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Tuesday27 September 2016

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Whiteacres in Warwickshire - designed and developed by Emma Vergette

How to leave your job and become a developer - by someone who's already done it

Many architects dream of being their own client, but how easy is it in reality? Emma Vergette did it and says you (probably) won’t look back

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Martyn Evans

Can we justify stand-alone libraries any more?

John McAslan’s Camberwell library is a beautifully considered building but with a price tag of £2m perhaps it should have been part of a mixed-use scheme

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Ben Flatman

Why Cambridge is beating Oxford in the planning race

Oxford’s housing crisis is down to its inability to plan for growth. Cambridge on the other hand is actively engaged with urban expansion, says Ben Flatman

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Amanda Baillieu - home page index

Why the London Festival of Architecture struggles to make the headlines

The LFA fails to tap into the huge public appetite for inspiring design – the London Design Festival shows us how it can and should be done

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Brexit

Let's use Brexit as a springboard to transform the creative sector

There’s no point regretting what’s happened - what we need now is an open debate about how to seize the opportunities, argues Alastair Donald

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Mark Middleton, Grimshaw

I'm excited by the global prospects Brexit brings

We could see a new wave of Brits working beyond mainland Europe but there are pitfalls that all architects should be aware of …

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Eleanor Jolliffe

We all have a duty to stand up to the toxic culture at architecture schools

As hundreds of first years begin part I, BD’s student columnist calls time on a pernicious academic attitude that has normalised suffering

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Yiannis Proestos

The benefits of doing architecture after hours

Like most architects, newly qualified Yiannis Proestos finds architecture spills into his spare time. But is it worth it?

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Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

When is a home a dwellinghouse and when is it a family unit?

Julia Park shows up the many inconsistencies in the UK’s Use Classes and suggests it is time to rewrite the planning lexicon

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Carbuncle Cup 2016

Why Lincoln Plaza won the Carbuncle Cup

Lincoln Plaza has won the 2016 Carbuncle Cup and is yet another shameful indictment of bad planning as well as bad architecture

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Hank Dittmar

Architects are critical to adapting our cities to climate change

The Great Fire of London is a lesson in creative responses to human disaster that we should remember when planning modern urban communities

Leon Krier

People have to be brainwashed to appreciate the Southbank or Robin Hood Gardens

The public are entitled to their architectural preferences and modernists have no right to judge them, says Leon Krier

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Deptford Market Yard

The secret behind a chain-free high street

Deptford Market Yard in south London is an example of a large developer deliberately avoiding the big brands and taking a risk with untested tenants

office stairs

We need to get serious about tackling discrimination in construction

Today’s Institute of Fiscal Studies finding that women earn 18% less than men is just the latest blow for diversity. Architect Holly Porter puts the construction industry in the dock

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Gillian Darley index

What former Soviet republics can teach us about ruin porn and pizza chains Subscription Required

Britain’s attitude to buildings no longer wanted is hit and miss, Gillian Darley finds

Ben Flatman

Birmingham’s planners display a shocking lack of care for their city

Birmingham needs to wake up to its own worth if it’s going to turn things around, says Ben Flatman

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Amanda Baillieu

Will this government fail at regional development like all the rest?

Brexit exposed our country’s deep divide between London and the regions but we don’t have any detail on how Theresa May’s team plans to heal it

Edward Jones the founder of London practice Dixon Jones

Edward Jones celebrates the return of a design classic

The TC100 range of china went out of production 10 years ago, but now it is making a welcome reappearance

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Mark Middleton, Grimshaw

Brexit: All the reasons I can think of not to despair

Mark Middleton chooses to be optimistic about the referendum result - and finds some good news for architects

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Hank Dittmar

The urbanist’s Stirling Prize

Hank Dittmar assesses this year’s contenders for what they give back to the street

Martyn Evans

Smithfield is a long way from salvation, but it is now going in the right direction

Property developer and BD columnist Martyn Evans applauds the latest plan for the historic market whose future he fought for at public inquiry

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T Lane

Lessons from Lochgelly Subscription Required

As the government ponders stimulus measures against a background of falling construction output thoughtful regeneration is one answer, says Thomas Lane

RIBA contenders 3

The election for RIBA president is a waste of everyone's time

What we really need is a referendum, argues Paul McGrath

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Ben Flatman

What 'taking back control' means for architects

Active and engaged communities are essential to the creation of sustainable and high-quality spaces, argues Ben Flatman

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Martyn Evans

The view from up here can change the way you feel down there

It is still relatively novel for Londoners to be able to look down on their city from on high. As opportunities grow, there could be an unexpected benefit, says Martyn Evans

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Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall, London - by Caruso St John

Ike Ijeh's verdict on the Stirling Prize shortlist

BD’s critic assesses a Stirling shortlist featuring some fine civic architecture - and a few curiosities

Simon Henley

Think you're an open-minded free-thinker? Think again

Don’t be so quick to condemn those who hold a different point of view, whether they are Brexiteers or Toby Young, says Simon Henley

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Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

A hundred years ago we decided to build homes fit for heroes. What happened?

Tudor Walters, Parker Morris and Parker Boris. Radiograms and MP3s. Julia Park gets out a tape measure and a dictionary

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Polyark III students

Students quiz RIBA presidential hopefuls

Marie Braithwaite, student member of RIBA Council, questions the three candidates hoping to lead the RIBA

Hank Dittmar

Can smart urban design tackle the rise of nationalism?

Jane Jacobs’ ideas about the role of the city in creating community cohesion and promoting sustainable development could be usefully applied to those disaffected communities who voted for Brexit, says Hank Dittmar

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RIBA contenders 2

Why you should vote for me to be RIBA president

As campaigning for the RIBA presidency closes, BD offered the three men vying for the job a last chance to speak to architects. Here’s what they said

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Leon Krier

The EU's architecture is partly to blame for Brexit

The institution’s arrogant and aggressive buildings alienated the electorate, argues Leon Krier

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Aukett Fitzroy Robinson chief executive Nicholas Thompson

It is right to be concerned but now is not the time to panic

Residency rules, lack of political leadership and a slowing economy. Problems from the Brexit fallout are piling up but the UK’s world economy status will eventually pull us through, says Aukett Swanke’s Nicholas Thompson

Eleanor Jolliffe

We didn't vote for it, but my generation is the one that must shape the future Subscription Required

Eleanor Jolliffe sets aside her grief and issues a rallying cry

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Gillian Darley index

What's Europe ever done for us... apart from all this? Subscription Required

Gillian Darley travels to Leave country where she finds a lot of European money

Aldo Rossi - Architecture of the City: 1st Italian and English editions

Aldo Rossi the quiet revolutionary

Paul McGrath marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Aldo Rossi’s groundbreaking work

thomas-lane

Don't panic. It's going to be a rough ride but we will get through this Subscription Required

The new normal is going to be an extended period of uncertainty. But architects are very adaptable, says Thomas Lane

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Amanda Baillieu - home page index

Why are you giving £250,000 to another vanity project, Sadiq?

Amanda Baillieu takes issue with the proposal to light up 17 of London’s bridges with a permanent installation

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Martyn Evans

Architects might be naive but they're not powerless when it comes to novation

It’s up to architects to convince developers that it’s in their interests to retain them, says Martyn Evans

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Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

We’re older but are we any wiser?

Persuading older people to downsize unlocks homes for others. Yet just 3% of new units are designed for elderly people. Julia Park asks whether a new report has any answers

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Eleanor Jolliffe

What Trump’s wall says about American politics

Eleanor Jolliffe congratulates the US presidential hopeful on his measured and carefully thought-through proposal

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Mark Middleton, Grimshaw

False distinction between design and delivery architects is killing the profession

Constant re-tendering is a waste of money - and is also depriving young architects of valuable experience, warns Grimshaw’s Mark Middleton

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Hank Dittmar

Urban recycling and doubling-up: How cities really respond to growth

Adapting existing stock could have a bigger impact on the housing crisis than mass construction. Hank Dittmar draws some parallels from wartime Washington DC

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Demolition of John Madin's Birmingham library is well underway

John Madin was first a victor, then a victim of Birmingham's identity crisis

It should come as no surprise that England’s second city has systematically destroyed much of its best modernist architecture. It has form for this kind of iconoclasm, says Ben Flatman

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thomas-lane

Transparency is essential as the UK relies on private cash for public projects

Investors are eyeing up our public assets and we must ensure the country gets a good deal, says Thomas Lane

Leon Krier

You're not writing a great tragic novel. You're designing places for people to live

Architecture is not the place to work through our collective guilt. Leave that to the poets and artists, says Leon Krier

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Gillian Darley index

Planners: Your country needs you (but no one will admit it)

In the UK we push planners to the margins. In the Netherlands their expertise is valued by government. Which do you think is working best, asks Gillian Darley

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Amanda Baillieu - home page index

It's your museum and you can sleep in it if you want to

As Tate Modern prepares to open its extension and the V&A plots its eastern outpost, Amanda Baillieu questions whether museums can still dazzle us

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Martyn Evans

If we're to build good places, architects and developers need to learn to trust each other

Get round a table and talk, Martyn Evans tells clients and designers. But don’t talk about buildings - talk about people

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Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

When it comes to housing it's people who count, not units per hectare

There are endless ways of calculating density, each with a different physical and social outcome. Julia Park does the maths

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July 31

As London builds tall, we urgently need to rethink the rules governing 'public space'

If they are putting us in flats, developers and politicians need to be realistic about our need to be ourselves outside

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Hank Dittmar

Sadiq Khan, you need to read these reports by Boris' design advisors

London’s new mayor has his work cut out on housing and planning, but he has plenty of excellent advice to draw on, says Hank Dittmar

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Thomas Heatherwick

Arne Jacobsen designed chairs. Why won't architects let Heatherwick design buildings?

Architects have nothing to fear from designers straying on to their turf - and plenty to gain from collaboration, argues Mark Middleton

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Leon Krier

Politicians would do well to show more interest in urban design

Leon Krier proposes a new European capital built on genuinely sustainable principles. It would make the EU more lovable, be a model for other city builders - and help end our dependence on oil, he argues

Gillian Darley index

Postcards from continental railway stations

Gillian Darley hails a new generation of European stations and asks what we can learn

Thomas Lane

Mayoral targets - and mayoral rhetoric

Whoever succeeds Boris Johnson this week one thing is certain - they will struggle to build enough affordable housing for London, says BD editor Thomas Lane

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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