Anna Minton on Britain’s ‘broken’ planning system

©Bill Butcher

Why speculators are benefiting from rising land values instead of local communities as was originally intended

Izabella Kaminska: a London-only interest rate?

The logic behind the theory lies in the assumption that the UK capital is transforming into a sovereign city-state

Izabella Kaminska: Real estate’s deadly secrets

Why you may struggle to unearth the devil in the detail when you find your perfect property

Izabella Kaminska: a fridge too far?

Before spouting forth on smart appliances interfering with our consumer choices, think of the upsides they bring

Best of 2014 - In business there’s no place like home

Why a group of lawyers was prepared to pay ‘hedge-fund level’ rent to keep its office in the General Motors building

Izabella Kaminska: can our cities stay in the race?

The bigger the urban system gets, the more energy-intensive it becomes and the faster and bigger life needs to be to sustain it

The wasted power of Bitcoin

Could an energy intensive, electrical mining rig offer a smart solution to heating our homes?

illustration of a plan for a green urban landscape
©Luke Waller

Under threat: Britain’s green urban space

Where are the visions for new Arcadias and public parks that inspire others to follow? By Jane Owen

Illustration of farming
©Jane Smith

Crops v conservation: farmers’ dilemma

Farmers and environmentalists need to work together to ensure the industry is both productive and ecologically sound

Build like a Bond villain

If you’re not one of the elite, you’ll end up being a servant to them in some shape or form

London developers on unsteady ground

The city’s increasingly commodified real estate market is dominated by speculative foreign buyers

Best of 2014 - Izabella Kaminska: summits wrong

‘The hunt for fresh snow, the new scarce commodity, has begun to resemble a Klondike gold rush’

Capitalism’s threat to space

‘This is the point when a power-hungry billionaire finds a legal path to building his own Death Star’

A cautionary tale in sq ft

Measurements can vary depending on who is wielding the tape measure, with hangovers and Friday afternoons also a factor

In the market for a revival

London’s Smithfield quarter is under threat, warns Marcus Binney of Save Britain’s Heritage

How to lose one’s cool – and cash

Tenants in a new West End block may well be London’s hippest cats when they sign the lease – but it won’t last

Izabella Kaminska: The property illusion

One man’s wealth tax becomes another man’s wealth confiscation

Home insecurities

The more we barricade ourselves behind iron doors, the greater our fear of the world

Prefab dreams and the meaning of life

Imagine being able to upload a program and sit back as the machine constructs a bespoke dwelling

Super-prime’s invisible driver

To overpay for real estate at least secures you relative value, a positive yield and a perch above Hyde Park


The Perspective column gives a tangential view of the property world. It is written, mostly, by the FT’s Property Correspondent Ed Hammond.

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