Archial staff try to follow Alsop

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Will Alsop’s move to RMJM took on a new twist this week after it emerged that staff at his former firm Archial were looking to follow him, with at least one major client considering following suit.

RMJM’s group finance director Declan Thompson revealed that former colleagues of Alsop’s were among the 50 people who have approached the firm for work……..

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English Heritage unveils Stonehenge visitor centre designs

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Proposed View of Visitor Centre

English Heritage has unveiled the new plans for the Stonehenge visitor centre design. The design was created by Denton Corker Marshall (DCM) and according to English Hertiage website

has been designed to be sensitive to its surroundings and to the significance of the monument.

The placement and design of the building seems to attempt to place the focus on Stonehenge rather than the visitor centre. However, the design seems as though it could be anywhere in the world for any manner of attractions. I understand that this is the second round of designs after the subterranean design by DCM was quashed, however I think the design seems to be trying to please too many people and stakeholders.

From the renders and plans it is hard to judge whether the access road and car park are hidden from view. I hope that this is the case and that some form of  ha-ha has been incorporated into the landscape design to obscure the road and  car park from view to create a sense of flowing green fields that currently exists.

To see all the renders and plans go to the gallery at English Heritage

Proposed Aerial View

Proposed Aerial View

SOURCE: English Heritage

IMAGE SOURCE: English Heritage

Irish Government publishes policy for the future of Architecture

Mr. John Gormley, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government(Ireland) on 8 October 2009 published the Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015 Towards a Sustainable Future: Delivering Quality within the Built Environment. At an event to launch the Policy in the Custom House, the Minister outlined his belief that the new Policy on Architecture 2009-2015 “provides a dynamic framework for the implementation of public policy on architecture over the next seven years”.The implementation of the Policy on Architecture should lead to a greater emphasis on the role of architectural and urban-design quality in the design of the built environment.  Minister Gormley emphasised that “the Policy complements and supports the Government’s wider economic strategy in areas such as research, green enterprise and the development of efficient and sustainable technologies for the built environment. Within the Policy there are various actions that support initiatives on job creation, enterprise and the export of Irish skills and products abroad.”

SOURCE: News – Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government.

Will Alsop to take the reins at RMJM’s London studio

Will Alsop OBE, one of Britain’s most renowned architects and winner of the coveted Stirling Prize, has announced that he is to create a studio called ‘Will Alsop at RMJM’ as part of the RMJM worldwide architectural firm.

Will Alsop’s appointment completes the recent management reorganisation at RMJM’s base in London, where he will take pole position, aimed at creating a flagship office within the RMJM global network.

Winner of the Stirling Prize in 2000 for the Peckham Library in London, Alsop has worked extensively across the UK and internationally with major projects in Toronto, Marseilles, Hamburg and New York. Recent projects in the UK include the affectionately nicknamed ‘Chips’ building in Manchester, The Public in West Bromwich and a luxury hotel development on the banks of the River Thames.

In his new role at RMJM, his energies will be very much focused on building a world class global design studio which further enhances and develops RMJM’s reputation in the UK and abroad.
Alsop will be supported in his new design role by a recently appointed management team. Miriam White, previously of Rafael Viñoly Architects and Foster + Partners, joined the studio as Operations Director and Scott Lawrie, who has held senior positions at PRP Architects, John McAslan & Partners and Foster + Partners, has joined the team as Principal.

SOURCE: RMJM.

Video: Amsterdam Make-over 2040

A video in various languages reviews the role of Amsterdam in the world and how it will exist in 2040. The video includes Richard Florida, Saskia Sassen, Zef Hemel, Adriaan Geuze (WEST 8), Merijn Oudenampsen. An interesting video although most of the video is not in English it is still interesting to hear people’s views about Amsterdam which is an important city on the world stage.
Watch the video here

SOURCE: WEST 8

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