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Park Road Apartments is a radical housing tower clad in “ridiculous” metal

November 14, 2019 India Block 0
Park Road Apartments by Grimshaw Architects

Terry Farrell and Nicholas Grimshaw built Park Road Apartments, which contained their own homes, in the 1970s. We continue our high-tech architecture series by looking at the metal-clad housing block. Working together as the Farrell Grimshaw Partnership, the architects completed the Park Road Apartments’ high-rise housing block in 1970. The pioneering building demonstrated many of the attributes of

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UK architects unionise to challenge industry’s “toxic culture” of long hours and low pay

November 11, 2019 India Block 0
UVW-SAW Architecture Union UK

Unpaid overtime, unfair pay and harassment in the workplace are just some of the reasons that architecture workers in the UK have formed a grassroots trade union for the first time. Independent trade-union United Voices of the World’s Section of Architectural Workers (UVW-SAW) announced its launch in October after 18 months of preparatory work. “The

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Patrik Schumacher and Harriet Harriss clash over long-hours culture at Dezeen Day

November 5, 2019 India Block 0
Dezeen Day education panel Patrik Schumacher and Harriet Harriss

Patrik Schumacher defended architecture’s long-hours culture at Dezeen Day last week, arguing that protecting students from working too hard could lead to a “socialist kind of world of stagnation”. Schumacher, the principal of Zaha Hadid Architects, spoke on a panel about design education, claiming that worrying about exploitation of workers could have a “paralysing” effect

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Inquiry finds “compelling evidence” Grenfell Tower did not comply with building regulations

November 1, 2019 India Block 0
Inquiry: The UK government has promised to pay out £200 million to replace cladding from private high-rise housing, almost two years after the Grenfell Tower fire.

Insulation, cladding and decorative fins added to the exterior of Grenfell Tower during refurbishment made it noncompliant with building regulations, the inquiry into the disaster has found. The 1,000 page report has been published by inquiry chair Martin Moore-Bick. It presents the findings and recommendations from the first stage of the inquest. The first phase

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Greenery is often “sole legitimisation” for unsustainable buildings says Céline Baumann

October 31, 2019 India Block 0
Celine Baumann Parliament of Plants

Plants will be used to greenwash developments until landscape architecture is given a bigger role in urban planning says French landscape architect Céline Baumann. Baumann, whose work is one of 40 visions for the future of architecture currently on display at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, warned that plants on buildings are often

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Jean Nouvel sues over “totally disproportionate” Philharmonie de Paris late fee

October 25, 2019 India Block 0
Philharmonie de Paris by Jean Nouvel

Architect Jean Nouvel is counter-suing the Philharmonie de Paris over the €170.6 million fine he was slapped with for delivering the concert hall late and over budget. Nouvel’s lawyers William Bourdon and Vincent Brengarth said the fee was “totally disproportionate” and “unprecedented in the world of architecture”, reported the Guardian. They argued that the €170.6

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Junya Ishigami’s Japanese water garden wins €100,000 Obel Award

October 24, 2019 India Block 0
Art Biotop Water Garden by Junya Ishigami

Art Biotop Water Garden, an artificial landscape by Junya Ishigami near the Nasu Mountains in Japan, has won the inaugural Obel Award. The new international prize of €100,000 (£86,000) – making it one of the world’s richest architecture prizes – is given by the Henrik Frode Obel Foundation to a project completed in the last

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Junya Ishigami’s Japanese water garden wins €100,000 Obel Award

October 24, 2019 India Block 0
Art Biotop Water Garden by Junya Ishigami

Art Biotop Water Garden, an artificial landscape by Junya Ishigami near the Nasu Mountains in Japan, has won the inaugural Obel Award. The new international prize of €100,000 (£86,000) – making it one of the world’s richest architecture prizes – is given by the Henrik Frode Obel Foundation to a project completed in the last

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OMA unveils design for residential Wafra Tower in Kuwait City

October 23, 2019 India Block 0
Wafra Tower by OMA

Dutch architecture studio OMA has released images of Wafra Tower, a residential development on the coast of the Persian Gulf in Kuwait City . When complete, it will be the studio’s first built project in Kuwait. Set on the waterfront in the Hessa Al Mubarak district, Wafra Tower is a collaboration between OMA directors Iyad Alsaka and

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Stacked shipping containers form Stow-Away London hotel and wine bar

October 18, 2019 India Block 0
Stow-away Hotel by Doone Silver Kerr

Design studio Doone Silver Kerr turned a stack of used shipping containers into a hotel and wine bar with a geometric facade of welded fins that function as sunshades. The Stow-Away Hotel in Waterloo is made from end-of-life shipping containers that have been used “countless times previously” according to the practice. At five storeys high,

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