Assemble Awarded the 2015 Turner Prize for Granby Four Streets

04:50 - 8 December, 2015
Design for a winter garden in a derelict home in Granby Four Streets. Image Courtesy of Assemble
Design for a winter garden in a derelict home in Granby Four Streets. Image Courtesy of Assemble

Assemble, a London-based collective who "work across the fields of art, design and architecture to create projects in tandem with the communities who use and inhabit them," have been announced as the winners of the 2015 Turner Prize – Europe’s most prestigious contemporary visual art award. Their nomination was a surprise to many, not least because an architect (or architecture collective, in this case) has not been shortlisted before. Previous winners—some of whose work has intersected with the world of architecture—include Gilbert & GeorgeAnish Kapoor (known for the Orbit at the 2012 London Olympic Games), Antony GormleyDamien HirstGillian Wearing and Grayson Perry (a collaborator on FAT's final built work).

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Granby Workshop: Assemble Launch an Eclectic Range of Socially Conscious Homeware

08:00 - 6 November, 2015
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Courtesy of Assemble

In the late nineteenth century the rise of the industrial revolution inspired a counter-movement to reignite the production of handmade goods across the world. Led by classically trained artisans from rural England, the Arts and Crafts movement briefly swept Europe and North America on principles of celebrating high calibre and unique goods resulting in an array of furniture, textiles, wallpaper and architecture, among others.

More than a century later, the Arts and Crafts movement is in the midst of a renaissance led by 2015 RIBA Turner Prize nominees Assemble Studio. Founded under the moniker Granby Workshop, the newly formed Liverpool-based artisan collective aims to eliminate widespread dereliction in one of the city's most blighted boroughs through the replacement of objects that have, over time, been stripped away. Sustained through a crowd funding model, Granby Workshop has launched a broad collection of locally sourced, designed and assembled homewares available for purchase online. 

Mann Island / Broadway Malyan

10:00 - 15 May, 2015
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© Edmund Sumner

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Haworth Tompkins: Who Are The 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize Winners?

00:00 - 20 October, 2014
Everyman Theatre, Liverpool. Image © Philip Vile
Everyman Theatre, Liverpool. Image © Philip Vile

This year's RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist was seen by many as the strongest in years. The practice who emerged victorious, beating off competition from internationally recognised practices including Zaha Hadid ArchitectsRenzo Piano Building WorkshopMecanooO’Donnell + Tuomey and Feilden Clegg Bradley, was Haworth Tompkins: but who exactly are they? Ellis Woodman pinned his hopes on the successful Everyman Theatre before the award was announced, uncovering the practice's rich history in designing performance spaces through a discussion with founding partner, Steve Tompkins. For Woodman, their theatre work "has left a legacy of spaces that count among the most beautiful and provocative created in Britain over the past twenty years."

St John Bosco Art College / BDP

01:00 - 18 October, 2014
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Constellations Bar / H. Miller Bro

01:00 - 30 September, 2014
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Courtesy of H. Miller Bros.
  • Architects

    H. Miller Bro
  • Location

    37-39 Greenland Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 0BS, UK
  • Architects in Charge

    Hugh Miller Furniture, Howard Miller Design Ltd.
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of H. Miller Bros.

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Everyman Theatre / Haworth Tompkins

01:00 - 9 May, 2014
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© Philip Vile

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Liverpool Becomes Latest City With High Line Plans

00:00 - 5 May, 2014
The Churchill Flyover in Liverpool. Image © Flickr CC User Arthur John Picton
The Churchill Flyover in Liverpool. Image © Flickr CC User Arthur John Picton

Thanks to a group called Friends of the Flyover, Liverpool has become the latest city with aspirations to build its own High Line-style elevated parkway. The group have raised over £40,000 on the civic crowdfunding website Spacehive to conduct a feasibility study on the elevated Churchill Flyover, with the aim of creating a park, events space and cycle route. Liverpool Council currently has plans to demolish the flyover at a cost of £4 million - however they are said to be open to the proposal by Friends of the Flyover, who hope to show that they can deliver a better solution for around half the cost. You can read the full story on the Independent.

Open Eye Gallery / RCKa

01:00 - 22 March, 2014
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© Mark Reeves

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UK Government Grants Approval to Liverpool Waters Scheme

01:00 - 14 March, 2013
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Courtesy of Rust Studios

controversial plan to redevelop a large area of Liverpool's waterfront has received an effective green light after the Communities Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, chose not to call in the scheme for a public inquiry. The £5.5 billion scheme is designed by Chapman Taylor and provides 9,000 homes, 300,000 square meters of office space and 50,000 square meters of hotel and other facilities. The scheme also includes the 55-story 'Shanghai Tower' and a cruise ferry terminal.

The plan has attracted criticism, in particular from English Heritage and UNESCO who worry that the size of the developments will negatively affect the Liverpool skyline, dominated for almost a century by the 'Three Graces' a trio of listed buildings that have come to define the view from the Mersey River. UNESCO has strongly opposed the development, placing Liverpool's world heritage site on it's 'endangered' list and threatening that if the scheme goes ahead, the area could lose its world heritage status.

Read more about the reaction to the scheme after the break...

Shantih / Omar Gandhi Architect

01:00 - 18 September, 2012
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The Alsop High School / 2020 Liverpool

01:00 - 25 August, 2011
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Courtesy of 2020 liverpool
  • Architects

  • Location

    2 Walton Village, Walton, Liverpool, Merseyside L4, UK
  • Architect

    2020 Liverpool
  • Collaborators

    Morgan Sindall
  • Area

    5853.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of 2020 liverpool

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Museum of Liverpool / 3XN

01:00 - 18 July, 2011
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© Pete Carr
  • Architects

  • Location

    Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
  • Architects

    3XN
  • Engineer

    Buro Happold
  • Client

    National Museums Liverpool
  • Area

    13000.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Pete Carr, Philip Handforth, Richard White

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Heating Infrastructure Building / Levitt Bernstein Associates

01:00 - 28 March, 2010
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© Eddie Jacob

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Kunsthülle LPL / OSA

01:00 - 11 October, 2008
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© Johannes Marburger

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