West Cambridge is a large site for Cambridge University to the west of the city centre of Cambridge in the UK. Following development of a masterplan for the area, which established the infrastructure framework in terms of roads, parking, cycling and the like plus building heights, many of the engineering and science departments have been relocating there to be able to create larger research and teaching facilities than could be achieved within the constraints of Cambridge city centre, alongside research institutes such as the Cavendish Laboratory established here in 1974 and, slightly further away, the Schlumberger Research Centre designed by Michael Hopkins and opened in 1985. Recent buildings include a new building for the Cavendish Laboratory with elegant sunshading designed by BDP, which brings together researchers from the departments of Physics, Biochemistry, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and the School of Clinical Medicine. A wooden sculpture of the double helix structure of DNA is a spectacular symbol of what the building represents . Other recent buildings include the Hauser Forum for Entrepreneurship [Cambridge Enterprise and Idea Space] and. most recently of all the new Department of Materials Science designed by NBBJ and opened in 2013 and the University Sports Centre designed by Arup Associates also completed in 2013. The old masteplan is now a little dated and is gradually being enriched with more landscaping and a new lake. NBBJ have designed an interesting and subtle brick facade to the Department of Materials Science which relates to the research work done inside.
"The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you don't want paradise, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don't have a soul."
To be an architect means having a wide range of interests - architecture, art and creativity in all its variety of forms, sustainability, science and innovation. The greatest interest is often where these different worlds overlap and collide - that is when something imaginative often occurs that pushes us all forward to another place
"Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for example"
I hope to showcase contemporary design and innovation, including architecture, art, design, science, technology and sustainability, to those searching for architecture, design and art inspiration to create beauty. I hope you enjoy it and will contribute to it.
- The breadth of Modern and Contemporary Cuban art at Art Miami
- The 30th anniversary of Art Miami has a digital focus
- Bridging across traditions: Cuban artist Ruben Alpizar at CONTEXT Art Miami
- Throwing tradition to the winds at CONTEXT Art Miami
- A loss to London: Peggy Guggenheim at Ordovas Art
- Linking to the Earth: Magdalena Abakanowicz and William Anastasi at the Marlborough Gallery
- Ai Weiwei, Richard Deacon and Tony Cragg arrive near Edgware Road at the Lisson Gallery
- Coming out of the darkness: Nan Goldin at Marian Goodman Gallery
- Were are the people?: Ged Quinn and Ed Baynard at the Stephen Friedman Gallery
- 39 years apart: Valie Export and Renate Bertlmann at the Venice Biennale
- Modern art in Classical interiors: Marcin Maciejowski at the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac:
- Dominic Harris integrates nature, pop culture and computer code at the Halcyon Gallery
- Japanese traditions in the 21st century: ‘WOW: City Lights and Woodland Shade’
- Antony Gormley’s Formations at the White Cube
- The cosmic light installations of Leo Villareal at PACE London
- London Build arrives at Olympia – but where is its sustainability credentials?
- A designer-led Christmas: Daniel Arsham at Selfridge’s
- 5o years of Dora Maurer’s creativity at Tate Modern
- The monochrome and colourful geometries of Dora Maurer at the White Cube
- How does an artist see himself?: Lucian Freud at the Royal Academy
- Ian Caldwell on Futurebuild challenges the Construction Industry to change
- Graeme on Futurebuild challenges the Construction Industry to change
- Ian Caldwell on Crossing Borders: the Embroidery of Alighiero Boetti at Ben Brown Fine Arts
- Francesca Martinoli on Crossing Borders: the Embroidery of Alighiero Boetti at Ben Brown Fine Arts
- Ian Caldwell on Blending ancient and contemporary: Two Italian artists: Giovanni Ozzola and Fabio Viale