Danger, men at work

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19
May

Apologies for the sexist headline, but it is still mostly men who work at the dirty end of the construction industry, and that is where the danger lies. I was reminded of this by the latest story I saw on Construction...

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Is architecture criticism dead?

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19
May

The Arch Daily website has a long piece about architectural criticism today. Titled 'The Architecture Critic is Dead (just not for the reason you think)'  , it looks at changes on the scene in New York, where traditional critics have gone...

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Boat race protester’s negative take on urbanism

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19
May

  Trenton Oldfield, the protester who disrupted the Boat Race this weekend,  is of interest to many people beyond those who care about the world of rowing fast and hard.  As one of the two founders of This is Not a...

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Planning for better days?

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19
May

Architect Ash Sakula held a really interesting event related to planning this week. Although it was billed as being about 'Grabbing the agenda before the dust settles' in fact what was most exciting was learning about the things had been...

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Sustainability in the fast lane

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19
May

Today's post is a blatant plug for a book by my friend Hattie Hartman, who is sustainability editor of The Architects' Journal and has written a book called London 2012 Sustainable Design. It has been out for a while, but I...

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David Shrigley the city planner

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19
May

I saw the David Shrigley exhibition at London's Hayward Gallery yesterday. Shrigley is best know for his drawings - whimsical and charming and yet with a bite. But there is just more than just these at the exhibition - strange objects and...

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Solar power all day every day (nearly)

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19
May

There is a fascinating post on Building for Change about research at MIT into designing three-dimensional PV 'towers'. The idea is that, with cells aligned in a variety of ways, they will provide a steadier output than at present, being effective for...

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Lonely days in Austrailia

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19
May

I admit that I have never been to Australia, but I always think of it, in the cities at least, as a pretty sociable outgoing place. So it was surprising to see this report from Architecture & Design saying that people's lives...

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Plans for the future

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19
May

Last week may have seen the first day of spring, but today is far more significant - it is the day that the National Planning Policy Framework finally becomes law. There has been so much argument about it that it...

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Designing for the biscuit barrel

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19
May

Rowan Moore wrote an intelligent, considered review in The Observer yesterday of FAT's building for the BBC in Cardiff. This is a building with some very odd and special needs, in a very difficult position, and FAT's response has been to treat...

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On carbon footprints and keeping it simple

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19
May

At Ecobuild yesterday I had a long talk with a consultant who has carried out a detailed carbon footprint analysis of the relevant merits of liquid propane gas and oil for people who live off the gas grid (LPG won)....

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Spanish disarray and the role of architect

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19
May

Anybody with an ounce of sense would not consider moving to Spain just now, with the economy in disarray and 25 per cent unemployment. Who is to blame? This question could spark a lengthy debate, particularly about the pros and...

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Sad time for publishing

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19
May

I have only just caught up with the fact that highly respected architectural publisher Birkhauser has gone into administration. Like all aspects of book publishing, architectural book publishing is going through difficult times, but Birkhauser had a great reputation, with...

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Life-cycle lessons from American hardwoods

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19
May

Last night the American Hardwood Export Council presented some preliminary results from its high-level life-cycle analysis. Rupert Oliver of Forest Industries Intelligence, who helped brief PE International, explained that one of the benefits of LCA analysis is that it helps...

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For the love of civil engineers – and the Severn Barrage

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19
May

'I love civil engineers' was the surprising declaration from architect John Lyall, speaking at an RIBA panel discussion last night called 'The Olympics: Power Dressing'. It became less surprising when you realised that civil engineers have given him a whole...

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On charm, treehouses and flashy icons

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19
May

If you are currently stuck in your office, wouldn't you rather be - even in the rain - in the AirHotel, as described in The Guardian today? An installation for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, it consists of seven different suspended structures...

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Bah to Bauhaus at the Barbican

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19
May

Brian Sewell, the Evening Standard's splenetic critic, reviewed the Bauhaus exhibitionyesterday and found it 'the perfect blend of the instructive and the entertaining'. He also described the Barbican, where the exhibition was held, as ' London’s most grim accumulation of bleak and brutalist...

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Jolly hockey

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19
May

As a devout hater of sport, I was amazed to find myself (of my own free will) at a hockey match on Saturday. The reason was that it was one of the London Prepares events prior to the Olympics and...

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Depressing view of India

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19
May

There is a very downbeat interview with Indian architect Charles Correa published by AFP, in which the great humanitarian architect bemoans the rapid growth of towers in Indian cities which he describes as 'the kind of cloned building that used to...

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In my very polite opinion

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19
May

Today is the first national Good Manners Day, an attempt to improve the way that we treat each other. So, very politely, I would like to discuss good manners in architecture - if that is OK with you. Most of...

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Learning from errors in a sylvan setting

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19
May

I spent a glorious day on Friday at Hooke Park, the patch of forest in Dorset that was once run by furniture maker John Makepeace as the School for Woodland Industries and is now a teaching facility for the Architectural...

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Flight of the footprint

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19
May

I was recently given a charming document by Edward Cullinan Architects - its annual sustainability report for 2011. It talked abut green projects but also about the practice's own environmental behaviour, detailing, for example, how its own carbon footprint has...

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On women without men

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19
May

It was delightful to see the winners announced of the AJ's Women in Architecture Awards, and to see that they received such a positive reaction. One thing that made the results so good was that none of these women - Zaha...

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BIM, sustainability and hope for the future

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19
May

I was at a fascinating talk at Cullinan's office yesterday about sustainability organisations, at which the main speaker was Gary Newman from the Association of Sustainable Building Products who believes that there should be a very different approach to defining...

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Award Winning Projects

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
11
May

Why do award-winning practices specify the Rooflight Company? From single house schemes such as Paise House designed by Newton Architects, to the National Trust visitors center at Mottisfont Abbey, the Rooflight Company are delighted to have been involved in such...

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