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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Cycle of success

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

There was a great article in the Guardian yesterday by the designers of the Brompton bike, What was so interesting was that fact that willingly admitted their early failings, and that they are still not satisfied with the end product....

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Fishing for compliments

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

Yesterday evening at the Wood Awards ceremony, The Fishing Hut, designed by Niall McLaughlin Architects, won not only its category (private) but also the top prize, the Arnold Laver Gold Award. Yesterday evening at the Wood Awards ceremony, The Fishing...

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Mission impossible

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

I have spent the day looking at architects' websites - a lot of websites. I was trying to distil from them a succinct description of what the practice had been up to in the last year. And what did I...

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Drawing on history and the future

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

Architect Sam Jacob has written a long and thoughtful piece for Metropolis on the 'post-digital age of drawing'. There is quite a lot of fairly difficult theoretical argument in his piece, but the gist is that, sometime after we had...

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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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Will we live densely outside the big city?

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

One of the most interesting pieces I have read recently is Tom Holbrook of 5th Stuido's description in the AJ of his idea for a garden city - a riposte to the suggestions in the Wolfson Prize. If you aren't...

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When you have to love a star

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

Brad Pitt has been at it again. Building that is. And not for himself. Unlike most celebs who may do a bit of mouthing about fashionable causes, he seems to really care - and what he cares about is housing...

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Fifty shades of concrete?

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

Christopher Beanland is a self-confessed (or maybe that should be self-professed - nothing to be ashamed of) lover of Brutalism. Christopher Beanland is a self-confessed (or maybe that should be self-professed - nothing to be ashamed of) lover of Brutalism....

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Change for the better

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

It is a tribute to the talent and imagination of Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano that the Pompidou Centre, their first and only collaboration, still seems so contemporary and even challenging. It is a tribute to the talent and imagination...

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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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The Benefits of Natural Daylight

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
21
Mar

Research commissioned by the Association for the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development at De Montfort University concludes that adequate daylight can be provided through rooflights without creating the risk of solar overheating. With increased recognition of the importance of...

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