Lens House, London / Alison Brooks Architects © Paul Riddle
Lens House, London / Alison Brooks Architects © Paul Riddle

Why Are So Many Women Leaving Architecture?

Despite a rise in female architecture students, the amount of women in architecture continues drop in the UK. Though this is not the case in many parts of the world – as female architects reportedly outnumber the men in South America - the UK has yet to find a solution to equalize the numbers for professional women in architecture. Jane Duncan, founder of Jane Duncan Architects and RIBA equality and diversity champion, weighs in the issue by asking “Why are so many women leaving architecture, and how can we buck the trend?” here on The Guardian.

Lonsdale Street Dandenong / TCL/BKK partnership

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Architects: TCL/BKK Architects
Location: Dandenong, Victoria,
Project Team: Simon Knott, Perry Lethlean, Scott Adams, Lisa Howard, Noelle Teh, Lin Tan, Michael Roper, Michael White
Area: 70,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: John Gollings

The Flinders Street Station Winning Proposal / HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron

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The winning proposal for the competition comes from HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron. The design integrates the station with the surrounding urban context, which has evolved and changed significantly since the building was designed 100 years ago. The station concept draws from many aspects – the site’s historic fabric, location, and linear nature; the original 19th century design and existing heritage fabric; the river and city edge, rail, public and river-based operations as well as the station’s place within the city fabric and public realm. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Winner Announced for Flinders Street Station

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Despite not winning the “People’s Choice Award,” HASSELL and Herzog de Meuron have, with a unanimous vote, won the competition to design the Flinders Street Station in Victoria, .

As the Guardian reports, Victoria’s premier, Denis Napthine, noted that the proposal displayed a ”beautiful and compelling integration of aspects of the original station design [...] The design was judged to offer the best experience for rail travellers with a layout that was spacious, comfortable and easy to get around” (more images and info on the proposal here).

Nevertheless, the “People’s Choice” poll, which garnered more than 19,000 participants, had preferred a proposal from a team from the University of Melbourne: Eduardo Velasquez, Manuel Pineda and Santiago Medina. Find an image from this proposal, after the break…

Old City: The New Paradigm

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This article appeared on Metropolis Magazine’s Point of View Blog as “Old City: the New Paradigm.”

The current conversation about redesigning cities usually focuses on Boomers or Milllennials, two extremes of the age spectrum.  The largest percent of people are between 30-64 years old and everyone will eventually be elderly–a reality no one can escape.

We are a global society, more savvy, fashionable and in-the-know than ever before, and most of us want an urbanized lifestyle, meaning a blend of great food and conversation, tech modernization, access to healthy and alternative life choices, and being at the center of the action.

The best cities in the world like New York, Berlin, and Tokyo market themselves as meccas for young, energetic people that promise diversity and innovation. This generates a lack of ideal architecture for people over the age of 65 and shuts the door on them. Thus we lose the knowledge, stability, and experience they provide to civilization.

More on “old” cities, after the break…

Loisium – Wine & Spa Resorts Southern Styria / Architektur Consult ZT GmbH

© Florian Holzherr & Mark Sengstbratl

Architects: Architektur Consult ZT GmbH
Location: ,
Area: 9,728 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Florian Holzherr & Mark Sengstbratl

© Tom Noonan
© Tom Noonan

Ten Spectacular Drawings Win RIBA’s “Eye Line” Competition

The results of RIBA Journal’s recent drawing competition, Eye Line, are in. Top of the pile was Tom Noonan‘s drawing “Reforestation of the Thames Estuary,” part of his Master’s Thesis project at the Bartlett School of Architecture; however, the range of styles and content mean that there’s something for everyone in the top ten. Read the full article and see all the drawings here.

IZE HOTEL / Studio TonTon

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Architects: Studio TonTon
Location: , Bali,
Architect In Charge: Antony Liu, Ferry Ridwan
Architect’s Team: Arga Artistika, Ivan Susanto, Cynthia Agustine, Arif Tsani
Area: 4,832 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fernando Gomulya

Courtesy of NaNA (NotaNumber Architects)
Courtesy of NaNA (NotaNumber Architects)

‘Thessaloniki’s Wet Dream’ Thermal Bath Complex Proposal / NaNA (NotaNumber Architects)

NaNA…’s project, titled ‘Thessaloniki’s Wet Dream,’ is a proposal for a subterranean public bath beneath a central urban plaza with a glazed roof at street level. The 4000 square meter bathing complex responds to the city’s ambitious plans for

Multifunctionial Centre de Boomgaard / Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten

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Architects: Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten
Location: , The Netherlands
Area: 4,200 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten

Courtesy of Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Storjohann
Courtesy of Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Storjohann

‘Live Between Buildings!’: New Vision of Loft 2 Competition Entry / Mateusz Mastalski + Ole Robin Storjohann

Mateusz Mastalski + Ole Robin Storjohann… shared with us their ‘Live Between Buildings!’ proposal for the New Vision of Loft 2 Competition organized by Fakro, which aims to create a new way of living in the city. Infills between existing

Ngunguru House / Tennent + Brown Architects

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Architects: Tennent + Brown Architects
Location: , Northland,
Project Team: Hugh Tennent, Neil Drummond
Area: 260 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Paul McCredie

Mystic Hill / FDS Arquitectos

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Architects: FDS Arquitectos
Location: Lavalleja,
Architect In Charge: Facundo de Souza, Matias Keuroglian
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jose Pampin

Navis Offices / RMW Architecture and Interiors

© Michael O’Callahan

Architects: RMW Architecture and Interiors
Location: 55 Harrison Street #600, , CA 94607, USA
Owner/Manager: Ellis Partners LLC/Jack London Square Ventures LLC
General Contractor: Novo Construction, Inc.
Mechanical Engineers: Encon Energy Conservation Co. – Thermal Mechanical Inc.
Electrical Engineer: Libra Electric
Plumbing Engineer: Pribuss Engineering
Furniture Vendor: One Workplace
Area: 32411.0 sqm
Photographs: Michael O’Callahan

ARKHE Beauty Salon / Moriyuki Ochiai Architects

© Atsushi Ishida

Architects: Moriyuki Ochiai Architects
Location: , Prefecture,
Designer: Moriyuki Ochiai
Area: 120.0 sqm
Photographs: Atsushi Ishida

ARBORETUM / Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects

© Brett Boardman

Architects: Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects
Location: ,
Collaborators: Tonkin Zulaikha Greer with Taylor CullityLethlean
Area: 4,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Brett Boardman

Assemble Studio / Assemble

© Tanja Milbourne

Architects: Assemble
Location: VIC,
Design Team: Quino Holland, Giuseppe Demaio and Ben Keck
Designed In Collaboration And Built By: Wes Old, Mark Coules, Lachlan Chapman and Maxi Walker
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tanja Milbourne

Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium / BIG

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Architects: BIG
Location: 2900 , Denmark
Creative Director: Bjarke Ingels
Partner In Charge: Finn Nørkjær
Project Leader: Ole Schrøder (Concept), Ole Elkjær (Construction)
Project Architect: Frederik Lyng
Project Team: Narisara Ladawal Schröder, Henrick Poulsen, Dennis Rasmussen, Jeppe Ecklon, Rune Hansen, Riccardo Mariano, Christian Alvare Gomez, Xu Li, Jakob Lange, Thomas Juul-Jensen
Area: 1100.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jens Lindhe