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Our editorial board comprises a specialist group of leading industry figures who, in conjunction with the leaf review editorial team, identify the main drivers of the industry helping to produce regular, thought provoking opinion pieces on the latest issues, challenges and developments.

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The poetic form
27 July, 2021
The notion that good architecture has a certain poetry to it is an...
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Standing firm on thin ice 27 July, 2021 Architects working in Antarctica face numerous challenges, not least freezing temperatures and long periods of total darkness in the winter and near endless light in the summer....

Into the woods 27 July, 2021 The growth in wooden urbanism is being driven by timber’s technical and environmental benefits, as well as growing investor and consumer demand. However, while taller timber...

Mexican moment 27 July, 2021 Often associated with the mid-century work of Luis Barragan, Mexican architecture has long been characterised by an intricate – and sometimes not so intricate – blend of linear...

A concrete opportunity 27 July, 2021 With self-healing concrete expected to become a more integral part of urban construction schemes, this much maligned material could have a positive future. However, it remains to be...

Building for tomorrow not today 27 July, 2021 LEAF Review spotlights the three winning designs from The Urban Adaptation competition to find out how, and why, architects can innovate and design for the communities of tomorrow.

Reclaiming the narrative 27 July, 2021 Since founding his eponymous firm Sir David Adjaye has risen to become one of the preeminent architects of his generation. A recipient of the RIBA Gold Medal, Adjaye has produced...

Around the block 27 July, 2021 For years, social housing has suffered connotations of poverty and deprivation, even as state-owned accommodation has enjoyed a distinguished political and architectural history...

The day after tomorrow 27 July, 2021 As temperatures get warmer and natural disasters more prevalent, sustainable building practices are no longer enough – the architectural profession needs to build for a new reality...

The beauty of lifelong learning 27 July, 2021 After co-founding the architectural firm Mecanoo in Delft in 1984, Francine Houben has enjoyed a wide-ranging career, receiving international acclaim for a portfolio that...

Pillars of society 30 December, 2020 Since 1986, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien have been designing memorable public institutions that are both striking and subtle. Now, the studio is completing its highest-profile...

Wake-up call 30 December, 2020 Inspired by recent events, such as the tragic death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement, the architectural industry is making much-needed steps to finally acknowledge...

Bearable lightness of being 30 December, 2020 The role lighting plays in well-being is under renewed focus because of how much more time we spend indoors than out. Will the pandemic prompt a rethink of illumination in...

Design for life 30 December, 2020 Biomimicry is an architectural discipline that is falling back in vogue, but how are innovative computational platforms driving those new possibilities, and to what extent might...

A clear solution 30 December, 2020 Advances in coatings and structural glazing have enabled glass to dominate our contemporary city skylines, but glass facades continue to be controversial. What are the latest...

Work in process 30 December, 2020 A large proportion of the world’s citizens have been forced into working remotely as offices close and cities lock down in response to a global pandemic. Elly Earls meets the...

Modernism revisited 30 December, 2020 A masterful if outdated cityscape revered the world over, Oscar Niemeyer’s historic master plan for Brasília looks just as elegant and imposing 60 years after its construction....

Point of no return 30 December, 2020 It is with a huge amount of relief that hotel owners and operators are seeing hotels reopen around the world, but there is a general acceptance that things cannot simply return to...

Quest for post-pandemic architecture 30 December, 2020 With Covid-19 drastically re-shaping the world, building forward has become something of a calling in architecture. It’s a drive that goes far beyond enlarging public spaces and...

Changes afloat 30 December, 2020 For thousands of years, architecture has been a firmly landlocked profession. But with floods and other climatic disasters putting pressure on how and where we build, some...


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