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Architects Journal
22 January 2004

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  • A cantilevered EPDM clad bath enclosure

    working details
  • A career carved from criticism is no career at all

    Jeremy Melvin's review of Project Orange's book ('Slaves of Fashion', AJ 15.1.04) was about as cruel as it was pompous. As an 'habituÚ of St John's' and attendee of every launch party and exhibition opening going, Melvin should watch out for pots and kettles.
  • ARB campaigner Salisbury to join RIBA presidency race and return architects to 'position of primacy'

    Anti-ARB campaigner Ian Salisbury has announced he will stand for the presidency of the RIBA in this year's election.

    Students still have time to complete the annual survey run by student body Archaos - in conjunction with the RIBA, T h e Architects' Journal and RIBA Bookshops. Each completed survey will be entered into a prize draw, with the chance of winning a 20GB Apple iPod, one year's subscription to the AJ and AR, or two £25 tokens to spend in RIBA Bookshops. Visit www. archaos. org to enter, and click on the iPod. The closing date is 31 January.
  • Armstrong CEILING TILES

  • Battle of the beards or back to the boardroom?

    We hear so much about the clichÚs of architectural dress with head-to-toe black and collarless shirts having replaced the previous of paradigm of tweed jacket, bow tie and facial hair cf Louis Hellman.
  • BBC set to launch more archi-TV

    The BBC has scheduled another spate of architectural programming to hit the nation's television screens over the next 12 months.
  • Brits show Venetian class

    Although still in its infancy, the Venice Biennale is recognised as an important launchpad, and a place in the British Pavilion will be a major boost for the nine architects chosen to represent the UK in 2004.
  • competitions

  • Cook to curate Biennale pavilion

    Nine practices on the verge of international stardom are to represent Britain at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale.
  • Council U-turn gives green light to ShedKM's 'Legoland' plans

    Birmingham City Council's planning committee has performed a major volte-face by giving consent to ShedKM's plans to redevelop the landmark Fort Dunlop warehouse.
  • diary

    ON THE ROAD The huge Three Gorges Dam project on China's Yangtze River submerged 13 cities, 400 towns and 1,300 villages, displacing two million people in the process. It is the subject of Ian Teh's exhibition 'The Vanishing' at Photofusion, 17a Electric Lane, Brixton, SW9, from 30 January until 27 March (020 7738 5774).
  • Extra-ordinary detail

  • Heritage bid 'will stifle Liverpool'

    Heritage campaigners are using Liverpool waterfront's World Heritage Site (WHS) application as an excuse to 'drop a cloak of conservation' over the city, local groups have warned.
  • Heritage lobby forces Mather to rethink Ashmolean Museum plan

    Heritage campaigners have forced changes to Rick Mather Architects' proposals for the redesign of Charles Cockerell's Grade I-listed Ashmolean Museum.
  • Hype or home-makers?

  • in with the news

    Meanwhile, although its annual survey may be useful, it is not enough to prove Autodesk really cares about its customers Autodesk recently published its second annual survey of issues and trends in the UK's design and newproduct development community, which focuses on building and construction. I am always sceptical of surveys and statistics, as the results can be manipulated and presented in a fashion that benefits the point being made rather than representing the true situation. That said,
  • IPPR police station push to aid investment

    Policy think tank, the IPPR has launched a project to raise the ante in the design of police stations, as the government embarks on a major programme of investment.
  • Leaked report shows PFI failings

    Newham's new mental health unit has been hailed as a case study in the pitfalls of PFI, after a leaked report into the construction of the project revealed a catalogue of problems.
  • Learning from Newham: uncovering the cracks in PFI

    PFI bids, we are told a d nauseam, are judged according to 'best value' as opposed to lowest possible cost. Yet the post-project evaluation report on the Newham Centre for Mental Health says 'the view of the Trust finance director is that the contract as signed provides poor value to the Trust' but tha t 'it is generally accepted as true that the completed building represents very good value for the price paid'.
  • Lib Dem big-hitter Hughes joins the campaign to save the country house

    The Liberal Democrats' candidate for mayor has joined the growing band of MPs supporting the AJ's campaign to save the PPG 7 country house clause.

    EDAW has unveiled its masterplan for Liverpool's King's Waterfront site. The plan includes a multi-use arena, exhibition space, conference centre, apartments, offices, hotel, leisure and retail uses.
  • Out with the old...

    Another year, another AutoCAD tool forced into retirement - a risky strategy for Autodesk and one that may cost it dearly Welcome to 2004 - a new year and a new CAD tool. I have often wondered why Autodesk names its latest CAD tools a year ahead of time (the 'AutoCAD 2004 product family' was launched in March 2003) but I have now figured it out. Just like the start of last year when Autodesk (in its own words) 'retired' r14 and 'strongarmed' users to persuade them to upgrade, Autodesk is once
  • PDFs revisited: solutions to the Webspace slog

  • people & practices

  • Prefabrication is simply a public pain

    Barry Holmes, executive director of the THB, responds to Michael Howard's full-page advertisement in the Guardian, 14.1.04, which called for public-sector employees to submit examples of waste within the public sector to the James Report.



    CORUS AJ ENQUIRY NO: 203 Corus Kalzip has developed a new 28-page full-colour brochure dedicated to just some of the Scottish projects that have used the company's flagship Kalzip standing-seam system.





  • Public wrongs, private rights - the duty of the local authority

    Local authorities perform many functions that affect us all in our daily lives. The framework within which they act is defined purely by statute, as interpreted from time to time by the courts. When considering what a local authority can and cannot do, the starting point is the relevant legislation, be it the Public Health Act, the Town and Country Planning Act, the Local Government Act, or whatever.
  • Retentions rift gets ATLAS's world spinning

  • RIBA runner Roche lays his cards on the table

    Whilst I welcome the AJ conducting a poll on who should be the next president of the RIBA, (AJ 15.1.04), I feel readers should be making a selection based upon policy rather than personality. As the only person to openly declare policy objectives, I feel I may be at a disadvantage or advantage, depending upon one's viewpoint.
  • Rogers in Lords move to amend Planning Bill

    A coalition of Richard Rogers, the RIBA and a highly respected Conservative peer has launched a campaign to 'place design at the heart' of the government's planning reforms.
  • Round-up

    New developments are saving millions of pounds at T5, providing tools for PPPs and demonstrating finishes to clients NavisWorks takes off at Heathrow Software provider NavisWorks reckons that its clash-detection software will play a key role in helping BAA achieve its ambitious cost-savings target for Terminal 5 at Heathrow. On the £3.75 billion project, it wants to save 10 per cent of the overall cost (a staggering £375 million) by the intelligent use of technology. Much of this ce
  • Self defence a shame after Lenard's liberation

  • Shuttleworth set to make his mark

    Former Foster director Ken Shuttleworth is to call his new practice 'make' (full trading title Make Places Ltd), a name devised by brand and marketing consultant Wolff Olins.
  • Small Projects 2004

    The second part of this year's AJ Small Projects feature, sponsored by Robin Ellis Design and Construction, features residential schemes under £250K. All published projects will be exhibited at the RIBA in March Charles Barclay When Lambeth Borough Council's planning committee turned down a first-floor extension to a private house on the Minet Estate in Brixton, south London, Charles Barclay Architects decided to go for something more striking under Permitted Development.

    For his third-year project at Manchester School of Architecture, Andrew McMullan designed Casting that breaks the mould, a metal casting workshop derived from careful observations of the city fabric. It uses an approach to city voids, elaborated through increasing scales, to generate metallurgic characteristics of movement and hierarchical layering of scheme spaces.
  • the ones that got away

    Astragal's new competition features schemes that, for better or worse, stayed on the drawing board. Can you identify this project and its architect? Post your entry, to arrive by first thing Monday morning, to AJ Astragal, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB, or fax 020 7505 6701. The first correct entry to be pulled out of the hat wins a bottle of champagne. The never-built scheme in last week's competition (AJ 15.1.04) was El Lisstzky's skyscraper by the Nikitskii Gates, Terskii Boulevard.
  • The relaxed Modernist

  • Time for a reality check: for us and the TV property experts

    Cities can heal themselves from within, with commerce as the catalyst and planners nowhere to be seen. So says Tony Siebenthaler of urban agent Downtown Liverpool I recently spent a few days away from London, borrowing from one of the many guardians of our heritage, at small cost, a rural retreat - an 18th-century coastguard's cottage. Though immediately struck by the efficiency of the one-up, one-down layout, and the easy way it accepted 19th-century additions dealing with sanitation, I also
  • vital statistics

    The Church of England is preparing to sell off some of the 44 properties that act as bishops' residences. If it were to sell off the entire £45 million portfolio, the move would include the transfer into private hands of 13 'heritage properties' and nine palaces.
  • who said what

    'No other Western city so insolently and deliberately frustrates the appetites and ambitions of large numbers of its citizens and, Ken, I think it's your fault.
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