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Astragal: Adjaye's on the buses

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David Adjaye’s latest exhibition of his work is being advertised on buses across Chicago. The retrospective of the architect’s buildings, which is taking place at the Art Institute of Chicago, has received the full star treatment, with the city’s buses fully wrapped in ads for the show.

American architecture critic Paul Goldberger tweeted the above photo, saying: ‘I guess they really do care about architecture in Chicago.’

Tonight, Matthew, I’m going to be Peter Rees


Last week’s IBP Awards - where the AJ won four awards - were set to be hosted by London planner turned university lecturer Peter Rees. But guests were left wondering what had happened when Rees failed to turn up to present the prizes.

Not to worry though as the capital’s other Peter - Peter Murray - stepped in. Murray took to the stage with a humorous impression of Rees. The only problem was when he then came to do his own speech. Cries of ‘he was better as Rees’ could be heard echoing around the room.

Rees was not alone in the MIA category. The envelope containing AJ editor Rory Olcayto’s prize for Architecture Writer of the Year was also lacking a vital component. The cheque had been left on sponsor Ron Sidell’s kitchen table.


Millionaire’s cold feet over stately home restoration


The fight to save Britain’s largest private residence - 18th-century stately home Wentworth Woodhouse in Yorkshire - has suffered a new blow.

Earlier this month, current owners, the family of the late architect Clifford Newbold, claimed the property was in safe hands with its £10 million sale to Hong Kong investment firm Lake House Group.

Subsequently, however, Charles Brown, the secretive Hong Kong-based millionaire director at Lake House - who studied architecture at Cambridge University - appears to have got cold feet.

He told The Times that he had been put off by a court case being fought by the Newbolds against the Coal Authority, seeking £100 million in compensation relating to subsidence issues.

‘The thought of suing the British government doesn’t fill me with excitement,’ said Brown.

More painful bridge work?


With all the focus on the Garden Bridge, one could be forgiven for forgetting about the developing plans for another high-profile Thames crossing.

Four teams, including architects Amanda Levete, Marks Barfield, Hopkins and Bystrup, were shortlisted for a proposed £40 million bridge at Nine Elms, close to Battersea Power Station, with Bystrup set to win the competition.

A letter sent by Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia to deputy mayor of London Edward Lister, recently released under Freedom of Information, shows the council is seeking help from the GLA.

‘It would be great to have advice and support on next steps and in particular establishing a trust … to take forward fundraising for the bridge (and potentially ongoing management and maintenance),’ Govindia wrote in March.

A trust to build and operate a new bridge across the Thames? What could possibly go wrong?

Last orders


It’s finally time to say goodbye to Will Alsop’s riverside boozer and art space Doodle Bar and TESTBED1.

The lively hangout in a warehouse in Battersea is set to close its doors for the last time on 18 December, as Alsop moves his practice ALL Design across the river to the hipster neighbourhood of Hackney.

But there is still hope for the Doodle Bar. Rumours are that it could be opening a new central London outpost in the new year.



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