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Simon Aldous’s take on the big architectural stories of the week: Hawkins\Brown makes redundancies • IM Pei dies aged 102 • Council architect numbers continue to fall • Japanese housebuilder teams up with Urban Splash • Prince Andrew enters the architecture fray
The practice has created high-density housing at low-rise scale with this residential scheme in Manchester’s Castlefield, writes Fran Williams. Photography Pawel Paniczko
To meet its ambitious targets will require a huge retrofit programme, but the city has always embraced innovation and progress, says Emily Booth
The embarrassing spasms of the Extinction Rebellion brigade are a reminder that zealots are the last people you should rely on when what you need is analysis, diagnosis and prognosis, writes Paul Finch