Norman Foster Wins Planning for Manchester Maggie’s Centre

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UPDATE: Foster + Partners have been granted planning permission for The Chirstie. The new Centre is due to open in 2016.

Norman Foster has applied for planning permission for a new ’s Cancer Centre in his hometown of . Planned to be built at The Christie, one of Europe’s leading cancer centres and the largest single-site centre in Europe, the new Centre intends to “provide free practical, emotional and social support for anyone living with cancer as well as their family and friends.”

“I believe in the power of architecture to lift the spirits and help in the process of therapy,” Foster explains. “Within the Centre, there is a variety of spaces – visitors can gather around a big kitchen table, find a peaceful place to think or they can work with their hands in the greenhouse. Throughout, there is a focus on natural light and contact with the gardens. The timber frame, with its planted lattice helps to dissolve the architecture into the surrounding greenery.”

Contextualism: Dead or Alive?

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In a to be held this week at the Manchester School of Architecture, Contextualism: Dead or Alive? will explore the importance of contextualism in contemporary architecture. Five key speakers will be featured, presenting papers discussing context both in its purest theoretical form and how it might be addressed in practice. From debating the significance of building traditions (Jonathan Foyle) to how Mecanoo, who recently completed the Library of Birmingham, have approached contextualism in the UK (Ernst ter Horst), the symposium will endeavor to uncover the ties between architecture and the wider urban realm.

Emirates Old Trafford / BDP

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Architects: BDP
Location: ,
Main Contractor: Morgan Sindall
Area: 32.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Daniel Hopkinson

Roger Stephenson: “Using Craft in a Contemporary Way”

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Mies. UK recently spoke to OBE, Managing Partner at Manchester based stephenson:ISA Studio, about his award winning practice’s approach to “using craft in a contemporary way”. The office most recently completed an addition to Chetham’s School of Music, winning the 2013 RIBA Regional Building of the Year Award, RIBA National Award, and the RIBA Regional Award. This project is the latest in a long list of innovative buildings that are part of a ”rigorously coherent, contextually progressive architecture” that has made the practice one of best known regionalist design offices in the UK. 

Read the interview in full, and watch a three minute tour of Chetham’s School of Music, after the break.

Manchester School of Art / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

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Architects: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Location: Cavendish Street, , Greater M15, UK
Architect In Charge:
Area: 17320.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hufton + Crow

AD Interviews: Stephen Hodder, RIBA President

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ArchDaily recently got the chance to speak to , current President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at his practice in Manchester. Best known as the recipient of the inaugural RIBA Stirling Prize in 1996 (for the Centenary Building), Hodder was educated at the University of Manchester’s School of Architecture, he’s perhaps best known as the recipient of the inaugural RIBA Stirling Prize in 1996 for the Centenary Building and was awarded an MBE for services to architecture in 1998.

Having been officially in the role for only two months, Hodder spent some time with us discussing his hopes for the next two years. Find out why he described himself as a fan of Scandinavians and prog-rock after the break…

Preston Bus Station Listed, Escapes Demolition

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Following news last week that four post-war buildings had been listed in the , the campaign to Save reached a victory today when it was announced that Ed Vaizey (Architecture and Heritage Minister) has listed the Brutalist icon, removing the threat of demolition. The campaign, which has garnered words of support from the likes of Richard Rogers and Rem Koolhaas, has been been underpinned by support from Angela Brady PRIBA, former President of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Seven Architectural Sins Committed Around the World

, or the “” / Rafael Viñoly Architects.. Image © Flickr User pembridge2

With the recent news that Rafael Viñoly Architects’ 20 Fenchurch Street (or the “Walkie Talkie“) in London has been producing an unusually hot solar reflection, dubbed the “Death Ray,” we’ve put together a list of seven architectural blunders around the world – from the worrying to the downright absurd.

Stephen Hodder Inaugurated as 75th President of the RIBA

Stephen Hodder, the newly inaugurated President of . Image © Ed Tyler,

Following Angela Brady’s two year tenure as head of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Stephen Hodder MBE was officially inaugurated as the 75th President of the UK’s largest architectural body yesterday. Hodder, perhaps best known as the recipient of the first RIBA Stirling Prize in 1996 for the Centenary Building (University of Salford, UK), is chairman of the award-winning practice Hodder + Partners in (UK).

Chetham’s School of Music / Stephenson ISA Studio

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Architects: Stephenson ISA Studio
Location: , England, UK
Area: 10,600 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Daniel Hopkinson

House 780 / Stephenson ISA Studio

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Architects: Stephenson ISA Studio
Location: , , United Kingdom
Area: 465 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Stephenson ISA Studio

House 1005 / Stephenson ISA Studio

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Architects: Stephenson ISA Studio
Location: Worsley, , UK
Area: 465 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Stephenson ISA Studio

Blackburn Central High School / Nicholas Hare Architects

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Architects: Nicholas Hare Architects
Location: Haslington Road, , UK
Architect In Charge:
Area: 8,673 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Andy Haslam

1 Angel Square / 3D Reid

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Architects: 3D Reid
Location: Manchester,
Area: 328,000 sq ft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Daniel Hopkinson, Trevor Palin, Len Grant

National Graphene Institute Winning Proposal / Jestico + Whiles

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Jestico + Whiles’ design for the new £61m National Graphene Institute at the University of has recently been granted planning consent. The new facility will be designed with the goal to be the world-leading research and incubator center dedicated to the development of graphene, helping the UK to remain at the forefront of the commercialization of this revolutionary material. The project will be housed within a compact 7,600m2 five-storey building, with the main cleanroom located on the lower ground floor to achieve best vibration performance.More images and architects’ description after the break.

Pont de Singe Installation / Olivier Grossetête


Building on a previous piece entitled “Suspension Bridge, the passage”, Olivier Grossetête’s ‘Pont de Singe’ in the is a model of floating bridge attached to helium balloons, thus taking literally the term “suspension bridge “. The object aims to connect two mobile spaces, questioning its usefulness. This bridge becomes a floating symbol of all relationships, and embodies the space surrounding its slight movements caused by our air movement. More images and architects’ description after the break.

“Consumed” Architecture + Urbanism Symposium

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Taking place May 3, the “Consumed” Architecture + Urbanism Symposium, put on my the University of Manchester’s School of Architecture, the event looks to explore the theme of consumption in the urban built environment through a selection of invited speakers from a variety of locations and professions. Current speakers include; Joseph Grima Editor of Domus Magazine, Mario Minale of Mario Minale Designers, Berndt Jespersen and Mette Skobjerg of Kalundborg Symbiosis, and Gavin Elliott of BDP is to Chair. More speakers are to be confirmed in coming weeks. The event is taking place in Manchester, at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. For more information, please visit their website here.

The Avenue / Sheppard Robson

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Architect: Sheppard Robson
Location: , UK
Project Manager: Gardiner & Theobald
Structural Engineer: Capita Symonds
M&E Engineer: Grontmij
Quantity Surveyor: Mooney Kelly
Main Contractor: Lend Lease
Client: Allied London Properties
Project Area: 5,000 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Hufton+Crow