“Circular Living” installation and exhibition at The Building Centre

September 29, 2016

The team behind the project is investigating how the circular economy can benefit the industry and the built environment, reflecting on the commercial, social and environmental opportunities of employing circular principles. 


Circular Living exhibition © Agnese Sanvito

Circular Living exhibition © Agnese Sanvito


The Circular Building prototype will be open to the public and it will be accompanied by “Circular Living”, an exhibition exploring the impact of the circular economy in a range of industries, from fashion to product design.

A ‘linear economy’ is the global standard – we take resources, make things, and then throw them away once used. A ‘circular economy’ keeps resources at a continually high value and in a loop with other industries. If we design to create zero waste or only high-value waste then there is no incentive to dispose of it and waste our finite natural resources. (more…)

“The Extraordinary Process” exhibition of the workshop imagined by Zaha Hadid

September 26, 2016

The Extraordinary Process highlights Zaha Hadid Design’s position as a collaborative workshop, exposing the creative process of a variety of makers including Peter Do, Phoebe English, Iris van Herpen, Stephen Jones, Krystyna Kozhoma, Nasir Mazhar, Minimaforms, Patrik Schumacher and XO. 


Installation view of designs by Design Research Lab ©  Damian Griffiths

Installation view of designs by Design Research Lab © Damian Griffiths


Gallery Maison Mais Non presents its inaugural exhibition, The Extraordinary Process from 16 September to 16 November 2016. Evolving from discussions between Maison Mais Non, Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher last year, fashion designers and architects will examine innovative technologies of the present to imagine how these will evolve and shape the world of the future. (more…)

“We Live in the Office” – A Commission by Giles Round at RIBA London

September 20, 2016

Round was invited to explore the RIBA Collections, and through extensive research has created an exhibition for the Architecture Gallery that focuses our attention on one of the most familiar and unavoidable architectural features of the city: the façade.


Chiat Day Offices, Venice, Los Angeles, 1991, by Bruggen, Coosje van (1942-2009) Gehry, Frank O. (1929-) and Oldenburg, Claes (1929-) © Oliver Perrott_RIBA Collections

Chiat Day Offices, Venice, Los Angeles, 1991, by Bruggen, Coosje van (1942-2009) Gehry, Frank O. (1929-) and Oldenburg, Claes (1929-) © Oliver Perrott_RIBA Collections


This autumn the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) presents a new commission by multi-disciplinary artist Giles Round. Inspired by the work of a wide-range of architects represented in the RIBA’s world-class architectural collections, Round explores the increasing tension between the static exterior and changing interior of the architecture around us.

He highlights the aesthetic qualities of facades in their original conception, and the subsequent contemporary use and reuse of these buildings. Round also explores the ways in which we currently ‘collect’ and preserve facades, creating an archive of buildings in real space and time. (more…)

“Adaptative Structures” at The Building Centre London

August 18, 2016

This exhibition invites you to test this new engineering philosophy with an interactive, 6m long cantilevered steel space truss structure, a scaled version for the super structure of a tall tower subjected to wind load.


"Adaptative Structures" © The Building Centre London

“Adaptative Structures” © The Building Centre London


Despite huge technological advancements all around, the way everyday structures are designed has not changed fundamentally for over 100 years; design a structure to be strong, and then check to make sure it does not move around too much. Why should the built environment industry not rethink this basic assumption? (more…)

“Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design” at Victoria and Albert Museum

July 12, 2016

The V&A celebrates the life and legacy of the 20th century’s greatest engineer, Ove Arup (1895-1988), with the first ever retrospective on the philosopher-engineer. Through his pioneering philosophy of Total Design, which for him meant to ‘join all the professions right from the start’, Ove Arup redefined the way architects, designers and engineers work together.


    Sydney Opera House under construction,     6 April 1966     7 MB     © Robert Baudin for Hornibrook Ltd. Courtesy Australian Air Photos

Sydney Opera House under construction, 6 April 1966 © Robert Baudin for Hornibrook Ltd. Courtesy Australian Air Photos


The exhibition, staged in cooperation with the global engineering and design consultancy Arup, reveals the untold stories behind some of the world’s most recognisable buildings, and shows that without Ove Arup and his firm, projects like the Sydney Opera House, Centre Pompidou in Paris and Crossrail would never have been built.


“The Evolving London Skyline” at The Building Centre

May 15, 2016

Created by commissioning a series of panoramic shots of the existing London skyline onto which the proposed ‘tall buildings’ would be layered into, the CGIs include any building over 20 storeys that have received planning approval and would complete by 2030.


The Evolving London Skyline © Visualhouse and photographer Dan Lowe

The Evolving London Skyline © Visualhouse and photographer Dan Lowe


With a record number of tall buildings planned for the capital, London is expecting an unprecedented change to its skyline. Focusing on the growing tall building clusters within central London, at the City of London’s ‘Eastern Cluster’ and at Blackfriars, the images created by creative imagery house Visualhouse help envision how some of London’s iconic vistas could look in the near future. (more…)

“Creation from Catastrophe: How architecture rebuilds communities” at RIBA London

January 31, 2016

The destruction of cities, whether man-made or natural, can present unique opportunities to radically rethink townscapes. Creation from Catastrophe: How architecture rebuilds communities explores the varying ways that cities and communities have been re-imagined in the aftermath of natural disasters.


 NLE’s “floating school” in Lagos to cope with rising water levels © Evening Standard

NLE’s “floating school” in Lagos to cope with rising water levels © Evening Standard


“A disaster zone where everything is lost offers the perfect opportunity for us to take a fresh look, from the ground up, at what architecture really is.”  -Toyo Ito-.

From masterplans to reconfigure London after the Great Fire of 1666 to contemporary responses to earthquakes and tsunamis, the exhibition considers the evolving relationship between man, architecture and nature and asks whether we are now facing a paradigm shift in how we live and build in the 21st century. (more…)

“Walter’s Way – The Self-Build Revolution” at AA School

January 27, 2016

The exhibiton focuses on Walter Segal’s work with the Lewisham self-builders of the 1980s and displays the application of Segal’s method today. Housed in and around a newly constructed section of a Segal house, from which visitors can experience the fundamental elements of the style, are original drawings, documents and furniture designed by Segal alongside archival films and photographs.


Walter Segal © Jon Broome

Walter Segal © Jon Broome


Walter Segal was born in Berlin in 1907, he came to England in the 1930s to study Egyptology and teach at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. The development of his iconic self-build method during the 1960s enabled ordinary people, young and old, to design and build their own houses quickly and cheaply using readily available materials in standard sizes, without the need for specialist wet trades such as bricklaying and plastering.


“Mavericks: Breaking the Mould of British Architecture” at Royal Academy of Arts

January 20, 2016

The Royal Academy of Arts will present an installation, book and series of events celebrating original and unorthodox thinking in British architecture. The installation comprises of images and photographs of these maverick architects’ work, situating their work within the broader context of architectural history.


Snowden Aviary, London Zoo (1961), by Cedric Price  © John Farnham / Alamy Stock Photo

Snowden Aviary, London Zoo (1961), by Cedric Price © John Farnham / Alamy Stock Photo


Mavericks: Breaking the Mould of British Architecture is an installation that will chart the course of British architecture from the sixteenth century to the present day through the work of twelve maverick architects: Robert Smythson, Sir John Vanbrugh, James Wyatt PRA, Sir John Soane RA, Charles Robert Cockerell RA, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Charles Holden, H. S. Goodhart-Rendel, James Stirling RA, Cedric Price, FAT and Zaha Hadid RA. (more…)

RIBA President’s Medals Exhibition

January 9, 2016

Exhibition showcasing award winning projects by architectural students from around the world in 2015. The RIBA President’s Medals Student Awards are aimed at promoting excellence in the study of architecture, rewarding talent, and encouraging architectural debate worldwide.


Serjeant Award for Excellence in Drawing: Andrew Chard (Oxford Brookes University): ‘The Lost Dockyard’

Serjeant Award for Excellence in Drawing: Andrew Chard (Oxford Brookes University): ‘The Lost Dockyard’


First awarded in 1836, they are among the most prestigious and long-lasting awards in architectural education anywhere in the world, preceding the Royal Gold Medal (for living architects) established in 1848. The awards categories include the Bronze Medal for Part 1, the Silver Medal for Part 2 and the Dissertation Medal. (more…)