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Architects Journal
19 February 2004

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  • '?you probably think this book is about you?'

    letters
  • A bid to build a better Britain

    Win or lose, Britain's Olympic bid offers the opportunity for wide-scale regeneration across London. But, as David Taylor reports from the AJ/BCO spring conference, there are many hurdles to leap over first. Photographs by Charles Glover
  • A fine heritage

    people
  • A NEW PERCEPTION OF THE ROLE OF THE HEALING ENVIRONMENT IN THE TREATMENT OF DISEASE

    Although environmental evidence-based design is still some way behind evidence-based medicine, it is not idle to speculate that there will come a time when we have enough evidence to include the quality of the environment as a method of therapy.
  • Academic community demands freedom from RIBA 'interference'

    News
  • AIRCRETE BUREAU AJ ENQUIRY NO: 208

    products
  • Amplification attack is just Arup's sour grapes

    letters
  • ARB brings in new rules to 'gag' rebel Salisbury

    The ARB has forced through a new set of confidentiality rules to silence Ian Salisbury and his campaign to pare back the regulator.
  • AYTON PRODUCTS AJ ENQUIRY NO: 201

    products
  • Bog standard provision

    technical & practice
  • Can we fix it? Yes we can? if only life was a kids' TV show

    legal matters
  • Central Park: An American Masterpiece

    review: landscape books
  • CIIG network is a very special friend indeed

    letters
  • competitions

    review: landscape booksrecruitment
  • Content rich

    Gold medallist Rem Koolhaas accepted his medal at the RIBA this week with a fresh publishing triumph under his belt: something called Content, a cross between a book, magazine and catalogue, with cover lines including 'Perverted Architecture'; 'Sweatshop Demographics'; Big Brother Skyscrapers'; 'Al Qaeda Fetish'; and 'Martha Stewart Urbanism'. Ooooh, that Rem, he's so naughty. Actually extremely naughty if you turn to the back of the publication, where previous 'issues' are given the hard-cor
  • Council sketch: finding that little 'something'

    News
  • diary

    products
  • EUROPEAN CITY CONFERENCE

    Peter Cook, Massimiliano Fuksas and Chris Wilkinson are among the speakers at this year's Architectural Review conference, ' Intervening in the European City'. The oneday event, on 16 March at the RIBA, will look at creating cities that respond to the past and future as well as the needs of the present.
  • EVIDENCE-BASED DESIGN: THE STORY SO FAR

    Environmental evidence-based design research has been gathered in a scientific way only since the 1980s.Roger Ulrich carried out ground-breaking research in the early '80s showing that views of landscape rather than a brick wall had a beneficial effect on surgical patients.He has continued looking into the effects of art on patients, acoustics on communication and so on, and he is working with NHS Estates.Home-grown research by John Welles-Thorpe and Bryan Lawson at Sheffield University has c
  • Exchange rate

    If the newspapers are to be believed, the government is planning to scrap 'council tax' in favour of a mixed property/ income tax proposal, which sounds like a messy compromise (or 'third way'). This is being suggested by local government minister Nick Raynsford, normally a safe pair of political hands, and an experienced housing and construction minister in the past. The latest proposal is clearly a way for New Labour to (at last) shove up income tax levels in addition to national insurance
  • FIGUERAS UK AJ ENQUIRY NO: 203

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  • FOXELL ENTERS RIBA RACE

    The chair of RIBA's London region, Simon Foxell, has confirmed he is joining the race for the institute's presidency.The list of candidates includes Jack Pringle, Richard Saxon, Brian Godfrey and Chris Roche. If elected, Foxell says he will introduce a 'project-based management approach' to the RIBA.
  • Full credit for the art of the website coders

    webwatch
  • Gone to waste

    We dismiss them as weeds but they have a powerful presence which we could exploit
  • GUTTERMASTER AJ ENQUIRY NO: 205

    products
  • Hall of fame

    Who are the bright new faces in the property market bringing commissions and fees to architectland? According to the Observer, four stand out: Tom Bloxham of Urban Splash; Harry Handelsman of Manhattan Lofts; architectdeveloper Roger Zogolovitch; and Roger Madelin of Argent.They are light years away from what the paper categorises as old-style developers, with their tables at Claridge's and parties at Harry's Bar.These guys all went bust in the early '90s, with only the most tenancious making
  • HANSENGROUP AJ ENQUIRY NO: 202

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  • Hidden sources

    architech
  • History alone should see West Pier replaced

    letters
  • Houses of the dead

    review: landscape books
  • Isokon returns to former glory

    After decades of neglect, Wells Coates' Isokon building has a new lease of life, following the completion of an extensive renovation by Avanti Architects.
  • Italian evergreen

    landscape
  • KEIM MINERAL PAINTS AJ ENQUIRY NO: 204

    products
  • KINGSPAN AJ ENQUIRY NO: 206

    products
  • London schools join forces to combat resource drought

    News
  • MAKI WINS UN COMP FOR NY

    Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki has won the competition to design a new building for the United Nations in New York.Maki beat Foster and Partners, Richard Meier and Kevin Roche to the $330 million (£175 million) project.
  • National identity

    review: landscape books
  • Natural acoustic is the natural choice for RFH

    letters
  • Northern light

    John Prescott's big idea of a 'northern city' stretching from Liverpool to Hull, which attracted big headlines this week, sounded uncannily like the proposals made by Will Alsop in his recent television series, in which the great man let us in on the secret of how to do big-vision landscape planning: look at the site from the car window and draw proposals in lipstick on the glass. Does Prescott get the point, though? It can be argued that the great northern conurbation already exists physical
  • Our landscape obligation should not just be an architectural afterthought

    editorial
  • people & practices

    recruitment
  • Piano retunes into London with Bloomsbury 'groundscraper'

    London will soon find itself with a second Renzo Piano building if these plans for a 'groundscraper' in Bloomsbury convince Camden's planning committee.
  • Planning the healing process

    Richard Burton, inaugural partner of Ahrends Burton and Koralek and design adviser to the NHS, outlines the current thinking in healthcare design and argues that signature architects have much to contribute Charles Jencks' Maggie's Centres have brought a range of signature architects into the healthcare sector, and various lead names are currently working for the NHS - a prime example being Hopkins Architects, which is working on the Evalina Children's Hospital at St Thomas' Hospital, London.
  • PORPHYRIOS TAKES DRIEHAUS

    King's Cross masterplanner Demetri Porphyrios has won the University of Notre Dame's Driehaus Prize - Classical architecture's answer to the Pritzker Prize.
  • Q & A

    productsRichard Saxon Building Design Partnership
  • Stars and stripes

    Roger Zogolovitch's Centaur housing scheme won an AIA design excellence award for architect De Rijke Marsh Morgan, presented by the UK/London chapter at the Royal Society of Arts the other evening. Other award winners were:
  • The American Barn

    review: landscape books
  • The invincible course of events that proves Kodak is far from immovable

    martin pawley
  • The lesson of Newham's error of judgment

    letters
  • the ones that got away

    'The Ones That Got Away' 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 last week's issue (AJ 12.2.04) was Geoffrey Jellicoe's Motopia, 1959.
  • The state of education: beware the threat of nationalisation

    The prime minister's rallying call was 'education, education, education'; all were impressed, few dared question the strategy.
  • TRUS JOIST AJ ENQUIRY NO: 207

    products
  • Under orders

    Discretion inhibits me from disclosing the architects present at the most outrageous charity auction held so far this year, at the Chelsea Arts Club. For several days before the Valentine Night event, hand-painted knickers by prominent artist and designer members of the club (like Peter Blake) were on view in display cabinets. On the big night, they were worn by professional models parading on a temporary catwalk in the bar, and attracted a mass audience which paid more than £15,000 (goi
  • WHEN DANNY MET DALI

    Daniel Libeskind is to design a Salvador Dali museum in Prague.The £8.3 million museum will house work by the Spanish surrealist on loan from Spain, Germany and France.
  • WILKIE'S V&A TRIUMPH

    Kim Wilkie has won the competition to redesign the V&A's Italianate courtyard garden.Detailed designs will be unveiled later this year.
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