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If the prime minister is serious about building sustainable communities, here's how

2018-10-19T06:00:00+01:00By Ben Bolgar2 comments

Everyone agrees we should be producing better housing. What we need now are some more built success stories, says Ben Bolgar

Study for a Memorial, Barbican Lake EC, 2015, Fred Scott

Fred Scott: The double ecstasy of altering architecture

2018-10-18T06:00:00+01:00By Peter Youthed

A decade after the designer’s seminal book, Peter Youthed argues he paved the way for the likes of David Chipperfield and Caruso St John


Will driverless cars change our cities for better or worse?


Do electric private-hire driverless cars represent a huge opportunity to redesign our urban environment?

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Architects are problem solvers. We should be able to solve an issue like education

2018-10-12T06:00:00+01:00By Ashley Mayes4 comments

We must work harder to tackle the ‘architecture time-bomb’

Ben Channon, The Mindful Architect

Architects have forgotten how to design for people

2018-10-09T06:00:00+01:00By Ben Channon10 comments

Step down from your ivory tower and design with your users’ wellbeing in mind, urges Ben Channon

Anni Albers in her weaving studio at Black Mountain College, 1937

Anni Albers, the Bauhaus and the pliable plane

2018-10-01T06:00:00+01:00By Briony Fer1 comments

Pushed into weaving because she was a woman, Albers became fascinated by the medium’s architectural uses says the curator of the Tate’s retrospective

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How to get housing through planning: collaborate with the locals

2018-09-26T06:00:00+01:001 comments

Community-led schemes are getting quality designs built, says Tom Chance

Renzo Piano Building Workshop: The Shard and the London skyline in 2012

RA show rightly casts Renzo Piano as pragmatist and dreamer

2018-09-20T06:00:00+01:00By Daniel Elsea1 comments

The first big architecture exhibition since David Chipperfield united the two halves of the Royal Academy is a hit

The Lego building at Reading University, designed by Howell Killick Partridge & Amis and due to be remodelled by Hawkins Brown

Old buildings bite back - but it's exactly those twists that make refurbs so rewarding

2018-09-14T06:00:00+01:00By Nicola Rutt

The thrill of repurposing a historic building is worth the inevitable headaches, argues Nicola Rutt

Richard Green Gallery, New Bond Street, London. Designed by George Saumarez Smith of Adam Architecture and completed in 2011

Classicism is in our DNA. Just look at any terraced street

2018-09-07T06:00:00+01:00By George Saumarez Smith37 comments

Classicism has been accused of responsibility for the Holocaust and the Grenfell fire but a new generation of architects can see past the baggage

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Who do we want to immortalise?

2018-09-03T06:00:00+01:00By Duncan Wilson

The memorials we erect say more about us than they do about the past, writes Duncan Wilson, as Historic England tries to start a national debate

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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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Redundant city centre car parks: repurpose or demolish?


The city centre multi-storey car park is rapidly becoming redundant. Can they be repurposed?

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The new London Plan has got it wrong on density

2018-01-09T07:00:00+00:00By Duncan Bowie3 comments

Scrapping London’s density matrix could actually worsen the housing crisis, argues Duncan Bowie

Ben Derbyshire

Brexit deal ‘not enough’ to calm staff jitters

2017-12-20T07:01:00+00:00By Jim Dunton and Elizabeth Hopkirk7 comments

RIBA says architects need more reassurance about their ability to work after the UK leaves the EU

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Could the return of the clerk of works improve build quality?


Concerns about building quality and safety, especially in the wake of Grenfell, have led to calls for a more co-ordinated approach to accountability. Could the clerk of works help?

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What will Stirk and Harbour do without Rogers?

2017-10-20T06:00:00+01:00By 1 comments

It’s 10 years since Richard Rogers shared naming rights to his practice with two very different characters. Elizabeth Hopkirk asks the questions everyone’s thinking

Milton Keynes plan

We love predicting the future but we've lost the ambition to plan for it

2017-07-13T07:59:00+01:00By David Rudlin9 comments

At a conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Milton Keynes, David Rudlin finds the future is not what it used to be

Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

Will Grenfell change everything?

2017-07-03T07:59:00+01:00By Julia Park4 comments

When just one volume of building regs refers to 93 other documents, it’s clear that we need to go back to first principles, says Julia Park


Fire regulations: What needs to change

2017-06-29T07:00:00+01:00By Thomas Lane5 comments

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?

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How to fix the UK's housing mess

2017-06-27T07:59:00+01:00By Hank Dittmar10 comments

We need to admit our mistakes and set about making radical changes to the whole system, writes Hank Dittmar

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Marie-Jose Van Hee

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

Roger Zogolovitch and Simon Allford

Interview: Roger Zogolovitch and Simon Allford

2018-02-21T07:00:00+00:00By Amanda Birch1 comments

What happens when two of the biggest names in architecture collaborate?

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'Inside this strict format, anything can happen'

2018-01-30T07:00:00+00:00By Hugh Strange

Hugh Strange talks to Barcelona practice MAIO about the challenges of practising architecture in Spain

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'Surrealism sounds very far away, but it’s not at all'

2017-11-24T07:00:00+00:00By Hugh Strange

Hugh Strange talks to Jan de Vylder of architecten de vylder vinck taillieu about playing with building elements, the beauty of raw finishes and why Belgian architects have to deal with strange realities

Neave Brown with his wife Janet Richardson at home in their Dunboyne Road house

Interview: Neave Brown on Grenfell, Thatcher and the future of housing

2017-10-02T06:00:00+01:00By 1 comments

As he receives his Royal Gold Medal at the RIBA today, the celebrated architect tells Elizabeth Hopkirk how to get housing right

Tom de Paor

'The creative act is making the rules up until they break'

2017-07-24T08:00:00+01:00By Hugh Strange1 comments

Hugh Strange talks to Wicklow-based architect Tom de Paor about his most significant projects, his polymathic approach to architecture and his ‘paradise garden’ on an abandoned farm


'We're very happy with the term magic realism'

2017-04-27T07:59:00+01:00By Hugh Strange

Job Floris and Sandor Naus of Monadnock talk to Hugh Strange about the mixed legacy of the Superdutch generation and the importance of creating new stories from old traditions

Churchill College, Cambridge

'Buildings are used, mis-used, re-used, and they get old, decay, are worn out –watching that happen is the most exciting thing'

2017-01-16T09:01:00+00:00By Hugh Strange1 comments

Tom Emerson of 6a Architects talks to Hugh Strange bout incorporating the passage of time into the practice’s work and the joy of watching buildings take on a life of their own

Helen Hayes

Helen Hayes MP: The politics of planning

2016-11-23T07:30:00+00:00By 3 comments

Helen Hayes is the Labour MP for Dulwich and West Norwood in south London and she is also the only planner sitting in Parliament. Switching to politics in 2010 she shares her views on communities, Brexit and Trump.

Ben Derbyshire

Ben Derbyshire: How architects can claw their way back up the supply chain

2016-09-09T07:29:00+01:00By 11 comments

In his first big interview, RIBA president elect Ben Derbyshire talks about his plans to turn everything around, from architects’ professional standing to the institute itself - and the disengaged membership who didn’t vote for him

The new, brick-clad crematorium at  Stockholm’s Woodland cemetery, now a Unesco World Heritage Site

Interview: Johan Celsing

2016-09-01T07:00:00+01:00By Hugh Strange

The architect behind the restoration of the Malmö chapels, talks about following in the footsteps of Sigurd Lewerentz and the importance of ‘robust’ architecture

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