Archinect - News 2018-12-16T07:58:33-05:00 Foster + Partners-designed Tulip tower may impact London's air traffic control systems Alexander Walter 2018-12-03T13:44:00-05:00 >2018-12-10T14:08:17-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Gondalas designed to move up and down the top of the Tulip tower are at risk of confusing air traffic control systems, according to technical experts at London City airport. Construction on the 305-metre (1,000ft) tower must not go ahead until an assessment has been carried out into its potential impact on radar systems at the airport six miles to the east, officials told the authority considering whether to grant planning permission.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">big reveal in November</a>, planning for the 1,000-foot-tall <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Tulip</a> observation tower by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a> has been halted by officials to study the impact the attraction's moving glass spheres high up in the sky will have on radar systems at the nearby London City airport, pointing out that "the gondalas will be moving and therefore may have a slightly different effect than a static element of the building."<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Credit: DBOX for Foster + Partners</figcaption></figure> Next to the Gherkin, a Tulip-shaped tower designed by Foster + Partners could soon rise Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-11-19T14:10:00-05:00 >2018-11-20T06:25:13-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>British firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a> have proposed plans for a Tulip-shaped tower that would rise beside their London landmark, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Gherkin</a>. The new skyscraper, which at 305-meters high would become the city's second-tallest building, is conceived as a state-of-the-art cultural and educational resource by the architects.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Credit: DBOX for Foster + Partners</figcaption></figure><p>Also described as 'a classroom in the sky,' the future landmark will include an educational facility for local schoolchildren, with 20,000 free visits offered per year. In addition, the Tulip&nbsp;will have viewing galleries as well as bars and restaurants offering panoramic views of the city.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Visitors will have a variety of noteworthy ways to move about the 12-story&nbsp;observation tower, choosing between <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sky bridges</a>, internal <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">glass slides</a> and/or a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gondola pod ride</a>.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Credit: DBOX for Foster + Partners</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Credit: DBOX for Foster + Partners</figcaption></figure><p>Announcing the plans, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster</a> described the project as "in the spirit of London as a progressive, forward-t...</p> Heatherwick Studio's Coal Drops Yard opens its doors to the public Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-29T18:56:00-04:00 >2018-10-29T18:42:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heatherwick Studio's</a>&nbsp;much anticipated <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coal Drops Yard</a> project opened its doors on Friday, October 26th. The London based studio transformed two heritage rail buildings from the 1850s into a lively retail district. The goal for Thomas Heatherwick, founder of Heatherwick Studio, was to highlight the existing architectural elements while satisfying the new needs of a new urban development.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Luke Hayes</figcaption></figure><p>Developing into London's new creative sector, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">King's Cross</a> is already home to 67 acres of businesses, restaurants, and amazing architecture. The completion of Coal Drops Yard only adds to King's Cross' cultural presence within the city.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Hufton &amp; Crow</figcaption></figure><p>The studio artfully highlights the historical and textural details of the industrial <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Victorian</a> style buildings while creating a functional retail and public space. The project's main design feature are the defining gabled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">roofs</a> that link two viaducts. The flowing roofs create a focal point for the space that transforms the gamb...</p> Peter Zumthor completes his first permanent building in the UK: the brutalist Secular Retreat Alexander Walter 2018-10-29T15:38:00-04:00 >2018-10-31T06:08:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has built &lsquo;a gliding swan&rsquo; of a house in Devon that strikes a perfect balance between inside and out, whichever way you look</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Zumthor</a> recently completed a meticulously crafted concrete house in the gently sloping English countryside of Devon&mdash;the Swiss architect's first permanent building in the UK after designing the Serpentine Gallery's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2011 summer pavilion</a> in London. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Jack Hobhouse/Living Architecture</figcaption></figure><p>Titled <em>Secular Retreat</em>, the five-bedroom brutalist abode is part of the growing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Living Architecture</a> vacation home portfolio which also includes MVRDV's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Balancing Barn</a> and Jarmund/Vigsn&aelig;s Architects's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dune House</a> (both in collaboration with Mole Architects) as well as a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">quirky cottage in Essex</a> by FAT Architecture and Grayson Perry.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Jack Hobhouse/Living Architecture</figcaption></figure><p>"Simply a miraculous piece of architecture" is <em>The Observer</em> critic Rowan Moore's impression after visiting the building for his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latest review</a>. "The sublimity of the architecture comes by way of a certain roughness," Moore writes. "Its character is set by pillars and walls of thick concrete mixed from local materials, shovelled and...</p> Starchitects and emerging designers make it on the 2018 list of London's most influential people Alexander Walter 2018-10-12T19:46:00-04:00 >2018-10-17T02:40:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The 2018 edition of the annual <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Progress 1000: London's most influential people</a> list has been released, and among the myriad of categories from the worlds of politics, entertainment, art, philanthropy, sports, technology, or science, there is (<em>phew</em>) also a list of architects who made the most significant impact on London. <br></p> <p>Donning the cover pic, and listed first, is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eva Franch i Gilabert</a>, the new, and first female, director of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural Association</a> School of Architecture, immediately followed by some of the (expected) biggest names in British architecture, such as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Chipperfield</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Rogers</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Adjaye</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amanda Levete</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher</a>. <br></p> <p>Refreshing to see are names of architects who have been consistently putting out solid work and are now getting the wider recognition they deserve, including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frida Escobedo</a>, the youngest architect yet to be invited to design the Serpentine Gallery&rsquo;s summer pavilion, Deborah Saunt and David ...</p> Peter Barber: reinventing affordable housing in London Alexander Walter 2018-10-10T15:42:00-04:00 >2018-10-10T15:51:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] Peter Barber, one of the most original architects working today. Over the past decade he has built a reputation for his ingenious reinventions of traditional house types and his ability to craft characterful chunks of city out of unpromising sites. [...] He is a master of humane high-density, designing that rare thing: new housing that feels in tune with the grain of London, in the form of neither alienating slabs nor tacky towers, without resorting to pastiche.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The Guardian</em>'s architecture critic, Oliver Wainwright, has nothing but praise for the award-winning firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Barber Architects</a>, a small practice that seeks to integrate social activism ideals when designing better, and more humane, housing for London. <br></p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Holmes Road Studio, a whimsical housing project for homeless people, was the overall winner of the New London Awards in 2016. Photo: Peter Barber Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>"When you visit one of Barber&rsquo;s projects, you get a sense that it is a fragment of a much bigger urban idea," writes Wainwright. "There is an indication that housing, as the physical stuff that makes streets, might offer more than just private shelter behind the front door."<br></p> Pedestrian killed by glass window pane falling from luxury residential tower in London Alexander Walter 2018-10-02T16:21:00-04:00 >2018-10-02T19:10:45-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A man has died after reportedly being hit by a windowpane that fell around 250ft from the top of a block of flats in central London. [...] An image taken from The Corniche on the south bank of the River Thames by a resident showed&nbsp;a large window unit, complete with metal frame containing glass, on top of a male figure. [...] An image showed a window missing from near the top of the 27-storey tower.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Corniche, a luxury residential high-rise complex at&nbsp;21 Albert Embankment, was designed by Foster + Partners and completed last year. The property's developer, St James, is working with the police to investigate the incident.&nbsp;</p> London's Royal Opera House reopens after three-year transformation Alexander Walter 2018-09-19T18:49:00-04:00 >2018-09-19T18:51:54-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Following a three-year, &pound;50.7m programme of works, dubbed the &ldquo;Open Up&rdquo; project, the ROH hopes to have a more visible, welcoming presence. Its motivations have not only been to shed its rarefied reputation, but also to improve crowd flow inside the constricted corridors, inject daytime activity and transform its secondary studio, the Linbury, into a new world-class theatre. Walls have been bulldozed, spaces excavated, and restaurants extended [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Oliver Wainwright reviews the result of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stanton Williams</a>'s extensive $66m 'Open Up' revamp of the Royal Opera House in London.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Hufton+Crow</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Hufton+Crow</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Luke Hayes</figcaption></figure> designjunction presents DESIGN EVERY – a stellar Talks Program celebrating inclusivity and diversity in design Sponsor 2018-09-18T05:00:00-04:00 >2018-09-17T17:58:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";bg=FFFFFF&amp;auto=compress&amp;format&amp;w=1028&amp;h=60"></a></p></figure><p><strong><em>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designjunction</a></em></strong></p> <p><strong>designjunction</strong>&nbsp;presents a stellar <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">talks program</a>&nbsp;</strong>taking place at the iconic Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf this London Design Festival. 50 world-class speakers will take to the stage between Thursday 20 - Friday 21 September.</p> <p>Moving away from standardized names of the design and architecture industries, the show proudly breaks the mould of the ego-driven talks program by hosting discussions about what truly matters. With one of the keynotes from the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and the other from Benjamin Hubert, DESIGNEVERY celebrates inclusivity whilst exploring the crucial issues which the design industry faces.</p> <p>Join some of the most important discussions in design for just &pound;4 <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a></strong>.&nbsp;Tickets: &pound;8 per talk &ndash; Archinect readers get 50% off using&nbsp;<strong>TALK500.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Thursday 20 September</strong></p> <p><strong>DESIGNEVERY EXPERIENCE: The Omnipresent Design Thinking<br></strong>11:00 &ndash; 11:50</p> <p>Speaker: Benjamin Hubert, founder of LAYER. Industrial designer Benjamin Hubert provides an ins...</p> Meet British architects Chan + Eayrs, who inhabit their projects as they renovate them Justine Testado 2018-09-17T18:13:00-04:00 >2018-09-17T18:13:28-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>By collapsing the roles of architect, developer and interior designer, they make spaces with an unparalleled intimacy and a highly refined sense of place. &ldquo;When we choose a project, it&rsquo;s not just a project,&rdquo; says Chan Eayrs. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s where we choose to spend two to three years of our life, every day, touching and feeling it, living it.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The New York Times profiles British architect couple <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zoe Chan Eayrs and Merlin Eayrs</a>, whose highly dedicated design process &mdash; in which they live in whatever project they are currently renovating through completion &mdash; has resulted in a refreshing portfolio of unique living spaces that &ldquo;feel as soulful as they do sophisticated&rdquo;, The New York Times writes.</p> <p>Want to read about more emerging firms? Check out Archinect's latest <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots features</a>!</p> Kengo Kuma's V&A Dundee Museum opens; interiors revealed! Hope Daley 2018-09-13T14:04:00-04:00 >2018-09-13T14:04:34-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V&amp;A Dundee Museum</a> opens its doors tomorrow with the&nbsp;3D Festival, a&nbsp;free two-day event on September 14 and 15. The grand opening will include performances, dance, design, and lighting collaborations.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>V&amp;A Dundee Museum by Kengo Kuma, located in Scotland. &copy;HuftonCrow</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>V&amp;A Dundee Museum by Kengo Kuma, located in Scotland. &copy;HuftonCrow</figcaption></figure><p>The museum was designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kengo Kuma</a> and is his first&nbsp;building in the UK. Along with the forthcoming opening, the museum has unveiled the interior architecture revealing a&nbsp;light filled wooden design.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Oak Room at the V&amp;A Dundee &copy;HuftonCrow</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Scottish Design Galleries V&amp;A Dundee &copy;HuftonCrow</figcaption></figure><p>As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scotland's</a> first design museum, the space features&nbsp;300 exhibits drawn from the V&amp;A&rsquo;s collections of Scottish design, as well as from museums and private collections across Scotland and the world.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>V&amp;A Dundee Museum by Kengo Kuma, located in Scotland. &copy;HuftonCrow</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Scottish Design Galleries V&amp;A Dundee &copy;HuftonCrow</figcaption></figure><p>Free tickets to the 3D Festival on ...</p> The world's largest offshore wind farm is now operational in the Irish Sea Hope Daley 2018-09-06T15:43:00-04:00 >2018-09-06T15:43:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The world&rsquo;s biggest offshore windfarm has officially opened in the Irish Sea, amid warnings that Brexit could increase costs for future projects. Walney Extension, off the Cumbrian coast, spans an area the size of 20,000 football pitches and has a capacity of 659 megawatts, enough to power the equivalent of 590,000 homes. The project is a sign of how dramatically wind technology has progressed in the past five years since the previous biggest, the London Array, was finished.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The&nbsp;Walney Extension is made up of&nbsp;87 turbines and has a total capacity of 659 MW, enough to power almost 600,000 homes in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK</a>.&nbsp;This makes it now the largest operational offshore <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wind farm</a>, however with&nbsp;wind farm supersizing along the British coastline it may not hold the record for long.&nbsp;</p> <p>A&nbsp;714MW is set to be up and running in 2020, while&nbsp;&Oslash;rsted itself is planning 1,200MW and 1,800MW farms&nbsp;off the Yorkshire coast. Currently, offshore wind farms provide nearly a tenth of the UK's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">electricity</a>.&nbsp;</p> Zaha Hadid Architects transforms the classic billboard into public art Hope Daley 2018-09-04T15:00:00-04:00 >2018-11-29T13:46:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>JCDecaux has taken the wraps off a unique piece of out-of-home inventory in London designed by Zaha Hadid Design. The agency briefed the agency to redefine 'the design language of billboards'. It ditched the conventional shapes and frames that have steered the industry to date. Dubbed 'The Kensington', and located on the road from London to Heathrow, the structure takes the shape of a curved double-ribbon.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a>&nbsp;has created a new design for street advertising with&nbsp;JCDecaux Group, a&nbsp;multinational corporation known for its bus-stop advertising systems and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">billboards</a>. Creating a sculptural advertising approach, the firm's design reinvents the classic billboard into <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">public art</a>. Brands have been invited to bid for placement on the 85 by 20 foot screen structure. So far Audi and Coty are the first to sign up.&nbsp;</p> First building awarded the Stirling Prize now slated for a primary school Hope Daley 2018-08-31T18:06:00-04:00 >2018-09-06T08:56:10-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The first building to win the RIBA Stirling Prize &ndash; Hodder Associates&rsquo; Centenary Building for the University of Salford &ndash; could be converted into a new primary school. The plans for the currently empty 23-year-old building form part of 5plus Architects&rsquo; emerging 99ha development framework for the university&rsquo;s existing campus and surrounding area.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Hodder + Partners's Centenary Building for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Salford</a> was the first to be awarded the RIBA <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stirling Prize</a> back in 1996. Originally designed to be the School of Electrical Engineering, during construction plans changed for the building to house the&nbsp;Faculty of Art and Design Technology. Now, according to a consultation document, the structure is slated for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reuse</a> as an&nbsp;entry primary school.&nbsp;</p> A criticism of London's museum effect and the survival of everyday spaces Hope Daley 2018-08-31T14:39:00-04:00 >2018-08-31T14:39:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>London is pure object in these images and likewise in those taken from the other aforementioned viewing points. Like visitors to a museum, we wander the corridors atop the Switch House and observe the artefacts curated for our all-consuming gaze: a shard, a walkie-talkie, a gherkin, etc. Like Tower Bridge, the new Museum of London, Battersea Power Station and the Tate Modern, the skyline of the city is presented as a display &ndash; complete with its own exhibition gift shop.</p></em><br /><br /><p>George Kafka argues that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's</a> trend in preservation and commemoration in the built environment is directly related to the decline of small-scale spaces and small businesses centered around everyday life.&nbsp;</p> <p>Kafka cites recent developments in London's built environment over the past few years: the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V&amp;A preserving a of a section of&nbsp;Robin Hood Gardens</a>, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum of London moving into Smithfield Market</a>, and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tate Modern's viewing platform extension</a>.<br></p> <p>He does not necessarily argue against cultural preservation and commemoration, but rather aims to draw attention to a trend in "objective gaze prioritized over subjective experience" and the effect this has on the survival of small, everyday spaces.&nbsp;</p> Architecture apprenticeship model launching next month between UK schools and firms Hope Daley 2018-08-23T14:58:00-04:00 >2018-08-23T14:58:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The first group of architectural apprentices will start at leading practices such as AHMM, Hawkins\Brown and PRP next month as a major new sector initiative gets underway. Practices AtelierWest, GPA (Get Planning and Architecture), Ingleton Wood, and To-Do Design are also pioneering two types of apprenticeships as a route into the profession in collaboration with London South Bank University.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Following the architecture apprenticeship initiative led by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>, the first group entering the &lsquo;earn while you learn&rsquo; program will begin next month in the UK. This approach will offer both professional experience and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tuition</a>-free academic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">training</a>, while also providing a salary to apprentices.</p> <p>Charles Egbu, dean of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Southbank&rsquo;s School of Architecture and the Built Environment</a> stated, "These apprenticeship courses will provide an alternative, more cost-effective route to ARB registration, while diversifying the profession and strengthening ties between the architectural industry and academia."<br></p> <p>London Southbank&rsquo;s School of Architecture will be the only one to offer Level 6 apprenticeship.&nbsp;Participating schools also include <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">De Montford</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Northumbria</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oxford Brookes</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Portsmouth</a> offering Level 7 qualification.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Firms with wage bills of more than $3.8 million a year have been charged 0.5% of their total wage bill to fund these new apprenticeships. Smaller firms outsi...</p> Microsoft’s undersea data center now has a webcam Hope Daley 2018-08-23T13:10:00-04:00 >2018-08-23T14:00:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Microsoft has been experimenting with undersea data centers for years, and the current installation in the Orkney Islands will be deployed for around five years. There are 12 racks with 864 servers and 27.6 petabytes (27,600 terabytes) of storage [...] The data center is powered by a giant undersea cable that also connects it back to the internet, and the findings could mean the company will scale this project up to more powerful data centers in the future.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Microsoft</a> has now installed a webcam by its undersea <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">data center</a> located off the shores of Scotland. The video stream is part of the company's efforts to observe environmental conditions of Project Natick, a research project aimed at determining the feasibility of subsea data centers powered by offshore <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">renewable energy</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Check out the live video stream <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> RIBA elects Alan Jones as its next president, as it faces accusations of silencing criticism from another presidential candidate Justine Testado 2018-08-09T17:21:00-04:00 >2018-08-09T17:21:43-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>As one of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">three finalist candidates</a>, Alan Jones has been elected as the next RIBA President, the highest&nbsp;elected position in UK architecture. As RIBA's current Vice President of Education, Jones will replace incumbent RIBA President Ben Derbyshire starting September 1, 2019 and will serve through 2021.&nbsp;Jones will officially become RIBA President Elect next month.</p> <p>In his manifesto during the race, Jones wanted to focus on making the Institute more relevant and engaging, and supports equal opportunity for all. In a statement today, he said:</p> <p>&ldquo;The RIBA is a fantastic organization with great resources, particularly its staff who I am keen to support more than ever. As individuals and as an institution, we need to come together to make the most of our assets, and make the case for our profession. We need to gather evidence and realize a more significant role and position in business and society. We must focus more on the pertinent issues that will increase the quality of service we provid...</p> Scrapped London Garden Bridge stirs up legal questions over $60m public funds spent Alexander Walter 2018-08-01T14:01:00-04:00 >2018-08-01T16:52:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The trustees of London&rsquo;s garden bridge, including actor Joanna Lumley and the former Labour minister Lord Davies, could have breached their legal duties over the failed project, that cost taxpayers more than &pound;40m, according to a leading lawyer. The legal opinion comes as pressure mounts for a formal investigation into how the charity behind the abandoned scheme spent so much money without construction work even beginning.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The decision to press on with the construction contract led to public losses, initially capped at &pound;16m, increasing to an estimated total of &pound;46m by the time the scheme was cancelled in 2017," <em>The Guardian</em> reports. "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The project</a>, championed by then London mayor, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boris Johnson</a>, was intended to be majority-funded by private donations. However, the bulk of the money spent came from the &pound;60m in public funds handed to the project."<br></p> Record heatwave is revealing hidden historic sites across Britain Alexander Walter 2018-07-30T15:15:00-04:00 >2018-07-31T09:49:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Southern England has been particularly parched, enjoying the driest June on record, but the hot weather has lead to an array of unlikely discoveries across the British Isles. Outlines of ancient and historic sites are being revealed &ndash; some of which haven&rsquo;t been seen in living memory.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"As the grass and crops dry out in the fields, the remains of wood and stone features are being spotted. The effect is caused by soil building up above the foreign material left in the ground over centuries in a way that makes the live material react to the conditions at a different rate to that found within regular soil," <em>The Telegraph</em> explains the phenomenon of 'ghost gardens' which have been appearing across Britain during the country's most extreme heatwave in decades.&nbsp;</p> <p>The increased prevalence of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">drone and aerial photography</a> has made it much easier to spot them than during previous heatwaves.</p> Heatherwick's upcoming Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross due to open October 2018 Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-07-27T14:28:00-04:00 >2018-07-27T14:28:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A major new shopping district and public space in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">King&rsquo;s Cross</a> is set to open to the public on Friday 26 October 2018. Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>, his studio has overseen the transformation of two dilapidated heritage rail buildings into a lively retail precinct.&nbsp;</p> <p>King's Cross, a former rail hub, has undergone an astonishing renewal in recent years as warehouse clubs have been replaced by wine bars and bistros. Heatherwick's Coal Drops Yard is the newest addition to the neighborhood that has recently welcomed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, and will soon take in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the impending Google headquarters</a>, also designed by Heatherwick Studio in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Heatherwick and his team, however, are long term residents of the area. His studio has been based in King's Cross for over seventeen years giving the British starchitect a privileged degree of&nbsp;architectural sensitivity to oversee the spatial design. "We believed there was an opportunity to celebrate the heritage of the existing structures rather...</p> Liverpool aims to be world's first climate-positive city with blockchain technology Hope Daley 2018-07-26T16:20:00-04:00 >2018-07-26T16:20:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Liverpool City Council (LCC) has announced a new partnership with a blockchain platform company to offset more than 110% of its carbon emissions, with the city announcing its bid to become the world's first climate-positive city by the end of 2020. LCC will conduct a year-long trial with the Poseidon Foundation to use a blockchain platform to offset the carbon impact of all products and services in the city by supporting global forest conversation projects.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Liverpool</a>'s ambition to become the world's first climate-positive city by 2020 has been announced with the city's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">blockchain</a> technology partnership. Committing to a year-long trial of this sustainable technology,&nbsp;Liverpool City Council strives to reduce its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">carbon impact</a> by installing more than 15,000 energy saving LED streetlights across 2,000 streets to reduce streetlight energy consumption by 82%.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Poseidon&rsquo;s Foundation, Laszlo Giricz stated, &ldquo;This is a ground-breaking partnership not just for Poseidon and Liverpool, but globally. For the first time, a city will use blockchain technology to go beyond rebalancing its carbon footprint &ndash; leading the way in the fight against climate change."&nbsp;</p> Facebook to double its London presence with new King's Cross buildings by AHMM and Bennetts Alexander Walter 2018-07-25T13:57:00-04:00 >2018-07-25T13:58:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Facebook is doubling its presence in London by acquiring office space across two buildings in King's Cross. The 600,000 square feet (56,000 square meters) of office space will be enough for more than 6,000 workstations. [...] The expansion follows the 2017 opening of its site at Rathbone Place, which added 800 jobs and opened its first in-house incubator program for startup businesses. It also has a location on Brock Street.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Considerably ramping up its workplace capacity by 611,000 sq ft in soon-to-be post-Brexit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>, Facebook will be moving into new buildings at King's Cross: 11 and 21 Canal Reach, designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bennetts Associates</a>, the ten and twelve-story-buildings already have detailed planning permission, as well as the nine-story-structure P2 by 2015 Stirling-Prize winning <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM)</a> with a pending reserved matters planning application.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>11 and 21 Canal Reach by Bennetts Associates. Image: King's Cross.</figcaption></figure><p>"The deal comes just weeks after Samsung Electronics announced an agreement to open &lsquo;Samsung KX LDN&rsquo;, a 20,000 sq ft showcase space at Coal Drops Yard, the new Heatherwick Studio-designed shopping and lifestyle district in King&rsquo;s Cross, in October," reads a King's Cross <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">statement</a>.<br></p> <p>The new offices are expected to open in 2021.<br></p> Oliver Wainwright on Stirling Prize shortlist: 'Lacking showstoppers' Alexander Walter 2018-07-23T15:08:00-04:00 >2018-07-23T15:08:52-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>There is no single showstopper and it will be a difficult year for the judges, weighing up the varying shades of reticence on the list. Together, the buildings make a bit of a dull group, celebrating the mute and austere over the bold and expressive &ndash; repeating the tenor of last year&rsquo;s list, which scandalously failed to include Herzog &amp; de Meuron's Tate Switch House.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The Guardian</em> architecture critic, Oliver Wainwright, isn't particularly impressed with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this year's selection of six projects</a> for the coveted <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA Stirling Prize</a>, awarded annually for Britain's best new building. Calling it "a bit of a dull group" and questioning especially the inclusion of the Norman Foster-designed &pound;1-billion Bloomberg London HQ, Wainwright elaborates: "As the Turner prize has shown in recent years, with its choice of young collective Assemble and now radical activist research agency Forensic Architecture, perhaps the more provocative work is happening elsewhere, flying beneath the decorous radar of the RIBA awards."</p> <p>In case you missed it, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">selected buildings</a> this year are:</p> <ul><li>Bloomberg HQ by Foster + Partners</li><li>Bushey Cemetery by Waugh Thistleton Architects</li><li>Chadwick Hall by Henley Halebrown</li><li>New Tate St Ives by Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans &amp; Shalev</li><li>Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery by MUMA</li><li>Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre by Niall McLaughlin Architects</li></ul><p>The final S...</p> 'Cheesegrater 2' skyscraper approved for City of London Alexander Walter 2018-07-11T15:21:00-04:00 >2018-07-11T15:28:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A 56-storey tower called The Diamond is set to join the growing cluster of skyscrapers in the City of London and will be the financial district&rsquo;s third-tallest building when completed. The planned 263.4m tower at 100 Leadenhall Street will rank behind 1 Undershaft at 290m, nicknamed the Trellis, where work is yet to start, and 22 Bishopsgate, the reworked Pinnacle at 278m, which is under construction.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: The Diamond.</figcaption></figure><p>The City of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s third-tallest building has just received planning permission, and it will be somewhat of a d&eacute;j&agrave; vu: the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a>-designed, wedge-shaped 56-story tower, officially called The Diamond, is going to sit right next to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Roger</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cheesegrater</a>&mdash;London's OG wedge.<br></p> Tate St Ives named UK’s Museum of the Year 2018 Alexander Walter 2018-07-06T13:29:00-04:00 >2018-07-06T13:31:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Tate St Ives has been announced as Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018, the largest and most prestigious museum prize in the world. Anne Barlow, director of Tate St Ives, was presented with the &pound;100,000 prize by artist Isaac Julien and the &lsquo;world&rsquo;s best teacher&rsquo; Andria Zafirakou at an award ceremony at the V&amp;A, London.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Tate St Ives tells the story of the artists who have lived and worked in Cornwall in an international context," said Stephen Deuchar, chair of the judges. "The new extension to the gallery is deeply intelligent and breathtakingly beautiful, providing the perfect stage for a curatorial programme that is at once adventurous, inclusive and provocative. The judges admired an architect and gallery team who devoted some 12 years to this transformational change, consulting with the local community all the way."</p> <p>The group of finalist museums also included&nbsp;Brooklands Museum (Weybridge), Ferens Art Gallery (Hull), Glasgow Women&rsquo;s Library, and The Postal Museum (London).</p> Celebrating Architecture: new film promotes diversity in architecture education and the profession at large Alexander Walter 2018-07-03T18:22:00-04:00 >2018-07-03T18:23:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Nearly 94% of British architects are white, despite 14% of the UK population being of a black and minority ethnic background. [...] Warren is featured [...] in a new film due to premiere at the Royal College of Art (RCA) this month. Celebrating Architecture, which aims to encourage diversity in the profession, will be accompanied by architecture workshops for around 80 pupils from communities under-represented in the profession.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <em>Celebrating Architecture</em> initiative is co-lead by Venetia Wolfenden of the education and architecture consultancy&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Learners</a> together with design and technology school teacher, Neil Pinder. The film is scheduled to launch this month at London's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Royal College of Art</a>, hosted by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture Foundation</a>, in conjunction with two architecture workshop days for local children and teens from communities that have traditionally not been encouraged enough to pursue a career in architecture.<br></p> Lost UK brutalist buildings honored through illustrations Hope Daley 2018-06-25T18:09:00-04:00 >2018-06-26T12:37:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Despite being recognized as an important architectural movement, many iconic examples of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modernist architecture</a> have been knocked down in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK</a>, and many more are threatened by alteration or demolition. From The Tricorn Centre in Portsmouth to Gilbey's Gin complex in Harlow, these illustrations by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoCompare</a> pay tribute to Britain's lost post-war <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brutalist</a> buildings.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Tricorn Centre, Portsmouth (1966 - 2004)</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Pimlico Secondary School, London (1970 - 2010)</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Trinity Square Car Park, Gateshead (1967 - 2010)<a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figcaption></figure><figure><figcaption>Derwent Tower, Dunston (1972 - 2012)</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Greenside, Virginia Water, Surrey (1937 - 2003)</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Milton Court, London (1959 - 2008)</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Dunlop Rubber Factory, Brynmawr (1951 - 2001)</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Gilbey's Gin HQ, Harlow (1963 - 1993)</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Royal Mail Mechanised Letter Office, Hemel Hempstead (1985 - 2012)</figcaption></figure> Grenfell Tower inquiry: expert architectural witness fired because he was not a registered architect Alexander Walter 2018-06-25T13:28:00-04:00 >2018-06-25T15:57:28-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster has sacked its expert architectural witness after it emerged he was not a registered architect. John Priestley, who was appointed on Wednesday to produce a report into the architectural design of the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower, was sacked on Friday. [...] According to the inquiry, before he was instructed, Priestley told officials he was a UK registered and chartered architect.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Foster + Partners hints at possibility of leaving London over Brexit Alexander Walter 2018-06-19T14:50:00-04:00 >2018-06-19T14:52:26-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The UK&rsquo;s largest practice, Foster + Partners, says it would consider moving its headquarters from London if Brexit meant it could no longer attract the world&rsquo;s best architects [...] Less than a quarter of the architects based at Foster + Partners&rsquo; huge Battersea head office are UK nationals &ndash; with around a half from EU countries. In total, the firm employs 1,061 staff in the UK including 353 architects.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an interview with <em>The Architects' Journal</em>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a> managing partner Matthew Streets didn't rule out leaving London if attracting and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">employing</a> "the globe&rsquo;s brightest stars to maintain its position as world leaders"&nbsp;in a United Kingdom outside of the European Union became impossible.</p><p>The <em>AJ</em> also reports about similar <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brexit</a>-related workforce concerns from another UK architecture powerhouse, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners</a>.</p>