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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.

Glenn Howells Unveils 55-story Red Brick Tower in Manchester

06:00 - 21 September, 2018
Glenn Howells Unveils 55-story Red Brick Tower in Manchester, Courtesy of Glen Howells Architects
Courtesy of Glen Howells Architects

Housing developer Student Castle has partnered with Glenn Howells Architects to create a 55-story red brick tower in Manchester city center. Built to include 850 rooms and co-working space for students and start-up businesses, the new skyscraper would overlook Oxford Road station next to Great Marlborough Street tower. Glenn Howells says the scheme pays homage to the red brick chimneys that once dominated the city’s skyline.

7 Installations to Watch Out For at the 2018 London Design Festival

12:30 - 17 September, 2018
7 Installations to Watch Out For at the 2018 London Design Festival, Multiply / Waugh Thistleton Architects. Image © David Parry
Multiply / Waugh Thistleton Architects. Image © David Parry

The 2018 London Design Festival is now underway, having returned for its 16th year. Running from 15th to 23rd September, and spread across the city, the Festival features works such as Snøhetta’s rotating book pavilion and a series of installations at the V&A celebrating the venue’s 10th year as the Festival’s official hub.

Grimshaw's Next Eden Project Could be in the North of England

08:00 - 10 September, 2018
Grimshaw's Next Eden Project Could be in the North of England,  via flickr user vanchett licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. ImageThe Eden Project, Cornwall
via flickr user vanchett licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. ImageThe Eden Project, Cornwall

Grimshaw can claim their horticultural Eden Project in Devon, South West England as being among their most iconic works. Nestled in a disused quarry, simultaneously acting as an embedded landscape feature and an alien spacecraft holding precious specimens and plants, the scheme has been celebrated as a successful modern interpretation of Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome concept.

Carbuncle Cup 2018: The Shortlist for the UK's Most "Aesthetically Challenged" New Building

12:00 - 4 September, 2018
Carbuncle Cup 2018: The Shortlist for the UK's Most "Aesthetically Challenged" New Building, 20 Ambleside Avenue, London / Pace Jefford Moore Architects. Image via Building Design
20 Ambleside Avenue, London / Pace Jefford Moore Architects. Image via Building Design

They say that bad publicity is good publicity. Nevertheless, late August is a time for baited breath among UK architects, as the readers of Building Design generate the shortlist for Britain’s "ugliest" building. Beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder and judgment towards these unpopular designs shouldn't necessarily be generalized. However, this competition opens up important dialogues about architectural aesthetics and public reception of new projects.

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