Category: London

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 [...]

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┬áJohn 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┬ápromote 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 [...]