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Stanton Williams & Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands Selected to Design UCL’s Olympic Park Campus

12:00 - 9 August, 2016
Stanton Williams & Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands Selected to Design UCL’s Olympic Park Campus, Initial study for internal street. Image Courtesy of Stanton Williams
Initial study for internal street. Image Courtesy of Stanton Williams

University College London (UCL) has selected Stanton Williams and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands to design buildings for two sites as part of the first phase of the new UCL East campus. The campus will be constructed at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London, adjacent to the London Olympics Stadium, Zaha Hadid’s London Aquatics Center and the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower by Anish Kapoor, and is anticipated to contain facilities for a major new school of design.

How London's Olympic Stadium Finally Transitioned to Legacy Mode

06:00 - 23 September, 2015
How London's Olympic Stadium Finally Transitioned to Legacy Mode

Before it was even completed, the legacy of the Populous-designed stadium for the London 2012 Olympics was a thorny issue. Originally designed to be largely dismantled after the games, a sudden interest in the future stadium from local football teams led to an about-face by the government, resulting in a renewed brief for a design that could be adapted to host football matches. What followed after the games was recently described by The Guardian's sports correspondent Owen Gibson as "a huge, expensive engineering puzzle" in which "to all intents and purposes, it has been completely rebuilt."

London's ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower Will Soon Be the World's Tallest Slide

12:27 - 29 July, 2015
London's ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower Will Soon Be the World's Tallest Slide, © LLDC via Metro
© LLDC via Metro

Anish Kapoor’s ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower in London will soon host the world's tallest and longest tunnel slide. The 114-meter-tall tower, already the UK's tallest sculpture, was originally built for the 2012 London Olympics. As the Metro reports, the semi-transparent stainless steel tube slide will start its descent 80-meters above ground within the structure's infamous lattice work, spiraling five times before embarking on a final 50-meter drop. Rides will last 37 seconds and cost just £5 a ride. 

New London Architecture Unveils Updated 1:2000 Scale Model Of The UK Capital

05:00 - 24 April, 2015
New London Architecture Unveils Updated 1:2000 Scale Model Of The UK Capital, © Paul Raftery
© Paul Raftery

New London Architecture (NLA), an independent resource and forum for debate about the city's built environment, have unveiled a new, large-scale interactive model of the UK capital. Designed to provide a visual history of the city, NLA also intend for it to spark questions about its future. This model replaces an earlier one, which was revealed on the day that it was announced that London's bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games has been successful. Now, a decade later, the present projection of the city's built future has been mapped across the model, highlighting the locations of the 263 tall buildings planned or under construction. Visitors are also able to track the route and impact of new transport links, such as HS2 and Crossrail.

Six Teams to Envision Culture and Education Quarter for London's Olympicopolis

00:00 - 12 December, 2014
Six Teams to Envision Culture and Education Quarter for London's Olympicopolis, London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park featuring, from left to right, Zaha Hadid-_-s Aquatics Centre, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, and the Olympic Stadium by Populous. The Olympicopolis site is on the far left. Image © Flickr CC user Martin Pettitt
London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park featuring, from left to right, Zaha Hadid-_-s Aquatics Centre, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, and the Olympic Stadium by Populous. The Olympicopolis site is on the far left. Image © Flickr CC user Martin Pettitt

David Chipperfield, Stanton Williams and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios are among six teams that have been chosen to move forward in the final round of the "Olympicopolis" design competition. The shortlisted competitors, which also includes Rick Mather, Allies and Morrison and Baumschlager Eberle, have been asked to develop proposals for a new culture and education quarter on the Stratford Waterfront at the gateway to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. 

London's Olympicopolis Site to Receive Government Funding

00:00 - 6 December, 2014
London's Olympicopolis Site to Receive Government Funding, London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park featuring, from left to right, Zaha Hadid's Aquatics Centre, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, and the Olympic Stadium by Populous. The Olympicopolis site is on the far left. Image © Flickr CC user Martin Pettitt
London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park featuring, from left to right, Zaha Hadid's Aquatics Centre, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, and the Olympic Stadium by Populous. The Olympicopolis site is on the far left. Image © Flickr CC user Martin Pettitt

The UK Government has announced £140 million in public funds will be granted to the planned "Olympicopolis" cultural quarter in East London, in the former 2012 Olympic Park. The museum and educational district is planned to feature a new outpost for the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum and Sadler’s Wells theatre, and a new campus for the University of the Arts London.

Hawkins\Brown Unveils Legacy Designs for London Olympic Broadcast Centre

00:00 - 15 September, 2014
Hawkins\Brown Unveils Legacy Designs for London Olympic Broadcast Centre, © Hawkins\Brown
© Hawkins\Brown

Hawkins\Brown has unveiled designs for Here East, the redevelopment of the former Press and Broadcast Centre at the London 2012 Olympics. The design for a "world class creative and digital cluster" will feature office and studio space for both established global companies alongside some of East London's many creative start-ups. Providing over a million square feet of flexible space, the design also includes shared work spaces and public areas, and a shared yard to host events, aiming to promote sharing of ideas and collaboration between the companies at various scales that will inhabit it.

'Olympicopolis' Design Contest Officially Open

01:00 - 11 September, 2014
'Olympicopolis' Design Contest Officially Open, The Olympicopolis site is to the South-East of the Olympic Park, near to Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre. Image © Flickr CC User Leo Reynolds
The Olympicopolis site is to the South-East of the Olympic Park, near to Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre. Image © Flickr CC User Leo Reynolds

The competition to design a cultural complex at London's new 'Olympicopolis' site formally opened today, seeking to attract "an exceptional team" of architects, masterplanners, engineers and landscape designers to transform the site next to London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Organizers Malcolm Reading Associates say that the competition has already registered over 960 expressions of interest from firms worldwide before the details were even announced, thanks to their early announcement seeking interested parties in July.

Zaha Hadid to Receive Honoray Degree from Goldsmiths College

00:00 - 22 August, 2014
Zaha Hadid to Receive Honoray Degree from Goldsmiths College, © Simone Cecchetti
© Simone Cecchetti

Zaha Hadid will be awarded an honorary degree and fellowship from Goldsmiths College, at the University of London, during the college’s graduation ceremony in September. Hadid was chosen because of her “inventive approach, and eagerness to challenge conventions which have pushed the boundaries of architecture and urban design," Architects’ Journal (AJ) reported.

AD Interviews: Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas, on Appoaching Densification in London

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
AD Interviews: Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas, on Appoaching Densification in London, Keith Griffiths. Image Courtesy of Aedas
Keith Griffiths. Image Courtesy of Aedas

Following the recent announcement of Aedas' demerger into two separate companies - one retaining the Aedas name and the other now known as AHR - we spoke to Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas' global board and a practicing architect for close to three decades. The company, which was recently ranked by the Architects' Journal as the 5th largest and most influential practice in the world, have now moved their head office to London's Chandos Place and are championing a new approach to urban regeneration in the UK's capital. Alongside discussing how an international practice of Aedas' scale successfully operates, Griffiths offered his insight into how the future looks for European cities based on a tried and tested Asian model of densification.

London Announces Design Competition for 'Olympicopolis' Site

01:00 - 21 July, 2014
London Announces Design Competition for 'Olympicopolis' Site, The Olympicopolis site is to the South-East of the Olympic Park, near to Zaha Hadid's Aquatics Centre. Image © Flickr CC User Leo Reynolds
The Olympicopolis site is to the South-East of the Olympic Park, near to Zaha Hadid's Aquatics Centre. Image © Flickr CC User Leo Reynolds

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced a new competition for the designs of a cultural quarter next to the 2012 Olympic park. The site has been dubbed 'Olympicopolis', and so far has expressions of interest from University College London, University of the Arts London, the V&A, Sadler's Wells Theatre and now possibly - according to the Guardian - Washington DC's Smithsonian.

Could London be Getting its Own Guggenheim Museum?

00:00 - 13 March, 2014
Could London be Getting its Own Guggenheim Museum?, The Guggenheim New York, Bilbao and Abu Dhabi. Images (clockwise from top left) © Flickr CC User Erik Drost, © Flickr CC User RonG8888, and Courtesy of Gehry Partners. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
The Guggenheim New York, Bilbao and Abu Dhabi. Images (clockwise from top left) © Flickr CC User Erik Drost, © Flickr CC User RonG8888, and Courtesy of Gehry Partners. Used under Creative Commons

As part of his strategy to solidify the "Olympic Legacy" of East London, Mayor Boris Johnson has recently been focusing on providing the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with a little more diversity in its buildings, placing an emphasis on bringing cultural institutions alongside the sports buildings. Now, alongside the V&A's plans for new galleries and University College London's proposed design school and cultural centre, The Art Newspaper reports that Johnson is out to grab a headline attraction: London's own Guggenheim.

Can a School Ensure East London's Olympic Legacy?

00:00 - 29 November, 2013
Can a School Ensure East London's Olympic Legacy?, Via CC Flickr User. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Via CC Flickr User. Used under Creative Commons

In this article for The Guardian, Oliver Wainwright reviews Chobham Academy, a new school built as part of East London's Olympic Legacy by architects AHMM. While he finds the school impressive and ambitious, Wainwright questions whether the campus, which acts as the 'fulcrum' between the poverty-stricken streets of Leyton and the high end flats of the former Athlete's Village, will be able to bring the two parts of this community together. You can read the full article here.

The Gherkin: How London’s Famous Tower Leveraged Risk and Became an Icon (Part 2)

01:00 - 12 November, 2013
The Gherkin: How London’s Famous Tower Leveraged Risk and Became an Icon (Part 2), Courtesy Jonathan Massey & Andrew Weigand
Courtesy Jonathan Massey & Andrew Weigand

This four part series (originally published on Aggregate’s website) examines The Gherkin, the London office tower designed by Foster + Partners, showing how the urban icon engaged and leveraged perceptions of risk. In part one, author Jonathan Massey introduced the concept of "risk design” to describe how the Gherkin’s design managed the risks posed by climate change, terrorism, and globalization. In part two, below, Massey examines the Gherkin’s enclosure and ventilation systems in detail to explain how the building negotiated climate risk.

The Gherkin: How London's Famous Tower Leveraged Risk and Became an Icon

01:00 - 5 November, 2013
The Gherkin: How London's Famous Tower Leveraged Risk and Became an Icon , By featuring 30 St Mary Axe as support for vaulting gymnast Ben Brown, this “Back the Bid” poster suggested that London possessed the expertise and daring to risk public money on hosting the Olympic Games. M&C Saatchi, Inc., “Back the Bid,” offset lithograph poster, 2004. Courtesy of London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG).
By featuring 30 St Mary Axe as support for vaulting gymnast Ben Brown, this “Back the Bid” poster suggested that London possessed the expertise and daring to risk public money on hosting the Olympic Games. M&C Saatchi, Inc., “Back the Bid,” offset lithograph poster, 2004. Courtesy of London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG).

How does design change the nature and distribution of risk? In this, the first of four installments examining the Gherkin, the London office tower and urban icon designed by Foster + Partners, author Jonathan Massey introduces the concept of “risk design.” The series, originally published on Aggregate's website, explains how the Gherkin leveraged perceptions of risk to generate profits, promote economic growth, and raise the currency of design expertise.

Beyond 2012: The Story of Commissioning the Olympic Games

00:00 - 11 August, 2013
Beyond 2012: The Story of Commissioning the Olympic Games, Courtesy of ArcelorMittal
Courtesy of ArcelorMittal

Beyond 2012 is a new website launched by the British Design Council to tell the story of how the London 2012 Olympic Games were designed. The site explores how the best British designers were brought in to create the products, fashion, graphics, digital design, and of course the architecture that made the 2012 games a fantastic worldwide spectacle. See the full website here.

London's Olympic Legacy Called into Question

00:00 - 31 July, 2013
London's Olympic Legacy Called into Question , © Matt Brock via Flickr. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
© Matt Brock via Flickr. Used under Creative Commons

After a government report earlier this month found that the London Olympics had brought a £10-billion-boost to the UK's economy - effectively breaking even with the initial investment after just one year - the architectural community has begun to question whether the built legacy of the games will be worthwhile in the long run.

"We Made 2012": A Look Back at the London 2012 Olympic Games at The Building Centre

00:00 - 30 June, 2013
"We Made 2012": A Look Back at the London 2012 Olympic Games at The Building Centre, We Made 2012 Exhibition © Agnese Sanvito
We Made 2012 Exhibition © Agnese Sanvito

On July 9th, The Building Centre will debut "We Made 2012", an exhibition that looks back at the venues, landscape and legacy that made up the London 2012 Olympic Games and the individuals and organizations that made it possible. The exhibition celebrates the UK construction industry composed of architects, engineers, manufacturers, suppliers, and contractors.  This exhibition was made possible partially because the on January 27, 2013 the British Olympic Association launched the ‘Suppliers Recognition Scheme' which allowed members of the construction industry to apply for a free license, which, once issued, allowed participants to talk freely about their contributions.