Saturday31 January 2015


Amanda Baillieu

Architecture is the loser if we censor history

Monographs contribute to the marginalisation of the profession, argues Amanda Baillieu

MEA House Newcastle by Ryder & Yates

Why even listing can't preserve the dynamism of our working lives

Architecture Foundation chair Simon Allford, whose Angel Building was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, hails English Heritage’s office listing bonanza

St James’s House, Frederick Street, Birmingham, John Madin, 1954-7

'Listing buildings is not like stamp collecting - you can't have one by every architect'

As 14 post-war office buildings are listed, experts give their verdicts

James Maddock

Space: The final frontier

Our understanding of the kinds of workspaces employees require is changing and this will result in offices that are more flexible and responsive to the varied needs of their occupiers, says DTZ’s James Maddock

Hank Dittmar

Style wars are irrelevant when architecture is reduced to floor-plate cladding

Architects should stop bashing each other and concentrate on the real enemy, says Hank Dittmar

BD student columnist Eleanor Jolliffe

Fear and loathing in our cities

Should architects and planners be defending us from terrorists, asks BD’s student columnist

Basil Spence's £3.2 million Knightsbridge Barracks

Our challenges for the year ahead

Gillian Darley hopes she’s not being optimistic in wanting 2015 to deliver content over style

Manhattan apartment designed by Tim Seggerman

Why space standards are a bad thing for the housing crisis

Delivering better homes requires a subtler approach than the blunt instrument advocated by the RIBA, argues Paul McGrath

An example of a biophilic interior

Interior designers must take a leaf out of architects' biophilic books

Designer, writer and television presenter Oliver Heath invites BD readers to share examples of using nature in interiors

Tanja Smith, left, at a recent NAWIC conference with Alison Mackey, director at Edit Development

Mongolia - where it's normal for the boss to be a woman

In her third dispatch from Ulan Bator, Tanja Smith suggests one way UK construction firms could learn from their Mongolian counterparts

Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

A season of goodwill and peace to all men?

Eleanor Jolliffe reports from a building at the crossroads of history

Mayfield Depot

Bringing buildings back to life

Amanda Baillieu laments the decision to give a permanent home to a Manchester arts festival held in disused buildings

Malaysia Square at Battersea Power Station

Bigging up Battersea: a progress report

Bjarke Ingels’ ‘urban canyon’ power station entrance repeats the mistakes of 1960s planning, warns Hank Dittmar

Helsinki South Harbour - view from the site of market and cathedral

To have or have not

Finns are proud of their home-grown designers, but that doesn’t mean they could never embrace a foreign architect for the Helsinki Guggenheim, says Elizabeth Hopkirk

New perspective: Bank junction from inside the Poultry clock

Conjuring buildings into life

The words we use to describe our surroundings can transform our appreciation of them, argues Gillian Darley

Timothy Smith and Jonathan Taylor

We should be preaching to the converted

Why does a hostile public still equate ‘modern architecture’ with glass and steel when so many architects are designing exactly the kind of buildings they should love, asks BD’s student columnist Eleanor Jolliffe

Tower blocks in Ulan Bator, Mongolia

What happens when you put nomads in tower blocks?

In her second dispatch from Mongolia, Tanja Smith from Gradon Architecture explores the challenges faced by a developing nation when two cultures collide


Is there a BIM architecture?

Ike Ijeh investigates whether the rise of BIM software is beginning to have an impact on the way our buildings look

Bishopsgate towers

Tall storeys: the battle for Bishopsgate

Plans for the redevelopment of Bishopsgate Goodsyard have already provoked a storm of protest. Ike Ijeh has a look at why

Computer cables iStock

Rise of the machines Video

Technology is elbowing out human inefficiency in architecture, says Amanda Baillieu

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