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Design better, specify better and consume more carefully – that’s my (not so) radical idea

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While we should all be taking action in order to preserve our planet, direct action is actually rather less effective than well-placed words if we want to drive real and lasting change, writes Matthew Lloyd

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There is nothing else remotely like it in modern architecture

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Post modern architect John Outram’s colourful and exuberant style is back in fashion. Tony McIntyre reviews a major new book on the man and his work

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Design better, specify better and consume more carefully – that’s my (not so) radical idea

2022-05-18T06:00:00+01:00By Matthew Lloyd1 comments

While we should all be taking action in order to preserve our planet, direct action is actually rather less effective than well-placed words if we want to drive real and lasting change, writes Matthew Lloyd

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What can we expect from the Queen’s Speech?

2022-05-10T07:00:00+01:00By 1 comments

Ben Derbyshire is optimistic that Gove will propose a range of innovative proposals

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MoMA’s exhibition illustrates the rich legacy of south Asian modernism

2022-05-09T05:48:00+01:00By Ben Flatman

New York museum seeks to put region’s architecture in a post-colonialist context, writes Ben Flatman

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Handle with care: retrofits are full of surprises and architects have lots to learn

2022-05-06T06:01:00+01:00By Eleanor Jolliffe

A standard architectural education does not equip us well for working on historic building fabric. You need a clear understanding of how materials work, writes Eleanor Jolliffe

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Scrapping the S106 agreement would mean better placemaking

2022-05-04T05:34:00+01:002 comments

The government’s plan to introduce a consolidated infrastructure levy allows placemakers to focus on what’s important – creating schemes of both spatial and social quality, says James Cons

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Quitting your job is a big deal. Have you really thought it all through?

2022-05-02T05:30:00+01:00By Louise Rodgers2 comments

Change is often good and perhaps never more so than in these post-pandemic times. But Louise Rodgers advises that you explore your desire for something different a little more carefully before you jump ship

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What’s stopping us taking more risks?

2022-04-29T06:00:00+01:00By Anna Beckett3 comments

The Victorians built long-lasting structures with limited foundations yet our perception of acceptable risk has changed completely and we are now overdesigning. Anna Beckett wonders if there is a better balance to be struck

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‘There’s still work to be done to make space for the needs of women’

2022-04-27T06:16:00+01:00By Barbara McFarlane and Jane Darke1 comments

Barbara McFarlane and Jane Darke were contributors to a ground-breaking analysis of the way architecture and design were marginalising women in 1984. Here they look back at the book, its context and its legacy

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What’s in store for these great British emporia?

2022-04-25T05:59:00+01:00By David Rudlin2 comments

An entire class of buildings has become redundant and risks being lost for ever, says David Rudlin. But it was never about their external appearance

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It’s time to look after NHS staff if we want them to look after us

2022-04-21T06:03:00+01:00By Sophie Crocker

With the new hospital programme now underway, we should consider respite space provision for those expected to work in them so this can be incorporated into the design

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Design better, specify better and consume more carefully – that’s my (not so) radical idea

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While we should all be taking action in order to preserve our planet, direct action is actually rather less effective than well-placed words if we want to drive real and lasting change, writes Matthew Lloyd

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