The dangers of living on jelly

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19
Sep

The awful things seem to keep on happening, and the Mexican earthquake is just the latest. How is it that, even with earthquake codes and drills, people keep dying? It was ironic that this happened during an earthquake drill on...

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Mondrian in the suburbs

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
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). A between the wars house that the owner...

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Placement Matters

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Posted 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...

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The Benefit of Experience – Roof Window Considerations

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
14
Jun

There are more roof window manufacturers than ever in the UK today. Below are some of the key considerations you should be thinking about when specifying a roof window. U-Values Manufacturers must be able to declare a whole unit (Uw)...

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Gehry puts his finger on…the wrong target

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

Media appearances are usually so sanitised, with big-name architects acting almost like film stars, that it is fascinating to watch when somebody like Frank Gehry loses his cool. ArchDaily reports an exchange with Frank Gehry at a press conference in...

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Grant makes good

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

I have found myself spending quite a bit of time over the past few months on the website of Grant Erskine. I have found myself spending quite a bit of time over the past few months on the website of...

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Stirling, Lubetkin and Singapore

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

There is always something nice about confounding expectations, and presumably, a few lucky punters cleaned up when Astley Castle, unexpectedly, won the Stirling Prize. It is, by all accounts, a superb project and in a sense relatively democratic, since anybody...

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Still a place for the word and reading? Most definitely

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

I chaired a great discussion at BDP's offices on Thursday evening, on the subject 'In the image-driven world of architecture, is there still a place for the word?' The answer, to mine and most people's resounding relief, was 'yes'. It...

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Antarctic proves a great school for design

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

Last week's AJ published my review of the Halley Research Station in the Antarctic, a curious piece to write, not least because I haven't been there. Normally the rule when writing a building review is that you have to visit to...

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Stay at home and trim the fat

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

There are many interesting aspects to the new building for the WWF in Woking, designed by Hopkins Architects and aiming for BREEAM Outstanding, and most of them relate to the emboded energy. Atelier Ten has combined a number of techniques to...

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Why disasters are less disastrous today

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

The worst of the storm is over, and for most it was quite exciting rather than life threatening. Obviously for the few people who died it was a tragedy, but these small tragedies happen all the time with road accidents...

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Long live the straight line

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

On Monday I was at the Building Centre for the judging of the IBP Awards. The judging was in the basement, which is now pretty hard to get too, because the front staircase has been shut. You have to go...

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A lot of cool air?

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

I hadn't heard of SheerWind until they started following me on Twitter. They offer, they say, a 'better way to harvest wind'. Their technology, which seems to be to do with accelerating wind down a tube, and using the Venturi effect before...

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Talking architecture in Singapore

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

This year's World Architecture Festival is heading towards its conclusion in Singapore, with the announcement of the World Building of the Year due in a few hours' time. It is a truly international event, with delegates from 68 countries and...

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Why nature is not just nice but necessary

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

Fine autumn days are a great time to get outside and enjoy the natural world, walking or running or maybe just looking around at changing colours. We all enjoy being in nature, but recent research by mental health charity MIND indicates that...

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Remembering the ever-youthful Rick Mather

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

It was sad to see on the AJ website today that the architect Rick Mather had died. Sad because one never likes anybody to die, sadder because he had done and was still doing some excellent work. And somehow even sadder because,...

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Small is not beautiful – when it comes to homes

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

In the latest blast in its campaign to see more spacious and lighter homes, the RIBA has issued the results of a poll by IPSOS Mori showing that natural light and space are the most important consideration in our homes....

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Shanghai is bund to get better

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

Yesterday on the AJ's Footprint eco blog, architect Rab Bennetts reported from Shanghai. His reason for going was to visit the nascent Ecobuild. For which he deserves my respect - I couldn't even face the trek to Excel, let alone halfway...

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Space really is the final frontier

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

There is a fascinating and only slightly belated obituary in the New York Times of an architect called Danforth W Toan. He was, apparently, one of the first to think about designing for space, coming up with simulations of the way that...

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It’s time to ask for help

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

As we approach the end of the financial year, it seems a good time to talk about business matters. Running a practice is difficult , especially a small one, or even as a sole practitioner - the way that many...

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Should the UK learn to be more like Denmark?

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

There is a fascinating nugget buried in the AJ's story about the go-ahead for BIG's waste incineration plant. One might argue that the whole story is fascinating. A celebration of a waste plant? With a ski slope on top? It looks...

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Canada house and Tokyo Ito in the pink

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

I was amused to see that the top news story on the AJ's newsletter this morning was about plans to revamp Canada House in London. The building is certainly prominent, sitting on Trafalgar Square, and it will be a great opportunity...

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Good housing should be robust enough to cope with alteration

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

How many people - how many architects? - live in Georgian or Victorian houses? Plenty. Many of those houses are in conservation ares, and some are even listed. But even the listed ones will have been altered prior to achieving...

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Don’t be afraid of the obvious

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

I had lunch with an accountant today (and I bought him lunch, even if it was only a Costa sandwich). We were talking about what architects need to know when they were setting up their own practices. Although he was...

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Plumbing the shallows of Twitter

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

One of the ways that you may have come to read this story is because I have tweeted it. I wouldn't say I have a love-hate relationship with Twitter - more a blowing hot and cold one. Rather like those...

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