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The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the 49 winners of the 2018 RIBA National Awards. From skyline-altering buildings to sensitive small-scale sculptures, this year’s top projects showcase a wide-ranging selection of scales, featuring designs from Foster + Partners, Hawkins\Brown, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, and Niall McLaughlin Architects. Mixed-use spaces, in particular, those that benefit communities are featured heavily. While other key trends appear in the diverse list including sensitive, context-driven material choices; the reuse and regeneration of existing buildings, especially with regards to commercial use; and high-quality housing schemes that highlight the importance of authority-led regeneration. RIBA President Ben Derbyshire stated his pleasure in seeing “some excellent examples of large-scale housing schemes.” Also, how “projects such as these are beacons showing how it is possible for enlightened local authorities and developers to create the well-designed, desirable and sustainable homes that communities so desperately need.” View more View full description
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