Foster & Partners, HOK among nine shortlisted for UK Houses of Parliament upgrades

Houses of Parliament from across the Thames ( / Flickr )

Houses of Parliament from across the Thames (Berit Watkin / Flickr)

Allies and Morrison, BDP, HOK and Foster+Partners have been shortlisted among a group of nine firms for the refurbishment project at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London. The commission is touted to be worth up to $31.5 million.

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Digital artist Miguel Chevalier syncs science and spirituality at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge

Art, International, Newsletter
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
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(COURTESY MIGUEL CHEVALIER)

(COURTESY MIGUEL CHEVALIER)

Paris-based digital projection artist Miguel Chevalier turned the University of Cambridge’s 16th century King’s College Chapel into an intellectual hypnosis chamber during the recent Dear World… Yours, Cambridge charity event.

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Theaster Gates’ ‘Sanctum,’ a 552-hour continuous performance, will run through November 21

Art, International, On View
Monday, November 2, 2015
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Max McClure via Situations

(Max McClure via Situations)

Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates launched Sanctum, a 24-day performance in Bristol, England that will have continuous programming 24 hours a day.

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Dead Mansion Walking: This zombie-proof cabin aims to keep you safe after the zombie apocalypse

Architecture, International
Friday, October 30, 2015
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Zombies not included. (Courtesy Tiger Sheds)

Zombies not included. (Courtesy Tiger Sheds)

As Halloween lurks around the corner, the need for protection from zombies has never been more urgent. So far, the survival technique of “grab Liz, go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all of this to blow over” has sufficed for centuries, if not millennia, though contemporary Zombies pose a much more vicious threat.

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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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New York Architect wins competition to modernize famed Brutalist bus station in Britain

(Courtesy John Puttick Associates)

(Courtesy John Puttick Associates)

John Puttick, a British architect currently practicing in New York City, has won an international competition to redesign and modernize an iconic Brutalist bus station in England.

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Spare a billion or two to help build a real life version of Tolkien’s Minas Tirith?

(Courtesy Realise Minas Tirith)

(Courtesy Realise Minas Tirith)

There’s something about those CGI scenes of Middle Earth in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings that really tickles the imagination. Apparently, they’re inspirational enough to prod one group in Southern England to put together a campaign to build a real life version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s hilled city of Minas Tirith. And they’re asking the world to fund it.

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OMA merges sport and science in this terraced building for one of England’s elite boarding schools

(Courtesy OMA)

(Courtesy OMA)

The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) announced that its designs for a joint Sports and Sciences department for the UK’s Brighton College have been approved. The Rem Koolhaas–owned architecture practice won an invited competition in 2013, and the project was further developed and submitted for planning approval in 2015.

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Richard Rogers to lead parliamentary inquiry into how design of the built environment affects behavior

(Courtesy Rogers Stirk Harbor + Partners)

(Courtesy Rogers Stirk Harbor + Partners)

Riding on a wave of psychographic research indicating positive correlations between productivity and the work environment, architect Richard Rogers has launched an ambitious parliamentary inquiry into how design overall affects behavior.

The founder of Rogers Stirk Harbor + Partners kicked off the eight-month Design Commission inquiry this June before the Houses of Parliament in London. The cross-party investigation led by Rogers will explore how design in planning of the built environment creates a tendency towards positive behaviors within local communities. The inquiry was lodged the same week as newly-released research which supports the long-held view that cities which promote physical activity benefit from economic productivity gains.

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Pictorial> Step inside Selgascano’s psychedelic Serpentine Pavilion

(Iwan Baan)

(Iwan Baan)

The 2015 Serpentine Pavilion has opened to the public in London‘s Kensington Gardens. The psychedelic, worm-like structure was designed by SelgasCano, a husband-and-wife team based in Madrid, and features translucent ETFE panels that are wrapped and woven like webbing. The architects said the pavilion’s design is partially inspired by the chaos of passing through the London Underground.

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Renzo Piano’s plans for a subterranean dinosaur park in England unchanged despite funding flop

An early sketch by the architect shows a translucent lid over a limestone quarry in Portland, Dorset. (Courtesy Renzo Piano Building Workshop)

An early sketch by the architect shows a translucent lid over a limestone quarry in Portland, Dorset. (Courtesy Renzo Piano Building Workshop)

Starchitect Renzo Piano has vowed to soldier on with mega-sized plans for a Jurassica Resort on England’s island of Portland in the English Channel, despite being denied a $24.5 million bid for Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF).

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Take a tour of FAT’s quirky house-as-narrative collaboration with Grayson Perry

House for Essex by Grayson Perry and FAT. (Courtesy Living Architecture)

House for Essex by Grayson Perry and FAT. (Courtesy Living Architecture)

If there was ever a perfect curatorial pairing, Alain de Botton made it when he selected artist Grayson Perry to work with English architects Fashion Architecture Taste (FAT). Architecturally speaking, their so-called House for Essex is a “built story”—a shrine to an Essex woman named Julie who led a life as a rock chick and later a social worker, along the way marrying twice and finding happiness before being tragically killed by a curry delivery moped.

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