Robert Wakeham's Comments
An estuary airport might be the right long-term strategy for London, but it looks mighty like the wrong long term strategy for the rest of Britain's population - which, unfortunately, lies to the other side of London.
Comment on: Council backs Knight's River Cam footbridge
As an aside, why hasn't anyone built a giant Anglepoise as an urban 'landmark' sculpture? - preferably working, choreographed say to the volume of traffic on a city roundabout..
At least it's not bent / warped / twisted / convoluted.
The problem of being plagued by the shadows created by the imposition of tall buildings on a neighbourhood has surfaced much closer to home, where Boris is over-ruling the objections of Tower Hamlets and Hackney councils to plans for a cluster of tall buildings - on the old Bishopsgate goods yard site - that would overshadow Shoreditch.
There have been 'concerns' about Euston ever since the arch was destroyed , so it'll be very interesting to see what effect the independent design panel has on what happens here.
Quite apart from the treatment of Spiegelhalter's shop, there are surely questions to be asked about the rising fashion for plumping up London's real estate by adding more storeys where a structure will (hopefully) bear it. I wonder what Ian Nairn would've made of this?
Comment on: Another Grimshaw building in listing wrangle
Come on, Mr Grimshaw - we live in a time of change. Why not give the whole of London a certificate of immunity from conservation? Think of the money to be made from flattening everything and rebuilding to double the height (infinitely more on the school playing fields) with a set percentage of the profit going to the ruling political party and the rest being efficiently laundered offshore?
Both Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan are apparently in favour of the 'garden bridge' project, but I don't know whether their enthusiasm for a bridge that's more folly than anything else indicates that they're bridgaholics - and have the vision to push for more bridges downstream - or whether they're just two more politicians jumping on a vanity 'bridgewagon'.
If Boris has time on his hands in Israel he could go and chase up Ori Kalif in Tel Aviv. Mr Kalif is the director of CLTX Ltd, who illegally flattened the Carlton Tavern in Maida Vale on 8th April while the landlady was out. Mr Kalif was ordered to rebuild the pub within 18 months from demolition - he's only got 11 months left and the clock's ticking. Actually, Boris probably has bigger fish to fry.
Barbarians at the Gate.
We need a lot more of this type of design & development approach - it would be wonderful to see the torch carried for Walter Segal by John Broome and others getting far wider recognition throughout the country.
A member of a government charging down the road to 'severe cuts' - come hell or high water - criticises local authorities for making severe cuts. It encourages the old question: 'Would you buy a second hand car from this man?'
Comment on: Glasgow seeks city centre masterplanner
Glasgow City Council should try walking before it attempts to run. The condition of many of the pavements in the city centre is an absolute disgrace - and it would appear that the council can't even cope with repairing damage to the areas of fine Caithness flags installed when Glasgow was 'miles better'.
I wonder if the combination of existing raw brick external walls and W20 windows result in a house in which some rooms take a lot to heat in cold weather?
Hopefully the panel will consider it part of their remit to encourage the re-creation of the magnificent Euston Arch.
Comment on: OS31 reveals £15k pop-up marketplace
Great idea - as long as the roof has somewhere for the rain to go.
Useful space, admittedly, but the roof lines are creeping inexorably skywards, aren't they? London only makes economic sense if it swells (or bloats)?
The architecture of money, rather than people - and neither the applied decoration nor the public garden design look as if they'll make much difference to what will basically be a rather sterile and anonymous environment.
I'm not sure whether the need for ethical standards in public life is taken seriously in Britain - or is just taken for granted - but surely it would be reasonable to expect Boris and George to stand as guarantors for the debt. After all, it seems to have been entirely their decision to bung public money into this folly - and their status as elected politicians (two, in Boris's case) surely doesn't give them free rein to throw our money at anything that takes their fancy. And exactly why does this folly qualify for charity status?
Comment on: Public funding for Garden Bridge slashed by £20m
If Boris, Sadiq and Lib - and all the others taking this folly seriously - think that a bit of financial manipulation defuses the situation, they're very much mistaken. The TfL view that this is an important addition to London's public transport infrastructure doesn't fit with planning approval being in the hands of a couple of local councils, Any new stretch of railway - however short and even if built on an old abandoned route, in the middle of nowhere, requires parliamentary assent in a hugely elaborate procedure designed to ensure that the full impact of the proposal is thoroughly examined. A very substantial and 'quirky' private bridge over the Thames in the centre of Britain's capital gets approved almost on the nod. How so?