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Architects Journal

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  • . . . and plans a stylish refurb for its London HQ

    The arb has ended a 10-year guessing game on whether to stay or leave its London headquarters by announcing plans for refurbishment by a 'suitable young small practice'.

  • . . . and what about 'unpublished'?

  • . . . as developer steps in to rescue Lasdun towers

  • . . . as Lord St John launches attack on heritage chairman

  • . . . as performance measures are introduced

    The key performance indicators, which measure performance in the construction industry in a reproducible manner, will be unveiled next month, construction minister Nick Raynsford has announced. Speaking at the launch of National Construction Week on Monday, Raynsford said: 'These will help companies focus on the main priority areas. They will start to give industry the quantified information it needs.'

    President-elect Marco Goldschmied will ask council to reconsider sending a delegation to the uia congress in Beijing on the 10th anniversary of Tiananmen Square.


  • ... a word from our sponsors

    Chartham Papers, joint sponsor of the riba President's Medals, is manufacturer of the Gateway Imaging Series, a range of state of the art cad and drawing-office products.
  • ... and missed Benson + Forsyth's achievements

  • ... and navigating Norfolk The Buildings of England: Norfolk 2: North-West and South By Nikolaus Pevsner and Bill Wilson. Penguin, 1999. 864pp. £35

    Reading revised editions of the Buildings of England is always fascinating. It is possible to see, in great detail, how one small part of the country has changed and how, with new information and new interpretations, perceptions about the past have evolved.
  • ... as commissioners give green light to capital projects

  • ... as Dome gets its act together behind the scenes

    Meanwhile, a relatively unknown architect has taken his place alongside Hadid, Nigel Coates, Eva Jiricna and others inside the Dome by quietly completing a £2.5 million building which will prove essential to the celebrations.
  • ... as prp wins job to add 150 more to its suburbs

    PRP Architects has been appointed to design 150 new homes in the Milton Keynes suburb of Tattenhoe. Designed for Midsummer Housing Association, the shared-ownership and rented houses, flats and bungalows will be spread across an area of 4ha. The architect has created a frontage to the site which mixes low and landmark buildings, walled parking courts and landscaped areas. Work on detailed design of the first of the four phases is now beginning, and PRP plans to submit a planning application b
  • ...and presses for firm commitments on design

    Lipton said he and cabe staff have already paid visits to eight government departments and that they had all been 'very supportive and helpful' towards the new body's remit and emerging aims.
  • £100m for sports institutes boosts FaulknerBrowns HQ

    The government has announced £100 million for centres of sporting excellence as FaulknerBrowns' uk sports hq around Don Valley athletics stadium in Sheffield is expected to get the go-ahead.


  • £40 million terminal

  • £56 million National Space Science

    Nicholas Grimshaw's scheme for the £56 million National Space Science Centre in Leicester was launched to East Midlands businesses last week, with the blessing of science minister Lord Sainsbury and pm Tony Blair. The MIllennium Commission project will include a 40m tower, an exhibitor centre, research centre, a multi-media domed space theatre and a challenger learning centre. Work is due to start on the site later this month, and the centre is due to open in February 2001.
  • £70K to new ARB boss

    The arb is offering a salary package of £70,000 in a bid to attract a new 'dynamic' registrar to develop 'effective relationships' with government, the riba and universities in the next phase of its life. The job, advertised as chief executive (registrar) this week, will also entail creating a media strategy for the board, and has come about following the departure of former boss Andrew Finch. The arb has already appointed Jane Rees as acting registrar for six months, part time, but she
  • 02 Phone numbers

    Are you ready for the 02 phone number changes to be introduced by Oftel on 1 June 1999? A survey shows that most businesses are not. Area codes and local dialling codes will change in some areas as part of a broader reorganisation of the coding system. These are the changes in summary.
  • 100 years of steel in architecture

    steel design
  • 101 Finsbury Pavement

    The scenario at 101 Finsbury Pavement was similar.The building was designed by SKS Architects and constructed in the early 1980s.A series offloors up to and including the fourth-floor level had become vacant (5,415m 2floor space) and here too the owners took the opportunity to refurbish.
  • 13 shortlisted for South Bank masterplan

    The South Bank Centre has shortlisted the cream of world talent for its redevelopment masterplan - minus a few big names that had been expected to be in the competition line-up.
  • 1999: The year in pictures

    Foster and Partners was never far from the news in 1999. Foster himself became Lord Foster of Thames Bank and won the Pritzker prize, while his practice picked up some of the most prestigious contracts around. The Greater London Authority building (above left) came about after a controversial head-to-head with Alsop and Stormer, written off after some ill-chosen words from English Heritage's Sir Jocelyn Stevens. Other parliamentary buildings went to Rogers - the Welsh Assembly - and Enric Mir
  • 20th Century British Housing At the RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1 until 26 June

    A testament to failure
  • 21st-century forecast

    Housing and urban planning are about to go through a period of major change, comparable to that induced by the Industrial Revolution, argues a new book launched today. Building the 21st Century Home - the Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood, by David Rudlin and Nicholas Falk of urbed, argues that we must look at existing models of sustainable urban living, such as urban villages, and see how they can by applied more widely. The book is published by the Architectural Press at £19.99. For deta
  • 30-storey tower planned for edge of Liverpool city centre

    Liverpool's equivalent of Manhattan's Flatiron Building - a giant, dramatic wedge-plan tower - has gone in for planning consent. The 30-storey tower will include a 144-bedroom hotel on the lower 12 floors and 80 residential flats above. It will be more than 150m high.
  • 3Dlabs

    San Jose-based 3Dlabs recently announced the availability of its Oxygen GMX high-end 3D graphics accelerator. The Oxygen family of 3D boards includes the mid-range Oxygen RPM 2D/3D solution, but shipment of the Oxygen GMX marks the company's entry into the graphics board market.
  • 4 vie for passage prize

    Four teams have been shortlisted in the competition to redesign Sutton Walk, the passageway that links London's South Bank to Waterloo Station, under Hungerford Bridge. The teams of architects and artists have produced proposals which go on public display from 14 November. The winner of the £200,000 competition will be announced on 8 December.
  • 78 Derngate

    Like Mendelsohn, Charles Rennie Mackintosh is an inspirational figure for McAslan. Despite its tiny scale, the adaptation (begun in 1915) of an existing Victorian terraced house in Northampton for the engineer W J Bassett-Lowke was the most significant project of his 'London years', boldly geometric in design and anticipating Modernism some decades hence. Bassett-Lowke was later the client for Peter Behrens's 'New Ways', sometimes claimed as the first truly modern house in the uk. At Derngate
  • 90 Long Acre

    90 Long Acre in Covent Garden was designed by R Seifert and Partners in the late 1970s.It comprises a two-level basement car park,lower and upper ground floors and eight upper storeys.Four ofthese floors became vacant when the existing tenant moved out and the client decided to seize the opportunity to remodel the entrance piazza and reception,upgrade four vacant floors,representing 7,000m

  • A boulevard carnival

    Les Champs de la SculptureIn the Champs Elysees, Paris, until 14 November
  • A brick and glass-block tower

    The three-storey car park has five circular towers and an elevated walkway - the 'wallwalk' - which refers to the ancient ramparts. Visitors reach the wallwalk, which gives access to the city, via staircases set in the towers.
  • A chance to remember Howard Goodman

  • A chance to work on a competition for a new railway station in Stuttgart with young German architect Worner + Partner came through Wolf Mangelsdorf, who joined aha in June 1997.

    A chance to work on a competition for a new railway station in Stuttgart with young German architect Worner + Partner came through Wolf Mangelsdorf, who joined aha in June 1997.

    Kingston University's architecture and landscape school is holding a conference called 'New Technology, New Architecture', looking at photovoltaics and Doncaster's Earth Centre. Details tel 0181 547 2000.
  • A dazzling vision Constant's New Babylon: The Hyper- Architecture of Desire by Mark Wigley. Witte-de-With/010 Publishers, 1998. 256pp. £36. (Distributor Art Data 0181 747 1061)

    'New Babylon' was the 20-year project of artist, sometime Situationist, and - as Mark Wigley calls him - 'architectural impersonator' Constant Niewenhuys. It was a singularly determined impersonation. From the mid- 1950s to the early 70s, Constant maintained a continuous production of models, montages, manifestos, films, lectures, drawings and paintings of a consistent architectural vision: a proliferating megastructure, premised on automation and the end of labour, that would simultaneously
  • A derelict site

  • A dispensable profession?

    COLIN DAVIES The Favored Circle: The Social Foundations of Architectural Distinction by Gary Stevens. mit Press, 1999. 253pp. £24.50
  • A feel for the material

  • A focus on the figure

  • A Garden & Three Houses

    review: landscape books
  • A glass staircase and wall

    working details: Notting Hill Gate house, London Alan Power Architects
  • A glazed roof

    working details; Neptune Court, Greenwich Rick Mather Architects and BDP
  • A helical steel staircase

    Centre for Architecture and Design, Glasgow Page & Park
  • A helical steel staircase and a glass steel-framed canopy

    steel design; Cannon Rubber Factory Ash Sakula Architects

    Building work has started on Colwyn Foulkes and Partners' £3 million new-build and refurbishment design for Rydal Penrhos boarding school, Colwyn Bay. It will include a sports hall, high-tech library and classrooms. The first phase is due to end in September. As a Methodist school it does not approve of the National Lottery, and made no bid for cash.
  • a life in architecture

    In an age when actors tend to concentrate on a career in movies, Ian McKellen seems somewhat old-fashioned. For, despite his recent Oscar- nominated performance in the film Gods and Monsters, the Lancashire-born actor-knight is very much a man of the theatre. Not surprisingly, he cites theatres as among the key buildings in his life; in particular, those designed by Frank Matcham, whose buildings include London's Coliseum and Palladium, as well as a host of theatres and opera houses in the pr
  • A life in architecture

    Photographer Richard Bryant has a habit of falling in love with buildings he photographs, like the Gipsoteca at the Canova Museum in Possagno, by Carlo Scarpa, which combines intense detailing with emotional warmth. Also, despite his preference for Minimalism, Bryant was bowled over by his first sight of Stirling's Staatsgalerie. But his most memorable encounter was in Mexico in the late 1980s with a tiny jungle house by Sergio Puente and Ada Dewes (above). It has one adobe wall with two conc
  • a life in architecture

    Bryan Avery
  • a life in architecture

    vivien lovell
  • a life in architecture

    amanda levete
  • A life in architecture

    Alexander 'Greek' Thomson brought about a conversion in Deyan Sudjic through his Holmwood Villa, soon to open to the public as part of Glasgow's City of Architecture. Until now Sudjic, director of Glasgow '99 and architecture critic, was associated with an exclusively contemporary view of architecture, but Thomson, 'the Ayatollah of Classicism', broadened his horizons. 'It's very rewarding to find that there are other perspectives and that other periods have such strengths,' he says.
  • A life in architecture

    No desert-island favourite buildings for Alex Reid, director general of the riba. Instead he has chosen to focus on one particular project which he considers the most remarkable case he has come across of architecture making a positive social contribution to life. The building is Glenveagh School in Belfast, a school for 150 children with learning difficulties, designed by Kennedy FitzGerald and Associates and built on a new site in the early 1990s (aj 31.3.93) to replace two old schools near
  • a life in architecture

    The artist Patrick Caulfield, 63, introduces a building he has grown fond of apologetically. 'It's quite mundane,' he says of the listed 1915 fire station, by C C Winmill, in Lancaster Grove (below), near his Camden home. It reminds him of a toy fire station - 'You expect toy engines to come rushing out of it' - yet he finds it surprisingly elegant and says he would love to live in it. With its steeply pitched roof and dormer windows it looks strangely domestic, apart from the ornate brick dr
  • a life in architecture

    Actor, director, writer, biographer - Simon Callow is one of Britain's most versatile and erudite thesps. His image, both on and off screen, is of one who believes in challenging convention. So it is little surprise that Callow's choice of a favourite building would raise many an eyebrow, not least in architectural circles.
  • a life in architecture

    Paula Pryke
  • a life in architecture

    mark elder
  • a life in architecture

    Andrew Motion
  • a life in architecture

    sir andrew turnbull
  • A life in architecture

    Stephen Bull
  • a life in architecture

    Chris Smith
  • a life in architecture

    Ruins and buildings where nature exerts a strong presence have always fascinated David Green, recently appointed director of the British Council. Green had planned to study architecture at York University but switched to education following his experience as a vso volunteer in Asia. It was during this period that he first visited Humayun's tomb, the sixteenth-century Mughal citadel to the Emperor Hamayun in Delhi. It is surrounded by a square garden and is a popular place with the Indians for
  • a life in architecture

    Julian Barnes
  • a life in architecture

    Barry Hines, author of Kes, is writer-in-residence at Sheffield Hallam University. He loves buildings - cinemas and railway stations indiscriminately - and Blackpool Tower and Burlington House in particular. He hates the Barbican Centre: 'You can't find it, and when you do, you can't find your way round it. Buildings should be accessible.' Nor does he like 'picture-postcard' cottages: 'Small rooms, low ceilings, too dark.'
  • A life in architecture

    Marco Goldschmied
  • A life in architecture

    Dr Jo Gipps, director of London Zoo, is a conservationist: he likes to see buildings put to good use even when they are no longer suitable for their original purpose. This applies equally to buildings in his care at the zoo and to places he has lived in.
  • a life in architecture

    alan ayckbourn
  • a life in architecture

    Churches have always fascinated author and journalist Simon Jenkins, and English churches in particular, on which he writes a regular column in Country Life. He regards them as the vernacular museums of the country where the history, faith, arts and crafts and architecture of each community can be traced through the ages. Of the churches which he says have left him gasping, he first names the great double north porch of St Mary Redcliffe in Bristol. 'It is encrusted with Oriental and Gothic m
  • A life in architecture

    Gillian duCharme
  • a life in architecture

    David Hope
  • a life in architecture

    samantha hardingham
  • a life in architecture

    dan cruickshank
  • a life in architecture

    Although he has always painted buildings, David Hepher thinks of himself as a landscape artist. It just happens that buildings comprise most of the landscape he paints. He has a particular fondness for the better tower blocks of the 1960s, even when they are weathered with graffiti; and he singles out a group on the Wyndham Comber Estate near Camberwell Green in South London, 'built like a pile of bricks ... very chunky and squarish, a happy mix of brick and concrete'.
  • a life in architecture

    It is hardly surprising that the writer Gillian Darley, whose biography of Sir John Soane is reviewed on page 50 this week, should name the Soane Museum as one of her favourite buildings. It was the museum that led to her fascination with the man. She is continually surprised by 'the way the interior space is cut, enlarged and miniaturised at every level', and finds she still has to go back to the plans to work out what's really going on in the building.
  • a life in architecture

    One day towards the end of the 1940s, 'a small urchin on a new bike' was cycling along the still-cobbled streets of Huddersfield. The sound of beautiful music magnetised him and he followed it until it led him through an open door and up an imposing flight of stairs, where he found himself eavesdropping on a rehearsal for Handel's 'Messiah'. That early experience sowed two seeds which were later to flourish in the life of Keith Hellawell, uk Anti-Drugs Co-Ordinator: a love of music ( 'I have
  • a life in architecture

    Three very different spaces delight Tariq Ali, playwright, novelist and political commentator. The first is a new residential Institute for Women's Studies in Lahore, designed by Fawzia Qureshi, a young Pakistani woman architect. Ali describes it as a three-storey building, on a tiny plot, which carefully combines Islamic and Modernist design traditions and fosters a sense of community; internal spaces, including a courtyard and terraces, are bathed in natural light.
  • a life in architecture

    Christopher Frayling, rector of the Royal College of Art, puts a thirteenth-century 'apartment block' at the top of his list of favourite buildings: the 135 cliff dwellings at Kayenta in Arizona, carved out of the red sandstone by the Navaho Indians.
  • a life in architecture

    richard deacon
  • A life in architecture - Pierre D'avoine

    A dilapidated colonial bungalow and one of England's greatest stately homes are emotional and intellectual touchstones for the architect Pierre d'Avoine, whose practice, Pierre d'Avoine Architects, designed the winning Concept House for this year's Ideal Home exhibition.
  • a life in architecture anthony caro

    The sculptor Sir Anthony Caro wants to talk about a building he has not yet seen, Le Corbusier's pilgrimage chapel at Ronchamp, completed in the mid 1950s.He says that he likes to keep sculptural treats in his head until he is ready for them. 'Often they turn out to be better than expected.' Greece, when he eventually went there, more than fulfilled expectations; it is hard to believe that Ronchamp will not do so too.
  • A life in architecture: dickon robinson

    In the 30 years Dickon Robinson has been living in the West End,he has become fascinated by the roofscape ofthe city and the way towers interact with each other.From the fire escape ofhis Covent Garden flat he has a fantastic view ofthe Telecommunications Tower (above) and Centre Point,with their contrasting profiles:the Telecom Tower with its cluster ofaerials,swelling and coming to a point;Centre Point symmetrical all the way up and terminating in a flat roof.
  • A life in architecture: Lewis Biggs

    At the Rembrandt exhibition, Lewis Biggs was struck by how the light source on the self-portraits seemed to rise the older the artist got: 'It moves from his chest to his forehead and then above his head, as if he were in touch with something sublime.' As director of the Tate Gallery Liverpool, the sublime use of light in both paintings and buildings is what interests Biggs. A building he has seen only once, and briefly, is Jorn Utzon's Bagsvaerdkirke on Copenhagen's outskirts (above), built
  • a life in architecture: lucy musgrave

    Castles form a continuous thread through Lucy Musgrave's relatively short life. From her family home in Warwickshire, she could see Kenilworth Castle, a dark-red sandstone ruin, begun in the twelfth century. It formed the backdrop to happy times with her siblings, the place where she 'started to enjoy clambering over buildings'. Later, she fell in love with her future husband during a course on late medieval architecture studying a string of Welsh castles: Harlech, Conwy, Caernavon and Beauma
  • a life in architecture; david marks julia barfield

    Once David Marks and Julia Barfield mention the Palm House at Kew, its connection with their Ferris wheel, due to be erected this week, becomes obvious. When they entered Burton and Turner's masterpiece after its 1980s refurbishment, before replanting, they were astonished by the lightness of the structure. Marks describes it as 'the perfect symbiosis of architecture and engineering', the quality aimed for in the design of the wheel. They had found it earlier in a very different building, Fra
  • a light touch

    Neil Billet is the engineer responsible for building services on the Foster & Partners British Museum project. His real passion, however, is using light in the best possible way by eleanor young. photograph by jonathan brady; people
  • A lost world - a case of baby and bathwater

  • A moment of levity can be enlightening

  • A mortuary will be demolished by Architype

  • A museum is not just a building

  • A new approach to factory homes

    For John Miles of Arup's Advanced Technology Group, the route to successful prefab homes starts at designing a factory for the process, though convincing mass house-builders of the benefits of prefab will be a long job. Martin Pawley reports
  • A new centre for Manchester

    Manchester is to have a new international convention centre by the end of the year 2000. Sheppard Robson and Stephenson/Bell were appointed by the city council after a competitive interview and fee bid. The centre, which is on a sloping triangular site, has been designed to connect with the surrounding buildings and streets, and to take into account the fact that a 14-storey office block is to be built immediately to the south of the site.
  • A new leaf

    A large gathering of architects from Acanthus, the nationwide network of like-minded practices, held a splendid annual conference at the weekend, this year in Cambridge, complete with punting, site tours and an inspirational lecture from John Outram in his Judge Institute building. Other luminaries included Marco Goldschmied (who made a passionate plea for site taxation to take the sting out of land speculation), and Rab Bennetts (why don't we generate a new regionalism by using materials whi
  • A new plot for The Archers - housing as the latest crop

    For a business that only contributes half as much to gross domestic product as the sale of ready-made sandwiches, and gets half its income from taxpayers in the form of grants, farming can certainly whip up a storm of indignation. Just mention the idea of building a million houses in the South East on agricultural land and the 'conservative tendency' can mobilise a whole army of objections. The reason of course boils down to land use and the economic consequences of changes in it. What with E
  • A new twice-yearly publication - Public Art Journal

  • A park on the banks of the Elbe This year's garden festival at Magdeburg in Germany will leave a permanent legacy for the future BY PETER SHEARD

    technical & practice
  • A place for people

    Jimo Toyin Salako: A Point of View At the Tomato Building, 29-35 Lexington Street, London W1 until 9 May
  • A premature celebration? The Museum of Scotland: Benson + Forsyth Architects August Media, 1999. 150pp. £35. (Available from 0171 359 0288)

  • A proactive RIBA

  • A projecting bay window and balustrade

    working details; Housing at the Canongate, Edinburgh Richard Murphy Architects

    Dr Rob Imrie of Royal Holloway University of London's geography department is to explore how architecture theory and practice could embrace disability on a £42,000 grant by the Leverhulme Trust. The 15-month research project starts in May.
  • A radical education

    While Sir Colin Stansfield Smith was chairing the riba deliberations on education of architects, about 100 (mostly foreign) delegates at this year's European Association for Architectural Education conference* were hearing about some of the more radical uk experiments, and particularly about a number of highly imaginative continental experiments, mainly from France, Germany, the Netherlands and Scandinavia. There, what it means to be an architect can be very different from the uk tradition, w
  • A radical education

    While Sir Colin Stansfield Smith was chairing the riba deliberations on education of architects, about 100 (mostly foreign) delegates at this year's European Association for Architectural Education conference* were hearing about some of the more radical uk experiments, and particularly about a number of highly imaginative continental experiments, mainly from France, Germany, the Netherlands and Scandinavia. There, what it means to be an architect can be very different from the uk tradition, w
  • A rainscreen wall of tiles and render

    The new swimming pool has a structure of chs roof trusses supported by 254 x 254mm columns lined with blockwork walls. To resist corrosion produced by the harsh internal environment - a pressurised combination of chlorimins and high humidity - the columns are set behind the blockwork inner leaf, both roof and walls are vented on the cold side of the insulation, and internal wall surfaces are sealed with silicone paint or ceramic tiles.
  • A rotating steel sculpture built into a facade

    The sculpture consists of two elements, an outer steel ring fixed to the fabric of the building, and a steel disc which moves inside it. The outer ring is formed of a series of mild steel 180 x 90mm parallel flange channels, mechanically bent on rollers by the manufacturer, Angle Ring.
  • A sad farewell

    Another sorry demise was reported last week - of my rival Scorpio, author of a column which ran uninterrupted for nearly 30 years. How sad that the latest incumbent of the columnist's nest could not have made the announcement; instead of a sting in the tail, a sad little whimper.
  • A sloping roof with an aluminium soffit

    working details
  • A star is born

    Imagine it’s early evening. Not the humdrum early evening of the average week, all too often swallowed up by the working day. But the beingon-holiday early evening when people begin to gather in the streets. Early evening with a hint of promise.With its new theatre and gallery complex in Milton Keynes, Andrzej Blonski
  • A steel and oak staircase

    working details; Royal Opera House Dixon Jones BDP
  • A summer with Frank Lloyd Wright

  • A sure-fire way to collect bad debts, architectural or otherwise . . .

    'Paul, can you take your wife away for a while, find a lonely hotel somewhere, we'll pay . . . .' This request, made some 20 years ago by a builder, was of course met with my bemused but firm refusal. He was distraught, but only later did I learn why, and in what danger I had also been. I'll change the names for obvious reasons, but essentially, the story goes like this:
  • A tangled web ...

  • A walk need not be on the wild side

  • A wall and roof of frameless glazing

    The museum is housed in a six-storey 1960s building which has now been extended and refurbished to include a new gallery along the west side, and a four-storey foyer, glazed on the front facade with a Planar frameless glazing system.
  • A wastepaper mountain or information goldmine?

    martin pawley
  • A watersport centre at Rutland Water

  • A weatherboarded wall with eaves vents

    Working details
  • A year in the life of a columnist - half way to success

    legal matters
  • A yen to exchange knowledge The introduction of a form of Private Finance Initiative and a refurbishment boom mean Japan has a lot to learn from Britain

    British architects have a lot to offer the Japanese and there are opportunities for those willing to pursue them. But architects should not feel alone when it comes to promoting themselves abroad. The Export to Japan Unit of British Trade International is there to help.
  • A zinc-clad rooflight/pavilion

    Residential development, Shepherdess Walk Buschow Henley


    The Berlin Free University, designed by Candilis, Josic, Woods, Schiedhelm in the 1960s, will be the subject of an exhibition at the aa from 21 May- 18 June. It will offer an extensive survey of one of Berlin's most influential buildings of the period. Meanwhile, 'Living Room', held in the aa gallery from 2-25 June, will document the demolition and rebuilding of a run-down timber structure by Gabriela Seifert and Goetz Stockman of the aa in collaboration with five German artists.


    Davies Sutton Architecture has been chosen to refurbish the 215-year- old Grade II Singleton Abbey in Swansea. The £2 million upgrade to the abbey, now used as an admin department by University of Wales, is due to start in July.
  • Aberdonian Iain Dickson to take over as RIAS president

    An Aberdonian is to be the next president of the rias. Iain Dickson, a partner in eight-strong Aberdeen-based George Watt and Stewart, will take over from George Wren at the rias convention in Glasgow at the end of May. He believes it is a strength not to be based in Scotland's central belt - half of the country's architects are in the Glasgow area alone. 'It will help to get away from centralised attitudes,' Dickson said.
  • About turn

    Julian Marsh + Jerzy Grochowski have transformed a standard-issue 1960s house into an architectural manifesto, helped by the Arcadian setting of Rutland Water By Peter Fawcett. Photographs by Martine Hamilton Knight
  • Absolutely nebulous

    Let's hope Michael Graves has been paid a fortune for plugging Absolut vodka in an advertisement featured on the back of the US edition of May's Elle Decor - because such straightforward product placement is becoming old hat amongst those architects who attract the attentions of advertising agencies. For Mario Botta has stolen a march on them all, being used to promote . . . risk management. He emerges, glasses raised to the forehead, clutching a pencil in his right hand, out of a dark whole-

    'Prefabs', a photo exhibition, has opened at the Gallery, Great Western Village, Swindon. It runs until 10 July and includes shots from the 1930s and 40s. Elain Harwood will lecture at the gallery on 19 May. 01793 414617.
  • Absolutely prefabulous

    Prefabrication of major components such as walls and floors can have distinct advantages for construction such as increasing speed of erection and quality control. In what is being claimed as a new record, prefabricated structural wall, roof and floor units have been used to erect 10 complete house shells in only five days. Undertaken by Warwick Group Construction for CDS Housing in Liverpool, the Harlow Park project was designed by architect Parry Boardman & Morris to minimise running costs
  • Academy expands

  • Access for all

    The Building Regulations Part M tells providers exactly what they have to do to conform with the law, writes Peter Randall. The DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) in contrast is broad, US-style legislation which sets out principles but no prescriptions, just a requirement for reasonable provision. It sounds admirable at first glance to have a law which applies to all buildings but many people are worried that the establishment of case law could provide ample work for lawyers and expert witne
  • Actioning housing change hats provided the opportunity for innovative design and gave tenants real power - using government money

    On with the new. Top left: hta Architects' masterplan for Waltham Forest. Top right: prp Architects' brick housing in Cathall Road, Waltham Forest. Above: the Chingford Hall community centre, also designed by prp
  • Adam ignored

  • Adaptable office building, Amsterdam

    Maccreanor Lavington Architects
  • Adaptable office building, Amsterdam

    Maccreanor Lavington Architects
  • Adding information to concrete update

  • Addition

  • Adieu to the auteur

  • Adjudication could end Bleak House nightmares

  • Adjudication for Architects and Engineers

    Adjudication for Architects and Engineers, John Timpson and Brian Totterdill, Thomas Telford,392pp, £45.
  • Adjudication is a quick-fix solution, not a legal substitute

    'The industry was ... secretly flattered that the government was prepared to treat it as a special case'
  • Adjudication survives its first legal challenge

    legal matters

  • AF roadshow to exhibit its Tower Hamlets proposals

  • Affix is needed for non- practising architects

  • Against all odds

    Speaking at the Bankside Tate to celebrate the launch of Architecture Week, Janet Street-Porter came over all nostalgic for her days at the Architectural Association, which she described as 'one of the most happy and creative times of my life'. Placed in an environment with five girls and 99 boys ('the main reason I studied architecture'), four-times married Street-Porter evidently thrived, although she confesses that 'I only ever worked in an architect's office for two weeks, and I was compl
  • Ageist attitudes waste architectural talent


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  • Airing ideas

    Cedric Price's competition design, 'A lung for Manhattan', may not have won the prize (Peter Eisenman nabbed $100,000), but his scheme has found much favour in the city. New York Times architecture correspondent Herbert Muschamp describes the plan for a giant open park between Penn Station and the Hudson River as 'a gem', which 'reaches beyond the formal qualities of architecture to deal with the quality of urban life . . .No urban bone-crunching. No high-tech structural callisthenics.
  • aj 100 architects

  • Aj interiors

    Creating a factory for big ideas
  • AJ is rightat 'home' with Masters of Building

  • aj landscape

    A few of the 6,000 or more 35mm slides which J & L Gibbons employs as a reference in the development of its schemes. The top row shows examples of 'designed relationships', where the harmonious or dissonant juxtaposition of materials is eloquent. In the centre are images that suggest how landscape might appeal to the senses. At the bottom are what the practice calls 'ephemera': stacked pieces of felt, containers in Cape Town docks, and a San Francisco construction site offer inspiring pattern
  • AJ/Otis Student Architecture Competition

  • AJ/SimCity Christmas card competition

    Thanks to all of you who entered our aj/SimCity Christmas card competition. The entries sparked heated debate in the office. Colin Reekie's traffic lights complete with little green architect were popular, but the New York style backdrop was deemed inappropriate for the oh-so- British aj. We liked Corinna Dean's choice of the oxo tower, but eventually ruled it out on the grounds that the image was rather more Blueprint than aj - although we could have been persuaded if the letters in lights h
  • AJ100

    On 29 April, the aj will publish its annual survey of the uk's 100 largest practices. This unique supplement- containing invaluable analysis of numbers of staff employed, fee levels and geographical distribution - will reach not only the aj's usual readership of 70,000 architects and associated professionals, but also a special circulation of the 100 largest uk clients, created by the top provider of construction-industry information, Glenigan. These clients are responsible for the largest pr
  • ajonehundred

    Building Design Partnership has definitively held its position at the head of the list of large practices - despite having one architect fewer than last year, it still employs 27 architects more than Chapman Taylor, in second place. This performance may not seem spectacular, but bdp chairman Richard Saxon is pleased with it. 'We have maintained momentum,' he said, 'in spite of downturns in a number of sectors in which we specialise. pfi still has to bear fruit for us in a number of projects w
  • Alan Brookes leaves practice for research

    Alan Brookes has retired from his practice Brookes Stacey Randall at the age of 59 to concentrate on teaching and research.
  • Albert Frey Houses 1 + 2

    by Jennifer Golub. Princeton Architectural Press, 1998. 84pp. £24.95
  • Aldington's houses revisited

    Listings minister Alan Howarth has sought opinion on the Grade II listing of two houses by Peter Aldington and a theatre by Roderick Ham, writes David Taylor.
  • Aldington's houses revisited

    A new exhibition at the riba Architecture Gallery, 'A Garden and Three Houses', features Peter Aldington's group of three 1960s houses at Haddenham, Buckinghamshire (above), and the celebrated garden (left) that he and his wife have made there. 'I know of no other garden which packs such riches into so small a space with such beautiful and interesting plants,' says Sir Peter Shepheard. Last year the Turn End Charitable Trust was formed to maintain the garden in perpetuity and open it to the p
  • Aldo van Eyck, 1918-1999

  • Alfred Roth, 'one of the original modernists'

  • All about Glasgow

  • All bridges lead to Rome for Studio E and Ove Arup


  • All change at the PoW Foundation

    In yet another change of direction, the Prince of Wales' architecture school is to concentrate on urbanism and the regeneration of cities - 'urban transformations' - rather than the narrower issue of housing it pledged to champion when it rebranded itself last year.

    Allan Murray Architects has been given the go-ahead by planners for a £100 million scheme with 20,000m2 leisure and 15,000m2 of offices in a World Heritage Site in East Edinburgh's Greenside Place. The project will have a civic square, 12-screen cinema, 50-bed hotel and eight-storey office and roof garden with views of Carlton Hill. Diggers are due to start on the site, known as 'the hole in the ground', in May 2000 and finish in 2001 (for other projects in Edinburgh, see page 14).
  • All eyes this week were on David Marks Julia Barfield Architects' British Airways London Eye

    All eyes this week were on David Marks Julia Barfield Architects' British Airways London Eye - aka the Millennium Wheel - as it was finally hauled up from the horizontal. The photographs show a unique view (above left) from within the wheel when it wasberthed horizontally on the Thames - prior to its first failed attempt at erection - and at 65 degrees (right). The project backers plan to crane it into its final vertical position towards the end of this week. Then, in two or three weeks time,
  • All in the game

  • All MoD cons for Swindon

  • All the contents of a magpie mind

  • Allies & Morrison wins the open

    Allies & Morrison has won an open riba competition to design a new £700,000 clubhouse and a £500,000, 12-room 'dormy' house for Cowdray Park Golf Club in the West Sussex Downs.
  • Allies and Morrison wins £160m King's Cross refurb

    Allies and Morrison is going underground for a £160 million redevelopment of King's Cross tube station. The architect will work with Ove Arup & Partners on a two-stage project expected to run into 2007. The first phase will cost £80 million and include refurbishing the existing ticket hall, concourse and tube platform areas. Planning consent is expected later this year.
  • Allies and Morrison wins refurb job for 'grim' LCP tower

  • All's well that ends well in Mare Street

  • Alsop designs Southwark office

  • Alsop going Dutch

    Alsop and Stormer is the only British practice to have been shortlisted to design a new £20 million national audiovisual archive last week in Hilversum, the principal media city of the Netherlands. The practice is competing against four others - Benthum Crouwel, Mecanoo, Neutelings Riedijk, and Architecten Cie - to design a 25,000m2 building housing the Netherlands Broadcasting Museum, public television and radio archives, a restaurant, shop and cafe, plus depots, viewing rooms, and offi
  • Alsop in good health

  • Alsop revises GLA designs to win over English Heritage

  • Alsop shuns Stirling Prize


    The Russian Academy of Architecture has awarded its 'Big Medal for Urban Planning and Construction' to Alsop & Stormer Architects, the first ever non-Russian to win it. The practice won for Trubnaya 12, a 9000m2 mixed- use design in central Moscow which it has co-designed with local architects Ostozhenka and which is only 'nearing completion'. It also won a best building award from the Moscow press. The concrete framed building is clad in a black stone, green glass and green rendered cladding

    Alumasc Exteriors has added an exciting range of gutter profiles to its high-capacity Aqualine eaves drainage system. Extruded-aluminium Aqualine revolutionised the specification of gutter systems with its clean lines, substantial flow capacity and fast installation. The new profiles are produced in modern, ogee, half-round and moulded designs and are available in a number of sizes. The simple bracketry also supports a rainwater system that snap-fixes together, for a gutter line that requires

    Alumasc's Harmer his roof outlets have revolutionised the drainage of rainwater from large roof areas, typically low-pitched metal roofs with valley gutters. Designed for use with existing or new non-syphonic managed pipe systems, the his system's self-priming flow outlet will operate at 90 per cent capacity without breaking into negative pressure. Compatible with cast-iron or pvc pipework, the system reaches full efficiency at water depth of only 35mm, alleviating the load problems ponding c

    Alumasc Exterior Building Products has announced a new agreement with the German construction group Ispo to market its range of external wall insulation systems, renders and paints in the uk. Ipso's products are recognised both for their quality and for innovation throughout Europe. Two key systems include Ipsotherm ewi system a (a pure-mineral system incorporating insulation board and plaster finish in various patterns and textures); and system B (which includes a polystyrene insulation boar






  • Álvaro Siza By Philip Jodidio. Taschen, 1999. 176pp. £16.99

    ‘I use the Japanese way with judo. If you can’t fight something, you accept it’. This quote by Álvaro Siza, writes Isabel Allen, is in the opening essay of this book, which is in Taschen’s familiar, lavishly- illustrated format, and with a substantial text.
  • Always in black

    Birds Portchmouth Russum's excellent tenth anniversary party lived both up and down to expectations, starting cool and ending up in the early hours resembling a school dance. Hilariously, several men attending walked out with the wrong jacket, presumably having failed to notice that there were 85 other designer clones, all wearing black on the night.
  • Amapi gets serious Behind the idiosyncracies Amapi has a lot to offer, including a more conventional interface for those new to modelling

    When it comes to idiosyncratic applications, Amapi is right up there. Its recent transfer from YoNoWat software to tgs was followed by a new release and a new lease of life for this very capable application. But its idiosyncrasy has put many 'serious' users off the application, and in recognition of this tgs now provides the user with the option of a more conventional interface. While this can make Amapi a little faster at first, it's not nearly as much fun.
  • Amazing timing of new D&B scheme

  • Amazing timing of new scheme launch


  • American architects aren't being totally straight with us

  • American or not, our architects sit Part III


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  • Americans establish themselves here. Shouldn't it work both ways?

    Overpaid, over-sexed and over here - thus ran the slogan that evidenced the ill feeling occasionally felt towards American servicemen based here during World War II. And there is increasing ill feeling against Americans working here again, this time because they are not playing fair over trade.
  • Americans one problem in troubled ARB empire

  • An acoustic and service sidewall in an auditorium

    A programme of radical improvements has revitalised the 825-seat repertory theatre, built in 1971. The seating has been replaced and re- aligned to improve sight-lines and eliminate central aisles; this gave the opportunity to provide a new underfloor fresh-air supply system and to design side-walls which screen new air-supply ducts, improve the acoustics and incorporate speakers, lighting and signage.
  • An age of engineering innovation

    'The Art of Invention', which opens on 15 October at the Science Museum, London SW7, highlights the role of Renaissance artist-engineers with 40 large-scale models constructed from the original drawings. The show aims to demonstrate the interdependence of art and technology. It continues until 24 April 2000.
  • An architect's life doesn't begin at 40

  • An attempt to stimulate the industry's blood circulation

    Legal matters
  • An even more potent cocktail at Sheffield

  • An exhibition on the architecture of Sir John Soane

  • An extra storey to provide computer and technology classrooms

    An extra storey to provide computer and technology classrooms has been added to the single-storey concrete-frame building with brick masonry walls. The structure of the additional storey is a timber frame, clad with cedar and roofed with Kalzip aluminium sheet, a light-weight construction to avoid adding load to the foundations of the original.
  • An eye for the undesigned Anne Bousema's photographs question the way that we look at landscape and what we choose to value in it


    technical & practice
  • An insightful idealist

    The Light of Truth and Beauty by Alexander Thomson. Edited by Gavin Stamp. The Alexander Thomson Society, 1999. 200 pp. £9.95
  • An Interbuild first: fashion made of building materials

    Something new for Interbuild 2000 is the Interbuild Fashion Show. The UK's next wave of Vivienne Westwoods and Paul Smiths have been challenged to put together a Spring Collection of clothing designs made from building products.
  • An Internet libel case with important implications for us all

    In January 1997 Laurence Godfrey discovered that some unknown person had 'posted' an article attributed to him on the Internet under the Newsgroup 'soc culture thai'. It was squalid, obscene and defamatory. Originating in the usa on 13 January 1997, the 'posting' invited replies to Mr Godfrey and gave his e-mail address. The forgery was read by Internet users in the uk and throughout the world.
  • An octagonal steel structure with triple columns

    Basildon Bell Tower Buro Happold
  • An unsentimental education in the law of pupil and pupil-master

    legal matters
  • An updated future for the UK's best building show by Paul Finch

    'Interbuild', then known as the 'Building Exhibition', was launched in 1895 - the same year as The Architects' Journal, then known as The Builders' Journal, an Architectural Review. Quite apart from the coincidence of their birth, the history of the magazine and the exhibition have been intertwined ever since. The connection became formal last year when Emap Business Communications, aj's owner, signed a joint venture agreement with the Montgomery Group to own and operate the show. The Montgom
  • Anachronisms in glass houses


  • Ancient dispute


    The RIAS presented students with a host of awards at the annual meeting. Grace Choi of the Mackintosh School won the Sir Rowland Anderson Silver Medal, Rachel Gibson from Edinburgh College of Art won the Sir Robert Lorimer Memorial Award, the University of Edinburgh's Oliver Brandenburger won the Sir John Burnet Memorial Award and Aidan Hodgkinson from the Mackintosh School won the RIAS award for measured drawing. The Thomas Ross Award went to Dr Angelo Maggi and Nicholas Brown.
  • And we don't even have a zone of our own

  • Andersen Consulting headquarters

    Architect: Foster & Partners

    The City and Islington College aims to build an £8.8 million new further education wing to include teaching spaces for performing arts, media, IT, business and applied sciences. The 4000m2 block will go on a site at Angel Islington and integrate with a refurbished college building of 4000m2. The college is to draw up a shortlist of six teams after advertising in the ec Journal with a 2 November deadline.

    The Heritage Lottery Fund has given a £16,000 grant to London Zoo towards the production of a conservation plan to address problems of upgrading the site and improving public access within the Grade I-registered landscape. Purcell Miller Tritton and Partners has been appointed to produce the conservation and management plan. It should complete its work in six months.

  • Animated about architecture

    Impact Interactive uses animation to help people understand how buildings will look and behave. It is also visualising the future of construction
  • Animated about architecture

  • Animated about architecture

    Impact Interactive uses animation to help people understand how buildings will look and behave. It is also visualising the future of construction
  • Another view on the Sadler's Wells views

  • Apartment building, Charlotte Quay

    Dublin Architect: O'Mahony Pike Architects
  • Appealing to readers for Open Urban Picnic

  • Approach at Murray Grove

    Technical & Practice
  • Apt definition


    Architectural Review and d line international, a Danish architectural ironmongery firm, has launched a £10,000 annual international award. The ar+d award is for architects and designers aged 45 or under. Entries should reach the ar by 6 September and the award is in October. Phone +45 3618 0400.
  • ARB and RIBA agree on code but not on education

    Riba president David Rock is to tell councillors next week that the institute has been successful in convincing the arb to take its time and listen to its views over the 'broadly acceptable' new Code of Professional Conduct and Practice. But he will also tell council that discussions over validation and assessment have 'regressed'.
  • ARB annual report: an awful lot of a waste

  • ARB committee slates uninsured Scottish architect


  • ARB exhumes 'trade union' jibe - and enrages RIBA

    The arb has once again infuriated the riba by redistributing to students a leaflet denouncing the institute as a trade union. The move rubs salt into the wound initially opened by the original production of the document, which the arb apologised for and promised to withdraw. However, it resurfaced at Kingston University on 14 April, when it was given out to about 40 students at a Part 3 lecture.
  • ARB is just a glorified filing cabinet

  • ARB leafleting campaign compares RIBA to union

    The arb has been handing out leaflets to students comparing the riba to a trade union. The leaflet, 'Some frequently asked questions about the Architects Registration Board', composed and distributed by a liaison officer, has now been withdrawn by the arb following representations from riba director of education Leonie Milliner.
  • ARB ruling: your money's safe with the Woolwich

  • ARB splashes out on a bright new public image

    The Architects Registration Board is to move closer to the riba - not by moving but by changing its address. An imaginative refurbishment scheme by Alex de Rijke of de Rijke Marsh Morgan moves the entrance of the building round the corner from the little frequented Hallam Street on to Weymouth Street (below).
  • Arb spot-checks architects for indemnity insurance

    The arb has launched a spot-check of architects to discover whether or not they have Professional Indemnity Insurance (pii). It has sent its survey to 1500 of its members asking them for details of their pii or, if they do not have any, the reasons why not. Richard Coleman, deputy registrar of the arb, hopes that as well as checking on the state of pii, which is compulsory for practising architects, this will work as a more general information-gathering exercise.
  • ARB takes relaxed attitude to practice name styles . . .

    The arb has said it is happy for architectural practices to continue using the names of dead or retired partners in their titles, and does not consider this misrepresentation. 'We see no problem,' said registrar Andrew Finch.
  • ARB tried to withdraw offensive leaflets

    Your article 'arb exhumes 'trade union' jibe - and enrages riba' (aj 6.5.99) would seem to suggest that arb has deliberately gone out of its way to upset the riba.
  • arb/riba debate shows Paul Hyett is priceless


  • Architect stands for election in protest over Balkan war

    A north London architect was so incensed by the war in Kosovo that he stood for election to the European parliament on the platform 'Human Rights, Peace in Europe'.
  • Architects and actuaries should be avoiding not just assessing risks

    Cedric Price once told me that actuaries are the highest paid of all professions - better even than barristers.
  • Architects Anonymous not so secret after all

  • Architects are the losers as FT pulls out of awards

  • Architects asked to back empty homes campaign

  • Architects have lessons to learn too from the tragic case of Stephen Lawrence

    'Just as it is important that the police force and the judiciary reflect the racial mix of the community, so too in the other professions'
  • Architects miss out on Covent Garden's great fire

  • Architects not always up the right street in Tower Hamlets

  • Architects out in force at Cannes property festival

    A No 73 bus - driven all the way to Cannes by two drivers at a top speed of 38 mph, and sponsored for £10,000 by Jones Lang LaSalle, gle Properties, Hamptons and Churchfields - was one of the draws at last week's mipim, the property networking and alcohol-fest. This year it was attended by a record 81 architectural practices from the uk including Richard Rogers Partnership, Arup Associates, czwg, edaw and small outfit Albuquerque Nogueira. Even the riba clients' advisory service and inco
  • Architects ready to mobilise on Kosovo rebuilding

    Architects may be drafted into the 'lean and mean' Kosovo Regeneration Taskforce when the full scale of the devastation hits home.
  • Architects should not ignore social needs

  • Architects sought for £100m veterinary lab centre

  • Architects under fire from MoD

    The government is moving towards a method of procurement for public buildings which will put architects and other consultants in the back seat - unless they are willing to shoulder a large burden of risk in the lead role.
  • Architects win court case over work by unregistered staff

    A London practice has won a ground-breaking court battle over the status of work carried out by unregistered staff - in a ruling which could also lead to speedier payment of disputed fees.
  • Architectural archive up for grabs

  • Architecture big guns join fight to save Pimlico School

  • Architecture by numbers JEREMY MELVIN Architectonics of Humanism: Essays on Number in Architecture by Lionel March. Academy Editions (John Wiley), 1999. £24.95

    All the ingenuity and diligent detective work which Lionel March achieves in his Architectonics of Humanism depends on one surmise. 'Where are the musicologists or the linguists of architecture?' he asks in the prologue. 'Even the formal studies of languages themselves have far more to offer than vague and shallow metaphors appropriated by architectural apologists.'
  • Architecture can enhance health care

  • Architecture City

    It's 1999, and Glasgow is officially the UK City of Architecture and Design. Here we offer a preview of exhibitions and events throughout the year. On the following pages we take a look at Glasgow 1999's major building projects
  • Architecture class

  • Architecture Foundation goes back to school in Southwark

  • Architecture is for all our mental health

  • Architecture must make room for the ordinary - pubs and all

  • Architecture of assembly

    Review: London's Town Halls At the RIBA Heinz Gallery, 21 Portman Square, London W1 until 24 July

  • Architecture TV on the way as Europeans sign accord

  • Architecture Week gets a qualified public welcome

  • 'Architecture Week' is right down Street-Porter's alley

    Janet Street-Porter, who turned her back on studies at the AA in favour of a media career, is back under the design spotlight after becoming the new 'patron' of 'Architecture Week'.
  • Architecture Week offers participation in regeneration

    Independent on Sunday editor Janet Street-Porter, culture secretary Chris Smith and Tate director Nicholas Serota kicked off Architecture Week last Wednesday at a press event at Herzog & de Meuron's Tate Modern, due to open in six months time.
  • Architecture Week prepares itself for events lift-off

    Some of the finest architects in Britain are raring to go for Architecture Week, but the festivities may uncover some uncomfortable truths about the profession - from freemasonry links to how architectural practices work.
  • Architecture Week to put design onto the public's map

  • Architecture's impact on mental health

  • Are occupants people?

    The way we react to fire, or rather don't react to fire, so putting ourselves at greater risk, throws interesting light on the assumptions that legislators and others make about our behaviour in buildings. Research after fires frequently shows that we can take a significant amount of time to disengage from what we are doing before we respond to an alarm. Time for escape is taken up, possibly with fatal consequences. Reluctance to disengage may be strong, for example in a casino, or after wait
  • Are we eager for Egan? Architects have been accused of not becoming sufficiently involved in discussions about the implications and possibilities of the Egan report. To remedy this, British Steel, par

    news extra

    Stuart Page Architects is to turn an old armoury in the Tower of London into a public restaurant. The New Armouries lies to the east of the inner wall and faces the site's centrepiece, the White Tower. The £5 million design will include space for 250 people, banqueting suite and offices. Opening is scheduled for October 2000.







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    Leach, Rhodes, Walker is to extend the army's Harrogate College for teaching military skills to 16 to 17-year-old soldiers. The pfi work will include a new campus for 1,344 people by late summer 2000. The camp currently trains 650 soldiers.

    Gareth Hoskins Architects has won a competition to design a Durham Light Infantry museum in the city. It will refit the three-storey 1960s block in a park near the station. The 2400m2 design will include polished steel and Corten. The building has two museum floors and one for use as an art gallery. Work is to start shortly for a May 2000 opening. 'We want to make more about the nitty gritty of army life rather than about being blown to bits,' said Hoskins.
  • ARP wins in Ballymun

  • ARQ MARK 2

    Former emap title arq: Architectural Research Quarterly is to be published by Cambridge University Press. Edited by the university's Peter Carolin, the relaunch issue is March. Volume 3 is £55, £28 for students. Details, 01223 325806.

  • Arsenal gets a complex

  • Arsenal to be in King's Cross 'within ten years', says Luder

    An riba big name has pitched into the long-running saga of Arsenal Football Club's possible move by saying he thinks King's Cross will be the club's new home.
  • Art and architecture

    Art and architecture are atmospherically allied in an installation in the brick-walled undercroft of Camden's Roundhouse until 6 October. In the dark circular chamber at its centre, sculpted figures by Mimmo Paladino lie in a foetal position all over the floor. It's very eerie. Unfortunately Brian Eno's 'music' is more suited to a supermarket

    Artist Jan Blake has designed a curved, two-layer suspended sun blind for the glass front of an Arup Associates office in Stockley Park, Uxbridge. The tenant, Aspect Communications, went for the modern look because shutters or venetian blinds would detract from the Arup's design in Middlesex.
  • Art London



    The Royal Fine Art Commission has launched a design guide on light-rail systems. It suggests ways of making a positive impact with masts and wires and includes a pfi procurement flow chart. The report, also covering stations and platforms, bridges, depots and signs, is from the RFAC, 0171 839 6537.
  • Art of the rich

  • Artist who sculpted space

  • Artistic licence stretched to limit

    I thought you might be interested in the enclosed offer from the latest Kaleidoscope catalogue.
  • Artists' materials Snell Associates' glass pavilion with a fabric roof forms both entrance and gallery to an art college

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  • Arts Council picks six for major lottery awards

    Six major projects have been identified by the Arts Council as the potential recipients of major lottery awards under the end of its current programme of awards. In total it has earmarked £269 million for 46 projects, rejecting a further 250.
  • Arup Associates

  • Arup Associates

  • Arup Associates tries once again, Bristol fashion

    Arup Associates has unveiled further details of its revised scheme for the 6.8ha Canon's Marsh site in the centre of Bristol, now submitted for planning permission.The changes were drawn up with Richard Burton of Ahrends Burton & Koralek in response to the 10 issues identified by the council when it rejected the scheme in March this year.
  • Arup gears up with car designer deal

    Ove Arup has bought car-styling and product design company dral, forming dral-Arup. The new consultancy will continue to operate as dral has been doing, in the interior and exterior modelling of Bentley cars, Saab aircraft and motor cruisers. Arup's Advanced Technology Group has also worked in vehicle design for some time, particularly in the area of extreme loading conditions such as vehicle and rolling-stock impacts.

  • 'As architects, our influence is much more about merging with history through landscape - the landscape has always been there and will always be there.'

  • As for art, all you have to do is mention authenticity

    There was a time when artists led architects by the nose. Then they became partners. Then architects started getting sniffy, preferring a heat-recovery system to an abstract mother and child in the foyer. Now artists are drawing ahead again, as fast as a power boat overtaking the Oxford and Cambridge boat race.
  • As good as they say

    Berlin's Libeskind Jewish Museum is as extraordinary a building as the critics have claimed, overlaid with meaning and inspirations which leave you almost breathless with admiration. So does the attitude of Daniel and Nina Libeskind to the way they want the building to be used. There have been moves to surround it with a wall on security grounds, but the pair have vigorously resisted this on the grounds that to cut off the building from its Berlin surroundings would be (partly) to deny its me
  • Asbestos scare hits Portland Place

  • Ask Elsie

    As the nation ponders the future of the vacant plinth in Trafalgar Square (temporarily occupied by the rather striking statue of Jesus), intriguing help is at hand. One of the members of the committee chaired by 'pro- countryside' John Mortimer is my old friend Elsie Owusu, architecture's answer to Whoopi Goldberg. History does not record whether the two first met at a hunt.

    Assael Architects has won permission for a £60 million block of flats in London's Marylebone with 385 flats on 11 levels. The scheme became mired in a struggle with The Marylebone Society, which complained it would tower above Regent's Park and ruin views. The application for Barratt West London was deferred for three months which was lowered by 1m.
  • assembly details

    A semi-monocoque aluminium shell
  • Assessor's Report

    Zero CO2 Housing Competition
  • Astragal

    Odd man in
  • astragal

    This charming depiction of an expectant Astragal tucked up in bed on Christmas Eve was sent in by Sheila Mullon for the aj/SimCity Christmas card competition. Long-standing readers will recall that the portrait adorned the Astragal page until the early 1990s. Needless to sayMs Mullon's entry was shortlisted immediately.
  • astragal After Starck

    Astragal recently slipped into one of those establishments with blacked- out windows. It was not the usual screen of modesty for 'Adult Literature' but rather an exhibition of the work of Phillippe Starck - in Barnsley. Boasting a modest collection of nearly 20 chairs and various examples of product design, the exhibition concentrates on the sci-fi influences on Starck, especially his choice of names. These, it seems, he borrowed from Philip K Dick's novels, including an ashtray called 'Ray H
  • astragal Against the greyn

    An enjoyable evening at Michael Frayn's latest hit, 'Copenhagen', is enhanced by one of its stars: it is none other than Clinton Greyn, erstwhile director of the 20th Century Society, and actor with screen credits including epics such as 'Fall of the Roman Empire'. I hear Clinton is a really big star in the Netherlands - where he appears as everybody's favourite daddy in a tv insurance advertisement.
  • astragal Ancient evenings

    The exhibition on Sir Albert Richardson opening at the riba Heinz Gallery on 9 September will be the first on the architect in London and the last ever at the gallery which is closing in preparation for the transfer of the special collections to the v&a. Richardson's most famous building is Bracken House, later of course transformed by Michael Hopkins, and the first post-war building to be listed. It was not universally loved, however. The Anti-Uglies, a student group led by pop artist Paulin
  • astragal Architect power

    While catching up on the Observer's list of 300 powerful people in Britain, I see Richard Rogers is a creditable 65th, with Norman Foster at 132nd. Debuting is Stuart Lipton, included for his cabe chairman role. He is listed, intriguingly, as an architect. The profession is back in fashion.
  • astragal Body in evidence

    Astragal is a great admirer of Italian architectural magazine Domus and so was distressed to see evidence of popularisation (or is it dumbing down?) on the latest cover. This is a photograph by Manuel Laval which, he says, 'brings three worlds together: nature, man and architecture'. The picture is, he claims, of an ancient tower in the grounds of the Villeroy & Boch factory in Saarland, and indeed there is a brick building in the background. But what occupies the foreground is a bronze-paint
  • astragal Bridging loan

    Best advice for any aspiring practitioner is probably 'get the job, get the job, and get the job'. But it helps if your spouse is a rich merchant banker, as Wendy Evans Joseph discovered when she found herself sitting at dinner next to Torsten Wiesel, president of Rockefeller University in New York. The university has funding and campus problems, and Wiesel was hoping to extract an appropriately large donation from Joseph's husband, Peter. When Wiesel mentioned that he wanted a bridge across
  • astragal Chilling out

    Latest trendy night-spot looks set to be Fabric, designed by Forward Architecture and sitting in the basement underneath London's Smithfield market. Opening in October, it will offer three dance floors, five sound systems, three bars, a juice bar, roof terrace and courtyard garden in a minimalist environment. It should give a whole new angle to the term 'meat market'.
  • astragal Designer shopping

    Carnaby Street may become briefly fashionable again with the launch of the latest project by FAT, starting on Saturday. 'F*** Art - Let's Shop' uses artists, including Gilbert and George, the Chapman Brothers, and Langlands and Bell, to design shopping bags for participating shops in the area. The bags will also be on show at the Shopping Gallery in Ganton St, W1 until 4 October.
  • astragal Dome fellows

    Honorary fellows of the riba generally have a quiet life but this may change; Marco Goldschmied is inviting a number to take part in a one- day symposium to be held in the Millennium Dome in mid-October, discussing with various sages the design of cities and the issue of sustainable futures. This is part of a wider programme by the riba president to tackle the public perception of architects in the uk as 'remote and impenetrable'; and examine how the profession can respond to future needs in
  • astragal Don't give up

    One of the many distinguished guests at the Serpentine was Sir Denys Lasdun, doyen of British architects and, I am happy to report, still working - on a millennium pavilion for Tim Sainsbury, complete with substantial dining area, which will complement the house Sir Denys designed for him decades ago, and which he claims will be his last building. He has been working on 'my last project' for years, and then promptly moving on to another one, an encouragement to us all.
  • astragal Financial question

    The scene: a Monday morning marketing meeting of top commercial estate agents, bemoaning the demise of a colleague. 'Only 42,' laments one. 'Is that million?' comes the voice of Godfrey Bradman as he enters the room . . . '
  • astragal Fox holes

    Dome gossip was much in evidence at the Museum of London party given to launch Conran & Partners' new identity (new name - they used to be cd Partnership). First item of interest was that foxes have got into the great structure, providing an intriguing possibility of the Blackheath Hunt (if it exists) being called in to sort it all out. Best story, however, concerns one zone designer desperate to finish detailed work with only weeks to go before the job must be complete. He discovered two of
  • astragal His and hearse

    The annual lecture of the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust, which has survived the demise of the rfac itself, took place at the Serpentine Gallery last week. To prove there were no hard feelings, culture secretary Chris Smith was guest of honour with Lord St John of Fawsley presiding, complete with japes about Lot's wife ( 'By day a pillar of salt, by night a ball of fire . . .' ), and an anecdote about a visit to Liverpool by commissioners in the early 1990s. All trains to London were cancell
  • astragal Lavatory humour

    Readers with a robust sense of humour will be delighted by the relaunch of Victorian bathroom fittings designed by the eponymous Thomas Crapper. Cistern pulls bear the helpful motto 'pull and let go', but the publicity material sternly tells us 'there is no historical evidence of Crapper having invented the water closet'.
  • astragal Modernism fenced

    I wonder what Sir Denys really makes of what is being done to Keeling House in London's East End. The ingeniously planned cluster block was condemned as incapable of being brought up to scratch until quite recently, but is now being revamped (to Lasdun approval) by Munkenbeck and Marshall. The revised scheme will have four penthouses, rooftop terraces, a garden with water fountain and bridge. All very far from the social ideals of the original, a feeling reinforced by the planned 2.4m fence w
  • astragal ORMS

    ORMS celebrated its 15th anniversary last week with a major bash and a quirky 'scrap book' of its projects, including a series of 'commentaries' cut and pasted from the media. The book uses this little number as a meaty critique on its Aroma cafe project. The phrase 'We create a distinctive aroma!' eminates from one of the cow's derrieres. ORMS' rocking party (without cows) was in a warehouse in Old Street.
  • astragal Perfect person

    In the wake of tributes to Andrew Finch, recently departed registrar of arb, attention turns to his successor. Applications from architects, apparently, are encouraged, provided they have an immaculate disciplinary and negligence record, and are prepared to renounce practice to keep it that way. Those being touted for the post include Alex Reid, who might do for the arb what he has done for the riba, Jeremy Till, following his services to architectural education, and Colin James, after what h
  • astragal Reaching higher

    Chris Smith was in good form, giving a short talk on the virtues of excellence and arguing strongly for a public-service ethos reaching beyond simple market demand, whether in relation to broadcasting or architecture. 'The BBC should encourage people to reach for something they didn't know they wanted,' he declared. Exacting standards should be applied to all aspects of culture, whether it be called high or low. It was not the client organisation or the ultimate user who would determine this,
  • astragal Real fun

    Marrying a neo-Georgian 'National Lottery Winners' Finishing School' with an upmarket dogs' home converted from a 1960s office block scarcely sounds outlandish in these days of mix and match, but it is a relief to learn that it is only a project by Royal College of Art student Dominic McKenzie. Viewers of bbc Two's forthcoming six-part documentary series on the rca will see McKenzie and fellow student Bruce Peter putting forward their proposals in episode four, entitled 'Serious Fun'. Profess
  • astragal Rubbish design

    Over at the Millenium Dome, Nigel Coates' famed Body zone is rapidly taking shape, its wire frame and the beginnings of a red and orange-clad head clearly visible. One of its rather abstract-looking feet, said the nmec man, was modelled on the nose of the Concorde. Zaha Hadid's imposing Mind Zone - being launched today - is readying itself to receive newly commissioned art and sculptures from well-known artists, but the Living Island zone by work is nearest completion. A fun vision of Britain
  • astragal Size matters

    The London Planning Advisory Committee's glowing report last week about Lord Foster's 'outstanding' designs for the Greater London Authority building on the south bank of the Thames was tempered by its concern about the building's 'inflexibility'. Although the government has emphasised that the capital's new body will be a 'streamlined, small organisation' the building could not cope with more than the 400 staff currently regarded as the start-up component, lpac says. That would 'constrain' t
  • astragal Strictly speaking

    What a splendid oration on the occasion of Anthony Hunt's well-deserved honorary degree from Sheffield University. It referred to his early years, articled to an old-fashioned engineering firm. Under the terms of his articles, banned activities included 'dice-playing and fornication'. These days they seem to be compulsory!
  • astragal Tara! Tara! Tara!

    How nice to see a rising design talent getting recognition in a national newspaper. So congratulations to Tara Bernerd, daughter of South Bank supremo Elliott Bernerd, who was praised in the Sunday Times as 'a cement- loving, big-space kind of girl'. Her former flat is cited as evidence of the way she designs and oversees the transformation of original spaces, and we learn how she positioned 'walls of roughly hewn concrete within large open spaces to bring cinematic views'. Great stuff, but o
  • astragal three of a kind by 'Mayo'

    John Pardey of Lymington, Hampshire has won champagne for identifying Robert van 't Hoff's house near Utrecht; Josef Hoffmann's 'machine for sitting'; and Dustin Hoffman. Answers to this week's puzzler should reach us by Monday am. Send on a postcard (the more surreal the better) to aj Astragal, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London ec1r 4gb
  • astragal three of a kind by 'Mayo'

    Three Adolfs linked last week's images, identified by Colin Glover of Glasgow who wins the champagne. The buildings were the Fagus factory was by Gropius and Adolf Meyer; the bank in Alzate Brianza is by Adolfo Natalini; and the Steiner House is of course by Adolf Loos. Answers to this week's quiz should reach us by Monday am. Send answers on a postcard (the more surreal the better) to: AJ Astragal, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB.
  • At last we're ready to adapt ourselves

  • At least Bramante got Croydon responses

  • Attend a Glasgow conference on design

  • Attention to the everyday ANDREW MEAD Luigi Ghirri: Il profilo delle nuvole At Edinburgh College of Art, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh until 22 October

    Il profilo delle nuvole - the profile of clouds - presents 100 of the 100,000 colour photographs that Luigi Ghirri took before his death in 1992. His subject is the Northern Italy in which he spent most of his life, primarily the region around the River Po.
  • Attributes of the Town Champion

    They need to have:
  • Audio experiences

  • Auditorium and flytower

    House style

    Aukett Associates has bought the remaining 50 per cent share holding in its joint venture Aukett Kokon Beltman bv from its partner, Dutch group Kokon Beltman. The deal cost £580,000. a+k has 20 staff and has rung up pre-tax profits in the two years to December 1998 of £172,000.

    Aukett Associates, through its Dutch office Aukett BV, is to draw up a masterplan and landscape plan for a 210ha site for Almere in north Holland. The 15-year project is aimed at accommodating the next stage of the town's development and will be outside the residential centre, being masterplanned by Rem Koolhaas. The land will be divided into around 30 packages for development.

    Aukett Associates has unveiled a £150 million masterplan for a 75,000m2 business park in Cambourne, near Cambridge. It will include hotel and conference centre, supermarket and pubs. The first phase is due to start next June and it will form part of a new settlement of 3000 homes.


    The Arts Council of Wales is to give an award of £6.5 million to the Newport Theatre and Arts Centre at a wharf site on the River Usk. Work on the project (which has already received funds of £500,000 from the acw and the local council) will begin early next year, with completion planned for 2002. The centre is designed by Austin-Smith:Lord and will include a 500-seat theatre, a studio theatre, recording studios, workshop spaces and an art gallery. It should attract 70,000 visitors

    Mike Austin-Smith, a founding partner of Austin-Smith: Lord, has died of a stroke aged 81 in the firm's 50th anniversary year. He trained at the aa before distinguished war service. He was vice president of riba in 1962, the year he co-wrote a seminal report called The Architect and His Office. He was awarded a CBE in 1965.
  • Austrian spa hotel chucks out the chintz

    Construction starts this month on a building which should banish the stuffy, over-upholstered and pastel-decorated image of the large international hotel. Pringle Brandon Botschi has designed this 300-bed hotel in the Austrian spa town of Loipersdorf for Intercontinental. With not a seascape or pressed flower in sight, the design has a modern, sleek appearance. Most revolutionary for a large hotel are the bedrooms, which have timber floors and detailing and wooden blinds. Glazed sliding doors

  • Autodesk centres put you on course for the right CAD skills

    Strong IT and CAD skills are now vital to getting a good job.
  • Avery to give Commonwealth Institute a massive overhaul

    Avery Associates is understood to have won a competition for a massive overhaul of London's Commonwealth Institute - which has seen past designs by Jasper Jacobs and Allies and Morrison bite the dust.
  • Award for collaboration of artists and architects

  • Award recognises projects which add to community


    Landscape architect Whitelaw Turkington has won two awards for its new St Paul's Green in the centre of Hammersmith, London. They are the Urban Green Space category of Street Design 1999, run by Local Government News, and the Hammersmith Society Environment Award.
  • Awards were presented last Saturday

  • Awful memories of attending Pimlico

  • Awful warnings on the pressing need for sustainable cities

    If the truth hurts, this, as Richard Branson says, is going to be agony! The awful lesson of Beijing, where the uia has been holding its Twentieth International Congress, is that architecture is currently on a disastrous track and that practice and education must refocus their respective agendas if they are to address this crisis properly.

    Masterplanning continues on Southwark's massive 1970s Aylesbury Estate, which houses 10,000 residents. Design work on a total upgrade is being carried out by bptw, Levitt Bernstein, and Pollard Thomas & Edwards. Restoration of traditional street patterns is likely, as is a wide range of community facilities to help combat the area's high unemployment rates.
  • Back from the brink

  • Back where we belong

    Architecture is back in its traditional place in gallery VI this year, after two years elsewhere following the ra fire of 1997, writes Paul Finch. It is good to see it in the big room beyond the Octagon, and especially good to see so much high-quality work. Better economic conditions and thus more buildings are one reason for this, and almost certainly explain the number of models on display, a real tribute to the model-maker's craft. In particular three by A-models for Will Alsop are impress
  • Baffled by review of Plecnik exhibition


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  • Ballet scheme berated - but still gets go-ahead

    English Heritage and Westminster planners have criticised a design for a new home for the Royal Ballet School and shops next to the Royal Opera House.

    In August 1996 students at Balliol College, Oxford, moved into Phase 1 of a new hall of residence designed by MacCormac Jamieson Prichard. The masterplan for the Jowett Walk building consists of nine linked pavilions, a strategy which meets the college's demand for accommodation in the short term with provision for future expansion when funding allows. Three of the blocks were built as Phase 1. Two-and-a-half years on, no further phases have been built, leaving the three pavilions at the west

    MacCormac Jamieson Prichard has unveiled a masterplan for part of a 350ha, £260 million regeneration project for Ballymun in Dublin. The tree-lined street will have 40,000m2 of shops, 58,000m2 of offices, 29,000m2 of light industry and 13,000m2 of residential areas. Open spaces, squares and parks will flank the road and replace the existing stretch, lined with concrete blocks.
  • Balmond takes your breath away

    Cecil Balmond is a structural tightrope artist who engages in feats of apparently breath-taking daring. One senses that the architects in league with him, including Rem Koolhaas and Daniel Libeskind, have made a big and frightening commitment, well expressed in Koolhaas' cryptic faxed comment: 'Hoping for a smooth hovering...'

    London architect Seth Stein has designed 14 luxury homes for the Nandi Hills Estate, a gated compound near a golf course north of Bangalore in India. Now on sale at prices ranging from $1.75 million to $2.5 million, the air-conditioned houses have between three and five bedrooms, courtyards and roof terraces. Every bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and the main bedroom in each of the houses on the estate comprises a suite of rooms including a lap pool.
  • Banking on genius

    Review: Alexander Thomson: The Unknown Genius At The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow until 19 September
  • Bar for the course By Deborah Singmaster Photographs by Simon Yeo

    aj interiors

    Barcelona's flagship Marks & Spencer store (above) is to open at the end of this month. Bernard Engle Architects and Town Planners has restored the front of a nineteenth century building facing the Placa de Catalunya but gutted the inside to create six floors of shopping space in a modern interior totalling 5000m2.

    The Royal Gold Medal award to Barcelona (aj 18.3.99) was warmly approved - with applause. President David Rock told the AJ that he wants to bring together Prime Minister Tony Blair with the men who made Barcelona happen when they collect their award in June. There may also be a trip for riba members to the city. The award was also considered fitting in the light of the Architecture Commission discussion, as it involved architecture in its widest sense.
  • Barcelona expands further with 'cultural Olympiad'

    Barcelona is planning a 'cultural Olympiad' for 2004, forming part of a major extension of the city which will dwarf the redevelopment that took place for the Olympic Games.
  • Barcelona wins Gold

    In a startling break with 150 years of tradition, the Royal Gold Medal for architecture will go not to an individual or to a group of individuals, but to an entire city. This year's jury has decided to award the medal to the city of Barcelona for 'inspired city leadership, pursuing an ambitious yet pragmatic urban strategy and the highest design standards', which have 'transformed the city's public realm, immensely expanded its amenities and regenerated its economy, providing pride in its inh
  • Barfield and Marks set to reel in Wheel of fortune

  • Bargain basement

    Pentagram has published its seventh edition of Feedback ,a publication compiled from the reports of friends,colleagues and staff giving reports of enjoyable places to stay, eat or visit around the world.I'm intrigued to see Norman Foster recommending a 'cheap' restaurant in Madrid,David Linley 'the best fry-up in town'at a Pimlico cafe,and a shameless plug from Mike Davie s,who cites the view from the top of Greenwich Park which takes in the Queen's House,the Royal Maritime Museum,Canary Whar
  • Barnstorming ideas Studio baad has created a dynamic interior within a listed hay barn for a computer company in Yorkshire

    working details

    The Sussex Heritage Trust 1999 Annual Awards has awarded first place to the conversion of redundant listed barns on the Leconfield Estate. Despite strong local protests against the project initially, the venture by the Leconfield Estate Building Department and Duncan O'Kelly Architects was finished at the end of last year.


    Rumpole of the Bailey author Sir John Mortimer is to chair an advisory panel on the future of a plinth in London's Trafalgar Square, vacant since the square was laid in the 1840s. Panel members are being chosen - artists will display work on the plinth until a use is found.
  • Battle over changes at Labour's Millbank HQ

    The Twentieth Century Society has criticised the owner of Millbank Tower for a series of alterations it wants the GMW Partnership to carry out on the Grade II listed structure.
  • BDA Guide To Successful Brickwork - Second Edition

  • BDA Landmark Lecture

    UPDATE: bricking it

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  • bdp Design

  • bdp has won three years' worth of new-build, adaptation and conservation work costing £14.2 million at the famous Historic Dockyard in Chatham, Kent.

    bdp has won three years' worth of new-build, adaptation and conservation work costing £14.2 million at the famous Historic Dockyard in Chatham, Kent. The practice is to adapt three key scheduled Ancient Monuments - the Joiners Shop, the Fitted Rigging House, and No.1 Smithery, and will build new visitor facilities, a car park, and station buildings for an on-site railway planned for use by visitors. The Joiners Shop will be adapted for commercial use and is due for completion in October

    bdp's Campus Projects (Drumglass) has been chosen to design a 500-pupil school in Dungannon, County Tyrone. Drumglass School is the first school in Northern Ireland to reach closure under pfi, said BDP. Work is about to start and the building is due to be occupied in September 2000.
  • bdp regeneration

    bdp has been chosen by Lancaster city council, the Urban Villages Forum and English Partnerships to undertake a £25,000 regeneration study of a 6ha site of an old industrial heartland in Luneside. dtz Pieda Consulting and dtz Debenham Thorpe were also appointed.

    bdp has been appointed to design public spaces for the Liverpool Rope Walks area in the heart of the city. The £12 million project will include improving pedestrian access, street lighting and creating new squares. Money has come from the Heritage lottery fund, English Partnerships and the European Regional Development Fund. The project is due for completion in 2001 and is being led from bdp's new office in Liverpool.
  • Be ecologically correct in materials selection

  • Be precise and be polite and you will be better understood

    I think that David Suitor's plea (aj letters 14/10/99) that bad language should be kept out of 'any professional journal' must in principle be right, but editors often face difficult choices in these matters.
  • Beckenham Spa tempts graffiti artists

  • Bedlam in Montpellier: a meeting of architectural magazines

    Two hundred years ago, the Marquis de Sade penned his notorious work Les 120 Journees de Sodome, chronicling the project of four super- rich war profiteers to hold a large-scale Eyes Wide Shut-style orgy in an isolated castle in Switzerland. Needless to say, apart from being held in a castle, the 'First European Meeting of Architectural Magazines' last weekend bore no real resemblance to this mad project. Only its termination - a dazed crowd of some 300 fashionable persons, staggering down th
  • Beijing: Bright lights, big city

    The UIA Congress in Beijing looked to future challenges
  • Be-knighted

    Has the Department for Education and Employment become the first Government department to knight an architect (without him knowing)? Last week it sent out a letter to all the interested parties who had converged on the dfee and ex-schools minister Charles Clarke in the hope of thrashing out all the issues involved with Pimlico School. The letter went to the governors, Westminster Council, the prospective developers ... and one Sir John Bancroft. Perhaps they know something he doesn't!
  • Bell book and candle

    Essex man (and girl, if there's any truth in those jokes) has long been in need of spiritual sustenance. So the former chief architect for Basildon New Town, Douglas Galloway, and local vicar and occasional chaplain to the Queen, Canon Webber, have led a ten-year campaign for an eight-belled campanile. Thanks to £350,000 from the Millennium Commission, it has been successful and was recently opened by hm and the Duke of Edinburgh during a visit to the town to mark its 50th anniversary. T

  • Benchmarking your practice

    Here is a unique opportunity to measure how well your practice is performing in relation to your peers
  • Beneath the veneer of that exquisite 'Georgian' jardiniere

    Interested in antiques? I have been ever since I spotted two late- twentieth-century Pozidriv screws in a sixteenth-century, two-tier satinwood etagere in the Frankfurt Crafts Museum. In those days, 'time travelling' in pursuit of higher antique prices was a trade secret, so I am sure that the museum's experts were guilty of nothing more serious than negligence. Now I am not so sure, especially when it turns out that Sotheby's has recently been selling V-reg eighteenth-century 'Georgian' chai
  • Benoy berths its basin


    The seventh Copper in Architecture Awards is looking for entries. Winners will include built and unbuilt projects at home and abroad. The Copper Development Association will also reward designs using copper in sustainable and economical buildings, and prefabrication. Entry deadline is 31 May. Tel 01727 731 200.
  • Berlin embassy limbo

    Michael Wilford & Partners' £15.5 million British Embassy in Berlin has been held up by endless pfi talks. The scheme, being built and run by a German consortium called Arteos, is due to be completed next spring - a year late. One of the architects, Laurence Bain, said: 'The project went through pfi and that took a year. Documentation is very detailed and complex.' The building will be close to Foster and Partners' domed Reichstag.
  • Berlinel Cities show is another lost opportunity

  • Best by British - RIBA regional awards

    A total of 58 buildings within the European Union have been selected for this year's riba awards for buildings by British architects. From these, category award winners will be chosen in the categories arts & leisure, civic & community, commercial, conservation, education, health and houses & housing, and will be announced on 5 November at the start of Architecture Week. Shortlisted buildings will be submitted for the £20,000 Stirling Prize, to be announced in Glasgow on 19 November, alo
  • Best is yet to come

  • Best to step lightly over that Wiltshire concrete



  • Better design monitoring 'could save MoD £4m a year'

  • Better York than . . .

    Londoners frustrated by the closure of the Mall for re-servicing can take comfort from the fact that it's all in a good cause. The Queen decided she didn't like the colour of the surface outside Buckingham Palace. And who can blame her for preferring York stone to red tarmac?
  • Beware of the trees Our latest geotechnical1 article looks at building near trees, suggesting how recent failures could have been avoided

    technical & practice
  • Beyond Zone One London Suburbs By Andrew Saint et al. Merrell Holberton, 1999. 240pp. £25

    To Osbert Lancaster suburbia was a place 'with a hundred and fifty accurate, reproductions of Anne Hathaway's cottage'. This is the popular image of suburbia, reinforced by the cover illustration of this new book with its typical 1930s half-timbered house. But it is soon undercut by a picture of Wharton Street, Finsbury, in the 1820s, and all but destroyed by one of Roehampton's slab blocks in the 1950s. What is this place of such complexity and contradiction?
  • Bidding for Elephant

    Architecture champion Stuart Lipton's property firm Stanhope has enlisted the help of architect Michael Aukett in its bid to win the mammoth 69ha Elephant and Castle development competition being run by Southwark council in London (aj 18 March).
  • Big Eyes, Small Windows


    Architecture Week, running from 5 to 14 November this year, is to move to June for 2000 to take advantage of any sunny weather. This year's event, Designing our Future, includes 'STARchitect' talks by Richard Meier, Zaha Hadid and Daniel Libeskind, and children will be invited to redesign the South Bank Centre. There will also be polls of favourite buildings and another on those people would most like to see burned. Old favourites like Open Practice will continue. For details contact Claire P
  • Big names in fight for £600m 'Elephant' job

  • Big names say no to architecture champion post


    Teesside-based the Dewjoc Partnership has doubled its office space in Newcastle. It expanded into Tyneside last year and will now have 12 staff working on projects including public- and private-sector work, commercial, leisure and retail. It is one of the North-east's largest practices, with 60 staff.
  • Big three battle for the soul of architecture

  • Bijlmer 80 dwellings

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  • Bill Allen, expert on defects, lighting and acoustics

  • Bill Allen's sterling work in Ghana

  • Bill remembered

    Oldies, many of them golden, turned out in force at the memorial event for former bre chief and Bickerdike Allen founder Bill Allen, held at Waddesdon Manor last week. Patrick and Mary Harrison, Sir Bernard Feilden, David Rock and many more attended the event in the stables of the opulent Rothschild mansion for which Allen designed a lighting scheme. When he died suddenly before Christmas, he was working on lighting for several Oxbridge colleges and re-lighting the Guggenheim Museum in Lisbon
  • Binding contract

    News of a happy event reaches me: the impending nuptials of Matthew Wells, founder of avant-garde engineering practice Techniker, and companion Carolyn Larkin, architecture's PR extraordinaire. Finsbury Registry Office provides the venue, Nicole Farhi the dress and Frenchie's in Dalston the catering (although the Petit Chablis has been specially ordered from France). Most important of all is the contribution of the happy couple's elder daughter Rebecca, says her proud mum: she has designed th
  • Birds of a feather

    Monica Pidgeon, who receives her much deserved honorary aa award tomorrow evening, still lives in the Walter Segal-designed St Anne's Close in Highgate where she was a founder resident with, among others, Michael Cooke-Yarborough and Michael Grice, founder partners of acp (Grice is still a resident too). Representing a new generation of architects is Steve Tompkins of Haworth Tompkins, architect for the Royal Court Theatre project. What has kept the St Anne's Close scheme so attractive over t
  • 'Black' projects sought

  • Blackpool interface

    Film-maker Patrick Keiller's latest book, Robinson in Space, has many apercus about contemporary British life, narrated in a manner which mixes the deadpan and the surreal. The obelisk designed by Quinlan Terry for Alistair McAlpine at his former home, West Green, he reminds us, bears a Latin inscription: 'This monument was built with a large sum of money, which would have otherwise fallen, sooner or later, into the hands of the tax gatherers.' But my favourite is a quote from the distinguish
  • Blair orders new breed of 'showcase' public buildings

    Prime minister Tony Blair has told all his main governmental departments he wants to see a series of 'showcase' public buildings in this country as a result of a personal crusade to lift quality in UK architecture. Blair's desire comes as part of a push to get government departments to speak the same language, procure more buildings which use Britain's plentiful array of architectural talent better and take advantage of the creation of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Blame should only be given where it is due

  • Blaming American Institute is mistaken




    CD Partnership's recently completed refurbishment of a Bloomsbury hotel includes 76 bedrooms, library, 'juice bar' and meeting rooms. The £10 million four-star myhotel was designed with advice from Feng Shui expert William Spear. It will be formally opened in late June.
  • Bloomsbury centre faces creamy refurbishment . . .

  • Blowing the lid off the dome

    people: A BBC series on the Dome traces one of the greatest architectural adventures of the century. Its creators Robert Thirkell and Adam Wishart tell a drama of clashing personalities and poignant personal commitments by lee mallett. photograph by guy j
  • Blue is the colour

  • Blue is the colour for new Babe

    Only 20 per cent of Babe Ruth customers understand the significance of the name - Babe Ruth, holder of the home-runs record for over half a century, was arguably the greatest American baseball player ever, greater even than the legendary Joe di Maggio. For fans, the eponymous restaurant in the O2 shopping complex in Finchley Road, North London, may come as a bit of a let-down: apart from a helmet, a few signed tops and the Louisville Slugger baseball bat signed by the ny mets, there is not a
  • Blueprint for city futures

    Lord Rogers this week launched the final report of his Urban Task Force - a latterday Abercrombie Plan - with a call for a massive design- led public programme to revitalise our towns and cities. Studded with 105 ambitious recommendations for central Government to incorporate into an Urban White Paper, the report calls for an 'urban renaissance' (see pages 6-7). It aims to persuade home-buyers to flock back to newly revitalised urban areas through a complex mix of tax-breaks, new funding init
  • Blueprint for city futures

    Developer sacks HTA in Millennium Village chaos
  • Bluewater

    The Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent makes extensive use of Gyptone for ceilings. Gyptone ceiling tiles and planks have a sound-absorbent tissue bonded to the back and the board comes in four perforation patterns. The requirement for the curved ceiling for the West Mall and the Welcome Hall was, explained Nick Guy of project architects, Benoy, 'a product that offered high quality acoustic performance with a modern crisp appearance'.
  • Bluewater opens the shopping floodgates

    You've seen the adverts, now shop in the real thing. The environment- themed Bluewater, Europe's largest retail mega-complex, is set to open its doors to eager shoppers on 16 March.

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    Public wcs and washrooms are as important for accessibility and function for people with disabilities as they are for the able-bodied. As a service to architects and specifiers, Bobrick Washroom Equipment has sponsored the cpd Guide to Washroom Equipment for the Disabled. As well as providing interesting information about the planning and design of washrooms for the elderly/disabled, it contains a wealth of technical advice accompanied by technical diagrams and a cpd self-assessment certifica
  • Bold move from cloth to cuisine

    Giancarlo Ricci is an established designer clothing shop in Liverpool, set up ten years ago by ex-fashion designer Harry Goodman. On the once exclusive, but latterly shabby, Bold Street, Giancarlo Ricci has been one of the leaders of Liverpool’s retail renaissance. Goodman has added to the original unit, mostly on the upper floors of the four-storey building, and now sells women’s and men’s clothing, shoes and accessories. A hairdresser’s salon is planned for the top floor.

  • Bon dies, aged 88

    Christoph Bon, one of the three founders of Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, died on 21 October at the age of 88. Born in St.Gallen in Switzerland in 1921, Bon studied at the ETH in Zurich during the War. After a brief spell working for Holford in London in 1946, he spent two years in Milan. In 1949 he took up a teaching post in Kingston where he befriended Joe Chamberlin and Geoffry Powell. In 1952 they won the Golden Lane competition, and in 15 January 1953 the AJ named them as 'Men of the Year'
  • Bonding nicely

  • Book your place for green office event

    Environment minister Michael Meacher is to address the British Council for Offices 'Greening of Commercial Property' conference on 11 February at the QEII Conference Centre.
  • Bookish matters

    Opponents of the conversion of Simpsons into a flagship Waterstone's store will have to swallow their pride, or at least some white wine, during Architecture Week. The store will see the launch on 10 November of a book about John McAslan by Kenneth Powell, director of the Twentieth Century Society, which was one of the sternest critics of the way that Waterstone's had dealt with the Simpsons signage. Powell seems to be engaged in a one-man campaign to keep Waterstone's supplied with new archi
  • BOOKS Cities - the mothers of invention? JOE HOLYOAK Cities in Civilisation by Peter Hall. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1998. 1169pp. £30

  • BOOKS Key contributor to the Viennese scene

    INGERID HELSING ALMAAS Adolf Krischanitz - Architect: Buildings and Projects 1986-1998 Birkhauser, 1998. 192pp. Approx £48. (Distributed by Momenta 0181 542 2465)
  • Books of the year 1999

    review: A selection of the titles that AJ reviewers have most enjoyed during the past 12 months
  • BOOKS Prolific Calatrava in the public realm NICK HANIKA Calatrava: Public Buildings Edited by Anthony Tischhauser and Stanislaus von Moos. Birkhauser, 1998. 392pp. £74. (Distributor 0181 542 246

    In his own introduction to this book Calatrava refers in a simple and modest manner to the influences on his work. He mentions geometry, materials, nature and the human body, sculpture and context. In particular he stresses the need for designers to understand materials, their character, and the way they are processed.
  • BOOKS Seeking the poetic in everyday life

    The Landscape Approach Bernard Lassus University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998. 196pp. £30. (Distributor 01752 202301)
  • BOOKS: Critical quest for myth and meaning

  • BOOKS: Docomomo thoughts on conservation

  • Boost for Interbuild: Halls 4 and 5 may be sell-outs

    More halls, more exhibitors, more stands and a new team have combined to make Interbuild 2000 the biggest event in the UK construction industry's calendar.
  • Boozing Bristol fashion

    Bristol’s dockside regeneration continues apace.A new addition to Britain’s liveliest waterfront,the Severnshed Restaurant, occupies a transit shed in the Docks,the only survivor ofa set ofnine demountable structures designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in the last century.The shed was purchased by KBP ,a company specially formed to launch and manage the Severnshed venture,by the architect Peter Meacock ofCentral Workshop,with Matthew Pruen and Patrick Dempsey.
  • Border tension

    The Stirling Prize is nothing if not controversial. For the second time, a building which is not an riba-category winner has been included in the shortlist for the big prize: last time it was Sandy Wilson's British Library, this time Benson & Forsyth's Museum of Scotland. In both cases it would have been an absurdity not to include them; in the case of the latter, one architectural editor has described the building as 'the best built in Edinburgh since the First World War'. This does not, of
  • Boss wants McAirports

  • bossing the bartlett

    people: Christine Hawley is an inspiring leader who is also keen to build more. On 1 July she will become dean and head of school at the Bartlett by clare melhuish. photograph by shaun bloodworth
  • Boston picks Foster for Museum of Fine Arts

  • Bovis Awards missed the glass bridge


    P&O has completed the sale of Bovis Group for £315 million to Lend Lease Corporation. Bovis Chairman Sir Frank Lampl has stood down from the P&O board. Lampl, who served on the board since 1985, was born in Czechoslovakia, survived Auschwitz and was imprisoned by the communists in the early 1950s. The sale was announced a month ago but was conditional on approvals in Europe and the US.
  • Bracknell did not reject shopping centre


    Bracknell council has rejected a scheme for a regional shopping centre designed by Chapman Taylor because it was not in line with a town-centre strategy prepared for it by urban specialists urbed and John Rowland Design. The scheme, for developer Legal & General, was for a large five-storey block. In evidence to the council, urbed and Rowland said that the accepted urban-design principles to create a rounded town centre were, 'incompatible with the development approach adopted by L&G'. The Le
  • Brad Pitt opinion on architecture

    In Britain, the year begins with a renewed sense of pessimism that nothing of worth that we set out to achieve will ever come to fruition. What should be the greatest symbol of what architecture can do, the Millennium Dome, is set to become another monument to the thwarting of the imagination of the great by the pettifogging of the nondescript.
  • Bramante faces ARB action

    Gabriele Bramante is in hot water with the Architects Registration Board this week after refusing to pay an architect for work he did for her on a sub-contractual basis - long after the courts told her she must shell out.
  • Bramante suspended

  • Bramante wins battle with Croydon planners ...

    The Planning Inspectorate has upheld an appeal by Gabriele Bramante against Croydon council, overturning its persistent refusal to grant detailed planning permission for two semi-detached homes for which she already had outline permission. In a case which former riba president David Rock described as 'a very good example of the planning rules being misapplied', Croydon planner Andrew Frost took issue with numerous details of the design and Bramante made three separate planning applications ov
  • Brand new name for Cardiff Bay building

  • Brandon-Jones dies

    An architect whose working life started in 1925, John Brandon-Jones was, according to one's position, an anachronistic survivor from the pre- war world, a defender of Tradition against Modernsim, or an expert on Philip Webb, W R Lethaby and C F A Voysey, whose reputations he helped to recover from obscurity. His architecture was based primarily on good construction, and, like those late Victorians he admired, only lightly inflected by specific historical styles. Brandon-Jones's best-known wor
  • Brave man needed to amend Act of folly

  • Bravo for Blonski and Heard's new theatre

  • BRE develops method for picking green materials

    bre is developing a system of environmental profiles for building materials and components. The profiles set out energy use, constituent materials, wastes and other emissions 'from cradle to grave', spanning a nominal, 60-year life cycle. In some cases this life will include several cycles of maintenance, and less frequently, replacement.

    Nigel Craddock and Lynne Sullivan of ecd Architects have won the £5000 first prize in bre's Zero CO2 Housing competition. Heinz Richardson of Jestico & Whiles was second, and Oliver Bulleid of Haworth Tompkins highly commended. The winning and commended schemes will be published in the aj in May, prior to an riba exhibition.
  • Breaking down barriers Help in following an access-for-all approach was on offer at Naidex, the exhibition for the disabled community BY BARRIE EVANS

    The idea of designing an environment that is accessible to all, without special provision for different sectors of the community, is at the extreme an impossible dream. But it is worth working towards to make buildings more accessible to more people and to avoid stigmatising what is a growing proportion of the population. This includes the recognisably disabled but also a growing number of elderly infirm and others disabled by the difficulty of using buildings. Before long the uk will have mo
  • Breasting criticism

    Former riba press officer Chris Palmer was satisfied with the massive media coverage of his new vocational project - the new £475 million Wembley Stadium. But some newspapers and commentators were still intent on spoiling the party. The Express was the main culprit, pointing its fingers at the evil architects intent on pulling down decades of tradition etc etc. Even the Daily Sport chimed in with its own 'keep the twin towers' campaign. 'But that might just be a reference to breasts,' gr
  • breath of fresh air

  • Breathing in the city

    technical & practice: One passive approach to improving urban indoor air quality is to draw air from the highest points of buildings BY NEIL SPILLER
  • Breathtaking interiors


  • Brick and mortar - the modern medium

  • Bride stripped bare

  • Bridging generations

    Cecil Balmond of Ove Arup & Partners, Daniel Libeskind's collaborator on the v&a Spiral, is now working on a project with Philip Johnson. Still prolific at 93, Johnson has designed a children's museum in Guadalajara, Mexico. Its four separate small pavilions and warped Platonic forms, occupy a man-made island in the middle of a lake. On Johnson's invitation, Balmond is designing a bridge to the mainland. Intended to give 'a sensation of movement' it will, he says, be based on 'old rope bridge

    Deputy prime minister John Prescott was expected to launch construction of the Millennium Bridge across the Thames yesterday. The bridge, designed by Foster and Partners, sculptor Sir Anthony Caro and Chris Wise of Ove Arup & Partners, will open in April 2000 and link St Paul's Cathedral with the new Tate Gallery of Modern Art on the South Bank.
  • Brief and to the point

    As minds concentrate on how to improve construction-industry performance, more attention is being paid to the briefing process and what constitutes good briefing practice. However, 'there is little evidence that good practice per se actually has the expected effect when used in practice,' says Peter Barrett, professor of management systems in property and construction at the University of Salford. This was the rather unexpected outcome of a research project led by Barrett which aimed to ident
  • briefing

  • Bright future

  • Bright future for Hungerford Bridge

    Lifschutz Davidson last week unveiled its final designs for the twin-decked Hungerford Bridge - a Millennium project aimed at providing better pedestrian linkages to the burgeoning array of attractions on London's South Bank.
  • Brighton FC's ticket to ride

    Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club is hoping to try out an innovative ticketing arrangement which allows fans free public transport to the ground from within a 25-mile radius on matchdays - but only if plans for a new stadium by KSS Sports and Leisure Design are approved.

  • Bristol architect lays into CABE over London 'bias'...

  • Bristol rejects Arup's Canon's Marsh scheme

    The Bristol public has delivered a stinging condemnation of Crest Nicholson's proposals for the controversial Canon's Marsh site. At a public meeting on Monday evening organised by the Friends of Canon's Marsh, a coalition of amenity groups, those attending passed overwhelmingly a vote of no confidence in the Crest Nicholson scheme.
  • Bristol turns down Arup's Harbourside scheme

    Arup Associates' masterplanning scheme for the Bristol Harbourside project (aj 11.03.99) has been turned down by the city's planning committee, with the Royal Fine Art Commission trumpeting the case as one of its last major successes.
  • Bristol's first noodle bar

    Private houses are unlikely to catch on in Hong Kong, but noodle bars may be about to take off in Bristol. Budokan, Bristol's first noodle bar, (up the hill from the Colston Hall, the city's aged performing-arts centre for the foreseeable future, now that the Behnisch building has been cancelled), occupies three former retail units on the ground floor of a 1960s building. Budokan shares certain characteristics common to all noodle bars, whether here or in the Far East: economic table and benc
  • Britain's regional centres could use the Barcelona touch

  • Britannia Basin competition attracts massive interest

  • British berated for bailing out of Beijing

    Terry Farrell criticised the lack of any real British presence at last month's Beijing uia congress (above) at last week's council as others pressed for riba's foreign profile to be raised.
  • British Gypsum

    Service Excellence
  • British Museum on verge of PFI deal for study centre

  • British Museum's comfort factor Buro Happold faced major technical challenges in the services provision for the Great Court project

    technical & practice
  • British must learn to stop losing their cool


    Euroclad has supplied 7000m2 of steel cladding - including Colorcoat Celestia and colorcoat pvf2 - for the refurbishment and extension of Newport Retail Park in Gwent, Wales, due for completion this summer. Celestia was chosen by the project architect for its rich, complex appearance on the wide expanses of cladding, and Europanels because they could be cut to match the size of the originals. A new entrance canopy uses Colorcoat pvf2 inside steel liner panels on the soffit, and Colorcoat hps2

  • Brits up for awards at mipim


    Work is about to start on 70 new homes on a Brixton site for the first phase of the £67 million Angell Town Estate Action Programme. The homes (above) are by Burrell Foley Fischer, which is working with Greenhill Jenner Architects, Mode 1 Architects, Anne Thorne Architects and Levitt Bernstein Architects. The team is aiming to 'de-institutionalise the estate,' said John Burrell. More than 250 homes will be completed by 2004.
  • Broadway Malyan tries after Foster scheme withdrawn


  • Brookeside recall

    Enjoying the opening of the Jerwood Gallery at London's Natural History Museum, I bump into former Tory Heritage Secretary, Peter Brooke. 'I must be the only Secretary of State to have met Frank Lloyd Wright,' he says, recalling a Saturday night film-show at Taliesin when he was just 24. Brooke gives a thumbs-up to Bankside Tate, but is much more guarded about the Dome. As for cabe: 'I have the greatest respect for Stuart Lipton but what is it going to do?'. Rather a lot, judging by chairman
  • Brynmawr factory finally loses its fight for re-use

    Brynmawr Rubber Factory looks to be finally doomed to demolition this week after developer David Mclean Developments submitted a detailed planning application for a £33 million replacement mixed-use scheme on the 24ha site.


    Under £150k

    Under £150k

    RIBA president Marco Goldschmied is to talk at the Design Build Foundation's second annual conference, 'Build by Design'. The event on 21 October will look at design against the background of customers moving away from competitive tendering to value-for-money and single-point procurement. Piccadilly's bafta Suite conference costs from £220 to £330. Contact the foundation on 0118 931 8190.

  • Building a bond

  • Building a reputation

  • Building a theory

    In 1961 John Habraken published Supports - An Alternative to Mass Housing. In it he suggested separating the permanent building structure from its adaptable fit-out using component building. This would provide some of the economies of batch industrialised production and offer people initial choice and later adaptability in their dwellings. With Age van Randen he later set up a component sourcing/production facility and design service to offer this housing process.
  • Building favourites

    Every architect had a folk memory of that striking photograph in Gideon - Space Time and Architecture. It's of one side of those giant three-pin arches and the three tiny figures which give it scale. The glazed far end is fogged by direct sunlight, but you can make out the 49m-high apex which looks so relatively low in comparison with the 126m span. And that turns out to be not so much when you think of the 466m length of the hall with its 20 great trusses. It was so big and the exhibition wa
  • Building favourites

    steel design
  • Building favourites

    steel design
  • Building favourites

    steel design
  • Building favourites

    Sutherland Lyall talks to architect, teacher and realist artist, the self-effacing Andrew Holmes, about his favourite building
  • Building planning


    It is nearly 40 years since Norman Foster attended masterclasses on the top floor of Louis Kahn's University Art Gallery at Yale. The influence of Kahn has surfaced many times since in Foster's own work, and is certainly apparent in Foster & Partners' new medical and biological research building at Imperial College, London. Opened last autumn, the Sir Alexander Fleming Building is something of a hybrid, combining heavily used undergraduate teaching facilities with more specialised provision f

    Working details

    Good-quality student residential accommodation is now essential for higher-education institutions if they are to attract students in an increasingly competitive market. In common with many other recent projects in the higher-education sector, the new student accommodation at Buckinghamshire University College Newland Park campus has its roots in an estate strategy study carried out in 1993. At that time the college had only 520 student bedrooms for a total population equivalent to 6000 full-t
  • Building the model

    Once the specification of the model is agreed, 3dd's project management comes into its own. A team is assigned to the project, and a detailed brief using the most up-to-date information takes place with the architect. Specific materials are ordered. Drawings and digital data is requested. cad content is extracted, edited and cam components produced in tandem with the hand-crafted elements in the workshop. Detailed monitoring and client liaison throughout the construction guarantees no surpris
  • Building the promised land

    Joachim Schlor's talk in the rca/Reaktion Books Topographics series explored the fascinating phenomenon of Tel Aviv, without evoking a fascinating city. Founded 90 years ago this year, it is the unusual case of a city deliberately conceived and designed as a home for and by a highly specific ethnic group, which would provide a spatial and material embodiment of its religious and cultural values. Even more intriguing is the fact that this was a group that was culturally very diverse, having be
  • Building with bottles

    Morandi and his Time: Paintings from the Giovanardi Collection At the Estorick Collection, 39a Canonbury Square, London N1 until 19 September and at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, from 23 October until 5 December
  • Building work

  • Built obsolescence

    Dome-meister NMEC has issued a set of mock-up images on various zone designs. But a glance at the back of one image suggests uncertainty: it may 'not be used by media after November 1999'. Is this a copyright formality or does NMEC fear unfavourable comparisons between the 2D images and the 3D realities? 'There won't be any design changes now', we are assured by the firm. 'But there may be new images.' We will be happy to compare them.

  • Bump in the night


    'Inflatable Moment', an riba exhibition on the build-up and explosion of political protest and radical theory through France's Utopie Group, runs from 14 June to 7 August. riba is also showing 'Manifesto', tracing 50 years of British radical politics, practice and form in architecture, from 5 July to 28 August. There will be a talk on radicalism by Peter Cook on 15 June.

    Dannatt, Johnson Architects' association with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew goes back to its design for the newly landscaped entrance, shop and cafe at Victoria Gate in 1992. Recently, the practice has refurbished Museum No 1, which faces across the large central pond towards the Palm House. Both buildings were designed by Decimus Burton (with Richard Turner as engineer on the Palm House) and completed in 1848 and 1856 respectively, but the museum is unmistakably the plain sister: classica
  • Business class

    aj - building study; Proctor Matthews' building for Oxford Business Park represents a radical departure from the bland universalism of science park architecture.. Photographs by Charlotte Wood
  • Business-led practice triumphs at the Millennium Dome

    'Without such an approach, architects cannot maintain the authority in design development or project delivery that they crave'
  • But we need proper debate on the subject


  • Butterfly plan should come out of the cocoon

  • Buying the brochure idea Getting to the core of what you are is the secret to creating successful brochures that attract your clients

  • By George

    Lucky new owners of an apartment in Highpoint 1, Lubetkin's masterpiece of residential architecture in Highgate, were shocked to find a faux Georgian fireplace in the living room, blocked up with what turned out to be, on close inspection, faux plastic brickwork. On hearing of this interesting alteration - fake bricks blocking up an imitation fireplace which could never work - Charles Jencks asks for an invitation: 'Then I can tell you what's wrong with Lubetkin'!
  • CABE acclaims Wembley design

  • CABE gets under way

  • CABE goes to Wembley

  • CABE to carry out 'more strategic' design reviews

    The Department of Culture, Media and Sport was adamant this week that the new Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment will still have the 'powers' to call in architects and their high-profile projects for design review when it takes over from the Royal Fine Art Commission this September. But champion of architecture Stuart Lipton is aiming to put in place a more 'strategic' system for cabe to choose projects than its predecessor had.
  • CAD that's not Mini anymore

    MiniCAD has been around for a long time. Renamed, its new incarnation brings high-level object functionality to both MacOS and Windows users
  • CAD's model performance The use of CAD isn't universal, but it's moving in that direction - and some favourite packages are emerging. RESEARCH BY MIRZA & NACEY.

    Slightly more than two-thirds of architectural practices are using cad in some form, research by Mirza & Nacey shows. The team, which conducts the quarterly workload studies sponsored by Stannah and published in the aj, questioned its respondents earlier this year about their use of cad. It found that, while cad was universal in the larger practices, its use fell off with practice size, so that only 38 per cent of 1 to 2 person practices employ cad. The geographical distribution was less stro
  • Cafe quorum

    Readers will be familiar with the curious case of invitations failing to be issued from Portland Place. Not so with the call to attend the Annual General Meeting last week.

    Santiago Calatrava has won the inaugural biennial Concrete Society Gold Medal for an outstanding contribution to concrete construction. Calatrava argues ' there are no grounds for criticising concrete, only ugly buildings'.
  • Calculating Access to Skylight, Sunlight and Solar Radiation

    Calculating Access to Skylight, Sunlight and Solar Radiation on Obstructed Sites in Europe, PJ Littlefair and M E Aizlewood, available from CRC 0207 505 6622, £30.

  • Calling all architectural researchers, please

  • Calling for better design

    Call-centres are seen as the sweatshops of Europe, but thoughtful design is helping break down monotony and stress BY ZIONA STRELITZ
  • Calling practitioners in conservation


    Rural traffic levels could rise by over 100 per cent during the next 30 years, far outstripping those in urban areas, says the Council for the Protection of Rural England. Its report, Traffic Trauma or Tranquillity?, calls for lower speed limits on country roads of 40mph and 20mph in villages.
  • Cambridge calling

    They think they're electing a pope,' says one leading architecture school head. He is speaking of Cambridge University's search for a new professor when Peter Carolin goes, probably at the end of the next academic year. Who might consider themselves to be pappabile - despite there being no declared vacancy? Evergreen favourites like Ivor Richards, Roger Stonehouse and Richard Frewer fulfil the criteria of being Cambridge graduates and existing heads of school. Of a younger generation, and a d
  • Cambridge charts its next building phase

    Danish architect Erik Christian Sorensen is back at Cambridge University working on one of two new buildings recommended by planners for approval, and totalling £32.5 million.
  • Cambridge geometry

    PROJECT PROFILE; STUDENT HOUSING Sutherland Lyall reports on the Brian Pippard Building at Clare Hall
  • Camden gets set to demolish Spence's Swiss Cottage pool

    Camden Council is rethinking its scruffy hinterland of Swiss Cottage by asking key architects, engineers and landscape architects to come up with ideas for a new leisure centre and open space alongside the refurbishment of Basil Spence's famous listed library. And all four developers unveiling their competition entries for the leisure proposals this week have chosen to demolish Spence's next-door swimming pool and start again.
  • Camden tablets

    Though only a dozen names were in the visitors' book, the opening night of Four Camden Architects at the Prince's Institute must have been a boisterous affair, to judge from the evidence next day. Not, by any means, an exhibition that makes communication a priority, its impact was further undermined by finding one of Neave Brown's models perched on the radiator and a drawing in the fireplace. Martin Richardson's display was equally unorthodox - Blu-Tack just can't be trusted.
  • Campaign forces developer to restore listed building

    A listed building in the heart of Dublin, which was illegally demolished to make way for an apartment block, is to be reinstated by the developer, following a sustained campaign by the Irish architectural profession.
  • Campus Critique: The Architecture of the University of Nottingham

    by A Peter Fawcett and Neil Jackson. The Sherwood Press, 1999. £15
  • Can anyone tell me how red cedar ages?

  • Can you help on rural buildings?

  • Can you help with missing issues?

  • Cancelling the reservation? Does the Secretary of State have the power to call-in reserved matters?

    It is generally considered that, once an outline consent has been secured, the Secretary of State does not have the power to call-in reserved matters pursuant to an outline planning permission.

    Products: AJ ENQUIRY No: 204

    New street lighting for the King's Cross regeneration scheme was described by landscape architects as ideal for the area's main pedestrian through route. Made by Candela Light, the lighting features shallow, curved- profile Broadway Aeroform lanterns on tapered Bowman columns. Curved brackets incorporate stainless steel staywires for the bow effect. Aeroform was confirmed by the London Borough of Camden's design team as the most suitable design.
  • Canterbury school head quits to pursue research

    Malcolm Higgs, head of Canterbury School of Architecture, is leaving at the end of this year to set up a consultancy in architectural history and education. Higgs said it was becoming too difficult to combine research with the administration requirements of a head of school: carrying out significant research (or practice) was only possible in larger schools where people could take leave of absence. Higgs said his successor would 'have to be interested in the art-school milieu [Canterbury is p

  • Capital adventure

  • Capital kids invited to tune in to architecture ...

    London Open House is pioneering a new way of fostering an active interest in architecture in young people - through the medium of pop music.
  • Cardboard city comes to the dome

    Public participation is the rationale behind the design of the Local Zone for the Millennium Dome, designed by Philip Gumuchdjian and Stephen Spence, with Japanese designer Shigeru-Ban as a consultant. 'It's about where you live,' said Gumuchdjian, explaining the decision to build the structure out of recycled cardboard, so that children could participate by sending in material.

    Work has begun on a multi-purpose building made of cardboard for Westborough Primary School, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. Funded by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions through the Partners in Innovation Scheme, the aim is to use 90 per cent recycled materials and to make the resulting building 90 per cent recyclable. Although planning permission is still being sought, the prototype should be ready for use by March 2001. The research team, led by engineer Buro Happold, wil

    Ferguson Mann Architects has been chosen for a four-month conservation and management plan for Cardiff Castle to upgrade visitor areas. The hlf has awarded a grant of £5 million in principle. Architect Marianne Suhr will present the scheme at the Institute of Historic Building Conservation's annual school in Cardiff, 10 to 13 June 1999. Details 01446 771423.
  • Cardiff gives green light to Bute Avenue boulevard

    After a delay of more than a year, contracts have been signed for Cardiff's showpiece city-to-waterfront Bute Avenue boulevard, masterplanned by David Mackay's Barcelona-based practice mbm.

    Work is about to start on Burgess Partnership's £25-million Millennium Plaza next to Cardiff's riverside Millennium Stadium. The 20,000m2 Plaza will have a 14-screen cinema, restaurant, cafes and bars, and a health club with swimming pool. It is due to be finished in early 2001.
  • Cardiff school reaches for the artificial sky

    The biggest artificial sky in the uk has been hoisted above model buildings at Cardiff University's school of architecture. The £200,000 Sky Dome simulates conditions at any time of the day in any part of the world. The 8m-diameter rig has 640 fluorescent lamps controlled in segments which mimic sky conditions for daylight and sun-path studies on scale models on a rotating turntable.

    Architect Nigel Widdup has been appointed a director of specialist job recruiter SIV Architectural Career Management. He will develop psychometric testing and is said to be the first architect director of a recruitment firm.
  • Caribbean Heritage Centre sailes into Greenwich


  • Carlisle snubs BDP in people's poll on planning and archeological matte

    The people of Carlisle have voted overwhelmingly to drop plans by bdp to create a glass pyramid and cube millennium gallery next to the city's castle and to go with a more expensive rotunda proposal from Stanton Williams instead.

    Finnish architect Juha Leiviska is to give the Eighth Annual Lubetkin lecture on Wednesday 3 November at the Church House Conference Centre, London. Leiviska, who won the Carlsberg Prize in 1995, has a broad portfolio but is particularly known for a series of Finnish churches. For details and free tickets, ring Carmen Shead on 01344 725723.

    Professor Peter Carolin, head of the school of architecture at the University of Cambridge for 11 years, has confirmed that he will take early retirement in September 2000. He plans to spend more time editing and developing Architectural Research Quarterly, and designing and building a house. He said: 'All institutions need regular change and recharging and Scroope Terrace is no exception.'
  • Carpenters nail down award winners for timber design

  • Cars for the disabled, sure: but park where?

  • Cars not boats

    More headaches for Enric Miralles in Scotland. I hear that the boys at MI5 have demanded a further 9m encroachment on the perimeter of the site as a no-go area for cars. The idea is going down a bomb . .
  • Car-struck

    Automobiles are the thing of the moment - on display in cultural shows. The Royal College of Art is mounting 'Moving Objects', an exhibition devoted to thirty years of vehicle design at the rca. Meanwhile across the Pond, the Museum of Modern Art this week opens its show, 'Different Roads: Automobiles for the Next Century'. You will soon be able to have every colour - as long as it's green.
  • Carterhatch Infant School:

    Stephen Davy Peter Smith Architects Photographs by Nick Brown
  • Cartoon capers

  • Cartoon gets it right on the South Bank

  • CAS can do more for us than a web site

  • Case Study: Arco Building, Keble College, Oxford


    More than £2 million has been pledged to save and regenerate Chatterley Whitfield Colliery near Stoke-on-Trent, the biggest and best-preserved disused mine in the country. English Heritage has given £1.3 million. The local council is also giving £250,400, and Advantage West Midlands rda £110,000.

    Hawkins McGowan Architects has applied for planning permission from Leicester City Council for 44 flats for letting to young people. The scheme, developed along similar lines to the Rowntree Trust's caspar model, is for the developer Turnmarsh-Choice Circle.

  • Catch a wave

  • Categorically speaking

    Adopting the new Uniclass system of classification will simplify your practice library, and bring its categories up to date
  • Caterham community forces planning re-write

  • Caught in the act

    The Scheme for Construction Contracts, part of the Construction Act, provides quick and easy dispute resolution
  • Celebrating a judge who has left his mark on construction

    So prolific was [Lord Denning's] work that a glance at only two early volumes of the Building Law Reports revealed three of his judgments on construction which shaped the law of tort, contract and professional negligence
  • Celebrating a judge who left his mark on construction

    Apparently, when asked to identify a living artist, the best most of us can do is to name Rolf Harris. Would we fare any better if called upon to name a living judge? The judiciary do hit the headlines from time to time, but usually for the wrong reasons. Although the offending words of their misguided judgments (or the salacious details of their nocturnal escapades) may be discussed, Harry Enfield-style, in public houses across the country, their names are quickly forgotten. Lawyers who are
  • Celebrating landscapes of excellence

    The winners of the Landscape Institute Awards are announced today (Thursday). These biennial awards recognise excellence and innovation in five categories: design, management, planning, communication and research. In addition awards were made in two student categories.
  • Celebrating the best in design and practice

    The Awards season is upon us and Concrete Quarterly takes the opportunity to look at a selection of building projects that have really made the grade
  • Celebrating the cleverest town centre in all England

    In all the hoo-ha surrounding the opening of Bluewater last week, most commentators either parroted the shopping centre's ginormous statistics, or else focused on the impenetrable question of whether it ought to have been built in the first place - this being the sort of horse-bolted-now-close-the-stable-door type of inquiry that strongly appeals to us Englanders.
  • Celebrity squares

    Open House was, as usual, a great success. But Greater London Radio, home to Max Hutchinson among others, had its own unique perspective on what the public really wants from the day. According to the results of a phone poll it carried out, the preferred viewing of most people would be the houses of the rich and famous rather than fine architecture which may, of course, be inhabited by nobodies.
  • Celluloid city

    New riba president Marco Goldschmied's inaugural address contained interesting references, starting with past-president Gordon Graham (rip), who was responsible for the practice winning the Lloyd's project, and ending with Cedric Price's advice to a woman client: 'You don't need a house extension, you need to leave your husband'. Marco's most intriguing claim was that every time Concorde takes off, it consumes more oxygen than the amount breathed in by the entire Swiss population in a whole y
  • Centralising design

  • Centre stage

    The refurbishment of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre represents a summer season of 20-hour-a-day work implementing the first phase of a development plan. Deadlines were tight and met just moments before, a few weeks ago, the theatre's first performance - Baby Doll by Tennessee Williams. Pawson Williams Architects spent four hours negotiating with the fire officer just before curtain up - including worrying moments standing in total darkness while demonstrating the emergency lighting.
  • Centred in Tottenham

  • Century's best

    English Heritage has launched a poll of the public to choose the century's best building. EH is working with The Sunday Telegraph and Channel 4 which is showing a film-series with celebrities picking favourite buildings of the century. Selections include Saltdean Lido in Sussex, Lubetkin's penguin pool, and Liverpool's Cathedral of Christ the King The results of the poll will be broadcast in November. Votes can be phoned to 0891 114 484 or posted at


  • Challenging an adjudicator's decision may be a long process

    legal matters
  • Champion choice

    Interviews for the chair of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment took place this week. The shortlist has been reduced from seven to two - understood to be from the media and property. An announcement will be made next week.
  • Chance de Silva Architects


    Bernard Engle Architects & Planners has been chosen to refurbish Brentwood's 10,000m2 Chapel High shopping centre with an 8500m2 office building beside the ruins of an eleventh-century chapel. The design will include a 1m- high glass bridge taking people over the ruins. A planning application is due in September with phased work to start in 2000.


    The American Institute of Architects' (AIA) London/UK Chapter is to hold its fifth Annual Student/ Professional Design Charette.This year the AIA is collaborating with Crisis, an organisation involved in providing outreach services for the homeless. This year's theme is 'refuge - resettlement - commu nity'. Jury members include Fred Koetter, Ed Jones, Rick Mather, Valerie Owen, Paul Finch and Carolyn Clark from Crisis. The charette will be held on 6 November 1999, at Toynbee Hall,28 Commercia
  • Charles and China

    There has been much speculation as to why Prince Charles snubbed the dinner hosted by Chinese president Jiang Zemin last week. Probably not because the embassy lies opposite the RIBA, once castigated by the prince as a bastion of the forces of Modernity. Possibly because the embassy itself offends his new softer image: erstwhile Modernist and CP member Colin Penn designed it as an exact replica of what was there before (give or take a few aerials).
  • Charting the rise of experts - paid to master complexity

    legal matters

    Last year's Chaumont garden festival was reviewed enthusiastically in
  • Cheaper digs

    Assorted journalists and critics assembled at the new Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment offices in St James's Square this week. If the address sounds familiar, it is because it was formerly occupied by the now dissolved Royal Fine Art Commission. But the new body, chaired by development supremo Stuart Lipton, has no intention of remaining in the £350,000 pa offices, reckoning it can save up to half of this sum by moving somewhere cheaper, and no doubt open-plan, along

    icc, the business information provider, has launched online credit limits and scoring of unincorporated businesses. Insight Plus, produced with Scorex (uk), allows users to gauge the likelihood of unincorporated businesses defaulting and gives yardsticks on credit level allocation.
  • Chelsfield drafts in Richard Rogers for Paddington plan


  • Chetwood to break retail mould

    Sainsbury's pioneering, ultra-environmentally-friendly Greenwich peninsula store is on course for completion this autumn amidst a series of other nationally-important Millennial developments in the area.
  • Chichester appeal

  • Chiji Okeke

    Velux Lifetime Housing Design competition
  • China syndrome

    Moral dilemmas are not new to architects, as readers of Gitta Sereny's biography of Albert Speer know. But pity the riba big-wigs who have to wrestle with the conundrum of whether to send a delegation to the uia congress in Beijing, which coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Amnesty International has apparently advised non-attendance, but I hope president-elect Marco Goldschmeid will ask the advice of his colleagues at Richard Rogers Partnership: Tiananmen did
  • Chipperfield defeats us stars for Davenport museum

    David Chipperfield Architects has won yet another project abroad, this time for the relocation and expansion of the Davenport Museum in Iowa, usa.
  • Chipperfield finds honour but no profit in his country

    David Chipperfield, who has not been commissioned in the uk for 11 years, won plaudits at home and abroad this week. His Henley Rowing Centre won the Royal Fine Art Commission's building of the year award, and his practice the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal, awarded by Hamburg's Alfred Toepfer Foundation.

    David Chipperfield is to talk about recent and future projects on 11 March at the Scientific Societies, New Burlington Place, London. His past projects include the plant gallery in the Natural History Museum and Henley's Museum of Rowing. The talk starts at 18.30. Tickets from 0171 300 5712.

    David Chipperfield Architects has been shortlisted for a £40 million scheme to turn a derelict factory into a cultural centre. It is the only British firm to be shortlisted by Milan local authority for the 20,000m2 project. 'The City of Cultures' will involve refurbishment and some new build to house an archaeology museum, visual arts centre, school of cinema, restaurant, book shops and workshops for tv and media. Judges will choose a winner in January.

    David Chipperfield's Henley River and Rowing Museum has been named as the Museum of the Year by National Heritage. Featuring exhibitions by Land Design Studio, the project fought off competition from 28 other entries, including fellow Stirling Prize-shortlisted scheme the Museum of Scotland (see page 19) and the Geffrye Museum in London.
  • Choosing solar shading

    Bizarrely, it is the back cover of Solar Shading of Buildings* that shows what it has to offer. It begins with a few pages on 'why shading?' and principles, but is generally a good attempt at systematic comparison of solar shading approaches - from external to internal. Those subject to measurement and simulation are:
  • Choosing wood

    As wood-producing countries promote lesser-known species to ease high demand on traditional species, the choice of wood becomes increasingly varied. Years of research and testing mean that performance characteristics are available for most commercial species. These may be listed under a number of categories including weight, shrinkage and movement, kiln drying behaviour, wood bending strength, natural durability, amenability to preservative treatment and working properties. This data enables
  • Chris Drury: Silent Spaces

    review: landscape books
  • Christine Hawley scoops Salford competition

    Christine Hawley Architects has won an riba single-stage international ideas competition to improve a network of public spaces linking civic buildings in the historic centre of Salford (above).
  • Christmas contract deadline for Portsmouth skyscraper


  • Church of the shared inspiration

  • CIC anxious about new bill's potential 'legal nightmare'



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  • Cinematic confines of space

    The subject of architecturally defined spaces in film has engaged the interest of many in both disciplines - from architects such as Odile Decq and Benoit Cornette, who defined cinema as a primary influence on their design approach, to the director of the Research Centre in European Cinema at Middlesex University, Myrto Constantarakos, who has edited a new book on Spaces in European Cinema (Intellect, Exeter 1999). However it was given little consideration by Gilda Williams in her talk on the
  • Circular logic



    Culture Secretary Chris Smith is looking at rival bids to become European 'Capital' of Culture. Glasgow was the last British host in 1990 and the UK's next year is 2008. Bidders include Newcastle with Gateshead, Liverpool and Manchester. Bradford and Bristol are also expected to bid. A winner will be chosen in 2003.
  • Cities mean opportunity, not problems

  • Citizens see shape of things to come in Manchester

    Mancunians got a preview of phase two of their city's £100m Great Northern regeneration scheme last week as the first stage of the project was formally opened.
  • City developer brands CABE views 'an outrage' ...

    Developer Minerva has launch a bitter attack on the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (cabe) for interfering and threatening its plans to build a major Foster and Partners building in the City of London. cabe's new design-review panel wrote to the architects last week, branding the prominent 40,000m2 scheme opposite Cannon Street Station as potentially 'hostile' to its environment and in need of a complete redesign, but the developer has taken issue with the views.
  • City eyes CPOs as Paternoster goes live

  • City 'must be bold'

  • City slicker

  • Civic Trust awards

    The Civic Trust has launched its 40th awards competition for architecture and environmental designs completed between 1 January 1997 and 31 July 1999. The year 2000 event has seven special awards including a new one for lighting. There will be around 20 winners, 60 commendations and 30 mentions. The other special awards are for sustainability, landscape, access, urban design, public and private partnership and centre vision for town or city centre schemes. The closing date is 17 September wit
  • Clad in glass Glass is one of the few areas of strong technical innovation in construction, showcased at a recent cladding conference

    technical & practice
  • Cladding briefing

  • Cladding Sculpted tactile forms

    Technical & practice: Update on cladding Sculpted tactile forms, dynamic surface complexity through ingenious modularity - cladding is changing BY ALAN BROOKES
  • Clarifying some validation issues

  • Clarifying the citation for Oriol Bohigas


    English Partnerships is spending £17.7 million on the 81ha former Hawthorn Colliery and Cokeworks at Murton, County Durham to turn the contaminated site into an urban park with woods and wet and dry heathland, with foot and cycle paths. It will take six years to clear up the contamination.
  • Clear pointer to greater interest

  • Clelland wins Allerton Bywater

    Aire Design, part of the Aire Regeneration Partnership, has won the second Millennium Communities Competition at the former coal-mining village of Allerton Bywater in West Yorkshire with a 'sustainable' scheme which pledges zero defects, a 66 per cent reduction in construction time and massively reduced build costs.
  • Client: Thames & Hudson

    Architect: John McAslan & Partners: Ian McChesney, John McAslan, Nick Eldridge, Hiro Aso

    The first major riba Further Education Client Forum event, 'Accommodating Information, Communication, Education', has published its symposium findings. May's event looked at computers and how colleges needed to adapt to the evolving needs of students and technology. The report, sponsored by MicroCompass, costs £20 from RIBA Clients' Advisory Service, 0171 580 5533.
  • Clients are happier with their consultants . . .

    Performance by consultants in the uk construction industry has improved considerably over the last four years, according to research by the Construction Industry Board for National Construction Week. Overall satisfaction of clients with their consultants increased from a score of 6.61 out of 10 in 1995 to 7.27 in 1999, an increase of nearly 10 per cent. Consultants were rated on five criteria: design creativity; ability to innovate; speed and reliability of service; co-ordination between team
  • Clifftop hideaway

    building study
  • Clifftop hideaway

  • Clocks go back

  • Clone City: Crisis and Renewal in Contemporary Scottish Architecture

  • Colin Rowe, theorist and Gold Medallist, dies

    The contribution made to urbanism by Colin Rowe, who died last week, was decisive. Building beautiful cities does not depend on theory, data, sociology or politics, all of which are the products of individual cities configured in particular ways. Following Camillo Sitte, Rowe convinced all those who, night after night, listened to his Olympian monologues, that empirical evidence and real examples are a better way to do it. Cities have to be beautiful. It doesn't matter if they don't work - do
  • Collaboration is the making of a relationship not an object.

    Although it sounds obvious to say it, collaboration is about difference, otherwise why bother. Acknowledging difference opens up a space to recognise what you don't know, what you do know and what you didn't know you knew; this, far more than the material outcome, is the substance of collaboration.
  • Collaborative creations The rsa Art for Architecture Award Scheme funds collaborations between architects and artists. Six recipients of awards reflect on their experiences

    Architecture is a culture of collaboration. Despite this, architecture as a contemporary practice is often limited to collaborating within the largely quantifiable disciplines of traditional design team structures. In working with Antoni Malinowski at the Royal Court Theatre, both artist and architect are exposed to an enhanced scrutiny of reality, generating proposals that could not have been drawn solely from individual experience or resources.

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  • Colman gets a tonic

    The Colman Partnership has won a competition for this £5 million 'flagship' health club to be built in Beckenham in Kent, and is hopeful of building more for the same client.
  • Colour and Meaning

  • Combined powers

    Architectural historian Alan Powers comes up with an intriguing suggestion to cure our architectural ills. Having seen the Frank Gehry exhibition at the Soane, he laments the absence of tectonic character in the master's work. 'If only you could cross-fertilise him with someone,' muses Alan. And just whom might that be? 'Herzog and de Meuron,' the sage replies. Gehry's office, incidentally, now has 120 people in it. Of these, there are a few model-makers . . . in fact 90!

  • Come clean on the cost of good design

  • Come friendly bombs, and fall on . . . the Chinese embassy

    Just as the term 'military intelligence' has long been considered an oxymoron, so now is the phrase precision bombing. Len Deighton had a good take on it in his novel Bomber, when he had an raf pilot at a briefing ask why the target was the middle of a residential area. The pilot is told that there is a Gestapo headquarters and a poison gas factory there. In wartime such statements, however implausible, cannot be questioned. Thus, as his blood-thirsty scientific adviser Professor Lindemann bl
  • Coming in from the cold. New Art for a New Era: Malevich's Vision of the Russian Avant-Garde At the Barbican Art Gallery, London EC2 until 27 June

  • commendations

    part one
  • commendations

    part two
  • Commended (£500) - John Brennan

    This scheme courageously tried to design houses to all three different standards and produced different house type designs in a scheme which lacked an architectural cohesion. The assessors appreciated the care that had gone into the detailed planning and constructional design, though there were considerable concerns that a lack of thermal mass of the timber frame construction might result in overheating.
  • Commended (£500) - Paul Hewitt and Andrew Muddiman

    The scheme includes 25 dwellings of various sizes arranged in a terrace that follows the line of the river. The dwellings were intended to meet the autonomous standard, by combining superinsulation and ventilation heat recovery with passive solar design and thermal mass. Although it was felt that the authors were somewhat optimistic about some aspects of the performance, the design is technically sound and the submission has probably one of the lowest fuel consumption figures of the shortlist
  • Commended (£500) - Wilson Havenhand Fox Architects G Wilson and G Fox

    This was one of the few entries where the energy efficiency strategy (embracing both solar design and passive stack ventilation) is integrated within the three-dimensional architectural form. More of a feature is made of both the collectors and the stack vents than is strictly necessary, however, and the assessors were a little concerned at the lack of technical information. This was one of the more successful of the schemes that created a series of terraces perpendicular to the river forming
  • Commended entrants

    Commended entrants were: Brian Gallagher/ Eugene O'Hea, Dublin; Adrian Hawker/Mark Dorian, Metis Architects, Glasgow; Michael Gold Architects, London; Trevor Denton/David Grindley, Milton Keynes; Iain Carson/James Frazer/Paul Karakusevic, M3 Architects; Arthur Collin, London; Matthew Allchurch, Kingston-upon-Thames; Christopher Bagot, Softroom, London; VJ Associates & wsm Architects, Leeds
  • Commission should have new roles

  • Commissioning a model

    Having been introduced to 3dd in 1989 through its work at Spitalfields, Lifschutz Davidson has seen the benefit of engaging 3dd on a regular basis. 'Their models always add something extra to our presentations,' states Alex Lifschutz. 'Designers must have confidence in their modelmaker, and this can only be achieved by making the modelmaker part of the team.'
  • Common sense is needed when making provisions for disabled people

    I was astonished to learn from my 'cabbie' friend Gary that from the year 2000 onwards London cabs must be made suitable for wheelchair users: they will require a wide door, ramps, and secure positioning facilities for occupied wheelchairs.
  • Commonwealth loses rising South African star

    Vivienne Japha, president of the South African Institute of Architects, was killed in a traffic accident at the uia Congress in Beijing on 26 June, writes George Henderson. Japha had gone to China to attend a Commonwealth Association of Architects (caa) meeting, as well as the uia Congress. At the completion of these meetings, she was crossing a busy road with six Commonwealth friends when she was struck by a large truck. She didn't regain conciousness after the impact and died in hospital an
  • Commonwealth of knowledge The Commonwealth Association of Architects can play an important role in spreading the lessons of the Habitat Agenda

    The commonwealth of nations is 50 this year, sustained by its use of a common language for commu-nication and a linked history which has developed commonalties in the institutions of civic society. It continues to prosper in a rapidly networking world to improve the quality of human existence and attracting a younger generation.

  • Communicating the message

    My first priority is to raise the understanding of what architecture is and what architects can do to promote it. In the last 20 years the credo of privatisation at all levels of society from local authorities to public transport, the suspicion and pillorying of all the professions, and the cult of the individual, has damaged the cultural and community appreciation of many aspects of life, not least the practice of architecture. A few high profile projects and practices are lauded and publici

    A new canal age has been forecast by British Waterways, which is seeking views from those who use or visit the 2000-mile network. Proposals may include a charitable trust to restore canals and membership schemes.



    The third National Conservation Conference on 13 May at the riba, will compare the track record of building conservation in the uk with other countries. Speakers includes Finnish architect Jukka Jokilehto, Donald Insall, George Ferguson and Alan Baxter. For details and a booking form call Linda Neusten on 01892 515878.

  • Competition row brews over Ritchie's Dublin steel spire

  • Competition to build homes for the future in Wales

    Architects are being asked to look into the future and design a home fit for living in in 50 years time.

    Unless stated otherwise, competition details are available from riba Competitions Office, 6 Melbourne Street, Leeds LS2 7PS, tel: 0113 234 1335, fax: 0113 224 4170 or 0113 246 0744, email: riba.competitions@mail.

    Unless stated otherwise, competition details are available from riba Competitions Office, 6 Melbourne Street, Leeds LS2 7PS, tel: 0113 234 1335, fax: 0113 224 4170 or 0113 246 0744, email: riba.competitions@mail.

    AKZO NOBEL WOODCARE STUDENT COMPETITION: the second Akzo Nobel competition asks for designs for a 'Museum of the Weather'. Students may choose from one of three sites in the United Kingdom: Stirling; Cardiff; and Cambridge. The jury panel will include Niall McLaughlin as RIBA Adviser.

    Unless stated otherwise, competition details are available from riba Competitions Office, 6 Melbourne Street, Leeds LS2 7PS, tel: 0113 234 1335, fax: 0113 224 4170 or 0113 246 0744, email: riba.competitions@mail.

    Unless stated otherwise, competition details are available from riba Competitions Office, 6 Melbourne Street, Leeds LS2 7PS, tel: 0113 234 1335, fax: 0113 246 0744, email: riba.competitions@mail.

    riba has teamed up with Manchester's Cube to exhibit some of the best work by entrants to riba-run competitions. The first Architectural Competition Exhibition, called 'ACE@Cube', started on 5 October and runs for two weeks.

    Gillespies is masterplanning a 57ha brownfield 'Heart of Thames Gateway' area around the Ford motor company works in Dagenham. The project has won £22.2 million single regeneration budget money for a cluster of automative-component suppliers within a supplier park and a manufacturing innovation centre. The aim is to turn the land into a 'world-class manufacturing environment'.
  • Compromised beauty JOHN McKEAN On Alberti and the Art of Building by Robert Tavernor. Yale University Press, 1998. 278 pp. £45

  • Concept House 2000

    Concept House winners for this year, Katy Ghahrehmani and Michael Kohn, were asked how people might be living in the year 2020. They responded - through working with a diverse mixture of people in the team, from events and management consultants to a product designer - with the HangerHouse, a deliberately open structure on which the occupant can easily stamp their personality to suit their needs.
  • Conclusions

    The competition, and particularly the shortlisted entries, demonstrate the fact that although it is relatively easy to make calculations supporting 'zero CO2' standards, it is a lot more difficult to integrate the energy generation requirements to meet the higher 'zero heating' standards suggested in gir 53.

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  • concrete

    Precast white concrete ceiling units at the Inland Revenue, Nottingham. Exposed 'architectural' concrete has been making a comeback after a considerable period out of favour. Much knowledge was lost during that period and it is hard to find experienced designers and contractors. A new generation will re-learn and take advantage of later developments such as the use of pigments, controlled-permeability formwork systems, and better understanding of the effect of curing on micro structure and he
  • concrete briefing

  • Concrete evidence

    Histoire d'un Materiau: Le Beton a Paris At the Pavillon de l'Arsenale, 21 Boulevard Morland, Paris until 31 May 1999. The catalogue, by Bernard Marrey and Franck Hammoutene, is published by Editions du Pavillon de l'Arsenal/Picard Editeur (224 pp. FF 280
  • Concrete society picks seven firm winners

  • Concrete Through the Ages

    Concrete Through the Ages, BCA,36pp, £10.
  • conducting the orchestra

  • Conference Centre, Edinburgh Architect: Terry Farrell & Company

    The centre's main auditorium is contained in a drum-like enclosure,constructed of a steel frame with spoke-like beams radiating out to form the roof.Precast cladding panels ,in reconstructed stone in a colour which matches the local natural stone,are fixed to a secondary steel framework.

  • Conran & Partners


    CD Partnership has merged with neighbours Conran Studio. Conran Studio's 12 staff will bring their graphics and products skills to work more closely with the CD Partnership's 53 architecture and interior design staff at 22 Shad Thames. Although Sir Terence Conran remains as chairman, the Conran Studio name is a casualty. Richard Doone and Paul Zara remain directors.
  • Conservation cliffhanger

  • Conservation concerns over change of use

    A proposal to change a Grade I Arts-and-Crafts building back into a private home has sparked major concerns over its future use.

    Architects will be the losers in getting conservation work unless the riba sets up a proper conservation register, Paul Hyett told council. 'Organisations like English Heritage are asked to recommend architects,' he said. 'They go to the riba and get people who know nothing ... We as an organisation will be the losers big-time because our list is useless.'
  • Conservationists join forces over 'absurd' vat rules

    Heritage groups aim to recruit Lord Rogers to their side in a battle with the government to slash the £195 million vat bill on historic buildings.
  • Consortia unveil hot and cold proposals for Dome re-use


  • Construction and the law grow less smitten with one another

    legal matters
  • Construction firms warned over dire millennium bug risks

  • Construction history

    Building the Empire State. Carol Willis (editor). W W Norton. 190pp. £22.50.
  • Construction Week on time and to budget

    Consulting engineers Ove Arup and Oscar Faber Group, and contractors Galliford, Wates Construction and Westbury, will be among the companies inviting inspection as part of Construction Week, which kicks off next Monday. They are opening their doors as part of the cbi-led 'Fit for the Future' campaign, run in partnership with the Construction Industry Board and Inside uk Enterprise.

    Construction minister Nick Raynsford has urged the building industry to ‘make way for women’. Addressing a Women in Construction conference in London, Raynsford said that women constituted nine per cent of the construction workforce and that the industry was missing out on their creative potential.

    The RIAS is to hold a one-day conference called 'Future Curves, Scotland's Architecture Now and in the Next Millennium'.The event on 1 December will look at contemporary design - speakers include Richard Murphy,Peter Richardson from Zoo Architects, David Page from Page and Park Architects and RMJM Scotland's Paul Stallan.Tickets cost £40 (or £15 for students),for details tel 0131 229 7545.
  • Continuing campaign to revise PPG15

  • Continuous assessment

    building in use
  • Contract questions

    While work on the Prince of Wales' architecture school gathers pace in London's trendy Shoreditch, I hear more rumours of possible personnel moves. Some doubt if school head Adrian Gale will seek a renewal of his contract later this year, and there are similar doubts about trust chair Lady Browne-Wilkinson. Let's hope the merger with the Urban Villages Forum proves successful.

    Building contracts worth £2.5 million have been advertised for Rotherham's Lower Don Valley as part of Chris Wilkinson Architects' £37 million Magna Millennium Project. Eight contracts have been advertised in ojec including ones for landscaping, blockwork, steelwork and architectural metalwork. Details: 01709 720002.

    Cooper Cromar has won planning permission for this mixed use scheme for Palisade Properties on a corner site in Glasgow's West End. The building comprises 18 flats over ground floor retail in high density by means of a central courtyard circulation space and elevated west facing roof garden.
  • Co-operation is the rule in working with planners

  • Coram Family: Monahan Blythen Architects Photographs by Tim James

    Coram Family is a new name for an old institution, its ring of 1990s informality replacing the stuffy-sounding Thomas Coram Foundation. It's a resilient organisation with the knack of reinventing itself with the times. Established in 1739 as a Foundling Hospital, its early years were funded by many illustrious patrons including Hogarth and Handel.
  • Corb revisited

    The recent conference in Chandigarh, marking the fiftieth anniversary of Le Corbusier's great work, saw an extraordinary simulation of the unbuilt part of the complex, following comments by Sir Denys Lasdun. He told the international audience he very much regretted that the government 'palace', because of its possible association with colonialism, had never been built, since it was a vital third element in the composition of the complex, the rest comprising justice and assembly buildings. Two
  • Corporate man

    Lurking modestly on the list of those seeking to become corporate members of the RIBA was one Niels Torp of Norway.


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  • Cost analysis

  • Cost analysis

    Cost analysis based on tender sum
  • cost analysis

  • cost analysis

    Costs based on tender sum
  • cost analysis

    Costs based on tender sum
  • Cost benchmarking lifts off baa has worked with Franklin + Andrews to produce a valuable guide to the cost of building terminals BY RUTH SLAVID

    If you want to refurbish an airport building, how do the costs break down? What percentage of the cost should you expect to go on the shell and core, and what percentage on the perimeter works? What is the range of sums you should expect to pay per square metre on the structure, and is there a benchmark figure? What should you pay for an escalator? And are the costs the same all over the country?

    Evicting eco warriors from Crystal Palace Park to make way for Ian Ritchie's commercial development including multiplex cinema will cost local taxpayers £2.7 million, says Crystal Palace Campaign Group. Around 35 warriors were evicted in March and the costs include £306,000 for site security. The land is worth £6.1 million.
  • Costs

    Analysis based on tender sum which is the same as the final account
  • Costs

    Costs based on tender sum
  • Council to debate Treasury's design and build 'fixation'

    riba president David Rock has provided a full list of reasons why he thinks the Treasury's rapid move towards embracing design and build as the favoured procurement method for government buildings (aj 6.5.99) is misguided, 'very worrying indeed' and amounts to 'dynamite' for the profession. The thorny subject will get a full airing at the riba council meeting next week.
  • Council warmly welcomes V&A special collections deal

    riba council news

    A new statutory group, the Countryside Agency, will advise the government on rural issues, following the merger of the Countryside Commission and Rural Development Commission. It is chaired by Ewen Cameron, a Somerset farmer and ex-president of the Country Landowners Association.
  • Course applications plunge

    Architecture schools are blaming the £1000 student fees imposed following the Dearing Report for a big drop in course applications as they race against time to make up a 7 per cent shortfall of applicants.
  • Court circular Foster and Partners' Great Court project is taking shape. It gives a new heart to the British Museum by reclaiming the quadrangle surrounding the round reading room at the centre of the

    Great institutions and their buildings enjoy a complex relationship. The British Museum was founded by Act of Parliament in 1753 and opened to the public in 1759. Its first home was an existing late seventeenth century house, Montague House, which stood on the site in Great Russell Street which the Museum has occupied ever since. Following the death of George III his library was bequeathed to the nation and into the care of the Museum and, in 1823, Robert Smirke was commissioned to design a b
  • Court in the act

    Hurd Rolland Partnership is claiming a first with its £30 million law court design in Northern Ireland. The 16-court complex, in the heart of Belfast,is the first pfi court project in the uk to reach financial close, says one of the partners, James Stevenson. The 14,000m2 block will have five split levels and include crown, county and magistrates' courts. There will also be offices and catering facilities opposite Waterfront Hall in the city centre. The building will have a glass front e

    Roger Courtney, deputy chairman of the bre, is to leave the organisation at the end of September, but will continue to advise the board on strategic research issues and to represent bre in national and international research forums. This brings to the end 30 years of involvement with bre. Courtney became director in 1988 and played a vital role, first in its transformation into an executive agency and then in the management buyout in 1997.

  • Coventry invites architects to square up to cathedral

    A competition to create and refurbish squares for Coventry has been launched, and may include landscape, water features and lighting similar to some of the world's most famous squares.
  • Cover girl

    Julie Cook, a photographer who prides herself on her ability to persuade people to take their clothes off, is making her presence felt in the architectural community. She egged on Las Vegas aficionado Paul Davies to expose himself (intellectually) with a series of rambling interventions at the Academy Forum on tragedy and architecture. And she has been commissioned by fx to shoot a cover shot of several naked architects and designers, including dj/architect/man-about-town Joe Hagan, and Dome
  • Covering the Cotswolds . . . The Buildings of England - Gloucestershire 1: The Cotswolds by David Verey and Alan Brooks. Penguin, 1999. 832pp. £35



    riba's Continuing Professional Development Providers Network has launched its website - offering seminars and conference details, books and design guides. For links and member lists see Details Joni Tyler 0171 307 3697.
  • Creating a capital

    Romanian Modernism: The Architecture of Bucharest, 1920-1940 By Luminita Machedon and Ernie Scoffham.MIT Press, 1999. 407pp. £29.95
  • Creating the yellow brick road

  • Creating the yellow brick road

  • Creative casting The Bronze Age process of casting now incorporates computer simulation to ensure that it is right the first time

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  • Creative conservation Architecture Reborn: The Conversion and Reconstruction of Old Buildings. By Kenneth Powell. Lawrence King, 1999. 256pp. £45

  • Credible lightness of being Three recent publications discuss the architect's role in sustainability and also the part technology plays

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  • Crop circles

  • Cross portrait

    Spare a thought for Roderick Gradidge. His recent work at the National Portrait Gallery is being demolished to make way for the large (and good) improvements by Jeremy Dixon and Ed Jones. The only comfort I can offer is to tell him that he is part of a fine tradition of architects who live to see their work demolished. Isi Metzstein of Gillespie Kidd & Coia fame is another. He started the Macallan Club, designed to give aid and comfort to those affected. Perhaps Roddy should get in touch.
  • Cross-section of a century

  • Crucible of talent

    Leicester School of Architecture began in the city's School of Art 100 years ago. It is now returning to its spiritual home as part of De Montfort's new Faculty of Art and Design.


  • Crystall balls

    The Millennium Bug will be as nothing compared to the chaos in Greenwich when everybody flocks there to celebrate the Millennium. So, at least, believes Lewisham-based practice People & Places, which is trying to help by building a replica of the Crystal Palace across the meridian. Spokesman Ray Hall believes there will be 'an urban disaster' unless somebody takes responsibility for providing wcs, refreshments and medical care. His solution is, in a sense, modest - not the full scale palace,
  • CUBE celebrates first year with steep rise in visitors

  • Cullinan's still in race for Stonehenge visitor centre

    English Heritage is to ask four consortia which are battling to design, build and operate a new visitor centre at Stonehenge to present their full bid details next week. And Edward Cullinan and Partners, which won the original eh-run competition to develop a centre seven years ago, is still in the running in one of those teams.

  • Cultivating a living continuity The best way for a conservation team to help the historic building in its care is to 'meet' and befriend it

    A great architectural teacher, Patrick Geddes, defined the essential sequence of all successful planning as: 'Firstly, to Survey - secondly, to Analyse - and thirdly, to Plan'. The same sequence was put forward by Lewis Mumford in his study on 'The Culture of Cities'. First, he said, we must have knowledge of the facts. The next step is to apply judgement and opinion, acknowledging all prejudices which every mind will bring, but digesting and synthesising data towards positive recommendations
  • Cultivating consistency in design

    A patch of semi-wasteland in the blighted environs of King's Cross, the slick world of Canary Wharf as its development gets a second wind: landscape architect J & L Gibbons seems as at home in either, and able to engage creatively with both community and commercial needs. Is this engagement largely pragmatic and chameleon-like, or does a consistent language of design inform the practice's response?
  • Cultra shock

  • Cultural cleansing of our cities

  • Culture department bags magic carpets

  • Current clients

    American School in London

    A new flagship cinema for Australian operator Hoyts designed by GHM Rock Townsend opens tomorrow at Bluewater in Kent. The scheme features 13 screens with more than 3000 seats - some of them specially-designed sofas for two, bars, an 86-seat arthouse cinema and a luxury option where visitors can enjoy a special lounge with bar and table service. Hoyts plans another 8-10 outlets including one at Wood Green, London, opening in December.
  • Cut to fit


    Two architects, Edward Mayes of Paskin Kyriakides Sands and James Eades of Nicholas Hare Architects, will be cycling the 1500km from Land's End to John O'Groats, starting on Saturday 31 August, and travelling between 130 and 145km a day. The pair will be collecting money for Shelter, and are seeking further sponsorship. Contact them on 0171 485 1114.

    A major regeneration of an area on the edge of East London is planned, centred on a £300 million remodelling of Ford's car plant at Dagenham. The overall scheme will be run by a private-public partnership, and the Thames Gateway London Partnership is seeking £22 million from the Single Regeneration Budget for the area.

    Chapman Taylor Partners has finished a £30 million retail mall design to be topped with a giant illuminated ice cream cone by the artist Claes Oldenburg. The 31,000m2 Neumarkt Galerie in Cologne has three floors, a glass tower and links up to an underground station.
  • Dan Kiley - in His Own Words: America's Master Landscape Architect

  • Dancing the Scottish heritage tune By Deborah Singmaster. Photographs by Francesca Yorke

    Greig + Stephenson has refurbished two adjacent buildings on Princes Street, Edinburgh, to create Scotland's largest-ever music store for hmv. The project has restored several heritage treasures on the site, and provided citizens and visitors with yet more stunning views of the Castle and Princes Street Gardens, in a city already spoilt for viewpoints and new landmarks.
  • 'Dangerous' EH under fire at conservation conference

  • Daniel Chadwick's 'Expanded Water Droplet

    Daniel Chadwick's 'Expanded Water Droplet' is part of a new exhibition of mobiles at the riba. The show, which runs from 22 February-10 April in the Florence Gallery, will also feature 'Flight' by Diana Edmunds (who is less well known as Mrs Chris Wilkinson and designed a reed-bed sculpture outside the Dyson factory), 'Crane Mobiles' by exact Productions, a coathanger mobile fashioned by Piers Gough called 'Homage to Man Ray', another called 'pink slaps' from ex-Foster design guru Martin Fran
  • Dark side of Penny Lane Blue Suburban Skies At The Photographers' Gallery, 5 Great Newport Street, London WC2 until 20 November

    'Blue Suburban Skies' takes its name from the Beatles' 'Penny Lane', but doesn't have the song's mixture of the quirky and mundane. That was how it was in suburbia. Now it appears to be Bad Taste Land, devoid of community and spirit, where the gardens are neatly trimmed but only scurrilous activity behind the net curtains relieves the monotony.

    David Hepher's large-scale paintings, using concrete and photographic vinyl along with more conventional acrylic, convey the grids, textures and graffiti of a high-rise housing estate with great immediacy. Based on the Brandon Estate in the Borough of Southwark, they are at Flowers East, 199-205 Richmond Road, London E8 until 28 February (0181 985 3333).
  • David Marks and Julia Barfield Architects

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  • Dawdling towards 2000

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  • DCMS consults on listing mixed bag from the Sixties

    Culture minister Alan Howarth is seeking the public's views on listing a disparate tranche of post-war buildings including a fountain, synagogue, amphitheatre and luxury house.
  • DCMS men attend council to forge links for commission

    Two key officials from the Department of Culture Media and Sport were in riba Council last week to forge closer links with the institute and hear its concerns about how the new Architecture Commission is shaping up. The good news is that the commission's paltry £1.3 million budget is not 'written in stone' and that ministers will listen to reasoned arguments for extra cash.

  • Dead-end job?

    Van Heyningen and Haward Architects is to work on an Anglo Saxon burial ground for East Anglian seventh-century kings. Work at the National Trust's 96ha Suffolk estate of Sutton Hoo will involve designing an exhibition hall with visitor facilities, and resoration of the Edwardian house. The hlf is paying £3.6 million, and completion is set for October 2001.
  • dealing with complexity

    people; Intricacy and respect for existing buildings are the common factors in the otherwise diverse portfolio of the two partners at Haworth Tompkins. Now, they are reviewing the future development of their practice by ruth slavid. photograph by guy jord
  • Dean of Cardiff

  • Dean slams Stansfield Smith report as a 'fudge'

    The Stansfield Smith report has 'fudged a vital opportunity', the dean of Sheffield University's architectural faculty Bryan Lawson told council.

    Work has started on an Architype design for Southwark Coroner's Court that will replace a mortuary with a fully-glazed court office. The £740,000 scheme will link the original Victorian courthouse and coroner's cottage.
  • Debate on accessibility must continue


    Builders have topped out Paskin Kyriakides Sands' £7.25 million refurbishment of the Art Deco Daimler Building in London WC1, originally designed by Wallis Gilbert & Partners. The refurbishment gives the three-storey block 6000m2 of offices and includes an extra floor, atrium and penthouse. It is due to be completed in December.
  • DEGW lands top-secret Sainsbury HQ scheme

  • Delayed reaction

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  • Democratic polls must use democratic methods

  • Democratisation is here to stay

  • Demolition tales of the South Bank

    Should the Hayward Gallery and the Queen Elizabeth Hall complex on the South Bank of the Thames be demolished? The proposal comes from the South Bank Board and its chairman, Elliott Bernerd, in response to the inevitable abandonment of the Richard Rogers 'glass wave' scheme once the Arts Lottery decided against funding what would have been a costly project. Prior to the appointment of a masterplanner for the site, the chairman and a 'kitchen cabinet' undertook the tough task of supplying poin
  • Demonstrating economy Retaining the same teams for the construction of a sequence of buildings has proved a success for BAA Lynton

    A newly completed office building at Stansted airport represents the latest stage in the development for client baa Lynton of a building type aimed at achieving the objectives of the Egan report. baa Lynton describes this building, Endeavour House, as the fourth generation of its 'office products' and, as one of the Movement for Innovation demonstration projects, it aims to be:
  • Demonstrating the many arts of architecture

    While the Reichstag building drew the world media to Berlin this week, in Britain we took another step along the road to an improved architecture of the everyday, under the influence of the Egan report. More information came out about the 'key performance indicators' by which demonstration projects, chosen to reflect the virtues of the Egan approach to building procurement, may be judged.
  • Density key to the city - and suburbs

  • Departed ARB registrar tried to adhere to Act

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  • Design Build Foundation may out-price architects

  • Design Council chooses best of British architecture

  • Design Director, SOM Nicholas Jacobs


  • Design for the individual not the street

  • Design is no trivial TV pursuit

  • Design is sexy, building regs aren't

  • Design jockey

    Philip Johnson may be 93, but his appetite for design is undiminished. Latest from the man of many styles is 'a multi-tiered disc jockey booth and dance pavilion' for fashionable arts centre PS1 near New York's East River. 'It's a disco for the 21st century, a medieval amphitheatre with a science-fiction feeling,' says Johnson, who - of course - will be the first guest DJ. 'This is all about fantasy, summer and youth,' says PS1 director Alanna Heiss, mysteriously.
  • Design move

    People keep telling me the Design Museum is going to move nearer London, in a bid to increase its 3000 a week visitorship. Or does Terence Conran just need more restaurant space?
  • Design musings

    Given copious amounts of champagne, the 10th anniversary party of the Design Museum went with a swing, though a fuel spillage on the Thames caused the fireworks to be cancelled. 'In the new economy, design will be more important than ever, ' said Chancellor Gordon Brown in his congratulatory speech. 'It usually takes 100 years for a great British institution to be recognised as such - you've only just begun!'
  • Design on tap

    It would be nice to test drive a bathroom for a week, mused Nik Randall of Brookes Stacey Randall - who got his wish when the ft arranged to photograph him and partner Mike Stacey lounging in a 2m-diameter bath of their design, attended by scantily clad colleague Paul Voysey. But where was practice founder, the hirsute Alan Brookes? Perhaps the design wasn't high-tech enough.
  • Design revision in Pimlico School saga

    Ellis Williams Architects has put in a revised planning application to demolish and rebuild Pimlico School as part of the long-running and controversial pfi saga.
  • Design the AJ Christmas Card

    The aj has teamed up with SimCity to run a competition to design an urban Christmas card for the aj to send out this year. The best 20 entries will receive a copy of SimCity 3000 - the latest version of the popular city-simulator computer game. The winner will also get a case of six bottles of champagne and 100 copies of the winning card.
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  • Designer fillip

    Philip Johnson may be 93, but his design skills are being put to new uses - namely a nine-piece place setting of china, currently available at Bloomingdale's. The white plates feature nineteenth-century engravings of urban scenes, but have found little favour with diners at Four Seasons, the swanky restaurant which has been Johnson's favourite for decades. Alas, though the general manager commissioned the plates, they were rejected because of consumer reaction, annoying our Phil considerably.
  • Designers get a software shock

  • Designing for productivity

    How is it possible to prove that good design can improve business productivity? A recent debate addressed the issue
  • Designing for the digital age

    The only form capable of accommodating today's electronic business operations would be an infinitely flexible shell, fitted with moveable, expandable floor decks and wired into a central system that could offer an infinity of services.Who would guess that behind the frigid facade of that displaced ice cube, Marco Polo House in Battersea, lurks the pulsating headquarters of ONdigital, a new broadcasting company offering a multichannel digital service?
  • Designing in the Task Force spirit

    Architect Andrew Wright, who provided design and environmental input for the Rogers Task Force, has coincidentally been working on major regeneration project for Bilston in the Black Country, where a brownfield sit is to be remediated and remodelled to accommodate housing and employment uses in the spirit of the Urban Renaissance model.
  • Designing productively

    The link between productivity in the workplace and design of the work environment is difficult to prove - although it seems obvious that there should be one. Many organisations spend woefully little on the work environment in comparison to expenditure on staff salaries. A recently published book titled Improving Office Productivity explores the links between productivity and the internal environment. The book is sub-titled 'A guide for facilities managers,' but architects not working in this
  • Designing the Urban Environment

    What the Task Force wants Recommendations across a series of key areas form the heart of the the Urban Task Force report, Towards an Urban Renaissance. Here, we highlight the proposed policies
  • Desperately seeking


  • Details are being finalised of this year's Architecture Week

    Details are being finalised of this year's Architecture Week, which in the grand tradition of this sort of event will not in fact be seven days but nine. The event will kick off with possibly its biggest highlight - the award of the Stirling Prize, which will be made in Glasgow as part of the 1999 uk City of Architecture festivities. The Arts Council has pledged continued backing, with chairman Gerry Robinson this week promising support, both for the week and the new Architecture Commission.
  • DETR links local design and planning for first time

  • DETR parking shock

    The detr is understood to be planning to cut radically its requirements for parking provision in urban development. It is understood that the forthcoming Planning Policy Guidance Note 13 will amend the levels of parking previously considered a minimum and make them a maximum instead, which is sure to prove controversial with housebuilders. This is the first of the changes proposed by the Urban Task Force set to become policy. detr is also believed to be considering ways of allowing higher den
  • DETR splashes cash on English regeneration

    The Department of Environment Transport and the Regions last week announced it is to pump more than £1 billion into 163 regeneration schemes in England via the Single Regeneration Budget.

    Sauerbruch Hutton has won one of five awards in the Deutsche Architetekurpries for its Photonics Centre in Berlin. Other awards went to Foster and Partners for the Reichstag and Dominique Perrault for the cycling hall in Berlin. The main award went to Daniel Libeskind for the Jewish Museum.
  • Developer Minerva

    Developer Minerva has submitted £800 million plans for a total of 100,000m2 of 'landmark' headquarters buildings in the City of London designed by Nicholas Grimshaw and Foster and Partners. Grimshaw has designed St Boltoph's house (above left), a 52,500m2 14-storey building for 5000 people with two 4200m2 dealing floors and 2800m2 of retail for a single store. The scheme includes a 450-person amphitheatre-style auditorium in the central area of the building with a suspended 'glass road'
  • Development plan, Leidsche Rijn

    Maccreanor Lavington Architects
  • Devising a structural approach for the Lloyd's Register of Shipping

  • Dewjoc looks to London in merger of practices

    North East's Dewjoc Partnership has merged with London's DGA Architects to make further inroads in the south east. DGA will remain in its Surrey office with nine staff, and continue to focus on housing and transport. Its clients include Railtrack and London Underground. Dewjoc's 60 staff are based in Newcastle and Stockton-on-Tees with clients such as Asda, BBC and Helios.
  • DfEE instructs Pimlico governors to vote again

    The long and controversial saga surrounding Westminster City Council's attempts to demolish and rebuild Pimlico School took another twist this week when the Department for Education and Employment (dfee) ruled that the results of last month's crunch meeting to decide its future (aj 16.9.99) were in fact null and void.
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    A regional guide to current and forthcoming exhibitions, lectures, conferences and seminars, selected to meet readers' cpd needs. Information for inclusion should be sent to Andrew Mead at The Architects' Journal at least two weeks before publication.

    A regional guide to current and forthcoming exhibitions, lectures, conferences and seminars, selected to meet readers' cpd needs. Information for inclusion should be sent to Andrew Mead at The Architects' Journal at least two weeks before publication.

    A regional guide to current and forthcoming exhibitions, lectures, conferences and seminars, selected to meet readers' cpd needs. Information for inclusion should be sent to Andrew Mead at The Architects' Journal at least two weeks before publication.

    A regional guide to current and forthcoming exhibitions, lectures, conferences and seminars, selected to meet readers' cpd needs. Information for inclusion should be sent to Andrew Mead at The Architects' Journal at least two weeks before publication.

    A regional guide to current and forthcoming exhibitions, lectures, conferences and seminars, selected to meet readers' cpd needs. Information for inclusion should be sent to Andrew Mead at The Architects' Journal at least two weeks before publication.

    A regional guide to current and forthcoming exhibitions, lectures, conferences and seminars, selected to meet readers' cpd needs. Information for inclusion should be sent to Andrew Mead at The Architects' Journal at least two weeks before publication.

    A regional guide to current and forthcoming exhibitions, lectures, conferences and seminars, selected to meet readers' cpd needs. Information for inclusion should be sent to Andrew Mead at The Architects' Journal at least two weeks before publication.

    A regional guide to current and forthcoming exhibitions, lectures, conferences and seminars, selected to meet readers' cpd needs. Information for inclusion should be sent to Andrew Mead at The Architects' Journal at least two weeks before publication.

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    British Steel environmental seminars: 29 April, 09.00-13.00 at the Building Design Centre, Islington, London; 5 May, 09.00-13.00 at the Solihull Moat House, Solihull, West Midlands.
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  • Diary: East Midlands

    Aga Khan Awards for Architecture
  • Diary: Eastern

    riba cpd Event: Dealing with Settlement and Foundation Failures
  • Diary: Eastern

    riba cpd Event: The New Architects Appointment 1999 Thursday 15 April, 13.15. At New Hall, Cambridge. Details 01223 461458.
  • Diary: London

    Architectural Images of the North 25 March-8 May. An exhibition at the riba Heinz Gallery, 21 Portman Sq, W1. Details 0171 307 3628.
  • Diary: London

    Framed III: Architecture on Film During March. Screenings and talks at the riba and elsewhere. Details 0171 307 3770.
  • DIARY: London

    A regional guide to current and forthcoming exhibitions, lectures, conferences and seminars, selected to meet readers' cpd needs. Information for nclusion should be sent to Andrew Mead at The Architects' Journal at least two weeks before publication.
  • DIARY: North West

    Nick Bolton Until 16 January. The first of seven newly commissioned artworks for the Harris Museum, Market Sq, Preston (01772 258248).
  • Diary: North West

    riba cpd Event: Problems in Architectural Practice Wednesday 17 March. At Knutsford. Details 01565 652927.
  • DIARY: Northern

    Richard Wilson Until 16 January. An exhibition at the Globe Gallery, 97 Howard St, North Shields. Details 0191 259 2614.
  • DIARY: Scotland

    Winning - The Design of Sports 8 January-5 April. An exhibition designed by Ron Arad at the McLellan Galleries, 270 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow. Details 0141 331 1854.
  • Diary: Scotland

    Glasgow 1999 Events Monthly programme available 0141 287 1999.
  • Diary: Scotland

    Glasgow 1999 Events For monthly programme: tel 0141 287 1999.
  • Diary: South East

    riba cpd Event: Introduction to the Party Wall Act Thursday 15 April. A seminar at Maidstone. Details 01892 515878.
  • Diary: South East

    Richard Lavington: Housing - The Dutch Connection Monday 15 March, 18.00. A lecture at Canterbury School of Architecture, Kent Institute of Art and Design. Details 01227 769371.
  • Diary: South Western

    riba cpd Event: cdm & Safe Demolition Monday 12 April, 15.00. A seminar at Exeter. Details 01752 265921.
  • Diary: South Western

    riba cpd Event: cdm & Safe Demolition Monday 12 April, 15.00. A seminar at Exeter. Details 01752 265921.
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    Managing Public Art Projects - The Commissioner's Perspective 3, 4, and 5 February. A one-day seminar at Truro, Exeter and Bath. Applications by 16 December to Linda Geddes 01392 218188.
  • DIARY: Southern

    Frank Duffy Thursday 21 January, 17.00. A lecture at the Portland Building, Portsmouth School of Architecture. Details 01705 842086.
  • DIARY: Wales

    Josef Koudelka in Wales Until 14 February. Photographs at four Cardiff venues, including the National Museum and Ffotogallery, 31 Charles St. Details 01222 341667.
  • Diary: Wales

    Helen Jones and Deyan Sudjic Thursday 15 April, 19.30. A lecture on Glasgow 1999 at Faenol Fawr Hotel, Bodelwyddan, St Asaph. Details Peter Stonebridge 01745 813852.
  • Diary: Wales

    Nigel Curry (Foster & Partners)
  • Diary: Wessex

    Richard Rose-Casemore Tuesday 16 March, 18.15. A lecture at the Arnolfini, Narrow Quay, Bristol. Tickets 01179 299191.
  • Diary: Wessex

    riba Spring Luncheon Friday 23 April, 12.00 for 12.30. At the Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal. Details Kelvin Bland 01305 225213.
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    Russell Brown Tuesday 12 January, 18.15. A lecture at the Arnolfini, Narrow Quay, Bristol. Tickets 01179 299191.
  • DIARY: West Midlands

    Severn Journeys Until 30 January. Photographs exploring Britain's longest river. At Worcester City Art Gallery, Foregate St, Worcester. Details 01905 25371.
  • Diary: West Midlands

    The Travesty of Transparency Wednesday 31 March, 19.30. A lecture on the Welsh Assembly building by Patrick Hannay at the Shirehall, Shrewsbury. Details Mark Newall 01743 361261.
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    riba cpd Event: Planning Law Update
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    City Futures Until 14 March. An exhibition by Hull School of Architecture at the Maritime Museum, Hull (01482 462029).
  • Diary: Yorkshire

    Vittorio Messina: A Village and its Surroundings 25 March-30 August.A large-scale installation at the Henry Moore Studio, Dean Clough, Halifax. Details 0113 234 3158.
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    Fred Sandback 21 January-28 February. An exhibition at the Henry Moore Institute, 74 The Headrow, Leeds. Details 0113 234 3158.

    RIAS president George Wren ceremonially handed over his presidential medal to new incumbent Ian Dickson at the AGM of the RIAS last week. Wren was praised for his 'good clear mind' and a 'steady hand' guiding the Incorporation through some 'rather difficult matters'. Dickson said Wren had persuaded him to take the job after Dickson called to discuss who his replacement on the practice board should be. Dickson said one of his main aims was to raise the professionalisation of design and to make

    Oxford Architects Partnership has unveiled a £30 million masterplan for 7.5ha of land in Didcot near Oxford. It will include a new town hall and town square, a library, shopping centre and 28 flats. There will also be a multi-purpose hall and an amphitheatre. Planning permission is due to go in at the end of the year for a start in 2000. The joint venture between Taylor Woodrow and South Oxfordshire council aims to finish the project in 2002.
  • Directors' fees up 20 per cent at one firm in three

    One in three boards of architectural firms have seen their total directors' fees rise by more than 20 per cent this year, says Plimsoll Publishing. Average sales growth in these firms was 23.7 per cent, while average employees' salaries were £25,010 compared with an industry average of £22,950.
  • Disability Act 'could cost businesses £5 billion'

    Implementing the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act (1995) could cost uk businesses up to £5 billion, estimates quantity surveyor and project manager Bucknall Austin. Tim Castle, the firm's regional assistant director, said that, although the Act has a ten-year implementation period, 'the growing awareness of disability issues within our society means it will only be a short time before buildings will have to be disabled friendly'.
  • Discovery zone - getting inside the Dome with the BBC

  • Discussion in depth about North Greenwich station (1 of 2)

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  • Discussion in depth about North Greenwich station (2 of 2)

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    Identity Crisis is the name ofthe last in the series ofmajor exhibitions for Glasgow 1999.It draws together over 3000 everyday objects such as disposable lighters and calculators between 26 November and 13 February at the Lighthouse.The show looks at the cultural and style changes in the last 10 years.Glasgow 1999, tel 0141 287 7106.
  • Dispute misses positive point of School Works

  • DIY/garden centre, Amsterdam

    Maccreanor Lavington Architects

    Would-be London mayor Frank Dobson has vowed to build the controversial CrossRail link, scrapped in mid-1994 over cash shortages. His pledge on the 2.5 billion 7km twin-tunnel coincides with a Corporation of London report due out in a week supporting a relaunch of the scheme. It would plough under the capital and take 600,000 passengers a day. The project includes extensions to five stations.
  • Does size matter? When it comes to unpaid debt it does

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  • Does the ARB really want reconciliation?

  • Dome company kicks future sports use into touch

    The New Millennium Experience Company has ruled out a sports use for the Dome once the year-long celebrations are over.
  • Dome designer Gumuchdjian departs

  • Dome designers scoop major engineering award

    Engineer Buro Happold has been awarded this year's Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert award for innovative engineering for its work on the Millennium Dome structure. This is only the second time the award has been given for work on a construction project.
  • Dome set for Millennium Experience spectacular

    The New Millennium Experience Company is to continue its drip-drip method of unveiling details about the Dome's interior with an announcement next week on the central performance area.

    Richard Rogers Partnership's Millennium Dome could win £50,000 for its engineer Buro Happold which has tagged it 'the dome of straight lines.' The engineer is one of four shortlisted for the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award for Innovation for its four years on the 100,000m2 dome. The other three finalists are firms from yacht building, digital tv and car design. The winner will be chosen in November and will also receive a gold medal from Prince Philip.

    Complaints of noise from neighbours continue to rise. The detr has funded work by bre and Wimtec to improve the acoustic guidance in Building Regulations Approved Document E for new party wall and floor constructions of masonry and timber. While the resulting manual, 'Quiet Homes'*, focuses on England and Wales, most advice is said to be equally applicable in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    Home-owners should have an easier time dealing with builders following the publication of a new contract by the Joint Contracts Tribunal (jct) aimed specifically at the domestic market. Intended for use on projects where customers deal directly with builders without the benefit of a professional adviser, the new contract, said Roy Swanston, chairman of JCT, 'provides an invaluable safeguard both for the customer embarking on building work and for the builder undertaking the project.' The cont
  • Doncaster has wealth of architectural heritage

  • Donors pledge extra cash for Libeskind's Spiral at the V&A


    The High Court has dealt a blow to mps involved with Michael Hopkins and Partners' Portcullis House after ruling them liable for using a buy- British policy for the facade. A judge said the House of Commons Commission should not have used the policy when it gave the contract to Seele Alvis, based in Britain and Austria. The case was brought by a US-based rival Harmon cfem Facades, which has since gone into liquidation. The judge held it was entitled to recover its tender costs of around £

  • Don't mess with these Devonians

  • Don't rely on people moving back to our old cities

    Just as all successful home extensions steer clear of the kitchen, so do all successful development plans steer clear of cities. Once you start tinkering with cities it is the same as tinkering with a domestic plumbing system. Soon you have to turn off the water, re-route the drainage, muck about with the gas and fight with the electricity. Every utility gets involved and - conventional wisdom to the contrary - getting every utility involved is a recipe for ruin, not for home improvements.

  • Dotty feeling

    Davis Langdon and Everest's summer garden party at the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park is as unmissable for architectural socialites as openings there are to the Hello! fraternity. The It girls of the construction industry enliven the serious talk, which this year focused on interpretations of Bridget Riley's paintings. Are they best seen as a dot- or cost-matrix?

    The Dulwich Society is holding an exhibition on contemporary architecture in South London including projects by Rick Mather, hok, Chris Wilkinson and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. The show, from 14-16 May will be in the Old Library, Dulwich College.
  • Down the hatch

    Tony Monk 's lecture on Paul Rudolph last week,in connection with his book launched at the American Embassy,was instructive - it revealed where Norman Foster ,who studied with Rudolph at Yale,learned his formidable graphic skills.
  • Down the lodge

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    Owners of office space in central London would not employ top architects to carry out major refurbishments on their properties unless they were certain that the expenditure would increase lettability and rental value dramatically.
  • Drawing a line between sense and extravagance

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    Various rumours about the location of the riba's special meeting to consider the future of its drawings collection suggested that the venue might be an ashram in the Oxfordshire countryside, a Cambridge College, or indeed somewhere in London. In fact it will be held on 23-25 April at Nuneham Courtenay near Abingdon. And what an appropriate choice. The house is Grade I-listed and the grounds are by Capability Brown. 'Architects tend to like old buildings,' ppriba and library committee chair Ro
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  • Dry-lining fire threat

    Fires may sweep rapidly through buildings via their dry-lining systems, a study by drywall specialist Hammerton Associates has found.

  • Dublin skyscrapers felled

  • Dublin turns its back on a native son and a chance of prosperity

    A month or two ago I was invited to give an opinion on Dublin's Canary Wharf, the monster 21ha development site called Spencer Dock located on the north bank of the Liffey, where it widens out to meet Dublin Harbour. At present, Spencer Dock is no more than a miserable industrial wasteland of disused shunting yards and derelict buildings - much like the backlands of Kings Cross and about the same size. Up to a fortnight ago, it looked as though it might be a candidate for a glit-tering future
  • Duke's design prizes


    Davis & Partners has unveiled a proposal for part of the Duke of York's hq in London's King's Road. It aims to turn the north of the site into a landscaped square with York paving, 34 shops and kiosks of 13,400m2, and 3200m2 of offices. The project will involve re-using historic buildings on the 4.2ha site sold by the mod to Cadogan as part of its strategic defence review. A planning application was submitted last week and building is due to start next year for a 2002 finish.
  • Dutch courage for the future

    building study: As the debate about poor UK housing design standards continues, Maccreanor Lavington shows what can be achieved - at least in the Netherlands
  • Dutch roads to provide 'free heat' for Zeeland homes

  • Dynamic insulation - insulation that acts as a heat exchanger - is part of the McLaren leisure centre at Callander, Scotland A breath of warm air

    CI/SfB (M2) (H6) Uniclass N35:N331

    Marco Goldschmied made the most amazing statement heard in RIBA council for many a year. At 16.15 on the day of his first council as president, he said, 'I think we should wind up this discussion, have some tea and go home.' And they did.
  • Early warnings


  • East London spreads the word about the atelier sytem

  • East Midlands diary

    FAT's Early Work Wednesday 3 November, 19.00. A lecture at Nottingham University School of the Built Environment (0115 911 0873).
  • Eastern diary

    Becoming a Planning Supervisor 10,17 and 24 November. At New Hall, Cambridge. Details 01223 461458.
  • Economy of means

    While Lord Rogers enjoys unparalleled architectural relationships with the new government, his old mucker Sir Norman Foster is doing his bit for the 'project'. He recently gave a well-received speech at a dinner attended by New (and Old) Labour great and good, hosted by boss-man Tony Giddens at the London School of Economics. Guest of honour at the fund- raiser for a new library (which Norman is designing): lse graduate Cherie Blair.

    Researchers at Heriot Watt University have been investigating the acoustic quality of school buildings. Research with acoustic-ceiling company Ecophon has seen the company overwhelmed with schools desperate to solve acoustic problems, the greatest of which is the school hall, where noise levels aren't only detrimental to tuition, but can also be a healthy hazard with sound levels of over 100dB. One school in Hampshire found that the use of Ecophon's acoustic wall and ceiling panels reduced re

    Leicester City Council has chosen EDAW and engineer Alan Baxter & Associates to draw up a masterplan for 700 homes at Ashton Green, on the urban fringe of the city. The masterplanners are due to finish in spring 2000 and will look at urban design, movement and energy provision.
  • Edge city

    Now we know why it's been so long since the last riba 'annual' conference: it was all a matter of finding a suitable venue. Now, however, thanks to the Millennium Commission, one has been found - Michael Wilford and Partners' Lowry Centre in Salford will host next year's shindig, to be organised by Wordsearch (so busy!). It will be an all-singing, all-dancing affair, with international as well as national stars. All that remains is an all-encompassing title. Given the location, how about 'Per
  • Edinburgh enthusiasts

    Almost 30 architects have entered the 1999 Edinburgh Architectural Association Awards, on 12 March. The awards are for outstanding new-build, extensions and conversions. Nominations include Benson + Forsyth's Museum of Scotland, and the Scottish Widows Building by bdp. Past winners include Richard Murphy Architects' Fruitmarket Gallery and the Edinburgh International Conference Centre by Terry Farrell & Partners.
  • Edinburgh gets £100m scheme by Calton Hill

    Allan Murray Architects is waiting for the go-ahead from planners for a £100 million hotel, leisure and office scheme linking to Edinburgh's Calton Hill.

    Gray, Marshall & Associates has finished restoring Edinburgh's Victoria Terrace, in a World Heritage Site. It repaired railings, coping, stairways and drainpipes to the terrace above Victoria Street. The hlf gave £300,000 to the £700,000 job, led by Edinburgh Old Town Renewal Trust.
  • Edinburgh Park

    Edinburgh Park is Scotland's answer to Heathrow's Stockley Park: office buildings of a certain ambition set in a greensward near an international airport. The Scottish version is, however, considerably younger than Stockley, and its masterplan by Richard Meier is much more formal. Indeed Meier - who, oddly, never got to contribute a building there himself, and is no longer involved - had always seen it as a kind of late-twentieth-century equivalent of Edinburgh's New Town, where the achieveme
  • Edinburgh picks shortlist for £400m riverside scheme

    The Richard Rogers Partnership, edaw, Aukett Associates, Koetter, Kim & Associates, and engineer Halcrow Fox are on a shortlist to design the biggest regeneration project in East Scotland, a £400 million riverside quarter on a 13km coastal strip along the Firth of Forth, the aj understands.
  • Edinburgh trainspotter helps to regenerate Berlin

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    1999 Stirling was tough, but you haven't seen anything yet
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    Reflecting on sixteen years of weekly architecture
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    Architects are preparing to open their doors to the public for Architecture Week's 'open practice'. Open practice encompasses all the buzzwords of the moment - openness, accessibility, participation - but it is also an invaluable marketing tool. Architects'offices tend to be more interesting than most. For small practices, the office fit-out may constitute a favourite part of the body of completed work, but for large, established practices the office is just as vital as a marketing tool. Thos
  • Editorial

    Judging by the reaction so far (deafening silence), the Stansfield Smith review of architectural education might be thought to be just what everybody always wanted, too difficult to comprehend, or of little interest outside the academic world. The truth probably lies somewhere in between, but it is surely significant that the review has not aroused the howls of protest that might have been expected, given the strong views within the profession on a subject of consuming interest to people who
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    Mike Davies of the Richard Rogers Partnership lifted the spirits with a first-rate lecture on the Millennium Dome at the Royal Society of Arts this week. There is nothing to beat hearing a story straight from the horse's mouth, and this is a remarkable one, with a cast list of hundreds, intense co-operative working, technical innovation, political and funding dramas galore - it would make a great film. In the week that Shakespeare in Love deservedly won its clutch of Oscars, the comparison se
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    Buildings tell us what we really are
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    Foster's success brings benefits to all architects
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    Coping with the surreal world of architecture
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    Administration of the profession needs to be reported properly
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    Why clients must learn the art of making up their minds
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    MPs have made fools of themselves over urban policy
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    Blaming Prescott for transport problems misses the point
  • Editorial

    Making the most of the Glasgow design experience
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    New Tate names miss national achievements and local identity
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    Designers of risky projects need another string to their bow
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    Treasury still has questions to answer over prime contracts

    The aa is to award an honorary dipoma to Monica Pidgeon tomorrow, 9 July. She edited Architectural Design from 1945 to 1975 and riba Journal from 1975 to 1979. She formed Pidgeon Audio-Visual in 1979 to publish thoughts and works of top architects. Past winners of the diploma are Sir Denys Lasdun and Oscar Niemeyer (see People, page18-19).

  • Education set for radical shake-up

  • Education validation saga damages schools

  • Education's future is modular, flexible, exciting

    Letters extra
  • Edward Weston

    Edited by Manfred Heiting. Taschen, 1999. 252pp. £24.99

    Some weeks ago I attended a conference on art and landscape. It was a sad affair: Art + landscape = willow weaving. There is still a lot of work to be done. Landscape architecture in this country is dead below the waist, all passion seems to have gone. The ethos of our practice is to embrace creativity with a puritan rigour for detail and construction.

  • Efficiency rubs off

  • Egg on his tie

    Who would have thought it? A cover headline in the Sunday Times 'Culture' section reading: 'Bad egg - Why Norman Foster's gone off the boil' introduced a full frontal attack on the practice's Greater London Authority building, the 'Glass Eye' close to Tower Bridge on the south side of the Thames. The piece was not, unusually for an architectural critique of this sort, penned by the st's architecture correspondent Hugh Pearman, but instead by cultural critic Bryan Appleyard (among other things
  • EH - Modernists' friend

  • EH justifies its conservation spending - claiming dividend

    English Heritage has declared that for every £10,000 of the £36 million it has invested in regeneration projects over the last five years, it has attracted £58,000 of match funding from the private and public sector. From that has come 177m2 of 'improved commercial space', one new job, one safeguarded job and one 'improved home.'
  • EH plans 'modern' gardens for historic settings

    English Heritage is to announce a shortlist tomorrow (Friday) of designers for four contemporary gardens in historic settings, and launch competitions for a further six sites. The sites already announced are at Richmond Castle and Lincoln Bishop's Palace, where there will be new gardens, and at Eltham Palace and Osborne House. The intention is to replicate the success of the garden that Penelope Hobhouse designed at Walmer Castle as a 95th birthday present for the Queen Mother. An eh spokeswo
  • EH puts £400m price tag on saving buildings at risk

    About £400 million is needed to rescue England's damaged Grade I and Grade II* buildings, says English Heritage, which has launched its second Buildings at Risk Register.
  • EH sets sights on Renaissance Fund ...

    English Heritage chairman Sir Jocelyn Stevens pleaded with Government last week to give it the job of 'turning words into bricks' and of taking the lead with the £500 million Renaissance Fund recommended in the Urban Task Force report.
  • EH to restore Hyde Park arch to its former glory

    England's answer to the Arc de Triomphe, the Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner, is to be restored by English Heritage for £1.5 million.

    The Eiffel Tower is plumbing the depths for more shop, restaurant and ticket-booth space. Tenders are invited for the underground design to enable tourists to queue out of the rain and spend more. It sells 3.6 million tickets a year, around 10,000 a day, with a £30 million turnover and £3 million profit.
  • Election special

  • Elemental interiors

    Some artists seem so firmly associated with a certain time that it defines the way that they are perceived throughout their career. For Patrick Caulfield that moment was the late 1960s/early 70s, when his bold work banished the drabness of the 50s with a sense of new possibilities.
  • Elizabeth Ogilvie: A Poetics of Water

    At Stephen Lacey Gallery, One Crawford Passage, Ray Street, London EC1 until 20 November
  • ELSA

    For over 15 years, ELSA has been manufacturing technology for the CG market. The Gloria range is especially optimised for 3D performance, and the cards have earned a considerable reputation as powerful graphics accelerators.
  • Email rules go beyond the letter of the law

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    The computer
  • Embracing new graphic space

    Within three months of winning the competition for the design of a new civic, commercial and cultural centre in Melbourne, Australia, known as Federation Square, Don Bates and Peter Davidson, or Lab Architects, witnessed the start of work on the substructure for the site They had received no official brief, and only did so four months later.
  • Emotional Storage

    From Southwark Street to the Sauna: muf architecture/art At the Architecture Foundation, 30 Bury Street, London SW1 until 14 March


  • Enduring images of the ephemeral KENNETH POWELL World's Fairs by Erik Mattie. Princeton Architectural Press, 1998. 256pp. £45

  • Energetic proposition

    Environment minister Michael Meacher pulled no punches addressing architects and property types at the 'Greening of Commercial Property' conference last week. Tell me what you want included in the legislation coming your way, or you'll get what I'm going to dish out, was his blunt message. Perhaps the latter is the only way anything will get done, if the remarks of Davis Langdon & Everest's Paul Morrell were anything to go by. Only legal requirement or market demand would bring a change of at
  • Energy and new courses in architecture

    This morning my wife noticed a large bluebottle on our kitchen window.

  • Energy tune-up

    In spite of early doubts about its complexity, the Building Regulations' sap (Standard Assessment Procedure) for energy rating of dwellings has successfully ensured a new standard of thermal performance of new housing, writes Peter Burberry. A new edition came into effect on 1 July*.

  • Engineer WSP has enlisted architectural adviser Coonan

  • Engineering artistry Engineer Price and Myers does more than ensuring works of art stay up - it often has a role in the creation as well

    technical & practice

    Reading-based multi-disciplinary firm gibb has opened a new office in Leeds. The branch will target development, infrastructure and environmental clients in the North of England. The new office will be headed by civil engineer Mark Jones and it follows the rail and environmental office set up in York in 1997.
  • Engineering students pioneer computer-linked learning

    A prototype classroom has been designed with mini-computers to maximise teaching potential and identify and help slow learners.
  • English Heritage puts a spanner in London works

  • English Partnerships

  • English Partnerships has received detailed proposals from the three consortia in the competition to breathe new life into the former coal- mining village of Allerton Bywater

    English Partnerships has received detailed proposals from the three consortia in the competition to breathe new life into the former coal- mining village of Allerton Bywater. The consortia are presenting their ideas today - Bellway Urban Renewal and Yorkshire Water (top), Daniel Libeskind (middle) and The Aire Regeneration Partnership (bottom). Bellway is working with masterplanner edaw, Ian Derby Partnership, Timpson Manley and Stephenson Bell; Libeskind with Allen Tod and Alan Baxter Associ
  • English richness revealed

  • Englishman in New York

    Cedric Price has been selected to take part in a new competition, with a us$100,000 top prize, to propose a new future for a site on the west side of midtown Manhattan, New York. The practice will compete against Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos from Amsterdam, Peter Eisenman, Thom Mayne from Morphosis, Santa Monica, and Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto from Reiser + Umemoto in New York.
  • Enter now for construction industry awards

    Entries are invited for this year's British Construction Industry Awards for excellence in the design, construction and delivery of buildings and civil-engineering projects. A new, sixth category, has been added: a Best Practice Award, sponsored by the Construction Best Practice Programme. The other categories are small projects (under £2 million), building and civil engineering (£2 million-£50 million), major projects (more than £50 million) and international. This year's
  • Entranced by London's high-rise housing

    An exhibition at the Museum of London this spring posed the question - 'Tower Blocks: Love Them or Loathe Them?' Participants in an accompanying debate agreed that there had lately been an upturn in the way that high- rise housing was perceived, and speculated why. But, at the nadir of their fortunes in the 1970s and 1980s, one artist in the exhibition - David Hepher, head of painting at the Slade - took tower blocks as his subject and he still paints them now.
  • Environmental choice

    bre has completed the first phase of a system of environmental profiles for building materials and components that will help specifiers make green choices. While the report* on the profiling methodology will be of most interest to the specialist, its general significance is the consensus it represents. Having established the methodology, bre is working with 24 trade associations to arrive at sectoral views (profiles) of life-cycle energy and environmental impacts for 33 common materials and c
  • Environmental norm

    Stride Treglown has designed an office at Temple Quay in its home city of Bristol for the detr which it believes should, by its very anonymity, determine the future of green buildings. Currently under construction , the building will provide 13,000m2 of office space which, the architect claims, 'challenges conventional images of green buildings'. If the new orthodoxy comprises brises-soleil and wind towers, then this is a very quiet, and relatively inexpensive version. The building relies on
  • Environmental profiles database


  • EP picks six for Woolwich footbridge competition

    A controversial footbridge plan in London that was ditched last year is back on course with six top architects battling to land the job.
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    The last line was omitted from last week's People page (aj 4.3.99). The full sentence should have read: 'Yet cp&b's expressive modern architecture has enriched London and Leeds, and is finally being recognised for its contribution to a humanistic tradition of urban building.'
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  • Errors of omission HARRY CHARRINGTON Alvar Aalto: Towards a Human Modernism Edited by Winfried Nerdinger. Prestel, 1999. 168pp. £19.95. (Distributor 01403 710851)

    Alvar Aalto: Towards a Human Modernism is a selection of papers given at conferences in Munich and Essen last year as part of the Aalto centenary celebrations. Its stated aims are 'to examine more closely the works of Aalto' and 'to study his work and influence in an international context'.
  • Escape from mythologised space

    Writers invent and evoke worlds of the imagination, but they also play an important role in constructing and defining the identity of the real-life, physical places they write about. The increasingly ubiquitous Iain Sinclair is one of a number of contemporary British authors who have established reputations for their writing about, or inspired by, the physical fabric of London and its history, and he has even been credited with having some responsibility, through his books, for the current re

  • Europan 5 chooses England winners

    Europan 5, a major Europe-wide competition for architects under 40 to overhaul run-down urban wastelands, has chosen the winners for two English sites.

    The Europa Nostra Awards are calling for entries for this year's event. The awards highlight restorations, new buildings in conservation areas, parks and gardens. Entry deadline is 1 June 1999. Europa Nostra, The Hague, NL, 00 31 703 560 333.
  • Evans & Sutherland

    It's no surprise that a company recognised as the inventor of 3D graphics and simulation would be at the centre of the explosive growth of high- performance 3D graphics on the Windows NT platform.

    Ever Edge is a permanent low-maintenance solution to the problem of edging lawns, drives, flower beds and vegetable plots. Once Ever Edge is installed, edges can be mown, cutting out back-breaking handwork. The galvanised mild steel is coated with a corrosion-resistant finish, is maintenance free, and flexible to accommodate curves and right angles. It has a patented locking system.
  • Every which way

    It was Adolf Loos who first drew attention to the compatibility of discreet, fine-quality clothes, and discreet, fine-quality buildings. But even such a determined self-publicist might have balked at modelling garments himself. Not so, of course, our young, thrusting architects who have grown up since professional codes of conduct have disappeared. Arena and fashion co-ordinator Debra Bourne persuaded Tom Croft, Jonathan McDowell and Renato Benedetti, Simon Allford, Spencer Fung, Alex de Rijk
  • Evolution not revolution in RIBA/ARB validation

  • Examining the evidence

    Designing the City:Towards a More Sustainable Urban Form By Hildebrand Frey.E & FN Spon,1999.148pp.

  • Excuse me, but I'm no nonentity

  • Exhibition goes on-line to keep you up to date

    Interbuild 2000 is now live on the world wide web in its new bigger and better format.
  • Exhibition halls are filling with big industry names

    Interbuild 2000 has more than 975 companies committed to the exhibition. Sold and reserved space already amounts to 132 per cent of the space taken at the Interbuild 97 exhibition.
  • Exhibition is worth a persevering read


    Here and Now: Fred Sandback
  • EXHIBITIONS Decade that calls for a sharper critique

    JEREMY MELVIN Modern Britain 1929-1939 At the Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 until 6 June
  • EXHIBITIONS Polite presentation of provocative works DAVID WILD Zang Tumb Tumb: The Futurist Graphic Revolution At the Estorick Collection, 39a Canonbury Square, London N1 until 12 April

    'Zang Tumb Tumb' is the title of a small but important exhibition of Italian Futurist graphics in the ground floor of the handsomely converted Canonbury villa that houses the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art. The exhibition has been managed on a shoestring budget: book, newspaper and manifesto pages in basic but appropiately coloured frames from Ikea, and simple display cabinets. It is enlivened by paintings and, in the first room, the voice and discordant piano of Marinetti himself
  • Experience of 'Open Practice', part of Architecture Week, provided pointers to the best ways of informing the public and winning clients Opening your practice

    Architecture Week (12-19 November 1998), initiated for the second year by the Arts Council of England, saw more than 80 architectural practices taking part in 'Open Practice', a rare chance for the public to see behind the scenes of an architect's office. The number of architects had increased significantly on the previous year and the geographic location of practices spread as far as Scotland. The response from both architects and public was positive, and should result in the event growing i
  • Explanation of cost summary

    This cost analysis gives building costs not only in the usual element- grouped way, but also in a classification by 'project parts'. This classification shows the amounts for dwelling area, traffic area, storage area, substructure, roofs etc, thus providing more insight on costs according to function and form. In this way it is possible to illustrate and check conclusions on costing in terms of a design and build programme.
  • Exploring intuition JEREMY MELVIN Frank Gehry at the Soane At Sir John Soane's Museum, 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2 until 19 June

    If anyone categorised architectural personalities in the way Buddhists do souls, 'intuitiveness' would surely be the equivalent of 'nirvana'. It is the most frequent accolade for Frank Gehry, and bearing it out demands little of the critic. Indeterminate, squiggly lined drawings tend to suggest intuitiveness, and Gehry does those in abundance. The show at the Soane (cut down from a much larger one at the Louisiana, Copenhagen) presents a sample of these drawings, several models and a few chai
  • Exposed surface

    Radiative and convective cooling of space by flat, profiled or coffered exposed surface (normally soffit)
  • Extending the Mile

    To Edinburgh to witness the new William Younger Centre by Michael Hopkins and Partners (opened by the Queen, Donald Dewar and Chris Smith), and to experience a welter of construction activity going on in the city. Lothian and Edinburgh Enterprise Limited, my host, says that now its £150 million plan to revitalise the Old Town is under way prices are going through the roof on what was formerly the poor relation to the higher end of the Royal Mile. And since leel 'won the coconut' of the P
  • External appearance

    House style
  • Extra cash means new staff member for press office

    riba council news
  • Eye on the environment Andrew Cross, director of the Landscape Foundation, intends to give it a new sense of purpose and urgency


    Waterloo and Elephant and Castle are emerging as the most neglected areas in the capital, voted for by Londoners in Operation Eyesore. , where Londoners vote for the worst neglected areas in the capital - Waterloo and Elephant and Castle.

  • Facing up to the challenges the next century will offer our profession

    Taking as his text the Parable of the Talents, Malcolm Porter, an architect and lay-preacher, recently argued that Christians have a duty to use their skills appropriately. He proffered a challenging question which we, as a profession, might usefully ponder as we celebrate the final Christmas of the twentieth century: are we using our expertise in the best interests of our clients and the community?
  • Fall in line with DDA this autumn The implementation of Part III of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 this month has major implications for architects

    Accessibility relates both to how buildings are designed and built and also to how they are operated, managed and maintained. The guidance in Part M of the Building Regulations 1999 and in the Department for Education and Employment (dfee) 1997 Constructional Standards is thus outweighed by the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act (dda), whether or not construction is taking place.

    Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater is set to have holes drilled into its overhanging concrete to stop it crumbling into cascading water below. Steel cables will be threaded through the concrete and tensioned for strength.
  • Fame at last


    Brikel, a upvc multi-purpose fencing system launched by engineering inventor Brian Kelly, is claimed to be weather-resistant, easy to assemble and maintenance-free., It is marketed by ES Systems in Rothersthorpe, Northants.
  • Farewell to an Idea


  • Farrell conquers US


  • Farrell explores the art of the possible

    Terry Farrell & Partners has ushered light and colour into a 'pauper's palace' , with a daring design of wall breaks and floor voids transforming an orphanage hospital.
  • Fashion followers

    There are still those who claim architecture has nothing to do with fashion. May I direct them to the Oxford School of Architecture summer show on Friday evening? It is being opened by model and rock companion Yasmin le Bon.
  • Fashion statement

    Anew line in T-shirts comes just in time for the summer from fashion label Jigsaw. The design depicts the hard-edged, neo-Corbusian Alton West estate in Roehampton. Who says architecture has nothing to do with fashion?
  • Fashion victim

    Quite apart from his elevation to the peerage, Lord Foster (of Barcelona, Berlin, Bush House?) is the only architect to feature in the line-up of candidates for Lifetime Achievement in GQ's Man of the Year Award. There are others with architectural connections, however: client-from- hell Liz Hurley ('Services to Mankind'), Harry Handelsman of the Manhattan Loft Company under 'Entrepreneurs', and Damon Albarn featuring twice in the 'Most Stylish' and 'Most Alluring Men' sections, something whi
  • Fashion, retail and architecture signify the new culture

    One of the most interesting and complicated things happening at the end of our century is the way in which the fashion industry, an elite outfit that once treated the word 'retail' with the scorn designers reserve for the word 'copy', has been taken over by retailers. Even more interesting is the way that these retailers are now starting to buy up architecture as well. Most interesting of all is the final twist, in which all three - fashion, retail and architecture - are becoming the new deno
  • Fashioning the future

    Review: Future Systems by Marcus Field.Phaidon,1999.208pp.£35
  • Fat explores the issues with gallery installation

    Iconoclastic practice Fat has designed an installation for a new gallery, studio 9, in Fashion Street off East London's Brick Lane. Called 'Landscape with Interior no 1', the installation is based on a large oil painting, using a variety of styles to 'explore issues including taste, authenticity, style, popular culture, experience and the relationship between imagined, mediated, and 'real' space'. Trompe l'oeil architectural features also form part of the installation. The exhibition runs fro
  • Fears for accountability in 'local choice' planning

    Government proposals are afoot to wrench powers from planning committees in favour of a ruling elite of councillors who may be secretive and non- accountable, experts warned this week.

    Bauhaus veteran Andreas Feininger has died aged 92. He joined the school in 1922, and qualified as an architect in the late 1920s. He worked with Le Corbusier in 1932, a year before fleeing the Nazis. After a spell in Sweden he moved to the us and by 1941 was a photo-journalist for Life magazine. Much of his later years were spent writing. His 1939 book New Paths in Photography is still seen as a classic Modernist tract on photo- techniques.
  • Ferguson launches rival to Arup's Bristol proposal

  • Ferit Kuyas: Industrial Interiors

    Edition Stemmle, 1999. 120pp. £50. (Distributor Art Books International 0171 720 1503)

    Culture minister Alan Howarth has listed a fountain and adjoining walls on a factory in Leamington Spa. The 'Miranda' at the Lockheed Factory, a rare survivor from the Festival of Britain, by Arthur Fleischmann, was moved from the Pleasure Gardens at Battersea Park in 1951. He also listed the White Fox Lodge, Udimore, East Sussex, by John Schwerdt and the Church of St Margaret of Scotland, Richmond upon Thames by Austin Winkley of Williams and Winkley. All three were listed Grade II.
  • Fields of dreams

    prp Architects has won planning consent for an £8.6 million masterplan for 140 new homes on the Limehouse Fields estate in Stepney, East London. Work starts in June for a 2000 finish.
  • Fifty years young

    A splendid celebration at the weekend marked the 50th anniversary of the Lubetkin/Tecton Spa Green Estate in Islington, opposite the AJ offices. The Mayor of Islington cut a cake made in the shape of the three blocks, with an appropriate reference to Lubetkin's remark about architecture turning into a minor branch of ornamental pastry-making. Organised by the residents' association (leading light Emanuell Morgan), the party included several of the original inhabitants, the oldest of whom is n
  • Final call

    Entries for the British Construction Industry Awards 1999 must be received by Friday 28 May. Awards will be in six categories: small project, building, civil engineering, major project, international and best practice. Entry forms from Sue Ormsby, tel 0171 665 2302, fax 0171 233 1743.

  • Final three RIBA candidates hit the campaign trail

  • Financial compensation wraps up Rodwell incident

    Wronged Edinburgh architect Dennis Rodwell has accepted financial compensation from the rias, bringing to an end a dispute dating from his suspension by rias Council in September 1995 for five years for dishonourable conduct, a suspension which the rias itself has since agreed was wrong. Under a confidentiality agreement, neither side would disclose the size of the settlement, but it is thought to be considerably more than the £25,000 which Rodwell was offered last summer and dismissed a
  • Finch fall-out: ARB must be 'the architect's friend'

    The arb must make a fresh start on working more collaboratively with the riba on discipline and education and begin to stand up for architects by lobbying the public to use them more.
  • Find your guinea pigs in the marketplace

  • Finding candidates for sainthood

  • Finding future urban form JOE HOLYOAK Building the 21st Century Home: The Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood by David Rudin and Nicholas Falk. Architectural Press (Butterworth-Heinemann), 1998. 288pp. &#

  • finding god in the details

    Julian Harrap is no advocate of conservation at any cost. His approach to historic buildings requires considerable design skills, and his care over the little things does not negate his concern for wider issues
  • Finding the art of brick - with a tungsten chisel

    VIEWPOINT: Richard Kindersley - Sculptor
  • Finishing school

  • fiona maccarthy

    a life in architecture
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  • Fire-protection methods in article not standard

  • First and last

    Astragal's Lenten Thought: Mikhail Gorbachev, who recently celebrated his 68th birthday, went to the inauguration of the Bet Gabriel Culture and Peace Centre, by Ulrik Plesner and Dan Wajnman, with Arthur Spector and Micha Amisar, in the unlikely location of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel. Making Marx turn in his grave, but belying the Left's reputation for a lack of humour, Gorby declared: 'I came the same route as Jesus. But he came as the world's first communist and I come as the la
  • First estimates to blame for MI6 HQ cost discrepancy

  • First Prize (£5,000) - ECD ArchitectsNigel Craddock and Lynne Sullivan

    This scheme makes optimal use of a riverside site by constructing four six-storey 'turret' blocks along the edge of the river, with two- storey terraces elsewhere. Taller buildings in this location create little overshadowing, and ensure that a substantial proportion of the inside of the site can be released for productive landscape use. The proposal achieved a density of 240 habitable rooms per hectare, partly by the use of high-rise buildings and partly by restricting car access to the east

  • Fishy business

    Award-winning restaurant designer Julyan Wickham is in hot water with Southwark Cathedral over the appearance of the excellent Fish restaurant in the adjacent Borough Market. A little matter of external air-conditioning units, and whether or not they were included in the planning permission, has ruffled feathers in the Anglican dovecotes, not to say among the disciplinarians in Southwark Council's development control department. Perhaps the problem can be sorted out with a few loaves.
  • Five-storey timber frame for University of Wales

  • Flair without flares

    An excellent party chez Jeremy and Jill Lever following the first day of the 20th Century Society's 1970s conference. I notice Mary Stirling, Jeremy Dixon and Julia Somerville, Robert Maxwell and Celia Scott, Andreas Papadakis and Sheila de Vallee, and Bevis Hillier among the guests at the house off Ladbroke Grove. Spectacular upper floor views include an uninterrupted vista towards Erno Goldfinger's Trellick Tower. Naturally I find James Dunnett deep in contemplation of this object. The rest

    Stock Woolstencroft has won planning permission to convert a nine-storey London office block - dubbed one of Newham's top 10 eyesores - into 71 flats. The Forest Gate building will be clad in metal, cedar and render and two storeys will be built on top for duplex apartments. Building starts in July for a spring 2000 finish, with costs of around £3 million.
  • Fletcher Priest

  • Fletcher Priest Architects

    Fletcher Priest Architects has unleashed a 'reign of terra' in Newbury, Berkshire, for its controversial hq for Vodafone. The eight offices around a lake in a shallow greenfield valley will be faced in terracotta, glass and cedar. The 52,000m2 complex will be linked by tented canopies and a glass bridge. It will include cafes and a jogging track, and in total will cost around £120 million. The 3400-staff design, blasted by the Council for the Protection of Rural England, was approved las

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  • Florida Southern College

  • Follow the supermodel off the catwalk to find the path to success

    Christy Turlington was only 14, and still wearing braces on her teeth, when she was spotted by a California photographer. The rest is legend: surrendering her dream of becoming an architect, she signed up with an agency at 17, and was immediately launched into the modelling stratosphere alongside Naomi Campbell with whom she shared an apartment.
  • Following the glass staircase . .

    There is a part of London's Notting Hill which looked like a film set long before the neighbourhood became synonymous with movie-land. The terraced houses which line the streets immediately south of Notting Hill Gate are painted in sugar-candy colours, lending a bohemian air to what are otherwise ordinary Georgian houses. A little too ordinary for Alan Power Architects' client, a design-conscious couple who chose Power from a selection recommended by the riba Client Advisory Service, and turn
  • Folly de grandeur

    Sir John Soane's Museum is staring ruin in the face with its forthcoming exhibition. After its excursion into modernism with the highly successful Gehry exhibition, it is plunging back into romanticism with an exhibition called 'Visions of Ruin - architectural fantasies and designs for garden follies', opening on 2 July. This both harks back to Soane himself, who created a mock-ruin in the garden at Lincoln's Inn Fields, and looks at contemporary follies, including one by Terry Nichoson at th

    A 20m2-high tent by London architects S&P has been built at the Freeport Designer Outlet Village, also designed by the architects and due for opening this August. The 2000m2, 12 tonne tent near Castleford will be a restaurant for the 150-shop village costing £23 million.
  • Football comes home to a new-look Wembley

    The raised deck for occasional athletics events in Foster and Partners' and hok Lobb's £475 million designs for the new national stadium at Wembley will cost £15 million and take six months to erect every time it is used.
  • Footnotes

    1. Andrew Saint, Richard Norman Shaw. Yale University Press, 1976, p187
  • For flexible modelling

    Form.Z is an ideal tool for architectural visualisation, and the long-awaited version 3.0 brings new organic modelling tools and basic animation fuctionality - as well as tweaks and bug fixes. We look at what it has to offer
  • 'For the inexperience client, d&b appears the easy option'

    technical & practice: Update on design and build This month's special report looks at the changing shape of design and build and its implications for design and practice
  • Forgetting the third dimension

    While much of the technology covered in Architech is discussed in terms of bringing your designs to life in 3D, many architects are still working with 2D drawings and are happy to do so. For many applications, 2D works well and should not be dismissed just because the visual results are less impressive than a fully rendered model

  • Forza Zaha!

  • Foster and Farrell buildings in Tower of London delay

  • Foster and Partners' passenger terminal at Chek Lap Kok airport in Hong Kong

    Foster and Partners' passenger terminal at Chek Lap Kok airport in Hong Kong (above left) and kpf's Thames Court offices in the City of London (above right) are the two overall winners of the Structural Steel Design Awards this week. The terminal boasts a 'noble and elegant' multi-bay steel lattice barrel-vault roof which is one of the largest in the world, according to judges. Thames Court's use of steel, meanwhile, is a 'tour de force' providing a high-quality working environment. Sheppard
  • Foster and Rogers square up at Elephant and Castle

    Old rivals Foster and Partners and the Richard Rogers Partnership are set to battle it out in the developer/architect competition to redevelop the Elephant and Castle area in Southwark, south London.
  • Foster axes 'circus tent' look and opts for Wembley arch

  • Foster backlash masks real issues behind the People's Choice award

  • Foster gives gla building a radical rethink

    Foster and Partners has completed a radical reworking of its design for the Greater London Authority hq, just in time for submission of the planning application yesterday (Wednesday). It has been refining the design since winning the competition with a proposal which was still at a relatively schematic stage. But it is only recently that the design reached a point at which the office felt that it would benefit from a fundamental re-think - something which few offices, not having Foster's reso
  • Foster makes third attempt at building for the bbc

  • Foster puts curves into City of London offices

    Foster and Partners has unveiled its design for Moor House at 119 London Wall, with its sweep of glass described as 'breathtakingly wonderful' by the Corporation of London.

    Foster and Partners has redesigned its Greater London Authority headquarters building and submitted its planning application yesterday (Wednesday). The redesigned building includes a public viewing gallery and replacement of the original 'fencing mask' facade with a more omni-directional design (see News in Pictures, pages 6 and 7).
  • Foster scores second goal in a week with Wembley

    Foster and Partners and hok Lobb were set to unveil final designs for Wembley, the English National Stadium, today at a launch to be attended by Culture Secretary Chris Smith and soccer supremo Ken Bates.

    Foster and Partners is to present its tall office-block design for the insurer Swiss Re to the Royal Fine Art Commission this morning (Thursday). The design for more than 1500 staff will stand on the site originally proposed for Foster's London Millennium Tower. However this design is said to be smaller than the nearby Tower 42, the former Nat West Tower, which is - unsurprisingly - 42 storeys high. A planning application was due late last night or today. The site is the former Baltic Exchang
  • Fostering management talent

    Foster and Partners' Faculty of Management at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, unites nature and academe with an over-arching steel roof
  • Foster's and Future Systems vie for Paris museum design

  • Foster's City tour de force

    Foster and Partners has tried again on the former Baltic Exchange site in the City of London with this 179.8m curvaceous tower headquarters for reinsurance firm Swiss Re (aj 22.07.99).
  • Foster's Reichstag opens to general acclaim

    Foster & Partners’ rebuilt and remodelled Reichstag building in Berlin opened to general acclaim this week, but not entirely without controversy
  • 'Foster's thinks grey is a colour'

    'Foster's thinks grey is a colour' - an old jibe, but one which, perhaps, contained a grain of truth at a time when the work of the Foster office was heading towards refinement and attenuation at the expense of expressive drama. The results can be seen in a projects of the late 1980s and early 90s. By its nature, High-Tech architecture - the category in which Norman Foster's work used to be bracketed (to his irritation) - celebrated fine materials: steel and other metals, concrete and glass.
  • Foster's trounced

    Orms's six-a-side football team beat rivals from Foster and Partners last week in the semi-finals of the hotly contested Foster Cup. orms, nicknamed EC1, beat Foster's (Team 6) 3-2, in a replay after last week's tense 2-2 draw. EC1 now meets Nicholas Grimshaw's team in the final tonight. Grimshaw's has the best goal difference in the two leagues - hammeringthe aj team 11-1 along the way.
  • Foster's wind power


    The Architecture Foundation is advertising for a projects director and gallery/exhibition co-ordinator to replace staff who are leaving. Projects director Cathryn Firth is moving to work for Ricky Burdett at the lse and Emily Cruz is going freelance. The jobs are due to start late summer.
  • Foundation furthers

  • Foundation takes Roadshow to Prescott's backyard

  • Foundation: school designers must try harder

    The Architecture Foundation has published details of a design initiative for secondary schools modelled on work done originally by Dominic Cullinan Architects and Elden Croy Architects (aj 25.2.99).
  • Founding member

    Overheard at the annual Commonwealth Day beano,held at Commonwealth House:
  • Four big names fight it out in Newham marshes

    The four architects fighting it out in a competition to stop the rot on one of Europe's biggest development sites, 400ha of marshes and derelict factories, go public next week.
  • Four chosen for 'millennium post' street furniture award

    Four finalists have been chosen for an international street-furniture design competition, based on the idea of a 'millennium post', with entries ranging from skeletal frames to it masts. Judges for the Westminster Council competition included Lord Snowdon, Eva Jiricna and Chris Wilkinson.

  • Four schemes get in before Arts Council policy shift

  • Four-letter words are architecturally 'useful'


    Fourneaux de France introduces the latest addition to the Lacanche collection of high-performance cookers - the Lacanche Moderne. Devoid of unnecessary frills and gimmicks, the Moderne sets the standard for what 'real' range cookers should be about. Sharing the attributes of its predecessor, the Lacanche Cluny - power, performance, reliability, controllability and durability - the Moderne features the minimalist styling and sleek finish demanded by contemporary kitchen designs.
  • Frank Gehry's first exhibition

    Frank Gehry's first exhibition - and the first by any living architect at this venue - is set to open at London's Sir John Soane Museum early next month. The show, from 7 May to 19 June, will include worktables from the Canadian's Santa Montica office cluttered with sketches, computer visualisations and the multi-coloured process models he uses to create designs in metal, wood, silver foil, paper and glass. Gehry-designed chairs will replace those designed by the Drawing Room by Soane himself
  • Frank speaking

    Two great museums meeting one another is the underlying theme of a forthcoming exhibition at the Soane Museum, from 7 May until 19 June. Frank Gehry has himself specially selected 20 drawings to go into the exquisite Eva Jiricna-designed gallery in the museum - ten of Bilbao and ten of earlier projects. Models will also be on display. The Great Frank is the first living architect to show at the Soane - since, at least, the death of Sir John himself in 1837, and it is a rare chance to see his
  • Free access to V&A

    All members of the RIBA will be able to visit the Victoria & Albert museum for free from the start of 2000. Council has authorised £10,000 from its budget to make this possible. This is part of the accord covering the move of the special collections to the V&A and treasurer Colin James described it in his report to council 'both as a member benefit and also as a means of building our collaborative relationship with the V&A.'
  • Free for AJ readers: Stephen Wiltshire 2000 calendar


    Stephenson/Bell is putting the final touches to its hotel design for the highly controversial Manchester Free Trade Hall site, held up for a year after the government scuppered a previous scheme. The five-star hotel with 200 beds will cost around £20 million to build behind the Grade II* listed building. The two buildings will be joined by a multistorey glass entrance lobby. The original idea, for a 20-storey hotel, was called in after the council failed to seek alternative bids.
  • Fresh (f)ears on mobile phones

    NMEC Millennium Magazine, May 99
  • Fresh ideas on housing are now a necessity


    Kohn Pedersen Fox has gone in for detailed planning with a £20 million redevelopment of a Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society's building near Covent Garden. The Long Acre scheme will have six floors, 1000m2 of office space and 1000m2 of shop space behind a glass, stone and bronze front. Building is due to start in spring next year.
  • From CABE to ARB?

  • From 'micro' to 'macro'

  • From now on, a different view of the Temple

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  • From pictures to projects

    technical & practice
  • From the sensible to 'insanity' since the 60s

  • Full of environmental promise

    bco conference

    The government is to explore streamlining ways of identifying, commissioning and disseminating construction research. It will look at improving links between academia and industry and prioritise jointly funded projects.

    Brighton and Hove Council has shortlisted three consortia to build a £20million PFI library in Brighton. Bennetts Associates is in one team with Norwich Union, hbg, and Mace; Developer Rotch is another, with Tarmac, and RH Partnership is in another, us team. East Sussex County Council designed a library scheme for the site but it was thrown out at planning stage.
  • Funding crisis hits Wales Millennium Centre


    Will Alsop, Peter York and Professor Christopher Frayling will give a light-hearted and humorous analysis of twentieth-century art and design on 15 May at 18.00. The free event at Spectrum 99, Commonwealth Institute, Kensington High Street, is by ticket only. csd 0171 831 9777 or Spectrum hotline 01203 426496.
  • Furnishing an answer JOHNNY RODGER Mies van der Rohe Architecture and Design in Stuttgart, Barcelona, Brno At the Burrell Collection, Pollok Country Park, Glasgow until 29 August

    'Friendship is a social expedient, like upholstery,' wrote Beckett in his small volume on Proust. That sentiment might equally have been uttered by Mies van der Rohe if the power-hungry loner represented in the biographies is a realistic portrait. As for his views on furniture design, we all think we know what they were, and as is typical for any Mies endeavour they are summed up in a catch-phrase: 'standardisation and rationalisation'.
  • Furniture competition

    The Edward Marshall Trust and the Earth Centre are inviting architects and design professionals to enter an outdoor-furniture competition. It is open to European architects and the winner or winners will be given £40,000 to design their creation. The deadline for entries is 7 December and a winner will be chosen in April. Details from Hilary Welch at the trust, tel 01483 570801, or
  • Fusing science with art IAIN BORDEN Gyroscopic Horizons By Neil M Denari. Thames & Hudson, 1999. 224pp. £24.95

  • Futile but in fashion

    technical & practice: JEREMY MELVIN Manifesto: Fifty Years of British Radicals At the riba, 66 Portland Place, London W1 until 28 August

    Future Systems is the subject of one of four new exhibitions at Manchester's Centre for Understanding of the Built Environment. On show will be winning entries from the Britannia Basin competition; 'Give Battle in Vain', debunking Cold War strategies, and Cube[e*]volution by Fresco Communication, about the Cube Gallery itself. Details 0161 237 5525. All run from 9 April- 28 May.

    Former aj buildings editor Marcus Field has written Future Systems, the first monograph tracing the entire career of the firm and including more than 30 recent projects. Architect Jan Kaplicky did design work for the £35 hardback from Phaidon Press.

    eh's draft consultation paper 'Enabling development and the conservation of historic assets' aims to stamp out unsympathetic development. It wants schemes to retain integrity of heritage assets and ensure public gain outweighs loss. Free copies, 0171 973 3434.
  • Gale hits town

    The Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard summed it all up in a screaming front-page lead headline: 'Action group plans spark rift'. This was the result of a 48-hour 'planning for real' weekend exercise in the Roman town of Cirencester. Prompted by enterprising local group Action Cirencester and its chairman Edward Westo, the weekend was masterminded by Adrian Gale. The proposals were good, and in some cases brilliant. The review committee was chaired by Paul Finch and included Hal Moggridge, An
  • Gallery light tower proves too modern for Edinburgh

  • Gambling on a new image By Paul Davies Photographs by Ed Reeve and Lawrence Bragg

    'The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning. Then the soil erosion produced by high gambling - a compost of greed and fear and nervous tension - becomes unbearable, and the senses awake and revolt from it.' So run the opening lines of Casino Royale; the beginning of James Bond.
  • Game, set and matched to a favourite haun

  • Gammond Evans Crichton

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    Lyons + Sleeman + Hoare has drawn up an £8 million masterplan for London's Covent Garden. The improvement scheme will add more retail space, improve sitting areas and provide new lighting and signs to the Grade II-listed market building. The masterplan was prepared with agent cb Hillier Parker. A planning application goes in on Friday, and work is due to start next year.
  • Garden suburb

    Insight of the week: Poundbury will be to Dorchester what Hampstead is to London. So said the Prince of Wales in a recent speech, meaning that it would be clearly its own community but part of a whole. Presumably he doesn't want it to fill up with subversive left-wing intellectuals, bent on overthrowing reactionary power structures and voting for Glenda Jackson. Meanwhile the Prince's new institute comes on apace to designs by Matthew Lloyd for a warehouse in Shoreditch.

    WS Atkins Architects is to provide the design for a major PFI contract for Ministry of Defence service accommodation at Colchester Garrison. RMPA Services, comprising WS Atkins, Sir Robert McAlpine and Primary Management, has been appointed preferred bidder for the £900 million project, which encompasses the replacement of almost the entire garrison with modern facilities.
  • Gehry building to become France's cinema museum

    Frank Gehry's defunct American centre in Paris is to be transformed into a high-tech museum of cinema by France's arts administration (epmotc) via a new competition. The 12,000m2 building will be transformed into the long-planned 'Maison de Cinema' at a total cost of ff160 million. Competition deadline is 21 April; details from Mme Pouchard, 0033 1 53 728928.


  • Gender-minded


    More than half of 155 landowners surveyed for the rics encouraged redevelopment of their vacant land or obsolete property. The report, by University of Aberdeen, said landowners reluctant to sell land may delay regeneration. However, the state intervened in only 5 per cent of cases of ownership constraint.
  • Geoffey Reid Associates joins design superleague

    Geoffrey Reid Associates has bought John R Harris Architects to pool resources, exchange expertise and become a major international player with more than 275 staff worldwide.
  • Geometry of Miracles

    At the secc, Glasgow, from 30 March-3 April and at the National Theatre, London, from 14-24 April

  • Georgian Group pokes holes in Somerset House canopies

    The full revitalisation of Grade I listed Somerset House in the Strand moved a step closer last week after Westminster City Council granted conditional permission and conditional listed-building consent to a scheme to build canopies on the building's river terrace and a pedestrian bridge link from the terrace to Waterloo Bridge. But the Georgian Group has strongly attacked the plans, by the partnership Jeremy Dixon.Edward Jones, branding them 'seriously flawed' and liable to detract from the
  • Germans change tune on Foster's Reichstag

  • Get on with it

    Thought for the Day: why did none of the normally erudite panellists on Radio 4's Brain of Britain quiz know which European city had been awarded the riba's Gold Medal this year? (It was, of course, Barcelona). Getting a message across is tough. I hope the institute is making proper arrangements for the Stirling Prize being held in Glasgow, especially after last year's shambles. Why have no invitations been sent out, especially when the tickets for the bash, in Glasgow's Kelvingrove, are 
  • Get thee behind me, casino, say Bristol clergy

    Bristol Cathedral is waging war against a major Arup Associates design on its doorstep by urging the government to call it in.
  • Getting a better deal by buying buildings in the private sector

    Satire will never be better evidenced than in the headline 'Cock Robin Goes North' - the mischievous commentary on Cook's decision to take Gaynor to Scotland. Sensationalism and conciseness are also hallmarks of tabloid journalism, as in the brilliant '170 mph Schudini' headline following Michael Schumacher's escape of serious injury at Silverstone last Saturday.
  • Getting contractors to do the job properly is no joke

    legal matters
  • Getting it right about Building Regulations

  • Getting other, not better The architectural profession was set on a false path in 1958. We must avoid this happening again

  • Getting the best out of planners

    Architects will get the best results from planning authoritiesif they know their subject and their own strengths
  • Getting the flue bug rmjm's

    bco conference
  • Getting things done

  • Getting to grips with formlessness

    martin pawley
  • Getting your fees paid may not always be straightforward . . .

    Exasperated by the continuing failure of my client to respond to my letters demanding payment, I decided late one evening to go and see him. It is some 20 years ago now, but I remember it all well.
  • Getting your measure Following the targets set by the Egan Report, BRE has developed indicators for measuring construction projects

    technical & practice
  • Gillespies looks to sort out Oxford

  • Gimme shelter

    An unusual spatial experience for Keith Williams of Pawson Williams, on his recent Caribbean yacht holiday with companion Vanessa: they were hit by Hurricane Jose as it clobbered Antigua and were forced to take refuge in the smallest room they could find. As a masonry box, it was probably the safest place in the apartment.
  • Gino Severini: From Futurism to Classicism

    At the Estorick Collection, 39a Canonbury Square, London N1 until 9 January; the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, from 18 January - 3 March; and the GravesArt Gallery, Sheffield, 11 March - 24 April
  • Giulio Romano

    Edited by Manfredo Tafuri, translated by Fabio Barry. Cambridge University Press, 1998. 338pp. £75
  • Giving credit for plans for Whitefield School

  • Giving in to planners can get you into serious trouble

    A claim for negligence against a design and build contractor resulted in a substantial payment by its pi insurers last week. It provides a sobering lesson for us all.

    The winner of the head-to-head battle to build the new gla headquarters is due to be announced at the end of this week, via a parliamentary answer, according to the gol. The clever money is on Foster and Partners' London Bridge City scheme.
  • Glasgow 1999 sets record straight - the year's no flop!


    Homes for the Future is a Glasgow 1999 initiative which aims to provide 300 innovative city-centre homes by 2005. David Page, joint masterplanner with Arup Associates, outlines some of the ideas behind the project, arguing that it will bring population ba

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  • Glasgow boxes clever with new youth theatre

    Gordon Murray + Alan Dunlop Architects has designed a new home for the Scottish Youth Theatre at Cowcaddens in the north of Glasgow. Sited near to other cultural buildings, including The Theatre Royal, The Piping Centre and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the theatre will contribute to the regeneration and expansion of this part of the city.

    Designer Marc Newson will talk on his work on 28 April to kick off his show at the McLellan Galleries, 30 April to 19 June, for Glasgow 1999. He has designed furniture, interiors and household goods. Tickets cost £4.25, 0141 332 8128.
  • Glasgow determined to demolish Thomson offices

    Big names are fighting to keep bulldozers off a building worked on by one-time tenant 19th-century architect Alexander 'Greek' Thomson.
  • Glasgow frolics

  • Glasgow fulfils high expectations

  • Glasgow glee

    A consortium headed by exhibition consultant Neil Baxter Associates has won a competitive interview to manage a Heritage Lottery submission for the refurbishment and reinterpretation of Glasgow's Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery. Cost of the project is approximately £12 million. The winning consortium includes architect Page and Park, Ove Arup and Partners (Economics and Planning), and surveyor R M Neilson and Partners.
  • Glasgow is grateful to the Arts Council


    Frank Gehry is the number one choice of Glaswegians to design a landmark for the city, say Glasgow 1999 visitors to the 'Architecture and Democracy' exhibition at the McLellan Galleries. Nearly 40 per cent of the 4000 voters went for Gehry, 20 per cent for IM Pei and 18 for Daniel Libeskind.
  • Glasgow severs ties with Horden on Millenium Tower

    There is no chance of a reconciliation between Richard Horden Associates and the promoters of Glasgow's £8.5 million Millennium Tower, following the firm's removal from the project in a dispute over time and cost.

    4 and 5

    Architect: Elder and Cannon (8 and 9) and Rick Mather Architects (10)
  • Glass doors and screens to an office

    working details
  • Glass menagerie

    Wharmby Kozdon has added to London Zoo's architectural menagerie by breaking with tradition and creating a variety of habitat-like spaces to challenge visitors' expectations

    Concept interiors for the 11 show apartments in Glasgow's Homes or the Future exhibition will go on display from 1 July to 24 October. Designed following a survey conducted by Glasgow 1999 of what Glaswegians do and don't like in their homes, the designs include a lightweight transportable room set by Sam Booth, and a lounge chair which can expand into a range of sofas by One Foot Taller. For details contact Glasgow 1999, tel 0141 287 7346.
  • Glittering housing

    The riba was set to hand out its 1999 Housing Design Awards today at a cermony attended by Nick Raynsford, Minister of Construction. Hot tips for two of the four main awards are the Piper Building in Fulham, Lifschutz Davidson's renovation of a former Gas Board building and the Focus Foyer in Birmingham, by Ian Simpson Architects.
  • Globe House offices, London Architect: GMW Architects

    The new offices overlooking the Thames in the Temple area of London are clad with 7000m 2 ofPortland stone-faced cladding panels.The contract was tightly scheduled to effect the earliest possible completion date;Techrete was able to use the combined sites of Brigg and Howth to produce more than 1050 cladding panels to the required deadlines.The cladding was manufactured and installed in eight months.
  • Glorious mud, by fat


  • Glued to the spot

    An unusual method of teaching architecture reaches me from the University of Cincinnati. Yesterday students, in groups of three, were to build eight-foot-long bridges made of organic materials like wood, rope and string. Then they had to stand on it to see if it held up to the challenge. If it did, fellow students were asked to pile on until it did finally succumb. The university says that the best should be able to withstand 160 pounds of architect for every pound of bridge - but expects the

    bdp has won a project to design a genome centre on a research park in Norwich for John Innes Centre and Zeneca Agrochemicals. It will house a genome laboratory, a shared equipment centre, a gene-function laboratory and innovation centre with start-up facilities for small biotech companies. BDP is architect, building services engineer and civil and structural engineer.
  • Gnostic Architecture

    Gnostic Architecture (Monacelli Press, £30) is 'the definitive statement of Eric Owen Moss' design theory'. Gnosticism, I learn, 'allows the architect to transcend the contradictions encountered along the path that is the practice of architecture, so that the architect may rely on internally derived insights.' Ultimately, says Moss, 'an architect's integrity is dependent on his own introverted compass.' As his office (pictured) shows . . .
  • Go and see an excellent role model

  • Godwin Austen Johnson

  • Goes around

  • Gokay Deveci

    Velux Lifetime Housing Design competition
  • Golden Jubilee

    The full splendour of the Jubilee Line becomes more apparent each week, with stations opening well in advance of the Millennium. They look both robust and sparkling at the same time, which must please the conductor of the architectural orchestra which has produced the stations, Roland Paoletti. It is a little known fact that the contracts undertaken by the architects were in fact to do fit-outs of stations already designed; once the project was in place, the full scope of the architectural un
  • Golden moments

    Has Barcelona really won the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture? Apparently the jury took advice and found that it had to go to a named individual or group of people, but interpreted that to include promoters (read clients) as well as designers: very useful for various re-election campaigns currently under way in Barcelona itself. 'Norman was very keen,' a source tells me, and anyway, 'we couldn't give it to Gehry the same year as the aia awarded him its Gold Medal.' It seemed a suitably end-o

  • Goldschmied calls for sustainable cities

    Marco Goldschmied last week became the first riba president to incorporate multimedia into his inaugural address, in which he argued that sustainability was the most important issue for architects as the new century approaches.
  • Goldschmied lays down law to Design Build Foundation

  • Goldschmied makes moves for national Part III exam

    riba president Marco Goldschmied is mobilising the institute to try and create a new standard national examination for Part III students in a bid to lift standards and achieve consistency and relevance.
  • Goldschmied speaks

  • Good architecture does not need style sheets


    The Building Conservation Directory is a guide to suppliers consultants and craftsmen in conservation*. Listings range over lime and thatching, stained glass and measured surveys, and include 100-plus architects. There are specialists too, like bellfounders and subcontractors for mosaic or the exhumation of human remains. In all over 800 organisations are promised for the 1999 edition.
  • Good news for architects

    STEPHEN GREENBERG Monument Builders: Modern Architecture and Death by Edwin Heathcote. Academy Editions (John Wiley), 1998. £50
  • Good news for architects

    Monument Builders: Modern Architecture and Death by Edwin Heathcote. Academy Editions (John Wiley), 1998. £50
  • Good news for architects in camra/EH Pub Design Awards


    Aukett Associates has increased its operating profit by 91 per cent from £328,000 in 1998 to £627,000 this year. It has increased its work done by nearly 70 per cent, with the six months to 31 March 1999 amounting to £6.27 million compared with £3.7 million in the same period last year.
  • Good timing

    W hat a splendid party in the Coq d'Argent restaurant atop James Stirling's No 1 Poultry to mark the impending retirement of ttsp chairman and founding partner John Cossins. A young-looking 60, he has served the firm for an incredible 37 years. He reminded us how many practices had made no provision for the future beyond founding partners. Happily ttsp has brought on younger partners, and its future looks assured after Cossins finally hangs up his T-square at Christmas.
  • 'Good value' arb raises retention fees again

    The Architects Registration Board (arb) is to implement another price hike on its annual retention fee, just over a year since it last asked architects to dig deeper. Following a meeting led by chairwoman Barbara Kelly last week it was agreed that some of the extra cash would be used to supplement refurbishment work costs for the board's offices in Hallam Street, London, and to cover the costs of validation visits to schools of architecture.
  • Got the cream

    Strangest request to the riba press office last week came from the bbc: who was the architect who invented the cat-flap? Or perhaps that should read was it an architect. Any ideas?
  • Government guidance on quality materials

  • Government promises better care of historic stock

    The government has pledged to clean up its act on the 1800 historic buildings it owns with new guidance that puts sensitive care above sale price.
  • Grade I listing proposed for Stirling's Cambridge faculty


  • Grand Hyatt Shanghai

    Grand Hyatt Shanghai, the highest hotel in the world, has just opened. The 555 rooms are on the 53rd to 87th floors of som's 414m, 88-storey Jin Mao Tower, a 'tapering modern interpretation of the pagoda form' which sways 75cm in the wind. The hotel boasts the longest-ever laundry chute, running the height of the block, nine restaurants, a fitness centre and a sky lounge with 360degrees views. The rest of the space consists of 278,000m2 of offices. The client was China Shanghai Foreign Trade
  • Graphics card technology

    No matter how fast your PC, it's your graphics card that affects what you see. Investing in this element of your PC could transform your life.
  • Grateful for Casson's kindly recognition

  • Grave matter

  • Great exhibitions

  • Great to be Greek

    Gavin Stamp's campaign on behalf of Alexander 'Greek' Thomson and his architecture has come to fruition. For years Stamp has argued that Glasgow neglects Thomson's achievements in favour of C R Mackintosh, but a new exhibition and book redress the balance. The exhibition, curated by Stamp and Murray Grigor, inaugurated Glasgow's architecture centre, The Lighthouse, last week (ironically a CRM building, now reworked by Page & Park). Published alongside it is Stamp's beautifully produced Alexan

    Culture secretary Chris Smith has announced a £125 million green lottery plan. Money from the New Opportunities Fund will turn derelict land into playing fields or parks, and be used for new areas of environmental interest.
  • Green house on the small screen

  • Green light for Foster's London Bridge City

    Foster and Partners' detailed masterplan for London Bridge City, which hems in but does not include its curved gla building, has been given the go-ahead by planners, despite fears of that it may create a towering 'canyon' effect.
  • Greenfield developments

    ANDREW MEAD SubUrban Options: Photography Commissions and the Urbanization of the Landscape Nederlands Foto Instituut, 1998. 144pp. £30 (Available from Triangle Bookshop 0171 631 1381)

  • Greenwich means time

    Architect Cristina Garcia has designed a 2.6m-high steel sculpture for London's Royal Greenwich Observatory, the 'home of time'. The Times, which is sponsoring the Meridian Line, also commissioned Garcia, of Kohn Pedersen Fox & Associates, for the sculpture. She is working with 4i graphic designers. The design has a circle and sweeping steel bands that echo the astronomical timepieces in the observatory.
  • Greenwich on track?

  • Greenwich spiral will show off the best of British




    Nicholas Grimshaw has been elected as the new president of what he branded 'the unique force' of the Architectural Association, replacing Sir Michael Hopkins. 'As president I and my council will make it a top priority to secure funds for the AA, to enable it to enrich itself both culturally and financially,' he said. Vice presidents are AJ columnist Paul Hyett and Sunand Prasad. Dennis Sharp topped the poll for ordinary members - the other five newly elected members including Birkin Haward an

    aa council has nominated Nick Grimshaw as its next president, to succeed Michael Hopkins this summer assuming there is no membership challenge. Other nominees for aa office included Paul Hyett and Sunand Prasad (vice- presidents), and Katherine Shonfield (honorary secretary).
  • Grimshaw grows in America

    Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners is extending its portfolio of truly 'green' schemes beyond Cornwall's Eden project with a public centre for the study of plants to be built in St Louis, Missouri, in the usa.
  • Grimshaw in 'battle ofWaterloo'

  • Grimshaw wins £80 million Frankfurt trade fair hall project

  • Groovy babies

  • Ground movement The latest in our occasional series on geotechnics1 looks at how ground movements can affect new building

    Ground movements can arise from two major sources: movements due to ground instability, caused, for example, by slope instability, geological voids, or subsidence due to the collapse of old mineworks; and movements due to a changing stress-state, leading to volume changes within the soil. Dewatering, tree problems or loading of foundations can change stress- states.
  • Ground-breaking millennial projects

    Left and above: Ground-breaking millennial projects neared fruition this week in Greenwich, South London. The New Millennium Experience Company unveiled the 'Rest' zone for the Dome this week (left), designed by the Richard Rogers Partnership. It will feature a bridge passing through the structure and offer a 'wonderfully contemplative environment in which to relax and reflect.' Other zones, page 12. And Chetwood Associates' new Sainsbury's on the peninsula - which aims to cut energy consumpt
  • Grounds for hope

    Good vibrations reach Astragal concerning Rick Mather's South Bank masterplan, now complete enough for a round of consultation and analysis. The big question is whether to keep or demolish the 60s buildings - most consultees so far have expressed a desire for brand-new buildings, but the jury is still out. On two other matters, however, constructive approaches have been adopted. First, the ingenious tunnel scheme devised by aj columnist Paul Hyett is being pursued. This connects the arts comp

  • Growing stylish The quality of exhibits at Landscape 99 shows that landscapes could be more interesting places than they often are BY BARRIE EVANS

    The Landscape 99 exhibition, mostly devoted to hard landscape, included a sharpness of design ideas often missing from the hard landscape designs we see around us. Not on every stand, but evident. Is it just that hard landscapes are designed down to a price or cut back as the project budget gets used up? Often they look like space left over after building rather than achieving a sense of place, as is notable in Barcelona. Lack of source materials is evidently not the problem.
  • Growth in airport traffic increases demand for retail space, and puts pressure on operational facilities, wayfinding and signage Signs of growth at Stansted

    Norman Foster's original concept for Stansted Airport remains intact, but only just. Natural light, space, a supported roof structure that merges into the clouds, the wonder of lighter-than-air machines. It is obvious that the original ambience will not be maintained in the long term. Some years on from its construction there is an atmosphere of change and rapid expansion within the airport as passenger throughput increases and more operational and commercial features are integrated into the
  • Guide to JCT 98

    This is the first in a series of guides to JCT forms of contract, writes David Chappell.

    Westminster council has given detailed planning consent for this £26 million Sheppard Robson redevelopment and extension to Gulf House on London's Oxford Street (pictured). The scheme will provide 10,000m2 of offices, 2000m2 of shops and 27 car parking spaces. The building, which is in a conservation area, will have glass, steel and stone cladding.
  • Guys and girls for Guy's

    Five teams have been shortlisted for an riba competition to design a £32 million children's hospital for Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital, London. They are: kpf Cannon; Anshen Dyer; Skidmore Owings & Merrill; Michael Hopkins and Partners with rkw; and Alsop & Stormer with Whicheloe MacFarlane MDP. A winner for the 13,000m2 block overlooking the River Thames will be chosen in December; work is expected to start immediately. A finish date has not been finalised.

    Eco-friendly housing projects in developed and developing countries could be in line to win £10,000 in the 2000 World Habitat Awards run by the Building and Social Housing Foundation,a UK research institute.Entries must show imaginative and sustainable solutions to housing problems such as homeless accommodation,energy-efficient housing and affordable homes.The winner will be announced next October and the deadline for submissions is 1 July 2000.Contact,01530 510444.
  • Hackney calls for competition for drawings collections


    Four Hackney estates - Morningside, Old Gasgoyne, Old Kingshold and Shore estates - awarded £10 million from the Estates Renewal Challenge Fund will transfer tenancies to a Housing Association.
  • Hackney seeks architect for interdisciplinary project

    The London Borough of Hackney is seeking a landscape architect to design a 'substantial' scheme for Mabley Green and Red Path, London E9. With SRB funds, the intention is to create 'a sustainable and environmentally beneficial environment within the heart of Hackney Wick'. The successful applicant will be expected to work closely with other commissioned individuals, including a writer and an artist.
  • 'Hackney Square Four'


    Leader of the opposition William Hague has enlisted John Redwood to battle against John Prescott at environment, transport and the regions. Hague has also appointed Peter Ainsworth, MP for Surrey East since 1992, to the shadow culture department.
  • Hailing the brave new e-world

    'Many Internet years ago' - in 1995 - Bill Mitchell published his inspirational City of Bits - a 'first sketch for some of the questions we ought to be asking about the digital world', as he put it in his talk at the aa earlier this week. He has now updated it with a new volume, E-topia, an 'agnostic' sort of title, he says, which seems to mask a great sense of optimism about the 'soft transformation' of the environment which he envisages.


    Property company Hammerson has bought three towers and one low-rise building around Euston Square, London, from Kajima for £83 million.
  • Hampstead groups act to save Isokon flats

    Two Hampstead conservation groups have acted to try and preserve the famous Isokon flats by applying to Camden council to change the Grade I listed building's use class.
  • Handled with care YRM has produced a tough and inspirational new block for a special-needs school in East London which stems from the best traditions of educational building By Kenneth Powell. Photogr

    The school-building programme of the 1950s and 60s was, it has been convincingly argued, the single greatest achievement of the crusade for a new social architecture which gripped Britain in the years after the Second World War. 'Can we build more simply?' asked Stirrat Johnson- Marshall, the central figure in the schools programme, in a radio talk given in 1950 - answering his own question with a plea for a style-free, rational architecture as functionally efficient as it was economical. The
  • Hang 'em high

    Tower Blocks: Love Them or Loathe Them?' was the debate at the Museum of London, as an exhibition on the subject opened there. 'They look good in the sunset from Primrose Hill,' said Ronan Point-demolisher Sam Webb, before reeling off a list of their failings. 'If they were economic, Barratts would be building them everywhere,' he concluded. Others - Martin Pawley, Miles Glendinning, and long-time Trellick Tower resident Lee Boland - were more positive. But the outrageous remark of the evenin

  • Happy end to an overlong unhappy saga

  • Happy ending

  • Harbour no doubts

  • Harding Neill & Watson

  • Harnessing the sun and the sea

    steel design
  • Harper Mackay wins BBC Wales masterplan

  • Harrap is in fact a flexible friend


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  • Hasegawa goes with the flow

    The Ninth Annual Royal Academy Architecture Lecture, sponsored by John Wiley, was given by Itsuko Hasegawa this year, fortuitously coinciding with a London visit in connection with the invited competition to redesign the environs of the Tower of London. Hasegawa's architectural career, stretching over more than 25 years, has a good deal of relevance to the competition, being particularly concerned with waterfront redevelopment.

    Hastings Information Centre, designed by Adams Johns Kennard and opened in Spring 1998, has been voted the best tourism information centre in the country by the English Tourism Council. Housed in a listed former magistrates courtroom, the Hastings centre makes use of the original timber ceilings and stained-glass windows but incorporates disabled access and a suspended steel canopy over the counter area. This provides direct lighting and acts as a draught screen.

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  • Haus Wittgenstein

  • Having a heart

  • Hawkins/Brown

  • Hayward director wants it replaced, not refurbished

    Replacing the Hayward Gallery with a new building on the Hungerford car- park site would be the best solution for the gallery, believes its director Susan Ferleger Brades (see page 18), denting the argument of those pressing for the building's retention under the new masterplan for the South Bank Centre.
  • Headquarters for Merrill Lynch Architect: Swanke Hayden Connell

    The new seven-storey European headquarters of the US bank is under construction,close to St Paul's in the City of London.The building is clad with precast panels,some faced with Portland stone and others with red rubbed brickwork.The design contract,a two-stage process,allowed an opportunity for Techrete and the design team to explore the potential of the product and the process.

    The riba has published a report called Therapeutic Environments for Mental Health taken from a recent health-client-forum symposium. It looks at present and future design of appropriate environments. The report, sponsored by Pfizer, costs £19.50 from the riba client forum co-ordinator, 0171 580 5533.


    Health-sector building orders rose 65 per cent in the year to 1998, says a report by the Building Centre and Glenigan Group. It identified more than 400 projects each over £250,000 in the planning pipeline, accounting for more than 1 million m2. Building For Health costs £395 (0171 692 6205).

    WS Atkins has been chosen to design a £65 million pfi hospital, involving a new acute treatment centre and refurbishment of existing wards, for Hereford Hospitals nhs Trust. The 340-bed hospital is due for completion in April 2002. The team includes Alfred McAlpine construction and Haden Young, which will handle mechanical and electrical work on the project.

  • Hellish transport

    Away from the political sphere the heat is turning up the pressure on commuters. Richard Morrison in the Times described the London Tube system as 'a grotesque depiction of Hades by a Flemish Renaissance painter with a particularly sadistic taste for human misery.' Quite.
  • Hellman

    'As T S Eliot observed, the end usually comes not with a bang but a whimper. Yes, I know he was writing about something more central to human existence than the Arts Council of England. But watching the power, the raison d'etre and even the staff drain away from that sad quango has been akin to watching a much-abused mule whimper in its terminal throes.' Richard Morrison. The Times, 29.1.99

  • Help at the opera

    Jorn Utzon, now 80, may be difficult to entice from his beautiful Majorcan house, even though Denton Corker Marshall of Australia has approached him to help refurbish his Sydney Opera House. Perhaps someone else could lend a hand: step forward Yuzo Mikami (co-designer with Ove Arup of the Grade-I Durham footbridge) and former riba honorary librarian James Thomas. Seen together in London, following Professor Mikami's lecture in Edinburgh, perhaps they were discussing further involvement in Syd
  • Helping disabled people escape

    technical & practice
  • Here and Now: Experiences in sculpture

  • Heritage boss in row over Alsop's London HQ design

  • Heritage cash for beacon projects and poor areas

  • Heritage Lottery money used to boost Whitehall budgets

    The Heritage Lottery Fund has rejected accusations of breaking additionality rules by granting £754,300 to the Environment Agency for a nationwide project to encourage interest and access to local heritage. Called 'Celebrate Your Environment', the government scheme will include a week of 26 green festivals or local environmental activities. But the award looked as controversial as the arts lottery award trhat went to the Arts Council-owned South Bank.
  • Hey big spender - isn't that a bit pricey?

  • Hey Mickey

    Disney chairman Michael Eisner gives us an interesting distinction in his autobiography: 'A client needs a lawyer and a patron needs a wheelchair,' he claims, perhaps trying to shake off his sobriquet of the Medici with Mouse Ears. 'I see us as collaborators, playing an active role in dialogue with the architect,' says Michael, as Gehry, Graves, Stern, Venturi, Tigerman et al have no doubt discovered. But even one of the world's most powerful corporate executives confesses, 'truly original ar

    The detr has published the 'Government's Standard Assessment Procedure for Energy Rating of Dwellings - 1998.' It includes a new optional way of calculating boiler efficiency and data for heat control and CO2 emissions.
  • Hidden treasure on the Bijlmermeer Estate

  • High- and low-life city living in Railtrack's back yard

    The Architecture Foundation has invited eight international practices to take part in the second stage of its urban task force demonstration project competition, 'Living in the City'.
  • High Street Kensington Station

    John McAslan & Partners was commissioned by London Underground in 1998 to produce a feasibility study to assess the development of congestion- relief strategies within the existing station, while ensuring operational continuity is maintained throughout the period of construction. Since then the project has developed into an architectural commission with short- , medium- and long-term strategies identified for the remodelling of the station. These will address current and anticipated future ov
  • Highlands art centre to boast ancient forms

    Pawson Williams has unveiled these competition-winning plans to create a major new multi-modal arts centre to be built in the Highlands of Scotland.

  • Highly Commended (£1,000) - Howarth Tomkins Oliver Bulleid

    This radical proposal is for 67 houses and flats in factory prefabricated short terraces of timber panel construction suspended from trees, planted on the site in order to help clear any ground contamination. The authors calculate that it would require 15 years for the poplar trees to reach sufficient maturity for them to become usable for structural purposes, but surprisingly do not take into account the CO2 absorption over the 15-year period as part of the overall calculations of carbon bal
  • High-rise hell of the mad axeman

  • High-rise problems not about design

    Having attended the interesting evening on the merits of residential tower blocks at the Museum of London, I was interested to see the comments of your columnist Paul Hyett on this matter (aj 6.5.99). I wonder if he has ever lived in a tall municipal tower block - most architects haven't, in my experience. If they have, they will know that the problems of high- rise living have little to do with the design concept, but an awful lot to do with the management of the blocks, and the way your nei

    English Heritage and its European counterparts held a conference last week on a new three-year project to safeguard the future of historic airports.The event took place at Speke airport, an early municipal airport, opened in 1929.
  • Historic and political context

    House style
  • Historical connections

    Dictionary of Architecture by James Stevens Curl. Oxford University Press, 1999. 833pp. £25
  • History in context text by hugh pearman,project descriptions by kenneth powell

    aj work in progress
  • History keeps breaking out

    According to Peter Ackroyd, the highly successful author of Hawksmoor and other historic novels and biographies set in London, the new loft developments of Clerkenwell do not work and will probably prove to be a mistake: so beware, investors. Speaking at the Metropolitan Bookshop, as part of the Clerkenwell Literary Festival last week, he suggested that 'the spirit of the area is not conducive' to residential development - unlike Islington, 'which has a history of hospitality'.
  • History man

    Congratulations to Demetri Porphyrios on his recent appointment as masterplanner for Selwyn College Cambridge, Arthur Blomfield's gothicky pile which lies in the shadow of Stirling's soon-to-be Grade I-listed history faculty. I am sure that he will not extend the Stirling idiom, despite his interest in keeping to context and the authority of historical precedent: Stirling designed an unbuilt student-accommodation building for the college in the 1950s. I hope Demetri pays better than Blomfield
  • Hit or myth?

    Someone in the City of London Corporation must have a sense of humour. How else could anyone account for the placement of the sculpture entitled The Minotaur on the southern edge of the Barbican complex - by general consensus an even more tortuous maze than the original labyrinth which kept the real Minotaur at bay?

    HLM Architects has won detailed planning permission for a £13 million courtyard office scheme at Arundel Great Court in London.

  • HOK's new shop window for nature

    Zoology inside,zoomorphic forms outside.hok International has unveiled its full plans for the Natural History Museum's proposed new Darwin Centre (hok 18.11.99),featuring a series of zoomorphic brackets lining a south-facing contemporary solar-venting and glass facade.
  • Holding back one cheer for Pimlico's Bill Thomas

  • Holloway Road to see Hadid's first UK building

    news in pictures

    Three people who bought £65,000 homes have barricaded themselves into a show home in protest at bad building and unfinished work. The siege in Liverpool's Eldon Wharf estate started after water poured through ceilings, windows jarred and road potholes remained unfilled.

    Liverpool's Milman Court, a 1960s low-rise block of flats, is being demolished for new homes by Hardcastle and Hogarth. Elderly people will go in 18 new one-bed flats for Cosmopolitan ha. Liverpool Housing Action Trust spent £636,000 on the scheme.
  • Home office rejects '33% cheaper' refurb option

    A consortium including bdp has dropped out of the Home Office competition to design a new pfi headquarters costing more than £100 million.
  • Home Office set to knock Marsham Street down

    Marsham Street, the notorious former Department of the Environment block, has moved closer to destruction after a surprise move by the government to invite the three consortia bidding to create a new Home Office hq to submit rejigged plans for a new-build office.
  • Homeowners are getting a mature, attractive new contract

    legal matters
  • Homes for heroes

    Congratulations to my fellow hacks on Architecture Today, who celebrated their survival for the last ten years in fine style at the new James Stirling/Michael Wilford building in Carlton House Terrace last week. Mary Stirling and daughter Kate were in attendance., while culture secretary Chris Smith was guest of honour. His speech did not make reference to government policies about mixed-use buildings helping regenerate inner city areas. Perhaps this was because the price of flats in Stirling

    Ian Hughes of St James Homes says, 'Their knowledge and experience and their overall participation in team meetings have helped create superb models which go a long way to helping our customers understand the St James Homes products, especially when selling off plan'
  • Honesty is the best policy under new CPD guidelines

    The riba is getting tough on cpd, issuing new guidelines in the coming weeks requiring 35 hours' cpd per year and 100 'points', which architects will award themselves according to how useful they feel the sessions are.
  • Hopkins and Arups grilled over cost of MPs' offices

  • Hopkins' Holyrood heralds Edinburgh 'renaissance'

    The Queen was in Edinburgh last week, not only to open Scotland's new parliament but also to cut the ribbon on the first of the Millennium Commission landmark projects to be completed - Michael Hopkins and Partners' £34 million William Younger Centre. The building figures as one of a number of major regeneration projects under way in the Holyrood area of the city, totalling £150 million, and will ultimately be joined by another new civic neighbour across the road - Enric Miralles' c
  • Hopkins refutes MPs' building cost allegations

    Michael Hopkins and Partners has defended its embattled Portcullis House in Westminster after a barrage of media criticism over allegedly spiralling costs.
  • Horse Guards on parade in London Open House

  • Hospital case

    Baily Garner has been chosen to design an £8 million hospital for mentally ill patients. The 120-bed pfi project for London's Newham Community Health Services NHS Trust is for acute and intensive-care patients and includes therapy and outpatient units. Work on the 7500m2 building is due to start in June for opening in July 2000. Jeremy Lodge, partner at the multi-disciplinary practice, said the building would be a radical re-design of the standard nhs ward.
  • Hospital food

  • Hospital waiting list

  • House 2000 contest

    Architects are being asked once again to totally rethink the built form, function and uses of the home, and to forecast life in 2020, for the Concept House 2000 competition. First prize is £15,000. Briefs will be available from the riba competitions office (tel 0113 2341335) from 27 July. Entry deadline is 4 October 1999 with the winner announced at the end of that month.

    The Museum & Galleries of Wales is to build a House for the Future by Jestico + Whiles at the Museum of Welsh Life in St Fagans near Cardiff. The design is being displayed at the museum this week with five shortlisted entrants.
  • House of the Year Award

    Architects who designed a hill-side home with threestorey void and built it among trees in Nottingham have won the Daily Telegraph/Homebuilding and Renovating magazine House of the Year Award. Alison Davies and Steve Banks, partners in Groundworks Architects, designed the steel-framed wood-clad home with a roof terrace and 52 steps leading to the front door. The land and building costs totalled £87,000, and the pair aim to coat parts of the house with bright red render.'It looks amazing
  • House on Rutland Waterki

    Julian Marsh + Jerzy Grochows
  • House proud

  • Housing chair Hunt finds riba stance 'mind boggling'

    Architects in Housing, one of the first of the new 'linked societies' to the riba, has been launched with a stinging condemnation from its chairman Bernard Hunt of the riba's wish not to be directly involved.
  • Housing choice is a good idea - but don't mistreat tenants


    Koski Solomon & Ruthven Architects has won planning permission for a 4000m2 residential scheme on the site of the former Hackney Community Centre. There will be 35 apartments, seven houses and a penthouse.
  • Housing is taking a bad turn toward the singular

  • How can Treasury justify design policy?

    It was dismal to read your report last week that the Treasury is trying to force through a crude form of design and build as the norm for publicly funded buildings in this country. This policy has had no proper debate in Parliament, is a denial of New Labour's stated attitudes towards cultural values, and is a direct negation of the positive spirit in which uk design has been embraced, for example via the Millennium Products exhibition at Horse Guards last year.
  • How elementary is RIBA education plan?

  • How real is visual thinking?

    The discipline of design needs to come to terms with the fact that it deals with intellectual sensitivity, not just an innate skill BY KATHRYN MOORE
  • How refined

    A dilapidated granary at Llawndy Farm in Talacre, North Wales, has a new lease of life as a £950,000 information centre dedicated to explaining the intricacies of oil and gas extraction, and its impact on the environment. The sandstone building dates from the late eighteenth/early nineteenth centuries, and, according to architect Clive Hardman of Colwyn Foulkes' Colwyn Bay office, has been 'inappropriately botched up over the years'. But its location made it the ideal candidate for bhp P
  • How to civilise a city Joze Plecnik and the Making of a Capital At the Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1 until 30 October

  • How to expand a city for just £30

  • How to fill those empty winter days

  • How to tell your adjudications from your arbitrations

    legal matters
  • How to write an expert's report

    Legal matters
  • How we can make a date with density



    Arts minister Alan Howarth has listed Bournemouth's 1951 Yellow Bus Garage Grade II. The building, by Jackson and Greenen for the Corporation of Bournemouth, was designed in the Festival-of-Britain style and has concrete canopied roofs.
  • Howarth reveals architecture body's new name

    Culture minister Alan Howarth has unveiled the acronym 'cabe' for the new body formerly known as the Architecture Commission - in full it will now be known as the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.
  • Howells wins again

    Glen Howells Architects has won a limited competitive interview for a feasibility study and design of a £4 million Community Arts Centre for East Surrey College in Redhill. The scheme involves relocating existing arts and media facilities into a new purpose-designed building on the Gatton Point campus at Redhill with facilities for design, computer animation, music, video, sculpture and painting. The win follows hard on the heels of the practice's triumph in the Britannia Basin competiti
  • Howzat!

    Future Systems' Medai Centre at Lord's combines the construction techniques of the shipyard with hi-tech gadgetry to become an unexpected cricketing icon
  • Howzat!

  • Huddersfield professor in attack on education plan

    The Stansfield Smith report could result in a two-tier system of architects' education, believes Brian Edwards, professor of architecture at the University of Huddersfield. He warned in an article in the Guardian on Tuesday that this could be the result if the move towards a longer education process, with a bachelor's and a masters degree, fails to gain compulsory funding. In this case, Edwards warns, 'architectural education will follow the American system. The winners will be a few 'ivy lea
  • Hudson Featherstone

  • Hugh Casson, architect of numerous talents

    Hugh Casson was many things: writer and public speaker (and anyone attempting an obituary note knows how much better he would have done it himself) as well as artist, architect and distinguished president - to recall his tenure as president of the Architectural Association many years before his final flowering at the Royal Academy. We remember him for all these things, but those who knew him well remember him most strongly and with affection because he was, in short, so good to be with. His f

  • Human rights are an issue for us all - whether or not we are directly involved

    Seeing the B52s arriving this month, courtesy of News at Ten, reminded me of the 1980s when the Americans used our bases to bomb Tripoli.

    Lifschutz Davidson has honed its Hungerford Bridge design for Westminster City Council and the Cross River Partnership. The practice's Alex Lifschutz was set to unveil a fly-past and new images of the scheme by Hayes Davidson today, at a briefing with transport minister Glenda Jackson, Westminster leader Melvyn Caplan and Millennium Commission director Mike O'Connor. The council was also set to announce the award of the construction contract for the scheme to 'link the heart of London'.
  • Huns, Goths, Visigoths, Vandals ... now Pawley

  • Hunt attacks DETR over Greenwich Village report

    HTA director Bernard Hunt has blamed a 'culture of secrecy' in Government over the handling of its report into the Greenwich Millennium Village saga.

    An extremely striking and stylish design has been created for a new

    1600m2 of Luxalonregistered QuadroClad was used to transform the external appearance of six Welcome Break motorway service stations. This new open- jointed rainscreen cladding system in flat, lightweight, made-to-measure panels, produces a crisp and stylish appearance. Drainage channels integrated into the system allow rain and condensation to drain out behind the cladding, which can be fixed to almost any substructure on simple fixings. All panels are individually removable, allowing easy al

  • Hyett challengers ARB over whistle-blowers' charter

  • 'I said, 'Norman, we do about one in 20, don't we?

    'I said, 'Norman, we do about one in 20, don't we?' He said, 'Richard, you're an optimist'.' Richard Rogers on the percentage of projects that come to fruition. Management Today, May 1999.
  • I think these are captions for the last record

  • Ich bin ein Londoner

    Awave of Brits descended on Berlin for the 'Mind the Gap' symposium organised by Doug Clelland. Speakers at the British Council-funded symposium included the lse's Ricky Burdett (and old 9H Gallery pal Wilfried Wang, an immaculate chairman), aj columnist Kath Shonfield, Brian Hatton (cracking jokes bilingually), Eric Parry, Ian Ritchie, Chris McCarthy and Roger Zogolovitch. The latter announced that he was the founding (and so far only) member of the 'Cold Bridge Club', which believes the col


    An exhibition - designed by architects at Glass Murray Architects and curated by Rebecca Bailey of the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland - on building a Scottish identity, runs at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow until 18 July. The show, which is called called Flesh and Stone ,sets contemporary Scottish architecture against a historical backdrop.
  • If ever there was an authentic computer architecture, this was it

    What can one say about Microsoft that hasn't already been said? Run by the inventor of an operating system used by the whole world, its development paid for by its customers. The world's richest man with the best business book title for years - Business @ the Speed of Thought - bestrides the world like a colossus.
  • If planners do well, they should be duly praised

  • IKEA to sell flat-pack kit homes for £7500

  • Illuminating scholarship

  • Imaginary encounters Architecture and Modernity:

    review; A Critique by Hilde Heynen. mit Press, 1999. 265pp. £24.95
  • IMAX costs nowhere near doubled

    I thoroughly enjoyed Martin Pawley's piece on the new bfi London imax cinema at Waterloo (aj 6.5.99) but for one misleading statement about costs - Pawley suggests that the final project costs doubled from the 1991 estimate of 10 million.
  • Imax transform's Waterloo's Bullring

    London's most prominent new landmark, the imax cinema in the Waterloo Bullring, is now near its final form. Although the cinema, designed by Avery Associates for the British Film Institute, opened on 1 May, the 15m-high blow-up of a Howard Hodgkin painting, sited within the building's glazed gallery, is only now in place. Along with an inventive planting scheme, this helps to make the imax an important new element in the landscape of London.
  • Immense imagination

  • Important innovation

    Facilities are getting friendlier Kitchenettes and recycling stations feature in workplaces designed to encourage interaction and retain good staff BY SANTA RAYMOND AND ROGER CUNLIFFE
  • Improved Security Show goes on in May 2000

    The Security and Fire Protection section of Interbuild has moved to a new location for the May 2000 show, to enable exhibitors to meet the increased numbers of relevant visitors.
  • Improving on Pagemill

    GoLive is logical but the non-intuitiveness of the interface shows the need for more thoughtful treatment of Adobe's acqusition
  • In a pickle

    Thanks to the Guardian for pointing out that Foster's Swiss Re building looks nothing like a gherkin. Having explained that the key stages in a project are 'outline planning permission; detailed planning permission; nickname invented by newspapers' it says that the gherkin appellation is not only inaccurate but likely to doom the project. 'It looks a bit like a lipstick, ' the paper opines, 'but mostly like the last two or three inches of a really good cigar. It should be called The Lewinsky.
  • In a spin

    The RIBA's search for a communications director to replace the much-loved Chris Palmer who left to spin doctor for Wembley Stadium proceeds with all the aplomb we have come to expect from the institute. One candidate was entertained by much of the interview being taken up with the president- elect and director-general bickering, while others were asked to take a piece of text into a quiet room and correct it. I gather the text in question was penned by director-general Alex Reid. Surely no co

    The Dutch engineering firm responsible for the failed attempt to raise the London Eye millennium wheel last week is facing a bill of £250,000. Hollandia is to meet the expenses of redesigning and testing the wheel's faulty cable clips and overtime costs for the four week delay. The bill could rise further if the wheel, designed by David Marks Julia Barfield architects is is not operational by 2000.
  • In addition to the spectacular glass bridge, a curving inclined arch made entirely out of glass with no mechanical connections

    In addition to the spectacular glass bridge, a curving inclined arch made entirely out of glass with no mechanical connections, aha has done several other notable footbridges. Working with Future Systems at West India Quay in London's Docklands, it didn't want to do another mast and cable. At Jan Kaplicky's suggestion it devised a floating pontoon partly because it couldn't take load on to either quayside. It goes on to the water instead, with 'one very clever bit', says Hunt. Naturally it wo
  • in brief A better bake

    Hulme Upright is to design a £4.1 million bakery with ovens, despatch area and offices on a brownfield site in Wednesbury, West Midlands. The Warburtons bakery will have a steel frame and brick superstructure. The contract has been won by Wates Construction.
  • In Brief Blue Circle cheer

    BLUE CIRCLE has added to its business in Asia Pacific and has achieved significant growth in North America over the past year, chairman Lord Tugendhat told the group's AGM. The recent acquisition of a controlling interest in Greek cement firm Heracles would be positive for the group.
  • In Brief Brandon buys

    PLANT HIRER Brandon Hire has acquired three small plant business in Evesham, Orpington and Surbiton for a total of £391,000.
  • in brief BRISTOL FASHION

    Some of Bristol's finest twentieth-century buildings are going on show, including La Trobe & Weston's Whiteladies Cinema, ptp's MoD development and Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners' rac SuperCentre. The 26 January to 12 March exhibition, Bristol C20, is at the city's Architecture Centre, tel: 0117 922 1540.
  • in brief BUILT-UP ARIA

    The £210 million Royal Opera House in London was topped out by culture secretary Chris Smith this week. Architects Jeremy Dixon, Ed Jones and bdp's Charles Broughton joined Smith on stage as he unveiled a model of the refurbished Floral Hall to mark the occasion. The architects have worked on the scheme since 1983.
  • in brief Calling occupants of call centres

    A detailed survey of accommodation and design requirements in the call- centre market has revealed that call-centre operators no longer focus on reducing costs through low-specification buildings. The bt Property Survey has found that high-quality accommodation is now considered important for recruiting and retaining staff and supporting productive work.
  • in brief CAR'S THE STAR

    Alex de Rijke and engineer Michael Hadi have curated a new exhibition, 'On the Road - the art of engineering in the car age' for the Architecture Foundation at the Hayward Gallery in London. The show runs until 13 March.
  • in brief Challenging figures

    riba council news
  • in brief CYBER CITY

    Modelmaker Pipers has produced a virtual version of its well-known model of the City. TouchLondon:City is now available as a cd- rom and (in truncated form) on the net at The cd- rom shows 150 buildings either in place, under construction or which have planning permission, and will be updated in September. Details from Pipers, tel: 0171 734 1252.
  • in brief Drug culture comes to Brentford

    International architecture firm The Hillier Group has been chosen to design a European hq for drug company SmithKline Beecham. The five-storey 100,000m2 building in Brentford, West London, will have a 13-storey tower and house 2500 staff. Work is due to start early this year and end in 2001.
  • in brief Education, education, education

    riba council news
  • In Brief Fairbriar slides

    HOUSE builder Fairbriar has reported a drop in pre-tax profits to £2.5 million for the year ending December from £9.5 million in the previous year, when its results were flattered by a major land sale.
  • in brief FINAL CALL

    Richard Hywel Evans' adventurous design for a 3600m2 call centre in Swindon, for Cellular Operations, has a bulbous front of glass curving towards a nearby lake. Highbridge Properties is the developer for the £7 million project.
  • in brief FIVE ALIVE

    Glasgow 1999 launched its Five Spaces project today to clean up derelict city sites. Designers include Zoo Architects, Page & Park Architects, Allan Murray Architects, and landscape designers grossmax and dep Landscape Initiatives.
  • in brief Flats come before offices in Croydon

    Biscoe + Stanton Architects has won a tough planning battle for a nine- floor residential tower in the heart of Croydon. The £3 million block will have two penthouses and 38 two-bedroom flats, with space for 40 cars under the tower, which is clad in brick, stone and render. The architect is Henry Shepherd. Local firms fought the scheme, preferring offices.
  • in brief FOSTER WINS AGAIN

    Sir Norman Foster has won Harvard Design School's Veronica Rudge Prize in urban design.
  • in brief Free tickets

    Dr Paul Oliver, research fellow at Oxford Brookes University's centre for vernacular studies, is giving the second Hepworth Lecture in association with The Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture. The National Gallery talk on 'vernacular architecture in the 21st century' is 23 February. Some free tickets are available. Tel: 0171 916 7380.
  • in brief GLA GLOOM

    Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has branded Foster and Partners' London Bridge City proposal for the gla hq a 'glass ashtray', as the farce continues. See page 14.
  • in brief Goodbye to gasholders

    Most of Britain's historic gasholders are to be demolished and the land sold off for property development such as housing, the company which owns them has announced. Transco, the pipeline wing of the former British Gas company, said it would pull down 80 this year and most of the remaining 550 over the next five years. Listed examples and those campaigned for by local groups are expected to remain, however.
  • in brief Green course to launch in Sheffield

    A course dedicated entirely to green architecture is to launch in September at Sheffield Hallam University under the auspices of professor of architecture Peter Smith. The three-year BSc in Architecture and Environmental Design will be followed by a part-time masters course covering Parts II and III of the riba syllabus. The degree course is awaiting confirmation that it has received 'candidate for recognition' status following an riba/arb inspection.
  • in brief LOCH UNLOCKED

    Page and Park has won an invited competition, by Dumbartonshire Enterprise with Scottish Enterprise, to design a visitor facility for the southern end of Loch Lomond. Details of the winning scheme and runners-up will be announced shortly.
  • in brief MONEY TALKS

    The Arts Council has granted £2.2 million to Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council for development work on Foster and Partners' Music Centre, and £6.2 million to the Tate Gallery for a new suite on level four of Herzog and de Meuron's Bankside project.
  • In Brief Multi expands

    PLANT HIRE firm Multi Equipment Rental is raising £1.4 million through a rights issue to expand its non-mechanical plant hire business.
  • in brief MUST TRY HARDER

    The governors of Pimlico School have voted to object to the proposals to demolish and replace it with a pfi scheme by Ellis Williams, over loss of space. See page 20.
  • in brief New life for Luder Bromley scheme

    Fifty-seven apartments and penthouses are to be created by Robert Lombardelli Partnership in the 5700m2, nine-storey 'Northpoint' in Bromley, originally designed by former riba president Owen Luder. The duplex penthouses, which will enjoy views across to Hampstead Heath, are expected to sell for more than £250,000 each.
  • In Brief Pilkington's smash

    A RESTRUCTURING of Pilkington's glass operations helped the group lift profits at its European building products business by 80 per cent in the year ending March. The group's overall building product profits rose by 26 per cent to £153 million.
  • in brief Planners

    Planners will soon decide on rhwl Partnership's £120 million football stadium for Coventry City with retractable roof, bus and rail stations, 20,000m2 retail park, 45,000 seats and a structural 'spire' with tension cables on each corner. The 11,000-tonne pitch will slide back on Teflon pads so that 'horses, rugby players and Tina Turner can jump on the space,' said rhwl's Geoff Mann.
  • in brief PLAY AWAY

    Marsh + Grochowski Architects has beaten 65 entries, to design a 400-seat theatre in Wrexham. The drum-shaped auditorium with tapered sides and two balconies is due to be finished in 2001.

    A Chapman Taylor Partners' 110,000m2 Bracknell shopping centre has been called in for public inquiry by deputy PM John Prescott. It has been branded a 'dinosaur' by Reading's planning chairman. Bracknell Regeneration Trust proposes an alternative mixed-use scheme by bdp.
  • in brief Regeneration game

    Regeneration minister Richard Caborn launched last week, a one-stop-shop website for regeneration. It will give locals, businesses and voluntary groups information on conferences, training, guidance, contacts and recent articles. It's at

    Former acting chief executive of English Partnerships Paula Hay-Plumb has been appointed chief executive of the body which will replace ep and the Commission for the New Towns. cnt chief executive John Walker is stepping down.

    The regions are to get a greater say in preparing planning and transport strategies after a new draft guidance note, ppg11: Regional Planning, was published by the detr this week.
  • in brief Scots church designer Whiston dies

    Peter Whiston, whose 1960s Lothian Cistercian monastery was the first new monastery in Scotland after the Reformation, has died aged 86. As well as Sancta Maria Abbey, the Scot did new churches, including the steeped- pitched St Margaret's in Edinburgh.
  • in brief SNELL OF SUCCESS

    Bristol's Arnolfini gallery has appointed Snell Associates to design a major extension to its Grade II* waterfront building, with an additional floor to house new galleries, and it and educational facilities. The gallery has stage two funding from the Arts Council lottery fund.
  • in brief SOUTH TODAY

    prp Architects has won two big regeneration masterplanning competitions. It will work with West Itchen Housing Partnership in the Chapel area of Southampton for up to 500 homes on 6ha. prp will also masterplan a mixed-use redevelopment on 6ha in Farnham, Surrey.
  • in brief Take a dip

    The Galvanizers Association is looking for architects and other builders to enter its Hot Dip Galvanising Awards for innovative and effective use of galvanised steelwork for buildings finished after 1 January 1997. Closing date for entries is 7 May; awards in June. Contact Angela Sprason on 0121 355 8838.
  • in brief We were sailing . . .

    Architects who took to yachts for the Construction Industry Regatta have handed £26,000 to sailing charities. Up to 40 architecture firms took part in September's Isle of Wight 162-boat event, the biggest after Cowes Week. This year's is on 10 and 11 September. Details from Michele Kane on 0181 897 2590.
  • in brief WHEN IN ROME

    A £170 million glass and steel recreation of ancient Rome's coliseum, forum, temples and baths is to be built 55 miles north of the Italian capital. Tourists will be able to race chariots and have mock gladiators fights, said the project's Milan consortium.
  • in brief Whistleblowers get the all-clear

    riba council news
  • In brief: AD BREAK

    Riba presidential candidate and Richard Rogers Partnership md Marco Goldschmied said this week his practice has hired M&C Saatchi to 'sift through' and 'help in the interviewing process' on 120 applications for the post of rrp head of communications. He also discussed enlisting Saatchi's help in marketing architects and architecture should he become president.

    Jestico + Whiles is understood to have won a competition to design a police museum in Bow St, East London.
  • In brief: BATH TIME

    David Ash Partnership is working on a reconstruction of a Roman bath-house at Fort Segedunum, at the eastern end of Hadrian's Wall. The 60m2 changing rooms and exercise hall will be heated by furnaces and underfloor piping - like the Roman hypocaust method, but without using slaves.
  • In brief: Battersea still dogged by trouble

    MacCormac Jamieson Prichard has stopped work on its designs for Battersea Power Station after land wrangles between the National Grid owner and developer Parkview. Talks over selling the land - crucial to the £500 million scheme of two theatres, two hotels and a film-editing studio - have broken down. Parkview envisages a deal in months, but building won't start before 2000.
  • In brief: BIG FREEZE

    The London Borough of Newham is seeking sponsorhip for a £2 million Millennium celebration - on ice. Its proposal involves freezing 52,500m2 of the eastern end of the Royal Victoria Dock, opposite the Millennium Dome, for two weeks from New Year's Eve 1999. Newham is developing a proposal originally made by architect and teacher Don Gray.
  • In brief: Birmingham reaches for Summit on Egan

    A major industry conference , Summit '99, is to be launched in the wake of the Egan report at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham. Held from 11-12 March, it will feature Sir Michael Latham; construction minister Nick Raynsford; Sir Martin Laing, president of the Construction Federation; Zara Lamont, director of the Construction Best Practice Programme; Robin Nicholson, chairman of the Construction Industry Council; and John Gummer, former environment secretary. Contact Jackie Mu
  • In brief: Civic Trust shows its vision

    The Civic Trust has shortlisted four schemes for its Centre Vision Award. The award, sponsored by Boots, is for the scheme contributing the most to the improvement of a town or city centre. It shortlist is: Levitt Bernstein's Corn Exchange in King's Lynn, Norfolk; Colin Buchanan & Partners' town- centre enhancement of Taunton in Somerset; Burrell Foley Fischer's Picture House in Exeter, Devon; or Caerphilly council architects' Caerphilly town centre work. Winners will be announced in March.
  • In brief: Daiwa seeks tenant for Rogers building

    Building work on Daiwa Securities' London office by Richard Rogers Partnership is heading for completion - in spite of the company's reported losses of £100 million on the building. The 24,000m2 building, at 88 Wood Street in the City, is due to be finished later this year despite the economic collapse in the Far East, said the architect. The glass-fronted building is likely to be rented out instead of used as Daiwa's hq following the firm's scaling down of its overseas operations.
  • In brief: DESIGN CHAMP

    The Department of Culture Media and Sport is to start advertising the £30,000 per year 'Champion of Architecture' job this weekend. dcms confirmed it will be a two-days-a-week post (aj 7.1.99).
  • In brief: FIT FOR A KING

    Transport minister Glenda Jackson has approved a £160 million redevelopment of King's Cross Underground designed by lu's in- house team. The first £80 million phase, starting in 2000, includes a new ticket hall under the forecourt of St Pancras Chambers plus a subway under Euston Road. The second phase is a new ticket hall for St Pancras International terminus in 2001.
  • In brief: FLAT RENT

    Work has started on a caspar development of 46 affordable homes in Birmingham by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and Alsop Zogolovitch. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation flats, with £100 weekly rentals, include four- or five-storey blocks and a glass atrium.
  • In brief: French exchange

    Twenty students from Lille University visited Kent's Medway for a Chatham and Rochester riverfront design project. They made a 1:1000-scale model and proposed new bridges, parks and homes floating on pontoons. The project was presented by Kent architect Roger Joyce.
  • In brief: From Bilbao to Montparnasse in London

    Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum, Constantin Brancusi's sculpture studio reconstruction by Renzo Piano, and a 3.5ha suspended park in Montparnasse by Francois Brun and Michael Pens will all be discussed at University of Westminster on 29 January. The Greater London Architectural Club meeting is free, tel 0171 722 7392.
  • In brief: HOME WORK

    The search is on for the best homes for the 1999 Housing Design Awards, sponsored by the riba, detr, nhbc and rtpi. They must be for a minimum of four homes, new build or conversion and improvement. Closing date 28 February. Details, tel: 0121 233 2321.
  • In brief: LAST CALL

    More than 200 architects, developers and agents have booked tickets for the Greening of Commercial Property conference at the QEII Centre, London, on 11 February. A few tickets still remain. Details, tel: 01722 339811.
  • In brief: New York, new York

    Plans for a major pfi overhaul of York University, a showpiece modern campus designed by rmjm, are nearing completion. The university aims to create 800 new flats, refurbish 800 existing flats and build new science buildings. Jarvis has appointed Leach Rhodes Walker as masterplanner.
  • In brief: READ ALL ABOUT IT

    Cala Properties is to build this bdp-designed, £13 million, 6000m2 office headquarters for Scottish Media Group in Glasgow. Featuring a media wall in the reception area, it links into existing Scottish Television Studios at Cowcaddens.
  • In brief: Sainsbury gets into the spirit

    Supermarket tycoon and former Tory mp Sir Tim Sainsbury - described as an evangelical Anglican - is said to be lining up as a major sponsor for Eva Jiricna's Spirit Zone in the Millennium Dome, for which £4 million is needed. Other contributions are thought to be from Jewish and Hindu sources. Comedian Rowan Atkinson is also said to be interested.
  • In brief: SOUTH BANK SHOW

    South Bank University is to appoint an architect for a £30 million redevelopment of its site at St George's Circus in Southwark, London. It hopes to appoint an architect by Easter for the £14 million first phase.
  • In brief: Twickers to get slicker?

    Richmond upon Thames council has unveiled adventurous plans to replace the old baths at Twickenham Riverside with a new cinema, cafe, restaurant, theatre, museum and retail scheme. The proposals by Roger Zogolovitch for Alsop Zogolovitch/ First Premise, commended by assessor Sir William Whitfield as a prospectively 'bold, landmark building', also include offices and residential units to make up the cash after a lottery bid for the project was rejected. The council is now consulting on the pro
  • In brief: VAN EYCK DIES

    Aldo Van Eyck died last week, aged 80. An obituary appears on page 20.
  • In brief: WAG TALE

    Wag, the riba's Women in Architecture Group, is looking for a chair after the resignation of Melissa Merryweather, who is moving to live in Vietnam. Members applying to be chair should contact Samantha McDonough, assistant director, tel: 0171 307 3677.
  • In brief: Wanted: Cannes-do architects

    Wordsearch and the riba Clients' Advisory Service have again teamed up to give architects the chance to market themselves at the international property show mipim, held from 11-14 March in Cannes. The launch of the Euro is expected to boost this year's attendance; more than 10,000 people are expected and the Architecture '99 stand has doubled in size. Contact Lisa Dunmore or William Murray at Wordsearch, tel: 0171 462 1999.
  • In brief: Your right to party

    'Party Walls Workbook', a guide for architects appointed to act as party- wall surveyors, has been published by riba Publications. The author, architect Nicol Stuart Morrow, advises on law and procedures, model licenses and forms of agreement. It costs £17.50 for riba members. Tel: 0171 251 9911.
  • In justification of that retention fee letter

  • In memoriam: Howard Goodman 1928 - 1999

    From 1951 to 1981, the architectural environment of the uk was dominated by local and central government offices, particularly in the fields of education, housing and health. Howard Goodman occupied a position in the field of health comparable in importance to that of Stirrat Johnson- Marshall, Robert Mathew, Kenneth Cambell, Fred Pooley and others in their respective fields.
  • In Memoriam: Ignazio Gardella, 1905-1999

    Even in death, Ignazio Gardella continued to be bludgeoned by Bruno Zevi in L'Espresso for helping Aldo Rossi design an 'obscene massacre' - the Carlo Felice Theatre, Genoa; but otherwise Gardella's demise on 15 March at age 94 was deeply regretted.
  • In praise of experience

    The Emerald City and Other Essays on the Architectural Imagination By Daniel Willis. Princeton Architectural Press, 1999. 301pp. £14.95
  • In praise of wartime spirit at the camp site and in the office

    When disaster struck during our holiday, my reaction was to 'buy' my way out of trouble.

    Television production company Talkback is seeking a 'classic, architecturally beautiful home that isn't too modern or wacky' for inclusion in the next series of Grand Designs, to be broadcast in Spring 2001 on Channel 4. The series on self-built houses, which consists of one-hour documentaries, will probably also include an underground dwelling, an American timber- frame kit and a 'Japanese Haiku home'. To propose a building, email
  • In the details

    Astragal's tip for the week (found on one of Tecton's explanatory drawings): 'Any detail left to the contractors will certainly be done wrong. Better to spend a month drawing than spoil the building for ever.' Tell that to Sir John Egan.
  • in the footsteps of pevsner

    people; Bringing a Pevsner up to date is a labour of love as well as a work of scholarship. Bill Wilson and Alan Brooks have recently completed this daunting task for Norfolk and the Cotswolds respectively by tony aldous
  • In the hunt for references for Future Systems

    In the hunt for references for Future Systems' Lords media centre, one candidate has so far been overlooked. I refer, of course, to Ambrogia Fumagalli's coffee machine for Gaggia, from 1954. No doubt Jan and Amanda will be at Christie's Italian Design auction on 9 June, when the Fumagalli item is set to fetch at least £4000.
  • In the news

    Brummie architect Graham Booth calls his shiny new mbe a 'medal for perseverance'; a vote of confidence in his practice's work on raising standards in Birmingham and one which came like a bolt from the blue.
  • in the news

    Non-architects may consider it fashionable to claim an interest in architecture, but with Brian Roper, economist and vice-chancellor of the University of North London, the interest is genuine. He is a Frank Lloyd Wright fan, subscribes to the aj, and spent Christmas reading a book about Tadao Ando. Far more importantly, he is presiding over a programme of brave and imaginative building, of which the appointment of Zaha Hadid to design a vital link footbridge is only the latest example.
  • In the news

    Last Thursday was a good day for David Marks and Julia Barfield. Construction started on their 135m-high millennium wheel (now christened the British Airways London Eye). With Darcey Bussell and Joanna Lumley officiating, it was not surprising that the event made the pages of the Evening Standard. But so, serendipitously, did another proposal by the practice on the same day - a scheme for a Thames pier outside the existing Tate Gallery at Millbank.

    Annette Fisher will get her first taste of riba council when new president Marco Goldschmeid lays his hands on the presidential gavel in July. And, after years as simply a member of the institute, she aims to do her bit to destroy the 'glass ceilings' that she feels inhibit women and minority architects' progress in this country.
  • In the news: Chris Roche


    There are busy times ahead for Robert Firth, founder of Austin-Smith: Lord's Cardiff office and president of the rsaw. Next Tuesday, as part of Architecture Week, the office is hosting a debate entitled 'Is There Space for Art in Wales?' And on 12 November, the rsaw is holding its annual conference not, as usual, in Mid-Wales, but in Cardiff.

    Which client has commissioned work from Carlo Scarpa, Aldo Rossi, Martorell Bohigas Mackay, Neave Brown, Stanton Williams, Claudio Silvestrin, Ian Ritchie, Tony Fretton, Zaha Hadid, and Caruso St John - and has virtually nothing to show for it? London's Hayward Gallery, the director of which, Susan Ferleger Brades, has been there for a large proportion of the exhibitions that these and other architects designed.

    Thom Mayne of the Los Angeles practice Morphosis visited Manchester last week and fell prey to the charms of Vincent Harris's 1938 Town Hall extension. 'Very regal,' he declared to the capacity audience of the Manchester Society of Architects, whom he then proceeded to charm with a typically laid-back performance.

  • Indian Gold Medallist Correa to speak at RIAS conference

  • Industrial Giant

    Ryder Company has designed the largest factory making printed circuit boards in Europe. Based in Tyneside, it shows how sophisticated the thinking behind such a building can be
  • Industrialised low-cost housing in the Netherlands

    The industrialisation techniques used for this 70-dwelling project follow the architecture rather than determine it, and are only used where they are cost-effective. Cast-in-situ concrete 'tunnel-forms' are used for the ground floor, first floor and party walls of a dwelling, in this case a 'box' 10m deep and 4.8m wide. Before casting, all services are clipped to the reinforcement and all openings are framed. Three or four dwellings can be cast in one day. Computer- controlled heaters ensure

  • IN-EX: Extra-Ordinary

    review Birkhauser, 1999. 448pp. £21. (Distributor 0181 542 2465)
  • influential art forms

  • Informality lends itself to speedy, low-cost resolutions

    legal matters
  • Ingenious developments

    farmax: Excursions on Density - mvrdv 010 Publishers, 1998. 736pp. £23.50. (Distributor Art Data 0181 747 1061)
  • In-house architect submits plan for Salisbury Cathedral

    Salisbury Cathedral's in-house architect has applied for planning permission for new 'aesthetically pleasing' visitor facilities to be situated in the 'plumbery' where Munckenbeck and Marshall was to have built a dramatic new glass cafe (AJ 6.5.99).
  • Inner city recreations A park designed to cope with the Notting Hill Carnival at its height includes a tranquil garden by C F A Voysey


  • Inside edge

    It's 100% Design time again, when the great and the good of the design world flock to Earls Court Two to see what's hot and happening in furniture, lighting, fabrics and floors. Designed by Ben Kelly, this year's show will include some 320 exhibitors, with well-established names jostling for space with the up-and-coming - a number of smaller stands are reserved for emerging design companies just to make sure the show stays cutting edge.

  • Institute accused of Maggie-style European isolationism

    John Bartlett accused the RIBA of having an isolationist policy towards Europe, despite Marco Goldschmied's inaugural speech - which advocated greater openness and communication.
  • Institute and arb reach stalemate over education

    Immediate past president of the riba David Rock, and director of education Leonie Milliner have admitted that the institute has reached an 'impasse' with the arb over sticking points on the 'vital activity' of education.
  • Institute and registration board end schools feud

  • Institute reputation dips in two continents

    The perceived fall-off of the institute's standing abroad was reinforced by new membership figures showing a drop-off of 17 per cent from members in Africa over the last four years and 13 per cent from Australasia over the same period.
  • Instruments of order

    review: Dom Hans van der Laan At the Henry Moore Institute, 74 The Headrow, Leeds until 16 January
  • Insurance 'must be reformed'

    Construction practice cannot be improved without a wholesale shake- up of the insurance system, say industry experts. Speakers at a multi- professional debate in London this week said the current system prevented those in the industry from learning from their experiences, and resulted in the bulk of insurance payouts going to lawyers.
  • Integrated transport needs a boost

  • Intellect and intuition are design partners


  • Interbuild 2000 keeps on growing

    With seven months to go before opening on 21 May 2000, Interbuild, Britain's biggest building and construction exhibition, is set to break records with the biggest show for a decade. Now including additional attractions such as Civils 2000, Pipelines, Total Lighting and Building Services, the show is already far bigger than the last Interbuild, held in 1997.
  • Interbuild opens the door to the future

    Space is in short supply as exhibitors rush to take part in the Doors, Windows and Facades Show at Interbuild 2000 next May. The UK's leading construction exhibition, which is more than six months away, has already sold 85 per cent of its floor space and is expecting a complete sell-out by the end of the year.
  • Interesting to see how my letter was (mis)read

  • Intergraph Computer Systems

    Intergraph Computer Systems has a wide range of high-performance NT workstations geared especially for high-end graphics. For example, the recently launched TD-260 (available in the UK for a starting price of £1,495) is based on a single Pentium II 350 or 400MHz processor, with a choice of 2D and 2D/3D graphics accelerators, including the AccelSTAR AGP, the Matrox Millennium II AGP and the Matrox G100 AGP.
  • Interiors

    Round up
  • Interiors spaces are filling quickly

    Seventy per cent of the floor space in the relaunched Building Interiors section at Interbuild 2000 has already been booked, the majority by exhibitors new to the show.
  • Interiors: Round up

    hok International has teamed up with Italian furniture manufacturer Faram to produce Toolbox, a furniture system which provides demountable informal meeting facilities, ideal for buildings with large open floorplates. Toolbox is made up of three component units. Meeting Pod comes with an optional fold-down table, and rotating plasma screen. Internally, the finish is a giant whiteboard screen. Pickup Point includes pigeonholes, a touchdown desk, magnetic notice boards, coat storage and cold-dr
  • Interiors: Round up

    d line: this steel-and-glass handrail and balustrade system has been developed for landmark and commercial buildings. Handrail Design is able to configure and develop the components to suit a variety of applications and offers a design, supply and installation service; tel 01634 817800.
  • Internal lining to stations, Heathrow Express

    The new high-speed train link from Paddington to Heathrow runs through a tunnel at the airport which serves its four terminal stations.The steel-lined support structure of the tunnel had to be clad at stations and in public areas.It is lined with 14,000 m 2 of coffered GRC panels,produced by Techrete.

    Belgium-based aluminium systems firm Reynaers has launched an international projects division in Islington, London. The firm said it wanted to be alongside some of the most influential architects in the world. It will offer advice on integrating products with projects. It already has a uk hq in Birmingham.
  • International connections

  • International diary

    Trip to Chandigarh 23 February-4 March 2000. Details from Kalpana Patel. E-mail:
  • International planning

    London's City Corporation is preparing a first in consultation - it is taking its Unitary Development Plan, already out for consultation, to mipim, the big property show in Cannes, to allow the international community to have its say. Expect this to set a trend. 'We have stolen a march on Frankfurt,' says Judith Mayhew, chairman of the corporation's policy and resources committee. 'They always do next year what we do the previous year.' Of course the City should really be worrying about Berli
  • Internet row hits RIBA region

    The chairman of the Camden Society of Architects claimed this week that the riba acted like 'Big Brother' after it refused to allow links to his branch's Internet site for fear of upsetting potential clients, and 'censored' claims he made on the institute's ribanet service.
  • Investigating space and surfaces

    Visitors to the Henry Moore Institute at Leeds in summer 1996 were subtly disorientated. They found the ground-floor galleries, three adjacent rooms, entirely colonised by a white-walled construction of small interlinked chambers, sporadically toplit. There was the strong suggestion of a labyrinth, but a labyrinth without a centre, for as you made your way from room to room - either beckoned by the light or drawn instead to dimmer recesses - you had continual choices of route but never the se
  • Ireland in the dock over asbestos dust

    The Irish government is considering how to respond to a threat to take it to the European Court of Justice over the need to write official construction work plans to prevent the release of asbestos dust into the environment.
  • Is getting more women into arbitration asking for the moon?

    legal matters
  • Is Peter Murray a second-hand rose?

  • Is the countryside so precious that we can't afford to use it?

    Years ago I interviewed Richard Rogers (as he then was), at his suburban riverside headquarters. At one point I suggested that he was a true man of the twentieth century. To my surprise he did not take this as a compliment. 'I don't want to be a man of the twentieth century,' he said. 'I want to be a man of the twenty-first century.' It was then that I realised that Lord Rogers (as he now is), was a man of great ambition.
  • It is our duty to reduce fear and enhance joy

  • It is sometimes felt that saving energy by natural ventilation in atria conflicts with smoke control.

    Technical; CI/SfB 32 (L2) (K2)
  • It takes much more than a DIY video to do architecture

  • It was a new design team for Magna

  • It was first-hand examples I wanted



    RIBA is to 'debunk the mystery' of design in an advice lounge at the Contemporary Home Show. Visitors to London's Business Design Centre from 3-6 June can bring photos and sketches of ideas and receive free advice from architects. Tickets cost £8.50 (£10 at the door) from the hotline on 0121 767 4595.
  • It's a gift

  • It's a rap

    The University of Plymouth has received a rap on the knuckles from the riba visiting board, which recommended conditional continued recognition of its Part 1, 2 and 3 courses. It says the school should 'provide evidence of improvement in marking standards' as a condition of recognition of Part 1 and 2 courses, asking for reports to be made in February 1999 and February 2000.
  • It's a vicious cycle, driving one to arrogance

  • It's all change as barristers celebrate marriage a la mode

    legal matters
  • It's all Greek to Wilkinson and Arup

    Chris Wilkinson Architects with Ove Arup and Partners International has won a limited competition for a major road bridge across a dramatic gorge in the Metsovo area of Greece. The suspension bridge uses the sides of the mountain rather than towers to support the suspension structure. 'It's an obvious solution, but I'm not sure it has been done before,' said Wilkinson. The concrete-shell deck spans 500m, 150m above the valley floor. The team beat European engineering practices, including Schl
  • It's good to talk... directly to your barrister

    legal matters
  • It's just too McDonald's


    'Mies van der Rohe: Architecture and Design in Stuttgart, Barcelona, Brno', part of the Modern Masters exhibitions for Glasgow 1999, will run from 14 May-29 August. The show, in the Burrell Collection at Pollok Country Park, looks at the Barcelona Pavilion and Villa Tugendhat, Brno. Tel: 0141 649 7151.
  • It's no accident that this issue of Brick Bulletin, the last of the millennium, should contain so many items about training

    It's no accident that this issue of Brick Bulletin, the last of the millennium, should contain so many items about training - training for student architects and engineers, for the bricklayers of tomorrow, and for today's building professionals wanting to refresh and expand their knowledge.
  • It's no good getting in a spin about the end of the millennium

    For people of a certain age it is impossible to relate the term 'fin du siecle' to the dying months of this year. Difficult to relate it to any period except the turn of the last century, when the age of Napoleon, Jane Austen and Queen Victoria gave place to the age of Adolf Hitler, Ernest Hemingway and Fergie. That was a turning point in history indeed: one minute the tremendous pageantry of kings, emperors and empires putting the finishing touches to the environment; the next a catalogue of
  • It's time for RIBA to educate the planners

  • It's time to straddle the great divide of rural and urban

  • iwm's Marsh moves on

  • James Burland to leave Arup, but he'll still play a role

  • James Dunnett Architects

    James Dunnett Architects is adding this £230,000 concierge station to the front of Erno Goldfinger's Grade II-listed Balfron Tower after winning planning permission.The air-conditioned building for Tower Hamlets council is due to be up by July 2000 and will include a WC,18 CCTV screens, a basement plant room and storage for a wheelchair. Walls will be treated to match the tower's, built between 1965 and 1972. The council is also replacing missing features such as the cornice on top of th

  • James Turrell

  • Japanese restoration

    'Hozon' is a Japanese term associated with all the activities devoted to the preservation of an object, writes John Fidler. At first sight, the well-produced and lavishly illustrated book of that title* could be taken as a bilateral apologia for the 'golden age' restoration-school of dealing with old buildings. This study, by a German government mission focused on Japanese thought and practice in building conservation, talks of being 'liberated from the restrictive corset of antiquated rules'
  • Jean technology

    Architects Co-Partnership has taken an intelligent strategic approach to the design of a headquarters and distribution centre for Levi Strauss outside Northampton. Do the details live up to it? by Jeremy Melvin. Photographs by Philip Bier

  • Jencks' formula for excess

    review: Ecstatic Architecture by Charles Jencks. Academy Editions, 1999. 176pp. £29.95
  • Jewel in the crown

    Cesar Pelli, I hear, is to design a Gerald Ratner Athletics Center on the predominantly collegiate gothic campus of the University of Chicago. I'm sure it won't be crap.

    The Prince's Foundation is gearing up for its relaunch in January at its new Shoreditch headquarters with a major recruitment drive. It advertised nine jobs in the Guardian on Monday, including for two development and regeneration managers to bring forward the development of 'urban village' schemes, a website / information co-ordinator and a communications/ publications co- ordinator. The total value of the salaries on offer is nearly £200,000 per year with 'a competitive salary and bene
  • Jocelyn Stevens comes to the end of the EH road

    The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has signalled the end of Sir Jocelyn Stevens' rocky tenure as chairman of English Heritage by announcing it will be advertising for a new chief to take over next year.

    John Anstey, the expert on rights of light, party walls and boundary disputes, has died. A city surveyor, Anstey was the senior partner of Anstey Horne & Co, which will continue under partners, Lance Harris and Graham North. A memorial service will be held in the future.
  • John McAslan & Partners

  • John McAslan & Partners

    John McAslan & Partners has won planning and listed building consent for this remodelling and extension of the Royal Academy of Music in Marylebone, London. The scheme will incorporate internal interventions, such as improving access, in the 1820s Grade I-listed John Nash-designed building on York Gate (to the left of the picture), which will become a 'living' museum, practice and teaching facility and archive centre. The ram, on the right, was designed by Sir Ernest George & Yeates in 1910 a
  • John McAslan and Partners

  • John McAslan and Partners

  • John Miller and Partners

  • join to last

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  • join to last?

    Pedestrians get right of way

    WorkPlace '99 is set to open its doors next week (16-18 November, Grand Hall, Olympia). The aj is holding a seminar and a drinks party on Tuesday, 16th November for readers in the bar from 18.00.
  • Joining the club

    On 15 April this column reported: 'While work on the Prince of Wales' architecture school gathers pace in London's trendy Shoreditch, I hear rumours of possible personnel moves. Some doubt if school head Adrian Gale will seek a renewal of his contract later this year . . .' It is no pleasure to be proved right, and all one can say is that Professor Gale, whose departure from the job was announced last week, joins a distinguished list of those who, having touched the hem of monarchy, have reti
  • Joining the concrete canon anonymously

  • Josef Albers Print Retrospective

    At Alan Cristea Gallery, 31 Cork Street, London W1 until 8 May

  • Judge Institute, Cambridge

    Architect: John Outram Associates
  • Judge spikes Ritchie's Dublin Millennium Spire

    An Irish High Court judge has halted the erection of the 120m-high, steel spire, designed by Ian Ritchie for Dublin's O'Connell Street. He ruled that Dublin Corporation had not followed correct planning procedures on the project - and that the whole preparatory process must start again.
  • Judges

    Iain Borden Director of Architectural History and Theory, the Bartlett, UCL
  • Juicy, fruity and fresh By Isabel Allen Photographs by Chris Gascoigne/VIEW

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  • Jumping on the bandwagon of delivering verbal punishment

    Does anybody remember a time when architects agreed not to supplant or criticise one another's work? It wasn't very long ago, but today it seems as remote as a frozen mammoth in the tundra. Now even those who still tirelessly promote the idea of 'banging the drum' for architecture must be disconcerted by the speed with which all the quangos, foundations and committees that result seem to have taken to banging it on the head instead.
  • Just hope the rattling in that building isn't a skeleton

  • Just how final is the Final Certificate?

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  • 'Just say no' to underfunded social-housing work

    Architects and others involved in social housing must learn to say no to unsatisfactory funding, procurement methods and quality, a new report commissioned by the riba says. Social housing will only improve if all the parties involved become more aware of the problems and define their roles clearly, it has found. And, it concludes, those involved in housing in England and Wales could learn from examples in Scotland, where many of the problems have already been tackled.
  • Just the job

    My old friend Andrew Finch, erstwhile registrar of the Architects Registration Board, must either be chuckling to himself or fuming over the advertisement for his replacement at the board. 'Protecting the consumer. Safeguarding the reputation of architects,' reads the job ad for the £70,000 pa post. Candidates must be 'approachable, enthusiastic and with the personal presence commensurate with this leadership role', and also be an 'excellent communicator and networker' who will have to '
  • Just the job

  • Just what does 'under £150k' mean . . .


    Keith Williams of Pawson Williams Architects is to give a talk on the firm's recent work at Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen. Other projects include the Orange Tree Theatre in London and the earth galleries in the Natural History Museum. The free talk is on 11 November at 16.30, tel 01224 263500.
  • Justified overheads For the makeovers of a Victorian Mill and a Cambridge college by James Cubitt & Partners, the strategy was not just to extend, but 'to finish the building by putting a hat on top o

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  • Kajima


    Refurbishment of Kilcooley Primary School with Kalwall is complete. Replacing windows with purpose-made Kalwall panels gave classrooms natural diffused light, no glare or shadows, and no need for blinds. Kalwall robust, maintenance-free panel system is based on reinforced fibreglass, and is lightweight and self-supporting. It is claimed to be the most highly insulating, diffuse-light-transmitting material available, with solar-control properties superior to those of glass. Kalwall is supplied

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    Night-time at the University of Birmingham's new research laboratory (adp Architects) gives the appearance of an ethereal translucent skin. By day, Kalwall diffuses natural daylight while ensuring privacy within.




  • Katendrecht Haven, 124 dwellings

    Maccreanor Lavington Architects
  • Katerina Ruedi

    The majority of students' work seemed far reaching in the exploration of inter-disciplinary fields of study, as well as addressing environmental, cultural and technical issues. All the work was backed-up by strong supporting portfolios, clear ideas with a polemical concept and a dash of humour. The very best entries were outstanding at both Part I and Part II.
  • Katerina Ruedi

  • Katherine Shonfield

    So architects are 'trained specifically to visualise at both large and small scale', according to the document championing the town champions (aj 23.9.99). The large-scale end of this visual capacity clearly packed up both at Bluewater and the new Sainsbury's for Green and ecological Greenwich. Both carefully crafted buildings subsist in a sea of thousands of parked cars.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    I have just been to see a stage production of The Snowman, for my sins.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    Shock research finding: rain is wet. After an expert enquiry which has taken place over the past five decades, a preliminary report to the sub-committee of the standing committee of the presiding committee now shows early indications of a tentative relationship between precipitation and subjective sensations of dampness.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    The proportion of marriages ending in divorce is now two in five. Add to this the numbers of couples unblessed by church or state. Doesn't it then seem as if in buying family homes - an act hallowed by the full armoury of this country's most powerful institutions - we are indulging a level of wish-fulfilment that would shame the common- sense of a Cinderella?

    While society demonstrates a wild cult of the appearance of youth, as in Brazil's massive consumption of plastic surgery, the prevailing assumption is that the reality of youth must inevitably be subject to age and experience, which are unequivocally a good thing. An example is in the Stansfield Smith consultation document on architectural education.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    Scene: Westminster City Council. Agenda item: A vote for the sale of a prime site in Pimlico. Proposer: 'We've got to face economic facts. This borough is in no position to finance day-dreams.' Opposer, in favour of using the site for the children of the local community: 'Don't you ever think of anything more important than pounds, shillings and pence?' Vote: In favour of selling. copyright T E B Clarke, scriptwriter, Passport to Pimlico, Ealing Films 1948.

    Is spin-doctoring so called because it makes your head spin so much that everything seems deja vu? We seem to have heard Tony Blair's latest declaration that we live in a meritocracy, and that we are all middle-class now, somewhere before. From time to time commentators dig this one out, and present it in the manner of an eager puppy depositing a well-chewed sock, ever optimistic that society will pick it up and take it to its heart. In the past, though, no one has had the cheek to coincide t

    'Changing Rooms Wrecked My Marriage' read last Monday's headline in the Sun newspaper, so inducing a prayerful relief in the architectural profession that the arb had the good sense to keep the interiors lot at bay, now they are getting it in the neck.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    It is both absurd and fruitless to divide the profession's work in one of the biggest of world industries from its networks of effects on the wider material world. Marco Goldshmied's speech on architecture and politics is a timely reminder of this.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    'The more time we spend in a world where we don't even know how the kettle boils, the more we will demand that our architecture shows us how its made.' This remark by Natalia Kokosalaki, a second-year student at South Bank, encapsulates something forgotten in the easy equivalence made between hi-tech and avant-garde architecture.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    Barcelona's RIBA Gold Medal is a welcome sign that the institute is turning from professional protectionism to the promotion of the possible: the very best practice in architecture and what it can do for cities.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    A cartoon in one of London's papers showed two blokes looking at the eclipse, with one saying to the other: 'I heard the next one's pay-per-view'.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    Katherine Shonfield
  • Katherine Shonfield

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  • Katherine Shonfield

    This is the season for the architectural classes to drift around in groups and ask themselves slightly wistful questions. One such question is why, ample supplies of Chianti and ciabatta notwithstanding, North London isn't a bit more like an outpost of Umbria. The following answers might do to be going on with:
  • Katherine Shonfield

    The definition of 'architectural research' might seem of marginal importance to most professionals.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    'Through Architects' Eyes', an evening of films picked by architects, and organised jointly by the British Film Institute and the riba as part of Architecture Week, was an extraordinary event.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    The feeling of relief that one is not of an age to see out the next century is an unspoken, but effective, palliative to pre-millennial tension. However, just one piece of news has sparked off the pangs of envy that used to be so common among the middle-aged three decades ago. If you are between eight and fifteen you can now sleep (as in spend the night) with the sarcophagi in the British Museum's Egyptian rooms.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    In Britain it seems that even when forced (through a belated sense of protocol) to appear to open up an architectural opportunity, we then seek every possible means to hem it in.
  • Keep education report, but lose college idea

  • Keep institutes away from Open House

  • Keeping space in suspense

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  • Kelly pushes ARB into new uncharted waters

    The ARB is finally about to tie up a deal with the RIBA on the validation ofschools and wants to spread its influence in education once it has done so.

    The impressive new Festival Leisure Centre at Basildon is the first major product to employ a new-generation, single-pack, heavy-duty primer from Kemira Coatings. The buildings include a multiscreen cinema, a Hollywood Bowl 10-pin bowling alley, themed restaurants and nightclubs. In all, about 1500 tonnes of structural steel have been protected by a 75-micron coating of Temaprime 986 (hs) in grey, one of a vast range of colours available as standard. For more information: David Cross, tel 016
  • Kenneth Martin: The Chance and Order Series, Screw Mobiles and Related Works 1953-1984


    Envelope design - solar control in summer, insulation and airtightness in winter

    Dumbartonshire Enterprise has unveiled a £10 million visitor attraction on the banks of Loch Lomond. The £60 million project, designed by Ian White Associates and Page and Park, will include a visitor centre, restaurants, retail outlets and a hotel.
  • Kill the Modernist Within

  • King of the heap

    Office work - that dominant and unifying experience of the western world - is at last being taken seriously in popular culture. From the team who made Beavis & Butthead and King of the Hill, comes Office Space, 'a timely satire on corporate America', as one critic terms it. The plot revolves around a normal office worker whose behaviour, after deciding to drop out, leads to him being identified as 'senior management material'. As this epiphany stems from a growing obsession with a waitress (i

    Behind the showers of the exclusive bathrooms at the fashionable new West End hotel, One Aldwych, lies Knauf's specialist tile-backing board, Aquapanel. Specified by scheme architect Jestico + Whiles, this grc board, installed on metal studwork in the shower enclosures, can be fully immersed in water without suffering loss of strength. It can be shaped in both directions, giving the opportunity to tile on to curved surfaces, and is suitable for fire-rated systems up to 60 minutes.

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  • Konrad Wachsmann: the greatest architect of the twentieth century

    Thirty years ago the architectural historian Peter Blake wrote that it was as impossible to imagine modern architecture without prefabrication as to imagine Christianity without the Cross. Now, in the last days of 1999 with the book still open to nominations for the architect of the century, it is worth remembering his words. For most of the last 99 years Blake was right: the dream of buildings coming off a production line was always the Shangri-La of the Modernist movement; the ultimate goal
  • Koski Solomon & Ruthven Architects

  • Kosovo rebuilding

  • KPF wins in Madrid

    Kohn Pedersen Fox has won an invited competitive interview for an hq for a Spanish electricity firm in Madrid, said to be worth around £36 million. The practice beat Foster and Partners, hok and Richard Rogers Partnership. kpf will work with Spanish architect Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos sl to design the 80,000m2 low-rise office for endesa sa.
  • KPF's city skyscraper

  • KSS shows mettle in financial survey

  • Kurokawa's sunflower opens

    The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam re-opened last month to a royal fanfare and panoply of government ministers, artists, scholars, museum directors and proud, smart-suited Amsterdam citizens. The 1973 open-plan daylit building, designed by Gerrit Rietveld, was originally planned for some 60,000 visitors a year; but just before it closed for renovation, this trickle had become a flood of around a million a year. It is now likely to increase again. For the past 10 months it has been closed. Durin
  • Labour backs PFI

  • Labour snubs social housing

    London Labour authorities are planning 'no-go areas' for social housing on valuable inner-city sites, which they would like to see redeveloped with private housing. Some authorities will try to relocate tenants to cheaper areas following demolition of their estates. Boroughs involved so far include Hackney, Southwark, Lewisham, Lambeth and Newham, with Barking & Dagenham also considering the issue at officer level. The policy, which has emerged from arguments about whether to 'contain' or 'di

  • Lambeth chooses four for new primary schools

  • Land and Environmental Art

    Edited by Jeffrey Kastner. Phaidon, 1998. 306pp. £39.95
  • Land Design reveals Dome zone secrets

    Land Design Studio has revealed to the aj its final plans for the Play zone inside the Millennium Dome, which promises a series of imaginative, educational - and non-violent - high-tech games, none of which have been seen in this country before.

    John Sales - recently retired head of gardens for the National Trust
  • Landscape architect Gross Max

  • Landscape Architecture and Town Planning in the Netherlands 95- 97

    Edited by Sjoerd Cusveller. Thoth, 1998. 176pp. £24.95. (Distributor Art Books International, tel 0171 720 1503)

    John Hopkins of Landscape Design Associates and a tutor of the Bartlett School of Architecture has been awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust travelling fellowship for 1999. He will go to Harvard and study the regeneration of streets, parks and squares.
  • Landscape body seeks Jellicoe scholars

  • landscape briefing CONTACTS

    The Landscape Institute 6/7 Barnard Mews, London SW11 1QV, tel 0171 738 9166, email, web site The main uk professional organisation for landscape architects. It publishes the 'Directory of Registered Landscape Practices'.
  • landscape briefing PLACES TO VISIT

    Centre for Alternative Technology Machynlleth, SY20 9AZ, tel 01654 703743, fax 01654 702782. Well established and interesting for power, traditional construction, and recycling techniques.
  • landscape briefing PUBLICATIONS

    Topos: European Landscape Magazine. In English and German. This is the major landscape design magazine worldwide. Each issue is themed; the forthcoming Issue 26 will be on the Emscher Park which is the environmentally led transformation of the Ruhrgebiet. Each issue costs 58DM, getting on for £30. Details Callwey Verlag, fax 0049 8943 60 05113.

    Landscape architect Watkins: Dally has been appointed by the London Borough of Southwark to work with Penoyre and Prasad on the refurbishment of the Charter School in Dulwich. The project will cost around £6.5 million to build.
  • Large but perfectly formed

    Not many practices make it through to their fourth generation of partners, and it is even rarer for one to survive with its architectural integrity intact by martin pawley
  • Largest practices make hay

    A new performance report shows that larger practices are grabbing the fattest slice of the booming market RESEARCH

    Latchways has taken its riba-approved cable-based fall-arrest systems presentation out on the road to over 350 uk architects. The training session explains how cable-based safety systems can be used to ensure that workers are protected in the event of a fall. It provides architects with practical advice on how to satisfy cdm guidelines and how to provide safe access for maintenance and cleaning. The riba-approved presentation also enables its members to gain cpd credits.
  • Late blooming of cultural concepts

    The most astonishing moment of Gordon Benson's talk to members of DOCOMOMO and the public last week was his assertion that only halfway through his career in practice with Alan Forsyth did they grasp the concept 'that buildings could be conveyers of cultural ideas'. The moment of awakening came when, struggling to reinvent themselves during the Thatcher years, they were asked to design a clocktower in Japan, and offered instead to do a building that had 'something to do with time'. The result
  • LATE NEWS BD Brick Awards

  • Latest South Bank brief could save the Hayward

  • Law can be more inconvenient than inconvenience itself

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  • Law cannot be independent; impartial is the best it can get

    legal matters
  • Lawrence remembered


  • Le Corbusier by Rene Burri/Magnum Birkhauser, 1999. 184pp. £59. (Distributor 0181 542 2465)

  • Le Corbusier look stirs more 'speculations'

  • Le Corbusier's beautiful scapegoat

    As the discussion about new housing models for the twenty-first century rumbles on, it is worth revisiting the most influential prototype of this century - Le Corbusier's Unite d'habitation in Marseilles, now a historic monument some 50 years old, simply known as Le Corbusier.


    Leaderflush + Shapland has launched its new product selector brochure, detailing the company's wide range of high-performance doors and doorsets. The product selector is designed as a quick reference point for current products, assisting selection of the appropriate ranges to suit specific needs and identification of the correct brochure for these ranges. The brochure also contains the latest news on the industry, standards, regulations and technical developments.

  • Leadership should be in the hands of architects

  • Leading the charge

  • Lean Office

    The third annual 'Lean Office' conference was held in London on 4 and 5 March. It discussed new ways of working, looking at their resulting influence within the corporate environment as expressed through its buildings, interiors, furniture, and facility management.
  • Learned friends

    Lawyers like talking, but not, it seems, when they're working in a library and the talking is done by students leaving lecture theatres. Now the Foster Cambridge Law Faculty, where terraces of the library have no acoustic separation from the spill spaces outside the lecture theatres, are to be modified, students inform me. Dr Kirsty Allen, secretary of the faculty, tells Astragal, that 'we're having work done over the summer . . . a vertical glass screen will separate the library from the lec
  • Learning by example - Dutch developments

  • Learning curve

    Information, communication and learning technology are the subjects of an riba further education client forum symposium on 6 May. 'Accommodating Information, Communication, Education' at Portland Place will look at post-2000 systems. For details fax 0171 436 9112.
  • Learning for a new professionalism

    Practice is changing, but how closely is architectural education following? In fact, shouldn't academia be supporting practice through research at the leading edge of societal change, to better prepare students for working life, to enable students to develop those skills which will give them the greatest flexibility to cope with changes in their industry or, for that matter, in their own life goals?
  • Learning through design The construction of Great Notley School gave the Design Council a chance to learn some lessons about teamwork

    Faced with pressure from clients for higher quality and better value construction the construction industry is having to change the way that it works. Greater emphasis on teamwork is one aspect of this.
  • L'Ecole de Nancy Three major exhibitions at Nancy, Lorraine until 26 July; other events until late September

    Art into industry

  • Legal eagles accept risk in dispute resolution plan

    A barrister has inaugurated a legal service which he claims will 'revolutionise the dispute resolution landscape' by enabling construction professionals to take advantage of recent 'no-win, no-fee' rules.
  • Legislation alone can't change the building culture that kills

    legal matters
  • Leicester seen through rose-tinted 'specs'

  • Lella Vignelli

  • Less is Meier

    War, or at least the closest that Rome's notoriously idle architectural professors might get to waging it, is breaking out over the Emperor Augustus altar of peace. For they object to the replacement of its protective structure with a new shelter designed by Richard Meier. Its stark lines have led to its nickname the 'petrol pump', adding fuel to the flames rather than pouring oil on troubled waters.
  • Less is Moore

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  • Less is Moore

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  • Less is morbid

    Piers Gough was on top form at the Royal Academy last Friday, talking about Soane with critic Rowan Moore in one of the ra's occasional architectural conversation events. Piers, designer of the highly successful Soane exhibition, recalled his experiences designing the Lutyens show at the Hayward in the early 1980s - Philip Johnson sponsored it but never visited because, he claimed, he was 'too old to travel'. Piers then unleashed a torrent of aphorisms on a delighted audience. Venturi's Natio
  • Lessons from abroad

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  • Lessons learned from a tale of two galleries

    'The indisputable truth is that the museum is an old-fashioned triumph of Modern architecture'
  • Lessons of 'the look'

    JULIAN HOLDER The Sixties by Lesley Jackson. Phaidon, 1998. 240pp. £39.95
  • Let phone boxes take the weight

  • Let the good times roll

    Architects' workloads are still on the rise, with some figures approaching the all-time peaks of the late 1980s
  • Let there be Lightscape

    Want to see how a light fitting specified in your design works in a room? The upgraded Lightscape can help
  • Let's stop being snooty about shopping centres

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    Foster deserves praise for more than quality
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    Accept the challenge of esigning for access
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    Bluewater's place in joined-up planning
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    Black architects - time for doing, not talking
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  • letters Casson was a kind and generous man

    The Hugh Casson obituaries, by Neville Conder and Dinah Casson, were very moving. He was a truly great man; loquaciously modest. His involvement with the Festival of Britain and, years later, his presidency of the Royal Academy, must have occupied every waking moment of his day. Yet he found time, heaven knows how, for kindness and generosity to hosts of fellow architects and others - he was very good to me. Never will cliche ring truer: he will be very sorely missed.
  • letters Entries needed for Mackintosh exhibition

    Following the success of the Glasgow School of Art's (gsa) 'Through the Mac' exhibition for 1997 and 1998, and its tour of Latin America culminating in the Buenos Aires VI International Architectural Biennial, another exhibition called 'Through the Mac Too 2000' is in the process of being set up. It is to be held in January in the gsa's Podium Gallery.
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  • letters Get your heads round the real access issues

    Allo Allo! I come back from holiday to find the great and good farrelling about in a hellman of a muddle over things that we are still not clearly thinking about (Letters, aj 26.8.99).
  • letters Give us good buildings, not fancy bits of kit

    I would agree with Paul Finch's (aj 22.7.99) that add-on facilities, tacked on to the building by the designer in mindless fulfilment of regulations is not the right way to provide economically for people with impaired mobility. Designing the route to and through the building, and the facilities within it so that the widest possible spectrum of the public can use them, is.
  • Letters Pedestrianisation excludes the disabled

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  • letters PFI economy squeezes out the corner shop

    I had mixed feelings on reading Paul Hyett's recent article about buying better buildings in the private sector (AJ 15.7.99). I reminded myself that one in four new companies goes bust since private-sector investment is about the prioritisation of scarce resources. Paul dismisses post-war public architecture on skimpy evidence and in so doing ignores several generations of successful urban design and architecture.
  • letters Pimlico governor: we're under no gagging orders

    As a fellow governor of Pimlico School, I must correct the impression given by Rob Hughes (aj 29.7.99) that we all hate the proposed new building and are suppressing our feelings because we have been flattened by some political juggernaut. Most of us who have spent years voluntarily considering every aspect of the school's future (myself more than four) have only ever sought a practical solution to the problems of the current building to give pupils a fair wind for the future.
  • letters Recalling missed chance to soar with Sir Hugh

    Reading Sir Hugh Casson's obituary (AJ 26.8.99) brought to mind a friend's comment: 'He'll probably turn up in anorak and carpet slippers!'
  • Letters Repeat after me: Access regs are for people

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  • letters The house of the future seems a tad cramped

    I was attracted by the illustrations of the Welsh House of the Future designed by Jestico + Whiles (aj 15.7.99), so I looked at the plan in detail.
  • Letters This academic journal does like innovative work

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  • letters Wake me up before you go-go for Thatcherism

    When will Paul Hyett get the recognition he surely deserves from a grateful government? Not a week goes by now, but we are regaled by Tony's representative in architectural journalism.
  • letters We will all pay more if architects leave ARB

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    Giving due credit at North Greenwich
  • Libeskind and Gough battle it out over war memorial site

  • Libeskindbau leads where other museums should follow

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  • Libeskind's war museum to go ahead - but at a cost .

  • Libraries go retail-style to pull in East End punters

    Tower Hamlets council has launched a new concept for libraries and further education to make them more consumer-friendly. Adopting ideas from retail, it plans to create seven new 'ideas stores' within the next five years to replace its existing libraries. They will incorporate cafes and will adopt the relaxed environment of giant bookshops such as Borders in place of the dowdy and somewhat intimidating institutions that exist at the moment.

    Gaunt Francis Associates is to turn the empty Public Records Office into a library for King's College university after planners gave their approval to a £30 million scheme. It bought a 125-year lease from the Crown Estate and the 16,000m2 Chancery Lane building will have an IT centre, mezzanine and cafs.
  • Licensed to thrill

    What could be the most expensive special effect in cinema history will involve Terry Farrell's MI6 building at Vauxhall. The new James Bond film will see the simulated destruction of the south bank palazzo. Surely a moment to rank with the demolition of Pruitt-Igoe - in a Post-Modern sort of way.
  • Life in Venice

    Roland Paoletti's Jubilee Line extension will form the core of the British exhibition at next year's Venice Biennale, to be developed by the British Council, the Royal Academy and the Wordsearch consultancy. The theme of regeneration will fit well with the subject set by Biennale director Massimiliano Fuksas (seen recently in London judging an Architectural Review competition): 'Cities: less aesthetics, more ethics'. By the way . . . the British Council, chaired by barrister Baroness Kennedy,
  • Life is sweet

    Isee in the window of Konditor and Cook, the upmarket patisserie in London's fashionable Waterloo district, a tempting facsimile of the Millennium Dome. Chocolate substitutes for the fabric, and plastic spoons for the masts, but its description is even more enticing. 'Mind zone . . . it's witty; spirit zone . . . it's good to eat; communication zone . . . share it with others; transaction zone . . . cheaper than the real thing.' No kidding.
  • Lifetime homes grow up

    Yesterday (21 April) Minister for Construction Nick Raynsford launched 'Meeting Part M and Designing Lifetime Homes'. In his foreword to the document, writes Caitriona Carroll, he commends the guide as a useful tool and suggests that those who strive for excellence in housing design might choose to go beyond the regulatory standard and build to Lifetime Homes Standards.
  • Lifetime learning

  • Light rail is light years ahead

  • Light refreshment

    Whether on or offcampus,today's students must be within a few paces a trendy friendly bar.One such is Glo bar,the Student Union bar at Nottingham Trent University, reinvented by Nottingham-based architect Letts Wheeler in collaboration with designer Wolfgang Buttress and landscape architect Fiona Heron.
  • Light transports of delight?

    Metrolink tram in St Peter's Square, Manchester
  • Lighthouse set to shine as Glasgow 99 'legacy'

  • Lighting up time in Soho

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    New workshops, laboratories and student amenities have been designed by architect Lambert Scott and Innes for City College, Norwich, from a combination of existing and new buildings. The main front elevation forms part of a new pedestrianised street, on to which the new workshops open. A combination of blue engineering bricks and Apollo Architectural Facing Masonry from Lignacite was used to add impact, colour and texture. The Riverbed buff block specified adds warmth to the building, particu



    The first dedicated football training academy has just been completed by Mowlem Construction at Knowsley in Liverpool. It will undoubtedly set the standard for other such training facilities in the future. Knowsley Design Consultancy designed the building with a brief for a functional yet striking landmark in keeping with the traditions of Liverpool fc. The ground floor has been constructed using Lignacite's Apollo Inca Polished Range to give a solid, clean appearance to the base of the build

    Lignacite's Apollo Architectural Facing Masonry has been used externally on the new klm Call Centre at Norwich Airport as a form of decorative cladding and as part of the acoustic insulation strategy. The additional benefits of Apollo masonry were the block module dimensions, colour and texture, which reduced the apparent scale of the building. The project was a d&b contract. May Gurney was the contractor and nps the scheme designer and novated architect.
  • Lime from limeys

    Hydraulic Lias Limes (still known to some as Blue Lias Limes) has just received an Agrement Certficate for a hydraulic lime*, called hl2, the first uk company to achieve this. It recently held an open day to announce this - and also because it was a little stung when the aj pointed out that to get standardised, commodity hydraulic lime you had (then) to go to suppliers like St Astier in France (aj 7.1.99). A British-cum- Euro standard is on the way. In the meantime an Agrement Certificate wil
  • Lincoln University, Lincoln Architect: RMJM

    The first phase of Lincoln's new university is a fourstorey self-sufficient building for academic,staff and technical accommodation.It is designed to allow for changing needs:the layout is based on a series of 24 x 15m clear-span 'accommodation modules'with service,lift and stair cores between.
  • Lincolnshire architect puts his mark on RA gallery

  • Lipton sets framework to ensure pfi quality ...

    Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (cabe) chief Stuart Lipton has moved swiftly to try and raise the architectural quality of Private Finance Initiative (pfi) schemes by winning over the Lord Chancellor's department to agree to a new two-stage process in all its building projects.
  • Lipton to 'spread the word' as architecture champion

  • Liquid City

    by Marc Atkins and Iain Sinclair. Reaktion, 1999. 224pp. £14.95
  • Liquidation and the gothic kitchen gargoyle. Who pays?

    legal matters
  • List it, don't demolish it

  • Listed building photos to be freely available on Internet

  • Listen to what users say, not just architects


  • Litigious landscape

  • Liverpool has no time for tea in cinema scheme

  • Liverpool media centre axed after grant delays

  • Liverpool waterfront among World Heritage nominations

    Culture secretary Chris Smith has announced the final nomination of proposed World Heritage Sites to rank alongside the Taj Mahal and Grand Canyon.
  • Llewelyn-Davies wins £500m Edinburgh waterfront

    Powerbrokers behind the £500 million redevelopment of Edinburgh waterfront have confirmed Llewelyn-Davies as masterplanner of the next stage of the 63ha mixed-use scheme, after initial work for the site by edaw and czwg (AJ 24.6.99).
  • Local authorities are 'holding back' brownfield development

  • local on a global scale

  • Location and CO2

    At a slightly attended meeting of the Construction Industry Environmental Forum, Susheel Rao of bre set out its current work on sustainability and transport. Some 10 -15 case studies of concerned firms will look at the effects of initiatives such as mobile working, management policy, and how the mix of transport modes may be improved during relocation.

    Work on a water-sports launch building in Drumkinnon Bay on the banks of Loch Lomond is about to start. The building by Wren Rutherford Austin- Smith: Lord will have information and viewing points and launch areas for boats. It will also be used by the countryside ranger who patrols the loch. It is part of a £26 million 40ha masterplan of the area, and the launch is due to be finished in spring 2000.

    Work has started on a £4-million office and housing scheme by Geoffrey Reid Associates for Maritime Housing Association in Liverpool. Commutation Row, a former school, will be pulled down for 33 loft-style flats and 1200m2 of offices with a basement car park. The 5000m2 development is due to be finished next year.
  • London authority building grabs wrong headlines . . .


    John Viner launched an attack on the London bias of riba activities during a discussion on Design Quality Forums. Caroline Cole, who runs the Clients Advisory Service, explained how these forums, set up to help clients in specific fields, work. Each has an architect as a convenor, and Viner argued that the convenors should be changed more frequently. He said that there should also be regional forums, and went on to attack the competition system. 'Let's have regional competitions,' he said. 'T
  • London calling

    Apiquant moment at the Young Architect of the Year award as Will Alsop and Sir Norman Foster bump into each other, Norman having just heard that he is to design the new Greater London Authority building rather than Will. They chat about other things. But they may be designing next to each other, since under a condition of the planning permission for the Foster complex, of which the glc building is a part, a chunk of land reverts to Southwark Council once a certain amount of building work has
  • London diary

    Jennifer Bloomer Thursday 4 November, 18.30. A Bartlett lecture at the Gustav Tuck lecture theatre, Gower St, WC1 (0171 387 7050).
  • 'London mayor must build new bridges across Thames'

    Business campaign group London First is pressing for design competitions for the three new river bridges it wants built to open up and regenenerate the vast Thames Gateway area at a cost of around £500 million.
  • London needs more road, not river, space

  • London Underground station

    Acanthus Lawrence & Wrightson Architects has unveiled its competition- winning design for a virtually new London Underground station at Hounslow East on the Piccadilly line. The scheme - which includes a new ticket hall, interchange passageway, stairs and lifts - is based on a timber diagrid deck. Diagonal ribs are supported on structural 'trees' rising from street level, and the roof is clad in green patinated copper shingles. The building has a transparent elevation to the main road. Comple
  • London versus Frankfurt

    two cheers for Canary Wharf
  • London's great exhibition comes to Docklands

    After a decade of work and funding battles, Moxley Architects has finally got the green light for its plans for ExCeL, London's largest single-site exhibition centre.

    The Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers has called on the government to set global warming targets beyond 2010. A piecemeal approach to meeting short-term targets will not work, it said, in response to the government's 'uk Climate Change Programme' consultation paper.

    The RIBA Eastern Region is holding its annual conference on 'Sustainability in Construction' on Saturday 13 March. Workshops at Aldeburgh, Suffolk will look at planning, regulations and landfill. The conference costs £47, including lunch. For details contact 01223 324157.
  • Looking back in amber

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  • Looking back without nostalgia

    As architect hta resigns from the so-called 'Greenwich Millennium Village' project in protest against the conservatism of the development consortium, David Matless' talk, 'Near and Elsewhere', at the Photographers' Gallery, totally undermined the basis of the prevailing, nostalgic, 'Little England' attitude towards architecture and the environment. It is telling that one of the partners in the Greenwich consortium is a company called Countryside Properties. The Millennium has been packaged as
  • Looking east can give London a new focus

  • Looking forward to two for the price of one

  • Looking like a million dollars


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  • Looking Up: Rachel Whiteread's Water Tower

  • Lord Denning eulogy isn't the full story

  • Lord's wins again

  • Lottery grant £6.5m to Newport's arts centre

    A riverside development to provide cultural facilities including a £10.3 million theatre and arts centre (below) on the west bank of the River Usk at Newport, South Wales, has been awarded a £6.5m lottery grant by the Arts Council of Wales.

    The Duke of Gloucester has given his support to a new scheme called Celebrating Construction Achievement. It was the brainchild of deputy pm John Prescott and is aimed at improving the profile of British construction. It will reward good design and construction on the national lottery-funded capital projects. The 12 best schemes will be chosen next April and exhibited.
  • Lovely architects with the common touch

  • Low-cost educational achievements in Ulster

  • Lower-energy design

  • LPAC heaps praise on City's £150m Foster 'gherkin'

    The London Planning Advisory Committee has given the thumbs-up to Foster and Partners 'erotic gherkin' - the Sw iss Re Tower.
  • Lubetkin quits over cash for Bristol architecture centre

  • Lubetkin revisited

    A rumour reaches me from London Zoo that a new penguin pool is planned. It's not that Lubetkin's masterpiece is unpopular with its residents - they breed and eat well - but what really turns the punters on is a sub- aqua exhibit, and a second pool would also allow for another species. And, of course, more frequent opportunities for the original to meet some of the overwhelming number of requests for fashion shoots.
  • Luton station project jets off


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  • M is for modifications

    technical & practice; The new Part M of the Building Regulations will have wide effect in its application to new buildings and other changes
  • Macabre plotting

    Chris Smith may have dumbed down somewhat since the days of his Cambridge PhD, but at least he knows who Gyorgy Ligeti is, even if he didn't know the plot of his opera Le Grand Macabre, one of the first productions scheduled for the Royal Opera House on its re-opening. 'It is not a work I am familiar with,' he said at the topping out last week, 'so I checked my reference books for a synopsis. Much of the plot is surreal. Early on the end of the world is predicted and some well-intentioned cha

    Marie Brunborg, Alexis Burrus, Eric Drieenhuizen, Saskia Kloosterboer, Joost Kok, Richard Lavington, Gerard Maccreanor, Paula Palombo, Rachael Pigg, Jan van Spanje, Mechthild Stuhlmacher, Kerstin Tresselt, Lodewijk Verleisdonk, Adam Visser, Aidan Williams;

    David Mackay of Barcelona-based practice mbm, which has won the masterplanning competition for the 'Arc of Opportunity' in Newham, will speak at the Architecture Foundation on 28 April at 18.30. Tickets are free, but must be reserved. Call 0171 839 9389.

  • Magna Millennium project shows Wilkinson's steel

  • Magnificent seven to decide on architecture champion


    In brief
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  • Major buildings

    Clockwise from left: Mothers' House in Amsterdam, designed by van Eyck and his wife and completed in 1978; the estec complex at Nordwijk completed in 1989, has a plan of intricately intersecting curves; the municipal orphanage in Amsterdam (1960) gave van Eyck the first opportunity to practise his ideals; Pastoor Van Arts Church, The Hague, completed in 1969.

    Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki has won the £80,000 Praemium Imperiale architecture award. The award, to recognise lifetime arts achievements, was announced last week at the Alice Tully Hall at New York's Lincoln Centre. The awards will be presented in October.
  • Making a landscape

  • Making a mark

  • Making a splash

  • Making the most of glass

    This study, carried out under an Shepherd/aj award, expresses the potential of glass structures through maximisation of the material properties and exploitation of the best fabrication technology available. Bearing connections are proven by project experience where the joining together of glass with glass is via a loadbearing pin. The method of jointing is shown for glass as a pure elastic and brittle material, but the principles apply equally to all brittle materials, including stone and cer
  • Making the most of thermal mass Buildings must be designed carefully to get all the advantages of a high thermal mass, a new study from the BRE shows

    Many building designs now use night cooling in conjunction with thermal mass for passive cooling during the summer. However, the effect of the thermal mass affects building performance throughout the year. Particularly important is a significant penalty of increased space-heating demand that can result from increasing the thermal mass of a building. There are also issues of integrating building services, for example, to achieve suitable lighting levels and acoustic performance. The importance
  • Making waves At the Beckenham Spa swimming complex, LDA Architects has given Bromley council an exemplary building of chic Modernism. This should be an inspiration to other local authorities. Photogra

    On a recent Radio 5 broadcast, British swimmer Mark Foster was asked about his decision to pose naked in the July issue of Cosmopolitan. Foster bemoaned the media's lack of interest in swimming, justifying his own exhibitionism as a much-needed move to publicise his sport. Swimming just isn't sexy. And with a few exceptions, the same can be said for its buildings. Architecturally, there is little between Disney-esque leisure-dromes, palm-and-wicker health clubs, and graffiti-ridden chlorine-s
  • Making/Thinking: Artists Build - Models and Drawings about Building by Erwin Heerich


    National Trust Enterprises and the Royal College of Art have launched an experimental college-wide ma design project at Erno Goldfinger's 60- year-old No 2 Willow Road. Students will use the home to inspire new merchandise for the trust's gift shops and catalogue. Shortlisted entrants will be exhibited at the rca from 25 March to 5 April.
  • Manchester Architecture Guide

    by Eamonn Canniffe and Tom Jefferies. Manchester Metropolitan University, 1998. £4.99
  • Manchester blues

  • Manchester picks big names for city renewal


    Deputy PM John Prescott has agreed with his planning inspector and refused an application for a nine-storey L-plan office block near to Manchester's Grade I-listed town hall. The scheme by Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams had ground-floor shops, restaurants and basement car-parking and was called in for an inquiry last year. It would have involved knocking down three listed buildings, and overshadowed the town hall, said the Government Office for the North West. Manchester Civic Society said 'D
  • Manchester rises from ashes and makes Contact

  • Manchester to host Ando's first UK building

    Tadao Ando, the 1997 Royal Gold Medallist, is to design his first uk building - a pavilion structure forming part of a major redevelopment of Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens.
  • Mandatory e-mail is turn-off message

  • Manhattan project

    Peter Eisenman's victory in the competition to design a great new chunk of Midtown Manhattan marks another chapter in the impact of Phyllis Lambert, founder of the Canadian Center for Architecture, on the city skyline. It was she who persuaded her father, Edgar Bronfman, to commission the Mies Seagram tower on Park Avenue, thus changing the course of us architectural history. While the latest project will be significant, Lambert will have some way to go before she exercises the same influence
  • Manhattan Skyscrapers

    by Eric P Nash.Princeton Architectural Press, 1999.175pp.£30
  • Manhattan transfer

    Rem Koolhaas, who was speaking to a sold-out South Bank audience on 'Metropolitan Apotheosis' this week, has had good reviews for his 43rd Street auditorium in Manhattan, just opened. New York Times critic Herbert Muschamp describes the scheme, along with the equally recent Future Systems Comme des Garcons store in the city, as architectural 'sushi' - but says something more substantial is now required. I am sure these architects would be happy to oblige . . .

  • Marco Goldschmied

    One of the most rewarding parts of my role as riba President is looking at the work of the architects of tomorrow. The President's Medals provide an excellent opportunity to see a showcase of the best of this work, from students all over the world.


    London's mayor and Greater London Authority are rumoured to be moving into Romney House in Marsham Street as a temporary home from July 2000 for around three years. The 1930s building will be the gla base while Foster and Partners' riverside hq is being built.
  • Martin Pawley the lego rebellion in China

    If you have ever wondered about the real reason for handing back Hong Kong to China, read on. It can be expressed in one simple phrase - Lego Wars. The battle began in 1983, when the big American toy maker, Tyco, decided to start manufacturing Lego-compatible building blocks in Hong Kong. Tyco's management and lawyers had convinced themselves that, because Lego's grip on the global toy building-block market was unshakeable, Tyco could only compete by selling a product that would fit the Lego
  • Martin Pawley: a contribution to art history

    Item: photograph by Snowdon. Location: No 9 Northumberland Place, London. Subject: former Trade and Industry Secretary Peter Mandelson in a corner. Background (left to right): plain wall to corner, painted white, with no skirting or cornice. Small secretly hung unframed Jacobean portrait; full-height venetian blind, slats giving a glimpse of balcony balustrading. Second plain wall from corner also painted white with no skirting or cornice, but with a square recess (prob. location of removed f
  • Martin Pawley: bow-tie crime at last

    Government, the Olympic Games, talk shows, the art world - corruption is everywhere. So it's not surprising that it has finally turned up in Portland Place. Only last week a brilliant conman was found guilty of masterminding the twentieth-century's biggest architectural fraud by fooling the riba, arb, rfac, Arts Council, Royal Academy, aa and rac into accepting drawings of more than 200 fantasy buildings worth hundreds of millions of pounds.
  • Martin Pawley: makeover power

    Build a house, have a son, plant a tree. That was the ancient Chinese formula for a happy life. Today the surefire formula for a happy life is much cheaper and takes much less time. All you have to do is have your room redecorated by complete strangers over a weekend. Then you feel fantastic.
  • Martin Pawley: not much time for capsules

  • Martin Pawley: predict and prevent

    Thirty years ago, when the Underground still carried advertisements urging everyone to 'Work out of London and get more out of life', population dispersal was seen as the cure for all urban ills. In fact, from the first public health legislation to the coming of the railways, the national grid, the Blitz, the new towns programme, the promise of cheap nuclear power, the building of the motorways and the planning of Milton Keynes, every trend in politics, philosophy and economics seemed to poin
  • Martin Pawley: running a bunker economy

    'Our culture is a national asset, our equivalent of oilfields or diamonds,' proclaimed the Italian minister of culture last week. She was expressing her concern at the Jubilee Line Extension-type performance of those responsible for rebuilding Venice's La Fenice opera house after the fire of three years ago. Apparently, without La Fenice and all the architecture, art and antiquities like it, Italy would be done for.
  • Mass-production quality comes to Manchester

    Glenn Howells Architects has won £20,000 for designing a mass-production housing scheme in Manchester's Britannia Basin competition.
  • Masterly achievement of Masters of Building

  • Masterminding a strategy for schools

    Dominic Cullinan Architects has been working with senjit on Makeover at Schools (M@S), a long-term study which aims to transform the way our secondary schools are designed, altered and maintained.

  • Matchless guide to city explorations

  • Material values

    masters of building: Concrete, flint, stone and tile are combined to richly decorative effect in one of the finest houses of the Arts and Crafts movement - E S Prior’s Home Place in Norfolk
  • Material values

    What is more, it is a clear demonstration that Prior primarily saw the use of historic precedent for details and forms, of vernacular references and of local building materials, as a means of rooting a building to its site, and making it expressive of its particular location.
  • Materials re-use on the web

    bre's Materials Information Exchange is an Internet site* that tries to promote the reuse of materials. Its focus is sustainability through recycling of materials, rather than exchange of building materials for conservation, though the two can sit comfortably together. For this aj conservation issue we revisited it after several months in operation, looking for conservation materials.
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  • Mayoral candidates pick up speed for London walk

    More than a hundred hardy souls took part in last Sunday's symbolic London North City Walk, meeting in Regents Park, to push support for equal treatment for pedestrians in the future planning of the capital. Their reward was an introduction to the key mayoral candidates for Mayor of London, who appeared briefly to address the crowd, and to get large amounts of free publicity on itn news that evening. Organisers Tony Meats (Office of Urban Design) and Dan Bone (Civix) seemed quite happy for th
  • Mayoral hopefuls mobilise for £10 million walkway

  • Mayoral hopefuls seek design vote

    Lord Archer has stolen a march on his rivals for the post of London mayor by appointing an ambitious trainee architect to form a design policy and use the power of architecture to try and put him into Lord Foster's gla building.
  • Mayoral hopefuls sling arrows at Foster's GLA

  • MBM scoops Newham

    MBM Arquitectes, a major force in Gold-Medallist Barcelona, has won a competition to turn one of Europe's biggest derelict sites into another showpiece, this time for modern living in Newham.
  • McAslan adds to Lasdun at SOAS

    John McAslan & Partners has won planning and listed building consent for a £7.5 million scheme to extend the School of Oriental and African Studies' Bloomsbury campus by creating new buildings, subtle linkages and space-saving measures. The permission comes at the end of a long consultation process with conservation groups - which McAslan says has taught him many lessons.
  • McAslan aims to remove King's Cross concourse


  • McAslan's boat comes in with competition win

    John McAslan & Partners has made a splash on the Thames by winning a competition to design Chiswick boathouse for the University of
  • McAslan's curvaceous Kelvingrove connector

    John McAslan and Partners' £830,000 competition entry for the Kelvin Link between Glasgow's University and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum triumphed last week ahead of 54 entries from across the uk.
  • McAslan's get the go-ahead as Sloane re-arrangers

    John McAslan and Partners has won planning and listed-building consent for a major £50 million scheme to renovate and extend the Peter Jones store on London's fashionable Sloane Square, Chelsea.


  • Me old China

    Culture secretary Chris Smith took off for China this week accompanied by representatives of the media industry, just as news broke of an alleged plan by the Chinese government to make a £100 million offer for our very own Millennium Dome. It would be used, among other things, as a showcase for Chinese manufacturers, and would include offices, exhibition space and, believe it or not, restaurants. It is reported that the Chinese want to invest £10 billion in the uk over five years, w
  • Meaningless ideas are still useful in politics

    Several times a year, regular as clockwork, there comes a message of hope. Not only from the Pope or the archbishop of Canterbury, but from Lord Rogers of Riverside, patron saint of city life. The sentiment is always the same, even if there is a contradiction now and then. For instance in The Times in 1997 he announced: 'Nine out of ten Britons now live in cities, most of them communities of more than 100,000 people. This startling statistic reveals us to be predominantly urbanised.' A year l
  • Measured approach to designing buildings

    The New Metric Handbook has clearly lost its newness since its publication in 1979. A revised reprint in 1981 and 10 reprintings since attest to its continuing relevance to designers. At last we have the second edition, simply titled Metric Handbook*.

    Llewelyn-Davies is understood to have taken over the £500 million masterplan of Edinburgh Waterfront, including 100ha of housing for 7000 people, shops and offices. It will put 'meat on the bones' of the initial framework by EDAW and CZWG and see if it 'stacks up financially', said the council. An announcement is due this week.
  • Med for it

    There will be no holiday this year for Gough who instead is working on a Channel 4 documentary on the history of architecture, for which he was sent to Coventry this week. Other architects are taking a more Mediterranean approach to vacations. Lord Foster is spending the month in his house in the south of France ('but he is working' said his office). Nigel Coates has been in France and Italy and Steve Marshall of Munkenbeck and Marshall in Cyprus. Even the AJ's esteemed editor Paul Finch has

    An exhibition of photographs of new buildings in Barcelona, curated by one of this year's RIBA Gold Medallists Josep Acebillo, is running at the Architecture Centre, 66 Portland Place, London W1 from 22 to 26 June. RIBA president David Rock will award the medal to former mayors and urban experts of the city on 23 June.
  • Medical history

    Philip Proctor Associates has won a competition to design the £3.2 million Charles Hastings Medical Museum as part of a medical education centre in Worcester. It will include a library, a 170-seat lecture room and training rooms. The design, due for completion in 2001, will be used to train people in medical and caring professions from across the county.
  • Medical research

    Neil Leach's latest book The Anaesthetics of Architecture (mit Press) has so impressed Bernard Tschumi that Leach has been invited to teach for a semester at Columbia University, New York. Forsaking Nottingham for the rarefied air of Columbia, Leach will rub shoulders not just with Tschumi but such luminaries as formidable art historian Rosalind Krauss and cultural theorist Edward Said. This transatlantic compliment is echoed by Nottingham, which this week honours doyenne of us critics Ada Lo

    Jonathan Smith & Partners has completed a 2.6 million four-storey office behind the Grade II-listed Fielding Johnson Hospital in Leicester. The 3200m2 scheme, just completed, is fronted on three sides by the restored nineteenth century facades with decorative stucco and terracotta mouldings. The developer was W S Yeates.
  • Medieval housing associations

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  • Meet developers - and pay for the privilege

    An events company is charging architects £15,000 for the privilege of talking to property directors in the hope of getting work.
  • Meet Megan

    The cyborg creation of a firm calling themselves Internet Architects (arb take note) as an answer to the all-pervading Lara Croft. Provided you have the right software, she shows her 'soft smile and flattering (should that be fluttering?) eyelids' as she 'walks' into the sea at Eastbourne, the company's equally glamorous local haunt. All to demonstrate they can design a website for you. The 'architects' are at www. Perhaps they offer a glimpse of a new career for you
  • Meeting of minds

    When Department of Culture minister Alan Howarth recently entertained Downing Street policy chief Geoff Mulgan (founder of 'think-tank' Demos), it made for a poignant reunion. They had last met in a classroom in the privileged environment of Westminster School, where Howarth had instilled cultural values - to wit Eng Lit - into the adolescent Mulgan. No doubt they congratulated themselves on their success in overcoming the disadvantages of the past, in true New Labour fashion.

    Schulte designer towel rails are the latest addition to Mekon's range. A comprehensive selection of seven designs, 11 colours as well as a chrome-plated finish is on offer together with room dividers and accessories. The surface finish of these radiators is extremely resilient, having an electrostatically packed-on powder coating that is durable, scratch-resistant and extremely easy to keep clean. Electric heating elements, tuv-tested, are available in 300W to 1200W rating.
  • Members tell RIBA it's still too remote

  • Memorable models The Triumph of the Baroque: Architecture in Europe 1600-1750 At the Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi, Turin until 7 November

    'The Triumph of the Baroque' exhibition is magnificent - large, sprawling, theatrical and housed in one of the most intriguing Baroque palaces in Europe. Loosely structured, it offers visitors the thrill of genuine discovery as they wander from room to room, never quite knowing what to expect next.

  • Memories are made of this IT storage space has come a long way since the introduction of the original 100Mb zip drive by Iomega BY RICHARD SPoHRER

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  • Mending Broken Wharf

    Sheppard Robson has won permission for a metal-and-glass office, with split-level restaurant, on the Thames by St Paul's. The 8000m2 office on four floors to replace 1970s buildings at Broken Wharf House is due to start next January. The scheme includes a new embankment walkway and a footbridge by Whitby Bird & Partners.
  • Mentoring group to stave off Greenwich-like blunders

  • Merchant adventure

    Filling a block in a Glasgow's Merchant City is not an easy task, but CZWG has used the city's essential elements plus a few of its own inventions to deliver a powerful contemporary building By Deyan Sudjic. Photographs by David Churchill
  • Merging events would lessen impact

  • Meridian madness

    Concern is growing in Historic Greenwich that the town centre on Millennium Eve could be something of a disaster area. At a World Heritage Site briefing last month, local people were warned about numbers invading the borough on millennium eve. Safety and crowd control might oblige the council to cordon off the town centre and Cutty Sark waterside and - as is done in Edinburgh - limit entry by issuing permits in the form of wristbands to locals and manageable numbers of visitors. Concern was a

  • Michael Laird, campaigner and inspired teacher

    Born in Glasgow in 1928, Michael Laird trained as an architect at Edinburgh College of Art. As a teacher there he inspired a generation of students, later serving the college as a governor. As a broadcaster, he compered bbc Television's weekly Compass programme in the 1950s, and as a campaigner for high standards in design, served on the Council of Industrial Design and contributed numerous articles to the specialist and general press. He was awarded the obe in 1983 for services to architectu
  • Midnight's children

    A glittering array of guests turned up for the champagne launch of Kenneth Powell 's excellent tome on the Richard Rogers Partnership ,held at the practice's new spec office building on Wood Street in the City.Astragal spotted University Challenge's Bamber Gascoigne talking to Salman Rushdie ,who is a friend to the Rogerses and was later to be seen in conversation with TV foodie Nigella Lawson .Well-known architects were also well represented - Stirling Prize winners Amanda Levete and Jan Kap
  • Mid-range 3D

    Choosing the right software can be a major headache, and an expensive one at that. Tim Danaher examines the most popular mid-range 3D modelling applications, sorting out the men from the boys

    The latest exhibition to open as part of the Glasgow 1999 festival is Mies van der Rohe: Architecture and Design in Stuttgart, Barcelona, Brno. It will be held at the Burrell Collection, Pollok Country Park, from 14 May to 29 August (Mon-Sat 10.00-17.00, Sun 11.00-17.00). Details 0141 649 7151. Above: cantilevered chair in lacquered tubular steel and woven cane, 1927.
  • Military-style planning means Austin-Smith's legacy lives on

  • Milking an idea

    Chicago seems finally to have gone the way of Manhattan, ie it has gone mad. A local business magnate called Henning has persuaded the authorities to install hundreds of plastic cows up and down Michigan Avenue, the so- called Magnificent Mile, having developed an enthusiasm for the ruminant while on a trip to Switzerland. Happily they are not permanent, and will be auctioned off next month. One hint as to why Mr Henning is so interested in cows: he is a shoe tycoon.
  • Millennium Bug bomb ticks loudly for construction

  • Millennium Commission funding

    Millennium Commission funding and two raking steel masts support the 80m-long Lockmeadow footbridge in Maidstone, Kent, which was opened last week.
  • Millennium Dome charity prints on sale to AJ readers

    Nottingham architect John Pank won the original Stephen Wiltshire drawing of the Millennium Dome, the subject of the Pendock 1999 charity calendar. He received the original (worth £6000) in London earlier this month. The calendar was once again a drawing by the autistic artist, sponsored by Pendock, part of the Alumasc group. aj readers responded in their thousands to obtain copies of the calendar, and many donated generously to this year's appeal, for the Great Ormond Street Children's
  • Millennium employment

    Architects are enjoying the highest pay rises for a decade, with average earnings up by 6 per cent to £28,500, 4 per cent above inflation. Young architects are topping the league table, with those under 30 seeing earnings rise by 13 per cent, says the Architects' Employment and Earnings Survey. The rises are due to recent growth in building activity and the demand for buildings for the Millennium. Small and medium-sized firms are winning much of the work. However the survey revealed that
  • Millennium marquee

    The simple idea of a flat cable structure for the Dome has won Buro Happold's team a prestigious engineering award
  • Millennium wheel hoist hampered by socket

  • Milton Keynes bails Labour out by taking extra homes...

    Milton Keynes is 'throwing the government a life belt' by aiming to use tree-surrounded housing grids to double its population, contrasting with last week's Tory calls for towns to be ringed by greenbelts.


  • Minimum required

    Unspeaking American comedian Harpo Marx is an unlikely character to be associated with Isokon architect Wells Coates, but he pops up in a book by Coates' daughter Laura Cohn, called The Door to a Secret Room. A Hollywood girlfriend of Coates sent him a letter signed 'h.r.h. The Princess Lily' claiming that Harpo was really interested in buying one of Coates' 'minimum flats' at Isokon. Minimum, she claims, 'means ten chorus girls' and in a ps she adds, 'Mr Marx says if you are busy never mind


  • Misrule

    Misrule will be deliberately invoked at Home 2, planned for Flodden Road, London SE5 on 9 and 10 July. Subverting the play-acting in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, the event deals with 'the complicated new dynamics of publivacy' (sic). For details and bookings, tel/ fax 0171 274 3452.
  • Missing link in courses diagram

  • Mixed reactions to proposals on RIBA HQ cafe shake-up

    Proposals to redesign and extend the cafe at the RIBA headquarters in Portland Place and to reconfigure the Florence Hall were 'totally opposed' by one council member. Tarsem Flora condemned them as 'like nibbling into the green belt.'
  • Mixing in Dulwich

    Penoyre & Prasad Architects has won a riba competition to turn a failed 1950 boys school into a showpiece mixed one for 11- to 18-year-olds. It will refurbish the five blocks in Dulwich and turn an administration building into a columned entrance area for £4 million. The school will reopen next September. The winner beat van Heyningen and Haward, the Arts Team, architecture plb and Cullum & Nightingale.

    bt Cellnet has awarded the first ever fine-art and sculpture bursary to a postgraduate student to design a mobile-phone cellular mast. John Reveler will develop his ideas for a year at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design. Reveler, who studied at Norwich School of Art and Wimbledon School of Art, has been awarded £10,000.
  • MOD minister launches attack on construction waste

    Defence minister Peter Kilfoyle nailed his department's colours to the mast of single-point procurement last week and urged the construction industry to cut out the waste or lose ground to American competitors.
  • Model housing

    Technical & practice: A small Nottinghamshire housing development is pioneering ideas about communal sustainability
  • Modern luxury in Dublin hotel

    CD Partnership has designed the interior of the new Fitzwilliam Hotel on St Stephen's Green in the heart of Georgian Dublin. The building was designed by architect Ashlin Coleman Heelan & Partners. cdp's luxurious interiors break new ground in a city that in the past decade has undergone a transformation from Joycean drabness to cosmopolitan glamour.

  • Modern moan

  • Modern movement

    En Route: Transport, Technology and Sense of Place At the Hilton National Hotel, Stansted Airport on 13 July
  • Modern mystery

    Prince Charles says he is a modernist who is interested in saving our industrial heritage, claimed the Observer on its front page last week. And indeed, writing for the paper, the Prince praised the increasing use of 'heritage' buildings for new purposes. Nowhere does he say he is a modernist, and indeed he manages to have a sideswipe at the idea: 'Try converting a modern building to new uses and see what happens!' he chortles. But he is happy enough about a new shopping centre in the middle
  • Modernising planning

    Despite the government's latest proposals to speed up planning, the restructuring that is required still seems a long way off
  • Modernist city dreams turn to nightmares

    In a culminating acte de theatre at the well-organised, high-calibre, but poorly attended conference on 'The Modern City Revisited', Michael Sorkin rolled out a four post-er. Revisiting the 'modern city' was, he claimed, an ongoing process dominated by concepts and ideas that are post- universal, post-zoning, post-automobile and above all post-adjacency - the latter a new and liberating condition that means anything can now be developed anywhere next to anything else.
  • Modular architecture bowls into the 21st century

    The EC3 Design Group has won an riba competition to design the bowling alley of the future with a futuristic prefabricated pod design in which different environments can be projected on to the surrounding screens.

  • Monumental movement A performing arts building at Stockton-on-Tees plays its own dynamic part in the streetscape . PHOTOGRAPHS BY RICHARD WILSON

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  • More accessible access

  • More Bluewaters to make splashes across Britain

  • More country houses could use the discreet charm of neglect

    Imagine a country house built by a furniture magnate at the end of the last century on an estate of 12,000 acres. Neglected after the First World War, degraded by the military in the second, it passed through the hands of several feckless owners who sold off most of its land. Finally, in the 1970s, the house and 200 acres were bought by a famous film producer. From then on a different set of values pertained.
  • More Earth Centre, less Dreamhouse

  • More haste, less speed

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  • More memories of Paul Drake

  • More misunderstanding of research assessment

  • More name games



    The Halpern Partnership is to convert a Grade II-listed bus depot into 6000m2 of offices. Work on Reigate's Omnibus Building, by the Wallace Gilbert Partnership in 1932, is due to start this summer for a 2000 finish. The long mock-Tudor back will have a glass-fronted three-storey office added to it costing around £9 million. Pace Investments is the developer.

  • Movement for Innovation calls for new demo projects

    The Movement for Innovation (m4i), the body dedicated to pioneering new ways of working in the construction industry, has issued a call for a third wave of demonstration projects. These aim to address the perceived shortfall in the first two rounds of projects by bringing in more schemes from the North of England and Scotland, and more with a value of less than £500,000. The first two rounds comprise 84 projects, with a total value of £3 billion. This is more than six times the tota
  • Moving lessons

    Adaptability and flexibility are key issues facing today's owners and occupiers of buildings. They need buildings that can adapt to rapid changes. Local education authorities have long had to face up to responding to change. But often tight spending limits have led to the use of relocatable classrooms. However, in many cases these have proved unsatisfactory. The selection of Portakabin's Lilliput Nursery, developed with architects Richard Cottrell and Brian Vermeulen, prompted Essex County Co
  • Moving on

    After years of crush at the Bartlett degree show, this year's decision to have a garden party in the adjacent Gordon Square instead works perfectly. Wates House is a hell-hole at the best of times; now I hear moves are afoot to buy new premises and move the department in its entirety somewhere better nearby. The end of an error.
  • Moving the business

    Every model needs shipping somewhere. High-profile schemes need models to arrive on time and undamaged in transit. 3dd therefore has its own bespoke Model Movement Service. At its core is a van, manned by a former hearse driver. Despite the obvious jibes about walking in front of every delivery, he is very experienced in careful driving and reaching destinations on time. 3DD supplies custom-built crates and now moves models and presentation material for all kinds of clients, all over the uk a
  • mps' £250m building 'value for money' says report

    A long-awaited report on Michael Hopkins and Partners' Portcullis House has been published with an official and uncomfortable breakdown of spiralling costs.
  • mud At cube, 113-115 Portland Street, Manchester, until 23 March

    With the celebrations barely over following the go-ahead for Libeskind's Imperial War Museum of the North, Manchester's new cube gallery - Centre for the Understanding of the Built Environment - has a timely exhibition on the re-use of brownfield sites, writes Julian Holder. Taking 12 projects as diverse as the Dome, Hopkins' Wildscreen at Bristol, Wilford's Lowry Centre in Salford, and Rotterdam's Kop van Zuid, the common thread is mixed-use urban development - hence the title, mud.
  • Multi-ethnic project gets millennium funding go ahead

    Patel Taylor Architects aims to bring together 10 different religious groups from Jews to Muslims and Sikhs to Buddhists in a £20 million design attracting the biggest-ever lottery grant to an ethnic project.
  • Multi-level minimalism By Deborah Singmaster Photographs by Peter Cook/VIEW

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  • Multi-locational firms lose out in rankings

    As last year, your aj100 rankings (aj 29.4.99) provided regional rankings for some firms only, ignoring the reality of multi-locational practices. These rankings flatter some multi-centred firms and ignore others, so are hardly useful. For the record, had actual location been noted, bdp would have appeared as No 5 in the Northwest, No 5 in the North East and No 3 in Scotland.
  • Mungo Park Architects


    John Thompson and Partners has been commissioned to create a strategic masterplan to reconnect the neighbourhoods of Frieman, an area locally known as the 'loo of Munich'. The 110ha area north of the city centre suffers from an image as the dumping ground for the waste of the Bavarian capital.
  • Murphy' s magic

    Richard Murphy - worker in miniature, crafter of jewel-box architecture - has finally had a chance to complete something big.

    Richard Murphy Architects has won planning permission to extend one of its award winning designs, Maggie's Centre Cancer Care Clinic in Edinburgh. The red steel frame with glass blocks and Douglas fir will house a consulting room, two large meeting rooms and an office. The original design, a 1996 conversion of a stable block, won an riba Scotland Award and the Edinburgh Architectural Association award for conservation.

    The Museum of London has appointed Wilkinson Eyre to look at ways the art galleries can be improved and extended. The museum wants to expand its galleries to display more items. Museum director Dr Simon Thurley said the appointment was the result of two years of planning.
  • Museum of London to get 'fashionable' overhaul

    An architectural competition is to be launched in the ec Journal in the next month for a major remodelling of the Museum of London. Director Simon Thurley, who took over the museum last year, said, 'The building will be carefully restored and developed to make it fashionable again.'
  • Museum of Scotland Benson and Forsyth

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  • Museum of Scotland book review unfair ...

  • Musical question

  • Musical reprise BY ISABEL ALLEN

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  • Mystery donor

    A mystery donor has pledged funding to launch the aa's Stephen Lawrence Scholarship. The one-year funding will pay the £10,000 annual fee for pre-graduate tuition. Scholorship applications should be made by 14 May, and the aa is looking for more donors. Fax admissions on 0171 414 0779.
  • Naked lunch

    It could be worth packing some discreet goodies and making your way to the Open Urban Picnic in south London from 22-26 September. However, this is not a scoff-opportunity but an exhibition. Architects, artists and designers will each produce lunch-box sized artworks, which will suggest ways of 'reclaiming urban sites for public use'. It all sounds intriguing, but not as funky as the list of headliners who are to produce full-scale installations: 24/7, ArchiTopf, FAT, Fluid, Tank, Turf, Zoo.
  • Name games

  • Names off the menu

    Why has architect Barr Gazetas designed a restaurant, named after baseball great Babe Ruth, with a basketball court inside it for after-dinner frolics? Architect Duncan Gunn explains that the client had actually wanted to call the Finchley Road restaurant after basketballer Wilt Chamberlain, but there was a problem about using the name of the (very live) star. No such problem with the dead Babe Ruth: there's already one called that in Wapping - designed by Blair Eastwick Architecture. Whether
  • Naming names - and spelling them right

  • Napper's Sunderland glass house wins £3.8 million


    My experience is that there is very little of a common language between artists and architects. This should not be seen as a negative statement, but rather a acknowledgement of difference and therefore the very reason why collaboration between artists and architects can, at its best, be fascinating and rewarding.
  • National colours

  • National mixture

    Rarely can a dance have been choreographed to present the idea of concrete. But once which has, prosaically entitled 'Concrete', will be performed at the National Theatre on 14 and 16 October by the Seven Sisters Group. It is part of a season of specially commissioned dances to represent the 'architecture and atmosphere' of the NT, which includes 'Wall Paper', described as 'an off-the-wall surreal vertical tea dance'. Can't wait.
  • National newspapers

  • Natural capitalism is coming

    Forget about waste reduction. As Amory Lovins put it so succinctly in his lecture at the Royal Society of Arts, we need to eliminate any concept of waste from our social and economic system. Doing so will not only end the human war against the planet, but also cure the disillusion in Western civil society which is the cause of crime and violence.
  • Nature and artifice

    A degree of ambiguity about landscape design's identity and purpose is revealed in the amount of literature on the subject which appeared during the 1990s. In England, the trend continues to be towards the naturalistic, contrasting with a bolder exploration of artifice in France. And while the English tradition exerted an enormous influence on European practice for a long time, French ideas are beginning to infiltrate across the Channel. The arrival of 'painter, poet, professor, and landscape
  • Naval glazing Rick Mather and bdp have produced a design of structural bravado in Greenwich By Keith Brownlie. Photographs by James Morris

    In simpler times, a visit to the Royal Observatory at Greenwich involved the prospect of London viewed axially through Inigo Jones' Queen's House and the Royal Naval Hospital to Father Thames beyond. These days there is much to divert the eye from the straight and narrow, with structures labelled xxl appearing across the eastern horizon from the peninsula to the wharf. Back on axis, however, another new outsize construction looms large, rising from within the extant fabric of the National Mar

  • Navigating without a map

    ANDREW MEAD Vertigo: The Strange New World of the Contemporary City At The Old Fruitmarket Gallery, Albion Street, Glasgow until 16 May Frank Lloyd Wright and The Living City At Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow until 11 April

  • Near enough

    Good reports come from Piers Gough about the John Soane exhibition which opens at the Royal Academy next month. Scene painters are busy recreating some of Soane's best ceilings in a style Gough describes as 'a bit impasto' with, for instance, painted-on mirrors. 'Its an exhibition, not the real thing,' Gough said, explaining that much of his strategy is to reduce the scale so as not to drown the domestic work, and to hide the decoration of the ra rooms which is, he says, 'the wrong kind of Cl
  • Necking session

    Riba councillors were shocked to witness Richard Rogers at last week's lunchtime talk. Not because anything he said was earth-shattering - it was mainly a re-run of the Urban Task Force presentation he gave some weeks earlier with a few jibes at the institute for being 'the weakest body the Urban Task Force had had to deal with' thrown in. No, councillors were shocked because he was wearing a proper tie.

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    I work with artists to discover what architecture is not. Artists move comfortably in the world of ideas; they are interested in finding something out; they are concerned with research, private research. Their work is therefore inevitably intimate, personal, acutely observed, incisive; they work with materials and ideas directly; they have not lost contact with making. Artists are specialists.

  • Net benefits

    The evidence from a new survey suggests that architectural practices may be missing out on the advantages of the Net

    Construction professionals are invited to network and 'discuss business opportunities with each other' on the top floor of Regalian's Marble Arch Tower on Tuesday 7 December. Architectural drawings by Stephen Lees will be on display. A similar event in April attracted 280 people. For details call 0171 724 2817. E-mail:
  • Never mind the millennium - it's time to focus on waste disposal

    While the hum of self-congratulatory Millennium madness hovers over exhibits devoted to such esoteric matters as 'the development of civilisation, culture and technology', it is easy to forget that humanity's more pressing problems will still need solutions, even after 1 January 2000. Waste disposal, for example.
  • New body can learn from Arts Council

  • New body may be just the RFAC in disguise

    Fears are mounting that the new Architecture Commission will simply be a re-badged Royal Fine Art Commission, based in the rfac's old St James's premises and with rfac staff, but with no real powers. Names being linked to the 'champion' of architecture job, meanwhile, include Financial Times architecture critic Colin Amery, Glasgow 1999 chief Deyan Sudjic, Jane Priestman and riba past president Max Hutchinson.
  • New building methods are slashing costs


  • New contract form built on insecure foundations

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  • New court rules mean there are no easy answers on procedure

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    bre's new series of continuing professional development events from 6 May is on repair and remedial work, design improvement, value from the built environment, and optimising the construction process. Tel: 01923 664644.
  • New Cross City: PRP tests Rogers' urban vision

    prp Architects has today launched what it calls a 'visionary and radical masterplan' for the New Cross area of London in a bid to demonstrate how the principles of Lord Rogers' Urban Task Force report can be applied in practice.
  • New Deal, new design


  • New English Heritage chief vows to modernise

    Sir Neil Cossons is officially to take the helm of English Heritage from Sir Jocelyn Stevens (aj 23.9.99) and has vowed to work with the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (cabe) to put more focus on twentieth-century design.
  • New English Partnerships will focus on four main tasks

    The new-look English Partnerships was launched last week as a merger between the old ep and the Commission for the New Towns. It will have a budget of around £500 million in the first year, and will build on existing projects, including Millennium villages and coalfield regeneration.
  • New guide shows architects how to design for durability

    Architects seeking to design buildings with durable components can now find guidance in a publication from the Building Performance Group for the Ministry of Defence. Technical Audit of Building and Component Durability, commissioned by the MoD's Defence Estates Organisation, is a guide to the MoD's 'Building down Barriers' scheme, which uses live projects to test out a procurement approach based on partnering and on supply-chain management techniques.
  • New Guildhall gallery opens for public and pikemen alike

  • New heart for West Bromwich

    West Bromwich is to get a new heart with the c/plex arts centre, designed by Alsop & Stormer, unveiled this week. Sandwell Borough Council has decided to put the building on the site of its bus station where it will benefit from not one but two public open spaces - one beneath the building and the other on its roof.


    Pringle Richards Sharratt has won a competition to carry out the first phase of development of a new cultural quarter in Oldham Town Centre, creating a new art gallery and library and refurbishing the original buildings. The practice beat Ian Simpson, Levitt Bernstein and Branson Coates.


    The New Millennium Experience Company has launched an education pack for children as part of National Construction Week. The packs of details of the Greenwich dome, going to 32,000 schools, were developed with help from Lord Rogers. Meanwhile, nmec is to illuminate the dome cover with attention-grabbing yellow, via lights and filters. It will not be painted.

    New orders won by building contractors plunged 34 per cent in April, the worst figures for a decade, says building researcher Glenigan Group. It believes the low is a 'blip' caused by bunching of contracts either side of April. Total value of work tendered in April was £802 million, with £1.6 billion of schemes reaching pre-tender stage.

    David Kent Architects is to work on a £50 million pfi scheme for new offices for North Wiltshire dc, and homes. It will include a new six-storey 4500m2 office in Chippenham and 25 social-housing units for Knightstone ha. Jarvis Construction (uk) will build the scheme, due to start this summer.
  • New PPG3 'avoids setting minimum housing densities'

    Supporters of higher urban housing densities fear that new government planning guidance will duck the issue of minimums when it is published next month. It is understood that the new ppg3 will express the desire for higher densities without recommending explicit numbers. This could set back hopes of brownfield sites reaching their full housing potential, especially in cities. London, for example, requires 630,000 extra homes by 2016 to meet the national target of 4.4 million. London's density

    The Treasury has published new guidance on construction procurement which it says emphasises the importance of design quality. It follows criticism that policy was to marginalise design in favour of contractors.
  • New public spaces

    House style

  • New research with old findings - 25 years on

  • New row over Scots parliament


    Wakeling + Williamson has been appointed to refurbish a two-floor 600m2 office for the New York-based Dow Jones Web journal, The Street.Com. The scheme, in St John's Street, London, is due to be finished in August.
  • New Swiss role

  • New Tate names were thoroughly researched

  • New Taywood row

    Housebuilder Taywood homes, already embroiled in controversy over the Greenwich Millennium Village scheme, has run into more trouble over plans for a £13 million scheme in Bradford on Avon. The local preservation trust says the Kingston Mills scheme by Architecture & Planning Group lacks affordable housing, leisure, arts and community uses.
  • New tower for Stirling Castle wins Scottish student award

    A dramatic tower with ramp and bridge to Stirling Castle has won a student from the Mackintosh School of Architecture a major award north of the border.

    The Town and Country Planning Association has called on the government to endorse plans for a new town of 10,000 homes just north of Cambridge. The brownfield site, owned by the Ministry of Defence, has an old barracks and airfield. The association, which has written to deputy pm John Prescott, says a disused railway nearby could be reinstated.

    The sixth volume in the series of Architects' Working Details is now available. Written by the AJ's Susan Dawson, it includes details on external walls, windows and glazed walls, roofs, staircases, bridges, canopies and conservatories. It costs £24.99 or £18.99 for AJ subscribers. Details (0207) 505 6622
  • Newcastle part-demolition threat at Erskine's Byker

    Campaigners are calling for part of Ralph Erskine's world-famous Byker estate to be spot-listed to stop homes being flattened.
  • news

    Urban Splash has been true to its name on the banks of Castlefield's Bridgewater Canal with this 'space capsule' on steel legs, clad in aluminium. The £200,000 floodlit design, just opened, has fabric inside panels, circular wc pods and is a sales office for apartments that are part of the £50 million Britannia Basin project. Urban Splash will use the 22m- long capsule to sell 74 loft flats in a former art deco box factory.
  • news

    London-based practice Harty + Harty has drawn up a concept for an 18-hole vertical golf course to fit alongside skyscrapers in the financial districts of London or Tokyo. The 250m-high design includes a high-speed lift to take golfers to the first hole at the top of the building, a veil of mesh to catch lost balls and real grass fairways and trees. The design has a 20 x 50m footprint and a par-golfer will take 63 strokes to get from clubhouse to pavement. The husband and wife team have compar
  • News

    'I'm not paying big money to look at that giant ugly mushroom. It's a disgrace.'
  • News

    Zaha Hadid has won the competition to provide Rome with this £66 million contemporary Arts Centre, near the Foro Italico, funded by the Italian government. The 26,000m2 sinuous flow of buildings will house an art museum, an architecture museum and infrastructure for multimedia cultural events. It was commended for its rigour, imagination, use of direct light, and for its title: 'A scene for thought, with art as a player on a scene.' Steven Holl was second and Rem Koolhaas third. Caruso S
  • News

    Order your entry form for the Aluminium Imagination Awards
  • news

    'Ken said to me 'If you and I are the last two names on the ballot paper, I think Blair will vote for you'.'
  • news

    Edinburgh practice Reiach and Hall Architects has won a competition to design the £11.7 million medical-school building for the University of Glasgow (above). Its scheme includes a masterplan for the campus's Western Court site, proposing a contemporary re-interpretation of the original urban grain. Construction should start in May 2000 with completion in October 2001.
  • News from nowhere

    I hear the Millennium Dome's transaction zone is to be a large bronze box, designed by John Bell, architect/teacher and one-time collaborator with Kevin Rhowbotham. 'I don't know exactly what it is,' my mole at Greenwich tells me. 'But a lot of long words are being used to describe it.' Meanwhile, Dire Straits enthusiasts may like to know that it may be worth using their bus passes to head
  • News in brief: Baa to float property arm

    Sir John Egan's baa has confirmed it is thinking of floating its property development arm Lynton, which has assets of around £500 million and £31 billion profits. baa is considering focusing on its airport business, but has made no final decision on Lynton.
  • News in brief: Barbican may reapply for improvements

    The Barbican is considering re-applying to the Arts Council for a £200,000 lottery grant for a feasibility study. The first application for a study into £15 million of improvements including acoustics, foyer and backstage, was turned down before Christmas.
  • News in brief: Chequered flag for Formula One hq

    Former world champion Jacques Villeneuve and fellow Grand Prix driver Ricardo Zonta have helped open the British American Racing team's new Formula One hq. The £10 million 41,000m2 design near Silverstone by Ridge and Partners includes offices with restaurant and storage for vehicles.
  • News in brief: Cricket's leading lights on the tiles

    Neon lights and wall tiles of cricketers have been used by Aukett Associates for its recent refurbishment of Oval tube station. The
  • News in brief: Dyson cleans up at Design Museum

    Sir Terence Conran has handed over the chairmanship of the Design Museum to one of its exhibitors, John Dyson, responsible for the Dual Cyclone vacuum cleaner in the permanent collection. He also contributed money to create the Dyson Centre for Design Education and Training. The museum recently received £200,000 government funding for arts and museums.
  • News in brief: Green light from Glenda for Gunwharf

    Glenda Jackson, minister for local transport, has given the go-ahead to build over Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth. Berkeley Festival Waterfront Company will build a piled suspended deck over mud flats for a retail and leisure project. hgp Greentree Allchurch Evans is architect for the controversial scheme.
  • news in pictures

    BDP's Powergen HQ annexe goes live
  • News in pictures

    Pool shapes up for serious exercise

    Newcastle City Council has approved a 38,000m2 Hasler Farthing £120 million shop and leisure new-build scheme, and its conversion of a bt hq, Swan House, into a four-star 300-bed hotel. The project must be ratified by the Government Office for the North East. Developer Stamford hopes it will take 20 months to build.
  • News: Architecture dances the night away in Glasgow

    The launch party for Glasgow City of Architecture had just about everything, writes Astragal. Sir Norman Foster's Armadillo convention centre was the venue for the Saturday night event, complete with fireworks, disco, salsa band, a lively squad of well-rehearsed people-buildings (even if one thought the Seagram building was in Chicago). Media supremo Sarah Gaventa was much in evidence, as was the riba's Alicia Pivaro.

    Transport minister Glenda Jackson has given the final go-ahead for Chris Wilkinson Architects and Gifford and Partners' Baltic Millennium Bridge. Jackson last week announced that the orders were given under the Transport and Works Act 1992, allowing construction of the bridge for cyclists and pedestrians. Planning permission for the link across the Tyne was granted in September 1997 by Gateshead Borough Council and work will complete next year.
  • News: CZWG finds mixed-use key to developing Camden Lock

    czwg has won planning permission for a mixed-use scheme and hotel on an illustrious canalside site in Camden, North London.

    Berman Guedes Stretton will create Oxford's first hotel for 135 years, the conversion of an eighteenth-century Grade II* former bank. The £3 million High Street scheme over four floors will have 44 rooms and a 160- seat restaurant. The Old Bank Hotel, for Brown's founder Jeremy Mogford, is due to be finished this August.

    Property giant Greycoat is being lined up for a £282.5 million management buyout. It scotched a £268.5 million bid from Delancey Estates, which has withdrawn from the running. A decision is expected in three weeks. The news pushed up Greycoat's shares 9.5p last week.

    Architects and housebuilders have been praised in a competition for the best new housing. Best one-off house was judged to be one in Liverpool by Anne Thorne Architects, with Robert Adam Architects and Brian Sutherland being commended. Best standard house award went to Greg Meier and Paul Hamilton for a flint-faced design for Charles Church Developments. Goddard Manton Partnership scooped best apartment building for its scheme on Riverside Court, Pierhead Lock, Isle of Dogs. In the same locat
  • News: Merger creates 300-strong firm in 'aggressive' expansion

    Abbey Hanson Rowe and Holford Associates are merging to form a 300-strong firm to rank among the top architecture companies in the uk, with its sights on aggressive expansion. Abbey Hanson Rowe's 170 architects will join 130 from Holford Associates in April.
  • News: Mill (re)workers

    Five leading North-west teams have been shortlisted to convert the Grade II-listed Ilex mill in Rawtenstall, Lancashire, in a project funded by the area's rda and, in principle, by the hlf. Donald Insall Architects, Latham Architects, Campbell Driver Partnership, Abbey Hanson Rowe and bdp Manchester will be in the next stage of the competitive interview for the £6.5 million scheme. Project adviser is Rory Coonan and the result will be announced on 1 June.
  • News: Otto Koenigsberger, Third World specialist, dies at 90

    Distinguished architect, planner, and teacher Professor Otto Koenigsberger died in hospital at Hampstead on 3 January after a long illness. He was 90. With his death, a link with the pioneer founders of the modern movement in architecture is lost.

    Charlton Football Club is interested in moving to the Dome site once the Millennium Experience is over. The Premier League club said last week it was investigating building a 45,000 all-seater stadium at the site in Greenwich, South London.
  • News: Reid backed over compulsory directory e-mail addresses

    Riba director general Alex Reid has won an endorsement of his idea to bar riba members from the practice directory if they don't have an e-mail address.

    The riba is launching an exhibition with work by Lorenzo Apicella of Pentagram, Wells Mackereth Architects, Neil Thomas with Atelier One, Stephen Donald Architects, artist Mark Davy and exhibition designer Calum Storrie. 'Future City', runs from 9 November to 15 January 2000.

    John Seifert Architects has won planning permission for a £30 million 350-bed hotel in London's Whitechapel High Street. The nine-storey, four- star hotel with barrel vault, central atrium and curved glass flanks on facades of red sandstone and metal panels will also include a new entrance to Aldgate East underground station. It could open in 2001
  • News: Six at the tee

    Six widely differing firms are understood to have been shortlisted from 68 applicants to design a 'flagship' golf clubhouse and 12-bedroom Dormy House for Cowdray Park Golf Club in Midhurst, West Sussex. They are Allies and Morrison, Harding, Neal and Watson, Mungo Park Architects, Godwin Austin Johnson, contractor Kajima and multidisciplinary giant WS Atkins. The £1.2 million project, a riba competition, is for a site at the foot of the South Downs overlooking the ruins of Cowdray House

    A new international conference on stadium design is to be held at the London Arena this summer. 'Stadia & Arena 2000' will take place on 16- 17 June. Administered by the Concrete Society, it is open to all professionals associated with constructing large and small stadia. Details 01634 244 086.
  • News: Stansfield Smith review

    Review group urges major shake-up of education
  • News: Stansfield Smith review

    Review group urges major shake-up of education
  • News: Urban strength

    The final draft of the Urban Task Force report is, said riba president David Rock, 'much more significant and meaty than I thought it would be', and is much improved compared to the earlier draft that went out for more general consultation. Each of the 15 chapters makes specific recommendations, detailing which body's responsibility it should be to enforce them. 'Some of the recommendations are surprising in their number and also in the strength of the way they are put down,' said Rock. The D
  • Niall McLaughlin Architects

    A photographer's hideout and bird-watching 'shack'marooned in a haven of ponds and wild plants has won its designer, Niall McLaughlin Architects, an award from the RIAI.The 20m 3building has a wing-form roof and echoes the dragonflies the client photographs on the Northampton site, a former US air base. It was built two years ago for around £20,000 and includes a tiny sauna.The built form has a 'stealthy, creature-like and aircraft' feel to it, tied in with the US planes that used to fly

  • Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners'


    Nightingale Associates has been appointed by Southampton University to redevelop its Boldrewood Building, designed by Sir Basil Spence in the early 1970s. The job will involve refurbishing the laboratories and teaching areas and looking at possible extensions. It has also been chosen to work on an nhs pilot scheme looking at alternatives to pfi for a £25 million adult and children's centre at Gloucester Royal Hospital.

    Camden Partnership has been chosen by the government's Housing Task Force for a trailblazing project to help people repair their homes. It will involve residents, Walter Llewellyn and Sons contractor, QSs and lawyers in tackling bugbears and improving work standards.
  • No M+M feeling for Salisbury Cathedral

  • No makeshift solution for South Bank . . .

  • No man's a hero

    Good news for those of us who believe in the efficacy of personal service in this increasingly automated world. rca design supremo Nigel Coates has hired . . . a valet!
  • No Ordinary Land: Encounters in a Changing Environment

    Photographs by Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee. Aperture, 1998. 108pp. £25
  • No place like home The Un-Private House At the Museum of Modern Art, New York, until 5 October


    Ahrends Burton & Koralek is about to submit a planning application for a £25 million mixed-use development in Manchester's Hulme High Street. It will create a street effect with a block of 94 flats on five storeys and 20 ground-floor shops, a pub, market hall and square. BDG/McColl will do detailed design in the scheme for Urban Space Management. Building is due to end in 2002.
  • No-nonsense back-up of adjudicators' decisions

    legal matters

    Sculptures by Noriaki Maeda are at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton Hall, near Wakefield from 5 November-30 January. Details 01924 830302.
  • Norman Foster awarded life peerage in Honours list

  • North West diary

    The Art of Light 4-5 November. An international conference at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool. Details 0151 233 4079.
  • North-east's Red Box opens to take on the big boys

    Newcastle's Alan J Smith Partnership has joined forces with other design and building firms to form the Red Box Design Group and take on the biggest and best practices in Britain.
  • Nostalgia for a declining suburbia

  • Not cut out for the long haul?

  • Not everyone enjoyed the new Lord's centre.

  • Not ghettos but getting the best quality of life

  • Not impressed by 'mass of black grilles and bars'

  • Not so sweet Thames explored

  • Nothing to lose - but your money

  • Nottingham hailed

    The launch of Campus Critique, by aj regulars Peter Fawcett and Neil Jackson, attracts a good turn-out. The book is an illustrated history of the architecture of the University of Nottingham since it received its charter a half-century ago (the architectural story is older, of course). Speaking at the opening, my esteemed editor, who coincidentally reached his own half-century this week, particularly noted the concluding remarks of the authors. Reviewing buildings ranging from McMorran & Whit
  • Now Alsop fires a broadside at RIBA and government . . .

    Architect Will Alsop has blamed the riba for threatening good architecture.
  • Now we are ten

    This week an even more glittering occasion, and another 10th anniversary: of Birds Portchmouth Russum. The practice is obviously doing well, judging by Mike Russum's latest purchase. He has bought a Lotus Elite as part of an eclectic response to John Prescott's call for an integrated transport policy. Another example of this is provided by the editor of this journal - he was seen last Sunday tooling down the A3 in a gas-guzzling Jaguar Sovereign V12.

    A £10.5 million motorway service area with an 80-bedroom 'travelodge' by Broadway Malyan has opened. Donington Park Services on the M1 has internal glazed shopping street with bridges across the two-storey design.
  • NT on SG is here

    Best known for high-end UNIX workstations, SGI is now redefining the role of Windows

    Allies and Morrison is working on its second office development in Birmingham's Brindleyplace. Work starts shortly on the 9200m2, steel-framed Six Brindleyplace, on six storeys around a central atrium.

  • Objects of desire

  • Offering Asian insights Shaking the Foundations: Japanese Architects in Dialogue Edited by Christopher Knabe and Joerg Rainer Noennig. Prestel, 1999. 160pp. £19.95. (Distributor 01403 710851)

    When the inevitable backlash comes against the cult of Koolhaas, one of the charges against him will be that his polemic about Asian architecture and urbanism is based on a shaky understanding of the countries involved. Koolhaas will no doubt be accused of creating a modern form of what Edward Said termed 'Orientalism'; that is, the tendency to impose a Western construct on Eastern cultures.
  • Offering clarifications on Edinburgh projects



  • Offices 'a hit' in theatreland

    Devereux Architects has completed this new £8 million office building with apartments on a prestigious site in London's Shaftesbury Avenue.
  • Old bottles, new wine

    Interventions in a listed bank in the City and at the Maritime Museum, Greenwich, have given two Classical buildings a new lease of life
  • Old Edinburgh's biggest plan for eight centuries

    Hackland and Dore Architects has masterplanned a £50 million scheme billed as the biggest single development in Edinburgh Old Town since its twelfth- century beginnings.
  • Old school ties

    As Robin Nicholson (Eton and Cambridge) prepares to hand over the reigns of the Construction Industry Council chairmanship to Buro Happold's Michael Dixon (Eton and Cambridge), Astragal enquires about the future direction of the body. It is planning to establish a group to assess design quality. Perhaps it ought to talk to Stuart Lipton's Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (cabe). Both bodies intend to strengthen their regional structures; perhaps they could share premises
  • Omatter brief p5

    Taylor Woodrow and hotel developer La Fande are within days of choosing an operator, who will then meet the architects with a view to submitting a detailed application early next year. Roger Stephenson said the 12- storey hotel would be in glass, stone and metal and would not be seen behind the 1860s hall from the street.
  • On AHMM school: term 'sustainable' is relative

  • On Alfred Adler, ambition and the real meaning of lifestyle

    Ever wondered about the psychological underpinnings of your work? What makes you go, what makes you stop? In architecture such crises de confiance come with the territory but explaining them doesn't. To master the unconscious elements of success you have to throw away all those outrageous management books about learning from Genghis Khan and turn to Alfred Adler instead. Born in Austria in 1870, Adler first trained as a doctor, then became an eye specialist and eventually turned himself into
  • On finding new uses for outdated telephone kiosks

    martin pawley
  • On his guard

    Two identical apartments, one above the other, are on sale in Hopton Street, Southwark (near the new Tate Gallery). One has an asking price of £325,000, the other £425,000. The difference is the fit-out - and is clear evidence of the financial benefit of using a proper architect, says agent Stirling Ackroyd. The more expensive flat has been sorted out by Mark Guard - who has clearly more than justified his fee.
  • On straw polls, grass roots and the value of adjudication

    Another cartoon has caught my eye. It was in The Spectator and it depicted the outside view of a tower block taken from a jaunty low angle. A voice from one of the upper floors was saying: 'I love it up here, it's so far away from our grass roots'. The caption read simply 'Millbank'.

    Two unusual buildings, the Yellow Bus Garage in Bournemouth and Stanton Guildhouse in Gloucestershire, have been put forward for Grade II listing by English Heritage. The garage, influenced by the Festival of Britain style, was designed by Jackson and Greenen in 1950. The 1963 Guildhouse is by Iorwerth Williams. Arts minister Alan Howarth is seeking views from the public.

  • On the wild side . . .

    Candidates to be Mayor of London are set to take part in the London North City Walk, launching a new pedestrian route linking Hampstead and Highgate to Parliament Square and the South Bank. It takes place on 31 October. Devised by Anthony Meats with Civix, Ove Arup and Alan Baxter, establishment of the route is supported by the AJ. Ken Livingstone, Lord Archer, Steven Norris, Glenda Jackson and Susan Kramer are taking part.
  • One shutters to think why eyesores remain


    Alexander:Sedgley has designed a pfi primary-care centre with a 'one- stop-shop' for gps, a dentist and Citizen's Advice Bureau. The £2.5 million building in Erith, Kent has just gone in for planning permission. Work on the 2000m2 centre is due to start early next year and finish by autumn 2000.
  • Online information

    The riba has announced that the library catalogue is now available on-line via its website and on the library subsite library.

    Specifiers will soon be able to select products matching their design specification as part of a Construction Information Service Network (connet) for Europe. The bre has been appointed by the ec to set up the network, working with partners in Finland and Slovenia. connet will also offer a technical information centre. Its web site is at
  • Only the lonely

    Fearless Lonely Planet, the guide that tells you things you would rather not know about, criticises London in its latest edition, describing hotel rooms in the capital as having 'dodgy decors'. Don't they understand what young people want these days?
  • On-site fabrication

    A variation on the idea of carrying out as much building work as possible in the factory is to bring the factory to the site. Two recent examples are rollforming long sheet cladding and a variation on the readymix theme.
  • Onward and upward

    Christine Hawley is to succeed fox-hunting environmental engineer Pat O'Sullivan as head of the Bartlett, arguably the uk's most prestigious school of architecture. She has come a long way since Astragal first remembers her, as an ingenue in the Louis de Soissons Partnership some quarter of a century ago. What next? Bartlett professors are in constant danger of receiving gongs - think Llewelyn-Davies, Patrick Abercrombie and Peter Hall. Are we about to see the first dame of architectural educ
  • Opera House as workplace

    House style
  • Opera House assessed

    House style

    Michael Hopkins & Partners' Glyndebourne design has won a gold medal at the Prague Quadrennial of Stage Design and Theatre Architecture. It was praised for fusing theatrical quality with tradition and contemporary style.
  • opportunity knocks


    The Kielder Partnership, a visual arts group, is looking for a full-time curator. The job will involve commissions and residencies with architects and artists, and fundraising; tel/fax 01434 22064.
  • Optimism in the face of urban adversity

  • Oracle shopping and leisure development, Reading Architect: Haskoll & Company

    The new development includes two major 'anchor 'stores,both clad with precast panels.
  • Orange tint to bespoke loft living

    Project Orange has fitted out a 240m2 apartment in New Inn Square, Shoreditch, for a client who wanted a series of generous spaces to reflect his interests in cooking, dj-ing, working out and sleeping. The apartment is on the basement and ground floor of New Inn Square, a solid late-nineteenth- century building with large steel windows, large spans and high ceilings, which has been developed into shell and core lofts.
  • Organic inspirations The Monumental Impulse: Architecture's Biological Roots by George Hersey. MIT Press, 1999. 244 pp. £24.95

  • organising an open practice event

    1. Plan the event well in advance and prepare a press release with details of the practice, focusing on a specific feature. Remember to enclose clearly captioned photographs relevant to the story. Get a list of appropriate local, regional, national and specialist press from media directories such as pr planner or pimms. Make sure you include a contact name and telephone number of someone at the practice.


    ARCHITECTURE FOR HUMANITY - TRANSITIONAL HOUSING COMPETITIONS. Open competition for design of housing for returning Kosovars and others whose homes have been similarly destroyed. The goal is to raise awareness of the needs of returning refugees while developing better temporary housing solutions for victims of war or natural disaster. Deadline 27.9.99.
  • Our debt of gratitude to hta over Greenwich

  • Our dome zone is no bronze box.

  • Our Fathers

    by Andrew O'Hagan. Faber & Faber. 282 pp. £16.99
  • Our friends in the north


  • outlook

    Collateral warranties
  • outlook

  • outlook

  • outlook

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  • Ovation deserved for Blonski Heard theatre


    Ove Arup Partnership has announced a 23 per cent increase in worldwide turnover to £226 million and a 16 per cent increase in UK turnover to £129 million.It also recorded its highest-ever staff profit share,which has jumped by half to around £15 million.Ove Arup has been chosen civil engineer ofthe century by AJ 's sister magazine New Civil Engineer .

    It is a pity therefore to see that the pattern of the tracery is now all but lost when seen against the backdrop of Grimshaw's new steel structure. Further visual confusion results from the fact that the new roof truss cuts across the arch of the staflon shed at mid height, with the back of the hotel visible above.
  • Oxford united over new-look stadium scheme

  • Oxford's disused prison is to have a new use - as a luxury hotel

    Oxford County Council has given the Trevor Osborne Property Group planning permission for a £16 million conversion ofthe scheduled ancient monument which will also include a heritage museum,art gallery,information centre,craft shops,a pub and student housing.Sited in the centre ofOxford,the complex includes 12 listed buildings, several ofthem Grade I.
  • Oyster sauce

    Sadly, Foreign Office Architects' wonderfully surreal Belgo restaurant in Ladbroke Grove came just too late to get a plug in the movie Notting Hill, charting the endlessly interesting lives of the endlessly interesting media folk who live in the area. Perhaps the formal games of warping strips into volumes and voids doesn't agree with the celluloid mentality, as few of them were in evidence at the packed and jolly opening, although Richard E Grant was rumoured to be on the guest list. Even cr

    p&o has sold Bovis for £285 million to the Australian property firm Lend Lease. Peninsular & Oriental dropped its plans to float the business to concentrate on its core business. p&o had been said to have been expecting around £300 million from a flotation but shares in construction firms have been hit by fears of rising interest rates. The value of the sector has fallen more than 14 per cent since 8 September, says the ft.

    John Seifert Architects has won planning permission for a masterplan it has drawn up for Bishopsbridge, a 170,000m2 redevelopment scheme at Paddington, west London. The scheme is for Grainshurst, a joint venture between Regalian Properties and nfc plc and includes offices, residential, light industrial/ studios and retail. Other architects may be brought in to design components of the scheme.
  • Pages Paysages (No 7): Anamorphose

    192pp. £32.95. Available from Triangle Bookshop, tel 0171 631 1381
  • Paint housing green, says sera

  • Painting a perfect picture

    ARCHITECH Now in its sixth incarnation, Painter has developed into an excellent program for replicating realistic natural media effects to create digital works of art

    Lewisham architects People and Places has put in an outline planning application with Bromley Council to rebuild Sir Joseph Paxton's Crystal Palace in Crystal Palace Park. It would sit beside the foundations of the original, burnt down in 1936.
  • Paper architecture, but lightweight ideas


    A total of 1700m2 of tufted carpet tiles from Paragon by Heckmondwike has been installed in the stylish new offices of the National Council of Voluntary Services in Nottingham. The tiles, in striking designs and two-tone colour schemes were selected from the wide range of colours in the Swaledale range, a quality, resilient,100 per cent polyamide tufted- loop pile tile ideal for high-traffic areas. Paragon's tiles are designed for contract use, in a wide choice of piles, weights and colour op
  • Paris revisited

    Can it really be a decade since the Paris Library competition? Dominique Perrault just pipped Future Systems to the first prize. Now Kaplicky and Levete make a return to the city in a competition which promises to be as important as the library, for a museum of non-European art. Also shortlisted is Foster and Partners. With the entrants from France and elsewhere this makes for a veritable Who's Who of international architects: Ando, Nouvel, Chaix et Morel, Patrick Berger, Eisenman (the only A
  • Park and Ride

    by Miranda Sawyer. Little, Brown, 1999. 310pp. £14.99

  • Parkside First School in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire

    Parkside First School in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire is a relic from an idealistic period in school building. Built in the 1960s using the clasp system, the original classrooms are light, airy, and elegant, and the building has since been sensitively extended by Cullum and Nightingale. The most recent addition, by Stephen Davy Peter Smith Architects, is less heroic, but altogether more jolly in appearance. 'What we've tried to do is keep the rhythm and the scale of the school but use colour an
  • Part III student numbers drop 30 per cent in 20 years

    The number of students passing their Part III examinations has fallen by approximately a third in 20 years, according to research carried out for the riba.
  • Part M is coming

    In brief

    The new Part 3 syllabus was hailed by council as 'excellent' and approved unanimously. The syllabus defines required outcomes at three levels: understanding, knowledge and ability.
  • Passport for Pimlico?

  • Past and present As Glasgow 1999 prepares to celebrate the work of Alexander 'Greek' Thomson in a major exhibition, one of his finest domestic designs has been adapted for modern living

    Alexander 'Greek' Thomson's celebrated 'Double Villa' was one of his most inventive and successful creations. Built as 'Maria Villa' in 1856-57 in the new suburb of Langside on the south side of Glasgow, it was both an accomplished domestic essay in Thomson's newly adopted abstracted Grecian manner and an inspired reinvention of the concept of a double- villa.
  • Past work

    Ryder Company
  • Pastoral bliss

    Buschow Henley’s conversion of a warehouse in London’s Shepherdess Walk conjures images of neighbourly interaction over the garden fence, five storeys above the city.
  • paul hyett

    'Good quality design is too important to be left solely to architects.' That was the warning given by construction minister Nick Raynsford during his address at last week's RIBA symposium held at the Millennium Dome.
  • paul hyett

    Shanghai diary: abundant lessons about co-operation we could use in the west; 'The strength of the collective will is really quite extraordinary, producing a level of output ... that simply astounds.'
  • paul hyett

    Why A levels are irrelevant for aspiring architects
  • Paul Hyett is an example to us all

  • Paul Hyett's feet are firmly grounded

  • Pawson Williams

    Pawson Williams has obtained detailed planning consent for an 1100m2 residential education and ecology centre for the Middlesex East guides on green belt land near Elstree, Hertfordshire. The scheme replaces temporary buildings dating from the early 1950s with a series of planar horizontal forms, designed to complement the undulating landscape. Facilities include two short-stay residential blocks, a meeting hall housed in a timber shingle- clad conical grid-shell structure cone, and several s

  • Peabody winches in 'new era' housing modules

  • Peace breaks out over education

    The riba looks to have succeeded in persuading the Architects Registration Board (arb) to back down and accede to its demands to have an equal say in the validation of architecture schools, after a long and embittered battle.
  • Peace museum

    The series of brilliant exhibitions at the Imperial War Museum is set to continue with a review of post-war Britain, 'From the Bomb to the Beatles', being designed by cd Partnership; from hot war through cold war, represented through the lives of a 1945 bride, a 1950s housewife, an immigrant from the Colonies, and a teddy boy. Happily cricket is mentioned, noting that crucial moment in the history of class relationships in Britain when the distinction between 'gentlemen' and 'players' was abo
  • Pedal power gets raw deal in parking stakes

  • Pedestrianisation can work - outside London

  • Penniless perfectionist

    review: The Door to a Secret Room: A Portrait of Wells Coates by Laura Cohn. Scolar Press,1999. 240pp. £25

    Penoyre & Prasad has won an riba competition to design a new hq building for Staffordshire Housing Association. The architect beat Robert Ian Barnes Architects, Aldington, Craig & Collinge, Gollifer Associates, Glenn Howells Architects and Rivington Street Studios. Lorenzo Apicella, RIBA adviser for the competition, said the judges' decision was unanimous, despite an excellent shortlist for the project.
  • Pentagram Design

  • People

    Intellectual property David Cadman, founder of Environmental Governance, combines environmental expertise with knowledge of the property industry
  • People

    Eric Kuhne didn't realise the consequences of crashing a Christmas party at Michael Graves' house in 1985. He ran into Jeff Kipnis, 'who had just given a paper at a symposium to celebrate Mikey's 25 years in architecture . . . I had to tell him it was pathetic'. Kipnis, Kuhne remembers, 'admitted to running out of steam on all this decon stuff', and asked, 'What do you do when you get a universe without a centre?'
  • people

    When three bright, but as yet unknown, young architects, hoping to form a partnership, set about entering an important competition, what is the best strategy? Back in 1951, Peter Chamberlin, Geoffry Powell and Christoph Bon (pictured seated) adopted the only sensible approach: they submitted not one but three distinct schemes. Powell won and Chamberlin, Powell & Bon (cp&b) was born. The competition was for the Golden Lane housing estate on the edge of the City of London, completed (in two pha
  • People

    Reluctant 'New Urbanist' Fred Koetter has German roots but hails from Montana, is married to Susie Kim, an architect from Korea, has offices in London and Boston and teaches at Yale. His equally international practice of around 70 staff, Koetter, Kim and Associates, grew out of Boston in 1978. 'We began the practice without clients,' he says. 'We were doing research on the city and identifying projects within the city that were in a way typical of the conditions in other cities and how cities
  • People

    A pre-emptive strike by the millennium bug has crashed the room- booking computer and mangled the order for tea and biscuits. But the wait provides time to contemplate a fine crop of tower cranes from Judith Mayhew's office. They march across the skyline, raising multiple fingers to those who predict the death of the City as a world financial centre because of Britain's decision to remain outside European Monetary Union. But Mayhew, head of the City Corporation, is not complacent. She has bee
  • People

    Jagjit Singh has recently won a six-year battle with his wife to throw away the carpets in his house. His persistence comes not from a minimalist aesthetic but because, as the man who virtually invented the role of building mycologist, he is hyper-aware of the problems that fungi and mites can cause to the health of building inhabitants.
  • People

    There is nobody in the uk even remotely equivalent to Oriol Bohigas, one of the men responsible for the regeneration of Barcelona, for which that city has won this year's Royal Gold Medal for Architecture. He is a distinguished architect and urban designer/planner, who made a landmark contribution to the latter discipline when in charge of urban projects for Barcelona's municipality, and continues to do so in his private practice, mbm.
  • People

    The first time Niall McLaughlin was interviewed by an architectural journalist he was working from his small Notting Hill flat. Before the interviewer arrived he crammed all of his possessions into the bedroom to leave the minimalist, tidy environment he thought would be expected of him. The impression was only spoiled when the journalist asked to use the phone - which was, of course, in the bedroom. These days he's much more at ease - his office is now above, rather than in, his flat, and hi
  • People

    'Would you like to see the Wellcome Wing?' asks Sir Neil Cossons with evident enthusiasm,almost before I've had time to sink into the stylish leather sofa which contrasts with the austere grandeur of'the sort ofSelfridge's building'which houses the office from which he directs the Science Museum.It neatly establishes that we will talk about his achievements at the Museum before we raise the subject ofhis appointment as chairman-designate ofEnglish Heritage.He's obviously known and liked on si
  • people

    Roula Konzotis has transformed the corporate image of major arts bodies, using a combination of management training and a passion for culture. Now she is taking on the RIBA as its new director of communications by david taylor. photograph by jonathan brad
  • People

    Imagine a 'collective' of students criticising Allford Hall Monaghan Morris's (ahmm) chequerboard housing in Dalston in a magazine they published, while taking time off from launching a revolution against Mohsen Mostafavi at the aa. It wouldn't happen, of course, but - replacing ahmm with Tecton's Caryatids at Highpoint 2, and, for Mostafavi, substituting Howard Robertson against whose regime there was rather more to protest - that is just what the group who formed Architects Co-Partnership (
  • People

    Sense of identityJohn Sorrell has six more months to run as chairman of the Design Council, just one of the bodies where he has helped to bring a recognition of the importance of good design into the political mainstream
  • people

    'I want to be known as an architect,' says Julian Harrap, 'not typecast as a historic buildings specialist.' A traditionalist in the best sense, who urges anybody dealing with old buildings to 'get to know your materials, how they're made, and how they work', Harrap also works harmoniously with modern architects like Eva Jiricna, Norman Foster and - now a regular collaborator - David Chipperfield. His practice, based in the East End, looks after such famous monuments as the Soane Museum, the
  • people

    After bringing the Greenwich Maritime Museum into the museum big league, the next challenge for Richard Ormond, the museum director, will be setting a steady course for the millennium and beyond by kenneth powell. photograph by ken sharp
  • People & practices

    Jane O'Connor has joined London-based interior architect MoreySmith as an associate, bringing the total size of the practice to 20. O'Connor was previously with the Arts Team at rhwl.
  • People & practices

    London-based John Thompson & Partners has appointed four associates: Marcus Adams, Nicola de Quincey, Chris Powell and Clare San Martin, bringing its number of staff to almost 30.
  • People & practices

    Mary Hogben has joined Nash Parker Architects as a partner.
  • People & practices

    David Magyar and Alvise Marsoni, previously design director and design principal respectively at Fitzroy Robinson, have set up Magyar Marsoni Architects at 18 Avonmore Road, London W14 8RR, tel 0171 603 8800, e-mail:
  • people & practices

    ghm Rock Townsend and ghm Architects have merged to form a 60-strong company within the multi-disciplinary ghm Group. All architectural, urban- design and interior-design services are now provided by ghm Rock Townsend. Ian Tansley has been promoted to a director with ghm Rock Townsend.
  • people & practices

    McKeown Alexander has moved to: 10 Anderson Quay, Glasgow G3 8BQ tel 0141 572 2011 fax 0141 572 2012 email
  • people & practices

    Robson Warren Architects has promoted Mark Wibberley to associate at the London office.The practice has also just opened an office in Bulgaria.
  • people & practices

    Paul Archer, founder of Tonkin architects, has set up a new company called pad, which is based at 18 South Villas, London NW1 9BS, tel 020 7692 7266, fax 020 7692 7265. Archer was shortlisted for Young Architect of the Year earlier this year.
  • people & practices

    Matheson Gleave Architects has amalgamated with Young & Gault. The merged practice will be called Young & Gault incorporating Matheson Gleave Architects and will be the third largest firm of architects in Glasgow.
  • people & practices

    Chetwood Associates, Midlands office has moved from Rugby to larger offices in Birmingham centre. The new address is 16-17 Caroline Street, Birmingham, B3 1TR, tel 0121 234 5700; fax 0121 234 7501.
  • people & practices

    tel: 0181 891 1144
  • people & practices

    The London office of Hodder Associates has moved to 21 Little Portland Street, London W1N 5AF, tel 0171 255 1752, e-mail: Andy Vaughan and Peter Williams have become associates in Manchester and London respectively.
  • people & practices

    Les Sparks, previously director of planning and architecture at Birmingham City Council, has joined the Bournemouth practice of Terence O'Rourke plc as a consultant. Sparks was awarded an obe in 1997 for services to urban renewal and will be helping develop work in this area.
  • people & practices

    Sheppard Robson has appointed five new associates: Francis Charlo, Paul Harris, Alexander Hoffman, Elizabeth Partridge and Martin Sagar.
  • people & practices

    Derek Eaglen has joined East Grinstead-based architect David Cowan Associates.
  • people & practices

    Marcus Beale Architects is moving to: Sixth Floor, 27-37 St Georges Road, London SW19 4DS. The telephone number remains the same.
  • people & practices

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  • people & practices

    Tony Mobbs has been appointed managing director designate by Bradford- based Robinson Architects, part of the Robinson Design Group.
  • people & practices in association with

    Interior specialist Neslo has appointed Ray Bottomley as business development manager for the company's centre region in the West Midlands. It has also taken on interior designer Carol Dent.
  • People & practices in association with

    Gilmore Hankey Kirke has moved its London office to 526-528 Fulham Road, London SW6 5NR, tel 0171 736 8212, e-mail: Its Warwick office has moved to 30 St Paul's Square, Birmingham B3 1Q2, tel 0121 212 2880, e-mail: PeterH@
  • people & practices in association with

    Building Performance Group (bpg) has appointed Chris Bracknell as senior architect. He will be responsible for project and design integration management of the company's Whole Life Costing specialist service.
  • people & practices in association with Anders Glaser Wills

    Grant Littler Studios and Nightingale Associates have collaborated to form a separate company, Nightingale Littler. The address is: Highpoint, Hartley Business Centre, Green Walk, London SE1 4TU, tel 0207 407 0070.
  • people & practices in association with Anders Glaser Wills

    Carey Jones Architects' London operation has moved to The Macmillan Building, 4 Crinan Street, London N1 9XW, tel 0207 841 0200, fax 0207 842 0201.
  • people & practices in association with Anders Glaser Wills

    Bill Thomas, co-founder of London- based Pollard Thomas & Edwards Architects, has retired from the practice.
  • people & practices in association with Anders Glaser Wills

    prp Architects and prp Project Services has changed its phone number to 0181 339 3600. prp Architects' Thames Street and Mill House Studios have expanded into new offices at Ferry Works, Summer Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey KT7 0QJ, tel 0208 339 3600.
  • people & practices in association with tel: 0181 891 1144

    Newcastle-based Alan J Smith Partnership has opened an office in Perugia, Italy. The office is headed by Rodney Bowhay.
  • People designing a future

    Sheppard Robson's Tim Bradley, Julian Hakes and Cari-Jane Hakes, youthful winners of the Wates 'Living Sites' competition, describe their work as 'where environmental science and the sensual meet' by sarah herbert
  • people in the public realm

    Art consultant Andrew Knight has shown that public art does not have to be a travesty. A builder of bridges between professions, he celebrates the difference in approach that different disciplines bring by jeremy melvin. photograph by robert greshoff
  • people making things happen

    Rory Coonan is a facilitator who still has the civil servant's ingrained sense of social responsibility. He combines this with the belief that high standards in visual and architectural culture are central to the public good by jeremy melvin. photograph b
  • People not searching for words

    Peter Murray is best known for founding Blueprint, which demonstrated the fusion of culture and consumerism. Now his company Wordsearch is playing an even more crucial role in the dialogue between design and the public . photograph by debra hurford brown
  • People on track

    Creating value from Railtrack's major London hubs is Robin Lovell's role as asset development manager. Heritage plays only a supporting role to operational efficiency and the shopping centre model by jeremy melvin. photograph by ken sharp
  • people space invaders

    Formed in 1994 as a response to the 'lots of style; not much content' mentality of the times, Buschow Henley's architecture is defined by an understanding of the way spaces will be used.
  • people the vision thing

    Peter Bell, architect turned client, combines vision with commercial realism, qualities which have helped transform the stuffy image of Lord's into one of the country's leading sites of contempory architecture
  • people: celebrating an excellent try

    Wales' defeat of Argentina in the opening match of the Rugby World Cup last Friday was aided by lawyer Mike Jefferies - who sorted out the contracts for both the new stadium and the new coach by david fanning. photograph by gareth morgan

  • Perfect contracts must include design quality

    This government, like others before it, has fallen in love with the idea of the perfect building contract. And the inescapable logic of the Egan report, encompassed in the unstated sub-text of the Construction Best Practice Programme, is that the perfect contract is one made between client and contractor. Architecture comes in somewhere else along the contractual food chain; the professions make way for business. It is such a neat idea: the prime contract with single-point responsibility and
  • Personal perspectives to go beyond aesthetics

  • Peter Jones


    New Treasury guidance on the standardisation of contracts for pfi projects will be explained in detail at a conference on Thursday 13 May at the Cafe Royal, London. For details call 0171970 4770.

    hlm Design has won planning permission for what will be the biggest PFI hospital in the uk, the 1000-bed South Tees Acute Hospitals Trust. The Middlesborough design will cost £122 million and is due to be finished in 2003. The joint venture is between Crown House Engineering and John Mowlem, with legal advice from Simmons & Simmons.

    Work has started on Northern Ireland's first pfi school, Drumglass High School by bdp. The Dungannon, County Tyrone 500-pupil school will have more than 30 classrooms over three storeys when finished next September. An adjacent block will include a sports hall and dining area.
  • Phantom of the Palace


    The Royal Academy of Arts is closer to achieving its £3 million courtyard piazza design by Michael Hopkins and Partners after a donation from a 91 year-old us philanthropist media tycoon. The Annenberg Courtyard with seats and relocated statue of Sir Joshua Reynolds is the RA's 'millennium gift' to London.
  • Phoenix art to knit city

    Coventry is to have one of the most ambitious public art programmes in the country as part of the Coventry Phoenix project, designed to knit the city back together. Richard MacCormac of MacCormac Jamieson Prichard has masterplanned a section of the city, stretching about half a kilometre from the new and old cathedrals up to a park and the Museum of British Motor Transport.
  • Photographer in search of the ideal

  • Picture this

    The National Museum of Photography, Film and Television (nmpft) is, together with the Bronte country and Saltaire, one of the pillars of Bradford's tourist industry. It provides, in fact, one of the few good reasons to visit Bradford city centre, a rather dispiriting place in which surviving Victorian monuments (including the intelligently refurbished Wool Exchange) stand out in a mass of faceless 1950s and 60s blocks.
  • Pigs might fly over London's white Elephant

    Southwark Council has launched ambitious proposals to transform the 69ha Elephant & Castle area of South London into a car-free 'beacon for regeneration', telling developers that it is a 'blank canvas' on which to work. The borough, keen to capitalise on what it sees as a shift of the capital's focus southwards, is open to radical ideas about road closures, widespread demolitions and the decamping of social housing groups to other areas in the borough.
  • Pillow talk

    technical & practice
  • Pilot scheme to give local government a cultural heart

    The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has chosen 14 local authorities across England to pilot a new government scheme to put cultural issues 'at the heart of local decision-making'.
  • Pimlico School back on the agenda at Westminster

    The prospective pfi developer of Pimlico School is trying again, despite the school governors' recent vote of no confidence in the project.
  • Pimlico School is a confidence buster

  • Pimlico School reprieved after governors' U-turn

    Governors at Pimlico School have sounded the death-knell for the controversial pfi demolish-and-rebuild project, by rescinding their agreement to support the project.


  • pks wins at Chelsea



    Middlesex University is offering a new ma in Spatial Culture from September this year. The course is concerned with understanding the processes through which places are formed, and their effects upon the culture of everyday life. For further information and application details, contact: Sandy McCreery, Programme Leader, ma Spatial Culture, tel: 0181 362 5140, email:
  • Planet Janet

  • Planners clash over Scots parliament car provision

    Enric Miralles' £60 million Scottish Parliament building could be delayed by planning fears that its proposed 135 parking spaces may turn it into an environmental blot.
  • Planners disagree over new housing guidance

    Housing experts have criticised the government's new planning guidance for being too low in density requirements and lacking detail on its 'sequential approach' to new homes.
  • Planners provide insight into Brave New World

    All of a sudden one was gripped by an inkling of how a 1930s Hollywood director must have felt when a censor blustered in, explaining how he was going to help turn the director's movie, profoundly affronting as it was to the community's sense of decency, into one which was not. The occasion for this feeling was a Royal Fine Art Commission seminar on the place of design in planning education, brought on by listening to senior planning officers outlining their day-to-day work.
  • Planning boss ousted

  • Planning consent

    John Thompson & Partners has won planning consent for this residential waterfront scheme at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth Harbour. The architect won a limited competition to a design brief set by the client, Berkeley Festival Waterfront Company, in conjunction with English Heritage. This followed heavy criticism leading to the withdrawal by the overall masterplanner HGP Greentree Allchurch Evans, of its application for this part of the site, which includes the Vulcan Building, a scheduled anci
  • Planning for better design The Urban Task Force report calls for serious consideration of design concerns in local planning. But what about ppg3? BY BRIAN WATERS

    The design agenda seems to be infiltrating planning, and not before time. The Civic Trust, in evidence to the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs select committee, this month urged the government to 'lead by example in its own programmes and, in the practical encouragement to local authorities, to find resources to develop their design and development skills'.

    The Town and Country Planning Association is marking its 100-year celebrations with four discussion papers. Sir Peter Hall's 'Sustainable Cities or Town Cramming', on 1 April, then 'Design for Living', 'Planning for Sustainable Development' and 'Rural Sustainability'. tcpc 0171 930 8903

    The planning structure system is inefficient, because of the time taken to prepare plans, delays caused by too much detail, and community involvement, says a detr report 'Operation and Effectiveness of the Structure Planning Process'. For a free copy phone 0870 1226 236.

    The detr has launched a 'definitive list of government planning policy guidance' on the Internet. Planning minister Nick Raynsford said it was the first of its kind and contained guidance notes, minerals policy, key statements to Parliament and a list of research reports. See www.databases.detr.
  • Planning outlines or battle lines? The amount of work, level of detail and assessment authority in planning applications remain hotly contested territories

    When is an outline application not enough? Two contradictory recent decisions throw new light and confusion on the question often raised between architects and their clients about how much work has to go into the formulation of a planning application so as to establish the principle of the intended development.
  • Planning permission won

    Kohn Pedersen Fox & Associates has won planning permission for this 43,000m2 office and retail development in the heart of Holborn, Central London. The Mid City Place scheme (formerly known as State House), for Panasonic's property arm Matsushita Investment and Development Co, includes nine floors with full-height glazing behind an exposed structure up to the fifth floor. Daylight is also brought in via an atrium. The scheme also features almost 3000m2 of retail on the ground and basement fro
  • Planning Supervisors

    A new course has been set up for those wishing to qualify as planning supervisors. Run by Planning Supervisor Services of Hungerford, the course leads to a btec edexcel award, equivalent to an nvq Level 4 or an hnc. Divided into three units, the course will require a total of 40 hours tuition and about 20 hours study. This can be provided in a number of ways, and there may be exemptions from some of the units (although not the examination) for those with relevant experience and learning.
  • Plans for Grade I-listed 'In and Out' to become a hotel

    Plans were submitted this week to turn the Grade I-listed Naval and Military Club in Mayfair into a 246-bedroom, five-star hotel. The £150 million project by hm2, a Harper Mackay subsidiary , will include 11 flats. The building's Palladian facades will remain almost untouched, said developer Duke of Saxony Enterprises. Courtyards and glazed corridors will bring light into the plan.
  • Plans for Nigel

    Sad to see that Sir Nigel Broackes died last week. As chairman of Trafalgar House until a few years ago, he was not always a great supporter of fine architecture, but when it came to his own offices or home, he had different priorities. He quite fancied the idea of having his headquarters on Trafalgar Square, even if it meant building a bit of gallery space too, and commissioned abk to ensure design quality in the ill-fated project. For some years he lived in Deanery Garden in Sonning, perhap

    Finch Macintosh Architects has won planning consent to rehouse a Southampton adventure playground in an oak-clad design with ramp, bridge and terraces overlooking sloping woodland (see picture below). Weston Adventure Playground will be housed in a 524m 2block costing £300,000 to build.Building is due to start next summer and end in winter 2001. It is working on an application for funding from the National Charities lottery fund.
  • Please let's clarify my Future Systems missive

  • Please, no more Dutch mister nice-guy


    Prospect magazine has relaunched with a summer 1999 edition and a conference bash to celebrate the occasion. The magazine for Scottish architects includes a look at Richard Murphy Architects' Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre.
  • Plug-in property

    Splendid hospitality marked the launch of the Nexus Club at No 1 Cornhill in the heart of the City of London.
  • Plus ca change

    Consideration of education, and in particular the Stansfield Smith Review , should take into account the French experience, John Wright told council. In the UK the traditional role of the architect is under attack but, Wright said, 'the French are moving closer to the way that we practise in this country. They are becoming much more involved in detail, driven by architects like Jean Nouvel. Their education has to reflect that.'
  • Plus ca change in the City of London

  • Plymouth lecturer for Bristol Architecture Centre job

    Mark Pearson, senior lecturer at Plymouth University School of Architecture, has landed the job of director of Bristol Architecture Centre and aims to take design to the public in a big way.
  • Plymouth lecturer for Bristol Architecture Centre job

    Architects in the South and South-East are invited to enter their 'little gems' for the Downland Prize, by riba South East Region. Buildings or refurbs completed between 1 January 1997 and 31 May 1999 must not exceed £250,000. Ibstock Building Products is the Sponsor. Contact 01892 515878.
  • Plymouth preservationists fight council museum plans

    Campaigners are waging war on Plymouth city council over a 1963 cafe they want spot-listed to stop it being demolished to make way for a museum.

    pmp RadLine radiators use the same strong, vertical steel tubes as the company's TubaRad sections, but prefabricated into complete, single- tube, in-line units, between top and bottom horizontal waterways, to form long, tall and narrow, or wall-to-wall radiators. This versatility means that radiators can either be sited against walls or as room dividers. Each of the seven models is 30mm deep and 36mm wide, with heat outputs ranging from26W to 143W, and in white or nine other colours. They are
  • Political ambitions

    To open an exhibition entitled 'The Architecture of Democracy' in the week of elections for Scotland's new parliament, the moment that the British constitution embarks on its biggest voyage of reform in nearly 300 years, is to beg a fundamental question about the nature and importance of architecture. Is it integral to the social engine, a shaper of lives; or is it little more than a branch of aesthetics, available only for specialist interrogation?

    hgp Architects has won planning permission for its £28 million, 165m tower overlooking the Renaissance of Portsmouth Harbour Landmark Millennium project. The tower now includes a 100m gravity 'drop-ride' which plummets down one of the tower legs. A glass panoramic lift will rise up another leg to viewing decks at 110m. Building work is due to start in November and the tower is due to open in Easter 2001. hgp Architects' director Peter Warlow said the council had made minor conditions, su

    KKA, formerly Kingham Knight Associates, has won detailed planning consent for a £10.5 million office design with glass atrium and exhibition hall in Liverpool city centre. The new scheme will include 2700m2 of space for Royal & Sun Alliance, administration space for Liverpool Daily Post and Echo, and an exhibition area.

  • Popular Housing Forum delivers home truths

  • Portakabin sets its sights on education market

    Portakabin has embarked on a marketing campaign to shift the perception of the company to one which looks for quality, permanent architectural solutions via modular buildings, especially in the potentially lucrative 'early years' education market.
  • Portraits of partnership

    Richard Rogers: Complete Works Volume 1 by Kenneth Powell.Phaidon,1999.320pp.£59.95
  • Posing as a lightweight program, here's an animation heavy

    Don't let the sliders and 'neat' symbols fool you. Poser can rigorously bring the human figure - or the odd dinosaur - to life in design work

    The Civic Trust is working hard to try and promote good rural design by printing up a series of postcards of award winning schemes and distributing them to architects and planners across the uk. The cards, which will also be sent to civic societies, feature buildings by Harrison Sutton Partnership and Simon Conder Associates.
  • Power without responsibility? Do government proposals on procurement mean it is ignoring its responsibilities as a client?

    'If current non-procurement methods continue, this country will find that it has a serious lack of new facilities: hospitals, schools, police stations and fire stations.'
  • Practice

    A new report, 'Architects Fees 98' by Mirza & Nacey Research, gives you the opportunity to compare your fees to your competitors Are you getting enough? RESEARCH BY MIRZA & NACEY RESEARCH.
  • Practice

    Architects 'have been singularly lacking in coming forward in providing value-management services', according to value-management specialists Steven Male, professor of civil engineering at the University of Leeds, and John Kelly of Heriot-Watt University. So is this yet another area of possible diversification that architects have sub-let to everyone else in the construction industry?
  • Practice, practice

    Whatever has come over the Architectural Association? I spot a poster in Bedford Square, reading 'A lot of students support the idea that the aa starts to provide more help and consultation on gaining practical experience', and gives notice of a meeting to discuss the matter. A few years back, when some well-meaning souls tried to run a term of events on professional practice, a distinguished aa personage, now head of another school, defaced their poster with the slogan 'Why does the aa have
  • Practise what you preach

    Perched above the attention-seeking brashness of Nike Town and Topshop, lies an oasis of refined good taste.HOK's new Oxford Circus offices have a chequered history. Designed in 1912 by Sir Henry Tanner as a department store, the building was used as a recording studio by George Martin and the Beatles in the 1960s.

    The European Liquid Roofing Association has published a new code of practice for liquid roofing systems. It covers choice and application of liquid waterproofing systems, inspection, health and safety and specification. The 24-page report costs £7.50 from Bill Jenkins at the association, 01444 417458.

  • Praying for success

    God is coming to Mammon, or at least to the Lakeside mega-shopping centre at Thurrock, Essex, which is to get a chapel. Designed by Dallas Mailer Associates, consultant architect on shopfitting for the centre, the chapel will be housed in an irregularly shaped storeroom, transformed into a non-denominational meeting space for all faiths, with a small area for prayer and a chaplain's room under an 'interesting ceiling feature'. Perhaps the timing of this addition has something to do with the c
  • Predictable prophets

    review [Future] City At the riba Architecture Gallery, 66 Portland Place, London W1 until 15 January
  • Prefab in practice

    Calford Seaden Partnership has won planning permission for a 270m2 prefabricated wood building to promote best practices in housing production. The Amphion Centre will be based at University of Greenwich's Dartford campus and building will take just one month.
  • Pre-fab strikes back

    A renewed interest in prefabrication, partly encouraged by the intractable economic problems of conventional construction, is using steel as its basis. Martin Pawley reports
  • Prefabrication praise not before time

  • Premium price

    One of my favourite multi-millionaires seems to be having a spot of bother on the domestic front. Insurance giant Christopher Moran purchased Crosby Hall in Chelsea with the intention of giving the mediaeval hall (resited in the early 20th century) a magnificent and authentic setting. But he seems so dissatisfied with the work of architect Carden & Godfrey that he has gone to court over the height of a parapet wall, the geometry of the ramp to the underground -parking etc etc. In the witness
  • Prescott ducks Pimlico inquiry

    Deputy prime minister John Prescott has refused to come to the rescue of Pimlico School by ruling that the scheme - Westminster City Council's pathfinder Private Finance Initiative, and an example to kickstart billions of pounds worth of other education schemes for Labour in the uk - is of nothing more than 'local importance'.
  • Prescott revises down future household numbers


  • Prescott steps in to obstruct Pimlico planning permission

    Deputy prime minister John Prescott has made a dramatic last minute intervention to prevent Westminster City Council from granting full planning permission to its own project - the controversial 'pathfinder' pfi proposal to knock down and replace Pimlico School with a new building and luxury flats.
  • President's spurs

    If you are planning a high-level meeting with riba president Marco Goldschmied on 24 September, you may be surprised by his casual attire. Goldschmied is one of the high-profile supporters of 'Strip 4 Shelter' an initiative to get people to wear their favourite team's shirt on that day and donate money to the charity. Marco is a Tottenham Hotspur fan so we must hope there will be no unseemly clashes with Arsenal fanatic and fellow arb board member Owen Luder.
  • price cuts; without comment

    Building work has started on a £200 million SmithKline Beecham hq by rhwl and us-based The Hillier Group. The 5.5ha site in Brentford will include three five-storey buildings and a 13-storey tower on Hounslow's Great West Road. There will be 80,000m2 of office space for more than 1600 staff. It is due for completion in 2001. wsp Group is doing the multi-disciplinary engineering, traffic and environmental work.

    bmi has published its Building Maintenance Price Book for 1999. It includes material, labour and total costs of more than 1500 items. There are sections on labour constraints, material prices, plant hire charges and hourly rates for building operatives. It costs £350 plus vat. bmi, tel: 0171 222 7000.

    The following are extracts from a handbook produced as part of the MoD's 'Building down Barriers' initiative which now has two live projects on site.
  • Primitivist lunch

    Readers of the Guardian's 'Space' supplement were regaled last week by Jonathan Glancey's thoughts on sandwiches. 'The sandwich has over- reached itself and become more and more like a mid-80s postmodern office block,' he complains. What does Glancey pine for? 'I have a primitive or purist view of the sandwich,' he announces. 'Ham or bacon stuffed artlessly between two slices of fresh white fluffy bread.'
  • Prince and select committee give planners a bashing

  • Prince's School changes direction as Gale goes

    Prince Charles' School of Architecture and the Building Arts is to search for an education director with a new, wide-ranging 'holistic' role to include working with local schools in Hackney and the broader community.
  • Principles mean nothing unless you fight for them


  • Problems with walls

    Walls, Windows and Doors: Performance, Diagnosis, Maintenance, Repair and the Avoidance of Defects* is the third volume in the bre's building element series, writes John Duell. It follows Roofs and Roofing (aj 19.9.96) and Floors and Flooring (aj 12.2.98). Two bre experts have written this book based on many years' experience of the performance and failures of construction materials and building elements.
  • Product and process

    technical & practice: The use of prefabrication at Murray Grove is an opportunity to prove the value of principles pioneered in other countries
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  • Project finance should form an essential part of architectural training

    Nicola Horlick, the clever and energetic financial consultant who combines a dazzling City career with the role of successful wife and mother, is now to be seen on the new peps adverts which litter London's stations. A carefully crafted piece of marketing, the advert shows three sober faces: the confident Nicola; the young and highly groomed John Richards; and, in case John's too clever, Peter Seabrook, his cautious smile underpinning a furrowed brow and receding hairline. Personal investment
  • Project your course!

  • Proletarian projects

    Review:The Architecture of Red Vienna 1919-1934 By Eve Blau. MIT Press, 1999. 510pp. £37.50
  • Property carve-up

  • Pros and cons of registration

    Legal matters
  • Protect cities as well as country

  • Protect the activity, not the title

  • Protect yourself A management consultant can bolster your practice against the next recession.

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  • Prototype office, Sandyford

    Dublin. Architect: Horan Keogan Ryan
  • PRP

    PRP has won a job to redevelop the former St Paul's Hospital site in Winchester city centre. The practice is to design 53 new homes, 24 of them in converted hospital buildings, the others new build; landscaping; and a new doctor's surgery, dental practice and pharmacy. The Gleeson Homes scheme has been developed to meet a stringent council brief, with input from English Heritage on the retention of a number of historic buildings. A number of others, however, including the post-1885 day hospit
  • Public Art Commissions Agency shuts up shop

    The Public Art Commissions Agency (paca) has shut down after 12 years in what its former director, Vivian Lovell, describes as 'a positive decision'. paca had , she said , 'reached the end of its natural lifetime'. With declining public subsidy it was no longer possible to continue funding full-time staff. In addition, Lovell is moving to London from the West Midlands where the agency was based. Lovell has instead set up a consultancy, Modus Operandi, with Stephen Beddoe, who was paca's Londo

    19th-century craftsman George Myers, known as Pugin's Builder, has been honoured with a blue plaque at his former home in London, SE1 where he lived from 1842 to 1852.
  • Pump up the minimalism .

    A brave Cardiff client has resisted the invasion of themed pubs by commissioning architect Austin-Smith: Lord to design a very different type of bar and restaurant in the city centre. Scott's, at 39 Windsor Place, has a sophisticated image more in keeping with Cardiff's growing importance as a prime European location than are the pseudo-Celtic boozers currently mushrooming around the globe.
  • Pump up the quality

  • Putting the global in perspective

    Globalisation is an academic concept which aims to define real and complex economic conditions in which architects and planners have to operate. At the 'Globalisation and World Cities' conference held at the aa last week, political scientist Paul Hirst provided a measure of that complexity with his denial that globalisation actually exists, at least in its commonly assumed form as a dissolution of national economies and their replacement by a world economy of global transactions and an egalit
  • Putting the house in order

  • Putting your house in order Zara Lamont, director of the construction best practice programme, aims to revolutionise the way architects work



  • Quake mission

  • Quality initiative


  • Quatremere de Quincy

    Quatremere de Quincy (1755 1849),pictured,was an influential architectural theorist whose work is relatively unknown here.Now publisher Andreas Papadakis is putting that right,publishing de Quincy's seminal Dictionnaire Historique d'Architecture (1832), translated by Samir Younes.Papadakis has forsaken the wilds of Windsor to set up shop and house in a Mayfair mansion.Isn't life grand?

  • Quayside cool

    PROJECT PROFILE: COMMERCIAL BUILDING George Demetri reports on Ove Arup's offices at Cardiff Bay
  • Queen Victoria Street

  • Question of identity ALAN POWERS Landscape and Englishness by David Matless. Reaktion Books, 1998. 324pp. £25


  • Questions over new arts body leave RFAC staff 'in limbo'

  • Quick on the draw

    computing; The unusual architecture of SGI's Visual 320 frees up enough memory to stop bottlenecks, but don't rush to buy it yet
  • Rab Bennetts joins 'M4I' Egan implementation gang

    Rab Bennetts is to join the board of Movement for Innovation, the body charged with achieving the aims of the Egan report through the selection and monitoring of demonstration projects. The body is representative of the entire construction industry, and already includes cic chairman Robin Nicholson. Two Scottish members will be appointed shortly, one of them likely to be an architect.
  • Racing through the 20th century, not in a Porsche, but a porch

    The sight of a road protester, reluctantly confessing to bbc2's Traffic series that he had been forced to buy a car because he could not keep up with the fast-moving world of roads protest using unreliable trains, buses and bicycles, must have been a low point in the creation of an integrated transport policy. Adding irony to irony, the protester looked old enough to belong to the generation that popped champagne corks at the opening of England's first motorway, and never dreamed of objecting
  • Racking your membrane

    Shoreline membranes will be the subject of the 14th Membrane Design Competition, organised by the Taiyo Kogyo Corporation, based in Osaka. For details fax 00 81 6 6306 3154, or visit http://
  • Radical possibilities

  • Radical Reading

  • Radical recognition

  • Radio times

    There are several ironies in the news that the BBC is considering moving its central London operation to a site adjacent to the Foster & Partners' Greater London Authority headquarters. If Norman Foster ends up designing the building for them, which must be a possibility given that the firm is commissioned to do the entire scheme, it will be back to square one. Foster won the 1980s competition to revamp the BBC building at the bottom of Langham Place, only to see the corporation abandon the s
  • Railtrack shunts forward on integrated transport schemes

  • Railtrack visions

  • Railtrack's £2.5 billion on schemes and stations

    Railtrack is to spend £2.5 billion on developing a new generation of stations and enabling cross-London rail journeys as part of its £27 billion total investment programme. Last week it launched its 10-year '1999 Network Management Statement for Great Britain', in which it details how it will deal with a 30 per cent growth in passenger numbers.
  • Raising a glass


    Gareth Hutchison Architects has been chosen to design Scotland's first purpose-built football training and development centre, for Glasgow Rangers.The £10 million, 5000m2 complex will include lecture and club rooms, a restaurant, youth academy and indoor pitch.
  • Raymond Andrews dies

  • Raynsford backs vision of a Millennium Village

    Construction minister Nick Raynsford fired off a defiant message on the chaos surrounding the Millennium Village, saying the government remains completely behind the visionary scheme.
  • Reach for the sky

    New designs for the Greater London Authority building unveiled by Foster & Partners this week are further evidence of the interest, one might almost say obsession, the practice has with spiral circulation. The Reichstag is the obvious example, but two London projects (the gla and the lse Library) go one better, taking a spiral ramp right through the building rather than simply in a dome. Add this to Danny Libeskind's Spiral building for the v&a and you have a triumphantly Ruskinian flavour fo

  • 'Real' objections to Pawley's Sao Paolo

  • Re-building the Balkans will be tougher than we thought

    There is an urgent need for a word of hope or encouragement for architects who are still looking forward to the £20 billion 'wall of money' that was supposed to fire the starting gun for the reconstruction of the former Yugoslavia. None, however, seems to be on the way. Disappointing that, because the breezy manner in which the bomb damage inflicted on Serbia was described during the war suggested that Slobbo had only to throw in the towel for nato to put its video games into reverse. Th
  • Recalling a university challenge

    There are few opportunities to hear a public appraisal of a building by its architect, generally considered to have had a seminal influence on the subsequent history of architecture. Manfred Schiedhelm, speaking at the aa last week, was a lead collaborator on the Berlin Free University project (first phase completed 1973), with the practice of Candilis, Josic and Woods. He took responsibility for the construction programme, and his own practice later extended the complex.

    Transportable Environments. Edited by Robert Kro-nenburg. e & fn Spon. 215pp. £35. Collection of essays from the first international conference on portable arch-itecture held at the riba in May 1997.

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  • Record numbers expected at RIAS conference

  • Recycling your office?

  • References

    1 Cook J and McEvoy M. 'Natural ventilated buildings: simple concepts for large buildings.' Solar Today. pp22-25, March/April 1996.
  • References

    1 Bordass W, Bromley K. and Leaman A. Comfort, Control and Energy Efficiency in Offices. bre Information Paper, from crc, tel 0171 505 6622. 1995
  • Refuge for refugees

    New York's Christidis Lauster Radu Architects and the charity War Child have launched a competition to design transitional housing for some of the 800,000 people moving back into Kosovo after the Balkans war. The 'Architecture for humanity' homes will act as a 'five year bridge between the rubble and rebuilt area.' Details from Cameron Sinclair on 001 212 691 1711, or the competition website
  • Refurbishing Lasdun

    Fresh details have emerged about the surprise refurbishment scheme for Denys Lasdun's Keeling House (AJ 24.6.99). Munkenbeck and Marshall is involved in the project - with Lasdun's blessing - for a developer called Lincoln Holdings.The scheme, estimated to cost around £4 million, will involve a major refurbishment, a new front door to the block and a full landscaping scheme for the site in Bethnal Green, East London.
  • refurbishment

    St Chad's Development, St Catharine's College, Cambridge


    PRP Architects and Abbeyfield Society,a sheltered-housing charity,have teamed up to produce a design guide on upgrading, improving or extending properties that fail to meet the needs offrail and elderly people.The £25 guide will be launched at the RIBA on 30 November at 18.00.For details contact Abbeyfield,tel 01727 857536.
  • Refuting suburban myths Changing Suburbs: Foundation, Form, and Function Edited by Richard Harris and Peter J Larkham. E. & FN Spon, 1999. 280pp. £47.50

    Coming hard on the heels of the recent English Heritage book on the London suburbs (aj 9.2.99), this new volume of 12 scholarly essays usefully extends the consideration beyond the metropolitan fringe to the provinces and 'three ex-British, white settler, colonies' - Canada, the United States and 'the first true suburban nation', Australia.
  • Regeneration on the waterside - Bristol fashion

    What is the secret of successful waterside regeneration? Which design and planning principles make for successful and sustainable redevelopment? The regeneration of Bristol waterfront may be seen as something of a test case: should it follow the recommendation of the Urban Task Force by adopting a design-led scheme, or should it continue in the old market- led mould? These questions lay at the heart of 'Quay Visions', a conference about waterside regeneration, held at Bristol's Arnolfini Gall

    In brief
  • Regional opportunity

  • Regions to mirror RDAs

    Council approved a proposal that the regions should, in principle, be realigned to broadly reflect the areas of the new Regional Development Agencies. This will, however, be dependent on referenda in the affected regions.
  • Reichstag programme was illuminating


    Planning must be reinvented to give more weight to design and amenity issues, says a new report by the Town and County Planning Association. Your Place and Mine also calls for people-planner forums, a statutory duty to promote sustainability and a transparent system of developer obligations. Details Sue Forsyth, 01245 231289.
  • Relating Architecture to Landscape

    Edited by Jan Birksted. E & FN Spon, 1999. 294pp. £29.99
  • Rem Koolhaas: skewing the real

    Despite Mark Cousins' efforts to locate Rem Koolhaas and his work within an intellectual context, the architect's lecture at the Royal Geographical Society seemed more concerned with graphic effects, and somewhat flippant in tone. It is perhaps this quality of his work which lies behind Cousins' assertion that it embodies present-day 'unease about what an architect is, or what architecture might be', and (citing Nietzsche) a manifestation of 'the actual' as 'a skew of what is thought to be re
  • Remember, remember: it's not in November!

    Warning - don't go to the NEC in November looking for Interbuild 99, because Interbuild has moved. The major event in the UK construction industry is now taking place in 2000, between 2125 May, but this time it has expanded to fill not just Halls 1-5, but 6,7,8,9 and Hall 20 as well.
  • Rendering down the price

    Choosing the right software on a tight budget is getting easier with more powerful stripped-down software at the lower price range

  • Rescue proposal for Isokon as listing is upgraded


    ucl's Bartlett School and the cic have launched a cic Research Associateship for a recent honours graduate in any building-related-discipline. The candidate is offered two years' work at cic while studying for ucl's msc in construction economics and management, with a salary of £13,500. Contact Graham Ive at the Bartlett, 0171 391 1738.
  • Research options

  • Research question

    Unusually for a refereed journal, Architectural Research Quarterly has begun (possibly) a war of words over what it is that other architectural magazines should be publishing. The leader in its latest issue lambasts other (unnamed) editors for 'fighting to be first to publish this or that new building'. According to arq, this 'might be described as architectural vanity publishing', though two lines later it declares it is not vanity after all, but merely 'counterproductive' (I love it when Ca
  • Researching underground

    Having previously fitted out a former Territorial Army Drill Hall in Farringdon, London, as offices for corporate-design company Rufus Leonard, Bisset Adams has now transformed the basement into a digital-media research laboratory, where Rufus Leonard's clients can test new ways of communicating via video, ethernet and Internet. As the basement was previously reached by a side escape stair, and had no natural light, the first stage of the project involved opening up a shaft through the ground
  • Restorers alerted to plight of Scotland's finest buildings

    Some of Scotland's finest and quirkiest buildings, from Grade A castles to a pub, have been highlighted for purchasers in a desperate attempt to stop them crumbling into ruin.

    Abbey Hanson Rowe is designing a 6500m2, £12 million expansion to the Cheshire Oaks shopping complex, Europe's biggest retail outlet centre. The work, near Ellesmere Port, will provide enough space for 45 shops flanking a walkway. Completion is due in March 2000.
  • Rethinking construction inspires missionary zeal

    It was a bit like the last night in the chapter house before this sturdy band of Anglo Saxon monks set off to convert the pagans in the dark forests beyond the Rhine: murmured accounts of encouraging preliminary forays among the Hunnish tribes, muttered recitations of the credo, emotional professions of faith, quite a lot of practice preaching.
  • Retrograde step for design by Treasury


  • Revealing detail

    Building the Georgian City is the most important book published on Georgian architecture this decade. It makes a major and original contribution to the scholarship of the subject and reveals - in great and entertaining detail - the rich craft tradition which produced the speculative Georgian house.
  • Reverse order

    Members of the packed public gallery at Westminster City Council's planning committee meeting to discuss Pimlico School last week were entertained by a farcical performance from officials and councillors alike. Shrieks of laughter greeted the council's laughably optimistic projections of available parking spaces in the area (with the traffic analyst 'neglecting' to mention that a large number of available spaces comprised a taxi rank). The best moment came when the residential element of the
  • Review: The Modernist eye

    'If any period can be said to have encompassed the full potential of photography, it would have to be the era between the two world wars. Photography was not only enriched by expanded roles in journalism, advertising, and publicity, but it was nourished also by acceptance within avant-garde movements in the graphic arts.' Naomi Rosenblum's introduction to this period, from her epic study A World History of Photography (Abbeville Press), would provide an excellent accompaniment to this show in
  • Review: The Rise of the Nouveaux Riches

    by J Mordaunt Crook. John Murray, 1999. 354pp. £25
  • Review: Urban ambiguities

    Andrew Holmes: Asphalt Paradise At the Laurent Delaye Gallery, 22 Barrett St, St Christopher's Place, London W1 until 17 April
  • Reviewing a new Interbreed

    ARCHITECH Intergraph's all-new Zx workstation is amazingly fast, no doubt. But it is also expensive and its performance leans heavily upon a plugged-in Wildcat graphics card.
  • Revitalising social housing The design of social housing has suffered from narrow costing exercises. But Scottish initiatives may show a way forward

    At a time of economic downturn, there appears to be no sign of recession in the industry of initiatives: the Egan report, Housing Forum, Brownfields First initiative, detr Innovation in Standardised Systems in Housing project, Zero Energy Developments all make the headlines in the architectural press. And a good thing too, in principle at least: if there is a common theme running through all these it is a millennial sense of disillusion with an industry in which mediocrity is king and all not

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  • RFAC slams designs for Marble Arch restaurant

    The Royal Fine Art Commission has slated proposals by Proun Architects for a restaurant on the Marble Arch traffic island, calling it 'an urban invasion' of a London Royal Park, and has called for a public inquiry to decide the issue.

    John Seifert Architects and Warsaw's Bieniasz Nicholson have unveiled their competition-winning design for an £80 million five-star hotel in Cologne (above). The sandstone-clad block by the Rhine will have glass atrium. Work is due to start early next year.
  • RIAI launches housing and Millennium competitions

    The riai has launched two competitions, the first of which is for 100 homes for one of Europe's largest regeneration projects, Dublin's £260 million Ballymun scheme. Entrants for the mixed-use scheme will provide community facilities and offices as well as flats and houses. The winner, to be announced on 30 July, will receive £5000. Submissions should be made by 12 April.
  • RIAS conference to explore Scotland's national identity

    One of Europe's biggest architecture and design conferences, with three days of talks from Lord Rogers, Robert Venturi, Enric Miralles and landscape architect Martha Schwartz, is set to look at identity issues in Scotland.
  • RIAS director bids for place in Scots government

  • RIBA and project managers form closer relationship

    The riba and the Association of Project Management have come closer together with the signing of a joint memorandum on future collaboration. This will follow up the success of the joint riba Certificate in Project Management, leading to Membership of the Association for Project Management, with a specially tailored course leading to qualification as a Certificated Project Manager. For riba members the course will be adapted to include significant content on architecture and construction.
  • RIBA arts lottery response calls for more help

    Help from specially trained advisers should be available to applicants for arts lottery funding, the riba argues in its response to the Arts Council's consultation paper on arts lottery strategy, 'Making a Difference'.

    The riba is calling for entries for this year's Stirling and Stephen Lawrence awards - eu buildings, by RIBA corporate members, completed between 1 January 1996 and 1 April 1999 (also the submission deadline). Entries under £500,000 could win the Stephen Lawrence Prize sponsored by the Goldschmied Trust. Details, Nancy Mills, riba Awards Office, 0121 233 2321.
  • riba branch committee quits to end London dispute

    The entire committee of the Camden Society of Architects, one of the six branches of riba's London Region, has resigned and been replaced, following an abortive attempt to secede from the riba. Last month the branch voted to leave the institute, the culmination of a dispute over duties of the London Region headquarters staff, which included claims of censorship on ribanet (aj 23.9.99). But at an sgm on 4 November the committee resigned and was replaced by a new one, under the chairmanship of
  • RIBA buys Lutyens

    Nearly 4500 letters penned by Sir Edwin Lutyens to his wife and two sketchbooks have been bought for £300,000 by the RIBA from his descendants. It includes drawings of a fantasy 'castle in the air' for a friend and sketches of an early masterpiece, Gertrude Jekyll's home at Munstead Wood in Surrey. The letters were written in the years 1896 to 1943 when Lutyens was in India.
  • RIBA chief: one member, no vote?


    The riba has appointed an arts management consultant with a drama-teaching degree as its new communications director. Roula Konzotis, 46, will step into the post covering the same areas as former public-affairs director Chris Palmer with an ambition to exploit currently high levels of popular interest in architecture 'for the benefit of architects and the built environment as a whole.' British born, she was educated at Manchester University and has a Diploma in Arts Administration from City U
  • RIBA has confidence in Plymouth school

  • RIBA launches 'Framed III': the story continues


    The riba has taken another major step down the superhighway by launching an on-line catalogue of the British Architectural Library. The service, which can be found at gives free access to over 215,000 records of books, articles, drawings, photographs, manuscripts and other material catalogued and indexed since the early 1980s. It is searchable by keyword, author, title, subject and series. riba dg Alex Reid said it was 'a significant advance for architectural information.'
  • RIBA money men told: 'pay for quality staff '

    The quality of RIBA employees will deteriorate unless they are given significant pay increases, Richard Murphy warned during budget discussions at last week's council.

    Chris Nasah, publicity officer for the Society of Black Architects, has joined the RIBA Architecture Gallery and will work on an education programme reaching out to sectors of the community which have little or no experience of design. He trained at South Bank University and the Bartlett.

    The RIBA is offering two research awards of up to £5000 for developing architectural education, especially around issues posed by the Burton Report and the riba/Stansfield Smith review. 1 April is the deadline for proposals. Fax 0171 307 3754 for details.
  • RIBA reveals 'healthy' finances and membership

    The riba is to unveil a 'healthy' financial position in its annual report, with a surplus of £920,000 between income and expenditure.

    The riba is creating a new, high-level post of director of resources and development to help dg Alex Reid 'drive through change across the Institute and improve the effectiveness of the organisation'. The £45,000 job will be put before the riba council on 19 May.

  • RIBA set to deploy 'careful protest' in China


    The riba Architecture Gallery has teamed up with the British Film Institute for a night of avant-garde films on 5 November including Zero de Conduite, Jazz of Lights and La Jetee. 'Through Architectural Eyes' will also feature a film on Frank Lloyd Wright and talks by Katherine Shonfield and Joe Kerr. Tickets,tel 0207 684 0201.
  • RIBA to protest in China over human rights

  • RIBA to small firms: adapt or die

  • RIBA unveils proactive 'think-and-do tank'

    The riba's Future Studies initiative had its first public airing this week, appropriately with the two main speakers from outside uk architecture. The intention of the initiative is to focus on architecture rather than on architects, exploring half a dozen themes in the first two years by commissioning studies from experts in the chosen fields. Architects might be included. Themes being considered are the economic benefits of good design, how regulation relates to quality, standardisation, su
  • RIBA vision to democratise and present itself better

    The riba has pledged to meet a series of challenges it has set itself and bolster its presentation skills over the next five years in an extensive development plan which seeks to transform Portland Place into a 'democratic, innovative, pro-active and visionary' institute.
  • RIBA: Erskine should resign too

    The riba has put pressure on riba Gold Medallist Ralph Erskine to follow in the footsteps of Hunt Thompson Associates and resign in protest from the Millennium Village project on Greenwich Peninsula.


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  • riba's other shortlist

    Nestling in the shadow of the RIBA's Stirling Prize shortlist are the final four schemes fighting it out for the Stephen Lawrence Award, given each year in honour of the black teenager who wanted to be an architect before a brutal murder cut short his life.
  • RIBA's special collections become museum pieces

    riba president David Rock has ended 20 years of institute hand-wringing and wrangling over its special collections by sending more than a million drawings, manuscripts and archives to the Victoria & Albert Museum site.
  • Richard Haag: Bloedel Reserve and Gas Works Park

    Edited by William S Saunders. Princeton Architectural Press, 1998. 80pp. £9.95

  • Richard Holden of Holden & Partners

  • Richard Murphy Architects' Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre

  • Rick pickings

    Rick Mather has had an excellent press following his selection as masterplanner for the South Bank, though the London Evening Standard failed to recall that in a Standard competition he was adjudged one of the capital's best- dressed men. Meanwhile the Guardian produced a hilariously inaccurate account, not written by the always-accurate Jonathan Glancey, I am pleased to say. Instead, the arts correspondent, under the headline 'LA architect takes on concrete wasteland', declared that Rick was

  • Riding a 1940s motorbike


    Muf has won a competition for a visitor centre in a pavilion, using mirrors to show off a Roman mosaic. The £500,000 building in St Albans, Herts, is Muf's first and is due to be finished late 2000. It will stand on the site of a Roman city now occupied by a football pitch and 1940s Nissen hut. The local council ran the competition.

    The government has given the go-ahead for Gensler's bagel-shaped gchq office for 4500 spy detectors. The £300 million design will stand in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire by 2002. The gsl consortium includes Tarmac, BT and Group 4.
  • Ringing the changes

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  • Ripe for rediscovery

    RICHARD WESTON Jorn Utzon: The Sydney Opera House by Francoise Fromonot. Electa/Ginko, 1998. 236pp. £29.95. (Distributor Art Books International 0171 720 1503)
  • Ritchie scheme wins long battle against protesters

    Ian Ritchie and Bromley Council have emerged victorious against the campaign to halt the proposed development of a 272m-long multiplex cinema at Crystal Palace (aj 17.7.1997).

    Minister for London, Nick Raynsford, has launched a steering committee to commission a study for the Kew to Chelsea part of the river Thames. It will define, protect and enhance the river's character.
  • Riverside residences

    steel focus
  • Riverside surprise

    PROJECT PROFILE: COMMERCIAL OFFICES Sutherland Lyall's account of Weir House, new offices for Octagon
  • Rivington in Islington

    Rivington Street Studio Architects has won a competition to design the Islington Arts and Media School, which will occupy the site of the George Orwell School in Holloway, North London. The practice, which beat a shortlist of Brady & Mallalieu, rhwl, Owen Williams, jcmt, Nick Evans and Elliot Girardin, is to work on the development plan for an intake of 600 students, to be completed for September 1999. The second phase is for development for a population of 1100, due for completion in August

  • Rock around the block

    London Open House is set to launch a new initiative to stimulate an interest in architecture for16-18 year olds by getting them to match pop music to well known buildings in the capital. To be unveiled on 19 September, Sound Space has been designed by Imagination and asks youths to visit the design house's own building, Channel Four Headquarters, Paxton Locher's house and office block in Clerkenwell, The Ark, and Richard Rogers' house, and then match them to the most suitable track from varie

    Former riba president David Rock has kicked off Urban Design week by issuing a clarion call for a new breed of town champions to be allowed to forge urban makeovers. Rock has published Town Champions and sent copies to the detr, dcms, the Regional Development Agencies, the Urban Design Alliance and cabe, in a bid for support. It is available from riba bookshops for £5. Story page 13.
  • Rock reminds rsaw that there's strength in numbers

    RIBA president David Rock has warned that architects may lose out if the Royal Society of Architects in Wales splits from the riba and goes it alone.
  • Rock urges CABE to pilot team of 'town champions'

    Former riba president David Rock is pressing the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (cabe) to dig deep and foster a new generation of 'Town Champions' to turn around run-down communities.
  • Rock: stop pay ing ARB

    Nearly 5000 RIBAmembers could save themselves £55 a year by stopping their registration with the ARB, former RIBA president David Rock told council. These people do not need to be ARB registered he said, because they are either retired (3013 of them) or based overseas (1692). 'We should be pointing this out to our members, 'Rock said, 'and saving them money.' This would not, he said, be purely altruistic on RIBA's part.'They would be less likely to leave the RIBA as ARB subscriptions ris
  • Rocking the foundation

    In what amounts to a clean sweep at the Prince's Foundation, formerly known as the Prince of Wales Institute for Architecture, Lady Hilary Browne-Wilkinson has been replaced as chairman by property and environmental academic David Cadman, founder of Environmental Governance, and Lawyer Jeffrey Jowell has resigned as a trustee. The moves follow the resignation of Adrian Gale as institute director. New trustees include Housing Corporation chair Baroness Dean; architect and one-time student fire
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  • Rogers designs 'fox-flap' as wily curs make Dome home

  • Rogers honoured with 34th Thomas Jefferson Medal

  • Rogers lays down the law in Antwerp

    Richard Rogers Partnership has won an international competition to design a new £50 million complex of Law Courts for the city of Antwerp in Belgium.
  • Rogers nets online surfers with Internet ingenuity


    Lord Rogers has written to deputy prime minister John Prescott, urging him to protect Ralph Erskine's Byker Estate from partial demolition (aj 14.10.99). Describing it as 'the most outstanding social housing estate in Britain', Rogers calls for a study by an external management specialist in housing. He concludes: 'It is my strong belief that it would be a serious mistake both for social and architectural reasons to demolish any part of the estate and I urge you to examine these proposals.'
  • Rogers rebuffed Paoletti in Jubilee designer quest


  • Rogers' Welsh Assembly 'too big for the site'

    Welsh Assembly officials are in talks with ABP subsidiary Grosvenor Waterside about buying more land at Cardiff Bay because the present site of the new National Assembly for Wales building is not now considered big enough to contain the Richard Rogers Partnership scheme.

    The role of architects in society is the subject of an event at the RIBA on 22 June at 6.30pm. 'Architecture on the make: the mandate of the architect', will include Sean Griffiths of Fashion Architecture and Taste, Ole Bouman of Archis, a Dutch architecture magazine, Wiel Arets, architect and dean of Amsterdam's Berlage Institute.

    English Heritage opened the last great medieval castle in England this week and pledged it would remain a romantic ruin forever. Walls of Wigmore Castle in Herefordshire were stabilised for £1 million, but wildlife has been left intact. eh said the castle had been on the verge of collapse three years ago and that it is one of England's most valuable historic monuments.
  • Round-up

    DataCAD and AutoDesk have both been busy offering users new version of their software
  • Rowntree competition

    The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is to celebrate the 2001 centenary of the model village of New Earswick, designed by Raymond Unwin, by commissioning a housing and community masterplan for a 21.5ha site in York. jrf has teamed up with York City Council to run an invited competition for the best ideas for the low-grade agricultural land surrounded by development. Although 'greenfield' land, the scheme aims to apply some of the principles of the Urban Task Force report. Four teams will be selecte
  • Rowntree shortlists four in £25m housing blueprint

  • Royal Academy gets serious about architecture

    The Royal Academy of Arts aims to dedicate prime exhibition space to a new architecture gallery as part of an ambitious expansion.
  • Royal Academy of Music

  • Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

    One of the most recent and high profile projects involving specialist British Gypsum suspended ceilings is the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Architect Dixon Jones bdp had to overcome the complex acoustic challenges inherent in such a design, with a requirement for mass ceilings and mass walls within the auditorium, and the need to accommodate a rehearsal room for the orchestra under the auditorium, below the seats of the audience.
  • Royal precedent

    Quote: 'Under the auspices of His Majesty, Architecture will be restored to is ancient glory and importance, and London and Westminster made worthy to be compared to Athens in the time of Pericles and Rome in the time of Augustus.' One of Prince Charles' surviving architectural champions taking a premature view of his ascent to the throne? No; a reference to George IV . . . by Sir John Soane.
  • Royal touch

    Check who is the joint beneficiary of this week's Donatella Versace show at Syon House (featuring Kate Moss et al). It is none other than the Prince of Wales Foundation for Architecture and the Urban Environment (Fondue). It just proves that point about architecture and fashion . . .

  • RSA to host Millennium Commission projects debate

    The Royal Society of Arts is to stage a series of free lectures and discussions next month on the subject of Millennium Commission-funded projects.
  • Rudolf M Schindler by James Steele. Taschen, 1999. 180pp. £16.99

    Rudolf Schindler must rank among the century's great unsung talents, writes Richard Weston. Working in then far-away Los Angeles, tainted by association with Frank Lloyd Wright, and bad-mouthed by his former friend, Richard Neutra, he was omitted by Philip Johnson from the canon of International Stylists exhibited at New York's Museum of Modern Art in 1932 and never won the recognition and public commissions his talent clearly deserved. All credit, then, to Taschen for bringing us this popula
  • Runners up: Keppie Design LTD

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  • Rural councillors resist 'too modern' cottage design

    A Chichester planning committee has frustrated architect James Gorst by demanding changes to a sensitive modern scheme he has designed for a new cottage in an isolated rural setting.
  • Ryder Company seeks workplace loves and hates

  • Sad to be Gae

    Musee d'Orsay architect Gae Aulenti is in hot water in her home country. News that she has been commissioned to restore the first floor of Rome's sixteenth-century Palazzo Quirinale has alarmed the art establishment: 'It is like entrusting the restoration of the Sistine chapel to Matisse, or the basilica of St Peter's to Frank Lloyd Wright,' thunders art historian Alvar Gonzales-Palcios. Sounds complimentary.
  • Sadler's Wells is a site for sore eyes

  • Saga headquarters Michael Hopkins & Partners

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  • Sainsbury's new format aims to speed up city-centre shopping


    The University of Southampton is looking for architects to design a £5.5 million, 4500m2 sports centre with a sports hall and swimming pool. Details, 01703 595000.
  • Salford invites the world to improve its historic centre

    Salford is seeking international ideas to improve the network of public spaces in its historic centre in a competition which the riba Competitions Office will launch on 5 April. Promoters of the competition are Salford City Council, the University of Salford and English Partnerships, and there is a total prize fund of £14,000. Competitors will be asked to produce design ideas to help enhance the setting of the city's art gallery, museum and other cultural and university buildings. Detail

    Sandy Wilson, with Long & Kentish, has been appointed to design the extension to Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, West Sussex, which houses the Sandy Wilson Collection of art. The design will involve replacing a row of 1930s mock-Victorian houses next to the listed Georgian building. The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £75,000 to the gallery, which will make a further application to the HLF for funds towards the £4 million total cost of the building. Sandy Wilson with Long & Kenti
  • Sarah Matheson, stalwart of the AA, dies aged 62

    Sarah Matheson, who had a long association with the Architectural Association, died on Friday 17 September 1999 after being nursed by her family through a long illness. She was born in September 1937 and brought up in the Scottish borders. Sarah inherited some of the hardy spirit of that country - clear for all to see in her last years as a sufferer of multiple system atrophy. Her sense of humour never failed her, and with characteristic determination she inspired the formation of a trust whi
  • Sarajevo calls for (truly) young concert hall talent


    Five young architecture teams have been shortlisted for the second stage of a Sarajevo competition for a concert hall to be built opposite the blitzed Bosnian parliament building. The winner will design a 1500-seat concert hall with 500-seat chamber music auditorium, restaurant, cafe, book shop, library and underground parking. A uk team includes Sandy Brown Associates. A winner will be chosen in October with building dates and costs to be determined.

    The new Bluewater retail development near Dartford is now open. It has over 125,000m2 of roof area - mostly covered in Sarnafil single- ply membrane. The specification was Sarnafil s327-15el over 90mm Rockwool Hardrock and a Sarnavap 1000 vapour retarder on a metal deck. The membrane was mechanically fastened using the rapid Sarnafast installation system and foot-traffic areas were defined using Sarnatred interlocking walkway tiles, heat-welded to the membrane surface.
  • Sasha will be missed, but work will go on

  • SAVE Britain's Heritage slams Taywood proposals

    save Britain's Heritage has slammed proposals to build controversial executive homes, restaurants and shops in Bradford on Avon by Taywood Homes (AJ 29.7.99) for being utterly at odds with the vision of Lord Rogers' Urban Task Force.
  • SAVE loses fight for Oulton School listing to Chris Smith

    Culture secretary Chris Smith has angered heritage chiefs by snubbing demands to spot-list a former teacher-training college in Liverpool.
  • Scale the heights

    Reports of increasingly bizarre behaviour at the riba's brainstorming week-end to conjure up a future for the special collections turn from a trickle to a torrent. Readers will remember that attendees had to sign up to the eccentric rules of the sect which runs the venue, Nuneham Courtenay in Oxfordshire: they can eat neither meat nor fish, nor drink alcohol, nor smoke. Library committee chairman Rod Hackney turned up in one of his Rolls-Royces; Paul Hyett has been meditating regularly ever s
  • Scandinavian surpises

  • Scene stealers


  • Scholarly abstinence

    Last weekend's love-in for anyone interested in discussing the future of the riba special collections was in a bizarre venue, which I decline to mention for fear of being invited there again. The booking form summed it all up: 'nb Meat, fish, alcohol and cigars cannot be consumed in the centre or the immediate grounds'. Some hardy souls escaped from Alcatraz to the local boozer during the course of the weekend, but could not make a night of it - thanks to a 10.30 curfew.
  • School children play at being architects for a day

  • School of Oriental and African Studies

  • School prize


  • Schools carry the can in education dispute

  • Schools warned over technology


  • science and sensibility

    Sir Neil Cossons is updating the Science Museum with the new Wellcome Wing - an action which augurs well for his forthcoming role as head ofEnglish Heritage
  • Science Museum chief to head English Heritage

  • SCOPE slams housebuilders for 'fudging' disabled access

  • Scotland diary

    Glasgow 1999 Events For monthly programme: tel 0141 287 1999.
  • Scotland is not such a big talking shop

  • Scotland produces good design too

  • Scotland the brave debates architectural policy

    The prospect of the architectural profession and politicians coming together to device a 'Policy for Architecture' is one which invites a nervous response in a country which, a mere 30 years ago, was taking prescriptive policy- led architecture to its heart with disastrous results. But think tank Manifesto's conference, held last week in Edinburgh's new Dynamic Earth Centre, offered a snapshot of the profession's sense of its own potential in the age of devolution.
  • Scotland the brave saves Miralles

  • Scotland's Royal Academy to undertake major project

    Scotland's art leaders are looking for architects for £18 million of work to Edinburgh's Royal Scottish Academy. The rsa needs foundation stabilization, refurbishment of facade and galleries, a new cruciform gallery. The project includes and underground link between both buildings with education and restaurant space. March 22 is the deadline for requests to participate. Contact rias competitions service on 0131 299 7545.
  • Scots drive for independent architecture policy

  • Scots in search of identity

    Delegates to the RIAS Convention in Glasgow explored architecture graphics and design in the Foster Armadillo. David Taylor reports

    Lucy Shearer, a prominent architect in Scotland, has died of cancer aged 35, a few weeks after the birth of her first child. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art where she met her future husband Graeme Shearer. They formed Parr Shearer and won high praise for restoring their home, the 1874-77 Lord Provost of Glasgow's house.
  • Scottish architecture demands attention

  • Scrambled Italian

    I spot Kenneth Powell, director of the Twentieth Century Society and regular aj contributor, staggering through customs at Heathrow weighed down by a bust of Mussolini purchased on his annual summer retreat in Italy. What on earth is he going to do with such an object? 'I will use it to break eggs when I am making omelettes,' he confides.

    Prince Charles and director Lord Attenborough have been urged to help save London's Museum of the Moving Image. It is due to close in August and campaigners are hoping to enlist famous people to their cause. They fear Momi will not be reopened in three years, as promised by officials.

    English Heritage will recommend the listing of 30 of England's cinemas after consultations including a conference in December with Lord Puttnam, mp John Gummer, broadcaster Loyd Grossman and Gavin Stamp, chairman of the Twentieth Century Society. The conference is on 8 December at Notting Hill's Gate Cinema. Details tel 0171 973 3434.

    Screenbase, the market leader in freestanding office screens, has recently furnished the new premises of Westminster City Council's housing department with its Contract screen range. The relocation of 130 personnel from a Victorian building to new, open-plan premises undertaken by interior contractor Cupaz, which chose Contract for its ease of installation and competitive pricing. The installation consisted of floor-standing and desk-up screens incorporating corridor runs, team workstations a
  • Sculptural synergy

    Review: Eduardo Chillida and Richard Serra At the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (Chillida until 29 August, Serra until 17 October)
  • Searching for meaning in uncertain times

  • Second Prize (£2,500) - Jestico & Whiles Martyn Clark, Jude Harris, Tobias Kunkel, Tony Ling, Ben Marston, Owen O'Doherty, Heinz Richardson, Marcus Tams

    This scheme uses a combination of a tried and tested urban strategy - the three- or four-storey terrace and two-storey mews development - adapted to suit the riverside site and the peculiarities of its geometry. The resultant plan form is a pair of sinuous terraces that enclose food- producing garden spaces but acknowledge that the riverside walk into town is the primary urban link. The riverside terrace is broken by glazed winter gardens which separate the terrace into, effectively, a series
  • Secrecy undermines confidence in ARB


  • Seductive stories

    Asking, Looking, Playing, Making by Mike Tonkin with Anna Liu. Black Dog Publishing, 1999. 72pp. £12.95

    Next year's two-day conference will take place at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh starting on 4 May. The theme will be Art and Architecture. Sir Norman Foster has said he will speak at the event.
  • Seeing through the illusion

    Rolf Sachsse, who lectured at the AA last week, is one of a fairly rare breed: a former practitioner turned theoretician. He originally trained and worked as an architectural and advertising photographer and now holds professorships in photography and electronic imagery; art history and media theory.
  • Seeking information on conservation

  • Seeking information on post-war houses

  • Seeking practitioners for assessment panel

  • Seeking sterling

    The riba is having trouble financing its main Stirling Awards after the Sunday Times said no to renewing its £20,000 three-year sponsorship of the main prize last week. The institute is now talking to three national companies, one of them a retailer - but not Sainsbury's - bidding to take over. The riba is not talking to newspapers this time around, although it does have one media target in mind. It is also still looking for five sponsors of each of its category awards, other than its co
  • Seeking timeless truths LORD PALUMBO Mies van der Rohe at Work by Peter Carter. Phaidon, 1999. 192pp. £19.95

    One of the very few certainties in life is that the best books are out of print! When, as now with Peter Carter's Mies van der Rohe at Work, the situation is remedied by reprinting (with a fresh preface by the author and a foreword by Phyllis Lambert), it is a cause for celebration. Perhaps this exception to the rule may herald better times: the re-emergence of books of interest and distinction in architecture as well as other art forms.
  • Self-confidence is reflected in our new architecture

  • Self-effacing

    Zaha Hadid got the sweet-and-sour treatment from critic/novelist Will Self in the Independent on Sunday. On the one hand he praised her 'beautifully executed and peculiarly haunting' paintings. Then he described her as appearing to be 'the bastard offspring of a mesalliance between King Farouk and Edith Sitwell'. Oh dear.
  • Selling the idea of learning From Peckham's new library to 'IDEA stores' in Tower Hamlets, design for places of learning is taking a retail cue

    Alsop & Stormer's dramatic Peckham Library building, now nearing completion in south London, is one of the most visible manifestations of a new approach to making buildings concerned with learning more accessible. A new public square is integral to the conception of the library, and is bounded on the other side by the Pulse, a new health and fitness centre. The square is designed to be accessible to all, a genuinely popular public place, a meeting place away from the high street, a tranquil c
  • Seminar kicks off this year's Europan judging

    At the recent opening of the Europan Cities and Juries Forum in Paris, a pre-selection of the best schemes from this round of the Europan competition was assembled to form the basis of a two-day seminar involving jury members, site owners and managers, academics, architects and politicians from across Europe.

    British Steel is organising a half-day seminar at the riba in conjunction with the Architecture Foundation and the Steel Construction Institute, supporting the bs-sponsored Architecture Foundation competition, 'Living in the City'. Called 'Steel & Sustainable Construction - challenging conventions', the seminar (starting at 1.30 on Tuesday 13 July) is open to all. For details fax Karen Miller on 0171 497 8915.
  • Senior Tory calls for a probe into lottery projects

  • Sense of identity

    Birds Portchmouth Russum has earned many admirers for its idiosyncratic approach to architecture. On the following pages we look at its ten years of work. by Kenneth Powell


    The mechanical and electrical engineering systems were developed to provide a fresh, healthy, comfortable and safe environment, and to integrate all technical requirements into the structure and fabric of the building. lda Architects and Hoare Lea & Partners collaborated in delivering a clean, simple structure whilst ensuring that the generally concealed systems are maintainable, flexible and energy efficient.

    Services had to be integrated into a building with limited ceiling voids and no floor voids, in a way which was sympathetic with the building's original detailing.
  • Set to be one of the greatest fin-de-siecle buildings, Benson and Forsyth's Museum of Scotland owes its structure to aha

    Set to be one of the greatest fin-de-siecle buildings, Benson and Forsyth's Museum of Scotland owes its structure to aha. At first sight its structure appears unimportant in comparison with the building's ambitious urban, programmatic and spatial effects, and certainly there is no overall structural theme as at, say, the National Botanical Garden of Wales. However, just as the story of Scotland reveals itself gradually through the building, so the structural ideas of the building slowly becom
  • Setting the standard

    An industry study of prefabrication and preassembly sets out challenges for all stages of projects BY BARRIE EVANS
  • Settlement of dispute out of court is unfair

  • Seven ways to expand a city

    The University of Cambridge department of architecture has carried out a unique collaboration with businesses and local government to explore the future potential for the city and the surrounding area.
  • Sex, education and secondary-school design briefs . . .

    There is a profound logical inconsistency in the arguments surrounding the new legislation currently under debate in Parliament which seeks to prohibit sexual relationships between young people and those in 'positions of trust', for example between sixth- formers and their teachers.
  • SFA/99 playing field tilts against bad payers

  • SFA/99 reflects a decade obsessed with getting paid

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  • sfa/99: protecting against bad payers

  • Shambles Square

    A sloping glass tower of 80 flats and penthouses with rooftop courtyards has been designed for Manchester's Shambles Square by BDP.The planning application submitted last week also included a nearby 8000m 2fourstorey department store with restaurant and brasserie overlooking Exchange Square. The Prudential scheme is due to start next spring and finish in late 2002. The £35 million residential element was the only cost revealed.
  • Shame on Sunday

    SHAME on Enric Miralles. Not content with winning the prestigious SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT (forget the Gold Medal to his home town Barcelona) - he has ENTERED MORE DESIGN COMPETITIONS and is OCCASIONALLY UNAVAILABLE to project managers on the Holyrood job which is consequently FALLING BEHIND SCHEDULE. Thus spake Scotland on Sunday, described as a newspaper.
  • Shaping the American landscape TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDREW CROSS

    Few things beat driving in America: the sense of freedom; empty, open roads; vaulting skies and an endless horizon. Roadside diners, anonymous motels, journeys measured in days rather than miles. For me it is the details that provide much of the pleasure. The interior smell of a brand new air-conditioned rental car, take-away coffee in Styrofoam cups, FM stations playing 70s rock, over-sweet donuts, the electronic ding....ding....ding that sounds each time you open the car door. These inciden

    Two architects are sharing the second RIBA Rome Scholarship in Architecture and Urbanism. Andrew Llowarch of Sauerbruch Hutton Architects will spend six months examining the nature of Hadrian's Villa as a resort, while Daniel Wrightson of Evans Vettori Architects will spend three months researching the imaginary vision of Rome held by eleventh century pilgrims.
  • Sharing experiences

    In brief
  • sharp angles

    Dennis Sharp claims that concrete art has been given a new life with the form-generating qualities of concrete bringing recent architecture, engineering and sculpture closer together
  • Shedding light on regeneration

  • Sheffield shows its metal

    Students at Sheffield School of Architecture took both first and second prizes in the British Steel Architectural Student Award
  • Shelter with a smile

    Examples of 'ingenious facadism' should be on display at Glasgow's West End festival in June. Up to 20 architects will be commissioned to design new frontages to a row of b&q £95 garden sheds. It will be called the Ideal Hut Show. How very primitive.
  • Shepheard medal

  • Sheppard Robson

  • Sheppard Robson

    Sheppard Robson has won planning permission for Firstcentral, a new office park at Park Royal in West London which may become home to a new headquarters for Guinness. Guinness and London and Regional Properties are the partners in the joint venture behind the scheme, intended to lift the image of the area. It includes a proposal for a new underground station on the Central line. The masterplan provides over 125,000m2 of office space on the 24 hectares site. It envisages nine buildings - which
  • Shipbuilders throw down gauntlet to construction

  • Shonfield is wide of the mark on noise the mark on noise


  • Shop on the Tyne

    The Dewjoc Partnership has won the job to design a £4.5 million shopping scheme in Newcastle's Grainger Town. It will create 6622m2 in six buildings. Three five-floor shops are to be built behind the front of Binns Grade II-listed department store, with the other three on Bigg Market next door.
  • Shopping around

    Bluewater may bring together an unholy allliance between progressive Church of England bishops, who slate it for its unspiritual values, and traditionalist Modern architects, who slate it for its, er, spiritual values, but let's hear no more about its supposed lack of those chance encounters and possibilities for naughtiness which characterise 'real' urban spaces. Monica Lewinsky chose it as one site to promote her biography. Incidentally, I hear bdp is to design Land Lease's next big shoppin
  • Shopping around for a compact solution

    The benefits of self-compacting concrete are being brought to the uk with its first use on a large-scale commercial project, reports Colin Cleverly of construct; Colin Cleverly is the executive secretary of construct
  • Shopping shock


    Devereux Architects has won planning consent for a new £1 million railway station at Greenhithe, Kent, to serve the Bluewater shopping centre by way of shuttle buses. The building is steel-framed with silver cladding. Construction starts this month for completion in March 2000.

  • Shortlist announced for gateway to South Bank

    Four teams have been shortlisted to design a work of art/architecture which will form a 'gateway' to London's South Bank. Designs from the winning team will be used to construct a £200,000 'beacon' artwork in Sutton Walk, which links the South Bank to Waterloo station. The teams are:
  • Should entry into our profession be limited?

    Unable to wait any longer, I dashed from the Playbill Theatre, where I had been watching 'Forbidden Broadway', and made for Manhattan's most famous loo.
  • Should Lipton and the boys wield such power?


  • Showdown over Bristol scheme

    A mystery group of objectors to Arup Associates' controversial Canons Marsh scheme in Bristol is set to launch an alternative design. The group, believed to include local architects, issued a press release via pr consultants last week, claiming that its proposal is 'the scheme Bristol has asked for and will help to create'.
  • Shower of asteroids slams into 'Planet Hyett'

  • Sick building 'cure'

    Canadian researchers have come up with what they claim is a 'cure' for sick building syndrome.
  • Sighs of relief



    AJ ENQUIRY No: 202




  • Silver top with a green twist

    technical & practice
  • Simon Marks Jewish Primary School Cazenove Architects

    working details
  • Simon Marks Jewish Primary School:

    Cazenove Architects Photographs by Grant Smith
  • Simply the best

    Directors at Foster and Partners seem to be vying with each other to design the finest domestic spaces. There's Graham Phillips with a nice house in Middlesex, Ken Shuttleworth with a crescent in Wiltshire, not to mention Norman's own archery-length penthouse above the shop in Battersea. But only one, Phillips' house, Skywood, appears in an advertisement for La Creme, the Times' top secretarial ads section, featuring a cut- out figure behind a Foster glass desk. It beats arguing about Reichst

    John Simpson and Partners' right royal development of the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace has been granted planning permission. Westminster City Council last week raised no objections to the scheme, which redevelops the gallery, the royal kitchens and trades yard and includes a new gallery entrance onto Buckingham Palace Road.
  • Singing discount

    Not content with designing tableware for upmarket, trendy Italian manufacturer Alessi, the egregious Michael Graves has just launched a range of kitchen accesories for us discount store chain Target. It covers spatulas to patio sets,which, at $499, are uncomfortably close in price to an Alessi kettle.
  • Sinking feeling

    Just when we had all had enough of lectures and exhibitions about urban futures, Venice has jumped on the bandwagon. The next architecture biennale, taking place in 2001 under the direction of Massimiliano Fuksas, has as its theme Megacities of the New Millennium.
  • Sins of the grandfathers

  • Sir Albert Richardson, 1880-1964

  • Sir Alex Gordon, former riba president, dies at 82

    Sir Alex Gordon, a former president of the riba, has died at the age of 82. Born in Ayr on 25 February 1917, Gordon moved to Wales in 1925 and regarded himself as a naturalised Welshman. He was an articled pupil to the borough architect in Swansea and later studied at the Welsh School of Architecture and served in the Royal Engineers from 1940-46. He set up a partnership with T Alwyn Lloyd in 1946, boasting in 1970 that he was the only practising architect whose partner went to Gladstone's fu
  • Sitting pretty in Milan by Corinna Dean

    The Milan Furniture Fair opened with customary razzmatazz and glitz, far upstaging the German fair Orgatec, despite a lot of the Milan products having been first unveiled in Cologne.
  • Six invited to become new architecture commissioners

  • Six make Manchester competition shortlist

    Urban Splash, the North-west development company with a reputation for commissioning good architects, must be pleased with its first venture into the world of the open design competition. When it launched the Britannia Basin competition, for a derelict site in the St George's area by the Bridgwater Canal, it could scarcely have expected to receive 400-plus registrations and more than 130 entries.

    Arts minister Alan Howarth has listed Roderick Ham's Thorndike Theatre in Leatherhead, built in 1969, Grade II. Two 1960s homes in Buckinghamshire, designed by Peter Aldington, received the same listing. They are Askett Green in Princess Risborough and Clayton House in Great Missenden.

    Heathrow's Terminal Five by Richard Rogers Partnership has been priced at £250 million - if it doesn't go ahead. Lawyers for baa say work on the £1.8 billion project has racked up big costs in legal, design and land fees. The enquiry is in its final summary phase, due to end in mid- March. baa said it would take up to two years to write up the report, which will then go to Parliament. The terminal is due to open in 2006.

    Architect Rosario Lloyd and interior designer Maggie Colvin have designed SkyDigital Dream Home for the Daily Mail 'Ideal Home' exhibition. The 700m2 design is the largest single-storey house in the show's 91 years.
  • Sky's the limit

    In brief
  • Skywood House would require tidy occupants

  • Slateford Green Project


    The hlf has underlined its commitment to smaller projects with its latest round of awards to 36 schemes, totalling only £3.1 million. These include modest repairs to listed buildings and interpretative exhibitions. A grant of just £4578 hopes to finance a 'virtual-reality time-travel history' of Bitterne, Southampton.
  • Small practices are important, I said