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Architects Journal
by 'Mayo'

  • three of a kind

    25-Nov-1999

    Michael Clements of Farnham, Surrey, won last week's champagne, identifying three Marias: Joseph Maria Olbrich's Darmstadt exhibition building; Alberti's Santa Maria Novella, Florence; and Maria plus Tony from West Side Story.
  • three of a kind

    29-Jul-1999

    Sharon Gourlay won last week's champagne, spotting the Marx Brothers; St Mark's Square, Venice; and Karl Ehn's Karl-Marx-Hof, Vienna. Answers to this week's teaser should reach us by the middle of next week, for publication in our next issue on 12 August. Postcards preferred (the more surreal the better), addressed to aj Astragal, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London ec1r 4gb.
  • three of a kind

    1-Jul-1999

    From a positive deluge of entries, John Baker of East Farleigh, Kent, won last week's champagne, identifying j m Barrie's Peter Pan, Charles Barry's Houses of Parliament, and Barry Gasson's Burrell Collection in Glasgow. Entries to this week's quiz should be sent by Monday am on a postcard (the more surreal the better) to: AJ Astragal, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB. In extremis fax 0171 505 6701.
  • three of a kind

    17-Jun-1999

    Michael Clements of Farnham, Surrey won last week's champagne, identifying Alison and Peter Smithson's Hunstanton School, James Renwick's Smithsonian Building in Washington, DC, and Robert Smythson's Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire. Send us answers to this week's quiz on a postcard - the more surreal, the better - no later than Monday morning, or, in an emergency, fax us on 0171 505 6701.
  • three of a kind Academy model

    27-May-1999

    Tonin Broland of Delta Architects in London won last week's champagne, identifying silent film star Harold Lloyd, the Richard Rogers Partnership Lloyd's building, and Frank Lloyd Wright's Manhattan Guggenheim. Answers to this week's quiz should be faxed t
  • three of a kind Facing the fax

    27-May-1999

    Old friend John Outram faxes us, recalling how the first typeface he ever used for annotating drawings is no less than the one aj is currently using (more or less). John goes on to mention that in his opinion, 'architecture has collapsed because of its reliance on 'space' as the ontological ground of its hyletics'. Happily all is not lost, however: 'This does not prevent the oedipal drive from powering the wheel of fashion,' he concludes. Right on!
  • three of a kind Fee-saving

    27-May-1999

    Riba director general Alex Reid is undertaking a major refurbishment of the fifth floor at Portland Place, and has found a novel way of saving money. He isn't using an architect!
  • three of a kind Last word

    27-May-1999

    MIT Press, always a source of scholarly contributions, has excelled itself with The Architecture of Science (573pp. £39.95). Among essays by such heavyweights as Kenneth Frampton and Robert Venturi, pride of place must go to Myles W Jackson. His 'Illuminating the Opacity of Achromatic Lens Production: Joseph von Fraunhofer's Use of Monastic Architecture and Space as a Laboratory' is the last word on this tricky subject.
  • three of a kind Little boy blue

    27-May-1999

    Like all former England cricket captains, David Gower must have been through some very peculiar experiences. His weirdest of all though, he confesses, is not watching someone in a baggy green cap catch the ball from one of his airy wandings of the Gower bat outside the off-stump (that, after all, happened rather a lot), or leading England to victory in an Ashes series, which is somewhat rarer. No, the weirdest thing has been lunch in the new Lord's Media Centre. Why? Neither the food ...
  • three of a kind Man of property

    27-May-1999

    Astragal's ex-comrade in arms John Welsh is abandoning architecture - or at least the editorship of the riba Journal. Instead he is to edit Property Week, where the concept of good architecture is almost entirely related to the gross-to-net ratio. Astragal offers him best wishes, and a reminder that in property the definition of a yield is 'to give in'; an equated yield is 'I call it 7 per cent, you call it 9 per cent - let's call it 8 per cent', and that even in these days of computer ...
  • three of a kind The only fruit

    27-May-1999

    What should have been a glittering occasion in Prague last week for the opening of the Eva Jiricna-designed Orangery went off rather lower-key than expected, owing to a bout of flu which kept the Czech Republic's President Vaclav Havel away. Everyone liked the building anyway. Meanwhile, Eva has just revealed her favourite London building on a bbc radio programme: the Kew Palm House. As one wag speculates, she probably has a penchant for buildings which are hot, glazed, and make people ...
  • three of a kind They hear music

    27-May-1999

    Muf, controversial name of the all-girl radical architecture group, may shortly have to stand for Married Urban Females, if the present rate of nuptials among their number is maintained. Not long after Katherine Clarke's wedding in February, fellow founder member Juliet Bidgood tied the knot earlier this month in the church made popular in Four Weddings and a Funeral, St Bartholomew's. Meanwhile the third part of the original trio, Liza Fior, has a new boyfriend who, being a philosopher, ...
  • three of a kind Three of a kinder

    27-May-1999

    Plenty of news in the Court Circular recently. I wonder what Patty Hopkins chatted to the Duke of Edinburgh about when she lunched at Buckingham Palace the other day. Perhaps it concerned another Times announcement: that each of Max Fordham's three sons has produced, as it were, a grandson for him, in rapid succession. I hope he can, ahem, afford 'em . . .
  • Three of a kind

    25-Feb-1999

    A very prompt postcard from Saville Jones Architects of Worthing earned them last week's champagne prize, for identifying Louis Kahn's Richards Medical Research building; the High Museum, Atlanta, by Richard Meier; and Lawrence Olivier as Richard III. Answers to this week's puzzler on a postcard please (the more surreal the better), by Monday am, addressed to AJ Astragal, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB.
  • Three of a kind

    4-Feb-1999

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  • Three of a kind

    21-Jan-1999

    Plenty of entries last week, and plenty of wrong answers. The champagne winner was Piers Carlisle, who correctly identified Cesar Pelli's Canary Wharf, the footballer Pele and a pelican. Answers to this week's triple teaser to AJ Astragal, 151 Rosebery Av
  • Kennel Capers

    12-Nov-1998

    Astragal: Alan Dobie of Ely won last week's champagne, identifying a Labrador occupying John Andrews' Scarborough College in Ontario. This week's clue When Scottish eyes are smiling. Answers on a postcard (preferably doggy) by Monday am,to AJ Astragal, 15
  • Kennel Capers

    2-Apr-1998

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    26-Mar-1998

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    19-Mar-1998

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    5-Mar-1998

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