The key to successfully designing or recovering public spaces is to achieve a series of ingredients that enhance their use as meeting places. Regardless of their scale, some important tips are designing for people's needs, the human scale, a mix of uses, multifunctionality and flexibility, comfort and safety, and integration to the urban fabric.
To give you some ideas on how to design urban furniture, bus stops, lookouts, bridges, playgrounds, squares, sports spaces, small parks, and urban parks, check out these 100 notable public spaces.
St Hilda’s College Oxford / Gort Scott
Jackson Hole House / McLean Quinlan
Architects: McLean Quinlan
- Year: 2015
Carlton Marshes Visitor Centre / Cowper Griffith Architects
Architects: Cowper Griffith Architects
Professionals: JP Chick & Partners, Robert Myers Associates, Gill Associates, Sharman Grimwade, Barnes Construction, +1
The Fratry Building Renovation at Carlisle Cathedral / Feilden Fowles
Architects: Feilden Fowles
- Area: 835 m²
- Year: 2020
Manufacturers: Cumbrian stone, Hempstock, Martec Engineering, Premier Lifts, Set in Stone Flooring, +1
Archigram and the Dystopia of Small-Scale Living Spaces
Until recently, the origins of the tiny-house movement were of little interest to the scientific community; however, if we take a look at the history of architecture and its connection to the evolution of human lifestyles, we can detect pieces and patterns that paint a clearer picture of the foundations of this movement that has exploded in the last decade as people leave behind the excesses of old and opt for a much more minimalist and flexible way of life.
The Evolution of Visual Representation in Architecture (and How It Will Continue to Change)
According to Howard Gardner, human intelligence can be classified into 8 different categories. One of these is spatial intelligence, which describes the ability to mentally create and imagine three-dimensional spaces. Architecture is one of many disciplines that benefits from this ability and in this article we will explore just how visual representation in architecture has evolved throughout history--from displaying the most brilliant of ideas to capturing the wildest of dreams.
Spotlight: Peter Cook
As one of the founding members of Archigram, the avant-garde neo-futurist architecture group of the 1960s, the British architect, professor, and writer Sir Peter Cook (born 22 October 1936) has been a pivotal figure within the global architectural world for over half a century; one of his most significant works from his time with Archigram, The Plug-In City, still invokes debates on technology and society, challenging standards of architectural discourse today.
Bracken House Office Building / John Robertson Architects
Architects: John Robertson Architects
- Area: 200000 ft²
- Year: 2019
Manufacturers: GRAPHISOFT, Sto, DuPont, Brown & Carroll, Cemento, +5
Professionals: Arup, Townshend Landscape Architects
The Weston Visitor Centre and Gallery / Feilden Fowles
Architects: Feilden Fowles
- Area: 673 m²
- Year: 2019
Manufacturers: Cornish Concrete Products Ltd, Diespeker & Co, Northfield Construction Ltd, Pacegrade Ltd
Professionals: BWA Limited, COWL Ltd, Engineers HRW, Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects, William Birch & Sons, +2
The Royal College of Pathologists / Bennetts Associates
Architects: Bennetts Associates
- Area: 4502 m²
- Year: 2018
Professionals: Pritchard Themis Lighting Design, Troup, Bywayters and Anders, CBRE, Equals Consulting, +2
Archigram's Entire Archive Purchased by M+ Museum in Hong Kong
The M+ Museum in Hong Kong, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, has purchased the entire archive of the prominent Archigram group. As reported by the Architect’s Journal, the collection was sold for £1.8 million, having been given the go-ahead by the UK’s Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright.
The sale has not been without controversy, with opposition from the Arts Council’s reviewing committee on the export of works of art and objects of cultural interest. The committee had sought a delay in the sale until a buyer was found who would keep the collection in the UK.
Zinc-Coated Buildings: 20 Recyclable and Durable Facades
Zinc is a natural element extracted from ores. Its symbol, which appears in the dreaded Periodic Table, is Zn. Through a metallurgical process of burning its impurities (reducing zinc oxide and refining), it assumes a much more friendly appearance, and later becomes the sheets, coils, and rollers used in construction. The main characteristic of this material is its malleability, which allows it to be worked easily, allowing to cover complex forms in facades and roofs of buildings.
"We Dream of Instant Cities that Could Sprout like Spring Flowers": The Radical Architecture Collectives of the 60s and 70s
The first moon landing, widespread anti-war protests, Woodstock and the hippies, rural communes and environmentalism, the Berlin Wall, the women’s liberation movement and so much more—the tumultuous decades of the Sixties and Seventies occupy an unforgettable place in history. With injustices openly questioned and radical ideas that set out to unseat existing conventions and practices in various spheres of life, things weren’t any different in the architectural world.
The grand visions dreamt up by the modernists were soon challenged by utopian experiments from the “anti-architecture” or “radical design” groups of the 1960–70s. Reestablishing architecture as an instrument of political, social, and cultural critique, they drafted bold manifestoes and designs, experimented with collage, music, performance art, furniture, graphic design, zines, installations, events, and exhibitions. While certain individuals from this era like Cedric Price, Hans Hollein, and Yona Friedman remain important to the realm of the radical and the unbuilt, the revolutionary spirit of these decades also saw the birth of various young collectives. For eccentricity at its very best, read on for a (by no means exhaustive) list of some groups who dared to question, poke, expand, rebel against, disrupt and redefine architecture in the 60s and 70s.
Heckfield Place / Spratley & Partners
Architects: Spratley & Partners
- Area: 63000 ft²
- Year: 2018
Manufacturers: AF Jones, Albion Stone, Atkey & Co, Atlas Schindler, Bauder, +11
Professionals: Apex Core, Bureau Veritas, BWT, Clegg Associates, GL Hearn, +3
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.
Lombard Wharf / Patel Taylor
Architects: Patel Taylor
- Area: 16448 m²
- Year: 2017
Professionals: Barratt London, Beckett Rankine, Expedition Engineering, RBA