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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Planning or politics?

Planning or politics?

On 27th March last year Westminster City Council began an eight week consultation on “Tall Buildings”. Its findings have not yet been published. The questionnaire was slated by “The Skyline Campaign” saying that WCC already had sufficient protective policies against the proliferation of towers. Apparently 80% of residents are against...

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The Temple of Mithras: Ancient and Timeless

The Temple of Mithras: Ancient and Timeless

As Londinium expanded in the second century AD, Roman soldiers and Free men built one of their World’s most robust Temple of Mithras. It was located on the banks of the Walbrook; a stream that ran across the City into the Thames, and close to Watling Street, the main Roman...

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All change at Duke of York Square

All change at Duke of York Square

Walking along the King’s Road you will notice that there is a colourful illustrated hoarding where the café used to be. A new café is under construction. Cadogan held a design competition for emerging UK architects and the decisive winner was Nex-Architecture. The design takes its starting point from the...

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Cyclinteriors: A new home for your bicycle

Cyclinteriors: A new home for your bicycle

Cyclists are taking over. MAMILS (Middle Aged Men In Lycra) now dominate the morning commute cityscape, as ever more of us vie to escape packed, overpriced trains. To some, bicycles are particularly aesthetically pleasing, but you don’t have to adore life on two wheels to consider incorporating bikes into your...

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The enchanted hill

The enchanted hill

Hearst Castle is not Xanadu and William Randolph Hearst was not Citizen Kane. Assumption is the mother of all errors. Driving up pacific Coast Highway from LA to Ragged Point, I was curious to visit W.R. Hearst’s extravagant folly on top of a hill above the tiny harbour of San Simeon. Hearst’s father,...

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From Pillar to Post: The walking tour that reveals London’s postal history

From Pillar to Post: The walking tour that reveals London’s postal history

Train geeks rejoice! The Mail Rail; a subterranean network of automated trains stretching from Paddington to Whitechapel which kept the Capital’s communication network flowing for over 75 years, is set to open to the public on July 27. The Postal Museum have resurrected a section of track so that you...

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Construction drawings at the RA Summer Exhibition

Construction drawings at the RA Summer Exhibition

For the first time in 249 years, construction drawings are the focus of this year’s architecture room at the Royal Academy of Arts’ summer exhibition, which this year is curated by British architect, Farshid Moussavi. The annual London exhibition is one of the biggest events in the UK’s art and design calendar, and...

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