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27 January 2021

Sustainable architecture

Yesterday’s progress often looks negative today. The urgency of climate change means we must learn from the past, says Simon Allford

Aesthetics good, energy-efficiency better

After two years of disrupted education, children’s mental health has been put in the spotlight. What can architects do to help?

What can architects do to promote wellbeing in schools?

A design for an ultra low carbon, timber-framed, secondary school built from a standardised kit of parts could hold the key to a greener future for education buildings

GenZero, a prototype design for an ultra low carbon secondary school

Architects Declare's Practice Guide is intended to help convert good intentions into action. Co-ordinators Diana Dina and Alasdair Ben Dixon discuss its objectives

How will the Practice Guide turn good intentions into action?

Buildings that absorb greenhouse gases and produce biomaterials for production would be part of a carbon-removal economy

Proposal would make a built environment that absorbs carbon

Architecture for social purpose

The annual creative business conference for small and medium-sized practices takes place this month. This year's theme is collaboration and its role in winning work, levelling up skills and fostering resilience

Collaboration is the theme for this year's flagship conference for small practices

The architect combined utility and elegance with her post-war housing and school projects, working at Denys Lasdun's office and in Ghana before setting up practice with her husband

The architect combined utility and elegance with her post-war housing and school projects

The director of Conrad Koslowsky Architects is on a mission to create children’s homes that don’t feel institutional

On a mission to create children’s homes that don’t feel institutional

On the eve of COP26, the RIBA's Built for the Environment report calls on the government to step up the fight against climate change – but we need your help, says Phoebe MacDonald

The RIBA wants the government is to step up the fight against climate change – but it needs your help

The latest Architecture Anew talk, a RIBA + VitrA season of talks,  discussed bodiversity through rewilding – both of scraps of the inner city and tranches of countryside, writes Pamela Buxton

The latest Architecture Anew talk, a RIBA + VitrA season of talks, discussed bodiversity through rewilding

Health, safety & wellbeing

Michael Gove brushes up his softer side with an environmentally driven rejection of Fosters’ tulip and a rethink on who pays for cladding replacement. Meanwhile wrangles over Twickenham Riverside continue unabated

Embodied carbon cuts down Tulip and Gove rethinks cladding responsibilities

Could a new code bring clarity to construction product marketing through accurate, up-to-date and accessible information? Will it make buildings safer, and will manufacturers sign up to it?

CPA responds to Hackitt Inquiry with code for accurate, up-to-date, accessible data

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

Business, clients and services

AstraZeneca HQ opens five years late and three times more expensive, as ‘beautiful’ architecture adds another string to its bow with a new prize. Meanwhile, architectural organisations debate protection of title and function and salary hikes sound better than they really are

Plus new beauty prize launched, debate over regulation and the reality of rising pay

Private housing pushes up fees as falling commercial work post-lockdowns exerts downward pressure

Fees for commercial work fall as private home give a boost

The high concentration of architectural education and practice in the capital perpetuates the profession’s elitist and exclusive character, argues Indujah Srikaran

The capital-centric profession perpetuates elitism and exclusion

The chancellor’s welcome measures to keep businesses afloat during the pandemic could be harbouring a problem – zombie companies that are about to fail. What can you do to spot and avert disaster?

The end of Covid business support threatens a spate of insolvencies. How to be prepared

Shortages in skills and materials thanks to Brexit and the pandemic have been exacerbated by the widespread retirement of the ‘Loadsamoney’ generation who entered the building trade in the 1980s. Can a new generation be trained to make up the shortfall?

Brexit, Covid – and the retirement of the ‘Loadsamoney’ generation

Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance

As world leaders attempt to thrash out a coordinated response to climate change at COP26, Britain's routemap to net zero lays out how each sector of British economy will reduce emissions

Routemap lays out how each sector of British economy will reduce emissions

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

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

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

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

David Gutierrez photographs morning exercise with a view at Garden Hill, Hong Kong

David Gutierrez: Garden Hill, Hong Kong, 2018

David Kohn Architects blends playfulness and pragmatism in an Arts & Crafts-inspired Dorset family house

David Kohn blends playfulness and pragmatism in an arts and crafts-inspired family house

Which projects this year have stood out to you as doing more than simply catering for their clients? Time is running out to celebrate architecture made for the common good

Don't miss it! Send in your nominated schemes which work for the common good

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

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

Places planning & community

Restoration combined with playful interventions has renewed the civic status of a grand old library by converting it to multiple community uses.

Civic status and community function bring building back to usefulness

Social housing in London, a restored hotel in Sussex and a residential development in Liverpool persuade the planners

Residential schemes and a hotel get the green light

In the first of this month’s two planning round-ups, there’s a football stadium for Southend, more towers for Southall and the City and the most delicate of heritage interventions in Perthshire

From football stadium to tree-topped office block, rural artists’ residency to urban residential

The environment took a a battering last week as the RIBA president lamented counter-climate budget moves and the City of London approved BIG's grand Fleet Street scheme to replace a 20-year-old building. Meanwhile, China banned ‘wasteful’ tower vanity projects

... and demolish-to-replace is still going strong in London

An eco-resort, co-living space and two university projects – one with a progressive new procurement model, head this round of planning consents

Progressive thinking marks out planning approvals

Building conservation and heritage

Fascism, desecration and architecture: Eleanor Young tries to balance the tensions of heritage

Are you a desecrator or a conservation fascist?

A Georgian townhouse has won a new lease of life as two modern flats in ROAR Architects’ dexterous manipulation of  its empty shell

ROAR Architects makes two handsome homes from a derelict shell

Much of the charm of this quirky and engaging house is a result of its Norfolk floodplain location – but was the house it replaced really so irredeemable?

Much of the charm of this quirky and engaging house is a result of its Norfolk floodplain location

Architect resigns from review committee in protest at building designed by 97-year-old billionaire Charlie Munger. Plus, the 'sustainability optimism' of Foster and Ingels

Architect resigns from review committee in protest at building designed by 97-year-old billionaire Charlie Munger

London’s maritime trading history has left a lasting cultural legacy on the city as well as 200 years of physical and commercial impact

Museum of London show unveils a closed city-within-a-city

Design, construction and technology

Marwan Lockman was a rank outsider to design a concert venue in Bahrain’s virgin desert, but the sunken result fits in as naturally as the mountains that back it

S/L Architects’ Al Dana Amphitheatre melts into the sand

After two years of disrupted education, children’s mental health has been put in the spotlight. What can architects do to help?

What can architects do to promote wellbeing in schools?

McGinlay Bell’s Glasgow house prizes Nordic idioms in blackened timber, glass and brick, and geometric volumes with a domestic scale

House reflects the influences of a trip to see Aalto’s work

Buildings that absorb greenhouse gases and produce biomaterials for production would be part of a carbon-removal economy

Proposal would make a built environment that absorbs carbon

A Georgian townhouse has won a new lease of life as two modern flats in ROAR Architects’ dexterous manipulation of  its empty shell

ROAR Architects makes two handsome homes from a derelict shell

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