A Modest Masterpiece

A Modest Masterpiece

This year’s Stirling Prize, the highest accolade in British architecture, has unusually been won by a housing scheme; even more unusually, affordable housing. A dozen years ago Mikhail Riches and Cathy Hawley won the commission from Norwich City Council for 105 affordable houses and flats, now known as Goldsmith Street....

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RIBA Awards announced with new direction?

RIBA Awards announced with new direction?

The Royal Institute of British Architects National Award winners for Architecture were announced on 27th June. The 54 winners include 20 that have creatively adapted existing buildings. This does prove an interesting direction towards more sustainable architectural commissions and recognition for the complexities of reinventing the building stock of previous...

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Plans for ‘The Tulip’ wilt amidst concerns over projects’ value

Plans for ‘The Tulip’ wilt amidst concerns over projects’ value

Unveiled in November 2018, ‘The Tulip’ building was supposed to be London’s, quite literally, biggest new attraction. If built, the tower would have been the tallest in the City of London at 1,000ft, second only in Western Europe to The Shard. Drafted by Norman Foster’s architectural practice, the same Foster...

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The Palace of Westminster

The Palace of Westminster

When visiting the Palace of Westminster, you will see the works of many famous sculptors, architects and painters set amidst countless frescoes, murals, tiled floors, vaulted ceilings, heraldic badges, coats of arms and State Regalia. You will walk along the corridors of power, view the Chamber of the House of...

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The London Festival of Architecture

The London Festival of Architecture

The London Festival of Architecture has just begun and runs throughout the month of June. It is big! It is the largest festival of architecture in the world, yet surprisingly is unknown to the general public. Its theme this year is “Boundaries”. This may sound like architectural private language; in...

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An Older Issue

An Older Issue

The London Mayor’s housing focus has been largely based around starter homes for the younger generation and affordable housing; admirable intent and doubtless vote winners. Solutions to the London and UK housing crisis require broader, more holistic strategies. At the opposite end of the age demographic, many of our older...

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Housing Crisis on hold?

Housing Crisis on hold?

Whilst the Brexit fiasco continues, the ongoing crisis in housing the UK’s population fails to receive adequate government focus or funding. The National Health Service has a new ten-year plan which will inevitably have priority finance, as will education and policing as they are more newsworthy vote winners.  Is it...

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Solutions to the housing crisis

Solutions to the housing crisis

UK towns and cities are in desperate need of more and better housing for all age groups. The housing crisis is not new, so where do any solutions lie? Construction industry productivity is only increasing at 0.4% p.a. compared to manufacturing at 3.2% p.a. (Office for National Statistics). Most building...

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The Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts

Redevelopment of Burlington Gardens The RA has always been pretty pleased with itself. Now, having spent £56m expanding into what was the Museum of Mankind, and increasing its size by 70%, it could writhe with insufferable smugness. We are told that there will be free areas to which the public...

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Rajasthan

Rajasthan

The Taj Mahal really is one of the architectural wonders of the world. If you have a bucket list, it is probably already on it. If not, it’s worth reconsidering. It is truly majestic. Unlike most buildings that are rooted in terra firma, the Taj is lifted about 20 feet above...

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