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Architects Journal
14 August 2003

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  • All systems go

  • Anger at 'crude' museum changes

    Edinburgh's architectural community has reacted with horror at plans to make 'gratuitous changes' to Benson and Forsyth's award-winning Museum of Scotland.
  • Anger at Paddington demolition

    Conservationists have reacted with horror to Westminster council's decision that it is minded to support Grimshaw's plans to demolish one of Paddington Station's celebrated sheds.
  • as protestor targets 'Grim Ovoid' at Royal College of Art

    A plan to fight Grimshaw's proposals for the Royal College of Art at Kensington Gore has been launched by a former member of the now-defunct Greater London Council's architecture department.
  • Avoid accepting dodgy lifts in the silly season

  • Caernarfon plan savaged as 'too diagrammatic'

    Design chiefs have made a stinging attack on a mixed-use plan by the Willacy Horseman Partnership, calling it 'monolithic', 'unsatisfying' and 'entirely inappropriate'.
  • Can Prescott's plan create more than just acres of bland boxes?

    John Prescott claims he is finally fleshing out his ambitions for the Communities Plan. But what will it mean? Will the architectural community be involved? And will it deliver any real results?
  • Case study: A courtyard roof garden incorporating water features, decked areas and seating, together with soft landscaping and lawns, built as part of a contemporary apartment development on the site

    The garden sits above a basement car park, and provides a secure amenity accessible only to residents. Tanking-grade mastic asphalt has been used to line the structure of the garden to prevent water ingress into the garages below.
  • Case study: A mixed development of residential, commercial and retail buildings incorporating refurbishment of existing structures and new build

    'We have installed mastic asphalt in a variety of ways on this job, including the roof of the main residential block, walkways, private terraces and a ramp into the car park, 'says Bob Bolton of mastic asphalt contractor Coverite.
  • Case study: A seven-deck multi-storey car park above a retail area in Horsham, West Sussex

    The building is a precast-concrete structure of beams spanning 15.6m, with precastconcrete planks laid in between, finished with a 75mm structural concrete topping.
  • Case study: A striking, sculptural landmark building on the waterfront at Salford Quays in Manchester, housing collections from the Imperial War Museum

    Since opening in 2002, the £30 million museum has far exceeded its expected visitor numbers. A key feature of architect Daniel Libeskind's outstanding design is the use of materials in their raw form.
  • Cedric Price (1934-2003)

    Cedric John Price (born 1934 in Stone, Staffordshire) was a rarity in the architectural profession - having had a profound influence on architectural thinking through teaching and projects, rather than completed buildings. His architect father, A G Price (1901-53), was responsible for several Odeon cinemas in the 1930s. His son studied architecture at Cambridge, where he made friends including Jonathan Miller (Price was best man at his wedding), and became president of the Society of Arts. Af
  • Coasting to success

  • Colour supplement

    Traditionally the only colours readily achievable from standard bitumen have been black, red and green.
  • competitions

  • Conran to rescue Brighton's landmark Embassy Court building

    The collapse of Brighton's West Pier has prompted a £5 million restoration of nearby Embassy Court, designed in 1935 by Wells Coates.
  • De Montfort faces legal challenge from students

    Architecture students have met with a Leicester law firm to discuss launching legal action against De Montfort University.
  • diary

  • Did you know?

    Sir Walter Raleigh discovered the asphalt lakes in Trinidad - source of much of the world's bitumen - in 1597.
  • Dwell time

  • Free up the 'equity' in housing and the economy will pick up the slack

    Not many people realise it, but we are on the verge of a very important anniversary. Six years ago, give or take a day or two, the then Tory heritage minister Stephen Dorrell told a thunderstruck audience of Leeds businessmen that the housing market was a thing of the past. 'Houses are for living in, ' he explained. 'If you want investment advice go to a stockbroker.'
  • Furneaux Stewart

    London-based Furneaux Stewart has designed this cafe on one of Britain's highest sites.The £6 million glass and granite block on Mount Snowdon is at the end of the mountain railway, the only access point to the 1,085m peak, which can be buffeted by 170 mile-an-hour winds.
  • Hopkins and Dunster win £50m battle of Hastings

    A team including Michael Hopkins, BedZed's Bill Dunster and engineer Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick has won a competition to design a £50 million mixed-use scheme on a station goods yard in Hastings.
  • Island gardens

  • Living for pleasure, laughing all the way to the gallows

    In the spring of 399 BC, Socrates was condemned to death by the people of Athens.
  • Look both ways - even when crossing a one-way street

    legal matters
  • Lost in space

  • Measuring up to MAC

    Mastic Asphalt Council contractors are subjected to quality inspections and independent assessments throughout the period of their membership. The leading trade body maintains a level of independence by receiving half its funding from the material's manufacturers.
  • Memo No.1 10th August 2003 Cedric Price died today; he will not be forgotten

    He will continue to sit on my shoulder, shouting in my ear when I am anything less than honest with myself
  • Michael Brawne 1925-2003

    Michael Brawne, who died in July, occupied a special place in British architecture, achieving distinction in practice, education and scholarship. In education he is probably best known as Professor of Architecture at Bath, from 1978 to 1990, where he collaborated with Ted Happold in creating the experimental course in which students of architecture and engineering shared courses and projects.
  • Mixture that stands the test of time

    If longevity is any measure of success for a construction material, then mastic asphalt is surely a winner, as it can boast a history dating back to Old Testament times. Importantly, though, the material has managed to maintain its place as the waterproofing material of choice throughout the intervening millennia, and is still specified today for many of the UK's most prestigious buildings.

    A consortium of EDAW, HOK Sport, Foreign Office Architects and Allies and Morrison has won the competition to masterplan London's bid for the 2012 Olympic Games. It beat Richard Rogers Partnership, Foster and Partners and Herzog & De Meuron to the prize.
  • On course

    technical & practice
  • people & practices

  • products

    SEGMENT SYSTEMS AJ ENQUIRY NO: 201 After 12 months' intensive product development and testing, Segment has launched its groundbreaking curved modular screen and furniture system.
  • Q&A: Mal Parker - Dunthorne Parker Architects

    When and where were you born?
  • Restoration tragedy?

  • SAVE ups ante for Palladian villas

    Activists alarmed by threats to some of Andrea Palladio's bestknown villas have cranked up their campaign by lobbying MEPs.
  • Shed aesthetics

    building study

    The 2003 Stirling Prize will be held in Bristol's science centre Explore@Bristol, designed by double-Stirling winner Wilkinson Eyre Architects.This year's jury will consist of RIBA president George Ferguson, AJ editor Isabel Allen, novelist Julian Barnes, singer Justine Frischmann and Chris Wilkinson, founder of Wilkinson Eyre.The event - organised with the AJ - is sponsored by SIV, the American Hardwood Export Council, Montagu Evans, Union and BST Eagle.
  • Thames Gateway project to trigger boom in prefabrication

    The government's plans for a mammoth house-building programme in the Thames Gateway area in the South East will trigger a boom in prefabrication, new housing minister Keith Hill has predicted.
  • vital statistics

    Sanderson, which holds the rights to original designs by William Morris, has gone into receivership after 143 years of trading. Its archive of more than 25,000 original textile and wallpaper designs also includes work by Voysey and Pugin.
  • who said what

    'I'm not a philistine and I like Gehry's work but this would look better out at sea. A Guggenheim on the edge of an industrial area, as in Bilbao, is one thing - four crumpling phalluses over the old people's homes of Hove is another' Designer and Brighton resident Will Harvey. Evening Standard, 6.8.03
  • Wise move from Bentley

    At its user conference, the software vendor talked about integration and made some predictions It baffles me how software vendors manage to design and deliver new technology with what seems like only a few months between each major user conference. In reality, of course, they don't, it's just that the conferences come around quickly.
  • working details: Steel lattice structure clad with aluminium

    The centre is a single volume, more than 120m long and 35m wide, with an internal height of 7.5m. The structure is, in essence, a 'post and beam' construction of prismatic trusses. They run along the two side walls and the roof at 1.8m centres and are 2.4m deep, creating a 'double-skin system' which allows service zones, WCs, stores, small kitchen areas and other facilities to be incorporated within this depth.
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