In the papers today: 11.02.08. Camden burns
The blaze started in the Camden Lock Market, with flames up to 10m high consuming historic buildings, market stalls and the Hawley Arms pub, beloved of various celebrities and neon-clad trendies. Camden Market is one of London’s most popular tourist attractions, attracting around 500,000 visitors a week, and it is estimated that up to 300 people could lose their jobs. But owner Camden Market Holdings has said it is committed to rebuilding the damaged area.
Jonathan Glancey swoons over Herzog & de Meuron's 'Bird's Nest' stadium in a five-page special on the Beijing Olympics in today's Guardian . It is, he says, 'a work of exceptional quality... an eye-catching design from a distance, the stadium proves to be a mind-bogglingly complex artefact as you get up close, and it is just as dizzying on the inside.'
‘At dusk today guests will take their places aboard the inaugural flight of the Singapore Flyer,’ writes The Times . The new observation wheel is 30m higher than the London Eye, with panoramic views of Malaysia and the Indonesian islands, and will be the largest in the world until eclipsed by rivals in Berlin and Beijing next year.
The Sunday Times reveals the Natural History Museum’s plans to create its own version of the Sistine Chapel. A 15m-long ceiling in one of the museum’s first-floor galleries will be decorated with art inspired by Charles Darwin’s theories of evolution. The 10-strong shortlist of artists includes Mark Wallinger and Rachel Whiteread. The winner will be chosen in the summer and the work unveiled next year to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the naturalist’s birth.
Prince Charles’ plans for an eco-home to be built at the BRE in Watford, alongside Sheppard Robson’s Lighthouse, are just too green, says the Guardian . The Prince wants to set the standard for the green home of the future, choosing natural materials over man-made plastics and insulation. But critics say that the house will not be airtight enough to be classed as zero carbon, only reaching level 3 or 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
London Mayoral candidate Boris Johnson has slammed Heathrow as ‘a planning error’, suggesting that ministers abandon plans for a third runway and sixth terminal and re-examine options for a new London airport on artificial islands in the Thames Estuary, ‘where planes could take off and land round the clock without disrupting residents,’ writes the Sunday Times . The government vetoed similar ideas in 2005, on grounds of cost and environmental damage, and says it has no plans to reconsider.
Finally, architect Luciano Vitiello has been causing trouble in Dorset, where 40 firefighters, police and coastguards were called in to rescue him after he become trapped in a muddy bog, reports the Guardian. Vitiello, from Essex, was stuck for two hours after ending up waist-deep in mud on a coastal walk with his wife. He said: ‘The mud was so solid that it took the fire brigade 30 minutes to dig their way through it.’