Having been involved in various on- and off-line construction communities and networks over the years, I got a well-targeted news release about a worldwide social network for architects and designers. Archilovers.com, it says, has over 900,000 registered users, and is opening a new cluster in London, operating from Impact Hub King Cross, part of a global network of Hub co-working spaces. The release continues:
The location perfectly reflects the plan’s mood, making up a global network of people, places, and programs that inspire, connect and catalyse impact. … The UK capital is the first step in the ambitious program [sic] to create a wired network of clusters developing the platform around the globe. London still represents the hub of creativity and the connective core between Europe and the rest of the world. Clerkenwell design week, the London design festival and the London Festival of Architecture have reasserted the city as the “place to be” for its creative energy and forward-looking vision to develop ideas and innovative projects, especially for young talents.
Archilovers aims to open the debate and promote the sharing of architectural knowledge around the world. Moreover, thanks to 100.000 catalogues online on Archiproducts – the worldwide source for architecture and design products, and part of the Archilovers network – it gives architects an important suggestion to choose the right products and materials for their projects.
If not London, Manchester!
If London is not your scene, perhaps Manchester is? The 150-year-old Manchester Society of Architects is relaunching on 29 January 2014, at Steelcase, in the city’s Booth Street, from 6pm; “the biggest thing to affect Manc Architects since Jobs, Wozniak & Wayne” (so Twitter said) coincides with the launch of the 2014 Design Awards, and the relaunch:
… is the biggest change in the society in its 150 year history and things are going to be very different. We need every single architect and student architect in Manchester to help make it happen.