Technical Study: Bushey Cemetery, London

The rammed earth walls of Waugh Thistleton’s Stirling Prize shortlisted Jewish cemetery pavilions root the buildings to the timelessness of religious ritual

Ben Flatman

The burqa challenges our assumptions about individual rights vs public space


The row over the right to wear the burqa in public has blurred the traditional lines between conservative and liberal ideas, argues Ben Flatman


Life after Will Alsop with aLL Design

Will Ing visited the directors of aLL Design to talk about Will Alsop’s legacy and their plans for the future of the practice


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BD Digital Edition - July 2018


Highlights from July in a magazine format

Building Studies

  • Technical Study: Bushey Cemetery, London

  • Building Study: Signal Townhouses, Greenwich, by AHMM

  • Building Study: Arhus harbour baths, Denmark, by Bjarke Ingels

  • Building Study: Alto private rental scheme, London, by Flanagan Lawrence

  • Building Study: Bourne Estate, London, by Matthew Lloyd Architects

  • Building Study: Westminster Abbey, London, by Ptolemy Dean Architects


Technical Feature

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Technical Study: Bristol Old Vic

2018-07-20T06:00:00+01:00By Amanda Birch

Haworth Tompkins has woven a natural ventilation system through the 250-year-old fabric of this grade I theatre

Technical Interview

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Interview: Marie-José Van Hee

2018-07-06T06:00:00+01:00By Hugh Strange

Hugh Strange talks to Marie-José Van Hee about her approach to architecture and the importance of the domestic in projects of all scales

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Carbuncle Cup: Shankly Hotel, Liverpool by Signature Living


This is a cautionary tale of what happens when a client disregards their architect

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Carbuncle Cup: 20 Ambleside Avenue, London by Pace Jefford Moore Architects


This house in south London looks more like an electricity substation than a home

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Carbuncle Cup: 15 Clerkenwell Close by Groupwork & Amin Taha Architects


Ruin porn makes its debut in Clerkenwell

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Duravit London opens in Clerkenwell

2018-07-30T09:06:00+01:00Sponsored by

The leading international manufacturer of designer bathrooms, Duravit recently opened its UK flagship showroom in Clerkenwell.

Ben Flatman

The burqa challenges our assumptions about individual rights vs public space

2018-08-17T06:00:00+01:00By Ben Flatman4 comments

The row over the right to wear the burqa in public has blurred the traditional lines between conservative and liberal ideas, argues Ben Flatman

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What is the point of RIBA?

2018-08-14T06:00:00+01:00By Eleanor Jolliffe13 comments

After recent controversies Eleanor Jolliffe takes a long, hard look at what the instititution really stands for

Julia Park

A new low in office-to-residential conversions

2018-08-10T06:00:00+01:00By Julia Park3 comments

The sorry story of Newbury House shows that permitted development too often makes people’s lives a misery, writes Julia Park

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Soane and the art of appreciating your collaborators


John Soane had a lot on his hands but with the built version of a pattern book and accomplished craftsmen he pulled it off, says Gillian Darley

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Beware the new Elysians

2018-08-07T06:00:00+01:00By David Rudlin4 comments

Gentrification by creatives is threatening the viability of cities. But some are avoiding it and we must learn from them, writes BD’s new columnist

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Here's some holiday reading, housing minister

2018-08-03T06:00:00+01:00By Julia Park2 comments

The new line-up at the Housing Ministry needs to do some swotting over the summer, suggests Julia Park


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Donald Insall's inspiration: Windsor Castle, UK


Donald Insall’s work on Windsor Castle after the 1992 fire gave him a deep understanding of the building’s history


Five of the best urban sun spots

Ike Ijeh searches out the five best UK roof gardens and public spaces to make the most of the summer sun

Tadao Ando's Ando Museum in Naoshima, Japan

How Tadao Ando designs with light and darkness


In a skilled architect’s hands the most important building materials are free, says Mary Guzowski

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Studying architecture requires hard sacrifices for little return. So why do it?


A campaigner against the hidden cost of studying architecture tells his own very personal story


Still learning from Las Vegas

Denise Scott Brown’s early photography reveals the genesis of ideas that made her one of the most influential architects of the 20th century

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The verdict: Ike Ijeh on the 2018 Stirling shortlist

BD’s architecture critic hails the least urban shortlist in years

Charles Campion with young people at a St Clements charrette in east London

Urban design is meant to be all about communities – so listen to them


The public should take their rightful place alongside professionals and politicians

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Housing Design Awards 2018: the winners

Ike Ijeh looks at this year’s winners and concludes that, when it comes to innovation, councils are leading the way


Analysis: Righting the wrongs of Canary Wharf

As Canary Wharf turns 30 a residential community is being introduced for the first time. Ike Ijeh assesses Wood Wharf and its parent

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A philosopher's contribution to the Mac debate


The chance for young architects to learn about Mackintosh’s technical innovations is one argument for rebuilding the Mac, says Harald Røstvik

Barry Parker

What architects and planners can learn from Barry Parker, architect of the world’s first Garden City


As Letchworth looks to expand for the first time in a generation, it is vital to understand the ideals that underpinned its creation

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