The denouement of developments for the 2012 Olympics at Stratford and the external completion of The Shard at London Bridge add weight to the inexorable eastward shift in the capital’s centre of gravity, consolidating the effect of Canary Wharf, the Dome, and vast swathes of dockland redevelopments. Although driven more by a historic imbalance in real estate values than any grand idea, the implications for future planning in London are far-reaching. Ironically, however, it is not so much the showpieces as the imaginative flux of temporary Olympics structures and spaces – with their potential to adapt, move, reconfigure and challenge – that might suggest new ways of inhabiting the city.
An exhibition of sports architecture inaugurates the new galleries at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London; pixel power – the rise of architectural e-publishing; Bobby Open explores an exhibition of Peter Zumthor’s models; Steve Parnell reviews Camera Constructs: Photography, Architecture and the Modern City by Andrew Higgott and Timothy Wray; Sunand Prasad enjoys Stirling and Gowan: Architecture from Austerity to Affluence by Mark Crinson.
18 London Olympics
Masterplanners of the Beijing, Sydney and Barcelona Games, Dennis Pieprz, Michael Grove, Lawrence Nield and Eduard Bru, reflect on their experiences and the achievements of London 2012.
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Brno Vladimir Slapeta considers the changing fortunes of Mies van der Rohe’s newly refurbished Villa Tugendhat and its place in Czechoslovak architectural history; plus five recently renovated Mies buildings in north America.
MJ Long takes a tour around Keith Williams Architects’ richly layered Novium museum in Chichester, West Sussex.
Simplicity, cohesiveness, and clever planning are the hallmarks of Mitchell Taylor Workshop’s mixed-use riverside development in Bath, says Meredith Bowles.
What does Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s recently inaugurated Shard do for the city? Three perspectives from Simon Allford, Douglas Murphy and Joe Kerr. Plus, RPBW’s Giles Reid elaborates on the project’s technical challenge.
Brass cladding is used at Lund Cathedral visitor centre in Sweden by Carmen Izquierdo Arkitektkontor; plus Staab Architekten’s radical reworking of 1960s highrise building at Darmstadt University.
80 My kind of town is imbued with a progressive spirit, says Rod Sheard.
Cover: Keith Williams Architects’ Novium (ph: David Grandorge).
Contents: The White Building on the edge of the Olympic site, refurbished by David Kohn Architects as an arts centre.