Stirling Prize shortlist revealed


The ShardRIBA has released the shortlist for its prestigious Stirling Prize.

Six new buildings have been shortlisted for the Prize, which is awarded to the project that has made the most significant contribution to architecture in the United Kingdom.

The nominations, which include Renzo Piano’s The Shard, are drawn from the public, commercial, and educational spheres.

Zaha Hadid, a previous recipient of the Stirling Prize, has also been nominated for the London Aquatics Centre.

The winner will be announced by RIBA on the 16th October.

Find out which buildings have been nominated here.

Modernist buildings as mixed-media images


Lucy Williams - Modernist artA British artist creates incredibly detailed renderings of 20th Century buildings, with arts and crafts.

Lucy Williams painstakingly produces three-dimensional pictures out of materials including different types of wood, coloured card, acrylic paint and wool.

Inspired by photographs of modernist buildings, Williams’ work has recently been hosted by the McKee Gallery in New York.

Take a look at more of Williams’ architectural art here and tell us what you think of the handcrafted pictures.

Mall of the World


Mall of the WorldDubai has unveiled plans for the world’s first indoor city, called ‘Mall of the World’.

The giant dome, which will be climate-controlled, recreates iconic parts of cities from across the world, including Oxford Street, Broadway and Las Ramblas.

The 4.5 million sq m city will also boast the world’s biggest indoor theme park and shopping mall, along with 20,000 hotel rooms.

Dubai is already known for several record-breaking constructions, including the world’s tallest building.

Find out more about the Mall of the World here and tell us what you think.

Photographs of Design Museum revealed


The Design MuseumPhotographs of the new Design Museum in South Kensington have been released.

The museum, which is currently under construction, is due to open in 2016 and will be three times the size of the current building.

The £80 million project will include design workshops and a design library, a free-to-enter permanent collection and a gift shop.

A virtual tour of the site was made available online last year.

Find out more here and let us know what you think about the project.

Landesgartenschau: an exhibition hall built by robots


Landesgartenschau Exhibition HallAn exhibition hall has a structure created entirely from plywood prefabricated by robots.

The Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall in Germany has been constructed using digital design and robotic fabrication techniques, which also included insulation, waterproofing and cladding.

The hall’s structure consists of 243 hexagonal plywood panels and the double-domed design is inspired by the skeletal structure of a sea urchin, which is described as ‘one of the most efficient modular systems in nature’.

Find out more about the design here and tell us what you think.

Maison des Fondateurs


Maison des FondateursBjarke Ingels Group has unveiled its spiralling design for a Swiss watchmaker’s museum.

The project, entitled ‘Maison des Fondateurs’, is partially sunken into the ground and incorporates spiral geometry, invoking the feel of cogs and other watch pieces.

Based at Audemars Piguet’s headquarters in Vallée de Joux, the building will hold the watchmaker’s workshops and galleries.

Find out more about the design here and tell us what you think of it.

RIBA Awards winners


Tate Britain, Millbank ProjectThe Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winners of the 2014 RIBA Awards.

The fifty six winners are drawn from regional categories for the National Awards, with a separate category for projects by British architects in the European Union.

High-profile winners include The Shard by Renzo Piano Building Workshop; Tate Britain, Millbank Project by Caruso St John Architects; and Danish Maritime Museum by BIG.

The Stirling Prize shortlist will be drawn from the winners and will be announced in July.

Find out more about the Awards here.

Transarquitetônica


TransarquitetônicaA Brazilian museum is hosting an immense installation that resembles a giant network of roots.

Transarquitetônica by Henrique Oliveira is made of tapumes (a wood used for temporary construction), which is used as a skin over a metal framework.

The installation, which is so large that visitors can walk around inside its tunnels, winds around its space in the Museu de Arte Contemporânea and tapers into smaller roots at one end.

Watch the video below or take a closer look at the installation here – would you wander around Transarquitetônica?

Sky Habitat


Sky HabitatArchitect Moshe Safdie has designed an astonishing building with a sky pool 38 storeys high.

‘Sky Habitat’ consists of two white tiered towers connected by garden bridges and the sky pool –although there is also a swimming pool at ground level for less adventurous swimmers.

Located in Singapore, Sky Habitat will include over 500 apartments and is due to be completed next year.

Take a closer look at the design here and let us know if you would brave the sky pool.

Clerkenwell Design Week


Visualisation of Jaguar Foscarini installationThe fifth Clerkenwell Design Week opened on Tuesday 20th May, hosting the most innovative products, designers and brands around. Here are a few of our favourite locations on the showcase trail:

Design Factory – The Farmiloe Building

Jaguar and Italian lighting firm Foscarini have created a dramatic scene in the Design Factory’s atrium, pairing a bespoke Jaguar with a supersized light installation by Ferruccio Laviani.

Jaguar invited designers to submit concept wraps for its new Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé, using the #FearlessDesign hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.

The winning design, ‘Untamed Creativity’ by Justin Silke, resembles a dynamic scrawl, which Jaguar described as embodying their ‘design ethos of visual drama and individualism’.

Laviani’s Tuareg consists of orange and black tubular elements arranged into a three-dimensional structure and suspended from the ceiling. There are other Tuareg installations on display in the Foscarini stage, alongside other work, including Big Bang by Vicente Garcia Jimenez, Lightwing by Jean Marie Massaud and Rituals by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba.

Detail – St. John’s Square

Another exhibition worth visiting is Detail at St. John’s Square, which hosts luxury interior brands. One must-see is the edra showcase in the medieval crypt of the Order of St. John; featuring work from designers such as the Campana brothers, the pieces combine eclectic influences and reimagine them in classic furniture styles. The lowlights and tranquillity of the crypt somehow enhance the ‘otherness’ of the collection, ensuring a memorable experience.


Tile Mile – St. John’s Gate

Tile Mile - DezeenTile Mile invites visitors to revel in the kaleidoscopic effect of the transformed St. John’s Gate, which is described in The Icon Guide to CDW as being ‘reminiscent of the famous Basilica Cistern in Istanbul’.

Using mirrors in the inner arches and a complex, colourful floor tile design, Tile Mile also reflects the archway’s stunning vaulted ceiling. The temporary installation was created by architects russ + henshaw and sponsored by Turkishceramics.

Find out more about Clerkenwell Design Week (which runs until the 22nd May) here.

Viewpoint St Jansklooster


Viewpoint St JanskloosterAn old water tower in the Netherlands has been transformed into an observation point.

Zecc Architecten has overhauled St Jansklooster (St John’s Convent) Tower by installing three different staircases leading visitors to a stunning view of the surrounding wetlands, 45 metres high.

The most extraordinary staircase is the second, made of oriented strand board, which zigzags around the existing steel staircase, which the design team describe as creating ‘spatial interaction’ and reinforcing ‘spatial perception’.

As well as the staircases, four larger windows have been added to the viewing platform to give a 360 degree vista.

The St Jansklooster Tower was built in 1932 and now also incorporates a visitor’s centre.

Find out more about Viewpoint St Jansklooster here.

UK advertising spend to reach £20bn in 2015


Ad spend is due to reach an unprecedented £20bn in 2015, according to a new report.

The report, by the Advertising Association and Warc, reveals a mix of innovation and traditional methods as being key to the growth.

Mobile ad spend is highlighted as a crucial sector, which grew by 95% from 2012 to 2013, and is the fastest growing advertising format.

While internet investment slows, television advertising spend is expected to continue to rise, thanks to more widely-televised ‘appointment-to-view’ events, such as this year’s World Cup in Rio.

Find out more about the report here.

The Hive-Inn – a ‘Jenga-like’ hotel


An architecture firm has developed the Hive-Inn hotel, which uses the principle of Jenga.

The design, which is by OVA Studio, uses recycled shipping containers stacked in a metal frame.

The containers can be shifted according to the hotel’s requirements, which is made easy by the grid-like structure, and could even be sponsored by brands.

The design was entered for the Radical Innovation Award, which has been searching for creative hospitality solutions since 2007.

Find out more about the Hive-Inn here.

Brainwaves as a sculpture


Our brainwaves can now be mapped as three-dimensional models, thanks to an innovative art project.

Ion Popian uses electroencephalogram (EEG) sensors to measure brain activity, which is fed into a 3D modelling programme.

Changes in the fluid model are produced by different intensities of brain activity, but specific emotions, such as happiness, can’t be mapped on the model.

After editing the model, Popian creates a 3D-printed sculpture of the brainwaves; he now hopes to use his concept for architecture.

Find out more about the project, called ‘Mental Fabrications’, here and tell us what you think of the idea – would you map your brainwaves?

The best April Fools of 2014


April Fools 2014April Fools presents companies with a unique opportunity to communicate with their audiences in a more light-hearted way, and this year was no different, The Drum has compiled a list of some of the top April Fools videos of 2014.

Once again, this year did not disappoint in terms of creativity, with a number of companies jumping at the chance to create some funny content.

From square eggs, to a yeasty new soft drink from Vegemite, Malibu even pitched in with their ‘plans’ to launch the world’s first mobile tasting app which would let you taste cocktails by licking your phone screen!

But perhaps the best offering came from YouTube, who released a video claiming to be secretly behind viral trends of the past – and even showcasing what they intend to be the trends of 2014!

See YouTube’s video below, or take a look at the rest here, and let us know which is your favourite.

Groundbreaking landmark on New Jersey site


This landmark project called ‘Journal Squared’ is set to become the tallest building in New Jersey, USA.

Journal Squared, which is an urban renewal project, will include three unique towers with a strong white and blue cuboid design, dominating but not overwhelming the surrounding area.

The design, which was created by Hollwich Kushner and Handel Architects, has been described as ‘touch[ing] the ground lightly as its mass morphs into smaller units’.

The lower levels of the mixed-use towers will become retail and leisure areas with ‘tree-filled plazas’, while the upper stories of the towers will be residential.

Take a closer look at Journal Squared here and let us know what you think of the design.

Speaking opportunities


Speaking opportunities add significant weight to a communication campaign, and are a great way to increase awareness of your company, product and/or service. Senior Account Manager Louise Gough outlines how we approach this for one of our clients.

An important part of our PR programme for integrity monitoring specialist, Permasense Ltd, is targeting key Oil & Gas conferences and together we have achieved many successful outcomes.

We are able to work with a number of Permasense’s executives, drawing on their specific expertise to put forward as speakers at Conferences and events, and this means we can offer a range of viewpoints on a subject or theme. The first step is to prepare and agree a concise synopsis on the subject/theme and whether the focus is on upstream or downstream environments.

Once we have identified an event, the synopsis is developed into a specific abstract, which are usually submitted and then reviewed by a panel of experts for consideration. Once accepted and agreed the abstract goes forward to be part of a Conference’s agenda.

To date in 2014, four abstracts have been accepted, which will see Permasense personnel presenting at Conferences around the world.

Recently Permasense’s abstract on the topic of continuous corrosion and erosion monitoring for offshore applications was selected for the Australasian Oil & Gas conference (AOG) which Permasense presented at in February, for example. AOG is Australia’s largest oil and gas exhibition, with over 500 exhibitors from 20 countries.

Top tips for writing a good call to action


A good call to action can make or break any form of marketing communication. A good call to action will be able to propel customers or readers to just the conclusion you want, be that driving up leads or just to simply download your latest Whitepaper. Here are a few top tips for writing great call to actions:

The first tip would be the usage of very clear and concise language – this will be readers a fast and obvious understanding of what they are clicking onto.

Another essential tip to consider is the placement of your call to action. This will depend upon factors like the goals of your page and the complexity of its information. For example, lead generation or ecommerce are generally displayed at the top of a page, but the important thing is to research and ensure you have a thorough understanding of the goals you want to achieve from your call to action.

The right level of personalisation can significantly affect the success of your call to action. The critical thing is to understand your audience and appreciate the level of personalisation that resonates with them.

To find out more about writing great call to actions take a look at B2B Marketing‘s look at common mistakes made in call to actions here.

Solar Floating Island


An Italian designer has addressed the threat of rising sea levels to the Maldives, by creating an eco-friendly ‘Solar Floating Island’.

Michele Puzzolante’s design combines tropical luxury with environmental awareness: the Solar Floating Island is covered in photovoltaic film to absorb sun and artificial light, which makes the island completely self-sufficient.

The resort, which can be easily assembled from modules, incorporates an underwater observation deck, a Jacuzzi and a large kitchen and bar.

You can see this in the video below, or find out more here.

White Tree: a tower with branches


The design for a 17-storey tower in France has been revealed, named ‘White Tree’, or ‘arbre blanc’.

White Tree, which will be built in Montpellier, has an organic feel with ‘leaves’ branching off the main body of the tower, creating modular spaces and areas of shade.

Inspired by Mediterranean and Japanese influences (the design team includes NLA, OXO and Sou Fujimoto), the tower also incorporates hanging gardens, plants and trees.

White Tree will overlook the historic and modern parts of Montpellier, and is designed to be a mixed-use tower, including an art gallery and a panoramic bar.

Find out more about the unique design here and tell us what you think of it.

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