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1. Ian Abley, quoted by Mark Key, Sustainable Masonry Construction, Garston, Watford, IHS BRE Press, 2009, p 90

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Manmade Modular Megastructures Homes 2016Why is construction so backward?Sustaining Architecture in the Anti-Machine Age

250 New Towns - The club for people with big plans to build

Where to build?100,000 homes a year is all that will be built in Britain unless we organise against the Town and Country planning systemThe regression of Green Capitalism

Plotlands as a measure of housing affordability 75 years on

Jonathan Schwinge's 2012 Mile High London, dimensionally defined by Ian Abley and CAD modelled by Andrew Sheldon

click here for the International Vacuum Insulation Symposium 2013 at EMPA, Zürich, Switzerland

click here for the International Vacuum Insulation Symposium 2011 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

click here for the International Vacuum Insulation Symposium 2009 at the Royal Institution, London

Martin Pawley - Straight to the point

Ian Abley

Ian is a tenacious construction industry professional who has worked on large scale, demanding, fast-moving, and innovative projects, mostly in London. He had a full architectural training, but is no longer registered.

He is experienced in complex construction tasks, and gets fully involved in ways to clarify and simplify building processes. Ian anticipates problems and finds solutions. He draws well, communicates clear production information, likes Building Information Modelling as information management, and writes sensible specifications. Ian details construction so as to realise the architectural intent, understands how to work with façade, structural, and services engineers, checks compliance with contracts, and snags building work to practical completion.

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Ian has considerable experience of residential and commercial development, transport infrastructure, and strategic planning. After running his own practice in the North East, he worked for several prestigious architects, engineers, and trade associations. He has worked hard for both expanding and contracting businesses, succeeding and struggling in changeable markets.

Both for employers and away from his day job, Ian has organised successful events on the technology, economics and politics of building and planning. Ian is a down-to-earth yet challenging presenter, enjoying discussion and speaking engagements. He helped organise the 250 New Towns Club at The Building Centre as an experimental plan drawing club

click250 New Town Locations

Ian co-edited the collection of essays in Sustaining Architecture in the Anti-machine Age (2001) with James Heartfield. He was the co-author of Why is construction so backward? (2004) and of Homes 2016 (2004) with James Woudhuysen. With Jonathan Schwinge he co-edited an edition of AD magazine, titled Manmade Modular Megastructures (2006).


Ian Abley, 8 College Close, Hackney, London, E9 6ER

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Sustainability is elastic, and so many charlatans have smuggled so much rubbish into it that you're better off not using the prefix "sustainable". (1)

Ian Abley writes...

clickBetween a Rock and a Harder Place 24.04.2015

clickOne Nation Labour is not a new invention 02.10.2012

clickWrong! - Policy Exchange misunderstands planning 20.09.2012

clickHow little space we live in 12.07.2012

clickHome is a Double Decker Bus refit for Daniel Bond and Stacey Drinkwater 01.07.2012

clickEd Miliband is lying to me 25.06.2012

clickPickles Plans a Pogrom 13.04.2011

clickThe awesome mendacity of Eric Pickles 31.03.2011

clickZero Eco-Towns 28.03.2011

clickBritain can't so easily stop the Dependency Culture 31.10.2010

We lay out a 1:50,000 scale OS map of Britain and discuss where the equivalent of 250 new towns might be located

clickPlanning Gain is a loss 01.01.2010

clickThe scramble for housing policy at the start of 2010 30.12.2009

clickDeluded Housing Minister John Healey celebrates the 1909 Planning Act 10.12.2009

clickAdam Posen's desperate idea for the Chancellor 03.12.2009

clickThere is no "free market" housing solution, Hugh 27.11.2009

clickOpen all the publicly funded "black box" data that environmentalists guard as "evidence" 22.11.2009

clickDon't expect explanation from a McKinsey report 17.11.2009

clickPredicting the future of British house building 07.11.2009

Pattern Book Planning

clickWho will 33,000 architects house this year? 04.09.2009

clickThe regression of Green Capitalism 27.08.2009

clickThe British Government promotes twenty-first century eco-thickness 15.07.2009

clickPrince Charles is Britain's master-eco-fraudster 09.07.2009

clickNot enough room to "Swing a Cat" 24.06.2009

clickKevin McCloud sells the virtue of "eco-thickness" 17.06.2009

clickReshuffle 2009 10.06.2009

clickHazel Blears is the most unbelievable of Ministers because of the poverty of her planning law 10.05.2009

clickGoogling plotlands at 10 to 30 homes a hectare 22.04.2009

clickWhere to build in 2009? 14.04.2009

clickPlotlands as a measure of affordability 75 years on 05.04.2009

clickBritain doesn't add up 11.03.2009

Photograph courtesy of Andrew Brooks - click for more...

clickEnerg!se the future now, say James Woudhuysen and Joe Kaplinsky 30.01.2009

clickMargaret Beckett's 35 year old broken promise 08.10.2008

clickWe are witnessing a British built "housing crisis" that Government is powerless to resolve 23.07.2008

clickThames Gateway - Closed 11.07.2008

clickWhere are the citizens? 09.07.2008

clickMANTOWNHUMAN... Manifesto: Towards a New Humanism in Architecture 05.07.2008

clickCities can't create a better society 17.05.2008

clickAustin Williams unpicks Sustainability to identify eight Enemies of Progress 06.05.2008

clickDouble the population of London - serious growth in the Thames Gateway 17.04.2008

Reduce the Green Belt in a pro-growth policy to develop more land than the Thames Gateway alone

clickThe Code for Sustainable Homes is broken 19.03.2008

clickMartin Pawley - Straight to the point 16.03.2008

clickGummer might gloat, but he made the Building Research Establishment what it is today 11.11.2007

clickBritain's "Consultation Overload" - debated but not abating 06.11.2007

clickBlowhard Brown and the eco-towns of Little Britain 13.07.2007

clickThe brick made civilisation possible, and will continue to do so 01.05.2007

clickThe "housing market collapse" fear is an excuse to avoid planning for housing production 23.04.2007

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In correspondence on pattern book planning...

clickCan we look to construction product manufacturers? Ian Abley writes to Colin Davies, 09.04.2009

clickConnecting planning with building control Ian Abley writes to Colin Davies, 05.04.2007

Ian Abley click here for Why is construction so backward? by James Woudhuysen, Ian Abley, Stefan Muthesius and Miles Glendinning, published by John Wiley & Sons 2004click here for Homes 2016 by James Woudhuysen and Ian Abley, the first Broadside supplement from Blueprintclick here for Sustaining Architecture in the Anti-Machine Age, a collection of 18 essays edited by Ian Abley and James Heartfield, published by John Wiley & Sons 2001
Panorama courtesy of Mark Harrop

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