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Wednesday27 July 2016

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RIBA contenders

The election for RIBA president is a waste of everyone's time

What we really need is a referendum, argues Paul McGrath

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Ben Flatman

What 'taking back control' means for architects

Active and engaged communities are essential to the creation of sustainable and high-quality spaces, argues Ben Flatman

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Martyn Evans

The view from up here can change the way you feel down there

It is still relatively novel for Londoners to be able to look down on their city from on high. As opportunities grow, there could be an unexpected benefit, says Martyn Evans

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Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall, London - by Caruso St John

Ike Ijeh's verdict on the Stirling Prize shortlist

BD’s critic assesses a Stirling shortlist featuring some fine civic architecture - and a few curiosities

Simon Henley

Think you're an open-minded free-thinker? Think again

Don’t be so quick to condemn those who hold a different point of view, whether they are Brexiteers or Toby Young, says Simon Henley

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Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

A hundred years ago we decided to build homes fit for heroes. What happened?

Tudor Walters, Parker Morris and Parker Boris. Radiograms and MP3s. Julia Park gets out a tape measure and a dictionary

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Polyark III students

Students quiz RIBA presidential hopefuls

Marie Braithwaite, student member of RIBA Council, questions the three candidates hoping to lead the RIBA

Hank Dittmar

Can smart urban design tackle the rise of nationalism?

Jane Jacobs’ ideas about the role of the city in creating community cohesion and promoting sustainable development could be usefully applied to those disaffected communities who voted for Brexit, says Hank Dittmar

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RIBA contenders 2

Why you should vote for me to be RIBA president

As campaigning for the RIBA presidency closes, BD offered the three men vying for the job a last chance to speak to architects. Here’s what they said

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Leon Krier

The EU's architecture is partly to blame for Brexit

The institution’s arrogant and aggressive buildings alienated the electorate, argues Leon Krier

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Aukett Fitzroy Robinson chief executive Nicholas Thompson

It is right to be concerned but now is not the time to panic

Residency rules, lack of political leadership and a slowing economy. Problems from the Brexit fallout are piling up but the UK’s world economy status will eventually pull us through, says Aukett Swanke’s Nicholas Thompson

Eleanor Jolliffe

We didn't vote for it, but my generation is the one that must shape the future Subscription Required

Eleanor Jolliffe sets aside her grief and issues a rallying cry

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Gillian Darley index

What's Europe ever done for us... apart from all this? Subscription Required

Gillian Darley travels to Leave country where she finds a lot of European money

Aldo Rossi - Architecture of the City: 1st Italian and English editions

Aldo Rossi the quiet revolutionary

Paul McGrath marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Aldo Rossi’s groundbreaking work

thomas-lane

Don't panic. It's going to be a rough ride but we will get through this Subscription Required

The new normal is going to be an extended period of uncertainty. But architects are very adaptable, says Thomas Lane

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Amanda Baillieu - home page index

Why are you giving £250,000 to another vanity project, Sadiq?

Amanda Baillieu takes issue with the proposal to light up 17 of London’s bridges with a permanent installation

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Martyn Evans

Architects might be naive but they're not powerless when it comes to novation

It’s up to architects to convince developers that it’s in their interests to retain them, says Martyn Evans

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Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

We’re older but are we any wiser?

Persuading older people to downsize unlocks homes for others. Yet just 3% of new units are designed for elderly people. Julia Park asks whether a new report has any answers

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Eleanor Jolliffe

What Trump’s wall says about American politics

Eleanor Jolliffe congratulates the US presidential hopeful on his measured and carefully thought-through proposal

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Mark Middleton, Grimshaw

False distinction between design and delivery architects is killing the profession

Constant re-tendering is a waste of money - and is also depriving young architects of valuable experience, warns Grimshaw’s Mark Middleton

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Hank Dittmar

Urban recycling and doubling-up: How cities really respond to growth

Adapting existing stock could have a bigger impact on the housing crisis than mass construction. Hank Dittmar draws some parallels from wartime Washington DC

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Demolition of John Madin's Birmingham library is well underway

John Madin was first a victor, then a victim of Birmingham's identity crisis

It should come as no surprise that England’s second city has systematically destroyed much of its best modernist architecture. It has form for this kind of iconoclasm, says Ben Flatman

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thomas-lane

Transparency is essential as the UK relies on private cash for public projects

Investors are eyeing up our public assets and we must ensure the country gets a good deal, says Thomas Lane

Leon Krier

You're not writing a great tragic novel. You're designing places for people to live

Architecture is not the place to work through our collective guilt. Leave that to the poets and artists, says Leon Krier

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Gillian Darley index

Planners: Your country needs you (but no one will admit it)

In the UK we push planners to the margins. In the Netherlands their expertise is valued by government. Which do you think is working best, asks Gillian Darley

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Amanda Baillieu - home page index

It's your museum and you can sleep in it if you want to

As Tate Modern prepares to open its extension and the V&A plots its eastern outpost, Amanda Baillieu questions whether museums can still dazzle us

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Martyn Evans

If we're to build good places, architects and developers need to learn to trust each other

Get round a table and talk, Martyn Evans tells clients and designers. But don’t talk about buildings - talk about people

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Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

When it comes to housing it's people who count, not units per hectare

There are endless ways of calculating density, each with a different physical and social outcome. Julia Park does the maths

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July 31

As London builds tall, we urgently need to rethink the rules governing 'public space'

If they are putting us in flats, developers and politicians need to be realistic about our need to be ourselves outside

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Hank Dittmar

Sadiq Khan, you need to read these reports by Boris' design advisors

London’s new mayor has his work cut out on housing and planning, but he has plenty of excellent advice to draw on, says Hank Dittmar

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Thomas Heatherwick

Arne Jacobsen designed chairs. Why won't architects let Heatherwick design buildings?

Architects have nothing to fear from designers straying on to their turf - and plenty to gain from collaboration, argues Mark Middleton

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Leon Krier

Politicians would do well to show more interest in urban design

Leon Krier proposes a new European capital built on genuinely sustainable principles. It would make the EU more lovable, be a model for other city builders - and help end our dependence on oil, he argues

Gillian Darley index

Postcards from continental railway stations

Gillian Darley hails a new generation of European stations and asks what we can learn

Thomas Lane

Mayoral targets - and mayoral rhetoric

Whoever succeeds Boris Johnson this week one thing is certain - they will struggle to build enough affordable housing for London, says BD editor Thomas Lane

July 31

We're pushing out talent by ignoring the business side of the profession till part III

BD’s student columnist takes issue with her unbalanced architectural education

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Amanda Baillieu

Why the Panama Papers raise questions for architects too

Greater transparency is good news for the profession - but not necessarily in the way you might think, says Amanda Baillieu

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Hank Dittmar

London's tall buildings bloopers

There’s lots of great new architecture in London but you wouldn’t know it to look at the skyline, says Hank Dittmar

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Britain's urban literacy is a national scandal

Critic Jonathan Glancey laments the loss of city making skills

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Ben Flatman

Thanks to the EU, architects can work in more places than ever before

Ben Flatman looks at the implications of Brexit for architects’ freedom of movement

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Gillian Darley index

The Green Belt is protected for a reason

Gillian Darley says a visit to Cairo or Delhi shows what can go wrong

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Zaha Hadid

A sensational career

BD critic Ike Ijeh pays tribute to Zaha Hadid

Turncoats at Hoxton Hall. Illustration by Andra Antone

If we can't even get common people to a debate on privilege, how will we get them to study architecture?

With its provocative format, Turncoats promised to ‘rugby tackle’ fundamental issues and turn deferential debates on their head. It caused a buzz in London. This week it moves to Canada and Serbia. Michael Badu assesses its most explosive event yet and asks whether, beyond the hype, it really offers something new

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Ben Derbyshire

Collaboration and research are key to the survival of the profession

Architects must offer clients meaningful evidence - and the RIBA should be drawing it together, says Ben Derbyshire

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July 31

You can't just build a railway and hope the Northern Powerhouse will succeed

Designing attractive places where people will want to build a life must be a critical part of the government’s plan, says Eleanor Jolliffe

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Mark Middleton, Grimshaw

We need to work much harder to retain women - and publishing gender pay rates would be a good start

Legislation is coming but most practices are too small to be affected. The RIBA should step in to change that, argues Grimshaw partner Mark Middleton

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Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

London won’t find the answer until it asks the right question

House prices in the capital have risen 45% under Boris Johnson. Infrastructure is at breaking point. We urgently need to decide what kind of city we want London to be, says Julia Park

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The Ebbsfleet Valley - site of the first 21st-century garden city

Time to stop going down the garden path and come up with a strategy

Solving the housing crisis is not just a numbers game: it requires proactive planning. Jeff Nottage urges the government to abandon opportunism and get serious

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Hank Dittmar

A towering mess that the government has the power - but not the will - to address

We must act to shape the market or we’ll have a skyscraper glut and still no affordable housing, warns Hank Dittmar

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Leon Krier

Why so many English picnics happen in motorway lay-bys

The people’s exclusion from Arcadia should be a national scandal, says Leon Krier. Instead we seem happy to settle for a handkerchief-size garden

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Gillian Darley index

You've got to laugh or you'd cry

Gillian Darley aims to cheer with her trawl through the funniest architecture in literature

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Amanda Baillieu

Lessons from competitive Paris

London’s next mayor would do well to look across the Channel, says Amanda Baillieu

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thomas-lane

What Brexit might mean for architects

It’s hard to separate the facts from the rhetoric, but on balance the profession will probably be best served by the UK remaining in the EU, says BD editor Thomas Lane

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Crispin Kelly

Watch out, planners: You're in the government's crosshairs

Architect-turned-developer Crispin Kelly detects the stamping foot of a crotchety minister demanding, ‘More houses, or else’

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Eleanor Jolliffe

Why no one has a good word to say for the Housing & Planning Bill

The government could learn a lot from the history of urbanism in Paris, London - and China, argues Eleanor Jolliffe

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Leon Krier's proposal for London's new concert hall at the tip of Regent's Park

Just because the Powell & Moya site is available doesn't mean it's the right place for a concert hall

London should think carefully about where to build its newest cultural venue. And Leon Krier’s Regent’s Park proposal beats Boris’s commercial opportunism, says Hank Dittmar

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Ben Derbyshire

Ethical professionalism: Taking advantage of diminishing state intervention

As the RIBA begins its hunt for a new chief executive, Ben Derbyshire assesses the future of the profession at a critical point in its history

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Julia Park, head of housing research at Levitt Bernstein

Why the Starter Homes Programme is a non-starter

Discounted starter homes could distort the market and make it difficult for first time buyers to sell on says Julia Park.

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Derek Sugden

Derek Sugden: The architecture of music

Mark Swenarton pays tribute to the late Derek Sugden, the celebrated accoustician and Arup Associates founding partner responsible for the accoustics of Snape Maltings, Glyndebourne and other concert halls

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Gillian Darley index

No room for sheltered housing in the new look East London

Gillian Darley says Sainsbury’s proposed Whitechapel development which towers over a grade I listed almshouse is a metaphor for the loss of East London’s traditional urban fabric

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