It isn’t hard to find an architect who will tell you that vast swathes of the British urban landscape are ugly, grey and unappealing – nor would you struggle to find people who agreed with them. But could it be that the look and the layout of our cities is actually bad for our health?
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High and mighty: A major new exhibition will show how UK architects changed post-war building design around the world
Sunday 29 December 2013
The show will include coverage of recent projects such as Lord Foster's Reichstag building in Berlin and Lord Rogers' work on Madrid-Barajas Airport
We need a Jamie Oliver of architecture to save us from uninspiring design says Living Architecture founder Alain de Botton
Monday 23 December 2013
We get what we deserve when it comes to the uninspiring buildings devoid of design in which many of us live and work, according to a panel member of the first government-commissioned review into architecture in more than a decade.
The conversation: Grammy-award winning singer Angélique Kidjo on African resilience, her own made-up language and dining with Vampire Weekend
Saturday 21 December 2013
"Growing up, if I didn’t understand the language, I’d make my own"
Tuesday 17 December 2013
The London-based design collective which has stuck two fingers up at the modernists will call it quits at Venice
Thursday 26 September 2013
Royal Institute of British Architects commends 'exceptional' redesign of ancient monument, which is now a holiday home
Tuesday 20 August 2013
The living space in new homes has fallen by more than one-third since the 1920s
Friday 02 August 2013
Another award? Another honour?
Architect Zaha Hadid accused of 'destruction' of Beijing old town with futuristic swirling shopping centre Galaxy Soho
Thursday 01 August 2013
A Chinese heritage group has accused the architect Zaha Hadid of “destroying” Beijing’s old town after a futuristic new development created by her practice was honoured with a top award by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
Thursday 18 July 2013
The shortlist for the Stirling Prize is admirable, says Jay Merrick – it’s just a shame that designers of excellent but ordinary buildings are ignored
Thursday 30 May 2013
Managing director quits amid investigation into alleged failure to pay staff and creditors
Sunday 31 March 2013
These letters appear in the Monday 1st April edition of The Independent
Wednesday 13 February 2013
Britain's airport heritage has been sadly neglected, says Chris Beanland, but in New York mid-century gems have been rescued for future generations
Friday 23 November 2012
Government stands firm on prison votes
Friday 26 October 2012
300,000 extra homes could be built in the UK every year without an extra penny of Government spending or debt, claims new report
Friday 26 October 2012
The UK needs a threefold increase in the number of new homes to help end the “blight” of poor housing, a report has concluded.
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
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Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
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