Monday25 May 2015


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Who's driving innovation in housing?

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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