UK spaceport moves closer to becoming reality

March 16, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

The creation of a UK spaceport has edged closer to reality with the signing of the Space Industry Bill, which gives companies the ability to build a facility and launch satellites. The legislation, which received Royal Assent yesterday and became law, will allow UK businesses to conduct commercial space flights from a spaceport within the UK. “The Space

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Orms renovates art-deco office in London to create new headquarters for COS

March 14, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

This new headquarters for fashion brand COS features a facade of iridescent green tiles, added by London studio Orms to realise the intention of the original architect. Orms renovated a nine-storey triangular shaped building in central London, at the junction of New Oxford Street and High Holborn, to be COS’s new European headquarters. To realise the vision of

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Artificial island creates floating events space in Copenhagen harbour

March 13, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

Australian architect Marshall Blecher and Magnus Maarbjerg from Danish design studio Fokstrot have teamed up to create a wooden island, floating in Copenhagen harbour. Complete with a single linden tree, the 20-square-metre floating platform is a prototype for a project called Copenhagen Islands. It was designed to be used as a public space. “The prototype island

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Construction of world’s tallest tower moves forward after delays

March 12, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

Construction of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture’s Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia, which is expected to become the world’s tallest building, is back on track after delays. According to local paper Times of Oman, the project had experienced delays, but construction is now progressing. “We have faced delays. In projects of this magnitude you always

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“We can’t make decisions by ticking boxes” says Pritzker Prize executive director

March 9, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

The Pritzker Architecture Prize and the RIBA Royal Gold Medal have defended their diversity policies and addressed the reason why women make up just one per cent of the winners of the two leading architecture prizes combined. “Sometimes looking at numbers does not mean anything,” said Martha Thorne, executive director of the Pritzker. “We can’t

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Dezeen launches gender pay gap calculator to help tackle inequality in the workplace

March 9, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

What’s your organisation’s gender pay gap? We’re created an online calculator to help you find out, as part of our Move the Needle initiative to tackle gender equality in architecture and design. We developed the simple tool so companies can work out whether they pay male staff more than female staff. The tool has been created as regulations requiring UK

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“No other architectural title comes close” to Dezeen, says media survey

March 8, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

Dezeen has been rated the most effective resource for marketers and advertisers in the UK architecture industry by construction marketing consultancy Insynth. The Insynth grader report has ranked website authority, physical reach, digital reach and social following to discover which architecture titles are most beneficial, with Dezeen coming out on top. “To be honest, you guys didn’t

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Equality is good for the bottom line, says speakers at Dezeen’s diversity event

March 7, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

Better diversity means better business for architects and designers, according to speakers at the Must do Better talk hosted by Dezeen and RIBA last night. “This is not about being nice; this is about making good business,” said Alexandra Hagen, CEO of Swedish studio White Arkitekter. “This is about being the most attractive employer in the business.” White Arkitekter is one

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Foster + Partners pledges to take action on gender diversity

March 7, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

Foster + Partners has become the first major global architecture studio to commit to change in the light of our Move the Needle initiative. “We would like to formally put our name to the Move The Needle campaign initiated by Dezeen,” said Katy Harris senior partner and head of communications at the Norman Foster-led company. The

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Foster + Partners reveals gender pay gap in staff salaries

March 6, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

Foster + Partners has revealed that it pays women 10.5 per cent less per hour than men, based on the median of its staff’s salaries. The gender pay gap of 10.5 per cent at the UK’s largest architecture practice was calculated by identifying the middle earner – a statistic that is commonly used as a representation of

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