John McAslan + Partners’ nomination this year shows that the restoration of an architectural and cultural landmark can be as important as the construction of a new one. They were responsible for maintaining the integrity and spirit of the Iron Market in Port-as-Prince which fell victim to the devastating 2010 earthquake, whilst simultaneously re-installing the commercial and social morale of its former glory. It’s as great a feat of design as a brand new building and the incorporation of modern thinking into this process means that the structure is re-figured to take on relevant concerns of resistance and seismic requirements.
Also nominated in this category are other big name London practices like Zaha Hadid Architects for their Guagzhou Opera House and the London 2012 Velodrome by Hopkins Architects. And we were delighted to see a couple of our architecture picks of the year up on the bill, including Assemble’s wonderful Folly for a Flyover and Ro&Ad’s Moses Bridge.
Our weekly fetaure this week focusses on Designs of the Year nominees – read more here.
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- Director I Saw John First creates animated video for Jack Steadman’s solo project, Mr Jukes
- Carlín Díaz expands his practice to psychedelic paintings and animations
- Atelier Brenda: the alter ego of three female designers you need to get to know
- Artist Crys Yin adds comical elements to her simply-executed paintings
- Grilli Type designer Reto Moser shares the books that inspire him
- A new national identity: Smörgåsbord Studio rebrands Wales
- Graphic design gems: Chicago gang business cards from the 1970s and 80s
- Photographer Dougie Wallace captures the super rich spenders of “Harrodsburg”
- “Romance in a sort-of fantasy world”: photographer Molly Matalon's new work (some NSFW)
- Studio Michael Satter’s sophisticatedly simple graphic design portfolio
- Harry Pearce and Pentagram create a new identity for Pink Floyd’s record label