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Architects Journal
6 November 2003

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  • A Soane and Dance

    Architecture Unshackled: George Dance the Younger 1741-1825 At Sir John Soane's Museum, 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2, until 3 January 2004
  • All the news

  • Alsop's Liverpool 'cloud' wins EU cash injection

    Alsop Architects' proposals for a Fourth Grace on Liverpool's waterfront received a major cash boost this week with the announcement of new European Union funding.
  • An East Anglian icon in need of definition

    You refer to an 'Icon wanted in East Anglia' (AJ 23.10.03).
  • Archaos sets education agenda for next student forum

    Student body Archaos has set the date for its next student forum to discuss the theme 'education'. The conference, to be held in London, will take place on 28 November.
  • Architects appeal

    Changes in appeal procedures mean that architects will have to play a dangerous game with their clients' time and money
  • Arup lets the music play in China

    A legend of two friends united by their love of music is the inspiration behind Arup Associates' proposal for a new performing arts centre in China.
  • BCO's new guide is fighting fit

    The long-awaited British Council for Offices (BCO) Fit-out Guide was launched this week.
  • Bennetts Associates

    Bennetts Associates has won a RIBA competition to design a commercial office development for Blackpool's Peel Park. The London-based practice saw off John McAslan + Partners, Sheppard Robson and Allies and Morrison in the last round.
  • Berlage's enduring masterpiece would have made the wrong headline news

    Reading the Masters of Building on Berlage's Beurs (pages 36-51), it is immediately apparent just how many unfavourable headlines the project would have generated had it been constructed today. First, there is the failed competition. After an initial submission in 1884, five practices were invited to enter the final round the following year ('Architects slate mayor as Beurs is dogged by indecision'). Second, there is the way in which the commission was eventually bestowed.When plans to build
  • Black street boys

    A groundbreaking community initiative in Bristol indentifies 'black streets' - the huge areas of tarmac-covered wasteland that carve up so many of our city centres - as the key to regeneration. Could this become a model for urban neighbourhoods blighted by a legacy of past planning mistakes?
  • Brits make headway to rebuild Iraq

    British architects are gearing up to win major schemes in the postwar reconstruction effort in Iraq.
  • Busy future

  • Can the architect's art afford to be about beauty and style?

    Picasso said to Jean Cocteau: 'Technique is that which one cannot have.'

  • competitions

  • Consumer durables

    Gothic: Art for England 1400-1547 At the Victoria and Albert Museum, London SW7, until 18 January 2004 Gothic: Art for England 1400-1547 At the Victoria and Albert Museum, London SW7, until 18 January 2004
  • Counting the cost of a penchant for prefab

    In your coverage of Fielden Clegg Bradley's recently completed project for the Peabody Trust at Lillie Road ('Matter of Trust', AJ 16.10.03) you state that the main effect of the prefabrication has been in the compromised planning of the two-storey town houses. This is apparent, but I would say that the main effect of prefabrication in most cases, and in this case especially, is significantly increased cost compared with traditional construction. We have recently completed newbuild residentia

  • diary

    London Outreach: Design Ideas for a Mobile Health Clinic 6 November-6 December.An exhibition at the RIBA,66 Portland Place, W1 (020 7307 3888).
  • dRMM: do you remember the first time?

    In response to queries about No 1 Centaur Street's eligibility for the AJ First Building Prize, de Rijke Marsh Morgan has confimed that at its earlier project, Moshi Moshi Sushi, 'the existing octagonal foundations, columns and roof of an obsolete cafe were reconfigured into a square plan pavilion with the same footprint' and that, therefore, this was not a new-build but 'a (radical) remodelling of a 1980s building'.
  • Equality lobby hits out at ad casting 'stereotype'

    A war of words has broken out between the RIBA's equal opportunities lobby and a London-based casting agent. Both Architects for Change (AfC) and the Society of Black Architects (SOBA) are 'furious'with Heather March Casting after it specified a 'Caucasian' to pose as an architect in a new campaign.

  • Foreign exchange (1 of 2)

    One hundred years since it was built, Berlage's Beurs in Amsterdam has a new role as a cultural centre.But its treatment of structure and decoration is still exemplary
  • Foreign exchange (2 of 2)

    One hundred years since it was built, Berlage's Beurs in Amsterdam has a new role as a cultural centre.But its treatment of structure and decoration is still exemplary
  • Foster wins £1.2bn Beijing air terminal

    China's airport authorities have chosen designs by a Foster and Partners-led consortium in the competition for a new £1.2 billion terminal at Beijing International Airport.
  • Foster's fortune


  • Hardwood a hard choice for the environment

    I read your article 'Clean living' (AJ 4.9.03) on Azman Owens Architects' courtyard house with concern. The article was full of admirable architectspeak and original ideas, but gave no indication of the source of the large volumes of hardwood used. At a time when the rainforests producing this wood are being systematically ravaged by both legal and illegal loggers, it appears to me to be highly irresponsible (especially towards the generation of those children for whom provision is made in th
  • Height fears flatten Farrell's Lots Road project

    Terry Farrell's troubled scheme to redevelop Lots Road Power Station has suffered another blow with a fresh refusal from planners.
  • Here in spirit

  • Iconic power station loved by locals

    Simon Legg's letter (AJ 23.10.03) asserts that Battersea Power Station's condition of partial ruin is a matter of no concern to the Battersea residents. I do not know how extensive his survey has been but, speaking as one Battersea resident, I believe that it should be a concern to us all. In fact, I chose my flat partly because of its view of the power station.
  • LDA Olympic design talks under way

    The London Development Agency is to consult 400,000 east Londoners over plans to transform the Lower Lea Valley into the 2012 Olympic Games site.
  • Money talks


  • New £32 million Foster city academy planned for Peterborough

    Foster and Partners is set to build another of the government's exemplar 'City Academies', following on from projects in London's Bexley and Brent.
  • NY governor calls on architects to end World Trade Center wrangling

    The governor of New York has called on Daniel Libeskind and SOM's David Childs to stop squabbling over the site of the World Trade Center .
  • NY, London, Paris Baghdad

    When is a war zone not a war zone? When it's a city in peacetime. We explore a new interpretation of urban conflict
  • Once bitten, the burden of proof lies with the claimant

    The relentless slog of training as a pupil barrister with a busy construction pupil master had its occasional moments of levity.

    In last year's issue of 2G devoted to the work of Abalos & Herreros, Cedric Price picked out the practice's recycling plant near Madrid as one of the few things that had really struck him in architecture of late. 'They designed it as if it were the first cathedral that had ever been built. So that meant it had to be designed with fresh ideas about everything they were doing, ' said Price. Recent projects by Abalos & Herreros feature in an exhibition, 'Contemporary Techniques = New Landscapes'
  • Park life

    Julia Thrift, director of CABE offshoot CABE Space, is on a mission: to raise the public's awareness of England's urban parks and public spaces - and to dramatically improve them Julia Thrift has a big job on her hands. The director of CABE Space has been working from the government quango's dreary Waterloo offices for just five months. But already she knows there is a lot to do to get England's parks and green spaces up to scratch, and their importance etched onto the public's subconscious.
  • people & practices

  • Prescott exclusivity is a fear for the future

    The original regeneration debate backed by the Task Force seems now to be evolving into the Housing of the Future debate with the advent of the London corridor developments. While this is one of a variety of options John Prescott is pursuing for all the wrong reasons, recent reports in your magazine suggest a 'free for all'may occur.
  • Press 'press' for press and watch this space

    Any right-minded architect would have designed the grimmest interiors possible for Big Brother ARB to carry out its dementedly ambitious dealings.Young practice de Rijke Marsh Morgan patently hadn't when it made over the Hallam Street bunker. So, as a matter of solidarity, I resisted colleagues blandishments to take a dekko at the practice's website at www. drmm. co. uk.The big attraction to these supporters was the home page where two horizontal boards of simulated timber slid up and down to
  • Prize threat

  • Q & A Roger Hawkins Hawkins\Brown

    When and where were you born?
  • Quakers question the 'Paradise' of BDP's Liverpool masterplan

    The Religious Society of Friends has joined the band of Liverpoolbased organisations objecting to BDP's massive £750 million proposals for the redevelopment of the city's Paradise Street.
  • RIBA agreement to give year-out students a major boost in income

    The RIBA and its student off-shoot Archaos have agreed a new increased 'minimum wage' for students taken on by practices in their year out.
  • ring the changes


  • Rogers on the regeneration road to Wembley

    The Richard Rogers Partnership has submitted these plans for the £1 billion regeneration of the area surrounding Foster and Partners' new Wembley Stadium.
  • Sign of four

  • Site 'key' to Holyrood cost farce

    The key to the escalating cost of the new Scottish parliament lies in the earliest decision to pick the Holyrood site, the investigation into the fiasco heard this week.

  • Split personality

    &\also - hawkins\brown Black Dog Publishing, 2003. £24.95

    This is the first in a weekly display of student work, sponsored by Students'Union, a new service for students set up by architectural hardware specialist Union in association with The Architects' Journal. Its website, at www. students-union. net, provides a wide range of information aimed at students, from event listings and lecture reviews to travel hints and tips and in-depth technical briefing.You will also find the latest news about what is going on in schools.The first 500 students to r
  • The Health and Safety Executive

    The Health and Safety Executive has appointed Cartwright Pickard Architects to design its new £34 million headquarters in Bootle, Liverpool. The 30,000m 2scheme - part of a Kajyama Partnership-led Private Finance Initiative proposal - aims to achieve a 'strong and distinctive identity that reflects the culture of the HSE and its commitment to excellence'. The drum-shaped building is designed around an internal street and will house office space, conference rooms and training facilities.
  • Thinking of a five-star future

    Paul Finch gets to grips with 'Thinking outside the box', the European hotel design and management conference held at the Royal Lancaster in London last week
  • Today's information overload that spelled the end of an interface

    I grew up in the information age. Not necessarily the knowledge age, I agree, but certainly the age of data. I can distinctly remember the smouldering argument over how the word 'data' should be pronounced, and whether it was singular or plural. To say DAHTA in those days was to be determinedly patriotic, whereas to say DAYTA was to be currying favour with the Yanks. As we all know, the Yanks won in the end, which was only fair as they invented the typewriter, the first word processor.

    ACAPAG - the Association of Consulting Architects'planning advisory group - convened last month to respond to the ODPM's proposed changes to PPG 3: Housing, which I considered here last month. In an admirably concise letter, chairman Andy Rogers summed up: 'In our view, the questions appended to the consultation are both loaded and irrelevant, leaving us with the distinct impression that this is a pretend 'tick-box'consultation and that our opinions will make no difference. Tinkering with PPG
  • Ushida Findlay joins Maggie's 'starchitects'

    Ushida Findlay Architects has joined the ranks of Frank Gehry and Richard Rogers by agreeing to design a Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre.
  • V&A stalls on final Pirelli selection

    The Victoria and Albert Museum has delayed a decision on its Pirelli garden competition, sending three of the shortlisted practices back to the drawing board.

  • vital statistics

    lThe ranks of the 'hidden homeless'have reached a new high, according to housing charity Crisis. It believes Britain is currently home to 400,000 'sofa surfers'- people who move from one friend's floor to another as a way of avoiding sleeping rough.
  • Well deserved

  • who said what

    'In a sense, the Farnsworth House has become less a device for living and more a device for making people think about the ways we choose to live. It confronts us with a thought experiment, and an exquisitely imagined one at that' Verlyn Klinkenborg. New York Times, 26.10.03
  • Wilkinson Eyre sows seeds for £24m garden

    Wilkinson Eyre has unveiled plans for a £24 million Botanical Garden, which would enable the public to view Newcastle University's extensive plant collections. The 1ha project within Newcastle's Exhibition Park will include a 'Botanic Bridge' spanning the A167 dual carriageway, with research and educational facilities either side.
  • Wright & Wright Architects

    Wright & Wright Architects has won a competition to design a new undergraduate library for Corpus Christi College in Cambridge.
  • Zaha Hadid speeds ahead with Naples station proposal

    Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled the first images of its proposals for the new Napoli-Afragola High Speed Train Station.
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