Industry Professional's Comments
will it actually be a café serving food as originally or just a building preserved in aspic?
Well said Ken Shuttleworth! To the list of reasons about why we should all embrace the Garden Bridge I would add: •As well as connecting the South Bank to Victoria Embankment, the bridge creates a new and amazing space for Londoners and visitors alike. A place for relaxation, recreation and social interaction, encouraging people to enjoy London on foot •The bridge does more than one thing which people find confronting. On one hand 10,000 people will use it every day as part of a more serene daily commute. At the same time it will be a unique place to just be – and to enjoy more of London’s best views amongst Dan Pearson’s garden rather than next to dual carriageway traffic •it will invigorate passion for horticulture and nature in London. •Over 65% of the capital costs to build the bridge will be fundraised from the private sector, representing a significant gift to the public •It will improve London’s walkability, improving personal health and benefitting the environment •Pedestrian numbers will be very similar to the Millennium Bridge but with twice the pedestrianised area it will be far less congested. •It will improve transport connectivity, providing a much needed direct connection to Temple Underground and reducing pressure on Waterloo Station •The Bridge will connect into the existing ecologies of the North and South Bank •The Bridge will be free. There will be no charge or ticketing system. It will be open to the public from 6am and until midnight all year round. •To avoid taxpayers footing the bill for its ongoing maintenance it will be closed for a maximum of 12 days (or more likely 12 part days) when it will host fundraising and community events. So well said again Ken. The bridge is supported by almost eight out of 10 Londoners according to a poll earlier this month, but public statements of support are important. Rob Leslie-Carter Director at Arup, and part of the Garden Bridge design team
Comment on: Moxon brought in on Garden Bridge project
Just for clarity GBT hasn't 'drafted in' Moxon. Moxon are part of the Bouygues TP and Cimolai Joint Venture team selected as preferred Main Contractor in April 2015.
Comment on: ‘The worst building in the world awards’
"We have a housing crisis because new housing, new neighbourhoods and new multistorey blocks are consistently, unambiguously and predictably unpopular with most of the public most of the time." This is simply false, and makes you start to doubt the rest of what's said.
Comment on: Coalition of critics slams the Garden Bridge
It's an old fashioned folly, pure and simple. This would be fine if like most historic follies it was privately funded. Remove the public funding and finance it through corporate altruism and it would be fine.
Nothing said about maintenance costs and who will pay them?
Well written Ian. Not one respondent refers to children in their response. Whilst internal space standards are important so is private (and public) outside space for growing playing children. Apartments / flats are not places for growing children either for themselves, their parents or their neighbours. Will the 7.5sqm standard stop estate agents from referring to large cupboards as bedrooms ?
Comment on: Building great schools
Roger, Couldn't agree with you more and keen to get involved. Whatever the colour(s) of the next government there's no doubt that we have a huge challenge to meet demand. The danger for the profession is that we fall into the trap of just saying we need more money - we need to be more creative than that as it's very unlikely that £/m2 rates will improve after May. So we need to be asking how we can use space more effectively? Whether a 'traditional' arrangement of classroom spaces is the most efficient/ effective way of delivering the curriculum, and so on. Timetabling is another area where we might find significant opportunities to make better quality spaces that work for more of the day. I could go on... Philip Watson (Atkins)
A peace of Art
Paint on, seamless, copper?... is that a thing?...
Planners insist on new houses looking the same as the adjacent houses and the houses in the surrounding area, therefore no real design is required. It would be nice to be able to put forward innovative design solutions not just basic red or buff brick square houses with very little character or Architectural design.
Seems so obvious just to push back the taxi pick up turnaround back a bit in order to retain the building. Its not like this part of the Royal Arsenal is desperate for public space.
Comment on: Crystal Palace: Where did it all go Zhongrong?
Good riddance I say. The park is not derelict as anyone ever setting foot in it will be bale to see. Locals are rightly fed up with people descending and declaring their much used local park in need of being concreted over. Would this have gone any further a really dangerous precedent would have been set not boding well for keeping green spaces in the city. It is too easy to feel all sentimental about a formerly bankrupt icon that burned to the ground for good reason. There is yet hope London will grow up and ditch its rampant icon-ism for a more interesting future should this project really disappear.
Comment on: 26.09.14: Materials science
Comment on: Robert Adam unveils Reading towers scheme
What on earth is that?!... no no no no no.... wrong on 28 levels
Not as aesthetically pleasing as Stockton-on-Tees' Infinity bridge but due to location, I feel this will get more coverage and praise.
The regeneration developments in Blackpool look promising however, I feel out of season it'll always have the "Every day is like Sunday" theme associated with run down seaside resorts across the country.
The nice brick area will shortly be covered by second/third cars and recycling bins!
From Anne Markey: Nadia Habash was my counterpart on the British Council Women @ Work trip to Palestine in 2008 led by Angela Brady. I was shocked by the impact of occupation on the daily lives of Nadia and other professional colleagues there. The West Bank was not the discrete parcel of land separated by a wall from Israel that I had ignorantly imagined it to be. Palestinian cities were separated from other Palestinian cities within the West Bank by Israeli checkpoints making the typical regular site visit that we are familiar with here in the UK an arduous and prolonged affair. Personally I think that UK architects should inform themselves fully of the situation on the ground before they chase opportunities in such a sensitive context.
Out of interest and general equality, will there be an annual "men in architecture" awards?