Is small beautiful or another trap?

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19
May

I am in two minds about the latest attempt by the city of Seattle in Washington State, USA, to tackle homelessness. I am in two minds about the latest attempt by the city of Seattle in Washington State, USA, to...

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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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Bah humbug for the Garden Bridge?

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19
May

Bah humbug for the Garden Bridge? It’s nearly Christmas and we should all be feeling positive about things. Right? Well, not where the garden bridge is concerned it seems. On Facebook, Dusty Gedge, the moving spirit behind green roofs, joins...

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I told you I was cold

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

For a couple of years I went to Singapore to run the news website of the World Architecture Festival. The work was interesting if demanding, the company was congenial and I knew plenty of people. But I was unhappy. Why?...

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What hope for women?

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

Zaha Hadid, arguably the world's most visible female architect, may have been on Desert Island Discs last week, but for less tall poppies the news isn't great. Zaha Hadid, arguably the world's most visible female architect, may have been on...

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Poundbury – the gift that keeps giving

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

There was a time when the architectural world became really incensed about Poundbury - about its backward-looking aesthetic, and its sheer irrelevance to the issues of today. It was Prince Charles' vision of how small towns 'should' be - and...

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On charm, treehouses and flashy icons

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
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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Time to share on the street

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

This charming sign was posted by the administrator of Wandsworth Living Streets, the organisation dedicated to improving street health and safety in my London borough. It is a valuable reminder that fancy terms such as 'shared surfaces' are actually just...

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Building schools for the past

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

What a bittersweet triumph the success of Burntwood School at this year's Stirling Prize was. What a bittersweet triumph the success of Burntwood School at this year's Stirling Prize was. As Paul Monaghan of AHMM acknowledged, it couldn't be built...

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The age of uncertainty

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

Many of the practices in this year's AJ100 reported a downturn in orders in the last few months due to uncertainty about the EU referendum. Clients didn't know which way it would go, and what the impact would be. Now...

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Benefits of Natural Light and Ventilation

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19
May

Benefits of Natural Light and Ventilation "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." World Health Organisation Do you ever think about how much time you spend indoors...

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Hot under the collar about city planning

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

We tend to talk about things like the urban heat island as issues of comfort and cost, but in Australia the urban heat island has become a life-or-death consideration. As Melbourne's paper The Age, reports, in the heatwave that the...

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London shows it is not a Mediterranean city

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

London, and other cities, have made great advances in the design of public space, as the 10th anniversary exhibition at the NLA 'Public London' demonstrates. London, and other cities, have made great advances in the design of public space, as...

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Different memories for different people

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

Names are so evocative, but evocative in different ways for different people. Catherine Slessor, former editor of The Architectural Review, said on Twitter recently 'When I hear the phrase 'new Covent Garden' I reach for my revolver. Suspect I'm not...

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Wood Awards give Lord of the Rings the elbow

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

On Tuesday afternoon we did the shortlisting for this year's Wood Awards, in which we whittled (get it?) around 200 entries down to a list of 20 to be visited and further appraised. There were lots of great entries, 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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Skyscrapers and Self expression

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19
May

Do you love or hate Will Self? I bet if you have read any of his writing you won't be indifferent. I'm not indifferent but I can't quite make up my mind. I both love his writing and hate his...

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It’s a little early for Christmas stockings…

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

...but I wonder how many will be getting one of these? ...but I wonder how many will be getting one of these? I am a little mystified by the fashion for adult colouring books, but they same to be hugely...

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Architecture from the road

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

As a dedicated pedestrian I consider architecture as something to be savoured from street level and at walking pace. Then you can enjoy the details, peer in the windows or, if it is boring and bland, wonder just how long...

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Death to the mission statement

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

I wouldn't usually recommend that you read something in which the first paragraph is mind-numbingly dull, but you should make an exception for Maria Smith's latest column for RIBA Journal. (You can see her in the image below, shamelessly nicked...

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Bah to Bauhaus at the Barbican

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
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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The lightness of being Frei Otto

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

Being an architectural journalist is scarcely like being in a war zone or an old-fashioned doorstepping reporter. But occasionally one does have to intrude in people's lives, and when one does it can be uncomfortable Being an architectural journalist is...

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A most unusual listed building

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19
May

This morning I visited a most unusual listed building, although 'building' is stretching a point. I went to the deep shelter tunnels that lie underneath Clapham South Underground station, one of seven built on the Northern Line during World War...

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Making a drama out of architecture

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

It's always fun to see architecture featuring in a drama and new televison series New Blood really makes a meal of it. Its second case, featuring a young policeman and his pal who works for the Serious Fraud Office, involves...

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The unkindest cut

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

 How much should a roof be able to withstand? Rain, wind, a few birds landing, a bit of debris – of course. But a Stanley knife? That really is beyond the call of duty, especially if you are talking about a flat-roof membrane....

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