The clear answer should be -no this folly, and yes to the bridges at Nine Elms and Rotherhith..
Excellent statement, highlighting what a city really needs for regeneration, when neighbourhoods are threatened, and a decadent scheme that is an extravagant folly to pander to celebrity and trendy designer egos. Just to increase London's tourist potential is a lousy argument -for London has in fact more than it can cope with. It is indeed a treasure house for those who live here and visit here. What is at question here is not the doggy tendering and selection process, and the probability of the project vastly exceeding its projected costs which will be yet another burden on TfL and the taxpayer. No, the question, already answered by the majority of feeling, is that whether we need this bridge at this location at all. The answer is that bridges are needed at more critical points eats and west of Waterloo Bridge. This one must not be allowed to go ahead.
This farce beggars belief and is surreal, beyond irony! The President more or less apologising to the party carrying out projects that are considered as war crimes, to consolidate and perpetuate a brutal occupation and apartheid - all contrary to international law, the Geneva Conventions, the RIBA ethical codes, and UIA Resolutions and articles -and ignoring the oppressed Palestinians, and demonising those who courageously presented the 19 March Motion, which was fairly debated and convincingly carried. The honourable thing to do would have been for the RIBA delegation to pursue the Resolution at the UIA. Instead we have the obsequious appalling reversal -surely a candidate in the Guiness Book of Records for the most squalid reversal of a democratic vote to uphold justice and ethics by a professional institute in hoc to a vociferous and intimidating lobby and pressure from donors, and a facilitating executive, using untenable 'Charity' reasons -to place itself on the wrong side of history. This is at a time when Israel's criminal actions are escalating at fever pitch, especially around the illegal settlement expansion and dispossession of Palestinians on both sides of the green linen, the horrendous urbicide in Gaza, and house demolitions in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, backed by ongoing violence and IDF terror, killings, arrests and detentions. A sad and infamous end to the year for the RIBA, which it will find hard to live down -unless it reverses this pathetic decision, and shakes up its increasing stranglehold on its democratic and ethical functioning.
Comment on: Holl's Glasgow School of Art set to open
Yes it is sad that someone with Stephen Holl's talent has come up with this dubious companion to the iconic Mackintosh School of art, with its acres of glass -so completely anti-thetical to the Glasgow idiom and character. A similar situation exists with his winning competition for an extension to Bombay's V&A musem -a proposal that is bombastic and totally alien to the character and setting of the existing building, and no response at all to Bombay's climate -the heat, the humidity and the rain -just as with Gehry, massive sculptural forms to reflect a giant ego.
Comment on: Assael doubles profits after ‘best year ever'
Pity about the poor quality of the architecture -commercial, characterless and drab. Is this what London needs? Let's have some really good architecture for a change and less of these mass repeating solutions which still do not respond to London's real need -decent quality social housing at cheap rents for the average and poor service industry workers, public sector workers and young people starting out.