Architecture

Design lessons

The design of our schools impacts upon much more than just the built environment – in helping to shape the lives of the young people who attend them, schools also help shape the future of society. As Nick Mirchandani and Sharon Wright point out in their new book, Future Schools, other than our homes, these are perhaps the only building type of which almost everyone has first-hand knowledge. But what makes a well-designed school and what lessons can be learned from the innovation we have seen recently? We talked to Mirchandani and Wright about the evolution of school design, how the emergence and demise of the Building Schools for the Future initiative has affected the current landscape and why design has to work even harder in times of budget restrictions and austerity

Dreamland rises again

Once a symbol of the best of the British seaside, attracting millions of visitors at its peak in the 1960s, Margate’s Dreamland amusement park has sat unloved for decades.
On June 19 though, it will reopen, redesigned and restored under the creative direction of Hemingway Design. The new Dreamland will be a mix of a heritage theme park and a hip new events venue: Eliza Williams takes look at the site in its final stages of development…

From wonder to #whatever

(Above: Daniel Libeskind’s Vanke Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015) Slumped in a scaly heap in the middle of Milan’s sprawling Expo site, like the cast-off skin of some overweight reptile, Daniel Libeskind’s pavilion is certainly hard to miss. Clad with 4,000 shimmering red tiles, it twists its way into a great faecal mound that […]

Watch this space

(Above: From 360 degree live action short New Wave by Samir Mallal and Framestore’s Aron Hjartarson. See samirmallal.com) I’m sitting on a beach, eavesdropping on a young couple. If I turn my head I can hear their voices more clearly over the sound of the surf. Are they going to move in together? Or break up? […]

Floating an idea

TBWA’s floating house for Airbnb, unveiled in London last month, was a brilliant piece of experiential advertising. Creative directors Nick and Steve Tidball explain how it was made, and the challenges of building a fully-equipped residence capable of cruising down the River Thames

Frank Gehry: Getting There

The creative industries may be obsessed by the young and the new, but for architects in particular, success is often only achieved later in life. In this exclusive extract from a new book on mentors, Frank Gehry, now 86, traces the key moments of his career and offers up some advice on the importance of doing what you love and taking a risk