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Libeskind's V&A scheme on upward popularity spiral

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More local residents are in favour of Daniel Libeskind's proposed building for the Victoria and Albert Museum than against it, a mori survey for the museum has found. With the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea due to decide on planning permission by the beginning of November, the poll shows that 49 per cent of residents are in favour and only 34 per cent against. The most positive groups are men (54 per cent), the young (63 per cent), visitors to the museum in the last two years (55 per cent), people who like innovative buildings (57 per cent) and residents with children (56 per cent). Residents' associations are divided: the Knightsbridge Association opposes, and the Brompton Association is in favour.

If the museum receives planning permission it will make an application for £52 million of lottery money to the Arts Council.

Dutch developer mab has commissioned Alsop & Stormer to develop this wacky mixed-use scheme at Almere, the Netherlands' newest city. The project - a major part of a £1 billion masterplan developed by Rem Koolhaas (aj 24.07.98) approved by the city council last year - proposes 16,000m2 of residential and leisure facilities including shops, apartments, a hotel and conference centre, bowling alley and extensive landscaping and car parking. The masterplan, to be complete by 2005, will double the size of the city centre with shops, cafes, restaurants, a museum, theatre, offices, housing and schools to cater for Almere's growing population.

Revised plans for an Oxford University business school, funded with £20 million from businessman Wafic Said, include a corner clock tower, tree-lined cloisters and glass walls. The 'modern Classical' design by Jeremy Dixon and Edward Jones was submitted to planners last week and is said to reflect Said's love of Classical architecture.

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