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These Everyday Household Items Convert Light Into Energy

08:00 - 7 August, 2016
These Everyday Household Items Convert Light Into Energy, Courtesy of Caventou
Courtesy of Caventou

London-based design firm Caventou has designed a series of “stained glass” everyday objects that turn daylight into electricity, even indoors.

Integrated with solar cells, Current Table and Current Window are both independent, intelligent power sources that function normally as household items.

Courtesy of Caventou Courtesy of Caventou Courtesy of Caventou Courtesy of Caventou +20

British Airways i360, World's Tallest Moving Observation Tower, Opens in UK

10:05 - 5 August, 2016
British Airways i360, World's Tallest Moving Observation Tower, Opens in UK, British Airways i360 Drone. Image © Visual Air
British Airways i360 Drone. Image © Visual Air

UPDATE: We have added new night photos of the i360 as the ‘breathing’ lighting has been switched on for the first time. The lights were designed by Do-Architecture and can be programmed to display a range of color and pattern options.

David Marks of Marks Barfield Architects, explains, “The concept for the lighting at the top of the tower is that it ‘breathes’, gently increasing and decreasing in intensity at the average rate of a human being breathing at rest.”

The world’s tallest moving observation tower, British Airways i360, will open to the public this Thursday, August 4th. Designed by Marks Barfield Architects, the firm behind the iconic London Eye, the i360 tower will transport 200 visitors at a time up 138 meters to take in views of the city of Brighton and Hove, the Sussex coast and the English Channel. With a height to width ratio of more than 40:1, the structure was also designated as the most slender tower in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records after topping out in February.

‘Breathing’ lighting on British Airways i360. Image Courtesy of British Airways i360 ‘Breathing’ lighting on British Airways i360. Image Courtesy of British Airways i360 ‘Breathing’ lighting on British Airways i360. Image Courtesy of British Airways i360 ‘Breathing’ lighting on British Airways i360. Image Courtesy of British Airways i360 +55

Bakery Place / Jo Cowen Architects

09:00 - 3 August, 2016
Bakery Place  / Jo Cowen Architects, © David Butler
© David Butler

© David Butler © David Butler © David Butler © David Butler +17

Stanton Williams and Asif Khan Selected to Design Future Home for the Museum of London

09:35 - 28 July, 2016
Stanton Williams and Asif Khan Selected to Design Future Home for the Museum of London, © Stanton Williams Architects
© Stanton Williams Architects

Stanton Williams and Asif Khan have been announced as the winners of the competition to design the new Museum of London at West Smithfield. Beating out 70 entries from top firms and a shortlist including BIG, Caruso St. John and Lacaton & Vassal, the winning proposal was selected for its “innovative thinking, sensitivity to the heritage of existing market buildings and understanding of practicalities of creating a great museum experience.”

© Stanton Williams Architects © Stanton Williams Architects © Stanton Williams Architects © Stanton Williams Architects +6

The Milkshake Tree / pH+

09:00 - 23 July, 2016
The Milkshake Tree  / pH+, © Paul Raftery
© Paul Raftery

© Paul Raftery © Paul Raftery © Paul Raftery Courtesy of pH+ +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    United Kingdom, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0ES, UK
  • Area

    35.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Foundry Mews / Project Orange

05:00 - 22 July, 2016
Foundry Mews / Project Orange, © Jack Hobhouse
© Jack Hobhouse

© Jack Hobhouse © Jack Hobhouse © Jack Hobhouse © Jack Hobhouse +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    United Kingdom, Barnes High St, London SW13, UK
  • Area

    800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

designjunction 2016

14:09 - 18 July, 2016
designjunction 2016, Designjunction 2016, King's Cross, London (September 22 – 25, 2016)
Designjunction 2016, King's Cross, London (September 22 – 25, 2016)

designjunction, now in its sixth year, returns for the annual London Design Festival. Relocating to an exciting new home in King’s Cross, designjunction takes over four main sites for a curated programme of design exhibitions, installations, retail experiences, events and workshops based upon the theme #ImmersedinDesign.

Pea Soup House / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

13:00 - 15 July, 2016
Pea Soup House / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Courtesy of FCB Studios
Courtesy of FCB Studios

Courtesy of FCB Studios Courtesy of FCB Studios © Elizabeth Knuckles Courtesy of FCB Studios +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    London, United Kingdom
  • Project organisers

    RIBA/London Festival of Architecture
  • Structural Engineers

    Expedition Studio
  • Area

    52.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of FCB Studios , Elizabeth Knuckles

Lambeth Marsh House / Fraher Architects

03:00 - 15 July, 2016
Lambeth Marsh House  / Fraher Architects, © Jack Hobhouse
© Jack Hobhouse

© Jack Hobhouse © Jack Hobhouse © Jack Hobhouse © Jack Hobhouse +26

City of London Building Award 2016 Winners Announced

12:30 - 14 July, 2016
City of London Building Award 2016 Winners Announced, Winner: New Ludgate. Designed by Fletcher Priest Architects and Sauerbruch Hutton. Image
Winner: New Ludgate. Designed by Fletcher Priest Architects and Sauerbruch Hutton. Image

New Ludgate, a retail and commercial development located two blocks east of St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown London, has been named the City of London Building of the Year 2016. The complex consists of two new buildings, One New Ludgate by Fletcher Priest Architects and Two New Ludgate by Sauerbruch Hutton. The award was given in recognition of “the buildings that support the ambitions of the City of London in delivering a world-class working environment, by evaluating both the quality of the architectural design and the impact the building has had on the city street scene.”

One New Ludgate by Fletcher Priest Architects. Image © Tim Soar Two New Ludgate by Sauerbruch Hutton. Image © Jan Bitter Salters’ Hall by dMFK. Image © Jack Hobhouse  Leathersellers’ Hall by Eric Parry. Image © Dirk Lindner +18

AD Classics: The Barbican Estate / Chamberlin, Powell and Bon Architects

04:00 - 12 July, 2016
AD Classics: The Barbican Estate / Chamberlin, Powell and Bon Architects, © Joas Souza
© Joas Souza

On the 29th December, 1940, at the height of the Second World War, an air raid by the Luftwaffe razed a 35-acre site in the heart of the City of London to the ground. The site was known as the Barbican (a Middle English word meaning fortification), so-called for the Roman wall which once stood in the area. Following the war, the City of London Corporation—the municipal governing body for the area—started to explore possibilities to bring this historic site into the twentieth century.

© Joas Souza © Joas Souza Gilbert House piloti. Image © Joas Souza Defoe House. Image © Joas Souza +28

Round-Up: Tall Stories From Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist'

07:30 - 8 July, 2016
Round-Up: Tall Stories From Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist', Courtesy of Monocle
Courtesy of Monocle

A new collection of five minute-long Tall Stories—developed by the team behind The UrbanistMonocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities—guide the listener through the condensed narratives of a series of architectural projects from around the globe, encompassing their conception, development, use and, in some cases, eventual demise. We've selected eight of our favorites from the ongoing series, ranging from London’s Casson Pavilion to Honolulu's Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial, and the Estadio Centenario stadium in Montevideo.

Drapers Field / Kinnear Landscape Architects

13:00 - 6 July, 2016
Drapers Field / Kinnear Landscape Architects , © Adrian Taylor
© Adrian Taylor

© Adrian Taylor © Adrian Taylor © Adrian Taylor © Adrian Taylor +11

  • Landscape architects

  • Location

    London, England, United Kingdom
  • Landscape architect and project lead

    Kinnear Landscape Architects
  • Architect

    Mae Architects
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Round-Up: The Serpentine Pavilion Through the Years

10:30 - 28 June, 2016
Round-Up: The Serpentine Pavilion Through the Years

Lasting for close to two decades now, the annual Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Exhibition has become one of the most anticipated architectural events in London and for the global architecture community. With this year’s edition featuring not just one pavilion but four additional “summer houses,” the program shows no sign of slowing down. Each of the previous sixteen pavilions have been thought-provoking, leaving an indelible mark and strong message to the architectural community. And even though each of the past pavilions are removed from the site after their short summer stints to occupy far-flung private estates, they continue to be shared through photographs, and in architectural lectures. With the launch of the 16th Pavilion this month, we take a look back at all the previous pavilions and their significance to the architecturally-minded public. 

Serpentine Pavilion 2013. Image © Neil MacWilliams Serpentine Pavilion 2000. Image © Hélène Binet Serpentine Pavilion 2006. Image © John Offenbach Serpentine Pavilion 2015. Image © © Iwan Baan +34

Serpentine Summer House / Barkow Leibinger

05:00 - 23 June, 2016
Serpentine Summer House  / Barkow Leibinger, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan Model Concept +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    United Kingdom, Kensington Gardens, London W2 2UH, UK
  • Architect in Charge

    Frank Barkow, Regine Leibinger
  • Area

    50.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Hackney New School / Henley Halebrown Architects

02:00 - 22 June, 2016
Hackney New School  / Henley Halebrown Architects, © Nicholas Kane
© Nicholas Kane

© Nicholas Kane © Nicholas Kane © Nicholas Kane © Nicholas Kane +40

FORBES MASSIE STUDIO: SEDUCTION OF LIGHT

11:30 - 20 June, 2016
FORBES MASSIE STUDIO: SEDUCTION OF LIGHT, Forbes Massie Studio, Summer Exhibition
Forbes Massie Studio, Summer Exhibition

The exhibition celebrates the imagery of Forbes Massie Studio by presenting a collection of their latest commissions with renowned UK and international architectural practices, on exceptional and high profile projects. Entitled 'Seduction of Light', the collection emphasizes the Studio's approach to image making, focusing particular attention to Composition, Light, Materiality and Atmosphere.

A Filmic Adaption of Ballard's High-Rise Is a Visceral Complement to a Dystopian Vision

09:30 - 20 June, 2016
A Filmic Adaption of Ballard's High-Rise Is a Visceral Complement to a Dystopian Vision, The Brutalist high-rises in Ben Wheatley’s new film were inspired in part by Ernö Goldfinger’s Trellick and Balfron towers in London. Image Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures
The Brutalist high-rises in Ben Wheatley’s new film were inspired in part by Ernö Goldfinger’s Trellick and Balfron towers in London. Image Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

This article was originally published on Metropolis Magazine as “Dystopia in the Sky."

For architects, if I may generalize an entire professional community, there are few novelists as cultishly beloved as J.G. Ballard. Borges or Calvino have their fair share of admirers, but to borrow an adjective more frequently applied to buildings, Ballard is the most iconic of literary figures—especially for readers of a concrete-expansion-joint persuasion. Witnessing war as a child, training in medicine, and thereafter writing from a rather bloodless middle-class patch of suburbia, Ballard spun tales of urban life that continue to be uncomfortably visceral.