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Architects Journal
18 December 2003

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  • A sail structure in the form of a butterfly

    working details
  • A Very Merry Christmas

    After three years as an AJ columnist, Will Alsop signs off with a Christmas card to all our readers
  • AJ 100 - who is the biggest and best?

    The AJ is once again poised to launch its search for the biggest and best architectural practices in the UK as part of the annual AJ100 feature. Letters and questionnaires for the 2004 survey will be going out to this year's featured practices by email on 2 January 2004 and will be available to download from that date on our website, www. ajplus. co. uk.
  • And that was the year that was

    From Ground Zero to the Thames Gateway, 2003 saw redevelopment high on the agenda. There were triumphs for Herzog & de Meuron, Jørn Utzon and Renzo Piano.
  • Anxiety at Barker's prefab push

    The Town and Country Planning Association has issued a stark warning over the Barker Review's commitment to prefabrication.
  • Award-winning ways with stone

    The triennial 2003 Natural Stone Craft Awards, organised by The Worshipful Company of Masons of London, attracted a wide variety of entries. We show the winners in the three categories

    Beijing is set to join Venice and Clerkenwell in hosting an architecture biennale in 2004.
  • Biodiversity pays the price as the practice of pupillage goes to pot

    Once upon a time there were hundreds of different ways of doing things, every one of them mapped out with initiation and graduation ceremonies, rules and regulations, proven competence and high professional standards. There were institutional guilds in the Middle Ages that still survive in the City of London today, and regimental hierarchies for the army that are still being torn to pieces after 50 years. In those days, the law was administered according to precedent and not, as it increasing
  • Blobbed out

  • Books of the year 2003


    CABE has announced its latest round of funding grants for architecture and built environment centres throughout the UK.
  • Calling architects with an affection for Tricorn

  • Can Shariff shield her babies from the divorce?

  • Christmas Quiz 2003

    How carefully have you been reading your AJ? The first correct entry to be pulled out of Santa's hat - or the entry with the most right answers - on 9 January will receive a magnum of champagne. (Eagle-eyed readers can find the answers in this year's AJs)
  • Community service

  • competitions

  • Correction

    The quantity surveyor on the Centre for Mathematical Sciences is Northcroft, not Davis Langdon & Everest as stated (AJ 20.10.30).
  • Despite the RIBA guide, one size does not fit all


    Donald Dewar, Scotland's late first minister, has again come under fire at the Holyrood inquiry.Opposition parties have accused him of 'misleading Scottish taxpayers'over the cost of Enric Miralles' scheme after it emerged that he failed to heed advice recommending that he increase the original project estimate from £40 million to £60 million.The latest cost estimate has now reached £401 million.
  • diary

  • 'Disastrous' EU directive kills off hopes for protection of function

    British architects campaigning for the introduction of protection of architectural function have seen their hopes quashed by a new European Union ruling.
  • Divine intervention


    The judging panel in the international competition to redesign London's Exhibition Road has recommended the scheme by Jeremy Dixon.Edward Jones as the winner.The panel praised the practice's submission as 'restrained and yet confident'and 'respectful and yet long term'. The clients - which include the mayor of London and the councils of Westminster, and Kensington and Chelsea - will now 'enter into negotiations to formalise the appointment'.
  • Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects

    The London office of Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects has drawn up the final proposals for this $250 million (£143 million) high-rise development called Moscow City.The 2.5 million m 2scheme will include the tallest buildings in the Russian capital, two slender skyscrapers reaching 54 and 65 storeys.The towers will have office space in the lower levels, while the upper floors will be used for apartments and penthouses.
  • Farnsworth saved in last ditch bid

    Campaigners have successfully raised $6.7 million (£3.6-4.2 million) and secured Mies van der Rohe's seminal Farnsworth House at a Sotheby's auction in New York last Friday.
  • Farrell's houses sure don't court peasants

  • Flight of fancy

    building study
  • From here to maternity

    The surroundings during childbirth are of undeniable importance to the mother's comfort and overall experience.
  • Gold leaf

  • Government pressured to call in Greenside demolition permission

    The Twentieth Century Society is pushing the government to call in the planning permission issued for the demolition of Greenside, despite the fact its owners have already illegally knocked down the building.
  • Hodder Associates

    Hodder Associates' £9 million office scheme is to go in front of Manchester City Council's planning committee in the new year. The 7,000m 2project will sit between two conservation areas and requires the demolition of two listed buildings. It has won the backing of local council planners but is yet to gain the support of local heritage groups.
  • Internal affairs

  • Island story

  • Just cameras and cards for Xmas this year

  • Keep taking the tablets

    Despite the lack of enthusiasm in the UK, Skidmore Owings and Merrill has embraced the tablet computer in the US
  • Let there be light

    technical & practice

    The final designs of Freedom Tower, the centrepiece of the rebuilding of the World Trade Center in New York, will be unveiled to the public tomorrow (Friday).The scheme - drawn up by Daniel Libeskind in collaboration with SOM's David Childs - are understood to include a massive wind turbine designed by London-based engineer Battle McCarthy.Visit www. ajplus. co. uk for the latest news.
  • Locals rally against plans to list Erskine's Byker Wall estate

    Local residents have attacked English Heritage's plans to list Ralph Erskine's celebrated Byker Wall in Newcastle.
  • Material matters that get to the root of the problem

    legal matters

    Zaha Hadid Architects has made it onto the five-strong shortlist to design an Olympic village for New York's rival games bid.The Londonbased office will now battle it out against Danish practice Henning Larsens Tegnestue, Dutch MVRDV, California-based Morphosis and New York-based Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects.Over 130 architects from 20 countries entered the competition to draw up a design study for the site in Queens West, across the East River from the United Nations.
  • OBE reject hoax sparks Owusu Guardian writ

    Founder of the Society of Black Architects, Elsie Owusu OBE, is suing the Guardian newspaper after falling victim to a malicious hoax.
  • Out with the old

  • people & practices


    Deputy prime minister John Prescott reiterated on Monday the government's commitment to concentrating retail investment in city centres as a tool to trigger regeneration.
  • products

    VENCEL RESIL AJ ENQUIRY NO: 201 A green housing development in Havant, Hampshire, has incorporated Vencel Resil's Jabcore floor insulation and Jabroof panels as part of its energy-saving and ecologically focused design. The Eco-Homes project comprises 11 showcase properties for Hermitage Housing Association, developed on a brownfield site in conjuction with Havant Borough Council.
  • Q & A: Tom Dykhoff Architecture critic, The Times

    When and where were you born?
  • ring the changes

  • Shooting from the hip and moulding the modern

    RIBA Gold Medal winner Rem Koolhaas is acclaimed both for his buildings and his writings. Murray Fraser assesses the work, ideas and influence of a man who likes to shock

    Landscape/Flow of Consciousness is the title of this proposal dealing with 'ecological identity and geographical language', produced by Giulia Genta, a third-year student at the University of Greenwich. The project relates to an island in the fjord of Bergen, Norway. The concept proposes an accentuation of the natural cyclical ecological evolution of the island. It consists of modular interventions in the landscape, which artificially recreate the movement and biological life of the local eco
  • The National Museum will not delay the Cloud

  • Two in a million

  • vital statistics

    Parents are set to spend an average of £127.12 buying presents for their offspring this Christmas, according to a survey published last week.Children have the most spent on them, followed by partners, who can expect gifts to the value of £114.58.
  • while some would be grateful for a fraction

  • who said what

    'The result is a fascinating building that undoubtedly raises the standard of city-centre office design, but one that should be regarded as a kind of work-in-progress: a staging post on the way to a more responsible and attractive form of skyscraper' Jonathan Glancey on Foster's Swiss Re. Guardian, 8.12.03
  • Will the real Strangelove please stand up

  • Zaha Hadid Architects

    Zaha Hadid Architects has won an invited competition to design a new mixed-use development called Soho City in Beijing's Logistic Port.The project was commissioned as a tool to break the city's dependency on closed mono-functional estates.
  • Ziggy Starchitects


    The ARB's PCC committee has reprimanded the director of Zoo Architects in Glasgow for failing to set out an adequate scope of work.
  • Zoomorphic flights of fancy - what would Pevsner say?

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