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Tuesday22 August 2017

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Martyn Evans index

Four priorities for the next RIBA president

Ben Derbyshire takes over from Jane Duncan as RIBA president in September and faces big challenges. Martyn Evans has some suggestions

Gillian Darley index

Recyling the spoils of Crossrail

Turning subsoil from Crossrail excavations into a new nature reserve is a win win situation says Gillian Darley

Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

Why design and build doesn't work

Design and build contracts were meant to give responsibility for jobs to one party. The reality is rather different says Julia Park

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The Walkie Talkie - whose climate-changing properties prompted the City of London to introduce new rules insisting on verification of developers’ reports.

Planners need better design guidance if we're to have high-quality cities

There are many ways architects and their clients try to hoodwink planners. The fightback starts here, writes Esther Kurland.

Mark Middleton, Grimshaw

Architects on the silver screen don’t do themselves or the profession any favours

It’s no surprise that fictional portrayals of architects are so stereotypical when documentaries reinforce exactly the same myths, says Mark Middleton

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Eleanor Jolliffe

Why can’t we make architecture intelligible to the general public?

A 1948 book encourages the lay observer to believe they can engage with architecture. Why are we still struggling with an elitist image nearly 70 years later asks Eleanor Jolliffe

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Joe Morris

Celebrating the theatre of London's Ocean Walks

London might not be able to match the exhibitionism of LA’s beaches but some of our streets can give California a run for its money when it comes to human carnival, writes Joe Morris

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T Lane

Southwark station demolition: The beginning of the end for the Jubilee line?

The architectural integrity of the Jubilee line is greater than the sum of its parts says Thomas Lane

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Hank Dittmar index

Should we be building icons or retaining our talented people?

The City of London’s Culture Mile proposal is a bloated distraction from what London really needs to focus on, says Hank Dittmar

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Arata Isozaki sketch - City in the Sky

Arata Isozaki: Six decades of visionary work

With a productive career spanning more than six decades, more than 100 built works and an oeuvre that is unusually diverse and original, Arata Isozaki’s work is due a timely reappraisal, writes Steffen Lehmann ahead of the Japanese architect’s 86th birthday on Sunday

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2017 Stirling shortlist: Ike Ijeh's verdict

The RIBA has produced another muted Stirling shortlist, writes BD’s underwhelmed architecture critic

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Martyn Evans index

Grenfell: Some fundamental moral and political questions about housing provision

The Grenfell fire will have a profound impact on everything from building design and procurement to our attitudes towards tall buildings and social housing provision, says Martyn Evans

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Gillian Darley index

We lost interest in New Towns just as we were getting them right

New Towns were places were the professions worked in harmony and where housing was built that would shame today’s volume housebuilders. It’s time to look afresh, argues Gillian Darley

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Milton Keynes plan

We love predicting the future but we've lost the ambition to plan for it

At a conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Milton Keynes, David Rudlin finds the future is not what it used to be

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Eleanor Jolliffe

Adjaye's Museum of African American History is architecture at its powerful best

Eleanor Jolliffe visits a museum where the architecture knows exactly when to defer to the exhibits and when to reassert itself

Ben Flatman

An architect’s guide to surviving the rule of Idi Amin

Ugandan practice Peatfield & Bodgener survived the rule of one of the world’s most brutal dictators. Ben Flatman finds out how

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Ethel Mary Charles, left, the first woman to join the RIBA

Happy Ethel Day. What will you do today to promote diversity?

A hundred years ago Ethel Charles overcame opposition and prejudice to become the first woman to join the RIBA. Her pioneering spirit is as important as ever, writes Clare Devine.

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Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

Will Grenfell change everything?

When just one volume of building regs refers to 93 other documents, it’s clear that we need to go back to first principles, says Julia Park

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T Lane

Grenfell Tower: A systemic failure of regulation

Searching for a scapegoat for the Grenfell fire is understandable but isn’t helpful. The causes are complex and go back decades, says Thomas Lane

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Hank Dittmar index

How to fix the UK's housing mess

We need to admit our mistakes and set about making radical changes to the whole system, writes Hank Dittmar

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Joe Morris of Duggan Morris

Perfecting the sales pitch

The power of persuasion is a fundamental architectural skill. But it’s just as important to listen, says Joe Morris

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Gillian Darley index

Who says architecture doesn't work on TV?

Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier instinctively knew how to get in the spotlight - even if it was more egos than axos, says Gillian Darley

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T Lane

Grenfell Tower: Should this cladding be allowed?

The rapid and devastating spread of the fire at the west London tower has raised questions whether ACM cladding should be permitted on high-rise residential towers, says Thomas Lane

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Martyn Evans portrait

Learning is the only way to turn failure into success

Most architects have endless rejected competition entries to their name. This is a thoroughly good thing, argues Martyn Evans

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Mark Middleton, Grimshaw

The fine art of collaboration

Working with other architects is increasingly common. But it’s not always a bed of roses. Mark Middleton offers some advice

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Amanda Baillieu - home page index

Turning our cities into fortresses will stifle us, not the terrorists

Installing security barriers to protect us from terrorist attacks will have limited effect and risks stifling our enjoyment of street markets

Ben Flatman

We need to make it easier for rural communities to build

The struggle to get a village hall built in Devon shows how the system is stacked against rural areas, writes Ben Flatman

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Enter the Age of Uncertainty

BD’s architecture critic Ike Ijeh assesses the chaotic election outcome - and looks for signs of hope

Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

Will England’s new metro mayors make a difference?

Their powers are limited and the government’s motive might have been to off-load responsibility, but this exercise in devolution could still be a good thing. Julia Park takes a look

Eleanor Jolliffe

Trump and the other wall

When the US president visited Jerusalem he stepped into a place charged with an almost unique power, writes Eleanor Jolliffe

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Gillian Darley index

Where are the landscape visionaries to guide us through the 21st century?

Some things have improved since Nan Fairbrother’s day but planning pressures and encroachment on the Green Belt mean we urgently need fresh thinking, writes Gillian Darley

Hank Dittmar index

Here’s the detail that's missing from all the manifestos

Politicians must think about design codes if they’re to deliver quality housing in the numbers they promise, says Hank Dittmar

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Joe Morris

Don't bulldoze what lies beneath

Joe Morris celebrates Old Street roundabout and warns that careless redevelopment plans could imperil the very things that bring it life

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Good urbanism: Hamburg

It's time to reconcile architects and urbanists

A false and unhelpful division has arisen between the two disciplines, argues David Rudlin, the new chair of the Academy of Urbanism

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Martyn Evans portrait

I want to make Dartington Hall into a testbed for tackling society's intractable problems

Martyn Evans explains his big plans for the historic Devon estate, inspired by its pioneering founders and using today’s best architects

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Amanda Baillieu - home page index

Walking in the footsteps of Jane Jacobs

Data is a useful tool but urban designers mustn’t overlook the importance of human intuition, says Amanda Baillieu

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Park Hill Estate, Sheffield

Gentrification may be brutalism’s best hope

What’s happening at the Balfron has infuriated many but don’t be too quick to criticise, cautions Owen Hopkins. The alternative for many brutalist gems is oblivion

Ben Flatman

Should architecture be for Anywhere or Somewhere?

It’s more than 30 years since Kenneth Frampton brought us critical regionalism but in today’s political landscape it’s as relevant as ever, argues Ben Flatman

Joe Morris of Duggan Morris

Architects exporting the uniqueness of place

Brexit does not have to mean pulling up the drawbridge on British architecture. Joe Morris draws inspiration from international localists Lina Bo Bardi, Gaudi and Gehry

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Eleanor Jolliffe

Mental health issues: a new campaign to help architects

Mental health is a big issue for architects. Eleanor Jolliffe welcomes a new campaign launched by RIBA and the Architects Benevolent Society to help

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Withy House, Globe Road, Stepney

Why I welcome the rise of east London

Gentrification is not all bad, argues Charles Saumarez Smith, a long-standing resident of the East End

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Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

When is overcrowding not overcrowding?

When you could sleep in the kitchen. Julia Park provides an illuminating history of the many ways landlords and the authorities have dodged their responsibility to provide decent housing rights up to the present day

Mark Middleton, Grimshaw

Pavilions: There’s no excuse for leaving rigour at the park gate

Mark Middleton excoriates architects and their clients who fail to take a commission for a bit of summer fun seriously

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Hank Dittmar

Why new urbanism is the answer all over again

The ground-up movement which helped defeat urban decay in the 1980s is just as relevant now our cities face the opposite problem, argues Hank Dittmar

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T Lane

It's time to divert Garden Bridge funding to other Thames crossings

Our reader poll demonstrates an appetite for more Thames pedestrian crossings. Public money left over from scrapping support for the Garden Bridge would get these moving, says Thomas Lane

Gillian Darley index

Regeneration will come naturally to the Lea Valley - after a lot of work

The Leaway has been a long time coming but soon we should be able to let the landscape do the talking, says Gillian Darley

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Martyn Evans portrait

If you're going to hire a consultant, make it the right one

Is it PR you need, or will the extra work it brings simply expose more fundamental problems in your practice? Martyn Evans considers the options for stressed-out architects

Ben Flatman

We should appreciate London’s success while it lasts

The capital might be struggling to accommodate its burgeoning population - but that’s surely better than the Detroit-style decline it once faced, argues Ben Flatman

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Eleanor Jolliffe

The Garden Bridge is like a student project – good on paper but impossible to realise

With government cuts and increasing global tensions it’s not the time to waste money on a costly folly, says Eleanor Jolliffe

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Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

Is it time to tax land value uplift for community benefit?

The uplift in land value has been taxed at rates from 100% in 1947 to zero today. A sensible level of taxation could help fund social infrastructure and affordable housing says Julia Park

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Hank Dittmar

How to diversify housing delivery with some help from architects

Self and custom builders could break the dominance of the volume housebuilders if they can cut through all the red tape says Hank Dittmar

Joe Morris

Mapping the city from the saddle

Cycling has many positive benefits, fitness, camaraderie, networking and for an architect, it can also promote a better understanding of urban design says Joe Morris

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Gillian Darley index

First rate art centres, second rate art

New art centres are too focused on restaurants, shops and the visitor experience rather than the exhibitions, says Gillian Darley

Victorian Society

Why Parliament should stay at the Palace of Westminster

Keeping Parliament at the Palace of Westminster would be better for Britain and cheaper too, argues Christopher Costelloe

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Martyn Evans

Why we need a new Houses of Parliament

A new parliament building would be more suited to a modern, forward looking Britain. It would also be cheaper and showcase Britains creative skills to the world says Martyn Evans

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Amanda Baillieu - home page index

The battle for No 1 Poultry: a history

A RIBA exhibition on the development of the No 1 Poultry site in the City of London has some fascinating insights into ambition, fashion and politics says Amanda Baillieu

Ben Flatman

It’s time to open up architecture to graduates and professionals from other disciplines

Architectural conversion courses have been standard in the US since the 1970’s. Introducing new skills has enriched American building design says Ben Flatman

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Mark Middleton, Grimshaw

Open design competitions devalue the architectural profession

Architects flock to open design competitions despite a lack of fees and tiny odds of winning a real job. It’s time for architects to take a stand, says Mark Middleton

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Eleanor Jolliffe

BIM changes the way we work, not the design

Working with BIM may make a new set of demands on designers but has wider benefits, argues Eleanor Jolliffe

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Briginshaw Jane

Is it the job of local authorities to create better places?

With development now delivered by a diverse, fragmented variety of organisations, Jane Briginshaw convened a group of political leaders to discuss who should stitch this together

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