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20 November 2019

Sustainable architecture

If you’re looking for a low carbon, reusable material that is strong, robust and beautiful, stone is ready for a revival

Strong, robust, sustainable and beautiful

There is no perfect project or client for a fully sustainable building. Instead think of these four steps to make your design approach fundamentally more sustainable says Allies and Morrison sustainability manager James Woodall

Incremental moves are the route to zero carbon design

When we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic a new sort of design will be needed. How would you design the new world we will find ourselves in? Enter Rethink: 2025 – you could win £5000

Win £5000 with your big ideas for a post-pandemic world

As Covid-19-conscious HVAC associations call for an end to recirculated air in buildings, the system of fresh air with heat recovery for building seems essential

Keep your air fresh

How do architecture students at Sheffield Hallam University gain the confidence to challenge conventional practice methods?

Practice is a way of thinking at Sheffield Hallam

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

Feeling overwhelmed by carbon zero demands? All that’s needed are a few simple actions to take advantage of the help that’s out there

Where to find the help you need for zero carbon design

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

Business, clients and services

How long will our exit from recession take, how much will life change, and what exactly will it mean for architects? RIBA’s panel of experts considered the next phase

Expert analysis of the recession and likely routes out of it

How will practices survive the coronavirus? A look at architects’ workload statistics over the last half-century gives some clues as to how the present downturn might progress

How will practices survive Covid-19?

As the coronavirus lockdown continues, the nation is realising that remote working enabled by technology can be not only manageable, but has some distinct benefits

Avoiding the office can be a good thing in lots of ways

As people start daring to think about life after the lockdown, eyes are on those ahead of us on the coronavirus curve. How pertinent are China's experiences as a guide to our economic future?

Does China have useful lessons on economic recovery post-coronavirus?

Like everything, construction is braced for a big hit from coronavirus and its aftermath. Are there any signs of hope?

Seeking clues in the coronavirus confusion

Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are five years old. How familiar is the profession with their aims, and how do its designs match up? Here’s an overview of an RIBA survey showing where we are

Do UK designers conform to UN Sustainable Development Goals?

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

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

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

Gardens for refuge, acoustics to delight and designing for disorder: three pertinent books to occupy your lockdown on the lounger

Technical books to satisfy and delight you during lockdown

The social benefits of intergenerational projects are known, and the few live schemes point a clear way for the future. They fit the current mood

As communities rally, intergenerational housing comes into its own

As the Covid-19 pandemic highlights the importance of supported and supportive communities, this timely book by Katy Lock and Hugh Ellis on New Towns  is both defence and manifesto

New Towns: the Rise, Fall and Rebirth proposes revival of social urban planning

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

Building conservation and heritage

Evans Vettori’s four new houses draw on the local industrial revolution heritage, but there’s nothing run of the mill about them

Contextual terrace draws on mill workers’ homes

Karin Borghouts’ photograph reflects a scale beyond human measure at the Antwerp Royal Museum of Fine Arts

Restoration of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp

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?

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

Design, construction and technology

Adam Nathaniel Furman got a dream commission from Tokyo, but even he wasn’t quite wacky enough for the client

But did Adam Nathaniel Furman make it clash enough?

Charred timber, anodised bronze steel and birch plywood are three specification favourites of Daniel Leon, director at Square Feet Architects

Three procurement picks from Daniel Leon of Square Feet Architects

Tainan Spring introduces leisure space, fresh air and architectural sculpture by inserting an undulating urban lagoon into the middle of a congested Taiwanese city

MVRDV swaps shops for radical greening in Taiwan

Four fabulous ways to make even better interiors

Four fabulous ways to make even better interiors

Cullinan Studio’s National Automotive Innovation Centre at Warwick shelters a raft of activities, from teaching to industry and research

Cullinan Studio’s giant gridshell covers research, industry and uni faculty

Doors and windows

Planning to install distinctive, slim-framed aluminium timber windows and doors? Velfac has all the tools...

Velfac composite glazing: Everything architects need for future projects

Samuel Heath's controlled, concealed door closer allows architects to retain the streamlined aesthetics of  interiors and it has proven fire safety benefits too

The Samuel Heath concealed door closer has fire safety benefits too

Bespoke X-Glaze walk-on design provides daylighting solution at Grimshaw's Civil Engineering Building

X-Glaze walk-on design dazzles at Grimshaw's Civil Engineering Building

Senior Architectural Systems' aluminium curtain walling, doors and windows have been installed in the modern annexe of a Grade II listed hotel in Ripon, North Yorkshire

Senior's fenestration solutions open up new views at Ripon hotel

The hinge manufacturer will open the doors of its Clerkenwell shop for product demonstrations, expert project advice and CPD presentations

Hinge manufacturer Simonswerk opens store in London's Clerkenwell

Ceilings and partitions

Movable wall specialist offers ‘Multi-functional space’ and ‘Fully automatic vertically rising acoustic partition systems’ seminars online for architects working from home

Style Partitions puts seminars online for at-home architects

Ceiling solutions manufacturer brings all its technical and product information together in one place making specification easier for designers

Ceiling solutions firm creates one-stop digital product guide

Oscar Acoustics' easy to install floating system provides unbeatable sound proofing with minimal loss of ceiling height

Iso-Mount by Oscar Acoustics has minimal loss of ceiling height

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

A new specification guide from Siniat sets out the key considerations for school drylining systems to help designers and specifiers make informed decisions and create positive learning environments

Siniat's guide helps specifiers create positive learning environments

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