With much of the Thames Valley looking like something out of a disaster movie this winter, arguments are raging over whether the Thames Barrier can cope with the consequences of climate change - or whether it’s time to start thinking about building a new one
Sweden’s first ever PPP project is a £1.3bn hospital that is also Europe’s greenest
Few things outrage the driver’s innate sense of entitlement more than not being able to find a car parking space near to home. Yet planners and designers are still grappling to reconcile the need to placate the resident with the desire to minimise the impact of the car
Biodiversity offsetting is the government’s answer to the conundrum of how to speed up development while safeguarding the country’s woodland and other environmental habitats. The idea has come under fire from all sides - but also enjoyed some unexpected support
Boris Johnson’s plan to build an airport from scratch in the Thames Estuary may be no nearer to securing government backing, but it refuses to go away. We look at similar projects from around the world to try to work out if the idea has wings
Seventeen years after the reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Globe, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse completes the vision in dazzling style
Center Parcs’ £250m resort will cater for 4,000 visitors in a forest in the green belt just outside Milton Keynes. So how do you build a self-sufficient small town in the middle of a wood? And get permission to do it?
We pick out the most impressive projects of 2013, from a graceful City tower (that doesn’t melt cars) to the world’s first zero-carbon dairy
When PwC decided to refurbish its unloved central London office, it thought it would be doing well to achieve a BREEAM “excellent” rating. Then it realised it could do rather better than that …
A 19th-century primary school in Dulwich came with the usual set of problems associated with old buildings. To solve them, Edward Cullinan Architects took a pragmatic and piecemeal approach
Caruso St John’s redevelopment of Tate Britain contains no dramatic interventions. Rather, it is a masterclass in creating modern, vibrant spaces within the context of a venerable institution
With its DNA-inspired design concept, BMJ and Ryder Architecture’s £82m Scottish Crime Campus provides compelling evidence that police buildings don’t have to be grim high-security compounds.
Athens’ vast £500m Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre is being crowned with a 10,000m2 ferrocement canopy, designed by Expedition Engineering. Why did the UK practice settled on this unusual choice of material?
At the World Wildlife Fund’s new HQ in Surrey, Willmott Dixon has taken sustainable construction to new levels of rigour, forensically tracking the carbon content of every single element, and even building an FSC-certified workshop on site. So has the result been worth it?
Bjarke Ingels Group Architects’ £34m Danish Maritime Museum has been built entirely underground - in a former dock in Elsinore. The challenge was building underneath the water level without Hamlet’s old castle sinking into oblivion
The Football Association is 150 years old this week and, to celebrate, Building picks out some of the architectural highpoints of English stadiums
As London’s King’s Cross Square opens at last, Ike Ijeh considers the chequered history of the capital’s spaces - and their likely future
With its dazzling state-of-the-art light shows, Foster + Partners’ £125m concert arena on the Clyde could well become the main event itself
Arup’s Sensing City project in New Zealand’s Christchurch
As the EU cracks down on illegally harvested timber, what are the industry’s responsibilities?
The Iceberg - a residential scheme that owes its dramatic profile to the unceasing Scandinavian quest for light
How the 224m-tall Leadenhall Building was constructed in the City without disrupting the neighbours
Lime Tree Primary School, a modular assembly forest school in Greater Manchester, has a sensitive design concept from standardised elements
Mecanoo’s £189m Library of Birmingham is a triumph - once you get inside
A council estate cut in two by a dual carriageway has been reconnected by a community hub spanning the divide
Piped seagull cries. Surf-capable waves. Artificial volcano spewing synthetic lava. If these are your must-haves for a successful summer trip, check out Ike Ijeh’s Handy Holidaymaker’s Guide to Indoor Beaches of the World
Government Soft Landings will apply to all central government projects by 2016 - here’s what you need to know
A year after London hosted the 2012 Games, Ike Ijeh looks at how quickly work is progressing to convert the venues for public use
Great Portland Estates has gone the extra mile to make sure 240 Blackfriars Road will appeal to its demanding occupiers - such as, well, Building Magazine, for example
After years of axed regeneration projects, Hull is finally getting to have a bit of fun with a new pedestrian swing bridge