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Architects Journal

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  • ' Science Hub' in Singapore

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    It may not look that controversial to you.
  • . . . and for government's £106m school spending plan

    The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment is to oversee modernisation proposals for 80 schools, the subject of a £106 million government programme this week to ensure they are evaluated on 'best value', rather than 'lowest initial capital' criteria.
  • . . . and has to go beyond static 'Big Architecture'

  • . . . and make the RIBA a credible green leader

  • . . . and pact with RIAS raises concern about independence

  • . . . and proposals should stress its potential . . .

  • . . . and vows to push through Picketts Lock stadium plan

  • . . . any answers?

  • . . . as ARB acts to quicken school exam procedures

  • . . . as figures reveal alarming decline in membership . . .

  • . . . as foundation proud of fair procedures . . .

  • . . . as Goldschmied hits out at 'half-baked' insurance stance

    A row broke out at last week's ARB board meeting when Marco Goldschmied condemned a new draft policy on professional indemnity insurance as 'half-baked and half-thought-out'.
  • . . . as it approves 5.5% hike in its subscription rates . . .

    RIBA News
  • . . . as the city admits to embarrassing demolitions

  • . . . as V&A plans RIBA open access architecture gallery

    The RIBA is planning to create a high profile 'Architecture for All' gallery at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
  • . . . building just needs a little imagination

  • . . . but a source of deep divisions within council

  • . . . but arguments go on over 'outrageous' £145K logo

    RIBA News
  • . . . but loses out as South Bank Centre picks shortlist

    The South Bank Centre (SBC) has picked an exciting shortlist of eight practices from around the world - but rebuffed entrants such as Richard Rogers Partnership and Wilkinson Eyre - in the competition to rework the famous arts complex, writes David Taylor.
  • . . . but will implement 'fairer' new-applicants fee system

    The ARB is to woo newly qualified architects by offering more flexible terms for registration.
  • . . . but will they ruin the City, asks Simon Jenkins

    The latest shots in the ever-widening debate about tall buildings were fired at 'High rise in London: strategies for good urban design', at University College London last week.
  • . . . criticism impoverishes depth of social critique

  • . . . new lions are robotic, joyless and aggressive

  • . . . Reid's history is all we have - so learn from it

  • . . . respecting the past, inspiring the future . . .

  • . . . School Works win was based on hard research

  • . . . starting to instil best practice through schools

  • . . . supported by trustees and competitors alike . . .

  • . . . under-representation result of many factors

  • . . . we need a phoenix in the Welsh Valleys

  • . . . when it should be taught from the start

  • . . . which should be left to those with expertise

  • . . . while Alsop goes Dutch on transport plan

  • . . . who should move on from Portland Place

  • ...and council vows to fight for Portland Place turbine

    The RIBA will fight to save its plans to install wind turbines on the roof of its Portland Place headquarters building. As revealed by the AJ (6/13.12.01), planning officers at Westminster are recommending that permission be refused for the two 20m turbines designed by Allies and Morrison.
  • institute restructuring looks to corporate model ...

    Plans for a major shake-up of the structure of the RIBA have met with concern from council members.
  • ...sustainability issues seem to be overlooked

  • ...while 'solution' flies in face of green thinking

  • ..and cause rage at his bull-in-a-china-shop style




    The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has issued a Negotiated Procedure Notice for the design, build, finance and ongoing maintenance of a £136 million oncology wing at St James's University Hospital. A bidders' awareness day will be held on 14 November. For more details call 0113 206 2042.

    The London Coliseum, home of English National Opera, has received a £1 million donation towards restoration work by the Arts Team, RHWL's specialist arts restoration arm. The grant from the Clore Duffield Foundation will fund the creation of a dedicated education space. These latest plans form part of a wider £41 million programme of work.
  • £2 million affordable housing scheme in York gets under way this week

  • £30 million development in Hackney


  • £76,000 OPEN HOUSE BOOST


  • £80 million,100m-high complex for Birmingham


    The Royal Commission for the 1851 Exhibition is offering a fellowship worth £60,000 over two years to a researcher working in the field of transport and the built environment. Candidates must be UK or Commonwealth citizens working towards a qualification or 'a milestone or work of significance'. The closing date for applications is 27 July. Call Patrick Middleton on 020 7594 8790.
  • 20 years young


    RIBA South East Region is inviting architects based in the south and south east to enter a competition for the 2001 Downland Prize for Architects, awarded for recently completed projects costing under £500,000 in the UK. The RIBA will exhibit shortlisted entries. Contact Linda Neusten, 01892 515878. Meanwhile, RIBA Yorkshire is inviting submissions for its White Rose Awards for Design Excellence in Yorkshire and the Humber Region, and a new smallproject award for a scheme under £100
  • 20th Century Society attacks new Brunswick Centre plan

    The Twentieth Century Society has attacked new proposals by Patrick Hodgkinson and Levitt Bernstein Associates to redevelop London's Brunswick Centre. New plans were submitted to Camden council last week, after the building's Grade II listing last September forced a review of the original plans (AJ 21.9.00).

    3W Architects has won a commission to design a residential scheme at Griffin Park, the west London home of Brentford FC.

    3W Architects has won a two-stage competition to design a 2,000m 2residential project opposite the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. The competition, run by Walsingham Investments and Brighton and Hove City Council, was for an 18 apartment residential scheme.Work on the £3 million development is expected to start on site by the middle of 2002. See image online.
  • 5-1. . . to Brum?

  • A backwards look

  • A bit of waffle is preferable to free cookies

    aj +. column
  • A blow by the Court of Appeal to the forces of statutory control

  • A capital strategy

    Released last month, London's spatial development strategy proposals herald a new era for planning in the UK
  • A change for the better?

    What persuades you to change your job? A lot of people would like to know.
  • A change of programme for Granada

    Today's television studios not only have to function efficiently, they must also provide an environment that is sufficiently appealing and stimulating to attract and retain a young, creative workforce in a fiercely competitive industry. This was one of the main challenges facing architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), when it won a limited competition to design a London office for Manchester-based Granada TV.
  • A Clash of opinions over winning Magna scheme

  • A colonnaded screen of green oak framed with steel

    WORKING DETAILS: Loch Lomond visitor centre Bennetts Associates
  • A concrete and steelframed house with rainscreen and gutter

    Working details: James Gorst Architects Two-storey detached house

    Indian architect Charles Correa will talk about high-density building at a lecture hosted by the London School of Economics.

    Indian architect Charles Correa will talk about high-density building at a lecture hosted by the London School of Economics.
  • A courtroom is no place for an expert witness to grind his axe

    legal matters
  • A curate's egg capital

  • A curved cedarclad wall and canopy

    WORKING DETAILS: Immanuel College, Thackley Halliday Clark
  • A curved saw-tooth roof covered with standing- seam aluminium sheet

    Aluminium Extruders Association First Prize, £10,000
  • A dampener on loft living

    Care should be taken when extending into roof spaces, but sprinklers could free up the design and prove cost-effective
  • A day in the life of ADT3

    The ADT3 modelling solution has a wealth of technical ability but does not have the intuitiveness to match
  • A debate on civic space in the 21st Century

    According to Sunand Prasad, architect and CABE commissioner, the concept of 'civic space' is the product of 'that moment of faith in centralised government' during the years of the welfare state, which found such optimistic architectural expression in the populist aesthetic of the Festival of Britain. But for Prasad, the concept has become tarnished by its 'centralist, top-down tenor'; just as the South Bank Centre, described by Deyan Sudjic as 'a village hall for the city', has become tainte
  • A defence of masterplans from Kallman and Rouse

    The combined lecture by Roger Kallman and Jon Rouse, concluding the RIBA's City Constructs series, came as a bit of a shock, seeming to extol the virtues of the masterplan after weeks of questioning by the other speakers.
  • A double-skin facade with Cor-Ten panels

    The building, a five-storey office block with an adjacent 16storey tower, is constructed of steel beams and columns with precast-concrete floor slabs.
  • A doubling of efforts to save London from the density drain

    What are we doing to put things right, and how far have we got? Well, for a start, almost 30 per cent of central London is now 'certified full', according to the 106 'signs of life' criteria of the Urban Task Force inspectorate. At the same time, another 20 per cent will be 'comfortably into the cramming red zone' in time for a May general election. In fact, apart from a little mopping up operation that we will come to shortly, London as a whole is on track to being able to bid for the covete
  • A fantastic day out - thanks to zips, Pollock and rocket science

    Two students dressed in black stand in front of a packed house. They are presenting their project.
  • A formal number

    COMMERCIAL BUILDING: George Demetri appreciates the qualities of Number Six Brindleyplace
  • A glazed 'street' supported by branched columns

    working details: Hayes School, Bromley - PCKO Architects
  • A great man

    The death of Sir Denys Lasdun was a gloomy start to 2001. He was the last real link to the pre-war world of British Modernism, representing the home-grown rather than emigre variety. And like other designers of that generation, he could move effortlessly between social and more commercial projects. In many ways, the only difference between his formerly castigated, but now admired, housing at Bethnal Green and the block next to Green Park is the location. Considerable architectural thought and
  • A group housing scheme's Grand Designs on self-building

    Last week's edition of Channel 4's Grand Designs series promised much of interest, being the first programme to look at a group housing scheme rather than a one-off project for private individuals. However, it was difficult to understand why this particular housing association development in Birmingham had been selected, since it offered absolutely nothing of value in design terms;
  • A guide to court proceedings and how to avoid them, if you can

    legal matters
  • A heated exchange

    technical & practice An office refurbishment in Ipswich satisfies the requirements for air tightness together with background ventilation
  • A hexagonal grid structure clad with ETFE cushions

    The 'biomes' - two climatecontrolled enclosures of 1.5 and 0.7ha respectively - are roofed with a series of interlocking spherical forms clad with lightweight ETFE cushions.
  • A letter to Will Alsop on a cyclist's UK travels

  • a life for design

    PEOPLE: The well-informed and thoroughly briefed Alice Rawsthorn exudes charm, wit and style. Far from being an unlikely director of the Design Museum, this former FT foreign correspondent was surely born for the position
  • a life in architecture

    sir paul smith
  • a life in architecture

    As a playwright, Michael Frayn feels he should put in a good word for the 'much-attacked' National Theatre (pictured).The approach from the riverside 'makes the heart lift and when you get inside the foyer you're certain you're going to have a good time.Quite why the foyers work so well I don't know. It's partly because they're quite complicated spaces and I think the combination of concrete with the shutter markings and carpets is rather dramatic.'
  • a life in architecture

    michael landy
  • a life in architecture

    Lighting designer Jonathan Speirs has a list of 'must see' buildings.
  • a life in architecture

    timothy mowl
  • a life in architecture

    genista mcIntosh
  • a life in architecture

    martin drury
  • a life in architecture

    mrs alice snoddy
  • a life in architecture - edward king

    Edward King, director of the Lakeland Arts Trust, has a view of Lake Windermere from his new office, a former dressing room at Blackwell, Baillie Scott's magnificent Arts and Crafts house in Cumbria (see pages 26-35). 'The view is framed by leaded lights and the wrought ironwork of the window stays; every stay is slightly different in design, tapering to a curve with a ball-shaped end. And my office door is opened with a leaf-shaped brass door handle mounted on a brass plate. I admire all the
  • a life in architecture - jeremy nichols

    Few people would claim they work in 'the most wonderful office in Britain, if not in the world', as Jeremy Nichols does.
  • a life in architecture - john murray

    Architecture and photographing architectural detail have been lifelong hobbies of publisher John Murray. Hence his affection for London's St Pancras Station (pictured), with its intricate wealth of detail. He notes that, among the mouldings: 'You even have the stationmaster holding up a model of a train on one of the columns.'
  • a life in architecture - kirsty wark

    Barry Gasson's Burrell Collection building (pictured) is Glasgow's hidden gem, says Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark. 'It is an incredibly restful building - the mix of modern materials and the lovely warm pink Scottish stone. I love the way you sweep straight in through the medieval doorway, and the wonderful interplay between light, space and the artefacts. It houses the collection brilliantly, despite Burrell's insistence that his own rooms were recreated there. They are the dullest part!
  • a life in architecture - lady st oswald

    'I was born in a Georgian house, always lived in them, and have retired to one. I love them, 'says the Dowager Lady St Oswald.
  • A life in architecture - michael berkeley

    Composer Michael Berkeley's passion for architecture began in childhood with churches such as Cley in Norfolk and Blythburgh in Suffolk; then came the 'gigantic' influence of being a chorister at Westminster Cathedral (pictured).
  • a life in architecture - Michael Driver

    When he was a second-year student of architecture in the early 1960s, Michael Driver went to Finland and discovered the work of Alvar Aalto. 'For a lot of people, it's the first influences that are the strongest, 'he says. 'I'd been raised on the mainstream works of the Modern Movement, especially on Corb and concrete. Corb was received wisdom, Aalto was the alternative.
  • a life in architecture - robert thorne

    For architecture and engineering historian Robert Thorne, the Zurich Stadelhofen station (above) is a winner. Originally built in the 19th century, it was redeveloped by Santiago Calatrava in the 1980s. For Thorne, who has a particular interest in station design and has worked on several London stations - St Pancras, Paddington, Liverpool Street - it is an example of a station that really works, although he admits it is not a terminus.
  • a life in architecture - sophie raworth

    BBC breakfast television's news presenter Sophie Raworth says straightaway: 'My favourite building is Battersea Power Station (pictured). It's ridiculous.
  • a life in architecture - tania kovats

    For many years, the quarry garden at Belsay Hall (pictured), in Northumbria, has been one of artist Tania Kovats' favourite places. 'There are all sorts of tricks, like planting Scots pines on top of the quarry wall, which makes it seem like a much steeper cliff. And there is this funny relationship between the volume that's missing from the quarry and the house itself - it is as if they are equal, although they are not.'
  • a life in architecture - tim smit

    Tim Smit seems almost relieved that his Eden Project did not win the Stirling Prize. 'If you win too many awards everybody starts to hate you, ' he laughs. 'And the success of Eden speaks for itself.Magna will be a wonderful boost to Rotherham.'
  • a life in architecture - tony benn

    After 51 years as an MP it is natural that Tony Benn, who has just retired, should cherish the House of Commons. 'It's almost the family workshop, ' he smiles. 'Both my grandfathers were MPs, and so was my dad and now my son.' Benn, who first visited Barry's neo-Gothic masterpiece in 1937, relishes its populist rather than pompous aspects. 'Under the speaker's house is a Victorian sewage plant that dealt with Disraeli's and Gladstone's excrement, ' he laughs.
  • A life in architecture - victoria glendinning

    Buildings with bellies and bulges instantly occurred to writer Victoria Glendinning, when asked to name some of her favourites.
  • a life in architecture : alison turnbull

  • a life in architecture adam hart-davis

    'I like buildings that lead on to things, ' says Adam Hart-Davis, creator of Local Heroes, the television series based on scientific discoveries. The new visitor centre at Westonbirt Arboretum, near Bristol, proved such a place thanks to Henry Russell, head carpenter on the project. The centre is a traditional oak barn built in a form of cruck construction. 'When I first went there, ' says Hart-Davis, 'it was just a pile of oak trees lying on the ground.' The meeting subsequently led to Russe
  • a life in architecture alain de botton

    The recently published SuperDutch, by Bart Lootsma (AJ 12.10.00), has made novelist Alain de Botton reflect on how going Dutch can change your life. He believes that 'the Dutch do modern living very well', and is particularly impressed by the work of the architect Wiel Arets.
  • a life in architecture arabella lennox-boyd

    The designer of the surrealist roof garden at No 1 Poultry, Arabella Lennox-Boyd, has a romantic list of favourite structures and places.
  • a life in architecture baroness blackstone

    Would it be cheating, asks Baroness Blackstone, the minister of state for education and employment, if she were to choose a view as her first choice, rather than a building? The view she has in mind is that of the north bank of the Thames as you cross Waterloo Bridge. 'I think it shows more than almost any other view in London the amazing richness, range and diversity of London's architecture.
  • a life in architecture colin thubron

    Travel writer Colin Thubron was first struck by Islamic architecture when, aged 19, he encountered the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. The palace comprises a series of courtyards, pavilions and alcoves, 'beautifully proportioned and covered by a filigree of plasterwork'. Thubron cites in particular the 'elaborate cupolas of honeycombed decoration - delicate and faded by the light'. He imagined that there must be similar palaces all over the Muslim world and only later realised that the Alh
  • a life in architecture david fleming

    'If you stand with your back to the door of the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, you will see one of the world's great aspects, ' says David Fleming, the new director of National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside. This is the Peter and Paul Fortress, whose founding in 1703 marked the birth of the city. 'On a very cold day, looking across the great icy expanse of the River Neva, the sight of the impossibly tall, gilded spire of the cathedral inside the fortress is astonishing. You can also
  • a life in architecture grant luscombe

    Grant Luscombe is particularly excited by Hodder Associates' National Wildflower Centre in Liverpool, because it is his new workplace. As director of the Landlife Trust, which runs the new centre, Luscombe was instrumental in commissioning the sculptural concrete building.
  • a life in architecture ianrankin

    Although Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin shared a flat with an architecture student when he was at university in Edinburgh, he never learned to reconcile architectural plans with buildings.
  • a life in architecture james sensenbrenner

    James Sensenbrenner, chairman of the judiciary committee of the House of Representatives in the US Congress, says: 'My favourite building is the Capitol [above] in Washington DC. It is an outstanding landmark. Its growth parallels the growth of the city.'
  • a life in architecture jonathan bate

    Jonathan Bate, Professor of English at Liverpool University and author of The Genius of Shakespeare, grew up in Sevenoaks, Kent, where his school overlooked the magnificent Knole House. Its Tudor opulence fascinated him, but he eschews this example in favour of nearby Penshurst Place (above), a more modest Tudor country house.
  • a life in architecture jude kelly

    'From the outside you see this long neutral building covered with graffiti, but inside it's this warm characterful space.'
  • a life in architecture kate kellaway

    Meditating on three domestic buildings, journalist and writer Kate Kellaway suggests that taste is often unconsciously shaped by homes one has lived in. 'A house takes on a different charge as you get to know it - rather like a person's name.'
  • a life in architecture matthew wells

    As a structural engineer who has also studied architecture, Matthew Wells is not convinced that the two disciplines necessarily merge in perfect buildings. As if to prove his point, he has chosen a structure (engineering) and a building (architecture) which are as far apart as possible.His structure is an old transporter bridge at Royan in western France, discovered on a cycling holiday.
  • a life in architecture michael palin

    Globe-trotting writer and actor Michael Palin has selected three buildings that he finds particularly impressive. The first is on home ground - King's Cross Station in London. 'I think it's very strong and simple, a lovely uncluttered building which does exactly what it has to do; and I think the fact that people were constructing really modern buildings like that in the 1850s is remarkable. It seems to me to have much more freshness than St Pancras next door, which is a pastiche. King's Cros
  • a life in architecture nigel slater

    Food writer Nigel Slater's favourite building has to be 'somewhere where I feel comfortable but excited; somewhere where I don't quite belong'. One such building is Jean Nouvel's Institut du Monde Arabe near the Seine in Paris (below). Once beyond its two very tall marble-clad pillars, set at a slight angle to each other, 'you feel you are going into a very special place - a different world'.
  • a life in architecture paul whitehouse

    The chief constable of Sussex, Paul Whitehouse, likes the imaginative reuse of buildings that have outlived their original purpose.
  • a life in architecture peter doig

    Artist Peter Doig first saw Eero Saarinen's Jefferson Memorial Arch when he was invited to participate in an exhibition in St Louis. Designed in 1948 and completed in 1964, the 'Gateway to the West' is 192m high, with a span of 192m.Doig says it could have been 'something mundane but when you actually get to it, it's genuinely awe-inspiring. Every detail that Saarinen designed is so intuitive. Space Odyssey 'pods' take you up to the top where you get incredible views. There's something very W
  • a life in architecture philip pullman

  • a life in architecture richard badcock

    A consultant forensic scientist at Rampton high security hospital, Richard Badcock says his favourite building is Cotehele - what Pevsner calls 'the most extensive and important Tudor house in Cornwall', situated in woods above the River Tamar (pictured below).
  • a life in architecture Robin Ellis

    Robin Ellis, sponsor of the AJ/Robin Ellis Design Build Small Projects Awards, admits he is lucky in living in Primrose Hill, so close to a place which gives him immense pleasure: Regent's Park.
  • a life in architecture sarah hollywood

    A few days ago, Sarah Hollywood attended an auction for a house in Lewisham, south London, designed byWalter Segal, a pioneer of self-build housing.
  • a life in architecture shaks ghosh

    'You walk into this absolutely amazing lobby hung with chandeliers, an art exhibition round the walls, golden angels, a grand piano - it's like Christmas, 365 days of the year.' No, it's not some glitzy emporium, nor a film star's pad in Beverly Hills.
  • a life in architecture sir rodney walker

    Chairman of UK Sport and of Wembley National Stadium Sir Rodney Walker says: 'I like traditional buildings but I accept that what is now considered traditional was once controversial.'
  • a life in architecture stephen hetherington

    The first chief executive of Salford's Lowry Centre, Stephen Hetherington, has strong views about architecture. 'Space, environment and materials are the important ingredients, ' he says.
  • a life in architecture tomdixon

    Tom Dixon, head of design at Habitat and recently awarded an OBE, brushes off the accolade. He wonders whether the 'establishment' actually exists and, if it does, whether he can get away with more radical gestures now he has the royal seal of approval.
  • A life in footnotes

    Breuer Houses By Joachim Driller. Phaidon, 2000. 272pp. £35
  • A manual for a new age

    Computer-assisted manufacture has already come a long way, but it may well become indispensable in the next decade When most architects think of computer-aided manufacture (CAM), they probably think of Frank Gehry's lumpen Bilbao Guggenheim and its double-curved surface skins. I suspect they also think of indulgent clients, huge budgets, star architects and massive fabricating factories.
  • A maze for Kielder

    Northumberland's Kielder Partnership has launched a competition to design a 'contemporary maze' dubbed the Minatour. The scheme will be sited in an area of natural beauty by Kielder Castle and will complete a trio of innovative works there which includes Softroom's Belvedere and James Turrell's Skyscape. Four applicants will be shortlisted and will receive £750 each with the winner awarded £1,000. Call 01434 220643 for more information.
  • A Modernist building in a Victorian landscape has succeeded because of its bold mix of elements, materials and planes

    Built environment
  • A new angle on offices

    An office headquarters for Velux in Kettering provides an interesting, low-cost, quality design in a brownfield setting
  • A new school of thought

    An education conference shows how digital media in the twentyfirst century could change the face of architecture and design
  • A new skyline

    A new skyline: Franck Lohsen McCrery Architects has revealed the first comprehensive masterplan for the devastated World Trade Center site. 'Liberty Square'will cover the 8ha site with 10 tall buildings surrounding a two-block memorial square, which will include sculptures to commemorate the victims of 11 September. The sculptures were designed by Scottish sculptor Alexander Stoddart. The 10 buildings will include a main tower at 1 Liberty Square, which will become the tallest in the city, fl
  • A partial view of Kahn


    Arsenal FC's plans for a new stadium in north London have received a mixed reaction, says the local council. Islington received 2,200 responses to its consultation on the HOK Sport design. Some 381 people supported the arena, 436 opposed it, and two petitions against the scheme were also sent in. Safety was the main concern along with design and quality of life, transport, traffic and parking fears. Plans for a nearby waste transfer depot were also opposed.
  • A purge on poor performance

    Should more credence be given to the planning officer's delegated authority in order to speed up the decision process?
  • a radical Christmas

  • A regrettable dearth of serious comment


  • A research forum would be mutually beneficial

  • A rhapsody in blue

    A reworked public square in Newcastle brings an approach to hard landscaping that is both radical and enjoyable
  • A roof support structure of branched columns incorporating sliding doors and shutters

    The single-storey house has cavity masonry walls with large glazed openings to the south, and a delicate aluminium roof supported by steel struts and columns.
  • A safety song and dance

    The health and safety article 'Safer than you think' (AJ 1.2.01) was a useful reminder that fatalities on building sites are declining. It showed that the concentration on 'risk awareness' - especially since the risks are completely overstated - will not necessarily improve safety further.
  • A self-build house, west London Burd Haward Marston

    A sustainable steelframed house with rainscreen tile cladding The two-storey house was designed to be energyefficient and built of sustainable materials, by a client with no building experience. A steel structure was chosen to give an accurate framework for the client to work to; steel was also appropriate above the piled foundations.
  • A sense of Place

    In its renovation of this London dance centre, Allies and Morrison has produced an inspired and practical venue, while retaining the building's informal, domestic character The Place, the internationally renowned modern dance centre which has just finished the second phase of a £7.5 million makeover by Allies and Morrison, is tucked away in a backstreet close to the mainline London termini of Euston, St Pancras and King's Cross. You get a glimpse of the new studio block across the foreco
  • A sphere with a message: planets hold lessons architects can learn

    Last week's news from outer space seems to suggest that architecture, which has enjoyed occasional flirtations with science ever since the astronomical experiments of the ancient world, might be heading the same way again.

    Gil Doron documents urban sites that are annexed by, for example, the homeless or squatters or creators of community gardens. His photographs are at the Warehouse Gallery, 40-44 Holloway Road, London N7 from13-25 February (020 7274 6942). Above: a squatters' cultural centre in Rome.

    Michael Squire and Partners has submitted an application for a £30 million headquarters building in Portman Square, London, a seven floor scheme for client Delancey.
  • A stadium of light

    TECHNICAL & PRACTICE:The Forum by Michael Hopkins & Partners uses a variety of lighting according to the needs of users and use of the building
  • A steel tower with aerofoil outriggers

    The steel structure of the 120mhigh tower derives its form from principles evolved in the design of aircraft wings. The main shaft, a triangulated framework of 168.3mm diameter tubular columns braced with 100 x 100mm square hollow section members, is 'teardrop'-shaped on plan; it encloses a steel circular staircase supported by a central 139.7mm diameter steel column and enclosed with a cylindrical tube of silver anodised aluminium panels.
  • A steel-framed, barrel-vaulted roof

    The steel frame of the twostorey house comprises 150 x 150mm SHS columns spaced at centres to suit the layout. The first floor is supported on timber joists which span between steel bearers.
  • A system designed to improve decisions makes things worse

    Architects are capable of producing places that all will enjoy, but society does not let them. In practice, there seems to be some conspiracy that prevents the really good project being realised. Competitions were seen as a solution. However, the British have managed to develop a competition system which often makes things worse. How did we do that? The jury is often composed of laymen, with just one or two architects in an advisory role. To be frank, the decisionmakers are not qualified to m
  • A taste of Eden

    The biomes of Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners' Eden Project have transformed a Cornish china clay pit into a breathtaking world of rainforests and moonscapes
  • A telling Tall Storey

    NEWS: Delegates met at London's Institute of Mechanical Engineers to discuss the future of skyscrapers after 11 September.
  • A timber gridshell constructed in a lamellar sequence

  • A touchy-feely mouse that goes bumpà

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  • A view with a room

    Fortress, royal residence, barracks, prison - Edinburgh Castle has performed numerous functions during its long history, dating to the 12th century. It is now Scotland's main tourist attraction, visited by more than one million people a year.

    Interior designers and manufacturers from around the world have made 'virtual' furniture and fittings available to architects looking to create an indoor space that demands brand-name decoration. Website e-interiors. net showcases two- and three-dimensional images and models of interior wares in the form of CAD files from more than 100 top interior brands.Virtual products from Alessi, SCP and Cappellini are available on the site and can be downloaded and used with any CAD software. More than
  • 'A vote for Reid is a vote for disaster, 'warns expresident

    RIBA past president Owen Luder has issued a stark personal warning to the AJ: it would be an 'absolute disaster' if the man he served under as director-general at the institute, Alex Reid, wins the election to become the new president.
  • A way out of e-mail overload

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  • A wealth of common sense

    Quite a few young architects are from the Commonwealth and not necessarily working here completely legally. When there is a lot of work about, practice partners and directors are helpfully vague about asking too many questions when recruiting.
  • A weekend in Barcelona

    Come to the 100% Design architects' evening and you could win
  • A welcome for Scottish architecture policy

  • A young practice making much ado about nothing

  • A&M reveals £175m Tate Modern neighbour

    Allies and Morrison has revealed £175 million plans for St Christopher House, a speculative office development for the developer Land Securities south of Tate Modern in the Bankside area of London.
  • A&M wins go-ahead for BBC's £200m White City revamp


    Allies and Morrison Architects has been appointed to redevelop a site adjacent to Tate Britain to provide a new home for Chelsea College of Art and Design. The set of Grade II-listed buildings is to be remodelled, with the practice 'slotting in' new structures into the spaces at the back of the complex. The car park at the centre of the site is to be landscaped and turned into a public space. Designs are still at an early stage, but the practice hopes to make a planning application this autum
  • AA and Groucho fight for the right to restore Isokon flats

    The Architectural Association is battling it out with unexpected rivals including the Groucho Club to take over the Isokon flats in Camden, north London - with the winner set to be announced next week.


    The Architectural Association is holding a fundraising evening at the Royal National Theatre in aid of the Stephen Lawrence Scholarship at the school. Those who buy a £75 ticket to see the Trevor Nunn production of Anton Chekov's The Cherry Orchard will help the AA raise funds to award a new Stephen Lawrence Scholarship every year.
  • Abandoning art to the advertisers' hard sell

    Life has a pace and a shape to it that are perhaps uniquely linked. This natural phenomenon has at best fashioned the quality of work required in order to sustain a family unit (I am aware that 'family unit' can be translated in different ways). There was a time when one income, perhaps mixed with parsimony, could pay for the housing, clothing and feeding of a number of people.
  • Abbey Holford Rowe

    Abbey Holford Rowe has made a planning application for its £10 million 'City Point' scheme in Leeds.The 5,800m 2mixed-use project will include office and retail space. It is located in the city centre at the corner of King Street and Park Place. The seven-storey building was described by AHR partner Dominic Boyes as a structure that was sympathetic to the differing heights of the adjoining listed buildings. The scheme was developed by Clerical Medical Investment Group and Teesland Proper
  • Abbey Holford Rowe

    Abbey Holford Rowe has completed this £26 million rebuilding project in central Glasgow. Built behind the listed facades of three separate buildings, a new glass structure accommodates office space with a full-height atrium, high-speed lifts and underground parking.
  • Abbey Holford Rowe secures £100m Irish development

    Abbey Holford Rowe has won planning permission for a £100 million scheme in the Republic of Ireland - the first time the practice has worked in the country. The scheme, for a site in Tallaght on Dublin's outskirts, is for a mixed-use development of housing, retail outlets, offices and car parking.
  • Abbey Holford Rowe takes over EC Harris architects


  • Abolish departments in the search for healthy serendipity

    I was sitting in my department of architecture thinking about the future needs of design and art education and thinking that the future should really not permit departments.

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  • Academy options

    An interesting turn-out at the Royal Academy to discuss the future of the former Museum of Mankind building in Burlington Gardens which the RA recently bought from the government. How should the extra space be used?
  • Access - yet another term for social inclusion

    The Architecture Foundation's debate on 'access' inevitably tended towards the subject of disability access, but aspired to a broader debate about access to opportunities, and experience in general, in cities.

  • Access all areas

    Designing for the disabled is a statutory duty. But is it always appropriate, or does it discriminate against the majority?
  • Access all areas

    In a special survey for the AJ, we find out if architects are really making the most of IT in the workplace and at home

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  • Act of faith

    In renovating Gillespie Kidd & Coia's St Patrick's Church in Kilsyth, the Brooke Millar Partnership tried to tackle technical problems without diminishing the building's power
  • Acting on information

    Ask the average architectural practice partner about the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIP) and you'll get a blank stare. At least I hope so.
  • Acting tough

    Once again that old Architectural Press scribbler and renowned gourmandiser Jonathan Meades gets to the heart of a cultural matter. Of the Stirling Prize ceremony on TV, he says wistfully:
  • Action group sets five-year 'equality in architecture' goal


  • Actors could be more real than real people

  • Acts of Will

  • adams kara taylor

    A - Z
  • Adaptability and durability


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    As the new headquarters for Centrica at Blythe in Solihull nears completion, Addison Design Systems has been commissioned to design, supply and install the glazed internal reception screen. The screen is 12m high and constructed from 12mm clear glass supported on 15 mm glass fins. The countersunk stainless steel glass fittings have been specially designed to allow for building tolerances and structural movements on the balconies.

  • Addition

    Kevan Shaw Lighting Design was the lighting designer on the Loch Lomond gateway building by Bennetts Associates (AJ 4.10.01).
  • Adjaye Associates has best ideas for Tower Hamlets

  • Adjudication, as we know it, falls foul of the Human Rights Act

    Does the Human Rights Act (HRA) apply to adjudication? This seems to be the hot topic of the moment and one upon which all and sundry have expressed views of late, particularly in rival publications. I was particularly moved by adjudicator Tony Bingham's failure to gain entry to Castle Human Rights (Building 22.9.00).
  • Admiration for Coventry centre misrepresented

  • ADP gets kitted up for sports pavilion fixture

  • ADP is top of the class with 'green' school

    Architects Design Partnership (ADP) has submitted for planning this design for a sustainable school in Sevenoaks, Kent. The 270-pupil infants school is conceived as an extension of the green belt in which it sits. The school's low, curved roof will be planted with sedum so that the surrounding pastureland appears to sweep over the building, while the hall and entrance are formally expressed as a blue cube and red triangle which burst through the roof.
  • ADSL - good to be connected. . .when it works

    I know I promised to abandon ADSL but readers have e-mailed and rung about it. Here are some frequently asked questions:
  • ADSL final grinds into action - and I recommend it

    So God punished me for being triumphalist about getting this column's ADSL line installed.
  • Advisors pour cold water on CABE design review proposals

    The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment's plan to extend its influence over the quality of design nationwide by introducing design review committees outside London could slow up and confuse the planning process, design advisors to regional authorities have warned.
  • A-EM homes in with designs for north London blackspots

    A-EM Studio has submitted two housing schemes for planning approval, both of which will regenerate overlooked London wastelands.
  • AF competition followed impartial RIBA rules . . .


    The Architecture Foundation confirmed this week that it has been awarded a £636,000 three-year grant by a Sainsbury family trust to give social housing tenants access to design advice (AJ 7.12.00). The AFwill manage the service, dubbed Glass House, in conjunction with the National Tenants Resource Centre and will offer small grants to tenants or tenants' associations on top of carrying out research, establishing demonstration projects and running training programmes.


    The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland has launched a competition to design sustainable, low-cost housing in Dublin.

    The Architecture Foundation has asked for submissions to its initiative 'Calling London', which will launch on 17 November. The 21day programme of events will focus on London's future in the 21st century and will be held at the foundation's gallery on Bury Street. Written proposals should be e-mailed to events@architecture foundation. org. uk or faxed on 020 7253 3335. Closing date for submissions is 31 October.
  • After Docklands

    It would be understandable if former London Docklands Development Corporation boss Eric Sorensen was a bit gloomy.He was front-runner to head the GLA but that job went to a Livingstone crony. Judging by current appearances, however, he is enjoying his new role as development director for the St Mary's Hospital site in Paddington, being masterplanned by SOM, cracking the whip and tightening everything up. He found time last week to launch formally the latest phase in the development of the Tri
  • After the fact

  • After the World Trade Center: learning lessons

    Structural engineer Andrew Orton gives his personal view of the events of last week and their ramifications for the design and structure of tall buildings
  • Against the grain

    Meanwhile, the Foster conception of a wonderfully open and transparent home for the GLA is being compromised by a civil service mentality. Concerned that they should be able to complete their crosswords in peace in their cellular offices, senior staff are demanding to be enclosed with solid materials such as timber doors. What about Foster's idea that offices should be entirely of glass? Only if it is completely opaque, say the GLA bods.
  • Age of ambition

    The Post-War University: Utopianist Campus and College By Stefan Muthesius. Yale University Press, 2000. 340pp. £35
  • Agenda 21 Architects

    Agenda 21 Architects has won planning permission for this £500,000 scheme for six flats and retail space in Wandsworth, south London, for developer Metropolis. The scheme includes shops at ground level and a mix of housing units - from one-bedroom flats to three-bedroom duplex apartments - over three floors. Single-storey flats are framed at first floor in a horizontal element.
  • Ahead of the game


    Abbey Holford Rowe has won a contract for two secondary and five primary schools in Leeds, as part of a £37 million PFI deal.
  • AHR's £25m police training centre ravaged by CABE

    Abbey Holford Rowe remains committed to its design for a police training centre in Harrogate despite damning criticism from CABE.
  • AIA working positively for informal reciprocity

  • AIA's Design Charrette discussion is open to all

  • Air conditioning should not be necessary here

  • Airchitect

    Astragal is happy to report that an architect from Brixton is now a bona fide world champion in his art. Only it is not architecture. Zac Monro is the new 'air guitar' champion - playing along with an imaginary instrument to something you did not create in the first place - not so different from the world of design. Our Zac beat 17 others in Oulu, Finland (of course), to win with his recreation of Blur's Song 2 - another design link, since Blur's Damon Albarn used to date ex-architect trainee

    Renzo Piano's Kansai International Airport in Japan is sinking, according to reports. Observers have reported cracks, though these are unconfirmed, while the building columns are being jacked up to keep the roof level. A TV expose on the drama at the 1.7km long terminal designed with engineer Arup has been screened, even showing how a stair fixed to the side of the building has had to have a new step built underneath. The reason is thought to be that the artificial island on which it is built

    Remember to fill in your forms if you want your practice to qualify for this year's AJ 100 - The Architects' Journal's list of Britain's largest, fastest-growing and most popular practices. The deadline for completed forms is 26 January. For details or a new form please call Lars Jespersen on 01242 577 277.
  • AJ 100 list is skewed by regional distortions


  • AJ backs emerging practices with £5k first building prize

    The AJ has launched a new cash award for architects' first buildings, which will take its place alongside the RIBA's main Stirling Prize winner later this year.
  • AJ cover serves up one cheap shot too many

  • aj one hundred

    Another year goes by, and another architectural practice can hold its hands up to say it is the biggest around.
  • AJ readers are invited to a summer party

  • aj round up

    At 100% Design this year - which itself is 500 per cent bigger than the first event six years ago - a host of new products will be on show.
  • aj round up spectrum

    Jan Kaplicky of Future Systems will be giving The Architects' Journal/Architectural Review lecture at Spectrum 2001. The talk will take place on Wednesday 16 May at 6pm, and will be followed by a drinks party for readers. The annual furniture fair takes place at the Commonwealth Institute, in Kensington, London from 15-18 May. This year 15 new companies are exhibiting, alongside such well-known names as Vitra, Herman Miller, Kvadrat, Ergonom, Knoll International, Kusch, Thonet, Wilkhahn and F
  • aj seminar architect-designed bars

    Readers are also invited to hear Julyan Wickham and Block Architecture in conversation at the AJ seminar on architect-designed bars. The seminar, sponsored by the einstein network, will be held in the Whitehall seminar room on at 27 September immediately before the AJ party. It kicks off at 6pm but entry is on a first come, first served basis so be sure to get there in plenty of time.
  • AJ should invest in a new world atlas

  • AJ small projects competition

    First prize in this year's AJ small projects competition went to Boyarsky Murphy Architects for its £120,000 refurbishment of a 1960s house in London's Holland Park (left). Second prize went to AEM for a £24,000 glazed entrance to the Camden Bus Estate Agency, also in London (centre), while third prize went to Colin Smith + Judith Wilson for the £90,000 extension to the Laundry House in Arbroath (right). The competition was sponsored by Robin Ellis Design Build.
  • AJ+ visitors say 'give Stirling Prize to Dixon.Jones' NPG'

    Visitors to the AJ's website at ajplus. co. uk believe that Dixon.Jones' National Portrait Gallery extension should walk off with the £20,000 Stirling Prize. The £13.2 million project is the shock leader in our internet poll asking which of the seven projects on the AJ-sponsored Stirling Prize should win.

    The Architects' Journal will again be publishing AJ100, the biggest and best survey of practices, in March. If your firm featured last time, watch out for your form, which should arrive in early January. Fill it out if you want to be featured again. If you haven't featured before and think you might make it this time round you can print off a form from our website at ajplus. co. uk, from 4 January.All forms must be returned by 25 February.
  • AJ100: BDP is the biggest, Fosters the most respected

    BDP International has emerged as the largest practice in the UK, Foster and Partners the most respected, and the legal profession the one most architects would have entered if they had not plumped for design, according to this year's exclusive AJ100 survey (pages 47 to 77).

    An analysis of each of the main political parties' attitudes to architecture can now be seen on the AJ's website at The article, written by Jeremy Melvin, is in Astragal's Mediawatch section, accessible via the homepage.

    AJ readers can now obtain information on products advertised in AJ and AJ Focus faster and more easily through our new internet service.
  • AJ's 'Tall Storeys?'a sell-out

    The AJ's tall buildings conference, 'Tall Storeys?', is sold out and those who have not already reserved their place will have to wait for the detailed fourpage report in the AJ in a fortnight (24 May).
  • Alan Powers taking a canal boat to Utopia

    In what might otherwise have been seen as simply a rather nostalgic evocation of a more leisurely past era, Alan Powers' talk on the history of the British canal system offered an interesting perspective on the origins of the British High-Tech tradition. Citing the work of Hopkins as a prime example, he suggested that the canals and their associated structures provided an exemplar of the functional tradition, in terms of form and construction, while the internal design of the narrow boats the
  • Alarming ADSL log on sets bells ringing

    ADSL has finally settled down, it is fairly consistent, there is occasional trouble connecting up, but that happens with conventional modems too. A tip is to opt for 'about blank' as your opening page: the default btopenworld. com takes ages to download. And do not forget to install a firewall such as the acclaimed, and free, ZoneAlarm from www. zonealarm. com.You need to do this because with ADSL your computer is connected on a continuously open line. Actually this is true only when you tell

  • Albert memorial

    I hear Lambeth council has created a new conservation area - which includes Sir Terry Farrell's MI6 building within its boundary. The Albert Embankment conservation area has been carefully chosen to include dreary blocks which Lord Rogers shows slides of as disastrous architecture, but (surprise, surprise) excludes Jeffrey Archer's swanky penthouse flat.
  • Alberti calling

    What could making a goddam cell phone have to do with the Renaissance?' asks Erik Anderson in the New Yorker magazine. Although head of production at mobile phone company Nokia, Anderson is entitled to ask, since in his spare time he is a Renaissance architecture PhD student at Harvard. In answer to his own question he quotes Alberti: 'All care, all diligence, all financial consideration must be directed to insuring that what is built is useful, commodious, yes - but also embellished and whol

  • Alec Smith, Cadweb's operations director, explains the benefits of meeting the standards

    technical & practice
  • Alexander

    Sedgley Architects has gained planning approval for this proposal to build 32 apartments on a brownfield site occupied by an engineering works. The site, near East London Cemetary in Newham, has been designed for flexible living and working. Work is due to start this summer with a view to completion next year. The scheme, designed for Latin Quarter Developments, includes communal gardens and double-height penthouses.
  • Alison Brooks Architects

    Alison Brooks Architects has submitted plans for this six-storey, 36-bed hotel in north London to Islington council. The scheme, on Pentonville Road, includes a ground and basement-level bar/ restaurant and features a random glass- and terracotta-clad 'free facade'.
  • All change for Brixton with Proctor Matthews

  • All change, please

    The Rogers Partnership's bus station at Turnpike Lane is a robust, workable addition to Holden's classic design
  • All in agrement

    CHATROOM - and another thing. . .
  • All in the plan

    Next week sees the start of the RIBA's series of lectures on masterplanning and city regeneration, with Los Angeles urban guru Mike Davis set to give it a cracking launch this Monday. The series also includes Kenneth Frampton, Terry Farrell, Adriaan Geuze of West 8, Lord Rogers, Demetri Porphyrios, Jon Rouse from CABE and Roger Kallman from SOM. The whole lot are being chaired by the AJ's ve r y own Paul Finch. There is also an interesting fringe series taking a (no doubt) rather different vi
  • Allan Murray hits controversy underneath Edinburgh arches

    A controversial £3.5 million proposal by Allan Murray Architects for the redevelopment of Edinburgh's landmark Jeffrey Street arches was last week submitted to the city's planning department for approval.

    BDP and Eric Kuhne Associates have been given approval for their Chapelfield mixed-use development in Norwich city centre after the Government Office for the East indicated it would not be calling it in last week. The scheme, to be developed by Lend Lease, comprises shops, restaurants, cafes and homes. Architects Jeremy Dixon. Edward Jones will work with BDP on individual buildings.
  • Allegations of misconduct are a sure sign of dissatisfaction

    legal matters

    Allen Tod Architecture has won consent for a 96ha masterplan for former MoD land on the northern tip of the Thames Estuary. Shoebury Garrison, formerly the British School of Gunnery, was a training and experimental base for the army until the 1990s. Gladedale Homes bought the site last spring and Allen Tod's proposals aim to preserve 40 listed buildings along with the creation of 465 new and refurbished dwellings.
  • Allerton Bywater sets new housing agenda

    Aire Design is aiming to deliver a sea-change in the way housing developments are designed and benchmarked in the future with its Allerton Bywater Millennium Community.
  • Allerton Bywater: homes of the future?

    Designs for housing in the Millennium Community at Allerton Bywater - flagged up by government regeneration agency English Partnerships as a pioneering approach to living in the twenty-first century - went on show in the Yorkshire village last week.

    An alliance between Harlow Council and Great Portland Estates, principal landowner of Harlow town centre, has been formed to revitalise the town centre. The partnership will look at building up to 40,000m 2of retail space, improving existing shopping facilities and developing strategies for enticing major high street chains into the community.
  • Allies and Morrison Architects has released image of Arsenal FC's residential complex

  • All-night stand


    A £100 million PFI project led by engineer Montgomery Watson to help local authorities comply with a series of EU environment directives.Built for East of Scotland Water, the complex provides an alternative to dumping sludge at sea and makes the maximum use of recycled materials such as aggregates, crushed concrete fill and polyethelene.
  • Alsop and Amec in medical research centre alliance

  • Alsop and Koolhaas' aspirations for London

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  • Alsop appointed Foundation chair

  • Alsop Architects

    Alsop Architects'scheme for a new Blackfriars Station in London is to appear in a New York show dedicated to 'outstanding building projects from waterfronts around the world'. The project will be on show from 27 March at the 'Architecture & Water' exhibition at the Val Alen Institute. Alsop Architects is also about to unveil designs for its first major project in North America, the new centre for design at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto.
  • Alsop Architects

    Alsop Architects has unveiled its proposal to develop a 4,400m 2site adjacent to its Stirling Prizewinning library in Peckham, south London.The scheme provides for a 350-seat comedy club, an elevated art gallery, private apartments and a mixed-use block of affordable housing, plus offices, recording studios and leisure facilities.The scheme, a joint venture with developer Urban Catalyst, is in competition with another proposal put together by Hudson Featherstone and developer Baylight Propert
  • Alsop Architects

    Alsop Architects has lost out in its bid to build a colourful new mixed-use building next to its award-winning Peckham Library after Southwark council chose a 'more appropriate'scheme by Hudson Featherstone instead.
  • Alsop Architects mobilizes in Rotterdam

    Alsop Architects has unveiled its £1.6 billion 20ha masterplan for the redevelopment of Rotterdam Central Railway Station and its surroundings. Working with private sector partners Nederlandse Spoorwegen, Rodamco Nederland and ING Vastgoed, the city of Rotterdam commissioned the masterplan in a bid to capitalize on the opportunity afforded by its inclusion in the European City Network of high-speed trains, which will take effect in 2006. Following an international competition Alsop Archi
  • Alsop Architects'radical design for the redevelopment of Victoria House

    Alsop Architects'radical design for the redevelopment of Victoria House, once a contender for London mayor Ken Livingstone's GLA building, has won planning and listed building consent from Camden council.The scheme for the Grade II-listed building includes 20,000m 2of office space with retail units on the ground floor and restaurant and health club in the basement.Building works are due to be completed by autumn 2002.
  • Alsop battles to retain prize place in Peckham Square

    Alsop Architects and Hudson Featherstone are to fight it out to develop a commercial scheme in Peckham Square, adjacent to Alsop's Stirling Prize-winning library.
  • Alsop continues to fan the flames of emotionà

    So laymen are not competent to judge the quality of buildings, according to Will Alsop ('A system designed to improve decisions makes thinks worse', AJ 25.10.01).

    Will Alsop is to receive an honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University later this autumn - along with runner Steve Cram, ballerina Deborah Bull and astronomer Patrick Moore. The university wants to recognise Alsop's impact with schemes such as Peckham Library, which clinched the £20,000 Stirling Prize last year. The university also cited Alsop's Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre, Hamburg Ferry Terminal, North Greenwich Underground Station and the regional government headquarters in Mar

    Will Alsop has unveiled a scheme for the contested Spitalfields Market site. It leaves the market buildings intact with the ground floor left as a flexible open public space. Above the space is a platform of offices supported by stilts.
  • Alsop goes Dutch to win but continues to rileà


    Alsop Architects is one of five practices to feature in 'Architecture + Water, ' an exhibition at the prestigious Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. Alsop will present its Blackfriars Station proposal alongside schemes by Foreign Office Architects, Diller + Scofidio, MVRDV and Steven Holl. The show runs from 9 February-12 May 2002.

  • Alsop, CABE slate Met Office's Broadway Malyan choice

  • Alsop/Amec reveal £33m 'jewel'

  • Alsop's army

  • Alsop's idealism must be moderated by reality

  • Alsop's Puddle Dock booed off stage by 'bunch of luvvies'

    Will Alsop's first commercial project in the City of London has been held up by 'a bunch of luvvies' whose campaign is the largest ever against any development in the Square Mile.


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  • Am I missing the point of Libeskind Spiral?


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  • Ambridge outrage


    Construction giant AMEC has been awarded a £36 million contract to replace the train shed roof at Waterloo station. The job does not involve the participation of an architect because Railtrack has insisted on a 'like-for-like' replacement. Covering 19 platforms, 28,000m 2of glass and supportwork will be repaired, refurbished or replaced, while lighting, public address and power distribution systems will also be updated. The work, which is intended to be done without disturbing the rail s
  • American architects are making a mockery of UK


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    The City Council of Amsterdam has launched an international competition to design a new public library. Located near the city's Central Station, the 40,000m 2building will be the biggest public library in the Netherlands and will incorporate offices shops and a restaurant. The council is looking for practices with the ability to blend public and commercial functions. The closing date for applications is 6 May. Further details can be obtained at www. oosterdokseiland. nl
  • An end to secrecy and a lean, mean commentary

  • An esplanade canopy constructed of aluminium

    working details
  • An independent mind


    The DETR's Planning Inspectorate has moved into its new Bristol headquarters, designed by Stride Treglown. The £300 million mixed-use building at Temple Quay has been designed as an 'eco-friendly' development and the architect expects it to qualify for a BREEAM rating of excellent.
  • An inspector's call

    TECHNICAL & PRACTICE: Recent cases show that while planners make good decisions and bad, they can sometimes be overruled
  • An insult to the vernacular and a travesty of Modernism

  • An Irish view

    On this page and overleaf, a number of Irish architects describe their work in order to provide a snapshot of the diversity of contemporary architecture in Ireland
  • An open letter to Baroness Blackstone

  • An oval copper roof and projecting overflow spout

    The single-storey building is divided into three multipurpose spaces by folding sliding doors set within pairs of U-shaped in-situ concrete pockets, each of which supports a concrete portal, in turn supporting the steel roof structure.
  • An unjustified fear of electronic images taking over from reality

    The most impressive arguers are those who start with a tremendous blow to the conventional wisdom and never lose the initiative.
  • An urban explorer

    Atget the Pioneer By Jean-Claude Lemagny et al. Prestel, 2000. 200pp. £45
  • Anarchic architects strike out against city 'social cleansing'

    Architectural protest group Transgressive Architecture staged its second protest against what it claims is the growing 'sanitization' of cities last week when it inhabited a London tube station underpass and leafleted passers-by on how the homeless were being edged out of the public space.

    BDP is set to begin a study into redeveloping the Ancoats area of Manchester, one of the country's oldest industrial sites. Built in 1798, the complex of former cotton mills and warehouses now lies derelict and is the subject of farreaching plans by the Ancoats Buildings Preservation Trust. The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded the trust £278,000 to conduct an initial investigation.An application for a £4.8 million development will be made at the end of the year if the trust can sec
  • and another thing. . .

    I endorse Brian Waters' view (AJ 21.12.00) that the combination of ever-worsening local authority delays and obstruction, improved Planning Inspectorate performance and tighter appeal timetables now makes going to appeal after expiry of the eight-week limit 'a legitimate and practical alternative jurisdiction for planning decisions'.
  • and his griping is self-interested and childish

    Ooh-er, isn't Will Alsop throwing his toys out of the pram (AJ 25.10.01)?
  • And now for. . .

    Astragal was fond of Roddy Gradidge too, whose death at the age of 71 was as untimely as it was unexpected.

    An architecture scholarship is also up for grabs from the National Eisteddfod of Wales. The £1,500 award is open to those under 25 years old, born in Wales or of Welsh parents, or who have lived or worked in Wales for three years prior to 3 August 2002, or can speak or write Welsh. Candidates will be expected to submit a portfolio of work before 14 April. E-mail robyn@eisteddfod. org. uk or tel 029 2076 3777 for details.



    Tadao Ando has been chosen to build an art centre for one of France's richest men. Billionaire tycoon Francois Pinault has commissioned Ando to build the gallery on an island in the Seine, Paris.
  • Andrew Doolan Architects: Projects 1998-2001 At the RIAS Gallery, Rutland Square, Edinburgh

  • Andrew Jackson, architects' favourite tutor, is dead

    Influential Edinburgh tutor Andrew Jackson died on 28 March. Last month, in the AJ's annual survey of the architectural profession, he came out top in the question: 'Which tutor has had the most influence on your life?'
  • Andrew Wright scoops £75k for research in NESTA handout

  • Angel of the North. . . of London

  • Angels with . . .

    The AF book was boasting its second launch of the day, after a less cramped affair at Chapman Taylor's emerging 'N1' shopping centre in Islington. Letts Wheeler's winning design for an angel at the centre was revealed in a Blankety Blank-style sliding door ceremony. Meanwhile, third-placed practice Walker & Martin will be putting its £1,000 cheque to good use: an office outing to Barcelona is on the cards. Also at the foundation until October 28 is an exhibition called 'Make your case',
  • Angels with dirty traces

  • anglo-american saxon

    PEOPLE: BDP chairman Richard Saxon won a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list last weekend. But the practice he heads, which has done so much to shape the Wimbledon estate, has even more to celebrate. . .

    Foster and Partners has selected Derek Lovejoy Partnership and Michael Desvigne to jointly prepare landscape and public realm proposals for the Old Royal Infirmary redevelopment masterplan in Edinburgh.
  • anglo-german alliance

    It is not often that you encounter an international architectural practice operating from a residential front room. Or one working on a £20 million office scheme to be built on a site sandwiched between iconic Modern buildings from Corb, Mies, Gropius, Scharoun and others on the one side and a further site given over to an international building exhibition on the other. Not often, but both are the case with Bogevischs Buero, a five-year-old Anglo-German practice of just six staff, two of

    Birmingham practice Temple Cox Nicholls has been picked for a £100 million PFI contract to design a new animal training centre for the Ministry of Defence in Leicestershire. The centre, in Melton Mowbray, will be rebuilt to provide new living accommodation, animal training facilities and a vets' surgery.
  • Anne Thorne Architects

    Anne Thorne Architects has completed a refurbishment of the pedestrian subways at Aldgate in London's City fringes. The complex network of subways, built in the 1960s, is among London's most extensive, with 28 separate exits.
  • Anniversary waltz

    Last week was a great one for birthdays. Buro Happold celebrated its 25th in style at the British Museum; spotted among the 500 guests was Virginia Bottomley and, according to a Buro Happold insider, there were ' a few cabinet ministers'. Fortunately the dress code was informal, as AR editor Peter Davey, keen to avoid the attentions of the May Day rioters, was wearing anti-capitalist faded blue denims. Among the happiest revellers were the three partners from Pringle Richards Sharratt, as the
  • Annual RIBA conference and 'more fun' on Hyett's agenda

  • Anthrax: RIBA moves to calm fears of chemical threat to HQ

    The RIBA has taken the cautionary step of issuing guidance about anthrax to its staff at Portland Place in the wake of a number of discoveries of the dangerous substance in the US.
  • Antony Gormley's praise of Mark Whitby's bridges

    Clare Melhuish reviews. . .
  • Anxiety attack

    Anxious Modernisms: Experimentation in Post-War Architectural Culture Edited by Sarah Williams Goldhagen and Rejean Legault. MIT Press, 2001. 335pp. £23.95
  • Any publicity is good regeneration publicity

  • Appalled by highly offensive cartoon

  • Appealing to a broader Spectrum

    This year's Spectrum celebrated the best of international design, while Future Systems' AJ lecture accused the construction industry of conservatism. Isabel Allen reports
  • Appearance of neutrality is vital for reputation of adjudication

  • Appliance of science

    REVIEW: L'Esprit Nouveau: Purism in Paris 1918-1925 By Carol S Eliel et al. Abrams, 2001. 208pp. £30

    A free service has been launched allowing architects to submit planning applications over the Internet. Announced last week, the UKPlanning service allows practices from around the world to e-mail their application with supporting drawings, video footage, photographs and written documents.Architects will also be able to track planning applications. For further details see www.UKPlanning. com

    DESIGN NO: 203
  • ARB blasted over hearing for 'minor misdemeanour'

    An architect approaching retirement with his reputation intact has lashed out at the ARB for 'using a sledgehammer to crack a nut' after he was dragged into a professional conduct hearing taking place yesterday.

    London architect Nicholas Brill, of Brill & Owen, has been charged with unacceptable professional conduct and will go before the professional conduct committee of the Architects Registration Board on 28 February. Brill declined to comment on the charge, which is understood to relate to a domestic renovation in north-west London. The hearing will be held at Clifford's Inn and is scheduled to last two days.


    This month final demand letters from the Architects Registration Board will land on the doormats of 5,000 architects who are late in paying their £55 registration fee.
  • ARB 'openness'must extend to Kelly's deals


    The Architects Registration Board's idea for a penalty points system for wayward architects looks set to be scrapped this week. The board was considering a scheme to hand out points for minor misdemeanours, which could eventually lead to an architect facing a full disciplinary committee hearing. But lawyers said the system would be unfair, since each case should be taken separately, rather than on a cumulative basis. Now the ARB is planning to issue 'warnings' and 'cautions' in cases which fa

  • ARB puts squeeze on part-timers

    The ARB has tightened up the rules governing professional indemnity insurance - despite calls for restraint from the RIBA - in a move that could spell the end for part-time practitioners.
  • ARB set to quiz profession in bid to get its priorities right

    The Architects Registration Board is to run the gauntlet of the profession's opinion of its work by surveying 7,000 architects on what its priorities should be.
  • ARB set to sharpen teeth with new penalties list. . .

    The Architects Registration Board is considering the introduction of a raft of minor punishments for architects whose misdemeanours are currently overlooked by its disciplinary system.
  • ARB slams OFT's 'myopic' anti-competitive allegations

    The ARB's 15-strong board met last week to condemn the Office of Fair Trading's report into the architectural profession as 'inaccurate', 'outrageous' and 'myopic'. The ARB agreed to draft a response to the paper this week to counter concerns that the architectural profession operates practices which restrict free trade.
  • ARB stands firm against McCarthy's legal threats. . .

    The ARB has thrown down the gauntlet to Maurice McCarthy, the former RIBA honorary secretary who threatened legal action unless the board took retired architects off the register.
  • ARB takes hard-line stance over insurance defaulters

    The Architects Registration Board is to crack down on architects who fail to use professional indemnity insurance. From 2002 it will demand to see evidence of every practitioner's cover before granting them registration. The move, which will affect all 30,000 registered architects in the UK, was agreed at the latest ARB board meeting. It follows the publication of research which suggests thousands of architects could be breaking the ARB's code of conduct by ignoring its demand for adequate in
  • Arcadia revisited

    Gentlemen & Players: Gardeners of the English Landscape by Timothy Mowl. Sutton Publishing, 2000. £25


    Stevenage-based practice Archer Partnership is to develop Associated British Ports' 6ha Millbay site in Plymouth. The £50 million scheme comprises 20,000m 2ofcommercial development alongside 220 residential units.
  • Archigram's sweet revenge comes hurtling out of the sky

    Seven hundred expectant people filled the Munich hall, waiting to hear three British architects talk about their work. The seats were so comfortable they could send anyone off to sleep, surely one of the great dangers for any architect on the lecture circuit. But in this case there was no risk of the first speaker sending anyone to sleep, as it was that great English enthusiast and architect Peter Cook.
  • Architect Nick Coombe and artist Shona Kitchen

    Architect Nick Coombe and artist Shona Kitchen have beaten off stiff opposition to create Minotaur, a contemporary maze for Kielder Castle in Northumberland. The pair beat proposals from David Adjaye working with artist Graham Seaton; German artist Wolfgang Weileder; and architects Robert Blundell and Jo Lintonbon. Coombe said the maze will be constructed from gabions filled with irregular lumps of cast recycled glass rather than rocks. 'In employing recycled glass on a large scale we will re
  • Architect rapped over failure to provide standard contract

  • Architect's account

  • Architects get set for battle in pursuit of new NATO HQ

    NATO has launched a big-money international competition to find an architect for a new headquarters complex in Brussels. The military alliance is offering a first prize of £130,000, as well as several runner-up prizes worth at least £60,000 each.
  • Architects' Legal Handbook Architectural

    Press (ButterworthHeinemann),2000, especially chapter 'Planning Law in England & Wales', by Sir Desmond Heap and Andrew Fraser-Urquhart, page 255 (see also 'Planning Law in Scotland', by Steven Stuart and 'Planning Law in Northern Ireland', by William Orb
  • Architects need to play the competitions game

    Will Alsop's assertion that the inadequacy of competition juries leads to poor architecture needs to be challenged(AJ 25.10.01).
  • Architects on film

    David Chipperfield and Eric van Egeraat are among the shortlisted architects battling to design the proposed British Film Institute film centre on the South Bank in London. The duo are part of an eight-strong shortlist to design the five auditoria, library and museum complex. The others are Bennetts Associates, Burrell Foley Fischer, Tim Foster Architects, Harper Mackay, Panter Hudspith and Ian Ritchie Architects. The winner of the £60 million scheme will be announced at the same time as an a
  • Architects remain upbeat, despite slump in workloads

    Fears of a UK recession following this month's slowdown in the US economy have done little to dent the profession's confidence in its prospects, architects reported last week.
  • Architects slated for cliches and sustainable 'gimmicks'

    A government-backed ideas competition to design a sustainable school prototype has revealed architects showing an alarming lack of awareness of client needs, too many 'gimmicks' and 'cliches', too much glazing, and an inability to handle natural light.
  • Architects'De La Warr Pavilion bandstand

    Niall McLaughlin Architects'De La Warr Pavilion bandstand is to be unveiled this Saturday. The bandstand, on the South Terrace of the 1930s Grade I-listed building in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, is a lightweight structure made from fibreglass-coated plywood. It is mounted on a steel base that can be moved around.
  • Architectural opinions are only valid in context

  • Architectural space and awareness in Iran

    The prospect of travelling to Iran in the midst of the current international turmoil obviously lost its appeal to large numbers of foreign participants expected to attend the Third International Congress of Urbanism and Architecture Students last week in Tabriz.
  • Architectural therapy

    PUBLIC BUILDING: George Demetri reports on a new children's hospital that brightens up Bristol
  • Architecture chiefs salute MoD's good-design guide

  • Architecture for TriForma

  • Architecture is an art - but remember it is also a science

    'The sublime is a matter of subjective experience not a quality of the objects that induce it. Beauty, on the other hand, is found in the form of objects, defined in terms of their limits, and definable as such, and conducive to a feeling of the furtherance of life, and is thus compatible with charms and a playful imagination' - Burke.
  • Architecture is our bread and butter

  • Architecture or engineering?

    Architects control spaces and seek social well-being while engineers control forces and maintain safety: an art-science divide. The most important difference is the engineer's ability to analyse in detail. Architects are now pioneers armed with the great resource of computer technology. Now limited only by imagination and the laws of physics we are able to draw and navigate shapes which in the past were too difficult to draw. Together, architects and engineers can find new ways of doing thing

    Canterbury MP Julian Brazier has indicated he may bid for a Commons Adjournment Debate to promote further the idea of a National Architecture Policy. The news was included in RIBA council papers, issued last week. See ajplus. co. uk for coverage of the council meeting after it takes place on 12 December.
  • Architecture show falls victim to foot-and-mouth epidemic

    The foot-and-mouth crisis sweeping the country even infected the architectural profession last week when the Hertfordshire Association of Architects was told to cancel a major event set to take place at the Riding Stables of Hatfield House.

    Architectural Dialogue is running a study tour of three buildings to the west of London on Sunday 9 September: David Chipperfield Architects' River and Rowing Museum at Henley; the home designed by Graham Phillips, a partner at Foster and Partners; and RRP's learning resource centre at the University of Slough. For details call Architectural Dialogue on 020 7267 7697.
  • Architecture Week 2002 to focus on mass housing

  • Architecture Week Begins


    The Arts Council and the RIBA are gearing up for Architecture Week 2001, and have issued a call for events along this year's main themes of housing, children and new technology. Ideas can be registered online at the website at www. architectureweek. org. uk in advance of the week itself, which runs from Friday 22 June until Sunday 1 July. Events that have already been pencilled in include 'Architect in the House' and 'Architect in the Office', which last year together raised £40,000 for
  • Architecture Week launch 'sidelined' by GLA developer

    Developer CIT has agreed to let the Arts Council kick off its celebrations for this year's Architecture Week at its Foster and Partners-designed Greater London Authority headquarters - but has refused to let anyone into the main structure itself because it will not be 'sufficiently advanced'.

    The RIBA is calling on practices to register for two initiatives aimed at introducing architects to the public. As part of Architecture Week (22 June-1 July), the Institute is looking for entries to both 'Architect in the House' and 'Architect in the Office', which aim to help people think through changes to their homes and workplaces. Last year's events generated work for more than one-third of last year's participating practices, says the RIBA.Firms will be asked to make a £50 donation
  • Architecture, like me, is put firmly in its place

  • Architecture: a basic human right

    The UIA/RIAI conference dealt with the reality of impoverished people around the world and how architecture can play an integral part in improving their life. Here RIBA president Paul Hyett considers some lessons the profession can learn
  • Architecture: it's not rocket science - or is it?

    The first space rocket fired from Cape Canaveral was an old German V2 rocket with a US Army WAC Corporal missile mounted on its nose as a second stage.
  • Architecture's finest celebrate Stirling Prize

    The AJ-sponsored Stirling Prize ceremony went with a bang last Saturday evening as hundreds of architects and celebrities flocked to the British Museum bash
  • 'arcitetcher rools'

    One 17 AD has cut out the middlemen by taking procurement in-house. Its workload is eclectic - it has designed wine labels, Christmas grottos and cartoon characters - but allows the partners to practise on their own terms by austin williams. photograph by
  • Are women who leave architecture having the last laugh?

    Long hours, low pay - what is the point? It does not look as though the schoolgirls who attended last week's career workshop (page 16) will be rushing to embark on a career in architecture, and who can blame them?
  • 'Ariba' for the RIBA as team explores potential in Mexico

    A RIBA delegation of four flew to Mexico last week to make a 'pre-exploratory' analysis of three schools of architecture it might decide to validate.
  • Arise Sir Richard: MacCormac heads New Year's honours list

    Richard Cornelius MacCormac has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year's honours in what was otherwise a relatively quiet list for the profession.
  • Arise Sir Terry - Farrell heads list of architectural honours

  • Arnold & Boston

    London-based practice Arnold & Boston has won planning permission for a new £9.5 million collection centre for the Imperial War Museum in Southwark. The scheme proposed for the museum's All Saints Annexe in the West Square conservation area will provide accommodation for the museum's public reference library, art storage, artefact restoration and new offices. It will connect to the existing Victorian hospital building using a fullheight atrium.



  • Art attack

    Art attack


  • Art, light and shadow in Northumberland and Tokyo

    Peter Sharpe, curator for Kielder Water in Northumberland, started his talk by describing the quality of the light over the reservoir and the vastness of the sky. According to Sharpe, the materials used in the pieces of art around Kielder Water have been a measure of its relationship with the area. He traced commissions gradually moving away from naturalistic, reactive work, to pieces with 'bite' which use materials incongruous to the setting. The two most recent commissions - by Softroom and
  • Artful implants

    REVIEW: Mosaiculture: tenth Chaumont International Garden Festival At Chaumont-sur-Loire until 21 October
  • Artists must participate in the world so they can change it

    Schools of art and design could be considered as a model for society. They are filled with people who are full of fear and curiosity about their abilities and vocations, who often hide behind a confident front. You might think I am talking about the students, but this applies equally to all members of the community.


    Emma King has taken up the reins as senior architect at the Arts Council of England. Formerly senior architect and design studio manager at Liverpool-based developer Urban Splash, King is to lead the council's policy on new publicly-funded arts buildings.
  • Arts Council's £17m gives hope to c/Plex development

  • Art's regenerational realities

    An urban renaissance through art and architecture? Austin Williams attended a conference on the subject to see if art was a viable method of regenerating communities.
  • Arup Acoustics cranks up the atmosphere at football stadia

  • Arup Associates

    Arup Associates has submitted a planning application for this 12,000m 2sports centre for the University of Cambridge. The facility will include a 50m pool, sports hall and indoor tennis courts. The site is on the edge of the university's West Cambridge academic zone and marks the border between the university and the countryside. This has been taken into account - the roof will be a 'living organism of grasses, succulent plants and flowers', which will merge with the land.
  • Arup Associates

    Arup Associates has submitted plans for a housing, offices and leisure scheme on a key riverside site in Belfast. The outline application for Dunloe Ewart is for a masterplan for the former warehousing site for Sirocco by the River Lagan, looking out over the water to Robinson & McIlwaine's circular Waterfront Hall. The scheme includes a concept design for a high-density, 262unit housing scheme arranged around a communal garden as phase one (far left).
  • Arup Associates

    Arup Associates has completed a feasibility study for a new sports stadium for the University of Cambridge and will submit a planning application this summer. The proposal (above) comprises an indoor swimming pool, multi-purpose sports hall and tennis courts, with additional courts for 'fives' and squash, a gymnasium and provision for sports science and medical facilities. Arup described the scheme as a 'responsive urban edge' to the new buildings planned for the north of the site.
  • Arup Associates

    Arup Associates has submitted its design for the redevelopment of the Shell Centre on London's south bank to planners at Lambeth council. The £200 million scheme includes a new eight-storey 30,000m 2office building and extra public facilities including shops, restaurants and better links through the area. The scheme will link Waterloo Station, the Thames and the South Bank Centre.

  • Arup intelligence

    A splendid turnout in Fitzroy Square for Arup veteran Ron Marsh's retirement bash was a reminder of just what an array of talent has passed through (and remained with) the firm. As if to make the point, the rapid and impressive response of Arup to the New York disaster has presented knowledgeable, considered and disinterested comment. The firm has created an Extreme Events Mitigation Task Force, with Tony Fitzpatrick, who heads the US operation, to the fore. It is producing guides to how we m
  • Arup revealed as main player in Solihull national stadium bid

    The AJ has discovered that Arup Associates is the mystery designer behind Solihull's bid to build the national football stadium.Details of the bid will not be unveiled until tomorrow, but an Arup insider said the 85,000-seat stadium would feature a 'very original' design and that the structure would be able to accommodate uses other than football.

    Arup Associates is working on plans for a new arts centre in Wimbledon, south London, including an 1,850 seat auditorium as well as a smaller hall for local arts groups, conference rooms and a bar and restaurant.
  • Arup 'shafted' in Hull sports stadium copyright wrangle

    Arup Associates has vowed to be wary of competitions or tenders with copyright clauses after Miller Partnership won the job to build a new £39 million stadium in Hull with an 'identical' design.

    Arup's Hong Kong office has won the design contract for the Stonecutters Bridge, a 1,614m-long expressway which will form the entrance to the Kwai Chung container port in Hong Kong. It includes the world's longest cable-stayed span of 1,018m.
  • As one monument tumbles, the whole country crumbles

    News that Stonehenge is about as authentic as a pair of silicon boobs was received with remarkable aplomb at English Heritage last week. Ducking and weaving under heavy questioning, the quango's spokesperson stuck like glue to the line that 'the people who look after the past' (as they like to be known) had always intended to attach a 500-page appendix detailing every alteration made to the monument since Roman times to the 26-page official guide book, but through pressure of work had never g

    Ascot racecourse has announced new building team members to work on its redevelopment. The scheme will be by HOK Sport in association with John McAslan and Partners, now with HOK's Rod Sheard as lead designer. Buro Happold will be engineer, Gardiner and Theobald cost consultant and David Trench, who was director of site and structures for the Millennium Dome, will be project director.
  • Ashes to ashes

  • Ashes to. . . dioxins

    technical & practice
  • Asking consumers to think small in the big world of microgeneration

    Derek Ezra has been involved with the formation of energy policy ever since he joined the National Coal Board, not long after its formation in 1946. He rose through the ranks to become its chairman shortly before the energy crisis of the 1970s, and was made Baron Ezra of Horsham on his retirement in 1983.

    Assael Architecture director John Assael has delivered a stinging attack on architects' project management skills, describing their reputation in this area as 'appalling'.

    Assael Architecture has won planning permission from Westminster City Council to build a £10 million residential block on the site of a former psychiatric hospital in Maida Vale, north London. The nine-storey development will consist of 57 'luxury'apartments and a health centre for local residents.
  • Aston villas

    HOUSING: New student housing in Birmingham impresses George Demetri
  • 'Astonishing' Nouvel scoops Gold

    The RIBA confirmed Jean Nouvel as the recipient of this year's Royal Gold Medal last week - and at 55 years old he is one of the youngest on record.
  • Astragal netted

    At last: Astragal has reached the world wide web with a weekly review of architecture and related topics, under the heading Mediawatch. It appears every Monday and will save the effort of grinding through more than one Sunday paper. You will find it on the ajplus site at ajplus. co. uk.
  • At the water's edge

    working details: A copper-roofed boathouse by McAllister Co in London's Battersea Park is a simple and robust modern building
  • Atherden Fuller Leng

    Atherden Fuller Leng has come up with this 'off the peg' solution for Birse Building to provide low-cost modular stadia for smaller football, rugby and other sports clubs throughout the UK.
  • Athletic leap of the imagination required

  • Attacks on your income

    Tax self-assessment requirements have been statutory since 1996, but many self-employed architects are still in the dark
  • Aubergine dining

    Last year's Stephen Lawrence Prize winner, Softroom, has completed a private dining room for Selfridges in London. The third-floor room will be available for social and business meetings and is decorated with a muted colour scheme of aubergine, cream, beige and blue.Materials include suede and polished concrete.
  • Aukett Europe

    Aukett Europe has beaten Foster and Partners in a competition to draw up a £500 million masterplan for London's Royal Victoria Docks.
  • Aukett profit fall blamed on difficult market conditions


    Aukett Europe has completed a new headquarters centre for Railtrack Midland Zone within the Mailbox development in Birmingham. The building's third floor is now home to 565 employees, all housed within a 6,000m 2openplan space. The 5.5m ceiling height allowed the architect to install a 1,800m 2mezzanine level in the space. The practice has dispensed with a suspended ceiling, opting to put the service ducts and cabling on show. Assistant director Ros Jones said: 'The Mailbox development is so

  • Auntie RIBA needs no more dubious facelifts


    RIBA News

    The controversial plan for the world's tallest building, the A$1.5 billion (£530 million) Grollo Tower in Melbourne, Australia, has been scrapped for the second time in two years. In an announcement of the defeat for local developer Grocon, the local planning authority suggested the proposed building, designed by Denton Corker Marshall, would be scrapped for good.

    Member governments of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) are to examine in detail proposals made by the Australian government for the dismantling of bureaucratic barriers that prevent architects from practising abroad.
  • Austin Williams writes..

  • Australasian giant snaps up WML amid global jockeying

    Whinney Mackay-Lewis has warned that more big foreign firms are poised to try to get 'toeholds' in the 'stable and bullish' design market in the UK, after it was bought by the largest architectural outfit in Australasia last week.
  • Authoritative Adam


  • Aviation authority objection delays Simpson's 167m tower

    Birmingham planners have delayed examining a tower proposal by Ian Simpson Architects because of objections from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The scheme was to go before the planning committee today (Thursday) but council officers removed it from the agenda. This is the second time in three weeks they have had to pull the plans.
  • Award-winning craftmanship: an appreciation

  • Axis Architecture and Design Management

    Emerging practice Axis Architecture and Design Management has submitted this £6 million retail, leisure and residential complex for planning permission in Sheffield in a bid to save one of the city's last steel workshops.The 10-storey scheme, for client Planfirst Construction, is destined for West Street if planners give it the green light.

    David Marks Julia Barfield's highly successful BA London Eye was closed this week for four weeks of routine maintenance. The owners are checking the structure's welds, with the nodes on the wheel being tested for faults, while air conditioning will also be looked at and old drive equipment will be changed.
  • Back in kilter

  • Back to the future

    The aspirations behind different visions of sustainability are reflected in the spate of designs for homes for the future
  • Back to the future: hierarchies and clerks fetching sandwiches

    In the old days a set of barristers chambers comprised about 10 barristers and one clerk.
  • Back to the terraces

    technical & practice
  • Backstage at Tate Modern

  • Bad design - an arrestable offence in a world full of commissions

    It all started the day when Thomas Muirhead announced that he had decided to set up the Thomas Muirhead Commission for Architecture.
  • Bad housekeeping

  • Bad memory

    Chilling reminiscences of the Holocaust last weekend showed the past haunting the future. Another example is the main building and 380ha of grounds used for the Nuremberg rallies: they are currently the object of an Official Journal competition to find new uses. The centre was commissioned by Hitler, whose idea of a good building was in inverse proportion to his own stature. The great Congress Hall at the Rally Grounds - the rallies were designed by Albert Speer - was to be for congresses of
  • Baily Garner

    Baily Garner has just completed a £1 million residential development in Stratford, east London.


  • Ball faces loss of practice following Eden dismissal

    The architectural career of Jonathan Ball, who is suing the Eden Project botanical centre in Cornwall for £5.5 million over infringement of his intellectual property rights, is under extreme threat, he admitted this week.

    Eden co-founder Jonathan Ball's application for an injunction to restrain former solicitors Druces & Attlee from acting for the Eden Project and the Eden Trust against him was granted on Tuesday. Ball claimed the solicitors had disclosed confidential information, gained while he was their client, to Eden during a case between Ball and the project over possession of intellectual rights.The judge said it was 'strongly arguable' there was a risk of disclosure by Druces & Attlee.Ball won £20

    Architect Jonathan Ball is set to take his fight over the Eden Project to court. The case is to be heard next week in the Royal Courts of Justice, when Ball's legal adviser will battle with Eden Project Ltd and the Eden Trust over a claim for more than £5 million.
  • Bar none

  • Barber's win 'celebrates the life of the street'

  • Barcelona set to celebrate its 'appointment with GaudÝ'

    The Spanish Tourist Office has announced plans to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Catalan architect Antoni GaudÝ with a year of events in Barcelona.
  • Barragan exhibition criticism was unfair

  • Barragan in aspic

    Luis Barragan: The Quiet Revolution At the Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 until 8 July

    Barratt Developments made a pre-tax profit of £178.4 million in the year ending 30 June, up by 24 per cent on the previous year.
  • Barry recalled

  • Bart will be missed by friends worldwide

  • Bartlett School of Architecture

    Three students from the Bartlett School of Architecture have been commended in the 'Yourope' European Commission competition to design a European Embassy. The three - Rhys Cannon, Peter Grove and Andrew Stanforth - designed a modular building for Beijing to represent 'a microcosm of the exchange of information and free movement throughout Europe'.
  • Bath steel scrubs up nicely

    Cast-iron frame supports from the old Rolfe Street public swimming baths in Smethwick have found a new home at the Black Country Living Museum. They have been used in the construction of two exhibition halls, built to the same dimensions. Cast-iron collars to timber trusses in the ancillary buildings have also been re-used. The architect is Building Design Practice and the engineer is G W Building Services.
  • Battersea Power Station

  • Battersea Power Station jigsaw


    Engineer Battle McCarthy has been picked to design a new building system for Cable & Wireless' global programme of switch centre construction. The operator needs large, quick-assembly buildings to house the growing number of computers needed to power the internet. It has put the engineer in charge of developing a prefabricated system. Project manager Mohammed Azhar said its system revolved around 'a series of building blocks 12m by 3.5m by 3.5m which fit into a steel chassis'. The system cuts
  • 'Battle of the Gordons'for RIAS presidential title

    RIAS councillors are next week set to vote on the new president of the incorporation - in a lowerkey version of the controversial and often highly personal election campaign happening south of the border.
  • Bau & Haus?

  • Bauman Lyons unveils sculpture 'barns'

    In a commission for the Yorkshire Sculpture Park at Bretton near Wakefield, Leeds-based practice Bauman Lyons Architects has completed a £1.5 million conversion of three agricultural barns - a former equestrian centre - into a sculpture gallery, creative industry studios, workshops and cafe. It was financed by the Arts Lottery and the European Regional Development Fund.

    The BBC has launched a game on its Today programme's website for visitors to 'demolish'buildings such as Lasdun's National Theatre - Zaha Hadid's favourite, according to the site. It figures alongside a survey on favourite buildings, where Lord Foster nominated the BA London Eye. But Foster sidestepped his least favourite by plumping for the North Circular road. The RIBA, whose president Paul Hyett is also taking part, has launched a similar quiz of MPs.See page 16 for more.
  • BBC commission calls into question culture of unpaid work

    The BBC's quest to select an architect for its new Scottish headquarters is a familiar tale. Dazzled by the prospect of a prestigious client, architects who should know better put too much time and money into a project that comes to nothing.
  • BBC in a spin about door revolution

    In your review of my book The Revolving Door (AJ 21.12.00) you mentioned a BBC memo on how to use a revolving door. I have phoned the BBC about the matter but it is understandably circumspect about supplying a copy for an obvious 'fun' use. Can anyone help me?
  • BBC reveals the truth about Golden Section


    The BBC has signed its partnership agreement with Land Securities Trillium to develop and manage the Corporation's portfolio of properties.

    Entries for the British Construction Industry Awards, sponsored by the AJ, must be in by 18 May.The awards recognize excellence in the design, construction and delivery of building and civil enginering projects.Entries can be made in seven categories:

    Entries are invited for the 2001 British Construction Industry Awards. This year there are seven categories: small project (up to £3 million); building (up to £50 million); civil engineering (up to £50 million); major project (over £50 million); best practice; international; and the newly established Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award.
  • BDA Reader in Brickwork Masonry


  • BDP

    BDP has completed its first office module for BT, designed as a 'plug-in'building with a fast construction period.Each building, being assembled in Martlesham, Suffolk, can be transported pre-assembled or in flat-packed kits for assembly on site.Wiring and plumbing are built into the module, enabling the building to be plugged in on site. BDP is due to complete a second module at the end of this month while a second-generation version, called Internet Protocol Management Centre, is due for oc
  • BDP capitalizes on new share ownership scheme

    Building Design Partnership (BDP) expects to raise about £1 million in capital over three years after last week offering shares to all its 677 permanent staff at £2 apiece.
  • BDP chief blames big PFI losses for profits slump

    BDP chairman Richard Saxon has branded large PFI contracts 'dangerous beasts' after his practice's failure to win three major projects helped trigger a fall in its pre-tax profits from £1.14 million in 1999 to £525,000 in 2000.
  • BDP hatches plan for Centre Court retractable roof system

  • BDP International -- back on top

    BDP International chairman Richard Saxon is smiling down the phone. His group, made up of four companies across France, Spain, Germany and BDP in the UK, has had a good year, bouncing back to the top of the AJ 100 chart - and he feels there is more to come. True, he says, there were some problems with Private Finance Initiative schemes in 1999 - especially with the Home Office, on which the firm was working on a refurbishment scheme only for the government to have a change of heart. It ran a

    A consortium led by BDP will redevelop Nottingham Railway Station after beating off competition from 54 other applicants to win the refurbishment deal.
  • BDP squares up to Johnson for £600m Liverpool revamp

    The battle to remould Liverpool's city centre hotted up last week when Building Design Partnership unveiled a £600 million masterplan as a direct challenge to the designs of US heavyweight architect Philip Johnson.

    Building Design Partnership has been chosen by the City of Edinburgh Council to develop its new headquarters building in the city centre.The scheme is being developed by Railtrack to accommodate 1,800 council staff.


  • Beastly sites and a lesson for the new year

    Just when you are starting to feel guilty about having pushed the kid's new hamster past the S bend in the downstairs loo, here is a site which may help. It is at
  • Beating minimum standards on energy saving

  • Beating the freeze

    Innovative freeze-dried latex and frozen concrete are just two of the issues under the microscope this week
  • Beauty - a forgotten word in a world of social concerns

    Culture and religion are the two great inventions of civilisation. Both of them employ the imagination in a divine manner to the point where we do not have to be reminded that there is a separation between reality and fantasy. The development of 20th-century thought has represented a severe questioning of the value of those things that cannot be measured - in many areas of life, but, in particular, art and architecture.
  • Beauty is not just in the eye of Will Alsop



    Cezary Bednarski is the first winner of the Manser Medal for best oneoff architect-designed houses in the UK. Located in Barnes, the £200,000 scheme is designed for energy efficiency and flexibility.
  • Bedroom tales

    Watch out in the New Year for Paul Daly, selfproclaimed 'serial womaniser' and architect, who just can't stop himself from going to bed with beautiful girls - doubtless a serious problem for many readers. Our Paul was featured in last week's London Evening Standard magazine, bemoaning his lot as a 'very highly sexed' individual who just can't say no. 'I've never been faithful to anyone so far but I don't like the idea of being 40 and still running around, ' said 38-year-old Daly.

    BedZED, the zero-energy scheme for 82 homes and commercial space in Sutton, Surrey, is to open its first show home this weekend.

  • BENCH MARK 2001

    There's still time to register for Bench Mark 2001. A collaboration between Colander and the AJ, the survey aims to help practices improve performance by providing an assessment of profitability, turnover, charge-out rates, expenses, marketing, procurement, fees and IT. Each participating practice gets an overview of the profession and a report comparing its own performance to other practices of its size. All information is treated as confidential. This is the largest bench mark survey for th
  • Bendy concrete and more netbased paranoia

  • Benenden School in Cranbrook, Kent

    Phase one of van Heyningen and Haward Architects'Benenden School in Cranbrook, Kent, opens tomorrow. The Academic Centre for the school (pictured) comprises classrooms, IT teaching rooms, staff facilities, offices and a shop.
  • Bennetts Associates

    Bennetts Associates and Lomax Cassidy & Edwards have scooped the £45 million PFI competition to build a major new public library for Brighton.The design team behind the successful Norwich Union bid beat competition from consortia featuring architects Sheppard Robson and RH Partnership. The library will feature a combination of mechanical and natural ventilation to reduce its energy use by 50 per cent, compared with an average library of similar size. During warm months air will be drawn
  • Bennetts Associates

  • Bennetts Associates, Wessex Water Operations Centre, Bath

  • Bennetts is best

    Rab Bennetts has been named Scottish Architect of the Year by the readers of Prospect, the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland's magazine.Born in 1954, Bennetts fronts London-based practice Bennetts Associates, and beat off competition for the honour from Richard Murphy, Malcolm Fraser, Gordon Murray, and Allan Murray.

  • Benoy bags £100 million retail spree in Hong Kong

    Benoy has scooped a mammoth multimillionpound retail chunk of a £6 billion property development to be built at Kowloon Station in Hong Kong. The practice, which was approached because of its award-winning Bluewater retail scheme, beat five other firms from the UK and US to win the £100 million job from the Mass Transit Railway Corporation (MTRC) after a competition and two months of presentations. It will work with a local firm on designs for the site, which is directly above the Te
  • Benoy's Beehive gets the Finnish hot wood treatment

    Benoy has claimed an environmentally friendly first in the UK by pioneering the use of ThermoWood - a heat-treated wood based on a method used by the Vikings more than 1,000 years ago - on a new £650,000 retail building in Cambridge. The treatment uses no chemicals and results in a harder, more stable, less absorbent and deeply coloured wood with a markedly greater resistance to rot and mould.
  • Benson & Forsyth has won a competition to design high-density mixed-tenure housing

  • Berlin calling

    Germany's equivalent of the RIBA, the BDA, holds its Berlin Forum today and tomorrow; I was delighted to see British representatives invited to take part in the discussion panel on the benefits of highquality public architecture - Louisa Hutton and the AJ's Paul Finch. Berlin will, of course, be the venue for the UIA Congress next year; no doubt the organisation of this event will be a dry run for that rather larger jamboree in 2002.
  • Bernard Engle Architects & Planners

    Bernard Engle Architects & Planners has landed an award for its Kringlan shopping centre in Iceland.
  • Bernd and Hilla Becher: Typologies

    At 11 Duke Street, 11 Duke Street St James', London SW1 until 27 January

  • Besk, a desk that converts into a bed

  • Best intentions

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  • Beware the disastrous expert who changes the script in court

    legal matters
  • BIAT attacks Hyett's 'elitist'comments

  • Bidders under orders for £14bn Beijing bonanza


    Architect John Smart has completed three months work on the set of Channel 4's revamped 'Big Brother' house. Smart installed a solar-panelled wall and designed a garden 'den'made of timber and rammed earth.
  • Big changes for leaner Technology and Construction Court blowing

  • Big names set to grapple with city masterplans at institute

    Masterplanning is set to take centre stage at the RIBA with a series of lectures from leading exponents such as Lord Rogers and Terry Farrell.
  • Big names speak online in Arts Council web initiative

    The Arts Council of England is set to go live with an innovative new website feature about leading architects and architecture. The council goes online with a new section at www. artsonline. com on 26 February containing audio interviews mixed with building images and biographies from five well-known architects. The site starts with interviews - conducted by AJ deputy editor David Taylor - with Will Alsop, Future Systems' Amanda Levete and Simon Allford of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.

    All AJ readers are invited to an AJseminar where architects from Edward Cullinan Architects, Proctor Matthews, Aldington, Craig & Collinge and Birds Portchmouth & Russum will be discussing their approach to architectural detailing. Presentations by the panel will be followed by an open discussion. The seminar, which is free of charge, will be held at the lecture theatre at the Architectural Association from 4-6pm on Wednesday 21 February. The latest AJ Working Details book will also be availa
  • Bigger, better, cooler karma

    As the Taliban destroy Afghanistan's Buddhist icons, plans are advanced for the erection of a giant new one, in India

    India's giant 152m high Buddha, to be completed in 2005, looks destined to become only the second highest monument to the deity if Chinese threats are be believed. According to state newsagency Xinhua, China is to build its own image of the Buddha, eclipsing the Indian effort by 1m. The news will horrify the builders of India's structure, who have just begun work on the £100 million statue, designed by WML Woods Bagot, formerly Whinney Mackay Lewis (AJ 19.4.01).
  • Bill Mitchell on IT in the aftermath in New York

    It seemed strange that there was virtually no difference in the contents of Bill Mitchell's lecture this week and the one he gave a few years ago at the AA.
  • Birmingham puts its money where its mouth is

    It's big, it's bold, and you could never call it beautiful.
  • Birthday girl

  • Bismarck in America

    Photographs by Dirk Reinartz, text by (Distributed by Thames and Hudson) Wolfram Runkel. Scalo, 2001. 104pp. £15.95.

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  • Bisset Adams

    Multi-disciplinary firm Bisset Adams has designed the interior for a new media centre to open in Berlin in October.

    London mayor Ken Livingstone will today call for funding for four black arts venues in the capital.
  • Black firms vie for Ghanaian vision

  • 'Blackballing' accusations fly in row over RIBA election

  • Blackstone backs drive for more women architects

    Arts minister Baroness Blackstone has pressed for more women to become involved in the architectural profession at the launch of a competition geared solely towards female and ethnic design teams.
  • Blair on quality

    The AJ understands that Tony Blair is to make a pre-election speech on 'quality of life issues', including the urban realm. He is expected to place a particular emphasis on the spaces between buildings, commenting on streetscapes, squares and other public spaces.
  • Blair pushes design as vote winner

    Senior government figures including the prime minister stepped up Labour's commitment to better designed public buildings this week by pledging to use architecture in the fight for greater social equality across the UK.
  • Blair says 'arriba' at the RIBA during post-election party

  • Blair's design choices

    The AJ can reveal the shortlist for the first Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award (illustrated right). The list of 10 is a suitably politically correct collection of projects which has attempted to represent the widest range of building types, budgets and locations.
  • Blair's speech divides profession

    Prime minister Tony Blair's 'quality of life' speech delivered this week has split the architectural profession. The RIBA has voiced its disappointment over his announcements, calling it 'thin' and 'weak'. But the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment hailed Blair's words as a 'breakthrough'.
  • Blank walls

  • Blanket coverage

    Iunderstand Japan is considering banning all animal movement following the discovery of nibbled beds in Tokyo. Authorities believe it could be an outbreak of Futon Mouse disease.
  • Blauel Architects complete pavilion

  • Block vote

    The Heron Tower public inquiry has been treated to evidence of English Heritage and Westminster Council conspiring to chop down and/or 'pollard' trees to create 'new views of St Paul's Cathedral which need 'protection'. This sort of cooperation is not confined to skyline views, apparently. Some while ago, the council took it upon itself to demolish a block of stone outside the old Royal Fine Art Commission premises in St James's Square.
  • Blooms with a view

    Hodder Associates has designed a 160m long inhabited wall as part of the transformation of a scruffy Merseyside park into the UK's first wildflower centre
  • Blowing in the wind

    An aerofoil design and a unique turntable base allow the slender tower at the Glasgow Science Centre to align itself with the prevailing wind on its riverside site

  • Blurring boundaries

    REVIEW: LANDSCAPE BOOKS - Isamu Noguchi: A Study of Space By Ana Maria Torres.Monacelli Press. 324 pp. £45
  • Blurring the boundaries

    Chris Wilkinson explains how Wilkinson Eyre's work is inspired by nature, and is a fusion of science and art
  • Boat company gets land legs

    How do you go from making fuel tanks to producing furniture? In the case of Malcolm Cole the link comes through the company's expertise with metal. Having started with fuel tanks it moved into exhausts and cooling water systems and then translated its expertise in stainless steel into handrail design. These handrails then migrated from boats to buildings, including such high-profile structures as Canary Wharf Jubilee Line station. The latest evolution is into furniture, again using tubes and
  • Bog standard provision is just not good enough


    City leaders in Bolivia's La Paz have launched a design competition for an urban park to combat poverty. It should allow nature and culture to interact with technology, craftsmanship and industry, said the organisers, who want it to include education and leisure areas. The winner, announced in January, receives about £15,000. Registration deadline is 17 September. Call Susana Guzman on 00 591 237 10 44, or e-mail puclapaz@gmx. net
  • Bomb threat poser for Gale's Shoreditch Park

    The prospect of a payload of buried unexploded bombs is one of the obstacles facing Tim Gale Landscape Architects'£2.8 million plans to revive Shoreditch Park in Hackney, east London.
  • Bonding with tradition

    CRAFTSMANSHIP: Michael Hammett meets a young man with the skills and dedication to follow the old ways

    RIBA has published a guide to IT for architects.
  • Book now

    Competition to get intoNew Architects II , the publication promoting relatively unknown practices less than 10 years' old, is hot, hot, hot. An eclectic selection panel met last Friday to consider the claims of 160 hopefuls.The panel had to work at breakneck speed, but stuck to their task under the chairmanship of Anthony Hunt.

  • Books of the year 2001


    Construction Plus, Emap's awardwinning Internet portal and home to AJ Plus, has joined forces with the BRE to establish the UK's most comprehensive online bookshop and reference source for construction professionals. The two parties will work to provide a one-stop online shop for buying all construction-related books, videos and CDs.Go to

  • Botschi Vargas flexes its modular muscle

    Botschi Vargas Architects has designed this highly flexible prototype project for a Danish community centre. The structure is designed to suit a variety of sites, acting as a focal point for local cultural, sporting and social activities, and is conceived as a module which can be used in isolation, in pairs, or in groups depending on the size of facility required.
  • Bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin and six glasses

    Come to the 100% Design architects' evening and you could win
  • Boxing clever in Islington

    Simon Conder Associates' imaginative solution to an awkward warehouse site was to enclose all the wet services in a softwood box which 'floats' along one wall, creating a calm and uncluttered interior The most basic softwood has been used to create a beautiful but inexpensive interior, thanks to scrupulous attention to detailing by the architect, Simon Conder Associates Fitting out warehouse subdivisions can be an exciting opportunity for playing around with space, form, colour and light.
  • Boyarsky Murphy Architects receive commission

  • Boys' club

    Architects were out in force as usual. BDP, Sheppard Robson, EPR, Benoy, Broadway Malyan etc etc and most big practices not exhibiting had visitors doing the rounds.
  • Boys in blue

    Brian 'London stinks' Godfrey has been taking his would-be presidential message to the regions, but not without a hiccup or two. He was speeding north on the motorway in his beloved sports coupe, preparing to wow the Scots with his right-on plans to return powers to the regions. One hand on the wheel, the other on his mobile phone, Brian took a call from the AJ and pulled onto the hard shoulder. A couple of minutes later his world was turned upside down by the sight of the local constabulary,
  • BPM Architects

    BPM Architects has won a planning appeal to convert a disused public toilet in south-east London into a florist and workshop. The practice overcame objections to any development from supporters of the nearby St Olav's church, which is listed. The £500,000 subterranean scheme has been designed as a 'minimum-impact solution'.
  • BPR logs on for £12 million university Internet centre

    BPR Architects has submitted designs for a £12 million learning resources centre packed with Internet technology for planning consent. The block for Middlesex University's Hendon campus will have fixed and laptop 'plug-and-play' workstations on all its five floors. The 800m 2building will have classrooms and a library on top of a hill with good views across the surrounding valley.


  • Bramante wins go-ahead for Dover delight

  • Branson Coates feels pinch from Sheffield centre fallout

  • Brassed off with complex bronze text

  • Brazilian bravura

    The Curves of Time: The Memoirs of Oscar Niemeyer Phaidon, 2000. 192pp. £14.95
  • Breaching the walls of professional practice

  • Breaking down cultural walls

    Britons should look to Berlin and heed the lessons of its remarkable transformation, as delegates to the BCO's annual conference discovered. Peter Murray reports
  • Breaking the sound barrier

    New guidance may soon enable specifiers to calculate the actual sound insulation of building elements
  • Breaking through the walls

    A rich, colourful theatre in the heart of a historically divided city aims to provide high-quality facilities for the whole community
  • Breezy blocks

    Max von Pettenkofer (1818-1901) is a name to conjure with. A German chemist and hygienist, he is considered to be a founder of epidemiology, but is also known for his researches in the ventilation of dwellings, (as well as sewage disposal systems, with reference to the need to halt the spread of cholera).
  • Brentham: A History of the Pioneer Garden Suburb 1901-2001

    By Aileen Reid. Brentham Heritage Society, 2000. 260pp. £25. (Available in bookshops and direct from Brentham Heritage Society, 47 Meadvale Rd, London W5 1NT )
  • Brick article brought back fond memories


    The Brick Awards 2000 were no exception to a well-established tradition of excellence and were presented in some style at the Cafe Royal at a gala dinner attended by 400 guests.
  • Brick builds a sustainable future

    As a traditional material that can be used in new and more effective ways, brick has good green credentials
  • Brick wind-shielding

  • Bricks and brickmaking

  • Bridge and tunnel

    People venturing across the Gateshead Millennium Bridge last week (what a week for Wilkinson Eyre! ) seemed disappointed to find that there was only Gateshead on the other side. An enterprising duo of jugglers (and a doughnut stand) had been set up to give the thousands of crossers something to look at, but most turned back straight away.
  • Bridge design criteria are not written in stone


    Wilkinson Eyre's eye-catching Millennium Bridge in Gateshead is set to open to the public next month.
  • Bridge work

    What amazing news from Venice, that finally a contemporary architect is going to insert a brand new piece into the glorious city. If Santiago Calatrava's all-glass bridge is successful, he will have achieved what a number of British designers, including Chris Wilkinson, Anthony Hunt and Thomas Heatherwick have been threatening to do for many years now - create the crystal bridge that has eluded so many.
  • Bridgewater Place development gets go ahead

  • Bridging art & science

    This is a big week for Wilkinson Eyre, with an exhibition called Bridging art and science opening at the Science Museum (6 April to 20 May), and the publication of a book of the same name.Wilkinson Eyre's work is firmly rooted in the belief that architecture should bridge the intuitive and creative approach of art and the rigorous/rational decision-making making process of science. Both art and science are concerned with the study of nature and Wilkinson Eyre's aesthetic and technical solutio

    London's Science Museum is to play host to an exhibition of Wilkinson Eyre's architecture under the title 'Bridging Art and Science'. The exhibition, running from 6 April to 20 May, will include the practice's Gateshead Millennium Bridge, the Magna Project in Rotherham and the recently opened interactive science centre, Explore@Bristol.
  • BRIEF: Aukett Europe

  • BRIEF: CF Miller and Partners

  • BRIEF: Chuck Hoberman

  • BRIEF: Foster and Partners

  • BRIEF: KSS Sports and Leisure Design

  • BRIEF: Richard Rogers Partnership

  • Briefing - Lord Rogers in Cardiff

  • Bright ideas to spark success where accountancy failed

    What do you do with a failed faith centre, a redundant pop museum, or an empty Millennium Dome? The problem of the Lottery white elephant is a peculiarly contemporary phenomenon, which calls for an imaginative response.We don't need solutions which are rooted in accountancy. At this stage we simply need ideas. It is easy to blame failed projects on bad business plans and insufficient research, but at the ideas stage a hunch is an effective substitute for reams of data. In any case, one of the
  • Brighton peers

    The Bartlett School was out in force in Brighton at the weekend for the marriage of history and theory guru Iain Borden, and Claire Haywood, former student and now with Sheppard Robson. Among the guests, I noticed Professor and Mrs Peter Cook, Professor and Mrs Adrian Forty, Mr and Mrs Graham Ive, the partners of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris with spouses, babies etc, Jeremy Till, Sarah Wigglesworth, Jonathan Hill, Graham Stirk and many others too numerous to mention.

    Property firm St Modwen Developments has, it says, received a 'hell of a lot of interest' from architects and engineers bidding to restore Brighton's dilapidated West Pier. The programme of work, advertised in the Official Journal of the European Communities, involves conducting detailed hydrographic and structural engineering surveys to ascertain the condition of the pier, but the property developers will insist on architectural involvement in the restoration programme. 'In appearance, it wi
  • Bring back light to its original Barbican home


    The rash of 'scaffoltising' (giant adverts attached to scaffolding) currently sweeping the building sites of central London could be stemmed if the High Court rejects an appeal by Harvey Nichols to retain a super-sized advertisement outside its Knightsbridge store.
  • Bringing sunshine to the city

    The PV City Guide project is looking at the potential for providing pollution-free energy within dense city centres A new initiative is examining the potential benefits of integrating solar power generation into urban builtup areas.
  • Bringing the Biosphere Home: Learning to Perceive Global Environmental Change

    Mitchell Thomashow.MIT Press (Cambridge, Massachusetts), 2001. 218 pp. £19.50


    Bristol has commissioned a study on how its urban landscape affects its 'cultural vibrancy' in its bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2008. It will examine whether cities with a greater architectural diversity enjoy a richer cultural life.
  • Bristol fashions culture-capital design bid

  • Bristol planning decision hailed as 'crucial' for architecture

    Architects who won a 'Nimbyism' battle over a £10 million serpentine-shaped housing design for a conservation area have called the decision crucial for architecture, writes Jez Abott.
  • Bristol redevelopment plan to go before local authority

    Plans for the redevelopment of a 20ha site near Bristol city centre are to be put before the local council by the end of April.

  • Brit on the list to design Japan's new capital city



    The British Blind & Shutter Association is a leading source for information on all solar-shading matters.

    1801-1841 UK population increases from 9 to 16 million
  • British Museum

    The British Museum has won planning permission on its £75 million plan to convert a postal sorting office on London's New Oxford Street into a study centre.

    Housebuilders inspire more fear than dentists among the general public, the chairman of volume housebuilder Wilson Connolly has admitted. Former Asda chief executive Alan Leighton, the new chairman of the UK's twelfth largest housebuilder, said:

  • Brits prepare for significant openings as China joins WTO

  • Broadcasting House - designer Hart-search

  • Broadway Malyan's 'secret' tower


    The Presidents medals 2001

    The Presidents medals 2001 SOM prize winner

    The Presidents medals 2001 Serjeant award winner Tutor prize winner
  • Brown and green capabilities

    Maybe it is time that landscape architects were integrated into the mainstream professional body of architecture

  • Brunei bargains


    Docomomo was up in arms this week after the developer which claimed it needed to demolish the Brynmawr Rubber Factory went bust. Docomomo convenor Judi Loach said Brunswick had 'gone down the plughole' after a wreathlaying ceremony had taken place at the site of the listed building, whose domes have now all been razed.Now the previously untouched Boilerhouse building on the site is also under threat. 'In the light of what has happened to Lord Rogers with the Assembly, it really is the Wild We
  • Brunswick update


    The Traditional Paint Forum will hold its sixth annual conference at the British Museum on Friday 9 November. Its subject is 19th century polychromatic decoration at the BM and in other UK buildings.
  • Bryant Priest Newman

  • Brynmawr comes down as Assembly says it is 'powerless'

    Architecture Week began in the worst possible way for Wales as the Principality's minister for the environment, Sue Essex, sounded the final deathknell for the Brynmawr Rubber Factory and demolition of the building's nine domes began.
  • Brynmawr factory is physical resource . . .

  • Brynmawr: destroying more than a factory. . .

  • BT proving to be A Damn Silly Lot over new link-up

    ADSL, Asynchronous whatsit, er, Digital Subscriber Line, whatever. . . It is the seriously fast way to connect with the Web. Last May, like a lot of you, I signed up for BT's version, BT OpenWorld.
  • budget

    A - Z

  • Builders' Guide: Mixed-Humid Climates


    Employment prospects for the construction industry are set to rise dramatically in the first three months of this year, a survey from employment agency Manpower said this week. The figures show that a quarter of private-sector builders plan to take on more staff while 16 per cent plan to expand in the public sector. The survey is used by the Bank of England as a predictor of labour market trends.
  • Building a stronger countryside with flexible planning

    Will Tony Blair make architecture an election issue? Is Downing Street too preoccupied with the foot-andmouth crisis to consider pushing new topics onto the agenda? Or will it have the wit to combine the two: to draw an explicit link between planning policy and the economic prosperity of the countryside?
  • Building a vibrant city

    Fierce turf wars between professions over regeneration roles ignore the need for a range of complementary skills

    Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge University: Edward Cullinan Architects Peckham Library, London: Alsop Architects Millennium Galleries, Sheffield: Pringle Richards Sharratt, with Buro Happold Glasgow Science Centre: BDP Wessex Water Operations Centre, Bath: Bennetts Associates RADA, London: Avery Associates Toyota (GB), UK head office, Epsom, Surrey: Sheppard Robson Science Museum, London: MacCormac Jamieson Prichard Maplethorpe Building, St Hugh's College, Oxford: David Morley Arc

    The London Development Authority is to analyse whether the capital needs four new river crossings and put them in order of priority, LDA chairman George Barlow told the AJat the MIPIM property conference in Cannes last week. Barlow said he has more than £300 million per year to spend and will be analysing the business case for the crossings to the east of the city.


    PRP Architects has designed a £250,000 extension to a building used by Buddhist group Soka Gakkal International in Acton, west London. The extension, containing a glazed gallery and curved copper roof, will be used by up to 120 people. 'We have been sensitive to the future use of the building and its garden outlook, ' said PRP project leader David Housego. 'With a lightweight structure of timber and glass, the sense of light and space is maximized and good views of the garden are provide
  • Building Ideas

    By Jonathan Hale. John Wiley, 2000. 252pp. £17.99
  • Building Images: Seventy Years of Photography at Hedrich Blessing

    Essay by Tony Hiss. Chronicle Books, 2000. 192pp. £50
  • Building more new houses is the only way to stabilise house prices

    Does anyone out there read Country Life? Well, not so much read it as gaze in awe at its 120 pages of full colour advertisements for manor houses, castles and cottages that are as out of reach for most people as a holiday in an orbiting spacecraft.
  • Building on a decade of design debate

    The Architecture Foundation is 10 years old. Jay Merrick takes a look back - and forward - at the often controversial enthusiasts for design The Architecture Foundation, the British profession's 'useful irritant' according to new chairman Will Alsop, is used to thinking outside the box. Two Mondays ago, the foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary in the barrel-vaulted Haddock Gallery of Billingsgate market in the knowledge that it does not yet have a box to go to when it quits its St James

    Housebuilder Wilson Connolly has purchased Chester-based rival Wainhomes for £132.5 million, including £70.7 million of acquired debt. The acquisition will be finalized by May and gives the publicly-listed company, based in the south of England, market strength in the north and northeast.Wilson Connolly, which builds homes under the Wilcon title, now has nearly 18,000 plots with planning consent - three-and-a-half years' supply at Wilson Connolly's current build rate.
  • Buildings may be lost in the murk but every cloud has a silver lining

    There is a lot of research going on into clouds these days. At one level, we have New York architects Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, who are experimenting with a prototype building that could look like a cloud: something that they hope to have working in time for the opening of Expo Switzerland 2002. By then, if all has gone well, their Blur Building, as it is known, will be hovering over the waters of Lake Neuchatel, disgorging and receiving visitors through its own artificially gene
  • Bulldozers move in on Brynmawr

    Docomomo and the Prince's Foundation have pleaded with Wales' first minister Rhodri Morgan to order a halt on the demolition of the Grade II*listed Brynmawr Rubber Factory after bulldozers unexpectedly began razing the building last week.
  • Bulo's permanent home

    A temporary address was given for furniture manufacturer Bulo (AJ 15.3.01). The firm's permanent showroom is at The Clove Building, Maguire Street, London SE1, tel 020 7403 6993.

    The British Urban Regeneration Association will hold a series of seminars and workshops on 'Setting Regeneration Free' in London on 11 December. For details tel 0800 0181260.
  • Burland goes great guns for Spitalfields offices



    GHM Rock Townsend is celebrating minor celebrity status for its Leyton fire station after production of TV show London's Burning moved there from its old premises in Bermondsey. Meanwhile, the practice has been shortlisted as part of a PFI-bid for three new secondary schools in Southampton.
  • Burning issues

    Cladding systems for high-rise buildings must be carefully detailed to prevent fire spread across the cavity barriers

    Engineer Buro Happold is one of three building and construction companies to win the Queen's Award for Enterprise 2001 - in recognition of the company's work in sustainable building and reducing the impact on the built environment. Recent Buro Happold projects have employed engineered timber made from low grade pulp, recycled materials including cardboard, aggregates and concrete, and natural ventilation and control systems. Other construction companies winning Queens Awards were Leeds Enviro
  • Business futures?

  • Business leaders demand decision on capital's Crossrail

    Deputy prime minister John Prescott came under further pressure this week to give the green light to London's long-awaited 'Crossrail' east-west rail scheme when business leaders asked him to make a rapid decision on the project.
  • Bute Fabric Cushions

    Come to the 100% Design architects' evening and you could win

    Donald Buttress, senior partner at Manchester-based Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams, has received a Lambeth Doctorate from the Archbishop of Canterbury for 35 years of services to ecclesiastical architecture. Buttress worked on the restoration of both Chichester Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.
  • Butyl is only skin deep

    technical & practice: Flat roofing is here to stay. But, with so many waterproofing products, do you have to be a scientist to specify them?
  • By numbers


    Transport secretary Stephen Byers has given the go-ahead for the £2.5 billion Richard Rogers Partnership-designed fifth terminal at Heathrow after telling parliament of his decision to keep the airport 'globally competitive' on Tuesday. In a widely trailed statement he told the House of Commons that, in approving it with conditions on noise and night flights, he was 'striking a balance' between environmental and economic concerns. For more new images:
  • C2 Architects, Office Renovation, Smithfield, London

  • CABE and DfEE push good quality design for childcare. . .

    The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has teamed up with central government to launch a competition for the design of childcare centres in deprived areas. The commission hopes to attract 'leading architects' to its neighbourhood nurseries programme, which it announces this Friday.
  • CABE and EH consensus on tall buildings showing strain

  • CABE and English Heritage to oppose 'non-viable' towers

  • CABE anger at Westminster's 'flawed' planning controls

    A proposal by Westminster City Council to tighten planning controls in the borough has been lambasted by CABE as 'seriously flawed' and in danger of spawning a spate of 'mediocre' architecture.
  • CABE attacks Seifert's 'crude' Royal Victoria Dock scheme

    The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has slated John Seifert & Partners' plans for the Royal Victoria Dock in London, branding them 'crude', 'naive' and 'absurd'.
  • CABE blasts Battersea mega-hotel

    The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has laid into plans by Sir Geoffrey Reid Associates and Sir Philip Dowson for a massive 700-bed hotel next to Battersea Power Station.

    CABE has dismissed a new threeyear £10 million cash injection as 'inadequate'. CABE chief executive Jon Rouse told the AJ that his Dutch equivalent receives £24 million over the period.'This indicates the degree of priority the government gives to architecture.'

    The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has recruited Lord Foster in the battle to convince public sector clients that well-designed architecture can be affordable and cut longterm running costs. Lord Foster will speak at a day-long conference organised by CABE aimed at spelling out the benefits of welldesigned hospitals, schools and other public services. Chief secretary to the Treasury Andrew Smith MP, minister for the arts Alan Howarth MP, NHS Estates chief executive Kate



    The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has confirmed it will give evidence at the forthcoming planning inquiry into the proposed Heron Tower in London (AJ 19.7.01), and clarified its priorities for the future. It will appear at inquiries when: 'there is an issue of planning policy precedent at stake that could influence future ability to develop highquality buildings and spaces;
  • CABE exposes lack of design experience in local councils

    Nearly two-thirds of local authorities do not have a registered architect in their planning department, according to CABE's Local Government Design Survey. A broad base of design expertise was also shown to be lacking.Only 16 per cent of authorities surveyed could boast a registered architect, an urban designer and a landscape architect. Almost a quarter had no staff with design qualifications.
  • CABE gets heavy with Carey Jones

    CABE has gone in with all guns blazing over a 'verylow-quality design' for a new £70 million interchange building in Doncaster by Carey Jones after it was alerted to the case by the local Civic Trust.Head of design review Peter Stewart has written to English Heritage, the Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber, and the local council warning them that if the local authority waves it through, CABE will press for it to be called in.

    Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment commissioners are visiting the £90 million New East Manchester regeneration project this week, seen as a key to the sustainability of the area by the local community. This is the first of a series of regional visits by CABE's commissioners, who are set to visit Hull in six weeks. The commission is planning to continue meeting outside London for the next six or seven months. The 1,100ha former industrial quarter of East Manchester seek
  • CABE in charity drive to put architecture on curriculum

  • CABE is not dumping Architecture Foundation

  • CABE is set to 'call in' 45-storey tower

  • CABE 'not satisfied' by Grimshaws' Paddington plan

  • CABE paves way for growth by appointing more advisors

  • CABE praises 'exemplary' Bennetts' PFI library design

    The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has branded the design for a new library complex in Brighton 'an exemplary private finance initiative project' even before it has been submitted for planning. The library is the centrepiece of a £45 million mixed-use scheme and has been designed by Bennetts Associates with Lomax, Cassidy & Edwards. Normally CABE keeps its views on pre-planning schemes confidential and this unusual statement will be seen as an attempt to step up th
  • CABE proclaims 'festive five' architectural champions

    CABE has named the top five architectural champions in its 'festive fives' series of awards.
  • CABE pushes BBC's design rating with A&M approval

    The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has given a thumbs up to Allies and Morrison's plan for a £200 million BBC media village in White City, west London, as the corporation looks to choose a private-sector partner.
  • CABE set to call for housing design culture to get clever

    The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment is to launch an initiative with the House Builders Federation and the Civic Trust in an attempt to create a 'culture shift' in the way homes are designed.

    The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has launched a study into the relationship between housing values and the quality of design. The study aims to show developers the benefit of investment in good design and is due to be published in the autumn.
  • CABE sun shines on Alsop designs for Exeter Met Office

    The Met Office moved a step closer to picking Alsop Architects' scheme for its new Exeter head office after the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment slammed the proposal from rival bidders Broadway Malyan as no more than 'a piece of reasonable, competent corporate business park architecture'.
  • CABE tells minnows 'adapt or die'

    CABE chief executive Jon Rouse has told small practices they must join forces if they are to compete in the current economic climate. Rouse was barracked at the RIBA Small Practice Conference held in Manchester last week when he outlined the realities the profession faces due to the government's promotion of PFI and design and build.

    CABE is set to appoint housing and planning minister Lord Falconer of Thoroton to oversee a panel of 'design champions' across government. Falconer, who was the minister in charge of the Millennium Dome, is understood to have been the key choice because he is in close contact with Tony Blair.
  • CABE to judge post-war listings

  • CABE to square up to English Heritage over Heron Tower

  • CABE voices concern over PFI

    With the number of privately funded public buildings set to increase dramatically, CABE commissioners warn that standards for public buildings must improve.
  • CABE, RIBA and Westminster attack 'trophy architecture'

    RIBA president Marco Goldschmied has joined forces with Lord Rogers, Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment chief Sir Stuart Lipton and Westminster City Council's planning supremo Carl Powell to press for a change in planning law. The quartet want to see an end to the problem of so-called 'trophy architects' being employed to steamroller past planning committees, only for developers to drop them and use other architects - often with very different results.

  • 'Caborn stalling on Picketts Lock'

  • CAD designers don't need their handsheld


    Santiago Calatrava and Ryerson University, Toronto, have parted company over the design of a C$37 million (£16 million) computer and engineering facility.
  • California still dreaming

    Public transport and conservation are all the rage in Los Angeles, archetypal city of the car, writes Kenneth Powell

    Entries are invited for the AJ's Small Projects Award, sponsored by Robin Ellis Design Build. This year the maximum value for projects has been increased to £250,000. Schemes must have been completed between 1 December 1999 and 1 December 2001 and be unpublished. Send drawings, publishable photographs and a 150-word description to AJ Small Projects, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB by Monday 3 December. Schemes will be published in the AJ and selected projects will form a public exhi

    The deadline for entries for the Integrated Transport Awards 2002 has been extended to 14 January. Now in its second year, award categories include: four Interchange Project of the Year awards - for concept/research, planning/design, construction, and customer satisfaction; Award for Innovation; European Interchange Award; and the Judges' Special Award. The awards ceremony is on 22 May at the London Hilton Hotel. For an entry form call 020 7505 6813 or e-mail tracy. collins@construct. emap. c

    The Urban Design Alliance is calling for participants for this year's Urban Design Week. Taking place from 17-23 September and titled 'Urban Visions', the alliance is looking for practices to take part in events such as lectures, walks, exhibitions and workshops.
  • Calling Camden planners to account for decisions

  • Calls to scrap 'city architect' post

    The future of Lord Rogers' position as London's 'city architect' was cast into fresh doubt last week when the capital's elected representatives demanded that mayor Ken Livingstone scrap the £130,000-a-year post because of the potential for conflicts of interest between Lord Rogers' advice and the work of his practice in the capital.

    Cambridge University is planning its biggest ever expansion, including up to three new colleges on green belt land. The 800-yearold university plans to build on a 120ha site north-west of the city to accommodate a rise in students from 16,000 to 21,000 in 25 years.


    The Camden Design Awards 2001 launched last week. Architects, developers, designers and local people are invited to nominate projects that improve the local environment. They must have been completed after 1 December 1998.The closing date is 11 February. Nomination forms from www. camden. gov. uk

    A Camden architect preparing to challenge an application refusal in the courts is amassing a dossier of planning complaints from designers and looking into possible human rights infringements by the local council. Chris Roche swung into action after his application for a vertical extension on a 1950s building in Chalk Farm Road was rejected by Camden Council.

    Labour councillors at Camden council voted on Monday night to support plans for a £26 million PFI scheme for Haverstock School designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley (AJ 26.7.01).A final decision on the scheme is likely to be made during the next full council meeting in October.The architect hopes that a new procurement arrangement for the school (where the financing initiative is linked to the use of an existing Feilden Clegg Bradley design) could provide a new model for PFI .

  • Campaign pushed small practices up the agenda

  • Campus case studies

    University Architecture By Brian Edwards. E & FN Spon, 2001. 164pp. £60
  • Can I have my project back?

    I ran into this bloke in the pub last week. I had not seen him since we left architecture school but there had been rumours of a brilliant career and a sort of partnership thing somewhere abroad. Fast tracker.He was back now and looking for a job, he said, but he wasn't exactly desperate.
  • Canned design

  • Cannes openings

    MIPIM, the great annual property shindig which takes place in Cannes, attracted record numbers of visitors and exhibitors this year, including the usual flock of British architects, agents, lawyers and others anxious to meet developers in congenial surroundings. The most congenial was the Wordsearch club hosted by Peter Murray and Lee Mallett in the Carlton Hotel, notable for strong cocktails and even stronger cigars.
  • Capita council deal sparks locals' undercutting fears

    Private practitioners in Cumbria are bracing themselves for a wave of fresh competition from Cardiff-based outsourcing specialist Capita, which took over Cumbria County Council architects' department last week.



    Normbau is a range of colour-coordinated architectural hardware in solid nylon or steel cored nylon finish. These products have a record for durability and performance in public and commercial buildings. Normbau nylon is coloured throughout and will not fade or chip, making it ideal for buildings where colour coding is a priority. Products with textured surfaces are available for support systems for people with special needs.

    Darlington-based Niven and Niven Associates has lodged a planning application for a £10 million tourist attraction to celebrate the life of Captain Cook with Scarborough Borough Council this week. The Whitby scheme, Cook's World, entails the reuse of a Grade II-listed building adjacent to the site where Cook's ship, 'The Endeavour', was constructed 300 years ago. The project has been in development for the past two years and organisers hope it will make a significant impact on the town's
  • Capturing an elusive feeling, a mood, a memory of childhood

    Sometimes a place will seem familiar even though it is new to you. I am not talking about deja vu - the feeling I am describing is much more specific. It may simply belong to a fleeting moment when the conditions of the light, combined with the time of the day and your own frame of mind, are all working together, resulting in a sense of correctness. This view shown here is taken from the sea, 20m from the shore. The picture frame is divided into horizontal bands. The water itself, with a litt
  • Cardiff blues

    While Wembley suffers, things are not much better at Cardiff 's Millennium Stadium. Our sister paper Construction News has revealed that separate safety certificates have to be issued for every public event at the ground, because of fears over the safety of the retractable roof, which is skewed. Engineer W S Atkins has been trying to sort it out. Naturally the FA proudly tells the paper that is has 'no plans' about what it would do were the stadium to fail the appropriate tests before the Cup


    Traffic information company Trafficmaster has moved into its Carey Jones Architects-designed headquarters building at the Cranfield Technology Park, Bedfordshire. The Leeds practice designed the £7 million building with dual computer and powerfeed systems, enabling one system to be completely shut down without affecting the company's service. The 5,000m 2building has also been designed in the expectation that it will double in size in future years.
  • Carey Jones pays up after aggrieved designer talks to AJ

    An unemployed designer was £3,000 better off this week after the AJ stepped in to help in a row over unpaid fees. Colin Harwood, a former ARB-registered architect, claimed he had been 'supplanted' by Leeds-based Carey Jones from a job to design new facilities for Sheffield United Football Club.
  • Carey Niemen Architects

  • Carpet bagger

    One of the more surreal moments of the Heron Tower inquiry came during the cross-examination of the AJ's Paul Finch, giving evidence on behalf of CABE, which supports the tower. Quizzed over the design review committee meeting that first considered the proposal, he was asked what could have been in the mind of Dr Gordon Higgott, the English Heritage officer who attended the meeting. Finch replied that he could not speculate on what had been in Dr Higgott's mind; the good doctor had been crawl
  • Carter looks to Wembley as Picketts Lock bites the dust

  • Cartoonist Hellman goes beyond the pale

  • Carved-up thinking

    Reorganisation of government departments means we will have to learn more than just new faces and acronyms Tony Blair's shake-up of planningrelated responsibilities last month yielded confusion and concern.

    Selby-based architect David Ward has called on Railtrack to pay him £50,000 in compensation for lost time and unnecessary hotel bills stemming from rail delays over the last four months. Ward, the director of 36-strong practice DWA, estimates that more than half of his practice's work is in the South East and arrived at the figure after calculating the man-hours spent on stationary trains and being stuck in stations as well as extra costs such as taxis. After the Hatfield rail disaster i

    Casio Electronics has teamed up with the Royal College of Art to create the 'envelop' gallery in London's Soho. The company plans to sponsor six exhibitions a year, the first of which is photography event 'vision', which will run until 2 May.
  • Cass Associates

    Cass Associates has won planning permission for Southport's £800,000 Eco Centre parkand-ride facility on behalf of Sefton Council.

  • Catalyst for Southwark

    The London Borough of Southwark and Urban Catalyst were set to announce at MIPIM in Cannes yesterday that they have signed a development agreement to begin a major mixed-use scheme at Bermondsey Square by Arup Associates.The scheme is on a 0.6ha site at the southern end of Bermondsey Street. It will comprise a 12,000m 2mixed-use scheme with retail and office and business space. It will also include residential areas, a health zone, a pub, a hotel and a new ovalshaped Market Square.
  • Catering for the art of eating - take time, don't die young

    The dining room at the Reform Club is one of my favourite places for lunch (for me it does not work as a dinner venue).
  • Caught in the slipstream


    The fraught final days of the construction of Riyadh's Al Faisaliah hotel skyscraper will be the subject of a Channel 4 programme on Monday 26 February at 8pm.Cameras followed Eddie Pugh, founding partner of Buro Happold, around the site for the show, called Building the Biggest Skyscraper.
  • Cavity walls

    Approved Document E contains the guidance for masonry cavity walls, which states that only butterfly ties should be used to connect the wall leaves. For structural reasons, these ties are generally only suitable for cavity widths of 50mm to 75mm.

    The CBI has put planning high up the agenda of its national conference, to be held in Birmingham on 4-6 November. Former RIBA president Maxwell Hutchinson will chair a session entitled, 'A planning system for business - prospect or pipe dream?', which will hear from Stephen Byers, Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions. The RICS will also be hosting a 'break-out' session on creating value from property.
  • Cedar House, Perthshire Walker Architecture

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  • Central sets up new masters degree to foster collaboration


    Allen Tod Architecture has installed a 9.5m long 'gargoyle screen' as part of its £1.2 million 20-20 One Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe. The screen marks the entrance to the centre and mediates between a Grade II*-listed church and the new building which make up the scheme. The screen incorporates 27 heads based on portraits of local people.
  • Certification liability is more onerous than design liability

    legal matters

    The Little Britain Challenge Cup, the construction industry's own regatta, last week handed over a cheque for £58,000 to its main beneficiary, the Jubilee Sailing Trust. The next regatta will take place between 6 and 9 September.
  • Challenging convention

    A steel frame is one crucial ingredient of a prefabricated home that questions Belgium's outdated ideas of the form that a family house should take A glass jewel sitting in an orchard in Verviers, Belgium, is a house for the Denis-Otmans family, designed by architect Daniel Dethier.

    Designers Ron Arad, Tom Dixon, Dunne & Raby, Jasper Morrison and Marc Newson will today unveil their ideas for a Selfridges window display as part of a £20,000 competition. The five designers were shortlisted from more than 50 entries for the Perrier-Jouet Selfridges Design Prize.
  • Champions gather

    After a long break, it looks as though a ministerial design champions'meeting will take place under the aegis of Lord Falconer in the next couple of months. The group, which comprises one minister per government department responsible for the design quality of buildings, had an historic first meeting shortly before the election.The Department of Culture is responsible for coordinating the group, one of the myriad responsibilities that falls to Tessa Blackstone, whose connection with the profe

    Work on the Grade I-listed City building started this week to a design by Fitzroy Robinson. The famous finance powerhouse will become a £7 million shopping centre with steel and glass insertions. The former LIFFE trading floor courtyard will be turned into fashion boutiques and bars. It is due to open this autumn.
  • Change habits for harmonious living

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  • Changing light bulbs is a highly charged business

  • Chaos and calm capture the essence of transport dilemma

    As a rule, magazines like their buildings to be brand new.


  • Charles Correa's solution to urban overcrowding

    A city of Bombay's scale and intensity can be disorientating and alarming, but Charles Correa's lecture 'Housing Urban Growth' was a declaration of love for urban life and of faith in the expansion of cities. The city, he affirmed, was about interaction rather than 'the city beautiful'. 'Once you've experienced a greater density - that complexity - you can't go back, ' he said.
  • Charles: prognosis on NHS 'tsar'

  • Charrette to put tall buildings on the agenda

    The theme of this year's American Institute of Architects Annual Design Charrette is 'Vertically Inclined'. The brief asks for the reinvention of the use of an existing building and is intended to provoke discussion about tall buildings and their impact on the city.

    The Charter Partnership has completed phases 2 and 3 of new student accommodation at the University of Essex near Colchester.
  • Chasing payment through the courts, or send the boys round

    'My clients are owed money and the rotters won't pay. What can I do?', an enthusiastic new pupil once asked.
  • Chasing the elusive connection between 'good' and 'design'

    These days we are bombarded with exhortations about the power of good design. Top-level talks find it high up on the agenda. Bottom-level talks cling to it as the last refuge of the scoundrel (now that use of the word 'sustainability' has been banned).Good design, it seems, can make everything OK, from the planning application right through to the Stirling Prize. It can even make you rich on the way.
  • Chastised architect attacks 'drawn-out' ARB conduct case

    A London architect who was dealt a reprimand for 'unacceptable professional conduct' last week has hit out at the 'incredibly drawn-out and incompetent' pre-hearing behaviour of the ruling body which brought the verdict, the Architects Registration Board. And his solicitor, Mark Klimt of Morgan Cole, claims that the ARB has breached its own investigation rules on the case.
  • CHBC housing scheme 'fails to meet basic requirements'

  • Check out the products online

    100% design is the place to check out the hottest products in interior design.Exhibitors range from established names such as Coexistence and SCP to new design talent exhibiting for the first time.

    An exhibition featuring the work of Serge Chermayeff takes place at the De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill-on-Sea from 10 June to 15 July. Chermayeff, in partnership with Eric Mendelsohn, won the competition to design the pavilion, which was completed in 1935. The exhibition traces the development of Chermayeff 's ideas through his houses, furniture and the relationships he established with artists such as Moore, Nicholson and Piper. The show has been devised in association with Kettle's Yard, Ca
  • Cherry picking

    The AJ is giving away two free tickets for best house seats at the Trevor Nunn production of Anton Chekov's The Cherry Orchard on 15 March. The evening has been organised by the Architectural Association as a fund-raising event for the school's Stephen Lawrence Scholarship. Tickets include a drinks reception and are for sale at £75 each. Fax your details on 020 7505 6701 or e-mail angela. newton@construct. emap.

    Chesterfield Football Club is going for goal with a detailed planning application for a £5 million redevelopment by Ward McHugh Associates. The club, founded in 1866, aims to raise capacity from 8,000 to 12,000 with three new stands and a restored fourth at its Saltergate ground. 'The third-division leader has been at Saltergate since 1880 and is like the social services, pulling the community together, ' said architect chairman Terry Ward. Building is due to start in July.
  • Chetwood Associates

    A major scheme by Chetwood Associates for the old Romford Brewery site has won a top retail award and a glowing endorsement from London minister Nick Raynsford. The project, masterplanned by Chetwood, includes 175 homes, a 14,790m 2Sainsbury's store with a multiplex above it, retail 'boxes'and fewer parking spaces than normal, courtesy of its in-town location. It picked up a top honour at the Retail Property Awards, and in a visit to Romford Raynsford said: 'I am hugely impressed.This is abso

    Chetwood Associates is to masterplan a £500 million, 600ha project at a Shell oil refinery site in Stanford le Hope, Essex. A planning application is due in early 2002.

  • Chetwood to use windfall to explore cost of green design

  • Chicago firm replaces HOK for 175m Birmingham tower


    Foster and Partners confirmed this week that it has been commissioned to design a 50-storey tower in Chicago for the Pritzker family. The tower will accommodate new headquarters for the family's Hyatt Hotel company.
  • Children's spatial proposals put RIBA top of the class

    RIBA president Marco Goldschmied and Alsop Architects won top marks last week as the driving forces behind a new project aimed at getting schoolchildren educated in design and involved in the architectural development of London.

    Architects with work in the Chilterns have been invited to submit schemes for the Chilterns Building Design Awards 2001.The deadline is 28 February and application forms are available from
  • Chinese junk

    Rodney Fitch Asia, 'the internationally well-known design firm' (it says here), has completed an 'amazing food experience' in the Pacific Place Mall, Hong Kong. It offers snacks, lunch, drinks and a food hall. Its name is, wait for it, 'great'. The brief also included 'communication language'. Why didn't they just call it 'Conran'?

    The Chinese government has given the green light to plans by Llewelyn-Davies, Arup and airport consultant Speedwing for a new £200 million airport terminal at Chongqing. The competition-winning design was backed by deputy prime minister John Prescott who wrote to the Chinese on behalf of the team. The terminal will serve the 31 million-strong population of the city state.
  • Chinese whispers

    After the completion of embassies in Berlin and Moscow, Foreign and Commonwealth Office thoughts have turned eastwards, to Beijing.
  • Chipperfield books place in Iowa history with library win


    David Chipperfield Architects has been shortlisted for a new law courts development in Barcelona. The other shortlisted practices are:
  • Chipperfield lands star role in BFI's new South Bank centre

    Head of capital projects for the British Film Institute Ian Temple said last week that he firmly expects building work on its new film centre to begin in a year's time on London's South Bank, after David Chipperfield Architects won the competition to design it.
  • Chipperfield only outsider on US shortlist for Iowa library

    David Chipperfield Architects is the sole non-US firm to be shortlisted to design a new public library in Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Chipperfield plumbed in with flexible bathroom of the future

    David Chipperfield has teamed up with four international architects to produce a range of products for the house of the future. At the invitation of organizers of Spanish construction show 'Construmat', Chipperfield has designed a range of bathware with flexible plumbing - enabling it to be moved around like conventional furniture.


    David Chipperfield Architects has again struck gold abroad by winning an urban design competition in the city of Teruel in Spain. The scheme links the city's railway station with the old part of town, 25m higher, via a lift which travels inside the old city wall. The architect sees the lift as the new symbolic entry to the old town.

    David Chipperfield Architects has won an international invited competition to restore the Arsenale, a walled area in Verona, Italy. Its masterplan will include facilities for a natural history museum, a museum of opera and a centre for artistic and archaeological studies. The £25 million scheme will focus on a botanic garden forming a 'garden room' for citizens and visitors. The firm beat 25 teams including Tobias Scarpa, Boris Podrecca and Carlo Aymonino.
  • Chiswick Park


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  • Church triumphant

    PROJECT PROFILE: RELIGIOUS BUILDING - George Demetri reports on a church with a very ecumenical response to architectural influences
  • CICA's date with convention

  • Cinematic comparisons

    Walls Have Feelings: Architecture, Film and the City By Katherine Shonfield. Routledge, 2000. 204pp. £18.99
  • circulation

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  • Cities for a Small Country

    Lord Rogers and Anne Power, Faber and Faber, 2000, £14.99
  • Cities of manana

    Spain's answer to Jeremy Paxman, Jose Luis Balbin, hosted a debate on the future of cities in Valencia last week.The international panel included a local politician who issued a plea that Valencia should learn from the way in which Barcelona has capitalized on its Gaudi connection. After all, he pointed out: 'We have Calatrava, we have. . .Norman Foster.'
  • City analyst

    Terry Farrell recently remarked that he was going to give up masterplanning - not least because of the paltry fees so recently offered in Britain for this. You can find out whether he means it at the RIBA this Tuesday, when he gives the latest in the institute's 'City Constructs' lectures (Kenneth Frampton is on tonight, Thursday). Much of what Farrell has been arguing for for years is now finding official backing. I notice that CABE is supporting the RIBA series, and indeed the 'Space Odysse
  • City champ

    Lord Rogers issued a clarion call for the future of city living in Sunday's Observer , demanding, among other things, the secondment of 2,000 professionals to learn about best practice urban regeneration abroad, and the creation of a network of regional resource centres. All good stuff, but like any government champion, he cannot resist trying to put the knife into the Conservatives, who get all the blame for urban degeneration. Their 'scorched earth urban policy has left a terrible legacy',
  • City connections

    REVIEW: Bundesgartenschau Potsdam 2001
  • city limits

    The changing demographic of urban Europe means architects must consider and speak out more on race and cultural issues, believes Mike Davis, who points to the experiences of Los Angeles and the lessons that can be learnt by eleanor young. photograph by da
  • City of London is ready to fight over tall buildings

  • City of monuments

  • City of the Sea, Sokcho, Korea

    Lewis and Potin have recently been commissioned by the Cite des Sciences et de l'Industrie (Paris) for a major project in the town of Sokcho, Korea (see above, top and front cover). The City of the Sea is a scientific maritime adventure park, with aquaria, auditoria, an education centre, a scientific research centre and a 7ha landscape scheme. The main conceptual references for the design are maps of tectonic plates, seen as 'a museographic and architectural metaphor for a living planet' . Le

    The Corporation of London has stepped up its battle to get the £3 billion Crossrail project built, by releasing an independent report backing its version of the scheme.

    Four cities - Belfast, Birmingham, Glasgow and Swansea - feature in Metropolis , an exhibition of photographs by John Davies at Ffotogallery, 31 Charles Street, Cardiff, from 17 February until 24 March. Details 029 2034 1667. Above: a detail of one of Davies' photographs of Birmingham.
  • Civic pride (1 of 2) (2 of 2)

    In his design for Manchester Town Hall, Alfred Waterhouse incorporated new technology in a grand, modern-Gothic masterpiece
  • Civic pride (2 of 2)

    In his design for Manchester Town Hall, Alfred Waterhouse incorporated new technology in a grand, modern-Gothic masterpiece
  • Civic pride drives KWA regeneration scheme


    The Civic Trust has launched the 42nd year of its awards programme for architecture and environmental design. Entry forms are now available and the winners are set to be announced in April. Designers of new buildings, restorations, landscape design, town centre improvements and public art are eligible to enter, but the closing date for entries is fast approaching - Friday 28 September.The awards run on a two-year rota, alternating between metropolitan and rural areas. The 2002 awards are open

    The Civic Trust will next month give its Centre Vision Award for a work which contributes most to a town centre's improvement to Glen Howells Architects' Market Place Theatre in Armagh or to Rod Robinson Associates' restoration of All Saints Church in Hereford. Both have been shortlisted in the awards which are set to be announced at the Science Museum on 22 March.

    Pollard Thomas & Edwards has won the Civic Trust's rural housing award for Lotus Way at Jaywick Sands, Essex (AJ 23.11.00). Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams won the partnership award for its Tim Parry/Johnathan Ball Young People's Centre in Warrington, in memory of two boys killed by a 1993 terrorist bomb. Belfast's WDR&RD Taggart won the sustainability award for its Ecos Millennium Centre visitor centre in Ballymena. Fletcher Priest scooped the rural workplace award for Cannon Avent Production
  • Clare Melhuish reviewsà

    A stroll through the socioeconomic history of Spitalfields
  • Clare Melhuish reviews. .

    The remembrance of Memphis and the '80s 'media sensation'
  • Clare Melhuish reviews. . . John Margolies and the madness of the US seaside

    Denis Crompton's introduction to John Margolies' talk on US Atlantic coast resorts promised much interest, but Margolies' visual catalogue of strange sights lacked any discussion or analysis of how this particularly American form of material culture might be interpreted, either from an indigenous or an external perspective.
  • Clare Melhuish reviews. . .the Lansbury Estate, the wallpaper of the street

    Clare Melhuish reviews.....
  • Clarity needed on the ad for headless lions

    I enjoyed Hugh Pearman's article on Quentin Newark (AJ 25.10.01), particularly the bit where he says he is noted for his painstaking research. A small comment on his 'learned digression into the late 19th-century archaeological discovery of the treasury at Mycenae':
  • Clarity of AJ details makes them top of class

  • Cleaning up

    Bathrooms are all the rage.
  • Clear thinking

    Michael Wigginton has rethought every architect's favourite answer to the extension - the glass box


  • Clicking through an eclectic mix of choices and pics

  • Clients make donations during charity week

  • Clissold Leisure Centre was choice of RIBA


    The RIBA shut its doors early to guard itself against the May Day protests which were due in central London as the AJ went to press.
  • Cloud over concept of Exeter Met Office HQ. . .


    Architecture and property marketing firm Wordsearch is running a private members club in the Carlton hotel during the Cannes property conference MIPIM.
  • Club rules

    I see that following the retirement of the excellent Lord Carrington from the post, HRH the Duke of Gloucester is to succeed him as president of the Architecture Club. Frequently described as an architect (he certainly qualified and practised as one), I can find no trace of him in the ARB directory. I do hope a criminal prosecution can be avoided.
  • Club sandbag

    Awonderful story in the Sunday Times colour supplement details how rows, threats, intimidatory letters and general furore have afflicted the poor old RAC club over its plans to destroy the wonderful Turkish baths in its Pall Mall premises. English heritage seems happy to go along with the vandalism, Westminster council invited the club to think again about its designs and so on.The real heroes in the story? Ed Jones, Julyan Wickham and David Chipperfield. Nice to see radicals belong to a toff
  • Coast cleared

    The Millennium Coastal Park at Llanelli in South Wales is an undoubted local success. But design compromises had to be made to meet the tight timescale and grant conditions

    Plans for the world's largest construction of offshore windfarms - near the British coast - were announced last week. These will help the UK achieve its 5 per cent renewable energy target by 2003.
  • Coexistence

    Come to the 100% Design architects' evening and you could win
  • Cohesion in contested spaces

    'Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold, ' wrote WBYeats in 1921, the year of Irish partition. Can Belfast prove him wrong?
  • Cold warrior

    Headlines have appeared in the London Evening Standard over a plan to turn a former Russian Cold War submarine into a tourist attraction, moored off the Victoria Embankment on the Thames.

    The English National Opera has unveiled designs for the restoration of its home at the London Coliseum, built in 1904 by Frank Matcham. Undertaken by the Arts Team at RHWL, which has a reputation for refurbishing theatres of this era, the £41million project will create 40 per cent more public space, introduce new ventilation, improve access and repair the terracotta facade. Work is planned to finish in 2004.
  • Collapsibles: A Design Album of Space-Saving Objects


  • Colour is the key

    Gigon /Guyer Architects: Works & Projects 1989-2000 Edited by J Christoph Burkle. Gustavo Gili, 2000. 384pp. £39. (Available from Triangle bookshop 020 7631 1381)

    Kate Dineen is collaborating with Alsop Architects on its Stonebridge regeneration scheme. Her recent work, patterning blocks and egg-shaped stones by mixing pigment with marble dust and slaked lime, is at Robert Sandelson, 5 Cork Street, London W1 until 27 April. Details 020 7439 1001.
  • Colour vision

    Some architects today are exploring anew the role of colour in their buildings.With his roots in the early Modern Movement, Josef Albers can still show the way
  • Column gives misleading picture of Spitalfields

  • Come to the party

    All AJ readers are invited to the AJ/100% Design architects' evening on Thursday 27 September at Earls Court 2. The party kicks off at 7pm in the bar, offering an ideal opportunity to unwind after looking round the UK's leading contemporary design show. Bring along the invitation which was sent out with last week's issue of the AJ - call 0207 505 6700 if you have lost yours or need another ticket.
  • Comfortable?

    The Conservatives' campaign poster - 'You've paid the taxes, now where is your operation?' - features a row of four Eames chairs in the background!

    What a sumptuous feast of buildings. Congratulations to the talented winners and finalists of the 2001 Brick Awards.
  • Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment

    This mixed-use residential and office scheme in Deptford, southeast London has been given a cautious welcome by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. Designed by John McAslan and Partners, the original scheme was criticized by the commission in October last year for its inadequate car parking facilities. CABE now says the scheme, including a 25-storey residential tower, is 'more refined' but it wants to see further illustrations of how the project will appear both close u
  • Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment

    The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment is set to look again at Abbey Holford Rowe's plans for Leeds' tallest building after the architect took on board CABE's original comments and reworked the scheme. AHR has refined the £70 million Bridgwater Place twin tower scheme (above) for Landmark Development Projects after CABE savaged it as being 'slab-like'and no better than other run-of-the-mill city centre commercial developments. The scheme includes a 200-bed hotel, 9,200
  • Common sense judgments apply, even with professional evidence

    Phenolic yellowing is a little-known phenomenon which is bad news for the textile industry. It occurs when plastic packaging containing volatile yellowing precursors is placed near textiles in an atmosphere containing oxides of nitrogen where, for example, there is direct gasfired heating. In those conditions a yellow product is formed, is absorbed by the textiles and damages them.
  • Communal facilities feature in Danish-style 'co-housing'

    The UK's first 'co-housing' scheme, where home owners have access to communal facilities including kitchens, dining areas and gardens, has been submitted for planning approval by Architype.
  • Communication in the Design Process

    Stephen A Brown. E & F N Spon, 2001. 176pp
  • Community choice

    Brian Avery's visionary ATH modular housing system uses stackable, expandable prefabricated room units Architect Brian Avery has been talking with Corus about constructing the modular elements of his visionary ATH modular housing system. Architect for both the Museum of the Moving Image and the new Imax cinema at Waterloo as well as the new RADA theatre in Bloomsbury, he has designed a number of projects around the lift-access stackable prefabricated room units, the most recent of which is Wi
  • Community in fight to save Battersea pumping station

    The Battersea Power Station Community Group is fighting to save what it feels is an important listed building in the shadow of the landmark and is urging others to lobby English Heritage to that effect.
  • Community spirit

    REVIEW: Sightlines: A Stadium Odyssey By Simon Inglis. Yellow Jersey Press, 2001. 309pp. £8
  • Comparative costs

    technical & practice

  • competitions

    RIBA-APPROVED Details of RIBA-approved competitions 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 GEOLOGICAL GARDENS A new two-stage international competition for an outdoor exhibition centre, incorporating a series of geological gardens on a site in Nottinghamshire. The competition is organised on behalf of the British Geological Survey, the UK's national centre for earth sci
  • competitions

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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 TURNER CENTRE, MARGATE Two-stage design competition (AJ 1.2.01) for a new visual arts centre on a spectacular seafront site associated with the artist JMW Turner. The centre is expected to cost £7 million, excluding external works. Stage one asks for expressions of interest plus details of experience and
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  • competitions

    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 CORUS STUDENT COMPETITION Proposals requested for a theme for the next World Expo.
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  • Competitions help mediocre at expense of most talented

    will alsop : WA, From the bar at the Chelsea Arts Club
  • Completing the canon

  • Complex case uncovers the true value of nitty-gritty

    For those of you who prefer law to chat you can not do much better than the case of Jarvis v Castle Wharf Developments (2001) raising as it does issues of professional duty, negligence and causation, set against a background of a sizeable and 'sensitive' development in Nottingham and almost impenetrably complex facts.
  • Complex funding channels mean £4m shortfall for Alsop

    Alsop Architects’ c/Plex building in Sandwell, West Bromwich, is still £4 million short of its target funding, the project’s chief executive Sylvia King has admitted, writes Robert Booth.
  • Complex project within sight of St Paul's

    When RHWL designed an office building at 25 Cannon Street in the City of London, it could scarcely ignore that it was opposite St Paul's Cathedral. Not surprisingly, this led it to adopt a number of traditional features in the design.What this meant for Hanson Bath & Portland Stone was that it was carrying out work of a level of complexity that seemed to have disappeared quite some time ago.
  • Complexities of final certificates give us much food for thought

    legal matters
  • Component Design

    By Michael Stacey. Architectural Press, 2001, pp208. £30
  • Composition, Contrast, Complexity: Francine Houben / Mecanoo Architects

    Birkhauser, 2001. 256pp. £32
  • Comprehensive Corbusier

    Le Corbusier and the Continual Revolution in Architecture By Charles Jencks.Monacelli Press, 2000. 382 pp. £35
  • Computer model on the way to set London skyline limits

  • Concentrating on development

    Bringing transport policy and planning together could encourage more proactive high-density planning action
  • Concern at expansion extends around City


    Following last year's merger of Concord and Marlin, the company has launched a new exterior lighting range, which is showcased in a fully illustrated catalogue.
  • Conference centre to put Telford on the map

    Local practice Hickton Madeley Architects has won planning permission to redevelop Telford International Conference Centre. The £14 million scheme is being carried out in two phases, the first of which is scheduled to start in June for completion in May 2001, with the next phase commencing in early 2003. The phasing requirements have been set to accommodate the centre's existing conference programme.
  • Confidently resist crass Christly branding

  • Conflict fears hit Rogers' GLA role

    Lord Rogers' plan to implement his vision of an urban renaissance in London as a paid consultant to the Greater London Authority has been held up by legal wrangles over the possibility of conflicts of interest, the AJ has learned.
  • Conflict of interests

    Richard Serra Edited by Hal Foster with Gordon Hughes.MIT Press (October Files), 2000. 205pp. £13.95
  • Conformists who kill the appetite for architecture

    WILL ALSOP From Table No 6, No 10 Restaurant, Sherringham
  • Confusion over where discussion took place

  • Congrats to parents of new Riverside House

  • Congratulations RIBA for small practice push

  • Conjuror's tricks

    Off the Shelf: dRMM Practice and Unit Projects At the Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1 until 14 December Anyone who has had the unquantifiable pleasures of visiting the Architects Registration Board in the past year will have noticed the strange arrangement of familiar objects around which that body conducts its business. Here a 'column' is laid on its side to become a reception desk, a corrugated, polycarbonate cladding sheet becomes an internal partition, and archite
  • Conran & Partners

    Conran & Partners has submitted a planning application to convert Argus House, the derelict former offices and printing works of Brighton's Evening Argus newspaper, into a mixed-use development of homes, shops and workspaces. The £6 million scheme for developer City Lofts involves restoring the existing building and constructing new smaller housing blocks at either end. One of the blocks will be constructed by completely rebuilding a 1960s tower. The scheme includes 18 social housing uni
  • Conran & Partners

    Conran & Partners' £100 million Ocean Terminal development (detail, above) in Edinburgh is in the final stages of its interior fitout and is due to open to the public on 4 October. The project, on the Leith waterfront, is the practice's largest - a 400m long, 40,000m 2complex providing three-storeys of retail and leisure facilities including a new visitor centre for the former royal yacht Britannia, which will be moored alongside the new building. The development will contain an 'interna
  • Conservation giant and publisher David Pearce dies


    A part of London with 1950s architecture, listed bungalows, highrise blocks and Georgian listed buildings has been made a conservation area. Alton Estate is bounded by Richmond Park and is in Roehampton, Wandsworth.

  • Construction needs positive portrayal

  • Construction orders

    vital statistics
  • Contaminated Land and Groundwater: Future Directions

    Edited by D Lerner and N R Walton, Geological Society Publishing House, 1998
  • Contemporary Parks and Gardens in France

    By Marielle Hucliez. Vilo, 2000. 160pp. £19.99. (Distributed by Art Books International 020 7720 1503)
  • Continental divide

  • Continental shift

  • Contract in writing - or at least scribble down what you agreed

    legal matters
  • Contract killers: architects flout written agreement code

    More than two thirds of architects working on small projects have breached strict regulations over the use of written contracts, leaving them exposed to prosecution and hefty fines, exclusive AJresearch reveals this week.
  • Contract may not be fair but you can't use it to avoid liability

    Having explored the juridical destination of the juvenile defence of 'they made me do it' (AJ 12.4.01) recent events have caused me to look at how the law deals with another well-known childish protestation, that 'it's not fair'. Of course, children who complain about inequality in life are usually absolutely right to do so: their negotiation skills may be improving but their bargaining position is still somewhat under- powered. That is why the beleaguered parent has no alternative but to exp
  • Contractor made a hash of handling misdeed on rail job

    To what extent should employers carry the can for the misdeeds of their employees? This legal chestnut was considered afresh when three men were caught smoking marijuana in their early morning tea-break, and as a consequence the contracting company that employed them was thrown off site without payment.
  • Contractors may build defective designs but must warn of danger

    With the festivities over, one rifles through the debris of overindulgence and all manner of consumption and resolves to inject order and energy into one's life in the new year. Other columnists urge you to go to the gym, read Proust or to become a domestic goddess. (Not AJ columnists, I hasten to add, they are occupied with more aesthetic matters. ) Instead, I have a broader message and shall embrace 2001 under the slogan: 'Say No to Sloppiness.' This column is a good place to start and in f

  • Convoluted critique

    review: art and architecture
  • Cool Space cranks up design heat

    At last week's AJ 'Cool Space' conference, a packed audience heard speakers address the issues of climate change and the need for low-energy, sustainable design solutions. Austin Williams was there
  • Coombe + Kitchen

    Coombe + Kitchen has won a RIBA competition to design a conservatory for Everest for the Ideal Home Show in the spring. The architect said the wedge-shaped scheme (left), consisting of a continuous row of large sliding glazed doors, is designed so its tapering form does not cramp the perspective view from the house.
  • Coonan reveals £50m 'Wren Fund'


    The Copper Development Association is inviting entries for this year's Copper in Architecture Awards 9. The competition includes awards for the architectural use of copper on recently completed projects, either here or abroad, by UK-based architects.

  • Copper-bottomed

    The Copper Development Awards went off without a hitch on Thursday, with the architectural award going to Glas Architects for 2 Newhams Row.
  • Coq d'Or

    An excellent night at the RIBA for Jean Nouvel's Gold Medal presentation.
  • Corb can't claim ministry though larger than life

  • Corb had to grapple with consequences of car

  • Core values



    AJ ENQUIRY NO: 203
  • Corporation chief: 'Tall buildings crucial to London's future' . . .

    Corporation of London policy chief Judith Mayhew has launched a thinly-veiled attack on English Heritage in light of its opposition to the public inquiry-bound Heron Tower proposal, and branded tall buildings 'crucial' to the City's future.
  • Correction

  • Correction

  • Corrections

    l17 lThe MacCormac Jamieson Prichard news brief on Indescon Court, Millharbour (AJ 1.11.01) should have read: office space was 67,531m 2, residential space 16,832m 2, retail 2,717m 2, and live and work space 1,464m 2. l Denis Davis' e-mail address (AJ 1.11.01) should have read:
  • Corrections

  • Corrections

  • Corrections

    We have been asked to clarify in the article headlined 'Dunster aiming higher with new 'flower power' concept' (AJ 10.5.01) that Mark Lovell Design Engineers is the structural engineer and that Whitby & Bird is the service engineer.
  • Cost yardstick to blame for reduced standards

  • Costs

    Costs based on tender sum
  • Council agrees to follow new corporate model

    RIBA council members have backed chief executive Richard Hastilow's proposals to give the institute a shake-out by splitting it into three operating units: the RIBA Foundation for cultural activities, such as exhibitions and outreach programmes for schools, paid for by sponsorship deals and state aid; RIBA Professional Services for membership support, education and professional development and the Clients' Advisory Service, to be financed through membership subscription; and RIBA Enterprises,
  • Council not looking for new plans at Crystal Palace site

    Bromley council will not be seeking new redevelopment plans for the site of the original Crystal Palace after it scrapped RHWL's scheme last week.
  • Council office

    Few architects get the opportunity to work in truly unusual locations. So take a bow the architectural team at W S Atkins. Following their landmark tower in Dubai, they have undertaken a commission for the British Council, creating a building for it - in Katmandu.
  • Council rises up against new 'business-like' RIBA board . . .

    RIBA News

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  • Countryside scales down its £60m historic Merton plan

  • Court in the act

    Nearly 800 people flocked to the Stirling Prize presentation on Saturday night, in the Great Court of the British Museum (or the Foster's Great Court as it is now known, rather like the Foster's Oval).

    The Twentieth Century Society has called for the YRM-designed Manchester Magistrates' Courts to be urgently listed Grade II*. A scheme with planning permission for the redevelopment of the Deansgate area proposes their demolition and replacement by a new courts complex on the site of the Guardian building opposite.
  • Courting disaster: Pearce offers salutary warning to 'experts'

    legal matters
  • Courts back adjudicator in face of Human Rights Act challenge

    No sooner is the ink dry on the prophesy that the Human Rights Act (HRA) did indeed apply to adjudication - and that both the statutory provisions of the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act (HGCRA) and the antics of the adjudicator fell foul of the HRA's requirements for 'a fair and public hearing within a reasonable time by an independent and impartial tribunal'than the courts prove you wrong.
  • Courts must play waiting game to make Human Rights Act work

    If, as I have suggested, the Human Rights Act (HRA) applies to adjudication (AJ 29.3.01), what then?

  • Coventry's path to reconciliation

    aj building study
  • Coventry's path to reconciliation

    aj building study
  • Cowboy builders - goodies versus baddies

  • 'Cowboys' can be good guys too

    It is the black market that makes small-scale construction affordable, so the government should leave it well alone
  • CPD goes online

    Continuing professional development forms a significant part of an architect's yearly diary, with a requirement for individuals to monitor and manage their own training programme. In an effort to help designers fit this into their busy schedule, Hanson Brick's technical department has provided a CPD module online. This consists of a series of slides in a PowerPoint format, complete with dialogue which follows very closely the talks given by one of the company's experienced technical staff dur

    Interbuild 2002 (9-13 June) will include an edited programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accredited seminars. For further information e-mail wedgmark@globalnet. co. uk or call 0208 840 4383.

    The Construction CPD Certification Service in association with the AJ has launched the CPD 'RoadSeminar' Tour, a series of free events taking place between March and May at locations across the UK. The first is on 6-7 March at Jury's Hotel in Bristol, with a series of hour-long sessions covering issues such as specification and the use of IT in collaborative design. Similar events will be held at Elstree (1314 March), Manchester (20-21 March), Leicester (27-28 March), Leeds (4-5 April), Durha
  • CPD questionnaire

    technical & practice

    Community consultation ahead of Reading's Dee Park Estate regeneration will be carried out by London's CPP Architects. CPP director Charles Campion said the £5,000 first stage of the project would see the firm working with residents to identify their concerns and develop solutions.
  • CPRE fears for precedent after green belt decision

    The CPRE is fearing an outbreak of 'incursions' into green belt land after environment secretary Margaret Beckett approved a new soccer training facility and academy to be built on the outskirts of Derby on Monday.

    Henry Oliver has been appointed head of planning and local government for the Council for the Protection of Rural England.
  • Cracked columns


    Construction Industry charity for the single homeless CRASH has teed up a golf challenge to raise money and its profile, with Ryder Cup tickets on offer for the best putter on the day. The 'Indoor Golf Putting Challenge' at the Building Centre on 20 September costs £20 to enter, including refreshments. Contact Ratna Mahalingam on 020 8742 0717, fax 020 8747 3154 or e-mail comms@crash. clara. net
  • Creating cool space

    The AJ's 'Cool Space'conference at the RIBA will take a long, hard look at the way architects can design realistic buildings that are genuinely sustainable
  • Creating the London of tomorrow

    London's deputy mayor Nicky Gavron chose last week's MIPIM property conference in Cannes to give developers a sneak preview of the spatial development strategy. David Taylor met her
  • Creative compromises better than legislation

  • Creative interrogation should flourish in the AF's next decade

    Ten years ago, when the Architecture Foundation was set up, the context was rather different. The UK was ensconced in a deep economic recession, and the architecture scene was weighed down with notions of how we should behave as it tried to drag itself out of the quagmire of High-Tech. Roger Scruton and Prince Charles were still obstructing invention and Norman Foster seemed to be everywhere - he still is everywhere and we still find boring young farts trying to nail down architecture to suit
  • Creatively rendered

    Sto Render Awards 2001
  • Creditable Classicist



    Allies and Morrison Architects' masterplan for a major north London regeneration scheme has been submitted to planners. The 54ha site in Cricklewood, to include a new railway station, will be considered by Barnet council next year.
  • Criticise the design but not the decision to redesign

  • Critics and historians, prove you have sensual sensibility

    The average English critic is a don manque, hopelessly parochial when not exaggeratedly Teutonophile, over whose desk must surely hang the motto (presumably in Gothic lettering) 'above all, not enthusiasm' - Constant Lambert, 1950.
  • Critics show plasticity of facts in pvc debate

    I would like to respond to the criticisms of my article (AJ 26.10.00) made in the letter from Roger Southworth (AJ 2.11.00).
  • cross bracing

    A - Z
  • CRS raises the stakes by taking its case to the House of Lords

    legal matters

  • Cuckoo in the nest

    Birds Portchmouth Russum At the Architekturmuseum, Pfluggasslein 3, Basel until 27 May

    English Heritage has selected a shortlist of six architects to design a new visitor centre for Stonehenge, but controversially left out Edward Cullinan Architects, which has been developing proposals for the site for the past nine years. EH picked Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Birds Portchmouth Russum, Denton Corker Marshall, Michael Hopkins & Partners, MVRDV and Studio Granda. 'Sensitivity to site context is more important than the creation of a signature building, ' said EH chairman Sir Nei
  • Cullinan toasts post-colonial Singapore win

    Edward Cullinan and Partners aims to recreate a little of the atmosphere and the internal courtyard model of the famous nineteenth-century Raffles Hotel in its £400 million, 288,000m 2masterplan for a new campus for the Singapore Management University.
  • Cultural ambitions

    Art and Technology in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries By Pierre Francastel.MIT Press, 2001. 331pp. £20.50

    'Shared Terrain?' is a one-day conference on the connection between cultural buildings and urban regeneration. Case studies will include the New Art Gallery, Walsall, and the Lighthouse Architecture Centre, Glasgow.
  • 'Culture change' in store for architecture schools. . .

  • Culture vulture

    I trust readers have appreciated the architectural implications of the escaped vulture story.

    An £87 million PFI project completed last year, six weeks ahead of schedule.The 444-bed general hospital, to be managed by a consortium over a 45 year period, was designed around the idea that patients who spend the least time in the building should travel the least distance - out-patients are served by the ground floor, while operating theatres occupy the first floor and recovery wards are on floor two.
  • Cunning plan

    PROJECT PROFILE: PUBLIC BUILDING - Professor Tony Monk reports on sustainable architecture that really stacks up


    Dundee-based Nicoll Russell Studios has just completed the new Byre Theatre in St Andrews, with the £4 million project due to open to the public in June. The new building replaces a 1970s theatre which the practice describes as 'technically obsolete'. It lacked proper dressing rooms, had no restaurant and could seat just 170 people. The new, expanded theatre will be able to accommodate 220. The facade is built partly from stones rescued from the former theatre and an adjacent Victorian h

    Refurbishment work by Burrell Foley Fischer is due to start on London's Almeida Theatre in March.
  • Curving away from covention

    Cowley Structural Timberwork's imaginative approach has resulted in lightweight frameworks that echo the structural properties of insects A series of imaginative softwood timber structures - vaults, domes, 'pods' and shellgrid roofs - has emerged from the relatively modest workshops of Cowley Structural Timberwork, in the village of Waddington, Lincolnshire.
  • Cut-price Segal house - but what is the reason?


    Daniel Libeskind's 'Spiral' extension to the V&A is to be reconfigured as part of a costsaving measure for the museum.
  • CZWG Architects

    CZWG Architects has unveiled its design for a £20 million office building in south London.Situated behind Tate Modern, the 4000m 2site is the first commercial building to be commissioned by property developers Manhattan Loft Corporation.The building is being pitched at media firms.Architect Piers Gough described the scheme as 'consciously sculptural' in response to being so close to the Tate. 'Furthermore, the interior is not a humdrum office environment, 'he said. The building is curren


    AJ ENQUIRY NO: 205
  • Damage limitation

    New legislation on limited liability will be a boon for many architects' practices. But the drawbacks must be considered
  • Damaged goods

    In our ongoing quest to keep you up to date with the glossy magazines, we are pleased to be able to bring you a vital piece of intelligence from an interview with boy-band Damage in this month's New Woman . Faced with the tricky question 'Would you like to get a girl into bed?'
  • Damages should reflect status if contract had been done properly

    legal matters

    AJ ENQUIRY NO: 205

    The physical insertion method of providing a new DPC has been used to solve a water-penetration problem at roof level in a modern multi-storey building. The original cavity tray membrane was of poor quality and had become ineffective. Dampcoursing's solution was to insert a spring-back canopy tray in the wall, one brick course higher than the failed original cavity tray membrane. A zinc external flashing was also inserted and dressed vertically down the external wall surface to overlap the or
  • Dan Flavin's exploration of light at the Serpentine

    Clare Melhuish reviews. . .
  • Daniel Hurd Associates, St Gerard's Church campanile, Castle Vale, Birmingham

    CAB award for young practices, £1,000
  • Daniel Libeskind

    Daniel Libeskind has won a competition to design a £2.5 million graduate school for the University of North London, his first university building in Europe. The university is no stranger to top architects: Zaha Hadid won its first competition - for a bridge. This will take off from Libeskind's 1,000m 2building and land across the Holloway Road at the West Campus site, for which a third competition will soon be launched, completing the development.
  • Daniel Libeskind's temporary pavilion

    The Serpentine Gallery in London's Kensington Gardens has released this image of Daniel Libeskind's temporary pavilion, now on site. Adjacent to the gallery, taking the space occupied by last year's Zaha Hadid-designed structure, the pavilion is due to be completed by 16 June.The 35x18x7m aluminium structure will serve as a lecture theatre, cafe and gallery party venue for the summer, closing on 9 September. A series of talks organised by the Architecture Foundation is planned for the pavilio
  • 'Daring' Eye scoops gold in new British art awards

    Marks Barfield's London Eye won a gold award at the annual British Art Design & Direction event yesterday (Wednesday). The Eye, entered in the 'design for leisure' category, beat Foster and Partners' glass house for the National Botanic Gardens of Wales and Alsop & Stormer's Peckham Library.

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  • David Chipperfield Architects

    David Chipperfield Architects has followed in the footsteps of Mies van der Rohe, Foster and Partners and Peter Eisenman by putting forward a plan for a tower on a politically sensitive site in Berlin to stimulate debate and maybe even get built. Project architect Martin Ebert said the 205m offices proposal is for Spreedreieck, a triangular site with a height limit of 30m imposed in the 1990s development plan. In 1920 Mies proposed a high-rise building for the site. Owner Muller-Spreer still
  • David Chipperfield's tale of work and city limits

    Clare Melhuish reviews. . .
  • David Richmond & Partners

    David Richmond & Partners is to submit plans for this £65 million scheme to redevelop the site of the former Alliance & Leicester building in Hove, East Sussex. The existing building is to be demolished to make way for new office space, as well as 64 units of residential accommodation and a day nursery. The inspiration for the sloping roofs was the contours of the landscape. Stepped terraces will allow views across the hills and to the coast to the south.
  • David Szymanski

    In welcoming you to the second supplement from Hanson Brick, I want to say how pleased I was to have heard from so many readers with their views following the first publication in November. From a manufacturer's point of view, any response from customers is encouraging, but more so when it is positive and enthusiastic. It helps to underline that the research and development programme we are committed to is reflective of the direction you want us to take and that the articles we present to you

    An exhibition of 10 houses designed by Pierre d'Avoine Architects will run at the University of North London School of Architecture's Forum Gallery from 5-22 September. The show will feature a series of illustrations of built and unbuilt projects, including the 'slim house' designed for the 'Ideal Home Show' two years ago and the 'Monad' house - runner-up in the Welsh House of the Future competition.

    Denton Corker Marshall (DCM) has scooped Australia's most prestigious honour for architecture, the Sir Zelman Cowen Award. The practice, which has a London office, won for the new Melbourne Museum. It is the second time DCM has been honoured - it won the 1996 award for the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

    The BBC has taken a major step towards securing a widescale reworking of its properties by securing the approval of culture secretary Tessa Jowell for bringing a private sector partner on board. The Department for Culture told the AJ that Jowell has approved of the joint venture after assurances that it is in line with the BBC's core values. Under the £500 million deal, the BBC's preferred bidder, Land Securities and Trillium, run and develop the corporation's 750,000m 2property portfoli
  • DDA will test the maturity of the profession

  • De Rijke and Duffy on the 'social agenda of cities'

    Clare Melhuish reviews. . .
  • Death-knell for double glazing in Blair's green push

    The government this week signalled the demise of standard double glazing as it rushed through new energy efficiency standards for buildings.
  • Debate is backbone of listed buildings system


    The AJ's website, ajplus. co. uk, has launched a live forum for the discussion of technical issues and examination of theoretical and practical matters. Visitors will be able to raise concerns, respond to previous comments and request information.All constructive comment is welcome.Click 'Discussion Forum' on the toolbar on the left of the homepage and leave your message or debating point.
  • Decorated shed

    Long-standing editor of the London Magazine Alan Ross, who has just died, sub-let his attic office for 20 years from 'jazzcrazy' Sir Martyn Beckett, consultant architect to Gordonstoun, the Savoy and Charterhouse - who never put the rent up. Then, after developers muscled in, Ross moved to a garden shed. No doubt the move was made easier by the fact this was not any old shed, but was designed by architect-critic Stephen Gardiner.
  • Decorative interiors are well worth preserving

  • Defeated Dome designers' star role in Liverpool

    The design team which narrowly missed out on developing the Millennium Dome for Japanese bank Nomura has regrouped and is bidding to develop a mammoth site twice the size in Liverpool.
  • Defiant talk follows panic - but the risk to tall buildings is nothing new

  • Defining a concept of beauty has us scrabbling for words

  • Defining moment

    We are pleased to report that Astragal made it into the pages of the Guardian on Saturday - not quoted for our proverbial newsgathering skills, but as a question in the fiendishly-difficult Pyrgic Puzzles. Sadly, no prizes are offered to AJ readers for choosing the right definition from: (a) female astronaut; (b) hooded jacket; (c) semi-circular moulding;
  • defining vision

    When the IRA blew open Manchester city centre Alison Nimmo helped turn the disaster into an opportunity for positive redevelopment. Now she is attempting to drive through regeneration in Sheffield as head of Sheffield One by austin williams. photograph by

    DEGW's partner in charge of architecture, Stephen Greenberg, has quit to set up on his own. His decision follows the departure of two other senior architects, Andy Wells and David Sadeghi, and looks set to trigger a change in strategy for the multidisciplinary practice.
  • Delayed spinnaker tower to set sail in Portsmouth

    The troubled 'spinnaker tower' (left) in Portsmouth finally looks set to go ahead. If all goes according to plan, the Harrington Design project should start on site next week.
  • Deliberating liability

    The unintentional consequences of an architect's actions may extend his/her period of liability past the usual six years
  • Delight in the details

    The RIAS held its annual convention in Dundee last week to debate both what the housing of the future might be like and how sustainability fits into the equation.
  • Delta force turns to Farrell for new Dome masterplan

    The government has sold the Millennium Dome to Meridian Delta - a consortium including Quintain Estates, Anschutz Entertainment and Australian developer Lend Lease. It will be turned into a 20,000-seat HOK-designed indoor venue on a 999-year lease with associated leisure and housing development outside, which is masterplanned by Terry Farrell and Partners.

    Property services company Jones Lang LaSalle has produced a report, The Events of September 11: Impact and Implications for Corporate Real Estate Occupiers. It highlights building and design demands of the corporate sector in the US, Europe and Asia in light of the terrorist attacks. The report is at www. joneslanglasalle. com
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  • Derek Lovejoy Partnership

    The Derek Lovejoy Partnership has been appointed to design the public spaces at Esso Glen, the Land Securities redevelopment in the heart of Victoria in central London. DLP's proposals include a substantial sky garden and outdoor arena. New and improved pedestrian linkages are also planned. The new glass-clad buildings (above) at Esso Glen, designed by EPR Architects, will provide retail units and cafes at street level, with office accommodation on six to nine storeys above. The project invol

  • Design and build

    In the first of a two-part series on modelling we examine the tools for creating models straight from the computer screen
  • Design and build was right for Manchester


    AJ/100% DESIGN EVENING Look out for your invitation to the AJ/100% Design architects' evening in next week's issue.
  • Design evolution

    The Charles Darwin Trust has drawn up a shortlist of six practices to design a £6 million study and visitor centre next to the scientist's house in Downe, Kent. The shortlist is: MacCormac Jamieson Prichard; Penoyre & Prasad; Nicholas Ray Architects;
  • Design for all debate on wider remit for Part M

  • Design for bridging

    'Bridging Art and Science' is the title of a forthcoming book and exhibition from Wilkinson Eyre, architect of the Magna project (pages 12 and 13) and other projects that are among the most imaginative in the UK. Running from 6 April to 20 May, the exhibition will be at London's Science Museum, where the practice's work includes an interactive steel and glass bridge in the Challenge of Materials Gallery and the ground-floor fit-out of the Wellcome Wing. Unsurprisingly, given the venue, both t
  • design for new stadium

    HOK Sport has unveiled this design for a new stadium for Benfica Football Club in Lisbon. The 65,000-seat structure will replace the club's existing stadium on an adjacent site overlooking the Tagus estuary. The £69 million Estadio de Luz (Stadium of Light) will be completed in time for the 2004 European Championships.

    NHS Estates has announced the shortlist for the design excellence category in its Building Better Healthcare Awards. The four shortlisted buildings are: Hammersmith Bridge Road Surgery by Guy Greenfield Architects for Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow Health Authority; the ACAD Centre by Avanti Architects for North West London Hospitals NHS Trust;
  • Design looks bright

    The Met Office is to decide today who will design its new weather centre in Exeter. The decision, which was due later this month, has been brought forward due to the announcement of the general election. The funds for the project, being fought out by Alsop Architects and Broadway Malyan, are being provided by the Treasury and a formal application has to be made before Parliament dissolves.The decision will be taken by the Met Office's board of directors, to be ratified by the chief executive.

    Architects and designers have until 25 May to register for this year's 'Design Sense'awards. With a prize fund of £40,000, entries are judged on their impact on the environment, as well as on social, economic and aesthetic grounds.
  • Design troop

    Gensler, the world's biggest architect, is launching a fleet-of-foot architecture and interiors unit here in London, tackling design-intensive projects with a crack squad of professionals.
  • Design under fire


    Designers Coexistence and twentytwentyone are to hold a charity design auction on 6 December at Christie's. 'Going once' will be hosted by inventor James Dyson, and the event will benefit the Children's Hope Foundation, Theodora Children's Trust and Sparks. Tickets will cost £40. Further details are available available on the web at www. coexistence. and www. twentytwentyone. com

    Design Yorkshire, a group set up to raise awareness of design, has won £100,000 for research to look at making Yorkshire 'a leading player on an international field, ' it says. The initiative was the brainchild of Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman and Jonathan Sands, chairman of Elmwood Design, a branding design agency. The Design Council and Yorkshire Forward Regional Development Agency have contributed to the funding.
  • Designing can be a risky business


    Philip Cave Associates has won planning permission for a £300,000 pedestrian square and steel and glass shelter in Penge, south London. The shelter is inspired by the shape of Pterodactyl wings, which are features of the dinosaur attraction at the nearby Crystal Palace Park.
  • Designs in every dimension

    Architech: Some architects pay only lip service to designing in 3D, but for Llewelyn-Davies it is fundamental to the practice's work


    The government must pressurise local authorities to recruit more architects into their planning departments, the new president of the Royal Town Planning Institute has said. Nick Davies took over from Kevin Murray this week and immediately pledged to campaign for a stronger emphasis on design in the planning process, both from local authorities and those submitting plans. 'There is nothing worse for a planner than dealing with a scheme not properly prepared by a qualified architect, ' he said
  • Designs on the city

    City Transformed: Urban Architecture at the Beginning of the 21st Century By Kenneth Powell. Laurence King, 2000. 255pp. £45.00

    Antoni Malinowski is the artist who collaborated with Haworth Tompkins on the recent refurbishment of London's Royal Court Theatre. Citing sketches by Carlo Scarpa as one of his inspirations, Malinowski has now made wall drawings and a rooftop installation to complement the selection of his paintings on show at Mendelsohn & Chermayeff 's De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, until 16 September. Details 01424 787949.
  • Designs on the presidency

    The three RIBA presidential hopefuls share their views on architecture, while we examine their own designs
  • Dessau's Bauhaus: crumbling but still alive

  • DETR stung by Audit Office's call for greater coordination

    The National Audit Office has rebuked John Prescott's department for taking a poorly coordinated approach to achieving improvement in the performance of the construction industry.
  • DETR's Part L preview goes easy on U-value reductions

    The Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions has taken the unprecedented step of issuing interim draft Building Regulations on energy efficiency provisions to allow industry time to gear up to accommodate the changes. The revisions to Approved Document Part L, covering insulation and ventilation standards, will be published in August and will come into effect in February 2002. The AJ has obtained a copy of the document.
  • Developer seeks architects for £11.6m London projects

    A consortium led by developer Urban Catalyst is looking for architects to sign up to a new £11.6 million social initiative to improve five areas of central London. Launched yesterday, organisers hope the pilot programme will eventually be rolled out across the country.
  • Developers to fight HTA £4m claim

  • Developing clarity - and backed up by minister?

  • Devolution dividend disputed as Welsh receive £23,500

    A row broke out between architects from London and Wales last week when the chairman of the RIBA London region, Tim Drewitt, rubbished plans to support the use of the Welsh language by comparing it to cockney rhyming slang.

    Work has started on Sheppard Robson's £8.2 million centre for research into the causes and treatment of diabetes. The 5,300m 2building is being constructed for the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust, pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk and the University of Oxford. It is to consist of a pair of two-storey clinical facilities flanking a triangular atrium.The third side will be enclosed by a three-storey research building. The complex incorporates an energy-saving aerofoil roof.
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    London Victor Pasmore: The Developing Process 8 November-5 December.An exhibition at the AA, 36 Bedford Sq, WC1.Details 020 7887 4000.
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    London Calling London 17 November-8 December.'A flexible ideas forum' organised by the Architecture Foundation at the A Bar, 30 Bury St, SW1, launched on 17 November (19.00) with Will Alsop and Rem Koolhaas.Details 020 7253 3334.
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    London Backpassages of Spitalfields Sundays 19 & 26 August, 18.30. A walk led by Alternative Arts.Meet outside Liverpool St Station (Bishopsgate entrance).Details 020 7375 0441.


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    London Fumihiko Maki 17 May-22 July. An exhibition at the V&A Museum, South Kensington. Details 020 7942 2000.
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    Artists from Belgium, France, Switzerland, Mexico and the UK examine Birmingham in an exhibition at Levitt Bernstein's Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, from 18 July until 2 September (0121 248 0708).

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    Next: Allen Tod Architecture Until 21 July. An exhibition at the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Church Sq, Scunthorpe. Details 01724 297070.
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    Mono-ha: School of Things Until 22 July. An exhibition of site-specific work by Japanese artists at Kettle's Yard, Castle St, Cambridge. Details 01223 352124.
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    Jean Prouve et Paris Until 31 August.
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    New Designers Exhibition 2001 Part Two (includes Interior Architecture), 12-15 July. At the Business Design Centre, Upper St, N1.Tickets 0870 739 0973.
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    Hugo Haring 18 July-4 September. An exhibition curated by Peter Blundell Jones at CUBE, 113 Portland St, Manchester. Details 0161 237 5525.
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    Shona Illingworth: Pilot 14 July-26 August. An exhibition at Berwick Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick-uponTweed. Details 01289 304493.
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    Ulrich Ruckriem Until 29 July.
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    Serge Chermayeff Until 15 July. An exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea.Details 01424 787949.
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    Void Until 22 July. An 'architecture and new media' exhibition at Plymouth Arts Centre, with a symposium on 13 July. Details 01752 206114.
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    Open City: Street Photographs Since 1950 Until 15 July. An exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Pembroke St, Oxford.Details 01865 813830.
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    Daphne Wright Until 23 September. An installation in Munkenbeck + Marshall's gallery at Roche Court, East Winterslow, near Salisbury.
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    Sheffield Degree Show Until 19 July. At the Arts Tower (Floor 15), University of Sheffield. Details 0114 222 0399.
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    Philippa Wagner Thursday 6 December, 19.00. A lecture at the Angela Marmont Lecture Theatre, University of Nottingham.
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    Loss Prevention Council Design Guide for Fire Protection of Buildings Tuesday 2 October, 16.00. A RIBA CPD seminar at Leicester. Details 0121 233 2321.
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    Naked Spaces: Patricia MacKinnonDay Until 27 October. Work examining the fabric of disused buildings. At Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham. Details 0115 915 2869.
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    Naked Spaces: Patricia MacKinnonDay 8 September-27 October.
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    Giacometti in Post-war Paris Until 9 December. An exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre, Norwich. Details 01603 593199.
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    Hydraulic Limes Conference Thursday 6 September.At the BRE, Garston, near Watford. Details Angela Mondair 01923 664775.
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    A Smarter Approach to Contruction Waste Friday 2 November. A conference at the BRE, Garston.
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    Nigel Henderson 27 September-25 November. An exhibition on the Smithsons' collaborator at Gainsborough's House, Sudbury, Suffolk. Details 01787 372958.
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    The Best of Houses Until 17 February.
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    Urban Design Group Study Tour to Randstadt, Holland 12-15 October.
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    10th International Chaumont Garden Festival Until 21 October. At Chaumont-sur-Loire. Details 00332 5420 9922.
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    JJP Oud - Philip Johnson: A Dialogue Until 9 September.An exhibition at the NAI, Rotterdam. Details 003110 440 1200.
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    The Impact of New Museums in Japan 29 November-1 December. A conference at Tate Britain. Details Matthew Gansallo 020 7887 8975.
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    Exposed: RIBA Library Photographs Collection 5-29 September.An exhibition at the RIBA, 66 Portland Place, W1. Details 020 7307 3770.
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    Building on Partnering with NEC Monday 8 October. An ICE conference at the RIBA, 66 Portland Place, W1. Details 020 7665 2313.
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    100% Design 27-30 September. At Earls Court 2. It includes the AJ's exhibition of projects under £150k and an AJ seminar at 18.00 on 27 Sept. Details 0700 5622 449.
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    The Future Designers Until 22 January. An exhibition at CUBE, 113 Portland St, Manchester. Details 0161 237 5525.
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    4x4: Apartment Avant-garde 9 October-28 November. An interactive Japan 2001 exhibition at CUBE, 113 Portland St, Manchester. Details 0161 237 5525.
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    4x4: Apartment Avant-garde 9 October-28 November. An interactive Japan 2001 exhibition at CUBE, 113 Portland St, Manchester.
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    Hugo Hõring Until 4 September.An exhibition curated by Peter Blundell Jones at CUBE, 113 Portland St, Manchester. Details 0161 237 5525.
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    KPIs and Benchmarking Tuesday 4 December, 14.00. A CPN workshop at Newcastle. Details 020 7222 8891.
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    The Glass Apartment Until 3 September.An exhibition of glass furniture etc at the National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland.
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    Geometric Shelters Throughout the autumn. A project at Kielder Water by Kisa Kawakami. Details www. kielder. org
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    Lunesdale Studio Trail Until 7 October.
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    The Future of Scotland's Architecture Friday 30 November. A RIAS conference at The Hub, Edinburgh. Details 0131 229 7545.
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    Richard Murphy Architects 29 September-24 November. An exhibition at the Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh. Details 0131 225 2383.
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    4x4: Apartment Avant-garde 9 October-28 November. An interactive Japan 2001 exhibition at The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow. Details 0141 221 6362.
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    Trauma Until 2 September.An international mixed-media exhibition at Dundee Contemporary Arts. Details 01382 606220.
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    RIBA CPD Event: CDM - New Code of Practice Thursday 13 December, 15.00. At Gatwick (01892 515878).
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    RIBA CPD Event: Changes to the Building Regulations Thursday 20 September, 14.00.At Gatwick.Details 01892 515878.
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    Working with the CDM Regulations Monday 8 October. A Construction Study Centre course at Ashford, Kent. Details 0121 434 3337.
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    Building a Sustainable School Until 6 October. An exhibition at Canterbury Environment Centre, St Alphege Lane, Canterbury. Details 020 7284 2272.
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    RIBA CPD Event: Access Consultancy 29-30 January. A course at the Building Display Centre, Exeter. Details 01752 265921.
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    RIBA CPD Event: VAT Seminar Tuesday 16 October. At the Novotel, Plymouth. Details 01752 220471.
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    Ed Ruscha Until 13 January. An exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Pembroke St, Oxford. Details 01865 722733.
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    Experiment Experiencia Until 21 October. An exhibition of post-war Brazilian art at the Museum of Modern Art, Pembroke St, Oxford. Details 01865 722733.
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    Experiment Experiencia Until 21 October. An exhibition of post-war Brazilian art at the Museum of Modern Art, Pembroke St, Oxford. Details 01865 722733.
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    Experiment ExperiÛncia Until 21 October.An exhibition of post-war Brazilian art at the Museum of Modern Art, Pembroke St, Oxford.

    Josephine Pryde's photographs exploit the spatial ambiguities that mirrors create. They are at the New Art Centre Sculpture Park & Gallery, Roche Court, East Winterslow, near Salisbury, from 6 December-24 February, along with small-scale bronzes by Barbara Hepworth (01980 862244).
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    Peter Fink Wednesday 5 December, 19.30. A lecture on art and architecture at Oriel Mostyn.
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    Tono Mirai: House for Stories Until 13 October.A partly subterranean house of clay and straw at Bleddfa Centre for the Arts, Knighton. Details 01547 550 377.
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    Small Practice - Sound Practice?
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    KPIs and Benchmarking Thursday 18 October. A Construction Productivity Network workshop at Wrexham.
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    In Ruins: Artists and Ruins Until 2 December. An exhibition at the Holburne Museum of Art, Gt Pulteney St, Bath (01225 466669).
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    4x4: Apartment Avant-garde 9 October-28 November. An interactive Japan 2001 exhibition at the Architecture Centre, Narrow Quay, Bristol. Details 0117 922 1540.
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    Works of Worship Until 7 October.
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    Daphne Wright Until 23 September.An installation at Roche Court, East Winterslow, near Salisbury.Details 01980 862244.
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    Managing Electronic Information Wednesday 5 December. A RICS seminar at Birmingham. Details 020 7695 1600.
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    The Architecture Foundation Tuesday 4 September, 19.30.Haruo Morishima discusses the Foundation's aims at Moorlands House, Stockwell St, Leek. Details 01538 373477.
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    North Staffs Arts + Architecture Members Evening Tuesday 2 October, 19.30. At the Victoria Hall, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. Details Chris Hesketh 01538 373477.
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    RIBA CPD Event: Fire Protection of Buildings Thursday 18 October, 16.00.
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    Sustainability: Putting it into Practice Tuesday 4 December. A RIBA conference at the Earth Centre, Doncaster. Details Cathy Poole 0113 245 6250.
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    Lime Week 22-25 October. How to use lime in repair and conservation work - a course at the University of York. Details 01904 433963.
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    Lime Week 22-25 October. How to use lime in repair and conservation work - a course at the University of York. Details 01904 433963.
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    Lime Week 22-25 October.How to use lime in repair and conservation work - a course at the University of York. Details 01904 433963.
  • Did Zaha Hadid and Daniel Libeskind have a precursor?

    Correctly identifying the first High-Tech building is still an unsolved puzzle, so there is probably not much chance of correctly identifying the first ever Zaha Hadid or Daniel Libeskind-style spiky project, but here goes.

  • Diet wisdom

    From the paperback reissue of David Matless' excellent Landscape and Englishness (Reaktion Books), some timeless words from James Wentworth Day's 1943 classic, Farming Adventure : 'You do not breed good men and women on tinned meat, canned tomatoes, foreign eggs with a rubber stamp on them, or 'breakfast foods' packed in cardboard, kept for months, and sold at the pistol point of publicity campaigns. Food from our own soil - English beef, Southdown mutton, new milk, wheat with the grain in it
  • Different dimension

    Le Corbusier: The Sculptural Collaboration with Savina At Leeds City Art Gallery until 29 April
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  • Digital evolution

    COMPUTING: Planners need to consider how the natural world has evolved when designing the hi-tech cities and buildings of the future

    RIBA's Future Studies Committee is to explore the way in which digital technology can change architecture at a conference on 4 June.The day-long E-Futures Conference will hear from speakers including Bill Mitchell, author of City of Bits and E-Topia, and Hani Rashid of Studio Asymptote, architect and designer of the Virtual Guggenheim. Discussion will range from digital culture to computer-controlled fabrication and rapid processing technologies.

  • Dining club

    Sir Tom Stoppard was in fighting form at the Royal Academy dinner last week.
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    Of the many architects present at the RA dinner, several had cause to look pleased with themselves. David Chipperfield, BBC victor in Scotland, was congratulated by all and sundry, but claimed he was still only getting commissions abroad.Nicholas Grimshaw, Piers Gough, Ian Ritchie, new Architecture Foundation chairman Will Alsop, Colin St John Wilson, Michael Manser, Charles Jencks, Ed Jones, Sir Philip Dowson, Sir Richard MacCormac, Gordon Benson and Sir Michael Hopkins were among those atte
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    Art and Architecture Chinati Foundation, 2000. US$15 Art in the Landscape Chinati Foundation, 2000. US$12 (Available from tel 001 915 729 4362, fax 001 915 729 4597)
  • Discriminating design should go beyond disability dogma

    Back in 1961, Selwyn Goldsmith wrote Designing for the Disabled . At the time the notion that the wheelchairbound had a right to demand access to public buildings was barely acknowledged. Forty years on, it is enshrined in law, and Goldsmith has written Universal Design ; a book which is likely to prompt controversy with its claim that for-the-disabled design is in fact both socially exclusive and offensively discriminatory.
  • Dismissal 'a smokescreen to kill off the project' - Rogers

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    Dangerous Liaisons: Preserving Post-War Modernism in City Centres 15-17 February at Helsinki
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  • Distance & Proximity

    Thomas A Clark. pocketbooks, 2000. 123pp. £7.99 (ISBN 0 7486 6288 X)

    Melanie Essex has headed for the top floors of Centrepoint and Goldfinger's Trellick Tower to produce the paintings for her exhibition at Elgin, 50 Elgin Crescent, London W11 from today until 12 April. Details 020 7221 9161.
  • Dixon Jones scoops Magna Carta project at Salisbury

    Jeremy Dixon.Edward Jones has edged out John Pawson and Peter Zumthor in the troubled competition to build a new home for the Magna Carta at Salisbury Cathedral.

    The Jeremy Dixon.Edward Jones Partnership has won two university competitions, taking its total number of wins this year to three. The practice is to work with BDP Belfast on a £25 million student centre at Queens University, providing bars and a theatre.The practice is also to build the £12 million 'Panopticon Building' at University College London. In February, the practice secured the contract to build a £7 million Magna Carta Centre at Salisbury Cathedral.

    DLA Architecture of Wakefield has won detailed planning consent for a £35 million mixed-use scheme in Sheffield including offices, flats, shops, bars and a restaurant at the former Wards Brewery site.
  • Do away with joint experts - who needs them anyway?

    When Lord Woolf first proposed that the cost of litigation could be cut if the courts were assisted by only one expert instead of the traditional ranks of experts proffered by each disputing party, some commentators objected fervently.
  • Dock decision delayed

    Bidders for Liverpool's Kings Dock may have to wait up to three months for a decision, urban regeneration company Liverpool Vision has announced. Liverpool Vision deputy chairman David Shelton said the bids were delayed by the independent due diligence process (AJ 3.5.01).

    Six firms are battling it out to design a new footbridge in Docklands, the AJ has learned.The teams for the Bellmouth Passage Footbridge are: Patel Taylor Architects;

    Will Alsop was awarded an honorary doctorate in design last week by Nottingham Trent University for his 'contribution to the creation of art for use in the public sector and high standards in design'.
  • Does banal building deserve AJ coverage?

  • Does display to peers come before users?

    Many people living in Hackney will be dismayed to read that an exhibition devoted to the new Clissold Leisure Centre by Hodder Associates is opening at the Cube Gallery in Manchester shortly, given that is is they who have paid (more than twice over already) for this long-delayed and still unfinished project.
  • Dolores Hayden and Daniel Miller on urban rural idylls

    Urban historian Dolores Hayden delivered a damning attack on US housing policy in her contribution to the Tate Modern's 'Thinking the City' symposium, revealing that the cost of tax subsidies to big developers in the late 1960s cost the Federal Government more than US$750 million (£543million) - 10 times its housing and poverty programme. The 'power of real-estate, banking and construction on legislation' remains endemic today, says Hayden.
  • Dome celebrated in revamp for Rethinking Construction

    A new book to be published by CABE next month celebrates the Millennium Dome as an exemplar of good design and building practices.

    The residents of Greenwich are set to have their say on Legacy's proposals to turn the Millennium Dome into a hi-tech business park. The plans, designed by Lifschutz Davidson, will be displayed at the Dome itself, Eltham Library, Greenwich planning department and at the Forum@Greenwich for three weeks from Monday 29 January. Works are due to take more than two years, but the consortium claims the transformation will create 8,500 new jobs. Proposals have been submitted for planning approval an

    Government attempts to sell the Millennium Dome have been shelved until after the general election, despite it costing £1 million a month to keep closed. The government had announced it would launch a new bidding round for the troubled Dome within weeks. The AJ understands that ministers have mothballed the sale to avoid it becoming an election issue.

    Terry Farrell's 1962 Blackwall Tunnel ventilation shafts, one of which passes through the Millennium Dome, have been given Grade II-listed building status by arts minister Alan Howarth. The 1964 Lilian Baylis School in Lambeth by Architects Co-Partnership was awarded the same status; while Bristol's Cathedral Church of Saints Peter and Paul, by the Percy Thomas Partnership, won Grade II* protection. Lillington Gardens Estate in Westminster; 1 Park Lane, a Sheffield house by Patrick Guest; and

  • Donor card

  • Don't assume you have created a contract - make it binding

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  • Don't blow IT

  • Don't count your legal chickens until the law lets them hatch

    legal matters
  • Don't demolish - put the school to another use

  • Don't give up

    Critics who believe high-rise is finished following the New York atrocity may be wide of the mark. For every Jeremiah predicting the end of the city, there are determined individuals ready to fight back. None more so than Larry Silverstein, developer/owner of the World Trade Center. 'It would be a tragedy of tragedies not to rebuild this part of New York, ' he told the Sunday Telegraph. 'It would give the terrorists the victory they seek.' The architectural firm which designed the centre is b
  • Don't give Waitrose any bigger ideas - please!

  • Don't glaze over the Working Details

  • Don't let those wide boys GA you down

    Remember that bloke in college who managed to get through five years of studio, plus a year out, and still hadn't the faintest idea about architecture?
  • Don't rely on electronic black (shoe)box solution

  • Don't rock the boat - keep remits focused

  • Don't sign if you can't do the time

    Somebody has suggested a reason for my freelance friend, Juanita, being imposed upon by her former boss over something she had done or failed to do on a job years before. It is a Court of Appeal case reported in the RIBA's excellent Practice Bulletin edited by Neal Morris: Merrett v Babb . Babb was a properly qualified surveyor. Merrett made a mortgage application.
  • Don't stereotype - we are not all uncreative

  • Doorstop cube from Ochre

    Come to the 100% Design architects' evening and you could win

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  • Dornbracht Towel rails

    Come to the 100% Design architects' evening and you could win

  • Down on it

    Dropping in to my current favourite Los Angeles club, The Deep, who should I spot showing a hoof on the dance floor but Marcus Binney, the suave bon viveur who has managed to retain his enthusiasm for architecture for at least three decades.The Times correspondent's physical exertions put to shame miserable shuffling efforts by fellow hacks Kenneth Powell and Jonathan Glancey. I can only assume the trio were enjoying a freebie in the City of Angels.Watch out for long pieces in the nationals.
  • Downhill all the way after Glaswegian frolics

    As every Londoner knows, there are two things we take very seriously in Glasgow: deep-fried Mars bars and booze-filled weekends.
  • Downlight dangerous

    CHATROOM - and another thing. . .
  • Downloading rocks and. . . er, nothing

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  • Downturn is the catalyst for job losses in UK architecture

    Almost 1,100 jobs will be lost in the UK architectural profession next year, according to the first edition of the 2002 Plimsoll Portfolio Analysis: Architects, released last week.
  • Drawing on the experiences of life help create better work

    If you cannot draw you cannot make architecture. When I was 15 years old I decided that I wanted to learn to draw and learn about the history of stage design.
  • Dreaming of utopia and freedom on the unopen road to nowhere

    'Every time I learn something new it pushes some old stuff out of my brain!' So exclaimed Homer Simpson in desperation. And how right he was.
  • Dreary urban sprawl is nothing compared with natural wonders

    A cold day -5degreesC. Driving down Queen Elizabeth Highway and the northern edge of Lake Ontario. There is a low cloud, it is Sunday and it is bleak. A flock of Canadian geese flies low over the highway as Toronto slowly dissolves into a sprawl. The city of three million that does not know how to stop. Just as you think you have left it behind another crop of commercial buildings arises to justify another row of nondescript detached homes. No love or care has been lavished anywhere in this l
  • Dressed to kill

    PROJECT PROFILE: OFFICE BUILDING - Deborah Singmaster inspects full-blooded modernist style in Surrey
  • Drive for improvement

    The construction industry could increase its efficiency by learning from the car manufacturers. But is it ready to?
  • Driven architecture: as the wheel dies, the live-in car comes of age

    Czech media philosopher Vilem Flusser, who died in a tragic motor accident 10 years ago this month, left behind him many remarkable insights.One of the most tantalising was his assertion that 'as technology develops, the wheel dies out, as it did in nature'.
  • Driving forward transport on a grand scale

    The complex requirements and constraints of global transport hubs were explored in depth at the AJ's Interchange conference sponsored by Argent. Leading names in transport architecture presented current schemes. Austin Williams was there
  • Droog Design's musings on Dutch sobriety and age

    Dutch culture and design gets another shot of publicity with an exhibition at the Architectural Association which showcases the design collections of Droog Design. This firm, which commissions 'young design' - as distinct from 'young designers' - was set up in the early 1990s by art historian Renny Ramakers and jewellery designer Gijs Bakker. The joint lecture at the AA revealed that the hip-sounding name of their outfit really means 'dry', as in 'sober' - a reflection on the suppression of m
  • Dropping course is a blow to foundations of our profession

  • Drumming up interest in Manchester offices

    Office buildings on a site in Manchester gain presence from the brickwork drums that are, literally, pivotal to their design

    Dennis Sharp Architects has won this year's Malcolm Dean Design Award with the restoration and extension to Colin Lucas' 68-year-old 'Flat Roofed House'.

    The DTLR has started development of its online Planning Programme consisting of two services - the Casework Service and the Planning Portal.The Casework Service is an electronic planning handling and tracking facility that will automate the links between the Planning Inspectorate and applicants and appellants, local planning authorities and government offices. The Planning Portal will offer an advisory service with guidance on planning and related topics. Further details of the Planning Progr

    An Irish artist has complained to the European Commission about the go-ahead given for Ian Ritchie Architects' controversial 120m 'spike' monument in Dublin city centre two weeks ago. Michael O'Nuallain claims the environmental impact study into the spike falls short because its glass tip could be shattered by lightning and fall on members of the public. The EC said it may seek an explanation from environment minister Noel Dempsey.

    The Irish government has approved plans for the controversial 120m high monument, nicknamed the Spike, by Ian Ritchie Architects. The IR£3 million (£2.4 million) design will be erected in the city centre and will part of the redevelopment of O'Connell Street. It will take five months to build and the top 12m will be illuminated.
  • Ducking 'n'diving issues

    'London: Bread and Circuses' By Jonathan Glancey. Verso (London), 2001. 147pp. £13 '

  • Dull barometer

  • Dunster aiming higher with new 'flower power' concept

    Bill Dunster Architects has unveiled a proposal to step its sustainable building concepts up a gear and apply them to tall buildings. The practice is currently showing its designs to developers and housing associations.
  • Dutch masters

    The recent restoration of Brinkman and Van der Vlugt's Sonneveld House in Rotterdam turns the clock back to 1933.
  • Dutch teach bricklayers to think thin

    The advantages of thin-bed masonry and glue mortar have revolutionised architecture on the Continent, writes Els Bleus
  • dynamics & deflection

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    An unexploded artillery shell has disrupted progress on Scott Brownrigg + Turner's Manchester Business Park project. When a digger knocked into the shell, police were fast to isolate the area and blow up the shell. The site, near Manchester Airport, was a former training ground for paratroopers.

    Dyson Ringrose welcomes commissions from architects, specifiers and designers who have exact requirements as to carpet colour, size and pattern.
  • Eagle-eyed

    Fresh from watching the US Masters, Astragal's eyes catch a notice from Edinburgh College of Art about an event taking place on Thursday 19 April: Golfers'Question Time.

    The British Museum is cutting the opening hours of the Great Court on Thursdays to Saturdays in the new year after deciding that it does not make financial sense to keep it open until 11pm. It was a condition of the £30 million funding from the Millennium Commission that the court stay open late in its first year.

    The Mughal observatories at Jaipur and Delhi were a past source for Jenny West's drawings, while mosque interiors are among the references for her current exhibition, 'Pleasures of Uncertainty'. It can be seen at Derby Museum and Art Gallery, The Strand, Derby until 17 June (01332 716659).
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  • Eastern

  • Easy solution to net conundrum

    Most of us at work have some kind of connection to the Web.
  • Eat London or Drink London

    Anybody who takes out a subscription to the AJ at 100% Design will receive a copy of either Eat London or Drink London absolutely free.These beer-mat sized guides cover new bars and restaurants on the London scene, with particular emphasis on projects which are architecturally significant. Existing AJ subscribers can buy the book for a discounted price at the show.
  • Eat treat

    On the subject of the RIBA, congratulations to President Marco on the revamped Florence Hall and the new catering contract with Milburns, which so far is going down a treat. Delicious canapes and plentiful decent wine marked the opening of the London Region's 'Transport by Design' show, which is rather good. GLA member Susan Kramer gave the opening speech, which included a blast against Margaret Thatcher, which seemed somewhat curious. Wasn't it Mrs T who promoted the JLE extension of which w
  • ECD Architects

    ECD Architects and the Westwood Partnership have won planning permission for this mixed-use scheme in Covent Garden which is set to include a new home for the Royal Ballet School. The project, which also features retail elements, is for a site bounded by Floral Street, Hanover Place and Long Acre. Three listed buildings are being retained.

    ECD Architects has won approval for its 192home scheme on the Coopers Road Estate in Southwark. The £11 million development is for medium-density housing.
  • Echoes of Wembley as CABE judges new Arsenal stadium

    The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has told Arsenal Football Club that its designs for a new 60,000 seater stadium in Ashburton Grove are fine as an 'object', but disappointing in that they lack originality and fall short in the way they treat their surroundings.


    Next month sees the completion of phase 2 of Mile End Park, which showcases sustainable technologies designed by Tibbalds TM2.
  • Economics decide space standards in housing

  • Economy in all things - especially buying books


    Edaw has won the go-ahead for a £175 million flagship mixed-use regeneration scheme in Reading, after the consortium for which it prepared the masterplan won preferred development-partner status from the local council.The 70,000m 2Chatham Street project includes 19,500m 2of commercial space, an 18-storey tower, 300 new residential units, and 3,250m 2of retail and leisure space.
  • Eden experience dulled by traffic problems, queues and few plants

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    A High Court judge warned Cornwall's Eden Project that it may have to change its name if he rules in favour of Jonathan Ball, the architect hoping to be compensated to the tune of £5.5 million in his long-running dispute on intellectual property rights. A ruling was due to be announced as the AJ went to press. Counsel for Ball told the court that the Eden Project had attempted to 'airbrush' him from its history.
  • Eden Project brings forward plans to build a third biome

    The Eden Project is pushing through plans to create a desert climate section with a third biome to help deal with huge visitor numbers.
  • Eden-founder Ball goes back to court - in row with solicitor

  • Eden's Ball 'quits' after court defeat

    Jonathan Ball, the beleaguered architect at the centre of a dispute with Cornwall's Eden Project, is to leave architecture and pursue a career in 'making things happen'. He is also planning to write a book about the £80 million initiative.
  • Edge condition

    Problems of a different sort for Jean Fawbert who bought a coastguard cottage near Beachy Head 12 years ago. The Independent on Sunday reveals her tragic plight:

    Gordon Murray and Alan Dunlop Architects has submitted an outline planning application for a £50 million business park development at Newbridge, Edinburgh. The owner of the site, Grampian Country Food Group, wants to transform it from a food processing plant and an animal husbandry unit.
  • Edinburgh Park prize for Campbell and Arnott

    Campbell and Arnott has clinched a cheque for £5,000 and the commission to design a new £2 million office building for what will be the final piece in the jigsaw of the Richard Meier-planned Edinburgh Park first phase.
  • editorial

    Bringing invisible architecture out of the shadows
  • editorial

    Opportunities for all as Ireland looks beyond its shores
  • editorial

    Magna's legacy: all change on the Stirling front?
  • Editorial

    Is it time for Lord Foster to face the future?
  • editorial

    Students' excellence in design undermined by poor writing skills
  • Editorial

    Just over a year ago I stood outside a glulam plant in Finland and looked at the view. The plant was on raised ground and you could see for miles. And almost all that you could see were trees.
  • editorial

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    Time to take stock of the state of the nation's talent
  • editorial

    LEADER: Now is the time for architects to take to the open road
  • EDITORIAL - Popularity should be a separate issue from excellence of design

    The two least well-known projects on the Stirling shortlist focus the mind on the question of what the Stirling Prize is all about. Hammersmith Surgery by Guy Greenfield Architects and The Lawns by Eldridge Smerin are particularly welcome additions to the list, in that they are both by new practices and are both projects which a lessenlightened selection panel might not have deemed suitably 'significant'for a potential Stirling winner.
  • EDITORIAL - Urban design must embrace the weird and the wonderful


    Stirling 2001
  • editorial letters

    Long-term problem solving better than knee-jerk response
  • editorial letters

    Tall buildings could yield unexpected career opportunities
  • editorial letters

    Learning to love new buildings - and wider urban design
  • Educating archies

  • Educating the light infancy

    TECHNICAL & PRACTICE: Despite site constraints, this primary school was renovated to a high standard using imaginative and effective lighting
  • Education: CABE could inject mediation and inspiration

  • Educators should share the Spink prize money?

  • 'Effete' architects slammed over new Carlisle bridge

    Carlisle City Council has attacked a high-profile campaign to save Studio E's innovative but overbudget Hadrian's Bridge as the interference of 'effete polo-necked architects' who have no concept of the area's cash-strapped economy.
  • Egan-style teaching in the classroom can kick-start creativity

    Should schools of architecture encourage students to work as part of a team? Commenting on schools of architecture at the ARB board meeting last week, Marco Goldschmied expressed concern that too much Egan in the classroom could stifle creativity at this crucial early stage.
  • Eger to go higher

    A lightweight glulam structure has allowed Eger Architects to extend upwards an old button factory in Camberwell, south London, so that it can perch a second floor of living space on top of its new offices. Circular glulam columns rise from the position of the steel columns below, which support the curved glulam beams. This helps avoid the need for any strengthening to the original structure or improvements to the foundations. The glulam columns are hollow, made up of long wedges of timber wi
  • Egeraat makes UK breakthrough - with mesh

    Erick van Egeraat Associates (EEA) has won planning permission on its first ever building in the UK - a startling mesh-draped 13,000m 2office scheme in London's Clerkenwell.



    Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell has announced that David Cannadine has been appointed as a Commissioner of English Heritage.

    English Heritage has published a new guide, designed to get people to look after historic buildings better by 'reading' them and managing change. Informed Conservation aims to help people understand and analyse not just the construction, alteration and use of buildings through time but also the changing social context and landscape into which they fit.

    English Heritage and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment have unveiled plans to work together on reviewing masterplans. The two bodies have recently differed on schemes such as Kohn Pedersen Fox's tower proposal in the City, but have now agreed to fuse their design review panels to create a unified response to major urban schemes.Both CABE and EH will retain their separate roles as consultees in areas outside major masterplans.
  • EH is 'Taliban of architecture', Livingstone tells schoolkids


    English Heritage is pushing for 120 'architectural gems' in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter to be listed. The agency has recommended that government rubber stamps its proposal for the buildings in the 'workshop of the world' area, which it sees as the most important example of a Victorian and 20th-century jewellery and metalworking community.

    English Heritage has recommended listed building status for eight communications buildings, including Ove Arup and Partners' 275m ITV Broadcasting Tower at Emley Moor in Yorkshire. The others are: the British Telecom Communications Tower in London; Radar Training Station in Lancashire; British Telecom Earth/Satellite Station Antenna 1, Cornwall; County Police Communications Tower, Durham; Cargo Agents Warehouse, Heathrow; the Equatorial Telescopes, East Sussex; and Dungeness Lighthouse, Kent.

    Arts minister Baroness Blackstone has revealed that English Heritage is to be reviewed by its parent body, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The review will examine English Heritage's past performance, set down its objectives and review the efficiency and effectiveness of its services.
  • EHeconomic grants pump £9m into deprived areas

    English Heritage has announced grants worth £9 million to help transform 59 of what it calls 'England's most deprived urban and rural areas'.
  • Eighty not out

    The highlight of the architectural week was not MIPIM (see below), but the 80th birthday party of that most excellent of architectural knights, Sir Philip Powell. Held at the Royal Academy on Saturday evening, a splendid group of guests were greeted by Philip and Philippa, complete with an unexpected treat for the Great Man: a portrait by his daughter Dido. I noticed Mr and Mrs Richard Burton (Richard and ABK partner Paul Koralek both worked for Powell & Moya);
  • Election brings not just crooks and idiots but a range of UFOs

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  • Elegance is an extra with catalogue clicks

    The web can be wacky but let's get serious for a bit. There are, naturally quite conventional information sites for architects, effectively conversions of products catalogues. One such is Erco's.
  • Ellis Williams lands £3.5m arts centre project in Oxon

  • Emerging practices offered foundation for future work

    The Architecture Foundation has teamed up with developer Delancey Estates to offer a prize of a £60,000 new-build project as an added bonus to practices which make it into its latest glossy book of 'emerging architects'.
  • Emerging talents recognised as ar+d names 2001 winners


    A plan to refurbish London's Hackney Empire has won £3.85 million of Lottery cash. Tim Ronalds Architects has done the design work for the 100-year-old building.Work at the theatre will begin next month.


    A series of one-day seminars began this week called 'Employment Law: the basics and the changes', with more to follow. The £95 events look at contracts, discrimination, tribunals and law changes. Further seminars in the series are being run on April 3 and 25, May 2 and 9. Contact Tim Carr, Professional Personnel Consultants, 01480 222729, e-mail training@ppclimited. com
  • End of an era

    Richard Seifert, whose death prompted major obituaries in the national press this week, was an architectural phenomenon. The most successful commercial architect of his generation, he also had a commitment to the profession which was often underestimated. He served as a RIBA councillor, arguing in the early 1970s for what were then quite high membership fees, but which would sort out those who were interested in the profession and those who weren't. He donated substantial sums to the institut

    Work to rectify the infamous 'wobble' of Lord Foster's Millennium Bridge began last week with UK bridge builder Cleveland Bridge preparing to install passive dampers along its 320m span.

    European Union ministers are to be asked to approve new EU construction standards, with the aim of improving the energy efficiency of new and renovated buildings (above 1,500m 2), by up to 22 per cent by 2010. The directive would order the development of common methodologies for integrated minimum energy performance standards by member states for each building type.

    The government's energy efficiency best practice initiative is set to reach out to architects with a series of free workshops on producing better industrial buildings. The workshops will focus on improving the relationships between clients and designers to help achieve energy savings. Call 0800 585794 for more details.
  • engineering her destiny

    PEOPLE: In her engineering work on projects such as the subject of this week's building study, Plashet bridge, Megan Maclaurin of structural engineer Techniker draws on a truly eclectic range of work and life experiences.
  • English Heritage and RIBA cross swords over towers. . .

  • English Heritage denies rift over Coppergate II inquiry

    English Heritage has denied rumours that boss Sir Neil Cossons wants to back out of a public inquiry in York where the conservation agency is scheduled to defend the unpopular Chapman Taylor mixed-use scheme, Coppergate II.
  • English Heritage predicts inquiry for Piano mega-tower

    English Heritage believes that Renzo Piano's £350 million designs for Europe's tallest tower at London Bridge are heading for a public inquiry.
  • English Heritage: Piano's mega tower is out of tune

    English Heritage has given the thumbs-down to Renzo Piano's £350 million London Bridge Tower because it says the building will have a major impact on the Tower of London world heritage site and protected strategic views of St Paul's.
  • English Partnerships to signal kick-off for Everton stadium

    Everton Football Club's plan for a £125 million stadium on the banks of the Mersey is almost certain to get the green light from site owner English Partnerships, the AJ has been told.
  • Enlightened attitudes

    REVIEW: LANDSCAPE BOOKS - Changes in Scenery: Contemporary Landscape Architecture in Europe By Thies Schroder. Birkhauser, 2001. 184pp. £42
  • Entries

    ABOVE Structural engineer Buro Happold Project Millennium Dome, Greenwich Use of aluminium Extruded roof system RIGHT Architect RKD Architects Project Independent House, Independent News & Media, Dublin Use of aluminium Extruded glazing sections; sheet cladding LEFT Architect Stride Treglown Project Plymouth Mail Centre, Plymstock, Plymouth Use of aluminium Extruded aluminium louvres, decking and glazing sections;
  • Environment Agency's attitude surprised me


    Environment expert and government advisor Sir Crispin Tickell is to address the annual general meeting of the associate parliamentary group on architecture and planning when it meets next Wednesday at the House of Commons. Jonathan Labrey, the group's secretary and RIBA head of government relations, said it was a timely choice since environment will join health, education and economy as a major election issue.
  • Environmental Protection Act 1990: Part IIA Stationery Office,1990

    This legislation for contaminated land took effect in England on 1 April 2000. It requires local authorities to identify contaminated land in their areas and ensure its remediation by those responsible. If a person discovers that the land they own is contaminated and fails to remediate it within a reasonable period, they become a knowing permitter (unless they were made aware of it by the enforcing authority). However, there may be occasions when the owner or occupier may be deemed liable eve
  • Environmentalist exposes sustainability argument 'lies'

    An environmental expert attempted to debunk the main tenets of the sustainable development movement last week before an audience of highprofile scientists, academics and campaigners.

  • EPR Architects

    EPR Architects' design for the second phase of the Greenwich Millennium Village project has won planning approval. Building work is expected to start at the end of this month.The 189-unit scheme comprises three multi-storey buildings positioned around a semi-private garden square.
  • Equity will help to stabilize the world

  • Eraser at work

    Talking of Tate Modern, Nick Serota is waging a one-man campaign against the 'pencil' residential tower proposed for a neighbouring site. He thinks it is wrong for a tall structure to interfere with his redundant chimney, and for a private building to impinge on the civic significance of the Tate. Can this be right? After all, the Millbank Tower (now listed) has a significant impact on the locality in which Tate Britain sits on the north side of the Thames.

    AJ ENQUIRY NO: 205
  • Escaping preconceptions

    Analysing how people actually respond to fire could lead to more of a flexible approach in the design of escape routes


    With storms in Britain increasing in intensity, Eternit has launched a range of security clay ridges which comply fully with BS 5534 and represent a new, secure method of fixing. Eternit's security ridges have been designed to offer peace of mind to homeowners concerned with improving the storm-resistance of their roofs. Easy to fix, they include a strap which is slotted through a hole in the end of the ridge and simply nailed to the ridge board using ordinary tilefixing nails. The strap is t
  • Ethics and Architecture?

    CHATROOM - over to you. . .
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  • EU to put 'smart' money on concept house development

    The European Commission has moved to promote the development of so-called 'smart' houses, specially designed for the elderly and disabled, notably through schemes to finance adapted electronic devices built into these homes.
  • Euro pressure on equity means UK homeowners face their Waterloo

    Now the general election is over and our government's batteries are recharged we can open a new can of worms: 'will joining the euro affect our property values?'

    The UK winners and shortlisted schemes for Europan 6 are on show at the Architectural Association until 28 September. The international competition aims to encourage young architects to come up with innovative solutions for housing design and urban renewal. This year's competition attracted more than 2,000 entries for 65 different sites across Europe, including ones in Manchester, Peckham and Hackney. For more information visit www. designforhomes. org
  • Europan: UK winners unveiled

  • European Capital of Culture - the facts


    Eva Jiricna Architects director Jon Tollit is leaving the practice this week after 15 year's service. Tollit worked on schemes such as the Kimberlin Library at De Montfort University in Leicester and a string of London shops for fashion chain Joseph. The 43 year old said he has no definite plans.

    AJ ENQUIRY NO: 201
  • Every which way but in

    Is it a pleasure or a pain to be lost in Tate Modern?A moot point if you can't get in, but improvements to help visitors to use the building are under way

    Excitech supplies the following products to architects'offices.Latest versions are available on release:

  • Exploring the Classics

    Products in Hanson Brick's Classic Collection satisfy aesthetic and practical solutions to alternative construction materials. The Collection includes modular bricks in the Classic range and glazed bricks in the Diamond range. Both are ideal for commercial and industrial applications.
  • Exploring the implications of change

    The head is round, Picabia once said, in order that thought may change direction. So here are two justifications for having a round head. First is that I want to exempt the RIBA library catalogue from my strictures about the site. It is one of the best online catalogues in the business. It is flexible and usable - you can even download bits of it. Terrific!
  • Extension to Victorian terraced house, London

    Neil Choudhury Architects - working details

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  • Eye history should not have been rewritten

  • Eye-catching

  • Eyes wide open

    Boasting a diverse portfolio, Pod Productions revels in designing communications solutions for different audiences


    For those positively spiritual about minimalism, check out The Church at Nov_ DV_ r: - a limited-edition print by John Pawson, commissioned by Eyestorm. Pawson has been commissioned to create a new monastery by the Cistercian monks of Sept-Fons in France, who spotted his work at Calvin Klein's flagship store and recognised a kindred spirit. The print shows the interior of the monastery; 30 per cent of the proceeds from sales will go directly towards the monks' fund to realise the project.




  • Factory-built homes - Leeds got there first

  • Fair foundation for competitions in future

  • Faith in the city

    BUILDING STUDY: Halliday Clark's Immanuel College in Thackley, on the outskirts of Bradford, is the first Church of England secondary school in the city. Built around a quadrangle, it is collegiate in feel and has a lightness far removed from conventional

  • Falconer Chester partner dies in light aircraft tragedy

    Liverpool architect Philip Chester was killed last Saturday in a freak microlight accident during a leisure flight from Liverpool to Stoke.
  • Falconer Chester wins green light for grand Liverpool vision

    Falconer Chester has won outline planning permission for its £60 million 'Grand Central' scheme in Liverpool.
  • Falconer to take centre stage at urban design conference

    The Urban Design Alliance (UDAL) has secured Lord Falconer as the keynote speaker at its national conference next month, a move which the alliance is reading as a sign of the weight the government attaches to the subject. 'It shows the level of importance the government puts on urban design and how it values joined-up thinking between institutions, ' chairman David Whitby told the AJ.
  • Falconer's appointment is out of this world

  • Falling through the gaps

    The Spaces Between Buildings By Larry Ford. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000. 220pp. £19.50
  • Family affair

    Back to St James's Square: I hear that former RFAC commissioner Sir Stuart Lipton, now CABE chairman, is moving his Stanhope organisation into Norfolk House. This is, of course, the office building developed by property man Rudolph Palumbo in the 1930s, when he demolished the wonderful mansion which previously occupied the site, designed in 1748 by Mathew Brettingham and occupied by successive Dukes of Norfolk until 1938.
  • Fan club

  • Far away and long ago?

    review: art and architecture
  • Farjadi Farjadi Architects

    Farjadi Farjadi Architects has won the job to develop a 0.8ha site in Islington, north London, with this design for a complex of buildings including offices, arts centre, workshops and a swimming pool. The £25 million project, designed with Atelier 16 for Chancerygate Developments in conjunction with Tollington Projects, includes the Grade IIlisted building of the old Hornsey Road baths, which will become the new home for the Tower Theatre.
  • Farmers should not be blamed for problems

  • Farrell consortium clinches prize to 'revitalise' Silvertown

    Terry Farrell and Partners has won a competition to design part of the 28ha Silvertown development in east London.

    A 1970 housing block designed by Terry Farrell and Nicholas Grimshaw before they set up their own practices, is being considered by the government for listing.The scheme, 125 Park Road, Westminster, is a block of flats which the two designed for themselves and their friends with whom they had formed a housing association.
  • Farrell risks 'beheading' over Buckingham Palace overhaul

    Sir Terry Farrell is set to risk the wrath of the monarch who knighted him earlier this year by proposing radical changes to 'the big solid lump' of Buckingham Palace.
  • Farrell to home in on quality with housing design initiative

  • Farrell to lead new charge on quality mass housing

  • Farrell voices his support for caution over tall buildings

    Sir Terry Farrell has said he is in favour of the cautious stance taken by English Heritage over the question of tall buildings. 'English Heritage is right, ' he told the AJ. 'I think a lot of people are being a bit silly, and just having a punt. I would like to see all urban tower blocks have a plan for a mile around them.'
  • Farrell, the architect who took High-Tech out to play

    Clare Melhuish reviews. . .
  • Farrell's Preston plan puts popular bus station in peril


    The Architects Registration Board has taken the unprecedented step of arranging a two-day professional conduct committee (PCC) meeting to hear six separate cases. Normally the ARB hears only single cases at a time, but as part of a new drive towards streamlining its procedures in the face of criticism, it will hear five separate complaints of unacceptable professional conduct against as-yet-unnamed registered architects on Wednesday 2 May and Thursday 3 May in London. The sixth case will cove
  • 'Fastest riser' Gensler to axe staff

    Gensler has become the latest big-name architectural practice to cut staff, the AJ has learned. Staff will hear this week whether they face redundancy.
  • FaulknerBrowns

    Builders are making a splash with this Olympic-sized swimming pool complex incorporating science, medical and drug-testing facilities designed by Newcastle upon Tyne's FaulknerBrowns for Loughborough University.
  • FCA Architecture


  • Fee feud

    Engineer Tony Hunt gives a five-page interview in the FT magazine, unusual for its frankness. Asked if he had fallen out with any of the big-name architects with whom he has worked since the '60s, Tony admitted that he had a row with Michael Hopkins, after which they never worked together.
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  • Feilden Clegg Bradley

    Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects has submitted a planning application for a 24-unit residential scheme in Bristol (above). The Cliftonwood Housing site is on a steep south-facing hill, overlooking the SS Great Britain and floating harbour. The scheme contains three- and five-storey town houses and apartments.Materials used will include salvaged rubble, stone and deeply-textured bricks for the retaining walls, changing to smooth brickwork, glass and steel above.
  • Feilden reveals 'unique' plan for quality PFI school designs


    The architecture of east London's Lansbury Estate will be recognized next month in a revisitation of the 1951 Festival of Britain, to be called the 'Lansbury Festival'. The estate was the Living Architecture exhibit of the festival and lauded as the new approach to urban planning, after the devastation of World War II. More than 4,000 homes have been built on the estate since and its success as a post-war housing project will be celebrated with discussions between architects, urban planners a
  • Fifty years on

    Residents of the Lansbury Estate, Leaside, added spice to a seminar marking the 50th anniversary of the Festival of Britain. Held at Tate Modern, 'Revisiting the Festival of Britain' was a key event in the Lansbury festival, with residents from the estate, described as the 'living architectural element of the Festival of Britain', arriving by charabanc. They were decidedly cool about the Festival Hall, however, calling it scruffy and shoddy. One preferred Tate Modern's home, the original Bank
  • Fighting fire with ire in a claim for subsidence damages

    At Bar School you are taught that in order to bring a successful claim for damages in the law courts you need the following ingredients:
  • Fighting for the moral high ground

    I've been taken to task over my unhappiness about totally legal e-mail snooping by pervy bosses. So here is the other side of the argument. The theoretical scenario is the discovery that a staffer has been storing offensive images on the office network.
  • Film fare

    Sitting next to Gazza at a sporting dinner, a friend enquired of the great man whether he was a fan of scampi, the dinner's main course. 'I like all Walt Disney's films, ' came the reply.

    David Chipperfield Architects is one of three practices shortlisted to design the British Film Institute building on London's South Bank (AJ 22.2.01). Eric Van Egeraat Architects and Panter Hudspith Architects have also gone through. A decision on the winner is due this summer. The new BFI centre will occupy part of the building on Jubilee Gardens to be designed either by FO Architects or Rafael Vinoly - a winner for this competition is due to be announced in mid May.Whatever the outcome, the
  • Financial acuity is as important as technical know-how

  • Fire safety's hidden agenda

    In the last of a series of fire engineering articles, Lawrence Webster Forrest advises on reducing unseen fire hazards Modern and complex building design, especially in large commercial or industrial projects, ultimately leads to an ever-increasing demand for a more extensive and varied form of building services installation. For aesthetic reasons, such services are often housed in purpose-built shafts, or ducts hidden from view.

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  • First among equals

    From an outstanding shortlist, Walker Architecture clinched the inaugural AJ award for the first building by a new practice. Cedar House, the architect's prototype home in Perthshire, blends style and function for the cost of a conventional new-build house
  • First building by Satellite Design Workshop singled out for an 'unbuilt project'award

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  • First Cardiff, now Cornwall as cash crisis hits Gaia Centre

    Edward Cullinan Architects' plans for a visitor centre to illustrate cutting-edge sustainable building techniques have been radically scaled back because key elements of its environmentally friendly design cost too much. The AJ has learnt that control of the Gaia Centre scheme in Cornwall has been handed over to a design and build contractor. Cullinan partner Robin Nicholson branded the move 'deeply frustrating' and even compared the decision to the rejection of Zaha Hadid's designs for the C

    The first of five buildings at a £30 million business park near Maidenhead, designed by Geoffrey Reid Associates, has been completed.The 26,000m 2development won planning permission in January 2000 and Frogmore Developments took 53 weeks to complete the first office, of 5,700m 2.The second of the buildings is six weeks away from being finished. The project is set to be completed next February.

    The Lawn Road Flats - now known as the Isokon Flats - will be open to the public for the first time from 19-26 September. The Wells Coates-designed building in north London, completed in 1934, will act as a showcase for Isokon furniture produced by Isokonplus, as well as a photographic exhibition and art display. For details call 020 7483 1882.

  • First Zaha, now Rogers as Wales fails architecture test

  • Fitting use is needed for piece of aviation heritage

  • Fitzpatrick first choice to drive Americas forward

  • Fitzroy Robinson

    Fitzroy Robinson has completed this £4 million office building in Milton Keynes. The 4,100m 2scheme for Gazeley Properties has been dubbed Saurian and features a curved wall facing west with open-plan offices hanging off the back. A central public space slices through the building giving views on either side.
  • Fitzroy Robinson

    Fitzroy Robinson has begun work to convert London's Royal Exchange building into a 'luxury' retail destination (above). The practice beat Eva Jiricna Architects for work on London & Paris Estates' £7 million redevelopment. Recently vacated by financial institution LIFFE, the Grade I-listed building will also gain a bar and restaurants.
  • Fixed compass

    Venice & The East: The Impact of the Islamic World on Venetian Architecture, 1100-1500 By Deborah Howard. Yale University Press, 2000. 283pp. £45
  • Flair in the community

  • Flawless floor show

    Form + Function: Helen Yardley At Riverhouse Barn, Manor Road, Walton-on-Thames until 4 February
  • Flaws become apparent in Gorst's Sussex house

  • Fleeting phenomena

  • Flexitime in the office

    Wireless computer technologies save space and costs. The next generation of fuel-cell computers will offer greater flexibility

    Richard Rogers Partnership's Barajas Airport in Madrid may be shut within the next 10 years despite the fact that it is not due for completion until 2003. The 450,000m2 terminal lies to the north-east of the city, an area which has now been designated for expansion as part of a strategy to link Madrid with existing residential settlements to the north.
  • Floating floors

    Currently, Approved Document E (1992 edition) gives guidance on suitable building materials using generic names, densities and physical dimensions. There are a number of problems with this. First, there is less of an incentive for manufacturers to develop new materials not included in the generic descriptions. Second, the generic descriptions do not make it easy to calculate the mass-spring resonance frequencies of walls and floors in the same way that thermal conductivity enables the calcula

    Vinyl flooring is the latest target of the Healthy Flooring Network, which believes that both vinyl and carpet contain high levels of chemicals that are 'potentially hazardous to human health and the environment'. A report produced jointly with Greenpeace, called Poison Underfoot, found a range of undesirable chemicals in the floor coverings. These include tributyltin (TBT) which is toxic to animals and known to have caused sex changes in marine wildlife. All five samples of vinyl flooring, w
  • Florence revisited

    Architecture's great and good were out in force at the RIBA yesterday (Wednesday) to mark the launch of the 'Space Odyssey' exhibition on the 'renaissance of public space in Britain'. It was also the launch of the newly arranged Florence Hall - new furniture, new caterer, new image - a stylish marker of the Marco Goldschmied presidency.
  • Flower power

    Next time you're on the A40, spare a thought for Oxford's horticultural development officer, John Alcock, who told the Times last week about the intricacies of roundabout design.'The roundabouts are always a challenge, ' he declares. 'The perfect flowers are geraniums, petunias and marigolds, all of which can tolerate fumes, ' he says, 'though you can get a bit bored with marigolds. On the Woodstock roundabout we've six beds with horseshoe shapes, and I'm very proud of them. We have star shap
  • Flower-power housing will fully bloom in time

    I visualise Bill Dunster's work as that of someone thoroughly dedicated to the cause of resolving the many problems associated with sustainability, and his petal formation flats and maisonettes in high-rise blocks (AJ 10.5.01) are no exception.
  • Fly with me

    Architect-teacher Deborah Saunt is just back from Los Angeles, where she took her Cambridge students. Why LA?
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  • Football crazy

    At the British Construction Industry Awards last week, Denise Bennetts was delighted that Wessex Water won the building category. 'We have been commended a couple of times, but this is the first time we have won, ' she said. But where was husband and partner Rab?
  • Footbridge at Princes Dock, Liverpool Centre for Architectural Research and Consultancy Unit

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  • Footloose

    When architects from Ahrends Burton & Koralek were planning a site visit to a rural project in Ireland, they were threatened with a requirement for protective clothing and a head-to-toe spray with disinfectant. Only when the ABK management refused, fearing the development of Gulf War Syndrome, did the Irish relent. True, the practice office is near to London Zoo, but the architects were eventually considered urban enough to need nothing more serious than the standard paddle through a footbath
  • For sale signs set to go up at Mies van der Rohe icon house

    Lord Palumbo is poised to sell the Mies van der Rohe-designed Farnsworth House in Illinois, raising fears that its new owner might close the building to visitors for good.
  • For the architect who's got everything

    For the architect who's got everything - how about this 'Pevsner bookcase', by Toby Winteringham to house a complete collection of The Buildings of England? Made in burr elm, walnut and bird'seye maple, the cases were commissioned to mark the 50th anniversary of the first book in the series. Details from Toby Winteringham, tel 01553 841 829.
  • force for change

    Dublin Corporation's chief architect Jim Barrett is upbeat about the way the city is growing and is keen to use his influence to ensure high-quality design and a healthy social mix exert a major influence on its urban development by austin williams. photo
  • Forget London bias and site stadium in Midlands

  • Forging a new climate for 'joinedup thinking'

  • Form that now means more than just an end to construction

    The final certificate is, you might think, a straightforward document. It is, after all, the one that both parties to a JCT standard form of building contract have usually been waiting for longer than they would have thought possible.
  • Format Milton

    Format Milton has designed this building in Ryde on the Isle of Wight, with accommodation and training facilities for 45 single young people. The scheme aims to reduce the exodus of the young and unemployed from the island.

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  • Foster and Partners

    This Foster and Partners-designed tower in Manhattan for media giant Hearst has been submitted to the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission. The 42-storey tower will be constructed on top of the current Joseph Urbandesigned Hearst HQ. Urban's original Art Deco design was the base for a centrepiece tower for the HQ when it was constructed in 1928, but a tower was never added and it remained at six storeys.
  • Foster and Partners

    Foster and Partners has submitted a detailed planning application for this £300 million redevelopment of part of Selfridges on London's Oxford Street. The 12-storey scheme will result in the store's retail space increasing to 60,000m 2.It will also include 30,000m 2of office space, a 336-room five-star hotel and leisure facilities.
  • Foster and Partners

    The steelwork on the top three floors of Foster and Partners'£65 million headquarters building for the London assembly drew close to completion this week, in time for the glass cladding to be erected later this month. The building uses its 'head lamp' shape to minimise its surface area which is approximately 25 per cent less than an equivalent rectangular 21,700m 2building. Fifteen designers from the practice are currently working on site on detailed plans for the fit-out.
  • Foster and Partners

    Foster and Partners' new Niemeyer-esque Expo Station (AJ 15.6.00) was opened yesterday. The scheme is the first station on the new Changi Airport MRT Extension visitors encounter after leaving the airport and will serve the new Singapore Expo Complex. A 38m diameter stainless steel disc covers the ticket hall and 200m long titanium-clad (with 100 year warranty) torus shelters the platform below.
  • Foster and Partners

    Foster and Partners has unveiled this 'bubble-like'design for a Chesa Futura apartment building in the Engadin Valley at St Moritz in Switzerland.The scheme uses timber construction with larch shingles making up the building's skin, chosen to respond to weather and change colour over time.The 4,650m 2curvaceous scheme, shown in a new Prestel 'catalogue'on the practice, consists of three storeys of apartments and an underground level. It has been lifted onto eight pilotis to maximise views of
  • Foster and Partners' Albion Riverside development

    Work has begun on Foster and Partners'Albion Riverside development in Battersea, south London.Sited next to the practice's studio, the 50,000m 2building of 190 apartments is due to be completed in late 2003.
  • Foster and Partners' library opens doors to students

  • Foster blasts short-term thinking at RFACT awards


    Foster and Partners has won a competition to design the 2,400-seat Lyric Theatre for the Dallas Centre for the Performing Arts. The £175 million complex will also include an 800-seat theatre to be designed by Rem Koolhaas.
  • Foster goes back to school to stop urban education rot


    Foster and Partners has completed a 33-storey tower, the World Port Centre in Rotterdam, as part of the practice's regeneration masterplan for the port area of Wilhelminapier, south of the city centre. The building has a Ushaped plan with a curved facade, and the two sides are linked by a glazed lift lobby running all the way up the 124m building. It will provide 40,000m 2of offices for the Rotterdam Harbour Authority.


    An exhibition of the work of Foster and Partners is set to open on 8 September at the prestigious Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. The show, running until 9 December, is the third in a series of exhibitions entitled 'The Architect's Studio', which has already featured the work of Frank Gehry and Henning Larsen. The Foster-designed exhibition will focus on three current projects:
  • Fosters' £270m supermarket sweep at J Sainsbury HQ

    Foster and Partners is to design a new head office for J Sainsbury in London's Blackfriars.




    Lord Foster scooped the visual art prize in last week's South Bank Show awards, pipping Tate director Nicholas Serota for his work on the Tate Modern and artist Mark Wallinger, who put a life-size statue of Jesus on Trafalgar Square's empty plinth. Lord Foster won for the roof of his Great Court project at the British Museum.
  • Fosters in New York

    Foster and Partners has been picked to extend the Hearst Magazine Building in New York, a short art deco tower near Times Square.The building was originally planned as a skyscraper by William Randolph Hearst, but he was forced to abandon it during the depression. Fosters has been drafted in to finish the job with project manager Tishman Speyer.
  • Fosters' landmark London Selfridges tower is spiked

    Foster and Partners' plans to build a tower behind Selfridges Oxford Street store have been dropped.
  • Fosters odds-on favourite for London races

    And they're off! Going to the races will never be quite the same again.

  • Foster's Spitalfields will ruin the area's liminal function

    I am sitting in the Barrister Bar at the Hilton Hotel in Toronto.
  • Fosters' steel structure for GLA is 'inefficient'


    Foster and Partners has made a libel claim against the London Evening Standard over comments in the paper about the British Museum. The practice declined to comment in more detail on the claim, but a spokeswoman said: 'We look forward to vindicating our reputation.'
  • Fosters suffers again in US as hotel HQ tower is scrapped

    A Foster and Partners-designed headquarters for the billionaire Pritzker family's Hyatt Hotel Group in Chicago has been cancelled. The setback is Foster's second US project to suffer from the worsening economic climate following last month's terrorist attacks. Development of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, also designed by Foster, was recently put on ice until the New Year (AJ 18.10.01).
  • Fosters' 'wobbly bridge' to reopen following 'war delays'

    Work to repair Foster and Partners' 'wobbly bridge' across the Thames should be complete by March 2002 - 21 months after the £18 million project was first due to open.

    Foster and Partners' proposed masterplan for the redevelopment of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary has been given preferred bidder status by Lothian University NHS Trust, it was announced last week. The architect's plan for the 8ha site in Edinburgh city centre is for a mixed used development including residential accommodation, hotels, leisure facilities and offices. Redevelopment of the site is not expected to take place until 2003 as the hospital gradually winds down its operations in preparation
  • Foundation Architecture

  • Foundation blues

  • Foundation course

  • Foundation picks 'emerging' practices for 'kiosk' shortlist

    The Architecture Foundation has shortlisted four practices in its competition to design a new £60,000 retail unit for developer Delancey Estates in Islington, north London (AJ 1.2.01).

    The work of three young practices - Dow Jones, Patrick Lynch and Houlton Taylor - has gone on show in a new collaborative exhibition at the Architecture Foundation. The exhibition aims to examine their design process and reassembles elements of their studios. The exhibition at 30 Bury Street, London, will run until 18 March and talks by each of the practices will take place on 7 February, 21 February and 7 March respectively.
  • Fount of invention

    The Architecture of RM Schindler By Elizabeth A T Smith et al. Abrams, 2001. 288pp. £45 Philip Johnson and Henry Russell Hitchcock delivered a crushing blow to Rudolph Schindler at a key point in his career, with his omission from 'The International Style' exhibition and its accompanying book in 1932.
  • Fount of modernity

    Victorian Babylon: People, Streets and Images in Nineteenth-Century London By Lynda Nead. Yale University Press, 2000. 251pp. £19.95

  • Four and against

    Concrete Regionalism By Catherine Slessor. Thames & Hudson, 2000. £12.95 Techno Architecture By Elizabeth E T Taylor. Thames & Hudson, 2000. £12.95
  • Foyer's focal sculpture should be reinstated

  • Frampton modifying the megalopolis with landscape

    Following the South Bank Centre's announcement that it is looking for a 'new relationship between landscape and buildings' in the redevelopment of its site, Kenneth Frampton's lecture at the RIBA, proclaiming the need for a 'catalytic landscape' to modify the already-built 'megalopolis', confirmed the official status of this trend of thought.
  • Frampton's 'structure over chaos'ignores costs

  • Frank Lloyd Wright and the Art of Japan: The Architect's Other Passion

    Julia Meech. Abrams, 2001. 304pp. £32
  • Frank Lloyd Wright: bad management and immortality

    Architects' inadequate management skills are undermining profitability. This is the rather dispiriting verdict reached at the AJ's 'Making Practice Pay'seminar, where architects were advised that they ought to be putting twice as much effort into non-chargeable work (see page 20). Not surprisingly, practices with a reputation for a business-like approach score well in this year's AJ100 survey (page 47). US-based practices are on the up, reinforcing the popular perception that they are commerc

    Structural engineer Frank Newby has died, aged 75, after a short illness. Newby, a senior partner with FJ Samuely and Partners from 1959 to 1991, worked with some of the biggest names in architecture, including James Stirling, Cedric Price and Eero Saarinen. A full obituary will appear in the next issue of the AJ.
  • Frank speaking

    Listen out for Frank Gehry talking on Radio 3 on Sunday at 5.45pm in a programme on the making of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. In a hilarious exchange with Sidney Weiss, the hall's principal violinist, the latter suggests that Gehry go to Boston, measure the concert hall there and reproduce it. 'I found out that Sidney made replicas of famous violins. At the next meeting l said 'I have to ask a question.

  • Fred Manson's plea for a planning 'masterstroke'

    Fred Manson condemned EU masterplans, John Prescott's Regional Development Plans and the GLA's forthcoming Spatial Development Plan as all 'completely pathetic', and urged his audience at the RIBA to think in terms of the 'masterstroke' instead.
  • Free at Interchange

    Two free seminars on Interchange design take place at the ExCel centre in London's Docklands on Thursday 5 April at the Interchange exhibition.
  • Free virus scan is not worth even half the price

  • Frensham Heights School, Surrey by Burrell Foley Fischer

    Burrell Foley Fischer has risen to the challenge of a tight budget to create a performing arts space in Surrey which excels in its simplicity
  • Friends in need

    I popped into the Palais am Festungsgraben (a building on which Schinkel worked) to see if there is anyone still there from the old days of the German-Soviet Friendship Society. Alas, all gone.
  • Friends of the Earth set to mount Heathrow legal fight

    Friends of the Earth is considering further legal action should the secretary of state give the goahead to Heathrow's fifth terminal.

    A three-part BBC2 series will examine the legacy of British Modernist architecture. From Here To Modernity starts on 26 November at 7.30pm. It will include interviews with key architects and critics.
  • Fulham FC ready to kick off £70m stadium development

    The £70 million demolition and redevelopment of Fulham Football Club's Craven Cottage stadium was given the green light by the government last week when John Prescott decided against calling the scheme in for review.
  • Fulham Island

    A mixed-use development called Fulham Island, designed by Piers Gough of CZWG, has attracted its first big retailer - Ocean Home Shopping. Ocean has signed a lease for more than half of the available retail space for its second London store, set to open in September.
  • Full of eastern promise

    London Docklands celebrated 20 years since its inception with a key conference last week looking to the future, planning and essential new transport links. Peter Murray reports

    Applications for the £1 million CABE regional funding programme outstripped supply. CABE told the AJ that the applications received were worth more than £5 million. The deadline passed last week for the programme for architectural educational initiatives, conferences, training activities and exhibitions. CABE will allocate the funds before Christmas.
  • Funding was overstated - please give generously

    While we were delighted with your coverage of our new medical school (AJ 4.10.01), there is one area of your report which is not quite correct. Our unique 'Centre of the Cell' has indeed attracted a £70,000 National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) grant. However, this will not fund the centre per se, but merely enable us to produce a plan and funding strategy. In order to realise our ambition of introducing East-End 11 and 12 year olds to medical science, we will a
  • Fungus the bogeyman

    Fears of dry rot and wood borer attack are based on years of myth and misinformation. Try a more rational approach
  • Furneaux Stewart peaks for centre at Snowdon's summit

    Furneaux Stewart has beaten two other practices to design a new visitor centre at the summit of Snowdon, North Wales.
  • Future Systems

    Future Systems has unveiled these two new images of its proposed Selfridges store in Birmingham's new 'BullRing'and revealed that it will also be designing the food hall and possibly a restaurant inside. The practice's Amanda Levete told the AJ that the cladding discs will be made of anodised aluminium after testing and ruling out ceramics as a material. Levete said they will bring more of a 'lustre' to the building and make it more animated - the 25,000 600mm diameter silver discs will be fi
  • Future Systems, comme des garcons, New York

    The Architects' Journal international award, £1,000
  • Future Transport in Cities

    By Brian Richards. Spon Press (London), 2001. 176pp. £24.99 '


    Arts minister Alan Howarth is to award more than £6 million to help improvements at 57 museums and galleries. One of the biggest grants, for £218,000, is going to the Museum of London for a new gallery space by Conran Partnership. Conran will work with the museum's architect, Wilkinson Eyre and Buro Happold.
  • Gallery has honoured Goethe-Institut interest

  • Gardening - a passport to contentment and well-being

    I like people who like their gardens.Even if the result of their love and attention would send any self-respecting landscape architect into apoplexy, these people are calm, collected and seemingly content.For them, it is a retreat from all that might trouble the mind. I am not talking about the small urban and suburban offering - although the same approach can extend to the larger areas.Two men I know in Norfolk have transformed a 12-acre field into an extraordinary amalgam of gardens.The Ita

    DTI minister Stephen Byers has launched a new research group to tackle CO2 emissions from buildings. The partnership - called the Integration of New and Renewable Energy in Buildings (INREB) - is to get a slice of £18 million the government has made available for a range of new research projects.

    Minister for Planning, Housing and Regeneration Lord Falconer has said that east London offers the best opportunity for 'brave new design'. He was speaking at the launch of Heroic Change - Securing Environmental Quality in the Thames Gateway London.The report, published by Thames Gateway London Partnership and Arup, brings together a collection of best-practice case studies in environmental quality and design from around the Thames Gateway, the rest of the UK and Europe.
  • Gavron unveils new look for London

    As Ken Livingstone revealed the draft of his Spatial Development Strategy for London this week, deputy mayor Nicky Gavron talked to the AJ about its implications for architects.
  • GDL Object

  • Gearing up for Architecture Week

    Next month architects will join writers, dancers, film makers and members of the public in a nationwide celebration of contemporary architecture. Hugh Martin looks forward to it

    Frank Gehry will design a science library for Princeton University. The $60 million (£42 million) project will be funded by a donation to the university from one of its alumni.
  • Gems from Japan

    Review 4 x 4: Apartment Avant-Garde
  • Gensler Architecture

    Gensler Architecture has won planning permission for this mixed-use scheme at 261 City Road in Islington, north London. It will include retail, restaurants and educational facilities and will link City Road with the Regent's Canal.
  • Gensler drops redundancy bombshell as downturn bites

    In a major cull of staff, Gensler has been informing its employees whether their jobs are likely to exist beyond the end of the month.
  • Gensler pips Foster and KPF for Delft University masterplan


    Gensler has won planning permission for its controversial 49,597m 2office scheme for the former Greater London Council island block on the south side of Westminster Bridge - if mayor Ken Livingstone chooses not to intervene. The scheme, which includes an eightstorey radial building, 12-storey tower and landscaped pedestrian area for Frogmore Developments, came in for criticism from the Twentieth Century Society but passed its planning committee meeting with Lambeth council late last month.
  • Genteel persuasion

    Indignation: The Campaign for Conservation By Mavis Batey, David Lambert and Kim Wilkie. Kit-Cat Books, 2000. 63pp. £6.50. (Available from 020 8846 9550)
  • Geoffrey Reid Associates

    Geoffrey Reid Associates has submitted designs for a £1.3 million headquarters scheme to planners at Enfield Borough Council.The office and workshop facility for Ritec International will use the company's 'self-cleaning'glass technology to enhance visibility and reduce maintenance costs. The architect hopes the 1,100m 2building will go on site in November.
  • Geoffrey Reid Associates' design

    Work has begun on Geoffrey Reid Associates' design for a £60 million entertainment centre in Newcastle, featuring what the practice claims will be the UK's biggest expanse of planar glazing.The 19,500m 2 Newgate Street development, 'the Gate' , will be completed by autumn 2002. It will feature a multiplex cinema, bars, restaurants, shops, a fitness centre and a car park.
  • Geoffrey Reid in full flight at Farnborough

  • Geoffrey Reid lands £25m Farnborough 'exec' airport

    Geoffrey Reid Associates has beaten competition from Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners and Gensler to design a £25 million airport at Farnborough dedicated solely to business flights.
  • Geoffrey Reid shifts focus onto research in overhaul

    Bosses at Geoffrey Reid Associates in London have ordered each of the practice's 30 senior architects to produce two pieces of published research a year in a bid to reposition it as a centre of design and technical innovation. The demand, similar to that imposed on university lecturers, is part of an overhaul of the way the practice works, which chairman Geoffrey Reid said will distinguish it from its competitors, such as Broadway Malyan, Gensler and Aukett Europe.

    recruitment competitions

    Two-stage competition for an outdoor exhibition centre, incorporating a series of geological gardens on a site in Nottinghamshire. The competition is organised on behalf of the British Geological Survey, the UK's national centre for earth science research and expertise. Architects, landscape architects, artists, sculptors and engineers, working individually or in teams, may apply. Stage 1 submission deadline 8 January.

  • George Shaw: The New Life


    DLG Architects has submitted a planning application for the refurbishment of 13-15 Bedford Square in London's WC1. The £4 million project for the Grade Ilisted Georgian buildings includes new-build at the rear and reinstatement of the original courtyard spaces. It also involves construction of an additional storey to the adjoining 20 Gower Mews.
  • Get your facts right on future of Spitalfields

  • Getting buildings built is our raison d'etre

  • Getting down to the details

    TECHNICAL & PRACTICE: Earlier this year a seminar was held at the Architectural Association to mark the publication of Working Details Book 7. Five speakers gave their views on detailing
  • Getting into Glasgow

    Holmwood House: Alexander 'Greek' Thomson (£20) Virtual Open Doors: A Virtual Tour of Glasgow Architecture (£23.50) CD-ROMs from SCRAN 0131 662 1211
  • Getting off the ground depends on discarding excess baggage

    Runway - that place which allows aircraft to propel themselves to the corners of the earth and back. Landing strip - a sense of arrival tinged with relief. Why do we not refer to the departure strip? At night, we all know, but do not see, that this patch of land is lit like a Christmas tree.
  • Getting rid of capitals - and relatives

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  • Getting shirty

  • Getting the sums right

    Round up
  • Getting to grips with an 'ology

    A new job title might (or might not) explain just what that person staring at the computer screen does all day
  • Getting to grips with integrated transport

    In 1959, Norman Foster told his architectural tutors he wanted to design an interchange as his thesis project, writes Paul Finch.The idea was rejected, on the grounds that an interchange was not 'architecture', but 'infrastructure'. How times have changed, not only for Lord Foster, who of course went on to design the world's largest airport in Hong Kong, but for architecture as a whole. Infrastructure projects, most obviously the stations on the Jubilee Line Extension, are now seen as valuabl
  • Getting to the root of the problem

    As an arboriculturalist who enjoys flicking through his colleagues' AJ I was interested to see a feature about a 'green' school design (AJ 25.1.01) with a 'major/ancient tree as a focal point, resource and school symbol'.
  • Getting up to speed with the surfing figures

    Despite smug, Luddite, I-told-you-so red-top press reports late last year about how people were deserting the net in droves, home Internet usage in the UK has actually risen by a third - and everybody, including the 3.2 million newbies, is staying online longer, according to the annual report on Internet usage, MMXI. This data raises the spectres of congestion and the lack of site names - which this column has in the past animadverted. But the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbe
  • GEZE

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    Arts minister Alan Howarth is to consult architects, amenity bodies and the public on listing architect Frederick Gibberd's Water Gardens and related sculptures in Harlow, Essex - but his department has warned that this may not stop them being moved in the future.

  • Gigon/Guyer

    Michigan Architecture Papers, 2000. 120pp. £12.50 Michael Benedikt: Shelter University of Michigan, 2000. 71pp. £8.95 (Both available from Triangle bookshop 020 7631 1381)

    Oxford practice Gillespies has been picked by the South West of England Regional Development Agency to design a public realm strategy for the Royal William Yard complex in Plymouth. A number of buildings in the yard are currently being restored but the agency is keen to develop a traffic and transport strategy for the area.

    Schoolgirls helped redesign an east London street under the watchful eye of RIBA president Marco Goldschmied and minister for women Tessa Jowell last week. The RIBA and the Cabinet Office Women's Unit held the 'Listen Up' one-day taster event to encourage young women into architecture. The girls were split into groups and worked with 12 female designers on new ideas for the Hackney street.
  • Girls on top

    Rachel Whiteread's planned statue for the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square is. . . an upside down plinth, a replica of the one on which it stands.Work is proceeding at full speed so Chris Smith can unveil it on 4 June, just in time for the election.
  • Girls plump for design but rewards too low

  • Give credit where credit is due for The Mailbox

  • Give it a rest

    Why is the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) so antiarchitect? Its investigation into anti-competitive behaviour among professions has identified architects (again) as potential villains whose rules and regulations must be changed.
  • Give more credibility to designing out crime


    Engineers last week branded the government 'negative and defeatist' after the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Chris Smith, said London's transport system could not cope with a bid for the 2012 Olympics. Association of Consulting Engineers' chief executive Nicholas Bennett said: 'We have 11 years until the games.
  • Give your neighbours support if you want to stay out of court

  • GLA

    As this extraordinary shot of Foster and Partner's GLA building shows, contractors are making rapid progress on cladding the Arup-engineered steel structure of 'City Hall'. The building has now been fully clad up to level six, and work will soon begin on a secondary structure designed to support triangular-shaped glazing on the front of the building. If work remains on course, London mayor Ken Livingstone will move in next summer.
  • GLA berates councils which let green spaces run to ruin

    The Greater London Authority has attacked three London councils for neglecting their green spaces, areas viewed as essential if Ken Livingstone succeeds in getting more key buildings built.
  • GLA challenges Livingstone over 'secretive' approach

    The Greater London Authority is demanding an end to London mayor Ken Livingstone's 'secret' meetings with architects and developers. It is also to call for a change in the law to allow it greater involvement in the mayor's strategic planning decisions.
  • GLA farewell

    The launch of Ken Livingstone's 'Spatial Development Strategy' consultation document has had a reasonably enthusiastic reception but is already resulting in some administrative fall-out. Martin Simmons, genial planning chief at the Greater London Authority, has resigned. He reaches retirement age this July, but might have been expected to stay on to see the planning through. He was less than amused by the hiring of a consultant from KPMG to 'project manage' the delivery of the plan, or by the
  • GLA looks at the bigger picture with 3D masterplans

    The Greater London Authority is ready to put three-dimensional masterplanning at the centre of its approach to development in the capital, deputy mayor Nicky Gavron told the AJ last week.
  • GLA names Mark Brearley as new 'urban designer'


  • GLA slams 'easily-swayed' Livingstone's planning record

  • GLA slams Ken Livingstone's strategy for London's future

  • Glas Architects and Designers

    Glas Architects and Designers has completed this £850,000 office building in Bermondsey, south London, now occupied by the Royal Society of Osteopaths. The 900m 2scheme can be seen from trains approaching London Bridge Station and the designers have set out the windows to reflect those of the rolling stock.

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  • Glasgow interest

    The panel of judges which selected RMJM over Zaha Hadid for Glasgow's Homes for the Future II project included former RMJM director John Richards, the AJ discovered this week.Eleanor McAllister, the Glasgow City Council officer heading the selection process denied there had been any bias shown against Hadid by Richards.She said the former director had declared his past interest and that they decided his separation from the practice to be of sufficient time to consider his vote unbiased.

  • Glasgow takes a shine to titanium

    Borrowing from Bilbao, titanium cladding gives a subtle look to match the organic forms of two steel-framed buildings at Glasgow Science Centre, without breaking the bank
  • glass

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  • Glass and air

    The extension of a Georgian pottery has dealt imaginatively with years of dereliction, an awkward site and planning constraints
  • Glass darkly

    One of the reasons why the Sony Center makes such an impact (apart from the 5:1 plot ratio excluding below ground) is its extensive use of glass facades, which were very unusual in Berlin until recently, glass being confined by regulation to windows. All that has changed, and ingenious use has been made of glazing, behind which sits evidence of previous buildings on this key site (which had the first major railway station in Germany, built in 1838, and later the first traffic light, now recre
  • Glass Ramps / Glass Wall: Deviations from the Normative

    By Bernard Tschumi and Hugh Dutton. AA Publications, 2001. 96pp. £16
  • Glasshouse Service aims for social housing cooperation

  • Glenn Howells Architects

    Glenn Howells Architects' competition-winning design for a £6 million performance venue in Doncaster will debunk the myth that theatre is elitist, the practice claimed this week as it unveiled the first images of its scheme (AJ 1.2.00). 'The idea is that we have a lively elevation with lots of projections and activities, ' said project architect Bob Ghosh.
  • Global Dimensions: Space, Place and the Contemporary World

    By John Rennie Short. Reaktion Books (London), 2001. 190pp. £12.95
  • Globe Theatre

    A steel exoskeleton is to shroud a 1960s block near London's Globe Theatre in Southwark.
  • Glossy comments

  • Go play in the traffic

    Children need to encounter the dangers of the real world, and parents need to be encouraged to give them more freedom

    Colwyn Foulkes and Partners has won detailed planning consent for an £8 million refurbishment of a five-storey block on London's Edgware Road. The building will gain an extra three storeys of residential space and rooftop terraces, while the ground floor will be extended to provide extra offices. See page 18 for an interview with Colwyn Foulkes.

    Walters and Cohen has gained planning consent for its design for a recital hall commissioned by music academy the Yehudi Menuhin School. The two-storey building, in Stoke d'Abernon, Surrey, is integrated into the landscape and encloses a grassed amphitheatre. The practice won a competition for the building in March 2000, and a planning application was submitted last December. The building is to be sited on Metropolitan Green. The practice has also won a competition to design a new National Ph

    RIBA presidential candidate Brian Godfrey is to target voters in Scotland and Wales in an effort to win the support of architects who think, like him, that the RIBA is too London-centric. The Devon-based candidate is sending out 2,000 of his own printed manifestos to supplement the official voting forms and candidates' statements provided by the RIBA. The manifestos will go to all architects in Scotland and Wales and selected practices across England, Godfrey said.
  • Going by the book


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    At least once a year Peter Aldington opens his listed house and celebrated garden to the public, and he will do so again on Sunday 24 June from 14.0017.00. At Turn End, Townside, Haddenham, Bucks. Admission £4, which will go to the Turn End Charitable Trust. Details 01844 291383.
  • Going nowhere

  • Going up down under: the future of skyscrapers

    Melbourne in Australia played host to a conference last week on a subject which many consider will be at the forefront of architecture for years to come - tall buildings. Peter Murray was there for the AJ
  • Going with the flow

    Vehicles and urban design have to be dovetailed if we are all to have a smooth experience of 'integrated' transport
  • Gold cards

    Royal Gold Medal nomination time again, and various lobbyists have been hard at work promoting their candidate for the honour. Astragal hears that Archigram, or possibly Peter Cook, could be considered. Frei Otto has been getting support for some time now, as has Rafael Moneo. Other suggestions welcome.
  • Gold Medal winner

    As the AJ went to press, the RIBA declined to comment on the winner of its Royal Gold Medal, set to be rubber-stamped at yesterday's council meeting.
  • golden boy

    The winner of this year's RIBA Royal Gold Medal, Jean Nouvel, looks like a nightclub bouncer, cites philosophers as a major influence on his work, and spent years being labelled a troublemaker. How very French. . .
  • Goldschmied asks Hyett to push architecture centres

    RIBA president Marco Goldschmied has asked presidential hopeful Paul Hyett to take forward plans for a network of new architecture centres on behalf of the institute.
  • Goldschmied plans 'strategic review' of profession's future


    This council meeting was the last for outgoing RIBA president Marco Goldschmied. Paul Hyett, the incoming president, praised Goldschmied's term in office for focusing on environmental issues, raising the profile of the institute and the Stirling prize, and for kicking off the rebranding exercise.He also spoke of Goldschmied's 'big heart and great sense of humour'.
  • Goldschmied rocks the RIBA with party for Part III students

    RIBA president Marco Goldschmied is lining up pop bands Faithless or Groove Armada to play at a swanky party he is throwing at Portland Place on June 22 for all architects who have passed their Part III examinations during his reign.
  • Good design not cash is key to schools making the grade

    The link between greater investment in school buildings and the performance of pupils has been thrown into doubt by new research unveiled last week.

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  • Good judgement

    With impeccable timing, Nottingham architect Cox Freeman Partnership has been appointed to work on. . . a multimillionpound scheme to create a stateof-the-art milk and cheese processing plant near Uttoxeter.
  • Good numbers

    The RIBA lecture series on masterplanning ended this week with a discussion between CABE chief executive Jon Rouse and SOM London chief Roger Kallman, which drew a good crowd. In fact attendance at the series has been on occasion remarkable; two weeks ago nearly 1,000 people attended three events in one week, including lectures by Adriaan Geuze of West 8 and Lord Rogers. A smaller, but appreciative, audience came for last week's lecture by Demetri Porphyrios, who ran through an extraordinary
  • Good recipe

    Moro, the Clerkenwell restaurant that serves as the AJ canteen (actually on special occasions only), has launched a splendid collection of recipes, as is the fashion these days. Moro - the Cookbook is by Sam and Sam (honestly) Clark, chefs at the restaurant that opened just before the last election. Frequent diners include Piers Gough, Nicky Campbell and Jonathan Glancey; we all enjoyed the launch on Monday evening, and will report on results from the recipes.
  • Good response

    The London chapter of the American Institute of Architects held its annual student charette at Call Print's Olympia premises on Saturday. The jury, which reviewed work by 10 teams, included John McAslan and Julia Barfield. Interestingly, the theme (verticality) did not result in a flood of tower designs, but more thoughtful urban responses to existing tall buildings and exhibition facilities in the Olympia area. As a counterpoint to the new ExCel centre in Docklands it looked pretty good.
  • goode intentions

    With sustainability a requirement of each of the Greater London Authority policies, David Goode's aim as head of environment is for the capital to become an exemplar of city living for the whole world by robert holden, photograph by david richards
  • Gordon Murray + Alan Dunlop Architects

    Gordon Murray + Alan Dunlop Architects' new £4 million office building for Edinburgh Park (above) is due to be handed to the client on 28 May. The 3,000m 2building is one of the last to be slotted into Richard Meier's 10year-old masterplan - others by Alan Murray Associates and CZWG Architects are also close to completion. The most eye-catching feature of the building is the slateclad wall, which signposts the entrance and is intended to function as a sculptural landmark within new lands
  • Gordon Murray and Alan Dunlop Architects

    Glasgow-based Gordon Murray and Alan Dunlop Architects has converted a 1960s office block in the centre of the city into a 104-bedroom hotel. The £3.3 million project on Bath Street included the addition of an eighth floor and the construction of a new block to the rear. The front elevation was replaced with a new curtain walling system styled on a saw-tooth motif which maximises views of the street and, from the upper floors, across the city.
  • Gordon's plan

    Little attention has so far been paid (except in the AJ) to the likely fundamental overhaul of planning and development control, whatever happens in the election.The reason for this confident assertion? The Treasury has started taking a keen interest in the subject, which means one thing: change is on the way.The reason for Great George Street's current investigations is that the penny finally dropped - planning is a very expensive business.To take one example, the Terminal 5 Heathrow inquiry
  • Gorst house fails condensation testà

  • Government calls in disputed Wandsworth housing scheme

  • Government failing on urban design

    NEWS: Shadow cabinet policy advisor on architecture, planning and urban design Sherin Aminossehe delivered a paper in Shanghai last week on how the government is 'ignoring the point' on the importance of urban design in regeneration policies. Here she det
  • Government organizations have a bad attitude to tall buildings

    I have written here before in disparaging vein about the English propensity for erecting a series of inquiries, hearings, panels, committees, regulators, watchdogs and sleeping policemen in front of every enterprise put forward by persons of ambition. Clearly the object of this obstructionist behaviour is, first, to ensure that the largest possible number of pairs of feet can be got under the tables set out for the great and good, (aka the inert and craven); and second to make certain that ev
  • Government planning process reforms face stiff opposition

    A swathe of wide-ranging reforms were unveiled in the long-awaited planning Green Paper, published last week. However, the document was shadowed by doubts over the effective delivery of the measures.
  • Government plans to kill off culture department blasted

    Design chiefs have condemned the government's rumoured plan to abolish the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and warned that the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment will become an 'artless adjunct to the planning system'.
  • Government poised to tackle architecture anti-competition

    The Office of Fair Trading was set to release a report highlighting anti-competitive practices in architecture as the AJ went to press this week.
  • Government's VAT 'fudge' angers the heritage lobby

    The National Trust has slated the Department of Culture, Media and Sport's most wide-ranging statement on heritage policy issued last week, claiming it skims over the VAT problem for repairs to historic properties, writes Steven Palmer.

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  • Grand conception

    Grand Central is a new bar in Shoreditch, east London, designed by Block Architecture for Eric Yu of the Breakfast Group, which owns Opium and The Social, among other venues. The name Grand Central was chosen by the architect as a reference to the famous New York station, but it has a more direct application to the 5m-high ceiling of the bar, with its large windows which give the feel of a terminus or any other public space where there is continuous movement.
  • Grand designs

    Architect's son Mark Whitby was in typically ebullient form at his investiture as president of the Institution of Civil Engineers, generating ideas almost faster than he could deliver them and flying off at more tangents than you could shake a measuring stick at. The institution needs, he argued, more curiosity, a quality he has in abundance. Both the collapse of the Twin Towers and the wobble of the Millennium Bridge were due to a deficit in curiosity and he held all engineers, and the insti

  • Grand project

    Architecture on television can be a risky business: too often the professional involved can appear snooty or thoughtless about the client's problems. So it was with a sense of relief that the last in Channel 4's Grand Designs series should have worked so well. The architect in question was Brighton boulevardier Alan Phillips, the project an interiors makeover at a Regency house off the front, the client a couple who had 'met Phillips in the pub' and ended up employing him. The project turned
  • Grant blow leaves Patel Taylor without a brimful of Asha

    Plans for a multi-faith visitor centre in north-west London designed by Patel Taylor Architects have received a body blow with the withdrawal of £10 million in Lottery funding, it has emerged.

  • Graphic image was vulgar and unnecessary

  • Graphic Interiors: Spaces Designed by Graphic Artists

    By Corinna Dean. Rockport, 2000. 192pp. £35
  • Grasp of whole is key to landscape design. . .

  • Great educator passed over for Spink prize


    Many new care homes are poorly designed because of inadequate industry advice and a lack of preparation by building owners and operators, according to Murray Armes, author of a guide to better care home design launched in London this week.
  • Greater thought should go into adaptable homes

  • Green hopes gone with the wind

    President Bush's recent denouncement of the Kyoto agreement puts pressure on architects to design with the planet in mind. David Littlefield reports

    RIBA News

    BurlandTM has won planning permission for a 11,000m2 office scheme near London's Spitalfields Market. The project consists of two buildings around a new garden court with a retractable glass roof to create 'loft offices' for the Osborne Group and the Manhattan Loft Corporation.
  • Green light for Lord Rogers' new GLA consultancy post

    Lord Rogers' position as a £130,000-a-year consultant to the Greater London Authority looked sealed last week when assembly members dropped the bulk of their objections to his appointment.
  • Green technology set to take off on BAA airport schemes

  • Greenwich: An Architectural History of the Royal Hospital for Seamen and the Queen's House, Greenwich

    John Bold. Yale University Press/English Heritage, 2001. 292pp. £50
  • Greenwood gave us room to breathe

  • Gregory Phillips Architects

    Gregory Phillips Architects has unveiled this design for a detached two-bedroom barn for Ray Kelvin, the man behind the Ted Baker clothing label. The scheme, now on site, is in the grounds of a Grade I-listed hermitage in a Wiltshire conservation area. The barn features oak cladding and is due for completion in August.
  • Grimshaw chops £360m Paddington tower in half

    Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners is set to resubmit proposals for the £360 million redevelopment of London's Paddington Station, halving last year's plans for a 200m-high, 42-storey tower. But it will continue to insist that the Grade I-listed station extension, built in 1916, is demolished (AJ 6.7.00).

    Rolls-Royce has revealed that Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners is to build its new £60 million manufacturing plant and head office.
  • Grimshaw sheds glass skin for RCA extension rethink

  • Grimshaw unveils £22m 'ellipse' for the RCA

    The AJ can this week reveal Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners' £22 million designs for a new 'ellipse' building for the Royal College of Art, to be built on the historically sensitive site next to the Royal Albert Hall.
  • Grimshaws deserves a rocket for space centre

  • Gross.Max

    Edinburgh-based landscape architects Gross.Max. has unveiled a dramatic scheme to rejuvenate the Mabley Green and Red Path area of east London's Hackney Wick. Faced with the demands of community groups who wanted both well-maintained sports fields and wildlife habitats, the practice has developed a semi-circular earth embankment. Football pitches are on the inside, leaving community gardens and wetland areas on the other side. It is also hoped that the grassed embankment, containing undergrou
  • Ground-breaking begins



  • Guggenheim's Gehry fest

    The sculptural atrium skylight shown here seems surprisingly restrained for Frank Gehry - the twirly bits happen outside the frame. Designed in collaboration with engineer Jorg Schlaich for the DG Bank Building in Berlin, it is one of the buildings that features in the Gehry exhibition currently at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The exhibition runs there until 26 August and then moves, appropriately, to the Guggenheim in Bilbao. It will run there from 29 October 2001 to 3 February 2002. A

  • Gunning for the Arsenal

    Arsenal FC's plans to build a new stadium - involving seven planning applications - have generated more than 900 written responses from individual members of the public, most of them raising concerns about the project. Islington council said it was delighted by the figure and the 'unprecedented' level of public consultation over the schemes.




    Zaha Hadid has been shortlisted in a competition to design a £3 million extension to the Ordrupsgaard Art Museum in Copenhagen, alongside US-based architect Steven Holl and local practice Fog & Folner. The 1150m2 extension will include a foyer, cafe and temporary and permanent exhibition spaces.

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    The Halpern Partnership has submitted proposals for a residential block of 32 apartments within the grounds of the listed Lillington Gardens Estate in Pimlico. The estate was completed in 1971 to the award-winning designs of Darbourne and Darke. It was the first post-war, low-rise, high-density public scheme in the UK, branded 'tough, not amiable' by Pevsner. Halpern aims to create a fourth phase next to the Grade Ilisted church and church school of St James-the-Less.
  • Hamilton Associates wins planning consent to build SnoWorld


    The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham has produced a booklet, Building a Future, to promote the idea of good architecture to the general public. Endorsed by Lord Rogers, the publication lists projects the council believes are 'stunning examples of design and architecture in the borough' - including Ralph Erskine's Ark office development and Ian Ritchie's Chelsfield shopping complex plans at White City. 'At Hammersmith & Fulham we believe in promoting quality architecture, landscaping and
  • Handled with care

    Products building study
  • Handling history

  • Hangover hall

    The next morning was also a rather jolly occasion as winners of RIBA Awards resumed their places (or at least some of them) in the self-same Florence Hall for a late breakfast and Buck's Fizz.Marco Goldschmied introduced the awards, announced to coincide with Architecture Week, and looked pretty fit for a man who had risen at the crack of dawn to do a morning television item on Architecture Week on Channel 5.
  • Hanna's £15,000 prize

    York-based Hanna Conservation has won this year's Pilgrim Trust Conservation Awards.The practice was presented with a cheque for £15,000 for a nine-year research programme into the stonework of a 13th century Chapter House.

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    MagHansen's structural glazing system, Thermestra, was reconfigured to include very large glass supporting fins and forms the entire perimeter of architect Michael Hopkins' £34 million Dynamic Earth centre in Edinburgh's Old Town. Scotland's largest interactive visitor centre is a 6,300m 2, three-storey structure with a white fabric roof supported on four cable-stayed steel trusses. New York-based contractor Birdair was responsible for the roofing structure.

    Crowds in Cardiff are sure to be fired up with FendorHansen's involvement in the Millennium Stadium. The Newcastle-based company worked on site with architect HOK Sport to design, supply and install fire resistant glazed screens throughout the stadium. The main contractor was John Laing Construction. FendorHansen satisfied all design parameters, which included requirements for fire protection and accommodation of barrier loads for stadia applications.

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    HansenGlass Ceraphic screen printing and FortPlus heatsoaked toughened glass have been combined to provide original and innovative art at Glasgow's new luxury shopping complex, Buchannan Galleries.

    AccentHansen provided more than 300 FireShield and SoundShield doorsets for the passenger terminal at Hong Kong International Airport, with main contractor BCJ Joint Venture in association with subcontractor Jardine Engineering Corporation. To ensure acoustic and fire integrity, AccentHansen incorporated a full-height stainless steel spring-strip seal in the 6mm central gap. AccentHansen's Shield doorsets were designed as double-acting to allow free movement of pedestrian traffic in one of th





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  • Happiness is disappearing through a hole in the wall

    I am sitting in the piano bar of the La Mamounia in Marrakesh listening to a bowlegged American pianist playing to an empty room. The place, once the haunt of Winston Churchill, is not only an oasis but a retreat.

    We wish all our readers a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. The next issue of the AJ will appear on 10 January.
  • Happy teams can build themselves

  • Happy Valley

    Work has begun on a new north stand for Charlton Athletic Football Club, designed by architect Albuquerque Nogueira. The £9 million two-tier structure will treble the number of seats in the stand to 9,000, increasing the capacity at The Valley to 26,000. The scheme will also provide a range of hospitality suites, upgraded media facilities and a new ticket office. 'The new stand is a demonstration of the ambition of this football club, 'said Charlton manager Alan Curbishley.

    Damond Lock Grabowski's £150 million regeneration scheme for Hayle Harbour in Cornwall has won outline planning permission. The masterplan includes a 150,000m 2development with residential, retail, leisure and office uses around a new harbour area.
  • Harbour's glib comment insults Gensler staff

  • Hard-up practices don't recognise RIBA high life

  • harnessing the wam factor

    'Upfront and rude', the guiding lights behind young, upwardly mobile practice WAM like to make an impact, be it designing with 'a sense of delight' or turning up to pitch for a job on their high-performance motorbikes by david taylor. photograph by guy jo
  • Harsh words

  • Hart hits out over Rogers row


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    2of Hartington Conway's translucent GRP SafeLights have been installed on DHL Aviation's new Worldwide Sortation Hub at East Midlands Airport. Approximately 3mm thick, SafeLights are the strongest rooflight sheets available and are guaranteed to fully support inadvertent foot traffic for 30 years. Their outer face has Hartington Conway's Diamond surface finish, offering protection against weathering, chemical attack, UV degradation and yellowing.
  • Has architecture, stripped of risks and ideas, lost its edge?

    If this is the age of the consultant, you would think that the quality of consultation should improve. As the fee burden has risen, the product that the 'team' produces might get better. And given that some collective fee packages rise to as much as a fifth of the cost of the building (rarely as a result of high architects' fees), you would demand a higher level of thinking. On all three counts, I am afraid, we are disappointed.
  • Hastilow's RIBA management board to hold first meeting

    The RIBA's new management board is to meet for the first time next week. Set up by chief executive Richard Hastilow, who celebrates one year in office this week, the board has been conceived as a way of streamlining decision making at the institute.
  • Have a break . . .

    The conference dinner at the Hotel Intercontinental, presided over by the estimable Roger Fidgen of Gardiner & Theobald, was enlivened with extracts from Cabaret and other musicals performed in Berlin style. Songs that rang bells included Money makes the world go around (though from a BCO point of view perhaps that should read 'Funding'); Maybe this time (theme song for all developers); and You do something to me, an excellent description of how agents operate in the business we call real est
  • Hayward display shows practice deserved win

  • Head for heights

    Tall buildings loomed large, literally and metaphorically, this year, as our news review points out. Prince Charles got in on the act here too, with his extraordinarily stupid speech a fortnight ago in which he managed to misunderstand and wrongly attribute the 'turd in the plaza' aphorism, and be generally offensive to any architect thinking of going higher than four storeys.
  • Headquarters' glass is, alas, not self-cleaning

  • Heat is on for climate change projections

  • Heavy burden

    David Chipperfield is encountering some interesting issues in designing studios for his new BBC Scotland headquarters.
  • Heavyweight Hopkins

    Hopkins 2: The Work of Michael Hopkins and Partners By Colin Davies. Phaidon, 2001. £45
  • Hello John, got a new motor?

    recruitment: jobspot
  • Hello to all that

    The UK office army (including the architectural battalion) descended on Berlin for its annual conference this year, and an excellent choice of city it turned out to be, blossoming with new buildings of every type. Gossip on the people front included the abrupt departure of a former BCO president Michael Soames from agent Knight Frank (he spent a lot of conference time on his mobile).
  • Helmut Jahn waits in wings with debut UK skyscraper

    Helmut Jahn has drawn up plans for London's latest 'secret' skyscraper - a speculative 250m, 50-storey office block for the City's eastern cluster.
  • Help a student

    Hats off to new AA president Crispin Kelly. His company charity, the Baylight Foundation, has pledged £500,000 for a scholarship programme which will help UK students, otherwise unable to afford AA fees, to do their diploma there. The scholarships will include fees, and money for books and some travel. The intention is to get the maximum effect over about five years, with the first big group of students starting in October next year. This must be the most generous donation to the school
  • Help us in fight to stop the vandalism of history


  • Here comes the pain, again

    This week the junior partner has been poncing about like a puppy playing with a dead kitten, waving around bits of printed paper, poring over the light box looking at slides and muttering obscure marketinglike mantras. No, he hasn't the faintest idea what they mean either. I shudder because I recognise the cause.
  • heritage

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  • Heritage goodbye

    The announcement that English Heritage chief executive Pam Alexander was to quit her job is still sending shock waves through the industry.
  • heritage saviour

    Marcus Binney, founder of SAVE Britain's Heritage, has fought to protect numerous buildings, including Farnborough's MoD airbase. Now that architecture has shed its straitjacket he is just as enthusiastic about the new by deborah singmaster

    The Corporation of London's Court of Common Council last week gave planning permission for Kohn Pedersen Fox's controversial Heron Tower - which will be the tallest building in the Square Mile. The 222m scheme to be built at Bishopsgate is, however, still subject to a section 106 agreement and the directions of the secretary of state and mayor of London. Planning and Transportation Committee chairman Graham Forbes said the 'objective was to keep the City's position as the world's leading inte
  • Herzog & De Meuron 1992-1996: The Complete Works Volume 3

    Edited by Gerhard Mack. Birkhauser, 2000. 272pp. £64.95
  • Herzog and de Meuron clinch £70,000 Pritzker Prize

    Tate Modern architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron made it a first for Switzerland when they landed the prestigious Pritzker Prize. It is the ninth year in a row that the American laureate has gone outside the US.The architects will pick up a cheque for US$100,000 on 7 May.

    Eye-catching, stylish and individual, the Range 150 door handles from Hewi bring new visual and tactile effects to any new-build or refurbishment programme. Hewi has developed five different styles with 15 innovative colour options. The Reflection design is aimed at technical and functional interiors. There is also a Soft style which features the new Hewi colours and is particularly suited to applications such as medical practices and health spas.
  • High anxiety

  • High density does not mean high buildings

  • High handed

    Best comment on the controversy over towers in London so far comes from Jonathan Meades in the Spectator . Writing about opposition to the Rogers tower at Paddington interfering with views from Hyde Park, he asks: 'When Simon Jenkins and Lord St John go trysting there, do they really believe that they're in the country? In which case, they must ask themselves, where's the slurry, where are the wretched executive homes, where are the breeze block piggeries?'
  • High points

    English Heritage is lobbying hard to get the Heron Tower scheme called in by the Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions, disliking the impact on St Paul's Cathedral of the Kohn Pederson Fox-designed project, which would be the tallest in London. It has compiled a host of reasons why everyone from the City Corporation to CABE have got it all wrong. Curiously, there is no mention in this diatribe that EH's own London Advisory Committee recommended approval for the tower. Meanwhil
  • High points

    Will the various organisations concerned with tall buildings get together to discuss issues raised by Renzo Piano's tower for London Bridge Station? CABE is urging just such a discussion, partly to avoid the confrontation which a call-in would almost inevitably imply. It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that if the Heron Tower deserved to be called in, then so should Piano's.
  • High principles

    London can't turn its back on tall buildings, but will the support of Mayor Ken Livingstone be enough to ensure that the capital maintains its status as a city of contrast and counterpoise? Kenneth Powell reports on the debate from the AJ's 'Tall Storeys'
  • High watermark

    In the first of a series of study trips organised by Zumtobel Staff Lighting, AJ readers visited BCIA building of the year, the Wessex Water Operations Centre, Bath, by Bennetts Associates. Rab Bennetts explains the theory behind the design, while two architects and an engineer report on the trip Although the communications director of Greenpeace has an annual budget of £14 million and a staff of 60, last year's petrol crisis showed that environmental concerns are not always top of the p
  • High-flying Gensler lands on Farnborough airport shortlist

    Gensler, Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners and Geoffrey Reid Associates have been shortlisted in a competition to transform the Ministry of Defence airstrip at Farnborough into an exclusive hub for business jets.
  • Highlight disjunctions to enable understanding

  • Highly technical services

    Hanson Brick's bespoke design software provides valuable support to architects, writes Paul Rogatzki
  • High-ridge size

    A large-scale family house in southern Ireland achieves a balance between public and private space; and formality and informality
  • High-rise and low-rise buildings as appropriate

  • Highways Agency

    The Highways Agency has lifted into place this glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) bridge over the A30 trunk road in Bodmin, Cornwall. The unique 50m suspension Halgovor Bridge, designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects and Flint & Neill Partnership, features a GRP deck suspended from conventional steel masts and a twin cable system. The scheme, which weighs less than 400kg/m and was installed by Balfour Beatty during a 24-hour road closure, completes a link in the 180 mile Cornish Way, part of the Na
  • Hilarious images should not have caused offence

  • His 'n' hers designer T-shirts

    Come to the 100% Design architects' evening and you could win
  • HISTORIAN NETS £415,000

    Architectural historian James Sloss Ackerman has won an award of one million Swiss francs (£415,000) from the International Balzan Foundation. Ackerman, professor emeritus at Harvard University, won the award for his work on the history of architecture, town planning and landscape design.

    The destruction of 500 years of history earned two brothers a £500 fine last week. Bridgewater Magistrates' Court ordered the pair to pay the fine after they demolished a 16th century farmhouse in Somerset two days before it was to be evaluated for listed status by English Heritage.
  • History repeats?

    Astragal will be keeping a close eye on presidential pretender Brian Godfrey as the RIBA election comes down to the wire at the end of this month. Do Paul Hyett and Alex Reid strike the same fear into the Devon candidate's heart as his 1974 opponent. . . Margaret Thatcher? As a keen young Liberal Party candidate, Godfrey was pitched against you-knowwho in her invincible north London lair of Finchley. It all proved too much and he abandoned his challenge. 'It was the only seat they could find

    Judges for the Mies van der Rohe Award have postponed a decision on a winner because they could not come to a conclusion, said advisory committee member the Architecture Foundation. The winner of the 50,000 euros (£32,000 approx) first prize was to have been announced at a press conference in Rotterdam on Monday. Past winners include Foster and Partners' Stansted terminal and Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners' Eurostar terminal at Waterloo Station.
  • Hitting the heights on design strategies

    Tall buildings are as controversial as ever. In the run-up to May's AJ-backed conference on the issue, 'Tall storeys', we look at how their design quality should be assessed
  • Hitting the jackpot

    Tririga, a Web-based design and data storage system, can lead to massive savings in construction and product costs
  • Hitting us over the head with his cost yardstick

  • HLM Architects

    The wraps are off at HLM Architects' top-secret Joint Service Command and Staff College. The PFI scheme is valued at £500 million over 30 years and brings together the Army, Navy and Air Force in a giant 44,000m 2combined residential training facility at Swivenham, near Oxford. The building is designed around a series of south-facing courtyards and features a library, mess and a 450-seat conference centre. HLM chairman Chris Liddle, is profiled on page 24.
  • HLM Architects wins planning consent for £2.75 million residential development.


    HLM Design has won planning permission for a £17 million local care centre in Farnham. The 11,000m 2building around two grassed squares will have 84 beds and four GP surgeries. Builders are due to start on site this July and finish in early 2003. HLM chairman Chris Liddle said it was seen as a model for care in the community.

    HLM Architects has won planning consent for an £8 million management school for the University of Surrey. Building is due to start in June for an October 2002 finish.

    Grimsby-based practice Hodson Design has been commissioned to design a £500,000 low-energy building for the Ecology Building Society, which specialises in financing development which encourages ecological principles.

  • HOK presses ahead with new £68 million air terminal for Cork

    HOK International is to go ahead with a scheme to build a new 25,000m 2terminal building for Cork Airport, after submitting a planning application for the project before last week's atrocities in the US.
  • HOK Sport

    HOK Sport has won planning permission for a £9 million stand for Ipswich Town FC.
  • HOK Sport

    HOK Sport's plans for a new 28,000-seat stadium (above) in Milton Keynes for Wimbledon Football Club have been kicked into touch by the Football League's ruling that moving the club so far would set a dangerous precedent.

    40 Grosvenor Place, designed by architect HOK International, was named Best Commercial workplace in Britain last week at the British Council of Offices' awards ceremony.
  • Hold your head up - or just hold it


    Six students working with PRP Architects have won a RIBA competition to design holistic hotels - a new sustainable building type for the sector. The group beat off competition from Cater Day Architects and Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects for a site near Cardiff.

    Huyton Gallery in Merseyside is to show paintings and drawings of Liverpool buildings by Colin Holmes, who was artist in residence at the local Walker Art Gallery in 1994. The cityscapes capture dereliction around the city. The show runs from 3 September to 21 October. Contact Knowsley Arts Service on 0151 443 5617.

    Construction of Germany's Holocaust memorial in Berlin, designed by Peter Eisenman, has finally begun. The £15.7 million monument was delayed for 10 years due to concerns over its format. It will be constructed from 2,700 concrete slabs for completion by January 2004.
  • home and away

    David Chipperfield sees his work as 'essentially European' - lucky, as most of his jobs are on the continent rather than in the UK. But that could be set to change with his practice's shortlisting for the BBC headquarters in Glasgow by kenneth powell. pho
  • Home defeat

    Spare a thought for ex-England football manager Kevin Keegan, who has run into trouble with planners in Romsey, Hampshire. A scheme to develop 24 'up-market' homes on land there has been withdrawn before even being considered by Test Valley Council. Keegan is an investor in the developer for the scheme, Ladyburn Properties, which had offered to abandon a scheme with permission for a golf course, giving over the land for public use in return for a residential approval on part of it. According
  • Home exclusion zones

    Regeneration concern for 'model' communities excludes those most in need of stable homes - those labelled 'antisocial' The scandal of properties lying empty while hundreds of thousands of people languish in bed and breakfast accommodation has been talked about for ages. The overall number of households* in temporary accommodation in London alone reached 43,500 in 1999/2000, and this has led to the search for drastic solutions.

    Museums across the country are being urged to compete for the chance to provide a new home for the architectural remains of the former Baltic Exchange, damaged by an IRA bomb in 1992. Skanska UK, which has demolished the building to make way for Lord Foster's Swiss Re building, is offering parts of the facade, ironmongery, fireplaces and interior columns for permanent display in a museum. The items will be donated, rather than sold.
  • Home is where the art is

    BUILDING STUDY: Blackwell, a major Arts and Crafts house in the Lake District by MH Baillie Scott, has been carefully restored by Allies and Morrison and adapted for use as an arts and exhibition centre
  • Home offices

    Still with Farrell, what is going on down at Marsham Street, where the Farrell/Bradman PFI consortium beat MacCormac/Lipton to provide the Home Office with its new HQ, replacing the notorious concrete towers? CABE was critical of the scheme, but will the government respond? The procurement route was established under the last Conservative government, but the built result will not be with us for years - apparently it will take nearly two years to demolish the towers. Will the new building be a
  • Home to the office

    Mary Thum Associates' new Westminster offices have an air of domesticity about them. Perhaps this is because, prior to taking up residence in its new premises, the practice worked from Mary Thum's own home in Chelsea. This previous accommodation, a studio on the lower ground floor of her Chelsea town house, was designed by the practice as a showpiece for clients and provided promotional opportunities, to such an extent that it soon outgrew it. 'We have more space now, but I have a little furt
  • Home values. . .

    The residential schemes featured in part two of the AJ Small Projects competition show what architects can achieve on budgets of less than £150,000 Selected schemes from this week's crop and last week's selection of non-residential projects will be exhibited at the RIBA in April. Winning entries will be awarded prizes totalling £1,500

    John Thompson & Partners has won planning permission on a 78unit housing development in Peckham. The scheme includes 18 terraced houses and 60 apartments and will be developed in conjunction with Laing Homes.
  • Homing in on the province

    Architects hoping to work in Northern Ireland should be aware of the different working codes
  • Honour bound

  • Horden and BDP come under orders for Epsom masterplan

    Epsom Downs Racecourse has lined up four practices in the race to prepare a masterplan for the famous Derby venue, the AJ can reveal.
  • Horse's brass

    Observant drivers on the M4 may have noticed lots of horses crossing one of the bridges recently. This is part of an exercise by the Highways Agency to discover exactly which conditions horses like. It is rewriting its construction regulations, as apparently all previous versions have been based purely on anecdote. This time it is taking a more systematic approach, trying out different balustrading, surfacing materials, etc. The agency is not the only group taking a renewed interest in horses
  • Hosker Moore & Kent

    Hosker Moore & Kent's new restaurant (above) at Selfridge's, in London's Oxford Street, has opened for business. Situated between the capitals of the department store's Classical columns, it is accessed via a spiral staircase or a new bridge. Diners can look down upon the shoppers in the accessories section while tucking into Boston crab cakes.


  • 'Hospital tsar' Prince pledges to avoid prescribing on style

    Prince Charles has reassured the profession that he will not attempt to promote his preference for Classical architecture in his role as hospital design champion, writes Zoë Blackler.
  • Hot hotel for New York

    Pritzker Prize-winning architects Rem Koolhaas and Jacques Herzog have revealed designs for a new hotel and park for hotelier Ian Schrager in New York. Herzog said the 20-storey hotel breaks new ground: 'It changes your idea of what a hotel is and of what a building should look like.'
  • Hot stuff

    Ed Jones was in the news over plans to mess with the wonderful RAC Club's Turkish basement baths, in a lunatic act of political correctness which would run a corridor through the baths area in order to provide additional facilities for ladies, who are in any event said to be fed up with the idea. Surely this problemette can be resolved in an impeccably architectural manner? Meanwhile, English Heritage could do us all a favour and stop this nonsense at once.

    Gregory Phillips Architects has won planning permission for an 83-bedroom hotel on north London's North Circular intersection with Regent's Park Road. The fivestorey, 5,000m2 development will include a conference centre and a restaurant and bar that will be open to the public. The plan incorporates rendered walls with timber panelling. It is expected to reflect the traditional turn-of-thecentury residential architecture of the surrounding Hampstead Garden Suburb.
  • Hotels should be exemplars of creativity and individuality

    When hotels made a distinction between architecture and 'interior decor' they took a huge step on the road to Disneyland.
  • Hotting up

    The story of the Millennium Dome grows curiouser and curiouser. Consider the revelations since the government, very sensibly, abandoned its exclusive negotiations with the Legacy group (which says it is going to sue). Up pops Lord Rogers, to announce that the Dome should remain public. Then the government announces that it has asked Lord Rogers to complete a new masterplan for the whole of the Greenwich Peninsula site to form the basis of new proposals. Next, it emerges that Sir Alan Cockshaw
  • Hotting up

    The war of words over Alex Reid's RIBA presidential candidacy is jogging memories of his period as director-general. Picture this scenario: president Reid summons chief exec Richard Hastilow and asks to see some financial figures concerning an area of institute activity. The latter refuses to divulge them on the grounds that they concern operational matters. The president points out that he is the elected head of a membership organisation, and that he is entitled to see these figures. The chi
  • House proud

    PEOPLE: James Gorst is putting together a portfolio of well-judged residential schemes - a far cry from 'weighing' buildings with John Outram. The Lodge at Whithurst will bring more exposure - and maybe an award or two
  • House style

    The silly season began early this year with news of Lord Rogers' apparent devotion to sex and cruising in public spaces; Radio 4 covered the item following his recent RIBA lecture, while the Daily Mail and London Evening Standard went into paroxysms of mock astonishment. The Mail had the bright idea of interviewing several of my lord's neighbours in Royal Avenue, Chelsea. They were none too happy at his policies being put into effect on their own doorstep. Another silly story, courtesy of the
  • House style

  • Housing Action Trust Japanese solutions have a

    I read with interest the review by Jeremy Melvin, 'Gems of Japan' (AJ 1.11.01). How enlightened the Japanese are. I also have two small children and would be only too pleased on occasions to sit them on top of a 3m high box with no means of getting down again.

    Architects have until 28 February to submit entries for the 2001 Housing Design Awards. The scheme is split into two categories: one for completed projects; the other for schemes with detailed planning permission, which are not yet built.
  • Housing first for the Emerald Isle

    Brady + Mallalieu Architects' campaign to introduce the foyer to Ireland has won it a commission for a £10.5m scheme in Dublin

    Landscape architect Whitelaw Turkington has been commissioned to design a travelling exhibition to explain the principles of PPG3, the planning guidance which deals with housing. The exhibition will form the basis of the Hertfordshire Town Renaissance Campaign and will travel the county next month.
  • Housing must be built to meet need, not greed


  • Housing specialists miss out on innovation award shortlist

    The Architecture Foundation has drawn up a shortlist of six practices for its 'Innovation in Housing' competition, the AJ can reveal. The list of four London practices, one from Bristol and a German firm, bypasses architects with a strong housing pedigree which entered, such as Stock Woolstencroft, HTA and PRP Architects.
  • Housing, Greenwich Millennium Village

    The housing scheme consists of terraced houses, two storeys high, with monopitched roofs and single-storey flat-roofed lobbies at the road frontage; the spaces between the lobbies form entrance courtyards which act as 'thresholds'. Around each courtyard a steel channel framework at eaves level supports a cedar pergola with a glass canopy over the entrance door.
  • How a humble postcard fired my resolve to pursue beauty

    One of the questions which occurred to me when I was teaching sculpture was whether the student had ever had an art experience. If a prospective artist has never been moved by someone else's art, how can they stumble across this sensation in their own work? This can, of course, be asked of architects.Some so-called professional artists and architects go to the grave with this particular ignorance.
  • How Architecture Got Its Hump

    By Roger Connah.MIT Press, 2001. 209pp. £11.50
  • How final is final?

  • How final is the final certificate?

  • How many architects (and QSs) does it take?

  • How many. . .

    Incidentally, what a fuss over changing a light bulb in Will Alsop's Peckham Library. It is all reminiscent of the old gag. . .
  • How 'new'are these transport interchanges?

  • How to cope with an open-plan office

  • How to design for gas

  • How to keep new year delusions

    'I will answer the planning supervisor's letters before he threatens criminal charges.'
  • How to tell when it's time to leave


    Arts minister Alan Howarth has placed a temporary bar on the export of archival material belonging to architect CFA Voysey. It provides a last chance to raise money to keep the material, including his accounts and records of his family history, in the UK. The recommended price for the books is £25,000. They are to be retained in the UK until 9 May, although this period could be extended to 9 July if the government is convinced that there is a serious intention to raise the funds.One ledg

    Glenn Howells Architects is hotly tipped to win the Civic Trust's main 2001 Centre Vision Award tomorrow (Friday) for its Market Place Theatre scheme in Armagh. The winners of all schemes in the trust's long awards programme will be announced at the Wellcome Wing of the Science Museum.



    A team led by Glen Howells Architects has triumphed in a RIBA competition to design a new £6 million performance venue in Doncaster. The team, which will build the centre for the performance of high-quality drama, dance, literature, comedy, cabaret and music, beat strong competition from Pawson Williams Architects, Levitt Bernstein, EEA UK, Tim Foster Architects and Law & Dunbar-Nasmith. The scheme provides two auditoria, a dedicated cinema space, live music bar, workshop and meeting spa

    Glen Howells Architects has won four education commissions in the West Midlands. In Birmingham it has landed a £2.5 million performing arts centre at Castle Vale School; a £4 million project to replan Halesowen College; and a £1.3 million refurbishment of the Barber Institute, University, of Birmingham. It has also won a £1.6 million contract to replan St Martin's Girls School in Solihull.
  • HQ building for Barclays Bank

    HOK has won the commission to design this 30-storey HQ building for Barclays Bank in Canary Wharf. The 93,000m 2building at Churchill Place will have covered access to the Jubilee Line and Docklands Light Railway station. The building is due for completion by the end of 2004.
  • HTA Architects

    HTA Architects has scooped two residential contracts. The firm will masterplan and design the housing elements of the 1,200-home Stonegrove Spur Road scheme in Barnet, north London (above), and design the refurbishment of the Stratfield Road Estate scheme in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, that will include 340 homes and 102 flats in a refurbished tower.
  • HTA calls for 'lateral thinking' in fight to save Park Hill flats

    JL Womersley's Park Hill flats in Sheffield should be 'twinned' with Newcastle's Byker Wall to draw attention to their dire state, say architects fighting to save the Grade II*-listed flats.
  • Hudson Featherstone

    Hudson Featherstone has completed the first phase of its Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit for the Medical Research Council in Cambridge. The scheme comprises a new building with laboratories, lecture theatre and teaching facilities. The total £1.3 million project includes the refurbishment of existing buildings on the site, such as an Edwardian villa and a 1970s extension.


  • Human ingenuity is not enough

  • Human Rights Act raises spectre of delayed projects

    Every architect is haunted by a ghost project: a commission which once seemed to be a certainty, and which becomes increasingly elusive without quite having the decency to disappear. A project which seemed to be going well but which, somewhere along the line, became bogged down by a client who lost enthusiasm, by cash which never materialised, by endless revisions and cost cuts which eventually changed it beyond recognition. The profitability of any architectural practice is dependent on the
  • Human rights threat to Prescott planning power

    John Prescott's ability to call in planning applications for public inquiry has been left in grave doubt after the High Court ruled that his powers go against newly adopted human rights legislation.
  • Hung, drawn and ordered

    Drawings from the Irish Architectural Archive By David J Griffin and Simon Lincoln. IAA, 1993. 79pp. £12.95 Leinster House 1744-2000: An Architectural History By David J Griffin and Caroline Pegum. IAA, 2000. 134pp. £17.95

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    The new Regus Business Centre at Eastleigh, Southampton, demonstrates the outstanding possibilities of the Luxalon Sandwich Wall Cladding System. The building features Luxalon Insulated Sandwich Wall Facade System to provide 600mm module x 60mm thick panels, with matching top-hat vertical joint extrusions, together with factory-cranked corner panels.More than 750m 2of white aluminium panels were used, with a long-lasting Luxacote paint finish suitable for the marine environment, while meeting

    The Scottish Enterprise Technology Centre building situated in East Kilbride, demonstrates the outstanding design possibilities of the Luxalon insulated cladding and glazing TotalWall concept.


  • Hyett hits out at schools in RIBA debate on racism

    RIBA vice-president for education Paul Hyett claimed last week that the majority of architecture schools in the UK are guilty of discriminating against ethnic minorities by relying on A levels as the principle entry criterion.
  • Hyett opens door to members to bridge the regional divide. . .

  • Hyett prepares for presidency with new regional emphasis

    RIBA president-elect Paul Hyett has moved to rectify what he identified as a failure of communications with the regions during his election campaign by unveiling plans to form a new regional network and discussion forum.
  • Hyett seeks equal treatment deal in negotiations with AIA

    RIBA president-elect Paul Hyett today meets representatives of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to thrash out a deal that would allow architects with British or US qualifications to work in either country without hindrance.
  • Hyett seeks help in quest to ease UK firms into the US

    RIBA president-elect Paul Hyett is to set up a 'sounding board' of large UK architectural practices to help them gain access to the US market.
  • Hyett set to tackle 'reactive' EH

    Paul Hyett, who takes charge of the RIBA on Sunday, has pledged to use his two-year term as president to campaign for a dilution of 'excessive' English Heritage powers. Condemning the conservation body as 'essentially reactive', Hyett is to press ministers to review the influence the organisation has over the planning system.
  • Hyett sets the record straight on presidency

    For the record, I have not, contrary to your report (AJ 1.11.01), 'recruited another candidate' for president. Nor would I ever try to do so.
  • Hyett urges staff caution after Lords' landmark liability ruling

    RIBA president Paul Hyett has asked the institute's practice specialists to look into the consequences of a landmark House of Lords decision which makes individuals liable if their employers go bust or have inadequate insurance.
  • Hyett: ARB needs warnings, not fines, to police profession

    RIBA president-elect Paul Hyett is to press the Architects' Registration Board (ARB) to drop the use of fines and make more use of continuing professional development to bring wayward architects into line. His comments follow the case of Geoffrey Tournoff, who was struck off after refusing to pay an £800 fine for misleading a client about the progress of a planning application (AJ 38.00).
  • Hyett: 'Copy French planning model'


    RIBA president-elect Paul Hyett received a positive response last week when he urged American Institute of Architecture representatives to end what he calls the 'totally unacceptable' block on RIBA-trained designers working in the US (AJ 17.5.01). Hyett said the AIA was 'genuinely sympathetic' to his concern.
  • hyett's high noon

    PEOPLE: Paul Hyett took an unorthodox route into architecture. Last Sunday, armed with a raft of ambitious plans, he became president of the RIBA. At once belligerent, boastful, modest, erudite and blunt, just what makes him tick?
  • I shop therefore I am

    Carried Away: The Invention of Modern Shopping By Rachel Bowlby. Faber, 2000. 281pp. £12.99 The Arcades Project By Walter Benjamin. Harvard University Press, 1999. 1073pp. £27.50

    Ian Liddell, former chairman of the Design Research Unit, died on Sunday 13 May, aged 68. Liddell worked with Sir Basil Spence before joining the Design Research Unit first as a partner, and later as a director, alongside founders Sir Misha Black and Milner Grey.
  • Icon tower faces planners

    Renzo Piano's 'shard of glass', the 306m high London Bridge Tower, is heading for the planners in a detailed application within days.
  • Iconic tonic

    Gin firm Bombay Sapphire is shaping up as a design icon. It has been putting swanky adverts in Metropolis , and it has set up the Bombay Sapphire Foundation, with members including Ron Arad, Tom Dixon and Jonathan Glancey, with the aim of encouraging the 'dynamic and inspirational' use of glass. At the '100% Design' show next month, it will launch The Bombay Sapphire Blue Room. Unfortunately, this will not feature Nicole Kidman taking her clothes off, but an exhibition on the versatility of g
  • Icons of Garden Design

  • I'd sooner have a sickie, thanks

    OK, so you got off your face last night and there is no way you could remain upright on the mountain bike all the way into work this morning - and anyway it's raining and there's no rear mudguard and you'd look really silly with that thin column of water tangenting straight up from the back wheel above your head and then down into that sodden, unhappy racoon stripe down the back of your fleece.
  • Ideal homes

    Brighton University student Richard Marks and Strathclyde University student Andrew Cardwell have won a new competition for innovative housing designs. The Eric Lyons Memorial Fund architectural student competition was judged by Ian Ritchie, Alan Baxter and Richard Lyons. The winners'schemes will go on display at London's Building Centre from next week.

    The German town of Nuremberg is running an international ideas competition for Albert Speer's Nazi rally ground. The organisers are looking for 'functional, urban and organisational concepts' for the site to allow for the continuation of its recent use hosting fairs, sports and leisure activities.

    The Housing Forum has issued a guide designed to help architects and contractors include sustainability into the housebuilding process. The new document identifies six core areas of concern and focuses on housing projects by architects John McCall and Cole Thompson. The e-factor: six guiding principles to improving sustainability in housebuilding also says part of the problem lies with persuading housebuyers to invest in green homes. The report is available from the Housing Forum, tel 020 769
  • If prefabrication is such a good idea, why is the use of this technique such a marginal activity on Britain's building sites?

    technical & practice The point of prefabrication

  • Ill-tempered tirade lacks critical analysis

  • Images released of two education projects currently under construction in north London.

  • Important lessons for updating school stock

  • In adjudication, it comes down to asking the right questions

    legal matters
  • in at the deep end

    LAB Architecture Studio came from obscurity to land a multi-million-pound project down under. Partner Peter Davidson explains how the firm coped with being suddenly thrust into the spotlight in the international arena by isabel allen. photograph by charle
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  • IN BRIEF: Stephen George & Partners

  • IN BRIEF: Stride Treglown

  • IN BRIEF: WSM Architects


    The RICS will be hosting a seminar on 'Rethinking control of buildings' on 4 December. The seminar will cover the body's findings from its report on Part III of the Building Act (1984).
  • In defence of Bristol's planning department

  • In Dublin's fair city

    PROJECT PROFILE: HOUSING - Dublin Corporation has stalled housing's flight to the capital's suburbs. Eddie Conroy tells how
  • In his element

  • In praise of BIAT's professional standards

  • In praise of concert-hall as theatre, not shoebox

  • In real space

    Round up
  • In the groove

    These days, international architects have no inhibitions about making their pitch at the highest levels of government. Seen from an international perspective, the row over Lord Rogers' London job with the Greater London Authority is a bit of a so-what. For who should I see at the recent Davos heads of state conference but Rem Koolhaas; not to be outdone, another prominent member of the passport fraternity was recently the first architect to dine with new US president George W Bush. Who? Peter

    The Photo Library at the Architectural Association shows some of its recent acquisitions in an exhibition at 36 Bedford Square, London WC1, which continues until 6 February (020 7887 4078). Above: a detail of one Alex Lorente's images of Calatrava's Valencia Planetarium & Science Museum.
  • In the web

    Thanks to HTA (community architect Hunt Thompson to those of you with longer memories) for an invitation to see its new community 'consultation website'. It evangelises thus: 'Our shared vision of Sustainable Placemaking must now encompass the possibilities of creating communities on the World Wide Web that complement their physical counterparts. Place will soon no longer be solely defined by their physical attributes, but also by their representation on the Internet.' Indeed. I see that HTA
  • In training

    Travellers to King's Cross, who have been waiting years for the unpleasant 1970s front hall to be removed, revealing the full glory of the original station, may take comfort from the news that Railtrack is losing control of the station revamp. While the company will carry out necessary works, funding and control will now come from Sir Alastair Morton's Strategic Rail Authority, which will upgrade the station as part of the East Coast improvement programme. Will this affect John McAslan's work

  • Inappropriate City Point scheme must be refused

  • Inaugurated

    As America celebrates its new president, what news of the RIBA presidential campaign? So far it is living well down to expectations, following the injection of drama last year when current president Marco Goldschmied launched his famous attack on the Internet candidate, Alex Reid. The boring correspondence on whether the sensible candidate, Paul Hyett, should dissociate himself from this attack threatens to send everyone to sleep. More interesting is the contention of Brian 'Private' Godfrey
  • Inclusion of retired architects on ARB register is 'unlawful'

  • incontext

    The glass laminate solar system built into the conservatory roof will provide silent, free and clean electricity for 30 years or more. Designed by Solar Century, the electrical output of the solar system is estimated at 1200kWh per annum - half the electricity requirements of a reasonably energy-efficient average-sized home. The system will save the emission of one tonne of CO 2per annum for the lifetime of the solar laminate.
  • Increasing architects' awareness of planning

  • Industrial might

    Twentieth Century Industrial Archaeology By Michael Stratton and Barrie Trinder. E & FN Spon, 2000. 236pp. £29.99
  • Industrial revolution

    Wilkinson Eyre has used innovative engineering and design techniques at a new tourist attraction in the manufacturing wastelands of South Yorkshire to forge inspiration where once there was dereliction

  • Inflexible friends

    Having worked on a dozen or more properties from the 1930s, John Winter believes that conservation officers are often too dogmatic in their demands on owners and architects
  • Information for the trade and an unloved upgrade

    I have to declare an interest about the legendary Ian Martin, whose surreal reporting I have admired for two decades and who once served a stint on this very organ. Now he has a site intended for the medium-to-small practice at www. spa. uk. net. Martin being Martin, I spent some time trying to read a second meaning into 'spa'or even 'spauk'or even 'uknet', but it seems it probably just stands for small practice architect. Last week the main headings, serious and sublime, included: can you sp
  • Informing insurers is a duty - and can help

    In her article advising architects on how to deal with a complaining client, Judy Larkin (AJ 7.12.00) makes some very valid points.Yet she makes no mention of one of the first things an architect should do when there is a whiff of a complaint about their work in the air: speak to the firm's professional indemnity insurer.
  • Infrastructure at the speed of fright - all vision but no action

    Another train crash, another witch hunt, another tall building kicked into touch. England is not a good country for visionary projects. Not that you won't get any publicity - you will get lots. You just won't get anything done. That is why we stay in the realm of ideas and don't try to connect them up to reality. That is why we have so many visionary architects - safest way to practice, no professional indemnity - and such a flood of entries for every architectural competition - even if you w

    Conservationist architect Donald Insall has won the Europa Nostra medal of honour in recognition of his work and teaching. Insall, famous for his post-fire restoration of Windsor Castle and the more recent adaptation of Somerset House in London, was the only UKarchitect to win a medal this year. Heritage awards were made to the new headquarters of the National Trust of Scotland; Dixon Jones/BDP's restoration of the Royal Opera House; and the Old Bodleian Library in Oxford.

    Conservation architect Donald Insall has won this year's Plowden Medal in recognition of his influence on conservation policy and practice. Awarded by the Royal Warrant Holders Association, he will receive the gold medal on 5 June. Insall, who set up Donald Insall Associates in 1958, has conducted conservation work on the Palace of Westminster, Somerset House, London's Mansion House and worked on the post-fire restoration of Windsor Castle. The practice has received more than 90 awards for ex
  • Inside the laboratory

    Hanson's product range of more than 300 bricks means that it is no small task to carry out the constant routine testing that is necessary to comply with the relevant British Standard.
  • Inspiring enigma

    Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Architect, Artist, Icon By John McKean. Lomond Books, 2000. 160pp. £10
  • Institute mulls over equal opportunities principles

    After 164 years of existence, the RIBA will next week decide whether it wants to introduce the first equal opportunities policy to cover the whole profession.
  • Institute's draft cultural policy gets the green light

    The RIBA's draft cultural policy statement was approved by the Council, but not without criticism of the language used. Classicist Robert Adam objected to the term 'contemporary' which peppered the document, and asked whether the aim to 'deliver an established programme of talks by leading contemporary architects' would exclude him from the list of speakers. Iain Meek complained that the wording of the draft was 'woolly' and said that more effort should be made to target 'the commissioning cl

  • Institute's thumbs up to EU's simplification of working rules

    RIBA vice-president for international affairs John Wright has welcomed the approval of reforms to European Union law, which should make it easier for British architects to work in other member states of the EU. The changes amend the existing architects' directive, which was framed to encourage the mutual recognition of qualifications within the profession gained in the EU, promoting the free movement of workers, one of the union's key treaty commitments.
  • Instructions help to keep Beeb revolving

  • intellectual respite

    Alan Short's successful practice work feeds into his role as the new professor of architecture at Cambridge. He believes bureaucracy should be kept at bay and treats academia with healthy scepticism, while enjoying being one step ahead by katherine shonfi
  • Intelligentsia veto

    The not-so-reclusive Dame Stella Rimington, erstwhile head of MI5, made an excellent impression on my old friend Lord St John of Fawsley when he was chairman of the Royal Fine Art Commission, and Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. So much so that he recommended that she should succeed him. Alas it was not to be.
  • interactive whiteboard


    AJ readers are invited to two free symposia on 'Interchange design'on the morning and afternoon of Thursday 5 April. They will be held at the Interchange exhibition event, taking place at the Excel Centre in London's Docklands.
  • Interior of the Libeskind Pavilion is depressing

  • International

  • international

    A - Z
  • International design team to advise on Dublin development

    Sir Richard MacCormac and DEGW partner John Worthington have been picked to lead a panel of international architects to advise Dublin's leaders on the city's development explosion.
  • Internet unites power savers

    As energy costs continue to rise, companies are searching for better ways to control and integrate energy expenditures
  • interview

    Architects Alex Mowat and Diana Cochrane formed Urban Salon after graduating from the Royal College of Art.The name allows for fluctuations in the size of the practice as they take on different projects and link up periodically with other designers. In th
  • Into the shadows

    REVIEW: Gaudi: The Biography By Gijs van Hensbergen. HarperCollins, 2001. 322pp. £24.99
  • 'Invisible' ARB to boost its profile

    The Architects' Registration Board is to lay its quiet, back-room image to rest and become a much more visible, proactive organisation in response to survey findings branding it as 'remote' and 'invisible'.
  • Invisible bus station is an architect's dream


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  • Irony shortfall

  • Is CAD worth it for small jobs?

  • Is environmental design just a technical only?

  • Is redundant old rubber factory worth saving?

  • ISE rewards the biggest and best

    The Institution of Structural Engineers has handed out a string of awards to some of the biggest, tallest and most impressive structures from around Europe.

  • Isolation units

    Sound insulation between different parts of a building depends partly on their acoustic isolation from each other. This, in turn, depends on the dynamic stiffness of the connections between the different parts. Complete physical isolation between different parts of a building is impossible but the more rigid the connectors between the layers of a separating element, the more the sound is transferred across from one compartment to another. Knowledge of the dynamic stiffness of connecting eleme
  • It all adds up at Strathclyde

    PROJECT PROFILE: LABORATORY BUILDING - Frank Arneil Walker gives full marks for well-integrated diversity
  • It could be you boarding the awards merry-go-round

    Awards, of course, are imperfect, arbitrary, and pretty much meaningless. Unless you happen to win one - or are involved with organising one. Two particularly illustrious names are launching architectural awards this week - the prime minister and the AJ.
  • IT evolution will speed 'electronic dispersal' from low-level London

    martin pawley
  • It is possible for a colleague or friend to be an expert witness

  • Italian Gardens

    Alex Ramsay and Helena Attlee. ellipsis, 2000. 400pp. £15

    The European Commission is to take Italy to the European Court of Justice, claiming that its public procurement procedures for local and state administrations hiring architects break EU rules on fairness and openness. The EC has raised three objections regarding the relevant Italian law. Brussels says it should have been notified about the 1997 law, that its criteria for awarding contracts do not match those in EU directives and that some practices 'infringe' the principle of transparency tha

    Assael Architecture has won planning permission for a £60 million mixed-use riverside development on Brentford High Street for developer Barratt West London. The scheme is on a former British Gas site with a history of industrial uses, and should act as a catalyst for redevelopment in the area. It will include 232 apartments, a 98room hotel and a music museum, which is being relocated from an adjacent site.
  • It's a shame - but that's how the cookies crumble

  • It's Hyett! Former AJ columnist clinches the RIBA presidency

    Paul Hyett has romped home in the race to become the new RIBA president.
  • It's really a debate about status

    The current concern about professionalism in architecture is actually just protectionism rearing its ugly head once again
  • It's third time lucky for Wilkinson Eyre

    Wilkinson Eyre's Magna (AJ 5.4.01) is the surprise winner of this year's AJ-sponsored Stirling Prize, beating Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners' Eden Project (AJ 22.2.01) - the bookies' favourite.
  • 'It's time to impose quality design to create better inner-city places to shop'

  • Jacobsen's journey

  • Jacques the lad

    Herzog & de Meuron garnered the most publicity from the BCIA, with Tate Modern winning the inaugural Prime Minister's Award for Public Building. Jacques Herzog was remarkably laid back about the achievement - once you have won the Pritzker, he said, you take awards in your stride. And anyway, he knew he would win as soon as he saw the seating plan.
  • James Gorst replies


    Selfridges in London's Oxford Street is due to undertake its most ambitious promotion to date by attempting to transform itself into a haven of contemporary Japanese culture and lifestyle.
  • Japanese junk shopping disproves Moore's Law of continual growth

    martin pawley

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  • Jencks commissions Rogers in Maggie's Centre network


    Columnist Simon Jenkins has made an anti-tower presentation to a public meeting at the Greater London Assembly. According to the chair of the transport policy and spatial development policy committee, Lynne Featherstone, Jenkins said tall buildings 'destroy communities, create hostile environments and London should be protected from them'. Featherstone wants to hear architects next in the run-up to the publication of the Spatial Development Strategy for the capital.
  • Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre, RADA

    The auditorium, arranged on three levels, including dress and upper circles, around an 8 metre cube, is designed for teaching drama. It can be adapted to form a variety of stage configurations, from 'in the round' to angled proscenium arch. In the latter configuration, the stalls are protected by a balustrade and reached by a pair of steps. For 'in the round'configurations, the seating rostra, balustrade and steps are designed to be removable and the floor, which can be adjusted in height, is
  • Jestico + Whiles

    Jestico + Whiles has just completed this new eight-screen multiplex cinema to the north-east of Prague.Clad in aluminium and glass, the 'modernist rectangular box' transforms into a twisting set of spaces in the interior.The practice is set to open a further two cinema complexes around the Czech capital city later this year.
  • Jestico+Whiles, House for the Future, Cardiff

    Special prize for innovation
  • Job losses at the top could signal revival for smaller practices

    Redundancies are in the news. So is it time to dust down the portfolio and pep up the CV? When staff at the most successful practices (Grimshaw, Gensler, etc) are in danger of losing their jobs, it is easy to conclude that there is very little hope for anybody else.But before succumbing to collective paranoia, it is worth considering whether the opposite could be true.
  • JOB SPOT - Getting back on course

  • jobspot

    Emily is a nice person. She is a terrific looker, kind, courteous, an ace designer. She even gives the brush-off in a way which makes you feel you have somehow done your best for Britain. But she has this vile new habit. She has taken to bringing her puppy into the office. She keeps it in a basket under her monitor. And that means in a basket practically under my monitor, too.
  • jobspot - 'Family-friendly' working practices

  • jobspot - Fighting for office bookshelf space

  • JOBSPOT - Seen but not part of the herd

  • jobspot - Turning the tables on bad bosses

  • jobspot Off the brochure straits and narrow

  • John McAslan + Partners

  • John McAslan + Partners

    John McAslan + Partners has won planning permission from Glasgow City Council to build a £1 million footbridge across the River Kelvin (AJ 2.12.99).The bridge, in the city's Kelvingrove Park, will connect the art gallery and the university. The link consists of two interlinking bridges, one at high level and another joining the riverbanks.
  • John Miller secures £2.2m Tate research centre contract

    John Miller + Partners has reaffirmed its position as Tate Britain's house architect with the announcement last week that it will design a £2.2 million research centre for the gallery.

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  • joints & junctions

    A - Z
  • Jones'alterations to gallery are shocking


  • journey into space

  • Journey to the source of the references

  • Jubilee cheer

  • Judah Design & Production

  • Judgement day

    Stirling Prize judge Janet Street-Porter was stranded in Los Angeles following last week's tragic events, so arrangements for her to visit separately some of the shortlisted schemes are being made by the RIBA's Tony Chapman, the awards organiser. The rest of the judges visited the Eden and Magna projects last week. Both these extraordinary projects have seen visitor numbers vastly in excess of the original predictions, and in both cases further complementary development is envisaged. The Brit
  • Just about managing

    No one ever joined the architectural profession to become a manager - but learning management skills can bring major benefits to your business Architecture is getting more and more competitive, and a number of factors mean that running the office is more challenging.The interrelated approach envisaged by Egan, the ever-growing demands of clients, and increasingly tight budgets and timescales, are all placing great pressures on the profession.Successful practices deal with these challenges by
  • Just deserts

    Bad luck seems to have dogged the proposal to create an entertainment complex at Crystal Palace since architect Ian Ritchie quit the project (when the client tried to dumb it down). Having won a planning permission and successfully fought a High Court battle to fend off reactionary objectors to his brilliant glazed pavilion, Ritchie could be forgiven for a quiet gloat over the troubles afflicting London & Regional Properties and the replacement architect, RHWL. The protestors found a new stic
  • Just what's wrong with traditional architecture?

  • Katherine Shonfield

    If you get hold of this month's copy of Men's Health , you will unearth, in between articles on 'Why your fridge makes you fat', and 'Sex: teach her a few new tricks', a piece which asserts the diametric difference between an affinity for words and an affinity for the visual. To those who are better with pictures than words, and to whom reading is 'not their strong point', it recommends architecture as a profession.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    Two weeks ago I quoted Dan Cruickshank's provocative assertion that we may know an era by how it treats its dead. Last week's shocking photographs of bodies haphazardly spread on the floor of a hospital chapel of rest put this notion, rather brutally, to the test.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    The 'Legible Cities' conference in Bristol raised the interesting notion of reading within a city.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    However much we might fancy ourselves as artists, architecture differs markedly from the other contemporary arts.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    Changing names, unlike Changing Rooms , is something at which people invariably look askance. The outraged reaction of Sun readers at the prospect of the makeover of the Post Office to a new improved service apparently dubbed Consignia is a case in point. Indeed, the extraordinary thing about the lucrative 'industry' of rebranding is how united all but the professionals in question and their clients are in loathing its output.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    I would like to share with you one of those curious office emails that emanate from nowhere and mysteriously spread like wildfire.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    The 'oo' of relief at getting rid of the 00 that signified 2000 appears pretty general.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    Each time I bounce round with a new set of holiday snaps my non-architect friend groans. It's because, she says, of my systematic erasure of everything pertaining to human interest from the images. It is as effective as if one of those 1980s bombs had just dropped - you know, the ones architects liked - that killed all forms of natural life while leaving buildings and cities pleasingly intact.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    It's a cliche that personalities have replaced issues during the past two decades. It is no coincidence, then, that it was decided that a single figure - a mayor, rather than an impersonal organisation - was necessary to reform London's government.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    A few years ago some wag worked out that if all the stipulated subjects in the National Curriculum were adhered to, the Spanish Armada would get all of 13 seconds' coverage on a mid-week February afternoon.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    Foot-and-mouth has virtually done for our tourist industry, says the not-normally-soalarmist Observer . Less seriously perhaps, but more insidiously, what it definitely does threaten is the status of 'the countryside' in the lives of the urban majority.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    As all the world knows, architecture has had a chequered relationship with the monarchy in recent years. Yet it would be singularly unbecoming for architects to snigger behind our small but perfectly formed brises-soleil at the Firm's latest difficulties. One is, however, forced to ponder on the very different outcome had the Royal Family, in lieu of hurling monstrous carbuncles at us, had the good fortune to marry into a proper accredited profession. Could, for example, any of the following
  • Katherine Shonfield

    It may have escaped your attention but last week Tory strategists unearthed a phenomenon to rival the original discoveries of cave dwellers and of Stone Age man.
  • Katherine Shonfield

    According to a UNICEF report published last week, British children are some of the safest in the world. Coupled with the reduction of deaths of children on our roads during the 1990s this is, on the face of it, the best argument in favour of unsustainable, stretched-out cities and the security of the car you could hope for.
  • Kathryn Gustafson's views on landscape 'desecration'

    Clare Melhuish reviews...
  • Keep it steady

    Round up
  • Keep the x-rated filth for the top shelf


    On-the-spot coverage of the British Council of Offices annual conference will be available at www. office-plus. co. uk. The event takes place in Berlin on 24 and 25 May. Coverage will include keynote speeches as well as technical tours of buildings such as the Reichstag, Frank Gehry's DG Bank and Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum.
  • Keeping your cool - a user's guide

    How do you dress in the office when it is hot? It is a perennial dilemma. For a man in a naturally ventilated building, there are times when, no matter how close you are to an open window (bliss), it still gets sticky. So what do you do?


  • Kelsey is responsible for roof covering only

  • Ken and Wembley team up for 'megalomaniac-free' stadium

    London mayor Ken Livingstone and Wembley National Stadium are to join forces in an effort to persuade the government to build a new stadium in the capital - but free of 'megalomaniacal extras'.


    London mayor Ken Livingstone has added his voice to calls to preserve the Victorian Braithwaite Viaduct which runs under the Bishopsgate goods yard.He contacted Railtrack Property to recommend that the arches be left intact if the East London Line runs through the site.
  • Ken Livingstone gunning for £400m Arsenal go-ahead


  • Ken on his high horse

    London mayor Ken Livingstone has rapped the City of Westminster for refusing to allow tall buildings in its latest unitary development plan. The move comes after Westminster leader Simon Milton presented the council's plan to the Greater London Authority on 14 February, saying: 'We don't subscribe to the view that to be a world city we must look like Hong Kong or Chicago in terms of high buildings.' The planning strategy of all London boroughs must be in line with the mayor's spatial developm

    Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has agreed to stump up £17 million to cover the costs of a new Wembley stadium's infrastructure. It will replace funds that would have been paid by the Football Association.

    London mayor Ken Livingstone has committed himself to a bid to stage the 2012 Olympics. The plan would involve a new 80,000-seat Olympic stadium at Stratford in east London plus a 45ha athlete's village nearby. Other venues include Wimbledon for tennis and the London Arena for boxing. The International Olympic Committee decides on the venue for the 2012 games sometime in 2005.
  • Kent has designs on Turner Centre prize for Margate

    Kent County Council has launched an international competition to find an architect to design a new £7million visual arts centre on the Margate seafront to display the works of artist JMW Tu r n e r .

    Bernard Engle Architects' Bligh's Meadow mixed-use town centre scheme in Sevenoaks, Kent, has opened. The scheme includes 23 shop units, four office units and six flats and is closely integrated with the historic town centre using traditional Kentish building materials.
  • Kevin Rhowbotham's take on 'the blackest of times'

    Kevin Rhowbotham's put-down of Modernism, the present-day architectural profession and global capitalism didn't seem to leave much scope for hope, notwithstanding his claim to optimism.

  • Kienast Vogt: Aussenraume Open Spaces

    By Erika Kienast-Luder et al. Birkhauser, 2000. 264pp. £35. (Available from Triangle bookshop 020 7631 1381)

  • Kilsyth example offers hope for religious ruins

  • 'Kilted crusader' dies, aged 71

    As a founder member of the Victorian Society, Roderick Gradidge used his striking personality to fight for the work he admired

    Davis Sutton Architecture has won the commission to design a visitor centre for Caerphilly Castle, the largest fortification in Wales. Work is due to start in December and will last 26 weeks.
  • King of the heritage Castle at Oxford


    Rolfe Judd's controversial attempts to build a major new chunk of London's King's Cross area have been knocked back by members of Islington's planning committee.

    The extension of King's College Hospital NHS Trust designed by Nightingale Associates was topped out last week. The £76 million Bessemer Wing consists of a central atrium serving six levels of medical wards and is due for completion in October next year.
  • King's Lynn site a community choice for millennium revamp

    An abandoned development site in the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area in King's Lynn was today proposed as a new Millennium Community.
  • king's road

    A - Z


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  • Kingston's Tim Bell: 1935-2001

    The death of Tim Bell, former deputy head of Kingston School of Architecture and Landscape, has saddened all generations of students, colleagues and friends who were inspired by his intellectual leadership. They were stimulated by him, uplifted by his personality, and they loved him.
  • Kisho Kurokawa on life, reality and masterplanning

    It was hard to imagine what Kisho Kurokawa's rambling disquisition on symbiosis, the concepts of the life principle, and the age of diversity, would mean to his besuited, largely male audience at the Royal Society of Arts. But his description of the masterplanning scheme he has conceived for the capital city of Kazakhstan, Astana, struck a topical note in light of the recent focus of attention on those regions formerly within the orbit of USSR power.

    Multidisciplinary firm KMB is to open an office in Manchester. Currently operating out of London and Lincolnshire, the office on Fountain Street will be headed up by director Gavin Ferris.
  • Knight like this

  • Koetter Kim scoops job for Glasgow media quarter

    Koetter Kim Associates has beaten Patel Taylor Architects, Gareth Hoskins Architects and landscape designer Ian White Associates to win a major masterplan for a new media quarter on Glasgow's Pacific Quay.

    Office interior specialist Trevor Blake has just completed the fit-out of the third floor at Elizabeth House in Waterloo, London, for its client Schal International Management. This entailed the installation of ceilings, partitions and specialist furniture, together with mechanical and electrical services. For the open-fronted work areas, enclosed meeting rooms and breakout areas, the client specified Komfort's Polar fully-glazed partitioning, with full-height glass doors in Halo frames. The
  • Koolhaas in the clear and set to sue

    Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas has been cleared of plagiarism after an eight-year legal battle. The Pritzker Prize winner is now considering ways to recover his £500,000 costs - which could include legal action against the expert witness for the case.
  • Koski Solomon Ruthven

  • Kramer vs Foster

    I wonder if guests at Foster and Partners' splendid exhibition launch at the British Museum last week had come across Hilton Kramer's article in the June edition of The New Criterion .
  • KSS Architects

    KSS Architects has won planning consent for a new building for South East Essex College in Southend-onSea. The first phase of the 27,500m 2project is due to go on site in November, with completion set for September 2003.The design incorporates flexible teaching spaces with a 'performance pod'capable of seating 250 people. The building has been designed to accommodate up to 15,000 students.
  • KSS bags Israel job

    KSS Sports and Leisure Design has won a competition to masterplan and design the new Haifa sports complex in Israel. The Londonbased firm beat off rival bids from a shortlist which included HOK Sport, the Miller Partnership and Ellerbe Becket. KSS is teaming up with local architect Shlomo Gendler.
  • KSS explores student's prizewinning 'Fog Catcher' idea

    A student project which won the £5,000 prize for best first exhibit at this year's Royal Academy show could become a reality if research by KSS Architects bears fruit.

  • 'L' is for low (heat losses)

    Part L has at last been revealed - it requires robust detailing, better practices on site and more rigorous certification
  • Labour's jail threat to architects

  • Labour's new Greenwich solution

  • Lacey creates 'Container City' for artists

    Nicholas Lacey and Partners has come up with this innovative and environmentallyfriendly solution to provide affordable workspace for artists and other creatives - simply reuse old shipping containers to dramatically cut costs.
  • Lack of clarity: judgment reflects complexity

  • Lack of information overload

    architech: Three recent publications, which nevertheless have their merits, sum up the laissez-faire attitude that prevails
  • Lambeth council

    Lambeth council has signalled that it is minded to grant planning permission for a new £50 million children's hospital by Michael Hopkins and Partners.The planning committee said it would give permission to the 140-bed Evelina Children's Hospital after visiting the proposed site on 11 August.The final decision lies with the GLA.
  • Lambeth council rebuts 'inaccurate journalism'

  • Lambeth objects to South Bank plan

    London's South Bank Centre looks set to press ahead with plans to redevelop Jubilee Gardens as an elevated landscape in spite of new objections from Lambeth council.
  • Lambeth: Mather's South Bank plan 'effectively dead'


  • Land Securities at BBC

    The BBC is to sign a deal with Land Securities to redevelop and manage large chunks of its property for the next 30 years. The contract is for the redevelopment of the corporation's White City site, as well as for the overhaul of Broadcasting House and a new head office for BBC Scotland.

    A competition has been launched by private consortium GEM Landmark, which is looking for an East Midlands monument to rival the Angel of the North. Open to anyone 'with a connection to the East Midlands', entries must be in by June. The winning design will receive a cheque for £2,000.
  • Landmark Isokon flats to be restored to Modernist glory

    The future of the Isokon flats, one of north London's Modernist landmarks, has been assured. The building was sold last week to a preservation partnership between Isokon Trust and Notting Hill Housing Group (NHHG), which has as its consultant architect Avanti Architects.
  • Landmark Isokon Flats to open doors as modern art galleries

    The Isokon Flats, built in 1934, home to Walter Gropius, and described as a Modern milestone, will form galleries for modern art as part of London Open House. Measure, a group of young artists who use landmark buildings in London as temporary galleries, is running the project from 1926 September. The show, Minimal Existanz, will exhibit work from 10 artists including a flat full of wreckage for a sculpture themed on aircraft accidents in eight of the Hampstead flats and the stairwell. Isokon

    The Landscape Institute is launching an online appointments service giving landscape architects the chance to find new posts in private practices, companies and the public sector. The site will go live on 19 February at www. l-i. org. uk
  • Language barrier

    Isee that Bob the Builder, featured in these pages, has caused trouble as a result of swearing on a children's Christmas video, appearing to say f******* hell twice. This will doubtless come as news to construction industry guru Alan Crane, head of the M4I initiative, upon whom Bob is allegedly based, though Alan would almost certainly deny it.

    Garry Fabian Miller uses photographic materials (but not a camera) to depict the natural world, especially its effects of light. His latest exhibition includes a series of works made at Petworth House, Sussex (above). At Purdy Hicks Gallery, 65 Hopton St, London SE1 until 17 March (020 7401 9229).
  • Lansbury lessons

  • Lasdun memories

    Another event in a London architectural icon took place at the weekend: a memorial event for the late, great Denys Lasdun. Several hundred friends and relatives gathered in one his finest buildings, the Royal College of Physicians, to listen to music and reminiscences from speakers including critic William Curtis, and former national Theatre director Sir Peter Hall.The turnout was what you might expect: among the notable guests were Lord and Lady Foster, Sir Michael and Lady Hopkins, Nick Gri
  • Lasdun: a 'proper' person who chose individualism, not dogma

    I was saddened by the news of Sir Denys Lasdun's death. My first discovery of his work was from the Northampton to London bus which cut through Regent's Park past the Royal College of Physicians en route to Victoria. To me this edifice was very new.
  • Lasdun: tributes pour in for inspiration to generations

    RIBA president Marco Goldschmied led the tributes to the late Sir Denys Lasdun (left) last week, describing him as 'an incredible influence over more than one generation of architects'.

    This is your last chance to send work for our special issues on new projects, to be published in May.

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  • Latin temperament

    Building the New World: Studies in the Modern Architecture of Latin America 1930-60 By Valerie Fraser. Verso, 2000. 280pp. £17
  • Lavish, visionary architecture puts the user in the driving seat

    Just when the motor car has finally fetched up at the OK Corral, forced into a dead or alive shoot out with 10,000-shot computerised speed cameras, inflatable sleeping policemen, astronomical petrol prices and zero-tolerance speed cops, along comes a stack of books dealing with car architecture as though it were the most normal thing in the world. Now that they are closing down in their thousands it is suddenly OK to open the gates of art history to the petrol stations, multistorey car parks
  • Law provides escape from the jaws of predatory contractors

    In one of the various sequels to Steven Spielberg's Jaws , there is an engaging scene intended, no doubt, to provide respite from the ever-tightening grip of aquatic horror.

    Artist Chris Helson has presented a petition to the Scottish Parliament asking for a plot of land within the boundary of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood to be defined in law as 'a place where any one person has the right to lay down'. The size of the plot, he said, would be defined as the size of the person lying down. His intention is to initiate a dialogue about the territories the new parliament is generating and the effects of 'democratic' forces on the process. The petition is part o
  • LCD flat-screen monitors

  • Le Corbusier: Inside the Machine for Living

  • Leading lights

    Big beasts from the world of property on display at the show included Sir Stuart Lipton, who delivered the CABE message at various functions;
  • Learning curve

    TECHNICAL & PRACTICE: This is the first in a series of articles encouraging readers to try their hand at Part 3 examination past papers
  • Learning curve

    One of the most incongruous parties last week was the launch of Inside Space, an online art gallery selling prints and photographs by artists from Auerbach to Wentwor th . The event was held at the Challenge of Materials gallery at the Science Museum (why? ), with entertainment from that scurrilous duo Kit and the Widow, still celebrating Robin Cook's sexual triumphs in song, while on a giant screen a large octopus writhed disgustingly.
  • Learning from Las Vegas author Steven Izenour dies

    Steven Izenour, a principal at Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, has died suddenly aged 61.
  • Leather brigade

    Peter Rees, the City Corporation planning officer, was on combative form at the Heron Tower inquiry last week, having been given a torrid time by Richard Phillips, QC for English Heritage. EH has been trying to convince the inspector that the City has changed its views on tall buildings and their skyline impact . A good laugh when you think it was EH which backed the Swiss Re tower, now under construction. On the second day of his cross-examination, it was suggested to Rees that office develo
  • Leaving card

    What a curious business, the sudden announcement by the chief executive of English Heritage, Pam Alexander, that she is to leave the organisation in September. The ostensible reason for her departure, that she has no desire to undertake yet another reorganisation of EH, is no doubt fully understandable. But some cynics, especially those who do not believe in coincidences, question whether this is the full story. Alexander herself has usually been regarded as being sure-footed in her managemen

  • Leeds hospital on sick list as CABE blasts redesign plans

    Leeds General Infirmary is about to withdraw its planning application for a new wing by Thompson Spencer Architects after a bruising attack from the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.
  • Leeds tower practice set to bypass a third CABE report

  • Legal ease - thanks to Kim Franklin's column

  • Legal issues leave no room for idle chit chat

  • leisure

    A - Z

    The Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky studies our shaping of the landscape in such dramatic settings as the marble quarries of Carrara, the oil refineries of New Brunswick and the shipbreaking depots of Bangladesh.
  • Les Sparks flies in to combat Nottingham planning exodus

  • Lese majeste?

    Bird life at Kensington Palace has been disappearing in what could have the makings of an international incident.
  • Lesson plan

    The loose collection of geometric shapes in architecture plb's Jersey College for Girls finds a focus round an Edwardian heart
  • Lessons for sustainable school design

    RIBA sustainable schools competition joint-winner Duncan Baker-Brown has attacked architects for their poor understanding of the issues underlining sustainability in the UK, writes David Taylor .
  • Let's demand reciprocal arrangements with US

  • Let's hear it for the specialsà

    Six special awards - including the AJ's own award for the first building by a new practice - were announced alongside the Stirling Prize on Saturday. The winners, shown here, demonstrate the diversity of architecture in the UK and are featured on our new web tool, ajspecification. co. uk AJ/ROBIN ELLIS DESIGN BUILD FIRST BUILDING AWARD Cedar House in Logiealmond by Walker Architecture Built by Mark Walker for his own family, this flexible modular house achieves a feeling of opulence for the s
  • Letter to Quentin Newark on much-maligned logo

  • Letters

    Hyett corrects record on Welsh Assembly I do not intend to comment publicly about my offer to the Welsh Assembly to assist, as president, in finding a resolution to the current difficulties between client and architect on this important project. That I offered to help in the interest of both parties, the project and architecture is a matter of public record. Details, if my involvement is ultimately requested by the client, must remain confidential.
  • Letters

    Merits of Heron Tower outweighed by negatives Martin Pawley says that 'the merits of the Heron Tower are blindingly obvious' (AJ 16/23.8.01). This may be true from a simplistic architectural point of view, but is not so obvious to those concerned about the skyline of London and the quality of life at street level.
  • Letters

    Let the fans have say in national stadium debate David Walkind was right (Letters, 30.8.01) to warn the AJ against London-centric tendencies in its reports on the National Stadium debate. David Littlefield's report in the same issue says the Football Supporters Association survey 'appeared to demonstrate' that football fans would prefer a new stadium in the Midlands, but Ken Livingstone's survey 'showed that' the general public wants it in London.
  • Letters

    Criticism of Coventry visitor centre rebutted I was very surprised by Tom La Dell's criticism of the landscape design which provides the setting for our visitor centre in the Coventry. The scheme by Robert Rummey Associates works really well. The creation of the cloister, at 20m 2, produces an intense yet serene space directly relating to the ground floor of the building, as a visit to the site will surely show.
  • Letters

    The rest of the country needs open days too No one would deny that Victoria Thornton does a brilliant job for London's 'Open House', but what about the open days in the rest of the country? Between 7 and 10 September, many buildings outside London are participating in the Civic Trust's Heritage Open Days.
  • Letters

    The importance of public consultation to planning George Ferguson complains about the 'vociferous middle classes' who objected to his plans for flats in Redland, Bristol. (AJ 16/23.8.01). This is the same George who was happy to join objectors to the plans of Arup Associates for the Bristol Harbourside redevelopment and to welcome our support for his competing scheme for the site. Come off it, George, or we will get cynical and think that you believe that public concern should have less value
  • Letters

    AJ writers 'out of touch with normal people' The appalling commentary by Clare Melhuish titled 'A group housing scheme's Grand Design on self-building' (AJ 30.08.01), proves that your writers are out of touch with normal people.
  • Letters after your name should spell architect

  • Lewis Baltz: The New Industrial Parks near Irvine, California


    RIBA president Marco Goldschmied is to write to the leaders of the three main political parties this week to respond to the policies they have put forward in their election manifestos. Goldschmeid said he was particularly impressed by the Liberal Democrats' pledge to equalize the VAT threshold on new build and refurbishment projects. 'This is an urgent need if we are to raise urban densities, ' he said. 'We will be using the Liberal Democrat pledge in the new Parliament to exert further press
  • Libeskind on history and fragmented urbanism

    It was hardly worth the effort of fighting for entry to Daniel Libeskind's lecture at the LSE last week, scheduled almost to coincide with National Holocaust Memorial Day. It offered half an hour's worth of grand rhetorical statements, accompanied by a small selection of slides showing the usual fragmented, shard-like forms which have come to represent the Libeskind brand of architectural product and have now assumed material identity in the much-discussed Jewish Museum extension in Berlin.
  • Libeskind's 'Eighteen Turns' becomes private property

    Daniel Libeskind's celebrated 'Eighteen Turns' pavilion will no longer be open to the public after the Serpentine Gallery sold it to a mystery private buyer for £100,000 last week.
  • Libeskind's 'Eighteen Turns' heading for Manchester

  • Libeskind's summer fun

    Daniel Libeskind has finalized his design for a summer pavilion to be erected on the lawns at Kensington Gardens' Serpentine Gallery in June. The temporary installation will be in place for three months and will be home to a cafe as well as serving as a venue for fund-raising events.


    BBC Radio 3 is to broadcast a programme about Frank Gehry on Sunday 15 April. The programme, The Towns that Frank Built, will examine the technology that has made his buildings possible as well the impact projects such as Bilbao's Guggenheim and Seattle's music centre have had on these cities.The show will be broadcast at 5.45pm.
  • Life less ordinary

    REVIEW: Tony Fretton Architects: Retrospective 1986-2001 At the RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1 until 28 July
  • Life Style

    Bruce Mau. Phaidon, 2000. 624pp. £39.95

    Scott Brownrigg + Turner has won planning permission to proceed with the multimillion-pound redevelopment of Hatfield Aerodrome into the Hatfield Business Park.
  • Light lunch

    When TTSP was asked to refurbish the old Barings office at 6-8 Bishopsgate in the City of London, the restaurant was on the ninth floor. Like the rest of the building, it had not been touched since the early 1980s. 'It smelled of old cabbage, ' according to TTSP architect Clive Pereira.
  • Light on information

    Alvaro Siza: The Complete Works Phaidon, 2000. 620pp. £60
  • Light-blue collar brigade can restore the urban balance

    In Bremen, the Bremish like to garden. If you look at an aerial photograph, you will observe large areas, close to the town centre, that are devoted to Schrebergarten - allotments.
  • Lighter than air

    My old friend Richard Murphy has passed the test to become a licensed micro-pilot. Now he really will be above it all.
  • Lightness

    Lightness is hard to quantify or specify but is a subtle, qualitative and fundamental ingredient of modern architecture. Playing with transparency, reflection, shadows, colour, distance and height, all contribute to the expression of lightness. Lightness of structure concerns the physical weight and mass of the material from which the structure is made. An economy of material contributes to the achievement of visual delicacy, and the availability of new technology allows for greater efficienc

    The lighting system at a two-yearold south Hertfordshire leisure centre is to be replaced after developing serious faults. Newcastlebased FaulknerBrowns has been asked to look for a new lighting system for the £18 million leisure complex, The Venue, in Borehamwood. Last month a light fitting, about the size of a basketball, plunged into the centre's pool after an electrical explosion in the ceiling forced its casing to shear off its mountings.Nobody was hurt in the incident. The centre's
  • Lights going out on the value of architecture


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    Sahara, one of the fairfaced products within Lignacite's Architectural Facing Masonry Natural range, has been used to great success in a prestigious residential development in Dundee.

    Lignacite has launched an award for projects between January 1998 and December 2001 which incorporate Lignacite facing masonry. Entries should include a concept sketch, design brief, the rationale for the use of facing masonry and four photographs of the finished project. Send entries to Giles deLotbiniere, Norfolk House, High Street, Brandon, Suffolk IP27 0AX by 1 January.

    Mark Whitby and Antony Gormley are to discuss their work at this year's Lignacite lecture. Entitled 'The Art of Work', the talk will be on 20 June at 7pm at the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, London. Fax Barny Parks for tickets at Lignacite on 01842 810678 or e-mail
  • limited success

    Last year HLM Architects' ambitious plan to hit the stock market fell through, but chairman Chris Liddle is still convinced that he can beat the profession's 'financial dyslexia' and show how profitable architecture can be
  • Linux - suitable for geeks only, or perhaps not

    There are tens of thousands of would-be geeks out there who have attempted to install one or another version of Linux, the 'free' Unix-like operating system developed by the Norwegian supergeek, Linus Torvald. Rather a lot of us have failed. I've been monitoring the chat site of a new super-compact version of Linux and, after a fortnight, the Why-have-I-blown-it? messages number more than 100. I'm about to try the new full-size Mandrake 8 Linux, but if this is anything like my promise to give
  • Lion's share

    The RIBA rebranding exercise being conducted by the Fourth Room consultancy is not all dull analysis. At one recent meeting, the question of the lions on the corporate logo was raised.

    To assist architects in the specification process, structural coatings and floorings system manufacturer Liquid Plastic has introduced a CD-ROM which allows users to access information about the company's products. The CD-ROM has details about Liquid Plastic's range, which includes liquid roofing systems, architectural weatherproof coatings for walls, anti-microbial coatings for hygienic areas and decorative and industrial, resin-based flooring systems.


    The UK's market leader in the fluid-applied roofing market, Liquid Plastics, has introduced a new brochure, High Performance Roof Refurbishment Solutions, featuring information on the company's range of liquid roofing systems.

    The Heritage Lottery Fund has come to the rescue of two listed sites, with an offer of £1.8 million to secure the future of Cromford Mill in the Derwent Valley and £8,600 for repairs to the Spitalfields home of the Bangladesh Welfare Association. The 16th century Cromford Mill is the world's first water-powered cotton spinning mill, established in 1771 by Richard Arkwright. It will be protected from the ravages of the weather and made more accessible to visitors through the grant. T

    The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is planning to list the Barbican Centre Grade II and has asked for views on the move.
  • Listing for Manchester courts would be spot on

  • Listing of Barbican leaves facelift architect 'unfazed'


    Liverpool's £2 million Lee Valley Millennium Centre was last week opened by the Duke of Gloucester.

    Liverpool Vision, the urban regeneration company overseeing the competition to develop Liverpool's prized Kings Dock site, asked two of the five contenders to present their proposals for an independent 'due diligence audit' last week. The move suggests that Everton FC and Houston Securities' proposal - with HOK Sport - for a 55,000-seat football stadium, and a £200 million mixed-use development plan by the ICIAN consortium (including Arup and BDP Architects) are the most likely proposals
  • Livingstone facing rough ride over South Bank revamp

  • Livingstone fears South Bank 'ruin'

    London mayor Ken Livingstone has thrown a spanner in the works of the South Bank Centre's ambitious plans to redevelop Jubilee Gardens by declaring that he is 'opposed to development under open space' and fears that the project might 'ruin' the important public parkland site.
  • Livingstone hits out at Westminster intransigence. . .

  • Livingstone holds out for Lord Rogers at the GLA

    London mayor Ken Livingstone was heading for a showdown with members of the Greater London Assembly this week over his determination to appoint Lord Rogers to a paid consultancy role.
  • Livingstone orders Harrods back to the drawing board

    London mayor Ken Livingstone has directed Westminster City Council to reverse approval for a plan by top people's store Harrods to redevelop a Knightsbridge site because it did not provide enough affordable housing. In a letter to the council, Livingstone wrote that Harrods' proposal for a development of 44 private flats, offices and shops failed to create a mixed community and was 'prejudicial to good strategic planning in London'.
  • Livingstone praises Imperial Wharf

  • Livingstone stops Gensler's ex-GLC island block project

    Planning specialists have warned that London mayor Ken Livingstone risks slowing up the planning process after he overturned a planning permission on grounds of architectural design for the first time ever this week.

    London mayor Ken Livingstone has been hit by complaints from both the Greater London Assembly and outer London boroughs.
  • Livingstone: Jestico + Whiles Camden tube 'unacceptable'

    London mayor Ken Livingstone has poured cold water on Jestico + Whiles' designs to redevelop the Camden Underground station in north London (AJ 21.12.00).
  • Livingstone's 'London plan' piles on election pressure

    London mayor Ken Livingstone will next week mark the start of his second year in office by finally publishing the proposals document for the capital's Spatial Development Strategy - four months late and against allegations that he has wrestled control of the document from his deputy Nicky Gavron.
  • Local authority's input should be recognised

  • Lodging an appeal

    BUILDING STUDY: James Gorst had to overcome numerous obstacles to realise his contemporary design for Whithurst Park Cottage in Sussex.The result is a distinctive home with a 'new barn' aesthetic
  • Logged on for education. com

    Putting a university's full range of educational material on the web is an exercise in wising up rather than dumbing down
  • Logging on to web spies and video games

    So, this column is paranoid about cookies, but I am happy to report that they are under fire from the Data Protection Act - along with all the other spy-ware generated by the plain nosey, by website owners inflated with their own importance and by marketing operations desperate to learn what sort of information you are looking up.
  • London

  • London aims high for 20 new towers

    The architectural profession has rallied behind the concept of skyscrapers in the light of the World Trade Center collapse, as London mayor Ken Livingstone presses forward with plans for up to 20 new towers for the capital. Lord Rogers, Lord Foster and RIBA president Paul Hyett all denied this week that the era of the skyscraper has come to an end.
  • London architect gets good karma in Buddha tug of war

  • London Bridge is not the right place for a tower


    British Airways has lodged plans with Lambeth council to make the London Eye a permanent feature of the capital's skyline.

    Ronald Spinney has succeeded Sir Michael Pickard as chairman of the London First Centre, the inward investment agency for the capital.

    A proposal by the British Olympic Association (BOA) for a London Olympic bid was presented to mayor Ken Livingstone as the AJ went to press. Simon Clegg and David Luckes presented initial findings on a bid for 2012. 'We will be looking at how all of London can be involved, irrespective of where the sites are, ' said a BOA spokesman. 'Even if there is not a sporting event in a given borough, there will be cultural events it could benefit from. An Olympic bid is not just about sporting structur

    A proposal by the British Olympic Association (BOA) for a London Olympic bid was presented to mayor Ken Livingstone as the AJ went to press. Simon Clegg and David Luckes presented initial findings on a bid for 2012. 'We will be looking at how all of London can be involved, irrespective of where the sites are, ' said a BOA spokesman. 'Even if there is not a sporting event in a given borough, there will be cultural events it could benefit from. An Olympic bid is not just about sporting structur
  • London must consider impact of roads scheme

  • London Plan a double-edged sword, Livingstone admits

  • London Zoo Aviary engineer Frank Newby dies, aged 75

    In the collaboration between architecture and engineering, the years 1950-75 are noted as being particularly adventurous and creative, writes Robert Thorne. The structural engineer Frank Newby, who died on 10 May, aged 75, was preeminent throughout that period for his contribution to innovative architectural concepts and forms.
  • London's Docklands

    Is it blue or is it green? SOM has designed a building for London's Docklands which uses a special new paint which changes its colour according to where you stand and the condition of the light. Arrowhead Quay, a recently-approved 49,300m 2headquarters building, features a specialist mica paint applied to its mullions which has been used in fashion (on ties) and on Alfa Romeo cars but never before on a UK building. The scheme, by developer Ballymore Properties, has vertical and horizontal mul

    The RIBA is showing off transport projects by London-based architects. 'Transport by Design' includes Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners' work for Zurich Airport and Will Alsop's Blackfriars Station.
  • Look again: magazines should go beyond trends

  • look to Wapping for the art of noise

  • look who's talking

    Champagne goes to Elizabeth Webster of the Wirral for this winning caption. This week's image shows the Tate's director of buildings and estates, Peter Wilson, with the BCIA judges. But what are they saying?
  • look who's talking

    Champagne goes to Stuart Tappin of London WC1 for his winning caption. This week's photo shows a hardpressed Ian Hislop, editor of Private Eye magazine, at his desk. Behind him is an image of Foster and Partners' Swiss Re tower.
  • look who's talking

    Champagne goes to Lindsay Richardson of consulting engineer Price & Myers for this winning caption. This week's model image gives a whole new perspective to the high-rise building debate. But what is the man in the suit thinking? Captions on a postcard please, by Monday morning, to: AJ Astragal, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB, or fax your entry on 020 7505 6701.
  • look who's talking

    Champagne goes to Alex Afnan for his winning caption. This week's image shows the late Enric Miralles and Donald Dewar discussing the design for a new celestial assembly.
  • look who's talking

    Champagne goes to Ken Jones of architect Hattrell and Partners from Manchester for this winning caption. This week's image shows a tweedy type, accompanied by a nun, contemplating a flying Buddha amid mock Tudor housing. Captions on a postcard please, by Monday morning, to: AJ Astragal, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB, or fax your entry on 020 7505 6701.
  • look who's talking

    Champagne goes to Alison Hunter of the Wirral for this winning caption. Our final look who's talking image shows Father Christmas and friends at Magna. But what are they saying? Captions on a postcard please, by Monday 7 January, to: AJ Astragal, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB, or fax your entry on 020 7505 6701. Watch out for a new competition in the new year.
  • look who's talking

    Champagne goes to Jim Hunter of Holylake in Merseyside for his winning entry. This week's image is of the two artists Tracey Emin and Van Gogh at Tate Modern. Captions on a postcard please by first thing Monday morning to: AJ Astragal, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB, or in an emergency fax your answers to 020 7505 6701.
  • look who's talking

    Congratulations to David Derby from Price and Myers for his straight-to-the-point winner. This week's image shows Tony Blair with his former spin-colleague Peter Mandelson in front of an underconstruction Millennium Dome. Captions on a postcard please by Monday to AJ Astragal, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB, or in an emergency fax 020 7505 6701.
  • look who's talking

    What is Bob the Builder saying to his audience? Captions on a postcard please by first thing Monday morning to: AJ Astragal, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB, or in an emergency, fax your answers to 020 7505 6701.The best one will win a bottle of champagne.
  • look who's talking

    This week's competition features 'Lord Mallard', aka Dr Martin West of All Souls, Oxford, complete with a model of a mallard on a pole.This was paraded round the college last Sunday evening in a ceremony that takes place once each century.But what is he saying? Captions on a postcard please, by Monday morning, to AJ Astragal, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB.
  • look who's talking

    Champagne goes to Fiona, Simon, Frank and Matt at Group 4 for their winning caption. This week's image shows controversial US rapper Eminem at Portcullis House. But what is he saying?
  • look who's talking

    Champagne goes to Simon Danischewsky of Fulbourn in Cambridgeshire for his winning entry. This week's image is of William Hague and Michael Portillo admiring the view at the Hindu temple in Neasden, north London. Captions on a postcard please by first thing Tuesday morning to: AJ Astragal, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB, or in an emergency fax your answers to 020 7505 6701.
  • look who's talking

    Well done to Ronald Rabson of Erdi and Rabson for this winning caption. This week's image shows Harry Potter looking on with surprise and wonder as a wizard magics Fosters' wobbly bridge into use. Captions on a postcard please by first thing Monday morning to: AJ Astragal, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB, or in emergency fax your answers to 020 7505 6701.
  • look who's talking

  • look who's talking

  • look who's talking

  • look who's talking

    Congratulations to John Dawson of ALS Architects of London SW17 for his winning caption. This week's topical image shows politicians waving, not drowning, in the Thames by the Houses of Parliament. Captions on a postcard please by first thing Monday morning to: AJ Astragal, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB, or fax 020 7505 6701.
  • look who's talking

    Champagne goes to Duncan Macpherson from Ipswich for his winning caption. This week's image shows Zaha Hadid and a blazing Vitra Fire Station in Weil am Rhein. Captions on a postcard please by first thing Monday morning to: AJ Astragal, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB, or fax 020 7505 6701.
  • look who's talking

    Champagne goes to Norman Robson-Smith of Cardiff University for his winning entry. This week's image shows London mayor Ken Livingstone with Lord Foster, the new GLA headquarters and a pineapple. But what is Ken saying? Captions on a postcard please, by Monday morning, to: AJ Astragal, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB, or fax 020 7505 6701.
  • look who's talking

    Champagne goes to Mike Levy of Alan Camp Architects in south London for his winning entry. This week's image shows 'Handy Andy' and the stars of television's home makeover shows with a pile of MDF and (adapted) Welsh Assembly Building. But what are they saying?
  • look who's talking

  • look who's talking

  • look who's talking

  • look who's talking

    Champagne goes to Nat Jackson of London SW12 for his winning caption.
  • look who's talking Worrying signs

  • looking after the past

    Mike Brooke and David Millar's BMP has carved out a niche in conservation with many grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Here the pair tell the AJ how their small practice 'packs a punch well above its weight' by julian holder. photograph by charles glo
  • Looking ahead

    It is unusual for Astragal to plug a commercial organization, especially one connected with our publisher EMAP, but on this occasion an exception must be made. Technical Forecasts has teamed up with our sister organization, Glenigan, to produce a new type of construction forecast: based entirely on known events, not opinion. Technical Forecasts uses pattern recognition mathematical techniques (originally developed for the intelligence communities monitoring radar and sonar signals) to derive
  • Looking to the future

    Louis Hellman's well-known architect figure (left) is happily daydreaming at his drawing board, and that is because the future is still looking bright in the profession.
  • Looks like Pimlico School has bought it

  • Lord Falconer promises major review of urban design

    Regeneration minister Lord Falconer last week promised a 'fundamental review'of urban design across all government departments. Speaking at the UDAL annual conference in Birmingham, he promised that an 'urban summit'would be convened in autumn 2002 to pull together the different strands of best practice and ministerial thinking. 'Our towns and cities do not have to depress, they can uplift the people who live there, 'he told delegates. 'Places should be designed for people, not the other way

  • Lord Rogers' £130K role 'a good deal' says Livingstone

    London mayor Ken Livingstone has defended his appointment of Lord Rogers as his city architect as representing a 'good deal' for the capital in the face of mounting criticism over the 'conflict of interest' in the role and the way he was brought in.

    Lord Rogers has agreed to join 33 of his international peers in developing models for twenty-first century housing design. The project, run by US developer Coco Brown, will take place in the Hamptons on Long Island, New York. Lord Rogers has so far only discussed his participation in the project by telephone with Brown.
  • Lost in a maze

    Uncommon Ground: Architecture, Technology, and Topography By David Leatherbarrow.MIT Press, 2000. 297pp. £25.95
  • Lost in translation

    Le Corbusier Alive By Dominique Lyon. Vilo, 2000. 192pp. £24.99. Distributed by Art Books International 020 7720 1503)

  • Louis Kahn

  • Love hurts

    Poor Jacques Herzog and Harry Gugger are feeling like 'betrayed lovers', I learn from the updated edition of Karl Sabbagh's riveting Power into Art, now in paperback (Penguin, £8.99). They were 'furious' that Nick Serota did not invite them to compete for the Bankside masterplanning role that Richard Rogers won, and upset that their Tate success did not bring a stream of new British clients.


    Urban planner and designer Derek Lovejoy Partnership has submitted an application to rejuvenate Staines' riverside with parks, a sunken amphitheatre, sculptural gates, fountains and stone-slab flooring. DLP has worked for nearly 10 years with Spelthorne Council on a riverside masterplan. The park will connect the waterfront with the town centre and include space for 94 cars.

    Landscape architect Derek Lovejoy Partnership has been picked for a 101ha landscape and masterplanning project for a new leisure resort for Swissotel at Gocek in western Turkey.

    Two designers, Ron Arad and Jasper Morrison, have jointly won the inaugural Perrier-Jouet Selfridges Design Prize for their contribution to design. They shared the £20,000 prize money and will each receive a year's supply of Perrier-Jouet champagne and a shopping spree in Selfridges.

    DEGW has been commissioned to design the world's largest academic research facility at the University of Sussex. The 4,600m 2Freeman Centre will be devoted to science and technology policy issues. The centre is one of the first low energy buildings on the 1960s campus. It will feature lowenergy ventilation and heating systems and solar shading. Stylistically the new facility will visually echo the campus' existing architecture, much of which was designed by Sir Basil Spence.
  • Low-key choice is favoured for Stonehenge visitor centre

    Denton Corker Marshall is to design a low-key visitors' centre at Stonehenge rather than a 'trophy building'. The practice beat off competition from five other practices last week to secure the contract.
  • LSI making tracks in Wigan for transport interchange

  • Luder's Tricorn Centre tops 'most hated building' survey

    Owen Luder has blamed unimaginative local authorities for being 'incapable of looking after buildings' after his Tricorn Centre in Portsmouth was declared the most despised building in the UK this week and Durham Cathedral the most admired.
  • Luis Barragan

    A retrospective of the work of Mexican architect Luis Barragan will start next month at the Design Museum in London. Barragan's architecture was a Mexican take on European Modernism and the exhibition will feature his houses, ranches and stables - all in his home country. But Barragan also worked on some large architectural sculptures, such as the Torres Satelite, 1957 (pictured) which formed a 57m tall entrance to Ciudad Satelite, a town on the outskirts of Mexico City. The exhibition runs f
  • Lutyens confusion as Edwin becomes Edward

  • m3 architects

    London-based practice m3 architects has designed this £65,000 conservatory for a private client with innovative features including a lightweight roof fitted with PTFE 'pillows' and timber sun shading clad with photovoltaic cells. These cells will provide power to the building and will supplement the energy supply to the house.
  • m3 receive planning consent for project

  • MacCormac criticised for 'fashionable clichÚ'

  • MacCormac Jamieson Prichard

    MacCormac Jamieson Prichard has applied for planning permission for Indescon Court - a mixeduse development in London's Millharbour, in the borough of Tower Hamlets. The scheme includes two office blocks, comprising 500,000m 2of space, and two residential buildings with 2,000 new homes. The buildings will range from seven to 18 storeys and will also include shops, cafes and bars, as well as open public spaces and winter gardens.
  • Macintosh-style school threatened by neglect


    The Heritage Lottery Fund will today award a grant of £999,000 to a project to restore the most substantial architectural commission outside Scotland by Charles Rennie Mackintosh - a house at 78 Derngate, Northampton. It will be given a 'sustainable future' as a visitor attraction, designed by John McAslan, focusing on Mackintosh's work, the colourful history of the house and Northampton life nearly a century ago.
  • Maelstrom joins architects' league

  • Magna debate: here's what the architects did

  • Magna plans business centre after Stirling Prize triumph

    Magna chief executive Stephen Feber has revealed plans for a further series of phases around the Stirling Prize-winning building to capitalise on its broad appeal.
  • Magnetic jewel

    My old friend Rem Koolhaas has come up with a novel way of hanging pictures in his designs for the Guggenheim in Las Vegas.
  • Magnificent project but can it be sustained?

  • Mailbox, Birmingham

    The bridge is a vital element in the Mailbox development, providing pedestrian access to it from the Birmingham and Worcester Canal towpath network, including Gas Street Basin and the Convention Centre quarter beyond.
  • Maintaining a sense of history

    Conserving is not just about preserving. It is about keeping buildings alive. But how this is done proves contentious, as last month's National Conservation Conference showed. Ruth Slavid reports

    Queen Elizabeth II Great Court, British Museum, London: Foster and Partners Joint Services Command & Staff College, Swindon: HLM Architects Eden Project, Cornwall: Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners Almond Valley, Seafield and Esk water treatment centre: Reiach and Hall, with Montgomery Watson Tate Modern, London: Herzog & de Meuron Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle: Llewelyn-Davies Lloyd's Register of Shipping, London: Richard Rogers Partnership Croydon Tramlink: Architecture and Design Group Euston
  • Make that a holiday brochure

    RECRUITMENT: jobspot
  • Making a speedy recovery

    Informal and private, adjudication can be an effective method for architects who need to pursue clients for outstanding fees
  • Making a splash in Walsall

    Hodder Associates' new swimming pool in Darlaston in the West Midlands brings quality and flair to an area better known for deprivation and neglect. Local people helped to select its design The new swimming pool at Darlaston, a suburb of Walsall in the Black Country, is the last of a triumvirate of projects aimed at giving the area a new and higher architectural profile. In general, the area is held in such low regard, and is so poorly maintained, that there is a large and sophisticated websi
  • Making an entrance

    Development Securities engaged the Manser Practice to give a new lease of life to Grove House in Ashford, Kent, a tired 1970s concrete-framed commercial building which consists of 10 shop units and 1,600m 2of office space on the two upper floors.
  • 'Making Buildings' as the craft of using materials

    It is strange that, although the course of architectural history in the industrial age has been largely driven by technological concerns relating to the means of construction, very few exhibitions ever focus in depth on that dimension of architectural practice; instead, there has been a subsuming emphasis on the individual architectural celebrity-creator, on daring aesthetic form, and on sheer volume of work. Yet at the same time, as the Crafts Council has noted, there has been a perceptible

    How to make your practice profitable and keep it that way is the subject of a half-day seminar organised by The Architects' Journal with consultant Colander on 28 February. 'Making Practice Pay' is the title of the event, which will draw on the lessons of the AJ/Colander benchmarking exercise to address accounting, recruitment, marketing and partnering. Held in central London, the event costs £150. For more details call 020 7505 6813.
  • Making progress by design

  • Making the case for a presidential pay packet

  • Making the distinction when it comes to compensation

    legal matters
  • Malcolm Fraser Architects

    Malcolm Fraser Architects has won a competition to design a new pavilion for the Holyrood Park Rangers, in the shadow of the new Scottish Parliament. The scheme was commissioned by Historic Scotland and chosen ahead of a shortlist comprising Campbell & Arnott, Lee Boyd Partnership, Richard Murphy Architects and Simpson & Brown Architects. It is for the rangers who maintain the Royal Park and will include offices, muster rooms and flexible educational facilities for the public. The £575,0
  • Malcolm Fraser Architects

    Malcolm Fraser Architects is now at detailed design stage of its competition-winning £2.3 million 'Netherbow Scottish Storytelling Centre' in Edinburgh. Essentially an adaptation of a 1970s building, the arts centre encloses an underused external courtyard by roofing it over and installing a large pivoting window overlooking a public garden. A multi-purpose performance space is being refitted below the court, while an education and resource room is also being built. The project is being
  • Male-dominance at 'Tall Storeys?' conference

    Despite all the hype, I remain unconvinced of the rationality, whether functional, urbanistic or sustainable, behind the enthusiasm for high buildings.
  • man at the helm

  • Man shall not live by download speed alone

    Leslie Barker suggested I look at, a site designed to promote 'an ethical approach to architecture'. It was, says Barker, 'simply designed on Word, plus basic photo-editing software, and saved as HTML. There are no gimmicks so it downloads quickly.' Crikey, does it ever download quickly. Whooorzzzp, suddenly there it is. And the links to associated pages are just as fast - an exception being the page with an image of the Piazza San Marco. Images, that's what grinds site
  • Man the banquettes

    2001: An Architectural Odyssey At the RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1 until 18 August
  • Managing the brief for better design

    By Alistair Blyth and John Worthington. E & F N Spon, 2001. 224pp
  • Manchester International Convention Centre

    The Convention Centre houses an auditorium with a raked floor, served by a heavy goods lift. A steelfaced sliding door in the north-west facade gives access to the lift.
  • Manchester makeover


    Manchester's CUBE is running an exhibition on 1960s Modernist architecture in the city from 11 May to 4 July. Featuring a wide range of buildings from the area, the exhibition will include studies of, for example, the city abatoir by Bessant Roberts, the CIS Tower by Sir John Burnett, Tait and Partners, and the Arndale Centre by Wilson Wormersley. Some of these, such as Leach Rhodes and Walker's Cumberland House, are currently up for demolition. Call 0161 237 5525 for further details.

    Alsop Architects, Arup Associates, CZWG Architects, Erick van Egeraat Architects, Ian Simpson Architects and the Richard Rogers Partnership have been shortlisted by developers Urban Splash for the Manchester Millennium Village project. The practices were selected from a list of 200 interested parties. Those that were turned away included Daniel Libeskind, Michael Hopkins & Partners, Abbey Holford Rowe and Hodder Associates.
  • Manchester 'urban village'


  • Man's inhumanity to nature


    The Manser Practice has been chosen to work up a £6 million refurbishment of the former home of the RIBA from 1834 to 1934. The 18th-century Grade II home at 9 Conduit Street was designed by James Wyatt and will become a restaurant.
  • Manson warns government off Renzo Piano tower inquiry

  • Manufacturers lose faith in e-commerce

  • Mapping the Modern

    review: The Modern Movement in Architecture: Selections from the Docomomo Registers Edited by Dennis Sharp and Catherine Cooke. 010 Publishers, 2001. 280pp. £22

    A £1.25 million public library for the town of March, which also includes IT services shared with the local college of further education.The building is the only library operated by the county council that is not air-conditioned.Designed in collaboration with sculptor Chris Drury, the scheme was developed with the close involvement of community groups.
  • Marco's party

    Marco Goldschmied is set to leave Portland Place with a bang. The departing president is planning an all-night party for all those who passed Part 3 during his time in office. Friday 22 June - at the start of architecture week - is the likely date, so keep your diary clear. Any killjoys who might start muttering about misuse of RIBA funds can rest assured that Goldschmied will be paying for the bash himself.

    Six practices have been shortlisted to design the Turner art gallery in Margate, Kent. More than 150 architects entered a competition for the £7 million building, adjacent to where nineteenth-century painter JMW Turner lived for many years. Each practice has been awarded £10,000 to work up a scheme and the winner will be announced in September. The practices are: Benson and Forsyth, Edward Cullinan, Haworth Tompkins, Niall McLaughlin, Eric Parry, and Snohetta and Spence.
  • Margate sands

    Disappointed entrants to the Turner Centre competition in Margate bombard Astragal with, inter alia, the following complaints: certain shortlisted schemes failed to provide sketch designs, as required in the brief; judges spent an hour discussing whether Zaha Hadid should be included (she wasn't); on average, entries received a mere three minutes consideration. All in the grand tradition of the British architectural competition. You don't know whether to laugh, cry, or take the complaints ser
  • Market forces

    Will Alsop has crossed (architectural) swords with Lord Foster on more than one occasion, often to Foster's advantage, occasionally to Alsop's (eg the Marseilles Grand Bleu project). Now, in an unusual challenge, Alsop has suggested that the future of Spitalfields market in east London could be rather more dramatic than the scheme envisaged by Foster and Partners, which replaces half of the existing market with a mainly commercial scheme. The Alsop alternative, flagged up in (of all places) t
  • Market forces

  • Market forces

  • Market price

    Who should be spotted taking photographs of the Foster Greater London Assembly headquarters other than Cedric Price? The project architect, Max Neal, was an assistant in the Price office many moons ago. The great man seemed to approve of what was going on, though when questioned he declared he had only one current architectural concern: who is going to buy the suite of prototype market stalls he designed for Westminster Council, which have been on exhibition in various places, but now need a
  • Marketable properties

  • Marks Barfield plugs £2bn Greenwich towers scheme

    BA London Eye inventor and designer Marks Barfield is attempting to aim even higher with a stunningly ambitious proposal to build a £2 billion scheme of up to 20 of its 50 storey 'Skyhouse' buildings on the Greenwich peninsula. The architect says the scheme for a new urban quarter could house as many as 14,000 people in high densities, while 300,000m 2of commercial development in the centre of the site and a reworking of the politically embarrassing Millennium Dome could complete the pic

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  • Masonite increases push into UK market

    A new company has been set up to support sales of Masonite beams in the UK. Called, not surprisingly, Masonite Beams (UK), it is intended to encourage the already existing growth in use of the Swedish manufactured material. Masonite beams are made from flanges of slow-grown, sustainable solid Swedish whitewood, joined by a web of 8mm-thick Masonite K40 'structural board'.
  • Masonry Code of Practice

  • Masonry codes amended

  • Masonry diaphragm walls - update

  • Masonry support systems - best practice sheets

  • Master class

    Terry Farrell was on top form at the RIBA last week in the latest lecture on masterplanning and city contexts.
  • Master constraints to use them creatively . . .


    Two developers aim to appoint a masterplanner for a 32ha mixeduse business park on the edge of Manchester city centre. About £200 million of private investment is expected for 130,000m 2of commercial space, 12,000m 2of living/ working space, and 12,600m 2ofhotel and conference areas. Akeler and ASK were appointed last week for the 10-year first phase of North Manchester Business Park.

    Scott Brownrigg + Turner Architects has unveiled its proposed masterplan for the redevelopment of Portishead Quays and Port Marine, near Bristol. Total investment is expected to reach £500 million. This is the largest development on a brownfield site in the South West. Formerly a phosphorous works and coalfired power station, the area will benefit from decontamination and infrastructure work costing £70 million before building commences. The masterplan includes a 350-berth marina, 3
  • Masterplanning a getaway

    In a frank interview, Terry Farrell explains why masterplanning is so important - and why he will not be doing it anymore
  • Material considerations

    The jury was struck by the sheer number and variety of entries, but Chetwood Associates' Sainsbury's supermarket emerged clearly as the main prize-winner. This mould-breaking supermarket pushes to the limits aluminium standing seam technology. The flowing roof skin comfortably embraces the innovative organic floor plan, and is metaphorically prised open to admit daylight into the retail area below - a refreshing break from the prettied-up shoe-box approach.
  • Material factors

    REVIEW: Preserving Post-War Heritage: The Care and Conservation of Mid-Twentieth Century Architecture Edited by Susan MacDonald. Donhead, 2001. 272pp. £37.50
  • materials

    A - Z
  • Maternity pay not main disincentive for woman

  • Mather in Virginia

    Rick Mather Architects has made it onto a shortlist with four US firms in a competition for a design for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.The winner, chosen in late spring, will design 13,000m 2of new space for the museum, plus a sculpture garden and parking deck for 625 cars.The other shortlisted firms are New York's Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, Polshek Partnership, and Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects, and Boston's Machado and Silvetti Associates. Costs and dates for building work


    Protest group Transgressive Architecture cancelled a May Day protest in which it was going to invite people to have sex on sheets laid out in public - because of bad weather. Leader Gil Doron told the AJ the event, which was intended to take place at the Eros statue in Picadilly Circus, had to be halted although the issue may now be taken up at a later date in London's Russell Square.The group staged a protest earlier last week against the 'sanitization'of cities (page 16).

    Causeway Hospital in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, is nearing completion and will accept its first patients in May. Designed by Parsons Brinckerhoff with Consarc Design Group, the £55 million hospital has two wings meeting a central entrance atrium at an angle. Thirteen glazed lanterns increase the light in the building.

    London mayor Ken Livingstone has for the second time thrown out plans for a restaurant and public house on the former Barking lido site. Livingstone directed Barking and Dagenham Council to refuse the reworked application by architect Alison Lindsay for Whitbread.

    London mayor Ken Livingstone said he was 'encouraged' by talks over the future of Wembley stadium in a meeting, after which Livingstone said he would 'fight to keep Wembley the home of national football'.


    MBM Arquitectes celebrated its 50th anniversary in Barcelona last week with a party for some 500 guests, including Ricardo Bofill, David Mackay and Martorell and Bohigas, the two founding partners of the practice who are still working. The event, at an MBM project for Barcelona university, featured oversized chocolate models of design tools.

  • McAslan to star in Welsh music and drama production

    John McAslan & Partners has beaten seven other practices in a competition to design new facilities for the Welsh College of Music and Drama, to be built in the shadow of Cardiff Castle.
  • McAslan wins Regent Street revamp for Crown Estate

  • McAslan works up plans after university challenge success

    John McAslan + Partners is finalizing plans for a mixed-use teaching building at Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • McCabe prospect

    The Scottish Executive could be about to pursue the creation of a CABE for Scotland, thinks Scottish-born Rab Bennetts, following a meeting with architectural advisers responsible for writing the country's first-ever architecture policy last week.
  • McCarthy in legal threat to 'unlawful RIBA' proposal

    Former RIBA honorary secretary Maurice McCarthy warned he might take the institute to court over an 'improper' and 'unlawful' proposal it was attempting to pass this week to ensure all its corporate members are architects registered with the Architects' Registration Board (ARB).
  • McColl buys William Gower: Weston Williamson 'is next'


    The Kent Architecture Centre has appointed John McCreedy as chairman. He is currently a partner in accountancy firm Ernst & Young. He will replace the founding chairman, Bruce Robertson, who steps down from the post but remains on the board.
  • McInnes Gardner, Ford Showroom, Glasgow

    AFA award for coated or anodised finishes, £1,000
  • Meagre attempt at sustainable design . . .

  • Meat's chief

    Urban designer Antony Meats is gaining a bit of a reputation as a gay icon, he tells me. But it might be his own fault. In between masterplanning and compiling city walks, such as the laudable 9km Hampstead to St James's Park route, he has taken a part-time role as a rather unlikely fashion model for metropolitan youth. How did this come to pass? Meats' son Rupert runs a high fashion company called Rude, and asked his dad to come along to a shoot.
  • Media attacks have left us demoralised

  • Media muscle

    Fascinating details about the story of Future Systems' Media Centre at Lord's appear in Unique Building (WileyAcademy), just published. MCC committee member Brian Thornton, who was instrumental in pushing the scheme through, recounts how he took rival designs to the main committee of the MCC after some opposition to the Kaplicky/Levete scheme. Thornton won the day, not least because of 'great support' from those previously unsung heroes, former England caption Tony Lewis and lyricist Sir Tim

  • MEM

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  • Memorial to Muir

    Richard Murphy Architects is to design a visitor centre in Scotland dedicated to the man who pioneered US National Parks. The John Muir Birthplace Centre in Dunbar will tell the story of his life.
  • Mercedes Benz pavilion

    Judah Design and Production has designed this £125,000 pavilion for Mercedes Benz at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed. The steel and tensile fabric structure, topped by a Mercedes 300SL, will be on display from 6-8 July.

    Leeds practice Percy JohnsonMarshall & Partners is to merge with London-based Cadre Architects. The move comes on the practice's 40th anniversary and builds on an existing joint venture with Belfast McMinn Associates.
  • MetalWorks opinion

    We have seen more materials innovation in the past century than in the previous thousand years. But materials alone cannot advance our designs. Standard Codes of Practice and Building Regulations have had to catch up. There was a nasty period from the '50s to the late '70s when we were building with hope and not enough knowledge as new technologies crowded the market.
  • MetalWorks opinion

    Steel will have an increasing role to play in house construction as the demand for speed and reduced defects shifts the mood towards the adoption of framing systems, argues Michael Martin

    London-based practice Metaphor has won planning permission for a redesign of a synagogue and community centre in Golders Green, London. The sanctuary will be clad in patinated copper and will include Hebrew calligraphy. The interior will be wood lined to echo the lost synagogues of Poland. It will reopen in 2003.

    Architectural practice Metrowell, which is based in Croydon, has been fined £1,000 for using unlicensed software. The company is one of eight organizations which have been investigated by the Business Software Alliance, which has resulted in fines totalling £80,000. The heaviest punishment went to asset management firm Frazier International, which has paid out £40,000. This week has been named 'Sweeps Week'by the BSA, part of an international effort to crack down on pirated sof
  • Mews that fits

  • Mexican and Modern - but the gloves are off


    UKarchitects are set to gain free access to Mexico's £1 billion-ayear construction market under the terms of a new deal drawn up last month. European Union representatives reported 'extremely fruitful' negotiations in Mexico City where both parties agreed, in principle, to accept the free movement of qualified architects between them. More than one third of construction in Mexico is housing and another third is made up of schools, hospitals, commercial centres and hotels.
  • MFI redesign is not Sir Terence's concern


  • Michael Driver joins the team

  • Michael Hammett retires

  • Michael Hopkins and Partners, Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham

  • Michael Squire and Partners

    Kensington-based Michael Squire and Partners has won planning permission for 1 Park Place, a 30,000m 2office building in Canary Wharf, London Docklands. The £40 million development replaces an existing building adjacent to Canary Wharf Tower and the scheme represents one of the final elements in the development of Koetter Kim's masterplan for the area. The design provides more than 10 open-plan trading floors.
  • Michael Squire and Partners

    Michael Squire and Partners has won planning permission to build 204 flats and space for 343 cars close to Harrods and Hyde Park in London's Knightsbridge. The limestone, terracotta and glass building will also have a restaurant, gym and health club. The 11 bays with two-storey colonnaded base will replace a 1950s building.
  • Michael Squire and Partners wins planning consent for £16 million extension to Hurlingham Club



    Michael Squire and Partners has won planning permission from Kensington and Chelsea for a floating office on the River Thames. Using an existing hull, the practice is to create space for 10 employees, as well as a single sleeping quarter.Built of steel and with full-height glazing, the offices will be accessed by a pivoting timber ramp.

  • Mike Davis on spying for LA's poor Latino tenants

    Mike Davis, speaking at the RIBA on 'the struggle for space' by ethnic minority groups in Los Angeles, emphatically rejected the high-density approach as a solution to housing needs, except 'maybe for yuppies around mass transportation nodes'. He insists that 'in terms of safety and health. . . six-storey tenements are crisis issues'.His 1996 investigation of the Witmer Street neighbourhood, which provides a home of sorts for a dense migrant Latino population west of corporate downtown LA, re
  • Milan fair shows fashion flair

    The Milan Furniture Fair has long been the pick of the crop on the international furniture circuit and the pressure to keep ahead is reflected in the exhibiting companies' slick promotional techniques and eye-catching products. Just as skirt lengths make fashion headlines, last year's talk of the town in Milan were the low sofas - inches off the ground. This year the furniture industry was just as intent on borrowing from the machinations of the fashion industry.

    A £25 million collaborative effort between Tibbalds TM2, Piers Gough of CZWG and engineer Mott MacDonald, the project has transformed a bleak and under-used space into an active park.Linked by a 25mwide 'green bridge'spanning a main road, the two principal elements of the park contain art and ecology centres, new sports facilities and grasslands planted with wild flowers.
  • Millennium Bridge prize leaves London First on shaky ground

    London First has risked becoming the subject of ridicule from the general public by presenting an award for 'outstanding contribution to architecture in the year 2000' - to the still-closed Millennium Bridge.
  • Millennium 'cloud'was rapid prototyping first

  • Millennium Galleries by Pringle Richards Sharratt

    With the completion of the Millennium Galleries Pringle Richards Sharratt has kick-started an urban regeneration scheme which looks set to return Sheffield’s city centre to its former glory

  • Millennium Stadium resorts to hand-cranking problem roof

    The operator of Cardiff 's Millennium Stadium, the Welsh Rugby Union, has this week resorted to hand-cranking the venue's retractable roof open and closed after it broke down last month.

    Miller Partnership has gone back to school for £22 million of new build, refurbishment and extensions in Scotland. The Glasgow firm designed a £10 million secondary school for 900 pupils in Oldmeldrum, 15 miles from Aberdeen, which has started on site. Work has also started on refurbishment and extensions to nearby Banff and Meldrum primary schools.
  • Minding the gap

    And the award for delicately crafted prose goes toà the office of Lord Foster of Thames Bank for his new 260page 'catalogue' of the practice's work. Specifically for two pages on the 'wobbly'Millennium Bridge, London, England, 1996-2000 (and beyond). The bridge opened in June 2000, it tells us, and an astonishing 100,000 people crossed it during the first weekend.
  • Minimalism: Art and Polemics in the Sixties By James Meyer. Yale University Press, 2001. 340pp. £35

    review: art and architecture
  • Mining the Information Channel

    Some of the UK's biggest companies are now using a system which streamlines project management and data sharing In 1994 Sir Michael Latham took a hard look at the construction industry and published his findings in a now infamous document entitled 'Constructing the team'. In this document, which slammed design teams for duplicating information, Latham stated that the 'use of coordinated project information should be a contractual requirement'. And Latham put his money where his mouth was.
  • Ministers inspect OFT paper on anti-competitive practices

    A potentially damning report on anti-competitive practices in architecture landed on the desks of cabinet heavyweights Gordon Brown and Stephen Byers late last week.

    Property and architecture networking event MIPIM is beginning a day earlier next year. MIPIM 2002 will run from Tuesday 12 March until Friday 15 March. The Cannes event attracts 15,000 participants and the organisers recommend early travel booking.

    The Richard Rogers Partnership, Benoy and BSB Architect are the three UK practices shortlisted for awards at this year's MIPIM international property fair in Cannes.
  • Misguided Alsop has the countryside wrong

  • Missing name spoiled our proudest moment

  • Mission impossible

    Computers change our lives only when they help us complete previously unfeasible tasks - CAD applications among them

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is to make the complete body of material for nearly 2000 courses freely available on the Internet. The programme carries no credits and MIT spokesperson Patti Richards said the institute was not looking to make a profit. 'We see it as source material that will support education worldwide, including innovations in the process of teaching and learning itself, ' Richards said. The architectural material is at http: //architecture. mit. edu/welcome. htm

    The British Property Federation has broadly welcomed Ken Livingstone's early proposals for the London Plan, but warned that the mayor would be wrong to make decisions on building applications based on 'design merits'alone.BPF director general William McKee said: 'Design is an issue that is inherently subjective. If we are to be allowed certainty in the planning system, the mayor should leave design issues to the experts and local community.'The BPF said it was encouraged by Livingstone's comm
  • Mixing the disciplines early on builds respect

  • Model line-up for Academy's summer sizzler

  • Modern mischief

    Are there some mischievous producers at the BBC? Last week's showing of From Here to Modernity , the Kirsty Warkfronted show for the Open University, featured Prince Charles and his last-but-one stupid speech alienating the architectural profession, Wark observations on bricked-in windows at Poundbury and, interestingly, a section on the horrors of Post-Modernism. Wark interviewed Nick Grimshaw, who was railing against PoMo. But what was most intriguing was the first building chosen to illust
  • Modern Trains and Splendid Stations: Architecture, Design and Rail Travel for the Twenty-first Century

  • Modernism Rediscovered: Pierluigi Serraino & Julius Shulman

    This revealing book shows just how selective architectural history can be, writes Andrew Mead
  • Modernist credentials

    Eileen Gray By Caroline Constant. Phaidon, 2000. 256pp. £35
  • Money talks

    Expert witnesses at the inquiry were, on the whole, excellent; however, with Will Alsop there was a surreal air about proceedings. In the first place, having denied that he was being paid to give evidence (on behalf of the Greater London Authority), it then emerged that indeed he was (£7,000).
  • monolithic odyssey


    The Channel Tunnel and Renzo Piano Building Workshop's huge Kansai International Airport project in Japan, jointly built with Arup, were last week nominated Monuments of the Millennium by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Two of 10 such monuments recognized by society, they are ranked alongside the Golden Gate Bridge as some of the twentieth century's greatest engineering achievements. The airport is located on a man-made island and caters for 160,000 aircraft movements a year. Arup pr
  • Moral dilemma if 'Our Boys'play the games

  • Morality play

  • More designers needed on Elephant & Castle project

    London's Southwark council is stepping up its £1.5 billion masterplan proposals for Elephant & Castle with a trawl for more architects to ensure quality of design.

    Hemingway Properties has submitted a planning application to the Corporation of London to build a mixed-use scheme designed by Bennetts Associates in the City. The 16-storey block includes 22,303m 2of office space and 1,100m 2of retail space.
  • More losers than winners with no win, no fee litigation

    legal matters
  • More misses than hits with problem homes

  • More questions raised by outraged responses


    The RIBA has hired a new press supremo and is to welcome back Architecture Gallery chief Alicia Pivaro after maternity leave next week. The new head of press is Purba Choudhury, who fills the post left vacant by Hilary Clarke, now at CABE, from April 23.Choudhury was at London Arts for eight years. Pivaro will return on 2 April part-time to share the role of director of the architecture gallery at the Institute with acting director Tamara Horbacka.

    David Morley is to chair this year's Aluminium Imagination Awards, the premier bi-annual event which was won last time by Future Systems' Lord's Media Centre. Morley, a previous winner of the main prize for his cricket school at Lord's, will chair a panel comprising Cedric Price, Michael Stacey of Brooks Stacey Randall, engineer Jane Wernick and the AJ's Paul Finch. For further details and to register for a competition entry form tel 0121 622 6860, or fax 0121 666 6551.

    David Morley Architects has won a RIBA competition to design a £2.25 million multi-purpose centre for a church in south-east Buckinghamshire. A design competition was launched in April and a shortlist of five architects was invited to submit concept designs.
  • Motor museums exhibit industry's shame: a record of failure

    In her 1909 book Woman and Car , Dorothy Levitt concluded a list of dos and don'ts connected with the new pastime of motoring by reminding ladies going on a motor trip 'not to forget to carry a small revolver'. That advice has, of course, long since been forgotten, but there are still undercurrents to the history of the motor car that bring the use of a revolver to mind.
  • Mount Stuart visitor centre by Munkenbeck + Marshall

    Although the estate is steeped in history, Munkenbeck + Marshall’s visitor centre for Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute is a building that looks to the future
  • Mountain high

    To the coolly beating heart of Swiss Minimalism, Basel, for the opening of an exhibition by what you might have thought of as the most unlikely of practices: Birds Portchmouth Russum. In a cheeky riposte to the international dominance of Swiss functionalism, BPR has injected a generous daub of colour and humour into Basel's sleek architecture museum. And the Swiss, it seems, love it. A buzzing opening reception saw guests tucking into cucumber sandwiches, pale ale and AfterEights while wander
  • Movement & geometry

    The static nature of a building is often reinforced by its architecture - by straight lines and formal proportions. But architecture can also exploit the visual dynamism of forms that evoke movement. Visual movement in buildings is shaped by geometry, and can be expressed through a sequence of interrelated planes defining spaces, or by following the line of a curve. Order comes from geometry but we can be liberated from rigidity by looking at forms in nature.
  • Moving thought

    We have become almost blase about the way that specialist underpinning firms can shift whole structures - chapels, lighthouses, etc - from one location to another. But they may soon face their largest challenge yet. The Barnes Foundation, that idiosyncratic organisation that houses some of the greatest art works of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, is in dire financial straits and considering a move from the outskirts of Philadelphia to the campus of Philadelphia Museum of Ar

    The first tenants have moved in to ECD Architects' £5.8 million refurbishment of a 22-storey tower block in Hackney. The practice has glazed existing balconies to create conservatories, re-clad the building and installed new kitchens, bathrooms and double glazing.
  • Mr Whippy


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  • Munkenbeck + Marshall Architects

    Munkenbeck + Marshall Architects has just won planning consent from Harrow council for this £3million house in Stanmore, north west London. The kitchen and other services are located in a slate oval which protrudes out of the house to form an exterior wall.
  • Munkenbeck + Marshall Architects Visitor centre, Isle of Bute

    working details - A stressed-skin roof braced with glass panels

    Gordon Murray + Alan Dunlop Architects has submitted an application for a £6 million residential scheme on the banks of the Clyde at Lancefield Quay, Glasgow.The 10-storey 1,200m 2building contains 65 apartments. The practice expects to submit a second phase at a later date.
  • Musee de Prehistoire

    Foster and Partners' Musee de Prehistoire will be Europe's largest museum of prehistory when it opens this Saturday. The practice won an international competition in 1992 to design the £4.3 million museum, in Quinson, France, which is devoted to displaying finds from the Gorges du Verdon, in Hautes Provence.The site is valued for its traces of the life of Stone Age man.

  • Music to the eyes

    PROJECT PROFILE: STRUCTURAL BRICKWORK - George Demetri sings the praises of a new music room
  • Must have

    Princeton Architectural Press has just issued a paperback edition of Sidewalk Critic (£12.95) - a selection from Lewis Mumford's 1930s columns inThe New Yorker . 'Mumford's eye was as good as his conscience. He remains the unsurpassed model for an engaged architectural criticism, ' says Michael Sorkin in his back-cover blurb - and he is right. Some of the buildings Mumford mentions have disappeared, but his analyses are timeless. Whether looking at a health centre or a housing block, a s
  • Myst and Riven keep strictly to the game plan

    This column is not especially into games but I gather that its extraordinary graphics, puzzles, storylines and occasional arcane art history jokes have made Myst and Riven architectural underground favourites.Now word comes of Myst III Exile, which is due to be released in the US. We poor digital colonials must wait until September.
  • Mystery donors to fund £5m wobbly Thames bridge repairs

    The long squabble about who will have to pick up the bill for the £5 million repair works to fix the Millennium Bridge wobble is about to come to an end this week when the project backers will announce that the cash has finally been secured.
  • Naked ambition

    Exploring Concrete Architecture: Tone, Texture, Form By David Bennett. Birkhauser, 2001. 160pp. £40
  • Name check

    The Spectator's interest in architecture continues, currently with the never-lessthan-certain opinions of Paul Johnson. He condemns the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and Tate Modern as horrors, but praises the Wallace Collection and the Dulwich Picture Gallery for the new work there. It comes as no surprise to Johnson that the architect for the latter two was the same (Rick Mather, though he gets no name check). But Johnson is also keen on what has happened at Somerset House.
  • Name game

    Whatever else it does, the British Council's new international touring show, 'Space Invaders', highlights an irritating 1990s tendency: the choice of terse monosyllables for a practice name. Among the 15 featured firms are Block, East, FAT, and - big surprise - muf. Throw in some graphic design by Bump and a documentary film by Milk, and it makes one doubly nostalgic for the likes of Richard Seifert & Partners.
  • Name in lights for running school project

  • Nathan Cohen: Form and Vision

    At Annely Juda Fine Art, 23 Dering Street, London W1 until 31 March
  • National art treasure needs active support

  • National Football Museum by OMI Architects

    The National Football Museum by OMI Architects, built into two stands at Preston North End’s Deepdale ground, takes visitors on a journey that is a celebration of the beautiful game
  • National impact

    Would it be possible to build Michael Wilford's British embassy in any British city, we wondered, as we sipped Sekt at a reception there?
  • National Museum of Ireland

    A new museum building for the National Museum of Ireland by the architectural service of the Office of Public Works has been completed and will open to the public on Sunday. The £13 million Museum of Country Life in County Mayo incorporates a curved, four-storey, stone-clad exhibition hall set into a lake.
  • National Wildflower Centre Hodder Associates

    The single-storey building is 160m long and 4m wide; it houses an interpretation centre, a cafe and shop, offices and classrooms. The roof, constructed of cast in situ concrete, is flanked with raised parapets with concrete pavers, acting as a 'promenade' for visitors.

    The Nationwide Building Society has selected Brighton-based MED to revamp the reception of its Swindon headquarters following a rigorous four-way pitch. The project is set to begin in December.
  • Natural conflicts of interest

    Shoolpaneshwar sanctuary is an example of what happens when sustainability and conservation ignore local needs
  • Natural History Museum shortlists five for new centre

  • Natural selection for history museum extension begins

    The Natural History Museum has launched a competition for the second phase of its Darwin Centre extension. The £53 million budget is double that allocated to phase one of the Darwin Centre, designed by HOK and now nearing completion.

    AJ ENQUIRY NO: 203
  • 'Necklace' investment is appropriate model after Greenwich jewel

    It looks great. But is Greenwich Millennium Village a realistic model for urban regeneration across the UK?
  • Negative press does a disservice to architects

  • Negligence comments have missed the point

  • Neighbourhood plans - future of masterplans

  • nervi

    A - Z

    Architecture. com, the RIBA's web - site, is set for a major overhaul under a three-year strategy unveiled last week by consultant Caroline Cole. The site will become a home for Internet activity in the wider architecture arena. 'Architecture. com is international. It is bigger than the RIBA, ' she said. This approach will encourage investment, according to RIBA vice-president for strategy Roger Zogolovitch, who is in talks with an unnamed commercial partner about this. He estimated that the
  • Never mind the planners - it's the law that counts

  • Never mind the quality, see the super size!

  • New £50m tower will bring 'renaissance to Liverpool'


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  • New bombshell

    Slough Council took the opportunity to display its wares on one of the hundreds of yachts used by exhibitors in the harbour. The council is planning to completely remodel the town centre, reorganising traffic and probably looking for a development including a landmark tower.

    The Civic Trust has appointed Martin Bacon as its new chief executive following the departure of Michael Gwilliam in December to join the South East England Development Agency. Bacon joins from Reigate and Bansted Borough Council where he was chief executive.


  • New conservative hypocrisy elevates style over substance

    I did not submit any information for this year's AJ100 list. When the forms for submission arrived I was going through an intense period of redefining my practice and the questions on the form looked superfluous.
  • New culture supremo's pledge on representation of women


    CABE has revealed the names of the new 'design champions' within each government department.
  • New draft floods in

    According to an updated version of PPG 25, architects and developers will have to take account of flood risks in future

    The Dublin Corporation has launched a competition for the design of retail vending and information kiosks and public conveniences in O'Connell Street.
  • New European standard 'will diminish architectural quality'

    The Architects Registration Board's control of the standard of newly qualified architects is under threat from a European initiative on education, RIBA president Marco Goldschmied warned at last week's ARB board meeting.

    Scottish Homes, the national housing agency for Scotland, is to embark on a £215 million housebuilding programme. The agency plans to build 5,360 homes across the country within a year. Most of the new houses - 5,100 of them - will be built by housing associations and will be available for rent only.The remaining homes will be offered to first-time buyers. The agency also hopes to see architects become involved in the programme.

    Cosmetics company Revlon has moved its head office north from Mayfair into new premises in Kentish Town. Designed by Red Jacket, the converted warehouse features open plan work space with enclosed 'pods' for private working and meetings. Daylight has been maximized by the retention of the original peaked glass roofs.

  • new kids on the block

    Block Architecture's Zoë Smith and Graeme Williamson, who will speak at the AJ/100% Design seminar on 27 September, share an inquisitiveness and idealism which permeates all aspects of the practice's work
  • New logo could force me to leave the RIBA. . .


    The British Council for Offices (BCO) has redesigned its corporate identity and boosted its website to reflect the new look. The site, at, will also get a new members-only area during the year, where members such as Richard Rogers Partnership will gain access to research reports and information on BCO events.
  • New man at V&A falls for Daniel Libeskind's Spiral

    The new director of the Victoria & Albert Museum has declared himself 'smitten' with Daniel Libeskind's design for the Spiral extension, putting paid to fears that a new broom might sweep away the controversial project.
  • New outfit PriestmanDye to build 'alien' in Atlanta

  • New place in the Lace

    Benoy's scheme for a £10.5 million apartment and retail development in Nottingham's Lace Market has been approved by the city council. The plan for Wilson Bowden Developments includes 8,400m 2of new and refurbished apartments and a further 1,900m 2of retail space.
  • New plans for an office park in Hemel Hempstead

    News :

    Arsenal Football Club is to present new regeneration plans to Islington council in early May, including the building of a memorial garden in respect of people who have had their ashes scattered at Highbury.
  • New practice Metaphor has won a competition to design a temporary museum of archaeology


  • New president's firm rebuffed in RIBA awards

    RIBA award judges rejected a scheme designed by incoming president Paul Hyett's firm, Ryder, and said that the standard was so low in the region in which it was submitted that no award could be given last week.
  • new river pier

    Marks Barfield Architects has won planning permission for a new river pier to serve London's Tate Britain art gallery. The pier, just approved by Westminster City Council and due to open next spring, will be located in front of the Millbank gallery for a new boat service to and from Tate Modern downstream in Southwark, as well as to other key points on the Thames.The cost is estimated at more than £1 million.
  • New sell-on levy should also apply to architects

  • New Tate is the victim of art's success. . .

  • New Town artistry

    technical & practice
  • New Underground station to be demolished in 10 years

    A new London Underground building due to go on site this summer is likely to face demolition when a masterplan for the area is agreed. The new entrance and ticket hall for the Elephant and Castle tube station is being constructed at a cost of £12 million.

    A John Thompson & Partners has submitted plans for the largest brownfield site in Surrey. The 23ha redevelopment of Queen Elizabeth Barracks and surrounding land will comprise 525 homes, 9,000m2 of business space and workshops, plus health and leisure facilities. Phased detailed planning applications are due to be submitted over two years.

    The City of New York is calling for entries for an international competition to redevelop its Fresh Kills landfill site, an area two-anda-half times the size of Central Park. City officials are calling for masterplan proposals to be submitted by the end of April. A winner will be named in November. See www. nyc. gov/freshkills
  • New-look Florence Hall begins Portland Place overhaul. . .

    The RIBA is set to celebrate the successful completion of its Florence Hall renovation and prepare the way for a series of other building projects at Portland Place - including a ground floor bar.
  • news

    Plymouth-based practice the Humane Architecture Workshop has won the competition to design a new £750,000 country house in its own grounds in Lancashire. The winning entry (above) features a swimming pool and private courtyards and will use local materials including stone for all the principal walls, Welsh slate on the roof and local stone or timber floors. Philip Lees and Associates and Quartet Architects were highly commended in the competition.
  • News of the. . .

    Item one: fab Faye Cavender has the loveliest long legs in the land, screams the News of the World , whose readers voted her 47ins pins the best of three finalists. Cavender works as a PA in a firm of (unnamed) architects, some of whose staff measured her legs. Their brilliant nickname for her? 'Legs'. Item two: the '70s film Confessions of a Sex Maniac was sold as hard-core porn by a York video store, resulting in a trading standards conviction last week.
  • Next Stirling Prize must go to real architecture

    New build, refurb or shell? Now that architecture has finally come of age, the intellectuals need to be asking: 'What is architecture?'

    The theme for the 2002 Venice Biennale's 8th International Architecture Exhibition will be 'NEXT'.The exhibition, directed by Deyan Sudjic, will explore global architecture for the next decade.More details at www. labiennale. org
  • NEXT!

    The next issue of the AJ will be published on 20 December.
  • Nice elephants

    The masterly presentation by Lord Foster at the CABE conference last week included the news that two of the major concrete housing blocks on the Elephant and Castle development site will not be demolished under the new masterplan for the area. He explained that the residents like their homes and the community there, but say they need better kitchens, bathrooms and lifts - which they will get. GLC Modernism lives!
  • Nice try, but conversion is a brand new project

  • Nicholas Grimshaw

    The Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners-designed Ijburg Bridge in Amsterdam, Netherlands, has opened.
  • Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners

    Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners has designed this £75 million office block for London's Gresham Street, in the City near the Bank of England and the Guild Hall. The 10-storey project will feature an atrium stretching up to the roof, and is fronted with planted terraces. Now on site, the 11,000m 2building will replace an existing 10-storey block which was built in 1957 and bought by the German IVG property firm leading the new development. It should complete in June 2002.
  • Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners

  • Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners

  • Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners'

    A topping out ceremony for Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners' speculative office block (above) at 25 Gresham Street in the City of London will take place tomorrow.
  • Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners' Trade Fair Hall 3

    Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners' Trade Fair Hall 3 for the Messe in Frankfurt was officially opened at a ceremony last week. The twostorey Messehalle comprises 40,000m 2of exhibition space and is now being fitted out for the Motor Show in October. The distinctive roof is essentially a single, giant, folded plate structure formed from a continuous network of welded steel tubes spanning 165m.
  • Nicholas Grimshaw's giant leap for Leicester. . .

    It is now 86 days and counting until Leicester presses the button marked 'Ignition' on its Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners-designed, rocket-filled National Space Centre.

  • 'Nimbys' believe Bristol case is seriously flawed

  • No excuses for unfunny and bad-taste cartoon

  • No funding problem for new athletics stadium, says Smith

    Culture secretary Chris Smith has hit back after suggestions that FaulknerBrowns' planned national athletics stadium that will host the 2005 World Championships, unveiled last week, could founder through lack of funds.
  • No news is. . .

    Amid the scandals now besetting the government as a result of the brilliant Tom Bower, one thing is noticeable: virtually none of it has anything to do with construction or property, save the little matter of the Mandelson mortgage.
  • No place like dome

    With attention focusing on efficient building methods and prefabrication, the geodesic dome should be due for a revival
  • No slight intended over Walter Segal house

  • No snub intended by Urban Design Group

  • No special treatment for trophy architects

    Should planning permission be conditional on the original design - and designer - being used? Lord Rogers thinks so. So does Sir Stuart Lipton. But there are dissenting voices: British Property Federation director Will McKee claims that schemes which obtain planning permission are often 'unbuildable' and therefore have to be changed. And there is an assumption that the practice of switching architects is tacitly approved by the anonymous 'commercial giants' happy to offer a cut-price scheme i

  • No time for thrills

  • No time to tango

    Serge Chermayeff 1900-96: The Shape of Modern Living At Kettle's Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge until 5 May, and the De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill-on-Sea from 10 June-15 July 2001



    A major retrospective of the work of Isamu Noguchi is to open at the Design Museum in London this summer. The Japanese-American designer and sculptor, who worked with twentieth century icons including Ezra Pound, Brancusi and Buckminster Fuller, died in 1988. Among his landscape designs is the garden for the UNESCO complex in Paris. The exhibition, to be designed by American theatre designer Robert Wilson, opens on 20 July.
  • Non-runner

    Still with the GLA, why is it so obsessive about Picketts Lock as venue for a national athletics stadium? Athletics is not a major spectator sport and the site is not associated with significant urban regeneration. As noted last week, it is 20 minutes from the nearest rail station and not on the tube.Nicky Gavron correctly says it will be necessary to build a second rail line and put in a station. But who is going to pay for this, especially since the stadium will have minimal use after the 2
  • North West

  • Northern

  • Northern Europe holds the key to quality housebuilding

    Housebuilders and local authorities should look to the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden for architectural expertise, according to Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment chief executive Jon Rouse.
  • Northern exposure

    Richard Murphy's house at Milldale, Aberdeenshire, is a combination of lightweight steel and solid masonry construction, designed to respond to northern climes Northern Scotland has winter nights that are 18 hours long; it also has June and July days which last almost all night. Richard Murphy Architects has designed a house at Milldale, a hamlet to the north of Aberdeen, using a structure which combines steel and traditional masonry construction to respond to these specific features of the n
  • Northern lights

    Leeds architects have also been pulling in the public, as well as professionals, to a series of presentations (titled '4 by 4') by local practices held at the city's school of architecture.
  • Nostalgia for the future

    Libeskind at the Soane: Drawing A New Architecture At Sir John Soane's Museum, 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2 until 10 March
  • Not columnist's privilege but in fair defence

  • Not cricket

    Forget about Sir John Egan rethinking our construction industry. Australian prime minister John Howard has called for a royal commission to look into a 'culture of intimidation that has become entrenched in this industry'. He certainly has something to worry about. In the past four years, construction has produced more than half of all the complaints about breach of freedom of association principles - intimidation, collusion and coercion to you and me. Initially, construction industry bodies
  • Not everyone looks on the dark side of life

  • Not many left

  • Not scientific

    Why do competitions bring out the worst in clients? Stateside, the Carnegie Science Center has caused trouble by inviting three of five shortlisted architects to do more work but not the other two - even though they are still in the competition. The two are more than capable of causing a fuss:
  • Not settling scores but looking to the future. . .

  • Not so tall story

    Also spare a thought for the 69-yearold Japanese pensioner who commissioned a special house from builders because she is only 4ft 5ins tall.
  • Not the sound of a 'listening president'. . .

  • Nouvel scoops Praemium Imperiale - and £90,000

    Jean Nouvel became significantly richer last week when he won the 13th Praemium Imperiale award and pocketed £90,000 in the process.
  • Now cracks are found at Hopkins' Portcullis House

    Portcullis House, the embattled MPs' headquarters in Westminster, is under attack again - now for cracks raking across its concrete walls. Staff at the new building designed by Michael Hopkins and Partners have found hundreds of cracks appearing on 90mm partition walls dividing MPs offices. They were alerted by an MP who saw the state of the walls.
  • Now Hyett turns spotlight on Reid's presidential merits

    RIBA presidential hopeful Paul Hyett this week attempted to cast fresh doubt on Alex Reid's candidacy by describing as 'deeply disturbing' the fact that Reid is still not a registered architect.
  • Now we are 10

    The Architecture Foundation's 10th anniversary celebrations continued with a flourish (and carry on until 8 December); foundation chairman Will Alsop in conversation with Rem Koolhaas; Jonathan Glancey on London;
  • NPG in Arup cash row but still in the running for Stirling Prize

  • Numbers up

    Partners and staff from the AJ 100, the country's largest employers of architects, were out in force at the party to celebrate publication of the Corussponsored survey in last week's issue. Allgood kindly supplied the venue and refreshments for the bash, which also enlivened the pub across the road afterwards.
  • Number's up


  • oasys awards

    Architectural entries once again dominated the Oasys Awards, set up to promote the use of information technology in the communication of design. Winning projects ranged from detailed analysis of a retained staircase to an underwater plastic-surgery clinic

    Turlogh O'Brien, deputy chairman of Arup, has been elected deputy chairman of the Construction Industry Council (CIC). He will take up the post this June, and will succeed Michael Dickson as chairman in June 2002. Turlogh, 58, is past chairman of the CIC's Innovation and Research Committee and leads the Construction Research and Innovation Strategy Panel.
  • Obscure view of Vermeer does it by the book

    I'm happy (to be honest, sad) to see that my ADSL experience is a shared one.
  • Ocean to make a splash

    Ocean, a new £23 million music venue designed by Burrell Foley Fischer, is to open in the converted Central Methodist Hall in Hackney in March. The 2,700-capacity venue will feature the retained facade of the original building with a new interior including art installations and projections.
  • Off their trolley

    Happy news for the citizens of Shanghai in China:
  • Office design in an environmental context

    A sparkling session on office design in an environmental context saw fast and furious comparisons between buildings by, respectively, Rab Bennetts and Mathias Sauerbruch of Sauerbruch Hutton. Rab showed his headquarters for Wessex Water, Mathias the GSW housing association hq in Berlin. In both cases, the client had reason for seeking an exemplary building; each was concerned with regeneration (though the Berlin example was much more urban); each had proved popular and successful. So far, so
  • Office issues

  • office of zaha hadid

    A - Z
  • offices

    A - Z

    Credit card firm VISA has taken space at Development Securities' office building at the first phase of its £700 million Paddington Central scheme. The 17,900m 2building, designed by Sidell Gibson, will be occupied by VISA's European division as its headquarters when it relocates from its present site in London's Kensington High Street.
  • Oil-powered

    On the subject of containers, I notice an item in the Evening Standard's list of '100 things you need to know before you go to bed tonight'. Coming in at number 90 is the intelligence that 'beneath the monolith that is Tate Modern lie three giant tankers once used to store the oil that fired Bankside Power Station'. So far so good. Alas, the item then claims that the developer of Tate Modern, Bolton & Quinn, wants to turn the tankers into gallery space. Nick Serota must be turning in his grav

    London mayor Ken Livingstone is to drop his objections to Harrods' plans to redevelop its depository site after the developer offered to treble the number of affordable housing units in the original plan.

    Barbara Weiss Architects has won planning consent for a set of livework houses to be sited behind Tooting High Street in south London. The brownfield site has remained empty for the past 12 years. The £600,000 scheme wraps four houses (each with double height studio spaces) around two sides of a south-facing square.
  • 'Old boy network alive and well'in the RIBA

  • Old spice

  • Old, tree and single

    An exhibition called 'onetree' that opened at the Edinburgh Festival should be selfexplanatory. All the objects in the exhibition were made from a single oak tree that was nearing the end of its natural life. Among the designers, artists and craftspeople who were invited to make something 'beautiful and useful' from the tree, was Andrew Skelton who trained as an architect but now designs and makes furniture. His solution was in the form of 'heart seats'which combine wavy wooden slats with she

    Dr Nicholas Olsberg has been named as the director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

    Work on FaulknerBrowns' £7 million Olympic swimming pool for Loughborough University started on site this week. Sports minister Kate Hoey turned the first turf on Monday and the scheme is scheduled for completion in July 2002. It follows the completion of the practice's 50m pool, ready for next year's Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

    Miller Hughes Associates, the London-based multi-disciplinary practice, has released concept designs for its masterplan of a 60ha site in Athens. The brownfield site, owned by Blue Circle and BP, is set to be turned into a mix of leisure, housing and commercial facilities. The project is due to be completed by 2004, in time for the Olympic Games in the Greek capital. The site will be accessed via a new ring road, currently under construction. The scheme will also include a new monorail link t

    The 1972 Munich Olympic Stadium has been added to the International Council on Monuments and Sites' latest 'Heritage at Risk' report. The Frei Otto/Gunther Behnisch/Jurgen Joedicke-designed stadium is threatened by plans to rip out its terraces in a football conversion.

    Beijing's plans to build 500m tall twin towers to mark its hosting of the 2008 Olympics will be revised.
  • Olympus digital camera

    Come to the 100% Design architects' evening and you could win
  • On a screen near you

    TECHNICAL NOTES: SPECIALIST SERVICE - Malcolm Barnett, BDA Education Architect, looks at CAD services
  • On changing bulbs - and RIBA presidents

  • On show at Vauxhall

    Hanson has successfully introduced a number of brick libraries to complement its northern- and southern-based brick showrooms. Usually in flagship heavy-traffic branches of merchants' premises, these dedicated shop-withinshop purpose-built units carry a wide selection of Hanson's products.
  • On the bonnie, bonnie banks. . .

    BUILDING STUDY: Set in what will be Scotland's first national park, Bennetts Associates'Gateway and Orientation Centre merges with the landscape, taking inspiration from a Loch Lomond steamer

  • on the house

    PEOPLE: PRP Architects has for years worked on key housing projects, often with little fanfare. Now, with the appointment of Barry Munday as chairman, it is gearing up for a new era as it faces the challenges of a changing market
  • On the Nature of Things: Contemporary American Landscape Architecture

    by Gavin Keeney. Birkhauser, 2000. 184pp. £42.95. (Available from Triangle bookshop 020 7631 1381)
  • On the slide

    News reaches me of an interesting educational experiment at the University of Sheffield during the School of Architecture's recent two-day jamboree. Egged on by visiting professors Ken Yeang and Tony Hunt, members of staff had to talk for one minute on each of 10 slides selected by the students. The twist was that the staff had not seen the slides before, so improvisation, wit and lateral thinking were the order of the day. Highlights were Scharoun expert Peter Blundell Jones on the Queen Mot
  • On their metal

  • On time


    Canterbury architect Sam Webb has organised two two-week cycling tours of Spain to visit four bridges by Santiago Calatrava, the Guggenheim in Bilbao and a string of other attractions using a newly opened network of greenway paths on disused rail tracks.

    AJ ENQUIRY NO: 203
  • One bridge too far for engineering practice

  • One extraordinary day

    Architect Sam Webb gives his account of one extraordinary day
  • One for the road

    If you are going home after over-indulging slightly in the famed night life of Leeds, and you get the impression that the street furniture is mumbling to you in a curious language, do not panic - your are probably near to a blind person.The RNIB has launched a 'talking lamp posts' scheme to help blind and partially sighted people navigate around the city. Users will be issued with a card, which will automatically trigger a message when they are in the vicinity of one of the 50 special units,
  • One in the eye for pay-to-enter competitions

  • One man's PFI is another man's poison

    Private Finance Initiatives get a patchy press this week. Michael Wilford has announced that he is fed up with working in the UK, citing the prevalence of PFI as one of the main sources of dissatisfaction (pages 20-21).
  • One over the eight: reflections on the ghosts of Christmas past

    As veteran readers are well aware, and new recruits may be outraged to learn, this column has been running for nearly eight years. With this slim excuse, and for a wide range of other reasons, the writer would like to reveal the inside story of his seven previous Christmas columns.
  • One-nil to the Arsenal: council backs stadium

    Arsenal Football Club's plans to relocate to a £250 million stadium by HOK Sport moved a step closer last week after Islington council voted to approve the controversial project.
  • One-trick pony

  • Online forum gives opportunity for knowledge-sharing

    OK, so it's a bit late in the day to get evangelical about the web. But I would advise even the most hardened Luddites to take a look at the AJ's website, at The online discussion forum, launched this week, is not simply another outlet for bored computer nerds, but a highly focused tool for harnessing readers' knowledge and, potentially, a means of receiving expert and highly-tailored advice free of charge. All readers are welcome to put up any queries relating to technical
  • Online technical library is now a realistic option

  • Only big boys can break the planning rules

  • Open house

    working details Neil Choudhury has transformed a Victorian terraced home in London's Hampstead with a new glass extension

    A Civic Trust-sponsored 'open house' day is running in Bristol on Saturday 8 September, when 53 buildings in the city are throwing open their doors to the public.

    The Arts Council and CABE have launched 'Building Sites', an initiative to open up and encourage people to follow the development of buildings. All building projects funded by the Arts Council's National Lottery Arts Capital Programme will have to adopt a range of activities on site - including the use of webcams, portholes or viewing platforms with interpretative guides.
  • Open wide for warmth

    SUSTAINABLE BUILDING: Michael Hammett looks at the wide cavities at the innovative BedZED
  • Opening the archive


    The Skill: National Bureau for Students with Disabilities has launched an architecture, surveying and building professions guide as a part of its Into series of publications. Chief executive Barbara Waters said the construction industry was often overlooked as a career by disabled people.Only 4.6 per cent of graduates on architecture-related courses in 1999-2000 were disabled.

    The Arts Council Lottery fund has awarded the English National Opera a £9.2 million grant towards the refurbishment of its London Coliseum theatre on St Martin's Lane. Sheppard Robson was the initial architect for the £33 million restoration scheme. But the ENO refuses to reveal the identity of the new architect.The scheme is due to be finished in 2003.

    Carlos Ott's 12-year-old Bastille Opera House in Paris is at the centre of a grand architectural tragedy with the impending replacement of all 40,000 stone slabs covering its facade. Director of the opera house Hugues Gall was reported last week to have instructed the installation of nets to protect passers-by from the falling slabs. An unknown number of the slabs are considered to be of poor quality, while other detractors say many were inappropriately fixed in place. The repair cost has bee
  • Ordinariness is the best evidence of Lansbury's success

  • Ormerod and Keiller at the RSA's Land debate

    Clare Melhuish reviews...
  • Other side of the case to save old Spitalfields


    HOLBURNE MUSEUM, BATH Refurbishment and expansion of Grade I-listed museum including the restoration of the galleries.The museum is located at the entrance to a pleasure garden and the architect will be expected to integrate their proposals with this parkscape.

  • Our architecture rolls, swims, flies

    'Our architecture rolls, swims, flies, ' said El Lissitzky. Hence the title of this book by Peter Smithson and Karl Unglaub, Flying Furniture (Walther K÷nig, K÷ln. £21). It presents with considerable flair, items of classic furniture from the 1920s and '30s, accompanied by Smithson's thoughts on their designers - Rietveld, Breuer, Mies, ProuvÚ. Later work 'in the same spirit' is also included, by Team X's Stefan Wewerka ('a gifted deformer of the ordinary') and the Smithso

    Architect Swanke Hayden Connell International has won a competition to design a 6,000m 2library for the Open University in Milton Keynes. The practice beat off competition from Nicholas Hare Architects, Jestico + Whiles, Gotch Saunders and Surridge and the Architects Co-Partnership.
  • Out in the open

    Here Comes The Sun: Architecture and Public Space in Twentieth-Century European Culture by Ken Worpole. Reaktion Books, 2000. 168pp. £22
  • Out of focus

    REVIEW: Dalziel + Scullion At the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton Hall, West Bretton, Wakefield until 27 August
  • out of office

    Marco Goldschmied's two-year sojourn as RIBA president is drawing to a close. But he still has a few plans for the institute before he returns full-time to his long career at the Richard Rogers Partnership

    A mother and child in a rickshaw in Benares, Uttar Pradesh (above); a wet day in Manhattan when the pavements mirror the passers-by: 'Open City: Street Photographs Since 1950' presents cities around the globe through the work of 19 photographers. The exhibition is at the Museum of Modern Art, Pembroke Street, Oxford from 6 May-15 July. Details 01865 813830.
  • Out with the old

    Is the demolition of quaint listed buildings in Northern Ireland a necessary evil or a disaster which should be avoided?
  • Outside experts need not be on RIBA board

  • Outstanding issues

    New guidelines may result in a more explicit promotion of good design as a way of convincing planners of an application's merits
  • over to you...

    The following exchange took place on the online forum at ajplus. co. uk.
  • Own goal

    England football manager Sven Goran Eriksson has had to give up on buying a £2.475 million penthouse in Battersea's Montevetro apartment block, designed by Richard Rogers Partnership (and Hurley Robertson).The Football Association has told him to buy something 'less prominent', according to the London Evening Standard . Less prominent? You can't get to Montevetro on public transport!
  • Ownership lets down transport design


    Elsie Owusu has been elected to the council of the National Trust.
  • Oxford academics slam plans for Bodleian as a 'tourist trap'

    A bitter row is brewing in the otherwise genteel quads of Oxford University. A group of distinguished Oxford academics, including architectural historians and archaeological experts, has risen up in outrage against the university's own plans to turn its historic Old Bodleian Library into a 'tourist attraction' and massively increase the number of paying visitors coming through its doors.
  • Oxford Brookes University

    A student from Oxford Brookes University's school of architecture has won joint first prize in the Archiprix International competition. Run by the Dutch Archiprix organisation, this is a new worldwide contest in which every architecture college submits its best graduation project. Jamie Bromley's scheme for an ecological floating city powered by hydrothermal vents won him 5,000 Guilders (£1,400). The scheme, judged by a panel chaired by Jo Coenen, an architectural adviser to the Dutch go
  • Oxford College development set to founder over tower

  • Oxford U-turn over Bodleian Library 'theme park' plans

    Oxford University has made a massive U-turn by withdrawing its planning application to turn the Old Bodleian Library into a tourist attraction (AJ 25.10.01) after objectors deluged the city council with letters.

    Chelsfield is talking to an unnamed architect about an alternative proposal to Richard Rogers Partnership's £300 million plans for a tower at Paddington Basin in London. Paddington Basin Developments' director, Nick Roberts, told the AJ that a new brief has been drawn up for the site in the light of Westminster City Council's criticism of the height of the 43storey RRP Grand Union Building.

    Development Securities has picked architects KPF and Sheppard Robson to design the next phase of its Paddington Central scheme. The practices will design one building each in the commercial and offices scheme. Siddell Gibson designed the previous phase on the Paddington Goods Yard site, part of an area set for growth as a result of developers capitalising on the area, next to the Heathrow Express rail link. Construction is under way and the 68,000m 2phase one will be ready in mid 2002.
  • Paint: scene one, seen them all

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  • Palace variety

    Lord Falconer was also due to discuss architecture and planning on Wednesday evening at a meeting of the Associated Parliamentary Group for Design and Innovation, chaired by Barry Sheerman MP. On the speaking panel were Michael Gwilliam, ex-Civic Trust chief, now running the South East Regional Planning Authority, Sunand Prasad representing CABE and RIBA president Paul Hyett. Given the former PM's views on the supremacy of the market over planning, it was ironic the meeting was held in the Th

    Andrea Palladio's sixteenth century Villa Emo in Italy's rural Veneto, is to be sold after 19 generations of continuous ownership within one family.UK selling agent Knight Frank said the villa and surrounding 27ha of prime agricultural land would be sold for a price in excess of £10 million. The lot contains the villa, a secondary house with swimming pool, farm cottages in need of restoration, farm buildings with storage areas and workshops and established gardens.Villa Emo is considered
  • Panter Hudspith Architects

    Panter Hudspith Architects submitted a planning application last week for its design of the newbuild City and County Museum in Lincoln. The 3,700m 2scheme will be constructed from roughfaced limestone and the full project cost will be £8.2 million. The project will start on site in 2002.
  • paper tea house

    Japanese architect Shigeru Ban unveiled this paper tea house, at the Bleddfa Centre for the Arts, in Knighton, Powys. The house was commissioned as part of the Japan 2001 festival. The brief was to design a Modernist structure that retained the calm of the traditional Japanese tea house. It is made from rectilinear cardboard tubes, which are sealed with varnish to protect the structure from the elements. The house has a specially designed polycarbon roof.For more festival details call the Ble
  • Paper view

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  • Paraders of the lost ark

    TECHNICAL & PRACTICE: The conservation of Exeter Synagogue has provided a fascinating history of a way of life hidden for centuries

    Parc Group, the Irish recruitment company, has bought the Surreybased firm Mills Management, which specializes in the recruitment of architects, engineers and quantity surveyors. The company's 70 staff will be integrated into Parc's Havant office in Hampshire.
  • Parisian promenade

    Paris Architecture 1900-2000 By Jean-Louis Cohen et al. Norma Editions, 2000. 288pp. £35
  • Park and pride

    AJ LANDSCAPE STUDY London’s Thames Barrier Park by Patel Taylor and Groupe Signes suggests the capital has learned some lessons from continental examples - but does London really know how to look after it?
  • park and rough ride

  • Part 3 is the place for teaching procurement

  • Part L paperwork

  • Partington quits Fosters in move to Hamilton Associates

    Foster and Partners director Robin Partington has quit to join Hamilton Associates.
  • Party animals

    RIBA president-elect Paul Hyett was revelling in his recent victory at an impromptu party which the Architectural Association threw in his honour last week. Guests - including the Hyett family, Cedric Price, Mohsen Mostafavi, Te r r y Farrell, Roger Zogolovitch, past president David Rock, Francis Golding and Robin Nicholson - drank a toast to 'President Paul'.
  • Party bombshell hits Ashton-under-Lyne

    Architect Arca has converted a portal-frame maintenance garage, designed by Fitch in the 1980s, into Ashton-underLyne's Atomic Nightclub. The new club near Manchester has steel pylons on the main facade - part of the original design - which have been emphasised with new external up-lights - 'all part of making the building look whizzy and techy', according to John Lee of Arca. In place of three large garage doors, there is now a human-scale side entrance marked by a red canopy. The nightclub
  • Pascall+Watson pushes for lift off at Birmingham airport

    London practice Pascall+Watson Architect's concept for a £29 million development programme at Birmingham International Airport has been submitted for public approval. The steel and glass idea for a new pier is the third phase of a 10-year, £260 million construction programme by the airport. A business lounge, aircraft docks and an aircraftparking apron are included in the plan.
  • Past masters

    As ever with Berlin, you cannot stop history seeping out almost everywhere you look; even with the new buildings, such as Axel Schultes' new 'palace' for the Chancellor. It has been attacked on almost every front, particularly for being gigantist. On the other hand, it is highly refreshing to see so many brand new buildings in a city with a history. Unlike, say, Westminster, you get the feeling that people (and planners) are embracing the future. This applies particularly to the Sony Center,
  • Paternoster Square: a case of parents passing on bad habits

    In his book Life Style , Bruce Mau talks of the travels of his two-year-old daughter. By this tender age she had visited 12 or 13 countries.
  • Patience and collaboration are virtues in the eyes of the law


    Scottish practices City Architecture Office and City Design Co-operative will be showcasing their work at the Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh from 5 to 15 May.For details tel 0131 225 8029.
  • Paul Hyett, president, RIBA

    The Presidents medals 2001
  • Pawley's high-rise ideas aren't rooted in reality

  • Pawley's witty wisdom: a priceless explanation


    Terry Pawson Architects is one of 15 practices to be shortlisted to design an extension to the Swiss National Museum in Zurich. Proposals for a new masterplan and 4,000m 2extension are due to be submitted early in 2002 and will be judged by an international panel that will include the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. Terry Pawson is also working on a new regional parliamentary debating hall in Weisbaden, Frankfurt.
  • Pay a special visit to Santa's online Christmas grotto

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  • Pay and hours put girls off design

    Low starting salaries and long hours are the main factors which deter schoolgirls from pursuing a career in architecture, a government-backed workshop into alternative careers for women revealed last week.
  • Peabody Trust's design competition

    DSDHA (left), Niall McLaughlin Architects (below) and Ash Sakula Architects have shared the honours in the Peabody Trust's design competition for a housing development in the Royal Victoria Dock in London's Docklands.The site has been split into three areas, one for each practice. The Niall McLaughlin scheme will include 23 homes; the Ash Sakula project will consist of 18 homes; and the DSDHA design is for 26 artist studios. The other shortlisted practices were Ushida Findlay Architects, Bird
  • Peace in our time - Blue Shield says no more shooting at statues

    History is something you make, not something you keep. This is a useful axiom to bear in mind when all about you are tut-tutting at the Taleban's demolition of Buddhist statues in Afghanistan. They should be reminded that history boils over with examples of the destruction of religious symbols, from the atheistic excesses of China's cultural revolution, through the vandalism of the Bolsheviks in Russia, to the smashing of medieval stained glass by the iconoclasts in our own English Civil War.

    The £4 million public library which scooped last year's Stirling Prize.
  • Peddling rubbish is part and parcel of computer age

  • Peeling off

    All good things come to an end, and James Soane has decided it is time to leave his top job at Conran Partners. Sir Terence accepted the resignation with his special brand of worldweary charm.Over champagne in the bar at St John's, Soane tells me he will spend more time with Project Orange, the practice he founded with Christopher Ash, and will run a unit at the Bartlett.
  • Peer pressure

    PEOPLE: Baroness Blackstone, the new and well-connected architecture minister, has been busy building bridges with CABE and plotting the government's approach to the built environment - with a little help from her friends

  • Penned-up emotions

    Kids have always hung around bus shelters. The provision of new youth shelters gives this tradition an authoritarian twist
  • Penoyre & Prasad Architects, Great Notley Discovery Centre, Essex

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  • Penoyre & Prasad wins cautious CABE blessing

  • Penoyre and Prasad given the star treatment

  • Pensioned off

    Meanwhile, trendy bar staff at Newcastle's Pitcher and Piano pub, designed by Panter Hudspith, found themselves serving coffees to hundreds of elderly tourists spilling off the bridge on the Quayside. There was a 15-minute wait for service at the bar - designed to cater for a more youthful clientele - as six barmen jostled for position around the overheated cafetiÞre.
  • people

    From the age of 10, Nicholas Colwyn Foulkes spent his school holidays in his grandfather's Daimler touring the building sites of Wales.
  • people

    Architects are not prone to flights of fancy when it comes to choosing practice names.
  • people - london calling

    Ken Livingstone's Architecture and Urbanism Unit at the Greater London Assembly is now up to strength with the appointment of Mark Brearley, a 38-year-old Mancunian and co-founder of north London practice East photograph by david richards
  • people & practices

    Stephen Hudson has been appointed marketing manager to the Construction Best Practice Programme, succeeding Maggie Molloy, who has returned to MACE following her secondment.
  • people & practices

    Alan Hills has become an associate of London-based Eva Jiricna Architects.
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    PRP Architects has announced a number of promotions: Neil Griffiths, formerly financial controller, has been made director of PRP Management and PRP Architects; Brendan Kilpatrick has been appointed an associate director of PRP Architects; Philip Murphy has been made an associate director of PRP Project Services; and Stephen Hynds has become an associate director of PRP Architects.
  • people & practices

    The partners of Berwin Leighton and Paisner & Co have voted to merge the two firms. The merger will take effect from 1 May and the new firm will be known as Berwin Leighton Paisner.
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    BDP has made two new appointments. James Duffy, who was previously board director and principal director of the architecture division of BDGMcColl, becomes an architect director; while Stephen Gregson joins from Buro Happold, where he was responsible for structural design in the Leeds office, to become an engineering director.
  • people & practices

    RMJM has opened a new office in central Birmingham in response to the exciting development opportunities offered by the city's regeneration.To contact RMJM in Birmingham, please call 0121 265 2024 or e-mail bchamberlain@rmjm. co. uk John McAslan & Partners has established a landscape unit within the practice (in addition to its exhibition design, industrial design and visualisation units) headed up by Lucy Jenkins.
  • people & practices

    The trustees of the Design Museum have appointed Alice Rawsthorn as the museum's new director.
  • people & practices

    Austin-Smith: Lord has made three new appointments to its Cardiff office.They are Yun Yun Herbert, who joins the Newport Millennium Theatre and Arts Centre team; Sook Yieh Vun, who joins as an architect; and Kevin Wilson, who joins as a technician.
  • people & practices

    Shepheard Epstein Hunter has brought Clare Devine and Mark Simmonds onto the board of directors. There are also four new associates, Andrew Chaplin, Nick Hufton, Mark Davies and Samir Khatri.
  • people & practices

    Eva Jiricna Architects has appointed Duncan Webster director and Georgina Papathanasiou an associate.
  • people & practices

    Devereux Architects has been launched to take over the incorporated practice of Devereux. In addition to the founder directors, Rosemary Jenssen has been promoted to the main board. Devereux's remaining associates, plus Peter Dunning and Bruce Kershaw, have been appointed directors.
  • people & practices

    Wilkinson Eyre Architects has made Dominic Bettison and Martin Knight associates and Marc Barron and Stafford Critchlow have been promoted to associate directors.
  • people & practices

    Mary Hogben and Peter Hale have established a new practice, Hogben and Hale, and can be contacted on tel 020 7387 2777.
  • people & practices

    Damond Lock Grabowski and Partners has appointed Jill Rayson, Andrew Gardner and Gareth Gerner as partners in the practice. The practice has also entered into a working relationship with American architect Gould Evans International for selected projects throughout Europe and the US.
  • people & practices

    Whitby Bird & Partners' services and energy and environment group is expanding with three new directors. They are Bill Ritchie, Robert Butler and Keith Boxer.
  • people & practices

    Gillespies, the multidisciplinary practice of urban designers, landscape architects and architects, has appointed Alan Dickson as an associate of the practice.
  • people & practices

    Austin-Smith: Lord has appointed two new interior designers, Vesna Aksentijevic and Suzy Barrett.
  • people & practices

    JCMT Architects has appointed Sheelagh McManus as a director and Cathy Buckley as an associate of the practice.
  • people & practices

    Cardiff-based practice WynThomasGordonLewis has appointed Paul Labbett and Mary O'Connor as directors.
  • people & practices

    The Parr Partnership has opened a new office at 95 Spencer Street, Birmingham B18 8DA, tel 0121 523 1228, e-mail parrbirmingham@ compuserve. com Cambridge-based office interior design company Breathe Interiors has launched a sister company, Breathe Architecture.
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    Ian McChesney, a former associate at John McAslan & Partners, has formed Ian McChesney Architects.
  • people & practices

    David Long, Sophie de Renzy and John Currie have formed David Long Associates (DLA), offering full architectural design services. The practice will be based at 33 Parkgate Road, London SW11 4NP, tel 020 7228 5600.
  • people & practices

    Buro Happold has appointed Nick Nelson and Craig Schwitter partners in the practice. The Glasgow office of Buro Happold has moved to new premises in the prestigious Pacific Quay development area of the city. Its new address is Four Winds, Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EB, tel 0141 419 3000, fax 0141 427 4960.
  • people & practices

    Derek Lovejoy Partenrship (DLP) has promoted Alison Postlethwaite to associate director and Claire Watts and Paul Osborne become associates; all three are based at DLP's new offices in Birmingham,1 Fore Street, Birmingham B2 5ER, tel 0121 239 7676.At DLP's office in London, Steve Dredge has been promoted to associate.
  • people & practices

    Tony Bartho, architect and former regional chairman of the Association for Project Management in Bristol, has been appointed general manager of Summit Healthcare, the PFI company established to design, construct, finance and operate new and refurbished hospital facilities for the Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust.
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    Architect and engineer Yorkshire-based SDA Architects has promoted Martin York to associate.

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    West Waddy: ADP is expanding its town planning consultancy, with the appointment of Julian Philcox.
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  • people crossing the boundaries

    Concerned with blurring the distinctions between form and function, Thomas Heatherwick hates the label 'artist', preferring to describe himself as a '3D designer' who creates structures that could be taken for sculpture.
  • people going it alone

    After 13 years in partnership with Terry Pawson, Keith Williams has now set up on his own, seeking a 'freer mandate' to pursue his ideas. The future looks bright for Keith Williams Architects.
  • People on the crest of a wave

    Quentin Newark, the designer of the new and much-derided RIBA logo, shrugs off the criticism. He believes that it will be short-lived and that, for the first time, the institute has a consistent identity across all its activities Quentin Newark is a large and very patient man who appears to be not the least put out by the mauling he has received from some quarters over his new crest for the RIBA. For a start, he says, the crest is only one component of an extensive overall corporate identity
  • people one foot in the past

    James Simpson has devoted much of the past 30 years to working on historic buildings. Despite this he still has the urge to be creative, propounding the view that creation and conservation are complementary
  • Performing arts centre, Frensham Heights School

    The performing arts space is a 9 x 9 x 9m double cube in volume; it is enclosed by walls of blockwork laid flat to give 215mm thickness for stability and noise reduction.
  • Peripheral vision

  • Permanent charm offensive

    Yesterday they moved me five computers down the row.
  • Personal search reaches a happy conclusion

    From About Architecture, that great and promiscuous site (no, not big chests, promiscuous as in sprawlingly miscellaneous in its content) which I've mentioned before, comes this: 'Explore the world of synergetics and the connection between geometry and architecture. Here are photos and building plans for geodesic domes pioneered by Buckminster Fuller, air form domes, steel-reinforced domes, concrete shell monolithic domes and other dome projects.' And that's exactly what it proceeds to help y
  • Personally, I just don't want to know

    Apart from her smelly dog, Emily has developed this other habit. She makes personal phone calls all the time.

    AJ ENQUIRY NO: 206

  • Pevsner and his place in 20th century history

    Clare Melhuish reviews. . .

    The Institute for Public Policy Research, the left-leaning think tank, has called for 'far-reaching reform of public private partnerships'. The report is highly critical of the PFI programme and says that the scheme has not offered value for money in hospital and school programmes.



    New hospital PFI schemes worth £3.1 billion were announced by health secretary Alan Milburn last week. The raft of 29 new hospitals signals a new approach to design in the sector, and each project team will be required to consider including intermediate and primary care facilities alongside the hospital.
  • PFI process militates against design rewards

  • phase two of the Paddington Central project

  • Phil's gang

    The photograph below appears in this month's Vanity Fair , and marks the impending 95th birthday of the godfather of American architecture, Philip Johnson. Pictured in New York at the Four Seasons restaurant, the fan club - sorry friends and proteges - is a veritable who's who, with the rather notable exception of my Lords Foster and Rogers. In fact there are no Brits, unless you count Zaha Hadid as an honorary one. One concludes that PJ is not a fan of hi-tech, though he feels at home with o
  • Phone a friend

    Avote for Alex Reid is a vote for disaster, RIBA pastpresident Owen Luder warned last week. It may well be, but it could also be a vote for a snazzy new e-mail-phone from Amstrad, absolutely free. Reid, a self-confessed Internet maniac, wants to convert the luddite membership of the RIBA by handing out the £80 units (which look certain to become the IT version of the Sinclair C5), to everyone without e-mail. He reckons there are about 4,500 members struggling with the plain old fax-phone
  • Photographing Architecture and Interiors

    By Julius Shulman. Balcony Press, 2000. 154pp. £28
  • Photo-imaging is way to judge tall buildings


  • pick of the crop

    Splitting from his partners after a string of high-profile projects, Michael Wilford is resisting the cut and thrust of commercial procurement to select only clients which share his quest for international quality
  • Picketts Lock faces axe after Wembley Multiplex deal

    Wembley stadium will be rebuilt with a temporary track and field stadium if Australian construction giant Multiplex bankrolls the project.

    Faulkner Browns has submitted an outline planning application for the Lee Valley National Athletics Centre at Picketts Lock, Enfield, planned for the 2005 World Athletics Championships.

    FaulknerBrowns was today set to unveil its competition-winning plans for a showpiece sporting stadium to host the tenth World Athletics Championships in 2005, billed as the most important sports event in the UK since the 1966 World Cup.The National Athletics Centre at Picketts Lock in Lea Valley, Enfield, includes an arena for around 43,000 people, a 400m warm-up track, health and fitness accommodation, a five-aside football centre, redesigned golf course and VIP accommodation. It will be ope
  • Picture has a relevance to all in architecture

  • Piercy Conner

    Architect Piercy Conner has designed a set of 'micro-flats' (above) which the practice hopes will be cheap enough to enable more people to buy accommodation in the centre of London. The designer says the flats are 'about twice the size of an average lounge space' and are fitted out like the interiors of yachts. The practice is currently talking to developers with a view to building a block in King's Cross.

  • Pigs in clover

    As foot-and-mouth disease returns to discomfort both farmers and politicians, help is at hand from an unlikely source - super-cool Dutch practice MVRDV. Its latest exhibition features a film, Pig City , in which the porkers are accommodated in one of the practice's favourite high-rises. 'The animals will be better off, the quality of meat will improve, the transport of livestock will not be necessary, all diseases will be eradicated and the Netherlands will have room to breathe.' Check out th

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  • Pimlico decision now part of strategic review

  • Pimlico designer Bancroft enlists Stansfield Smith

    John Bancroft has asked Sir Colin Stansfield Smith to compile a report on the £20 million Hawkins/Brown feasibility study for refurbishing Pimlico School. The move is being seen as an attempt by the school's 72-year-old architect to try and edge ahead of Hawkins/Brown and win work on his own building - if money is finally secured next year.
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  • Pioneering PPP bid process for £50m Manchester centre

    The Lord Chancellor's Department is choosing from a long list of big-name architects to design its £50 million-plus Manchester Civil Justice Centre in an initiative that will provide a model for future Public Private Partnership arrangements.
  • Pitching in

    Fabricator Dibsa (Roofing) is making capital from many people's enduring abhorrence of the leaking flat roofs of the 1960s and '70s. While there are perfectly feasible solutions to most of the problems (replacement, proper maintenance), on some buildings the badly performing flat roof has become such an emotive issue, that total replacement is the only answer. This is where Dibsa comes in. It has developed Dibsadeck, a dead-load lightweight galvanised steel structure that will turn a flat roo

    The joint director of the RIBA's architecture gallery, Alicia Pivaro, has left the institute to 'pursue other projects with companies including communications firm Wordsearch'. Pivaro arrived at Portland Place in September 1998 and the RIBA hopes to decide on her replacement as part of its plans for next year's 'Foundation' - chief executive Richard Hastilow's plans for the emerging cultural wing of the institute.

    The Urban Design Alliance is to launch a new 'Placecheck' initiative on 11 June after the success of 10 pilot projects last year.
  • Place-making principles

    Greater Perfections: The Practice of Garden Theory By John Dixon Hunt. Thames & Hudson, 2000. 273pp. £32
  • Plain and simple

    The Plain Style: The Reformation, Culture and the Crisis in Protestant Identity By David Brett. Black Square Books (Belfast), 1999. 127pp. £4.95
  • plain english

    The devolving of power to Scottish and Welsh parliaments was the cue for architect Chris Nickerson to launch the English Independence Party, in a bid to halt the march of globalization and recreate a sense of Englishness. by austin williams. photograph by
  • plain sailing

    Third-generation architect Nicholas Colwyn Foulkes grew up in Colwyn Bay on the Welsh Riviera. A keen sailor, he is chairing next week's annual construction industry charity regatta, the Little Britain Challenge Cup by zoÙ blackler Quay in Conwy. It involves the conversion of the existing town hall and improvements to the city wall. Colwyn Foulkes would like to do more in Wales, but says that work there is pretty thin on the ground.
  • Planners blamed for 'lack of expression' in new buildings

  • Planners told: 'be bold!' -- just say no to bad housing design

    CABE chief executive Jon Rouse was set to throw down the design gauntlet to housebuilders and planners this week, declaring that the former were still putting forward too many badly designed schemes and the latter were giving too many of them planning permission.

  • Planning by consensus has its own strengths

  • Planning hit by test case on Human Rights legislation

    The planning system was thrown into disarray last week when the builder of a house that broke planning rules used the new Human Rights Act to prevent its demolition. New Forest District Council officials will meet barristers within days to discuss appealing the decision in the courts.
  • Planning in Postmodern Times

    Philip Allmendinger, RTPI Library Press/Routledge,2000

    Jeff Jacobs, the director of town and country planning at the DETR, is joining the Greater London Authority next week as director of policy and partnerships. He will develop strategies to improve life in the capital, including spatial development, air quality, culture and biodiversity.He has previously been principal private secretary to Labour deputy John Prescott.
  • Planning reform 'derailed' by Lords' support of Prescott

    The House of Lords' ratification last week of environment secretary John Prescott's power to intervene in development issues has derailed planning reform in the UK, according to Town and Country Planning Association director Gideon Amos.
  • Planning reform to avoid another T5

    Lord Rogers' scheme for Heathrow's Terminal 5 is likely to get the go-ahead within the week. Zoë Blackler asks whether the planning Green Paper will prevent a repeat of the T5 situation

  • Planning the 'City of Tomorrow': British Reconstruction Planning, 1939-52 - An Annotated Bibliography

    Peter Larkham and Keith Lilley. Inch's Books, 2001. 65pp. £9.95 (Available from 01751 474928)

  • Plans to sell off the UK's treasures will soon return with a vengeance

    Whatever happened to the scheme for covering London's streets with reflective paint to reduce the need for air-conditioning? It was my favourite millennium project, but the commissioners turned it down.The same thing seemed to have happened to the 'National Asset Register', my choice for book of the millennium. This 550-page inventory of national treasures was at one time going to be the catalogue for the government's mammoth sale of public assets - a £300 billion auction-room orgy of di
  • Plant hybrid

    With projects in France and Norway, Duncan Lewis is exploring new relationships between the man-made and the natural, morphing the physical elements of the sites into his designs

    A £530,000 project completed in September 2000 linking two school buildings separated by a busy road.A steel construction covered by PTFE fabric, the 67m bridge contains a series of gutters, hoppers and gargoyles to both collect rainwater and delight schoolchildren.The bridge has significantly improved child safety and now provides an 'iconic presence' for the school, says the architect.
  • Plasma cutter goes organic

    Sophisticated manufacturing techniques were used to transform the designs of artist Kathryn Field into a decorative fence at a school for disabled children in Milford, Massachusetts. Field's pen and ink drawings, on the subjects of sea and air, were transformed into a dfx file that was used on a CAD system with a computer-controlled plasma cutter to cut out the animal forms, which make use of both positive and negative space. The fence is part of a larger landscape project at the Evergreen Ce

    The hunt is on for the best in drywall design in this year's national awards run by the Federation of Plastering and Drywall Contractors.
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  • Please don't mention the e-war!

    You are probably familiar with the big knowledge bases such as Microsoft's at, IBM's at and Intel's at But I quite like the random-feed approach of the Windows-help.NET newsletter from IfiniSource. It offers a weekly summary of the trends in computing, new kit and chip prices and it offers technical howtos and the latest patches. OK, it helps if you are a bit nerdy, but even if you are not it is comforting to

    Prime minister Tony Blair has given Tate Modern his award for better public building. He said:

    Ellipsis has published a pocketsized guide to the 55 RIBA awardwinning buildings of 2000, including Peckham Library, the Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre, the Great Glasshouse in Wales and Sainsbury's supermarket in Greenwich. The £6 book, called architecture 00, is written by the institute's head of awards, Tony Chapman.
  • Poetic processes

    Making Buildings At the New Art Gallery, Walsall, until 25 March; the Crafts Council Gallery, London, from 12 April-17 June; and then at Middlesbrough, Leigh and Aberystwyth
  • Poetry in motion

  • Points of order

    Our quarterly look at the construction industry examines the latest costs and trends and considers future opportunities


  • Poor management skills 'to blame for chaos' says mayor

  • Poplar prescription for success

    Leaside Regeneration's chief executive Michael Owens explainswhy this east London borough is avoiding having a masterplan
  • Portcullis and Danish Embassy to star in 'Open House' first

    Several surprise turn-ups are making their debut at next month's 'London Open House' weekend, the annual event when 550 buildings of architectural merit will open their doors to the public.
  • Portcullis House attracts big crowd despite security fears

  • Portman House

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  • Post haste

    Congratulations to the organisers of the National Conservation Conference (supported by AJ) on 7 June, now the assumed election date. To avoid delegates having to dash away early to vote, they are enclosing instructions on how to get a postal vote along with the registration forms.
  • Postal Modernism

    Associated Architects has taken a disused Royal Mail sorting office in Birmingham and transformed it into Mailbox, an innovative, iconic urban space and a new gateway to the city
  • Postcards from. . .

    Sad news from the Milan Furniture Fair just ended: the city was littered with postcards labelled 'F*** Philippe Starck. Kill all arrogant designers'.
  • Pot calling

    Isee the latest RIBA Journal suggests that the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment is London-centric. I note from its cover that RIBAJ is featuring a 'family home in east London'; a 'school in Dulwich'; and 'Why Peckham is an inspirational place'. Isn't there another town they can write about?
  • Pottering about in the garden and major league art

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  • Power of fourth estate secures ADSL connection

    Last week I suggested you need not hold your breath about my 'imminent' installation of my ADSLweb connection.
  • Power to the people

    New Italian Architecture: Italian Landscapes between Architecture and Photography Edited by Pippo Ciorra and Marco d'Annuntis. Skira, 2000. 183pp. £12.95. (Distributed by Thames & Hudson)

    Architectural planning advisor the Richard Coleman Consultancy has completed research into possible changes for PPG15. It looks at the practice of building behind retained facades in conservation areas and concludes that the technique is not always appropriate.
  • Practice points

    Ipass on the following nuggets from the AJ practice conference last week (a full write-up will appear shortly). The old rule of thumb still seems to apply judging by the recent AJ/Colander benchmarking survey: 40 per cent of costs go on salaries, 30 per cent on overheads and other expenses, 30 per cent should be profit. Staff turnover should ideally be only about 15 per cent, but is way above this in many firms, largely because of poor people management.
  • Practices sought for £35m Manchester court complex

  • Practices to pay hefty penalty for pensions non-compliance

    Building and construction-related firms - including architects - could be facing a £950 million bombshell by failing to set up stakeholder pensions for their staff, according to a new survey.

    Richard Meynell has won the King of Prussia's Gold Medal Award for improvements made to a Sussex church. The award is made annualy by the Historic Churches Preservation Trust. Meynell, a member of the Ecclesiastical Architects' and Surveyors' Association, was praised for his 'lightness of touch and sensitivity in bringing back from the brink of redundancy St Andrew by the Ford church'. The association has also awarded £500 to Matthew Thomas for his replacement entrance to St Wulfram's Ch

    London mayor Ken Livingstone has picked architect Sunand Prasad of Penoyre & Prasad to join the Fourth Plinth Commissioning group.
  • Precipitous events and melting moments


  • Prescott calls in Chapman Taylor's York project

    Deputy prime minister John Prescott has called in Chapman Taylor's controversial Coppergate Two development in York for a public inquiry, writes Hugh Martin.
  • Prescott orders Kent to explain housing quota refusal

    Deputy prime minister John Prescott has ordered one of England's largest councils to justify its refusal to follow a government decree to build 5,700 houses a year.
  • Presences - commonality in art and architecture

    The last exhibition in the Architecture Foundation's series 'Public Views' manifests a concern with the phenomenology of place that is typical of the Cambridge school of architectural thought and education, and indicated by the fact of Peter Carl's contribution to the accompanying catalogue. 'Presences', subtitled 'The common place in architecture and art', is the result of a collaboration between the newish architectural practice 5th Studio and the sculptor Paul Coldwell. Coldwell sees the c

    The quality of historic building preservation in Britain will be recognised with the introduction of the RIBA's Southern Region Conservation Award. Categories of the award will follow a four-yearly rotation, beginning this year with 'Pure and Expert Repair'. Under this category, excellence in repair work will be rewarded and highlighted as industry examples. The award is the creation of regional chair Robert Franklin, who took up his post 18 months ago and hopes to inform a wider understandin
  • President must keep pushing sustainability. . .



    The Presidents medals 2001
  • Pressure group urges delay over Terminal 5 scheme

  • Price fixing? Decent fees are the real problem, warns RIBA

    UKarchitects could still escape a rap for being 'anti-competitive', after trade and industry secretary Stephen Byers concentrated on the other professions implicated by the Office of Fair Trading report instead last week and the RIBA and RIAS mounted more defences of the indicative fee guides for clients. But both the institute and incorporation stressed that, far from coining it through fixing prices, most architects are fighting hard for adequate fees, with decent margins still a rarity in
  • Price formula

    Incidentally, I hear motor racing supremo Bernie Ecclestone has bought a house in Kensington Palace Gardens, the preserve of ambassadors and royalty. Ecclestone managed to knock the price down from a very reasonable £85 million to the bargain of the year at £50 million.
  • Prices for Walter Segal houses at market rate

    In response to Dan Levett's letter in last week's AJ, I would like to point out that other Walter Segal houses in the same area are fetching prices which reflect the norm in the locality. I understand that a Segal house on Walter's Way was recently valued at £250,000.


  • Primrose Hill

    This Paxton Locher home scheme in Primrose Hill, north London, follows the practice's award-winning Clerkenwell house. Here, thermal mass stays in the ground; lightweight materials, including a prefabricated hooped steelwork structure, respond to a tight site. The scheme incorporates what are probably the first geothermal piles built in the UK: heat transfer pipes have been cast within the reinforcement cage of the pile structure (25 piles in 12 days). An earth battery acts as a buffer to hea
  • Prince Charles to add voice to high-rise building debate

    The Prince of Wales will add his often controversial opinions to the debate about tall buildings after agreeing to speak about the issue at a highlevel conference early next month.
  • Prince drops Foundation bombshell

  • Prince set for New Year offensive

    Prince Charles looks set to become more vocal about architecture, a move bound to open old wounds and court fresh controversy.Architectural advisor to the prince David Lunts said he expected HRH to raise his profile in the year to come.

    The Prince of Wales will voice his opinions on the future of tall buildings in the wake of 11 September when he addresses the 'Building for the 21st Century' conference at London's Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre on 11 December. Other speakers at the conference, which starts on 9 December, will include London mayor Ken Livingstone and Lord Foster. Go to www. ajplus. co. uk for coverage.
  • Prince to Tsar

    The most ironic appointment of the year concerned Prince Charles. Health secretary Alan Milburn, without any apparent sense of irony, announced that the Prince would be the 'Tsar of health design' - an idea which apparently occurred to both men simultaneously on a train journey where they happened to be sitting together.

    Prince Charles has confirmed that he will be the NHS hospital design champion. The official announcement is expected tomorrow, when health secretary, Alan Milburn, will reveal his specific roles.

    The Prince of Wales last week supported the use of traditional architecture in the recreation of Dresden's Neumarkt market square at an exhibition by traditional architects in the city. A statement from St James' Palace delivered to the exhibition came as debate grew about whether the site, destroyed as a result of bombing raids in 1945, should be recreated or a modern solution sought. The site is bordered by tower blocks from the 1960s and 1970s constructed under the East German communist re
  • Principality flies the flag in defence of 'no-go' reputation

  • Principles for practice

    The Ethical Architect: The Dilemma of Contemporary Practice By Tom Spector. Princeton Architectural Press, 2001. 256pp. £17.95

    The look of post-war Britain owed much to the furniture and fabrics of Robin and Lucienne Day. Whether, as the press release claims, their designs are 'timelessly modern' can be tested in an exhibition at the Barbican Art Centre, Silk St, London EC2 from 8 February until 16 April (020 7638 4141).
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  • Prize projects

    Hanson Bath & Portland Stone won four major awards at the Millennium Stone Awards. These wins prove the quality and variety of its stone for application in both new-build and restoration work. Liaison with clients and architects at early stages of design is one of the company's strengths.

    Niall McLaughlin Architects, McDowell & Benedetti, David Richmond & Partners and Snell Associates have been shortlisted in a competition to redevelop Portsmouth's 2ha Historic Ships car park .
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    LIGNACITE AJ ENQUIRY NO: 201 Architect Jonathan Hart has used facing masonry from Lignacite to create a special clubhouse for Trafford Athletic Club, which meets the community and multi-functional criteria of a Lottery-funded property.
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    VELFAC AJ ENQUIRY NO: 201 Velfac's new warranty is now one of the most comprehensive available in the glazing industry and reflects the company's continued confidence in its product range, backed by continuous, proven performance in both third-party tests and in installations worldwide.
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    VELFAC AJ ENQUIRY NO: 201 Velfac's new warranty is now one of the most comprehensive available in the glazing industry and reflects the company's continued confidence in its product range, backed by continuous, proven performance in both third-party tests and in installations worldwide.
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    WIESNER HAGER AJ ENQUIRY NO: 201 Float and Process is a new and flexible range of office furniture for the process-oriented office in which the space arrangement and furniture adapt to day-to-day requirements of the working process. Its lightweight frame design enables quick changes between concentrated individual work and working as a team, without interruption. In a few minutes, a desk can become a conference table, or a side table can turn into a lectern for standing meetings.
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    HARTINGTON CONWAY AJ ENQUIRY NO: 201 A long-life double-pitch skylight plus entrance canopy have been manufactured and installed by Hartington Conway on the new Wincanton Sports Pavilion.With its well-engineered mill finish extruded aluminium frame and polycarbonate glazing, this highly attractive 38m-long gable ended skylight spans 4m and has a fully managed rainwater, moisture and condensation drainage system to provide excellent weather resistance. Designed for use on flat or pitched roofs
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    HARTINGTON CONWAY AJ ENQUIRY NO: 201 More than 4,000m 2of Hartington Conway's X-Light profiled clear polycarbonate rooflight sheets have been used to cover Chelsea Football Club's new West Stand at Stamford Bridge, west London.With an overall light transmission of 90 per cent, the sheets have no detrimental effect on natural grass growth and create a better environment for both players and spectators. Thermoformed from 2mm polycarbonate and coated to give high levels of UV protection, X-Light


    The British Blind & Shutter Association is a leading source for information on all solar-shading matters.

    Chubb has gone live with a vibrant new website that has a dynamic and interactive design for use by the trade customer, consumer and commercial end user. The new website format is simple to navigate with a menu toolbar down the left-hand side, and the style is easy to follow with plenty of visuals. Trade customers will have access to product launch and development information, as well as being able to download the comprehensive online Chubb product catalogue. Customers can register online to

    'Meeting Point' - an exciting seating concept from Connection Seating - was launched at the recent Spectrum exhibition and walked away with an Architectural Review Award for Excellence for a product new to the UK. Meeting Point offers multiple configurations, and was one of a selection of new conference products displayed at Spectrum by Connection Seating. All are available in the UK through a joint manufacturing partnership with CAR Holland.

    Royal Warrant holder GP&J Baker is launching its first 100 per cent Trevira CS range. Hotellerie is a smart collection of fabrics designed in a cosmopolitan style with 'English' overtones by the company's inhouse team. The Hotellerie range includes six individual designs - striped, plain, damask, basket weave, a narrow satin stripe and a quilted square design - and all exhibit the classic English look that is synonymous with GP&J Baker, as opposed to the cool, Germanic look often associated w


    Fire-resistant-glazing specialist FendorHansen is helping to protect new offices at 180 West George Street in Glasgow.


    Natural daylight from Hartington Conway's translucent GRP SafeLight rooflights is providing a brighter working environment at First Western National's new bus depot in Plymouth.










    Bainbridge International is pleased to announce the introduction of a new range of technical fabrics for architectural projects. All the products in the range have been specifically designed by Bainbridge's fabric engineers for decorative interior features as wel as membrane structures, exhibition stands and barrel vaults. These fabrics work with and complement the company's extensive range of Ronstan architectural rigging systems. The Baintex range of fabrics has a number of characteristics

    Growing use of concrete slabs for upper floors in houses, pioneered by Bison Concrete Products, has resulted in significant benefits for the homeowner and the housebuilder. The excellent sound resistance of concrete floors minimises noise nuisance from sound transmission and squeaky floors. The fire-resistant properties of concrete provide a similar level of protection for house dwellers to that enjoyed by those who live in apartments. For builder and occupier alike, the low-maintenance prope

    Growing use of concrete slabs for upper floors in houses, pioneered by Bison Concrete Products, has resulted in significant benefits for the homeowner and the housebuilder. The excellent sound resistance of concrete floors minimises noise nuisance from sound transmission and squeaky floors. The fire-resistant properties of concrete provide a similar level of protection for house dwellers to that enjoyed by those who live in apartments. For builder and occupier alike, the low-maintenance prope

    Cembrit Blunn has launched a range of literature focusing on the high-performance board and cladding systems it offers, incorporating Minerit products for which it is is well known. The board range includes Lightweight, for general purpose and internal applications; Multi-purpose, for internal and semi-exposed areas; Special Performance, a moisture-resistant board for humid areas; and Heavy Duty, for internal and external applications. The cladding range includes Cemwhite and Cembonit through

    For those positively spiritual about minimalism, check out The Church at Nov_ DV_ r: - a limited-edition print by John Pawson, commissioned by Eyestorm. Pawson has been commissioned to create a new monastery by the Cistercian monks of Sept-Fons in France, who spotted his work at Calvin Klein's flagship store and recognised a kindred spirit. The print shows the interior of the monastery; 30 per cent of the proceeds from sales will go directly towards the monks' fund to realise the project.

    For those positively spiritual about minimalism, check out The Church at Nov_ DV_ r: - a limited-edition print by John Pawson, commissioned by Eyestorm. Pawson has been commissioned to create a new monastery by the Cistercian monks of Sept-Fons in France, who spotted his work at Calvin Klein's flagship store and recognised a kindred spirit.

    HansenGlass has helped to wrap up the redevelopment of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in Bloomsbury, London, with a high-performance glazed facade.

    Steel door specialist AccentHansen was recently involved in the first phase of Birmingham's £400 million BullRing shopping complex, relocating the old indoor market to a new purpose-built 4,500m 2centre. Approximately 150 doors were incorporated into the design by architect Benoy. The issues of durability, protection, and thermal and acoustic insulation demanded by a heavily-used public area were met by AccentHansen's range of steel doors. FireShield doors are fire resistant and offer fo

    Designed by Glenn Howells Architects, Manchester's Timber Wharf incorporates £1.5 million worth of bespoke fenestration by engineers MagHansen. Floor-to-floor glazing was used to bring maximum light to the interiors of the 200 apartments.

    FendorHansen has used its Fineline glazing system in a new prestige office development in Arlington Square, Bracknell, to install three floors of fire-resistant atrium glazing. The company saved the client much time and effort by proving that the Fineline system could support secondary panels, thus bypassing the need for secondary steelwork.

    Hartington Conway is offering RIBA-accredited 'Rooflight Safety' CPD seminars to architects in the comfort of their own offices. With the aid of a Powerpoint slide presentation, the seminars feature important details of the recently-published Health & Safety Executive ACR[M]001:2001 nonfragility drop test. Other key issues include the elimination of safety risks when specifying rooflights, alternative designed-in methods of safe rooflighting, high-performance 'Zero Risk' rooflighting and the

    Justin Ward Turner is a sculptor and designer who is now taking on commissions after graduating from the University of East London with a BA Hons. His work ranges from large architectural public sculptures to smaller, ornate or theatrical pieces suited to themed events or exhibitions. Shown here is 'Polaris' - a 2 x 3m sculpture of stainless steel and bronze-coloured polycarbonate commissioned by Hayes School in Kent. For further information, contact Justin Ward Turner, Westerham Lodge, Weste

    More than 90,00m 2of Kingspan Insulation's rigid urethane CFC-free Thermaroof TR26 was installed as roof insulation for the £200 million ExCel international events venue in London's Docklands, one of Europe's largest flat-roofing projects. Installed under a Sarnafil single-ply waterproofing membrane, the 40mm Thermaroof TR26 was specified for its unique combination of fire and thermal performance, and the fact that the product's compressive strength exceeds 150kPa at 10 per cent yield, w

    Kingspan rigid phenolic wall insulation (Kooltherm K12 Framing Board), rigid urethane floor insulation (Thermafloor TF70) and rigid urethane pitched-roof insulation (Thermapitch TP10) are among the innovative products used in the construction of the carousel-shaped Zethus Centre at the University of Greenwich, Dartford. The Zethus Centre is the UK's first independent facility for education and research into prefabricated building techniques. Kingspan was picked for the project as part of a st

    The superior safety and insulation performance of CFC-free insulation products by KIngspan Insulation made Thermaroof TR26 FM the preferred choice for Project Spider, a 6,000m 2storage and distribution centre in Central Park, Rugby, which is being developed by Grosvenor. A total of 60,000m 2of 40mm-thick Thermaroof TR26 FM mechanicallyfixed insulation board was installed beneath a Sarnafil single-ply waterproofing membrane. Fire and thermal performance were priorities for this project, and Th

    The new training workshops at HMP Wandsworth, featuring Facing Masonry with Lignacite, are currently being constructed by Benson's.

    The distinctive Oval 316 stainless steel balustrading on the ramp leading to the London Eye's boarding platform is one of the innovative designs which has been a contributor to the Eye's success. Oval 316 supplied 390m of oval-section stainless steel tube and associated fittings to act as guide rails leading passengers to their take-off point. Originally designed for use on yachts and motor cruisers, the stylish highpolish finish and corrosion-free characteristics quickly became recognised by

    Rigidal's composite panel, Rigidal Thermozip, has been chosen by roofing contractor Weatherwise to create a curved roof on a production building at Muller Dairy, Market Drayton. For the main building curve, 17m long panels were end lapped using factory-installed lap plates. Running 50m from eaves to eaves, the jointed panels are self-curved to a radius of 120m. A finish of natural mill aluminium was used to reflect solar gain and improve energy efficiency. Available in aluminium or steel, the

    When Rockingham Motor Speedway blasts off at Corby, Northamptonshire, it will be more than noise that attracts attention.

    By popular demand, AJ readers can now see another shot of what is claimed to be one of the longest curtain-walling projects ever - the 300m grandstand for the new Rockingham Motor Speedway, designed by Ridge.

    Velfac's new warranty is now one of the most comprehensive available in the glazing industry and reflects the company's continued confidence in its product range, backed by continuous, proven performance in both third-party tests and in installations worldwide.

    Velfac's new warranty is now one of the most comprehensive available in the glazing industry and reflects the company's continued confidence in its product range, backed by continuous, proven performance in both third-party tests and in installations worldwide.

    Velfac's new warranty is now one of the most comprehensive available in the glazing industry and reflects the company's continued confidence in its product range, backed by continuous, proven performance in both third-party tests and in installations worldwide.

    Established in 1884, WGLucas specialised in sailmaking, rigging and cover manufacture. Having accumulated a wealth of experience using both woven and laminated materials, 10 years ago the company decided to diversify and dedicate part of its business to producing tensioned architectural fabric structures. WGLucas has full in-house CAD facilities and it is BS 5750/ISO 9002 accredited. It has the expertise and facilities necessary to offer a full professional service from project conception to
  • Profession awash with hypocrisy and confusion

  • Profit timetable

    Railtrack's property division hosted an excellent reception at the V&A last week, packed with faces from the wacky world of real estate. John O'Brien, who runs the show, provided the audience with a simple indication of the size of the operation and the expectations Railtrack has of it: in the next five years it is expected to generate £1 billion of income. Perhaps Mayor Livingstone can contribute.

    Poor quality housing and infrastructure are leading to a 'disaffected society', according to the Agenda for the Future document from the Institution for Civil Engineers.Launched last week, the document lists the problems the institute says now challenge the UK, including poor transport, safety on the roads, energy consumption, flooding and urban regeneration. 'The need for a progressive and systematic implementation of an urban renewal and maintenance programme is essential, ' says the report
  • Progress is patently pending

    A new design solution shows promise and also some of the complexities of getting through the patent process