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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The Walkie Talkie, 20 Fenchurch Street

Have we learnt anything from the Walkie Scorchie?

2 September 2015

Behind the headlines ridiculing the Walkie Talkie for its death ray and wind scoop effects are serious issues that should concern us all, says architect and urban climatologist Julie Futcher

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Rafael Vinoly: An architect of two parts. His RIBA Award-winning maths institute at Oxford, left, and his Carbuncle Cup-winning Walkie Talkie

Carbuncle Cup: There but for the grace of God go all of us

Many of the architects nominated for the Carbuncle Cup are also RIBA Award-winning practices. How do talented professionals sometimes get it so badly wrong, asks Eleanor Jolliffe

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Hank Dittmar

London's housing problems are beyond the power of market forces to solve

The global pressures shaping London’s built environment now include the Airbnb effect, says Hank Dittmar

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Students in classes at Gallaudet

How to design for people who hear with their eyes

As a $60m international design competition is launched by Gallaudet, Washington’s specialist university for the deaf, its campus architect Hansel Bauman shares insights from a decade of research into DeafSpace design


Interior flooring with a local twist

Amanda Birch’s study of three distinct examples of interior flooring examines work in London, Zanzibar and India by Amanda Levete, Jestico & Whiles and Project Orange

Bordeaux’s vast Génicart estate houses 10,500 and occupies 10% of all municipal land owned by the city

District 33, Bordeaux, by LAN

LAN’s £12m urban renewal of part of the gigantic Génicart housing estate in the Bordeaux suburb Lormont relies on a radical over-cladding strategy and distinguishes public and private space. Could this model influence British cities?


Dokk1 by Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Based at the heart of a regeneration of Denmark’s second city Aarhus, Dokk1 library rejects tradition for innovative design that borders on science fiction. But is this the library of the future?

Dance Base in Edinburgh by Malcolm Fraser Architects, shortlisted for the Stirling Prize

The death of a practice, out of the blue

Malcolm Fraser Architects is the highest-profile firm to go under for some time. David Rogers reports

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Malcolm Fraser’s Centre for Carbon Innovation.

Gallery: Two decades of Malcolm Fraser Architects

26 August 2015

BD marks the demise of an award-winning practice with photographic highlights from the last 22 years

York House

A day at the office: Your guide to human happiness

How can you use design to actively influence and improve people’s lives? British Land is using its own headquarters as a test bed for incorporating wellbeing principles that it hopes will foster a happier, more productive workforce

Salisbury Cathedral

Ken Shuttleworth's inspiration: Salisbury Cathedral

The founder of Make on a building with more lessons for him than any from the 20th century

Portsmouth prison

Feilden Clegg’s homes plan for Fred West prison

3 September 2015

Sites sold two years ago under government cost-cutting plans

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Squire and Partners Brixton

Squire & Partners heads to Brixton and new home

3 September 2015

Practice leaving King’s Cross in 2016

Carbuncle Cup

Carbuncle Cup 2015 winner announced

2 September 2015

Decision to award Carbuncle Cup to Walkie Talkie was unanimous

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The Gallaudet University campus in Washington DC

$60m public realm competition launched in Washington DC

2 September 2015

Almost 700 registered interest in Gallaudet University design contest after BD’s announcement

Hayward Gallery

Feilden Clegg's Southbank scheme handed lottery boost

2 September 2015

Work on £25m redevelopment will start later this month

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July cover

BD Digital Edition - July 2015

3 August 2015

Highlights from July’s www.bdonline.co.uk, in a magazine format

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Barbour ABI's August market review is out now

20 August 2015

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

Harmonising colour schemes involve two or more colours that sit next to each other on the artist’s colour wheel

CPD 17 2015: Specifying colour

2 September 2015

The latest in our series of CPD modules examines the key issues when selecting a rooflight, including the diff erent types of glass and operating systems, as well as relevant standards and testing procedures

Enric Miralles book cover

Book Club review: Enric Miralles from Left to Right

24 August 2015

This intimate portrait reveals an architect grounded in reality, says Daniel Parker

WA100 2015

WA100 2015: The big list

19 December 2014

View a table of this year’s top 100 architects

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

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