The year has not begun well for small developers and self-builders. First, the London Mayor, Sadiq Khan has been forced to backtrack over his small sites policy. The ambition contained in the Draft London Plan was to make smaller, mainly publicly owned sites available to small developers. He wanted...

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Tate St Ives exhibition of one of the pioneers of constructivism, Naum Gabo, brings together sculptures, paintings, drawings, and architectural and public projects. The model for his ‘ideological contribution to Constructivism’ that flanks the De Bijenkorf department store in Rotterdam will be on display for the first time, demonstrating...

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One of the biggest benefits of having a desk in a largish practice, apart from the Jura coffee machine, was the chance to observe architects up close – something I could never do before. I knew of course that architects generally work more than 8 hours a day. But...

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Just how well architects fare in 2020 and beyond will partly depend on their ability to be heard and make the arguments that matter, for example how cities can best flourish including the need to decarbonise buildings. It will also depend on the profession being more willing to invest...

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Trainspotting

December 16, 2019

Rhys Cannon, co-founder of Gruff Architects, wasn’t actively looking for a development site but when a local builder he knew announced he was retiring, the opportunity seemed too good to miss. The site, off a residential street in Lewisham, southeast London, presented a number of challenges – most obviously...

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