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Architects Journal
15 January 2004

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  • A fir-clad, steel-framed public WC building

    working details
  • Archaeological Sites and Urban Centres: UNESCO World Heritage

    review Skira, 2002. 383pp. £32
  • Architecture head made 'fall guy' for De Montfort's ARB problems

  • Bear cheek

    Architects' sources of inspiration are often surprising, but none more so than the trigger for the Rogers and Piano Pompidou Centre. Cedric Price's Fun Palace is often cited but, according to a recent radio programme, another portly, well-loved figure also played a key role. Discoursing on the charms of Rupert Bear, the presenter revealed that the check-trousered one was important to Rogers' vision of the Pompidou. 'Rupert cartoons can be read in a number of ways - you can look at the picture

  • Chipperfield chips in with BBC Scotland HQ

  • Cold comfort form

    review Cold War: Building for Nuclear Confrontation 1946-1989 By Wayne D Cocroft & Roger JC Thomas. English Heritage, 2003. £24.99
  • competitions

  • Conical hillscape heads for Ealing

    East London-based art2architecture is set to start on site with these proposals for a new park on Northala Fields in Ealing, west London.
  • Conservative attitudes

    To carry out many grant-funded conservation schemes, only officially accredited conservation architects need now apply
  • Dan Dare or Dan Daren't

    Dave Clements reports on the Future
  • diary

    London Naum Gabo: Gabo and Colour 15 January27 March.An exhibition at Annely Juda Fine Art,23 Dering St, W1.Details 020 7629 7578.
  • 'Disastrous' EU directive still in the draft stages

  • Does the heavy hand of the ARB give 'architects' a bad name?

  • Down to Earth

    Liverpool's prospects of getting its 'cloud' or Fourth Grace scheme in time for its European City of Culture year in 2008 is looking up. It seems that the North West Regional Development Agency is pulling the stops out to deliver its £50 million commitment to the project. The Museum of Liverpool Life, which has huge numbers of items in store due to lack of display space, is ready to become a key tenant of the Will Alsop building and there is talk that Apple might establish an official Be
  • Dutch auction policy 'disgraceful'

  • Dynamic model

    Manchester is the venue for this year's British Council for Offices annual conference in May. One architect who is attending as a speaker will be well worth listening to:
  • Feilden Clegg Bradley returns for Malawi project

    Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects has landed a second job in Malawi after a New York charity heard details of the practice's first unpaid project there.
  • French town proposes new Mackintosh museum

    Charles Rennie Mackintosh is set to have a new permanent museum to his work open on the south coast of France, in the town where he spent the last four years of his life.
  • Glasgow School of Art seeks funds to launch the Mac mark II

    The Glasgow School of Art will gain a new 21stcentury icon to match its world-famous Mackintosh Building, if governors can raise the millions needed.
  • Heads, you win

  • Hellman hits the funny bone of 2003

  • Hot stuff

    Readers' offers are a mixed feast, but this one seems almost irresistible.
  • Houses should be truly modern, not pastiche

  • Just stick to the facts, sir, just the facts

  • London to gain new tower as Grimshaw's Minerva approved

  • Me me me! We need all the honours we can get

  • More engagement with the artistic process

  • news

  • Northern light

    Talking of Manchester, nothing has yet been seen of the competition-winning design proposition for the BBC's new complex, by Stephen Hodder.Which may explain why very few people have grasped the scale of the project. The corporation and its joint venture partner Trillium (part of Land Securities) are busy on Richard MacCormac's new Broadcasting House complex in Portland Place (handy for the RIBA); it will soon be thinking just as hard about Manchester. The Hodder project could cost more than

  • On the line

    What price the RIBA and the ARB manging to see this year out before having a massive punch-up? Institute president George Ferguson seems to be doing his bit for peacemaking by announcing that, although the ARB 'may drive us to distraction', he personally will not get involved in 'the barrage of unedifying insults that seem to characterise public exchanges on this subject'. However, in the current issue of RIBA Journal, at the end of a comparison between the institute and the ARB, the followin
  • On the map

    Here's a 2004 trivial pursuit question - what is the connection between the following: Graham Haworth, John McAslan, Elsie Owusu, and John Simpson? They are all architect additions to that curious publication, Who's Who. Elsie O will, of course, now be remembered for not threatening to send back her OBE. . .
  • Online auctions: architectural values come under the hammer

    Economy; efficiency; transparency: these are the benefits of the reverse electronic auctions currently being championed by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC).The economic argument is compelling.The OGC reports that the use of such auctions in the public sector produces average savings of 25 per cent compared with traditional tender processes, but is keen to reiterate its stated belief that architectural procurement should be based on value rather than cost.
  • people & practices

  • products

    CORUS AJ ENQUIRY NO: 201 The dramatic new Albion Riverside development by Hutchison Whampoa, which stands majestically on the south bank of the Thames in London, has been equipped with one of the most complex Kalzip roofs ever designed. The main residential building - an impressive 11-storey curvilinear structure faced in glass and aluminium - contains 183 departments and 13 duplex penthouses as well as a leisure facility and 20-metre swimming pool.
  • products

    HANSENGROUP AJ ENQUIRY NO: 202 Glasgow's new Radisson SAS Hotel was the Grand Prix winner in the Scottish Design Awards, making use of single-glazed and double-glazed, coloured glass panels from HansenGlass. HansenGlass supplied its Polar White-colour Ceramalite for all of the 120 pairs of windows, along with grey and red Ceramalite panels for special situations. For technical details of HansenGlass products, tel 0151 545 3000 or email: sales@hansenglass. co. uk TITON AJ ENQUIRY NO: 203 A maj
  • products

    KALWALL PLUS AJ ENQUIRY NO: 204 AJ readers will know that Kalwall is now available with Nanogel - based on Aerogel, the world's lightest and best insulating material. Kalwall Plus can achieve a stunningly low U value of 0.28 - as energy efficient as a solid wall.
  • products

    HISTON CONCRETE AJ ENQUIRY NO: 205 Histon Concrete has just won the Best Prefabrication Award 2003 for its work at The Grove, Chandler's Cross, Hertfordshire. The award was given by the Brick Development Association (BDA) in recognition of Histon's exemplary work in constructing an extension to the existing building of this Grade II*listed former country estate, which is now a hotel and conference centre with a world class spa and 18-hole championship golf course.
  • products

    BISON AJ ENQUIRY NO: 206 The new student accommodation structure presently being built in Deptford, south-east London, is one of Bison Concrete Products' recent wins.
  • products

    ARNOLD LAVER TIMBER WORLD AJ ENQUIRY NO: 207 The Reading depot of Arnold Laver Timber World is proving to be a major player in the leisure industry. They have recently supplied softwood joist materials, plus Far Eastern plywood for flooring at a new Bowlplex centre, set to open in Oxford. Arnold Laver Timber World stocks a wide range of softwoods, hardwoods, sheet materials, laminates, joinery products and kitchens for nationwide delivery or Call Collect.
  • products

    H L PLASTICS AJ ENQUIRY NO: 208 H L Plastics is pleased to announce the availability of additional complementary products to its Plastic Piling range. The new and unique Tieback Pile, which is manufactured with connecting lugs, provides a means of tying back from the pile wall, without the need for separate tie rods. Instead a new run of sheets is simply driven in at 90infinity to the main wall.
  • Putting an end to the menace of website PDFs

  • Q&A Brendan Woods

    Brendan Woods Architects
  • Radical Roche's bid for president

    Maverick RIBA councillor Chris Roche has announced plans to run for the institute's presidency in this year's election, under a radical manifesto of change. Roche's proposals include both a members' referendum on dropping the royal charter and plans to fund a new headquarters in King's Cross through the sale of current headquarters, 66 Portland Place.
  • Refreshing Bath

    review Pevsner Architectural Guides: Bath By Michael Forsyth. Yale University Press, 2003. £9.99
  • Rem Koolhaas and the artfully arbitrary

  • Slaves of fashion

    review Catalogue: Project Orange Architecture & Design Black Dog Publishing, 2003. 128pp. £16.95
  • Small Projects 2004

    This year's two-part AJ Small Projects feature, sponsored by Robin Ellis Design and Construction, kicks off with non-residential schemes under £250K. All published projects will be exhibited at the RIBA in March heostudio

  • the ones that got away

    Astragal's new competition features schemes that, for better or worse, stayed on the drawing board. Can you identify this project and its architect? Post your entry, to arrive by first thing Monday morning, to AJ Astragal, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB, or fax 020 7505 6701. The first correct entry to be pulled out of the hat wins a bottle of champagne. The never-built scheme in the first 'The Ones That Got Away' competition (AJ 8.2.04) was Foster's proposal for developing King's Cross
  • The self-preservation section that goes with the cash flow

    legal matters
  • Time to design a high-class watch - the recession-proof luxury

    Q & A
  • vital statistics

    Privately owned Irish property group Shelbourne Developments has bought Richard Rogers' landmark Lloyd's Building.
  • Waterside concert hall success in Norway for home practice

    Stavanger, Norway's fourth-largest city, is set to gain a new international-calibre concert hall, following an open competition. From the Europe-wide entries, Oslo-based practice Medplan Arkitekter won first prize, with Edinburgh-based practice Allan Murray Architects coming in second.
  • who said what

    'It takes up all the pavement space. How are you going to get a pram past there? I remember when this was a proper street'
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