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Plan the street as well as the sky

Why do we always think about the impact a tower has on views and the skyline and less about what happens on the ground? Here are nine key things to consider when building tall. Rule 1 - design for people and nature, and never let vehicles dominate.

Seeing solar in the round

When operational, Paytherden Solar Farm will be capable of powering up to 15,000 homes. Good news for the UK’s energy mix and costs. What makes the project even more special is its partnership with the RSPB to deliver ecological benefits with the charity citing the project as an exemplar for the solar industry when designing for biodiversity at scale.

Wearing the crown better

Addressing the collapse of biodiversity in the UK involves making every inch of the built environment work much harder. How can we use our rooftops more effectively and efficiently, to benefit people and nature?

The Big Switch

Is our long-standing addiction to limitless, year-on-year growth desirable? LDA Design Chair, Frazer Osment, argues for a cultural shift and a new wellbeing economy that puts people and planet first.

Battersea Power Station: The landscape story

When LDA Design was invited more than a decade ago to join this transformational project it was a special moment. Battersea Power Station was a ruin, standing within a vast 42-acre wasteland. LDA Design director, Ben Walker, explains the scale of the challenge.

Seeing the Park through new eyes

It's 10 years since the opening of the Olympic Park. LDA Design has remained closely involved ever since. To mark this very special occasion, we joined with the London Festival of Architecture to see the Park through new eyes.

From grey to green: Alfred Place Gardens

Running parallel to Tottenham Court Road, Alfred Place has long been a commonplace city street, more service road and car park than anything else. With narrow pavements and nowhere to sit, it was a place to either avoid or hurry through. Not any more. A redesign has seen the street become a comfortable place for people.

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