Stirling prize winner 'sets new bar for office design and city planning'

Reports that a new City of London office block has beaten off competition from 'a quirky brick nursery, a mud-walled cemetery and the extension of the Tate St Ives gallery' to win this year's Stirling prize for architecture feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Guardian reports that the award went to the "£1.3bn European headquarters for Bloomberg, designed by Foster + Partners" which "stands in the City of London as a gargantuan temple to gadgetry, its every detail subjected to months of research and development". The paper quotes RIBA’s president, Ben Derbyshire, saying that the architects "have not just raised the bar for office design and city planning, but smashed the ceiling".

Guardian columnist John Harris visits Doncaster to see how the town is trying to revitalise its high street. The piece says that the "old pit town lost 5 per cent of its high-street shops last year – but both the council and creative locals" are trying to find ways to turn the tide.

The Times (subscription) reports that the City of London Corporation has published a draft of its first dedicated transport strategy, which proposes making at least 50 per cent of its street space "pedestrian priority" by 2044. The paper says that this "would mean those roads will be either fully pedestrianised or ‘access only’ for vehicles, with all vehicles, including cycles, expected to give way to people walking".

The Guardian reports that new research by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and Nottingham Trent University has found that "meeting government targets of 80 per cent cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century would require sweeping policy change" in the area of housing. It quotes Marjan Sarshar, professor of sustainability and the built environment at Nottingham Trent University, saying that a "national programme for a one-off deep retrofit [of all residential property] is needed".

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