Monday21 August 2017


Fire regulations: What needs to change

29 June 2017

The Grenfell Tower fire has led to calls for fire safety regulations to be examined. But this was not the first warning sign that the current rules are not fit for purpose. What can be done to make sure a tragedy on this scale doesn’t happen again?


One year after Brexit, are there actually any signs of the predicted construction crash?

22 June 2017

The shadow of Brexit has loomed over commercial development in the City for a year now. So were the doom mongers right to say that leaving the EU would darken prospects for some of the biggest schemes? Ike Ijeh looks at five key projects

Mark Reynolds

What actually happens in a hung parliament?

9 June 2017

A guide to what a hung parliament means and what the impact could be for construction


One million homes by 2020: Can it be done?

26 September 2016

The government wants to see one million homes built in England by 2020, but while some housing experts think a little tinkering will get us there, others countenance a far more radical plan


A Tale of Two Parliaments

23 September 2016

The renovation of Canada’s parliament, where both architecture and legislature has been based on our own, could provide some pertinent lessons for Westminster’s imminent refurbishment, says Ike Ijeh

Tokyo Big Sight

Tokyo 2020, venue by venue

15 September 2016

As the thrills of Rio slowly subside, attention turns to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, where a virtue is being made of necessity by re-using some of the venues built for the 1964 games

The Futurist Cinema

Liverpool’s regeneration: Fate of the Futurist ignites row over city’s past

26 August 2016

The demolition of Lime Street’s neo-baroque Futurist cinema highlights the misguided attitude to heritage and economic growth that prevails in Liverpool’s corridors of power, writes Ike Ijeh. The irony is that few cities offer better examples of what can be done when conservation-led regeneration is harnessed to high-quality contemporary architecture

2012 Olympic Projects

Assessing the legacy of London's Olympics

28 July 2016

The architecture of the 2012 Olympics had to do more than provide an awe-inspiring home for the Games: it was meant to provide a foundation for the regeneration of a blighted area of the capital. Four years on, Ike Ijeh reports on whether it has succeeded

Sajid Javid

Meet the key players at the communities department

25 July 2016

What are priorities of the new secretary of state and housing minister likely to be?


The rebirth of Lochgelly and lessons for Brexit Britain

21 July 2016

The EU referendum brought home the political divisions between various parts of the UK. The inspired regeneration of a once deprived ex-mining town in Fife shows how architecture can help resolve them.

Martyn Evans

What Brexit means for architects: A client's view Subscription Required

24 June 2016

BD columnist and developer Martyn Evans surveys the scene as clients, investors and contractors try to make sense of the referendum fallout

A visualisation of a pedestrianised Oxford St

Could the pedestrianisation of London's busiest street work?

7 June 2016

The idea to pedestrianise Oxford Street, Europe’s busiest shopping street, has been kicked about for decades without any action ever taking solid form. With signs new London mayor Sadiq Khan has made this his pet project, Ike Ijeh looks at how feasible the transformation would be


Bishopsgate: Khan's first test

27 May 2016

The Goodsyard was put on hold when departing mayor Boris Johnson deferred the decision. It now falls at the feet of Sadiq Khan, in what could set a precedent for the new mayor’s planning policy.

Sadiq Khan

Can Khan deliver?

16 May 2016

London’s new mayor Sadiq Khan has the mother of all in-trays to contend with - everything from housing to Heathrow, Crossrail 2 to controversial planning decisions


After Zaha: What does history suggest will happen?

3 May 2016

What happens to an architectural practice when an inspirational founder dies? Ike Ijeh looks at the precedents

Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

What the LSE's Saw Swee Hock can teach us about procuring brilliant buildings

25 April 2016

Pulling off a coup like O’Donnell & Tuomey’s Stirling finalist is not easy but the story is worth studying, says Simon Carne

Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

Does the government have the sticking power for proper estate regeneration?

22 April 2016

Ministers want estates rebuilt as streets - yet they preside over a funding system that makes this unviable. Julia Park uncovers some cognitive dissonance

Tall Buildings

Boris Johnson: Assessing his legacy

13 April 2016

As the eight-year tenure of the mayor of London draws to a close, many Londoners have mixed feelings about the changes he has wrought on their city

The European Commission in Brussels sets the procurement rules behind the OJEU framework

Would Brexit free us from OJEU hell?

17 March 2016

Architects have played down the effect that a vote for Britain to leave the EU this summer would have on the profession, but its impact on procurement could make a big difference

Women in architecture

Women in architecture: What difference does 40 years make?

8 March 2016

The results of an international survey on women in architecture make fascinating reading, says Yasmin Shariff

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