Issue : 17 April 2003
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The RIBA has dismissed a report from the European Commission that applauds Britain for having one of the least regulated architecture professions in Europe.
London mayor Ken Livingstone has threatened to block a planning application for the Greenwich Peninsula as set out in Terry Farrell and Partners' masterplan.
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NICHOLAS HARE'S COLLEGE PLANS DROPPED BY COUNCILSubscription
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.
Libeskind's fall to the level of theme parkSubscription
Local campaigners have demanded the government call in Michael Aukett Architects' designs for a vast new Waitrose supermarket planned for Wallingford in Oxfordshire.
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'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 ...
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.