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.
- Jeremy Jansen’s graphic design work bridges concept and coherency
- Michael Craig-Martin: a cool, clean and colourful riot of everyday objects
- Anatoly Grashchenko's randomly generated posters for a Moscow theatre
- Japanese illustrator Nimura Daisuke is back with his charmingly naughty gifs
- Bobby Doherty’s vivid and humorous still-life photography
- Dezeen founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs talks us through his bookshelf
- Should illustrators be treated like designers?
- Why “cool” stunts creativity: one agency offers its opinion
- Fresh, vibrant poster work from South Korean designer Soojin Lee
- Grey London's thoughtful, powerful and innovative new campaign for Tate Britain
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Introducing French design studio plus mûrs and its beautiful poster designs