Sustainability

High Quality architecture at Denmark Hill – the Ortus Maudsley

High Quality architecture at Denmark Hill – the Ortus Maudsley

On the edge of the psychiatric hospital of the Maudsley at Denmark Hill is the new classical and contemporary Ortus Maudsley, a learning centre with a simplicity and high quality of detailing that suits its location at the bridge between the hospital and streets of residential houses. Designed by architects Duggan Morris’s, this building compliments […]

New twist on an old technology could revolutionise air cargo transport

Its the modern version of the old Zepplin.   The Aeroscraft developed by Aeros in Southern California has many advantages over traditional aircraft – it can take off and land vertically, thus eliminating the need for long runways and it is far more sustainable, using only one third of the fuel of a normal plane.   The […]

The Longest Emboidered Tapestry in the World

The Longest Emboidered Tapestry in the World

The Great Tapestry of Scotland goes on display in the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh tomorrow.  The project was developed by Scottish writer Alexander McCall Scott, artist Andrew Crummy and historical writer Alistair Moffat and involved hundreds of volunteer stitchers to create the longest embroidered tapestry in the world at 143 metres long, which is double […]

What to do with your old skateboard?

What to do with your old skateboard?

Old skateboards?  Recycle them as sculpture of course… Earlier in the year at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York, Japanese artists Haroshi had a solo exhibition ‘virtual reality’ celebrating a decade of creating sculpture from skateboards which gives the work striking coloured layers, without the need for any additional colouring or paint. Read more…. […]

Can waste carbon be used as a construction material??

Can waste carbon be used as a construction material??

Renewables and Environment has an interesting report by Michael Fisher on a $9 million research grant to the University of Newcastle in Australia to investigate the feasibility of forming captured carbon into large bricks, possibly for use in construction. Apparently, these bricks could have a similar structure to limestone, which has been used in construction since […]

New Student Centre for LSE rises to create a new heart for the campus

New Student Centre for LSE rises to create a new heart for the campus

The London School of Economics new Saw Swee Hock Student Centre is progressing well.  The striking architecture, the result of an architectural competition by Dublin architects O’Donnell Tuomey, will provide new student facilities and a striking new building at the heart of the campus.  It is great to see the imaginative use of brick instead […]

Help solve the housing problem – conversion of bus into home

Help solve the housing problem – conversion of bus into home

Problem with not enough affordable student residences in London?   Hotels too expensive. University of Minnesota architecture student converts a $3,000 bus into a mobile minimalist home for 6 people, starting as a project to respond to the ‘tiny house movement’ which advocates pared-down sustainable living and which building codes for housing don’t help: ‘building code […]

Colourful and economic – Richard Rodgers house appears at the Royal Academy

Colourful and economic – Richard Rodgers house appears at the Royal Academy

The calm classical setting of the Royal Academy has been startled by the appearance of a colourful economic house designed by Richard Rogers, which sits alongside the exhibition of his work in the Burlington Gardens wing.  Suggested as a solution to the housing crisis, the house arrives as a flat-pack and can be constructed within […]