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Tower 42 by Richard Seifert (NatWest Tower)

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

Paul Finch

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

Paul Finch

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

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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

Awards presentations need to be as good as the architecture

25-Sep-2014 | By

The skill required to produce a design of any sort can very easily disappear when it comes to the design of presentation boards, writes Paul Finch

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Architects shouldn't be blamed for society's woes

17-Sep-2014 | By

Architects and planners can’t and shouldn’t be blamed for society’s woes, writes Paul Finch

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All architecture is political

10-Sep-2014 | By

Politics are not necessarily architectural, writes Paul Finch

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A government chief architect would work for all political parties

3-Sep-2014 | By

Bryan Jefferson offered wise advice to ministers on subjects ranging from architectural competitions to policy, writes Paul Finch

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Build bridges, not trumpet worn-out stereotypes

27-Feb-2015 | By

Shuttleworth is right to celebrate building services engineers, but why trash architects? asks Hattie Hartman

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Architects must branch out and embrace green infrastructure

27-Feb-2015 | By

The benefits of green infrastructure are propelling it from optional extra to must-have, says Will Hurst

The Shard by Catherine Drea

Ian Martin: 'Let’s renationalise air'

26-Feb-2015 | By ,

The AJ’s columnist Ian Martin has made a stinging attack on the relentless privatisation of London’s air, space and skyline

Tower 42 by Richard Seifert (NatWest Tower)

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

Lee Mallett

Lee Mallett: 'Planning and politics rarely mix happily'

19-Feb-2015 | By Lee Mallett

Ahead of next week’s debate The Politics of Planning, director of Urbik Lee Mallett explains why planning is a ‘minefield for politicians’

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Woodman's appointment is a good move for the Architecture Foundation

18-Feb-2015 | By

With Ellis Woodman at the helm, the Architecture Foundation can be a truly independent voice for London, says Rory Olcayto

Paul Finch

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

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A Mercian Wave

17-Feb-2015 | By

Tamworth is where it’s at, discovers Ian Martin

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Enharmonic Typology

13-Feb-2015 | By

A trip to McDonalds and a new app gives Ian Martin a cheeky idea

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Yet another skirmish in the architectural Style Wars

13-Feb-2015 | By

Luxury goods designers Thom Mayne and Peter Zumthor will make perfect neighbours in Vals, says Rory Olcayto

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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It pays to be open from the onset

11-Feb-2015 | By Mark Klimt

Legalese: Architects need to be able to demonstrate they have no conflicts of interest whatever the procurement route, writes Mark Klimt

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The Auto-Nostalgic Reboot

10-Feb-2015 | By

Ian Martin considers the capital’s newest reboot but first must deal with some troublesome mosaics

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Universities don't exist to create oven-ready students

6-Feb-2015 | By

Practices are claiming architecture schools don’t teach the practical skills. Isn’t that their job? asks Rory Olcayto

Paolizzi artwork at Pimlico Underground Station

Crossrail's designs are cheap, cheerless and potentially vandalous

5-Feb-2015 | By Owen Hatherley

Paolozzi’s murals may be threatened, but the real outrage is the architecture of the Crossrail stations, says Owen Hatherley

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Gem Barton: 'Universities are not in the business of producing faster horses'

5-Feb-2015 | By Gem Barton

There appears to be an underlying opinion that education exists solely as a service to the industry - this is grossly inaccurate, says Gem Barton

Paul Finch

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

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New certification system quantifies health and wellness credentials

2-Feb-2015 | By

The case for including green design credentials within new projects should give architects additional leverage with clients, writes Hattie Hartman

Alvar Aalto\'s competition-winning Säynätsalo Town Hall, Finland

Helping to make the unknowns well known

30-Jan-2015 | By Malcolm Reading

Competitions may be hard work, but they remain a fantastic opportunity for new talent to establish itself, writes Malcolm Reading

Paul Finch

The political parties are at sea on how to solve the housing crisis

30-Jan-2015 | By

Housing policy needs integrated thinking, not ersatz silver bullets, writes Paul Finch