Plantation Place, the mega City of London office complex designed by Arup Associates for developer John Ritblat, was the venue for this year's American Institute of Architects student charrette.
The magnificent top floor allowed views across the City as the students worked on a project suggesting how the Square Mile might relate to Stratford in the event of London actually winning the 2012 Olympic bid. Some terrific ideas were reviewed by a jury including Lee Polisano of KPF, critic Jeremy Melvin, Peter Murray, resplendent in an Our Man in Havana white suit, and David Glover from Arup. Ideas included the provision of light and sound shows representing countries/continents in different parts of the City, and a route connecting the areas with cultural markers along the way. Several new city-wide communications systems were proposed, including a very nice idea for an equivalent of the Chicago 'El'.
Congratulations to Callprint for supporting this excellent event again.