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Architects Journal
March 2008

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  • … And ODA responds to 'grave concerns' about bridges

    The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has pledged that despite CABE’s concerns, the design of the Olympic Park’s bridges will be of ‘high quality’.
  • … And races on to yet another shortlist

    They’re putting something in the tea at Panter Hudspith these days. The practice has made it on to another RIBA competition shortlist – this time in the contest to redevelop the City North site in Finsbury Park, north London.
  • 24 hour performance from Bigelow Commercial

    Lee CarpetsBigelow Commercial by The Mohawk Group is stimulating the senses of working generations with 24/7, its latest Modular carpet for the office, that brings together three dynamic texture loop pile patterns.Constructed with Mohawk Group’s very own Colorstrand SD nylon, 24/7 has the performance to match its stunning looks. With 15% pre-consumer recycled content, Colorstrand SD is solution dyed to ensure excellent resistance to colour loss from harsh cleaning chemicals a
  • 300 houses: Silverdale Colliery, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire

    Developers have been invited to put forward proposals to build 300 well-designed new homes and community facilities on the site of a former colliery.National regeneration agency English Partnerships has invited expressions of interest for 9.6 hectares of land at the former Silverdale Colliery, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.
  • 3DReid in Peacehaven – now you see it, now you don't…

    Forget brash buildings, this is what you get when you hire Hobbits to design a sludge recycling centre.
  • A first look at Liverpool's Bluecoat Arts Centre extension

    The Bluecoat Visual Arts Centre, a Grade I-listed building that dates back to 1717, is the oldest building in Liverpool city centre.
  • 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).
  • Aedas unveils twin towers for Abu Dhabi

    Aedas has unveiled these competition-winning designs for the Abu Dhabi Investment Council Headquarters.
  • Afghan stitchin'

    Ever wanted to see Zaha’s rug? Neither did the AJ, but she showed it to us anyway.
  • AJ Retail Regeneration and Development 2008

    Designing the future landscape of retail
  • Ali G victorious as James Gorst scheme killed off

    James Gorst's proposed Garden House scheme in north London – which was opposed by Ali G creator Sacha Baron Cohen – has finally bitten the dust after the Court of Appeal turned down the development.
  • Allies and Morrison bags Olympic media centre contract

    Allies and Morrison has won the contest to design the new media centre for London’s 2012 Olympic Games, the AJ can reveal.
  • Anglia Ruskin University Chelmsford Campus

    Anglia Ruskin University has 28,000 students who study at two main campuses in Chelmsford and Cambridge.As part of the development of its Chelmsford Rivermead campus, Anglia Ruskin University wishes to engage a full design team for the provision of approximate 3000m2 new teaching facility that will include:
  • Another week, another Foster scheme

    Foster + Partners has revealed these designs for a new performance square next to its Winspear Opera House (pictured bottom) in Dallas, Texas.
  • Architectural stars battle it out in Birmingham Library competition

    A stellar shortlist of seven firms has been announced to battle it out to design the new Birmingham Library.
  • Architecture critic attempts to eat dinner, but is distracted by giant dome

    Restaurant critics often pontificate about the design of the space as well, but Blair Kamin, architecture critic of the Chicago Tribune, doesn't return the compliment. He sticks strictly to the architecture in his lengthy review of Donald Trump's latest enterprise, the restaurant Sixteen, perched on the 16th floor of his 92-storey tower in the city.
  • Art hill flattened by Berkeley talks

    Plans for a £150 million cultural ‘Hill’ on the Potters Fields site on London’s South Bank, between Tower Bridge and City Hall, are ‘dead in the water’.
  • Arup-led group scoops Manchester Co-op win

    A consortium led by Arup has scooped the high-profile contest to masterplan an 8ha site in Manchester city centre for the Co-operative group.
  • Assael's the best boss in architecture, says Times

    The happiest staff in the world of architecture can still be found snuggling up to John Assael (pictured), according to The Sunday Times’ latest list of the nicest of the nice.
  • Austin-Smith:Lord

    Austin-Smith:Lord have announced the appointment of Rob Firman to assist in the expansion of their international arts and culture team.
  • Author and critic Martin Pawley dies

    Architecture critic, author, academic and columnist, Martin Pawley, has died after a long battle with poor health.
  • Blears announces 'red-tape busting' planning review

    The government has announced it is to carry out yet another ‘red tape busting review’ of the planning system – just days before the new ‘go-faster’ 1App forms come into force.
  • Brett Martin launches the ultimate Energysaver

    Brett MartinAn innovative range of enhancements to rooflights specially designed to maximise the transmission of natural light into, and reduce the carbon footprint of, wide-span buildings such as distribution centres and warehouses has been launched by the UK’s blue-sky thinker, Brett Martin Daylight Systems.The improvements to the Energysaver range include a new insulating material capable of delivering a U-value of 0.9W/m2K, a third-generation of internal supports, an upgr
  • Building regulations: foreign affairs

    UK architects working abroad find that building regulations vary wildly between countries
  • Building regulations: How to build dense

    As part of the AJ’s study of apartment types, Andy von Bradsky, chairman of housing specialist PRP, looks at the regulations associated with building big
  • Building regulations: the next generation of housing policy

    Policymakers John Calcutt, Yvette Cooper, Bob Kerslake and Ruth Kelly are all influencing housing legislation. Here, Cathy Strongman sifts through the latest regulations
  • CABE calls for 'radical changes' to meet 2019 zero-carbon target

    CABE says ‘radical changes’ are needed if the government is to hit its ambitious target of all new non-domestic buildings to be zero-carbon by 2019.
  • CABE report slams Edge Lane demolition plans, but comes too late for protesters

    CABE has panned the latest proposals for the overhaul of Liverpool’s Edge Lane, involving the controversial widespread demolition of terraced housing in the area.
  • CABE reveals its verdict on Olympic designs…

    CABE has released it design-review comments on five of the most important projects for London’s 2012 Olympic Games.
  • Call to drop VAT on repairs amid eco-concerns

    Fresh calls are being made on the government to ditch VAT on repairs and renovation to existing buildings, this time from the British Property Federation (BPF).
  • Celebrate spring with a clutch of exhibitions

    In early spring, the new crop of exhibitions emerges with the reliability of snowdrops and daffodils – and with equal variety and urgency.
  • Cep claddings in crown court cover-up

    CEPPetrarch cladding panels from CEP Claddings are providing a low-maintenance refurbishment solution on a local authority housing estate in Portsmouth.The client, Portsmouth City Council, is undertaking the phased improvement of the Courts Estate, a 1970s development comprising four main groups of apartment blocks ranging in height from three to six storeys.Click here to request
  • Chancellor's Court Auditorium, The University of Birmingham

    NAME, ADDRESSES AND CONTACT POINT(S):The University of Birmingham, Room LG8, Lower Ground Floor, Aston Webb Building, B Block, Edgbaston, Attn: Matthew Home, UK-Birmingham B15 2TT. Tel. (44-1214) 14 36 48. E-mail: Fax (44-1214) 14 34 59.TIME-LIMIT FOR RECEIPT OF TENDERS OR REQUESTS TO PARTICIPATE:27.3.2008 - 15:00EU: 2008/S 52-071044
  • Channel Five in bid to become architects' favourite TV channel

    Channel Five is upping the ante in its efforts to oust the mighty Kevin McCloud and Sarah 'yes I’m pregnant again' Beeney as the king and queen of TV architecture.
  • Chapman Taylor shopping centre hit by vandals

    Vandals have targeted Chapman Taylor's recently completed Grand Arcade shopping centre in Cambridge.
  • Charlotte Road gallery and shop by Stephen Taylor Architects

    Stephen Taylor Architects’ latest completion on Charlotte St in Shoreditch, east London, is a mixed-use building that he originally was going to live in with his family and for which he has acted as the developer. Above the ground floor and basement gallery/commercial unit is a family house, fitted into two floors and with a roof terrace looking across the rooftops of this former warehouse district.Photography by David Grandorge
  • China Design Now co-curator Lauren Parker talks about the V&A exhibition

    Lauren Parker, co-curator of the V&A's China Design Now exhibition, talks to the AJ's Christine Murray about the show.
  • 'China is becoming topical'

    China: so hot right now. Everyone’s talking about it. Jonathan Glancey’s behemoth of a piece on Chinese architecture in the Guardian rivals the scale of the buildings he mentions, encompassing no less than four local practices, new towns, ‘endangered species’ – and OMA’s goliath CCTV (pictured).
  • 'China is becoming topical'

    China: so hot right now. Everyone’s talking about it. Jonathan Glancey’s behemoth of a piece on Chinese architecture in the Guardian rivals the scale of the buildings he mentions, encompassing no less than four local practices, new towns, ‘endangered species’ – and OMA’s goliath CCTV (pictured).
  • Chipperfield wins Spanish city masterplan comp

    David Chipperfield Architects has won an international design competition for the masterplan of a new art and technology quarter in Segovia, central Spain.
  • Chris Wilkinson: Council is desperate to kill off Dyson scheme

    Wilkinson Eyre's Chris Wilkinson has given Bath and North East Somerset Council’s (BathNES) planning committee both barrels after his practice's Dyson academy scheme was recommended for refusal.
  • Chrome free powder coating

    Powertech BicesterInformation Box set. This pack is full of information, specifications, colour charts and special finishes. Everything that you need for environmentally friendly Chromate free Powder Coating onto Aluminium. To order your FREE pack email call 01869 248218 or visit the powdertech website at here to request
  • Claridge Architects unveils Saudi hospital

    London-based Claridge Architects has submitted plans for this 400-bed hospital in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
  • Conran wins thumbs up for Wales' tallest tower

    Conran & Partners has received outline planning permission for this Cardiff scheme – which will feature the tallest building in Wales.
  • Contemporary Housing Types

    As part of its series of patternbooks, the AJ has published a set of one- and two- bedroom apartment plans by contemporary UK architects. A selection of plans and site plans are published below and the full pdf is available for download here.
  • Contemporary housing types: Patternbook special

    - 'Buy-to-leave' and the void at the heart of British cities- Pattern book of floor plans from over twenty UK architects- A guide to current house building legislation- Enabled-Self procurement:
  • Corby Borough Council

    At it's Rockingham Triangle Site, adjacent to the Football & Athletics Stadium, Corby Borough Council (CBC) owns a two-storey Sports Complex, which currently comprises; Sports Hall, Changing Rooms, Weights Room, Office and Bar.
  • Coventry Cathedral sculptor dies

    Inscription carver and sculptor Ralph Beyer is eulogized in the papers this morning for his innovative and controversial work on Basil Spence’s Coventry Cathedral.
  • Czech mate

    Any architect wanting the world to take his craft seriously must hate that ubiquitous prefix archi. Archithis, archithat.
  • DEGW co-founder Peter Eley dies

    Peter Eley, an architect, CABE enabler and co-founder of workplace specialist DEGW, has died.
  • Design a door handle for manufacture

    Walter Gropius (pictured), Alvar Aalto and Norman Foster have all designed door handles, and now the AJ, in association with architectural ironmonger Allgood, is offering you the chance to do the same.
  • Desso – London Showroom Launch

    DessoEurope’s leading carpet manufacturer, is opening a new showroom in London. Conveniently located in the heart of Clerkenwell, it will showcase Desso’s complete range of carpets and carpet tiles in an informal, friendly and modern space. To find out more and to register for the launch party please visit
  • Dixon Jones founder fires off Canada salvo

    Dixon Jones founder Edward Jones has told the AJ he still thinks there is ‘a chance’ of building the practice’s National Portrait Gallery of Canada – but not under the present administration.
  • Doon Street will cause 'irreparable harm', hears inquiry

    Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ Doon Street tower in Lambeth, south London, will cause ‘irreparable harm’ to London’s skyline if it is given the go ahead, a planning inquiry heard on Friday (7 March).
  • Doubts engulf Ian Ritchie's Potters Fields scheme

    Ian Ritchie Architects' eight-tower scheme for the Potters Fields site on London’s South Bank is in jeopardy following a new deal between Southwark Council and developer Berkeley Homes.
  • DRDH to design Mongolian villa

    London-based DRDH Architects has been invited to join fellow UK-based designers Simon Conder Associates and Eyal Weizman on the Ordos 100 scheme in Mongolia.
  • DRLTEN pavilion set to open

    This is the first glimpse of the nearly completed pavilion designed by the Architectural Association's Design Research Laboratory (DRL) (AJ 21.02.08).
  • Duggan Morris' 'Vase' is victorious

    Blossoming practice Duggan Morris Architects has won the competition to design the new Mersey Observatory in Crosby, near Liverpool, with a scheme which has already been dubbed ‘The Vase’.
  • Dumfrieshire Primary Care Facility

    The Board seeks to appoint an architect to design and administer the procurement of and lead the design team for the development of new premises for the provision of community based Primary Care medical services. The premises will accommodate General Practice Surgery, Allied Health Practitioners, Drug and Alcohol Services and a Community Nursing base.
  • Emergency appeal

    I sense that Norman Blogster is getting tired/too-busy/feeling-unappreciated to continue his Partiv site.
  • English Partnerships' Steve Carr reveals his thoughts on eco-towns and his organisation's house-building record

    Steve Carr is head of policy and economics at English Partnerships (EP). He talks to Max Thompson about the challenges of house-building and the quality of the architects EP uses.
  • EPC deadline 'flexible', not delayed, says government

    The government has denied there will be any delay to the introduction of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), as reported today.
  • ESA Architects

    ESA ArchitectureDesign has opened a European office in Katowice, Poland. The decision follows an expanding workload through Poland and into Germany including residential and commercial schemes from Szczecin on the Baltic coast to Warsaw and Krakow in the south.
  • False positive?

    I have to declared an interest in that Studio Egret West's website is by a mate of mine, Joel Baumann, of Tomato .
  • Fan club

    Green geeks planning to slip over to Hanover this week for the monster CeBIT electronics orgy have been getting really excited about a computer processor fan which runs itself.
  • FAT makes light work of Walsall contest

    The competition to design the new community library in the Bentley area of Walsall, West Midlands, has been won by FAT.
  • Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios designs gorilla house

    Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) has revealed these designs for a gorilla house and tropical fruit-bat enclosure for the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Jersey.
  • Foreign Office, Hawkins\Brown and fellow stars reveal Sheffield development

    These are the first images of the 80,000m2 retail-led Sevenstone quarter for Sheffield city centre.
  • Foster renovates Alpine hotel

    Foster + Partners has just completed its renovation and extension to the Dolder Grand Hotel, perched above Lake Zurich in the Swiss Alps.
  • Free-Hanging Raft Solutions

    EcophonEcophon have launched 3 new innovative 'free-hanging' solutions. 'Master Frost Solo S' is a single sound absorbing panel, 'Frost Wing' & 'Edge 500' are ingenious systems that can be tailor made to individual specifications. All 3 products are highly aesthetical; allow sound absorption to be placed exactly where required, and an alternative solution to a standard suspended ceiling.C
  • Free-Hanging Raft Solutions

    EcophonEcophon have launched 3 new innovative 'free-hanging' solutions. 'Master Frost Solo S' is a single sound absorbing panel, 'Frost Wing' & 'Edge 500' are ingenious systems that can be tailor made to individual specifications. All 3 products are highly aesthetical; allow sound absorption to be placed exactly where required, and an alternative solution to a standard suspended ceiling.Click here to request
  • From Cannes to Tamworth, via karaoke seminars and 'hypercrete'

    MONDAY. The property world gathered last week in Cannes for MUPIT, the annual celebration of decaffeinated architecture, environmental profiteering and conquest shagging.
  • From little acorns...

    Guess who this fresh-faced young cherub is…
  • Funding cuts threaten Grade I-listed telescope

    Britain's reputation as a world leader in astronomy hangs in the balance as seven giant satellite dishes face the chop.
  • Gehry unveils Serpentine Pavilion

    These are the first pictures of Frank Gehry’s designs for this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion.
  • Gensler's Kuwait toy shop shows they're just big kids really

    Architectural behemoth Gensler is not known for doing anything smaller than ‘massive’. This Wonka-like wonderland – part maternity shop/part toy shop/part playground – in Kuwait is no exception.
  • Gleeson

    Colin Rossiter has been appointed as Group Business Development Director, a newly created position within MJ Gleeson Group plc. He will also continue in his current role as Managing Director of Gleeson Capital Solutions.
  • Going hyper for Polish hypars

    The concrete crusader who helped secure the listing of Huddersfield’s 1970 Queensgate Market has joined the battle to save another rare example of hyperbolic paraboloids – this time in Poland.
  • Going 'Verde' with Lord Foster

    'Milan', blurbles the Evening Standard in today's Homes & Property Italy and Switzerland special (mercifully not available online) 'is synonymous with style'.
  • Goldfinger bulldozer fined again

    The developer who illegally knocked down part of a listed Erno Goldfinger-designed school in west London has been fined for a second time for failing to 'exactly rebuild' the bulldozed building.
  • Government's 2016 zero-carbon homes target 'too unrealistic'

    Architects, housing developers and engineers have branded the government’s aim for all new homes to be zero carbon by 2016 as ‘high risk’ and ‘unrealistic’.
  • High winds batter AHMM's Unity building

    The recent high winds have taken their toll on Allford Hall Monaghan Morris' (AHMM's) RIBA Award-winning Unity building in Liverpool, as the images below show.
  • HKR

    HKR Architects, the award-winning international architect and design practice, has strengthened its team with the appointment of two new directors, Bernard Lee and Gordon Pickering, to grow its hotels, resorts and leisure division.
  • Homeowners get the power to click and visualise

    Architects could be threatened by the almost instantaneous 3D visualisation of house plans that is now available as a DIY tool, the Telegraph Business Club reports today.
  • Hotshots head for £95 million Colindale regeneration

    Some of the country’s hottest names in housing have been named on the shortlist for the £95 million regeneration of the 1970s Grahame Park Estate, in Colindale, north-west London.
  • How to save Britain's urban heritage: Do it up, call it 'urbane'

    MONDAY. Meet architecture minister Dorothy Bungham at a creative industries seminar. She tells me her favourite architecture is 'the sort that secures more equal lifechances'. I say that's completely meaningless. She calls me elitist. 'What about castles? Everyone likes them. More local castles, that's the way forward...' She marches off, the wrong way, banging into an automatic door that fails to open.
  • If ‘U’ are looking for value...

    XtraliteXtralite have produced their lowest U value rooflight ever­—the ‘X One’—with a U value of just 1.3. The ‘X One’ is part of a comprehensive range of rooflights categorised by thermal performance, so specifiers can now chose a bespoke rooflight solution not only by shape, colour, attachment and ventilation, but also by U value.Click here to request more information
  • Injecting artists into seaside towns

    Derelict seaside towns are on the up and up, says the Guardian today.
  • Inspire Competition

    Atkins Inspire is an annual event in association with everywoman to encourage, recognise and reward exceptional women working in the built environment.
  • Insulate for tea light heating with isover

    IsoverHeating a room of 20m² with just 10 tea lights or two 100 watt bulbs is achievable if insulated to Passive House standards, according to a the Multi-Comfort House concept from Saint-Gobain Isover.Even people’s body heat contributes by a calorific value of approximately 80 watts to heating an interior, according to data in Isover’s new guide to planning and realising the Multi-Comfort building of the future.
  • INVISTA - Antron Carpet Fibre

    AntronINVISTA, Antron carpet fibre has ensured that carpet tiles from Coloursource have been able to meet the strict requirements of a law firm over two floors of the prestigious Swiss Re building in London. Some 2,000m2 of Crystalpoint modular carpet in a bespoke colourway was selected to match the existing decor. Working closely with Coloursource, Tim Murray of Murray Symonds Associates selected the performance benefits of Antron Legacy carpet fibre to ensure the twist pile
  • Is Tracey Emin the new Paul Raymond?

    Let's consider the evidence shall we?
  • James Cook University Hospital, Cancer Centre

    STHNHST is a cancer centre for the population in the southern part of the North of England Cancer Network, currently operating five linear accelerators and other radiotherapy equipment. Between 2009 and 2013 it is anticipated that four linear accelerators and a completely integrated image-guided IMRT-type helical radiotherapy planning, imaging and delivery system will be required. Additional and refurbished accommodation for equipment, out-patients, 6-bed ward area and offices will also be requi
  • Japanese perfection

    Kenzo Tange, Kisho Kurokawa and Arata Isozaki are the three godfathers who dominated the Japanese architectural mafia and whose names fell so expertly from the lips of architects all over the world even when they weren't too sure about the precise spelling.
  • Jean Nouvel speaks to the AJ about 2008 Pritzker Prize win

    French architect Jean Nouvel has won the 2008 Pritzker Prize.
  • Jean Nouvel's Perfume for Yves-Saint Laurent

    blah blah blah
  • Jestico + Whiles bags a brace of BSF schemes

    Jestico + Whiles is to refurbish two schools under the London Borough of Hackney’s £167 million Building Schools for the Future (BSF) contract.
  • Jestico + Whiles reveals Greenwich housing

    Jestico + Whiles has unveiled these designs for a substantial housing project on the Greenwich Peninsula, south London.
  • JM Architects says 'get lost'

    Here’s a truly 'amazing' scheme from JM Architects – the labyrinth at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow.
  • Just what the doctor ordered

    Quite as good as last week's Materialicious is A Daily Dose of Architecture.
  • Kaplicky threatens to walk from overdue Prague library

    Jan Kaplicky has threatened to walk away from his competition-winning National Library in Prague after becoming exasperated with the slow progress of the scheme.
  • Kaplicky throws down the gauntlet in Prague Library battle

    Jan Kaplicky has claimed that his fight to build Future Systems’ Prague Library in the Czech Republic is a ‘battle for modern architecture and culture’.
  • Ken Yeang plans food-producing building

    Green building guru Ken Yeang, of Llewellyn Davies Yeang, is working up plans to design a food-producing building.
  • Lessons from Abroad

    Developed in Germany, PassivHaus methodology uses efficient building envelopes to reduce carbon emissions. Hattie Hartman asks whether it can be successfully imported to the UK
  • Levitate bags Birnbeck competition

    London- and Bristol-based Levitate Architecture has won Urban Splash’s Birnbeck Pier competition with this scheme for the island off Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.
  • Liverpool crypt readied for Corb

    This is a rare glimpse of the Edwin Lutyens-designed crypt beneath Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
  • London Rowing Club, Putney by Toh Shimazaki

    Toh Shimazaki has produced an orderly and warm extension to a venerable London rowing institution.Photography by Christine Sullivan
  • Lords to debate architecture

    The House of Lords will hold a debate on architecture for the first time in four years.
  • Make to submit Croydon towers for planning

    Make Architects has unveiled its latest designs for a set of crystalline towers making up part of the vast regeneration of Croydon, south London.
  • Martin Pawley, 'our most admired architectural commentator', remembered

    Typical. Just days before an evening at the Architectural Association to celebrate the life of our most admired architectural commentator, he dies. How rude. Yet for those who knew Martin Pawley, worked with him, or read with astonishment the ruthless prose he seemed so effortlessly to produce over four decades, it seems appropriate somehow.
  • May the Powers be with you

    There is much to admire in Alan Powers – architectural historian, writer, academic and saviour of Pollock's Toy Museum in London.
  • Measures taken against dangerous lamp posts in East London

    Landscape architects take note. The lamp posts of Brick Lane in London's trendy Hoxton have been padded after the street was branded an 'accident blackspot' for drunken skinny-jeaned texters.
  • Michael Laird satisfies Royal Bank of Scotland

    The award for client satisfaction in the Building Performance Awards has gone to Michael Laird Architects for its building at Gogarburn, Edinburgh, for the Royal Bank of Scotland.
  • Modest ambitions

    Last week's Japanese godfather sites were examples of the Famous Architect Website.
  • Modulyss makes its mark

    ModulyssModulyss has pushed the boundaries of modular carpet possibilities with the unveiling of its latest stunning collection, Black&.Black& - the next generation of modular carpet for the office sector – is formed from structured black lines, interspersed with flashes of sense stimulating tones, bringing an added dimension to the floor, blending cutting edge style with the substance of INVISTA, Antron® carpet fibre for maximum performance and minimal maintenance.
  • Mole Architects wins Small Projects Awards

    Mole Architects took top prize last night at the AJ's Small Projects Awards, sponsored by Ramboll Whitbybird, for a £7,000 Japanese tea house in Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire.
  • Multiple Choice

    The Youcanplan project aims to improve design quality in volume house building by allowing buyers to choose their designs online. James Pallister investigates
  • Multiple Choice: Online pattern books

    The Youcanplan project aims to improve design quality in volume house building by allowing buyers to choose their designs online. James Pallister investigates
  • Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners

    Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners has promoted Katherine Morgan (Newcastle office), Pauline Stocker (London) and Anna Prescott (Cardiff) to Senior Planners. Sarah Goy (Cardiff) has been promoted to Senior Urban Designer.
  • Not now Darling

    The Chancellor, Alistair Darling, has delayed putting £30 billion of PFI assets on the government’s books.
  • ODA Bridges

    The Olympic Delivery Authority has pledged that despite CABE’s concerns, that the design of the Olympic Park’s bridges will be of ‘high quality’.
  • Olympic Park design team revealed

    The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has announced that LDA Design and US landscape architect Hargreaves Associates have been appointed to design the Olympic Park.
  • OMA to overhaul Commonwealth Institute

    Rem Koolhaas’ Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has won the high-profile contest to revamp and redevelop the Grade II*-listed Commonwealth Institute in Holland Park, west London.
  • Opinion – Peter Bishop and Richard Rogers

    A city-wide public-space strategy will help London remain an open city, Richard Rogers and Peter Bishop say.
  • Oppressing the Danes. With flatpack furniture

    The most entertaining story by far in the papers is that of veiled Swedish neo-imperialism, quashing the spirit of neighbours in Denmark. And the battle tactics involve not the warships of yore, nor even the default UEFA points of last year; this time it’s IKEA.
  • Outer space comes to EC2

    The man who describes himself as Britain's first space architect will be giving this year's Milo lecture, organised by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects.
  • Panel chair weighs in over AA validation row

    The man at the heart of the furore over the Architectural Association’s (AA’s) Part 2 validation has challenged claims that the decision to bestow ‘continued’ status on the school was made by ‘majority’ (AJ online 13.03.08).
  • Panter Hudspith is the star of the silver screen in Tunbridge Wells…

    Panter Hudspith Architects has won the competition to revamp the derelict, former cinema site in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
  • Pick Everard

    Multi-disciplinary architectural and engineering practice Pick Everard has opened a new Nottingham office. This latest move signals the firm's expansion in the East Midlands following the recent acquisition of Rothera Goodwin architects in Derby.
  • Practice probed by software piracy watchdog

    Huddersfield-based architecture practice Above and Beyond is being investigated by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) for alleged computer software piracy.
  • Property orgy submerges Cannes again

    Sun, champagne and Russian oligarchs were the flavour of Cannes as the international property fest took over the city again this week.
  • 'Recycled' Gilbert Scott church wins listed status

    A post-war church at Biggin Hill, Kent, built from the ruins of a bomb-damaged building in south London, has been given Grade II-listed status.
  • Reiach and Hall are flushed with success with Kawneer

    KawneerWhen Reiach and Hall Architects were looking for flush curtain walling for an iconic extension to the University of Glasgow’s Department of Computing Science they turned to Kawneer’s “well-known” picture-frame system.Kawneer’s structurally glazed PF system has been used with the company’s AA®605 series of swing doors and AA®603 tilturn windows on the £43 million Sir Alwyn Williams building, situated on the university’s historic city centre campus.
  • Renzo Piano aims to bring 'heart and soul' into central London's 'forgotten' St Giles

    This is Renzo Piano’s new 12-storey Central Saint Giles mixed-use scheme in the heart of central London.
  • RIBA backs down over AA validation

    The RIBA has overruled its own validation panel after it recommended the Architectural Association’s (AA) Part 2 course should only be given a ‘conditional’ endorsement.
  • RIBA launches low-carbon affordable housing contest

    A new competition has been launched by the RIBA to find an architect to design a £3 million affordable, low-carbon family housing development in rural Pembrokeshire, Wales.
  • RIBA seeks talent for new scholarships

    The search is on for students, graduates and academics to apply for two new scholarships worth £10,000 each for up to 12 months.
  • Richard Rogers talks about his aspirations for London

    Richard Rogers talks to the AJ's Jaffer Kolb about the special characteristics of London and about its governance, to coincide with the opening of Design for London's London Open City exhibition at Somerset House, London on 6 March.
  • RMJM boss hits out at Spielberg and other Beijing boycotters

    RMJM chief executive Peter Morrison has taken a swipe at Steven Spielberg and others who have backed the boycotting of the Beijing Olympic Games.
  • Robinson Architects

    Andrew Coates has been promoted from Associate Director to Director of Robinson Architects, part of the Robinson Design Group, to head up their expanding portfolio of low-rise residential sector work as well as overseeing a new division of Robinson Architects, Robinson Project Services.
  • Rogers calls for greater 'clout' for architects

    Architects should be placed at the heart of all government decision-making when it comes to the built environment – that was the message from Richard Rogers yesterday (27 March) during the first architecture debate to be held at the House of Lords for four years.
  • Roof-Pro Systems - Cut construction time

    Roof ProDesigned to support building services independently from the roofing system the Roof-Pro System pre-fabricates project specific support solutions eliminating the need to detail and construct in situ upstands. Designers can now fast track project programming with a detail free roof design permitting late decisions on building services locations. For further details and a free literature pack enquire now.
  • SAS International offers an impressive range of RIBA-accredited CPDs

    SAS InternationalSAS International currently offers six different RIBA-accredited Core Curriculum CPD presentations covering a range of hot topics including Architectural Metalwork, Chilled Ceilings, Chilled Beams and Integrated Service Modules.Covering the latest advances in sustainable metal solutions, SAS International’s CPD seminars feature the following topical themes: Metal Ceiling Systems: Specification, Design, Integration and Performance; Chilled Ceilings: Energy Effic
  • SAS International provides solutions for prestigious office complex in Tel Aviv

    SAS InternationalA range of metal ceiling and architectural metalwork solutions from SAS International were chosen for the recently-completed head office for Kodak Israel located to the north-east of Tel Aviv, Israel.A stunning, light-filled atrium has been installed as the key feature of the eye-catching main entrance foyer. Ideally suited to applications with large expanses of ceilings, SAS System 330 has given a sense of space which is ideal for these open plan areas. Add
  • Saturnia from Bentley Prince Street

    Bentley Prince StreetBentley Prince Street's latest carpet creation, Saturnia reflects the design work of famed Italian designers Piero Fornasetti and Gio Ponti. Available in 16 styles in a variety of broadloom and modular solutions, Saturnia offers two textural interpretations - Motivo and Posso that all inspire bursts of creativity that turn floors into works of art. With designs ranging from florals to scrolls and other smart patterns with the results of dramatic contrasts
  • Sense of direction

    Mimoa has been going for a bit more than a year. It's a tad chaotic but you sense that it's the consequence of its promoters, two young Amsterdam architects, Mieke and Naomi, having new ideas for the site and bolting them on.
  • Simpson's Blackfriars Beetham Tower is called in

    Communities Secretary Hazel Blears has called in Ian Simpson’s long-awaited Beetham Tower on Blackfriars Road, south London.
  • Sky high antron® carpet fibre

    AntronINVISTA, Antron® carpet fibre has helped Milliken Carpet Europe to fulfil the aesthetic and performance requirements of high specification commercial office space at 99 Bishopsgate, London.With high specification office installations the correct selection of fibre is crucial in ensuring that the expectations of tenants are met during occupancy. By utilising the performance benefits of INVISTA, Antron® carpet fibre throughout the office space on two floors, CRA Internati
  • Slim pickings and cool

    People are swooning over that stunningly beautiful MacBook Air notebook.
  • Small Projects party pictures

    See the photos from the opening party for the AJ Small Projects exhibition on Wednesday 5 March. The event was sponsored by Ramboll Whitbybird.
  • Snap! It's a polaroid

    The great thing about Polaroid instant prints used to be that you could have your snaps now. Or at least after a minute of waving smelly rectangles of sticky paper about in the air.
  • Sony VAIO TZ reviewed

    ADVERTISEMENT FEATUREIt’s all too easy to be seduced by gadgets and gizmos, so those of us who don’t want to throw our money away have to be cautious. The latest bit of kit may look cute, and it may impress your friends, colleagues and clients, but will it do what you want?
  • SpeedRoof-Total® - the all inclusive roofing package

    Speed DeckThe all inclusive roofing package covers the secret-fix top sheet, insulation, spacer system, walkable liner panel, accessories, delivery to site, use of lifting beams plus a comprehensive warranty.Simple to estimate, simple to order and simple to install, guaranteed!Click here to request more information
  • Squire and Partners wins green light for Unison HQ

    This is Squire and Partners’ design for a new headquarters for public-services union Unison, on Euston Road, north London, which has won the thumbs-up from planners.
  • Stealth church comes to Qatar

    How do you design a church without any of the obvious religious paraphernalia?
  • Students have a new falzinc roof over their heads

    KalzipA doughnut shaped Falzinc roof is giving pupils at a new £4.3 million school an inspired taste for the three Rs.The circular roof at Ysgol Maes y Coed in Bryncoch, Neath, West Glamorgan, a special needs school for students with learning difficulties, contains some 1,700 m² of 0.7 mm Falzinc raised seam roofing which covers classrooms and communal areas and encloses a central sensory playground.Click here to request
  • Surf's up

    There's this bloke, ex-architecture student Nick Blair, standing on the roof of a lift-slab warehouse somewhere in the US dropping named eggs on to the pavement below. Named eggs?
  • Surf's up

    There's this bloke, ex-architecture student Nick Blair, standing on the roof of a lift-slab warehouse somewhere in the US dropping named eggs on to the pavement below. Named eggs?
  • Take my mother-in-law…

    That Cezary Bednarski is a cheeky chap. During a very pleasant couple of hours at his west London studio last week, Astragal heard all manner of tittle-tattle.
  • Tate slide comes to office building

    A new office block in Sheffield has become the first building in the UK to permanently install a giant slide for visitors and employees to use.
  • Technocover has biomass renewable energy market covered

    TechnocoverTechnocover’s latest innovation in high security access is providing an opening – quite literally - to the rapidly growing use of biomass fuel for building energy.The security access specialist has launched a new range of high security, easy-lift bunker covers for woodchip and other biomass material stores and silos serving biomass fuelled boiler systems.Click here to request
  • Tempers flare over British Pavilion

    Unrest is growing over the Britishness of this year’s British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
  • Tensartech aesthetic retaining wall solutions enhance the environment

    Tensar InternationalWhere retaining structures are required in urban, landscape and infrastructure schemes, Tensar International’s Tensartech Wall Systems provide a totally integrated earth retaining solution with a wide choice of aesthetic masonry block finishes.The attractive finished appearance can be specified to meet local planning requirements. Tensartech TW1 and TW3 Wall Systems also offer cost savings up to 50% over conventional reinforced concrete retaining structure
  • Tesco versus Unesco. Who will win the battle to take Stonehenge?

    MONDAY. Gales, floods, power cuts, widespread building damage. Yet still no sign of a Weather Czar.
  • The curious incident of the dog and the Bedford Square Lovepouch

    MONDAY. Darcy's inconsolable. Sausage, his beloved Tibetan terrier, has passed away. It was a good death, swift and kind, in Bedford Square. 'Heart attack…' blubs Darcy, who's swathed – not for the first time – in black Issey Miyake.
  • The Flat Trap: A polemic

    Alongside some of the most iconic modern apartment plans, regeneration expert Anna Minton considers how in British cities, one- and two- bedroom flats are repeating mistakes of the past
  • The Fragrant Jean Nouvel: architect does perfume design

    The AJ received a mystery package yesterday. Waiting in the courier room was a parcel, not a CD of drawings, not a disk of hi-res pictures, but a shiny plastic bag with the 'Yves Saint Laurent' logo peeking out...
  • The lady's not for turning, and the buildings aren't for listing

    According to Astragal's spies, Margaret Hodge is not going to change her mind about plans to make it harder to list 20th-century buildings.
  • The loneliness of the long-distance architect

    Lyn Barber, one of the world's most acerbic interviewers, shows her sentimental side in an interview for the Observer on Sunday with Zaha Hadid.
  • The RIBA is a supporter of architectural eduction

    The RIBA's education validation process is co-operative, argues David Gloster
  • Tomorrow's sustainable workplaces

    The Architects' Journal and the British Council for Offices brought together key figures from the property industry at a lunch at MIPIM to discuss the form that offices would take in the future. BDP sponsored the event.
  • UK collective to rebuild razed Chinese city

    GroundLab, a collective formed last year ‘to win large-scale competitions’, has bagged the international competition to redesign the Chinese city of Longgang.
  • Ulster firms cry foul at contest clique

    A group of Northern Ireland’s heavyweight commercial practices has called on the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) to scrap part of its competition design criteria as they believe a ‘select list’ is winning all the work.
  • Urban Splash seeks architects for another Walsall site

    Urban Splash is looking for architects to draw up designs for its latest site at Walsall Waterfront.
  • Van Egeraat awarded £1.4m payout in copyright infringement row

    The Stockholm International Arbitration Court has has awarded Erick van Egeraat $2.8 million (£1.4 million) after his copyright was infringed.
  • Vitesse gets better!

    Speed DeckVitesse 120 has been an unrivalled success since its launch and has been used by Porsche Centres, Schools, Retail and Leisure developments throughout the UK. From May 2008 Vitesse 120 is now joined by Vitesse 150 and 180 to provide ‘U’ vales of 0.35, 0.3 or 0.25 W/m2K while maintaining the same product design values of flatness, bi-modular construction, RockWool core and installation simplicity.
  • What an elegant dustbin…

    Last night, (Weds 12 March) Patel Taylor’s Essex University Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall in Colchester won a Civic Trust Award after judges described it as ‘elegant’.
  • Wilkinson Eyre's Dyson Academy wins surprise go-ahead

    A week is a long time in Bath. Six days ago Wilkinson Eyre’s academy for billionaire vacuum magnate James Dyson looked dead in the water – recommended for refusal by council officers worried about flooding and the scheme’s potential impact on the ‘historic character’ of the city.
  • With levolux, its curtains for cold bridging and noise vibrations

    LevoluxThe New Levolux Universal Curtain Walling Bracket provides designers and engineers with a fixing method for the new short nosed mullion systems.In keeping with the solar shading specialists’ commitment to innovation, the bracket incorporates an ingenious thermal as well as an acoustic break. This greatly reduces the serious construction risks associated with cold bridging and noise vibrations, and helps developers meet the very latest building codes and regulations
  • Zaha hit by surprise profits slump

    Zaha Hadid Architects' profits have dropped by 16 per cent.
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