Roger Scruton re-instated as chair of the UK housing commission

British philosopher Roger Scruton has returned to the role of chair of the Building Better Building Beautiful housing commission, a role he was sacked from earlier this year. In one of her last actions as the UK’s prime minister, Theresa May offered Scruton his role as chair back on the commission, which is setting out guidelines […]

Boris Johnson wanted to decorate “boring” London Bridge Station with gargoyles

Boris Johnson asked Grimshaw to jazz up its re-design of London Bridge Station when he was mayor of London, suggesting the studio add “gargoyles along the front”. The UK prime ministerial hopeful met partners at Grimshaw several times during the process of re-designing RIBA award-winning London Bridge Station, a major infrastructure project in central London completed last year. […]

Finland announces plans to become carbon neutral by 2035

Finland‘s new government has promised to reduce the country’s fossil-fuel consumption and invest in renewable energy sources, after 80 per cent of Finns called for urgent action on climate change. Following elections earlier this year, a new left-leaning government has promised to make Finland carbon neutral by 2035, with the target to be written into […]

Madrid could scrap low-emissions zone despite air quality improvements

A major plan to reduce air pollution in Madrid may be repealed, because incoming politicians want to bring back traffic back into the city. Isabel Díaz Ayuso of Spain’s right-wing Partido Popular (PP), who is expected to become president of the Madrid region, said that traffic jams are part of what make the Spanish capital […]

Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission gets new chair after Scruton sacking

Create Streets founder Nicholas Boys Smith has been named interim chair of the UK’s Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission, after Roger Scruton’s removal. Scruton was sacked from the role of chair over “unacceptable” comments made in an interview about Hungarian jews, Muslims, and Chinese people. The ministry of housing said that a permanent chair would […]

Tucker Viemeister’s blacked-out US Flag criticises redacted Mueller Report

American industrial designer Tucker Viemeister has created a graphic that shows the US flag with portions blocked out, to critique the redacted release of the investigation into president Donald Trump‘s collusion with Russia. New York-based Viemeister posted the Redacted US Flag to social media on 20 April, two days after the redacted Mueller Report was released to the public. […]

Extinction Rebellion uses bold graphics in protest against climate change

Climate change action group Extinction Rebellion has unveiled a “radically different” visual identity, including DIY protest posters that will allow activists to flypost cities. Extinction Rebellion is an international movement whose members use methods of non-violent civil disobedience to pressure governments into taking action on climate change. For its first major action in the UK […]

Brexit deadlock could be broken with parliament redesign says Axiom Architects

Axiom Architects have proposed a tongue-in-cheek solution to the UK parliament’s Brexit deadlock, which sees the Palace of Westminster transformed into a more open forum for debate. With the House of Commons unable to agree on a deal for the UK leaving the EU, despite numerous votes, British practice Axiom Architects has redesigned the parliamentary building to […]

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