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The proposed plans - designed to improve safety for cyclists - would cost over £200m

Slice of the Sixties

One place that might beat it to that blue plaque is the former residence of the architect Sir Norman Foster. The red brick house in Hampstead is a mixture of period and contemporary features, having kept many original fireplaces, but with a steel and marble kitchen and a very Sixties-style galleried reception room. Gems in the self-contained basement flat include an old juke box and a pinball machine. The agent is Chestertons, and the house is available to rent for pounds 2,500 a week.

Rare action that is hard to prove: Keith Mathieson explains the background and pitfalls of the little-used legal process of slander

SLANDER cases are rarely started and even less frequently reach court. It is an unusual coincidence that two cases should have been before the courts in as many weeks, the Wraith decision following hard on the heels of John Patten's public apology to Birmingham's education chief.

Architecture Update: Big guns and Buddhists

THE ARCHITECTURAL drawings and models in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition are, like the rest of the show, a jumble of the good, the bad and the boring. In the first category are models by three of Britain's most famous practices: Sir Norman Foster's competition for the new bridge at Millau, France, which if built will be the highest road bridge in Europe; Sir Richard Rogers' Zoofenster Building in Berlin; and Michael Hopkins' development at Tottenham Court Road station in London.

Not designed by a local hero: Meanwhile, on the city's edge, Gavin Stamp sees an ill-conceived business park taking shape

Richard Meier, the internationally acclaimed, award-winning architectural superstar from New York, is a busy man. Engaged with creating more examples of his shiny white, pure modernist architecture in Barcelona, Munich, Switzerland and the Hague - to speak only of Europe - he could spare only a few hours last week to speak to the annual convention of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), held in Edinburgh.

Architecture Update: Bowing to St Paul's

SIR Norman Foster & Partners' redevelopment scheme for Mirror Group Newspapers' former headquarters at Holborn Circus, London, has been designed so as not to block views of St Paul's from Primrose Hill. Both the existing 230ft building at 33 Holborn and the 210ft Maxwell House, designed in the Sixties, were built before the DoE's rules governing height restriction in relation to the cathedral came into force in 1991.

INTERVIEW / Inside the house the Hopkinses built: Michael and Patty, award-winning architects, love their steel and glass home. They never want to leave. But . . . where's the doorbell?

People in glass houses really should have doorbells. I'd crossed the little metal drawbridge and was at the front door of their glass and steel house, then stood there like a wally, wondering what to do next. Yes, all very clever, terribly arty, but how the hell do you get in?

Landmarks: Sainsbury Centre

The Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, at the University of East Anglia in Norwich is an exemplary modern building. It was designed by Sir Norman Foster and is set in a superb green landscape. It is in no way a typical art gallery, representing a fairly unique example of patronage that is fast disappearing from this country.

Please adjust your mind set: It may look like the news but it's just hi-tech wizardry. These days parody is as real as TV fact

THREE bodies lie in the street, shot by police in pursuit of an IRA 'dog bomb'. 'Being old,' says the voice-over as the camera pans across the corpses, 'they would have died soon anyway.' The Sinn Fein spokesman, when questioned about the outrage, is obliged to take large gulps of helium to make his voice sound funny and 'subtract from the credibility of his statement'. Meanwhile, US reporter Barbara Wintergreen enthuses about a new disc-shaped plastic foetus that provides all the joy of pregnancy without the fuss of a baby; and, finally, there is an international ban on the hunting of waves.

Architecture: Never mind the quality, feel the cost: The most significant British building of 1994 may be in France. Amanda Baillieu expects a creative crisis in the year ahead

The architectural profession is facing its worst crisis this century, with about half of Britain's 32,000 architects unemployed. And those who believe that architects enjoy the most privileged position in the building team should watch Architecture Armageddon, a BBC 2 Late Show special to be broadcast next Tuesday.

LEADERS OF THE PACK / Previous Winners

Film of the Year: 1991 Edward Scissorhands; 1992 The Double Life of Veronique.

Landmarks: Glasgow

To compare a new pounds 15 m factory to the headquarters of the BBC is to go to completely opposite ends of the scale. But the Barr and Stroud factory in Glasgow, which won my firm a RIBA regional award this year, and the new White City headquarters for the BBC provide examples both of how things could be done and how they should not be done.

Landmarks: Hammersmith

Remembering that London's winter light levels are sometimes only 10 per cent of summer brightness, it is not surprising that you often have a dull feeling arriving along the M4 from Heathrow. But this is exacerbated by the extraordinarily drab, dull brown architecture shadowing the route into the City. I'm referring to Hammersmith, of course. It's not just the dreary design of the buildings - it's the lack of quality human spaces at ground level and lack of good landscaping on the route.

Architecture: French lesson in how a school should look: Designed by Sir Norman Foster's team, the Albert Camus Lycee is a study in style, says Jonathan Glancey

'THE Prime Minister of France, Mr Balladur; the Minister of Education, and Mr Leotard, Minister of Defence and Mayor of Frejus, will officially open the new Albert Camus Lycee in Frejus . . .'

Customs case in stalemate

THE HIGH COURT claim by Lady Foster and her daughter that they were wrongfully arrested and 'publicly humiliated' by customs officers at Heathrow airport ended in stalemate yesterday.

Customs officer tells jury of 'verbal assault'

THE Customs officer accused of publicly humiliating Lady Foster said in the High Court yesterday it was he who was 'verbally assaulted'.
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