As part of the lecture series ‘Critic’s Choice: London’s Most Important Building’, author Will Self has proposed the Stockwell Bus Garage designed by Adie, Button and Partners, with the engineer A E Beer for its revolutionary, beautiful and highly utilitarian form. When constructed in 1952 it was the largest area enclosed by a single roof in Europe. The whale-backed roof made of reinforced concrete, shows how shortages - in this case of steel - can produce aesthetic as well as functional solutions. Having passed it everyday he has appreciated it as ‘a working building, integrally connected to London’s public transport’.
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Witold Rybczynski, emeritus professor of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of many books, including his latest How Architecture Works: A Humanist’s Toolkit (Farrar, Straus and Giroux , 2013), offers a beginner’s guide to architecture, including a "walk-through" of submissions to the competition for the National Museum of African-American history.
Alain de Botton, writer, broadcaster and producer, ponders the question of beauty and its application to architecture.
Metropolitan Information Architecture: The future of UX, Databases, and the (Information) Architecture of complex, urban environments – Don Turnbull, John Tolva
What does location mean for UX? How does information architecture and design synchronize with urban architecture? How does mobile communication and web culture impact the streetscape? Are we living in facets of the same virtual city or does location still constrain us?
In this session, Don Turnbull and John Tolva look into these and other questions as they discuss research and designs unveiling how our interactions with both digital and physical environments are changing.