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Architects Journal
22 May 2003

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  • A lesson in how to build the visionary school of the future

    There is a plethora of initiatives dealing with the issues of schools and education.Those of a more architectural nature tend to assume that a well-designed, cost-effective edifice will result in a better environment, which will inevitably lead to a happier school community - in turn reflected in academic achievement. I would not disagree with any of that, but when it comes to titles such as the 'School of the Future', the architect must extend the opportunity to fundamentally explore the nat
  • AJ launches bid to save 'country house' clause

    The government's plans to scrap the country house clause in PPG 7 have been greeted with condemnation from the profession.
  • All that jazz

  • and its experiment is well worth repeating

    You hope that the Forest Gate Heritage Economic Regeneration Scheme (HERS, or 'Gateway ofopportunity') would not be repeated (AJ 15.5.03).

    Ash & Lacy Building Systems' Ashjack lightweight structural frame system for the fast assembly of flat-to-pitch roof conversions was recently selected for a BAE Systems site. Ashjack has been proven on hundreds of buildings in the UK and overseas and is supported by a nationwide network of approved installers who all conform to a code of practice that incorporates full training and site inspections. Full latent defects warranties are also available.
  • Beware of intruders

    The term 'knowledge economy' (see above article) has little to do with describing real developments in the economy and is more an expression of a political and cultural world view. In the same way that the number of patents originated by a given university on either side of the Atlantic says more about its sense of litigiousness and protectionist attitude to knowledge than it does, necessarily, about its dynamic approach to new ideas. The term was born of a combination of exaggerated claims a
  • Block point

  • Bridge work


    CABE Space, the commission's new unit responsible for parks and open land, is looking for 50 experts to help local authorities develop a strategic approach to improving the management and maintenance of their parks and urban spaces.For more information call 020 7960 2438.
  • Cindy Walters Walters and Cohen

    Q & A
  • Clerkenwell plans first biennale

    In the Middle Ages, monks held annual mystery plays there. Before the industrial revolution it gained popularity as a health resort; later, it became a centre for printing and clock and watchmaking.
  • 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 WAKEFIELD WATERFRONT GALLERY Expressions of interest are invited for this new competition to design a prestigious and distinctive 'landmark'gallery on the waterfront in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.Deadline for receipt of practice profiles is 17 June.
  • Correction

    FRS Yorke's masters' houses at Eton were wrongly captioned as his workers' cottages at Stratford-on-Avon in AJ 15.5.03.

    Keith Williams Architects has won a RIBA-organised competition for a feasibility study for a mixed-use development in Crawley town centre. The practice fought off competition from Hopkins Architects, Benson & Forsyth, Ash Sakula, Wright & Wright Architects and PRC Fewster.
  • diary

    London Gordon Matta-Clark Until 30 May.An exhibition at the AA,36 Bedford Sq, WC1.Details 020 7887 4000.
  • Doing the knowledge

    In a follow up article to schools' funding (AJ 1.5.03), we look at university funding and the knowledge economy A new wave of change is sweeping through British universities, with talk of the knowledge economy bringing a commercial face to the stereotypical view of ivory towered academia. As Tony Blair has said, 'in the knowledge economy, entrepreneurial universities will be as important as entrepreneurial businesses, the one fostering the other'.

    When Hertfordshirebased contractor Robinsons was asked by British Waterways to carry out the repainting of a listed bridge over the Grand Union Canal, it chose Dulux Trade to provide the materials and technical support. Robinsons, a member of Dulux Trade's contract partnership scheme, chose Dulux acrylated rubber products to repaint the bridge in British Waterways' traditional colours of black and white.
  • Election swing threatens King Alfred competition

    Brighton and Hove City Council's local election result is threatening its King Alfred competition, which sees US heavyweight Frank Gehry pitted against double Stirling Prize winner Wilkinson Eyre Architects. The swing from a Labour majority to a hung council will give opponents of the scheme - for a housing development and leisure centre in Hove - a powerful voice on the council. Gehry and Wilkinson Eyre are the remaining shortlisted practices, after Richard Rogers Partnership's scheme was th
  • Equal except


    Terry Farrell & Partners has set out a series of 'petits projets' for the Royal Parks to coincide with this week's publication of Buckingham Palace Redesigned . The schemes include a project to redesign Green Park tube station so it 'relates directly to the park and to Buckingham Palace'and a proposal to develop a new Royal Park for the Thames Gateway development area.
  • Ferguson quartet in election success

    Four of RIBA president-elect George Ferguson's five preferred candidates successfully won seats at last week's council elections .
  • Food for thought


    Formica is pleased to have sponsored the Retail Week Store Design of the Year Award, which was presented to Waitrose for the design of its Canary Wharf Food and Home store. Other nominees were Harvey Nichols and Sainsbury's, which were highly commended for their stores in Edinburgh and Hazel Grove respectively. A common factor of the designs was that Formica laminate was used throughout each of the store interiors.

    Richard MacCormac and BDP chairman Richard Saxon will be among the speakers explaining how to get the best out of PFI at a conference run by the AJ at the RIBA on Tuesday 3 June. 'PFI/PPP - Making it Work'costs £265 plus VAT for AJ subscribers or £295 plus VAT for non-subscribers. To find out more, visit www. ajplus. co. uk/ events/pfidesign or call 020 7505 6745.

    The amazing durability, flexibility and eye-catching appeal of GA's Versatility Step-Up Stair Trims are a major feature of the newly opened 'Q bars' American Pool and Bar complex in Cheltenham. The ultramodern style and feel of GA's Versatility Step-Up range offered total practicality, superb quality and a hi-tech look that is perfect for this contemporary project. For further details visit www. goodingalum. com
  • Gordon Matta-Clark

    Edited by Corinne Diserens. Phaidon, 2003. 241pp. £39.95
  • Hadid completes American first in Cincinnati

    Zaha Hadid Architects has completed this $20.2 million (£12.4 million) new building for the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in Cincinnati.

    Zaha Hadid's Terminus Hoenheim North in Strasbourg has won the Mies van der Rohe Award - the EU's Prize for Contemporary Architecture. The practice won the scheme, according to the judges, for its the use of 'threedimensional lights and graphics' in conjunction with the tram station design.

    With this year's FA Cup Final in Cardiff, the eyes of the sporting world were on the magnificent Millennium Stadium. FendorHansen was closely involved in the stadium's construction, working on-site with architect HOK Sport to design, supply and install fire-resistant glazed screens. FendorHansen satisfied all design parameters, which included requirements for fire protection and accommodation of barrier loads for stadia applications. For FendorHansen technical literature call 0191 438 3222 or

    HI-LOAD door hinges, in many different finishes, are specified widely by architects who want high aesthetic and distinctive appeal but also recognise the value of hinges that make buildings work because they do not wear, require no maintenance and have a 25-year performance guarantee. HI-LOAD hinges are Certifire approved and CE marked. The Hinge Directory (tel 020 8801 7717) and new website www. ratman. co. uk explain it all.
  • Hyett's drive towards sustainable development 'will be my legacy'

    Outgoing RIBA president Paul Hyett has called on members to be at the forefront of the battle to 'save the planet'. He wants architects to take the lead within construction, moving the industry towards a more 'energy-efficient future'.
  • Internet evolution gives 'obsolete' phone boxes a new lease of life

    The first law of technological development - that synergy makes all products evolve towards their own extinction - is indisputable. Which is to say that, as products get better, they also get more vulnerable to a takeover by other products.
  • Jahn's Bishopsgate skyscraper plans scrapped 'by mutual consent'

    Plans by Helmut Jahn for his first building in the UK, a skyscraper for the City of London, have been shelved.
  • Join the fight for country houses

    This week The Architects' Journal begins its campaign to save the country house clause in Planning Policy Guidance Note 7 and preserve the country house tradition. To mark the launch, an impressive list of architecture's great and good signed an open letter to planning minister Lord Rooker demanding he scrap plans to remove paragraph 3.21
  • Join us in support of good design in the countryside - whatever the style

    Two weeks ago the AJ broke the news that the government is considering revising PPG 7, to delete the clause that allows one-off large houses to be built in the countryside provided they are of outstanding quality (AJ 8.5.03). The response has been overwhelming. The Observer ran the story on 11 May (blaming the change of heart on a character in radio's The Archers), and the matter has been widely discussed among the architectural community as a whole.
  • Landscapers deserve credit for Poulton Gorse

    Your coverage of Poulton Gorse House (AJ 8.5.03) omitted to mention J&L Gibbons, the landscape architect.
  • Lighting design awards show their dark side

    In a week when the Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) is protesting about light pollution, I note that lighting design awards (AJ Focus, May 2003) go to a range of exterior uplighters and an exterior lighting scheme for a marina, apparently designed to scatter light in every direction.
  • Nature lessons

    In their school at Fredrikstad in Norway, Duncan Lewis and Pir II Arkitektkontor are not just inspired by the natural surroundings, but use materials from the site itself to integrate the building and its landscape
  • No place like co-home for Architype

    The UK's first co-housing project (pictured) - an experiment in communal living - has been designed by sustainability specialist Architype and is beginning to take shape on a hillside in Gloucestershire.
  • Old master

    At the grand age of 95, Oscar Niemeyer, the legendary architect of Brasilia, is still designing buildings that revel in, by his own definition, a freer kind of Modernism
  • Olympics demand fresh approach

    A successful London Olympics bid could lead to a wholesale rethink of the government's procurement methods, regeneration expert Fred Manson predicted this week.
  • people & practices


    Seen above is part of Peter Aldington's much-admired Turn End Garden, which - along with his listed house (1964-8) - will be open to the public once again on Sunday 15 June,14.00-17.00. Admission £4 in aid of the Turn End Charitable Trust. At Townside, Haddenham, Bucks (01844 291383).
  • Praise Forest Gate for genuine regeneration

    Forest Gate in Newham has little enough going in its favour without the AJ and Will Alsop knocking its efforts to pull itself up by its bootstraps (AJ 15.5.03). EH and the local authority have produced a refurbishment that is popular with the locals and cost only £400,000. Somehow it offends your sensibilities - so what?
  • Price right

  • Rebel with a cause

    Gordon Matta-Clark - The Space Between: Thinking Through Architecture At the Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1, until 30 May From a cursory glance at Lisa Le Feuvre's thoughtful exhibition of Gordon MattaClark's work at the Architectural Association, you wouldn't know that this man was a scourge of that daddy of all architectural establishments, New York, such as has never been seen before or since.
  • ring the changes

  • Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition to open on a high

    The Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition - which opens to the public on Monday 2 June - features a special display curated by Lord Foster dedicated to the design and construction of tall buildings.
  • Self-service web catering for the myopic hoi polloi

    I think this column has been vindicated in its campaign in favour of changeable font sizes on websites. Just to remind you: you can hit View on the top bar of Explorer, hit Text Size and then select one of the five options - and all the text changes size accordingly. Sometimes.

    More than 100m 2of SCW curtain wall create the impressive entrance for Arden Hotel and Leisure Club in Solihull. Incorporated into the design were more than 40 thermally broken, lightweight SX 200 windows.
  • Sign up to the AJ's 'PPG 7 - Save the Clause' campaign

    Sign up to the AJ's 'PPG 7 - Save the Clause' campaign by sending an email to ed. dorrell@construct. emap. com or by writing to 'Save the Clause', The Architects' Journal, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB.
  • Six on shortlist for landmark Leaside bridge

    Leaside Regeneration has shortlisted six teams to design a new 'landmark bridge' over the River Lea in London.
  • The value of voids

    Nicholas Grimshaw's proposal for a new block for the Royal College of Art at Kensington Gore threatens the integrity of Cadbury Brown's fine listed building and with it the open space so central to the Modern Movement, warns James Dunnett

    Timbmet Glasgow has won a broad variety of high-profile contracts demonstrating the versatility of the company. Contracts gained have been in the public sector, the commercial market and the tourist industry, including a prestigious contract to supply Machined Cherry for the bars and bedrooms of the Marine Hotel (pictured) at Troon, which is a world-renowned championship golf course.
  • Tower is inappropriate for Tate Modern site

    Your article on the 20-storey tower proposed on the doorstep of Tate Modern (AJ 8.5.03) questioned the need for a public inquiry and asked whether the scheme is really a 'gross overdevelopment' or the victim of a 'planning lottery' and emotional opposition.
  • Turning over a new leaf

    Imagine a time when plants no longer need watering - saving time, effort, money and water reserves. That time is now
  • Use and Beauty: Photographs by Eric de Maré

    At the Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1, until 6 June
  • Van Heyningen & Haward in full bloom with Chelsea pavilion

    Van Heyningen & Haward Architects has designed this temporary garden pavilion for the Chelsea Flower Show. A scale model of the pavilion - designed in collaboration with student Rachel Elliot - is on the English Garden Carpentry Company's stand at the show this week. Elliot - who is on a year's placement with the practice - won an internal competition to develop the concept for this 'Japanese tea pavilion-inspired'design.The practice was paid just £100, and commissioned by the company as
  • vital statistics

    lCanadian billionaire Galen Weston has bought British retail empire Selfridges for £600 million, at £3.87 per share. The deal is unlikely to impact significantly on the 62-yearold's fortune, which, at £4.9 billion, makes him the 43rd richest person in the world.
  • Wake-up call

    New Facade: Toby Paterson At the CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow until 25
  • When the defence of the realm constitutes a plain nuisance

    Two quintessentially British institutions which have existed uneasily side by side in the Cambridgeshire countryside for nearly a century were pitched against each other recently in a courtroom conflict concerning individual rights and public interest.
  • who said what

    'Everything here is overloaded with symbolism. The possibilities of the building are closed down by this. It's not even a beautiful building - and it's bad sculpture'
  • World-record response to WTC memorial competition

    The competition to design a World Trade Center memorial has attracted a world-record number of expressions of interest from more than 70 countries.
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