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Architects Journal
17 July 2003

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    Glasgow School of Art is holding an exhibition on the work of one of its former students who later became deputy director of the school - the designer and teacher Robert Stewart. A contemporary of Lucienne Day, he was, like her, particularly known for his textile designs, though the image above shows a detail from his Douglas Academy mural.The exhibition runs from 25 July until 1 November at 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow.Details 0141 353 4500.
  • Alsop illuminates Goldsmiths College site

    A gleaming skin of corrugated metal clustered with lights by Alsop Architects has won over planners in south London. The seven-storey arts complex for Lewisham's Goldsmiths College will transform the car-park site into digital media labs and an Orwellian-sounding research unit called the Cente for Cognition, Culture and Computation. Project director Jonathan Leah said the industrial aesthetic reflected tough studio spaces within. Three sides of the 3,600m 2building are metal with the remainin

  • Animation lifts this site to another level

    I know this column rather dumps on animation and anything which seems to distract from the main business of rapid and logical navigating. But there are exceptions. A while ago I found a fantastic Australian architect's site (www. ricedaub ney. com. au) which uses animation very cleverly and apparently without much bandwidth overhead - sorry, it didn't much affect the speed of the whole site.
  • ARB delighted at decision over PII

    The ARB has welcomed a lawyer's findings that the board has not exceeded its powers with its insistence on policing professional indemnity insurance (PII) cover.
  • Best of the summer season

    The presentation of the Bovis Lend Lease/AJ awards for architecture took place at the Bovis Lend Lease/ Royal Academy dinner last week.
  • 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 NEW ARTS CENTRE FOR WALTHAMSTOW, LONDON Expressions of interest are invited from architectural teams for a new competition to design a multi-purpose community arts centre in Walthamstow, east London.A Grade II-listed building will be brought back into full public use to provide arts and heritage activities for

    Daniel Libeskind is this week meeting with WTC developer Larry Silverstein in an attempt to resolve growing divisions over the future of Ground Zero.Reports suggest rival architect David Childs at SOM could be in line to take over the project.
  • diary

    London Linked: Graeme Miller Throughout the summer. A 'trail of sound' linking locations along the M11 between Hackney Marshes and Redbridge.
  • Disinterested approach to Exhibition Road

    The article 'Big names line up for Exhibition Road' (AJ 3.7.03) is inaccurate.
  • Distance makes the heart grow fonder, but it can be misleading

    Distance creates a diffusion of clarity that lets vision be distorted to conform to your desires.
  • Double vision

    Exodus: Between Promise and Fulfilment At Kettle's Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge, until 3 August
  • EH to gain more power in radical listings overhaul

    A review of the listing system, to be revealed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) today, will include proposals for a radical overhaul in the protection of historic buildings.
  • Essential kit

    It seems no practice can afford to be without the latest version of Acrobat and new modelling tool on the block, SketchUp Acrobat 6.0 PROS: lA secure digital format that lawyers like lAn interface that your grey, dusty senior partner could use CONS: lIt will probably cost another £115 next year when version 7 comes out Adobe Acrobat's ubiquitous Portable Document Format (*.PDF) has become the de-facto standard for moving documents around in a single, viewable and printable file format. I
  • From the Oval to Hull, quality is our goal

    I refer to your article on the Vauxhall End redevelopment project at the A M P Oval (AJ 3.7.03) and would like to set the record straight on a number of issues relating to my practice, The Miller Partnership.

  • Home improvements

    Chester is a historic city that both draws the tourist and acts as an important regional centre. Its regional role arises not just because there are few major towns around but, unusually, also because many of Chester's historic core buildings were, and remain, in retail use, notably its distinctive two-storey galleried shops.

    Terry Farrell & Partners'£310 million Home Office building in London's Marsham Street will be too small to accomodate its staff, says the National Audit Office.The NAO said there were 4,900 staff but space for just 3,450 in the new building, due to be occupied in 2005.
  • Home thoughts

  • Hot property

    Malory Clifford and Stuart Bailey of Blackfriars are contemptuous of architects, yet are set to make their mark on London via two major Alsop office schemes 'In the main, architects are quite arrogant - they think of clients as being relative imbeciles, devoid of understanding of their profession and taste. I think they are very patronising. And if you had a thousand in a room, it would be a very horrible experience as a lay person.'
  • John Pardey's class act in Sussex

    John Pardey Architects has designed six new buildings for the University of Sussex. Founded in 1961, the original campus was laid out by Sir Basil Spence and is the largest collection of listed Modern buildings in Britain.



  • Mobile solution is at hand to cut through transport's Gordian knot

    As many of you will remember, not long ago the Sunday Times devoted a whole page to the proposition that railways were out of date, and instead of minting £33 billion on bringing them up to speed, we should be tearing up most of the tracks and relying on minibuses instead.
  • Moore gets 'real' with plans for AF

    Journalist Rowan Moore, who pledged to give the Architecture Foundation a major shake-up when he took over as director last summer, has revealed details of his plans.
  • Motion to save PPG 7 romps home

    Participants at the AJ's Great Country House debate last Wednesday concluded overwhelmingly that the 'country house clause' should be saved. The lively discussion at the RIBA's Portland Place headquarters explored the issues behind the government's proposal to scrap the clause, which allows for the building of an isolated house on open countryside where the design is of outstanding quality.
  • Museum sector must heed lessons to ensure its continued success

    On the 250th anniversary of his birth, Sir John Soane's Museum at Lincoln's Inn Fields holds particularly timely lessons for all those concerned with the design of exhibitions and museums.We know from failed Lottery projects that size isn't everything, that design by committee delivers lacklustre results, and that it is generally inadvisable to design a building in isolation from the contents it is going to house.
  • Opening splash

  • people & practices

    Llewelyn Davies has appointed Amanda Reynolds as its new associate director and Julie Prentice as senior planner.
  • Pixels and palimpsests

    Mapping is the latest area to come under the curious and sometimes overly enthusiastic eye of architects
  • Pool players

  • Post-war lessons for modern UK housing

    Whitehall's committed architects of post-war Britain (AJ 10.7.03) made it easy for society when producing adequate housing at the time - so why not now?
  • PPG 7 opponents are blinded by PC dogma

    Re: PPG 7 and the filthy rich. Your campaign has flushed out the usual col - lection of the politically correct to object to your aims.
  • Prescott wowed by gold standard

    Deputy PM John Prescott raved about the new gold standards for housing design last week, after three architects picked up gongs in the Building Life Standard awards.
  • Q & A

    When and where were you born?
  • Q & A

    John Lyall John Lyall Architects When and where were you born?
  • RIBA misses out on historical drawings

    The RIBA has missed out on a stunning archive of architectural drawings by Sir John Soane.

    Jo Rippon Architects, with artist Sophie Smallhorn, was one of four winners in a RIBA competition to design a viewing platform, or panopticon, in east Lancashire.The practice - whose winning design is in Blackburn - was one of 188 architects and designers to enter.
  • ring the changes

  • Roman Briton

    'Bob the Roman': Heroic Antiquity & the Architecture of Robert Adam At Sir John Soane's Museum, 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2, until 27 September
  • Root-and-branch appeal to save London's trees

    I was sad to read in Astragal (AJ 10.7.03) that Leicester Square may lose its 'gloomy trees' and railings, to be replaced by a 'continental style piazza' on the lines of My Lord Foster's bleak sea of concrete paviors outside the National Gallery.


    Amsterdam's S333 Architecture + Urbanism has jointly won an invited competition to redevelop a 120ha island in the centre of the Latvian capital Riga, called Kipsala.
  • Say what?

  • Schools of architecture still support ARCHAOS

    The Standing Conference of Heads of Schools of Architecture (SCHOSA) was disappointed to see Beth Kay's letter on behalf of ARCHAOS, accusing schools of being indifferent, unhelpful and disorganised (AJ 19.6.03).


  • Sign of the times: beware of the pitfalls of electronic negotiations

    There is no doubt that modern technology has transformed the lives of those of us who spend our time considering, producing and amending large quantities of documentation.
  • Sites and insights

  • SketchUp 2.0

    PROS: lModelling doesn't get much easier than this lYou can try it for free for eight hours
  • Spanning professions

    The great bridge builders have much to offer architects willing to understand the value of engineering design
  • Tate moves to ease local fears over extension plans for St Ives gallery

    The Tate was issuing assurances this week that it would not pursue plans to extend its gallery in St Ives against the will of the town's residents.
  • Too early to report on UCE school visit

    The article 'Improved UCE school set to regain ARB validation following inspection' (AJ 3.7.03) is inaccurate in two respects. The visit described was undertaken by a RIBA/ARB visiting board consisting of members nominated by both the RIBA and ARB, not just ARB, as described in the article.
  • Understanding Structures: Analysis, Materials, Design

    By David Seward. Palgrave Macmillan, third edition, 2003. 360pp
  • vital statistics

    lAbout 30,000 construction and engineering jobs are in the pipeline as part of the government's latest renewable energy plan - a £6 billion spree on 1,500 wind turbines to power about 3.5 million (15 per cent) British homes.
  • who said what

    'I've never had enough work. I don't attract it.I wish I did.
  • Write to your MP today

    The AJ's campaign to save the 'Country House Clause' continues, with readers pressing MPs to sign our Early Day Motion.
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