Le Corbusier's Cité Frugès vs Poundbury

Le Corbusier's Cité Frugès vs Poundbury

The most endearing quality of the houses isn't to do with style.  It is the sheltered outdoor spaces, an integral part of the conception of the buildings that enable the residents to engage with the green spaces around them.

Residential Barn Conversions – Permitted Development Clause Q

Residential Barn Conversions – Permitted Development Clause Q

Over the last couple of months I’ve been challenging the most ill-conceived piece of planning legislation that I’ve come across since working as an architect. Permitted Development is a very sensible policy that enables certain development to be carried out without applying for planning permission. It has always been restricted to minor works that would not have a detrimental affect on the appearance of a building or the landscape. It allows people to ...

Long Sutton Passivhauses

Long Sutton Passivhauses

One of the biggest challenges for the wider adaptation of Passivhaus is for it to be adapted by the mass housing market rather than just private individuals for one-off houses. Two major obstacles are the perceived additional cost and the lack of skills in the construction industry.