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Vanna Venturi house

Venturi house for sale: education required

24-Jul-2015 | By Astragal

The iconic Postmodern house that Robert Venturi designed for his mother has gone up for sale. The Vanna Venturi house in Philadelphia has a hefty price tag of $1.75 million.


Piano’s training built on sand foundations

24-Jul-2015 | By Astragal

The architect of London’s Shard, Renzo Piano recently put his architectural career down to an early training building sandcastles near his childhood home of Genoa. In an article in The Guardian, he said ‘making sandcastles was my training in fantasy’.

BBC Hair - London Eye

Hairdressing reaches its pinnacle

24-Jul-2015 | By Astragal

The contestants on BBC2’s Hair, a competition to find Britain’s best amateur hairstylist, were asked to create a new style inspired by iconic architecture as part of the freestyle round.

Nou Camp

Make and RSHP look to score at Barcelona

24-Jul-2015 | By Astragal

The Brits are coming for Barcelona FC’s Camp Nou.

Tower Hotel, London

Stars vie to get their hands on ugly hotel

16-Jul-2015 | By Astragal

The gossipmongers are having a (clandestine) field day over the future of the 1970s Tower Hotel – once voted the capital’s second ugliest building.

Hampstead house Patty Hopkins

For sale: Hopkins’ High-Tech trailblazer

16-Jul-2015 | By Astragal

A house that was extended and remodelled by Patty Hopkins when she worked for Norman Foster in the late 60s has gone on the market for £2.25 million.

Deansgate - Castlefield Station

If Simpson’s view offends him...

16-Jul-2015 | By Astragal

Manchester practice Simpson Haugh & Partners is designing the redevelopment of two major tram stops in the city centre.


Pickle beats cheese in battle of nicknames

16-Jul-2015 | By Astragal

The Gherkin has topped a poll of the best building nicknames. Foster + Partners’ Stirling Prize-winning tower saw off competition from the Walkie Talkie and the Cheesegrater in the YouGov poll.

BPO Building

Gehry joins fight to save Decq building

16-Jul-2015 | By Astragal

French architect Odile Decq has launched an ‘international emergency petition’ addressed to French president Francois Hollande and culture minister Fleur Pellerin to save her 1990 BPO Building in Rennes from being razed to the ground.

Serpentine Pavilion by SelgasCano - completed, June 2015

Rain or shine cause pavilion problems

9-Jul-2015 | By Astragal

SelgasCano’s multicoloured Serpentine Pavilion has been struggling with the English weather. Visitors to the ‘lumpy rainbow of ETFE and ribbons’ have told of overheating and feeling as if they are sitting in a greenhouse.


Sandcastles hit by tide of destruction

9-Jul-2015 | By Astragal

A sandcastle contest organised by the RIBA as part of a local Love Architecture Festival in Grimsby lost its competitive edge, with all entrants declared winners, after encroaching tides threatened to wash away the architectural creations.

Studio Weave lego

Studio Weave breaks the Lego rules

9-Jul-2015 | By Astragal

Studio Weave’s sprawling Lego city took home the trophy at last week’s London Architecture Festival’s Lego Challenge … despite blatantly breaking the contest’s rules.

Richard Rogers, Graham Stirk and Ivan Harbour

Soft option as Rogers takes to the field

25-Jun-2015 | By Astragal

Richard Rogers may be nearly 82 years old but he’s still up for a game of sport. The architect turned up at Regent’s Park recently when it was the Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners team’s turn to compete against RCKa in the London architectural softball league.

Barbara Weiss

Feminism’s triumph is a blow for skyline

25-Jun-2015 | By Astragal

Campaign queen Barbara Weiss – the mastermind behind both Skyline and Women in Architecture – must have been conflicted by news that a female architect was behind London’s newest skyscraper, PLP’s 20 Bishopsgate

BT Tower revolving restautant

Take a turn in the BT Tower restaurant

25-Jun-2015 | By Astragal

Those seeking a novelty dining experience closer to home will be excited to learn that the BT Tower’s revolving restaurant is set to open to the public again for the first time in 35 years. The opening will mark the building’s 50th anniversary.

Serpentine Pavilion by SelgasCano - completed, June 2015

Silva lining undermines pavilion’s hipness

25-Jun-2015 | By Astragal

At the opening of the Serpentine Pavilion the assembled press were treated to the sight of culture minister Ed Vaizey taking to the stage to express his admiration for the project.


Lego’s block grant

17-Jun-2015 | By Astragal

The University of Cambridge is on the hunt for a professor of Lego. But architects hoping for a career move that will let them build from the plastic blocks all day long may be disappointed.

Park Hill parties all weekend long

17-Jun-2015 | By Astragal

The design world once again descended on Sheffield’s Park Hill last weekend when the housing estate played host to a party kicking off the city’s design week.

Assemble\'s Brutalist Playground

Brutal let-down for playground visitors

17-Jun-2015 | By Astragal

Last Tuesday saw one of the RIBA’s busiest events when more than 900 people showed up to the launch of Turner Prize-shortlisted Assemble’s Brutalist Playground.

Heatherwick Garden Bridge

Garden Bridge struck by satirical blow

17-Jun-2015 | By Astragal

It is safe to say Joanna Lumley’s proposed Garden Bridge across the Thames has split opinion – not least because of the large amounts of money needed for what some regard as a ‘vanity project’.

British Library by Colin St John Wilson in Euston Road

St John Wilson’s British Library given grade I listing

31-Jul-2015 | By

Colin St John Wilson’s ‘immense and extraordinary’ British Library building has been handed a grade I listing by heritage minister Tracey Crouch

De Rosee Sa Architects Brook Green pavilion

De Rosee Sa wins planning for Hammersmith pavilion

31-Jul-2015 | By Tim Clark

De Rosee Sa Architects has won planning for a new community pavilion at Brook Green in Hammersmith

Walkie Talkie\'s Sky Garden

City defers Walkie Talkie's Sky Garden decision

31-Jul-2015 | By Tim Clark

The City of London has put back a decision on whether to approve modifications to Sky Garden at Rafel Viñoly-designed building at 20 Fenchurch Street to allow councillors time to visit the tower


Video: Original competition judges visit Bystrup's T-pylon Video

31-Jul-2015 | By Michaila Hancock

The judges, who selected the Bystrup-designed T-pylon as the winner of the 2011 RIBA-backed contest, have visited the new design in Nottinghamshire


Ben Adams wins go-ahead for ‘micro garden city’

31-Jul-2015 | By

Ben Adams Architects has won planning for a 34-home scheme in Paddington, London

Liverpool Waters today

UNESCO calls for moratorium on Liverpool Waters scheme

31-Jul-2015 | By Tim Clark

UNESCO has called for a moratorium on new building work across the central Liverpool waterfront due to the potential damage it could cause the World Heritage Site


Atomik reveals first Kazakhstan project

31-Jul-2015 | By

London’s Atomik Architecture has unveiled its first completed project in Kazakhstan

Elderly housing, Patel Taylor, Barking & Dagenham

New home registrations in London slump as UK booms

31-Jul-2015 | By Tim Clark

The number of new homes registered in London has fallen by 16.2 per cent in the first half of the year, according to new figures

Severfield chief executive Ian Lawson 2

Steel chief warns Cheesegrater bolt costs may top £6m

31-Jul-2015 | By Tom Fitzpatrick

The chief executive of steel specialist Severfield has warned the cost of replacing steel bolts on the Cheesegrater may rise above the £6m figure flagged with the City

David Chipperfield Architects\' proposed house for artist Tracey Emin

Conservationists object to Chipperfield's plans for Emin

30-Jul-2015 | By Colin Marrs

An East End conservation group says a proposal by artist Tracey Emin to demolish a locally listed building in Spitalfields would cause ‘substantial harm’ to the conservation area in which it sits.


New figures: number of female architects on the up

30-Jul-2015 | By

The number of women in the profession is on the up, according to the latest figures released by the Architects Registration Board (ARB)

New drainage on Exhibition Road - almost too efficient. Credit: by RBKC

Shared space schemes labelled 'dangerous' in Lords report

30-Jul-2015 | By Tim Clark

A new House of Lords report has called for a moratorium on any new ‘frightening and intimidating’ shared space schemes


Bartlett students create King’s Cross urban garden

30-Jul-2015 | By

Students from the Bartlett School of Architecture have created a new urban garden in the centre of Argent’s King’s Cross redevelopment in London

Sketch of Sheppard Robson\'s proposed Conference and Learning Centre (July 2015)

Sheppard Robson lands latest Science Central job

30-Jul-2015 | By

Growing AJ120 practice Sheppard Robson has become the latest firm to pick up work on Newcastle University’s Science Central campus

Kevin McCloud’s HAB Housing won planning for a five-home development in Oxford designed by John Pardey Architects in March 2015

Permissions for new homes back to 2008 levels

29-Jul-2015 | By Colin Marrs

Planning permission for new homes in England has passed the 200,000 mark in the past year – the first time since early 2008

Close up view of the proposed new amphitheatre - part of John McAslan & Partners\' wider redevelopment of the grade II-listed Millbank complex

John McAslan releases new images of Millbank Tower plans

29-Jul-2015 | By

John McAslan & Partners has revealed its plans to convert the grade II-listed Millbank Tower - once London’s tallest building - into 200 flats

RSHP International Spy Museum

RSHP reveals latest designs for International Spy Museum

29-Jul-2015 | By

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has revealed its latest designs for a new home for the International Spy Museum in Washington

Jonathan Connerney - RIBA AHR Stephen Williams scholarship winner

Belfast student picks up RIBA AHR scholarship

29-Jul-2015 | By

Jonathan Connerney, a student at Queen’s University in Belfast has picked up the 2015 RIBA AHR Stephen Williams Scholarship

Sheppard Robson Interserve

Sheppard Robson reveals new Birmingham office for Interserve

29-Jul-2015 | By

Sheppard Robson has unveiled designs for a new 12,000m2 office building for construction firm Interserve

Lisa Raynes

Revealed: RIBA Council election results

28-Jul-2015 | By

The RIBA has revealed the results of this year’s council elections