Make Architects has been granted planning permission for a flower-shaped PPS7 House in the Pennine hillside, North West England. Through close collaboration with client Gary Neville, Bolton Council and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, Make Architects has designed an ambitious single-storey 8,000 sq ft home embedded into the picturesque English countryside.
The American Institute of Architects and toy manufacturers Mattel have announced a playful design competition for a Dream House for I Can Be…Architect Barbie. Available from American toy stores from August this year, Architect Barbie comes accessorised with a small pink house, hard hat and tube of design ideas.
Liverpool council is responding to the recommendations of the Sebastian James Review on standardisation and cost reduction by seeking to build four secondary schools that can be housed in airport terminal-style structures and easily converted for commercial use as local demographics shift.
Zaha Hadid is hoping to make her mark on the London skyline by moving into high-rise commercial development in the capital.Hadid is best known for designing public buildings in the UK and overseas but the woman behind the Olympics’ aquatics centre has told Building this isn’t all the practice can do and that she sees a future in tall buildings in the UK.
A new sports complex has opened in Chechnya, named after the region’s first President – Akhmat-Khadzhi Kadyrov. Featuring a 30,000-capacity stadium, swimming pool, children’s pool and 500-room hotel, the facility opened officially on the 11th May.
From January 2012, Oxford Brookes University will be offering students the UK’s first university-accredited course in Shelter After Disaster.