how they think it wil...</p>