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Spotlight: Sir Christopher Wren

04:00 - 20 October, 2018
Spotlight: Sir Christopher Wren, Old Royal Navy College, Greenwich. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/nickschooley/6758847925'>Flickr user nickschooley</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>
Old Royal Navy College, Greenwich. Image © Flickr user nickschooley licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Sir Christopher Wren (20 October 1632 – 25 February 1723) is one the most significant architects in British history, and was a recognized astronomer, scholar, and physicist-mathematician. Wren was classically trained at the University of Oxford in physics and engineering where he developed his interest in architecture. He is perhaps most famous for designing London's iconic St Paul's Cathedral, however he is credited with the design of dozens of other churches, government buildings, and hospitals in England. Wren was knighted in 1673.

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.

1-2 Broadgate. Image Courtesy of AHMM 1-2 Broadgate. Image Courtesy of AHMM 1-2 Broadgate. Image Courtesy of AHMM 1-2 Broadgate. Image Courtesy of AHMM + 10

World's Largest CLT Building Provides a Model for High Density Urban Housing

11:00 - 12 October, 2018
World's Largest CLT Building Provides a Model for High Density Urban Housing, © Waugh Thistleton Architects
© Waugh Thistleton Architects

Waugh Thistleton Architects’ ten-story Dalston Works project stands proudly as the world’s largest Cross Laminated Timber building in Hackney, London, having been completed in 2017. The 121-unit development made entirely of CLT from external to core walls, the scheme weighs one-fifth of an equivalent concrete building.

In addition to tackling London’s need for dense, high-quality housing, the scheme offers a methodology for implementing timber technology with a significantly reduced carbon footprint, such as an 80% reduction in the number of deliveries during construction.

© Waugh Thistleton Architects © Waugh Thistleton Architects © Waugh Thistleton Architects © Waugh Thistleton Architects + 7

Paul Street / Stiff + Trevillion

06:00 - 9 October, 2018
Paul Street / Stiff + Trevillion, © Andy Stagg
© Andy Stagg

© Andy Stagg © Andy Stagg © Andy Stagg © Andy Stagg + 21

De Beauvoir Block / Henley Halebrown

08:00 - 8 October, 2018
De Beauvoir Block / Henley Halebrown, © Nicholas Kane
© Nicholas Kane

© Nicholas Kane © Nicholas Kane © Nicholas Kane © Nicholas Kane + 19

Storefront for Art and Architecture Appoints José Esparza Chong Cuy as Executive Director

14:00 - 7 October, 2018
Storefront for Art and Architecture Appoints José Esparza Chong Cuy as Executive Director, Courtesy of Storefront for Art and Architecture
Courtesy of Storefront for Art and Architecture

José Esparza Chong Cuy has been appointed as the new Executive Director and Chief Curator at Storefront for Art and Architecture. Following the departure of former director Eva Franch i Gilabert to London as the new Director of the Architectural Association, the extensive international search to fill her shoes began. An architect, curator, and writer, originally from Mexico, Esparza Chong Cuy was named and will assume the position starting November 1st.

Storefront, a non-profit organization based in New York City, engages in the advancement of design and architecture with interdisciplinary dialogue through exhibitions and projects that aim to transcend geographic and ideological boundaries. Charles Renfro, President of Storefront's Board of Directors, remarks, "We are thrilled to welcome José to the helm of Storefront, the very institution where he began his curatorial career over a decade ago."

AD Classics: Sainsbury Wing, National Gallery London / Venturi Scott Brown

16:30 - 3 October, 2018
AD Classics: Sainsbury Wing, National Gallery London / Venturi Scott Brown, The Sainsbury Wing as seen from Trafalgar Square. Image © Valentino Danilo Matteis
The Sainsbury Wing as seen from Trafalgar Square. Image © Valentino Danilo Matteis

Venturi Scott-Brown’s National Gallery Sainsbury Wing extension (1991) was born into a precarious no-man’s land between the warring camps of neo-Modernists and traditionalists who had been tussling over the direction of Britain’s cities for much of the prior decade. The site of the extension had come to be one of the most symbolic battlefields in British architecture since a campaign to halt its redevelopment with a Hi-Tech scheme by Ahrends Burton Koralek had led to that project’s refusal at planning in 1984.

The 'Echo Façade'. Image © Valentino Danilo Matteis Ground floor lobby with rustication. Image © Valentino Danilo Matteis © Valentino Danilo Matteis Stairway. Image © Valentino Danilo Matteis + 17

The Tools You Need to Easily Meet BIM Mandates

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The Tools You Need to Easily Meet BIM Mandates, The Ritterman Building. Image courtesy of bpr architects.
The Ritterman Building. Image courtesy of bpr architects.

For bpr architects, BIM Level 2 is becoming business as usual. This medium-sized, employee-owned firm based in the UK focuses on how good design can add value to a client’s vision. Led by Directors Paul Beaty-Pownall and Steve Cowell, the firm specializes in three core sectors: higher education, rail stations, and regeneration.

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.

Below, we have compiled a list of collaborations to look out for throughout the week, including investigations into issues such as climate change and plastic pollution, and artistic themes such as Cubism and classical music.

Zaha Hadid Architects Reveal Twisting Steel Billboard in West London

12:00 - 10 September, 2018
Zaha Hadid Architects Reveal Twisting Steel Billboard in West London, Courtesy of JCDecaux
Courtesy of JCDecaux

Zaha Hadid Architects have released images of their latest project, a sculptural billboard named for its location in Kensington, London. The project, a collaboration between the late Zaha Hadid and partner Patrik Schumacher, marks the firm’s first direct foray into advertising.

Royal Academy of Arts Masterplan / David Chipperfield Architects

10:00 - 6 September, 2018
Royal Academy of Arts Masterplan / David Chipperfield Architects, © Simon Menges
© Simon Menges

© Simon Menges © Simon Menges © Simon Menges © Simon Menges + 13

Greek Pavilion Takes Center Stage at the 2018 London Design Biennale

14:00 - 5 September, 2018
Greek Pavilion Takes Center Stage at the 2018 London Design Biennale, Greek Installation. Image © Luke Walker
Greek Installation. Image © Luke Walker

Experimental design practice Studio INI's has designed a kinetic installation to represent this year's Greek Pavilion for the 2018 London Design Biennale. Entitled ΑΝΥΠΑΚΟΗ (Disobedience), the installation responds to the Biennale theme of Emotional States. Selected for the central courtyard exhibit, the design is comprised of a 17 meter-long wall constructed from a steel spring skeleton built up with recycled plastic which flexes, morphs and breathes around the human body.

Greek Installation. Image © Luke Walker Greek Installation. Image © Luke Walker Greek Installation. Image © Luke Walker Greek Installation. Image © Luke Walker + 9

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.

Continuing the 12-year tradition of what has been called the RIBA Stirling Prize’s less fortunate sibling, the shortlist for the 2018 Carbuncle Cup showcases the six projects which British architecture followers love to hate. Previous winners of the prize include the Cutty Sark by Grimshaw in 2012, and Rafael Viñoly Architects' 20 Fenchurch Street in 2015.

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.

via Creative Boom via Creative Boom via Creative Boom via Creative Boom + 15

Manuel Zornoza of LATITUDE: "We Were Fascinated by this Idea - How do You Build a City from Scratch?"

09:30 - 22 August, 2018
Manuel Zornoza of LATITUDE: "We Were Fascinated by this Idea - How do You Build a City from Scratch?", © Hector Peinador. Image Courtesy of LATITUDE
© Hector Peinador. Image Courtesy of LATITUDE

Manuel N. Zornoza grew up in Alicante, Spain and, following studies in Madrid (UAX) and London (the AA), relocated to China in 2010 to avoid the economic crisis stifling architectural work in his home country. Over the last eight years, the young architect’s small but thriving studio has built more than a dozen projects, from shops, to factory space conversions, to a traditional Chinese hutong - all in China. But that’s not to say Zornoza’s left his roots behind. He now also maintains a small practice in Madrid, which handles projects in both China and Spain.

This interview was conducted on a bullet train ride from Beijing to Tianjin, where we ventured in search of the recent architecture that has brought so much media attention to this emerging metropolis.

Courtesy of LATITUDE © Shannon Fagan. Image Courtesy of LATITUDE Courtesy of LATITUDE Courtesy of LATITUDE + 17

10 Must-See Buildings to Discover at Open House London 2018

08:00 - 22 August, 2018
10 Must-See Buildings to Discover at Open House London 2018, Maggie's Centre Barts. Image © Iwan Baan
Maggie's Centre Barts. Image © Iwan Baan

Open House London 2018 has officially released the list of over 800 buildings open to the public this September. Now in its 27th edition, the weekend-long festival offers free guided tours and open doors to buildings and architecture across the city. This year, a range of exciting architecture will be featured, including the new US Embassy by KieranTimberlake, Maggie's Barts by Steven Holl Architects, and Bloomberg European Headquarters by Foster + Partners, the world's most sustainable office building. Find out our list of the top 10 must-see buildings to discover at this year's Open House.

Royal Academy of Music - Theatre and new Recital Hall. Image Courtesy of London Open House 2018 The Shard. Image Courtesy of London Open House 2018 Bloomberg European Headquarters. Image Courtesy of London Open House 2018 Bloomberg European Headquarters. Image Courtesy of London Open House 2018 + 26

An Inflatable Antepavilion Theater is Setting Sail Through London's Canals

14:00 - 9 August, 2018

The 2018 Antepavilion has opened in London, the second in an annual series. Designed and built by Thomas Randall-Page and Benedetta Rogers, the 2018 edition titled “AirDraft” sees an inflatable theater sitting atop a 19th-century barge, creating a floating venue for music and performance in trendy East London.

The scheme was chosen from 132 entries to the competition run by Shiva Ltd and the Architecture Foundation, which asked participants to engage with “the heritage of the Regent’s Canal in innovative ways.”

© Jim Stephenson © Jim Stephenson © Jim Stephenson © Jim Stephenson + 20

RIBA Elects New President following Controversial Campaign

12:00 - 9 August, 2018
RIBA Elects New President following Controversial Campaign, RIBA Headquarters at Portland Place, London. Image © wikmedia commons user Cmglee
RIBA Headquarters at Portland Place, London. Image © wikmedia commons user Cmglee

Members of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have elected Alan Jones to be their next president, following a turbulent campaign marked by allegations of institutional racism, financial disparity, and fraud. Jones saw off competition from fellow candidates Elsie Owusu and Philip David Allsopp.

Jones, who is a Past President of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects, and the first RIBA president from Northern Ireland, will take over from current RIBA president Ben Derbyshire for a two-year term beginning on September 1st, 2019.