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Architects Journal
9 October 2003

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  • A concrete wall clad with aluminium discs

    working details
  • After 12 years of inactivity, extension causes unholy row

    legal matters
  • Animal magic

    Zoomorphic At the Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7, until 4 January Zoomorphic: New Animal Architecture
  • Banned architect seeks ARB U-turn

    An Altrincham-based architect struck off the ARB register for unprofessional conduct is bidding to have the decision overturned at a fresh professional conduct committee next week.
  • Barbican stewardship is cause for concern

  • Brothers in arms

  • CABE Space campaign leaves Geordies fuming

    CABE Space has sparked controversy in Newcastle this week following the nomination of two muchloved open spaces as 'wasted space' in the design watchdog's latest campaign.

    The RIBA has issued a call for entries for an invited competition called 'Celebrate Cities'. The competition, open to architects and architecture students, aims to explore the ideas behind modern cities.For more information call Daniel Porteous on 020 7307 3684.
  • Classicists mount fight in Brum

    Birmingham's Civic Society has launched an offensive to block the use of Modernist architecture on a key site in the city centre.

    A glittering international shortlist is competing to design a new visual arts centre in Colchester.
  • diary

  • Dublin U2 tower competition?

    Is this skyscraper the real winner of the Dublin U2 tower competition? The proposal, by London-based M3, has emerged as one of a number that may have been excluded from consideration in the Dublin Docklands Development Agency's competition. The official winner, Burdon Dunne Architects and Craig Henry Architects, was announced this summer, but speculation has been raging that the team only clinched the prize after organisers were unable to identify the architect of the judges' favourite in the
  • Feedback ignites unfriendly fire across the pond

  • Foster in Formula One driving seat for McLaren

    Foster and Partners has designed this £160 million, 60,000m2 technology centre in Woking for McLaren - one of the most ambitious private construction projects in Europe. The building - the size of Stansted Airport - had a strict 10m height limit and had to be accommodated within a 20,000m2 footprint on a Green Belt site.
  • Foster success in R4 Stirling poll

    Listeners of BBC Radio 4's Today programme have picked Foster and Partners'Great Court as their choice for the 2003 Stirling Prize, taking 30 per cent of a public vote.
  • Fraser's tall tale

    Malcolm Fraser Architects is starting on site with its £2.5 million Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh's Old Town.

    GHM Rock Townsend's Pentland International HQ on north London's Squires Lane has won the 'Best of the Best'category at the British Council of Offices awards.
  • Gropius' 'masterpiece' simply must be saved

  • Hemingway calls on kids to create

    Fashion designer Wayne Hemingway has launched an initiative to persuade schoolchildren to join the ranks of designers in construction.
  • How the failings of Ford highlight the limits of prefabrication

    Whenever talk turns to the housing crisis someone is bound to proclaim that millions of new prefabricated houses are the answer. 'Just like car production old chap.' And of course you can compare car, or better still van, production with house building. Four Ford Transits joined together might make a decent starter home, and there could be no argument about its feasibility. Fifty years ago the Bristol Aeroplane Company was turning out modular aluminium dwellings at a rate of one every 10 minu
  • Inbred insecurity is the epitaph of the individual

    We have evolved into a society, by default or design, that is very fearful. The ideals of socialism seem to have disappeared to the point where the word itself has been devalued.
  • Interest gets Gaudí going

    One of the world's slowest-moving construction projects promises to buck the trend by reaching completion ahead of target - by nearly 30 years.The finalisation date for Gaudí's Sagrada Familia has been brought forward from about the middle of this century to 2023,141 years after work first began.The acceleration has been made possible by an increase in interest in the Catalan architect and his unfinished cathedral, with more then two million tourists last year paying to visit the site. E
  • Listing's lack of clout makes management agreements a must

  • Lord Palumbo puts Farnsworth up for sale after city deal collapses

    Peter Palumbo has put Mies van der Rohe's seminal Farnsworth House up for sale in a Sotheby's auction set for 12 December.
  • Model answer

    building study
  • Modernism ban set to hit 'deeply unimaginative' new Urban Village

    A 'ban on Modernism' will dictate all the designs in a new Urban Village developed for the Bournville Trust, the AJ has learnt.

    Zaha Hadid Architects'1,150m2 extension of Copenhagen's Ordrupgaard Museum has started on site.The project - won through an international competition in 2001 - is set for completion in autumn 2004.
  • Pathologising the planet

    The latest European Environment Agency report into the state of the planet reads like the longest sick-note in history
  • people & practices

  • 'Ponderous' BedZED poses more problems

  • Prescott heralds 'new era' for house building

    Deputy prime minister John Prescott is preparing to unveil a mammoth house-building programme on publicly owned land.
  • Price supercrit seats on offer

    The University of Westminster is holding a 'supercrit' on the late Cedric Price's Potteries Thinkbelt on Wednesday 5 November from 10am-midday. The project will be presented by Paul Barker, Stephen Mullin, Martin Pawley and Mark Wigley, with Paul Finch as chair. A limited number of seats will be available to the public. Call 020 7911 5000, extension 3103, by 5pm on 28 October to reserve a place.
  • products

    SENIOR ALUMINUM SYSTEMS AJ ENQUIRY NO: 201 More than 400m 2of SCW curtain wall, rising to heights of 14m, create the striking facade of The Edge in Hockley. The new-build luxury modern apartments combine traditional architecture with modern simplicity. More than half of the double-glazed SX 200 windows have distinctive curved heads that complement the style.
  • Q&A: Rab Bennetts

    Where and when were you born?
  • Reinventing landscape

  • RIBA appoints internal candidate as foundation decision is delayed

    The RIBA has ended months of speculation about who will head up its new charitable arm, by postponing the decision for 'about a year'.
  • Room service - checking in

  • Scotland set to create CABE-style watchdog

    Scotland is to have its own CABE-style design champion to replace the 'outdated' Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland (RFACfS).
  • Small projects call

    Entries are invited for the AJ's Small Projects Award, sponsored by Robin Ellis Design and Construction.Schemes must have been completed between 1 December 2002 and 1 December this year, and have a total project value of less than £250,000. All submitted work must be unpublished. Send publishable photographs (not laser copies), drawings, credits and a 150-word description to AJ Small Projects,151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB, by Monday 1 December. Selected projects will be published
  • Sound advice

    technical & practice
  • Spoils of travel

  • Stockport sympathies bound in OJEC red tape

  • vital statistics

    More than two in three central London businesses believe the congestion charge has made life harder, says Westminster County Council. The local authority sent out 10,000 questionnaires and, of the 369 returned,68.3 per cent said it was damaging business.
  • Well-versed for Burns

    Stirling-shortlisted practice Sutherland Hussey Architects has drawn up designs for a museum celebrating the work of Robert Burns, to be situated in the great poet's birthplace, Alloway.
  • who said what

    'London's ultimate example of the great building project that never seems to happen - an epic of visions and disappointments, its time span equal to that of the Iliad and Odyssey combined' Rowan Moore on Battersea Power Station. Evening Standard, 30.9.03
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