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How architectural drawings changed what we think about architecture

2018-02-19T07:00:00+00:00By Jordan Kauffman5 comments

The moment when technical drawings took on an agency of their own

Castelvecchio. The second room of the sculpture gallery.

The hitchhiker’s guide to Carlo Scarpa

2018-02-16T07:00:00+00:00By Richard Murphy

Richard Murphy is now one of the foremost experts on Carlo Scarpa, but it all began with a serendipitous student visit

Friendship Centre in Gaibandha, Bangladesh, by architect Kashef Chowdhury / Urbana

Why you should be paying attention to Bangladesh’s architecture scene

2018-02-05T07:00:00+00:00By Niklaus Graber

Get ready to drop your preconceptions

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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?

Crown Street Regeneration Project in the New Gorbals, Glasgow (1992-2000, master plan by Piers Gough/ CZWG, buildings by various architects), looking into Old Rutherglen Road (buildings by Holmes Partnership).

The end of the suburban dream

2018-01-26T07:00:00+00:00By ​Florian Urban2 comments

Could Britain be on the verge of a tenement revolution?

Design Engine's British embassy in Sanaa, Yemen

How do you design an embassy in a country like Yemen?


In a land with more guns that people, can you design an embassy that says, ‘Come in for tea’?

A historic plan of Barcelona's Ensanche - or Eixample - district

Urban design must shake off the shackles of the tabula rasa

2018-01-22T07:00:00+00:00By Brent Ryan17 comments

The majority of land in our towns is already built on. If we limit urban design to big empty sites we are all the losers

Stravinsky Fountain in Paris

Britain should lighten up and allow some fun into its public spaces

2018-01-18T07:00:00+00:00By Daniel Elsea1 comments

Give architects a really big site and stand back

SPAB scholar Lilian Tuohy Main gets to grips with an ancient building

Between our two hands: Creating space for the analogue in architectural education

2018-01-16T07:00:00+00:00By Lilian Tuohy Main

How can architects draw and specify materials they have never worked with?

Gibberd's Somerford Grove in Hackney (1945-9)

Why Frederick Gibberd deserves a place in our narrative of modern architecture

2018-01-12T07:00:00+00:00By Christine Hui Lan Manley2 comments

Christine Hui Lan Manley argues for the modernist’s place in the canon


What will 2018 bring?


Ike Ijeh on this year’s big trends

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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?

Aerial view from the east

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


One year after Brexit, are there actually any signs of the predicted construction crash?


The shadow of Brexit has loomed over commercial development in the City for a year now. So were the doom mongers right to say that leaving the EU would darken prospects for some of the biggest schemes? Ike Ijeh looks at five key projects

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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'


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

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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


'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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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

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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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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Interview: Hans van der Heijden

2016-04-28T08:00:00+01:00By Hugh Strange

Fresh from his Oranjeboomstraat housing scheme, architect Hans van der Heijden discusses with Hugh Strange his relationship with Dutch architectural culture and bringing traditional style to a modern market

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Client interview: How to impress Julian Robinson

2016-01-11T08:00:00+00:00By David Rogers

The LSE’s director of estates tells David Rogers why good architecture is important to universities – and how architects can catch his eye

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