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Architects Journal
11 September 2003

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  • A little Moorish

    The exuberant decorative scheme has been restored by Thomas Ford & Partners at a rare surviving Teulon church, St Mary's in Ealing
  • An artist under the cover of architecture

    There on the cover of this Penguin John Updike book was a drawing of what was very clearly Archigram member Dennis Crompton looking over his shoulder.

    Look out for your invitation to the AJ/100% Design Architects' Evening in this issue of the AJ.

    Rab Bennetts has agreed to join the distinguished ranks of Richard Meier, Tadao Ando and Tony Benn in giving the annual Lubetkin lecture.The lecture - sponsored by The Concrete Centre, which was launched last week - is an opportunity for an architect or figure of international standing to talk about their work, usually with some reference to concrete.Other previous speakers include Juha Leiviska and Ken Shuttleworth of Foster and Partners.For more information, contact The Concrete Centre on 0

    CABE has called on architects and built-environment professionals to apply for cash from its new regional funding programme.The scheme aims to help pay for initiatives that bring the issues of the built environment out to communities across the English regions.This new round of funding will run from April 2004 to March 2006.Applications are encouraged from a range of organisations including education initiatives, architecture centres and construction schemes.

    The University of Cambridge's school of architecture has relaunched its Part 3 course, despite its decision to close its diploma in July (AJ 24.7.03).From October the course will be fully integrated into the university and successful candidates will receive a Cambridge-accredited qualification upon completion.
  • Comfort zone

    New Home: Architecture & Design By James Soane. Conran Octopus, 2003. £50
  • competitions


    A memorial celebration of the life and work of Neville Conder is being held on Thursday 9 October from 3-5pm at the Ismaili Centre, 1 Cromwell Road, London SW7.
  • Cornish holiday village faces angry opposition

    Evans & Shalev's proposals for a vast new holiday village on Cornwall's Carlyon Bay have come under fire from a coalition of locals and environmentalists.
  • Domestic bliss

    James Soane, former director at Conran and Partners, is enjoying the small scale and the sharp end - whether at his Project Orange office or designing MFI kitchens
  • Expanding Eden

    Cullum and Nightingale has created a beautiful, contextual beach house in a Caribbean palm grove

    Foster and Partners' Imperial College Faculty Building was topped out last week.The fourstorey administration building - on the university's South Kensington campus - forms part of the practice's wider masterplan for the site.The building will house office accommodation and a 30-space car park and is scheduled for completion in April.
  • Grand visions

    A Thing in Disguise: The Visionary Life of Joseph Paxton By Kate Colquhoun. Fourth Estate, 2003. £18.99

    The Government Office for London has issued an Article 14 holding directive against Grimshaw's controversial plans for an 'ellipse'building at the Royal College of Art.The move follows impassioned pleas from Docomomo and the Twentieth Century Society that it would damage HT Cadbury-Brown's Grade II*-listed 1959-64 building on the site.
  • Invisible house pleads special case

    Marks Barfield's scheme for an 'invisible house' on Green Belt land in London's Mill Hill has been rejected on principle by planners, despite winning over the support of CABE and English Heritage.
  • JCT moves towards hard-nosed definition of contract rights

    legal matters
  • Johansen's appliance of science

    American architect John M Johansen, whose futuristic work takes its inspiration from cutting-edge science, is in the country for the UK launch of his book, Nanoarchitecture: A new species of architecture. Johansen, who will be presenting some of his recent projects at the Building Centre in London's Store Street tonight (Thursday), was taught by Gropius, employed by SOM and Breuer, and won the admiration of Reyner Banham and Archigram.
  • Jonathan Manser - The Manser Practice

    martin pawley Q & A
  • Katherine Vaughan-Williams (1955-2003)

    Katherine Vaughan-Williams, known to her many students and more readers as Katherine Shonfield, was perhaps the most inventive and wide-ranging intellect of her generation in architecture. She was an architect, installation artist, writer and teacher, and, never really recognising the distinctions between them, exercised an extraordinary moral and critical force. She wrote as she spoke, whether privately or lecturing, or on the wireless. To hear her speak, even as her health declined, was to
  • Katherine Vaughan-Williams: tributes a testament to her life and career

    It is unusual for the broadsheets to run obituaries of architectural academics, and unheard of that they should pay tribute to a theorist who was young, female and very much removed from the established academic institutions. That both the Times and the Guardian have seen fit to run extensive obituaries of Katherine Vaughan-Williams is testament to her success in challenging the conventions of architectural academia.
  • Keep up appearances

    Quinlan Terry's latest Classical facades to otherwise modern offices once more raise the question of architectural integrity, writes Kenneth Powell







  • Look and learn

    Regular monitoring of your office's standards and procedures is as important as checking personal development
  • Mayor to back Ritchie as battle lines are drawn

    Ken Livingstone has reacted with dismay to Southwark council's decision to reject Ian Ritchie Architects' proposals for a cluster of small towers on London's Potters' Fields.
  • My name is Ozymandias

    Norman Foster: Works, Volume 1 Edited by David Jenkins. Prestel, 2003. 580pp. £60
  • 'Niemeyer's pavilion must remain'

    The Serpentine Gallery's temporary pavilion, now a regular summer fixture, could also become a permanent fixture, if architect Stephen Fry achieves his dream.

    Work on Peter Cook and Colin Fournier's Kunsthaus art gallery in Graz is being finalised in preparation for the building's 'housewarming' later this month.The 'biomorphic'structure has a span of 60 metres and houses two large exhibition rooms.Unusually shaped 'nozzles'project northwards to admit daylight, while the acrylic glass outer 'skin'contains fluorescent tubes that 'turn the blue bubble into a house-sized, low-resolution screen' to display simple image sequences, films and text streams
  • Open House on track to smash record

    The bookies' favourite for this year's Stirling Prize, Herzog & de Meuron's Laban Centre in Deptford, is set to form the centrepiece of London Open House 2003.
  • people & practices

    PCKO Architects has appointed Anthony Thornberry as an associate director and promoted Paul Webb to associate.
  • Period performance

    Central School of Speech and Drama has been reshaped by Cullum and Nightingale, with restrained conservation telling the story of its past
  • Planning reforms set to hit housing ambitions

    The mammoth house building programme planned for the South East could be held up by new planning reforms that came into effect last week, the House Builders Federation has warned.
  • Please re-lease me

    Dilapidations schedules are easy to get right, but will have serious repercussions if not taken seriously
  • products

  • Revealed: the runners and riders on 2003 Stirling Prize shortlist

    A £16,000 ferry terminal in the Inner Hebrides and a £26 million office development in central London are among the six buildings to have made it onto the shortlist for the 2003 Stirling Prize. Unveiled for the first time in this week's AJ, the six candidates, including Foster and Partners' Great Court and Bill Dunster's BedZED, will battle it out for the honour of succeeding Wilkinson Eyre's Millennium Bridge in Gateshead, which landed the £20,000 prize last year.
  • RIBA and V&A in toast to mystery benefactor

    A mysterious donation of £1.8 million to the RIBA and V&A Museum's Architecture for All campaign has left fundraisers amazed.
  • ring the changes

    Ring Cycle
  • Scotland the Brave

    The new illustrated yearbook of Scottish architecture displays the wide range of talents thriving north of the border
  • Sino-British talks bring recognition deal closer

    The RIBA is set to host negotiations that, if successful, will bring a proposed mutual recognition agreement with China considerably nearer.
  • The hollow ring of immobile phones letterboxing the future

    'The big news is that your office is now as mobile as you are' enthuses the full-page Nokia advertisement, along with a picture of an office worker kneeling on his chair and waving his tiny Nokia Communicator in triumph. Poor sap! Doesn't he realise that there is already a hollow ring to this supposed new gift of freedom? Just as the value of investments goes down as well as up, so can the promise of an electronic paradise turn out to be no more than a play on words. 'As mobile as you are' ca
  • The recipe for diversity in a new northern supercity

    The dispersed city centre has, by careful thought, common practice and rhetoric, been largely ignored as a credible possibility.

  • vital statistics

    Entrepreneurial German architect Joachim Hauser has proposed the construction of an extraordinary 106,000m 2underwater hotel off the coast of Dubai. The £350 million complex would contain 220 hotel rooms, a tunnel to the mainland and a submarine facility.
  • who said what

    'If they sell more knickers per square metre, we'll be happy'
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