Sunday01 March 2015


50 sustainability stars 2015

50 sustainability stars 2015: Great expectations

27 February 2015

On the eve of this year’s Ecobuild event, Building asks the cream of construction’s young sustainability talent how they think this government has done on the environment - and what they’re hoping for from the next one

Torch skyscraper in Dubai

Image of the week: Torch building fire

27 Feb 15

Hundreds evacuated from Torch skyscraper in Dubai after fire broke out across higher storeys

Steve Gee 5

Steve Gee: The contender

20 Feb 15 | By Sarah Richardson

Not content with being the boss of QS John Rowan, Steve Gee is standing as Liberal Democrat candidate for his local constituency of Epsom and Ewell. Building is joining him on the campaign trail

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Victorian terrace

Behind the hype: Sustainable new homes

26 Feb 15

New research is casting further doubt on long-held claims that a new-build property is necessarily cheaper to run than a refurbished Victorian home


Architecture: The diversity problem

13 Feb 15

An architectural education will last seven years and leave you with debts in excess of £50,000. So is it becoming a pastime exclusively for the rich?

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Natalie Bennett

Online poll: Green party housing policy

26 Feb 15

Does the Green party’s housing policy have any credibility after its leader Natalie Bennett’s ‘excruciating’ interview on LBC? Vote here

Julie Hirigoyen

The shape of things to come

26 Feb 15

We can’t predict the future, but we can detect certain trends. Here are four that will fundamentally change the way we live

Richard Steer 2014

Housing: A pre-election blame game

25 Feb 15

As politicians struggle to explain how they will address the housing shortage they inevitably start to criticise housebuilders and their business models

Richard McCarthy

Finding true North

26 Feb 15

For the northern powerhouse to narrow the economic divide with the South, dynamic planning and investment on governance and transport will be needed from the get-go

Neil Dower

Procurement has to be reformed

25 Feb 15

Failed frameworks are just one symptom of a system that’s not working - we need the next government to act urgently

Helen Gough

The future of 'Super Cities'

24 Feb 15

London has been identified as one of four ‘Super Cities’ that can boast a concentration of real estate investment

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Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Wonders & blunders with Gill Parker

12 Sep 14

London resident Gill Parker thrills to the Sackler Gallery’s contemporary spirit but is less than charmed by a sixties housing estate that has ghettoised its residents

Florey building, Oxford

Wonders and blunders with Nicola Rutt

13 Jun 14

Nicola Rutt finds Oxford University’s Florey Building ‘brave and beautiful’, but thinks more recent student accommodation, Unite’s post-Olympic Stratford development, is ‘overbearing’ and ‘confused’

Pimlico wonder

Wonders and blunders with Andrew Henriques

3 Jun 14

Andrew Henriques believes that his old school in Pimlico, designed by John Bancroft in the sixties, was a shining example of brutalist architecture. While its replacement is a lesson in ticking boxes

Natalie Bennett

Online poll: Green party housing policy

26 Feb 15

Does the Green party’s housing policy have any credibility after its leader Natalie Bennett’s ‘excruciating’ interview on LBC? Vote here


Steve Edge

Interview: Steve Edge

5 Feb 15

Six years ago designer Steve Edge was advocating corporate rebranding as a way of surviving the recession. Now that the market place is hotting up again, he thinks firms should be even more aware about their image

Stef Stefanou

Interview: Stef Stefanou

16 Jan 15

The former John Doyle chairman unpicks the events that led to the firm’s closure in 2012, and reveals how the industry exposed a darker side in his hour of need

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Joey Gardiner

Are greens good for you?

27 Feb 15

Those promoting sustainability have to get better at putting the case that investing in green construction can boost growth

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