Exhibition: ist-on situations

19th Century Istanbul. © Suna and Inan Kirac Foundation Photography Collection.

EAA- Emre Arolat Architects, a leading international architectural practice based in İstanbul and , presents an exploring the urban histories of both cities. Through a two way, dual city approach the practice will reveal “situations” that unite and differentiate these two great cities at the east and west ends of Europe in their development. The covers a timeline beginning with the mid 19th century that shows key events or turning-points in the course of their stories respectively. The is curated by EAA – Emre Arolat Architects, in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Murat Güvenç from Istanbul City University and London-based Urban Planning & Development Consultant Ömer Çavuşoğlu.

Report Offers 10 Recommendations To Curb London’s Tall Building Boom

Areas such as Vauxhall (above) and Stratford have seen a dramatic rise in high-density housing. Image © Flickr CC user Willard

A report released last week aims to highlight the problems involved in high-density housing in London, offering 10 suggestions for how to create future developments that offer density while maintaining the UK capital’s distinctive character. Produced as a follow-up to their 2007 report entitled “Superdensity”, four UK housing specialists Pollard Thomas Edwards, HTA, Levitt Bernstein and PRP Architects have produced “Superdensity: The Sequel,” aiming to address the dramatic changes that have taken place in development over the intervening 8 years.

Read on for more of the report’s aims and its 10 recommendations for future housing in London.

National Theatre / Haworth Tompkins

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Architects: Haworth Tompkins
Location: South Bank, SE1 9GY,
Area: 16309.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Philip Vile

Ooze Architects Unveil A Natural Bathing Pond In London’s King’s Cross

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A new pool has just opened in the heart of London’s King’s Cross. In the centre of one of the city’s largest mixed-use development projects Ooze Architects, in collaboration with artist , have developed and realised “the UK’s first man-made fresh water public bathing pond” as a piece of and art. The oblong pool is forty metres long, built two metres above ground level, and is surrounded by “pioneer plants, wild flowers grasses, and bushes so that the environment evolves as the seasons change.” It will be purified through “a natural closed-loop process, using wetland and submerged water plants to filter and sustain clean and clear water.”

The Lantern / Fraher Architects

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Architects: Fraher Architects
Location: ,
Area: 298.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Jack Hobhouse

Hall McKnight To Open A Temporary Pavilion In London’s King’s Cross

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Belfast-based Hall McKnight are set to open a pop-up pavilion in London’s King’s Cross as part of the . Located in Cubitt Square, the project forms part of the New Horizon’s initiative, supported by the Irish Architecture Foundation and ID15 (the year of Irish Design 2015). The structure, built from a collection of cut boards, “explores how the phenomenon of the city is assembled from individual pieces.” The interior spaces will feature an of bricks reclaimed from a street of row houses in Belfast.

Assemble to Construct a Brutalist Playground at RIBA

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Starting June 10, the RIBA will present The Brutalist  - an exhibition that is part sculpture, part architectural installation, which invites people of all ages to come and play, the Brutalist way. Occupying the entire Architecture Gallery, the immersive landscape is a new commission by Turner Prize nominated design and architecture collective Assemble and artist Simon Terrill. It explores the abstract concrete playgrounds that were designed as part of Brutalist housing estates in the mid-twentieth century, but which no longer exist. They became playgrounds unsuitable for play.

See All 38 Winners of the 2015 RIBA London Awards

NEO Bankside / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Image © Edmund Sumner

From a shortlist of 68 buildings, 38 London projects have been awarded the 2015 RIBA London Awards for architectural excellence, the city’s most prestigious design honor. The awards highlight projects that embody exceptional merit in their designs and positively impact the lives of their occupants. This year’s winners include three arts and leisure buildings, 11 educational and community facilities, 16 residential designs, and eight commercial buildings.

All of these designs will be further considered for the RIBA National Awards, to be announced in June.

London’s Soane’s Museum Unveil A Series Of New Spaces

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In an article for The Observer, Rowan Moore dives into a set of newly recreated rooms in ’s Soane’s Museum, a gallery dedicated to ’s collection of architectural curiosities set within his eccentric former home. The experience, according to Moore, ”of an internal world of unknown boundaries” has just become more extensive. Visitors will now be afforded the opportunity to visit a series of private spaces that give “a view into Soane’s bizarre mind,” following extensive restoration work led by Julian Harrap.

Allies and Morrison and O’Donnell + Tuomey Chosen to Design London’s Olympicopolis

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Allies and Morrison, together with O’Donnell + Tuomey and Josep Camps/Olga Felip Arquitecturia, has been chosen ahead of David ChipperfieldFeilden Clegg Bradley Studios and three other teams to design ’s Olympicopolis culture and education quarter. The major commission, which will be sited at the gateway to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park along the Stratford waterfront, will include new buildings for the Victoria and Albert Museum, Sadler’s Wells, the London College of Fashion, and potentially the Smithsonian Institute’s first permanent museum outside the US.

Stay In Airbnb’s Floating Cottage On London’s River Thames

Airbnb’s Floating House on the River . Image Courtesy of Airbnb

Have you ever dreamed of dozing off as you sail along one of the UK’s busiest water highways in an eclectic bright blue cottage replete with a lawn, wisteria over the door and an apple tree? For five days and nights, between the 18th and 23rd May, this dream will come to life in the shape of Nick and Steve Tidball’s floating residence for Airbnb.

Alejandro Aravena’s UC Innovation Center awarded “Design of the Year” by London’s Design Museum

’s Design Museum has announced the category winners of the prestigious “Design of the Year” award. The winner of this year’s Architecture Category is the Anacleto Angelini UC Innovation Center designed by Alejandro Aravena.

The list of nominees included great buildings designed by Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Baorzzi Veiga, MVRDV, among others (see the full list of nominees). The jury was chaired by Anish Kapoor, and it included Hilary Alexander, Alexis Georgacopoulos, Farshid Moussavi, and Richard Woolley.

The award “celebrates design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year.” In this aspect, juror Farshid Moussavi stated that ”The UC Innovation Center is an excellent example of how the design of an office building can engage with its context. Its large openings carved away from its facades not only act as air corridors, light channels and pockets of collective spaces, but they also provide a different perception of such a building in the city: one that is permeable, visually, socially and climatically with its environment.”

Alejandro Aravena commented ”We were already honored to be part of the finalists, we never thought we could win. Also, the news came in during the Pritzker Prize ceremony honoring Frei Otto, everyone from the architecture was there, and we were really flattered by the wide recognition.”

See all the details of the Anacleto Angelini UC Innovation Center Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL.

Friends House / John McAslan + Partners

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Architects: John McAslan + Partners
Location: London,
Design Team: John McAslan + Partners, Max Fordham, Walsh Group, Stephen Cuddy, Anne Minors Performance Consultants, Westco Partnership
Area: 2500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of John McAslan + Partners

Silverlight / Adjaye Associates

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Architects: Adjaye Associates
Location: , UK
Structural Engineer: Techniker
Area: 603.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

Chipperfield Unveils Plans To Reimagine London’s Royal Academy of Arts

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David Chipperfield Architects have revealed plans to connect the two Grade II*-listed bases of ’s Royal Academy of Arts – the 17th century Burlington House and the 19th century 6 Burlington Gardens – as part of a £50million ($80million) masterplan of “subtle interventions.” According to the Architects’ Journal, the two structures will be linked by a concrete bridge which will span fifteen metres across a service area and courtyard, and will see the creation of a number of new exhibition spaces, a lecture theatre, and a new space for the Royal Academy’s world-renowned schools of art and architecture. A series of roof extensions and terraces will allow for new views over central London.

Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge to Represent London’s Horticultural History

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New images of Thomas Heatherwick‘s recently approved Garden Bridge depicts how it will look once built in 2018. With 270 trees, 2,000 shrubs, hedging plants and climbers, over 22,000 perennials, ferns and grasses and 64,000 bulbs planted on the bridge, the lush river crossing will take pedestrians through London‘s horticultural history, “from wild marshland to cultivated gardens,” as the Garden Bridge Trust reports. Five distinct landscaped areas, created by landscape designer , will span the bridge’s 6000 square-meters of open space and represent the capital city’s plant cultivation from centuries past.

London Collective Assemble Shortlisted For The Turner Prize

Yard House, / Assemble. Image Courtesy of Assemble

Assemble, a collective of artists, designers and architects based in London, have been shortlisted for the Turner Prize – the ’s foremost annual award for British visual artists. Much to the delight and surprise of members of the profession, this young collaborative team are the first spatial designers to be recognised by this prize in its three decade history, leading Sam Jacob to assert that they “represent something different: a validation of the belief that there are other ways of doing things.” The four nominees for the award also include London artist Bonnie Camplin and German-born Nicole Wermers.

Grayson Perry On ‘A House For Essex’ And His Collaboration With FAT

In an article for The Guardian, Turner Prize winning ceramic artist Grayson Perry has written for the first time about his “plans for a Taj Mahal in Essex.” The designs for the House for Essex, which have been realised over the last three years by and led by Charles Holland, are of a “secular chapel” in the heart of the southern English countryside. The building was commissioned by the Living Architecture Project, which is headed by Alain de Botton and are the proprietors of property designed by the likes of Peter Zumthor, MVRDV, and David Kohn. This, their fifth foray into experimental collaborative architecture between architects and artists, is set to open its doors for holiday letting this year.