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Art and Design For All

Art and Design For All
Art and Design For All

This beautiful book from V & A Publishing, with design and typesetting by Torsten Kochlin, marks the 150th Anniversary of Prince Albert’s death, and shows how his vision shaped the institution as the centre of his ‘Albertropolis’ – London’s cultural quarter for art, science and education.

The illustrated pages present some of the original core collections of the museum and provides a history of its early years.

School 4 Burma

School for Burma
School for Burma

Last year, charity Building Trust International launched a competition to design a school for migrant Burmese children in Mae Sot, a town in western Thailand that shares a border with Burma.

All entry fees are going towards the building costs, and last month the winner was announced as Californian duo Amadeo Bennetta and Daniel LaRossa’s  Burma [Re]Framed design.

The building is formed of entirely flat-packed components, meaning it can be rapidly reassembled from a flatbed truck into a courtyard school, a single building, or independent, multi-use units. 

Next month an exhibition entitled Moving Schools will open showing the sustainable, modular, mobile school designs for migrant and refugee populations.

It will run from 3 – 10 February at Pop Up Space, 1st Floor, 29 – 31 Oxford Street, London W1D

For more information visit

http://buildingtrustinternational.org/burmacompetition1.html

School for Burma
School for Burma

Twin Town Man

 

Rob Self-Pierson
Rob Self-Pierson

Ever wondered if your hometown has a European counterpart? Hackney, it turns out, has a twin in Suresnes, France; while Manchester’s twin is Russia’s St Petersburg.

Well, if you want to find more – the list really is endless – Twin Town Man is on hand to help.

Copywriter Rob Self-Pierson is set to embark on an intrepid adventure across Europe, in a quest to hunt down towns and cities that are twinned with those in the UK. But he needs your help. If you live in a town that’s twinned with one in Europe – tell him. You can do this through the website, http://www.twintownman.com/p/get-in-touch.html before Self-Pierson embarks on his odyssey in April in the name of blogging about his findings.

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