A brief excursion to the moon this week to sniff out energy supply possibilities; back on earth, we limber up for a bit of festive fisticuffs and are aghast at the cost of postage. Meanwhile, Mace takes the biscuit
This week, Ed Balls reminisces about Labour’s ‘zero homes’ policy, a Building columnist faces every public speaker’s worst nightmare, and EC Harris is (temporarily) off the sauce
World Cup fever and a spot of rain hit Doha (but no sign of Zaha Hadid), London’s Emirates Air Line is spurned, structural engineers are deaf to opera, and the FT tries to keep up
Wayne Hemingway shows how to lose friends and alienate people, the Co-op HQ goes green(er), Graham Watts takes to the stage, and Southwark council emphatically denies knocking a hole in Justin Webb’s house
You thought the silly season was in August? Well, this week, a Formula One racing driver performs donuts on top of the Burj Al Arab, Mace’s buildings grow moustaches and one architect creates a cyborg pumpkin
While St Jude brings both a wind turbine and Nick Clegg to a halt, and an Italian architect fills a Shanghai office with bubbles, there’s still time for a moment of quiet reflection in the Staffordshire countryside
This week: mixed reactions to the French going nuclear in Somerset; there are harsh words over a Palace; Berkeley learns to keep its views to itself; plus an update on Google’s plans to rule the world
This week, we bust our guts at Hackney’s Boxing Academy, get our tongues in an acronymic twist, put our foot down on bottoms, and get our rocks off with construction’s finest bands
Digby Jones’ scintillating wit and Boris Johnson’s world-famous joke repertoire both go over the heads of the Chinese, talent gets shoved aside in a government reshuffle and Guildford’s PR exercise goes awry
This week’s unlikely fables include bringing the house down, a fantastic (unbuilt) tower, and a world of fun and laughter (in a bank). But will it be a fairy tale ending for young Nick Boles?
This week, start at the summit of Kilimanjaro, then work your way down to a surreal tea party and Romanian TV. You’ll have reached the bottom when you find yourself at a party conference
There have been an awful lot of speeches this week - some of them more missable than others - but few have understood that the true art of public speaking is to say nothing but to say it very well
We compare chainsaws and sexual athletics, watch architects play with dolls houses, consider implications of the solar death ray incident, and ask the big question - are trained cats the future for the nuclear sector?
A diplomatic spat puts building work on hold and delays to online national planning guidance bemuse eager developers; Lara Croft is bundled into Farringdon - plus, (surely?) the last ever red trousers story
A great feat of Scottish engineering is honoured, Bam does a lot of good work for charity, a US design practice prints a pavilion, and there’s the latest in a long line of hilarious building-shaped confectioneries
The tranquility of summer days is disturbed by a trouser scandal that has rocked the world of architecture, and the Chinese authorities clamping down on self-build - but happily, there’s a boring story to end on
Hansom remembers some of the best industry gossip over the last five decades including a Bovis party in 1975, a parachute-jumping QS and a fervent timeshare pitch
We look at the Building of yesteryear, welcome Anthony Bamford to the Lords, watch George Ferguson defend his red trousers, imagine fisticuffs with Ed Davey, and consider an alternative use for scaffolding
Prepare for a week of the sacred and the profane as we have some interesting times in Heathrow Terminal 2B, think on yesteryear’s architectural wonders, and see the NHF recruit the Archbishop of Canterbury
China’s 883m Sky City tower guarantees residents high living, but it’s more lowly schemes in Greenwich and Millwall that have converted the developers themselves. Plus, a prince is born!
There’s an artificial indoor beach in China, posthumous RICS membership for one of our great scientific minds, some architects ride back into town, and why coming down can be harder than going up