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Paul Finch

DCMS gave up caring for architecture years ago

27-Mar-2015 | By

Last week Culture kissed goodbye to the mother of the arts, writes Paul Finch

Paul Finch

The Americans have got it right when honouring architects

18-Mar-2015 | By

Acknowledging individual architectural excellence would enhance the profession, says Paul Finch

Paul Finch

The media needs to look to architects, rather than speculate with the news

11-Mar-2015 | By

Predicting the future is an architectural condition, writes Paul Finch

Francis Maude

Step forward Francis Maude

4-Mar-2015 | By

What UK housing needs now is a politician who can get a grip on the crisis, writes Paul Finch

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English Heritage is sometimes its own worst enemy

24-Feb-2015 | By

Why has so little post-war office architecture been listed? wonders Paul Finch

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The ARB can't be scrapped soon enough

17-Feb-2015 | By

Architects and their status are undermined by the absurd registration board, says Paul Finch

Paul Finch

'Oven-ready' students are the last thing the profession needs

12-Feb-2015 | By

The mysterious world of architectural qualification may be about to become clearer, writes Paul Finch

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Lack of political will is holding back housebuilding

4-Feb-2015 | By

A real housing policy has to cover land, design, delivery and finance, writes Paul Finch

London lessons: four outstanding schemes in the capital

17-Dec-2014 | By

Four schemes in the capital stood out for quality in 2014, writes Paul Finch

Is the government finally taking housing seriously?

11-Dec-2014 | By

This government housing trial could be the start of something big, writes Paul Finch

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Architects are shaped by the inside story of their lives

3-Dec-2014 | By

Architects’ legacies are a combination of personal memories and built history, writes Paul Finch

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Local planning authorities need to be pro-active, or we can expect the worst

27-Nov-2014 | By

‘Untrammelled’ development can only happen where a local authority has no plan for accommodating housing need, writes Paul Finch

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Place making needs to be a continuous process

19-Nov-2014 | By

Not a fix in time, writes Paul Finch

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Beauty may be in the eye of the gas-holder

12-Nov-2014 | By

Could pylons be regarded as art? Or the gas-holders now being gleefully demolished? asks Paul Finch

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Do political parties have the will to develop architecture policies in time for the election?

6-Nov-2014 | By

If Ed Vaizey wants to make himself a target, he can march up and down Whitehall telling departments they’re not up to snuff, writes Paul Finch

Frank Gehry is probably right about quality

29-Oct-2014 | By

we need to have good ground rules, writes Paul Finch

Sydney

It is time to revive the useful concept of ‘vesting’

22-Oct-2014 | By

We need a body that can draw everything together - and in particular get a grip on land and site assembly, writes Paul Finch

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The character of a city is more powerful than its buildings

16-Oct-2014 | By

Sydney might have to think about the odd protected view of the magnificent Opera House, writes Paul Finch

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WAF explores positive alternatives to an endless built sprawl

8-Oct-2014 | By

Can you get density and open space without endless towers? The answer is yes, writes Paul Finch

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The art of city-making is not about conforming to regulations

1-Oct-2014 | By

The beauty of a successful masterplan is that its merits cannot be destroyed by bad buildings, writes Paul Finch

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The North, still born-again

27-Mar-2015 | By

MONDAY Wow. All the architectural wisdom ever generated in the entire history of the world, distilled into a single tweet. I’m about to post it, then realise how dangerous that would actually be. Imagine. It would completely blow too many minds. The consequences would be - are - incalculable. I delete the tweet and squint into middle distance. A piano plays something elegiac.

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Architecture Tomorrow showcases real projects that will get built

27-Mar-2015 | By

Architecture Tomorrow doesn’t predict the future of the built environment, it is the future of the built environment, says Rory Olcayto

Paul Finch

DCMS gave up caring for architecture years ago

27-Mar-2015 | By

Last week Culture kissed goodbye to the mother of the arts, writes Paul Finch

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Glimpse tomorrow's London at this year's Green Sky Thinking Week

26-Mar-2015 | By

This year’s Green Sky Thinking programme is stronger than ever, says Hattie Hartman

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Small Projects: the crits, the quality and the hidden fox

25-Mar-2015 | By

What makes the Small Project crits so special? Maybe it’s the high standard of work on show, says Rory Olcayto

Reinier de Graaf

OMA chief: 'We were serious, but the Nine Elms contest wasn't'

23-Mar-2015 | By Reinier de Graaf

OMA partner Reinier de Graaf on why he thinks the Nine Elms bridge competition is a wasteful exercise in political lobbying

Paul Finch

The Americans have got it right when honouring architects

18-Mar-2015 | By

Acknowledging individual architectural excellence would enhance the profession, says Paul Finch

rory

Spatial thinkers needed for the digital and physical overlap

18-Mar-2015 | By

The interface between digital and real is where the most exciting design opportunities are happening, says Rory Olcayto

ianmartin

The only way is morals

18-Mar-2015 | By

Ian Martin manages to avoid the gangsters and dickheads in Cannes, but finds his ethics tested back home

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MIPIM: Warts and all

18-Mar-2015 | By Anonymous Architect

Our anonymous MIPIM insider unpicks the infamous property fair in Cannes and sets out why architects are not getting the best out of it

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The unspeakable in pursuit of the unseeable

16-Mar-2015 | By

Ian Martin is thinking again about pay-per-view architecture, but discovers he’s not the only one

Roger Hawkins of Hawkins\Brown

Building great schools

13-Mar-2015 | By Roger Hawkins

This week the AJ, in partnership with Hawkins\Brown, launches a campaign to put design quality right at the heart of the debate on school provision. Roger Hawkins explains why we need an action plan

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Few can argue against good school design

13-Mar-2015 | By

Whether you can measure the benefits or not, well-designed schools are simple common sense, says Rory Olcayto

Legalease

Proper planning and strong leadership will avoid playground spat

11-Mar-2015 | By Mark Klimt

Legalese: School commissions carry a heightened risk, not least because the client body is likely to be disparate and divided in its views, writes Mark Klimt

Paul Finch

The media needs to look to architects, rather than speculate with the news

11-Mar-2015 | By

Predicting the future is an architectural condition, writes Paul Finch

ianmartin

If it ain’t broke, amend it

9-Mar-2015 | By

Gadgets can be fun until the free trial ends, discovers Ian Martin

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Google's news finally gives workplace architecture the recognition it deserves

9-Mar-2015 | By

Google’s exciting choice of designers for its HQ shows how architecture is being used to woo talent, says Rory Olcayto

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Are London’s towers sustainable?

6-Mar-2015 | By Chris Twinn

Towers are difficult to justify environmentally, socially or economically, so why keep building them? asks Chris Twinn

Owen Hatherley

Train station seediness has been replaced by stark similarities

4-Mar-2015 | By Owen Hatherley

The areas around stations in London and Berlin are united by a new International Style of bland architecture, says Owen Hatherley

Francis Maude

Step forward Francis Maude

4-Mar-2015 | By

What UK housing needs now is a politician who can get a grip on the crisis, writes Paul Finch