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Architects Journal
17 April 2003

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  • A monumental mirror

    The Parthenon By Mary Beard. Profile Books, 2002. 209pp. £15
  • Academic prowess

    aj building study
  • Allure of the exotic

  • Alsop's Walsall wonderland

    Alsop Architects has won a competition to develop a strategic framework for a 7ha waterfront site in Walsall for Urban Splash.
  • and says no to Alsop's Mermaid Theatre scheme

    Ken Livingstone has blocked Alsop Architects' £55 million plans to redevelop the Mermaid Theatre in Blackfriars.

    Brady + Mallalieu Architects has won an invited competition for a £34 million redevelopment of St Saviour's, an almshouse in London's West Norwood. The scheme, for charity the Corporation of Wardens of the Parish of St Saviour, will provide sheltered accommodation for the area's elderly population.The practice saw off competition from four others on the shortlist.
  • Brave new world

  • briefing notes: laurie chetwood

    When and where were you born?
  • Brown's Budget: 'Big on skills, weak on substance'

    The RIBA has given a cautious welcome to chancellor Gordon Brown's latest Budget, while criticising its lack of substance.
  • Business school, Anglia Polytechnic University Wilkinson Eyre Architects

    working details: A south-facing glass double wall

    Channel 4's director of television, Tim Gardam, has revealed more details of the station's plans to spend a year 'making over'a British town as part of a new fivepart series.
  • Clare Melhuish reviews conflicting views on the value of London's skyline

    Speaking at the ICOMOS seminar on London's skyline, Lora Nicolaou of DEGW highlighted the problem with so much discussion about urban planning - that development issues are highly emotive, and often there is no language available to discuss them objectively and constructively. As a consequence, 'nimby' constituencies triumph repeatedly, simply because their voice, driven by shrill self-interest and resistance to change, can be heard louder than any other.
  • competitions

  • Construction futures

    technical & practice

    Architectural historian Dan Cruickshank is planning to return to Iraq to make a followup to his earlier BBC documentary on the country's threatened monuments and artefacts.
  • diary


    The Downland Prize - for projects of less than £500,000 by architects in the RIBA South East and South regions - has been relaunched this year as the Ibstock Downland Prize.Entry is free and open to any building in the UK and Channel Islands.The deadline is 2 May.Call RIBA South East on 01892 515 878 or email info@ribasoutheast. org

    The European Central Bank has unveiled an 80-strong longlist in the competition to design its new HQ building in Frankfurt.

    Everton Football Club has shelved plans for a HOK Sport+Event+ Venue-designed 55,000-seat stadium planned for the Kings Dock area of the city. The club said it will be unable to raise the £155 million it needs to build it.
  • Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects

    Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects has submitted this design for a National Trust headquarters to Swindon council. The scheme - on the site of Brunel's Great Western Railway works in the town's historic core - will allow the charity to establish a single central office for the first time.
  • Ferguson wants demolition hit list of London skyscrapers

    RIBA president-elect George Ferguson has called for a demolition 'hit list' of tall buildings in London. Ferguson, who proposed the idea at an ICOMOS conference into the future of the capital's skyline last week, placed the Euston Tower first in line to be knocked down.
  • How different things would be with more women in the industry

    legal matters
  • Institutionalised free time has left us all feeling bored

    Imagine a supermarket with one aisle. The idea of shopping and its typology is immediately challenged. Is it a route or destination? Is it a street?
  • Iraqi architect set to return home to help with rebuilding

    British-Iraqi architect Sami Mousawi is to return to his 'motherland' to help rebuild the war-torn country following the defeat of Saddam Hussein.
  • Krier lands anti-Pritzker for promotion of Classicism

    Leon Krier, architect to the Prince of Wales, has won the first $100,000 (£64,000) Richard H Driehaus Prize, Classical architecture's answer to the Pritzker.
  • Lack of nerve?

    Building the Post-War World: Modern Architecture and Reconstruction in Britain By Nicholas Bullock. Routledge, 2002. £24.99
  • Libeskind's fall to the level of theme park

  • Lifschutz Davidson

    The Lighting Design Awards has named Lifschutz Davidson's Hungerford Pedestrian Bridges as one of its winners for 2003. The bridges, which cross the River Thames in London, opened to the public last year. Low-level lighting to the decks is in blue cold cathode, while at high level CDM-T lamps fitted with spread lenses are hidden within structural nodes. The judges praised the project for being 'subtle yet dramatic in effect'and the lighting solution as 'clean, clear and closely integrated int

    Scottish architecture centre the Lighthouse has launched a 16-month sustainability programme to help nurture projects that demonstrate design best practice in the areas of resource use, energy and transport.The educational programme will provide funding and resources for a wide range of initiatives.For more information visit www. thelighthouse. co. uk
  • Livingstone set to block Farrell's Greenwich plan

    London mayor Ken Livingstone has threatened to block a planning application for the Greenwich Peninsula as set out in Terry Farrell and Partners' masterplan.
  • Lottery crisis hits urban projects

    The Heritage Lottery Fund is suffering from a drought in funds that will threaten the quality of Britain's civic architecture, experts have warned.
  • Mac the knife

  • Men must protest over outdated work practices


    The Pratt Institute school of architecture in New York is inviting applications for its international summer seminar.

    Birmingham City Council has abandoned Nicholas Hare Architects'plans for a £14 million sixth-form college in the Ballsall Heath area following consultations with lawyers.

    Steven Norris, the Conservative's mayoral candidate for London, has given his support to Renzo Piano's London Bridge Tower.The public inquiry into the £350 million scheme began this week with an opening statement from Piano on the merits of the project.
  • Off the top


    Patel Taylor has been appointed to create a new environmental framework for the market town of Ashton-under-Lyne, beating John McAslan and Partners and Gillespies in competitive interview.The framework aims to enhance the already positive aspects of the town and improve transport connections.
  • people & practices

  • Planning battle hots up over Aukett supermarket scheme

    Local campaigners have demanded the government call in Michael Aukett Architects' designs for a vast new Waitrose supermarket planned for Wallingford in Oxfordshire.
  • Planning to end discrimination

    New planning guidance intends to break down physical barriers and exclusions imposed on people by poor design
  • products

    INTERNATIONAL TIMBER AJ ENQUIRY NO: 201 International Timber has supplied 300m 2of grooved deckboards in its new Tatajuba timber for the courtyard landscaping of the award-winning The Boxworks project, part of the major regeneration of Britannia Basin in Manchester. Used on both vertical and horizontal applications throughout the landscaping, Tatajuba hardwood decking is part of the company's range of hardwood and softwood decking components.
  • Quotes

    'As it is, the tower should not be approved. But stick around, Mr Sellar; that doesn't mean we don't like it. It just needs a tad more work. . It's about negotiation.'
  • Reality check

  • RIBA qualification can become a straitjacket


    The RIBA is running a competition for a £4-£5 million 'landmark' bridge across the River Tees, near Stockton.The deadline for expressions of interest is Tuesday 6 May.For details contact the RIBA competitions office on 0113 234 1335.
  • RIBA wary of EC praise for 'unregulated' UK profession

    The RIBA has dismissed a report from the European Commission that applauds Britain for having one of the least regulated architecture professions in Europe.
  • Richard Rogers Partnership

    Richard Rogers Partnership has revealed these latest images of Heathrow Terminal Five. The main 384m x 165m terminal building is crowned by a single wave form roof, supported by 11 pairs of giant steel arches. Each facade is predominantly glazed, allowing greater transparency through the building and clear views of the airfield and surrounding countryside. The design concept was to create a terminal 'characterised by open space, natural light, simplified passenger circulation and spectacular
  • ring the changes

  • Rise and demise of Concorde: a supersonic flight of fancy

    'Sonic geriatric.' So editorialised The Times in a leader last week, commenting on the decision to take the surviving handful of Concordes out of service after 27 years of crisscrossing the Atlantic at twice the speed of sound. Nor was the newspaper alone in not being able to think of anything more profound to say on the subject. As the flood of lastminute ticket sales has showed, Concorde is, unusually, going to be allowed a dignified retirement - as opposed to being banned from the airways
  • risky business

    For Arup director Peter Bressington, the 11 September terrorist attacks had a huge impact not only on his work in fire strategies and evacuation, but also on people's awareness of safety issues and their perception of buildings

    The former chair of the RIBA East Midlands planning committee, Sam Scorer, has died aged 80.The Cambridge University and Architectural Association-trained ex-partner of Clarke Hall was best known for his interest in conservation architecture and his research in the 1950s into concrete shell design.
  • Schools in

  • Show time

  • Small practices to ignore EU's flexible working rules

    Many small practices will ignore new European Union regulations on working conditions that came into force last Wednesday, the RIBA has warned.

    A five-strong team from Squire and Partners raised £10,000 for Alone in London in Sunday's London Marathon.The King's Cross-based charity aims to prevent homelessness by aiding vulnerable young people.
  • Synchronised Station

  • Team of architects humbled on TV's University Challenge

    A team of architects competing on BBC 2's University Challenge suffered a stunning loss against a team of scientists this week.

    At least 10 British practices have entered an anonymous international competition to design the 'Freedom Park complex' in Pretoria, South Africa.

    TV production company Ricochet Films is looking for architects to participate in its new series for Channel 4, Risking It All. The show will follow people who give up nine-to-five jobs to start new businesses, and the producers are looking for architects who are designing new premises for startup companies.Practices working on projects that might be suitable should call Havana Marking on 01273 648 396 or email havana.marking@ricochetsouth. co. uk
  • vital statistics

    More than 90 per cent of planning decisions made by England's district councils never come before a democratic planning committee. Instead, they are delegated to planning officers, according to new figures from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
  • Whiling away the hours on an Easter egg hunt

    aj+ column
  • Wise practices will embrace the potential of flexible working

  • Wise up to the flexible working we all desire

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