Design & Build Review: Issue 27

In this issue: Co-living as a model for future urban housing, the battle for London's skyline, when imitation becomes copying, involving psychology in design and much more


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In this issue, we're looking to the future, and asking whether an emerging housing model known as co-living could become a common type of urban residential project. Plus, we look further afield to architecture beyond Earth to discover what role architects will play in designing for outer space.

We also turn our attention to London, asking whether the UK's capital has lost control of its skyline, or whether the recent rejection of Renzo Piano's Paddington project shows all is well.

Before she died, Zaha Hadid made some scathing remarks about similarities between her Tokyo stadium design and the chosen project by Kengo Kuma. We investigate the complicated world of architectural plagiarism to ask when imitation becomes simply copying.

There was a time when architects and psychologists worked closely to produce spaces that improve the well-being of their occupants, but that is now rarely the case. In a fascinating interview with psychologist and environmental sociologist Dr Dörte Martens, we find out how returning to an interdisciplinary approach could help design.

Plus, we look at how steel has been creatively used to transform an office entrance, profile the work of a promising architecture graduate and consider the life and work of Sir James Stirling through some of his most high-profile designs. There's also a look at some of the latest materials, fixtures and fittings to come onto the market.

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In this issue

The Future of Urban Housing
Co-living, apartment blocks that fit somewhere between the privacy of private renting and the mod cons of hotels, are emerging as an attractive alternative for millennials fighting stunted property markets. We investigate the co-living concept.
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Has London Lost Control of its Skyline?
With more than 400 tall buildings planned for the UK capital, questions are being raised about the city's transforming silhouette. How London can strike the right balance between taking advantage of high-rise developments and conserving its iconic skyline?
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The Sincerest Form of Flattery
Following the late Dame Zaha Hadid's criticism of "similarities" between her proposal for the Tokyo National Stadium and the Kengo Kuma's successful design, we investigate the line between copying and imitation in architecture.
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A Design for Life
With 21st century design and liveability challenges growing, should architects be paying more attention to psychologists? We hear from Dr Dörte Martens to discover how a return to interdisciplinary methods and collaboration could do a world of good for the built environment.
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Designing for Space
As we are able to get to space more frequently and for cheaper, the next step is to build habitats that let us stay longer. We speak to Ondrej Doule, contributor to the book Space Architecture, about what we're doing, and need to do, to build our future space homes.
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Steel the Entrance
Steel isn't a material normally renowned for its elegance, but a project by Italian metalwork experts Marzorati Ronchetti for Bogle Architects shows just how sophisticated the material can appear. We look at how it has transformed the entrance of 140 Fenchurch Street, London.
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A Career in Buildings: James Stirling
British architect Sir James Stirling was one of the most important 20th century architects in the UK, for his pioneering brutalist designs. But despite receiving considerable acclaim, he also courted much controversy. Here we chart his career through some of his most high-profile projects.
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Future Greats
Each month we look at the portfolio of a particularly promising architecture student or recent graduate. This time we look at the work of a 2015 graduate of South Africa's University of the Witwatersrand M. Arch programme.
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New In
New materials, fixtures and fittings are always being announced. Here we look at some of the latest products to come onto the market.
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Next issue preview

In the June issue of Design & Build Review, we'll consider plans by MVRDV and Tramhaus to "reinvent affordable living in the suburbs", asking if the project is revolutionary or simply derivative.

Plus we look at the divisive 'renovation' of Spain's Matrera Castle, and ask how Britain's EU referendum is impacting on the country's construction industry.

There's also a look at the pioneering outdoor structures showcased at this year's Chelsea Flower Show, as well as a consideration of the latest architectural tools shaping the field's future.

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