Ian Caldwell

Golden art from Columbia

Golden art from Columbia

The British Museum’s autumn exhibition is the stunning “Beyond Eldorado – Power and Gold in Ancient Columbia which shows 200 artefacts from the pre-Spanish period.  Gold was not considered financially valuable by the Columbian civilisations, but was pillaged by the Spanish in the 16th century, so it is marvelous that these items managed to survive.  […]

Is this the future for lecture theatres in universities

Is this the future for lecture theatres in universities

Following on from a new building at Loughborough University,  Burwell Deakins architects have created a new collaborative lecture theatre space for Queen’s University Belfast, as part of a programme of upgraded student facilities. Adjacent to a new student centre, currently under construction, this flexible space provides a new form of collaborative teaching space and a […]

Vote now for the next sculpture in Trafalgar Square

Vote now for the next sculpture in Trafalgar Square

One of the more innovative and continuing art projects, is the ongoing programme of sculpture of the “fourth plinth” in Trafalgar Square. Now in its 14th year, the shortlisted six submissions for the next installation are on display in the crypt of St Martin’s in the Fields.  An interesting and wide variety of proposals from […]

Forgotten Spaces in Somerset House’s Hidden Spaces

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is running a fascinating architectural exhibition on “Forgotten Spaces” in Somerset House’s own hidden passageways and coal holes; the Lightwells and Deadhouse below the main courtyard. The exhibition features 26 innovative propositions to revitalise a number of London’s disused and abandoned spaces, selected from a massive entry of […]

Sustainable Wooden Bicycles

Sustainable Wooden Bicycles

In London we have the clunky, ugly, but robust Boris bikes.  Designer Zarko Bubalo has developed a beautiful sustainable wooden bicycle based on yacht and aircraft construction techniques, combining traditional and modern technologies to create a more sustainable handcrafted bicycle.  However, given the techniques, I suspect it will be for relatively few people. Read more….. […]