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AJ 15.12.22: Revisit

AJ 15.12.22: Revisit


In the final issue of 2022 we revisit four projects to see what the passage of time reveals about the durability of their original design.

FAT’s first built project was The Blue House in east London. Twenty years on, former director Sean Griffiths has remodelled it and added a rooftop extension – part of the original design concept but denied planning at the time.

Just five years ago dRMM won the Stirling Prize for Hastings Pier with much praise for how the scheme had united the local community. But has its success been compromised by unforeseen events?

We also revisit an ‘MMC exemplar’ housing scheme in London completed by Cartwright Pickard in 1999, and an office for the BRE, built 30 years ago and recently retrofitted by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.

In News, we exclusively publish the results of a salary survey and ask whether architecture is still a financially viable career choice amidst the cost of living crisis. This month’s Culture feature is a review of a photography exhibition documenting the decommissioning of a nuclear power station.

Plus, there’s the monthly competitions roundup; columns by Kunle Barker, David Grandorge and