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12 November 2018

Architecture for social purpose

An inspiring RIBA lecture by the founders of MASS Design Group argued convincingly for design driven by local and public involvement

MASS sets the case for impact

Everyone involved in MacEwen winner Star and Shadow Cinema is an enthusiast or expert – but all are volunteers. MawsonKerr was called in to make its latest, permanent, venture happen

Winner: Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

At Bridgend Inspiring Growth, critically assisted by architect Halliday Fraser Munro, people can make, mend, grow and cook – but most of all socialise

Commended: Bridgend Inspiring Growth, by Halliday Fraser Munro

Mark Wallinger and Studio Octopi’s Magna Carta project has a sense of presence and history

Monument to Magna Carta has a sense of presence and history

Residents of the Kipling Estate and Bell Phillips show what local input really means with Marklake Court

Residents and Bell Phillips show what local input really means

Health, safety & wellbeing

Designing a more efficient office building or improving the working environment? Often the two come together

Everyone could have a nicer and more energy-efficient office

Six months after the publication of Dame Judith Hackitt's report, a panel of experts gathered for 'The Golden Thread - from the Hackitt review to the RIBA Plan of Work' conference

Reviewing the RIBAJ Hilti Firestop conference

… on Ice Watch, his climate change installation with Olafur Eliasson

… on Ice Watch, his installation with Olafur Eliasson

Hilti’s fire and acoustic seal slots effortlessly into dry-lined walls to ensure safe, comfortable homes

Hilti’s fire and acoustic seal helps ensure safe, comfortable homes

We architects need to sharpen our tools; add your views to help hone the new test

Help strengthen RIBA’s new safety test

Business, clients and services

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

Brexit chaos aside, how does it look for construction? The underlying trend is gently positive, but that could change all too quickly

Can modest growth sustain amid Brexit chaos?

Bad day at the office? In her final monthly column for RIBAJ, Maria Smith aims higher

Maria Smith takes off on a serious flight of fancy

Fees are continuing to move up, while hourly rates remain flat. How can it be? Headlines and analysis of the latest figures

Fees are up, rates down. How’s that?

Following her guide to architects on creating a successful client relationship, Pocket Living’s Angharad Palmer shares her advice on the client’s responsibility to the design team

Part 2: Pocket's Angharad Palmer gives her advice to those commissioning buildings

Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance

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

Construction sites are by nature vulnerable to fire, and repair costs can be astronomical. Do we need more from regulation?

Mack fire shows we need more from regulation

More than 40 years before Grenfell, fatal fire lessons went unheeded

Combustible materials were fatal 44 years ago

Don’t wait for legislation: the industry must improve now

Don’t wait for legislation says Hackitt

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

Two homes by HCL Architects, squeezed into an unobtrusive corner of Fulham, flaunt their sustainable credentials – and work them hard

Glitter takes the place of black gold

Timber, light and space are the antithesis of Kingswood School’s previous preparatory provision. Stonewood Design’s expansion puts wood among the trees

Stonewood puts wood among the trees

As towns eat up the countryside, there are moves to bring agriculture into the city. London 2026 reveals a new way to farm

Food production as part of the urban design brief

Forest of Fabrication exhibition showcases engineered timber with 160m skyscraper. It's safe, argues Alex de Rijke

Headline 160m timber structure leads Forest of Fabrication show

Tower's 5.5 NABERS stars help energy-efficient office to sweep up at CIBSE awards

NABERS 5.5 stars help CIBSE awards clean-up

Inclusive environments

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

Tradition, modernity, pastiche and cultural fusion: what is the architectural style of the  British mosque?

What is the architectural style of the British mosque?

Places planning & community

6a’s extension of Milton Keynes Gallery has reasserted the town’s original design spirit and impact

6a reasserts the town’s original design intent

Heritage, landscape and views – books to take outside this spring

Heritage, landscape and views – books for spring

As cuts in public services bite ever deeper it’s down to local people to save and reinvent neglected or redundant structures. Architects play a crucial role

Local activists need public-spirited architects

Peter Barber’s skill in filling small urban gaps with sociable, contextual homes fosters right-sizing to please everyone

Commended: Burbridge Close, by Peter Barber Architects

This analysis of five contemporary cities raises the question of whether Unesco's protection criteria need a rethink

Do our accepted criteria need a rethink?

Building conservation and heritage

Gone are the magnolia paint and clumsy additions to John Soane’s country mansion. It’s gloriously engaging after detailed restoration by Jestico+Whiles and Julian Harrap

Soane's country retreat is restored to glory

Bronze window and doors can bring thermal efficiencies to heritage buildings, but they can also be a smart and stylish solution for contemporary new-builds

Bronze windows wow at the Armstrong building

The profession’s ingenuity is one of its great strengths, perhaps best seen in its critical conservation work

Conservation work advertises the profession's ingenuity

Dawson’s Heights, Southwark, London, 1964-72

Dawson’s Heights, Southwark, London, 1964-72

Design, construction and technology

V&A Director of Design and Futureplan

V&A Director of Design and Futureplan

Our tools are only as good as the data they get

Our tools are only as good as the data they get

Kate Darby interweaves many roles deep in Herefordshire’s remote and ancient landscape

Now is the time for this small Herefordshire firm to bloom

Prolific designer and recipient of many prizes including the Pritzker, one half of Roche Dinkeloo, which developed and built on Eero Saarinen’s legacy

Pritzker winner and half of Saarinen successor Roche Dinkeloo

Pendulum bearings and dampers secure conservatory straddling four towers against seismic activity in Chongqing

Pendulum bearings and dampers are the secret

Doors and windows

Samuel Heath's bespoke door fittings and ironmongery take their inspiration from the strong geometric patterns of the iconic London landmark's concrete honeycomb facade

Samuel Heath's finishing touches for Centre Point Tower refit

Latest resource urges specifiers to tap into manufacturer expertise and engage with suppliers early

Velfac offers new RIBA-approved CPD seminar on specification

The Pure range of energy-efficient aluminium windows and doors delivers maximum design flexibility and exceptional thermal performance

Senior's Pure patent boosts thermal performance

How Glazing Vision Ridgeglaze rooflights have helped transform an award-winning ice-cream parlour and restaurant in Yorkshire

Ridgeglaze rooflights specified for Yorkshire project

Maxlight architectural glazing has been specified for a transformational, open-to-the-skies extension with minimal sight lines

Maxlight open-to-the-skies glazing transforms extension


The DI-NOC range of self-adhesive vinyl film from 3M can transform multiple indoor and outdoor surfaces - and now offers specifiers hundreds more designs

3M launches 2018 architectural finishes collection

Taralay vinyl flooring offers specifiers a hardwearing solution for high-traffic environments - in 80 colours and designs

Gerflor lays down hardworking flooring solution for busy spaces

Washroom Washroom’s design team has delivered a fresh contemporary washroom facility at London's Camden Market influenced by vintage design

Washroom Washroom designs retro facilities at Camden Market

Tarkett's new Desso carpet tile collections Street View and Street Tracks are designed for open-plan workspaces and inspired by the drama and texture of urban environments

Flooring specialist Tarkett brings urban chic to offices

The Leveldek System from Junckers offers fully integrated flooring solution with heating from a single point of supply. It's available for a sprung floor too

Junckers launches fully serviceable hardwood floor


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