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Architects Journal
April 2008

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  • 3DReid and Tribal top leagues of practice success

    Figures from project information service Glenigan reveal the practices that are most successful at winning business in key areas.
  • A great green blog

    If you're a greenie you'll probably know Jetson Green the daily mix, confluence, they call it, of 'modernism and environmentalism in the built environment.' It's the work of lawyer Preston Koerner with a group of like-minded mates and despite 'confluence' it's not all that self-important – the acuter appreciation of their own importance being the Achilles heel of the otherwise entirely virtuous green movement.The issue I'm looking at now has th
  • A mysterious cartel. A secret society. A new ethical conspiracy...

    MONDAY. To Portland Place for a 'secret, but not sinister' meeting to sort out the niggling Freemasons problem. I'm five steps inside when a smartly-dressed young man wearing a namebadge approaches at speed, head-on. 'Hey!' he shrieks, chest-bumping me to the floor. 'How are you today?' He helps me up, spins me round. Whack! I'm suddenly clapped hard on the back by a woman with an insane grin. 'My name is Purina! Welcome to the Home of Architecture!'
  • A stylish Concerto from Lano Carpets

    Lano CarpetsUsing the same designs that first appeared in the monochrome palette of Crescendo, Lano Flooring Solutions’ Concerto broadens creative horizons with the introduction of brighter and bolder colours, alongside a completely bespoke colour option for orders on or above 400m2. With 12 trend-leading colourways conceived to inspire, Concerto provides an ideal blend of design and in-situ performance.Manufactured using INVISTA Antron carpet fibre that provides resistance t
  • Adam Khan makes Gloucester shortlist in bid for yet more competition success

    Up-and-coming ex-Caruso St John outfit Adam Khan Architects has again found itself among the finalists in yet another RIBA competition – this time in the contest to revamp King’s Square in the heart of Gloucester.
  • Adjaye's Denver museum at centre of legal row

    Less than six months after opening, Adjaye/Associates' Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver (MCA) is at the centre of a legal battle.
  • AJ Designing Workplace Interiors

    Inspiring interiors to meet the requirements of tomorrow's offices
  • AJ Green Roofs 2008

    An advanced master class in best practiceLAST CHANCE TO BOOK!
  • AJ Refurb and Retrofit

    Transforming existing buildings for the needs of the 21st century
  • Alsop doesn't like cricket – he loves it

    These are the first images of Will Alsop’s new pavilion for Yorkshire County Cricket Club, at Headingley, Leeds.
  • Another clutch of tiny computers

    I don't want to keep banging on about tiny sub-notebooks just because I'm nervous about the tenner deposit I put down on a June delivery for a £100 Elonex One sub-notebook.
  • Antron® eco solution

    AntronINVISTA, Antron® carpet fibre is illuminating carpet designers and specifiers to a new breed of performance carpet fibres with an environmental edge. In the Antron® LumenaTM solution dyed range of coloured yarns, 50 colours have been specially selected and are now available with 25% recycled nylon 6.6 content.The improved environmental credentials have influenced carpet manufacturers when conceiving new products, allowing the specifying community a sublime choice of perfor
  • Arca follows in Chipperfield's footsteps in Manchester

    Arca has unveiled its plans to overhaul Manchester’s famous Cornerhouse Arts Centre – the city’s international centre for visuals arts and film.
  • Architects design vertical farms

    Chicken farms on the 12th floor of a residential block? Fields of corn on the 47th storey of a Toronto skyscraper? Welcome to the world of vertical farming.
  • Architects sought for Crossrail framework panel

    Cross London Rail Links (CLRL) is calling for architects to join one of its consultant framework panels for the design of all Crossrail stations.
  • Architecture's very own Basil Fawlty gives council a damn good thrashing

    A Somerset architect is set to become famous as the industry’s very own Basil Fawlty after he threw the architectural equivalent of Fawlty’s much-loved car-thrashing scene.
  • Arval launches a breath-of-fresh-air facade

    ArcelorA stainless steel façade with lumps in all the right places has been launched to UK specifiers by Arval from Arcelor Construction.The Oxygen panels, which are not only perforated but punctuated with voluptuous mounds and craters (more technically known as positive and negative spheres), were originally developed with French architects SCAU for a market in Grenoble. When launched at the Batimat trade exhibition the response was so good, it was decided to make them ava
  • AStudio reveals Kent Library and History Centre

    These are the first pictures of London-based Astudio Architecture’s proposed new £10 million Kent Library and History Centre, in the heart of Maidstone.
  • Back to basics law: what is the legal difference between a professional and a contractor?

    Barristers Kim Franklin and Sue Lindsey look at the difference between the standard applied by the courts to professionals, such as architects, and that applied to constructors
  • Bauclad gives nursery school a colourful makeover

    CEPDesigners working on the extension of a nursery school in Rawtenstall, Lancashire, have created a colourful new façade using CEP Claddings’ Bauclad composite panel system.The extension to Staghills Nursery school, was built as part of a scheme to transform the building into a multi-purpose Children’s Centre where family welfare and social services could be provided in addition to the core function of delivering pre-school education.
  • Big practices battle for Lord's job

    Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has drawn up a stellar shortlist of architects to design the masterplan for the 200 million redevelopment of Lord’s Cricket Ground in north-west London.
  • Bin man

    Living in a country where official secrets seem to go missing a couple of times a week, it is reassuring to learn that people make mistakes in other countries too.
  • Blears set on 21st reform of Planning Act since 1947

    ‘The planning system is bust,’ says RIBA president Sunand Prasad. ‘But not in theory, only in practice.’
  • B-Line/2by2 at St Mary Axe

    AktivaB-Line/2by2 at St Mary Axe. Lengths from 700mm to 1600mm and up to 80 Watts. May be joined in series and cut to special lengths. Integral ballast, ceiling and wall mounted, bookshelf, workstation and reading desk versions available in a wide range of finishes. Other shelf and desk light solutions at here to request more
  • Blogging lessons

    Has blogging come to this, that Core77 needs to publish a guide for architects and designers about how to get their stuff on a blog? Obviously it has. The piece in question is called 'How to Work the Design Blogosphere: Design Blog Editors Teach You How to Get Your Shit Published Online'. In the best aggregating blog fashion, it simply canvasses a bunch of blog editors for their advice. One editor, who has obviously had angr
  • Bond Bryan

    Bond Bryan Architects has appointed two new Associate Directors to join its expanding Sheffield team.
  • Bristol community convinces council but now needs to get developers on board

    After more than seven years of pushing, a Bristol community group has finally forced the city council to look into redeveloping what they believe is the most important site in city. But they shouldn’t celebrate too soon.
  • Buro Happold

    International multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy, Buro Happold, has opened a new office in Pune - one of India's fastest developing cities located 150 km south west of Mumbai
  • CABE raises fears over new Everton stadium

    CABE has raised concerns over the quality of Everton Football Club’s proposed new stadium in Kirkby, Knowsley.
  • Campaigners challenge Seifert demolition decision

    A group of ‘urban campaigners’ is demanding a rethink over proposals to knock down Richard Seifert’s 1960s Concourse House outside Liverpool’s Lime Street station.
  • Campaigners oppose changes to Hopkins' Norwich Forum

    Campaign group the Norwich Society has condemned ‘the piecemeal development’ of Hopkins Architects’ Forum digital hub building in the city.
  • careyjones

    careyjones has announced the immediate appointment of David Roden as a Board Director and Ben Chamberlain has been promoted to Project Director at the London studio of the practice.
  • Caruso St John to design Frieze Art Fair gallery

    Caruso St John Architects has been unveiled as the designer for this year’s Frieze Art Fair gallery.
  • Cheap as chips – the latest on little laptops

    You may have given it to the kids already but you can at least claim early adopter status in having bought the Asus EeePC before anybody else.
  • Cheltenham's overlooked genius

    John Buonarotti Papworth is not to be found in most listings of British architecture’s First Eleven but it’s sometimes difficult to understand why he’s not more well known.
  • Chetwoods designs desert retreat for world leaders

    Chetwoods Architects has unveiled its design for a $300 million (£150 million) retreat for world leaders in Nevada, USA.
  • Chipperfield's City scheme refused planning

    A City of London planning committee has rejected David Chipperfield Architects' proposal for an office block a stone's throw from Christopher Wren's Monument.
  • Chrome free powder coating

    Powertech BicesterInformation Box set. This pack is full of information, specifications, colour charts and special finishes. Everything that you need for environmentally friendly Chromate free Powder Coating onto Aluminium. To order your FREE pack email call 01869 248218 or visit the powdertech website at
  • City Hall reopens after flood

    Whoever becomes London mayor will be relieved to discover they will not be ankle deep in water when the winner is officially announced on Friday (2 May).
  • Commons committee slams Zaha's 'expensive' and 'overdesigned' Olympic Aquatics Centre

    A House of Commons select committee has blasted Zaha Hadid’s 2012 Olympics Aquatics Centre as being ‘over-designed’, and accused London Olympic organisers of being ‘willing to spend money like water’.
  • Construction giants accused of 'bid rigging'

    More than 100 construction firms were today accused of 'bid-rigging' by competition watchdogs after one of the biggest ever investigations by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
  • Corporation reveals plans for 'Plums' either side of Gherkin

    The AJ can reveal that the Corporation of London is to buy up land either side of the Gherkin to build two new office buildings.
  • Design Technology In Practice – CAD Seminar

    ExcitechThis seminar looking at the latest software technologies for architectural design and visualisation, including the new releases of AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture and Revit. Case studies and presentations from experienced technical consultants will highlight best practices for implementing the software on projects and the competitive benefits to be gained.Click here to request m
  • Designer sought for 400 student homes in Warwick

    The RIBA has launched a competition to find a design team to mastermind the construction of 400 students homes on the University of Warwick’s campus.
  • Developer threatens Liverpool scheme move

    North-West property giant Peel Holdings has warned Liverpool City Council that it could move its £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters scheme across the River Mersey to Wirral.
  • Developer threatens to flatten Beatles tour guide

    You can’t beat a good expletive-strewn spat, especially one that was intended to be private and became so hilariously public.
  • Dewjo'c

    David Fuller, Paul Reeve, Andrew Maisalu, James Pitchers and Rachael Stratton have joined award winning practice, Dewjo'c Architects, with expertise in the design and build of commercial developments, pharmaceutical, research, educational and healthcare projects.
  • DKS reveals low-cost terrace

    DKS Architects has given the AJ a peek at its design for a low-cost, 34-home terrace in Thornaby, near Middlesbrough.
  • Drinking to the NLA's success

    Astragal found himself listening to architecture’s knight in shining armour Kevin McCloud at New London Architecture (NLA) this week.
  • Dubai gets in a spin with 80-storey rotating tower

    Work has started on the world’s first spinning skyscraper in, you guessed it, Dubai.
  • Empire Riverside Hotel by David Chipperfield

    Chipperfield’s 21-storey tower alters Hamburg’s skyline while staying sympathetic to its surroundings, says Daniel Rosbottom. Photography by Christian Richters
  • Engineer to the glitterati

    Engineers often get hot under the collar about misuse of the term 'engineer', so it is interesting to see a case where there is a particularly chic collar under which to get hot.
  • Environ

    International consultancy firm Environ has announced the appointment of Claude Volker as Manager and Environmental Planning team member of its Edinburgh office
  • Eric Parry Architects

    Eric Parry Architects (EPA) has announced the appointment of two new Associate Directors and six Associates
  • Explosion of colour

    No doubt at all that 'Newseum' is a seriously crap name for the new museum of news which opened recently in Washington, the US federal capital. Something to do with an equally smelly word, infotainment.Oddly, the blog pointing the finger of scorn has an equally aaargh name, Unbeige. You sort of get the reference to the boring colour of computer and office kit and general eager-not-to-offend blandness. To which this design and architecture b
  • Farrell gets behind green Green Paper

    Terry Farrell has lent his weight to a planned Green Paper that aims to bring together the construction industry to combat its effect on climate change.
  • Farrell's Beijing station soon to open

    Work has nearly finished on Terry Farrell and Partners’ new Beijing South station in China.
  • Fears voiced over future BSF design quality

    Concern is growing that the public-private partnership that delivers BSF schools will encourage speed of construction over quality design.
  • Five things to do this week: 1 May to 8 May

    1) Dan Dare and the Birth of Hi-Tech BritainVisit the Science Museum to learn how post-war Britain revelled in rockets and radar, a spirit that gave birth to hi-tech Britain.30 April - 25 October at The Science Museum, London SW7
  • Five things to do this week: 24 April to 1 May

    1) Surviving the Suburb: The Climate MachineLast chance to catch Tom Matton’s exhibition on how climate change will affect how we liveUntil 26 April at the RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London
  • Flight of fancy

    We have only just caught up with one of the best April Fool's stories. Apparently on 1 April all the team working on the Marks Barfield Treetop Walk at Kew Gardens received an email from their contact at Kew, saying all work would have to stop.
  • FOA and Allies and Morrison to overhaul Euston station

    Foreign Office Architects (FOA) and Allies and Morrison will work together on the £1 billion regeneration of Euston Station in London.
  • Folkestone art festival draws big names

    The inaugural Folkestone Triennial art festival, which opens in June, has pulled in six new public art projects by UK and international artists including Turner Prize-winner Mark Wallinger, Richard Wentworth and Tracey Emin.
  • Foster + Partners accused of misleading Bishop's Place public consultation

    Foster + Partners has been accused of misleading a public consultation about the reasons for demolishing an East London building which stands in the way of the practice’s Bishop’s Place scheme, for developer Hammerson.
  • Foster + Partners' London City Hall floods

    Whoever becomes London Mayor could find themselves ankle deep in water when the winner is officially announced on Friday (2 May).
  • Foster and Chipperfield named on DfL framework panel

    Foster + Partners, David Chipperfield Architects and Caruso St John are among the 42 practices to be shortlisted for the Design for London (DfL) framework panel.
  • Foster and Neil Tomlinson to revamp New Covent Garden Market

    Foster + Partners and London-based Neil Tomlinson Architects have been appointed by Covent Garden Market Authority (CGMA) to revamp New Covent Garden Market (NCGM) in central London.
  • Foster designs 'Orange' for Moscow

    This is Foster + Partners’ ‘Project Orange’ in Moscow.
  • Foster joins Pritzker Prize winner Nouvel on Australian scheme

    Foster + Partners is to work alongside Pritzker Prize winner Jean Nouvel’s practice Ateliers Jean Nouvel (AJN) on a huge mixed-use scheme in Sydney, Australia.
  • Free-Hanging Raft Solutions

    EcophonEcophon have launched 3 new innovative 'free-hanging' solutions. 'Master Frost Solo S' is a single sound absorbing panel, 'Frost Wing' & 'Edge 500' are ingenious systems that can be tailor made to individual specifications. All 3 products are highly aesthetical; allow sound absorption to be placed exactly where required, and an alternative solution to a standard suspended ceiling.
  • French with tears

    In the old days you went off to Paris for the weekend with that certain young person in whom you were currently taking a special interest. These days, your occupation being what it is, you go to look at the buildings. But what to see? The Pavillon de l'Arsenal is the place you might start for information and, according to its pr people, its site now has an 'internet database of contemporary Parisian architecture'.It probab
  • From Monday 21st of April Promap is pleased to announce a brand new service, Promap IQ

    PromapPromap IQ is a unique solution designed to provide simple and quick access to planning and property information. It enables you to search, view and modify an area of interest detailing Planning Applications, Listed Buildings and Points of Interest Information. To trail the new service log on to from Monday.Click here to reque
  • Fuglsang Art Museum, Denmark by Tony Fretton Architects

    Tony Fretton Architects’ Fuglsang Art Museum celebrates the landscape that surrounds it, but its charm is in its walls
  • Gareth Hoskins Architects' Shetland scheme wins cash

    Gareth Hoskins Architects’ new cinema and music venue in Lerwick, Shetland, has received £2.12 million from the Scottish Arts Council Capital Lottery Fund.
  • Gareth Hoskins to design Scottish pavilion for Venice Biennale

    Gareth Hoskins has won the competition to design Scotland's first standalone pavilion at the Venice Biennale international architecture festival.
  • Gareth Hoskins to design Scottish pavilion for Venice Biennale

    Gareth Hoskins has won the competition to design Scotland's first standalone pavilion at the Venice Biennale international architecture festival.
  • Gehry bad

    An architect emailed Astragal this week with some reaction to the AJ's coverage of Frank Gehry’s proposed pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery, to be erected this summer.
  • Georgian Group Measured Drawing Prize

    The prize aims to promote and reward excellence in measured architectural drawing and to encourage close study and understanding of Georgian buildings.
  • Giant Liverpool painting unveiled

    The huge picture of Liverpool’s skyline, which will hang in the yet-to-be-completed Museum of Liverpool, has been unveiled.
  • Glasgow School of Art

    Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein, formerly of architecture practice Gillespie Kidd and Coia, are to be awarded honorary degrees conferred by the University of Glasgow on behalf of The Glasgow School of Art. 
  • Glass beams let the light in to Goldfinger house

    A narrow passageway between two wings of an Erno Goldfinger-designed house in Surrey has been replaced with this all-glass conservatory.
  • Gleeds

    Gleeds, the international management and construction consultancy, has appointed Hugh McIntosh to head up the Financial Services Division for Gleeds' Nottingham Group
  • Good to be green

    As its name suggests, Treehugger is a site which keeps us in touch with our architectural inner green.
  • Government plans changes to BSF programme

    The government is planning a complete overhaul of its selection criteria for the next waves of its £45 billion Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.
  • Grimshaw's New York transport hub ditched

    Grimshaw Architects’ proposals for the vast Fulton Street transport hub project in Lower Manhattan, New York, have been scrapped due to soaring construction costs, the AJ can reveal.
  • Grontmij

    European engineering consultancy Grontmij has announced the acquisition of sustainable building services consultants Roger Preston & Partners.
  • Hadid vies for Vilnius

    Zaha Hadid has been pitched into battle against Daniel Libeskind and Massimiliano Fuksas to design the new Solomon R Guggenheim museum in Vilnius, Lithuania.
  • Hamiltons plans 35-storey Birmingham tower

    Hamiltons Architects has submitted a planning application for this 35-storey tower to Birmingham City Council.
  • Heatherwick's B of the Bang loses more spikes

    Manchester City Council has had to remove nearly a dozen more spikes from Heatherwick Studio’s B of the Bang sculpture in Manchester.
  • HKR

    The Manchester office of HKR Architects announces the arrival of Nigel Jacques who joined as Board Director at Easter
  • Hoare Lea

    Hoare Lea Consulting Engineers announces that Matthew Heaman has accepted an invitation to become a Partner of the firm.
  • HOK's Terminal 5 transport interchange 'working like clockwork'

    This is HOK’s transport interchange at Heathrow’s Terminal 5.
  • Hot property

    Astragal is always pleased to see members of the construction fraternity publicly recognised so he was delighted to see Location, Location, Location presenter Kirstie Allsopp appear in that august publication, FHM's 100 Sexiest Women 2008.
  • Housebuilders 'pessimistic' over zero-carbon targets

    The cream of the UK’s housebuilders have warned that they are ‘deeply uncomfortable’ about their ability to achieve the government’s targets for all new homes to be zero-carbon by 2016.
  • Ian Martin. A mysterious cartel. A secret society.

    MONDAY. To Portland Place for a 'secret, but not sinister' meeting to sort out the niggling Freemasons problem. I¹ve only got five steps inside when a smartly-dressed young man wearing a namebadge approaches at speed, head-on.
  • Ian Ritchie axed at Potters Fields

    Ian Ritchie Architects has been officially ditched from the Potters Fields site on London’s South Bank.
  • Icon for Oldham Competition

    Icon for Oldham is a plan to provide a major new public artwork as part of a concerted campaign to raise the profile of the town and enhance its image locally, regionally and nationally. The project will also mark the principal vehicle route into Oldham, once the most important cotton manufacturing town in the world. Oldham is now re-asserting its status in the North West Region and intends to restore a real sense of pride of place.
  • Internet hackers target RIBA database

    The RIBA has warned its members to ‘keep a close eye on bank or credit card accounts’ after its membership database was attacked by hackers.
  • INVISTA Antron carpet fibre and Christy Carpets provide style and substance at Puig

    AntronINVISTA Antron® carpet fibre and Christy Carpets have joined forces and fulfilled a brief for sublime style and high performance at leading perfume supplier Puig in the heart of London.Some 600m2 of carpet from Christy Carpets in Antron® Legacy has been used to transform the floor space at Puig’s London offices that entertains big hitting clients from the world of fashion and retail.
  • It's a slippery slope for Zaha, who follows Guggenheim win with a giant slide

    Zaha Hadid will create a giant slide for a major new exhibition in Gloucestershire called the Artists’ Playground.
  • John Simpson takes on Abramovich's new London home

    The monster, mega-bucks conversion of an apartment block (pictured) in Kensington, West London, into an eight-bedroom palace for Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich is being masterminded by Classicist John Simpson and Partners, the AJ can reveal.
  • Kawneer helps with the three “R”S at Foster’s Folkestone Academy

    KawneerVirtually the whole range of products from architectural aluminium systems supplier Kawneer have been used for their “aesthetics, buildability and cost” on Foster and Partners’ new Folkestone Academy.The Kawneer systems include AA®110 and PF (picture frame) curtain walling, an unusual saw tooth rainscreen system, the 451PT framing system, and 190 series of doors, all designed and installed by approved sub-contractor SIAC Construction (UK) for main contractor Wates.
  • Kawneer systems light Barnsley’s transformation

    KawneerCurtain walling, windows and doors from architectural aluminium systems supplier Kawneer have helped drive Barnsley’s transport infrastructure into the 21st Century and win an award in the process.Kawneer’s AA®100 vertical dry glazed curtain walling, AA®601 top hung casement windows and 350 heavy traffic doors feature variously on the east elevation of the 150-metre-long main concourse, the two main entrances, retail units and offices.
  • Koolhaas comes to Copenhagen

    This is Rem Koolhaas’ new headquarters for the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) in Copenhagen.
  • Krier attacks 'idiot' architects

    Léon Krier, the architect behind Prince Charles’ experimental Poundbury village in Dorset, has slammed contemporary architects, labelling them ‘idiots’ who build ‘absurd shapes’.
  • La Biennale di Venezia: Student Competition

    The Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia strongly believes in the younger generation, in its creative talents and the force of its ideas.
  • Lack of funds sinks Benson + Forsyth's Beamish scheme

    Benson + Forsyth’s competition-winning Beamish Museum Visitor Centre scheme in County Durham has been shelved.
  • Leach Rhodes Walker to buy itself out after parent company goes into administration

    Salford-based Leach Rhodes Walker (LRW) is to buy itself out from its parent company the Erinaceous Group which went into administration this week.
  • Leeds tower axed in housing market fall

    Make’s Spiracle tower in Leeds city centre has been scrapped due to a collapse in confidence in the residential property market – and more schemes could follow suit, an expert in the city has warned.
  • Lees Carpets lets spirits fly

    Lees CarpetsThe Mohawk Group’s premier Commercial brand Lees Carpets, is renowned across the globe for developing inspirational and innovative modular carpeting systems for commercial interiors and one of its latest creations is taking the specifying community by stormThe Spirit of the Place Collection epitomises the undivided attention placed by this leading carpet manufacturer when it comes to perfectly blending style and performance. Four intricate patterns evoke the senses s
  • Lex, Wallsall International Competition

    Lex, Wallsall, International Architecture Competition, Final call for entries
  • Lottery windfall to help make Brisac Gonzalez Aberdeen Art Centre a reality

    The future of Brisac Gonzalez’s planned £13 million Aberdeen Art Centre has been secured thanks to a £4 million Lottery grant.
  • Mackintosh school honours Gillespie Kidd & Coia architects

    The University of Glasgow has given honorary degrees to Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein on behalf of Glasgow School of Art (the Mackintosh).
  • Madcap Middlehaven marketing suite opens

    Masquerading as a colourful collision between Frank Gehry and Daniel Libeskind, this is actually the new marketing suite at the RiversideOne development at Middlehaven.
  • Major housebuilder Persimmon freezes all new projects amid credit crunch

    One of the UK’s biggest housebuilders, Persimmon, has put all new projects on hold due to the tightening of the mortgage market.
  • Major UK firms in New York strife

    Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, RMJM, and Foster + Partners have all had New York schemes put on hold, drastically cut back, or redesigned.
  • Make wins planning permission for Old Bailey scheme

    Make Architects' 30 Old Bailey scheme in the City of London has been granted planning permission.
  • Malaysia speeds ahead

    BT and the rest of the internet service providers (ISPs) – including Virgin with its optical-fibre network - have been moaning away about how difficult it all is, and how wretched customers who have paid premium rates for 'fast' broadband should read that phrase 'up to' in the fine print before they complain that they never get anywhere near the promised speed.But BT and all those other klutzes are put to shame by Malaysia's leading ISP, Velchip. It's offering Malaysia's 60 million peo
  • Marley Eternit cladding energises lowestoft

    Marley EternitWork is drawing to a close on Pick Everard’s £8.25 million OrbisEnergy offshore renewable energy centre in Lowestoft, Suffolk, where more than 1,500m² of Marley Eternit’s fibre cement rainscreen cladding panels are being used to resist the corrosive marine environment.The Natura Plus and Textura panels are being employed on the stair towers at both ends of the six-storey building and over four storeys of the entrance elevation, as well as floor zone bands on a
  • Marley Eternit materials provide crinan with safe harbour

    Marley EternitFibre cement roofing and cladding materials from Marley Eternit met a host of specification criteria for the redevelopment of a boat yard on the wild west coast of Scotland. Marley Eternit’s Farmscape roofing was specified for the main boat shed roof for its vapour permeability, aesthetics, longevity and cost effectiveness while the company’s Cedral Weatherboard was used for its non-combustibility on a wall of a bunkhouse for occasional visiting specialist staff and boat
  • Mayor halts Stock Woolstencroft Stratford scheme

    The Mayor of London’s office has blocked three buildings designed by Stock Woolstencroft for Stratford, East London.
  • McCloud monologue fails to mitigate Des Res drinks disaster

    Astragal found himself listening to architecture’s favourite TV pin-up Kevin McCloud blathering on about how architects can save the world or somesuch twaddle last night.
  • McDowell + Benedetti

    McDowell+Benedetti have moved to larger premises
  • Milan: Part Two

    Milan in mid April can be exquisite – balmy sunshine, budding greenery, spring in the air and the sap rising. On Wednesday, the opening day, the sun shone on exhibitors, partygoers, hustlers and hangers, as the Fair got into gear.
  • Missing the boat

    Astragal was taking a bracing constitutional along the Thames when he passed his favourite riverside practice, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.
  • Morris & Spottiswood

    Fit-out, housing and maintenance specialists Morris & Spottiswood has appointed Robin Evans as business development manager.
  • Movie magic

    In search of an architectural practice movie on YouTube , it suddenly struck me that architects should use YouTube as a repository for movies of their projects and buildings. A video director mate of mine shook his head disbelievingly. And he has a point. Just because you spent five years at architecture school it doesn't mean you are likely to produce anything better than the next owner of a camcorder.But hey, th
  • NBS Shortcuts: escalators

    Austin Williams looks at variable speeds and the leisurely development of escalator technology in this NBS Shortcut
  • New Guidelines on inclusive washrooms

    Clos-o-MatNew guidelines aimed at helping architects and specifiers more fully meet the growing pressure for inclusivity have been developed, to enable the design of facilities that provide as all-encompassing a solution as possible within cost constraints.Total Hygiene, manufacturer of the Clos-o-Mat automatic bidet toilet and a range of washroom accessories to facilitate toileting independence for the less able, maintains too often, specifiers focus on the wheelchair- bound wh
  • New SMC boss 'confident' despite £3m operating loss

    The managing director of SMC has said that newly released figures show the group is on a solid footing – despite an operating loss of £3 million.
  • Next Generation Lighting 2008

    The Industry Conference for 2008
  • Novawall - stretched fabric acoustic ceiling and walling system

    LevoluxNovawall is a stretched fabric acoustic ceiling and walling system offering a multitude of benefits to designers and specifiers. Novawall can enhance the aesthetics of a diverse range of environments whilst offering effective acoustic control. Available in a wide choice of fabrics Novawall can be adapted for any shape of wall or ceiling. For further information please call 020 8863 9111 or e-mail
  • Obama wanted to be an architect

    There are plenty of wannabe architects in the world, but we were intrigued to learn, thanks to Architecture MNP, that US presidential hopeful Barack Obama once nurtured ambitions to enter the second oldest profession. Could make for an interesting presidency. See the clip below.
  • Off to Milan

    Catherine Slessor is going to be reporting for the AJ regularly from the Milan Furniture Fair. Before setting off, she selected the highlights she is looking forward to seeing.
  • On wikitecture, petrified existentialism and a barking-mad icon

    MONDAY. I'm preparing a lecture for the department of wikitecture, Memehampton University. It's one of the newer unis. The website makes it sound like Plato's grove. Leafy. Attracts young enquiring minds. And 'non-materialist', as it exists on the internet only.
  • P+HS

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  • Pics and bricks

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  • Planners come out against Chipperfield's City of London office block

    David Chipperfield Architects’ proposal for an office block a stone’s throw from the Monument in the City of London has been recommended for refusal.
  • Plans to build Olympic fencing arena ditched

    The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has abandoned plans for an 8,000-seat temporary fencing venue in East London’s 2012 Olympic Park.
  • Possible Olympics no-show 'not political', says Herzog

    Jacques Herzog has revealed that he is ‘not sure’ if either he or practice partner Pierre de Meuron will attend the Beijing Olympic Games opening ceremony in August.
  • Prince Andrew engages with architecture

    Has Prince Andrew become as passionate about architecture as his big brother? This photograph certainly suggests that he has a point to make.
  • Prince's Foundation to build 'traditional' new town in Devon

    The Prince’s Foundation has been given the green light to build a 'traditional' new town outside Plymouth, in Devon.
  • Pringle Brandon

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  • Pritzker Prize winner Jean Nouvel talks 'clone' architecture with the AJ

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  • Probably the most efficient use of steel in roofing today

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  • Professional Indemnity Insurance set to soar

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  • Purcell Miller Tritton

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  • RIBA Yorkshire on the hunt for White Rose Awards entries

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  • Rogers unveils revised Cambridge masterplan

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  • rpa:architecture

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  • Seaside resorts to receive CABE cash boosts

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  • Security increased at Brighton Jubilee Library after website names it as gay sex hotspot

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  • SMC cuts ties with group founder Stewart McColl

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  • Stanton Williams unveils King's Cross pavilion

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  • Stanton Williams win Eton Manor site

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  • Stolen Stanley?

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  • Studio Three Paradise Street pavilion wins green light

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  • StudioKAP

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  • Sunny outlook

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  • Taylor Young reveals Liverpool college plans

    Taylor Young has unveiled its £50 million proposals for Hugh Baird College in Liverpool.
  • Tempelhof rescue fails to take flight

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  • Tent London competition seeks 'unrecognised architects'

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  • The Audiacity of Richard Rogers

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  • Three candidates enter race for RIBA presidency

    Three architects have put themselves forward to run in the 2009/10 RIBA presidency race.
  • Time to chill

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  • Tonkin Liu cultivates 'flower' pavilion for London Festival of Architecture

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  • Tricorn replacement 'too fussy', says CABE

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  • Turbines turn on Atkins' Bahrain World Trade Center

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  • Understanding The New Planning Reforms

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  • Urban Splash unveils six sweet schemes for Manchester

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  • Vincent & Gorbing

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  • Virgin on the ridiculous

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  • Walters and Cohen unveils Kew Gardens gallery

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  • Why Joseph Rykwert should win the Gold Medal

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  • Wikitecture, petrified existentialism and a barking mad icon

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  • Woods Bagot

    Global architectural firm Woods Bagot have announced the appointment of Cathy Stewart as the new head of its Education and Science Sector for Europe.
  • Woods Bagot

    Global architectural firm Woods Bagot have announced the appointment of Cathy Stewart as the new head of its Education and Science Sector for Europe.
  • World goes to Barcelona

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  • Zaha is victorious in Vilnius with Guggenheim designs

    Zaha Hadid has beaten fellow global stars Daniel Libeskind and Massimiliano Fuksas to win the competition to design the new Solomon R Guggenheim museum in Vilnius, Lithuania.
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