With debate still raging over the 230 towers lined up to make the London skyline look more like Hong Kong’s, Ike Ijeh looks at whether tall buildings can ever be sustainable
After years of decline, council house building looks set to enjoy something of a resurgence. But can the new generation of council homes avoid the stigmas of the past?
With the critical shortage of school places likely to be a hot political topic in the run-up to the general election, Ike Ijeh reports on a growing trend for housebuilders to build the schools themselves
Scientists are working hard to make the built environment principally reliant on renewable energy. But with only 10% of their ideas leading to commercial application, a Swansea-based innovation centre aims to turn theory into practice
Sheppard Robson’s Bristol Life Sciences building comprises a sober street facade that apes Georgian townhouse vernacular; and a dramatic, industrial laboratory elevation that ripples like a giant metallic wave
Much of the site of this year’s British pavilion in Milan will evoke the spirit of British landscapes. But its crowning achievement will be a gigantic recreation of a beehive
When finally completed last autumn, New York’s One World Trade Center clocked in at a total expense of £2.5bn, making it not only the most expensive skyscraper of all time, but also costing eight times its original budget. But is it the most over budget project ever to be built?
Software used in the gaming industry is being integrated within a BIM platform to give enhanced architectural visualisation - offering designers a mind-bending simulation capacity
Building takes a look back at the completed projects that impressed in 2014
Two more completed projects that impressed in 2014 - the British Museum and Heathrow’s T2
Adjoining a 17th-century Lancastrian farmhouse, Paul Archer Design’s curved-glass pavilion is both strikingly modern and a discreet addition to the landscape
The completion of the £2.4bn One World Trader Center is a milestone in the painstaking redevelopment of the former Ground Zero site in New York. But with two towers and Santiago Calatrava’s vast station still under construction, there’s plenty of work yet to be done.
Refurbishment projects are infamous for their unforeseen difficulties - like the 100 bodies that had to be dug out of the ground before work could begin on the renovation of Magdalen College Library
BIM isn’t normally seen as a design tool but increasingly it can influence what a building looks like. We explore the possibilities and dangers of BIM-inspired architecture
Chosen as a Building ‘blunder’ more times than any other building, Sea Containers House has undergone an extensive salvage operation by TP Bennett. So, how successful is it?
Continuing our Halloween tribute to the most gruesome building designs around the globe, here’s the third of our three part mini-series
SOM’s JTI building in Geneva uses a revolutionary facade that optimises daylight and transparency while meeting tight Swiss regulatory requirements
A pioneering scheme in Norfolk shows how care homes can be adapted to the complex needs of people with dementia
Hounslow’s £150m school rebuilding programme aims to give children under Heathrow’s flight path quieter classrooms and better ventilation
Before the Royal National Lifeboat Institute could begin construction on its All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole Harbour, Dorset, it first had to find a way to manage the flood risk of its quayside location
It isn’t so much the Singapore National Stadium’s vast steel dome that sets it apart, as the pioneering cooling system that might just come to the rescue of the 2022 Qatar World Cup
Faced with the task of adding an extra 11 storeys to its structure, the engineering team working on London’s South Bank Tower have found a way to extend its height without additional foundations or a dramatic redesign
The Cheesegrater does more than any other skyscraper to open itself up to the public, but it’s shame it merely adds to the chaos of London’s skyline
The Broadwater Farm Inclusive Campus accommodates on one site both special educational needs and mainstream schooling and is the culmination of a radical programme of inner-city renewal
Lime pozzolan concrete’s environmental and flexibility advantages could make it a revolutionary replacement to conventional concrete types. But the foundations of this ‘new’ material can actually be traced back to ancient history
Airports have become air-conditioned nightmares beset by security checks and endless queues. But some designers, intent on reviving the Golden Age of Aviation, have let their imaginations fly. Building looks at five of the newest terminals
The groves of academe have been buzzing with debate about Zaha Hadid’s Softbridge project, now on site at St Anthony’s college, Oxford. But for Bam’s engineering team constructing its cylindrical form in a desperately constrained site was an education in itself
From radical warehouse conversions to art deco elderly care, this year’s Housing Design Awards show an industry emerging from the recession with a spring in its step and unafraid to experiment
RSHP’s World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre at the British Museum strives both to harmonise with its neoclassical context and set itself in contrast to it. But does it succeed?
One Brighton, the UK’s largest private car-free development, was built as a model for sustainable living. Now, five years on, Ike Ijeh visits to ask whether it has lived up to its green promises