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Shortlist Announced for LSE Global Centre for Social Sciences

00:00 - 11 October, 2013
Shortlist Announced for LSE Global Centre for Social Sciences , Team C. Image Courtesy of LSA / RIBA
Team C. Image Courtesy of LSA / RIBA

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have unveiled five shortlisted proposals for the new £90 million Global Centre for Social Sciences (GCSS) in London's Aldwych. The competition, which has attracted designs from the likes of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and OMA, will be the school's "biggest ever building project" and is set to "transform" the world-leading institution. Other entrants include Hopkins Architects, Grafton Architects, and Henegham Peng Architects. See the anonymous proposals after the break...

Diesel Village / Brinskworth

11:00 - 9 October, 2013
Diesel Village / Brinskworth, © Louise Melchior
© Louise Melchior

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Libeskind's Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution Abandoned

00:00 - 3 October, 2013
Libeskind's Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution Abandoned, Libeskind's Orion Building, Post Graduate Centre of London Metropolitain University, Holloway. Image © janis.photo
Libeskind's Orion Building, Post Graduate Centre of London Metropolitain University, Holloway. Image © janis.photo

Following the news in 2010 that Daniel Libeskind was to design a "landmark" building for the UK's University of Essex, it has been announced that the plans have been abandoned. What was known as the Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (IDCR) "was intended to become the ‘anchor’ to a new Knowledge Gateway research park at the university’s Colchester Wivenhoe Campus". 

The Serpentine Sackler Gallery / Zaha Hadid Architects

00:00 - 2 October, 2013
The Serpentine Sackler Gallery / Zaha Hadid Architects, © Luke Hayes
© Luke Hayes

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  • Architects

  • Location

    29 Exhibition Rd, London SW7 2AS, United Kingdom
  • Design

    Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Director

    Charles Walker
  • Project Team

    Ceyhun Baskin, Torsten Broeder, David Campos, Suryansh Chandra, Inanc Eray, Matthew Hardcastle, Dillon Lin, Elke Presser, Marina Duran Sancho, Timothy Schreiber, Jianghai Shen, Marcela Spadaro, Anat Stern, Laymon Thaung, Claudia Wulf
  • Area

    1566.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Hackney Marshes Centre / Stanton Williams

00:00 - 25 September, 2013
© Hufton+Crow
© Hufton+Crow

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Shortlist Unveiled for London's new Scotland Yard

01:00 - 25 September, 2013
Shortlist Unveiled for London's new Scotland Yard, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Image Courtesy of Greater London Authority (GLA)
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Image Courtesy of Greater London Authority (GLA)

The RIBA and the Mayor of London's Office has revealed the five shortlisted designs for the new Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) headquarters, set for completion in 2015. The proposed designs, attracting submissions from Foster + Partners, Allies & Morrison, Keith Williams Architects, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, will be located in the Whitehall Conservation Area and be renamed back to 'Scotland Yard'.

Read more after the break...

Preston Bus Station Listed, Escapes Demolition

00:00 - 24 September, 2013
Preston Bus Station Listed, Escapes Demolition, © Wikimedia Commons
© Wikimedia Commons

Following news last week that four post-war buildings had been listed in the UK, the campaign to Save Preston Bus Station reached a victory today when it was announced that Ed Vaizey (Architecture and Heritage Minister) has listed the Brutalist icon, removing the threat of demolition. The campaign, which has garnered words of support from the likes of Richard Rogers and Rem Koolhaas, has been been underpinned by support from Angela Brady PRIBA, former President of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Montpelier Community Nursery / AY Architects

00:00 - 24 September, 2013
© Daniel Stier
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London's Largest "Living Wall" / Gary Grant

00:00 - 8 September, 2013
London's Largest "Living Wall" / Gary Grant, Courtesy of Green Roof Consultancy and Treebox
Courtesy of Green Roof Consultancy and Treebox

The Rubens at the Palace Hotel in Victoria, London, has unveiled the city's largest "living wall" - a vertical landscape, composed of 16 tons of soil and 10,000 plants, designed to reduce urban flooding. Taking two months to construct and covering a 350 square foot area, the 21 meter high wall will beautify the cityscape year round with seasonal flowers such as strawberries, butter cups and winter geraniums.

Because of the lack of absorbent surfaces in the Victoria area of London, the Victoria Business Improvement District (BID) decided to step in with the design of this incredible wall that combats urban flooding with special water storage tanks. Designed by Gary Grant of Green Roof Consultancy, these tanks can store up to 10,000 liters of water that are then channeled back through the wall to nourish the plants. Not only will the wall do a great job of keeping the surrounding streets flood-free, it boosts the area's green appeal and attracts wildlife into the dense urban environment.

River Hull Footbridge / McDowell + Benedetti

00:00 - 19 August, 2013
River Hull Footbridge / McDowell + Benedetti, © Timothy Soar
© Timothy Soar

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Hull, United Kingdom
  • Main Contractor

    Qualter Hall
  • Structural Consultants

    Alan Baxter Associates
  • M&E Engineer

    Qualter Hall
  • Lighting Consultant

    Sutton Vane Associates
  • Landscape Architect

    Grontmij
  • Public Art/Sound

    Nayan Kulkarni, NK Projects (UK) Ltd
  • Civil Design

    HBPW LLP
  • Civils - Bridge

    A Torn Construction
  • Civils - Landscaping

    Jackson Civil Engineering
  • Photographs

Maggie’s Newcastle / Cullinan Studio

00:00 - 14 August, 2013
Maggie’s Newcastle / Cullinan Studio, © Paul Raftery
© Paul Raftery

© Paul Raftery © Paul Raftery © Paul Raftery © Paul Raftery +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
  • Project Directors

    Ted Cullinan, Johnny Winter
  • Project Architects

    Lucy Brittain, Tim Francis
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Serpentine Sackler Gallery / Zaha Hadid Architects

00:00 - 31 July, 2013
Serpentine Sackler Gallery / Zaha Hadid Architects, Serpentine Sackler Gallery © Zaha Hadid Architects
Serpentine Sackler Gallery © Zaha Hadid Architects

On September 28, 2013, Zaha Hadid Architects will be celebrating the completion of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. An extension to London’s famous Serpentine Gallery, the new innovative arts venue will be housed in a 208-year-old, Grade II-listed building, formerly known as The Magazine, in Kensington Gardens just north of the main gallery. 

This project will be Zaha Hadid’s first permanent structure in central London and second commission from the Gallery, as she designed the inaugural Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in 2000.

Five London Firms Shortlisted for Met Police HQ

01:00 - 30 July, 2013
Five London Firms Shortlisted for Met Police HQ, Metropolitan Police Service Headquarters; Courtesy of RIBA Competitions
Metropolitan Police Service Headquarters; Courtesy of RIBA Competitions

Five London-based firms - AHMMAllies & MorrisonFoster & PartnersKeith Williams Architects and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands - have been selected to compete for the “Scotland Yard” redevelopment of the abandoned Curtis Green MPS building on the Victoria Embankment. As reported by BDOnline, the shortlisted firms will each propose a “landmark building for London” that will provide a “modern and efficient working environment” for the new Metropolitan Police Service Headquarters. The judging panel, spearheaded by architect Bill Taylor and RIBA Adviser Taylor Snell, will review the proposals in September. 

Chinese Developer Plans to Build Crystal Palace Replica

00:00 - 29 July, 2013
Chinese Developer Plans to Build Crystal Palace Replica, The Crystal Palace at Sydenham Hill, 1854. Photo by Philip Henry Delamotte © <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/'>Wikimedia</a> Commons
The Crystal Palace at Sydenham Hill, 1854. Photo by Philip Henry Delamotte © Wikimedia Commons

Shanghai-based developer ZhongRong Holdings is working with Arup on an ambitious proposal to reconstruct Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace in London. Originally built to house the Great Exhibition of 1851, the 80,000 square-meter cast iron and glass structure was relocated from Hyde Park to south-east London in 1854 where it was ultimately destroyed by fire in 1936. 

RIBA Shortlist for Stirling Prize Announced

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
RIBA Shortlist for Stirling Prize Announced

UPDATED: Out of 52 exemplars of UK architecture, RIBA has chosen the six buildings that will compete for the prestigious RIBA Stirling prize (awarded to the building that makes the greatest contribution to British architecture that year). See the six contenders, including a video of each, after the break...

Daniel Libeskind to Design Physics Building at Durham University

00:00 - 16 July, 2013
Daniel Libeskind to Design Physics Building at Durham University , Durham University Castle Entrance © Flickr User Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Durham University Castle Entrance © Flickr User Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier. Used under Creative Commons

Daniel Libeskind has been selected to design a new “landmark” building for Durham University’s Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics in England. The state-of-the-art facility, which will house the industry-leading Institute for Computational Cosmology and Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology, is expected to “complement” the traditional buildings that surround it while serving as an exemplar for sustainable design. Completion is planned for December 2015, depending on planning permission. 

Dabbous / Brinkworth

00:00 - 11 July, 2013
Dabbous / Brinkworth, © Louise Melchior
© Louise Melchior

© Louise Melchior © Louise Melchior © Louise Melchior © Louise Melchior +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    39 Whitfield St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2SF, United Kingdom
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

BBC New Broadcasting House / HOK & MacCormac Jamieson Prichard + Sheppard Robson

01:00 - 25 June, 2013
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© HOK

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