Archinect - News 2017-09-22T16:46:00-04:00 What not to miss at this year's designjunction, the leading destination for design, arts and culture Sponsor 2017-09-20T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-09-19T12:43:59-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p><em><strong>This post is brought to you by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designjunction</a>.</strong></em><br></p> <p>Now in its seventh year,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designjunction</a>&nbsp;returns to Kings Cross this September (21-24) as part of the annual London Design Festival. The 2017 edition of the show will present more than 200 international design brands, hundreds of product launches, 70 tempting pop-up shops and bespoke installations, in addition to the schedule of lively talks and debates.</p> <p>The show will take place across five key sites &ndash; all within a stone&rsquo;s throw of each other, including the centrally located Granary Square (registration and installations), Cubitt House (lighting and furniture), Cubitt Park (emerging designers and materials), The Crossing (installations and partnership projects) and The Canopy (retail).&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Cubitt House and Cubitt Park&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Due to popular demand, designjunction expands its trade destination. Cubitt House remains a focused furniture and lighting destination, whilst Cubitt Park, a new pavilion located opposite, will house luxury accessories and ma...</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> Foster + Partners to transform the Snowdon Aviary at the London Zoo Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-13T17:52:00-04:00 >2017-09-13T17:55:35-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Grade II* listed structure designed by Cedric Price with Frank Newby and Lord Snowdon in 1962, was, and still is a sensational statement. It was the first aviary in Britain that gave visitors a &lsquo;walk-through&rsquo; experience, bringing them closer to the birds in their natural habitat. The new design adapts the heritage structure to suit its new inhabitants &ndash; a troop of colobus monkeys and parrots &ndash; and offers visitors an enhanced experience.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Snowdon Aviary. Image: Foster + Partners</figcaption></figure><p>Foster + Partners will transform the aviary at the London Zoo, built in 1964 and designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cedric Price</a>,&nbsp;Frank Newby&nbsp;and&nbsp;Antony Armstrong-Jones.</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster</a> says &ldquo;The rebirth of the Snowdon Aviary continues our work with historical structures. It is about the fusion of the old and new, but also about repurposing this extraordinary structure. The brand-new walk-though home will allow it to extend its role for decades to come. It will ensure the preservation of an iconic structure and honour its distinguished authors from the past, while preserving a unique built example of Cedric Price&rsquo;s work.&rdquo; </p> <figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>The original Snowdon Aviary from 1964. Image via Wikipedia. </figcaption></figure> 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> Due to lack of affordable housing, London Mayor throws out plans for New Scotland Yard scheme Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-12T14:21:00-04:00 >2017-09-12T14:21:43-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Abu Dhabi-owned developer won planning approval for the 268-home mixed-use redevelopment of the Metropolitan Police&rsquo;s HQ site in April 2016....Since then developer BL Developments has sought to increase the total number of homes by 27, from 268 to 295, with no increase in the number of affordable units or payment in lieu, meaning the level of affordable housing fell further still to only 3%.</p></em><br /><br /><p>BL Developments, who bought the site back in 2014 for &pound;370m, had submitted an initial proposal to transform the former <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metropolitan Police headquarters</a> into a mixed-use scheme. The plans, which involved tearing&nbsp;down three existing buildings to clear the way for six residential-led buildings ranging from 14 to 20 stories, were approved with full planning permission by the then <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> Mayor <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boris Johnson</a> in 2016. The plans included only 10 affordable homes out of 268.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2017, the developer lodged a 'section 73 application' to increase the total number of homes to 295 without adding to the number of affordable units or payment in lieu. This increase put the level of affordable housing on site at 3%. Due to the lack of sufficient affordable housing on site, London Mayor,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sadiq Khan</a>, has rejected the new proposal. The initial planning permission for the Broadway property will not be affected by this decision and development will go on as planned.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sadiq Khan, who has made tackling the ...</p> 100% Design and Picfair Launch Design Photography Competition for London Design Festival Sponsor 2017-09-09T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-09-15T20:37:55-04:00 <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>As part of this year&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Design Festival</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">100% Design</a>, the largest design trade show in the UK, has teamed up with Picfair, a revolutionary new image library, and Icon, one of the world&rsquo;s leading architecture and design magazines, to launch a design photography competition with the theme of &lsquo;Elements&rsquo;.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Picfair</figcaption></figure><p>Lasting for a period of 6 weeks and opened globally to unpublished and emerging photographers, the competition is aimed at design photographers who can produce exceptional work in the following categories - <em>Elements of the Home, Elements of Workplace</em> and <em>Elements of Architecture.</em> </p> <p>The theme is shared with 100% Design, which considers everything from the fundamentals of design to the component parts that make up a product, the materials used to the stories and processes of development. </p> <p>A shortlist of entrants will have the opportunity to exhibit their work at this year&rsquo;s 100% Design at Olympia during London Design Festival,...</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> 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> London's Victoria & Albert Museum partnering to open China's first major design museum Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-24T20:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-24T20:03:37-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Museum creation has increasingly become a major cultural export for countries.&nbsp;The controversial&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louvre Abu Dhabi</a> is slated to open later this year and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim</a> has made attempts in recent years to open up satellite museums in both Helsinki and Abu Dhabi, to name a few. Now, the London-based&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Victoria &amp; Albert Museum</a> is preparing to launch a new museum in China that will be the country's first ever major design museum.</p> <p>The UK museum has partnered with China Merchants Group, who are behind the Sea World Culture and Art Center in Shenzhen in which the museum will be housed. The complex has been designed by Japanese Pritzker laureate, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fumihiko Maki</a>, and will become a large-scale urban development that involves retail, commercial, and residential buildings as well as the Design Society.&nbsp;The projects aim is to promote Chinese design to an international audience and present the best international design in&nbsp;China.&nbsp;</p> <p>Deputy director of the V&amp;A, Tim Reeve, described their role at the hel...</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> Scaffolding around Grenfell Tower may be used as screen for art projections Julia Ingalls 2017-08-22T12:17:00-04:00 >2017-08-22T12:17:44-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>As workers prepare to remove the charred debris from Grenfell Tower, the specially erected scaffolding and netting around the building that will block the view of their work from the public may be used as a kind of projection screen for local children's painting and art. At least, that's what site and remediation manager Michael Lockwood has proposed, in part because the schoolchildren are apparently unhappy staring at the burned out husk of the previously-flammably-clad tower.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Residents take in the burned tower. Image: Catholic Church England via Flickr</figcaption></figure><p>According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Art Newspaper</a>, "Lockwood recently met primary school pupils in the area who said that looking up at the tower is upsetting. 'I asked them if they would like to come up with paintings of what they would like to see on the building,' he said. The works would be projected on to the scaffolding screen."<br></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> 2017 Antepavilion playfully subverts planning legislation and explores alternative city-dwellings Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-14T15:57:00-04:00 >2017-08-16T09:08:49-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The Antepavilion program, a joint venture between <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Architecture Foundation</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Arthouse Foundation</a>, launched an international competition to design a &pound;25,000 pop-up rooftop at Columbia and Brunswick Wharf in Hackney, north-east <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>. The goal was to invite architects, artists and designer to explore innovative ways of living within the city while engaging with issues of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainability</a>. After shortlisting five designs, PUP Architects&mdash;a London-based studio&mdash;was selected for their duct-shaped pavilion.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a><figcaption>Photo Credit: Jim Stephenson</figcaption></figure></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo Credit: Jim Stephenson</figcaption></figure><p>Called the H-VAC, the structure is built of a timber frame, cladded in shingles made from peach iced-tea Tetra Pak cartons. The design playfully subverts planning legislation by disguising the dwelling as air conditioning equipment. Their design exploits loopholes for mechanical rooftop equipment that does not require planning permission due to relaxed permitted developments rights. The firm stated that "while permitted dev...</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> Skaters in London are trying to restore the Southbank Centre, a popular skating site Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-08T13:37:00-04:00 >2017-08-10T10:31:04-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The point is, skaters made that area safe; in the old days it was cardboard city. That is what skating does: it fills the cracks in society left by capitalist development &hellip; that is where skating exists. It&rsquo;s like a fungus, it&rsquo;s like moss, it just grows in the corners where no one else wants to be.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in 2004, two-thirds of a popular skateboarding site at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southbank Centre</a> in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> was destroyed. In 2014, the final third of the site was on its way to closure when the property management changed hands. Seeing the turnover as an opportunity, a campaign&mdash;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Long Live Southbank</a>&mdash;began that proposed the reconstruction of the original site in its entirety. The effort has largely been successful; the Southbank Centre has agreed and the plans have been approved by the city.</p> <p>It may not be so surprising that the Centre might re-welcome skaters as&nbsp;<em>the Guardian&nbsp;</em>explains, "the idea that skateboarders are the &ldquo;shock troops of gentrification&rdquo; has been well documented." Skateboarders are often willing to congregate in areas that others do not want to and in this way, can act as a neighborhood watch that in time, allows others to feel safe in the space as well. Now, the only thing standing in the campaign's way is raising the funds necessary&mdash;around &pound;790,000&mdash;for restoration.</p>... Geek out to the architectural drawings used in classic sci-fi anime in this London exhibition Justine Testado 2017-08-07T15:45:00-04:00 >2017-08-07T15:45:22-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Each of the settings on display in the exhibit capture that promise of the future balanced with the starkness of reality. The settings also celebrate a disappearing craft&mdash;hand-drawn animation. The anime industry long resisted the shift to computer-generated art that took hold in the West starting in the 1990s, but as technology has advanced, fewer and fewer artists practice the craft traditionally, making the art on display especially striking.</p></em><br /><br /><p>London's House of Illustration is currently displaying &ldquo;Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan&rdquo;, an exhibition that showcases over 100 of the intricate paintings and drawings used in the production of iconic dystopian anime films like &ldquo;Ghost in the Shell&rdquo; and &ldquo;Akira&rdquo;.&nbsp;</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> Camden Highline gets backing from London Mayor Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-28T02:36:00-04:00 >2017-07-27T14:23:03-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Another day, another city, another <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">high line</a>&mdash;this time in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>. While in America, we use crowdfunding to help supplement health care costs or to actualize an invention, in England, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spacehive</a> is using this form of alternative financing to help back projects that make local places better. Think kickstarter, but for place-making. Projects range from a 90m temporary water slide in Bristol to a Library of Things in Southeast London where one can rent a violin or camping gear alongside their books. Among such proposals, is a 0.8km garden walk on a disused elevated railway line. Its project title&mdash;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Camden Highline</a>.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>The project plans to transform the obsolete tracks into a new type of green infrastructure for walking and cycling. They are currently seeking &pound;37,412 in order to cary out a feasibility study, including site appraisals and surveys. Thus far, the project has raised 93% of its funding goal to the thanks of 249 backers, including Mayor of London, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sadiq Khan</a>. Khan spoke of the pro...</p> London’s Walkie Talkie Tower, previously titled "UK's worst building of the year", sells for a record $1.7 billion Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-27T12:46:00-04:00 >2017-07-27T13:08:02-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The price, a record for a single U.K. office property, is remarkable given that the building will face ongoing maintenance costs, JPMorgan Chase &amp; Co. analysts including Tim Leckie wrote in a client note. LKK, which sells Chinese herbal medicines, paid a 13 percent premium to book value for the property even as Land Securities&rsquo;s shares trade at a 26 percent discount, he said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Land Securities Group Plc&nbsp;and Canary Wharf Group Plc agreed to sell the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly</a>-designed&nbsp;Walkie Talkie for 1.28 billion pounds ($1.7 billion) to Hong Kong-based LKK Health Products Group,&nbsp;founded in 1992 by the Lee Kum Kee family, whose primary business sells a variety of condiments.</p> <p><em>Asian investors have poured into London&rsquo;s office market in the year since the Brexit vote, capitalizing on the weak pound to buy towers for record-high prices. Hong Kong real estate developer C C Land Holdings&nbsp;<a href="" title="C C Land to Buy London&rsquo;s Cheesegrater Tower for $1.4 Billion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">paid</a>&nbsp;1.15 billion pounds for the Cheesegrater tower in May.</em></p> The privatization of public space in London, investigated by the Guardian Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-26T04:30:00-04:00 >2017-07-25T15:33:08-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Pseudo-public spaces &ndash; large squares, parks and thoroughfares that appear to be public but are actually owned and controlled by developers and their private backers &ndash; are on the rise in London and many other British cities, as local authorities argue they cannot afford to create or maintain such spaces themselves.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The abundance of pseudo-public spaces, namely outdoor, open and publicly accessible locations owned and maintained by private companies in London&nbsp;is alarming. To this day it's largely unclear what regulations people passing through privately-owned 'public' land are subject to, and where members of the public can view those regulations.</p> <p>The Guardian conducted an investigation, contacting landowners of more than 50 major pseudo-public spaces in London,&nbsp;asking an identical set of questions: what restrictions are in place covering users of your land, how are these enforced, where can members of the public see a list of these restrictions, and what conditions are there in the relevant planning agreements regarding public access to your land? Also inquiring whether a series of public activities &ndash; including peaceful political protest, non-commercial photography, non-commercial artistic performances and rough sleeping &ndash; would be permitted on their site, the Guardian received responses from ...</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> 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> The Norman Foster Foundation announces a program of education initiatives Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-12T14:40:00-04:00 >2017-07-12T14:42:31-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Based in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Madrid</a> and operating globally, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Norman Foster Foundation</a>&nbsp;is a non-profit promoting holistic education and interdisciplinary thinking and research.&nbsp;</p> <p>Followed from the <em>Future is Now</em> forum held in Madrid's Royal Theater on the 1st of June, Mayor of Madrid and Lord Foster brought together leading figures in the fields of science, design, architecture, politics, art, economics and history, to&nbsp;a capacity audience of 2,000 and 75,000 online viewers.&nbsp;</p> <p>With the support of the Rolex Institute, the Foundation will host week-long events in its Madrid Headquarters in November 2017. Grants will be awarded to ten students from around the world for a series of talks, think tanks and workshops led by key individuals, including Norman Foster, on issues such as the city, infrastructure, mobility and technology.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a><figcaption>The Norman Foster Foundation. Image courtesy of the NFF</figcaption></figure></figure></figure><p>In October 2017 the Foundation will feature an exhibit titled Common Futures in Madrid's Espacio Fundacion Telefonica. Create...</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> Sir David Adjaye + Sadie Morgan join London Mayor Sadiq Khan's "Good Growth by Design" Julia Ingalls 2017-07-11T12:44:00-04:00 >2017-07-11T12:44:07-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>London needs to provide space for 46,000 new jobs and build 50,000 new homes a year just to keep up with demand, as well as build the social infrastructure to support both. Good Growth will enable this, leaving a legacy of world-class buildings, outstanding public realm and large-scale regeneration for Londoners of the future.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Exhibiting both farsightedness and excellent aesthetic taste, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has created a program specifically meant to help anticipate and solve London's growth (experts estimate the city will soon have a population of 10 million). The "Good Growth by Design"&nbsp;program will have an advisory panel of 50 design advisors, including Sir David Adjaye and Sadie Morgan.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>London. Image: Juan Cabanillas via Flickr</figcaption></figure><p>As the mayor explained in a statement, &ldquo;London is facing unprecedented population growth and with that comes challenging work, but also amazing opportunities to deliver a city that is socially integrated, sustainable, healthier, safer and with a world class public realm. We must embrace London&rsquo;s rapid growth with both hands and take this chance to use good architecture and planning to make a real difference to the lives of Londoners. And this is a chance to learn from past mistakes, some of which are still dotted across our city, and blight the lives of the communities that...</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>