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Five of the best urban sun spots

2018-08-13T06:00:00+01:00By

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

2018-08-06T06:00:00+01:00By Mary Guzowski1 comments

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?

2018-07-26T06:00:00+01:00By Simeon Shtebunaev29 comments

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

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Still learning from Las Vegas

2018-07-23T06:00:00+01:00By Andres Ramirez

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

2018-07-18T23:01:00+01:00By

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

2018-07-16T06:00:00+01:00By Charles Campion2 comments

The public should take their rightful place alongside professionals and politicians

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Housing Design Awards 2018: the winners

2018-07-05T06:00:00+01:00By

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

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Analysis: Righting the wrongs of Canary Wharf

2018-07-02T06:00:00+01:00By

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

2018-06-26T06:00:00+01:00By Harald N Røstvik3 comments

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

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

2018-06-22T06:00:00+01:00By Victoria Axell, David Ames1 comments

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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How we are reconstructing Wittgenstein's house in Norway

2018-06-18T06:00:00+01:00By Harald N Røstvik1 comments

An extraordinary project is underway to rebuild the philosopher’s mountain home

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Analysis: Righting the wrongs of Canary Wharf

2018-07-02T06:00:00+01:00By

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?

2018-02-01T06:30:00+00:00By

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

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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?

2017-11-29T10:07:00+00:00By

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

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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

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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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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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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

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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

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'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

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'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

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'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

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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.

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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

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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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Interview: Knut Hjeltnes

2016-06-30T08:00:00+01:00By Hugh Strange

Following the success of his House Bøe Møller in Oslo, architect Knut Hjeltnes discusses his architectural position on creating houses that are materially rich but that always keep the focus on the occupant

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