Rebuild radiant architecture
One feature of the Syrian society is the coexistence of many different religions. Christians have always lived next to Muslims here, mosques were built near to churches with a peaceful harmony, writes Marwa Al-Sabouni in Homs
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Rebuild radiant architecture | Homs, Syria
One feature of the Syrian society is the coexistence of many different religions. Christians have always lived next to Muslims here, mosques were built near to churches with a peaceful harmony...
Confidence tricks | Maria Smith
Do awards like YAYA really make you feel good or do they just feed youthful insecurities?
High-rise exhibition, Peter Bobby
High-rise, the exhibition by artist Peter Bobby, offers a very different take on the tall, iconic building. Instead of familiarity and individuality, his photographs depict buildings that are anonymous despite their height, and are cut-off, dislocated from the city...
Pop Art Design, Barbican Gallery
Pop Art Design is an immensely appealing show – exuberant, colourful and packed full of work by the big names such as Warhol, Hamilton, Lichtenstein, Oldenburg, Sottsass, Eames.
Tomorrow in Homs
War zones can clear the way for new architecture, but for those living in them there are more immediate concerns
Architecture in Antarctica
Architecture in Antarctica is among the most cutting-edge built today, yet it is only a century since buildings were first constructed there...
V&A's fashion collection | Pamela Buxton
A Victoria & Albert Museum conservator is carefully handling tiny doll’s house furniture made out of the stems of feathers. Nearby, a flayed mouse – complete with tiny ears - makes for a suitably grand doll’s house rug...
RIBAJ120: Blurring the Boundaries
Beyond the building and beyond the profession, Blurring the Boundaries, the last in the RIBAJ120 Series talks supported by Gerflor, was an energetic evening of discussion. With panel experience of regenerating, designing, analysing and advising in cities...
RIBAJ120: Home and Away
‘Winning International Work’ is the subject of many seminars on markets and strategies, writes Eleanor Young. But for this RIBAJ 120 discussion, supported by Gerflor, the focus was firmly on the big questions of why practices choose to work abroad...
The voice of pain | Daniel Libeskind
Hearing voices is most commonly associated with insanity and lunacy. Daniel Libeskind, the iconic US-based architect, artist and designer turned this notion on its head at the RIBA’s Annual Stephen Lawrence Memorial lecture...
Endless Stair by dRMM
Given the task of creating an installation out of cross laminated tulipwood to mark this month’s London Design Festival, dRMM’s Alex de Rijke was keen to create something that wasn’t just art but was ‘useful art’.
Paul Smith's tantalising shopfront by 6a
It’s a busy time for Paul Smith. Not only does he have a retrospective at the Design Museum coming up this Autumn, but he’s just opened a new London flagship on Albemarle Street in Mayfair.
100% Design 2013 runs from 18-21 September 2013 at Earl’s Court, London. From the hundreds of products there, these nine caught Jan-Carlos Kucharek's eye
Sir Hugh Casson Making Friends is a delightful exhibition of a remarkable career. This relatively small but packed show is staged fittingly at the Royal Academy, which Casson (1910-1999), revitalised in his stint as president from 1976-1984.
New Industrial Revolution
The Industrial Revolution took place ages ago, right? Wrong. The Design Museum’s stimulating new exhibition The Future is Here: A New Industrial Revolution
RIBAJ Briefing | CBRE
Join us and our partners CBRE as we examine the current trend in office design and development as we case study Derwent London's new White Collar Building...
We Made 2012
One of the few sour notes of last year’s Olympics extravaganza was the restriction on the architects and designers involved promoting their work for the event...
RIBAJ120 series: Collective Conscience
Collective Conscience | 11 July 2013: The Fight Back. One of the big questions about conscience is when and where it comes into play, writes Eleanor Young. Full video highlights here.
Newcastle's new phase
With its high-level views over the Tyne, arriving by train in Newcastle has always been an exciting experience. Now Newcastle’s riverside is about to enter another phase of regeneration.
Wood Awards | Wonderful wood
This year’s Awards have turned up more exquisite and imaginative projects, painstakingly reduced to a shortlist of just 30
RIBAJ120 series: Counting the Difference | 27 June 2013: The Fight Back
Counting the Difference | 27 June 2013: The Fight Back. Fighting back was the mood of the architects gathered to discuss Counting the Difference as part of the RIBA J 120 Series with Gerflor, writes Eleanor Young. Full video highlights here.
THE RIBAJ120 SERIES
To celebrate our 120th anniversary, the RIBA Journal, in association with partner Gerflor, presents a programme of debates. Book your place.
Changing face of Victoria
Lead Sheet Association | RIBA Journal promotion
The RIBAJ in association with the Lead Sheet Association wants to find the best examples of new buildings using this material. The RIBA Journal will publish the best examples as part of a special feature...
Britain's Secret Homes
If walls could talk, what stories could they tell us asks Britain’s Secret Homes, yet another tv programme about houses...
Calder After the War
There’s an exquisite piece in the new Alexander Calder exhibition entitled Rat, whose whiskery form only crystallises in its carefully cast shadow...
United Micro Kingdoms | A Design Fiction
Dunne and Raby's latest exhibition United Micro Kingdoms – A Design Fiction is not so much a design show but an exploration of four different ways of living in the future...
10 Instagram photo sets to giveaway
We’re giving 10 readers who use the photo-sharing site the chance to win a set of their Instagram photos printed onto custom Polaroid, courtesy of our friends at Origrami...
Designs of the Year 2013
The Design Museum’s annual Designs of the Year show is always a curious mish-mash of an exhibition, but in a good way...
The Banality of Good
With triptychs and a hint of an altar, The Banality of Good: Six decades of New Towns, Architects, Money and Politics show at the RIBA draws on religious iconography...
Time Team | Archive detectives
Any doubt over the value of archives is lavishly dispelled by the forensic refurbishment of the elegant Art Deco entrance to Claridge's Hotel...
Exclusive giveaway | Deck the walls
To celebrate the arrival of spring, RIBA Journal has teamed up with digital wizard, Surface View, to offer readers the chance to win one of five 1500 x 1500mm canvas prints, up to the value of £400 each. Best bit? You get to choose which print will give an industrial-style edge to your living space...
Thai cafe culture
Naamyaa, located in the Angel Building in Islington, London, is the first of what is hoped will be many of the new café concept, whose highly eclectic menu encompasses everything from...
BDA Innovation Day | Video
Last month, the Brick Development Association (BDA) which represents the UK brick industry brought together a variety of speakers from artists and architects to manufacturers, contractors and engineers as part of their Innovation Day...
It’s refreshing to encounter an architectural exhibition that’s not about the finished article. Prototyping Architecture is instead interested in the process behind the development...
Video: In conversation with Zumthor
RIBA Journal exclusive cut: Tony Chapman of the RIBA went to Switzerland to interview Peter Zumthor on his home turf on craft, clients, Stonehenge in Devon and conversation versus trust.
Spas in their eyes
Of all Peter Zumthor’s works, the Thermal Baths at Vals in Switzerland tends to be the building that architects rave about the most.
Your Zumthor: Instagram
Thanks to our growing Instagram community for sharing some wonderful images of Zumthor and his architectural masterpieces.
It’s lasted more than 60 years, but this Spring, time finally runs out for the Britain’s largest prefab estate, the Excalibur.
When American Harry Gordon Selfridge opened his eponymous department store in London in 1909, one of the many attractions of his retail emporium was his Silence Room.
V&A Furniture Room
“People are fascinated with how things are made,” says Nick Humphrey, co-curator of the new permanent furniture gallery at the V&A – surprisingly the museum’s first devoted to the subject...
If ever a setting was naturally perfect, it’s the hilltop location of Le Corbusier’s Notre Dame du Haut at Ronchamp. On a clear day, the views away from the chapel towards the Vosges mountains...
The Perfect Place to Grow
As it expands its Battersea campus and greatly increases its student numbers, the Royal College of Art is fast-changing. This hugely enjoyable anniversary exhibition of work by alumni and staff...
Jewels of the Soane
Ever fancied dangling the plan of the Pantheon from your ears or sporting the Colosseum around your neck? If so, that’s another good reason to visit the Soane Museum...
Exclusive giveaway worth £2,300
The best dressed office will be wearing bright, confident and solid blocks of colour like this zesty yellow ‘Hosu’ chair by Coalesse. Designed for laidback working by
The housing revolution starts here
Win in our Oct giveaway
Class of their own
The government’s new edict for cut-price school buildings made me appreciate the last hurrahs of the previous government’s BSF school building programme as I made the long pilgrimage...
V&A Prism break
The most successful art installations are those that tell you something about the location, as well as the art itself. In this way Prism, created at the Victoria & Albert Museum during the recent London Design Festival...
Video: Tent London highlights
Win in our September giveaway
Weird, Wonderful and Wacky
So many exhibitions seem overstretched and thin. In contrast the Royal Academy’s diminutive Weird, the Wacky and the Wonderful display feels like a fertile subject crying out for further treatment in a bigger space...
Letter from Helsinki
London’s not the only city with the 2012 suffix. Helsinki is World Design Capital 2012 – an accolade, given for accomplishment in design, which anyone who spends even just a few short days in the city will agree is an excellent fit...
Public spaces are hard. Argent’s new Granary Square in London’s King’s Cross designed by Townshend Landscape Architects shows some of the problems...
Inadequate housing, period
Period features’ is a much used phrase in estate agent speak. Yes, ‘period features’ are selling points. But it turns out that what people are longing for is not architraves and ceiling roses but the generous windows, large rooms and high ceilings...
Climb the Titanic
Eric Kuhne’s design for the Titanic Belfast rises to the height of the deck of the long sunk ship and, inside, there is the grand first class staircase immortalized in James Cameron’s movie. Installing a ‘piece’ of the ship seems an obvious move. But it was no such thing...
One hundred days to the Olympics? Can it be still so far away?
Who is my neighbour?
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s new report on sustainable urban neighbourhoods was launched at the end of last month at the RICS HQ, facing the Houses of Parliament. Stage and hall were packed, but wasn’t it just preaching to the converted?
Hermann Hertzberger Gold Medal lecture
Attitudes to low carbon homes
As debate rages over methods of assessing and labeling sustainability the NHBC Foundation has asked the views of industry and occupiers...
The Design Museum has revealed its £80 million plans for the grade 2* listed Commonwealth Institute...
Box of delights
A feed-in pushmi pullyu
The latest figures on solar energy make for painful reading. Since the coalition government’s decision to cut feed-in tariffs by over half after December 12th 2011, solar electricity installation has all but collapsed in the UK...
Civic Trust Awards
Drawing in the City
A wrong turn has raised £82,000 for charity at the 10x10 ‘Drawing in the City’ event, an ‘art by architects’ auction that took place last week at London’s German Gymnasium for UK Development and disaster relief charity Article 25...
A brave new world - RIBA President’s Medals 2011
A new housing strategy for England has pulled together a plethora of announcements on planning, development, mortgage finance and housing benefit...
From Palace to Palazzo
When opened in 1915 by the Lyons organisation, London’s Regent Palace Hotel, just north of Piccadilly Circus, was Europe’s largest...
Pavilion of Protest
OMA: Show and (don’t) tell
The new OMA ‘Progress’ show, documenting the last twenty years output by the now world-famous architectural firm is full of some big gestures, but none so big as the main move they made to open the never before opened west entrance of the art gallery at level three...
Facade to flame
Krzystof Wodiczko is professor of art, design and the public domain at the Graduate School of Design in Harvard. But, more than that, he is an artist of the city...
The new Central St. Martins
The King’s Cross Railway Lands have been slated for redevelopment for at least a quarter century. And finally - what’s this? The former badlands are suddenly inhabited with the gorgeous peacock students of the famous...
For a city that was based around the orthogonal grid of a Roman garrison town, my first question would be why architect Rafael Viñoly chose a spiral form for his Colchester Visual Arts Centre...
2012 legacy design chief
Kathryn Firth has joined the Olympic Park Legacy Company as chief of design. Eleanor Young spoke to her about how she plans to influence the design there...
Poster pediments and post modernism
Opening this weekend the Postmodernism show at the V&A is likely to attract more attention than its recent show on the Aesthetic movement but probably fewer visitors...