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Ashley Roberts

Ashley Roberts: Moving on from Global Site Plans and The Grid

by Ashley Roberts

When the opportunity arose six months ago to blog for Global Site Plans, I jumped at the chance. At the time I had recently finished a Diploma in Architecture at a University in the United Kingdom and was brimming with e... Read article

Designing for the Disabled in the United Kingdom

by Ashley Roberts

It is almost guaranteed that at some point every Architect across the United Kingdom has despaired at them. Building regulations regarding the access to and use of buildings, otherwise known as Approved Document M are mo... Read article

How Important is the Internet to Architecture and Architects?

by Ashley Roberts

It is pretty well acknowledged that the Internet has changed the world, with easy, universal access to information and instant communication across the planet. But how has it impacted the daily life of an architect? ... Read article

Architecture or Art in Nottingham, United Kingdom: Chicken or The Egg?

by Ashley Roberts

Modern art finally has a place to call home in Nottingham, United Kingdom. Opened in November 2009, Nottingham Contemporary, designed by architects Caruso St John has proved to be very popular; attracting just under 30... Read article

Ecobuild 2012 Conference: London, United Kingdom

by Ashley Roberts

Are you interested in sustainability, but not sure where to get the latest information, sample products, and meet like-minded people? The upcoming Ecobuild conference in London, United Kingdom could be just the eve... Read article

Is the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Doing Anything to Get People Back to Work?

by Ashley Roberts

Times are hard. There are very few places in the world unaffected by the economic downturn. And nowhere has this impact been felt more harshly than the construction industry, which has left a generation of architec... Read article

Liverpool, England and the Destruction of Grace: Scaring its Own World Heritage Site

by Ashley Roberts

Something very strange is happening in Liverpool, England. In a remarkable piece of urban planning one of the most recognisable areas of the city has been changed forever by one piece of modern design. Is this benefi... Read article

Make Good or Get Rid. Time to Get Tough with Regeneration?

by Ashley Roberts

Brownfield sites prime for building. Derelict architecture crying out to be regenerated. Both are common sites up and down the United Kingdom, but why? With a long standing housing shortage only predicted to get wo... Read article

Wind Turbines: Could Design Make Them More Appealing?

by Ashley Roberts

With the United Kingdom committed to producing 20% of its electricity from renewable sources by the year 2020, there seems to be an acceptance within the general public that sustainability has become a key issue in... Read article

The Code for Sustainable Homes in the United Kingdom: A Review

by Ashley Roberts

The Code for Sustainable Homes is an environmental impact rating used in the United Kingdom to raise standards of house design. Essentially a tick box exercise, new developments are scored against a series of criteria,... Read article

Building Schools for the Future (BSF): Case Study of an Inner-City Academy in the United Kingdom

by Ashley Roberts

When the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) initiative was introduced by the United Kingdom’s Labour government in 2004, it sounded like a very good idea. The basic principle of the £55 billion scheme was to reb... Read article

Architectural Education in the United Kingdom: Is it Worth it?

by Ashley Roberts

How much was your architectural education worth? And how much did it cost you? £5,000, £18,000, £45,000? As Universities across the United Kingdom increase their own valuation they are at risk of putting off a genera... Read article

The Big Society: A Call for the Return of Co-operative Housing?

by Ashley Roberts

In the run up to the 2010 general election, "The Big Society" constituted a key part of the Conservative party manifesto, aiming to “create a climate that empowers local people and communities,” largely through askin... Read article

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