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

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. 

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

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

  • Architects: BDP
  • Location: Croxteth, Liverpool, Liverpool, Merseyside L11, UK
  • Architect and Landscape Architect: BDP
  • Area: 11000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: David Barbour

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Constellations Bar / H. Miller Bro

  • 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

  • Architects: Haworth Tompkins
  • Location: 7-11 Hope Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 9BQ, UK
  • Area: 4690.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Philip Vile

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Liverpool Becomes Latest City With High Line Plans

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

  • Architects: RCKa
  • Location: Mann Island, Liverpool, Merseyside L3, UK
  • Design Team: Tim Riley, Tim O'Callaghan
  • Area: 400.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Mark Reeves, Mark McNulty, Courtesy of RCKa

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UK Government Grants Approval to Liverpool Waters Scheme

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

  • Architects: Omar Gandhi Architect
  • Location: Hunts Point, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Contractor: Trunnells & Tenons Construction Ltd.
  • Structural Engineer: Andrea Doncaster
  • Client: Rosemary and Keith Hamilton
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Greg Richardson Photography

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Museum of Liverpool / 3XN

  • Architects: 3XN
  • 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

  • Architects: Levitt Bernstein Associates
  • Location: Liverpool, England
  • Architects: Levitt Bernstein Associates
  • Structural Engineering: Curtins Consulting
  • Client: University of Liverpool Energy Company (ULEC)
  • Main Contractor: Emcor Engineering Services Ltd
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Eddie Jacob

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Kunsthülle LPL / OSA

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