Explore diverse processes of community development at the Arts University Bournemouth
This post is brought to you by Arts University Bournemouth. The MArch at AUB explores the possibilities of new architectural practices that make, innovate and collaborate, exploring diverse processes of community development and transformation.Book onto our Postgraduate Open Day on 15th March... View full entry
Brexit-lash: RIBA announces 60% of U.K. architects have seen projects delayed/cancelled
The effects of last summer's Brexit are starting to be measured within the architectural community, and they're dramatic: according to a press release issued by RIBA, in a survey of its members 40% of U.K.-based non British EU nationals are thinking about leaving the country, while 60% of RIBA's... View full entry
Society of Architectural Historians to Host 70th Annual International Conference in Glasgow
It’s a privilege to be welcoming some 600 international professionals from the Society of Architectural Historians to Glasgow this summer. It’s also a milestone meeting as it marks the first time the SAH has held its annual congress outside North America in more than 40 years and it comes during our national Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology—so it’s altogether fitting that it has chosen Glasgow for its first-ever visit to Scotland.
— Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions at Glasgow City Marketing Bureau
The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) will hold its 70th Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, from June 7–11, 2017, marking the first time SAH has met outside North America since 1973. An estimated 600 historians, architects, preservationists, and museum professionals... View full entry
Brexit means Brexit: architects Rob Hyde, Katy Marks and Mark Middleton on how Brexit could change UK-architecture (and how architects could change Brexit), on Archinect Sessions #74
We're now about a month past the UK's historic 'Brexit' vote to leave the European Union, and, well, lots has happened. David Cameron stepped down as Prime Minister, and was replaced two weeks ago by fellow Conservative, Theresa May. The economy has drastically slowed down as the value of the... View full entry
Property funds suspend trading in biggest seize-up since financial crisis
Property funds worth £18 billion have stopped trading after Brexit sent a chill through the commercial property market. [...]
The fear was that too many property investors would try to take their money out at once, forcing fund managers to sell properties at a loss. [...]
The Bank of England has warned that the share prices of UK real estate investment trusts have fallen sharply following the referendum.
Read more about the effects of Brexit on archinect:Creative Currency, post-BrexitPost-Brexit pessimism causes precautionary job lossesAfter Brexit, “the priority for the government at this time will not be big sexy projects”Architects react to shocking EU referendum result View full entry
After Brexit, “the priority for the government at this time will not be big sexy projects”
Post-Brexit, the British government has turned into a real hot mess. The pound dropped to its lowest value against the dollar in 30 years ($1.31), and after Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation, Parliament is in turmoil and has yet to name a reliably likely successor. All this... View full entry
A Bit of Nervousness: Brexit's effect on architecture ft. special guest Rob Hyde from Manchester School of Architecture on Archinect Sessions #70
Last Thursday, Great Britain voted to leave the European Union, with a margin of 52% to 48%. The result was a huge surprise—especially for those in creative industries like architecture, many of whom publicly supported the Remain campaign. While no official exit strategy is yet in place, within... View full entry
Brexit will put even more strain on towns already pressed for housing
The areas most likely to benefit from EU structural funding voted predominantly to leave [...]
With 12% of those working in construction migrants from the EU and with the construction industry already struggling to keep up with demand, any drop in skilled migrants will hit Britain’s ability to build. [...]
Analysts are already predicting a drop in supply of new homes, due to market volatility, predicted slowdown on skilled migration flows and share price drops for developers.
Related on Archinect:RIBA release a statement following EU referendum resultArchitects react to shocking EU referendum resultTell us what does the EU referendum means to youSay no to a "Brexit," says David Chipperfield View full entry
To live in London you can't be a Londoner
Almost two-thirds of homes in the Tower, a 50-storey apartment complex in London, are in foreign ownership, with a quarter held through secretive offshore companies based in tax havens, a Guardian investigation has revealed.
The first residents of the landmark development arrived in October 2013, but many of the homes are barely occupied, with some residents saying they only use them for a fraction of the year.
— The Guardian
The kind of wealth that turns a home into a status symbol—and an underused status symbol at that, with occupancy rates of only a few weeks a year—is not easing London's housing crisis. As the city's housing rates push actual citizens to decamp to cheaper suburbs or simply leave the area... View full entry
Serpentine Galleries appoints Yana Peel as new CEO
Hong Kong-based philanthropist and entrepreneur Yana Peel has been appointed chief executive of the Serpentine Galleries in London. The [Serpentine's] trustees took the unusual decision to choose a fellow trustee to fill the new post. Julia Peyton-Jones, who put the institution on the international map, is stepping down as co-director this month after 25 years at the helm.
Peel will work in partnership with Hans Ulrich Obrist...[who] takes on the new role of artistic director.
— The Art Newspaper
More on Archinect:After 25 years, Serpentine co-director Julia Peyton-Jones is leavingThe Serpentine Pavilions from the past: Where are they now?BIG to design 2016 Serpentine Pavilion, alongside smaller "Summer Houses" by Kunlé Adeyemi, Barkow Leibinger, Yona Friedman and Asif Kahn View full entry
Another Grade II listed building loses its protected status in north east England
A “strikingly elegant” office building in the north east of England is set to be demolished after losing its protected status just a year on from being listed. It will be the latest in a series of important modernist buildings in the area to be flattened in recent years.
Utopian dreams; London's first Design Biennale reveals its opening theme
London’s inaugural Design Biennale is set to open at Somerset House this September, based around the idea of Utopia to coincide with the venue’s year-long events programme.
The biennale is headed up by London Design Festival director Ben Evans, biennale director Christopher Turner, former editor of Icon, and London Design Festival co-founder Sir John Sorrell. More than 30 countries are taking part in the event.
Representing the UK will be the design duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby best known for designing the London 2012 Olympic Games Torch and their work with Vitra. Their installation will be curated by London's Victoria and Albert Museum. View full entry
Bridging the gap; Tintagel Castle design contest winning design revealed
The daring concept proposes one cantilever on the Cornish mainland and another on the island fortress, where, legend has it, King Arthur was conceived. The two structures stretch out to each other across the void but do not quite meet.
The victorious design was conceived by the Belgian company Ney & Partners Civil Engineers in partnership with British architects William Matthews Associates. View full entry
Sex Pistols graffiti secures famous Tin Pan Alley building Grade 2* listed status
The cartoon drawings and graffiti scrawled all over the 1970s hangout of the Sex Pistols - a former silversmith’s workshop attached to a townhouse in London’s Denmark Street – have helped the building be awarded Grade 2* Listed Status.
The decision by the Department of Culture, Media & Sport, on advice from Historic England, is a major victory in the campaign to maintain Denmark Street, known as “Tin Pan Alley”, which is widely seen as a spiritual home for British popular music.
Could a pop-up village in south-east London be the answer to the city's housing crisis?
Rapidly rising property prices and rents, combined with the loss of social housing through right to buy, have put councils under growing pressure to find new ways to help people off their housing lists.
In Lewisham one solution is a £4.3m scheme to provide 24 homes and 880 sq m of business space that can be picked up and moved at a later date, allowing the council to make use of vacant brownfield land while longer-term projects are finalised.