Too Kool for school

Is there a link between good design and good exam results?

In the latest effort to establish a tangible link between good design and good exam results, architect AHMM was commissioned to design Hull’s Kingswood Academy as part of the City Council’s erstwhile BSF initiative. Kingspan played its part in the design, with its Kooltherm cavity closer, rainscreen board and Thermaroof products specified on external walls and roofs. It won an RIBA national award last year, while the fabric might not ultimately be proven to increase educational performance, it’s definitely increasing the thermal.

Latest

Dessau’s Torten Estate featured in an influential lecture and exhibition concentrating on the housing crisis, given by Walter Gropius just before left the UK for America

Solving the housing problem was top of Walter Gropius’ concerns

In the run-up to the election Andrew Forth, RIBA’s head of policy and public affairs, explains how the RIBA’s manifesto lobbies politicians to create a built environment that is ‘safer, better and more sustainable’

Head of policy and public affairs at the RIBA, Andrew Forth, on the key points

The architect’s vision for Lower Giles Farm house near Bolton got diluted by the client's self-build, but the dilemmas resonate with many

Manchester meets moorland at cantilevered Paragraph 55 home near Bolton

There’s no doubt that Banister Fletcher’s tome is all the better for its heavy revision, but the reduced role of its drawings hurts

Welcome repositioning is at cost of drawings

Lessans House by McGonigle McGrath Architects shows you don’t need a big budget to achieve excellence

You don’t need a big budget to achieve excellence