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Sustainable architecture

Logicor's Clear Heater System turns the traditional approach to domestic heating upside down to halve energy requirements

Halve energy need without elaborate installation

Too many ‘sustainable’ credits for buildings refer only to operation, but embodied energy accounts for much carbon output. There are digital tools to help green your design

How to count the carbon in your design

To avoid demolishing a sad 1950s house, alma-nac built it up and out and wrapped the lot in a cool contemporary skin that insulates it and enhances the street

Why demolish when you can refurbish and extend?

‘Red-line-itis’ must end: architects can lead on ecological, ethical development

Environmental responsibility has no boundaries

Prototype from research into BIM-compatible support software gives real-time data on building performance to influence critical early design decisions

BIM plugin promises huge impact on whole life/carbon costs

Architecture for social purpose

Architecture Foundation’s exhibition at London’s Grand Junction shows how places of worship are diversifying to keep supporting their faiths and serve wider communities too

AF's Congregation exhibition studies an evolving typology

The winning MacEwen Award scheme, Park Palace Ponies offers children skills rarely seen in the inner city. Architect Harrison Stringfellow enabled the dream

Inner-city equestrian centre is pick of the MacEwen crop

Record letters of support and community buy-in transported St Mary Paddington church from the Heritage at Risk Register to thriving community hub

Lifts, stairs and a bit more revive Paddington locals

In the year of snowballing climate awareness, award judges give the environment priority

Judges respond to Greta Thunberg’s tsunami

As the MacEwen Award deadline approaches, Malcolm Fraser returns to the community self-build that he helped bring to fruition – Bridgend Inspiring Growth, commended in last year’s competition

Malcolm Fraser finds the community self-build he helped to make is thriving

Health, safety & wellbeing

As safety climbs back up the political agenda, the issues – and some solutions – were discussed at a RIBAJ/Hilti conference

Industry discusses the issues and what happens next

As healthcare moves towards prevention as much as cure, how can we design our built environment to promote wellness? PiP’s seminar offered some ideas

How to design for wellbeing

In the run-up to the election Andrew Forth, RIBA’s head of policy and public affairs, explains how the RIBA’s manifesto lobbies politicians to create a built environment that is ‘safer, better and more sustainable’

Head of policy and public affairs at the RIBA, Andrew Forth, on the key points

Bauhaus design went hand in hand with the demands for light and cleanliness in sanatoria. Pre-Bauhaus, one of the earliest such buildings was erected in Kent

The twisting tale of Benenden sanatorium

Three new Practice Notes from the RIBA will help architects keep their projects safe from fire risk

Guidance from three new Practice Notes by the RIBA

Business, clients and services

The 2020 Royal Gold Medal award to a whole practice recognises collaboration

Grafton Architects’ Royal Gold Medal points to the future

What are client advisers, and how do they help? Two RIBA client advisers on how you can offer invaluable advice at the right point in the project

Experienced, independent advice can be invaluable to clients

Profits flatline in the RIBA Business Benchmarking 2019 survey despite bigger workloads for architects bringing in more revenue

Employment is up, so is international work – the results of RIBA’s Business Benchmarking survey

Drop that British reserve and take the initiative with developers. Here are seven ways to help you get inside their mindset and change your relationships with them for the better

Network, go bigger, collaborate, think Yoda

Women’s contribution to architecture has long been overlooked. Two new publications bring recognition to many previously unknown names

Two new books start to redress the overlooking of female architects

Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance

With government action to curb construction’s contribution to climate change falling short, some in the sector are taking matters into their own hands

There's no national policy or developed market, but retrofit projects keep coming

The ‘cheapest is best’ mantra flies in the face of fire safety, and architects must take the lead in opposing it

Diluted regulations and cost conscious clients need architects to take the lead

As the only regulated profession in an industry facing huge responsibilities, architects must be more expert

Profession must manage the demands of dramatic change

Dangerous quality lapses in construction, such as that at Oxgangs School, show why architects and clerks of works must get back on site

Grenfell and Oxgangs School show need for professional inspection

Despite uncertainties around Brexit, by the end of 2019 the UK will adopt the new European Standard that deals with daylight in buildings. What could it mean for your project?

European Standard EN 17037: Everything you need to know

Procurement and contracts

John Walker, director at Walker Simpson Architects, chooses three of his specification favourites

Three specification favourites from the director at Walker Simpson Architects

Paul Strudwick, associate at HKS Architects, chooses his specification favourites

Paul Strudwick of HKS chooses three of his specification favourites

Housing and commercial uplift send average fees higher – but hourly rates fail to keep up with inflation

Rising fees leave hourly rates standing still

Just defining ethical priorities can be a minefield, never mind enforcing them. But, as evidenced by the RIBA’s new CPD subjects, there’s no getting away from it

There's no getting away from ethical sourcing

Who owns the copyright on architects’ drawings? It depends, of course

Who owns the copyright on your drawings?

Inclusive environments

Specialist carpet supplier's products have received DSDC accreditation for use in care settings and public buildings

Danfloor carpets receive DSDS accreditation for specialist settings

A surreal quality of unexpected juxtaposition characterises Park Palace Ponies, an inner city riding school in a derelict theatre

Liverpool riding school operates from a derelict theatre

Homeless find sensitivity domesticity and a warm welcome at Shelter from the Storm, a supermarket converted to a temporary refuge

Community café is also a homeless shelter

Our annual award shows there are plenty of really imaginative projects that work to make our world better

See if you can spot the winner from the MacEwen longlist

Brightness, colour and acoustics can have a huge impact on people living with dementia. Danfloor's accredited carpet ranges help create stress-free environments

Design principles help reduce stress for those with dementia

Places planning & community

Co-living could ease the housing crisis, but the is model right? Peter Lewis’ analysis and assessment of this ultra high density approach won him second place in the RIBAJ/Future Architects writing competition

Peter Lewis’ essay on co-living. second in RIBAJ/Future Architects competition

Earthwatch Europe's tablet-based game allows the public to place green elements in urban spaces to chart their effects on extreme weather and other environmental impacts

Augmented reality enables nature-based urban solutions

Titles by Marie Burns, Edward Barsley and Graham Haughton & Iain White illuminate planning theory, public squares and retrofitting for flood resilience

Three titles to add to your bookshelf

How curating the Therapeutic City Festival in Bath started a conversation about creating urban spaces that are good for mind, body and soul

Inspiration from Bath's Therapeutic City Festival

Jacksons' Jakoustic Reflective timber barrier system helps balance security and aesthetics at the award-winning Cambridge Central Mosque

Jakoustic Reflective barrier system reduces noise impact

Building conservation and heritage

Adam Richards quotes historical references in a modern language in his development of Walmer Castle’s grounds and facilities

Adam Richards modernises Tudor castle with historical references

Historic buildings have particular susceptibility to the dangers of fire. Ingval Maxwell and Paul Chatham draw out some of the key lessons to inform a better strategy

Key considerations to build a better fire strategy

June Park’s House 7 Fitzroy Park, Highgate, London ,1951

June Park’s House 7 Fitzroy Park, Highgate, London ,1951

Wright & Wright is turning the Geffrye Museum’s almshouses premises into the Museum of the Home. Painstaking research has been vital to create its period rooms

Detailed research is key to authenticity

Battersea Power Station: Energy Revolution by Joás Souza

Battersea Power Station: Energy Revolution by Joás Souza

Design, construction and technology

As London’s ExCel Centre is hastily turned into a hospital for coronavirus patients, Hugh Pearman talks to Architects for Health chair Christopher Shaw about the priorities and practicalities of emergency conversions

The people supplying 20,000 more acute beds in three to six weeks

Scarlet volumes for the latest Maggie’s denote a warm welcome says Ab Rogers, at his ‘beating heart’ on The Royal Marsden’s massive Sutton site

Crimson is a kind colour says Ab Rogers

This year’s Norbord SterlingOSB Zero competition challenges architects to take a moribund building and transform it into something repurposed, re-invigorated – and environmentally-efficient. Our winner will bag a £2,500 prize. Deadline for entries is 22 June 2020.

Transform a moribund building – and win £2,500

Mixed Use House steps from commercial to residential Melbourne with an inventive approach to urban living

Mixed Use House rethinks urban living

Plants, water and natural stone give Lynch Architects’ garden at Westminster Coroner’s Court a classical air – secular yet spiritual, grave but comforting

Garden offers place of respite at Westminster Coroner’s Court


The luxury vinyl tile range features designs that mimic reclaimed gym floors, marble and terrazzo - bold circular inlays are an added option

Luxury vinyl tile range now includes faux gym floor designs

Light Natural concrete creates a high-sheen industrial feel over three floors at a Wandsworth retrofit project

Light Natural concrete creates high-sheen style over three storeys

When the sports hall at Ashington Academy in Northumberland needed a refresh, the existing Gerflor flooring was replaced with its updated equivalent

Specialist sports flooring re-specified at Northumberland school

Specialist carpet supplier's products have received DSDC accreditation for use in care settings and public buildings

Danfloor carpets receive DSDS accreditation for specialist settings

Junckers' Oak Boulevard hardwood flooring is durable, beautiful and - in a new Rustic White oiled finish - a thoroughly modern solution for light-filled interiors

Junckers extends its signature Oak Boulevard flooring range

Kitchens and bathrooms

Geberit design for wall-hung ceramics offers architects and specifiers neat, tidy and easily accessible washroom solutions

Geberit design for wall-hung ceramics is acoustically optimised

Sphero's in-built technology reduces water usage and boosts cleanliness - plus the design comes in three sizes, making it a versatile choice for specifiers

Introducing Sphero: The innovative way to spend a penny

An underground Sanifos pump has been specified for an extension to an off-mains rural cottage

Underground pump solves off-mains drainage dilemma

At up to 1.8m metres long, the Superplan XXL brings super-sized, floor-level showering to the Nine Elms development

Superplan XXL shower surface specified at Nine Elms development

The architecture and interior design firm has fitted out its London HQ with Billi taps to fulfil all its hydration needs

Office refresh: Billi taps and dispensing systems at London office refit


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