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Wednesday28 June 2017

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Hank Dittmar index

How to fix the UK's housing mess

We need to admit our mistakes and set about making radical changes to the whole system, writes Hank Dittmar

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Joe Morris of Duggan Morris

Perfecting the sales pitch

The power of persuasion is a fundamental architectural skill. But it’s just as important to listen, says Joe Morris

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Gillian Darley index

Who says architecture doesn't work on TV?

Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier instinctively knew how to get in the spotlight - even if it was more egos than axos, says Gillian Darley

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T Lane

Grenfell Tower: Should this cladding be allowed?

The rapid and devastating spread of the fire at the west London tower has raised questions whether ACM cladding should be permitted on high-rise residential towers, says Thomas Lane

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Martyn Evans portrait

Learning is the only way to turn failure into success

Most architects have endless rejected competition entries to their name. This is a thoroughly good thing, argues Martyn Evans

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Mark Middleton, Grimshaw

The fine art of collaboration

Working with other architects is increasingly common. But it’s not always a bed of roses. Mark Middleton offers some advice

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Amanda Baillieu - home page index

Turning our cities into fortresses will stifle us, not the terrorists

Installing security barriers to protect us from terrorist attacks will have limited effect and risks stifling our enjoyment of street markets

Ben Flatman

We need to make it easier for rural communities to build

The struggle to get a village hall built in Devon shows how the system is stacked against rural areas, writes Ben Flatman

ike

Enter the Age of Uncertainty

BD’s architecture critic Ike Ijeh assesses the chaotic election outcome - and looks for signs of hope

Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

Will England’s new metro mayors make a difference?

Their powers are limited and the government’s motive might have been to off-load responsibility, but this exercise in devolution could still be a good thing. Julia Park takes a look

Eleanor Jolliffe

Trump and the other wall

When the US president visited Jerusalem he stepped into a place charged with an almost unique power, writes Eleanor Jolliffe

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Gillian Darley index

Where are the landscape visionaries to guide us through the 21st century?

Some things have improved since Nan Fairbrother’s day but planning pressures and encroachment on the Green Belt mean we urgently need fresh thinking, writes Gillian Darley

Hank Dittmar index

Here’s the detail that's missing from all the manifestos

Politicians must think about design codes if they’re to deliver quality housing in the numbers they promise, says Hank Dittmar

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Joe Morris

Don't bulldoze what lies beneath

Joe Morris celebrates Old Street roundabout and warns that careless redevelopment plans could imperil the very things that bring it life

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Good urbanism: Hamburg

It's time to reconcile architects and urbanists

A false and unhelpful division has arisen between the two disciplines, argues David Rudlin, the new chair of the Academy of Urbanism

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Martyn Evans portrait

I want to make Dartington Hall into a testbed for tackling society's intractable problems

Martyn Evans explains his big plans for the historic Devon estate, inspired by its pioneering founders and using today’s best architects

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Amanda Baillieu - home page index

Walking in the footsteps of Jane Jacobs

Data is a useful tool but urban designers mustn’t overlook the importance of human intuition, says Amanda Baillieu

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Park Hill Estate, Sheffield

Gentrification may be brutalism’s best hope

What’s happening at the Balfron has infuriated many but don’t be too quick to criticise, cautions Owen Hopkins. The alternative for many brutalist gems is oblivion

Ben Flatman

Should architecture be for Anywhere or Somewhere?

It’s more than 30 years since Kenneth Frampton brought us critical regionalism but in today’s political landscape it’s as relevant as ever, argues Ben Flatman

Joe Morris of Duggan Morris

Architects exporting the uniqueness of place

Brexit does not have to mean pulling up the drawbridge on British architecture. Joe Morris draws inspiration from international localists Lina Bo Bardi, Gaudi and Gehry

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Eleanor Jolliffe

Mental health issues: a new campaign to help architects

Mental health is a big issue for architects. Eleanor Jolliffe welcomes a new campaign launched by RIBA and the Architects Benevolent Society to help

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Withy House, Globe Road, Stepney

Why I welcome the rise of east London

Gentrification is not all bad, argues Charles Saumarez Smith, a long-standing resident of the East End

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Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

When is overcrowding not overcrowding?

When you could sleep in the kitchen. Julia Park provides an illuminating history of the many ways landlords and the authorities have dodged their responsibility to provide decent housing rights up to the present day

Mark Middleton, Grimshaw

Pavilions: There’s no excuse for leaving rigour at the park gate

Mark Middleton excoriates architects and their clients who fail to take a commission for a bit of summer fun seriously

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Hank Dittmar

Why new urbanism is the answer all over again

The ground-up movement which helped defeat urban decay in the 1980s is just as relevant now our cities face the opposite problem, argues Hank Dittmar

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T Lane

It's time to divert Garden Bridge funding to other Thames crossings

Our reader poll demonstrates an appetite for more Thames pedestrian crossings. Public money left over from scrapping support for the Garden Bridge would get these moving, says Thomas Lane

Gillian Darley index

Regeneration will come naturally to the Lea Valley - after a lot of work

The Leaway has been a long time coming but soon we should be able to let the landscape do the talking, says Gillian Darley

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Martyn Evans portrait

If you're going to hire a consultant, make it the right one

Is it PR you need, or will the extra work it brings simply expose more fundamental problems in your practice? Martyn Evans considers the options for stressed-out architects

Ben Flatman

We should appreciate London’s success while it lasts

The capital might be struggling to accommodate its burgeoning population - but that’s surely better than the Detroit-style decline it once faced, argues Ben Flatman

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Eleanor Jolliffe

The Garden Bridge is like a student project – good on paper but impossible to realise

With government cuts and increasing global tensions it’s not the time to waste money on a costly folly, says Eleanor Jolliffe

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Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

Is it time to tax land value uplift for community benefit?

The uplift in land value has been taxed at rates from 100% in 1947 to zero today. A sensible level of taxation could help fund social infrastructure and affordable housing says Julia Park

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Hank Dittmar

How to diversify housing delivery with some help from architects

Self and custom builders could break the dominance of the volume housebuilders if they can cut through all the red tape says Hank Dittmar

Joe Morris

Mapping the city from the saddle

Cycling has many positive benefits, fitness, camaraderie, networking and for an architect, it can also promote a better understanding of urban design says Joe Morris

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Gillian Darley index

First rate art centres, second rate art

New art centres are too focused on restaurants, shops and the visitor experience rather than the exhibitions, says Gillian Darley

Victorian Society

Why Parliament should stay at the Palace of Westminster

Keeping Parliament at the Palace of Westminster would be better for Britain and cheaper too, argues Christopher Costelloe

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Martyn Evans

Why we need a new Houses of Parliament

A new parliament building would be more suited to a modern, forward looking Britain. It would also be cheaper and showcase Britains creative skills to the world says Martyn Evans

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Amanda Baillieu - home page index

The battle for No 1 Poultry: a history

A RIBA exhibition on the development of the No 1 Poultry site in the City of London has some fascinating insights into ambition, fashion and politics says Amanda Baillieu

Ben Flatman

It’s time to open up architecture to graduates and professionals from other disciplines

Architectural conversion courses have been standard in the US since the 1970’s. Introducing new skills has enriched American building design says Ben Flatman

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Mark Middleton, Grimshaw

Open design competitions devalue the architectural profession

Architects flock to open design competitions despite a lack of fees and tiny odds of winning a real job. It’s time for architects to take a stand, says Mark Middleton

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Eleanor Jolliffe

BIM changes the way we work, not the design

Working with BIM may make a new set of demands on designers but has wider benefits, argues Eleanor Jolliffe

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Briginshaw Jane

Is it the job of local authorities to create better places?

With development now delivered by a diverse, fragmented variety of organisations, Jane Briginshaw convened a group of political leaders to discuss who should stitch this together

Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

With homelessness rising we need action to reverse the trend

50 years after Cathy Come Home homelessness is still rising despite official claims it is decreasing.. Good quality, spacious homes could help tackle the problem says Julia Park

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Hank Dittmar

Post truth architecture in the age of Trump

Architecture has long been used to express political and moral ideology. In the post truth world maybe Trump could stick with a model and flythrough of his Mexican border wall, says Hank Dittmar

Joe Morris

Doing the right thing in an upside down world

In his first piece for BD Joe Morris says small creative businesses are doing their best to hold their own against the challenges posed by Trump and Brexit

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Gillian Darley index

Good quality public realm isn't a waste of space

Modern life is so hectic we need quiet public spaces between buildings where people can stop and think says Gillian Darley

Martyn Evans

Successful places need creativity, enthusiasm and collaboration, not money and masterplanners

Buzzing small business communities like the former Old Truman Brewery on London’s Brick Lane have boomed without developers or architects. What are the ingredients of success asks Martyn Evans

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Amanda Baillieu - home page index

Is the business rate rise the last straw for the high street?

The business rate rise could force thousands of retailers out of business and change the face of the high street forever, says Amanda Baillieu

E1

Can British architects help build a ‘global Britain’ in emerging markets?

Engaging with emerging markets may have its risks but it might provide architects with a post-Brexit boost, argues Ben Flatman

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Eleanor Jolliffe

The problem of labels like 'woman architect'

The industry should not set one gender against the other, says Eleanor Jolliffe

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The Mount Pleasant site is being redeveloped by Royal Mail Group.

Why Royal Mail should sell Mount Pleasant to the community

Royal Mail has put Mount Pleasant up for sale, along with a consented scheme by four leading architects. The first to express interest is the local community, which has spent years drawing up a rival proposal which is now on the brink of consent itself. Here, two of the residents behind Britain’s largest-ever Community Right to Build Order explain why their bid should be taken seriously.

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Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

The white paper that wasn’t worth the wait

The housing white paper promises much but does little to tackle the real issues we’re facing, finds Julia Park

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Hank Dittmar

What the government simply can’t grasp is that housebuilding is about creating communities, not just raising roofs

The housing white paper contains some welcome measures. But it also reveals ministers’ thinking remains woefully short-term, says Hank Dittmar

T Lane

Is a London housing expo a good idea?

Can engaging the public with quality housing design reduce opposition to new development, asks Thomas Lane

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US flag

America needs your architectural expertise

Despite Trump’s protectionism there will still be opportunities for British architects in the US, argues Andrew Whalley

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Gillian Darley index

If Trump does visit London, our bridges could be very illuminating indeed

Before Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands starts work on its competition-winning scheme, let’s harness the capital’s most visible infrastructure to show the new US president exactly what we think, says Gillian Darley

Martyn Evans

Can council and housing association backed private development vehicles really deliver social housing?

More and more social housing is being delivered using a development rather than a grant funded model. Can these providers hold onto their founding principles or will profit get in the way asks Martyn Evans

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Eleanor Jolliffe

Are architects victims of their own rhetoric?

How can we expect the public to engage with architects while they associate them with expensive minimalist schemes and unintelligible, self-serving language, says Eleanor Jolliffe

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Amanda Baillieu - home page index

Wanted: skilled communicators to help the architectural profession make itself heard

Effective communication skills are an essential job requirement for senior roles. The architectural profession has some catching up to do, says Amanda Baillieu

Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

The Green Belt: We need to be convinced that the end will justify the means

With the housing white paper due out imminently and talk of building in the Green Belt Julia Park sets out what new developments need to win over the Nimby’s.

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Leon Krier

It doesn't matter if skyscrapers are designed by world-class architects or hacks – they're destroying our cities

London’s infrastructure was not designed to handle high rises and approving so many is an act of irresponsibility, says Leon Krier

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