The issue features four residential building studies: Bell Phillips’ three housing schemes for Sutton Council; Collective Architecture’s refurbishment of Glasgow’s Cedar Court high rise blocks; Alma-nac’s House Within a House extension in south-east London; and Nithurst Farm on the South Downs by Adam Richards Architects.
PLUS The findings of the first phase of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry; the launch of an architectural trade union to tackle low pay, long hours and discrimination; and Los Angeles practice wHY’s rejigged designs for the Ross Pavilion in Edinburgh.
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AJ 26.03.20: AJ Small Projects
The latest issue features the 20 schemes shortlisted for the AJ Small Projects award. Now in its 25th year, the award celebrates schemes realised for no more than £250,000. This year’s shortlist includes an artist’s studio, exhibition cabinets, beauty-spot shelters and, intriguingly, a bedroom for a ‘thruple’.
PLUS as the coronavirus pandemic takes hold of Britain, an AJ poll shows a widespread shift to home-working but longer-term worries about a business slowdown; we examine the London mayor’s residents’ ballots for estate regeneration, which critics claim have become PR exercises; and we feature the winning designs in a competition to create imaginative seating at London train stations.
AJ 12.03.20: Council housing
The AJ looks at recent housing schemes with studies of two HTA Design infill projects for the Croydon Smaller Sites Programme; two schemes for downsizers in Barking & Dagenham by Peter Barber Architects; and the latest fruits of Doncaster Council’s housing programme, designed by its in-house team. We also examine the resurgence of council house-building.
PLUS designs from the Liverpool’s Forgotten Spaces charrette; the latest from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry as refurbishment architect Studio E takes the stand; and Maria Smith calls for a boycott of the Ministry of Housing’s House of 2030 design competition.
AJ 27.02.20 RetroFirst and the Circular Economy
The AJ focuses on its RetroFirst campaign to prioritise reuse of existing buildings. We meet Maarten Gielen of Belgian circular economy-focused design practice Rotor; and visit Civic Architects’ LocHal library – a converted train depot in the Netherlands. As Historic England backs the campaign’s call to slash VAT on retrofit, we look at the barriers the heritage sector faces to reusing buildings; we talk to four developers about a retrofit project each has been behind; and we have a campaign poster to cut out and display to show your backing for RetroFirst. PLUS Brickfields workspace in east London by Witherford Watson Mann.