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Architects Journal
12 August 2004

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  • A glazed facade with LVL mullions

    The Idea Store, containing a library, cafe, spaces for adult education and computer access, is a single-storey, lightweight steel structure, approximately 60m long, built on the roof of a 1960s concrete flat-roofed shopping arcade. At the south end it extends beyond the original building to create a double-height atrium - the main entrance - with access at ground-floor level.
  • A rock in a hard place

    In the second article in our monthly series examining materials in their historic settings, we explore the varieties of stone and the use of stone in a restoration case study
  • Ability must match ambition in the quest to do it better

    As consultants analysing a client's requirement for a building, we have a well-defined role.
  • ARB fights to silence Salisbury

    The ARB has issued an injunction against rebel board member Ian Salisbury in an effort to end the publication of details of confidential legal advice.
  • Brum renaissance needs support not criticism

    Can the Birmingham School of Architecture and Landscape at the University of Central England (UCE), the subject of so much press criticism recently (AJ 15.7.04), really be the same school with which I have been associated during the past few years?
  • Case study: Temple Bar

    Temple Bar was once the portal on the Strand marking the boundary between the City of London and Westminster, and is the last surviving of London's eight perimeter gates. Moreover, it is one of the capital's great Baroque monuments. The two-storey structure was built during 1670-72 in Portland stone and, although in the style of Christopher Wren, it is not thought to be his design. It features two slim pedestrian arches flanking a flat road arch that supports a pedimented first-floor room dec
  • Clause for celebration

  • 'Cloud' failure faces council inquiry

    The inquiry into the collapse of Liverpool's Fourth Grace scheme got under way on Monday when the scrutiny panel of the city council's regeneration committee sat publicly for the first time.
  • Data protection scam costs architects thousands

    Architects have become the main target for fraudsters posing as data protection officials.
  • diary

  • Dodgy domains and Microsoft's many minions

    I recently ran a warning about 'urgent' (but bogus) invoices that junior staff might be panicked into paying while you are on holiday. Now, reports The Register's daily newsfeed (subscribe at www. theregister. com), Nominet is warning of a company called Domain Registry Services, which sends out 'Domain Expiration Notice' letters. It encloses an envelope and warns you will lose your domain name unless you fork out £60 - and offers a five-year renewal for £140, or 10 years for £
  • English Heritage and CABE are best of friends

    How easy it is for different conclusions to be drawn from a single report. While 'Select Committee slams EH [English Heritage] and CABE conflict' (AJ 29.7.04) makes for an eye-catching headline, the substance of the Select Committee report provides firm political support for English Heritage and the steps it is taking to encourage the adaptation of historic buildings and places, and allow their continued use.

    The building services design was driven by the need to minimise capital costs and maintenance while creating an energy-efficient design.

  • Foggo Associates

    Foggo Associates has submitted plans to give London's Cannon Street Station a multimillionpound facelift. Its proposal for developer Hines revolves around Cannon Place, an eight-storey office building with more than 36,000m 2 of floor space, which would rise above the remodelled station.
  • Hackney in £25m public revamp

    Hackney council in east London is set to overhaul both of its Grade II-listed town hall buildings as part of a £25 million project to improve public access to local services.

    In the week following the AJ's PPG 7 victory, we look back at the campaign milestones in our own words - from the bid's humble beginnings to the planning minister's policy U-turn

    building study Adjaye/Associates' first public building, an Idea Store for Tower Hamlets, is a striking landmark, built in a tight urban context and making inventive use of materials
  • In with the new

    Emerging technologies continue to change the face of architecture as we know it.
  • Ion brew

    Construction eyebrows may also be raised by the development of PLATO, surface coatings made using low-pressure plasma by the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technical Science and Applied Material Research, Bremen, Germany.

    The Lansbury Estate 1,2 was the first of the 11 areas of Stepney and Poplar to be built under the Abercrombie Plan for the post-Second World War rebuilding of London's East End. Planned by the London County Council in 1949, the decision was taken to concentrate on building 12ha of its 54ha as the 'Live Architecture' exhibit for the 1951 Festival of Britain.
  • Livingstone vows to kill 'awful' London hospital

    Ken Livingstone's planning department has put in jeopardy HOK's plans for a massive new PFI hospital in London's Whitechapel.
  • Mix and match

    Dennis Gilbert: Modern Equations At Photofusion, 17a Electric Lane, London SW9, until 11 September
  • Nouvel gets it up

    Jean Nouvel's 34-storey Torre Agbar in Barcelona is nearing completion. Construction of the tower is set to finish in October and will then be followed by an eight month fit-out. The 30,000m 2 scheme - which aims to be a 'landmark recognisable on a metropolitan scale' - becomes increasingly slender as it rises before being 'crowned' with a rounded cupola. The skyscraper has a double facade and the first 25 floors will have windows that are seemingly random openings. From the 25th storey up, t
  • Old flames fade away

    A flame in which you can stick your fingers without burning them could revolutionise the way buildings are heated. 'Cool flame', a phenomenon first noticed in 1805, is generated not by combustion but by oxidation.
  • Pevsner set to revisit Lancashire? twice!

    To put right two slips in your review of Joseph Sharples'Pevsner Architectural Guides: Liverpool (AJ 22.4.04), a full revision of Pevsner's 'Lancashire' volumes is indeed under way, with two volumes (not one) devoted to the southern part of the county, and another covering the north. And the new south-western volume will include a condensed version of Sharples' Liverpool text, rather than a wholly new account.
  • PPG 7

    Countryside saved by campaign spirit - Congratulations AJ on the success of your spirited campaign.

    The ODPM has made a major U-turn and given in to the AJ's PPG 7 'Save the Clause' campaign.

    'Very occasionally the exceptional quality and innovative nature of the design of a proposed, isolated new house may provide this special justification for granting planning permission. Such a design should be truly outstanding and ground-breaking, for example in its use of materials, methods of construction or its contribution to protecting and enhancing the environment, so helping to raise standards of design more generally in rural areas. The value of such a building will be found in its r
  • Q & A David Adjaye Adjaye/Associates

    When and where were you born?
  • RFH fears are educated not merely misinformed

    The Twentieth Century Society may disagree with Allies and Morrison's scheme for the Royal Festival Hall (RFH), but this is not the same thing as being 'misinformed' (''I am not RFH vandal' says angry Morrison', AJ 29.7.04). Following its usual practice, the society has consulted with all parties before reaching the view that the visual impact of the changes to the auditorium is excessive for a Grade I-listed building.
  • Saving the clause could catalyse the changing role of the countryside

    It has been an exciting week for The Architects' Journal. Working on a magazine, even one that has as close a relationship with its readers as we do, can be frustrating. We write, we argue, but how much effect do we actually have? Normally, we have to measure our influence indirectly. How good it is, then, to be able to see a tangible result - a U-turn in government policy as the result of a campaign by the AJ. Planning minister Keith Hill said that the AJ should be 'very proud of its campaig
  • Saving Wotton: The Remarkable Story of a Soane Country House

    At Sir John Soane's Museum, 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2, until 25 September
  • Six set to make Olympic splash

    A host of international architects are competing to design the Olympic Aquatic Centre, a key venue in London's bid to host the 2012 Games.
  • Smart glass

    UK firm FeONIC uses Terfenol-D - a 'smart', reactive material that expands and contracts at very high frequency when stimulated by a magnetic field, called 'magnetostriction' - to make any hard, flat surface into an audio speaker with perfect directional sound.

    The existing podium structure is a concrete slab supported on a combination of concrete columns and walls, which subdivide the shops below. These shops needed to remain open during construction and therefore the intention was to build the new structure off the existing podium slab and avoid intrusive strengthening works.

    If skateboarding ever becomes accepted as an Olympic sport, Russell Potter, a third-year student at the University of Nottingham, is ready with his design for the Yoshiwara Hotel. Designed for London's 2012 Olympic bid, this comprises a floating urban canvas that allows skateboarders to create beauty through a combination of skill, balance, motion, and textures. The manipulation of space is manifested in freedom of movement and constantly deforming landscapes, with technologies and materials
  • Test of time

    Culture of Building: The Architecture of John McAslan + Partners By Kenneth Powell. Merrell, 2004. £40

    AJ 31.7.03 - Following an interview with the new planning minister Keith Hill, it emerges that he is seemingly more sympathetic to the case for keeping the clause than his predecessor. Hill highlights his interest in country houses and his long-term membership of the National Trust.
  • The ever-conflicting views of the image conscious and the ordinary

    What do ordinary people think of the architectural drawings, computer-generated images and photographs of buildings that are increasingly appearing in the newspapers? Do they find them helpful in understanding the projects and buildings that are portrayed? Well, not exactly. It is my suspicion that their immediate reaction springs from the broad spectrum of ideas that link the deeply suspicious to the profoundly hostile, and settles there.

    For Tower Hamlets, the 'Idea' in Idea Stores is about more than buildings. 'It's about learning in its widest sense, ' says Idea Stores programme director Helen Wills. For example, this month's Idea magazine includes features on volunteering, gardening, events, the city farm and wildlife walks spotting spiders in Mile End Park.
  • Therapeutic hospital design: share your views

    I am a researcher working in the geography department at Loughborough University and am very interested to know where the links between hospital design and therapeutic value come from. This appears to be of particular importance to many of the new PFI projects built in the past few years. I'm trying to understand whether ideas from overseas are being translated into the British context. Any ideas and/or thoughts would be welcomed.
  • UCE head quits amid results furore

    The head of the University of Central England's (UCE) school of architecture has resigned following this year's appalling exam results, the AJ can reveal.
  • vital statistics

    A report by Arup predicts that global warming could send temperatures soaring inside Britain's naturally ventilated buildings. By 2080, office temperatures could reach 39¦C - hotter than they are in presentday Cairo.
  • What's the big idea? RIAS defends exhibition

    The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has dismissed claims that it acted inappropriately by headlining the practice of its own president at its annual Edinburgh Festival exhibition.
  • who said what

    'I have to keep him in line. I wouldn't say I crack a whip, but this is the division of duties we decided on' Nina Libeskind on husband Daniel. New York Times, 30.7.04
  • World Heritage not a factor in Cloud demise

    Your article 'World Heritage status scuppers Alsop's Cloud' (AJ 22.7.04) is misleading. The press release that announced the decision not to progress the scheme gives a clear explanation of the reasons and the financial challenges facing the scheme. No blame whatsoever is attributed to the recently awarded World Heritage status.
  • You are what you read and there's space on my shelves

    A glance at other people's bookshelves can sometime be very informative. What do they keep close at hand when working?
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