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  • RIBA's window dressing

    3-Apr-2014

    The RIBA attempts to promote British practices in Shanghai
  • Zaha in the deep end

    3-Apr-2014

    Zaha Hadid has designed a range of swimwear
  • Disappointing Deyan

    3-Apr-2014

    Deyan Sudjic’s latest book has come under heavy fire
  • Spot the difference: an airport by Rogers and another by Atkins

    8-Mar-2014

    Images emerged last week of two separate, yet vaguely familiar, airport proposals in China
  • Wilkinson Eyre brought back onto Carslberg brewery job

    7-Mar-2014

    Despite coming runner-up in the contest to revamp the Danish brewery Wilkinson Eyre has been brought back onto the job
  • 'Forth' time lucky for UNESCO World Heritage Site bid?

    6-Mar-2014

    Those behind the bid to bag UNESCO World Heritage Site status for the Forth Bridge appear to be supremely confident in the structure’s cultural merits
  • Adjaye's burrower renovations

    26-Feb-2014

    David Adjaye is set to revamp the Hackney house which once belonged to ‘Mole Man’
  • Crossrail’s picture rail

    26-Feb-2014

    Crossrail has employed artist Julie Leonard to document the infrastructure project’s construction
  • Fox Hill back in motion

    26-Feb-2014

    Almost a decade since Dutch firm Mecanoo started its first project in the UK at Fox Hill in Sheffield, the stalled scheme looks set to start again on site
  • End of the road for RIBANet

    26-Feb-2014

    This Friday (28 February) marks the end of the road for RIBANet, when the self-help, closed-door internet forum for members is officially shut down
  • Antony Gormley manhole cover lifted

    2-Dec-2013

    A manhole cover designed by artist Antony Gormley has been stolen from a Peckham street days after a blogger posted a story about it
  • Chipperfield features on the cover of Pevsner

    6-Nov-2013

    David Chipperfield’s Turner Contemporary in Margate has been honoured with an appearance on the cover of the latest Pevsner guide
  • Bang on the money: Populous' Sochi Olympic stadium appears on 100 rouble note

    1-Nov-2013

    The Bank of Russia has unveiled a commemorative 100 rouble note that features Populous’ 2014 Winter Olympic main stadium
  • Who’s got the BIGest…

    31-Oct-2013

    In his latest review for the Observer Rowan Moore draws attention to the amusing name one of the world’s most well-known young architects has chosen for his website
  • Fumihiko Maki reveals plans for second New York United Nations skyscraper

    25-Sep-2013

    Japanese starchitect Fumihiko Maki has unveiled plans for a new 166 meter-tall United Nations tower in New York
  • Viñoly's Walkie Talkie accused of melting cars

    2-Sep-2013

    The City of London has suspended three parking bays following reports that sunlight reflected from Rafael Viñoly’s skyscraper at 20 Fenchurch Street is melting cars
  • Rogers the no-hoper

    25-Jul-2013

    Among the artefacts at the Royal Academy’s exhibition focusing on the work of Richard Rogers is the starchitect’s scathing 1958 school report from the Architectural Association
  • Council belly-flop

    23-Jun-2013

    Miserable news from the North West. Hodder Associates’ award-winning Berners Pool in Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, will finally be demolished this year
  • Revealed: £20k cost of Oldham case

    3-Jun-2013

    Last month, after a number of lengthy hearings, former ARB board member George Oldham received a slapped wrist over the infamous leaked email in which he referred to Stephen Lawrence Trust candidates as ‘the ethnics’
  • Rogers' Lloyd’s building set for £260m sale

    11-Apr-2013

    Richard Rogers’ Lloyd’s building in London is reportedly in line to be sold for nearly £260 million
  • Pritzker for Chipperfield?

    18-Mar-2013

    AJ readers believe it is time David Chipperfield won the Pritzker Prize, according to an online survey
  • The Twitterati verdict on FCBS’ Southbank overhaul

    8-Mar-2013

    [Warning: contains vitriol] Twittersphere reaction to Feilden Clegg Bradley’s £120 million Southbank revamp was mixed, but most agreed it looked like a ‘big glass box’
  • Restoration Man not happy with Pathfinder Redux demolition men

    7-Mar-2013

    TV’s Restoration Man George Clarke has distanced himself from the latest Return of Pathfinder-style demolitions proposed for the Welsh Streets area of Liverpool
  • Chelsea Barracks ‘to go ahead’

    6-Feb-2013

    The £3 billion redevelopment of Chelsea Barracks in West London is reported to be back on track
  • Planning minister a ‘proud member of the Tesco party’

    8-Nov-2012

    New planning minister Nick Boles reportedly supports the ‘Tesco party’
  • Spoof Southend Pier airport plan revealed

    1-Nov-2012

    An outfit calling itself ‘Makeit Architects’ has mooted a satirical proposal for an international airport hub on Southend Pier
  • Crime and punishment

    24-Oct-2012

    The high-profile client behind Zaha Hadid Architects’ Central Bank of Iraq project, governor Sinan al-Shabibi, has been dismissed and an arrest warrant issued in his name amid allegations of currency manipulation
  • Off with their heads

    24-Oct-2012

    Architecture activist Trenton Oldfield was sentenced to six months in prison last week for disrupting the Oxbridge boat race, creating a surge of responses on Twitter
  • Neolithic homes planned for Stonehenge

    28-Sep-2012

    English Heritage is planning to construct three, life-sized Neolithic homes at Stonehenge in Wiltshire
  • Fallingwater blueprints for sale at the Wright price

    14-Sep-2012

    A set of 12 original blueprints for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater have turned up at an auction house in Guernsey
  • Still ugly. Still empty. Demolish me now

    13-Aug-2012

    Battersea is finally losing patience with a perennially incomplete apartment block at the corner of Battersea Park Road and Prince of Wales Drive
  • Over Wait?

    10-Aug-2012

    Visitors to the Olympic site have been flocking to AEW designed super-sized McDonalds, and although it is reportedly the largest in the world it seems it is not large enough
  • British invasion

    19-Jul-2012

    At the ground-breaking ceremony for Rio 2016 earlier this month, the Rio mayor’s office cited AECOM’s lead design role, referring to the multi-national practice as an English firm of designers, ‘uma impresa inglesa’.
  • Shattered illusions

    19-Jul-2012

    MUMA’s ‘exploding’ glass balustrade for its staircase in the V&A Medieval and Renaissance galleries has finally been replaced and re-opened, after extensive testing and more than one maquette.
  • Royal descent

    19-Jul-2012

    Prince Andrew has continued to defy the anti-modern architecture views of his brother, the Prince of Wales, by agreeing to abseil from the summit of Renzo Piano’s 310 metre-tall Shard skyscraper in London.
  • Down on Dow

    19-Jul-2012

    Happy news in Hackney Wick, London where David Kohn Architects last week completed its £550,000 transformation of a former sweet factory into ‘The White Building’, an arts centre on the Olympic fringe
  • Hadid Street?

    18-Jul-2012

    ‘Hadid Street’ was spotted on an Olympic Park legacy map last week.
  • Spam inbox blunder leads to Southbank shortlist rethink

    13-Jul-2012

    Allies and Morrison has earned a last-minute place on the shortlist to redevelop London’s Southbank Centre after a spam filter meant its application failed to reach organisers in time
  • Slice of life

    13-Jul-2012

    At the wrap party for the London Festival of Architecture, held in Carmody Groarke’s Filling Station, Kevin Carmody was overheard bemoaning the choice of furniture – and rightly so, as the orange and green picnic tables were a rotten fit.
  • An act of folly

    13-Jul-2012

    Sad news at the Royal Docks, where the shelving of two installations planned for the London Pleasure Gardens temporary events arena has left architects frustrated
  • On the scrap heap

    12-Jul-2012

    The demise of Thomas Heatherwick’s £2 million B Of The Bang sculpture in Manchester has not been happy for anyone
  • Round the bend

    12-Jul-2012

    Many architects have tried their hand at car design, including Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster. However, none of their proposals have been quite as radical, or bizarre, as Will Alsop’s self-named ‘Concertina Car’
  • Private & confidential

    28-Jun-2012

    Last week’s RIBA Council kicked off to a rip-roaring start with past president Owen Luder slamming the institute for emblazoning ‘private and confidential’ across council papers which contain only a sliver of secret material, stating: ‘Please can we make sure everything we do can be seen to be open and transparent.’
  • RIBA price hike

    28-Jun-2012

    Why must architects now pay £383 for RIBA membership and not £385, as they do in Scotland?
  • Royal approval

    28-Jun-2012

    The Shard, Europe’s tallest skyscraper (pictured), will receive a smidgen of royal approval next week when Prince Andrew and Qatari prime minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al Thani officiate at its inauguration
  • Pride of place

    6-Jun-2012

    Good to see two giants of the development world recalling design decisions as well as planning battles at the Urban Land Institute conference in Canary Wharf last week
  • Listing to one side

    6-Jun-2012

    The London Southbank Centre’s high-spirited Festival of the World kicked off last week in a disused space beneath the Queen Elizabeth Hall
  • It’s not all happening in Bradford

    6-Jun-2012

    Bradford’s ‘big hole’ has been a long running embarrassment for the west Yorkshire city
  • Quicker by rail?

    30-May-2012

    Architects seeking the go-ahead for speedy demolitions beware
  • A woman’s place

    30-May-2012

    An AJ trip to Istanbul, courtesy of theTurkish Ceramics Promotion Group, proved rather interesting for many reasons not least among them the sheer number of women involved at high level in both architectural practice and the construction industry
  • Cisterns analysis

    30-May-2012

    Under glorious sun, the opening of Mark Power’s ‘Jubiloo’ on London’s Southbank was the perfect opportunity to kick-start the season with a momentous first Pimm’s of the summer
  • Egghead: Hodder on the telly

    30-May-2012

    Following his victory in the one-horse race to become the next RIBA president, Stephen Hodder has again experienced the unrelenting spotlight of publicity and the pressures of true ‘fame’
  • Changing places

    17-May-2012

    Remember Jennifer Dixon?
  • Recycled steel

    16-May-2012

    So much has been written about the like-it or vehemently loathe-it ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Olympic Park
  • Caught green-handed

    16-May-2012

    DSDHA’s Paradise Park Children’s Centre’s infamous green wall, which dried up in 2009, is green again – or at least, it’s been rendered green
  • Stout effort

    16-May-2012

    Ever fancied downing a pint of the black stuff at the bottom of the sea?
  • Silent night

    10-May-2012

    NORD’s Olympic Substation won the Non-Residential Building category at Wienerberger’s Brick Awards last week, with founder Alan Pert in Vienna to pick up the gong
  • Shuttleworth plot afoot

    10-May-2012

    Ken Shuttleworth’s proposals for a huge, silver-clad block at Broadgate, which was likened to a behemothesque Bakelite radio, caused something of an uproar last year
  • Apologies for absence

    10-May-2012

    It was standing room only at the book launch of Architecture for Humanity founder Cameron Sinclair’s Design Like You Give a Damn 2 in Shoreditch, London, last week, which doubled up with Architecture for Humanity’s ‘Ideas on a postcard, please’ event
  • Dumbing up the Shard

    10-May-2012

    Overly dramatic music, a constant bombardment of stats and a repetitive narrative (we get it, it’s dangerous to work in high winds) managed to drain any interest from Renzo Piano’s Shard in Channel 4’s much-hyped The Tallest Tower documentary last week
  • Cartoon Koolhaas

    10-May-2012

    OMA’s Rem Koolhaas was the latest guest star to appear in Matt Groening’s The Simpsons last week (pictured), joining Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry in the list of architects to be thus honoured
  • Long-life domes

    2-May-2012

    New research by the Université Paris-Sud has found that architecturally monikered super-substance Buckminsterfullerene, when combined with olive oil, doubled the lifespan of rats
  • Very like a whale

    2-May-2012

    Visitors to the Cutty Sark, which re-opened last week, expressed curiosity, and in one case anxiety for personal safety, about the decision to reveal the underside of the Victorian tea clipper by supporting it off the sides of its pseudo-dry dock setting
  • So Long, farewell

    2-May-2012

    A toast to M J Long, of Long & Kentish, has just retired as chair of design review at DC CABE
  • Nicely wrapped up

    2-May-2012

    If you thought the Olympic Games masterminds couldn’t push sustainability any further, think again
  • The Diary of an Anonymous Architect #9

    25-Apr-2012

    The latest in an ongoing series about the day-to-day travails of an embattled practitioner. This week: It’s the economy, Stupid……
  • Starchitects a-sailing

    25-Apr-2012

    You couldn’t get away from the raft of TV programmes, pictures and even museums dedicated to the Titanic as the 100th anniversary of its demise lurched onto the horizon.
  • Help from my friends

    5-Apr-2012

    Some of our most established architects may have been more rock and roll than we thought
  • Simpson completes ‘twee’ Kensington Palace loggia

    26-Mar-2012

    [First look] John Simpson & Partners has completed a £12 million overhaul of Kensington Palace Gardens in west London, previously blasted for its ‘twee’ loggia design
  • Off message

    22-Mar-2012

    Hardcore RIBA aficionados need no reminding that this month we approach the first anniversary of past president Ruth Reed’s failed attempt to oust institute chief executive Harry Rich
  • Cracking up in Blackpool

    22-Mar-2012

    Tragedy, and tooled-up council workmen, hit Blackpool’s new Comedy Carpet
  • Manchester unearths forgotten 1970s tube line

    13-Mar-2012

    Two Manchester university academics have discovered the forgotten half-built remnants of an underground rail line
  • Stamp of approval

    1-Mar-2012

    Stamp collectors and fans of Basil Spence behold: the Scottish Brutalist architect has been commemorated on a special Royal Mail postage stamp
  • Pride of Peckham

    1-Mar-2012

    ‘Delighted that Architects’ Journal and Philips have chosen Peckham for their Liveable Cities design contest, hoping for some creative ideas.’
  • The chips are down

    27-Feb-2012

    The residents of Will Alsop’s ‘Chips’ building in Manchester are not frying. In fact, for most of last week (13 February) they were freezing
  • Olympocrat U-turn

    23-Feb-2012

    Remember all the fuss about Olympic bosses refusing to allow architects to advertise their role in the London 2012 Olympic Games construction?
  • Revealed: the first ever amphibious house

    10-Feb-2012

    Waterworld-specialists BACA Architects have cornered the market in the floating future - and have come up with yet another ingenious scheme
  • Grandstanding at Battersea

    10-Feb-2012

    If Battersea Power Station needs a big idea then it’s hard to think bigger than squeezing a 60,000-seat football stadium next to – or maybe into – the iconic and decaying Grade II*-listed structure
  • BBC picks 1960s high-rise for Olympics news broadcasts

    30-Jan-2012

    BBC News will deliver its Olympic Games coverage from the roof and the top floors of a condemned Newham council estate
  • Brazilians plan to resurrect Christ in London

    26-Jan-2012

    An enormous 9m-tall statue of Jesus – similar to Rio De Janeiro’s famous Christ The Redeemer statue – is planned for Primrose Hill in London
  • The Invisible man

    26-Jan-2012

    It’s heartening to hear of high-profile exits motivated more by yearning for a lightness of soul than alarm at the sound of a sinking ship. In a move not beaten since Will Alsop threw it all in to concentrate on his painting, Piers Taylor announced his departure from Mitchell Taylor Workshop with a heartfelt missive about sticking it to the man
  • De Botton's Livid Architecture

    26-Jan-2012

    He may seem gentle (big, sad eyes) and kind (the numerous trendy holiday homes he pays trendy architects to design for his Living Architecture programme) …
  • Reaping the rewards

    26-Jan-2012

    The life of an RIBA president is not an easy one: long hours tending to presidential business, less time to give to your practice’s projects, the rubbish lift at Portland Place…
  • Canterbury tales

    8-Dec-2011

    Two months after its opening, Keith Williams Architects’ Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury is back in the news, but for the wrong reasons
  • Now Foster rethinks Heathrow

    8-Dec-2011

    The scale of Norman Foster’s infrastructure vision for the UK expanded last week when the 76-year-old starchitect claimed his plan to build a £50 billion hub airport in the Thames Estuary should be funded by the closure of Heathrow
  • Euro crisis in Holland

    27-Oct-2011

    In a bid to bring architecture to the masses, Architecture For One Euro has launched in Rotterdam, offering a drop-in professional service where shoppers can get advice on their design problems for just €1
  • HKR splinters

    20-Oct-2011

    What exactly is going on at HKR Architects, I hear you ask? A good question
  • Maggie’s leaves home

    20-Oct-2011

    The award-winning Maggie’s Centres, designed by a raft of stars including Rem Koolhaas, are now starting to emerge all over the world
  • The Diary of an Anonymous Architect #3

    15-Sep-2011

    The third in a new series about the day-to-day travails of an embattled practitioner. This week: Switching Off
  • Bye bye to BT Tower dishes

    1-Sep-2011

    The communications dishes on London’s iconic BT Tower are set to be removed following concerns over their safety
  • Listless at Broadgate

    1-Sep-2011

    Back in June, the Twentieth Century Society lost its battle to have Arup Associates’ Broadgate buildings listed, paving the way for demolition of part of the 1980s office campus and the arrival of Make’s contentious £340 million UBS bank project
  • Shapps’ red card

    1-Sep-2011

    Grant Shapps’ call for Liverpool Football Club to speed up its future development plans pushed even Astragal’s taste for punnery to the limit
  • Shigeru Ban's cardboard ChristChurch

    4-Aug-2011

    A cathedral made of cardboard could be set to replace the historic ChristChurch Cathedral, damaged by the earthquake that hit New Zealand’s second city earlier this year
  • Cross about King’s

    30-Jul-2011

    King’s Cross fans had their interest piqued last week when Stanton Williams unveiled its £6 million plans to replace the central London train station’s 1970s concourse structure with 7,000m2 of new public realm
  • Quiet please

    29-Jul-2011

    Is the RIBA paying ‘hush money’ to departed staff?
  • Fringe benefit

    29-Jul-2011

    One ARB card-carrying architect got a welcome call from Stoke Newington Farmers’ Market last week to report they’d found his lost wallet
  • Get fit, Rogers style

    29-Jul-2011

    You’d be surprised quite how good the view from a £4.95 million Neo Bankside flat is, even from behind its red and grey exposed perimeter bracing
  • Michael Gove: No comment on phone hacking

    21-Jul-2011

    Astragal notes with interest that certain politicians have remained quiet during the phone-hacking affair
  • Olympic park: No lights, no cameras, no action

    21-Jul-2011

    Astragal hears TV companies are already turning their backs on the uninspiring International Broadcasting Centre (IBC) in the Olympic Park
  • Phone hacking and architecture

    14-Jul-2011

    A spokesman for Rupert Murdoch’s News International has assured Astragal that the shock closure of the News of the World will have no impact on the progress of Amanda Levete Architects’ large remodelling of the group’s headquarters in east London
  • Milord Rogers waits in line

    14-Jul-2011

    Share some sympathy for Richard Rogers, who spent all day last Thursday at Westminster waiting for the RIBA-backed amendment to the Localism Bill to be debated in the House of Lords
  • Fairytale come true

    5-Jul-2011

    Astragal’s heart was warmed by Alma-nac’s real-life gingerbread house to raise funds for Great Ormond Street children’s hospital
  • Terminal architecture in Zurich

    5-Jul-2011

    Astragal’s morbid curiosity was piqued by news that London Metropolitan University Part 2 student andRIBA Council student representative Alex Scott-Whitby has initiated a dialogue between Swiss assisted-suicide clinic Dignitas and the owners of Zurich Airport over plans to relocate the clinic to the airport’s inter-country transit zone
  • Pyrrhic victory in Scotland

    5-Jul-2011

    To the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh and the opening night of 3x3, an exhibition of the work of three new academicians
  • Royal Institute of Brewing Architects

    27-Jun-2011

    Recession making you thirsty? Never fear, the Redundant Architects Recreation Society (RARA) has launched a new beer brewed solely by unemployed architects
  • Video: Battersea Power Cube

    10-Jun-2011

    Ever found yourself thinking a Rubik’s Cube was impossible to complete? Well, consider the irony facing the owners ofBattersea Power Station – the Grade II*-listed landmark which has proved one of London’s most elusive redevelopment projects
  • Update: a history of wind problems in Leeds

    10-Jun-2011

    Astragal was intrigued to stumble across these findings of an investigation by the Yorkshire Post into the history of wind problems around the base of Aedas’ Bridgewater Place scheme in Leeds
  • Hemingway drops Broadgate/Shuttleworth clanger on Newsnight

    3-Jun-2011

    Wayne Hemingway showed off the full extent of his architectural knowledge on BBC2’s Newsnight on Thursday after mistakenly claiming ‘his favourite architect’ Ken Shuttleworth had designed London’s Broadgate
  • Baking with BDP

    2-Jun-2011

    A welcome surprise greeted guests attending BDP’s 50th birthday celebrations in the form of two very special desserts
  • Tweet it in the family

    2-Jun-2011

    Astragal was tickled by the brotherly banter that followed Bolton Council’s approval of the 740m2 underground ‘Teletubby’ home designed by Make for former Manchester United footballer Gary Neville
  • The Small Society

    26-May-2011

    AJ100 practices came in for some stick from Chris Brown of Igloo Regeneration at ‘From Whitehall to Wigan’, an event held at the RIBA last week to discuss how architects can help ‘make Localism work’
  • Video: Francis Terry, the Classicist Banksy

    20-May-2011

    On April Fool’s Day Francis Terry turned part of ‘Banksy’s Tunnel’ in London’s Leake Street into a graffiti classical facade
  • Instanbul biennial's 'untitled' mystery

    11-May-2011

    Astragal’s hastily formulated Delayed Announcement of the Week Award goes to the 12th Istanbul Biennial, or to give it its full title, Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011
  • Over: the Horizon in Hackney

    11-May-2011

    Sad news ahoy as the Horizon school in Hackney, designed in the 1970s by AJ’s own cartoonist Louis Hellman while working at the Greater London Council, is set to be demolished
  • SANAA, Rolex and Tout s’en va

    10-May-2011

    Visiting SANAA’s amazing Rolex Learning Centre at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne last week, Astragal was astonished by what it saw …
  • You’ll never work alone

    5-May-2011

    Confusion reigns in Liverpool, where plans for a new stadium in Stanley Park for Liverpool Football Club are up in the air, despite work having tentatively started on site
  • Velodrome minds thinking alike

    3-May-2011

    From Amsterdam Astragal has received an email from one Stephen Lawrence, RIBA, praising Hopkins’ design for the 2012 Olympic Velodrome
  • Something rotten in Denmark

    3-May-2011

    With excitement, Platform 5 found out last week that its Mapledene Road project (AJ 15.01.09) had won a competition hosted by a Danish homes and gardens website – www.bolius.dk
  • Moving the Aldgate Goalposts

    3-May-2011

    Astragal understands the future of the proposed Aldgate Giant Goalposts, a 60m-tall ‘gateway’ in London’s East End, could be in doubt
  • Low-tech Olympic Games

    14-Apr-2011

    It’s been a tough, back to basics past two days at LOCOG, Astragal hears
  • The estate we're in

    14-Apr-2011

    What a relief to see ‘The Great Estate: The Rise and Fall of the Council House’ on BBC Four this week
  • Mingling Mancunians

    24-Mar-2011

    Astragal was in town for the launch of the Manchester International Festival, which prides itself on commissioning artworks especially for the fortnight-long event (taking place from 30 June to 17 July this year)
  • Rechristening CABE

    24-Mar-2011

    Decaff, D:Ream, Deee-lite and now DCabe. Could this be the ‘street’ name for the newly forged design powerhouse formed by the merger of CABE with the Design Council earlier this year?
  • Model misbehaviour at MIPIM

    17-Mar-2011

    The London model, although looking slightly tired, was still an impressive centrepiece for the buzzing London Pavilion at this year’s MIPIM property fair.
  • Corb lost RIBA £100,000

    17-Feb-2011

    The hoo-ha about the dissolution of the RIBA Trust has focused on the process and, in particular, the lack of consultation with its trustees
  • Alsop's art gang take over the AJ Small Projects awards

    17-Feb-2011

    AJ Small Projects judge Will Alsop surprised the audience last week when he revealed that the runner-up team at Lincoln Miles Architecture were not really architects at all
  • How to get thrown out of The Building Centre

    16-Feb-2011

    Who did New London Architecture chairman Peter Murray throw out of The Building Centre last weekend?
  • Pretty steep

    10-Feb-2011

    Poor old John Pawson has attracted ridicule for his swanky tastes in the current issue of Private Eye
  • Birmingham hearts AJ

    10-Feb-2011

    To Birmingham, for a nose around the site of Mecanoo’s vast new Library of Birmingham with Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham council and Francine Houben of Mecanoo
  • Resi? Not in my back yard, says Rees

    20-Jan-2011

    Don’t be fooled by City Planning Officer Peter Rees’ reputation as a forward-thinking champion of contemporary architecture
  • Midsomer's architectural lambast

    20-Jan-2011

    Astragal wasn’t expecting abuse while watching Midsomer Murders and enjoying a glass of claret (the drink, not human blood), but the battle between new and quaint clearly rages on in Midsomer
  • New Thunderbirds revives Brains role chance for Archigram star

    20-Jan-2011

    The keenly anticipated return of the 1960s science fiction puppet TV show Thunderbirds seems likely to presage renewed interest in the antics of one of its contemporaries, the pop architectural group Archigram
  • Doing the Modernist twist

    20-Jan-2011

    The Manchester Modernist Society has started to compile a modern A to Z of the city – including everything ‘from Aldine to Zochonis’
  • Tony Blair’s false start

    17-Dec-2010

    Planning permission granted for work on the former PM’s Buckinghamshire home
  • Zaha in full flow

    17-Dec-2010

    Hadid’s plumbing draws mixed reaction online
  • Square bashing - Westminster Cathedral and St Peter's Square, Manchester

    15-Dec-2010

    Dude, where’s my square? Back in January, two competitions were launched to design significant public realm projects in London and Manchester. Westminster Council wanted a design team to revamp the ‘piazza’ in front of Westminster Cathedral, while Manchester City Council sought a mastermind to oversee the revamp of St Peter’s Square next to its soon-to-be-overhauled town hall extension and library.
  • Napoleon Skyscrapers

    10-Dec-2010

    Last week saw another planning application approved for a skyscraper in London, and a question preoccupied the nation: what do these architects have to prove?
  • Tower Hamlets delays decision on Robin Hood Gardens

    10-Dec-2010

    Fans of Alison and Peter Smithson’s Robin Hood Gardens, and perhaps also, social justice might be interested to learn more about Tower Hamlets Council’s move to delay by a month the decision about which design team’s project should replace the estate.
  • World's oldest architect, Oscar Niemeyer, composes samba

    9-Dec-2010

    The world’s oldest living Pritzker Prize-winner, Oscar Niemeyer, is well into his second century now.
  • No new spire for Westminster Abbey

    2-Dec-2010

    Fans of medieval architecture will recall a plan for a design competition launched last summer by Westminster Abbey to create a new spire for the unfinished church
  • Piano's discord in Malta

    2-Dec-2010

    Perhaps inspired by too much daytime television, Malta has hired Renzo Piano to plan a £60m makeover of its capital city, Valletta
  • P-p-pick up a penguin

    18-Nov-2010

    Eagle-eyed planning-portal observers can rest assured that Wharmby Kozdon Architects’ application for alterations to a penguin enclosure at London Zoo will not replace Tecton’s iconic Grade I-listed structure
  • Spitfire dogfight in Southampton

    18-Nov-2010

    You’ve got to feel sorry for Nick Hancock, the former Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners architect, who won the competition to design the memorial to the Spitfire in Southampton
  • Actors for workhouses

    12-Nov-2010

    It seems CZWG has landed itself in a row with the Fitzrovian thesps
  • Parametric partying

    4-Nov-2010

    Despite a Stirling Prize-winning-year, things haven’t all been going Zaha Hadid’s way recently
  • Minimalist fathering?

    28-Oct-2010

    John Pawson vs David Chipperfield in the parenting stakes
  • Wronged residents seek new shelter

    15-Oct-2010

    A jaunt to design shelters in Bexhill-on-Sea has whipped up a storm in East Sussex
  • Prince Charles, the architect’s friend?

    15-Oct-2010

    Astragal was surprised to learn that the heir to the throne wins work abroad for British architects, according to the November issue of Vanity Fair
  • [Astragal at the Stirling Prize dinner] Architects v rock stars

    8-Oct-2010

    Mingling on ground trodden by Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison’s psychedelic spirits, guests at the Stirling Prize dinner at London’s Roundhouse were treated to a ‘whirling visual feast’ described by one veteran as ‘a fitting tribute to an illustrious music venue’
  • [Astragal at the Stirling Prize dinner] Hell hath no fury

    8-Oct-2010

    Judges of this year’s Stirling Prize may have been swayed by a stranger-than-life story told by a former employee of Zaha Hadid
  • [Astragal at the Stirling Prize dinner] Money manners

    8-Oct-2010

    As one of the Stirling Prize sponsors, the AJ’s Astragal had the honour of presenting the big, fat winner’s cheque to Zaha Hadid.
  • [AstragaI at the Stirling Prize dinner] I dub thee ‘pop hi-tech’

    8-Oct-2010

    Astragal’s always been fond of ‘dubbing’ things, for instance Foggo Associates’ tower in St Mary Axe, which Astragal dubbed the ‘Can of Ham’. But Stirling Prize host Tom Dyckhoff has taken the art of the dub to new levels.
  • Liverpool lie-in

    30-Sep-2010

    Visitors to BIQ Architecten’s Bluecoat building in Liverpool will be encouraged to jump into bed to promote peace and celebrate what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday with a ‘bed-in’
  • Backroom antics with Nigel Coates

    30-Sep-2010

    Architect, professor and provocateur Nigel Coates opened his South Kensington studio last week for a London Design Festival shindig
  • Arch rivals on Merseyside

    30-Sep-2010

    Astragal has been following the progress of the proposed new home for Liverpool Football Club for some years now
  • Venice 2010: Feline antics

    2-Sep-2010

    Venice locals know all about rolling with the punches delivered by the city’s sometimes inclement environment, but a few Venice Biennale exhibitors learnt tough lessons this week
  • RIBA's scouse mystery

    12-Aug-2010

    Will there be a ‘looky-likey Portland Place’ in Manchester?
  • LA scare for Meier

    12-Aug-2010

    Talk about architects being judged by their persuasive talents. Before Richard Meier started building the Getty Centre museum in Los Angeles he had a meeting on the hilltop with some objectors…
  • Alsop cursed by criticism

    22-Jul-2010

    Last week, a second scathing attack took place on Will Alsop’s architecture within the walls of the Royal Academy
  • The AR turns Japanese

    22-Jul-2010

    Website domain names can be tricky things.
  • Architect wars in Birmingham

    1-Jul-2010

    ‘It’s very difficult for me to criticise another architect,’ said John Madin during a recent interview with the Birmingham Post
  • The AA's invisible pavilion

    17-Jun-2010

    Fans of the Architectural Association’s summer pavilions will be saddened to hear the innovative one-off structure will be absent from London’s Bedford Square this year
  • African adventure

    17-Jun-2010

    Astragal doffs his cycling helmet in support of Nyomi Rowsell and her attempt to pedal a spectacular 7,500 miles down the east of Africa for architectural charity Article 25
  • Elephant and Castle: Make your mind up

    17-Jun-2010

    London’s Elephant and Castle can be fairly described as an architectural triumph in rendering despair
  • Something fishy at Smithfield Market

    10-Jun-2010

    The ongoing saga surrounding the redevelopment (or not) of London’s Smithfield General Market has taken another twist
  • Star meets architects

    10-Jun-2010

    “Hello Kingston University…”
  • The Hellman Files #11

    10-Jun-2010

    A trawl through Hellman’s archives, in which we uncover gems that are as relevant now as they were then.
  • Ungated community

    10-Jun-2010

    Opponents of the so-called ‘hijab gates’ to Brick Lane can relax - the plans will definitely not go ahead.
  • Will Alsop's fancy dress party

    10-Jun-2010

    Unusual news from the forthcoming London Festival of Architecture (19 June-4 July)
  • Kevin McCloud: Smoke 'em if you've got 'em

    3-Jun-2010

    To Swindon, for a day out with a politician and a TV celebrity
  • Stewart McColl has designs on you

    3-Jun-2010

    The one-time head honcho of SMC Group, which hit the headlines almost weekly in the mid-noughties as it snaffled up a slew of practices, has once more set his eyes on acquisitions
  • Paul Finch: A future in farming?

    27-May-2010

    CABE chair Paul Finch was on robust form at last week’s AJ100 awards dinner at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London, when he talked about post-election prospects
  • Learning with hobbits

    20-May-2010

    Ever wondered how Bilbo Baggins bagged planning for that delightful bungalow in Middle-earth?
  • Spring awakening for Rogers and Vinoly

    20-May-2010

    There appear to be signs of life at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ credit-crunched ‘Cheesegrater’
  • £20 a night with Alain de Botton

    20-May-2010

    The summer season is fast approaching and Astragal has been relaxing in vest and flip-flops following the recent launch of Living Architecture – a range of holiday homes in which one can unwind from as little as £20 per person, per night
  • Which Stirling Prize?

    20-May-2010

    Astragal heard one of the contenders for this year’s Stirling Prize could be Smith Scott Mullan Associates for its regeneration of Raploch Estate with Gareth Hoskins Architects
  • Daniel Libeskind's gift of the gab

    13-May-2010

    If you missed Daniel Libeskind’s lecture at the Royal Geographical Society on 29 April, let Astragal fill you in on the evening’s gems
  • Architect with designs on parliament falls short

    13-May-2010

    Architect Iain Meek of Bromley-based practice Meek Associates stood for the Holborn and St Pancras seat in last week’s general election
  • Architects do battle: Style wars at the RIBA

    13-May-2010

    At the RIBA in London last week, the private view of the Three Classicists exhibition, previewed in AJ 06.05.10, was busy
  • Tom Dixon's watery end

    29-Apr-2010

    Tom Dixon took a few minutes out from his busy Milan schedule to give Astragal an update on his Ladbroke Grove den; a concrete water tower in west London he bought with the intention of making it habitable
  • Jean Nouvel sees red

    29-Apr-2010

    There was plenty of pretentious verbiage on display at the Milan Furniture Fair 2010, but back home Jean Nouvel blew away the competition
  • Milan's Magic moments

    29-Apr-2010

    Astragal’s prize for the most bizarre sight seen at the Milan Furniture Fair this year goes to Breed Retreat by Amsterdam-based designer Frederik Roijé
  • Crash and Brum in Cannes

    30-Mar-2010

    Best media quotation of the MIPIM week appeared in the Birmingham Post and came from Glenn Howells, Midlands champion from Stourbridge
  • Mipim's Michelin stars

    30-Mar-2010

    The usual ‘Cycle to Cannes’ charity event took place to general approbation. But there are moves afoot to launch a parallel event for the exercise-challenged
  • Diller Scofidio + Renfro work in the shadow of the High Line

    18-Mar-2010

    Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the practice behind Manhattan’s High Line project (pictured), is working on an intriguing project next to the former train line, which it turned into an urban park.
  • Arctic monkeying with Clegg and Prasad

    11-Mar-2010

    Architects and artists wait impatiently for Ian McEwan’s new novel, Solar, in which he lampoons various creative types who joined him on a 2005 global warming fact-finding trip to the Arctic
  • People's History Museum springs a leak

    4-Mar-2010

    Just days before its reopening last month, the People’s History Museum in Manchester suffered a minor blip – a small leak
  • Tripping all over Battersea

    4-Mar-2010

    The new US Embassy may have trouble with noisy neighbours, such as Battersea’s psychedelic contingent
  • Hullabaloo in Barangaroo

    4-Mar-2010

    Elizabeth Farrelly, professor of architecture at the University of Sydney, has emerged as the most prominent critic of Richard Rogers’ plans for a £3.5 billion regeneration of the Barangaroo area of Sydney
  • Skiing the web

    25-Feb-2010

    Astragal has enjoyed playing Julien de Smedt Architects’ online ski-jumping game.
  • Ministry of Shhhhh

    25-Feb-2010

    Whistle posse make some noise: Oakmayne Property’s residential tower threatens Ministry of Sound
  • Trust in RMJM

    24-Feb-2010

    The Commonwealth Education Trust (formerly the Commonwealth Institute) was one of the last occupants of the landmark 1962 RMJM building on Kensington High Street.
  • Hat-trick Hodge

    24-Feb-2010

    Recently, architecture minister Margaret Hodge has fired off a hat-trick of listing refusals that have flown in the face of English Heritage (EH) recommendations.
  • Zaha Hadid's never had it so good

    18-Feb-2010

    The designer of the Olympic aquatics centre will be able to splash out this year – Zaha Hadid’s remuneration has increased 5 per cent to a cool £775,000
  • Holyrood? Hollywood?

    18-Feb-2010

    On receiving the RIBA Royal Gold Medal last week, Chinese-American architect IM Pei explained that if his father had had his way, Pei might have been a great British architect
  • Never a truer word

    18-Feb-2010

    Astragal congratulates architectural technician Chris Van Essen on winning a copy of Dulux Trade colour-trend bible ColourFutures 2010.
  • A Liverpudlian olive branch

    18-Feb-2010

    Peace has broken out at the Museum of Liverpool
  • Radio's Rory Olcayto...

    16-Feb-2010

    Astragal was delighted to hear the dulcet tones of AJ’s Features Editor Rory Olcayto on BBC Radio 3 this Sunday
  • Architectural partner-swapping in Dundee

    15-Feb-2010

    Things are hotting up in the race to submit bids for the V&A’s new outpost in Dundee, and news of all sorts of interesting team combinations is reaching AJ towers
  • Stuart Lipton: What goes around...

    15-Feb-2010

    Astragal has heard about two rival bids for developer P&O Estates’ 1960s Elizabeth House building next to London’s Waterloo Station
  • Hamiltons, by any other name

    28-Jan-2010

    Following the departures of Robin Partington and founder Tim Hamilton, AJ100 practice Hamiltons has decided to change its name, with a new moniker being unveiled at MIPIM in March.
  • Bottoms up with the British Toilet Association

    28-Jan-2010

    Astragal is always keen to hear from the British Toilet Association. Last week, the lavvy-savvy group launched its Where Can I Go? campaign in a bid to get more public toilets built in the UK
  • Nine Elms US Embassy: An act of imagination

    28-Jan-2010

    US ambassador Louis Susman lives in one of London’s most desirable homes: Winfield House, a 5ha property in Regent’s Park that has been home to ambassadors since Barbara Hutton sold it to the US government for $1 in the 1940s
  • Jonathan Woolf describes paint drying

    22-Jan-2010

    When an invitation to view the Painted House, a thoughtful, esoteric remodelling of pair of 1940s north London semis by a hip London firm landed on the AJ’s desk, Astragal was struck by the accompanying text
  • David Chipperfield, man of culture

    22-Jan-2010

    David Chipperfield was on good form at the Design Museum for a reception hosted by theHepworth Wakefield gallery, whose building is being designed by Chipperfield’s practice
  • Burj Khalifa: The view from Manchester

    14-Jan-2010

    Maybe it’s down to the city’s famous grey skies, but you can always count on a Mancunian to bring a certain gloom to proceedings
  • Ice work: Eiffel tower built in Harrogate park

    8-Jan-2010

    A church and the Eiffel Tower are among the latest snow-sculptures created by British architects
  • Architectural snowman enjoys 'adverse weather conditions'

    7-Jan-2010

    Cold snap inspires Somerset architects to create impromptu snow sculpture
  • Arms race – a new Olympic sport?

    6-Jan-2010

    Knives, bullets, body armour, guns and items of jewellery recovered from London’s streets have been melted down to help build London’s 2012 Olympic site in Stratford
  • Zaha Hadid's journey to the top

    27-Nov-2009

    To Rome for the opening of Zaha Hadid’s splendid MAXXI, which has had critics metaphorically trampling over each in other in the crush for superlatives
  • George Bush goes to the library

    26-Nov-2009

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a US President, upon retiring from political office, must be in want of a library
  • Will Alsop: A retiring fellow

    13-Nov-2009

    Will Alsop has another reason to be cheery after his early retirement from… retirement
  • Breaking the ice at the Germany Embassy

    12-Nov-2009

    Astragal was delighted to take up an invitation to a soirée at the German embassy to celebrate the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall
  • Dude, where's my Ferrari?

    5-Nov-2009

    Anyone watching the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on the BBC on Sunday may have noticed a rather large, red carapace in the background of certain shots
  • David Chipperfield's Home Sour Home

    5-Nov-2009

    After complaining about the poor state of UK planning and competitions at the opening of his recent Design Museum exhibition, David Chipperfield has yet another reason to lament the state of architecture in London
  • London loves

    30-Oct-2009

    Astragal schmoozed with Thomas Heatherwick and Tony Fretton at the opening of David Chipperfield’s new exhibition at the Design Museum last week.
  • Gehry gets the boot

    30-Oct-2009

    It looks like Zaha Hadid finally has some competition in the architect-designed-footwear arena
  • Foster frozen out at Frieze

    30-Oct-2009

    Norman Foster paid £150,000 for a Grayson Perry at Frieze Art Fair - but Paris gallerist Emmanuel Perrotin’s statue of Foster didn’t make out quite so well
  • The Price of a Perry

    30-Oct-2009

    Architects did well this year at the famous Frieze Art Fair, but not in the way you might expect.
  • £5m Manser maison: Recession, what recession?

    23-Sep-2009

    Shortlisted for the Manser Award just a few weeks ago, this massive house by Eldrige Smerin with beautiful views of the, ahem, cemetery has just gone on sale at a whopping £5 million
  • What recession?

    24-Jul-2009

    New creative interiors department defies recession
  • B of the Bye-Bye

    24-Jul-2009

    Sculpture headed for scrapyard
  • Art attack

    24-Jul-2009

    Mural painter attacks Dalston
  • Georgian digs

    24-Jul-2009

    Listed offices for architects cutting back
  • Astragal's MIPIM round-up

    20-Mar-2009

    A collection of backstage banter and sunburnt gossip from the property mega-fair
  • Canadian dogs kennel believe their luck

    6-Mar-2009

    Astragal keenly follows comparative approaches to urbanism and urban sprawl, so was delighted to receive this picture (above) from one of his North American correspondents. The photo, taken from the main freeway, shows a slice of suburbia in Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada – hard-working pooches recuperate in these residential ‘condos’ when not out on the dog-sledding trail.
  • Carp, Corb, Hunter

    27-Feb-2009

    Fishy business and Corbed enthusiasm from the AJ’s gossip-monger
  • Bang slang, Venturi ventures and Sci-Fi Dubai

    30-Jan-2009

    Obervations, factoids and hearsay from the AJ's building buzz-squad
  • National Trust madness, brutal bargains and architectural fetishes

    16-Jan-2009

    Shouts and calls from the column that could do with an Office Assistant
  • Gate watch and more Serpentine whispers

    4-Dec-2008

    Architectural gossip from the column with friends in high places
  • Qatar act

    27-Nov-2008

    Did I tell you the story about me, I M Pei and de Niro in Qatar?
  • Serpentine Pavilion 2009 gossip

    27-Nov-2008

    The tittle-tattle squad are in a twitter about who will design 2009's Serpentine Pavilion
  • Below stairs

    10-Sep-2008

    Astragal has found himself an early Christmas present – a spiral wine cellar from Spiral Cellars.
  • What planet is this?

    10-Sep-2008

    Astragal is a big fan of Star Trek. But not as much as one of the directors from auctioneer Phillips de Pury.
  • Singer Lily Allen reveals architectural ambitions

    21-Aug-2008

    Architecture faculties in universities up and down the UK are likely to become Lily Allen fans.
  • London Festival of Architecture kicks off with bangers, Boris and giant furniture

    20-Jun-2008

    More than 1,200 people squeezed into central London's Somerset House courtyard last night (19 June) to join Mayor Boris Johnson for the launch of the London Festival of Architecture.
  • See more pictures from the AJ Urban Splash Infobox exhibition opening party

    6-Jun-2008

    Ever on the lookout for architectural merrymaking, Astragal is pleased to present a select cut of pictures from the successful AJ/Urban Splash Tribeca Infobox exhibition opening.
  • ...While spirits ran high at the exhibition launch party

    5-Jun-2008

    How many of the country's hottest young architectural talents can you get in a former warehouse in Liverpool on a Wednesday night?
  • Stadium sale

    30-May-2008

    The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) admitted this week that it is looking at the possibility of flogging London’s £469 million Olympic main stadium – designed by HOK Sport and Peter Cook – once the Games have finished.
  • OMA plays it cool in Dubai

    19-May-2008

    Astragal was lucky enough to enjoy an afternoon with Reinier de Graaf from Rem Koolhaas’ firm Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) last week.
  • Nice work if you can get it

    15-May-2008

    Jaws dropped when it was revealed at the AJ100 awards ceremony last night (14 May) that Ken Shuttleworth’s burgeoning practice Make has only a 2 per cent staff turnover – an incredibly low figure which more than justifies the firm’s Employer of the Year award.
  • There's a brand new dance but I don't know its name

    15-May-2008

    From male kimonos to kilts, dickie bows to Doc Martins, architecture once again proved it has no real fashion sense at the AJ100 awards ceremony last night (14 May).
  • Erick van Egeraat unveils a rubbish scheme

    9-May-2008

    A load of Danish rubbish. That’s what Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat's new incinerator in Roskilde, Denmark has been designed to handle.
  • ...And finds time to gold-plate her jugs

    8-May-2008

    A little-known fact about Zaha Hadid is that beneath the tough, diva-like exterior is a heart of gold – or, in this case, a vase of gold.
  • BRE has sustainability all wrapped up

    6-May-2008

    We were delighted to receive the latest offering from BRE Press, a booklet called Sustainability through Planning by Josephine Prior and Claire Williams.
  • Skittle be alright on the night

    1-May-2008

    At which architects party did Astragal pick up this packet of cheap confectionery?
  • Hot property

    28-Apr-2008

    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.
  • Engineer to the glitterati

    25-Apr-2008

    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.
  • Flight of fancy

    21-Apr-2008

    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.
  • Running off the map

    21-Apr-2008

    Three of the AJ's staff spent a fascinating morning with the Ordnance Survey last week, intrigued to discover a whole room full of people staring at aerial photos on a screen through 3D glasses.
  • Developer threatens to flatten Beatles tour guide

    17-Apr-2008

    You can’t beat a good expletive-strewn spat, especially one that was intended to be private and became so hilariously public.
  • Virgin on the ridiculous

    16-Apr-2008

    How much would you be prepared to pay to go into space? Astragal was delighted to be seated near a future astronaut at the dinner following the 2008 Milo Lecture 'Extreme Architecture II: A Space Odyssey' on Tuesday (15 April).
  • Stolen Stanley?

    15-Apr-2008

    Astragal was treated to a quick peek around Cambridge University's Architecture Department the other day when he made a startling discovery.
  • The Audiacity of Richard Rogers

    11-Apr-2008

    Architectural superstar and eminence grise Richard Rogers is in some odd company in the latest issue of the very luxurious Audi Magazine.
  • Prince Andrew engages with architecture

    3-Apr-2008

    Has Prince Andrew become as passionate about architecture as his big brother? This photograph certainly suggests that he has a point to make.
  • Afghan stitchin'

    20-Mar-2008

    Ever wanted to see Zaha’s rug? Neither did the AJ, but she showed it to us anyway.
  • Gentleman's friend – 23.10.07

    23-Oct-2007

    He used to drive a Maserati, is a former journalist, wears his Prada trousers slim and is not averse to mystical experiences. No, it's not Astragal – it's OMA's loveable Rem Koolhaas! Astragal was treated to these and other insights when he settled down to read gentleman's style journal Fantastic Man. The magazine joins a slew of others that have eked out 'cool' points from the architectural profession. But unlike the other vulgar try-hards, Fantastic Man is well-suited ...
  • Intimates – 23.10.07

    23-Oct-2007

    Astragal is honoured to have received an invitation to teach at Yale University later this term, but his spy there says that intimate contact is the norm between tutors. The source writes: ‘An amusing story. When you come over you'll probably stay in the Omni hotel. All the visiting lecturers and tutors do. Last week there was a fire alarm at six in the morning and everyone had to evacuate the building and stand out on the pavement in their pyjamas. Amusingly, Leon Krier ...
  • There's only one Neville Neville – 23.10.07

    23-Oct-2007

    Readers will be aware that Astragal likes to keep firmly abreast of all the ups and downs in the world of Association Football. The unmistakable silhouette of Gary Neville sitting in AEW Architects’ Manchester office was never, therefore, going to elude the eagle-eyed bon-viveur. Apparently, the son of Neville Neville had popped in to talk about why his new house was starting to fall down. Perhaps it had taken a dive.
  • Wedding Bells - 23.10.07

    23-Oct-2007

    Astragal was surprised to hear that Future Systems’ 70-year-old founder Jan Kaplicky has tied the knot again – allegedly to a woman 40 years his junior. What is more unusual is that the ceremony took place just eight days after his ex-wife Amanda Levete got hitched for a second time. The question is, was the brown envelope for the office collection as heavy third time around…?
  • Booze Cruise - 23.10.07

    23-Oct-2007

    Booze cruise – 23.10.07
  • Animal Art - 19.10.07

    23-Oct-2007

    Artist Mark Wallinger, whose State Britain installation at Tate Britain is nominated for this year’s Turner Prize, has submitted a video called Sleeper for the award’s exhibition at Tate Liverpool. The video sees Wallinger, cunningly disguised as a bear, shuffling around Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Astragal has just one question (and it is wailed pitifully): What does it all mean? Well, according to the Times the piece ...
  • Looking drawn – 15.10.07

    19-Oct-2007

    Louis Hellman has now graced these pages with his bitingly satirical cartoons for 40 years, and this anniversary was marked with a delightful lunch in a Covent Garden restaurant last week. Editors and former editors galore (and not just of the AJ) turned up – Paul Finch, Peter Carolin, Peter Davey, Hugh Pearman and Louise Rogers among them. There were even a few architects, including Maxwell Hutchinson, David Rock and Angela Brady, who won an original version of last week’s AJ Hellman ...
  • The In Crowd – 15.10.07

    19-Oct-2007

    Last week was Frieze week, the annual art fair in London that begets a thousand pretentious dinner parties and sees the number 38 bus (Hackney to Regent's Park) jammed full of grumbling nearly-rans of the art world. Astragal didn’t see much, but was thrilled to spot Tony Fretton, Jamie Fobert, Corinna Dean and Lord and Lady Foster admiring the spider at the Louise Bourgeois opening at Tate Modern.
  • Super woofer – 15.10.07

    19-Oct-2007

    So, you’re motoring swiftly along an American highway, eyes peeled for somewhere to rest your weary head. And, somewhat unpredictably, you happen upon a 30ft-high beagle with a sign screaming the words ‘I’m a B&B’.
  • Making friends and influencing people – 11.10.07

    19-Oct-2007

    The London Evening Standard doesn’t appear that keen to make friends with its ‘London’s 1,000 Most Influential People’ supplement which appeared earlier this week. Apart from the disgraceful omission of Astragal (an administrative error we are assured) there is the bizarre biog of Astragal’s old mucker Paul Finch, AR editor and former CABE deputy chair. Finch is listed alongside such luminaries as Norman Foster, Ken Livingstone and ...
  • Cousteau-DA – 10.10.07

    19-Oct-2007

    God will smite anyone who claims the Olympic Delivery Authority is, in any way, a sinking ship. Didn't we chuckle then when the ODA's own press officers equated the tonnage of earth to be shifted from the Olympic Park to the weight of 37 submarines. Dive, dive, dive.
  • A dog's life – 02.10.07

    9-Oct-2007

    On arriving in Blackpool for the Tory party conference, Astragal headed off to the beachfront for a touch of sea air and soon became mesmerised by the large blobs of blue wax that sealed all the inspection hatches, drainage covers and manholes along the way. One of the seals and its officious HM crown was cracked in two and a sniffer dog was being encouraged to investigate. Its handler, clearly on his umpteenth search of the day and bored of the whole charade, couldn’t match the unbridled ...
  • No press please – 07.10.07

    9-Oct-2007

    Astragal found himself pinned up against the wall at this year's Stirling. Foster + Partners' Stefan Behling, it seems, had had enough of the media after his recent press conference in Libya, and this old hack caught the wrong side of the Bavarian bear. But after a few reassuring words Behling loosened his grip and chatted amiably about the Stirling shortlist. Good job Astragal didn't tell him what he really thought of Dresden...
  • No press please – 07.10.07

    9-Oct-2007

    Astragal found himself pinned up against the wall at this year's Stirling. Foster + Partners' Stefan Behling, it seems, had had enough of the media after his recent press conference in Libya, and this old hack caught the wrong side of the Bavarian bear. But after a few reassuring words Behling loosened his grip and chatted amiably about the Stirling shortlist. Good job Astragal didn't tell him what he really thought of Dresden...
  • Too much love – 07.10.07

    9-Oct-2007

    Glenn Howells met his number one fan at the Stirling awards. As Astragal tried to chat to Birmingham's favourite architect, Howells found himslef being manhandled by architect Peter King. King lavished Howells with praise, stopping just short of kissing Glenn's hand. 'Phew!' Howells said, 'Hope he hasn't got a room full of pictures of me at home, like that Alan Partridge episode!'
  • Magic bus – 07.10.07

    9-Oct-2007

    There is something about the Roundhouse, venue for the Stirling prize for the second year running, that brings out nostalgic memories in people of a certain age. But RIBA president Sunand Prasad, conducting his first Stirling Prize, capped them all. He recalled that he had organised some sitar concerts there in the 1970s, making the stages from scaffold poles and struts ‘borrowed’ from building sites on which he was working. But that paled into insignificance compared ...
  • Cullinan thrown – 07.10.07

    9-Oct-2007

    Lobbing of bread rolls is not the sort of thing one expects at such an august occasion, but the excuse on Saturday was that it was done by no less a figure than the evening’s presenter, Kevin McCloud. He stood up on the stage to introduce the event and ask for good behaviour – then tore open a packet of very cheap looking rolls and threw half a one at Ted Cullinan (narrowly missing one of Astragal’s collegues), saying that it was a punishment for the time ...
  • Not that green – 07.10.07

    9-Oct-2007

    Van Heyningen and Haward’s RSPB building, shortlisted for the RIBA/ English Partnerships sustainability award looked much greener than usual on the screen. All the delicate russet tones of the building had turned various tones of khaki. It was not deliberate, said Joanna van Heyningen, adding ruefully, ‘That’s not why we didn’t win’.
  • Litter lout – 07.10.07

    9-Oct-2007

    The bouncers at the Roundhouse were built on traditional lines, and intent on keeping everybody in order, which was death to spontaneous gestures. When one member of the AJ team decided he didn’t want to go to the after party in Covent Garden, and threw his ticket exuberantly on the floor, two bouncers immediately appeared, and told him to pick it up.
  • Double date – 07.10.07

    9-Oct-2007

    Almost all of the stars of British architecture were at the Roundhouse, but there were some notable absentees. Chief among them were former Stirling winner Amanda Levete of Future Systems and Baroness Blackstone, chair of the RIBA trust. But they had a good excuse – Amanda was marrying Baroness Blackstone’s son Ben Evans. One person who managed to attend both events was CABE Space’s Sarah Gaventa, first being interviewed ...
  • Girls talk – 07.10.07

    9-Oct-2007

    Sunand Prasad made an odd reference to there being a table full of women at the event, which he evidently saw as a good thing. It was a table hosted by Carolyn Larkin of Caro Communications, and included Deborah Saunt of DSDHA, Liza Fior of MUF and BD editor Amanda Baillieu. However, there was one male interloper – AJ Specification’s editor Will Hunter.
  • Skimmed milk – 02.10.07

    9-Oct-2007

    By all accounts, Boris Johnson’s speech to the Tory Party at its Blackpool conference – his first as a London Mayoral candidate – was something of a pantomime act. ‘The man is very funny but completely shambolic,’ one bemused delegate informed Astragal. Our source went on to say that, as skilled as Boris was ‘at milking his “shambolicness”,’ he wasn’t as skilled at getting a clear message across. ‘I think Boris was trying to say that he didn’t like tall buildings, but ...
  • Flaking it – 02.10.07

    9-Oct-2007

    By the RIBA's own admission, the ‘Ask an architect’ sessions in Blackpool were a tad on the quiet side. Astragal wonders if this could be down to the glue the RIBA used to post up its flyers…
  • A SMACKED BOTTON

    14-Sep-2006

    ASTRAGAL IN VENICE
  • FOOD FOR THOUGHT

    14-Sep-2006

    ASTRAGAL IN VENICE
  • LAST ORDERS

    14-Sep-2006

    ASTRAGAL IN VENICE
  • YOUR NAME'S NOT DOWN?

    14-Sep-2006

    ASTRAGAL IN VENICE
  • ASTRAGAL

    7-Sep-2006

    'It lumbers on the skyline like Quasimodo' Tom Dyckhoff on Ian Simpson's new Beetham Tower in Manchester.
  • HEROIC ARCHITECTURE

    7-Sep-2006

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  • VENICE TO SEE YOU

    7-Sep-2006

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  • WHAT A WONDERFUL TOWN

    7-Sep-2006

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  • A STICK TO BEAT BILL WITH

    24-Nov-2005

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  • TAKING A SHOT AT NORMAN

    24-Nov-2005

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  • THE WOOD AT WAR

    24-Nov-2005

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  • Airborne fun

    28-Mar-2002

    My old friend Tyler Brûlé, founder of Wallpaper, is having fun in pastures new. Swissair, the erstwhile national carrier, is using his services as part of its phoenix-like attempt to emerge from bankruptcy to became a player again, offering advice on things like avoiding navy blue for livery, and avoiding leather folders for the wine lists. His qualifications, according to an amusing feature in the Independent on Sunday , include the fact that he bought a Rolex watch at a ...
  • archicharades

    28-Mar-2002

    Champagne goes to Tristam Spicer, Geoff Buckley and Kevin McHale of Kevin Doonan Architect who jointly identified David Chipperfield from the clues in our 'archicharades' competition last week. Can you identify the famous architect from this week's clues?
  • Bilbao calling

    28-Mar-2002

    While The Architectural Review embraced European Modernism at a well-attended conference at the RIBA in London, an international event with a rather different flavour took place in the Bilbao Guggenheim. Arata Isozaki, Jean Nouvel and Wolf Prix discussed the place of the Guggenheim and its architect, Frank Gehry, in the context of international architecture and indeed their own work. A full house of Spanish architects heard simultaneous translations as French, Spanish, German and English ...
  • Down to Rio

    28-Mar-2002

    If there is to be another Guggenheim Museum anywhere in the world, you could choose worse places than Rio de Janeiro. The Brazil exhibition currently at the Frank Lloyd Wright museum of modern art, whose interior is painted black for the occasion, might give us a clue as to a potential architect down Rio way: M Jean Nouvel.
  • Inside out

    28-Mar-2002

    The relationship between architecture and fit-out architecture is always fascinating. For example, research consultant cityoffices. net has produced statistics showing that Gensler, the world's biggest architect, has achieved significant leadership in the fit-out market in central London, achieving 17 per cent market share over the past three years. Interestingly, it emerges that 19 per cent of the work undertaken was on buildings designed by the practice itself. There must be hope ...
  • Jorn again

    28-Mar-2002

    A select group gathered for the London launch of Richard Weston's magnificent Utzon tome, surely in line for every architectural book award going. Publisher Torsten Bløndal was in attendance, a perfectionist who pulped an initial run of the book because the scans did not meet his exacting standards. So too was Utzon's principal assistant, Mogens PripBuus - of whom Utzon always says 'he knows more about me than I do'; Françoise Fromonot, author of the best previous book on ...
  • Knight fever

    28-Mar-2002

    Sir Nicholas Grimshaw held a splendid reception at NGP's London office to celebrate his honour and the health of the practice generally.
  • Next in line

    28-Mar-2002

    Bilbao is still pursuing the architectural route as an outward and visible sign of its regeneration ambitions.
  • Surrey fringe

    28-Mar-2002

    Walton-on-Thames might not sound the most likely venue for a contemporary architecture show, but that is just what the Riverhouse, in Manor Road, is staging until 14 April. Among the architects are Foster, Alsop and Jiricna and, in the mix of media, there are screenprints by Langlands & Bell and paintings by Carl Laubin. It is good to see the model of Metaphor's poetic proposal for a Jewish memorial in Mannheim - and don't miss sketches in the cafe downstairs by John Pardey (it's that ...
  • Academic rumpus

    14-Feb-2002

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  • archicharades

    14-Feb-2002

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  • Artistic link

    14-Feb-2002

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  • Custom standard

    14-Feb-2002

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  • Fellow traveller

    14-Feb-2002

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  • Hubbub factor

    14-Feb-2002

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  • Mental change

    14-Feb-2002

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  • Patron wanted

    14-Feb-2002

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  • Pure gold

    14-Feb-2002

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  • Sitting comfortably

    14-Feb-2002

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  • archicharades

    31-Jan-2002

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  • Cook's tour

    31-Jan-2002

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  • Gold digging

    31-Jan-2002

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  • Good company

    31-Jan-2002

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  • Linear thinking

    31-Jan-2002

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  • Lofty lineage

    31-Jan-2002

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  • Mission position

    31-Jan-2002

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  • Wembley replay

    31-Jan-2002

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  • Following function

    24-Jan-2002

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  • Grade trouble

    24-Jan-2002

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  • New into old

    24-Jan-2002

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  • See this

    24-Jan-2002

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  • Seifert revisited

    24-Jan-2002

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  • Tall storeys

    24-Jan-2002

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  • Alberti calling

    29-Nov-2001

    What could making a goddam cell phone have to do with the Renaissance?' asks Erik Anderson in the New Yorker magazine. Although head of production at mobile phone company Nokia, Anderson is entitled to ask, since in his spare time he is a Renaissance architecture PhD student at Harvard. In answer to his own question he quotes Alberti: 'All care, all diligence, all financial consideration must be directed to insuring that what is built is useful, commodious, yes - but also embellished ...
  • Block vote

    29-Nov-2001

    The Heron Tower public inquiry has been treated to evidence of English Heritage and Westminster Council conspiring to chop down and/or 'pollard' trees to create 'new views of St Paul's Cathedral which need 'protection'. This sort of cooperation is not confined to skyline views, apparently. Some while ago, the council took it upon itself to demolish a block of stone outside the old Royal Fine Art Commission premises in St James's Square.
  • Family affair

    29-Nov-2001

    Back to St James's Square: I hear that former RFAC commissioner Sir Stuart Lipton, now CABE chairman, is moving his Stanhope organisation into Norfolk House. This is, of course, the office building developed by property man Rudolph Palumbo in the 1930s, when he demolished the wonderful mansion which previously occupied the site, designed in 1748 by Mathew Brettingham and occupied by successive Dukes of Norfolk until 1938.
  • Gold cards

    29-Nov-2001

    Royal Gold Medal nomination time again, and various lobbyists have been hard at work promoting their candidate for the honour. Astragal hears that Archigram, or possibly Peter Cook, could be considered. Frei Otto has been getting support for some time now, as has Rafael Moneo. Other suggestions welcome.
  • Lese majeste?

    29-Nov-2001

    Bird life at Kensington Palace has been disappearing in what could have the makings of an international incident.
  • look who's talking

    29-Nov-2001

    Champagne goes to Stuart Tappin of London WC1 for his winning caption. This week's photo shows a hardpressed Ian Hislop, editor of Private Eye magazine, at his desk. Behind him is an image of Foster and Partners' Swiss Re tower.
  • Price formula

    29-Nov-2001

    Incidentally, I hear motor racing supremo Bernie Ecclestone has bought a house in Kensington Palace Gardens, the preserve of ambassadors and royalty. Ecclestone managed to knock the price down from a very reasonable £85 million to the bargain of the year at £50 million.
  • Wonderful views?

    29-Nov-2001

    Most striking chapter heading of the year? Inside a new book from Routledge, The Urban Lifeworld, I come across the following: 'Four Ways of Overlooking Copenhagen in Steen Eiler
  • Educating archies

    18-Oct-2001

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  • High anxiety

    18-Oct-2001

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  • On time

    18-Oct-2001

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  • Ping pong

    18-Oct-2001

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  • Remember Roy

    18-Oct-2001

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  • Runners & riders

    18-Oct-2001

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  • Alsop's army

    11-Oct-2001

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  • Bar none

    11-Oct-2001

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  • Irony shortfall

    11-Oct-2001

    astragal
  • look who's talking

    11-Oct-2001

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  • Mr Whippy

    11-Oct-2001

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  • Office issues

    11-Oct-2001

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  • Shadow boxing

    11-Oct-2001

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  • Arup intelligence

    4-Oct-2001

    A splendid turnout in Fitzroy Square for Arup veteran Ron Marsh's retirement bash was a reminder of just what an array of talent has passed through (and remained with) the firm. As if to make the point, the rapid and impressive response of Arup to the New York disaster has presented knowledgeable, considered and disinterested comment. The firm has created an Extreme Events Mitigation Task Force, with Tony Fitzpatrick, who heads the US operation, to the fore. It is producing guides to ...
  • Club rules

    4-Oct-2001

    I see that following the retirement of the excellent Lord Carrington from the post, HRH the Duke of Gloucester is to succeed him as president of the Architecture Club. Frequently described as an architect (he certainly qualified and practised as one), I can find no trace of him in the ARB directory. I do hope a criminal prosecution can be avoided.
  • Damaged goods

    4-Oct-2001

    In our ongoing quest to keep you up to date with the glossy magazines, we are pleased to be able to bring you a vital piece of intelligence from an interview with boy-band Damage in this month's New Woman . Faced with the tricky question 'Would you like to get a girl into bed?'
  • Defining moment

    4-Oct-2001

    We are pleased to report that Astragal made it into the pages of the Guardian on Saturday - not quoted for our proverbial newsgathering skills, but as a question in the fiendishly-difficult Pyrgic Puzzles. Sadly, no prizes are offered to AJ readers for choosing the right definition from: (a) female astronaut; (b) hooded jacket; (c) semi-circular moulding;
  • Intelligentsia veto

    4-Oct-2001

    The not-so-reclusive Dame Stella Rimington, erstwhile head of MI5, made an excellent impression on my old friend Lord St John of Fawsley when he was chairman of the Royal Fine Art Commission, and Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. So much so that he recommended that she should succeed him. Alas it was not to be.
  • look who's talking

    4-Oct-2001

    Champagne goes to Nat Jackson of London SW12 for his winning caption.
  • To the point

    4-Oct-2001

    From the pages of the Guardian last week, something that applies as much to international politics as it does to architectural drawings. It is said to be the archetypal Jewish telegram: 'Start worrying. Details to follow.'
  • Two wheels good

    4-Oct-2001

    Congratulations to Wordsearch supremo Peter Murray, who has completed an extraordinary charity cycle trip in aid of multiple sclerosis from Land's End to John O'Groats in just 12 days on his racer. Although cheered by some of the regenerated towns and villages Murray saw on his picaresque journey, Britain's supposedly improving cuisine has not really materialised according to his saddle-borne research.
  • When in Rome

    4-Oct-2001

    This year's Sir Banister Fletcher award for the 'most deserving' book on architecture was presented to former Rome scholar Mark Wilson Jones at a prizegiving dinner at the Arts Club.
  • Winners all

    4-Oct-2001

    The architects' evening at 100% Design was a cheerful and popular event and the draw of prizes was a riotous affair. Will Alsop came over all bashful when his was the winning ticket drawn for a bright red Sacco Zanotta beanbag, and the prize had to be reallocated.
  • Blank walls

    27-Sep-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • Cracked columns

    27-Sep-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • Design under fire

    27-Sep-2001

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  • Eye-catching

    27-Sep-2001

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  • look who's talking

    27-Sep-2001

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  • Number's up

    27-Sep-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • Repeating on us

    27-Sep-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • Twist of fate

    27-Sep-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • A REPLACEMENT WEMBLEY STADIUM

    13-Sep-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • Core values

    13-Sep-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • Donor card

    13-Sep-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • Glossy comments

    13-Sep-2001

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  • Harsh words

    13-Sep-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • House style

    13-Sep-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • Ambridge outrage

    19-Jul-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • Canned design

    19-Jul-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • Fan club

    19-Jul-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • Foundation course

    19-Jul-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • Mews that fits

    19-Jul-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • Social cities

    19-Jul-2001

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  • Trainspotting

    19-Jul-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • Wrong message

    19-Jul-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • Back in kilter

    12-Jul-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • Knight like this

    12-Jul-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • look who's talking

    12-Jul-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • Market forces

    12-Jul-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • Risky business

    12-Jul-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • Sixties club

    12-Jul-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • Steel appeal

    12-Jul-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • 20 years young

    5-Jul-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • Business futures?

    5-Jul-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • Market forces

    5-Jul-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • On their metal

    5-Jul-2001

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  • Quality time

    5-Jul-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • Display case

    21-Jun-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • East Enders

    21-Jun-2001

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  • Honour bound

    21-Jun-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • look who's talking

    21-Jun-2001

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  • Morality play

    21-Jun-2001

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  • No time for thrills

    21-Jun-2001

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  • Poetry in motion

    21-Jun-2001

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  • Tall tale

    21-Jun-2001

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  • Ashes to ashes

    14-Jun-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • Barry recalled

    14-Jun-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • By numbers

    14-Jun-2001

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  • Dull barometer

    14-Jun-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • Getting shirty

    14-Jun-2001

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  • look who's talking

    14-Jun-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • Pincer movement

    14-Jun-2001

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  • Spot the joins

    14-Jun-2001

    ASTRAGAL
  • Dinner parties

    7-Jun-2001

    Of the many architects present at the RA dinner, several had cause to look pleased with themselves. David Chipperfield, BBC victor in Scotland, was congratulated by all and sundry, but claimed he was still only getting commissions abroad.Nicholas Grimshaw, Piers Gough, Ian Ritchie, new Architecture Foundation chairman Will Alsop, Colin St John Wilson, Michael Manser, Charles Jencks, Ed Jones, Sir Philip Dowson, Sir Richard MacCormac, Gordon Benson and Sir Michael Hopkins were among ...
  • In the web

    7-Jun-2001

    Thanks to HTA (community architect Hunt Thompson to those of you with longer memories) for an invitation to see its new community 'consultation website'. It evangelises thus: 'Our shared vision of Sustainable Placemaking must now encompass the possibilities of creating communities on the World Wide Web that complement their physical counterparts. Place will soon no longer be solely defined by their physical attributes, but also by their representation on the Internet.' Indeed. I see ...
  • Lighter than air

    7-Jun-2001

    My old friend Richard Murphy has passed the test to become a licensed micro-pilot. Now he really will be above it all.
  • look who's talking

    7-Jun-2001

    Congratulations to John Dawson of ALS Architects of London SW17 for his winning caption. This week's topical image shows politicians waving, not drowning, in the Thames by the Houses of Parliament. Captions on a postcard please by first thing Monday morning to: AJ Astragal, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB, or fax 020 7505 6701.
  • Own goal

    7-Jun-2001

    England football manager Sven Goran Eriksson has had to give up on buying a £2.475 million penthouse in Battersea's Montevetro apartment block, designed by Richard Rogers Partnership (and Hurley Robertson).The Football Association has told him to buy something 'less prominent', according to the London Evening Standard . Less prominent? You can't get to Montevetro on public transport!
  • Pigs in clover

    7-Jun-2001

    As foot-and-mouth disease returns to discomfort both farmers and politicians, help is at hand from an unlikely source - super-cool Dutch practice MVRDV. Its latest exhibition features a film, Pig City , in which the porkers are accommodated in one of the practice's favourite high-rises. 'The animals will be better off, the quality of meat will improve, the transport of livestock will not be necessary, all diseases will be eradicated and the Netherlands will have room to breathe.' Check ...
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