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Architects Journal
February 2008

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  • 12 Hours from Halley - 7 February 2008

    Thursday 7 February-6.5 deg C1pm GMT
  • 2008 International Student Design Ecohouse Competition

    Architectural and design students from around the world are invited to enter the Ecohouse Student Design Competition 2008. The competition invites designs for an ecohouse of 120m2 for up to six persons on a plot of 200m2. It will be launched at the forthcoming Ecobuild by The Concrete Centre, in conjunction with the Architectural Press and Teachers in Architecture.The designs should take full account of how to reduce energy needs for heating, cooling and lighting, the use of passive s
  • 'A lament for dying traditions'

    An influx of polyvinyl sheets, damp-proof courses and concrete construction threatens the unique architecture of Yemen, writes Peter DaveyThe Architecture of Yemen. By Salma Samar Damluji. Laurence King. 304pp. £40.00
  • A passage to Halley - 28 January 2008

    Just a quickie – I popped up onto the bridge to check that someone was steering the ship. I met the Chief Officer Andy Newman who kindly confirmed that an officer was always in attendance and they did have a plan to get to Halley.
  • A visit to Jean Prouvé's Maison Tropicale

    It is testament to the genius of Jean Prouvé that his Maison Tropicale, whilst being sensitively designed for the climes of the Congo, looks equally at home in the winter sunshine of London. Its unabashed stance on the grounds of Tate Modern is vaguely reminiscent of a Japanese pergola.
  • AA graduates unveil Fibrous Room

    These images show the latest stage of a collaborative project undertaken by graduates from the Architectural Association (AA) in London ( click here to see large images ).
  • Acoustic Solutions

    EcophonEcophon Master Frost Solo S, a completely new product, is based on a single, sound absorbing panel in different designs, which can be simply suspended from the ceiling.Ecophon Focus Frost Wing and Ecophon Edge 500 are ingenious system products that can be tailor made to individual specifications and other requirements. The sound absorbers naturally belong to the best sound absorption class (A).
  • AFL scores Becks' new football academy

    David Beckham’s high-profile new football academy in Brazil is to be designed by AFL, the AJ can exclusively reveal.
  • AJ Designing for Liverpool

    Opportunities and Challenges for the Capital of Culture 2008
  • AJ Designing Tall Buildings - The Next Chapter

    Collaborative working and going beyond conceptual design
  • AJ Understanding Energy Performance Certificates

    Preparing for the impact of EPCs and DECs on design
  • All in a day's work as students draw up possible Olympic Park gabion designs

    Designs by a group of art and design students drawn up in a day-long workshop may make it into the 2012 Olympic Park in East London.
  • All Work and no Ply for Haw

    This is Alex Haw's 25m2 Work/Space/Ply/Time (W/S/P/T) exhibit, currently on show at the Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale in Hong Kong. (To see large images click here.)
  • Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

    Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM)has announced the appointment of four new Associate Directors: Debby Ray; Robert Romanis; Wade Scaramucci and Philip Turner. The practice has also appointed eleven new Associates: Jon Brent; Nic Crawley; Ben Gibson; Sarah Hunneyball; Hazel Joseph; Will Lee; Peter Mayhew; Gabriel Musat; James Santer; Frank Strathern and Jeremy Young.The appointments respond to the continued evolution of the practice which has grown fro
  • An odyssey of epic space, from Los Gherkinos to Turdiňa Plaza

    MONDAY. Email from Raul Castro's office. Any thoughts on how to re-environmentalise Cuba? Later. Today, I'm turning low-grade peripheral land into a cash machine by creating a PFI hospital car park.
  • Antarctica! - 5 February 2008

    Tuesday 5 February 2008Bright with cloudy patches-6 deg CToday we reached the coast of Antarctica and are now heading west skirting the Fimbulisen ice shelf, home of the German base Neumayer. It was a shock to finally reach this stage, to finally see on the port side of the ship an ice shelf on the horizon.
  • Antron® carpet fibre rolls over to peace and quiet

    AntronINVISTA, Antron® carpet fibre highlights all the acoustic benefits that carpets can bring with an interactive and exciting new sales tool. The INVISTA, Antron® carpet fibre track ball demonstrates just how effectively carpet can deaden sound when compared to hard floorcoverings.With these positive benefits on the immediate working environment, alongside products that stretch the boundaries of colour, texture and design, carpets made with Antron® carpet fibres go towards
  • Architect John McAslan reveals plans to power the Olympics

    John McAslan and Partners has unveiled its drawings for the Olympic Park Energy Centre
  • Architects come out in support of Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands' Doon Street tower

    A host of leading architects has come out in support of Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ (LDS’) Doon Street tower for London’s South Bank.
  • Attack on architecture to make the blood boil

    Roger Scruton, the renowned right-wing philosopher, has decided to set his sights at architecture.
  • Aukett Fitzroy Robinson takes over from Duggan Morris at Chelsea Harbour

    Aukett Fitzroy Robinson Architects (AFR) has replaced Duggan Morris Architects on a scheme in the major regeneration of Chelsea Harbour.
  • Back Issues - 1930s Space-saving

    In the 1930s, magazines were enamoured with the latest in space-saving and fitted appliances, says Steve Parnell
  • Back Issues - Julius Shulman's Case Study House photography

    The most replicated photograph in architectural history and its impact on a Case Study House, by Steve Parnell
  • Back to work

    Saturday 23 February 2008-5.3 deg CWind: 19.7 knt at 87 deg EThe last few days have been a bit blustery, but everyone sounds like they are having fun. For example, it's an adventure just to walk betweenthe Laws and Piggott buildings.
  • Bauclad gives kids a colourful start to school life

    BaucladCEP Cladding’s Bauclad HPL panels have been used to add a splash of colour to three new school extensions for Brighton & Hove Council. The three primary schools – Goldstone School and Coldean School in Brighton, and Rudyard Kipling Primary School in Woodingdean – have all been extended to include Childrens’ Centres in line with the government’s aim to offer inclusive services to pre-school children and their families.
  • BBLB

    Award winning architects BBLB has promoted a key member of the team based at the Redditch office as part of an ongoing expansion plan for the business.Mark Cowley, who has worked for BBLB for four years, has been promoted to an Associate. This strengthens the management team of Associates, Directors and Partners which now numbers fourteen across the two offices in Redditch and Bridgenorth.
  • Beigel's elevating entertainment

    Astragal was visiting London Met university, when he noticed a small party gathered outside the lift.
  • Big drips on Valentine's day

    What is it with architects, Valentine's day and water?
  • Big Fish - 12 January 2008

    John Prevc of Make Architects is fired up by the thought of collaborating in a foreign city.
  • Big Fish - 14 Febuary 2008

    Make’s growing up fast, realises John Prevc on the practice’s four-year anniversary.
  • Birkbeck college new-build

    Birkbeck College University of London wish to make a single appointment for a multidisciplinary design team incorporating the following services Architect, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Structural engineering, fire engineering, acoustic engineering, Landscape Architect, building control and CDM Coordinator. The project is a 7000 sq. m new build multi storey multi function university building on a brownfield site in Stratford East London. The sucessful team will be required to complet
  • Birmingham New Street station wins £400m government pledge

    The government has pledged £400 million to transform Birmingham New Street station, it was announced today.
  • Black is back with Modulyss

    ModulyssStructure and style are delivered to commercial interiors with Black&, the latest high performance modular carpet solution from Modulyss. Combining the undisputed elegance of black with researched tones deemed perfect for the commercial office sector, Black& is an unquestionably stylish addition to any office with aspirations.Formed from structured black lines, interspersed with flashes of sense stimulating tones, Black& brings an added dimension to the floor, blendin
  • Black Tie event in carpet with j.mish

    Bentley Prince StreetThe classical elegance of black and white makes a real statement in style in the Black Tie Collection from Jack Mishkin Signature Collection, or j.mish for short.Famed in the United States of America for manufacturing high-end residential carpet, j.mish now brings its expertise and cutting edge style to UK shores and it looks set to cause quite a stir not only in luxury apartments and homes, but also in commercial locations looking for premium quality flo
  • Boddingtons appointment completes double brewery order for HKR

    HKR Architects has been appointed to design the first phase of the redevelopment of the Boddingtons Brewery site in Manchester.
  • Bogus motors and thrifty Kings. In the papers: 29.02.08

    Thomas Krens, the man who made the Guggenheim into a global brand, is to step down, writes the Guardian . Krens, who has been director of the museum for the past 20 years, pioneered the 'Bilbao effect' with his commissioning of Frank Gehry to design the Spanish outpost – a feat he wants to replicate with a another Gehry creation in Abu Dhabi, due for completion in 2012.
  • Branding the American House

    The National AIA Committee on Design (COD) 2008 Ideas Competition provides an opportunity to examine parallels in design professions with the automobile industry through a sketch design problem.
  • Brett Martin gets even warmer with Ritchlight

    Brett MartinRitchlight Ultra, a major new development in architectural roof lights by market leaders Brett Martin Daylight Systems, introduces a fully thermally broken frame for the first time in any skylight system.This major addition to the Ritchlight range virtually eliminates any additional heat loss through the frame, which is traditionally associated with roof lights, and eradicates any cold spots, dramatically reducing the risk of condensation.
  • British practice BACA beats the Dutch in their own waters

    London-based practice BACA has won a 20 million euro (£15 million) project to design flood-resistant homes in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, seeing off a host of Dutch hopefuls. (To see large images click here.)
  • Brits left lagging behind in Europan 9

    Figures released by the organisers of the Europan 9 competition have revealed a sorry picture for UK-based architects, with less than 4 per cent of the ‘winners’ coming from Britain.
  • CABE and RIBA launch Public Space Award

    CABE and the RIBA have teamed up to launch a new award for the best-designed public spaces in the country.
  • CABE launches a broadside at KKA's Liverpool floating homes

    CABE has delivered a crushing blow to KKA Architects’ plans for floating homes in Liverpool’s Princes Dock.
  • Campaigning architect dies

    Former architect, campaigner and RIBA vice president Maurice McCarthy has died at the age of 64.
  • Cat whisperer

    For months now animal-lover Astragal has been calling for the feral cats of the Olympic Park site to be saved.
  • Catherine Yass

    Catherine Yass has found beauty in China’s monolithic Three Gorges Dam, says Andrew Mead
  • Chipperfield's Turner Contemporary turns the planners on

    David Chipperfield has won the green light for his Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate, Kent – a decision which marks the end of the beginning for the troubled project.
  • Chippo opens big braun Hamburg Hotel

    David Chipperfield Architects’ Empire Riverside Hotel in Hamburg opened today.
  • Chris Roche enjoys European jaunt

    As former England football manager and current Man City boss Sven-Göran Eriksson knows, it’s all about your results in Europe.
  • Cinema - Filming in outer spaces

    At the halfway point of the Wenders season at the BFI, Marko Jobst looks at the director’s spatial storytellingWim Wenders: Part Two. At the BFI Southbank until 29 February.
  • City States

    The main reason that the Shrinking Cities exhibition has been received with hostility (AJ 07.02.08) is that it is based on an irresponsible misuse of statistics.
  • City University Law School

    The City University is inviting Expressions of Interest from Architects and MEP (Mechanical, Electrical and Public Health) Services Engineers for the new School of Law building to be constructed on its Sebastian Street site, London. The new facility will be approximately 10 200 m² gross and must be operationally complete by Summer 2012.Expressions of Interest will be considered from separate or multi-disciplinary companies, who can demonstrate a track record of working with named other f
  • Clandestine encounter: the AJ speaks to guerilla restoration group, the Untergunther

    I’m in Paris, standing in the dark south-east corner of the Panthéon, entranced by the 1850 Wagner clock that presides over a mausoleum, adjacent to the stairs to the crypt. Seized in time, its thin black hands are stopped at ten minutes to twelve.
  • Composite quality!

    SteadmansSteadmans manufactured and supplied all the AS35/1000 composite roof and wall panels required by contractors J. Wareing & Son Ltd to design and build their own new fabrication workshop in Kirkham, Preston.“We’ve been using Steadmans for over 15 years because the quality of their building products is consistently matched by the speed and reliability of their service,” says a Wareing’s Director. Please email : cladding@steadman
  • Contiguous Pretentious Development in a New Urbanist silk poncho

    MONDAY. An ‘indoors’ day. I finish my design for The Amazin’ Amazon Rainforest Experience just south of Blackpool. There’s been local scepticism from the start. ‘Why would people in Lancashire pay to see rainthemed anything? If the silly buggers are desperate to see rain INSIDE a building there are several shopping centres within driving distance, all built in the 1970s.
  • Cornucopian delights

    Another tip from the wonderful Eric Morehouse was the Materialicious blog. That is materialicious as in 'delicious' rather than 'malicious'.
  • Cracks appear in Eisenman's Jewish Holocaust Memorial

    Thermally induced cracks are blighting hundreds of the concrete blocks which make up the Jewish Holocaust Memorial in Berlin.
  • Crit criticism

    I think Kieran Long may need to qualify his definition of ‘best’ when he says ‘Foreign schools are monopolising the best of British architectural teaching talent’ (Leader, AJ 31.01.08). Does he really mean the most commercially astute? Indeed, Long hints at the true motivation of many architects who tutor at Yale with his comment about Michael Hopkins. The quid pro quo seems to be a theme – be it in commission remuneration or status elevation.Clearly it is extremely difficult for archite
  • Critic’s Choice - Parks

    This book of large parks proves the potential of once-toxic landscapes, says Andrew Mead
  • Cullinan continues successful 2008 with Hong Kong win

    RIBA Gold Medal winner Ted Cullinan has continued his auspicious start to 2008 after landing a prize masterplanning project in Hong Kong.
  • Cullinan receives his Royal Gold Medal

    Ted Cullinan received the Royal Gold Medal for architecture at a black-tie dinner at the RIBA last night.
  • Cutting back the undergrowth

    A kindly reader has sent in a Don't-Make-Me-Think site. Its proprietors are Deborah Berke & Partners.
  • Dead calm - 4 February 2008

    Monday 4 February 2008Overcast but dead calm outside0 deg CThe sea outside is dead calm. I've never seen anything like it before.
  • Derby- framework agreement for housing and community amenities.

    Quantum seeking a number of consultants in the following categories: — Architects. — Cost Consultants, Employers Agents and Project Managers.Individual projects are expected to have build values ranging from less than 500 000GBP
  • Developer objects to LRW's Liverpool tower

    North West property giant Peel Holdings has lodged an objection against LRW Architects’ proposed 54-storey tower on Liverpool’s docklands (pictured).
  • Don't make me think

    I've been told to lighten up about architectural websites so I thought I'd set out my stall about some basic criteria for website criticism.
  • Edinburgh Council comes out in favour of RMJM's 'flawed masterpiece'

    Post-Modernism lives on in Edinburgh. Earlier today (20 February) the city council refused permission for SMC Hugh Martin to demolish RMJM’s 1985 Distillers building – recently dubbed a ‘flawed masterpiece’ by its original designers.
  • 'Elegant' Berman Guedes Stretton proposal wins Cheltenham contest

    Oxford-based Berman Guedes Stretton has won the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum design competition with what can only be described as an understated scheme.
  • Elephant and Castle regeneration project finds a new leader

    Jon Abbott will take on the role of Elephant and Castle project director at Southwark Council in south London.
  • Eric Kuhne to design Kuwaiti city

    Eric Kuhne Associates is to design a $77 billion (£40 billion) new city in the Gulf emirate of Kuwait.
  • Evolutionism

    Marcus Lee’s opinion piece on the future status of buildings like Richard Rogers’ Lloyd’s Building (AJ 31.01.08) concluded: ‘Buildings need to change or they will decline. We should ensure that the protective blanket of listing provides security, not suffocation.’ Spot on.
  • Exhibition - Living London

    Fox’s projections of London offer a disorienting portrait of the bustling city, says Angus MontgomeryGerry Fox, Living London. At 176 Gallery, London NW5, until 20 April
  • Exhibition - Studies for the Filter House

    Robin Wilson visits the Flood and Filter Houses Matthew Butcher: Studies for the Filter House. Until 29 February at the Bartlett Gallery, London WC1
  • Extension of Warwick Business School

    To provide architectural services for the further extension of Warwick Business School, to provide additional teaching, social and office accommodation, extending to approximately 5 500 m² over 4 floors and across 2 sitesContact: Estates Office, Attn: Adrian Gurney, UK-Coventry CV4 7AL. Tel. 024 76ol 52 29 82. E-mail: Fax 024 76 52 84 95.EU: 2008/S 27-036535Appty by: 14.3.2008.
  • Final rejection for Sheppard Robson's mega-church

    Sheppard Robson Architects’ proposals for a £70 million ‘mega-church’ in east London are lying in tatters after it was refused planning at a final planning committee last night (14 February).
  • Fletcher Christian responds to his environment

    A456 is run by Enrique.Gualberto Ramirez - although that could well be a pseudonym.
  • Food on the Shackleton - 30 January 2008

    30 January 20087:30 am GMTOvercast but bright with lively seaThe food on the Shackleton is superb. There is always a selection of nice things to eat at breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snacks in between.
  • Former RIBA vice president Maurice McCarthy dies

    Former architect, campaigner and RIBA vice president Maurice McCarthy has died at the age of 64.
  • Formflash pops lead’s balloon

    IcopalA contemporary alternative to lead for waterproof roof flashings, which is lighter, cheaper and environmentally friendly, has been launched by building membranes specialist Icopal.Because Roofgard FormFlash is compatible with all common building materials, it can be specified for all applications where traditional lead would normally be used including step flashings, abutments, chimneys, flat roof upstand cover flashings, and flat to pitched roof junctions.
  • Gash duties - 31 January 2008

    Thursday 31 January 2008OvercastChoppy seaToday was my first day on gash duties. Of all the passengers on the ship (five of us), I was the last to participate. This had its advantages because almost everything had been done in the days before.
  • Getting a bit too close to Koolhaas

    In a classic case of letting cleverness get away from you, Astragal was delighted at a recent lecture by irreverently-named Office for Metropolitan Alternatives (Office MA for short).
  • Gilmore Hankey Kirke

    The Plymouth office of award winning practice Gilmore Hankey Kirke have appointed Gavin Woodford and Simon Crosbie as Associates.
  • Gizmo hypeware

    The Asus EeePC, that sub-sub-laptop with the difficult-to-use keyboard and tiny flash memory instead of a hard drive, which runs on the free Linux operating system and whose price has veered from the vapourware figure of £100 to the real, current £220+, is having its PR mill ground gratis by the Eee geeks, er, aficionados.
  • Gleeds

    Gleeds, the International Management and Construction consultancy has appointed regeneration expert Peter Kearns to lead their regeneration business throughout its UK operation. Kearns will use his extensive knowledge gained as Executive Director for the Clyde Waterfront Strategic Partnership Board, to expand the regeneration and commercial development portfolio of the business, both nationally and internationally.
  • Gleeds

    Gleeds, the International Management and Construction consultancy, has appointed regeneration expert Peter Kearns to lead their regeneration business throughout its UK operation. Kearns will use his extensive knowledge gained as Executive Director for the Clyde Waterfront Strategic Partnership Board, to expand the regeneration and commercial development portfolio of the business, both nationally and internationally.
  • Government refuses to set zero-carbon targets for non-domestic buildings

    Housing minister Caroline Flint refused to set a zero-carbon target for non-domestic buildings at sustainability conference Ecobuild today (27 February).
  • Gradus protects for vets and pets

    GradusGradus wall protection systems have been installed throughout Cheadle Hulme Veterinary Hospital to help create a low-maintenance, hygienic and aesthetically appealing environment for staff, clients and pets.Part of the Woodcroft Veterinary Group and a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) registered practice, the fully equipped veterinary hospital has state of the art facilities and also provides 24hour emergency care, as well as being one of two registered traini
  • Green Book

    DessoEurope’s leading carpet manufacturer, Desso, has launched its first “Green Book” in order to communicate the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and its new 2008 sustainability initiatives. To request your copy please call 01235 554848 or email service-uk@desso.comClick here to request more information
  • Green Paper leak reveals plans for national film centre

    Prime Minister Gordon Brown is planning to build a £200 million national film centre on London’s South Bank.
  • Grimshaw leaves EP framework panel

    Grimshaw Architects has pulled out of English Partnerships’ (EP’s) framework agreement, claiming it placed the practice at an ‘unacceptable’ level of commercial risk.
  • Grimshaw's art collections centre misses out on funding

    Grimshaw Architects’ proposals to build a National Art Collections Centre in Southwark, south London, have been dented after failing to secure lottery funding.
  • Gutter talk

    Our slow old broadband relies on either the telephone wiring system or, and it's the reason the reason we all have broken pavements, fibre-optic cable.
  • Hard at work - 14 February

    Thursday 14 February-18.6 deg Cwind 5.4 Kts at 94 deg EOn site at Halley there is lots of activity.
  • Have you built a Better Public Building?

    CABE is looking for entries from architects and public sector clients for the 2008 Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award.
  • Have you had an elevating experience at LMU?

    The story of London Metropolitan University's broken lift looks set to run and run.
  • Haworth Tompkins director joins Greenwich University

    Steve Tompkins, one half of Stirling Prize-shortlisted Haworth Tompkins, has joined the University of Greenwich as a visiting professor.
  • Haworth Tompkins wins green light for RCA building

    Wandsworth Council has approved Haworth Tompkins’ saw-tooth-roofed studios for the Royal College of Art (RCA) in south London.
  • Hazle McCormack Young

    Hazle McCormack Young LLP have moved to:Union House, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 8HFT: 01892 515 311F: 01892 515 285W:
  • Heatherwick Studio

    Heatherwick Studio has announced the appointment of James Thomas. Thomas will play an integral role in the development of the studio as it continues to grow and expand its portfolio of projects.
  • Hemingway attacks 'unsustainable' Leeds

    Design guru Wayne Hemingway branded Leeds ‘the most unsustainable city’ and full of buildings that ‘were totally indistinguishable from each other’ at a high-level conference yesterday (31 January).
  • Hepcam

    Although you won't be able to see any paintings at David Chipperfield's Hepworth Wakefield Gallery until it opens in 2009, you can at least watch paint dry in the interim.
  • High life

    Astragal has been contacted by a researcher from a TV channel he never previously knew existed, but which will henceforth be a firm favourite.
  • Historic Scotland to consider RMJM's BHS building for listing

    Scottish government heritage agency Historic Scotland is considering putting forward RMJM’s 1960s BHS store on Princes Street, Edinburgh, for listing.
  • HKR and Make win Dublin markets comp

    HKR Architects and Make have won the competition to redevelop the 19th-century fruit and vegetable markets in Dublin.
  • HLM wins green light for Sheffield Arts Tower revamp

    HLM Architects has been given the go-ahead for its £20 million revamp of Sheffield’s mini Seagram – the Grade-II* Sheffield University Arts Tower.
  • Holcim global competition for sustainable building projects

    Entries to the $2 million (equivalent to £1m) Holcim Awards competition designed to promote sustainable construction closes on February 29, 2008.
  • Holder Mathias Architects

    Holder Mathias Architects have announced that Carolyn Merrifield and Craig Jones have become directors of the practice. Their appointment strengthens the leadership team in continuing to deliver a high quality service in a practice which has doubled in size over the last four years.
  • How not to meet Health and Safety regulations

    These attempts at safety equipment might fall short of Health and Safety requirements.
  • Icebergs - 1 February 2008

    Friday 1 February 2008A bit chilly outside, but brightand a calmer sea
  • Icopal’s Formflash Pops Lead’s Balloon

    IcopalA contemporary alternative to lead for waterproof roof flashings, which is lighter, cheaper and environmentally friendly, has been launched by building membranes specialist Icopal.Because Roofgard FormFlash is compatible with all common building materials, it can be specified for all applications where traditional lead would normally be used including step flashings, abutments, chimneys, flat roof upstand cover flashings, and flat to pitched roof junctions.
  • In airport Top Trumps, China will always beat Britain…

    Typical, you wait for ages for a massive airport, then two come along at the same time.
  • In the lowest decks of the Shackleton - 2 February 2008

    Saturday 2 February 2008 On Saturday morning at 9 am prompt, we were kindly given a guided tour of the engine rooms and main plant on board the Shackleton, by the Chief Engineer Peter Brigden.
  • In the papers today 12.02.08: The Death and Life of Great Landmarks

    It’s a landmark day in the papers. Well, a day with a lot of stories on landmarks, landmarking, and things that may become landmarks – always a hot topic, particularly these days with all the stress over the economy and an increasing fixation on urban competitiveness. It’s back to the economic theory of early 1990s for us! Paul Krugman must be thrilled.
  • In the papers today: 01.02.08

    Hello February, goodbye to the January doldrums, when house prices fell for the third month in a row writes the Guardian. The average house price dipped by 0.1 per cent, according to Nationwide’s end-January figures.
  • In the papers today: 04.02.08

    Developers and wind turbines seem to be the two main themes running through the papers today.
  • In the papers today: 05.02.08

    Recession, what recession? That appears to be the opinion of the international super-rich.
  • In the papers today: 06.02.08

    Following the excess of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, the AJ's In The Papers rolls around to a penitent Ash Wednesday, taking in apocalyptic visions, disappearing towns and appearing bridges.
  • In the papers today: 07.02.08. Glazed courtyards and cartoon penguins

    Norman Foster’s campaign, together with his High-Tech henchmen, to glaze over every courtyard in the Western world continues unabated with the opening of the Smithsonian. Comprehensive coverage in the Independent, although for some reason the pictures of the scheme are not online, just the text.
  • In the papers today: 08.02.08. Church funds are boosted and spring arrives early

    The Guardian reports the grateful receipt of £2 million in rescue grants, from English Heritage and the Wolfson Foundation, awarded to Lichfield Cathedral, the sole surviving original example of a three-spired cathedral in this country, and 27 others.
  • In the papers today: 11.02.08. Camden burns

    London’s Camden is waking up to an even more monstrous Monday-morning hangover than usual after fire ravaged the area on Saturday evening, reports the Independent .
  • In the papers today: 13.02.08. Frankenstatues are on the rampage

    'Frankenstein statues are stalking the streets' screams The Times, in a story which goes on to quote Soane Museum director Tim Knox at length.
  • In the papers today: 14.02.08. This is for the lovers

    Happy Valentine’s Day to Kate Moss, says north London neighbourhood St John’s Wood, which loves the ‘beefed-up police presence’ that comes with having a supermodel in the area.
  • In the papers today: 15.02.08. Disappointments, vandalism and Marmite

    The Evening Standard has run not one but two stories about the cancellation of the Architecture Foundation's HQ, as broken by The Archite
  • In the papers today: 18.02.08. The Minister for Make-Up

    The Independent has run a Q&A with the government’s new culture secretary Andy Burnham.
  • In the papers today: 19.02.08 – Frozen out of music

    The cliché that describes architecture as frozen music is particularly appropriate for critic Nick Coleman writing in the Guardian about his sudden loss of hearing in one ear.
  • In the papers today: 20.02.08. Can you afford to live here?

    The newspapers are flush with money today as the Evening Standard reports on a house for sale in London's most expensive street (Courtenay Avenue in Hampstead), the Telegraph writes about what has to be Britain's most expensive shed (a snip at £15
  • In the papers today: 21.02.08. Baby you can varnish my car

    Porsche has obviously been too busy designing manly kitchens and has taken its eye off the ball somewhat.
  • In the papers today: 21.02.08. Baby you can varnish my car

  • In the papers today: 22.02.08. The Olympics is just around the corner…

    Olympic glory seems a long way off for both China and London; today’s Telegraph reports the woes of crucial test events held yesterday in Beijing, which indicate problems with ticketing, queues and venue access, particularly for disabled spectators.
  • In the papers today: 27.02.08. Dragons and robots take over

    The Times wins the pun stakes on the newly opened Beijing terminal, with its irresistible 'Enter the Dragon en route to the Bird's Nest' headline.
  • In the Papers: 25.02.08. Keeping fit with Charlie

    A 'sex-for-building-consent' scandal, the heir to the throne and £1 million bishops' residencies; three stories – perhaps thankfully unconnected – yet again prove that it's never a dull day in architecture...
  • In the Papers: 26.02.08. Which country would you buy?

    Economic crises and the destruction of literary landmarks? Some good must come of this... and come it has in the shape of a miniature Greece.
  • Insurers get cold feet over houses on floodplains

    Tougher planning controls are needed if flood insurance is to remain widely available for new homes, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has warned.
  • Internet - 192's Maps

    192’s maps are addictive, confesses Chris
  • INVISTA Antron® carpet fibre – Toast of the Town

    AntronThe combination of striking aesthetic flexibility and lasting good looks offered by INVISTA, Antron® carpet fibre allowed Westbond to successful fulfil the wide ranging flooring requirements in Diageo’s headquarters. Thanks to the extensive colour and design palettes offered by Westbond’s Flex Creator facility, which allows designers to choose from any combination of 160 colours, all in Antron® carpet fibre.
  • Italy launches architecture's first radio station

    The first radio station just for architects has hit the airwaves in Italy.
  • Jordan and Bateman's Doha embassy opens

    It’s Doha so good for Jordan and Bateman Architects’ new British Embassy building in Qatar, which opened to staff last week.
  • Kaplicky bags Czech hat-trick

    Future Systems’ Jan Kaplicky has been signed up to design three key buildings for the historic town of Brno, in his native country the Czech Republic.
  • Kawneer systems are quick and easy (on the eye) for Brunel

    KawneerCurtain walling and windows from Kawneer have helped YRM Architects with a quick and easy (on the eye) solution for a prospective new school of architecture at Brunel University. The Michael Sterling building was originally intended as the new School of Architecture – a new faculty for the university – but is currently being used as a civil engineering extension to the School of Engineering and Design.
  • Kiss, mate

    Here's the Stutchbury and Pape site from Oz courtesy of that Architectural Web Living Treasure, Eric Moorhouse.
  • KITA's pods are too cool for school

    This is Cumbria-based KITA’s design for a series of sustainable classroom pods for Elleray Preparatory School in Windermere, in the heart of the Lake District National Park.
  • Land Securities director reveals his true feelings about architects

    Steve McGuckin, development director of Land Securities, is evidently ace at his job but hasn’t yet learned silver-tongued developer speak – thank goodness.
  • LDA funding row rumbles on

    The row between the London Development Agency (LDA) and the London Assembly (LA) over the funding of six cultural projects – including Herzog & de Meuron's 2003 Stirling Prize-winning Laban Centre – has intensified following the issuing of a report into the affair.
  • Leader - Kent's torture design

    Leader Kent’s defensive reaction to the AJ’s report on its torture design module is a missed opportunity for serious debate, writes Kieran Long.
  • Leader - The OJUE process

    It may be fairer than a framework agreement, but is there any reason for the OJEU process to be so frustratingly slow? Kieran Long asks
  • Leading architects lobby Welsh politicians in bid to save Newport school

    A host of British architecture’s biggest names have written to the Welsh Assembly in opposition to the proposed demolition of Evans and Shalev Architects’ Newport High School in Wales.
  • Leeds Bradford airport Terminal building extension

    Design, project management and health and safety services for the extension, refurbishment and redevelopment of the airport terminal building. The airport wishes to appoint a single organisation to undertake architectural design; civil/structural engineering design; building engineering services design; quantity surveying; CDM coordinator services and project management services for the design of an extension to the terminal building and the refurbishment and reconfiguration of the existing t
  • Letters on the Kent University Torture Debate

    The AJ’s report last week on architecture students at the University of Kent being asked to design a torture device has provoked heated debate. Here, the AJ asks the question: Should architecture students be asked to design torture devices?
  • Libeskind's indoor rainforest plans find a potential home in Southport

    Southport has emerged as the likely site for Daniel Libeskind’s on/off indoor Amazonian rainforest proposals, which have yet to find a home.
  • Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands hopes for green light at Doon Street

    Lifschutz Davidson Sandiland Architects has said it hopes to highlight the need for ‘great’ new buildings in London ahead of the public inquiry into its Doon Street tower project today (12 February).
  • LightWork Design Image Competition

    The Image Competition is open to users of any LightWorks-based application and images may be focused on any market sector or theme.
  • Lightworks Image Competition

    LightWork Design, the world's leading supplier of rendering solutions for developers of advanced 3D computer graphics software, are pleased to announce the launch of their new quarterly LightWorks Image Competition.The Image Competition is open to users of any LightWorks-based application and images may be focused on any market sector or theme.The only criterion is that the image must be created using one of the80+ software applications which integrates the LightWorks rendering
  • Little Fish - 7 Febuary 2008

    Jonathan Hendry of Jonathan Hendry Architects lets a little colour into his life
  • Llewelyn Davies Yeang sells masterplanning unit

    Llewelyn Davies Yeang (LDY) has sold off its entire masterplanning team so that the practice can focus on its so-called ‘deep green’ eco-design strategies.
  • London turned on by 'energy efficient' lighting

    Some of London’s most famous landmarks, including Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast, were bathed in coloured light last night. (Click here to see large images.)
  • Lord's set for a makeover

    Team selection has long been a problem for English cricket and now the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) has begun the arduous task of finding a ‘safe pair of hands’ to take on the masterplanning of Lord's.
  • LSFS provides the complete solution

    Light Steel Frame SolutionsLSFS was appointed to deliver the façade package at Sturlas Way, a new residential development in Waltham Cross that features a combination of shared ownership, affordable rent and key worker properties. The five-storey steel framed building, which is horse-shoe shaped in plan, was fitted with 2000m² of infill panels complete with carrier boards and clad with an insulated and low-maintenance render system.
  • LSFS provides the complete solution at Sturlas Way

    Light Steel Frame SolutionsLSFS was appointed to deliver the façade package at Sturlas Way, a new residential development in Waltham Cross that features a combination of shared ownership, affordable rent and key worker properties. The five-storey steel framed building, which is horse-shoe shaped in plan, was fitted with 2000m² of infill panels complete with carrier boards and clad with an insulated and low-maintenance render system.
  • Man Hauling in the South Pole

    Wednesday 13 February 2008-15.4 deg CWind: 5.7 kn, at 68 deg EThis Sunday BAS are holding a sponsored ski to the South pole. This will be 320 laps around the perimeter drumline and the event is being held to raise money for the RNLI.
  • Marchini Curran Associates

    Andrew Bull and Ben Bowley have been made directors at the Nottingham award winning firm of architects Marchini Curran Associates (MCA).
  • Marley Eternit launches cladding panels in any ral colour

    Marley EternitA machine capable of coating fibre cement cladding panels in any one of the thousands of RAL colours has been commissioned by Marley Eternit.The facility is exclusive to Marley Eternit’s Textura panels that are already available in 15 standard colours ranging from white through reds, yellows, blues, green and greys to black. Now any factory-approved RAL colour is available subject to a minimum quantity.
  • Marley Eternit renames the ultimate Cladding range

    Marley EternitMarley Eternit is rebranding its market-leading range of rainscreen cladding panels in the UK to reflect its parents company's influence on the European fibre cement market.Products sold throughout the continent by the Etex Group will now feature the same brand names in a move that is being reflected throughout the European manufacturing industry as a whole, whether it is confectionery or cars.
  • Massie goes to Iceland

    Graeme Massie Architects has scooped another competition in Iceland – this time for a mixed-use masterplan for a 150ha waterfront site in Reykjavík.
  • McAslan puts the call out for 2008 bursary entries

    John McAslan would like to remind folk that entries for the 2008 RIBA ICE McAslan Bursary must be in by 3 March.
  • McAslan reveals his plans to power the Olympics

    John McAslan and Partners has unveiled its latest designs for the Olympic Park Energy Centre.
  • McAslan reveals his plans to power the Olympics

    John McAslan and Partners has unveiled its latest designs for the Olympic Park Energy Centre.
  • Meet the no-frills 'man kitchen'

    What’s the difference between a man’s kitchen and a woman’s kitchen? Only a man would buy a kitchen designed by a high-performance car manufacturer.
  • Mellow yellow

    At a very civilised dinner in south London, developer Cathedral Group invited a select group of architects for a salon-style debate about housing.
  • Mindless pleasure

    Eric Morehouse sent me the Murdock Young website by New York company exhibit-E, claiming that it has special Don't-Make-Me-Think virtues.
  • Mobile learning centre competition launched

    A competition has been launched to find concept designs for a new ‘interactive mobile facility’ that will stimulate ‘creative engagement, learning and participation’.
  • Mohawk dials into success with Area Code from LEES

    Lees CarpetsThe Mohawk Group’s latest modular carpet collection under the LEES brand draws upon local inspirations that work together to provide a high performance solution with a national appeal to corporate, retail and hospitality environments.Developed by LEES’ Regional Design Consultants, Area Code’s designs are a departure from the norm, moving away from traditional stripe and linear patterns and arriving at a new series of rich, tonal and tip sheared styles.
  • Mr Wren, meet Mr McAslan

    St Paul’s Cathedral is about to get a new neighbour designed by John McAslan + Partners – a 10,000m2 office block on Cheapside, central London.
  • Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners

    Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners have promoted Chris Harrison (Newcastle office) and Michael Russell (London) to Senior Associate Directors. Claire Stephenson (Cardiff), Ben Kelway, Hannah Whitney and Sarah Perryman (all London) have been promoted to Associate Directors.
  • New School of Law Building, City University, London

    The City University is inviting Expressions of Interest from Architects and MEP (Mechanical, Electrical and Public Health) Services Engineers for the new School of Law building to be constructed on its Sebastian Street site, London.
  • NORD to help power the Olympics

    NORD has been given the go-ahead for this electrical substation in the west of the Olympic Park, east London.
  • ODA head of design Jerome Frost talks Olympics, design cuts, and sewers

    Jerome Frost, 37, is head of design for the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), here he tells Max Thompson that there is plenty of design work left in the Games and reveals a penchant for wading around in sewers.
  • ODA shuns Athletes' Village design panel precedent

    The Olympic Delivery Authority’s head of design, Jerome Frost, has pledged that the forthcoming Olympic Design Panel (ODP) will not be run in the same way as Lend Lease’s Athletes’ Village design panel.
  • ODA unveils winners in 'Velodream' competition

    A secondary school in Tyne and Wear and a primary school in East London have both won the Olympic Delivery Authority’s competition to design the ‘Olympic cycling venue of the future’.
  • Olafur Eliasson to rain down in New York

    In 2003, two million visitors streamed into the Tate Modern to see his huge sun installation, but now artist Olafur Eliasson is upping the ante.
  • OMA unveils 'fat chip' housing scheme for Singapore

    Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has unveiled a 32-block residential development in Singapore.
  • On the other side - 2 February 2008

    Saturday 2 February 2008Bright with some cloudsApprox +1 deg C outsideThe sea is calmer now. We have crossed the convergence between the Southern ocean and the Atlantic and are now on the other side – the Antarctic side, sailing through the Southern ocean to the Weddell Sea.
  • Online petitions are just monkey-work

    On a trawl through the Downing Street website, Astragal was tempted to sign the ‘let the monkeys of Britain roam as long as they don't harm a human being’ E-petition ( However, he thought his much-coveted signature would carry more weight in relation to the issues affecting the built environment.
  • Opinion - Architecture Foundation

    Failure to get a new public building will not hinder the Architecture Foundation, writes Rowan Moore.
  • Opinion - Flood Management

    Opinion Modern flood management is about living with rising water, not blocking it out, writes Robert Barker.
  • Opinion - New London Skyscrapers

    A rash of new skyscrapers will disfigure London’s views and damage tourism, says Prince Charles.
  • Opinion - Public Spaces

    Any country’s public life owes a debt to its history – and so should its public spaces, writes Patrick Lynch.
  • Opinion - The Olympic Stadium

    The 2012 Olympic stadium’s only claim to architecture is that it is removable, writes Patrick Lynch.
  • Opinion - Urban Splash

    Urban Splash wants young architects, and believes competition is the best way to get them, says Jonathan Falkingham.
  • Organised chaos

    As is frequently the case I'm indebted to Norman Blogster for the Hema site.
  • Oxford seeks 'visionary' affordable housing ideas

    Oxford is asking architects and designers to come up with innovative ideas for affordable housing.
  • Oxfordshire hospital design services

    Estates Design Services.— John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.— Churchill Hospital, Oxford.— Horton Hospital, Banbury.The Trust is seeking design consultancy services for new build (approx 15 %) and refurbishment projects (approx 85 %). This will include, but not be limited to, architectural, mechanical, electrical and structural design services along with building surveying, project management, CDMC & Access Consultancy services.
  • Park Hill sparkles for a night

    And, now ladies and gentleman, I’ll make a behemoth Brutalist 1960s housing estate appear out of nowhere!
  • Penrith Co-op goes green with Lees Carpets

    Lee CarpetsLees of Mohawk Industries exceptional environmental standing within the specifying community has been recognised by one of the countries leading green focussed architectural firms in its latest project.The recent refurbishment of Penrith Co-op was carried out with a brief committed to environmental consideration and Lees Carpets strict sustainability strategy has ensured it provided the ideal solution.
  • Plymouth leisure centre with swimming pool

    Architectural lead design team for a Leisure Centre with a Swimming Pool. The construction cost of this centre is currently estimated at 36 000 000 GBP.
  • Prasad and Alsop all a-flutter with birdbox designs

    In case you were wondering how Radio 4's Today Programme would cover National Nest Box Week, the AJ can put your mind at rest
  • Protesters come out against Warwickshire eco-town

    More than 300 protesters demonstrated in Warwickshire yesterday in opposition to proposals to build a 6,000 home ‘eco-town’ in the area.
  • Radio - Fresh hell

    What fresh architecture hell is this? Christine Murray reviews GMA
  • Reaching the base - 8 February

    Friday 8 February-9.5 deg CClear but stormy skies over the sea.I had my alarm set for 5am and when I woke the ship was moving really slowly and smoothly.
  • Recreation - 3 February 2008

    Sunday 3 February 2008Recreation is a very important part of life on board the Shackleton. Whilst at sea there is no escape from the ship and the recreational facilities on board are one of the best ways to keep fit, let off steam and kill some time. On the Shackleton there are the following facilities:
  • RIBA Gold Medallist Cullinan offers advice to the stars of the future

    RIBA Gold Medallist Ted Cullinan enjoyed a morning of ‘breathtaking’ student work on Wednesday (13 February) at the annual President’s Medals crit at Portland Place.
  • RIBA offers refresher courses for architects

    The RIBA has teamed up with the London Metropolitan University to offer architects returning to the profession an intensive week-long course to brush up on their skills.
  • RMJM top dog bags £373,000 salary

    RMJM chief executive, Peter Morrison, must take all this talk about recession in his stride.
  • Robert Adam makes his most unlikely shortlist yet: a JCB HQ in Uttoxeter

    An eclectic bunch of practices, ranging from bridge specialist McDowell + Benedetti to Classicist Robert Adam Architects, has been shortlisted in the contest to overhaul JCB’s Heavy Products site in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire.
  • Robert AM Stern unveils Manhattan skyscraper

    New York practice Robert AM Stern Architects has unveiled its latest addition to Manhattan’s famous skyline, a 278m-tall tower adjacent to the Ground Zero site.
  • Rocket Science! - 5 February 2008

    Tuesday 5 February 2008This week we have been launching XBT rockets off the back of the Shackleton in the name of science. How cool is that!
  • Rogers riffs with Yentob in TV retrospective

    It’s not often one gets a chance to see Richard Rogers in a vest, but Tuesday night’s Imagine programme offered exactly that (Richard Rogers: Inside Out, 10.30pm Tuesday 25th February).
  • Salford Media City takes a step forward as Fairhursts scheme wins green light

    The BBC’s ‘historic’ move to Salford Quays, outside Manchester, has taken a giant leap forward after the first phase of the proposed Media City development won planning permission.
  • SAS International chilled ceiling system for Limerick Hospital

    SAS InternationalThe Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick has specified a chilled ceiling system from SAS International to help combat the heat levels generated from the special hospital equipment used in the Neo-natal Unit, which deals with critically-ill new born babies.SAS International chilled ceilings use water, as opposed to air or refrigerant, as the heat transfer medium by radiating energy (cooling) downwards.
  • SAS International provides architectural metalwork for Charlestown Mall

    SAS InternationalArchitectural metalwork solutions from SAS International were specified by HKR Architects for a recently-completed €140 million shopping centre. Utilising the SAS in-house design team, HKR asked SAS to work with them to create a bespoke solution for the ceilings in the central walkway of the Mall.A feature suspended ceiling floats down the length of the walkway, with three dimensional metal ‘kites’ protruding along its length, create a striking result. Manufa
  • Scape Architects

    Scape Architects have launched a new website:
  • See the British Steel archive for the first time

    The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded the University of Teesside £250,000 to work with Teesside Archives to bring the largely unknown British Steel Archive to the public.
  • Sheffield - A love letter to the architecture school

    In honour of its 100th birthday (and Valentine’s Day), University of Sheffield alumna Kaye Alexander introduces Peter Blundell Jones’ history of the School of ArchitectureUniversity of Sheffield School of Architecture 1908-2008: A Centenary History. By Peter Blundell Jones. University of Sheffield/BDR Publications
  • Sheffield terrace winners unveiled

    These are the first images of the winners in Sheffield City Council's £50K terrace house revamp competition, held in the Page Hall area of the city.
  • Sheppard Robson bags west London redevelopment

    Sheppard Robson Architects has won the competition to redevelop the western end of King Street in Hammersmith, west London.
  • Sheppard Robson falls off the University of Salford merry-go-round

    The University of Salford’s Mediacity:UK merry-go-round has taken another twist after it emerged that Sheppard Robson will not be asked to build a new faculty for the college on the waterfront site.
  • Sighting the Brunt Ice Shelf

    Friday 8 February 2008-9 deg CBrunt Ice Shelf This is my first picture of the Brunt Ice Shelf. It's more stunning (and colder) than anywhere else so far. The Shackleton is currently positioning herself to tie up at creek 4. After making sure the sea ice is firm, we will then start to disembark. Currently it is 6 am (9GMT). We should be on the ice shelf by 12 noon (3 GMT). Will keep you posted. (ps I hope the natives are friendly).
  • Sign up for Sutherland Lyall's webwatch newsletter

    Sutherland Lyall is now writing a weekly newsletter where he reviews the latest gizmos, looks at websites he loves and hates, and highlights the most interesting architecture-related blogs. To receive his weekly newsletter, sign up here.
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    Sutherland Lyall is now writing a weekly newsletter where he reviews the latest gizmos, looks at websites he loves and hates, and highlights the most interesting architecture-related blogs. To receive his weekly newsletter, sign up here. To read webwatch, click here.
  • Simon Jenkins blasts 'devil' architects, but Prasad has the last word…

    Architects were blamed for most of the evil in the world by a ranting Simon Jenkins at the Royal Town Planning Institute annual lecture last night (20 February).
  • Skylon could rise again on the South Bank

    The first steps towards resurrecting Skylon, the symbol of the 1951 Festival of Britain, have been revealed to the AJ.
  • So long sweet friend...

    The AJ is preparing to shed a tear. Two of this magazine’s oldest pals have let it slip that they have finally tired of drinking from Astragal’s salacious cup.
  • Soane Museum head attacks public statues

    The director of the Sir John Soane Museum in London has launched a startling attack on the sculptures and memorials sprouting up around the UK.
  • Soho flashers

    You are sitting in you favorite Soho caff WiFi-ing the Web. From the corner of your eye you suddenly notice that the T-shirt of the guy in the street outside has gone ballistic.
  • Some thing has found us, and bitten the head off St Paul's...

    MONDAY. I’m leading a refresher workshop for architects returning to the profession after a career break. They’re an eclectic bunch. Some left to have children, others have been in prison. One bewildered old gent retired 14 years ago and wants to find out more about the ‘information superhighway’.
  • Specifiers will get high on Arval's Fidelite

    ArcelorA new lightweight insulated roof and wall system that comes with exceptional guarantees for specifiers' and building owners' total peace of mind has been launched by Arval from Arcelor Construction UK.The new recruit to the Arval portfolio is the Fidelite twin-skin roof and wall system, which provides a single source of supply for a non-fragile roof or wall assembly with a range of guaranteed U-values for compliance with current Building Regulations.
  • Starck raving mad in Moscow

    According to the press puff – and it really is puff – the new Maison Baccarat in a historic building in Moscow is the ‘latest opus to emerge from the fruitful collaboration between the time-honored crystal manufacturer [Baccarat] and genius designer [Philippe Starck].'
  • Stride Treglown

    National architectural practice, Stride Treglown, has appointed Mark Wilson as senior town planner. Based in Stride Treglown's headquarters in Bristol, Wilson will be working on a masterplan and a major planning application for an independent school as well as projects for the University of Reading. Wilson is the 10th member of the planning team and he will be involved in national portfolio commissions, strategic masterplans and mixed-use projects.
  • Studio E bags school architect prize

    Studio E Architects has been named as Best School Architect at the British Council for School Environments (BCSE) industry awards dinner.
  • Tackling Obesogenic Environments

    Monday. Attend a seminar on Tackling Obesogenic Environments. Ideas aired include: more cycle lanes and footpaths, food rationing, the reintroduction of wolves, a chair ban, narrower doorways, replace lifts with wall bars, annual fat permits.
  • Tall stories emerge of super-skyscraper for secret Middle East site

    Another day, another tall story. This time it’s UK-based Hyder Consulting claiming it is desiging a monster skyscraper twice as tall as the Burj Dubai (pictured) for a secret site somewhere in the Middle East.
  • Team chosen for Farrell's Leeds masterplan

    An eclectic mix of architects has been chosen to deliver Terry Farrell’s £800 million retail-led Eastgate masterplan in Leeds city centre.
  • Telling good blubber from bad

    'If we were to design a green settlement… from scratch, the product would not be suburbia, or urban villages, or Greek fishing towns or even, say, Barcelona. It would be Manhattan.’ Elizabeth Farrelly can always be relied on to stir things up.
  • Terry Farrell on bringing the Thames Gateway to Leeds

    Richard Waite caught up with Terry Farrell at the Leeds City Centre Vision conference on 31 January, shortly after the architect had unveiled his proposals for Aire Valley, south-east of Leeds, and revealed that the designs are based on his proposals for the Thames Gateway.
  • Tesco scours Sunderland for the perfect spot

    Supermarket giant Tesco looks to have switched the sights of its heavy guns in Sunderland from the controversial Vaux Brewery plot to a retail park close to the Stadium of Light football stadium.
  • The best of Ecobuild

    Are you wondering what to see in a last-minute dash to Ecobuild? Or wanting to find out what you have missed?Mark Elton, director of sustainability at ECD Architects and lead architect for the Wolseley UK Sustainable Building Center due to open on 2nd April 2008, has picked the products he finds the most interesting.
  • The environment strikes back

    Tuesday 19 February 2008-6.9 deg CWind: 37.4 knt at 92 deg E
  • The Fat of the land: Prince Charles backs 'Trim Town'

    Architect-botherer, heir to the British throne and creator of the fine Duchy Original Pork Sausages, HRH Prince Charles' attention has been attracted to a different type of porker than can be found in his Highgrove Estate.
  • The FT ULI Sustainable Cities Award

    Up to seven winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony and dinner at the conclusion of the FT ULI Sustainable Cities conference at the East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, London, UK, on June 16, 2008.
  • The Housing Design Awards

    The Housing Design Awards
  • The lost site of Halley

    Wednesday 20 February 2008-5 deg Cwind: 35-40knts, with gusts up to 50kntsVery poor visibilityAttached with this blog are the last pictures I took of site, taken at midnight local time on Monday night, 18 February. We have not seen site since.
  • The man who lost a legacy

    Max Thompson talks to Rowan Moore and other key players after the Architecture Foundation HQ is axed.
  • The power of thought

    In a few months teenagers will be controlling their computer games sans mice, joysticks, gamers input devices or even Wii remotes.
  • The space between: Landscape and the contemporary city

    Historically, landscape design and architecture have been treated as separate disciplines, often with no defined synergy between the two.
  • The Surreal - 31 January 2008

    31 January 2008Still overcast with choppy seaThere’s something a bit surreal about all of this. Firstly we have not seen land since Saturday, which is a big deal to a non sailor like me. There is nothing but rolling water outside.
  • The unbearable rightness of being green. In the papers: 28.02.08

    Who can resist a sexy guerrilla? Not the Telegraph, which dressed up its front page with an activist who scaled the roof of the Commons yesterday in pearls, a tweed skirt and kitten heels.
  • The Wood Awards 2008

    Organisers of the 2008 Wood Awards are inviting professionals who are working with wood to enter projects now for the 2008 Wood Awards
  • This is Anfield… no, Goodison… no, hang on, Anfison?

    An architect and lifelong Everton football fan has drawn up these 'interesting' designs to try to answer the ultimate question – can Liverpool and Everton share a stadium?
  • Top this Zaha – PTW and Arup's Beijing Olympics Aqautics Centre

    This is the 2008 Beijing Olympics Aquatics Centre, designed by Arup with PTW Architects and CCDI – dubbed the 'Water Cube'.
  • Tour of the ship - 28 January 2008

    28 January 2008About 41 deg SSunnyThe RRS Ernest Shackleton was built in 1995 and is approximately 80m long. It is arranged on three bridge decks, three service decks and two engine room decks. Each deck has a different coloured ceiling to help you orientate around the ship:
  • Training and hauling

    Sunday 17 February 2008-13 deg CWind speed about 8 knt
  • Trigger happy

    ‘I almost shot NormanFoster’. So began a story that a filmmaking comrade of Astragal’s recently told.
  • Twist of Foster not fooling CABE

    The controversial Ealing Arcadia scheme is proving you can’t just add a dash of stararchitect to an existing design-team cocktail and make an instant hit.
  • Twist of Foster not fooling CABE

    The controversial Ealing Arcadia scheme is proving you can’t just add a dash of stararchitect to an existing design-team cocktail and make an instant hit.
  • Underground energy

    Architects on the hunt for renewable technologies are increasingly looking to harness the Earth’s power to heat and cool buildings, writes Hattie Hartman
  • Uphill struggle

    It appears English Heritage (EH) has had a change of heart about its plans for the all-new Stonehenge Visitor Centre.
  • Urban Splash and AJ seek 'stars of the future' for Liverpool competition

    Urban Splash has teamed up with the AJ to launch a competition giving young architects the chance to design a £500,000 building in one of the biggest developments in Liverpool.
  • Using the Whole Tree

    High-efficiency timber production means no part of the tree need go to waste. Ruth Slavid looks at the products that come from leaf-tip to trunk.
  • Vinoly's Uruguayan airport takes off

    Rafael Viñoly has revealed images of his new terminal at Carrasco International Airport in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay.
  • Vitesse - self cleaning architectural wall Panels

    Speed DeckBi-modular Vitesse insulated wall panels; flat or curved, with a Rockwool core and now with optional self cleaning coating technology which removes the difficulty of cleaning external surfaces at inaccessible heights.Visit us on stand 133, The Surface Design Show, Business Design Centre, Islington, 4th-6th March.Click here to request more information
  • Vitesse ® self cleaning architectural wall Panels

    Speed DeckBi-modular Vitesse insulated wall panels; flat or curved, with a Rockwool core and now with optional self cleaning coating technology which removes the difficulty of cleaning external surfaces at inaccessible heights.Visit us on stand 133, The Surface Design Show, Business Design Centre, Islington, 4th-6th March.Click here to request more information
  • Vitesse-self cleaning architectural wall Panels

    Speed DeckBi-modular Vitesse insulated wall panels; flat or curved, with a Rockwool core and now with optional self cleaning coating technology which removes the difficulty of cleaning external surfaces at inaccessible heights.Visit us on stand 133, The Surface Design Show, Business Design Centre, Islington, 4th-6th March.Click here to request more information
  • Welcome to the (zero-carbon) Good Life

    HTA Architects and Barratt Homes have given the world a glimpse into the future by revealing computer-generated images of the UK’s first zero-carbon community.
  • We're stuck in a rut

    Just look at the proposals for the seafront at Weston-super-Mare to see how far the UK has come from location-specific architecture, says Kieran Long
  • What's in a name?

    Astragal hears that the name Chapman Robinson – a mainstay of the Manchester architectural scene for almost a decade – is soon to disappear.
  • Why architects don't blog

    People complain about the blogosphere as a zone of pain, unpleasantness, solipsism, solitary revenge and audiences of five.
  • Will Tropicana help Weston-super-Mare's renaissance, or is it just a carbuncle on the coast?

    Weston-super-Mare is on the up. The North Somerset seaside town is now attracting the likes of Urban Splash and even Foster + Partners to help with its regeneration. But, according to locals, one development has crashed the party.
  • Willmott Dixon bets on Kawneer for racecourse development

    KawneerVirtually the entire range of architectural aluminium systems from Kawneer will feature on the £20 million grandstand at Epsom racecourse, the hcrne of the world-famous Derby. The manufacturer has won the contract through main contractor Willmott Dixon Construction and work with Kawneer-approved installer Leay is expected to start later this year.Kawneer systems include the AA®100 dry-jointed curtain walling and 451PT ground-floor thermal framing systems, the AA®6
  • Wind turbine goes berserk

    Wind power may normally be clean and safe, but when it goes wrong, it can be catastrophic, as this video spotted on treehugger demonstrates.
  • Wood Awards

    Call for entries for the UK Wood AwardsOrganisers of the 2008 Wood Awards are inviting professionals who are working with wood to enter projects now for the 2008 Wood Awards. Entries open this month (March) for what has become the premier awards programme for the use of nature’s most sustainable material. And, at a time when sustainability is increasingly front of mind for designers, architects and specifiers, the Wood Awards could not be more timely.
  • Wysing Arts Centre by Hawkins Brown

    Hawkins Brown has created a clumsily charming, artist-friendly studio and reception building in Cambridgeshire.Photography by Hélène Binet
  • You'll believe a chair can fly

    A manufacturer is launching a chair that brings the principles of the Maglev train to domestic relaxation.
  • Zaha's Architecture Foundation HQ plans axed

    The Architecture Foundation’s (AF’s) proposed HQ scheme – which would have been Zaha Hadid’s first permanent building in England – has been axed.
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