Design & Build Review: Issue 38

In this issue: How the co-working revolution is driving a transformation in office design, the privatisation of public space, the RIBA's view of the UK election manifestos, the elegant restoration of listed buildings and much more


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Co-working has becoming increasingly common in offices across the world, and that trend is only set to continue. With traditional offices set to become a minority by 2030, we consider how architects can innovate, with help from CL3, the architects behind Bangkok’s Gaysorn II office development.

Outside the office, the public spaces of our cities are not quite what they seem. We investigate how public spaces in the UK and further afield have increasingly been transferred into private hands, and ask what architects can do to challenge the trend.

Continuing in the UK, the general election is almost upon us, and for architects in particular there is much to consider. We hear what the RIBA thinks of the three main UK parties’ manifestos, and how it expects them to impact the industry.

Away from modern concerns, listed building restoration remains an ever-present and unique challenge for many architects. We hear from notable conservation architects about the pitfalls, challenges and best practices.

Looking to the future, the use of 3D models may soon get considerably easier. We consider the project by ETH Zurich to generate complex, intelligent 3D models of the world’s cities using publicly available videos and images.

And if that wasn’t enough, we also look at some of the projects carefully and meaningfully integrating nature into cities, and look at some of the materials, fittings and fixtures to come onto the market in recent months.

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In this Issue

Work, live, play, grow
Co-working spaces aren’t new, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be innovative.  We speak to CL3, the architects behind the Gaysorn II office development in Bangkok, Thailand, to find out what its “work, live, play, grow” concept means in reality
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The Privatisation of Public Space
Since the rise of neoliberalism in the late 1980s, public spaces in the UK and other cities around the world have increasingly been transferred into private hands. What affect does this have on our cities and what can architects do to challenge it? We find out
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The RIBA on the Manifestos
While the manifestos of Britain’s main political parties demonstrate some pretty big ideological differences, distinguishing features aren’t as obvious when it comes to architecture. To help, the RIBA’s president Jane Duncan is on hand to give the body’s opinion on how parties’ policies are likely to affect the architecture industry
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Restoring Elegance
Listed building restorations remain a unique challenge that at times requires an immensely sensitive touch. We speak with conservation architect Sarah Khan, a partner at Roger Mears Architects, and architect Jonathan Clark of Jonathan Clark Architects to discover some of the pitfalls, challenges and best practices of building renewals.
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Models Without Scans
3D city models are increasingly valuable to architects and urban planners, but they remain limited in availability and expensive to acquire. That could change, however, thanks to a project by researchers at ETH Zurich
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Into the Urban Jungle
After decades of concrete-focused design, greenery is once again finding its way into our cities. We look at some of the infrastructure projects that are putting nature at the heart of the urban jungle
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New In
New materials, fixtures and fittings are regularly coming onto the market. We profile some of our favourites from the last few months
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Next issue preview

In the next issue of Design & Build Review, out in August, we’ll be speaking to the pioneering architectural practice taking a nomadic approach to its office space.

We’ll also look at the project to build a dementia-proof home, and consider how prefab housing is growing in use, need and sophistication.

Plus we’ll speak to the winners of London’s Smart Building design competition to find out how intelligent architecture could be used in the future.

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