BATTERSEA POWER STATION TO PARTNER WITH BATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE

Battersea Power Station Development Company (“BPSDC”) announces its partnership with Battersea Arts Centre (BAC). During next year onwards BAC will work with Battersea Power Station to develop the new Village Hall in Circus West (the first phase of the construction development at the Power Station). The new Village Hall is...

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First ever Kensington and Chelsea literature festival secures exciting line-up of authors

Some of today’s best-loved children’s authors will taking part in first Kensington & Chelsea Young Writers Literary Festival tomorrow (Saturday 27 June). The festival – run by the Chelsea Young Writers club and The Hampshire School, part of the GEMS group of schools – will feature sessions with award-winning authors...

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Keeping off the grass

Royal Park gardeners and GMB union members held a 24 hour strike on Tuesday 26th May due to changes made to their contracts by outsourcing giant OCS. This was the first strike of Royal Park gardeners since 1978. The gardeners work on a large variety of London’s much loved city...

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Cinema in the courtyard

St Martin’s Courtyard in Covent Garden has announced a new program of open air film showings under the name of Silent Cinema this September. The courtyard will be transformed into an open-air movie theatre, to showcase a series of films all set in and directed by Britain. A full sized...

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(Artificially) Intelligent Service

A new hotel opening in Japan on the 17th July this year, will be staffed almost entirely by robots. Henn-na Hotel, at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Nagasaki, will have a friendly lifelike robot at reception to meet and greet its guests. From there, a humanoid automaton bellhop...

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Blue Plaque: Edward McKnight Kauffer 1899 – 1954

A Blue Plaque honouring Edward McKnight Kauffer and his wife, Marion Dorn, both designers, was erected by English Heritage at their home in Swan Court. Chelsea Manor Street. Chelsea. SW3 in March of this year. Both Kauffer and Dorn used the abstract designs found in modern art for commercial appeal,...

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Spotting the rising ‘starchitects’

The term ‘starchitect’ is one of those portmanteau words that, despite its incongruity, is a useful shorthand for defining contemporary success. It arose alongside the globalisation of the profession from the mid-1990s, to suggest the new celebrity status of those designing iconic buildings anywhere in the world. They know who...

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