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Pooja Agrawal

Planning has big problems. We think we've found a solution

In an age of austerity, planning departments need all the help they can get. Lend them the best talent from the private sector, says Pooja Agrawal

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Technical Study: Elizabeth Tower refurbishment, London, by Purcell

Purcell’s refurbishment of Barry’s famous clock tower sounds the bell for the wider restoration of the Houses of Parliament

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A short history of garbage housing

Gillian Darley recounts the radical story of the architecture journalist invited to advise a president on building mass housing from waste

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BD Digital Edition - April 2018

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Highlights from April in a magazine format

Building Studies

  • Building Study: Grange Primary School, London, by Maccreanor Lavington

  • Building Study: Old Bearhurst, East Sussex, by Carmody Groarke

  • Building Study: Centre Point, London, by Conran and Partners

  • Building Study: Bellenden Primary School, London, by Cottrell and Vermuelen

  • Building Study: BBC TV Centre, London, by AHMM

  • Building Study: Gasholders King's Cross, London, by Wilkinson Eyre

Masterplanning & public realm architect of the year

Gallery: AYA 2018 winners

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See all the winners of this year’s Architect of the Year Awards

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Clancy Moore: Winning YAYA changes the way we think about ourselves

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‘It’s an award with such a rich heritage,’ says BD’s Young Architect of 2018

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Carmody Groarke crowned Architect of the Year

2018-04-19T00:01:00+01:00By

Full list of winners from BD’s Architect of the Year Awards 2018

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A short history of garbage housing

2018-05-17T06:00:00+01:00By

Gillian Darley recounts the radical story of the architecture journalist invited to advise a president on building mass housing from waste

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Memo to the whole profession: Stop talking about design and focus on lobbying ministers

2018-05-16T06:00:00+01:00By Martyn Evans5 comments

We’re just wasting our breath, says Martyn Evans

Will Alsop: He never stopped fighting for what he believed in

2018-05-14T10:25:00+01:00

As the profession mourns the loss of one of its finest, we reprint this piece by Will Alsop from 2004, just after his Fourth Grace had been canned

Julia Park

Show us that you mean it, minister

2018-05-08T06:00:00+01:00By Julia Park

Dominic Raab’s declaration that poor design should be refused planning is massive - if it turns out to be more than just words

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How Stephen Lawrence's death touches us all

2018-05-01T06:00:00+01:00By Phil Coffey7 comments

Phil Coffey hails the good things that have happened in the 25 years since the aspiring architect’s murder

T Lane

Grenfell: So many wrongs to right

2018-04-27T06:00:00+01:00By Thomas Lane2 comments

As the Hackitt review publication date approaches Thomas Lane assesses the calls for building regulation changes

Ben Flatman

How do we solve a problem like Birmingham?

2018-04-26T10:41:00+01:00By Ben Flatman1 comments

30 years after the Highbury Initiative, the city still struggles with the legacy of its post-war planning

Technical Feature

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Technical study: The world's first 3D-printed house, by CLS Architetti

2018-05-02T06:00:00+01:00By

3D printing is fast breaking down conventional barriers in engineering and architecture and changing the way the industry operates

Inspirations

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Roz Barr's inspiration: Coventry Cathedral, UK

2018-04-23T06:00:00+01:00

Roz Barr explains how Spence’s radical approach to artistic collaboration and storytelling in the ruins of postwar Coventry has informed her own work

Pooja Agrawal

Planning has big problems. We think we've found a solution

In an age of austerity, planning departments need all the help they can get. Lend them the best talent from the private sector, says Pooja Agrawal

Sharp Centre for Design in Toronto by Will Alsop

'A mash-up of high-tech, futurism and Blue Peter' - Ijeh on Alsop

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Will Alsop was radical, daring and esoteric - but above all he brought a sense of fun to architecture

Disappear Here (7) - RIBA exhibition designed by Sam Jacob Studio (c) Andy Matthews

Review: Disappear Here by Sam Jacob

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Nicholas de Klerk is drawn into the RIBA’s latest exhibition on perspective

Barbara weiss

What it took to become British

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Brexit forced her hand but Barbara Weiss was not expecting it to be so difficult

Garden Museum, Lambeth, Dow Jones

'The best conservation projects require rigour and nerve'

Is pastiche always a dirty word? Roger Hunt, author of a new book on designing for old buildings, tackles some prejudices

Wohnpark Alt-Erlaa in Vienna

A walk around: Alt-Erlaa, Vienna

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In the second of an occasional series Robert Park visits an extraordinarily successful 1970s housing project

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Talk, consult and above all involve local people – that’s the way to create popular housing

Why enquiry by design is the way to achieve the government’s goals

John Portman's Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles

Portmania redux: The atrium king's crown slips

Architect John Portman, who died in December, had a dazzling reputation - constructed largely by himself

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The enduring legacy of high-tech architecture

Ike Ijeh explores the origins, impact and legacy of one of architecture’s most enduring movements

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Hyperdensity: can it work?

The NPPF and draft London Plan call for increased housing densities. Ike Ijeh looks at two schemes to see if the proposals measure up

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