Is the United Kingdom ready to be digital-first?


Digital Inside OutFujitsu has published a new report which looks at Britain’s digital landscape, revealing some interesting facts.

The study shows that 84% of consumers ‘always or sometimes’ use a digital service when it is offered, with 66% stating that digital services speed up a process.

In addition, the digital services that we use or value the most include online shopping, online banking, and ‘click and collect’, showing how the convenience of e-commerce is driving Britain towards becoming digital-first.

The infographic also covers digital communication and how to educate the public on digital services.

Take a look at the whole infographic here and let us know what you think.

Historic ruins restored with a geometric façade


Historic Ruins restored with Geometric FacadeThe crumbling ruins of a convent in Spain have been restored using a striking geometric façade.

Demolished in 2000, remnants of the early 18th century Sant Francesc Convent were previously all that remained of the church building. David Closes renovated the church by integrating faceted glass elements into the three hundred year old building.

The glass façade unites the crumbling structure and echoes the church’s original geometry with parallel lines. Incorporating striking modern elements into his design, the architect showcases the original design with a subtle update.

Take a closer look at the convent here.

Times Square unveils its largest interactive billboard


Times Square BillboardTimes Square has revealed its largest ever interactive billboard, which has been taken over by Google.

The billboard, which has a pixel density of 2368 x 10048, stretches across an entire city block across Broadway.

For just two days, the billboard has been dedicated to an interactive Android game, which allows members of the public to customise their characters (which can then be printed on merchandise).

Google has the advertising space until 31st January, during which it will showcase its products and highlight charitable causes, such as the WWF.

Find out more about the billboard here.

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.

LEGO bus stop on Regent Street


LEGO bus stopTransport for London (TfL) is celebrating the Year of the Bus by installing a bus stop made entirely from LEGO bricks.

The stop, which is on Regent Street, has been created in conjunction with the nearby Hamleys toy stop and is made from 100,000 pieces of LEGO.

It took two weeks to put together, but TfL hopes the bus shelter with a difference ‘will bring a smile to the face of even a hardened commuter’.

Even the windows of the bus stop have been replaced with clear LEGO bricks, although the more complex transport maps were printed as usual and then pasted onto the LEGO wall.

The Year of the Bus celebrates several bus-related anniversaries, including the 60th anniversary of the iconic Routemaster bus.

Take a closer look at the LEGO bus stop here and let us know 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.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s online collection


Metropolitan Museum of ArtThe Metropolitan Museum of Art has released thousands of images from its collection into a digital archive.

The museum, which is the largest in the United States, has released nearly 400,000 iconic and historical paintings and photographs.

Pictures from the digital collection can be downloaded and used for non-commercial purposes from the museum’s website.

The works of Picasso, Manet and Rembrandt are included in the collection, which can be downloaded here – tell us what you think of this digital move.

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