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Peter Barber Architects’ “intelligent, dynamic and original” McGrath Road named UK’s best affordable housing scheme

October 20, 2021 Nat Barker 0
McGrath Road by Peter Barber Architects

The McGrath Road housing project by Peter Barber Architects in east London has won this year’s RIBA Neave Brown Award for Housing 2021. The brick scheme was given the award, which is presented to the best new affordable housing scheme in the UK by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), at a ceremony last week. “Intelligent, dynamic and original –

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Bartlett seeks director “committed to equality” as Bob Sheil prepares to step down

October 19, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Bartlett by Hawkins\Brown-designed at 22 Gordon Street

The Bartlett School of Architecture has advertised for a new director to replace Bob Shiel and announced it will appoint an external agency to investigate allegations of sexual and racial discrimination raised by former students. The advert, published on the University College London website, calls for candidates that can “demonstrate commitment to the principles of equality,

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Malka Architecture to top French embassy in Vienna with art nouveau-style alcoves

October 19, 2021 James Parkes 0
The roof extension has an organic shape

French studio Malka Architecture has revealed plans to renovate the interior of the French embassy in Vienna and top it with a collection of nature-informed art nouveau-style “light cannons”. The embassy occupies two art nouveau-structures from the early 20th century in Vienna’s city centre. Malka Architecture plans to renovate the interior of both government buildings and

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Dezeen Awards 2021 interiors public vote winners include a floating church by Denizen Works

October 19, 2021 Florence Wright 0
Floating church by Denizen Works

Projects by Mold Architects, Kingston Lafferty Design and 10 other studios have been chosen by Dezeen readers as winners of the Dezeen Awards 2021 public vote in the interiors categories. Other winners include Woods Bagot for its steam-bent timber showroom and Denizen Works for its floating church. A total of 53,400 votes were cast and verified

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Tulip tower by Foster + Partners set to be given go-ahead

October 18, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A render of the Tulip by Foster + Partners has been approved by the City of London planning committee

UK housing secretary Michael Gove is expected to approve the construction of the Tulip tourist attraction designed by Foster + Partners, overruling London mayor Sadiq Khan’s previous decision to refuse planning permission. Gove is preparing to give the controversial 300-metre-high tower by Foster + Partners the go-ahead within the next month according to a report in the Telegraph newspaper.

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Dezeen Awards 2021 architecture public vote winners include Manuel Herz’s pop-up synagogue

October 18, 2021 Florence Wright 0

Projects by George Sinas, VTN Architects and 10 other studios have been chosen by Dezeen readers as winners of the Dezeen Awards 2021 public vote in the architecture categories. Other winners include Manuel Herz Architects for its pop-up synagogue and Atelier–r for its Corten steel sightseeing routes through the ruins of Helfštýn castle. Over 53,000 votes were

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This week we revealed this year’s Stirling Prize winner

October 16, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Kingston University London – Town House

This week on Dezeen, we announced that the Kingston University London – Town House designed by Grafton Architects was the winner of this year’s Stirling Prize. Designed to act as “the university’s front door,” the six-storey building in Kingston Upon Thames features a series of open-plan communal spaces arranged around a statement central staircase and

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Cement and concrete industry publishes roadmap to reach net-zero emissions by 2050

October 15, 2021 Alice Finney 0
Slite cement plant in Gotland, Sweden

Forty leading international cement and concrete manufacturers have published a plan to eliminate carbon emissions from one of the world’s most polluting industries. The commitment has been made by members of the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA). Together, they represent nearly 80 per cent of the industry outside China. Published ahead of next month’s

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Prince Charles announces plans for new town in Kent

October 15, 2021 Jane Englefield 0
South East Faversham

Prince Charles’ private estate has revealed plans for a sustainable, “landscape-led” new town in Faversham, Kent, created in collaboration with architect Ben Pentreath. South East Faversham is a proposed extension to Faversham, a market town in Kent, England, located 48 miles from London. The town will be built on land owned by the Duchy of

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Grimshaw’s “completely OTT” Sustainability Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai caused “significant unnecessary emissions”

October 15, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
Grimshaw Sustainability Pavilion

A sustainable construction consultant has attacked Grimshaw Architects’ Sustainability Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai for having an embodied carbon footprint of almost 18,000 tonnes – a figure that is double the recommended level for a building of its size. Simon Sturgis, a consultant who advises on low-carbon construction, described the building’s carbon footprint as “very

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