Issue : 24 November 2005
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This week David Chipperfield identified the key difference between working in Europe and the UK as being that 'here you are not really expected to debate ideas'. So have we managed to completely obliterate architectural practice as a critical endeavour?
Sue Dawson, who produces this week's Working Detail on the Lock on pages 34-35, is an architect based in Lancashire and the AJ's working details editor
MAKE GETS GO-AHEAD FOR LEEDS TOWERSubscription
MAKE has cleared the first hurdle in its bid to build a 24-storey residential tower on the Leeds International Swimming Pool site, within a Carey Jones masterplan. Developer HBG Properties was given the initial go-ahead for the 'iconic' £160m scheme by Leeds City Council's executive board on Wednesday.
PERTH CITY HALL BACK IN TUNESubscription
John Lyall Architects' client, Wharfside Regeneration, has won a competition organised by Perth & Kinross Council for the adaptation and re-use of Perth City Hall, Scotland. The listed building, dating from 1908, became redundant this year with the completion of the city's new symphony hall.
ENGLISH HERITAGE FIGHTS BACK OVER CHISWICK HOUSESubscription
English Heritage (EH) has hit back at attacks on its plans for the 'regeneration' of Chiswick House in west London. The quango has faced heavy opposition to proposals that will see 'major improvements' to the historic grounds and a renovation of Britain's oldest Palladian house. EH claims it simply wants to improve access to the building.
KINETIC GETS VICTORYSubscription
Birmingham-based Kinetic-AIU has won an international invited competition to design a masterplan for the Warwick Bar area of the second city. The practice saw off the likes of AZHAR architecture, DSDH, Fat, S333, Jeppe Aagaard Andersen and Sarah Wigglesworth.
CABE IN GUARDED WELCOME FOR GEHRY'S HOVE PLANSSubscription
CABE's Design Review Committee has issued a guarded welcome to Frank Gehry's 'quirky' overall designs for the King Alfred development in Hove, although it has expressed concern over the project's lower residential blocks.
NORTHERN IRELAND COSTS SOARSubscription
The value of one of Northern Ireland's highest-profile PFI schemes has suddenly shot up by more than £50 million. The province's new police training college, to be built on a 109ha site near Cookstown, Co Tyrone, will now cost £134 million, not the £80 million predicted last year. The cost changes have come even before the team behind the project has appointed an architect to work up the proposals.
BOTTA PLANS FIRST MOSQUESubscription
Swiss architect Mario Botta has announced he is to design his first mosque. The religious specialist has previously been known for his work on churches and synagogues. Botta spoke to the AJ on Tuesday when he was in London to publicise his new exhibition at the RIBA, 'Architecture of the Sacred:
TASKFORCE MEMBER IN RIOT WARNINGSubscription
A leading member of the reconvened Urban Task Force has warned that Britain's cities are on a 'knife-edge' that could lead to the wholesale rioting seen in France over recent weeks. LSE professor of social policy Anne Power, speaking at the launch of the second Urban Task Force report on Tuesday, claimed that the ethnic polarisation seen in some of Britain's inner cities has caused the rise of extreme community tension.