Barry Parker

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 Ames

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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The verdict: Ike Ijeh on Frida Escobedo's Serpentine Pavilion


BD’s critic is beguiled by the work of the youngest architect yet to win the annual commission

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Review: Piers Gough's architecture room at the RA

2018-06-11T09:43:00+01:00By Michael Collins1 comments

This year’s Summer Exhibition addresses serious themes with wit and verve, says Michael Collins


World Cup: Stadium by stadium


Ike Ijeh takes a look at the key venues

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This is how we talk when we talk about architecture

2018-06-07T06:00:00+01:00By Richard Gatti5 comments

Architects struggle to drop the jargon and engage the public. Richard Gatti finds the addition of hard liquor helps

Kieren Majhail

Diversity is not just a London issue. The regions need to discuss it now more than ever

2018-06-05T06:00:00+01:00By Kieren Majhail

Young architects around Britain are desperate for their studios to be more representative, says Kieren Majhail

Vatican chapel by Eduardo Souto de Moura at 2018 Venice Biennale

Five of the best pavilions at Venice

2018-05-30T06:00:00+01:00By Daniel Elsea1 comments

More than 80 national pavilions and events are being staged in Venice on the biennale theme of Freespace. Daniel Elsea picks five worth seeing

Freespace room at the Venice Biennale

Review: 2018 Venice Biennale

2018-05-29T09:56:00+01:00By Daniel Elsea1 comments

Freespace contains exceptional, thought-provoking work. But a few people’s ‘Will this do?’ approach is more trade show than architecture festival

Pooja Agrawal

Planning has big problems. We think we've found a solution

2018-05-21T06:00:00+01:003 comments

In an age of austerity, planning departments need all the help they can get. Lend them the best talent from the private sector, says Pooja Agrawal

Sharp Centre for Design in Toronto by Will Alsop

'A mash-up of high-tech, futurism and Blue Peter' - Ijeh on Alsop

2018-05-15T14:41:00+01:00By 3 comments

Will Alsop was radical, daring and esoteric - but above all he brought a sense of fun to architecture

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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

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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

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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

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

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

Knut Hjeltnes

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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