Vauxhall Missing Link Design Competition winner announced

Back in April we reported that 3 entries from over 100 had been short-listed for the RIBA Vauxhall The Missing Link Design Competition. The RIBA announced recently that erect architecture with J&L Gibbons has won with their entry. London based Erect Architecture and J&L Gibbons will now work with Vauxhall One to re-design the public realm in the Vauxhall area of Nine Elms on the South Bank.

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Forgotten Spaces Ideas Competition

Forgotten Spaces is open to all university students and professionals within the arts, design and built environment vocations located in the UK. Now in its third year in London, this design competition asks architects, planners, artists, engineers and landscape designers to nominate an existing over-looked site in the Greater London area and propose an idea for its improvement.
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Cronton Colliery Competition Finalists Announced

We announced the Public Open Space At Cronton Colliery – Ideas Masterplan Competition back in January. The Land Trust’s international design competition attracted 50 entries from all over the world, including innovative projects designed by teams in South Korea, Japan and Italy. The finalists have been announced with HASSELL, Hawkins/Brown, Michael Lee Architects and Edward Architecture & Matthew Riley making the final cut.

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Public Open Space At Cronton Colliery – Ideas Masterplan Competition

Cronton Colliery - Courtesy of Land Trust

A new ideas competition has been announced to create a masterplan for a new public open space and visitor destination at the former Cronton Colliery site in Merseyside. The competition is open to architects or landscape architects and architect-led multi-disciplinary design teams and is being run by the Land Trust in association with RIBA Competitions.

The  competition will be in two stages, judged anonymously in the first stage. A shortlist will then be invited to enhance and present their designs and potential funding propositions at interview as part  of the second stage.

The Land Trust’s aim is to create a public open space and visitor destination, with a self-sustaining  funding structure, appealing to a range of leisure interests and working in conjunction with local  tourist attractions such as Knowsley Safari Park and Stadt Moers Country Park.

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Richard Rogers’ Maggie’s cancer care centre has won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2009

Maggie’s Centre, a beautiful cancer care sanctuary in west London by Richard Rogers’ practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has won the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize 2009 in association with The Architects Journal and Crystal CG. This is the second time the practice has been awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize (Barajas Airport, Spain, 2006).

The presentation of the UK’s premier architectural award took place at a special awards ceremony this evening (Saturday 17 October) at Old Billingsgate in London, and was televised live on Channel 4 at 9pm.

SOURCE: RIBA: Richard Rogers’ Maggie’s cancer care centre has won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2009.

I. M. Pei to receive the Royal Gold Medal for architecture

The Chinese-born American architect I. M. Pei, who is best known in Europe for his transformation of the Louvre in Paris, has been named today (Tuesday 6th October 2009) as the recipient of one of the world’s most prestigious architecture prizes, the Royal Gold Medal.

Given in recognition of a lifetime’s work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by Her Majesty the Queen and is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence “either directly or indirectly on the advancement of architecture”.

I. M. Pei is one of the most prolific architects of all time having completed over 170 projects and more than 50 masterplans. At the age of 92, he remains actively engaged in architecture. His work easily spans the divide between commercial and cultural architecture, and he is equally respected and sought after by clients in all fields.


Ruth Reed’s vision for RIBA

Reading the Architects Journal article gives an interesting insight into Ruth Reed. The gist of the article is that next week Ruth Reed takes up her role as the new president of the Royal Institute British Architects (RIBA) and she intends to implement some changes to improve the RIBA and also meet the members. She is planning a 50 towns in 50 weeks tour of Britain to meet the members and hear their concerns and frustrations with the RIBA. She also has a vision under the headings  – planning, education and value. She wishes to reduce the number of planning documents needed for submissions, and ask the government to look at how the green credentials of buildings are assessed. On the education front she wishes to bring in a competency based test to help student who can’t find work to complete their case studies.
Value is to move architects to extend the offer of professionals to assist clients from design through to maintenance.

SOURCE:  Architects Journal

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