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  • The Importance of lighting in retail design

    Lighting designer Mihaly Bartha on the almost symbiotic relationship between lighting and retail design

  • Foster + Partners' raised cycle paths for London? Great idea, in theory

    Blueprint editor and cyclist Johnny Tucker on SkyCycle, a new idea by Foster + Partners that could see a network of raised cycle paths across London

  • Susan Tomlinson: why I started a women-only networking group

    Susan Tomlinson, marketing manager at K+N, has spent her entire professional life in the male-dominated construction and design and build industries. Last year she fulfilled a long-held ambition to establish a series of women-only networking events. They have been a huge success, but as Tomlinson herself says, there’s still plenty of work to do.

  • John McRae: Inside Battersea Power Station

    After several failed schemes, Battersea Power station finally looks set to begin its new life as a mixed use office, retail and residential development with a scheme designed by WilkinsonEyre.Architects. John McRae of Orms, one of the last public visitors to the site before it closed for redevelopment recalls the thrill of going inside one of London's most iconic structures - and hopes the new development won't be too exclusive

  • Activist Trenton Oldfield on the reality of life in a British prison

    During his incarceration in HMP Wormwood Scrubs for disrupting the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, Oldfield wrote to Blueprint about life 'inside'

  • Urban hotels strive to offer unique design

    Christina Zimmer, principal at Stonehill & Taylor Architects in New York on the trend for uniqueness in urban hotels

  • A building that resembles a vagina? It's only natural

    One of Zaha Hadid's latest designs has been the talk of the internet due to what some people see as a resemblance to female genitalia – but as architecture leaves the straight lines and rigid materials of the past behind, it’s only natural our buildings are going to look, feel and function more like our bodies.

  • Inside Ernö Goldfinger’s Haggerston School

    Nearly 50 years after it was built and with a recent renovation by Avanti Architects, Haggerston School in London, architect Ernö Goldfinger's only education project, is still very much fit for purpose, says James Borley

  • Core blimey

    The concrete core of Building 7 rises above its neighbours at Chiswick Park, west London.

  • Focusing on down below

    Gareth Gardner takes a bird’s-eye view of a new sexual health clinic