The simple activity of taking a walk in the evening can easily turn from a relaxing leisurely activity to a dangerous endeavor by removing just one element from the streetscape: public lighting. While not often recognized as defining aspect of urban environments, artificial illumination has played an essential role in defining the character of modern cities. Crime control, the appeal of nightlife, the rise of the shop window, revolutionary movements, utopias, and ideals of social equity are all concepts whose development is tightly linked to the history of public lighting. Technological advancements over the past centuries have continuously shaped the appearance and symbolism of streetlamps. Still, the this element has remains a constant throughout its history.
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Shahed Saleem Presents Deconstructed Mosque for Ramadan Pavilion 2023 at the V&A Museum in London
Ramadan Tent Project and V&A present the Ramadan Pavilion 2023, an architectural installation inspired by the holy month of Ramadan, which starts today. The Ramadan Pavilion 2023 is designed by architect Shahed Saleem and will be open to the public at the Exhibition Road Courtyard of the V&A South Kensington until May 1, 2023. As part of the annual festival, the pavilion is accompanied by a series of events, performances, and workshops curated by the Ramadan Tent Project.
Max Fordham: Engineering Ideas, Engineering Change
Max Fordham is pleased to announce a special exhibition celebrating the life and work of its founder, Max.
Heatherwick Studio Launches New Health Street Initiative
With many high streets hollowing out and the National Health Services Association pushed to its limits, Heatherwick Studio is calling for a new kind of health space in metropolitan cities. The Health Street initiative is placed right at the heart of urban communities, reimagining the way we look at well-being and the holistic health of complete localities. Moreover, this radical approach to health creation is based on integrating community-led facilities into the local high streets.
3XN Designs New Migration Museum in Central London
3XN, a Copenhagen-based studio centered around cultural architecture, has just received the green light from the planning committee for their design of the new Migration Museum. At its current location in Lewisham in Southeast London, the Museum is an encompassing collective archive of the movement of people to and from Britain. Moreover, the project explores how these movements have shaped us as individuals, communities, and as a nation. The 21-story scheme creates a new, permanent home for the Migration Museum and student accommodation.
Regulations on Airbnbs Could Be Coming to A City Near You
Airbnb has long been a reliable way to find a homestay. Since its inception in 2008, the site has hosted more than 7 million homes around the world where travelers can stay in a room, or rent an entire house out for themselves. Recently, many cities have been cracking down on short-term stays, citing safety issues, false listings, and rising property prices which push people out of their homes when housing becomes used just for Airbnb rentals. What are cities doing about these issues? What is Airbnb doing to help remediate them? And will Airbnb be viable for much longer?
Harbard Close Housing / Reed Watts Architects
Architects: Reed Watts Architects
- Area : 4092 m²
- Year : 2021
Manufacturers : Hansgrohe, Pilkington, Cedral Click, DAD, Forterra, +9
UK House Lobby / Christ & Gantenbein
Architects: Christ & Gantenbein
- Area : 1270 m²
- Year : 2022
Dockley Apartments / Studio Woodroffe Papa
Architects: Studio Woodroffe Papa
- Area : 10678 m²
- Year : 2022
Manufacturers : Arcelor Mittal, Russell Timber, Vibro Menard, van de Moortel
Professionals : Elliot Wood/ Terrell Group, Max Fordham/ RISE, Equals Consulting, TO Studio, Temple Group/ Walker Management, +9
Stepped Pavilion / BDP
Phaidon Press Headquarters / Paolo Cossu Architects
Architects: Paolo Cossu Architects
- Area : 950 m²
- Year : 2021
Manufacturers : Bocci, Corian, Dibond, EGE, Forbo, +6
Professionals : Copper Projects, JAC Group, MALA
Caulfeild House / Brisco Loran
Architects: Brisco Loran
- Area : 65 m²
- Year : 2021
Plans to Renovate the Sainsbury Wing and National Gallery in London Receive Approval by the City Council
The Westminister City Council adopted a resolution to grant planning permission to the National Gallery for a series of adaptations, including Selldorf Architects’ restoration proposal for the Sainsbury Wing, originally designed by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. The plans to remodel were revealed earlier this year as part of the NG200 Project to celebrate the National Gallery’s bicentennial in 2024. The first intervention proposal for the Sainsbury Wing was met with widespread criticism, which led to a revision of the plans, released in October this year.
Herzog & de Meuron Reveals Plans to Upgrade London's Liverpool Street Station
Architecture office Herzog & de Meuron has unveiled plans to revamp the Liverpool Street station in London. The scheme includes “vital upgrades” aimed at transforming the Victorian-era station into a fully accessible transportation hub fit to accommodate the 135 million people using the station annually. It also includes the addition of 840,000 square feet of offices and a 190,000 square feet hotel in two new structures, 10 and 6 stories high, respectively. These new interventions have attracted criticism from conservation groups. The proposal is currently undergoing its first round of public consultation. The development is overseen by Stellar, working with MTR, the operator of rail transport services and Network Rail.
Framework House / Studio McW
Architects: Studio McW
- Area : 172 m²
- Year : 2020
Manufacturers : panoramah!®, Havwoods, Hexagon, Poggenpohl
Foster + Partners Unveils Design for The William, One of London’s Largest Timber Developments
Foster + Partners has revealed the design for a new mixed-use development in the northern end of the central London high street. The building is located on Queensway, opposite the Whitley, the famous department store, which is also being transformed by Foster + Partners as part of a larger redevelopment scheme. Named The William, after William Whiteley, the eponymous founder of the famous Whiteleys, the project includes six floors of office space, shops, and 32 new homes, 11 of which will be affordable.