Issue : December 2007
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‘Why…do architects feel duty-bound to talk aesthetic and philosophic rubbish? And why, more importantly. are clients impressed and even intimidated by it?’. John Silber is one of the few adversaries of contemporary architectural icon-making informed and weighty enough to be taken seriously by designers and public alike.
Merry Christmas - 24 December 2007Subscription
For the last few years in London, I have been volunteering at my local section of Crisis Open Christmas, that great institution which shelters and entertains thousands of homeless people every year. I was wondering what to do now that I am a full time volunteer in Mongolia, and with so many homeless people in Ulaanbaatar.
Participation and access - 12 December 2007Subscription
An ongoing aim of the work here is to fight disadvantage and to increase accessibility of existing resources. I believe making buildings more physically accessible is therefore instrumental.
Ger district architecture - 10 December 2007Subscription
Ulaanbaatar is increasingly comprised of and surrounded by ger districts (Mongolian tent dwelling districts), the informal architecture of encampments claimed by Mongolians under their traditional right to nomadically and temporarily settle on their land, in this case close to the capital.
Richard Rogers has played down fears his practice could be kicked out of his long-term riverside home in Hammersmith after it was bought by the firm’s former managing director Marco Goldschmied.
ARB reprimands Preston architectSubscription
Architect Mark Heyes of Heyes & Co in Preston has been found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct at an ARB conduct committee meeting on the 11 December.
The AJ's review of 2007 in numbersSubscription
The AJ's daily newsletter its taking its Christmas break. The next newsletter will be on 2 January 2008. To keep you going until then, we present our statistical review of 2007.
Rick Mather Architects has been granted planning permission for two projects in Oxford University.
Finsbury Park public-realm competition launchedSubscription
RIBA has launched a competition to find an architect to design a 'major new public realm’ development for Finsbury Park, north London.
Designers are being sought to regenerate a key area of Gloucester.