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17a Highbury Terrace Mews / Studio 54 Architecture

  • Architects: Studio 54 Architecture
  • Location: London, UK
  • Contractor: Fullers Builders
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Sarah Blee

© Sarah Blee © Sarah Blee © Sarah Blee © Sarah Blee

Exhibition: Louis Kahn / The Power of Architecture

The American architect Louis Kahn (1901-1974) is regarded as one of the great master builders of the Twentieth Century. Kahn created buildings of monumental beauty with powerful universal symbolism.

Applications Now Open for ManTownHuman's Summer School

Building on the success of their first Winter school in 2010, ManTownHuman's "Critical Subjects" school returns this summer. The week-long event that will serve as a platform to debate vital architectural questions as diverse as "what is 'nature'?"; "whatever happened to the avant garde?"; and "what is architecture for?" Applications are currently open - 30 of the UK's keenest architecture students will be chosen for their critical and innovative thought.

Ace Hotel London / Universal Design Studio

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VIDEO: London From the Top of The Barbican, A Brutalist Icon

Recently voted the UK’s ugliest tower, The Barbican Tower is one of the three residential towers of the Barbican Estate, built between 1965 and 1976 in London. Along with fourteen apartment blocks, the Barbican Estate contains 2014 flats, connected by a labyrinth of floating passageways and landscaped gardens. 

Quality Chop Shop / Fraher Architects

  • Architects: Fraher Architects
  • Location: FARRINGDON, London EC1M, UK
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jack Hobhouse

© Jack Hobhouse © Jack Hobhouse © Jack Hobhouse © Jack Hobhouse

Buy a Piece of the Royal Academy's Sensing Spaces Exhibition

London's Royal Academy of Arts (RA) is selling off parts of their blockbuster architectural exhibition, Sensing Spaces. The Great Architecture Fair will see the seven practices behind the enormous installations select objects and materials from the exhibition to be repurposed as beautiful, unique items available to buy. In addition to these, the RA are offering members of the public the chance to experience the spaces out-of-hours "to give you your own exclusive moment in the exhibition." 

Ranging from a top step from Chilean architects Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen's gargantuan installation for £450, to a bag of pebbles (plus certificate) from Li Xiaodong's Zen Garden for £10, slices of one of the world's most accessible architecture exhibitions in recent years are up for grabs.

Li Xiaodong's Installation. Image © Benedict Johnson Eduardo Souto de Moura's Square Arch Installation (detail). Image © James Taylor-Foster Pezo von Ellrichshausen's Monumental Installation. Image © James Harris Kengo Kuma's Installation. Image © James Taylor-Foster

Foster and Gehry Reveal Designs for Battersea Power Station

As phase three of London’s Battersea Power Station regeneration, Foster + Partners has collaborated with Gehry Partners to design the 42-acre development’s primary entrance. Together, the duo has envisioned “The Electric Boulevard” - a massive gateway connecting the Northern Line Extension station to the Power Station, which will be formed by an undulating Foster-designed tower known as “The Skyline” and Gehry’s five-building “Prospect Place.”

Housing more than 1,300 homes and over 350,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, the boulevard is expected to become one of London’s most distinguished high streets. 

One Church Square / Paul Davis+Partners

© Adam Parker © Adam Parker © Adam Parker © Adam Parker

Analog Folk / DH Liberty

  • Architects: DH Liberty
  • Location: Warner Street, London, UK
  • Design Team: Dara Huang, Ryan Day, Remo de Angelis and Lisa Hinderdael
  • Area: 100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Quintin Lake

© Quintin Lake © Quintin Lake © Quintin Lake © Quintin Lake

The Battle for the Skies Over London

In response to the recent study by New London Architecture, which found that there are currently over 230 tall buildings either planned or under construction in London, an argument is brewing over the UK capital's sudden, seemingly uncontrolled, growth. 

The most vocal reaction to all of this has come from Rowan Moore, architecture critic for The Observer, who has teamed up with the Architects' Journal to launch a campaign calling for more rigorous planning and public consultation when it comes to tall buildings. The campaign has support from 80 signatories, a list that reads like a 'who's who' of British architecture, including architects, planners, politicians, developers and artists as well as a range of civic societies.

Read on for more reaction to London's tall building boom.

Call for Projects: London Festival of Architecture

The London Festival of Architecture will be taking place from June 1 to June 30. Now in its 10th year, the Festival is initiated by The Architecture Foundation, British Council, New London Architecture and RIBA London to celebrate London as a global hub of architectural practice, discussion and debate. 

We Need Better, Not Fewer, Buildings

In this intriguing article in the TelegraphStephen Bayley critiques protecting cities' "traditional" view corridors out of nostalgia (or fear of bad architecture). On the premise that "not all development is bad" and that "the only cities that do not develop are dead ones", Bayley argues forcefully for better, rather than less, city building. You can read the full argument here.

Hackney Townhouse / ZCD Architects

  • Architects: ZCD Architects
  • Location: London, UK
  • Area: 158.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Charles Hosea

© Charles Hosea © Charles Hosea © Charles Hosea © Charles Hosea

Bennetts Associates Unveil Plans for Latest Development in London's King's Cross

Bennetts Associates has revealed plans for the latest development in London's King's Cross. Their proposal for a sensitive heritage conversion to "breath new life into a disused Victorian building" will house a new supermarket and cookery school, as well as an events and cultural space. As part of the ongoing transformation of one of London's central districts which has recently seen the completion of John McAslan's station concourse, Stanton William's Central Saint Martins, and an office proposal from David Chipperfield, Bennetts Associates' designs aim to reinvigorate the historic Midland Goods Shed.

London's Impending Tall Building Boom

In a study of all development plans in London, the think tank New London Architecture has found that at least 236 buildings over 20 stories are currently either under construction, approved or awaiting approval in the capital - with over 80% of these projects yet to break ground.

The study, created to support an exhibition by NLA called "London's Growing... Up!," found that 80% of the new towers will be residential, and that the areas of greatest activity were in Central and Eastern areas of London, with 77% of these tall buildings in the City of London or the Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Lambeth, Greenwich, Newham and Southwark.

Read on for more results of, and reactions to, the study...

Could London be Getting its Own Guggenheim Museum?

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.