Housing Design Awards 2019: The winners


This year’s completed scheme winners and the Housing Design Awards 2019 overall winner

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Ike Ijeh on the 2019 Stirling Prize shortlist

2019-07-18T08:54:00+01:00By 1 comments

BD’s architecture critic on this year’s six contenders

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Housing Design Awards 2019: Uncompleted scheme winners


This year’s winners take a smart approach to densification that shows how to provide quality living space in constrained sites

Nicholas Boys Smith

Planning reform is not just about money

2019-07-12T06:00:00+01:00By Nicholas Boys Smith

There are other ways to ease the pressures on planning capacity, says Nicholas Boys Smith of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission


What if Google built your house?

2019-07-08T06:00:00+01:00By Flavio Tejada1 comments

Flavio Tejada predicts a future in which emerging technologies transform the built environment – and construction

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Why American universities are in thrall to the Oxbridge quad

2019-07-04T07:00:00+01:00By Carla Yanni

Some questionable motivations lie behind the design staple, says the author of a new book on the subject

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A new age of council housebuilding is dawning

2019-06-28T06:00:00+01:00By Mark Swenarton

Mark Swenarton on what we need to learn from the Homes Fit for Heroes programme a century ago

Tom Brooksbank

We need a spatial strategy to heal the pain behind Brexit

2019-06-27T06:00:00+01:00By ​Tom Brooksbank3 comments

Britain’s failure to take regional planning seriously is a dereliction of duty that has led to our polarised economy, argues Tom Brooksbank

Virginia Newman is a director of KSR Architects and the RIBA mental health champion

Where is architecture’s Stephen Fry?

2019-06-20T06:00:00+01:00By Virginia Newman4 comments

We need a high-profile architect to speak out about their mental health struggles, says Virginia Newman

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Bracing for Brexit: How prepared are architects?

2019-03-04T07:00:00+00:00By Jim Dunton3 comments

With potentially just 25 days to go before a no-deal exit from the European Union, Jim Dunton talks to two specialists with their ears to the ground


The Tulip: Will it ever be built?

2019-02-27T07:00:00+00:00By 5 comments

It’s beginning to seem nothing is too bizarre for the City, but some say Fosters’ Tulip has gone too far. Ike Ijeh asks if it could still win planning


In pictures: Famous observation towers around the world

2019-02-27T07:00:00+00:00By 1 comments

If the Tulip is ever built, it will enter a rarefied group of high-profile observation towers across the world


London's new £288m symphony hall and why concert halls are so often late and over budget

2019-02-13T07:00:00+00:00By 5 comments

Will Diller Scofidio & Renfro’s planned Centre for Music face the problems that dog so many major cultural projects?

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With skills like yours, you shouldn’t be working for an architect

2019-02-11T07:00:00+00:00By Jerónimo van Schendel Erice

Businesses that stitch design into their DNA are the most successful, but they need help. Isn’t it time you applied?


Analysis: When will we see wooden skyscrapers?

2019-01-23T07:00:00+00:00By 2 comments

Timber frames have begun to break into commercial and higher-rise uses thanks to technological breakthroughs. Ike Ijeh speaks to the pioneers


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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Interview: Lee Polisano on towers and ten years of PLP

2018-11-08T07:00:00+00:00By 3 comments

As the 10th anniversary of PLP and the looming storm of Brexit approach, Lee Polisano looks into the future

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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

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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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

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