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Architects Journal
November 2007

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  • BHMA Nutri Centre Good Practice Awards 2008

    Healing Spaces in Holistic HealthcareNew approaches to healthcare require different kinds of space. These awards recognise the importance of the built environment in which healthcare happens. We are seeking examples of surroundings that enable holistic healthcare to support personal or communal healing and wellbeing – whether a meditation space, group-work rooms, a community garden, an art room, exercise areas, a health library, even an entire multidisciplinary health centre.
  • ...While unveiling his Abu Dhabi scheme in Kazakhstan

    Foster + Partners has twinned Kazakhstan with Abu Dhabi with its latest mixed-use development in Kazakhstan
  • ‘Self-serving twaddle, at best’

    Patrick Lynch throws the book at Norman Foster (or would, if it wasn’t so damn heavy)Norman Foster Works 3, edited by David Jenkins, Prestel, 563pp, £65
  • £1 billion worth of Portsmouth schemes face overspending, leaked report reveals

    A report commissioned by Portsmouth City Council has revealed that 13 major projects worth more than £1 billion are facing potential delays and overspending.
  • 3XN and the Museum of Liverpool part company

    Danish practice 3XN has been dropped from the controversial £50 million Museum of Liverpool project – an under construction flagship scheme earmarked for completion during next year’s Capital of Culture celebrations.
  • 3XN boss slams 'meddling' Museum of Liverpool

    Kim Nielsen, head of Danish practice 3XN, has launched a withering attack on the National Museum of Liverpool (NML) weeks after being dropped from the £50 million flagship scheme.
  • A look back at the Serpentine

    As Ólafur Elíasson and Kjetil Thorsen’s pavilion is readied for deconstruction, we revisit Ilka & Andreas Ruby’s introduction to the Serpentine catalogue.
  • A+DS launches annual review

    Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) launched its annual review today and called for an ‘end to second-rate developments’.
  • A+DS raises Haymarket concerns for third time

    Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) has refused to back Richard Murphy Architects’ (RMA) Haymarket development in Edinburgh for the third time.
  • Aco Drainage

    Simply Water Tight Wet Room
  • Aco Drainage

    Aco Selecta
  • ADG wins permission for Plymouth's tallest tower

    The Architects Design Group has won planning permission for a mixed-use scheme in Plymouth featuring a 31-storey tower
  • Adjaye completes Denver art museum

    Adjaye/Associates has finished the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, its first public building in the US
  • Alexander Allen - runner up

    This scheme had a utilitarian charm, fitting it for use in a suburban garden.
  • All grown up

    Reiach and Hall’s Neil Gillespie was delighted that the firm’s Pier Arts Centre in Orkney won the RIAS’ Doolan Prize. But, like a proud parent dropping their eldest off at university, the win was tainted with sadness. The victory means the practice will finally have to metaphorically let go of one its favourite ‘sons’. Gillespie said: ‘The project is very dear to us, indeed since it’s completion there has been a bit of a loss.’ Yes, by next year the Pier’ll have a life of its own. Before you
  • Alsop presents his vision for Croydon's future

    Will Alsop has laid out his multi-billion-pound masterplan for the south London borough.
  • Alsop's Cloud to rise again

    Plans for an alternative to Liverpool’s 2008 Capital of Culture celebrations will include a massive scale model of Will Alsop’s rejected Fourth Grace – known as the Cloud.
  • An unfortunate affair

    Opinion - 3XN boss Kim Nielsen gives his side of the story after being dropped from the New Museum of Liverpool
  • AOC LIFT theatre to tour Thames Gateway

    The London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC) has surfaced as one of the major sponsors behind The Lift, a portable theatre.
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  • Architects for Aid diary

    Architects for Aid, a charity founded in London by Max Hutchinson, is now sending architect volunteers to work on projects around the world. In this diary, chief executive Dr Victoria Harris, describes the ups and downs of running the organisation, and the reports she receives form the various projects.To find out more about Architects for Aid or to make a donation, go to
  • Architectural Review award winners named

    There are three winners of this year’s Architectural Review Awards for Emerging Architecture.
  • Architecture Foundation seeks 'Next Generation Architects'

    The Architecture Foundation has launched its quest to create a directory of ‘Next Generation Architects’ who will design Britain’s next tranche of commercial buildings.
  • Ash & Lacy

    Curved Ashzip creates a long-lasting solution at a mixed-use scheme in BrightonFor further enquiries please click here
  • Ashzip and Ashfab

    Ash & Lacy
  • Back Issues - Architectural Review in the 1970s

    Back Issues Stirling’s trilogy of educational buildings were more objects than architecture, says Steve Parnell
  • Back issues - Introduction

    Back Issues In the first of his fortnightly columns on architecture magazines, Steve Parnell reveals the secret mandate of the AR
  • Baggeridge

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  • Barbed words

    Given Astragal's track record with DIY – injured pets, minor burns – he has always suspected that building one's own house should be avoided at all costs.
  • Bauhaus teacher wins massive Asplund contest

    A teacher at the Bauhaus has been named as the surprise winner of the international competition to design an extension to Erik Gunnar Asplund’s iconic Stockholm Public Library.
  • BBS

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  • Berlin Palace Rebuild

    Reconstructing Berlin's Royal Palace including the partial recreation of its baroque facade and a towering cupola.Contact:Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban AffairsPublic Relations DivisionInvalidenstrasse 44D-10115 BerlinPhone: + 49 (0) 30 18 300 0Fax: + 49 (0) 30 18 300 1942
  • Blackburn College

    For further information:Pearson Fraser Ltd,The Warth Business Centre, Warth Road, Bury,Attn: John Pearson,UK-Manchester BL9 9NB.Tel. 0161 763 0316.E-mail: 0161 763 0416.URL: www.pearson
  • Blears gives thumbs-up to Hamiltons scheme

    Hazel Blears has given the go ahead to Hamiltons’ controversial mixed-use scheme in Stanmore, north London, following a four-year battle with the London Borough of Harrow (LBH).
  • Blears to have final say on new Liverpool stadium

    Communities Secretary Hazel Blears is to have the final say on Liverpool FC's plans for a new stadium today (6 November).
  • Blessed silence

    Astragal ended a rather wearying week with an assault on the ears from thespian and mountaineer Brian Blessed, who was the guest speaker at the Concrete Society's awards dinner (winning building, Ian Simpson's Beetham Tower). Blessed, who claimed to be one of only two master plasterers in the country, gave the audience a mix of Henry V and Pavarotti, interspersed with much leaping on chairs, mock-wrestling of guests and boasting of his exploits. Astragal, who found half an hour of the man a bit
  • Boris outlines his London housing agenda

    Boris Johnson called for less ‘drab and featureless’ housing blocks and slammed the London Plan’s affordable housing targets in his first policy speech as London mayoral candidate yesterday.
  • Boundary Park plans pushed over the edge

    The controversial £80 million proposals to redevelop Oldham Athletic’s football ground, Boundary Park, have come off the rails.
  • Brighton Eye falls behind schedule

    Technical issues have forced Marks Barfield Architects to delay the opening of its Brighton Eye project by nearly a year.
  • Brightwater

    Zero Flush
  • Brown to promise planning reform

    Prime minister Gordon Brown will today set out his proposals to eliminate lengthy planning inquiries to speed up the delivery of major infrastructure schemes.
  • BSW Timber

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  • Bye Bye Standby

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  • CABE slams Stock Woolstencroft's east London tower – again

    CABE has savaged Stock Woolstencroft’s high-rise Stratford High Street scheme, next to the Olympic Park, for a second time, claiming it still has ‘fundamental concerns’ about the revised proposals.
  • CABE warns of Thames Gateway 'wasteland'

    The Thames Gateway is in danger of becoming a ‘wasteland of badly-designed housing and public spaces’ CABE has said.
  • CABE's past and future

    As it marks its 100th design review, Richard Simmons lays out the story of CABE’s past and future
  • Call in the professionals

    Fraser Brown McKenna Architects asked us to take a look at its new site at
  • Callcutt report demands more design review panels

    The Callcutt Review of Housebuilding Delivery, published today (22 November), has called for the creation of a nationwide network of independent design review bodies.
  • Can we risk leaving the sustainability supply chain to demand alone?

    We still need to improve our sustainability supply chain, but can we risk leaving it to demand alone? And where does design fit into this?
  • Carbon measuring must be encouraged

    Although they can be hard to pin down, any measures of CO2 emissions are useful.
  • Catch 'em young

    It can be so difficult to get the children something tasteful for Christmas that won't upset the sensibilities of a perfectly co-ordinated house.
  • CEP Cladding

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  • Cheltenham Art Gallery selects extension shortlist

    Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum has named a four-strong shortlist in the competition to design an extension to its famous Arts and Crafts home.
  • Chipperfield reveals Missouri museum expansion

    David Chipperfield Architects has revealed the first images of yet another museum project – this time an $125 million (£60 million) expansion to the Saint Louis Art Museum in Missouri, USA.
  • Chipperfield scheme falls victim to US credit crisis

    David Chipperfield’s 23-storey One Museum Place residential scheme in Atlanta has become the latest victim of America’s recent credit crunch.
  • Chipperfield's Atlanta schemes falls amid subprime fears

    David Chipperfield’s 23-storeyOne Museum Placeresidential scheme inAtlantahas become t
  • Chris Jones steps down as head of Carey Jones

    Chris Jones, one of the founders of Carey Jones, has stepped down as managing director and taken on the newly formed role of deputy chairman.
  • CIOB Announces New Categories for Innovation and Research Awards

    The Chartered Institute of Building has announced six new categories for its International Innovation and Research Awards
  • City of London seals fate of unlisted Barbican block

    The battle to save Chamberlain, Powell and Bon’s (CPB) 1966 Milton Court building, part of the Barbican Centre in London, has finally been lost.
  • Concord :Marlin

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  • Confusion at 2012 Athletes' Village

    Shortlisted practices call for more guidance over future of Olympic scheme
  • Coping with growth

    How practices can be organised to retain intimacy while expanding
  • Corus

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  • Corus panels and profiles

    SuperDeck flat roofing is helping a supermarket expand and stay greenFor further enquiries please click here
  • Critic's Choice - The British Library

    Critic’s Choice - The British Library’s new show uncovers rare gems, says Andrew Mead
  • Critic's Choice - 15.11.07

    Paintings of interiors should not be taken at face value, says Andrew Mead
  • Crosswater

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  • Cubit3d to design extension to Fab Four museum

    Edinburgh-based Cubit3d have been appointed to design the extension to a museum charting the history of The Beatles.
  • Cupa Natural Slate

    Cupa 5For further enquiries please click here
  • Danes Schmidt Hammer Lassen to build London learning centre

    Danish practice Schmidt Hammer Lassen (SHL) has been given the go-ahead for this £93 million further education building in Paddington Green, west London.
  • Dani Alu

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  • Decision expected on Pardey's plans for Gropius masterpiece

    John Pardey Architects has revealed plans to overhaul a rare, Grade II-listed Walter Gropius gem from the 1930s – the only surviving building in the once vast Denham Film Studio in south Buckinghamshire.
  • Demolished Erno Goldfinger building ordered to be rebuilt

    A developer who illegally knocked down part of a listed Erno Goldfinger-designed school in west London has been ordered to ‘exactly rebuild’ the bulldozed building.
  • Designer sought for south London market

    A competition has been launched to find a design team to mastermind the overhaul of New Covent Garden Market, in Vauxhall, south London.
  • Developer ordered to 'rebuild' razed Goldfinger building

    A developer who illegally knocked down part of a listed Erno Goldfinger-designed school in west London has been ordered to ‘exactly rebuild’ the bulldozed building.
  • Disgraced City

    I hate to hear my city brought down in the press, but I have to applaud the AJ
  • Dixon Jones

    Dixon Jones is moving on 01 January 2008 to its new address at:2-3 Hanover Yard, Noel Road, London N1 8BETel / Fax remain the same: 020 7483 8888 / 020 7483 8899
  • DLA plans 'Modern ark'

    DLA reveals plans to convert a curch to flats
  • Dominic Crinson

    Choral Blue LustreFor further enquiries please click here
  • Donald Trump's £1 billion golf resort clears first hurdle

    American billionaire Donald Trump’s plans for a £1 billion golf resort in Aberdeenshire have been given an initial thumbs up by the council.
  • Down the tube

    One should never underestimate the stupidity of the great British public.
  • Duaphin

    BionicFor further information please click here
  • Dupont

    Breather membrane Tyvek Supro has helped with the restoration of a historic church
  • Econoplas

  • Ecophon

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  • Editorial - Celebrate British architectural education

    It may have its critics, but there is much to celebrate about British architectural education, including the President’s Medals
  • EDT

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  • English Heritage lists Crucible – the home of snooker

    Sheffield's famous Crucible Theatre, the home of the World Snooker Championships, has been granted Grade-II listing status.
  • Eric Parry's Holburne Museum rival revealed

    This is one of the first images of an alternative Neo-Georgian scheme to rival Eric Parry’s revised proposals to extend the Grade I-listed Holburne Museum in Bath.
  • Eurocell

    The IQ750 is the low-pitch roofing system of choice for intelligent specifiersFor further enquiries please click here
  • Executive decision

    Ever fancied becoming a property developer in Abu Dhabi?
  • Falconer Chester Hall to build next to Liverpool Philharmonic

    Falconer Chester Hall Architects has submitted this mixed-use project in Liverpool for planning.
  • Farrell denies he has 'secret plan' for Smithfield

    Terry Farrell has hit back at claims by Thornfield Properties – the developer behind the Kohn Pedersen Fox-designed scheme for the site of Smithfield General Market (pictured) (AJ 01.11.07) – that he has drawn up his own masterplan for the central London area.
  • FCBS' Western Riverside wins thumbs up from council despite conservation fears

    Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ (FCBS) controversial Western Riverside scheme in Bath has been minded for approval by a council planning committee.
  • Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios' social housing experiment dropped

    Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) has lost its battle to build the potentially groundbreaking £53 million Mildmay Urban Village in Shoreditch, east London.
  • Final three unveiled for west London regeneration scheme

    Wilkinson Eyre, Sheppard Robson and Barton Willmore have unveiled their designs for the regeneration of King Street in west London.
  • Firestation, County Laios, Ireland

    Expressions of interest for the design services for the construction of a new fire station in Rathdowney, County Laois.
  • Flaming cold

    Poor Youmeheshe. Not only has its one major project, the Cutty Sark, literally gone up in flames, but the practice is now forced to use its spiky visitor centre next door to the Cutty Sark as an office.
  • Forticrete

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  • Foster + Partners unveils Shanghai Expo pavilion

    Foster + Partners has revealed its design for the United Arab Emirates Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo.
  • Foster in firing line over U2 Tower...

    The never-ending controversy surrounding the proposed U2 tower in Dublin has taken yet another twist
  • Foster lands Birnbeck job

    The developer behind a failed attempt to overhaul Weston-Super-Mare’s Birnbeck Pier has appointed Foster + Partners to design a scheme on a neighbouring plot.
  • Foster puts the lid on Smithsonian

    Foster + Partners has designed this glass canopy at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC
  • Foster takes on fellow starchitects in Abu Dhabi

    Foster + Partners has been named on a glittering shortlist in the Sheikh Zayed National Museum competition
  • Foster's dominance grows in Russia with new cultural quarter

    Foster + Partners has revealed its proposals for a new cultural quarter for the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, Russia.
  • Frank Gehry sued for £150 million over 'leaky' MIT building

    Frank Gehry is being sued for ‘serious design flaws’ in his $300 million (£150 million) Stata Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston.
  • Friendly fire

    With the videos set to record Coronation Street, the good and the great turned out for the Manchester Society of Architects’ (MSA) annual dinner, which took place in Ian Simpson’s Beetham Tower last Friday night.
  • Geberit

    Geberit Silent-db 20
  • Geze

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  • Giacomini

    Manufacture, design and installation of underfloor heating systems
  • Gifting the devlopment of cities to heritage groups is dangerous...

    Gifting the development of cities to heritage groups is dangerous and restrictive, argues Alan Dunlop
  • Glasgow wins 2014 Commonwealth Games

    Glasgow has won the bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games, beating Nigerian capital Abuja by 47 votes to 24.
  • Government investigates academies scheme

    The government has revealed that it is to review its academies programme amid concerns that the scheme is failing the most disadvantaged pupils.
  • Government launches new green homes advice centre

    The government has launched a ‘one-stop shop’ service today to help people make their homes greener.
  • Government publishes new Housing and Regeneration Bill

    The government published its new Housing and Regeneration Bill today, which will facilitate the prime minister’s housing targets.
  • Gradus

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  • Gradus flooring

    Showcase enquiry no. 934For further enquiries please click here
  • Grimshaw's Waterloo International to stand empty

    Grimshaw Architects’ iconic international terminal at Waterloo Station will be unused for more than a year, Network Rail has admitted.
  • Hansgrohe

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  • Heatherwick's B of the Bang could be dismantled

    Thomas Heatherwick's B of the Bang scuplture in Manchester could need to be dismantled due to major defects, it has emerged.
  • Heneghan Peng could win reprieve at Giant's Causeway

    Heneghan Peng’s beleaguered Giant Causeway visitor centre project in Northern Ireland has been thrown a lifeline by the National Trust (NT).
  • HKR faces more strife over Arcadia scheme

    HKR Architects has been dealt another blow on its huge Arcadia retail-led scheme in Ealing, west London, after CABE said it could not support the project.
  • HKR's Dublin scheme wins planning

    HKR Architects has received planning permission for its scheme to redevelop the former Irish Times buildings in Dublin’s city centre.
  • Hodgson & Hodgson

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  • HOK reveals future of Boddingtons Brewery site

    More than 480 new homes and a 20-storey tower are to be built on the central Manchester site
  • HOK reveals vision for Boddingtons Brewery site

    More than 480 new homes and a 20-storey tower planned for central Manchester site
  • HOK Sport wins funding for Ravenscraig sports centre

    In the same week as HOK Sport revealed its ‘underwhelming’ Olympic stadium designs, the practice has confirmed it has received funding for its £29 million Ravenscraig sports facility in North Lanarkshire, Scotland.
  • HOK's 2012 Olympic stadium unveiled

    This is HOK Sport’s much-anticipated design for the £496 million London 2012 Olympic stadium.
  • Holmes bags Aberdeen's Marischal College scheme

    Scottish practice Holmes has landed the prize £80.4 million project to convert Aberdeen’s Grade A-listed Marischal College building into the city council’s new headquarters.
  • Holmes wins thumbs up for Edinburgh biological research facility

    The Holmes Partnership has won the green light for this new research facility on the University of Edinburgh's King's Building campus.
  • Holophane

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  • Home of Snooker listed

    Sheffield's famous Crucible Theatre, the home of the World Snooker Championships, has been granted Grade-II listing status.
  • Honeywell

    BA295 Series
  • Housing, energy and planning are key for new Parliament

    Prime Minister Gordon Brown has put housing issues at the top of the agenda in the Queen's Speech
  • Huge Assael scheme mothballed in Leeds

    Developer George Wimpey City’s has blamed the slowdown in the Leeds’ property market for its decision to mothball Assael Architecture’s hi-rise Green Bank apartment scheme.
  • Hugh Broughton's research station made ready for voyage to Antarctica

    Hugh Broughton's Halley IV research station is prepared for shipping to the Antarctic
  • Humanscale

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  • Ian Simpson's Criterion Place given kiss of life

    Ian Simpson’s city-centre ‘Kissing Towers’ are resurrected as new developer jumps on board.
  • Icopal

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  • Ideas sought for Waterloo ‘city square’

    A call for concept ideas has been launched to develop the Mayor of London’s vision for Waterloo
  • IES

    Showcase enquiry no. 919
  • IES

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  • Image conscious

    ‘We thought you might like to look at this wanky website.’ ran the email.
  • IMAX architect renews call for cinema to display public art

    The designer of the British Film Institute’s (BFI) IMAX cinema in Waterloo, south London, has attacked the BFI for displaying huge adverts in place of public art.
  • In the family

    Regarding your review of the AA exhibition 'Forms of Enquiry'
  • Intensifying Milton Keynes

    A number of new projects seek to bring density to Milton Keynes, creating new zones of development in Modernism’s Garden City. Richard Vaughan investigates
  • International Glamour

    Bentley Prince Street
  • Is this the end of the line for Crossrail architects?

    Design teams are left sweating as review could see them dropped from Crossrail
  • Jocelyn Warner

    BloomFor further enquiries please click here
  • John Thompson's Southampton housing scheme gets the nod

    This scheme by John Thompson & Partners’ for Linden Homes Southern at The Avenue in Southampton has won planning permission.
  • Junkers

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  • Ken Yeang sounds eco-warning

    Eco-tower pioneer Ken Yeang has warned ‘this millennium will be our last’ unless businesses and cities commit to cutting carbon.
  • Kingframe Building System

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  • King's Cross is central to London's development

    King’s Cross is central to London’s future – and its development must be done properly.
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  • Kingspan Offsite

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  • Kingston Council rejects Paul Brookes development

    Kingston Council has thrown out plans for a mixed-use development, which included a 150-room hotel, designed by Paul Brookes Architects (PBA).
  • Land Securities unveils huge 'mimicking' statue

    Land Securities has unveiled this 6m-high statue to celebrate the letting of its 123 Bankside development on London's South Bank.
  • Lapa

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  • Leading architects slam Glasgow's riverside redevelopment

    Two of Scotland’s leading Modernist architects have blasted the redevelopment of Glasgow’s riverside, claiming the site is being ‘raped’ by developers.
  • Leit-werk wins public realm scheme in Blackpool

    London-based practice Leit-werk lands a key public realm project in Blackpool
  • LG

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  • Living Landmarks rejection leads to cost cuts for Eastside Park

    The Big Lottery’s Living Landmarks competition has had its first casualty, after a Birmingham councillor admitted Patel Taylor Architects’ Eastside City Park will have to be redesigned and the cost cut by a third.
  • Louis Poulsen

    The discreet Transair draws all attention to the objects in its spotlightFor further information please click here
  • Magic man

    Astragal felt he had died and gone to heaven last week, as he became entangled in a tale of two parties.
  • Maison Blanche

    An exemplary book tells the story of one of Corb’s early works, says Andrew Mead
  • Make wins Olympic Handball design contest

    Make has pulled off a major coup by winning the competition to design the new Handball and Paralympic Goalball Arena for the 2012 Olympics.
  • Make's Monument scheme wins go ahead

    The City of London has approved Make Architects' proposed 84,000m2 development next to Christopher Wren's famous Monument column.
  • Man guilty of misusing term 'architect'

    City of Westminster magistrates have found a London man guilty of misusing the title ‘architect’.
  • Manchester Museum reveals £54 million proposals

    Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) has unveiled its £54 million redevelopment proposals.
  • Manchester's Quay Bar falls from Stirling glory to demolition

    Stephenson Bell’s Quay Bar in Castlefield, Manchester, has been demolished, less than nine years after being shortlisted for the Stirling Prize.
  • Marley

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  • Martin Architectural

    A striking new light sculpture is drawing visitors to a regenerated area of BlackburnFor further information please click here
  • Masterplan collaboration will lead to success

    Opinion - A more collaborative approach to masterplanning will result in better buildings, believes Lucy Musgrave
  • Masterplan, Manchester City Centre

    The Co-operative Group has launched an international master planning competition, designed to deliver leading edge proposals for its 20-acre site within Manchester city centre.
  • Mather refutes claims of delays to Eastbourne Cultural Centre

    Rick Mather Architects has hit back at claims that its Eastbourne Cultural Centre building in Sussex is behind schedule after being beset by a series of problems.
  • Matthew Hebden - T-pren

    T-pren, the gutter expansion joint, double vulcanised for longer life
  • Mayor looks at new policies for London Plan

    Mayor of London Ken Livingstone will put forward policies that halt development on back gardens and protect family homes in his next review of the London Plan.
  • McAslan wins Rudolph Riverview rescue contest

    John McAslan has won the competition to save Paul Rudolph's Riverview High School in Sarasota, Florida – a contest he helped to set up.
  • Milton Keynes Council hits back over CABE review

    Local authority retaliates after its plans to demolish FaulknerBrowns’ Bletchley Leisure Centre are dismissed
  • Modernism and German lessons in preservation

    When it comes to preserving Modernism, Germany can teach us a lesson.
  • More Zumthor

    Ed Frith’s first taste of Peter Zumthor leaves him wanting morePeter Zumthor, Buildings and Projects 1986 – 2007. Until 20 January, at the Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria.
  • Mueller Primaflow

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  • Myson

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  • Napper to regenerate Co Durham docks

    A scheme by Napper Architects aims to bring economic life back to the town of Seaham
  • Neutra’s Kaufmann house is put up for auction

    Richard Neutra’s seminal Kaufmann ‘desert’ house in Palm Springs, California, has been put up for auction.
  • New Architecture Centre Network head promises change

    The new chair of the Architecture Centre Network, Vicky Richardson, has planned an immediate shake up of the organisation.
  • New bridge mooted for Battersea Power Station

    The firm behind the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station in London has revealed it is considering a new bridge linking the iconic building with the north side of the Thames.
  • New-look St Pancras opens its doors to Europe

    Arup's £800 million refurbishment and redevelopment of St Pancras Station in King's Cross, London, has opened its doors to the public.
  • News from Goa

    A4A has been helping the El Shaddai Charitable Trust in Goa and I visited them to learn about their situation and see how the project work is progressing. The trust is involved with many projects in the south of India, from children’s homes to non-formal schools. Projects are funded mainly by donations and by small enterprises set up within the schools selling little things to local communities.
  • No proper flood plan, warns Thames Gateway chief

    Only a catastrophe will make the UK gets its flood defences right, the man in charge of redeveloping the Thames Gateway has warned.
  • Northern Ireland’s controversial PPS 14 to be redrafted – but not for six months

    A controversial planning policy in Northern Ireland will remain for another six months
  • Nu-lok

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  • ODA launches green Games guide

    The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) unveiled a sustainability plan yesterday, to ensure the London 2012 Games are the ‘greenest Olympics in modern history’.
  • Off the map

    Astragal has a love of maps which makes the idea of destroying them second only in sacrilege to the concept of burning books.
  • On his bike

    'I think architecture is a ride, a physical ride...a fascinating journey toward the unexpected.'
  • One too many

    While dining on North African food in Stockholm last week, who should Astragal run into but David Lewis, one of the main men at engineer Arup.
  • Opinion - The 1970s

    Opinion The ’70s were dull times for UK architecture, but creativity was flourishing overseas, writes Peter Davey
  • Our towns and cities need a little magic

    The product of Will Alsop’s imagination might be a step too far, but our towns and cities are still in need of a magic touch
  • Outsider criticism

    American art critic Hal Foster discusses his forays into architectural criticismHal Foster: Chat Rooms, Archival Spaces and Other Conundra in Contemporary Art, Architectural Association, London WC1, 30 October
  • Pakistan in the floods

    A4A's Victoria Harris, Michael Ferriera and Nikki Linsell are in Pakistan working with the UN shelter cluster at their new meetings on the floods in Pakistan's south, after helping partner agency Mulsim Aid with shelter construction for vulnerable and remote families in the north.
  • Parapan

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  • Parry's revised Holburne Museum plans finally win green light

    Eric Parry Architects’ highly controversial extension to the Grade I-listed Holburne Museum of Art in Bath has been given the thumbs up – at the second attempt.
  • Pathfinder programme 'high risk' says report

    The National Audit Office (NAO) has labelled the government’s controversial and heavily funded Pathfinder housing programme ‘a high-risk approach’ and has questioned if it is even working.
  • Pet rescue

    On the tour of the Olympic site David Higgins revealed that former model turned animal-rescuer Celia Hammond has so far rescued 200 feral cats from the site.
  • Peter Märkli and Florian Beigel in conversation

    In an extended version of the article that appeared in AJ 29.11.07, we provide excerpts from a conversation between Swiss architect Peter Märkli and his good friend, architect Florian Beigel, who is head of the Architecture Research Unit at London Metropolitan University. The conversation took place at The Zetter Restaurant, the morning after Märkli gave a lecture at Tate Modern, one in a series organised by the Architecture Foundation.
  • Pevsner honoured with blue plaque

    The Hampstead house where Nikolaus Pevsner lived has been marked with an English Heritage blue plaque
  • Pick Everard win big in Northampton

    Pick Everard has been picked to mastermind the £76 million overhaul of two of Northampton College’s campuses.
  • Piers Gough and English Heritage cross swords

    Piers Gough and English Heritage [EH] chief executive, Simon Thurley, have clashed after Gough claimed that EH was ‘failing’ and had ‘lost the ability to judge the settings of listed buildings.’
  • Pilkington Tiles

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  • Pinewood Studios moves into housebuilding

    Pinewood Shepperton, the legendary British film studios, is planning a vast £200 million expansion which will provide more than 2,000 new homes in Buckinghamshire.
  • Plans revealed for Newcastle's historic Stephenson Quarter

    Waring and Netts has submitted plans for its proposed £250 million overhaul of Newcastle upon Tyne’s historic Stephenson Quarter.
  • Plonk, bottled and sold

    Plonk, bottled and sold – but what does it mean? wonders Michael HoweMotherlode by Anya Gallaccio, at the Thomas Dane Gallery, Frieze Art Fair 2007
  • Plymouth University arts building sparks student protest

    Arts students at Plymouth University’s new Roland Levinsky building, by Henning Larsen Architects (HLA) and BDP, have protested against the design of the building.
  • PM calls on architects to design out terror

    Prime Minister Gordon Brown is set to announce a raft of measures on how to give better protection against terror attacks on rail stations, airports, shopping centres and sports stadia.
  • Preparing for trips...

    From Lisa DayanandanAs usual, things are busy at the A4A office. The last couple of weeks involved CPD preparation, organising field visits, arranging Visas and a few hellos and goodbyes.Three of us will be travelling to Islamabad on Thursday 19 July with the plan to assess the current progress on site. The next few days will be a little hectic as we prepare our files and pack our bags.
  • President's Medals winners announced

    London architecture schools scored a triple whammy at the 2007 RIBA President’s Medals ceremony last night (28 November).
  • Preview - The 1970s - Peter Blundell Jones on Gunther Behnisch

    Peter Blundell Jones prefaces his upcoming talk on the work of Günter Behnisch
  • Queen's Speech puts housing at top of Brown's agenda

    Prime minister Gordon Brown has placed housing, energy and planning at the centre of his ‘long-term plans’ for the new parliament
  • Queen's Speech reveals Brown's focus on energy and housing

    Prime minister Gordon Brown has placed housing, energy and planning at the centre of his ‘long-term plans’ in his first Queen’s Speech today.
  • Random Lay

  • Real sculpture

    Maria Fusco is wrong to dismiss Thomas Schütte’s Model for a Hotel 2007
  • Redbridge College, Romford - Site Acquisition and Construction Work

    The contracting authority is proposing the development of a new College to replace its existing site at Little Heath.
  • Regeneration funding has 'no real impact', claims think tank

    A think tank has concluded that around £30 billion has been wasted on regeneration schemes in UK towns and cities over the past 10 years.
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  • Reiach and Hall wins Andrew Doolan prize

    Reiach and Hall Architects has scooped this year’s RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award with its Pier Arts Centre in Orkney.
  • Renolit

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  • Review - Book - The Yale Building Project

    Joe Holyoak thinks this book does justice to an admirable Yale building traditionThe Yale Building Project: The First 40 Years. By Richard Hayes. Yale University Press, 2007. £35
  • Review - Book - CMK

    CMK-makers pat themselves on the back in this ‘original’ story, says Richard Vaughan The Story of the Original CMK. Edited by Marion Hill. Living Archive, 2007. 144pp. £20.00
  • Review - Book - Space Time Play

    Video games are architecture’s final frontier, says Alex WiltshireSpace Time Play – Computer Games, Architecture and Urbanism: The Next Level. Edited by Friedrich von Borries, Steffen P Walz, and Matthias Böttger. Birkhäuser Press 2007.
  • Review - Book - Without and Within

    Pimlott’s look at interiors and urbanism is a rare joy, says Edwin HeathcoteWithout and Within: Essays on Territory and the Interior. By Mark Pimlott. Episode Publishers, 2007. 336pp. 40 euros (£28)
  • Review -Critic's Choice - Peter Latz

    Critic’s Choice An important book on Peter Latz’s practice shows the scope of his ideas, says Andrew Mead
  • Review - Exhibition - Richard Rogers Restrospective

    The City of Richard RogersEXHIBITIONChristine Murray visits Paris for the launch of the Richard Rogers retrospectiveRichard Rogers + Architects, Pompidou Centre, Paris, France, 21 November 2007 to 3 March 2008.
  • Review - The 1970s - Alan Powers

    In anticipation of the Twenteth Century Society's conference on '70s architecture, Joseph Rykwert,
  • Review - The 1970s - Avant-garde

    The seventies were not a good time for the avant-garde, says Adrian Forty
  • Review - The 1970s - The fall of modernism

    Architectural historian Gavin Stamp reflects on the fall of Modernism
  • Reznor

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  • Rogers and Schwartz team up on east London masterplan

    Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Martha Schwartz Partners today unveiled their proposals for a new quarter of east London called Wood Wharf.
  • Royde and Tucker

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  • Save yourself

    Ageing concrete lover Owen Luder is getting himself into a bit of a lather about the imminent demolition of his Derwent tower in Gateshead. Luder has issued a rallying call, urging the world to stand up to Gateshead Council to halt this mindless ‘mob mentality’. Unfortunately for Mr Luder not everyone will be rushing to his aid – in particular those with long memories at SAVE Britain’s Heritage. Back in 1984, the organisation tells Astragal, Luder did not see the point of SAVE and was happy t
  • School Design Competition Blaneu Gwent

    Design and construction of a new, two storey primary school (gross internal floor area approximately 2 600 m²) and associated external works.Contact:Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Technical Services Division, Baldwin House, Victoria Business Park, Attn: Trevor Keyse, UK-Ebbw Vale NP23 8ED.Tel. 01495 355417.E-mail: 01495 355597.Closing date:OJEU N
  • Scott Brownrigg's Bodleian Library depository in doubt

    Scott Brownrigg’s £29 million Bodleian Library book depository project is lying in tatters after it was given a second refusal by Oxford city councillors.
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  • Sean Griffiths salutes Alsop's vision for Croydon

    Brash, bold and vulgar – we should salute Alsop’s vision for Croydon
  • Season's greetings

    Astragal has learned with heavy heart that the driving force behind Carey Jones’ breathtaking series of Christmas cards/artistic tour-de-forces has stepped down as managing director of the firm.
  • Serenity Weaves

  • Seven firms fight it out for key Olympics site

    Seven practices have been shortlisted to design a key cluster of venues and facilities in the Eton Manor section of East London's 2012 Olympic Park.
  • Sheppard Robson's Trocadero plans go back to the drawing board

    Sheppard Robson's proposals for the Trocadero in central London have been savaged by the council's planning committee
  • Shoe show

    When Astragal hosted a dinner party last weekend, he was amazed by the shoes sported by one of the guests. In theory quite high-heeled, they in fact had no heel at all and were supported on a metal cantilever coming back from the sole. This feat of engineering was, it turns out, from a company called United Nude. And Astragal was not surprised to discover the inventive hand of Rem Koolhaas was behind the gravity-defying design. He jointly owns the company, which is based in China, with the marve
  • Short and sweet

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  • Smithfield Market inquiry begins

    The inquiry into the future of the abandoned Smithfield General Market in Clerkenwell, London, has started.
  • Snap happy

    Young starchitects Patrick Lynch of Lynch Architects and Kevin Carmody of Carmody Groarke, plus Elias Redstone of the Architecture Foundation and AJ editor Kieran Long, were snapped by David Bailey last week for GQ Style magazine.
  • SpeedRoof, the new secret fix roof system

  • Spurs could turn to Make in quest to expand stadium

    Make Architects could be called on to help Tottenham Hotspur FC extend their White Hart Lane home
  • Spurs fight back after winning approval for new training faciltity at second attempt

    Tottenham Hotspur’s plans to build a new training centre for the football club in Enfield are back on track, after revised proposals were finally approved by the local council last week.
  • Spurs' training centre scheme back on track

    Tottenham Hotspur FC’s plans to build a new training centre in Enfield are back on track, after revised proposals were finally approved by the local council last week.
  • Stony Decision

    Further to Richard Waite’s article about the new Museum of Liverpool, I write to clarify some elements in the piece.
  • Successful Practice Management

    Business advice for architects
  • Sustainability at the centre

    Opinion This year saw sustainability at the centre of architectural debate. David Strong looks back at 2007
  • Take a seat

    So HOK Sport's flashy stadium for the London 2012 Olympics will seat 80,000 spectators over the 16-day sporting extravaganza. The lucky 25,000 people will get 'permanent' seats in the stadium bowl, and 55,000 people will get one of the temporary seats which will be 'taken away' – according to the the London 2012 website – during the 'legacy mode' that Olympics bosses are so keen to harp on about. But what will happen to these 55,000 seats after the Games finish? Astragal speculates that schoolch
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  • Team selected to revamp Shepherd's Bush Common

    A design team led by Whitelaw Turkington landscape architects with Form Associates and Barr Gazetas Architects has won a £3.3 million contract to redesign west London's Shepherd’s Bush Common.
  • Tesco launches yet another challenge over Vaux Brewery

    Tesco is showing no sign of giving up its dream of building a huge store on the former Vaux Brewery site in Sunderland, after launching a second court challenge against the council’s plans for the plot.
  • Thames Gateway regeneration at risk of 'calamity'

    The Thames Gateway regeneration project is running the risk of becoming ‘another public spending calamity’ according to a key parliamentary committee.
  • Thames Gateway to cost £9 billion says PM

    Gordon Brown has revealed that the government’s Thames Gateway Delivery Plan will cost more than £9 billion.
  • Thames Gateway; looking to the future

    Experts claim three locations hold the key to the Thames Gateway’s future. Which will typify the area’s character when the regeneration is over?
  • The 1970s - Book Excerpt - Exogenous Shock

    Reflections on the oil crisis of 1973 by critic Martin Pawley, in this excerpt from his Collected WritingsThe Strange Death of Architectural Criticism: Martin Pawley Collected Writings, Black Dog Publishing, 2007. 480pp. £39.95
  • The 1970s - Essay - Fun Palaces and Sin Centres

    Architectural historian Joseph Rykwert revisits the earnest play of Archigram to expose the ludic roots of High-Tech
  • The 4th Plinth

    Fourth Plinth’s latest is a failure, says Maria FuscoModel for a Hotel 2007, by Thomas Schütte, Trafalgar Square, London, until May 2009
  • The NEC, Birmingham

    Contact: The National Exhibition Centre Group, Purchasing, Bickenhill Lane,Attn: Mr Mark Allwood,UK-Birmingham B40 1NT.Tel. 0121 767 2473.E-mail: 0121 767 2865.EU Number: 2007-277109-ENApply by: 21-12-07
  • The special ones

    As regular readers will know, Astragal is always on the look out for architecture celebs cropping up in niche 'style' magazines. Astragal was delighted to see David Adjaye featured in the next issue of the excellent Berlin magazine Mono.Kultur. Each issue has a 30-page interview with one of the 'interesting few' – past issues have focused on racy photographer David LaChapelle and rude scribbler David Shrigley. Mr Adjaye is in fine company.
  • Theatre architect receives blue plaque

    Theatre architect Frank Matcham (1854-1920) has been commemorated with an English Heritage blue plaque at 10 Haslemere Road, London N8, where he lived for nine years.
  • Think tank calls on architects to improve children's public realm

    An influential independent think tank has called on architects to ensure that public-realm spaces are designed with the well-being of children at the core of the design.
  • Thurrock Libraries, Essex

    Thurrock Council is seeeking to modernise its exitsting library stock over a 4-5 year period. They are therefore seeking a tender list of 3-9 architectural/design consultancy practices who can do all of the following activities: provide comprehensive design ideas and costing to modernise the library buildings (internally and externally as requested) based upon a project specification issued by the council; provide comprehensive design ideas and costing to build new library buildings based upo
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  • Tour guide

    Last week Astragal joined ODA boss David Higgins and London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games chief executive Paul Deighton on the ODA chucklebus for a bumpy tour of the 2012 Olympic site. And what a laid-back affair it was.
  • TP Bennett bags north London BSF schemes

    TP Bennett Architects has won the contract to design five secondary schools under the London Borough of Haringey’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.
  • Tree hugger

    Taking a much-needed breather from the architectural openings scene, Astragal missed the kick-off of 'Green Works', a new exhibition at New London Architecture declaring RMJM's sustainability agenda.
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  • Trump's £1 billion golf-course plans thrown out

    Donald Trump's plans for a £1 billion golf resort at Menie Estate near Balmedie, Scotland, have been thrown out by Aberdeenshire Council.
  • Tyne and Wear college seeks design team

    Tyne Metropolitan College is seeking an architect to carry out a £45 million extension to its campus.
  • UKGBC calls on government to eco-rate all new homes

    The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has urged the government to adopt a mandatory rating against the Code for Sustainable Homes for all new homes.
  • University drafted in to decide Architecture Week's fate

    Leeds Metroploitan University will help decide on whether Architecture Week will continue
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  • WalkSafe® and ManSafe®

  • Watery end

    Astragal received this snap shot of an advert on display in Paris' Gard du Nord station, reminding travellers to 'Forget Waterloo' now that St Pancras is the new destination for Eurostar.
  • Western Riverside scheme 'could cost Bath its World Heritage status'

    Bath will risk its World Heritage status if it approves Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ (FCBS) Western Riverside project (pictured), an international heritage watchdog has warned.
  • What changes will the Queen's speech bring?

    The pomp and ceremony are over, so what changes will the Queen’s Speech bring?
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  • Whither CABE?

    You have noted in recent editions of the AJ, that the views of CABE have been ignored by various local planning authorities
  • Wilkinson Eyre nets 2012 Olympics Basketball Arena

    Wilkinson Eyre Architects and KSS Design Group have seen off a host of big names to design the Basketball Arena for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
  • Winner - Carly Greenway

    The winning scheme uses recycled tyres to build the shed.
  • Winners unveiled in battle for Living Landmarks cash

    Living Landmarks – The Big Lottery initiative which funds cultural schemes under £50 million – has announced itsthree winners, with projects in Cornwall, Scotland and Northern Ireland landing more than £70 million in lottery cash.
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  • Yorskire Coast College of Further and Higher Education

    Contact:Pearson Fraser Ltd,Attn: Richard Fraser,UK-ScarboroughYO12 5RN,North Yorkshire.Tel. 01723 372105.E-mail: 0161 763 0416.EU Code: 2007-276763-ENApply by: 16.12.2007
  • Yvette Cooper unveils eco-quarter plans for Thames Gateway

    Housing minister Yvette Cooper has set out her vision for the Thames Gateway over the next three years, calling for it to become the country’s first ‘eco-region’.
  • Zenex

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