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How To Design for Senior Citizens

16:00 - 26 August, 2018
How To Design for Senior Citizens, Peter Rosegger Nursing Home / Dietger Wissounig Architekten. Image © Paul Ott
Peter Rosegger Nursing Home / Dietger Wissounig Architekten. Image © Paul Ott

The population’s aging phenomenon is occurring worldwide. We say phenomenon because all population pyramids are reversing, which means birth rates are steadily decreasing over the years, and at the same time, life expectancy has been increasing. Thus, the elderly population is growing at a faster rate than children.

According to IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics), in 2017 there were more than 30 million people over the age of 60 in Brazil (14.6% of the population). To understand this growing demographic, let's take a look at other countries' statistics. Mexico's total population is about 28 million, the size of Australia's and New Zealand's combined population. We are talking about a demographic the size of a country. 

RIBA Announces 2018 National Award Winners

18:00 - 11 July, 2018
RIBA Announces 2018 National Award Winners

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the 49 winners of the 2018 RIBA National Awards. From skyline-altering buildings to sensitive small-scale sculptures, this year’s top projects showcase a wide-ranging selection of scales, featuring designs from Foster + Partners, Hawkins\Brown, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, and Niall McLaughlin Architects.

© Sarah Blee © Peter Landers © Jack Hobhouse © Keith Barnes + 76

dRMM’s 2017 Stirling Prize Winner Hastings Pier Seeks New Owner After Charity Folds

12:00 - 23 February, 2018
dRMM’s 2017 Stirling Prize Winner Hastings Pier Seeks New Owner After Charity Folds, Courtesy of dRMM
Courtesy of dRMM

Just four months after winning the 2017 Stirling Prize, the UK’s top honor for architecture, dRMM’s Hastings Pier is now up for sale, as the charity that owned and operated the structure was declared insolvent for failing to reach self-funding status.

© James Robertshaw © James Robertshaw © Alex de Rijke © Alex de Rijke + 5

dRMM's Hastings Pier Wins 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize

17:01 - 31 October, 2017
dRMM's Hastings Pier Wins 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize, Hastings Pier / dRMM. Image © Francesco Montaguti
Hastings Pier / dRMM. Image © Francesco Montaguti

London-based architects dRMM have been announced as the winners of the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize for their renovation of Hastings Pier, beating out a shortlist including projects by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners; Baynes and Mitchell Architects; Reiach & Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects; Groupwork + Amin Taha; and 6a architects.

"Hastings Pier is a masterpiece in regeneration and inspiration. The architects and local community have transformed a neglected wreck into a stunning, flexible new pier to delight and inspire visitors and local people alike," said RIBA President and Stirling Prize jury chair Ben Derbyshire.

Hastings Pier / dRMM. Image © Alex de Rijke Hastings Pier / dRMM. Image © Alex de Rijke Hastings Pier / dRMM. Image © James Robertshaw Hastings Pier / dRMM. Image © Alex de Rijke + 12

How (and Why) to Let Weather Into Your Buildings

09:30 - 24 August, 2017
How (and Why) to Let Weather Into Your Buildings

Bringing the weather inside is usually the opposite of what you want from a building envelope. However, new research from the University of Oregon, described in an article by The Washington Post, aims to show the physical and psychological benefits of letting nature inside. Signs of nature and change are both beneficial to our well-being, yet we don’t always have access to them when inside buildings—and humans are now spending 90% of our lives inside. But even in an urban setting, where nature may be hard to come by, there’s no escaping the weather. When researchers found ways to bring things like wind and dappled reflections of the sun inside, they found that exposure to these natural movements lowered heart rates, while being less distracting than similar artificially generated movements.

By now, green buildings are a familiar concept, but the article in The Washington Post proposes moving beyond green buildings as we know them today. While green building can be great in new construction, that excludes a lot of existing buildings that could and should also benefit from an intervention of nature. Ideally, buildings should actively demonstrate their relationship with nature, moving beyond simply “doing no harm.”

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Hastings Pier / dRMM

15:00 - 31 July, 2017
Hastings Pier  / dRMM, © Alex de Rijke
© Alex de Rijke

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2017 Stirling Prize Shortlist Leaves Critics Divided and Underwhelmed

07:00 - 28 July, 2017
2017 Stirling Prize Shortlist Leaves Critics Divided and Underwhelmed

The 2017 winner of the UK’s most prestigious architecture award, the Stirling Prize, will be announced on October 31. Leading up to the main event, The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has released its list of the six shortlisted buildings, a collection that has left many critics scratching their heads. What the list left out seems to be as noteworthy as what was included, and while critics’ opinions on individual buildings differ, they seem mostly united in finding the overall list uninspiring and underwhelming. Read on to find out what they had to say.

2017 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist Announced for UK’s Best New Building

19:01 - 19 July, 2017
2017 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist Announced for UK’s Best New Building

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlist of six projects competing for the 2017 Stirling Prize, the UK’s most prestigious award for architecture, given to the building “that has made the biggest contribution to the evolution of architecture in a given year.” Selected from the list of national award winners, the finalist buildings range from an elegantly detailed photographer’s studio in west London, to an immense new campus for the City of Glasgow College.

“This year’s shortlisted schemes show exceptionally creative, beautifully considered and carefully detailed buildings that have made every single penny count,” said RIBA President Jane Duncan. “Commissioned at the end of the recession, they are an accolade to a creative profession at the top of its game. Each of these outstanding projects has transformed their local area and delights those who are lucky enough to visit, live, study or work in them.

“This year’s shortlist typifies everything that is special about UK architecture: this is not just a collection of exceptionally well designed buildings but spaces and places of pure beauty, surprise and delight.”

The winner of the Stirling Prize will be announced on October 31st.

Maggie’s Oldham / dRMM

09:00 - 3 July, 2017
Maggie’s Oldham / dRMM, © Alex de Rijke
© Alex de Rijke

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RIBA Announces 2016 Stirling Prize Shortlist

20:51 - 13 July, 2016
RIBA Announces 2016 Stirling Prize Shortlist

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced six projects that will compete for the 2016 Stirling Prize, the award for the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the first year. Selected from the pool of regional winners around the country, the shortlisted buildings range from a small house in the south of England to a new college campus in Glasgow, Scotland. However, in a first for the Stirling Prize, the shortlist features two buildings coming from one client, Oxford University.

"Every one of the six buildings shortlisted today illustrates the huge benefit that well-designed buildings can bring to people’s lives," said RIBA President Jane Duncan. "With the dominance of university and further education buildings on the shortlist, it is clear that quality architecture’s main patrons this year are from the education sector. I commend these enlightened clients and supporters who have bestowed such remarkable education buildings."

The winner of the Stirling Prize will be announced on Thursday 6 October.

RIBA Announces 46 Winners for 2016 National Awards

19:01 - 22 June, 2016
RIBA Announces 46 Winners for 2016 National Awards, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winners of the 2016 RIBA National Awards. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best building of the year will be drawn from these 46 award-winning buildings.

See All 36 Winners of the 2016 RIBA London Awards

12:00 - 8 May, 2016
See All 36 Winners of the 2016 RIBA London Awards, © Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

From a shortlist of 68 buildings, 36 London projects have been awarded the 2016 RIBA London Awards for architectural excellence, the city's most prestigious design honor. The winners include a home for ravens, a Japanese-inspired London terrace home and a historical restoration. All of these designs will be further considered for the RIBA National Awards, to be announced in July. The winners of the national award will then create a shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize – the highest award for architecture in the UK.

Shortlist Announced for 2016 RIBA London Awards

06:00 - 10 March, 2016
Shortlist Announced for 2016 RIBA London Awards, Gasholder Park / Bell Phillips Architects. Image © John Sturrock
Gasholder Park / Bell Phillips Architects. Image © John Sturrock

A total of 68 buildings have been shortlisted for the 2016 RIBA London Awards, including projects from John McAslan + Partners, dRMM Architects, Níall McLaughlin Architects, Eric Parry Architects and Rogers Stirk Harbour. All shortlisted buildings will now be visited and carefully assessed by one of four regional juries, and regional winners will be considered for a RIBA National Award. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize - given to the UK's best building of this year - will be composed of the winners of the RIBA National Award.

See a complete list of shortlisted buildings after the break.

Tower of Love / dRMM

00:00 - 27 September, 2012
Tower of Love / dRMM, © Alex de Rijke
© Alex de Rijke

© Alex de Rijke © Alex de Rijke © Alex de Rijke © Chris Astbury + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Blackpool, UK
  • Category

  • Landscape Architect

    LDA Design
  • Lead Consultant

    LDA Design
  • Cost Consultant

    Gardiner & Theobald
  • Structural Engineer

    Michael Hadi Associates
  • M&E Engineer

    Michael Popper Associates
  • BREEAM Consultant

    Alan Pither Ltd
  • Contractor

    FParkinson
  • Client

    Blackpool Council
  • Area

    520.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs