Issue : 28 April 2005
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AA names final shortlist for chairSubscription
The Architectural Association (AA) has announced the final shortlist for its new chair, in the week that fears have been voiced over the 'unsafe'selection process.
These new images show Will Alsop's £40 million art space The Public, in West Bromwich, which is due to open early next year. Clad in aluminium and studded with jelly-bean shaped windows, the arts centre will provide the focus for a £450 million regeneration of the town. The project will focus on creative business support, community investment and creative learning. It is funded by a partnership between the Government Office for the West Midlands through the European Regional ...
Secrecy surrounds falling window at Swiss ReSubscription
An explanation is still not forthcoming as to why a window at the top of Norman Foster's Swiss Re building fell out, almost two weeks after the glass panel plummeted 120m to the floor.
Buildings in Bristol by Fitzroy Robinson and Stride Treglown have been revealed as the tip of the iceberg, as the scourge of concrete cancer creeps across south-west England.
AJ 100 ANNIVERSARY DINNERSubscription
This year the AJ will mark the 10th anniversary of the AJ100 with a special celebratory dinner and award ceremony at London's Savoy Hotel on 11 May. For more information and table reservations, telephone Raine Davies on 0207 505 8314 or email raine. davies@emap. com
POLICE MEMORIAL UNVEILEDSubscription
The Queen has unveiled a new National Police Memorial on The Mall in London, designed by Foster and Partners. The memorial takes the form of a black granite-clad tablet, with a glass chamber set into its face containing a book listing every British police officer killed in the course of duty.
GO-AHEAD FOR GALLERYSubscription
Westminster council's planning committee granted planning permission for the Serpentine Gallery's 2005 pavilion last Wednesday (20 April). The scheme, which is being developed by lvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura with Cecil Balmond, will sit in front of the gallery in London's Hyde Park.
CANADA LOOKS TO BRITSSubscription
Both Zaha Hadid and Alsop and Partners have been shortlisted in the competition to design the new Edmonton Art Gallery in Canada.
BID TO SPEED UP TOWERSubscription
The archaically titled Grand Court of Watmore, a lesser known branch of the Corporation of London's organisation, has launched a bid to speed up the building of Grimshaw's Minerva Tower. It has called on the corporation's planning committee to demand that the developer start on site, or, at the least, pay up for the Section 106 agreement.
'Don't trust Tories' says HowarthSubscription
The outgoing chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Architecture has issued a clarion call for the architectural community to vote Labour.