Redefining the walled city

How do you define and redefine ‘walled cities’ within the metropolis setting? From physical historical defences to more liminal social boundaries, corporate estates or legislative territories, the impact of these structures is increasingly prevalent. With this theme in mind, architecture students at London’s Royal College of Art have proposed a series of existing walled cities, in the process generating their own critical approach. #gallery-1... Read More

Love in the city: BIG ♥ NYC

Completely hijacked by commercialism, it is difficult to fall in love with anything that references or represents Valentine’s Day but this interactive heart installation in New York’s Times Square put a smile on our faces. The work of young Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group, BIG♥NYC is a ten feet tall glowing heart sculpture made of 400 transparent LED lit acrylic tubes refracting the lights of Times Square, and creating a cluster of lights... Read More

Stillspotting nyc: To a Great City

For the second edition of stillspotting nyc, To a Great City, Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and US and Norway–based architect Snøhetta are creating urban soundscapes around Lower Manhattan to explore the relationship between space and sound. Organised by the Guggenheim Museum, stillspotting nyc is a two-year multidisciplinary project that explores the relationship between space and silence within the crowded urban environment. Working with a... Read More

Book review: Robin Hood Gardens Re-Visions

Robin Hood Gardens – a housing estate on the fringes of Poplar in East London – is an example of mid twentieth-century architecture on the brink of extinction. Much love has been shown to the Alison + Peter Smithson-designed project over the last few years, spurred on by a campaign for listing spearheaded by UK magazine Building Design which collected over 1,000 signatures from across the world. Architects including Zaha Hadid and Richard... Read More