OUR THOUGHTS

10.10.14

WAN IN CONVERSATION ABOUT SUSTAINABLE BUILDING WITH ARUP ASSOCIATES AND THE LIVING BUILDING CHALLENGE

WAN: With the WAN Sustainable Building of the Year Award in its final month, we sought to highlight and discuss some of the issues around quantifying sustainability and what it means to have a truly holistic approach to sustainable building design, human sustainability and the two combined from an expert’s point of view.

We caught up with Anne Marie Aguilar, Associate Director at Arup Associates and Jason McLennan from the Living Building Challenge to talk about the new standards. This is the first in a two part feature, outlining the new standards in sustainability and more.

09.10.14

TALL STOREYS: EVOLUTION IN HONG KONG ARCHITECTURE 1965 -2014

Opens 30 October in the Practice Space at the RIBA in London, entry free. The exhibition presents the story of Hong Kong through its architecture.
Organised by the HKIA, and produced by a team led by Sarah Lee and Yutaka Yano of SKY YUTAKA, Tall Storeys charts the development of Hong Kong’s distinctive built environment through the HKIA Annual Awards. The exhibition presents selected award-winning projects, in addition to other projects of outstanding architectural significance. It’s an opportunity to provide visitors with a holistic overview of Hong Kong and its evolution through its architecture.

 

01.10.14

RIBA XINTIANDI SHANGHAI WINDOWS PROJECT – THE FOLDED TREE

The Fitting Room: Mamou-Mani and Arup Associates collaborated on the creation of a giant sculptural origami piece that activates the store facade of Davidson Tsui, in Xintiandi Style, Shanghai. Customers and passers-by can interact with the installation by posing in the window "Wearing" an oversized architectural "hat" and "dress" that animate the windows and facade of the shop. The curved feminine form of the exterior contrasts with the masculine triangular interior and reflects the notion of duality (ying-yang) in Chinese culture. The installation was part of the RIBA Shanghai Window Display Project 2014.

 


11.09.14

'FOUND IN TRANSLATION' EMBASSY OF JAPAN IN THE UK

As part of the London Design Festival, the Embassy of Japan in the UK presents Found In Translation.Although 'Globalisation' is beginning to standardise our lives, there is still so much cultural diversity enriching our world. 'Found in Translation' is an exhibition curated and created by young Japanese designers in London looking at interesting differences found between the two islands.

01.08.14

STAG - STADIUM GENERATOR

StaG is a parametric stadium generator software used for the design and optimisation of seating bowls. Developed by the Arup Sports Venue Design team, it unites our bowl design technical expertise with advanced programing techniques. StaG is at the core of our stadia and arena design development and used extensively by our specialist sports architects.

The application generates seating bowl geometry including tiers, seats, vomitories, gangways, tunnels and barriers based on a wide range of criteria. All the parameters are controlled via a sophisticated user interface that supports both manual and automatic input to allow greater flexibility.


23.07.14

AT : SUSTAINABILITY COLUMN JULY 2014

Written By Ann Marie Aguilar, Associate Director, Arup Associates

Imagine a building designed and constructed to function as efficiently as a flower, informed by its local environmental characteristics, generates all of its own energy with renewable resources, captures and treats all of its own water, and can prove it operates efficiently.

In sustainability terms, doing less bad is just not good enough anymore.

19.07.14

BIM TRIAL: PROJECT OVE

The study of human anatomy has traditionally been the domain of physicians, dentists, physiotherapists, nurses, paramedics, and other health professionals. What happens when you let building designers have a crack at replicating it? Project OVE.

Project OVE started as an internal initiative that has evolved into something with far greater potential. The multi-firm collaborative culture nurtured on the project is a brilliant example of the UK BIM community’s willingness to share information and dedicate resource to projects that push the industry forward as a whole.

18.07.14

BD-ONLINE BIM TASKFORCE 4: BIM LIBRARIES - HELP OR HINDER?

Within Arup, we have developed a huge library of our own building objects which we can drop into 3D models. We have created these using Revit and have over 25,000 objects covering a large proportion of our needs which include engineering as well as architecture. These have been created to suit our needs and incorporate specific parameters to make our processes more efficient, from scheduling to calculations. With BIM libraries eagerly creating more and more content, why are we bothering with our own, bespoke library?


01.07.14

GUN ARCHITECTS: RAINFOREST

Rainforest is a public pavilion by Chilean-German architecture practice GUN Architects, installed in London's Bedford Square during the Summer of 2014. An imposing five metre high micro-climate of minimal tree-like structures with a field of pyramidal fabric ‘stalactites’ which gently drip water – the pavilion is an oasis in the centre of London. Visitors can sit beneath a canopy of inverted prisms to enjoy a forest-like environment of raindrops, pools and plants.

24.06.14

DESIGN MUSEUM: DESIGNS OF THE YEAR 2014

26 March - 25 August  Now in its seventh year, Designs of the Year gathers together a year of cutting-edge innovation and original talent; showcasing the very best in global Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphic, Product and Transport design.
Featuring Kate Moss’s favourite app, a floating school in a Nigerian lagoon, friendly lamp posts, a mobile phone you can build yourself and many others, Designs of the Year 2014 include international design stars such as Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield and Miuccia Prada, alongside crowd-funded start ups and student projects. This not to be missed exhibition is a clear reflection of everything that is current and exciting in the world.

17.06.14

BD-ONLINE BIM TASKFORCE 3: THE RISE OF THE VIRTUAL MODEL IN MEETINGS

The way we work and design is changing, and so is how we review. ‘Show me in the model’ has now become a common everyday phrase in Arup Associates between all members of the design team when discussing design issues and queries. But is this adhoc model reviewing mentality making its way into our meetings? The simple answer is yes. We are installing more very large high resolution screens for our design studio as these have now become essential for our teams to collectively review models as part of our everyday meetings and workshops.


11.06.14

DREAM, DRAW, WORK: ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS BY NORMAN SHAW RA

30 May - 26 October The Royal Academy of Arts presents a display of drawings by the renowned British architect Norman Shaw (1831–1912). Considered the most brilliant and influential of their time, Shaw’s architectural drawings are exemplars of Victorian draughtsmanship and practice. Shaw designed great Tudoresque country houses, built powerful public buildings like the turreted New Scotland Yard on London’s Embankment and also created gracious renovations, including intricate alterations and additions to Burlington House, the home of the Royal Academy of Arts. With a fascinating array of drawings surviving from Shaw’s office in the Royal Academy’s own collections – from working drawings to dazzling perspectives – this exhibition explores the materials, draughtsmanship and design practices of Shaw and his small but brilliant staff. For the duration of the exhibition, photographs of buildings in London designed by Shaw will also be displayed in the Royal Academy of Arts’ Architecture Space.30 May - 26 October

22.05.14

LOCAL STONE: DRUK WHITE LOTUS SCHOOL

Winner of the prestigious International Architecture in Stone Award, XIII edition, 2013

The engineering vision for the Druk White Lotus School was that it would be based on local building materials with a contemporary architectural design. This resulted from an instant appreciation of the fantastic monumental Buddhist architecture throughout the state. Also this concept supports local skills, employment and the strong culture – all part of ensuring appropriate continuity of with tradition – ‘sustainability’ - also part of trying to avoid costly imported materials.

16.05.14

BD-ONLINE BIM TASKFORCE 2: CLIENT ENGAGEMENT

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By Kate Fletcher

Whilst BIM is now commonplace for many, we are finding client engagement seems to be divided; those who actively engage with BIM, and those who don’t. So far those who engage with us are owner occupiers, and arguably have a vested interest in the process. Developers, on the other hand, whilst aware of BIM and at least some of the benefits, rarely seem to be actively seeking it.

Owner-occupier engagement, however, can also vary wildly. In Arup Associates we have a client who is clear about the asset tagging they require to feed into their FM tools, but this been determined after construction has started. A 3rd party has been brought in to federate models and add the tags, all additional work which should have been at least


13.04.14

BD-ONLINE BIM TASKFORCE 1: TEAMWORK

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By Kate Fletcher

As an integrated practice, designing with BIM has been a natural step for Arup Associates. Our highly integrated collaborative way of working has been leading us to this point for the last 50 years.

The close relationship across the design team is now as important as ever. The new powerful tools allow us to process and manipulate ever more data, but successful BIM projects are brought about where all the members of the design team work cohesively from concept to delivery. Like all those already on the BIM trail, there are important lessons we have taken on board.

16.07.13

ROSE ISSA: SUSAN HEFUNA: RASM

ROSE ISSA PROJECTS
11 July - 9 August 2013 82 Great Portland Street
London W1

This is Susan Hefuna’s second solo exhibition in London and features a selection of her most recent work, including gold-plated brass drawings, silvered-bronze wall sculptures and her signature latticework wooden screens (or mashrabiyas).


15.07.13

BIENNALE BOOKS

Biennale Books is a new architecture imprint. Our blogs look at how architecture, engineering and design are published, new trends as well as some old ones worth reviving. We will also focus on the image of the profession and its presentation through drawing and other media. From time to time, we cover stories from Venice as we do @BiennaleBooks

15.07.13

SOMERSET HOUSE: NICHOLAS HAWKSMOOR: METHODICAL IMAGININGS

15 May–1 September 2013
Open daily 10.00-18.00, open until 21.00 on Thursday 1 August
Terrace Rooms, South Wing
Free admission
This exhibition focuses on a series of important London churches designed by the architect Nicholas Hawksmoor (c.1661–1736) during the early part of the eighteenth century. Although Hawksmoor is recognised as one of the major contributors to the traditions of British and European architectural culture, there is insufficient visual documentation and analysis of his work. This exhibition curated by Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and featuring the work of architectural photographer Hélène Binet, reconsiders Hawksmoor’s architecture in relation to urbanism.

01.11.12

CARBOUN

Advocating Sustainable Cities in the Middle East

Carboun is an advocacy initiative promoting sustainable cities in the Middle East. Focusing on the built environment and urban systems, Carboun advocates a sustainable approach for the development of the region’s cities, balancing economic development, quality of urban life, future resilience, and reduced impact on energy, water, resources, and urban environment.

 


30.10.12

OSTRICH PILLOW

Working patterns are constantly evolving. We gradually spend more time in our working environments, and this in turn means that we often need to make work and rest fully compatible within the same space. Some cultures have assimilated this concept more naturally than others, but in general the workplace has rarely adapted to this new working-resting paradigm.

26.10.12

ROSE ISSA PROJECTS

suwaR: pictorial representations from the arab world

AKS and SUWAR are the Persian and Arab words for pictorial representations. In this exhibition, which will coincide with the first show of Middle Eastern photographers at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Rose Issa Projects aims to add to the myriads talents in contemporary photography from the Arab world and Iran another spectrum of styles and approaches - from stage narratives to montage, from stencils based on photography to digital photography on embroidered canvas or video works.


25.10.12

SUSTAINING IDENTITY: SYMPOSIUM III

29 November 2012   Speakers include: 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Wang Shu; 2012 Global Holcim Award winner Francis Kéré; Aga Khan Award winners Li Xiaodong and Anna Heringer; Bijoy Jain (Studio Mumbai); Rick Joy; Christopher Lee (Serie Architects); Josep Lluís Mateo; Declan O’Carroll (Arup Associates); Kongjian Yu (Turenscape); and Juhani Pallasmaa who curated the symposium together with Paul Brislin of Arup Associates.

09.10.12

UNIFIED DESIGN RESEARCH UNIT

Design solutions are always generated from fundamental research – from the inside out – and are never imposed from the requirements of external image alone.

01.10.12

UNIFIED DESIGN RESEARCH UNIT: PEOPLE CENTRED DESIGN

A successful building or environmental design is one which integrates the complexities of people, processes and technology with the construction and architectural aspects, to create an holistic, supportive environment that supports key activities, encourages the right behaviours as well as the right corporate image and culture, and ultimately drives true business results.


Arup Associates; Giuseppe Zanotti; Shoe Prototype

13.09.12

GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI SHOE PROTOTYPE

Wallpaper* Handmade has brought together Italian shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti and international architectural and engineering consultants Arup Associates to explore the future of footwear.

12.09.12

SABIHA GOKCEN CONTROL TOWER EARTHQUAKE TESTS

Turkey ranks alongside California and Japan for seismic activity, with six earthquakes above magnitude 6 in the last ten years so we didn’t just have to consider the tower’s ability to stay upright; we also had to make sure the non-structural elements including data, cooling systems, radar and communications systems inside, would carry on functioning even if disaster struck.

03.09.12

ARUP ASSOCIATES: UNIFIED DESIGN

Is the present obsession with the icon and the promotion of image over substance symptomatic of a general trend in contemporary architecture? Arup Associates provides the alternative: unified design, a radical pan-disciplinary approach that focuses on people from the outset, through the united vision of architects, engineers, artists and social scientists. Arup Associates rejects the imposition of an external image: there can be no standard solutions and no predefined styles. Instead, design must evolve from fundamental research and experiential goals, to form a holistic architecture entirely driven by a ‘whole life’ sustainability that maintains human culture – tradition, religion, the intangible components of humanity – in the face of modernity.


25.10.10

ROPEMAKER PLACE FACADE

In collaboration with artist Antoni Malinowski.

The unusual use of glass and colour, and an extensive collaboration with light sculptors and artists, are a feature of both the interior and exterior of Ropemaker. This is a high quality office and retail environment, driven by an enlightened client with a well established ethos of highly sustainable, flexible, contemporary workplaces.

On Ropemaker Place, Antoni joined the Arup Associates team to bring his unique sensibilities on colour and painting to the development of the façade. The core idea of the glass spandrel façade of Ropemaker Place was to find a surface that was responsive to the changing light of the urban context and to find a colour palette that subtly reinforced the cubic crystalline architecture.

12.09.10

QATAR 2022 FIFA SHOWCASE ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGY

Qatar Showcase is the world’s most sustainable stadium, a radical piece of environmental architecture that was a major driver in Qatar’s sustainability plan and World Cup bid. The carbon zero, 500-seater “model stadium” is a football stadium like no other. Commissioned in order to demonstrate to FIFA and the world-wide audience that the harsh climate over the summer months is no longer a barrier to hosting global events; the stadium was designed in six weeks and built during a period of four-and–a-half months.


25.10.09

SUSTAINING IDENTITY: SYMPOSIUM II

 

Sustaining Identity II unites visionaries and practitioners from different generations, cultures and geographies - from Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas - to prove that the creation of uniquely localised, people-centred space is still possible.


Speakers include: Juhani Pallasmaa, Sean Godsell, Paul Bruislin, Jonathan Kirschenfeld, Pezo von Ellrichausen, Inaki Abalos, Gawie Fagan,  Farrokh Derakshani, Director of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Lodovico Folin-Calabi, UNESCO World Heritage Centre and Jane da Mosto, Venice in Peril

25.10.08

PLANTATION LANE: TIME AND TIDE

In collaboration with Turner Prize nominated artist Simon Patterson

Plantation Lane is a newly formed pathway that carves through an entire London block, from Wren’s Church of St Margaret Pattens to Mincing Lane. It weaves two recent buildings by Arup Associates into the fabric of the ancient capital, and provides opportunity for a unique 21st-century medieval alley.


Arup Associates;

07.09.07

ARUP CAMPUS

This deceptively simple building is driven by a better, more humane response to the workplace. At Arup Campus, energy efficiency, good internal communication and a sense of user control are all the end results of an expressive unified design.


05.09.03

FUTURE CONTEXT: AN ARCHITECTURAL LECTURE SERIES

To celebrate its 40th birthday, Arup Associates hosted 'Future Context' in 2003 to explore new perspectives and new directions in architecture.

Speakers included: Saskia Sassen, Alex Garvin and His Holiness the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa

17.07.02

PROCESS

Arup Associates takes inspiration from all quarters. In 2002 we hosted a series of talks called 'Process', examining how leaders in different creative fields, from music to photography to breadmaking, approach design.

Speakers included breadmaker Lionel Poilâne; composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies; South African performer, author, and social activist Pieter-Dirk Uys; psychologist, Leonard Du Pisanie; and photographer David Schienmann.

2013 will see the return of a new series of talks.