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RIBA President cries ‘constitution’ while Prince of Wales cries ‘democracy’

As this week yet more twists in the Prince Charles saga have come to the fore, the RIBA President Sunand Prasad told WAN he wished to seek legal clarification over the Royal’s constitutional position. But while Prasad cries 'constitution' the Prince of Wales has cried 'democracy' and called for 'enquiry by design' (EBD) asking for more democratic planning laws. The battle between the two Royal foundations of the RIBA and The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment, it would seem, is reaching its pinnacle. Last Monday it was alleged by the UK press that in 2005 ......more

Germany introduces ECO CITY
Green project aims to achieve top rating in three sustainability markers: The initial signs of Germany’s first entirely sustainable creative-industrial corporate development are sprouting up on the shores of Hamburg-Harburg Harbour. Once the site of......more

Changes to the Design
Design Museum amendments submitted for planning approval: Following a refusal to grant planning permission, revised designs by Rem Koolhaas' OMA were submitted last week for the new home for the Design Museum and associated residential......more

Space Invader wins civic competition
Unique design will house civic workers in Netherlands municipality: A design resembling a figure from the popular computer game Space Invaders has won an invited competition for Venlo’s new municipal office. The design by Hans Goverde of......more

Calatrava US bridge coming together
Design becoming reality for new Dallas icon: The first batch of steel for what will be Santiago Calatrava's first vehicular bridge in the United States has been delivered signalling an important moment for the 'signature' Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas. When......more

Out of the box
Competition winners show the solution to suburban quandries: Sustainability web-mag Inhabitat and modern design site Dwell have just announced the winners of the Reburbia Design Competition. The competition, which has been running for the past......more

Vodafone Stoke office offers flexible space for uncertain times: A design for the times, the new Vodafone office drafted by RPS Planning and Development in Stoke-on-Trent in the UK has been created as a flexible working environment with a......more

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