Essex University Extension / Patel Taylor

02:00 - 5 February, 2016
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© Edmund Sumner

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ASF-UK Symposium: Designing In Uncertain Global Times

16:30 - 4 February, 2016

Join ASF-UK for a one day symposium to explore how built environment practitioners can respond to emerging global challenges in cities. With highly interactive sessions throughout the day, we will test and discuss different skills, approaches and knowledge that can ‘challenge practice’ in order to design in uncertain global times. The day will be a great opportunity to expand your knowledge of working in this sector, to network with others in this field and a chance to discover ways in which to engage with ASF-UK. The event will end with a reflection by practitioners involved in innovative forms of practice in the UK and around the world.

Event: Conscious Cities Conference

13:00 - 4 February, 2016

Conscious Cities is a one-day conference organised by MoA and THECUBE that aims to explore the relationship between neuroscience and architecture. By bringing together neuroscientists, architects, engineers, planners and developers, the conference aims to offer necessary tools for understanding how the built environment impacts our cognitive functions, while also showing how professionals can use research in neuroscience to design better spaces and cities for the future.

Achim Menges to Create Robotic Pavilion for V&A

14:00 - 3 February, 2016
Elytra Filament Pavilion, render, V&A John Madejski Garden 2016. Image © ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart
Elytra Filament Pavilion, render, V&A John Madejski Garden 2016. Image © ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart

Stuttgart experimental architect Achim Menges has been commissioned to kickstart the V&A's first ever Engineering Season with a site specific, nature-inspired installation fabricated by robots. Complemented by Ove Arup's first major retrospective, Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design, the Elytra Filament Pavilion will be Menges' first public commission in the UK. He will work with Moritz Dörstelmann, structural engineer Jan Knippers and climate engineer Thomas Auer to complete the project. 

"Elytra Filament Pavilion will explore the impact of emerging robotic technologies on architectural design, engineering and making," says the V&A. "Inspired by a lightweight construction principle found in nature, the fibrous structures of the forewing shells of flying beetles known as elytra, the Pavilion will be an undulating canopy of tightly-woven carbon fibre cells created using a novel robotic production process."

People's Canopy / People's Architecture Office

22:00 - 29 January, 2016
© Lain Lynn
© Lain Lynn
  • Architects

  • Location

    Preston, Preston, Lancashire, UK
  • Architect in Charge

    He Zhe, James Shen, Zang Feng
  • Design Team

    Xu Xi, Jiang Hao, Charlotte Yu
  • Client

    In Certain Places
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Lain Lynn, Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO), ICP, Tony Worrall, Bernie Blackburn

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Regent High School / Walters & Cohen

15:00 - 29 January, 2016
© Dennis Gilbert
© Dennis Gilbert

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Wolfgang Buttress’ Celebrated UK Pavilion, "The Hive" Moves to Kew Gardens

12:00 - 29 January, 2016
UK Pavilion - Milan Expo 2015 / Wolfgang Buttress. Image Courtesy of Kew
UK Pavilion - Milan Expo 2015 / Wolfgang Buttress. Image Courtesy of Kew

Wolfgang ButtressThe Hive, the gold medal-winning UK Pavilion from Milan Expo 2015, is being relocated to London's famous botanic garden, Kew. The mesmerizing (and photogenic) "beehive" was designed to give visitors a glimpse into the life of a working bee; its 169,300 individual aluminium components, reaching 17-meters and fitted with hundreds of LED lights, created a multi-sensory experience that shed light on the importance of the pollinator.  

Oxford Unveils 5 Proposals Seeking to Overhaul St Hilda's College

12:00 - 28 January, 2016
Tim Ronalds Architects. Image Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants
Tim Ronalds Architects. Image Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants

Oxford University has released five shortlisted proposals to overhaul and extend its St Hilda's College. Part of the invited competition Redefining St Hilda's, the concepts are designed to expand student and Fellow accommodation, while providing new social and teaching spaces, Middle Common Room, Porters' Lodge and entrance for the college. 

“We are keenly aware of the legacy we give to future generations as well as the opportunity to enhance Oxford itself. This initiative is all about reimagining this beautiful site and creating an academic environment which is pleasing and satisfying to use, and which enables the College to flourish over the next hundred years,” says St Hilda’s College Principal, Professor Sir Gordon Duff.

Read on for a glance at the five shortlisted proposals...

Origami House / Design Haus Liberty

02:00 - 23 January, 2016
© Jack Hobhouse
© Jack Hobhouse

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Witherford Watson Mann’s Central London Almshouse Promotes Sociability for the Elderly

04:00 - 22 January, 2016
Courtesy of Witherford Watson Mann Architects
Courtesy of Witherford Watson Mann Architects

Witherford Watson Mann Architects, in collaboration with writer Ken Worpole, has unveiled their design for an almshouse for the elderly in Bermondsey, London. Located on the site of a vacant, post-war nursing home, the 6,152 square meter space will serve the United St Saviour’s Charity, as an independent living accommodation for around 90 residents.

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Lairdsland Primary School / Walters & Cohen

02:00 - 22 January, 2016
© Dennis Gilbert
© Dennis Gilbert

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The Pyramid Viewpoint / BTE Architecture

03:00 - 21 January, 2016
© Andrew Lee
© Andrew Lee

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Prestwood Infant School Dining Hall / De Rosee Sa

02:00 - 21 January, 2016
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Courtesy of De Rosee Sa

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Birmingham New Street Station / AZPML

09:00 - 20 January, 2016
© Javier Callejas
© Javier Callejas
  • Architects

  • Location

    Birmingham, West Midlands, UK
  • Design Team

    Alejandro Zaera-Polo Manuel Eijo, Guillermo Fernandez-Abascal, Charles Valla, Christof Trenner, Tommaso Franzolini, Lola Fernandez, Sukyeong Kim, Carmen Sagredo, Takeru Sato, Penny Sperbund, Niklavs Paegle, Tobias Jewson, Mio Sato, Manuel Távora
  • Area

    91500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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Clock House / Archmongers

15:00 - 18 January, 2016
© French & Tye
© French & Tye
  • Architects

    Archmongers
  • Location

    Finsbury Park, London N4, UK
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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Seminar: Drawing on the Motive Force of Architecture

07:00 - 18 January, 2016
Veg House, Stage 4 © Peter Cook
Veg House, Stage 4 © Peter Cook

For architects, drawing is a thinking process. Sketching by hand onto paper without having any predetermined built form in mind is often the springboard for new hypotheses. With the rise of digital representation in architecture, has the computer superseded the hand in the exploration of ideas?

This RIBA London seminar sees Professor Sir Peter Cook (co-founder of Archigram, director of CRAB Studio) and Professor Marcos Cruz (Bartlett) discuss the boons and limitations of digital representation in architecture, and the hybrid possibilities of using both in tandem.

Archive – Homestore & Kitchen / Haptic Architects

05:00 - 11 January, 2016
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© Simon Kennedy

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Design Technology Block / Squire and Partners

09:00 - 9 January, 2016
Courtesy of Squire and Partners
Courtesy of Squire and Partners

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