Video: 10×10 Drawing the City, Exhibition

The international development and disaster relief charity Article 25, named after the 25th article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, asked 100 of ’s artists and architects to take part in ‘10×10 Drawing the City‘. Zaha Hadid, Will Alsop, Eric Parry and Tim Makower have all created artwork inspired by an individually allocated 10×10 squared section of London’s urban landscape. The one-off pieces, which together are an impressive showcase of British architectural heritage, will be exhibited at the newly revamped West Wing of Somerset House on 14 November before all work is auctioned to the public.

RIBA Design Ideas Competition: Great Fen Visitor Centre

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RIBA Competitions recently announced their two-stage design ideas competition for the Great Fen Visitor Centre in . Great Fen is an internationally acclaimed vision, one of sweeping scale and ambition. Over the next 50-100 years, more than 3,000ha of largely arable land will be transformed into a mosaic of habitat: open water, lakes, ponds and ditches; reedbed; fen, bog and marsh; wet grassland; dry grassland; woodland and scrub. The competition seeks to to create around and between a restored fenland landscape which provides a living landscape for wildlife and people. Registrations will close on December 19. The deadline for Stage 1 design submissions is 2pm on January 10. To register, and for more information, please visit here.

Langley Green Children’s Centre / Re-Format

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Architects: Re-Format
Location: Crawley,
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Nigel Rigden

Redevelopment of the Quadrangle at the Strand Campus Competition Winner / Hall McKnight Architects

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RIBA Competitions recently awarded Hall McKnight Architects as the winner in the competition to redevelop the Quadrangle at King’s College ’s historic Strand Campus, which was considered to be unique in playing to the strengths of the historic buildings surrounding the Quad. Ian Caldwell, Director of Estates & Facilities at King’s, said ‘Hall McKnight had undertaken an impressive analysis of the site and presented a clear philosophy. By uncovering layers of the past, the architects showed a real engagement with the history of the buildings surrounding the Quad. The competition jury panel was impressed with Hall McKnight’s passion, intelligence, strategic sense and communicative ability.’ More images and information after the break.

Design of New Luxury Hotel in the North West Competition Winner / Allies & Morrison

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Peel, one of the leading infrastructure, real estate and investment enterprises in the UK, recently awarded Allies & Morrison as the winner of their RIBA Competition for a new world class luxury hotel. Allies & Morrison fought off strong competition from Edward Cullinan Architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley, Henning Larsen Architects, Hopkins and Ian Simpson Architects but were selected unanimously by the Panel. Bob Allies, Partner at Allies & Morrison commented: “Allies and Morrison are really delighted to have been selected for this project, an ambitious building on a very important site, an opportunity to integrate a modern hotel into the surviving fragments of a significant Victorian landscape.” More images and information after the break.

BE OPEN Sound Portal / Arup

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Located in Trafalgar Square in , the BE OPEN Sound Portal focuses on an experience that would be all about the sound. Designed by Arup, they thought it would be great if people could really concentrate on sound in Trafalgar Square, which would take people away form hustle and bustle into a space where they can concentrate and immerse themselves in sound. The original idea was that they would be able to take people away from London to another place, to hear the sound of a melting glacier or an acoustic model of the big bang. The plan is effectively two concentric circles: the inner circle for the sound and the outer circle forms the entrances. Both pieces mask the background noise. They are shells to shield the noise. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Emirates Glass LEAF Awards 2012

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The results of the 9th Annual Emirates Glass have been announced, honoring the architects designing the buildings and solutions that are setting the benchmark for the international architectural community.

The winners were selected from an impressive shortlist by an international jury of architects that included Irving Brauer (chairman, principal of Brauer Associates), Phil Holden (managing director of Pascall+Watson architects), Lucy Bullivant (architectural curator, critic, author), Paolo Brescia (partner of Open Building Research), and Kasia Fiutowska (founding partner of Sketch Design).

The 2012 award winners are:

BLOOM – A Crowd Sourced Garden / Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez

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Commissioned by the Greater Authority as part of the Wonder series to celebrate the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, BLOOM, designed and developed by Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez from The Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL, is a crowd sourced garden. Designed in neon pink, which is the official Olympics color, BLOOM is conceptualised as an urban toy, a distributed social game and collective “gardening” experience that seeks the engagement of people in order to construct fuzzy BLOOM formations. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Paddington Crossrail / Weston Williamson Architects

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Undergoing the most significant change since the historic station was completed to Brunel’s design, the new Paddington Station, designed by Weston Williamson Architects, will provide a major new gateway for . Serving local, national and international passengers, the Crossrail Station balances many design issues including heritage, conservation, transport integration, way-finding, orientation, servicing and security to create a world-class pedestrian space alongside the existing Network Rail buildings. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Google’s New Super HQ / PENSON

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Architects: PENSON
Location: Covent Garden, Covent Gardens, , Greater WC2E 7BB, UK
Project Managers: CBRE
Photographs: Courtesy of PENSON

Peabody’s St John’s Hill Estate / Hawkins\Brown

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The regeneration of Peabody’s St John’s Hill Estate in South , designed by Hawkins\Brown, was recently granted planning permission. The masterplan reintegrates the site to its immediate surroundings. A new pedestrian avenue connecting the station to the common includes two public squares: one at the center of the scheme, the other opposite the station. The central square provides a large public space activated by a community hub. The application, which was submitted to the London Borough of Wandsworth, has involved close consultation with residents, a number of other local groups, and the local authority. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Coca Cola Beatbox Pavilion / Pernilla & Asif

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Architects: Pernilla & Asif
Location: , UK
Design Team: Asif Khan, Pernilla Ohrstedt
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Hufton & Crow

White Cube Bermondsey / Casper Mueller Kneer Architects

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Architects: Casper Mueller Kneer Architects
Location: Bermondsey, Borough of Southwark, SE16, UK
Design Team: Jens Casper, Marianne Mueller, Olaf Kneer
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 5,440 sqm
Photographs: Paul Riddle

Flashback: Kielder Belvedere / Softroom

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Architects: Softroom
Location: Northumberland,
Project Year: 1999
Photographs: Keith Paisley

London Olympics 2012: Olympic Park

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July 27, 2012 marks the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. As the Olympics approach closer, the eyes of the world will inevitably turn to and its new infrastructure. Over the past 12 months, the Olympic Park in ’s struggling east side has changed dramatically. With the structures of the main sporting venues complete, you can now get a real feel for the layout of the park and the compact nature of the site. More images and information after the break.

Maggie’s Nottingham / CZWG Architects

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Architects: CZWG Architects
Location: Nottingham,
Interior Design: Paul Smith
Structural Engineer: Adams Kara Taylor
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 360 sqm
Photographs: Martine Hamilton Knight

London Festival of Architecture 2012 / Nicholas Kirk Architects

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Architects: Nicholas Kirk Architects
Location: London,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 50.0 sqm
Photographs: Robin Hayes

Video: London Pleasure Garden

Located in the Olympic East End, the London Pleasure Gardens is a new 20-acre riverside arts and entertainment destination. Patterned after the Pleasure Gardens of the 17th and 19th Centuries, LPG invites visitors to listen to music, admire paintings, stroll, drink, flirt and immerse themselves in culture. Featuring open-air concerts, dance and theatre arenas, historic and contemporary architecture, an urban nature reserve, a boutique hotel and a floating cocktail bar, LPG will evolve over the next three years, acting as an entertainment centre but also a platform for artists and musicians to showcase their work to the public. Here, we speak to LPGs creative director, Deborah Armstrong about the project, the regeneration of the Royal Docks and the artists and architects involved.