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Architects Journal
July 2008

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  • …As Milton claims Parker Morris standards will not apply to private schemes

    London Mayor Boris Johnson’s newly appointed Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning Simon Milton has confirmed that the proposed reintroduction of the 1960s Parker Morris space standards will not apply to private developments.
  • 10 Things to do at LFA ‘08

    1. Sky WalkCarmody Groarke’s Sky Walk, a temporary elevated promenade, opens this Saturday5 July, Sky Walk, Montague Place WC1For details of this and all other LFA events, go to the LFA website
  • 3DReid wins planning for vast East London waterside scheme

    3DReid has won the green light for its huge 248,000m2, 2,600 home Minoco Wharf mixed-use development in the heart of East London’s Royal Docks.
  • AJ Small Projects show goes to Wakefield

    The AJ Small Projects exhibition is to open at Wakefield's Beam Gallery, on 28 July, and run until 5 September.
  • Alan Baxter

    Alan Baxter has added five new members to the LLP to reflect the growth and development of the practice. The new members are:Alan Fleet - civil and structural engineeringWilliam Filmer-Sankey - conservationVivek Nanda - strategic urban designAdam Sewell - structural engineeringMalcolm Turner - urban integration
  • Alan Holloway, partner of Penoyre & Prasad, reviews Kent’s end of year student show

    EXIT, Kent end of year student show, closed 13 July, Marlowe Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ
  • Alucobond - What the best dressed buildings are wearing

    AlucobondALUCOBOND® is a versatile composite material consisting of two 0.5mm aluminium cover skins and a 3mm plastic or mineral filled core. ALUCOBOND® panels are stable, flexible, of optimum flatness and available in an unrivalled range of colours and finishes. The new Spectra colours series changes colour depending upon the material's pigment type and the observers viewing angle.Click
  • ALUCOBOND® - What the best dressed buildings are wearing

    AlucobondALUCOBOND® is a versatile composite material consisting of two 0.5mm aluminium cover skins and a 3mm plastic or mineral filled core. ALUCOBOND® panels are stable, flexible, of optimum flatness and available in an unrivalled range of colours and finishes. The new Spectra colours series changes colour depending upon the material's pigment type and the observers viewing angle. Different wavelengths of light are reflected back to the viewer producing an ever-changing colour gradie
  • ALUCOBOND® - What the best dressed buildings are wearing

    AlucobondALUCOBOND is a versatile composite material consisting of two 0.5mm aluminium cover skins and a 3mm plastic or mineral filled core. ALUCOBOND® panels are stable, flexible, of optimum flatness and available in an unrivalled range of colours and finishes. The new Spectra colours series changes colour depending upon the material's pigment type and the observers viewing angle. Different wavelengths of light are reflected back to the viewer producing an ever-changing colour gradien
  • Andrew M Clark of Redbox Design reviews a dystopic degree show at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne

    The degree show for the BA in Architectural Studies and BArch,16 June – 9 July, 9:30am – 4pm at The Architecture Building, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU
  • Anna Liu wobbles her way to jelly architecture win

    Tonkin Liu founder Anna Liu has beaten Foster + Partners, Will Alsop and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to bag the prestigious ultimate jelly architect accolade.
  • Another blow for King Alfred scheme as financial backer pulls out

    The future of Karis’ King Alfred development in Hove is lying in tatters after Dutch bank ING pulled out of the scheme.
  • Antron® carpet fibre and Anker Carpets keep the doctor at bay

    AntronINVISTA Antron® carpet fibre has ensured that Anker Imola carpet tiles have given the Ulster Independent Clinic a performance solution to its floor covering needs.With a unique square profile and multi-hollow core, Antron® LegacyTM carpet fibres minimise the appearance of soiling by scattering light so that dirt is less visible. In premises subject to heavy soiling, intervals between cleaning can be extended and carpets made of Antron® Legacy™ carpet fibre can remain visib
  • Architects take over cathedral for LFA

    Nearly 400 people packed into the hallowed surroundings of Southwark Cathedral, south London last night (8 July) to see five London-based architects talking about the capital in the AJ’s Define Your City event, sponsored by Gifford and hosted by the AJ's features editor Jaffer Kolb, as part of the London Festival of Architecture.
  • Architects to implement National Theatre Masterplan

    Architects and structural engineers sought to work on implementation of a masterplan for the National Theatre
  • Architectural Association Project Review 2008

    Harvard University masters student Sydney Alexis Mainster reviews the AA’s degree show
  • Art competition for the under 18s, EU National Institute of Culture

    The EU National Institutes of Culture is inviting the submission of art works in any medium by 14-18 year olds. First prize is a week's art course in Denmark
  • Article 25 seeks architects for aid projects in Pakistan

    Article 25, formerly Architects for Aid, is looking for a number of architects, urban planners and engineers to work on its projects in Pakistan’s earthquake-hit regions.
  • Arval-UE stainless steel launched

    Arcelor MittalRecyclable stainless steel sheeting that does not contain nickel and is therefore better value for money than its austenitic peers is now available in the UK through Arval from ArcelorMittal Construction.The ferritic Kara brand has been developed in response to architects who want the high fashion, bright stainless steel look for cladding buildings … but cannot justify the cost. Kara’s lack of nickel means the product is not subject to the price fluctuations this a
  • Athletes' Village cuts continue as Make tower is mothballed

    Make’s 30-storey residential tower at the heart of the £2 billion London 2012 Olympics Athletes’ Village has been mothballed, the AJ can reveal.
  • Austin-Smith:Lord

    Austin-Smith:Lord has announced the appointment of two new Directors, Andrew Smith and Richard Cronin, and a new Partner, Maggie Mullan, to its Liverpool office
  • Avery's Southampton Spitfire Wing prepares for take-off

    Avery Associates’ ambitious 135m-tall Spitfire Wing museum in Southampton has taken a step closer to being realised, with news that a site has been identified and a steering group formed to acquire it.
  • Back to basics law: how to balance risk and choose the right construction contract

    Barristers Kim Franklin and Sue Lindsey look at the balance of risk between employer and contractor in common construction contracts
  • Barton Willmore

    Leading planning and design consultancy, Barton Willmore, have announced a series of new appointments:
  • BDP

    BDP has acquired the Dutch masterplanning, urban design and landscape design practice Khandekar.
  • Be amazed!

    KalzipKalzip has just produced a new, high quality international project reference book entitled, ‘One world, one vision’. Marking 40 years of Kalzip - 40 years of excellence, the 134 page hardback publication highlights the creative design, manufacturing quality and technical support that is naturally associated with Kalzip installations. Dozens of visually stimulating projects are featured from all over the world - from Singapore to Switzerland, from Italy to India and from Croatia t
  • Blears paves the way for the government's first eco-town

    Communities Secretary Hazel Blears has given the green light to the first of the government’s hugely controversial eco-towns.
  • Bookies favour Westminster Academy as it streaks ahead in AJ Stirling Prize poll

    Bookmaker William Hill has chosen Allford Hall Monaghan Morris' Westminster Academy as the favourite to win the 2008 Stirling Prize.
  • Boris axes Parliament Square regeneration plans

    DSDHA, Vogt Landscape Architects and Hawkins\Brown's £18 million scheme to revamp Parliament Square into a pedestrianised piazza has been axed.
  • Boris outlines changes to the London Plan

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson (pictured) has released a report detailing his forthcoming changes to the London Plan.
  • Boris to make Milton's senior adviser role 'legal'…

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson (pictured) has bowed to pressure from opposition London Assembly members by making Simon Milton his Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning.
  • Bottom-up demolition - watch the video

    Here, from a recent Materialicious, is an astonishing video of the demolition of a Japanese building. Look at the stills, watch the video of a multistorey building being demolished floor by floor with the columns sinking into the ground as each level is cleared out. It seems impossible. To save your sanity, because an explanation really is called for,
  • Bournville Architects

    Ian Tipton, who has won a number of UK design competitions, is the new Executive Director of Bournville Architects, part of Bournville Village Trust - the charity founded by George Cadbury in 1990 to manage his housing estate.
  • BSF delays are damaging British industry, says CBI

    Delays to the government’s £45 billion Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme are ‘inflicting’ both short- and long-term damage to the economy, a Confederation of British Industry report has warned.
  • Buyer's guide: external hard disks

    James Morris compares the best external hard disk driveson the market
  • Buyer's guide: servers

    James Morris investigates servers
  • C20 tackles English Heritage after Robin Hood Gardens misses out on listing

    The Twentieth Century Society (C20) has described English Heritage as a 'beleaguered quango' in the light of its decision not to support the listing of the Smithsons' Robin Hood Gardens.
  • CABE offers continued support to Europan contest

    CABE will continue to support Europan, the housing-design contest aimed at young architects, even though not one competition-winning scheme has been built in the UK to date.
  • Cash injection means green light for Chipperfield's Turner Contemporary

    After seven years on the drawing board, Margate is to finally get its long-awaited Turner Contemporary art museum, thanks to an £8.1 million cash injection.
  • CEP's Petrarch contributes to Paisley renaissance

    Architects working on the refurbishment of Renfrewshire Council’s headquarters in Paisley have chosen CEP’s Petrarch reconstituted stone cladding panels to upgrade the external envelope.In addition to a full refurbishment of the 1960s building interior, architect Cooper Cromar designed a new façade, incorporating new windows and an over-cladding consisting of CEP’s Petrarch panels in Heather Riven and Graphite Riven shotblasted finishes.Approximately 1,000 sq m of the 7 mm-thic
  • Chipperfield and Gormley complete Swedish pavilion

    David Chipperfield and sculptor Antony Gormley have teamed up to design this pavilion for Kivik Art Centre in the south-east of Sweden.
  • Chipperfield bags first French win

    David Chipperfield Architects has bagged its first competition win in France with a new gateway building in Paris for one of Europe’s leading business schools.
  • Climbers scale Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects' HQ - slideshow

    The close of London Festival of Architecture was marked by Pollard Thomas Edwards architects (PTEa) with a day of climbing.Brave souls were invited to clamber across a circuit around their London headquarters.
  • Comprehensive school design, Wales

    Rebuilding of the Archbishop McGrath Catholic Comprehensive school, Cardiff
  • Conservation project, Sandwell, West Midlands

    Full architectural services on a building conservation project relating to a 16th century house, a 17th century stable and an 18th century barn, the latter two being derelict, associated landscaping works etc.
  • Cool Kiwis

    If Google's watchphrase is 'Do no evil', the architectural website designer's is 'Do no more than absolutely necessary'. But I think the proprietors of an Eric Morehouse Webcandy site have gone over the edge of minimalism with their site . They form the ultra-cool New Zealand practice Fearonhay – I guess they are sick of jokes about that name (but rural romps interrupted by a monster horse come to mind). Type in the minimalist fearonhay in the URL box on
  • Council asks Foster to redesign Bishop's Place

    Hackney Council has requested that Foster + Partners redesigns a significant part of its £500 million Bishop's Place scheme on the fringe of the City of London.
  • Credit crunch hits architecture students

    The credit crunch is having an unexpected impact on Part 3 architecture students, the AJ can reveal.
  • Croydon Gateway stadium plans kiboshed

    Communities Sectary Hazel Blears (pictured) has ruled out the possibility of a 12,500-seat arena being built on Croydon Gateway site in south London.
  • Curtain twitching

    The Register's Lewis Page obviously trained as an engineer – or at least in close proximity to the local architecture school. His report on the solar-harvesting curtains devised by Sheila Kennedy and her partner Frano Violich starts: ' Heavens be praised - the energy security/climate/fuel-price crisis has been solved by an MIT professor. Remarkably, not a professor of engineering or science either - but an ar
  • Design for London to be absorbed into the London Development Agency

    Design for London (DfL) is to lose its name and brand identity and become fully integrated into the London Development Agency (LDA).
  • Developer claims Gehry could return to troubled King Alfred scheme

    Karis, the developer behind the King Alfred scheme in Hove, has claimed that Frank Gehry could be tempted back on to the project.
  • Dewjo'c designs biorhythmic school for the North East

    Work has started on this £18.5 million school in Monkseaton, North Tyneside, designed by Newcastle- London- and Sedgefield-based practice Dewjo’c.
  • Dexter Moren Associates

    Reflecting the growth and diversification of Dexter Moren Associates over the past year, the practice is delighted to announce the appointment of two new directors and two new associates with effect from July.
  • Discombobulate!

    There is an indistinct button down the bottom of last week's super-cool Fearon Hay site. So I pressed it. Up comes the modest explanation 'Site by Fracture'. And then a big piece of brightly coloured torn paper with the word 'Fracture' in really nasty type plasters across the middle of the screen... and then the nightmare emerges. A cloaked and tattooed wrestler in green tights and a ghastly painted balaclava postures ferociously away behind the torn p
  • DLG Architects

    The Leeds office DLG Architects has appointed Neal Emmerson and Rob Aasht as architectural technicians as well as employing new architectural assistant Natalie Lawrence.
  • Document reveals jury's concerns with Zaha's Aquatics Centre

    Potential problems with the roof of Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre for the London 2012 Olympic Games were spotted by the original competition jury back in 2004.
  • Dyer

    Two of Dyer's UK offices are relocating this summer to city-centre addresses with increased capacity and improved working environment for the growing staff base. The London team have moved from Holbortn to Paddington while the Edinburgh team are trading-in the West End for one of Edinburgh's most attractive New Town locations.
  • East Park Design Centre, Loughborough

    Design Team for the East Park Design Centre, Loughborough University. Full architectural and multidisciplinary services from and including stage B of the RIBA plan of works to construction.
  • Economic slump could leave a fifth of architects out of work, warns expert

    A leading housing expert has warned that up to 20 per cent of architects working on residential schemes could be out of work by Christmas.
  • Eco-towns are in the wrong places, report claims

    The government’s proposed eco-towns are in the wrong locations, and the whole initiative should be renamed if it is to be successful, says a report released this week.
  • Ed Frith of Moving Architecture reviews Lincoln School of Architecture’s show

    Lincoln School of Architecture, End of Year Show, 21-28 June, Architecture Building, Brayford Campus, Lincoln LN6 7TS
  • EDAW

    Jamie Ferguson has been promoted to Director at EDAW's Manchester studio. Jamie is an urban designer and engineer with expertise gained from a wide range of large scale urban design, regeneration and movement projects across the UK from his time in EDAW's London and Manchester offices.
  • EPR Architects to turn Lutyens' Midland Bank HQ into a hotel

    The City of London has given the green light to EPR Architects’ plans to transform the Edwin Lutyens-designed former Midland Bank headquarters.
  • Facade Design 2008

    Achieving technical excellence in façade design
  • Facade Design 2008

    Achieving technical excellence in façade design
  • Farrells' China Petroleum HQ opens

    This is Farrells’ China National Petroleum Corporation headquarters on the Second Ring Road to the east of Beijing.
  • Finalists in international River Douglas Contest unveiled

    Practices from Austria and the USA have been named among the seven finalists in the RIBA competition to design a new bridge over the River Douglas, near Preston, Lancashire.
  • Finalists unveiled in Urban Splash Walsall competition

    The AJ can exclusively reveal the seven shortlisted schemes in Urban Splash’s Lex Walsall competition.
  • Fins may solve Aedas tower's wind grief

    Aedas may add ‘fins’ to its 32-storey Bridgewater Place skyscraper in Leeds – the tallest tower in Yorkshire – in a bid to reduce the effects of ‘dangerous’ winds around its base.
  • Five things to do this week: 17 July - 24 July

    1. A Tower in the Minds of Others See Nicky Coutts' Japanese pagoda of stacked sheds for Tatton Park Biennial.Until 28 September. Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN
  • Five things to do this week: 2 August - 9 August

    1. Nathan ColeyTrip down to the seaside for Coley’s solo show, featuring four works new to the UK,at the De La Warr PavilionUntil 21 September. De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex TN40 1DP
  • Five things to do this week: 25 July - 1 August

    1. EchoNew work by Annie Cattrells for the Royal Forest of Dean sculpture trailThe Royal Forest of Dean, Beechenhurst Visitor Centre, Near Coleford GL16 7EL. Daily, dawn until dusk. Admission free (small charge for parking)
  • Five things to do this week: 9 July - 17 July

    1. The Thames Estuary – A Sense of PlaceA talk as part of ‘Soundings from the Estuary’ exhibition11 July, 6.30pm at the Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG. Email to book a free ticket
  • Flint promises design quality at Housing Design Awards

    Housing minister Caroline Flint (pictured) has promised to be ‘uncompromising‘ on design quality as the government strives to meet its target of building three million new homes by 2020.
  • Flint responds to Callcutt Review

    The government has finally provided an official response to The Callcutt Review of Housebuilding Delivery, eight months after it was published.
  • Former AJ editor wins lifetime achievement award

    Leslie Fairweather, a former editor of The Architects' Journal, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the RIBA South East.
  • Foster + Partners and HKR's Ealing Arcadia scheme is cut back

    Irish developer Glenkerrin has slashed back its Foster + Partners/HKR designed scheme for Arcadia Shopping Centre in Ealing Broadway.
  • Foster unveils Rimini plans

    Foster + Partners has unveiled its proposals for a new waterfront development on the north-east-Italian resort of Rimini.
  • French bridge master: Michel Virlogeux

    On the opening night of The Building Centre’s latest exhibition SPANS, Kaye Alexander talked to Michel Virlogeux, French engineer and bridge designer, most famous for his collaboration with Foster + Partners for the Millau Viaduct.
  • Furry future

    I don't think I have adequately mentioned that quite famous blog, Jetson Green. You get a daily email or, if you prefer, an RSS feed. Either way it's free and normally interesting and informative. Don't be put off by the Green bit, as if you would, because the site's manifesto also talks about liking 'stunning buildings and market innovation.' It's run by Preston Koerner, a Utah lawyer so it can be a bit over the top language-wise. For example, a nice but
  • Gehry's King Alfred exit 'breaches Section 106 agreement'

    Karis, the developer behind the controversial King Alfred development in Hove, has been accused of breaching its Section 106 agreement after confirming that Frank Gehry has left the scheme.
  • Gerry Judah unveils car sculpture for Goodwood Festival of Speed

    This is artist Gerry Judah's centrepiece sculpture for last weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed in Chichester, West Sussex.
  • Glenn Howells and McDowell + Benedetti scoop JCB masterplan

    Glenn Howells Architects and McDowell + Benedetti are to develop the masterplan for the redevelopment of JCB’s Heavy Products site in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire.
  • Globalisation is the new civilisation, but with much nicer hotels

    MONDAY. Conceptual sketching for Eco Beach, my new sustainable leisure scheme in Bulgaria. There are protests already about habitat destruction and inappropriate development, which seems a bit selfish and parochial.
  • Going up? More fun down

    Just in case you missed it here's the stop frame version of the construction of Frank Gehry's Serpentine pavilion .It's the sort of thing you put up in those digital picture frames in the office reception - and in your private archive of nice ones. But oddly enough I bet there are more hits on last week's Japanese demolition movie .Still since the Gehry jobbie has a
  • Gort Scott wins planning for 10-storey Cambridge housing scheme

    Up-and-coming London practice Gort Scott has won planning approval for 'The Living Screens', a 10-storey mixed-use proposal on the southern outskirts of Cambridge. The 310-unit scheme is hoped to be on site by spring 2009.
  • H-Box portable cinema arrives at the Tate Modern

    Last night saw the official opening of H-Box, a travelling cinema pod, at Tate Modern, London. Designed by Parisian architect Didier Fiuza Faustino for French couture brand Hermes, the collapsible pod was previously at the Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano-designed Pompidou centre. After a six-week stay at the Tate Modern the pod will jet off to the Foreign Office Architects-designed Yokohama ferry terminal in Japan, as part of the Yokohama Trienniale.
  • Heatherwick Studio

    Heatherwick Studio has moved. Their new address is:
  • HGP and Terra Firma to transform Hayling Island

    London- and Hampshire-based practice HGP and landscape architect Terra Firma have unveiled their masterplan to transform the seafront off Hayling Island, off the coast of Hampshire.
  • High speed carpet with Antron® carpet fibre

    AntronAlong with Vorwerk Teppichwerke, Antron® carpet fibre from INVISTA ensured that carpet will travel up to 140mph onboard 29 Hitachi Class 395 trains.Forming the Channel Tunnel Rail Link between London and Kent rail stations, these dual voltage trains are being installed with a bespoke cut-pile carpet in Vorwerk’s Varia Design Train product that uses Antron® carpet fibre.Click
  • HKR Architects

    The London office of HKR Architects, the award winning international architecture and design practice, has appointed Hin Sim as Architect Director. He joins the retail team - led by Director Jim Duffy - and will specialise in retail-led, mixed-use schemes.
  • HLM Architects

    As an integral part of HLM Architects' on-going strategy, the practice has announced senior promotions to help manage and direct the business going forward:
  • HLM Architects

    HLM Architects' interior design team has grown to 14 with the appointment of Karen Crookes in the practice's Belfast office and Morna Dalton in the Scotland office.
  • Hodge refuses to list Robin Hood Gardens

    Calls to have the Smithsons' Robin Hood Gardens estate in East London listed have failed.
  • Holiday snaps go 3D

    The number of architectural snaps in existence in the world must be in the high millions. Do the maths: a million architects by an average of 30 holidays per lifetime by say 200 snaps per holiday. Lots and lots. I mention this because it surely explains why the Photosynth demos are mostly architectural. Last year Norman Blogster alerted me to its potentially amazing abilities following Microsoft's acquisition of the company. Now there's what Microsoft Live La
  • Horizontal sliding window and door launched by Kawneer

    KawneerA window that maximises ventilation while minimising the risk of self harming has been developed for hospitals by leading architectural aluminium systems supplier Kawneer.Using a proven design from its sister company in Holland, Kawneer’s AA®3110 horizontal sliding window has anti-ligature features such as a wraparound gasket that breaks into harmless pieces when there is an attempt to remove it, together with a streamlined handle that cannot be used as a ligature point.
  • Housing Association cash may be used to build Athletes' Village

    The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) could be forced to ask for government money originally earmarked for London’s Housing Associations to fund the 2012 Athletes’ Village development.
  • Housing Framework Agreement: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Dumfrieshire

    Framework agreement for housing developments, Scotland
  • Housing services

    Architectural services for housing development, Hillingdon
  • Ian Ritchie accuses council of 'Nimbyism' after bridge is binned

    Ian Ritchie has attacked Warwickshire County Council for ‘bowing to Nimbyism’ after the authority pulled the plug on his RIBA competition-winning proposed bridge over the River Avon, in Stratford.
  • Ian Simpson's Leeds Lumiere scheme put on hold

    Ian Simpson’s twin-tower Lumiere scheme in Leeds, which was destined to become the tallest residential development in Europe, has been indefinitely put on ice.
  • I'd rather destroy Finsbury Health Centre than pimp it out

    MONDAY. Great excitement at the launch of our campaign to Rebuild The Tampon. This elegant structure, originally known as the Tamworth Pontlevis, was an ornamental drawbridge fixed permanently in the raised position to salute the 1951 Festival of Britain.
  • If you can only make it to one student show, make it London Met, says Alex Wright

    Summer Show 2008, 22 June - 3 July at the Department of Architecture and Spatial Design, London Metropolitan University, Spring House, 40-44 Holloway Road, London N7 8JL
  • In the eye of the beholder

    Oddly enough I found the Snohetta site in a specialist web-design magazine. It's not often you find architectural sites discussed in such places. The comment drools, 'It's hard to know whether this URL captivates you for the site design or merely the jaw-dropping architectural achievements.'Steady on there, I said to myself. The latter may certainly be true but the former encomium is a tad less obvious. The site starts out with a white grid over a pal
  • In your pocket

    In the long-term cause of de-screening the office desk and the subsequent introduction of hi-resolution head-mounted displays, gesture control and space-economical CAD-monkey work-bunks, I've been watching the development of the pico projector. OK, also pocket projectors.At last, this month manufacturers, Mitsubishi for one, seem to have decided to kick the spin monkeys into to touch and come up with the real gizmos. You'll soon see the projectors as devices the size of a cell phone an
  • Infrastructure development, RSPB nature reserve, Kent

    The project is to develop visitor infrastructure on an existing nature reserve sufficient to open for general public car park and access road, modest reception building, public environs, trails, view points hides, education facilities etc (estimate £ 5 500 000).
  • International Union of Architects vice president Giancarlo Ius dies

    The vice president of the UIA (International Union of Architects), Giancarlo Ius, has died on the eve of the closing day of the 23rd World Congress of Architecture in Turin, Italy.
  • iSign

    iGuzziniDesigned by Jean Marie Duthilleul the iGuzzini iSign is a tubular fitting characterised by the transparency of the material it is made of: polycarbonate. Unique in terms of aesthetical and technological features, iSign conjugates design and functionality and can be easily installed in all contexts with no interference with local architecture.Click here to request more informati
  • It's renewable, local and versatile. Hard air can reshape our world

    MONDAY. Lunch with Helen Mirror, president-elect of the RIPBA. She takes over next year from the current incumbent, who now spends the rest of his two-year term trying to remind us what his name is.It's madness. Someone's elected president, then spends 12 months waiting, and 'preparing for office', which is bullshit for waiting. Waiting for the free breakfasts and the plenary sessions and the right to wear the institute's fabled Blue Djellaba, a mystical
  • Jack the dripper

    Don't know what the estate of that great abstract expressionist, Jackson Pollock, is going to say about this site . It's designed by Miltos Manetas, that Greek multimedia artist currently working in north London. It's billed as as being based on an original design by Stamen which I think is Stamen, the ace San Francisco interactive studio. So to the site. As soon as you move your cursor you realise you're already in. And totally immersed in finding
  • Kalzip ready for take-off

    Corus Building SystemsKalzip’s aluminium standing seam system has been used to clad Newcastle International Airport’s new £8.2 million Air Traffic Control Tower. Designed by 3D Reid Architects, this very distinctive 45 metre high vase-like structure boasts several cascading tiers of tapered Kalzip sheets with widths varying between 300mm and 450mm.Click here to request more informati
  • Kengo Kuma says architects should learn from sushi

    Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has criticised the architecture of Frank Gehry and other contemporary architects, and claimed they could learn a lot from how sushi is made.
  • Kester Rattenbury reviews the Royal College of Art student exhibition

    RCA Summer exhibition, 21 June - 5 July at the Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU
  • Knott Architects reveals north London library

    This is London-based Knott Architects’ £1 million refurbishment of Burnt Oak Library in Barnet, north London.
  • Knott Architects reveals north London library

    This is London-based Knott Architects’ £1 million refurbishment of Burnt Oak Library in Barnet, north London.
  • Leeds woe continues for Ian Simpson as Criterion is canned

    A second skyscraper scheme in Leeds by Ian Simpson Architects has hit the buffers in less than a fortnight.
  • Lewis & Hickey wins green light for chalk-inspired house

    Lewis & Hickey has won the go-ahead for this 400m2 home in the Chilterns – a design inspired by the local chalk strata.
  • LGC - Delivering Sustainable Local Development Frameworks

    Working in partnership to deliver effective spatial solutions for people and places
  • Libeskind tower creates 'a sense of impotence', says Berlusconi

    Never one to tip-toe around controversy, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has incensed architect Daniel Libeskind, claiming his work is 'not manly enough'.
  • Libeskind's work 'In need of Viagra', says Berlusconi

    Never one to tip-toe around controversy, the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has this time incensed international architect Daniel Libeskind, claiming his work is ‘in need of Viagra’.
  • Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands goes back to the drawing board with Jewish Community Centre

    Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ (LDS') competition-winning scheme to design the new Jewish Community Centre (JCC) in Hampstead, north London has been sent back to the drawing board.
  • Lubetkin Prize-winner Gianni Botsford talks to the AJ

    Gianni Botsford tells Richard Vaughan about having his father as the client for his award-winning house in Costa Rica.
  • Lubetkin's Finsbury Health Centre put up for sale

    Berthold Lubetkin’s Grade I-listed Finsbury Health Centre in north London faces an ‘uncertain future’ after being put up for sale.
  • Mark Hines and SAVE propose alternative to Pathfinder

    London-based Mark Hines Architects and SAVE Britain’s Heritage have drawn up rival proposals for an area in east Manchester earmarked for wide-scale demolition under the controversial Pathfinder programme.
  • Masterplanning and Urban Design

    Current and future theory and practice: a route-map to successful masterplans
  • Maximise your AutoCAD productivity and boost your performance

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  • McAslan launches last-ditch effort to save Rudolph's Riverview

    John McAslan has urged the state governor of Florida to intervene in a final bid to save Paul Rudolph’s seminal 1958 Riverview High School in Sarasota from demolition.
  • Morgan Professional Services

    Design, engineering and project management company Morgan Professional Services (MPS) has appointed Dr. Susie Riley as manufacturing logistics consultant.
  • Musgrave Park hospital, Taunton

    Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust are seeking to appoint a multi-disciplinary design team for the detailed design for the replacement of existing surgical services and a new emergency admissions unit.
  • Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners

    New Appointments at Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners:Sarah Watson to the Cardiff office; Thomas Duncan, Suzanne Eves, Sacha Gilbert, Troy Hayes, Grant Lock, Glare Rapley and Ben Rodgers (all London) have been appointed as Planners; Alex Patton also joins the London office as Economics Consultant
  • Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners

    Shyama Trivedy-Chouhan has recently been appointed as Associate Director in the London office of NLP. Nathan Matta (Manchester) and Colin Robinson (Newcastle) have joined as Senior Planners, with Kevin Davy (Newcastle) joining as Senior Regeneration Consultant.
  • NBS Shortcuts: soakaways

    In this NBS Shortcut, Austin Williams looks at soakaways - and finds holes in the ground to be more complex than they seem
  • Niall McLaughlin reveals Bristol bridge

    This is the Niall McLaughlin Architects-designed stainless-steel Temple Quay pedestrian bridge in Bristol.
  • Nightingale to force its way on to £1.6bn framework

    Nightingale Associates is planning to exploit a loophole in an attempt to get on to the lucrative Learning and Skills Council (LSC) Framework, after it failed the first time round.
  • Nina Quesnel of Arts Team reviews the Greenwich degree show

    School of Architecture and Construction, University of Greenwich summer show, now ended. Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9LS
  • Nothing fishy about Arval’s Facade

    ArcelormittalMetal cladding panels that can bring a contemporary and distinctive fish-scale design to the facades of new-build and refurbished buildings are now available in the UK through Arval from ArcelorMittal Construction.The Caiman panels can be fabricated by Arval in steel, aluminium, copper or brass and in any height and width up to 800x1,200mm for pre- or post-painted metal and 800x1,000mm for stainless steel. The former can be either pre-coated with Arval’s Colorissime
  • Number of 2012 Athletes' Village homes cut back

    The number of homes within London’s Athletes’ Village – the largest single Olympic Park construction project – is to be cut back by a fifth in an effort to reduce costs.
  • O'Connell East Architects

    Manchester based O'Connell East Architects (OEA)are delighted to announce that senior architects Jemma Slater and Emma Roden have become Associates.
  • ODA reveals FaulknerBrowns' Canoe Centre pavilion

    The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has released these images of FaulknerBrowns’ pavilion for the Broxbourne White Water Canoe Centre in Hertfordshire, linked to the Olympic Park by the River Lea.
  • Office Design: Inside and Out

    A Journey through the modern office
  • Outlook bad for Walbrook 'clouds'

    The distinctive ‘cloud’ elements designed to top Atelier Foster/Nouvel’s Walbrook Square scheme in the City of London may be cut back or even axed to save costs.
  • Paddy Power makes Manchester Civil Justice Centre favourite for Stirling Prize

    Bookmaker Paddy Power has picked Denton Corker Marshall's Manchester Civil Justice Centre as the favourite to win the Stirling Prize, consigning the Westminster Academy, William Hill's favourite, to bottom position.
  • Parking bays go green

    Tonight (Thursday 3 July) 14 parking bays in Store Street, London will be transformed using an upended Routemaster bus, windmills and reused tyres.
  • Paul Archer Design

    Paul Archer Design is Moving to:
  • Paul Davis + Partners

    Paul Davis + Partners has announced the appointment of John Griffiths as the 10th partner to the practice.
  • Penoyre & Prasad to redesign Guy's skyscraper

    Penoyre & Prasad has been appointed to revamp the exterior of Guy’s tower, behind London Bridge Station in south London – the tallest hospital structure in the world.
  • Penoyre & Prasad to redesign Guy's skyscraper

    Penoyre and Prasad has been appointed to revamp the exterior of Guy’s tower, behind London Bridge Station – the tallest hospital structure in the world.
  • pH+ Architects' Tudor-inspired scheme goes in for planning

    pH+ Architects has submitted this mixed-use development in Hoxton, East London, for planning.
  • Plans for Scotland's tallest tower struggle to get off the ground

    Plans for the tallest tower in Scotland have been mothballed following the collapse of City Lofts, the developer behind Conran & Partners’ £120 million Elphinstone skyscraper in Glasgow.
  • Practical Parametrics

    Parametric modelling can produce complicated forms and streamline workflow with ease. How could your practice use this technology?
  • Practices showcase their sustainable work in 'Green Sky Thinking' event

    Eight up-and-coming practices will take part in an Open House event sponsored by Atkins for the London Festival of Architecture called Green Sky Thinking to showcase their work and highlight the importance of sustainable design.
  • Pringle Brandon

    Pringle Brandon LLP announces the following new appointments and promotions:
  • Proposals for Sheffield's tallest tower grow even taller – and it's joined by a neighbour

    The long-running tale surrounding Sheffield’s Velocity tower, which could become the city’s tallest building, has taken yet another twist after the project architects unveiled plans for a new 18-storey neighbour.
  • Protesters vow to protect wall from Urban Splash

    Campaigners have said they will chain themselves to a Grade II-listed wall outside the recently refurbished Midland Hotel in Morecambe (pictured) to stop developer Urban Splash knocking it down.
  • Protesters warn Foster that Bulgaria scheme is a 'big mistake'

    Protesters have warned Norman Foster that his €1 billion (£800 million) Black Sea Gardens scheme in north-east Bulgaria could be the ‘biggest mistake of his career’.
  • Public given chance to vote on proposed location of 'reborn' Skylon

    The public have been given the chance to vote on the proposed location of a ‘reborn’ Skylon – a replica of the 1951 Festival of Britain icon.
  • Ramboll Whitbybird

    The UK expansion of Ramboll Whitbybird continues with a new office opening in Cardiff this month and two new directional appointments to lead operations from the new Welsh base.
  • Read reactions to the Stirling Prize shortlist

    Manchester Civil Justice Centre and the Accordia housing project are neck and neck in the race for the Stirling Prize – at least as far as voters in the AJ’s poll are concerned.
  • Redcar Seafront

    The RIBA Competitions Office is pleased to announce the launch of a two-stage Open Design Competition for the regeneration of Redcar’s Seafront Zone.
  • Remodelling existing schools, Coventry

    Architect design team for partnering contract. To design modern discreet class bases by remodelling existing schools buildings. Design consultancy services.
  • RIBA to launch own review of the ARB

    The RIBA is to fund its own independent review of the Architects Registration Board (ARB).
  • RIBA 'unsurprised' at low quality of BSF design

    The RIBA has said that it 'came as no surprise' that CABE has concluded that the majority of secondary schools being built under the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme are ‘mediocre’ in design.
  • RIBA victorious as plans to give planning appeals to councillors are binned

    Contentious government proposals to remove the right to appeal to a planning inspector on ‘smaller’ applications are set to be canned.
  • RIBA welcomes Harman's Equality Bill

    The RIBA has described the proposed Equality Bill – due later in the year – as a ‘welcome step’ in the battle to recruit and retain more women and minority groups to the architecture profession.
  • RMJM funds minority architects of the future

    RMJM has pumped £1 million into a new initiative with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to get black and ethnic minorities to join the profession.
  • RMJM's Beijing Olympic media centre opens

    RMJM’s Beijing Olympic Green Convention Centre – the largest media ‘hub’ in Olympic history – opens its doors to the world’s Press today (25 July).
  • RMJM's Hungate scheme dropped due to English Heritage pressure

    English Heritage (EH) has torpedoed RMJM’s proposed new £40 million headquarters for the City of York Council in Hungate.
  • Rogers unveils New York skyscraper

    Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has revealed its design for a new skyscraper in central Manhattan.
  • Ruth Reed elected president of the RIBA

    Ruth Reed has been elected as the next president of the RIBA – the first time a woman has ever been appointed to the role.
  • Ruth Reed, president-elect of the RIBA

    The newly elected next president of the RIBA talks about women in architecture, living in Birmingham and building her own house
  • SAS International celebrates the completion of new factory in Oldbury

    SAS InternationalSAS International, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of metal ceilings, doors, and partitions, has celebrated the opening of a 40,000 square foot extension to its Apollo Park factory in Oldbury.Apollo Park has replaced SAS International’s former factory at Kelvin Way in West Bromwich which was located over nine separate units.Click here to request more informat
  • SAS International takes a lead role in Maggie’s Centre ceiling design

    SAS InternationalSAS International designed and manufactured the soffit ceiling lining for the recently completed Maggie’s Centre in London, designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSH+P). This involved the design and manufacture of bespoke triangular metal panels which are suspended internally and externally from the structural steel work; approximately 240 aluminium panels make up the undercladding, which adheres to the roof’s geometry.Skylights, solar shading panels and
  • Scott Wilson

    International multi-disciplinary consultancy Scott Wilson has announced the appointment of Andrew Clifford as Technical Director with responsibility for Sustainable Design.
  • See car park bays transformed

    The transformation of London's Store Street on Friday morning was near total, as 14 parking bays received a mix of grass, wrecked cars, flowers, vegetables, games and sculpture.Judges selected three winners of the Greening Bays competition, who received bicyles and a tree planted in St James' Park.
  • See images of the London Festival of Architecture's paper town

    A new town was created in south London over the weekend – made entirely from cardboard and construction paper (see images below).
  • See parking bays turn green overnight

    London's Store Street was transformed on Friday morning (4 July), when the 14 finalists in Rambøll WhitbyBird's Greening Bays competition completed their overnight work, turning their chosen parking bays into gardens, allotments, play areas, sculptures and car dumps.Three of the entrants received sustainable prizes – bicycles and a tree planted in St James' Park.
  • See photos from the AJ/Argent King's Cross Charrette

    Architecture’s latest batch of up-and-coming talent descended on King’s Cross for this year’s AJ King’s Cross Charrette yesterday.
  • See pictures from AJ/Argent King's Cross Charette

    Architecture’s latest batch of up-and-coming talent descended on King’s Cross for this year’s AJ and Argent King’s Cross Charette yesterday.
  • See pictures from the opening of Frank Gehry's Serpentine Gallery – slideshow

    Frank Gehry’s dramatic Serpentine Pavilion opened last night (21 July) with a lively party.
  • See the latest construction photos of Frank Gehry's Serpentine Pavilion

    The AJ brings you construction shots of Frank Gehry's Serpentine Pavilion, in advance of its opening on 20th July
  • See the latest images of Zaha's tardy MAXXI

    These are the latest images of Zaha Hadid Architects’ long-awaited National Museum of 21st-Century Art, or MAXXI for short, in Rome.
  • Select committee advises caution over eco-towns

    A parliamentary select committee has warned the government to look the UK’s ailing post-war New Towns before pressing ahead with its eco-towns programme.
  • Shortage of planners jeopardises government's house-building plans, MPS warn

    The government’s house-building and regeneration programmes could be derailed because of a shortage of planners, a powerful parliamentary body has warned.
  • Space Craft Architects

    Due to the growth of the company, Space Craft Architects has changed telephone systems. Their new telephone number is:020 7407 0624
  • Squire and Partners' City Road tower would be a 'monstrosity', says councillor

    Squire and Partners’ proposed City Road skyscraper in central London has been labelled as a ‘towering corporate identikit monstrosity’ by an Islington councillor.
  • Stirling Prize shortlist is not Britain's best, says William JR Curtis

    The AJ asked the distinguished critic for his verdict on the Stirling Prize shortlist. He was not over-impressed. Read more Stirling coverage
  • Stirling shortlist

    Six projects have been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, with the winner to be announced in Liverpool on Saturday 11 October. See all the shortlisted projects.
  • Studio Egret West has a second attempt at Sidcup scheme

    Studio Egret West has unveiled its second attempt at a mixed-use development next to Sidcup Station in south London.
  • Success for Howarth as design quality is written into Housing Bill

    A lobby group led by former architecture minister Lord Howarth (pictured) and the RIBA has succeeded in ensuring the new Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) champions good design.
  • Tate boss Serota praises 'more mature' Herzog & de Meuron design

    These are the first images of Herzog & de Meuron’s revised plans for the extension to the Tate Modern on London’s South Bank.
  • Taylor Young

    Taylor Young's planned expansion continues with the opening of their third 'core city' centre office in Leeds.
  • Ted Cullinan gets his hands mucky at Studio in the Woods weekend

    Ted Cullinan, together with a bevvy of students and tutors, will today be dusting down the mud from his wellies after a long weekend in the country. The RIBA Gold Medal winner took part in the annual Studio in the Woods event organised by Mitchell Taylor Workshop.
  • The AJ visits the Turks and Caicos Islands

    As British Overseas Territory the Turks & Caicos Islands comes under scrutiny from MPs over allegations of ‘corruption and a climate of fear’, James Pallister reports back from one of the Caribbean island group’s key tourist developments, unconnected to the allegations, which features a stellar cast of architects including David Chipperfield and Zaha Hadid.
  • The Architects Design Group

    The Architects Design Group (ADG) has set up a dedicated team to support its growing client base in the healthcare sector.
  • The Games Briefing

    02 October 2008, Olympic Conference Centre, London, W14http://www.thegamesbriefing.comA must attend event for the whole construction sectorOver 200 delegates have attended our previous games briefing conferences, firmly establishing this conference as the must attend 2012 construction forum.Bringing together architects, engineers, consultants, contractors, suppliers,
  • The Games Briefing

    02 October 2008, Olympic Conference Centre, London, W14http://www.thegamesbriefing.comA must attend event for the whole construction sectorOver 200 delegates have attended our previous games briefing conferences, firmly establishing this conference as the must attend 2012 construction forum.Bringing together architects, engineers, consultants, contractors, suppliers
  • The new king of graffiti

    OK forget Banksy, graffiti has been on the cultural agenda ever since Pentagram co-founder Mervyn Kurlansky's 1974 Watching my Name go By, a book about graffiti on New York subway carriages. It doesn't count as cultural agenda, of course, when the graffiti is on your latest building. But here's an extraordinary movie, Muto . An animated graffito, it starts with a tracking shot along a graffiti-covered brick wall. A brick is push
  • The Regenerators #5: Clive Dutton

    Birmingham City Council’s Clive Dutton tells Richard Vaughan he wants ‘England’s second city’ to rival New York and Amsterdam.
  • The Richard H. Driehaus Prize Invites Nominations

    The Richard H. Driehaus Prize, which is administered through the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, is opening its nomination process to the public. All interested parties are encouraged to submit nominations for consideration for the 2009 laureate.
  • Three young architects win urban design scholarships

    Three young practitioners have been selected as the winners of the AJ/RPS Urban Design Scholarships. These scholarships, initiated by the AJ, aim to raise the level of expertise in the key field of urban design among architectural practitioners. 
  • Tom Russell wins Welsh green housing scheme

    Bristol-based Tom Russell Architects has won the hotly contested RIBA and Royal Society of Architects in Wales competition to design a new green housing development in Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire.
  • Towards a new, inclusive Epic Space Communion

    MONDAY. A schism is now inevitable in the worldwide Architectural Communion. We all have to search our souls and decide whose side we're on.
  • Twitching the curtains

    The Register's Lewis Page obviously trained as an engineer – or at least in close proximity to the local architecture school. His report on the solar-harvesting curtains devised by Sheila Kennedy and her partner Frano Violich starts: 'Heavens be praised - the energy security/climate/fuel-price crisis has been solved by an MIT professor. Remarkably, not a professor of engineering or science either - but an arc
  • UK-GBC launches Code for Sustainable Buildings consultation

    The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has launched an ‘industry-wide’ consultation to look at what a new Code for Sustainable Buildings should contain.
  • University of Brighton Framework Agreement

    Framwork agreement for University of Brighton, Sussex
  • VAT rates on historic-building repairs could be slashed

    A groundbreaking decision by the European Commission could open the door for changes to the VAT rules on repairs to historic buildings.
  • Vitesse architectural wall cladding now improved

    SpeeddeckSpeedDeck Building Systems will be showing the latest developments in their wall cladding systems at the above show. On Stand number T80 we will be showing the new Vitesse 150 and 180 which can now give you a ‘U’ value of 0.25 W/m²K. See www.speeddeck.com for more details.Click here to request more information
  • Watch Jestico & Whiles' moving lighting scheme for Spitalfields

    Jestico & Whiles has completed a light installation as part of its renovation of Spitalfields Market in central London. See it working below.
  • Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre, Edinburgh

    The City of Edinburgh Council wishes to appoint an organisation or consortia to provide multi-discipline design services for the construction of a Healthy Living Centre at Westerhailes, Edinburgh.
  • When more is less

    Outsiders puzzle at the fact that, despite their Pritzker prize and honours from every conceivable direction, ground-breaking books and lectures, the Venturis have never made the RIBA gold medal final list. Is this down to a cadre of sour old Modernists at Portland Place? Very probably.Whatever, a reader, knowing my appreciation of their unique contribution to architecture, suggested I take a look at their revamped site . Well, let's not talk about the
  • Working Architecture Group wins 'fast architecture' competition

    Working Architecture Group (WAG) has won this year’s Workspace Group Urbantine Project competition for fast architecture, part of Tent London, the London Design Festival show for emerging talent.
  • Working Detail: The Terrace, Lincoln, by Bauman Lyons Architects

    [WORKING DETAIL 24.07.08] Slate rainscreen facade with recessed balconies
  • World Architecture Community Awards

    World Architecture Community Awards open
  • World Trade Center redevelopment is running over a year late

    The redevelopment of the World Trade Center site, which includes schemes by Norman Foster and Richard Rogers, is at least 14 months behind schedule, a new report has said.
  • You can have roof sheets 90 metres long

    SpeedDeckSpeedDeck was chosen to supply the new Tesco centre in Maidstone, where a single secret-fix steel roof sheet length of 90 metres was required. SpeedDeck was the only company in the UK that could ‘roll on-site’, at eaves level, within the severely restricted site area.For details see www.speeddeck.comClick here to request more informatio
  • Zaha faces two big-hitters and little-known Brit in San Francisco comp

    Zaha Hadid has been shortlisted alongside Steven Holl and Diller Scofidio & Renfro to design the new $35 million (£17.5 million) Museum of Performance & Design, San Francisco, California.
  • Zaha makes it on to the Stirling Prize shortlist for the third time

    Zaha Hadid will be hoping to make it third time lucky after her Nordpark Cable Railway in Austria was named on the this year’s Stirling shortlist.
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