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Architects Journal
June 2008

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  • ...While spirits ran high at the exhibition launch party

    How many of the country's hottest young architectural talents can you get in a former warehouse in Liverpool on a Wednesday night?
  • … And asks the Press out

    London Mayor Boris Johnson proved to be on evasive form when an AJ correspondent encountered him at his first press conference at City Hall today (4 June).
  • A dash of black from Antron® carpet fibre

    AntronWith stunning looks and the need for the performance to match, Modulyss has turned to INVISTA Antron® carpet fibre for its Black& modular carpet solution for commercial office interiors.Designed to meet the exacting needs of the commercial office sector in both style and performance, Black& meets the high style expectations of specifiers with a structured design that combines the elegance of black with 16 fresh tones ranging from pure white through to a zesty green and bol
  • A week of Corbusian Skillsets, dogs and breakfasts

    Monday. There’s a whining sound coming from the construction industry. I think the boiler’s gone. Luckily we’re on a three-star PFI contract, so the engineers will be out to fix it as soon as possible. Are we in this afternoon? Most definitely. What’s the point of a recession if you can’t bunk off at lunchtime?
  • Acme wins Bristol pavilion

    Up-and-coming practice Acme has landed yet another high-profile project – this time for a pavilion in Castle Park, Bristol.
  • Aedas school slammed by star-studded design review panel

    A new £73 million school commissioned by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) has come under fire from its own recently formed design review panel.
  • A-EM's look at London's 'highest hidden places' arrives

    Tonight (25 June) Clerkenwell-based architect A-EM officially opens its Upshot exhibition at the National Theatre showcasing photographs from London’s ‘highest hidden places’.
  • AJ/Urban Splash Tribeca Infobox shortlist unveiled...

    Six teams of young designers have been shortlisted in the AJ/Urban Splash Infobox contest.
  • Akron Art Museum by Coop Himmelb(l)au

    Akron, Ohio, USA
  • Alsop to separate from SMC pack

    The SMC board is considering the separation of Will Alsop’s practice from the rest of the group under a proposal which could also see the remaining architects relinquish their identities under one brand name.
  • Am Kupfergraben 10 by David Chipperfield Architects

    Berlin, Germany
  • Anarchitect designs studio for fashion doyenne Westwood

    Designed by East London-based firm Anarchitect, this is fashion designer Vivienne Westwood‘s new studio for Battersea, south London.
  • AOC's Lift goes on the move

    This is AOC’s portable performance space, The Lift.
  • Architect escapes ARB penalty after 'exceptional' house demolition

    The Architects Registration Board (ARB) has decided not to punish an architect who was fined £12,000 for demolishing a house in a conservation area in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, last year.
  • Architects face extinction, says UK-GBC head

    The head of the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has warned that architects could be ‘facing extinction’ unless dramatic changes are made in the industry to combat climate change.
  • Architecture Foundation

    The Architecture Foundation (AF) has announced that it is to move to offices in Somerset House on The Strand from the week beginning the 23 June.
  • Architecture Project builds in Malta

    This is the new £7 million headquarters for the Malta Maritime Authority designed by emerging practice Architecture Project, founded in Malta with other offices in London and Croatia.
  • Art deco decadence from Lano Carpets

    Lano CarpetsThe design flexibility of Lano Flooring Solutions’ Walk of Fame custom axminster carpet service has provided a sumptuous black and white feast for guests at the Cumberland Hotel, Bournemouth.In keeping with the art deco architecture of the hotel’s interior, the perfect fit was found within the 20,000 original designs from the Stoddard archives offered by Lano Flooring Solutions’. However, conscious of ensuring the hotel met with contemporary tastes, a monochrome col
  • Avanti Architects scoops British Homes Award

    Avanti Architects saw off the likes of AEW Architects, SMAL, Grafik Architects and HTA Architects to win this year’s Mail on Sunday British Homes Award.
  • Back in the arms of the enemy

    Ever since that recent announcement about how you can now run Linux programs under Windows, people all over the world have been asking the big question 'Why bother?'. Especially when you can run Windows and Linux side by side or, perhaps more sensibly, run Linux under its own steam.And that prompted my big annual Linux tryout. This year it's the latest incarnation of fashionable Ubuntu version 8
  • Back to basics law: contractural provisoins for time and money - who benefits?

    Barristers Kim Franklin and Sue Lindsey look at points that the certifying architct may wish to bear in mind when balancing an employer’s and a contractor’s desire for compensation for delay
  • Barton Willmore

    Barton Willmore, one of the UK's leading planning and design consultancies, has promoted Senior Planner Alyson Jones to the position of Director. Based in Barton Willmore's Theale office, Jones will work alongside Robin Meakins on mayor regeneration schemes.
  • Baylis Court School Extension, Slough

    This comission is a one stop appointment to procure the services of Architectural Practice to develop the design and project mamange the extension / re-modelling to Baylis Court Secondary School.
  • Bijlmer Arena Station by Grimshaw and Arcadis

    Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • B-Line in Bronze finish

    AktivaB-Line in Bronze finish for the Geological Society Library Burlington House. Lengths from 700mm to 1600mm and up to 80 Watts. May be joined in series and cut to special lengths. Integral ballast, ceiling and wall mounted, bookshelf, workstation and reading desk versions available in a wide range of finishes. Other display and desk light solutions at
  • Blogs vs Websites: the gap narrows

    It's getting increasingly difficult to tell websites from blogs. So sophisticated have the latter become. Technically, I suppose, a blog is defined by the fact that it is hosted via such as Xanga, Blogger, Blogspot, Livejournal, and WordPress. Look at Wikipedia for a simple definition and you're lost because they range from Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffingtion's impressive Huffington Post to the more traditional musings by adolescents in darkened bedrooms about the Nature Of Life. And it gets a
  • BMW Welt event, exhibition and automobile delivery centre by Coop Himmelb(l)au, Wolf D Prix, We Dreibholz & Partner ZT

    Munich, Germany
  • Boris adviser will not answer to GLA Code of Ethics

    The Mayor of London’s chief planning adviser will not be bound by the Greater London Authority (GLA) Code of Ethics, it has been revealed.
  • Boris pledges to protect views of London's heritage sites…

    London Mayor Boris Johnson has again pledged to reintroduce the wider protected viewing corridors across London ‘shrunk’ by his predecessor Ken Livingstone.
  • British practices make it on to Russian steel-house shortlist

    Three British practices have made the 12-strong shortlist which will submit concept designs for sustainable steel-framed housing in Cherepovets, Russia.
  • Building Design Partnership

    The UK's largest design practice BDP has appointed David Cash as its International Development Director.
  • Building Schools for the Future 'benefitting' from credit crunch, says Byles

    The government's £45 billion Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme is benefitting from the current economic downturn, according to the man charged with delivering the ambitious scheme.
  • CABE's first design commission – a 29m-tall pylon – is unveiled in Birmingham

    This is the Block Architecture-designed centrepiece of CABE’S Climate Change Festival – a 29m-tall nickel-plated pylon.
  • Callcutt demands quality from new housing agency

    John Callcutt, the man behind the government report on housing delivery, has added his voice to calls to ‘embed design’ in the new Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
  • Carabanchel social housing by Foreign Office Architects

    Madrid, Spain
  • Carey Jones wins green light for Bury 'cheese grater'

    Carey Jones has won the go-ahead for this 110-bedroom hotel in Bury, Greater Manchester, dubbed 'the cheese grater’ because of its unusual solar shading.
  • Carmody Groarke goes skywalking behind British Museum

    Carmody Groarke has unveiled plans for a 160m-long temporary pavilion to be built behind the British Museum as part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture.
  • Casa Kike by Gianni Botsford Architects

    Cahuita, Costa Rica
  • Chipperfield appointed to overhaul Royal Academy building

    David Chipperfield Architects has been appointed to redevelop the Royal Academy of Arts’ building at 6 Burlington Gardens in central London.
  • Chipperfield bags rare PPS7 permission

    David Chipperfield Architects has broken the Planning Policy Statement 7 (PPS7) run of bad luck after winning permission for this 2,000m2 farmhouse scheme overlooking Otmoor in Oxfordshire.
  • Client of the year

    Coin Street Community Builders has won the Client of the Year award.
  • Coin Street Community Builders

    Coin Street neighbourhood centre, Southwark, Haworth TompkinsContract Value £7.1m
  • Colour couture from Antron carpet fibre

    AntronThe results of INVISTA Antron® carpet fibre’s latest research is set to provide specifiers and designers with an extremely valuable supporting view into future trend leading flooring designs and colourways.In addition to the INVISTA Antron® Colour Point of View (CPOV), Antron® carpet fibre is constantly investigating the latest movements in the style stakes and its latest research brings four key colour themes to the fore.Contact the INVISA design consultant, Harwin
  • Colt Group

    The Colt Group has announced the appointment of Simon Thornton as its new Chief Executive Officer. He is taking over from Gerard van Haren who has led the expansion of the Group's business, achieving record profits and sales in 2007.
  • Cool Kalzip

    KalzipThe eye-catching design of Manchester’s latest landmark attraction – Chill Factore – features over 5,000m² of 2 different types of Kalzip aluminium cladding: Kalzip perforated facades and Kalbau profiled sheets which were both installed by Teamkal contractors Lakesmere Ltd. Designed by Faulknerbrowns Architects and built by contractor Sir Robert McAlpine, Chill Factore is the UK’s newest and longest indoor ski slope which towers 100 feet above the city’s M60 orbital nex
  • Copenhagen's elephants pack their trunks… and move into Foster's Elephant House

    ‘We are delighted to learn that the elephants are enjoying their new home,’ said Spencer de Grey about Foster + Partners recently completed Elephant House for Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark.
  • Countryside Properties

    Accordia, Cambridge, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Maccreanor Lavington Architects And Alison Brooks ArchitectsContract Value £80 Million
  • CPMG Architects

    Nottingham-based CPMG Architects has promoted architect Paul Bodill to Associate Director and Group Leader.
  • Cutty Sark scheme lifts off

    Grimshaw and Youmeheshe’s Cutty Sark conservation project took a major step forward today as the ship was removed from its dry dock.
  • Dazzling success at Design Prima

    Modulyss“Specifiers, designers and architects loved the stunning visuals of Black& in the flesh,” says Richard Russell, Modulyss, on their attendance at this year’s Design Prima.A strikingly innovative stand of sculpted form and two design and performance led carpet tile ranges stopped visitors in their track and helped to boost the already wide recognition of the Modulyss brand. The stylish Black& that helps to make interiors stand out from the crowd and the Modulyss3 collectio
  • Delivering Sustainable LDF's

    Working in partnership to deliver effective spatial solutions for people and places
  • Delivering Sustainable Local Development Frameworks

    Working in partnership to deliver effective spatial solutions for people and places
  • Designing Affordable Housing 2008

    Designing high quality affordable homes in a changing market
  • Designing with renewable energy 2008

    Latest approaches to incorporating renewable energy into the built environment
  • Desso at London Festival of Architecture

    DessoDesso’s carpet tiles were used to create the colourful rug design which formed the basis of London's Largest Living Room, located in the courtyard at Somerset House between 20-23 June. Formed piece by piece like a giant jigsaw, the rug was designed by Studio Myerscroft and used a range of Desso’s tiles to create the look and feel of a giant ‘Turkish Rug’.Desso is a leading manufacturer of carpets and carpet tiles for commercial applications. For more information visit
  • DKS Architects

    Stokesley-based DKS Architects has appointed Louise Couldry as its new Business Development Manager.
  • Donor waits in the wings for Skylon revival

    An anonymous donor has pledged to cough up the £1.2 million needed to rebuild Skylon, the symbol of the 1951 Festival of Britain, the AJ can reveal.
  • Don't make me hunt

    Actually make that herd, because your cursor arrow turns into a lasso at Studio Elastico and you find yourself in the sky watching the herding of a lot of cattle.The guys from Elastico are plainly not English or they wouldn't have gone for a name with connotations of over-flexibility or a site navigation based on a cowboy metaphor. I mean, there they are, friendly looking people but with a real horse and all faintly Serge Leone.
  • DSDHA's Soho scheme wins green light

    London-based firm DSDHA has gained planning permission from Westminster City Council for this mixed-use development in the heart of Soho.
  • Duke takes on Candy brothers over Rogers' Chelsea Barracks designs

    The Duke of Westminster, Britain’s wealthiest property tycoon, has attacked the Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners-designed Chelsea Barracks.
  • Dunthorne Parker Architects

    Dunthorne Parker Architects has announced that Claire Matheson, Chris Moore, Jane Somerville, Nadia Stipinovich and Catherine Sullivan have become associates of the practice.
  • Eco-towns have popular support, government claims

    Five times as many people support the development of eco-towns than oppose them, a new government survey claims.
  • Edinburgh's degree show reviewed by Graeme Feedan of 3DReid

    Càdiz Field + Work, Master of Architecture Degree Exhibition at the University of Edinburgh, Matthew Architecture Gallery, 20 Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JZ, 2 June – Friday 27 June 2008, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
  • Empire Riverside Hotel and Brauhaus by David Chipperfield Architects

    Hamburg, Germany
  • English Heritage calls for parts of BBC Television centre to be listed

    English Heritage (EH) is calling on Margaret Hodge to list parts of the 1950s BBC Television Centre in Shepherd’s Bush, west London.
  • EPR to design Croydon Council HQ

    Croydon Council has appointed EPR Architects to design its new headquarters, as part of a £450 million masterplan for the southern part of the town centre.
  • Europan winner Tom Russell shortlisted for Welsh green housing

    Europan 9 victor Tom Russell Architects has been named on a four-strong shortlist in the contest to design a new green housing development in Lawrenny, rural Pembrokeshire.
  • European Awards

    Ten projects have won European Awards, and will also be considered for the Stirling shortlist. See the winning projects.
  • Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios snatches Kirkstall Forge job

    Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) has stolen in to land the contest to mastermind the redevelopment of Kirkstall Forge in Leeds – even though the practice was not named as one of the original competition finalists.
  • Finalists revealed for 3DReid's Student Prize

    The AJ can unveil the five finalists for 3DReid’s annual Student Prize, which rewards ‘the best of the best’ from the UK’s schools of architecture.
  • Firms to compete for Warwick student homes

    Six firms will battle it out to design 400 new student residences for the University of Warwick.
  • Five things to do this week: 12 June - 19 June

    1. Central Saint MartinsVisit the degree show for the undergraduate and graduate programs in ceramic, furniture, jewellery, textile, glass and industrial design.6-10pm, 12 June, private view. 12-8pm, 13 June – 19 June, public.Southampton Row, London WC1B
  • Five things to do this week: 19-25 June

    1. Call for entries: LiverpoolSubmit your Merseyside project to the Liverpool Architectural Society Design Awards, which will be judged by Tom Bloxham, Chairman of Urban Splash, artist Ben Johnson and AJ editor Kieran Long. The deadline for entries is 4 August, 2008.Download your entry form at and post your entry to LAS Design Awards, c/o RIBA North West, Unit 101, Tea Factory, 82 Wood, Liverpool L1 4
  • Five things to do this week: 26 June - 2 July

    1. Canary Wharf walking tourTake a guided walking tour of Canary Wharf, including a look inside some of the major buildings.26 June -1 July, 6:30pm weeknights, 11am & 2pm on weekends at Canary Wharf Underground ticket hall, DLR exit, Canary Wharf Station, London, E14 4HJ
  • Five things to do this week: 4 June - 11 June

    1. Tribeca InfoboxView the 112 entries and dazzling array of models submitted for this Urban Splash/AJ competition to design a £500,000 marketing pavilion for Urban Splash’s Tribeca scheme in Liverpool. The winning design will be announced at the end of the exhibition.5 June – 27 June at the Novas Contemporary Urban Centre, North West 3rd Floor, 41-51 Greenland Street, Liverpool, L1 0BS
  • Flushing ninjas

    Architecture.MNP was the first microsite for the MyNinjaPlease online network. No, I don't get it either. Other microsites include such topics as green, music, politricks , robotninja, an art store, a Spanish edition and what's called the Pimp's Store. Hoping the latter might be happening ninja street patois for 'architectural design' I clicked, only to be disappointed by such heads as Crack is Wack!!!! and Halloween was sumthin else!!!!.
  • Foster designs a fleet of yachts - down to the teaspoons

    Norman Foster has extended his brand still further by designing yachts for a new timeshare venture...and The AJ reports back, chequebook in hand, from the boat's unveiling...
  • Foster makes sweet music with Vivaldi scheme

    This is Foster + Partners’ headquarters for financial services company Ernst & Young in the Vivaldi Park area of Amsterdam.
  • Foster tent celebrates London Festival of Architecture

    This is Foster + Partner's temporary 10m-high installation in Exhibition Road – one of 27 different events held on Saturday (21 June) around the Kensington Hub marking the start of this year’s London Festival of Architecture.
  • Framework agreement, Medical Research Council, London

    The MRC wishes to appoint up to five professional firms to provide architectural services to advise in relation to MRC's construction and refurbishment projects
  • Frank Whittle Partnership

    The Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP), one of the UK's leading architecture and design practices, is expanding into South Yorkshire.
  • Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art by Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects

    Queen’s Park Crescent, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Gehry reveals new designs for Ground Zero tower

    Frank Gehry has unveiled his latest designs for the 76-storey Beekman Tower near Ground Zero in Manhattan, New York City.
  • Gianni Botsford wins Lubetkin Prize

    London- and Italy-based Gianni Botsford Architects has been named as this year’s Lubetkin Prize winner for Casa Kike, a one-off house in Cahuita, Costa Rica.
  • Glasgow School of Art announces design contest for new campus

    The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) will hold an open international design competition early next year to overhaul the site opposite Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s famous Arts and Crafts masterpiece.
  • Glasgow School of Art to launch design competition

    The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) will hold an open international design competition early next year to overhaul the site opposite Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s famous Arts and Crafts masterpiece.
  • Gleeds

    Gleeds, the International Management and Construction Consultancy, has appointed Karen Ostler as Business Development Manager for their operations in Birmingham. Having previously worked for Ashford Construction, Karen brings with her over ten years experience from the development and management areas.
  • Gormley wins Fourth Plinth with plans for human statues

    Artist Antony Gormley has won the competition to design the next installation for Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth.
  • Government bid to overhaul planning appeals postponed

    Contentious government proposals to change the rules over planning appeals have been put on ice following a further postponement to the Planning Bill.
  • Government renewables strategy 'gets serious' on fossil fuel dependency

    The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has claimed the government’s national renewable energy strategy, released yesterday (26 June), is ‘the moment Gordon Brown got serious’ on renewables.
  • Guerilla lighting

    There used to be a Royal College of Art group called the Anti-Uglies, among them William Wilkins – descendant of the National Gallery architect. No, they weren't early pastiche-classicalists. Rather, in order to encourage good modern design, they ran protests outside crap modern architecture.They might have had more impact had they had the current technology and theory of photon bombing aka guerrilla projection. I know I've mentioned this kind of stuff before and there's actually not a
  • Hackney Marshes Changing Rooms

    The construction of changing room facilities at Hackney Marshes, London; the full extent of which are still being finalised.
  • Hamiltons

    Hamitons is moving Home.
  • HCA boss Bob Kerslake puts design at the forefront of the agenda

    Design will be central to the new Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), according to the super-quango’s new head Bob Kerslake.
  • HCP provides architecturally-designed stainless steel

    SAS InternationalHCP, a division of SAS International, supplied and installed approximately 300 metres of bespoke stainless steel perimeter heating units to the new St Pancras International station.Manufactured to match the brushed stainless steel sides of the travelators and the protective railings, the units look striking beside the dark Brazilian hardwood floor.The units are located around the station’s nine travelators, which feature full-height glazing on both sides,
  • Herzog & de Meuron unveils redesigned home for Portsmouth FC

    Herzog & de Meuron has revealed its revised stadium designs for Portsmouth FC.
  • HKR designs hotel for Southampton docks

    HKR Architects has revealed these designs for a new 224-bedroom hotel in Southampton’s former Princess Alexandra Dock.
  • HKR's wave set to wash away the Guardian building

    HKR Architects has unveiled its £45 million plans to replace the Guardian newspaper building, in Farringdon Road, central London, with an office development.
  • Housing design champion Lord Howarth talks Pugin and planning

    Richard Vaughan talks to House of Lords housing design champion Lord Howarth
  • Housing, Birmingham

    The Authority is currently in negotiations with Birmingham City Council to purchase an interest in and thereafter develop a plot of land at Clyde Tower, Birmingham. Once the Authority has procured the demolition of existing structures on the plot of land, the Authority envisages procuring the construction of an iconic building for approximately 60-100 housing units
  • How a giant nickel-plated python has made us all think harder

    MONDAY. Mentoring lunch with Brad Pitt. Bit of panic in his voice, to be honest. He's just landed his first commission - a luxury hotel complex in Dubai - and he has lots of questions.
  • How Amy's Essex treehouse became a renewable trailblazer

    MONDAY. I've been asked by a shadowy cabal of reactionary Londoners to 'un-design' Battersea Power Station. I start by removing the ludicrous new 'chimney' that looks like a cheap vacuum cleaner attachment. And the preposterous 'ego-dome'. And the stupid 'fluid geometry' of the luxury flats.
  • How to retrofit solar panels: Steve Harris responds to Bill Gething

    As part of AJ's Sustainability in Practice series, Bill Gething of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios outlined a method of retrofitting solar thermal panels (AJ 12.06.08). Steve Harris of ZEDfactory believes there is a more efficient way: here he outlines his dos and don'ts.
  • HR: inhouse or outhouse?

    HR is a necessity but how should practices incorporate it into their structure?
  • Inspiration from Japan

    PingMag is this really nice Japanese design blog which has an architecture section. Take a look at the 'Transmaterial2 ' interview. The link is the 'Recent Articles' column on the right. It's about new materials and technologies such as luminescent gravel, light-distributing curtains and that old chestnut, light-transmitting concrete.There's also stuff about architecture in Tokyo, transformable shapes, an interview with Atelier Bow-Wow whose site is
  • International Urban Design Competition: Kings Cross Square, London

    Camden Council and land owner Network Rail are seeking expressions of interest from architects, landscape architects and urban designers for the design of a brand new, urban square at Kings Cross, London. The new square, occupying 7000m2 directly in front of the historic Grade 1 listed façade to Kings Cross must be able to cope with up to one hundred thousand commuters, visitors and residents every day. The anticipated budget for the project is six million pounds at today’s cost.
  • Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

    No, it's trompe l'oeil and it's at that oddly fascinating site Mighty Optical Illusions which brought you 3D sidewalk art and Cardiff Bay Baragge Illusion by Felice Verini (yup that's a double g, though not, of course the official spelling) . But I think the most impressive trompe l'oeil on the site so far is J
  • Jestico + Whiles wins green light for Camden student flats

    Jestico + Whiles has won the thumbs-up for this 54-flat student accommodation block in Kentish Town, Camden, north London.
  • John Callcutt writes to Hazel Blears

    John Callcutt has written to Communities Secretary Hazel Blears, urging her to support Lord Howarth's proposed changes to the Housing and Regeneration Bill. His full letter can be read below.
  • Key London transport schemes go off the rails

    Transport for London (TfL) has thrown the future of two of the capital’s key design-led projects into doubt.
  • Leach Rhodes Walker leaves Liverpool hotel job

    Leach Rhodes Walker (LRW) – the Manchester-based practice which recently bought itself out from the doomed Erinaceous group - has been replaced on Liverpool’s half-built Layla Hotel in Thomas Street by Falconer Chester Hall (FCH).
  • Leicestershire & Rutland Society of Architects

    Design Director of Architects JS+P in Leicester, Kanti Chhapi, has been appointed President of Leicestershire & Rutland Society of Architects (LRSA). Chhapi is also a visiting tutor at De Montfort University (DMU) and a regular judge and advisor on national design award panels.
  • Littlemore takes the reins at SMC

    The SMC Group has named Chris Littlemore as its new chief executive following what he describes as a ‘difficult time’ for the business.
  • Liverpool and Everton ground-sharing option steps up a gear

    Plans for a shared stadium between Liverpool and Everton football clubs have taken a significant step forward after Liverpool’s American owners agreed to meet the North West Development Agency (NWDA) about the proposals.
  • Liverpool Architecture Society seeks 'the best in Merseyside'

    The Liverpool Architectural Society (LAS) has put out a call for entries to its inaugural awards celebrating 'the best architecture in the Merseyside region'.
  • Living Bridge by Wilkinson Eyre Architects

    Limerick, Republic of Ireland
  • London does not need a design tsar, say leading clients and developers

    Four of London’s most influential clients and developers have scotched suggestions that the capital needs a design tsar.
  • London Festival of Architecture kicks off with bangers, Boris and giant furniture

    More than 1,200 people squeezed into central London's Somerset House courtyard last night (19 June) to join Mayor Boris Johnson for the launch of the London Festival of Architecture.
  • London Olympics Athletes' Village funding fears voiced

    The Mayor of London’s Olympic advisers have raised fears over the funding for the Athletes' Village.
  • Lubetkin Prize and international awards

    Gianni Botsford's Casa Kike in Costa Rica has won the Lubetkin Prize.
  • Lubetkin Prize shortlist revealed

    The RIBA has unveiled the five winners of its international awards, three of which have also been shortlisted for the Lubetkin Prize – the award for the best building outside the EU designed by an RIBA member.
  • Lufthansa Aviation Centre by Ingenhoven Architects

    Frankfurt, Germany
  • MacCormac Jamieson Prichard lights up the night sky in tribute to fallen journalists

    At 10pm last night (16 June), MacCormac Jamieson Prichard's (MJP's )'Breathing' light sculpture at BBC Broadcasting House, central London was switched on for the first time.
  • Make brings Britain's tallest free-standing sculpture to Nottingham

    Make's 60m-tall Aspire Tower was completed yesterday at the University of Nottingham’s campus.
  • Marley Eternit - extends hydropanel range

    Marley EternitMarley Eternit’s popular Hydropanel internal partition board is not only suitable for painting, papering and tiling over but it is now available in a smaller, lighter, one-man size. Hydropanel was originally launched in three dimensions (1,200x2,500mm, 600x2,500mm and 1,200x3,000mm) but so versatile is it proving for dry construction, that Marley Eternit has now extended the range to include a 900x1,200mm one-man board weighing just 13.2kg.
  • McAslan agrees with CABE's review of his St Paul's building

    John McAslan has told the AJ that he agrees with CABE’s review of his practice’s scheme on 5 Cheapside, next to St Paul’s Cathedral in central London.
  • MI5 asks architects to keep plans secret

    MI5 has called on architects and planners to withhold information from the public to stop it falling into the hands of those with ‘hostile intent’.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver by Adjaye Associates

    Delgany Street, Denveer, Colorado, USA
  • National Awards

    Sixteen projects from the RIBA award winners have been selected for National Awards, and will go forward to be considered for the Stirling Prize shortlist. See the National Award winners.
  • New British High Commission, Kampala, Uganda by Cullum & Nightingale Architects

    Kampala, Uganda
  • Nord Park Cable Railway by Zaha Hadid Architects

    Innsbruck, Austria
  • Not so dopey

    It may have been that word 'hemp' which triggered a subconscious interest. But there it was, the Suffolk Housing Society's site. And 'Suffolk', whence, in the early 70s, a lot of the old metropolitan hippie community decamped to run smallholdings, smoke their gardens and lead the righteous life.Whatever, the housing society has been experimenting with hemp/lime construction with, it needs to be said, much greater technical
  • ORMS

    ORMS Architecture Design is pleased to announce the promotion of Michele Young and John Storry to the role of Associates.
  • Paul Zara of Conran & Partners elbows his way through the University of Brighton show

    University of Brighton student exhibition, 30 May – 5th June at the Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton, Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 0JY
  • Peter Clegg of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios reviews the University of Bath’s End of Year Show

    Department of Civil Architecture and Engineering End of Year show,University of Bath, Opened 30 May, now closed
  • Peter Clegg of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios reviews the University of Bath’s End of Year Show

    Department of Civil Architecture and Engineering End of Year show,University of Bath, Opened 30 May, now closed
  • Popular and prolific

    You can't not look at a site called Popular Architecture. I'm fairly certain it's a blog because of the simple and effective two column layout – images in the big one on the left, text in the narrow one on the right. There are short cuts directly to projects – via big thumbnails at the beginning. But the rest of the site is one very long page. So not very sophisticated and because or should it be despite that, almost a Don't-Make-Me-Think site. You
  • Project Orange picks up Tutti Frutti 'bookend'

    Project Orange has won the competition to design the first ‘bookend’ building for the Tutti Frutti ‘pick’n’mix’ development in New Islington, Manchester (on the site of the pink block shown at the right of the image).
  • Prototyping gets cheaper

    No self respecting architect's model workshop is without a 3D printer for making CAD-generated models and objects. OK, make that big-time product designers as well.But the cost. Once you've bought your desktop plasma cutter and that expensive CNC software there's often not a lot of dosh left in the model-making budget.Enter a pair of boffins from the university of Bath and their RepRap. They bill it as a machine which can re
  • Purcell Miller Tritton

    Jane Kennedy, Principal of leading architect and historic building consultant, Purcell Miller Tritton, has been appointed as the Architect to the Foundation of Christ Church, one of the largest colleges at the University of Oxford. The position will see Kennedy act as the consultant architect to both the Cathedral Church for the diocese of Oxford and the college at Christ Church, which together comprise a unique common foundation.
  • Queen Mary University

    Richard Feilden House, Mile End LondonFeilden Clegg Bradley StudiosContract Value: Undisclosed
  • Rafael Vinoly speaks exclusively to the AJ about Battersea power station

    Rafael Vinoly speaks exclusively to Richard Vaughan about taking on one of the most controversial projects in London - the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station
  • Rebuilding of Comprehensive school, Wales

    Rebuilding of Archbishop McGrath Catholic Comprehensive
  • Remote Locations

    According to the excellent tech news feed Gizmag News, the universal law of gadgetry stipulates that your user manual gets separated from your gizmo. And so it does. Gizmag has found a site, SafeManuals, which has hundreds of thousands of gizmo user manuals accessible online. It's probably going to change your life by making operational once again that super-fast add-on with the easily forgotten password. I tried it out for a Whirlpool dishwasher which has
  • Rethinking London as a molecular clump of sad pretension

    MONDAY. It is with heavy heart that I join the M6 at junction 33 and head the wrong way. I'm in London for the week. Mental checklist: have I got everything? Passport. ID card. Grand a day cash for sandwiches and social drinking.
  • Reviews of the summer degree shows

    A selection of architects and critics review the summer student shows here
  • Riba International Conference 2008

    Architecture and identity
  • Richard Murphy's Edinburgh Haymarket scheme wins go-ahead

    Edinburgh City Council has given the green light to Richard Murphy Architects’ Haymarket development.
  • Richard Rogers honoured in Queen's Birthday list

    Richard Rogers has been made a Companion of Honour in the Queen’s Birthday List.
  • Richard Rogers to help Mayor Boris realise his vision for London

    London Mayor Boris Johnson has revealed that he will be working with Richard Rogers.
  • RMJM wins thumbs-up for Irish university building

    RMJM has won the green light from Galway City Council for its £40 million National University of Ireland Engineering Building.
  • Robert Adam reviews the 2008 RA Summer Show

    Robert Adam pays a visit to this year's Royal Academy Summer Show.
  • RoofBlock – for maintenance free fascias and soffits

    Lignacite LtdLignacite’s Roofblock is the ideal alternative to wooden and PVCu fascias and soffits as it neither rots nor fades and requires no maintenance. PVCu soffits also require a timber frame which can sweat in contact with the PVCu causing gradual deterioration. The moulded concrete block adds strength to the roof and visual distinctiveness to eaves and verges. Fixed as part of a building’s brickwork it won the 2007 RICS Sustainability Award.
  • Sarnafil plays its part in award-winning excellence

    SarnafilThe roof on the first Maggie’s Centre in England has won Robseal Roofing the prestigious single ply category in the NFRC’s Excellence in Roofing Awards 2008. The award scheme recognises and rewards outstanding roofing projects.After reviewing the capabilities and restrictions of a number of roofing systems Robseal chose Sarnafil membrane for this challenging open specification roofing project. The roof has a series of geometrically spaced diamond shapes and triangular op
  • Scheme which could save Rudolph's Riverview High School revealed

    The AJ can reveal the first detailed pictures, including model shots, of the scheme which could save Paul Rudolph’s seminal Riverview High School in Sarasota, Florida, from demolition.
  • Scott Brownrigg 'disappointed' by Station Hill call in

    The high-rise £400 million Station Hill development for central Reading, designed by Scott Brownrigg and Chapman Taylor, has been called in by Communities Secretary Hazel Blears.
  • Scottish architects fear reduced design roles

    Architects have attacked the Scottish government’s shake-up of the planning system, claiming it is reducing architects to the role of ‘technical advisers’.
  • See more pictures from the AJ Urban Splash Infobox exhibition opening party

    Ever on the lookout for architectural merrymaking, Astragal is pleased to present a select cut of pictures from the successful AJ/Urban Splash Tribeca Infobox exhibition opening.
  • See pictures and video from Folkestone Triennial

    The AJ took a trip around Folkestone, Kent, to take in the artwork at the Folkestone Triennial. See pictures and video here.
  • See the house that was built overnight

    We've all done all-nighters, but here's something completely different… These pictures from Sheffield-based art group No Fixed Abode and architects Amenity Space show the construction of their 'All Night House', as part of The Berlin Contemporary Art Festival. The house was knocked up by a team of enthusiastic volunteers in five hours between 10pm and 3am.
  • See the shortlist for the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award

    A total of 21 schemes have been shortlisted for this year’s Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: ‘Good design in building matters. It helps to foster civic pride, it fires the imagination, and it’s something we’re very good at in this country.'
  • Serpentine crowd witnesses flight of the Cullinan

    While the rest of the architectural Press may have been tumbling over themselves to congratulate Ted Cullinan on winning the Royal Gold Medal earlier this year, Astragal is far more impressed by the achievements of some of his underlings, who designed, constructed and flew the record-breaking man-powered 'Cullinan Bird' plane 40m over the Serpentine in central London in the second Red Bull Flugtag earlier this month.
  • Smoke Ventilation Rooflights by Xtralite

    XtraliteSmoke control using natural ventilation is a particularly effective means of protecting escaping occupants. Xtralite’s wide range of automatic opening vents (AOVs), which include vertical and louvred units, all comply with Building Regulations AD B and offer highly effective smoke ventilation solutions. Click here to request more information
  • SpeedRoof now accredited by LPCB

    Speed DeckSpeedRoof from SpeedDeck Building Systems Limited now joins their well known secret-fix roofing products SpeedDeck and SpeedZip with LPCB accreditation, providing the architect with a full range of options when designing roof’s for the buildings of the future. For more information see ‘downloads’ at here to reques
  • SPPARC Architecture

    SPPARC Architecture has appointed Kaddy Wong as senior interior designer and Enrico Limiti as interior designer. The practice is based at 20 Golden Square, London W1.
  • SPPARC Architecture

    SPPARC Architecture has appointed Gordon Murray as assistant architect to the team, based at 20 Golden Square, London W1 (Tel: 020 7734 4100, Email:
  • Staff laid off as housing crisis bites

    Architectural practices across the UK are being forced to lay off staff as the collapse of the residential sector gathers pace.
  • Starchitects break the mould in jelly competition

    The likes of Grimshaw and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners revealed wobbly replicas of some of their landmark buildings yesterday (9 June).
  • Street Furniture

    MarshallsCreate social public spaces with groupings of seats, chairs, loungers, tables and footstools. Outdoor Living Rooms showcases five new co-ordinated ranges of street furniture from Sineu Graff. Outdoor Living Rooms is featured in the new 2008 Marshalls Street Furniture Product Selector. For your copy call 0870 990 7504 or visit
  • Striking lucky with black cats

    The designer of the site of Sao Paulo practice, Andrade Morettin Arquitetos islocal practice Fiveblackcats, whose Lucia Dossin is a former architect who fell in love with Flash.You can sort of sniff the architectural background in the big sliding elements moving up and sideways and zap, there's the image hitting the screen with up to a dozen more numbers underneath waiting to be clicked. And the
  • Sunvizor system

    LevoluxLevolux’s Sunvizor system has been designed to provide versatile shading for exterior glazing. The Louvres are available in either Timber or Aluminium, are spaced to allow just the right amount of natural light into a space, and lightweight enough to be suitable for both new and existing buildings. They can be fixed at varying angles and pitches, and are hinged for easy acc
  • Support grows for Huddersfield's threatened Queensgate Market

    The Twentieth Century Society has joined ranks of objectors to plans to demolish chunks of Huddersfield’s ‘seminal’ Grade II-listed 1970s Queensgate Market.
  • Support services on flat roofs - the professional way!

    Roof ProSupport building services independently on flat roofs with the unique Roof-Pro System. The prefabricated non-penetrative support system permits the flexible installation of services. No need to construct upstands, the Roof-Pro System is independent from the roofing system facilitating a thermally uniform roof design, free from thermal bridging. Contact us now for a free technical literature pack or to discuss your project requirements.
  • Sutherland Hussey's 'innovative' Lake District building opens

    Sutherland Hussey Architects’ latest building, the Yan in the Lake District, was officially opened to the public today (23 June).
  • Tailing out into exhaustion...

    Splat. Right across the screen. Green. A big four letter logo. EM2N How's this for an understated home page? Not. Click anywhere on one of the characters. Ohhh. A bit of a tail-off here: shopping list of dim images and hard to read type. Click on an image anyway. Jolt. There is the story suddenly taking up two thirds of the screen. You look up and see from the word in the big grey block at the top that this is the News section. Click on the next one: Work. Chan
  • The Architecture Schools Degree Shows: Dates for your diary...

    Get your diaries out, dust down your glad rags and work on some good archi-chat; it's degree show time! Interested in flitting between openings for cheap wine and heavy socialising? Or making the rounds to give your considered appraisal on various schools' merits? Whatever your approach, the AJ has compiled a list of the key dates of the UK's architecture schools degree shows as your indispensable guide. Watch this space for upcoming reviews.
  • The Beetham Organization

    Hilton Tower, Manchester, Ian Simpson ArchitectsContract Value £60mHolloway Circus Tower, BirminghamIan Simpson ArchitectsContract Value £35m
  • The definitive guide to Metal Ceilings systems is now available

    SAS InternationalMarket leader SAS International has introduced a new Metal Ceilings brochure for specifiers. The new publication is a comprehensive reference guide to specifying and installing metal ceiling solutions in a range of different environments. It offers assistance in outlining considerations for specification and sector criteria, as well as providing advice on how ceilings should be suspended, and showing the advantages of using different ceiling types.Bespoke ceili
  • The hard hat you never knew you needed

    The idea is that you will be seeing the ProActive safety helmet on your site visits from now on. Or not .Designed by Norwegian, Tore Christian Bjørsvik Storholmen, this 'smart' helmet has an interior which turns on impact from soft and flexible to rock hard. Ear protectors are made from 'smart materials that can conduct electricity'. The shape is apparently inspired by the baseball cap. The squishy stuff inside is like
  • The real purpose of shipping containers

    BUILD blog is obviously easy enough to confuse with the name of last week's Bldgblog which is reckoned to be the more cerebral, at least more writerly of the two. But BUILD blog, 'A discussion of design from the NW' is, in its own more conventional way, really good. In the issue I've just been sent (you subscribe free ) there is this piece on containers: 'Shipping containers...were originally invented in the 1990s to help architects to achieve greater
  • The Regenerators #4: Miranda Plowden

    The nerve centre for the regeneration of North Sheffield is a tatty green, heavily-bolted, bunker-like Portakabin. This is also the home of Miranda Plowden who, despite her miserable surroundings, has somehow assembled an impressive line-up of both international practices and emerging talent to help with the £200 million transformation of two Housing Market Renewal Zones (Pathfinders).
  • The Royal Playhouse by Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter

    Copenhagen, Denmark
  • The Sleeping Giant by O'Donnell + Tuomey Architects

    Killiney, Republic of Ireland
  • Toh Shimazaki

    Toh Shimazaki Architecture have now settled in their new building in BoroughA: 14 Weller Street, London SE1 1QUT: 020 7928 9171F: 020 7928 9172E:
  • Turley Associates

    Leading planning and urban design consultancy, Turley Associates, has further strengthened its team with eight new appointments in its London, Manchester and Birmingham offices.
  • Varley Halls, Brighton, university accommodation

    Varley Halls is a residential site on the outskirts of Brighton currently providing 495 student bed spaces in various buildings dating from the 1970s and early 1990s. A requirement has been identified to replace some or all of the 1970s buildings, update/reconfigure the 1990s buildings and to provide new accommodation to increase the number of bed spaces to an approximate overall total of up to 1,000.
  • Viñoly unveils Battersea Power Station masterplan

    Rafael Viñoly has unveiled his masterplan for the £4 billion overhaul of Battersea Power Station, south London.
  • Vinoly unveils Battersea masterplan

    Rafael Vinoly has unveiled his masterplan for the £4 billion overhaul of Battersea power station, south London.
  • WalkSafe

    LatchwaysWalkSafe® by Latchways is designed to work on all major roof systems. With a lifespan in excess of 25 years (BBA certified) and lightweight construction, WalkSafe’s design flexibility allows it to be used in new build or retrofit projects. Having undergone full ACRM Fragility of Roofing Assemblies testing, you can be assured that WalkSafe can be configured to fit all your access requirements.
  • WalkSafe - Latchways is designed to work on all major roof systems

    LatchwaysWith a lifespan in excess of 25 years (BBA certified) and lightweight construction, WalkSafe’s design flexibility allows it to be used in new build or retrofit projects. Having undergone full ACRM Fragility of Roofing Assemblies testing, it meets all required legislation and protects the roof whilst providing safe access. Click here to request more information
  • WalkSafe by Latchways is designed to work on all major roof systems

    LatchwaysWith a lifespan in excess of 25 years (BBA certified) and lightweight construction, WalkSafe’s design flexibility allows it to be used in new build or retrofit projects. Having undergone full ACRM Fragility of Roofing Assemblies testing, it meets all required legislation and protects the roof whilst providing safe access.Click here to request more information
  • Watkins Gray International

    Award winning architectural practice Watkins Gray International has announced the appointment of Wendy Charlton as Partner. She joins the practice from HTA.
  • Young guns make it on to LDA framework panel

    A raft of up-and-coming practices, including Adams & Sutherland, Karakusevic Carson, Mae and Acme Space, have been named on the London Development Agency’s 26-strong Urban Design Framework Panel.
  • Zaha and UNStudio to design pavilions for Chicago celebrations

    Zaha Hadid and Amsterdam’s UNStudio are to design pavilions to sit at the heart of next year’s celebrations in Chicago marking the 100th anniversary of Daniel Burnham’s famous plan for the city.
  • Zaha builds bridges at the Zaragoza Expo

    This is Zaha Hadid’s Bridge Pavilion over the Ebro river in Zaragoza, Spain.
  • Zaha's Oxford college extension branded 'awkward'

    Zaha Hadid’s proposed extension to the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College in Oxford has been branded ‘awkward’ and ‘in constant competition with its neighbours’ by CABE.
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