Archinect - News 2014-08-21T02:42:13-04:00 Self-driving trucks may hit UK roads next year (truckers included) Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-19T13:33:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T13:35:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Fleets of self-driving lorries could be tested on UK roads as soon as next year, according to reports. [...] The initiative would cut fuel consumption, backers said. However, the plan has been criticised by motoring groups which said such a fleet would be "intimidating" to other road users.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 20th Century architecture: Is it the end of our 'concrete jungles'? Alexander Walter 2014-08-04T13:57:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T13:59:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Concrete was the building material beloved by councils as they embarked on post-World War Two development. But it is fair to say many people were never quite as taken with grey skyscrapers and suspended walkways. Now several of the cities defined by concrete - Birmingham, Coventry, Hull and Portsmouth - are undergoing multimillion-pound makeovers. But what are they losing in their quest to be the "modern cities" of the 21st - rather than the 20th - Century?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Structural Awards 2014 shortlist is announced Justine Testado 2014-08-01T17:52:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T15:08:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="770" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's that time of year again. The Institution of Structural Engineers revealed the 2014 shortlist for their annual Structural Awards today. The awards recognize achievement, innovation, and excellence in the field of structural engineering in addition to promoting its significant role in the creation of inventive design solutions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a glimpse of the shortlisted projects:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find more photos and other details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> SURE Architecture’s winning “Endless City” skyscraper proposal for the streets of London Justine Testado 2014-07-30T20:30:00-04:00 >2014-07-31T18:50:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="578" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>SURE Architecture's "The Endless City in Height" skyscraper is all about going with the flow while making a bold statement. Proposed for the SkyScraper &amp; SuperSkyscraper Competition, the entry recently won first place in the international competition. Designed to integrate itself with the surrounding streets in London, pedestrians discover the skyscraper's vertical city inside while walking up and down the "endless" interweaving ramps that wrap around the tower.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Learn more about it on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Stirling Prize 2014: what should we value in architecture? Alexander Walter 2014-07-24T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:46:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This year&rsquo;s contenders for the prestigious Stirling Prize were recently announced. The prize is supposed to be &ldquo;presented to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture&rdquo;. &ldquo;Evolution&rdquo; is an interesting choice of term, and the prize has a long way to go if it is to achieve this goal. [...] Each year the Stirling prize inevitably raises a discussion about architectural values. What is good architecture?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist is revealed</a></p> RIBA elects Jane Duncan as next President Archinect 2014-07-23T14:03:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T21:46:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="560" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects today announced the result of its presidential election: Jane Duncan, director of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jane Duncan Architects</a>, will become President Elect on September 1, 2014 and will take over the two-year elected presidency from Stephen Hodder on September 1, 2015. Jane Duncan will be the 75th RIBA President.</p><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;I am delighted to be elected and to have the mandate from RIBA members to undertake my election pledges on improving pride, fees and diversity within the architecture profession," said Jane Duncan after the announcement of the election result. "Over the next year I will be working hard to support Stephen Hodder and visiting and talking to members and staff across the UK.&rdquo;</p><p>On her campaign website <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jane4RIBA</a>, Duncan describes her goals in a mini manifesto:</p><ul><li><strong>PRIDE: </strong>"Restore pride in being an Architect and in the creative and influential work we do"</li><li><strong>PROFIT: </strong>"Drive up fees through campaigning for payment appropriate to skills and experience"</li><li><strong>PEOPLE:</strong> "Improve diver...</li></ul> London's Canary Wharf spreads east with new towers and 3,000 homes planned Alexander Walter 2014-07-22T13:18:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T21:36:01-04:00 <img src="" width="220" height="310" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>More than 3,000 homes are to be built at the eastern edge of Canary Wharf after Tower Hamlets council gave the green light for the project, the first extension to the financial district since the banking crisis struck in 2008. [...] Its centrepiece, at 211m the tallest building, is a 57-storey cylindrical residential skyscraper facing the waters of South Dock, designed by Herzog &amp; de Meuron [...]</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Register now for 100%DESIGN 2014 this September Sponsor 2014-07-18T19:52:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T12:21:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="116" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">100%DESIGN 2014</a>, the UK's largest design trade event, is back for its 20th edition. As one of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Design Festival</a>'s major events, this year's trade show will take place from September 17-20 at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London.</p><p>"First staged in 1995 within a tent off the Kings Road, 100%DESIGN has gone on to be the benchmark event for the promotion of design product and activity in London. Through different editions 100% Design has continued to excel, easily outsizing any other design event in the UK."</p><p>Before you know it, September will be here. So mark your calendars and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">register now</a>!</p> 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist is revealed Justine Testado 2014-07-17T15:48:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:10:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="491" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's that time of year again. Six buildings were just announced for the 2014 shortlist of the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize for best new building in the UK. Each contender will be judged particularly for its design excellence and its significance in the evolution of architecture and the built environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Apply now for the 2014 AA SUMMER DLAB :: WHITE - Registration ends Monday, July 14 Sponsor 2014-07-10T15:22:00-04:00 >2014-07-10T15:40:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="726" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The final registration deadline for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA SUMMER DLAB :: WHITE</a> is quickly approaching: Apply by July 14 for your spot in this exciting summer workshop. Presented by London's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA School of Architecture</a>, the program focuses on the integration of algorithmic / generative design methodologies and large scale digital fabrication tools.</p><p>The workshop will take place in London between July 21 until August 2, 2014 and from August 2 onwards, will be located in South England's Hooke Park until August 8, 2014.</p><p>All current architecture and design students are invited to apply.</p><p>Find more details below or <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p><p>"One of the major objectives of Summer DLAB is to demonstrate the continuity of the workflow between computational software and digital assembly procedures leading to physical fabrication. In this respect, the programme is formulated as a two-phase process. During the initial phase participants benefit from the unique atmosphere and facilities of AA&rsquo;s London home. The second phase shifts to A...</p> In-depth Louis Kahn exhibition opening at London’s Design Museum on July 9 Justine Testado 2014-07-07T21:13:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T06:41:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture" is a multi-themed exploration behind legendary architect Louis Kahn that will be showcased at the Design Museum in London starting Wednesday, July 9. Until Oct. 12, 2014, the exhibition will feature architectural models, original drawings, travel sketches, photographs, and films &ndash; including interviews with famous architects like Renzo Piano, Frank Gehry, Sou Fujimoto, and Peter Zumthor who each describe how Kahn has influenced his own work.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Learn more about the exhibition on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> RIBA Manser Medal 2014 Longlist for the Best New House in the UK Justine Testado 2014-06-24T16:58:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T23:13:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The longlist is out for this year's RIBA Manser Medal for Best New House in the UK. Established in 2001 to honor former RIBA President and notable home designer Michael Manser CBE, the Manser Medal is awarded to the best new house design by a UK-based architect. This year's longlist showcases 23 UK-based private homes or major extension that exhibit innovation, sustainability, and style and were completed within the past year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out a few of the longlisted projects below:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>See the full list on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Smiljan Radic unveils egglike 14th Serpentine Pavilion in London's Kensington Gardens Justine Testado 2014-06-24T13:17:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T23:14:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Since <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the announcement</a> this past March, Chilean architect Smiljan Radic has unveiled the 14th Serpentine Pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery's Kensington Gardens in London. For the past 14 years, the Serpentine Gallery has invited famous architects like Sou Fujimoto, Jean Nouvel, SANAA, and Frank Gehry to design the annual temporary structure for the London Festival of Architecture. Their famous designers aside, the pavilions themselves are a story of their own.</p><p>An eggshell. A "Stone Age spaceship". A cocoon. A deformed donut -- Radic's design for the 14th Serpentine Pavilion is already receiving plenty of colorful descriptions. Supported by massive quarry stones, Radic's pavilion is a fiberglass, semi-transparent hollow shell that will be used to host a variety of social and cultural events and will also include a cafe inside. The pavilion's flooring also features gray wooden decking to make the structure feel more like a patio than a fully enclosed space.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Playing on the idea of the f...</p> 2014 RIBA National Award Winners Alexander Walter 2014-06-23T19:45:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T22:51:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects has announced the winners of the 2014 RIBA National Awards. With 44 buildings in the UK and 12 buildings elsewhere in the European Union, the selected projects will now have the chance to make the shortlist for the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize, awarded annually to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a small image selection of 2014 Award Winners:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>London: TNG Youth and Community Centre by RCKa. Photo: Jakob Spriestersbach</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>London: London Bridge Tower (The Shard) by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Photo: Michel Denance</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>West Midlands: Library of Birmingham by Mecanoo. Photo: Mecanoo</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>London: London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects. Photo: Hufton + Crow</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>European Union: The Blue Planet, Kastrup, Denmark by 3XN. Photo: Adamm Moerk</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>East: Britten-Pears Archive by Stanton Williams. Photo: Hufton + Crow</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Scotland: House no.7 by Denizen Works. Photo: David Barbour</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>European Union: Metrostation Kraaiennest, Amsterdam by Maccreanor Lavington. Photo: Luuk Kramer</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>London: Lens House by Alison Brooks Architects. Photo: Paul Riddle</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>European Union: Marseille Vieux Port by Foster + Partners. Photo: Nigel Young</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>South: Mary Rose Museum by Wilkinson Eyre with Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will. Photo: Richard Chivers</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Library and Learning Centre, Vienna by Zaha Hadid Architects. Photo: Roland Halbe</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>South East: ...</p> Nicholas Grimshaw to offer mentorships to emerging architects in Manchester’s NOISE Festival 2014 Justine Testado 2014-06-18T21:02:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T22:06:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Every year since 2005, the Manchester-based NOISE Festival gives thousands of aspiring architects the opportunity to get their portfolios recognized by some of the design industry's most well-known names. The nationwide Festival, which takes places online and through exclusive events, showcases undiscovered talent in over 14 categories including Architecture, Design, Illustration, Games, Fashion, Music, Fine Art, and Film.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Among the panel of noteworthy Curators who will judge the submissions, British architect Nicholas Grimshaw of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a> is this year's Architecture Curator. He'll be offering a one-on-one mentorship to five entrants whose submissions he rates the highest.</p><p>If you're eager to join,<strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">do it now</a> </strong>-- it's free and open to all ages! The deadline has been extended to <strong>July 6, 2014</strong>.</p><p>Head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> to find out more.</p> UPDATE: KSR Architects’ fluorescent “chandelier” pavilion at the Camden Create Festival Justine Testado 2014-05-20T17:39:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:55:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After being chosen to have the winning design in the competition, KSR Architects got to realize their proposal for the Camden Town Pavilion at the iconic Britannia junction during the town's first Camden Create Festival that recently occurred in Camden, London. KSR Architects' colorful pop-up pavilion must've been quite the statement piece to celebrate the town's unique creative culture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out some photos of the pavilion:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Apply for the 2014 AA SUMMER DLAB :: WHITE now until July 14 Sponsor 2014-05-15T17:11:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T22:50:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="755" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Summer DLAB</a> from London's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA School of Architecture</a> is back again for its 2014 cycle. The summer-long workshop emphasizes the integration of algorithmic / generative design methodologies and large scale digital fabrication tools.</p><p>Continuing its color-based agenda with White, this year's Summer DLAB will highlight White as a starting point to investigate natural formation processes and interpret them as innovative architectonic spaces.</p><p><strong>The application deadline is JULY 14! </strong>The program is open to all current architecture and design students.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"One of the major objectives of Summer DLAB is to demonstrate the continuity of the workflow between computational software and digital assembly procedures leading to physical fabrication. In this respect, the programme is formulated as a two-phase process. During the initial phase participants benefit from the unique atmosphere and facilities of AA&rsquo;s London home. The second phase shifts to AA Hooke Park campus and revolves around the fabrication and ...</p> Six finalists shortlisted for Britain’s Museum of the Year 2014 Justine Testado 2014-04-30T15:48:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:17:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="188" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The best museums are more than just expensive buildings that house expensive pieces of artwork. They have original exhibitions, engaging educational programs, and even tell a lot about a city's character. The Art Fund is one step closer to finding Britain's 2014 Museum of the Year, which acknowledges the very best achievements of museums across the UK.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ranging from iconic national institutions to up-and-coming local galleries, six finalists continue to compete for the &pound;100,000 prize:</p><p>Pictured above: <strong>Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich</strong></p><p><strong>Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Hayward Gallery, London</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, East Sussex</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Tate Britain, London</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The winner will be announced on July 9 at an award ceremony at the National Gallery in London.</p><p>Check out the videos below for more about each museum. Find further details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Seven category winners for Designs of the Year 2014 Justine Testado 2014-04-23T19:03:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T20:40:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This year's Designs of the Year jury have chosen their cr&egrave;me de la cr&egrave;me of the world's most cutting-edge design. Since London's Design Museum announced the 76 nominees in February, the competition has narrowed down to seven category winners. In the final step of the competition, one of these category winners will be announced as the overall winner by June 30 at an event hosted by St. Martins Lane London.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The category winners are:</p><p>(Pictured above) Architecture: HEYDAR ALIYEV CENTER, BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - Designed by Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher</p><p>Digital: PEEK (PORTABLE EYE EXAMINATION KIT) - Designed by Dr. Andrew Bastawrous, Stewart Jordan, Dr. Mario Giardini, Dr. Iain Livingstone</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Fashion: PRADA S/S14 - Designed by Miuccia Prada</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Furniture: PRO CHAIR FAMILY - Designed by Konstantin Grcic</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Graphics: DRONE SHADOWS - Designed by James Bridle /</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Product: THE SEABOARD GRAND - Designed by Roland Lamb and Hong-Yeul Eom</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Transport: XL1 CAR &ndash; Designed by Volkswagen</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More details can be found on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Seventy-six nominations listed for Designs of the Year 2014</strong></a></p> London's skyline needs more tower blocks, not more luxury flats Alexander Walter 2014-04-23T13:13:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T13:16:33-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Whenever a campaign wants to stop some new development it will use the phrase "tower block". This isn't what the developers would call them &ndash; they prefer "stunning developments" or "luxury apartments". There is a national campaign afoot against new towers, specifically against the astonishing 230 mostly residential ones planned for the capital. Inevitably, the campaign has referred to tower blocks and "the mistakes of the 1960s" knowing this is emotive language [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Frank Gehry unveils plans for his first buildings in England Alexander Walter 2014-04-07T14:16:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T20:27:13-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With titanium facades swinging like jiving skirts and windows staggered like towers of toppling coins, the chaotic energy of the latest apartment designs for Battersea power station can only mean one thing: Frank Gehry is in town. As the 85-year-old visionary architect behind the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao outlined plans for 700 apartments in London &ndash; his first English buildings &ndash; he walked straight into a raging debate about the capital's affordable housing crisis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry and Foster selected to design Phase 3 at Battersea Power Station</a></p> London's £12bn Olympic park opens up to the public Alexander Walter 2014-04-04T13:50:00-04:00 >2014-04-04T13:51:29-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Almost 10 years and &pound;12bn in the making, the full extent of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will finally open to the public on Saturday, revealing "the biggest new park in Europe for 150 years", magicked from the mud at the bottom of the Lea Valley. Stretching for 230 hectares (568 acres) around a knotted tangle of waterways and rail lines, it is, says its maker, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), the size of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens combined [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Does London need a 'planning revolution?' Alexander Walter 2014-03-31T13:52:00-04:00 >2014-04-01T09:15:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Britain&rsquo;s decades-long planning &ldquo;chaos&rdquo; has left London a city of great individual buildings, such as the Gherkin and the Shard, standing in a sea of &ldquo;woeful&rdquo; architecture, the Government&rsquo;s design czar said today. Marylebone-based architect Sir Terry Farrell called for a &ldquo;revolution&rdquo; in the planning system, to end the culture of Nimbyism and put the creation of well designed places to live, work and shop at the heart of policymaking.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Farrell 's remarks certainly aren't limited to contemporary architecture in London:<em> &ldquo;If you dump yourself in any town centre and look at what the end of the 20th century and start of the 21st century has brought, it is woeful.&rdquo;</em></p> Get Lectured: UCA Canterbury, Spring '14 Justine Testado 2014-03-25T14:01:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T14:02:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2014</a></strong><br><br>Archinect's <em>Get Lectured</em> is up and running again for the Winter/Spring '14 term! As a refresher from our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fall 2013 guide</a>, every week we'll feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current season. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>Our next poster features the Multistory Spring '14 Guest Lecture Series at London's University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury School of Architecture.</p><p>"Over the past ten years the UCA Canterbury School of Architecture has been running Multistory - a series of talks and events organised by students and alumni of the School. This year there have already been more than 20 lectures, debates and events at Canterbury attracting guest speakers from the architecture, design and fine arts industries.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">conne...</a></em></p> Smiljan Radic to design 14th Serpentine Galleries Pavilion Justine Testado 2014-03-12T13:36:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T20:33:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Chilean architect Smiljan Radic was commissioned by Serpentine Gallery to design the 2014 Serpentine Galleries Pavilion. Designed by big-name architects since 2000, the temporary pavilion has become a major summer attraction in London's Kensington Gardens for the London Festival of Architecture.</p><p>Reflective of Radic's past works, his design for the pavilion is a semi-transparent, shell-like "pod" that will serve as a multi-functional public space and venue.<br><br>Read on for more details about the project:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Occupying a footprint of some 350 square metres on the lawn of the Serpentine Gallery, plans depict a semi-translucent, cylindrical structure, designed to resemble a shell, resting on large quarry stones. Radic&rsquo;s Pavilion has its roots in his earlier work, particularly The Castle of the Selfish Giant, inspired by the Oscar Wilde story, and the Restaurant Mestizo, part of which is supported by large boulders.</p><p>Designed as a flexible, multi-purpose social space with a caf&eacute; sited inside, the Pa...</p> Five teams shortlisted for London’s Natural History Museum Civic Realm competition Justine Testado 2014-03-06T17:22:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:19:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London's Natural History Museum recently revealed five shortlisted teams that still have a chance to redesign the historic museum in the Civic Realm competition...Teams will present their designs to the jury on March 13, and the winner is expected to be announced in April 2014. Designs are currently on exhibition -- with team names hidden -- at the Museum until March 11.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The five shortlisted teams are:</p><ul><li>BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) with Martha Schwartz Partners</li><li>Grant Associates with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios&nbsp;</li><li>Niall McLaughlin Architects with Kim Wilkie&nbsp;</li><li>Land Use Consultants (LUC) with Design Engine&nbsp;</li><li>Stanton Williams Architects with Bradley-Hole Schoenaich Landscape Architects</li></ul><p>Check out the proposals and see if you can guess who designed what.</p><p>Pictured above: Team 1</p><p>Team 2<br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Team 3<br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Team 4<img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&nbsp;</p><p>Team 5<br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more, head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Mecanoo’s Francine Houben named AJ Woman Architect of the Year 2014 Justine Testado 2014-02-07T13:51:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:18:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>The Architects' Journal</em>&nbsp;(UK) announced Francine Houben, creative director and founder of Dutch firm&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecanoo</a>, as the recipient of the AJ Woman Architect of the Year 2014. The award honors design excellence and strong leadership among women in architecture.</p><p>Houben received the prestigious award in a ceremony at London's Langham Hotel on Feb. 7. Projects of Houben and Mecanoo include the high-profile Library of Birmingham, La Llotja de Lleida, and the Kaap Skil maritime and beachcombers museum.</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Upon receiving the award, Houben said, "'I feel privileged to be a woman, to be a mother and to be an architect, which was not always an easy combination. It was also a privilege to design the Library of Birmingham, here in the UK. Libraries play an essential role in the emancipation of young women all over the world. I&rsquo;m very proud to be able to design more projects with a &lsquo;Dutch touch&rsquo; in the UK. I strongly believe that architecture is about teamwork, about being visionary and supportive at the ...</p> Healthy cities: How can architects and planners get us moving if we ignore warnings from doctors? Alexander Walter 2014-02-04T14:13:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:21:10-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our cities are damaging our health &ndash; that's the conclusion of a new report by the Royal Institute of British Architects which looks at the impact of the built environment on obesity and life expectancy. It found that the urban conurbations with the healthiest populations [...] had half the density of housing and a fifth more green spaces than the places where people were the most unfit, such as Liverpool (the highest rate of diabetes) and Birmingham (the lowest proportion of active adults).</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Bartlett exhibiting award-winning “Innovation in Technology” projects now until Jan. 31 Justine Testado 2014-01-23T21:13:00-05:00 >2014-01-23T21:14:59-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To any of our readers in the London area, you can still get a chance to stop by The Bartlett's Innovation in Technology Prizewinners' Exhibition at The Lobby Gallery now until next Friday, Jan. 31. The event is free and open to the public! The exhibition highlights five award-winning projects all by students in The Bartlett's BSc and MArch Architecture programs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a glimpse of the projects if you can't check out the exhibition in person:</p><p>Pictured above: <em><strong>Superimposed Landscapes &ndash; Fragments of misperception</strong></em> by Andrew Walker, MArch Architecture Year 4, 2013, Unit 14.<br><br><em><strong>MAMM Pavilion, Medell&iacute;n, Colombia, 2013</strong></em><br>By Unit 22, MArch Architecture, Years 4 &amp; 5<img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><em><strong>3D Lenticular Fa&ccedil;ade, 2014</strong></em><br>By Matthew Lyall, BSc Architecture, completed 2013, Unit 1<br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><em><strong>PEMY (Pre&#8208;Ecopoiesis Mars Yard), 2013</strong></em><br>By Sonila Kadillari, MArch Architecture, completed 2013, Unit 11 <img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><em><strong>The Reward System, 2014</strong></em><br>By Yoonjin Kim, BSc Architecture, completed 2013, Unit 0<br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>You can learn more about the exhibition on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.<br><br><em>Images courtesy of The Bartlett School of Architecture.</em></p> Peabody housing competition shortlist shares future ideas of affordable housing Justine Testado 2014-01-17T14:58:00-05:00 >2014-01-21T19:27:03-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="620" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the help of young UK architects, London housing association Peabody is already looking to the future of social housing with their "Small Projects Panel" competition launched this past November. Peabody recently announced 20 shortlisted proposals that have advanced to the last stage. Each team will be interviewed before the jury picks 6-8 firms by the end of January. The winning firms will help Peabody develop new housing schemes that have a maximum of 20 homes.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Check out some of the shortlisted projects.<br><br> Project author: Coffey Architects<br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Project author: Studio Octopi<br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Project author: Stephen Taylor Architects<br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Project author: Allsop Gollings Architects<br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Project author: Studio Sam Causer and Geraldine Dening<br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Project author: Paul Archer Design<br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> See more of the shortlist and other competition details at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.<br><br><em>Images courtesy Peabody Short Projects Panel competition.</em></p>