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Boldrewood Innovation Campus / Grimshaw

11:00 - 20 October, 2015
Boldrewood Innovation Campus / Grimshaw, © Diane Auckland - Fotohaus
© Diane Auckland - Fotohaus

© Jim Stephenson © Diane Auckland - Fotohaus © Jim Stephenson © Jim Stephenson +11

Semi-detached / Delvendahl Martin Architects

09:00 - 16 October, 2015
Semi-detached / Delvendahl Martin Architects, © Tim Crocker
© Tim Crocker

© Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker +19

The Cube / Hawkins\Brown

05:00 - 28 September, 2015
The Cube / Hawkins\Brown, © Jack Hobhouse
© Jack Hobhouse

© Jack Hobhouse © Jack Hobhouse © Jack Hobhouse © Jack Hobhouse +35

OMA, Zaha Hadid and Mecanoo Among 9 Shortlisted for New Art Space in Manchester

14:15 - 23 September, 2015
OMA, Zaha Hadid and Mecanoo Among 9 Shortlisted for New Art Space in Manchester, Manchester City Centre. Image © Flickr CC User Stacey MacNaught
Manchester City Centre. Image © Flickr CC User Stacey MacNaught

A competitive shortlist of 9 has been released for a new high-profile art space planned in Manchester. The £110 million project, known as "The Factory" (after the city's influential Factory Records), will feature an "ultra-flexible" arts venue that can transform from a 2,200-seat theater into an open 5,000-capacity space that will accommodate a wide range of art forms and performances. It will also serve as the new home of the Manchester International Festival (MIF). 

"The level of international interest reflects the city’s emerging status as an internationally-renowned city of culture. This is a landmark development that will place Manchester in the highest tier of arts worldwide," said Manchester City Council (MCC) executive member Rosa Battle. 

The 9 shortlisted practices are: 

Y-Cube / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

05:00 - 11 September, 2015
Y-Cube / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, © Grant Smith
© Grant Smith

© Grant Smith © Grant Smith Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners © Grant Smith +24

Crowdfunding Campaign Begins for Homeless Shelter Pods

08:00 - 23 August, 2015
Crowdfunding Campaign Begins for Homeless Shelter Pods, Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of James Furzer
Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of James Furzer

After winning the 6th annual Space for New Visions competition by FAKRO last month, James Furzer of Spatial Design Architects has begun a crowdfunding campaign on Indigogo for his project, “Homes for the Homeless”. The project proposes a series of modular pods which attach to existing buildings, providing a safe space for a night’s rest for the homeless. Extending beyond mere habitation, James Furzer hopes to change the way that the public sees the homeless – of which there are over 750 on any given night in London alone.

Own a Pied-à-Terre in the Heart of Middle Earth with the "Realise Minas Tirith" Campaign

09:30 - 8 August, 2015
Own a Pied-à-Terre in the Heart of Middle Earth with the "Realise Minas Tirith" Campaign, via Indiegogo Realise Minas Tirith Campaign
via Indiegogo Realise Minas Tirith Campaign

Are you looking for the perfect walled city to lay down your roots? Look no further than Minas Tirith, J.R.R. Tolkien's fictional capital of Gondor, located in mountainous and remote Middle Earth. Except, if an ambitious group of British architects get their way, it might not be fictional for much longer. With their plans to construct a replica of Minas Tirith in the non-fictional hills of southern England, the Lord of the Rings-inspired community promises to be a bustling center of activity occupied by the most diehard Middle Earth supporters. This is only possible, of course, if the founders of Realise Minas Tirith are able to fundraise £1.85 Billion ($2.86bn USD) within 60 days on Indiegogo.

These Detachable Pods Aim to Provide Shelter for Britain’s Homeless

06:00 - 21 July, 2015
These Detachable Pods Aim to Provide Shelter for Britain’s Homeless, Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of James Furzer
Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of James Furzer

The 6th annual “Space for New Visions” competition has announced its winner: a project entitled “Homes for the Homeless,” by James Furzer of Spatial Design Architects. Hosted by FAKRO, a global manufacturer of roof windows and loft ladders, and A10 Magazine for European Architecture, the competition sought proposals that incorporated FAKRO products. With entries from around the world, projects were judged based on user comfort, environmental impact, functionality and natural light, among other things. Read about the winning entry after the break.

David Chipperfield's "Radical" English Country House Considered "World's Best"

13:06 - 23 June, 2015
David Chipperfield's "Radical" English Country House Considered "World's Best", © Rik Nys courtesy of the AR
© Rik Nys courtesy of the AR

The Architectural Review (AR) has crowned David Chipperfield's Fayland House winner of the 2015 AR House Awards, deeming it the world's best new house. Celebrating excellence and innovation in the design of a one-off house, the award highlights the Chipperfield-designed home for being a "radical new take on the English country house."

"To make a luxury home that isn’t pompous or a projection of the vanity of its inhabitants is a really difficult thing," said judge Adam Caruso of Caruso St John. "Fayland House places a very large house in a special landscape without disappearing. The domestic outdoor spaces, which have always been an issue in English country houses, are in courtyards, which is an innovation."

Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA South West Awards

05:00 - 9 April, 2015
Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA South West Awards, Shortlisted: Myrtle Cottage Garden Studio / Stonewood Design. Image © Jo Chambers
Shortlisted: Myrtle Cottage Garden Studio / Stonewood Design. Image © Jo Chambers

A total of sixteen projects have been shortlisted for RIBA South West 2015 Awards, featuring buildings by Glenn Howells Architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, AHR, and Stonewood Design. All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury. Regional winners will then be considered for a RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will place some projects in the running for the 2015 .

See the complete list of shortlisted projects after the break.

RIBA Launches Centenery Square Regeneration Competition for Birmingham

01:00 - 25 October, 2014
RIBA Launches Centenery Square Regeneration Competition for Birmingham, Birmingham's Centenary Square. Image Courtesy of RIBA Competitions
Birmingham's Centenary Square. Image Courtesy of RIBA Competitions

The Royal Institute of British Architects have announced an international design competition to regenerate Centenary Square, one of Birmingham's largest public spaces, and neighbor to Birmingham's International Convention Centre, the Old Rep Theatre, and the the Library of Birmingham by Mecanoo which was shortlisted for the 2014 Stirling Prize

Spotlight: Sir Christopher Wren

01:00 - 20 October, 2014
Spotlight: Sir Christopher Wren, St. Paul's Cathedral, London. Image © Flickr CC User locosteve
St. Paul's Cathedral, London. Image © Flickr CC User locosteve

Sir Christopher Wren (20 October 1632 - 25 February 1723) is one the most significant architects in England's history, and was a recognized astronomer, scholar, and physicist-mathematician. Wren was classically trained at University of Oxford in physics and engineering where he developed his interest in architecture. He is perhaps most famous for designing London's iconic St. Paul's Cathedral, however he is credited with the design of dozens of other churches, government buildings, and hospitals in England. Wren was knighted in 1673.

Hampton Court Palace, London. Image © Flickr CC User Pembleton Old Royal Navy College, Greenwich. Image © Flickr CC User Nicholas Schooley Trinity College Library, Cambridge. Image © Flickr CC User bethmoon527 St. Paul's Cathedral, London. Image © Flickr CC User locosteve +5

Five Shortlisted for Marlborough College Science Building

01:00 - 4 October, 2014
Five Shortlisted for Marlborough College Science Building, Marlborough College via Wikipedia
Marlborough College via Wikipedia

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Nicholas Hare Architects, Orms, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and Tim Ronalds Architects have been shortlisted in a competition to expand and develop the Marlborough College science building in Wiltshire, England. “The current Science Block has a fascinating heritage but needs a new life to accommodate new teaching methods,” explained Malcolm Reading, the competition’s organizer. “The competition is all about finding a balance between the architectural grain of the existing eclectic campus and a confident and exciting piece of contemporary architecture.” The teams will now develop proposals. A winner will be announced in December. 

Are Playable Cities the Future of Urbanism?

00:00 - 9 September, 2014
Are Playable Cities the Future of Urbanism?, Park and Slide in Bristol. Image © Flickr CC User Paul Townsend
Park and Slide in Bristol. Image © Flickr CC User Paul Townsend

Who says that playing is just for kids? Bristol, in the United Kingdom, is just one of the many cities around the world experimenting with urban play, creating opportunities to eliminate urban solitude in favour of having fun. In a recent article in The Guardian, Julian Baggini dives head first into Bristol's playful new initiatives including a 300-foot water slide on the city's high street, post boxes that converse using text messaging, and city-wide zombie chases. Bristol is leading the way with urban play worldwide, hosting a conference this month entitled Making the City Playable, an opportunity for planners to convene with the creative minds behind the new form of entertainment. Find out more about urban play and the benefits it brings to cities here

Make Architects Reveal Big Data Institute for University of Oxford

01:00 - 11 August, 2014
Make Architects Reveal Big Data Institute for University of Oxford , Northern Aerial View. Image Courtesy of Make Architects, rendering by Caravan Images
Northern Aerial View. Image Courtesy of Make Architects, rendering by Caravan Images

Make Architects have just received planning permission to build a world-class institute devoted to research and processing of health-related data on Oxford University's Old Road Campus. The Big Data Institute (BDI) will be built adjacent to two other Make-designed buildings: The Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology and the NDM Research Building. The BDI will be London-based Make Architects' fifth building on Oxford's Old Road Campus.

Wondering what's inside? Find out more after the break.

Beachfront Observation Tower Confirmed for the British City of Brighton

00:00 - 26 June, 2014
Beachfront Observation Tower Confirmed for the British City of Brighton, Visualisation. Image Courtesy of Marks Barfield Architects / i360 Brighton
Visualisation. Image Courtesy of Marks Barfield Architects / i360 Brighton

British practice Marks Barfield Architects, famous for designing the London Eye, are a step closer to realising their latest urban observation structure: the i360 Brighton. This week the international team who created the London landmark were reunited on Brighton beach as as loans of more than £40 million have been agreed to begin the tower's construction. Bringing together companies from the UK, France (Poma), the USA (Jacobs Enginneering) and the Netherlands (Hollandia), the project has been described as "truly unique."

Renzo Piano-Designed Residential Tower Planned to Neighbor the Shard

00:00 - 15 January, 2014
Renzo Piano-Designed Residential Tower Planned to Neighbor the Shard, View of The Shard from Millennium Bridge (June 2012). Image © Michel Denancé
View of The Shard from Millennium Bridge (June 2012). Image © Michel Denancé

Sellar Property Group has announced plans to commission yet another Renzo Piano-designed tower in London at the base of The Shard. Replacing the current Fielden House, a 1970s office building located on London Bridge Street, the new 27-story residential tower plans to provide 150 apartments, retail space and roof garden. As part of the area’s regeneration plan, the project will be the third Piano-designed building on the block.  

Critical Round-Up: Tate Britain Renovation, Caruso St. John

00:00 - 28 November, 2013
 Lower level rotunda, Tate Britain - Courtesy Caruso St. John and Tate. Image © Helene Binet
Lower level rotunda, Tate Britain - Courtesy Caruso St. John and Tate. Image © Helene Binet

London's Tate Britain, a partner gallery to the Tate Modern (who recently appointed Herzog & de Meuron to design a new extension), recently unveiled Caruso St. John's transformation of the oldest part of the iconic Grade II* listed Millbank building. The £45 million project to restore, renovate and reinterpret one of the UK's most important galleries has been met with a largely positive critical response; read the conclusions of The Financial Times’ Edwin Heathcote, The Guardian’s Oliver Wainwright,  The Independent's Jay Merrick, the RIBA Journal's Hugh Pearman, and the Architects’ Journal’s Rory Olcayto, after the break…