RIBA calls for an end to 'tiny rabbit-hutch-new-builds'

More than half of the new homes being built today are not big enough to meet the needs of the people who buy them, according to new research published today by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Reform the Green Belt to build more homes, urges RIBA

‘End cheapo schools, reform the Green Belt and liberate underperforming English cities’. These are just some of the recommendations set out in a new report from The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Farrell Review 'must not collect dust'

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) says the government must not allow an influential report calling for better design education in local councils to “gather dust on the shelf”, but must take action now.

Online NPPG 'good, but needs improving'

The RIBA and RTPI have both welcomed the publication of revised National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG) on a dedicated website, although RIBA says it would still like to see improvements on housing design guidance.

Architects' survey remains in positive territory

The RIBA’s monthly confidence and workload survey reported a dip in November, although the organisation says the trend is still upward, while fees remain in check thanks to stiff competition.

Carl Turner wins again at RIBA

London-based Carl Tuner Architects, which earlier this year won the RIBA Manser Medal for best new private home, has been named joint winner of another RIBA competition, this time to design housing for the private rental market.

Six shortlisted for new RIBA building

Six architecture practices – five of them London-based – have been shortlisted to design the new administrative headquarters of Britain’s top architecture organisation.

Easily accessible data 'could transform building'

Wider and better use of data could lead to huge improvements in the way our buildings are developed, a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) report suggests – although it adds that the government needs to make sure such data is easily available to all.

Stirling Prize goes to house for first time

A modern holiday home inserted into the crumbling walls of a moated castle in Warwickshire has won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2013 for the best building of the year- the first time that either a house or a conservation project has won the prize.

Survey shows architects remain positive

A key survey which aims to record architect’s confidence in future prospects dipped slightly in August, but still remains in positive territory, continuing a trend that has been going on all this year.

Slip House wins second RIBA prize

The Slip House in Brixton by Carl Turner Architects has been shortlisted for a second RIBA prize.

Manser shortlist unveiled

A new build properly sited in the garden of a derelict house in Brixton is among five projects to have made it to the shortlist for this year’s RIBA Manser Medal for the best new house.

Minimum space standards under consultation

Minimum space standards could be reintroduced to England again under a government consultation launched today which also seeks to reduce drastically the number of housing standards local authorities can apply from over 100 to fewer than 10.

RIBA calls for design adviser

The government needs to appoint a chief built environment design adviser answerable to a Cabinet Office minister who can work across departments if it is serious about promoting good design in building, RIBA is claiming.

Housing at the heart of Stirling Prize shortlist

RIBA has shortlisted six buildings for its annual Stirling Prize, and for the first time in the awards history, the shortlist is made up entirely of projects from outside London.

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2017-03-29 10:31

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2017-03-21 09:31

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