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Despite the success of the Architecture Foundation’s annual Antepavilion commission, Hackney Council has thrown a bureaucratic spanner in the works
Astragal: Water pistols at dawnSubscription
Intriguing news from Scotland where ‘anyone with a water pistol’ has been invited to descend en masse and open fire on Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 1904 Hill House in Argyll
Those with a gambling bent will have noticed the reversal in the bookmakers’ favourites to win this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize
Apart from buckets and spades, it all seems to have gone quiet on the seafront at Margate
Astragal: BoJo announces more vanity projectsSubscription
AJ cartoonist Louis Hellman predicts new PM Boris Johnson’s next grands projets
Irony has gasped its final breath. It has emerged that Grimshaw’s designs for the expansion of Heathrow Airport will be informed by the principles of climate adaptation.
Astragal: ZHA’s Big Apple dreams dashedSubscription
As Alicia Keys sang, New York is a city of ‘big dreams’ and ‘big schemes’. Sadly for Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) its dream of building a ‘signature loft-like condominium’ block at 220 11th Avenue for the Moinian Group seem to have been dashed.
Much of the backlash over Foster + Partners’ recent RIBA Stirling Prize win has focused on what, if anything, its Bloomberg HQ gives back to the City
Ex-transport minister and disparager of contemporary architecture John Hayes is at it again
Designs have been unveiled for two new viaducts carrying High Speed 2 trains across parts of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
As a rock star, you think not much could faze Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde. But the singer was distracted during a gig in Dundee this week by the ‘horrible carcass’ of a building being erected near the waterfront
There are early signs that height corridor obstacles might stand between British Land and its vision for Canada Water, after Historic England said its proposed tower cluster would have a ‘profound and far-reaching’ impact on London’s skyline
Astragal: Norman Foster’s ‘Unicorn time’Subscription
Foster’s latest Instagram post shows him in reflective mood
Astragal: How to date buildingsSubscription
Architecture goes viral 😵😵😵
Losing the rill to live • Housing expo undone • Less biscuity, still chunky A curious tale recently doing the rounds told of an intriguing spat between architects and an ‘overzealous’ conservation officer at Bristol Council
East London has waved goodbye to former mayor Boris Johnson’s Olympicopolis and said hello to Sadiq Khan’s East Bank.
Astragal: Libeskind's our main squeezeSubscription
Daniel Libeskind revealed an unexpected dimension to his talents during an event this month, informing the audience he is an accordion virtuoso.
Astragal: Architecture's going to the dogsSubscription
Readers may remember a fundraising initiative from 2013 when 20 star-designers were asked to imagine and build disability-aware dolls’ houses.
An amazing – and currently unsubstantiated – rumour has made its way to AJ towers by a very odd (and sadly undisclosable) route.
Astragal: Which matinee idol has the BFI hired?Subscription
Astragal was excited to learn that German architect and former OMA director Ole Scheeren (above left) is set to build his first UK scheme, a new HQ for the British Film Institute on London’s South Bank.
As president Donald Trump orders an ’impassable physical barrier’ along the country’s border with Mexico, Astragal looks at some of the more ‘off-the-wall’ concepts already in the public domain
Astragal: All life is here at WAFSubscription
The great and the good of global architecture gathered in a cavernous warehouse in Berlin last week for the World Architecture Festival, to compete for the World Building of the Year. The the event saw Will Alsop, Deborah Saunt, Simon Allford, Sadie Morgan, Peter Cook, Sam Jacob, David Chipperfield and Patrick Lynch all rubbing shoulders.
Happy birthday to Peter Cook, who celebrated his 80th birthday recently. The Archigram founder partied in style with his students and fellow tutors at the Bartlett, where he teaches.
Astragal: The Stirling Prize’s his-story boysSubscription
A recent event held at the RIBA ahead of October’s Stirling Prize has come under fire for its lack of women. AJ editor in chief Christine Murray was the only female on the stage at the Dudefest, sorry Stirling Stories event, which gave each of the shortlisted practices 10 minutes to describe their project.
Astragal: Spread the Sheffield loveSubscription
ALSO THIS WEEK: TRUMP WAS CLIENT FROM HELL • THE KLINGON FACTOR
Astragal: Troubled waters for HeatherwickSubscription
Creating gardens over rivers is proving problematic for Thomas Heatherwick