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2019 to be a Record-Breaking Year for Tall Buildings in London

11:00 - 6 March, 2019
2019 to be a Record-Breaking Year for Tall Buildings in London, 100 Leadenhall Street - SOM exterior view . Image © Cityscape Digital
100 Leadenhall Street - SOM exterior view . Image © Cityscape Digital

New London Architecture has published the results of their annual Tall Building Survey. Now in its sixth year, the report declares 2019 as “The Year of the Tall Building” with a record number of 76 tall buildings set to be completed in the UK capital in 2019.

Among the key findings from the report, it was revealed that the completion of tall buildings is set to be three times higher than in 2018. There are currently 541 tall buildings in the pipeline for the capital, with 22 out of London’s 33 boroughs containing tall buildings under construction. These tall buildings will offer more than 110,000 new homes for a city with chronic housing shortages.

London Skyline . Image © JasonHawkes 3 One Park Drive. Image © Herzog & de Meuron Exterior Mid-level Ravensbourne Wharf . Image © Craftworks Mapleton Crescent. Image © Metropolitan Workshop + Pocket Living - River View + 6

RIBA Announces a New Award for Housing in Memory of Neave Brown

07:30 - 31 January, 2019
RIBA Announces a New Award for Housing in Memory of Neave Brown, Neave Brown 2017. Image © Garath Gardner
Neave Brown 2017. Image © Garath Gardner

The Royal Institute of British Architects has announced the foundation of a new award focused on recognizing work in housing in the UK. The award is named in memory of Neave Brown, the British architect, and designer famed for his many housing estates in London.

Alexandra Road Estate. Image © Flickr user Steve Cadman Dunboyne Road Estate. Image © Flickr user Steve Cadman The Alexandra Road Estate Dunboyne Road Estate. via Wikimedia + 5

MK:U International Design Competition

06:00 - 30 January, 2019
MK:U International Design Competition, MK:U International Design Competition, images Luke Hayes
MK:U International Design Competition, images Luke Hayes

The MK:U International Design Competition seeks world-class design teams for a new model university in the Oxford to Cambridge innovation arc.

Beloved by architects as the most original and successful of the mid-twentieth century’s wave of ‘New Towns’, and famously ‘different by design’, Milton Keynes (MK) has successfully reinvented itself as a ‘Smart City’ and is a key contributor to the United Kingdom’s knowledge economy.

This success has highlighted the need for a university — MK is the largest urban area in the UK without its own university — and to resolve this, MKC and Cranfield University, a global leader for postgraduate

Exhibition: Living with Buildings

03:30 - 23 January, 2019
Exhibition: Living with Buildings, Courtesy of Wellcome Collection
Courtesy of Wellcome Collection

How does our built environment affect us? This major exhibition spanning two galleries examines the positive and negative influence buildings have on our health and wellbeing. From Dickensian London to the bold experiments of postwar urban planners, and from healing spaces for cancer patients to the role architecture can play in global healthcare provision, we look anew at the buildings that surround and shape us.

John Pawson Recognized in Queen's New Years Honors

05:00 - 31 December, 2018
John Pawson Recognized in Queen's New Years Honors, © Hufton + Crow
© Hufton + Crow

British architect John Pawson is to be recognized for his services to design and architecture by the Queen, receiving a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2019 New Years Honours.

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.

Grimshaw's Next Eden Project Could be in the North of England

08:00 - 10 September, 2018
Grimshaw's Next Eden Project Could be in the North of England,  via flickr user vanchett licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. ImageThe Eden Project, Cornwall
via flickr user vanchett licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. ImageThe Eden Project, Cornwall

Grimshaw can claim their horticultural Eden Project in Devon, South West England as being among their most iconic works. Nestled in a disused quarry, simultaneously acting as an embedded landscape feature and an alien spacecraft holding precious specimens and plants, the scheme has been celebrated as a successful modern interpretation of Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome concept.

Having been speculated upon both in Qingdao, China, and loosely on the Planet Mars, the Architects Journal reports that Grimshaw has begun work on a new £100 million Eden Centre in Morecambe, on England’s north-west coast.

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.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Reuse Historic Tower for Maritime Knowledge Hub in Liverpool

12:45 - 31 May, 2018
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Schmidt Hammer Lassen has won an invited competition for the design of the Marine Knowledge Hub in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The 70,000-square-foot (6,400-square-meter) scheme, intended for marine engineering research, survival training, workspace, and events, seeks to elevate the status of both Liverpool and the United Kingdom in the maritime research industry.

The scheme forms part of the Wirral Waters regeneration project, a £4.5 billion masterplan, which represented the largest planning application ever submitted in the UK in 2009.

93-Building Shortlist Announced for 2018 RIBA London Awards

06:00 - 2 April, 2018
93-Building Shortlist Announced for 2018 RIBA London Awards, Belvue School Woodland Classrooms / Studio Weave Ltd.. Image © Studio Weave
Belvue School Woodland Classrooms / Studio Weave Ltd.. Image © Studio Weave

Since 1996, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has hosted awards for exemplary buildings across the UK by RIBA Chartered Architects and RIBA International Fellows. This year, 93 projects were shortlisted out of 203 entries for the 2018 RIBA London Awards; including designs by Foster + Partners, Hawkins\Brown, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, and Make Architects. Each project will be visited by one of five London juries during the month of April. Winners will be announced at the award ceremony on May 15th at the RIBA headquarters at 66 Portland Place, London.

Scroll down to see a complete list of the shortlisted architectural works.

Hackney Town Hall / Hawkins\Brown. Image © Siobhan Doran Victoria and Albert Museum Members' Room / Carmody Groarke. Image © Rory Gardiner Royal Academy of Music – The Susie Sainsbury Theatre & The Angela Burgess Recital Hall / Ian Ritchie Architects. Image © Adam Scott Chobham Manor / Haworth Tompkins. Image © Jack Hobhouse + 95

Peter Cook's CRAB Studio Reveals Sunny CLT Innovation Center for the Arts University Bournemouth

17:01 - 5 March, 2018
Peter Cook's CRAB Studio Reveals Sunny CLT Innovation Center for the Arts University Bournemouth, Interior View. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio
Interior View. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio

Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham’s CRAB Studio has revealed the design of a new Innovation Studio being constructed at the Arts University Bournemouth in Poole, England.

A conceptual successor to the blue Drawing Studio completed by CRAB on the university campus in 2016, the Innovation Studio will serve a larger program – a space for small start-ups led by recent graduates to develop with support from business experts within the university and from across the globe.

Interior View. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio Exterior View. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio Concept Diagram. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio Axonometric Diagram. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio + 17

Eva Franch i Gilabert Selected as the New Director of the Architectural Association

14:30 - 5 March, 2018
Eva Franch i Gilabert Selected as the New Director of the Architectural Association, Left, The Architectural Association on Bedford Square, London. Photograph by wikimedia user Jeremysm. Image is in the public domain. Right, Eva Franch i Gilabert. Photo by Stefan Ruiz
Left, The Architectural Association on Bedford Square, London. Photograph by wikimedia user Jeremysm. Image is in the public domain. Right, Eva Franch i Gilabert. Photo by Stefan Ruiz

The Architectural Association has announced that Eva Franch I Gilabert has been selected as their new Director, following a public months-long search to replace former Director Brett Steele and interim Director Samantha Hardingham.

The AA School Community, consisting of students, staff and Council members, selected Franch i Gilabert from a shortlist of 3 candidates by a majority vote of 67%, the highest percentage received in a contested election since 1990. Over 1,000 total ballots were cast.

Zaha Hadid Architects Unveil Proposal to Transform London into A Network of Walkable Streets

16:00 - 26 February, 2018
Zaha Hadid Architects Unveil Proposal to Transform London into A Network of Walkable Streets, A vision of the future Regent Street. Image via Walkable London
A vision of the future Regent Street. Image via Walkable London

Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed a proposal for the pedestrianization of their home city, London, that would gradually transform the city into an interconnected system of walkable roads.

Named Walkable London, the research proposal has identified the arteries and areas of the city that would most benefit from pedestrianization. The transformation would be implemented over three phases: primary avenues, secondary avenues, and finally, entire districts.  Notable avenues marked for alteration include Upper Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street. 

Henning Larsen Architects' £400 Million Belfast Development Will Block Wind to Increase Comfortability of Outdoor Space

13:00 - 26 February, 2018
Henning Larsen Architects' £400 Million Belfast Development Will Block Wind to Increase Comfortability of Outdoor Space, Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects
Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects

Henning Larsen Architects has revealed plans for a £400 million development that will transform the waterfront of Belfast. At 16 acres, the master plan constitutes the Northern Irish capital’s largest single ground-up development in recent history.

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dRMM’s 2017 Stirling Prize Winner Hastings Pier Seeks New Owner After Charity Folds

12:00 - 23 February, 2018
dRMM’s 2017 Stirling Prize Winner Hastings Pier Seeks New Owner After Charity Folds, Courtesy of dRMM
Courtesy of dRMM

Just four months after winning the 2017 Stirling Prize, the UK’s top honor for architecture, dRMM’s Hastings Pier is now up for sale, as the charity that owned and operated the structure was declared insolvent for failing to reach self-funding status.

© James Robertshaw © James Robertshaw © Alex de Rijke © Alex de Rijke + 5

Call for Submissions: A Bridge Over Troubled Water

13:30 - 19 February, 2018
Call for Submissions: A Bridge Over Troubled Water

A Bridge Over Troubled Water
An Architectural Competition

As part of our 2017/18 research theme discussing the infrastructural implications of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union, the school has launched an international architecture competition for a fixed link connecting France with the UK.

3 Shortlisted Candidates Announced in Architectural Association's Search for New Director

14:10 - 15 February, 2018
3 Shortlisted Candidates Announced in Architectural Association's Search for New Director, The Architectural Association on Bedford Square, London. Photograph by wikimedia user Jeremysm. Image is in the public domain.
The Architectural Association on Bedford Square, London. Photograph by wikimedia user Jeremysm. Image is in the public domain.

The Architectural Association has announced a shortlist of 3 candidates in the running to become the new AA Director, who will lead the direction of one of the world's foremost architecture schools and institutions.