Saturday05 September 2015


Rafael Vinoly: An architect of two parts. His RIBA Award-winning maths institute at Oxford, left, and his Carbuncle Cup-winning Walkie Talkie

Carbuncle Cup: There but for the grace of God go all of us

Many of the architects nominated for the Carbuncle Cup are also RIBA Award-winning practices. How do talented professionals sometimes get it so badly wrong, asks Eleanor Jolliffe

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Dance Base in Edinburgh by Malcolm Fraser Architects, shortlisted for the Stirling Prize

The death of a practice, out of the blue

Malcolm Fraser Architects is the highest-profile firm to go under for some time. David Rogers reports

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Hank Dittmar

London's housing problems are beyond the power of market forces to solve

The global pressures shaping London’s built environment now include the Airbnb effect, says Hank Dittmar

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Gillian Darley index

Philip Webb can't avoid the limelight for ever

In his centenary year, it is time to make a fuss of William Morris’ unassuming collaborator, says Gillian Darley

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We did all that research and you did what?!

Cabe’s reports were admired for their quality but too often gathered dust on influential desks. Writing exclusively for BD, former chief executive Richard Simmons offers some advice to those struggling to influence policy today

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Amanda Baillieu

Honest House – the real reality property show

If programmes like Ugly House and Grand Designs had any basis in reality the results would be rather different, suggests Amanda Baillieu

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July 31

Job-hunting for part IIs

Eleanor Jolliffe on the terror of the architectural job hunt, the fevered world of CVs, portfolios and secret knowledge

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Hank Dittmar

London needs a walker's charter

The first two London mayors championed buses and bikes. The next one should put pedestrians first, argues Hank Dittmar

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A Made City Builders workshop

Shaping the next generation of city builders

A project that broadens access to the built environment professions is having some success in the Midlands. But it’s a constant struggle to keep the programme afloat, writes David Tittle

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On what might have been

Unbuilt, unused and unappreciated. Gillian Darley explores architectural waste in all its forms

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Darbishire Place housing in London by Niall McLaughlin Architects

Ike Ijeh damns the Stirling Prize shortlist

This year’s shortlist compares badly alongside a building like No1 Poultry, writes BD’s architecture critic

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Amanda Baillieu

Why Osborne was right to take back planning powers

We had our chance and were found wanting, says Amanda Baillieu

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Goose Green Primary School in Southwark by Cazenove Architects, singled out in the book as an example of good design

What will our schools look like in 10 years?

Not much has changed in 60 years, say the authors of a new book on school design - but that doesn’t mean we don’t have important lessons to learn

Abercrombie plan for London

Healing the rift between architecture, politics and finance

It’s in everyone’s interests to reform the planning system but those with the power have no overview and those with the overview have no power, argues Ruth Lang

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BD student columnist Eleanor Jolliffe

On finishing part II

BD’s student columnist looks back on the last seven years of study and assesses how much has changed

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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z car

Who's driving innovation in housing?

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

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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

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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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Architecture Initiative's Revelstoke Road scheme increases the area’s typical density of 50 dph to 161 dph

Densifying suburbia

Localism and small-scale interventions could play an important part in increasing housing densities, writes Matt Goodwin. But the inflexible reality is enough to deter all but the richest players

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Hank Dittmar

Riding the railroad to revival

Hank Dittmar explores how the US’s organic approach to urban revival could take hold in Britain’s regions

British Land image of Blossom Street proposal designed by AHMM-led team

We're not here to man the barricades, says Historic England chief

Nigel Barker defends heritage watchdog’s position on Norton Folgate and other controversial schemes

Gillian Darley

It's the architecture critic wot won it

Today’s architectural writers wield their influence to powerful political effect, argues Gillian Darley as the election looms

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Andrew Barraclough

How contractors can minimise design risk when bidding

Mistakes at the start will come back to haunt you, warns our BIM columnist

Gillespie Yunnie's Royal William Yard staircase, Plymouth

Don’t let heritage become a victim of our economic recovery

Reintroducing enterprise zones has inadvertently put heritage buildings within them at risk of demolition, warns Justin Birch

Crispin Kelly

This is what the planning system has become

Planning should be the ‘heart and soul’ of every council, according to Brandon Lewis. The reality, says architect and developer Crispin Kelly, is more about passing the buck

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Eleanor Jolliffe, BD's student columnist

Politicians offer more of the same on housing

No party is prepared to be revolutionary enough, says Eleanor Jolliffe

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Victoria Thornton

Housing is not just a numbers game

As Green Sky Thinking begins, founder Victoria Thornton urges the construction industry to keep sustainability on the agenda even if the government won’t

Mackintosh library before the fire

Replication is never the right thing to do

As experts gather in Glasgow to discuss the future of the Mac, Alan Dunlop takes issue with Hank Dittmar’s case for restoration

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Amanda Baillieu

Architect-free architecture? I can see a few problems

Open source architecture has to be about more than giving away blueprints, says Amanda Baillieu

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Flowers left in tribute at the roundabout where Moira Gemmill died

TfL needs to make this junction safer

BD’s Elizabeth Hopkirk offers a cyclist’s perspective on the stretch of road where Moira Gemmill was killed last week

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MyHouse by Mae - illustration for Royal Academy exhibition and talk

How to tackle the housing crisis - four architects' visions

Against the backdrop of the UK’s ever tightening housing crisis – a key issue in the general election campaign – the Royal Academy has been running a season of debates, talks and an exhibition examining housing’s future. Owen Hopkins, the season’s curator, explains

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Hank Dittmar

Sometimes rebuilding is the right thing to do

Hank Dittmar hails the appointment of Page\Park by Glasgow School of Art and makes the case for reconstruction

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Flats of five to seven storeys exemplar - Porphyrios Associates in Islington

Just what was the government thinking?

Hari Phillips minces no words in his assessment of the new architecture minister’s first housing design guide

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Ghost Parking Lot in Connecticut, by James Wines with Site

What are you laughing at?

Gillian Darley doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry this April Fool’s Day

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BD student columnist Eleanor Jolliffe

Practices must play their part – or education reform will fail

Offering student placements will be a professional duty in the RIBA’s brave new world, argues Eleanor Jolliffe

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Polyark III students

What the RIBA's changes on education mean for students

RIBA’s director of eduation David Gloster hails the decision to rip up the three-part system

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BD student columnist Eleanor Jolliffe

Sexism is not the issue for Generation Y

The real inequalities in architecture are race and class, which is where the RIBA’s #SeeMeJoinMe campaign should focus

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London should look to Paris for inspiration

Mipim showed our booming capital still has much to learn, says Amanda Baillieu

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The threatened Sutton Estate, Chelsea

Ethical architecture is no simple matter

The right course of action is a matter for the individual, says Paul McGrath

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Hank Dittmar

When it comes to housing, small is beautiful

Small plots, small builders and small architects. The next government must open the market if it wants to solve the housing crisis, argues Hank Dittmar

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Feix and Merlin's exhibition design for Urbanistas at Roca London Gallery

Harnessing the other 50%

Three leading architects discuss the way women are shaping our cities

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Gillian Darley

The inestimable value of a good client

Gillian Darley mourns the widening chasm between architect and client and charts the history of a critical relationship

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Andrew Barraclough

How can architects make contractors deliver their vision?

Now at Wates, Andrew Barraclough spent 19 years at HOK. Here, he advises on how the two disciplines can work together on BIM

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Amanda Baillieu

Is selling the industry to the public a good idea?

Amanda Baillieu says a new advertising campaign by the AIA might not be the right thing

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