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Orms Granted Planning Permission for Music Venue as Part of Tin Pan Alley Revival

14:00 - 24 March, 2016
Orms Granted Planning Permission for Music Venue as Part of Tin Pan Alley Revival, Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of Orms
Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of Orms

Camden Council has approved a new project in the effort to preserve and revive St Giles Circus in London, a proposal which includes a grassroots music venue alongside the preservation of significant historic buildings in Denmark Place and Denmark Street.

Designed by Orms in “close consultation” with Historic England, the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Music Venues Trust, the new scheme comprises a music venue with a capacity of 280 people, adding to the previously-approved 800-person music venue in the wider St. Giles Circus scheme. The new design will include a basement underneath the Smithy that currently occupies 22 Denmark Place, with the Smithy preserved by being carefully moved off-site and returned to its position upon completion of the venue.

Monocle 24 Investigates Gardens and the Public Life of Plants

09:30 - 24 March, 2016
Monocle 24 Investigates Gardens and the Public Life of Plants, Heatherwick Studio's proposed Garden Bridge scheme across the River Thames, London. Image Courtesy of Arup
Heatherwick Studio's proposed Garden Bridge scheme across the River Thames, London. Image Courtesy of Arup

This edition of Section DMonocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, is dedicated to plants and gardens and specifically their role in architecture, urban life, and the design of the workplace. The episode considers the history of London’s urban greenery and the role of plants in landscape architecture touching upon, in conversation with Sam Jacob, the latest in London's green infrastructure: Heatherwick Studio's proposed Garden Bridge across the River Thames. It also traces the lineage of semi-private squares in Georgian London to Ebenezer Howard's Garden City movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries – all approaches discussing how best to unite the built environment with the natural world.

Harcombe / forresterarchitects

15:00 - 23 March, 2016
Harcombe / forresterarchitects , © Adam Scott
© Adam Scott

© Adam Scott © Adam Scott © Adam Scott © Adam Scott +20

Terry Farrell Among Speakers at Forthcoming Conference on Postmodernism

04:00 - 23 March, 2016
Terry Farrell Among Speakers at Forthcoming Conference on Postmodernism, James Stirling's No.1 Poultry, London. Image © Flickr user merula licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
James Stirling's No.1 Poultry, London. Image © Flickr user merula licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

The British Twentieth Century Society (C20) have announced a forthcoming conference in London on Postmodernism. Speakers including Sir Terry Farrell, Piers Gough and Charles Holland (Ordinary Architecture) will join Alan Powers, Emily Gee and Elain Harwood of Historic England to "raise the profile of Britain’s best Postmodernist buildings following concerns over proposed changes to leading examples of this much maligned style."

Survey Results Show More Tall Buildings Planned for London

06:00 - 17 March, 2016
Survey Results Show More Tall Buildings Planned for London, © Visualhouse and photographer Dan Lowe
© Visualhouse and photographer Dan Lowe

Since this time last year, an additional 119 new tall buildings have been planned for London, according to a report published by New London Architecture (NLA) and GLHearn. This brings the total number of planned, tall buildings -- buildings of 20 floors or taller -- to 436.

The research conducted by the NLA shows that since last year, the number of tall buildings undergoing construction has inched from 70 to 89. An impressive 223 tall buildings have received planning approval and 114 towers are in pre-application or planning stages. Ninety-four tall buildings, up from 72 buildings in the previous year, were submitted for planning. Of those 94, 43 were approved in the same year. The survey also notes that a significant number of these tall buildings are part of larger scale master plans, which situate multiple towers in clusters.

London Architectural Debate Society “Turncoats” Goes Global

12:00 - 12 March, 2016
London Architectural Debate Society “Turncoats” Goes Global, The Burning Envelope - The Universal Emblem of the Turncoats. Image Courtesy of Turncoats
The Burning Envelope - The Universal Emblem of the Turncoats. Image Courtesy of Turncoats

Turncoats, the irreverent architectural debate society from London, is launching an international series, starting chapters in Canada, Scotland, Serbia and the US. Originally created by Phineas Harper, Maria Smith and Robert Mull, Turncoats has “electrified London’s architectural scene” since its inception.

Combining architectural debate with unique settings, alcohol, and an absence of recordings or wireless devices, Turncoats has gathered significant attention, their signature flaming envelope emblem appearing on lapels across the city, and soon all over the world.

Koops Mill / Mark Fairhurst Architects

10:00 - 5 March, 2016
Koops Mill / Mark Fairhurst Architects, © Adam-Scott
© Adam-Scott

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Sam Jacob Studio to Create a Russian Doll-Like Installation at London's Sto Werkstatt

04:00 - 3 March, 2016
Sam Jacob Studio to Create a Russian Doll-Like Installation at London's Sto Werkstatt, One Thing After Another. Image © Sam Jacob Studio
One Thing After Another. Image © Sam Jacob Studio

Sto Werkstatt have announced that Sam Jacob Studio will be creating "a unique installation" for their London gallery space that will "explore the exchange of information between digital and physical worlds." Entitled One Thing After Another, the project has its origins with what Jacob considers the most mundane, yet essential form, of architecture: the garden shed. The structure will be 3D-scanned to create a digital copy which will then be processed and scaled to fabricate a new CNC’d version from Verolith, a lightweight type of volcanic stone made of 90% perlite.

LSE Reveals 6 Schemes for its Paul Marshall Building

14:18 - 1 March, 2016
LSE Reveals 6 Schemes for its Paul Marshall Building, Team A. Image Courtesy of RIBA
Team A. Image Courtesy of RIBA

The London School of Economics (LSE) and RIBA have revealed the six shortlisted proposals for their next major development: 44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields/The Paul Marshall. With designs from David Chipperfield, Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Penoyre & Prasad and Herzog & de Meuron, LSE is hoping their new building's "world-class architecture" will appropriately reflect the university's "global academic reputation." AL_A, Grafton Architects, and Niall McLaughlin with Scott Brownrigg complete the shortlist

“The amount of analysis and intellectual effort that has gone into the designs from each team is staggering and the results are impressive and very exciting. Given its size and prime location on Lincoln’s Inn Fields we want this to be a seminal university building; its legacy will endure for many generations so it is vital that we make the right decision,” said Julian Robinson, LSE’s Director of Estates.

All six schemes are being publicly exhibited at the LSE's Saw Swee Hock Student Centre through March 17. Read on for a glimpse of each. 

HOK’s Hertsmere House Will Be the Tallest Residential Tower in Western Europe

08:00 - 1 March, 2016
HOK’s Hertsmere House Will Be the Tallest Residential Tower in Western Europe, via AJ © HOK
via AJ © HOK

HOK’s latest project, “Hertsmere House” on West India Quay in London’s Canary Wharf has been approved for development by members of Tower Hamlets’ Strategic Development Committee. At 67-stories and 789 feet tall, Hertsmere House will be Western Europe’s tallest residential tower. The design, inspired by flower petals, aims to create a unique addition to the London skyline. Read more about the project after the break.

Greenwich Peninsula Riverside / C.F. Møller

13:00 - 27 February, 2016
Greenwich Peninsula Riverside  / C.F. Møller, © Mark Hadden
© Mark Hadden

© Mark Hadden © Mark Hadden © Mark Hadden © Mark Hadden +31

Yalding House / BuckleyGrayYeoman

05:00 - 27 February, 2016
Yalding House  / BuckleyGrayYeoman, © Hufton+Crow
© Hufton+Crow

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Shepherd’s Bush Extension & Loft Conversion / + Studio 30 Architects

17:00 - 26 February, 2016
Shepherd’s Bush Extension & Loft Conversion /  + Studio 30 Architects, © Salt Productions Ltd
© Salt Productions Ltd

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Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Investigates the Legacy of Victorian London

06:00 - 25 February, 2016
Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Investigates the Legacy of Victorian London, © Gareth Williams
© Gareth Williams

For this edition of The UrbanistMonocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team head back in time to explore London in 1891, examining some of the city’s achievements to get a glimpse of what life was like in the British capital. They investigate the architectural legacy of Victorian London, see how the introduction of the railway changed the city, and chat about Charles Booth’s pioneering study into Victorian Londoners’ quality of life. They also take a tour around the country’s first council estate.

Elmwood Court / C.F. Møller

02:00 - 25 February, 2016
Elmwood Court  / C.F. Møller, © Mark Hadden
© Mark Hadden

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BIG's 2016 Serpentine Gallery Design Revealed (Plus Four Summer Houses)

09:05 - 24 February, 2016
BIG's 2016 Serpentine Gallery Design Revealed (Plus Four Summer Houses), Pavilion design by BIG. Image © BIG
Pavilion design by BIG. Image © BIG

The Serpentine Gallery in London has unveiled the designs for this year's prestigious Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, designed by BIG, showing an "unzipped wall" which rises to a point above the entrance. In addition to the pavilion, this year the Serpentine gallery will host four smaller "summer houses" designed  by Kunlé Adeyemi - NLÉ, Barkow Leibinger, Yona Friedman and Asif Khan. For these summer houses, the Serpentine Gallery asked the participants to take inspiration from Queen Caroline's Temple, a small, classical summer house near to the gallery that was built in 1734.

Read on to find out more about all five designs.

Summer house design by Kunlé Adeyemi - NLÉ. Image © NLÉ Summer house design by Barkow Leibinger. Image © Barkow Leibinger Summer house design by Yona Friedman. Image © AECOM Summer house design by Asif Khan. Image © Asif Khan +17

Call for Works: Drawing Futures

07:00 - 22 February, 2016
Call for Works: Drawing Futures

Drawing Futures, a new the international peer-reviewed conference on speculative drawing for art and architecture has launched a call for works.

The two-day conference will bring together some of the world’s leading practitioners in drawing for conversations about the contemporary cutting-edge and future directions using drawing as a critical tool for art and architecture.

“Nursery Fields Forever” Reconnects Early Childhood Education with Nature

12:00 - 21 February, 2016
“Nursery Fields Forever” Reconnects Early Childhood Education with Nature, Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of Jonathan Lazar
Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of Jonathan Lazar

Winner of the AWR International Ideas Competition to design a new nursery school, “Nursery Fields Forever” reimagines what nursery schools could be like. Designed by a team from Italy, composed of Gabriele Capobianco, Edoardo Capuzzo Dolcetta, Jonathan Lazar, and Davide Troiani, the entry refutes the modern notion of shaping a child’s perception of the world based solely on urban environments, accepting children as being inherently curious naturalists. This trait is stimulated and guided to create a unique educational approach, holistically combining nature and food cultivation into its curriculum.