Fearing a drop in skilled workers, Brexit Britain looks to prefab housing
The prospect of Brexit choking off the supply of EU workers is reshaping Britain's homebuilding industry, with big companies increasingly looking to factory-manufacture houses in sections that can be slotted together on-site with minimal labour.
Many of Britain's leading housebuilders, including Berkeley, Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon and Your Housing, told Reuters they were either planning new developments of prefabricated homes or considering doing so.
"You can almost feel the fear among the contractors and housebuilders where they've been surviving on labor from outside the country," says Mark Stevenson, a managing director of construction supplier Kingspan. "We're being pulled in a direction that customers want us to go in, from more work... View full entry
Editor's Picks #428
Nicholas Korody interviewed Smiljan Radić. They discussed Architecture at the limits of instability. Therein Radić explains "In Chile, it’s better to do it really brut rather than try to do it perfectly...And here to do something brut it's cheap, but in Europe it's really... View full entry
Stephanie Clark’s embroidered architecture
Stephanie K Clark builds homes from swatches of cloth and spools of thread, embroidering tiny dwellings which appear to absorb the sun and moonlight from her small-scale scenes. The structures and their surrounding landscaping appear in vibrant colors while supporting and environment-specific trees, cacti, flamingos, and dogs lay nearby in faint black outlines.
Artist Charles Young crafts mini paper metropolis on the daily
No, these aren't props from an upcoming Wes Anderson film. These mini paper structures are all part of Paperholm, a daily project by Scottish artist Charles Young. Constructed by hand with only watercolor paper, PVA glue, the occasional dressmaking pin, along with an eye for detail... View full entry
Vinn Patararin challenges the possibilities of textile architecture
Vinn Patararin combines the craftsmanship, experience, and interests of multi-disciplinary designers Vinn Chokkhatiwat and Patararin Pongprast. Training separately at prestigious architecture and design schools in Thailand and France followed by working with different Parisian haute couturiers... View full entry
Winners of the Beaux Arts Ball 2014: Craft ticket giveaway
We're excited to announce the two lucky winners who will get to attend the Architectural League of New York's Beaux Arts Ball 2014: Craft, happening at the historic Weylin B. Seymour's in Brooklyn, NY this Saturday!The winners are:Brian P., NYCGeorge D., NYCCongrats to you both! Hope you (and your... View full entry
Win tickets to ArchLeague's Beaux Arts Ball 2014: Craft in New York on September 20
The Architectural League of New York's Beaux Arts Ball 2014: Craft on September 20 is coming up! Tickets to the festive event are currently on sale, but guess what: Archinect is giving away two pairs of tickets to two lucky readers! (two tickets for each winner)TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY: In the... View full entry
The Arch League announces 2014 Beaux Arts Ball: Craft, co-chaired by Tod Williams & Billie Tsien
The time has come for The Architectural League of New York's annual Beaux Arts Ball, taking place at Weylin B. Seymour's in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Saturday, September 20. The 2014 theme, "Craft", celebrates the value of artisanship in architecture and multi-disciplinary collaboration in... View full entry
Timea Tihanyi's Constructs - Not Printed, Made
...the little structures will remind you of every last thing: foreclosed houses...the Olympic stadium in Beijing...the Colosseum, the crumbling ruins next door to the Colosseum. Each building maps a path through Tihanyi's mind, and yours. You visit every teeny room...climb every ladder...Then you return to your big self, looking down on layers of sheen and pale color emanating from the surfaces, as if layers of translucent skin have been laid on top of flesh. How could you not love these?
— Jen Graves writing for The Stranger
Art critic Jen Graves (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize ultimately won by Inga Saffron) reviews the tiny building-like constructions made by artist Timea Tihanyis. But while architecture aficionados will find these little structures initially reminiscent of 3D printed models, their laborious... View full entry
She came to find her memory
"In offering an alternative view, Wang disputes that the power and prevalence of huge new building projects are the only or inevitable architectural products his country has to offer"
Last year Rowan Moore had a chance to speak with Wang Shu (winner of the 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize) when he was in London for the Sustaining Identity conference at the Victoria & Albert Museum. The conference sought to bring together acclaimed international architects whose work... View full entry