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A feast of architectural models goes on display
A feast of architectural models goes on display

A feast of architectural models goes on display

If you fancy looking at St Paul's Cathedral as a jelly mould, then there's a new exhibition that'll sate your appetite.

Oct
06
2021
A giant model of London coming to King’s Cross
A giant model of London coming to King’s Cross

A giant model of London coming to King’s Cross

A giant scale model of London covering most of Zones 1-3 will be on display in King's Cross this summer.

Jun
18
2021
Stone – the new wonder material for buildings
Stone – the new wonder material for buildings

Stone – the new wonder material for buildings

Imagine a building material strong enough to support a skyscraper, but without any of the CO2 emissions of concrete or steel, and you have the new wonder of construction -- stone.

Mar
11
2020
Garish Holborn kiosk to be replaced with hexagons
Garish Holborn kiosk to be replaced with hexagons

Garish Holborn kiosk to be replaced with hexagons

The decade old information kiosk outside Holborn tube station could be replaced by a series of digital screens, if plans by the local business group is carried out.

Oct
28
2019
Exhibition: The revival of ceramics on building facades
Exhibition: The revival of ceramics on building facades

Exhibition: The revival of ceramics on building facades

There's a bit of a revival going on in building land at the moment -- people are getting excited about covering buildings in ceramics.

Oct
15
2019
Exhibition – Welcome to the underworld
Exhibition – Welcome to the underworld

Exhibition – Welcome to the underworld

A basement off Tottenham Court Road is currently hosting a photo exhibition of other very much grander subterranean spaces from across the world.

Mar
12
2018
70 years of celebrating concrete
70 years of celebrating concrete

70 years of celebrating concrete

A magazine starting publishing in 1947, and it's still going strong today, so there's an exhibition about its namesake - concrete.

Oct
08
2017
Supermaterials on display at the Building Centre
Supermaterials on display at the Building Centre

Supermaterials on display at the Building Centre

In a land dominated by brick and steel and concrete, what will the homes and offices of the future be made from?

Feb
11
2017
Crossrail art goes on display
Crossrail art goes on display

Crossrail art goes on display

A major construction project will have photographic records of the work done, but can also sometimes seek out more artistic interpretations, and Crossrail has done that.

Nov
27
2016
A Huge Scale Model of the City of London
A Huge Scale Model of the City of London

A Huge Scale Model of the City of London

Everyone loves a model village, and now the City of London has opened up its to the public.

Apr
30
2016
The past and future of London’s roads on display
The past and future of London’s roads on display

The past and future of London’s roads on display

If you look at any map of a city, the dominating feature isn't the buildings, but the roads. It is their lines snaking around the city that mark out its regions and create the familiar boundaries we use to navigate.

Feb
07
2016
A huge scale model of London
A huge scale model of London

A huge scale model of London

The Building Centre has replaced its already impressive scale model of London, with an even larger version.

Jul
04
2015
Huge model of London to be replaced
Huge model of London to be replaced

Huge model of London to be replaced

If you haven't been to the Building Centre to have a look at their huge scale model of London, you might want to get along sharpish, as it is about to be replaced.

Jan
24
2015
A history of the London Mayor — in cartoons
A history of the London Mayor — in cartoons

A history of the London Mayor — in cartoons

The office of London Mayor maybe fairly young -- by British standards -- but it has spawned a huge array of satirical cartoons about the two mayors we have so far elected.

Jul
07
2014
Great Estates: How London’s landowners shape the city
Great Estates: How London’s landowners shape the city

Great Estates: How London’s landowners shape the city

Dotted around London can be found some of the Great Estates that are the consequence of developments by single minded owners often in Georgian periods. But the Great Estates are not just a historic quirk, but are a still growing phenomena across the city.

Oct
27
2013
Planes, Trains and Drains at the Building Centre
Planes, Trains and Drains at the Building Centre

Planes, Trains and Drains at the Building Centre

A new exhibition about London's infrastructure opened recently in the Building Centre that shows off the three dominant challenges for the city in the decades ahead.

Apr
11
2013
80th birthday for The Building Centre
80th birthday for The Building Centre

80th birthday for The Building Centre

Just off Tottenham Court Road sits the Building Centre and in a couple of months it turns 80, and will be hosting a range of events as part of an all-day celebration. If you’ve never visited before (what do you

Mar
30
2012
Crossrail exhibition at the Building Centre
Crossrail exhibition at the Building Centre

Crossrail exhibition at the Building Centre

A couple of weeks ago, a small exhibition opened at the Building Centre with images of how the Crossrail stations are expected to look in 2017 when the railway eventually opens to the public.

Nov
29
2010

Another Crossrail lecture

Earlier this year I attended a breakfast lecture at the Building Centre on the topic of

Oct
22
2008

Transport developments in London

The latest issue of the transport plans for the Olympic Park has been published. From a rail transport perspective, the key points: Stratford Station Stratford station passenger numbers are expected to double by 2016. The trebling of capacity and improving

Aug
14
2008

Sub-Brit Lecture at the Building Centre

Was back at the Building Centre in central London this morning for the final of their breakfast talks on subterranean London as part of their current exhibition. This morning’s talk was hosted by Andrew Smith from Subterranea Britannica (sub-brit), an

Apr
16
2008

Crossrail lecture at The Building Centre

Just back from a very interesting lecture at The Building Centre in central London, hosted by David Anderson, the Engineering Director of Crossrail. After wandering around the upstairs exhibition on subterranean London with a coffee – we were herded downstairs

Mar
05
2008

Lectures and exhibition on London’s Hidden Infrastructure

The ever wonderful Building Centre in London will be setting out a new exhibition from the end of next week all about “London’s Hidden Infrastructure”. 28 FEBRUARY – 19 APRIL 2008 As London’s skyline becomes ever more clustered with new

Feb
22
2008
London’s Riverside Amenities – An Exhibition
London’s Riverside Amenities – An Exhibition

London’s Riverside Amenities – An Exhibition

The ever excellent Building Centre in central London (just off Tottenham Court Road) is hosting an exhibition about plans for waterfront living and transport in the city. Not just the obvious River Thames and Lee Valley, but also several other

Jan
14
2008