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Architects Journal
25 September 2003

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  • A meeting of minds

    review
  • ACA aims to 'end bickering' on the ARB

    The Association of Consulting Architects (ACA) has stepped in to the ongoing row over the future of the Architects Registration Board (ARB).
  • Allford and Zogolovitch in call for flexibility to ease housing shortfall

    The winner of the 'London Building of the Year' award has issued a clarion call for more flexible planning to bring about the supply of necessary housing for the capital and elsewhere - including the abandonment of any distinction between residential and B1 uses.
  • Alsop v Wakefield - the battle continues

    Letters
  • And so to ZED Dunster holds key to housing crisis

    Bill Dunster Architects is set to reveal its solution to the current housing crisis. To help achieve the largescale house building envisaged by John Prescott's sustainable communities plan, it has adapted the principles of its Stirling Prize-shortlisted BedZED development to ZEDinaBox - a range of standard housing types for use by the volume housebuilders.
  • Animal house

    As we come to appreciate more about the habits and behaviour of animals, the enclosures that we consider suitable at zoos become both larger and less intrusive. The forerunner of such projects was London Zoo's Snowden Aviary, but there have been great advances in both technology and behaviour studies since then. One of the latest schemes is at Burger's Zoo in Arnheim, The Netherlands, where architect Officium Design Engineering of Stuttgart, Germany, has designed an enclosure for leopards and
  • Anshen Dyer hospital under threat after fresh cost scrutiny

    Alarm over the 'affordability' of Anshen Dyer's mammoth £422 million PFI project at the Manchester Royal Infirmary has left the future of the scheme in doubt.
  • Architecture with a humanitarian conscience

    enda
  • BARBICAN 'UGLIEST BUILDING'

    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.
  • Battersea on world danger list

    The World Monuments Fund (WMF) has included Battersea Power Station on its list of 100 most endangered sites in a bid to speed up renovation of the building.
  • Bristol Piers

    astragal
  • CABE design committee urges Allenby/Connaught to soldier on

    CABE has asked Allenby/Connaught to make the extra effort to 'push the model of army life' at its Rushmoor army barracks scheme.
  • Cedric Price Memorial competition

    Cedric Price, who died this summer, influenced architectural thinking across the world. The AJ has launched an ideas competition as a tribute both to him and to his way of thinking.
  • Comfort zone

    building study
  • Complementary health

    people
  • Correction

    Letters
  • diary

    London
  • Do melted robe-clad barristers muster a sense of occasion?

    legal matters
  • Doubts raised over PFI dependency as Blair opens Bexley Academy

    Foster and Partners' Bexley Business Academy opened last week with an official launch by Tony Blair, as the debate on the government's procurement strategies for school buildings rages on. Bexley is the latest in a serious of city academies from designers including Richard Rogers Partnership, Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects and Aedas. Twelve have opened, a further 25 are at planning stage, with at least 50 in total envisaged within the next four years.
  • Draft agreement brings Euro-Chinese recognition closer

    The prospect of a mutual recognition agreement between the architects of Europe and China moved a step closer last week with a drafted agreement.
  • Foster in search of education gold

    Foster and Partners has launched a concerted campaign to take advantage of the government-led boom in education buildings.
  • Gift of the gab

    review
  • Grab your coat, and score

    Pre-coated finishes, once seen only on 'big shed' projects, are now finding their way into more small-scale applications In previous issues we have touched on finishes that are either post-applied (ie after construction) or an integral part of the chemical composition of the metal (eg stainless steel).
  • Hidden costs behind Holyrood exposed as projected price soars

    The Scottish Executive has been forced to reveal the hidden details of the cost escalation on RMJM's Holyrood parliament building.
  • House rules

    astragal
  • Housing schemes in the last-chance saloon

    Letters
  • Inspectors set to agree timescales at the outset of all appeals

    Massive delays on planning appeal decisions will soon be a thing of the past, the boss of the Planning Inspectorate has pledged.
  • Island in the sun for Alsop and co

    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.
  • It all stacks up

    Its version of the white box on stilts presented Springett Mackay with a number of challenging engineering problems
  • King Zog!

    astragal
  • LASDUN CAMPUS LISTING

    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.
  • Less is poor

    astragal
  • MAKE A SPLASH IN SALFORD

    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.
  • MANCHESTER LANDMARK OK

    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.
  • Meaning less

    astragal
  • Metal Works

    One of the problems with designing housing is that we all have experience of one sort of provision or another. I have yet to meet the architect who spent their youth in a yurt.
  • 'Misleading' letter confuses country house issue

    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.
  • NIEMEYER PAVILION SOLD

    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.
  • No fresh insights on the life of Joseph Paxton

    Letters
  • No smoke

    astragal
  • Old building, new identity as the digital age stimulates the senses

    The opposite to a plan is an outcome. If we put a number of outcomes together we can predict the future without planning it. In this sense today's planning applications are requests for outcomes, because outcomes render plans unnecessary and are themselves the true structures of the future.
  • On the Stirling trail

    Judging for this year's Stirling Prize, sponsored by the AJ, is under way. The judges visited all the shortlisted buildings last week, accompanied by a film crew from Channel 4.
  • Pocket handkerchief

    Architect Mary Thum Associates has won planning permission for a residential scheme in Great Turnstile, WC1. The street is a pedestrian passage between Lincoln's Inn Fields and High Holborn, only 3m wide with little natural light.Working for developer Cube City Properties, the architect is replacing a five-storey concrete office building with a seven-storey 1,300m2 steel-framed structure.There will be nine flats on floors one to three, a penthouse on the fourth and fifth floors, and offices o
  • Prefabrication grows up

    Peabody Trust's commitment to improving construction efficiency has led to its second major off-site housing development The government is championing modular construction as a key solution to the UK's housing shortage. If that is to be the case, a major market is likely to be in high-density, urban developments where both speed of construction and minimising disruption are deciding factors.
  • products

    BAGGERIDGE BRICK AJ ENQUIRY NO: 201 Baggeridge Brick, the UK's leading independent manufacturer of clay bricks and pavers, and garden designer Ian Shooter received a Silver Gilt Medal from the judges at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show for their stunning Sunflower Street garden. This is the second year in succession that Baggeridge and Ian Shooter have had success. The partnership won a Gold Medal in 2002.
  • Q&A: Nicholas Colwyn Foulkes - Colwyn Foulkes and Partners

    When and where were you born?
  • Residents to decide fate of Grimshaw's high-rise

    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.
  • ring the changes

    astragal
  • Small minds think alike

    Whatever happened to universal provision, and is community-led regeneration, in fact, anti-democratic?
  • SUSTAINABILITY KNOW-HOW

    Corus and The Architects'Journal are to hold a series of free seminars on sustainability. Hosted by the AJ's Paul Finch, they will include presentations from experts in the industry.Seminars will take place in Bristol (9 October), Oxford (16 October), Glasgow (23 October), Belfast (11 November), Dublin (13 November) and Liverpool (20 November). To reserve a seat email sue. benson@corusgroup. com
  • Terminal Five

    A trial run of Richard Rogers Partnership's Heathrow Terminal Five has been taking shape in a field in North Yorkshire.During the past six months, the design team has been assembling a replica section of the roof and elevation to identify potential problems before beginning on site in November. The £4 million structure, which will be reassembled as part of the final building, helped the team resolve more than 160 issues and offers a glimpse of how the building will look when it opens in
  • The dream's disappointment at the picture perfect

    I have on two previous summer occasions attempted to describe a view. I am not sure about the success of the previous two attempts but, undeterred, I will try again.
  • The symbol life

    review
  • Towers at risk from Shanghai ban

    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.
  • Tradition is dead. Long live democracy

    Letters
  • Tube B, but not Tube A

    technical & practice
  • Underdog success in Liverpool fight

    A relatively unknown practice has seen off some of the UK's largest offices to win an interview competition for the renovation of Liverpool City Library.
  • URL guerrillas and a site for sore drives

    webwatch
  • Visionary architecture needs more than friends in high places

    editorial
  • vital statistics

    A new survey carried out for the Daily Telegraph has found that 67 per cent of UK voters believe the Labour government's record spending on police, education and health will result in 'no discernible improvement' in public services.
  • who said what

    'We wanted it to look cuddly and friendly like a bouncy dog. It wants you to play with it' Colin Fournier on his and Peter Cook's Kunsthaus Graz, now just open.
  • WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY

    Window manufacturer Crittall is holding a £10,000 architectural competition for the best new-build and refurbishment projects using Crittall steel windows.Architects have until the end of 2003 to register, with the award in spring 2004.Winning entries will be published in a supplement in The Architects'Journal.Contact John Pyatt, managing director of Crittall Windows, tel 01376 324106, or email hq@crittall-windows. co. uk
  • Winter wonderland

    John Winter's latest house recalls the ideas of Frank Lloyd Wright yet satisfies the Building Regulations
  • working details: A timber roof with stainless steel shingles

    The centre is a single-storey building with a 10m-high tower on the north-west corner next to the main entrance. The tower is LVL (laminated veneer lumber) structure clad with render. The external walls are of conventional cavity brickwork construction; the roof takes the form of a series of semi-folded plates, clad with stainless steel shingles, which oversail the walls, in some cases by almost 3 metres.
  • Yellow press

    astragal
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