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Architects Journal
29 January 2004

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  • A factory facade with recycled glass panels

    working details
  • Age of Enlightenment

  • Airwave presence

  • Alsop's gone - all for one, and one for Allford

  • another small problem with Small Projects

  • Are they Barking mad?

    As the government presses on with its ambitious Thames Gateway housing development, Michael Hammond asks whether enough consideration has been given to the risks of flooding in these days of rising sea levels, global warming, and erratic rainfall
  • Arup enters Camden Tube conflict

    Local campaigners fighting Jestico + Whiles' proposals for Camden Town Tube station have unveiled competing designs by Arup for the site.
  • Beware the data protection scam, and a tip or two

  • Border zone

  • Building societies as safe as houses? Well, not any moreà

    One of the oddest things about the housing problem - another being the uneasy fact that nobody really wants to 'solve' it, or not entirely anyway - is the way that it has turned into a money-lending and money-borrowing business that never gets any nearer to building houses than those little pictures of them that frame the soaring house-price graphs in the newspapers.
  • Class distinction

    With a flurry of planning reports coming in at the end of 2003, we examine some of the key issues
  • Competition winner shunned as Newham chooses runner-up

    Young London practice Piercy Conner was left disappointed this week after being named the winner of a RIBA competition, only to be passed over by the client.
  • competitions


    The RIBA Competitions Committee would like feedback from participants in competitions so it can assess the process. It is keen to hear from those acting in any capacity of good and bad experiences.
  • Debrett's people: here today, gone tomorrow


    Eleven new housing developments across England have been awarded CABE's National Standard for Excellence in Design Quality, including Hamilton Associates'Brewery Square and Feilden Clegg Bradley's Beaufort Court. For a full list of winners visit www. ajplus. co. uk
  • diary

  • Entries invited for 22nd RA Architecture Awards

    The AJ/Bovis Lend Lease Awards, for the best architectural work in the Royal Academy Summer Show, take place again this year. The awards, which have been made annually for the last 21 years, are worth a total of £15,000. The premier prize, for the best piece in the show, is worth £10,000, while a £5,000 prize goes to the best work by a first-time exhibitor. In each case the award will be made for a project rather than a completed building. Winners and a selection of other entri
  • Expensive and excessive - the Autodesk way


    Terry Farrell & Partners has started on site with its plans for a new Consulting and Diagnostic Centre for the London Clinic.
  • Findlay's sea 'slug' plans stalled

    Ushida Findlay's controversial 'slug' proposal for Hastings seafront has fallen victim to bitter wrangling between the two authorities charged with regenerating the rundown East Sussex town.

    Channel Five is set to make a new television series based on the domestic renovation, conversion or restoration of old buildings. It is keen to hear from architects who have taken on a commission to design such a project for families who are leaving more traditional homes. Contact Sarah Corke on 020 7313 8085 or email buildanewlife@yahoo. co. uk

    Four more practices have agreed to work in The Castleford Project, the regeneration initiative that will be televised by Channel 4. Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, McDowell & Benedetti, dsdha and Hudson Architects will oversee the implementation of the masterplan drawn up by Allen Tod and Parklife.
  • Future for King's Cross in doubt

    A government review into the escalating cost of Arup/Allies and Morrison's new ticket hall at London's King's Cross Underground station threatens to destabilise an ambitious regeneration programme for the entire area.
  • Glenn Howells Architects

    Glenn Howells Architects has won planning permission for this 1,800m 2visitor centre in Windsor Great Park's Savill Garden.
  • Government admits case for design in Planning Bill is 'unanswerable'

    Richard Rogers and the RIBA have withdrawn their amendments to the Planning Bill, following a government U-turn last Thursday on the role of 'design' in the reforms.

    John Prescott has withdrawn a holding directive on Grimshaw's Ellipse building for the Royal College of Art after the practice lodged a fresh planning application. The new design attempts to address Westminster Council's concerns over the roof, north elevation and main entrance, and will go before planners next month.
  • Herzog & de Meuron

    Stirling Prize-winner Herzog & de Meuron has designed this 25,000m 2extension to the Walker Art Gallery in Minneapolis. The $67.5 million (£37.2 million) project will double the space available for the multidisciplinary centre, allowing for a substantial increase in the events programmed. It will provide new gallery space, a 385-seat performance space, a film theatre, a series of street-level and roof-top terraces, a library and an education facility. The extension programme will also do
  • Hexagons - we have a problem

  • Hidden talents

  • Hoodwinked

  • hotels offer

    The Architects' Journal has teamed up with Rocco Forte Hotels to bring you the chance to stay at the St David's Hotel & Spa on Cardiff's Millennium Waterfront, Wales' premier five-star hotel, for a fraction of the normal price. The hotel was designed by Patrick Davies Architecture, with interior design by Olga Polizzi, Sir Rocco Forte's sister.
  • House call

  • If experience stifles thought, let us pursue the unexpected

    Last weekend I tested my car with a journey to rural Wiltshire. I was fortunate, having travelled hopefully, that it was even better to arrive, in this case at a listed 14th-century cruck-frame house located in a combe - 'a deep little wooded valley' (Chambers Dictionary).The building was full of the stuff of everyday life, including structural timbers charred by ancient open fires and 14 new windows.Fourteen was a significant number to my hosts, who had experienced considerable difficulties
  • Is the ODPM burying its head in the flood plains over Thames Gateway?

  • Just William

  • M3 looks forward to holidays in eco 'Gro-tels'

    M3 Architects has developed these pod designs in response to a commission from holiday firm Thomson, which asked the practice to 'imagine the hotels of 2024'.
  • Masterplant

    building study

    Any architects who own a microcar, preferably in working order, and are interested in appearing in a book on the subject, should contact katetrant@ktprojects. demon. co. uk
  • Minister encourages ARB debate

    Cabinet office minister Douglas Alexander has written to ARB rebel Ian Salisbury, challenging the profession to draw up its own plans for the reform of the regulator.
  • people & practices

  • Planning fees set to rocket in proposed ODPM reform

    Planning fees could jump by up to 450 per cent if radical plans, officially announced last Friday, get the go-ahead.
  • Play time

  • products

    SEGMENT SYSTEMS AJ ENQUIRY NO: 201 A cutting-edge design and simply the hardest wearing screen of its kind, Space Wave from Segment launches in 2004. Solid 30mm panels come complete with maintenance-free surfaces that will not attract or trap dust particles. Hinged connectivity allows for two, three or four-way applications, giving unrivalled stability. Curved and straight panels, standard colour ways, vision lines, shelving and an optional magnetic wipeboard finish are available. Look out fo
  • Q & A: James Dunnett James Dunnett Architects

    When and where were you born?
  • RIBA and BIAT align their bodies

    The RIBA and the British Institute of Architectural Technologists (BIAT) have agreed to collaborate more closely.

    The RSA's Art for Architecture programme will come to an end in March this year, following its failure to secure CABE funding. The commission has chosen to redirect the cash previously provided for the programme to Public Arts South West, which it says 'is more in keeping with our corporate strategy'.
  • Secret architect joins in battle to save historic Canterbury tannery

    An anonymous architect has drawn up a set of alternative proposals for the controversial St Mildred's Tannery site in Canterbury.
  • Small Projects design proves disappointingà

  • Solid edifice

  • Something for nothing

    A new website offers free CPD for construction professionals. It's in its infancy, but shows promise
  • SOM's plans for Belgian NATO HQ hit by controversial two-year delay

    Plans by SOM's London office for a massive new £300 million NATO headquarters in Belgium have already hit timetabling and design delays.

    Stan Sherrington, the charismatic former head of architecture at South Bank Polytechnic, died on 20 January, aged 60. Sherrington spent five years as personal manager for the singer Mary Hopkin before embarking on his teaching career. There will be an obituary in next week's AJ.
  • Student costs threaten to sell profession short


    Calvin Kwok's School of Sensation was a final-year project for his Part I at Oxford Brookes University.On a site along the congestion-charging zone in Aldgate East, London, the School of Sensation leisure park is about the relationship between perception and space.The building is transmitting a signal, and people are receiving it.Exposing this sensation allows people to experience the site in specific aspects of senses.The lawn is like a skin surface for relaxing and receiving signals, while
  • Taken to task

  • Task group architect issues Communities Plan warning

    The only architect appointed to the government's new Sustainable Housing Task Group (SHTG) has issued a warning over the central pillars of the Communities Plan.
  • The court can put the boot in, but it is not always well placed

    legal matters
  • The Dupont danger and condensation confusion

  • The Most Beautiful Libraries of the World

  • the ones that got away


    Chapman Taylor, ABK and Aukett have made it onto the final shortlist in the competition to design a £25 million mixed-use development on a site adjacent to the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea.
  • Vacant question

  • vital statistics

    The World Wildlife Fund has produced an index measuring the sustainable credentials of the major UK-based housebuilders. Two companies - Countryside Properties and the Berkeley Group - lead the pack with a score of 70 per cent, while the remaining eight lag behind with an average score of 30 per cent.
  • What's my line?

    technical & practice
  • who said what

    'If the bid is successful, the danger is that in the name of speed and efficiency, the doodle turns into what will actually be built' Deyan Sudjic on HOK's 'generic' stadium for London's 2012 Olympic bid. Observer, 25.1.04

    Would you like to produce occasional working details for the AJ? We are searching for an architect to edit around one working detail a month on a freelance basis.
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