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Architects Journal
13 May 2004

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  • A common thread

    JosÚ Luis Sert, 1901-1983 By Josep M Rovira. Electa, 2003. 406pp. £45
  • A trip down memory lane

    In his latest book, The Earth, Richard Fortey argues that 'human beings seem to be programmed to love their home territory'. But is this concept of urban memory true, or even desirable? Austin Williams reports
  • ARB 'gag' sees Salisbury take board battle to court

    ARB rebel Ian Salisbury was locked in a bitter legal battle with the board and its advisers this week in the run up to today's board meeting.

    Professor Peter Cook is to step down as chairman of the Bartlett School of Architecture in October.Christine Hawley, who is currently dean of the faculty of the built environment, will replace him.
  • BCI Awards gets most entries ever

    A record 226 projects have been submitted for entry at the British Construction Industry (BCI) Awards 2004.
  • Bennetts secures new City square

    Bennetts Associates has won planning consent for the redevelopment of New Street Square in London's EC2 area.

    The AJ is the media partner of The Shape of London, a mayoral debate organised by the Architecture Foundation.The event, which will be attended by all the candidates, will take place in the South Bank's Queen Elizabeth Hall on 27 May at 7pm.For tickets, email: askmayor@ architecturefoundation. org. uk
  • Calatrava's spectacular roof

    Contractors employed by the Athens 2004 organisation and the Greek government this week began to install Santiago Calatrava's spectacular roof of the Olympic Stadium. Covering an area of 26,900m 2, the oval-shaped roof is composed of two steel and plexiglass structures that Calatrava compares to 'bent leaves'.The roof was designed so that its structural elements could be prefabricated off-site for more efficient installation.The off-site assembly was carried out on schedule by mid-April.Calat
  • Clock watching, massive attack and speedy PDFs

    I promised to report on Atomic Clock Sync from www. chaossoftware. com, which offers a really accurate clock to replace the Windows version.That is accurate not in the sense of the Microsoft clock whose random behavior can be unnerving for gentle souls. First of all it has worked accurately for at least a fortnight. Then I thought it might be an interesting test to pit it against a rival time application called AboutTime, which you download (also free) from www. arachnoid. com/abouttime/index
  • 'Communication breakdown key to fiasco' says Holyrood engineer

    One of the most senior figures in engineering giant Ove Arup has blamed the Scottish Parliament's problems on a lack of leadership and communication in the construction of Enric Miralles' project, writes Ed Dorrell.
  • Conservation piece

    Hampshire County Council had to keep a clear vision when painstakingly restoring a local museum
  • Court case to fuel asthma claims

    A court case in Glasgow is threatening to set a precedent and open the floodgates for insurance claims against architects and builders.
  • Cultural crusaders

    Modernism and the Mediterranean: the Maeght Foundation By Jan Kenneth Birksted. Ashgate, 2004. 208pp. £55
  • diary

    London Lesley Foxcroft Until 15 May.An exhibition at Annely Juda Fine Art,23 Dering St, W1.Details 020 7629 7578.
  • Doctor, doctor

  • Ethical gauntlet thrown down in pursuit of construction code

    In a lecture last June, Professor John Uff QC suggested that there was scope for a single ethical code for that loose grouping of professionals from many disciplines who work in construction law and who are bound at present by a variety of different professional standards (AJ 10.7.03). The Society of Construction Law (SCL) picked up this gauntlet and set up an ethics group to consider the matter. On 2 December, Judge Thornton QC of the Technology and Construction Court gave a paper to the SCL
  • Fast-track housing proposal sparks Gateway sustainability concerns

    Alarm bells are ringing in the architectural and planning community over the government's radical moves to accelerate its ambitious housebuilding programme in the Thames Gateway.
  • Flexible education: learning a lesson from the legal profession

    Flexibility is one of those words that carries the ring of righteousness.

    Zaha Hadid Architects has beaten off competition from five other international offices to win the EuskoTren's new headquarters building in Durango, Spain.The scheme will include - as well as the sevenstorey office - a leisure centre, a new landscaped public park and a new underground station.
  • History of the museum

    Past visitors, perhaps attracted by reading Gilbert White's Natural History of Selborne, were in for rather more than they bargained for. They were confronted with a building, the majority of which was obviously not 18th century, housing on its upper floors a museum dedicated to others - two members of the Oates family. These, together with rather old-fashioned, hardto-follow displays packed into a series of small domestic rooms, made a visit to The Wakes a challenging experience.

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  • In private hands

  • Keppie's popularity speaks for itself

    I am grateful to you for publishing Mackintosh scholar John McKean's email, 'Keppie legacy not fit for RIAS retrospective' (AJ 29.4.04) so that I can explode a few myths. McKean's premise is that Honeyman and Mackintosh could design memorable buildings, but that everyone else in the 150 years of the practice could not, and the RIAS was wrong to devote exhibition space to the subject. Incidentally, McKean obviously did not visit the exhibition.
  • Landscape architect is central to development

    The AJ has previously published a letter from me concerning the inappropriate use of bastardised versions of the word 'landscape' (AJ 5.4.01), but the message has clearly not reached Barrie Evans in time for his piece on Norton Canes.
  • Less is Meier

  • NAO attack heaps safety pressure on profession

    The National Audit Office (NAO) has launched a searing attack on the health and safety record of architects and construction designers.
  • Nice fellows

  • Nuclear versus solar - the great miracle fuel rematch

    Half a century ago, in the aftermath of the Second World War, it was widely believed that the energy problems of the world had been solved. Atomic energy had been tested in war and had brought total victory.Now it was expected to don civilian clothes and go to work on the great task of reconstruction. It was confidently believed that the electricity generated by atomic energy would be so cheap that utilities would not even have to bill consumers for it.
  • Office of Metropolitan Architecture

    Rem Koolhaas' Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) is on a shortlist of four to replace the rundown 1970s Forum des Halles in Paris. The much-criticised building will be demolished to make way for an attraction that aims to 'rival the Eiffel Tower, Pompidou Centre and the Louvre'. OMA proposes 21 coloured pyramids dotted over the site with a series of underground developments. The practice is up against French-based David Mangin and Jean Nouvel, and this year's Serpentine pavilion archit
  • people & practices

    Carey Jones Architects has appointed Chris Bailey as head of urban design and masterplanning, based at its Leeds office.
  • Piers Gough arrogance feeds public's distrust

    As a social historian with an interest in urban architecture and the forces influencing its development, I have recently started reading the AJ.One of the things I have noticed in its pages is the 'democratic deficit' displayed by many Modern architects when faced with serious local opposition to their designs. It is perfectly possible to regard a design as unsuitable for its proposed location without being against Modern architecture as a whole.
  • products

    THE REAL DOOR COMPANY AJ ENQUIRY NO: 201 From The Real Door Company comes a complete range of high-quality flush doors, designed to complement its bespoke framed and panelled hardwood doors. Following a major investment in the most advanced CNC facility, it can supply flush doors veneered or painted with complex apertures and curved doors at a highly competitive price.
  • Q & A Max Fordham Max Fordham & Partners

    When and where were you born?
  • Raise your glass

    Andrew Doolan's last building, a modern extension to a Victorian suburban dwelling, displays an intelligent use of a limited palette

    Dublin-based Anthony Reddy Associates (ARA) has merged with O'Riordan Staehli of Cork.Reddy will remain as managing director of ARA.The Cork office will be headed by Donogh O'Riordan for the next two years and the practice renamed Reddy O'Riordan Staehli.
  • Regent Palace Hotel wins Grade II listing after conservation row

    The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has listed the controversial Regent Palace Hotel in London.
  • RIBA review proposes radical competitions office overhaul

    The RIBA is planning a radical reform to its Competitions Office, turning it into a service that will more closely resemble a client procurement advice centre.
  • Rules are quite clear on RIBA name use rights

    The self-satisfied pronouncement by David Lusty (Letters, AJ 29.4.04) should fool no one.
  • Rules of engagement

    Architects and the 'Building World' from Chambers to Ruskin: Constructing Authority By Brian Hanson. Cambridge University Press, 2003. £55 A pleasure in reviewing books is to come across one that weaves loose threads together, which guide into order the hares that others set running. Such a book does not have to be great or ambitious; it may merely flip the more substantial themes of others into a hitherto unseen coherence. Brian Hanson's Architects and the 'Building World' from Chambers
  • Sales mean nothing when the customer hasn't got a choice

    A recent journey around the bypasses of rural England confirmed how it is always nice to blame someone else for the mess we see around us, and volume housebuilders seem to be the new estate agents.Everyone is having a go at them.Perhaps it is because they have so successfully dominated the housing market.
  • School's out

  • Shuttleworth to speak at AJ/Spectrum event

    Ken Shuttleworth of Make will give a presentation about changing trends in office interiors at the Spectrum exhibition on Wednesday 19 May, starting at 6pm.The AJ event, chaired by editorial director Paul Finch, will review current thinking on office architecture and layouts.Entry to the event is free, but you will need to pre-register for the show by calling 0870 429 4420 or visiting www. spectrumexhibition. co. uk.
  • Simon Molesworth (1956-2004)

    Simon Molesworth died aged 48 on the 14 April after a long fight with cancer.
  • Star quality

  • Steel staircase with steel and slate treads

    working details

    'Brighton Rocks' is an installation produced for the Brighton Festival by three postgraduate architecture students at the University of Brighton: Vicki Foster-Key, Kate McNamara and Fiona McWilliam.Erected at the entrance to the Pavilion Gardens, it deals with ideas about a sense of place, and of change over time.The giant stick of rock was originally wrapped in cellophane, which has now been removed to expose the pink covering of casein-based paint mixed with sugar.As the elements wash away
  • The education revolution begins

    The heads of schools alliance SCHOSA is on the verge of launching the biggest revolution in architectural education for a generation.
  • the ones that got away

  • V&A/RIBA gallery gets under way

    Work has started on Gareth Hoskins Architects' £5.3 million V&A/RIBA Architecture Gallery in South Kensington.
  • vital statistics

    A quarter of seven to 10-year- olds now owns a mobile phone, according to a survey published last week. It shows that the proportion of junior school kids with mobiles has increased from the 13 per cent recorded in 2001.
  • Where's the proof of Swiss Re energy claims?

    Swiss Re is a staggering achievement (AJ 29.4.04) but, such is the scepticism in parts of the industry as to its 'green' credentials, it would have been good to see some objective evidence as to its performance now that it has been fitted out.
  • who said what

    'The most beautiful new private art space London has seen since the opening of the original Saatchi Gallery' Deyan Sudjic acclaims Caruso St John's Gagosian Gallery, opening on 27 May. Observer, 9.5.04
  • Zero to infinity

    Antony Gormley: Clearing At White Cube Gallery, 48 Hoxton Square, London N1 until 29 May
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