Archinect - News 2015-06-29T23:44:50-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/130502087/the-guardian-reveals-how-developers-play-the-planning-system-to-get-around-affordable-housing The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing Alexander Walter 2015-06-26T18:49:00-04:00 >2015-06-28T10:09:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/24/24qnmyo04ppr5ay5.jpg" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seen exclusively by the Guardian, the document sheds new light on why so little affordable housing is being built across England; why planning policy consistently fails to be enforced; and why property developers are now enjoying profits that exceed even those of the pre-crash housing bubble.</p></em><br /><br /><p>And the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/110562/affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">affordable housing</a> crisis is certainly not restricted to the greater London area as many recent headlines on Archinect show:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124122059/no-room-for-affordable-housing-in-sf-build-it-in-oakland" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No room for affordable housing in SF? Build it in Oakland</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125745572/we-ve-got-enough-millionaires-george-lucas-wants-to-build-affordable-housing-on-his-own-land" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"We've got enough millionaires": George Lucas wants to build affordable housing on his own land</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129656013/developers-in-california-can-be-required-to-include-low-income-housing-courts-declare" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developers in California can be required to include low-income housing, courts declare</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129874643/kevin-daly-s-backyard-bi-h-ome-provides-affordable-housing-for-humans-and-wildlife" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kevin Daly's Backyard BI(h)OME provides affordable housing for humans and wildlife</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115812933/chicago-rethinks-rules-for-developers-to-increase-affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Rethinks Rules for Developers to Increase Affordable Housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105477200/poor-doors-not-the-worst-thing-about-social-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Poor doors': not the worst thing about social housing</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130412101/serpentine-galleries-launch-build-your-own-pavilion-for-really-young-architects Serpentine Galleries launch Build Your Own Pavilion for (really) young architects Alexander Walter 2015-06-25T15:26:00-04:00 >2015-06-25T15:33:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ou/ou7lmxj42tfbtnhc.jpg" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In this first year of Build Your Own Pavilion, young people aged 8 to&nbsp;14 are invited to submit their Pavilion designs online and at workshops&nbsp;across the UK during the summer of 2015. The platform and workshops&nbsp;give an insight to the basic principles of architectural design and&nbsp;workshop students will be given the Pavilion brief and a toolkit that&nbsp;begins with sketching by hand, working with simple modeling materials&nbsp;and progressing to 3D design and print technologies.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Earlier this week, London's Serpentine Galleries launched the much anticipated <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130175687/selgascano-s-psychedelic-chrysalis-serpentine-pavilion-is-now-open" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 summer pavilion</a> &mdash; a vibrant and playful space slug designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/54077942/selgascano" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SelgasCano</a>.</p><p>To celebrate fifteen years of pavilions (and continuing the theme of "playfulness"), the Galleries also launched <em><a href="http://buildyourownpavilion.serpentinegalleries.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Build Your Own Pavilion: Young Architects Challenge</a>, </em>an initiative that "enables young people to upload their own designs&nbsp;for a Pavilion to an online gallery, gain insight and learn about the&nbsp;architectural process from the world&rsquo;s leading architects, download&nbsp;tools for designing and building their own Pavilions."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/re/rea0rye4wu7x6gbo.jpg"></p><p>Besides the website, <em>Build Your Own Pavilion </em>also offers design &amp; engineering workshops for children throughout the UK, organized in partnership with Kidesign. See some images and a video of previous workshops below.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jt/jtfatdtvqo67voul.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j0/j0d6bkyneeme161z.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129874651/new-housing-and-school-developments-stand-out-in-riba-2015-national-award New housing and school developments stand out in RIBA 2015 National Award Justine Testado 2015-06-18T17:33:00-04:00 >2015-06-19T13:04:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yk/yk5h3z8qvtu56luj.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A few weeks after the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/9592/riba" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Royal Institute of British Architects</a> announced the winners of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127595087/get-a-glimpse-of-the-2015-riba-regional-london-awards-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 regional London Award</a>, the competition continues with the announcement of the National Award winners. Thirty-seven projects from throughout the UK including England, Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland made the cut.</p><p>'The RIBA National Awards provide a unique insight into UK construction, investment and design trends,' RIBA President Stephen Hodder said. New housing developments and educational facilities were at the forefront in this year's batch of National awardees, much to RIBA's delight, especially at a time when high-quality housing and school buildings are sorely lacking in the UK. The winners will be celebrated during a special event at the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/14325/serpentine-pavilion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Pavilion</a> in London on July 8.</p><p>Here's a few of the winning projects:</p><p>&darr; Abode, Great Kneighton, Cambridge by Proctor and Matthews Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m7/m73o0zxv9g0kwjal.jpg"></p><p>&darr; Darbishire Place, E1 by Niall McLaughlin Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ie/ie6dqme8hq8p865q.jpg"></p><p>&darr; Alfriston School, Beaconsfield by Duggan Mor...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129738012/the-serpentine-pavilions-from-the-past-where-are-they-now The Serpentine Pavilions from the past: Where are they now? Justine Testado 2015-06-17T08:07:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:20:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cz/cz4edsn4dtq9die3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Over the years, the Serpentine pavilion programme quickly became established as an annual christening of starchitects&rsquo; baubles, and most pavilions have been sold off to private collectors...The people who buy the pavilions do so in enormously good faith. They need to have a lot of land, as well as the ability to pay for dismantling the structure, moving it and resurrecting it, as well as fulfilling all of the statutory requirements of planning permission.</p></em><br /><br /><p>On that note, SelgasCano's polygonic <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123735848/selgascano-unveils-designs-for-the-2015-serpentine-pavilion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Serpentine Pavilion</a> will open to the public later this month.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/14325/serpentine-pavilion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously on Archinect</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129348666/construction-kicks-off-for-steven-holl-designed-maggie-s-centre-barts-in-london Construction kicks off for Steven Holl-designed Maggie's Centre Barts in London Justine Testado 2015-06-11T20:25:00-04:00 >2015-06-12T12:36:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nt/ntuofrl46b0dnhsq.jpg" width="514" height="278" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A groundbreaking ceremony yesterday marked the beginning of construction for the new&nbsp;<a href="https://www.maggiescentres.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Maggie's</a><a href="http://www.maggiescentres.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Centre</a> Barts that's coming to Northeast London next year. The 18 Maggie's Centres across the UK offer free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their loved ones. During the ceremony, a large banner thanking everyone involved in the project was unveiled on site and a time capsule to be opened in 2065 was compiled -- in tradition with every Centre that is built. The capsule consisted of a signed watercolor print from Steven Holl, framed Hong Kong bank notes from British bank institution HSBC, and archive materials from St. Bartholomew&rsquo;s Hospital.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yv/yvcl8hss5gjt120e.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u1/u13ftgqld1xs1u1u.jpg"></p><p>The new Centre will be built on a 725 m2 site within the richly historic grounds of the 12th-century St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London's oldest hospital. With Steven Holl commissioned for architectural design in association with UK firm JM Architects, the Barts Centre will be a more vertical "vessel within a vessel withi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129258639/debated-relocation-of-u-s-embassy-in-london-is-inevitably-painful-for-locals Debated relocation of U.S. Embassy in London is "inevitably painful" for locals Justine Testado 2015-06-10T15:58:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T15:58:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tv/tvx8hk5zl7c1nx8b.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The United States Embassy in Grosvenor Square, a Modernist concrete building in the heart of Mayfair, London&rsquo;s most exclusive neighborhood, has been a potential terrorist target for years, creating anxiety for both employees and neighbors...So a new embassy [by KieranTimberlake] is under construction for a move by 2017, and the residents of Mayfair are relieved. But this being Britain, the new embassy has become the object of debate and, in some quarters, ridicule.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86471663/kierantimberlake-s-u-s-embassy-in-london-celebrates-groundbreaking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KieranTimberlake&rsquo;s U.S. Embassy in London celebrates groundbreaking</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126725644/tristan-da-cunha-riba-accepting-redesign-ideas-for-remote-fishing-farming-community Tristan da Cunha + RIBA accepting redesign ideas for remote fishing/farming community Justine Testado 2015-05-04T19:23:00-04:00 >2015-05-05T17:37:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a1yy7nc2g34q5ex9.jpg" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Tristan da Cunha is an island in the South Atlantic Ocean, located about 1,750 miles southwest of Cape Town. Described as the remotest inhabited island in the world, Tristan da Cunha is internally self-governed and actually consists of four islands: Tristan (the main island), Nightingale and Inaccessible, and Gough Island. A tiny fishing/farming population of less than 300 people known as Edinburgh of the Seven Seas -- or locally as "The Settlement" -- permanently resides on the main island. In time for the island's 200th Anniversary in 2016, the Tristan da Cunha community is ready for a redesign to ensure a more self-sustainable future.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123826644/riba-seeks-architect-to-redesign-remote-island-community-of-300" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Earlier</a> this year, the island's <a href="http://www.tristandc.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Government</a> called upon RIBA to organize an international two-phase ideas competition to seek cost-effective schemes that would improve the quality and energy efficiency of Tristan's houses and government buildings. Additionally, the strongest ideas would enhance the island's agrarian systems to support grazing and grow...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126426103/a-peek-into-the-uk-s-beehive-inspired-pavilion-for-milan-expo-2015 A peek into the UK's beehive-inspired pavilion for Milan Expo 2015 Justine Testado 2015-04-29T18:24:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T20:00:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0o/0oedm7o6do2i7gdv.jpg" width="514" height="612" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the issue of <a href="http://www.qmul.ac.uk/media/news/items/se/147864.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bee population decline</a> continues to gain more public attention, the United Kingdom's Milan Expo 2015 pavilion, "The Hive", pays tribute to the hard-working honeybees and their essential role of pollination in helping produce the food we eat. Once the 1,910 m2 pavilion officially opens this Friday at the Milan Expo, it will serve as a space for a program of UK business, science and cultural events during the Expo's six-month run.</p><p>Designed by Nottingham-based artist Wolfgang Buttress in collaboration with engineer Tristan Simmonds and architectural practice BDP, the Hive's design concept was inspired by the perspective of a honeybee buzzing about its beehive. Fabricated by York-based <a href="http://www.stageone.co.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stage One</a> (who has created installations for Olympic Games Ceremonies and the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion since 2009), the pavilion boasts 169,300 individual aluminum components.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uh/uhv0twjs3ayucc1b.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0h/0hgcb83bwmmz10cr.jpg"></p><p>Assembled into 32 horizontal layers, the pavilion's main body is made up of concentric zig-zag-shaped nodes, whic...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124372902/where-architects-fear-to-tread-britain-bores-again Where Architects Fear to Tread: Britain Bores Again Julia Ingalls 2015-04-03T12:16:00-04:00 >2015-04-03T17:17:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xh/xhgo6oc9ysn78dpc.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Terry, 77, is Prince Charles&rsquo; favourite architect, a purveyor of classical confections from his drawing board in the quaint Essex village of Dedham. Scruton, 71, a philosopher of aesthetics, is a vocal enemy of modern architecture and author of The Classical Vernacular: Architectural Principles in an Age of Nihilism (as well as I Drink Therefore I Am: A Philosopher&rsquo;s Guide to Wine).</p></em><br /><br /><p>Oh, man. Prince Charles: the new urban dictionary entry meaning "zero architectural innovation."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123814576/wilkinson-eyre-renovated-weston-library-at-oxford-now-reopened Wilkinson Eyre-renovated Weston Library at Oxford now reopened Justine Testado 2015-03-26T13:58:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T08:49:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v8/v85aehd21lhlkwmi.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Beginning as the New Bodleian Library, the <a href="http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/weston" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Weston Library</a> at Oxford University was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and constructed in the 1930s. Although construction finished in 1940, wartime purposes delayed the building's official opening in 1946. For the most part, the building remained unaltered other than the addition of the Indian Institute as a south-facing roof extension in 1966-69 by architect Robert Potter and other minor changes in 2010. Then in 2011, London-based <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/11712/wilkinson-eyre-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wilkinson Eyre Architects</a> began renovating the Grade II building, which reopened to the public this past weekend.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1k/1kpjgrtftjgo722q.jpg"></p><p>The &pound;80 million redesign is part of the Bodleian's efforts to better preserve -- and promote -- their vast special collection of books, manuscripts, and other historical objects. In their redesign, Wilkinson Eyre vied to revamp the building's infrastructure while respecting its heritage. As if the collections weren't already enough to gaze in awe at, Wilkinson Eyre also added new reading rooms, r...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119980904/brutal-london-cutout-replicas-commemorate-iconic-brutalist-structures Brutal London cutout replicas commemorate iconic brutalist structures Justine Testado 2015-02-04T19:09:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T21:45:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f1/f1482gu80zyi9a0d.jpg" width="514" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Assembling those paper cutouts from the back of the cereal box is a delightful childhood memory for many. Poznan-based design studio&nbsp;<a href="http://www.zupagrafika.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zupagrafika</a> brings back that pastime with their "Brutal London" paper cutouts that would look good on any shelf or desk. Following the Warsaw-inspired "Eastern Block" collection, Brutal London is Zupagrafika's latest addition to cataloging modernist architecture at risk of extinction -- be it demolition in England or thermomodernization in Poland.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k6/k624pmvf83cpo63u.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r5/r5zvbqzz9oamvm69.jpg"></p><p>The collection features five illustrated mini models of 1960s-1970s brutalist structures in the Camden, Southwark, and Tower Hamlet districts of London: the iconic Balfron Tower and Space House, the demolished <a href="http://www.architecture.com/Explore/Buildings/RobinHoodGardens.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens</a> and <a href="http://www.southwark.gov.uk/news/article/92/260_new_homes_begin_to_appear_as_iconic_estate_is_demolished" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aylesbury Estate</a>, and the prefab Ledbury Estate. Made out of 100% recycled paper and cardboard, the models depict original details from the buildings' facades, down to the graffiti.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ke/ked9568yacohf9vm.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/08/08rtct4axkl3aayu.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1j/1jb78bd2rkd5gw85.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kg/kgjgx6d2vxd44thb.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cz/czyde269htgkyt3x.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mk/mkj13kvdpdytm70z.jpg"></p><p>Young ones could perhaps learn a quick fact or two about brutalist architecture as they cut out and a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117809852/get-lectured-the-bartlett-spring-15 Get Lectured: The Bartlett, Spring '15 Justine Testado 2015-01-07T13:55:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:51:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qs/qs5xhb7kg5vorzoo.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 Winter-Spring 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/336082/get-lectured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a> is back in session! <em>Get Lectured</em> 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 University College London with their International Lecture Series.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>connect@archinect.com</em></a><em>.</em></p><p>Lectures begin at 6:30 pm at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, Rm. G02: 140 Hampstead Road, NW1 2BX, London. Free and open to the public. Some lectures may be ticketed.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>JANUARY</strong></p><p><em>Jan 14</em><br>Arthur Ganson</p><p><em>Jan 21</em><br>Steven Pippin</p><p><em>Jan 28</em><br>Adam Lowe / Factum Arte</p><p><strong>FEBRUARY</strong></p><p><em>Feb 4</em><br>Vo Trong Nghia / Vo Trong Nghia Architects</p><p><em>Feb 11</em><br>Fr&eacute;d&eacute;ric Migayrou / The Bartlett, Pompidou Centre</p><p><em>Feb 18</em><br>Adrian Lahoud / The Bartlett</p><p><em>Feb 24</em><br>Crist...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115189258/selgascano-to-design-2015-serpentine-pavilion SelgasCano to design 2015 Serpentine Pavilion Justine Testado 2014-12-04T13:28:00-05:00 >2014-12-04T21:31:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2g/2gg4ycnija6mmz8x.jpg" width="514" height="614" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>SelgasCano of Madrid will be designing the fifteenth Serpentine Galleries Pavilion in London's Kensington Gardens. For the past 15 years, the Serpentine Galleries has invited architects like Sou Fujimoto, Jean Nouvel, Herzog &amp; de Meuron with Ai Wei Wei, Peter Zumthor, SANAA, Zaha Hadid, and most recently Smiljan Radic to design the temporary outdoor structure, which continues to be an anticipated summer event every year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Like every year, the outdoor structure must be a flexible multi-functional social space with a cafe. SelgasCano have yet to submit their design plans.</p><p>Here's a glimpse into some of their previous works:</p><p>Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre, C&aacute;seres, Spain 2005/2013</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qa/qamnl1g6tbcrwa3d.jpg"></p><p>Factory M&eacute;rida, Badajoz, Spain 2006/2011</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7d/7dq42kk3lejpokfg.jpg"></p><p>El &lsquo;B&rsquo;. Cartagena, Auditorium and Congress Centre, Murcia, Spain 2001/2011</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0u/0ua0owuwds2rmf7q.jpg"></p><p>Office in the Woods, Madrid, Spain 2006/2009</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/94/9470td8afuqkyozn.jpg"></p><p>Read more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/selgascano_to_design_2015_serpentine_pavilion/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115127457/first-images-of-big-s-malaysia-square-in-london-s-battersea-power-station First images of BIG’s Malaysia Square in London’s Battersea Power Station Justine Testado 2014-12-03T19:16:00-05:00 >2014-12-04T12:46:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/he/heqiigadenz4vw81.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The first images of Bjarke Ingels Group's public square [officially titled Malaysia Square] for the &pound;8 billion Battersea Power Station redevelopment in London have been revealed just a few weeks after BIG was appointed as the competition-winning designer. The public square, which will be BIG's first U.K. project, is only a part of the Battersea Power Station's redevelopment plan.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h6/h665xnha5g1h5o7w.jpg"></p><p>Head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/first_images_of_bigs_malaysia_square_in_londons_battersea_power_station/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for more details.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114195997/big-mother-the-tallest-mural-in-the-uk-to-highlight-affordable-housing-issues "Big Mother" the tallest mural in the UK to highlight affordable housing issues Alexander Walter 2014-11-21T15:21:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T22:39:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9b/9b239ea6293d6f1cf166a4b6b58c7ee5.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A newly completed 125 ft high mural painted by Stik on a condemned council owned tower block in Acton, West London is the tallest street artwork in the UK. The artwork depicts a mother and child looking forlornly from their condemned council block at the luxury apartment complexes being built around them. [...] Charles Hocking House was built for low income families in 1967 and is earmarked to be torn down in 2016.</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/113589063/big-appointed-to-design-public-square-for-revamped-battersea-power-station BIG appointed to design public square for revamped Battersea Power Station Justine Testado 2014-11-13T18:20:00-05:00 >2014-11-14T10:16:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uy/uym11pshmzso7gvb.jpg" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>BIG is about to make its debut in the UK. The Architects' Journal reported that the Danish firm was selected in an international competition to design the public square in the &pound;8 billion redevelopment of the historic Battersea Power Station, a decommissioned coal-fired power station in southwest London. A formal announcement is yet to be made.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Situated within the Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly-designed masterplan, BIG's public square is described as becoming the gateway to the revamped power station.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nm/nmxn41wacl7c8doe.jpg"></p><p>BIG, who is working alongside the Malaysian-backed Battersea Power Station Development in overseeing the design of the public square, is set to join the redevelopment project's star-studded list of architects.</p><p>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/big_to_design_public_square_in_battersea_power_station_redevelopment/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Related: <a title="Gehry and Foster selected to design Phase 3 at Battersea Power Station" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84837877/gehry-and-foster-selected-to-design-phase-3-at-battersea-power-station" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry and Foster selected to design Phase 3 at Battersea Power Station</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112517112/choral-fields-1-6-of-mirrorcity-in-london-ponders-the-urban-city-s-rhythmic-flow ‘Choral Fields 1-6’ of MIRRORCITY in London ponders the urban city’s rhythmic flow Justine Testado 2014-10-30T23:18:00-04:00 >2014-11-05T18:47:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m0/m0yxzw07rvbgvyuk.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For as long as digital technology continues to creep into every part of our daily lives, so will the discussion regarding its impact on everyday reality. Over at London's Hayward Gallery, the MIRRORCITY exhibition features the multimedia works of London-based emerging and established artists that address the dilemmas, consequences, and experiences of living in the digital revolution. MIRRORCITY will be at the Hayward Gallery until January 4, 2015.</p></em><br /><br /><p>One of the MIRRORCITY artists is Emma McNally whose Choral Fields (1-6) graphite drawings are featured in the exhibition. If McNally's name sounds familiar, she exhibited her beautiful <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84998562/drawing-space-by-emma-mcnally-to-show-at-abstract-drawing-exhibition-in-london-s-drawing-room" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cosmos-inspired <em>drawing/space</em></a> body of work in the Drawing Room's "Abstract Drawing" last year. Similar to <em>drawing/space</em>, McNally's Choral Fields offers a metaphysical, cartographic perspective to contemporary urbanism.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5n/5nxlkvfbjqrlu989.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rf/rf3zj66eqb41baaa.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1x/1x4iwso10ieallwv.jpg"></p><p>Read more about it on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/choral_fields_1-6_of_mirrorcity_in_london_ponders_the_urban_citys_rhythmic_/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84998562/drawing-space-by-emma-mcnally-to-show-at-abstract-drawing-exhibition-in-london-s-drawing-room" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"drawing/space" by Emma McNally to show at &ldquo;Abstract Drawing&rdquo; exhibition in London&rsquo;s Drawing Room </a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112498635/10x10-london-auction-renders-100-drawn-perspectives-around-the-shard 10x10 London auction renders 100 drawn perspectives around The Shard Justine Testado 2014-10-30T18:14:00-04:00 >2014-11-05T20:36:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/adz6txdwlb9tpl62.jpg" width="514" height="640" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>10x10 Drawing the City London is an annual fundraising event established by British architect <a href="http://www.makowerarchitects.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tim Makower</a> and organized by charity group <a href="http://www.article-25.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Article 25</a> that gets its name from the 100-square grid that captures one particular area in the city of London.</p><p>Each square of the grid is assigned to 100 participants, who are typically some of the U.K.'s most well-known and emerging architects, designers, and artists. Participants will then create and donate an original work of art inspired by the buildings and public spaces within their assigned square. For 2014, The Renzo Piano-designed Shard will be the center of the grid.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t7/t7xx0zjn4447auhp.jpg"></p><p>This year's set of participants include notable names and 10x10 favorites like <a href="http://archinect.com/fosterandpartners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/55220775/rogers-stirk-harbour-partners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ivan Harbour</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/109716704/o-donnell-tuomey-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sheila O'Donnell</a>, C.J. Lim, Piers Gough, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/11712/wilkinson-eyre-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Wilkinson</a>, textile designer Celia Birtwell, artists Norman Ackroyd and Roger FitzGerald, and 10x10 founder Tim Makower himself.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6k/6kjs53cnp3grurtz.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1q/1qax7kptu4hmdwyf.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3g/3gst301ajgou2zqo.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sz/szcx3m1majjxvdf3.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fs/fs3r3agkconbin24.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vk/vktc2l510x6w65e0.jpg"></p><p>Online bidding for the art begins November 4 through November 25, followed by an exclusive evenin...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111795764/get-lectured-the-bartlett-fall-14 Get Lectured: The Bartlett, Fall '14 Justine Testado 2014-10-21T13:32:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T14:26:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hf/hfjqhrgscnfokvni.jpg" width="514" height="599" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/493828/fall-2014-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2014</strong></a></p><p>Say hello to another edition of Archinect's <em>Get Lectured</em>! As a refresher, we'll be featuring a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. 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 featured poster for today comes from The Bartlett School of Architecture at the University College London with their International Lecture Series.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>connect@archinect.com</em></a><em>.</em></p><p>Below are upcoming lectures only. Lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, UCL. Free and open to the public. Some lectures may be ticketed.</p><p><strong>OCTOBER</strong></p><p><em>Oct. 22</em><br>Raj Rewal / Raj Rewal Associates</p><p><em>Oct. 27</em><br>Neil Denari / NMDA</p><p><em>Oct. 29</em><br>Greyshed + Scanlab</p><p><strong>NOVEMBER</strong></p><p><em>Nov. 5</em><br>Emmanuel Petit / The Bartlett</p><p><em>Nov. 12</em><br>Benedetta Tagliabue / EMBT</p><p><em>Nov. 19</em><br>Tatiana Bilbao</p><p><em>Nov. 26</em><br>Lucy Mcrae</p><p><em>Dec. 3</em><br>John ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111506058/the-2014-winners-of-the-manser-medal-and-stephen-lawrence-prize The 2014 winners of the Manser Medal and Stephen Lawrence Prize Justine Testado 2014-10-17T18:43:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T23:28:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5y/5ykllczewr52376x.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Following RIBA's announcement of the 2014 Stirling Prize winner, two more UK-based projects won big in the 2014 Manser Medal and the Stephen Lawrence Prize competitions. The Stormy Castle in Wales by Loyn &amp; Co. Architects received the Manser Medal, which is the UK's highest housing design award. The Stephen Lawrence Prize, which recognizes fresh architectural talent and smaller construction budgets, went to a residential project this year: House No 7 in Scotland by Denizen Works.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a glimpse of the winning projects:</p><p><strong>2014 Manser Medal winner: Stormy Castle in Wales by Loyn &amp; Co. Architects</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/ada734hhi3qb6wd8.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vp/vpfg151uuwtl1kdd.jpg"></p><p><strong>2014 RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize winner: House No 7 in Scotland by Denizen Works</strong>:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/72/72txsb6tbzs2byms.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rx/rxtt8ipm438weirq.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/00/0013ne9rxoiucl6d.jpg"></p><p>Find more photos and project details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/the_2014_winners_of_the_manser_medal_and_stephen_lawrence_prize/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111493176/haworth-tompkins-everyman-theatre-wins-the-riba-stirling-prize-2014 Haworth Tompkins’ Everyman Theatre wins the RIBA Stirling Prize 2014 Justine Testado 2014-10-17T14:30:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T23:25:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fc/fctuoylzlczgve7y.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Haworth Tompkins architects spent nine years transforming the rundown historic Everyman Theatre in Liverpool into the building it is today. Those nine years were well worth it, as Haworth Tompkins just won the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize 2014 for the UK's best new building of the year.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kc/kcnaou4n1d1uon65.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gl/gl47mdsrmw8yf67n.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/16/161lsxtpcftty8dp.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zg/zgpqmbybkvl6zjps.jpg"></p><p>Find more photos and project details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/haworth_tompkins_everyman_theatre_wins_the_riba_stirling_prize_2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104407067/2014-riba-stirling-prize-shortlist-is-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist is revealed</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110410415/a21studio-5468796-cook-robotham-and-others-win-big-at-this-year-s-world-architecture-festival a21studio, 5468796, Cook Robotham and others win big at this year's World Architecture Festival Justine Testado 2014-10-03T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-10-03T14:03:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7p/7p7vc6cnaio6ksc4.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The World Architecture Festival 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands closed on a festive note with the final top-prize winners being announced during a gala dinner and awards ceremony on October 3...The WAF "super jury" awarded the overall winning World Building of the Year award to The Chapel in Vietnam designed by Vietnamese architecture firm a21studio. Three projects in Victoria, Canada, Australia, and China also won major top awards, and two Inaugural Prizes were given.</p></em><br /><br /><p>World Building of the Year: The Chapel, Vietnam, designed by a21studio</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v6/v6hany9y9sm5fend.jpg"></p><p>Future Project of the Year: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Canada, designed by 5468796 Architecture + number TEN architectural group</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u8/u8bwq5j3gtr2hvlh.jpg"></p><p>Landscape Project of the Year: National Arboretum Canberra, Australia, designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1h/1hox5tp2qysohdzp.jpg"></p><p>Small Project of the Year: The Pinch, China, designed by Olivier Ottevaere and John Lin, The University of Hong Kong</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n9/n9n3zquct3tzleno.jpg"></p><p><strong>INAUGURAL PRIZE WINNERS</strong><br>Colour Prize: Departments of Law and Central Administration, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria, designed by Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wi/wi01jp3a7q4iwdq1.jpg"></p><p>Wood Excellence Prize: Alex Monroe Studio, Snowfields, UK, designed by DSDHA</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gx/gxi4dnkgip8ppxos.jpg"></p><p>Learn more about each project on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/a21studios_the_chapel_in_vietnam_wins_the_waf_world_building_of_the_year_20/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109722336/get-lectured-oxford-brookes-university-2014-2015 Get Lectured: Oxford Brookes University, 2014-2015 Justine Testado 2014-09-24T15:30:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T23:28:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a9/a9nkbg0lqsifn05w.jpg" width="514" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/493828/fall-2014-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2014</strong></a></p><p>Say hello to another edition of Archinect's <em>Get Lectured</em>! As a refresher, we'll be featuring a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. 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 poster today features the 2014-15 OxArch Lecture Series, "Beyond Architects, Beyond Architecture" from OxArch (The Oxford Architecture Society). OxArch is the student society of the Oxford Brookes University School of Architecture in Oxford, England.</p><p><em>Beyond Architects, Beyond Architecture</em> investigates the ways architectural thinking operates outside the immediate field of designing and making buildings. The series also highlights ways non-architects approach their design processes.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>connect@archinect.com</em></a><em>.</em></p><p>All lectures are on Tuesday evenings at Oxford Brookes U...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109659675/barcelona-wins-grand-prize-in-bloomberg-philanthropies-mayors-challenge-for-europe Barcelona wins Grand Prize in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge for Europe Justine Testado 2014-09-23T21:32:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T23:55:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h0/h06qi83l4dfs7qjq.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Michael Bloomberg's Bloomberg Philanthropies revealed the winners of its first European edition of the Mayors Challenge. More than 150 top cities from 28 European nations entered the competition, which asked participants to send their most innovative ideas that address Europe's timely pressing issues like unemployment, energy efficiency, obesity, aging, and improving government efficiency.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Barcelona took the Grand Prize for Innovation and &euro;5 million to help implement their proposal,&nbsp;<strong>Collaborative Care Networks for Better Aging,</strong> a digital and community "trust network" for each of its at-risk elderly residents.</p><p>Innovation prizes of &euro;1 million were also given to the following cities:</p><ul><li><strong>Athens, Greece</strong>: Synathina, a Public Platform for Engaged Citizens</li><li><strong>Kirklees, in Yorkshire, United Kingdom</strong>: Kirklees Shares</li><li><strong>Stockholm, Sweden</strong>:<strong> </strong>Biochar - for a Better City Ecosystem</li><li><strong>Warsaw, Poland</strong>: Virtual Warsaw - Urban Information System for the Visually Impaired</li></ul><p>In addition to prize money, each winning city will receive technical assistance, expert coaching, and a trophy specially designed by renowned artist <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/72244607/studio-olafur-eliasson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson</a>.</p><p>Michael Bloomberg congratulated Barcelona via a surprise phone call from Paris in the video below.</p><p>Learn more about the winning ideas on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/barcelona_wins_grand_prize_in_bloomberg_philanthropies_mayors_challenge_for/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108725821/your-friendly-reminder-to-register-for-100-design-2014 Your friendly reminder to register for 100%DESIGN 2014 Sponsor 2014-09-11T17:24:00-04:00 >2014-09-11T17:24:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qz/qzslu2luh5tzuhtr.jpg" width="514" height="210" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.100percentdesign.co.uk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">100%DESIGN</a>:</em></p><p>In case you forgot to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104497122/register-now-for-100-design-2014-this-september" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">register earlier this summer</a>, the <a href="http://www.100percentdesign.co.uk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">100%DESIGN</a> trade event is coming up next week -- so now is the time to do it! As one of the key events at the London Design Festival, 100%DESIGN 2014 will take place at Earls Court Exhibition Centre from September 17-20.</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>Now, for the 20th edition the mood is both celebratory and resolutely fixed on the future; 100% Design will continue its traditional role to support design, both in the UK and beyond as it continues to define London&rsquo;s design agenda."</p><p><strong>For more info and to register, visit <a href="http://100percentdesign.co.uk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">100percentdesign.co.uk</a>.</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108270481/shortlists-for-the-riba-manser-medal-and-the-2014-stephen-lawrence-prize Shortlists for the RIBA Manser Medal and the 2014 Stephen Lawrence Prize Justine Testado 2014-09-05T19:58:00-04:00 >2014-09-10T17:32:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v8/v8uab4xfog4yg8w4.jpg" width="514" height="414" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>RIBA has announced the 2014 shortlists for the Manser Medal - Best New House in the UK and the Stephen Lawrence Prize. Check out these stellar projects below.</p><p><strong>MANSER MEDAL</strong> <strong>- Best New House in the UK</strong></p><p>The Manser Medal was established in 2001 to honor former RIBA President and notable home designer Michael Manser CBE. It recognizes private homes or major extensions that are deemed to be exemplary of innovation, sustainability, and style, and were also completed within the past year by a UK architect.</p><p>Out of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102640741/riba-manser-medal-2014-longlist-for-the-best-new-house-in-the-uk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">23 longlisted projects</a> announced earlier this summer, the jury shortlisted these six houses:</p><p>(pictured above) <strong>Lens House </strong>in north London by Alison Brooks Architects</p><p><strong>The Kench</strong> in Hampshire by MELOY Architects and John Young</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1e/1e7afaj8njcc7uar.jpg"></p><p><strong>Cliff House</strong>, Isle of Skye, Scotland by Dualchas Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pw/pwukc9b0pwagb28x.jpg"></p><p><strong>House No 7,</strong> Isle of Tiree, Scotland by Denizen Works</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/px/pxwdjmjwzpslftps.jpg"></p><p><strong>Luker House</strong> in Barnes, southwest London by Jamie Fobert Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cx/cx5njosull4ku187.jpg"></p><p><strong>Stormy Castle</strong> in Gower, Wales by Loyn &amp; Co Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1y/1ymm6rc4k624ym2f.jpg"></p><p><strong>STEPHEN LAWRENCE PRIZE</strong></p><p>The Stephen Law...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107635330/the-british-countryside-family-who-are-designing-entire-cities-in-iraq The British countryside family who are designing entire cities in Iraq Alexander Walter 2014-08-28T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:13:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c3/c3185589171dfa72c8e7c90ece3a5111.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The cities we&rsquo;re working on were neglected by Saddam Hussein, so they have little basic infrastructure,&rdquo; says Elliot Hartley, 36, a director of Garsdale Design. But why can&rsquo;t Iraqis redesign their own cities? &ldquo;There has been a massive brain drain of professionals from Iraq over the years, and a lack of investment in local government planning departments, which means that the skills aren&rsquo;t there &ndash; yet,&rdquo; [...]. More improbably yet, only one member of the family firm [...] has set foot in Iraq.</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/107403597/the-cheesegrater-a-tower-of-no-small-ambition The Cheesegrater – a tower of no small ambition Alexander Walter 2014-08-25T13:40:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:13:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/85/85c3d8e5c0249c01f70a8450eaaff189.jpg" width="460" height="652" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Someone has told the bouncers to be nice. It is now standard for architectural anoraks like myself to find ourselves challenged by smile-less security as we go about our blameless business &ndash; no loitering, no photography, no looking, as if al-Qaida scouts would do their dastardly work in this way or as if, years after the invention of the camera phone, photography can be controlled as it could in the age of the tripod. But not at the base of the Cheesegrater.</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/106941067/self-driving-trucks-may-hit-uk-roads-next-year-truckers-included 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b9fdb5c03ccbafe3eb6d58a843f8439e.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105786212/20th-century-architecture-is-it-the-end-of-our-concrete-jungles 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5f60caf5f1f309b57f7992b13636cc44.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>