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Getting Lost On A Roof by Wahid Adnan

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Concrete Arteries by Richard Pennington

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Birds Nest Puzzle Close Up by Mario Bejagan Cardenas

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Library Siza Veira by Pessoa Neto

The 15 shortlisted entries for the ‘Art of Building’ photography competition have been announced. The buildings photographed by the finalists include Herzog & de Meuron’s ‘Bird’s Nest’ stadium in Beijing and Alvaro Siza Vieira’s Municipal Library in Viana do Castelo, Portugal. The competition, now in its fifth year, is run by the Chartered Institute of Building. The winner, chosen by public vote, will be announced on 5th February 2015. For more information, and to vote, visit the Chartered Institute of Building website.

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Refurbishment project in central London by Stiff + Trevillion

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Extension in north London by Maccreanor Lavington

A light-filled home in central London by Stiff + Trevillion and a timber-framed extension to a 1960’s estate in north London by Maccreanor Lavington have been announced as winners of New London Architectureʼs ʻDonʼt Move, Improve!ʼ awards. The awards, in their fifth year, are designed to find Londonʼs best and most innovative new home improvements. They are supported by the British Institute of Interior Design, Heal’s and RIBA London. The winners were selected from 44 shortlisted schemes, all of which are now on display in a free New London Architecture (NLA) exhibition at The Building Centre, until 12 February 2015. For more information visit the New London Architecture website.

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Small Stories: At home in a dolls’ house
V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA
Until 6 September 2015. Entrance: Free

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Whiteladies House by Moray Thomas. England, 1935

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Kaleidoscope House by Laurie Simmons, Peter Wheelwright and Bozart. USA, 2001

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Hopkinson House – bedroom detail set in 1940s. England, 1980s-1990s

This exhibition explores the history of the home through 12 dolls’ houses from the past 300 years. It includes a 1930s dolls’ house, Whiteladies House, designed by artist Moray Thomas, modelled on the handful of Modernist country villas emerging in Hampstead at the time. Kaleidoscope House, designed by Laurie Simmons, is a more contemporary exhibit, built from multicoloured translucent walls, and filled with miniature replicas of Ron Arad, Cindy Sherman and Barbara Kruger furniture and artworks. Another exhibit, Hopkinson House, is based on the houses of London County Council’s 1930s suburb, the St Helier Estate. For more information on the exhibition, and the book that has been published to accompany it, visit the Museum of Childhood website. Images: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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All Purpose (À Toutes Fins Utiles)
The Architectural Association (AA) Gallery. Until 13th December 2014
Monday to Friday: 10am–7pm, Saturday: 10am-3pm

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All Purpose Exhibition. Photography: AA School

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Palais d’Iéna, Paris ESEC headquarters Hypostyle room. Photography: Benoît Fougeirol

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Atelier Esders (garment factory in Paris) by Auguste Perret

Auguste Perret (1874-1954) was a pioneer in reinforced-concrete architecture. The son of a stonemason in Paris, he created an innovative business combining architecture and construction. His use of reinforced concrete and steel frame, first developed in 1937 for the Palais d’lena, found wide application after World War II in the reconstruction of Le Havre. The city’s inclusion in the World Heritage List in 2005 bought public attention to his work, which is otherwise widely overlooked. This exhibition, supported by ENSA-Versailles and Fondazione, examines the themes that were central to Perret’s work. It was originally developed as a contribution to the exhibition ‘Auguste Perret: Huit Chefs d’œuvre’ curated by Rem Koolhaas and Joseph Abram in Paris in 2013. For more information visit the AA website.

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Cumbernauld Housing, March 1967

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Streets in the Sky, Park Hill, Sheffield

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Housing at Fullers Slade, Milton Keynes

An archive of images by influential post-war planner JR James has been made available on Flickr by the Department of Town and Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield. The collection, of over 4,000 images, documents new towns like Harlow, Stevenage and Cumbernauld, and radical housing developments such as Park Hill in Sheffield and Thamesmead, London. James worked on the new towns of Newton Aycliffe and Peterleewas and was chief planner at the Ministry of Housing and Local Government between 1961 and 1967. He went on to become a professor at the University of Sheffield, where the images were used as slides in his lectures. The project to make them public was funded by the University of Sheffield Alumni Fund. To view the collection visit the JR James Archive.

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Matt’s Gallery, 42–44 Copperfield Road, London E3
Wed–Sun 12–6pm until 14th Dec 2014

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Images courtesy of the artist and Matt’s Gallery, London.

The Futuro House is a spaceship style, prefabricated house, designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen in the 1960s. It is one of approximately 60 in existence today. The artist Craig Barnes dismantled and shipped Futuro House from South Africa to the UK, and has been restoring it over the last 18 months. The house is currently situated at Matt’s Gallery in east London, where it is being used as a venue for the Centre for Remote Possibilities, curated by Barnes. Live performances can be streamed from the house each day for the duration of the exhibition. For more information please visit the Matt’s Gallery website.

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‘Structuralism’
Het Nieuwe Institute, Museumpark 25, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Until 11 January 2015

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Herman Hertzberger’s Centraal Beheer, Apeldoorn. Image: Aviodrome Luchtfotografie

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Herman Hertzberger’s Centraal Beheer, newly reopened in 1972. Image: Johan van der Keuken

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Design by Dutch Structuralist Piet Blom, 1965. Image: Het Nieuwe Instituut.

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Herman Hertzberger. Muziekcentrum Vredenburg. Image: Herman Hertzberger

This exhibition is in two parts, the first of which focuses on the work of Herman Hertzberger, one of the main proponents of Structuralist architecture in The Netherlands. This section has been curated by Hertzberger in partnership with the Het Nieuwe Institute, which holds a collection of his work including photographs, models and over 10,000 sketches. The second part covers work by a range of architects from the movement, including Aldo van Eyck and Piet Blom. Dutch Structuralism, a movement in architecture in the late ’50s and early ’60s, is the country’s main contribution to the modern architecture of the second half of the 20th century. The institute’s director, Guus Beumer, has described it as being a ‘collectivist movement’ with a ‘deep humanistic language’. For more information on the exhibition visit the Het Nieuwe Institute website.

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