Category Archives: Buildings at Risk

Mobile World Congress versus Mies

Melanie Miller (of Schiffli fame) forwards the following pictures from Barcelona where the Mobile World Congress was in full swing on Montjuic. Choice quote from a participant (via Reuters): Richard Windsor, industry specialist at Nomura, estimated after day one that … Continue reading

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Order Revealed

Order revealed during demolition at 2-4 Oxford Road. Compare with Leon Krier’s satirical reinforced concrete order from ‘Houses, Palaces, Cities’*. *Porphyrios, Demetri, ed. Leon Krier: Houses, Palaces, Cities. London, 1984 **The building in the background is the former Refuge Assurance … Continue reading

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So farewell then, 2-4 …

CiA are saddened to witness the demolition of 2-4 Oxford Road in Manchester. It provided an atmospheric and convivial, though cramped, studio space in the early hopeful years. We need more spaces like that in the city not less. Editor’s … Continue reading

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Bankers?

Cornice detail on the (now empty) Midland Bank, Fishergate, Preston. Bankers 

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Waterhouse and Harris – safe in their hands?

Further to a post earlier this year the potential fate of Manchester Town Hall (Alfred Waterhouse), its Extension and Central Library (E. Vincent Harris) becomes clearer. The Manchester Evening News story about the future of the most significant urban and … Continue reading

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Meier versus Mayor

Is their heritage safe in Roman hands? To return to a question which has been asked previously on this blog, the new ‘post-fascist’ Mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, has raked up an old controversy with his suggestion that Richard Meier’s … Continue reading

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Don’t let the Building Inspector see this

  The ruins of Charles Barry’s Upper Brook Street chapel were scaffolded inside whilst the roof was removed. This Continuity in Architecture photograph was taken looking into the abyss from a swinging bucket. Last chance to see…

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Save Robin Hood Gardens? You must be joking!

Is the architectural profession really so flush with time and ennui that it has nothing more significant to work itself up into a lather about than indulging in nostalgic support for a failed urban idea and some of its more … Continue reading

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1968

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Something for transport/concrete enthusiasts: a set of discarded slides of Preston Bus Station during construction and soon after. The building is of course “about to be demolished” – perhaps the architects (BDP Preston) expected a forty … Continue reading

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Pseudo-Wood Demolished

13th January 2008 The First Church of Christ Scientist, Castlemere Street, Rochdale is being demolished. Built between 1911-14 the architect was Thomas Butterworth of 78 King Street Manchester, the same address as the office of Wood and Sellers. It is … Continue reading

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LOXFORD TOWER RIP

¬†It may interest ex-Manchester Polytechnic students of Architecture that Loxford Building is being demolished. Although the School of Architecture moved out of the building some eight or so years ago, for many years before that it was the seat of … Continue reading

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Heartbreakingly Picturesque

With neighbours like these one senses that this piece of old Manchester will soon be shouldered into oblivion. (Picture taken on Upper Brook Street, Manchester)

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