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Webinar: Changes to safety regs leave more questions than answers

A RIBAJ/Hilti webinar looking at the impact of new safety roles and regulations unearthed some of the implications for architects, and revealed a need for more investigation

2 February 2022

Sustainable architecture

The founder of Macdonald Wright Architects on how teaming up with the right people has helped improve the buildability and environmental performance of projects such as Caring Wood and the Library House

The people who have helped to realise projects such as Caring Wood and the Library House

A kinetic drying technology for use in cement production has been developed by UK-based Coomtech, as part of a major R&D push to make construction more sustainable

Kinetic drying technology raises hopes for carbon-efficient cement

Our social media-fuelled desire to keep up with the latest design trends is killing the planet, says Holly Milton, commended in the 2022 RIBAJ/Future Architects writing competition

The social media-fuelled desire to copy trends in our living environments is draining resources

MIT researchers have harnessed AI and robotics to upcycle forks in tree trunks for use as sustainable connecting structures in buildings

Using AI and robotics to upcycle forks in tree trunks as connecting structures in buildings

ADP Architecture has created the SBE Toolkit, which assesses any architectural project against a wide range of criteria, from water use to emotional value

SBE Toolkit assesses architectural projects against a wide range of criteria, from water use to emotional value

Architecture for social purpose

Internal workings reinvigorate one of the Piazza San Marco’s famed buildings – but the public would never guess it

Invisible workings open and improve ancient Piazza San Marco building

Canada’s Indian Residential School buildings are the legacy of a painful past. Architects can learn from debates over their future says Danica Mitrić, winner of our 2022 Future Architects writing competition

How indigenous people in Canada reclaimed sites of oppression

Gillian Darley reviews Stalin’s Architect, Deyan Sudjic’s biography of Boris Iofan, who designed for the Soviet elite and managed to survive into his eighties, living in one of his own modernist buildings

Gillian Darley reviews Deyan Sudjic’s Stalin’s Architect, a biography of Boris Iofan

Office Sian is passionate about designing for people and that drives it to create architecture for public spaces that has genuine social value

Future winner - Office Sian is finding its voice by listening to the community

Jack Young leaves no home unturned in his photographic collection of council houses

Jack Young leaves no home unturned in his collection of council houses

Health, safety & wellbeing

As high-rise residential schemes face increasing safety demands, they may need to become denser with possible implications for amenity

As high-rise residential schemes face increasing safety demands, they may need to become denser

Seemingly healthy building materials could be adversely affecting indoor air quality – but there are some simple ways to reduce the harmful substances emitted

Simple ways to reduce the harmful substances emitted by seemingly healthy building materials

Feel stressed out? Overworked? From niching to giving herself space to be creative, Clare Nash tells how getting the balance right is the key to success, both personal and professional

Clare Nash gives her insights into finding that line some of us find so difficult

Architects have not emerged well from the inquiry into the tragic fire, but they can turn this around by becoming advocates for safety, writes Peter Apps

Architects have not emerged well from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, but they can now become advocates for safety

How architects can find the balance between fresh air and energy consumption to help reduce the transmission of Covid

An effective ventilation strategy is essential to reducing the transmission of Covid

Business, clients and services

Amid closed theory and overwork, memes offer oppressed young architects humour, hope and a release from pressure, says Will Hayter, commended in the 2022 RIBAJ/Future Architects writing competition

How memes give us hope, humour and relief in a pressured career

Eleanor Young recommends a magical mushroom that should inspire us to make the adjustments we need to if we are to evolve in sync with a changing world

What we can learn about survival from an old fungi

Black Mountains College in the Brecon Beacons will train proactive advocates for sustainability. Co-founder Ben Rawlence tells Eleanor Young about the thinking behind a new sort of environmental education

Ben Rawlence reveals the ambitions of Wales’ college for sustainabity advocates

Denise and Rab Bennetts look back at their architectural careers – from the financially precarious beginnings of setting up their own practice, to the projects they are most proud of

Denise and Rab Bennetts: from precarious beginnings to the projects they are most proud of

How should the RIBA work? What would make it better? Stand, join the election process, says Simon Allford

The search for the next president starts today: play your part

Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance

Chithra Marsh and Stephen Anderson of Buttress Architects reveal how a nuts and bolts overhaul is building organisational self-awareness and better expresses its values

Buttress Architects’ inclusion overhaul boosts practice’s self awareness

Standard formats don’t have to be obeyed but knowing those rules and when to break them makes it a whole lot easier to design, says Eleanor Young

Standard formats don’t have to be obeyed but knowing those rules makes it a whole lot easier to design

In the first of a series on working with the planning system, Hana Loftus spells out what architects need to deliver to help planners say yes

Hana Loftus spells out what architects need to deliver to help planners say yes

A mandatory 30 per cent cut in carbon for all new homes is among a range of changes to the Building Regs. RIBA Journal summarises the key points.

Changes to the Building Regs include a mandatory 30 per cent cut in carbon for all new homes

Introducing a new series on architects’ details and the decisions that informed their thinking, the Tonkin Liu director explains what drove the design for the spiral stair at the practice's Stephen Lawrence Prize-winning Norfolk house

What drove the design for the spiral stair at Tonkin Liu's Norfolk house?

Procurement and contracts

Beautiful architecture is not enough, says Adam Singer of Budapest-based studio Singer Design. Those leading the most successful projects know how to find a 'story' and build a brand on it

Beautiful architecture is not enough, says Adam Singer of Hungarian studio Singer Design

Might the proposed Code for Construction Product Information be the key to restoring credibility in a post-Grenfell, post-Brexit, post-pandemic reality?

Will the Code for Construction Product Information restore credibility?

Flooring finishes can make or break a design, but there are other factors to consider too, such as substrate, whole life costs and specific applications, says Nicola Herring, executive quantity surveyor at Gleeds

Maximise your flooring impact balancing options and costs

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?

Inclusive environments

Urban design playbook being rolled out across Greater Manchester calls for ‘culture shift’ to overcome outdated attitudes towards ageing

Architects have a duty to push back against ageism

An ageing and shrinking population will require a radical reconfiguration of the built environment, rather than an expansion.

With pensioners expected to outnumber under-16s in 20 years time, architects' roles will change

A labyrinthine layout of interconnected rooms distinguishes the practice's Fitzjohn's Avenue scheme in Hampstead

A labyrinthine layout of interconnected rooms distinguishes the Fitzjohn's Avenue scheme

Apparata lays out its philosophy for living with A House for Artists, a bold, raw concrete statement intended to bring creativity to Barking

Architect’s bold concrete statement is a philosophical marker

The architect has radically improved the theatre's accessibility while minimising the development's environmental impact

DSDHA has radically improved the theatre's accessibility while minimising environmental impact

Places planning & community

The photographs of Panayot Barnev evoke the fragile connection between place, memory and identity, says Nikola Yanev, commended in the 2022 RIBAJ/Future Architects writing competition

The photographs of Panayot Barnev evoke the fragile connection between place, memory and identity

Jonathan Ben-Shaul’s dance-documentary, focusing on buildings in Kharkiv, Ukraine, highlights the social and cultural revival that was taking place prior to the invasion

Jonathan Ben-Shaul studies social revival through architecture in Kharkiv, Ukraine

This community centre by Benham Architects and IBI Group is delightful and generous, bringing huge social value, and won Grange Pavilion CIO the RSAW Client of the Year award

Benham Architects and IBI Group for Grange Pavillion CIO

WGP Architects' project establishes a series of spaces for community engagement and performance, winning its backers the East RIBA Client of the Year award

WGP Architects for Charterhouse Investments with New Wolsey Theatre

A new housing scheme enabled the building of a primary school, which challenges education and environmental norms

Henley Halebrown for Downham Road Ltd (JV)

Building conservation and heritage

Mole Architects has beautifully restored a grade II listed, 16th-century house to reveal its rich and varied history

Mole Architects for Mr & Mrs King

HAT Projects has restored and extended the museum, adding an entrance lobby and a generous set of public spaces, winning an East RIBA Conservation Award

HAT Projects for Ely Museum

Hutchinson & Partners' reworking of a neoclassical 1920s office building sought a harmonious relationship between the old and the new

Hutchinson & Partners for LABS Group

Schemes include the UK’s first Passivhaus secondary school and a generous portion of reuse, alongside newbuilds from towers to single storey structures

Reuse and the UK’s first Passivhaus secondary school

Pritchard Architecture has given new life to spaces behind the Victorian shopfronts of an ironmonger as part of a community-led renewal

Pritchard Architecture for John Pounds Community Trust

Design, construction and technology

The founder of Macdonald Wright Architects on how teaming up with the right people has helped improve the buildability and environmental performance of projects such as Caring Wood and the Library House

The people who have helped to realise projects such as Caring Wood and the Library House

A kinetic drying technology for use in cement production has been developed by UK-based Coomtech, as part of a major R&D push to make construction more sustainable

Kinetic drying technology raises hopes for carbon-efficient cement

Architects yearning to lessen their modern distance from the act of building need look no further than BIM, argues James Haynes, commended in the 2022 RIBAJ/Future Architects writing competition

Collaborative BIM can bring architects back to the centre of construction

MIT researchers have harnessed AI and robotics to upcycle forks in tree trunks for use as sustainable connecting structures in buildings

Using AI and robotics to upcycle forks in tree trunks as connecting structures in buildings

Internal workings reinvigorate one of the Piazza San Marco’s famed buildings – but the public would never guess it

Invisible workings open and improve ancient Piazza San Marco building

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