Book Reviews

Professionalism for the Built Environment, Simon Foxell, 2018


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"Mind changing! It is relatively rare to read a book that actually changes your mind about something that really matters to you. Refreshingly, this is such a book. As one who has consistently and confidently prophesised the decline, if not demise, of the professions of the built environment, I am now renewed with a fresh hope for their future. Simon Foxell has, somewhat inspiringly, given hindsight, insight and foresight to this engaging subject. Hindsight, in the way he scholarly describes their historical foundations and subsequent flourishing. Insight, by skilfully examining what some see as their present malfunctioning, misdirection and marginalisation. And, most of all, foresight, for his strategic exploration of their future prospects, promise and potential with his outline ‘six-point plan’ and collaborative sense of purpose. The challenge of reforming the professions of the built environment remains daunting, but I am now imbued with a greater feeling of optimism, expectancy and direction."
John Ratcliffe, Professor Emeritus DIT & Founder, The Futures Academy

"A real gem for any professional interested in improving collaboration amongst built environment professionals. ‘Professionalism in the Built Environment’ touches on the past to inform an effective plan for the future of our industry. As a Head of Department for Architecture and the Built Environment, I am delighted to see a book that will bring the professions closer together and will become the ‘must have’ for all built environment professionals."
Elena Marco, Head of Department Architecture and the Built Environment, University of the West of England.

"Professionalism for the Built Environment raises our awareness of the foundations of professional society and sets the agenda for a radical reappraisal of the educational and institutional structures we may require in the future. Simon Foxell has provided an incisive overview of the strengths and weaknesses of the primary built environment professions, engineering, architecture and surveying, in the UK, Europe and America.  Today’s digital economy is changing the way we work, disrupting traditional institutional structures and stimulating debate on the professions’ responsibilities to civil society, company and self. Professionalism for the Built Environment provides an authoritative briefing for practitioners, educators, clients and all concerned with creating a built environment that is equitable, fosters wellbeing and improves livelihoods."
John Worthington, Collaborative Urbanist, Co-founder, DEGW, Formerly Commissioner of Independent Transport Commission and Director The Academy of Urbanism

"This book looks at the professions’ need to reinforce the actual and perceived value which ultimately justifies their existence: highly topical and of genuine importance in the UK but also globally as liberalism and the greater good find themselves under threat. The author treads a careful path between dispassionate and survivalist analysis, with wide-ranging examples from earlier times and other sectors. The thorny issue of whether professionals can reclaim the benevolent arbiter role without having any (or much) “skin in the game” is addressed as is the role of ethics, supported by a comparison of institute code of conduct topics. A way forward comprising six propositions follows a report from the high level Edge Commission meeting that bought together the major institutions to address their collaborative future."
John Field, Native-Hue Ltd & President CIBSE 2016-17

"This comprehensive discourse explores the origins, development, rise and uncomfortable transformation of our Built Environment Professional Institutions, all fascinating. For more than 25 years Simon Foxell has been exploring these ideas and has assembled a great story which concludes with a collective challenge which is beautifully articulated in the chapter on the many pressures facing a new young chartered professional. Yes, professionalism clearly has great value but, in a rapidly changing world with automation threatening, can the institutions pool their efforts for the greater good of humankind and our planet? This is essential reading for both aspirants and perspirants, practitioners and academics and don't miss the appendices."
Robin Nicholson, Senior Partner Cullinan Studio

Anyone entering the built environment professions should ground themselves in an understanding of how today’s society arrived at its current relationship with the professions. As the labour market evolves, the dominant status of professions within our class structure is challenged.  Professional practices are definitive in governing how we build, but must be clearer in guiding the professional to reconcile competing priorities, balancing public good with private gain. In the future, built environment professions will have to reckon with the planet’s most serious challenges. They will shape the future of construction and planning, coming to terms with new transformative technologies. We should therefore be both critical and concerned with the fitness of built environment professions. This book equips the professional themselves to make that assessment of their profession. It is accessible to all who work building our future, yet stands on the shoulders of the intellectual giants who have analysed the emergence of professions over three centuries – a history intertwined with that of the RSA.
Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive RSA

This is an energetic and engaged survey of ethical issues raised in the evolution and current state of the professions most responsible for the built environment in England.  It offers a stimulating and valuable contribution to debates over the ethical responsibilities of professionals more broadly. 
Melissa Lane, Class of 1943 Professor of Politics, Princeton University

Simon Foxell continues the important work begun by RIBA Past President Frank Duffy. For the profession of architecture to survive and prosper we must build a body of knowledge that is of more value and accessible to society and to our clients. In an era when most service delivery is advertised as being ‘professional’ we must set new standards for the definition of ethical professionalism. We must play our part in the huge challenge to diversify and rejuvenate the building industry, improving how we develop and retain talented people from all walks of life.  Deploying artificial intelligence alongside these strategies, we can increase the perceived value of our service, advice and design solutions. We can thereby expect in due course to receive a more valuable return for that contribution.  Simon Foxell’s book provides us with vital and insightful analysis towards achieving this goal.
Ben Derbyshire, President, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

This is a hugely interesting and important book examining professionalism and the built world in which we live. Ranging from the occupationally created social order of Florence in the middle ages to Nazi Germany’s use of architecture, and ending up at today, Foxell has produced a magnificent portrait of how society, economic structures and the built environment intermesh. A compelling analysis is presented of how engineering, surveying and architecture impact on us today. A truly impressive book, which I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone interested in understanding why their lived experience is as it is.
Professor Gerard Hanlon, Queen Mary University of London

In an era of abundant information, rapidly developing machine intelligence and an erosion of public confidence in ‘experts’, questions of what it means to be professional have never seemed more pressing.  This excellent book is a timely reminder of the importance of professional values, not only for all those involved in construction and the built environment, but for society more generally.  Simon Foxell has provided an honest, insightful and compelling analysis of contemporary challenges facing built environment professionals and their institutions.  In doing this he has positioned the role of professionalism where it should be: in supporting the creation and development of a built environment that is fit for everyone.  A very worthy achievement indeed.  Highly recommended. 
Professor John Connaughton, Head of Construction Management and Engineering, School of the Built Environment, University of Reading

This is a must have book for professionals working in the built environment. It is absolutely bursting with useful information and insight. For the new entrant there is a clear explanation of what it means and how to be a true professional.  For the student of history there is a comprehensive and intriguing account of how we got here and why we are the way that we are. For practitioners and business leaders there is a compelling analysis of the current state of the professional services sector with many clues about how to build a value proposition based on professionalism and avoid the commodified race to the bottom.For leaders of the professions there are both challenges and supportive suggestions about how we need to deliver social value in a highly competitive and fast changing market economy. I always like a book that helps organise my, often disparate, thoughts and this was definitely one of those!
Ed McCann, Director of Expedition Engineering and Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

This book provides a fascinating insight into the history of the professions of architects, surveyors and civil engineers, which puts into perspective many of the challenges resulting from the fragmentation of the construction industry we are currently witnessing. By drawing out the parallels between the industries in the UK, Germany, France and America the book explores the organisation of professional bodies further. It lays out the bare facts of the challenges to our industry, which we need to learn from and use to push our profession forward. 
Caroline Buckingham, Director caroline buckingham architects and RIBA Vice President Practice & Profession

Given the rise in public awareness and expectations of the ‘professional’ in any sector of the economy, there has never been a more important time to explore the key aspects of professionalism in the built environment arena. Given the Grenfell Tower disaster and similar catastrophic events around the world, the need for a professional approach when addressing construction methods, building regulations, health and safety guidelines, environmental statute and land use policy is a prerequisite to ensure public confidence. Otherwise, fundamental ethical behaviour and the financial transparency of the property sector are put at risk. This is a superbly written review of a wide range of professional areas all supporting the built environment and I endorse it wholeheartedly.
Dr Louise Brooke-Smith, Partner Arcadis LLP – UK Head of Town Planning and Head of Social Value, RICS Past Global President (2014-15)

The professions need to move with the times and what Simon Foxell’s book points out is that professional organisations do have the ability to change with society’s changing demands, even though often it involves a lot of kicking and screaming. His historical analysis of the development of professions globally and across the principle disciplines of the built environment is both comprehensive and eminently readable. From the incongruous detail of the 1887 RIBA entrance requirements, through the turbulent history that led to the development in the 1930s of the separation of the profession from its regulating authority, to Egan, Morrell and the rise and fall of CABE, this is a definitive study that will stand the test of time. Perhaps for longer than the professional climate it defines.
Peter Clegg, Senior Partner Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

How best can the professions, for whom certainty is a touchstone, navigate such very uncertain times? Simon Foxell finds a compelling path that starts with a meticulous and fascinating examination of the development of construction professions and proceeds to an illuminating comparison of their cultures across continents. Running through these stories are masterful analyses of both foundational and contemporary questions of ethics and morals and their intersection with practicalities. Through these Foxell suggests the way ahead. Although the focus is on construction professions, all will find much food for thought here. A culmination of two decades of engagement with professional dilemmas, this book goes further and deeper than any other.
Sunand Prasad, Senior Partner Penoyre & Prasad LLP and RIBA Past President (2007-09)

There has never been a more appropriate time to examine the relationship between our built environment professions and the society that they serve.  Recent events such as the Grenfell fire and the collapse of Carillion have brought into question the level of trust in which our professionals are held.  Simon Foxell has produced a comprehensive review of how the professions in the built environment have developed over the last 200 years and, importantly, addressed what it means to be a professional in this industry today.  I commend this book to current practitioners, students and those operating in the policy arena.
Professor Peter Hansford, Chair of Construction and Infrastructure Policy at University College London and former Chief Construction Adviser to the UK Government

This is a book on a subject that should be dull but which is actually engaging and full of vital lessons for society. Tracing the history of three powerful institutes, Foxell shows how dilemmas professionals struggle with today – public interest vs. private gain, occult knowledge vs. openness, established order vs. rapid change – are rooted in how the professions formed and how they guarded their privileges. Proving that this can’t go on, the author offers solutions to keep the professions relevant and valuable. All professionals and policy-makers (as well as clients and the public who rely on them) should act on these solutions.
Dr Richard Simmons, Chief Executive the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment 2004-11

This is a fascinating and important book, which by tracing the historical constitution of professions, leads us to a critical point in the contemporary context, where the service provision aspect of professional life in a financialised world has overwhelmed the professions’ wider responsibilities to society. Foxell ends with a compelling set of suggestions as to how the professions might regain the trust from clients and the public, a trust that has been rapidly eroded in recent years.
Professor Jeremy Till, Head of Central Saint Martins and Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, University of the Arts London

Britain is belatedly waking up to the full damage that will have been done, once all facets of society are conceived in terms of efficiency maximisation and return on investment, especially in the built environment. In this urgent and timely study, Simon Foxell looks at the ethos of professionalism, and how it carves out a space of responsibility between market and state. As Foxell convincingly argues, a revival of long-standing professional ideals will be crucial, if we're to achieve a better balance between social and economic responsibilities in future.
William Davies, Reader in Political Economy, Goldsmiths, University of London

Simon Foxell captures so well the broad sweep of the history, the current state and the potential futures and dilemmas of the built environment professions – especially the threats to their ethical codes and integrity and how their public interest mandate etched into their origins is endangered. This book is enriching. It makes the topic feel urgent. It forces us to ask what kind of cities we want and how the professions need to collaborate across boundaries so cities become the best they can be while addressing the global issues that really matter to all of us. 
Charles Landry, Author of The Creative City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovators

Foxell’s comprehensive reader on ethics, morals and the public interest is a rich mine of information, explanations and discussions providing the reader with many entry points to the subject. You won’t agree with everything, but the important thing is that these subjects become part of our everyday discussions and arguments about how to balance the survival of our professions and the planet. 
Stephen Hill, Director C2O futureplanners

This book is both timely and important, coming as it does in the wake of the Grenfell fire in London, at a time of acute housing shortage in the UK and in the context of global climate change. By charting the evolution of the built environment professions, the author encourages us to consider the changes now required if they are to remain relevant to both society and their members in today’s world.
Peter Oborn, Director Peter Oborn Associates and former RIBA Vice President International (2011-17)

Now that sociologists have largely abandoned serious study of the professions, it falls to those on the inside to do this necessary work. In Professionalism for the Built Environment, architect Simon Foxell embraces this challenge. He combines a much-needed snapshot of the current state of the UK's building professions with an in-depth historical survey explaining how we got here. This presentation of a coherent set of ideas for moving forward could well reinvigorate the entire field of study.
Professor Tom Spector, Oklahoma State University

This book should be read for three fundamental attributes: (1) its description of the building professions together; (2) its description of professionalism as a concept and practice that is constantly under construction; and (3) its in-depth, cross-disciplinary, and cross-national histories of the construction of our building professions. The book's analysis of the building/design professions shows how changes in the concept of a “profession” are always linked to permutations in the economic regime (e.g. capitalism). The story told here is not of an oligopoly of socially-motivated citizens operating outside the market but, rather, of an entrepreneurial class trying to establish a brand. Foxell is much too judicious to use these terms in his precise historical narrative, but that doesn’t diminish the fact of its message nor its call for the need for change.
Professor Peggy Deamer, Yale University

This is an amazingly thorough analysis of how the professions of the built environment have developed.  Focussing on architecture, civil engineering and surveying, Simon Foxell tracks how the notion of what it means to be a professional has been influenced by changes in the political and social climate, both in the UK and abroad. He also shows how the relationships between education, the professional institutions and practice have continuously evolved.  In this fast changing world, with the increasing impact of technology, globalisation, global warming and events such as the Grenfell Tower disaster, he challenges the professionals through their institutions to re-evaluate their modus operandi and to put the public interest, including concern for the wider environment, first. 
Jane Wernick, engineersHRW

Foxell presents an optimistic overview of current professionalism.  This is unbelievably timely in the post-Grenfell era when questions arise about the trust with which construction professionals are held. We have known that a cavernous performance gap exists, but with the highly public exposure of the failing eco-system which created a perfect storm for Grenfell, this has now been extended into a credibility gap. This book provides a critical approach to the past in order to create a view of a better future. A strong case is made for the key Institutes collaborating and rebuilding trust. All professionals need to read this excellent book and re-invigorate our performance, ethics and attitudes, working together across the professions to earn and rebuild public trust.
Jane Duncan, RIBA Immediate Past President


Starting a Practice: A Plan of Work, 2nd Ed, Simon Foxell, 2015

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"Foxell’s ominous opening line to his first edition, recommending architects to think twice before starting a practice, has not been tempered by the preface to the second edition, which elucidates on the crippling, eight year-long recession that we are just coming out of and which draws attention to how tough the competition is. That said, those earlier redundancies resulted in more new practices baptised in the waters of hard times and with the determination to keep afloat. For the ethereal architect the everyday pragmatics of running a practice can seem a dark art. Foxell’s book continues to provide valuable guidance with updated information on electronic data transfer and social media as a marketing tool"

Jan-Carlos Kucharek, RIBAJ, 13th May 2015

"Simon Foxell’s insight, clarity and small practice experience has created the contemporary must-read guide to tackling the many issues in setting up and maintaining a practice. If all practices treated their businesses as an ongoing project, and used their briefing experience to create and review their business plans we would have a profession on top of its game, of which we could be truly proud."
Jane Duncan, RIBA President Elect, February 2015

"Written in crisp and direct language sprinkled with witty insights, this book is a comprehensive and highly practical guide, of value to all architectural practices; not only to those just setting up but to all wanting to do better."
Sunand Prasad, Senior Partner, Penoyre & Prasad LLP, February 2015

"Most designers will benefit from reading Simon Foxell’s updated guide to practice. If you are determined to set up your own practice in our rapidly changing world then it is essential that you read this first."
Robin Nicholson, Cullinan Studio, February 2015

A Carbon Primer for the Built Environment, Simon Foxell, 2014

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"I haven't read anything so clear since 'Sustainability without Hot Air'",
Max Fordham, 14th January 2014

Mapping London
Making Sense of the City, Simon Foxell, 2007

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Maps not only order the mind, but in London's case they order its habitation. Ever since the Roman grid disappeared under the meandering paths of British and Saxon settlement, the street pattern of the capital has had a life of its own .................”
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Simon Jenkins, The Guardian, 24 November 2007

Most of us experience London with the help of an A-Z or the Tube map. Simon Foxell’s splendid book celebrates all manner of graphic depictions of the capital from Roman maps to a modern air pollution map. It’s fascinating, both visually and as in insight into the history of the day. The Restoration in 1660, for example, marked the change to more accurate map-making using planar rather than bird’s eye perspective, while a 1945 bomb damage map has large expanses of purple — meaning damaged beyond repair — in the City. More light-hearted are the various guises of the Tube map including Maxwell Roberts’ curved version, and a plan of Eastenders’ Albert Square
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Pamela Buxton, November 23rd 2007, Building Design

Simon Foxell’s Mapping London is another treat. Full of cartographic images of the capital city over the past six centuries and including gems such as a plan of Albert Square, as well as traditional fare from Wencelaus Hollar, this is a mesmerising journey through the city.
Daily Telegraph, Books of the year, 24th November 2007

reveals a London that we didn't know existed or that we needed to find out ..........
Time Out
Simon Foxell's Mapping London brings together a diverse and stimulating collection of maps of the capital. Diagrammatic, invented, historical and nonsensical; whether painstakingly inked as comic or medieval document, mass-produced like the Monopoly board or Underground map, or taken by satellite, these maps all attempt to make sense of the city, and offer a glorious sense of place, time and history as we try to make sense of their differences and similarities. Foxell has done a superb job in gathering this work together and Black Dog are to be congratulated again on their production and design skills.
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“A treat for cartophiles, Foxell's epic survey of the history of the capital's maps tracks the burgeoning metropolis through hundreds of different images.................”
For full text see - Wallpaper magazine February 27 2008

“Maps of a city you call home are the cartographic equivalent of a family tree. You may know no more about Great Aunt Sissi than her birth and death dates, but there is a bond that legitimises all your imaginings of what she must have been like .............”
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Eye magazine , Spring 2008

This rich collection of over 150 maps of London spans over six centuries--from the 1500s to the present, from which a highly compelling story of this great city unfurls. Reduced to its most elemental two-dimensional representation, London is recognizable to a great many of us by the Thames that snakes its way through the city's densely concentrated network of streets ............
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Another history of London in maps to add to what is a rapidly expanding shelf ............
Laurence Worms, London Topographical Society Newsletter No. 66, May 2008


“Although there are short introductions to each of the main sections of this carefully produced and beautifully presented large format book, there is no doubt that it is the maps themselves that are the real and enduring stars here: 300 illustrations in 288 pages with over 200 maps spanning some six centuries .............”
For full text see - Steven Barfield, Literary London, March 2009

The Victorians feared London, considering it an ungovernable monster of crime, squalor and chaos. But respect for private property rights and ancient administrative privileges meant they were never able to do what Napoléon III did to Paris and regularise its tangle of streets into a neater, geometric order ................”
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William Wiles, Iconeye

“I found this a very satisfying and enjoyable book. The subtitle suggests that it is earnestly trying to make 'sense of the city' but, as the contents reveal page after page of a wonderful collection of plans and part-plans, the project is instead thankfully given over to the sheer fun and pleasure of seeing how differently this great city's plan form has been read, and depicted with such variety, over the ages .................”
For full text see - Terry Farrell, April 2008, Architectural Review

All architects must surely derive great pleasure from looking at old maps and letting the mind’s eye wander through the street, on the one hand recreating the forms and spaces and then populating them with whatever figures inhabit the margins; on the other, marvelling at the art of the mapmaker, the lines and the brushwork, the embellishments and elisions .........
Thomas Dekker, 2010, Architectural Research Quarterly, Volume 14, Issue 2

If you’ve ever perused the London section of a local bookshop, you’ll have some appreciation for just how many volumes about the capital are currently in print ...........”
For full text see - What’s the best non-fiction book about London, Londonist, February 1st 2011

London, as Simon Foxell’s excellent book makes clear, is a metropolis that has been endlessly and obsessively redrawn. The city’s historical weight and territorial range is great enough to sustain an almost endless spectrum of reinterpretations, ranging from the monolithic Ballardian flyovers of Iain Sinclair’s London Orbital to the labyrinthine warrens of subcultural detail found in Michael Moorcock’s Mother London or Alan Moore’s From Hell ..............
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Andrew Fleming, June 22 2011, Ceasefire Magazine

We tend to think of maps as tools for travel, but Simon Foxell explodes this idea with his book ‘Mapping London, Making Sense of the City’ ...................
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"This compilation of maps is very powerful in enhancing and perhaps also re-adjusting our image of London. ..."
For full text see - Benjamin D Hennig, The Geographical Journal, 2011

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"Beautiful and thought provoking maps cover the growth of London on many levels and through many centuries. This is a lovely book and one that will amaze any one living in London. The growth of the city since the Victorian period is hard to growth until you see a map of London in 1800 that shows the vegetable patches of South Kensington and Chelsea shown clearly. Maps reach beyond street plans to the growth of infrastructure like the Underground and underground rivers through to images of what London might look like in the future. A delight to any lover of maps or one curious about cities and their growth."
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Mapping England, Simon Foxell, 2008



Maps: Skullduggery, distortion and lies
Simon Foxell’s compelling new tome, Mapping England ..........
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Richard Morrison, The Times November 12th 2008

A curious review of Simon Foxell’s Mapping England in the Times earlier this week; it took about half the piece to actually come round to the book ...............”
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The wildcard award goes to Simon Foxell's Mapping England (Black Dog, £40): maps of the British Isles going back 450 years. Try looking at the 1940 German board game based on air battles for England without shuddering.
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Lucy Davies, The Telegraph, December 1st 2008

Critic’s Choice: Mapping England offers an appreciation of maps that surpass utility
A mid 19th-century map of Leeds, tinted to highlight unsanitary areas of the city is just one of 150 or so elevations in Simon Foxell’s Mapping England .............”
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Andrew Mead, The Architect’s Journal, December 11th 2008

Mapping England is the follow-up to the hugely successful Mapping London: Making Sense of the City. Simon Foxell turns his attention to the country as a whole; a beautiful cartographic journey through maps from the origins of cartography right up to present day with ancient hand-drawn maps to the latest technology in computer generation/3-D modelling .............”
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Maplines, Winter 2008, The British Cartographical Society

There seems to be a steady flow of lavish books about maps, indicating an enduring fascination with cartography. Whatever types of maps are featured in such books, their content is necessarily highly selective. The theme around which the maps are arranged is a challenge, can be fairly spurious and is also a highly individual choice on the part of the author.
Simon Foxell’s beautiful book is no exception to these general rules ..................

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The Edge Futures, Ed. Simon Foxell, 2008

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Mulgan: plan for ageing population
Tony Blair’s former director of policy Geoff Mulgan has called on architects to take a lead in shaping the built environment to accommodate the UK’s ageing population ............”
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Marguerite Lazell, Building Design, June 13th 2008

Prince's aide attacks Labour over transport
One of the Prince of Wales's most senior aides will today issue a stinging critique of government transport policy and claim that Labour is failing to invest sufficiently in trains, bus routes and cycle networks ...........
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Robert Booth, The Guardian, June 18th 2008

A question of transport
Hank Dittmar discusses his new book, Transport and Neighbourhoods
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Building Design, June 19th 2008

The professionals choice: The future of the built environment professions, 2003

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The launch of a very important study, The Professionals’ Choice, at the glitzy Bloomberg Centre on Bastille Day led, inevitably, to an instant leader and letters in BD. They reacted to the most negative of the five scenarios in the book: architects will disappear as most buildings become customised standard products. Simon Foxell’s book deserves a slow read or three, followed by rumination on its thinking ..................”
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Richard Saxon, 25th July 2003, Building Design

“What will practice be like for architects and their fellow building professionals in 20 years' time? A new world in which completed buildings just emerge from a few taps on a computer tablet? ..................... “
For full text see - Building, issue 26 , 2003

A recent publication by Building Futures (RIBA/CABE), The professionals choice: The future of the built environment professions, stands out for its deliberate exploration of what society may need from its built environment professions over the next twenty years. Ethics is a persistent theme of the different contributors and critical commentaries.
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RIBA Good Practice Guide: Starting a Practice, Simon Foxell, 2006



The recent RIBA Good Practice Guide, Starting a Practice by Simon Foxell of the Architects Practice (RIBA Publishing, £15), is an excellent source of information to help you find out what you have to do, and how to work out how much it will cost ............
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Richard Brindley, Building Design, January 13th 2010