In the papers today: 07.01.08
Defence Secretary Des Browne is set to announce the closure and redevelopment of the Deepcut Army barracks in Surrey, according to the Mail on Sunday . The site, with space for 5,000 homes, was made infamous by shootings, rape allegations and convictions for indecent assault, and is now set to house an 'eco-home' development.
The Guardian's Steve Rose discusses anti-bullying toilets, Jasper Morrison chairs and motivational quotes from Malcolm X and Goethe. No, not a sneak preview of his title's new offices in King's Cross, but a visit to Allford Hall Monaghan Morris' Westminster Academy. Despite initial concerns that the officey-feel of the school was indicative of a 'hothouse for ruthless young capitalists', Rose gives it a glowing review, impressed with the bright and robust new environment.
As rumblings over Britain's impending housing crisis continue, spare a thought for architects in Japan. The Economist reports that where land value exceeds that of the building, Japan's houses are treated like its ubiquitous electronics, cheap and disposable.
‘Architects are juxtaposing water with homes in exciting new ways’ says Helen Chislett in The Financial Times' How to Spend It section. She takes in pools, canals and moats in her pontificating on architecture and water. Kim Wilkie Associates, Munkenbeck + Marshall and Paul+O Architects feature among others, highlights include details on the peculiarities of ground engineering for moats…
Easington, in the north east of County Durham, normally only makes it into the papers in connection with alarming unemployment statistics resulting from pit closures and for being the setting for film Billy Elliot. It's nice to see then that a £300 million film studio is being planned for the area. According to the Financial Times, this studio could consolidate the £121 million already generated for the region by the film industry.
Meanwhile, on the edge of Snowdonia, a retired vicar’s tranquility is disturbed. Rev John Dale bought his cottage Bron-Yr-Aur, unaware that it gave the title to a Led Zeppelin song. Since then he has been plagued by fans of Messrs Page and Plant keen to scavenge souvenirs. More on a ‘Whole lotta hassle for Rev Zeppelin’ from Polly Dunbar in The Mail On Sunday .