Issue : 20 December 2004
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'Patronising' Iraq advice droppedSubscription
The RIBA has scrapped design code proposals for architects working in war-torn Iraq, after they were branded 'patronising' by a leading policymaker.
Westminster City Council is on the verge of taking legal action against the Government Office for London (GOL) over 'draconian' targets for affordable housing.
Hawkins\Brown is set to undertake the renovation and redevelopment of the Park Hill Estate in Sheffield, one of the UK's most important Modernist projects, the AJ can reveal.
'CABE SHOULD GO PUBLIC'Subscription
The minister for architecture, Lord McIntosh, has demanded CABE's design review meetings be held in public. Giving evidence at the ODPM select committee hearing into the role of CABE, McIntosh claimed reviews could be held in a small auditorium 'like at the Royal Institution'.
UNI EYES KING'S CROSS MOVESubscription
The University of the Arts London, formerly the London Institute, is looking at a possible move to the King's Cross redevelopment area.
TAVERNOR TO LEAVE BATHSubscription
The AJ understands that Robert Tavernor, the head of the University of Bath's school of architecture, is set to leave the city to take up a part-time post as head of the London School of Economics' Cities Programme. He will replace Ricky Burdett, who is cutting back his involvement with the school.
GRIMSHAW HEADS ACADEMYSubscription
Nicholas Grimshaw, the man behind the Eden Project's iconic design, has won the race to become the next president of the Royal Academy (RA). The 65year-old London-based architect will become the public face of the academy and will also chair the RA's council.
GUILDHALL REIGNS SUPREMESubscription
The Department of Constitutional Affairs, the old Lord Chancellor's Department, has decided that the Middlesex Guildhall building, on London's Parliament Square, should become the site of the new Supreme Court. It is expected that the project will require a major redevelopment of the building, although no decision has yet been taken on procurement.
Foster's French flying lessonSubscription
Last week French president Jacques Chirac officially opened the Millau Viaduct in southwest France - the spectacular, crucial link in the Paris to Barcelona motorway, writes Andrew Mead
Hold the headlines...Subscription
They say that today's front-page news is tomorrow's fish-and-chip paper, but there were some stories in 2004 that ran and ran. Ed Dorrell casts his eye over these serial headline-makers and speculates about the year ahead