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Architects Journal
24 November 2005

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  • A GLAZED ATRIUM ROOF WITH SUSPENDED WALKWAYS

    WORKING DETAILS / THE LOCK
  • A STICK TO BEAT BILL WITH

    ASTRAGAL
  • ALL THE THEORY IN THE WORLD IS OF NO USE IF YOU CAN'T GET THE COLOURS YOU WANT

    CONFERENCE REPORT
  • ARCHITECT SENT TO QUAKE ZONE

    Recently formed charity Architects for Aid has sent Sam Price, from London-based practice UV Architects, to an earthquakehit area of northern Pakistan. The architect will join with the recovery and relief assessment project set up to help the survivors of the 8 October disaster.
  • ASTRAGAL

    ASTRAGAL
  • BEIJING IN FASHION

    Broadway Malyan has completed this schematic proposal for a new 70,000m2 retail fashion park in Beijing. The scheme provides three integrated retail environments selling Chinese, Asian and international brands.
  • BOTTA PLANS FIRST MOSQUE

    Swiss architect Mario Botta has announced he is to design his first mosque. The religious specialist has previously been known for his work on churches and synagogues. Botta spoke to the AJ on Tuesday when he was in London to publicise his new exhibition at the RIBA, 'Architecture of the Sacred:
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  • BRITISH ARCHITECTS DO THEIR BIT FOR CHARITY

    LETTERS
  • BUS GARAGE FINDS CHAMPION

    A former Desert Rat has vowed to take on the Duke of Westminster's developer, Grosvenor, in a bid to save the much-loved Modernist bus garage in Preston. Hailed as a 'stunning example of 1960s co-ordinated transport planning' by the Twentieth Century Society, the bus station will be pulled down under current proposals to regenerate the centre of the Lancashire city.
  • CABE IN GUARDED WELCOME FOR GEHRY'S HOVE PLANS

    CABE's Design Review Committee has issued a guarded welcome to Frank Gehry's 'quirky' overall designs for the King Alfred development in Hove, although it has expressed concern over the project's lower residential blocks.
  • CONTRIBUTORS

    Sue Dawson, who produces this week's Working Detail on the Lock on pages 34-35, is an architect based in Lancashire and the AJ's working details editor
  • CORRECTION

    LETTERS
  • CRITIC'S CHOICE

    'Perhaps in his pursuit of silence, as opposed to the polemics and pyrotechnics of his other buildings, Peter Eisenman has at last made a real contribution to the art of architecture, ' wrote Peter Davey of the Holocaust Memorial Berlin in The Architectural Review (July 2005).
  • CROSSRAIL MOVE SAVES BARBICAN

    Crossrail has made a dramatic U-turn over proposals for a major tunnel under the Barbican in a bid to save the 1960s towers from sinking.
  • DRDH TASTES VICTORYIN GERMANY

    This scheme, by young London-based practice DRDH Architects, has won a competition in Hamburg. The firm saw off competition from Austria’s Love Architecture; Onix, from Holland, and four Hamburg practices. The competition - which targeted up-and-coming offices - was based around a three-day design workshop. The scheme will nestle within the HafenCity masterplan, which features projects by a wide range of international stars, including Benedetta Tagliabue, Herzog & De Meuron, David Chipper
  • EH MOVES TO BLOCK CITY TOWER SCHEME

    English Heritage is objecting in the strongest terms to KPF's plans for the DIFA tower on Bishopsgate in London, it has emerged. The conservation quango has demanded that the Corporation of London reject the scheme, citing views from Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and St James' Park.
  • ENGLISH HERITAGE FIGHTS BACK OVER CHISWICK HOUSE

    English Heritage (EH) has hit back at attacks on its plans for the 'regeneration' of Chiswick House in west London. The quango has faced heavy opposition to proposals that will see 'major improvements' to the historic grounds and a renovation of Britain's oldest Palladian house. EH claims it simply wants to improve access to the building.
  • HIDDEN IN CODE

    TECHNICAL & PRACTICE
  • I RESCUED MY STILETTO HEEL, WHICH HAD ATTACHED ITSELF TO A CRACK IN SIMON STARLING'S WOODEN STRUCTURE SHEDBOATSHED

    OPINION
  • IF THIS BUILDING IS A LIFE ACCESSORY, THEN MAYBE IT FITS THE BILL VERY WELL. IT IS CERTAINLY MORE ZIGGY STARDUST THAN TOVE JANSSON

    MBLC / THE LOCK
  • KINETIC GETS VICTORY

    Birmingham-based Kinetic-AIU has won an international invited competition to design a masterplan for the Warwick Bar area of the second city. The practice saw off the likes of AZHAR architecture, DSDH, Fat, S333, Jeppe Aagaard Andersen and Sarah Wigglesworth.
  • LEGAL BATTLE COSTS RISE

    A legal battle between the now-defunct MAK Architects and developer Winterdome is expected to cost at least £120,000. A leading legal cost expert has claimed that the price of the action, over alleged negligence by the architect, will extend into six figures when it kicks off on 20 February 2006.
  • LETTER OF INTENT

    An oral contract, so the saying goes, is not worth the paper it is written on. While this may not be entirely true, it is certainly the case that failing to take the trouble to record your agreement in writing does make it difficult to prove what has been agreed, if there is some doubt about it later, writes Kim Franklin. And there usually is.
  • LIKE LAMBS TO SLAUGHTER, WE HAVE FOLLOWED THE EGANESQUE ZEALOTS

    This week David Chipperfield identified the key difference between working in Europe and the UK as being that 'here you are not really expected to debate ideas'. So have we managed to completely obliterate architectural practice as a critical endeavour?
  • MAKE GETS GO-AHEAD FOR LEEDS TOWER

    MAKE has cleared the first hurdle in its bid to build a 24-storey residential tower on the Leeds International Swimming Pool site, within a Carey Jones masterplan. Developer HBG Properties was given the initial go-ahead for the 'iconic' £160m scheme by Leeds City Council's executive board on Wednesday.
  • MINIMUM IMPACT? WHAT ARE YOU DRIVING AT?

    LETTERS
  • Modern House Three By Raul Barreneche. Phaidon, 2005. £39.95

    BOOK REVIEW
  • MODERNIST HOUSE FAILS TO FIND FAVOUR

    Hudson Architects has lost a planning appeal for this country house - the first Modernist scheme to be submitted under the terms of the PPS7 clause. Elvendon House in Goring-on-Thames, south Oxfordshire, would have been almost entirely buried under a sloping valley side and was praised by CABE for being 'well considered in functional and topographical form'. However, the planning inspector rejected the scheme, claiming the house did not 'significantly enhance' its immediate setting and would
  • MURRAY'S ROLE IN BOW COMMON CHURCH

    LETTERS
  • NEVER MIND THE B******S

    WEBWATCH
  • NEW AUTOCAD HAS GOT ME ON A GO-SLOW

    LETTERS
  • NORTHERN IRELAND COSTS SOAR

    The value of one of Northern Ireland's highest-profile PFI schemes has suddenly shot up by more than £50 million. The province's new police training college, to be built on a 109ha site near Cookstown, Co Tyrone, will now cost £134 million, not the £80 million predicted last year. The cost changes have come even before the team behind the project has appointed an architect to work up the proposals.
  • PARDEY'S WORK IS PRETTY, BUT WHAT ABOUT THE REST?

    LETTERS
  • PERTH CITY HALL BACK IN TUNE

    John Lyall Architects' client, Wharfside Regeneration, has won a competition organised by Perth & Kinross Council for the adaptation and re-use of Perth City Hall, Scotland. The listed building, dating from 1908, became redundant this year with the completion of the city's new symphony hall.
  • Peter Smithson: Conversations With Students Princeton Architectural Press, 2005. 100pp. £12.50

    BOOK REVIEW
  • PRODUCTS

    KEIM MINERAL PAINTS AJ ENQUIRY 201
  • S&P IN THE SWIM WITH CORBY POOL PROJECT

    S&P Architects, the practice working with Zaha Hadid on the 2012 London Olympic Aquatic Centre, has won a competition to design Corby's new swimming pool. Hailed as a 'flagship project' as part of the Parkland Gateway Regeneration programme, the £9.9 million scheme will create a 25m-long, eight-lane competition pool on the edge of the Northamptonshire town.
  • STAFF CAN STILL BE SUBJECTED TO OVER 20 HOURS AT OVER 28ºC

    TECHNICAL & PRACTICE
  • TAKING A SHOT AT NORMAN

    ASTRAGAL
  • TASK FORCE DELIVERS ITS VERDICT

    Not so much a report as a 'report card'. That's the summary of the second coming of the Urban Task Force, charged with the task of 'sorting out' Britain's cities.
  • TASKFORCE MEMBER IN RIOT WARNING

    A leading member of the reconvened Urban Task Force has warned that Britain's cities are on a 'knife-edge' that could lead to the wholesale rioting seen in France over recent weeks. LSE professor of social policy Anne Power, speaking at the launch of the second Urban Task Force report on Tuesday, claimed that the ethnic polarisation seen in some of Britain's inner cities has caused the rise of extreme community tension.
  • THE WOOD AT WAR

    ASTRAGAL
  • WHAT CAN BE LEARNED FROM BROADCASTING HOUSE

    LETTERS
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