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27 January 2021

Sustainable architecture

K-Briqs contain 90% certified construction waste and are made without the use of a kiln, to challenge traditional bricks with just over one tenth of their embodied carbon

Kenoteq start-up says K-Briq has potential to meet entire UK demand

What started as in-house software at Elliott Wood has become a free, simple-to-use embodied carbon calculator aimed at resource-stretched practices

Elliott Wood aims its embodied carbon calculator at small practices

2150 investment fund aims to trigger a fundamental change from piecemeal to holistic sustainable design approaches

€200 million of green innovation funding up for grabs

Neutelings Riedijk Architects makes a human-scale covered city in its huge converted freight station in Brussels with warm CLT and floor to ceiling glazing

Neutelings Riedijk Architects makes a human-scale covered city in its huge converted freight station with warm CLT and floor to ceiling glazing

Elain Harwood admires the sensitive refurbishment of Hornsey’s much-loved grade II listed public library, originally designed by local architects Frank Ley and GFS Jarvis

The practice has sensitively refurbished Hornsey’s much-loved public library

Architecture for social purpose

It’s the 3D inventive playground that’s the biggest surprise at XDGA’s Melopee school in Ghent

Melopee’s biggest surprise is the inventive playground

The parliamentary Suburban Taskforce has published its first report. Jonathan Manns, who chairs its advisory board, discusses progress on investigating the suburbs

What has the Suburban Taskforce done so far and what’s next?

Directors Jonathan Hagos and Tom Bell decided to broaden their work beyond the food and drink sector just at the right time. Now the young practice focuses on community-led schemes

Freehaus made a curveball hire to leapfrog out of the food and beverage sector and win community-led work

Nimtim Architects’ 12 Corner Plots, based on routes to play, rest, meet and grow, will restore green infrastructure on the massive Becontree estate as it celebrates its centenary

Corner Plots scheme aims to make pockets of pleasure

Balletic parkour practitioners bring buildings to lively life. Don’t lose the details that make their footholds to efficiencies

Include parkour practitioners in your design thoughts

Health, safety & wellbeing

A shift from minimum compliance to ownership and responsibility for safety is needed for construction to move on after Grenfell, and that starts with procurement, heard the final discussion in the Rebooting Construction series

Industry must move from minimum compliance to full responsibility for safety

As the government announces a capital boost for schools, practice alma-nac has used the pandemic to deepen its relationship with schools by producing a new guide

Guidance offers post-Covid promise too

This investigation, shortlisted in the RIBA President’s Awards for Research, looks at replacing man-made panels with plant-based material to return dwellings to appropriate, breathable products that are resilient to regular inundation

Plant-based material is breathable and flood-resilient

We love tall buildings, but architects must ensure they don’t present hidden dangers for vulnerable people. That means designing to avoid opportunity for self harm

We love tall buildings... but we must address hidden dangers

Government aims to end ‘ugliness’ with new housing design code – but its PDR free for all undermines such aspirations. And advice to cut overheating by reducing window size also sounds at odds with today's aesthetics. On more earthy matters, who should ensure architects fire safety training

Plus plans to cut solar gain and who owns professional competence

Business, clients and services

The time for fine words on inclusion is over: a group in Bath is taking decisive practical action to recognise all the world’s architecture, storm the discipline’s privilege and face down imperialism’s legacy

Political context must make way for real inclusivity

As Skyroom’s £100 million plan to drop keyworker housing onto city buildings starts to become a reality, how do architects get in on the action?

How architects can help build keyworker homes

Cinematography would be as useful a skill for architects as drawing, says Tszwai So

Why architects should learn cinematography

Site inspections as well as meetings have gone virtual, and as we adjust to the technology’s demands, its benefits look set to continue

Virtual inspections carry benefits we’ll keep

Better designs consider how the building will be used, right from the start of the process. How does RIBA’s Plan for Use Guide fit into the Plan of Work?

How best to design for comfortable, sustainable use

Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance

The many grim legacies of the Grenfell fire include its effects on construction’s reputation, nowhere more so than PI cover which has all but vanished. Hope is scarce, but it does exist

PI cover has virtually disappeared post Grenfell

Brexit red tape sees RSHP establish Paris office as potential damage limitation. Meanwhile, with fire still in the news as MPs and RIBA slam government's post Grenfell cladding plan, ZHA wins the toss for its timber football stadium. And Denise Scott Brown gets a new career as comic strip star

Brexit red tape forces Paris office, and ZHA's all-timber stadium

Huge changes are coming to the industry, said Jane Duncan, chairing a virtual round table discussion covering competence, insurance and procurement. The first of four articles places these key themes in context

Hilti’s virtual round table discussion sets the context for key themes

Architects Declare continued to hold the news, now taking a more conciliatory position, as another big name supporter announced an airport contract. There were small blows for diversity and inclusion too at Southwark and Harvard, while the government got rapped for 'serial' housing policy failures on one hand and backed benefits of MMC for public buildings on the other

Architects Declare, Harvard and Southwark dampen controversies as PAC slams UK housing policy

Heat pumps, hydrogen, re-used waste heat; we have the technology to cut down CO2 emissions in homes and offices, but what do the experts advise?

Expert views help fill the hole in government heat in buildings policy

Procurement and contracts

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

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

Inclusive environments

As its workload recovers from lockdowns, nimtim continues to put community involvement, remuneration and diversity high on its busy agenda.

From board games to diversity, listening is key

To mark International Women’s Day, Pamela Buxton talks to Jos Boys, co-founder of the empowering Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative

Why we need to rethink the whole role of the architect

Studio Polpo isn’t your everyday practice. It’s there to spot ways it can improve its community, working with a network of architects, clients, and often opportunist ideas

Sheffield practice is there to spot ways to improve the local lot

This year's longlist showcases 21 diverse schemes that nurture people and communities – and the world they live in

Longlist celebrates places that nurture communities and the world they live in

It’s essential to tackle growing gaps between the privileged and less so in education, around mentoring and experience, digital provision and where our profession is and should be

How can we close the widening opportunity gaps?

Places planning & community

Pooja Agrawal takes up the role of chief executive of Public Practice in June. She talks about the successes and ambitions of the organisation she co-founded and its impact on local authorities and the profession

The new CEO on why local authority placements work

Bell Phillips is doing its bit for the housing crisis, providing 77 new homes on three infill projects in east London

Bell Phillips on what informs its infill projects

The changing rates of construction in England’s different regions could influence people’s voting behaviour

How might changing rates of construction in England’s regions influence voting behaviour?

Community involvement in planning has a golden opportunity as London struggles to emerge from the pandemic. A cross-professional group has got together a radical set of proposals to make genuine involvement easier

Challenge London’s mayor with five radical demands

It’s a house Jim, but not as we know it: $500,000 nets digital house. Plus action on ‘chaos’ and mismanagement in Liverpool city; and Public Practice co-founder Pooja Agrawal made its CEO

Virtual house sold for $500,000, plus government fallouts from suspect contracts

Building conservation and heritage

Vitra museum’s exhibition of design during 40 years of a divided Germany challenges lazy stereotypes to unveil a complex story of unlikely connections

Complex story of surprising connections between two Germanys

Berlin’s Humboldt Forum, an unlikely fusion of old and new by Franco Stella, needs more than a new building to drag a rebuilt baroque palace into the modern world

Rebuilt Berlin Palace needs more than a new building to drag it into the modern world

Investment to reverse the long decline of town centres is welcome, but let’s keep the emphasis on place, not politics, says Eleanor Young

Keep the emphasis on place, not politics

Henrik Schoenefeldt probes the secrets of David Boswell Reid’s original ventilation systems in the House of Commons – and finds BIM is an essential tool

Palace of Westminster yields original ventilation secrets

Cricket’s a long game; but Reed Watts’ sleek reinvention of the Nissen hut for Teddington CC gives it some Humpty

No slips at Teddington CC’s new clubhouse

Design, construction and technology

Edmund Harris’ intriguing cataloguing of Less Eminent Victorians is an engaging, enlightening and diverting investigation, finds Hugh Pearman

Edmund Harris’ engaging, enlightening and diverting investigative online blog

As its workload recovers from lockdowns, nimtim continues to put community involvement, remuneration and diversity high on its busy agenda.

From board games to diversity, listening is key

Bell Phillips is doing its bit for the housing crisis, providing 77 new homes on three infill projects in east London

Bell Phillips on what informs its infill projects

RIBA’s Alan Vallance vows to ‘tear down barriers’ in architecture in the wake of controversial CRED report. Plus ransomware strikes Arup staff, two Antepavilion winners announced, and a six-strong shortlist for NT Sainsbury Wing refurb includes three Stirling Prize winners

Alan Vallance vows to ‘tear down barriers’

What started as in-house software at Elliott Wood has become a free, simple-to-use embodied carbon calculator aimed at resource-stretched practices

Elliott Wood aims its embodied carbon calculator at small practices

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