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Architects Journal

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  • . . . and lands Battersea

    Just a week after the opening of Tate Modern, developers have submitted a detailed planning application for the £500 million conversion of Battersea power station. Designs by Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners, Benoy, Geoffrey Reid Associates, Benson + Forsyth, Arup Associates and Inskip & Jenkins are all included in the ambitious plan by Parkview International. Grimshaw's this week unveiled its proposals for the main building, including a glass wall and ceiling. This structure alone covers an
  • . . . and says computers will revive the 'master builder'

    Frank Gehry claimed last week that advances in computer technology have given architects the chance to reclaim from contractors the status of 'master builder'.
  • . . . as £1bn set to go into architectdesigned homes

    Volume housebuilders including Barratt Homes, the Berkeley Group and Fairclough Homes are considering plans to inject up to £1 billion into architect-designed housing in inner-city London.
  • . . . as could be seen in the reproduced drawings . . .

  • . . . as it mulls over subs cut for developing-world members

    The RIBA is to consider cutting the cost of its subscriptions for members in the developing world after it was revealed that one year's membership for a newly qualified Nigerian architect would account for half of his or her annual salary.
  • . . . as it unveils a register of available brownfield sites

    English Partnerships has completed a 'comprehensive survey of all brownfield land in the country suitable for mixed-use housing' as a boost to deputy prime minister John Prescott's latest pronouncements on housing targets (AJ 9.3.00).
  • . . . as mayor Livingstone urges developers to reach for skies

    The development of tall buildings in the City of London received a major boost last week after it emerged that London mayor Ken Livingstone has met privately with developers in a move to encourage them to build higher.
  • . . . as MPs condemn inaction over urban renewal report

    A Labour-dominated committee of MPs last week attacked the government over its slow progress on reviving Britain's cities. The environment, transport and regional affairs committee said it was 'disgraceful' that the Urban Task Force report, drafted by a team headed by Lord Rogers a year ago, had still not been acted upon.
  • . . . as Reid goes online in race for RIBA presidency

    Cambridge-based RIBA presidential candidate Alex Reid has labelled the RIBA 'a strange, closed world, a long way away'and called for at least 60 per cent of the institute's decision-making power to be held by architects outside the capital.
  • . . . but CABE urges 'rethink' of Grimshaw's Paddington

    The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has called for a 'serious rethink' of Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners plans for a 42-storey tower and transport interchange at Paddington. CABE's design review committee even suggested the tower part of the scheme could be abandoned altogether.
  • . . . but hospital quality reaps rewards in patient behaviour

    The design of a psychiatric hospital by awardwinning architect Powell & Moya has dramatically cut incidents of threatening behaviour, according to groundbreaking research revealed last week at the RIBA's one-day conference, Design Quality: the Evidence.
  • . . . or simply pacifying staff?

    Are changing office standards really providing better working environments - or just an illusion of improvement?
  • . . . where choice was for politics and conservation

  • . . . while 'inaccuracies'show two sides of story


    The Dome, meanwhile, is set to get a new slogan and summer attractions, Dome chief executive Pierre-Yves Gerbeau told the same programme on Tuesday.The new advertising campaign will be headed by the words: 'You've got a mind of your own, take it to the Dome', which Gerbeau said was geared towards persuading people to ignore the views of others and visit the Dome 'to discover why people love it'. Total attendance in the first six months of the year was 3,114,000.
  • ... and Knotty Ash!

    Shed km Architects has won a competition for a £9 million housing scheme in the Liverpool suburb of Knotty Ash. The Liverpool Housing Action Trust project is to refurbish two tower blocks and integrate them with a new sheltered-accommodation block for 30 elderly residents.
  • ... as it unveils a register of available brownfield sites

  • MPs put pressure on chancellor's tax 'loophole'

    A large group of mps have stepped up their efforts to persuade chancellor Gordon Brown to introduce the harmonised rate of vat for building in this month's budget.

  • £135m FRAUD AT THE MOD

    Fraud in the management of Ministry of Defence buildings could be costing the tax payer £135 million a year, according to a hard-hitting report out last week.
  • £20,000 up for grabs

    A new annual design prize is set for launch today with a cash prize of £20,000 and a year's supply of champagne for the winner. The Perrier Jouet Selfridges Design Prize has an international panel of judges and the winner will also get a major exhibition in the windows of Selfridges in London.


    Chichester's Pallant House Gallery extension, designed by Long & Kentish Architects, has landed a £3 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The £4.4 million gallery extension will secure the money on condition that Chichester District Council awards planning permission for the wing design on 18 December. Pallant House is a Grade I-listed building.
  • £400m Rogers renaissance in the works for Newcastle

    Richard Rogers and Andrew Wright, two of the driving forces behind the Urban Task Force (UTF), have unveiled a radical masterplan for Newcastle on Tyne’s run-down west end, which includes 10,000 new homes and a new tram service to the city centre.
  • £50 million offer for empty Dome site would be rejected

    Millennium Dome land owner English Partnerships has rejected proposals to tear down the struggling Greenwich attraction at the end of the year to boost the site's sale value by £50 million.
  • 100% Design

    AJ editor Isabel Allen gives out prizes at the AJ's party at 100% Design in Earls Court 2 last week. The event also included an AJ seminar on architect-designed private houses. Richard Murphy showed a selection of projects including an Aberdeenshire house; Sarah Wigglesworth showed the straw bale house in north London; Alfred Munkenbeck concentrated on a mansion in Bishop's Avenue; and James Soane of Conran and Partners showed a series of apartments in Tokyo.
  • 100% Design

    It comes around quicker than Christmas every year and is almost as exciting. Yes, 100% Design is virtually upon us, that time of year when the design world comes together like one big cosy family for four days of mixing, mingling and merrymaking. This year's show is 30 per cent bigger than last year's, and sees newcomers like MDF, Flexform and the Liverpool and Manchester Design Initiative.
  • 1997 Architects Act: a failure by definition

  • 2000 architecture - a higher profile than ever

    This was the year when both architects and architecture made serious inroads into England's corridors of power. Mostly it was by way of Lord Rogers and last month's Urban White Paper, but design's stock also rose thanks to recognition of the subject's importance, emanating from the very top - Tony Blair himself. Even Prince Charles got in on the act again, proclaiming on racism from his new-look Prince's Foundation in Shoreditch. In London it was Lord Rogers again who - as revealed in the AJ
  • 2000 Outstanding Structure Award


    This year's Alva Aalto symposium takes place at Jyvaskyla, Finland, from 1113 August. The theme is 'Architecture in the Year Zero'. Speakers include Glenn Murcutt, Billie Tsien, Winy Maas, Shigeru Ban and Sverre Fehn. There is a post-conference Aalto tour. Tel 00358 14 624811, fax 00358 14 619009.
  • A billion-dollar refit is reducing the Pentagon to a police station

    One of the best quotations I have seen in a long time was from Sir Neil Cossons last week, who said of English Heritage, 'it is about the future just as much as any High-Tech company - it is about taking these (old) buildings into the future, and for that they must have some value in the future.' Quite so, I thought, but he might have added, 'and to ensure that, we have to spend at least as much money on them as they would cost to replace.' But of course, being the new chairman of English Her
  • A breath of fresh air

    Cherry Tree House brings new forms to a north London street. George Demetri reports
  • A catholic modernism

  • A changing landscape

    Derek Lovejoy Partnership is building on its heritage in Scotland while moving with the times to have a positive influence on the planning process
  • A civil answer

    Peter Watt reports on a scheme which looks to the future, while harnessing brickwork's traditional strengths
  • A different Modernist diet

    Eric Mendelsohn, Architect 1887-1953 Edited by Regina Stephan.Monacelli Press, 1999. 287pp. £50
  • A different Modernist diet Eric Mendelsohn, Architect 1887-1953 Edited by Regina Stephan. Monacelli Press, 1999. 287pp. £50

  • A few hot tips on search for a new RIBA head

  • A glass curtain wall and glass-bridged pool

    Computer Associates' headquarters Blair Associates
  • A good time to update your CAD

    The Millennium Bug seems to have spared us, but for many reasons it's still a good time to get the latest CAD version
  • A grand stand for Wales

    Cardiff 's 72,500-seat Millennium Stadium, a major new landmark in the city, was constructed from 14,000 tonnes of British steel
  • A History of Architecture: Japan - The Informal Contained

    The first five volumes in ellipsis' tiny square-format 'History of Architecture' series were described as 'a worthy attempt to make architectural history accessible and even relevant' in AJ 20.8.98. With the same fusion of text, photographs and drawings, Christopher Tadgell now supplies the ninth in the series - a highly-condensed survey of Japanese architecture (and garden design) from its origins to the end of the Edo period (1867). Contemporary work will figure in a later volume in the ser
  • A Legal Guide to the Professional Liability of Architects (3rd Edition)

    Professor Anthony Lavers and Professor David Chapell, £14.99, published by Anthony Lavers.
  • a life in architecture

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  • a life in architecture

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  • a life in architecture

    Paddington Station is my favourite London building, not least because it signals departure for holidays and the best bit of Britain, the West Country, but also because Railtrack is finally respecting Brunel's great roof.
  • a life in architecture

    One of Heather Rabbatts' first tasks when she joined Lambeth Council as chief executive in 1995 was to fight for planning permission for the BA London Eye millennium wheel, designed by Marks Barfield Architects.
  • a life in architecture

    The astonishing Massachusetts State House in Boston pervades the life of Loyd Grossman, TV personality and a tireless commissioner for English Heritage. His father's family lived a stone's throw from it, and his uncle, who ran Boston's railways and public utilities, had an office inside.
  • a life in architecture

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  • a life in architecture

    Hugh Johnson and the rest of us are wonderfully well served by the wide reach of his passions; he has written not only the world's best wine books but also volumes about both trees and gardening. Once, he toured England for a book he never found time to write on lesser country houses.
  • A life in architecture

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  • a life in architecture

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  • a life in architecture

    Deborah Bull, a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, is also a member of the Arts Council, columnist for the Daily Telegraph and the subject of Travels with My Tutu, soon to be seen on bbc Two. She claims that her mental filing system is reserved for dance and that she forgets buildings: 'In London it's hard to notice architecture because the streets are so dense.'
  • a life in architecture

    If bad architecture were illegal, poet and TLS columnist Hugo Williams would make a fine prosecutor, starting in his own backyard of Islington.
  • a life in architecture

    One building that has fascinated artist Adrian Henri for many years is The Postman's Palace, in Hauterive, France - hand built by Ferdinand Cheval, a rural postman who dreamed one night he'd built a palace in his back garden.
  • a life in architecture

    Ian Rickson, artistic director of the re-opened Royal Court Theatre, recalls being taken as a five-year-old to the Horniman Museum, in South London (above). 'I have an almost Proustian memory of it and I see it like a child's drawing.' Designed by CH Townsend, it was completed in 1901, at the time of the Arts and Crafts Movement, a period Rickson feels particularly nostalgic about.
  • a life in architecture

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  • a life in architecture

    Every inch a Yorkshireman, Richard Whiteley is practically synonymous with Channel 4's Countdown. He is in no doubt about his favourite building. It is the the chapel (pictured) at Giggleswick School, the green copper dome of which dramatically dominates the surrounding Ribblesdale countryside.
  • a life in architecture colin matthews

    The British Museum reading room initiated a love of domed roofs for the composer Colin Matthews.
  • a life in architecture david lodge

    David Lodge is the funniest English novelist since Evelyn Waugh; and like Waugh he is fundamentally serious. The buildings he nominates represent his family, his work and his religion. His home in Edgbaston, Birmingham, was designed in the 1970s: 'a rather unusual cubist building with no eaves' and 'a lot of exposed brickwork and hard wood inside.'
  • a life in architecture elain harwood

    After completing her recent Guide to Post-War Listed Buildings (AJ 6.7.00), Elain Harwood decided that England's ultimate post-war building 'has to be Stirling's Leicester Engineering Building'.
  • a life in architecture eric korn

    On three occasions the antiquarian book dealer Eric Korn has faced the prospect of being locked in a building overnight. The first occasion was in St Sepulchre, the round church in Cambridge (above). 'It was late, a fog was descending and there was a religious mist in the church. '
  • a life in architecture ferdinand mount

    On the Pembrokeshire coast, nestling in the limestone cliffs just above the high water mark, there is a little fourteenth century chapel dedicated to St Govan, thought to be a Cornish saint. It is a plain single chamber the same colour as the cliffs, with a dried-up holy well nearby. If you count the steps going down and coming up again, you never come to the same figure.Walking along the cliff path above, I don't often go down, but I always like to think of that wavelashed holy place.
  • a life in architecture gyles brandreth

    Writer and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth loves domestic Victorian and Tudor architecture, while also being passionate about seaside piers and theatres. He claims his most exciting architectural experience was a recent visit to Palladio's exquisite Teatro Olimpico (1580-85) in Vicenza. It is the oldest surviving indoor theatre in the world, and still has its street-scene stage-set by Scamozzi, receding in perspective.
  • a life in architecture hermione lee

    In 1901 the American novelist Edith Wharton and her husband built themselves a house in Lenox, Western Massachusetts. It was designed by Francis Hoppin and decorated by Ogden Codman, Wharton's co-author on a book on interior decorating. The writer and academic Hermione Lee, who is currently working on a biography of Edith Wharton, is impressed by The Mount. She says it has a wonderful setting, overlooking a lake and gardens which are being reconstructed. The house combines French, Italian and
  • a life in architecture iain sinclair

    Surprise and mystery govern writer Iain Sinclair's choice of 'buildings': a bridge, a closeddown service station and a ruin.
  • a life in architecture jonsnow

    Journalist Jon Snow needed his favourite contemplative spot more than usual after the US presidential election fiasco. Snow loves I M Pei's East Wing extension to Washington's National Gallery for its sense of peace and perspective away from the hurly-burly politicking of Washington, where he has spent countless hours, first as a correspondent and latterly as Channel 4 News anchor.
  • a life in architecture karl sabbagh

    Television producer and writer Karl Sabbagh has come to know several buildings through film making, the most recent being Tate Modern. A few years ago, Monticello featured in a documentary he made about Thomas Jefferson. 'It's an obvious architectural icon, but I like it because it is a personal house.
  • a life in architecture kate adie

    Not surprisingly, Kate Adie has very decided views on architectural likes and dislikes.
  • a life in architecture peter cook

    Once he has finally found a parking-place in grid-locked Dublin, architectural photographer Peter Cook is able to discuss some of the buildings that have particularly impressed him. 'One that I loved when I saw it a few years ago in Los Angeles was Rudolph Schindler's house. I thought it was a cornerstone of that movement of low-level singlestorey buildings and I liked the idea of the sleeping baskets on the roof, the homeliness of it. I found it really strong and exciting.'
  • a life in architecture polly toynbee

    Polly Toynbee was working at the Independent when the design for Libeskind's Victoria and Albert extension was first published.The paper in general, and Toynbee in particular, was bowled over by the Spiral and devoted a whole front page to the plans. 'It was such a startling addition to a rather stuffy London street. All those tumbling boxes absolutely knocked my socks off.' Later she went to look at the models and loved it even more. 'It's so rude and bold and daring. It's great to see someo
  • a life in architecture quentin blake

    As you approach Rochefort on the west coast of France, a sign tells you that 'You are entering Rochefort, seventeenth-century new town'. Quentin Blake, the children's illustrator, laughs every time he passes it. Yes, he says, it is quite true: the town is laid out on a grid principle and was built at the same time as French naval shipbuilding developed on the banks of the River Charente. Many of the original structures are still standing, including his favourite, the Corderie Royale (below),
  • a life in architecture richard ashcroft

    Releasing a single called 'Money to Burn' from his upcoming solo album suggests that Richard Ashcroft, until recently lead singer of pop group The Verve, enjoys extravagance. He admires Californian architecture: 'Some of the classic, well-designed Los Angeles Modernist pads that were built in the 50s and 60s are very angular, with beautiful glass windows . . . Although they're really vulgar in places, there are a few key late 60s houses in the hills that are absolutely stunning.'
  • a life in architecture robert harbison

    Architectural historian Robert Harbison has selected some of the spaces and places that happen to be on his mind at the moment. First, the Doric temples at Paestum (above), although he doesn't usually like Classical buildings.
  • a life in architecture rogan taylor

    Hungary - or the Hungarian national team - exploded into football researcher and writer Rogan Taylor's schoolboy life in 1953. England got stuffed 6-3 in a momentous game that was a rude awakening to the Magyar magic. 'It was like they'd learned to play on another planet. I was entranced.'
  • a life in architecture simon thurley

    'They are among the greatest contributions this century to the London streetscape, ' says Simon Thurley, director of the Museum of London, of his initial two choices.
  • a life in architecture tom bloxham

    'Every time I see another great building I'm completely bowled over by it, ' says Urban Splash cofounder Tom Bloxham. 'But if I had to pick one it would be the Unite d'Habitation in Marseilles. It looks so modern. It has bright coloured doors but dimly-lit corridors which gives a quiet, moody effect. Le Corbusier has made a virtue of the lack of natural light. I love its massive scale and the beauty of the concrete and its complete dominance over the gardens.'
  • a life in architecture tompaulin

    'I suppose it would be a cliche to pick the Taj Mahal, ' says poet and critic Tom Paulin. 'I visited it twice in one day many years ago and was overwhelmed by it - who would not be? It reminded me of a Wallace Stevens poem because it seemed to be a building about the imagination. It wasn't a static building but one of pure spirit. It was like watching an idea grow.'
  • a life in architecture william pye

    As a child the sculptor William Pye built a waterfall in the stream that passes by the three adjoining cottages where he grew up and where he now lives, 'a rather romantic place, but very modest', on the Hog's Back in Surrey.
  • A life in architecture: Peter Jenkinson

    Light and space are Peter Jenkinson's current buzz-words, and they sum up his passion, the New Art Gallery at Walsall, which opened last month. The £21 million project, in the heart of town and overlooking the canal basin, has been part of his life for a decade, and he has seen it from conception to birth.
  • a life in architecture: charles secrett

    'A gorgeous confectionery swirl of white curves, like a giant ice cream someone has plopped down onto the grimy New York streets, ' is how Charles Secrett, director of Friends of the Earth, describes Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum.
  • a life in architecture: jim crace

    In Jim Crace's novel Arcadia, developers replace a traditional and vibrant street market with a glitzy, policed business centre called Arcadia. It is the sort of place Crace loathes. 'I've come to hate the way very modern buildings try to put the outside inside so that you don't know if it's winter or summer, day or night.
  • A life in architecture: John Adams

    'Houses keep coming into my mind,' says John Adams, head of the major projects architecture team at English Heritage, 'especially those built during the first half of the last century, because they respond to enormous social changes and technical innovation.'
  • A life in architecture: John Rocha

    As a designer working across several disciplines, John Rocha is concerned with the marriage of beauty and functionality, whether it is a range of clothes, a piece of glassware or a building interior. As a native of Hong Kong, he has seen the furious pace of development forcing sometimes ugly buildings with unpleasant working environments on its hard- working population.
  • A life in architecture: Rosie Boycott

    'What did they do to public buildings in the 1950s?' This is the cri de coeur of Rosie Boycott, editor of the Express. From her desk in Ludgate House she looks out at the Sainsbury's head office and says, 'It shouldn't be there. And that grey office block near Buckingham Palace, next door to what used to be St George's Hospital, is a travesty of a building. It should be bombed.'
  • a life in architecture: simon singh

    Simon Singh, author of the bestselling Fermat's Last Theorem and The Code Book, grew up in Wellington, Somerset, and his first choice is the local Wellington Memorial. According to Singh the duke's connection with the town was negligible; he believes 'he only visited once to do his duty'.
  • A lifetime of understanding is not enough to play adjudicator

    Well, it finally paid off. Those interminable conferences attended on the subject, that summer's day, a year or so ago, spent in close-knit workshops, pontificating upon one's likely response to unlikely situations, that terrifying multiple choice examination on the laws (which, rumour has it, the senior partner of a well-known construction law firm, failed), and all the endless talking about it afterwards.
  • A move in the right direction? A lot more will be heard of M4I in the coming months, but what is it and what relevance does it have for architects?

    technical & practice
  • A multidisciplinary team

  • A planetary perspective

  • A question of mystique

    Non-architects often ask questions which boil down to: 'If structural designers make it stand up and interior designers choose finishes, why do people employ architects?' You can respond to this with a whimper or a sneer, a grovelling selfjustification or a head butt, but only looking at the questioner in disbelief, as if to say: 'You didn't mean that to come out, did you?' and politely letting them change the subject, allows you to maintain the mystique which exists around architecture. And
  • A river runs through it

    An assertive new house on the Thames has caused a few ripples. Sue Duncan enjoys the view
  • A river runs through it

    On the following pages we look at a range of existing buildings which have been turned into vibrant modern homes
  • A special iniverse

    Richard Weston is professor at the Welsh School of Architecture
  • A stand for virtual reality

    Richard Hywel Evans has created an Interbuild stand for Emap which reflects its role as information provider
  • A steel and timber composite floor construction

    The extension is of dry construction. The floor is supported on a grid of 178 x 102mm universal beams at 2.5m centres onto which spans a 100mm deep PMF trapezoidal profiled deck, of the type normally used for roof construction. Each deck trough was fixed to the beam flanges with self-tapping screws to form a rigid connection between deck and framework. The deck troughs were then filled with extruded polystyrene battens formed to precisely match the trough profile, in-filling each trough to fo
  • A steel structure with precast coffers

    The structure of a typical 15m office wing consists of a boxsection spine beam, formed by paired 430 x 100mm channels set toe-to-toe and supported on 180 x 180mm steel columns.

    The RIBA is plugging its Stirling Prize ceremony at the Science Museum on November 4 as 'the architectural event of the year', and urging architects and members of the public to snap up the remaining tickets while they are still available.
  • A structure of steel trusses and polyester fabric

    working details
  • A talent to provoke

    People: In his role as an architectural historian, Timothy Mowl doesn't want to be typecast. His writing on a wide range of subjects now includes a reassessment of John Betjeman and Nikolaus Pevsner by andrew mead. photograph by stephen morris
  • A thousand words

    My site-of-the-month award goes to design practice Make. There are the practice's simple, swiftly downloaded graphics - the site uses thumbnails so you only download what you want. There's an uncomfortable pause at the beginning after the word 'MAKE' swiftly emerges from its shadows and then just sits there. After a minute you feel a bit of an idiot when you realise you're supposed to understand that you should click on it. On a bad morning, I would probably just assume it was still under con
  • A timber and glass entrance lobby

    working details
  • A trussed girder structure with canted supports

    A framework of tubular trusses with canted supports rests on a solid mezzanine floor. Both are visible through the two-storey glazed facade of the 20 x 40m pumping station.
  • a TV 'insight' into the works of Michael Hopkins

    The fourth programme in Channel 5's Modern British Architects series, devoted to Michael Hopkins, failed to ask him the one question which would have given it a bit of freshness and edge: how does it feel to have a building publicly lambasted as 'ugly' and 'brutish' after several decades of representing the acceptable face of Modernism?
  • A unifying art

    Evans Vettori's refurbishment of the School of Art and Design at Nottingham Trent University brings together buildings from the 1860s and 1950s, and the school's different disciplines
  • A veil, a mirror, a method

    The Modulor, Modulor 2 by Le Corbusier. Faber and Faber, 1954, 1958; reimpression of the first edition, Birkhauser,2000. £29. (Available from Triangle Bookshop 020 7631 1381)
  • a way with words

    Tom de Paor is young, he's gifted, and his Dublin-based practice is flying the flag for Ireland after being invited to design his country's first representation at the Venice Architecture Biennale by deborah singmaster. photograph by david richards
  • A wobbly bridge is not something that should be treated as a joke

    Some time next week Ove Arup and Partners is due to issue its action report on the Millennium footbridge, three months after the briefing held in June to report on progress. On that occasion the designers and engineers were present in force and no doubt gave as good an account of themselves as the circumstances permitted. I was not present but I was invited, and what struck me as searingly interesting when I opened the envelope was the letterhead used for the notification. At the top, in whit
  • A write-on insight into readers' views and concerns

    One of the perks of being an editor is the fact that you suddenly find yourself with countless penfriends. This year the AJ has received an unprecedented number of readers' letters, ranging in tone from furious to friendly and from fanatical to flippant. Although we have received far more than we can publish, they are all gratefully received, and offer a fascinating - if unscientific - insight into readers'concerns.
  • A&M scoops sensitive Bristol Cathedral visitor centre job

    Allies & Morrison has won the competition to design a £3 million visitor centre for Bristol Cathedral. The architect beat shortlisted practices David Chipperfield and Richard Griffiths Architects in a competitive interview for the project, to be built on the sensitive site immediately to the south west of the west front of the 1542 building.MacCormac Jamieson Prichard withdrew from the running. The dean and chapter of the cathedral was assisted in the competition by consultant Francis Go

    Allies & Morrison has been picked to masterplan the University of Cambridge's Sidgwick site, which includes the History Faculty designed by James Stirling, the Law Library by Foster and Partners and the School of Divinity by Edward Cullinan Architects. The project is to complete the masterplan for the site, preparing the ground for new faculties for english, criminology and a centre for east Asian studies. Designs for these buildings will be prepared by Allies & Morrison and submitted for pla

  • ABK slams Mather's Keble College extension

  • ABK triumphs with RIBA gong for Moscow embassy

    Ahrends Burton & Koralek's British Embassy in Moscow has won an RIBA Award and will compete for the Stirling Prize on 4 November alongside 54 other buildings.

  • ABK's Moscow embassy: 'Britain at its best'

    Princess Anne was set to officially open ABK's new £81 million British Embassy in Moscow yesterday in front of an audience including foreign secretary Robin Cook. The architect says its objective has been to show 'Britain at its best', and the Foreign Office client added that it wanted 'modern and efficient' facilities to 'project to the Russian people an upto-date image of Britain today.' Both look to have succeeded.
  • ABS anniversary soiree

    Tickets are available for a fundraising event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Architects Benevolent Society (ABS). The black tie event will be held on 30 November at Inigo Jones' Banqueting House in Whitehall. The ABS aims to reconstruct the kind of soiree that Prince Albert might have put on for Queen Victoria before the 1851 exhibition, and has planned an evening of entertainment which includes a champagne reception, dinner in the Grand Hall, and a concert of music and spoken narr
  • Absence does not make the heart grow fonder

  • Acanthus Lawrence & Wrightson

    Acanthus Lawrence & Wrightson Architects has just completed the restoration of Grade II*-listed Morden Park House in the London Borough of Merton. Built in 1770 - its architect is unknown - the two-storey brick house was originally the residence of a London distiller but for much of the twentieth century was in institutional use. It then fell empty for several years, to the concern of English Heritage, before a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 1997 made restoration possible. In its new
  • Accentuate the negative

    Warped Space: Art, Architecture & Anxiety in Modern Culture By Anthony Vidler.MIT Press, 2000. 301pp. £22.50
  • Accessing audit work

    A rigorous accreditation process might prevent architects from jumping on the disability audit bandwagon
  • Accessing the act

    Full implementation of the Disability Discrimination Act is still four years away, but the duty for designers starts now
  • Accessories after the fact

    What you keep on your desk can be very revealing. A selection of plants or a soft toy, for example, is usually a sign that you are a woman, but you probably noticed that anyway.
  • accidental architect

    Peter Richardson left school at 18 with no A-levels and no idea what he wanted to do. Now his Glasgow-based practice Zoo is carving itself a reputation for adventurous architecture and collaboration with artists by richard frost.
  • Acknowledging the team as wheel turns

  • Ad helps brush issues of equality under the rug

  • Adding a splash of colour

    Media makeovers don’t come much brighter than Hugh Broughton Architects’ refurbishment of Channel 5’s atrium. It is a chameleon space, intimate and colourful at night but cool, white and spacious during the day
  • Addled idea of Adler's helpful philosophy

  • Addressing grievances of architects and clients


  • Adhesive technology

    Replacing mortar with adhesive offers a solution to one of the greatest limitations to the use of brickwork - the fact that it is strong in compression but weak in tension. This weakness in tension is due to the bonding characteristics - or adhesion - between the bricks and mortar.
  • Adjudication: heaven for some, but hell for homeowners

    Is adjudication a good thing? This question calls to mind a sketch from the popular '80s television programme Not the Nine O'clock News. Mel Smith, in the unlikely guise of a free-thinking clergyman, was interviewed while lolling, irreverently, on the steps of a place of worship. 'Is the devil bad?' the interviewer asked. 'Well', mused the modern minister, 'that is one of those theological grey areas. '
  • Adjudicators in the ultimate case of mistaken arithmetic

    Fans of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy will know that the earth was no more than an elaborate computer created by an ancient race to discover the ultimate question.
  • adriaan geuze

    Landscape designer Adriaan Geuze of West 8 has a colourful and dramatic vision for the new park at the South Bank. His enthusiam, passion and experience are robust counterpoints to the criticisms of residents by robert booth. photograph by kees van son
  • Advertisement neither 'sexy nor tasteful'


    The Architecture Foundation will this month launch an exhibition focusing on the architecture and design surrounding the use of the car. It's a Gas displays a video record of seven London petrol stations created by Berkowitz Jones & Touta.On the Road, designed by Alex to Rijke, looks at buildings and engineering structures dedicated to motor cars.
  • Affairs of the art

    The Lowry, Michael Wilford’s £105 million centre in Salford Quays, has become a cultural landmark as well as a fitting home for the matchstick men, cats and dogs depicted in L S Lowry’s works

    Councils could be handed new powers to demand that half of all new housing developments consist of affordable homes, if a bill sponsored by Southwark North and Bermondsey MP Simon Hughes goes through. Hughes said it would allow local authorities to put a quota on social housing and grant planning permissions on that basis. Despite widespread backbench support, the bill is understood to have little chance of reaching the statute book.
  • african resistance

    Nigerian architect and one-time president of the International Union of Architects Olufemi Majekodunmi has offices in three African states but still takes time to speak up for international members at RIBA council meetings by robert booth
  • After the wheel

    Marks Barfield Architects has submitted a planning application to build a highly sculpted £1 million jetty on the Thames outside the Tate Britain art gallery. The jetty will be used by boats ferrying passengers between the Pimlico branch of the gallery and the Tate Modern. The jetty will be 30m long and 10m wide and the practice is even interested in designing the boat which will use it, partner David Marks said. A high-profile sculptor is expected to be selected later this week.
  • Agenda 21

    Agenda 21 Architects has won planning permission for around 3200m2 of large houses in the Highbury area of North London. It is to build a total of 14 houses in three different blocks in the area, including this terraced row of seven contemporary buildings along Calabria Road in the borough. Islington Council here considered the contemporary design approach preferable to mimicry of the existing buildings. The others - four, five and seven bedroomed properties, are close to Highbury Fields. The
  • Agenda 21 Architects

    Agenda 21 Architects has won planning permission on this £650,000 apartment block on Barnsbury Grove, Islington, north London. The 10-unit starter home scheme is in a conservation area but Islington's planning committee welcomed the modern approach using terracotta tiles and coloured render. 'It is exciting that Islington is promoting good contemporary design, ' said project architect George Petrides.
  • Ah, the relief of a little lucidity on the web


    Allford Hall Monaghan Morris is set to start work on a major conversion of Paul Hamilton's 1969 Grade II*listed Paddington Maintenance Depot. The derelict building, which rears above the M40 flyover, will be transformed into a headquarters for the Monsoon/Accessorize fashion company, with refurbishment of the depot's vast concrete interior space and renovation of its exterior. The Twentieth Century Society has backed the scheme.
  • AHMM wins in Leeds

    Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has won a housing competition for 52 flats above ground-floor retail and leisure on a site in Leeds opposite the city's Corn Exchange, the aj has learned. The practice beat an impressive list of competitors including Panter Hudspith, John Lyall and Partners, Pawson Williams and Stephen Hodder for the commission, which will be built for developer Wellfield. Allies & Morrison was also invited to enter the competition.

    Abbey Holford Rowe was set to receive planning permission today on a 400-apartment development at Spinningfields in Manchester. The £45 million scheme is the practice's largest yet in the city and is part of a £500 million investment in the riverside area by developer Allied London and Westbury Homes. BDP has drawn up the masterplan. The scheme runs along the banks of the River Irwell. AHR partner Andy Robson described it as 'a waterside wall of light and airy apartments, intersecte

    Abbey Holford Rowe has topped a league table of architects doing Private Finance Initative projects in the UK. AHR leads HLM Design, Anshen Dyer and Percy Thomas Partnership in the PFI Report , a Treasury information service. The practice has been picked, shortlisted or named preferred partner on a total of 22 PFI projects.
  • AIA looks to London



    RIBA president Marco Goldschmied was awarded the American Institute of Architects' prestigious Presidential Medal on 13 March at the RIBA. Ronald L.
  • AJ 12/19.8.99

    Gordon Murray + Alan Dunlop Architects has applied for permission to build this £35 million hotel, leisure and retail scheme near Glasgow's Central Station. A gently curving patinated copper wall acts as a dramatic entrance to the hotel. Bedrooms behind it look on to side streets or the private garden. Twelve suites bridge the internal street and cantilever beyond the wall.
  • AJ 12/19.8.99 Merchant adventure

    Ever since Gilbert Scott got the job of designing Glasgow University's new campus, Glasgow has been more ambiguous than most cities about architects who come to visit, and then stay to build. The original buildings, dating back to the mid-sixteenth century, were sold off to a railway company and turned into a goods yard built on what would now be Grade A-listed rubble. Nor is it a city that has encouraged ...
  • AJ 18.11.99

    bdp Design has won the job to design the interiors of the £75 million Glasgow Science Centre. bdp is also designing the shell, currently under construction after its Glasgow office won a competition in 1995. The building is situated at the city's Pacific Quay, and includes an exhibition building, Imax theatre and 100m high tower concept- designed by Richard Horden Associates.
  • AJ 2/9.12.99 McAslan at Kelvingrove

    John McAslan and Partners' £830,000 competition entry for the Kelvin Link between Glasgow's University and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum triumphed last week ahead of 54 entries from across the UK.
  • AJ boosts reader services with online information

    The aj goes online today with the launch of AJPlus at Designed to complement rather than duplicate the magazine, AJPlus combines selected material from aj back issues with information which is unique to the website.
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  • AJ readers' festive first eleven

    The most remarkable thing about the entries to this year's AJ/Olympus Christmas Card Competition was the fact that 90 per cent of the entries missed the deadline, and the vast majority of them ignored the brief. That said, there were some gems, a few of which were (almost) on time. Our favourites are shown here. The five entries on this page each win an Olympus C960 zoom digital camera. The winner, Will Alsop, also receives copious quantities of champagne.
  • aj round up

  • aj round up

    Dropp is one of two new designs in Howe's corporate collection.
  • aj round up 100% design

    Still five weeks away, but already gaining momentum is the highlight of every designer's social calendar. Yes, 100% Design is approaching fast and, as usual, the exhibitor list reads like a who's who of the design world, featuring all the 100% regulars, plus a crop of newcomers including MDF, Flexform, Giorgetti and the Liverpool and Manchester Design Initiative.
  • aj round up spectrum

    For those who didn't make it to the Milan Furniture Fair, there is still Spectrum to look forward to in a couple of weeks. It might be just a fraction of the scale of the Milan Fair, but at least here most of the leg work has been done for you - all the companies at Spectrum are all there by invitation and should be showing high quality products with design-led, research-based backgrounds. Spectrum takes place at the Commonwealth Institute, Kensington High Street from 17 to 20 May. To pre-reg
  • AJ seminar at 100% Design

    Richard Murphy, Alfred Munkenbeck and James Soane will be discussing their work at an AJ seminar at 100% Design, at 18.00, Thursday, 5 October, Earl's Court 2.

    This is the final call for The Architects' Journal's Under £150k Small Projects competition. Schemes must have a contract value of less than £150,000, have been completed between 1 December 1998 and 1 December 2000, and be unpublished. Send drawings, publishable photographs (not laser copies) and a description of not more than 150 words to AJ Small Projects, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1 4GB by Monday 4 December.

    Construction Plus, the Internet portal which is the parent of AJ Plus, has won prizes for Best Internet Business Portal and Overall Best Business-to-Business Company from Internet Magazine.The panel of 13 judges branded the site 'fantastic', 'superb' and 'everything a business portal should be'.
  • alan powers

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  • All bets off

    Just who will win the Stirling Prize? The secret ballot takes place this Saturday afternoon, shortly before the big bash at the Science Museum.
  • All bets off

    The excitement of real betting on the Stirling for the first time was tempered by the disappointment of not being able to get a bet on two days before the announcement.

    The Architecture Foundation has appointed Nigel Coates, Frank Duffy and Simon Jenkins as its new trustees. It has also made key appointments to its core team.
  • All change at London's Elephant and Castle

    Three development teams last week took the wraps off controversial plans to demolish around 500 council homes as part of a £1 billion attempt to convert the Elephant & Castle in London into a vibrant urban centre.
  • All sorts of intrigue with Bassett genealogy

  • All systems go for Grimshaw's Space Centre

    Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners' National Space Science Centre in Leicester is all set for take-off.
  • All white London males for RIBA president?

  • Allies & Morrison

    Allies & Morrison has won the competition to design a highprofile £20 million mixed-use building on the fringe of Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester, beating off competition from Stanton Williams, Lifschutz Davidson, Stephenson/Bell and John McAslan & Partners. The commission is part of a masterplan by EDAW for the gardens and plaza buildings. The developer is Argent.
  • Allies & Morrison calls the tune on Horniman Museum

    Work is set to start next week on Allies & Morrison's £13.4 million rebuilding of the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill, London.
  • Allies and Morrison

    Allies and Morrison has unveiled its designs for the £60 million conversion of Arsenal FC's stadium at Highbury into more than 500 apartments. It submitted an application this month which shows how the Art Deco stands will be transformed into flats costing up to £750,000. The pitch will become a grid of tall hedges, planting and hard landscaping by Christopher BradleyHole, while the sacred turf will be transplanted to a new stadium at Ashburton Grove. The north and south stands will
  • Allies and Morrison lands £100m BBC White City job

    Allies and Morrison has brushed off challenges from John McAslan & Partners and Ian Ritchie Architects to win the commission for a new flagship office and broadcast centre for the BBC.

    Allies & Morrison Architects has submitted two separate planning applications for a £20 million building at Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester (AJ 22.6.00).The practice has produced one design featuring just offices with retail at ground level and a second scheme which includes either a hotel or serviced apartments.

  • Alsop & Stormer

    Alsop & Stormer has submitted a detailed planning application to rejuvenate the vacant Victoria House building in Bloomsbury Square, which it previously wanted to turn into the home for the Greater London Assembly. This time it is a £60 million project for client Garbe (UK) to create 20,000m 2of office space with new retail units on the ground floor and a restaurant and health club on the lower floors. Will Alsop said meeting rooms will be 'hung' in glass pods accessed via bridges, while
  • Alsop & Stormer

    This new 1:25 model of Alsop & Stormer’s 35 million c/PLEX building for West Bromwich will be on show at the Venice Architecture Biennale , which opens on Sunday. It shows the elevated internal street in the transparent leisure and education centre and brightly coloured pods - restaurants, cafes, shops and workshops.
  • Alsop & Stormer

    Alsop & Stormer has won planning permission for its £40 million c/PLEX project, to be built in the centre of West Bromwich. The building, to house a mix of cultural and arts businesses, will replace the town's bus station, which is being relocated to adjoin the Metro tram station. Alsop & Stormer displayed extensive models of the project - designed with wide public consultation - at the Venice Biennale last month. But the scheme will only go ahead if a bid for a significant portion of th
  • Alsop & Stormer

    Alsop & Stormer has been highly commended for this entry in the competition to design a new Oslo Opera House. The practice won a Purchase Award, worth £8,000. An egg-like plan by Sheppard Robson is also on show at an exhibition of the 200-plus international submissions.
  • Alsop & Stormer

    Alsop & Stormer has unveiled this photomontage of its new 18-storey multicoloured tower taking shape on the fast-changing Dusseldorf waterfront. The £11 million, 12,400m2 building will sit on the Speditionsstrasse peninsula. It comprises a 62m high tower clad with an intricate patchwork of coloured glass. Plant installation at roof level is in the form of a red light box cantilevering out over the water. The building, for private client Ibing Immobilien & Co Hochhaus, is set for completi
  • Alsop & Stormer

  • Alsop & Stormer beats big names in £33m contest

    Alsop & Stormer is planning to shake up the design of science research buildings with its latest commission, the £33 million Queen Mary's Medical and Dental School in Whitechapel, east London.

    Alsop & Stormer has changed its name to Alsop Architects after the break-up of practice principals Will Alsop and Jan Stormer. The two men will manage separate practices in London and Hamburg.
  • Alsop coming to America with £17m Toronto first

    Stirling prize winner Alsop & Stormer has struck gold for the second time in a fortnight by winning a competitive interview to design a new £17 million centre for art and design in Toronto, writes Sophie Kernon.
  • Alsop considers giant faces to adorn Blackfriars project

  • Alsop in £800m Rotterdam win

    Alsop & Stormer looked set to scoop the £800 million masterplanning brief for Rotterdam city centre ahead of Rem Koolhaas' practice oma and Foster & Partners as the aj went to press this week.


  • Alsop's aloof library lets down urban design

  • Alsop's presentation highlights frustrations

  • Altered States of America: Julius Shulman At the Photographers' Gallery

    Altered States of America: Julius Shulman At the Photographers’ Gallery, 5 Great Newport Street, London until 24 September, 2000

    AJ ENQUIRY No: 205

    AJ ENQUIRY No: 206
  • Aluminum by Design

    By Sarah Nichols et al. Carnegie Museum of Art/Abrams, 2000. 296pp. £48
  • Alun Michael defends Welsh Assembly's 'reasonable' cost

    Welsh first secretary Alun Michael has leapt to the defence of spiralling costs over Cardiff's proposed new Welsh Assembly building. Although it will now cost £22.8 million, not £12 million, it will, he says, still prove 'excellent value for money.'
  • Always a Welcome


    AJ ENQUIRY No: 206
  • 'Ambiente' modular house wins award


    AJ ENQUIRY No: 205
  • American Modern 1925-1940: Design for a New Age

  • American players make a strong team in Slough

  • American Ruins

    review By Camilo Jose Vergara. Monacelli Press, 1999. 224pp. £40

    AJ ENQUIRY No: 205

    AJ ENQUIRY No: 203
  • Americans celebrate the art of aluminium

    An exhibition called 'Aluminum by Design' has opened at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, US - appropriately enough, the birthplace of the American aluminium industry. It will go on tour around the US, albeit in an abbreviated form, before reaching London's Design Museum in October 2002. But those impatient for a view of a magnificent collection of architecture, automobiles, art and ephemera can treat themselves to the handsome book of the show, published by Abrams at £48. Pittsb
  • Amphibious Living

    Edited by Hans Venhuizen, Nai Publishers, Kunstgebouw, Foundation of Arts and Culture, South Holland, 2000.
  • An appeal for justice for local authority buyers

  • An architect cannot guarantee that your dream will come true

    Buildings, and houses in particular, are not just bricks and mortar: they can be the stuff of dreams to some. If the dream turns into a nightmare, because a negligent surveyor failed to detect the signs of structural movement, or because the dodgy builder bodged the extension, or because the architect was reckless as to budget, can disillusioned householders claim compensation for the distress and frustration of their rude awakening?
  • An architect's artist

    Ben Nicholson: The Vicious Circles of his Life and Art By Sarah Jane Checkland. John Murray, 2000. 486pp. £25
  • An artful way with death

    Soane's Favourite Subject: The Story of Dulwich Picture GalleryAn exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, London SE21 until 30 July
  • An 'elated' Julia Barfield and David Marks

  • An independent spirit

    Germaine Krull: Photographer of Modernityby Kim Sichel.MIT Press, 2000. 363pp. £40.50
  • An inspector calls

    Architects should consider the particular strengths of building inspectors and approved inspectors before selection
  • An ode to a supermarket - perfection and reality in one

    Getting down to work with a set of art historical tools on the unexploded bomb of architecture is the miracle regularly performed by the architectural critic. Never mind that the architecture regularly turns out to be the politics of development in disguise. Compared with building, criticism may be as futile as trying to make your car go faster with a whip, but it has the force of tradition behind it.
  • An open letter to Alex Reid from Paul Hyett

  • An original stand on design

    Architect Chaix & Morel gave a match-winning performance with its strikingly unique design at Amiens, northern France
  • Ancient + Modern

  • And Tony's cronies spoke: 'Thou shalt not criticise the Tate Modern!'

    It took great courage to praise the Tate Modern last week, but our corps of celebrities, politicos, critics, commentators and liggers rose to the occasion.
  • Andre's material world

    Carl Andre At the Whitechapel Art Gallery, 80 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 until 27 August
  • Andrew Wright searching for true sustainability

    Hardly has the term 'sustainability'entered the public vocabulary than it has become the convention to dismiss it as a 'buzzword'.While it is true that few people have much understanding about sustainability, due to the glaring lack of public education through mainstream media channels such as TV, the prevalent tone of irony adopted by the cognoscenti in speaking of the concept is a very easy way of brushing the issue under the carpet again.
  • Angelic shortlist

  • Anglia picks five...

  • Anglo-American invite

    The American Institute of Architects in London is calling for entries to its annual design award scheme. The competition is open to any UK-based architect or architect working in the UK.
  • Angry energy could be put to good use by RIAS

  • Angry resident threatens architects with violence

  • Anonymous box

  • Another Dome miscalculation?

    With Millennium Dome costs still in the spotlight, we look at the original decision to change the roofing material
  • Antique furniture versus work capsule- the decor debate goeson

    Perhaps it is just the time of year, but the old twocultures problem is showing up again. Two images are enough to give it away. One, in a property supplement, shows the corner of a pale blue room with a stuffed armchair, an alcove with shelves displaying a row of Spode serving plates, an open door showing a glimpse of bare floorboards, an old stand up radiator, and an antique clock on the wall.The other comes from an in-flight magazine. It is dominated by a glistening kryptonite kitchen work
  • Apathy over method of election weakens RIBA

  • Apicella in Glasgow

  • Apology


    Terence O'Rourke has won a planning appeal for a 55-unit housing development in Bournemouth. The £7.7 million scheme for Redrow Homes was rejected in March because it was too dense for the site, too tall and because of its 'unacceptable design'. The practice won its appeal without making alterations.

  • ARB accused of wasting money in conduct case

    The Architects' Registration Board (ARB) came under renewed fire for wasting time and money last week when it was forced to abandon a landmark professional conduct committee case due to lack of evidence.
  • ARB and RIBA agree schools validation deal - at last

    A new spirit of peace and calm descended on the relationship between the ARB and RIBA last week after the two parties finally agreed on a deal for how schools of architecture will be jointly validated. But it looks as if the years of struggle have been nothing more than legal representatives from both sides fighting costly battles over wording.
  • ARB and RIBA's historic partnership destroyed

  • ARB 'breached human rights'

    riba's adviser on arbitration and expert witness Ian Salisbury has accused the arb of breaking new human rights laws in the way it carried out a conduct case into Ingrid Mary Morris last week. And he has challenged the riba to launch a legal action against the board - even though Morris was cleared of all four charges against her by the board's professional conduct committee. Despite proving her innocence, Morris still faces a bill for an estimated £20,000 excluding her own time and stre
  • ARB charges dropped as misconduct case overruns

    The case of a Salisbury architect accused of nine charges of serious professional incompetence and unacceptable professional misconduct ran into its third day this week, despite the fact that four of the charges against him have been dropped.
  • ARB 'dissenters' get voted back on the board

  • ARB 'dissenters' get voted back on the board

  • ARB faces legal action over Ingrid Morris case

    Aggrieved architect Ingrid Morris is considering suing the Architects Registration Board for tens of thousands of pounds, writes Robert Booth.

    The ARB is set to ask architects to dig deep into their pockets once more for their retention fee - but it has been frozen at £55 for the year 2001. Payable by credit/debit card for the first time, the money is due by 31 March next year. ARB chief executive Robin Vaughan has written a letter to architects showing that the £55 is good value compared with fees for other regulators. These include the General Medical Council (£135), the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (£1
  • ARB has been consistent in attitude to education


    Jack Schneider of London-based practice, Schneider Design appeared before the Architects Registration Board professional conduct committee this week accused of serious professional incompetence. The case took place on Wednesday and Thursday after being postponed in May, and dealt with Schneider's involvement in a £280,000 refurbishment of a private house in Maida Vale.
  • ARB in registration card and board ballot paper 'cock-ups'

    The arb has been associated with two adminstrative 'cock-ups' in the past week which have prompted further bouts of impatience and frustration from the profession.
  • ARB man in the dock

    Sole practitioner Sean O'Mahoney was this week due to face the ARB's professional conduct committee. The Salisbury-based architect is facing a two-day hearing on charges of unacceptable professional conduct and the more serious charge, serious professional incompetence. O'Mahoney was unavailable to comment.
  • ARB owes Ingrid Morris a public apology


    The ARB has appointed Malcolm Nickolls, the former arcuk chairman, onto its board in order to make it quorate and fill a vacancy made by the recent high-profile resignations of architects. In a statement the arb said it could do so through 'exercising its powers under paragraph 6 of schedule 1 of the Architects Act 1997' and will also make further appointments. Nickolls played a critical role in the reforms made by the Architects Act 1997, which led to the creation of the arb. But the arb pre
  • ARB plans legal-aid initiative to protect against spiralling costs

    The Architects Registration Board (ARB) is planning to offer architects protection against legal costs if they are brought before the regulator's disciplinary panel. The protection would cost between £5 and £20 per year as an extension to existing professional indemnity insurance.
  • ARB pleases no-one with disciplinary procedures

  • 'ARB prejudiced my conduct case'

    An architect facing a charge of serious professional incompetence has accused the Architects Registration Board of seriously prejudicing his case before he was due to face arb's professional conduct committee this week.
  • ARB preying on the weakest of the pack


    The ARB has confirmed that it will not accept applications for registration from UK architects without Part 3 qualifications, despite the fact that it is obliged to register architects from other parts of the European Union without this qualification (AJ 27.7.00). 'The content and nature of the Part 3 examination play a fundamental role in ensuring that architects in this country are fully equipped to practice and on this basis, the ARB will defend the [Architect's] Act and insist that Part 3
  • ARB rules out expansionism as resignations continue

    Future Systems' partner Amanda Levete has resigned from the ruling council of the Architects Registration Board for the second time.
  • ARB rushes in new 'legal eagle' chief executive

  • ARB set to get tough on unqualified architects

    The Architects Registration Board is to get tough on architects attempting to practice without a Part 3 professional qualification.
  • ARB shambles as Golding dropped

  • ARB should get its act together or get out of the way

    Were the Architects Registration Board a commercial company, heads would surely have rolled. When a current and past president of the riba, a Royal Gold Medallist, and the latest Stirling Prize winner, resign in disgust over the behaviour of the board and its leadership, it is time for the leadership to accept that it has failed.

    Edinburgh architect David McGill of McGill & Co will next week appear before the ARB's professional conduct committee charged with unacceptable professional conduct. He is at the centre of complaints by an Edinburgh trust which manages property in the city. The trust accuses him of failing to produce a detailed summary of how the budget for the refurbishment of a tenement block was spent. 'There is no disputing the work was done or done properly,' McGill said.
  • ARB to urge Raynsford for law change on misuse of title

    The Architects Registration Board (ARB) is to step up its efforts to change the Architects Act 1997 and clamp down on the misuse of the title 'architect'.
  • Arbitration brings massive change to culture once bent on litigation

    legal matters
  • Arbitration picnic doesn't mean litigation cake is off the menu

    The Housing Grants Act says that a party to a construction contract has the right to refer a dispute to adjudication 'at any time'.What does this mean? The new statutory concoction of adjudication was, of course, first cooked up by Sir Michael Latham in his report into trouble-free construction procurement.

  • Archeire

    'The foremost architect practising in Ireland in the twentieth century, ' is how the Google search engine (see AJ 24.2.00) summarises this bit of the Archeire site. Slightly confusingly the last bit of text in this entry on Michael Scott actually reads 'Scott was a lousy architect; his judgement was pretty good but his ideas were pretty poor.'
  • Archigram

  • Archigram

    Archigram Edited by Peter Cook.Princeton ArchitecturalPress,1999.144pp. £21.95
  • Archigram founders Peter Cook and Colin Fournier

  • Architect attacks 'racist' planners

    The architect of a planned £120 million arts centre for ethnic minorities in north London has accused the capital's planning authorities of 'institutional racism' after the scheme was controversially shelved last month.
  • Architect held at gunpoint on Rwandan reconstruction

    A British architect was dragged from his car and threatened at gunpoint by Rwandan militia-men while rebuilding a government facility following the 1994 civil war, it emerged this week as the building was completed.

    An architect has been elected chairman of council of Epping Forest District Council. Ron Heath, who for the past six years has been chairman of the council's development committee, has been elected to serve until 2001, and is the first practising architect to hold the post since the authority was founded in its present form in 1974.
  • 'Architect' title can be a sensitive subject

  • Architect vows to fight ruling after ARB misconduct wrap

    Geoffrey Tournoff, a sole practitioner from Farnham, Surrey, has been fined £800 by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for lying to a client and failing to work to a written contract.
  • Architect: A Legacy of Style

    This carefully staged scene of Beverly Hills nightlife is from Paul R Williams Architect: A Legacy of Style (Rizzoli, £25). Designing houses for stars such as Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball, along with restaurants, schools, medical centres and the occasional Brasilia-like fantasy of a Modernist future, stylistic chameleon Williams was clearly Hollywood's Oliver Hill.
  • Architects are becoming ever more desirable


    Will Alsop and Zaha Hadid have been lined up to talk about the relationship between their work and installation, performance and visual arts during a three-day lecture series hosted by the Tate Modern in November. The duo will join a distinguished panel of international artists and architects at the Performance Architecture event, 10-12 November. Tickets cost £60 (£45 concessions).Call 020 7887 8888.
  • Architects back MPs in fight against out-of-town shopping

    Architects and planners have thrown their weight behind a committee of mps which last week warned that a government U-turn on planning restrictions on out-of-town supermarkets would spell disaster for the vitality of town centres.
  • Architects deliver despite chaos all around


  • Architects going cheap, clients even cheaper

  • Architects handed amnesty on unlicensed software


    Thirty-two well known architects, designers and commentators - one in each capsule - are set to kick off Architecture Week on 9 June from the London Eye.
  • Architects in Housing

    Architects in Housing, which champions the value of design in new homes, has established a reputation for spotlighting quality examples of residential construction and planning.
  • Architects' Journal's Under £150k Small Projects 2001.

    Entries are invited for The Architects' Journal's Under £150k Small Projects 2001. Schemes must have a contract value of under £150,000, have been completed between 1 December 1998 and 1 December 2000, and be unpublished.
  • Architects 'lagging behind' in information technology

    A group of major practices has warned that architects are falling years behind the rest of the design industry in the use of computer technology.
  • Architects left out of attempts to cut down crime by design


    The 150 largest architecture practices are losing £15 million a year through poor project accounting, according to software suppliers.
  • Architects must not wobble on footbridge repair responsibility

    If Lord Foster looks carefully through binoculars from his Thameside offices, he will see a long-redundant sign instructing soldiers marching towards Chelsea Barracks to 'break step', just as Roman Centurions did when crossing bridges, in order to mitigate the effect of marching in unison. It is therefore all the more surprising that this problem was not properly anticipated in the design of the 'bridge of fright'.
  • Architects offer advice on office makeovers for charity

    Hundreds of architects have been lined up to give one-off consultations to businesses on their office designs under a new 'Architect in the Office' initiative taking place during Architecture Week.
  • Architects Registration Board

    The Architects Registration Board is a significant body which over time should establish a reputation for fairness and competence. The parochial fuss will die down. But the sideways effects of recent world events will be harder to shrug off. The announcement by Bill Gates that he has stepped down as Chief Executive of Microsoft, the world's most powerful corporation, occupied the front page of the Financial Times. And rightly so. When Bill Gates sneezes, the world catches a cold. But the seco
  • Architects re-interpreting the theories of Semper

  • Architects slam Prescott's 'simplistic' greenfield tax...

    Architects have attacked as simplistic a government plan to slap a £500 million annual tax on new greenfield housing.
  • Architects told to try harder to meet their clients'needs

    Architects must get much closer to their clients and understand their businesses properly if they are to prosper.
  • Architects vie for major new Milton Keynes masterplan

    English Partnerships has shortlisted eight architects for a new masterplan of central Milton Keynes, 28 years after its original design was produced. Richard Rogers Partnership, Terry Farrell and Partners, Sheppard Robson, Patel Taylor Architects, EDAW, PRP Architects, Urban Strategies and Buro Happold have been shortlisted as lead consultants managing a team of sub-consultants. Both RRP and Buro Happold are working with Dutch landscape architect West 8.
  • Architectural Association re-elects chairman Mostafavi

  • Architectural evangelism

    This small but dynamic church extension is also a demonstration project for an innovative flooring system
  • architectural lighting

    iGuzzini's new website


    AJ ENQUIRY No: 205
  • Architectural students must be properly equipped to practise

    In deciding whether a professional has acted negligently, the standard against which courts measure performance is that of a reasonably competent person acting in that field. So think carefully before you claim skill or knowledge that is beyond that expected of an architect of 'average' competence, and do not let your ego override your interests! It is surprising that professional indemnity companies do not increase premiums for architects claiming special expertise - but that is another issu
  • Architecture centres - relevant and popular


    Teachers and architects interested in education on the built environment are invited to a workshop on how the subject can be taught in schools and European approaches to the topic.
  • Architecture interpreted on the move

    The restless world of it appears always to be focused on the new, without ever quite digesting the previously new. Proliferation outstrips integration. Because novelty makes headlines. Because being first to market is important in it where imitation is relatively easy. Because integration often needs standards, which evolve slowly.
  • Architecture isn't always for the squeamish

    While operations for bladder tumour removal and colonoscopy may make instructive Internet viewing, you download videos of cataract removal and hip resurfacing at your peril. 'Not for the squeamish,' you are warned in appropriately blood-red type, even the low-resolution versions.
  • Architecture needs freedom to flourish


    Soon to be finished, this is a major link between the junior and senior sections of Springhill Catholic primary school in Southampton.
  • Architecture schools face looming recruitment 'crisis'

  • Architecture students can't afford the copies

  • Architecture: Blair's new baby

    Prime minister Tony Blair is to take advantage of what the Cabinet Office described as his 'personal interest in the area' by endorsing design quality 'as a key component of value for money'.The prime minister's project will figure as the next stage of work for a new, high-profile ministerial group which last week set out a four-point plan aimed at forcing government departments - and eventually local authorities - to act as exemplary clients.
  • Are you sitting sensibly? The Chair By Galen Cranz. W W Norton, 1998. 288pp. £9.95

  • Arguing the case for space versus speed: did we get it wrong?

    Years ago I used to dream of running a seaside boarding house. Not the kind with a nosy landlady and notices everywhere about turning off the lights, but a hi-tech, self-catering, fast-throughput, miniaturised, unisex, one-class-only boarding house accommodating twice as many people in half as much space.

    CABE chairman and Stanhope chief executive Stuart Lipton was knighted last week for services to the property industry and to the environment. He welcomed the award and said: 'The honour affirms the fact that the built environment is increasingly being seen as a national asset which must be innovatively and thoughtfully developed.' Cambridge University professor of architecture Peter Carolin and chairman of the Construction Industry Board Christopher Vickers received CBEs, while Habitat design
  • Armagh arts centre takes a bow

    Armagh's £6 million theatre and arts centre officially opened to the public on 29 April. Designed by Glenn Howells Architects for Armagh City and District Council, the project includes a 400-seat main auditorium, a 150-seat studio theatre, art studios, an art gallery, workshops, cafe-bars and a restaurant.
  • Arm's way

    Aleading City architect tells me what office clients want these days. 'They just glaze over if you start telling them they don't necessarily need all that raised floor stuff. What they really want to hear is that you understand how design can help the ARM process.' And what does ARM stand for? 'Attract, Retain and Motivate'.

    AJ ENQUIRY No: 203

  • Arsenal

    Premiership football club Arsenal has submitted plans for this 60,000 seater stadium to be built at Ashburton Grove, about half a mile from the club's current Highbury home in north London. Described by HOK Sport's Rod Sheard as representing 'the most beautiful stadium in the world', the scheme will cost a total of £250 million, half of which will be on the stadium. The other £125 million will go on relocation costs for depots currently on the site while there are also plans for Isl
  • Arsenal goes for HOK


    Arsenal Football Club has revealed that its housing plans by Allies & Morrison (A&M) for its traditional Highbury home will keep the pitch intact when the club leaves for a new stadium at London's Ashburton Grove. The club said it is retaining its east and west stands and converting each of them into 60 residential apartments, overlooking a central green space. The north and south stands will be demolished and replaced with about 200 more apartments, while A&M is also looking at creating a me
  • Art and industry

    Space Framed: Richard Gluckman Architect Essay by Hal Foster.Monacelli Press, 2000. 240pp. £35
  • Art Deco bingo hall goes rubber for clubbers

    Harper Mackay spin-off HM2 has won planning permission and listed building consent to convert a disused 1934 Gaumont Odeon in north London into a nightclub. The Grade II*-listed Wood Green cinema has stood empty for four years following a stint as a bingo hall and now leisure operator Po Na Na is planning to spend almost £1 million on bringing it back into use.
  • Art in the frame in Glasgow's Easterhouse

    Gareth Hoskins Architects has unveiled its designs for a new £3.45 million arts centre in the deprived Easterhouse area of Glasgow. The practice beat Page & Park, Richard Murphy Architects, RMJM and The Parr Partnership in the competition to win the 3,000m 2project which aims to provide the area with a crucial focal point.
  • ART IN THE PARK 2000

    The eighteenth-century landscape of Compton Verney in Warwickshire is the setting for 'Art in the Park 2000', which features installations by two artists, Simon Patterson and Anya Gallaccio. Compton Verney is near Kineton; its grounds will be open every day until 28 August. Details 01926 645500.
  • Artist Gerry Judah

    Artist Gerry Judah has completed and installed a sculptural new footbridge over a floodwall in Woolwich as part of the Thames River Walk. The £105,000 bridge, designed for the Woolwich Dockyard Estate with structural engineers Ingealtoir, accommodates a cantilevered viewing platform giving views out towards the Dome and Thames Barrier. It was commissioned by Sustrans with a Millennium Commission Sculpture Grant as part of the National Cycle Network Public Arts Programme, and is of white
  • Artist Johnston unveils Reiach & Hall studio

    Internationally acclaimed artist Alan Johnston has used buildings around the world as the backdrop for his installations, but the next piece of architecture to play host to his work looks set to be located no further than the bottom of his Edinburgh garden.
  • Artist Vong Phaophanit

    Artist Vong Phaophanit's proposed contribution to Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners' Bath Spa project has now been revealed - an installation of water and steam in front of Thomas Baldwin's Cross Bath of c.1784, possibly extending up colonnaded Bath Street to the shops of Stall Street. For 10 minutes every hour, tiny concealed nozzles in the road will emit fine jets of warm water, rising to knee height. In the winter, with the jets kept lower, the installation will resemble 'a carpet of steam', wh

    The Arts Council is recruiting for a new post of senior architect to lead its policy in the area and assess Lottery projects in a 'significant' expanded role. The new officer will take responsibility for assessment of architecture components of the new Arts Capital Programme and built environment initiatives.
  • Artists in residence

    The white walls of two newly restored, semi-detached houses in Dessau by Walter Gropius conceal complex decorative schemes by the first occupants, Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee . Photographs by Roderick Coyne

    Alsop & Stormer's c/PLEX multimedia arts centre in West Bromwich received a £1 million boost this week when the Arts Council of England granted it Lottery funding as part of its latest capital award list. The £40 million building already has planning permission, and the cash will be used to fine tune the design, according to c/PLEX director of operations Sarah Keele. The project team will submit an application to the Arts Council in December for around half the project cost and aims
  • Arts Council rings in Bell


    Canadian-based practice Reich+ Petch has launched its new £1.2 million Artworks attraction at The Lowry in Salford Quays. The practice has installed a two-storey structure in the Michael Wilford and Partners building, to house art installations, sculptures and multimedia exhibits.
  • Arty party

  • Arup Associates

    Arup Associates has revealed this new image of its proposed 25,000-seater stadium for Hull. The £28 million scheme, which has outline planning permission for a parkland site near the city's centre, is served by a local rail link and has an asymmetric stand design to maximise views.The stadium for Hull City Council incorporates cafes and restaurants, a gym, executive boxes, a sports injuries clinic and even a library for community use. It is designed to cater for rugby and football, and f


    Ove Arup Partnership has decided to end confusion about the subtle variations in the names of its subsidiaries by calling all of them Arup. The only branch to keep its existing title is the architecture division, Arup Associates.

    Arup has been picked by Dartford Borough Council to draw up environmental guidance for the Thames Gateway area to the east of London, one of a number of areas of massive residential expansion that have been earmarked by the government. The practice's environmental arm, headed by former Urban Task Force member Lorna Walker, will lead the study, which will culminate in supplementary planning guidelines for the Thames Gateway area in spring 2001.
  • Arup takes aim at appraisals with SPeAR of sustainability

    Arup Environmental has launched its bid for the sustainability index market with Sustainable Project Appraisal Routine (SPeAR).Based around the recent DETR publication, A Better Quality of Life: A Strategy for Sustainable Development, the SPeAR project is intended to simplify the process of balancing the various aspects of sustainability in a simple, recognisable format.


    Arup Associates has completed this illuminated beacon (pictured) to highlight a new marketing suite it has also designed for the site of its Plantation Place scheme for British Land.The six-storey-high glass and steel beacon marks the entrance to the site in the City, appearing by day as translucent discs held by stainless steel rods, but by night seeming to hover in the air without structure. The 27m beacon sits on a limestone podium leading to the new marketing suite, itself designed as an

    Canada has appealed against the World Trade Organisation ruling that had rejected its claim that a French ban on the use of white asbestos broke global trade laws, writes Keith Nuthall. Ottawa is claiming that a WTO disputes panel incorrectly interpreted the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade. Since 1997, the French government has banned the production, sale, import and use of white asbestos. It had already banned blue asbestos. The case could clear the way for a European Union-wide ban

    The £1.5 million Hothouse for Free Form Arts Trust includes working and living spaces for artists, workshops, and training and conference space. It is being designed for a brownfield site on the edge of Hackney's London Fields. The boomerang-shaped site suggested a floor of offices overlooking London Fields with three penthouse flats above.The ends and corner of the site are marked by single-storey glass structures, one of which is a cafe with a cherry tree growing through the glass roof
  • Ash Sakula Architects

  • Ask Le Corbusier: architect of the last century, prophet of this one

    In a week that started with heavy doses of the problem of the bouncy bridge - structure too light - and then moved on to the price-busting Royal wardrobes that needed floor reinforcement at Buckingham Palace - structure too heavy - there seemed no alternative for a recusant Modernist but to call for a return to proper box girder bridges, and indulge in a quick re-reading of Le Corbusier, in translation of course.
  • Assael Architecture

  • Assael Architecture

  • Assael Architecture

    London-based Assael Architecture has won planning permission for this 25-storey residential tower in central Manchester. The £35 million scheme with developer Nicholson Estates will consist of 237 privately-owned apartments and will be slotted between the Grade II-listed Great Northern Warehouse and the G-Mex centre. Work on the building - which has echoes of Richard Rogers' Montevetro scheme in Battersea, London - is set to start this month and will be complete in 2002.

    Assael Architecture has been granted planning permission for a £25 million mixed-use riverside development along the Albert Embankment in London. The London Borough of Lambeth awarded permission for the scheme, which will convert the former headquarters of British Steel into housing, with a leisure centre and some office space at basement and ground floor levels.
  • Asserting humanist principles to meet the needs of the many

    The Union of International Architects (UIA) has selected the themes of humanity, quality and ability as the three core concepts that will inform its policies and strategies as it seeks to project the essential contribution of the architect in creating the modern world.
  • astragal

    Good news for all those with particularly dodgy clients. Among the thousands of products on show at the upcoming Interbuild in Birmingham (21-25 May) is the Rite Door. It offers protection from fire, bullets, and the odd axe-wielding maniac. Call Adams Rite on 01322 669211 for more information.
  • astragal Any answers?

    Marco Goldschmied is pursuing an increasingly high profile as riba president, not least by appearing on Any Questions next month. The date is 26 May, the venue Liverpool, and fellow panellists include the Bishop of Liverpool and Labour rebel mp Peter Kilfoyle. Astragal's key question would be: what exactly happened when about-to-retire director-general Alex Reid 'sacked' communications director Roula Konzotis, and then took her back again within a week? Apparently Marco had a choice of dates
  • astragal Arb-itrary moves?

    Not content with Ian Salisbury's deeply serious gripe last week that the ARB transgressed human rights legislation in the way it conducted a case against Ingrid Morris last week, Morris' other representative, one Stephen Fairburn from Ian Healy and Co, has now chimed in on another serious matter. The ARB, he claims, was actually in contravention of the Woolfe reforms as well. This, he says, is because the board did not set out the case in sufficient detail beforehand for the defendant (as Woo
  • Astragal Born to it

    The number of architect baronets is minuscule, so Astragal is pleased to learn of an addition, following the death of the journalist Sir Ronald Preston last year. His cousin Philip Preston, an architect living in France, has become the eighth holder of the title. He joins a small band including veteran Sir Martyn Beckett, and eligible bachelor Tom Croft, Sir Thomas in private life. It will be remembered that the only architects raised to the hereditary peerage were both baronets: Sir Thomas G
  • astragal Bowled over

    Sir Jocelyn Stevens memorably described the proposed design for new war memorial gates at Hyde Park Corner as a 'world joke'. But we have heard little of a further planned addition to this major London site, where English Heritage is trying to maintain a semblance of dignity and decorum. This is unlikely to be helped by an extraordinary sculpture, known as 'Animals at War', which is supposed to be a reminder of the contribution made by our dumb friends to various military efforts. For reasons
  • Astragal Classic ending

    Do you remember the Arup Associates competition winner for the redevelopment of Paternoster Square, masterminded by Sir Philip Dowson and Peter Foggo? If so you will also remember the rival scheme, designed by John Simpson, illustrated with Carl Laubin choirboys, and presented as the Prince Charles alternative. Arup's was eventually ousted, leading to a long and complicated saga of ownership and redesign. In the various subsequent schemes, Simpson always managed to keep some presence; in the
  • astragal Density lives

    Housing and construction minister Nick Raynsford set the cat amongst the pigeons last week, with his demand for greater housing density, higher design quality, and planning authorities who are prepared to say no if the designs are no good. Doubtless, he discussed all this with his opposite number at the Department of Culture, Alan Howarth, but there remains a problem of having architecture handled by one government department and planning by another.
  • astragal Exchange & Mart

    A book arrives with the intriguing title Mart Stam's Trousers (010 Publishers, £16). It includes an interview with Peter Smithson, explaining all. The phrase refers to a rare photograph of Le Corbusier, Mies and Stam, subsequently doctored Stalinist-style to remove Stam, presumably considered architecturally incorrect. But, for the sharp-sighted, his trousered leg remains faintly visible! Historians of Modernism, take care.
  • Astragal exhibits a welcome understanding

  • Astragal First fence

    Another John Simpson project, also backed by the Prince of Wales, has bitten the dust before getting started. He was one of three finalists in the competition to design a set of memorial gates at Hyde Park Corner, but didn't make the cut. Runner-up in the competition is Will Alsop; the winner is the former architectural adviser to John Gummer, Liam O'Connor. Classicism, apparently, still rules.
  • Astragal Fun followers

    Based in Riverside, California, something called the Court of Architecture is promoting a design competition called sex. But don't worry, the competition, say the organisers, is actually about Secession. No, not as in Vienna, but as in an imagined vote to split up la, thereby creating a new city of 1.6 million in the San Fernando Valley, and the biggest secession since the Civil War. 'This is a political, not an erotic, architecture competition. This is a fantasy about ideas of pleasure and p
  • astragal Going by the book

    Yes, they do exist - Visionary Clients for New Architecture, the title of a book from Prestel (£14.95). It has contributions from Thomas Krens, Gehry's Guggenheim Bilbao patron, and Rolf Fehlbaum, whose Vitra complex in Weil-am-Rhein includes designs by Tadao Ando, Nick Grimshaw and Zaha Hadid. Decide for yourself, though, whether LA developer Frederick Samitaur Smith, commissioner of buildings by Eric Owen Moss, is the client from heaven or hell. 'Fortunately, the day we met Moss was re
  • astragal Green schools

    It was surprising that so little has been reported nationally about the highly significant decision taken by riba Council two weeks ago: that sustainability issues should be put firmly on the curriculum of schools of architecture. President Marco Goldschmied has made sustainability a key theme of his presidency, and the council is obviously taking it seriously. Presumably the Architects Registration Board will get round to backing the idea when it finally comes to its senses. A big exhibition
  • Astragal Hard boiled

    Would Sir John have approved? The Soane Museum Kitchen Lecture, taking place in the Old Kitchen on 8 March, will be given by Cedric Price. Tickets (if any are left) from 020 7430 0175. The title is something of a classic: 'Boiling potatoes is a useful, imaginative and humane act. Can architects match such a performance?' We can only hope so.
  • astragal Help the aged

    Strictly for older readers: don't be embarrassed when you keep forgetting people's names; just explain that you suffer from the newly fashionable condition 'nominal aphasia'. This manifests itself as a 'senior moment'; another is when you are tying your shoelaces and you think: 'While I am down here, is there anything else l should be doing?'
  • astragal Hot stuff

    Exciting information from the 20th Century Society Winter Newsletter: 'It is undeniable that the 20th Century has ended'. It seems so long ago.
  • astragal Indy label

    Speculation about the future of Deyan Sudjic, following his success running the Glasgow City of Architecture programme, continues. He is already involved in the Architecture Foundation, but is now said to be returning to journalistic roots, taking over as architectural editor at the Independent. Nonie Niesewand, who replaced Jonathan Glancey when he defected from the Indy to the Guardian, is seeking pastures new.
  • astragal No plans please

    The Museum of London has got it in for planning. Its current exhibition on the future of London includes three waste-paper baskets: one contains a copy of the Abercrombie Plan, another the Greater London Development plan, and the last a copy of Richard Rogers' Urban Task Force report. Perhaps the curators think the capital can grow organically, though the idea of an unplanned Underground extension strikes one as odd. Do they plan their exhibitions or just wait for them to happen?
  • Astragal Point of view

    Surely it can only be a matter of time before certain views from the Marks Barfield wheel are protected? Astragal was saving this up as an April Fool, but had no sooner done so than in comes a flyer for a conference on 'London Views', organised by the London Historic Parks and Gardens Trust. Taking place on 9 March, speakers include heavyweights Hal Moggridge, Kim Wilkie and Terry Farrell (details 020 8942 0177). The aim of the conference is 'to focus attention on the importance of preserving
  • astragal Space saved

    Man of the moment Rick Mather is gearing up for public presentations of his proposals for the South Bank later this month. Indications are that the Hayward Gallery will be saved from demolition in his masterplanning concept - a smart move which will take much of the sting out of the inevitable controversy likely to accompany the proposals. Also included is Paul Hyett's idea for a tunnel resting on the river bed, connecting Embankment tube to a station entrance close to the Royal Festival Hall
  • astragal Studio vistas

    Imagine taking a slice of Covent Garden and putting it down in Shoreditch, gushes the London Evening Standard in an article about Gainsborough Studios, a new residential scheme by Munckenbeck & Marshall on the site where Alfred Hitchcock began his career. The scheme, featuring 12-storey stainless steel blades running up the building, also includes a thoroughly modern film studio. But this is not the only scheme in town based on film history. Over in West London, loft development king Harry Ha
  • astragal Too challenged

    The genius students appearing for Christchurch (Oxford) and Umist ran into trouble last week when architecture made one of its rare appearances on University Challenge. Images of Libeskind's Jewish Museum in Berlin, Corb's Ronchamp and Pelli's Petronas Towers were flashed up in front of tomorrow's world leaders. Not one of them could name a single building or architect.
  • Astragal Writ pending

    RIBA president Marco Goldschmied is pondering what to do over the extraordinary outburst by that crashing bore Malcolm Nickolls, the patsy parachuted onto the Architects Registration Board by an inquorate council. Nickolls it was who compared Marco to the Romanian dictator Ceaucescu, a grossly defamatory statement from an old fool who should have been put out to grass years ago. Marco was on good form at the rics annual dinner but a cloud passed over his face as I mentioned Nickolls. He has a
  • astragal You've been . . .

    Agreat deal of talk at the riba concerning the future of the presidential portraits, a fine collection of men with whiskers, which adorn various walls at No 66. They represent a potted history of architecture as well as the institute, and include some decent artists (Patrick Heron's Michael Manser, for instance). Alas, the idea that somewhere lurking is a forgotten masterpiece which will make the institute a fortune seem unfounded. The last valuation of the collection suggested that the portr
  • Asymmetry and professionalism: the case for protection

    I recently presented evidence to the Australian Productivity Commission which has been carrying out an inquiry into the regulation of architects. As in the UK, the title of 'architect' is protected, but the function of architecture is not. Daft really, for as I have long argued, protection of title is useless without protection of function as enjoyed by the legal and medical professions in both the UK and Australia.
  • At the cutting edge

    Scott Brownrigg & Turner's new headquarters for Computacenter at Hatfield Business Park turns the traditionally uninspiring concept of warehouse design on its head
  • At the water's edge

  • Athletics bodies race for London Olympics venue

  • Attack! Attack!

  • Audley English Associates

    London-based practice Audley English Associates has received planning permission for a £1.3 million social housing project on Helena Road in Newham, London. The four-building scheme for the Ujima Housing Association uses modular building techniques and consists of eight threebedroom apartments and 12 two-bedroom apartments. Materials include a long-lasting zinc roof and low-maintenance cedar cladding. The blocks look out onto a communal garden.

    The first phase of redevelopment at Surrey Institute of Art and Design at Epsom is this 2100m 2, £2.8 million library and learning resource centre.

    Aukett Associates has celebrated its rebranding as Aukett Europe by announcing a pre-tax profit increase of 55 per cent for the six months to the end of March. The boost in profits came despite only a small increase in turnover over the half-year period, from £8.1 million to £9.2 million. Profits were £950,000. The practice has offices in 12 cities in Europe and £231,000 of the company's profits were generated by the operations of subsidiaries and joint ventures in mainlan
  • Aukett's £140m win

    A £140 million mixed-use scheme by Michael Aukett Architects in Hounslow got the green light last week when deputy prime minister John Prescott refused to call it in for a public inquiry. The project, which boasts 20,000m2 of retail floorspace, a hotel, offices and residential facilities, is expected to be completed on the town's 6ha 'Key Site One' by early 2004. The complex will also include a 10-screen multiplex cinema and 1,200m2 of bars and restaurants.
  • Auld Reekie's new village

    Richard Murphy Architects has completed the 'Dublin Colonies', a £1.6 million housing project for the Burrell Company and EDI in Edinburgh's New Town. The development consists of six two-storey houses and 22 flats arranged to echo the footprint of the buildings which previously occupied the site. This layout is thought to predate the New Town's construction, and by adopting it in the new development the architect sought to create the spirit of an organically planned village - the antithe
  • Aussies rule

    Australian Architecture Now By Davina Jackson and Chris Johnson. Thames & Hudson, 2000. 264pp. £39.95

    The completion of Wembley Stadium will be delayed by almost a year after a new contractor was appointed this week. The £475 million stadium will now be open in early 2004 rather than for the 2003 FACup Final. Multiplex, the builder of Stadium Australia, has taken on the project at a contract price of £326. 5 million after its consortium partner Bovis was dropped.
  • Austin-Smith

    Lord's £12 million, Lottery-backed extension and refurbishment of the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester (pictured above) opened to the public last week after an official launch by culture secretary Chris Smith. The scheme includes a new glazed entrance with a shop, a restaurant, and storage and workshop spaces with new galleries to come in 2001 and 2002 and a conference centre before that in September.
  • Austral Eden: 200 Years of Australian Architecture

    Patrick Bingham-Hall. The Watermark Press, 1999. 256pp. £22.50. (Distributed by Windsor Books International 01865 361122)

    Two architecture students at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen have won an international competition to design a housing scheme in Graz, Austria's second city. Milkus Stotzka, 24, from Germany, and Christian Struber, 23, from Austria, won the competition which was open to practising architects, graduates and students across Europe. The university's Scott Sutherland School of Architecture students fought off challenges from 167 entries. The scheme will be constructed as a demonstration
  • Authority to question

    PPG3's emphasis on design and density gives authoritiesmore scope to examine parking provision and permission renewals
  • AutoCAD 2000i

  • Avanti updates Lubetkin's Wynford House

    Culture secretary and Berthold Lubetkin fan Chris Smith is set to officially open Avanti Architects' £7million million refurbishment of the Lubetkin and Tecton-designed former local authority block, Priory Heights, in his Islington constituency next month.
  • Avery strikes gold in Barking town square

    Avery Associates with development team Urban Catalysts has won Barking and Dagenham Borough Council's competition with its design to revitalise Barking's town square (aj 10.02.00 and 9.3.00). The £20 million winning scheme includes a wide range of uses from residential and retail to education, health and leisure. The proposed buildings form an 'open' canopied mall linking shopping in Ripple Road to East Street via the new town square to complete a circuit within the town centre. The town
  • Avery strikes gold in Barking town square

    Avery Associates with development team Urban Catalysts has won Barking and Dagenham Borough Council's competition with its design to revitalise Barking's town square (AJ 10.02.00 and 9.3.00). The £20 million winning scheme includes a wide range of uses from residential and retail to education, health and leisure. The proposed buildings form an 'open' canopied mall linking shopping in Ripple Road to East Street via the new town square to complete a circuit within the town centre. The town

    Avery Associates has won the competition to transform Barking town square (aj 10.2.00) as part of development team Urban Catalyst. The £20 million scheme includes housing, retail, leisure facilities, a library and public outdoor areas. Avery Associates is working with landscape architect Gustafson Porter and artist Shelagh Wakeley. It beat teams from Alsop and Stormer, Panter Hudspith, and McAllister's.
  • Avoid the roundabout way to regeneration

  • Awards watch

    Tuesday 28 November sees the climax of the BDA's Brick Awards 2000, with a gala ceremony at the Cafe Royal in London to announce the winners.
  • Away from bad practice to a site that clicks

    Tim Gough of Austin Winkley has e-mailed accusing me of 'turning your apparent inability to use a web search engine into a story'. I quite like that: it is a bit like accusing someone who has just slipped on a badly constructed step of an inability to climb stairs. Gough is the chap who got a job from the RIBA's directory of services and gets client contacts, 'some of them first rate and tightly targeted to the services we provide', he writes.
  • Axis Design Collective

    Birmingham-based Axis Design Collective has unveiled this masterplan to redevelop the Irish quarter of Britain's second city following a research study. Traditionally the Digbeth Road area of the city was where Irish immigrants settled.
  • B Consultants secure planning permission

    B Consultants has secured planning permission for a rooftop extension which it says 'fuses spectacular views and technology with a new way of living in a machine-crafted dwelling'. The scheme sits above a Victorian warehouse block in Southwark Bridge Road in London and features a polycarbonate and aluminium 'eye' facade, behind which are a series of living spaces. Energy systems include solar thermal pipes in the roof to heat hot water and a ventilation system which uses a dual stack and cros
  • BAA attacks professional insurance for culture of blame

    Airports operator and £400-million-a-year construction client BAA last week criticised architects' use of professional indemnity insurance (PII) as a 'cop out' and 'unhelpfu l' .

    Planning and housing minister Nick Raynsford is to speak at an Architects in Housing conference on the 'Resurgence of the Terraced Home' at Sadler's Wells, London on 29 November. Speakers include Stefan Muthesius, author of The English Terraced House, Richard Feilden and Piers Gough. Tickets cost £200 plus VAT . Call 020 7482 8030 for more details.
  • Back on track

    The Manser Practice and Conran & Partners have transformed the Great Eastern at Liverpool Street station into a modern hotel which retains its Victorian splendour

    Central St Martins College of Art and Design is looking for an architect to design new and refurbished buildings on its Holborn Campus in central London. The art school is planning an envelope which allows 20,000m2 of space. Twelve practices will be interviewed and six chosen to enter a design competition with a £10,000 honorarium.
  • Bad timing

    Typically, the RIBA contrived to hold its Gold Medal event at the Banqueting House on the same evening as the BCIA awards night, thereby suggesting that architects are a bunch of bow ties with little to contribute to the wider industry. Why do they do it?
  • Baden-Hellard scores hollow court victory over the ARB


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  • Ball bounces back to lodge multimillion-pound Eden writ

    The charitable trust behind the Eden Project botanical centre in Cornwall is facing a £5.5 million lawsuit from the project's co-founder, Jonathan Ball.
  • Balloon debate

    How quickly a building becomes an icon. At the annual briefing and lunch organised by building services researchers BSRIA, one of the major themes was air leakage in buildings. Between courses, delegates were invited to inflate 'a working model of Peckham Library' - a bright balloon. Only one of the 200 delegates managed it. 'One in 200 is about the proportion of buildings that don't leak, ' said the BSRIA's chief executive Andrew Eastwell.
  • Baltic Exchange behind SAVE's Swiss Re challenge

    The Baltic Exchange has revealed that it provided the cash support for SAVE Britain's Heritage's legal challenge of deputy prime minister John Prescott's behaviour over the Swiss Re's Foster and Partners-designed City tower (AJ 28.9.00) .
  • Baltic Exchange: Standard says keep it up

  • Baltic slams 'gherkin'

    Baltic Exchange chief executive Jim Buckley last week attacked the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report into the £150 million Foster and Partnersdesigned tower for Swiss Re as 'deficient' and called for the planning application to be rejected. He wants it axed for establishing 'a dangerous and unwelcome precedent in the City.'
  • Bangor University Campus by Nicholas Hare

    Nicholas Hare has brought a proper sense of style to his namesake’s creation with two appropriately fitting new university buildings at Bangor in Wales
  • Banking on saving and sustaining the planet


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  • Bar humour

    Delightful to hear more evidence of John Prescott's droll sense of humour. It happened just after Master Euan Blair - the boy whose eponymous 'factor' apparently caused his Dad to OK the building of the Millennium Dome in the first place - was found in an intoxicated state in Leicester Square. Big John had an incisive question to ask of the bidders in the Dome re-use competition. 'Has your proposal got any bars or pubs in it?' he asked one of the teams at a select committee hearing. 'Because

    The Barbican Theatre in London has commissioned Stirling Prize hopefuls Caruso St John and acoustic consultant Kirkegaard Associates of Chicago to redevelop the Barbican Hall in a £6 million project. The hall will be closed for four months from June to September 2001 for the work to take place, which will include new lighting, walkways, stage risers, and a new curved stage canopy.
  • Barking unveils radical new looks

    Barking and Dagenham Borough Council is working with five collaborative and interdisciplinary teams in a radical bid to revitalise the town's square which could result in £20 million worth of new buildings.
  • Barnacles show the way for the urban megastructure

    In an effort to speed the urban renaissance, London is in the midst of a binge of gap-filling. Every last piece of railway land, warehouse, bomb site and backlands patch is being turned over to town house and apartment building. There has been nothing like it since the '60s, and then it was a simple matter of 'knocking through'. Today's frenzy is more ambitious, and more difficult to explain.
  • Barnsley takes leap Forward for town champions cause

    Regional development agency Yorkshire Forward is blazing a trail for the concept of 'town champions' after Barnsley Council last week confirmed it will take the plunge and appoint one as part of a pilot initiative.

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  • Battersea Power Station

    Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners and Benoy have revealed these new images of their designs for Battersea Power Station after Wandsworth council gave them the go-ahead last week. Work on the £500 million scheme for Parkview International will begin next year, and involves the creation of a 'piece of city' with the reworked station at its heart. The 135,000m 2building, which has a footprint the size of Trafalgar Square, will include a custom-designed theatre for Cirque de Soleil (above right
  • Battling against Brunswick nostalgia

  • BBC moves to put design first in property portfolio shake-up

    The bbc's new £300 million property partner will be shut out of major design decisions for a giant new building at White City in London despite plans to introduce a more joined-up approach to property development across the corporation.

    The BBC has unveiled a shortlist of five property partners to help inject £300 million into new buildings and refurbishment across the Corporation's 522-property portfolio. The candidates are the Foresite consortium (Amey and CIT Group), London & Regional Properties, MBL Vision (Mapeley and British Land), Promedia and Trillium. The winning property partner's first job will be to work with Allies & Morrison on a new £100 million building at White City in West London.
  • BBC pulls the plug on HQ architects for new trio

    The BBC last week delivered a £100 million snub to EPR, Aukett Europe and RMJM and scrapped their proposals for a major new building at White City, west London.

  • BBC tunes in to design - by choosing 21 of the best

    The BBC has this week finalised a list of 21 practices for its framework agreement. It includes 'superstar'practices such as Foster and Partners, Alsop & Stormer and MacCormac Jamieson Prichard, as well as more commercial designers such as EPR Architects, Aukett Europe and Building Design Partnership.
  • BBC2's new domestic design series Space

    The latest TV series to home in on the fascinating subject of domestic design, BBC2's Space, started last night with an episode of rural case studies which contained the seeds of a serious investigation into changing cultural values, safely packaged in the personal and subjective.

  • BCO cooks up improved recipe

    The British Council for Offices has revised its specification to help occupiers make choices . . . and has gone online
  • BDP

    BDP has won detailed planning permission for two office modules to be built at Adastral Park near Suffolk (AJ 18.5.00). The 'plug-in' units (above) have 1200m2 ofoffice space over two levels. The first module will be completed by the end of this year.
  • BDP claims its giant wheel is 'fundamentally different'

  • BDP defends 'indifferent' design against listing threat

    bdp, architect of a new £30 million sports and teaching building for South Bank University in London, has hit back at conservationists' attempts to block the development.

    BDP's Belfast office has unveiled a £57 million masterplan for Queen's University in the city which features a new student centre alongside the university's main building designed by Charles Lanyon in the 1840s. The scheme also includes a plan to create new public green spaces within the campus. The development will centralise all student services on one site and will offer educational and entertainment facilities to neighbouring communities A detailed design brief will be drawn up this
  • BDP lands Bankside job

    BDP Landscape has triumphed in a competitive interview to design the £500,000 Cathedral Square at London's Bankside, beating off competition from Elizabeth Banks, Eger Architects and EDAW. BDPwill design the square in partnership with the Bankside Residential forum. Cathedral Square is a 35m by 35m site between Southwark Cathedral and the Thames and will be the first phase of the project.

    BDP's £200 million scheme to redevelop Victoria Square in Belfast has been given a major boost by the Northern Ireland Assembly, which last week gave the go-ahead for developer MDC to acquire key parcels of land needed for the scheme. The plans for the square include 52,000m 2ofretail, a health club, 30 luxury apartments overlooking the River Lagan and new underground parking. A planning application is set to follow and work could start within two years.

    BDP has won permission from planners in Portugal to build a 32,000m 2leisure and shopping centre in Villa Real in the Duoro Mountains. The two- and threestorey building sits on the mountainside above the town with a fully glazed elevation looking out over the valley. Behind the glass elevation the practice has created a new winter garden.

    BDP has officially opened its £340 million WestQuay shopping centre in Southampton. The 74,600m2 scheme, a joint development by Hammerson and Barclays, includes a 25,000m2 John Lewis store and a 9,300m2 Marks & Spencer outlet as well as 15 catering units.The centre has a catchment of almost two million people within a 45 minute drive. It was opened to the public this (Thursday) morning.
  • BDP playing it fair on the Olympic Tennis Centre


    BDP has been picked by Leeds City Council to prepare a regeneration strategy for Micklefield, a former mining community east of Leeds. The planning team is working with Urban Strategy Associates and is aiming to improve facilities for the community. The study, which will cost £30,000, will be complete in September.



    BDP has unveiled a trio of schemes in Manchester which brings the value of its work in the north-west city to £350 million over the last four years. The practice is working on a major redesign of the station concourse at Manchester Piccadilly railway station and has been appointed for a 20,000m 2retail development at Shambles West. It has also won planning consent for a new office block neighbouring the G-MEX. BDP also last week picked up the best public or commercial building award from

  • Be generous when putting the dampers on

  • Beans means

    Patisserie Valerie has worked wonders for the RIBA, drawing in greatly enhanced visitor numbers, but now the Building Centre is trying to go one better. Not renowned for its glamour, despite its location in Store Street next to Imagination, the centre is now going all trendy by opening 'Coffee Matters', which it describes as 'the first organic coffee shop serving only fair-trade coffees'. Cool.
  • Beautiful and damned Art Nouveau 1890-1914 At The Victoria & Albert Museum, London SW7 until 30 July Art Nouveau By Stephen Escritt. Phaidon, 2000. 448pp. £14.95

    Back in 1936, Nikolaus Pevsner included - apparently with some misgivings - a chapter on Art Nouveau in his vastly influential Pioneers of the Modern Movement. While conceding the significance of the movement as a protest against the strict historicism and moral certainties of the nineteenth century, Pevsner warned his readers that 'for a revolution, it is suspiciously sophisticated and refined, and ... entirely lacking in a social conscience.' How could people live in a Gaudi apartment, 'und
  • Beauty is in the ear of the beholder

  • Bedroom friends

    Jacques Herzog and Rem Koolhaas, unlikely collaborators on a hotel in New York for Ian Schrager, are in conversation in this month's issue of the Swiss magazine du . Jacques says: 'Some people are probably thinking: 'How can HdM be so stupid as to work with Rem, he's not a real architect, he's a journalist?' And the others will say: 'How can he work with HdM, those cosmeticians?'' Rem says: 'Our creative interest in this cooperation is driven first and foremost by my hope that I will be able
  • Beeb tunes in to Alsop & Stormer

    The bbc has signed Alsop & Stormer to its coveted framework agreement of preferred architects.

  • Behavioural modelling

    GW Building Services Consulting Engineers developed a computer thermal simulation and modelling (CTSM) facility for itself, and is now making it more widely available.
  • Behind bars

    New books by former AJ editor and authority on prisons Leslie Fairweather are always eagerly awaited, not just by architects but also by literate criminals and excons. His just-published Prison Architecture: Policy, Design and Experience (ButterworthHeinemann) will be no exception.
  • Being stiffed by suppliers and pop-up windows

    Stiffing is a term which has special resonance in the ITworld. It means software suppliers abusing the small print in their licences to rip off extra dosh from licencees, which is you and me, but more particularly medium and large offices which buy licences rather than multiple copies of the software.
  • Belfast embraces design as ship-building dwindles

  • Belfast embraces design as ship-building dwindles

    Uncertainty over the future of ship-building in Belfast last week looked set to trigger a spate of new architectural commissions to redevelop sites left vacant by the dwindling industry.

  • Bell rings the changes and exits Arts Council design job

    John Bell is to leave his job as the Arts Council's senior architecture officer and go back to teaching and private practice - after barely five months in the post (AJ 30.3.00). Bell told the AJ last week he has opted to teach a unit at the Architectural Association and return to his practice, the Clerkenwell-based FXV. org 'I have no criticism of the Arts Council, ' said Bell 'it just wasn't for me. I'm very keen to take up the teaching opportunity and I missed practice.'
  • Bennetts Associates

  • Bennetts sets the green agenda

    The Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions is keeping close tabs on Bennetts Associates' new ultra-green Wessex Water Operations Centre in Bath as an exemplar of sustainable office development.
  • Benoy Architects


    Benoy will next week start a major restructuring and is switching its head offices to London as part of a bid to boost its international work.

    Benoy and Chapman Taylor are in competition to masterplan the Broadmead shopping centre in Bristol as part of consortia led by developers Hammersons and Land Securities. The competition for the £400 million development is currently open to public consultation before the council, as landowner, makes a decision on the winner at the end of September. Both schemes intend to appoint a series of architects to implement the different parts of their schemes.
  • Benoy wins in Holland

  • Benoy wins in Lisbon

  • Benoy wins in Lisbon

    Benoy has won a competition to design a 100,000m 2retail complex on a brownfield site on the edge of Lisbon, beating three other UK practices to the £50 million job.
  • Berlin games

    Times are tough for Michael Wilford, despite having seen two major buildings open in recent weeks: the Lowry in Salford, and last week the Berlin embassy. Moronic comments about the design may have taken some of the shine off the royal opening, with Die Welt winning the tasteless stakes by suggesting that the building looks as though 'a bomb had smashed it', recalling Mark Twain's dictum that: 'A German joke is no laughing matter.' Apparently the first embassy opening by a monarch since 1905,
  • Berlin's Jewish Museum displays delayed by refit order

    The start of exhibitions at the Daniel Libeskinddesigned Jewish Museum in Berlin has been put back a year after the German government ordered a £3 million refit of air conditioning, lighting and wiring systems. The move followed market research which suggested the high visitor numbers could overwhelm the museum if exhibitions opened with the museum's current facilities unchanged.

    This £1.25 million library is being built on a prominent town centre in March, Cambridgeshire. The 0.7ha site will include car-parking spaces and a landscaped garden inspired by artist Chris Drury, as well as the 1,000m 2building. The library will share IT facilities with the Isle College of Further Education, and will house the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, as well as other community facilities.

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  • Best practice makes perfect, if we don't forget the exceptional

    Today sees the launch of the Urban Design Compendium, a best-practice guide commissioned by English Partnerships and the Housing Corporation. Providing practical guidance on assessing and achieving quality in regeneration and development projects, the publication covers issues such as density, energy efficiency, landscape, transport, access and the public realm. It is thorough, well written, user-friendly and illustrated with a range of projects which make it abundantly clear that the powers

    The government has launched an investigation into the procurement and commissioning procedures of local authorities in an effort to boost the use of 'best value' principles. The review will take into account the Egan report, Rethinking Construction, and will start in September.
  • Bethlehem Steel

    Andrew Garn. Princeton Architectural Press,1999. 108pp. £15
  • Between buildings

  • Between floors

    Engineer Price & Myers held a splendid office-warming party at its new address in Newman Street, or Engineers' Alley as it is becoming known.
  • Between revolutions

    Karel Teige: L'Enfant Terrible of the Czech Modernist Avant-Garde by Eric Dluhosch and Rostislav Svacha. MIT Press, 1999. 420pp. £29.95
  • Between revolutions Karel Teige: L'Enfant Terrible of the Czech Modernist Avant-Garde by Eric Dluhosch and Rostislav Svacha. MIT Press, 1999. 420pp. £29.95

  • Beveridge in Belfast

    Student welfare is at the core of new student housing. Joan Shannon reports
  • Beware of foreign bodies

    Architects need to assess the risk of legionnaires' disease and include details in the health and safety manual
  • Bexhill pushes through its 'Wetherspoon's pavilion' deal

  • beyond broadgate

    people; Vincent Wang has seen the construction industry from all angles and is now taking a new look at the way it provides office space. After Laings and Stanhope, he is enjoying his role as a building operator in the City by kenneth powell. photograph b
  • Beyond Ken

  • Beyond the drawing New software from Bentley for collaborative teamwork focuses on the bigger picture of project development

  • Beyond the hype - drawing on Web experience

    Recent falls in Internet stock prices might suggest that there is more hype than substance to Internet businesses. Apparent value is here today, gone tomorrow. Such volatility is almost guaranteed where valuations are made on future profits to be earned in uncharted waters. Certainly cultivated hype has a role as a major weapon in talking-up a new Internet venture in order to build a share price to underwrite funding for development.
  • Beyond the Olympics

    London-based stadium specialist Sport Concepts has won the job to rebuild Hungary's national indoor sports arena with this 12,000-seater design for Budapest.The new stadium will be built on the site of the city's previous arena, which was destroyed by fire last December.
  • BFI smashes 'glass cancer' riddle at Avery's £20m Imax

    The British Film Institute (BFI) has shot down in flames fears that the sudden shattering of three panes of glass at its £20 million IMAX cinema near Waterloo in London was caused by a so-called glass cancer problem.
  • Bidders say government can expect big loss on Dome sale

    The government can only expect to net between £50 million and £150 million on the sale of the Millennium Dome and its surrounding land, private sector bidders said last week.
  • Biennale fiasco limits scope of British message

  • Big bad John

  • Big Brother design is more than a set piece

  • Big Brother House

    Channel 4, the self-proclaimed television broadcaster for architecture, employed a set designer rather than an architect to build what is currently the most famous house in Britain - the east London domicile of the five remaining inhabitants of Big Brother. A C4 spokesperson said that the single-storey construction in Bromley-byBow, above, valued last week by estate agents at about £165,000, was the work of Colin Pigott, a set designer who also worked on another TV series with a building
  • Big in Belgium

    Future Systems, Pawson Williams Architects and Peter Meacock Central Workshop are among the practices long-listed in a competition to design a new dockside museum in Antwerp.
  • Big M

    Inflate last week pumped up the Big M, a portable exhibition building which is set to tour the north-east this summer. Digital video art consisting of 21 specially commissioned works will feature in the 17m wide structure. Its first home is Terry Farrell & Partners' International Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne.

    Foster and Partners, Terry Farrell & Partners, Aukett Associates and Sheppard Robson are competing to win the job to design a business park on a 20ha Royal Docks site near the City Airport. The practices are in bids from Helical Bar, Canary Wharf Group, Development Securities and Akeler, respectively. A winner should be announced at the end of January.

    The Tooting Granada bingo hall in south London last week became the first Grade I-listed former cinema building in the country when arts minister Alan Howarth announced the listing of 32 cinema buildings and the upgrade of listings on eight others. Less than a quarter of these buildings are still showing films. English Heritage chairman Neil Cossons said: 'These picture palaces are not only magnificent architecturally, but are held in great affection by people and can play a key part in local
  • Big time tendering for a small time extension

  • Big wheels

    The National Portrait Gallery has a new spin on the issue of whether the Millennium Wheel represents a triumph of architecture, engineering, or entrepreneurship. Its portrait of David Marks and Julia Barfield is on display - alongside such illustrious company as athletes Sally Gunnell and Linford Christie (the latter photographed from the waist down) - in the gallery preserved for British sporting heroes.
  • Big wheels are set to catch on as city landmarks

  • Biker walls

    George Demetri on Zen and the art of low maintenance at Harley-Davidson
  • Birds Portchmouth Russum

    Birds Portchmouth Russum has completed this unusual £550,000 footbridge linking two sites of the Plashet Girls School in London's East Ham over a busy road. The curving steel and fabric bridge, engineered by Techniker, was opened this week by the mayor of Newham and features a viewing gallery at its centre.
  • Birmingham becomes a truly model city

    The bulldozers are set to move in on Birmingham's Bull Ring, but before they do photographer Tom Merilion has produced a startling new view of the city's concrete buildings as their idealist 1960s planners would have seen them.
  • Birmingham boost for Future Systems' 'Selfridges special'

  • Birmingham follows Peckham to book new £60m library

    Just a fortnight after Peckham Library scooped the Stirling Prize, Birmingham City Council has revealed plans to launch an architectural competition for its own £60 million library.
  • Birmingham Hippodrome

    Associated Architects and Law & Dunbar-Nasmith are joint architects for the terrific £30 million redevelopment of the Birmingham Hippodrome. Seen here giving his approval to the project is the one and only Ken Dodd, who dropped by with his tickling sticks the other day. Will the city be able to take both this and the new Future Systems' Selfridges?
  • Birmingham shows off shimmering future

    Future Systems has unveiled these plans of the landmark Selfridges department store it wants to build as part of Birmingham's new-look £800 million Bull Ring Centre.

  • Bishop of Salisbury on church design and ritual


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  • Black practices target top 50 with new client base

    The Society of Black Architects (SOBA) will next month launch a business forum with the aim of elevating at least six black practices to the UK's top 50 within five years.
  • 'Blade' buildings still option on South Bank

  • Blair boost for British design

    Prime Minister Tony Blair delivered a massive boost to the architecture lobby this week when he pledged to radically improve the standard of public buildings and to leave 'a legacy that can match the best of what we inherited from the Victorians'.

    Prime minister Tony Blair opened Crispin Wride Architects' £27 million project to extend Newcastle airport last week. The extension will give the airport a capacity of five million passengers per year and increase the workforce at the airport from 3,300 to 5,000.
  • Blair zone

  • Blair: modern architecture is the key to good business

    Prime minister Tony Blair is set to reaffirm New Labour's commitment to high-quality modern architecture and push what he stresses is its fast-growing importance to business in the UK.
  • Blairs call up stars in drive for public design excellence

    Prime minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie are to host an official reception at Downing Street next week to press for 'excellence in public sector buildings'.
  • Blair's environmental design boost welcomed by RIBA

    RIBA president Marco Goldschmied has welcomed Tony Blair's call for 'new ways of building' to protect the environment.
  • Blaming the QS is against the Egan trend


    This glazed pavilion for 28 computer students at the German School is oval in plan and is located in the grounds of the Grade II*-listed Douglas House, London. The eaves-less roof is supported on four internal columns and the floor is raised to provide slightly pressurised air to the room and to enable changes in cabling to the students'desks. The optimum configuration of desks produced the oval plan shape. The external skin is made up of building-height glazing units, part-transparent, part-
  • Blind alley


    A new 25-storey block by Skidmore Owings & Merrill has been granted planning permission next to Canary Wharf in Docklands. The 4,500m2 building, known as Arrowhead Quay, consists of both a tower and a shorter 16-storey building.
  • Blow-up

    These enticing images were produced by Judit Kimpian at the Royal College of Art as part of a research project into the means by which historical obstacles to inflatable architecture can be superseded by the technological and social transformations of the digital age. The portable auditorium 'demonstrates the remarkable affinity between the algorithmic 3D design environment of the computer and the curved and animated forms of the pneu'. It uses 'pneumatic muscles' to respond to a variety of p

    The chairman of developer Urban Splash, Tom Bloxham, is to receive Manchester University's John Owens Award this September, which acknowledges the success of former students in their fields.

  • Board stiff

  • Body warmer

    One guest at the Hadid event was Nigel Coates, who was pondering the possible fates of his Dome Body Zone (which a Radio 4 feature revealed as having 'crabs' in its 'pubic hair'). Astragal is not at liberty to say precisely what Nigel has in mind, but the word 'conflagration' seems to stick in the memory.
  • Bohigas on the public and the market in Barcelona

    Having pulled off a regeneration of Barcelona that is almost universally acclaimed as a resounding success, Oriol Bohigas can afford to stand up and voice politically incorrect and provocative opinions with impunity and calm assurance.

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  • Booker judges could learn from Stirling


    glass and glazing briefing
  • Books of the year 2000

    A selection of the titles that AJ reviewers have most enjoyed during the past 12 months

    In the run-up to the Christmas holiday, the Triangle Bookshop at the Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1, will open on both Saturday 9 December and Saturday 16 December (11am-3. 30pm) as well as during the week.

    Bennetts Associates has been commissioned by Railtrack to design its West Coast Mainline control centre, just outside Birmingham. The £8 million project will consist of a circular control room and a two-storey glass building, and is due for completion in 2001. Bennetts has also been commissioned to design a headquarters to house Sophos' 500 staff in Oxfordshire, and has been awarded planning permission for a 460-bedroom hotel on a site behind Millbank Tower in Westminster for First Stop

    The Royal Shakespeare Company has been awarded £755,000 in lottery money to conduct a feasibility study into a major overhaul of its theatres and facilities in Stratford-upon-Avon. Dutch architect Eric van Egeraat has already been appointed to redesign the riverside complex.

  • Bore from Brum spurns 'world-class architecture'

    Birmingham City Council leader Albert Bore last week ruled out building 'world-class architecture' as a spur to regeneration in the city, and said that landmark buildings similar to Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao would not feature in Birmingham.
  • Borough market

    Astragal hears that Independent on Sunday editor Janet StreetPorter has sold (for more than a million quid) her spacious Smithfield pad, designed by friend Piers Gough. She intends to be a patron to the profession again with her next venture; Allies and Morrison could emerge as the chosen ones, designing something in the emerging Borough area. Street-Porter's paper is also on the lookout for new premises. Because of spiralling rents in the Cesar Pelli main tower at Canary Wharf, the IoS is ha
  • Bournville: Model Village to Garden Suburb

    review By Michael Harrison. Phillimore, 1999. £17.99


    Birmingham-based Bignell Shacklady Ewing has been appointed to design the £2.4 million 22-lane Megabowl proposed for Birmingham's Star City leisure complex.
  • Boxed in

    Channel 4 tried to make out that its Stirling Prize coverage was live when it was broadcast last Sunday evening. This seemed bizarre when the result was published in the Sunday Times that morning, but that's television for you. The BBC studiously ignored the result, perhaps because it really did think the event was on Sunday. Given that the channel had a reasonable length of time to edit the programme, it was disappointingly disjointed.
  • Boyd makes an entrance

    Edinburgh partnership Lee Boyd has been commissioned to work on a £750,000 new entrance hall for Greenbank Parish Church in Edinburgh. It won the job in a competition with two other local architects. The new 150m2 glass- clad hall will include nursery facilities and meeting spaces.

    BPR Architects has completed a new maintenance building at the prestigious Hurlingham Polo Club in London. The practice has produced a steel-framed brick building with new mechanical and timber workshops to house the club's lawnmowers and sports equipment as well as providing facilities for its maintenance staff.
  • Braced for success as new design wheeled in

    Marks Barfield Architects' design for the Alumasc stand at Interbuild 2000 is a radical departure from the brashness which usually characterises exhibition stands. The 6m high,11m diameter, tensed-fabric tower is supported by a slender braced steel frame and lit by high and low-level external blue lights which gradually brighten and dim to create a 'breathing' or 'generator' effect. Externally, the tower is reflected in a raised floor of mirror-polished stainless steel. Off-the-shelf Alumasc
  • Bramante's complaints are irrelevant


    Broadway Malyan has launched a specialist interior design and branding service, badged Citrus.

  • Breakfast pickle

    Why did Swiss Re's gherkin tower survive strong attempts to get it called in by the government? A clue may lie in a recent City breakfast meeting for companies who operate in the Square Mile. It was attended by none other than Tony Blair, who invited the assembled guests to raise difficulties they had working here.
  • Brent Cross has a location problem

  • Brent uncrossed

    The High Court has thrown out attempts by deputy prime minister John Prescott to block BDP's £80 million extension to Brent Cross Shopping Centre. Prescott ruled out the extension in April following a public inquiry. But as the AJ went to press the Appeal Court labelled his action 'unreasonable' and a new inquiry will determine the application. Developers Hammersons and Standard Life Investments said that the scheme will involve 29,000m2 of new floor space,20 new shops and a major new st

    John Thompson & Partners has got the go-ahead for a housing scheme at Brewhouse Street, Putney, south London. Wandsworth council gave planning permission for developer St George South London's Putney Wharf subject to a legal agreement. The mixedused scheme will provide 60 flats and townhouses, restaurants, shops, offices and a fitness club.

    Why is it that certain themes seem to self-select? In this edition the issue of skills and craftsmanship leaps out. Brick producers have made huge investments to improve the quality and competitiveness of their products. But I do wonder whether the construction world at large is prepared to invest in quality workmanship.

    Broadway Malyan has won planning permission for a 160-home development in Gloucester. The brownfield scheme, partly located on an old railway cutting, will consist of two- and three-storey houses 'sympathetic to local style' with brick facing and tile roofs.
  • Brick wins hands down

    Planning restrictions led to an inventive approach for a Leeds office. Overleaf, Hanson's Paul Rogatzki explains the technical background
  • Bricks across Europe

    Clay Bricks and Tiles in Europe, published by the Federation Europeenne des Fabriquants de Tuiles et de Briques (TBE), shows construction ceramics at their superb best in a series of fine projects, all of which are beautifully photographed.

  • Brickwork by the book

    The BDA Guide to Successful Brickwork (Second Edition) is now available. It is an indispensable guide for all involved in teaching, specifying or practising good brickwork and provides comprehensive coverage of the subject, updating and expanding the award-winning first edition published in 1994. New photographs and technical drawings have been added and there are two additional sections, covering chimney and fireplace construction.
  • Brickwork innovation

    The BDA has been awarded two DETR Partners in Innovation contracts in the 2000 to 2001 round of this annual competition. The two projects deal with masonry diaphragm wall construction and off-the-frame clay brickwork cladding to framed construction. Both projects are being undertaken in a partnership role with other organisations.
  • Brickwork openings

    Malcolm Barnett examines how to use brickwork dimensions in your favour
  • Bridge deadline bombs

    The Lifschutz Davidson-designed Hungerford footbridge will be eight months late as well as £19 million over budget, project leaders admitted last week. The bridge will now be completed at the end of 2001 after hitting construction problems. London Underground raised fears that unexploded World War II bombs may be buried in the riverbed and could pose a threat to its nearby tunnel during construction. It demanded precautions costing an extra £19 million.
  • Bridge solution delayed as backers wrangle about costs

    The £5 million project to steady the wobble on the Millennium Bridge could be set back unless key partners in the project can agree on who should foot the bill.
  • Bridge wobbles force new closure

    Lord Foster last week brushed off a £1 million loss on the Millennium Bridge, which closed for an indefinite period this week after heavy pedestrian traffic caused the bridge to twist, throwing its users off balance.

  • Bridging the Atlantic

    The American architectural profession must face up to the ways it excludes qualified foreigners from work opportunities
  • Bridging the divide

    In the first of a two-part examination of innovative social housing we look at two urban projects in north London: Shepheard Epstein Hunter's redevelopment of Stonebridge Estate; and a hostel and flats for the Peabody Trust by Fraser Brown MacKenna
  • Bridging the gap

    One unfortunate irony concerning the whole 'wobbly bridge' situation concerns the Arup engineer Tony Fitzpatrick. At the well-received press launch the team held to try to demystify some of the technology surrounding the bridge, Fitzpatrick chose to demonstrate its structure in easily understandable, layman's terms.

  • Bring back architect-planner role, urges Goldschmied

    RIBA president Marco Goldschmied last week called for a return to the role of the architect-planner as the RIBA, CABE and key professional institutions in the building industry launched a rethink of the way urban designers are trained.

    Birmingham practice Temple Cox Nicholls has announced an alliance with Bristol architects Hubbard Ford, specialist health and safety consultants ssm and healthcare consultants, Strategic Healthcare Planning. The alliance, tcn Group, said it is already looking for further mergers and acquisitions to increase both its national and international presence.

  • Bristol rages on

    One thousand people have sent letters of complaint to Bristol Council about the proposed Crest Nicholson development at Canon's Marsh, designed by Arup Associates with Richard Burton, which was due to be considered for planning yesterday (Wednesday). The council says it has received only 39 letters supporting the proposal.

    Nicholas Grimshaw this week pledged to please both old and new with his design for the £15 million redevelopment of part of the Royal College of Art in London. Grimshaw said that the building would be 'one hundred per cent of our time' as well as matching 'the aspirations of the original founders of the RCA'. T h e practice won the competition to design the building last week, as revealed in AJ 18.5.00, but has so far only produced a 'design approach' which it is keeping under wraps.
  • British Museum

    The British Museum is quick off the mark with Robert Anderson's The Great Court and The British Museum (British Museum Press, £12. 99), the illustrated story of Foster and Partners'millennial redevelopment. The author hails 'a profound transformation of a hidden courtyard into what some will identify as the major architectural feature of the museum'. See the AJ's Great Court coverage starting on page 24.
  • Brits edge closer to getting deal on US qualifications

    A glimmer of hope has emerged in the deadlocked negotiations between the USA and the European Union over the reciprocal recognition of architects'professional qualifications. RIBA vice-president John Wright told the institute's ruling council last week that informal discussions with the incoming president of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the US equivalent of the ARB, had been 'sympathetic'and offered greater hope than the 'aggressive' talks which took plac
  • Broadcasting House

    The BBC has unveiled plans for a 5,000m2 public space at the heart of MacCormac Jamieson Prichard's competition-winning redevelopment of Broadcasting House in London. It includes new accommodation on the site of two 1960s buildings which are to be demolished. News and World Service staff from offices at White City and Bush House will move into the building. Work will be complete in six years.
  • Broadway Malyan


    The government's annual report claims 55 per cent of new housing is being built on brownfield sites, just 5 per cent short of its target.

    The Urban Task Force's drive to increase the amount of construction on brownfield land received a massive blow this week when the European Commission ruled that the subsidies awarded to help reclaim large slices of contaminated land are illegal. Brussels officials warned that government money, given to developers to build on certain types of contaminated land, amounts to the UK giving an unfair competitive advantage to businesses located here. The ruling is a threat to the main plank of the g



    A website dedicated to brownfield sites will go live on 13 June, featuring online bidding for parcels of land and a series of links to professional service providers such as surveyors, developers and environmental lawyers. The website will be at
  • Brown's mixed budget

  • Browser

    Archinet Archinet is the pioneer site in the UK with a newbuilding commentary page, details of competitions, features and practice profiles - effectively electronic brochures. However, it hasn't quite managed to sign up enough members to achieve the critical mass a site needs.

    Birmingham International Airport is set for a massive expansion and is searching for architects to work on extensions to terminal buildings, refurbishment, office buildings and new services buildings costing between £2 million and £50 million. The schemes are part of a five-year plan to overhaul the airport, which is seeking professionals from across the construction industry, including structural engineers and planning consultants. The prequalification process will begin in July.


    Arts minister Alan Howarth has given Grade-II listed status to Birmingham's Rotunda, designed by James Roberts. The landmark city-centre building was completed in 1965. A 1959 motor showroom in Lincoln was also listed.

    PRP has produced a masterplan for a £100 million mixed use project in Birmingham which is looking for a lead developer. The architect has drawn up a scheme for the city's Attwood Green area, run jointly by the Optima Community Association and the city council. It includes dwellings for 9000 residents as well as commercial and leisure elements. The quest for a developer was begun last week by council leader Albert Bore and Sir Michael Latham.
  • Brunswick and the cosy yellow-brick road

  • Brunswick Centre could test real implications of listing

  • Brunswick Centre listing inflames new war of words

    The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has thrown a spanner in the works of Patrick Hodgkinson's plans to add around £20 million of refurbishments to his own Brunswick Centre - by listing it Grade II.But in the aftermath of the decision, Brunswick developer Allied London has hit out at the Twentieth Century Society for making 'hollow' criticisms of Hodgkinson's plans and refusing to meet up to discuss the proposals.

    The Twentieth Century Society has held 'productive' talks with Patrick Hodgkinson and Allied London over their controversial development proposals for the Brunswick Centre in Bloomsbury, London.

  • Brunswick-inspired debate on listing legislation

    DOCOMOMO's deliberations about the future of the Brunswick Centre following its recent Grade II listing, turned into a full-scale indictment of current listing procedures. Catherine Cooke, chair of DOCOMOMO, which made representations against the listing of the Brunswick on the grounds that, as a 'pioneering example of a megastructure in England' it embodies 'the idea of a framework that accepts and assumes change within it over time', described current conservation law as 'a dictatorship whi
  • Bryant Priest Newman Architects

    Bryant Priest Newman Architects has won planning permission for this extension to the Eric Hollies Stand at Warwickshire County Cricket Club's Edgbaston ground. The £1. 5 million additions were granted consent by Birmingham City Council.
  • BSR's bridge winner

    Brookes Stacey Randall and Ove Arup & Partners has won the competition to design a new £1.4 million road bridge in the town of Sudbury in Suffolk. The practice beat off rival designs from McDowell & Benedetti with Price & Myers; Yee Associates with Maunsell; Studio E Architects with Techniker; and Clash Associates with Robert Benaim & Associates.

    The Civic Trust has taken BT to task about the way it claims the communications giant is turning its telephone boxes into 'street clutter'. Trust chairman Mike Gwilliam said this week that the company was 'pushing its luck' - first by scrapping its classic Giles Gilbert Scott- designed K2 boxes and now by 'defacing' its new boxes by allowing a rash of advertisements in their windows. The issue is a legal grey area depending on whether planning law considers boxes to be 'buildings', inside whi
  • Buddha wiser

  • Budgeting for a quantity surveyor's poor estimates

    A property development officer who rang me up last week claims that, with increasing regularity, his quantity surveyors are reporting tender returns substantially above their estimates. His organisation maintains, alters and extends a vast range of education buildings - some 220 in all - and it also frequently builds new facilities with construction budgets of between £1 million and £5 million.
  • Building an airtight case

    technical & practice

    AJ ENQUIRY No: 203

    AJ ENQUIRY No: 206
  • Building bridges in space but roundabouts on the ground

    About this time forty years ago the Russians launched a rocket called Lunik II that landed on the moon. It placed there metal pennants bearing the emblem of the Soviet Union and the date. Although universally seen in the West as the prelude to a manned mission, the Russians insisted that they had no immediate project to land a man on the moon. Instead the flight was described as 'The first bridge in an infinite universe.'

    This residential development has been designed for a 3ha former industrial site in Hertogenbosch, south east of Amsterdam. The nine towers of the Paleiskwartier housing development enjoy a canalside landscaped setting, while the north-facing terraces on most floors will form a kind of vertical winter garden. The distinctive curved walls are to be made from seamed stainless steel.
  • Building in value

    Increasingly the construction industry and its clients are concerned about value. But the term value is quite imprecise. Building in Value: Predesign Issues (see below) consists of 23 chapters written by a range of different authors and it shows how broad the subject is.
  • Building study

    SERVICES Because of traffic noise from a nearby main road, it was decided to use a heat-reclaim ventilation system. An acoustically lined heat-reclaim unit was designed to fit above the kitchen cupboards.
  • Building Tate Modern: Herzog & De Meuron Transforming Giles Gilbert Scott

    by Rowan Moore and Raymund Ryan. Tate Gallery Publishing, 2000. 200pp. £25
  • Built beside the Danube

    Shaping the Great City: Modern Architecture in Central Europe 1890-1937by Eve Blau and Monika Platzer. Prestel, 2000. 271pp. £39.95. (Distributed by Biblios 01403 710851)


  • Burger art?

    Look out for a big architectural competition in Brazil in the next few months, as that patron of the art the Guggenheim is planning to make it the home of its first outpost in a developing country.
  • Burning issues

    Navigating the minefield of fire safety can be a nightmare.Here we clarify the responsibilities of the consultative bodies
  • Burrell Foley Fischer passes historic Gloucester screen test

    Architect Burrell Foley Fischer has won planning permission for a multiplex cinema, restaurants and car park on a sensitive site in part of the historic core of Gloucester.
  • Bus station demolition would be vandalism

  • Bute in the eye of the beholder

    Munkenbeck + Marshall (M&M) has unveiled plans for this new £500,000 visitor centre, which it has designed for Mount Stuart, Scottish architect Robert Rowland Anderson's High Victorian Gothic house on the Isle of Bute in the Firth of Clyde.
  • Buying British shouldn't blind decision-makers to fairness

    legal matters
  • Buzzsaw

  • by royal appointment

    Prince's Foundation chief executive David Lunts enjoys the Bauhaus qualities of the foundation while wholeheartedly supporting Prince Charles' often-contentious emphasis on traditional values by robert booth. photograph by guy jordan

  • CABE attacks Paternoster plan

    The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has reignited controversy over the highly sensitive £150 million Paternoster Square development in the City by slamming the new design for the scheme's largest building, by Eric Parry Architects with Sheppard Robson.
  • CABE blasts 'defensive' police headquarters scheme

  • CABE chief sounds 'blot on the landscape'hospitals warning

    A string of new hospitals across the country are heading for design disaster, the chairman of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, Sir Stuart Lipton, has warned.
  • CABE comments were positive and supportive

  • CABE cuts the jargon with historic new building guide

    The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and English Heritage are to publish a 'jargon-free' guide for planning committee members and officers, aimed at lifting the quality of new buildings in sensitive environments.

    The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has won an increase in its budget of more than 100 per cent. Secretary of state for culture, media and sport Chris Smith this week announced that CABE will have an annual budget of £3.53 million instead of its current £1.5 million from 2002-03. CABE's acting chief executive, Timothy Mason, welcomed the decision, despite hoping for an increase to £5 million. 'We're pleased that it's a move in the right direction and an af

    Arup director and prefabricated housing specialist John Miles has been chosen as a new commissioner by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. The mechanical engineer is one of 10 commissioners and is expected to work on design reviews, project advice, education and community work and the development of a regional dimension to CABE's activities.
  • CABE hires ARB's public relations firm Tamesis

  • CABE hits out at BDP

    The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has called for new architects to be drafted in on a £95 million city centre scheme in Norwich by BDP and Eric Kuhne Associates. CABE's design review panel said this week that the quality of architecture on the housing and retail scheme is insufficient for it to be granted detailed planning permission and it wants tenants to be able to choose their own architects. In particular, the scheme came under fire for failing to connect the
  • CABE in Home Office HQ warning

    The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has issued a thinly-veiled warning to the government that its much-vaunted 'better public buildings'policy could be undermined by weaknesses in the plans for the new Home Office headquarters.CABE published its views on Terry Farrell & Partners' design for the Marsham Street scheme on Monday and warned that planning restrictions and the design brief had produced 'an unsatisfactory situation'over the the scheme.
  • CABE lays into £400 million London Bridge proposals

  • CABE plans competition for new-build headquarters

  • CABE plans to expand and to promote quality housing

  • CABE plans to expand and to promote quality housing

    The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment is to embark on a new phase of expansion and wants to concentrate on education, architecture centres and technology, with a special emphasis on housing.
  • CABE regional move

    The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment will next week attempt to leave behind suggestions that it is Londoncentric by launching a programme to develop regional design review panels and a network of architecture centres. It will be headed by a committee with members from the UK's nine economic regions, working with bodies such as English Heritage.
  • CABE review committee pans practices over latest designs

    Gensler, Chapman Taylor Partners and Haskoll & Company each came under fire from the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) this week when its design review committee publicly attacked the practices' latest designs.
  • CABE should judge by merit, not by name

  • CABE slams Philip Johnson's 'alien'

    The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) has laid into plans by nonagenarian big-name Philip Johnson and Studio BAAD for a £250 million landmark retail and park development in Liverpool. It poured scorn on the architects' scheme for Chavasse Park for being 'alien' to the city centre and suggested that if it went ahead it would make the city fabric worse, rather than better.
  • CABE slays FaulknerBrowns for 'megastructure' plan

    The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (cabe) has told FaulknerBrowns that a 'megastructure' scheme it has designed for a 4.3ha site in Croydon is outdated, is of poor quality and lacks a human scale - the architects should scrap it and start again.

  • CABE: Parry squares the circle on Paternoster scheme

    The tussle between Eric Parry Architects and Sir William Whitfield over designs for the largest building on the £150 million Paternoster Square site looks set to continue despite support for the scheme announced this week by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.
  • CABE-backed design report unveiled by Raynsford

    New government guidelines on urban design were issued this week in an effort to end conflict between planners and architects. By Design sets out simple advice for planners on achieving better urban design. Planning minister Nick Raynsford said copies of the 100-page document were already on their way to all planning inspectors, while leaflets summarising the main points will go to all councillors who sit on planning committees.
  • CABE's comments bias against Liverpool design


    The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has found a new home - on the top floor of the Elizabeth House tower block near Waterloo. The fit-out will be done by Adjaye and Russell during the summer after winning a competition. CABE has a fouryear lease on the property after which it will be developed.
  • CABEwarns Future Systems: the cladding's too collectable

    The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) has given a glowing endorsement to Future Systems' plans for a shimmering new £40 million Selfridges store in Birmingham's Bull Ring - but warned that its innovative cladding system may prove too tempting for 'trophy hunters' keen to take a little of the building home with them.
  • Call for a clean sweep to rid children of allergenic carpets

    Fitted carpets should be excluded from houses where children suffer from asthma, and should not be used at all in schools, research carried out for the Healthy Flooring Network shows. Carpets harbour dust mite allergen, the greatest trigger of childhood asthma.
  • Call for clarification on club entry rules


    Entries are invited for The Architects' Journal's Under £150k Small Projects 2001. Schemes must have a contract value of under £150,000, have been completed between 1 December 1998 and 1 December 2000, and be unpublished. Send drawings, publishable photographs (not laser copies) and a description of not more than 150 words to AJ Small Projects, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB, by Monday 4 December.

    Entries are invited for The Architects' Journal's Under £150k Small Projects 2001. Schemes must have a contract value of under £150,000, have been completed between 1 December 1998 and 1 December 2000, and be unpublished. Send drawings, publishable photographs (not laser copies) and a description of not more than 150 words to AJ Small Projects, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4GB, by Monday 4 December. Schemes will be published in the AJ and selected projects will go on public exh
  • Called into question

    Liam Gillick At the Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol until 23 December


    The Copper Development Association (CDA) is calling for entries for its annual awards. The competition focuses on buildings which feature copper detailing. There are three categories: architectural design-built projects; architectural design-unbuilt projects; and the John Smith award for craftsmanship. The closing date for entries is 31 May and entry forms are available on CDA's website at

  • Calm turns to delirium if infrastructure is lacking

  • Cambridge calls


  • Camden in hot water over pool

    docomomo rails against destruction of Spence baths
  • Can one 'joint' expert witness successfully do the job of two?

    You may remember that Lord Woolf had as one of his objectives of the new Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) the reduction of the cost of litigation. He discovered that expert evidence accounts for a large tranche of pretrial costs and he resolved to do something about it.
  • Can the good times last?

    Times are good and the work just keeps coming. But some architects still can't resist a little constructive worrying RESEARCH BY MIRZA & NACEY.
  • Can you manage, sir?

    Does the new RIBA certificate in project management meet the objectives it sets out to achieve? Here is a personal view
  • Canadian government fails in bid to overturn asbestos ban

    Canada's bid to challenge European Union plans to introduce a complete ban on the use of asbestos, by countering an earlier French ban at the World Trade Organisation (WTO), appears to have ended in failure, writes Keith Nuttall. The defeat leaves the government in Ottawa with little but a damaged reputation for promoting environmental good practice worldwide.
  • Canary Wharf

    Chancellor Gordon Brown last week unveiled the next stage of the masterplan of London's Canary Wharf , including three new towers and an extra 430,000m2 of office space. A 30-storey block by New York-based architect Kohn Pedersen Fox has already been leased to City law firm Clifford Chance.The towers in Docklands come despite major planning wrangles over tall buildings in the City, such as Foster and Partners' Swiss Re building. Left to right the architects are Kohn Pedersen Fox, Skidmore Owi

    Who's afraid of visual candy? is the title of a show curated by Urban Strategies with the furniture company SCP, at the latter's showroom at 135-139 Curtain Road, London EC2. With nine exhibitors in a variety of media, its emphasis is on 'fetishised, seductive and witty elements' - neoprene beach towels, electronic wallpaper, that kind of thing. Antonia Pollock's Moose (above) is sculpted from chenille wool. The show runs until 15 October (020 7739 1869).
  • Cannes do

  • Cannon footbridge would not encounter 'wobble' problems

    Architects Design Group managing director Ian Potts said that the Cannon footbridge would not encounter the 'wobble' problems of Foster and Partners'London Millennium Bridge, though there might be train vibrations.'Our design for this bridge overcomes the problems faced by the others as it does not need support off the river bed, he said, 'It's unhindered by the threat of World War II unexploded bombs and it's fixed to a structure that has been carrying trains for over 80 years.'
  • Canons Marsh snag

  • Canons Marsh snag

    Arup Associates' plans for Canons Marsh in Bristol could be hit by a judicial review after a local resident applied to the High Court to block developer's proposals for the controversial city centre site. The move came after the City Council voted to extend Crest Nicholson's contract on the site leaving it free to draw up new proposals.

  • Capital reaches even higher with world's tallest tower. . .

    London practice M 3 Architects is the latest firm to join in the craze for building skyscrapers in the capital by unveiling a £450 million plan for a giant tower which would put even the world's current tallest building, Kuala Lumpur's 450m Petronas Towers, in the shade.

    AJ ENQUIRY No: 206

  • Cardiff pulls the plug on Alsop's landscape scheme

    Alsop & Stormer's plans for a £900,000 landscaping scheme around its newly built Cardiff Bay Barrage could be left in tatters by the winding up of the Cardiff Bay Development Company at the end of this month.
  • Cardington prototypes

    Testing of the TF2000 six-storey brick-clad prototype building at the BRE in Cardington is now almost complete. Final phases of research work included the assessment of load-sharing capabilities between brickwork and timber frame for applied horizontal loads (wind loading). A great deal of technical knowledge has come from this project and BRE is now working on design guidance to commercialise these efforts. The BDA is a partner in this work for the brick cladding aspects.

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  • Carefully cultivated The Greenhouse Effect At the Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London until 21 May (with a related work at the Natural History Museum)

  • Carey Jones Architects

    This £20 million office building by Carey Jones Architects in Leeds is to go ahead, developer Munroe K announced last week. The 12,000m2 speculative scheme has planning permission and will be located in the White Rose office park on the edge of the city. The three-storey building will have a full-height entrance and a central glazed atrium. Construction is due to start in January.


    Two major exhibitions on the work of Carlo Scarpa are being staged this autumn in the Veneto region of Italy. 'Carlo Scarpa: Exhibitions and Museums 1944-1976' occupies the Museo di Castelvecchio at Verona (itself one of Scarpa's most important projects), while the Palazzo Barbaran da Porto at Vicenza hosts 'Carlo Scarpa: Houses and Landscape 1972-78'. Both shows continue until 10 December, and there are related exhibitions on other architects, including Soane. Tel: 0039 045 8620610, fax: 003
  • Carpet foundation ad 'flattering to women'


    Wilkinson Eyre Architects has been picked by the creators of cartoon characters Wallace and Gromit to design a new headquarters and studio facility. Oscar winning Aardman Animation in Bristol, is bringing together its existing facilities on a single site, opposite the Bristol harbourside development.Wilkinson Eyre beat off competition including Fielden Clegg Bradley Architects, John McAslan Architects, Form Design, Pringle Brandon and Niall Phillips Architects. The scheme will be based around
  • Cartwright Pickard Architects

    Cartwright Pickard Architects has unveiled its design for a 5000m2 office block at the Wakefield Waterfront conservation area in West Yorkshire (above). The £3.75 million building uses the prefabricated technology which the practice used on the Peabody Housing Trust development at Murray Grove in London (aj 25.11.99); it is to be part of a three-building complex designed by Cartwright Pickard , and is currently under consideration by planners.
  • CAS must stay above cronyism and London bias

  • CAS shake-up in view

    Riba's matchmaking service for architects and clients has come under fire from a members' taskforce for being very expensive for architects and under used.
  • Cascade of visitors to Expo Rainforest House

    The Rainforest House designed by Ray Hole (see profile, page 26-27), for this year's Expo in Hanover, has proved a popular success after achieving higher than expected attendances since it opened on March 31. An average peak figure of 2,800 people per day have been passing through the doors of the 7,250m 2attraction, which was sponsored principally by Volkswagen and cost 27.2m DM (£8.5 million) - or 375 DM (£117)/m 2.The building has a tri-ovoid plan and features extensive use of ET
  • Cash for capital advice

    London mayor Ken Livingstone is planning to pay Lord Rogers £130,000 a year to act as an architectural advisor on the capital.

    The prize fund for the Conservation Awards 2000 has been increased to £25,000 with a £15,000 top prize for the best team completing a conservation project before 19 January 2001. Eligible projects include the restoration or conservation of a building or an artefact.There will also be a £5,000 student award. Contact 020 7273 1444 for more details.
  • Cash for students

    Prize money worth £5000 is up for grabs in a competition launched this week for student architecture using textiles or textile reinforced structures. Architecture and civil engineering students can enter the competition as well as anyone completing their studies after 1 January 2000. There will be categories for entries on civil engineering and industrial construction projects, building design and interior fit outs. Entries should reach the Frankfurt-based Working Group for Textile Archi

    CASPAR (City-Centre Apartments for Single People at Affordable Rents) originated as the winning scheme in a competition for an innovative housing project in the heart of Birmingham.
  • CASPAR's technical solutions made clear . . .

  • Casson's charmed life

    Hugh Casson: A Biography By Jose Manser. Viking, 2000. 398pp. £25
  • Cast away in an upturned boat

    BBC TV's Castaway series was dominated by bickering, intrigue and . . . an architect.This is his story BY AUSTIN WILLIAMS
  • Casting the RIBA net just beyond Part 3


    The squeeze on the development of out-of-town food stores looks set to increase after planning minister Beverley Hughes demanded that planners improve access to local shopping facilities to help eliminate so-called 'food deserts'.

    The Peterborough Cathedral Trust has raised £7 million in just four years in its bid to secure the future of the Norman cathedral, it announced this week. The thirteenth-century building needs to spend £7.3 million on repairs.
  • Cathedral income came from many corners

  • Causes of complaint

    Recent high-profile cases indicate that many architects do not know the basic rules and regulations of their professional registration board.
  • Cautious welcome for Blair's public-spending design lead

    Architects have warned that Tony Blair's latest commitment to put design at the centre of new spending on schools and hospitals could be wrecked by poorly educated government clients.
  • Ceaseless explorations

    Renzo Piano: Un Regard Construit At Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, until 27 March

    A celebration of the life of the late Richard Penton will be held at the Architectural Association on 16 September between 14.30 and 20.30. The event will include an exhibition of Penton's photographs and a chance for family and friends 'to read, speak or play music in his memory'. A book entitled Maskwork, including his photographs, was published on the day he died in June. It will be available at the AA event. Any contemporaries wishing to attend need to contact Kate Grillet, tel/fax 01223
  • Centre for Architecture and Design, Glasgow

    Page & Park A helical steel staircase
  • Centre for Life

    Newcastle's Centre for Life - a building complex designed to broaden the understanding of genetic science - opens its doors to the public on 27 May. The £60 million scheme comprises a visitor attraction, Newcastle University's Institute of Genetics and a commercial laboratory and office facility. Built in two distinct phases around the first public square to be constructed in Newcastle for 50 years, the building demarcates the entry to the city from the west.The dramatic free-form shape

    The department of culture, media and sport has closed the door on funding for an architecture centre in the RIBA's Eastern region, in a move which also looks likely to jeopardise CABE's plans for a network of centres in other regions.
  • Centre of activity

  • Challenge to convention

  • Challenging conventions

  • Chance to transform design and build

  • Chancellor Brown pushes brownfield incentives ahead

    Chancellor Gordon Brown has hinted that he may cut stamp duty on brownfield housing developments in his pre-Budget statement next month.
  • Changing places The AJ readers' visit to BSRIA demonstrated that the future is nearer than we think and gave an insight into its technologies

    Now that issues such as whole-life costing are so prevalent, a remark made during an aj readers' visit to the Building Services Research and Information Association (bsria) should strike a chord. 'Some people who came to us for quotes said we were too expensive,' said bsria's Mike Smith, 'Now they are involved in litigation.'
  • Changing places The AJ readers' visit to BSRIA demonstrated that the future is nearer than we think and gave an insight into its technologies

    Now that issues such as whole-life costing are so prevalent, a remark made during an aj readers' visit to the Building Services Research and Information Association (bsria) should strike a chord. 'Some people who came to us for quotes said we were too expensive,' said bsria's Mike Smith, 'Now they are involved in litigation.' Smith went on to describe bsria's facility for the physical modelling of proposed ventilation installations. The physical conditions of the designed room are set up, and
  • Changing shape of bricks

    Consider a brick simply as a 'wall element' and the question arises, does one need an inner leaf and an outer leaf? The simple answer, of course, is no, as long as the issues of structural behaviour, weather resistance and thermal performance are met. Starting from this standpoint, Hanson Brick has been involved with developments over a number of years.
  • Channel Five champions architecture 'yoof' show

    Channel Five television is hoping that it has unearthed architecture's equivalent to TV chef Jamie Oliver in a first-time presenter it has plucked from obscurity for a new six-part series which begins screening in July.
  • Chapman Taylor swoops for £500m Bristol retail spree

    Developers last week ditched a proposal by Benoy to redevelop the 1950s Broadmead shopping centre in Bristol and handed the £500 million scheme to Chapman Taylor.
  • Charles slams 'genetically modified' design

    The Prince of Wales made his biggest pronouncement on the state of architecture since his infamous 'carbuncle' speech in 1984 at last week's inaugural Stephen Lawrence Memorial address in east London. Here we publish his speech in full
  • Charm offensive

    RIBA presidential candidate Paul Hyett took an unexpected guest to the Architects Registration Board swanky open house night last week: one time-scourge of ARB, Gabriele Bramante. Registrar Robin Vaughan thought her 'charming'. Further evidence of mended fences comes with news that the board is to open its council meetings to the fourth estate. Press coverage involves some risks, but ever since John Wilkes, British public life has made press scrutiny of public bodies a keystone of the constit
  • Charm offensive

  • Charrette bandwagon is gaining speed


    London Borough of Bromley councillors last week approved the use of cheaper materials on the controversial Crystal Palace Park multiplex and leisure complex, despite warnings that the move could lead to court action. It emerged in August (AJ 17.8.00) that architect Ian Ritchie had been replaced by RHWL on the scheme and now materials have been changed for 'cheaper and more sustainable' versions. The move led to anger from campaigners against the development. Crystal Palace campaign spokesman

    Hotel design is set for a boost this autumn when a competition to raise the standard of sustainable buildings in the sector is officially launched. The government's Energy Efficiency Best Practice Programme has thrown its weight behind the RIBA-administered competition, which is geared towards achieving 'holistic hotels' showing sustainable development issues in terms of fabric and services design, energy use and carbon dioxide emissions and capital and running costs. Judges will include John

    5 Materials and workmanshipAllows product acceptance from European Technical Approvals, with conditions of use within terms of the certificate.
  • Cheeky images offer future planning hope


    Anglia Polytechnic University is holding a competition to select an architect for a new £8 million centre for business, management and postgraduate studies in Chelmsford. The competition is being run by the riba competitions office.
  • Chelsfield

    Developer Chelsfield released new images this week of its plans for the 43-storey Grand Union Building at Paddington Basin by Richard Rogers Partnership (AJ 13.7.00).The £300 million mixed-use tower will feature offices, a hotel and leisure facilities as well as public spaces such as the viewing platform on the top floor (above).
  • Chemical element

    Sheppard Robson has won planning permission for a new £14 million chemistry building (below) for Queen Mary's College, University of London. The 5,200m 2building was given the go-ahead by Tower Hamlets council and comprises labs on three floors.
  • Chemistry class

    Deborah Singmaster reports on an exuberant new research facility at the University of Bristol
  • Cheshire Robbins Design Group

    Cheshire Robbins Design Group has won an RIBA competition to design this replacement kiosk (above) for Brownsea Island ferries at Pool in Dorset.

    Christchurch-based Cheshire Robbins Design Group has obtained planning permission for a new school for the Wessex Autistic Society at Parley Lane in Hurn, Dorset. The scheme will feature a small cluster of buildings around a central courtyard, providing a secure recreational area for the school's 64 pupils. The Wessex Autistic Society still needs to raise half of the £2 million cost, but hopes that work on site will commence next spring.
  • Chetwood Associates

    Chetwood Associates has won planning approval for a petrol filling station at its highly acclaimed low-energy Sainsbury's by the Millennium Dome. The 'plectrum-shaped saw-tooth roof' echoes that of the supermarket. The forecourt is naturally lit and also has electric-car charging points. cabe praised the design for its consistent eco ethos.
  • Chetwood Associates

    Chetwood Associates' Leeds office has unveiled this major new mixed-use scheme for J Sainsbury, the supermarket chain. The Selly Oak scheme near Birmingham includes housing, leisure and even a pub, and was submitted for planning earlier this month. A further supermarket, also designed by Chetwood Associates, is planned for Yardley, also near Birmingham. Together the two schemes comprise an investment of about £100 million. Last week Chetwood Associates' design for its environmentally fri
  • Chetwood's Sainsbury's scrapes onto Stirling shortlist

    Chetwood Associates has admitted calling on family, friends, clients and even rival practices to vote for its Greenwich Sainsbury's store in the Stirling Prize web poll which it won last week.

    BDG McColl Architects has been appointed by the Singapore civil aviation authority to design a retail strategy for the new terminal three at Changi airport. The practice plans to use the commission as a launchpad into the Chinese market and claims to be in talks with a number of Chinese airport authorities about their expansion plans.

    David Chipperfield Architects has been shortlisted to build an 80,000m 2hotel, apartment and office complex on the last remaining site at Potsdamer Platz, Berlin.

    David Chipperfield Architects has won a competition to design a 3000m 2office and residential building for the Fritz Kaiser Gruppe in Sachan, Liechtenstein.
  • Chipperfield makes his mark around the world - again


    David Chipperfield Architects has won permission for its extension to the San Michele Cemetery on an island between Venice and Murano, Italy. The £9 million project extends the island using mud dredged from the city's canals, and the arrangement of tombs to form courtyards (AJ 6.8.98).
  • Chiswick Park

    Chiswick Park, a new 7000-employee office complex in west London, will have more in common with the Pompidou arts centre than office towers in the City, according to the project's architect Richard Rogers. Work started on the 12ha site this week and Lord Rogers said that his partnership's design for 11 office blocks will echo the use of public space at the Paris centre. 'Vitality, flexibility and access are all inherent here as well as at the Pompidou,' he said. A 400m long storm lake with a
  • Choice of brands

    Hanson Brick incorporates four brands which are available in the UK. Each provides a different solution to the needs of building designers.
  • Choosing an adjudicator can be as painful as the dispute itself

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  • Chris McCarthy on society and the need for a rethink

    According to Chris McCarthy, engineers 'are not loved in society' - British society, that is, where they 'survive the system', in contrast with France or Spain, where their role is celebrated.
  • Chris Smith praises British pavilion

    Culture secretary Chris Smith, in Venice for the biennale preview days, told the AJ of his admiration for the British pavilion. 'I was very impressed with it, ' he said. 'It displays very well the talents of four very different architects, and the contrasts in their architecture are matched by the contrasting styles of exhibition.' Although stressing that it would be 'invidious' to single out one practice, Smith commended Alsop & Stormer's proposed C/Plex community arts building in West Bromw
  • Chris Smith talking about art and architecture


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  • Churchill Gardens the tops but Dome must try harder

    The Civic Trust is set to declare Powell and Moya's Churchill Gardens in Pimlico, London, the most outstanding building of the last 40 years. But the trust is also expected to deliver a snub to the Millennium Dome in its 40th anniversary awards round, due to be unveiled in a ceremony at Greenwich's National Maritime Museum tonight.
  • Churchill presses M&S to release Wilkinson tower site

    Wilkinson Eyre Architects' plans for a new £110 million tower in the City were in the balance this week after site owner Marks and Spencer said speculative developer Churchill Properties' 'aggressive' attempts to do a deal made no sense in planning or financial terms (AJ 20.7.00). But furious Churchill managing director David Rees said the troubled retailer would be mad to proceed with its scheme, given the slide in its fortunes, and should sell up to get the maximum value out of the sit
  • Churchill Properties fights M&S for City tower site

    Developer Churchill Properties has submitted a planning application for a distinctive, 34-storey tower by Wilkinson Eyre Architects in the City of London - on the site of a new £74 million BDP building for Marks & Spencer which is already under construction.
  • CIC lobbies for CABE

    Construction Industry Council deputy chairman Robin Nicholson has written to culture minister Alan Howarth, urging him to give more money to the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. 'The Treasury's guide How to Achieve Design Quality in PFI is a very welcome first step towards achieving design quality, ' Nicholson said. 'If, on the other hand, government wants to get real value out of better designed buildings, then it needs to invest real but relatively minor additional fun

    This striking back extension extends the lower ground floor kitchen into the garden of a south London house. Constructed from steel and glass it looks out to a water feature. Access to the flat above is via a new steel and aluminium bridge spanning over the extension's roof and stepping down to a slate pad. The engineer is Alan Conisbee and Associates, the quantity surveyor is WSW Associates and the glass specialist is Armfield Glass.
  • Cities set for new breed of e-commerce warehouses

    The growth in Internet shopping looks set to deliver Newcastle upon Tyne practice Browne Smith Baker contracts worth at least £14 million for a string of roadside distribution stations where the public can pick up goods ordered online.
  • City appeals to Prescott over Foster's Swiss Re tower

  • City appeals to Prescott over Foster's Swiss Re tower

    The City of London has urged John Prescott to resolve speedily planning permission for the Foster and Partners 'gherkin' tower in the City of London. Judith Mayhew, chair of the policy and resources committee, has written to the deputy prime minister following the government's delaying move to prevent the City granting the landmark tower planning permission (AJ 2 March).
  • City battle

  • City Design by the sea

    Glasgow-based landscape architect City Design Co-operative has won the masterplanning competition for the £27 million regeneration of the Ayr seafront.
  • City fears precedent set over blocked Foster tower

  • City myths

    AJ publisher Paul Finch listed a series of myths about the task of regenerating cities, peddled by those in love with sprawl, greenfield development and car use (the latter to be restricted to the rich via road pricing as well as penal petrol duties). A selection of the myths includes. 1) Central city populations are falling - not in London they're not. 2) Decontaminating land is too expensive to contemplate. Untrue.
  • City myths fog urban regeneration debate

  • City of London set for glitzy 'creatives'bash for architects

    The Corporation of London is preparing to honour the UKarchitecture scene next week with a lavish lunch for 43 of the UK's top architects at the Mansion House. The move signals a change in tack for the City authority which has traditionally focused on promoting financial services.
  • City planners set to usher in Foster's £150m skyscraper


  • Civic Trust set to honour Jubilee Line Extension?

  • Civic Trust set to honour the 'greatest building of them all'


    Canterbury-based Clague Architects has beaten off competition from Rick Mather Architects and Jefferson Sheard in a competition to regenerate the Horsbridge and Brownings Yard area of Canterbury. The scheme includes 900m 2of community buildings and a gallery, square, restaurant and housing.

  • Clare Melhuish reviews. . .

    Sir Neil Cossons on our imperial industrial heritage
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  • Clarifying Classicism

    review Vitruvius: Ten Books on Architecture A new translation by Ingrid D Rowland with commentary and illustrations by Thomas Noble Howe. Cambridge University Press, 1999. 333pp. £50
  • Clarifying matters on JCT contracts book

  • Classical complexities

    Hawksmoor's London Churches: Architecture and Theology By Pierre de la Ruffiniere du Prey. Chicago University Press, 2000. 172pp. £24
  • Classical continuum The Other Modern At Centro S Giorgio in Poggiale, Bologna, until 14 May, and then touring internationally

  • Classy portfolios, style then content

    A celebrated snob remarked, writing about Christmas: 'The bigger the card, the lower the class.' One might well say the same about architects' portfolios. Year-out students are allowed to struggle in with an A0 portfolio catching the breeze, but for more senior staff an A5 Gucci leather photo pouch is the maximum acceptable bulk. The former is the equivalent of the gold embossed A4 hunting scene you receive from contractors, while the latter is the limited edition collectable from private cli
  • Clicks and mortar as the front door becomes a portal

    Five of the UK's largest property owners are coming together to procure advanced telecoms services and deliver these in their buildings. The first steps look only mildly interesting - the combined group of companies will have more purchasing power than each has separately in an area dominated by telecoms multinationals. Assuming, that is, that they can stay together. The five new commercial bedfellows are British Land, Canary Wharf, Legal & General, Norwich Union and Prudential.
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  • Climate change affects architectural forms

  • Climate crossroads must not be ignored

  • Clinton on bill

    Former 20th Century Society director Clinton Greyn has recently reverted to his thespian roots. He has been appearing as the nuclear physicist Niels Bohr in the well received National Theatre production of 'Copenhagen' at the Duchess Theatre. There are matinees on 5 and 26 October, and on each subsequent Thursday until further notice. It all makes a change from Clinton's recent role playing a paterfamilias in a building society advertisement on Dutch television. He tells me his now 'Bohr-ing
  • Clones for construction - novel but unpleasant

  • Close collaboration on bridge never faltered


    Richard Rogers Partnership has pulled out of this year's London Open House event, citing a 'major office refurbishment' as the reason. The practice was listed in the weekend's programme but said the work would make public access 'unfeasible'. Meanwhile, the organisers of Open House, which takes place on 23-24 September, are calling for volunteers to act as guides and stewards on a range of buildings. Call Gayle Markovitz on 020 7267 2070.

    Nigel Coates will next week deliver the third lecture in the Royal College of Art's 'Spinach' lecture series, which aims to 'put the muscle into architecture'. The lecture, 'Exploring Ecstacity', will take place on 5 December. Call 020 7590 4273 for more details.

    English Heritage has chosen Neil Swanson of Landscape Projects to redesign the Cock-pit Garden at Richmond Castle in North Yorkshire. It will be created on two levels and work will start in the autumn for a summer 2001 opening. Beaten shortlisted schemes were from Casella, Sarah Ewbank, Land Use Consultants, and Christopher Bradley-Hole.

    The Queen will this week open the Crispin Wride Architectural Design Studio's Falkland Island Memorial Chapel at Pangbourne Nautical College in Berkshire. The 550-seat chapel includes a computer-based commemoration of the conflict and the people involved.

    The Royal College of Art has appointed Buro Happold as structural engineer, Davis Langdon & Everest as quantity surveyor and Atelier Ten as services engineer on its Nicholas Grimshaw & Partnersdesigned extension. The competition for the £15 million redevelopment of the eastern end of the RCA in Kensington was won by Grimshaws in May.
  • 'Collegiate' scheme in Liverpool

    Urban Splash has today launched two show flats at its latest Shed KM-designed creation - the residential 'Collegiate' scheme in Liverpool. The scheme, which will be fully opened in March 2001, is a former listed school (attended by Leonard Rossiter and former defence minister Peter Kilfoyle) by St George's Hall architect Harvey Lonsdale-Elmes. It has been converted into 96 one-bedroom apartments starting at £67,000, and two-bedroom penthouses with roof gardens costing up to £360,000
  • Colour and Order

    Rural Northamptonshire is an unexpected place to find a group exhibition wholly devoted to geometric abstraction. Called 'Colour and Order', it has been organised by a local gallery, Fermyn Woods Contemporary Art, in conjunction with a German counterpart.
  • Colour bland

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    Michael Hammett, senior architect, BDA
  • Column showed sad contempt for clients

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  • Come dancing

    RIBA president Marco Goldschmied slipped on his dancing shoes at Prince Charles' Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture last week. The Prince's warm-up act, a top London community choir, proved just too funky for 'Gospel' Goldschmied and as the singers cracked into My Change Will Come, he took to his feet and let the music take control. But this display of presidential rhythm was all too much for one onlooker.

    Efficient and effective operation of building services systems is reliant on the successful commissioning of the installations and their subsequent maintenance, and provision for commissioning must be considered during the design of the services. Consideration should be given to employing an independent commissioning engineer.

    The Architecture Foundation has launched a website and a book which aims to educate developers and local authorities on integrating local communities in urban regeneration programmes. The initiative, Creative Spaces, is timed to coincide with the launch of the urban white paper, due out this week. It features case studies and a database of useful contacts.

    Cazenove Architects has completed a City Learning Centre at Hackney Community College, London. The scheme, part of the government's initiative, was opened by school standards minister Estelle Morris last week and includes an Internet cafe.
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    RIBA-APPROVED Details are available from the RIBA Competitions Office, 6 Melbourne Street, Leeds LS2 7PS, tel 0113 234 1335, fax 0113 246 0744, e-mail riba. competitions@mail. riba. org HOLISTIC HOTELS Ideas competition for an opportunity to influence thinking on an ubiquitous, commercial building type. The competition will address sustainable development issues raised by both new build and refurbishment on a real urban site near Cardiff. Submission deadline 27 February 2001.
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  • Compound interest adds a commercial edge to arbitration

    I visited the RIBA recently for a select gathering of the dispute resolution community. The 66 Portland Place building is a short hop from the Temple, where I work, particularly if you travel, as I usually do, by bicycle. During my visit, I was struck by a couple of things.

    Edinburgh-based Comprehensive Design Architects (CDA) has bought out the APP Partnership to form a nationwide 100-strong practice. CDA announced it has taken a majority shareholding for an undisclosed price in the London and Brighton firm. Both work in the commercial sector with projects for APP and CDA including MTV's offices in London and The Scotsman newspaper headquarters in Edinburgh respectively.

  • Compressing needs

    New systems of information retrieval can help to reduce the amount of paper stored - provided we know how to use them
  • Computerising Kahn

    Louis I Kahn: Unbuilt Masterworks By Kent Larson. Monacelli Press, 2000. 232pp. £40

  • Concorde and project viability. . . flawed from the very first take-off

    Apparently Concorde uses more oxygen during take-off than the entire Swiss nation breathes in a year and now, coinciding with Victoria Beckham's adverse comments on safety, the prospect of regularly consuming 32,000 gallons of fuel to fly a mere 18 people to New York - as happened again recently on a British Airways scheduled flight - becomes both a reality and a matter of national shame.
  • Concrete community for South Bank's Coin Street

    Creating dense community housing above car parking at Coin Street in central London required some innovative technical solutions, explains Mathew Lunn
  • Concrete evidence

    JCDecaux's London HQ challenged the architects to design a functional site while respecting the original listed building

    An author writing a design book for publication here and abroad wants examples of concrete used in domestic interiors - floors, stairs, worktops or decorative objects - for possible inclusion.
  • Concrete Quarterly exclusively on the Net

  • concrete showcase

    Interest in concrete furniture continues to grow. Recently exhibited in London at the 'New Designers' exhibition and at the Candid Gallery is a concrete desk using a strong blue pigment. Designed by Philip Brewer, the desk demonstrates the potential of concrete as a material for contemporary furniture. For further information contact Philip Brewer, tel 01705 592047
  • Concrete Society picks year's 'outstanding structures'

    The Concrete Society has honoured 17 projects with Certificates of Excellence, to be whittled down to three main winners on 16 November.
  • Condominium living is the ultimate in control, from the Congo to Chislehurst

    In warning Mike Tyson to 'stay out of Brixton' the Lambeth Council leader, Jim Dickson, was speaking way beyond his authority. Indeed, even boxing promoter Frank Warren, not known for his expertise on civil rights, was able to assure tv viewers that only the courts can restrict the liberty of individuals who have legitimate 'business' in this country - as indeed was Tyson's status, courtesy of our Home Secretary.

    The Royal Society of Architects in Wales' annual conference will be on 3 November at the St David's Hotel in Cardiff Bay with contributions from sustainability specialist Herbert Giradet, Francine Houben of Dutch practice Mecanoo Architecten and RSAW president Robert Firth. Topics will include the role of the National Assembly in architecture, how far design guidance means design police, and the cyber-age revolution.
  • Conference to inaugurate research into design 'delight'

    The importance of finding a way of measuring design will be at the centre of a 13 June conference organised by the Construction Industry Council ( CIC). 'The whole day is a launch for work on a design performance indicator which has reasonable funding from the DETR, ' explained outgoing CIC chairman Robin Nicholson. His successor, Michael Dickson, chairman of Buro Happold, will chair a group developing the performance indicators. The actual research will be done by a team headed by David Gann
  • Conflict resolution

    Halfway through construction, the fragmented shapes of Studio Libeskind's Imperial War Museum - North have already become a symbol of regeneration for the city of Manchester
  • Confusion over completion can result in a complete washout

    Practical completion - what a crazy idea! The courts and legal commentators alike have grappled with the notion of construction works which are nearly but not quite complete, or are notionally, but not actually, complete, or are apparently complete subject to the manifestation of latent defects.
  • Confusion over the message from Mies


    Conran & Partners has won planning permission for a new office building for Haymarket Publishing in Hammersmith, west London The scheme is on a quiet residential street where four Victorian terraced homes have been demolished to make way for it.

    Brookes Stacey Randall has won planning permission for its international competition-winning Ballingdon Bridge design (pictured below) in Suffolk. The 'sympathetic' scheme, designed with Ove Arup and Partners, replaces a 1912 bridge over the River Stour in a conservation area.
  • Conservationists to challenge Prescott's 'gherkin' go-ahead

    Conservationist campaigner Save Britain's Heritage is considering launching a judicial review of deputy prime minister John Prescott's decision to duck out of holding a public inquiry over the 180m tall, £150 million Foster and Partners-designed Swiss Re building in the City of London.
  • Conserving with care

    Review: Creative Re-Use of Buildings by Derek Latham. Donhead, 2000. Two volumes: £45 each or £80 for the set
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  • Construction intentions can be lost in the repeating

    The Law Faculty at Warwick University rightly enjoys an outstanding reputation for teaching 'law in context' as opposed to the traditional 'black letter' law. During my time there as an undergraduate, lecturers strove to make law relevant to the context in which it was used, rather than teaching it straight out of a textbook.
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  • Constructive Communications. Richard Ellis, Arnold. £12.99.


  • Constructivism and chance

  • Contemplation of geometry yields more than attempts to explain

    At last it is August, time to leave the tribulations, trials and triumphs of sustainability and think about something completely different for a change. Crop circles, perhaps? I first encountered crop circles one summer evening, driving across Salisbury Plain on the A303. As I approached Stonehenge (tut tut, millions spent, still nothing done), I noticed on the opposite side of the road a large number of parked cars and a sizeable gathering of people in a wheat field nearby.

    Japanese architecture from 1985-1996 is the subject of an exhibition organised by The Japan Foundation. Its one uk showing is at the London Institute, 65 Davies Street, W1, from 15 February to 16 March (020 7514 6127). Above: Itsuko Hasegawa's Shonandai Cultural Centre, 1989.
  • Contemporary pavilions land at Belsay Hall

    English Heritage has put together a fascinating new exhibition of Sitooteries - or 'structures to sit out in' - which it commissioned from designers, artists, and architects for the grounds of its neo-classical pile in Northumberland, Belsay Hall. Supported with grants from the Arts Council of England, the European Regional Development Fund and the Henry Moore Foundation, the show of contemporary summerhouses, built for £10,000 each, comprises a series of sculptural structures which prov
  • Contemporary Staircases

    Catherine Slessor.Mitchell Beazley, 2000. 176pp. £30
  • Contract guide

    RIBA Publications' Guide to MW98 is part of a series of guides to JCT forms of contract, writes David Chappell.
  • Contractual love triangles are being repeated ad infinitum

    There are, so we are told, only a handful of plot lines from which to create any drama: boy meets girl, rags to riches, good conquers evil, the love triangle and small troll-like being goes on a long journey and meets a variety of strange creatures are just the more familiar ones. (There is of course my tale of passion and naked ambition set against a construction law background involving concrete and the JCT standard forms - but that is another story. ) I had cause to think about the dynamic
  • Contractual minefield borders 'south Br itain'

  • Contributions from the floor

    architech: The first in a series of articles about the impact of IT on architecture recalls the first cybernetic building

    The merger of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Institute of Building Control (IBC) moved a step closer last week when the RICS council authorised the conclusion of negotiations.

  • Cool Rules: Anatomy of an Attitude

    By Dick Pountain & David Robins. Reaktion, 2000. 192pp. £12.95
  • cool space

    The future of naturally cooled buildings will be the subject of an AJ one-day conference, 'Cool Space', at the RIBA on 14 February 2001. Speakers will include Rab Bennetts, Bill Taylor of Michael Hopkins & Partners, Richard Young of Sheppard Robson, Guy Battle of Battle McCarthy, Chris Twinn of Arup, and Chris Strickland of developer Greycoat.

  • Co-ordinates to complement any outfit

    Modular and glazed bricks offer environmentally efficient, flexible and colourful solutions
  • Coram Family takes the Wright step forward

    Andrew Wright Associates has won the job of masterplanning the expanding London base of charity the Coram Family.
  • Core values

    With its CASPAR city-centre apartments in Leeds for the Peabody Trust, Levitt Bernstein has attempted to bring young people into to the city centre with a simple, inexpensive modular construction
  • Cornish energy centre waits on £1m government lifeline

    The future of the Gaia Energy Centre in Cornwall by Edward Cullinan Architects is in the balance as the government decides whether to provide the final £1 million it needs to begin construction.
  • Cornish engine house must be preserved

  • Corporate Modernism - standard Foster product

  • Corporate vandalism to follow York flood damage

  • Correcting the facts on Caspar development

  • Correction

    In the feature on Alan Johnston, there was a reference to him working in a studio 'in the grounds of the Beyeler Foundation' at Riehen, Switzerland (AJ 20.7.00). The studio is in fact a part of the Kunst Raum Riehen, created by the municipal council of Riehen as a local interface between the Beyeler Foundation's museum activities and the work of living artists.
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    The name of Glasgow architect Carrick + McCormack was spelled incorrectly in last week's Tomorrow's Buildings feature. Apologies.
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    Contrary to our report last week Francis Golding was at one time the chief executive of CABE, from when it was set up until his contract expired at the end of December last year. Apologies.

    University of Sheffield student Zainal Mohamad has scooped first place in the architectural student category at the Corus Student Design Awards 2000 for his design for a modular railway station. In joint second place came Kenneth Ka-Yu So and Walter Hailan Wang from Oxford Brookes University, responding to the same brief.
  • Corus of approval

    Marks Barfield Architects' London Eye and HOK's Cardiff Millennium Stadium this week scooped construction awards at a ceremony in Amsterdam. Corus Construction Awards for the Millennium also went to Mecanoo's Centrale Bibliotheek in Delft and Foster and Partner's World Port Centre in Rotterdam.

    Andrew Wright has been named as Corus' Young Architect of the Year 2000. Wright, from the practice Andrew Wright Associates, won £5000 prize money and beat Alex Mowat and Diana Cochrane from Urban Salon. Commendations went to Keith Brownlie of Wilkinson Eyre, John Lee and Jonathan Davidson of arca, Juan Salgado of jas Group Architects and Simon Fraser of Michael Hopkins and Partners. Wright first came to prominence when he won the aj/Bovis Award for exhibits in the Royal Academy summer s
  • cosmic energy

    people; The newly completed Cellular Operations call centre is typical of Richard Hywel Evans' exuberant architecture, and reflects his personality - a streak of new-agey spirituality tempered by commercial drive and a zest for life by tom dyckhoff. photo
  • cosmic energy

    The newly completed Cellular Operations call centre is typical of Richard Hywel Evans' exuberant architecture, and reflects his personality - a streak of new-agey spirituality tempered by commercial drive and a zest for life by tom dyckhoff. photograph by
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    Never having heard it before, I pass on to readers an aphorism of Niklaus Pevsner (information on where and when much appreciated). 'The English, ' he declared, 'will go to any expense in order to get something on the cheap.' Until the Lottery.
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    The National Trust has completed a summerhouse in Devon made from cob, a mixture of mud, straw, water and wood on stone foundations. The £11,000 one-storey building sits in the grounds of the 550-year old Marker's cottage in Broadclyst and is just 4m across.
  • Couch potato to connoisseur in easy stages

    It is one of the more durable myths of the Internet and other communication technologies that in future we will never need to leave home. There we will work. And the rest of our life experiences can come to us by wire too, whether as passive couch-potatoes or active couch-voyeurs, always experiencing the world synthetically.
  • Council divided over reforms to presidential election voting

    A row erupted last week at the RIBA over whether the onemember-one-vote system of electing the RIBA president should be scrapped and democratic power handed to the 57 leading members of the institute. The ruling body was split after a secret session of council debated this and other constitutional reforms for more than two hours.

    Cardiff-based multidisciplinary practice Capita has been picked to transform the former South Glamorgan county council offices into a mixed use residential, retail and leisure scheme. The main body of the building is to be transformed into a 210-room three-star hotel.
  • Council may pay pub chain to take on De La Warr

  • Countdown to Interbuild, NEC Birmingham

  • Countering confusion

    This impressive production feels like more than one book. It is not just that it consists of two oddly-matched parts, a series of essays about archi tectural language followed by 18 pieces on particular terms. The feeling that it is more than one thing really takes hold in the second part, arranged alphabetically, starting with 11 pages on 'Character' and ending with three on 'User'. In between come particularly hefty treatments of 'Form', 'Function', 'History', 'Memory', 'Nature', 'Space' an
  • Country boys

    Richard Burton, Peter Ahrends and Paul Koralek have been partners in ABK for 40 years and have stuck together for better and for worse, from the Prince's carbuncle speech to the new British Embassy in Moscow by kenneth powell. photograph by guy jordan
  • Court of Appeal - be prepared for the unpredictable

    A famous lawyer and keen equestrian eventer once asked a fellow jockey, before the off at a point to point, whether he had ever been in the Court of Appeal. Anticipating the white-knuckle ride over the jumps, with an uncertain outcome and a real risk of personal injury was, he felt, the same as waiting to appear in the appellate court.
  • CPD Providers Network

    Hanson Brick is a member of the RIBA CPD Providers Network and has had five seminars and five pieces of literature assessed for CPD purposes.

    Richard Smith and Peter Roberts set up their two-man practice in Bristol in 1990. Their body of work is small - Richard Smith devotes part of his time to watercolour painting - but characterised by its attention to detail (see Credit on surgery AJ 5.5.93) and an interest in landscape. Peter Roberts worked as project architect for Lower Treginnis Farm (AJ 18.11.92), Castell Henllys Education Centre ( AJ 6.7.94) and the Welsh Wildlife Centre, Dyfed (AJ 17.11.94) before joining Richard Smith.

  • Creative angle

    The triangular plan form of Computer Associates’ parkland headquarters by Blair Associates offers a luxurious office idyll for the company’s executives







  • Crest brings in Cullinan for troubled Canon's Marsh job

    Edward Cullinan Architects has promised to listen to Bristol residents over its designs for the £300 million redevelopment of Canon's Marsh in the city centre after it was drafted in to revive the troubled development last week . The prac t ice has been p icked to masterp lan the s ite after Arup Associates was dropped by developer Crest Nicholson in May, following a high-profile local campaign against its scheme and planning rejections.
  • Crest drops Arups in Bristol

  • Crest hints it will go for Ferguson Mann in Bristol

    Ferguson Mann's £200 million alternative scheme for the troubled Bristol harbourside development was given a major boost last week when the site's developer strongly hinted it could be used to help replace the scrapped Arup Associates masterplan.

    A church service for architects is to be held at 17.30 on 10 November at Westminster Cathedral.The annual mass will be the fifteenth and is intended 'for all those committed to the creative enhancement of the built environment'. Call Anne Dickinson on 020 7490 5021 for more details.
  • Critical outsider

    The Uses of Decoration: Essays in the Architectural Everyday By Malcolm Miles John Wiley, 2000. 256pp. £17.99
  • Criticising QSs is a bit rich from an architect

  • Critics must go beyond building to see Life


    RTKL with landscape architect Derek Lovejoy Partnership has won planning consent for a £700 million overhaul of Croydon town centre. The 130,000m scheme, by developer Minerva, includes a new Alders department store, 110 new shops, a transport interchange and a new town square.

    Lyons + Sleeman + Hoare has submitted plans for a £150 million expansion of the Whitgift Shopping Centre in Croydon, to the London Borough of Croydon. The development will provide a 32,000m 2department store and about 30 new retail outlets comprising 16,800m 2in new space.
  • Cruise appeal

    Readers who cannot avoid being dragged along to see Mission Impossible II can at least do some architecturespotting. As Tom Cruise parascends into the atrium of the granite-and-steel HQ of Biocyte Pharmaceuticals (which is busy developing deadly viruses to destroy mankind), please note immaculate detailing by Denton Corker Marshall who designed what is in reality Sydney's Governor Phillip Tower. It houses a lot of men in suits.
  • Crystal balls

    It is scarcely surprising that Ian Ritchie has taken exception to the attitude of Bromley Council over his glass pavilion design at Crystal Palace (which already has planning permission). Bromley, it seems, will allow any alteration to the scheme - provided it does not affect the council's financial take.
  • Crystal Palace 'minority' offers alternative to Ritchie

  • Crystal Palace 'shatters'

    Arup Associates' designs for the £40 million National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace have been shelved after Sport England withdrew £32 million in funding for the project. The scheme included the refurbishment of a listed indoor arena as well as new indoor tennis courts, athletics and swimming facilities. Sport England abandoned the plans after it decided instead to finance the development of a 60,000-seat athletics stadium at Pickett's Lock in east London to host the 2005 World At
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    Ted Cullinan will be featuring on a panel in Harrogate during a debate on design style. The debate is being organised by the RIBA Yorkshire and Harrogate branch and will take place at the Sun Pavilion in the Valley Gardens at 19.30 on 15 June.

    Edward Cullinan Architects has been shortlisted in the international competition to design a new city campus for the Singapore Management University. The practice is working in association with Singapore-based KNTA Architects and is the only UK candidate on the list. The competition attracted 172 submissions from 35 countries and a winner will be selected in December.
  • Cullinan unveils radical 'grid shell' wooden eco-building

    Construction work is set to start on a radical 'grid shell' wooden building which uses 10 times less timber than a normal wood design.

  • Cultural changes challenge architects to find a new shared identity

    White people will be outnumbered by nonwhites in Britain by the end of this century, and will become a minority group in London by the end of this decade. So predicts The Observer in a recent article.
  • Cultural connections

    Recent works which the Scottish artist Alan Johnston has made in Europe and Japan, all precisely attuned to their architectural context, dissolve distinctions between the East and the West
  • Cultural Phoenix shows new Irish direction

    A new government building in Dublin is set to shake up the dusty, monolithic image of state accommodation and offer locals and tourists great views of Dublin and a series of cultural venues.
  • cupfuls of calmness

    people; Italian-born and London-based, minimalist master designer Claudio Silvestrin doesn't mind sharing his ideas about houses, offices, art and nature. But like everything else in his life, he keeps them simple and easy by bridget stott. photograph by
  • Curing a glaring headache

    A prototype glazing system promises to even out the amount of light at the front and rear of a room and to reduce glare
  • Curse of the birthday cakes

    The whip-round for the person leaving the office for pastures new is traditional, if illogical; you have to buy a present for the person who is deserting you (just as their waste treatment plant in Nuneaton needs snagging) because they have landed a new job, paying more, by saying that their current office does rubbish work.


    John Allan's Banister Fletcher prize-winning book, Lubetkin: Architecture and the Tradition of Progress, is available for half price at £30 if ordered through the RIBA Bookshop's website at
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  • Damascus: Hidden Treasures ofthe Old City

    by Brigid Keenan. Photographs by Tim Beddow. Thames & Hudson, 2000. 224pp. £40
  • Damilola: could better design have saved his life?

    The Peckham housing blocks where 10-year-old Damilola Taylor lived and died are to be demolished next year. The buildings have been earmarked for demolition as part of a £160 million rebuilding programme on the North Peckham Estate masterplanned and designed by Pollard Thomas & Edwards Architects. The rebuilding programme is almost halfway through but the fact that Damilola lived in one of the original 1965 buildings designed by Camberwell Council sparked a debate this week over the role
  • Dan Flavin: The Architecture of Light

    Edited by J Fiona Ragheb, Guggenheim Museum/Abrams, 1999, 96pp. £22
  • danger man

    Wayne Cocroft is on a mission to expose the top-secret world of the military. From gunpowder and explosives, he is now delving into the Cold War. And all with the full permission of the establishment by andrew mead. photograph by alun bull/english heritag

    The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports has launched an open architectural competition to design the community centre of the future. The foundation is offering a first prize of £11,000 and total prize money of £60,000.

    CABE chairman Stuart Lipton is to deliver the keynote address at the Design Build Foundation's third annual conference on 12 October.

    Interbuild runs from 21-25 May at the NEC Birmingham. 'Rethinking Construction: Profiting from Innovation', an all-day conference with construction minister Nick Raynsford as the keynote speaker will take place on 22 May. On 24 May there are two major conferences, one on 'Architects in Housing' (tel 020 7482 8030) and the other on the Egan initiative (tel 0191 222 8636). A series of half-day seminars focusing on 'Construction Best Practice' will take place on 23,24 and 25 May.For information
  • Dating buildings: concrete The final article in our three part series focuses on concrete, with case studies to demonstrate the art of judging a building's age

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    This £3500 nursery fence for Ashmole Primary School, Oval, London, replaces a chainlink fence which was in tatters after just two years of use. Robustness was essential, but the design also had to address security issues, and provide new seating. To keep costs down, the fence uses existing steel fenceposts as reinforcement for the fair-faced block pier and planters. The marine ply boards act as infill panels and are enlivened by cut out and applied letters which originate from the name o
  • David Toop on making spaces out of sound

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    Ministers were set to decide today on whether the Millennium Dome will be sold to Dome Europe, a Japanese-backed bid to keep the tent as a leisure attraction, or to Legacy, a bid to transform it into a business park (AJ 6.7.00).

    Just days after the 56th anniversary of the D-Day landings, Arts minister Alan Howarth has granted Grade II*-listed status to two historic slipways in Torquay harbour. The slipways were built specifically by the Royal Engineers in May 1943 and will now be preserved after coming under threat as the result of a harbour redevelopment in the south coast town. They are the focus of remembrance services on 6 June each year. 'These slipways are the single best surviving visible monument in England t

  • De La Warr pavilion deserves better fate

  • De La Warr Pavilion in crisis as Wetherspoon calls time

    JD Wetherspoon has walked away from talks with the local authority to turn Bexhill's De La Warr Pavilion into a pub - but the council is still looking out for new companies to take the building on.
  • De La Warr pub deal 'collapsing'

    J D Wetherspoon's controversial bid to turn the historic Grade I-listed De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill into a pub was on the verge of collapse this week after the company admitted it was having grave difficulties finding a theatre operator which does not want a subsidy of £300,000 to £500,000 per year to take on that part of the building. Rother District council last week signalled its own desires by agreeing to pay a team headed by John McAslan and Partners £75,000 to work up
  • De La Warr triumph

    Rother District Council has done a remarkable U-turn and voted overwhelmingly to reject a search for a commercial partner and instead make a Lottery bid to extend and refurbish the De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill. At a meeting on Monday evening attended by more than 90 members of the public, councillors voted to move forward with a £4 million lottery bid for work on an extension to the building designed by John McAslan and Partners, rather than try and find a new partner after pub operato

    The De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill will host a conference on the architecture of coastal towns in the twenty-first century on 14 June. The day long event, 'Piers, Ports and People', comes as the Modernist arts centre faces a takeover by the pub chain J D Wetherspoon.
  • De Rijke earns gold star for schoolwork

    De Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects has unveiled its government-backed plan to redesign Kingsdale School in Dulwich, south London.

    The Architecture Foundation has selected De Rijke Marsh Morgan for its School Works project, to take part in a participatory and design process for Kingsdale School in Southwark. The practice beat Bisset Adams, Buschow Henley, Education Design Group, Erick van Egeraat and Panter Hudspith in a competitive interview process with a jury chaired by Frank Duffy.
  • Dearth in Venice

    La Biennale di Venezia: Seventh International Architecture ExhibitionAt the Giardini di Castello and the Arsenale, Venice, until 29 October
  • Death by architecture

    With a name like Death by Architecture, it has to be great. But its main function is quite prosaic. It is to publicise competitions around the world via its International Competitions Network of 22 member nations including most of the West plus Australia, India and China. Ireland is also there. But not the UK.
  • Death of a maestro

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    Building a Better Tomorrow: Architecture in Britain in the 1950sby Robert Elwall.Wiley-Academy, 2000. 128pp. £24.95
  • Decorative Floors of Venice

    By Tudy Sammartini. Photographs by Gabriele Crozzoli.Merrell, 2000. £35

    A 13m long wall-mounted work - part painting, part sculpture - based on the line of the San Andreas fault is the centrepiece of 'Deep Earth', an exhibition by Peter Chatwin and Pamela Martin. It continues at the Yard Gallery, Wollaton Park, Nottingham until 16 July. Details 0115 915 3920.
  • Defeated Dome team to press on with Greenwich Legacy plan

    Beaten Millennium Dome bidder Legacy is planning to carry on regardless and build its Lifschutz Davidsondesigned proposals for a hi-tech business park - on another site on the Greenwich peninsula.

  • Degrees of artifice

    Le Jardin 2000 At the Villa Medici, Viale Trinita dei Monti, Rome, until 24 September
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  • Delays and cost concerns hit Welsh assembly project

    Revised plans have been prepared for the £12.5 million Richard Rogers-designed new National Assembly for Wales building at Cardiff Bay, but opposition assembly members are anxious about spiralling costs and delays.
  • Delicious dining choices out in the wild west

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  • Dense thought

    First Nick Raynsford, then John Prescott: we must return to the days of terraced housing they say, and quite right too. The gloomy-tune opponents say this means on-street parking, but so what? And relatively small gardens (ditto). When will these people wake up to the fact that this is what most people like and buy, not the low-grade trash produced by much of the so-called volume-building sector. But where are the models for Belgravia or Islington-style terraces? Few architects have tried to
  • Deplorable

    News reaches me about the debate at the RIBA Council supper this week at the Royal Academy. The motion? 'This House deplores sustainability.'
  • Deputy PM Prescott to back architecture centres network

    Deputy prime minister John Prescott is to strengthen the network of local architecture centres in the UK and establish regional resource centres to improve urban design skills among architects and planners, the AJ has learnt.
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    review Proportion: Science, Philosophy, Architecture by Richard Padovan. E & FN Spon, 1999. 400pp. £24.99
  • Design chequelist

    Bribery is rarely recommended, at least officially, as a way for architects to advance themselves.

    The Unicorn Theatre for Children is holding an architectural competition to find an architect to design it a 'dazzling, architecturally innovative' £4.5million theatre near the site earmarked for Foster and Partners' Greater London Authority building. The Unicorn, which produces theatre for 4 to12 year olds, their families and schools, has hired the Richard Coleman Consultancy to run a competition for the site at 139 Tooley Street in Southwark. The deadline for practices' statements of i
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    In a veiled attack on the development industry, RIBA president Marco Goldschmied last week blamed the pursuit of individual freedom and 'the sanctity of private land ownership and speculation' for the poor quality of architecture in the UK over the last 50 years. At the launch of a RIBA conference, Design Quality: the Evidence , Goldschmied claimed that principles of land ownership and development, where building design is a matter of individual choice, has undermined the quality of our built
  • Design quartet

    Do sensible architects advise their children to follow in their footsteps? Perhaps not here, but quite possibly in Spain. Obituaries of Francisco Javier Saenz de Oiza, architect of Madrid's Torres Blancas, noted that no fewer than four of his seven children have adopted his profession. Is this a record?

    Metal producer Corus has shortlisted 12 buildings and products for its £40,000 Design Sense Award, given to sustainable designs which are also commercially viable. Of the six buildings, Foster and Partners' Reichstag is up against: Wilkinson Eyre's Stratford Regional Station; Ian Ritchie Architects' Terrasson in France;
  • Design simplicity is a breath of fresh air

    Exposed concrete structures are not just a way of increasing energy efficiency. There is also an aesthetic reason, as the recently completed headquarters for CAE Electronics in East Sussex, demonstrates, writes Ben Knight

    The RIBA's Clients' Advisory Service has launched a good practice guide aimed at raising the quality of the design of education buildings. The document, which will go out to all further education colleges in the UK, was presented at the Creating Communities Conference last Friday in Liverpool. It was produced by the RIBA's Fu r - ther Education Client Forum and sponsored by the Further Education Funding Council and Association of Colleges. Guides can be purchased at £10 per copy by calli
  • Designer dressing

    Haute couture is proving to be a rich source of inspiration for Future Systems. The design for Selfridges in Birmingham was, famously, based on a Paco Rabane dress. Its designs for Italian designer Marni have been inspired by Marni's own collections.
  • Designer sounds off in row over Glastonbury stage

    The original designer of Glastonbury's Pyramid stage in 1971 has hit out at the festival's landowner and promoter, Michael Eavis, for an alleged breach of copyright in what he says is an echo of the Barfield Marks/BDP London Eye saga (AJ 4.5.00).

    Architects should avoid specifying very hard floors, glossy finishes or spotlights if buildings are to be user-friendly for deaf people, new research out this week claims. The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors has found that hard floors make it difficult for the UK's 8. 7 million deaf people to feel movement through the floor while reflections and glare from lighting make it more difficult to pick up the visual clues on which deaf people rely for orientation.

    Office technology company, Gestetner, is searching for the 100 most creative office designs in the UK for a new award. The winning entries will be featured in an exhibition and gala event at the Royal College of Art in London this autumn. To enter, visit
  • Designs on construction

    For architects to have a better grasp of building production techniques, they should learn lessons from manufacturing
  • Despite the Tate Modern neither Herzog or de Meuron are architects

    The ARB deals with individuals not practices, and its function is to ensure that only those deemed competent to use the title architect are permitted onto the register, and that anyone whose competence is found to be seriously inadequate or whose conduct is found to be unacceptable is removed. The ARB must also deal with those who 'misuse' title by claiming to be an architect when they are not registered.
  • Detailed design of the exposed steel structure

    Studies were made to establish the size of a secondary beam capable of spanning 9m unrestrained, but with a top flange narrow enough to allow the precast coffer units to be lowered onto the bottom flange.

    The Construction Industry Council is developing a series of key performance indicators for design with the help of the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions. The indicators will measure the buildability, supply chain management, client and user satisfaction of projects. CIC chairman elect Michael Dickson said that it is difficult to put a monetary value on design or good quality construction.
  • DETR rejects landscape watchdog recommendation

  • Developers on the defensive

    With challenges to planning decisions rising, clients should regard an environmental statement as a form of insurance
  • Developers picked for King's Cross 'megascheme'

  • developers win City backing

    The controversial 41-storey 'gherkin' tower by Foster and Partners received the backing of City of London planners on Tuesday, signalling defeat for conservationists and victory for developers who want to build tall in the Square Mile.
  • Devon man Godfrey joins RIBA race

    Small practitioner Brian Godfrey is set to join the race to become RIBA president. The 64-year-old RIBA council member is planning to stand with policies which will challenge the RIBA's London bias and favour small practices.
  • Devonport buildings

    Work has started on the second phase of the £8 million conference and training centre in the courtyard of the Grade II-listed Devonport buildings, Greenwich. Detailed design on the design and build scheme was by GHM Rock Townsend while planning was secured by Spence Harris Hogan. The conference centre will include accommodation for postgraduate and mature students from the University of Greenwich.

    Sixteen buildings in Devon are to be burnt to the ground in an effort to recreate the Great Fire of London. Bonfire specialists the Torrington Cavaliers erected the buildings, which include a replica of St Paul's Cathedral, on a patch of moorland and will put them to the torch on 26 August in front of thousands of spectators.


    Manchester-based multi-profession consultancy, Design Group Partnership, has won the civil and structural design elements of a project for HM Prison Service worth £20 million. Twenty schemes, spread over 10 sites, will provide segregated secure areas for boys aged between 14-17 years, within existing establishments for 17-20 age groups.
  • Dial lost out to Dome for Greenwich 2000

  • Dial up for assistance, but don't ask my age


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    London New Designers 2000 13-16 July. An exhibition at the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper St, N1. Details 020 7359 3535.
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    London Max Fordham/Patrick Bellew Tuesday 29 February, 18.30. A lecture at the AA, 36 Bedford Sq, WC1. Details 020 7887 4000.
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    New paintings and drawings by Arnold van Praag takes the city as their subject and present it with heightened colour in a very Expressionist way. They can be seen at the Art Space Gallery, 84 St Peter's Street, London N1 from 19 May-17 June. Details 020 7359 7002. Above: Street II (oil on board).
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    Opening today, 'Tectonic' looks at 'three relationships between craft and architecture' and features the work of Shin and Tomoku Azumi, Elizabeth Callinicos, and the Thomas Heatherwick Studio. At the Crafts Council Gallery, 44a Pentonville Road, London N1 until 11 June (020 7278 7700).

    Andy Goldsworthy's latest exhibition, 'Time', at the Barbican Centre, London EC2, until 29 October (Tel 020 7638 8891), includes an installation of boulders that have been split open by firing in a kiln (see above), and a 6m x 25m 'Clay Wall', gradually drying and cracking. Thames & Hudson has published a lavish new book of Goldsworthy's work, which is also titled Time (203pp, £35).
  • Diary: East Midlands Rosalind Stoddart Until 17 September.

    An exhibition of sculpture at the Elizabethan Lyveden New Bield near Oundle. Details 01832 205358.
  • Diary: Eastern

    The Norman Foster Studio: Exploring the City Until 10 September. An exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre, UEA, Norwich. Details 01603 593199.
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    The latest exhibition at Munkenbeck + Marshall's gallery at Roche Court, East Winterslow, near Salisbury features an installation of carved granite spheres and steel plates by the Japanese artist Hideo Furuta. The show opens on 21 October and continues until 21 January 2001. Details 01980 862244.
  • Diary: International

    Calais Reconstruction 9 September-8 October. A photo-text installation on post-war Modernism in Calais at the Galerie de l'Ancienne Poste, 13 Boulevard Gambetta, Calais. (00 33 321 467710).
  • Diary: Ireland

    Ward Wylie Atelier Until 30 September. An exhibition at Belfast Central Library, Royal Avenue, Belfast. Details 020 7627 0027.
  • Diary: London

    Daniel Libeskind Tuesday 12 September, 19.15. A lecture at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7. Details Camille Huxham 020 7840 1135.
  • Diary: North West

    RIBA CPD Event: Building Regulations Update Wednesday 20 September. At the Civic Centre, Knutsford. Details Belinda Irlam-Mowbray 01565 652927.
  • Diary: Northern

    Urban Lifestyles: Cities in the New Millennium 14-16 September. A conference in Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • Diary: Scotland

    Ernesto Neto Until10 September. An installation at Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, Dundee. Details 01382 432000.
  • Diary: South East

    Tati: A Chance to Whistle Until 24 September. An exhibition on the work of film-maker Jacques Tati at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill. Details 01424 787900.
  • Diary: Southern

    Energy Conscious Design Wednseday 13 September, 16.30. A seminar at the County Museum, Aylesbury. Details John Vize 01296 383864.
  • Diary: Wessex

    Bryan Kneale Until 15 October. An exhibition of recent work at Roche Court Sculpture Park, East Winterslow, Salisbury. Details 01980 862244.
  • Diary: West Midlands

    Where Swampy Meets Wimpey Tuesday 3 October, 19.30. A lecture on sustainable housing at Moorlands House, Stockwell St, Leek. Details Chris Hesketh 01538 373477.
  • Diary: Yorkshire

    Lothar Gotz 9 September-29 October. Site-specific wall paintings at the Mappin Art Gallery, 101 Norfolk St, Sheffield. Details 0114 278 2600.
  • Did Corb's glassy stare come from just one eye?

  • Digby Jones

    Confederation of British Industry director general Digby Jones last week opened a new art, design and technology centre at Bromsgrove School designed by Birmingham-based practice Associated Architects.
  • Digging homes

    I am indebted to Simon Ives, commercial director of brownfields. com for a totally new phrase he claims is entering the lexicon: 'beigefield'. Ives says an aggregates company told him about the term, which it defined thus: 'We have dug about on it and made a few holes and now it is, by definition, brownfield because we have developed it in a planning sense. We would like to build houses on it please.' The government's 60 per cent target of brownfield development may yet be achieved.


    The government has announced plans to set up a disability group to advise it on access to buildings.The move follows a recommendation by the Disability Rights Task Force that such a group should be established. Construction minister Nick Raynsford said he has asked an advisory committee on disabled persons transport use to set up the group. It will be chaired by Peter Barker of the Royal National Institute for the Blind.
  • Discovering a sites' buried treasures can be a drain

    I was asked recently to consider an issue of importance to construction designers - who is responsible for locating underground services?
  • Discreet opening

    Sometimes honest expression of function is exactly what isn't needed on a building. So when John Miller had to find a way of getting large pieces of work into the Royal Scottish Academy as part of its Playfair project, he had to use subterfuge. He is inserting an enormous sliding door in William Playfair's 1859 facade, but is removing the original stonework and using it to reclad the door so that it will disappear when not in use. Formalism follows function.
  • Dismembering Body Zone responsibilities

  • Disney World making eyes at London's giant wheel

  • Distinctive design

    There was a big turnout for Danny Libeskind's Royal Academy lecture on Saturday night, despite the England/Germany rival attraction.
  • Diversity doesn't mean variety

    In the second part of our debate, we explore whether diversity will help or hinder the quest for equality in architecture.
  • Diversity goes fourth

    Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Complete Works Volume 4 By Peter Buchanan. Phaidon, 2000. 240pp. £45
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  • Dixon Jones BDP exonerated over Opera House chaos


    DLG Architects has unveiled a £150 million regeneration plan for the town of Hayle at the bay of St Ives in Cornwall. The London-based practice has designed a 140,000m 2mixed-use development on a 20ha site including commercial, leisure, residential and industrial uses. The scheme also includes a new harbour to cater for the local fishing fleet and a 300-berth marina. The designs have now been submitted for outline planning consent with Penwith Council.
  • Dobson backs racism inquiry

    London MP Frank Dobson has backed black architect Elsie Owusu in her campaign against the capital's planning authorities, which she claims have demonstrated 'institutional racism'.
  • Dobson shirks design policy as others recruit architects

    With only six weeks left until London votes for its first elected Mayor, Labour candidate Frank Dobson is the only serious contender to have avoided the riba's campaign to influence each candidate's policy on design and architecture.
  • Docomomo debate to enhance value of listing


    The Bartlett School of Architecture has claimed the first ever architectural design doctorate in the UK after senior lecturer Jonathan Hill was awarded a PhD.
  • Does ARB code cast its net a little too widely?

  • Doing the business

    Bentley's Viecon offers architects the opportunities to take back the initiative in managing project information
  • Dome business case was never robust

  • Dome designers win gongs in New Year's honours

    Millennium Dome designers led the industry in this month's New Year's honours list.
  • Dome developers unfazed by new lottery cash saga

    The design team behind the Dome Europe bid to take over the struggling Millennium Dome has dismissed fears that pressure to close the doors on the visitor attraction early could damage its chances. SMC Group, part of the Dome Europe consortium, is planning to keep the Dome as an amusement park with three quarters of the zones intact, and Stuart McColl, head of SMC Group, dismissed the possibility that the government might now turn to a completely different use to put an end to bad publicity o

    The government this week distanced itself from reports that it has been advised to demolish the Milennium Dome. Leaked reports suggested that financial consultant Lazard had advised the government to raze the Dome and replace it with a business park. But Lazard claims it is still preparing the report on the viability of other bids after Nomura pulled out of buying the attraction last month.

    Lord Falconer is expected to be at the centre of another row about the way the Millennium Dome project was run after publication of a damning National Audit Office report due out today. It is expected to detail how the Dome was insolvent at the start of the year before being bailed out with more Lottery cash.

    Arts Minister Alan Howarth has announced a consultation on whether to award Grade II listing to four post-war buildings. They are the 1946 pre-stressed concrete Adam viaduct in Wigan by London, Midland and Scottish Railway; the 1969 Preston bus station by Building Design Partnership; the 1974 Lillington housing estate in Pimlico by John Darbourne and Geoffrey Darke; and the 1962 ventilation towers at Blackwall Tunnel by Terry Farrell, one of which is in the Millennium Dome.
  • Dome facing fresh cash crisis over demolition of contents

    The beleaguered New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) is bracing itself for an extra £15 million loss when the contents of the Millennium Dome are ripped out.
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  • Dome lurches from crisis to crisis as bankers brought in

    The saga of the Millennium Dome lurched from bad to worse last week after a leaked report revealed that the Greenwich attraction has sucked up £628 million of cash and was insolvent when it was awarded its latest £47 million Lottery handout.
  • Dome manager matched up with Clients'Advisory Service

    The RIBA has drafted in a former Millennium Dome manager to revive the fortunes of its architect and client matchmaking service, the Clients' Advisory Service (CAS).

    The competition for the after-use of the Dome is down to two. Dome Europe's proposals, backed by Japanese bank Nomura, add new attractions, and will now compete with Legacy plc - a bid to convert the Dome into a high-technology business campus. Government ministers will make a final decision on 23 June. Dome Europe's architects include SMC Group; Legacy's include Lifschutz Davidson.


    Domestic themes and materials are the focus of the latest exhibition at the South London Gallery, 65 Peckham Road, London SE5. Called 'Domestic Bliss', it features six artists, including Yukinori Yamada, whose works are made from cardboard drink cartons (above). Until 10 September. Tel: 020 7703 9799.
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  • Don't accuse Lambeth of ignoring Waterloo area

  • Don't accuse Lambeth of ignoring Waterloo area

  • Don't gloss over city plans when serious matters are at hand

  • Don't Look Down's metal jungles and slimy edifices

    Once past the initial irritation of wondering why someone with vertigo would make a TV series in which he scales some of the tallest buildings in Britain, unless as a self-publicity stunt, and how much it must have cost to have set up the climbing apparatus and consultancy involved, one couldn't help feeling that the first episode of Kevin McCloud's Don't Look Down was worth watching - and not only for the thrill factor.
  • Don't lose hope over SFA/99's inadequacies

  • Don't put us between a rock and a hard place


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  • Dot.commers can teach architects a trick or two

  • Double-coded

  • Downland Prize for Architects 2000

    A housing scheme on a difficult wedge-shaped site in Oxford has won the Downland Prize for Architects 2000, presented to the best small and medium projects by the RIBA's south-east region.
  • Downloading

    As we worry about the best ways of preserving our heritage, US concerns centre on keeping Philadelphia standing. In one six-day period in August, 25 buildings collapsed.
  • Drawing comparisons

    Two new software packages both offer approaches to single building modelling but in quite different ways
  • Drawing on memory

  • drawn to the dark side

    Born into the 'anxiety and anger' of WWII, Tomi Ungerer still suffers horrifying nightmares. Yet Strasburg's native artist-hero shows in his ever-growing oeuvre that dark subject matter can be reinvented, even for children by deborah singmaster.
  • Dreams and reality

    Magical Urbanism: Latinos Reinvent the US City by Mike Davis. Verso, 2000. 174pp. £12
  • Drink London

    by Juanita Chung. ellipsis, 2000. 320pp. £10
  • Drive-in decorating

    Colour is one of the most under-rated aspects of design, RIBA president Marco Goldschmied announced at the event for the institute's latest moneymaking wheeze, the launch with Crown Trade of the Drawings Collection Authentic Colours range of paints. He complained that the themed collections stopped with '50s sketchbook . . . I sincerely hope the '70s Pompidou may come in', going on to show his commitment to colour by fetching samples he is using for the decoration of his flat at Montevetro. T
  • Driven to concern


  • Dropped designers in call for compensation at Stonehenge

    English Heritage (EH) last week scrapped plans by Edward Cullinan Architects and Sidell Gibson Architects for a new visitor centre at Stonehenge, triggering calls for compensation from outraged architects.
  • Dry dissertation

    The CIAM Discourse on Urbanism, 1928-1960By Eric Mumford, MIT Press, 2000, 375pp. £27.95
  • Dual degrees require experienced schools


  • Dublin scraps Geoffrey Reid's 'image of Ireland'building

    Geoffrey Reid Associates' design for a new £30 million home for the Irish ministry of culture in Dublin looks set to be scrapped.
  • Due south

    Sue Duncan reports on light and shade at an environmentally aware corporate headquarters
  • Duffy can't deny the excellence of finalists

  • Duffy goes West

  • Duffy slams 'superficial' Stirling

    Former RIBA president Frank Duffy has launched a stinging attack on the Stirling Prize just days before UK architecture's biggest awards ceremony appears on national TV for the first time.

    Bill Dunster is to address the Architects and Engineers for Social Responsibility group at its AGM on Saturday 14 October at 13.30. He will be talking about his BedZed design for Peabody (AJ 13.7.00).

    HLM Architects and Hall Black Douglas Architects have been appointed to design a £32 million refurbishment and extension of Altagelvin Hospital in Londonderry. The duo are extending the hospital's tower block. HLM is leading the design team with Belfast-based Hall Black Douglas as architect. HLM's largest healthcare project to date has been St James Hospital in Dublin.

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    AJ ENQUIRY No: 203



    Henderson Houseman Architects has opened a new Dusseldorf office in a bid to win more business in western Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. The practice already has an office in Berlin.
  • Dust to dust

  • Dutch treat: 'controversial' Koolhaas captures Pritzker

  • Dutch young guns

    SuperDutch: New Architecture in the Netherlands By Bart Lootsma. Thames & Hudson, 2000. 264pp. £24.95

    The Imperial War Museum is to build new exhibition space, education and conference facilities in an existing aircraft hangar at Duxford Airfield after the success of Foster and Partners' award-winning museum on the site. The museum last week placed a preinformation notice on its plans in the EC Journal, which could result in a competition when further details are announced in October.
  • East Midlands diary

    Rosalind Stoddart Until 17 September. An exhibition of sculpture at the Elizabethan Lyveden New Bield near Oundle. Details 01832 205358.
  • East Midlands diary

    Rosalind Stoddart 1 July-17 September. An exhibition of sculpture at the Elizabethan Lyveden New Bield near Oundle. Details 01832 205358.
  • East Midlands diary

    Rosalind Stoddart Until 17 September. An exhibition of sculpture at the Elizabethan Lyveden New Bield near Oundle. Details 01832 205358.
  • East Midlands diary

    Rosalind Stoddart Until 17 September. An exhibition of sculpture at the Elizabethan Lyveden New Bield near Oundle. Details 01832 205358.
  • East Midlands diary

    Rosalind Stoddart Until 17 September. An exhibition of sculpture at the Elizabethan Lyveden New Bield near Oundle. Details 01832 205358.
  • East Midlands Diary

    RIBA CPD Event: Becoming a Planning Supervisor 6, 13 and 20 June. A threeday course in Nottingham. Details 0121 233 2321.
  • East Midlands diary

    RIBA CPD Event: Egan - Rethinking Construction Thursday 6 April. A oneday seminar at Nottingham. Details 0121 233 2321.
  • Eastern diary

    The Age of Wilkins: The Architecture of Improvement Until 13 August. An exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington St, Cambridge. Details 01223 332900.
  • Eastern diary

    Basic Maintenance of Historic Buildings Tuesday 1 August. A CPD craft day at Cressing Temple, Witham, Essex (01245 437672).
  • Eastern diary

    Basic Maintenance of Historic Buildings Tuesday 1 August. A CPD craft day at Cressing Temple, Witham, Essex. Details 01245 437672.
  • Eastern diary

    University of Cambridge Annual Architecture Exhibition Until 7 July (Mon-Fri). At 1 Scroope Terrace, Cambridge. Details 01223 332950.
  • Eastern diary

    Timber Conversion: Turning Trees into Timber Framed Buildings Tuesday 29 August. A CPD craft day at Cressing Temple, Witham (01245 437672).
  • Eastern diary

    Sustainable Design and the Urban Environment Friday 24 March. A seminar at the BRE, Garston, Watford. Details 01923 664532.
  • Eastern Diary

    Susan Bonvin Until 2 June. Shallowrelief abstract paintings at New Hall, Cambridge. Details 01832 274141.
  • Eastern lights

    Chandelier specialist Dernier and Hamlyn has been manufacturing light fittings since 1888. In that time the company has built up an impressive portfolio of projects including schemes at the House of Commons and various Royal Palaces. The chandelier for the Aurora restaurant project at the Great Eastern Hotel by the Manser Practice and Conran and Partners is a collaboration with ceramicist Jo Whiting.
  • Eat architecture

    Waldemar Januszczak spoke at the same awards event. The Great Critic is making a series of architecture programmes for Channel Four as part of the Stirling Prize (including one with the, according to Waldemar, 'extraordinarily difficult to work with' Piers Gough). He had some interesting things to say about the Richard Rogers-designed Channel Four building and how it came about. Apparently the channel was shown 'a huge expanse of office space' at the then fairly desolate Canary Wharf, but Mic
  • Eberswalde Library: Herzog & de Meuron

  • EC attacks 'unlawful'Pimlico School PFI selection process

    The European Commission has weighed into the ongoing controversy surrounding the redevelopment of Pimlico School with an attack on the 'unlawful'method of selecting the team masterminding the demolition and rebuild scheme.
  • EC contract leads

    Most of you will have the equivalent of this site of EPIN's in your electronic diary. It enables you to find out about every EC contract worth more than £3 million up for grabs. You can find out this information at the local library for the cost of your researcher's time but this way may be more costeffective - though the base subscription is £500.
  • EC gets tough with Ireland's ongoing asbestos abuse

    The European Commission has lost patience with the Irish government in a dispute over its anti- pollution regulations, in particular over removing asbestos from buildings. It will now launch a case at the European Court of Justice.
  • Eccentric Spaces

    Review: by Robert Harbison.MIT Press, 2000. 177pp. £9.50

    ECD Architects has been appointed to design a £6 million new building in Covent Garden for the Royal Ballet School. The practice is designing five dance studios and other education accommodation, as well as 1300m 2of retail space at ground floor and basement levels. The site is within a conservation area and includes two Grade II-listed buildings.

    ECD Architects has completed a £5 million extension to its Queens Building at Anglia Polytechnic University in Chelmsford. The office and teaching facility is arranged on four floors and fronts the River Chelmer.
  • eco-friendly interiors

    ECO IMPACT for flooring, worktops, panels and furniture
  • E-commerce 'could save £1bn a year' for practices

    Small and medium-sized practices of architects and engineers could save nearly £1 billion a year by buying basic services and supplies through the Web, according to a new report by business think tank London Economics.

  • Edinburgh grapples with big changes to the old and new

    It used to be said that if you left Edinburgh for 10 years and came back nothing had changed, writes Julian Holder.

    There is a last chance to see this summer's RIAS exhibition, 'Edinburgh on the Rack: The New Architecture', curated by Murray Grigor and designed by Richard Murphy Architects. 168 postcards arranged around the edge of the gallery portray Edinburgh's architecture of the last 10 years. In commenting on each inclusion, Grigor doesn't pull his punches. Of Festival Square, Lothian Road: 'Despite all the millions lavished on it, it is still Ceaucescu Plaza for me.' At the RIAS Gallery, Rutland Squa
  • Edinburgh toasts Richard Meier office park trio

  • editorial

    Our lead story reveals that Ken Livingstone is to be advised by a panel of international architects. The news is entirely in keeping with the current consensus that the way to achieve quality in the built environment is to trust the opinion of an elite group of enlightened experts. The notion of mass consultation seems as hopelessly outdated as the idea that architecture and urban design should be left purely to market forces. The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has demo
  • editorial

    What are we to make of Prince Charles'call for a return to an architecture characterised by high-quality craftsmanship? It is not in itself a controversial stance.
  • editorial

    They are difficult to make money out of; they have a tendency to drag on and on; the clients are invariably unrealistic, indecisive and excessively demanding.
  • editorial

    Gordon Brown's announcement of vastly increased public-sector spending looks set to provide the biggest boost to the construction industry since the launch of the National Lottery. Unlike the first generation of Lottery money, the increased expenditure will not go towards capital projects alone, but an additional several billion pounds will enter the construction industry.
  • editorial

    The newly cash-rich government's not-veryindependent report into how it thinks it is faring last week had nothing direct to say about architecture. Odd, given how importantly ministers say Tony Blair takes this design business, but sadly not surprising. The annual report it did produce (which can be seen at www. annualreport. gov. uk/) does have a section on the environment, at least, but it focuses much more on pollution, bathing waters, new National Parks and road congestion than on saving
  • editorial

    So Mo Mowlam thinks the Royal Family should vacate Buckingham Palace and move into a modern building.
  • editorial

    Last week we had the RIBA Awards, this week we have our very own AJ/Bovis Royal Academy Awards. Students are setting their sights on the Silver Medal, and those embarking on their year out will have read the sample pages in their logbook and realised that they are meant to litter their entries with comments like 'Interesting project this.Could be up for a Civic Trust Award!'
  • editorial

    It's official. Architects are now on mingling terms with the residents of Number 10. But was last night's shindig simply an exercise in collective professional climbing, or a real indication of changes to come? As might be expected, much was made of Blair's personal commitment to improving the quality of governmentcommissioned buildings.What was surprising was the extent to which he appears willing to be pinned down as to exactly what this 'commitment' might entail.
  • editorial

    Commenting on the murder of Damilola Taylor, Jack Straw dismissed 'those 'pile 'em high and build 'em cheap' plans for underground car parks, high-level walkways and unlit alleys' as 'bad design'. He was wrong. There is nothing intrinsically 'bad' about highdensity, low-cost housing. Underground parking makes perfect sense in a city where land is in scarce supply.
  • editorial

    Those who watched the Stirling Prize coverage on television last Sunday will have heard Will Alsop's somewhat indecorous comments on the planning authorities in the boroughs of Camden and Kensington and Chelsea. It is true that there is a tendency for authorities with high-quality historic building stock to be a little too eager to protect the status quo.We don't get our best modern architecture in the centre of Canterbury or Chester, but in places where conservationists carry less weight. So
  • Editorial

    Welcome to the first supplement from Hanson Brick showing the range of developments and activities we are currently involved in.
  • editorial

    Just reading the itinerary for the Millennium Architecture Inward Mission brings on a surge of patriotic pride. The British Council-organised trip designed to show influential international visitors the best of recent British architecture is that rare commodity: a trade mission which actually looks like fun.
  • editorial

    Looking at the projects which feature in our two social housing issues, it is evident that it is becoming increasingly difficult to tell the difference between projects by housing associations and those by private developers. Social housing has moved away from the age of heroic megastructures, or the provision of endless identical and determinedly ordinary houses, and has started to provide the visual richness and the degree of choice which home owners have long since come to expect. It is al
  • editorial

    In its first year, the Annie Spink Award for excellence in education has been won by Elia Zenghelis, a man who describes the art of teaching design as the ability to uncover ideas which students hold but do not know how to articulate. It is a view which assumes that the teacher's obligation to listen to what the student has to say is as, if not more, important than the obligation to impart knowledge and ideas.
  • editorial

    Speaking at the Architecture Foundation's fundraising event last week, Nicky Gavron, Lord Rogers and Chris Smith were effusive in their praise for architecture centres, and it is presumed that the Urban White paper, due out in November, will give plans for a network of regional architecture centres strong support.
  • editorial

    Members should continue to have a say in election
  • editorial

    Call centres are one of the undoubtedly new building types developed in the last quarter century. Other business environments have been developed beyond recognition. The industrial shop floor is cleaner and safer than in the past, and the office is more casual and more social than a post-war clerk would have expected.But the call centre has sprung up as a new form, and a hugely significant one; more people are now employed in this sector than in motor manufacturing or agriculture.
  • Editorial

    A little flexibility could save our seaside towns
  • editorial

    Design in Education Week should be aimed at future clients
  • editorial

    After 18 months of anecdotal evidence that Movement For Innovation (M 4I) demonstration projects are speedy, cost-effective and defect-free, the supporting figures were revealed at the M 4I annual conference at Interbuild this week. The 1999 figures tell us that 62 per cent of M 4Iprojects met (or beat) their construction cost targets as opposed to an industry-wide figure of 45 per cent, and 68 per cent were completed on time, compared with 62 per cent of projects across the industry.There ar
  • editorial

    ABK's British Embassy in Russia opened this week. The embassy is a fine example of the considered contemporary architecture which the practice has consistently delivered over the last 40 years. Sixteen years ago, ABK's design for the extension to the National Museum was, famously, dismissed by the Prince of Wales as 'a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend' and was subsequently dropped. The new British Embassy has also attracted comment at the highest level, but t
  • editorial

    Acknowledging readers' outrage at distasteful ad
  • editorial letters

    Nicholas Grimshaw 's proposal for a 42-storey tower at Paddington Station appears to be a text-book example of the genre. It embodies Corbusier 's edict that land displaced by buildings should be replaced with gardens on the roof, and its scale seems appropriate to an urban landscape dominated by the gutsy scale of the nearby canal and railway lines. Tall buildings and major transport networks work well together in practical as well as aesthetic terms. Densely populated buildings need efficie
  • editorial letters

    Lordly views on RIBA reform may not be shared by members
  • editorial letters

    It's Architecture Week and the most quoted architectural soundbite is Norman Foster's insistence that preventing the wobble on the Millennium Bridge is 'definitely Arup's job'. The attempt to emphasise the separation between architecture and engineering is misjudged, especially from an architect whose success has been built largely on an understanding of the relationship between the two. How ironic that a man with so much technological know-how should be adding fuel to a prejudice which archi

    The RIBA is seeking nominations for the first Annie Spink Award which celebrates achievement in architectural education. The competition for the £10,000 prize is open to any teacher working on an internationally recognised RIBA course. The prize will in particular seek to reward teachers' involvement in the development of architectural education. Nominations should be received at www. architecture. com no later than 4 August.
  • Education and skills no guarantee of full-time job

  • Education chief threatens Pimlico over PFI stalemate

  • Education is the starting point for combating racism

  • Edward Cullinan Architects

  • Edward Cullinan Architects

    Edward Cullinan Architects' plans for the sensitive Canon's Marsh site in Bristol have won 'broad support' from the public following the first stage of public consultation according to practice partner Robin Nicholson. Earlier this month 100 locals saw the initial plans to build up to 500 residential units, a multiplex cinema and 32,000m 2ofoffice space on the waterside site. The scheme is based around two new public routes, one which leads down to the SSGreat Britain and the other which affo

    The subject of Edwin Zwakman's maquettes and photographs is the landscape of the Netherlands - specifically, its constructed rather than natural character. His work can be seen in an exhibition at Gimpel Fils,
  • Effusive praise for Tate leads to disappointment

  • EH blames local government for 1625 buildings at risk

    Hundreds of town halls, libraries and magistrates courts are at risk of destruction and decay according to research issued by English Heritage (EH) last week and the number is rising.
  • EH goes for 'conservationist approach' at King's Cross

    Conservationists at English Heritage (eh) are drawing up alternative plans for part of Europe's biggest inner city regeneration project at King's Cross rail lands.

    English Heritage has published what it claims is 'a rescue plan' for the Borough, Bankside and London Bridge areas of Southwark. Major redevelopment proposals there, including Terry Farrell and Partners' new London Bridge Station and Tony Meadows Associates' viaduct through Borough Market, will be the subject of a public inquiry this spring (AJ 20.1.00). EH believes the proposals are unco-ordinated and threaten the character of 'a unique corner of London'. The Borough at London Bridge is a st

    English Heritage has launched a campaign to raise £4 million and regenerate London's garden squares. In a first step, its chairman, Sir Neil Cossons, pledged £200,000 to help replace chain-link fencing with railings, replace 'inappropriate street furniture' and repair broken paving. Minister for London Keith Hill said: 'Many of London's squares fall short of the standards expected of a world class city. What is more, their run-down condition can demoralise local communities and act

    The English Heritage/Historic Scotland publication, Timber Decay in Buildings: The Conservation Approach to Treatment, by Brian Ridout, has won the first Lee Nelson international prize.
  • EH's historic review

    English Heritage is set to unveil what it trailed this week as a 'hardhitting'series of proposals for the future of the historic environment, which may include an entreaty to government to cut planning red tape. The conservation agency was commissioned to lead the 'Historic Environment Review' by the government earlier this year. It will report on 14 December, when EHchairman Sir Neil Cossons hands over the proposals to culture minister Alan Howarth and housing, planning and construction mini
  • Eight days a week

  • Eight teams jockeying for position in Ascot revamp

    Ascot Racecourse is set to make one of the biggest decisions in its history later this week when it chooses between eight of the best 'runners and riders'to give the ground a thorough multimillion-pound redesign.
  • Electric design

    Harper Mackay has won outline planning permission on a £2.5 million apartment scheme for London Electricity in Lewisham.
  • Elemental understanding

    Concrete has always excited architects. Now Dutch researchers suggest possibilities for the next generation of the material
  • Elsworth Sykes Architecture wins award

    Elsworth Sykes Architecture (ESA) has won the Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council's New Buildings Design Award, for its Aroma Cafe (above). The award assessors commended ESA for its 'audacious and extraordinarily clever' building, praising it for successfully squeezing the 168m building into the narrow corner site off Kensington High Street. Since its completion in March 2000, and subsequent opening in June, the cafe has also attracted the attention of GMTV which now uses it as a venue for
  • Emap launches 'Interchange' transport show and awards

    Major developments across Europe are almost invariably predicated on integrated transport these days. Now Emap Montgomery, the joint venture between the AJ's publisher and the Montgomery Group, is launching a combination of conference, exhibition and awards to reflect the growing importance of this development type. To be called 'Interchange', the show will take place next April at the new ExCel exhibition venue in London's Docklands, and will fly the flag for progressive planning and develop
  • Embarrassing farce demeans profession


  • Employee takes practice to court over alleged bullying

    A major London practice is facing a High Court case and thousands of pounds in damages after it was accused of overworking and bully ing an employee, leading to physical injury. The practice sacked the partly qualified female designer five years ago when she took time off sick as a result of the alleged overwork. The case against the practice is of personal injury and wrongful dismissal, but neither party can be named in advance of the case.
  • Enchanted landscapes

    review Hypnerotomachia Poliphili: The Strife of Love in a Dream by Francesco Colonna. Translated from the Italian with an introduction by Joscelyn Godwin. Thames & Hudson, 1999. £42.
  • Energy briefing

  • Energy briefing

  • Energy briefing

  • Enfield Council under fire over flat's balcony collapse

  • Enfield has its own De La Warr-type problem

  • Engineering a sense of respect

    Architects like structural engineers. We might not be delighted that our indooroutdoor fully-glazed house extension somehow needs more steel than the Tyne Bridge, but we don't attribute that to incompetence, just lack of effort.
  • Engineering credit for bridge achievement

  • Engineering for a smooth take-off

    British Airways wanted its new component engineering building in Hayes to be easily relettable in the future
  • England: A Guide to Post-War Listed Buildings

    By Elain Harwood. ellipsis, 2000. 687pp. £15
  • Enhancing the ordinary

  • Entente cordiale

    The RIBA is planning to rejoin the Architects'Council of Europe, sharing the £36,000 fee with the ARB. And 13 December's council will also hear that the institute has a new pension scheme, as of April.

    Entries for the second annual Design Sense Awards, which reward sustainability in architecture and product design, are due in by 28 July. Hosted by the Design Museum and sponsored by steel company Corus, the awards have prize money totalling £40,000.

    The RTKL-designed Printworks entertainment complex opened last week in Manchester. The £50 million scheme to refurbish the former Daily Mirror printing house borders the regenerated area on the site of the 1996 IRA bomb. It features a 20-screen cinema, bars, restaurants and clubs and is open 24 hours a day.

    Business in the Environment, the business campaign for environmental responsibility, has slammed construction and building materials companies for ignoring their impact on the environment. The campaign has drawn up an index to rate the environmental responsibility of companies to help investors predict business growth, which is increasingly linked to companies' concern for green issues.
  • Environmental pros and cons must be considered


    All the spaces are heated via an underfloor heating system using a condensing gas-fired boiler (99.8 per cent efficient with greatly reduced flue emissions) located in the plant room. Each space is individually controllable, including the staff area to the rear of the counter. Natural cross-ventilation is achieved by manually operated opening vents in the north and south walls.
  • EP adopts 'wait and see' policy on new Greenwich 'villages' ...

  • EP adopts 'wait and see'policy on new Greenwich 'villages'. . .

    English Partnerships is to stage two major competitions for more new and innovative housing on the Greenwich peninsula - but only if it is satisfied that the controversial Greenwich Millennium Village project proves a commercial success.

  • EPR Architects

    EPR Architects last week topped out its £37 million Parliament View, a major residential scheme Laing is building next to Lambeth Palace near London's Lambeth Bridge . The ceremony for the 12storey scheme, which includes 190 apartments, was carried out in the presence of Singapore's minister of home affairs, Wong Kan Seng. The building, for Singaporean developer Ho Bee Group, is due for completion this autumn. Structural engineer is Ove Arup.
  • EPR Architects'Reg Aaron in the running for charity

    EPR Architects director Reg Aaron is putting in some serious training to get into shape for the London Triathlon and raise £50,000 for charity in the process.
  • EPR bids to bury the ghosts of Docklands bomb blast

    A series of buildings in London's Docklands which have lain dormant since they were bombed by the IRA in February 1996 are finally set to get a new lease of life, if Tower Hamlets Borough Council gives a massive new scheme by EPR architects planning permission in October.

  • EPR's Spitalfields body of work

    epr Architects last week unveiled its second office design for the historic Spitalfields area of London as developers warned of a £500,000 bill for the removal of thousands of medieval corpses found buried on the site.
  • EPR's Spitalfields body of work

    EPR Architects last week unveiled its second office design for the historic Spitalfields area of London as developers warned of a £500,000 bill for the removal of thousands of medieval corpses found buried on the site.

    The RIBA will later this month launch its new equal opportunities forum with Helen Stone OBE delivering a keynote speech on equal opportunities in the construction industry. BA London Eye architect Julia Barfield as well as Caroline Osewe, chair of the Society of Black Architects, will be backing the forum, which will operate as a point of contact, exchange and support for women in architecture. The launch will take place at 18.00 on 26 July at the RIBA, Portland Place.
  • Eric de Mare

    By Robert Elwall. RIBA Publications, 2000. 108pp. £8.99
  • Errata

  • Erratum

    letters extra
  • Erratum

  • Erratum

  • Essence of the bauhaus

    bauhaus dessau at the design museum, shad thames, london until 4 june
  • Essex Goodman & Suggit

    Young practice Essex Goodman & Suggit has just completed a small £80,000 mixed-use project in Notting Hill, west London, for Screenface, a company which supplies make-up for the film industry. The flat conversion by the 18-strong West End-based practice entailed splitting an existing shop and office unit into a shop, office and residential units.
  • Estate chief in 'shared-risks' contracts shake-up call

    A contract should be developed that gives all participants in a building project a financial interest in its operational effectiveness for two years after its completion, the manager of one of the country's leading educational estates has proposed.
  • Estate elevations wrong method for commission


    European Union culture ministers have agreed to promote the importance of high-quality public buildings after reaching a resolution in support of architecture in Brussels last month. UK arts minister Alan Howarth welcomed the move: 'I am delighted our European partners recognise, as we do, that well-designed buildings improve the lives of people. '
  • EU set for 'switch building' boom

  • EU set for 'switch building' boom

    Sheppard Robson is in talks with engineer Buro Happold and UK interior fit-out contractor Churchfield in a bid to swoop on a new £20 billion building boom triggered by a surge in European Internet traffic.

    Europa Nostra, the Hague-based pan-European heritage body, has launched its award scheme for 2000 which recognises the best examples of conservation and restoration of European Heritage. For details tel 00 31703024052.
  • Europan for Foundation

    The Architecture Foundation has taken over the co-ordination of Europan, the competition involving 19 countries across Europe which is intended as a 'springboard' for young practices.
  • Europe faces stalemate on US recipricocity agreements

  • Europe harmonises fire safety

    The second in a bi-monthly series of articles by Lawrence Webster Forrest examining key fire safety issues
  • Europe launches £90,000 modern architecture prize

    Architects have until 22 September to apply for a new European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, which could win them euro 150,000 (£90,000) to subsidise the cost of a particular architectural project, especially those which promote 'continental' styles.
  • Europe puts UK air standards to shame

  • European Research Institute (Birmingham)

    Work is set to start on this Fielden Clegg-designed European Research Institute at Birmingham University. The 4800m 2building features an innovative ventilation system which uses the building's thermal mass to regulate internal temperatures. Air is passed through the cores of the structure's pre-cast concrete planks to either cool the air in summer or warm it in winter. The building still uses heating and cooling but employs the concrete to store residual energy for later use to trim energy b

    This conversion of the 1824 Bonsall Chapel in Derbyshire deftly inserts the domestic accommodation into the shell of the Grade IIlisted building with minimal alterations to the external appearance. By keeping the edge of the new work back from the face of the old wall it has been possible to maintain the impression from outside that the three tall cast iron framed windows light an open hall. The architect has stepped down the middle section of the old hall by one half level in order to create
  • Even with pop stars, construction law is all about the nitty-gritty

    Legal Matters
  • Evening Standard has not behaved improperly


    AJ ENQUIRY No: 204

  • Every lining has a cloud

    In our monthly round-up of technical issues we look at ways of harnessing the elements and keeping them at bay
  • Every one. . .

    A tourist walks into a pet shop. While he looks round, another customer comes in and says to the shopkeeper: 'I'll have an AutoCAD monkey please.' The shopkeeper fetches a monkey, hands it over and says: 'That'll be £5,000.' The tourist asks why it is so expensive.
  • Every topic covered

    The BDA produces a comprehensive range of authoritative technical literature, covering all major aspects of design and construction using brick. A new BDA publications catalogue is now available, detailing 36 books, design notes, design guides, engineers' file notes and special publications currently in stock.
  • Everyone's on speaking terms

    Construction e-management systems mean better communication - and nowhere to hide if things go wrong
  • Everything in our garden is lovely

  • Ex-DG's peoplephobia betrays RIBA's purpose

  • Ex-Dome boss was warned: 'Zones may drive you dotty'

  • Exercising reasonable care is not good enough for clients

    legal matters
  • Exhibiting a lack of inside information

  • Expanding our role is the only way out of the problem of an over- supplied market

    A horribly hushed silence greeted my claim at last week's archaos conference that our profession is suffering from a chronic over-supply of 'architects'.
  • Expense of two counsels better value than a movie-style team

    American legal dramas such as Ally McBeal and Steve Bucho's excellent Murder One have introduced us all to the concept of 'second chair'.
  • Experience shows light homes are happy homes

  • Expert mediation is the best option for dispute resolution

    The judges in the Technology and Construction Courts are apparently kicking their heels for want of cases to try, while requests for the RIBA to appoint an arbitrator have fallen this year by about 50 per cent. But don't conclude that there has been an outbreak of goodwill and harmony across the construction industry. If only that were so: the other side of the picture is that the number of adjudications is growing and the UStrend to resolve disputes by mediation has also taken root.
  • Expressive engineering

    building study Sir Owen Williams’ 1930s Daily Express building on Fleet Street has regained its dramatic street elevation with Hurley, Robertson and Associates’ bold mixture of preservation and innovation
  • Extension to Addey and Stanhope School

    Barron and Smith Architects has won planning permission for this £2.8 million extension to Addey and Stanhope School in Deptford, south-east London. The building is located on the New Cross Road and will consist of a new gymnasium, changing rooms, science laboratory, classrooms and computer suites.
  • Extra! Extra! A&M rejigs LCP

    Allies and Morrison has unveiled a major redesign of the London College of Printing at the Elephant and Castle, one of the first major regeneration projects in the run-down area.
  • Eye has it

  • Eyes glazed over after seeing domestic projects


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  • Fabians fail to address real issues

    Anyone hoping to hear something about the Labour Party's commitment to achieving targets in the elimination of waste, zero emissions, and other urgently required environmental measures in the twenty-first century faced disappointment - and disbelief - at the Fabian Society's conference 'Celebrating the Centenary: 100 Years of the Labour Party'. At the afternoon plenary session, entitled 'Face the Future: Labour in the Twenty-first Century', and featuring speakers Oona King, Douglas Alexander,
  • Face saving

    Richard MacCormac's splendid Wellcome Wing at the Science Museum was treated to a visit by the Queen last week. She showed great interest, not unnaturally for a hereditary monarch and horse-breeder, in the displays about inherited characteristics. One of the features is a scanning machine which 'reads' your face and produces a wealth of information about you. Would Her Majesty try it out? There was just one drawback, which made it impossible: for the scanning to take place, you have to remove
  • Facing up to interfaces

    technical & practice
  • Factory conversion to dwelling Stiff and Trevillion

    working details

    This year's Interbuild will be 168 per cent of the size of the last Interbuild, which was held in 1997. The event will fill all 11 halls at the NEC. There will be almost 2000 exhibitors, of which around 10 per cent are from overseas.
  • Failure to deliver

    The Creative City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovatorsby Charles Landry. Earthscan Publications, 2000. 300pp. £17.95
  • Faith Zone looks at divine new life in post-Dome future

  • Fall and rise of London Bridge

    While Ken Livingstone hesitates over whether to take up residence in Foster and Partners' Greater London Assembly (GLA) building at London Bridge, plans are pressing ahead to revitalise the area around it.
  • Falling from high office:

  • Falling through a hole in the building regulations can be fatal

    legal matters
  • Fame and fortune

    Isambard Kingdom Brunel: Recent Works At the Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 until 25 February 2001 (Catalogue £20)

    The Architecture Foundation's latest exhibition, 'Mars Pants', opens today. The collaboration between photographer Jatja Hock, cultural writer Neil Leach and architects Nicola Worton and Oliver FroomeLewis includes images and a major installation aimed at juxtaposing the reality of city life and a fantasy vision of how it could be.
  • Farrell backs exhibition on genetics at Centre for Life

    Terry Farrell, architect of the newly opened Centre for Life in Newcastle, last week defended its exhibition on genetics after a group of anti-genetic modification protesters targeted the centre's opening celebrations.
  • Farrell wins Marsham Street Home Office HQ

    Home secretary Jack Straw has selected a consortium including Terry Farrell and Partners as his preferred bidder to build and run a new headquarters building for the Home Office and Prison Service on Marsham Street in Westminster.
  • Far-sighted Fuller contributed more than Modernism ever did

    At last, after missing the centenary of his birth by five years, a respectable exhibition devoted to the life and work of Richard Buckminster Fuller (18951983), has come to the Design Museum, where it will remain until 15 October. Consisting of original documents, artefacts, video clips and full-size structures, it is so evocative of the optimism of the recent past that it should be seen by everyone curious about the purpose of design before it was hijacked by the lottery committees and polit
  • Fat trap

  • FaulknerBrowns

    FaulknerBrowns has won an excellence in design award from Hammersmith & Fulham council for a new £2 million sports pavilion at St Paul's Girl's School in the London borough. The pavilion consists of a sports hall with office and changing facilities and features a glass-fibre awning shading the terrace. Judges making the award included Lord Rogers of Riverside.
  • FaulknerBrowns

    FaulknerBrowns has won planning permission for this new Sports Science and Research facility for the University of Edinburgh in the Scottish capital. The four-storey laboratory building wraps round an existing sports centre at Holyrood.
  • Fax at long last may join the digital realm

    Fax is set to join other forms of communication on the Internet. At first the differences may not be obvious - just using another network with the promise of reduced costs. But then, as with phones, the opportunities of going digital will begin to flow.
  • Fear and loathing in EC1

    David Batchelor: Electric Colour Tower At Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1 until 28 January 2001
  • Feeble Keble



    Allies and Morrison has unveiled £50 million plans for the renovation of the Royal Festival Hall at the South Bank Centre in London.
  • Feud's corner

    Journo-terrorist Mira BarHillel, the architectural 'critic' who loves to make us wince, shows no sign of stopping her one-woman campaign against Richard Rogers and (currently) Norman Foster. In London's Evening Standard recently, she has been meticulous in promoting the self-serving, greedy and hypocritical Baltic Exchange in its bid to stop Foster's so-called gherkin building from seeing the light of day. This led to hilarious headlines claiming the tower would 'wreck London's skyline', acco

    Fielden Clegg Bradley has won the competition for a £13 million redevelopment of Haverstock School in Camden, the borough's largest ever non-housing project.
  • Fighting back


  • Finance downturn and upturn due to commerce


    A new trust is to boost the finances of Planning Aid, the service which helps communities unable to afford professional urban design fees. The trust has been established by the Royal Town Planning Institute and aims to ensure people exercise their rights in the planning system.

    AJpublishing director Paul Finch has become deputy chairman of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. He will continue as chairman of CABE's design review committee.
  • Finding your way about

    Architects' love/hate relationship with signage may be mediated by the arrival of the wayfinding consultant
  • Finsbury Health Centre in £2M critical care plea

    Lubetkin and Tecton's 1938 Modernist landmark, Finsbury Health Centre, is under threat after it emerged that Camden and Islington NHS Trust which runs it, is struggling to find the £2 million needed for vital maintenance.
  • Finsbury square revamp to be funded by City businesses

    Big business around London's Finsbury Square is to stump up £5 million to pay for a new landscaping scheme by Patel Taylor Architects. Over the next six months, the London Borough of Islington will bring together occupiers such as Bloomberg and Invesco to agree the renovation of this historic, yet down at heel, square just north of the City of London.The proposals feature potted trees on rails to give flexibility for events, a restaurant and a 4m high raised oval containing a bowling gre
  • Fire protection doesn't require a big budget

  • Fire protection for professionals signing up to joint insurance

    legal matters
  • Fire protection guide offers risk-based advice


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    Corsie Naysmith has completed a fit-out for the Milan department store La Rinascente. The scheme is for a department called LRzone on two floors. The practice is also drawing up interiors for Harrods in London and SOKOS, a Helsinki department store.

    Fitzroy Robinson has lodged a planning application for a new 11-storey building on the site of an existing office block at Knightsbridge in London. The scheme will accommodate 190 apartments and seven town houses.
  • Fitzroy loses £100m job

    Fitzroy Robinson appeared to have been dropped from a £100 million residential scheme in Knightsbridge this week.

    Fitzroy Robinson has won planning permission for a £4.3 million office building in Milton Keynes. The snake-like design features a long curved wall with glazed offices hanging off it.
  • Flash furniture

    i4orm is a designer furniture and accessory e-store.

    The UK lags far behind its European neighbours in building to avoid flooding, planning campaigners said this week. The Town and Country Planning Association said the quality of construction, insulation and drainage are deficient in the UK. It also attacked planners for ignoring Environment Agency warnings in favour of short-term economic arguments.
  • Florence with a flourish

    Brunelleschi's Dome: The Story of the Great Cathedral in Florence By Ross King. Chatto & Windus, 2000. 184pp. £15.99
  • Flotation project

    Some 450 of the property industry's finest were deliberately marooned on the good ship Arcadia in the English Channel for three days last week. The occasion was the second waterborne networking event known as the Property Forum, where service providers pay around £9,000 a head to have a series of structured meetings with property clients ranging from British Telecom to Burger King. The idea of using a ship is to prevent delegates and exhibitors being distracted by outside concerns. It sa

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  • Fluid has this idea for a tower block

  • flying high

    Patrick Davies' success, and his work on the Nomura-Dome bid, could be put down to his RRP training and contacts. But he also has a rare combination: the ability to balance net and gross and a deep intellectual interest in his subject by patrick hannay. p
  • Food for thought

    We have heard little of a recent extraordinary event: a free lunch given by the Treasury - to the construction industry! This unprecedented happening saw 15 top architects and 15 top contractors chewing the cud at Great George Street, with the Treasury's Steve Robson acting as host. From the various sources who have rung Astragal with accounts of what was said, the following emerges: Will Alsop was as plain-speaking as ever (the Stirling Prize speech was a warmup); Sir Stuart Lipton was treat

    TTH Architects has been appointed to design a new stadium for Swansea City Football Club and Swansea Rugby Club. The new facility, dubbed the Morfa Stadium, is part of a £50 million development which also features leisure and retail facilities. TTH Architects will be working with Miller Developments on the stadium, which will have a 25,000-seat capacity for sports events with an extra 10,000 seats for other uses such as concerts. The appointment comes on top of a redevelopment job at Bla
  • For a profitable future

    review: Natural Capitalism: The Next Industrial Revolution by Paul Hawken, Amory B Lovins and L Hunter Lovins. Earthscan, 1999. 396pp. £18.99
  • For a profitable future

  • For art's sake

    The RIBA likes nothing more than to be with it, and what better opportunity than to choose groovy judges for the Stirling Prize. Last year it was Stella McCartney. This year the invitation goes to that extraordinary artist, currently wowing them at the Saatchi Gallery - Tracey Emin.Weknow at least one of her tastes in architecture: the beach hut, scene of much youthful activity.
  • For those of you miffed about Lilliputian loos ...


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    The Invisible Light Switch

  • Ford fiesta

    Estate agent extraordinaire David Rosen was presented with a model of the Richard Rogers-designed Broadwick House in Soho at its opening last week.

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  • Forging a creative generation Encouraging young people to engage with their environment can be a valuable experience for both architects and schools

    Young designers will be given the chance to redesign their own school environment today (6 April) at an event at Highgate Wood School in London where design practice Bisset Adams is running as part of the Design Council's Design in Education Week. Along with Haringey Business and Education Partnership, Bisset Adams is inviting year 13 students to design an auditorium for a prototype Performing Arts block by the practice.
  • Formulas do allow fully planar geodesic systems


  • Forty years of office design

    Offices are at the cutting edge of social changes that are shaping the future of the city and our everyday lives
  • Foster & Partners

    Construction work on Foster & Partners' Singapore metro station is close to completion and the building is due to open in December. The station, which is on a new line connecting the city and the new airport in the Changi region, will provide the stopping off point for a vast exhibition centre designed by Australian architect Philip Cox & Partners. Singapore's Land Transportation Authority is funding the station. At the beginning of the month it issued a US$500 million 10-year bond to help fi
  • Foster and Partners

    Foster and Partners'£43.3 million National Botanic Garden of Wales at Llanarthne in Carmarthenshire is set to open to the public next Wednesday (May 24). The centrepiece Great Glass House, sitting within the 227ha Middelton Hall estate, is dedicated to horticulture, conservation, science, education, leisure and the arts and has been half-funded by Lottery money from the Millennium Commission. The elliptical domed biosphere is the largest single-span glass house in the world and has the g
  • Foster and Yeang land £1bn Elephant and Castle prize

    A masterplan by KP Architects including designs by Foster and Partners has been picked for the £1 billion regeneration of the Elephant and Castle in south London.
  • Foster goes to the races

    Foster and Partners has won a masterplan for a new £40 million racecourse in London.The London City Racecourse will be built on a 60ha former landfill golf course site at Fairlop Plain near Barkingside in east London.The Wiggins Group-developed scheme includes a floodlit, allweather track, but will go before a January planning inquiry. Wiggins executive director Geoff Lansbury told the AJ the scheme includes a 10,000-seater grandstand.
  • Foster lobbies MPs for Rogers'Terminal Five plans

    Lord Foster of Thames Bank struck a political blow for his rival and former colleague Lord Rogers last week by slamming the UK's planning system for dragging its feet over Heathrow's £1.8 billion Terminal Five project.
  • Foster march on City goes on

    Foster and Partners has unveiled designs for another of its burgeoning crop of office buildings in the City of London. Developer Standard Life Investments is pushing the project in order to get a pre-let, since it has been designed speculatively.
  • Foster moves in with British Gas masterplan in Edinburgh

    Foster and Partners has submitted a planning application to masterplan a large tract of British Gas Properties-owned land in Edinburgh. The mixed-use scheme for the former gasworks part of the Granton area will slot into the middle of a wider £500 million waterfront masterplan which has been prepared by Llewelyn-Davies.

    Foster and Partners made almost £6 million profit during the year 1998-99, catapulting it into the UK's top 100 companies by fastest profit growth. The practice's profits have ballooned an average of 36 per cent a year over the last three years, placing the company at 88th in a Sunday Times survey issued last week. Its profits have more than doubled since 1995-96 and turnover for last year was £28.8 million. The figures, taken from records lodged at Companies House, make Foster's th
  • Foster stands tall at Baltic as

    Bennetts Associates has unveiled its design for a new £42 million business school at City University near the Barbican in London. The 10,000m 2building, which already has outline permission, includes a 200-seat lecture theatre. The brief was to achieve less than half the energy consumption of a normal air conditioned building.
  • Foster wins bonus points for Electronic Arts HQ

    Champagne and cakes were the order of the day at the opening of Electronic Arts' £20 million European headquarters in Chertsey last week.
  • Foster's 'gherkin' for Swiss Re edges closer to the City skies

    Foster and Partners' curvaceous 180m office tower for Swiss Re passed its penultimate planning hurdle last week when the Corporation of London's court of common council voted to go with its planners and grant planning permission.
  • Foster's 'wobbly' bridge out of action until next autumn

    The 'wobbly'Millennium Bridge looks likely to be closed until at least September 2001, a senior member of the design team told the AJ last week.
  • Foster's wobbly Millennium Bridge - for which Bell tolls

    The Millennium Bridge Trust is considering opening the wobble-hit Thames crossing before ultimate repairs are made and levying a £1 charge to visitors who want to make the 320m trip over.
  • Foundation Architecture

    London-based Foundation Architecture has completed a new student bar for Queens' University in Belfast for just £360,000. The scheme features stackable furniture designed by the practice, a DJ booth styled on a pulpit and a stage for live music and comedy.
  • Foundation cream

  • Foundation reveals 'blueprints' for city living

    The aj can this week exclusively reveal the Architecture Foundation's shortlisted and invited entries in its two-stage international ideas competition on visionary urban housing - 'Living in the City: an Urban Renaissance'.
  • Fount of stories

    An unusual Spitalfields property steeped in history is set to become the Museum of Immigration. Can its current romance be retained when it plays this new role?
  • Frameless wonder

    The idea of a frameless glazed screen is still elusive, although Foster has used glazing technology imaginatively
  • Frank Lloyd Wright

  • Frank Lloyd Wright

    Frank Lloyd Wright A film by Ken Burns.Academy Video.155 mins. £15.99
  • Frankenstein fear and euphoria as we freewheel into modified future

    Perhaps not everybody knows that in an orchard in western Canada there are already genetically enhanced fruit trees that kill insects on contact.

    The highly sculptural, early eighteenth-century observatories which Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh built in Jaipur, Delhi, and elsewhere in India are the subject of photographs by Franwyn Black at the Architectural Association Photo Library, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1 until 14 December. Pictured is a detail from one of the instruments at Jaipur. Details 020 7887 4111.

    Buschow Henley has been awarded top prize in the workplace interiors category in the Design Week Awards for its fit-out of a central London office for French advertising agency Publicis. The brief was to bring together 100 staff in the Baker Street building.
  • 'French'portico survives at British Museum

    English Heritage last week told Camden council it is satisfied that the troublesome south portico of the British Museum has been improved enough through remedial works to its controversial French stone that it should not be demolished. But commissioners also in effect slapped a fine on the museum's trustees for their 'dereliction of duty'over the affair by advising the Heritage Lottery Fund to withhold an 'appropriate proportion' of its grant offer of £2 million.

    The World Congress of Architecture will take place in Berlin from 22 to 26 July 2002. The last congress, in Beijing, attracted 6,000 participants while the one before that, in Barcelona, attracted 13,000 visitors. The event will go under the title of 'Resource Architecture' and there will be a call for papers in November.

  • From opposite poles

  • From prize-winner to pariah - the degeneration of regeneration

    There are already different ways to think about Peckham Library. A week or two ago there was the Stirling Prize way - the assessors called it 'the centrepiece of Peckham's spirited efforts at regeneration', a place to which 'the young people of Peckham flock every day', 'a building to make you smile', and more in a similar vein. Then there was the appearance of this same Peckham Library in last weekend's newspaper accounts of the death of one of those same 'young people of Peckham', whose jou
  • Front Page

    Jennie Page's near-miraculous achievement in getting the Dome completed on time has been rewarded with that most political of honours, the Order of the Boot. Politicians, needless to say, have been free from blame. It was nothing to do with Michael Heseltine, Peter Mandelson, Tony Blair or Lord Falconer or Michael Grade and the 'Litmus Group'. If you think Page was responsible for the Millennium Eve fiasco, ask yourself this: why did people have to make their way from Stratford in the first p
  • Froth and bubble

    The other regular news feed I really like can be found at - this is a site with illustrated news stories. In your morning e-mail you get a collection of stories in the form of a brief description of the story with the URL for further and better particulars. Like all news feeds it is indiscriminate: one I liked recently was headed 'Architects Have Reasons for Built-Up Bills'. It was a rant by one Arrol Gellner against architectural education: 'When you look at how ar
  • Fruit of the loo in Belsize Park

    Two lychee fruits were the inspiration for the bathroom pods in this London flat, remodelled by architect John Kerr: rough exterior skins encasing translucent silky fruits. The two curved pods, linked by a glazed node, jut out into the bedroom and are by far the most conspicuous feature of this ground floor flat in Belsize Park.

    The Construction Products Industry has been counting the cost of last week's disruption caused by the fuel blockades. Chief executive of the Construction Products Association Michael Ankers said that initial indications put the cost of lost output alone at £200m.
  • Fuksas beats Alsop

    Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas has beaten Alsop & Stormer to the commission for the new £8 million Italian Space Agency building in Rome. Alsop & Stormer was the only UK architect entrant after the joint venture of Picardi Architects and Ian Ritchie Architects pulled out.Genaro Picardi cited 'difficulties' between the two architects and too much work.

  • Full marks for Bennetts' realistic education views

  • Full of varied insights

    On Foster . . . Foster On (book and CD-ROM) Edited by David Jenkins. Prestel, 2000. 814pp. £45 (Distributor: Biblios 01403 710851)
  • Full-year fees for six weeks provokes anger at ARB

    A newly qualified architect has lashed out at the Architect's Registration Board for what he sees as gross overcharging on his registration fee.Ray Holden of Agenda 21 Architects applied for registration earlier this month after qualifying from the South Bank University and has been charged the full £55 annual registration for just six weeks until the end of the year - effectively nine times more than the standard rate for the whole 12 months.The ARB has asked him to pay a further £
  • Fundamentals of design


    The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts has handed out £37,000 to architects including Harry Gugger of Herzog & de Meuron, Gross.Max.Landscape Architects and Tony Fretton Architects. The aim is to encourage collaborative ventures as part of the RSA's Art for Architecture initiative. This round will fund work at the Laban Centre, Deptford by Herzog & de Meuron with MichaelCraig Martin and the development of an interactive floor and soundscape at Hackney Town Hall Square by Alan Jo
  • Funky McGibbon

  • Future cities: contemplative or delirious?

    CITY2K+, the RIBA's 'Cities for the New Millennium' conference taking place this coming weekend, should listen more to Le Corbusier than to Rem Koolhaas
  • Future has taken nearly a century to arrive

  • Future health cannot be based on guesswork

  • future shock

    Future System's Media Centre at Lord's was this season's must-have for Selfridges' managing director Vittorio Radice. But commissioning a new Birmingham store from the practice was just the start of his shopping spree by david taylor. photograph by robert

    Future Systems' design for Selfridges in Birmingham divided conservationists last week when English Heritage said the building will be 'a powerful force for good' and the Victorian Society described it as inappropriate and 'a cross between a dolphin and a courgette'.
  • Future Systems

    Future Systems has completed its second shop for florist Wild at Heart. Sited at the Great Eastern Hotel at London's Liverpool Street Station, it consists of two Corian solid resin elements set within a tiny white cube. A tiered flower stand hovers in the centre of the shop, and a linear flower trough runs the full length of the rear wall.
  • Future Systems confirmed for £40m Birmingham Selfridges

  • Future Systems shows car designer's freshness


    Colin St John Wilson has won his battle with Chichester's planning department to build a £4.25 million extension to Pallant House in the city. With his third design for the gallery, the architect won approval from the planning committee by 10 votes to five, despite recommendations from the planners that they should reject the scheme. 'We are home and dry now, ' said a jubilant St John Wilson this week. 'But it was always going to be difficult to get agreement in one of the hottest conser
  • Garden city concepts or just trampled turfs?

  • 'Gastonomical' delights

    aj interiors
  • Gateshead car park

    Box upon box of pink wafer biscuits and fondant fancies went into making a cake version of Owen Luder's Gateshead car park in aid of a RIBA northern region event during Architecture Week. The confection car park, by Helen Smith, an artist from the Waygood Gallery in Newcastle, scooped the first prize at the Mad Architects' Tea Party cake competition. Other entries included a Pompidou Centre by local architects David & Jane Darcy, and the Blackpool Tower made out of Matchmakers and Jaffa Cakes


    Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi looked set for sainthood last week when it emerged this week that the Vatican is to start an investigation into whether the renowned architect should be canonised.
  • Gehry and Rogers in at 'New Bath'

    Frank Gehry is in talks with Lord Rogers about designing a new satellite town outside Bath as part of an answer to the city's pressing housing needs.
  • Gehry gets the Royal Gold Medal

    The RIBA is to award its ultimate accolade, the Royal Gold Medal, to Canadian architect Frank Gehry, the AJ understands.
  • Gehry shows his golden touch

    Frank O Gehry was due in Whitehall yesterday evening to pick up his Royal Gold Medal. The AJ traces his impact
  • Gehry slams 'rust' stories but takes Basques to task. . .

    Frank Gehry has rubbished claims that his famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is rusting, but attacked the Basques for not heeding his advice about cleaning the building as it went up.
  • Gehry was following in the footsteps of others


  • Gehry's gallery: sculpture and architecture

    This year's RIBA Gold Medal winner Frank Gehry has latterly been known to the public for avant-garde works such as the hugely popular Guggenheim in Bilbao and his £40 million Experience Music Project in Seattle (AJ 2.10.97), a characteristically colourful and sculpted series of structures inspired by electronic guitars to represent the Jimi Hendrix memorabilia inside. Frank O Gehry (his name at birth was Frank Owen Goldberg) has long been an exponent of architecture as pure art and sculp

    The RIBA has launched a competition to link Birmingham's regenerated Jewellery Quarter to the city centre and is offering prize money of £10,000. The competition, being overseen by Manchester-based architect Ian Simpson, aims to find a design for a new pedestrian route as well as a new landmark structure to act as a gateway to the Jewellery Quarter.
  • 'Gem'of a house clinches Building of the Year prize

    Ty Mawr, a house in Powys, Wales, originally built in 1460 and restored by architect Garner Southall Partnership, last week clinched the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' Building of the Year award. Judges praised the way this 'gem'of a building had been painstakingly and determinedly saved from 'imminent collapse'. The building features aisled walls and has now been granted Grade I listed status.

    Stanton Williams has been shortlisted in a competition to design two major public spaces in Geneva.

    Gensler has won a multimillionpound PFI-funded civic scheme in Manchester after a year of design development for a new 'Court of the Future Initiative'. The building will provide 18 magistrates' courts, a coroner's court, a public creche, court clerk accommodation and underground parking at a site adjacent to the Grade I-listed John Rylands Library, off Deansgate.
  • Gensler office plans under attack by conservationists

    Conservationists have slammed Gensler's design for a 75,000m 2office development on Westminster Bridge roundabout, labelling it 'monolithic and entirely inappropriate'.
  • Gensler reveals £75m Edinburgh blueprint

    Gensler faces a tense meeting with the Scottish Royal Fine Art Commission next week over its competition-winning design for a £75 million office, housing, retail and arts centre complex just off the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

    Gensler has been appointed to masterplan a £70 million redevelopment of Alfred Waterhouse's Springfield House in Maidstone, Kent. Developer Cuckfield is planning to restore the Grade II-listed house and demolish surrounding buildings to make way for a mixeduse scheme with 20,000m2 of office space, 80 apartments and a hotel.
  • Gensler's £330m 'Doughnut' spies' HQ gets the nod

  • Gensler's Old Town win

    Gensler has beaten architects Sheppard Robson, Percy Johnson Marshall and SOM in a competition to design a £75 million mixed-use scheme in the heart of Edinburgh Old Town. The practice's proposals will transform the former New Street Bus Station and provide the city with 20,000m 2of commercial space, a 250-bed hotel, 40 residential units and leisure facilities. The project is for developers Cuckfield Group and Sofam.

    Airports operator BAA has picked Geoffrey Reid Associates as its framework partner to undertake all architectural design work at its Scottish airports. In the past six years the practice has completed a string of projects at Glasgow Airport and is currently conducting a feasibility study for a new air traffic control tower at Edinburgh Airport.

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  • Gerry Judah

    Artist and designer Gerry Judah has produced a 12mlong model of Auschwitz-Birkenau which has gone on display at the Imperial War Museum. It is part of the new permanent Holocaust exhibition designed by Stephen Greenberg of DEGW and Bob Baxter of At Large. The £40,000 model focuses on a single part of the camp, the selection ramp, where Jews disembarked from trains and were divided up into the strong and weak before they entered the concentration camp. 'The museum wanted to commission a p
  • Get Gateshead

    Gateshead Council has invited none other than Sylvester Stallone to the city - in a bid to stop him joining a campaign to save the towncentre car park from demolition.
  • Get lost

  • Get on board the design discourse charrette

  • Getting all wrapped up

    There are some exciting new possibilities in strengthening building structures with carbon-fibre composite wraps

    Five practices have signed up to a scheme which gives A-level students the chance to work with architects on art and design and design and technology projects.

    Lord Rogers and London mayor Ken Livingstone will next week launch Moving London, a computer-based resource which will provide information on transport issues and new proposals. The mayor and his architectural adviser will be speaking about the resource at the IMAX on the South Bank on 26 September. The computer program will be accessible at the Architecture Foundation, 30 Bury Street, SW1.
  • Getting the balance right

    Equilibrium: The Work of Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners by Hugh Pearman. Phaidon, 2000. 272pp. £45
  • Getting to grips with crab culture

    The future of Mendelsohn and Chermayeff's De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill formed the backdrop to an Architecture Week conference on the future of coastal towns. AJ sent Cedric Price
  • Getting to grips with IT

    An AJ survey reveals what you think about the information technology available and how you use it BY RUTH SLAVID
  • Getting your head around the new contaminated-land regime

    legal matters
  • GHM Rock Townsend

    GHM Rock Townsend has completed a project to transform a former postal sorting office in Southwark, south-east London into a 13,000m 2office scheme for J Sainsbury. The picture shows a view of the atrium from its new roof, made of ETFE over a tubular steel roof structure. It includes two glass viewing shafts which allow light into the basement dining areas.
  • Gibb Developments

    Crispin Wride Architectural Design Studio and its parent company Gibb Developments have won a competition to design this new air traffic control centre to be built in Prestwick, Scotland. The scheme, part of a £400 million project for the new centre, comprises a masonry podium beneath a wing-like roof and a panoramic window wall to the airport protected from glare by louvres.
  • Girl talk

    At the last Venice Architecture Biennale, in 1996, the Japanese staged a recreation of the Kobe earthquake and duly won the prize for best pavilion. Don't say they've lost a sense of humour, though.
  • Girl talk

  • Give green credit where credit's due

  • Give Wembley a sporting chance to make us proud

  • GLA blasts Foster's 'glass headlamp'

    Greater London Assembly members this week warned they may abandon plans to inhabit Foster and Partners' headlamp-shaped headquarters building after branding it 'an eyecatching folly that will fail the needs of London government'.
  • GLA should welcome Foster's building with good grace

    What does the Greater London Authority (GLA) think it is playing at? The public is eagerly waiting to find out what its priorities will be, and its environment committee chooses to channel its energies into criticising its own headquarters.
  • Glasgow 1999 a great success for Scotland


    The Scottish Executive has given the go-ahead for a mammoth new Ikea store at Braehead, Glasgow, by Bath-based practice Stubbs Rich Architects. The 24,500m2 store will be the practice's seventh and will open next autumn.
  • Glasgow Lighthouse AJ 12/19.8.99

    Page & Park's imaginative transformation of Mackintosh's Herald building has given Glasgow a rich and vibrant centre for architecture and design
  • Glass - from planes to tubes

    A Pilkington PlanarTM structurally bolted glass facade takes an organic curved form in a new headquarters building
  • Glass as structural material

    Design data for architects and engineers on the use of structural glass is now available from a single source
  • Glass as structural material Design data for architects and engineers on the use of structural glass is now available from a single source

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  • Glass blocks look for support

    A revival of interest in glass blocks is being hampered by the lack of an agreed standard and clear technical information
  • Glass blocks standards to make them less opaque

  • Glass cube game

    There's a shimmer in the glass roof as the wind gusts. You are inside a 2.8m glass cube, a four by four grid on all sides and the roof, with a quarrytiled concrete base.And it is tied back to the house. So what is happening? And then you work it out. It is rainwater just lying there in the 16 glass squares of the dead-flat roof which have been ruffled by a passing breeze.
  • Glazed expression

    In his first major building, Richard Hywel Evans has provided Cellular Operations in Swindon with an entertaining environment which its young workforce will enjoy. By James Soane. Photographs by John N MacLean and Tim Soar
  • Glazed expression

    In his first major building, Richard Hywel Evans has provided Cellular Operations in Swindon with an entertaining environment which its young workforce will enjoy.
  • Glazed success

    Speculation has been rife that the Greater London Authority would decline to take office in the new Foster building by Tower Bridge. After all, Mayor Livingstone once referred to it as the 'glass testicle' and expressed a preference for the old Greater London Council headquarters at County Hall. It is true that the Ralph Knott building, even with its hotel rooms and aquarium, still has substantial space available, including the immaculately preserved debating chamber (it is listed). However,
  • Glenigan

    The first global architecture awards scheme has been launched. The World Architecture Award, in association with the RIBA, aims to identify the 50 best buildings completed during 1999 and 2000.There will be a Supreme prize of US$30,000 (approximately £20,000). Entry is free and any project can be entered, irrespective of size or value. See for more details.
  • Glory days

  • Glossary

    M4I has spawned a whole new language. Here is what the M4I say they mean:
  • God of small. . .

    Minimalist prankster John Pawson had fun with his 'Life in the day of ' article in the Sunday Times .

    The Goddard Manton Partnership has won planning permission for a £6 million residential scheme at Graving Dock, Cardiff Bay, after the project went to a public inquiry.
  • Godfrey becomes 'people's choice' for RIBA president

    Brian Godfrey has built up a formidable 32-point lead in the race to become RIBA president, according to the latest Internet poll of AJ readers. This week the Devon-based small practitioner notched up 57 per cent of the vote while his closest challenger, Paul Hyett, scored 25 per cent.
  • Going once, going twice, going Internet . . .

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  • Going out of fashion for architects is a fate worse than death

    Paul Rudolph, who was always in some ways considered a young architect, was born in 1918 and died in 1997 having nearly reached the age of 80.

  • Going underground Martin Pawley looks at the significance and history of London's underground

    ‘Pick someone who will deliver on the big three issues - transport, crime and jobs - and you will have your first elected mayor.’ So wrote the Minister for London in a letter to the Times after last October’s Paddington train crash.
  • Going underground Martin Pawley looks at the significance and history of London's underground, while Roland Paoletti, the client for the Jubilee Line, describes how the newest crop of stations came in

    Westminster station lies below Michael Hopkins and Partners' new parliamentary building, Portcullis House, and links the existing District and Circle Line with the jle. The project involved the re-building of the station around existing services; it includes new District and Circle Line platforms as well as the new ticket hall. The massive underground structure had to be designed to restrain the forces of the earth around the large open station spaces and provide foundations for Portcullis Ho
  • Going with the grain

    Trees in temperate regions have two growing periods each year. At the start of the growing season the cells produced by the inside of the cambium (the growing layer just under the bark) have thin walls and large cavities to assist in the efficient movement of water and food from the roots to the rapidly developing leaves. This is known as 'spring wood' or 'early wood'. During the summer months when the crown has fully developed the need for water is reduced. Cells developing in this period ha

    The Sydney Olympic complex, including HOK and Lobb's new stadium, has won a Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors award in the regeneration category. The 200ha site at Homebush Bay was transformed from a dumping ground for the city's waste into the centrepiece of the Olympics, which start tomorrow.

    The RIBA is inviting nominations for the Royal Gold Medal 2001.
  • Golden oldies

    Former Financial Times critic Colin Amery was on fine form at the Chelsea Society conference held in the old Town Hall. In a witty attack on the latest English Heritage consultation exercise, he noted that a recent poll showed that 51 per cent of the adult population visited a historic building regularly, whereas only 17 per cent went to football matches. Of course, much of the 17 per cent is also visiting a historic building.

    The Queensland government in Australia has asked former Royal Fine Art Commission secretary Francis Golding to address a conference on the subject of good design next month. Golding will talk about recent experiences in England amid the wider conference topic of 'the making of the public realm', in Brisbane on September 26. He will also refer to the DETR's By Design document on which he worked.
  • golding opportunity

    people; Despite the end of his work with the RFAC and his rejection by the ARB, Francis Golding is unlikely to want for work. His clarity of thoughts and enthusiasm for architecture make him highly valuable to the profession. by jeremy melvin. photograph
  • Golding vs listing


  • Goldschmied hits back at Prince

    RIBA president Marco Goldschmied has attacked Prince Charles as 'extremely misinformed' after the Prince described twentieth-century architecture as 'genetically modified' and labelled the profession 'self-referential and self-congratulatory'.
  • Goldschmied misses council and Gold Medal for Oz trip

  • Goldschmied panel blow

    RIBA president Marco Goldschmied conceded last week that he has been overlooked for a place on Tony Blair's new sustainability commission.
  • Goldschmied reveals the windmills on his mind

    RIBA president Marco Goldschmied is ready to take on the planning authorities in his bid to 'green' the institute's headquarters at 66 Portland Place.
  • Goldschmied: make Portland Place 'model of sustainability'


    Historic Scotland has called for Dounreay nuclear power plant to be made a scheduled monument.
  • Gong for Howell Smith

  • Gong time

    With the awards season upon us, it is instructive to look at winners and losers, and ponder why some schemes seem to lead charmed lives and others do not.
  • Good as Gehry

    The choice of Frank Gehry as Gold Medallist will be a popular one, not least because of his ready wit and generous spirit. Although now one of the great figures of West Coast architecture, Frank is Canadian by origin. As a schoolboy during World War II, he once had to sing 'There'll Always Be an England' while standing in an honour guard for the Duke of Kent. Perhaps we will get some other reminiscences when he comes to London to receive his medal, the first individual architect to do so for
  • Good behaviour

    To the East End, where environmental engineer Atelier Ten has taken up new residence (in Kingsland Road). An office warming doubled up as a tenth birthday party for the firm, headed by the amiable Patrick Bellew. Green design was everywhere in evidence, particularly in relation to the air-conditioning provided by open (and sometimes missing) windows. He joined the band to give a spirited rendition of 'Ain't Misbehavin' in which natural ventilation worked well, though I felt critics were harsh
  • Good fellows

    Frank Gehry was on top form at the Gold Medal champagne extravaganza at Whitehall Palace last week. He showed a number of schemes from around the world - nowadays he picks who to work with on the basis of how much he likes the clients. He also uses his dreams to hone designs, he told an audience of luminaries including Lords Foster and Rogers, Richard MacCormac, Sir Denys Lasdun, Michael and Patty Hopkins, Frank Duffy, David Rock, TV's Piers Gough, presidential hopeful Paul Hyett (but not Ale
  • Good start

    Lord Foster was looking cheerful at the breakfast party preview of the Great Court on Monday. The great and the good were out in force including Cedric Price, Jan K and Amanda L, Jeremy Dixon, Ed Jones, Bob Maxwell, John Winter, Richard Burton, Monica Pidgeon and other legions from Camden too numerous to mention. General verdict: terrific, and why all the fuss over the south portico? The various kinds of stone used in the project are a hymn to European harmony:
  • Good turn

    Presidential candidate Paul Hyett did himself no harm at all this week, stepping into the breach at short notice when the RIBA small practice conference lost its chair. With more than 150 delegates attending, Hyett had the opportunity to remind members of his own experience as a small practitioner, which is about to come to an end following the merger of his practice with Ryder.
  • Good witness covered the sofa but not the expense of litigation

    Not so long ago I acted for a husband and wife in their claim against an interior design company. The claim involved a catalogue of complaints about misinterpretation of instructions, bad workmanship and poor accounting. There was some business about leather skins intended to cover the sofas, which I never got to the bottom of. On the day of the trial the interior designer arrived with two enormous rolls of what turned out to be the very leather in dispute. I learned two lessons of general ap
  • Gordon Brown to make urban regeneration tax breaks

    Urban Task Force campaigners came away from a private meeting with under-fire chancellor Gordon Brown last week feeling 'encouraged' and 'hopeful' that the government is at last planning tax breaks and a cash injection to regenerate Britain's inner cities.

    Gordon Ryder OBE, founder of Newcastle practice Ryder, has died aged 79. Ryder designed the Engineering Research Station at Killingworth, which won the Financial Times' industrial architecture award in 1968 and a RIBA award in 1969. Ryder has been seen as a pioneer of Modernism in the North East during the 1960s.
  • Gordon's spending goals

    Chancellor Gordon Brown has unveiled £43 billion of measures in his comprehensive spending review and revealed that he intends to recoup £4 billion of assets and property each year for the next three years. The measures include plans to: bring 500,000 homes up to a 'decent standard' by 2004; reclaim 17 per cent of brownfield land by 2010; spend £12 billion on schools, colleges and universities; and more than £100 million for sport.
  • Got any spare changes for our backward old continent?

    Just before last Christmas, when the government announced that Railtrack's exclusive option to bid for the upgrade and maintenance of three London Underground lines was to be withdrawn, the immediate consequence was a drop of almost £4 billion in the company's stock market value - more than the cost of the Jubilee Line Extension gone in an instant.
  • Gothic novelty

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    Piers Gough is set to go back to his alma mater for the second time, to design a new boarding house at Uppingham School in Rutland.
  • Gough sounds warning about high-density urban vision

    Piers Gough last week warned that the vision of high-density housing proposed for UK cities by the Urban Task Force is a long way from the low-cost, low-rise option which will probably be adopted by developers.
  • Government rebuffs CABE's calls for architecture cash

  • Government rules out single urban regeneration minister

    Government minister Hilary Armstrong sparked a fresh row over Labour's commitment to an urban renaissance last week when she dismissed as 'nonsense' the Urban Task Force's demand for a dedicated urban regeneration minister.
  • Government shortlists six for the Dome of the future

  • Government signals a new era of dense quality housing

    Two government initiatives - one promised and one delivered last week - promise to improve both the quality and density of housing in the uk, mirroring key requirements of the Urban Task Force.

    Artists Kathrin Bohm and Stefan Saffer will next week install the 'mobile porch', a piece of miniarchitecture, under the Westway Flyover in London. The duo have designed the structure in the shape of a drum so it can be rolled to different locations. The artists intend to let the public make whatever use they want of it. 'We will go along with whatever happens on site; whether it becomes a target for graffiti, or a catwalk for a fashion show for local teenagers, ' said Bohm.
  • grand award

    Colin St John Wilson and MJ Long receive the Grand Award for their model of the galleries at Pallant House. Miniature versions of works of art in the project were created by: Frank Auerbach; Dennis Creffield; Eduardo Paolozzi; Mark Lancaster; R B Kitaj; Peter de Francia; Tom Phillips; Prunella Clough; Howard Hodgkin; Dhruva Mistry; Anthony Caro; Joe Tilson; Patrick Caulfield; Paul Huxley; Peter Blake; Rita Donagh; Eduardo Paolozzi; and William Tucker
  • Grants for art

    Two projects involving Will Alsop and Paul Monaghan have been awarded 'Art for Architecture' grants worth £5,000 each. Alsop will work with Muirine Kate Dineen on a new health building for Stonebridge Housing Action Trust, while Monaghan will work with Martin Richman on Tulse Hill School.
  • grass roots champion

    Brian Godfrey is taking a stand for small practioners in his bid for the RIBA presidency. He hopes to address the sense of alienation from Portland Place and to act as a spokesperson for a profession bedevilled by image problems by isabel allen. photograp
  • Grease reprise

  • Great but not Modern H H Richardson: The Architect, His Peers, and Their Era Edited by Maureen Meister. MIT Press, 1999. 153pp. £13.95


    The construction and completion of Foster & Partners' Great Court scheme at the British Museum is to be the subject of a BBC documentary, broadcast on BBC2, 6 December at 18.45. Opening Up the British Museum is expected to look at the controversy surrounding the reconstruction of the stone portico.
  • Great Eastern Hotel The Manser Practice

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  • Great Glasshouse by Foster + Partners

    Foster + Partners’ Great Glasshouse on the rolling hills near Camarthen is the largest single-span greenhouse in the world and is a breath of fresh air for modern architecture in Wales
  • Great Notley Country Park Discovery Centre

    Great Notley Discovery Centre in Essex will be a mixture of sports centre, environmental education facility and a social and community resource. Its mission is summed up in the slogan, 'Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Planet'. Attached to Great Notley Country Park and forming part of the Great Notley Garden Village project (a new settlement near Braintree), it will also accommodate park rangers and their operational requirements. The design incorporates a number of innovative ideas for th
  • Great Scots! Buchanan shows English the way

  • Green Architect

    Committed greenies will probably have long since searched the Internet for like-minded people but here are a few sites of interest for the beginner (see also the two sustainable architecture sites). Green Architect has a green products guide which is encouragingly long - even though the products listing is really aimed at the US market. Definitely worth a look.

    Wilcon Homes has completed what it claims is the first environmental audit of a UK housebuilder. The figures show that 49 per cent of its output is built on previously developed land, below the government's 60 per cent target, and that each house it builds generates on average 10 tonnes of waste. Over the last year, the company says, the proportion of houses built using timber frames doubled from 21 per cent to 40 per cent of total production.
  • Green Bridge

    The CZWG-designed Green Bridge in Mile End opens next weekend after suffering a spate of vandalism. The bridge is planted with trees floodlit from below, but vandals have been smashing the lights out. 'We've fallen foul of not having adequate protection, 'said architect Piers Gough. 'It's a try-on by the kids to see how much we care.' The bridge is a 25m span of parkland connecting two stranded portions of Mile End park

    PRP Architects has won planning permission for a £700,000 visitor centre at Gallions Reach in Thamesmead. The visitor centre aims to demonstrate the latest sustainable techniques in housing through five 'eco-flats' which boast solar panels to power the lift and lights and heating in communal areas and facilities to recycle both grey water and rain water. PRP has also masterplanned the rest of the housing scheme.

  • Green house

    An extension to Kelbrook House, an eighteenth-century listed house in Amersham Old Town in Berkshire, has been completed as an all glass box over a steel frame.

    Hamilton Associates has won planning permission for a redevelopment of 40 Berkeley Square in London. The 9346m 2scheme for Helical Bar is an eight-storey building. It will be clad in Portland stone with anodised aluminium windows and detailing.
  • Green space must consider urban place


    The London Borough of Lambeth commissioned the master design for this £15 million development of 150 terraced houses to replace existing maisonettes in Brixton's £60 million Angel Town Estate redevelopment. Accommodation is designed to Lifetime Homes standards and includes family dwellings, flats and wheelchair access accommodation. A variety of house plans allow returning tenants to select a house which suits their lifestyles. Ove Arup & Partners is the structural engineer and Ian

    Penoyre and Prasad has won planning permission for the first step of its masterplan for the centre of Gravesend in Kent. The council has approved its plans for an £8 million apartment block containing 130 units. The development will replace a multi-storey car park and consists of a tower, a landscaped courtyard and low-rise apartments. The civic square is part of the scheme, which will result in a series of green squares. The landscape architect is Colvin and Moggridge.
  • Greenwich Millennium Village

    The builders of the latest phase of Greenwich Millennium Village have sold more than half the 37 homes which were on offer inside a week. The Proctor Matthews-designed scheme consists of 14 live and work homes,19 apartments and four houses in the village's second, western phase.

    Greenwich Millennium Village has submitted phase two for planning permission. It includes 189 residential units, terraces, mews of live-work units and penthouse flats. By Proctor Matthews Architects within the Erskine masterplan, it also features eight-storey apartment blocks and low-rise family homes around landscaped central courtyards. Work should start in spring.
  • Grenfell Baines Award

    Missed out on the Stirling Prize shortlist again? Well, dry your eyes because BDP has the answer. Why not run your own glittering award scheme, cast the net no wider than your own four walls and shortlist three of your own projects? The inventive spirits at Gresse Street have done just that and proudly announced last week that its 'Grenfell Baines Award' has gone to its Wimbledon millennium building.
  • Grimshaw conflicts with sphere of influence

  • Grimshaw reveals £200m Paddington tower

    Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners has unveiled its plans for a 42-storey tower and new concourse at Paddington station as part of Railtrack's £1 billion redevelopment plan across 14 stations (AJ 24.2.00).
  • Grimshaw signals growth with new practice building

  • Grimshaw wins RCA. . .

    Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners has won the competition to design a new building for the Royal College of Art, adjacent to the Albert Hall in London. The practice beat off competition from Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Alsop & Stormer, David Chipperfield Architects, Michael Hopkins & Partners and Branson Coates Architecture for the £10 million project.
  • Grimshaw's FT building made into 'dot com' powerhouse

  • Grimshaw's giant £75m Eden project set to grow

    Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners' Eden Project in Cornwall is set to almost double in size under new plans being drawn up for the giant greenhouse development.
  • Grouse house

  • Grown-up Baby Blue by victoria nowell. photographs by jonathan keenan

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  • GSW Headquarters Berlin: Sauerbruch Hutton Architects

    Lars Muller, 2000. 256pp. £28.95. (Available from Triangle bookshop, 020 7631 1381)

    Sauerbruch Hutton Architects has scooped the Berlin Architectural Award 2000 for the £58 million GSW headquarters after losing out in the £20,000 Stirling Prize earlier this month. The practice beat off formidable competition from Daniel Libeskind, Foster and Partners and Dominique Perrault Architects. Commendations were awarded to Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum and Foster and Partner's £265 million Reichstag building, Berlin.
  • Guide hut designed for minimal maintenance

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  • Guide typique

    There was a European flavour in London last week.

    Building near trees
  • Guinness

    Work started last week on RHWL's new £30 million headquarters for brewer Guinness at Park Royal in west London. The scheme is the first of nine which are planned for a new business park occupying the site around Guinness' London brewery. The new building will be seven storeys tall and will be centred on an internal street. It will be clad externally in limestone and grey powdercoated aluminium curtain walling.
  • Guinness

    Brewer Guinness constructed a full-sized pub in London's Broadgate Centre made of handcarved ice last month. The building took three months to make and boasted crystal-clear ice walls 3m high by 10m long. A frosty barmaid dispensed samples of its drink behind its 20ft bar before the pub called last orders (and melted). At a cost of £250,000 it is not quite as impressive as the annually constructed 'Ice Hotel' in Swedish Lapland!
  • Gunners go green

    Arsenal Football Club is planning to go green with its new 60,000 seater stadium and has demanded that its architects cut energy use by a third. The Premiership club has called on designers HOK+Lobb to produce a stadium which meets the strict environmental goals set for Stadium Australia, another HOK+Lobb arena built in Sydney for this year's Olympic games. Planning briefs for both Ashburton Grove and Highbury, which is being developed as a mixed use scheme, are due to be submitted to Islingt

  • Gustafson Porter

  • Guy Greenfield

    This £1.15 million doctor's surgery by Guy Greenfield Architects in Hammersmith, west London, has just opened. The curved white shell is designed to defend the surgery against the traffic on a nearby roundabout and the Hammersmith Flyover, while a single internal corridor (left) forms an extra barrier between the exterior and medical rooms. All the GP and treatment rooms face onto a protected Japanese-style internal courtyard.

    Two 22-storey tower blocks in Hackney were demolished at the weekend, creating 44,000 tonnes of rubble. The blowdown on the Nightingale Estate left three similar blocks standing. ECD Architects completed the refurbishment of one of these, Seaton Point, only last month, cladding the concrete structure in insulated acrylic render and glazing external balconies. The demolished blocks will be replaced by 235 new houses and low-rise flats by Watkins Grey International.
  • Hackney marriage

    Jestico + Whiles and Peter Barber Architects have won the commission to masterplan the regeneration of two housing estates in Hackney. The masterplan for Haggerston West and Kingsland estates will include some new build design work as well as improvements in access, servicing and construction standards. Around £40 million has been earmarked for the project, which will include private housing to help offset costs.
  • Hadid triumphs in Germany with 'magic box'

    The Office of Zaha Hadid has beaten stiff competition including Wilkinson Eyre, Enric Miralles, Toyo Ito and Dominique Perrault Architecte to win the job to design this £11 million science centre for the city of Wolfsburg in Germany.
  • Haileybury and Imperial Service College by Studio E

    The grown-up architecture of Studio E’s accommodation for 120 of Haileybury and Imperial Service College’s female pupils should equip them well for life beyond the school

    A CD-ROM of Pevsner's Buildings of England, excluding London, has been reduced in price from £100 to £50. Contact Michael Good on 01223 316382 to place an order.
  • Halliday Fraser Munro

    Aberdeen architect Halliday Fraser Munro has won an £18 million contract to design this new building for Robert Gordon University - because of its local credentials. Six undisclosed practices were shortlisted to design the faculty of Health & Social Care at the university - the next phase in its strategy to create a single campus at Garthdee on Royal Deeside - to complement the Foster and Partners-designed faculty of management building (AJ 25.03.99), which won a RIBA award in 1999. Robe

    Hambleside Danelaw, leader in the development of GRP and plastics roofing products has launched a set of four CPD seminars. The seminars have been designed as one hour in-house sessions and have been independently certified by the Construction CPD Certification Service. The seminar subjects are: avoiding problems in designing flat roofing; health and safety issues in industrial roof construction and their effect on rooflights; practical solutions to roof ventilation and materials for flashing
  • Hamburg set for TV park 'bubbles'

    Sauerbruch Hutton Architects has won a competition to design a TV World theme park on a 280,000m 2site in a residential neighbourhood of south-eastern Hamburg.
  • Hanover Expo 2000

    The Hanover Expo 2000 starts today and engineer Buro Happold has produced the Japan pavilion in association with Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. The design for the 72m long temporary hall features reusable steel tubes, cardboard tubes and paper cladding. No foundations will be left after the £1 billion Expo is over.

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  • Happy returns

    Readers interested in company mottos might appreciate one devised by two brothers in Manhattan, one a vet, the other a taxidermist. Their slogan? 'Whatever happens, you get your pet back.'
  • Happy Tuesday

    Tuesday was a busy night for architectural types in the capital: AJ contributor Katherine Shonfield launched her new book at the AA; Professor Adrian Forty gave his inaugural lecture at UCL, and the Architectural Review hosted a launch party for the AR+d emerging architects award.
  • Hare chalks up a new school for a new town

    Nicholas Hare Architects has won planning permission for a school to serve a new community at Chafford Hundred in Thurrock, Essex.
  • Harmeny School, Edinburgh by Richard Murphy Architects

    Richard Murphy went back to the classroom to understand the needs of the end users, children with severe emotional and behavioural difficulties, for a school development in Edinburgh

    Harper Mackay's scheme for the St Martin's Lane Hotel in London has been recognised at the British Design and Art Direction awards for best environmental design. The practice is the only architect to be represented at the awards.
  • Harry Lime. . . eat your heart out!

    Not Vienna, not the Third Man - but the Victorian storm sewers of Brighton and the intrepid members of the British Brick Society on a subterranean quest to learn more about brick.
  • Harsh booking

    The compiler of the latest catalogue from Cambridge Architectural Books, Massachusetts, is a master of the pithy put-down. Of The HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design he says: 'It's a fine world we're living in, my masters, when the very rats are arrayed in such pretty petticoats.' Of a volume on the 'philosophy' of architecture: 'Buying this book is a symptom of profound insecurity.' Of Morphosis 1993-97: 'Illegible, pretentious garbage. Whatever makes you happy.' Plenty more where that came

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  • Have a flutter on Stirling

    The RIBA has released its shortlist for the £20,000 Stirling Prize, the winner of which will be announced from MacCormac Jamieson Prichard's Wellcome Wing at the Science Museum in London on 4 November. And William Hill is taking bets on the prize. The shortlist (with the latest odds) is: the 'masterpiece' £32.5 million Canary Wharf Station on the Jubilee Line Extension by Foster and Partners ( 7/2 joint favourite); the 'almost faultless' New Art Gallery at Walsall by Caruso St John

  • Haymarket demolition inherited from '60s

  • Headaches worsen at ARB

  • Heading south

    Belly-achers were out in force (again) at the University of Westminster's discussion of Rick Mather's South Bank scheme.
  • Healthy design

  • Help is at hand

    For the past four years, writes Richard Frewer, at the instigation of the Steel Construction Institute and British Steel (now Corus), I have chaired the Steel Sector's New Architecture Committee. We have reviewed and contributed anew to a whole range of activities and initiatives to increase the architectural profession's familiarity with, understanding of and confidence in the use of steel.

  • Help, Sir Philip


    Bernard Engle Architects & Planners has scooped a £35 million contract to design a city-centre development in Hemel Hempstead following a limited competition, writes Sophie Kernon. The 1.25ha site, owned by Dacorum Borough Council, has been derelict for 10 years and was formerly the site of the Commission for New Towns' building. It will include new retail, restaurants, a hotel, flats and offices.
  • Here comes the sunflower

    Sunflowers mark the BRE's new guidelines for environmentally friendly design. But has sustainability become flowery?

    The protection of heritage buildings looks set for a boost after arts minister Alan Haworth this week announced a government review of listing policy. The review will consider speeding up the listed building procedure and conservation area consent as well as questioning the current balance between heritage and new developments. It will also ask what role there is for English Heritage in relation to new architecture, following the establishment of the Commission for Architecture and the Built
  • Heritage lobby mourns quality of transport building

    Introducing 'Destination Anywhere' - a symposium on the 'Architecture of British Transport in the Twentieth Century' last week, co-organiser Steven Parissien claimed that the topic is a neglected one. On the face of it this is surprising given the amount that has been written on key aspects of the subject, but in fact we were treated throughout the day to enough surprises to justify both this conference and the forthcoming book of the same name.
  • Heritage lobby mourns quality of transport building

    Introducing 'Destination Anywhere' - a symposium on the 'Architecture of British Transport in the Twentieth Century' last week, co-organiser Steven Parissien claimed that the topic is a neglected one.On the face of it this is surprising given the amount that has been written on key aspects of the subject, but in fact we were treated throughout the day to enough surprises to justify both this conference and the forthcoming book of the same name.
  • Heritage row looms for new Thames 'living bridge' plan

    Business campaign group London First is facing a huge planning conflict with English Heritage over ambitious plans it is secretly formulating to build a new 'living bridge'across the Thames.
  • Hermitage Wharf

    Hermitage Wharf, a 95-apartment development at Wapping is nearing completion. The design architect was Andrew Cowan Architects and A&Q Partnership also worked on the scheme. The nine-storey building includes a restaurant, gallery and commercial space and will be ready for occupation in January next year. There are three buildings each with glass elevations and glass and alloy balconies. Penthouses, selling for £465,000 include fittings by Phillip Starck. The developer on the scheme is Be
  • Heron Property Corporation

    Gerald Ronson's Heron Property Corporation last week unveiled £300 million plans for a new 180m tall, 37,000m 2tower at 110 Bishopsgate in the City of London. The 37-storey building by Kohn Pedersen Fox groups individual floors around triple-height atria and the design includes a public restaurant and bar at its top.A planning application will be made in five weeks, along with an environmental statement.
  • Heron Property Corporation

    The Queen was due to open Rick Mather Architects' new-look Dulwich Picture Gallery today (25 May). The £8 million, lotterybacked project involved the refurbishment of the original 1811 Sir John Soane gallery and the creation of a new 381m 2building, linked to it by a glass and bronze cloister. The new building has an art studio, the Sackler Centre for Arts Education, the Linbury Room for lectures and exhibitions and a cafe. It is made of red handmade brick with a lime mortar, to recreate
  • Herzog & de Meuron vows to put Tate scheme in the shade

    The architect of the Tate Modern, Herzog & de Meuron, last week pledged to eclipse the architectural success of its Bankside conversion with a design for a new dance centre, in south east London.
  • HIDDEN ART 2000

    Some 250 designers and artists in east London will open their studios to the public or participate in group exhibitions over the weekends of 25-26 November and 2-3 December. For a full programme of events call the Hidden Art hotline on 020 7729 3301 or visit
  • High registration costs for 'design and billed' architects


    'High Rise' - an exhibition at the Graves Art Gallery, 101 Norfolk Street, Sheffield until 24 June - looks at the experience of residents on Sheffield's Grade II*-listed Park Hill Estate. It includes archive material on the area before the flats were built as well as new photographs (0114 278 2600).

    Planning minister Nick Raynsford has urged local planning authorities to speed up their handling of applications after it emerged that the number of planning decisions made within eight weeks has not increased on 63 per cent over the past quarter. Raynsford has also set new targets for the processing of planning appeals.
  • High-flying Alsop & Stormer brought back down to earth


    Cheshire Robbins Design Group has won planning permission for a high-profile private house in the Upwey conservation area, Weymouth. The design for the £500,000 house, which is set in 0.8ha grounds, was initially refused as being too big and out of character with the rest of the area. A successful appeal was concluded this month.

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    The world's first iron frame building, the Ditherington Flax Mill in Shrewsbury, has been handed a £2.8 million lifeline by regional development agency Advantage West Midlands. The 1797 mill is currently on English Heritage's Buildings at Risk register, but will become a mixed-use development including a heritage visitor centre, retail units and housing.
  • History of deviancy

    Reflections on Baroque By Robert Harbison. Reaktion, 2000. 264pp. £19.95
  • History walk

    This intriguingly entitled history walk takes place at 18.30 on Sunday 8, 15, 22 and 29 November, courtesy of local writer Alan Gilbey and 'out-of-work actor' Steve Wells. The brochure includes the amusing note 'Warning: this product may contain lies'.


    The Heritage Lottery Fund has extended its multi-million pound funding programme for the repair and renovation of areas of architectural and historical interest in the UK. £17 million a year will be available in 2001 and 2002. In 1998 25 projects received a total of £17.5 million under the Townscape Heritage Initiative while in 1999 a further 26 projects worth £16 million had their funding applications approved.
  • HLM men clinch deal to become multimillionaires


    Derry's £13.5 million millennium complex is under construction on a vacant inner city site. The building houses a theatre with a flexible 1000-seat auditorium, and also includes 1500m 2of retail accommodation. Income from the retail will be used to offset a percentage of the running cost of the complex. The Derry Theatre Trust is the client, and the project is part funded by the Millennium Commission, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the DETR, and Derry City Council. The project is
  • HMV strikes right note

    Greig and Stephenson's new HMV record store opposite Bond Street Underground Station occupies one of the most sought after and expensive sites on Europe's busiest shopping street. It is estimated that 80 per cent of tourists coming to London will visit Oxford Street during their stay, many of whom will arrive at their goal via Bond Street Underground Station and emerge opposite the new store.
  • Hodgkinson and Martin inspired one another

  • Hodgkinson wins all clear for £20m Brunswick revamp

    Camden Council has given Patrick Hodgkinson's controversial £20 million plans to redevelop the Brunswick Centre he designed in 1972 the thumbs-up and work will start soon - unless arts minister Alan Howarth spot-lists it Grade II*.
  • hok International

  • Holding court

    Despite the furore over the British Museum's south portico, Foster and Partners'Great Court, with its newly restored Reading Room, provides a triumphant public forum at the museum's heart
  • Holding on to ideals for a better urban life for all

  • Holding the fort

    A bold approach to the restoration of Stirling Castle's Great Hall, a Grade A scheduled monument, has made it fit once more for lavish entertaining.
  • Holding up under fire

    Seeking to explain how steel performs at high temperatures, researchers have come up with some cost-saving calculations
  • Holocaust memorial

    Rachel Whiteread's Holocaust memorial in the Judenplatz, Vienna, was finally unveiled to the public yesterday. It takes the form of a cast concrete 'library' with a multitude of closed 'books' packed tightly side-by-side. Inscriptions in Hebrew, English and German record the names of the sites where genocide took place and commemorate the 65,000 Austrian-Jewish victims. 'I hope that it seems sombre and poetic, ' says Whiteread.
  • Home economics

    This year's aj Small Projects competition shows what architects are able to achieve with budgets of under £150,000. Selected schemes from this week's crop of residential projects and next week's round-up of other building types will be exhibited at the ri
  • Home grown virtues

    George Demetri reports on the earthy architecture of Ashwood Place

    Housing and planning minister Nick Raynsford has launched a new website on housing innovation featuring projects such as Montevetro by Richard Rogers Partnership and Cartwright Pickard's Murray Grove alongside Dutch, German and Japanese schemes. The site can be found at www. rethinkinghousing. org and also provides updates on innovative schemes under construction.
  • Home is where the hearth was

    A house in Scotland, built from recycled materials, has achieved the ultimate sustainable benefit- 'zero heating'
  • Home sweet home

    Once upon a time, when the European nobility wished to publicly display their wealth, they commissioned their kitchens to produce fantastic structures made of a mixture of two rare, exotic and highly expensive imports - sugar and almonds.


    From 1 January 2001, housebuilders must label all new houses with their energy efficiency rating, the government announced last week. The rating will be a number between 1-100 and will be calculated on the basis of space and water heating costs. It will also have to be submitted to building control.'This will give prospective buyers and first occupiers an idea of how energy efficient the home is, and help promote energy efficiency as a factor in people's decisions on which home to choose, ' s

  • Honour guard

    Judges for the British Construction Industry Awards were in Northern Ireland last week, inspecting the terrific arts centre by Glen Howells. As the judging party arrived, so did a squad of highly armed police, complete with sniffer dogs. The judges took this as a rather dramatic compliment - until they learned it was in honour of a visit by Ulster secretary Peter Mandelson. Competition for awards is intense, particularly in the buildings category. The awards dinner is in October.
  • Honouring the great and the good

    As you would expect in the year 2000, the 'Summer Exhibition 2000' at the Royal Academy is littered with drawings and models of grand millennial projects - the Millennium Dome, the BALondon Eye, Somerset House and so on. But it is disappointing that, in what has been an exceptional year, architecture has been consigned to the rather remote Gallery X as opposed to the grand and prominent Gallery VIwhich it occupied last year. This room is small by Royal Academy standards and rather sparsely po
  • Hope and Homes for Children

    International children's charity Hope and Homes for Children has been given 500 free poster sites on the London Underground for this advertising campaign, aimed at connecting orphaned or abandoned youngsters from war-torn areas with their families. This picture of a Sarajevan girl in front of a pile of rubble which was once her home was taken by Ogi Tomic, a 13 year old orphan herself in the care of the charity.

    Michael Hopkins and Partners has won the British Construction Industry Awards' building award for its Nottingham University Jubilee Campus. The Millennium Dome won the major project award, despite continuing controversy, and a special award went to London Underground's Jubilee Line Extension.
  • Horizontal hold

    Precision Metal Forming's profiled cladding has been used horizontally, instead of in the more usual vertical application, on a building for Suncrest Surrounds in County Durham. Architect Shuttleworth Picknett & Associates wanted to create a building that was distinguished from its surrounding industrial neighbours. It has done this by using PMF C32/1000 profiles and bespoke crimped corners to give the building clean curves. Colorcoat and Celestia colours were used on the roof and wall claddi
  • Horror of the Holocaust

    The opening this summer of a permanent exhibition on the Holocaust at London's Imperial War Museum (IWM) had plenty of press attention - but an aspect of it was underplayed.A piece in the Guardian (2.6.00) was representative, remarking that 'the architectonics are eloquent', but not assessing them at any length. Of course, the content is primary, but the way in which it is presented is integral to its effect. Does the design reinforce the objects, images and texts, or undermine them?
  • Horse sense


    Gareth Hoskins Architects has scooped the best young practice award at the Scottish Design Awards. It also won a prize for its Mackintosh Interpretation Centre in Glasgow. Other awards went to RMJM for its Homes for the Future housing development also in Glasgow. The Lighthouse, designed by Page & Park Architects, was voted the best building of the year by the general public.

    Baily Gardner has been given the final go-ahead to start work on a £14.5 million PFI hospital on the Newham hospital site in east London. Work on the 7,500m 2building will start this month and will be complete by June 2002.

    A joint venture between Belfast's Todd Architects and Watkins Gray International of London last week scooped Northern Ireland's most prestigious design prize. The Liam McCormick Prize was awarded to the architects for its Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

    The £6 million refurbishment of a Salvation Army hostel on London's Whitechapel Road by Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects has started. The existing facade will be stripped back to its concrete frame so that stack-bonded brick panels can be applied.
  • Hot air

    After all the public inquiry assurances from British Airports Authority that its Terminal 5 proposal, courtesy of Richard Rogers Partnership, is not dependent on a new runway blighting the lives of several thousand more people with aircraft noise, it now turns out that a new runway is absolutely what BAA has in mind. Oh well, it only involves chucking 5000 villagers out of their homes. Even more bizarrely, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph , the runway might also mean demolishing B
  • Hot rods

    Connoisseurs of the English language will enjoy the industry name applied to investigation of the pools containing nuclear waste, spent fuel rods and so on at places like Sellafield. Should such investigations result in rods touching each other, you could kiss goodbye to more or less everything. They are called . . .excursions.
  • Hot scoop

    The AJ's hot scoop about Lord Rogers' imminent appointment by Ken Livingstone as part of his team looking at the future of London last week was picked up by the Guardian, Times, Independent and Financial Times, but some questions remain. If he is going to be advising on some of the largest development schemes to hit the capital, how will Heathrow's massive plans for a fifth terminal fare? The architect, of course, is one Richard Rogers Partnership. . .
  • Hotelier Rocco Forte topped out Lowry Hotel

    Hotelier Rocco Forte topped out its five star Lowry Hotel by Consarc Design Architects last week.The £27 million building is the latest part of the Chapel Wharf Area masterplan, which aims to regenerate Salford's disused industrial landscape.The hotel neighbours Michael Wilford & Partners' Lowry arts centre and Santiago Calatrava's pedestrian bridge. It is due for completion in April 2001.
  • Hounslow council

    Hounslow council has given the go ahead for a £75 million tower criticised by the Royal Fine Art Commission and cabe - unless the Government Office for London blocks it. The Pinnacle is a 26-storey office block topped with a viewing gallery and restaurant by Livesey O'Malley which would form a gateway to West London. The 119m- high design includes a plaza by Chiswick roundabout, 15,400m2 of offices and 120 parking spaces. If gol refuses to let Hounslow make its decision, the plans will g

    An open competition to design a new country house in Lancashire has been launched. The budget for the house is £1000/m 2with £250,000 earmarked for landscaping. The brief says that the house can be built using tried and tested building methods and that it must be energy efficient and sustainable. Any registered architect or practice can enter for a £35 fee. The deadline for design submissions is 5 September. Prizes of £4000, £2000 and £1000 will be awarded. Call
  • House of fun

    Off to the RIBA for the institute's Housing Design Awards ceremony.

  • Housing could really get motoring if car makers would take it on

    If God really was an astronaut and sent down an angel to sort out the housing problem, the celestial visitor would waste no time. He or she would demand copies of the Egan report, thrust them into the hands of the leaders of the motor industry, and tell them to get on with solving it. Only then would the angel have moved on to deal with BSE, the Dome, petrol prices and other serious matters.

    The recent floods in the South East pose a serious challenge to the government's housebuilding targets in the region, the Conservative Party warned last week. Tory environment spokesman Damian Green said plans to build hundreds of thousands of new homes in the South East could be futile unless local authorities are given jurisdiction over where they are located to avoid flooding.

    Biscoe + Stanton Architects has been selected with Alfred McAlpine Homes to build 283 housing units at Bow Lock in east London, close to the Blackwall Tunnel. The London Borough of Tower Hamlets, which chose the consortium, is attempting to regenerate the area.
  • Housing, Jaywick Sands, Essex

    The scheme is designed on environmentally sustainable principles. Reflecting the timber chalets of the original settlement, the walls of the two-storey houses are clad with untreated western red cedar boards, with sand/cement render on north and east elevations for wind protection and on gable walls for fire protection.
  • How long before the message on mindless recycling sinks in?

    In the esoteric world of car design there is a useful term called 'sink time'. This is the length of time that it takes for a new feature, like the van-like recessed hatchback detail on the Mark 4 Golf, to stop putting people off and start turning people on.
  • How long before the message on mindless recycling sinks in?

    In the esoteric world of car design there is a useful term called 'sink time'. This is the length of time that it takes for a new feature, like the van-like recessed hatchback detail on the Mark 4 Golf, to stop putting people off and start turning people on.
  • How many planning policies does it take to cause confusion in the City?

    'There's less to this than meets the eye' was one of Noel Coward's expressions, and while there is no evidence that he ever applied it to the planning of the City of London, he certainly could have done.
  • How to get taken seriously on site

    There is no sure-fire way to make builders respect you.

    Interbuild 2000 is providing luxury charter trains which will run from London Victoria at 09.20 on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 May.
  • How to protect your reputation

    When clients complain, architects go on the defensive. Things might be improved if they learnt basic social skills

    To pre-register free of charge phone 0870 7511 434 or visit Those who pre-register on the website are entered in a prize draw for a VW van worth £20,000 and an original, signed drawing by Stephen Wiltshire of the London Eye, provided by Alumasc and worth £6000.
  • How we happen to be

    Modern House 2 By Clare Melhuish. Phaidon, 2000. 240pp. £35
  • Howarth asks public to decide on Brunswick listing


    Arts minister Alan Howarth has announced that five buildings including the Royal College of Art will be considered for listing following eight weeks of consultation on the issue. The RCA, built between 1960 and 1964 to designs by Jim Cadbury-Brown with assistance on interiors by Sir Hugh Casson and Robert Godden, is recommended for Grade II. The other Grade II proposals are Hornsey Library in Haringey; 1 Park Lane, Sheffield, a house and studio by Patrick Guest for metalware designer David Me


    Hunt Thompson Associates has beaten off rival bids from PRP Architects and Shillam + Smith to win a major £70 million masterplanning job in Stepney, east London. The firm is refurbishing the Ocean Estate, a 25ha area of 1,400 dwellings and one of the government's pathfinder New Deal for Communities projects.

    Hudson Featherstone has been appointed to design the exhibition installation for the next show at the Hayward Gallery. The exhibition, 'Force Fields: Phases of the Kinetic' opens on 13 July and represents the latest in a long line of collaborations between the gallery and architects including Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and Piers Gough.

    The complex plan of this private house in Northaw, Hertfordshire, is designed to integrate house and garden. The focus of the plan is the staircase which allows open plan living spaces. A major feature is an egg-shaped bathroom 'water drop' which rises from ground level through the first floor roof. Construction is timber frame and the aim was to achieve a low wall-to-floor ratio to reduce building and maintenance costs. The quantity surveyor is Dobson White Boulcott, the structural engineer
  • Human Rights Act has nothing to do with construction? If only. . .

    There are a few phrases that cause my heart to sink. One is 'who owns the float?' The question immediately conjures up images of critical path analysis, debate as to concurrent causes of delay, and let's face it, mind-bogglingly complicated contractors' claims for delay and disruption.

    The backers of the embattled Hungerford Bridge are 'pessimistic' over its future and admit that the whole project could be dumped. It admitted last week that the cost of the pedestrian crossing has increased from £30 million to £49 million. The Lifschutz Davidson-designed bridge has been hit by construction problems including fears that its piling will endanger a Tube tunnel under the Thames and that World War II bombs buried in the riverbed could explode during construction. London

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  • Hunting for a happy home page solution

    Bernard Hunt, now chairman of the semi-autonomous RIBA group Architects in Housing, urged me to look kindly on his web page. Reading between the lines I think Bernard had been miffed at my suggestion in an earlier column that architects should stick to architecting and hire graphic designers to do their websites. A clammy hand gripped my heart when I read that his website had been designed in-house. And on an incredibly tight budget.
  • Hyett's misused column is an election subsidy

  • I belong to

  • ICA

    The ICA in London is holding a retrospective of work by Zaha Hadid until 10 August. The exhibition is designed to replicate the plan form of her Centre for Contemporary Arts and Architecture in Rome, featuring models and animated images of her schemes, as well as her furniture designs, notebooks and paintings.
  • Ice work

    As global warming makes the chances of outdoor skiing in the UK increasingly remote, technology has provided a solution in balmy Milton Keynes.

    Jestico + Whiles has won planning permission for a £4.5 million residential and office development at Camden Lock. The scheme sits above the 45m deep Gatti ice works, the largest Victorian ice well in the country, which is being used to passively cool the building.
  • If only building owners knew the fire dangers their buildings posed ...

    As the services content of buildings becomes more extensive and complex, arrangements for containing fire and maintaining the integrity of floors and walls penetrated by services becomes ever more difficult.
  • iGuzzini's new website
  • I'll be back!

    The suggestion that departed RIBA director general Alex Reid might make a comeback to Portland Place - as president - is one of the best laughs observers of the institute have had for years. As someone who apparently had difficulty in distinguishing between policy-making and operational control, Alex would perhaps find himself in conflict with his replacement Richard Hastilow (aka Captain Invincible). On the other hand, perhaps the ex-naval types would find an accommodation. But how would Rou
  • Imagery begs question with its lack of subtlety

  • Imagining the Modern City

    by James Donald. Athlone Press, 1999. 216pp. £15.99
  • Imperial to 'prove'design value in university building

    The director of estates at Imperial College in London is to undertake research into the value of good design in university buildings.
  • Improving arbitration's quality with good behaviour badges

    Legal matters
  • Improving workplace quality . . .

    High-quality office environments do not necessarily equal government efficiency - whatever architects may like to think
  • In a holiday mood


  • In a West Coast context

    Greene & Greene By Edward R Bosley. Phaidon, 2000. 240pp. £45
  • In Arcadia . . .

  • In Meier's footsteps

    The latest cluster of buildings on the Richard Meier-master-planned Edinburgh Park office development has reached completion.
  • In memoriam

    Malcolm Barnett reports on a striking piece of modern ecclesiastical architecture
  • In pursuit of hope

    Prison Architecture: Policy, Design and Experience Edited by Leslie Fairweather and Sean McConville. Architectural Press (Butterworth-Heinemann), 2000. 192pp. £39.50

  • In search of excellence

    A black-tie gala dinner on Thursday 28 November at London's Cafe Royal is the venue for presentation of the Brick Awards 2000.
  • In the pink

    Glasgow's latest residential enclave, the City of Architecture's Homes for the Future' area, is attracting unusual sobriquets. A resident of the district received a package from a courier the other day which had the word 'Queensland' added to the full address. It is also known by local cabbies as 'Fairyland'.
  • In the realm of the senses The meeting-room door may be marked in Braille, but how does a blind person find their way there from the foyer?

    Lighthouse, one of the world's leading organisations providing help and rehabilitation for blind and partially sighted people, wanted its new headquarters in New York to be a model of accessibility. It asked Roger Whitehouse and Company, my practice, to develop a wayfinding system for the building.
  • incontext

    Gerardine and Wayne Hemingway have developed a new philosophy for the way they work. Last year Gerardine sold the last of her shares of Red or Dead, enabling her to concentrate fully on her new interior and product design business, Hemingway Design, and Wayne is now focusing on his writing and media work. To accommodate this change in lifestyle, Gerardine has redesigned and converted the ground floor of their 1930s Wembley house as a flexible workspace which they commute to from the south coa
  • Incorporate M & E into whole design concept

  • Index of unknown buildings

    What do you make of the 'Index of Unknown Architects' Buildings' in Cupola, Building & Structure Index. It includes oddities such as The Chateau, built for Francis & Harriet Pullman Carolan in 1912-15 accompanied by such captions as: 'Northeast? elevation of a French Baroque Revival chateau Carolands. This was scene of a tragic murder and attempted murder of two young women by the caretaker in the early 1980s.' (aka The Chateau, built for Francis & Harriet Pullman Carolan). The Cupola Collect
  • Indulgent speculation about logos and cool

  • Industrial awakening

    Industry, Architecture, and Engineering: American Ingenuity 1750-1950 By Louis Bergeron and Maria Teresa Maiullari-Pontois. Abrams, 2000. 288pp. £42
  • Industrial monument should be saved


    Entries to the British Construction Industry Awards 2000 have hit an all time high with 194 entrants.
  • Industry chiefs call for fresh approach to urban planning

    Bartlett professor Peter Hall last week demanded a radical overhaul of current planning policy on housing and called for planners to 'shed their massive accumulated inferiority complexes, and get stuck enthusiastically into planning again'.
  • INDUSTRY NEWS BCA Concrete Communication Conference

    BCA will hold its 10th Concrete Communication Conference on 29/30 June at the University of Birmingham, to be hosted by the University's School of Civil Engineering. Topics will include European Standards for concrete, materials and concrete properties, efficient design and construction, concrete and the environment, diagnosis and assessment, and construction and repair. The future for university research and its funding will also be reviewed.
  • INDUSTRY NEWS Concrete in the New Millennium

    bca is marking National Construction Week by holding its inaugural annual conference on Wednesday 5 April at bre Cardington, Bedfordshire. Authoritative briefings on the latest research in concrete materials, design and construction will cover both building and civil-engineering applications.
  • INDUSTRY NEWS Equinox 2000

    A major international conference on sustainable development will be held on 21 March at the riba, Portland Place, London. Leading world thinkers will demonstrate how development can improve the quality of life for future generations while stimulating growth for regeneration and environmental protection. Equinox 2000, an eu-funded project, aims to promote integrated- renewal and energy-efficient technologies.
  • Industry's image has suffered from Stirling

  • Infamous institution hopes for bright future

  • Initial thoughts

    Naturally the Pakistani oneday cricket team has been doing well. Just look at the initials emblazoned across their kit: AJ.

    Lee Boyd Partnership, Richard Murphy Architects, RMJM Glasgow and Zoo Architects have been shortlisted for the £5,000 prize for the most innovative architect in this year's Scottish Architectural Awards. The most innovative building award will be contested between The Big Idea by BDP; Graham Square by McKeown Alexander; and the Osprey Visitor Centre by Mary Binnie at Bell Lingram Design.
  • Inside storey

    Although attacked by one critic when it opened in 1896 as 'a violation of good taste and architectural proprieties', the National Portrait Gallery (npg) was actually a sensitive and, by Victorian standards, remarkably contextual addition to the fabric of central London. Its architect, Ewan Christian (best known for rather pedestrian Gothic Revival churches), chose an eclectic Renaissance style for the building, which was tacked on to the back of Wilkins' Greek Revival National Gallery. On the
  • Inskip + Jenkins scoops £200m King's College plan

    Peter Inskip + Peter Jenkins Architects has beaten John McAslan and Partners, Llewelyn-Davies and Shepheard Epstein Hunter to be appointed campus architect for the Strand Campus of King's College in London.The job represents about £200 million of work in refurbishment and new-build and means the practice will implement a masterplan it drew up last August.
  • Installation artistry

    Architects from Carlo Scarpa to Rem Koolhaas have shown the surprising flexibility of London's Hayward Gallery
  • Institute gets ready for one-off spending spree


    This exchange is on an invitation from the new Institute of Visual Culture at 10D St Edward's Passage, Cambridge. It refers to an exhibition featuring Le Corbusier, Angela Bulloch, Cerith Wyn Evans and Liam Gillick. From 11 November-7 January (Tues-Sun 12.00-18.00). Details 01223 350 533.
  • Institutional design

    To passers-by, Fleetwood School in Stoke Newington must appear to be a typical 1880s Victorian institutional building; but internally Julian Cowie Architects and developer London Wharf have brought about a metamorphosis. Fleetwood is yet another success story of a redundant, unloved building being converted into highly-sought-after apartments.
  • Institutional warming as debate over mankind's future hots up

    We seem set for an intense period of 'institutional warming' over the sustainability agenda - this month alone has seen conferences on this subject in Manchester and London and the press is awash with articles and letters covering everything from sophisticated commentary to home-spun remedies on the problem of the age, that is: 'How to live in harmony with our environment.'

    New British Art 2000: Intelligence , featuring 20 contemporary artists, is at Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1 from 6 July until 24 September. Among those participating are Alan Johnston, who recently made several works in Basel in buildings by Diener & Diener, and Susan Hiller (see above).
  • Interacting with the virtual

    We need to interact with artificial ecologies if we are to acheive buildings and projects that satisfy all users - not just the humans
  • Interbuild trains offer

    London architects heading to Interbuild 2000, the week long construction and design exhibition at Birmingham's nec, can travel first class for just £50 return. aj publisher emap (the Interbuild conference organisers) are laying on two luxury trains just for architects travelling on Monday 22 May or Tuesday 23 May. The trains leave Victoria Station at 0920 and return from Birmingham International at around 1700. Call 0114 252 1500 to book. For architects travelling from outside London, su
  • Interbuild travel deal

  • Interbuild: why it's worth the trip

    Ask an architect if they are planning to visit Interbuild, and they usually say, 'What for?' The AJ gives six good reasons to go
  • Interesting buildings need diverse designers

  • Intermittent . . .

    Arts minister Alan Howarth has described the RIBA's political contacts and relationships as 'intermittent', but that did not stop him opening the institute's latest show, 'Making Cities Work', last week. The exhibition features the work of Andrew Wright, Ove Arup & Partners and landscaper Grant Associates on a major urban remediation scheme in Bilston in the Black Country. Backed with DETR money, the project is about to go live for commercial/ residential development. At the symposium precedi
  • International Centre for Life

    Terry Farrell Partners
  • International diary

    James Turrell Until 18 July. An exhibition at the Fondation Electricite de France, Espace Electra. 6 rue Recamier, Paris.
  • International diary

    Bridging the Worlds of Buildings and Bytes 9-12 September. The International Development & Research Council World Congress at the SAS Hotel, Copenhagen. Details Charlotte Freeman 020 7734 1252. Desert Until 5 November. An exhibition at Jean Nouvel's Fondation Cartier, 261 Boulevard Raspail, Paris (00331 42 18 56 51).
  • International diary

    Bridging the Worlds of Buildings and Bytes 9-12 September. The International Development & Research Council World Congress at the SAS Hotel, Copenhagen. Details Charlotte Freeman 020 7734 1252.
  • International diary

    Bridging the Worlds of Buildings and Bytes 9-12 September. The International Development & Research Council World Congress at the SAS Hotel, Copenhagen. Details Charlotte Freeman 020 7734 1252.
  • International diary

    Calais Reconstruction 9 September-8 October. A photo-text installation on post-war Modernism in Calais at the Galerie de l'Ancienne Poste, 13 Boulevard Gambetta, Calais. (0033321 467710).
  • International diary

    Renzo Piano Until 27 March. An exhibition at the newly refurbished Centre Pompidou, Paris. Details 00331 4478 1233.
  • interview

    Founders of the Red or Dead fashion label, Gerardine and Wayne Hemingway, have a challenge for Wimpey, Barratt et al.They believe that the mass housing market builders insult the general public by offering a backward-looking product at a price which could
  • interview

    Television programmes such as the BBC's Changing Roomsmay be scorned by professional designers and architects. But as the young design partnership Blustin Heath Design, based near Brick Lane in east London, has discovered, they are taken extremely serious
  • Intuitive inventions Alsop & Stormer: Selected and Current Works Images Publishing (Melbourne), 1999. 256pp. £35. Distributor 01394 385501

    Of the contemporary practices which deserve to be profiled in a monograph, there can be little dispute that Alsop & Stormer are near the top of the list. Will Alsop is one of the best British architects of his generation, and this new book shows his splendidly inventive form-making. Alsop's design approach has always been intuitive rather than consciously intellectual. He makes it plain that he is happier as a painter rather than a theorist, and what he likes best is the kind of bold architec
  • Investigation of Morris was unfair and unwise

  • Investing in the environment with BRE index on eco impact

    The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has launched a new sustainability index called ENVEST, a £2000 CD-ROM to enable architects to work out whether the buildings they design are environmentally sensitive or not.

    Pawson Williams Architects has beaten 23 leading Irish and UK teams to win a competitive interview to design the new Civic Offices and Library building in a historic town in Ireland. The 3,500m2 scheme, the practice's first in the Republic, is in Athlone which straddles the River Shannon. The scheme will form the beginnings of a regeneration strategy for the town centre. Construction should start in late 2001.

  • Irish lesson in insularity



    Axis Design Collective, working with Celine Hynes, has been commissioned by the Birmingham Irish Community Forum to carry out a study for the development of the Irish Quarter in central Birmingham, south of the Bull Ring markets area. The Irish community is one of the longest established groups in Birmingham. Axis architect Joe Holyoak, in charge of the project, says Axis will be 'talking to as many people as we can'. For further information contact Holyoak on 020 7236 1726.

    The Irish government is planning to sign up architects for hundreds of millions of pounds' worth of new world-class sports facilities in the west of Dublin. The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland is looking for architects for projects including an 80,000-seat stadium, an indoor arena, a golf academy and sports centres. More information is available at www. csid. ie and the deadline is 26 January.

    The Irish government has launched a competition for a £410 million national stadium complex at Abbotstown in County Dublin. It will include an 80,000-seat stadium; a water sports complex, which must be ready for the Special Olympics in 2003; an indoor arena;

    In considering options, the more efficient use of existing buildings should always be evaluated. Internal reorganisation, or the application of new working practices, often using new technologies intensively, can produce very substantial efficiencies which may obviate the need for a new building. Relocation may lead to staff losses. The decision to develop or refurbish should be driven by the opportunity cost, and the anticipated return from each alternative.
  • Is Studio Libeskind no longer worthy of notes?

  • Is the solution also the problem?

    Rather than changing the process to fit the tool, data standards are vital to help shape CAD to fit the purpose
  • Is Walsall bus depot a convincing winner?


    A new exhibition at the Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1, looks at the work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel by inviting contemporary practitioners to reassess particular projects: among them Tony Hunt examining Saltash Bridge and Nicholas Grimshaw looking at Paddington Station (above). The show runs from 27 October until 25 February. Details 020 7940 8790.
  • Island story

  • Islington demands 'zero car policy' for Arsenal stadium


    London's Camden Council has announced that it is selling the Isokon Flats building, which was designed by Wells Coates in 1934 and is recognised as a Modernist masterpiece. The Isokon Trust, whose patron is RIBA president Marco Goldschmied, has welcomed the move and has made a bid for the building. The trust has proposed reinstating the original Isobar restaurant which was designed by Marcel Breuer. 'The possibility of an exhibition and seminar space would also be of direct benefit to the com
  • It may be beautiful architecture ... but does it plug into a laptop?

    Years ago one of the motoring weeklies used to have a feature called 'Fragments on Forgotten Makes'. There was a picture of an old codger leafing through prehistoric back issues and every week he would draw from them the story of some long-extinct and curious motor vehicle - rear-wheel steering, radial engines inside wheels, body made of paper, and so on.
  • It may be good enough for Jane Austen, but how much is it worth?

    All the recent excitement on the world's stock exchanges - last week the cost of renovating the Underground was wiped off the value of shares in half a day - puts one in mind of the question of true value and what it really is. Back in the early seventeenth century, Francis Bacon thought that money was the token of value in the same way as words were the tokens of ideas. Three hundred years later, Auden too plumped for money with the Night Mail crossing the border bringing the cheque and the
  • Italian job

    Our very own Deyan Sudjic is reassembling his 1980s Blueprint team to give Domus , which he now edits, a Brit makeover. Luminaries such as critic Rowan Moore and designer Simon Estersen are involved - should be fun. Whether the editor can do justice to his weekly role at the Observer is another matter. A recent column criticising the government's Better Public Buildings document claims that 'turning the pages of the report you will find Will Alsop's library in Peckham. . .' he must have a dif
  • Ito's invisible city

    Toyo Ito: Blurring Architecture 1971-2005 by Ulrich Schneider et al. Charta, 1999. 240pp. £34. Distributor Art Books International 020 7720 1503
  • It's all systems go

    A host of new launches will be on display at next week's AEC Systems Show at Olympia. Here's a taster of what to expect
  • It's not just water under the Millennium Bridge

  • It's OK to innovate: civil servants loosen their ties

  • it's pardey time

    John Pardey's love of the 'ordinary' and his admiration of '50s and '60s architecture often left him in a minority. But he stayed true to his principles and now the world seems to be catching up by andrew mead. photograph by jonathan brady
  • Jailhouse rocks

    At HM Prison Saughton in Edinburgh, Gareth Hoskins Architects has produced a reception building which affords a degree of dignity and delight to the frustrating process of prison visiting
  • James Blair O'Leary Goss

    Bristol-based practice James Blair O'Leary Goss has unveiled this design for a £1.3 million medical research centre at the University of Bristol. The design and build Leukaemia Lifeline Centre started on site this month and will be completed by February 2001. It will become a centre of excellence into research on the treatment of childhood leukaemia.The scheme is sponsored by the North Bristol NHS Trust - fundraising is ongoing after an appeal launch by Gary Lineker.

    This summer's exhibition in the Mackintosh Gallery at Glasgow School of Art is a retrospective of Scottish painter James D Robertson, much influenced by American Abstract Expressionists. The show continues at 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, until 1 September. Above: a detail of Blue Memory , 1995.

    The shortlist for the Jane Drew Prize 2000, which rewards innovation in art, architecture and engineering, was announced last week. The nominees were Julia Barfield, David Marks and Jane Wernick for the BA London Eye; the director of the new Walsall Art Gallery, Peter Jenkinson; and MUF, the all-female art and architecture collective. The judging panel commended the Wheel team for 'showing the public the huge enjoyment architecture and engineering can bring'. Peter Jenkinson who commissioned

  • Jason Ahmed

    This image by Jason Ahmed of the University of Westminster won the student picture category in the Oasys Awards 2000. Sponsored by the AJ and New Civil Engineer, the awards are organised by software company Oasys to encourage the use of computers among young construction professionals. Other winners in the architectural categories were Sam Brady (University of Sheffield), the 'Panda Group' (University of Strathclyde) and Ross Cunningham (University of Nottingham).
  • Jenkinson wins Drew

    The RIBA has awarded its £2500 Jane Drew Prize for 2000 to Peter Jenkinson, the director of the New Art Gallery in Walsall. The allfemale judges said Jenkinson was the 'clear winner'. 'A hugely ambitious project by any standards, Jenkinson's determination, as well as his commitment to creative collaboration with all who have a stake in its success, is an inspiration to commissioners and architects alike and raises new standards for public buildings', they said. Jenkinson beat MUF and Jul
  • Jestico + Whiles first in line for £60m Camden Tube job

    Jestico + Whiles will next month show planners early designs for a potentially controversial redevelopment of Camden Town underground station featuring a major new air rights development.
  • JLE stations scoop RFAC building of year accolade

    The Jubilee Line Extension this week scooped the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust's building of the year award. The string of new underground stations, masterminded by Roland Paoletti, beat both the Millennium Dome, by Richard Rogers Partnership, and the Mind Zone within the Dome, by the office of Zaha Hadid, which were both shortlisted but received no awards.
  • JLE, Dome, and London Eye in running for BCIA awards

    The judges of the British Construction Industry Awards 2000 scheme have chosen a glittering shortlist of projects to compete for the main prizes, set to be presented by construction minister Nick Raynsford in October.

  • Job switch

    No sooner had Deyan Sudjic accepted a post on the Independent than he was lured to the Observer, his first column appearing there last Sunday. Nonie Niesewand is still leaving the Indy to spend more time in the country, so a vacancy exists. Astragal's advice is: get someone who writes about architecture from the perspective of politics, economics and planning, rather than from pure design.
  • Jobs hold the key in tussle to buy out troubled Dome

    The extent of permanent job losses at the Millennium Dome when it closes on 31 December has emerged as a key factor in the battle to take it over.
  • jobspot

    In the wake of the recent debate over whether or not Prime Minister Tony Blair should take time out to spend with baby Leo, the AJ decided to take a look at architectural practices'attitudes to paternity leave.
  • jobspot

    As the academic year draws to an end, which skills give students the best opportunities in the employment market?
  • jobspot Negotiating a pay rise

    Conventional wisdom suggests one should ask for a pay rise when a project has gone well and one is basking in well-earned praise.
  • jobspot Project managers: a resented breed

    Not that long ago project managers did not exist or were mercifully rare, confined to specialist projects where an average architect could not be expected to grasp the full complexity of the client's requirements. The rise to power of the PM coincided with the demise of the clerk of works, and the architect, accordingly, moved down the professional pecking order.
  • jobspot The great escape

    On the face of it, architects must be suited to many other careers and are usually convinced of the fact.Whether one is a student 'doing an allnighter' with three friends and a bottle of tequila saying: 'Of course, what I really want to do is direct, ' or is well-established in practice saying: 'How can I get out of the daily grind of apologising to clients for late tender issues and arguing with contractors that they must know how to fit a ridge vent (because I don't)?', architects are obses
  • jobspot: Suits come as standard

    For regular contact with thatch suppliers a tweed suit and a pipe are adequate, but if you are young enough not to have been issued with a measuring staff and round spectacles when you finished your apprenticeship, you will have to try harder.

    Architect and educationalist John Hejduk has died of cancer, aged 71. Hejduk was dean of the Irwin S Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art from 1975 until his retirement last month. His former students include Daniel Libeskind and Shigeru Ban.
  • John Maltby

    A collection of images capturing buildings from the 1930s to 1970s by architectural photographer, John Maltby, was published this week. The book, written by Robert Elwall, includes shots of Blackpool Pleasure Beach and is published by RIBA Publications.
  • John Montgomery and Miffa Salter on cities

    As John Montgomery, managing director of Urban Cultures pointed out, we 'don't do' Modernism any more in cities. Those official masterplans for brave new worlds inspired by Le Corbusier's Ville Radieuse have been cast aside to make way for concepts such as the 'Evening Economy', 'Primary Attractors', 'Diversity of Primary Uses', and 'Stationary Activities'. This kind of jargon implies the impossibility of an overall, integrated framework for organising cities, and the desirability of parcelli
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    Richard Murphy, Alfred Munkenbeck and Sarah Wigglesworth will be discussing their work at an AJ seminar on architect-designed houses this evening (Thursday) at 18.00 in the seminar room at 100% Design at Earl's Court 2.
  • Joint-names insurance can mean your profits go up in smoke

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  • Jolly well don't

  • Julia Farrer: Transformations

    At the Eagle Gallery, 159 Farringdon Road, London EC1 until 10 November

    This year's AIA (London/UK) Student/ Professional Design Charrette will be held on Saturday, 4 November (8.30-18.00) at Call Print Warehouses, 12 Avonmore Road, London W14. This year's theme, High Dense - City Living, is inspired by current debate on the urban regeneration and sustainability of cities. This year's jury members are Paul Finch, Zaha Hadid, Jane Wernick, James Pickard, Andrew Wright, and Christina Seilern. The charrette is open to students and professionals from all design-relat
  • Just fancy


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  • Kate Hoey slams Mather's new South Bank masterplan

  • Katherine Shonfield

    Last week was marked by a memorable leading article in London's Evening Standard . In it, the writer stated categorically that 'everybody hates architects' - and this despite the assertion of this magazine's editorial of a couple of weeks ago that architecture is the new gardening. According to the article, architects are, moreover, the quintessential universely loathed dinner party companion - which is news to this particular one, since it is at least four years since I have even received an
  • Katherine Shonfield

    Can art prove that it is contemporary through a rereading of the past? Or does it inevitably have to usurp the past by demolishing it? Cambridge recently announced that it was dropping its Shakespeare paper.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    The Uneasy Streets of Garry Winogrand (reviewed by Tom Emerson 'Surveying the City' AJ 22.6.00) is, as Emerson says, an obsessive recording of the life of the New York streets during the 1960s and 1970s: Winogrand left more than 40,000 rolls of undeveloped film on his death.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    Oh how we love an architectural panacea. It is actually quite sweet the way architects are so like kids: we inhabit a world where a spot of judiciously-applied building ointment can make everything disappear for ever.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    Typologies, as we who were trained in the early '80s know, abound through life, and building openings are no exception. At the moment there are three dominant forms:
  • Katherine Shonfield

    Nominations for the RIBA's Annie Spink Award will by now be closed. This unique prize will be presented in 'recognition of an outstanding individual contribution to architectural education'. The intriguing thing is how a judging panel can arrive at such an assessment. Those 'quality-assurance panels' that plague academic departments at regular intervals are currently awash with criteria by which students can judge the effectiveness of their teachers.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    Who is setting the agenda for the next election and the next government term? Education has Blunkett, law has Straw, medicine has an increasingly impressive Milburn: who do we have? Prescott.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    Some of this summer's especially squirm-inducing offerings are those Saturday night TVprogrammes dubbed 'I love 1971' with variations referring to the rest of the decade. To those unfortunate enough to have been sufficiently sentient the first time around, it was obvious then that this was a bummer of an era. Nowhere was this more apparent than in the rubbish passed off as televisual entertainment. Likewise, the fact that this August the nation has been stirred from its habitual lethargy to b
  • Katherine Shonfield

    An odd similarity looks set to emerge between now and the 1930s. The legacy of that period of mass building stays with us in the suburban form of the privately financed single family house which is spreading over the remaining gaps in south-east England. Despite an era of more sophisticated government posturing, the sole cause of any substantive change between the '30s and the present day is successful penny-pinching by the mass housebuilders.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    The most swingeing of many recent attacks on architects emanates from the distinguished philosopher A C Grayling in the Observer.He singles out the newly dubbed Testicle (aka the Greater London Assembly building) for the way it contests its iconic context - 'feebly, because it is just an arrangement of glass and steel which looks as if it is inspired by a lump of half-squashed Plasticine.'
  • Katherine Shonfield

    When Graham Sutherland's expressive portrait of Churchill was attacked by an affronted admirer of Winston, the late artist confessed that it was the best possible boost to a flagging career. Is it too cheeky to suggest that last week's bomb attack on the MI6 building at Vauxhall Cross is precisely what Terry Farrell needs to bring his considerable work back to the forefront of a fickle public consciousness within the UK?
  • Katherine Shonfield

    For generations of GCSE and Olevel students, William Golding's Lord of the Flies has been held up as a warning of what people plonked onto a desert island do when left to their own devices. If you remember, it all ended with a savage ritualistic murder.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    The orchestration of Sunday night is a matter of rigid orthodoxy in the received wisdom of TV schedules. A prescribed diet of heritage interest - antiques - followed by dramas set in a luridly green rural setting, preferably Ireland or Yorkshire. The order of the day is a strict regime of escapist fantasy, pandering to the 'ifonly' tendency that is the universal prelude to Monday morning. Thus it is significant that Sunday night TV's prime 9pm spot has been occupied on different channels for
  • Katherine Shonfield

    It's curious how frequently the time element in Sigfried Giedion's classic architectural history, Space Time and Architecture, gets left out. Last Monday's discussion on architectural time, organised by Artangel, the public art sponsorship body, sought to redress this.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    The cult of personality took a new turn in the women's singles final at Wimbledon last Saturday.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    In the wake of the Hatfield train crash, somewhere sunk in among all the strategic concerns, is a largely overlooked item questioning the technical specification of the rail track.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    Using the Pets Page of the Daily Telegraph as a social gauge may seem a touch eccentric but last weekend's bullet point list on 'What to do if your pet goes missing' is an invaluable key to the paucity of middle class engagement in the urban realm.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    While the Vatican was apologising to the world for assorted past errors last weekend, it was also busy with another, far more gratifying project: the first beatification ever of an architect.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    February. Hangover time at best. And now it is post-millennium hangover time. Getting blind drunk means shutting your eyes. In our February morning after, the very nastiest hangovers from the last century - Nazism in Austria and denial of the Holocaust - won't go away. But the grey light of late winter reveals an entirely other residue from the past, equally solid and present.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    Was the Trojan Horse the first object building? It had the same irresistible attractions of the familiar writ large: an overscale toy which you could also get inside. It arrived overnight, it was an apparently benign architectural insertion, and it went on to successfully scupper the reigning regime. As in the case of the Greek Heseltine who deposited his Dome on departing to the back benches, the puzzle is that nobody has really asked why the object was left behind.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    Prince Charles asserts that the world's great religions have at their heart an environmental ethic. It might be a headache for him, therefore, that the USA, where around 40 per cent of the population attend a religious gathering at least once a month, is probably the most messianic perpetrator of environmental pollution on the planet.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    The Guardian seems to think that the Naughties (or the 00s, pronounced, 'Oooohs!', depending on your inclinations), are going to ditch individualism in favour of the community. I must have blinked round about 1990, as I could swear people said that then. This time the paper is helping things on their way via 100 proddings in the right direction. They read like the self-help manual version of the Urban Task Force's report: walk up escalators; have a street party, etc; along with exhortations,
  • Katherine Shonfield

    Anyone who doubts the general perception that there is a crucial interconnection between form and government should check out the current mutterings attributed to Jaques Delors et al. The rumour is that an expanded eu should be rejected as fundamentally impossible because there is an optimum number that fit round a table.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    The jury is not out on the Millennium Wheel as an object: it came rollicking in months ago with the unanimous verdict that it is a Good Thing. The Wheel as an experience is equally intriguing.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    The tales of persistent child abuse that have emerged are too serious an issue to be dismissed as just another news item.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    Road safety is a subject no-one would have the nerve to admit is boring despite the fact that the words irresistibly conjure up well-meaning and cringeworthy public announcements redolent of Harry Enfield.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    The prime-time televising of the Stirling Prize is not just an isolated jamboree: weekly architectural judgements on Radio 4's Front Row and its influential Saturday Review programme evidence a huge growth in the informed audience for architecture. It would take a curmudgeon of miserable proportions to be churlish in the face of it. So here goes.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    The sight of John Prescott, up to his waist in the questionable effluent that passes for rainwater in this country, is the sole glad tiding that emerges from the floods of the past weeks. But amid the anxieties there is plenty of scope for gaping disbelief. On each news bulletin, as night follows day, concern for the beleaguered motorist follows concern for the stranded householder. Forget abstract mutterings. No-one in authority is prepared to state the bald fact of the case: 'You are being
  • Katherine Shonfield

    The rebranding mania that is itself the recognisable brand of this government has left local authority housing departments proudly immune. They go in for relabelling instead. There is a council turquoise green, favoured by Lambeth and now Camden, which has been used to put an unmistakable stamp of possession on messages such as 'no ball games' and 'no dumping'.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    A prevalent feeling characterises modern life. It is that lurking sensation that you will inevitably trip over a branch of McDonald's halfway up Kilimanjaro. Until now, the US has been the undisputed Machiavelli behind the uneasy and universal sense of deja vu which gets vaguely summed up in the term 'globalisation'. But the fallout from the US presidential election has resulted in an unexpected fillip to all those architects - and others - who promote regionalism and individuality. The fact
  • Katherine Shonfield

    In the first volume of the AJ's classic series The Best of Architects' Working Details (circa 1952), there is a detail of a phone booth in the Royal Festival Hall. Innumerable revisions to Gilbert Scott Junior's original Red One might make one think that it is only the armature of phone booths that is of interest to designers.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    Out of last week's dramatic events in Serbia came an enduring lesson on how we get things wrong.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    If media coverage is a gauge, Ken Livingstone has made few pronouncements in the five months since his electoral victory as London's first mayor.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    The poor old lay man. It seems good old architecture has coldshouldered him once more. His omission from the jury of this year's Stirling Prize is all the more ignominious for his substitution by one of the most well-known of self-publicised laid women, Tracy Emin. The public, it seems, will be out of 'their depth and generally overawed by the process'. Bless.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    Last Saturday David Blunkett was widely reported to have declared the 'school run' responsible for one-third of all polluting traffic on the roads. He, like many others, thinks bikes, buses and walking are the answer. Yippee. Does he propose wiping out this problem at a stroke by providing schools worthy of the name within walking distance of all? Sorry, no. In the education secretary's world, the abysmal apology for schooling generally on offer has nothing to do with why people should want t
  • Katherine Shonfield

  • Katherine Shonfield

    While the Vatican was apologising to the world for assorted past errors last weekend, it was also busy with another, far more gratifying project: the first beatification ever of an architect.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    Like it or not, Ken Livingstone's decision to run as an independent has put a rather tigerish looking cat amongst London's proverbial pigeons. It's just two weeks, but already it's in the air. It's the middle of the rush hour. The guy in charge of the Tannoy had just finished announcing delays on the west-bound District line. He suddenly starts shouting: 'I've just got to tell everybody: Ken Livingstone is going to run for mayor.'
  • Katherine Shonfield

    A profitable way for London architects to spend this (Thursday) morning is in a last minute grub through the mayoral manifestoes. It is always worthwhile to sift these declarations for jobs which might see us through the next down turn (approximately half way through the new mayor's term of office). Visual communication being our professional speciality, we will consider motley imagery first, and content second.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    The transfer of ships into buildings is a long-established myth of Modernism. The equivalent swap of building typologies into boats has a less respectable history. Anyone who has experienced a Thames 'pleasure boat' or a cross-Channel ferry will tell you that the shift of the architectural types of nightclub and supermarket respectively from dry land to water is more liable to induce the screaming heebie-jeebies than aesthetic admiration.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    There is currently a conspiracy theory circulating that the Tourist Board is in cahoots with the government, and has sprinkled a bumper crop of bank holidays as far from any potential good weather as it can. The fiendishly Machiavellian reasoning is this: good weather means you do especially fun things - like lying down in the sun - that try as 'they' might a) don't involve tourist 'facilities' and b) do not entail parting with any cash.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    Victims of the Barclays Bank closures are unlikely to forget its current, gross advert, set in the us, which yells the word 'big' at viewers in five-second intervals.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    Indulging in sour grapes is an accepted role of the columnist.

    This design for a 2000m 2zeroemission building for Plymouth College of Further Education has an L-shaped plan with a curving atrium filling the space between the two blocks. Top lit, the atrium provides internal light to the classrooms and allows natural cross-ventilation. Its solid curving wall acts as a heat sink.

    MPs will this week warn the government against changing its policies on building on the green belt - and urge that development should be on brownfield sites wherever possible. The House of Commons Environment, Transport and the Regions Committee is set to publish its report on the government's forthcoming Urban White Paper today.The committee held a lengthy inquiry into the White Paper, which will outline the government's urban regeneration policies and will be published this summer. And the
  • Keep taking the tablets

    It is finally becoming possible to use a drawing tablet as you would a pen - if you ignore a tiny gap at the end of your pencil
  • Keeping an open approach to foster the building of knowledge and ideas

    My friend Jeff Tidmarsh dropped into the office the other day for a chat. Such impromptu sessions are important: the opportunity to share experiences, and ideas, with another architect is precious.

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  • Keith Sonnier: Public Commissions in Architecture 1990-1999

    Kunsthaus Bregenz/Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2000. 148pp. £12. Available from Triangle Bookshop 020 7631 1381
  • Kemp Muir Wealleans ExCels in the Royal Docks

  • Ken Livingstone

    London mayor Ken Livingstone last week officially opened Foster and Partners' £9 million international headquarters building for street furniture and advertising space supplier JC Decaux. The 4,485m2 scheme, which has won the RIBA Crown Estate Conservation Architecture Award, comprises a refurbished existing 1930s building, new storage warehouse and a covered street featuring an asymmetrically-vaulted glazed canopy exhibition space between the two.
  • Ken offers capital as 'trial city' for Urban Task Force

    London mayor Ken Livingstone last week rebuked the government for 'pigeon-holing' Lord Rogers' ideas for urban renewal and revealed that the brief for his new architectural adviser is no less than 'to rebuild London'.
  • Ken says new towers must have top-level public access

    London mayor Ken Livingstone has declared that developers of tall buildings do not stand a chance of getting his approval unless they incorporate public areas on their top floors.
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  • Kent man struck off register for document 'cover-up'

  • Kent-based Barton Willmore Partnership

  • Kiasma's architecture of art and words at the RIBA

    Anyone who didn't already know the Kiasma contemporary art museum in Helsinki was probably disappointed by the lecture at the RIBA, in which neither the architect, Steven Holl, nor the founding director, Tuula Arkio, seemed willing to discuss the building in any detail at all, or even to show any images of it. Both speakers seemed intent on promoting their own, distinct interests, without so much as a nod to the other, let alone a conversation.Holl hogged an hour of the allotted time with a c
  • King Alfred's College turns over new green leaf

    Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects' environmentally friendly £3.2 million library extension for King Alfred's College in Winchester was set to be officially opened today - days after being inspected by RIBA award judges.
  • King of the hill

    Perthcelyn Community Primary School by the Rhondda Cynon Taff Property Consultancy is designed to sit comfortably on its hillside site in the Valleys, just north of Cardiff By Eleanor Young. Photographs by Jim Lowe
  • King's Cross in stasis as EH 'model'gets thumbs down

    A controversial urban regeneration scheme held up by English Heritage as an example of 'building on the character' of its historic environment last week has come under attack from a campaign group for failing to do precisely that.


    Theis + Khan Architects has been given the go-ahead for a new refurbishment and extension project at the Jubilee Waterside Centre in King's Cross, London.

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    The 60th birthday of the Kingston School of Architecture coincides with the retirement of Tim Bell and Howard Martin. In celebration, a party is to be held at the school on the evening of Friday 6 October.
  • Knocking on . . .

    The excellent British Construction Industry Awards attracted the usual host of personalities last week, including numerous architects young and old. Nick Raynsford played to the intoxicated construction mentality by making references to 'knockers' in the building industry. Oblivious to guffaws, he announced that the awards would be for 'achievements in excellence and in competence'. Unaware that there was an award for incompetence, some guests shuffled uneasily in their seats. . .
  • Koetter Kim & Associates

    Koetter Kim & Associates has won planning permission for this 4000m 2floating health club at the Middle Dock, Canary Wharf, London. The floating complex includes a large two-level gym, pool, spa, restaurant, bar and cafe. The design is for a light, transparent structure of steel, glass and natural timber arranged on three levels under a stainless steel roof. Construction will be modular with almost completed sections transported to the Middle Dock for final assembly.
  • Koetter Kim triumphs in Sheffield masterplan job

    Koetter Kim & Associates has won the competition to masterplan the centre of Sheffield and provide a strategy for the Yorkshire city over the next 10 to 15 years. The selection is a snub to Urban Task Force mastermind Lord Rogers, whose practice had also entered the competition and was recently awarded the masterplanning contract for Newcastle's west end (AJ 8.6.00).
  • Kohn Pedersen Fox

  • Kohn Pedersen Fox

  • Kohn Pedersen Fox rejects US registration criticisms

    Lee Polisano, partner of US practice Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), has hit back at fresh criticisms of US architects working in the UKmade this week by RIBA Council member Paul Hyett.

    Rem Koolhaas has been picked to head a team which also includes Ove Arup & Partners to undertake a £50 million urban park in Toronto. The park will be on a vast 160 ha disused military base.

    Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates has begun construction of a 60,000m 2office building for Spanish utility provider, Endesa, north of Madrid.

  • Kuhne in at South Bank as raised park gets a rethink

    The architect of Kent's Bluewater shopping centre, Eric Kuhne, looks set to stamp his mark on the South Bank. It emerged this week that South Bank Centre management has held talks with both Kuhne and developer Lend Lease with Shell over the site's retail development.
  • Laban Centre lifts off

  • Labour is not green when it comes to politics

  • Labour peer calls for positive discrimination in public works

    Racial equality campaigner Baroness Howells has controversially called on the government to set aside a quota of public works projects for ethnic minority architects.
  • Lack of cash threatens UK mission

    On the eve of UK architecture's biggest ever international showcase, leading figures at the RIBA and the RIAS have warned that their institutions are too strapped for cash to effectively promote architects'interests abroad.
  • Lambeth Borough Council

    Lambeth Borough Council has gone against the advice of its planning officers and rejected Gensler's planning application to build an eight-storey radial glass office building (above) at One Westminster Bridge - the 'island site' (AJ 4.5.00). The authority refused permission for the Frogmore Developments scheme proposed for the site, which is south of County Hall, last week at planning committee. The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment attacked the 75,000m 2office building in

    Lancashire County Council is running a competition for the £120,000 conversion of a Grade IIlisted barn at Wycoller. Part of the building is to become an information centre and the remainder a flexible space for music and theatre.There are prizes of £3,000, £1,500 and £750. Call 0113 234 1335 for more details.

    Paul Catherall takes contemporary London landmarks as the subjects for his lino prints - among them, Tate Modern, the London Eye, and the Millennium Bridge (above). His exhibition is at Clapham Art Gallery, 61 Venn Street, London SW4 from 21 November until 2 December. Details 020 7720 0955.
  • Landscape's leading light Derek Lovejoy dies at 75

    Derek Lovejoy, founder of international land-planner and designer Derek Lovejoy Partnership (DLP), has died in his sleep at the age of 75.
  • Landscaping lost at the South Bank Centre

  • Lapping up the key changes

    Osteopaths will not be pleased, but the days of carrying heavy laptops around may be numbered
  • Large-scale institutional benevolence with a touch of humanity

    In his bookThe Birth of the Modern Paul Johnson vividly describes the tremendous surge of energy that fuelled the enormous changes to both the physical and the social structure and organisation of our society in the early Victorian era. There was extraordinary progress in this period, which saw the formation of our first schools of architecture, and indeed the RIBA.
  • L'Art dans le Monde 2000

    At the Pont Alexandre III, Paris, until 8 November (entrance from the right bank)
  • Lasdun relents to Keeling House's 'yuppie future'

    Sir Denys Lasdun has resigned himself to a 'yuppie' future for Keeling House, his 1959 council-housing scheme in Bethnal Green, after its 66 flats went on sale this week priced between £145,000 and £375,000.
  • Last call for task force

    Lord Rogers this week wound up the Urban Task Force, by rebuking the 'disgraceful' state of design briefs for urban regeneration projects but celebrating the improved political climate for urban regeneration. In his parting speech, he called for the creation of a lobbying 'urban guerrilla' movement as vocal as the countryside lobby and demanded greater public participation in regeneration projects.He also pledged to continue privately influencing government ministers, despite his new role as
  • Late substitute

    Michael Hopkins has withdrawn as architect for one of the Paternoster Square office buildings opposite St Paul's, where Eric Parry is now filling the gap in the William Whitfield masterplan.This one will run and run.
  • Lay lady lay

    I am baffled by press reports suggesting a lack of lay assessors for the Stirling Prize.
  • Le Corbusier

    Le Corbusier had little time for New York, with one exception - the George Washington Bridge. 'It is the most beautiful bridge in the world,' he declared, 'the only seat of grace in the disordered city.' With other works by its designer Othmar H Amman, it features in Darl Rastorfer's Six Bridges (Yale University Press, £26)

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  • Leadership changes aim high Proactive local government will put economic well-being onto the agenda - which could lead to a change in high-rise policies

    The Local Government Bill introduced to the House of Lords a few weeks ago closely follows the white paper Local Leadership, Local Choice, apart from the addition of the proposed introduction of a new power to promote the economic, social or environmental well-being of the local authority's area.
  • Leading lights 'snubbed' as RIBA unveils 50 winners

    The RIBA has this week unveiled the 50 award winners its jurors picked to go forward and contend for the Institute's biggest honour - the £20,000 Stirling Prize. But although they include notable high-profile buildings such as the Millennium Dome, London Eye, Walsall Art Gallery, and two Jubilee Line Extension stations, there will be disappointment for respected architects including Ian Ritchie, Ted Cullinan, Michael Hopkins and Partners and van Heyningen and Haward that their building e

  • learning from the dome

    people; Peter Higgins, whose struggle to produce the Millennium Dome's Play Zone was well documented on TV's 'Trouble at the Big Top', thinks that, post Jennie Page, the time is right for a new approach to designing exhibition buildings. by david taylor.
  • Learning lessons from dot coms' multimillion-pound branding spree

    At the beginning of this year I wrote in this column about the impact that the dot com revolution was having on the workload of commercial architects in New York. Times there were tough, but also rewarding, with everyone working long hours converting buildings of all types for clients with no taste but plenty of money and a deadline six weeks away.
  • Learning to love the web

    Standard formats and clear design make Architec's system for building your own website attractive to novices
  • Learning to speak the same language

    The construction industry is taking the first tentative steps towards a common language that will allow all construction computer programs to communicate freely and so increase efficiency. The Reinforced Concrete Council urges the concrete sector to get i

    Landscape architecture practice edaw has been appointed to lead a regeneration team for the Leaside area in London's Tower Hamlets. The area stretches from Canary Wharf in the south to Victoria Park in the north and is already the site of a number of regeneration projects. edaw is heading a team, including Allott & Lomax, Strettons and fpd Savills, which aims to produce a regeneration masterplan for what has been dubbed an 'arc of opportunity' due to its proximity to the City and Canary Wharf
  • Leaves the competition standing

    The team behind the grandstand at Kuala Lumpur's new Grand Prix circuit took the chequered flag for ingenuity
  • Legal challenge to Ritchie's White City scheme fails

    Countryside lobbyists received a major setback this week when an attempt to block the planned shopping and leisure centre at White City by Ian Ritchie Architects failed.

  • Lesson in conservation but not of precious life

  • Lessons in listening

    review Audible Light At the Museum of Modern Art, Pembroke Street, Oxford until 19 March
  • Let CAS know how you think it should change

  • Let housing follow jobs - but to brownfield sites for sustainability

    Paul Barker was one of many academics, union leaders, businessmen, politicians and writers who used to 'drop in' to Cedric Price's office for a chat while I worked there, so it was with nostalgic pleasure that I read his recent piece in the Independent, where he argued that 'houses have to follow jobs'. He says that we should simply accept that a million new homes are needed in the South-east and get on with building them.
  • Let's bridge the divisions in our industry

  • Let's get a sense of proportion

  • Let's have some order, please

    We chart the latest trends and future projections in our regular quarterly look at the construction industry
  • letters

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  • Letters

    Mather's South Bank ducks main problem Another masterplan for the South Bank. Last time it was Richard s glass Wave wrap - ping the existing art s complex between Waterloo and Hungerford bridges; this time the grand gesture is Ricks Wedge to the south of Hunger - ford bridge, incorporating a public park and a new concert hall .
  • letters

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  • letters

    The Architects' Journal welcomes your letters, which should preferably be typed double-spaced. Please address them to the editor at 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB, fax them on 020 7505 6701, or e-mail them to Victorian@ to arrive by 10am on the Monday before publication. Letters intended for publication should include a daytime telephone number. The editor reserves the right to shorten letters.
  • letters ... creates unreal image of urban armageddon

    Martin Pawley's armageddon (aj 30.3.00) seemed just like Enoch Powell's 'rivers of blood' outburst which was devised to shock and which fortunately was self-proclaimed and off beam.
  • letters A magical library - but don't write us a fairytale

    As a member of the silent majority I often feel moved to write but never do. I'm breaking my silence about Jeremy Melvin's critique of Alsop & Stormer's Peckham Library (AJ 30.3.00). Living in a quiet part of Scotland, I rely on you for my virtual tour of what's going on. For this I need your consistently excellent photography and some words of explanation written in a language I can understand.
  • letters Brunswick respected by 20th Century Society

    I am concerned that my good friend Patrick Hodgkinson feels that the Twentieth Century Society has been 'going behind his back' on the matter of the Brunswick Centre. Members of our committee enjoyed an informative visit there with him last summer. We were impressed both by the quality of the building and by its rather forlorn condition, and we went away more determined than ever to work towards a satisfactory restoration programme.
  • letters Code should recognise where blame really lies

    The Court of Appeal was right to exonerate Paul Wurth from the tragic accident which befell Ralph Harrison (aj 6.4.00). It is important to maintain a distinction between those who prepare designs and those who arrange for them to be prepared. There is no 'hole' in the cdm Regulations in this respect. Indeed it was somewhat naive of the Health and Safety Executive to prosecute Wurth in the first instance.
  • letters Community campaign will deter developers

    Please may I correct some misapprehensions in your recent article on Crystal Palace (aj 9.3.00).
  • letters Corrections

    We would like to make a number of amendments to Clare Melhuish's article last week (aj 30.3.00). Firstly, the topic of the lecture was the artist's role in urban regeneration. Secondly, Wendy Shillam firmly believes that city centres should be made more attractive as places of residence, and that the fact that they are populated only by certain sectors of society should not be a matter for complacency. She would like to see more families being attracted to the inner-city. Finally, Shillam is
  • letters Credit for putting tricky concepts into practice

    We were more than slightly miffed that your article on Michael Nathenson (aj 23.3.00) says our input on the project was to obtain building regulations approval' for Nathenson and states 'ordinary mortals would have to enlist the help of an architect if they want to follow his (Nathenson's) lead. You have nevertheless credited us as architects. This makes our role unclear, to put it mildly. People who did not know better might think all we did was fill in an application form to Camden.
  • letters Dating is great but let's try and get it right

    I am writing to welcome Clive Richardson's articles on dating buildings (starting aj 23.3.00). To anyone concerned with existing buildings, the ability to date them and their components is an essential tool, to enable them to know what type of construction to expect and how to identify anomalies. Dating is also a powerful technique - it can force you to really look at and analyse all the components if you consciously ask yourself their dates.
  • letters Differences between the sexes are all in the mind

    Your correspondent, Santa Raymond, finalised her review of 'Four Women Architects' with the question, 'Why so few women architects (indeed conductors, or world class artists)?'
  • letters Do skeletons lurk in the Portland Place closet?

    I've had to wear a sling for my jaw, it dropped so far on reading 'riba News - Lifting Staff Morale' (aj 23.3.00). You quoted the director general as announcing 'new plans' to offer riba staff permanent contracts and a pension plan - they enjoyed these advantages until his arrival in the mid-1990s, but one wonders if this reversion to decent employment practice from the middle of the last century is not too radical a step. Will there also be a change from the situation whereby staff's futures
  • letters Errata

    In aj 3.2.00's 'Going underground', the Building Study on the new stations of the Jubilee Line Extension Turner, Fletcher Mills Partnership was the quantity surveyor on the North Greenwich station project. Jiricna Architects was the architect for Canada Water bus station.
  • letters Gender discussion oversimplifies debate

    I could not let your review of Gender, Space, Architecture go without comment (aj 30.3.00).
  • letters Honouring the name of a master model-maker

    Poor old Bassett-Lowke must be turning in his grave - 'of liquorice confection fame' indeed (picture caption, News, AJ 13.1.00).
  • letters I was a candidate and think ARB is doing fine

    Perhaps you might permit me a personal comment on three of the contributions to the 'arb debate' in aj 20.1.00 - Katherine Shonfield, Caroline Hutton and Peter Gibbs-Kennett. In doing so I declare my interest as a head of school, ex-riba councillor and ex-member of arcuk's board of education (simultaneously!) and a small practitioner (those who know me may take the last description literally). I am also a member of the riba/arb Joint Validation Panel.
  • letters Integrity compromised by quest for adverts

    In the last couple of weeks (aj 23.3.00 and 6.4.00) the aj has given space to the debate of the role of women in architecture.
  • letters It's time for Kelly and Luder to pack their bags

    The four members of the arb who have resigned have demonstrated commitment and achievement in serving the needs of the public through furthering the cause and creation of good architecture at the highest level. They are the most prominent and successful of the members of the board in this way and that is why I voted for them. I do not need to be told in the information release to all architects from the chairwoman and vice chairman posted to all registered architects that 'it is important tha
  • letters Just to let you know we're in the pink

    We were interested to read your charts of architectural practices ranked by number of qualified architects, but dismayed to see that Campbell and Arnott is described as one of the Scottish 'casualties' (aj 30.3.00).
  • letters Listing will spell death for Brunswick's renewal

    Poor Patrick Hodgkinson! Despite Allied London's enlightened patronage in appointing the original architect to carry out modifications to his ownbuilding, the Twentieth Century Society feels that this is not good enough and wishes to interfere by having the building listed (News , aj 3.2.00).
  • letters Making sure spectators all keep their cool

    We would like to clarify a reference made by Austin Williams on 'Equinox 2000' regarding the sports pavilion in Lisbon, Portugal (aj 30.3.00).
  • letters More hope for those stuck in water closets

    Referring to Jenifer Pitman's letter regarding the space availability on women's public loos (aj 13.1.00), a simpler answer to the problem - which was also raised in the national press a little time ago by the ladies of the Women's Insitute - is to have the doors opening outwards.
  • letters Pawley's distorted dream of cramming ...

    Martin Pawley distorts and misinforms when he writes of the Urban Task Force's 'dream of cramming Britain' (aj 30.3.00). The expression 'city cramming' normally implies an intention to build on an existing public open space. This is no part of the proposals of either the Urban Task Force or ppg3. On the contrary, ppg3 states that 'the government attaches particular importance to the 'greening' of residential environments'. High residential densities and an abundance of green space are not inc
  • letters Setting the record straight on Brunswick

    As regards the article on the Brunswick Centre in aj 3.2.00.
  • letters Small project brought on a case of deja vu

    I was looking through this year's fine selection of projects 'Under £150k - Part 1' (AJ 20.1.00) and was overcome by a sense of deja vu regarding one of the publshed images. There seems to be a striking similarity between the bathroom in John Pawson's Mount Eagle House, Ireland (pictures above), and Hugh Broughton Architects' offering on the bottom left of page 30. See for yourself ...
  • letters Stolen ideas from bathrooms to stadia

    In aj 27.1.00, Michael Roberts exposed the plagiarism of a bathroom designed by John Pawson. On pages 43 and 44 of the same issue, there are photographs showing 'the world's largest table football table', part of the Work and Learning Zone at the Dome.
  • letters Stubbs Rich Architects

    An architect of all trades can be a master of one
  • letters The Act is all that really matters in ARB debacle

    As the debate continues around arb, I would like to express an 'outside' view.
  • letters Trendy designers don't care about conveniences

    In response to Jenifer Pitman's letter, 'Loo designs have room for improvement' (aj 13.01.00), concern over the falling space standards in women's public wc cubicles was one of the reasons prompting Women's Design Service (wds) to thoroughly investigate this subject about 10 years ago.
  • letters We're drowning in a sea of management speak

    I liked your editorial, not overstated but sharp (aj 20.1.99). Now that the 'get Kelly' (Hellman, Shonfield et al) bandwagon is in motion, I guess it's not of much interest, but I always thought the board's own self-serving drivel as reproduced in the last annual report was a sure testament to the ethical and intellectual poverty of its privy council stooges - but not, thankfully, as it has turned out, the providence of a majority of its elected architect members - I italicise parts of the bo
  • letters Wheel-watching turns into good feng shui

    I am happy to report that any bad feng shui caused by the clockwise motion of the London Eye (AJ 20.1.00) can be cancelled out by walking across the Thames and viewing the wheel from the opposite side, from where it will become obvious that it is, in fact, revolving in an anti-clockwise direction.
  • letters Winging it is not the way to act, Glenda

    I was interested to read about what Glenda Jackson had to talk about in the article 'Waiting in the wings' (aj 20.1.00). I think it should have read 'Get back in the wings'. Claiming that if she were elected as mayor of London she would be in a position to press for funding to set the space for innovative building solutions, I have to ask what she thinks is an innovative building solution.
  • Levitt Bernstein treads the boards for theatre revamp

    Levitt Bernstein has won a competitive interview to prepare a masterplan for the development of the 1819 Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds.

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  • Liability for market falls may land on the architect's shoulders

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  • Lib Dems press for Urban Task Force measures

    Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy has taken a leaf out of William Hague's book by producing a 'premanifesto document' sprinkled with the political party's thoughts on how it would deal with the built environment. Freedom in a Liberal Society, published last week, is structured around three tenets: independence, fairness and caring for the environment, with energy pledges in areas such as crime, health, transport and the economy.
  • Libeskind scoops $62.5m arts museum prize in Denver

    Daniel Libeskind has been appointed to design another major museum project - his second in the US.He has won the commission for the $62.5 million (£41.9 million) extension to the Denver Art Museum, beating US architect Thom Mayne and Japan's Arata Isozaki. The extension will provide 14,600m 2of exhibition space for modern and contemporary art, architecture, design and graphics.

    Models and drawings of eight projects by Daniel Libeskind will be the subject of the Soane Museum's first exhibition of the new year, starting on 11 January. Libeskind, a professed fan of Sir John Soane, has commissioned miniatures of schemes including the V&A Spiral, Studio Weil in Spain and his latest work, the Denver Art Museum.
  • Library location a vital part of urban ecology

  • Life in Venice

    While the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale will be occupied by Young Turks Alsop, Hadid, Chipperfield and Coates, Richard Rogers will be very much in evidence too. In the Artillery Building, RRP will be exhibiting its designs for the National Assembly for Wales, even though it is currently mired in the inevitable South Wales politics. There will also be a launch of the Italian edition of Cities for a Small Planet , the collection of Reith Lectures given by Lord Rogers, and cowritten by
  • Life in Venice

    If you missed the Venice Biennale, check out the lecture by director Massimiliano Fuksas at the RIBA on 10 October, starting at 6.30pm.
  • Life on campus and a rumpus at the opera

  • Lifschutz Davidson's Legacy back in frame for the Dome

    Lifschutz Davidson's £155 million Legacy bid to redevelop the Millennium Dome as a hi-tech business park looked to be back on the table as the AJ went to press after Japanese bank Nomura 'reluctantly' withdrew from the deal to buy the beleaguered attraction.

    Legacy's selection as preferred bidder for the Millennium Dome was a boost for architect Lifschutz Davidson last week, designer of the hi-tech village for new media and communications companies set to go in it. Legacy is offering at least £125 million for the Dome and hopes to start work midway though next year. It expects to spend about £300 million.

    The Lighting Architects Group has been appointed to work on the £2 billion Terminal Five project at Heathrow. The public inquiry into the project is due to be concluded with a report later this year, but this week BAA published its interim results and the airport operator's finance director Russell Wallis signalled his confidence that the scheme will go ahead.

  • Lifting the lid on RIAS subscription income


    Lunch time head-to-heads and afternoon masterclasses in the Total Lighting Theatre run daily from 22-25 May. E-mail Gerry Hall on to pre-book, or phone 020 8277 5622 and fax on 020 8277 5362.

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  • Lighting the stand

    To retain the clean sculptural forms of the stand, the lighting, by Modular UK, has been discreetly fitted within walls and, at the entrance, within the riser to the step. Low-level fittings recessed in the node walls direct light at floor level; other recessed lamps are set behind printed acrylic screens to project logos and information about publications. The canopies are lit from below by Nomad fittings with low-voltage halogen lamps, fixed to the columns.

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  • Lipton aims to lift regional powers for CABE in year two

    Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment chief Sir Stuart Lipton has set an ambitious goal of creating a network of 15 architecture centres across the country. And he also wants to instigate local design review committees to devolve decisions to the regions, in a bid to lift quality and act proactively before planning applications are made.
  • Liquid damages

    As one has come to expect (in fact know), the organisation of the Stirling Prize party left a lot to be desired.

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  • Listed buildings

    Birmingham's famous Rotunda and the Arts Centre and Music School at Christ's Hospital in Horsham could both soon be listed after arts minister Alan Howarth began public consultation on the two buildings last week. James Roberts' 1965 cylindrical Rotunda is proposed for Grade II. News of the 22 storey tower's potential listing was broadly approved of by locals quizzed by The Birmingham Post this week. The theatre, meanwhile, was built in 1972-74 to the design of Bill Howell of Howell, Killick,
  • Listing threat to £440m Vauxhall housing masterplan

    A £440 million plan to build a new 'urban village' on the site of decaying housing estates in Lambeth, south London, has been thrown into doubt after culture minister Alan Howarth announced plans to award Grade II-listed status to a 1960s secondary school on the site.
  • Lived-in artistry

    It is refreshing to walk into the home of an artist and his family and to find it as far from the carefully arranged three-lilies-in-a-vase interior as you can get: it feels and looks thoroughly lived in, nothing specially tidied away or carefully arranged. The house is one of the few surviving early nineteenth century residential terraced buildings in St John Street, Clerkenwell, London: tall, narrow and four-storeyed, it was never designed with light and air in mind, nor generous garden spa
  • Lively debate needed on listings procedures

  • Lively exhibition treats complexity skillfully

  • Liverpool wishbone ...

    Liverpool John Moores University postgraduate student Eduard Ross has won a competition to design a 20m pedestrian bridge for the Liverpool waterfront, adjacent to the Liver Building. Ross' design proposes a main steel cantilever structure in the shape of a wishbone spanning the water, rooted on one side of the water. Development work on the £250,000 structure is being carried out by Ove Arup & Partners and it is scheduled for completion by September. The competition was run by the Princ

    Work is set to start this month on Liverpool's first purpose-built arts centre in more than 60 years. The £8.1 million Austin-Smith: Lorddesigned FACT centre will occupy the eastern end of an existing tea factory building being developed by Urban Splash. The FACT centre will open to the public during the summer of 2002.

    I had not been to the Tower of London since I was a child and was amazed to see how my memory of the place bore no relationship to the reality.
  • Living the Basildon dream

    As the political parties start to gear up for an election, does suburbia have any positive place in urban society?
  • Livingstone brands RHWL Crystal Palace 'cheapskate'

    London mayor Ken Livingstone last week waded into the controversy about the multiplex leisure development at Crystal Palace Park. He branded its current architects RHWL 'cheapskate' and warned that they will 'downgrade the development'.

    London mayor Ken Livingstone has expressed his 'implacable opposition' to the plans for a 20-screen multiplex cinema at Crystal Palace Park. The scheme already has planning permission but it is being challenged by local residents. Speaking at the Greater London Assembly question time, Livingstone ruled out taking legal action against the developers.
  • Livingstone hits the road for Urban Design Week 2000

    London mayor Ken Livingstone is set to resurrect his open-top campaign bus as part of Urban Design Week 2000, which will run from 18-24 September this year.
  • Livingstone thinks again about GLA Foster building

    London Mayor Ken Livingstone held talks this week to consider alternative homes for the Greater London Assembly after he warned that the Foster and Partners-designed building at London Bridge City may not be 'best value for Londoners'.
  • Livingstone win jeopardises Ritchie's Crystal Palace plans


    Architectural quality will be the first requirement of any tall building in the capital if it is to survive the planning process, according to London mayor Ken Livingstone. Livingstone this week called on commercial developers to 'employ the best architects' and he warned that he 'will not support major planning applications which do not embody this approach'. Livingstone also threw his weight behind the plans for the Foster & Partners-designed Swiss Re 'gherkin' building, which is currently

    Llewelyn-Davies has been commissioned to design 700 residential homes for developer Berkeley Homes at the Royal Arsenal site at Woolwich, South London. The units incorporate a mix of new and refurbished flats, as well as new housing, and the existing listed buildings on the site will be incorporated into the scheme. A one-hectare landscaped public park will surround the housing. The scheme has been launched by English Partnerships, owner of the 71-acre site since 1997.
  • Llewelyn-Davies shows off £500m Edinburgh blueprinttects

    Llewelyn-Davies has unveiled its mammoth £500 million plan to create 5000 new homes, large tracts of offices, industrial accommodation and open spaces on Edinburgh's waterfront.
  • Local Authority Risk Management and the Private Finance Initiative, RICS Research, tel 0171 334 3725.

    This report looks at the approaches being adopted in the assessment of PFI risk.
  • 'Local' takes on a new meaning on the Web

    It is easy to imagine Internet applications that would make a difference to local government services.
  • Locals slam Mather over 'flawed' South Bank plans

    Rick Mather's multi-million pound masterplan for the South Bank had a rocky ride last week when local groups attacked the architect's proposed 'tilted' park over a new national film and television school on Jubilee Gardens as an abuse of the site's status as designated Metropolitan Open Space land.
  • Location, location

    The Sunday Times news desk thinks that Piano and Rogers are now waging a north-south battle of the towers, given the RRP 45-storey job at Paddington. Some people think that Paddington is probably in west London, but no doubt that is just a finicky detail. However, who knows where the latest initiative by David Marks and Julia Barfield will end up. Hugh Pearman's scoop in the very same Sunday Times suggested that the slim trio of residential towers only need a 1ha site. Perhaps north London re
  • London calling

  • London calling

  • London calling

    Dome zone designer par excellence Tim Pyne was shocked on arriving at the RIBA London Region architecture awards at the institute last week.

    Nicky Gavron, the former head of the London Planning Advisory Committee, has been confirmed as the deputy mayor of London.
  • London diary

    AAProjects Review 99/00 Until 28 July. The Architectural Association end-of-year show at 36 Bedford Sq, WC1. Details 020 7887 4111.
  • London diary

    Karin Apollonia Muller Until 30 July. Photographs of Los Angeles at the Photographers'Gallery, 5 Great Newport St, WC2 (020 7831 1772).
  • London diary

    Bartlett Summer Show 29-30 June and 3-7 July. At Wates House, 22 Gordon St, WC1 (020 7380 7504).
  • London diary

    Carl Andre Until 27 August. An exhibition of Andre's sculpture at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, 80 Whitechapel High St, E1. Details 020 7522 7878.
  • London diary

    Julius Shulman 9 August-24 September. Work by the celebrated American architectural photographer at the Photographers' Gallery, 5 Great Newport St, WC2. Details 020 7831 1772.
  • London diary

    Soane's Favourite Subject 25 May-30 July. An exhibition at the newly reopened Dulwich Picture Gallery, College Rd, SE21 (020 8693 5254).
  • London diary

    Bridging History 17 March-14 May. An exhibition on London's bridges at the Museum of London, London Wall, EC2. Details 020 7600 3699.
  • London Docklands

    YRM has completed a £15 million computer 'hotel' in London Docklands to house 'supercomputers' which power the internet. The scheme is the second phase in a development started by the practice 10 years ago. It features an administrative pavilion using timber and glass and a high-security technical building using aluminium panels and ribbon windows. The so-called computer hotels are springing up around the edges of major European cities. One estimate of the market for them in Europe in th


  • 'London Living City': more eco style than substance


    Culture secretary Chris Smith last week launched a new regional development strategy for London's creative industries which was labelled 'visionary' by the London Development Partnership. The report recommends measures to promote London's skills in world markets, to develop clusters of creative industries and to 'deploy London's creative skills in urban design'. The creative industries employ 12 per cent of the capital's working population and generate nearly £20 billion in revenue a yea
  • London Spade 2000 award

    Architect Marcus Beale is the proud recipient of the London Spade 2000 award, made by the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association, for his Christ Church Gardens project in Southwark.
  • London to adopt Barcelona model

    London is set to follow Barcelona's example and have its architecture policy guided by a panel of international architects, according to the capital's new 'city architect', Lord Rogers.
  • London's forthcoming buildings-fest, Open House

    Clare Melhuish previews. . .
  • London's Riverscape: Lost and Found

    176pp. £15.95. Distributed by Art Books International 020 7720 1503
  • Long overdue call for discussion on listing

  • Loo designs have room ... for improvement

  • Look at Alex Reid's record not his rhetoric

  • Look beyond earth to support robust thought

  • Look More Slowly: Archisnap

    At Cube, 113-115 Portland Street, Manchester until 18 April
  • Loosing the thread

    Fashioning Vienna: Adolf Loos' Cultural Criticism By Janet Stewart. Routledge, 2000. 220pp. £19.99
  • Lord Foster is 'only human' after all

  • Lord Rogers

  • Lord Rogers angry at 'pop' vision of Millennium Dome

    Lord Rogers last week delivered a surprise attack on the Millennium Dome and singled out its lack of a coherent 'vision' while denying all responsibility for the 'odium' which currently surrounds it.
  • Lord Rogers backs new Urban Design Compendium

    Lord Rogers of Riverside was today due to launch the Urban Design Compendium, an extensive new bestpractice guide aimed at forging better architecture, commissioned by government regeneration agency English Partnerships (EP) and the Housing Corporation.
  • Lord Rogers in line for GLA role

    Lord Rogers of Riverside is set to be named as the latest high-profile appointment to London mayor Ken Livingstone's Greater London Authority.
  • Lord Rogers on problems along the path of progress

    Anyone hoping to hear Lord Rogers let rip against the government for its failure of nerve in the Urban White Paper was destined to be disappointed at the new City Architect's London School of Economics/Royal Academy lecture.While Rogers reaffirmed his opinion that the measures recommended by the White Paper - notably that 60 per cent of new development should be on brownfield sites, and that density per hectare must be increased - simply do not go far enough, he did not use the occasion to ai
  • Lord Rogers seeks help to attract more women recruits

    Richard Rogers Partnership is failing to recruit enough female architects and needs help to level out the six-to-one ratio between men and women, Lord Rogers has admitted.

    Former Royal Fine Arts Commission chairman Lord St. John of Fawsley has taken on the non-executive chairmanship of property-development company Blackfriars Investments. Blackfriars has schemes at Puddle Dock and Southwark in London.

    Architects are losing control of product specifications, according to new research released this week.
  • Lost in transit

    Transmodernity: Calais Reconstruction At the Galerie de I'Ancienne Poste, 13 Boulevard Gambetta, Calais until 8 October. Tel: 0033 321 467710

    The Peabody Trust has won a £2 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant to refurbish Berthold Lubetkin's 1930s Priory Green Estate in Islington. The estate is regarded as 'an outstanding example of socialist health and housing policies' and received the single biggest grant of the £27 million handed out to towns and cities this week. Peabody's inhouse architects are managing the refurbishment alongside landscape architect Farrer Huxley Architects.


    Geoffrey Reid Associates has landed planning permission for a £30 million retail and leisure complex in the heart of Loughborough. The 19,000m 2scheme, a joint initiative between the Ashquay Group and Metrobrook Limited, will have retail units, cinemas, health and fitness club, bars and restaurants as well as 26 residential units.Completion is set for 2001.
  • Louis Hellman

    Shown here is one of three hand-coloured Louis Hellman prints at the Royal Academy summer show. The series includes The architect and The builder, both for sale at £110 each, while The client is a mere £90. Is this a comment on the relative values of the parties, or a response to the difficulty of getting clients to part with cash?

    Former Derek Lovejoy Partnership director Ron Jones, 54, has died suddenly. He suffered a heart attack last month after 28 years with the landscape architect.
  • Low fees for architects killing off design flair


    Cole Thompson Associates has completed a low-energy, 15-unit house and flat development using prefabricated panels with recycled newspaper as insulation, at the Lyng estate, Sandwell, in the West Midlands. The practice was part of the Integer team, which designed the prototype for the housing in 1998.
  • Low-income students most likely to miss out


  • Lubetkin exemplar

    You don't often find Chris Smith speaking at the opening of new housing schemes (not his department), but he made an exception in the case of Priory Heights, a mixedtenure project in his old Islington Council ward. The scheme has transformed the run-down Lubetkin building, formerly known as Wynford House, into 62 private rented and 26 social housing units - at no cost to the taxpayer. Developer Community Housing Association won the competition to do the scheme without demolition, using Lubetk

    In her photographs and videos, Luisa Lambri explores deserted Modernist buildings, such as Mies van der Rohe's Tugendhat Villa in Brno (above).

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    London practice Buschow Henley has been appointed to design the Crispin Lofts development in Leeds. The value of the luxury apartment project is thought to be around £7 million.

    The Skin House Concept is a prototype based on the identification of issues which characterise today's domestic architecture. It discards or updates anachronistic or inefficient practices and elements.

    Edinburgh-based landscape architect Gross.Max. has beaten off competition from Patel Taylor Architects, Urbanesprit Architects, Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects and EDAW to design a new £750,000 public square in Hammersmith, London.

    Munckenbeck + Marshall has designed a new 113m2 lighting concession in Selfridges in Oxford Street, London for lighting company SCP. The department will stock lights by designers such as Le Klint, Ingo Maurer and Snowcrash. De Rijke Marsh Morgan is also working on an interior for the store.
  • Macallan extra

  • MacCormac unveils 'glowing' new £50m Wellcome wing

    The Science Museum last week unveiled MacCormac Jamieson Prichard's new £50 million exhibition hall featuring 'floating' steel decks and walls which glow with deep blue light (above).
  • MacCormac wins BBC Broadcasting House job

    MacCormac Jamieson Prichard has scooped the illustrious multi-million pound project to rework the BBC's Broadcasting House building and create new facilities to its rear.And the AJ understands - from a source close to the project - that part of the brief is a centralised news operation which will run TV services from the Portland Place icon.
  • MacDraft 4.4.1

  • Mack & Merrill: The 1999 Charles & Ray Eames Lecture

    Edited by Jason Young. Michigan Architecture Papers 7, 1999. 112pp. £11.95. Available from Triangle Bookshop 020 7631 1381
  • mad about the house

    At the Stonebridge Estate in north London Anne Byrne is applying the lessons learned from the housing experiments of the '60s and '70s to create a satisfying social environment that gets the thumbs-up from residents by isabel allen. photograph by robert g
  • Made for marketing

    10x10 Phaidon, 2000. 468pp. £35

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  • Magna

    The developers of Rotherham's £35 million Magna science and technology centre have revealed the latest images of the Water Pavilion structure. The Wilkinson Eyre Architects-designed scheme is in the form of a 'wave' of steel, whose 14 ribs are now in place.The scheme is 60m long,17m wide and 7m high and will contain an exhibition on how water is used in homes, bodies, the steel industry and the environment. Three other pavilions - earth, air and fire - will make up the Lottery-funded att
  • Magna Carta prize

    Studio Libeskind and David Chipperfield Architects are in competition to design a new home for the historic Magna Carta at Salisbury Cathedral. The AJ has learnt that both practices have been picked from among 67 others after a notice was placed in the Official Journal of the European Community earlier this year. Four other unnamed practices are thought to be in the running and a decision is expected today.
  • Maitreya Statue scheme

    Whinney McKay-Lewis has released images of its competition-winning design for a 152m tall, £100 million bronze Buddha statue to be built in the flood plain of the Indian Himalayas.The Maitreya Statue scheme, to be built with Mott MacDonald will be built in Bodhgaya by January 2005 in a 16ha park. It is being designed to withstand extreme conditions - temperature changes, high winds, earthquakes and pollution - for 1000 years. Equivalent in height to a 50-storey building, the design for w
  • Major steps in education, education, education


    Sinn Fein has called for parts of the Maze prison in Belfast to be transformed into a museum after the final 15 prisoners leave the infamous Northern Ireland facility by the end of the year.

  • Make way for the future at South Bank University

  • Making a big splash!

    The FaulknerBrowns-designed Manchester Aquatics Centre is much more than just a swimming pool
  • Making a claim must be open to dispute before adjudication

    When does a claim become a dispute? This is no idle question these days when the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act entitles a party to a building contract to refer a dispute to adjudication. Importantly, the Act says 'dispute' and not 'claim'. The claim has to be disputed before the right to adjudication arises.
  • Making an issue of the power games of Bilbao

  • Making art and architecture sexy

  • Making more room for organic agriculture

  • Making strides in Bristol

  • Making the most of regeneration sites. Portraits by Robert Greshoff

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  • Malcolm McLaren on the 'corporatisation' of culture

    After virulent condemnation by the press of the vaguely denoted 'anti-capitalist' demonstration in Whitehall a few weeks ago, a welcome voice against the corporatisation of London was raised at the Royal College of Art last week by Malcolm McLaren - sartorially presented, as Nigel Coates observed, as the quintessential 'English gentleman', perfect for the onetime manager of the Sex Pistols and agent provocateur.
  • man at work

    people; Before his Dome-zone success, Tim Pyne's architectural achievements included an enormous blow-up beer can, rocky times at Cambridge and seven very unnecessary lorry-fulls of cement. My, how things change ... by eleanor young. photograph by guy jor
  • Managed date

    We should all be aware by now that better management can change our lives, but the first RIBA-approved management course, run by Caroline Cole and Chris Andrews, has brought this home in a new way. James Pickard of Cartwright Pickard and Liz Cropper of Consarc Design, who met on the course, are getting married. No introduction fee payable . . .
  • management software

    Kent Computer Consultants
  • Manchester announces Piccadilly Gardens five

  • Manchester announces Piccadilly Gardens five

    John McAslan & Partners, Allies & Morrison, Stanton Williams, Stephenson/Bell and Lifschutz Davidson have all been shortlisted to design a 14,000m 2building on Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens.

    Stephenson Bell has submitted a detailed planning application to Manchester City Council to refurbish the city's historic Market Buildings and former Smithfield fish market in the Northern Quarter and build a new 'bookend' building to be called Home. The scheme for developer Ician, which is working on the Smithfield site in the city's Northern Quarter, includes 2,700m 2of commercial space and 72 residential units.

    Abbey Holford Rowe has submitted a planning application for an £80 million waterside housing project at Spinningfields in Manchester. The scheme is part of a £500 million development of the area and will provide 350 apartments. The developer is Westbury Homes.
  • Manchester United FC

    Manchester United FC was putting in some extra training this week following its Charity Shield defeat before the Premiership season begins this weekend - at new facilities designed by Atherden Fuller Leng.

  • Manipulating Modernism

  • Manufacturer let us down on sitooterie

  • Many ways to search on website service



    RIBA president and Richard Rogers Partnership managing director Marco Goldschmied has hit back at criticism that 10 of this year's RIBA honorary fellowships were awarded to people connected to RRP or the Urban Task Force (AJ 26.10.00). 'The Urban Task Force is the most important report to come out for a generation and the people that worked on it are deserving of recognition, ' he said. 'If Norman Foster had been awarding them it would have been the same.' Goldschmied said that he personally
  • Marco: government's green man?

    RIBA president Marco Goldschmied has made an ambitious bid to advise Tony Blair directly on sustainable development.
  • Marco: ignore EC brownfield rule

    RIBA president Marco Goldschmied has called on the government to shun a European ruling which threatens the Urban Task Force's plans on urban regeneration.
  • Marco's mid-term report: must try harder?

    RIBA president Marco Goldschmied has just 10 months of his term left to run at Portland Place - so the AJ asked him and his peers to deliver a half-time report on his performance so far, with marks out of 10

    In collaboration with Jestico + Whiles, artist Maria Lalic has realised her first public commission in a new development for Greycoat Estates. Her painting, One Metal and Three Greens (in oil and lead), can be seen in the entrance foyer of Equitable House, King William Street, London EC1, where it is embedded in the wall. Details Anderson O'Day 020 8969 8085.

    Since leading the Grimshaw design team on the British Pavilion at Expo '92, Mark Fisher Architects has continued its research into sustainable modular construction, developing a series of prototypical house designs. The latest, the VXSolar House for the Mounts Bay Trading Company, is now on site in Cornwall and due for completion this summer. Incorporating a 'smart' south-facing roof designed to take photovoltaic panels, the house collects solar energy and rainwater for storage in a subterran
  • Mark Fisher on flying pigs and other lovely excesses

    Perhaps wisely, but surprisingly, Mark Fisher ommitted any mention in his AA lecture of his recent, and some would say most 'prestigious' work to date at the controversy-ridden Millennium Dome, where his custom-designed 'spectacular' plays several times a day in the central arena. It was hard to guess whether it simply didn't fit into his 25-year story of rock and roll design, or was just too awkward to discuss, even with recourse to the deep-seated irony which Fisher often uses when talking
  • Mark of success

    AJ and management consultancy Colander report on the management performance of architects
  • Market demands must be tempered if family life is not to suffer

    James Callaghan's government was brought down by the Winter of Discontent.
  • Market towns in frame for 2001 Civic Trust Award first

    For the first time next year Britain's market towns will compete for a special Civic Trust award which recognises the architecture and urban design of an entire town. The market town award is part of the 41st Civic Trust Awards, which will focus on the countryside and country towns rather than major cities.The Civic Trust will make a record 10 special awards in 2001 including the best rural workplace building, an award for rural housing, the best landscape treatment of a site, a sustainabilit

  • Marks Barfield Architects

  • Masonry codes revised

    In autumn 1999 the BSI published drafts for public comment of revised versions of BS 5628: Part 3 Code of practice for the use of masonry: Materials and components, design and workmanship and BS 8000: Part 3 Workmanship on building sites: Code of practice for masonry.
  • Master of Arts

    Glenn Howells Architects has produced a theatre and arts centre which has the heroic qualities of great civic architecture, and knits together the urban fabric of Armagh

    An exhibition of sustainable masterplanning, designed by Andrew Wright Associates, will go on show next week at the RIBA headquarters as part of a collaboration with the Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions.
  • Mastering the art of delegation

    Delegation is an element in every type of job, but in architecture it is absolutely essential; without it you would spend a lot of your time with a hod and trowel. However charming you found Ruskin's medieval idyll when you were forced to read about it at college, it is not really how buildings get built.
  • 'Masterpiece' Brynmawr Rubber Factory to be erased

    The Twentieth Century Society was up in arms last week after the Welsh Development Agency (WDA) effectively sounded the death knell for a building the society regards as just as important to Wales' heritage as Harlech Castle or Tintern Abbey.
  • Matching design and production

    Technical & practice: The Egan Report's lean thinking recommendation is less applicable to architecture than an ability for agile thinking
  • Matching words and deeds of RIBA hopefuls

  • Mather's 'blade' buildings getting rethink by South Bank

  • Maybe it's time to bring Finch back to the ARB

  • Mayor takes squares

    Foster & Partners'plans to pedestrianise parts of Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square received a major boost last week when key opponent Westminster City Council handed over decision-making responsibility on the scheme to London mayor Ken Livingstone. 'The mayor is determined to push through World Squares for All and we felt it would be more coherent if he had control of the project, ' said transport and highways committee vice chairman, Frixos Tombolis.


    All the main mayoral candidates will debate the future of London's transport, at an event hosted by the WSP Group at the QEII conference centre on 3 April and supported by the AJ. Apart from Livingstone, Dobson, Norris et al, speakers will include Terry Farrell and Docklands Light Railway chief executive Ian Brown. WSP's research on a transport masterplan for the capital will also be discussed. Some free tickets are still available, contact Manida Twickel, tel 020 7786 9600.
  • Mayoral hopefuls savage Foster's GLA building plans

  • Mayoral strategy must reduce need to travel

  • Mayoral trio slam Ritchie's Crystal Palace multiplex

    The leading candidates for London Mayor have attacked plans for a 20- screen multiplex on Crystal Palace Park designed by Ian Ritchie Architects.

    Manchester-based architect Mills Beaumont Leavey Channon has won planning permission for a £30 million new-build apartment scheme on Whitworth Street West in the city centre. The 154-unit development will start on site in the spring.
  • McAslan on the expansion trail as new jobs take off

    John McAslan and Partners is set to expand with up to 20 new staff and a new office.

    John McAslan and Partners has won the job to design a new 4,200m 2building for BBC Northern Ireland in Ormea Avenue, Belfast. The practice will work with local firm Kennedy Fitzgerald and Associates and the building will be ready in 2004.

    Birmingham-based Armstrong Burton Architects will next week finalise the takeover of 100-year old practice McKewan and McKewan Architects. Armstrong Burton partner Timothy Armstrong said it will be taking on the debts of McKewan but refused to specify their scale, saying that the practice's client list should outweigh the financial risk of the deal. Armstrong said McKewan had become a one-man operation and added that Keith Millward would join the practice as a consultant.
  • McLaughlin scores with glowing pavilion

    Above: a model of the glowing grille and changing units behind it - which 'seduced' the judges
  • Measuring up to human rights

    The impact of the Human Rights Act on architects is just the latest manifestation of an increasingly litigious culture

    The MEB Partnership has won an award for the £6.1 million refurbishment of the Jersey Opera House. The practice scooped the best refurbishment prize in the Jersey Design Awards for its work on the 700-seat theatre.
  • Mecanoo looks to Auntie to land its big break in UK

    The BBC is set to go Dutch for its new £30 million Scottish headquarters and shortlist Delft-based practice Mecanoo from a list of 73 submissions.
  • Mechanical services 'are an afterthought'


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  • Media Matters:

    Ideas and Guidance for Architects RIBA Press Office, September 2000
  • Mediocrity and beauty

    Gabriele Basilico: Cityscapes Thames & Hudson, 2000. 400pp. £24 Nicholas Faure: Autoland - Pictures from Switzerland Scalo, 1999. 240pp. £27.50. (Distributed by Thames & Hudson)
  • Meeting on Brunswick would be welcome

  • Men and their machines Automobiles by Architects By Ivan Margolius. John Wiley, 2000. 160pp. £27.50

    Architecture and cars, as Ivan Margolius points out in his introduction, go together. Think of that memorably embarrassing ad, 'Britische Architekt', as Stirling's bubble-gum pink handrails at the Staatsgalerie come into view. Ad agencies for Renault and Rover respectively sought to place their new ranges against slick, fashionable architecture to give them an extra dimension of prestige and an air of permanence in a market steeped in planned obsolescence. Even the current Bauhaus exhibition
  • Mending the modern

    Preserving the Recent Past 2 From 9-13 October at the PSFS Building, Philadelphia
  • Mental Landscapes

    It is often said that critics take up their profession because that is all they can do, not being in themselves very creative. Turning the tables is William Curtis, historian of Modernist architecture and champion, among others, of Denys Lasdun. A collection of his abstract paintings and drawings, under the title 'Mental Landscapes', is on display at the Museum of Finnish Architecture in Helsinki from 20 September until 22 October. The example shown here is called 'Autumn Wind'.

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  • Metal Mickey


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  • Metal Works opinion

    A designer's job is not always done simply because the building is finished.Bill Bordass argues that much can be learned by studying post-occupancy feedback such as PROBE and acting on the results
  • Metal Works opinion

    Stephen Morley, design principal with Modus and Sinclair Knight Merz, explains the joys and frustrations of engineering dramatic canopies for sports structures

  • Michael Ashcroft

    It's not every day a Tory party treasurer and multi-millionaire drops into your offices and asks to be taken through some drawings (in front of a photographer). But it happened last week to Wilkinson Eyre, which is designing the Michael A Ashcroft building for, well, Michael Ashcroft, at his alma mater, the schizophrenically titled Anglia Polytechnic University (pages 6-7). Also pictured is Eyre's Paul Baker.
  • Michael Hopkins & Partners

    Michael Hopkins & Partners has unveiled plans for a new 28,000m 2headquarters building for the Wellcome Trust on Euston Road in London. The 10-storey building sits above Euston Square underground station and has a curved roof which leads down to a six-storey frontage on Gower Place. The scheme is sandwiched between the charity's original building and a proposed 16-storey, £422 million hospital designed by Llewelyn-Davies, which was awarded funding by the NHS last week (shown here in grey
  • Michael Laird Partnership

    Edinburgh-based practice the Michael Laird Partnership has submitted a planning application for this £30 million scheme containing offices, retail, restaurants and 30 flats. It is part of a £60 million investment in Edinburgh Quay, a development managed by British Waterways and Miller Developments to take advantage of the regeneration of the Forth & Clyde and Union canals.
  • Michael Squire and Partners

    Michael Squire and Partners has won planning permission for this office and residential scheme for Chelworth Holdings on St James's Street in central London. The design will unite an existing Grade II*-listed building on St James's Street with new buildings along Little St James's Street.

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  • Middlesex looks for designer for 10,000-student campus

    Middlesex University is set to begin a search for architects on a new 10,000 student campus at Tottenham Hale in north London.
  • Midsummer madness packs in the punters at the Dome, but why?

    Outside there is bright sunlight, but inside it is perpetually overcast. The Zones are crowded with school children, verging on being out of control.

    Michael Manser Associates' 1970 Capel Manor House at Horsmonden in Kent has gone on the market. The Miesian pavilion, an all-glass, single-storey structure under a far-projecting concrete slab roof is set in 2.23ha of land and includes a heated swimming pool. Knight Frank is handling the sale.
  • Millennium Bridge team keen to avoid question of blame

    Lord Foster sat quietly to one side as four Ove Arup engineers presented their initial analysis of the cause of the swaying Millennium Bridge last week. Tony Fitzpatrick, the engineer at Arup responsible for bridge, was bullish: 'We know a lot of things that it isn't and we're fairly certain that we know what it is.'
  • Millennium Building for Wimbledon

    British interest may be waning as far as the actual tennis is concerned, but BDP's new Millennium Building for Wimbledon has been taking centre stage architecturally this week. The 20,000m 2building, officially opened by All England Club president the Duke of Kent, forms a new Championship Centre and is built on the old No 1 court. It is home to competitors, officials, international press and members and is designed around a 'lidos and gardens' concept. Materials used include green render, wo
  • Millennium Dome set for £200m Beatles makeover

    A Japanese bid to turn the Millennium Dome into a new 'urban enter tainment centre' themed around the Beatles appeared to edge into the lead in the two-way pitch for its after-use last week when Nomura-backed Dome Europe presented its scheme to Gerald Kaufman's select committee hearing on the issue. And the bidders revealed for the first time that Branson Coates' Body Zone alone cost almost three-quar ters of the price of the £42 million Rogers-designed Dome structure itself.
  • Millennium Environmental Centre

    The architects of the £10 million ecos Millennium Environmental Centre in Belfast are proclaiming it a green success story after obtaining figures about how much energy the building creates and uses.
  • Millennium fireworks light and delight


    The government's flagship housing project, Greenwich Millennium Village, welcomed its first residents last week. Keys to the first four homes, designed by Proctor Matthews Architects, were presented by the deputy prime minister John Prescott. The units are part of the first tranche of 46 homes designed by the practice as part of the 1,377-home Ralph Erskine masterplan.
  • Miller makes play underground

    John Miller & Partners has unveiled detailed plans for Edinburgh's Playfair Project, the refurbishment and extension of the National Gallery of Scotland and the Royal Scottish Academy. Both buildings were designed by William Playfair and, since both are listed, all the new work must be underground.
  • Miller wins £2.5 million

    The Arts Council has made six new lottery awards for arts buildings worth £4.5 million with the largest slice, £2.5 million, going to Halton Borough Council for a new arts centre in Runcorn designed by John Miller and Partners. The arts centre will replace the borough's only professional arts venue and will include a 420-seat main auditorium.

    Manchester-based practice Provan & Makin has submitted plans to redevelop a disused mill at Ancoats, Manchester. It plans to create 50 apartments and five work units.
  • Milton Keynes prize

    EDAW and Allies & Morrison have brushed off competition from practices including Richard Rogers Partnership and Terry Farrell and Partners to win a £250,000 masterplanning contract for central Milton Keynes.

    Milton Keynes-based practice Bernard Engle has unveiled a new 1400m2 store for high street giant Arcadia. The scheme is in Midsummer Place in Milton Keynes and will include Topshop, Topman and Miss Selfridges.
  • Mindless manifesto

    Architecture Must Burnby Aaron Betsky & Erik Adigard. Thames & Hudson, 2000. £18.95
  • 'Mini Pompidou'wins Stirling but planners take a bashing

    Alsop & Stormer's Peckham Library and Media Centre scooped the £20,000 Stirling Prize last Saturday, sparking bitter attacks from the practice on local authority planners who block ambitious architecture.
  • Minimalism

    By James Meyer, Phaidon,2000, 304pp. £39.95
  • Minister for school standards Estelle Morris

  • Minotaur

    In shallow relief on antique coins from Crete; in Roman mosaic complete with Minotaur (see above); patterning a French cathedral pavement; laid out in stones on a Swedish hillside; cut into rock or turf; or just imagined in a manuscript or painting - labyrinths are found in a host of forms. Hermann Kern's Through the Labyrinth: Designs and Meanings over 5,000 Years (Prestel, 2000. 360pp. £50) is an exhaustive study of the subject. With only a dozen or so colour plates, it isn't glossy; i
  • MIPIM and its 13,000 are settled in Cannes


    The widow of Catalan architect Enric Miralles has defended the new Scottish Parliament against criticism of rising costs. In a TV interview last week Bernadetta Tagliabue said: 'In a way you can be proud of spending a lot of money on something that you will love.' She said she and her husband had been hurt by press and political criticisms of the building.
  • Misconceived memorial

    Paul Rudolph A book by Anthony Monk (Wiley, £29.95) and an exhibition at The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1 until 19 February
  • Missing from the menu for Gaston's restaurant

  • Missing voice

    In all the publicity about the new Millennium Bridge, one person has been notable by his absence: engineer Chris Wise, who worked on the project while he was still at Ove Arup. So why no mentions? First, because he no longer works at Arup, and in timehonoured fashion, those that depart the nest cannot expect to be remembered fondly, at least not for a few years. Second, because Chris complained, in an interview in RIBA Journal , that he was being cold-shouldered by Norman. Not a Wise thing to
  • Mission in portable

    aj - building study; Leicester youth - and adult Trekkies - can now experience simulated space flight in a new portable building designed by Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners. PHOTOGRAPHY BY NATHAN WILLOCK AND STEVE RITCHIE
  • Mistaken priorities

    Changing Architectural Education: Towards A New Professionalism Edited by David Nicol and Simon Pilling. E & FN Spon, 2000. 300pp. £24.99
  • Mixed results in 'design saves money' CABE report. . .

    British Airways' architect-designed headquarters is producing savings of £15 million a year through increased productivity, reduced staff turnover and resulted in less sick leave, according to research being cited as an example in the latest attempt to 'prove' design's worth.
  • Mixed use is all in the designers'frame of mind

  • Mixed verdict delivered on Glasgow architecture festival

    The director of a research company which found that the £27 million Glasgow year of Architecture and Design created only 10-20 full time jobs in the sector has hit back at media criticism and claimed that benefits to the city and its design community have been much more far reaching.
  • Mixing reality and virtual reality

    The second in a series of articles about the impact of IT on architecture examines uses of virtual reality for the architect BY NEIL SPILLER

    Two students from Leeds Metropolitan University and Portsmouth University have shared this year's Philip Webb Award for student architects which promotes excellent modern design within the context of old buildings. Nitesh Magdani from Leeds produced designs for a housing scheme just outside York's city walls while Portsmouth's Chris Draper suggested changes to the interventions made in the 1960s at Hawksmoor's Church, St George'sin-the-East in Wapping.
  • Mixing the real and the virtual

    The second in a series of articles about the impact of IT on architecture examines uses of virtual reality for the architect BY NEIL SPILLER
  • Mobile stands soothe Sydney's Olympic tension

    It's not just elegantly engineered canopy structures that win stadium design competitions. It's also supple engineering, movable tiered stands, cores and foundations. David Bennett reviews the key design features of the Olympic Stadium, Sydney with Ian Th
  • Model compositions

    The Norman Foster Studio: Exploring the City At the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich until 10 September 2000


  • Modern marriage

    Malcolm Barnett reflects on a successful union of brick and glass
  • Modern masterpiece at the Tate


    Modern Design Group, a multi-discipinary practice headed by RIBA vice-president John Wright, is planning to merge with a civil engineering firm this autumn. The name of the engineer is under wraps until legal details on the merger are finalised during the next two months, but Wright said that the deal will involve no exchange of cash and the two practices will form a new business in England as equal partners.
  • Modern Movement theorist Norberg-Schulz dies in Oslo


    Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners has designed a major new exhibition on Isambard Kingdom Brunel to be held at the Design Museum starting on 27 October. The exhibition will be based around assessments of contemporary practitioners including Grimshaw and engineer Anthony Hunt. The exhibition will run until 25 February 2001.
  • Modernist middle man

    The Victory of the New Building Style By Walter Curt Behrendt. Translated by Harry Francis Mallgrave. Getty Research Institute, 2000. 164pp. £22.95 (Distributor 01865 361122)
  • Molto bene

    The Architects Benevolent Society, which had a quiet time during most of the 1990s, has contrived to hold two major events in a fortnight. The grander of the two takes place at the Banqueting House next week in the presence of Princess Margaret. It celebrates the 150th anniversary of the charity, and should raise a healthy sum, with five anniversary patrons (Bryan Montgomery, Buro Happold, Ray and Ann Moxley, the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects and WS Atkins) leading the way.
  • Monitoring M4I, KPI and best practice

    The Egan report envisaged that public and private sector clients as well as contractors would be involved in 'demonstration projects', exemplars of a more radical and considered approach to construction. The demonstration projects - there are nearly 200 of them - are intended to show how construction can become leaner and fitter. A full list can be obtained from
  • Moon landing in the City

    When SOM designed Fleet Place House in the St Paul's Conservation area of the City of London, it faced particular technical problems. The eight-storey building spans active railway lines, and the solution is to use CHS concretefilled external columns that converge on eight 'moon pads'. Services are external, allowing a 17.5m span of column-free space at each level. The curtain wall provides the illusion of a sheer glass facade, but in fact opens up to create a portal to the Thameslink station
  • More inclusion using electronic methods

  • More new faces

  • More on Wessex Water

    On 12 January there will be a half-day London seminar on Rab Bennetts' Wessex Water project. Representatives from Buro Happold, Bennetts Associates and the BRE will give presentations.
  • More than an inventor

    Buckminster Fuller: Your Private Sky At the Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 until 15 October

  • Morley wins in Bath

    David Morley Architects has been selected to design the English Institute of Sport at the University of Bath, beating Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners, Bennetts Associates, Richard Rogers Partnership, Edward Cullinan Architects and Andrezj Blonski Architects/ Studio Zoppini in the competitive interview process.
  • Morocco looks sharp

  • Morris debacle could hit ARB where it hurts

  • Moveable feast

    LONDON bloc has created a tiny glass and iroko-clad city block in Lincoln's Inn Fields to dispense lunchtime soup
  • movement

    aj interiors
  • Moving structures

    The time has come to stop being concerned with movement that does not threaten a building's use or safety
  • Much ado about a year-out student

    The range of tasks given to year-out students is incredible:
  • Much larger than life

    London: The Biography By Peter Ackroyd. Chatto & Windus, 2000. 820pp. £25
  • 'Mug up on ARB rules, ' warns cleared architect

    An architect cleared of charges of incompetence and misconduct by the ARB last week has warned that architects are risking prosecution because they are in the dark about the regulator's code of conduct. Sean O'Mahony, head of Salisbury-based practice Favonius Architects, called for greater communication of the code. He said: 'Architects are not fully briefed on the implications of the ARB's regulations. For example, one of the important issues is that we must inform clients in our confirmatio
  • Mull in, Mallinson out

    Helen Mallinson has resigned from her post as head of school of architecture and interior design at the University of North London - to become a student. She told the AJshe will be taking a one-year Master of Research course run by Birkbeck College, ICA, AA and the Tate. She will be replaced by Robert Mull, who is currently architect in residence at Cove Park near Glasgow and is guest professor at the University of Innsbruck. Mull has also been a unit master of Diploma Unit 10 at the Architec

  • Murdoch making headlines over the news of the wharf

    Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is heading for a showdown with the London Borough of Lewisham over the redevelopment of Convoy Wharf, a government-protected Thameside area the size of the South Bank Centre.
  • Murphy shows enterprise and wins arts centre in Wales



    The £28 million Imperial War Museum-North has been topped out at a ceremony attended by the architect Daniel Libeskind and museum trustee Kate Adie.
  • Museums for a New Millennium: Concepts Projects Buildings

    by Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani and Angeli Sachs. Prestel, 1999. 224pp. £39.95. (Distributor Biblios 01403 710851)
  • 'Music Sitooterie' unveiled by Foster and Partners

    Foster and Partners has unveiled its 'Music Sitooterie', a silver, inflated canopy resting on stainless steel legs, beneath which visitors to its Northumberland garden site can sit, rest, and listen to music. They can also spend time thinking of Foster's other building to be built in the region, the Gateshead Music Centre - which the structure is designed to resemble. The sitooterie is part of the exhibition of other similar pavilion-like structures (AJ 4.5.00) designed to sit out in, or on,
  • Musical Max

    Radio 3's posh version of Desert Island Discs is to have its first architectural guest in ages. Next Saturday lunchtime, my old friend Max Hutchinson will be discussing his musical influences with the learned Michael Berkeley.
  • Mutant child of Bucky's vision is forming in a Norwegian shipyard

    For nearly a year now there have been lush advertisements in the glossy magazines for a ship that won't be launched until the end of 2001. It is a vessel that might be considered the missing link between the geriatric cruise liner and the concept of the moving city that ignited architectural enthusiasm in the 1960s and then, like so much that was fresh and clever at that time, got buried under a mass of neo-primitive conservation.
  • 'My absence from RIBA Council was exceptional'

  • My doors are always open

    The Revolving Door since 1881 By Alan Beardmore, Boon Edam, Holland, 2000
  • My four-point plan for sorting out South Bank

  • Name check

    Brand Aid is the catchy slogan for a Building Centre Trust event taking place on Halloween night as part of Business Design Week. It will feature various sages, including Professor David Dunster from Liverpool, discussing the way in which branding, once known as signature architect syndrome, is changing perceptions of the profession, and how the profession ought to respond. I hear another participant may well be Dunster's old Bartlett sparring partner Kevin Rhowbotham, currently teaching at t
  • Name drop

    Lord Foster's Millennium Bridge has been the subject of a vociferous campaign by London's Evening Standard which wants the wobble kept for the delight of intrepid Londoners.
  • Name game

    Nicky Gavron, deputy leader of the Greater London Authority, kept delegates amused at a sustainable transport conference in Croydon last week by referring to the 'new Chutney line extension' which, she insisted, was 'definitely going to be completed by 4004'.
  • Name game

    Despite recent spats over the status of US architects practising in the UK, the RIBA has taken out an advertisement in Architectural Record trying to drum up membership. 'You've done years of hard work. You want respect and a little recognition. We think you've earned the right to a few letters after your name.' What's wrong with AIA?
  • Name shame

    From the FT arts pages last week: 'For many people Buckmaster Fuller is now little more than a name.' They could at least get it right.
  • Name that file

    So you think you know enough about file suffixes, or extensions as they are often called? DOC, TXT, TIF, GIF, DXF and JPEG may be all you really need.
  • Napier University

    Rupert Sherwood of Edinburgh's Napier University provides this alarming picture of Aalto's Villa Mairea - no doubt its inhabitants are as keen as anyone on following the global performances of Mika Hakkinen, but can't the Finnish equivalent of English Heritage do something about this sort of excrescence?
  • National Ice Centre

    Supported by £22.5 million English Sports Council Lottery funding, the 25,000m2 National Ice Centre in Nottingham provides two Olympic-size rinks with a 7500-seat main arena, which can be reconfigured to 10,000- seats for concerts. Other functions and exhibitions can also be accommodated. This £36 million project, including a new public square, has been promoted as 'a significant example of urban regeneration'.
  • Natural lime mortar

    An information paper on the use of natural lime mortars for new building is now available on BDA's website, It is supported by several masonry industry organisations.
  • 'Need for Speed' at the Royal College of Art

    There was a bizarre silence on the problems of air and land contamination and noise pollution currently associated with fast motorised transport at the Need for Speed debate last week. Even the normally vociferous Mayer Hillman only referred to the environmental implications at the tail-end of his presentation, reminding the audience that a reduction in the use of fossil fuels of 90 per cent has got to be achieved as soon as possible in order to avoid ecological calamity.
  • Negative equity on wheels - the results of government intervention

    Many people would be shocked to learn that it costs nearly £200,000 to buy an average London house, and even more that negative equity had jumped the species barrier and caused a serious outbreak of mad car disease on garage forecourts.
  • Neo Biedermeier

    One of the nice things about InteriorNet is that it is safely over there in the US. Come to think of it, that's the only nice thing.
  • Net speed restrictions - take care

    In the wild and wacky world of architectural websites you are soon aware of a great truth: architects aren't trained as graphic designers. It is odd that, because, although architects would immediately shop any graphic designer who styled themselves as an architect, a surprising number of architects do not see it the other way round. And when that attitude gets translated into website design 'Aaaargh' is the nicest thing I can say.
  • Neufert's data day

    After 20 years of gathering dust on the top shelf of architects' libraries, Neufert has finally printed an update of Neufert Architects'Data, which is almost 50 per cent bigger than the previous edition. During the intervening years, many architects have shifted loyalties to the Metric Handbook, because it is more contemporary. But with this thorough rewrite, Neufert has produced, yet again, an invaluable reference book.
  • Neutrality of Selfridges is a cause for concern

  • Never mind the Sex Pistols, London's noisy

    letters extra

    The University of Bath has appointed three new professors in the department of architecture and civil engineering. They are:
  • New British Architecture in Germany

    Michael Jenner. Prestel, 2000. 160pp. £39. 95
  • New Building at Tulse Hill School

    Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has won planning permission for this £4.5 million building for Tulse Hill School in south London. The project for Lambeth Education Authority brings three existing schools together in a 3,240m2 building, which will also open after hours for community use. Demolition starts this month and the project is due for completion in 2002 in time for the start of the academic year. Elliott Wood Partnership is the engineer, Cook & Butler is the quantity surveyor, Robert
  • New card panels help narrow selection

    Hanson Brick has added versatile cardboard sample panels to its range of product literature. The panels are A3 size and, through a high quality printing technique, provide an extremely realistic representation of colour and texture.In addition to the brick image, the panels also incorporate technical details including durability designation, compressive strength and brick format.


    Sir John Egan was today due to launch a new non-adversarial contract for the construction industry called PPC2000. The contract is to become the Association of Consultant Architects' standard form of contract for project partnering.
  • New East Enders

    George Demetri reports on two new faces of Docklands housing
  • New engineer joins BDA

    Heydeh Yadegari has joined the BDA's technical staff as structural engineer. She will be working to enhance the association's technical capability in the engineering and technically related work areas.
  • New fellows at RA

    Gordon Benson, architect of the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, has been elected an architect member of the Royal Academy of Arts alongside Will Alsop of Alsop & Stormer. Benson was praised for his work with his practice, Benson & Forsyth, on public projects which include an extension for the National Gallery of Ireland. The RA cited Alsop's collaborations with artists and named his key buildings as Le Grand Bleu, the regional development headquarters in Marseilles, and Peckham Library.

    The Architecture Foundation is to move out of its Bury Street home and in with architect Hawkins/ Brown, Foundation director Lucy Musgrave told the AJ last week.
  • New graduates are not up to scratch, says profession

    Newly-qualified architects are falling a long way short of the profession's expectations, according to new research issued by the RIBA last week. In a survey of 225 experienced architects, two thirds said that they are not 'totally confident' in the skills and abilities of newly-qualified architects until they have been working for at least two years.More than half of that number said that it takes longer than three years until new starters become confident.
  • New heights

    Former RIBA president Frank Duffy, founding partner of DEGW and guru to the world of office work, was in excellent spirits last weekend at a party to celebrate his move to New York.
  • New image of the Bubble Building

    Architect MSSI has unveiled this new image of the Bubble Building it proposes for the northern end of Greater London House opposite Mornington Crescent Tube station in the capital. The scheme, to provide 1,600m2 of office space over four floors plus ground and basement retail use, goes before Camden council's planning committee next month.
  • New industries still call for well-designed workplaces

  • New leaf

  • New look for AJ Plus

    AJPlus, the AJ's website, relaunches this week. The redesigned site includes daily news coverage from 07.00; a daily round-up of architectural news from the daily papers; an archive of AJ news, buildings and technical and practice articles from 1998 onwards; Hellman cartoons; details of architectural competitions; and jobs.Visit the site at

    The Tate today unveiled plans for a £32 million revamp of its Millbank gallery, Tate Britain. The scheme to extend the galleries into a courtyard in the north-west corner of the building has been drawn up by John Miller & Partners and Allies and Morrison has designed the landscaping. The work also includes the refurbishment of existing galleries and the project is due to be completed by autumn 2001.
  • New man Gerbau 'will not touch Dome content'

    New Dome chief executive Pierre-Yves Gerbau has squashed rumours that he is poised to take an axe to many of the under-performing Dome zones.
  • New printers from Hewlett Packard

    Hewlett Packard has launched a new series of DesignJet printers, aimed at both the architecture and graphics markets. The largest machine, the 5000, is aimed at the printing of, for instance, oneoff posters, but the smaller 500 and 800 series have architects in their target market.
  • New property consortia may be clients of future

    Finding ways to reach large numbers of us straightforwardly is the dream of many a would-be Internet enterprise.

  • New residents' offensive over Southwark's Elephant plans


    The South Bank Centre has denied that it has axed West 8's Adriaan Geuze from its plans to rejuvenate the area surrounding the famous arts complex. A spokesperson told the AJ last week that, contrary to a press report in the Observer newspaper, Geuze had not been dropped but his work on Jubilee Gardens had finished and the next stage of the landscaping project meant that they had to advertise for new teams, under European rules. 'We're hoping Adriaan will apply and we're told that he will, '

  • New Thames footbridge hitches a ride on the train

    A banker has come up with a plan to take advantage of an 'under-utilised' and 'overspecified' resource by submitting a planning application for a new London footbridge which clings to an existing railway bridge.
  • New thinking in housing?

    You want to take this site and shake it by the scruff of the neck. First the ridiculously long address with totally unnecessary capitals (you can get there with lower case) which gets your fingers in a twist. And there is the fact that there are almost no illustrations. One of the big issues in house building is stupid Noddy-house design. You quickly get the impression that the few innovations in housing listed have not been illustrated because the innovations are practical and not aesthetic.
  • New V&A home for RIBA drawings collection

    RIBA president Marco Goldschmied was today set to sign a preliminary agreement on a 100-year lease with the Victoria & Albert Museum to provide a new home for the institute's collection of more than a million drawings and manuscripts. The deal came as architect Wright & Wright unveiled details of the £5 million plan to convert a series of rooms in the Grade I-listed museum's Henry Cole wing to house the collection.

    Newcastle practice Browne Smith Baker will be throwing open its doors on 16 June to show the public how architects tackle the process of design from feasibility to conclusion. The day will be punctuated by a talk about two of the practice's projects at 14.00.
  • Newcastle's West End, masterplanned by Terry Farrell

    Terry Farrell has gone back to his Tyneside roots to breathe a new lease of life into Newcastle’s west end district with a project which continues the city’s remarkable regeneration
  • Newham's sunken treasure by the Thames

    Thames Barrier Park, designed by Groupe Signes, Patel Taylor Architects and Arup is now open to the public. The 9ha park, in the London Borough of Newham, is on former industrial land on the north bank of the River Thames, just to the west of the barrier. Its dominant feature is a broad, sunken 'green dock' which cuts diagonally across the site, creating a microclimate for parallel strips of planting interspersed with paths. This dock begins with a grid of bubbling fountains and terminates at
  • News

    Pawson Williams Architects has won an international competition to design a striking linear block in one of Sweden's most important public squares, a cross between Oxford Street and Trafalgar Square. It beat Richard Rogers Partnership and Ralph Erskine to land the project for a cultural centre and flats in Stockholm's Sergels Torg. The eight-storey building will be 130m long and have cafes, shops and offices on the ground floor. These will lead up to around 50 flats, arts and cultural spaces,
  • News

    Derby-based architect Faulks Perry Culley & Rech has designed this wood and steel footbridge for the Heart of the National Forest visitor centre in Leicestershire. The bridge reaches between two low living willow walls and features chestnut and green oak uprights with a stainless-steel balustrade. It spans a gap of 16m and cost £40,000. It is one of a number of independent bridges and boardwalks across the site.
  • News

    Problems with the millennium wheel, BA London Eye, look like they will spin on for another two weeks at least while engineers replace clutches to each of the 32 pods. ba insists Marks Barfield Architects' design will be turning on the Thames by 1 February. The fault was a manufacturing glitch; a design fault would have taken longer to correct, it said. The 2100-tonne Ferris wheel is meant to take 2.5 million passengers in its first 12 months. Meanwhile feng shui experts fear problems stem fro
  • News

    Two glass panels in Foster and Partners' new Canary Wharf Jubilee Line Station entrance shattered last week, and London Underground attached protective netting (above) to make them safe. 'We can't prove it, but we think it was caused by a contractor from Citibank', said a spokesman of the other Foster project nearby. 'They drove a lorry on to the concourse, which they shouldn't have, something bounced off and hit the glass. We've put in an order to replace the panels.' The jle insisted that i
  • News

    Chetwood Associates last week won a competitive tender run by English Partnerships for this green industrial building on the Greenwich peninsula. Working with developer Bride Hall the 9000m2, U-shaped building will have industrial units along each leg while office accommodation will fill the intersection. It is a low-energy building with an insulated structural roof deck planted with grass and passive cooling using a nearby lake.
  • News

    Richard Rogers Partnership last week unveiled a 1km long tent structure to cover its new £21 million designer outlet retail centre in Ashford, Kent. The centre comprises 22 bright orange steel masts supporting a tensile fabric roof providing shelter for the single storey retail units below. The whole development covers 21,000m2 and sits in a 12ha site which is being landscaped by Derek Lovejoy Partnership. The development is adjacent to the town's Eurostar train station. rrp has also lau
  • news

    Gensler has submitted a planning application for this 75,000m2 office development for the Island Block of the former glc building on the south side of Westminster Bridge. The scheme, for Frogmore Developments, comprises the eight-storey radial building designed around a new public square (shown), an office link over Addington Street and a 16-storey crescent-shaped tower near the Eurostar terminal. The view shown is from Lambeth Palace Road and features the 120m curved triple-glazed wall which
  • news

    bdp has unveiled its designs for the new £3 million Crown Lane School, one of a quartet of new school initiatives from the London Borough of Lambeth (aj 21.10.99). The 445-place primary and nursery school offers a building for life-long learning in the form of a creche, holiday clubs, sports activities, adult education classes and community meeting rooms. The other architects in Lambeth's four-school project are Allford Hall Monaghan Morris; Penoyre and Prasad; and Shepheard Epstein Hunt
  • news

    Jestico + Whiles has completed Ocean Wharf, a 54-dwelling luxury residential scheme including this11-storey elliptical tower and seven-storey rectilinear block on a riverside site just south of Canary Wharf. The buildings are linked at ground floor by a shared double-height lobby, which also provides a connection between car park, courtyard and a raised river walk beyond.
  • news

    Design practice hp:icm has unveiled its scheme for the uk pavilion at Expo 2000 in Hanover which starts on 1 June. The pavilion will be flooded with 3000 litres of water in which four island exhibition areas will be floating, connected by bridges. Around 2.4 million visitors are expected to pass through the uk pavilion which has adopted the slogan 'diversity - it's in our nature'. The design was commissioned by the Foreign Office and is the second pavilion hp:icm has produced having worked on
  • news

    Broadway Malyan has won planning permission for this £200 million Gargoyle Wharf riverside scheme in Wandsworth, designed for a consortium headed by Rialto Homes. The project consists of 658 apartments in five blocks up to 16 storeys tall, and includes 29,000m2 of commercial units including a 150-room hotel, police station, health and fitness club, restaurant, shops and a car showroom. It will be built on the 5ha former Guiness distillery site and replaces an earlier proposal by Foster a
  • News feeds

    I know this sounds like a house ad, but some people like to get more up-to-date news than a weekly can deliver. The answer is to sign up to the Construction Plus daily news service. The way to do it is to go for and enter your e-mail address in the second brown box on the right. No, you don't need to be a subscriber to AJ. This is claimed to be, and for the UK certainly is, the construction industry's first daily news service. It includes constructio
  • Next stop . . . art

    Zoo Architects has transformed Tramway, once home to Glasgow's trams, into an arts centre with an industrial edge
  • Next stop for Thameslink visions: the public

    A public inquiry into the Thameslink 2000 project involving four station redesigns in central London will open in late spring.
  • Nexus

    Don't property brochures look different these days? Former Bartlett Boy Vincent Wang has launched his latest property idea on the market. It is a swish office building in Mayfair which can be leased for more or less any length of time, with short notice periods available rather than onerous lease conditions. If his company Nexus does as well with this as with its recent scheme in the City, we should enjoy another delicious champagne opening.
  • Niall McLaughlin

    Review: At the Bartlett, 22 Gordon Street, London WC1 until 9 June
  • Niall McLaughlin

  • Nice address

  • Nice return

    Architecture has had little presence in the Financial Times in recent years, having for decades provided the most consistent architectural coverage of any national newspaper. Now, a new magazine section of the paper, Creative Business , will be published weekly starting on 10 October. And it will include regular architecture coverage. Welcome back.
  • Nigel Coates

    Always immaculately dressed (the only time Astragal can remember him dressing down, he was wearing white jeans, a bare-midriff Tshirt and a crown of thorns), RCA architecture head Nigel Coates is about to cause another sensation, following the Body Zone at the Dome. This time it is at the Design Museum, starting on 2 July, where Branson Coates is designing a tribute to - wait for it - the British underwear industry. The practice's smouldering press release promises 'giant inflatable ladies' l

    English Heritage has hit out at the government after it refused to reward a real term increase in its budget during the comprehensive spending review. EH received only an 8 per cent increase in its £112 million budget over the next three years and will now have to shelve expansion plans for projects such as its historic regeneration scheme which offers seed corn capital to small businesses in run-down conservation areas. 'We are disappointed to face no real increase at a time when other

    London mayor Ken Livingstone is set to join the RIBA president Marco Goldschmied at 66 Portland Place to announce the National Car Free Day next week.
  • No chance of 'Gherkin' in Swiss backyard

  • No contest

    The Construction Industry Council organised a splendid dinner to mark the completion of Robin Nicholson's chairmanship this year. A real all-industry occasion.
  • No excuse for contractors not doing their legal homework

    legal matters
  • No insomnia

    Starting to look for a few stocking-fillers? Harvard University Press comes to the rescue with a two-volume blockbuster, The Hermeneutics of Sacred Architecture . The second volume, Hermeneutical Calisthenics: A Morphology of Ritual-Architectural Priorities , is a particular treat, including chapters such as 'Hindu Temples and the Interpenetrability of Morphological Options'. Enjoy!
  • No late challengers in race for the RIBA presidency

    The deadline for nominations in the race for the RIBA presidency passed today, and as AJ went to press, the likelihood of a challenge to the trio of Brian Godfrey, Alex Reid and Paul Hyett was fading.
  • No love lost

    The extraordinary spat between RIBA president Marco Goldschmied and former director general Alex Reid was a distinctly unseasonable way to end the year, but not entirely unexpected. Whichever way you look at it, the decision Reid has made to run for the presidency is an attempt to justify his policies and actions in the face of criticisms not just from Goldschmied but from the institute's policy board. Under the Owen Luder presidency, so far unpublished incidents occurred concerning the divid
  • No one told me construction law would be such backbreaking work

    As a bar student with an interest in construction law, I thought it would be a good idea to spend some time with a building company.
  • No pause for breath

    Breathing Cities: The Architecture of Movement Edited by Nick Barley. Birkhauser, 2000. 127pp. £20
  • No political party to rescue us from this national breakdown

    It did not take long for the cheers that greeted the publication of Our Towns and Cities to be replaced by groans over worsening rail chaos and uncontrollable traffic congestion. Or for these groans to frighten the government into bringing forth promises of public money for train operating companies, and inventing 'fast-track implementation strategies' for all the bypass roads they had so gleefully scrapped in 1997. Or, in the end, for all the wild promises of £50 billion here and £

    Kingston College, at Kingston-upon-Thames, is building a sports centre and student accommodation on a former industrial site adjoining the college. The client is working with Mount Anvil Construction which won a design and commercial plan competition.
  • Nomura commits to current team ahead of Dome award

    Dome Europe, the media's favourite to take over the Millennium Dome, has moved to categorically deny rumours that it has already dropped masterplanner Patrick Davies and declared that it is committed to the team which has prepared its bid.
  • Non-Plan chest

  • Norman architecture

    Review: The Norman Foster Studio: Consistency Through Diversity by Malcolm Quantrill. E & FN Spon, 2000. 234pp. £49.50

    Steve Norris has been made president of Interchange, the integrated transport show which takes place next April at the new ExCel exhibition centre in London's Docklands. It includes a conference, exhibition and awards and is from Emap Montgomery, a joint venture between AJ's publisher and Montgomery Group. Norris will also be chairman of the awards judges. For more details call 020 7505 6617.
  • Norris goes for architecture vote

  • Norris lines up design pledge for £2.2bn Crossrail project

    London transport supremo Steve Norris this week promised to match the architectural success of the Jubilee Line Extension with new plans for Crossrail, the longmooted east to west London rail link. And he demanded 'no compromises'on design despite the need to finance the project partly from the private sector.
  • Norris, mayoral candidate, on ideas for London

  • North West diary

    RIBA CPD Event: Visit to Earth Centre Wednesday 16 August. Details 01565 652927.
  • North West diary

    RIBA CPD Event: Visit to Earth Centre Wednesday 16 August. Details 01565 652927.
  • North West diary

    City 2K+ (Cities for the New Millennium) 7-9 July. The RIBA Annual Conference with international speakers at The Lowry, Salford Quays, Manchester (01722 339811).
  • North West diary

    The Architecture of Democracy Until 24 September. An exhibition of parliamentary designs at CUBE, 113 Portland St, Manchester. Details 0161 237 5525.
  • North West diary

    RIBA CPD Event: Visit to Earth Centre Wednesday 16 August. Details 01565 652927.
  • North West Diary

    Ian Simpson: Working in Cities Thursday 25 May, 19.30. A lecture at the Foster Building, University of Central Lancashire, Preston. Details Peter Trebilcock 0161 973 1505.
  • North West diary

    Eric Parry Thursday 23 March, 19.30. A lecture at the Foster Building, University of Central Lancashire. Details from Peter Trebilcock 0161 973 1505.
  • Northern diary

    Urban Lifestyles: Cities in the New Millennium 14-16 September. A conference in Newcastle upon Tyne. Details 0191 216 0569.
  • Northern diary

    Urban Lifestyles: Cities in the New Millennium 14-16 September. A conference in Newcastle upon Tyne. Details 0191 216 0569.
  • Northern diary

    Urban Lifestyles: Cities in the New Millennium 14-16 September. A conference in Newcastle upon Tyne. Details 0191 216 0569.
  • Northern diary

    Urban Lifestyles: Cities in the New Millennium 14-16 September. A conference in Newcastle upon Tyne. Details 0191 216 0569.
  • Northern Diary

    Oozing Sustainability 9-17 June. An exhibition at Blackfriars, Monk St, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Details 0191 260 2191.
  • Not a full-on monarchistwhen it comes to names

  • Not cricket

    Future Systems is upset.
  • Not filling in forms is the biggest risk

    As you sit down with a sheaf of risk assessment sheets, copying out the same risks from the previous job you did, don't take the task lightheartedly. If someone gets hurt and you have failed to perform your allotted CDM tasks, you will be treated as more of a threat to society than Johnny 'Mad Dog' Adair or Jack 'The Hat' McVitie, but you won't get a cool name and you will be more likely to go to prison. So, no matter how absurd the supposed risk, write it down.
  • Not so divine

  • Not so much a directory, more a misdirectory

    The RIBA directory website ( is proving fascinating. For a variety of reasons I tried to find the phone number of Michael Manser's practice.
  • Nothing changes so how can standards improve?


  • Now is then

    Spare a thought for Work , the Dome zone designers.
  • Now it's time to get above-ground stations on the right track


  • Now Wembley saga imperils Owen Williams' Empire Pool

  • NOW YOU DON'T . . .

    Have you ever fancied looking like a TV newsreader?
  • Nursery photograph out of joint with note


    British architects suffered from local timber shortages as far back as the thirteenth century, according to new findings which show that ceiling panels used in Peterborough Cathedral were sourced from woods in northern Germany, over 550km away. The oak was tested by dendrochronology which uses ring sequences to analyse origin as well as age.
  • Oasys' greatest hits

    New technology was the order of the day at this year's Oasys Awards. Here we list the roll of honour
  • Obituary: Sir Leslie Martin, 1908-2000

    As an educator, researcher and architect, Royal Gold Medallist Sir Leslie Martin left an indelible mark on Britain's architectural history and culture
  • Object To Be Destroyed: The Work of Gordon Matta-Clark

    By Pamela M Lee, MIT Press, 2000, 280pp. £21.95
  • odd one out

    Champagne goes to Charles Knocker of Marlow, Bucks for identifying Harry Seidler/Pier Luigi Nervi's Sydney office tower as last week's odd one out. The other two images shared a Harrison connection: one was the UN Secretariat in New York by Harrison et al, the other was of former Beatle George Harrison.
  • odd one out

    Champagne goes to John Melvin of The Studio in Burford, Oxfordshire for correctly identifying Herzog & de Meuron's Goetz Art Gallery in Munich as last week's odd one out. The other two images both have a Swiss connection: one was of the Swiss Pav ilion at the University of Paris by Le Corbusier; the other was of the public swimming baths at Swiss Cottage by Sir Basil Spence.
  • odd one out

    Champagne goes to Geoffrey Taunton of London E1 for correctly identifying Tower House, Bedford Park by CFA Voysey as last week's odd one out.
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    Odd one out champagne goes to Jessica Black of City Centre Concepts, London, for correctly identifying Victor Horta's Hotel Tassel in Brussels as last week's odd one out. The other two images shared a Victoria link: one was Daniel Libeskind's extension to the Victoria and Albert Museum, the other was of Posh Spice, Victoria Beckham.
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    Champagne goes to Steven Baines of Thames Ditton, Surrey, for sending in the correct answer to last week's quiz. The first image, of Shroeder from the Peanuts cartoon strip was the odd one out. The other two both have Schroder connections. The middle image was of the Rietveld Schroder House in Utrecht and the last image was of the German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder.
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    Champagne goes to John Melvin of Burford for correctly identifying the Bank of England by Sir John Soane as last week's odd one out. The other two images have a Bancroft connection: one was of Pimlico School designed by John Bancroft at the Greater London Council, the other was taken from the poster of the film of the The Graduate, and showed Bancroft's leg.
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    There were no correct answers to last week's odd one out. The middle image - of the now-demolished Firestone Factory in London - was the correct answer, as the other two pictures were linked by a water connection. The top building was Park Row House in Leeds by Waterhouse, while the last image was of Bluewater shopping centre.
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    Champagne goes to Jim Hunter of Hoylake, Merseyside for correctly identifying the Tate Modern as last week's odd one out. While the Tate Modern is a converted building the other two Tates - Tate Britain and Tate St Ives - were both built as galleries.
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    Champagne goes to Charles Knocker of Marlow in Buckinghamshire for identifying Alberti, represented by Sant Andrea in Mantua, as the odd one out in the last issue. The two other pictures were of the playwright Bertolt Brecht and the penguin pool at London Zoo by Berthold Lubetkin.
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    Champagne goes to Ian Palmer of Leicester for correctly identifying the top image of an office building in Accrington as the previous issue's odd one out. While this image was BAAD (as in Studio), the other two were best: one was of the BEST store in Sacramento, California by SITE, the other was of Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer George Best.
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    Champagne goes to Clara Reimann of Greenock for correctly identifying the Braun food mixer KM321 as last week's odd one out. The other two images had a Brown connection: one was of FaulknerBrown's leisure complex in Greenock, the other was of Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown.
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    Champagne goes to Colin Glover of Page & Park Architects in Glasgow for correctly identifying Frank Gehry's Vitra Museum as last week's odd one out. The other two images were both of Jorn Utzon's Sydney Opera House.
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    Champagne goes to Seth Stein, who perhaps not surprisingly spotted that Stein was the theme of last week's odd one out. The top two images were of Le Corbusier's Villa Stein-de Monzie and Picasso's portrait of Gertrude Stein. The odd one out was Rudolf Steiner's Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland.
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    Elizabeth Cohen of West Hampstead wins champagne for correctly identifying heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson as last week's odd one out.
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    No winners for last week's odd one out. The correct answer should have been the top image of Queen Elizabeth Hall on London's South Bank.
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    Champagne goes to Mary Chalmers of Bristol for correctly identifying the Sto Building in Stuhlingen, Germany, as last week's odd one out. The other two images both have a Hutton connection. The top picture was of Len Hutton the famous Yorkshire and England batsman, the bottom image was of Sauerbruch Hutton's Photonics Centre in Berlin.
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    Champagne goes to Karen Nugent of Page & Park, Glasgow for correctly identifying the middle image of 'Fountain', a 1917 installation by Marcel Duchamp, as the odd one out. The top image was a tubular steel chair designed in 1926 by Mart Stam; the bottom image was a portrait of Manchester United's Dutch defender Jaap Stam.
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    Champagne to Martin Bradshaw of Preston for cracking our trick question last week. The first image showed the British Library by Colin St John Wilson, the middle image showed Enrico Caruso dressed as Pagliacci, and the final image was of Walsall Art Gallery by Caruso St John. The middle image was the odd one out as the other two are both buildings designed by a St John. There is, of course, an equally compelling argument that the British Library is the odd one out because there is no Caruso i
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    Champagne goes to Richard Michnowicz for identifying the image of Terry Farrell's M16 building as last week's odd one out. The other two images both related to people with Terry as a surname. One was of Kingswalden Bury House in Hertfordshire by Quinlan Terry, the other was of the actress Ellen Terry.
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    Champagne goes to Louise Jones of London E1 for correctly identifying Grimshaw & Partners' Euro Terminal at Waterloo as last week's odd one out.The other two images share a money connection: the top image was a perspective of Poundbury, while the middle image was of a penny-farthing bicycle.
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    Champagne goes to Peter Denney of St Albans for correctly identifying Lancaster University by Shepheard Epstein Hunter as last week's odd one out. The other two images share a Robson connection: one was of Newcastle United FC manager Bobby Robson in his playing days, the other was of Sheppard Robson's Motorola building in Swindon.
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    Champagne goes to Charlotte Coombes of Croydon for correctly identifying the RIBA coat of arms as last week's odd one out. The other two images shared a Lyons connection: one was of a Renzo Piano building in Lyons, the other was of the Span flats in Blackheath by Eric Lyons.
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    Champagne goes to John Melvin of Burford for correctly identifying the Maison du Livre de l'Image et du Son, Villeurbanne by Mario Botta as last week's odd one out. The other two images shared a Maria connection: one was of Joseph Maria Olbrich's Hohzeitsturm, Darmstadt, the other was of the opera diva Maria Callas.
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    Champagne goes to Edward Taylor of Glasgow for correctly identifying the first image of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul as last week's odd one out. The other two images were of William Hague, and Richard Meier's City Hall at the Hague. Taylor also pointed out that the odd one out could have been Richard Meier as the Hagia Sophia and William Hague both have domed heads.
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    Champagne goes to Jeremy Bailey of London WC1 for correctly identifying the Museum of Scotland by Benson & Forsyth as last week's odd one out. The other two images have a Branson connection: one was of Sheffield Centre for Popular Arts by Branson Coates, the other was of Richard Branson's Virgin Trains.
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    No correct answers to last week's odd one out. In fact, the top image of Aldo Rossi's housing scheme in Berlin was the odd one out. The middle image was of Ecce Ancilla Domine by Gabriel Rossetti while the bottom image was of the Liberty Centre in Troy, Michigan by Rosetti Associates. Better luck next time!
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    Champagne goes to Ellen Thomas of Birmingham for correctly identifying the pop group Blur as last week's odd one out. The other two images have a Blair connection: one was of Tony Blair's residence at No 10 Downing Street, the other was of an HQ building in Surrey by Blair Associates.
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    Champagne goes to Geoffrey Taunton of London for correctly identifying the bottom image of Paul Rudolph's Art and Architecture Building at Yale University as last week's odd one out.
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    Champagne goes to Anil Barnes of Feilden & Mawson in Cambridge for the closest (but not quite correct) answer to last week's quiz. The correct answer was that the bottom image of Manchester Magistrate Courts by YRM was the odd one out. The other two both have 'REM' connections: Villa Dall'Ava by Rem Koolhaas and 'Out of Time' by R.E.M.
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    Champagne goes to Michael Brod of London for the (only correct) answer to last week's quiz. The correct answer was that the top image of the steel Angel of the North by Antony Gormley was the odd one out. The other two both have iron connections: President Dwight Eisenhower (whose surname translates as 'iron axe'); and House VI by Peter Eisenman ('iron man').
  • Odd one out by 'Mayo'

    Champagne goes to D. MacRitchie of Glasgow for correctly identifying the third image of Folly Farm, Berkshire, by Lutyens, as the odd one out in last week's competition. The top image showed Villa Schwob, Chaux-de-Fonds by Le Corbusier (real name Charles-Edouard Jeanneret), and the middle image showed the spice girls with Prince Charles. Lutyens, of course, is an Edwin.
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    Champagne goes to Charlotte Singer of City Centre Concepts, London, for correctly identifying Felix Candela's Cosmic Ray Pavilion at the University of Mexico as the odd one out. Images 1 and 3 are united by a Chile connection. Image 1 is Chile Haus, Hamburg by Fritz Hoger, and image 3 is former Chilean dictator General Pinochet.
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    Champagne goes to Christian Held of the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff, for correctly identifying the trademark of Metro Goldwyn Mayer as the odd one out in last week's quiz. The oddity is the a in Mayer. The other two images were of the Fagus Factory by Gropius & Adolf Meyer, and the League of Nations project by Hannes Meyer.
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    Champagne goes to Valerie Higgins of Liverpool for correctly identifying the image of Will Alsop's Hotel du Departement in Marseilles as last week's odd one out. The other two images both had a Williams connection: one was Robbie Williams, the other was the Manchester Express Building by Owen Williams.
  • odd one out by 'Mayo'

    Champagne goes to John Melvin of Burford for correctly identifying the image of Le Corbusier's Ville Contemporaine as last week's odd one out. The other two images were both villas as opposed to a ville. The top image was of Palladio's Villa Rotonda, and the middle image was of Aston Villa's Gareth Southgate.
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    Champagne goes to John Henderson of Hove, East Sussex, for correctly identifying the image of the Millennium Dome in Greenwich as last week's odd one out. The other two images were both to do with Greene as opposed to Greenwich. The middle image was of the writer Graham Greene, and the last image was of Gamble House in Pasadena by Charles and Henry Greene.
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    Champagne goes to D Tonkinson of Caerphilly County Borough Council for correctly identifying the middle image of the Van Nelle factory in Rotterdam as last week's odd one out. The other two images were of the Arnolfini Marriage by Jan van Eyck and the Hubertus House for single parents by Aldo van Eyck.
  • odd one out by 'Mayo'

    Champagne goes to Charles Knocker of Buckinghamshire for an (almost) accurate answer to last week's quiz. The images were of a Morris 1300, Maurice Ravel, and the Red House built - for William Morris - by Philip Webb, making the middle image of Ravel the odd one out.
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  • Odyssey without an end Walter Benjamin: The Arcades Project Translated by Howard Eiland and Kevin McLaughlin. Harvard University Press, 1999. 1073pp. £24.95

  • Offending items: advertising style and on-site sales

    I have mentioned with some reverence website design guru Jakob 'Usability' Nielsen, who makes US$10,000 a day reviewing people's websites. According to Guardian computer guru Jack Schofield, who recently interviewed Nielsen, he reckons it is a 'long, hard struggle'. Not to say lucrative.
  • Office innovations


    The online version of the BCO Specification for Offices has its formal launch today. The online edition of the 2000 version of the specification can be found at www. office-plus. co. uk. It differs from its predecessors not only because of its method of delivery, but also because it is less prescriptive and more focused on offering value to end users and occupiers.

    The Office of Fair Trading has launched a crackdown on the professions including architects and has asked consumers and consumer bodies to contribute to its review of anti-competitive practices. The OFT has picked out architects to be targeted alongside surveyors, engineers and lawyers. Key issues considered will include disproportionately tight standards for obtaining the right to practice and restrictions on fee scales and charging.
  • Oh brave new world which has such pricey parliaments in it

    Hooray! Railtrack wants £52 billion for renovating the railway system. Boohoo! Some £20 billion of that will have to come from increased taxation, not investment. What does that mean in real terms? Well, I could shilly-shally like other commentators, but I won't. What it means is that it will never happen.
  • Oh brother . . .

    Winner of Big Brother , Craig Phillips, is to get his own DIY show on ITV next year. In Renovation Street Craig has what is being described as a role similar to Handy Andy of Changing Rooms . According to, the show will attempt to deal with the DIY problems of a whole street in each half-hour episode. The show is due to be shown in January, and will no doubt take on board the findings of the Urban White Paper. These do not include comments on silly names.
  • Ole for RRP!

    Richard Rogers Partnership has been appointed to design a £50 million conversion of a disused bullring in Barcelona. Local architect Luis Alonso approached the practice to help him transform the arena into a leisure complex featuring a multiplex cinema and a 3000-seat theatre. The bullring has stood empty for 20 years and its conversion is symptomatic of the Catalan population's lack of enthusiasm for the famous Spanish pastime, according to RRP's director of communications, Robert Torda
  • Olympic effort

    One British architect at least will be present in Australia for the last week of the Olympic Games. Step forward Terry Farrell. His trip happens because the office has been shortlisted in competitions for two railway stations in Sydney - the only UK architect in respect of one, but along with Norman Foster on the second. Another competitor, unlikely though it may sound, is Peter Eisenman. Never having designed a station, he is an almost certain winner.
  • Ombudsman launches inquiry into planning racism claims

    The parliamentary ombudsman has launched an investigation into claims that government officials 'improperly' blocked a planning application for a £120 million black and ethnic minority performing arts centre.
  • On the couch

    One of the more entertaining aspects of the competition process is its tendency to change the way architects live. Sauerbruch Hutton's delight at winning the competition to design the DM400 million 'TV World' in Hamburg is tempered by bemusement. 'It's not very us', Louisa Hutton admits. 'We had to go out and buy a telly'.
  • On the night

    Acheery group of architects and critics gathered at the BALondon Eye last Friday evening to launch Architecture Week. Visitors to each pod were treated to a short lecture on London by speakers including exRIBA presidents Richard MacCormac and Max Hutchinson and other architects including Terry Farrell, David Marks, Julia Barfield, Simon Allford and James Soane. One speaker was rather disconcerted, on saying that the group probably didn't expect a guided tour, to hear a voice responding: 'No w
  • On the way to Arizona

    James Turrell a Paris At the Fondation Electricite de France, Espace Electra, 6 rue Recamier, Paris until 18 July
  • One Good Turn - A natural history of the screwdriver and the screw

    Aimed strongly at the Longitude market, One Good Turn - A natural history of the screwdriver and the screw, is written by Witold Rybczynski, a pukka US architectural historian. He muses on his own collection of tools (this is a man who built a house using only hand tools) before rambling through history. He discusses the acceptance of the word 'tournevis' by the Academie Francaise in 1740, the fixing of the breastplate in the Dresden suit of jousting armour, and the invention of the Phillips
  • One vision: integrating M&E

    The location of a building's services must be considered as part of the overall design process for a visually satisfying result
  • Online match-maker seeks joint venture with RIBA, the online client and contractor match-making service, is planning to approach the RIBA over a possible joint initiative.

    Voting for the best student project of the past year has opened (www. presidentsmedals. com). All 95 nominations for the President's Medals are being shown on the site and the designer of the public's favourite scheme will receive a prize of CAD software. Winners will receive cash prizes worth £1,250 and £750 respectively. The awards will be made on 7 December.
  • Online shopping: safe, but not what it seems

    There is a lot of rubbish spoken and written about the dangers of online shopping. The chances of you getting stung on the Internet are a lot lower than that of a waiter copying your card details behind the counter in a restaurant. I have been ripped of in this latter fashion and, although I do a lot of my buying online, I have, fingers crossed, never been had in this way. There was one occasion when I was sent an e-mail from some bloke who had waltzed electronically into the database of a co

    Property and technology companies led by Stanhope, Rotch and Microsoft have signed an agreement to form a consortium to provide a new electronic resource for the construction industry.
  • Only one sure way to avoid offensive advert


    The BBC is to open Broadcasting House, Bush House and BBC Te lev i - sion Centre to the public in this year's Open House initiative on 23 September. The buildings will be open all day and entrance will be available on a first-come, firstserved basis.

    Lord Foster's Ickburgh School in Clapton, east London, will be one of 2,400 buildings in the UK to open its doors during Heritage Open Days 2000, the opportunity for the public to gain access to hitherto off-limits property. The event will take place in London as London Open House on 23-24 September and across the rest of the country on 16-17 September.

    Don't forget London Open House, the chance to see for free 550 normally closed buildings in the capital, this weekend. Details are at London mayor Ken Livingstone was set to launch the event at Marlborough House last night.
  • Open standards open the way to simulation

    Being able to treat building components as standardised objects will allow them to be downloaded from manufacturers' websites into CAD systems. Before this promise has had time to unfold, the next step in objects is taking shape - having standards for enough of building description in 3D CAD to feed this object description data automatically into simulation programs.
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  • opportunity knocks

    Gareth Hoskins was once told 'do everything that comes your way. Having taken the advice to heart, he has notched up an impressive range of projects and established a young practice which is hungry for new challenges by neil baxter.
  • Opportunity knocks with integrated design


    Government minister Tessa Jowell has joined forces with the London mayor's environment secretary Darren Johnson to increase the pressure on the developers of Crystal Palace park. In a joint letter to Ian Livingstone, chairman of the site's developers, London & Regional Properties, Johnson, Jowell and a string of other local MPs and councillors last week demanded wider public consultation over the controversial scheme before development work starts. The Ian Ritchie Architects designed scheme f

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  • Orange intervention

    George Demetri takes stock of a major new landmark in north London
  • Order in the house

    Le Corbusier: Paris - Chandigarh By Klaus-Peter Gast. Birkhauser, 2000. 192pp. £50
  • Order online - for your project

    Project information on a secure web connection for real time communications is what Internet interactivity is all about
  • Ordering online

    Users of Construction Plus, the Internet site for the industry featuring the AJ's web pages, will be able to order more building materials online after a deal was signed with builders' merchant Travis Perkins last week.Users can already buy through a similar deal with Wolseley Centers earlier in the summer and the two together account for 30 per cent of the builders'merchant market with sales of almost £3 billion per year.
  • Origin-al designs needed

    The Charles Darwin Trust is searching for an architect to design a new £6 million educational centre on the site of the scientist's home, Down House, at Downe in Kent. Call 020 7377 6559 for more details.
  • ORMS

    This phased refurbishment of the American School in London's St John's Wood conservation area includes 2000m 2of new building and the reorganisation of the existing 1500-pupil school. Work is being carried out while classes continue. Phase one provides a floor of new classrooms over the existing gymnasium, a new science block and a theatre. New floor-to-ceiling windows open up the school. Bowie Gridley is the schools' consultant on the £2.7 million project. Completion is scheduled for Au

    Terence O'Rourke has been picked to design the new £26 million Jewish Free School in Kenton, north London, as part of a PFI bid team. The scheme involves the construction of a new 21,000m 2school on a greenfield site with a theatre, gymnasium, dance studio and conference facilities. The project will be submitted for planning permission shortly and construction is due to start in January 2001. The team is being led by Jarvis Projects.
  • Other names dropped but we took cheque

  • Other views to enlighten validation situation?

  • Our government should take heat out of homes

  • Out of control

    Manhattan provides many lessons for us all, but the ethics of the city's building inspectors leave something to be desired. Mayor Giuliani has accepted that the buildings department has been mired in corruption for three decades, and has set up a task force to clean it up. Likely recommendations include tougher rules governing staff who move between building control and working for private contractors, and possible extension of the responsibilities of the fire department. According to the New
  • Out of the shadows E W Godwin: Aesthetic Movement Architect and Designer Edited by Susan Weber Soros. Yale University Press, 1999. 431pp. £50

  • Out of Time: Designs for the Twentieth Century Future

    The now ubiquitous driver with only one hand on the wheel (the other clutching a telephone) was anticipated in this 1948 drawing by Leo Rackow. It crops up in an entertaining new paperback, Out of Time: Designs for the Twentieth Century Future (Abrams, £12.95) - the perfect gift for Jan Kaplicky.
  • Outlook

  • Outrage at ads is a knee-jerk reaction

  • Outram's Dutch treat

    The flamboyant polychromatic brickwork in a striking development at The Hague's Old Town Hall announces itself as the work of John Outram Associates.



    Architecture Week's Architect in the House and Architect in the Office initiatives this year raised almost £50,000 for the homelessness charity Shelter. The sum is £5000 more than in 1999. Phone lines were overwhelmed with 15,270 inquiries from the public for the Architect in the House onehour consultations, but only 2962 were matched with the 965 architects who registered. In a separate Architecture Week event, Will Alsop joined forces with architect chef Fergus Henderson to create

    Oxford Brookes University has appointed Professor John Raftery as its new head of the school of architecture. He will replace Christopher Cross who is returning to practice at the start of the next academic year. Raftery is currently professor of real estate and construction economics at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University before which he worked as a professor at the University of Greenwich. His various books include Risk Analysis in Project Management.

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    More than 17,000 letters have been sent out to residents of Paddington as part of consultation on major schemes in the area. Paddington basin, masterplanned by Terry Farrell & Partners, and the redesign of Paddington Station, by Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners, will both be under scrutiny.
  • Painting the town in a trademark shade of Alsop

    Will Alsop did not take the platform in person for his talk to the Art and Architecture Group: a disappointment for the audience, no doubt, after his Stirling Prize win, but perhaps to be expected. His representative, Christophe Egret, might have used the opportunity to talk about the prize and what it means for the practice, but hardly mentioned it until the very end, when he compared the burgeoning British interest in new architecture with the same phenomenon in Paris 20 years ago, stimulat
  • Panning the planners Non Plan: Essays on Freedom, Participation and Change in Modern Architecture and Urbanism Edited by Jonathan Hughes and Simon Sadler. Architectural Press (Butterworth-Heinemann),

  • Panter Hudspith Architects

    Panter Hudspith Architects has won a competition to design a new £10 million City and County Museum and multi-storey car park in Lincoln. The practice beat Glenn Howells Architects, Ian Simpson Architects, MacCormac Jamieson Prichard and Richard Murphy Architects after a competitive interview. The building will sit on a hillside topped by the city's cathedral, castle and Bishop's Palace.
  • Panter Hudspith Architects

  • Paper shuffling for professionals

    Weaning designers off paper is obviously going to take a while. In the meantime, how do you choose a new printer?
  • Parasites: Concepts for Small-Scale Interventions in the Existing City Fabric

    At the Architecture Foundation, 30 Bury Street, London SW1 until 19 November


  • Parry puts final piece in Paternoster jigsaw

    Eric Parry Architects and Sheppard Robson have finally won planning permission for the largest building at Paternoster Square, the City of London's most sensitive development.
  • Part L revisions - no sweat!

    Press reports that traditional forms of construction, such as masonry, would cease to be viable with the introduction of proposed revisions to Part L (Thermal Performance) of the Building Regulations are uninformed. Masonry will continue to offer practical, straightforward and economic solutions for the construction of energy-conscious buildings.

  • Partridge plucked

    RIBA's London region thinks it has comedian Steve Coogan over a barrel. The Londoners are planning next May's Architects' Ball and are threatening to go to the tabloids with bucketloads of sleaze about Coogan unless he agrees to entertain them after dinner. Ball organiser Chris Roche, who used to be Coogan's neighbour, claims to have heard enough bumps in the night to seriously embarrass the funnyman. The alternatives are Ken Livingstone or Bernard Manning, so let's hope Roche gets his man.
  • Party animals

  • Party animals

    My dear, anyone who is anyone attended the Tate Modern opening last week, and Astragal was on hand to report the proceedings first hand - though I failed to recognise any other architectural journalists at the event, other than Deyan Sudjic, who is just taking up his new job as editor of Domus.Nor were there that many architects, though politicians abounded, as did artists, fashion designers, authors etc. Apart from Herzog and de Meuron, I noticed, among others, Jan Kaplicky and Amanda Levete
  • Party time

    Top architectural Christmas parties (apart from the aforementioned Foster bash): Future Systems enjoyed exemplary bangers and mash in the bar of the Lord's Media Centre, with a cool jazz band keeping the (mainly) black-clad staff dancing well past midnight. A very different venue for Will Alsop's Stirling Prize-winning team: the ballroom of the Royal Victoria House neo-classical block on Bloomsbury Square, which the firm proposed converting as the Greater London Authority.
  • passionate times

    For Daniel Libeskind, with projects in six countries around the world, nowhere is home but he is attracted by the 'new cultural impulse in architecture' in the UK and the exciting atmosphere of London in particular by robert booth
  • Passport to security

    When Munich practice Betz Architects designed the German Embassy in Belgravia in the 1970s, security was not a major issue. The corner site, in Chesham Place, slopes steeply down to a mews at the rear and Betz took advantage of this by scooping out a double-height central well which greets you as you enter the embassy at upper ground level. A gallery running around the perimeter of the well leads to administration offices. The space below, meanwhile, is the visa section which, thanks to Betz'
  • Pat Brown on making central London simple

  • Patel Taylor Architects

    Culture secretary Chris Smith has opened Patel Taylor Architects' new £780,000 building for the Benslow Music Trust, a charity which runs residential music courses for amateur musicians in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. The competition-winning scheme, which was supported by a Lottery grant, includes music practise rooms, a rehearsal hall and study bedrooms, which wrap round a courtyard space. Materials used include York stone, blue brick, copper, oak and white render.
  • Paternoster green light


    Sir William Whitfield has been revealed as the designer for a new 13,000m 2building to form the entrance to Paternoster Square in London. The office building is one of two which are being developed in that area by Standard Life Investments. The other is a 25,000m 2office building designed by Foster and Partners.
  • Patina of success Foggo Associates' striking city office block reconciles the planning authority's preference for solidity and conservatism with the developer's demand for economy . By Jeremy Melvin P

    Foggo Associates' No 60 Queen Victoria Street is as nicely turned a speculative office as you might find. It is considered of appearance, efficient of floorplate and attractive of location. Its lobby feels spacious without being wasteful, the vanity units in its lavatories are among the finest this side of Philippe Starck's Royalton, and the unusual facade treatment makes for dappled internal daylight which space planners might - and occupants will - appreciate. Placing the entrance in the co
  • Patrick Harrison's flat working details

    A new single-storey extension - living and dining area, kitchen and study - has been formed between two boundary walls at the rear of a Grade A-listed building in Edinburgh's New Town. The kitchen and study are covered with a flat roof; living and dining areas are covered by a curved barrel vault flanked at each side by a pitched rooflight which rests on the higher stone boundary walls. A pair of box gutters, set between the vault and the rooflights, projects beyond the gable and terminates i
  • paul hyett

    Australia's operatic registration drama threatens harmony
  • paul hyett

    Ex-gratia payments are not 'supply' in the eyes of the tax court - so no VAT
  • Paul Hyett

    I was not surprised to receive criticism from some UK academics about my column describing RIBA/CAA 'overseas' validation work (AJ 18.5.00). This service contributes substantially towards raising standards worldwide in architectural education, assisting schools and their graduates, as well as offices within disadvantaged countries, in their efforts to compete in the international market.
  • paul hyett

    My parents were reasonably relaxed about my wife and me living together before marriage, but mum did not want Auntie Gladys to know although my nan was in on the whole affair from the beginning; she loved young people, but then again, she encouraged smoking as well!
  • paul hyett

    No-one who witnessed the presentations by Marc Corbett and Nick Hayhurst to last week's RIBA Council Meeting could fail to be moved by their courage and intelligence. For over an hour they stood their ground as speaker after speaker contributed to this complicated debate. But their bid to establish mandatory minimum salary levels for year-out students working in offices was unsuccessful.
  • paul hyett

    In early 1999 the RIBA relaunched its website ( as an arena to provide wideranging and invaluable information about its services. The initiative complements advances in the field by EMAP, with the launch of ajplus. co. uk. The RIBAwebsite now receives around 2000 visitors a day. In addition the institute broadcasts three weekly e-mails to 7000 of its members, and operates Ribanet Conference - a set of online 'discussion' groups to which almost 3000 members are connected. Collecti
  • paul hyett

    Stepping carefully upon the ever-shifting sands of indemnity issues
  • Paul Hyett

    'So', I asked my cabbie as we escaped the acrid stench of aviation fuel that drenches terminal buildings on a recent visit to New Zealand, 'how long have you lived in here?'
  • Pawson flies the flag

    Pawson Williams Architects has been shortlisted in the competition for a major new cultural centre on the site of a disused manufacturing plant in Turin. Pawson Williams is the only UK practice in the 10strong field, which is dominated by Italians and includes Mario Bellini.
  • Pawson Williams lands part in £4.5m children's theatre

    The Unicorn Theatre for Children has chosen Pawson Williams Architects to design a new £4.5 million auditorium on Tooley Street, London.

    Rosemont Architecture has submitted a planning and listed building application for the conversion of a Grade I-listed building in Buckinghamshire by Crystal Palace designer Joseph Paxton.

    Cartwright Pickard is in talks with the Peabody Housing Trust regarding new social housing developments in central London worth about £30 million.
  • Peabody Trust looks to the skies with high-rise revival

    The Peabody Trust is working on plans to build a 30-storey residential scheme in London, in a move which could spark a revival of high-rise social housing in the capital.
  • Peak condition

    For those with big ideas and money to spare, these industrial buildings in the Peak District are ripe for conversion to residential use

    Hugh Pearman has been appointed chairman of the Art for Architecture advisory panel. He takes over from Lord Palumbo on the panel, which aims to act as a catalyst for collaboration between artists and architects and is managed by the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce. Pearman is a writer, and architecture and design critic at the Sunday Times.
  • Peckham cry

    Twenty years ago and the Peckham tragedy would have prompted a round of attacks on architects and all their works. This has yet to happen, perhaps a sign that we have all grown up somewhere along the way. The turf wars between the determinists and their opponents, with Oscar Newman and Alice Coleman carrying the flag for the former, now seem a distant memory. We can probably agree by now that it is not architecture which causes crime, but it can give it a helping hand. An analogy is street li
  • Penalty claws

    Bridge designer Matthew Wells of Techniker informs me that Foster and Arup's little local difficulties over the Millennium Bridge are nothing compared to what happened when Xerxes' first set of pontoon bridges across the Hellespont went hideously wrong. One bridge had papyrus cables, another was made from flax; both were destroyed by a storm, Xerxes had the Hellespont whipped (honestly), fetters thrown into it, and the overseers of the bridges beheaded.
  • Penalty claws

    Foster and Arup's difficulties over the Millennium Bridge are nothing compared to what happened when Xerxes' first set of pontoon bridges across the Hellespont went hideously wrong.
  • People

    Picture the scene. Vittorio Radice, the dapper chief executive of Selfridges, is driving along on his way to what he proudly calls Oxford Street's 'cathedral of shopping' from Belsize Lane. He cruises past Lord's cricket ground, but can hardly keep his eyes on the road. Because Radice is immediately taken with a new building he spots, then under construction - the feted NatWest Media Centre.
  • people

    Young Irish architect Tom de Paor (pronounced 'pware'), is lead consultant on one of Britain's largest public art projects to date, the £9 million A13 Artscape scheme between Barking and Dagenham (AJ 30.3.00). His Dublin-based practice, de Paor Architects, has also been invited to design Ireland's first architectural representation at the Venice Architecture Biennale this year.
  • people

    pair of aces
  • people

    From his Oxo Tower offices, Simon Turton muses on a future where designers have their own night-spot and clients see interior design as more than a commodity. It's a future his Design Union agency is working hard to promote by robert booth. photograph by
  • people & practices

    Jonathan Thacker has joined Jefferson Sheard Architects of Sheffield as the company's first marketing manager.
  • people & practices

    Multi-disciplinary practice Gelder and Kitchen has appointed chartered architect John Kellet as an associate to head up its Corby office.
  • people & practices

  • people & practices

    The Architecture Foundation has moved to 60 Bastwick Street, London EC1V 3TN, tel 020 7253 3334, fax 020 7253 3335. The gallery remains at Bury Street, but from Tuesday 28 November will open between 11am-6pm Tuesday to Sunday.
  • people & practices

    The British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA) has appointed Jon Ladd as full-time managing director. Ladd joins BURA after five years with the Commission for the New Towns/English Partnerships.
  • people & practices

    EPR has recruited Brendan Phelan to its board, the firm's first external appointment at director level. He joins after 10 years at Michael Hopkins and Partners where he was senior associate.
  • people & practices

    The Michael Laird Partnership has appointed Brendan Diamond and Jeremy Scott as partners to the practice. Brian Lightbody takes over as senior partner.
  • people & practices

    David Walker, senior partner of consulting engineer Hoare Lea, has been co-opted to the Construction Industry Council (CIC) Executive Board to assist on matters related to education and professional development.
  • people & practices

  • people & practices

  • people & practices

    Edgbaston-based architect Temple Cox Nicholls, part of the TCN Group has made the following appointments:
  • people & practices

    Architect Nightingale Associates has set up a specialist health planning group in the practice headed by partner David Clarke.
  • people & practices

    Paul Newman has become the new head of the RIBA Clients'Advisory Service.He was previously the senior operations manager for the New Millennium Experience Company at the Millennium Dome.
  • people & practices

    Building Design Partnership has appointed Tava Walton as a senior planner and Rosie Karim as urban planning assistant.
  • people & practices

    FJ Samuely and Partners has become a limited company as F J Samuely and Partners Limited. Ian SingletonGreen is chairman, Tom Schollar is managing director, and Trevor Scott and Peter Crocombe are directors of the company.
  • people & practices

    Sir Michael Latham has taken on the new role of president of the International Alliance for Interoperability: UK Chapter following the organisation's AGM on 22 June.
  • people & practices

    Arthur Harrison is to retire as director of Norman & Underwood's Roofing Division. He has been with the company 50 years, and retires from Norman & Underwood in the year of its 75th anniversary.
  • people & practices

    RTKL has announced the promotion of 49 design and administrative professionals to the position of associate in London and Tokyo and various offices in the US.
  • people & practices

    Dermot Scanlon has been appointed environment director at EDAW. Jim Strike has been appointed senior planner, Richard Coburn has been appointed senior consultant and Bronagh Kennedy has been appointed senior urban designer.
  • people & practices

    Architects Design Partnership (adp) has moved to 1-5 Poland Street, London W1V 3DG.
  • people & practices

    Mechanical engineer Andrew Swain Smith has been appointed as a director of BDP. Andrew has been with the office since 1994.
  • people & practices

    Frank Philippin and Julia Pitts have launched a new company called Brighten the Corners Studio for Design. They can be contacted at 180 Bedford Hill, Number 6, London SW12 9HL, tel 0208 675 5645.
  • people & practices

    Hodder Associates' Manchester office has moved to 113/115 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 6DW, tel 0161 237 5566, fax 0161 237 5030.
  • People & practices

    In association with Holden + Partners
  • people & practices

    Burgess Partnership has announced the appointment of three new associates: Carl Ince, Steve Statton and Peter Lane assume their new roles at the Cardiff office.
  • people & practices

    Alan Conisbee and Associates has ceased to be a partnership and has become a limited company. The new company will be known as Alan Conisbee and Associates Ltd.
  • people & practices

    Edinburgh-based Peter Stephen & Partners has joined the Aspen Consulting Group. Peter Stephen and John Addison will continue to manage the practice with the added support and resources of the Aspen Consulting Group. They will liaise with Phil Thompson who will be representing them on the board.
  • people & practices

    The Wilkinson Pratt Partnership has relaunched itself as WPP Architects following the retirement of former partner Roger Pratt, leaving Alan Wilkinson at the head with associates Bill Haward and Kevin Harrison, technologist Ian Tate, and office administrator Stephanie Jeffries forming the new management team.
  • people & practices

    The Urban Design Group has appointed Robert Cowan as its first director.
  • people & practices

    The cpre has appointed Julie Stainton as its new planning officer.
  • people & practices

    John McAslan + Partners has appointed two associate directors - Ruth Miller and Andrew Pryke - and four new associates - Hiro Aso, Andrew Hapgood, Scott Lawrie and RogerWu.
  • people & practices

    Mikhail Mandrigin, the principal of UK architectural practiceMikhail Mandrigin Associates, has been appointed to head the prestigious Studio 11 of the Moscow Design Institute Mosproekt 2.
  • people & practices

    Architect Kemp Muir Wealleans is pleased to announce the promotion of Silvia Redini to practice associate.
  • people & practices

    Architecture and design practice SDA, which has offices in Leeds and Wakefield, has acquired Harrogate-based practice Jackson & Calvert.
  • people & practices

    Richard Partington Architects has moved to 10 Stock Orchard Street, London N7 9RW, tel 0207 609 7254, fax 0207 609 7256, e-mail
  • people & practices

    Engineer Whitby Bird & Partners has become a limited company.
  • people & practices in association with

    Harrow based-architect Graham Seabrook Partnership has appointed Julian G Seabrook as a partner. Henri L Booy has resigned to return to the usa.
  • people & practices in association with

    John Rivett has joined Wates Construction as the company's first director of design. His role will be to drive design issues throughout the company. By establishing a design-led approach, Wates Construction aims to ensure design needs are considered at all stages of a project, so allowing products to be produced without defects, on time and on a budget.
  • People drawing on creativity

    A chance remark by his mother may have been the spur for Hugh Broughton's architectural career. Now, on a diet of work that mixes light and colour with the new and the old, he is looking to move on to bigger and better things
  • Perceptions of place

    Real PlacesAt the Westfalischer Kunstverein, Munster, until 2 July
  • Percy Thomas keeps close eye on Longbridge

  • Perfect perforations

    Stephen Holl's latest building is in Amsterdam for social-housing organisation Het Oosten. Largely a refurbishment, it also includes this new pavilion which houses a conference and dining area. Pre-patinated perforated copper panels sit 720cm outside the stuccoed walls, which include patches of solid colour. The passer-by's views of the building, and perception of its colour, change both as they move and with the light. The use of perforation continues internally, with perforated aluminium pa

    The exhibition currently at Kettle's Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge, called 'Perfidy: Surviving Modernism', was first shown in Le Corbusier's monastery of La Tourette (above) - the building for which it was conceived. Twenty artists are featured. It continues until 7 January. Details 01223 352124.
  • Performance art

    Burton Borough Studios in Shropshire by McMorran and Gatehouse Architects was designed around the need for acoustic separation between various music rooms By Eleanor Young. Photographs by Paul Ratigan
  • Performance spaces

    New legislation and funding methods are making good design more attractive for developers as well as users

    A competition has been launched to design a new £6 million performance venue in Doncaster with two auditoria, a cinema, live music bar and workshop. The client, a combination of Doncaster College, Doncaster Council and local performing arts groups, is seeking architect-led design teams to enter the competitive interview process which will take place in Doncaster. The 0.8ha site is located to the south of the town and is owned by the council. Applicants should contact the RIBA competition
  • Perils of glazed curtain walling

    Buildings flex much more than some people think. Knowing the technical and the legal facts may keep you in the clear

    AJ ENQUIRY No: 205
  • Personal area networking with Bluetooth

  • Personal qualities and tangible policies required


    There is an opportunity again this year to visit Peter Aldington's listed house and much admired garden at Turn End, Townside, Haddenham, Bucks. Both will be open on Sunday 25 June from 14.00-17.00. Admission £4 to the Turn End Charitable Trust. Teas and plants will be on sale. Details 0844 291383.

    Reading Room , an installation by the artist Peter Kennard, will be at the Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 from 13-23 October in aid of the Medical Foundation - a UK organisation that provides support for survivors of torture. Each year it helps over 3,000 new clients. Kennard's work will be in the RCA's Henry Moore Gallery. Details Jan Woolf 020 7813 3100.
  • Peter Robins Architects

    Peter Robins Architects has won planning permission for this £2.2 million modern housing scheme in a conservation area in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. The project, for Westbury Properties, consists of a three-storey apartment block with six units and a penthouse apartment on the fourth floor. The grounds include a covered swimming pool and three-storey townhouse.
  • Pets in practice

    recruitment job spot

    Pevsner Architectural Guides has won funding for a new series of paperbacks on the industrial cities of Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool and Manchester. The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Buildings Book Trust are backing the project which will start with publication of the Manchester volume in autumn 2001.
  • Phil Morsman

    Cumbrian artist Phil Morsman has designed six colourful banners for the new Llewelyn-Daviesdesigned Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle. Five 9m high panels and one which is 11m high hang along one wall of the four-storey atrium entrance and reception area, forming a colour spectrum sequence, from yellow through reds to blue. The £10,000 project was designed to be 'calming and uplifting', investing the space with 'a positive atmosphere of optimism and well-being'. The designs were made in g
  • Photo opportunities

    Making photographs of completed projects is one thing. Using them to enhance the design process is another

    Jubilee Line photographer Dennis Gilbert will give a talk on his work on 9 March at the Photofusion Photography Centre, Brixton. He will discuss photographing architectural details, the overall narrative of buildings and the importance of including an opinion in images. Gilbert has also snapped the Kansai Airport in Japan and Chek Lap Kok airport in Hong Kong and has been working as an architectural photographer for 17 years. Tel 020 738 5774.

    Renzo Piano and Broadway Malyan will next Thursday unveil a redesigned version of their £500 million London Bridge Tower. The new design will remove the 'twist' shape of the original proposal, according to sources at Broadway Malyan. The tower will be the tallest in Europe at 393m and aims to blend 100,000m2 of offices, leisure and residential uses with a transport interchange at its base.
  • Piano tower hits the right note with Livingstone

    The selection of Renzo Piano to lead the design team for Europe's tallest skyscraper paid off immediately last week when London mayor Ken Livingstone gave the 390m building his backing.

    Viewing platforms, restaurants and a hotel are among the uses being considered by the developers of London's tallest building, the London Bridge Tower. The 320m tall building has been designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Broadway Malyan.
  • Piano wins timber prize

    Italian architect Renzo Piano last week became the first winner of a prize to recognise excellence in the use of timber in architecture.

    Picardi Architects has completed a new three-storey shop for Alessi in Brook Street, London. Opening this month, the shop includes administration space for the firm.
  • Pick-me-up

    Workmen, naturally enough, are always coming and going at the Building Centre. No-one paid much attention when one of their number took the doors off a locked office recently; alas, he then removed the computer within and departed unchecked.
  • Picture this: presidents'portraits out for modern RIBA

    In the clearest sign yet that the RIBA is determined to shake off its gentleman's club image, plans are being laid to take down the portraits of past presidents at its Portland Place headquarters.
  • Piers Gough's drive-thru view of Georgian housing

    Nicely coinciding with the fuel protests, Piers Gough's latest programme in his continuing TV series was as much a celebration of the car as it was a paeon to Georgian architecture. The programme was structured around an analogy between car manufacturing and Georgian housing production which, Gough argues, provided for the first time - just as Henry Ford did in the twentieth century- a basic structural model capable of being easily adapted and customised to meet the different needs and requir
  • Pimlico loses patience

    Pimlico School's governing body passed a resolution this week to seek alternative solutions to its accommodation problems rather than wait until Government and Westminster City Council sorts out its unpopular Ellis Williams-designed PFI proposals for a replacement school. The body said any further consideration of the current PFI rebuilding proposals was 'futile' after four and a half years of problems with the scheme and the last year of a lack of progress. It has urged Westminster City Coun
  • Pioneers of perception

    review Fagus: Industrial Culture from Werkbund to Bauhaus by Annemarie Jaeggi. Princeton Architectural Press, 2000. 152pp. £24.95
  • Piranesi: The Complete Etchings

    Introduction by Luigi Ficacci.Taschen, 2000. 800pp. £19.99
  • Piranesi's etchings can add artistry to design

  • Pitting your wits against the public

    If you are ever required to carry out a public consultation as part of the design process you should examine your past.
  • Place in the sun

    It's not often that the AJ makes it into the illustrious pages of the Sun newspaper. But last week AJ editor Isabel Allen was called upon to defend architects against the Sun 's charge that: 'We don't build 'em like that any more.'

  • Plain speaking

    As the Construction Industry Council gets ready to launch its Plain English Guide to Partnering , the Town & Country Planning Association has written a report on the impact of devolution for regional planning policies. 'The real danger exists that the political element of the English regional project may grind to a halt and, as a consequence, that the technical and professional aspects of regional planning and management will run ahead of the capacity that is necessary to ensure that policies

    Royal Town Planning Institute president Kevin Murray has demanded 'a wider culture of greenness' to run through urban regeneration projects. Speaking at the Royal Society of Arts, Murray warned that 'there is enormous pressure building up on our urban open spaces'.
  • Planners pleased with Leeds' CASPAR project

  • Planners rule out penthouse addition for Lasdun block

    Munkenbeck + Marshall's plans to build a penthouse apartment on top of Sir Denys Lasdun's Keeling House tower block in Bethnal Green, east London, have been rejected by planners.
  • Planners slam RIBA's new design initiative priorities

    Town planners have poured cold water on a new RIBA campaign to ensure design is the top priority in the planning process.

  • Planning changes up a gear

    New procedures are set to accelerate the appeals process and could set up an alternative way of obtaining planning decisions
  • Planning for the people Gordon Brown is pushing planning up the political agenda but will society suffer from Labour's commitment to competition?

    The modernisation of Britain depends on the modernisation of the economy. This was the key message of Gordon Brown's pre-budget statement. 'The reforms reflect our resolve that Britain must leave behind the sterile, century-old conflict between enterprise and fairness. Only by pursuing enterprise and fairness together - enterprise and fairness for all - can we equip Britain for our future and secure rising living standards for all. Indeed, living standards can continue to rise only if Britain
  • Planning on the agenda for first ever joint degree

    The UK's first degree in both architecture and planning is to be given the thumbs up by the profession's education watchdog before the end of the year.
  • Planning system 'scuppers' 27-storey tower in Chiswick

    Plans for a 27-storey skyscraper in Chiswick have been scrapped because the developer feared that London's planning process for tall buildings would take too long and cost too much.
  • Planting a change of attitude to trees

  • Plastic fantastic

    Inherent advantages and continual development have put PVC at the forefront for building applications
  • Play for today

    Richard MacCormac's victory in the invited competition to redesign Broadcasting House for the BBC can be seen as a double for Cambridge - given that Allies & Morrison is working for the corporation on the new television building at White City. No doubt it helped that Stuart Lipton (along with Ricky Burdett) was on the BH advisory panel, since he is a fan of MacCormac and used him in his (unsuccessful) bid to redevelop the former environment department HQ in Marsham Street.
  • Play it again

  • Playing around at the office

    The work/play relationship is being encouraged as a way to improve the creative performance of staff - but does it work?
  • Playing with colour

    On a large stretch of wasteland, in the heart of the 1970s Park Springs estate in the flat town of Gainsborough - a splash of colour. This is Groundworks Architects' new premises for the Gainsborough Adventure Playground Association. For years, children turning up after school to play had only had a choice between the wooden palettes of the playing field or the dilapidated Portakabin lurking in a corner. The Portakabin was burnt out in an arson attack just as the Charities Lottery fund money
  • Please explain all the eulogies for Tate Modern

  • Please spare us the gruesome details




  • Pollard Thomas and Edwards Architects

    Pollard Thomas and Edwards Architects has won a resolution to grant detailed planning permission for this £7million scheme to be built next to the architect's own office in Islington, north London. The canal-side scheme is at Harris Wharf, City Road Basin, and includes 56 apartments and 1000m 2of offices.

    Triple-wall or multi-wall polycarbonate sheet is manufactured by an extrusion process, with integral webs between the walls. It is light in weight (3.2kg/m2), weather and impact resistant and light-transmitting. It is also an insulant; triple-wall 16mm thick sheet has a U-value of 1.7 W/m2K; the thicker 25mm sheet has a U-value of 2.4 W/m2K. Makrolon polycarbonate surfaces for external use have an integral coat which improves durability; surfaces for internal use are coated with a water-dispe
  • Polymath and prophet

    Architecture 2000 and Beyond By Charles Jencks.Wiley-Academy, 2000. 140pp. £14.99
  • Pompidou refit is like a frown on the Mona Lisa

  • Poor discipline


    Porphyrios Associates has been shortlisted with six other international practices to design a new 15,000m2 museum of art building at the University of Texas in Austin. The practice was picked from 31 entries and will be interviewed alongside Madrid-based Navarro Baldeweg Asociados and five US architects.
  • Port of Leith Housing Association's new headquarters

    Edinburgh-based practice the Lee Boyd Partnership last week submitted a planning application for the Port of Leith Housing Association's new headquarters. The £1.75 million scheme uses white render, aluminium curtain walling, glazing, wooden brise soleil and sandstone on its various facades.
  • Portcullis proves public works regulations exist for a reason

    legal matters

    Michael Hopkins and Partners' Portcullis House building is to be the subject of a National Audit Office report. The £250 million block caused controversy when it was revealed that £150,000 was spent on hiring a dozen Florida fig trees for the building's atrium.

    David Porter has been appointed as the new head of the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow. He replaces Professor Charles MacCallum, who retires this summer. Porter was previously the director of education at the Prince's Foundation.

    Bristol's O'Leary & Goss has won planning permission for a new building for the National Blood Service in Birmingham. The 1,200m2 building will be used for testing blood, administration and the manufacture of blood products.
  • Posterity betrayed by choice of Stirling winner

  • Post-loft light

    Stiff and Trevillion's conversion of a 1950s industrial building in Borough into a live/work apartment for client, Keith Wainwright, is an ambitious remodelling of the original property. Back in the late 70s Wainwright, proprietor of Smile hairdressing salon on the King's Road, commissioned Ben Kelly to design the salon, which was then frequented by the great and the good of London's hip scene - Bryan Ferry being one of its regulars. In the early 80s, Wainwright formed a creative live/work co
  • Post-millennium building trends

    In the first of a quarterly feature, we chart the existing trends and projections for the construction industry

    More than 300 post-war buildings with listed status have been brought together in a new book by Elain Harwood to be published this August. The book's publisher, ellipsis, claims it is the first full catalogue of such buildings, each of which has been photographed.
  • Potent chemistry

    Fay Godwin: Alchemy - Recent Colour Works At the Penny School Gallery, Kingston College, 55 Richmond Road, Kingston-upon-Thames until 17 November

    The Prince of Wales has pledged that his new foundation for architecture and the built environment will be a 'crucible for a more humane and holistic approach to the way in which we plan and build'. In a preface the Prince has written for a new book, Industrial Buildings, he made the case for retaining as much of our heritage as possible rather than 'lots of breeze block and tin factories', and argues that even expensive refurbishments of redundant industrial buildings are cheaper than greenf
  • Powell-Williams Architects

    Powell-Williams Architects and engineers Buro Happold have won a competition to design this dual-purpose £2.3 million public transport and pedestrian bridge to cross the River Tiber in Rome (above). The new crossing will have a clearance span of 170m, half that of the Millennium Bridge in London. The design is based on two leaning steel arches supporting a steel deck and will link Foro Italico and the area of Flaminio.
  • Power Road Studios by De Metz Green

    De Metz Green has re-tuned the 1930s Power Road Studios in west London to appeal to creative companies whose employees like to blur the distinction between leisure and work
  • Powercadd 2000

    PROS: Modest power requirements An intuitive and easy-to-use interface
  • Powerhouse In transforming Bankside power station into the Tate Modern, Herzog & de Meuron has created a flexible gallery which retains the monumentality of the original building . Photographs by Rich

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  • Praemium for Rogers

    Richard Rogers has won the £90,000 Japanese-sponsored Praemium Imperiale architecture prize. Described as 'the Nobel prize of the arts' by competition judge Sir Edward Heath, the prize recognises excellence in painting, sculpture, architecture, music and theatre/film. Lord Rogers is only the second British architect to win the prize in its 12-year history, after James Stirling in 1990. His former partner Renzo Piano won it in 1995. The film accompanying the announcement concentrated on t

    London's Czech Centre will host a free talk on Twentieth Century Prague Architecture on 16 June.

    Hamzah Yeang, Group for Architecture and Renzo Piano Building Workshop have each received special commendations from the Architecture Foundation for their 'Living in the City' competition designs (aj 27.1.00). Shortlisted architects were each given £5000 to work up designs for the Bishopsgate Goodsyard in Tower Hamlets, London. Bill Dunster Architects, Horden Cherry Lee and West 8 were all given commendations.
  • Praising primers from home and aboard for would-be architects

    Roger Lewis is a busy man: architect, teacher, writer, and regular columnist for the Washington Post where he manages to bring architecture to life for its readers. Through these efforts he does our profession a great service, improving the public's understanding of both the process and the product of architectural design.
  • Pre-action protocols are just another set of legal hoops

    Lord Woolf, you may remember, wanted to reduce the cost of litigation, and as such, swept away a 100 years of procedure and introduced the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR). Key cost-saving features of the CPR included a new test for pretrial disclosure of documents, the instruction by the parties of a single expert, and new stringent penalties, under Part 36, for failing to take up a good offer of settlement when one was made.
  • Precast quality

    Michael Hammett looks at two schemes which combine speed, consistency and brickwork of exceptional character
  • Precision cladding guide

    Precision Metal Forming (PMF) has launched a guide to the range and application of its cladding products. Called Design & Construction Guide for Built Up Cladding Systems, it considers factors including substrate types, sheet coatings, roof pitch, elevation, condensation and thermal performance, with the aim of offering 'best advice' on products and design to architects and contractors. The guide includes:
  • Prefab panels - we were using them 10 years ago

  • Prefabricated panels

    Where repetitious detail exists, making the use of a number of identical masonry elements desirable, prefabrication will allow a continuous production process.There will be less wastage, better quality control and consistency. Also, production programming can be monitored so that building elements are delivered to site precisely as required.Erection of the finished elements requires far less time on site than the equivalent manual bricklaying operation, and weather ceases to be a problem - ei
  • Prescott axes BDP's £80m Brent Cross retail scheme


  • Prescott is for turning on the greenfield homes front

    It is gratifying to see the future taking shape before one's very eyes, and with sublime indifference to the headlines as well. By the future, I do not mean the ever-extending local authority green paint on the roads so much as the irreversible retreat of a practical politician from the fantasy of an urban renaissance, and the inexorable advance of consumer technology, coming to the rescue of the suburbs and the countryside.
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  • Presidential race: the pace setters

    Paul Hyett and Alex Reid have declared their intention of standing in the election to succeed Marco Goldschmied as the next RIBA president. Here the AJ reveals both men's manifestoes
  • Presidents and past presidents need support


  • Pretexts for painting

    Alison Turnbull: Houses into Flats At Milton Keynes Gallery, 900 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes until 8 October; and at Cube, Manchester, from 18 October to 22 January 2001
  • Prima donnas need not apply One architect may be a genius and the other have the ability to work well with contractors. Guess who the future favours?

    Architects may like talking, but few of them want to do it in formal forums. And when it comes to talking about the way the entire industry works, too many shrug their shoulders, and treat it as something to do with 'that' construction industry and nothing to do with them.
  • Primal Soup retail kiosk

    LONDON bloc

    The government's new system of prime contracts is likely to include design professionals as well as contractors and other supply chain organisations, Nick Raysnford said at Interbuild this week. It is believed that the first prime contract is imminent and is likely to be led by a professional rather than a contractor.
  • Prince Charles aims to kick racism out of architecture

    The Prince of Wales is set to speak out on racism in architecture next month when he delivers the inaugural Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture. The lecture will take place on 7 September at the prince's newly opened architecture foundation in Shoreditch, east London, and will precede a debate on architecture and its commitment to an integrated community in Britain.
  • Prince Charles mocks Dome at 'holistic'RICS awards

    The Prince of Wales took another sideswipe at the Millennium Dome last week as he made a further impassioned speech about the need for people-friendly buildings and an end to 'genetically modified architecture'.

    Meanwhile, Prince Charles is due to open Austin-Smith: Lord Dangerfield's redesign of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers Museum at Caernarfon Castle in Wales this Saturday. The scheme includes a redesign of the existing galleries as well as an extension featuring two new galleries housed in the Queen and Chamberlain towers.

    New commissions have gone up by 8 per cent and production drawings a staggering 46 per cent. The housing market hit a quiet patch at 1998's end and the beginning of 1999, but is rising again. Extensions delivered a fifth of all jobs, though far less than that in terms of value. Alterations represented 10 per cent of jobs, showing that Britain still likes to make do and tinker.
  • Privilege and populism

    The Architecture of John Lautnerby Alan Hess. Thames & Hudson, 1999. 276pp. £40
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  • Profession hails Brown's £1bn city-friendly measures

    After months of complaints that the government has ignored cities, architects and developers last week welcomed Gordon Brown's £1 billion pre-budget package for urban regeneration.
  • Profession rocked by sex pest case

    A female architect who claims colleagues called her 'the bitch' and told her to wear skirts rather than trousers to show off her legs, is to take legal action against her employer in a potential landmark case for the profession.
  • Profile: Fletcher Priest

    Fletcher Priest is pioneering a sophisticated web-based management system, but considers it self conservative

  • Project to mark the millennium

    This novel project to mark the millennium - yes, a sundial - is to be located in Greenwich Park, on the zero meridian, of course. Its designer, Christopher St J H Daniel, a stripling of 66, tells us that 'throughout history, time has been measured by the movement of the earth relative to the sun and the stars'. Doubtless it was this exciting information which persuaded English Heritage, Royal Parks and the Stone Federation to shell out £500,000 on the project.
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    The nomination process for the Jane Drew Prize for major contributions to architecture closes on 22 May. Nominations are invited from anyone involved in making and promoting architecture, including clients, artists, journalists and architects. Nomination forms are available by calling tel 0121 233 2321.
  • Promotion of practices is not foundation's way

  • Promotional practices

    Thames & Hudson, 1999. 176pp. £28 John Lyall: Contexts and Catalysts by Kenneth Powell. l'Arca Edizioni, 1999. 100pp. £16
  • Promotional practices John McAslan by Kenneth Powell. Thames & Hudson, 1999. 176pp. £28 John Lyall: Contexts and Catalysts by Kenneth Powell. l'Arca Edizioni, 1999. 100pp. £16

  • Proof is in the eating of the RIBA annual report

  • Property crash

    At an extraordinary final session of the British Property Federation conference in Brighton last week, critics from Legal & General, Credit Suisse First Boston and the ft condemned the giants of the property sector as 'dinosaurs', 'creators of a hostile environment for customers' and as pursuing 'investor unfriendly' policies which would see a decline in funding from financial institutions. Michael Slade of go-go stock Helical Bar, one of the new wave of developers, amusingly claimed the prop
  • Prophet motive

    e-topia: 'Urban Life, Jim - But Not As We Know It' by William Mitchell. MIT Press, 1999. 184pp. £13.95

    The final section of the Foster and Partners designed Millennium Bridge has been lifted into place ready for its official opening on 10 June. Props holding up the south side of the aluminium decking have also been removed. A sponsored Save the Children walk across the bridge will mark its opening.
  • Protecting open space is hardly nit-picking

  • Prototypical house

    Niall McLaughlin's model of a prototypical house is one of 25 designs for leftover urban sites featured in the Para-Sites exhibition at the Architecture Foundation until 19 November. Other architects include Caruso St John, MacCreanor Lavington, Barcelona's ACTAR Arquitectura, Kees Christiaanse from Berlin and TestBedStudio from Malmo. The schemes will be built at full scale in Sweden at the Malmo Housing Expo in 2001.
  • Proved right

    Three weeks ago I overheard Stephen Bayley hobnobbing with the Guardian's Jonathan Glancey over lunch in Moro. Bayley was predicting the demise of Ms Page, simply on the basis of numbers. He was right, but has admirably resisted the temptation to gloat, without ceasing to be critical of the whole venture. As he noted in the Telegraph last Saturday, the opportunity to represent the best of British food had been dropped in favour of McDonald's. That about sums it up.
  • Provoking passion Ruskin: The Later Years By Tim Hilton. Yale University Press, 2000. 544pp. £20

  • Provoking passion Ruskin: The Later Years By Tim Hilton. Yale University Press, 2000. 544pp. £20

  • PRP Architects

    PRP Architects has completed this £4 million renovation and rebuild project at the Butts convent in Brentford. The work was commissioned by the Poor Servants of the Mother of God, and a group of residents is due to move in to the new state-of-the-art 37-bedroom nursing home during October. The home is linked to a new chapel (above right) which was set to be consecrated this week.

    PRP Architects has won planning approval for a 411-unit housing development in Northampton.

    New commissions have risen, although they are still below the levels experienced in 1997 and 1998. Refurbishment, which had been at an extremely low level, is now back at about a third of all work. It is interesting to see the importance of the role of flats in this sector, compared to the private housing market - an indication of non-market forces?
  • Public interest in the Stirling Prize makes everyone a winner

    The Stirling Prize has quickly established itself, in the tradition of the Booker and Turner prizes, as an annual event of significant public interest - and that must be good for architecture and good for architects.
  • Public interest shows engagement works

  • Public participation isn't just mindless negativity

  • Public perception

  • Public sector vital to central London success


    The RIBA has produced Media Matters, a guide for architectural practices on getting their work published or raising their profile through TV and radio. The document, which is downloadable from the institute's website at www. architecture. com (click on 'About RIBA', then 'Press & TV services') gives a series of tips on writing press releases, making contact with regional media, writing letters to national newspapers, and preparing photography. RIBA director of communications Roula Konzotis sa
  • Pud-you-like

  • Pump up the volume

    The new Wilmersdorf pumping station is a delicate glass and steel structure, featuring an interior gallery that overlooks the pump areas and gives visitors an insight into its workings
  • Push-bikes and the high life of JVC's hi-fi world

  • Putting Mind over matter by kenneth powell. photographs by christian richters

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  • Putting Prince Charles' criticism in context

  • Q&A

    86% . . . of voters in a poll on the AJ's website have not read the ARB's Code of Conduct for Architects.
  • Q&A

    45% . . . of voters in a poll on the AJ's website think that Marco Goldschmied has not been an effective president of the RIBA so far.
  • Q&A

    47% . . . of voters in a poll on the AJ's website think that Barcelona is a correct and realistic model for London to aspire to
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  • Q&A

    40% . . . of voters in a poll on the AJ's website think that Tony Blair's reception for architects and end-users is a symbol of new design-awareness in Britain.
  • Quality assured information set to appear on Web

    It is common practice to trail website launches with a page on the Web saying the site is under construction. This may look half-hearted and it may seem strange to alert competitors what is to come. The great potential is the 'woodwork effect'. Once you put even such an insubstantial twig in the sand, people of similar interest appear from the woodwork and start talking about cooperation. Such partnerships are very much part of the Web scene, helping to create critical mass, spreading the oft
  • Quality control

    One of the good things about architects and technicians in the UK is that they waste no time in slanging matches about their respective roles. Alas, the same cannot be said in Neighbours - land. An unseemly spat has broken out between the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and the Building Designers Association of Australia. The cause is an investigation by the country's 'Productivity Commission' which has concluded that statutory certification of professionals should be dumped (sound f

    The RIBA is set to host a conference on 10 September examining ways of evaluating design quality and its effects. The event, 'Design Quality: The Evidence', will bring together researchers from across the country in an attempt to address the RIBA's fear that design quality will suffer if prime contracting and design and build contracts continue to account for more and more building procurement. The fee for the conference will be £165, plus VAT . Call 020 7307 3649 for tickets.
  • Quantifying sustainable lifestyles is our next task


    Queen Mary and Westfield College at the University of London has picked Alsop & Stormer, Anshen Dyer, Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers Partnership, Wilkinson Eyre Architects and Rick Mather Architects to compete for a new £44 million teaching and research building in east London. A final decision will be made in mid-August.
  • Question marks over safety of CASPAR

  • Questions of colour

    review BLUE: borrowed and new At the New Art Gallery, Walsall, until 1 May
  • Questions of correction before the election

  • Queue song

  • Quotable

    Some of Astragal's favourite quotes of the year, culled from the pages of AJ:
  • Quotes

    'We were taken in.With hindsight you wonder if you should have been more vigilant.' Suzanna Taverne, managing director of the British Museum, on the use of French limestone (not Portland stone) in the Great Court.Guardian,25.8.00
  • Quotes

    'I mean, the size of Wales and Scotland - they are not that big . . .The whole issue is unutterably, tiresomely academic.' Piers Gough on his 'British' architecture TV series being full of English buildings. Evening Standard, 29.8.00
  • Quotes

    'Sometimes a greater good emerges from a disaster such as this one, and in this case I hope it will be an end of all talk of Cool Britannia and British cultural superiority.' Alexander Chancellor on the Dome.Guardian,16.9.00
  • Quotes

  • Quotes

    'I've never had an original idea in my life. And that's fine, I think.' Richard Murphy at an AJ seminar on architect designed houses at 100% Design,5.10.00
  • RA show sidelines best of British architecture


    Collaborations between Lord Foster and Bridget Riley feature in this year's architecture room at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in a collection curated by Nicholas Grimshaw and Ian Ritchie. Other works featured include a display of fluorescent Perspex mini-models of work by Richard Rogers Partnership, including the Dome, and a model of Colin St John Wilson's design for Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, complete with original miniatures by contemporary artists. The exhibition continues
  • Race hots up

    The ambition of former RIBA director-general Alex Reid to become president of the institute, having left his job this summer six months before his contract ended, is getting serious.
  • Radical conservatism is not institute Luddism

  • Radio city

    Our old friend Jonathan Glancey has been elusive of late - for understandable reasons. He has been completing a Radio 4 series which begins next Wednesday at 11am, looking at five pairs of cities, including Chicago/New York and Liverpool/Manchester. 'Some are fiercely competitive, others symbiotic; some are like Siamese twins forced to share but desperate for independence; others have taken inspiration from a cherished sibling.' Don't broadcasters have a way with words?
  • Railtrack reveals £1bn office plan

  • Railtrack shortlists four for Waterloo expansion

    Railtrack has shortlisted four practices to take forward a major redevelopment of Waterloo station, the aj can reveal.
  • Railtrack ushers in Wilkinson for London Bridge Station

  • Railways and the Victorian Imagination

    by Michael Freeman. Yale University Press, 1999. 264pp. £25
  • Raising awareness ofARB Architects Code

  • Raising the roof about Stirling Castle role

  • Ralph Erskine

    Wanted: new tenant(s) for famous office building by Ralph Erskine in Hammersmith. Jones Lang Lasalle is to begin marketing the Ark after current occupier Seagrams and Universal announced that it will vacate it by mid-autumn next year following a merger. The 14,000m 2, nine-storey building, which includes a cafe area and bar, fitness centre, conference suites and video-conference rooms, will suit 'new economy companies, ' said Jones Lang Lasalle director Mark Jagger. Seagram said the building
  • Rammed earth first for alternative technology HQ

    The Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth, West Wales, which opens this week is being claimed as the UK's first building made with structural rammed earth walls. The opening of the Pat Borer and David Leadesigned building marks the 25th anniversary of the e o-group, which is renowned for its experimentation with alternative sources of energy production.

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    Construction minister Nick Raynsford has come out in favour of the Japanese Nomura-backed theme park bid to take over the Dome ahead of the rival Legacy business units proposal, as final presentations were made this week.
  • Raynsford consultation gives buildings a sporting chance

    Developers will have to win planning permission before they can try and demolish sports buildings if regulations unveiled by planning minister Nick Raynsford last week make it through consultation.

    Construction minister Nick Raynsford has launched a consultation on the sustainable sourcing of aggregates. 'The task we share is to meet the needs of society and the economy for aggregates while providing the necessary environmental protection and mitigation which we owe to our society and to future generations, 'said Raynsford. Quarried materials can be increasingly replaced with recycled construction and demolition waste. For more information visit
  • Raynsford lobbied for greater protection of title

    Construction minister Nick Raynsford is under increasing pressure from architects and consumers to crack down on non-architects using titles such as 'architectural consultant' and 'architectural services'. The Architects Registration Board will later this month present the government with a dossier of information outlining a case for extending its powers to protect the title of architect. Today, the ARB can only prosecute designers who call themselves 'architect', even if others fulfil the sa
  • Re towers

  • Re towers

    Another controlled explosion is taking place in the City of London following the delay to Foster and Partners' Swiss Re tower project - John Prescott has intervened to prevent the City granting planning permission, which it was about to do. The MIPIM City of London stand was buzzing with speculation over what might happen next, with policy and resources chief Judith Mayhew seen deep in conversation with various interested parties, including CABE chairman Stuart Lipton and chief planner Peter
  • Reader Austen Redman

    Reader Austen Redman of Hull has kindly responded to our piece on the aj home-shopping catalogue (AJ 27.1.00) by sending us this packet of aj pork scratchings. They are made in Tamworth - but not, we hope, from the infamous Tamworth two - and are, as Redman kindly points out 'premium quality'. Any more AJ merchandise lurking out there?
  • Reading time

    Asparkling book launch chez Richard Rogers (it's that man again) for the follow-up to his Cities for a Small Planet title, published earlier this year. Co-author Anne Power of the London School of Economics presented Rogers with a gift to mark the launch - three of the Harry Potter books, 'for Ruthie to read to you'. Harry will make a change from Towards An Urban Renaissance. . .
  • Real wobble

    In all the recent fanfare about bridges, there has been little attention paid to the fact that Wilkinson Eyre is involved with the wobbliest bridge of all. While its Newcastle creation looks set to be a triumph, in Yorkshire it is closely involved with the recreation of 'Galloping Gertie' - the infamous Tacoma Narrows Bridge that twisted so much in the wind it destroyed itself. Gertie will be one of the attractions in the Air Pavilion at Rotherham's Magna Lottery project, designed by Wilkinso
  • Reality of RIAS requires making the right links

  • Reaping your own rewards

    Becoming its own client threw architect Weston Williamson the challenge to put money where its mouth was