RIBA Report Aims to Put Architecture at the Heart of Next Government's Agenda

00:00 - 2 July, 2014
RIBA Report Aims to Put Architecture at the Heart of Next Government's Agenda, One proposal made by the report is to funnel transport money into 'active transport' routes, such as the Hackney Greenway which was created as part of the London Olympic Legacy. Image © Flickr CC User Andy Wilkes
One proposal made by the report is to funnel transport money into 'active transport' routes, such as the Hackney Greenway which was created as part of the London Olympic Legacy. Image © Flickr CC User Andy Wilkes

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has published a report which it hopes will influence government policy writers in time for the general election next year. The report outlines the RIBA's stance on a wide variety of architectural issues, from planning policy, to school building, to designing healthy cities.

The report hopes to build on the recommendations made by the Farrell Review, which among many other things recommended the appointment of a chief architect to advise the government, as well as an overhaul of the current planning system. However, in one sense the RIBA report goes further than the Farrell Report by saying that the government should implement a defined architecture policy, pointing to the success of such policies in countries such as Denmark.

Read on after the break for more on the report's recommendations

Winner Announced for Design of Jerusalem District Courthouse

01:00 - 2 July, 2014
Winner Announced for Design of Jerusalem District Courthouse, Courtesy of Studio PEZ and Zarhy Architects
Courtesy of Studio PEZ and Zarhy Architects

Studio PEZ along with Zarhy Architects have won the international competition to design the District Courthouse Complex in Jerusalem, Israel. The new 40,000 sqm complex, which will contain all court facilities (aside from the supreme court), will act as a “new landmark in Jerusalem," according to Daniel Zarhy and Pedro Peña Jurado of Studio PEZ.

Their winning proposal - "City of Justice" - was praised by the jury for being "alive, interesting, and [...] designed with much attention to detail." By re-interpreting the courthouse typology and dividing the program into different masses, the architects not only avoided a monolithic appearance and achieved a human scale, but also allowed for phase-by-phase project execution, an aspect which was favoured by the jury.

The District Courthouse is a part of a current construction boom in the capital, which includes a new high-rise tower by Daniel Libeskind and the National Library by Herzog & De Meuron. More images, drawings, and the architects' description after the break...

Courtesy of Studio PEZ and Zarhy Architects Courtesy of Studio PEZ and Zarhy Architects Courtesy of Studio PEZ and Zarhy Architects Courtesy of Studio PEZ and Zarhy Architects +18

House in LLavaneres / MIRAG ArquitecturaiGestió

01:00 - 2 July, 2014
House in LLavaneres / MIRAG ArquitecturaiGestió, © Jordi Surroca
© Jordi Surroca
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Xavier Ramoneda, Pau Millet
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca +27

The Extended House / Formwerkz Architects

01:00 - 2 July, 2014
The Extended House / Formwerkz Architects, © Albert Lim
© Albert Lim
  • Architects

  • Location

    Singapore
  • Design Team

    Alan Tay, Iskandar Idris, Ming Hui, Xue Zhen
  • Area

    450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Albert Lim © Albert Lim © Albert Lim © Albert Lim +15

Oryukdo Gawon Restaurant / Jae Heon Jeong

01:00 - 2 July, 2014
Oryukdo Gawon Restaurant / Jae Heon Jeong, © Youngchea PARK
© Youngchea PARK
  • Architects

  • Location

    Yongho-dong, Nam-gu, Busan, South Korea
  • Design Team

    Yongsik LIM, Yunho LEE
  • Area

    592.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Youngchea PARK © Youngchea PARK © Youngchea PARK © Youngchea PARK +12

Rabobank Westelijke Mijnstreek Advice Centre / Mecanoo

01:00 - 2 July, 2014
Rabobank Westelijke Mijnstreek Advice Centre / Mecanoo, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sittard, The Netherlands
  • Area

    5375.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Christian Richters, Courtesy of Mecanoo

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters Courtesy of Mecanoo © Christian Richters +22

EHL Premium Condominiums / Kashef Chowdhury - URBANA

01:00 - 2 July, 2014
EHL Premium Condominiums / Kashef Chowdhury - URBANA, © Hélène Binet
© Hélène Binet

© Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet +19

Soogook Village / op'us architects

01:00 - 1 July, 2014
Soogook Village / op'us  architects, © Joonhwan Yoon
© Joonhwan Yoon
  • Architects

  • Location

    5-2 Amnam-dong, Seo-gu, Busan, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Woo Daeseung, Cho Seongki, Kim Hyoungjong
  • Design Team

    Park Youseon, Yang Kunsu, Kim Jongdo, Yun Jongwon, Lee Sangdae, Nam Seongjin, Hwang Seoungho, Kim Huiyeon
  • Area

    1056.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Joonhwan Yoon © Joonhwan Yoon © Joonhwan Yoon © Joonhwan Yoon +27

Stair House / Onix

01:00 - 1 July, 2014
Stair House / Onix, © Peter van der Knoop
© Peter van der Knoop
  • Architects

  • Location

    Eschauzierlaan, 7608 Almelo, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Haiko Meijer
  • Area

    150.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Peter van der Knoop © Peter van der Knoop © Peter van der Knoop © Peter van der Knoop +23

Has London's British Museum Become a "Mall"?

00:00 - 1 July, 2014
Has London's British Museum Become a "Mall"?, The Great Court / Fosters + Partners. Image © janis.photo
The Great Court / Fosters + Partners. Image © janis.photo

"They've got the mall. They've got the food court. Now they've got the multiplex." Rowan Moore's latest piece for the Guardian discusses the collaged plight of London's British Museum as Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) complete a large extension of exhibition spaces. Describing it as a "composite Foster-Rogers" building, Moore argues that "a strange distribution of space" coupled with "an inattention to the cultural complexities of the modern museum" have led to "a void, wrapped in a void, with another void to the side." Although he states that "there are many things to like about RSHP's building", the total compilation of spaces, extensions and interventions have led to a museum more like a mall than a house of culture.

Typhoon Class Submarine Open Ideas Competition

01:00 - 1 July, 2014
Typhoon Class Submarine Open Ideas Competition

Throughout the entire period of its existence, humankind was developing numerous methods of elimination of each other. And with invention of the nuclear weapons this desire has endangered the being itself. Matterbetter researches how the design community in contemporary world can contribute to making this world a little safer and more friendly.

Matterbetter invites architects and designers to participate in open-ideas competition that aims to explore the architectural potential and transform the biggest nuclear submarine ever built into a peaceful architectural object. 

Denton Corker Marshall To Design First 21st Century Pavilion in Venice's Giardini

01:00 - 1 July, 2014
Denton Corker Marshall To Design First 21st Century Pavilion in Venice's Giardini, © Denton Corker Marshall
© Denton Corker Marshall

Australia’s new pavilion for the 2015 Venice Art Biennale will be, in the words of featured artist Fiona Hall, “a minefield of madness, badness, and sadness in equal measure.” Designed by firm Denton Corker Marshall, (who also designed the Stonehenge Visitor Centre), the project will replace the 25 year old temporary pavilion designed by Phillip Cox and will be the first building constructed on the Giardini in two decades. 

34.25° House / Bartek Arendt + Kasia Bedra

01:00 - 1 July, 2014
34.25° House  / Bartek Arendt + Kasia Bedra, Courtesy of Bartek Arendt
Courtesy of Bartek Arendt
  • Architects

  • Location

    Poland
  • Area

    276.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Bartek Arendt

Courtesy of Bartek Arendt Courtesy of Bartek Arendt Courtesy of Bartek Arendt Courtesy of Bartek Arendt +24

Skyttelbron Bridge / Metro Arkitekter (Sweco Architects)

01:00 - 1 July, 2014
Skyttelbron Bridge / Metro Arkitekter (Sweco Architects), © Felix Gerlach
© Felix Gerlach
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lund Centralstation, 222 21 Lund, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge

    Rafael Palomo, Claes R Janson
  • Design Team

    Karin Andersson, Alberto Tenti
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Felix Gerlach, Courtesy of Rafael Palomo

Courtesy of Rafael Palomo © Felix Gerlach Courtesy of Rafael Palomo © Felix Gerlach +14

San Stae / Project Meganom

01:00 - 1 July, 2014
San Stae / Project Meganom, © Yury Grigoryan
© Yury Grigoryan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Venice, Italy
  • Architects in Charge

    Yury Grigoryan, Pavel Ivanchikov, Iliya Kulesov, Alexandra Pavlova, Yury Kuznezov, Semen Rastorguev
  • Collaborator

    Yury Avvakumov
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Yury Grigoryan © Yury Grigoryan © Yury Grigoryan © Yury Grigoryan +9

Niigata City Konan Ward Cultural Center / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design

01:00 - 1 July, 2014

School of Engineers in Bretagne / ANMA

01:00 - 1 July, 2014
School of Engineers in Bretagne / ANMA, © Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia
  • Architects

  • Location

    100 Lorient, 58120 Corancy, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Nicolas Michelin, Michel Delplace, Cyril Trétout
  • Project Director

    Etienne Chalet-Hayard
  • Project Manager

    Ronan Le Hyaric
  • Area

    5743.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia +26

WHO Launches Competition to Extend Geneva Headquarters

01:00 - 1 July, 2014
The original WHO Headquarters building designed by Jean Tschumi. Image © Wikimedia CC User Thorkild Tylleskar
The original WHO Headquarters building designed by Jean Tschumi. Image © Wikimedia CC User Thorkild Tylleskar

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched an international design competition to redevelop and extend its 1966 headquarters in Geneva. The new facilities, a 25,000 square metre office block and 700-space underground car park will replace a series of smaller additions, hastily constructed in response to various health crises in the years after the main building was completed.

In addition, the new building will facilitate a redevelopment of the original building, housing extra staff while work on the Jean Tschumi-designed building is carried out.

Read on for more details on the competition