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Latest Issue : Sept 2017

Welcome to the September digital issue of ADF (Architects’ Datafile). The cover features The Smile, designed by Alison Brooks Architects and Arup for the 2016 London Design Festival. It has now been shortlisted for the Structural Awards 2017 and is the first ‘mega-tube’ in hardwood CLT. For more information see page 8.

The first project report in this issue sees Steve Menary reporting on the refurbishment of a London landmark that offers an alternative to traditional ‘new for old’ theatre restoration to create a community venue. See page 32.

In this issue’s second project report, Teodora Lyubomirova looks at how architects Levitt Bernstein applied care and precision to create a tenure-blind affordable housing social housing scheme on a space-constrained site in the heart of London. See page 39.

On page 10 Nigel Ostime, project delivery director at Hawkins\Brown gives his view point on how a continuing wage gap between architects working in different sectors is presenting a further obstacle to diversity of new entrants to the profession, while on page 16 Sunand Prasad, co-founder of Penoyre & Prasad and former RIBA President, sits in the hot seat for our Ask the Architect segment.

In this issue’s Future Watch, James Potter, director of WG+P Architects, explores how ‘microhousing’ could be a panacea for the housing crisis, in a future based more on experiences than possessions, and open the door to smaller, better housing. See page 18.

Additional features include:

  • Waterproofing for the ages
    For decades, mastic asphalt has proved its credentials as an underground waterproofing membrane that can last a lifetime, as the Mastic Asphalt Council explains on page 56.
  • Behind the secret fix
    Panel Systems unravels how recent technological advancements became the catalyst for uninterrupted exteriors and where this trend is heading. See page 59.
  • Rural charm without the harm
    Solid fuel stoves are gaining in popularity in urban areas, but do they contribute to pollution? Phil Lowe of Schiedel Chimney Systems, tackles some misconceptions on page 75.
  • Underpinning the evolution of the modern workplace
    Jeremy Broadhead of Heckmondwike considers how flooring has addressed workspace trends on page 83.

As always the issue is also packed with further news and views, product promotions and comment pieces. Your feedback on the content of ADF would be enormously helpful as we strive to make the publication a more topical read. Should you have any ideas or suggestions for future editions then please email anthony(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

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