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Heneghan Peng’s new Department of Architecture and Landscape for the University of Greenwich will host 14 roof gardens, including ponds, teaching spaces, beehives and even a couple of vineyards
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The historic but neglected Victorian factory buildings at Cromford Mill in Derbyshire were overdue a refurb. But decontaminating the timber from chemicals used in industrial dyeing proved a test of modern ingenuity
Could fundamental changes to the cladding industry be the key to providing cost-effective, high-quality private rental accommodation?
The new Part L Building Regulations come into force in April and while they may not be as rigorous as some would like, the emphasis on fabric efficiency will still put pressure on housebuilders
A 19th-century primary school in Dulwich came with the usual set of problems associated with old buildings. To solve them, Edward Cullinan Architects took a pragmatic and piecemeal approach
Athens’ vast £500m Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre is being crowned with a 10,000m2 ferrocement canopy, designed by Expedition Engineering. Why did the UK practice settled on this unusual choice of material?
Birmingham New Street station is being transformed by a curving steel cladding system, but attaching such an instantly iconic facade to an existing frame has thrown up a variety of structural challenges
Nobody has yet come up with a convincing way to solve the housing crisis, and now the problem has got so big we need a plan on a national scale to tackle it
As the EU cracks down on illegally harvested timber, what are the industry’s responsibilities?
There is more to a low-carbon window choice than whether you opt for double or triple glazing
Stride Treglown Architects needed a ventilation solution for a covered courtyard and it found one in a new type of raised access floor
Debenhams’ Oxford Street store is ready to come out of the shadows with an innovative cladding concept
Architect 5plus breathes new life into Trafford Town Hall
Is it possible to increase daylight without raising costs and lowering energy efficiency?
An affordable co-ownership scheme made of straw is proving highly energy efficient
MRI scanners weigh up to 7 tonnes each. So adding an X-ray and scanning suite to the top of a Victorian hospital in a west London conservation area required some creative thinking
According to a Dutch idea, older people need on-site restaurants, bars, village squares and beauty parlours. Is the UK is ready for a revolution in care home design?
With schools responsible for 50% of local authority carbon emissions, Matt Fulford looks at how simple measures can produce big savings
Glass may have been about for thousands of years but in future its applications will extend well beyond glazing. Here are some innovative uses to look out for
Building looks at a relatively new movement using green roofs to plant our food
Northern Ireland has taken decisive action to reduce carbon-monoxide related deaths by making alarms that detect the gas compulsory
Manufacturers offer a range of off-site solutions to suit projects of every size, from the modular building complexes at Hinkley nuclear power station to luxury bespoke panels featuring gold-printed wool
There’s lots to learn this week about the new products for schools and universities, from hard landscaping for a primary school to Portakabin modules and floor screed
This week, cladding systems are bolstered by heavy duty bonding for natural stone and a windproof membrane, and given a makeover with translucent panels and a traditional red brick finish
By combining big data and VR, architects can significantly improve design
HMRC must lift its block on French and Italians in the UK transferring their pension pots tax free, or risk losing the benefits their professional expertise brings to construction
Smart technologies could allow us to turn cities such as London into more healthy and less frustrating places to live. One Asian state has an app for that
Cost-benefit analysis of the impact of the natural environment on people could be used to plan the proposed wave of garden villages
Let’s remain open-minded about the architectural quality modular construction can deliver
The Autumn Statement recognised the importance of safety in our prisons, but we need a bigger commitment to overhauling the spaces for prisoners and prison officers
Suprisingly councils tend to be better at discussing ideas with architects at the briefing stage than commercial developers, why is that?
Brexit and Trump’s election victory are just the start, western democracies will have to rethink their policies and how they serve ordinary people
A recent report found architects receive poor satisfaction ratings from contractors, which comes from a failure to treat contractors like an end-user client