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Architects Journal

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  • and opportunity

  • and rejects call for official anti-war protest over Iraq

    The RIBA's ruling council has thrown out an emergency motion demanding a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Iraq.
  • while voting figures spark fresh RIBA offensive

    RIBA president Paul Hyett has renewed his attack on the ARB after details of recent elections emerged this week.
  • . . . and urges respect for high quality of design in BPZs

    CABE has warned the government over the design implications of Business Planning Zones (AJ 19.12.02) in its official response to the initiative.

    This £50 million plan for Islington Wharf in Manchester will feature schemes by Ian Simpson Architects and Alsop Architects, the masterplanner for the neighbouring New Islington, being billed as the city's next urban district. Islington Wharf, sited on disused land straddling the Ashton Canal, will create a mix of residential and commercial developments.

  • A beautiful place in the east needs dreams and imagination

    I enjoyed reading Martin Pawley's piece on our attitudes towards the development of the countryside (AJ 13.2.03).
  • A British tug of war

    technical & practice
  • A culture problem?

    After anthrax and ricin, US Environmental Agents are now targeting that well-known biological threat - mould
  • A single name to cover many different towns

  • A Windows-based software package

    A Windows-based software package has been developed to calculate, plan and visualise the design of staircases. It includes a facility to cost up various materials options as well as creating 'photorealistic presentations of staircases at the touch of a button.'
  • Accreditation: time to put the record straight

  • ADIA

    Kohn Pedersen Fox continues to rethink the office in terms of workplace design, environmental strategy and urban response.Here we look at some of its significant projects

    New York's New Museum of Contemporary Arts has shortlisted Adjaye Associates in the competition to design its new home.Also shortlisted are: Abalos & Herreros; Gigon/Guyer; Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa with SANA; and Reiser & Umemoto RUR Architecture.
  • Adjudicator's jurisdiction: a case of no contract, no dispute

    legal matters
  • Adopt a drawing plan aims to fund Architecture for All

    The RIBA is encouraging people to adopt a drawing from its celebrated collection in a bid to raise funding for the Architecture for All project Sponsors will be able to choose one of 150 pieces in the collection, which includes works by Palladio, Le Corbusier and Voysey.
  • Ahrends Burton and Koralek

    Ahrends Burton and Koralek has revised its design to extend the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. The scheme involves two major extensions. The first (pictured), is on the south-west wing and will include a visitor centre, lecture theatre, cafe and visitor room. The second, on the north-west, will be a service area for picture storage, staff quarters and deliveries. The project - which is dependent on a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund - includes plans to refurbish the existing g
  • Air head

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  • AJ's minimum wage is way off the mark


    The London School of Economics will host a lecture by Will Alsop on 13 February. He will discuss his recent work, focusing on 'the impact of individual creativity in architecture on the lives of people and their communities'.For more information on the event tel 020 7955 7060.
  • Alsop to be on his best behaviour in Valencia

    Will Alsop's contribution to this year's Bienal de Valencia is a project entitled 'The Department Store of Proper Behaviour', in collaboration with the artist Bruce McLean.
  • Alsop's Brum station redesign on verge of financial oblivion

    Alsop Architects' plans to redesign Birmingham New Street Station face collapse because the Strategic Rail Authority cannot afford the scheme.
  • Alsop's in a spin at the speed of sound

  • Alvar Aalto Designer

  • American schools lead the way in embracing diversity

    Last night I had dinner with Robert Stern and Cesar Pelli. Stern is the current dean of architecture at Yale and Pelli was his predecessor. I am sitting with two charming people who belong to an American clan that would appear to make decisions regarding the circle of architects that is destined to prevail.
  • an englishman abroad

    Following a career that has taken him to some of the world's trouble spots, architect Stephen Whittle is flying the flag for Britain by heading up the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's embassy building programme
  • Apartment building, Timber Wharf, Manchester Glenn Howells Architects

    working details
  • Apathy over ARB election sees turnout hit all-time low

    Voter turnout for the ARB elections has reached an all-time low - dropping 13 per cent in just six years - as a result of the 'alienation of the board from normal members', critics claim.

    The Architectural Review has received more than 80 entries from around the world for its Future Projects Awards. The winners of each category - Hotel and Leisure, Mixed-use Regeneration, Residential and Commercial Office - will be announced at the MIPIM International Commercial Retail Estate market in March.For further details call 020 7908 3200. Meanwhile Sheppard Robson, Ian Simpson Architects, Scott, Brownrigg + Turner, and BDP have all been shortlisted for MIPIM Awards for completed proje
  • ARB committee hands out fine and suspension in PII case

    A practitioner from Aryshire has been fined £1,000 and suspended from the ARB register for failing to prove he had professional indemnity insurance.
  • ARB conduct penalties send out wrong signal

    Alexander White, suspended by the Architects Registration Board (AJ 6.2.03), failed to give evidence at the hearing of the Professional Conduct Committee in his own defence. He failed to show up and so forced the ARB to rely on just one charge, that he had failed to complete the ARB's unwarranted professional indemnity insurance Certificate of Compliance.
  • ARB faces test case over validation

    The ARB is facing a legal test of its powers, after withdrawing prescription for De Montfort University against the advice of its own visiting board.
  • ARB 'shocked' as Human Rights Act scuppers case

    The ARB was left 'surprised and shell-shocked' after a Professional Conduct Committee threw out a case that hinged on the Human Rights Act.
  • ARB's members should consider 'qualifications'

  • Architect struck off for five counts of incompetence

    A Leeds-based architect has been struck off after he failed to produce even the basic information needed to erect a domestic extension.
  • Architects must exploit protection of copyright

  • Architects to lead energy campaign

    Energy efficiency was catapulted to the forefront of architecture and construction policy this week following the publication of the government's new Energy White Paper.
  • Architectural Desktop 2004

  • Architecture Week calls for ideas on 'the way we live'

    Organisers of Architecture Week are asking for suggestions for events to be included in this year's itinerary, from 20 to 29 June.

    Architype has won a design competition for a Sustainable Construction Resource Centre at the Somerset College of Art and Technology. Shortlisted practices included Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects and Gale & Snowdon Architects.
  • Archive outrage of English Heretics

  • Arrested anti-development

    Does the recent government announcement of increased housebuilding mean we will reverse the trend and build more?
  • Art house

    aj refurbishment
  • Articulated dilemma

    The new bridges at Bellmouth Passage in London's Docklands needed to move to allow boats to pass through, so two design teams considered the merits of lifting versus swing bridges
  • artistic temperament


    RHWL's subsidiary Arts Team has won a competition to rework Derngate and Phipps'1887 Royal Theatre in Northampton, seeing off competition from GSS Architects and Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects. The project aims to create two new foyers, one for each of the theatre's two separate auditoriums, designed to 'reflect the ethos'of the resident theatre company.

    London-based Assael Architecture has won consent for a £15 million mixed-use development on London's Battersea Park Road.The scheme - which will replace a 1960s office block - will provide 54 residential apartments and 2,300m 2 of office space.

    London-based Assael Architecture has challenged Britain's practices to raise money for the Architects Benevolent Society. It has raised £310 for the trust by encouraging every architect, technician and student in its office to donate £10, and it has challenged other firms to follow suit. Donations can be sent to Assael Challenge, the ABS, Freepost 17 Lon/20258, London W1E 1AB. For a profile of new ABS business development manager Norman Webster, see page 18.
  • Austin Williams writes:

    technical & practice - feedback
  • AutoCAD 2004

  • Avanti Architects

    Avanti Architects has released the first images of its competitionwinning design for an Early Years Centre in North Fulham, adjacent to Normand Park Primary School (AJ 20.2.03). London-based Avanti was chosen from a shortlist that also included Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects, Ushida Findlay Architects and Greenhill Jenner Architects. Avanti is now working with the client, Hammersmith and Fulham council, on concepts for the state-of-the-art facility, including care, education and community f

    Avanti Architects has won a competition to design an Early Years Centre in North Fulham, close to Normand Park Primary School.
  • Babe chat

  • BACnet and EIB/Konnex make intelligent partners

  • Bad marking

    technical & practice - feedback
  • Band aid

  • Barn storming

  • Bartlett academics slam research panel 'scandal'

    Leading academics from the Bartlett school have condemned the assessment panel responsible for the recent drop in its research rating and accused its chairman of bias.
  • BBC scours country for future architecture stars

    The BBC is set to launch a nationwide talent search to find specialist presenters as it gears up for a new wave of architecture and design programmes.
  • BDP

    BDP has won a developer-led competition to rejuvenate this Melbourne waterfront site, in collaboration with local practice Hassell. The £180 million masterplan - to be known as Waterfront City - creates a mixed-use development which aims to encourage entertainment, retail and residential schemes. Along with more than 400 new homes and 50,000m 2of shopping space, there is an 'entertainment area'set for the heart of the site. BDP plans to design several of the 'key buildings'on the project
  • BDP biggest, but Foster most admired in AJ100

    Le Corbusier's Ronchamp Chapel is the greatest building of all time, Foster and Partners' Greater London Authority headquarters the worst, but Foster is the most admired living architect, according to the AJ 100 survey of the country's biggest firms, published this week.

    BDP has beaten Foster and Partners, John McAslan and Partners and architecture plb to design the 9,400m2 Ramsgate Academy in Kent. The academy will focus on business, arts and sport and will feature community resources including adult education suites and a healthy living centre plus conference facilities.
  • BDP Landscape

    BDP Landscape has won a major international competition to redesign the former ship repair yards at the port town of La Seyne sur Mer near Toulon.The project, a collaboration with French practice Groupe 6, will occupy a 2km site on the Mediterranean coastline. It will create an urban park, to include a quayside promenade, an esplanade linking the town centre with the sea, and a sequence of small 'follies' for retail and leisure use. The park will be structured with a series of sweeping walkwa
  • Be alert - domain name conmen are at it again!

    aj+ column
  • Berlin calling

  • Best-laid plans

    The Evolution of American Urban Design: A Chronological Anthology By David Gosling (with Maria Cristina Gosling).Wiley, 2002. 280pp. £45
  • Big Apple spurns chance of a new beginning

    Daniel Libeskind's winning plan to rebuild on Ground Zero puts commercial imperatives above human ones, and has stirred much debate in New York, says William Menking
  • Big in the country with Civic Trust Awards

    A host of big and small projects have won gongs in Europe's biggest architectural design awards. The Civic Trust has honoured the best rural buildings of the past two years, with nine projects receiving special awards.
  • Bishopsgate land sale puts development plans on hold

    Railtrack successor Network Rail has sold the Bishopsgate Goods Yard to speculative developer Hammerson. Observers believe the move will end any involvement with the site on the part of both Dutch masterplanner Kees Christiaanse, contracted by Railtrack, and HTA Architects, retained by local campaigner group Stop the Blight.
  • Blair steps in to oversee London regeneration strategy

    Tony Blair and John Prescott have asked civil servants to draw up a strategy for the future of London. The move has been prompted by increasing worries about the capital's escalating population, the AJ has learnt.


    The Architectural Association is organising a three-day trip to Bordeaux including tours of the Rem Koolhaas-designed house for the Le Moine family and the Le Corbusier housing at Pessac. The trip will take place on 25-27 April 2003 and costs £310 per person including flight, hotel and coach trips. For further information contact Micki Hawkes on 020 7887 4103 or at micki@aaschool. ac. uk
  • Boxing clever

    aj building study
  • Brain drain abroad hits UK architecture schools

    A failure to fill senior academic posts is threatening standards in architectural education and research, experts have warned.

    The Brazilian Embassy's Gallery 32 is set to exhibit a photographic collection by Michael Frantzis of recently completed buildings.For more information about the show on 5 and 6 March - 'New Architecture in Brazil'- visit www. brazil. org. uk

    The Building Research Establishment is fighting to save its government research contracts worth up to £8 million. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has invited other firms to compete for the lucrative contracts and is considering a number of alternative bids. It will be offering five framework agreements for its buildings regulation research, with each worth up to £1.6 million over a five-year period. A spokesman for consultancy firm Oscar Faber, believed to be one of the bidd
  • Breathing life into Leaside

    Patel Taylor and URS have produced a development strategy for east London's Leaside Arc. The aim is to kick-start regeneration by encouraging the development of highdensity mixed-use communities on a series of key sites. The study identifies a capacity for 20,000 new homes and 400,000m 2 of business, retail, leisure and industrial space.
  • Brief encounters

  • briefing notes john outram

    When and where were you born?
  • briefing notes peter murray

    What is your favourite building and why?
  • briefing notes richard feilden

    When and where were you born?
  • briefing notes: ian martin

    When and where were you born?
  • briefing notes: joanna van heyningen

    When and where were you born?
  • briefing notes: john cooper

    When and where were you born?
  • briefing notes: Keith Williams

    When and where were you born?
  • briefing notes: matthew wells

    When and where were you born?
  • briefing notes: neil choudhury

    When and where were you born?
  • Brighton pier schemes set to battle it out at public inquiry

    The two competing schemes for Brighton's Grade I-listed West Pier are expected to go head-to-head in a public inquiry later this year.
  • Brits set to work freely in US following talks breakthrough

    British-trained architects will soon be allowed to work freely in the US following a major breakthrough in talks on the mutual recognition of qualifications. The Architects' Council of Europe (ACE) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have agreed a framework that should see an official agreement signed in May 2004. The deal will end one of the most acrimonious disputes between the RIBA and its US counterparts. The institute has long demanded that its qualifications are recognised in
  • Brits to miss out on Iraq rebuild

    British architects are set to lose out on a 'vast financial opportunity' in the reconstruction of Iraq because US companies have already sewn up all the biggest deals.
  • Broad frontiers


    Broadway Malyan and engineering firm Buro Happold have started on site with this pedestrian bridge in Edinburgh.
  • Brutal reminders that technology will always fail - eventually

    Did you see the papers last weekend? The front page of Saturday's Times featured a picture of several cars trapped on the snowbound M11 in Cambridgeshire. Inside, on the first page of the 'Weekend' section, was a photograph dating from 1911 that showed three members of Captain Scott's last expedition inside a hut in the Antarctic.

    The Building Exploratory in London's Hackney has launched a campaign to raise funds for its new home. An initial fund-raising event, attended by supporters that included Sir Stuart Lipton, Baroness Blackstone, Lord Rogers and Tommy Walsh of BBC's Groundforce, raised £50,000 towards the £3 million needed.

    Engineering giant Buro Happold has pulled its team out of Kuwait ahead of the impending war against Iraq. It has transferred to the firm's office in the Saudi capital Riyadh, where it intends to continue to work on its existing projects.
  • Business as usual for Ushida Findlay projects in Gulf state

    Ushida Findlay is pressing ahead with two projects in the Gulf state of Qatar - despite the heavy build up of coalition troops in the country.

    CABE has given its enthusiastic support to Rafael Viñoly Architects' 'exciting and dynamic' Leicester Performing Arts Centre.
  • CABE condemns Michael Aukett's Croydon scheme

    Michael Aukett Architects has launched a counterattack after CABE savaged its plans for a £240 million mixed-use scheme in Croydon.

    CABE has launched a series of twoday seminars, 'Making Places - Applying Local Design Guidance at a Local Level'. The courses will take place in Ipswich on 5-6 February, Derby on 27-28 February and Leeds on 25-26 March. For details call Tanya Thorpe at BURA on 0800 0181 260.

    CABE has invited applications from design professionals living in the North East to become one of the agency's three regional representatives.For details of how to apply for the job - which includes an advisory role with both individuals and organisations - visit www. cabe. org. uk or call Helena Charlton on 020 7960 2406.
  • CABE: aim for the sky - but look to the past

    In the run-up to the London Bridge Tower inquiry, CABE and English Heritage are publishing their joint Guidance on tall buildings . Peter Stewart explores the issue

    The Cabinet is to vote on the future of London's Olympic bid today. It is understood that Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and culture minister Tessa Jowell all now support the idea.
  • California dreaming

    Eichler: Modernism Rebuilds the American Dream By Paul Adamson and Marty Arbunich. Gibbs Smith, 2002. 240pp. £35

    The government's environment and sustainability adviser, Jonathon Porritt, has called for a 'seismic change' in attitudes to designing healthy towns and villages.Speaking at the launch of a new TCPA publication, Shaping Neighbourhoods , Porritt called for an end to 'pedestrian-unfriendly' environments and the closing of local amenities. 'It is ironic that government money is pouring into the health service to combat illness, 'he said, 'while at the same time little is done to promote healthy
  • Calming club class

  • Cambridge don hits back at education minister's attack

    The head of Cambridge University's School of Architecture has blasted the government after it accused his university of an unfair admissions policy. Professor Alan Short said secretary of state for education Charles Clarke was wrong to inflict an 'admissions tzar' on the university, insisting his department has 'absolutely no bias towards applicants from public schools'.

    The Heritage Lottery Fund has granted Birmingham City Council £13.5 million to help fund the renovation of Joseph Hansom's Birmingham Town Hall, closed due to disrepair in 1996.The project by Birmingham-based Associated Architects will include the replacement of the two interior balconies with a single tier, in keeping with Hansom's 1834 design.

    CABE chief executive Jon Rouse has challenged Manchester to broaden its design excellence in new buildings and spaces beyond the confines of the city centre. In a speech at property conference MIPIM, Rouse acknowledged Manchester's role as a leading city in urban regeneration.But he said it still faces many challenges if it is to sustain and extend the success of the city centre outwards, including improved linkages with the city centre.

  • Change of heart, or case of double Dutch?

    Is the correspondent worrying about those who celebrate 'prosaic in the name of sedate quietness, good taste and a general belief in sobriety', and about the cheapness of Dutch architecture (AJ 30.1.03), by any chance the same Will Alsop who in a recent Building Centre exhibition declared a monastery by Dom Hans van der Laan his favourite building?

    The RIBA has secured Channel 4 director of programmes Tim Gardam to deliver its second annual lecture, entitled Public Space and Private Pleasure.
  • Children's centre to be first project in England for Gehry

    Frank Gehry, who has been in London taking part in the King Alfred competition in Brighton and Hove, has agreed to design a children's arts centre in Southwark, south London. The centre is Gehry's first confirmed project in England, pending a decision on the Brighton competition, and only his second in the UK. The first, his Maggie's Centre in Dundee, will be completed this spring.
  • Chipperfield reveals £14m Des Moines plans

    David Chipperfield Architects has completed its design for a new public library for the US city of Des Moines in Iowa.
  • Chips with everything

    Supermarket lifestyles, plastic wood, timber treads, and quantum architecture. Plus the cost of design decisions Food for thought The ever-increasing number of celebrity chefs appearing on our screens reflects that we are becoming more and more adventurous in what we want to eat and, consequently, more demanding about the variety of produce we expect to have available to us, writes John Patterson.
  • chiswick park (phase 1)

    COST SUMMARY (BUILDING 2) START DATE 1.12.00 (40 week programme) GROSS EXTERNAL AREA 11,544m 2NET INTERNAL AREA 9,238m 2Costs based on final account £/m 2Percentage (Gross external area) of total SUBSTRUCTURE 41.96 3.64 SUPERSTRUCTURE Frame 38.09 Upper floors 100.39 8.71 Roof 38.95 Stairs 53.87 External walls 197.00 17.09 Windows, external doors 6.85 0.59 Internal walls, partitions 73.85 6.41 Internal doors 17.81 1.54 Group element total 526.81 45.69 FINISHES Wall finishes 7.92 0.69 Floo
  • Clare Melhuish reviews activist Michael Albert on 'Life after capitalism'

    In an interesting, though coincidental, sequel to Paul Finch's lecture (AJ 6.3.03), the ICA offered a platform last week to activist Michael Albert, from which he propounded the values of the 'parecon': a vision of life after capitalism.
  • Clare Melhuish reviews Andrew Whalley and the art of glass construction

    The title of Andrew Whalley's lecture, 'Transparency', promised a thrilling foray into the realms of architectural-philosophical discourse.
  • Clare Melhuish reviews Cecil Balmond's views on 'what's new in the box'

    'Meditation on geometry' or 'wow factor'? After looking at a whole series of Cecil Balmond's twisted, turning, writhing structures, it is hard not to feel a longing for simplicity and clarity.
  • Clare Melhuish reviews Chris Smith on the lottery of urban aspirations

    Chris Smith MP, delivering the annual Jane Jacobs lecture at the LSE, went to some pains to convince his audience that the 'bottom-up', grassroots vision of urbanism promulgated by Jacobs could be satisfied by the new cultural monuments of the Lottery age, which might otherwise be thought to represent a rather 'top-down' idea of urban renewal.
  • Clare Melhuish reviews Do It Differently's rallying cry for best practice

    A few years ago, Kenneth Frampton produced an important study arguing that constructional technique and materials were as much part of the essence of architectural form and expression as spatial organisation and aesthetics.
  • Clare Melhuish reviews Paul Finch on 'Whatever happened to criticism?'

    CABE deputy chair Paul Finch questioned the RIBA Gold Medal, condemned the planning system and wrote off media coverage of architecture in his recent lecture on the state of architectural criticism. But his anecdotal, somewhat flippant take on the situation did not inspire confidence that there was much prospect for change.
  • Clare Melhuish reviews Rafael Moneo's verdict on religious architecture

    Rafael Moneo is not known for his church work, yet it was he who was chosen to design Los Angeles' new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels - against a shortlist of other architects equally unknown in this sphere: Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne, Santiago Calatrava and Robert Venturi.
  • Clare Melhuish reviews XCO2's blueprint for sustainable development

    XCO2 conisbee is an energy consultant which does not waste time debating whether global warming really exists - the evidence for it is indisputable - but simply gets on with the job of reducing CO2 emissions from buildings in a matter-of-fact and reasonably optimistic way.
  • Clarification regarding Christopher Davis


    Spectacular mountain landscapes have been the speciality of American photographer Bradford Washburn. His work can be seen in an exhibition called 'Photographs from the Edge' at the Michael Hoppen Gallery, 3 Jubilee Place, London SW3, until 19 April. Above is a detail of After the Storm, Climbers on the Doldenhorn (www. michaelhoppen-photo. com)
  • Company class

  • competitions

  • competitions

    RIBA-APPROVED Details are available from the RIBA Competitions Office, 6 Melbourne Street, Leeds LS2 7PS, tel 0113 234 1335, fax 0113 246 0744, email riba. competitions@mail. riba. org STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION Wood. for good invites submissions for an open ideas competition, based upon an imaginary inner-city site. The competition is open to students of architecture and those in relevant associated disciplines (eg engineering, interior design, product design etc).Submission deadline June 20
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  • Concerns remain over independence of PCC


    The Concrete Society has called for entries for its annual Concrete Society Awards, which will be held in London in November.Closing date for nominations is 7 April.See www. concrete. org. uk
  • Congestion charging: latest round in the fight between cars and cities

    In all the massive pre-publicity given to the introduction of congestion charging this week, there was one name conspicuous by its absence - Trammell Crow - the greatest property developer of all time and the author of the highly appropriate aphorism, 'I like congestion, it's better than recession.'
  • Congestion: what congestion?

    technical & practice
  • 'Considerate' scheme is modernisation by stealth


    A briefing note from insurance broker Griffith & Armour likens toxic mould with a terrorist attack, writes Austin Williams . It states that 'while some might regard the reaction as premature, the industry is moving swiftly to exclude toxic mould cover in its entirety'.
  • Correction

    In last week's building study on Timber Wharf housing in Manchester by Glenn Howells Architects (AJ 6.2.03), some of the photographs were taken by Chris Brink.
  • Cost-effective

    Architects are notoriously bad at comprehending the actual costs of their schemes and therein lies one of clients' most prevalent criticisms - that architects have little grasp on economic reality.Now a software package should come to their rescue, providing an elemental or whole building cost estimate which self-corrects depending on the extent of information inputted.At its simplest level, typing in a prospective building's footprint, number of storeys, building type and general constructio
  • Costs spiral on Snøhetta and Spence's Turner Centre

    Costs on Snøhetta and Spence's Turner Centre in Margate have rocketed threefold even before contractors have started on site.
  • Council attacks RIBA over chamber refurb designs

    The RIBA's ruling council last week reacted with horror to Allies and Morrison's newly completed refurbishment of the Grade II-listed council chamber at Portland Place.
  • Count those carbons

  • Crane collapse case proves that no one is ever in absolute control

    legal matters
  • Creativity is slapped down, not encouraged

  • Critical edge

  • Crow's call ends all reasonable debate on future housing needs

    Well, well, now it turns out that Professor Peter Crow was right in 1999 when he predicted that 1.1 million new dwellings would be needed in the South East by 2016.
  • Cute, chunky and colourful

    Archetype, Arup's document management system, is proving to be a more versatile tool than free system Columbus

    HOK International's Darwin Centre Phase One at London's Natural History Museum is on a shortlist of four for the £100,000 Gulbenkian Prize, Britain's richest art award.
  • Dating game

  • David Chipperfield Architects

    David Chipperfield Architects is the only British practice on the shortlist to design the Hinter dem Giesshaus 1 gallery in Berlin.
  • David Mikhail Architects

    David Mikhail Architects has designed this newbuild house in Tobago for a site overlooking the remote Parlatuvier Bay. Since the area is prone to flooding, the house sits on a plinth of gabions, supporting a concrete floor with terrazzo screed throughout. The bedrooms are arranged linearly on the first floor, which is clad in screens of bamboo woven around thin stainless steel frames. Two single-storey ground floor wings, also clad in wood and bamboo to provide various degrees of transparency
  • Dazed and confused

  • DCMS listing reform set to 'threaten Modernist icons'

    Government plans to radically restructure the UK's listing system will threaten some of Britain's greatest post-war architecture, conservationists have warned.
  • DCMS lists BT Tower as it recognises post-war icons

    Arts minister Baroness Blackstone has listed Eric Bedford's BT Tower, London's celebrated icon of 20th century telecommunications. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport also listed six other historically and 'architecturally outstanding' communications structures from around the country.

    The closing date for the Architectural Association's Michael Ventris Memorial Fund for study in architecture is fast approaching (28 February).The £1,500 award is open to all architects or postgraduates doing RIBA qualifications. For details call Alison McNeill on 020 7887 4018.
  • Democracy requires a prerequisite knowledge

  • Design excellence adds another chapter

    Talent present and future was rewarded and encouraged with the ninth American Institute of Architecture Excellence in Design Awards announced last week A hotel in Prague, an office scheme in central London, a visitor centre and a theatre production centre have been named the best completed projects of the past year by the American Institute of Architects' London chapter.
  • Developer cuts Edinburgh flats after council property 'blunder'

    The developer of a proposed apartment block by Edinburgh-based practice Hackland & Dore has scaled back the scheme after council officers bungled the property deal at the heart of the plan. It is having to cut the number of flats from 80 to 50 after Edinburgh City Council officials discovered they had sold the land in Leith with a legal covenant barring large-scale development.

    Gustafson Porter's plans for a Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial have won planning permission from Westminster City Council.
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    London Transport Research Group Debates 13,20,27 February, 19.00. Three free debates at Bloomberg Auditorium, Finsbury Sq, EC2. Pre-booking essential (events2003@transport research. org. uk).
  • diary

    London Transport Research Group Debates 20 and 27 February, 19.00. Two free debates at Bloomberg Auditorium, Finsbury Sq, EC2 (events2003 @transport research. org. uk).
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  • Dispersement and decentralisation could keep the bombers away

    In a country as dedicated to archaeology as ours, it is surprising that only fashion is openly wedded to ceaseless revivals of the recent past. Whenever anything more weighty crops up, such as the periodic release of state papers under the 30-year rule, the media joins in the general amazement that any government decision of importance could possibly have been made in that vast ocean of time known to small children as the gap between dinosaurs and when they stopped chopping off people's heads
  • Dissection that is deserving of a medal


    Architects for Change, Women in Architecture and the Society of Black Architects are calling for London-based practices to confirm their interest in being selected for the Diverse City exhibition, which will be held at the RIBA's Portland Place HQ in September.Call Sumita Sinha on 020 7603 5992 for details.

    The Art and Christianity Enquiry Trust and the RIBA have invited entries for the 2003 Award for Religious Architecture, worth £3,000.All buildings completed for Christian communities in England, Scotland or Wales from June 1998-June 2003 will be eligible and a winner named on 26 November.Call Laura Moffatt on 020 7930 1942 for details.
  • DMWR

    Plans for a new 63-storey skyscraper for London's Canary Wharf were revealed by Londonbased architect DMWR this week.
  • Does Alsop have a lot Riding on commission?

  • Donald Insall Associates

    Donald Insall Associates has unveiled its plans for a monument to the Battle of Britain, to be sited on the Victoria Embankment in London. The design, which was developed in conjunction with sculptor Paul Day, includes a walkway cut obliquely through the middle of the structure and bronze reliefs depicting the battle both in the air and on the ground.
  • Don't fear transport

    technical & practice - feedback
  • Double jeopardy, copyright and a fine old mess

    aj+ column

    The Douglas Feast Partnership's founding partner, Douglas Owen Feast, has died aged 83. Feast - who qualified from the Regent Street Polytechnic - worked in several practices including Lionel H Fewster & Partners, prior to setting up his own offices in 1959. His highest profile scheme was the rebuilding of St Leonard's Church in Streatham following its destruction by fire in 1975.
  • EDAW

    EDAW has revealed its masterplan for the revitalisation of Corby in Northamptonshire, which was launched at the House of Lords this week. The proposals, which have won the backing of Lord Rogers, include designs for five new hamlets by Clarke Associates, providing 28,000 new homes. The practice has designed these settlements to act independently with their own shops, services and schools, as well as part of a whole.
  • EDAW and Jerde Partnership

    Blackpool has unveiled a £1 billion masterplan by EDAW and Jerde Partnership to turn the town into Britain's Las Vegas.The proposals, which could take 15 to 20 years to realise, will create four casino hotels, an open air event park and landscaped gardens, a sub-tropical biome and a glass aquarium on the revamped Pleasure Beach.The plans, now out to local consultation, are a response to the likely relaxation of gambling laws.
  • Edinburgh group challenges post-fire regeneration plans

    Organisers of an unofficial competition to produce proposals for the fire-wrecked Cowgate site in Edinburgh have named their winning schemes - even though Malcolm Fraser has already clinched the job.
  • editorial

    Underpaid, undervalued and under-resourced. No wonder UK academics are succumbing to the temptation to work abroad. The situation has not been helped by the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), which assigns every university research department a grade, with implications for funding and morale. Not one UK school of architecture received the highest 5* rating in the most recent RAE. It is not clear whether the fault lies with the schools or the validation process, or a combination. The good new
  • editorial

    It's hard to get excited about this year's Gold Medallist but, then again, it's pretty much impossible to snipe.
  • Education minister admits to rethink on PFI for schools Rogers reaches for the sky

    The government is set to rein in the Private Finance Initiative in school construction, following warnings about design standards.
  • EH accreditation stance is a barrier to creativity


    English Heritage will unveil a survey of Britain's local authority conservation officers tomorrow (Friday).The full results were not available as the AJ went to press, but EH said those questioned 'painted a bleak picture of impossible workloads and inadequate resources'.

    English Heritage has held a seminar to assess the future of London's civic buildings, following growing concerns about the future of many of the capital's town halls. According to EH, almost a third of these buildings are now used for purposes other than council administration and are in danger of being sold off or falling into disrepair. EH - together with the Shoreditch Town Hall Trust and Capital & Provident Regeneration - called for innovative uses to be found for these 'hidden treasures'

    English Heritage has demanded the government supports a reform of European Regulations that would lower VAT on conservation work. EH believes a recently proposed revision of VAT regulations will be the 'only occasion this decade' when change will be possible.

    Local authority conservation officers are overstretched, underresourced and undervalued, according to new research for English Heritage.
  • EH triggers chaos in conservation

    Architects working with listed buildings will soon be forced to seek accreditation in a new scheme that critics warn will lead to chaos.

    Southwark council has approved the first stage of new plans for the £1 billion redevelopment of the capital's blighted Elephant and Castle area.Foster and Partners, Tibbalds TM2 and EDAW are currently preparing a masterplan for the council, after earlier plans by KP Architects were abandoned last April.The development framework, which won approval from councillors last week, sets out key areas for regeneration.
  • Elevated lifestyles of the rich

    When a Mayfair client wanted an invisible lift to take his car down to underground parking beneath his house, nothing less than a magic carpet ride would do, whatever the cost
  • Empire-building ARB has priorities all wrong

  • End the ARB


    A group of leading engineers has echoed architecture's elite (AJ 23.1.03) by writing to the prime minister to oppose a war in Iraq.Signatories to the letter include Professor Robert Myers, Hanif Kara, Professor William Powrie and Jane Wernick.
  • Enter stage right

    aj building study
  • Entries sought for Stone Craft Awards

    Entries are invited for the Natural Stone Craft Awards 2003, organised by the Worshipful Company of Masons of London and supported by The Architects'Journal.
  • Erect a plaque and leave a marker for history

  • Essential record

  • EU backs eastern European schools without inspection

    The EU is set to recognise all schools of architecture in the countries joining the union in 2005 without checking their standards or qualifications.
  • Europan: Time to combat the UK's risk-averse culture

  • Expert witness in Koolhaas case battles to save career

    The discredited expert witness at the centre of a failed plagiarism claim against Rem Koolhaas has this week been fighting to save his reputation.
  • Extranet extras

  • Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects

    Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects has won planning permission for this £2.75 million headquarters building for Bath Cricket Club.The low-energy building - which relies on controlled natural lighting - includes a new clubhouse, dining facilities, visitors'and members'bars, committee room and four-lane cricket school. The scheme, which will sit within the Bath conservation area, aims to 'reflect the varying levels of streets, pavements and colonnades within the city's streetscape'.

  • Fiduciary duties are those things professionals should not do

    legal matters

    Fifty architectural staff sacked in March 2002 are taking their former employers - Cheshire County Council and Services Group International - to an employment tribunal this week.

    Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects has completed this design for social housing in the Vallecas neighbourhood of Madrid.The project, on a 1ha site, is the first stage of a masterplan for the district to create homes and facilities for 100,000 people. The first phase creates 139 one to fourbedroom apartments as well as two shops and office units.
  • Flood levy plan puts Thames Gateway future 'in jeopardy'

    Government proposals to levy charges on developers building in flood planes could scupper plans for the Thames Gateway, the House Builders Federation has warned.

    The Environment Agency has warned the threat of flooding could 'seriously disrupt' the government's Communities Plan, unveiled last Wednesday.The agency, which has submitted evidence to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Parliamentary Select Committee, warns that up to 20,000 of the homes proposed for the Thames Gateway area could be subject to severe floods and 'long term damage'unless extensive work is undertaken to minimise the risk.
  • Football mad

  • Footballers' guides

    technical & practice - letters
  • Forget about St Paul's: destroy Faraday House

  • Forget blondes, the men in wigs have all the fun

    aj+ column
  • Forget galleries: work ought to be explored in a laboratory

    Friedrich Kiesler, born 1890 (died1965), is one of those figures that can be claimed by architects and artists alike as a major influence on their practices. His work ranged between architecture, theatre design, installation and theory, in a way that is difficult to achieve today in our world of compartmentalisation and management. I have always thought of him as one of my heroes and his work has definitely influenced mine, although it would be difficult to be specific as to how. One of the a
  • Foster and Partners

    Foster and Partners has won a competition with this twin tower design on the site of the former Regent Theatre in Sydney.The scheme comprises two skyscrapers of 48 and 33 storeys floating above a five-storey sandstone podium containing retail, commercial and leisure spaces.
  • Foster and Partners lands 'ideal elephant house' job

    Copenhagen Zoo has commissioned Foster and Partners to design a new elephant house following a gift from Thailand of three Asian elephants.
  • Foster's infirmary 'will hurt Edinburgh heritage site'

    Edinburgh City Council's planning committee is set to reject Foster and Partners' £400 million masterplan for the city's Royal Infirmary next month.

    Foster and Partners has won China's highest construction honour, the 'Lu Ban'prize for its Jiushi Headquarters building in Shanghai.The 40-storey tower overlooking the Huangpu River, which was completed in 2001, is the first project by a British architect in China.

    Foster and Partners has won an international competition to redesign the home of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.
  • frank talking

  • Fraser's design threat to Murray's Princes Gallery

    New designs by Malcolm Fraser Architects for Edinburgh's historic Princes Street could usurp a competition-winning scheme by Allan Murray Architects for the same site.
  • French letter

  • front of the Q


    The Lighthouse, Scotland's national centre for architecture, has secured £600,000 additional funding.The grant will be used to extend its national programme - set up to help deliver the executive's policy on architecture - from three to five years.

    The RIBA and the V&A have secured a £3.27 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Architecture for All project. The plans, to create a new gallery and a home for the RIBA's Drawings Collection, are due to be completed by October 2004.

    Michael Hopkins & Partners has won an international competition to design a £3.8 million visitor centre for the Alnwick Garden Trust.
  • Garkau Cow Shed left me in a confused state

  • Get voting - the ARB board plays a vital role

    The ARB is currently balloting architects to vote for candidates for the board. The number of architects who vote is usually small, probably because the role of the ARB has always seemed rather vague, with very little apparent impact on the dayto- day (or year-to-year) activities of the normal architect's practice.
  • Getting a BAAD name for Pyramid Art Centre

  • Going boldly

  • Going club class

  • Golden Jubilee

  • Golden loss

  • Good management

  • Good report is result of old school values

  • Good vibrations

  • Government guarantees to make things worse


    Richard Rogers Partnership has received the go-ahead for its gateway tower for London's Paddington Basin development.

    Gregory Phillips Architects has won planning permission for these two new modern houses in London's Highgate conservation area.The homes - one with eight bedrooms and one with seven - will be built on the site of existing semi-detached properties, and are designed to provide a modern interpretation of the 'grand villa'.
  • Growing in stature

  • hailing siza

  • Halifax can yet be made to rise above the detritus of its past

    Toothpaste tubes are very interesting. This apparently innocuous convenience carries with it many properties, including a variety of taboos. When the tube was made of soft, leadlike metal it became frowned upon to squeeze it from anywhere else except the bottom. It was considered both rude and uncouth to squeeze it in the middle because this behaviour resulted in some of the paste being forced to the bottom of the tube, thereby making it more inconvenient for the next user. In fact, some manu
  • Hampstead Theatre is a 'wee cracker'

  • Happy to take the credit for Leeds station design

  • Hardly 'irresponsible', but sorry to offend

  • Harsh headline for site that promises so much

  • Head for knowledge

    technical & practice - letters
  • Healthcare: make or break for status of profession


    Louis Hellman, best known for his cartoons in the AJ, has received the first Worshipful Company of Architects Award for his contribution to the work of the Architects Benevolent Fund.He will be presented with a ceramic plate, decorated by David Rock, president-elect of the Architects Benevolent Fund.Each year, a different prominent architect or artist will be asked to design and paint the plate.
  • help at hand

    The Architects Benevolent Society could rarely be described as a dynamic organisation and in the past two years it has been facing financial ruin. For new business manager Norman Webster, this is a challenge to relish
  • Help me to complete my Casson archive

    I read your piece about Leslie Martin's archive with interest (AJ 30.1.03).
  • Hewitt steps into row over Iraq construction contracts

    The government has stepped in to support UK practices hoping to join the reconstruction effort in Iraq, following news that US firms had already secured the bulk of contracts (AJ 20.3.03).
  • Higgs Young Architects

    London-based practice Higgs Young Architects has started on site with its prize-winning Europan 3 project,10 years after first producing the scheme. Gary Young and Gabrielle Higgs won first prize with the residential project in 1994 for a site in Haarlem in the Netherlands.The theme for Europan 3, the biennial pan-European competition to promote the work of young architects, was 'At home in the city - urbanising residential areas'.

    Friends of the High Line - an old elevated railway line on Manhattan's West Side - have launched an international competition to renovate the neglected structure.The group is inviting proposals from architects, landscape architects and other designers.Register before 25 April at www. thehighline. org/ competition.

    The Twentieth Century Society has published the sixth book in its series on the architecture of the last century. The Sixties explores the decade in depth in essays and images. It costs £17.50 and is available from the society on 020 7250 3857.
  • HOK Sport+Event+Venue

    HOK Sport+Event+Venue has revealed this new model of its Wembley Stadium scheme at MIPIM, amid newspaper reports, denied by the Football Association, that the £757 million project is on the verge of financial collapse.The 90,000-capacity arena, developed in conjunction with Foster and Partners, will be the world's largest football venue, giving spectators 30 per cent more seating than the old stadium. It will have a partially retractable roof, designed to allow the sun to shine on the wh

    The Redland range provides a complete system for the roof and its junctions - eaves, ridges, verges and gables, plus all the elements needed to satisfy ventilation requirements.
  • Home truths


    Michael Hopkins and Partners is on a shortlist of six to masterplan a local government centre for the Italian city of Pisa.'The Province' will include municipal buildings and new courts of justice.A final decision is expected in September.
  • House of Lords rejection set to scupper Planning Bill

    Serious delays in the House of Lords are set to hit the long-awaited Planning Bill, with one eminent peer even predicting the government will scrap it.
  • Householders are not bound by 'unfair' adjudication provisions

    legal matters

    CABE and the Housing Corporation have signed a deal to jointly promote design excellence in the construction of affordable homes. The Housing Corporation has asked the agency to work alongside 10 social landlords on various housing projects around the country.

    Brighton & Hove City Council will unveil the three shortlisted schemes for a £30 million sports centre on Hove seafront site tomorrow (Friday).The three proposals are: Frank Gehry, who is working with Piers Gough; the Richard Rogers Partnership, which has teamed up with S&P Architects and Arup Associates; and a third team of Wilkinson Eyre, whose proposals were developed with Lawrence and Wrightson and Stephen Limbrick Associates.Visit www. ajplus. co. uk to see images.
  • How art brings a touch of magic to the business of representation

    When he was very young, one of my sons, having watched a tractor pulling a plough in a neighbouring field, opined that the purpose of the operation was to turn up worms for the seagulls that were squabbling over the newly turned furrows. I thought then, and I still think, that this explains 99 per cent of the observable facts about ploughing while still being totally wrong. But in this it is not alone. Sooner or later all our observations have to be filtered through insider knowledge.

    Howarth Tompkins has started on site with its foyer extension to the Hayward Gallery at London's South Bank Centre. It will also add a cafe, education and entertainment space and improve access and visitor facilities.

    Channel 4 programme Grand Designs is looking for distinctive projects with planning permission to be completed by the end of 2003 to feature in its next series. Visit www. channel4. co. uk /life/, email granddesigns3@ talkback. co. uk, or call Julia Jarvis on 020 7861 8233.
  • I did not say that 'Salford didn't do any better'

  • Ian Davidson 1954-2003

    Architecture has lost one of its most influential voices with the untimely death of the founding partner of Lifschutz Davidson, writes Paul Finch

    Ian Davidson, founder and director of Lifschutz Davidson, has died suddenly at the age of 48.
  • Ian Ritchie Architects

    Ian Ritchie Architects this week put in a planning application for this scheme for a 'tower cluster' in London's Southwark. The scheme - on Potters'Field, a contested site in the shadow of Tower Bridge (AJ 6.6.02) - aims to produce a mixed-use development with cultural, community and commercial spaces.The project, for a 'family of thin, tapered 18-storey mini-towers', aims to be sympathetic to the Shad Thames area in the east and the More London Office development in the west.
  • Ideal husband

  • If the shoe fits

  • In reality, nothing is ever destroyed

  • In the age of gestural design, fact moves fast

    aj+ column
  • Incredible journey

  • Industrial Landscapes

    By Bernd & Hilla Becher.MIT Press, 2002. 280pp. £56.50
  • Irish land Egyptian museum prize

    Little-known Dublin practice Heneghan.Peng.Architects (HPA)has won the long-awaited competition for a £350 million museum of antiquities next to the pyramids in Giza. The office saw off competition from 1,557 practices in 83 countries competing for the US$250,000 Grand Egyptian Museum prize, including a host of high-profile Brits.The 113 UK-based practices known to have entered included Will Alsop Architects, Future Systems, Zaha Hadid Architects, Aedas AHR with QUAD Design and 51% Studi
  • Is there no hope of escaping the gigantic cash registers?

    Readers may recall my complaint a few weeks ago that the great American developer Trammell Crow had never been quoted in connection with London's congestion charge. The way things look after a month, Crow's axiom, that congestion is an indicator of economic activity and is therefore 'better than recession', would have looked like a shrewd guess at who is going to end up paying the bill for this attempt to control traffic volume in London.
  • It all looks the same from the air, doesn't it?


    Austin-Smith: Lord's film, art and creative technology centre in Liverpool, FACT, opens to the public this weekend. The £10 million centre aims to provide a focal point for the redevelopment of the city's Ropewalks district. Two galleries provide space for temporary exhibitions of film, video and new media, with three state-of-the-art cinemas to screen arthouse and independent films.
  • It's in the genes

  • It's prudent to consider all the angles when evaluating damages

    legal matters
  • Japanese firm could destroy new Jubilee Gardens park

    Japanese developer the Shirayama Corporation is expected to kill off long-awaited plans to produce a 'world-class park for London' on the South Bank's Jubilee Gardens.
  • Jewish architect 'did not suffer racial discrimination'

    A Jewish architect who claimed he suffered racial discrimination at the hands of American-owned practice HLW International has lost his tribunal.
  • Job booked

  • Job Koelewijn

    At the Henry Moore Institute, 74 The Headrow, Leeds, until 4 May
  • Just not enough room to do justice to all

  • Kas Oosterhuis on kinetic networked architecture

    Unlike RAMTV's lecture a few months ago, Kas Oosterhuis's disquisition at the AA on networked, responsive architecture was both compelling and convincing. But, he insists, 'you have to find a reason' to do it. Strangely enough, for someone so committed to a hegemony of infinite choice in architecture, Oosterhuis revealed himself to be fundamentally functionalist in his ideology.What he hates, above all, are 'buildings which are made for a function, and the function isn't there.'
  • kelly's eye

    Crispin Kelly trained as an architect and claims to have become a property developer 'pretty much by chance'. But he has proved to be a natural in the role, displaying a knack for balancing community values and business nous

    The South East England Development Agency and its masterplanner Rummey Design Associates have won permission for a scheme to regenerate the 117ha former Betteshanger Colliery site near Dover. The project includes the development of a business park, an international standard cycling track and a visitor information centre.
  • KPF

    KPF has won an international competition for the Cyprus National Theatre (above), in association with D Kythreotis & Associates. The design proposal includes a 150-seat studio theatre that can extend into the adjacent garden space and a 'dramatic'550-seat lyric theatre as the centerpiece to the building. KPF has also started on site with its St Anne's College scheme in Oxford (opposite). The building, which lies within a conservation area, is next to the Grade II listed building Hartland Hous

    Brighton and Hove City Council's planners have recommended that KSS be given the green light for its controversial West Pier scheme (top). They were expected to support the scheme at a meeting held yesterday. But a number of hurdles still have to be cleared before construction can begin, including a potential judicial review.

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  • Land of the fee

    A review of the level and applicability of planning fees might not mean higher charges but more assessment procedures It is not much more than 20 years ago that fees were first charged for making a planning application. Having started down this slippery slope, ministers were not slow to decide that their aim was for the full recovery of the costs involved in processing applications to be recovered from fees.
  • Lean machine

  • Learned friends


    Leeds City Council has appointed regeneration agency Yorkshire Forward's Urban Renaissance Panel to oversee the city's redevelopment needs over the next 30 years.The panel - made up of Urbed, Urban Initiatives, Koetter Kim & Associates and Michael Sorkin - will work with Leeds'council architects on a framework plan for the city.
  • Legal threats fly over KPF scheme for Covent Garden

    The Covent Garden Community Association has threatened a Kohn Pedersen Fox project with 'High Court legal action' if it wins planning consent from Westminster City Council next month.

    In a bid to establish London's Leicester Square as one of the world's leading entertainment centres, Westminster City Council has asked EDAW to produce a strategy for a major revamp.The proposals, to be finalised within a couple of months, could include the replacement of the central gardens with an open piazza with al fresco dining and space to host open air events. The council is also considering refurbishment of the square's North Terrace, and is consulting with local property owners.Counc

    A Scottish laird who demolished his 200-year-old castle was found guilty at Stirling Sherriff Court this week of arranging the demolition of the Grade II-listed building without planning permission.
  • Lessons to be learned from the case of an undervalued house

    legal matters
  • Let's keep the context of Royal College of Art

  • Letter contained errors about ARB personnel

    You published a letter from Ian Salisbury, headlined 'ARB conduct penalties send out wrong signal', in which he made a number of statements (AJ 13.2.03). I would like point out that any observations on a particular case should be made with caution when the person commenting is not in possession of all the facts.
  • Level field


    Daniel Libeskind will be talking about his plans for Ground Zero at an event organised by the Architecture Foundation.The talk takes place on 31 March at the LSO St Luke's in Old Street at 7.30pm.Tickets are £10 and £7.To book visit www. architecturefoundation. org. uk.
  • Libeskind unveils four-year target for Ground Zero

    The centrepiece skyscraper in Daniel Libeskind's design for New York's Ground Zero will be completed within the next four years, the architect said this week.
  • Libeskind: nothing but a populist in academic clothing?


    The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has rejected calls to list the John Madin Partnership's 1973 Birmingham Central Library.The decision is a boost to Birmingham City Council, which is committed to selling the site for development to fund a new library, designed by the Richard Rogers Partnership.
  • Life on earth

    Landscrapers: Building with the Land By Aaron Betsky. Thames & Hudson, 2002. 191pp. £29.95
  • Little lists

  • Liverpool Vision blows full-time on Everton FC's HOK stadium

    HOK Sport+Event+Venue's plan for a new 55,000-seater stadium for Everton Football Club has been written off by its chief backer, regeneration firm Liverpool Vision.
  • Livingstone left 'fuming' over Grimshaw's Battersea win

    The Greater London Authority (GLA) has attacked Wandsworth council for granting planning permission to Grimshaw's £500 million Battersea Power Station redevelopment (pictured).

    London Mayor Ken Livingstone is set to order refusal of EPR Architects'Peruvian Wharf in the Royal Docks.Livingstone has told Newham council he plans to block the 7ha mixed-use scheme, which includes 700 homes, offices, a hotel and retail and leisure units.
  • Local producers good, supermarkets bad

    In response to the article 'Chips With Everything' (AJ 13.2.03), supermarkets do not enhance the urban environment, nor do they promote sustainable living. In fact, statistics have shown that for every new supermarket opened, countless jobs are lost within the local area.
  • Logistics of relocatable housing don't stack up

    As someone who spent three years in the mid-1970s developing a range of 'relocatable houses' I was most interested to read Liz Bailey's feature about Bluebase's modular accommodation system (AJ 30.1.03).
  • London calling

  • London is under threat from an agency locked in a time warp

    London is not served well by its regional development agency (RDA). It would appear to be completely uninterested in the advice and vision of architects, artists and urbanists.
  • London Plan is 'dead in the water'

    Plans to shelve some of the capital's most important transport upgrades have jeopardised the future of Ken Livingstone's draft London Plan.

    An examination in public of Ken Livingstone's draft London Plan begins next Monday and will continue for seven weeks.About 180 organisations and individuals - including CABE, RIBA London, ICOMOS and the Historic Royal Palaces - will take part in debates before a panel appointed by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.The panel will produce a report with recommendations for the mayor in July.
  • London plan 'will damage design'

    Business leaders have warned that mayor Ken Livingstone's draft London Plan will result in an 'escalation in planners meddling in building design'. The CBI and business association London First said they believed the plan will allow GLA and local authority planners too much power to 'dictate architecture'.
  • Lordly views

  • Low aspirations rather than pay is real threat


    Owen Luder will be presenting his research on changes in the profession to the ARB board this week.His findings on drop-out rates in education, procurement methods and the evolution of the profession will form the basis for discussions about how the ARB might respond. Luder will be stepping down as chair on the 31 March.A replacement for the late Ian Davidson as ARB deputy chairman will be chosen on 22 May at the first meeting after the 10 March board elections.

    Lord Foster has given his maiden speech in the House of Lords as part of a debate on the role of design in improving public services.Foster said there was a 'moral imperative for good design'and that 'responsible design is not about fashion, but about survival'.
  • Making the break from architecture can be a postive step

  • male notions of freedom amid the city's congestion

    As Austin Williams pointed out during last week's debate on the congestion charge, '10 years ago you had to be a bit of an anorak to talk about transport'. And although he suggested that 'now it's the hot topic', it does seem that you still have to be a man, of a certain kind. Maybe it is ridiculous, as another contributor protested, to refer to 'Mondeo man' in general as 'someone to stigmatise'. But from this debate, one would assume that this being is quintessentially male - despite the fac
  • Maps colour our perception of the world and ourselves

    My old friend and colleague, the sculptor Gareth Jones, came to stay for a few days last week, on a rare return to the UK from his home in Providence, Rhode Island.Although there are often up to 18-month gaps between our meetings, the conversation, aided by interim transatlantic phone calls, always picks up as though we frequently shared drinks and food.
  • Matthew Teague

    Moving buildings are considered a bad thing. Modes of failure are expressed by 'movement', and the average homebuyer has been imbued with a pathological terror of the word 'subsidence'. But if the aforementioned movement is intentional and benign, we look upon it as an entirely different attribute.
  • Max impact

  • Mayor demands more cash to fix City Hall problems

    Tories and Liberal Democrats within the Greater London Assembly joined forces this week to condemn Foster and Partners' City Hall building.

    The South West Regional Development Agency has appointed David Mackay's Spanish-based practice MBM Arquitectes to masterplan the development of Plymouth's seafront. The practice - which contributed to the regeneration of Barcelona - plans to focus its Plymouth scheme on improving public access to the sea.

    Daniel Libeskind has won a competition to design a multimedia centre for the City University of Hong Kong.He beat off competition from Rem Koolhaas, David Chipperfield Michael Wilford and Rocco Yim.
  • Mediation - the implement of choice for disputing parties

    legal matters
  • Melhuish missed point of Doing it Differently


    Arts minister Baroness Blackstone has named Liverpool's famous Mersey riverfront as the UK's only 2003 nomination for UNESCO World Heritage Site status.The submission, which takes in the three Graces and the site of Alsop Architects'proposals for a Fourth Grace, will be considered against competitors from other countries, with a decision expected at the end of this year.
  • MetalWorks Round-up

    Innovation with cladding

    Mies van der Rohe's masterpiece Farnsworth House in Illinois is up for sale to the highest bidder - again. Attorney general Lisa Madigan has blocked the state's purchase of the building, considered to be one of the most important domestic structures of the post-war era.Following the decision, its current owner, Lord Palumbo, announced that he has no interest in retaining Farnsworth and is keen to offload it as soon as possible.Plans had been under way - backed by Illinois' former governor Jim
  • Millennium school and health centre, Greenwich Edward Cullinan Architects

    working details
  • Milton Court

    Milton Court - the prototype for Chamberlin, Powell and Bon's Barbican Centre - is facing an uncertain future.Owner the Corporation of London is preparing a planning application for the site. The 1966 building was left out when the rest of estate was listed (AJ 13.9.01).
  • Missing Identity

  • Missing Masters of Building plan

  • 'Missing papers' foil RIBA councillor's ARB election bid

    A RIBA councillor who hoped to stand for election to the ARB board is out of the running after his nomination papers went astray. A frustrated George Oldham has blamed mismanagement by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) - the election's organisers - for the mix-up.

    The RIBA has invited entries for a competition to develop a feasibility study for a mixed-use development in Crawley.The scheme will provide a public library, housing, car parking, health and retail units and a possible heritage centre.Call the RIBA Competitions Office on 0113 234 1335 for details.
  • MJP's fees not to blame for uni's financial strife

  • Model answers

    Our feature on wind tunnel testing (AJ 30.5.02) has prompted a reappraisal of the merits of CFD assessments
  • Modern history

  • Modern masters

  • Moneo wins RIBA Royal Gold Medal

    The RIBA has named Rafael Moneo winner of the 2003 Royal Gold Medal, awarded for lifetime achievement. The Spaniard will receive the honour at an awards ceremony later this year, subject to the decision being approved this week by the RIBA's ruling council.
  • Moved to agree - but hopefully not for long


    The Greater London Authority, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster City Council are to launch a design competition for the £25 million reworking of London's Exhibition Road.The project is part of mayor Ken Livingstone's World Squares initiative and will enhance the main link road for South Kensington's museums, including the V&A and Science Museum.

    RTKL's Chinese Museum of Film has won first place in a competition to find the top 10 buildings in Beijing.The scheme was chosen by a poll of local residents and a panel of experts.
  • Nature trail

    Nature and Space: Aalto and Le Corbusier By Sarah Menin and Flora Samuel. Routledge, 2002. 208pp. £27.50
  • Nautical, but nice

    aj building study

    The National Association of Women in Construction has launched a chapter north of the border.NAWIC in Scotland will campaign to raise the profile of women in the industry and reduce discrimination.For further details call Lorraine Elliot on 020 7484 8484 or visit www. nawic. co. uk.
  • Negligence claim leaves PKS facing threat of bankruptcy

    Paskin Kyriakides Sands (PKS) is facing possible bankruptcy after losing a legal case that leaves it with a huge liability shortfall, potentially as much as £21 million.
  • Neighbours from hell

    New legislation covering antisocial behaviour is in place to address the threat of nuisance from those living next door Addressing non-criminal issues through the courts has become a feature of legislative manoeuvres down the years, and is now, it seems, becoming one of the determining parts of UK construction policy.
  • Never the Swain


    Airport operator BAA is planning to advertise in the OJEC within the next month for its next series of framework agreements with architects, as its existing five-year agreements are coming to an end.
  • New Maggie's Centre from Hawkins/Brown

    Hawkins/Brown has won planning permission to build a Maggie's Centre near the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield. The £640,000 scheme is to refurbish and extend a 20th century villa to create a building with a gross internal area of 234m 2.The two-storey extension has a sedum roof and contains cave-like protected relaxation spaces at the lower level, with a lightweight translucent kitchen above. The kitchen is separated from the upper garden by a twin wall of translucent polycarbona

    RIBA members in the US have set up the institute's third American chapter, in New England. The institute already has chapters in New York and California.The new Boston-based group - organised by British-educated Debbie Bentley and Stephen Stenson - will hold its first meeting at 6pm at the offices of Jung Brennen Architects on Monday (24 February).For information email sstenson@jungbrannen. com.

    University of Naples graduate Bianca de Divitiis has uncovered a set of drawings by Sir John Soane while researching a degree in architecture in the British Museum. The find includes prints, watercolours and sketches. Her research is published in the March issue of Burlington Magazine.
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  • Niemeyer designer for 2003 Serpentine pavilion?

    Oscar Niemeyer is rumoured to be the designer of this year's summer pavilion at London's Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park.
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  • No-nonsense approach pays off for Murphy

  • NOP poll to resolve split over Hopkins' Jersey bridge

    The developer of a controversial bridge by Michael Hopkins and Partners, planned for the Channel Island of Jersey, has hired professional pollsters to prove there is support for the project.
  • Norman Whicheloe (1927-2002)

    Among his generation of architectural students of the late1940s, Norman Whicheloe (left) was a polymath, a gifted designer at every scale of project from neighbourhoods to typography and furniture. He was an inspiring teacher and mentor with great capability in managing people and organisations.

    The GAI Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards reward excellence in an important and often difficult field. On the following pages, we outline the best schemes

    The government has called for entries for a new competition, the Deputy Prime Minister's Award for Sustainable Communities. It has invited nominations from projects that are 'far enough advanced' for improvements in the standard of living 'to have become completely apparent'.Closing date is 22 April.
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    Architects, clients and planners must ensure that Section 106 Agreements express clearly and precisely what is intended

  • Open the door to a wonderful world of design

    People ask whatever happened to design guru John Thackara. For a while he ran the Dutch design museum and eventually had a run-in with the stolid burghers who ran his board. Now he is 'firstPerceptron of Doors of Perception'. Check it out at http: //flow. doorsof perception. com/ press. html. You might think that here be a noble mind o'erthrown and possibly moving in the direction of an Alasteir Crowley/Golden Dawn revival. But no.

    Peace campaigners have carried out an audacious stunt in Australia by daubing one of the 'sails'of Jørn Utzon's Sydney Opera House with a 'No war' slogan.The protest followed the Canberra government's decision to send troops to join the military campaign against Iraq.
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  • Parks and hospitals on agenda in new CABE push

    CABE is set to launch both a 'green flags' programme to improve Britain's parks and a MORI poll of nurses to boost healthcare design.
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Parsons Brinckerhoff 's Beirut office has released this first image of its international competition-winning design for a Broadcasting Services Complex in Doha. The project - for Qatar's Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture - will include two towers for administrative offices flanked by two three-storey buildings.

    Patel Taylor has won a competition to masterplan St Paul's School in Hammersmith, beating a field of 30 entrants including Foster and Partners, Terry Farrell & Partners and MacCormac Jamieson Prichard.
  • Patently dealing with a contentious issue

  • Patently obvious

    Is patent law the next US export to the UK? And what role does intellectual property law play in architecture?

    The London Assembly Planning and Spatial Development Committee has demanded that London mayor Ken Livingstone 'pay close attention' to the development of the Greewich Peninsular - masterplanned by Terry Farrell & Partners - to further assess the proportion of affordable housing , provision of education, and public transport facilities.

    Welsh architect Gareth Pearce has pledged to appeal following the failure of his plagiarism case against Rem Koolhaas.Pearce's latest fight to prove the Dutch architect's Rotterdam Kunsthall is based on his own designs follows the ruling last week of the Architects Registration Board's professional conduct committee, which cleared his expert witness Michael Wilkey of misconduct.

    Labour peer Lord Rogers has stepped up opposition to a war against Iraq, taking out a full-page advert in the Guardian critical of Tony Blair's stance.Rogers has been approaching the great and the good to sign up to the protest which will ask 'why Iraq, why now'.

    The new East Winter Garden in London's Canary Wharf, designed by Cesar Pelli, has been topped out.The 27m-tall building at Heron Quays, due to open in September, will house exhibitions and receptions in its main hall with a restaurant located on a gallery overlooking the water.
  • Penge can more than hold its own

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    Aukett has appointed Rick Huijbregts as research manager, innovations, reporting to its architecture technologies group.
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  • Peter Smithson remembered

    Peter Smithson, who died earlier this month, is remembered by some of the many who regarded him as both colleague and friend

    Peterborough City Council has appointed Benoy to produce a masterplan for the regeneration of the city's North Westgate area.

    The National Audit Office was yesterday set to publish a report into the efficiency of the PFI procurement method.The report will form the basis for a House of Commons Public Accounts Committee investigation into the initiative, scheduled for March.

    The pitched roof is the ideal position for systems designed to harness solar energy. In the past, these systems have had to be mounted on relatively clumsy frames positioned on top of the tiles. Lafarge Roofing has now developed a technology that can be integrated totally into a tiled pitched roof, maintaining a clean roof line. This system, known as PV700, is based on photovoltaics.
  • Picture passwords help to unlock a new layer of design meaning

    Ever forget your password? Or your pin number?
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    KSS Sport and Leisure Design has vowed to press ahead with plans for the restoration of Brighton's West Pier, despite last week's suspected arson attack that badly damaged the pavilion.
  • Piercy Connor Architects

    Piercy Connor Architects has won planning permission for this conversion of a Napoleonic sea defence tower. The scheme will convert the Martello Tower Y on the Suffolk coast into a private dwelling.The 200-year-old scheduled monument stands in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is currently on the Buildings At Risk Register. The project will float a new roof above the existing historic fabric, which will undergo extensive restoration. A continuous 700mm-deep skirt of perimeter glazing
  • Pile 'em high

  • Pioneer of 'New Brutalism' Peter Smithson dies

    Peter Smithson, one of the most significant and controversial figures in post-war architecture, died last Monday (3.3.03), aged 79.
  • Planning lore

    Biopolis: Patrick Geddes and the City of Life By Volker M Welter.MIT Press, 2002. 355pp. £27.50
  • Planning's gain

  • Plot2PDF

    A new tool called Plot2PDF is now available which converts AutoCAD, DWG and DXF, HP-GL and HPGL/2, PLT and CGM files into the PDF file format that can then be opened with free-access Acrobat viewer.Among the benefits of PDF files are:
  • Plying trade

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  • Plymouth's seafront enhanced by Ritchie's richer High-Tech

  • Poor Astragal is singing to the wrong tune

  • Presidential reply

  • Prints and drawings

  • products

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    SULO MGB AJ ENQUIRY NO: 201 The quality supermarket chain Waitrose has become the first commercial organisation, and the first retailer, in the UK to adopt a radical new underground system for collecting recyclable materials.
  • products

    VELFAC AJ ENQUIRY NO: 201 The Little Ireland development in Manchester exploits the full potential of Velfac windows, with good sightlines, effective sound attenuation, low U-values and easy cleaning - all within the budget.
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    MENDIGER BASALT AJ ENQUIRY NO: 201 Mendiger Basalt Lava was used to build Ortner and Ortner's MUMOK modern art museum in Vienna - for the 100mm-thick facade, the curved roof, and the inside walls. The entrance hall is fully lined with Basalt slabs. It is a homage to this volcanic material, chosen for its character and resilience. For details, tel 020 7407 1157 or email info@lavastone designs. co. uk
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    FORMICA AJ ENQUIRY NO: 201 The use of laminates in retail and commercial environments has come a long way during the past few years. Formica leads the way in the design and manufacture of innovative laminate surface technologies that offer complete flexibility in the specification of commercial interior environments. The advent of digital printing has allowed the creation of highly detailed bespoke designs, which can be tailored to match a specific interior theme.
  • Protest forces redesign for Findlay's Hastings 'slug'

    Ushida Findlay has gone back to the drawing board with its radical design (pictured) for the rundown East Sussex seaside town of Hastings.
  • Punch and duty

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  • Q&A

    93% of voters in a poll on the AJ's website think the London Bridge Tower should get the go-ahead following the public inquiry next month.
  • Q&A

    70% of voters in a poll on the AJ's website would like to take part in the reconstruction of Iraq once the war is over.
  • Q&A

    73% of voters in a poll on the AJ's website think the government's targets for sustainability, outlined in the recent Energy White Paper, are realistic .
  • Q&A

    66% of voters in a poll on the AJ's website think government targets for sustainability outlined in the Energy White Paper are realistic.
  • Q&A

    96% of voters in a poll on the AJ's website think that Britain is not doing enough to support its young talent.
  • Q&A

    96% of voters in a poll on the AJ's website think architects should not stage a protest against a war on Iraq.
  • Q&A

    92% of voters in a poll on the AJ's website think Richard Rogers Partnership is not the right choice to complete the Welsh Assembly Project.
  • Q&A

    75% of voters in a poll on the AJ's website think architects on conservation schemes should need accreditation.
  • Q&A

    93% of voters in a poll on the AJ's website would, for £10,000, inform on their company for failing to obtain the appropriate software licences.

    In the UK, Lafarge Roofing has developed a plan for quality improvement in compliance with BS 9001:2000. External and internal audits establish how manufacture, delivery, service and specification can be continually improved in quality.

    The next stage in improving design quality in health service buildings is about to get under way. The NHS has received bids from 49 contractors to take part in the ProCure 21 NHS Estates initiative, based on collaborative working and mutually beneficial contracts.
  • Quantum City

    By Ayssar Arida. Architectural Press, 2002. 160pp. £19.99
  • Quotes

    'I think what people have got to understand is what comes out of this is suggestions. It's not cast in stone.'
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    'The office is an old school classroom, and it looks as school-like as ever.The young pretty boy and girl architects sit in rows, silently fiddling with mice at their computers. I expect to see a cane hanging from the wall.'
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    'It seems Art Deco is something we want to be a part of: the last genuinely populist and popular architecture and the most stylish of all the styles.'
  • Quotes

    'Watching ten million quid being wasted on debating a foregone conclusion is not everybody's idea of fun.But next month's public inquiry to determine whether London Bridge Tower is built should be the liveliest show in town.'
  • Quotes

    'There will never be a building without people talking about what's happening and what it's going to look like.From now on architecture will be as interesting for people to talk about as the taste of wine.'
  • Quotes

    'Away from their natural habitat, mercilessly stripped of the props that they use to protect their image of omnipotence, architects are revealed for what they really are - babbling fantasists peddling their pet projects.'
  • Quotes

    'Art Deco made no demands.There was no need to sign up to a social programme, no tiresome manifestos and no requirement to believe in a brave new world - just lie back in a deep leather armchair.'

    The AJ/Bovis Lend Lease Awards for the best architectural work in the Royal Academy Summer Show take place again this year.

    The AJ/Bovis Lend Lease Awards for the best architectural work in the Royal Academy Summer Show take place again this year.

    The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has upgraded the listing of the historic buildings at RAE Farnborough (AJ 15.11.01).
  • Rafael Viñoly Architects

    Rafael Viñoly Architects has released the first image of its competition-winning design for Leicester Performing Arts Centre.The new glass-fronted complex will include two auditoria seating 350 and 750 people, production workshops, rehearsal rooms, meeting and seminar spaces and restaurants and bars.The project is scheduled to be on site in April 2004.
  • RCA extension should not be treated lightly

    Astragal cannot get away with his flippant comment (AJ 16.1.03) that objections to Grimshaw's proposed extension to the Royal College of Art from its original architect, Jim Cadbury Brown and others (including the Twentieth Century Society and Docomomo), simply help 'keep the world going round'.
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  • redefining our heritage

    Liz Forgan is breathing new life into the Heritage Lottery Fund, bringing a no-nonsense approach to effective grant-giving and an enlarged definition of just what constitutes the heritage of the UK

    The Reform Club and campaign group Architects for Health are holding a debate next Thursday (27 February) to discuss the motion: 'This house believes that the method of procurement of healthcare facilities has nothing at all to do with patient care.' The forum will include Edward Cullinan Architects'Robin Nicholson, John Cooper from Anshen Dyer Architects and David Cheesman from the Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust.Call Paul Mercer on 020 7357 6971.

    The communities regeneration conference CORE, backed by BURA, will take place at Telford's International Conference Centre next week, on 12-13 February.For further details of the event - which will assess the impact of the government's forthcoming Millennium Communities plan - call 020 7657 1111.
  • Reunion planned for the Birmingham class of '63

  • review

  • Review for a view

  • Reviewer misses point of Quantum City reality

    It is with amused shock that I read Liz Bailey's review of my book Quantum City (AJ 13.2.03). Actually, I believe she did judge it by its cover - or as she admits - by its typesetting. It is clear to me she did not in fact read it at all. I always use the reaction to the typesetting to sieve out who has followed the thread of the book and who has merely flicked through it.
  • Revolutionary motion

    Moving parts

    Following a number of recent German successes, London-based RHWL has set up an office in Berlin Mitte in the eastern centre of the city.The 100 architect-strong practice has a scheme on site for media firm Axel Springer in Berlin (pictured), and is working on a speculative commercial project called Villa Mumm in Frankfurt.The Berlin office will be headed by two of the practice's associates, Kai Strehl and Tim Laubinger, who will take on all the practice's German work.

    The RIAS has called for entries for its £25,000 Best Building in Scotland award, the UK's biggest architectural prize. Closing date for designers of new buildings is 30 May. Call 0131 229 7545.
  • RIBA absentia

  • RIBA and ARB in fresh war of words over PII verdicts

    A fresh spat between the RIBA and the Architects Registration Board over professional indemnity insurance has been ignited after the institute questioned a decision from the regulator's Professional Conduct Committee.

    RIBA council has launched an investigation into the institute's disciplinary procedures.Rod Hackney has been asked to assess 'what the institute is doing right, what it is doing wrong and where it stands legally'.

    The closing date for entries to this year's RIBA Awards is 14 March.
  • RIBA 'prime candidate' to land Sir Leslie Martin archive

    The RIBA is set to acquire the late Sir Leslie Martin's architectural archive, after it was secured by the government. The DCMS has accepted the valuable collection from Martin's family in place of £245,000 in inheritance tax. The culture secretary is now considering a request from Martin's widow that it be put in trust to the RIBA.

    RIBA South East has launched a £600 prize for architectural students who live or study in the region.Entries involving travel or sustainability will be particularly welcome.Deadline for entries is 16 May.For details call Jenny Peterson on 01892 515878.The RIBA Research Trust is also inviting entries for the Research Trust Awards 2003, deadline 6 June.See www. architecture. com.
  • RIBA supports London's 2012 Olympic Games bid

    The RIBA has come out in favour of a London bid to host the Olympics in 2012 and has urged the government to give the idea its full backing.
  • RIBA urges caution in use of Indian CAD sub-contractors

    The escalating use of Indian CAD sub-contractors to cut overheads in British practices is threatening the design process, the RIBA has warned.

    The RIBA has called on Gordon Brown to use the coming Budget to support the government's large-scale building plans.The institute said it was hoping to see an emphasis on numerous low-key measures to facilitate the grand plans that had already been announced and the funding already earmarked in the comprehensive spending review (last July) and the Sustainable Communities Plan (in February).

    The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is inviting members of the public to vote for their favourite new scheme, as part of the Building of the Year competition.Visitors to the RICS' website will be able to register their nominations, from a shortlist of 30 international projects, for The People's Choice Award.Last year's winner was the restoration of Pier One, a 1930s shipping pier in San Francisco.Visit www. rics. org/about_us/awards after 31 March.
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  • RMJM

    Scotland's deputy first minister Jim Wallace has officially opened RMJM's Scottish Public Pensions Agency in Tweedside Park, Galashiels.The 3,000m 2 building - situated in a landscaped industrial estate - was designed to respond sympathetically to the banks of the Tweed and aimed to achieve a high level of sustainability. Efficient building services were installed with natural lighting and ventilation, and modern construction processes were used to keep disruption of the environment to a mini
  • Roads argument driven to the point of madness

    'If we build more roads, more people will drive on them good, say I - that is what they are there for (AJ 30.1.03).'
  • Rogers at Welsh Assembly again as rivals shun project

    Richard Rogers Partnership has won back its Welsh Assembly job (above), but only after the other teams in the running pulled out, the AJ has learnt.
  • 'Roller' misnomer does the salesman proud


    Tate & Hindle Design's renovation of the Rotunda in London's Paddington (pictured) was opened last week. The scheme - to convert Paul Hamilton's 1964 building - provides a new headquarters and studio space for car manufacturer Nissan's European design team.

    John McAslan + Partners has won planning permission for its £15 million renovation of the Grade IIlisted Roundhouse in London's Camden (pictured). The project - which has the backing of the Arts Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund - will convert the disused space into a music venue and a creative education centre for the youth of the area.
  • Rousing response

  • Royal Parks to oppose Squire's Paddington tower

    The Royal Parks agency is set to block a major development by Squire and Partners in London's Paddington that features a 28-storey tower.

    His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester is to become patron of the Architects Benevolent Society.
  • Royal Town Planning Institute

    The Royal Town Planning Institute has given its top award to the Falkirk Wheel, the Millennium Link designed by RMJM. The scheme, submitted by British Waterways, Scotland, beat competition from 18 finalists and was branded 'a major achievement in environmental terms'and 'key regeneration catalyst'by judging panel chairman John Billingham.The project, which clinched the Jubilee Cup, enables up to eight boats at a time to ascend or descend a vertical height of 35m.Other winners included an Awar
  • RRP tower 'best yet' for Canary Wharf, says CABE

    CABE has heaped praise on Richard Rogers Partnership's plans for two new skyscrapers in London's Docklands (AJ 6.3.03).

    The HSE has given its backing to a programme of Safety and Health Awareness Days being held nationwide in February and March.The days are aimed at small and self-employed professionals and contractors.For further details call 08701 545500.
  • Savoy fayre


    The National Eisteddfod of Wales has set up a scholarship worth £1,500 to promote architecture and design in Wales and to help students further their study.Call 01938 551970 for information.

    Schools are working with some of the UK's top practices to produce alternative designs for high-profile projects such as HOK's new Arsenal FC stadium. Fourteen schools and sixth form colleges in London, Birmingham and Derbyshire are taking part in the Designs on Britain initiative, backed by the RIBA, Arts Inform and the Learning and Skills Development Agency.
  • Schools and LEAs given low marks for procurement

    The government's schools building programme is suffering from a lack of procurement skills within schools and local authorities, the audit commission has found. In its Improving School Buildings report, published last week, the commission concluded that headteachers lack the experience to run large building projects, 50 per cent of LEA property services departments are 'unsatisfactory or poor', and there are 'systematic problems' behind the government's system of investment in school building


    Brighton practice Lomax Cassidy and Edwards has produced this design for a £6 million residential tower on Hove seafront for developer the Delta Star Property Corporation. The Medina Building aims to provide a focal point for the southern part of the town.
  • Second class


    A new report for London mayor Ken Livingstone and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has recommended that the threshold for the implementation of Section 106 agreements be lowered. As predicted in the AJ (13.2.03), the report concludes that the flow of social housing would be increased if the threshold was reduced to five units or abolished altogether.
  • Section 106 to be used 'on even the smallest schemes'

    Councils will soon be empowered to use Section 106 agreements on all housing schemes - even the smallest private projects, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has decided.
  • Security blanket

    Instead of being viewed as an add-on, security systems are now central to the future of intelligent, integrated buildings
  • Seeking help with youth project research

  • Seifert's City tower faces demolition after listing failure

    Richard Seifert's 1967 Drapers' Gardens tower in the City of London (pictured) remains under threat, following arts minister Baroness Blackstone's decision not to grant the building listed status.
  • Sellar ups stakes on 'shard of glass'

    Developer Irvine Sellar is ready to take his £500 million London Bridge Tower project to rival cities in Europe and beyond if Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott refuses to give it the go-ahead later this year. And Sellar has turned up the heat before the public inquiry, due to start on April 15, by comparing a London without his tower to a Sydney without its opera house.
  • Serpentine pavilion patronage: inspired or simply tired?

  • 'Shame' of profession as yearout salaries trail UK minimum

    The average pay for a year-out architecture student in the UK is £11,645, below the National Minimum Wage of £11,856, new research by student group archaos has found. And the organisation has responded with a warning that it is considering a 'name and shame' approach to the problem, publicly highlighting practices that it considers to have abused their student staff.
  • Sheppard Robson to design peace centre - in Middle East

    Sheppard Robson has won a clutch of high-profile projects worth more than £200 million, including a Centre for Conflict Resolution in the Gulf state of Qatar. Practice director Tim Evans said it was 'topical' to be considering such a venture in the sheikhdom, given the events in the Middle East.
  • Shipley fires broadside at the RIBA over 'ineffective' lobbying

    Debra Shipley, parliament's self-appointed spokeswoman for architecture, has launched a scathing attack on the RIBA's political lobbying campaign.
  • Shop talk

  • Short-termism set to destroy great chance for regeneration

    No sport, no culture, no joy. Any Iraqi war is affordable; a festival of physical competition is not. I think the banks are very generous to take the blame for the government's lukewarm attitude towards the staging of the Olympics.
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  • Sign global petition against war in Iraq

    The Small Practice Architects UK Network declares its opposition to war on Iraq and invites architects across the world to sign our petition at www. spa. uk. net.
  • Sincere monumentalists lose out to politicians in WTC development

    Just before Christmas last year, when the seven shortlisted schemes for the New York World Trade Center site were first made public, Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave a speech in which he linked the project to the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan.
  • Small firms slam student debt plans

    Small practices have poured cold water on the government's suggestion that employers should step in to relieve the funding crisis facing architectural education.

    The RIBA will host its third annual Small Practices Conference at its Portland Place headquarters on Thursday 6 March.The event - to be chaired by president-elect George Ferguson - will discuss employment law, cash flow problems and marketing. To obtain tickets, which cost £100 each, call Funmi MartinsAkinwotu on 020 7307 3749.
  • Small screens provide interesting viewing

    Dominique Perrault's design for the facade of the Town Hall Gallery in Innsbruck uses moving panels to provide a sunscreen, creating an effect that is visually interesting but also practical
  • Smithsons should get posthumous Gold Medal

  • Soane's souvenirs

    John Soane and the Wooden Bridges of Switzerland At Sir John Soane's Museum, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2, until 14 April
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  • Social programme

    The Minimum Dwelling By Karel Teige. Translated by Eric Dluhosch.MIT Press, 2002. 412pp. £41.50
  • Society needs to confront the overcrowded nest syndrome

    Buddha, whose name was Siddhartha, was born into a privileged position. His father was the king of a powerful nation and he was the prince who would inherit it all. His mother, Maya, died shortly after his birth.A hermit called Asita, who lived in the mountains not far away, noticed a radiance about the castle. Interpreting it as a good omen, he came down to the palace and was shown the child.He predicted: 'This prince, if he remains in the palace, will grow up to become a great king and subj
  • Software 'police' target architects

    The world's largest software firms are to target British architectural practices in a fresh crackdown on piracy and the unlicensed use of programs.

    A Lancashire sole-practitioner was fined £2,000 by the ARB's professional conduct committee last week for drawing up an architect's certificate before all work had been completed.
  • Solutions that stack up

    Why move to a new house when you can simply move your current one? Is container architecture the answer?
  • SOM

    SOM's London office has submitted this design for the re-modeling of a large swathe of Lisbon.The 139,000m 2 masterplan, on the site of old army barracks, aims to modernise housing in the city centre and improve shops and transport.The Campolside Parque scheme will consist of four L-shaped residential blocks around a central plaza, with restaurants and shopping units.The scheme attempts to maintain the integrity of the neighbouring historical Rossio railway tunnel.
  • SOM

    SOM's London office is about to start on site with this skyscraper in Warsaw. The 40-storey scheme - Rondo ONZ - is designed to offer both open-plan and cellular offices. The 190m tower will be Poland's tallest structure. SOM design director Larry Oltmanns said the project has three aspirations: to create 'an idealised work environment adaptable to a wide range of ways of working; to contribute to a better plan for a liveable city; and to be a symbol of Warsaw's position in a global democrati
  • Sorry, but China has already been conquered

  • Sound Block

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  • South-east aria

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  • Southwark dances to Wigglesworth tune

    Sarah Wigglesworth Architects is set to create a new dance studio for leading contemporary choreographer Siobhan Davies. The scheme will refurbish and extend a three-storey Victorian building sitting within the playground of the Charlotte Sharman primary school in Southwark, south London. The studio will support dancers in mid-career as well as providing a resource for the borough of Southwark, the community and children from the neighbouring school.
  • Space and society (1 of 2)

    Thoroughly embedded in the small hilltop city of Urbino, Il Magistero - the School of Education designed by Giancarlo De Carlo - reflects his search for an architecture that evolves over time, becoming ever richer in meaning as a result Ifthere is one architect of the 20th century who can lead us, through his work, towards a grown-up discussion of how we might further our built heritage, it is Giancarlo De Carlo - whom Colin St John Wilson calls 'the most lucid of his generation of architectp
  • Space and society (2 of 2)

    Digging deep
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  • Spas or spies?

  • Speakers line up for 'survival' conference

    Tom Bloxham, Ricky Burdett, Roger Zogolovitch and John Worthington are among the speakers at the British Council for Offices'conference on 'Urban survival' taking place in Barcelona on 22-23 May.
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    Urban Splash has started on site with its Foster and Partners'292apartment scheme in Altrincham, Cheshire. The project includes three new buildings and the refurbishment of the Budenberg Gauge factory. Each apartment will have a balcony and a doubleheight living space with a curved arched roof. The project includes 335 basement car parking spaces.
  • Squire and Partners

    Squire and Partners has submitted this proposal to refurbish Amherst Lodge in Ealing, west London, which includes plans to build six new mews houses. The lodge - built in 1907 and now disused - will be reinstated through a substantial refurbishment programme and an extension, providing space for eight residential apartments on the lodge's three floors. The practice developed the designs to utilise traditional materials, including brick and slate, while double-height glazing and contemporary d
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  • Star spot

  • Stephen Lawrence Trust awards its first bursary

    The Stephen Lawrence Trust has awarded its first bursary, to an East London University student.
  • Steptoe and Son's glass act

    Many scrap metal yards are now rebranding themselves as 'recycling agencies', doing the same thing they always have done, but with a more acceptable face. No longer 'rag and bone men', but 'sustainability waste managers'. Historically, finding use for waste material frequently results in beneficial by-products.
  • Stirling Prize is not quite open to everybody

  • Study buddy

    technical & practice - letters
  • Success 'a mere formality' in fight to save Greenside

    The Twentieth Century Society has scored a significant victory in its battle to save Connell, Ward and Lucas's 1936 Greenside.
  • Superstars battle it out for a place by the sea

    Three teams of world-class architects have revealed their proposals for a prime site on the seafront at Hove in Sussex, writes Zoë Blackler.
  • Surfing on the roof

    A complete range of technical information is now available on Lafarge Roofing's revised, enlarged and redesigned website
  • Sustainability: Greening the European City

    AJ sister magazine The Architectural Review staged a conference at the RIBA a fortnight ago to look at 'sustainable' solutions in the modern city. David Taylor reports
  • Sustainable Communities Plan to highlight good design

    John Prescott was yesterday set to reveal details of his long-awaited Sustainable Communities Plan as the AJ went to press.

    Wilkinson Eyre Architects' Swansea Sail bridge unfurled into shape this weekend when its central pier, a 42m-high mast, was craned into place on the River Tawe.The £2 million bridge is a trapezoidal box girder with aluminium cantilevered walkway spanning 142m.The 292-tonne design is one of two footbridges linking the city's waterfront to the city centre.
  • take courage

  • Tap in to Design Museum as Ives in frame for prize

    I was going to urge all you Apple-ites to take a look at www. designmuseum. org and vote for Jonathan Ives as that organisation's designer of the year. But it seems you have to actually visit the museum, pay your entrance fee and then vote. Still, you might be comfortable with that because you will probably want to go to the next big show there.
  • Tati reputation


    The Twentieth Century Society is calling for an architect to produce a vision for the conversion of a 'rare and forgotten'1930s water softening plant into a house.The reinforced concrete building, near Newham in Kent, consists of two circular tanks that taper towards the bottom and sit either side of a 'brutal but impressive'central circulation tower.For more details contact Claire Barrett at the Twentieth Century Society on tel 020 7250 3857.
  • Terry Pawson

    Terry Pawson has started on site with this £3.5 million,2,400m 2 office scheme in London's West Kensington. The building will be constructed from concrete, white cast stone and bronzed steel. The scheme will also renovate the adjacent Grade II-listed former West London Magistrates Court.
  • Test of memory? does nothing but try your patience

    aj+. column
  • Testing times

    Thorough and extensive testing and developing is vital before any Lafarge Roofing product is supplied to an end user
  • Thames Corridor vision is just an easy way out

  • That's democracy

  • The Architectural Review

    The AJ's sister paper, The Architectural Review, has named two projects 'Best of Show' in its Future Project Preview: Francis Jones Morehen Thorp's Sydney Harbour Moving Image Centre (pictured) and Foster and Partner's Swiss Re Tower in London.
  • The difference between discrete information and broader advice

    legal matters
  • The 'divided' future of architectural education

    Ed Dorrell reports on the implications of the government's proposed changes to university funding in its long-awaited Higher Education White Paper
  • The Forbidden City:

    By Antony White. Scala, 2002. 64pp. £8.95 As an averagely ignorant Western visitor in the Outer Court of Beijing's Forbidden City, you will be both impressed and bemused, writes Ruth Slavid . Impressed because the space is immense and magnificent and allows you views of three marvellous palaces; bemused, because it is difficult to engage with it, understand what it is for, or differentiate one ornate, red-painted palace from another.
  • The good life

    technical & practice


  • The more freedom from influence, the better


  • the ones that got away

  • The privilege of solitude is lacking from urban spaces

    'All true wisdom is to be found far from the dwellings of man in the great solitudes and it can only be attained through suffering.
  • The Serpentine Gallery

    The Serpentine Gallery in London's Hyde Park has released the first images of its 2003 summer pavilion, designed by Brazilian octogenarian Oscar Niemeyer - his first project in the UK.The temporary structure, which will be open between late June and late September, will be constructed from a steel frame with painted steel and glass cladding and a polished concrete screed floor.
  • The Smithsons: true partners in practice and in life

  • The spoils of war-driving and some great Scots

    aj+ column
  • The wayward critic

    Italian Architecture of the 16th Century By Colin Rowe and Leon Satkowski. Princeton Architectural Press, 2002. 331pp. £24.95
  • Theatre campaigners step up fight over Alsop's Puddle Dock

    Opponents of Alsop Architects' first commercial scheme in London (pictured) have vowed to fight on, despite the £55 million mixed-use Puddle Dock development securing planning permission.
  • There's more to Iraq than making a fast buck


    Three new lay members have joined the ARB board.They are solicitor Richard Henchley, politics professor Nirmala Rao and Michael Starling, head of planning resources in the Faculty of Art and Design at Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • Time and motion

    Albert Kahn: Inspiration for the Modern Edited by Brian Carter. University of Michigan Museum of Art, 2001. £14
  • Time for a soundcheck

    technical & practice
  • Time to engage brain before opening mouth!

  • Time to smokeout a new solution

    technical & practice
  • Timeless texts

  • Top job

  • Total fitness

    James Thorp of Thorp Design is obsessive about detail. When we visited KXGymUK (KX pronounced 'kicks') close to Chelsea's King's Road, he was disappointed to find a few of the towels had not been folded and inserted in his specially built racks as he had demonstrated. The aim of total control is pursued through an inclusive package of design, project management and the use of selected subcontractors the designers know well.

    Kent County Council and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council have appointed Ash Sakula Architects to masterplan a new town centre for Southborough, which will include new housing, a supermarket and a primary school. Other teams shortlisted were Levitt Bernstein and Burrell Foley Fischer.
  • Trace elements

  • Tracing the roots of sustainability to a less-than-glorious past

    Readers will no doubt remember the disturbance caused in heritage circles last year by Stephen Games' revelation of Sir Nikolaus Pevsner's Nazi sympathies. Best known for his epic Buildings of England series, Pevsner as a young man was a pronationalist German Jewish academic who was fired from his teaching post when Adolf Hitler came to power. Fleeing to England, his enthusiasm for totalitarianism disappeared during the Second World War when - like the rocket engineer Werner von Braun in the
  • Traffic calmed


    The London boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and Wandsworth have appointed Lifschutz Davidson to undertake a feasibility study into a pedestrian and cycle bridge over the Thames between Battersea and Chelsea.
  • True spirit of democratic public space in Bradford


    The Landmark Trust has launched a 'last-ditch campaign' to save the Grade II*-listed Clavell Tower in Dorset. The building, in Kimmeridge Bay, is now only three feet from the coastline following accelerated erosion of the cliff face. The trust needs to raise £500,000 to enable it to move the tower brick-by-brick to a safer position further inland.

    Hodder Associates has won a competition to redevelop the BBC's Manchester Broadcast HQ.
  • Twentieth Century Society to fight Grimshaw's RCA plan

    The Twentieth Century Society pledged this week to fight Grimshaw's plans for a new building for the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London.

    The UN is looking for an architect to design a new headquarters building in New York.Bids are being invited from architects 'capable of providing the required high quality of services'.However, the competition is only open to 20 of the world's top architects, since any applicant must be a past recipient of the Pritzker Prize.
  • Uncovering a provision to make the adjudicator's decision final

    legal matters
  • Under cover

    Lafarge Roofing offers architects a comprehensive range of roofing products, each unique in style and design The almshouses in Padstow, Cornwall, were roofed with Cambrian Slates in 1988.
  • Universities are looking at the wrong problem

  • Up for adoption

  • Uplifting vision

    The inclined elevator at Ian Simpson Architects' exhibition space is far more inviting than an anonymous escalator As a city, Manchester is a unique microcosm that reinvents and renews itself every so often in response to the changing patterns of society. The process started in Victorian times; you have to look hard to find medieval Manchester.

    Northwest-based developer Urban Splash has stepped in to save Morecambe's Midland Hotel, designed by Oliver Hill in 1933.

    Urban Splash has unveiled an impressive shortlist in the design competition for its 6.9ha site on Walsall's waterfront.
  • Van Heyningen and Haward Architects

    Van Heyningen and Haward Architects has beaten off stiff competition to design a new Children's and Young People's Centre in Lewisham, south London. Edward Cullinan Architects, Eger Architects and Penoyre & Prasad were also shortlisted in a competition by Lewisham Primary Care Trust and CABE. The building will house a range of health, social care and education services for children and young people of all ages and their parents. It will be a first for the healthcare sector as it combines heal
  • Vanishing act

  • Venice: Fragile City 1797-1997


    Rafael Viñoly is to design two new buildings for the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. Viñoly's concept (above) for the $250 million (£153 million) scheme for a 3.2ha site in front of the center, includes a streamlined plaza, two new curved steel and glass buildings set beside a central fountain, a pedestrian walkway and connection to the waterfront.
  • Victorian buildings not always open to change

    Civic Trust chief executive Martin Bacon outlines the key issues about the democratic process and asserts that not all those taking part in the trust's Awards competition understood them (AJ 30.1.03).
  • Viewing station

  • Visiting the Vale

    Gloucestershire 2: The Vale and the Forest of Dean By David Verey & Alan Brooks. Yale University Press, 2002. 888pp. £29.95
  • Visual primer

    Richard Paul Lohse: Graphic Design 1928-1988 By Christoph Bignens et al. Hatje Cantz, 2002. 312pp. £65
  • vital statistics

    London's West End is the most expensive place in the world to rent office space, according to property analyst CB Hillier Parker.
  • vital statistics

    Nearly 11 per cent of homeowners plan to move in the next two years, despite continued reports that the housing market is set for an imminent dip, the latest figures from the Alliance & Leicester show.
  • vital statistics

    More than two thirds of respondents in an online poll conducted by www. ny1. com said they disliked both shortlisted proposals for the World Trade Center site. Studio Daniel Libeskind won 17% of the vote,15% voted for the Raphael Viñoly-led team THINK, but 68% favoured neither scheme.
  • vital statistics

    lThe Congestion Charge - introduced in London on Monday - will cut congestion in the capital by 10-15 per cent and raise about £130 million each year for public transport, according to the Greater London Authority.
  • vital statistics

    An astonishing 84 per cent of senior executives in the UK admit they cannot tell employees that are good at their jobs from those that are not, according to research for management consultancy firm McKinsey.
  • vital statistics

    The impending war with Iraq has damaged the confidence of 70 per cent of Londoners in the capital's housing market, a new survey by website Rightmove has found.
  • vital statistics

    An extra £270,000 was spent on fitting out Foster and Partners'City Hall after Greater London Authority staff moved in, a new report for the assembly's Budget Committee has found.
  • vital statistics

    Last year, there were 3,600 architectural thefts from churches in the UK, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings has claimed. These crimes included the robbery of statues, fonts and even of whole altars.
  • vital statistics

    Houses close to landfill sites are worth on average £5,500 less than homes in other areas, a report for the Treasury has concluded. It found that Scottish buildings were worst hit, with homes within 400m losing 41 per cent of their value.
  • vital statistics

    Saddam Hussein's £96 million bunker under one of his Baghdad palaces has three-tonne doors, 4.5m thick walls and 5.4m thick reinforced-concrete ceilings, according to the German security consultant who planned it, Karl Esser. It can house 50 people, has a 180m escape tunnel to the River Tigris and can withstand a Hiroshima-sized nuclear bomb exploding 230m away.
  • Waiting for the next thrilling instalment


    The Percy Thomas Partnership's £104 million Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff was topped out last week.The five-storey building will include a 1,900-seat theatre, dance studio, studio theatre, bars, cafés and restaurants. It will also become home to several of Wales' major cultural organisations.
  • Walters and Cohen

    Walters and Cohen is starting on site with this visitor centre at Wakehurst Place in West Sussex.
  • We should be spared the worry of lawyers

  • Web of intrigue

  • Wedding bells


    The Welsh Assembly was due to announce the new shortlist for the design and construction of its assembly building yesterday (Wednesday). Richard Rogers Partnership, sacked from the scheme 18 months ago (AJ 19.7.01), is in one of the teams bidding. Visit www. ajplus. co. uk to find out the result.

    An intervention by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott to block Haskoll's plans for an extension to the Westgate shopping centre in Oxford has been quashed by the High Court.
  • What we don't want to see beside the seaside

  • What's in a name? Not much if you happen to live in Penge

    As I write I am flying over Rangoon (or whatever it is called these days).To the north up the Irrawaddy lies Mandalay on that famous road.A little to the east is Chittagong & Cox's Bazaar.These names contain within them all the romantic adventure that it is possible to stir up in the imagination of a 10year-old.

    The AJ's awardwinning website is bristling with new features.

    The AJ's awardwinning website is bristling with new features.

    The AJ's awardwinning website is bristling with new features.
  • What's the point of office buildings?

    The role of the office as a business tool was the main idea explored at the British Council for Offices spring conference, reports Barrie Evans
  • Why is Britain silent on the threat of war?

  • Why it's patently absurd not to share and share alike

  • Why the objections to compulsory PII cover?

  • Wild boar, talk of war and a reawakened interest in pencils

    One evening many years ago I had dinner with Count Faber-Castell, the pencil magnate, at his hunting lodge outside Nuremberg in Bavaria. In a pot on my desk I still have the brushed aluminium ballpoint pen engraved with my name that was given me to mark the occasion. It was part of a lavish soft sell of Faber-Castell pencils and drawing pens; boxed presentation sets of the latter - the then new model TG1 - were showered upon me also.
  • Wilkinson Eyre falls foul of downturn in the market

    Developer Tishman Speyer Properties has shelved Wilkinson Eyre's office-led Aldgate Union scheme, planned for London's Tower Hamlets.
  • Wilkinson Eyre's 'jewel' on Swansea waterfront

    The start on site of Wilkinson Eyre's new museum in Swansea was officially celebrated this week with a visit from Wales' first minister, Rhodri Morgan. The National Waterfront Museum Swansea is one of the first museums to be designed since the abolition of admission charges, and the scheme reflects this change.
  • Women 'forced out by overt sexism'

    Architecture is institutionally sexist and regularly flouts equal opportunities legislation, a new study has found. Many practices make working life untenable for women, forcing them to leave the profession early in their careers, the survey for campaigning group Women in Architecture will officially reveal in May.
  • Wood technologies

    Two new timber products have been launched which raise the question, 'When is a wood not a wood?'
  • working details

    World Trade Centre, Amsterdam Kohn Pederson Fox Associates
  • working details: Hampstead Theatre Bennetts Associates

    Curved acoustic screens to theatre seating
  • working details: Production centre, Theatre Royal, Plymouth Ian Ritchie Architects

    A rainscreeen cladding of phosphor bronze alloy mesh
  • working details: The Q Building Buckley Gray

    A facade with an external sliding iroko screen
  • Working party

    In this week's workplace special, we look at two BCO award winners - a new generation business park by Richard Rogers Partnership and Powell-Tuck Associates' animated fit-out for Bloomberg
  • Working style


    As the AJ went to press, a decision on the winner of the competition to redevelop the World Trade Center site was imminent.

    The winning design to rebuild New York's World Trade Center will be announced today from submissions by reported favourite Daniel Libeskind and Raphael Viñoly. For the latest news on the decision visit www. ajplus. co. uk

  • Yet another valid reason for stopping the war?

  • You don't have to be a professor to oppose war

    Further to the report, 'Engineers oppose war', (AJ 13.2.03), much as I appreciate being called a professor, I am afraid I am simply a structural engineer, who is very concerned that a war with Iraq will have serious and farreaching consequences.
  • Zaha Hadid Architects

    Zaha Hadid Architects will celebrate the groundbreaking and naming ceremony for its contemporary art centre in Rome next week.
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