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Foundation picks 'emerging' practices for 'kiosk' shortlist

The Architecture Foundation has shortlisted four practices in its competition to design a new £60,000 retail unit for developer Delancey Estates in Islington, north London (AJ 1.2.01).

The foundation this week picked D Squared Design and Walker and Martin of London, Letts Wheeler Architecture & Design of Nottingham, and McDaniel Woolf of Surrey, all of which won £1,000 towards costs and will now appear in the foundation publication New Architects II.

The 160-page, Delancey-sponsored book is to be published this September and builds on the success of the foundation's original 1998 showcase for emerging practices, in which 83 architects were featured. But this time the CABE-backed volume will feature 68 practices - 18 per cent fewer - and there will be an overlap of architects which the foundation and its assessors consider are still 'emerging', three years on from first appearing as the stars of tomorrow.

The kiosk competition, meanwhile, is to design a 30m 2, free-standing retail unit and piece of street art, to be built at the 15,000m 2Chapman Taylordesigned retail and leisure space scheme linking Islington's Upper Street to Liverpool Road. The shortlisted practices will now work up a design for the next stage. The winner or winners of the £2,000 prize will be announced in the autumn and the scheme is due for completion next spring.

The competition attracted 25 entries, and despite criticisms levelled at Delancey and the foundation for including a copyright clause - consistent with the larger retail development - architects on the list said the single A4 brief made the condition clear. 'I accepted it as unusual but not unreasonable, ' said McDaniel Woolf director Richard Woolf. 'It was there for a reason, to keep uniqueness'.

Andrew Wheeler of Letts Wheeler called the copyright row a 'storm in a teacup', while the foundation declared it 'not an issue'. Nevertheless, the foundation will not be including a copyright clause in forthcoming competitions it is running.

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