Sunday02 August 2015


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

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

Gillian Darley index

On what might have been

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

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

Amanda Baillieu

Why Osborne was right to take back planning powers

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

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

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

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

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