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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?

Comment: studying architecture

Architecture offers a heady mix of art, science and work-based learning says Sunand Prasad, the President of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

What's on: London Festival of Architecture

The London Festival of Architecture runs until 20 July at various locations around the capital. Here are some of the highlights.

Top architects tell all: The best advice at a tiny price

This summer Britain's top architects are offering their expertise for next to nothing – in aid of charity. Ben Naylor asks them to share their top tips, golden rules and tricks of the trade

Head space: Architect Jamie Fobert

Jamie Fobert is one of architecture's bright sparks, and boasts Givenchy and Antony Gormley among his clients. He talks to Rob Sharp about his philosophy and his current projects

Letters: Carbon offsetting

Carbon offsetting can help save the planet, and it is doing it

Letters: British architects

Scandal of UK architects with no practical or technical training

Eco-homes: There will be floods

As sea levels rise, will we still dream of homes by the coast? Adharanand Finn visits a bold new eco-home designed to rise above such concerns. Literally...

Seeing the light: Inside Britain's first eco-school

Britain's dilapidated schools are being rebuilt and a vision of modern education is unfolding

Grand Designs: Why Kevin has designs on changing our landscape

Britain's top homebuilding show is getting a subtle makeover to refresh its ten-year format. Ciar Byrne meets its presenter

Diary Of An Eco-Builder

Is a house green if the people who live in it squander resources and burn fossil fuel?

Zero tolerance

It has private funding, an on-site power plant and even electric cars, but Bill Dunster's latest eco-friendly project has been resoundingly rejected by local residents. So is the target of high-density, low-energy housing attainable? Will Hurst reports
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