chris Dyson's Comments
This is a real concern - too often as a practise workling in conservation areas in central London, we are faced with severe delays on projects, which creates incredible stress to the design process and delivery of a project. This would be unneccessary if there were many more well qualified architecurally trained staff within planning and conservation departments. This should be made a priority for councils all over the country, something needs to be doen to make these posts interesting and appealing to young architects as a serious career choice. Councils that urgently want to do something about this can turn to local professionals and create design advisory panels to advise on the qulaity of design and speed up the procress by doing so providing case officers with a more rounded and confident response to planning proposals.
O’Donnell + Tuomey’s Saw Swee Hock student centre is a great building and very worthy of the prize. Built in a challenging context using brick in an innovative way it is a real London project with a metropolitan twist. It is my favourite!
Comment on: Obituary: Richard MacCormac (1938-2014)
I had the pleasure of working with Richard very closely over the last two years on the detail design and construction of his dining room, at the rear Heneage Street, his home for many years. I will never forget the lasting impression he made on me, his tenacity and dogged pursuit of the detail. He had a great capacity to defuse difficult situations and meetings by injecting humour and telling anecdotes. He was a giant in terms of his Architecture, an inspirational figure in many respects, who always ploughed his own furrow, with great energy and enthusiasm, which he did until very recently, with the beautiful publication of a book ‘Two houses in Spitalfields’ a story of the entwined lives and homes of his late partner Jocasta Innes of 30 years. He will be sorely missed by the architectural profession and many in the community of Spitalfields and where he lived and was loved, by family and many friends alike.
The point about perimeter blocks and street scale is well made. I firmly believe we can achieve the similar high densities without towers and with amixture of tenure it only takes a will we all live 'cheek by jowl' in London, that is what makes London so great and dtynamic, ghettos of rich or poor folks should be avoided at all costs... What we need streets and squares not left over spaces after an efficient tower plan has been implimented....
This is a great project / opportuity to create a strong counterpoint to the area’s exisitng strong artistic and commercial activities and create a richer social mix by providing a sense of place and identity, a place to idle stand and stare. Nearly 300 years of history is a fascinating tapestry to work with!
Healthrow airport as a new urban village in london, redeveloping and thinking of the future of london ? And build a sustainable new airport at the isle of grain. This would make for two viable and sustainable communities. Perhaps these ideas are too bold for this government? If implemented they would drive london forward as the Victorians did so well.
beautiful and sensible wonderful use of concrete
beautiful and elegant
Expandinhg Heathrow is not an option for those who live there or most londoners. the new island is a good idea and one that has been around for some time before boris picked it up for that reason it makes sense, the east has benefited hugely from the olympics and the improvement in infrastructure that brought with it. the birds will find a new home in the estuary the ship can be moved these are poor excuses for delaying sensible economic development of a much blighted area of the thames estuary.
fits well in context almost classical in proportions and form the rotunda seen over roof tops most elegant