Comment on: Museum of London commits to Smithfield move
This is fantastic news. A win, win, win, win situation! Win 1 - The historic General Market gets a genuine reprieve adn excellent reuse, and what could be more appropriate than the Museum of London and its 3000+ year old collections Win 2 - Sir Simon Rattles request is actually being taken seriously by the Corporation and the wider political class in local and national government. Win 3 - The opportunity for London to finally have the best concert hall in the world. This is a truly one off opportunity to right a serious, cultural and artistic vacuum in the capital. I can but hope this is run as an international competition of the highest calibre. Win 4 - Last but not least, where the wanton disregard for Hoarce Jone's built legacy by the Corporation and blind adherence to more bland office floor plates. In my eyes, for quite sometime it had made them look rather like cultural philistines. Yet now, here is the multiple opportunity to right what had for sometime looked like an appalling wrong! I am intrigued to know if any of the vast underground vaults of the market will become the collections store? So freeing the Regents Canal site for redevelopment as well as bringing the whole institution together in one place. This is a truly exciting development for London
Comment on: Madin's Birmingham tower saved...for now
It's as if John Madden never practiced! This may appear to be a stay of execution, but the hammer will eventually fall on the former NatWest Tower. Another example of Birmingham's relentless move 'Forward' seeming to spare little thought for it's 20th century built environment legacy
Comment on: New public square opens at St Pancras
Yet more bland corporate landscaping in London's ever increasing privately owned 'public' space
The South Bank, as well as Bankside and Elephant & Castle all the way along to Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea truly are becoming the equivalent of the eastern bank of the Huangpu River to the Embankment's 'Bund'. Who would have thought the developers of London needed such an extreme and disparate inspiration for their latest physical incarnations and development. At the same time politicians insist on peddling the nineteenth century, low rise Garden City idea... disconnect anyone?
The photos portray a new Foyles that looks far too organised and spacious from the one I remember, visited and loved! I'll still browse and shop there though...