L T SPARKS
Cabe's Crossrail Design Review Panel was highly critical of the previous scheme for its size and design; Westminster disregarded our views. This revised proposal is even bigger! In my view, the massing is crude and quite unworthy of such a favoured location on Hanover Square. It does a huge disservice to Crossrail by association. Les Sparks (former chair of Cabe's Crossrail DRP)
Well said, Mr President. If only better judgement had been applied in London we might not have had the stupid 'Walkie Talkie' building spoiling views from the South Bank.
Comment on: Obituary: Philip Dowson (1924 – 2014)
Here in Birmingham, Dowson developed an industrialised building method for new laboratories at the university, based on a three-dimensional geometry of multiple grids. In a paper to the RIBA in February 1966 he reflected on "the richness and variety of space that can be created within the strict geometrical disciplines that are the reflection of an industrialised method". He went on to warn that "although [industrialisation] is compelling us the whole time to learn a new language of methods, even an exceptional command of a language does not necessarily imply the possession of any valuable ideas to express". Another illustration of his belief that architecture is a combination of art and science.
As I recall, the City has been rather less concerned about impacts on views of St Pauls whenever high buildings have been proposed in the Square Mile!
I am very surprised that EH found little evidence that Farmer & Dark were well regarded. In G.E. Kidder Smith's book 'The New Architecture of Europe' published in Pelican Books in 1962, two of their projects are included out of a total of only 23 listed for the whole of the British Isles.. These are the Bowater Paper Works in Northfleet (1958) and Marchwood Power Station (1956) near Southampton. The photograph of Marchwood is directly across the page from the Smithson's Hunstanton School. I believe Marchwood was demolished in the 1980's.