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May 10 2012

Ashley Roberts: Moving on from Global Site Plans and The Grid

May 10th, 2012Posted by 

When the opportunity arose six months ago to blog for Global Site Plans, I jumped at the chance. At the time I had recently finished a Diploma in Architecture at a University in the United Kingdom and was brimming with enthusiasm and ideas about the world of architecture, but was desperately struggling to find a […]

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April 26 2012

Designing for the Disabled in the United Kingdom

April 26th, 2012Posted by 

It is almost guaranteed that at some point every Architect across the United Kingdom has despaired at them. Building regulations regarding the access to and use of buildings, otherwise known as Approved Document M are more often than not, at the least, a minor annoyance, if not a full blown architectural headache. With a continuous […]

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April 12 2012

How Important is the Internet to Architecture and Architects?

April 12th, 2012Posted by 

It is pretty well acknowledged that the Internet has changed the world, with easy, universal access to information and instant communication across the planet. But how has it impacted the daily life of an architect? Has it changed the way they work? And is the full potential of the Internet being utilised? Habits are changing. […]

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March 27 2012

Architecture or Art in Nottingham, United Kingdom: Chicken or The Egg?

March 27th, 2012Posted by 

Modern art finally has a place to call home in Nottingham, United Kingdom. Opened in November 2009, Nottingham Contemporary, designed by architects Caruso St John has proved to be very popular; attracting just under 300,000 visitors through the doors in its first year. But what is it that visitors actually go to visit? Do they […]

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March 13 2012

Ecobuild 2012 Conference: London, United Kingdom

March 13th, 2012Posted by 

Are you interested in sustainability, but not sure where to get the latest information, sample products, and meet like-minded people? The upcoming Ecobuild conference in London, United Kingdom could be just the event for you. Ecobuild is, put simply, the place to go to update your environmental expertise and put yourself ahead of the competition […]

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February 28 2012

Is the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Doing Anything to Get People Back to Work?

February 28th, 2012Posted by 

Times are hard. There are very few places in the world unaffected by the economic downturn. And nowhere has this impact been felt more harshly than the construction industry, which has left a generation of architecture graduates trapped in limbo, struggling to get a foothold in the industry. In the United Kingdom the Royal Institute […]

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February 14 2012

Liverpool, England and the Destruction of Grace: Scaring its Own World Heritage Site

February 14th, 2012Posted by 

Something very strange is happening in Liverpool, England. In a remarkable piece of urban planning one of the most recognisable areas of the city has been changed forever by one piece of modern design. Is this beneficial to Liverpool, or has this attempt at contemporary architecture within a historically sensitive setting ruined a section of […]

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January 31 2012

Make Good or Get Rid. Time to Get Tough with Regeneration?

January 31st, 2012Posted by 

Brownfield sites prime for building. Derelict architecture crying out to be regenerated. Both are common sites up and down the United Kingdom, but why? With a long standing housing shortage only predicted to get worse, what are we doing to utilise these potentially valuable resources? The value of the land on which they sit is […]

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January 17 2012

Wind Turbines: Could Design Make Them More Appealing?

January 17th, 2012Posted by 

With the United Kingdom committed to producing 20% of its electricity from renewable sources by the year 2020, there seems to be an acceptance within the general public that sustainability has become a key issue in everyday life. But with around 50% of planning applications for new wind farms rejected in 2010, is the country […]

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January 03 2012

The Code for Sustainable Homes in the United Kingdom: A Review

January 3rd, 2012Posted by 

The Code for Sustainable Homes is an environmental impact rating used in the United Kingdom to raise standards of house design. Essentially a tick box exercise, new developments are scored against a series of criteria, with the total points gained determining their rating, from the low scoring Level 1 to ‘zero-carbon’ Level 6. Since 2010, […]

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December 20 2011

Building Schools for the Future (BSF): Case Study of an Inner-City Academy in the United Kingdom

December 20th, 2011Posted by 

When the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) initiative was introduced by the United Kingdom’s Labour government in 2004, it sounded like a very good idea. The basic principle of the £55 billion scheme was to rebuild every secondary school in England. Architects, engineers and urban planners were rubbing their hands with glee. BSF was […]

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December 06 2011

Architectural Education in the United Kingdom: Is it Worth it?

December 6th, 2011Posted by 

How much was your architectural education worth? And how much did it cost you? £5,000, £18,000, £45,000? As Universities across the United Kingdom increase their own valuation they are at risk of putting off a generation of talented, but ultimately poor students. What are the options and what are the necessities? Put simply, in order […]

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November 22 2011

The Big Society: A Call for the Return of Co-operative Housing?

November 22nd, 2011Posted by 

In the run up to the 2010 general election, “The Big Society” constituted a key part of the Conservative party manifesto, aiming to “create a climate that empowers local people and communities,” largely through asking them to volunteer in local initiatives. In truth, “The Big Society” initiative was met with a great deal of apathy. […]

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November 08 2011

Learning from the Liverpool One Development: Nottingham, Take Note

November 8th, 2011Posted by 

Nottingham is stagnating. Retail growth has stalled, along with Westfield’s promise of a shiny new Broadmarsh shopping centre. The city has proved its potential as a linear city time and again, with the many shops along Clumber Street and Bridelsmith Gate benefiting from one of the highest footfall figures in Europe, but the Broadmarsh is […]

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