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  1. Culture

Less Eminent Victorians is a late encore for unsung splendours

Edmund Harris’ intriguing cataloguing of Less Eminent Victorians is an engaging, enlightening and diverting investigation, finds Hugh Pearman

19 April 2021

  1. Intelligence

Q&A: Pooja Agrawal on her plans for Public Practice

Pooja Agrawal takes up the role of chief executive of Public Practice in June. She talks about the successes and ambitions of the organisation she co-founded and its impact on local authorities and the profession

19 April 2021

  1. Intelligence

Takeover: Decolonise Architecture tackles institutional racism head on

The time for fine words on inclusion is over: a group in Bath is taking decisive practical action to recognise all the world’s architecture, storm the discipline’s privilege and face down imperialism’s legacy

16 April 2021

Editor's cut

Since we must all make do just with virtual holidays nowadays, this modernist travel guide is the way to do it, says Michèle Woodger

Travel vicariously to a promising future

Yoyo-ing lockdowns, unexpected home improvement surges and Brexit red tape have caused chaos in the materials supply chain. Where does that leave construction capacity?

Disrupted materials supply threatens construction efforts

As London’s spatial development strategy, the new London Plan, is launched, Andrew Boff, chair of the London Assembly’s Planning and Regeneration Committee, and Nicky Gavron, its deputy chair, give an overview of what architects can expect to see in it

Good growth, sustainability, housing and public space

Plans for a Barbican ‘upgrade’ following the axing of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Centre for Music remain worryingly vague. Meanwhile, MVRDV builds a hill – complete with trees – to woo visitors back to Oxford Street, while Haworth Tompkins’ housing scheme triggers ‘poor doors’ row. Plus Twitter has fun with Thomas

What now for the Barbican? Plus what Heatherwick wants

There’s much more to see nowadays at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen – the Depot reveals both behind the scenes preservation and doubles the views outside

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen’s Depot basks in the limelight

Ceilings and partitions

New recyclable products with enhanced acoustics give specifiers maximum design flexibility

New Zentia recyclable tile range offers enhanced acoustics

Oscar Acoustics' easy to install isolating ceiling system reduces transmission of vibrations and sound pressure waves from one apartment to another

Oscar Acoustics' ceiling system cuts sound transmission

Sprinklers, smoke alarms, PIR sensors and more can be slotted into the light fitting for clutter-free, streamlined ceilings

Six safety features can be slotted into Lumi-Plugin downlight

Newcastle University's Frederick Douglass Centre has two lecture halls in a single space thanks to a system of sliding acoustic panels that moves through tiered seating

Automated double-skin panels create flexible lecture spaces

High-performing stone wool ceilings create tailor-made sound solutions for contemplation and collaboration in the offices and open-plan spaces of the Glucksman Library

Rockfon ceilings absorb and insulate at RKD's Glucksman Library

  1. Buildings

Dreams and ideology clash at Humboldt Forum in Berlin

Berlin’s Humboldt Forum, an unlikely fusion of old and new by Franco Stella, needs more than a new building to drag a rebuilt baroque palace into the modern world

30 March 2021

Kuba and Pilař visualises a new view of Znojmo

This family house designed for a 3D visualiser inserts a modern sensibility into its tranquil riverside setting on the edge of a historic Moravian city in the Czech Republic

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