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Guangzhou Opera House

Zaha Hadid, the first woman architect to win the Pritzker, dies at 65

Zaha Hadid, renowned for her theoretical work, created designs that were so complex that for the first few decades of her practice, many of her more ambitious projects were never realized, even as she gained a dedicated following among her colleagues. Her completed projects include the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan (2013); Guangzhou Opera House in China (2010); the…

New Palmyra Project

#NEWPALMYRA Rebuilds Ancient Culture with Open Source

#NEWPALMYRA Rebuilds Ancient Culture with Digital Tools, making it an open source project where people can contribute. The idea is to share data, code and art for the past, present and future of Palmyra, as they put it. The project also means that building conservation has reached a whole new level with its philosophy of allowing contributions from the public…

stirling castle

Practical Building Conservation: Stone

Stone is one of the oldest and most versatile building materials. Its use ranges from providing essential support and protection to sophisticated embellishment. There is an enormous ranges of different stones, methods of working and uses, which contributes to our architectural heritage. In the UK, much of the Province’s built heritage is constructed of stone – castles, churches, cathedrals, stately…

UK Government

Government saving more than £1.2 billion by reducing its estate

Government has reduced its estate by the equivalent of 26 Buckingham Palaces, saving more than £1.2 billion since 2010. The latest State of the Estate Report shows that the government’s estate rationalisation strategy is continuing to deliver savings for taxpayers and foster economic growth. The government has reduced the size of its estate by 2 million square metres – the…

building regulations

UK Building Regulations Books you should read as a designer or architect

We’ve put together a list of the most important UK building regulations books in the industry. From historical presentation of Building Control in the United Kingdom and through the final stages of project delivery, these highly informative materials will surely bring value to your investment and organisation. If you are starting your development in London and surroundings, we are most…

New cafe and creative space in Walthamstow: Gnome House

A new cafe and creative space on Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow moved a step closer in February 2014 when planning permission was granted for the Gnome House. Gnome House will be a new community and creative space in Walthamstow, East London, minutes from Blackhorse Road tube. With affordable office and studio space it is due to become a hub for creative…

london architecture

London architecture: the best guide available

Most of the pedestrians in London seem to walk with their eyes fixed firmly on the pavement – perhaps searching for the gold that they hope to find there. But the real treasure of London lies at or above eye-level in the architecture that lines every street, and it is a genuine pleasure to get lost on its historic streets…