Archinect - News 2016-08-25T07:45:12-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149960435/brexit-means-brexit-architects-rob-hyde-katy-marks-and-mark-middleton-on-how-brexit-could-change-uk-architecture-and-how-architects-could-change-brexit-on-archinect-sessions-74 Brexit means Brexit: architects Rob Hyde, Katy Marks and Mark Middleton on how Brexit could change UK-architecture (and how architects could change Brexit), on Archinect Sessions #74 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-28T18:18:00-04:00 >2016-08-08T13:33:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dq/dqvv2wsoken0tywm.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We're now about a month past the UK's historic 'Brexit' vote to leave the European Union, and, well, lots has happened. David Cameron stepped down as Prime Minister, and was replaced two weeks ago by fellow Conservative, Theresa May. The economy has drastically slowed down as the value of the pound against the dollar dipped to historic lows, and while there's plenty of gloomy prospects, there are even more unknowns.</p><p>To check in on how UK architecture is getting on, and it's sights for a post-EU future, we are joined by architects <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955219/a-bit-of-nervousness-brexit-s-effect-on-architecture-ft-special-guest-rob-hyde-from-manchester-school-of-architecture-on-archinect-sessions-70" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rob Hyde</a> (principal lecturer at the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/22150860/the-manchester-school-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester School of Architecture</a>), <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/148738958/working-warrior-an-interview-with-katy-marks-of-citizens-design-bureau" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Katy Marks</a> (founder of <a href="http://archinect.com/citizensdesignbureau" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Citizens Design Bureau</a>), and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957192/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" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Middleton</a> (partner at <a href="http://archinect.com/grimshaw" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw</a> in London). We last spoke with Rob&nbsp;in our first Brexit check-in, "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955219/a-bit-of-nervousness-brexit-s-effect-on-architecture-ft-special-guest-rob-hyde-from-manchester-school-of-architecture-on-archinect-sessions-70" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Bit of Nervousness</a>".</p><p>While the separation from the EU could be severe for UK architects&mdash;in particular its threat to the EU's "<a href="http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=457" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">free movement</a>" that entitles its members to live and work in any of its constituent countries&mdash;our guests were...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956626/property-funds-suspend-trading-in-biggest-seize-up-since-financial-crisis 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q2/q2i2lf0vhbtgl8gw.jpg" 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="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149957192/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" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Creative Currency, post-Brexit</a></p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149956742/post-brexit-pessimism-causes-precautionary-job-losses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Post-Brexit pessimism causes precautionary job losses</a></p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149955508/after-brexit-the-priority-for-the-government-at-this-time-will-not-be-big-sexy-projects" 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="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149953793/architects-react-to-shocking-eu-referendum-result" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects react to shocking EU referendum result</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149955508/after-brexit-the-priority-for-the-government-at-this-time-will-not-be-big-sexy-projects After Brexit, “the priority for the government at this time will not be big sexy projects” Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-01T18:26:00-04:00 >2016-07-03T18:05:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wf/wfvbmg1o20jzf6wn.jpg" width="514" height="251" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Post-Brexit, the British government has turned into a real hot mess. The pound dropped to its lowest value against the dollar in 30 years ($1.31), and after Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation, Parliament is in turmoil and has yet to name a reliably likely successor. All this uncertainty has pulled some of the UK&rsquo;s biggest projects into jeopardy.</p><p>As&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/perspectives/how-uks-top-3-mega-projects-m7ay-b7e-bre7xit/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global Construction Review</a> puts it: &ldquo;All the same, most Britons ended the week unsure 1) who will be in government in three months, 2) when a general election might happen, 3) when Article 50 will be invoked, triggering the formal two-year Brexit negotiation process, or even if 4) Article 50 would ever be invoked at all, given the chorus of voices, both in Parliament and among the general public, calling for a second referendum.&rdquo;</p><p>In this atmosphere, &Eacute;lectricit&eacute; de France is reconsidering its proposal to build a new nuclear power station in Hinkley Point, and the drop in the pound&rsquo;s value has led to concerns that the UK c...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149955219/a-bit-of-nervousness-brexit-s-effect-on-architecture-ft-special-guest-rob-hyde-from-manchester-school-of-architecture-on-archinect-sessions-70 A Bit of Nervousness: Brexit's effect on architecture ft. special guest Rob Hyde from Manchester School of Architecture on Archinect Sessions #70 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-30T13:45:00-04:00 >2016-07-06T09:32:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lb/lbdi5bxygghutg94.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last Thursday, Great Britain voted to leave the European Union, with a margin of 52% to 48%. The result was a huge surprise&mdash;especially for those in creative industries like architecture, many of whom <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937278/say-no-to-a-brexit-says-david-chipperfield" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">publicly supported</a> the Remain campaign. While no official exit strategy is yet in place, within hours of the 'Brexit' vote becoming clear, the British pound dropped 10% in value against the US dollar (the lowest it's been since the 1980s). Prime Minister David Cameron resigned shortly after, and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953793/architects-react-to-shocking-eu-referendum-result" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">many British architects are wondering what the hell will happen now</a>.</p><p>Speaking from his position as Principal Lecturer at the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/22150860/the-manchester-school-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester School of Architecture</a>, Rob Hyde joined us on the podcast this week to talk about the mood in the UK post-Brexit, and how architects are carrying on. Let us know what you think of the Brexit decision in the comments.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 70 of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "A Bit of Nervousness":</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 the logo to a...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954374/brexit-will-put-even-more-strain-on-towns-already-pressed-for-housing Brexit will put even more strain on towns already pressed for housing Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-27T17:32:00-04:00 >2016-06-27T20:16:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yr/yrjee1rnbfff5v34.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The areas most likely to benefit from EU structural funding voted predominantly to leave [...] With 12% of those working in construction migrants from the EU and with the construction industry already struggling to keep up with demand, any drop in skilled migrants will hit Britain&rsquo;s ability to build. [...] Analysts are already predicting a drop in supply of new homes, due to market volatility, predicted slowdown on skilled migration flows and share price drops for developers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="RIBA release a statement following EU referendum result" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953807/riba-release-a-statement-following-eu-referendum-result" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA release a statement following EU referendum result</a></li><li><a title="Architects react to shocking EU referendum result" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953793/architects-react-to-shocking-eu-referendum-result" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects react to shocking EU referendum result</a></li><li><a title="Tell us what does the EU referendum means to you" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953176/tell-us-what-does-the-eu-referendum-means-to-you" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tell us what does the EU referendum means to you</a></li><li><a title='Say no to a "Brexit," says David Chipperfield' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937278/say-no-to-a-brexit-says-david-chipperfield" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Say no to a "Brexit," says David Chipperfield</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947731/to-live-in-london-you-can-t-be-a-londoner To live in London you can't be a Londoner Julia Ingalls 2016-05-27T01:00:00-04:00 >2016-06-01T13:03:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vp/vpr44knaiqd21nw9.jpg" width="514" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Almost two-thirds of homes in the Tower, a 50-storey apartment complex in London, are in foreign ownership, with a quarter held through secretive offshore companies based in tax havens, a Guardian investigation has revealed. The first residents of the landmark development arrived in October 2013, but many of the homes are barely occupied, with some residents saying they only use them for a fraction of the year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The kind of wealth&nbsp;that turns a home into a status symbol&mdash;and an underused status symbol at that, with occupancy rates of only a few weeks a year&mdash;is not easing London's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935882/could-a-pop-up-village-in-south-east-london-be-the-answer-to-the-city-s-housing-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">housing crisis</a>. As the city's housing rates push actual citizens to decamp to cheaper suburbs or simply leave the area altogether, London can look forward to being transformed into an empty stage set of a once thriving metropolis.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gg/ggzi7y7ajsaa9o4m.jpg"></p><p>For a fuller perspective on London's housing problems:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938805/london-s-housing-crisis-is-creating-a-chasm-between-the-rich-and-poor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's housing crisis is creating a chasm between the rich and poor</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98551137/london-s-skyline-needs-more-tower-blocks-not-more-luxury-flats" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's skyline needs more tower blocks, not more luxury flats</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136811349/100-renderings-of-ideas-to-solve-london-s-housing-crisis-released" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">100 renderings of ideas to solve London's housing crisis released</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940510/serpentine-galleries-appoints-yana-peel-as-new-ceo Serpentine Galleries appoints Yana Peel as new CEO Justine Testado 2016-04-13T15:32:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T08:11:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kd/kdj3p16ybrj5oetj.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hong Kong-based philanthropist and entrepreneur Yana Peel has been appointed chief executive of the Serpentine Galleries in London. The [Serpentine's] trustees took the unusual decision to choose a fellow trustee to fill the new post. Julia Peyton-Jones, who put the institution on the international map, is stepping down as co-director this month after 25 years at the helm. Peel will work in partnership with Hans Ulrich Obrist...[who] takes on the new role of artistic director.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140080942/after-25-years-serpentine-co-director-julia-peyton-jones-is-leaving" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After 25 years, Serpentine co-director Julia Peyton-Jones is leaving</a></p><p><a title="The Serpentine Pavilions from the past: Where are they now?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129738012/the-serpentine-pavilions-from-the-past-where-are-they-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Serpentine Pavilions from the past: Where are they now?</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147811744/big-to-design-2016-serpentine-pavilion-alongside-smaller-summer-houses-by-kunl-adeyemi-barkow-leibinger-yona-friedman-and-asif-kahn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG to design 2016 Serpentine Pavilion, alongside smaller "Summer Houses" by Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi, Barkow Leibinger, Yona Friedman and Asif Kahn</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149937197/another-grade-ii-listed-building-loses-its-protected-status-in-north-east-england Another Grade II listed building loses its protected status in north east England Ellen Hancock 2016-03-30T11:39:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T23:45:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e7/e7dd7cb07945c93dd74ca0e68ef421c5.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A &ldquo;strikingly elegant&rdquo; office building in the north east of England is set to be demolished after losing its protected status just a year on from being listed. It will be the latest in a series of important modernist buildings in the area to be flattened in recent years.</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/149936515/utopian-dreams-london-s-first-design-biennale-reveals-its-opening-theme Utopian dreams; London's first Design Biennale reveals its opening theme Ellen Hancock 2016-03-25T13:11:00-04:00 >2016-03-25T13:39:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/2361c19a5e7a62cdb72d55093a34c020.jpg" width="514" height="770" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London&rsquo;s inaugural Design Biennale is set to open at Somerset House this September, based around the idea of Utopia to coincide with the venue&rsquo;s year-long events programme. The biennale is headed up by London Design Festival director Ben Evans, biennale director Christopher Turner, former editor of Icon, and London Design Festival co-founder Sir John Sorrell. More than 30 countries are taking part in the event.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Representing the UK will be the design duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby best known for designing the London 2012 Olympic Games Torch and their work with <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/41593210/vitra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vitra</a>. Their installation will be curated by London's Victoria and Albert Museum.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149936159/bridging-the-gap-tintagel-castle-design-contest-winning-design-revealed Bridging the gap; Tintagel Castle design contest winning design revealed Ellen Hancock 2016-03-23T13:36:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T00:38:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/co/co9oe6bd2esz50u8.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The daring concept proposes one cantilever on the Cornish mainland and another on the island fortress, where, legend has it, King Arthur was conceived. The two structures stretch out to each other across the void but do not quite meet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The victorious design was&nbsp;conceived&nbsp;by the Belgian company Ney &amp; Partners Civil Engineers in&nbsp;partnership with British architects William Matthews Associates.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935964/sex-pistols-graffiti-secures-famous-tin-pan-alley-building-grade-2-listed-status Sex Pistols graffiti secures famous Tin Pan Alley building Grade 2* listed status Ellen Hancock 2016-03-22T13:23:00-04:00 >2016-03-22T13:55:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s0/s039x94z6f19bxpy.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The cartoon drawings and graffiti scrawled all over the 1970s hangout of the Sex Pistols - a former silversmith&rsquo;s workshop attached to a townhouse in London&rsquo;s Denmark Street &ndash; have helped the building be awarded Grade 2* Listed Status. The decision by the Department of Culture, Media &amp; Sport, on advice from Historic England, is a major victory in the campaign to maintain Denmark Street, known as &ldquo;Tin Pan Alley&rdquo;, which is widely seen as a spiritual home for British popular music.</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/149935882/could-a-pop-up-village-in-south-east-london-be-the-answer-to-the-city-s-housing-crisis Could a pop-up village in south-east London be the answer to the city's housing crisis? Ellen Hancock 2016-03-22T04:50:00-04:00 >2016-03-22T13:39:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r3/r34jesqqfeig9sgt.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rapidly rising property prices and rents, combined with the loss of social housing through right to buy, have put councils under growing pressure to find new ways to help people off their housing lists. In Lewisham one solution is a &pound;4.3m scheme to provide 24 homes and 880 sq m of business space that can be picked up and moved at a later date, allowing the council to make use of vacant brownfield land while longer-term projects are finalised.</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/149935855/the-design-museum-s-new-home-to-open-this-november-in-kensington The Design Museum's new home to open this November in Kensington Ellen Hancock 2016-03-22T03:39:00-04:00 >2016-04-04T22:54:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/da/dae72b29b1d68aedaeaa9ed8f89c7095.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The contemporary design champion&nbsp;is moving from its current location in Shad Thames to the former Commonwealth Institute building, a Grade II*-listed 1960s landmark conceived by architects RJMM. Its new home, which is being remodelled by designer John Pawson, will provide three times more space and have a learning centre, auditorium, library and a &lsquo;Designers in Residence&rsquo; studio.</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/149504328/sir-peter-cook-designed-drawing-studio-at-the-arts-university-bournemouth-opened-today Sir Peter Cook-designed drawing studio at the Arts University Bournemouth opened today Alexander Walter 2016-03-03T13:34:00-05:00 >2016-03-16T00:39:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vo/vo6cxsk6ylt53ech.jpg" width="514" height="269" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Art University Bournemouth&rsquo;s new drawing studio, designed by alumnus Sir Peter Cook, is to be officially today by Zaha Hadid. It is the first purpose-built drawing studio to open in the UK for 100 years and is the renowned architect and founding member of radical collective Archigram&rsquo;s first building in the country. The curved studio has been designed to emphasise natural light [...] there is a large circular north-light and a rear clerestory, which provides softer light.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here are a few more images of the delightful little structure (via CRAB studio's <a href="http://www.crab-studio.com/art-university-bournemouth.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>):</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/va/vag0zd3rwtq5g38u.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/iq/iq3m00xtv5vqvexn.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qn/qn9bh3us0ge0k8m1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5w/5wttg0yk72h0rv1x.jpg"></p><p>Related news and feature stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/76359/conversation-with-peter-cook-on-the-state-of-things" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Conversation with Peter Cook on the State of Things</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136185375/in-new-exhibition-sir-peter-cook-reflects-on-architecture-s-possibilities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In new exhibition, Sir Peter Cook reflects on architecture's possibilities</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93081255/extraordinarily-beautiful-architectural-drawings-from-the-world-s-greatest-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Extraordinarily Beautiful Architectural Drawings From the World's Greatest Architects</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147448793/register-for-the-conscious-cities-conference-featuring-keynote-carlo-ratti-of-mit-s-senseable-city-lab Register for the Conscious Cities Conference, featuring keynote Carlo Ratti of MIT's SENSEable City Lab Archinect 2016-02-08T20:31:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T20:36:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2n/2ng63fgfx8f5rijc.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Conscious Cities Conference will delve into the evolving relationship between human behavior and the built environment, and the economic impact it creates. Taking place at Arup's London office on March 1, the one-day conference is the UK's first event of its kind and is part of the&nbsp;year-long Health, Wellbeing and Architecture programming from the <a href="http://www.museumofarchitecture.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum of Architecture</a> and <a href="http://thecubelondon.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">THECUBE</a>.</p><p>The collision of technology with the millennial mindset of knowledge exchange and collaboration is changing the way people work and live. As a result, architects, planners, developers and policy-makers must respond to the urgency for cities to meet these new needs by creating the right infrastructure to support growth.</p><p>Conscious Cities will address four different themes that focus on the connection between neuroscience and architecture, with leading experts from both fields responding to the following questions:</p><ul><li>How does the built environment affect behavior and cognition?</li><li>How can the latest findings in n...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143664937/britain-s-last-deep-pit-coal-mine-closes-the-end-of-the-industrial-revolution Britain's last deep-pit coal mine closes — the end of the industrial revolution? Alexander Walter 2015-12-18T12:25:00-05:00 >2015-12-21T12:18:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iw/iwd8dl0squ4ax0g5.jpg" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The last deep-pit coal mine in the U.K. plans to shut its doors here next week, heralding the end of a centuries-old industry that helped fuel the industrial revolution and build the British Empire. The shutdown [...] represents a victory for advocates of reducing carbon emissions after world leaders gathered in Paris to discuss how to combat global warming, with coal in the cross hairs. It also reflects a glut of energy on world markets, from crude oil to natural gas and coal itself.</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/142607772/national-council-member-accuses-riba-of-institutional-racism-prompting-investigation National council member accuses RIBA of "institutional racism", prompting investigation Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-04T19:40:00-05:00 >2015-12-13T11:27:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z5/z5urx9zin0hye5hb.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Elsie Owusu] alleged that the election [for Riba&rsquo;s vice-president of practice and profession] was rigged in favour of a rival candidate, and in a complaint to Riba&rsquo;s president, Jane Duncan, she claimed it was &ldquo;tantamount to institutionalised racism in my view&rdquo;. [...] &ldquo;The banter, discrimination and treating black people worse than other staff goes through architecture like a stick of rock. It&rsquo;s absolutely disgraceful and it starts at the top with Riba."</p></em><br /><br /><p>In response to Owusu's allegation, RIBA has initiated a formal investigation, and states that a report will be filed in time for discussion at the next national council meeting in March of 2016.</p><p>According to the Guardian, the allegations include not only accusations that the election of the Vice President of Practice and Profession was rigged in favor of&nbsp;Owusu's competing candidate, who is not black, but also references "sexist" banter by council members.</p><p>Also as quoted in the Guardian, Owusu invokes the <a href="http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/contents" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Equality Act of 2010</a>&nbsp;in her claim that being passed over in the election constitutes institutional racism:</p><p><em>And this is an example: when there are two people up for a job, one an elected member, the other not, to use the weight of the institution from the president&rsquo;s chair to support a white person over a black person, when we are both equally qualified, to me is the institution using its power to support behaviour that is tantamount to racism.</em></p><p>More details on the allegations can be foun...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/142286598/the-flint-house-wins-riba-house-of-the-year-2015 The Flint House wins RIBA House of the Year 2015 Justine Testado 2015-11-30T14:29:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T01:32:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3s/3s5xxyyuxxgqbsyw.jpg" width="514" height="446" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Built on the flint-rich fields of the countryside Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, the Flint House was recently announced as the winner of RIBA's coveted House of the Year award during a TV broadcast on Britain's Channel 4. Formerly called the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/9641/manser-medal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manser Medal</a>, House of the Year still holds the same purpose of distinguishing the year's most innovative house designed by a UK-based architect. RIBA and Channel 4 featured the shortlisted homes in a weekly TV series called "Grand Designs: RIBA House of the Year" throughout this past month.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ui/uixcnmoitk96q5qo.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fh/fhe0hzqm9zx4gqxz.jpg"></p><p>The Flint House lives up to its name, designed as if the surrounding flint-surfaced landscape was emerging. Designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/54850810/skene-catling-de-la-pena" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skene Catling De La Pe&ntilde;a</a> to accommodate visiting relatives as well as artists, the most distinctive element of the house on first glance is the textured flint cladding and its dark-to-chalk-white gradient. When the competition jury visited the site, they considered the Flint House as having 'the strongest [and most poetic] narrative, pa...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/140292849/london-garden-bridge-wins-new-supporters-with-revised-funding-deal London Garden Bridge wins new supporters with revised funding deal Justine Testado 2015-11-02T19:34:00-05:00 >2015-11-05T21:21:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zr/zr6oyy78o4l898rk.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The controversial and seemingly doomed plan for a garden bridge over the Thames in London could be resurrected after the group behind the project reached an agreement with council officials over the level of public funding. On Monday...a joint announcement by Lambeth...and the Garden Bridge Trust said negotiations would resume after a deal to limit the money Transport for London (TfL) would have to pay towards construction to &pound;10m, from an original &pound;30m.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a title="London's Garden Bridge endangered by public funding shortfall" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137426307/london-s-garden-bridge-endangered-by-public-funding-shortfall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Garden Bridge endangered by public funding shortfall</a></p><p><a title="As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead" href="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></p><p><a title="Satirical &ldquo;Folly for London&rdquo; competition mocks Garden Bridge project" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129420910/satirical-folly-for-london-competition-mocks-garden-bridge-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Satirical &ldquo;Folly for London&rdquo; competition mocks Garden Bridge project</a></p><p><a title="Zaha Hadid, Piers Gough, other leading cultural figures criticize Heatherwick's London Garden Bridge" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128643441/zaha-hadid-piers-gough-other-leading-cultural-figures-criticize-heatherwick-s-london-garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid, Piers Gough, other leading cultural figures criticize Heatherwick's London Garden Bridge</a></p><p>You can find more previous news on the Garden Bridge <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/529656/garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/139550128/curatorial-team-announced-for-the-british-pavilion-at-the-15th-venice-biennale Curatorial team announced for the British Pavilion at the 15th Venice Biennale Nicholas Korody 2015-10-23T04:19:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T18:34:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a5/a5ddd1c88efb16217b31c577ef6880fe.jpg" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The British Council <a href="http://design.britishcouncil.org/blog/2015/oct/22/british-council-announces-winning-venice-proposal/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> today the winning proposal for the British Pavilion at the 15th Venice Biennial of Architecture: <em>Home Economics, </em>a project&nbsp;authored by the architecture writers <a href="https://twitter.com/tontita00?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shumi Bose</a> and <a href="http://www.jackself.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jack Self</a> alongside the architect and planner Finn Williams.</p><p>According to the curatorial team,&nbsp;<em>Home Economics</em>&nbsp;will address "the frontline of British architecture: the family home." The team plans to divide the British Pavilion into a series of 1:1 &nbsp;immersive domestic spaces, designed by a "multidisciplinary team of architects, artist, designers and developers."&nbsp;</p><p>In their proposal, the team writes, "The exhibition will ask urgent questions about the future of housing. Social and technological changes are collapsing the patterns of domestic life - but the design of the home hasn't caught up. Can the house ever escape its economic status as an asset? Should our homes still be considered private spaces? How do new types of families and households produce new spatial needs? What are the m...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/139458468/get-lectured-the-bartlett-fall-15 Get Lectured: The Bartlett, Fall '15 Justine Testado 2015-10-21T12:58:00-04:00 >2015-10-21T12:58:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ta/tahjk5iiarsw6toz.jpg" width="514" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/543658/2015-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/336082/get-lectured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is ready for another school year.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>The next featured poster comes from The Bartlett School of Architecture at the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/299/university-college-london-ucl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University College London</a>.</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">connect@archinect.com</a>.</em></strong></p><p>Listed below are upcoming events. Lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Chemistry Auditorium, Christopher Ingold Building at UCL: 20 Gordon St, London. Free and open to the public.</p><p><strong>Oct 28</strong><br>Asif Khan</p><p><strong>Nov 4</strong><br>Peg Rawes</p><p><strong>Nov 11</strong><br>Fabrizio Barozzi + Alberto Veiga / Barozzi Veiga</p><p><strong>Nov 18</strong><br>James Corner / James Corner Field Operations</p><p><strong>Nov 25</strong><br>Adam Greenfield</p><p><strong>Dec 2</strong><br>Sheila O'Donnell + John Tuomey / O'Donnell + Tuomey Architects</p><p><strong>Dec 9</strong><br>Endo Shuhei / Endo Shuhei Architect In...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/139037602/2015-riba-stirling-prize-awarded-to-the-burntwood-school-by-allford-hall-monaghan-morris 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize awarded to the Burntwood School by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Justine Testado 2015-10-15T16:12:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T15:56:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/03/03wp8zmtdvmaugep.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Following their July announcement of the shortlist for the 2015 Stirling Prize, RIBA announced [today] the Burntwood School in Wandsworth London as the winning project. Now in its 20th year, the RIBA Stirling Prize is regarded as the UK&rsquo;s most prestigious architecture prize. Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), the practice that designed the all girls' school, is winning the coveted award for the first time.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wr/wradncd1gnonvtg3.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c0/c0ygj6xzfmv5x6sv.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/en/enw986adxke7o37m.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ou/ou0n1bvw1j3l4v6q.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l3/l3gf7ygehz4cip1z.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b6/b6vhc63zvefl9do8.jpg"></p><p>More photos and project details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/2015_stirling_prize_winner/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132023950/riba-reveals-the-six-2015-stirling-prize-shortlisters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA reveals the six 2015 Stirling Prize shortlisters</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/137435142/searching-for-queen-elizabeth-s-architectural-legacy Searching for Queen Elizabeth's architectural legacy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-25T03:53:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:12:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pj/pjkuq6tptegybikp.jpg" width="514" height="648" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Elizabeth II is the first major British monarch who will not have an architectural style named after her [...] The present Elizabethan era includes as many as a dozen architectural highlights and at least two broad architectural styles. &ldquo;I cannot imagine a term or an argument that would tie all of this together,&rdquo; says Stanford Anderson, a professor emeritus of history and architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. &ldquo;'New Elizabethan architecture&rsquo; just ducks the question.&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/136741444/mark-your-calendars-for-100-design-design-in-colour-sept-23-26-in-london Mark your calendars for 100% DESIGN: Design in Colour, Sept. 23-26 in London Justine Testado 2015-09-16T06:05:00-04:00 >2015-09-15T18:23:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cr/crkhqi40ajbbl6jj.jpg" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://www.100percentdesign.co.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">100% Design: Design in Colour</a> is almost here! Since its humble beginnings in a tent along London's King's Road back in 1995, 100% DESIGN has grown year after year into the UK's largest trade show that promotes global top-notch design and creativity. Over 20,000 attendees in the architecture and design community will gather at the show's new location, Olympia London, on September 23-26.</p><p>Centrally themed "Design in Colour" for its 2015 edition, the three-day event will span across two levels and be divided into five sections: Interiors, Design &amp; Build, Kitchens &amp; Bathrooms, Workplace, and Emerging Brand.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ho/hot21l13gsjid9i5.jpg"></p><p>100% DESIGN collaborated with trend forecasters WGSN, among several more, to bring to life the visual and sensory experience of the use of color in interior design and across the built environment. The 2015 show will include specially commissioned editorial features, leading seminars, live content, and an international mix of over 400 exhibitors. The top color trends for 2016 will threa...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/136667521/designjunction-2015-happens-next-week-in-london designjunction 2015 happens next week in London! Justine Testado 2015-09-15T05:51:00-04:00 >2015-09-14T18:53:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2ff047ykmt6o4te1.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://thedesignjunction.co.uk/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designjunction 2015</a> is happening soon on September 24-27! As part of the <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/event/the_london_design_festival_2015/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 London Design Festival</a>, designjunction will showcase nearly 200 cutting-edge international contemporary design brands inside The College and the Victoria House, located across each other along London's Southampton Row.</p><p>Visitors are guaranteed to find something that will catch their eye from the distinct range of designers and pop-up stores exhibiting this year. Visitors can also check out talks, live workshops, eateries, and a <a href="http://thedesignjunction.co.uk/london/charity/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">children's charity auction</a> that will showcase 21 artistic interpretations of the iconic Eames Elephant.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ih/ihj9qq5ygverptei.jpg"></p><p>Inside the Victorian-era College &mdash; the former home of Central Saint Martins &mdash; over 100 brands will showcase their latest cutting-edge designs, including new product launches. Designjunction will take over five floors of the Lethaby building and other stunning spaces within the campus.</p><p>Across the street, the Victoria House will show off a mix of more than 50 high-end pop-up stores and ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135896614/sneak-peek-what-s-in-store-for-designjunction-2015-in-london Sneak peek: What's in store for designjunction 2015 in London Justine Testado 2015-09-05T04:15:00-04:00 >2015-09-22T02:22:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j5/j5i60xda06isnb78.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As part of the <a href="http://www.londondesignfestival.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Design Festival</a>, the <a href="http://thedesignjunction.co.uk/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designjunction 2015</a>&nbsp;tradeshow brings together a stellar international group who are at the top of their game in contemporary interior design. Taking place at The College and the Victoria House along London's Southampton Row from September 24-27, visitors are guaranteed to find something that will catch their eye from nearly 200 brands. This year's designjunction will feature a distinct range of pop-up stores, talks, live workshops, eateries, and&nbsp;a children's charity auction that will showcase 21 artistic interpretations of the iconic Eames Elephant.&nbsp;</p><p>Planning a trip to designjunction? Read on to learn more about what to expect this year.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/04/04t4ge2g47fkl955.jpg"></p><p>Inside the Victorian-era College &mdash;&nbsp;the former home of&nbsp;Central Saint Martins &mdash;&nbsp;over 100 brands will showcase their latest cutting-edge designs, including new product launches. Designjunction will take over five floors of the Lethaby building and other stunning spaces within the campus.&nbsp;</p><p>Be on the lookout for <strong>He...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135208771/archinect-s-comparison-of-transient-oriented-architecture Archinect's comparison of transient-oriented architecture Julia Ingalls 2015-08-26T21:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T09:18:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2y/2y6nnl97ecs30led.jpg" width="460" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In 2003 in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/10005/utah" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Utah</a>, government officials decided to try a radical solution to homelessness: giving people who would otherwise be on the street permanent housing. Twelve years later, the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2015/04/17/the-surprisingly-simple-way-utah-solved-chronic-homelessness-and-saved-millions/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">surprisingly cost-effective</a> program is a success: almost all of the people given homes remained in them, and the number of people out on the streets in the state has dropped nearly to zero. So what works and what doesn't architecturally in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113424294/d-c-breaks-ground-on-housing-for-homeless-vets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">homeless housing</a>?&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xu/xuig43k9sineth0z.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vi/viki6r3pl4kwj8s0.jpg"></p><p>James Furzer, a 26-year old architectural technician for the U.K.-based Spatial Design Architects, is currently <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/homes-for-the-homeless--8#/story" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">crowdsourcing</a> funds to build single-person housing modules that attach to preexisting buildings in dense urban centers like London, where 7,500 people routinely sleep on the streets.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tv/tv7hw61h3eer8g8y.jpg"></p><p>The <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/description/fakro_inspires_-_space_for_new_visions/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fakro&rsquo;s Space for New Visions</a> award-winning design is a&nbsp;great emergency shelter idea, but doesn't foster a sense of permanence, unlike Utah's <a href="http://www.deseretnews.com/article/660205836/New-complex-for-homeless-opens-in-Salt-Lake.html?pg=all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sunrise Metro Apartments</a>, which take the form of a traditional (relatively aesthetically boring) apartment building ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134824111/designjunction-2015-heads-to-the-college-and-the-victoria-house-in-london-sept-24-27 designjunction 2015 heads to The College and the Victoria House in London, Sept. 24-27 Justine Testado 2015-08-21T20:47:00-04:00 >2015-08-21T20:56:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f2zazt48qhkv8jv5.jpg" width="514" height="230" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Now in its fifth edition, the <a href="http://thedesignjunction.co.uk/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designjunction</a> tradeshow is back for 2015 on September 24-27, this time at The College and the Victoria House in London's Southampton Row. As part of the upcoming <a href="http://www.londondesignfestival.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 London Design Festival</a>, designjunction will showcase the latest products and cutting-edge designs from over 100 leading international brands. Visitors will also get to check out pop-up stores, talks, live workshops, and eateries aplenty.</p><p>Read on for more info:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nz/nz2xh2ewo4skja2i.jpg"></p><p>As the former home of the Central Saint Martins, the Victorian-era College will serve as a&nbsp; distinct backdrop for the designjunction exhibition, which will take over five floors of the Lethaby building and other stunning spaces within the campus.</p><p>A life-sized Underground Station installation by Camilla Barnard will pop up next to the TfL cafe, and a Leading Seminar Programme will also take place. The seminar's "Design for a Reason" theme will discuss how issues like sustainability and digital developments affect the design process in t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134648866/banksy-about-to-open-dismaland-pop-up-exhibition-in-british-seaside-resort Banksy about to open "Dismaland" pop-up exhibition in British seaside resort Alexander Walter 2015-08-19T15:31:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T10:35:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37adccdf2ff5827a65cee1a6d46ec1e3.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rumors have been circulating around the internet for a few days, but later this week Banksy is now set to open a new pop-up exhibition entitled "Dismaland" at in Weston-Super-Mare, UK. The venue is called "Tropicana", a 10,200-square-foot site to be transformed into "Dismaland", a probable attack on American entertainment giant Disney. [...] As usual with Banksy, the details are very scarce, but earlier this morning Iain Brimecome and Jon Goff were able to fly their drone above the site [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hs/hsaza230fpzcpunw.jpg"></p><p><em>Another aerial view of "Dismaland," expected to open later this week. Photo:&nbsp;Iain Brimecome &amp; Jon Goff, image via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.streetartnews.net/2015/08/upcoming-banksy-dismaland-pop-up.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">streetartnews.net</a>.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tx/tx4kicqd45rp9onc.jpg"></p><p><em>Photo via <a href="https://twitter.com/francisclarke/status/364418057893990400/photo/1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@francisclarke</a> on Twitter.</em></p><p>Banksy in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122663096/after-banksy-the-parkour-guide-to-gaza" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After Banksy: the parkour guide to Gaza</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98265346/an-interview-with-man-behind-the-stealing-banksy-auction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An interview with man behind the &ldquo;Stealing Banksy?&rdquo; auction</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85165399/banksy-s-unpublished-nyt-op-ed-declares-new-wtc-is-the-biggest-eyesore-in-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Banksy's unpublished NYT op-ed declares new WTC is the biggest eyesore in New York</a></li></ul> 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 >2015-09-04T12:53:41-04:00 <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 7-27, 2016<strong>**</strong>. 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 show desi...</p>