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Architects Journal
4 September 2003

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  • A study in scarlet

  • A surefire way to kick the ARB into touch

  • ar+d seeks entries

    Now in its fifth year, the ar+d award for emerging architecture is the world's most prestigious award for young architects, offering a £10,000 prize and the chance to lecture at the RIBA.
  • Art of cost control

    A top-class team of speakers will address an AJ conference, 'Reducing the Cost of Building', taking place in London on Wednesday 24 September.
  • Bending the rules

    A team of architecture and engineering students at the University of East London (UEL) has created a unique new structure out of a rather unusual building material. The 3m high slender saddlebacked arch recently unveiled on the waterfront of UEL's Docklands campus is made from individually shaped curved concrete tiles created from sewage sludge.
  • Best of the year shortlisted for the RIBA's special awards

    The RIBA has named the projects shortlisted for this year's special prizes. The shortlists were drawn from the 70 RIBA award-winning buildings for 2003. The winners will be announced on 11 October at the presentation of the RIBA Stirling Prize in association with the AJ at the science centre Explore@Bristol. See next week's AJ for the Stirling shortlist
  • Big players line up for tilt at designing new Glasgow bridge

    A glittering line-up is to battle it out for the chance to design a new bridge over the River Clyde in Glasgow.

    The secretaries of state for culture and education have launched an initiative that aims to encourage the use of the built environment as an educational tool.Tessa Jowell and Charles Clarke have set up a joint education and culture advisory committee - under the chairmanship of Gillian Wolfe - to advise them on how to promote the urban environment as an educational resource.
  • Cast in Concrete

    Precast concrete is a unique building material; it combines the visual qualities of a good stone with the advantages of prefabrication, opportunities for fabric energy storage and a solidity and strength that recall traditional concepts of enclosure.
  • Cast in. . .

  • Clad tidings for Newcastle

    Trent Concrete has negotiated a £1.32 million follow-on cladding contract for an extension to the Citygate development in Newcastle upon Tyne, designed by Ryder. The client was keen to involve the same team again following its successful work on the previous phase. The extension continues the six-storey office building and seven-storey residential development on St James Boulevard opposite the Newcastle United football stadium.
  • Clean living

    building study
  • Climate of change

    Environmental concerns are never far from the surface.
  • Closure at Cambridge brings shame on us all

  • competitions

  • Compromise, not conflict, could hold the key to Liverpool's future

  • Creative thinker

    Having guided Manchester to Commonwealth Games success, Sue Woodward is relishing her role as creative director for Liverpool's Capital of Culture events
  • Curzon Square

    This £100 million office development in London's Curzon Square, originally by Michael Hopkins and Partners, officially opened yesterday (Wednesday).Along with commercial office space, it encompasses a residential development of 24 new apartments and two mansion houses.The 7,500m2 office overlooks a new square, also designed as part of the project, which is open to the public. It is the first new public space in the Mayfair Conservation Area for more than 100 years and will be serviced by
  • Demolition order looms large over swathes of Lutyens' New Delhi

    Western conservationists have reacted with horror at plans to demolish a vast swathe of Sir Edwin Lutyens' New Delhi complex.
  • DeMontfort has done many of us credit

  • diary


    Welcome to the reinstated published version of Concrete Quarterly.Back in printed form by popular demand and issued as part of the launch of The Concrete Centre, the new UK development organisation for concrete, CQ will act as a conduit for concrete excellence. It will highlight both design vision and construction flair, supported by technical know-how. In addition, there will be opinion pieces by key industry figures on successful concrete projects and a round-up of news and events.For all y

  • Filigree writ large in the urban web

  • Frank Lloyd was always Wright - even from beyond the grave

    Once upon a time - 17 October 1956 in Chicago City Hall to be exact - mayor Richard Daley presided over an unusual ceremony. He declared that from that day forth, 17 October should be known as Frank Lloyd Wright Day. The eponymous Wright, not to be outdone by the mayor, used the occasion to explode a bombshell in the world of architecture by unveiling a huge model of his now famous Mile High Illinois skyscraper - a project for a giant 500-storey, 1.2 million m 2tower complete with helicopter
  • Gummer calls on architects to join country house battle

    Former Tory environment minister John Gummer has stepped up the campaign to stop the government abandoning the PPG 7 country house clause.
  • Hamilton leads the way for Alsop in Barnsley

    Hamilton Associates has won an invited competition to design the first phase of Will Alsop's masterplan for Barnsley.
  • Hidden depths

  • High-strength mix on a spiral of success

  • Home grown

  • Housing takes on 21-century form

    The government is calling for a 21st-century housing stock, housebuilders want 21stcentury levels of building efficiency, and homeowners are demanding 21st-century standards of comfort.
  • How do the retail kings fare as supporters of good design?

    I have often talked about the threat of risk in our society and how it militates against architectural innovation and new thinking; and the rise of the project manager and the QS whose prime responsibility is to stem the notion of pushing at the edges. They do this by overpricing elements that, as yet, have not been properly exposed to analysis - evidence that Thatcher's, and now Blair's, children are ultra-conservative and see only profit as the prime objective. I am therefore interested in
  • In the pink

  • In tune with the zips, clicks, TIPs and all that Jaz

  • Inside story

    Cox Bulleid Architects has taken an unremarkable five-storey house in west London and significantly reordered it to make a striking, modern family home

    Katherine Vaughan Williams (née Shonfield), architect, writer and former AJ columnist, died on Tuesday.A service will be held at St Andrew's Church, Barnsbury, on Wednesday 10 September. Call 020 7505 6709 for details.An obituary will be in next week's AJ.

    Every year the summer season brings not only Wimbledon but also the arrival of the Netherland's Architectural Year Book. This year, one is increasingly aware that concrete is, more than ever, being hidden behind the more complex, aesthetically baroque, compositions of contemporary architecture's dramatised skins. The Netherlands is, surprisingly, learning to show off. Are we seeing the return of ornament; a new kind of narcissism? Sensational design is the new paradigm. The lamentable conditi

    A consortium including Penoyre & Prasad and Buschow Henley has won preferred bidder status for the Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow LIFT.
  • Light relief

  • Light therapy

  • Living with the machine

    technical & practice

    A series of film screenings at Modern buildings across London are taking place from 13-21 September as part of the London Open House festival.The Wild Walls London season will include films exploring the highs and lows of Modernism at sites including Lubetkin's Penguin Pool at the London Zoo and Lasdun's Royal College of Physicians in Regent's Park.For more information about the series go to www. londonopenhouse. org
  • New material

  • Opposition mounting to Liverpool heritage bid

    A group representing Liverpool's business community has attacked plans to turn much of the city's riverfront into a World Heritage Site.
  • Paper chase

  • products

    CEMBRIT BLUNN AJ ENQUIRY NO: 201 Cembonit cladding panels from Cembrit Blunn were used at the new Chinese Mission Centre in Milton Keynes to create a building with a natural but modern look. The external walls of the building were designed to be prefabricated off site. The Cembonit panels were ideal for this as they could be cut and drilled to the correct dimensions beforehand, making them easy to install on site without the need for highly skilled labour.
  • Q&A: Anthony Hudson Hudson Architects

    When and where were you born?
  • ring the changes


    RMJM has just completed this new research institute for the University of East Anglia (UEA).

    In situ concrete has been used to create this boarded column and intriguing window detail on a house in the Grenadine Islands by Cullum and Nightingale. The building sits among coconut trees and, to increase the feeling of connection with the exterior, the architect has cast imprints of palm fronds against the undersides of the slabs, creating unusually decorated ceilings.
  • Sainsbury Centre is still a source of pleasure

  • Southwark leaves Ritchie fuming

    Ian Ritchie Architects' scheme for a 'cluster of mini-towers' on London's Potters' Fields drew a volley of criticism on Monday evening before being thrown out by Southwark council's planning committee.
  • Spanish factory puts on a show

    It seems there can be no escape from the concrete jungle, writes Terri Whitehead. In sleepy San Sebastian, Spain, a beautiful drive from nearby Bilbao, there is an unusual museum devoted to the history and architectural potential of concrete.
  • Thinking big

    Murphy/Jahn's Post Tower in Bonn - a highly environmental building with a concrete frame and glass skin, shown above, is one of the latest crop of innovative tall buildings.
  • Thirty years of selling out to the economists

  • Time waits for no plans

    The 'success' of planning targets, so trumpeted by government, may be down to local authorities automatically rejecting applications simply to meet their goals - sending good schemes back to the drawing board, writes David Taylor
  • TV's Restoration is to be encouraged

  • Value added

  • Victory for Twentieth Century Society as Erskine's Byker is listed

    Ralph Erskine's Byker Estate looks set to win listed status and protection against piecemeal demolition.
  • vital statistics

    The government is celebrating the construction of the Greenwich Millennium Village's 400th new dwelling.
  • Where do you draw the line when policing the professions?

    legal matters
  • while there's trouble brewing in Paradise Street for BDP scheme

    BDP's massive £750 million plans for the redevelopment of the Paradise Street area of Liverpool - the city's biggest regeneration project to date - have hit the rails as local opposition grows.
  • who said what

    'Does a barber cut his own hair?'
  • Wood For Good student competition

  • WORKING DETAILS A screen of concrete mullions and louvres

    The new building consists of two nine-storey wings of office space fanning out from a central core; the space between forms a curved glass-roofed atrium opening on to Holborn Circus.
  • working details: Timber louvre shutters to a glazed timber-framed wall

    The two-storey house is L-shaped in plan, creating a private courtyard. Although the walls generally comprise a double skin of cast in situ concrete, the two walls that face the courtyard are largely glazed, with windows at first floor level and glazed doors at ground floor level.
  • Wrong call

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