Sunday05 July 2015


Squire & Partners' Shell Centre masterplan

Shell Centre approval is a catastrophe

In this heartfelt piece written last year, Ike Ijeh sets out why the decision to approve the Shell Centre will damage London

The High Line in Manhattan

The High Line has a lot to answer for

Hank Dittmar questions whether landscape urbanism offers cities anything more than window dressing

Amanda Baillieu

Architects have a long way to go to convince the public that Robin Hood Gardens is worth saving

Out-of-touch dinosaurs are not helping the cause, argues Amanda Baillieu

Gillian Darley index

Scream if you want to go faster

As Dreamland in Margate reopens, Gillian Darley gets all nostalgic about the future

Squire & Partners' Shell Centre scheme

Shell Centre redevelopment 'to add to the necklace of cultural pearls along the Thames'

The end of the legal wrangling over the Shell Centre redevelopment is good news for London, argues the scheme’s masterplanner, Michael Squire

Abode housing Cambridgeshire by Proctor and Matthews

Proof we can build exceptional housing that is profitable, sustainable and desirable

RIBA president Stephen Hodder hails this year’s winners of RIBA National Awards

Harriet Harriss

Can we build it? Not on our own!

A reformed architectural education must promote collaboration and the value of existing buildings, argues Harriet Harriss

Mzo Tarr Architects' Nash pursuit tower

How John Nash’s Beautiful Mind could live on in a new generation of buildings

Adam Tarr of Mzo Tarr Architects argues that architects who don’t learn to use game theory are missing out on a valuable tool

Looking through the clock at No1 Poultry

I'm not convinced by plans for No1 Poultry, says its project architect

As C20 Society tries to get Stirling’s icon listed, Andrew Pryke, who knows the building intimately, sounds a warning over Buckley Gray Yeoman’s redevelopment plans

Top Valley Academy by Ryder Architecture - approach

Another brick in the wall

It’s not easy designing great schools under the new funding regime – but it is possible, says Ryder Architecture’s Richard Wise after his practice’s latest academy got a pasting at committee

Maccreanor Lavington's passivhaus development in Rainham, Essex

Don't forget everything before Part L

There is much to be learnt from our forebears before we even reach for the air-con, writes Eleanor Jolliffe

Tomorrow Today by Pope and Guthrie for NW Cambridge Development 2014

Using art to breathe communities into life

Assemble’s Turner Prize nomination is recognition of the role public art and storytelling are increasingly playing in placemaking, says Fabienne Nicholas

Houses of Parliament

Don’t scrap the Palace of Westminster

The idea that we should build a new, literally transparent parliament is simplistic and learns nothing from recent history, says Hank Dittmar

Dolls House

Trips worth making at the London Festival of Architecture

BD picks out some of the best events at the festival which opens on Monday

Gillian Darley index

Remembering an age when we cared about landscaping the nation's infrastructure

Gillian Darley celebrates two women who influenced the shape of so much of our landscape, from new towns to forests

Elemental's Incremental Housing at Quinta Monroy in Chile - as completed by the residents

The revolution will not be built until the people with power and the people with ideas learn to talk

A debate on morality in architecture was let down by the failure to engage both sides, finds Harriet Partridge

z car

Who's driving innovation in housing?

It’s crazy that the car industry offers more choice than housebuilders, says Paul McGrath

Eleanor Jolliffe, BD's student columnist

When it comes to architecture, the public are all first-years

Educating them into part IIs is a task for the whole profession if we want design to be taken seriously, says Eleanor Jolliffe


From smuggling computers to BIM pioneers

Ike Ijeh reports on one Budapest firm’s rise to become a leading architectural software manufacturer

Education secretary Michael Gove

Why architects vote Labour

It helps ease guilt about the sort of housing being built, says Amanda Baillieu. But for older architects, Mrs Thatcher is a reason too

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