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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

Sydney

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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Attacks on the green belt are sinister in their implications

27-Aug-2014 | By

Never forget that it was only the prompt action of concerned citizens that saved Hampstead Heath from spec housing, writes Paul Finch

A lesson from history - the untold Eden project scandal

15-Aug-2014 | By

Paul Finch reads a riveting account of how a Cornish David beat the Establishment Goliath

Don't blame Tesco for the state of our high streets

31-Jul-2014 | By

Councils attacking Tesco over high streets should try looking in the mirror, writes Paul Finch

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Paul Finch remembers the 'masterly' Richard MacCormac

31-Jul-2014 | By

‘Masterly’ MacCormac was a man of ideas and principles, says Paul Finch

Rick Mather

Architecture is about optimism and possibility, not endless belly-aching

23-Jul-2014 | By

Thinking about the future of Heathrow without planes is a welcome indication that orthodoxy can be challenged, writes Paul Finch

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Planning services have declined in quality – despite the increase in fees and charges

17-Jul-2014 | By

Planning is ever more complicated, writes Paul Finch

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Building all over the green belt is indefensible

10-Jul-2014 | By

When so much of London lies empty, writes Paul Finch

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Institutions take risks if they forget what they were created for

2-Jul-2014 | By

As with the constitutional monarchy, I continue to support the RIBA, despite its current malaise, writes Paul Finch

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Architecture Tomorrow is your chance to show people who want to build what you can do

24-Jun-2014 | By

This is a show aimed at clients, rather than other architects. It is an unashamed showcase for practices to strut their stuff, writes Paul Finch

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The AF has plenty of opportunities to help shape the world’s greatest city

20-Jun-2014 | By

The Architecture Foundation’s new director, Simon Allford, is not someone who will have taken on this role with the intention of doing nothing, writes Paul Finch

Tatti

This Biennale should be attended by all architecture students

11-Jun-2014 | By

The Central Pavilion, if nothing else, is not to be missed, writes Paul Finch

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Question: What’s scarier than a mega-bling iconic landmark designed by Frank Gehry?

31-Oct-2014 | By

Answer: a mega-bling iconic landmark not designed by Frank Gehry, says Rory Olcayto (ha ha)

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Join us at the Royal College of Physicians for the second AJ Footprint Live conference

30-Oct-2014 | By

The AJ’s second annual Footprint Live conference, will take place on November 20 at the Royal College of Physicians, writes Hattie Hartman

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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The government is now consulting on UK housing standards

27-Oct-2014 | By Geoff Wilkinson

The Regs: Geoff Wilkinson explains current proposals for changes to regulations on space standards and security

IanMartin

Three Cheers For The Dalek Clusterfuck

24-Oct-2014 | By

Ian Martin redesigns Victorian England for television

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Big Mac or heritage pork?

24-Oct-2014 | By

They’re the two flavours of architecture today, says Rory Olcayto

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

Legalease

Three clauses in appointments documents often give rise to heated debate

20-Oct-2014 | By Mark Klimt

Legalese: The right to withdraw consent to the use of architect’s drawings is probably a better weapon in theory than in it is practice, writes Mark Klimt

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Yipster gentrification

17-Oct-2014 | By

Ian Martin proposes a regeneration scheme for Hartlepool via a process of ‘gamification’

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Profession and public are united in their condemnation of Viñoly's Walkie Talkie

17-Oct-2014 | By

But, while the Walkie Talkie is nearly full, the Cheesegrater struggles to find tenants, says Rory Olcayto

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And the winner is … well it depends

16-Oct-2014 | By

Awards, awards, awards… What’s the point? asks Rory Olcayto

Sydney

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

IanMartin

Park and ride to the OccuPop

10-Oct-2014 | By

Ian Martin puts clear yellow water between the Tories and the Lib Dems

LSE

The greening of the Stirling

10-Oct-2014 | By

Over the past two decades the Stirling Prize has slowly begun to recognise sustainability, writes Hattie Hartman

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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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It is harder to gain planning for the interesting than for the mediocre

6-Oct-2014 | By Robert Adam

Planning portal: The ‘no ideas please, we’re British’ problem is not specific to garden cities, writes Peter Stewart

ianmartin

How to deliver an oligarchitecturalopolis

3-Oct-2014 | By

Ian Martin resigns his post as honorary chair of the Buildings That Look Like Penises Appreciation Society

Highline

We need more transport infrastructure and fewer High Lines

3-Oct-2014 | By

To revive our towns and cities we need more transport infrastructure and fewer High Lines, says Rory Olcayto

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The Brutalism vogue ignores the movement’s ethical aspect

1-Oct-2014 | By Owen Hatherley

Brutalism’s revival is happening when its social ideas are more needed than ever, says Owen Hatherley

rogers

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