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Saturday03 December 2016

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1 Undershaft Eric Parry

London Shafted

Planning permission for 1 Undershaft is yet another attack on London’s skyline and character, argues Ike Ijeh

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Gillian Darley index

Lessons from Lansbury

A new V&A exhibition in the heart of the East End’s Lansbury Estate showcases the ambitions of post war planning which should be a model for new housing, says Gillian Darley

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View looking east from the Lea Valley over a reimagined Argall Avenue

How research by design can reinvigorate planning

UK planning is in a mess but it doesn’t have to be this way, argues Lee Mallett. A more visionary approach to planning new places can harness the market rather than being driven by it

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Amanda Baillieu - home page index

Architects need to think about what happens in a place, not simply what it looks like

Developers and architects need to work out how to make their schemes more engaging and experiential if they want to attract the younger generatin, argues Amanda Baillieu

Martyn Evans

Why build to let could make house-builders more like Apple

House builders don’t need to innovate because demand outstrips supply. A move from build to sell to long term rental could be the catalyst for some much needed product innovation

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Kensington

What will the Design Museum do for Kensington?

Kensington and Chelsea planning committee councillor Emma Dent Coad says the Design Museum won’t do anything to regenerate Kensington High St

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Ben Flatman

Could restoring Britain's colonial heritage help revive former trade ties?

British colonial built heritage is crumbling, creating an image of a nation in decline. Brexit means we need to restore a positive image of Britain with some conservation funding, says Ben Flatman

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Jack Pringle

Brexit and Trump are just the start of a new world order

There could be more political upset in Europe next year as the Netherlands, France and Germany go to the polls. It’s time for western democracies to rethink their policies and how they serve ordinary people says Jack Pringle

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Eleanor Jolliffe

A building is a more fitting memorial to the fallen than a stone cross

Historic England listed 50 war memorials to mark this year’s Armstice day while a memorial cottage hospital in Knutsford is threatened with demolition. Is this a case of misplaced priorites asks Eleanor Jolliffe

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Neil Spiller

Surrealism in architecture is more relevant than ever

Evolving technologies mean we must rethink our notion of the city, argues Neil Spiller

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Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

Can Khan achieve a City For All Londoners?

Julia Park puts Sadiq Khan’s ambitious rhetoric about equality and success under the microscope

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Hank Dittmar

Beauty isn’t a dirty word

Hank Dittmar argues that transport minister John Hayes should not be condemned for demanding beauty in the design of our infrastructure

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T Lane

Is training to be an architect worth it?

With seven years training, student loans and low salaries why does anyone become an architect?

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Leon Krier

C'est une stitch-up, Monsieur le President

Leon Krier takes issue with the choice of Dominique Perrault to lead the regeneration of the historic island at the heart of Paris

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Lee Mallett

Ditch the ‘master’ and just plan

Masterplanning has become another meaningless term like ‘sustainability’ and ‘mixed-use’ whose merit is accepted unthinkingly. It’s time to declare the emperor naked, argues Lee Mallett

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Martyn Evans

Converting temporary installations into permanent solutions

Pop-up installations have beccome commonplace on sites awaiting development. But can more meaningful alternatives form a better response to context and community, asks Martyn Evans

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Gillian Darley index

Reinventing our relationship with materials

The centenary of HP Berlage’s Holland House provides an opportunity to celebrate how materials combine technology and aesthetics, argues Gillian Darley

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How planners reshaped Victoria Street

This grand 19th century London boulevard suvived the Blitz only to be the victim of 1950s redevelopment. Now it is being reinvented once again

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Amanda Baillieu - home page index

The demise of Art History A-level reflects a post-Brexit mindset

It was only a matter of time before the tough ‘stem’ subjects would muscle out the soft study of society’s relationship with art and architecture

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Julia Park, head of housing research at Levitt Bernstein

What the Lords have to say about the housing crisis

This summer a House of Lords report set out some informed solutions for our dysfunctional housing market - a shame it’s been overshadowed by all the recent politicking

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Rab Bennetts

It feels like the industry has gone backwards since the recession

Contracts have got tougher, project risk is dumped on the weakest, partnering is out the window and adversarial practices are back

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Eleanor Jolliffe

Are the architecture schools doing enough to tackle mental health problems?

Last month BD’s student columnist highlighted the pressures faced by architectural students. She talked to the universities to see what they are doing about this and whether it is enough

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Mark Middleton, Grimshaw

Big infrastructure projects must retain design integrity

It’s in the public interest to appoint chief architects at the very start of projects that affect our country’s future

Newport Street Gallery by Caruso St John

Newport Street Gallery is streets ahead

This year’s Stirling Prize is a victory for the street as well as architecture

Hank Dittmar

At last the government gets it; a more diverse housebuilding sector is the key to increasing supply

Government funding to help small builders deliver more homes is welcome but safeguards will be needed to ensure the land doesn’t end up in the hands of the volume housebuilders

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T Lane

People in glasshouses shouldn't throw stones

Neo Bankside residents unhappy about being overlooked seemed to have forgotton that they overlook a neighbouring almshouse that has been there for 250 years

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Leon Krier

Technology ought not to be blindly embraced but filtered by human scale design and building processes

Architects must remember to apply environmental intelligence and ethical principles to design and not be swept aside by technological innovation says Leon Krier

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Whiteacres in Warwickshire - designed and developed by Emma Vergette

How to leave your job and become a developer - by someone who's already done it

Many architects dream of being their own client, but how easy is it in reality? Emma Vergette did it and says you (probably) won’t look back

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Martyn Evans

Can we justify stand-alone libraries any more?

John McAslan’s Camberwell library is a beautifully considered building but with a price tag of £2m perhaps it should have been part of a mixed-use scheme

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Ben Flatman

Why Cambridge is beating Oxford in the planning race

Oxford’s housing crisis is down to its inability to plan for growth. Cambridge on the other hand is actively engaged with urban expansion, says Ben Flatman

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Amanda Baillieu - home page index

Why the London Festival of Architecture struggles to make the headlines

The LFA fails to tap into the huge public appetite for inspiring design – the London Design Festival shows us how it can and should be done

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Brexit

Let's use Brexit as a springboard to transform the creative sector

There’s no point regretting what’s happened - what we need now is an open debate about how to seize the opportunities, argues Alastair Donald

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Mark Middleton, Grimshaw

I'm excited by the global prospects Brexit brings

We could see a new wave of Brits working beyond mainland Europe but there are pitfalls that all architects should be aware of …

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Eleanor Jolliffe

We all have a duty to stand up to the toxic culture at architecture schools

As hundreds of first years begin part I, BD’s student columnist calls time on a pernicious academic attitude that has normalised suffering

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Yiannis Proestos

The benefits of doing architecture after hours

Like most architects, newly qualified Yiannis Proestos finds architecture spills into his spare time. But is it worth it?

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Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

When is a home a dwellinghouse and when is it a family unit?

Julia Park shows up the many inconsistencies in the UK’s Use Classes and suggests it is time to rewrite the planning lexicon

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Carbuncle Cup 2016

Why Lincoln Plaza won the Carbuncle Cup

Lincoln Plaza has won the 2016 Carbuncle Cup and is yet another shameful indictment of bad planning as well as bad architecture

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Hank Dittmar

Architects are critical to adapting our cities to climate change

The Great Fire of London is a lesson in creative responses to human disaster that we should remember when planning modern urban communities

Leon Krier

People have to be brainwashed to appreciate the Southbank or Robin Hood Gardens

The public are entitled to their architectural preferences and modernists have no right to judge them, says Leon Krier

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Deptford Market Yard

The secret behind a chain-free high street

Deptford Market Yard in south London is an example of a large developer deliberately avoiding the big brands and taking a risk with untested tenants

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We need to get serious about tackling discrimination in construction

Today’s Institute of Fiscal Studies finding that women earn 18% less than men is just the latest blow for diversity. Architect Holly Porter puts the construction industry in the dock

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Gillian Darley index

What former Soviet republics can teach us about ruin porn and pizza chains Subscription Required

Britain’s attitude to buildings no longer wanted is hit and miss, Gillian Darley finds

Ben Flatman

Birmingham’s planners display a shocking lack of care for their city

Birmingham needs to wake up to its own worth if it’s going to turn things around, says Ben Flatman

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Amanda Baillieu

Will this government fail at regional development like all the rest?

Brexit exposed our country’s deep divide between London and the regions but we don’t have any detail on how Theresa May’s team plans to heal it

Edward Jones the founder of London practice Dixon Jones

Edward Jones celebrates the return of a design classic

The TC100 range of china went out of production 10 years ago, but now it is making a welcome reappearance

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Mark Middleton, Grimshaw

Brexit: All the reasons I can think of not to despair

Mark Middleton chooses to be optimistic about the referendum result - and finds some good news for architects

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Hank Dittmar

The urbanist’s Stirling Prize

Hank Dittmar assesses this year’s contenders for what they give back to the street

Martyn Evans

Smithfield is a long way from salvation, but it is now going in the right direction

Property developer and BD columnist Martyn Evans applauds the latest plan for the historic market whose future he fought for at public inquiry

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T Lane

Lessons from Lochgelly Subscription Required

As the government ponders stimulus measures against a background of falling construction output thoughtful regeneration is one answer, says Thomas Lane

RIBA contenders 3

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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