Perhaps it is a sign of the times that all of the projects featured in this issue reuse old buildings. O’Donnell & Tuomey has reinvented an anonymous back street block in London for the Photographers Gallery, while Witherford Watson Mann imbues the ruin of Astley Castle with new purpose. Carmody Groarke adopts a King’s Cross petrol station as a temporary restaurant, and Walters & Cohen grafts hard-working extensions to two schools in Bristol, just as Wilkinson Eyre unites unpromising buildings in the spectacular Forum at Exeter University. Then, in a twist of irony at this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, Ai Weiwei and Herzog & de Meuron imagine an archaeology of past pavilions to invest theirs with meaning.
Lie of the land: Neil Porter reviews Modern Architectural Landscape by Caroline Constant; curator Eva Jiricna contextualises this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition; Agata Pyzik casts a critical eye over the life and legacy of Yugoslavian modernism; Kathryn Findlay on the pitfalls of computers revealed in The New Mathematics of Architecture by Jane and Mark Burry; plus the London Festival of Architecture.
18 Round Europe
Projects along Ljubljanica riverbank in Ljubljana and a lookout in Barcelona have won the European Prize for Urban Public Space.
O’Donnell & Tuomey’s richly crafted Photographers’ Gallery in London celebrates both art and city life, says Ros Diamond.
The University of Exeter’s Forum complex by Wilkinson Eyre has the potential to transform both individual day-to-day experiences and the prospects of the university as a whole, says Ian Latham.
Gillian Darley applauds Witherford Watson Mann’s renovation of Astley Castle in Warwickshire.
Mike Tonkin excavates meaning from the sunken Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei.
Interventions at two Bristol schools by Walters & Cohen show how a little can go a long way, says John Waldron.
London calling: Allsop Gollings has transformed a former fashion wholesale premises into a flexible art gallery in the West End; a disused petrol station is the unlikely backdrop for a temporary restaurant in King’s Cross by Carmody Groarke.
80 My kind of town has many layers, says author PD Smith.
Wilkinson Eyre’s Forum, University of Exeter (ph: Hufton & Crow)