Simon Carne's Comments
One aspect not mentioned in the First Look article was the apparently generous floor plan areas. The 4 bed houses seem to be nearly 200m2, the one bed flats just over 93m2 and the 2 bed flats about 107m2. These if correct are considerably in excess of the London Housing Space Standards and recommendations in the RIBA's Case for Space campaign.
Richard Rogers inspired -like it Agnieskza
It is well worth re-reading Parker Morris. It addresses so much more than space standards. Many of the recommendations are of course past their sell-by date, but within the text there are many gems. I have in my copy highlighted many, here are few - "It is important that these minimum space standards should not be taken as a maxima; they are nothing of the sort." Para 16 The adaptable house merits only one paragraph (29) but ends with the call. "We see the investigation of practical possibilities of doing it (adaptable housing) easily ....one of the most important lines of future research into the development of design and structure the sooner it is started the better" "The over-riding concern in designing with the car in mind must be to design for the pedestrian to stay alive....."para 200 89 pages long, arguably too many words and not enough diagrams but excellent value at 4/- from HMSO. Time to publish again on the web with metric and costs updated for inflation?
Whilst having buildings as part of the backdrop to a World Heritage site is not in itself unacceptable, surely the issues are also quality of public realm, a cut back to reveal the entrance to Waterloo Station, lack of enclosure to the enlarged public realm and the unrelieved elevational treatment. Big buildings require more subtlety and interrogation before approval.
A new model for rural development? Can the "rules" of urban design be broken? So many questions, I'm sure Jonathan has good answers.
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10,600 sq m, £19.4m even after rising to £26m looks exceptional value for money.
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These churches were selected by Emporis. Not knowing who they were I thought I'd have a look and they are....The #1 provider of building data and construction projects worldwide! Says it all.
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Foster's airport is also of course more than architecture as well. In fact it isn't architecture at all, but planning, so long decried as a profession by architects. If the UK was serious about planning (and for that matter architecture) then it might happen one day.
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article 25 are clever guys keep it up.