Category: Architecture

Serpentine Pavilion 2013

After a spectacularly cold and long winter in London, the 2013 Serpentine Pavilion was unveiled this week to coincide with the first real sunshine and warmth of the year in the city. This year a fractal-like pavilion designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto dazzled white and ethereal in the morning sun against a vivid backdrop [...]

Crit Club #1 (part of Night School at the AA)

Last week I attended the first Crit Club at the Architectural Association, part of a new Night School initiative being directed by Sam Jacob. The crit posed a question to the architects presenting: what can be done about the post-retail town centre? In other words what do architects think they can do to help tackle [...]

Planning post-war London in Stalag Luft III

This is one of the posters painted by our maternal grandfather when he was a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft III in Sagan, Germany (now in Poland) during the second world war. The poster advertises a lecture in the camp’s theatre. The County of London Plan referred to is presumably Patrick Abercrombie and John Henry [...]

Self-healing at the Serpentine

Was fortunate to attend another excellent Arup Penguin Pool event last night. The themed events, which take place at Arup locations worldwide, are orchestrated to promote cross-disciplinary conversations and seed future collaborations. They are also for fun, though. The venue this time was Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei’s 2012 Serpentine Pavilion (Arup has engineered [...]

Block & Spiel

Block & Spiel is an ongoing series of informal talks on architecture that provide a forum to explore further the theme of each issue of Block magazine – allowing dialogue and discussion between contributors, readers and a wider audience. The first, ‘Skin Deep – Facade: Medium or Message?’, took place at the RIBA bookshop on [...]

Review of Block in AJ

We were pleased with this from James Pallister’s review of Block in The Architects’ Journal: ‘The production is excellent: square bound, full-colour printed with a rich but restrained colour palette and a clean, lively design from art directors Katya and Ellie Duffy’.