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AJ 24.08.23: Neighbourhood

AJ 24.08.23: Neighbourhood


What makes a great neighbourhood? That’s the theme explored in this issue, which features an appraisal of Central Somers Town, a regeneration programme masterplanned by DSDHA. The first parts of the scheme to complete are a stand-out school by Hayhurst & Co and inspiring community facilities by Adam Khan Architects.

Other building studies are devoted to a bold promenade of blocks on Folkestone seafront by ACME, and a 100% affordable community land trust housing scheme by Archio in south London.

In News, we take an in-depth look at the repercussions of Michael Gove’s decision to block the demolition of M&S’s Oxford Street store, and you can read about emerging practice Built Works’ prefab Sussex holiday homes, which can be constructed in just one day.

This month’s Culture feature is a review of Herzog & de Meuron’s Royal Academy exhibition, while in Opinion Kunle Barker argues that practices need to be bolder on diversity and inclusion, and Hana Loftus urges architects to get involved with design codes sooner rather than later.

Also in the issue are our pick of architectural competitions and the AJ Architecture Awards 2023 shortlists, plus regular features Sketchbook, Hellman and the news round-up.