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27 January 2021

Sustainable architecture

Sustainable credentials are an important part of the RIBA Stirling Prize now, so what can we learn from the six shortlisted buildings? Their architects reflect on the positives – and voice a few regrets

Carbon, energy and other green issues

It’s been a long wait to get to the RIBA National Awards, but well worth it to see this comprehensive display of architects’ skills. They throw up some interesting issues too, finds Eleanor Young

With 54 winning schemes, the RIBA National Awards 2021 put on a dazzling display

With a sense of trespass, creep around the rear of a building and you’ll find another, often very different side of its character, says Eleanor Young. Where are the bins now?

Reasons to sneak around the back

With building and buildings producing 39% of global carbon emissions, construction must take the next step and design for environmental restoration and regeneration, says RIBAJ Rising Star Scott McAulay

Climate emergency demands architects design to restore and regenerate

Angry Glasgow School of Art students threaten legal action over teaching during Covid. Plus Adjaye's adaptable hospital will fit 101 Ghanaian sites, China's 'farmscraper' promises zero food miles and solve the housing crisis with self builds

GSA action group hires lawyer. Plus Adjaye’s 101 hospitals for Ghana

Architecture for social purpose

Mobile panels that allow light and ventilation through could quieten wards and help patient recovery

Hospitals start trial of novel metamaterial panels to reduce noise on wards

Rapidly dwindling congregations and financial reserves mean churches are in crisis. But Erect Architecture, Matthew Lloyd and others are discovering how to give religious buildings a future – often one latte and yoga pose at a time

A gym in a church, exhibition gallery in a synagogue, religious groups are looking to architects to diversify and raise revenue

The latest Architecture Anew talk, a RIBA + VitrA season of talks, discussed how the skills learnt in architectural training can be applied to other fields, writes Pamela Buxton

Architecture Anew talk discussed how skills learnt in architectural training can be applied to other fields

The growing faction of architecture working to prioritise human dignity sits in stark contrast with the market-led norm, argues RIBAJ Rising Star 2020 Zoë Cave

Architecture that prioritises human dignity contrasts with the market-led norm, argues Zoë Cave

Too often, racial diversity in architecture favours people who match the profile of those already in elite positions rather than representing the majority of underprivileged racial groups, argues Indujah Srikaran

Racial diversity in architecture comprises people in elite positions rather than representing underprivileged racial groups

Health, safety & wellbeing

The exacting safety demands for architecture in the atomic power industry could provide vital pointers to the construction world

The exacting safety demands for architecture in the atomic power industry provide vital pointers

Legislation going through parliament on fire protection in tall buildings has major implications for architects, with new duties and competence demands. Josephine Smit reports

Architects will bear the brunt of new legislation on fire protection in tall buildings

Architects are offered the return to authority they have long sought in the new Building Safety Bill, but the legal and financial realities of the role of principal designer could prove prohibitive

Liabilities could lessen the appeal of the Building Safety Bill’s safety role

Arrested Antepavilion organiser Gray rejects Extinction Rebellion link after police raid on tensegrity installation. Plus collapsed Miami condo showed structural damage three years ago, and timber element in Accordia building facade fails safety survey

Establishment escalates Antepavilion battle, danger signs in Miami and Accordia, Unesco warns Liverpool

Latest ACM-clad housing block fire sparks fury at inadequate action post-Grenfell. Plus Urban Splash saves Brick by Brick, Caruso St John goes neoclassical and how much concrete does a temporary pavilion need?

Residential tower fire highlights inaction and cost contradictions

Business, clients and services

While the effects of supply chains have never been felt so keenly, why is the architecture of logistics still seen as so drab and invisible?

Not all industrial-park architecture is drab and invisible. Architects are delivering warehouses that we can be proud of

Simon Allford takes up the presidency this month, with a determination to get ideas into the open to disrupt business as usual. His mission to open up the RIBA’s buildings as places to collaborate, host and promote will help that

The new RIBA president on ways of working together and giving ideas a chance

Indemnity insurance costs are soaring while exclusions are forcing practices to turn down work on the very projects where their expertise is most valuable

Indemnity insurance costs are soaring while exclusions are forcing practices to turn down work

Smaller practices are joining together in collectives – often based around common interests – to boost their visibility and pool resources and experience. It’s a mutually rewarding way of working that could benefit other practices

Under-represented groups and issues gain strength in numbers

The pandemic may have affected which markets are flourishing, but given UK architects' talent there will still be plenty of overseas work, particularly in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa

Despite the pandemic there will still be plenty of overseas work for UK architects, particularly in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa

Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance

With the price of professional indemnity cover rocketing, a roundtable brought together architects and insurance industry representatives to examine what can be done about costs and exclusions

Roundtable brought together architects and insurance industry representatives to examine the soaring price of indemnity cover

Following revelations at the Grenfell inquiry of spurious fire-safety performance claims, what do architects need to know about product certification and information?

Following revelations at the Grenfell inquiry, what do architects need to know about product certification and information?

How can we reduce the number of disputes that plague construction? Assessing where problems may lie is key to taking essential preventative action

Identify, collaborate, mitigate. Network Rail’s DAPs show the way

The Class Q four-bedroom house in the countryside is an inventive mix of materials and spaces, using corrugated sheeting, larch, glass and ply – half water, half home inside

The Class Q house is an inventive mix of materials and use of space – half water, half home inside

Post-Brexit materials certification set to slow building-led bounce back, but moves to help overseas architects work in UK could combat staff shortages. Climate remains controversial in Derby and for  Grimshaw profits, but Grenfell bereaved press for tower to become vertical forest memorial

Government struggles to combat materials and staff shortages

Procurement and contracts

Might the proposed Code for Construction Product Information be the key to restoring credibility in a post-Grenfell, post-Brexit, post-pandemic reality?

Will the Code for Construction Product Information restore credibility?

Flooring finishes can make or break a design, but there are other factors to consider too, such as substrate, whole life costs and specific applications, says Nicola Herring, executive quantity surveyor at Gleeds

Maximise your flooring impact balancing options and costs

Gundry + Ducker’s Christian Ducker explains why his procurement style is to go for bespoke and tailored – lighting, furniture and frontages

Christian Ducker favours bespoke lighting, furniture and frontages

Fewer than 13% of the construction workforce are women. In the first of an occasional series, Rosa Turner Wood, who has just completed her Part II, takes over some space to consider how we can rebalance our gender-unequal, and aging, workforce

Could women be the answer to tackling the UK’s declining construction workforce?

Most construction sites are operational again, but problems with supplies and managing safe distances between workers are hampering efforts to recoup lost time

Loosened lockdown leaves gaps in supplies and staffing in its wake

Inclusive environments

The publication follows its Exterior Colour Book and offers advice on creating inclusive environments for those with dementia, autism and visual impairments

Publication offers advice on creating inclusive environments for all

Sumayya Vally’s Serpentine Pavilion, which opens today, investigates migration and the creation of places of belonging. She spoke to Dingle Price about communities and cultures, and the building’s legacy for London

This year’s pavilion is part of a bigger story, says Counterspace’s Sumayya Vally

Homs-based architect Marwa al-Sabouni has found the same ‘sense of deprivation and alienation’ in Western cities as in her own. She spoke to Pamela Buxton about her book Building for Home, which looks at how to rebuild after crises

Homs-based Marwa al-Sabouni explores how the built environment can help mend society

AL_A's outreach centre and undergraduate centre is the third of a new generation of unexpected Oxford University buildings by women-led practices

AL_A's outreach centre and undergraduate centre for Wadham College adds a touch of shine

Jordan Whitewood-Neal, commended in RIBAJ/Future Architects writing competition, considers whether the AA can reconcile its progressive agenda with its inaccessible building to make disabled inclusion central to architectural education

AA’s progressive teaching conflicts with its inaccessible premises

Places planning & community

Offsite manufacture cuts costs and disruption as curved, timber-clad structure is installed over divisive creek in a few hours

Single structure incorporates path, railings and seats

At more than 3,000 pages, Sub-Saharan Africa: Architectural Guide is a discourse-shaking new study that should influence future conversations

A discourse-shaking new study of Sub-Saharan Africa

Two housing-led schemes involve residents with design, a destroyed street grid returns, Victorian warehouses are to fill with youthful activity and the National Holocaust Memorial is closer to construction

Planners approve Holocaust memorial, Ebbsfleet garden city, Milton Keynes’ reinstated street plan and youth centre warehouses

Teenagers in east London not only designed the pavilion for Envision East in a competition for 14-19 year olds, youngsters are curating it too

Beyond the Box project makes three teenagers’ ‘The Reverie’ a reality

The new Office for Place aims to encourage popular development explains Nicholas Boys Smith, chair of its advisory board

Chair of the advisory board on design codes, planning permission and beauty

Building conservation and heritage

Regeneration of Derwent Valley’s heritage continues with Bauman Lyons’ Museum of Making, an interactive and practical project that keeps industrial creativity alive

Derby Silk Mill, built to serve the Industrial Revolution, returns to creative life

Close collaboration with Arup and the building’s original drawings helped RKD design the Gravity Bar Extension with minimal intervention

Minimal Structural Intervention shortlisting for RKD and Arup

Julian Harrap explains why repair and conservation architects need no special label, understanding specialist language, his major influences and his pride in the Soane, and how woodwork has served him

Julian Harrap on why he still loves being an architect

Demolition of the 1970s glazed pleasuredome would destroy the last of an entire typology, says Will Wiles

Demolition of the 1970s pleasuredome would destroy the last of an entire typology, says Will Wiles

John Seely’s 1950s reimagining of Wren’s reassembled Temple Bar at the edge of the City – with photographic help from Bedford Lemere

How John Seely put Temple Bar back at the City perimeter

Design, construction and technology

Offsite manufacture cuts costs and disruption as curved, timber-clad structure is installed over divisive creek in a few hours

Single structure incorporates path, railings and seats

Sustainable credentials are an important part of the RIBA Stirling Prize now, so what can we learn from the six shortlisted buildings? Their architects reflect on the positives – and voice a few regrets

Carbon, energy and other green issues

Regeneration of Derwent Valley’s heritage continues with Bauman Lyons’ Museum of Making, an interactive and practical project that keeps industrial creativity alive

Derby Silk Mill, built to serve the Industrial Revolution, returns to creative life

It’s been a long wait to get to the RIBA National Awards, but well worth it to see this comprehensive display of architects’ skills. They throw up some interesting issues too, finds Eleanor Young

With 54 winning schemes, the RIBA National Awards 2021 put on a dazzling display

Charles Jencks’ home turned museum uses rich symbolism and wry humour to make serious points about PoMo, culture and the cosmos

A fizzing ferment of ideas explored through culture and the universe

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