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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.

A First Look at Grimshaw's Next Eden Project

11:00 - 22 November, 2018
A First Look at Grimshaw's Next Eden Project, © Grimshaw Architects
© Grimshaw Architects

Grimshaw has unveiled its vision for the Eden Project North, following on from its acclaimed domed megastructure in Cornwall, England. The new scheme is to be located in Morecambe, Lancashire, featuring “a series of pavilions inspired by mussels, which could house a variety of environments.”

Watch 6 Ruined British Castles Come Back to Life

11:00 - 20 November, 2018
Watch 6 Ruined British Castles Come Back to Life, © NeoMam Studios and Onward
© NeoMam Studios and Onward

The landscape of the United Kingdom is littered with historic castles reaching back centuries. Once proud structures commanding the surrounding countryside, many stately houses, castles, and churches have since collapsed into ruin. While the ruins evoke a sense of magic and curiosity in their own right, a study into how these castles looked in their heyday is a worthy venture.

Modern as Metaphor: Where the Tate Stands in a Post-Brexit World

07:00 - 18 November, 2018
Modern as Metaphor: Where the Tate Stands in a Post-Brexit World, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on 30 June, 2016. While the debate surrounding the terms of the UK's exit from the European Union continues to rage, the Tate remains a steady icon for London and the UK. But the building has also become a symbol in a new fight: one between the capital's elites and the general public. As the political sands in Britain continue to shift, it may be interesting to see how - and with whom - the building aligns in the future. - Katherine Allen, Managing Editor

6 Radical Experiments in Social Housing Exhibited by the RIBA and V&A

11:00 - 15 November, 2018
6 Radical Experiments in Social Housing Exhibited by the RIBA and V&A, © Martin Charles RIBA Collections
© Martin Charles RIBA Collections

The RIBA and Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) have joined forces to display six pioneering experiments in social housing from their archives. “A Home for All” features designs “from a tower block that up-ended the terraced street, to a DIY kit that encouraged residents to design their own homes.”

Peter Zumthor's Rammed Concrete Retreat for Living Architecture Nears Completion in England

11:00 - 30 October, 2018
Peter Zumthor's Rammed Concrete Retreat for Living Architecture Nears Completion in England, Courtesy of Living Architecture
Courtesy of Living Architecture

Living Architecture has published photographs of the Peter Zumthor-designed “Secular Retreat” as it nears completion in Chivelstone, Devon. The retreat will be the Pritzker Prize-winning architect’s first permanent building in the UK.

AHMM Designs 'Earthy and Autumnal' Block for City of London Campus

02:30 - 19 October, 2018
AHMM Designs 'Earthy and Autumnal' Block for City of London Campus, 1-2 Broadgate. Image Courtesy of AHMM
1-2 Broadgate. Image Courtesy of AHMM

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects have released plans for a mixed-use shopping and office block to replace 1-2 Broadgate on the City of London campus. The multi-colored block design will include 74,000 square meters of commercial space as part of the revitalization of the iconic 1980s office complex. Linked to Liverpool Street station, the new development would include retail and leisure as part of the new shopping center.

Designs by Grimshaw and Arup Revealed for the UK's High Speed Rail Stations

11:00 - 9 October, 2018
Designs by Grimshaw and Arup Revealed for the UK's High Speed Rail Stations, © Arup via HS2
© Arup via HS2

New images have been published of Grimshaw and Arup-designed stations for the UK’s ”High Speed 2” railway system. Connecting London to the British Midlands, the mega-infrastructure project will be the UK’s second high-speed rail system, with HS1 already connecting London and the South East to the Channel Tunnel.

Paul Cocksedge Designs Living Watercolor Pavilion for EXPO 2020

03:30 - 8 October, 2018
Paul Cocksedge Designs Living Watercolor Pavilion for EXPO 2020, Living Watercolor UK Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Minmud
Living Watercolor UK Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Minmud

British designer Paul Cocksedge's ‘impossible’ living watercolor design was selected as a finalist for the UK National Pavilion during Expo 2020 in Dubai. Every color in the pavilion comes from the flag of a nation exhibiting at the event, expressing unity, partnership and possibility. The overlapping shades reflect the theme of the Expo – Connecting Minds, Creating The Future. At the heart of the building, a sculptural centerpiece envelops visitors in color and light, giving the sense of an ‘impossible’ structure.

Es Devlin to Design the UK’s “Poem Pavilion” for Dubai Expo 2020

14:00 - 27 September, 2018
Es Devlin to Design the UK’s “Poem Pavilion” for Dubai Expo 2020, Courtesy of Es Devlin
Courtesy of Es Devlin

Award-winning artist and designer Es Devlin OBE is set to design the UK Pavilion for Expo 2020 in Dubai. The scheme, titled “Poem Pavilion” will highlight “leading British expertise in Artificial Intelligence and Space,” and will be produced in collaboration with global brand agency Avantgarde.

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