Architecture as activism is the thread that runs through the February edition of the AJ. We feature three examples of simple projects on modest budgets that have made a substantial impact: a skate bowl in Devon by IDK; North West Design Collective and Baxendale’s refurbishment of a Preston charity building; and a community centre by Leeds Beckett Project Office.
You can also read building studies of central London’s tallest mass timber office structure, designed by Waugh Thistelton, and Nest House, built with Studio Bark’s open-source timber flatpack system.
Our news feature this month focuses on some of the projects funded by architect-led charity Footwork, including the mass retrofit of listed homes in Yorkshire and a learning centre for refugees in east London.
In Culture, we meet the seven women behind the 1:100 Architecture Podcast to discuss their experiences as architecture graduates and women of colour, and review an exhibition of work by not-for-profit design and research practice Material Cultures.
Also in this issue you can find the AJ Retrofit Awards 2023 shortlists; columns by Kunle Barker, Dan Anderson and David Grandorge; Sketchbook by Katy Marks; and Hellman’s take on the row over Herzog & de Meuron’s Liverpool Street plans.