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Architecture on Stage: Sauter von Moos

03:30 - 28 February, 2019
Architecture on Stage: Sauter von Moos, © Rolf Frei
© Rolf Frei

Hear from Swiss architecture practice Sauter von Moos as they lecture on their practice's works.

Architecture on Stage: Lütjens Padmanabhan

03:30 - 25 February, 2019
Architecture on Stage: Lütjens Padmanabhan, Vertical City / GAR Hall. Image © Kendall McCaugherty
Vertical City / GAR Hall. Image © Kendall McCaugherty

Join us as the founders of the Swiss architecture practice present their recent work.

Architecture on Stage: Hans van der Heijden

03:30 - 4 February, 2019
Architecture on Stage: Hans van der Heijden, © Courtesy of Hans van der Heijden, via the Barbican
© Courtesy of Hans van der Heijden, via the Barbican

The Dutch architect and urbanist Hans van der Heijden will speak about his recent projects and their engagement with the city and its streets.

Architecture on Stage: Christ & Gantenbein

03:30 - 31 January, 2019
Architecture on Stage: Christ & Gantenbein, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

The practice of acclaimed Swiss architect duo Christ and Gantenbein will join together on stage to discuss past and future projects.

Architecture on Stage: David Kohn

03:30 - 21 January, 2019
Architecture on Stage: David Kohn, © Will Pryce, via the Barbican
© Will Pryce, via the Barbican

David Kohn, founder of his own architectural practice, will discuss past and future projects from his office. 

Architecture on Stage: Forensic Architecture

03:30 - 3 January, 2019
Architecture on Stage: Forensic Architecture, © via Design Museum
© via Design Museum

Eyal Weizman, director of Forensic Architecture, will lecture at the Barbican in cooperation with The Architecture Foundation discuss the group's practice combining architecture and digital forensics.

Architecture on Stage: Amin Taha

03:00 - 17 December, 2018
Architecture on Stage: Amin Taha, © Timothy Soar
© Timothy Soar

Amin Taha, alumni of the office of Zaha Hadid, will speak at the Barbican to discuss his practice, Groupwork+Amin Taha.

Architecture on Stage: Éric Lapierre

07:00 - 3 December, 2018
Architecture on Stage: Éric Lapierre, © Hélène Binet
© Hélène Binet

Éric Lapierre will speak at the Barbican to discuss ELEx, his organisation coordinating architectural practice and writing.

The Barbican Launches Jewelry Line Dedicated to its Vibrant Brutalist Estate

14:00 - 25 August, 2018
The Barbican Launches Jewelry Line Dedicated to its Vibrant Brutalist Estate  , via Creative Boom
via Creative Boom

The Barbican, London’s iconic Brutalist estate designed by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon Architects, has launched a range of jewelry and homeware designed by creative studio Tom Pigeon, paying tribute to the vibrant aesthetic which put the scheme on London’s architectural map.

As reported by Creative Boom, the Surface collection draws inspiration from the geography of the Barbican estate, communicating its color, pattern, and shape in a range including earrings, mugs, and greeting cards.

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5 Lessons From Norman Foster’s Lecture at the Barbican

09:30 - 15 May, 2018
5 Lessons From Norman Foster’s Lecture at the Barbican, Left: <a href='https://www.instagram.com/p/BSTX9-oA25D/'>via Norman Foster on Instagram</a>; right: Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Left: via Norman Foster on Instagram; right: Courtesy of Foster + Partners

After being knighted in 1990 for services to architecture, winning the 1999 Pritzker Prize and then gaining peerage in the same year, it could be argued that there is no living architect that has had a larger impact on urban life than Norman Foster. In a recent talk, Foster addressed a sold-out Barbican Hall on the future of our growing urban landscape, in the seventh installment of the Architecture On Stage series organized by The Architecture Foundation with the Barbican. While the content was full of grandiose statements and predictions, of a scale similar to the projects Foster's practice undertakes, it was the problem-solving approach he showed that gave more of an insight into the man himself. The following 5 lessons gleaned from the presentation won't guarantee Foster-like levels of success, but they may be able to help you navigate the challenges that architecture can present, both personally and professionally.

Unique Brutalism - Celebrating 35 Years of the Barbican

12:00 - 19 March, 2017
Unique Brutalism - Celebrating 35 Years of the Barbican, Barbican Complex, London. Image Courtesy of GoCompare
Barbican Complex, London. Image Courtesy of GoCompare

The Barbican Centre in London is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Widely regarded as the pinnacle of the Brutalist movement, the mixed-use development is home to 4,000 residents, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and the London Symphony Orchestra. Located in the heart of London, the Barbican is just one example of how Brutalist architecture forms a central part of our cities. To celebrate this progressive, modernizing, sometimes controversial style, GoCompare has created an online gallery illustrating Brutalist icons from across the world.

Unite D'Habitation, Marseille, France. Image Courtesy of GoCompare De Rotterdam, Netherlands. Image Courtesy of GoCompare Habitat 67, Montreal, Canada. Image Courtesy of GoCompare The Balfron Tower, London. Image Courtesy of GoCompare + 9

AD Classics: The Barbican Estate / Chamberlin, Powell and Bon Architects

04:00 - 12 July, 2016
AD Classics: The Barbican Estate / Chamberlin, Powell and Bon Architects, © Joas Souza
© Joas Souza

On the 29th December, 1940, at the height of the Second World War, an air raid by the Luftwaffe razed a 35-acre site in the heart of the City of London to the ground. The site was known as the Barbican (a Middle English word meaning fortification), so-called for the Roman wall which once stood in the area. Following the war, the City of London Corporation—the municipal governing body for the area—started to explore possibilities to bring this historic site into the twentieth century.

© Joas Souza © Joas Souza Gilbert House piloti. Image © Joas Souza Defoe House. Image © Joas Souza + 28

Eames Retrospective Opens at London's Barbican

04:00 - 21 October, 2015
Eames Retrospective Opens at London's Barbican, © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images. Courtesy Barbican Art Gallery
© Tristan Fewings/Getty Images. Courtesy Barbican Art Gallery

A much anticipated retrospective—The World of Charles and Ray Eames—opens today at London's Barbican Centre. The show, curated by Catherine Ince and designed by 6a architects, surveys the careers of Charles (1907-1978) and Ray (1912-1988), and the extraordinary body of work prodced by the Eames Office: a ‘laboratory’, active for over four decades, in which the Eameses, their collaborators and staff produced "an array of pioneering and influential work – from architecture, furniture, graphic and product design, to painting, drawing, film, sculpture, photography, multi-media installation and exhibitions, as well as new models for education."

© Tristan Fewings/Getty Images. Courtesy Barbican Art Gallery © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images. Courtesy Barbican Art Gallery © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images. Courtesy Barbican Art Gallery © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images. Courtesy Barbican Art Gallery + 10

Five Films to Watch at the 2015 Architecture Film Festival in Rotterdam

04:00 - 28 September, 2015
Five Films to Watch at the 2015 Architecture Film Festival in Rotterdam, 'Concrete Love: The Architecture of the Böhms' will open the festival on the 7th October 2015. Image Courtesy of AFFR
'Concrete Love: The Architecture of the Böhms' will open the festival on the 7th October 2015. Image Courtesy of AFFR

It's only logical that Rotterdam, one of Europe's leading cities for architecture and architectural practice, has a biennial film festival. Since its inception in 2000, the city's homage to architectural cinema now claims to be the biggest architectural film festival in the world. Featuring over one hundred international documentaries, feature films and shorts—as well as debates, lectures and seminars—this year's festival plans to "provide a podium for discussing the city and future of spatial development." From cinematic journeys into the world of the illusive Böhm family to Zaha Hadid, Chinese ghost cities to London's Barbican estate, this year's programme circles around the theme of the Global Home.

With the eighth incarnation of the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR) opening next week (running from the 7th - 11th October 2015), we've selected our five top picks from this year's schedule.

VIDEO: London From the Top of The Barbican, A Brutalist Icon

00:00 - 12 April, 2014

Recently voted the UK’s ugliest tower, The Barbican Tower is one of the three residential towers of the Barbican Estate, built between 1965 and 1976 in London. Along with fourteen apartment blocks, the Barbican Estate contains 2014 flats, connected by a labyrinth of floating passageways and landscaped gardens.