BDP wins Northern Estate Programme - the development of a number of historic buildings for the House of Commons
The Northern Estate consists of a series of Grade I and II listed buildings, which provide office space for the House of Commons. Many buildings on the estate have not been refurbished in over 40 years however they are now non-compliant with a multitude of regulatory and statutory building... View full entry
Take a look inside London's new Design Museum
How do you create a new home to house iconic and innovative design? With eyes on the final outcome, and with everyone waiting to see the unveiling of one of the most anticipated buildings this decade, we think that John Pawson, OMA, Arup, and Allies & Morrison have risen to the challenge of... View full entry
With New York's Waterline Square, three architects are better than one
Three leading starchitecture firms – Rafael Viñoly Architects, Richard Meier & Partners Architects and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates – have joined forces to collaborate on Waterline Square, a new residential development occupying five acres of land on one of the Upper West Side's last remaining waterfront development sites along the Hudson River.
Frank Gehry and Maya Lin to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom
Some good news from the White House: iconic designers Maya Lin and Frank Gehry will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama in a ceremony on November 22nd. While both designers have already made tremendous contributions to the global aesthetic landscape, they're not done... View full entry
Listen to 'Next Up: The LA River' Mini-Session #1 with KCRW's 'Design and Architecture' host Frances Anderton and LA Times architecture critic, Christopher Hawthorne
When Frank Gehry's office was first attached to the L.A. River's master plan and redevelopment, the river began attracting fresh attention over a project that had already been evolving for decades. This October, in an attempt to do justice to the river's complexity and history (and the... View full entry
Tadao Ando's Landmark Manchester Piccadilly Gardens wall to be destroyed
Pictures of a planned £10m revamp of a Manchester landmark described as a "concrete monstrosity" have been revealed.
Manchester City Council said it had taken public opinion into account to remove the current wall and pavilion in Piccadilly Gardens.
It said it will improve the quality and safety of the area.
The plans, to be funded by leaseholders Legal & General, will go before the executive committee on 16 November.
Read more UK related stories here:Zaha Hadid Architects to design new stadium for the Forest Green RoversConstruction of the 'Pinnacle' to continue despite referendum resultZaha Hadid Architects just opened a new office in DubaiBritish transport minister decries "cult of ugliness" in brutalism... View full entry
Diana Balmori, revered landscape architect, has died at age 84
Landscape architect and innovative urbanist Diana Balmori has died at age 84, as announced by her firm's website. The Spanish-born Balmori, who founded her own firm in New York City at age 58, was known for her site-defining and inventive landscape architecture works, including the Abandoibarra... View full entry
Cockpit Arts building in Camden may be redeveloped as part of proposed overhaul of Holborn Library
As gentrification continues to sweep London, another of the city’s artist studio spaces is facing redevelopment. There are plans to demolish the Cockpit Arts building in Camden, north London, although the local council intends to relocate all artists and designers to a new building on the same site. “Camden is anxious not to lose them as they are big local employers,” says Michael Pountney, the vice-chairman of the Holborn Library Users Group.
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Virtual reality transforms actual construction (and its ability to execute complexity)
Speed, accuracy, and complexity don't have to be mutually exclusive in construction. At least, that's the theory behind augmented reality technologies that offer 3D glimpses of real-time construction sites, animated plans and even wall finishes (imagine holding up your phone In your abode and... View full entry
Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Biophilia" Pinterest Board
In case you haven't checked out Archinect's Pinterest boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect Firm and People profiles.(Tip: use the handy FOLLOW feature to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect... View full entry
Construction of the 'Pinnacle' to continue despite referendum result
Now known as 22 Bishopsgate – its address near Liverpool Street station – the building will be the tallest in London’s financial district and is being developed by AXA Investment Managers Real Assets. The building will be 278 metres tall, 10 metres lower than the original design that was first outlined almost 10 years ago.
Construction came to a halt five years ago...but AXA IM said it had continued with the foundations and expected to complete the building in 2019.
— The Guardian
Read more UK news stories here:Third runway at Heathrow gets the go-aheadBritish construction criticised for lack of innovation by government reportIf London Garden Bridge is cancelled, NAO report says taxpayers could lose £20mApple plan to open a huge campus in London’s Battersea Power Station View full entry
Third runway at Heathrow gets the go-ahead
Ministers approved the long-awaited decision at a cabinet committee meeting on Tuesday.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling called the decision "truly momentous" and said expansion would improve the UK's connections with the rest of the world and support trade and jobs.
Although Heathrow has always been the favourite among businesses, it has attracted the most opposition from MPs with constituencies near the airport or under flight paths.
The expansion which had been publicly opposed by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Tory MP for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith and Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson has been widely debated for years.Funded with private sector cash the new runway will cost £17.6 billion but provide 260,000 more flights... View full entry
Landscape architecture firms report decline in billable hours and new gigs
The latest survey from ASLA, the American Society of Landscape Architects, reveals that the 188 landscape architecture firms that responded to the survey are planning to hire fewer people and seem to have fewer stable billable hours than they did the previous quarter. Only 78.38 percent of... View full entry
British construction criticised for lack of innovation by government report
The review highlights the sector’s dysfunctional training model, its lack of innovation and collaboration, and its non-existent research and development culture.
Low productivity continues to hamper the sector, while recent high levels of cost inflation, driven by a shortage of workers, has stalled numerous housing schemes as they have become too expensive to build.
Read more UK industry news here: Mayor of London launches probe into the impact of foreign investment in city's real estateEngineering giant Arup announces imminent layoffs following Brexit voteThe former-football stars tackling England's affordable housing shortage View full entry
Archinect presents Next Up: The L.A. River, at the A+D Museum on Saturday, October 29!
For the latest installment of Archinect's live podcasting series, Next Up, we're focusing on the L.A. River, and the wide swath of urbanist concerns within its ongoing master planning efforts.It could be the project that makes, or breaks, Los Angeles. With a complex historical legacy and an... View full entry