The latest AJ features two cultural buildings: Glenn Howells’ new home for English National Ballet in London’s Docklands; and Stephenson Studio’s Oglesby Centre rehearsal facility for Manchester’s Hallé orchestra.
PLUS We investigate how architecture students are coping with the coronavirus shutdown; Feilden Fowles wins its biggest project to date – an entrance hall for York’s National Railway Museum; and we launch our new Sketchbook feature with drawings by Alan Dunlop.
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AJ 23.11.23: Retrofit
November’s AJ is devoted to retrofit, and demonstrates a growing commitment to work positively with the buildings that are already around us. We present four building appraisals, including Caruso St John and Bovenbouw Architecture’s rework of a 1960s Belgian insurance HQ.
Back in the UK, we discover how [Y/N] Studio has repaired and extended a terrace of workspaces Hackney; visit TDO Architecture’s courtyard development that employs reuse and retrofit alongside new build to realise office spaces for the post-Covid era; and see how Hugh Broughton Architects converted a derelict church into a community and business incubator hub.
In news, you can read a review of Thomas Heatherwick’s Modernism-bashing book Humanise (cartoonist Hellman also presents his take), and we explore how Canary Wharf is evolving away from the corporate monoculture of its 1980s birth and being reinvigorated by retrofit.
Also in the issue are opinion pieces by Toko Andrews and Anna Beckett; David Grandorge on Lacaton & Vassal in Culture; the competitions roundup; and this month’s sketches are by Diana Chirescu.
AJ 19.10.23: Power Out of Restriction
Power Out of Restriction (POoR) is part of a wider ecology of collectives and grassroots groups doing things differently. POoR has already made an important impact on the profession as a burgeoning, socially-minded organisation focused on getting young people’s voices heard. They know that young people hold great power and creativity, despite so often being marginalised or restricted – and that out of this restriction can emerge viewpoints and approaches that we should all pay heed to.
In POoR's AJ takeover issue they platform emerging built environment practitioners, shine a spotlight on initiatives such as the forward-thinking People’s Pavilion by Beyond The Box, and provide examples of some of the latest youth-focused buildings in the UK.
They also look at the importance of mentoring with POoR's mentor Neil Onions, current changemakers in the architecture profession and the hottest grassroots organisations. In news, they set about demystifying the term co-design, the newest piece of architectural jargon on the block.
This special issue features contributions from Nana Biamah-Ofosu, Shamiso Oneka, RESOLVE Collective, Hamza Shaikh and Xcessive Aesthetics, among many others.
AJ 21.09.23: Student Prize
Community and sustainability are the prevailing themes of this year’s AJ Student Prize, and all 100+ entries are showcased in AJ’s annual student special issue. This is a cohort acutely aware of the challenges facing the world, and determined to come up with their own solutions to the most testing issues of our times.
Also in this issue are the sobering findings of our latest race and diversity survey, which reveals how people of diverse ethnic heritage face barriers at every stage of their careers, and explores how the profession can become more inclusive. We also spotlight alternative practice pioneers Zean Mair-Macfarlane and Bushra Mohamed.
More than a year since a damning report uncovered decades of ‘serious misconduct’ at the Bartlett, we ask whether the celebrated architecture school is now safe for students. In Culture, the AJ reports from the European Architecture Students Assembly in Sheffield.
Other features in this jam-packed issue include the RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist (and the AJ’s verdict); columns by the AJ Coach and David Grandorge; sketchbook by Freedah Rehan; our monthly competitions round-up; and Hellman’s cartoon on the RAAC crisis.
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