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Architects Journal
9 January 2003

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  • 2003: the shape of things to come

    What does the future hold? The Architects' Journal peers into its crystal ball and predicts the most talked about buildings, key issues and major battlegrounds for the architectural profession in the year ahead. By Zoë Blackler Tall buildings will continue to attract controversy in 2003, with a public inquiry into Renzo Piano's 66-storey London Bridge Tower - aka 'Shard of Glass'- scheduled to begin on 15 April.

    The London Women and Planning Forum is set to hold a half-day seminar called the '24-Hour City' at the Department of Geography at the Queen Mary, University of London on the 29 January. For more details or to obtain places email Christopher Shippen at c. shippen@qmul. ac. uk
  • A few dollars more

  • A hilarious idea, but he may never work again


    The Landmark Trust has launched a raffle to raise funds for its conservation work, with a first prize of £3,000 worth of holidays in its properties.Second prize is worth £1,500 and there are 20 third prizes, each worth £100.
  • AJ100 - who is the biggest and best?

    The AJ is once again set to launch its search for the biggest and best architectural practices in the UK as part of our annual AJ100 feature.
  • Alsop's New Street scheme facing uncertain future

    Plans for an Alsop Architects' revamp of Birmingham New Street Station are already beset with both financial and practical problems.

    The construction industry's annual yachting regatta, the Little Britain Challenge Cup, will be held this year at Cowes from 11 to 14 September.Entry forms are available from www. littlebritain. co. uk with competition limited to 200 boats.

    Tickets are available to attend BBC Radio 4's current affairs programme Any Questions? , when it is broadcast live from the RIBA's Portland Place headquarters on 25 January. Jonathan Dimbleby will chair the debate, with panelists including the chief secretary to the treasury, Paul Boateng, and Times columnist Matthew Parris. Tickets are free, call 020 7307 3699 for details.

    Graphic design firm Thomas Matthews is holding a charity auction of architectural and design memorabilia on 25 January. The event - which includes work by Will Alsop and Thomas Heatherwick - will take place at the 291 Gallery on London's Hackney Road.Call Sophie Thomas on 020 7403 4281.
  • Beijing, Beijing

  • Bennetts among the honours in Queen's new year list

    Two architects picked up honours in the Queen's New Year's list, but there were no knighthoods for the profession this time around.
  • briefing notes paul hyett

    When and where were you born?
  • Brighton peer


    Broadway Malyan has won planning permission for this mixed-use scheme on a brownfield site in Lancaster.The canal-side project will include eight town houses,22 two-level apartments and 71 single-level apartments. When complete, the site will also have 588m 2 of office space and 371m 2 of retail.
  • Can the AIA redefine the American dream?

    RIBA president Paul Hyett considers the challenging task ahead for the new president of the American Institute of Architects, Thompson E Penney
  • Channel 4 and CABE plan to televise town makeover

    Channel 4 has commissioned production company Talkback to develop a television series that will follow the complete 'makeover' of a town or suburb.
  • Clare Melhuish reviews the changing nature of the private residence

    What sort of a society is it where one day the media screams at us to dispose of our homes as fast as we can on a crashing market, and the next assures us that our homes are 'our return, our cocoon', 'the nucleus of who we are', and 'as important as our mother and father'? These sentiments, uttered by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Linda Barker and Terence Conran respectively, provided the semblance of an intellectual backbone to BBC2's The Joy of Home, and highlighted the charged confusion over wh
  • Condensed soup

  • diary

  • Differentiating between iconic and idiosyncratic

  • Doing it himself


    Professor Douglas Jones, former head of the schools of architecture at Manchester College of Art (from 1940), Birmingham College of Art (from 1947) and the University of Bristol (from 1962 until retirement in 1975), has died at the age of 92.Born in 1910, Jones was educated at Malvern College, Oxford, before graduating, with distinction, from the University of Liverpool in 1936.
  • Edward Cullinan Architects

    Edward Cullinan Architects has released details of its £40 million masterplan for St Austell town centre in Cornwall. The scheme will follow the contours of the land, with a stepped series of buildings designed to complement the town's hillside setting. A tiered grass roof will cover many of the buildings in an effort to reflect St Austell's position amid rolling hills. Plans include two new squares or 'piazzas', shops, pubs, restaurants, office space, up to 50 two-bedroom apartments, a
  • EH backtracks on Minerva Tower

    English Heritage has withdrawn its opposition to Grimshaw's £350 million Minerva Tower planned for London's St Botolph's Street. The heritage body has reversed its position on the 43-storey tower, after previously pledging to oppose it (AJ 28.11.02).
  • Ferguson in Brighton pier storm

    The RIBA's president-elect has walked into a storm of protests after calling for KSS Sport and Leisure Design's plans for Brighton's West Pier to be shelved in favour of a fresh design competition.
  • Gareth Hoskins Architects

    Gareth Hoskins Architects has won approval for this £6 million Hospice for Terminally Ill Children overlooking Scotland's Loch Lomond.The 2,600m 2project -for charity the Hospice Association - includes facilities for nine children, their families and 45 members of staff. The design aims to work the building into the contours of the hill, to reduce the effects of the wind and the gradient, and to ensure easy access for visitors. The scheme was initially recommended for refusal by Loch Lom

    Frank Gehry is tipped to be eyeing up a major project in Lisbon.The regeneration of the Theatre District will include construction of two modern theatres, a cinema complex, museum and new office buildings on a 65,000m 2 site.

    Ken Giannini has quit his position as DEGW's head of architecture and will be joining international practice nbbj Architects as a principal in the firm's London office.He headed up DEGW's design work since January 2001, when he moved from marketing.

    Zaha Hadid's set design for a modern opera, Desire, by Beat Furrer, will be unveiled at the production's premiere today in Germany.The play, a reworking of the myth of Orpheus, will also run at the Helmutt List-Halle on 10,11, 17 and 18 January.
  • Harper splits with partner Mackay to go it alone

    David Harper, founding partner of Harper Mackay Architects with Ken Mackay, is to leave the practice in a bid 'to pursue other ventures and opportunities'. Harper is now committed to setting up as a sole practitioner, working on a number of new projects yet to be revealed.

    CABE and the RIBA's joint think-tank Building Futures is teaming up with healthcare researcher the Nuffield Trust for a brainstorming symposium on the future of hospital design. The session will be held on 6 February at the Cavendish Conference Centre, London.
  • Hyett and mighty

  • Is the AJ working Austin Williams too hard?

  • Lambeth council rejects Shell Centre plans for South Bank

    Lambeth has thrown out Arup Associates' plans for the £200 million Shell Centre on London's South Bank. The planning committee rejected the mixed-use scheme, against the advice of its planning officers, at a meeting last month.
  • Learning that less is more in the world of flashing

    AJ+ column
  • Local's legal challenge holds up MJP's BBC flagship

    MacCormac Jamieson Prichard's plans to revamp the BBC's central London headquarters have been held up by a legal challenge from a powerful local landowner.

    Sir Richard MacCormac will speak on Space, Culture and Cities at the London School of Economics' Hong Kong Building on 16 January at 6.30pm.The event - to be chaired by Professor Richard Sennett - is the first in a series of Royal Academy/LSE public architecture lectures.The event is free and open to all. Call Emily Cruz on 020 7955 7599 for details.
  • Men in black


    Terry Farrell & Partners has submitted a new planning application for its troubled Lots Road Power Station redevelopment to the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.The revised scheme - rejected first time around - has been stuck in planning during lengthy negotiations with planners (AJ 17.10.02).

    Arup Sport has submitted a planning application for a new 30,000-seat capacity stadium for Cardiff City Football Club.The £100 million project, which includes a hotel and commercial office space, also incorporates an athletics track and training facility designed by Holder Mathias Architects.The capacity of the new stadium can be extended to hold a further 30,000 fans if the club fulfils its ambition to be promoted to the Premiership.
  • NY revisited

  • Opening our eyes

  • political will

  • products

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  • Q&A

    90% of voters in a poll on the AJ's website think the redevelopment of the Dome and Greenwich Peninsula will not take place.
  • Quotes

    'Fundamentally it's a sideshow because none of these things will be built.But they did show a variety of ways the site could have commercial development and a memorial without looking a mess.'

    Terry Farrell & Partners has submitted a new planning application for its troubled Lots Road Power Station redevelopment to the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.The revised scheme - rejected first time around - has been stuck in planning during lengthy negotiations with planners (AJ 17.10.02).
  • ring the changes

  • Running on empty

  • Sauerbruch Hutton Architects

    London and Berlin-based Sauerbruch Hutton Architects has won an international competition to design a new home for the Brandhorst Collection in Munich. The practice saw off competition from Zaha Hadid in the final round. The scheme, situated on the corner of Turkenstrasse and Therisienstrasse, is designed to be flexible, allowing curators to reorganise the collection - which includes works by Andy Warhol - with each new addition. The competition judges were also impressed that the winning pra
  • smalljects 03

    Now in its eighth year, the AJ Small Projects competition, sponsored by Robin Ellis Design Build, shows what can be achieved with limited funds - no more than £250,000, but including projects down to a few £000s.
  • Spiralling costs spell end for Miller's Fulham FC stadium

    Fulham Football Club has admitted defeat and abandoned plans for a new stadium designed by the Miller Partnership, with a 42 per cent hike in construction costs cited as the main reason.
  • Standard bearer

  • TFL International's headquarters, Preston Studio BAAD

    working details
  • The ABS is not on its last legs just yet!

  • The ARB needs to stick to what it does best!


    Michael Wilford will open a series of events at London's Building Centre called 'Any Colour You Like' , with a lecture on the use of colour in his work, examples of which include The Lowry in Salford.To book a place call 020 7692 6209.
  • The museum question

    technical & practice
  • The small project is something to be admired and rewarded

  • Understanding the ARB's role as gatekeeper of the register

    legal matters

    The Japanese government has awarded British architect Tom Heneghan, current chair of architecture at the University of Sydney, its highest award for public architecture - the Kokyo Kenchiku Shoh - for this design of Forest Park Adatara. The scheme - commissioned by the governor of Fukushima - is a 'vacation village' for more than 1,000 people, set in the foothills of Mount Adatara. It aims to attract the residents of the region's major cities into the surrounding countryside.The Public Archit
  • vital statistics

    More than 500,000 people in Britain may soon find their homes and businesses are uninsurable or unsellable due to risk of flooding, according to Environment Agency statistics.
  • We must make career paths more flexible


    The AJ's awardwinning website is bristling with new features.
  • Why we can thank infrastructure for the victory of the avant-garde

    Over Christmas I have found that twice as many drunken people lurch over to me at parties with a straight question than at other times. Their question goes something like this: 'How can it be that all sorts of weird buildings are being put up nowadays and nobody ever protests when 20 years ago all hell broke loose if you so much as mentioned putting up a small office block in the City of London?'
  • Years of neglect mean we now have a country fit for nothing

    I am sitting on a train just north of Doncaster going nowhere. The new power unit has managed to collect debris from an overhead gantry as well as some overhead power cables. No one knows how long we will be sitting here. All this as the Strategic Rail Authority is saying that there will be less money available to repair our train network and that operating companies will receive less subsidy, which will result in reduced services and increased cost to the passengers.
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