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February 11 2005

The shortlist for the new, £20million, Design Academy at Liverpool John Moores University has been announced. Practices in the running are Austin-Smith:Lord, Edward Cullinan, Fielden Clegg Bradley, Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners, Hopkins Architects, Gareth Hoskins Architects, Rick Mather Architects and Wilkinson Eyre Architects.

Clitheroe based IWA Architects has obtained planning consent for a development of 17 homes on a steeply-sloping brown field site on the outskirts of Darwen, one of the East Lancashire pathfinder towns. The development has three and five-storey units, which include family houses and open-plan flats with balconies and double-height spaces. There are private and public gardens with bridge links to the upper levels, lift access to all floors and an overall site density of 70 units/ha. Cladding includes a palette of materials consistent with the local area, such as rubble and ashlar stone walls, but also introduces timber and render.

The image of the B of the Bang that appears on the front cover of Prospect is taken from a new magazine called East which looks at the regeneration of East Manchester. Copies are available, priced £3.00, from NEM on 0161 223 1155.

Will Alsop’s vision for the future of the North has been unveiled at Manchester’s Urbis. The SuperCity exhibition, which imagines a future when the M62 corridor has become a coast-to-coast ‘SuperCity’ 80 miles long, will run until 15 May.

Rotherham’s Clifton Park Museum has opened its doors after a £3m refurbishment, which saw the Grade II listed building closed for two years. The refurbishment work, by CPMG Architects, includes a new caf..., shop and improved toilets and wheelchair access.

Plans to re-develop Bradford centre by Will Alsop are to be displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as part of an exhibition called Groundswell: Constructing the Contemporary Landscape, that will feature a total of 23 projects that look at re-designing urban spaces

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