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What 6 British Cities Could Have Looked Like

09:00 - 7 December, 2018
What 6 British Cities Could Have Looked Like, Unbuilt London. Image © QuickQuid / Neomam
Unbuilt London. Image © QuickQuid / Neomam

A historic hotbed of architectural styles and a current architectural capital of the world, cities in the United Kingdom are awash with iconic buildings from the Georgian, Neoclassical, and contemporary era. Such buildings, from the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol to the Southbank in London, have come to define the cities in which they stand, drawing the eyes of tourists and designers alike from around the world.

It is therefore an interesting exercise to examine what these cities would look like if such structures didn’t exist. To this end, Neomam Studios has partnered with QuickQuid to produce a series of images demonstrating what six British cities could have looked like, resurrecting some of Britain’s most surprising unbuilt structures.

Brass House / anthrosite

20:00 - 24 October, 2018
© Jon Reid
© Jon Reid

© Jon Reid © Jon Reid © Jon Reid © Jon Reid + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia
  • Area

    330.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

SUSURU / Prevalent

20:00 - 6 December, 2017
SUSURU / Prevalent, © Jan Vranovsky
© Jan Vranovsky

© Jan Vranovsky © Jan Vranovsky © Jan Vranovsky © Jan Vranovsky + 41

  • Architects

  • Location

    140 King St, Newcastle NSW 2300, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Ben Berwick
  • Primary Builder

    Pete Haas
  • Area

    250.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Stacked Residential Tower to Become One of Newcastle's Tallest Buildings

12:00 - 12 February, 2017
Stacked Residential Tower to Become One of Newcastle's Tallest Buildings, © FaulknerBrowns Architects
© FaulknerBrowns Architects

Planning approval has been granted to British firm FaulknerBrowns Architects, for the construction of a new residential tower on the site of a dilapidated warehouse building, in Newcastle upon Tyne.

“We have worked extremely hard to design a building of the highest quality and we believe this development will create a positive landmark for the city, representative of its ambitious and forward thinking outlook,” said Paul Rigby, partner at FaulknerBrowns.

© FaulknerBrowns Architects © FaulknerBrowns Architects © FaulknerBrowns Architects © FaulknerBrowns Architects + 11

Garden Suburb Early Learning Centre / Bourne Blue Architecture

16:00 - 30 May, 2016
Garden Suburb Early Learning Centre / Bourne Blue Architecture, Courtesy of Bourne Blue Architecture
Courtesy of Bourne Blue Architecture

Courtesy of Bourne Blue Architecture Courtesy of Bourne Blue Architecture Courtesy of Bourne Blue Architecture Courtesy of Bourne Blue Architecture + 19

10 Highlights from Guardian Cities' "History of Cities in 50 Buildings"

09:30 - 31 May, 2015
10 Highlights from Guardian Cities' "History of Cities in 50 Buildings", Fiat Tagliero, Asmara. Image © Flickr user David Stanley
Fiat Tagliero, Asmara. Image © Flickr user David Stanley

All good things must come to an end, and Guardian Cities' excellent "History of Cities in 50 Buildings" series is sadly no exception, with only a few more left to be published before they hit 50. The whole series is definitely worth the read, bringing in the best of academic and architectural writing from guest authors and the Guardian's own Cities team, but if you're strapped for time - and if you're an architect, it's fairly likely that's true - we've rounded up 10 highlights from the list to get you started.

Amazonas Theatre, Manaus. Image © Wikimedia user Leaderfo Narkomfin Building, Moscow. Image © Wikimedia user NVO Ponte Tower, Johannesburg. Image © Flickr user fiverlocker Byker Wall Estate, Newcastle. Image © Flickr user George Rex + 11

What Can Be Learnt From The Smithsons' "New Brutalism" In 2014?

00:00 - 22 June, 2014
What Can Be Learnt From The Smithsons' "New Brutalism" In 2014?, Alison and Peter Smithson (year unknown)
Alison and Peter Smithson (year unknown)

Sheffield born Alison Gill, later to be known as Alison Smithson, was one half of one of the most influential Brutalist architectural partnerships in history. On the day that she would be celebrating her 86th birthday we take a look at how the impact of her and Peter Smithson's architecture still resonates well into the 21st century, most notably in the British Pavilion at this year's Venice Biennale. With London's Robin Hood Gardens, one of their most well known and large scale social housing projects, facing imminent demolition how might their style, hailed by Reyner Banham in 1955 as the "new brutalism", hold the key for future housing projects?

Robin Hood Gardens, London. Image Courtesy of John Levett - http://www.flickr.com/photos/joseph_beuys_hat/ Robin Hood Gardens, London. Image Courtesy of Amanda Vincent-Rous - http://www.flickr.com/photos/51746218@N03/ Drawing at the 2014 Venice Biennale, Alison & Peter Smithson (1963). Image © James Taylor-Foster Robin Hood Gardens, Alison and Peter Smithson + 8

374 Hamilton / Bourne Blue Architects

01:00 - 15 June, 2014
374 Hamilton / Bourne Blue Architects, © Shane Blue
© Shane Blue

© Shane Blue © Shane Blue © Shane Blue © Shane Blue + 25

How Will Architecture Respond to a "Boom" in UK University Spending?

00:00 - 3 June, 2014
How Will Architecture Respond to a "Boom" in UK University Spending?, Courtesy of University of Manchester
Courtesy of University of Manchester

With the recent news that Dutch practice Mecanoo, along with Penoyre & Prasad, have been selected for a £200 million new engineering campus at the University of Manchester, Amanda Baillieu of BDOnline argues that they "need to set their ambitions a whole lot higher." Alongside's Manchester's announcement, universities in Sheffield, Newcastle and Oxford also recently announced a big investment in their campuses. The trick, Baillieu suggests, will be in ensuring the architecture is not "safe and office-like" (which fits universities’ "business-like" mindset). As we enter a "golden age" in university capital investment, educational architecture will be playing a central role. Read the article in full here.

Newcastle Museum / Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

01:00 - 16 April, 2014
Newcastle Museum / Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, © John Gollings
© John Gollings

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings + 7

Hunter Medical Research Institute / Denton Corker Marshall + SKM-S2F Architects

01:00 - 14 March, 2013
Courtesy of Denton Corker Marshall and SKM-S2F Architects in Association
Courtesy of Denton Corker Marshall and SKM-S2F Architects in Association

Courtesy of Denton Corker Marshall and SKM-S2F Architects in Association Courtesy of Denton Corker Marshall and SKM-S2F Architects in Association Courtesy of Denton Corker Marshall and SKM-S2F Architects in Association Courtesy of Denton Corker Marshall and SKM-S2F Architects in Association + 5

Dudley House / Bourne Blue Architecture

00:00 - 28 April, 2010
Dudley House / Bourne Blue Architecture, © Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman + 35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia
  • Landscape Architect

    Richard Stutchbury
  • Builder

    Danny Smith
  • Sculpture

    Richard Stutchbury
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs