Best of the Web: July 17 2015

Each Friday our Digital Team take a look at the best of the web from the past week in architecture, design and beyond.




(image credits clockwise: RIBA Collections, RIBA, MPavillion, BBC,, Brickset)

The RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist, architects' campsites and buildings made from LEGO, trees and hair make the cut in this week's roundup...

  • The shortlist has been revealed for the twentieth RIBA Stirling Prize. See the six exceptional buildings and look back at the previous 19 winners on our dedicated page. 
  • RIBA President Elect Jane Duncan spoke to the BBC Today Programme about the shortlist
  • In a good week for our past 19 Stirling Prize winners, the 'Gherkin' has been announced as the most successful building nickname in the UK this century, according to a YouGov poll.
  • 1999 RIBA Stirling Prize winner Amanda Levete (formerly of Future Systems) has been commissioned to design this year's MPavilion - an annual event encompassing the architecture and design essence of Melbourne, Australia.
  • Near Bristol this weekend? 'The City Green', part of the Bristol Harbourside Festival, will feature official Guinness World Record attempt to create the world’s largest ever colouring in book.
  • 'How each family assembles their assortment of canopies, tents, fire pits, picnic tables, cars, even towel-drying ropes tells a lot about the architect’s sense of spatial composition and organization.' - Camping with Architects is a fun read.
  • LEGO news site Brickset revealed details of forthcoming coffee-table book 'The LEGO Architect', in which readers learn the history of seven architectural styles and follow instructions to build twelve models, including a Brutalist library.
  • See inside a remote warehouse in the Kazakhstan desert that once housed the Soviet space shuttle program, still housing two spacecrafts under twenty years' worth of dust.
  • Here's a church in New Zealand built entirely out of trees. 'While lumber construction might not be so eyebrow-raising, living-tree construction is something altogether different'
  • BBC's 'Hair' returned for a second series this week, with competitors setting out to create a hairstyle with the theme of iconic architecture.

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