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Michael Ball

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  • Comment on: Regime values are less important than a building's use

    Michael Ball's comment 4 October, 2015 4:13 am

    So would a job as an architect designing a cultural building at Sun City during the days of apartheid be OK? I don't think so. The sporting and cultural boycott was the most powerful one which helped turn South Africa.

    As you would be the first to agree Paul, when it comes to architecture context is key, and nothing is more contextual than politics

  • Comment on: Poll: Less than half of Londoners support Garden Bridge

    Michael Ball's comment 25 September, 2015 4:25 pm

    It is outrageous that the Garden Bridge Trust have already burnt up £20m of public money on trying to foist this vanity project onto London, on the basis of a false prospectus: they promised it would cost £60m but it's come in at £175m; they promised it would be privately funded but they've only raised £65m and want £60m of public money; they promised it would have cyclists but then they were banned; they promised it would enhance views, but it blocks them. Lambeth Council might have been mugged in 2013 by their false prospectus, but they're now bravely doing the right thing and calling an end to this nonsense.

  • Comment on: Revealed: Folly for London winner

    Michael Ball's comment 22 September, 2015 1:16 pm

    I'm very disappointed that none of the applicants have set out their particular 'red-tape shortcut' which would help circumvent tiresome competition and entitle them to build their project and be paid for doing so - things such as having been the neighbour or nanny of the Mayor of London, or being the Da Vinci of our age, or having next to no experience of building a folly before. I don't want to see such large amounts of public money wasted on somebody who has a track record or knows what they are doing.

    Nevertheless Scrotopolis would work very well with the cluster of phalluses emerging along the South Bank.

  • Comment on: Shuttleworth: 'The Garden Bridge makes a statement about London's creativity'

    Michael Ball's comment 10 August, 2015 7:42 am

    Declare an interest, perlease, Mr Shuttleworth!

    Less than 100m from the site proposed for the Garbage Bridge a slender Seifert South Bank sister to Centre Point is being bulked up and extended skyward, with four mini towers added, all to transform a central London workspace employing 3,000 people into a skyhigh pile of safety deposit boxes for investors and launderers posing as high-end chi chi flats - all designed and delivered by Make, Mr Shuttleworth's own brand of transformative.

    But the most miserable part of Make's design is that the 11 extra greedy floors atop Seifert's tower will ensure that it will be very clearly seen from inside the courtyard at Somerset House - a fate Seifert carefully avoided - thereby completely wrecking a glorious and unique bit of supposedly protected London history right in the heart of the city.

    At least the Garbage Bridge's proponents admitted it would wreck views of Somerset House from the river, even if you would only have found that admission if you had got to volume 8 of the appendices to their Environmental Impact Assessment (maybe Rob Leslie-Carter should give it a read?).

    Make kept quiet about their destruction of the inside of Somerset House, and the clutz at English Heritage completely missed it until after permission was granted.

    So, no lessons in urbanity from you, perlease, Mr Shuttleworth!

  • Comment on: Emmott: 'Londoners overwhelmingly want the Garden Bridge'

    Michael Ball's comment 29 July, 2015 0:22 am

    Bizarre Bee, what are you saying? Are you not ashamed to put your name to this drivel?

    "The Garden Bridge will break new territory... a new, free public garden in the heart of urbanised London". Wow! A new garden!! Is that 'breaking new territory' because its new - unlike nearby 'old' Jubilee Gardens (2012) or 'old' Kensington Gardens (1728), or 'old' Camley St Gardens (1985) and all the other urban gardens inbetween in London which were built sometime before the Right Now?

    "2,500m² of brand new garden" for £175m? What are planting, caviar trees?

    "65 per cent of the capital costs to build it fundraised from the private sector" But your own figures show that you have only 35% (£65m out of £175m) of the capital costs pledged from the private sector! Doh!!

    "reducing pressure on Waterloo Station" - how? By creating a visitor attraction bringing 3m additional visitors to the area? Doh

    The "economic benefits will be- close to £500 million over 60 years" will be generated by 5% uplift in property prices in the area according to the Strategic Business Case,,, which is of course precisely what London needs now with an over-heated housing market... Not! Doh!!!

    "We must be bolder [than asking what problem it solves], go beyond simply function and seek out the ideas, opportunities and the inspiration it presents"? It's fine to go beyond simple function, but if you're proposing a BRIDGE it must at least pass muster on the simple functional level. Does a structure which connects unrelated spaces and closes at night and on occasional days and elicits long queues pass muster as a bridge?

    Finally, what is the "inspiration it presents"? The inspiration to every insider to hook up with a grinning chancer and try an audacious raid on the public realm and the public purse?

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