Building healthy communities: mental healthcare

Over the past few decades, an increasing amount of research has highlighted the links between the built environment and mental health. On one hand, the built environment is often seen as a significant source of mental distress, while on the other, thoughtfully designed spaces and places destined for mental health care are central for positive […]

Adaptive Structures: the future of our built environment

As part of The Building Centre’s Adaptive Structures exhibition, this panel discussion will start reflecting on the possibilities offered by the new engineering design paradigm of Adaptive Structures and will explore the meaning of adaptability from other perspectives including experiential and environmental. Despite huge technological advancements all around, the way everyday buildings structures are designed […]

The centre cannot hold: neo-modernity, new monumentality and other zombie urban utopias

The idea of the city dominated by a soaring landmark or a grand epicentre – whether a sacred temple, a secular monument or a Central Business District – was allegedly buried along with utopian high modernity, sometime during the second half of the 20th century. The new urban age taking shape in its place, say […]

Wooden skyscrapers and high rise farms – urban architecture at its weirdest

Wooden skyscrapers and high-rise city farms? Not as crazy an idea as you think – we look at architects predictions for the cities of the future

Light and Dark Matters: The Power of Light

How does light help us understand space and time? How does it shape our material world and how do we shape light through technology, architecture, art and design? Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton and internationally acclaimed artist Liliane Lijn discuss the power of light, its transformative and […]

Science Behind the Photo #9

The Taj Mahal, often named the world’s most beautiful building, is under serious threat from subsidence. Signs of stress and physical distortions have begun appearing on the monument’s marble façade.  Low water levels and diversions to the local river Yamuna may be to blame. According to an unnamed expert from the Archaeological Survey of India […]

London’s Swingers

Anne Coleman, photography Jonathan Primmer – April 2010   Introduction   We are all familiar with London’s sprawling skyline, or rather river-line. Dotted with structures such as the London Eye, the Millennium Bridge and Canary Wharf, which are all household names, it is hard to picture a London without them. They represent our culture, our […]