21_Social Design

The world needs more social designers

2018-12-12T07:00:00+00:00By Angeli Sachs

With the world in turmoil, social design has never been more important, says the author of a new book

Anthony Thisleton

This is not a ban on CLT – but it is still incredibly shortsighted

2018-12-10T07:00:00+00:00By Anthony Thistleton

CLT can help deliver homes faster and tackle climate change

Soda Studio

BD Live crit: Reimagining Canada Water

2018-12-04T07:00:00+00:00By Thomas Lane1 comments

British Land invited Coffey Architects, Reiach and Hall, Soda Studio and Mikhail Riches to float ideas for £4bn town centre

Stephanie Edwards RIBA National Schools Programme

How can we design for young people when we don't consult them?

2018-11-28T07:00:00+00:005 comments

When she volunteered to be an architecture ambassador in a school, Stephanie Edwards learnt as much as the pupils

Roger Madelin

Housing crisis. What housing crisis?

2018-11-27T07:00:00+00:00By Roger Madelin4 comments

Roger Madelin on the politics behind one of the nation’s most intractable problems

Hassan Fathy giving a lecture at the École des Beaux-Arts in Zamalek, Cairo, 1976

Reappraising Hassan Fathy, the forgotten modernist

2018-11-26T07:00:00+00:00By Viola Bertini6 comments

Hassan Fathy was decades ahead of his time – but finally the Egyptian architect’s ideas as well as his techniques are attracting attention

Kayla Friedman

We need a radical shift in how we collaborate for the sake of the planet

2018-11-23T07:00:00+00:00By Kayla Friedman

We have the power to shift the built environment towards sustainable development. We just need to seize it

Innovation Hive - Placemaking by Barton Willmore

Architects aren’t giving themselves credit for R&D

2018-11-19T07:00:00+00:00By Mark Tighe

Your practice could be missing out on tens of thousands of pounds in tax relief, says Mark Tighe

Patrick Lynch's red axo - of objects on ground - of St Peter’s Church, Klippan, Sweden, by Sigurd Lewerentz

Is architecture returning to an age of civic mission?

2018-11-16T07:00:00+00:00By Nicholas de Klerk3 comments

Nicholas de Klerk finds cause for hope in Patrick Lynch’s latest book, Civic Ground

Petra Marko of Marko & Placemakers

Client design leadership is crucial to the success of our infrastructure

2018-11-15T07:00:00+00:00By Petra Marko

There is a design-shaped hole in the understanding of too many people leading infrastructure projects, says Petra Marko

Our experience of cities is rarely static - views unfold as we move through them

We’re protecting the wrong kind of views

2018-11-13T07:00:00+00:00By Thomas Brigden5 comments

It’s time to rethink the view protection system, argues Purcell’s Tom Brigden

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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?

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?

Hank Dittmar index

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.

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