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The Pangbourne Communications Centre / Mitchell Taylor Workshop

01:00 - 31 July, 2014
© Peter Cook
© Peter Cook

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Barcelona Commemorates 300 Years of Catalan Spirit With 7 Public Installations

01:00 - 29 June, 2014
Barcelona Commemorates 300 Years of Catalan Spirit With 7 Public Installations, Identity / URBANUS. Image © Marcela Grassi
Identity / URBANUS. Image © Marcela Grassi

Every year, citizens of Catalonia commemorate the events of September 11th 1714, a key date in the War of the Spanish Succession that has come to symbolize what Voltaire called "the Barcelonans' extreme love of freedom." With this year marking the 300th anniversary of these events, Barcelona Cultura enlisted the Fundació Enric Miralles to curate 7 public installations around the city as part of its Tricentenari BCN program.

The result is BCN RE.SET, organized by Benedetta Tagliabue of the Fundació Enric Miralles and stage director Àlex Ollé, which invited guest architects from countries all over the world to colloborate with local universities and create installations symbolizing 6 political and ideological concepts: identity, freedom, Europe, diversity, democracy and memory. These installations will be in place until September 11th. Read on after the break for descriptions of all 6 installations.

Europe / ETH Zürich + Urban–Think Tank. Image © Marcela Grassi Diversity / Yael Reisner + Peter Cook. Image © Marcela Grassi Freedom / Anupama Kundoo. Image © Marcela Grassi Memory / Grafton Architects. Image © Marcela Grassi + 15

RIBA Regional Awards Spotlight Best of Southern UK

00:00 - 9 May, 2014
RIBA Regional Awards Spotlight Best of Southern UK, Mary Rose Museum / Wilkinson Eyre Architects. Image © Hufton+Crow
Mary Rose Museum / Wilkinson Eyre Architects. Image © Hufton+Crow

The winners of RIBA Regional Awards have been announced for the South, South East and South West regions. Among the awards were further successes for Wilkinson Eyre's Mary Rose Museum, and Adam Richards Architects' Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, both of which were also recently featured on the UK Museum of the Year Shortlist.

The award winning projects will join winners from other regions to be considered for the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize.

Read on after the break for all the winners from the three regions

Architecture Archive / Hugh Strange Architects. Image © Peter Cook Wedge House / SOUP Architects Ltd. Image © Andy Matthews Hilden Grange / Hawkins\Brown. Image © Tim Crocker University of Oxford Mathematical Institute / Rafael Viñoly Architects + 9

The Lightbox Gallery Woking / Marks Barfield Architects

01:00 - 28 April, 2014
The Lightbox Gallery Woking / Marks Barfield Architects, © Geoff Banks
© Geoff Banks

© Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Geoff Banks + 13

THIS WAS OUR UTOPIANISM! : An Interview with Peter Cook

01:00 - 31 January, 2014
THIS WAS OUR UTOPIANISM! : An Interview with Peter Cook, Plug-In City. Image © Peter Cook
Plug-In City. Image © Peter Cook

In the following interview, which originally appeared in Zawia#01:Utopia (published December 2013), Sir Peter Cook, one of the brilliant minds behind Archigram, sits down with the editors of Zawia to discuss his thoughts on utopia - including why he felt the work of Archigram wasn’t particularly utopian (or even revolutionary) at all.

ZAWIA: It is perhaps difficult to discuss our next volume's theme - “utopia" - without first starting with archigram and the visions that came out of that period. How do you view the utopian visions of archigram during that specific moment of history in relation to the current realities of our cities and the recent political and social waves of change ?

PETER COOK: Actually... at the time I was probably naive enough to not regard it as Utopian. 

AJ Releases Shortlist for 2014 Woman Architect of the Year

00:00 - 10 January, 2014
AJ Releases Shortlist for 2014 Woman Architect of the Year, Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo. Image © Christian Richters
Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo. Image © Christian Richters

Architects’ Journal has just released the shortlist for theirWomen in Architecture Awards, which aim to "raise the profile of women architects in a sector where women still face an alarming degree of discrimination."

Christine Murray, Editor of Architects’ Journal, commented:“I’m delighted to announce this year's shortlist, which includes the women behind the celebrated Library of Birmingham, the new Stonehenge development and the Giant's Causeway visitor centre. The awards celebrate design excellence and leadership — qualities needed to succeed as an architect — and especially among women, who are under-represented in the construction industry.”See the list, after the break.

University of Limerick Medical School / Grafton Architects. Image © Dennis Gilbert Stonehenge Visitor Centre / Denton Corker Marshall. Image © Peter Cook Giants Causeway Visitor Centre / Heneghan & Peng Architects. Image © Hufton + Crow Red Bull Music Academy / Langarita-Navarro Arquitectos. Image © Miguel de Guzmán + 8

Stonehenge Visitor Centre / Denton Corker Marshall

00:00 - 25 December, 2013
Stonehenge Visitor Centre / Denton Corker Marshall, © Peter Cook
© Peter Cook

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Stonehenge Visitor Centre Opens its Doors

01:00 - 19 December, 2013
Stonehenge Visitor Centre Opens its Doors, © Peter Cook
© Peter Cook

After a tortuous 21-year process Stonehenge, the stone circle that is one of the world's most important neolithic artifacts, finally has the visitor centre it deserves. Denton Corker Marshall's design, situated 2.5 km (1.5 miles) to the west of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, has opened its doors and is preparing to deal with the site's nearly 1 million annual visitors.

The new design features a museum, educational facilities, a cafe, shop and a ticket office. These spaces are brought together by a perforated oversailing roof supported on 211 narrow angled columns.

Read on for more about the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre

AD Round Up: Unbuilt Classics

00:00 - 14 August, 2013
AD Round Up: Unbuilt Classics, The Plug-In City by Peter Cook, 1964. Image via Archigram Archives
The Plug-In City by Peter Cook, 1964. Image via Archigram Archives

This AD Round Up is dedicated to unbuilt classics, a selection of projects and ideas that, although never built, contributed greatly to the canon of twentieth century architecture. In 1920, Buckminister Fuller designed the Dymaxion House, which displayed forward-thinking innovations in sustainability and prefabrication. In 1924, Le Corbusier’s radical plan for Ville Radieuse (The Radiant City) had an extensive influence upon modern urban planning and led to the development of new high-density housing typologies. In the same year Friedrick Kiesler introduced his "Endless House", the basis for his subsequent manifesto of Correalism. Eight years later in 1932, Philip Johnson and Henry-Russell Hitchcock curated the “Modern Architecture: International exhibition” at the MoMA, introducing the emerging International Style and laying the principles for Modern architecture. And finally, one of Archigram’s most famous utopian visions, the Plug-In City, proposed by Peter Cook in 1964, offered a fascinating new approach to urbanism and reversed traditional perceptions of infrastructure’s role in the city.

Bennetts' London Office / Bennetts Associates

01:00 - 9 August, 2013
Bennetts' London Office / Bennetts Associates, © Morley von Sternberg
© Morley von Sternberg

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AD Classics: The Plug-In City / Peter Cook, Archigram

01:00 - 10 July, 2013
AD Classics: The Plug-In City  / Peter Cook, Archigram , by Peter Cook via Archigram Archives
by Peter Cook via Archigram Archives

AD Classics presents you with great buildings of the past, providing inspiration and motivation for architects to design for the future. But why must inspiration only come from poured concrete and erected walls? For this edition of AD Classics, we share a work, the Plug-In City, by the avant-garde group Archigram. Though never built, their projects and ideas provoked debates, combining architecture, technology and society; when Plug-In City was proposed in 1964, it offered a fascinating new approach to urbanism, reversing traditional perceptions of infrastructure’s role in the city.

More on this radical project after the break...

by Peter Cook via Archigram Archives by Peter Cook via Archigram Archives by Peter Cook via Archigram Archives by Peter Cook via Archigram Archives + 15

London Calling: London's Import/Export Culture

00:00 - 11 March, 2013
© Flickr User CC Hayes Davidson
© Flickr User CC Hayes Davidson

The following article is by Simon Henley of Henley Halebrown Rorrison (HHbR). His column London Calling will look at London's every-day reality, its architectural culture, and its role as a global architectural hub.

As a city, London is more than ever an architectural capital for propagating and consuming design culture. It has the highest concentration of architectural practices of any city in the world. Publications, exhibitions, events and a variety of pop-ups, pavilions and charrettes (not to mention the ever more popular pecha-kuchas) also attest to the fact. Schools like the Architectural Association (AA) in London’s Bedford Square have formed the minds of a number of world stage “star” architects.

Then there’s the skyline itself - stuffed with transplanted talent. Renzo Piano's Shard, the city’s new spire that stands high above the rest. Uruguayan Rafael Viñoly's controversial Walkie-Talkie, which swells by the day. Herzog & de Meuron's current work at The Tate Modern. John Nouvel’s shopping mall at St Paul’s, and the many 1980s American corporate buildings for commercial giants in The City of London by SOM, KPF and HOK.

Reflecting on this state of affairs of ‘high end architectural culture’ versus ‘high end commissioning culture’, one cannot help but see a curious chasm in London. In some ways, we are still today very much like the Victorians. Great inventors who leave it to the rest of the world to move our inventions forward.

Is London truly the world capital of architecture? Or a metropolitan trading post, an exporter of architectural ideas? Read more of Simon Henley's take, after the break...

Tower Wharf Cafe / Tony Fretton Architects

01:00 - 27 October, 2012
Tower Wharf Cafe / Tony Fretton Architects, © Peter Cook
© Peter Cook

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Tower Bridge, London, United Kingdom
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Tony Fretton, Jim McKinney, David Owen, Chris Snow, Daniel Buckley, Guy Derwent, Yuichi Hashimura
  • Structural Engineers

    Structure Workshop
  • Services Engineers

    Serge Lai Engineers
  • Client

    Historic Royal Palaces
  • Area

    190.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Stillpoint Clinic and Dojo / Mitchell Taylor Workshop + Piers Taylor

00:00 - 28 May, 2012
Stillpoint Clinic and Dojo / Mitchell Taylor Workshop + Piers Taylor, © Peter Cook
© Peter Cook

© Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bath, Bath and North East Somerset, UK
  • Category

  • Architect

     Mitchell Taylor Workshop + Piers Taylor 
  • Project Team

    Piers Taylor, Tinyue Liu, Kris Eley
  • Structural Engineer

    Structures 1
  • Contractor

    Pollards
  • Client

    Riverpoint Ltd
  • Area

    600.0 m2
  • Photographs

Solid 11 / Tony Fretton Architects

00:00 - 15 February, 2012
Solid 11 / Tony Fretton Architects, © Peter Cook
© Peter Cook

© Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Tony Fretton, Jim McKinney, Sandy Rendel, Laszlo Csutoras, Clemens Nuyken, Chris Neve, Donald Matheson, Michael Lee, Martin Nässén
  • Client

    Albert Ravestein; Stadgenoot
  • Budget

    €18.3 million
  • Area

    2000.0 m2
  • Photographs

Graduate Accommodation at Clare Hall College / Cowper Griffith Architects

00:00 - 29 July, 2011
Graduate Accommodation at Clare Hall College / Cowper Griffith Architects, © Peter Cook
© Peter Cook

© Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook + 28

Vassall Road Housing & Medical Centre / Tony Fretton Architects

00:00 - 4 May, 2011
Vassall Road Housing & Medical Centre / Tony Fretton Architects, © Peter Cook
© Peter Cook

© Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook + 10

  • Architects

  • Location

    89 Vassall Road, London Borough of Lambeth, SW9, UK
  • Category

  • Architect

    Tony Fretton Architects
  • Project Team

    Tony Fretton, Jim McKinney, David Owen, Michael Lee (Project Architect), Simon Jones, Annika Rabi, Sandy Rendel, Nina Lundvall, Matt Barton, Max Lacey
  • Structural Engineer

    Jampel Davison & Bell
  • Services Engineer

    Bailey Associates
  • Landscape Architect

    Schoenaich Landscape Architects Ltd
  • Project Manager

    Jim Green, Baylight Properties
  • Main Contractor

    Concentra
  • Area

    1490.0 m2
  • Photographs

Mediacite / Ron Arad Architects

00:00 - 31 October, 2010
Mediacite / Ron Arad Architects, © Marc Detiffe
© Marc Detiffe

© Marc Detiffe © Yves L´Hermite © Marc Detiffe © Marc Detiffe + 57

  • Architects

  • Location

    Liege, Belgium
  • Category

  • Principal Designer

    Ron Arad
  • Project Director

    Geoff Crowther
  • Project Architect

    Paul Madden
  • Design Team

    Joel Dunmore, Tuomas Pirinen, Marta Granda, James Foster, Julian Gilhespie
  • Executive Architect

    Jaspers Eyers (Belgium)
  • Structural Engineer

    Buro Happold (UK)
  • Main Contractor

    BPC (Belgium)
  • Steel Roof Contractor

    Iemants, (Belgium)
  • Client

    Wilhelm & Co.
  • Budget

    €18.75M
  • Area

    9750.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs