Award winning research in Architecture

Dr Charlie Smith has been awarded ‘Outstanding Paper’ in the 2015 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.  His paper “Future of the book and library creatively explored” was selected by the editorial team of the journal New Library World.

The paper contributes to discussion about the changing role of libraries and their collections, and includes projects designed by Level 6 Architecture students as part of the research method.  Libraries are very important pieces of the civic landscape of towns and cities and the research involved student project work to consider how their roles are changing in response to digitisation and other pressures, such as falling visitor numbers and funding cuts.  Interestingly, despite being designed by digitally literate students physical books are highly significant within the library programme.  The relationship between the library and its context was a key theme for several projects, which explore innovative means through which to engage the public.

As the journal’s sample article his paper is now available open access for a year, and can be viewed at

The students whose work features are: Sarah Aziz, Alex Bodman, Alexandra Gadd, Lee Newell, Omar Shariff, Liam Thomas and Ross Whittle.

Image:  “The changing permeability of the dynamic structure of this library represents the increasing accessibility to the books within, by Sarah Aziz.”


Lana Del Rey has been nominated for

  • Best Festival Performance (Governors Ball Music Festival)
  • Best Style
  • Most Anticipated Music Release of 2015′s Second Half (Honeymoon)
  • Best Tour (The Endless Summer Tour)

at Billboard’s  2015 Mid-Year Readers’ Poll. Vote HERE


To win female artist is incredible, because one of the best things that has happened to me in the last year is that I’ve surrounded myself with incredible women. And in the music video we just showed you tonight, there are so many of my best friends and people that I admire. Ellen is in it, Serayah is in it, Zendaya is in it, Hayley , Martha, Lily, who else is in it that I’m missing? Anyway, all my friends who are watching at home that are in it I love you, all my friends who weren’t in it I love you, all the girls who I talk to all the time on the internet about our feelings, and you teach me all the teen slang, thank you for that. Thank you for caring about my music. To all the girls out there, I absolutely love you. Thank you for this award.

2015 Billboard Music Awards | Las Vegas, NV | May 17, 2015

Balmain Spring 2015

At this point, I’m nearly 80% convinced that Taylor Swift actually reads TSS because I’ve been talking about her wearing Balmain (or Versace or Cushnie et Ochs) on the red carpet for months and here she is wearing one of their jumpsuits. 

I love the smoky eye and pretty lip here and don’t mind her messy, textured bob here. I’m also grateful that in terms of styling things were kept to a minimum as a necklace or cuffs would have been unnecessary and distracting from the statement of the jumpsuit.

Worn with: Effy Jewelry + Djula + Carrera y Carrera + Ileana Makri jewels, Edie Parker clutch and Brian Atwood sandals

View all the times Taylor has attended this event here.

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SOPA Awards Winners                                               

Five images of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong by Bloomberg Photographer Lam Yik Fei have received an Award for Excellence in the Excellence in News Photography category of this year’s SOPA Awards. 

Click here and then scroll down to see coverage from the Hong Kong protests by Bloomberg Photos. 

Photographer: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg    

© 2015 Bloomberg Finance LP


Ed Sheeran full speech “American Stuttering Institute Gala” 2015


This afternoon at the Museum, the twelve winners of the 2015 Young Naturalist Awards were honored at the Museum for their outstanding scientific investigations. The winners, ages 12-18, hail from 10 U.S. states, and were selected from over 800 submissions for this year’s prize. 

Winners include Beatrice Brown, an 18-year-old student from Bellmore, New York, who with her family lost her home during Hurricane Sandy, and who then developed a novel model for predicting hurricanes on Long Island. Soon Il Higashino, a junior from Ossining, New York, identified beneficial bacteria on Eastern redback salamanders that inhibited a toxic fungus associated with amphibian decline. Katherine Handler, a 15-year-old from Woodbridge, Connecticut, studied photos from automated game cameras in Kenya to analyze scavenger activity on wildebeest carcasses. 

Students were presented with their awards by herpetologist Christopher Raxworthy, associate curator in the Museum’s Division of Vertebrate Zoology and Associate Dean of Science for Education and Exhibition, who brought along his pet tortoise, Persephone, to the awards. Raxworthy purchased Persephone in a London pet shop in 1979, and cited the tortoise as a physical reminder of his own early love of science. 

Learn more about the Young Naturalist Awards