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CPD Video: Specifying sanitaryware today

This seminar aims to inform specifiers on the key information required for specifying sanitaryware

16 October 2019

Architecture for social purpose

Deadline for entries is 18 November 2019. Socially conscious projects were never more important, and recognition for your scheme awaits in this year's award. Enter now!

Deadline for entries: 18 November. MacEwen – and everyone – needs you

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

As we open for entries to the 2020 MacEwen Award, Sam White of Knight Architects opens a window on the inspiring tale of villagers who used straw, sheepskin and bottles to rebuild their community hall

Sociable and sustainable on the Somerset Levels

Harriet Harriss, multi-skilled advocate of social architecture, brought no prepared vision to her deanship of New York’s Pratt Institute. For her, leadership starts with her community

The latest adventure: dean of New York’s Pratt Institute

What is enough? Matthew Dalziel, co-curator of the Oslo Architecture Triennale, talks about degrowth and libraries for sharing more than books

Oslo Triennale curator asks what is enough?

Health, safety & wellbeing

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

Canadian exhibition explores increasingly prevalent ideas of wellbeing and considers their impact on the built environment

What does growing interest in wellbeing mean for architects?

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

Becky Clark, also secretary of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England, talks about Notre-Dame and how to ensure such an event doesn't happen here

Church of England director on the lessons of Notre-Dame

Business, clients and services

Standardisation, DfMA, AI, IoT. Where do architects fit into technical innovations?

Are architects at risk of being sidelined?

Sustainability, BIM and procurement have all affected the Plan of Work's latest overhaul. So what has changed?

RIBA strengthens Plan of Work’s sustainability credentials

The optimum income for happiness moves further away as salaries fall with rising recruitment

The optimum income for contentment moves further away as salaries fall, despite rising recruitment

Our new podcast series lets you be a fly on the wall in conversations with noted architects  – and suggest subjects and questions for future guests

Our new podcast series with noted architects

Hong Kong is a very different proposition to almost anywhere in the world, but it’s essential to have a foothold in this exciting and fast-paced region

It’s essential to have a foothold in Hong Kong, but what is working there like?

Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance

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

Profession must manage the demands of dramatic change

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

Sued architect thought he was on a journey of design exploration with his clients but they weren’t even on board

Sued architect left clients behind on ‘design journey’

Not setting clear, express terms in your contract could leave you facing the danger of unlimited liability

What could lead to a £40m liability?

Rich in references, Amin Taha’s controversial building announces its presence with an intriguing range of finishes on its structural limestone facade

Intriguing finishes on Amin Taha's controversial building

Procurement and contracts

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?

The invention of tough yet flexible concrete could halve the duration of road and paving works

This is stronger, lighter – and it bends

For owners to win redress under the 1972 Act, a dwelling must be unfit to live in

What does it take to win redress under the 1972 Act?

Sustainable architecture

Donald Trump might not believe in climate change but luckily individual states – and more importantly practices – are working to ensure responsible design

Olson Kundig on designing with climate change in mind and a plethora of energy codes

CobBauge project mixes earth and natural fibre to challenge Passivhaus standards and reduce waste to landfill

RegioStars sustainability winner moves towards pilot construction

Byker’s design principles of life cycle costs, energy usage and community involvement remain ‘special’ in housing, 40 years later. They should be routine

Dan Kerr of MawsonKerr on why he so admires Ralph Erskine’s scheme

Four key questions can reveal why your sustainably-designed housing isn’t performing as expected. Fionn Stevenson runs through six action points for a light touch POE

Light touch POE makes remedies and future improvements easy

Inclusive environments

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

Dramatic fall in clubs and centres prompts a celebration of their role in their communities

Queer Spaces at the Whitechapel Gallery

The teachers’ mantra that no two children are the same also applies to school buildings. Architects must maximise the benefit to pupils, students, staff and site

Like pupils, no two schools are the same

A strong and varied entry to this year's competition has produced a rich – and long – longlist

Strength and variety characterises a long list

In the rush to create more secondary capacity, schools are featuring mixed use developments and their premises are doubling up for other community uses.

Premises double up for other community uses

Places planning & community

Updates to the Community Infrastructure Levy came into force this month. A new guide explains the amendments, what they mean and why understanding the CIL is important

Explainer: the latest Community Infrastructure Levy changes

Masterplanning is not big architecture, it is a means to give shape to the natural process of urban growth. David Rudlin summarises the argument in his new book Climax City, co-written with Shruti Hemani, that we need to rediscover this subtle and age-old art.

The subtle art of giving shape to urban growth

Hong Kong’s reputation for densely packed building and land reclamation continues its forward march

Reclamation and invention keep construction at full throttle

Bartlett's CASA wins £160,000 to help develop its crowd-sourced platform, which will create a databank of building details across the capital

Colour your building to create an open data source on London’s stock

Fresh back from Hong Kong, Hugh Pearman wonders how useful the aesthetic agonising of our planning system is

Would things be worse if there was no planning at all?

Building conservation and heritage

Simpson & Brown has applied dedication and painstaking detail to recreate a masterpiece – and bring it to the modern world

Simpson & Brown reinstates Willow Tea Rooms’ full elegance

The Ponte delle Torri medieval aqueduct has spanned wooded slopes to link two Umbrian hill forts since the 14th century. It’s still inspiring artists

Flames of twilight highlight medieval aqueduct

In a building that had been adapted and extended over 400 years, a project to restore and extend again demanded a thoughtful balance of restoration and new build. Happel Cornelisse Verhoeven and Julian Harrap made a seamless fusion of the two

Postmodern extension is a crucial piece in renewal of Leiden’s former cloth hall

The views from both seat and stage get equal consideration with Witherford Watson Mann’s characteristically skilful and sympathetic fusing of old and new at Nevill Holt Opera

WWM’s subtle intervention rewards generous budget

Water gushes out of the ground at 46° in Bath, perfect for diversion to heat the floor of the Abbey

Bath Abbey to be heated by the city’s famous waters

Design, construction and technology

Individuality and sociability blend in designs that invite customisation in this typically imaginative project by Peter Barber Architects

Peter Barber pulls off another rich mini-district

A village creche built in SterlingOSB Zero by Nottingham architecture students has transformed life for Limpopo youngsters and their community

UK students build transformational creche in Limpopo

Stanton Williams director combines his love of the Hayward and Riley’s work in his latest design for the artist

Stanton Williams director celebrates gallery and artist in his design for her show

Standardised radial rack system would allow wheeled pods designed by Hassell with engineer Eckersley O’Callaghan to be reconfigured to suit any purpose

A multi-pod habitat designed by Hassell could be part of the equation

Hayhurst and Co's design for Clore Learning Centre at the RIBA isn't for architects. It makes it easy for those not yet converted to architecture to get at the institute's expertise and collections

The Clore Learning Centre hopes to inspire budding architects


The flooring manufacturer's products for healthcare settings have been rated for their adherence to dementia design principles and usability in dementia-inclusive environments

Danfloor specialist carpets awarded dementia certification

The latest vinyl floorcoverings to mimic wood, stone and ceramics offer specifiers all the beauty of the real thing with the added benefits of easy cleaning and lower costs

Where style meets function: Forbo vinyl floorcoverings

GTI Max flooring provides a quick and durable renovation option for high and heavy traffic areas and was the ideal solution for a soccer dome conversion in the Channel Islands

GTI Max flooring specified at Channel Islands activity centre

Polished concrete with inlays and trims demands expertise in design and a masterful touch in installation. Lazenby's floors are shining examples

Lazenby brings elegance and beauty to concrete floors

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

Doors and windows

The Senior Architectural Systems aluminium range offers low U-values, slim profiles and a range of opening types

Senior's Pure aluminium windows offer maximum design flexibility

Ridgeglaze and Flushglaze fixed rooflights have been specified on a project that creates a bold connection with the outdoors while protecting against the elements

The art of daylighting: Ridgeglaze and Flushglaze rooflights

The composite glazing manufacturer's RIBA CPD materials cover everything architects need to know about window specification, whatever the sector and regulatory context

Velfac CPD: All you need to know about window specification

BIM modelling allows architects to download data and test the benefits of LLumar window film in commercial projects

LLumar solar control window film harnesses BIM modelling

The Rooflight Company is the only manufacturer of rooflights with a unique insulated kerb detail that delivers a whole-unit U-Value of 1.3Wm2K

Rooflight Company offers frameless, unobtrusive window solution


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