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Sustainable architecture

Business survival is all consuming at the moment, but green legislation is more urgent than ever

Why this is the moment to legislate on environmental performance?

Geothermal energy from 4.5km below the Earth’s surface could supply Eden’s biomes, a growing Green Ribbon and local homes

£17m geothermal experiment has far-reaching implications

Architype’s Corten-clad concrete repository provides unassisted temperature control for the Imperial War Museum archive

Concrete box naturally controls temperature to protect IWM archive

Your enthusiastic response to this invitation to design the post-Covid, environmentally aware, world of 2025 produced an exhilarating range of ideas and a 32 entry-strong longlist

Imaginative proposals show architecture's power for change

Post occupancy evaluations have given Bennetts Associates some perhaps surprising answers to its quest for sustainable design by 2030

What past performance studies tell you about net zero

Architecture for social purpose

For a sector already in crisis, Covid-19 looked like the final straw for physical retail. But four specialists see a chance for growth and change for the better

Four retail specialists outline their view of the future

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

Health, safety & wellbeing

As the loosening lockdown sees non domestic buildings prepare to open up, managing inside services is critical to avoid a coronavirus resurgence

How to keep building services safe

Automation is crucial to keeping the commercial washroom designs of the future as clean and safe as possible. Bobrick now offers a range of touch-free accessories

Bobrick offers range of automated commercial washroom accessories

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

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

Business, clients and services

Building up a practice is a challenge enough. But can the disruption caused by something like a pandemic be turned to advantage?

How to turn coronavirus disruption to advantage

We Made That starts a project by developing the brief with the stakeholders. But it’s not altruism that drives their commitment to community and forgotten spaces

We Made That’s selling point is community and collaboration

A practice that wants to evolve and outlive its founders must both arrange succession and maintain core values. For best results, start long before you think you need to

Succession is not a moment, it’s an evolution

As lockdown eases, recession looms. The RIBA is here to help practices navigate these choppy waters

The three ‘R’s: response, recovery, resilience

Construction GDP fell a shocking 40% in April. Yet Covid-19 has highlighted a need for a reshaped built environment, and a sustainable one. Can the profession turn disaster into some sort of triumph?

Is there a silver lining to a 40% drop in construction GDP?

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

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

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

Inclusive environments

A new ASSA ABLOY white paper outlines the importance of buildings that are accessible to all, the regulations that govern them - and how to specify compliant door hardware

Specifying compliant hardware for fully accessible 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

Places planning & community

Desislava Cholakova takes 2nd winner, student, place in the 2020 Eye Line drawing competition with fun, playfulness and mad moments in Brick Lane

Student, 2nd winner: Desislava Cholakova

Nothing is too outfacing for our shortlisted schemes and two special mentions, which tackle poverty, environment, exclusion, health, housing, transport, community, workplace and more, often within one proposal

An enlivening shortlist and two brilliantly presented special mentions

Racism blights our profession. Gurmeet Sian’s personal account of life as an architect reveals delight and horror – and demands action

Why rooting out systemic racism is urgent

How can we make residential roads safer – and handsome?

What’s the best way to make safer, handsome streets?

Every one of the 77 shortlisted London RIBA Regional Awards 2020 projects in detail from new build to conservation via heritage re-use of places to work, rest, learn and play, by architects familiar and emerging

Every one of the 77 shortlisted London projects in detail

Building conservation and heritage

The nature of industry in the city has made conversion for modern use difficult, but historic buildings are key to unlocking development and new architecture says council design manager Andrew Fuller

Council design manager Andrew Fuller explains the approaches the city wants from architects and designers

The Abbey of St Peter in Montmajour at Arles was a tourist attraction long before Van Gogh featured it in his painting The Harvest

Abbey of St Peter in Montmajour, Arles, France; 11th-18th century

TWA terminal JFK airport, New York, 1962

TWA terminal JFK airport, New York, 1962

Will Wiles considers the critical comparisons given to buildings and wonders where accusations of abattoir, sewage works and electricity substation take us

Will Wiles is starting to wonder what he’s looking at

Twenty projects by familiar and emerging practices showcase new builds, restored and conserved buildings and sustainable design

New build, conservation, sustainability and wellbeing drive South Awards shortlist

Design, construction and technology

Yes – there is hope we can escape the worst of global warming, but technical fixes are the easy bit

How can we change political thinking?

Digitised information from laser scans and expert analysis combine to boost use of repurposed building elements and reduce demolition

Experts will assess digital data from laser scans

Three sustainability bodies unite in aim to rationalise PHPP and SAP measurement methods to make it easier to assess – and build – energy efficient homes

Bodies aim to end doubling up on energy performance calculations

The Design Museum exhibition of machine powered music, its places and culture reveals the significance of the movement in all its glory

Nostalgia or rebellion? Electronic music’s continuing relevance

Innovation centre Kamp C took just three weeks to print the envelope for a two storey house using Cobod’s giant 3D printer

No prefabrication needed for 3D-printed two-storey house


Cupa Pizarras tiles achieve a traditional look with a difference at a property adjacent to the Gleneagles Hotel in Auchterarder

Cupa Pizarras tiles achieve a traditional Scottish look with a difference

The Rooflight Company's heritage design for pitched roofs allows older buildings to be reimagined for modern living without compromising architectural integrity

Rooflight Company design facilitates modern living without losing architectural integrity

Covid-19 will have an impact beyond the current medical and economic crisis. Urban density and the built environment must be looked at anew - with sustainability front of mind

How will Covid-19 affect the urban design of the future?

Two bespoke rooflights help create focal points, beautiful views and a streamlined kitchen-diner at a remodelled family home in rural Derbyshire

Room with a view - Glazing Vision brings light to Derbyshire home

The Passivhaus-approved FTT U8 Thermo features  a quadruple-glazed sash with five seals and innovative hinge and lock reinforcement

Fakro roof window offers specifiers ultimate thermal efficiency

Kitchens and bathrooms

Exposed concrete basins, sinks and worksurfaces bring texture and urban styling to bathrooms and kitchens

Concrete basin designs bring tactile style to bathrooms

Ecocarat wall tiles from Raven Style feature invisible holes that absorb moisture, odours and harmful substances, improving the environmental conditions of indoor spaces

Ecocarat textured wall tiles help improve indoor air quality

Automation is crucial to keeping the commercial washroom designs of the future as clean and safe as possible. Bobrick now offers a range of touch-free accessories

Bobrick offers range of automated commercial washroom accessories

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

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