Issue : 23 January 2003
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'Frankly there is no contest between an Olympics bid and providing affordable homes while regenerating the largest slice of brownfield land in the country.'
GAUDÍ DESIGN FOR WTC SITESubscription
Two separate teams have launched bids to get an unbuilt design by Antoni Gaudí adopted as the chosen scheme for the World Trade Center site in New York. Both proponents - including a group of Catalan artists and Boston-based architect Paul Laffoley - claim the Art Nouveau masterpiece was originally drawn up in 1908 for the exact site where the twin towers were built in 1974.
ELEPHANT IN THE FRAMESubscription
The London Borough of Southwark has produced a fresh Comprehensive Development Framework for the £1billion regeneration of Elephant and Castle, to be masterplanned by Tibbalds TM2 and Foster and Partners. The project aims to revitalise the area with a 69ha mixed-use residential, retail and leisure development.
RIBA BACKS SCHOOLS AUDITSubscription
The RIBA has come out in support of the Audit Commission's report into PFI in Schools (AJ 16.01.03).
Secretary of state for education Charles Clarke was yesterday expected to announce details of the Higher Education White Paper.
Big guns challenge the warmongersSubscription
The profession's leading lights have joined forces to condemn a possible war against Iraq. Charles Jencks and RIBA president Paul Hyett are spearheading a campaign of 'Architects Against the War'.
The University of ManchesterSubscription
The University of Manchester has launched an appeal to raise £3 million to help build Austin-Smith: Lord's £15 million extension to the historic John Rylands Library.
NT SECURES RED HOUSESubscription
The National Trust has purchased Philip Webb's first commission, the 1859 Red House in London's Bexleyheath.The building was artist William Morris' first marital home.The trust had not added to its collection for 10 years until last summer, when it bought Tyntesfield House in Somerset.
COMPETITION FOR CROSSRAILSubscription
An Arup-led consortium, London Regional Metro, has presented the government with a rival bid to Crossrail.The scheme is for the design, construction, financing and maintenance of a new east-west rail link under central London.The consortium believes that it could fund the project without any aid from the public purse, by developing the land above the proposed stations.
CABE SPACE LOOKS FOR HEADSubscription
CABE has started the search for a director for its new unit, CABE Space.The director will be responsible for developing a strategy to champion the role of urban parks and open spaces.The creation of the unit followed John Prescott's decision to hand responsibility for urban open land to the design agency.