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16 October 2019

Architecture for social purpose

As we open for entries to the 2020 MacEwen Award, Sam White of Knight Architects opens a window on the inspiring tale of villagers who used straw, sheepskin and bottles to rebuild their community hall

Sociable and sustainable on the Somerset Levels

Harriet Harriss, multi-skilled advocate of social architecture, brought no prepared vision to her deanship of New York’s Pratt Institute. For her, leadership starts with her community

The latest adventure: dean of New York’s Pratt Institute

What is enough? Matthew Dalziel, co-curator of the Oslo Architecture Triennale, talks about degrowth and libraries for sharing more than books

Oslo Triennale curator asks what is enough?

Our new podcast series lets you be a fly on the wall in conversations with noted architects  – and suggest subjects and questions for future guests

Our new podcast series with noted architects

Our response to the housing shortage is broken; its effects deeply damaging. We need a different system built on different values

Social and economic realities of the homes shortage need new thinking

Health, safety & wellbeing

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

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

Canadian exhibition explores increasingly prevalent ideas of wellbeing and considers their impact on the built environment

What does growing interest in wellbeing mean for architects?

Dangerous quality lapses in construction, such as that at Oxgangs School, show why architects and clerks of works must get back on site

Grenfell and Oxgangs School show need for professional inspection

Becky Clark, also secretary of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England, talks about Notre-Dame and how to ensure such an event doesn't happen here

Church of England director on the lessons of Notre-Dame

Business, clients and services

The optimum income for happiness moves further away as salaries fall with rising recruitment

The optimum income for contentment moves further away as salaries fall, despite rising recruitment

Hong Kong is a very different proposition to almost anywhere in the world, but it’s essential to have a foothold in this exciting and fast-paced region

It’s essential to have a foothold in Hong Kong, but what is working there like?

Japanese house builder Sekisui House has just announced its £22m investment in Urban Splash House Holdings, a 35% stake that will allow the UK firm to ramp up its delivery of modular homes. We ask Urban Splash co-founder and architect Jonathan Falkingham what the deal means for the company

What does Sekisui House's £22m mean for Urban Splash?

Architects are none too excited about future prospects, and it looks like they have good cause to be gloomy

Signs are there's cause for serious concern

Impressive productivity gains are offset by rising payroll costs in the RIBA Business Benchmarking Survey  this year

Revenues are rising twice as fast as staff numbers

Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance

As the only regulated profession in an industry facing huge responsibilities, architects must be more expert

Profession must manage the demands of dramatic change

Despite uncertainties around Brexit, by the end of 2019 the UK will adopt the new European Standard that deals with daylight in buildings. What could it mean for your project?

European Standard EN 17037: Everything you need to know

Sued architect thought he was on a journey of design exploration with his clients but they weren’t even on board

Sued architect left clients behind on ‘design journey’

Not setting clear, express terms in your contract could leave you facing the danger of unlimited liability

What could lead to a £40m liability?

Rich in references, Amin Taha’s controversial building announces its presence with an intriguing range of finishes on its structural limestone facade

Intriguing finishes on Amin Taha's controversial building

Procurement and contracts

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?

The invention of tough yet flexible concrete could halve the duration of road and paving works

This is stronger, lighter – and it bends

For owners to win redress under the 1972 Act, a dwelling must be unfit to live in

What does it take to win redress under the 1972 Act?

Sustainable architecture

Project Etopia's sustainable panelised dwelling is on course to meet or beat UK’s first offsite construction standard

Project Etopia dwelling should achieve UK’s first MMC rating

The RIBA's climate initiative turns words into action. Come and join us

The time for talking is over

Does a broader community gain from your project? Enter it for our ever more relevant award – deadline 18 November

Help celebrate architecture for the common good

Does this design use local and sustainable materials? Are there better alternatives? Does it even need to be built – could a refurb do it? Architecture of Emergency thrashes out action points

Ideas to reverse global warming

The Centre for Alternative Technology has taught environmentally aware design for decades. What do  architecture students gain?

CAT fills in for lip service to sustainability

Inclusive environments

Dramatic fall in clubs and centres prompts a celebration of their role in their communities

Queer Spaces at the Whitechapel Gallery

The teachers’ mantra that no two children are the same also applies to school buildings. Architects must maximise the benefit to pupils, students, staff and site

Like pupils, no two schools are the same

A strong and varied entry to this year's competition has produced a rich – and long – longlist

Strength and variety characterises a long list

In the rush to create more secondary capacity, schools are featuring mixed use developments and their premises are doubling up for other community uses.

Premises double up for other community uses

Living with Buildings offers a welcome breakdown of the link between environment and wellbeing, especially in the post-Grenfell context

Living with Buildings charts the link between environment and wellbeing

Places planning & community

Updates to the Community Infrastructure Levy came into force this month. A new guide explains the amendments, what they mean and why understanding the CIL is important

Explainer: the latest Community Infrastructure Levy changes

Masterplanning is not big architecture, it is a means to give shape to the natural process of urban growth. David Rudlin summarises the argument in his new book Climax City, co-written with Shruti Hemani, that we need to rediscover this subtle and age-old art.

The subtle art of giving shape to urban growth

Hong Kong’s reputation for densely packed building and land reclamation continues its forward march

Reclamation and invention keep construction at full throttle

Bartlett's CASA wins £160,000 to help develop its crowd-sourced platform, which will create a databank of building details across the capital

Colour your building to create an open data source on London’s stock

Fresh back from Hong Kong, Hugh Pearman wonders how useful the aesthetic agonising of our planning system is

Would things be worse if there was no planning at all?

Building conservation and heritage

The Ponte delle Torri medieval aqueduct has spanned wooded slopes to link two Umbrian hill forts since the 14th century. It’s still inspiring artists

Flames of twilight highlight medieval aqueduct

In a building that had been adapted and extended over 400 years, a project to restore and extend again demanded a thoughtful balance of restoration and new build. Happel Cornelisse Verhoeven and Julian Harrap made a seamless fusion of the two

Postmodern extension is a crucial piece in renewal of Leiden’s former cloth hall

The views from both seat and stage get equal consideration with Witherford Watson Mann’s characteristically skilful and sympathetic fusing of old and new at Nevill Holt Opera

WWM’s subtle intervention rewards generous budget

Water gushes out of the ground at 46° in Bath, perfect for diversion to heat the floor of the Abbey

Bath Abbey to be heated by the city’s famous waters

Parliament’s move doesn’t have to destroy this fine listed building

Don’t let Parliament’s move allow needless demolition

Design, construction and technology

Mikhail Riches’ scheme sees social housing take architecture’s top accolade for the first time. And its sustainable

Does Mikhail Riches’ success mark a change in architectural values?

Richard Murphy, RPP and Devereux make humane and uplifting spaces in garden-focussed buildings for Belfast’s new acute mental unit

Richard Murphy and RPP start with gardens

If you''re finding politics extreme, try the Royal Academy's What is Radical Today? for some really edgy ideas

Rees-Mogg’s home as a waste processor? London drowning?

This year's Design Museum-hosted exhibition excels under Beatrice Galilee's curatorship

Considered curatorship sees Beazley's show excel

Technology has liberated architectural drawings from the constraints of mere scale and information delivery

Digital natives move between tools with ease

Doors and windows

The Senior Architectural Systems aluminium range offers low U-values, slim profiles and a range of opening types

Senior's Pure aluminium windows offer maximum design flexibility

Ridgeglaze and Flushglaze fixed rooflights have been specified on a project that creates a bold connection with the outdoors while protecting against the elements

The art of daylighting: Ridgeglaze and Flushglaze rooflights

The composite glazing manufacturer's RIBA CPD materials cover everything architects need to know about window specification, whatever the sector and regulatory context

Velfac CPD: All you need to know about window specification

BIM modelling allows architects to download data and test the benefits of LLumar window film in commercial projects

LLumar solar control window film harnesses BIM modelling

The Rooflight Company is the only manufacturer of rooflights with a unique insulated kerb detail that delivers a whole-unit U-Value of 1.3Wm2K

Rooflight Company offers frameless, unobtrusive window solution

Kitchens and bathrooms

Classic Duo and Puro designs have been fitted in the master bathrooms at Barratt London's Sugar Quay development

Classic Duo and Puro baths at Barratt London development

The luxury bathroom designer and manufacturer has launched the latest model in its AquaClean shower toilet range

Geberit extends AquaClean shower toilet range

The global quartz surfaces manufacturer’s latest launch is a new addition to its award-winning Metropolitan collection

Caesarstone unveils Primordia engineered quartz

The architecture and interior design firm has fitted out its London HQ with Billi taps to fulfil all its hydration needs

Office refresh: Billi taps and dispensing systems at London office refit

An underground Sanifos pump has been specified for an extension to an off-mains rural cottage

Underground pump solves off-mains drainage dilemma

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