Sunday19 April 2015


Hansom: Reasons to be cheerful

17 Apr 15

Happiness has broken out on the UK’s building sites, it seems (are they putting something in the tea?). Plus, tall towers, oversized sculptures, fantasy drama and Iain Duncan Smith. Happy?

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Hansom: Digging deep

10 April 2015

This week sees an industry mired in conflict and charity, as a warrior against the Garden Bridge takes a break, Tory donors swell Cameron’s war chest, Osborne does a good deed, and Costain enters the Dragons’ Den


Hansom: The weird and wonderful

2 Apr 15

Things take a turn for the strange this week. The Serpentine’s summer pavilion dabbles in psychedelia, a national memorial centre is shaped like a Spitfire, and Boris Johnson can be found tunnelling underneath London


Hansom: The young ones

27 Mar 15

This week, how watching telly can inspire the next generation of construction workers; northern youth marches south; an octogenarian architect is unstoppable; and the chancellor contemplates a career change

Hansom at Mipim

Hansom: Party poopers

20 Mar 15

Mipim was as varied as a pack of liquorice allsorts this year with delegates from far-flung corners of the world such as Dagenham imbuing the fair with fun-filled exoticism - all the more puzzling that some failed to show


Hansom: Virtual realities

13 Mar 15

Exploring alternative planes of existence, there’s Alastair Campbell at Ecobuild, Mipim by bike, bat warnings, and building structures in a 3D procedurally generated world. More mundanely, there’s stamps and Lego

hansom for i pad

Hansom: No brainers

6 Mar 15

Lots of bright ideas this week: a skyscraper made of wood, relocating parliament to Hull, prolonging Euston Station’s life and a lycra-testing cycle ride to Cannes. Plus, we learn that the Walkie Talkie can whistle too


Hansom: It's a size thing

27 Feb 15

News from contracting’s big beasts, an estate agent’s imaginative reworking of geography, Washington is taken down a peg or two (as is a former RIBA president) - plus, it’s true, our readers really are getting younger


Hansom: Grey matter

20 Feb 15

Those whose sexual preferences lean towards concrete will be excited by this week’s offerings - the rest of us will have to make do with more cerebral ruminations on the intersection between life, art and fog


Hansom: Going underground

13 Feb 15

Good news for fans of transport infrastructure - this week’s tattle has plenty to get your motor running, including tube line cycleways, haunted rail stations, and a bid to bring beauty to Britain’s roads. Yes, roads


Hansom: The wheat from the chaff

6 Feb 15

Baking infiltrates Building this week as a former Great British Bake Off contestant quizzes the Federation of Master Builders construction panel, and a Buckinghamshire brickmaker wins over a Japanese bakery


Hansom: No double-speak here

30 Jan 15

No (more) news at Balfour Beatty, no one dislikes Boris, and buying yourself a railway line to run around your mansion isn’t an insane overindulgence. Plus, the Scottish health secretary sets a bad example


Hansom: At your leisure

23 Jan 15

Visit parliament, nuke the Welsh, or kick back on the London Eye with a can of Coca-ColaTM. But don’t expect to visit the Garden Bridge with more than seven chums. Plus, can you understand what our architectural writer is saying?


Hansom: From the horse's mouth

16 Jan 15

Real estate investors do battle for Knightsbridge barracks, architects clear their diaries for an exhibition dedicated to working with clients, and Redrow makes a late Bafta entry for best psychological thriller


Hansom: Good Dogma! Sit!

9 Jan 15

Worked out your ideological resolutions? There’s a row about ‘-isms’ across the pond, Prince Charles ingratiates himself with architects (as usual), and some old bricks get a new lease of life. Plus, the New Year’s Honours

Hansom at Christmas

Hansom: The Presents under the tree

19 Dec 14

Hello, children … Were you naughty or nice this year? Let me rummage in my sack and produce some Lego, a load of bikes, a massive train set, and a bottle of whisky. Plus, finally, a policy document that makes sense


Hansom: The pre-xmas phrasebook

12 Dec 14

We get into the yuletide spirit with a pantomime, office Christmas parties, festive jumpers, medieval warriors in the fictional land of Westeros, and an ancient kiwi battle dance. Ho ho ho!


Hansom: The vanishing

5 Dec 14

This week, everything’s disappearing - BBC Television Centre is poised for part-demolition, Rafael Viñoly drops off the radar, a housing minister fails to materialise, and we relive a £1bn fortune going down the tube


Hansom: Hit and miss

28 Nov 14

A former England cricket captain trades in his knee pads for the world of property management, Paddington Bear braves a makeover from Zaha Hadid, and Santa is given the big heave ho-ho-ho


Hansom: Losing my religion

21 Nov 14

Atkins and Network Rail endure a marriage of inconvenience, architects splash out on the Guggenheim Helsinki, Canadians pray for Canary Wharf, and all hell breaks loose on the UK’s roads. Plus, Zaha vs Japan


Hansom: All Atwitter

14 Nov 14

This week, barely containable excitement at Canary Wharf as the Qataris try to buy up the whole show, things are going nuts at the Cheesegrater, BIM is top trump, and Sir John Soane’s classical Rome is a corker

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