Press Release: London Architecture Guide app

First comprehensive iOS app guide to London's best architecture launched...and it's free!

The Architecture Foundation and Brockton Capital are delighted to announce the publication of an iOS app of Edward Jones and Christopher Woodward’s Guide to the Architecture of London. First published in 1983, and in print ever since, Jones and Woodward’s classic book was most recently updated in 2013. Writing in the London Review of Books at the time, Owen Hatherley observed:

“There is no shortage of guides to London’s architecture – I can think of at least three in the last decade – but not only has it outlived the guides of the 1970s and 1980s, it will remain the standard.”

The app incorporates entries on more than 1000 buildings, dating from the Roman era to the present day, each of which is illustrated with photographs and a critical text. The new platform enables all contents to be GPS co-ordinated and to be quickly filtered by proximity, building type and date. Edward Jones and Christopher Woodward have provided new entries for buildings constructed since the publication of the last edition, including Caruso St John’s Newport Street Gallery, O’Donnell and Tuomey’s Saw Swee Hock Student Centre for the London School of Economics and Herzog de Meuron’s Switch House at Tate Modern. The authors plan to update the contents annually and will expand the range of historic entries beyond the scope determined by the Guide’s previous publication as an easily-portable book.

Published by the Architecture Foundation in partnership with Brockton Capital and developed by QIP Creative, the app is to be offered in free-to-download form, from June 28th 2017, via the App Store.

Ellis Woodman, the director of The Architecture Foundation, said: “We believe the app will develop Londoners’ engagement with the architecture of their city very dramatically while offering visitors the best possible introduction. Publication in this new form also ensures that this standard text will continue to be updated and expanded year on year.”

David Marks, Co-Managing Partner of the app’s founding sponsor, Brockton Capital, said: “Brockton Capital is proud to be working in partnership with the Architecture Foundation to deliver this app of Jones and Woodward’s classic Guide. Well-designed placemaking depends on successful collaborations, and great architects and their vision are a key part of that. This association with the Architecture Foundation underlines our long-standing commitment to delivering buildings of architectural significance in a technologically enhanced world. This unique app allows you to wander the streets of London, ‘look up’ and be inspired and informed, all from the back pocket of your 501s.”

To download the app from the App Store click here.


Notes to editors

About The Architecture Foundation

The Architecture Foundation is a coalition of architects, professionals, clients and members of the general public campaigning for a better built environment. The Architecture Foundation is a company limited by guarantee (no. 02661352) and a registered charity (no. 1006361).

About Brockton Capital

Brockton Capital advises private real estate funds. Across its £4.0bn portfolio, Brockton have an appreciation for investing in quality architecture and enduring placemaking and have led both the sensitive restoration of Nash and Pennethorne-era townhouses through to the radical transformation of major mixed-use schemes by Stirling Prize-winning firms. Increasingly, people ignore great architecture because they 'look down', glued to their phones; Brockton are pleased to support this app, as it encourages people, via their phones, to 'look up'.