Tuesday28 April 2015


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

BD student columnist Eleanor Jolliffe

Practices must play their part – or education reform will fail

Offering student placements will be a professional duty in the RIBA’s brave new world, argues Eleanor Jolliffe

Polyark III students

What the RIBA's changes on education mean for students

RIBA’s director of eduation David Gloster hails the decision to rip up the three-part system

BD student columnist Eleanor Jolliffe

Sexism is not the issue for Generation Y

The real inequalities in architecture are race and class, which is where the RIBA’s #SeeMeJoinMe campaign should focus


London should look to Paris for inspiration

Mipim showed our booming capital still has much to learn, says Amanda Baillieu

The threatened Sutton Estate, Chelsea

Ethical architecture is no simple matter

The right course of action is a matter for the individual, says Paul McGrath

Hank Dittmar

When it comes to housing, small is beautiful

Small plots, small builders and small architects. The next government must open the market if it wants to solve the housing crisis, argues Hank Dittmar

Feix and Merlin's exhibition design for Urbanistas at Roca London Gallery

Harnessing the other 50%

Three leading architects discuss the way women are shaping our cities

Gillian Darley

The inestimable value of a good client

Gillian Darley mourns the widening chasm between architect and client and charts the history of a critical relationship

Andrew Barraclough

How can architects make contractors deliver their vision?

Now at Wates, Andrew Barraclough spent 19 years at HOK. Here, he advises on how the two disciplines can work together on BIM

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