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Architects Journal
8 May 2003

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  • and a fitting proposal for a modern landmark

    I am currently in favour of the proposal for the London Bridge Tower to be based on St Thomas Street/London Bridge Station.
  • A beautiful tower, full of style and grace

    I feel the proposed London Bridge Tower would be a welcome addition to London's skyline. It mirrors the traditional spires of the old skyline, but brings the much-loved image to the 21st century.
  • A case of obscure pots and kettles, perhaps?

    John Outram's prose style is so opaque that it took me two very close readings of his epic letter (AJ 17.4.03) to get any sense of what he was talking about. The text was so intensely decorative and so heavily embellished with obscure references that the form of his argument was almost completely lost.
  • A question of sport: top projects under threat as plummeting Lottery ticket sales hits funding

    A raft of high-profile sports projects are under threat from the decline in National Lottery ticket sales. Lottery cash distributor Sport England has confirmed that it is reviewing 'all its current commitments as part of an investigation into cash-saving measures'.
  • A whole tower of trouble in the shadow of Tate Modern

    Despite ticking all the right boxes, the Tate Tower scheme in London will go to inquiry next week. Is it the victim of a 'planning lottery' and emotional opposition, or is it really a 'gross over-development', asks David Taylor
  • Abolition of PPG 7 would damage society, not just the very rich

    It is not too difficult to see why the government might be having cold feet about PPG 7. The legislation, which allows for an isolated new house in the Green Belt to win planning consent provided it is 'truly outstanding'and 'significantly enhances' its surroundings, is simply too easy a target. It is evidence that this is a government which has left its ideals behind; which is happy to create special cases for the most privileged members of society while relegating the rank and file to high-
  • and reveals his dream team from election candidates

    Voting is under way for the next batch of RIBA councillors who will take up their posts in July. Eleven candidates are standing for the six national seats and the closing date for voting is 14 May. Eight regional seats are also being contested. On average only 25 per cent of the membership take part in elections. But RIBA president Paul Hyett appealed to members to vote: 'The elections provide an opportunity to choose the sort of people you want to create the kind of institution you want for
  • Archaic it might be, but the law requires guarantees in writing

    From time to time your friends or colleagues may ask you for a reference for a venture they want to embark upon, or property they want to rent. Usually you give the reference willingly and write fulsomely about their impeccable credentials, valuable personal qualities and tidy habits.
  • Architecture's finest lined up for Stratford City

    Developers Chelsfield and Stanhope have lined up a glittering list of practices to work on designs for their vast £3 billion Stratford City scheme in east London.
  • Autopia: Cars and Culture

    Edited by Peter Wollen and Joe Kerr. Reaktion Books, 2002. 400pp. £25

    Baggeridge Smoked Orange Multi Gilt Stock bricks have been specified by architect Armstrong Burton to build an impressive, high-quality apartment complex for the active retired near Sutton Coldfield. Pegasus Court in Four Oaks is the latest West Midlands flagship development by Pegasus Retirement Homes, a leading provider of premium sheltered accommodation for the retired.
  • Below Ground Level: Creating New Spaces for Contemporary Architecture

    By Ernst von Meijenfeldt. Birkhauser, 2003. 264pp. £42.50 Why don't we build more underground buildings? It seems logical that we should begin to utilise more space, and if towers are de rigueur, then maybe building downwards is the next big thing.
  • Brightoners refuse to gamble on the pier

    I know of a large number of punters in the Brighton/Sussex area who have given up playing the Lottery - not because of the one in 14 million chance of winning, but because Heritage Lottery monies are going to the West Pier, Brighton.
  • Buildings in context

    If you're moving office, home or underground, or simply find urban design moving, then this current crop of books, compiled by Austin Williams, may hold something for you

    The principal event this year to mark the centenary of the birth of Barbara Hepworth is an exhibition of her works at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton Hall, near Wakefield. Small marble carvings are being shown in the Pavilion Gallery, with larger sculptures in bronze and stone in the grounds.
  • Correction

    In the Architech article entitled 'Brave New World' (AJ 17.4.03), the idea for and development of the TTSP intranet should have been attributed to the practice's Aidan Boustred.

    Corus is now offering a newly RIBAaccredited CPD technical seminar Coatings for Metal Roofing & Cladding. Drawing on more than 35 years' experience in the production of coatings for metal roofing and cladding, Corus aims to provide a greater understanding of substrate and coatings technology.
  • diary

    London Bernard Tschumi and Dimitrios Pandermalis Tuesday 13 May,18.30.A discussion at the RIBA,66 Portland Place, W1.Tickets 020 7307 3699.
  • Don't forget the French role in college scheme

    You state that KPF won the commission for its St Anne's College scheme in Oxford through a competition, 'beating off Rick Mather, Hodder Associates, Jeremy Dixon.Edward Jones, Evans and Shalev and Edward Cullinan Architects' (AJ 20.2.03). You omitted Alec French Partnership. This is of concern because the final shortlist of three practices consisted of KPF, Alec French and Dixon.Jones. I would be grateful if you could correct the omission.
  • European Design Since 1985: Shaping the New Century

    The intellectual borders of European design have changed dramatically since 1985, says Max Fraser
  • Evolution of the Porsche 911 is a clear case of genetic engineering

    The first Porsche car I ever saw was a 356. It was during a school trip to France, which included a visit to the Palace of Versailles. The most memorable thing about the day was that silver shape moving slowly past the visitors in the gardens. I ran to see what it was and it drove right past me, its vestigial bumpers seeming only millimetres above the ground, its wheels with their huge chrome hub caps almost completely hidden from view, its air-cooled exhaust note clattering.
  • Ferguson recruits starchitects to fly the flag for the profession

    RIBA president-elect George Ferguson (pictured) has lined up a kitchen cabinet of hard-hitting special advisers to become spokesmen for the profession.
  • Fifty jobs lost in EH cost-cutting

    Stringent cost-cutting measures have forced English Heritage (EH) to make about 50 employees redundant since the beginning of last June.
  • Five easy steps to selling carrots to hungry rabbits

    Occasionally people accuse this column of grumpiness about perfectly innocent architectural websites. It's not exactly untrue - especially when there's good cause to tear one's hair over sites that are innocent of the everyday basics of communications.
  • Flood defences on conference agenda

    New guidance on protection of listed buildings from flooding will be unveiled at the Sixth National Conservation Conference taking place in Birmingham next week.
  • Free expression

    Josef Frank: Life and Work By Christopher Long. Chicago University Press, 2002. £49
  • Gavin Turk

    At the New Art Centre, Roche Court, East Winterslow, near Salisbury, until 13 July
  • Getting Paid: An Architect's Guide to Fee Recovery Claims

    By Nicholas J Carnell and Stephen Yakely, RIBA Enterprises, 2003. 160pp. £20

    Architect Jeffrey Gold's practice, Glass Houses, specialises in every aspect of architecture in glass, and undertakes commissions around the world. A recent one in London involved it in one of the most complex domestic projects it has ever undertaken. The brief was to open up the back of a townhouse, excavating a lower ground floor and external terrace and creating new living space on two levels. Gold developed the design with a series of flowing Art Deco curves.
  • Government to slam door on great country houses

    The government is set to close a planning loophole that has triggered the recent surge in new country houses. A revision of PPG7 will delete a key paragraph that allows for a large house to be built on open countryside where the architecture is of 'outstanding' quality.

    Working with architect FaulknerBrowns of Newcastle, FendorHansen designed, supplied and installed its Fineline internal glazed fire screens to the English Institute of Sport, Manchester.
  • Hot stuff

  • How much history can you get in to a cartoon?

    Young John McKean is right (AJ 1.5.03) (he was even young, if not right, when we worked together at the GLC in the early 1970s). British imperialism invented Iraq, bombed the Kurds for their oil and purloined much of the region's heritage.
  • In pictures: J G Ballard's architectural inspiration

    J G Ballard, who died on 19 April, 2009, was a writer whose controversial work drew inspiration from the built environment in its many forms; multi-storey car parks, busy highways and giant shopping malls. J G Ballard expert Chris Hall picks five ‘Ballard buildings’. 
  • 'Is it burning yet?': The buildings behind J G Ballard's writing

    JG Ballard was inspired by the Westway and the Trellick Tower, discovers Ed Frith
  • Island paradise betrays the secrets of societal evolution

    There are a lot of shops in Capri. There are probably more bars. There are, with the exception of some municipal buildings, no offices. There are, of course, hotels, health farms and houses. Gracie Fields lived here after all, and the Villa Malaparte was built.
  • J G Ballard on the middle classes and mail order Kalashnikovs

    Chris Hall talks to JG Ballard about Millennium People, the middle classes and mail order Kalashnikovs
  • JG Ballard on what's wrong with London and relieving boredom with a Kalashikov

    J G Ballard explains why London needs a freeway system in a previously unpublished interview with from 2003

    Stoakes Systems has announced the publication of the new Kalwall in the UK guide. This guide for architects and specifiers illustrates many recent projects that use Kalwall cladding or roofing. It includes technical and performance information and explains why this translucent, diffused daylighting system has become so popular with UK architects. For a free copy tel 020 8660 7667 or email mailbox@stoakes. co. uk

    Keim Mineral Paints' Ecosil interior paint was specified for application to 5,000m 2of ceilings and soffits for one whole floor of office accommodation in Birmingham city centre's Mail Box development.
  • Leading lights join Classical alliance

    A group of Europe's leading Classical architects has signed up to a campaigning alliance, designed to push for a new 'European urbanism'. The Council for European Urbanism, conceived during a meeting in Brussels at the end of April, involves well-known Brits such as Robert Adam and the Prince's Foundation's Paul Murrain.

    The question of a London bid for the Olympics is again at the centre of government decision-making, following the successful conclusion to the war in Iraq. A Department of Culture, Media and Sport spokesman confirmed that a Cabinet discussion will take place 'probably within the next two weeks'and 'certainly by the end of the month'.The government believes a successful bid would trigger a massive construction boom in London's East End and the widespread upgrading of the capital's infrastructu
  • Mad about the house

    The winners of the National HomeBuilder Design Awards 2003 were announced on Friday (2 May). Winners, shown here, were chosen in 12 categories instead of the usual 10. The 'Best House'category has been replaced by 'Best House of One or Two Storeys'and 'Best House of Three Storeys or More'.The other new category is 'Best Mixed-Use Development'. The judges, chaired by Michael Manser, included Robert Adam, John Assael and the AJ's Barrie Evans.
  • Memory bank

    Sub-Urbanism and the Art of Memory By Sebastian Marot. AA Publications, 2003. £15
  • Miller Hughes eyes rebuilding opportunities in war-torn Iraq

    Chichester-based Miller Hughes Associates has been approached by 'two global construction companies' to aid the reconstruction of Iraq. The practice's managing director Charles Hughes said there was a 'high degree of interest' in the office's work because of two regeneration masterplans it designed for the Iraqi government in the early 1980s.
  • MOBILE: The Art of Portable Architecture

    Edited by Jennifer Siegal. Princeton Architectural Press, 2002. 127pp. £13.95
  • MPs mount campaign to save Art Deco pub as last orders are called

    A group of MPs has launched a last ditch effort to save 'London's most complete Art Deco public house' from the bulldozers.
  • Museum of the Moment by Jennie Savage

    A tour round Cardiff gives an intriguing glimpse into its past and future
  • On reflection

  • Patrick Gwynne (1913-2003)

    The death of Patrick Gwynne severs perhaps our last direct connection with the pioneering generation of architects who introduced Modern architecture into this country in the 1930s. His continuous evolution of domestic architecture over 70 years could be seen as a vital thread extending that celebrated tradition of The English House documented by Herman Muthesius a century ago.
  • Public Places - Urban Spaces: The Dimensions of Urban Design

    By Matthew Carmona, Tim Heath, Taner Oc and Steve Tiesdell. Architectural Press, 2003. 288pp. £24.99
  • Public property

    Lucy Musgrave and Clare Cumberlidge have joined forces to create a new, not-for-profit agency to explore and improve what we call the public realm Lucy Musgrave and Clare Cumberlidge chose May Day to set up their curious hybrid of a company, General Public Agency (GPA).
  • Q & A Gregory Phillips Gregory Phillips Architects

    When and where were you born?
  • ring the changes

  • Scottish Parliament 'debacle' blamed for low poll turnout

    The record low turnout in last week's elections in Scotland was due to the 'debacle over the new Parliament building', according to the Scottish Liberal Democrats. Donald Gorrie MSP said the 'drip drip drip' of adverse publicity over the cost hikes of Enric Miralles and RMJM's Parliament building - from an original estimate of £10 million to the latest of £400 million - has led voters to question the value of devolution.
  • Seeing the light


    The impressive new Honda headquarters in Chiswick, London, features a highperformance aluminium glazing envelope incorporating Senior Ground Floor Treatment (SFG) flush glazing sections. Top-hung SX 200 windows were integrated together with SAS' single-glazed, double manual swing and sliding vehicle doors to provide access and emergency escape.
  • Shrinking violet

  • Smarty pants

  • Solar gains

  • spectrum 2003

    Spectrum 2003, the annual international furniture and interior design show, takes place between 13-16 May in the Commonwealth Institute on Kensington High Street, London. John Pawson will be giving The Architectural Review Spectrum Lecture in the main lecture theatre at 6pm on 14 May. Entry to the lecture is on a first come, first served basis. To pre-register for free entry to the show call 0870 4294420 or email www. spectrumexhibition. co. uk Alfredo Haberli has designed a collection of bar
  • Square deal

  • Steel Construction Yearbook 2003

    SCI, McMillan-Scott. £25 This is the annual listing of reference material relating to bridge construction, fire engineering, corrosion protection and Codes of Practice, as well as information on light guage and stainless steel.
  • Structure

    Roy Billington Associates has worked alongside Shedkm and King McAllister a number of times, and we know what is expected of us as structural engineers. Shedkm always sees the structure as an implicit part of the architecture rather than a hanger for some architectural clothing.
  • Teamwork gives wings to London's Olympic bid

    Your recent item on the proposed Olympics bid (AJ 24.4.03) gives an inaccurate impression of Leaside Regeneration's position and the London Development Agency's proposals.
  • The best of health

    building study
  • The Organic Approach to Architecture

    Edited by Deborah Gans and Zehra Kuz.Wiley-Academy, 2003. 216pp. £24.99
  • Tomorrow's Architect

    RIBA Education Department, RIBA Enterprises, 2003. 68pp. £15

    Making external automatic doors a reality, Tormax has recently launched a stainless steel operator that is suitable for use in locations exposed to the elements or subject to intensive cleaning due to hygiene requirements. Unique in the marketplace, the TEP.IP165 Stardor has been designed to exceed the requirements of the European standard for resistance to dust and water penetration.
  • Turn of the Century

  • vital statistics

    lSeven out of 10 Londoners support the idea of a London Olympic bid and are convinced it would provide an impetus for the capital's regeneration, according to new MORI research for the World Sports Council.
  • who said what

    'I wouldn't ban cars but I'm quite happy to keep out all those bastards from the Home Counties, that's a good idea' Will Alsop on how he would tackle the job of Mayor of London. Time Out, 7-14 May
  • Will Poulton Gorse be the last of the PPG 7s?

    Stanton Williams Architects'scheme for Poulton Gorse House in Gloucestershire is the latest modern country house to win planning approval. With the government in the process of reviewing its countryside guidance, it could also be the last of the PPG 7 houses.
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