Life and Style Only 3.4 per cent of the Solihull area is covered by housing

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?

ARCHITECTURE LECTURES

The RIBA Architecture Centre/Independent programme of public lectures on architecture in service of the public realm continues this autumn. Future subjects for discussion are the relocation of the ICA from the Mall to a bridge across the River Thames and a long-term strategy for the Thames itself. There will be a fresh programme of lectures next spring.

RIBA/INDEPENDENT ARCHITECTURE LECTURES

The RIBA Architecture Centre/Independent programme of public lectures on architecture in service of the public realm continues this autumn. Future subjects for discussion are how good new architecture can regenerate forgotten areas of the city, the relocation of the ICA from the Mall to a bridge across the River Thames, and a long-term strategy for the Thames itself.

The campaign to rebuild Euston Arch is not nostalgia, Jonathan Glancey argues. It would right a great wrong and symbolise a new railway era

The destruction of the Euston Arch in 1962 was a cathartic event. It signalled the wholesale redevelopment of central London (and other cities) with crass, fast-buck, shoe-box architecture that, pretending to be Modern, was simply greed tricked up in sky-high monuments of concrete and steel.

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Built for the people - so tell the people

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LETTER: Degradation of the Thames

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LETTER: Small rewards for architects

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Sir Edwin Lutyens's fluent drawings run the full gamut, from monumental projects to cosy, intimate spaces

PROPERTY IDEAL HOMES

FRANCIS DUFFY Outgoing president of the Royal Institute of British Architects Lives with his wife and three daughters in a terraced house in Islington, north London

Urban bliss, rural hell

The Easter weekend is once more upon us and everyone will be heading for the country. Well, not quite everyone. Matthew Brace meets city folk who loathe our green and pleasant landscape

Ideas beyond the nuclear station

We should also consider the oil platforms and the superstores

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