Something for the youths out there to focus on instead of looting. Check out this Youth Factory in Spain. Its an example of what can be done if a regional government works with the community and local designers to meet the needs of youth. It was designed by Madrid-based Selgascano Architects, a partnership between husband and wife, José Selgas and Lucía Cano. Using recycled furniture, inexpensive building materials and temporary solutions, the designers were definitely not looking to build a monument to architecture; they were much more interested in affordable ordinariness and practical possibilities. Factoría Joven helps attract the restless, unemployed street youth off the streets and provides them with a place to skateboard, hip-hop dance, climb rocks, create graffiti — whatever they would otherwise do in much more sinister surroundings. There are also a computer lab and a dance studio, both 800-square-meters in size. Meeting rooms and spaces for theatre, video and music are all included.
Images taken from http://www.thecoolhunter.co.uk/
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These are the photos taken during a lunchtime walk of the area surrounding the HTA Camden office. The walk was brief, yet interesting and varied examples of architecture were seen, of which you can see below. There was a great juxtaposition between the old and the new in Camden, from the Kentish Town Health Centre to the Victorian semi-detached houses, and from the futuristic Grimshaw apartments to the VW Campervan! This all goes to show that great and interesting architecture is right on your doorstep, so go out and see it!
I was lucky enough to be taken on a tour of the Shard the other day. Set to be the tallest building in Europe, it is nothing short of amazing that it is being built practically on one of the busiest train stations in England. Vertigo isn’t a problem at the top because it feels like being in a plane.