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Why We Shouldn't Build a Memorial for the Grenfell Fire—Not Yet At Least

04:00 - 18 April, 2018
Why We Shouldn't Build a Memorial for the Grenfell Fire—Not Yet At Least , The burned remains of Grenfell Tower in London. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/londonmatt/35651730645'>Flickr user londonmatt</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
The burned remains of Grenfell Tower in London. Image © Flickr user londonmatt licensed under CC BY 2.0

This article was originally published by Common Edge as "Why the Best Response to the Grenfell Tower Fire Isn’t a Memorial."

Memorials play an integral role in marking significant people, moments, or events. In recent years, they have become glorifications of tragedy by attempting to express unimaginable horrors in poetic and beautiful ways. The issue with the many forms that memorials take is that they seek to placate the immediate reaction and hurt of an event, an understandable societal reaction, but one that often feels rote and hallow.

But what if memorials sought to preserve the memory of those affected by offering a solution that addressed how the tragedy occurred? The international response to tragedy has, by default, become to install a statue, build a wall, create a healing water feature, erect an aspirational sculptural object, or simply rename a park. None of these responses are inherently bad—they’re usually well-meaning and on occasion quite moving—but there is another approach available to us: changing the public perception of memorials by looking at them through the lens of solutions, encouraging people to think of them as a testament or proper response to tragedy, not just a plaque that over time goes unnoticed. While this approach might be difficult in some instances, the case of Grenfell Tower fire in London presents a rather obvious solution.

VeloNotte at the Museum – 14 Cities on Earth

05:22 - 11 April, 2018
VeloNotte at the Museum –  14 Cities on Earth, Velonotte at the Museum poster
Velonotte at the Museum poster

VeloNotte, international urban history startup on two wheels, celebrates its 10th anniversary of their nocturnal tours with an exhibition-workout in the Schusev Museum of Architecture in Moscow. Just a few steps from Kremlin, Velonotte converts the room of the 18th-century mansion into a cycling studio. Once you start to pedal the journey will bring you to one of the cities that the project explored so far with speakers like Richard Rogers, David Adjaye, Richard Burdett, Peter Ackroyd, Vladimir Paperny, Jean-Louis Cohen. The exhibition will feature amateur videos selected by curators from the posts of the more than 100,000 participants of Velonotte

7,500 Barrels To Feature in Christo's First UK Outdoor Public Sculpture

12:00 - 4 April, 2018
7,500 Barrels To Feature in Christo's First UK Outdoor Public Sculpture, Courtesy of Christo
Courtesy of Christo

Artist Christo has released images of his proposed temporary sculpture for Hyde Park, London, to become his first major outdoor public sculpture in the United Kingdom. Titled “The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake)," the sculpture will consist of 7,506 horizontally-stacked barrels floating on the Serpentine Lake throughout the summer of 2018.

“The Mastaba” will coincide with an exhibition of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work at the Serpentine Galleries, featuring sculptures, drawings, collages and photographs spanning more than 60 years. Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the exhibition will be the artists’ first in a UK public institution since 1979 and will showcase their long-running exploits with barrel forms, chosen initially for their sculptural effect and low cost.

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93-Building Shortlist Announced for 2018 RIBA London Awards

06:00 - 2 April, 2018
93-Building Shortlist Announced for 2018 RIBA London Awards, Belvue School Woodland Classrooms / Studio Weave Ltd.. Image © Studio Weave
Belvue School Woodland Classrooms / Studio Weave Ltd.. Image © Studio Weave

Since 1996, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has hosted awards for exemplary buildings across the UK by RIBA Chartered Architects and RIBA International Fellows. This year, 93 projects were shortlisted out of 203 entries for the 2018 RIBA London Awards; including designs by Foster + Partners, Hawkins\BrownAllford Hall Monaghan Morris, and Make Architects. Each project will be visited by one of five London juries during the month of April. Winners will be announced at the award ceremony on May 15th at the RIBA headquarters at 66 Portland Place, London. 

Scroll down to see a complete list of the shortlisted architectural works.

Hackney Town Hall / Hawkins\Brown. Image © Siobhan Doran Victoria and Albert Museum Members' Room / Carmody Groarke. Image © Rory Gardiner Royal Academy of Music – The Susie Sainsbury Theatre & The Angela Burgess Recital Hall / Ian Ritchie Architects. Image © Adam Scott Chobham Manor / Haworth Tompkins. Image © Jack Hobhouse + 95

The Curated Home / Mustard Architects

05:00 - 2 April, 2018
The Curated Home / Mustard Architects, © Tim Crocker
© Tim Crocker

© Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker + 15

Madison Square Garden Unveils Images of Spherical Events Venue in London

12:00 - 29 March, 2018
Madison Square Garden Unveils Images of Spherical Events Venue in London, Courtesy of The Madison Square Garden Company
Courtesy of The Madison Square Garden Company

The Madison Square Garden Company has unveiled images of its proposed MSG Sphere in London, a next-generation venue seeking to “redefine live entertainment” through an array of technology geared towards transformative, immersive connections between artists and audiences.

To accompany the London scheme, an MSG Sphere will also be located in Las Vegas. Both are to be designed by Populous, a global firm responsible for a large number of stadia and arenas across the globe.

Courtesy of The Madison Square Garden Company Courtesy of The Madison Square Garden Company Courtesy of The Madison Square Garden Company Courtesy of The Madison Square Garden Company + 8

Pascall+Watson to Design Stansted Airport’s Transformation

06:00 - 21 March, 2018
Pascall+Watson to Design Stansted Airport’s Transformation, Courtesy of Pascall+Watson
Courtesy of Pascall+Watson

After Pascall+Watson’s success with their concept design for the £130m Arrivals Terminal at Stansted Airport, the firm have been selected for the £600m transformation programme by MAG (Manchester Airports Group owners of Stansted Airport). As demand for air travel continues to increase, Pascall+Watson’s plans aim to provide a greater choice of airlines and destinations by making use of the airport’s spare runway capacity and supporting the future growth. 

Adjaye Associates Among Team of Designers To Create Strategy for Grenfell Estate

14:30 - 20 March, 2018
Adjaye Associates Among Team of Designers To Create Strategy for Grenfell Estate, Grenfell Tower was destroyed by fire in 2017. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/paulhird/35374233943'>Flickr user paulhird</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>
Grenfell Tower was destroyed by fire in 2017. Image © Flickr user paulhird licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Adjaye Associates is among a team of high-profile architects tasked with generating ideas for the overhaul of Lancaster West Estate, an area of London containing the ruined Grenfell Tower, tragically destroyed by fire in 2017.

The team, comprising Adjaye Associates, Cullinan Studio, Levitt Bernstein, Maccreanor Lavington, Murray John Architects and Penoyre & Prasad, will work with the local community for the housing estate’s refurbishment to produce “resident-led” ideas for the area. 

AKK Studios 
/ Fourthspace

03:00 - 20 March, 2018
AKK Studios 
/ Fourthspace, Courtesy of Fourthspace
Courtesy of Fourthspace

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  • Architects

  • Location

    London, United Kingdom
  • Area

    4500.0 ft2

Butterfly House / Biasol

03:00 - 16 March, 2018
Courtesy of Biasol
Courtesy of Biasol

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  • Architects

  • Location

    London, United Kingdom
  • Area

    90.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017

A New House and Studio / Anthony Carlile Architects

02:00 - 12 March, 2018
A New House and Studio / Anthony Carlile Architects, © Fernando Mañoso
© Fernando Mañoso

Courtesy of Anthony Carlile Architects Courtesy of Anthony Carlile Architects © Fernando Mañoso © Fernando Mañoso + 15

There’s a Gender Pay Gap at Foster + Partners (Unsurprisingly)

16:00 - 7 March, 2018
There’s a Gender Pay Gap at Foster + Partners (Unsurprisingly), Foster + Partners' London office, Riverside. Image © Marc Goodwin
Foster + Partners' London office, Riverside. Image © Marc Goodwin

Disparity between men and women in the workplace has long been cause for concern, both within the architectural profession and beyond. To raise awareness of the need for gender pay equality, the British government in 2017 demanded that UK-based organizations with more than 250 staff publish annual reports of the gender pay gap within their offices.

As one of the largest architecture firms in the world, and based in Battersea, LondonFoster + Partners has released their report into gender pay issues, becoming one of the first architecture firms to do so. The report reveals significant under-representation of women at senior level resulting in a pay gap across the firm, and outlines a commitment to encouraging gender diversity at all levels of management.  

Eva Franch i Gilabert Selected as the New Director of the Architectural Association

14:30 - 5 March, 2018
Eva Franch i Gilabert Selected as the New Director of the Architectural Association, Left, The Architectural Association on Bedford Square, London. Photograph by wikimedia user Jeremysm. Image is in the public domain. Right, Eva Franch i Gilabert. Photo by Stefan Ruiz
Left, The Architectural Association on Bedford Square, London. Photograph by wikimedia user Jeremysm. Image is in the public domain. Right, Eva Franch i Gilabert. Photo by Stefan Ruiz

The Architectural Association has announced that Eva Franch I Gilabert has been selected as their new Director, following a public months-long search to replace former Director Brett Steele and interim Director Samantha Hardingham.

The AA School Community, consisting of students, staff and Council members, selected Franch i Gilabert from a shortlist of 3 candidates by a majority vote of 67%, the highest percentage received in a contested election since 1990. Over 1,000 total ballots were cast.

UK Announces Plans to Work with Survivors and Families to Create Memorial on Grenfell Tower Site

12:30 - 5 March, 2018
UK Announces Plans to Work with Survivors and Families to Create Memorial on Grenfell Tower Site, Grenfell Tower. Image © Flickr user paulhird. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Grenfell Tower. Image © Flickr user paulhird. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Nearly 8 months after the devastating fire at London’s Grenfell Tower resulted in the loss of 71 lives, the UK government has announced that they will be working together with the tower’s survivors, families and community to determine the future of the Grenfell Tower site.

A government document released with the announcement outlines the guiding principles for handling the future of the site and its memory. According to the document, the most likely results will be an on-site memorial and the renaming of the nearby Latimer Road station of the London Underground:

The Shard / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

05:00 - 1 March, 2018
Courtesy of Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Courtesy of Renzo Piano Building Workshop

© Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Rob Telford © Michel Denancé + 28

Zaha Hadid Architects Unveil Proposal to Transform London into A Network of Walkable Streets

16:00 - 26 February, 2018
Zaha Hadid Architects Unveil Proposal to Transform London into A Network of Walkable Streets, A vision of the future Regent Street. Image via Walkable London
A vision of the future Regent Street. Image via Walkable London

Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed a proposal for the pedestrianization of their home city, London, that would gradually transform the city into an interconnected system of walkable roads.

Named Walkable London, the research proposal has identified the arteries and areas of the city that would most benefit from pedestrianization. The transformation would be implemented over three phases: primary avenues, secondary avenues, and finally, entire districts.  Notable avenues marked for alteration include Upper Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street. 

3 Shortlisted Candidates Announced in Architectural Association's Search for New Director

14:10 - 15 February, 2018
3 Shortlisted Candidates Announced in Architectural Association's Search for New Director, The Architectural Association on Bedford Square, London. Photograph by wikimedia user Jeremysm. Image is in the public domain.
The Architectural Association on Bedford Square, London. Photograph by wikimedia user Jeremysm. Image is in the public domain.

The Architectural Association has announced a shortlist of 3 candidates in the running to become the new AA Director, who will lead the direction of one of the world's foremost architecture schools and institutions.

Madison Square Garden Unveils Plans for Spherical Event Venues in London and Las Vegas

16:20 - 14 February, 2018
Madison Square Garden Unveils Plans for Spherical Event Venues in London and Las Vegas, © Madison Square Garden Company
© Madison Square Garden Company

The Madison Square Garden Company, the eponymous group behind New York City’s iconic concert and events venue, has revealed plans to building two new arenas on opposite sides of the world that will both be shaped like giant spheres.

To be branded as MSG Spheres, the venues will be located in Las Vegas and in London, and will be designed by Populous, the Kansas City-based firm responsible for a large number of stadia and arenas across the globe.

© Madison Square Garden Company © Madison Square Garden Company © Madison Square Garden Company © Madison Square Garden Company + 5