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  • Not so sweet Thames exploredSubscription

    Archive16 December, 1999


  • Building the promised landSubscription

    Archive2 December, 1999

    Joachim Schlor's talk in the rca/Reaktion Books Topographics series explored the fascinating phenomenon of Tel Aviv, without evoking a fascinating city. Founded 90 years ago this year, it is the unusual case of a city deliberately conceived and designed as a home for and by a highly specific ethnic group, which would provide a spatial and material embodiment of its religious and cultural values. Even more intriguing is the fact that this was a group that was culturally very diverse, ...

  • Transcending the factualSubscription

    Archive25 November, 1999


  • Hailing the brave new e-worldSubscription

    Archive18 November, 1999

    'Many Internet years ago' - in 1995 - Bill Mitchell published his inspirational City of Bits - a 'first sketch for some of the questions we ought to be asking about the digital world', as he put it in his talk at the aa earlier this week. He has now updated it with a new volume, E-topia, an 'agnostic' sort of title, he says, which seems to mask a great sense of optimism about the 'soft transformation' of the environment which he envisages.

  • Late blooming of cultural conceptsSubscription

    Archive11 November, 1999

    The most astonishing moment of Gordon Benson's talk to members of DOCOMOMO and the public last week was his assertion that only halfway through his career in practice with Alan Forsyth did they grasp the concept 'that buildings could be conveyers of cultural ideas'. The moment of awakening came when, struggling to reinvent themselves during the Thatcher years, they were asked to design a clocktower in Japan, and offered instead to do a building that had 'something to do with time'. ...

  • Tripping the light fantasticSubscription

    Archive4 November, 1999

    Jane Gosney's talk, hosted by Art and Architecture at the Gallery in London's Clerkenwell, was designed to show that 'a lighting designer is probably a good friend if you'd like to make an exciting building.' Gosney was speaking in her capacity both as head of wsp Lighting and as a member of Art and Architecture, and a contributor to its quarterly magazine of the same title. Her audience seemed to be a mixed bag of mainly youngish fine artists and architects who have probably come under ...

  • Tschumi still devoted to ideasSubscription

    Archive28 October, 1999

    Bernard Tschumi made a somewhat triumphant return to London last week, brandishing a fistful of buildings near completion or complete. His insights into the idiosyncrasies (and idiocies) of the construction industry seemed offered almost as proofs of his initiation into a world far removed from the conceptual realm of Manhattan Transcripts.

  • Embracing new graphic spaceSubscription

    Archive14 October, 1999

    Within three months of winning the competition for the design of a new civic, commercial and cultural centre in Melbourne, Australia, known as Federation Square, Don Bates and Peter Davidson, or Lab Architects, witnessed the start of work on the substructure for the site They had received no official brief, and only did so four months later.

  • Natural capitalism is comingSubscription

    Archive7 October, 1999

    Forget about waste reduction. As Amory Lovins put it so succinctly in his lecture at the Royal Society of Arts, we need to eliminate any concept of waste from our social and economic system. Doing so will not only end the human war against the planet, but also cure the disillusion in Western civil society which is the cause of crime and violence.

  • Violence and delicacy in the citySubscription

    Archive30 September, 1999

    Jeremy Dixon's talk to the Urban Design Group on the Royal Opera House revealed how far rapidly changing city conditions can affect a large- scale architectural project. The roh redevelopment, which has been in gestation for 17 years, and is due to be finally revealed when the building reopens on 6 December, was presented as a 'town-planning project', conceived mainly in response to its environs rather than as a catalyst for development.

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