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Architects Journal
13 November 2003

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  • A glazed bridge joining two historic buildings

    working details
  • A less-than-chipper Chipperfield speaks out

  • A revolutionary visionary

    Austin Williams explores the methods, the madness, the legacy and the redefinition of Baron Haussmann's influential work in Paris and asks whether it could happen today
  • After Cedric

  • All our yesterdays

  • American epic

  • ARB claims victory in PII row after crunch verdict

    The ARB aims to put an end to the row over whether it has overstepped its legal powers and duties by publishing a QC's findings that it works within the law.
  • Architects urged to join campaign to fight Palestinian 'prison' policy

    Peace campaigner Just Peace UK is appealing to architects to help fight Israeli oppression of Palestinians in the occupied territories.
  • At times of electrical emergency, the power is not all that is lost

    Six years ago this month, an all-but-forgotten power crisis arose in Africa that should have taught the developed world a lesson. One man - planning to cut it up into bracelets to sell to tourists - unbolted a steel strut from a 27-metre mast holding up part of the power line connecting the Kafue Gorge hydroelectric power station in Zambia with the southern African electricity grid. As a result, the mast collapsed, bringing down two more masts and starting a chain reaction that eventually cau
  • BDP

    BDP's new UK head office for healthcare company Roche has received the green light from Welwyn Hatfield District Council.The development is based around a covered 'street', which will act as a focal point within the building.As well as providing a space for people to meet and talk, the street will connect the open-plan work floors and a range of facilities including a restaurant, cafe, health and fitness centre and library.
  • Chipperfield to take Hepworth gallery to Wakefield's waterfront

    David Chipperfield Architects has won a RIBA competition to design a £10 million home for the works of sculptor Barbara Hepworth. The design, for the Gallery and Centre for Creative Arts on Wakefield waterfront, beat submissions from Adjaye Associates, Zaha Hadid Architects, Kengo Kuma and Associates, Snøhetta and Spence Associates, and Walters and Cohen. The building will house a range of sculptures by the Wakefield-born artist.
  • Claws are out for catwalk kings over housing design

    The latest big-name fashion designer to switch from catwalk creations to housing design has been greeted with catcalls from annoyed architects.
  • competitions

  • Dewar accused by SNP over Holyrood

    Former Scottish first minister Donald Dewar 'foisted' the site for the new home of Scottish democracy on colleagues in a matter of three weeks despite the nation's 300-year wait for a parliament, a Scottish MP said this week.
  • diary

  • Dinner time

  • Environmental Hoo-ha

    Little publicised plans for a new airport in the South East compare favourably with other, more contentious proposals
  • Ferguson hails creation of new planning tariffs

    George Ferguson has thrown his weight behind Whitehall's proposed changes to 'planning gain', saying plans for developers to pay an upfront tariff to local authorities match his own ideas.
  • Getting lift-off

    Eero Saarinen: Between Earth and Sky At the Matthew Gallery, 20 Chambers Street, Edinburgh, until 21 November
  • Grand master

  • Hans Ulrich Obrist: Interviews, Volume 1

    Charta,2003.968pp. £39.95 Hans Ulrich
  • Heaton Hall highlights local authority failings

  • History revisited


    John Prescott has called a halt to a vast new holiday village planned for Cornwall's Carlyon Bay while he decides whether to call in the controversial project.The deputy prime minister has issued an article 14 holding directive against the ORMS-designed leisure element of the scheme.
  • Howarth joins country house fight

    Labour's former architecture minister Alan Howarth has taken up the cause of the AJ's country house campaign.
  • Interchangeable ideas

    technical & practice
  • It pays to check your single joint expert's past at the outset

    legal matters
  • John Richards (1931-2003)

    Former RIAS president and RMJM chairman John Richards has died.

    CABE Education is quizzing young people for their views on the housing of the future, as part of a government study. 'Living Futures: My Home' is a web-based project for 12-14 year olds which asks the question 'where will you be living in 2023 and what kind of housing will you live in?'They have until 20 November to register their views at www. cabeeducation. org. uk/ livingfutures

    KPF has won the commission to design a skyscraper in the City of London for German client Deutsche Immobilien Fonds AG (DIFA). The practice beat Foster and Partners, Grimshaw, Wilkinson Eyre Architects and Bennetts Associates to the job.
  • Making an entrance

  • Marks Barfield Architects

    Marks Barfield Architects has won planning permission for its £4 million Woking Galleries, to be clad in gold and silver-coloured tiles.The multi-use 'community cultural centre'will be the most distinctive design in a town swamped by 1970s, '80s and '90s buildings. The titanium tiles will be used for the first time in the UK, displaying a pattern developed with the art group Greyworld. The practice won the job through a RIBA competition and building is due to start on the Westgate site i
  • Net fraud: if it sounds 'phishy' it probably is


    Arup has appointed a new chairman to replace Bob Emerson, who has now retired. Terry Hill will be chairman of the engineering group with Cecil Balmond as deputy chairman.Emerson will act as consultant to the firm.
  • Noughty, noughty, very naughty

  • people & practices

  • Personal problems with Paternoster piece

  • products

    AYTON PRODUCTS AJ ENQUIRY NO: 201 Clearmac is no ordinary paving material. Its clear resin binder enables the natural aggregate colours to permeate through and complement adjacent architectural features.
  • Q&A: Jack Pringle Vice-president, education, RIBA

    When and where were you born?
  • ring the changes


    Ian Ritchie Architects' tower cluster planned for a sensitive site near London's Tower Bridge is heading for a public inquiry.Developer behind the residential project Berkeley Homes has secured an appeal after Southwark council refused permission in April (AJ 4.9.03).Objectors to the scheme - which consists of a group of towers between 12 and 19 storeys on the Potters'Fields site neighbouring City Hall - included the City of London, English Heritage, the Historic Royal Palaces and local resid
  • Schools must embrace the space for something special

    There is often an assumption in the brief that 'good architecture'can help to improve education by providing a more stimulating environment. Environment is undoubtedly important but it is not the only way that architects can help.
  • Seven up for East End high rises

    Seven design teams have been shortlisted in an anonymous international competition to design two tower blocks as part of a major regeneration scheme in east London.
  • Sixties spirit

  • Social context

    Buildings, Meanings and People At the Victoria & Albert Museum on 25 October

    Nomadsoho was produced by Ainhoa Abreu Diaz, a Part 2 student at the University of Portsmouth. Her project addresses the fact that the rise of invisible information networks means that urban space loses its physical limits and becomes a field of flows and pulses in a state of perpetual change. It acts as a physical centre for virtual activity in the heart of London, providing rentable accommodation, technical equipment and assistance to facilitate the creation and editing of information. A co
  • Study 'serious blow' to Prescott housing drive

    Housebuilders are claiming a victory over John Prescott after the latest official figures cast doubt on his drive to put new houses on brownfield sites.
  • Supporting role

    building study
  • The evolution of university design, as pioneered by Price the prophet

  • The Price was right

    Re: CP By Cedric Price. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist. Birkhäuser, 2003. 192pp. £27
  • Transport, Engineering and Architecture By Hugh Collis. Laurence King, 2003. 240pp. £50

    This book sets out to document the state of transportation architecture in the past 30 years or so, but is a thinly veiled monograph of Arup, writes Pieter Peipendorf. It was Ove Arup himself, we are told on page eight, who was one of the first designers of the modern era to recognise the value of synergy between architects and engineers, 'breaking with the post-war 'culture of mediocrity' in transport architecture, where engineers were concerned mainly with cost and speed of construction, an

    The V&A has chosen Howarth Tompkins Architects for this £12 million redevelopment of its Theatre Museum in London's Covent Garden.The scheme will involve the unblocking of the windows at ground floor level to create a brighter space and the replacement of the existing ground-level entrance ramp with a staircase and lift.There will also be an improved studio theatre and more flexible and spacious exhibition areas.The museum's collection includes a gigantic front cloth from the ballet Le T
  • V&A's naive guidelines are entirely misguided

  • vital statistics

    A 20-year restoration of Louis XIV's 17thcentury Château de Versailles will cost £274 million.The 700-room palace outside Paris, set in 800 ha of gardens, attracts 10 million visitors a year.
  • Whitfield's square scheme is scrambled

  • who said what

    'If these guidelines are adopted, Mr Childs, Jean Nouvel, Fumihiko Maki and Norman Foster - architects whose experience, talent and professional expertise vastly exceed Mr Libeskind's - would be reduced to the level of executive architects, producing working drawings for designs they had no hand in shaping'
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