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The gentrification of Brixton

Posted on October 9, 2016 by Toothpicker

 

   
The restored grade II* listed Ashby's Mill, also known as Brixton windmill (1816) & a trendy cafe nearby
 
Due to rapid urbanisation around the world, major urban cities are struggling to cope with the influx of migrants for the past few decades. Housing shortage is one of the biggest challenges [...]

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Brixton Design Trail

Posted on October 1, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
'We Stand As Living Monuments' by 2MZ at Black Cultural Archives
 
My last stop at the London design festival was Brixton – a new addition to this year design district. Under the theme ‘Rebel Rebel’, Brixton Design Trail featured a series of installations, exhibitions and events throughout the town centre by resident [...]

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The London Design Biennale 2016

Posted on September 30, 2016 by Toothpicker

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby's installation 'Forecast' by U.K.

 
The inaugural London Design Biennale which coincided with The London Design Festival took place at Somerset House (7 – 27 September) with over 30 countries and territories participating. Curated by the leading museums and design organisations in the world, the newly commissioned installations explored [...]

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London Design Fair 2016

Posted on September 27, 2016 by Toothpicker

Installation by Rive Roshan using Kvadrat Divina
 
This year, Tent London & Super Brands London celebrated its 10th anniversary and was rebranded as London Design Fair. The fair at the Old Truman brewery hosted over 500 exhibitors from 29 countries, making it the most international fair of the Festival. Exhibitors include independent designers [...]

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Designjunction in Kings Cross 2016

Posted on September 25, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
Designjunction in Kings Cross's Granary Square
 
This year, Designjunction moved from Holborn to Kings Cross, and it was indeed a good move. Instead of cramming hundreds of stands and outlets into huge abandoned buildings, this year's show was split into four areas around the Granary Square. It was easier to navigate and [...]

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London Design Festival 2016

Posted on September 23, 2016 by Toothpicker

'Elytra Filament Pavilion' by experimental architect Achim Menges with Moritz Dörstelmann, structural engineer Jan Knippers and climate engineer Thomas Auer.

 
What is going to happen to the UK in the future? It is hard to tell. As a multicultural mega city, how will London cope with the aftermath of Brexit? And what can [...]

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Mr Men & Little Misses' mini museum

Posted on August 30, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
It is hard to believe that Mr Men & Little Misses are 45 years old! Created by writer and illustrator Roger Hargreaves for his young son, Adam, the series has become an international cultural phenonmenon since its launch more than four decades ago. Adam took over the reins of the Mr Men [...]

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Ron Arad's Curtain Call: London Contemporary Orchestra

Posted on August 29, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
Do Londoners ever get tired of 'immersive' shows? There are immersive theatres, exhibitions, cinemas and installations... the list goes on. If you are bored of the traditional forms of entertainment, then these multi-sensory performances are likely to stimulate your senses in every possible way.
Last week, I attended an immersive concert performed by [...]

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Serpentine pavilion & Summer Houses 2016

Posted on July 26, 2016 by Toothpicker

Serpentine Pavilion by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
 
This year, the 16th Serpentine Pavilion (10th Jun until 9th Oct 2016) is designed by Danish architectural studio BIG, or Bjarke Ingels Group. In addition to the main pavilion, four 25sqm summer houses inspired by the nearby 18th century Queen Caroline’s Temple are commissioned and built [...]

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New designers Part II 2016

Posted on July 15, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
Top: Northumbria university's crafted interactive products; Bottom left: Leon lighting by Lewis Power; Bottom right: Kaelin Rose Newton's CitySprout
 
This year's New Designers show Part II was probably the best that I have been to in recent years. Overall the standard was very high, and I think it was more exciting than [...]

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