Sunday21 December 2014


Mayfield Depot

Bringing buildings back to life

Amanda Baillieu laments the decision to give a permanent home to a Manchester arts festival held in disused buildings

Malaysia Square at Battersea Power Station

Bigging up Battersea: a progress report

Bjarke Ingels’ ‘urban canyon’ power station entrance repeats the mistakes of 1960s planning, warns Hank Dittmar

Helsinki South Harbour - view from the site of market and cathedral

To have or have not

Finns are proud of their home-grown designers, but that doesn’t mean they could never embrace a foreign architect for the Helsinki Guggenheim, says Elizabeth Hopkirk

New perspective: Bank junction from inside the Poultry clock

Conjuring buildings into life

The words we use to describe our surroundings can transform our appreciation of them, argues Gillian Darley

Timothy Smith and Jonathan Taylor

We should be preaching to the converted

Why does a hostile public still equate ‘modern architecture’ with glass and steel when so many architects are designing exactly the kind of buildings they should love, asks BD’s student columnist Eleanor Jolliffe

Tower blocks in Ulan Bator, Mongolia

What happens when you put nomads in tower blocks?

In her second dispatch from Mongolia, Tanja Smith from Gradon Architecture explores the challenges faced by a developing nation when two cultures collide


Is there a BIM architecture?

Ike Ijeh investigates whether the rise of BIM software is beginning to have an impact on the way our buildings look

Bishopsgate towers

Tall storeys: the battle for Bishopsgate

Plans for the redevelopment of Bishopsgate Goodsyard have already provoked a storm of protest. Ike Ijeh has a look at why

Computer cables iStock

Rise of the machines Video

Technology is elbowing out human inefficiency in architecture, says Amanda Baillieu

Stirling coverage on BBC News

Actually, Stirling had a vintage year

The RIBA’s director of outreach counters the charge that nobody noticed UK architecture’s biggest prize this year

The Tram Depot

Whatever happened to planning in London?

On the fourth anniversary of the Localism Act, planning has never felt less local, argues Amanda Baillieu

BD student columnist Eleanor Jolliffe

Public apathy in the Stirling Prize is a critical issue for architecture

Biggest night in the architectural calendar? Unfortunately, writes BD’s student columnist, the public barely noticed

The Zellig phase transformed the interior of Devonshire House.

Pink zones to lighten planning red tape

Relaxing planning rules would help create a new generation of George Fergusons and Bennie Grays, argues Hank Dittmar

Scott Brownrigg’s interior design for Thomson Reuters.

Designing better workplaces

Well-designed offices get colleagues talking. Just ask the tech firms, says Amanda Baillieu

Gillian Darley

Fight for our rights of way

Redevelopment can mean cherished routes are cut off once work is finished. Gillian Darley bemoans a worrying trend

Royal Academy

Material evidence

The first of the Royal Academy’s Meaning in Materials series took the audience from specification guides to the moon and back, writes Joanna Day

Bartlett Unit 21 project on Scene & Heard - by Jamie Lilley

Raising the curtain on creativity

Miya Ushida explains why a mentoring charity in King’s Cross is the perfect partner for the Kathryn Findlay Future Fund, set up in her mother’s memory

BD student columnist Eleanor Jolliffe

So, why do you want to be an architect?

A generation gap separates first-year architecture students from part IIs, finds BD’s student columnist

Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, by Haworth Tompkins

Stirling Prize: A new age of civic building?

The endearing normality of Haworth Tompkins’ victorious Everyman Theatre embodies a renewed civic spirit

RIBA headquarters, 66 Portland Place

Get your own house in order first, RIBA

RIBA needs to clean up its act on competitions before it tells others how to do it, says Amanda Baillieu

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