Monthly Round Up #6

Architect's Essentials, The September Issue, Open House, Anni Albers,
Child's Play & Leaning into the Wind 

This month's editors:
Sophie Cole & Tobias Eussner
Gif by Sophie Cole / Tobias Eussner
The new school year is underway, students are off to university - we too have had a think about our return to work essentials. Uniform wise, thanks to Hannah Marriott's article "How to dress like an Architect" we need look no further. ALL HAIL COS. For a slicker look put your phone in your sock.

Stationary and books - We've stocked up on our go to equipment,
Pentel pencils and Muji sketchbooks and are currently enjoying reading Project Interrupted. A book which records a series of lectures by influential housing Architects - best enjoyed with coffee.

Music - is an important part in our daily office life, here is our latest Spotify Playlist so you can enjoy the flavour of MR.
Anna Glover's Silk Road collection wallpaper. Photo by Damian Russel
It's all go in the London cultural calendar with the Freeize Art fair, Fashion Week, the Film Festival and the Design Festival. We’re somewhat spoilt for choice with so many wonderful exhibitions and installations to see. Our must sees include:

Anna Glover releases her debut wallpaper collection at Decorex which follows the success of the Anna Glover x H&M - H&M's first collaboration with a non high-end fashion house. As a close friend we're excited to see her studio going from strength to strength. 

Mowat & Company's Oak exhibition at Adrem explores their ideas, processes and products related to the much loved material. 
15 Clerkenwell Close, Groupwork + Amin Taha - Image:
And if that wasn't enough, London opens its doors to the public this weekend, allowing people to wonder, explore and marvel at some of the best buildings the capital has to offer. A few on our must see list to visit are;   
Anni Albers - Wall hanging (detail), 1926-1964 - image:
Later in the diary but equally exciting; the Anni Albers exhibition at the Tate Modern, right on time to start the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus in 2019. The Bauhaus student Anni Albers was one of the most influential textile designers of the 20th century. During her long life she created an incredible portfolio of masterpieces in weaving and patterns. A great inspiration for our facade development on Wimbourne Street.
Clay Field by Mikhail Riches - Small children's playground overlooking new football pitch
Providing generous space for play is becoming an increasing challenging as we densify our cities. Here at MR we know how vital high quality, appropriate and varied play space is for developing cohesive and successful communities.

As we develop the landscape and playground design for our Hackney projects, Buckland and Wimbourne Street, we gave a rousing cheer when we caught this superbly written piece Wales is the first country in the world to embed the right of every child to play into its law. Local authorities are required to  "secure sufficient play opportunities in its area for children” and each new development is scrutinised on how it will affect children's play.
Brilliant to hear. We’re with Wales.
Andy Goldsworthy, Tree Fall, 2013; photo: Jan Stürmann


As the summer season slips away, Andy Goldsworthy can teach us all to find beauty in even the greyest and dankest Autumn day. 

His new film Leaning into the Wind sensitively documents Andy's creative process. His work combines nature with delicate, often temporary human intervention to produce organic pieces of art. The varied locations in the film provide a rich insight into site specific material and craftsmanship, key factors to any successful sculpture or architectural wonder.

Florian Beigel's proposal for Saemangeum, a new metropolis in South Korea
image by
"It is with huge sadness to note the passing of Florian Beigel and Signy Svalastoga. My first task with Signy was to draw a childhood memory, in a new technique that I was unfamiliar with. She encouraged me to free up and explore my own observations through beautiful, hand crafted drawings. This way of approaching design allowed me to flourish a year later with Florian, who introduced me to a new way of seeing – in childlike manner without preconceptions. His passion, precision and beautiful intelligence was a huge inspiration on my education. Both are a huge loss to The Cass, but their legacy and approach to architecture and design has been cemented through generations of young architects under their tutorship."
Alim Saleh - Mikhail Riches

17/09 onwards - 'It Will Never Work' 25 years of Urban Splash at the RIBA

21/09 - Annalie  is speaking about VeloCity at the National Urban Design Conference 2018 in Winchester.

25/09 - David is speaking at London Borough of Havering’s Design Talk on “Achieving quality through to completion”

04/10 - Annalie will give a lecture at Kent School of Architecture.

09/10 onwards - Factory-made Housing: a solution for London?
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