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This studio for a Japanese design agency in London’s Old Street makes a virtue of being an assemblage of different components
Has the climate emergency tipped the balance in favour of upgrading rather than demolishing the UK’s ageing tower blocks? Ella Jessel reports
Foster + Partners, Grimshaw and Heatherwick Studios are among the latest names to throw their weight behind the AJ RetroFirst campaign
The space has a stripped-back aesthetic, highlighting historical features reminiscent of the building’s previous use as a school
The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone
Robert Adam looks at recent studies and publications that make the case for reusing and upgrading existing buildings, rather than demolishing and replacing
The RIBA, UK Green Building Council and TCPA among the latest signatories to come on board
Amid the escalating climate crisis, Will Hurst introduces the AJ’s campaign to prioritise retrofitting existing buildings over demolition and rebuild
With construction gobbling up resources at a phenomenal rate, retrofitting existing buildings needs to become the default option, writes Emily Booth
In this special retrofit issue we launch our new RetroFirst campaign championing reuse in the built environment. We also announce the winners of the AJ Retrofit Awards 2019 covering 18 different categories; as well as building studies of two retrofit projects: Orms’ conversion of council offices into a hotel in Camden, north London; and Flower Michelin Architects’ Shingle House renovation and extension of a seaside ...
If the construction industry listened more to residents, buildings could be repurposed holistically so that they better suited local communities, says Emily Booth