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Why Architecture Needs Less London-Centrism and More Ideas in the Wake of Brexit

09:30 - 7 December, 2016
<a href='http://www.archdaily.com/421970/library-of-birmingham-mecanoo'>Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo</a>. Image © Christian Richters
Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo. Image © Christian Richters

Between March of 2013 and December of 2014, Simon Henley of London-based practice Henley Halebrown wrote a regular column for ArchDaily titled “London Calling,” covering architectural topics of note in the UK's capital. Now, Henley is returning to his column – but in the wake of 2016's shock political developments, his column is re-branding. Thus, here he presents the first of his column “Beyond London” – a look at architectural topics around the UK. Here, Henley presents his opinion on those political developments, and the role architects should play as the UK embarks on a new period in its history.

Post-Brexit, British architects need to think hard about the profession’s London-centric position. There has been a policy of inclusion of non-London architects on panels, their work in magazines and on awards shortlists, but this is not enough. It was quite clear on June 24th when the London design community awoke to the realization that Britain will leave the European Union, that a “Remain”-minded bubble had formed within the capital. The same may be true of the other large cities around the country which voted largely in favour of “Remain.”

Walmer Yard / Peter Salter

03:00 - 6 December, 2016
Walmer Yard / Peter Salter, © Hélène Binet
© Hélène Binet

© Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet +26

  • Architectural design

  • Location

    Holland Park, London W11, United Kingdom
  • Associate Designer

    Fenella Collingridge
  • Area

    450.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Glass Box Project / Studio 304 Architecture

05:00 - 5 December, 2016
Glass Box Project / Studio 304 Architecture, © Jason Taylor Photography
© Jason Taylor Photography

© Jason Taylor Photography © Jason Taylor Photography © Jason Taylor Photography © Jason Taylor Photography +33

AL_A Creates Stackable Soccer Pitches for Unused Urban Lots

14:00 - 3 December, 2016
AL_A Creates Stackable Soccer Pitches for Unused Urban Lots , © AL_A
© AL_A

Architectural firm AL_A has unveiled its design for Pitch/Pitch, a series of 5-a-side soccer pitches designed for unused or temporarily vacant lots across London, as well as in other cities internationally. 

Created as a response to shortage of sport space in inner cities, the project is meant to be fast and easy to construct, “meaning it could be set up for a fortnight to coincide with a World Cup tournament, or last for a year, bringing use to vacant sites that might otherwise lie dormant.”

After working with Arup, the practice developed a modular system that utilizes a lightweight carbon-fiber structure, a material generally associated with the aerospace industry, but that is emerging architecturally at larger scales.

In with the Old and with the New / Scenario Architecture

05:00 - 1 December, 2016
In with the Old and with the New / Scenario Architecture, © Matt Clayton
© Matt Clayton

© Matt Clayton © Matt Clayton © Matt Clayton © Matt Clayton +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Evering Rd, London E5, United Kingdom
  • Architect in Charge

    Fanis Anastasiadis
  • Area

    33.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Great British Buildings: Thornsett Road

23:50 - 30 November, 2016
Great British Buildings: Thornsett Road, © Ståle Eriksen
© Ståle Eriksen

An exclusive architect-led, behind the scenes tour of this RIBA London Award winning building by Allies and Morrison.

Great British Buildings: Wilton's Music Hall

23:44 - 30 November, 2016
Great British Buildings: Wilton's Music Hall, © Hélène Binet
© Hélène Binet

An exclusive architect-led, behind the scenes tour of this RIBA London Award winning building by Tim Ronalds Architects.

New Permanent Garden / Gabriel Orozco

15:00 - 29 November, 2016
New Permanent Garden / Gabriel Orozco, © Andy Stagg
© Andy Stagg

© Andy Stagg © Andy Stagg © Andy Stagg Steps +8

  • Designer

  • Location

    65 Peckham Rd, London SE5 8UH, United Kingdom
  • Collaborators

    6a architects, horticulturists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Arts Building for The American School in London / Walters & Cohen Architects

09:00 - 27 November, 2016
Arts Building for The American School in London / Walters & Cohen Architects, © Marcus Peel
© Marcus Peel

© Marcus Peel © Dennis Gilbert/VIEW © Dennis Gilbert/VIEW © Dennis Gilbert/VIEW +20

Slab House / Bureau de Change Architects

03:00 - 25 November, 2016
Slab House / Bureau de Change Architects, © Ben Blossom
© Ben Blossom

© Ben Blossom                © Ben Blossom                © Ben Blossom                © Ben Blossom                +9

Victoria Gate / ACME

03:00 - 24 November, 2016
Victoria Gate  / ACME, © Jack Hobhouse
© Jack Hobhouse

© Jack Hobhouse               © Jack Hobhouse               © Jack Hobhouse               © Jack Hobhouse               +81

  • Architects

  • Location

    Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Area

    26000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Enniskillen Castle Museum / Kriterion Conservation Architects

15:00 - 23 November, 2016
Enniskillen Castle Museum / Kriterion Conservation Architects, © Vizz Creative
© Vizz Creative

© Vizz Creative  © Vizz Creative  © Vizz Creative  © Vizz Creative  +12

Adjaye Associates Designs Mixed-Use Building Near London's Trafalgar Square

10:30 - 23 November, 2016
Courtesy of Adjaye Associates
Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

Adjaye Associates, alongside development manager Alchemi Group, have submitted a planning application for 5 Strand, a mixed-use scheme adjacent to London's iconic Trafalgar Square. Inspired and informed by the surrounding historic buildings, the new 5 Strand will include 62,000 square feet (5,760 square meters) of office space, 26 apartments, and two ground-level retail units.

Courtesy of Adjaye Associates Courtesy of Adjaye Associates Courtesy of Adjaye Associates Courtesy of Adjaye Associates +5

Scenario's House / Scenario Architecture

13:00 - 22 November, 2016
Scenario's House / Scenario Architecture, © Matt Clayton
© Matt Clayton

© Matt Clayton        © Matt Clayton        © Matt Clayton        © Matt Clayton        +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    50 Alconbury Rd, London E5 8RH, United Kingdom
  • Lead Architect

    Maya Carni
  • Area

    202.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Media City Footbridge / WilkinsonEyre

15:00 - 21 November, 2016
Media City Footbridge / WilkinsonEyre, © Daniel Hopkinson
© Daniel Hopkinson

© Daniel Hopkinson              © Daniel Hopkinson              © Daniel Hopkinson              © Daniel Hopkinson              +11

Berkeley Green Skills Centre / Hewitt Studios

02:00 - 19 November, 2016
Berkeley Green Skills Centre / Hewitt Studios, © Paul Younger
© Paul Younger

© Martin Cleveland  © Martin Cleveland  © Martin Cleveland  © Paul Younger +15

Boxpark Croydon / BDP

03:00 - 18 November, 2016
Boxpark Croydon / BDP, © Nick Caville
© Nick Caville

© Nick Caville © Nick Caville © Nick Caville © Nick Caville +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Croydon, United Kingdom
  • Area

    2622.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

The Design Museum of London / OMA + Allies and Morrison + John Pawson

13:00 - 17 November, 2016
© Luc Boegly + Sergio Grazia
© Luc Boegly + Sergio Grazia

© Luc Boegly + Sergio Grazia © Luc Boegly + Sergio Grazia © Luc Boegly + Sergio Grazia © Philip Vile +61