A calamitous failure of urbanism

The new development stands opposite St Giles  in the Fields and addresses Centre Point to the right.

Central St Giles by Renzo Piano

In this archive Building Study from 2010, Ellis Woodman pulls no punches in his assessment of Google’s $1bn trophy



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Building Study: Marshall Building, LSE by Grafton Architects

The brief called for sports and arts facilities, teaching space and research accommodation – it was a lot to fit in but inspired a highly innovative response, Thomas Lane finds

RIBA's 66 Portland Place headquarters

Portland Place should be a seat of learning not a fun palace


As the RIBA launches a competition for the £20m redevelopment of its HQ, Chris Williamson questions the whole direction of travel



Reader survey: Omicron and the built environment

We want to hear about the impact of rising case numbers on your business


Architect of the Year Awards

  • Interview: We’ve never found a practice who are our pin-ups

  • Feilden Fowles named Architect of the Year 2021

  • Ebba crowned Young Architect of the Year 2021

  • Winners of Stratford Design Challenge announced

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Gove makes progress on building safety – but many questions remain

2022-01-11T09:38:00+00:00By Andrew Mellor1 comments

The implications of this week’s announcements and their impact on the industry and leaseholders will only become apparent in the coming months, writes Andrew Mellor

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A question of scale

2022-01-11T07:00:00+00:00By Eleanor Jolliffe

Small provincial practices have more in common with large commercial firms than you might think, finds Eleanor Jolliffe

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What’s stopping engineers from being more creative?

2021-12-23T06:00:00+00:00By Anna Beckett5 comments

There are good reasons why we choose the tried and tested, but too often that stifles innovative thinking and the potential for progress, says Anna Beckett

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The king of urban renaissance had politicians – if not princes – at his feet

2021-12-22T06:00:00+00:00By David Rudlin4 comments

Richard Rogers was hugely influential as an urbanist as well an architect, writes David Rudlin

Julia Park

Time to rethink the rulebook on building regulation

2021-12-16T06:00:00+00:00By Julia Park1 comments

The current system is not fit for purpose. The Grenfell tragedy, climate emergency and covid-19 are three compelling reasons why we must do better, says Julia Park

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Design teams could be on hook for retrospective leaseholder claims

2021-12-14T06:00:00+00:00By Andrew Mellor

The Building Safety Bill will allow safety claims for buildings dating from 1992, writes Andrew Mellor

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Meanwhile… here’s a great way to test your risky brainwaves

2021-12-13T12:39:00+00:00By Martyn Evans

Placemaking is a responsibility not a workstream, argues Martyn Evans

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The Coach: Let’s reflect, not ruminate, on 2021

2021-12-09T05:00:00+00:00By Louise Rodgers

As we look back on our year and prepare for the one ahead, Louise Rodgers explains how to shift from a closed-mind state to an open one with space for new thoughts and ideas

Eleanor Jolliffe

Creative thinking and collaborative tension can help solve a towering dilemma

2021-12-07T06:41:00+00:00By Eleanor Jolliffe1 comments

High-rise blocks represent a huge challenge for the urban architect if they are to fulfil residents’ needs and have a positive impact on the environment. Eleanor Joliffe calls for some fresh thinking, from conception to construction

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What can we learn from designing for the sacred?

2021-12-03T06:00:00+00:00By Ben Flatman

One small Ugandan practice reaches into the past to inform a contemporary monastic complex in the south of the country, writes Ben Flatman

  • Building Study: Marshall Building, LSE by Grafton Architects

  • 50 Wonders | Denise Bennetts: Royal College of Physicians

  • Technical Study: The Black & White Building by Waugh Thistleton

  • 50 Wonders | Dav Bansal: Lakeshore Drive Apartments

  • 50 Wonders | Yasmin Al-Ani Spence: Villa Tugendhat

  • Building Study: St Hilda’s College, Oxford by Gort Scott

  • 50 Wonders | John Tuomey: The Aran Islands, Ireland

  • Technical Study: Restoring Birmingham Selfridges’ cladding

  • 50 Wonders | Terry Farrell: The Great Mosque at Córdoba, Andalucía

  • 50 Wonders | Simon Allford: Notre-Dame de Raincy


Future of the Profession

Future of the Profession

We need to talk about the future of the profession

Climate crisis, the Grenfell tragedy and the biggest professional shake-up for 60 years, not to mention a global pandemic and Brexit. Never has it been more critical to shape the way forward. Building Design invites you to join an urgent conversation


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Jargon buster: Heat pumps

Simon Wyatt at Cundall on the pros and cons of replacing gas boilers with heat pumps


Jargon buster: Greenhouse Gas Protocol and understanding emissions

Simon Wyatt explains why to understand your carbon footprint you need to look at all green house gases


Jargon buster: Carbon neutral vs net zero

Don’t know the difference between carbon neutral and net zero? Cundall’s Simon Wyatt explains it all here

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WA100 2021: Digital edition

Building Design’s annual analysis of the state of play in architecture, listing all the top practices, identifying the leaders in different specialisms, markets and regions, and looking to the year ahead in architecture

Long reads


Design team sought for transformation of Liverpool museums

Project will involve two listed buildings on city’s historic waterfront

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50 Wonders | Denise Bennetts: Royal College of Physicians

The Bennetts Associates co-founder appreciates Denys Lasdun’s daring response to a historic site