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Wednesday22 February 2017

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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

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

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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

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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Unité d’Habitation

Le Corbusier said colour was as powerful as the plan and section. So why is it so often an afterthought?

One of the myths of modernism is that it is only concerned with the white cube. Today’s architects would do well to pay more attention to colour, writes Joanna Day

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Hank Dittmar

Garden towns need some garden city thinking to succeed

Ebenezer Howard’s Garden Cities were carefully planned with strict design codes and infrastructure funded by the uplift in land values. The same principles should be applied to the new garden villages and towns, argues Hank Dittmar

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Ben Flatman

Reforming architectural education for the 21st century is taking an awfully long time

The RIBA’s education review will offer substantive change but will it go far enough, fast enough, to satisfy the students and their future employers? Ben Flatman investigates

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Martyn Evans

Why architects need to master the skill of storytelling

The secret of success is the ability to understand and present the history and next chapter of a proposed scheme as a compelling story. This should persuade clients to adopt your idea, says Martyn Evans

Mark Middleton, Grimshaw

Scrap architecture degrees and revitalise the profession

Improve professional standards by scrapping Part 1 and opening post graduate study and professional training to other disciplines, argues Mark Middleton

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Eleanor Jolliffe

Reflections on Christmas

Christmas has multiple meanings depending on culture and place. Eleanor Jolliffe relects on the multifaceted nature of our end of year festival

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Hank Dittmar

Making places for the arts without risking tragedy

Measures are needed to promote the safe use of old buildings for arts based activities to avoid tragedies like last week’s Ghost Ship fire, says Hank Dittmar

T Lane

Is offsite construction a threat or opportunity?

The housing shortage, skills shortages and the cumbersome nature of construction could herald an offsite revolution. It could be good news for architects, argues Thomas Lane

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Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

Affordable housing is back on the agenda

Julia Park runs a ruler over recent announcements to increase the provision of affordable homes and concludes this is mostly good news

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1 Undershaft Eric Parry

London Shafted

Planning permission for 1 Undershaft is yet another attack on London’s skyline and character, argues Ike Ijeh

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Gillian Darley index

Lessons from Lansbury

A new V&A exhibition in the heart of the East End’s Lansbury Estate showcases the ambitions of post war planning which should be a model for new housing, says Gillian Darley

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View looking east from the Lea Valley over a reimagined Argall Avenue

How research by design can reinvigorate planning

UK planning is in a mess but it doesn’t have to be this way, argues Lee Mallett. A more visionary approach to planning new places can harness the market rather than being driven by it

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Amanda Baillieu - home page index

Architects need to think about what happens in a place, not simply what it looks like

Developers and architects need to work out how to make their schemes more engaging and experiential if they want to attract the younger generatin, argues Amanda Baillieu

Martyn Evans

Why build to let could make house-builders more like Apple

House builders don’t need to innovate because demand outstrips supply. A move from build to sell to long term rental could be the catalyst for some much needed product innovation

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Kensington

What will the Design Museum do for Kensington?

Kensington and Chelsea planning committee councillor Emma Dent Coad says the Design Museum won’t do anything to regenerate Kensington High St

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Ben Flatman

Could restoring Britain's colonial heritage help revive former trade ties?

British colonial built heritage is crumbling, creating an image of a nation in decline. Brexit means we need to restore a positive image of Britain with some conservation funding, says Ben Flatman

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Jack Pringle

Brexit and Trump are just the start of a new world order

There could be more political upset in Europe next year as the Netherlands, France and Germany go to the polls. It’s time for western democracies to rethink their policies and how they serve ordinary people says Jack Pringle

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Eleanor Jolliffe

A building is a more fitting memorial to the fallen than a stone cross

Historic England listed 50 war memorials to mark this year’s Armstice day while a memorial cottage hospital in Knutsford is threatened with demolition. Is this a case of misplaced priorites asks Eleanor Jolliffe

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Neil Spiller

Surrealism in architecture is more relevant than ever

Evolving technologies mean we must rethink our notion of the city, argues Neil Spiller

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Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

Can Khan achieve a City For All Londoners?

Julia Park puts Sadiq Khan’s ambitious rhetoric about equality and success under the microscope

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Hank Dittmar

Beauty isn’t a dirty word

Hank Dittmar argues that transport minister John Hayes should not be condemned for demanding beauty in the design of our infrastructure

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T Lane

Is training to be an architect worth it?

With seven years training, student loans and low salaries why does anyone become an architect?

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Leon Krier

C'est une stitch-up, Monsieur le President

Leon Krier takes issue with the choice of Dominique Perrault to lead the regeneration of the historic island at the heart of Paris

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Lee Mallett

Ditch the ‘master’ and just plan

Masterplanning has become another meaningless term like ‘sustainability’ and ‘mixed-use’ whose merit is accepted unthinkingly. It’s time to declare the emperor naked, argues Lee Mallett

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Martyn Evans

Converting temporary installations into permanent solutions

Pop-up installations have beccome commonplace on sites awaiting development. But can more meaningful alternatives form a better response to context and community, asks Martyn Evans

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Gillian Darley index

Reinventing our relationship with materials

The centenary of HP Berlage’s Holland House provides an opportunity to celebrate how materials combine technology and aesthetics, argues Gillian Darley

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How planners reshaped Victoria Street

This grand 19th century London boulevard suvived the Blitz only to be the victim of 1950s redevelopment. Now it is being reinvented once again

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Amanda Baillieu - home page index

The demise of Art History A-level reflects a post-Brexit mindset

It was only a matter of time before the tough ‘stem’ subjects would muscle out the soft study of society’s relationship with art and architecture

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Julia Park, head of housing research at Levitt Bernstein

What the Lords have to say about the housing crisis

This summer a House of Lords report set out some informed solutions for our dysfunctional housing market - a shame it’s been overshadowed by all the recent politicking

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Rab Bennetts

It feels like the industry has gone backwards since the recession

Contracts have got tougher, project risk is dumped on the weakest, partnering is out the window and adversarial practices are back

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Eleanor Jolliffe

Are the architecture schools doing enough to tackle mental health problems?

Last month BD’s student columnist highlighted the pressures faced by architectural students. She talked to the universities to see what they are doing about this and whether it is enough

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Mark Middleton, Grimshaw

Big infrastructure projects must retain design integrity

It’s in the public interest to appoint chief architects at the very start of projects that affect our country’s future

Newport Street Gallery by Caruso St John

Newport Street Gallery is streets ahead

This year’s Stirling Prize is a victory for the street as well as architecture

Hank Dittmar

At last the government gets it; a more diverse housebuilding sector is the key to increasing supply

Government funding to help small builders deliver more homes is welcome but safeguards will be needed to ensure the land doesn’t end up in the hands of the volume housebuilders

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T Lane

People in glasshouses shouldn't throw stones

Neo Bankside residents unhappy about being overlooked seemed to have forgotton that they overlook a neighbouring almshouse that has been there for 250 years

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Leon Krier

Technology ought not to be blindly embraced but filtered by human scale design and building processes

Architects must remember to apply environmental intelligence and ethical principles to design and not be swept aside by technological innovation says Leon Krier

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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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