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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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.
Sunday 08 December 2013
Government rejects claim by a new study that small businesses are being sacrificed to big out-of-town developments – in spite of Town Centre First policy
Loughborough teenager 'planned repeat of Columbine massacre by carrying out terror attack on his former school'
Wednesday 02 October 2013
Boy was found to have petrol bombs, air rifles, pistols and armour at his home
Thursday 26 September 2013
Listening to James Blake can feel like being underwater; his waves of electronica swell and retreat, building up and breaking over you, drowning with a thick, wobbling bass and looping, lapping vocals.
Thursday 15 August 2013
New featurettes promise Los Santos will be the most full-realised GTA city yet
Sunday 07 July 2013
First Minister Alex Salmond is left in the rough over ‘Great Dunes of Scotland’ investment
Tuesday 28 May 2013
RSPB and locals will fight to protect marsh used by migratory birds at Dungeness
Saturday 27 April 2013
Why urban planners should just get lost once in a while
Thursday 18 April 2013
Alice Jones' Arts Diary
Monday 25 February 2013
In the eerie silence of an empty nest, parents often pine for the good old days of mounting phone bills, the patter of keyboards and loud music reverberating through the house. Yet as rent prices skyrocket and students are squeezed ever tighter, they should be careful what they wish for.
Wednesday 23 January 2013
Swedish retail giant Ikea has delivered record annual profits, driven by cash-strapped consumers seeking out its flat-pack furniture globally.
Tuesday 27 November 2012
The amount of land that is built on in Britain needs to be expanded by up to a third to tackle the nation’s housing shortage, the new Planning Minister will say tomorrow.
Friday 10 August 2012
S how jumping against the backdrop of the Queen's House at Greenwich, cyclists whizzing out of Hampton Court Palace, marathon runners concluding their labours in the Mall after circling St Paul's and Big Ben and – how could the thought not be greeted with a smile? – the near parody of staging the beach volleyball on Horse Guards Parade.
Wednesday 21 March 2012
Chancellor drives bulldozer through decades of countryside protection
Friday 17 February 2012
Adrian Cave, who has died from cancer, was an immensely creative and fun person to be with. An architect and town planner, he did much work on improving access for the disabled. He was born in Great Bromley, Essex in 1935 and was educated at Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire – a county he came to love deeply. He did his national service with the 1st Singapore Regiment Royal Artillery in Malaya, where he also did parachute training with the SAS. During his leave, always keen on adventure, he walked through the Borneo jungle.
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