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Architects Journal
8 July 2004

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    Last week's dinner to celebrate the AJ/Bovis Awards for the best architecture at the Royal Academy took place in the galleries
  • Alsop dismayed as council opts for 'overly commercial' developers

    Will Alsop has warned that Barnsley council is risking the future of his practice's masterplan, which proposes the transformation of the town into a Yorkshire version of Lucca in Tuscany.
  • Bumper shortlist for PM's Better Public Building Award

    Judges have announced a shortlist from a record level of entries to the coveted Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award, sponsored by CABE.
  • Census snapshot leads the way to the population revolving door

    A few years back the infatuation with all things urban was raging like a forest fire. Competition to be the first to agree with everybody else about it was causing sleep deprivation on a massive scale. Of course, there was nowhere for this obsession to go but into the slush pile of disappointment, but that never stopped anybody from riding a trend to the bitter end. So done and dusted was the obsession with having everybody live in Friends-type, New York-style loft apartments that many urbani
  • Completely Frank

    For many years the Robie House in Chicago stood altered and neglected but now the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust is restoring it, to present it to the public as it was when built
  • Council lashes out as estate upgrade sparks controversy

    Camden council has attacked the Twentieth Century Society for attempting to block urgent renovation to one of its post-war housing estates without properly inspecting the site.
  • Council pledges to win Bath Spa costs

    The local councillor responsible for Grimshaw's controversial Bath Spa project has vowed to win back the overspend through the courts.
  • diary


    CABE has appointed the AJ's Paul Finch as interim chairman while it hunts for a permanent successor to Stuart Lipton, who formally stepped down this week. The fulltime position is expected to be advertised by the end of July.
  • Flight of fantasy

    interiors In Tokyo, designer Hussein Chalayan's first shop, by Block Architecture, gives a narrative edge to a cool interior

    Foster and Partners has confirmed that it is no longer working on the 35-storey Resnick Tower in New York, a controversial residential development three blocks north of the Ground Zero site. The practice decided to resign from the scheme after it became embroiled in discussions with the city council and local authorities.
  • Gamma blockers

  • GreenSpec not keen on Lyall's grumpy old man

  • Home crowd

  • Iconoclastic

  • Icons are sold, not made, so should we buy into building more?


    The continuing financial problems of construction firm Jarvis are likely to damage the workloads of architects specialising in education. The government and the Local Government Association have both expressed concern that many PFI and LIFT schemes may face collapse if Jarvis goes under.
  • Lines of enquiry

    Beyond the Drawing: New Dimensions in Architectural Representation
  • Looking for Mr Wright and the summer of scam

  • Material benefits

    technical & practice
  • New CABE chief's past under fire

    A shadow has been cast over the appointment of CABE's new chief executive Richard Simmons following government criticism of his high-profile Hoxton regeneration push.
  • Our friends, neighbours and cat-sitters alike

  • Over the moon

  • people & practices

  • Present company

  • Pringle crowned RIBA president

    Jack Pringle has won the race to become the next president of the RIBA.
  • products

    POLYPIPE BUILDING PRODUCTS AJ ENQUIRY NO: 201 Polypipe Building Products of Doncaster has launched a new 450mm-diameter manhole cover and frame. Manufactured in polypropylene, this extremely strong and robust yet lightweight cover complies with Approved Document H of the Building Regulations, which stipulates that inspection chambers should have removable non-ventilating covers. Polypipe's manhole cover can also be secured with three screws to deter unauthorised access and is suitable for dri
  • Profession needs a wakeup call over PFI problems

  • Q & A Larry Oltmanns Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

    When and where were you born?
  • RIP RRP?

  • Rogers MD Marco Goldschmied declares retirement rumours true

    Marco Goldschmied has confirmed that he has left the Richard Rogers Partnership (RRP). The firm's former managing director has told the AJ that he retired from the practice on 30 June.
  • Shuttleworth stunned by Vortex's 'clear similarity' to Kobe Tower

    MAKE boss Ken Shuttleworth has expressed surprise at the striking similarity between his proposed Vortex Tower in the City of London and the distinctive Port of Kobe Tower in Japan.

    An inquiry into Southwark council's planning procedures by its Overview and Scrutiny Committee, following the suspension of two senior planners earlier this year (AJ 10.6.04), is due to put its recommendations before the full council this week. It is expected to accept the recommendations of April's District Auditors' report.

    James Curtis designed the Lea Fishery as a third-year project at Oxford Brookes University, under the supervision of Simon Herron and Susanne Isa.Described as 'a move towards an almost forgotten future', it addresses the fact that, as the human population of the Lea Valley increases, the fish population depletes, its disappearance being barely visible.Mundane modellings of suburban structures are put in place for humans, while fishermen observe shoal locations.
  • Taming those troublesome icons

    In his opening speech at the AJ/Bovis Awards, Graham Morrison criticised the public's relentless appetite for iconic architecture and offered a new definition of the 'bad icon'
  • The history man

  • the ones that got away

  • The RIBA must wage war on glaring procurement flaws

    'Good clients = good architecture', the RIBA's Dublin conference title, is a safe statement of the obvious.The title also oversimplifies: good clients help make good architecture, but you also need good planners, good constructors and, of course, good architects.
  • Understanding Ernö

    Ernö Goldfinger: The Life of an Architect By Nigel Warburton. Routledge, 2004. £30
  • Victory in our sites

    As we enter the latest phase of public consultation over London's Olympic Games bid for 2012, Ed Dorrell meets Jason Prior, regional vice-principal of EDAW, the project's lead consultant, to find out whether the capital should brace itself for a fate wors
  • vital statistics

    Nearly 12 per cent of all new homes under construction in Scotland are self-built schemes, amounting to more than 20,000 individually designed homes every year.One in four detached houses is now the result of a self-build project.
  • 'Wacky' Alsop is perfect for progressive Toronto

  • 'We shows results where possible, ' says the RIBA

  • who said what

    'A bore of a building that wants you to think it's having fun. This is architecture as novelty prize marrow'
  • Winners and losers in the adjudicators' generation game

    legal matters
  • Worlds apart

    American Architecture By David P Handlin. Thames & Hudson, 2004. 304pp. £9.95
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