Category: News

London design: Quirky and controversial

London is known for quirky, rebellious art and design; here are three of our favourites spotted this week. Funemployed: Designs saluting the unemployed With Benetton pushing their new campaign saluting the unemployed, Irina Block, a currently unemployed art director, takes the empowering the unemployed trend further with her ‘funemployed’ merchandise. Designs include buttons and her… Read more »

One World Trade Center: Progress

The build of One World Trade Center is well and truly underway with progress and decision making the order of the day. Described by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as a building that ‘honors the past and delivers on the promise of a rebuilt World Trade Center’ Wordsearch are on the… Read more »

Wordsearch in Beijing: High speed railway to Chinese army sidecar

Beijing’s high speed railway After the Tall Buildings conference I headed to Beijing on the new high-speed railway. When I had mentioned this to someone the previous night they had asked if it was the same system that had crashed the previous August killing 40 people. Apparently it was, but fortunately I had no such… Read more »

CTBUH Continued: The Shanghai Tower Tour

Asia Ascending: The Shanghai Tower Tour While at CTBUH I managed to wangle my way on to the Shanghai Tower tour. Everyone at the conference was fascinated with the Shanghai Tower as it overlooked the Jin Mao that most of us were staying in.  All night you could see showers of sparks falling from the… Read more »

Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s 9th Global Congress

Skyscrapers: Why we love tall buildings There is something very alluring about skyscrapers. That’s why humans have always been trying to build them. Elevation has always denoted power, wealth and ambition. From the Monarch on his throne and dais, to the pyramids of Giza and the towers of St Gimignano, humans have been obsessed with… Read more »

WAF 2012: Best Building Winner

Wilkinson Eyre’s Cooled Conservatories has been crowned the world’s best building by World Architecture Festival 2012. Andrew Grant, Director of Grant Associated describes Garden’s By the Bay as ‘a 21st Century botanic garden’ with ‘beauty doing environmental work’. The immense structure is 54 hectares in size in Singapore’s new development area and include two cooled… Read more »

London Calling Reviewed

For the last 7 years I have lived just behind Marble Arch. When we moved into our block of 50 flats – newly married and without children, we were one of 20 owner occupiers in the building. When we left in January 2012, we were the last. We hadn’t really ever developed a sense of… Read more »

Branding One WTC

The phone call came out of the blue. An American lady wanting to talk about our credentials to market a very important office building in New York. It was extremely confidential she said, and I was asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement before she would even tell me the name of the project we would… Read more »

Zaha Hadid on Goswell Road

Zaha Hadid Architects have opened a new gallery on Goswell Road. Showcasing the recently completed floating staircase along with renowned pieces from the ZHA archive: The Peak Site Plan (1983), Aqua Table (2005), Seamless Collection (2006), Belu Bench (2005), Lotus (2008), Cirrus (2008), Kloris (2008), and Seoul Desk & Table (2009). The new floating staircase… Read more »

London Festival of Architecture

Created by our Chairman Peter Murray, The London Festival of Architecture is a city-wide celebration of architecture and architectural talent in the UK capital. It brings architects and communities together to examine how we make London a better place. The theme of the 2012 Festival – ‘The Playful City’ – responds to the presence in… Read more »