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1 July 2020

Sustainable architecture

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden is about begin a £2.5 million natural flood mitigation project stretching all the way to Ripon. Justin Scully, general manager at Fountains Abbey, talks about a new landscape of dams and ponds

Plants and balancing ponds are £2.5m natural solution to worsening flooding

UWE-led project adds AI to embodied carbon calculation tools to cut decisions on alternative materials from hours to just a few minutes

Low carbon alternatives could be decided in minutes, not hours

Ben Holland fills our takeover slot with a rallying cry to unite with the activism of students and young professionals across the UK and really act on the climate emergency

Call to harness the commitment of young climate emergency activists

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

Exemplary schemes which bring compassion and dignity to those needing support, creating familiar and nurturing places designed to help people live as normal lives as possible

A children's hospice, village for dementia sufferers and research centre for Great Ormond St

Architecture for social purpose

London Practice Forum scheme will give underrepresented groups paid, live experience of practice to kick-start a more diverse profession

London practices put principles into action

Gardens for summer and winter, a floating church and a revitalised cemetery feature among projects that involve a lot of restoration and repurposing

Schemes done on a budget and targetting improvement for local communities

Five projects showcase extended educational services, for children and adults, involving cooking and nutrition, music, gardening and tailoring, and a range of enriching provision for early years

Better ways to learning to make music, sew and cook and nurture for early years

Derelict buildings repurposed into community centres, a refurbished bird hide and mini street park outdoors, and a bold district heating scheme improve local conditions in a diverse range of ways

Social adhesion, strong communities and protecting the environment

BCKJ Architects’ Dong Mei talks about the practice’s approach to cultural heritage, history, nature and social engagement, and winning the Dorfman Prize

Chinese practice wins RA Dorfman Award by prioritising problem solving

Health, safety & wellbeing

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

Projects are still moving, and recent planning approvals feature a facility to develop and manufacture Covid-19 vaccines. There’s also a range of a residential schemes including a later-living development that involves converting Cullinan’s listed Cemex House, and Camden has approved the reconfiguration and revival of London’s historic Irish Centre

Five notable schemes that recently cleared planning permission

RIBA’s latest policy report shows that POE makes greener, cheaper, more productive buildings. So why do only 19% of UK practices offer the service, and how can we encourage greater use of this essential tool?

More sustainable, more productive, lower costs: POE ticks all the boxes

Put on an old age simulation suit, use a wheelchair, or get the end users of the building involved before you design your next project to experience it as some will, urges 2019 Rising Star Joanna Asia Grzybowska

Act the part of your design’s users to produce a truly effective building, says Rising Star Asia Grzybowska

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

Business, clients and services

Murray Kerr’s return to Houses for Sale raises some interesting questions about the value of collaboration

It’s the personal relationship that makes it all worthwhile

Although by May 2020 seven years of revenue growth had ended, practices have held up well against multiple challenges. The full impact of coronavirus, however, will not show until next year

RIBA Business Benchmarking Survey shows resilience – for now

David Miller Architects’ work placements programme for young people seemed scuppered by lockdown – but its virtual version has expanded its reach and given students hands-on skills

How lockdown became an opportunity to gain skills and experience

After 14 years Hugh Pearman is stepping down as editor of the RIBA Journal, leaving a strong legacy of ‘most trusted’ magazine

Hugh Pearman retires as RIBAJ editor

While ‘misguided’ opposition scuppers a later-living scheme in Surrey, active octogenarians Foster and Rogers are in the news. Housing does better with Peabody's Thamesmead plans – boosting the offer with a transport add-on – and Jenrick pronouncements stay true to form

Third age homes blow, Foster's arresting prospects and Thamesmead boon

Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance

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

We have the technology to cut down CO2 emissions, but without official direction, the cost, convenience, space and aesthetics hamper progress. What do the experts advise?

Expert views help fill the hole in government policy

Homes make up nearly one fifth of our carbon emissions, and rising. As the government announces its 'green revolution', the RIBA is calling  for a National Retrofit Strategy, with taxable incentives for homeowners at its core

Tax incentives for householders is key, says RIBA Greener Homes report

Planning battle adds to SHARKS! debates on architectural theory, complete with smoke and bubbles, in Jaimie Shorten’s entertaining Antepavilion

Another Architecture Foundation Antepavilion planning battle adds to architect Jaimie Shorten’s debates on architectural theory

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?

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

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?

Have you a project that aids the common good? We are waiting to celebrate schemes that have wide social benefit

Send in your schemes which work for the common good

How can we make our public places more accessible to more people, while keeping them safe post-lockdown?

Ideas for combatting lockdown loneliness safely

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

Places planning & community

Interested in future agency and where it is instilled, Shumi Bose’s ‘lockdown treat’ raised more questions about how to achieve rights of access to the city for all – a perquisite for change

The Child in the City, Colin Ward, New York: Pantheon Books/London: The Architectural Press, 1978

The case for a modern land reform strategy strikes a chord with Sarah Featherstone whose own practice is involved in Velocity, an initiative tackling critical issues in the countryside

The effects of William the Conqueror's land grab are with us still

Thomas Sharp planned to manage Oxford’s future traffic with destructive levels of urban development, but even that wasn’t enough

No amount of urban destruction could keep traffic in check

Tracy Meller’s read of the year is particularly pertinent in Covid times, investigating whether humankind is born pure and corrupted by society, or intrinsically uncivilised and tamed by civilisation

Are humans essentially bad or good?

Rob Beeny’s reimagining of a rural power station as community asset was inspired by the effects of withdrawn green subsidies on Tuscan businesses and residents

Renewable power and existing infrastructure support artisan works

Building conservation and heritage

Can Associated Architects’ School of Architecture and the Built Environment propel University of Wolverhampton – and its surroundings – to the higher plane it seeks?

Associated Architects gives students a living lesson

Earthquakes destroy history and culture in Gujarat, but a project to create inexpensive and speedy LiDAR scanning could help remote communities rebuild rather than demolish

LiDAR 3D scanning project will be scalable to suit other locations

New library and sixth form block advances Victorian school’s visual evolution while working with the materials and finesse of existing buildings

Let’s try this again: Hugh Pearman goes back to school, and likes it better

There’s no question that this building is an appendage to a historic museum, but its monolithic travertine finish gives Bez + Kock’s design a presence all of its own

Bez + Kock’s clever design protects views and adds its own interest

It’s panto time and Russian architect Vladimir Somov’s nutty but run-down 1987 Dostoevsky Drama Theatre in Veliky Novgorod is in line for a revamp. The competition for the job is being curated by Haworth Tompkins director Roger Watts. RIBAJ asks him what’s behind it

What is the Haworth Tompkins director doing with Vladimir Somov's run-down theatre?

Design, construction and technology

Perforated aluminium panels minimise building weight while throwing interesting plays of light and shadow across both street and interior

22 Handyside St’s perforated aluminium plays with light and shadow

Can Associated Architects’ School of Architecture and the Built Environment propel University of Wolverhampton – and its surroundings – to the higher plane it seeks?

Associated Architects gives students a living lesson

Atelier Architecture and Design lets riders enjoy light and airy views, safe and dry, with its manège of timber and glass – and gallop rails – on a Chilterns Farm

How to enjoy views, light and air on horseback without getting wet

Post WWI Vienna’s Karl Marx-Hof housing estate by Karl Ehn carried the banner of social and housing reform under the Social Democrats during the 1920s

Karl Marx-Hof housing estate, Vienna, 1927-1930

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

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