Housing and density

The third of this year’s Planning School looked at the always relevant subject of housing – if we need to house more people, surely the city needs to become more dense and therefore taller? Joanna Day listened to Claire Bennie and Lorraine Hughes. There is, according to Claire Bennie, a lot of ‘fake news’ about density. … Continued

From Riots to Recovery

On 14 October, The London Society organised a walk around Brixton with Blue Badge Guide Angela Morgan. Joanna Day reports.Brixton is in the eye of the beholder. The area contains so many historical and cultural layers that I feel as though I arrive at the end of the Victoria Line and see the area through predetermined … Continued


The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) has announced the six teams vying to transform a disused space beneath the Silvertown Flyover into a creative workspaceThe finalists – Architecture For London, Paris-based B+C Architectes, John McAslan + Partners with Pedder & Scampton Architects, Langstaff Day with Meanwhile Space, Surman Weston, and you&me architecture – were chosen … Continued

Why is colour in architecture so often an afterthought?

This article first appeared on bdonline on 5 January 2017Le Corbusier said colour was as powerful as the plan and section. So why is it so often an afterthought?I have a bee in my bonnet about colour in architecture. We don’t teach it properly and we don’t consider it until the rest of the design … Continued

Review of AA summer show

This review first appeared in the Architects’ Journal on 28 JULY, 2016Architect Joanna Day takes a look around the Architectural Association’s end-of-year showThe Architectural Association (AA)’s annual project review is usually a thrilling, if slightly exhausting, experience. A veritable treasure trove of architectural representation in the heart of Georgian London, you take a deep breath and enter … Continued

What does architecture mean in places like Syria and the Calais Jungle?

This review first appeared in bdonline on 24 June 2016.Joanna Day is impressed by the Architecture Foundation’s refugee festivalIt’s festival season. Festivals bring the opportunity to choose, within a compressed time-frame, from a range of acts or activities and to personally curate your own programme. It also exaggerates any “fear of missing out” tendencies – … Continued

urban Jigsaw
exhibition review

The following review first appeared in BDOnline on 13 June 2016:Joanna Day chews over some of the ideas for London’s mis-used spaces that surfaced through a Royal Academy competition Is the metaphor of a jigsaw apposite for the evolving project that is the city? In many ways not. There is no finished state, and no one … Continued

Be a Bold Mayor

BDOnline asked a selection of architects what they they thought should be on the new London Mayor’s agenda in their article ‘Be a Bold Mayor’ on 9 May 2016.  Joanna Day’s thoughts were quoted as follows:”As a female partner in an architectural practice I have been pleased to see Sadiq Khan highlighting gender inequality as a … Continued

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016

Langstaff Day Architects are proud to have been selected to be part of this year’s Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. The model of the Dream Pavilion was designed and built in collaboration with Bartek Radecki and Unit 22.The Architecture Gallery was jointly curated by Academicians Ian Ritchie and Louisa Hutton, with the theme ‘Unbuilt’. The exhibition … Continued

The World of Charles and Ray Eames
Exhibition Review

The Barbican’s visually stimulating show is full of surprises, finds Joanna DayI have clear memories of being a child in a draughty school hall, grudgingly stacking plastic-and-metal chairs which had a particular smell. If you had told me then that 25 years later I would be found standing in a gallery mesmerised by a film … Continued