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AJ 16.12.21: Liverpool

AJ 16.12.21: Liverpool


At the end of 2021 – which AJ Editor Emily Booth writes 'hasn’t been an easy year, but the creativity and resilience of the profession continue to shine through' – we devote a special issue ot focus on Liverpool, featuring building studies on The Lexington by Falconer Chester Hall and The Alder Centre by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Our news features ask if Liverpool can bounce back from a scandal-hit year and investigate housing in Liverpool: ‘We’ve had no strategy for a shrinking city’.

Also in this issue, all the shortlisted entries in our AJ Retrofit Awards 2022, which celebrate design that prolongs and improves the life of buildings as well as all longlisted and shortlisted designs for Pavilion for All, a competition run by the AJ, Argent Related and Barnet Council.

PLUS: Kunle Barker argues we should 'blame the game, not the player – it’s the planning system that’s broken', David Grandorge reports from COP26, Lubaina Himid at Tate Modern, AJ Sketchbook entry from Hamza Shaikh, The Coach, letters, competitions and Louis Hellman's monthly cartoon.