call for entries
Entries for The Architects' Journal's third 'Under £150k Small Projects' competition, sponsored by Robin Ellis Design Build, will be published in the magazine on 14 and 21 January 1999. Selected entries will be included in an exhibition at the riba Architecture Centre later in the year, where the winners will be announced. The aj/redb competition is becoming a popular event in the architectural calendar and is seen as an important platform for talented young architects whose early commissions often meet the £150,000 criterion. But previous contestants have also included public schemes submitted by county council architects, one-person practices and teams working on modest schemes within large established practices.
Conditions of entry: schemes must have a contract value of under £150,000 and have been completed between 1 December 1996 and 1 December 1998; they must not have been published previously. Practices can submit as many entries as they wish. Submissions should comprise:
drawings (drawings on disc for eps/dxf Mac files should be accompanied by hard copy - maximum size A3)
exterior and interior photographs
a brief description (maximum 150 words) including: building type, location, size, value, names of main consultants.
Entries should be sent to AJ Small Projects, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB. The closing date is Monday 7 December.
A wide selection of submitted schemes will be published. Practices whose entries are selected for the riba exhibition will be invited to make up A1 display boards of their projects and these boards will be judged by a distinguished panel.
TV asks engineer to talk about architecture
An engineer has been chosen to write and present a tv documentary series on great European architecture. Professor Scott Steedman, director of engineering with gibb, will present How Did They Build That? The 13-part series, due to start this October, will highlight the structural ingenuity of Rome's Pantheon, Paris's Eiffel Tower, London's Millennium Dome and Frankfurt's Commerzbank. It will also look at London's sewer network and the themes of sea, defence and steel. Steedman, who is described as a trouble-shooter for GIBB Ltd, will jet to 39 locations across Europe for the show on BSkyB's Discovery Channel.