Mobility matters: community ideals for a feudal society
Aug08

Mobility matters: community ideals for a feudal society

Basic choice is being undermined. Not only is our choice of transport mode being proscribed, but whether we should actually make the journey in the first place is being questioned.

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Roadblock lockdown
Jul07

Roadblock lockdown

At the time of planning LTNs, councils had little or no evidence of the economic impact. How could they? There was no data available to base any decisions on.

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Biennale, tree finale
Jun09

Biennale, tree finale

Designers who think they should “educate” the public are sorely mistaken. Designers must meet the public as active participants.

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Croydon in Crisis
Mar18

Croydon in Crisis

Croydon’s £120million bail-out for its development cock-up is the largest financial settlement for a local authority in UK history. Such an exceptional settlement means that services will close

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Prisoners of Cladding
Feb06

Prisoners of Cladding

One of the unintended consequences of the Grenfell tragedy is the threat of penury or bankruptcy for leaseholders at the other end of the country.

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Getting one over Parr
Jul31

Getting one over Parr

Martin Parr may not be your very British cup-of-tea but he surely doesn’t deserve to be the subject of a campaign that has led to his abject apology and resignation.

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Book Bites: Philosophy of Architecture by Illies & Ray
Jul25

Book Bites: Philosophy of Architecture by Illies & Ray

A useful toolkit of architectural philosophy, focusing on ethics and aesthetics and taking a neutral stance… acting as a series of clarifications and questions rather than ready-made answers.

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Risk and the construction industry
May13

Risk and the construction industry

Understandably, Health and Safety has been a major concern for workers, unions and health and safety organisations for many years. However, in the age of coronavirus there is a growing perception that all jobs must be “safe”.

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Working Practices: East v West
Apr16

Working Practices: East v West

The efficiency drive in China means that architects and construction workers have to work very hard to meet deadlines and it is very difficult to keep a work-life balance. In the west, this is often all architects talk about.

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The RIBA Plan of Work
Mar01

The RIBA Plan of Work

… has been a useful guide in steering the profession to provide clear, accurate and timely advice. The new version is more driven by external political events, rather than the independent practical concerns of the profession.

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