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?

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The new London Plan has got it wrong on density

2018-01-09T07:00:00+00:00By Duncan Bowie

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 Hopkirk

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?


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 Rudlin

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 Park

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 Lane

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 Dittmar

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

Grenfell Tower: Should this cladding be allowed?

2017-06-16T14:34:00+01:00By Thomas Lane

The rapid and devastating spread of the fire at the west London tower has raised questions whether ACM cladding should be permitted on high-rise residential towers, says Thomas Lane

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What actually happens in a hung parliament?

2017-06-09T12:13:00+01:00By Will Worley

A guide to what a hung parliament means and what the impact could be for construction

Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

Will England’s new metro mayors make a difference?

2017-06-08T07:59:00+01:00By Julia Park

Their powers are limited and the government’s motive might have been to off-load responsibility, but this exercise in devolution could still be a good thing. Julia Park takes a look

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Learning from Chicago: Travels with Frank Lloyd Wright

2017-06-06T07:59:00+01:00By Noreply

Despite barely building outside the US, Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence – and influences – are felt all over the world, writes Gwyn Lloyd Jones

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Here’s the detail that's missing from all the manifestos

2017-05-30T07:59:00+01:00By Hank Dittmar

Politicians must think about design codes if they’re to deliver quality housing in the numbers they promise, says Hank Dittmar

Co Housing Ijburg: The cyclists with project founder Daniel Peters of Mopet Architects and his wife Saskia

Dear British politicians: A letter from the Netherlands

2017-05-23T07:59:00+01:00By Kay Hughes

Kay Hughes led a group of women architects and planners on a cycle tour of Holland to see what they could learn before the UK severs its ties with Europe

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Gentrification may be brutalism’s best hope

2017-05-12T08:00:00+01:00By Owen Hopkins

What’s happening at the Balfron has infuriated many but don’t be too quick to criticise, cautions Owen Hopkins. The alternative for many brutalist gems is oblivion

Julia Park, head of research at Levitt Bernstein

When is overcrowding not overcrowding?

2017-05-04T09:46:00+01:00By Julia Park

When you could sleep in the kitchen. Julia Park provides an illuminating history of the many ways landlords and the authorities have dodged their responsibility to provide decent housing rights up to the present day