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Robin Hood Gardens in Poplar

Architects are in the thick of it

Architects are at the heart of the housing debate. Here’s a few examples, says Rory Olcayto


We can't please everyone, all the time

Clients can be hard to please. So can awards panels. And the public. Nobody said architecture was easy, says Rory Olcayto


Be confident Historic England and admit you got it wrong on Robin Hood Gardens

23-Jun-2015 | By

Seven years ago Historic England’s predecessor took a populist rather than an expert line over the listing of the east London estate, argues Will Hurst


Will Hurst: 'RIBA winners still delight despite climate of austerity'

18-Jun-2015 | By

This year’s winning schemes have overcome severe budgetary constraints through ingenuity and close co-operation with clients


Architects need to be energy fluent to get the best from engineers

Last week’s debate on energy literacy at Bristol’s Architecture Centre revealed conflicting views between academics and practitioners. Hattie Hartman reports


Savvy practices will benefit through academic partnerships

Last week’s SCHOSA conference highlighted the vast amount of research funding available to those who partner with universities or industry, says Hattie Hartman

Hellman #170

Hellman files #170

24-Jun-2015 | By Louis Hellman

A trawl through Hellman’s archives, in which we uncover gems that are as relevant now as they were then

Owen Hatherley

What happened to the social conscience of architecture?

5-Jun-2015 | By Owen Hatherley

Ten houses in Toxteth show how architects can go beyond ‘serving the rich’, do their duty on dereliction and help wider society, says Owen Hatherley


There goes the victimhood

26-Jun-2015 | By

Ian Martin insists his conscience is socially clean


Letting your intentions be known

17-Jun-2015 | By Mark Klimt

Legalese: A letter of intent needs to be handled with the level of care appropriate to a full appointment, says Mark Klimt

Bridge the Gap

Awash with changes to water-efficiency requirements

10-Jun-2015 | By Geoff Wilkinson

Geoff Wilkinson sets out the key changes to water use requirements (Part G) brought about by the government’s Housing Standards Review