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Architects Journal
15 May 2003

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  • A big headline with a lead story

    Two dogs ran away. Batman very lamely untangles five mostly angstridden Macintoshes, because one putrid poison tickled two partly schizophrenic bureaux, even though one almost irascible television perused Minnesota. The extremely angst-ridden lampstand comfortably telephoned five bourgeois dogs, but two mats sacrificed five orifices, then one purple elephant incinerated the Klingons, even though bureaux kisses one angst-ridden subway, and the chrysanthemums gossips. One aardvark bought the pu
  • A stainless steel conical spire

    The spire is 3m in diameter at its base; it tapers to 150mm in diameter at the tip, which is 120m above ground level. It is fabricated from Grade 316L rolled stainless steel plate with a shot-peened finish. The plate is 20mm thick, except for the lowest 4m of the spire, where it is 35mm thick, and the topmost section, which is 10mm thick.
  • A task of Olympic proportions played out on a cultural plane

    The RIBA's exhibition, 'Athens-scape: the 2004 Olympics and the Metabolism of the City', reveals the architectural activity taking place in the Greek capital in the run-up to the Olympics next year. And while visitors are faced with a vast and fragmented assortment of images, the scale of the challenge facing Greece is far more daunting, writes Clare Melhuish The political issues raised by the construction of Bernard Tschumi's New Acropolis Museum in Athens, designed to house the returned Elg

  • Adopt a few alter egos and avoid the traffic spam

    I don't know how many of you suffer from spam. Colleagues of mine are inundated with the stuff. From a marketing point of view it seems completely stupid for companies to send you unsolicited email which makes you hate them. But still it comes.

    Alsop Architects has released this image of its Palestra office scheme in the run up to its start on site.
  • An Austrian tradition

    Baumschlager-Eberle 1996-2002 At Deluxe, 2-4 Hoxton Square, London N1, from 28 April-9 May

  • Benchmarking beats guessing

    Recruiting competent, computer-literate staff can be a lottery, but a new test checks candidates' true CAD abilities
  • Blaze of glory


    Culture minister Baroness Blackstone has appointed two commissioners to CABE to coincide with the launch on Monday of CABE Space, the new body responsible for parks and open land.Freelance urban green spaces consultant Alan Barber will take on responsibility for urban parks and landscape architect Jason Barber will oversee the landscape architecture strategy.
  • CAD skills get benchmark test

    The first attempt to launch an industry standard for CAD skills in respect of accuracy and speed is launched this week, in conjunction with The Architects' Journal and with the support of the RIBA.
  • competitions

    RIBA APPROVED Details are available from the RIBA Competitions Office, 6 Melbourne Street, Leeds LS2 7PS, tel 0113 234 1335, fax 0113 246 0744, email riba. competitions@mail. riba. org WAKEFIELD WATERFRONT GALLERY Expressions of interest are invited for this new competition to design a prestigious and distinctive 'landmark' gallery on the waterfront in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Deadline for receipt of practice profiles is 17 June.
  • Corrections

    SeaCon Wharf is 21 storeys, not 24 storeys, as we stated (AJ 1.5.03, page 4).

  • Design on ice

  • diary

    London Zaha Hadid: New Work Monday 19 May,18.30.A lecture at the AA,36 Bedford Sq, WC1 (020 7887 4000).
  • Dublin's design pinnacle

    The Spire of Dublin's simple elegance belies the complex design and engineering process behind its construction Dublin has a new monument - a slender spire at the heart of the city which soars 120m above the rooftops. By day, the stainless steel spire reflects the city's changing light and shadow; by night, the base glows gently while the illuminated tip shines out like a beacon over the city.
  • EH slams 'obtrusive' Ritchie Thames scheme

    English Heritage has launched a savage assault on Ian Ritchie Architects' controversial plans for Potters' Field in the London Borough of Southwark.

    Gordon Murray and Alan Dunlop Architects has won a Europa Nostra Award for its Central Station regeneration project in Glasgow.
  • False steer on Council for European Urbanism

    I must correct the false impression given by your report 'Leading lights join Classical Alliance' (AJ 8.5.03).
  • FAT homes in on first phase of New Islington community project

    Fashion Architecture Taste (FAT) has won the competition to design the first phase of Alsop Architects'New Islington scheme in Manchester, the government's third Millennium Community.
  • Garth's on the prowl for summer school recruits and he needs you!

    Q & A
  • Gateway of opportunity

    An entire terrace of Victorian shops in Forest Gate, east London, has been refurbished as the first phase of an ambitious scheme to regenerate the high street
  • George Baines, founder of BDP, dies in sleep aged 95

    The founding partner of the Building Design Partnership, Professor Sir George Grenfell Baines OBE, died in his sleep last Friday aged 95.
  • Ground Zero criticism is price of free thinking

    I read John Outram's letter on Daniel Libeskind's Ground Zero scheme twice and I still could not decide if it was meant to be serious (AJ 17.4.03).

    Zaha Hadid's Terminus Hoenheim North in Strasbourg has made it into the last five of the Mies van der Rohe Award - the EU's Prize for Contemporary Architecture.Also on the shortlist are Xavier De Geyter for the Chassé Park Apartments in the Netherlands;

  • HERS funding

    The Heritage Economic Regeneration Scheme is a grants programme first announced in November 1998, which is now English Heritage's vehicle for conservation-led, area-based regeneration.
  • In character

    Burrell Foley Fischer has sympathetically conserved the best elements and features of Islington's Almeida Theatre, while improving facilities and creating a new front of house
  • In search of Edwardian flat-roofed houses

    I am investigating Edwardian flat-roofed houses in Worcester for my dissertation (MSc.


    What seems at first to be a scene of natural devastation is in fact a largescale man-made shaping of the landscape - the Three Gorges Project on the Yangtze River in China. Edward Burtynsky makes such transformations the subject of his spectacular colour photographs, which can be seen at Flowers East,82 Kingsland Road, London E2 from 21 May-15 June (020 7290 7777). Coinciding with this exhibition, Yale University Press has produced an impressive book by Burtynsky called Manufactured Landscape
  • Marks Barfield's Gateway to the capital

    Marks Barfield Architects has produced this image, one of four visions for a £425 million bridge across the Thames.The crossing, which will connect the Thames Gateway with Beckton, will include four lanes for general traffic, two bus lanes and two bike lanes. Transport for London (which is behind the proposals) has launched a period of consultation, to run until August. Work on the bridge, which will be central to the massive development planned for the Thames Gateway area, will begin in
  • Master of all it surveys

    To improve the accuracy of the Ordnance Survey, the CODES scheme now pays architects for detailed information We think of the Ordnance Survey (OS) as the rock of British mapping.
  • Modern propagandist

    FRS Yorke - And the Evolution of English Modernism By Jeremy Melvin.Wiley-Academy, 2003. 136pp. £29.95
  • New Welsh Assembly relegates PFI to second choice for procurement

    The re-elected Welsh Labour Party has downgraded the controversial Private Finance Initiative, reasserting the primacy of traditional procurement. From now on PFI will be considered 'second choice' when the Welsh Assembly assesses how to fund new buildings.

    Jean Nouvel has signed a contract to design a new Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro.The scheme, in the port area, includes galleries, shops, restaurants and a tropical garden.
  • Opposing views

  • Park life

    Park Güell By José Antonio Martinez Lapeña and Elías Torres. Gustavo Gili, 2002. 88pp. £18
  • people & practices

    Gilberts, one of Scotland's leading architectural firms, marked its 10th anniversary with a new organisational structure and the appointment of Doug Fraser as new associate director.
  • Preservation order

    As chief executive, Simon Thurley has the task of supervising the overhaul of English Heritage, but can he really change an organisation so set on protecting the old?
  • Radio 3 puts focus on architecture

    BBC Radio 3 is set to launch a series of programmes in June that will mark the beginning of a 'year-long focus on architecture'.

    The RIAS has launched a campaign to target newly elected members of the Scottish Parliament.Director of practice Gus MacDonald said architects were being paired with local MSPs and MPs to press home the importance of good design.
  • RIAS makes the connection

    A host of top speakers at last week's annual Scottish architecture convention in Stirling looked at various connections, including the relationships between past and present, natural and artificial, and linking infrastructure to the city. Zoë Blackler reports
  • RIBA and CABE fighting threat to 'inspired' country house guidance

    CABE and the RIBA are set to put pressure on the government to abandon its plans to revise Planning Policy Guidance Note 7 (PPG 7).
  • RIBA ruling council slammed for secretive 'Blairite' leadership

    The RIBA's ruling council faced a rebellion yesterday (Wednesday) over alleged 'Blairite-style' secrecy. At the time of going to press, former presidential candidate David Thorp was set to launch a motion, at Wednesday's council meeting, damning the leadership's 'ever-increasing use of confidentiality'.
  • ring the changes

  • Royal touch

  • Sanitisation robs cities of the lifeblood of evolutionary mess

    However dysfunctional an existing town or city is, I believe it is important to leave the existing structure, buildings and businesses as they are. Very often the apparent detritus is the lifeblood of the place. In the process of regeneration we often find an obsession with clearance in order to make sites for new constructions. This process is not only disruptive and deeply worrying to the incumbent inhabitants, but it very often leads to the replacement of one sin with another.
  • Save Hove from Gehry's atrocious seafront plan

    Am I the only one who thinks that Frank Gehry's design for the seafront at Hove is awful?
  • Second blaze at Brighton's West Pier prompts accusations of arson

    The owners of Brighton's historic West Pier have accused militant opponents of restoration plans by KSS Sport + Leisure for the two fires that have ravaged the pier.

  • Services

    The Almeida required new services both to the new front of house and to the theatre. The original theatre building had a mechanical ventilation system and an independent heating and cooling system, which proved too noisy to operate during a performance. The brief required new ventilation and cooling that could be used during performances and discreetly integrated into the listed interior. Because the building is located on a very tight site surrounded by residential properties, it also requir
  • Should speculation give way to the court's benefit of hindsight?

    When awarding compensation the courts endeavour to give the claimants a sum of money to put them in the same position they would have been in had they not suffered the wrong in the first place. In some cases, such as those involving money, it is relatively easy to calculate the financial compensation to be paid. In others, such as those involving loss of life or limb, compensation can only be quantified with reference to previous similar cases and complex tables.
  • Sir Philip Powell (1921-2003)

    In partnership with Jacko Moya, the late Sir Philip Powell was responsible for some of the most popular and humane post-war Modern buildings, and was a distinguished member of the Royal Fine Art Commission, writes Kenneth Powell


  • Structure

    After about 20 years'helping the Almeida Theatre grow from abandoned ruin to international venue, through an erratic programme of cutting and carving, bandaging and repair, it has been with considerable relief that we have at last been able to oversee its structural rejuvenation.
  • Structure of the spire

    The Spire of Dublin is a true collaboration between architecture and engineering.Engineer Arup worked with Ian Ritchie Architects at the competition stage and undertook detailed research into the design of the structure and its geotechnic, mechanical, electrical and public health aspects.The company also provided wind engineering services and supervised on-site construction.
  • Student hardship fund in crisis

    Britain's only fund for poverty-stricken architecture students is set to run dry within a year unless there is drastic action, the AJ has learnt.
  • Tell us more about why solutions are adopted

    I admire the work of the team that participated in designing the Jubilee School in south London (AJ 1.5.03).
  • Testing, testing

    technical & practice
  • There's no hiding from responsibility for safety

    Congratulations to the AJ on highlighting the designer's role in site safety (AJ 1.5.03).
  • Vibrant diversity replaced by dull uniformity in EH conservation drive

    As its chief executive, Simon Thurley, points out, combating the 'parlous'state of conservation at local level is a keystone of English Heritage's current agenda (page 28). It is thanks to its conviction that conservation can drive regeneration that a terrace of Victorian shopfronts in a deprived-but-ripe-for-recovery quarter of east London has got itself a smart new look. The only catch is that the 'before' is more interesting than the 'after'.
  • vital statistics

    lArchitectural practices have an average profit margin of just 6.5 per cent, according to researcher Plimsoll Publishing.
  • Well chaired

  • Who said what

    'We do feel a bit conflicted opposing something so wonderful. Piano's design is exciting. It's just the wrong scale in the wrong place' Nick Antram of English Heritage on the London Bridge Tower. Los Angeles Times, 12.5.03 'It is very light, very elegant.
  • Wood for good

  • X marks the spot for mobility as Rotterdam Biennale makes debut

    The first Rotterdam Biennale, which opened on 7 May, focuses on the theme of 'Mobility'.
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