Wednesday01 October 2014


BD student columnist Eleanor Jolliffe

The provincial towns we jog round

The Scottish referendum shows that we must stop our London obsession, argues BD’s student columnist

Jack Pringle

Scotland's Aladdin

Alex Salmond and the yes campaign lost their battle for an independent Scotland - but by letting the genie of devolved powers out of the bottle, they did us all a favour, says former RIBA president Jack Pringle

Wikihouse 4.0

Give us the land and we'll solve the housing crisis ourselves

There’s never been a better time to tell politicians what we want, writes Elizabeth Hopkirk


Worries over towers miss the point

Super-dense schemes can work in London as long as they reinforce street spaces, says Ben Derbyshire

The disused Folkestone Harbour railway station remains a testimony to the countless travellers who have passed through the town

Point of departure

People once flocked to Folkestone. Amanda Baillieu wonders whether an empty, windswept site holds the key to turning the end-of-the-line town in Kent back into a destination.

Kate Fletcher of Arup Associates: BD BIM Taskforce

Is laser scanning a utopian solution for surveying buildings?

Drawings of existing buildings are often out of date, which is where laser scanning comes in

BD student columnist Eleanor Jolliffe

Housing the UK is an opportunity not a crisis

We have enough homes but they’re owned by the wrong people, argues BD’s student columnist

Hank Dittmar

Finally, some smart thinking about Garden Cities

BD columnist Hank Dittmar lauds Urbed’s prize-winning plans and urges politcians to do likewise

Gillian Darley

Every picture tells a (tall) story

BD columnist Gillian Darley on the sleights of hand CGIs create

Glasgow School of Art

What did Scotland do for architecture?

Scotland’s architectural pedigree goes back well before the 1707 Act of Union, and whatever the result of the referendum, its architects will continue to transform the built environment well beyond the bonnie braes of their homeland, says Ike Ijeh

CGI of Frank Gehry's Arles project

Arles' towering folly

The ancient French town has no need for Frank Gehry’s flashy intervention, argues BD’s editor-at-large Amanda Baillieu

Kate Fletcher of Arup Associates: BD BIM Taskforce

Sticking to the BIM specifics

Trying to keep it simple is the best way, says Kate Fletcher

Eleanor Jolliffe, BD's student columnist

Shaking hands with the devil

Should architectural ambition ever yield to other considerations, asks BD’s student columnist

Russell Curtis

Don't mistake the means for the end

BIM is useful but don’t let the software dictate the design, says Russell Curtis

Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier

Even modernism is history now

The Lords were right to identify heritage as a living thing, argues BD columnist Hank Dittmar

Shenzen International Airport

Head in the clouds: 5 great new airports

Airports are now so focused on processing huge numbers of people safely that the glamour of aviation has been left behind. Ike Ijeh explores five of the newest terminals that have managed to buck the trend

BD student columnist Eleanor Jolliffe

Why architecture won't be an election issue any time soon

The profession must use its creativity to raise its profile, argues BD’s student columnist


In praise of architecture's Romantic Pragmatists

BD columnist Gillian Darley celebrates the architecture of quiet ambition

David Shepherd, HOK's London BIM manager

BIM Level 2: defying definition

Achieving 5D BIM will be a slow process, says David Shepherd


Glorious Georgians

Georgian architecture celebrates its 300th birthday this month, but how will our buildings be remembered in three centuries’ time?

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