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Architects Journal
December 2009

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  • ‘Yes Men’ at the Shortwave cinema, Bermondsey Square

    Last week Shortwave cinema in London’s Bermondsey square held a one-off screening of this year’s film The Yes Men Fix the World to coincide with the United Nations Conference for Climate Change in Copenhagen
  • 2000-2010: The architectural legacy

    The first decade of the 21st century has seen incremental improvement and fantastic successes in British architecture, says Kieran Long
  • 2009: The architectural year in headlines

    From students in Scotland to princes in Chelsea, 2009 was a turbulent year in the world of architecture. David Chipperfield, Piers Gough, Ruth Reed, Paul Finch and others talk about the news that mattered most to them
  • 2010 Northern Design Competition

    The 2010 Northern Design Competition has issued a call for entries to its student awards which include an architecture and interior design category
  • AJ Exclusive: Civic Trust unveils awards shortlist

    Richard Rogers’ Stirling Prize finalist, the Bodegas Protos winery in Spain, is among 44 projects shortlisted for this year’s Civic Trust Awards
  • AJ Exclusive: Images of final two in Seifert's Gateway House contest

    The AJ can reveal the first images of Stephan Reinke Architects’ and Hodder + Partners’ proposals for the redevelopment of Richard Seifert’s 1965 Gateway House in Manchester
  • AJ exclusive: Stanton Williams bags Nantes museum victory

    Stanton Williams has seen off the likes of Dominique Perrault Architecture to win the international competition to overhaul the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nantes, France
  • AMEX office, Brighton by EPR Architects

    [FIRST LOOK] London’s EPR Architects has won the green light for this new office building for AMEX in Brighton
  • ARB clampdown on insurance run-off cover looms

    The Architects Registration Board (ARB) has spoken out about architects maintaining adequate indemnity insurance run-off cover after quitting practice
  • Architect unemployment drops again

    The number of unemployed architects has fallen for the third month in a row, with levels now close to where they stood in April (2009)
  • Architects call for Union Terrace Gardens design competition

    A group of architects in the North East have called for a design competition to be held to decide the future of Union Terrace Gardens in Aberdeen
  • Arms race – a new Olympic sport?

    Knives, bullets, body armour, guns and items of jewellery recovered from London’s streets have been melted down to help build London’s 2012 Olympic site in Stratford
  • Atkins-led consortium lands final crossrail station

    Crossrail have awarded the last of their train station design contracts to a consortium of Atkins, Arup and Allies & Morrison
  • Belfast looks to open door to more skyscrapers

    Northern Ireland’s capital city could become a haven for skyscrapers if a new policy gets approval
  • Bid to block controversial Hampton Court scheme rejected

    A bid to block plans for a new hotel and other development close to Hampton Court Palace, designed by Allies and Morrison and Quinlan & Francis Terry, has been rejected by the High Court
  • Black Cultural Archives, Lambeth by Pringle Richards Sharratt

    [FIRST LOOK] The AJ can exclusively reveal the latest images of the proposed new Black Cultural Archives (BCA) centre in Brixton, designed by Pringle Richards Sharratt
  • Boris set to review Southall Gas Works decision

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson is to review a decision to refuse a development on the site of a former West London gas works
  • Brian Anson (1935-2009)

    Richard Rogers remembers the architect and planner Brian Anson, who died last month aged 74
  • CABE network handout cuts avoided - for now

    Architecture centres across the country have been spared funding cuts for 2010/11 after CABE announced £879,319 in handouts this week
  • Campus Biometropolis, Mexico City by Foster + Partners

    [FIRST LOOK] Foster + Partners has been selected to masterplan a new 71 ha medical research campus in Mexico City
  • Chester 'super' zoo plans approved

    A £225 million redevelopment of Chester Zoo featuring a biodome larger than the Tropical House at the Eden Project in Cornwall has been approved by planners
  • Child's play: Wilkinson, Conway + Akram win school design contest

    The winners of a school design project for children have been announced by architecture education organisation Open House
  • Construction recession ‘ended in June’

    Economists have reacted with surprise at Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures released this week showing the construction industry has been growing since June
  • Copenhagen digest 15/12/09

    DAY EIGHT: Gordon and Charles fly in; Al Gore accused of ‘spin’ * The climate change summit as seen in the world’s newspapers, magazines and websites
  • Copenhagen digest 16/12/09

    DAY NINE: Summit president resigns as protests rise and talks stall * The climate change summit as seen in the world’s newspapers, magazines and websites
  • Copenhagen digest 21/12/09: Final thoughts

    From Hopenhagen to Nopenhagen: The aftermath of the Copenhagen climate change summit
  • Copenhagen digest: 17/12/09

    DAY TEN: Pessimism prevails as world leaders arrive at talks * The climate change summit as seen in the world’s newspapers, magazines and websites
  • Copenhagen president resigns

    The president of the UN climate change summit in Copenhagen, Connie Hedegaard, has stepped down from her post
  • Cruz appointed Bartlett director

    The Bartlett School of Architecture has appointed Marcos Cruz, formerly of the University of Westminster, as its new director
  • CZWG wins green light for £50 million Bournemouth scheme

    [FIRST LOOK] CZWG has been given the go-ahead for this five-block, mixed-use scheme to be built around an existing multi-storey car park in Bournemouth
  • Design team sought for new Stoke bus station

    Stoke-on-Trent City Council has launched a search for a design team to build a new city centre bus station
  • Essex Uni seeks 'world class' architect for new democracy centre

    The University of Essex is looking for an ‘eminent architect’ to create a world-class headquarters for its proposed International Centre for Democracy, Peace and Human Rights
  • Exploring the idea of ‘authenticated space’ in a pop-up Thinking Room

    Ian Martin considers backing a campaign to save a library and designs a pop-up high street
  • Faculty of Business and Law, Liverpool John Moores University by ADP

    [FIRST LOOK] This £37m building by ADP for Liverpool John Moores University will provide a home for the Faculty of Business and Law, Liverpool Screen School and the University’s new Professional Centre
  • Festive fun: Metropolitan Workshop’s Gingerbread Advent Calendar

    Once again, Metropolitan Workshop is celebrating the Christmas season by transforming its shop front into a themed advent display
  • First pictures of DSDHA's orange box in York

    London-based architects DSDHA has created this installation in York’s Exhibition Square from 1,000 orange boxes.
  • Fourth time lucky for doomed CASPAR site?

    Carey Jones Architects has become the latest practice to submit plans to replace the derelict CASPAR pre-fab housing scheme in Leeds
  • Government approves Wirral Waters scheme

    The 1.4 million m² Wirral Waters scheme in Liverpool was spared a lengthy delay this week following Communities Secretary Eric Pickles’ decision to refuse a public enquiry
  • Granary Wharf wins RIBA Yorkshire Building of the Year Award

    The three practices behind Leeds’ Granary Wharf development have received the White Rose Award for their respective buildings
  • Greenshoots? Number of mothballed project drops

    The number of projects on hold dropped dramatically last month as the construction industry rallied towards the end of the year
  • HCA admits half of Kickstart projects are 'poorly designed'

    Almost half of the schemes chosen to receive funding from a government scheme to maintain the housing supply were previously rated as ‘poorly designed’
  • Holder Mathias completes holiday home hat trick

    Holder Mathias has completed a third set of environmentally friendly timber cabins for Forest Holidays
  • Ian Simpson bags major Belgium contest

    Manchester-based Ian Simpson Architects has landed the €30 million project to overhaul and redesign the Queen Elisabeth Hall in Antwerp, Belgium
  • Imperial War Museum masterplan up for grabs

    The Imperial War Museum London (IWML) has launched a search for an architect to draw up a new spatial masterplan for its 19th century home, the former Royal Bethlem Hospital in Lambeth, London
  • In pictures: Oscar Niemeyer at 102

    Selected works of Brazil’s most prominent architect, Oscar Niemeyer, who turned 102 this week
  • John McAslan extends RIBA/ICE Bursary funding

    John McAslan + Partners (JMP) has committed to fund the RIBA/ICE Bursary for a further five-year period
  • Manor Point – Manchester, by Carey Jones

    [FIRST LOOK] The Eight-story development will house 672 student apartments as part of the planned new ‘community campus’ in Birley Fields, Hulme
  • Massie scores Icelandic hat-trick with new contest win

    Graeme Massie Architects has won its third major competition in Iceland after landing the masterplan for the 80ha Old Harbour site in Reykjavik
  • New Cambridge funds to push EDAW development

    EDAW’s masterplan for north-west Cambridge is one of two schemes that could benefit from Cambridge University’s decision to raise new funds
  • New low U-value Kalzip roof for CO2Zero

    Kalzip’s new dual-insulation roof system achieves U-values as low as0.1 W/m²K and has been installed on the CO2Zero-LiveWork building, Bristol. This technically proven low U-value system is extremely cost effective and utilises the combined benefits of two complementary types of insulation materials - Kalzip Insulation Plus (glass mineral fibre) and Kalzip Insulation 23 (rigid insulation boards).
  • New Practices #9: Craig Amy Architect

    The ninth in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy
  • New Year’s Honours: Edward Jones lands CBE

    Edward Jones of Dixon Jones was the most highly awarded architect on this year’s New Year’s Honours list, receiving a CBE for his services to architecture
  • Northern Design Competition - student call for entries

    The 2010 Northern Design Competition has issued a call for entries to its student awards which include an architecture and interior design category
  • Olympics update: Make's handball arena takes shape

    The foundations of the London 2012 Olympic Games handball arena have been laid
  • Optimism growing says RIBA Future Trends survey

    Architects are expecting more work in public and private housing and commercial sectors, according to the latest figures from the RIBA’s profession-wide confidence tracker
  • Ore Valley adventure playground, Sussex by East

    The London practice’s Ore Valley adventure playground in Sussex has received planning permission and is now ready to go on site
  • Pick up a Rennie Mackintosh original for just £100

    A Clydesdale Bank £100 note bearing the likeness of the Glasgow Art Nouveau artist and architect goes into circulation today
  • Plans to rescue Liverpool's collapsed Baltic Triangle revealed

    Neptune Developments and architects Falconer Chester Hall (FCH) have finally unveiled their plans to resurrect the mothballed Baltic Triangle site in Liverpool
  • PPS4: Minister announces new town centre development guidance

    Housing and planning minister John Healey has announced an overhaul of the planning system to prioritise town centre shops over out-of-town developments
  • Rescued: Cash found to save Vanbrugh's Seaton Delaval Hall

    One of the finest works of English baroque architecture and most important historic stately homes in Britain has been saved for the nation
  • RIBA competition launched for Haiti music studio

    John McAslan + Partners and Allied London have unveiled a new RIBA international student competition to design a music studio in Haiti for hip-hop musician Wyclef Jean and his charity Yéle Haiti
  • Rogers beats Foster to £3bn Barangaroo development for Sydney

    Head-to-head contest for the 22ha Barangaroo development in Sydney ends amid complaints from local architects
  • SAS International

    Integrated Service Modules (ISMs) featuring both active chilled beams and Micro Prism Optic (MPO) luminaires were installed as part of an iconic refurbishment and extension project at 10 Hills Place, Oxford Street, London.
  • Seven times cheaper: Work starts on mini-MOSI revamp

    Construction has started on Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams’ £7 million overhaul of Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
  • 'Shocking, unexpected and genuinely thrilling': My Peckham Christmas present

    Architects who turn derelict sites into places worth living in are modern-day alchemists, says Rory Olcayto
  • Strata project lights up Barnsley office block

    Artist Patrick Murphy has used an empty office building in Barnsley as a canvas for a large-scale public artwork
  • The decade in detail

    Recent British architecture is notable for its finesse in detailed design, writes Felix Mara
  • The Regs: Part L changes

    Part L reform could remove exemptions for historic buildings, says Geoff Wilkinson
  • The uncanny Scots: A decade in architecture

    The best Scottish buildings of the past decade revive a weird and wonderful tradition. Rory Olcayto presents the highlight of each year
  • Top 10....NEOLOGISMS

    1. CO3. A volatile gas produced by filtering 'carbon dioxide issues' through a windbag.2. Alchitect. A blurred visionary.3. Afforwardable. Type of low-cost housing that is conceived in situ, then permanently deferred.4. 'McCloud'. A forceful sigh, exhaled before conceding that something might just work.5. Platitudinum. Recycled material used as a covering for cultural landmarks.6.
  • Top 10...Architectural jellies

    1. Miniature Millennium Bridge.2. Sydney harbour, with wafers.3. Recession-moulded City of London.4. Wobbling New Delhi.5. Green jelly earth with bitter fondant eulogy.6. Tower of Trifle.7. Model City of Bath in aspic.8. Royal jelly Poundbury.9. Saudi Arabian lubricating jelly airbase.10. Naked Will Alsop moulded by Lucian Freud.
  • Top 10...Architectural styles

    1. Clinically Depressed Gothic.2. Defibrillated Constructivism.3. Neo-Semi-Classical.4. High Definition Plasmic Blobulism.5. Retrohyperventilated Freestyle.6. Arts and Crafts and Photoshop.7. Decarbonised Metabolism.8. Fucking Enormous.9. Evangelical Pointyism.10. Butch Colonial
  • Top 10...Client Complaints

    1. 'Finished building looks smaller than in original daydream'2. 'Architect not wearing traditional frock coat'3. 'Houseguests less glamorous than in brochure'4. 'Now we've moved in, turns out to be in wrong part of country'5. 'Wanted double Georgian garage not lecture on aesthetics'6. 'Cost overrun very dramatic but with no clear narrative'7. 'Channel 4 uninterested, despite huge financial outlay'8. 'Thought contextual restraint meant yachting wire or somethin
  • Top 10...Designer toilets

    1. The Herzog and de Meuron close-coupled Europan.2. Wayne Hemingway's Flush Hurry.3. The Renzo Piano Urban Macerator.4. Studio Libeskind Biomass Exodus.5. Ceramic Shitpod on tubular steel legs by Will Alsop.6. Norman Foster's Effluvium Overlord.7. The Vitrinius Vitruvio Latin Commodium by Quinlan Terry.8. Converted K8 phone box at bottom of garden.9. The Calatrava Cable-Stayed Passing Place.10. Personal reed bed.
  • Top 10...Eco-Towns

    1. High Purberley2. Greenham Conyers3. Sustainby Neuterall4. Glazing-upon-Glazing5. Burbish6. Spralling7. Greywater Butts8. Compellinghampton9. Reuseable Bagshot10. Smugby.
  • Top 10...Facebook groups

    1. Robin Hood Gardens Hedge Fund Investors2. Baggy Urban Zoomorphs Rule3. Pre-Modernism Rocks The House4. Olympics - Yay!5. Second Home Self-Builders With Attitude6. We've Been To Siena And Sketched In A Straw Hat7. Architects and Planners for Justice in Pimlico8. Absorbing The Gherkin9. Freemasons Facebook Lodge10. I Studied For Seven Years So Why The Fuck Do I Earn Less Than A Vet?
  • Top spaces

    1. The William Morris Pink House. 2. Senior Consenting Room, Fingersmiths College. 3. The Dancing Bear prosthetic nightclub, Soho. 4. Lawrence of Arabia suite with walk-in closet, Burj Dubai. 5. Sub-prime non-dom housing, Queens, NYC. 6. Rufus Wainwright's dressing room. 7. Dorothy Cottage, Wordsworth, Cumbria. 8. Anything indoors in Brighton. 9. Pre-booked pod on The London Queer Eye.10. Your scrupulously tidy study.

    1. Garden wormery modelled on the Unité d'Habitation.2. Bamboo-framed 'intelligent' spectacles.3. Weekend minimalist cottage with climate-healing properties.4. Trevor Baylis wind-up slide projector.5. A smirking eco-blog called something like Environmentality, chronicling your whimsical journey through a dictionary of quotations.6. Hydrogen-powered bicycle with unisex handlebars.7. Misconceived concept drawings composter.8. A Brazilian foster-sapling im

    1. Rain-harvesting sombrero.2. The BlackBeret Highbrowser.3. Visor in form of miniature concrete brise-soleil.4. False turban containing 50 Gigabytes of extra memory.5. The Shigeru Ban emergency cardboard cocktail hat.6. Photovoltaic yarmulke.7. Tricorne made from locally-sourced Observer Business & Media section.8. Adobe mudflat deerstalker, with mudflaps.9. The Frank Gehry Biretta 2.0 - 'Designed by computers, irritated with style'.10. Double-ski
  • Top 10...Items on Frank Gehry's 'To Do' List

    1. Print out rendering of new office block.2. Take printout to Hall of Mirrors, photograph reflection.3. Feed crazy distorted image back into aeronautical design program, hit the 'make this happen' button.4. Print out new rendering, send to client with invoice.5. Punch LA Times critic in face.6. Fix 'seemingly random' meeting with Russian oligarch.7. Identify appropriate ass in Hove.8. Kick ass all the way to goddam Brighton.9. Articulate 'chaotic' inte
  • Top 10...London smells

    1. Incontinental Europe.2. Atomised milky coffee.3. Conservative pheromones.4. Tubed human meatloaf.5. Kerosene with herbal essences.6. Wafting, melancholy gastropub.7. Guilty fag breath.8. Concessionary chip fat.9. Blocked fear.10. Simmering line managers enthused with garlic.
  • Top 10...pencils

    1. The Graphito by Banksy & Banksy.2. Stubby Lines' Doodlebug Pro.3. Suzuki left-handed mechanical in B Minor.4. The Böring Seminar Bullet Point.5. Zaha Stiletto Space Probe 3000.6. Fair Trade natural unpainted cedar pencil with pretend carbon.7. The 2B Hamlet Soliloquy.8. The Blairwrite Memo with sneery, retractable point.9. Tarantino HB 5mm with smooth-barelled fixed eraser and ass-cap popper.10. Wooden stylus dipped in own blood.
  • Top 10...Richard Rogers' Lordly gripes

    1. Urban Task Force still ignored despite rhetoric.2. Terminal 5 now carrying too much cultural baggage.3. Suburbia remains ghastly...4. ...AND in breach of recent Guardian article guidelines.5. Food today too fast.6. Planners today too slow.7. Too few pompous shits at heart of decision-making.8. New communities developing sense of place, belonging and identity despite incorrect design.9. Nowhere civilised enough in Thames Gateway to have lunch.10.
  • Top 10: Angel of the South Ideas

    1. Cast-iron Ken Livingstone with his arms out as if to say 'it's not my fault'.2. Global warming thermometer protruding from a pair of buttocks representing Essex and Kent.3. Huge plasma screen showing highlights of the 1966 World Cup final.4. Big pointless metal thing by Tonkin Liu with an infantile name e.g Boingy Woingy Wobbly Bobbly Snivelly Drivelly Frollocky Bollocky Blinging Frigging Thing Plus Vat.5. Overscaled reproduction of the empty Trafalgar Square plinth.
  • Top ten...Kevin McCloud Moments

    1. Sceptical frown in beanie. 2. Quizzical pout in hard hat. 3. Chuckling at timetable. 4. Conspiratorial whispering in deserted Italian kitchen. 5. Facial paralysis after saying 'gosh'. 6. Squinting at recalcitrant German roof. 7. Caressing seasoned oak beam with faraway gaze. 8. Shimmy of head as 'spontaneous thought' occurs. 9. Sighing, forgetting to breathe in again, passing out. 10. Asking 'but will' then getting hit in face by plank.
  • Top Ten...Youtube Clips

    1. Igloos melting to a poignant soundtrack.2. Menacing Russian cartoon featuring dancing skyscrapers.3. Armed charrette at University of Pennsylvania.4. Wind turbines apparently chatting to each other in Swedish.5. Original World Trade Center under reconstruction in Second Life.6. Man being eaten by interactive carpet.7. Freak weather battering the Scottish coast, then deep-frying it.8. Homeless people dancing for soup in Poundbury.9. Frank Gehry in a leat
  • Tories delay unveiling regeneration proposals

    The Tories have blamed the recession for putting back plans to reveal its policy on regeneration projects, including a possible ‘forensic audit’ of the Thames Gateway and housing market renewal areas
  • Tree-cycling: Sarah Wigglesworth Architects' sustainable Christmas tree

    What do you get if you cross Christmas with a bicycle? A ‘Tree-Cycle’ sustainable Christmas tree made out of recycled bicycle parts
  • UCL campus masterplanning tender

    UCL is seeking to procure the appointment of Masterplanning Services for the core campus of the University College London.
  • Urban Africa – A photographic journey by David Adjaye

    David Adjaye has turned photographer for a new exhibition at the Design Museum
  • Vitruvius, Palladio, Inigo Jones and John Wood the elder made Bath what it is today

    No matter where they hail from, architects need to focus on reviving Bath’s heritage, says Eric Parry
  • World's tallest building opens – under a new name

    The 828m-tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai was officially opened yesterday
  • Yorkshire Forward prepares Tower Works decision

    Work on a collection of listed Leeds-based landmarks is set to get moving next year when regional development agency Yorkshire Forward announces the winning contractor to transform the site
  • Zaha Hadid reveals latest images of Oxford college scheme

    [IMAGES + PROJECT DATA] The AJ can reveal exclusive shots of Zaha Hadid’s proposed new extension to the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, Oxford
  • Zaha Hadid's Michigan Broad Art Museum – fly-through video

    This new video from Zaha Hadid Architects shows a fly-through of the practice’s proposed Michigan Broad Art Museum
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