In praise of Brutalist housing - or not?

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
15
Nov

Tim Abrahams has written a thoughtful piece for The Economist on the decision to preserve a part of the demolished Robin Hood Gardens at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

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Beauty in the mundane

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
14
Nov

I saw this lovely print by artist Jane Smith at the Archivist Gallery, on the Regent's Canal between Islington and Hackney.

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A delight for the eyes

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
06
Nov

A friend, Kris Kalinski, posted this lovely photo of a cottage in the Polish village of Zalipie which apparently, unsurprisingly, has the moniker 'the most beautiful village in Poland'.

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Hooray for Hastings

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
01
Nov

There is something heartwarming about Hastings Pier by dRMM winning the Stirling Prize.

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Death of an unknown architect

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
22
Oct

Of course, you don't get a full-page obituary in The Guardian if you are truly unknown.

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When reading magazines costs money

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
18
Oct

This is not a piece about subscription costs, but about temptation - and when it is worth succumbing.

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My voted counted!

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
12
Oct

How exciting, and how apposite, that the Halley Research Station in Antarctica won the prize for best project of the past 30 years at the British Construction Industry Awards.

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Designing to Trump's agenda

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
06
Oct

Finally it looks as if Donald Trump's dreaded wall on the Mexican border may go ahead.

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Barcelona remembered - rioting architects

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
03
Oct

The recent horrifying events in Barcelona reminded me of some very different demonstrations, when the UIA (International Union of Architects) held its conference there in 1996.

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Timber's homes for the future

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
30
Sep

On Thursday evening I chaired a seminar for Wood for Good on the technology of timber houses.

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The Benefits of Heritage

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by The Rooflight Company
29
Sep

Last week we read an interesting report from Historic England - Heritage Counts 2017.

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Is Halley the best of the best?

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
28
Sep

I was prompted on Facebook by Peter Ayres, who was the engineer on Halley VI, to vote for it in New Civil Engineer's poll of the 'best of the best' British Construction Industry Awards winners.

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What did the Georgians do for us?

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
26
Sep

The RIBA's exhibition by Pablo Bronstein, 'Conservatism - The long reign of pseudo Georgian architecture' is both seductive and perturbing.

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The dangers of living on jelly

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
Sep

The awful things seem to keep on happening, and the Mexican earthquake is just the latest.

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Mondrian in the suburbs

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
18
Sep

I had great fun at London Open House this year, and the most entertaining part was a trip to a house that its owner had dubbed 'The Pearl of Metroland (Mondrian house).

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Adding a rooflight to your extension.

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Posted in The Homeowner Blog by The Rooflight Company
12
Sep

With kitchen and dining areas becoming more popular as the focal point of the home, many people are choosing to extend this area to create an open-plan living space that can be used by all of the family. But there is a limit to how big you can go.

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Placement Matters

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by The Rooflight Company
23
Aug

When a rooflight is added to a space, the user will no doubt gain light and, if the rooflight is openable, ventilation. But how much light will they actually get? Adding a rooflight shouldn't just be about the aforementioned, it should be about optimising top light in the most effective way for the client.

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The Benefit of Experience – Roof Window Considerations

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by The Rooflight Company
14
Jun

There are more roof window manufacturers than ever in the UK today.

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An Architect’s home and office

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Posted in The Homeowner Blog by The Rooflight Company
22
May

There is no doubt that the dwellings of an architect, be it their home or their office, serves to showcase their very abilities. Almost like an expansive portfolio, the merest glimpse into their world can tell you everything you need to know about their styles, palates and particular areas of expertise.

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Why every Loft Conversion should include Rooflights

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Posted in The Homeowner Blog by The Rooflight Company
22
May

In a bid to enhance and expand ones living space as well as add value on to a property, a growing number of homeowners have taken to transforming one of their biggest and most neglected spaces, into a useable living area – their loft.

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