Archinect - News 2017-09-20T19:26:26-04:00 UK's Government spends big on subsidized housing rather than building affordable housing Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-19T04:06:00-04:00 >2017-09-18T14:47:58-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Government is spending four times as much &ndash; some &pound;32bn&mdash;subsidizing private housing as it is building affordable homes for low income families, a report has revealed. The study showed 79 per cent of the total housing budget is currently spent on higher-cost homes for sale, including through the controversial Help to Buy scheme, but just 21 per cent, around &pound;8bn, goes to affordable homes for rent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Carried out the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), the annual review shows a significant shift away from programs that build new affordable housing in favor of subsidization. The amount of government funding granted to the Affordable Homes Program has fallen to just &pound;285 million, down from&nbsp;&pound;2.5 billion in 2010-2011. In total, public funding to help housing associations build new homes has dropped from&nbsp;&pound;3.5 billion in 2010-2011 to&nbsp;&pound;1.3.</p> <p>In contrast, public money going towards subsidized housing has increased substantially. Government money is being diverted to help middle- and high-income households get on the property ladder through programs like the controversial Help to Buy Scheme&mdash;established by Conservative politician, George Osborne, in 2013&mdash;which guarantees for mortgages worth up to 95 percent of the value of a property. Despite being billed as a way of helping "Generation Rent" become home owners, the scheme has been criticized as useless due to the fact that&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first-time buy...</a></p> Design Pieces of Portuguese Ceramics and Architecture highlighted at 100% Design Sponsor 2017-09-18T00:01:00-04:00 >2017-09-19T20:30:56-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure><p><strong><em>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ceramics, Portugal Does It Better</a></em></strong><br></p> <p>Design, Innovation and Quality - primal attributes that are the baseline of the international success of Portuguese ceramics. It is from the symbiosis between the art, know-how and innovation, that the history of the Portuguese Ceramic Industry of tomorrow can be written. Ceramics, Portugal Does It Better is an aggregating and unifying concept of an Industry with its own characteristics, nature and identity that will be showcased at 100% Design, London.</p> <p>APICER&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ceramics, Portugal Does It Better</a> campaign is ready for the first 2017 official participation in UK's largest trade event for architects and designers, that takes place in London, between 20 &ndash; 23 September. This will be a unique opportunity to show at 100% Design the singularity, quality, innovation and heritage of the Portuguese Ceramic Industry with a &hellip;. Twist!</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Porto Cruise Terminal by Lu&iacute;s Pedro Silva. Credit: TCrL: FG + SG</figcaption></figure><p>Architecture and Design will be the...</p> Star designer Michael Young to open 100% Design 2017 in broad talks programme alongside Lee Broom, Ross Lovegrove and Naomi Cleaver Sponsor 2017-09-16T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-09-15T20:44:22-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p><em><strong></strong></em><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">100% Design</a>.</strong></em></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">100% Design,</a> the UK&rsquo;s largest design trade show, today announces its talks programme, bringing design heavyweights and expert industry insight to Olympia London. The show will be opened by leading designer Michael Young, who appears in conversation with newly appointed 100% Design Content Editor design journalist Max Fraser. Young will also present his new Roxanne seats for the iconic Italian furniture brand Gufram , which have been inspired by&nbsp;<em>The Police&rsquo;s&nbsp;</em>song of the same name and influenced by Seventies disco d&eacute;cor.</p> <p>Each day thought leaders from across the design industry will deliver agenda setting keynotes, with prolific British product designer Lee Broom (Thursday 21 September), artist and industrial designer Ross Lovegrove (Friday 22 September) and interior designer Naomi Cleaver (Saturday 23 September) all featuring. Alongside these individual talks, which take place in conversation with Max Fraser at 11am each day, are panel discu...</p> From Chicago to Pittsburgh in 47 minutes: Hyperloop One Global Challenge announces 10 winning teams & routes in North America, Europe, South Asia Alexander Walter 2017-09-15T15:21:00-04:00 >2017-09-15T15:31:35-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Hyperloop One just announced the winners of its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">global challenge</a>, unveiling ten teams from five countries with their proposals of the strongest routes for future <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop</a> connections. As a next step, the company plans to work with the teams and expert business and engineering partners to determine technical feasibility and commercial viability.</p> <p>Architecture &amp; engineering giant <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM</a> was announced in a supporting function in a newly formed public-private partnership between Hyperloop One and the Colorado Department of Transportation to launch a feasibility study in Colorado examining transportation demand, economic benefits, proposed routes, regulatory environments as well as alignment with overall CDOT high-speed travel, rail and freight plans.</p> <p>The ten winning route proposals (listed below) connect 53 urban centers and impact nearly 150 million people in Canada, India, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States, the company says.<br></p> <p><strong>United States: Chicago-&shy;Columbus-&shy;Pittsburgh</strong><br>4...</p> Rowan Moore on revamping contemporary competition culture​ Justine Testado 2017-09-15T15:10:00-04:00 >2017-09-15T15:10:13-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>There are still plenty of competitions &ndash; under European Union law, some sort of competitive process is required for public buildings. A lot of the time they work well. [...] But the chances have shrunk of a Mackintosh, a Pompidou or a Golden Lane emerging, or of changing the direction of architecture. Competitions have become managerialised, encased in regulation, procedure and risk-avoidance, and varnished in PR.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rowan Moore of The Guardian gives his two cents on the &ldquo;climate of caution&rdquo;&nbsp;that has taken over architectural competition culture in Europe, where judging panels are more inclined to pick celebrity figures over emerging practices.</p> Oliver Wainwright on the state of Britain's student housing: "shamefully shoddy" Alexander Walter 2017-09-13T14:41:00-04:00 >2017-09-13T14:42:36-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Free to ignore building standards for dwellings, student housing isn&rsquo;t just ruining British cities &ndash; it&rsquo;s damaging student life. As universities start back, we reveal how developers get away with it [...] Hardly a year goes by without a slab of PBSA featuring on the Carbuncle Cup shortlist for the ugliest UK building. This year it was the turn of a dismal block in Portsmouth, designed by Cooley Architects for Unite, the biggest student housing provider in the country.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Besides aesthetics, Wainwright also points out issues of affordability, government regulation, and basic building safety: the Portsmouth housing block, as well as other new Unite student accommodations, failed fire safety tests of their cladding systems in July, conducted after the tragic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grenfell Tower fire</a>.<br></p> designjunction Talks Programme Announced Sponsor 2017-09-07T03:00:00-04:00 >2017-09-04T05:40:19-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></figure><p><em><strong>This post is brought to you by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designjunction</a>.</strong></em></p> <p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Join us</a></strong>&nbsp;over two days this September for the most important conversations about cutting-edge design.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Fourteen sessions</strong></a>&nbsp;will delve into a variety of engaging topics that affect and inform the design industry. Anchored around the show&rsquo;s theme&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>#wheredesignmeets</strong></a>, designjunction&rsquo;s 2017&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>t</strong></a><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">alks programme</a></strong>&nbsp;is designed to inspire, engage and provoke.&nbsp;</p> <p>Our stellar line-up of speakers includes: Sir Kenneth Grange; Tina Norden, Conran; Julio Terra, Kickstarter; Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead, 2LG Studio; Dejan Sudjic, Design Museum; Jeremiah Tesolin, Iittala; Tom Lloyd, PearsonLloyd and&nbsp;<strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">many more</a></strong>.&nbsp;</p> <p>For full details and to book tickets&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>click</strong>&nbsp;</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p><strong>21-22 September<br></strong><strong>Ticket price: &pound;6</strong> Address:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The Office Group</strong></a>, Stanley Building, 1 Pancras Road, King&rsquo;s Cross, N1C 4AG<strong><br></strong></p> <p><em>Follow designjunction on&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Twitter</strong></a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Instagram</strong></a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.</strong>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>#wheredesignmeets</strong></a></em></p> White Collar Factory; AHMM’s Office of the Future Abigail Banfield 2017-09-06T06:30:00-04:00 >2017-09-06T11:02:49-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Overlooking Silicon Roundabout in London's tech city is the newest and most progressive project of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AHMM</a>. Over the past 20 years, they have worked with developer giant, Derwent, in researching the ideal office environment, and White Collar Factory is the result of 8 years of this partnership. Not only did the team build on their experience and research over the past decades, but they went as far as to set up a 325sqm &lsquo;slice&rsquo; of the White Collar Factory on site in 2013 in order to test their model for a year. The results of which informed the final designs of the main building, and encouraged buy-in from this early stage. &nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Tim Soar</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Jasper Fry</figcaption></figure><p>The White Collar Factory complex comprises of six buildings, making over 27,000 sqm set around a new area of public realm. This development will be home to offices, workshops, apartments, and restaurants, to list just a few. The configuration of these volumes (a 22,900sqm new tower, and five 4-5 storey buildings) allows a public ...</p> Brutalist block repurposed for 21st century Royal Docks workspaces Abigail Banfield 2017-09-01T01:29:00-04:00 >2017-08-31T20:29:44-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>A former beer factory in the Royal Docks is set to become London&rsquo;s newest creative workspace hub, which will open later this year. The Silver Building, from SODA and Nick Hartwright, will be one of the first elements of the Royal Docks&rsquo; regeneration, which will continue throughout the next 15 years.</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism</a>&nbsp;is quickly becoming one of London's most celebrated styles, with the love for these post-war concrete structures growing over recent years. This project will build on the city&rsquo;s hunger for not only iconic modernist buildings, but for creative spaces. </p><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo Credit: Agnese Sanvito, Luke O&rsquo;Donovan</figcaption></figure><p>The project bears the hallmarks of most regeneration hubs in London, providing cafes, galleries, function rooms, breakout spaces, studios, and workshops. The importance of these community-friendly creative hubs within London cannot be ignored; this project is a great solution to the scarcity of available workspaces for start-ups and small businesses in the city. With 50,000 square-foot...</p> Cavalry 360° imitates forgotten sounds amidst quintessential English landscape Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-26T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-26T21:16:03-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Last month, Cavalry 360&deg;, a vast site-specific musical instrument designed by NEON opened&nbsp;on the banks of the North Tyne, UK. The structure uses&nbsp;the force of 32 wind turbines to create an ever-changing sound of the cavalry moving across the landscape&mdash;horse&rsquo;s hooves hitting the ground. <br></p> <p>Arranged in a circular form to allow people to step into the work, Cavalry 360&deg;&nbsp;measures 3.5 meters high and 12 meters across. In the setting of a quintessential English landscape, the work seeks to connect the visitor to the place's long history, manifested in the preserved walls of the Roman cavalry fort.&nbsp;The constantly altering in direction and rhythm&nbsp;sound is created by beaters, the number of which represents the 500 horse that used to inhabit the site.</p> <figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a><figcaption>Photography: Lightly Frozen / English Heritage / Anthony Chappel-Ross<em>.</em></figcaption></figure></figure><p>Kevin Booth, Senior Curator at English Heritage, noted, "It is designed to connect the viewer with the environment, to invite people to look through the work at the landscape bey...</p> Another, now Versace-branded, luxury apartment tower to be built in London Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-25T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-24T20:35:49-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>A property firm run by a business partner of US President Donald Trump has awarded a &pound;250 million ($320 million) contract to developers for the construction of a "Versace-branded" skyscraper in London. Nine Elms Property awarded the contract to developers Multiplex for the construction of AYKON London One, a fifty-story tower to be built in central London at Nine Elms on the South Bank.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The world's first Versace-branded tower", AYKON London One, valued at &pound;590 million, will consist of fifty floors and 450 apartments from one to three bedrooms, interiors of which will be designed in partnership with luxury fashion house Versace and feature panoramic-view "winter gardens". In addition to residential units, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KPF</a>-designed building will contain 10,000 square feet of "communal gardens", four floors devoted to office space, and a sky bridge between the two towers. Although the building is scheduled to be completed by 2022, forty-five percent of the apartments are said to be already pre-sold.</p> <p>The multi-billion pound "regeneration" scheme of the River Thames bank, of which the AYKON London tower is a part of, also involves the construction of luxury apartments in Battersea Power Station and a new US embassy. As noted by <em>Business Insider</em>, Dubai-based Hussain Sajwani, who owns DAMAC International, the main developer in charge, is a close&nbsp;associate of Donald Trump.</p> Sadiq Khan to invest £25m to bring 1,000 'Pocket Homes' to London Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-24T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-23T20:42:02-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The Mayor of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sadiq Khan</a>, has announced that the city will be investing&nbsp;&pound;25 million&nbsp;into constructing over 1,000 affordable <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">prefab</a> apartments. Funding from the city will go into purchasing small brownfield sites that will then be built on by Pocket Living, a developer specializing in 400-square-foot modular apartments. The apartments will go to first-time home buyers, already living in the relevant borough, and will be sold roughly 20% below market rate. The initiative also ensures that the Pocket homes remain affordable for the lifetime of the building. The new homes are expected for completion by 2021.</p> <p>Upon making the announcement, the Mayor acknowledged his commitment to helping solve <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's housing crisis</a>: "The housing crisis is the biggest challenge facing Londoners today and I have been honest from the start that we won&rsquo;t be able to turn things round overnight. For decades, we have simply not built enough new and affordable homes in the capital, meaning that for too m...</p> Herzog & de Meuron received reduced fee for Tate Modern extension Alexander Walter 2017-08-15T14:37:00-04:00 >2017-08-15T14:41:38-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Herzog &amp; de Meuron, the Swiss architecture firm behind the ambitious Tate Modern extension, took a reduced fee for work on the building project after costs went &pound;45m over budget.&nbsp; According to documents obtained by the Architect&rsquo;s Journal under the Freedom of Information act, Herzog &amp; de Meuron was asked not to take its full fee for extra work on the 10-storey building, which went from costing &pound;215m in 2012 to &pound;260m in 2015.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The Art Newspaper</em> cites the minutes from a 2015 Tate board of trustees meeting: "Conversation at a senior level indicates that [Herzog &amp; de Meuron] will look sympathetically on this position, but that costs have already been incurred to a certain level, which will require some recompense, allowed for in the figures budgeted."&nbsp;</p> <p>As published minutes reveal, some of the construction firms were also being named for unsatisfactory performance, notably window &amp; facade contractors Seele and Loveld.</p> Controversial plan for garden bridge in London is finally scrapped Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-14T13:58:00-04:00 >2017-08-14T14:32:48-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Lord Davies, the chair of the trust, wrote to Khan outlining the reasons why the trust had taken the decision. He said it was &ldquo;with great regret that trustees have concluded that without mayoral support, the project cannot be delivered&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in April,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> mayor <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sadiq Khan</a> announced that he would not spend any more taxpayer money on the controversial <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">garden bridge</a> plan. The project, propelled by Khan's predecessor, Boris Johnson, has been criticized for its inability to raise the private funds promised and its subsequent mishandling of public money. Upon taking office, Khan ordered an investigation into whether the bridge represented value for public money and ultimately, the city decided to remove financial backing. Without help from the city, the Garden Bridge Trust has struggled to come up with the remaining funds necessary to complete the project and the bridge has been officially scrapped by the organization.&nbsp;</p> IKEA starts selling home battery storage with its solar panels Alexander Walter 2017-08-03T14:18:00-04:00 >2017-08-03T14:19:39-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Ikea is now offering solar panels and home batteries to its customers in the UK. The Scandinavian furniture chain is partnering with solar firm Solarcentury for the venture, with prices for solar battery storage starting at &pound;3,000 (about $3,970 USD). The home batteries are designed to work with existing solar panels, or as part of a new combined home solar panel / battery storage system that Ikea is selling.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Swedish furniture retail giant first starting solar panels in the UK <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">back in 2013</a> to grow on a (then) heavily subsidized green energy market but ceased sales in 2015 when the British government announced its plans of cutting solar subsidies by up to 90%. Just a few months later, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IKEA</a> returned with a new lineup of home solar panels, this time partnering up with the firm SolarCentury.</p> <p>"An average solar home in the UK will typically consume around 40% of all the solar electricity generated, or even less if they are regularly out during the day," IKEA explains in a new statement. "The remaining 60% of unused solar electricity is sent back to the National Grid, at a loss compared to its value. This means that homeowners currently lose out on making further cost savings. By adding Solar Battery Storage, unused solar electricity can be stored and used at a later time, meaning the amount of solar electricity an average home can use doubles to 80%."</p> <p>With the launch of its&nbsp;Solar Battery S...</p> 82 buildings fail fire safety test in the wake of Grenfell Tower tragedy Alexander Walter 2017-08-01T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-07-31T17:34:17-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Eighty-two buildings have failed a new fire safety test set up in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, ministers say. The test examines the safety of building cladding and insulation in combination. It comes as an independent review of building regulations and fire safety has also been announced by the government. It will look at current building regulations and fire safety, focusing on high-rise residential buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The new fire safety test is the first of a wave of more comprehensive assessments, which come after previous tests were carried out on hundreds of cladding samples in recent months - many of these failed standards for flammability," the BBC reports and outlines key examination goals of the upcoming independent review.&nbsp;</p> <p>At least 80 people lost their lives and over 70 were injured in a tragic fire on June 14 that rapidly spread through the building and engulfed the majority of the&nbsp;24-story <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grenfell Tower</a> block of public housing flats in West London.</p> Manufacturing Site of First London Routemaster Transformed into Arts Hub Abigail Banfield 2017-07-30T13:31:00-04:00 >2017-07-31T00:41:47-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The manufacturing site of the first London bus in E17 has been converted to celebrate London&rsquo;s maker culture in <em>SIDESHOW</em>, an installation with interactive, family friendly elements opening mid-August. The project was undertaken by <em>U+I</em> and <em>Blackhorse Workshop</em>, the latter a &lsquo;pioneer in the maker-space movement&rsquo; which started supporting the regeneration of the Blackhorse Road Area in 2014.</p><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>The installation of a giant marble run is central to the exhibition, and was created by <em>Blackhorse Workshop</em> alongside young architectural practice <em>Ehk! </em>using components of the original London Routemaster buses which were historically developed and manufactured in the space. This fascinating marble run incorporates disused bus parts as well as over 200 steel ball bearings, with the piece celebrating the history of the 3-acre industrial site, which is earmarked by U+I for development next year. Their plans are to work on a new mixed-use development, providing 337 new homes and workspaces for small busin...</p> New Rooftop Observatory launched at Bold Tendencies Abigail Banfield 2017-07-25T05:36:00-04:00 >2017-07-25T05:36:29-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Peckham&rsquo;s famous multi-storey car park has a new addition; a new viewing gallery created by Cooke Fawcett. The young practice, based in London&rsquo;s creative Clerkenwell, was formed just two years ago, by directors Oliver Cooke and Francis Fawcett, after working on the Tate&rsquo;s Switch House at Stirling-prize winning practice Herzog &amp; de Meuron.</p> <p>This project, a spectacular kiosk and viewing gallery for arts space Bold Tendencies, will not only provide breathtaking views of London&nbsp;but also act as an interactive setting for installations and specially commissioned art pieces. This arts-focused structure joins (and benefits from) Peckham&rsquo;s famous rooftop hangout,&nbsp;<em>Frank&rsquo;s Bar</em>. Over the past decade, the Peckham multi-storey car park has been slowly transformed by Bold Tendancies, through a programme of culture. Immersive public space and unique views have drawn over a million visitors south of the river, to this unlikely home of the arts. &nbsp;</p> <p>Francis Fawcett: &ldquo;For an avant garde cultural institut...</p> This Man Designed an AI to Generate British Placenames Nicholas Korody 2017-07-21T12:21:00-04:00 >2017-07-24T14:03:13-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>As any American who tuned into the last British election realized, UK placenames are a bit out there (at least to American ears, that is), from Droop in Dorset to Westward Ho! in Devon. So Dan Ho decided to train a (quirky) AI to generate its own.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are some of the ones the computer crafted:</p> <ul><li>Ospley</li><li>Stoke Carrston</li><li>Elfordbion</li><li>Hevermilley</li><li>Ell</li><li>Elle&rsquo;s Chorels</li><li>Capton Briins Forehouint Eftte Green</li><li>Waryburn Torner Midlwood</li><li>Wasts Halkstack</li><li>Kinindworthorpe Marmile</li><li>Dompton Ole</li><li>Dimmer Common</li><li>Pairinggleat</li><li>Catley Holtbridgeham Ruse</li><li>Colon-in Mead</li></ul><p>Check out the full list, as well as how he did it, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> The UK parliament to be restored by BDP Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-19T18:06:00-04:00 >2017-07-19T18:07:22-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The full scope of work includes architecture, civil and structural engineering, building services engineering, interior design, landscape architecture, lighting design, acoustics and planning. Since its construction in the mid-1800s, many systems in the palace have never undergone a major renovation, and the heating, ventilation, water, drainage and electrical systems are antiquated.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BDP</a>'s London studio beat <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Allies and Morrison</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOK</a> in the competition and has been awarded a full interdisciplinary contract for client advisory services for the refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster, the meeting place for the two houses of the UK parliament.</p> <p>The firm will be collaborating with heritage and conservation specialist Donald Insall Associates, civil and structural engineer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alan Baxter Associates</a>, building services engineer Hoare Lea and planning consultancy Gerald Eve.</p> UK’s Royal Mail issues 10 stamps featuring iconic modern architecture Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-13T13:45:00-04:00 >2017-07-13T15:13:14-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In announcing the stamps, Royal Mail said that they celebrate excellence in contemporary architecture and engineering in the United Kingdom and &ldquo;the renaissance in architecture of the past two decades in Britain.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>One strip of five pictures includes <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>'s&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Aquatics Center</a>, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Library of Birmingham</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecanoo</a>, Glasgow's SEEC Amadillio by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scottish Parliament</a> in Edinburgh designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EMBT</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RMJM</a>, and the Giant&rsquo;s Causeway Visitor Center in Northern Ireland by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heneghang Peng</a>.</p> <p>Shown on the other strip are the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners</a>, the Eden Project in St. Austell by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw</a>, Liverpool&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Everyman Theater</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haworth Thompkins</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Imperial War Museum</a>&nbsp;by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Libeskind</a>, and the Tate Modern&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Switch House</a> in London by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog and De Meuron</a>.</p> <p>Ordering information is available from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Royal Mail</a>.</p> Starry shortlist of architects for London’s new Center for Music Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-11T20:38:00-04:00 >2017-07-12T12:18:14-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The viability of building a major new concert hall in London has been widely debated, and the future of the Center was thrown into doubt last November, when the British government withdrew its commitment to contribute 5 million pounds (about $6.4 million) to pay for a business plan. The City of London Corporation stepped in with 2.5 million pounds (about $3.2 million) to allow project to go ahead.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The shortlist for the future home for the London Symphony Orchestra and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama was announced on Monday and consists of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>AL_A</u></a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Foster + Partners</u></a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Renzo Piano</u></a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Diller Scofidio + Renfro</u></a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Gehry Partners</u></a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>Snohetta</u></a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>, all of which have extensive experience working on cultural buildings. </p> <p>The center which will include a concert hall with up to 2,000 seats, as well as education and training spaces, will be located in&nbsp;what is currently the Museum of London, designed by Hidalgo Moya and Philip Powell in the 1970s. The building is estimated to cost 200 million to 250 million pounds ($257 million to $322 million) to construct and is to be covered by private and philanthropic donations. </p> <p>"The shortlisted architects have been asked to provide detailed designs as well as estimated costs, and the winner will be announced this fall."</p> David Chipperfield-designed Hepworth Wakefield named Britain’s Museum of the Year 2017 Alexander Walter 2017-07-06T12:40:00-04:00 >2017-07-06T12:58:19-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>[...] Art Fund Museum of the Year is awarded annually to one outstanding museum, which, in the opinion of the judges, has shown exceptional imagination, innovation and achievement across the preceding 12 months.&nbsp; The Hepworth Wakefield was selected as winner of the &pound;100,000 prize from a group of five finalists, also including Lapworth Museum of Geology (Birmingham), National Heritage Centre for Horseracing &amp; Sporting Art (Newmarket), Sir John Soane&rsquo;s Museum (London) and Tate Modern (London).</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Iwan Baan.</figcaption><figcaption></figcaption></figure><p>"The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hepworth Wakefield</a> has been a powerful force of energy from the moment it opened in 2011, but it has just kept growing in reach and impact ever since," said Art Fund director Stephen Deuchar. "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Chipperfield</a>&rsquo;s building has proved a perfect stage &ndash; both for the display of collections and as the platform for a breathtaking sequence of special exhibitions, curated with determined originality by the talented curatorial team."</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Iwan Baan.</figcaption><figcaption></figcaption></figure><p>Comprised of a series of 10 small, irregular, trapezoidal blocks, the gallery also won a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2012 RIBA Award</a> for architectural excellence and was shortlisted for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stirling Prize in the same year</a>. <br></p> V&A Museum addition includes $70M all-porcelain public courtyard Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-30T17:33:00-04:00 >2017-06-30T17:44:13-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The bold addition features the world's first all-porcelain public courtyard, paved with 11,000 handmade porcelain tiles in 15 different patterns. The tiles were manufactured by Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum, the Netherlands' oldest registered company, established in 1572.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After six years of construction, the Exhibition Road Quarter, AL_A-designed courtyard space opened yesterday in London's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Victoria and Albert Museum</a>, adding 11,840 square feet of column-free flexible gallery space to the museum to help accommodate the V&amp;A's headline exhibitions. Intended as a meeting point, public square and museum entrance, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AL_A</a>'s extension is V&amp;A&rsquo;s largest architectural intervention in over 100 years.</p> Reiulf Ramstad's proposal for a multivalent, inspirational Ross Pavilion in Edinburgh Julia Ingalls 2017-06-29T14:55:00-04:00 >2017-06-29T14:55:57-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>While no one can claim that they understand where inspiration comes from, most would agree that it doesn't hurt to have an unfettered view of nature in an architecturally inventive setting. Norwegian architects Reiulf Ramstad are among the seven finalists in the Ross Pavilion International Design Competition to design a new cultural pavilion for Edinburgh's West Princes Street Gardens, and their plans reveal a glass-walled, timber-framed structure that attempts to harmoniously look toward the future while not alienating the centuries-old architecture&nbsp;surrounding it.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: Forbes Massie Studio</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: Forbes Massie Studio</figcaption></figure><p>The result is a surprisingly timeless pavilion that encourages contemplation, relaxation, and an appreciation of the Gardens.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: Forbes Massie Studio</figcaption></figure><p>As the architects explain, "The Ross Pavilion will be the focal point of the city of Edinburgh and its many visitors, but it can also be a symbolic place for all of Scotland as well. The intervention into the Gardens ...</p> The Harvard GSD unveils restored Richard Rogers’ Wimbledon House in London Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-28T13:25:00-04:00 >2017-06-28T14:54:30-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Wimbledon house in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>, UK, designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lord Rogers</a>&nbsp;in&nbsp;1968,&nbsp;was&nbsp;gifted to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard Graduate School of Design</a> in 2015 to provide both a residence for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Rogers Fellowship</a>, and&nbsp;GSD's new&nbsp;venue for lectures, symposia, and other events. Restored by British architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Philip Gumuchdjian</a> and landscape architect Todd Longstaffe-Gowan&nbsp;since 2015, the house premiered yesterday, on June 27.</p> <p>Philip Gumuchdjian, commented &ldquo;Parkside is&nbsp;not just an iconic, flexible machine for living, nor simply a historic experimental building that foretold the architect&rsquo;s future work; it was also a home with a unique memory, patina, and aura. Conserving these qualities within a wholly refurbished twenty-first-century building tailored to Harvard&rsquo;s new use was our aim and hopefully the achievement of the team&rsquo;s work.&rdquo;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Richard Rogers&rsquo;s Wimbledon House. Photograph by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of Harvard Graduate School of Design.</figcaption></figure><p>Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, whom re-designed the garden context&nbsp; from the street front...</p> The Guardian reports on the social housing crisis in the UK Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-26T14:34:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T14:45:29-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Now, although the horror is still raw and much about it is still unknown, it has also become clear that Grenfell exposes in the harshest possible way questions of the current state of social housing, about the accessibility, affordability and quality of homes, and their impact on people&rsquo;s lives.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Guardian's feature&nbsp;examines the new documentary<em> Dispossession: The New Housing Swindle </em>which addresses the build up anger surrounding the issue of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">affordable housing</a> and the failed attempts at combatting it, including&nbsp;Margaret Thatcher's right-to-buy policy&nbsp;and the effects of&nbsp;the 60s and 70s estates renewal. Beyond that, the article also offers recent examples of demolition, displacement through opinions of people that have experienced it firsthand<em>&ndash;</em>former residents of social or council housing. </p> <p><em>"No honest portrayal of the current situation can ignore the fact that the last time government was a major builder of homes it didn&rsquo;t get it all right. But, as it is now blindingly obvious that the market is not going to provide by itself, active building and planning by the public sector looks inevitable. There are ways to achieve new and affordable homes &ndash; by densifying suburbs, encouraging garden cities and, indeed, by renewing council estates &ndash; but none of them are easy. The invisib...</em></p> Crowdfunding campaign launched for Camden Highline Abigail Banfield 2017-06-26T12:27:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T12:37:08-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>A crowdfunding campaign has been launched for the latest civic development in North London; the Camden Highline. For years, the disused railway has been talked about among local residents, with many wanting to see a little bit of New York in Camden Town.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image Courtesy of Camden Town Unlimited</figcaption></figure><p>Since 2016, Camden Town Unlimited have been working with Network Rail to secure the 18-metre&nbsp;wide disused railway line, which runs for almost a&nbsp;kilometre&nbsp;between the beloved, vibrant Camden Market and the newly developed Kings Cross area. The initial ambitions for the project include creating a space which is accessible to all and will provide a home for the arts, festivals, and live performance, as well as ecological and educational benefits.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image Courtesy of Camden Town Unlimited</figcaption></figure><p>Using the famous New York High Line as a precedent, this crowd-funded project will initially work on the existing infrastructure, workshops, events, and feasibility works. The funds raised from the campaign run on&nbsp;...</p> RIBA reveals 49 winning projects for 2017 National Awards Justine Testado 2017-06-21T19:04:00-04:00 >2017-06-21T19:22:48-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The&nbsp;2017 RIBA Awards cycle continues!&nbsp;Advancing from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the 2017 London Awards</a>, 49 stunning projects throughout the UK&nbsp;have just been announced as winners in the&nbsp;2017&nbsp;National Awards for architecture, which distinguishes the UK's most outstanding buildings and offers insight into construction, design, and investment trends in the country.</p> <p>This year's winners include a variety of projects like the&nbsp;Tate Modern's Blavatnik Building, the British Airways i360 &mdash; dubbed as the world's first &ldquo;vertical pier&rdquo;,&nbsp;the Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre, and the transformative&nbsp;Leicester Cathedral's Richard III Project &ldquo;With Dignity and Honour&rdquo;, to name a few.</p> <p>In regards to design trends with this year's winners, RIBA President Jane Duncan&nbsp;commented on&nbsp;the ongoing&nbsp;prominence of brick as a building material, as well as the increasing use of timber. She also pointed out&nbsp;certain exemplary housing and education projects that more cities should model. &ldquo;Silchester and Ponders End are both great examples of e...</p> BFI Giveaway - Win tickets to 'Berger on Buildings' and a BFI Membership Package Ellen Hancock 2017-06-15T05:55:00-04:00 >2017-06-15T09:30:54-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>In conjunction with the BFI's <a href=";BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture on TV</a>&nbsp;season this June we are offering Archinect readers the chance to win tickets to <a href=";BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=B251A9D4-AD4F-4E70-B3A0-546F5BF3C4CD&amp;BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=3E11BE97-CDB9-4B49-890A-B7249AD0B98B" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berger on Buildings</a>&nbsp; with an intro from Mike Dibb, Tom Overton and Matthew Harle.&nbsp;</p><p><em>John Berger passed away in January this year, leaving behind an unparalleled contribution to literature, criticism, film and television. We have the privilege of screening his rarely-seen work on architecture and the built environment in this special programme. Enjoy his ethical consideration of the city in The Visual Scene (BBC 1969. Prod Nancy Thomas. 31min), his commentary on Le Corbusier&rsquo;s designs in A City at Chandigarh (1966. Dir Alain Tanner. 44min), and Berger&rsquo;s profile of the outsider artist Ferdinand Cheval in 10 Thousand Days, 93 Thousand Hours, 33 years of Effort (BBC 1965. Dir Michael Gill. 28min).</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>We are also offering one lucky Archinect reader a full <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BFI Membership Package</a>. Enjoy priority booking for BFI Southbank and BFI London Film Festival. Other all year-rou...</p>