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Astragal: Cluck of disapproval over No 1 Poultry listing denial

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The decision not to list No1 Poultry has not been popular. The Twentieth Century Society, which had backed the bid, was understandably miffed that the DCMS did not deem James Stirling and Michael Wilford’s 1997 PoMo poster boy to be sufficiently under threat.

 And it seems an overwhelming majority of the AJ’s readership agreed. A whopping 90 per cent of those polled online believed the pink-and-cream, ship-like City of London building should have been given protection.

The debate raged too on Twitter. As exasperated PoMo fan Adam Nathaniel Furman pointed out, the original listed building on the site was only allowed to be flattened because Stirling’s replacement was even better. He tweeted: ‘They required a building of outstanding design to replace it, and they got one.’


Another NBBJ proposal to be put on ice?


frost fair

frost fair


Another season, another wacky idea from architecture practice NBBJ, which is suggesting the installation of a series of natural ice rinks on the River Thames.

It proposes retractable jetties using surface water to allow a thin layer of water to naturally freeze, replicating the frost fairs that were once a regular sight on the capital’s river.

The concept has been unveiled just three months after the firm proposed replacing train tracks on London’s Circle Line with a series of travelators. Earlier in the year, it released designs for a ‘shadowless’ skyscraper, designed by calculating the angle of the sun to the street.

It may not come as a complete surprise to readers to learn that no planning applications or funding for any of the proposals have so far been forthcoming.

Beijing to be number one for number ones

China public toilet

China public toilet

Beijing has unveiled plans for spending serious pennies on its public lavatories.

These will be the facilities of facilities, kitted out with flat-screen TVs, blood pressure and heartrate monitors, WiFi and ATMs.  

Toilets are considered by Beijing’s sanitation body as the capital’s ‘fifth Space’ after family space, work space, leisure space and cyber space.

National Tourist Administration head Li Jinzao has dubbed the development a ‘toilet revolution’.

Where’s the crack?

Halley VI jpg

Halley VI jpg

Hugh Broughton Architects Halley VI is under threat. A huge crack along the Antarctic ice shelf is heading towards the research station.

The giant ice crack, named Chasm 1, is 29km long and more than 50m deep, and is apparently just 8km away from the modular building on the Brunt ice shelf.

An operation has been launched to move the base before the station becomes stranded. Bulldozers are being deployed to tow the eight modules to a new location around 30km away before it is lost.

Ass confusion

Kim Gordon

Kim Gordon

Who are Assembly? Well that’s the new name given to art collective Assemble when it was awarded the Turner Prize on Monday evening.

The mistake was made not once but twice by artist and musician Kim Gordon (pictured) when she read out the name of the winner of the 2015 prize.


Batman vs Superman vs Zaha

Eli   Edythe Broad

Eli Edythe Broad

Zaha Hadid ArchitectsEli & Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University has a starring role in the new Batman vs Superman movie.

A trailer released for the film last week shows the scheme, which the practice completed in 2012, being used as a party venue in the film.

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