Issue : 25 September 2003
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BARBICAN 'UGLIEST BUILDING'Subscription
London's ugliest building is Chamberlin Powell & Bon's Grade II listed Barbican Centre, according to a survey of some 1,000 Londoners for London Design Week.Second in the poll was the BT Tower and third the Richard Roger Partnership's Millennium Dome.
NIEMEYER PAVILION SOLDSubscription
The Serpentine Gallery has sold Oscar Niemeyer's Summer Pavilion to an anonymous private collector for more than £200,000. The pavilion was the latest in a series by international architects on the gallery's lawn in Hyde Park.
LASDUN CAMPUS LISTINGSubscription
Heritage minister Andrew McIntosh has announced that three major parts of Denys Lasdun's University of East London Campus will be listed.The Ziggurat accommodation blocks have won Grade II*-rating while the library and the 'teaching wall'will be listed at Grade II.
MANCHESTER LANDMARK OKSubscription
Lifschutz Davidson has won permission for a £15 million residential development in Manchester. The scheme comprises two buildings that will 'create a landmark gateway'on one of the major routes into the Ancoats Urban Village.
MAKE A SPLASH IN SALFORDSubscription
Developer Urban Splash and Salford City Council have launched a design competition to masterplan a new 1.6ha waterside scheme.The project will also include designs for a new building in the River Irwell Urban Neighbourhood site, which sits on the edge of Manchester city centre. Each of six finalists will receive £1,500, while the winner will pick up a £20,000 cheque. For further details contact the RIBA competitions office on 0113 234 1335.
Residents to decide fate of Grimshaw's high-riseSubscription
The Corporation of London has put the future of Grimshaw's 43-storey Minerva Tower into the hands of a 350-strong group of local residents.
Towers at risk from Shanghai banSubscription
Thousands of skyscraper proposals, including KPF's plans for the world's tallest tower (pictured), are hanging in the balance following moves by officials in Shanghai to halt tall buildings in the city.
Island in the sun for Alsop and coSubscription
Alsop Architects has agreed to join a collaborative team shortlisted to design a new island complex off the port of Aqaba in Jordan. The team - made up of RTKL, Lovejoy and Buro Happold - is up against HOK International and Florida-based EDSA in the competition's final round. The project, for the Ayla Oasis Development Company, will involve the construction of a series of man-made residential islands surrounding a commercial and retail development on a larger island of its own.
The prospect of a mutual recognition agreement between the architects of Europe and China moved a step closer last week with a drafted agreement.
'Misleading' letter confuses country house issueSubscription
The government has insisted it remains open to proposals for new country houses, despite the revisions to its countryside guidance, PPS 7, which was published last week.