Architects are not the only ones obsessing about learning spaces and working spaces

A friend of mine passed me a copy of Architects Journal this week which has some interesting observations on life, and valuable insights into how schools and offices will operate when they re-open. The Architects Journal: Adaptation + Workplace, 21 May 2020. "Things architects obsess about are everyone's obsession now: public space, green space, learning …

Architects and engineers can play their part against climate change and habitat loss

Placards in a window.

Friday's climate strike saw thousands of adults join the movement started by young people  taking action against climate change and species extinction. These included many architects and engineers in Fitzrovia. "More than 100 assembled outside London’s Building Centre before going on to a rally in Westminster, while outside the capital, architects took part in protests …

Beige Holes of Fitzrovia: new squares are generic nowhere places derived from transactions and contracts

Entrance walkway.

Two new privately owned public spaces (POPS) in Fitzrovia are products of development and real estate speculation in a wildly distorted market. The first project, completed in 2016, is GROSS.MAX.’s design for Fitzroy Place, and the second is Gustafson Porter + Bowman’s Rathbone Square, completed in September 2017. Both developments are responding directly to market …

Camden Council quashes planning consent after claim to high court

Front of buildings.

Camden Council has agreed to quash the planning permission it gave for the redevelopment of a site in Fitzrovia after the decision was challenged in the high court. Camden’s planning committee gave permission in the summer for a roof extension and other alterations to Cyclone House, 27- 29 Whitfield Street which stands on the corner …

Science for the public good or a dystopian future where artificial intelligence goes on the rampage?

Front of wobbly building on Howland Street.

Ground-breaking research into human thought and a vision of rogue robots and replicants hungry for more life will collide at a major event in Howland Street this week as part of Fitzrovia Festival. Georgina Ferry introduces Neural Architects, her behind-the-scenes account of a unique collaboration between a leading architectural practice, Ian Ritchie Architects Ltd, and …

A collection of sketches captures a changing Fitzrovia

Woman sitting and drawing.

Alison Neville is an artist and a serious traveller, there is something of the gypsy in her soul. Much of her year is spent as a visitor to many countries. This month her recent work is on display at The Curwen Gallery in Windmill Street. Alison has journeyed from Waterloo Station to Cape Town overland, …

Venezuelan architect to discuss civic involvement to promote public art and open space

Architect and artist Alejandro Haiek Coll from Venezuela will be speaking about improving public spaces at a free event next Tuesday (5 April) in Grafton Way. In his architectural work Haiek Coll is interested in the design of a logistic chain of events with a strong social component and are focused on the renewal and resuscitation of inactive …

Venues in and around Fitzrovia to visit for Open House Weekend 2015

Open House London 2015

Open House London 2015 takes place over the weekend of 19 and 20 September and is the capital's largest annual festival of architecture and design. Below we list the venues in and around Fitzrovia that will be taking part. Birkbeck School of Arts, 39 Gordon Square, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm. Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, Sunday …

Fitzrovia’s future through the eyes of dreamy architects

Window of architecture practice.

Are they part of the solution or part of the problem? Often seen as the stooges of greedy property developers, architects are blamed for everything that is bad about the recent changes in Fitzrovia and elsewhere in central London. Lack of affordable homes and derisory amounts of public open space in monstrous new developments suggests …

Architecture students present future narratives at Fitzrovia gallery

Graphic image of oil city.

A selection of some of the most imaginative work of post-graduate architecture students from London schools is currently on display at a gallery in Tottenham Street. Curated by The Architecture Foundation the exhibition contains drawings, models and graphic imagery that engage with placemaking and regeneration. Eleven students display theoretical and speculative designs, re-imagining cities from London …

C20 Society propose heritage listing for Seifert’s Copyright House

Front of building.

The Twentieth Century Society has made an application to English Heritage to list a building on Berners Street saying it is among the best of architect Richard Seifert's early works. Copyright House was constructed as a purpose built office block in the late 1950s and is a rare example of the architect's work from this …

Richard Seifert design among buildings facing demolition on Berners Street

A modernist building designed by Richard Seifert & Partners and a neo-Georgian building by Robert Angell & Curtis could be demolished in a redevelopment on Berners Street. Derwent London intend to submit a planning application to Westminster council in April to demolish three buildings and create a single new building. Derwent held an exhibition last …

Colville Place paving should be repaired with care to maintain its character

By News Reporters Camden Council's plans to carry out "improvement works" to an 18th-century pedestrian way have been met with alarm by some people living along the little street. Colville Place is a paved court connecting Charlotte Street with Whitfield Street and dates back to 1766 and is frequently featured on photographs of the neighbourhood. It …

Sanderson owners plan refurbishment of fabulous showrooms

By News Reporters One of Fizrovia's most well-known and visually interesting buildings is to undergo a refurbishment. The owners of the Sanderson hotel on Berners Street have applied to Westminster Council to make alterations to the Grade II* listed building, and former furnishing fabric showrooms.  "The vision is to peel back the modern additions to …

Open House London 2013 in Fitzrovia

Open House -- "the capital’s greatest architectural showcase" -- will be a unique opportunity to see, explore and learn about architecture and design in London over the weekend of 21 and 22 September 2013. More than 800 buildings will be open, there's a programme of neighbourhood walks, engineering and landscape tours, cycle rides and experts’ talks – all for …

Architecture festival returns with designs on Great Titchfield Street

Fitzrovia Trail, Saturday 22 June 2013 By Laura Broderick Following the success of last year’s Fitzrovia Trail for the London Festival of Architecture, RIBA London, local architecture practices and associated organisations will once again be organising a range of creative activities in the area. For people who would like to see ‘behind the scenes’ in …

Art fails into hole in the ground at Bedford Square

https://twitter.com/andydangerfield/status/327485728265224192 By Angela Lovely Is it art or is it rubbish art? That was the question I pondered as I looked into the perfect circle of a hole in the paving at Bedford Square this afternoon. One of my neighbours emailed Fitzovia News to say: "The Architectural Association have excavated a large hole on the …

Architectural historian Dan Cruickshank criticises plans to demolish Goodge Street building

By News Reporters Dan Cruickshank the architectural historian and BBC television presenter has given his support to save a building on Goodge Street from demolition. Cruickshank has written responding to a planning application submitted to Camden Council in May which proposes the redevelopment of the corner of Goodge Street and Tottenham Court Road. The application …

London Festival of Architecture 2012 in Fitzrovia

By Laura Broderick ‘The Playful City’ is the theme for this year’s London Festival of Architecture, running from 23 June – 8 July 2012. From reinterpreting familiar places through new installations and animations, redesigning public spaces to encourage physical fitness in the spirit of the Olympic Games, to testing interactive forms of consultation and planning …