Design Diary August 2017

Samsung’s Stylish New TVs

Sleek is beautiful, but might not always fit in with the rest of your living room. Samsung’s new range of TV sets herald the move to more aesthetically pleasing designs for technology. Samsung’s newest is a collection of three TV designs that feature discreet wires, no gap wall mounts and a number of stand options to help them blend into various settings.


The Frame TV can be customised to the frame colour, and the art that shows up when the TV is inactive, which will be backlit to give a natural effect. The Serif is a piece of art in itself, and the QLED comes with a curved screen for the optimum 360 degree experience.


London Festival of Architecture

This year’s month long annual installation of the London Festival of Architecture  kicked off in June, and marks the tenth year in the tradition. The festival was directed by Tamsie Thomson, ex-director of RIBA, and conducted over 450 events including installations, open studios, walking tours, talks by eminent architects and even an architectural bake off. Based on theme of ‘Memory’, the festival encouraged critical dialogue and collaboration, and drew in extraordinary takes on the regional spaces and architecture around.


RIBA’s British Architecture List for 2017

The Royal Institute of British Architects has revealed its best picks from British architecture in the last twelve months for the prestigious national architecture awards. The list includes diverse projects from luxury homes to workshops to malls to religious spaces. A few will be shortlisted for the Sterling Prize. President Jane Duncun commented on the notable ambition and innovation seen in this year’s projects, even in the midst of modern economic drivers. At the same time, she expressed her disappointment at the lack of schools included in the list.

The Wolfson Tree Management Centre, British Airways i360, and the Victoria Gate Shopping Centre in Leeds are some of the projects to be honoured.


SA 2017’s Emerging Architect Winner Named

Esther Chew of Grieve Gillet Anderson is the most recent candidate to be honored with the Emerging ARchitect Award in South Australia. Apart from ten years dedicated to the field as a professional, Chew was a promising talent even early in her education, she was a representative for the Student Organised Network for Architecture and has participated in New Architect Group activities. The Hart’s Mill Project and the award winning project, the Anzac Centenary Memorial Walk saw her involvement. She is currently in Nepal, designing a girls’ school for an NGO..


UK Survey Shows Women Put off with Architecture at University

The results of the AJ 2016 Student Survey revealed the data on gender-based discrimination in the field of architecture. Almost 50% of women students said that they had experienced discrimination. This stands against the 11% of men who had reported abuse on gender-basis. While this is lower than last year’s number, the survey revealed that a large number of female students are put off architecture after spending some time in the university studying for the field. The results were released to commemorate Ethel Day, named after Ethel Mary Charles, who was the first woman to join the RIBA.


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