Monday08 February 2016


Amanda Baillieu

Can't get no satisfaction from Instagram architecture

A generation ago graduates were designing social housing projects not pop-ups, says Amanda Baillieu

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Draped Seated Woman, affectionately known as Old Flo, by Henry Moore

Does public art deserve to be protected?

As a new exhibition opens at Somerset House, the chief executive of Historic England looks at our changing attitude to art for the people

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Planning is for people, not just Boris

If the government is still serious about localism its Housing & Planning Bill needs to demonstrate it, says BD editor Thomas Lane

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July 31

On beginning part III

Don’t mention the money! Our student columnist asks why the business of practice doesn’t get a look-in until the very end of an architect’s education

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Houses of Parliament

Why we decided to write our own planning bill

Public consultation is widely treated with contempt. That is a costly mistake, argues Nicholas Boys Smith

Hank Dittmar

Are we serious about estate regeneration?

If so the government needs to invest a lot more money and put communities before developers, argues Hank Dittmar

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Taking the axe to the Town and Country Planning Act 1947

How the government is killing off the 1947 Town & Country Planning Act

Piece by piece, politicians are dismantling the basic tenets of evidence-based local planning, argues planning expert Duncan Bowie

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Tower cores with cranes

Dear Greg Clark, how will opening up planning to competition actually work?

Mike Kiely, chair of the Planning Officers Society, examines the implications of allowing private firms to assess planning applications

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Gillian Darley index

What Yorkshire monks could teach the Environment Agency about flooding

Gillian Darley uncovers a story of hope – and beavers – amid the devastation in the north

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Liza Fior of Muf, Peter Barber and colleages, and Geraldine Dening of ASH at the Housing Act demonstration outside Parliament

Does the government have any idea what it is unleashing on the planning system?

The Housing & Planning Bill will make planning worse not better, argues former planning inspector David Vickery

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Amanda Baillieu

Reshuffling parliament, the vanishing concert hall – and that bridge

Amanda Baillieu dusts off her crystal ball and gazes into 2016

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July 31

It's time to update the UK's flood guidance

The Dutch approach isn’t without controversy but we could learn a lot from their vision, says Eleanor Jolliffe

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Broadgate - public realm

We must act fast to save Peter Foggo's legacy

The late Arup Associates partner is an important figure for many reasons - not least the example he set of collaborative working, says Rab Bennetts. But modesty in life means his work is in danger of being overlooked just when it is most vulnerable

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Hank Dittmar

Je suis en terrace: Paris reclaims its streets

We’ll need to harness the same esprit de Paris if the Habitat conference on urban planning is to be a success, says Hank Dittmar

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Gillian Darley index

The closure of this pool is a symbol of the austerity to come

Napper Collerton’s Elswick Pool was a good building loved by the community. But that counts for nothing in the face of savage cuts, writes Gillian Darley

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Have a look at what the BMA does for doctors, RIBA

RIBA needs to stop internal squabbling and focus on the profession it is supposed to represent, writes Thomas Lane

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MI6 building by Terry Farrell

The spectre of redevelopment threatens more than post-modernism

Those fighting to protect Farrell and Stirling buildings from alteration should take a step back, says Ike Ijeh

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Clare Bowman, Broadway Malyan sustainability leader

Whatever the politicians decide in Paris, industry's resolve must not falter

Construction accounts for half of global energy and water consumption - but is also best-placed to make the economic case for sound environmental practices, says Clare Bowman

Amanda Baillieu

Design panels must be given power that extends beyond ticket barriers

Genuine independence is essential if we want to harness the real value of design advisers, writes Amanda Baillieu

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Buckley Gray Yeoman's No1 Poultry proposal looking east down Queen Victoria Street

Developers won't spend money on the best architects if the results are later trashed

We used to think we could ‘improve’ old masters. What makes us think buildings are any less precious, asks the man behind Terry Farrell’s 76 Fenchurch Street

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Las Vegas

Holding guilty buildings to account

Novelist Orhan Pamuk, creator of The Museum of Innocence, questions whether buildings are really so sinless. His conclusion is welcomed by Annabel Wharton whose new book accuses an art gallery of murder

Farrells' conceptual proposal for bridges in inner east London. The practice is currently working with Buro Happold on detailed proposals for bridges throughout east London

How London’s future depends on seven inexpensive bridges Video

In a week of announcements about new Thames crossings, Terry Farrell argues that building multiple low-level bridges in the east could unlock hundreds of thousands of homes

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July 31

Homeland insecurity: Of castles and flatshares

Parisians’ instinctive response to the terrorist attacks - throwing open their doors to strangers - is one demonstration of our changing attitude to ‘home’, says Eleanor Jolliffe

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We face a race against time to save our exceptional post-modern heritage

Po-mo is threatened by a building boom and its own fleeting unpopularity. But it’s not the first style to face this peril and we need to stop reinventing the wheel, writes Adam Nathaniel Furman

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David Shepherd

How small practices can adopt BIM without hiring an expensive BIM manager Subscription Required

The author of a new BIM handbook for smaller architects has some practical advice for those hesitating to take the plunge

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Hank Dittmar

Climate change will force us to think much bigger than floating houses

It’s good news that urbanism will be on the agenda at next month’s climate talks, but they’re unlikely to do more than scratch the surface of a topic that will engage architects and planners for decades to come, writes Hank Dittmar

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Gillian Darley index

Elisabeth Scott's passport out of the shadows

Once the most famous ‘girl architect’ in the country, Elisabeth Scott spent the rest of her career in relative obscurity. Her appearance as one of only two women in the new passport is welcomed by Gillian Darley

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contracts cartoon

Is it ever worth calling in the lawyers? (by a lawyer)

David Chipperfield is the latest high-profile architect to take a client to court, but every architect will face that dilemma at some point in their career. Lawyer Laurence Cobb urges caution

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July 31

The future of architectural education – can it work in practice?

Giving students more practical experience is a good thing - but it could place an unbearable burden on small firms, warns Eleanor Jolliffe

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Amanda Baillieu

We need to build homes the Netflix generation actually want

Amanda Baillieu welcomes Venice’s focus on the housing of the future

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Burntwood School by AHMM

Why you need to go to an elite university to win the Stirling Prize

Where architects study is a depressingly good predictor of whether they’ll succeed, argues Paul McGrath

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You might as well knock down the London Eye as demolish Hyde Park Barracks

Basil Spence should be celebrated for his efforts to give people access to ‘light, space, greenery’, says James Dunnett

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Why Hyde Park Barracks deserves to be demolished

The campaign to save Basil Spence’s lowering landmark ignores the building’s utter failure to engage with its urban context, argues Ike Ijeh

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LA aerial

Los Angeles looks to Europe for help with its reinvention

Los Angeles is undergoing its biggest construction boom since the 1980s but regeneration plans are having to battle against suburban spread, economic and racial segregation and a reluctance among locals to leave their cars. Ike Ijeh takes a look

Anthony Thisleton-Smith of Waugh Thisleton

Britain must tie planning consent to architects not sites if we are to halt insane land speculation

As soon as a site is sold on with consent, quality is compromised. We need to create a financial incentive to encourage developers to build their schemes, argues Anthony Thistleton-Smith

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Will someone please sort out this mess

The Housing Standards Review has spawned a litany of inconsistencies. Julia Park knocks some heads together

Hank Dittmar

When will Stirling laureates be allowed to quote from Wren?

If pastiche is so bad, why is it OK to be influenced by Breuer or the Smithsons, asks Hank Dittmar

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Burntwood School by AHMM

Burntwood School Stirling Prize win an underwhelming choice

This year’s Stirling Prize proved an unusual choice, but could it be a political one too, asks Ike Ijeh

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Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

The Housing Bill simply doesn’t add up

The new laws will only help people who can already afford to help themselves and does nothing to address the real problems, argues Julia Park

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Gillian Darley index

When collaboration works

Mutual respect, like that between Kim Wilkie and Niall McLaughlin at the Natural History Museum, is key for partnerships to flourish, says Gillian Darley

Reiach and Hall - Maggie's Lanarkshire

If the Stirling Prize was about sustainability, who would win?

Ahead of next week’s ceremony, Simon Sturgis takes a critical look at the carbon performance of the six finalists

Amanda Baillieu

Protesters are wrong to target Neo Bankside and hipsters eating cereal

We should be less worried about gentrification than about the complete failure to provide for communities like Barking Riverside, says Amanda Baillieu

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Temple of Baalshamin, Palmyra, Syria, in 2005. Dating from the second century BC, it was rebuilt 131AD. Destroyed by IS in August this year

IS's attack on humanity's shared origins exposes the weakness of its ideology

Blowing up Palmyra is about power and money not cultural cleansing, says Eleanor Jolliffe

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Chamberlin Powell Bon

Is brutalism the new Victoriana?

Do National Trust tours of brutalist icons mark a yearning for the return of 1960s and 70s socialist utopias or is the brutalist revival simply down to fashion?

University of East Anglia by Denys Lasdun

You’ve got to hand it to post-modernism

It took capitalism and consumer nostalgia to rescue our brutal utopias, says Hank Dittmar

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Roddy Langmuir

Architects must be allowed to finish what they start

It’s time to end the damaging separation between concept design and delivery architect which was highlighted by the RIBA Client and Architect report, argues Roddy Langmuir

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Sonnenhof, Jena, Germany, 2015 by J. Mayer H.

Architecture and freedom – a contested connection

With architectural production becoming ever more beholden to the needs of capital and the building industry, the Royal Academy’s Owen Hopkins introduces a season of events that explores what freedom might mean for architects – and architecture – now and in the future

Gillian Darley index

Fraying at the edge

Barking Riverside? This isolated settlement is neither, finds Gillian Darley

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RIBA president Stephen Hodder

Hodder: Industry values architects for our creativity, passion and technical ability

There is much for the profession to be optimistic about, says Stephen Hodder as he steps down as president of the RIBA

Rab Bennetts

This report on clients is required reading

Rab Bennetts says the RIBA report on clients is a wake-up call for the profession

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Flood-proof? Designing against the tide

Our attitude to rising sea levels remains as defensive as ever. With 20% of British homes now at risk, this is a mistake, says Robert Barker

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A Syrian child refugee

Why aren't architects talking about the migration crisis?

The profession has a vital part to play in addressing the challenges confronting Europe, argues Richard Gatti

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AYA party 2014

The continuing evolution of the BD Architect of the Year Awards

BD editor Thomas Lane explains how the awards have got bigger


Tall buildings: Height vs heritage

London’s lack of a coherent tall buildings policy has led to controversial ‘carbuncles’ such as the Walkie Talkie crowding its skyline – and a further 200 tall towers are proposed for the capital. Ike Ijeh wonders if other old cities offer lessons in how to integrate tall buildings into their historic fabric

Amanda Baillieu

Most clients would dispense with architects if they could

Architects have become the whipping boy for clients’ failure to produce great buildings, says Amanda Baillieu

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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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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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