Burntwood School by AHMM wins 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize

(Courtesy RIBA)

(Courtesy RIBA)

Burntwood School, a girls high school in Wandsworth, south London, has won the UK’s most coveted architecture award—RIBA‘s Stirling Prize—with judges describing it as the “clear winner.” The project by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) also collected the RIBA London 2015 award in the process.

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Please be Seated: New York City expands its CityBench program and grows ‘Street Seat’ parklets in Brooklyn

Design, East, Transportation, Urbanism
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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NYC DOT and other local stakeholders marked the installation of the 1,500th CityBench at M.S, 22 with a ribbon cutting. (Courtesy NYC DOT)

NYC DOT and other local stakeholders marked the installation of the 1,500th CityBench at Jordan L. Mott Middle School 22 in the Bronx with a ribbon cutting. Six new CityBenches were recently installed as part of a community beautification project at the school. (Courtesy NYC DOT)

If there’s one thing New Yorker’s won’t stand for, it’s a lack of benches. After unveiling the 1,500th addition to its CityBench program, the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) has revealed that a federal award package of $1.5 million will be used to develop the CityBench scheme further. In addition to this The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership has initiated a colorful “Street Seats” program as seating projects gain popularity in the city.

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Neil Tomlinson Architects is creating a new Covent Garden Market in the heart of London

Architecture, Design, Development
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
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(Courtesy Brand New Covent Garden Market)

(Courtesy Brand New Covent Garden Market)

The now “Brand New” Covent Garden Market (once renamed as “New Covent Garden Market” in 1974) is now wrapping up its redesign. Starting in 1835, the market was the cultural heart of London up until the mid-20th century and has been a lively center of trade throughout its whole life. Now the market specializes in the trade of flowers and food, notably fruit and vegetables.

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Error 404: Building not found: Artist builds glitch art architecture in Switzerland

Architecture, Art, Design, International
Monday, October 12, 2015
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(Courtesy !Mediengruppe Bitnik)

(Courtesy !Mediengruppe Bitnik)

In Basel, Switzerland, there’s a building that, at first glance, appears to be a little, well, off. Focus your attention and you will indeed see a building that has been designed to look like a glitch.

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Matthew Johnson on the Reemergence of Craft in the Digital Age

SGH engineered a timber-mullion curtain wall with novel timber moment connection for a cantilevered canopy at Cooper Gallery, with Marc Truant & Associates and David Adjaye Associates. (Courtesy Simpson Gumpertz & Heger)

SGH engineered a timber-mullion curtain wall with novel timber moment connection for a cantilevered canopy at Cooper Gallery, with Marc Truant & Associates and David Adjaye Associates. (Courtesy Simpson Gumpertz & Heger)

For much of its early history, architecture was more than a pragmatic response to the problem of shelter. It was infused by craft. “Craft has existed in all kinds of industry, especially architecture, for a long time,” said Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) principal Matthew Johnson. “But I feel it it lost its way in the twentieth century as we chased efficiency over quality.”

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On View> Architecture & Design Films showcased in San Francisco Festival

Architecture, Design, Media, On View, West
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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THE NEW RIJKSMUSEUM BY OEKE HOOGENDIJK (Courtesy First Run Features)

THE NEW RIJKSMUSEUM BY OEKE HOOGENDIJK. (Courtesy First Run Features)

All month the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) will present its Architecture & Design Films Showcase 2015 in downtown San Francisco, hailed as the West Coast’s largest showcase of architecture and design films.

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David Chipperfield’s Classical display cabinets take a cue from the Ionic column

Design, International, Product
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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(Courtesy David Chipperfield)

Looking for a tasteful way to show off your collection of iconic postmodern teapots or architect-designed shoes? David Chipperfield may have the answer.

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Obit> Legendary type designer Adrian Frutiger passes away at 87

Design, International, Transportation
Thursday, September 24, 2015
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The Univers typeface anatomy. (Liliana Diaz Cruz / Flickr)

The Univers typeface anatomy. (Liliana Diaz Cruz / Flickr)

The master of optical type and genius behind typefaces such as Univers, Avenir, and Frutiger, Adrian Frutiger passed away earlier this month on September 10 at the age of 87. If it wasn’t for Frutiger, we may be misreading gate numbers, having to step ever closer to read departure lounge notice boards, and letting type get in the way of our lives.

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On View> The Detroit Design Festival kicks off today

Architecture, Art, Design, Midwest, On View
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
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(Detroit Design Festival)

(Detroit Design Festival)

The Detroit Design Festival returns this year with 30 events and exhibits put together with contributions from dozens of architects and designers. The festival, which runs September 22–26, kicks off with “industry day,” featuring 3D printing demonstrations and a lecture by Stephen Hobbs titled “Defensive Architecture.” You can view a full schedule of the events here.

Rios Clementi Hale’s parklet rains on Park(ing) Day in Los Angeles

Architecture, Design, Urbanism, West
Friday, September 18, 2015
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Rios Clementi Hale Studios’ “Paradise in a Parking Spot” for Park(ing) Day 2015. (Rios Clementi Hale Studios)

Park(ing) Day, the annual tradition of making micro-parks out of parking spots, calls attention to the need for public space in cities. A pop-up park by Rios Clementi Hale Studios in Los Angeles takes the educational imperative further with a parking space that teaches the benefits of stormwater capture—just in time for this winter’s predicted El Niño.

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