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How architects' confidence in future workloads plummeted in a month

Sky-high optimism among architects over the summer has tumbled. What is going on, asks David Rogers

Chamberlin Powell Bon

Is brutalism the new Victoriana?

Do National Trust tours of brutalist icons mark a yearning for the return of 1960s and 70s socialist utopias or is the brutalist revival simply down to fashion?

Temple of Baalshamin, Palmyra, Syria, in 2005. Dating from the second century BC, it was rebuilt 131AD. Destroyed by IS in August this year

IS's attack on humanity's shared origins exposes the weakness of its ideology

Blowing up Palmyra is about power and money not cultural cleansing, says Eleanor Jolliffe

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University of East Anglia by Denys Lasdun

You’ve got to hand it to post-modernism

It took capitalism and consumer nostalgia to rescue our brutal utopias, says Hank Dittmar

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Roddy Langmuir

Architects must be allowed to finish what they start

It’s time to end the damaging separation between concept design and delivery architect which was highlighted by the RIBA Client and Architect report, argues Roddy Langmuir

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Birmingham New Street station

Birmingham New Street Station by AZPML

It was never going to take a lot to improve on the squalid eyesore of the 1960s incarnation of Birmingham New Street Station. Shame though about the whiff of fakery


Broad Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Sitting opposite the brash Walt Disney Concert Hall, Diller Scofidio & Renfro’s £90m museum of contemporary art brings a more understated form to LA’s streets with its perforated shell. A marked contrast to its playful interiors, says Ike Ijeh

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Optimism for the suburbs? Brooms aloft for the riot clean-up in Clapham

Contemplating the bother of suburbia

28 September 2015

Generations of planners and architects have tried to ‘solve’ the suburbs. They’d have been better off enlisting the locals, the Architecture Foundation’s Doughnut festival heard

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, by Rafael Moneo

Hugh Broughton's inspiration: Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Hugh Broughton knows the Spanish capital’s buildings intimately but the one that really stood out was Rafael Moneo’s magnificent art gallery

3d printed glass

3D-printed glass: Print me off another Shard

Glass has resisted the technological advancements in 3D printing, but now a team from MIT has invented a technique for printing fully transparent glass. The breakthrough, says Ike Ijeh, could revolutionise the way we make windows, cladding and even full facade systems

Walkie Talkie

It should never have been built

2 September 2015

The Walkie Talkie is a disaster for London and its planning system, says Ike Ijeh

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Peter Morrison, chief executive of RMJM

RMJM told to pay missing HK wages

2 October 2015

Bosses fined for breaking labour rules

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Garden Bridge trees and plants

Garden Bridge 'to allow Pooh sticks'

2 October 2015

Announcement follows media storm

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Herzog and de Meuron's Vancouver Art Gallery concept

Herzog & de Meuron proposes timber tower for Vancouver Art Gallery

2 October 2015

Architect beat Diller Scofidio & Renfro, Sanaa and Tod Williams Billie Tsien to job

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Neo Bankside by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners

Stirling Prize ceremony targeted by social housing activists

1 October 2015

Campaigners object to shortlisting of Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners’ luxury Neo Bankside flats

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Malcolm Fraser, right, with David Halliday, MD of Halliday Fraser Munro

Malcolm Fraser joins Scottish practice

1 October 2015

Architect to start this week

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Barbour ABI's September market review is out now

24 September 2015

Barbour ABI’s Economic & Construction Market Review for September is now available to download

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BD Digital Edition - August 2015

7 September 2015

Highlights from August’s, in a magazine format

Over 2,000m² of various ROCKFON acoustic products were installed at Phoenix Academy in Telford

CPD 21 2015: Acoustics in schools

23 September 2015

Poor acoustics can have a damaging effect on teaching and learning. This module outlines the key contributary factors and some of the most effective solutions. It is sponsored by ROCKWOOL

Andrew Barraclough

Getting the design information right is key to a successful tender

Andrew Barraclough on what contractors typically ask of design when invited to tender and how BIM can help you avoid the flowerpot trap

WA100 2015

WA100 2015: The big list

19 December 2014

View a table of this year’s top 100 architects

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