Sunday01 May 2016


July 31

We're pushing out talent by ignoring the business side of the profession till part III

BD’s student columnist takes issue with her unbalanced architectural education

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Amanda Baillieu

Why the Panama Papers raise questions for architects too

Greater transparency is good news for the profession - but not necessarily in the way you might think, says Amanda Baillieu

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Hank Dittmar

London's tall buildings bloopers

There’s lots of great new architecture in London but you wouldn’t know it to look at the skyline, says Hank Dittmar

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Britain's urban literacy is a national scandal

Critic Jonathan Glancey laments the loss of city making skills

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Ben Flatman

Thanks to the EU, architects can work in more places than ever before

Ben Flatman looks at the implications of Brexit for architects’ freedom of movement

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Gillian Darley index

The Green Belt is protected for a reason

Gillian Darley says a visit to Cairo or Delhi shows what can go wrong

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Zaha Hadid

A sensational career

BD critic Ike Ijeh pays tribute to Zaha Hadid

Turncoats at Hoxton Hall. Illustration by Andra Antone

If we can't even get common people to a debate on privilege, how will we get them to study architecture?

With its provocative format, Turncoats promised to ‘rugby tackle’ fundamental issues and turn deferential debates on their head. It caused a buzz in London. This week it moves to Canada and Serbia. Michael Badu assesses its most explosive event yet and asks whether, beyond the hype, it really offers something new

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Ben Derbyshire

Collaboration and research are key to the survival of the profession

Architects must offer clients meaningful evidence - and the RIBA should be drawing it together, says Ben Derbyshire

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July 31

You can't just build a railway and hope the Northern Powerhouse will succeed

Designing attractive places where people will want to build a life must be a critical part of the government’s plan, says Eleanor Jolliffe

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Mark Middleton, Grimshaw

We need to work much harder to retain women - and publishing gender pay rates would be a good start

Legislation is coming but most practices are too small to be affected. The RIBA should step in to change that, argues Grimshaw partner Mark Middleton

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Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

London won’t find the answer until it asks the right question

House prices in the capital have risen 45% under Boris Johnson. Infrastructure is at breaking point. We urgently need to decide what kind of city we want London to be, says Julia Park

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The Ebbsfleet Valley - site of the first 21st-century garden city

Time to stop going down the garden path and come up with a strategy

Solving the housing crisis is not just a numbers game: it requires proactive planning. Jeff Nottage urges the government to abandon opportunism and get serious

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Hank Dittmar

A towering mess that the government has the power - but not the will - to address

We must act to shape the market or we’ll have a skyscraper glut and still no affordable housing, warns Hank Dittmar

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Leon Krier

Why so many English picnics happen in motorway lay-bys

The people’s exclusion from Arcadia should be a national scandal, says Leon Krier. Instead we seem happy to settle for a handkerchief-size garden

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Gillian Darley index

You've got to laugh or you'd cry

Gillian Darley aims to cheer with her trawl through the funniest architecture in literature

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Amanda Baillieu

Lessons from competitive Paris

London’s next mayor would do well to look across the Channel, says Amanda Baillieu

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What Brexit might mean for architects

It’s hard to separate the facts from the rhetoric, but on balance the profession will probably be best served by the UK remaining in the EU, says BD editor Thomas Lane

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Crispin Kelly

Watch out, planners: You're in the government's crosshairs

Architect-turned-developer Crispin Kelly detects the stamping foot of a crotchety minister demanding, ‘More houses, or else’

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Eleanor Jolliffe

Why no one has a good word to say for the Housing & Planning Bill

The government could learn a lot from the history of urbanism in Paris, London - and China, argues Eleanor Jolliffe

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Leon Krier's proposal for London's new concert hall at the tip of Regent's Park

Just because the Powell & Moya site is available doesn't mean it's the right place for a concert hall

London should think carefully about where to build its newest cultural venue. And Leon Krier’s Regent’s Park proposal beats Boris’s commercial opportunism, says Hank Dittmar

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Ben Derbyshire

Ethical professionalism: Taking advantage of diminishing state intervention

As the RIBA begins its hunt for a new chief executive, Ben Derbyshire assesses the future of the profession at a critical point in its history

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Julia Park, head of housing research at Levitt Bernstein

Why the Starter Homes Programme is a non-starter

Discounted starter homes could distort the market and make it difficult for first time buyers to sell on says Julia Park.

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Derek Sugden

Derek Sugden: The architecture of music

Mark Swenarton pays tribute to the late Derek Sugden, the celebrated accoustician and Arup Associates founding partner responsible for the accoustics of Snape Maltings, Glyndebourne and other concert halls

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Gillian Darley index

No room for sheltered housing in the new look East London

Gillian Darley says Sainsbury’s proposed Whitechapel development which towers over a grade I listed almshouse is a metaphor for the loss of East London’s traditional urban fabric

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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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Postmodernism logo

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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