This magazine belongs to you
The AJ is the voice of the profession, so tell us what you want to see in your magazine, writes Christine Murray
Note the possessive apostrophe in our title: The Architects’ Journal belongs to you. We publish you, cover your news and endeavour to present the world through your thickly framed glasses. We visit your buildings, seeking out the best, or at least the most interesting, work you do, and publish your most compelling projects. And it’s not too difficult to crawl inside your heads, since a fair number of the editorial team studied architecture too.
All this to say that I feel privileged to be the latest editor of your magazine. If it’s been a couple of months since my appointment and I haven’t said so before, it’s because I’m on maternity leave until the end of the summer. But as I reintegrate into the grown-up world over the coming months, I look forward to hearing from you, the profession, on what you’d like from your magazine. Please write to our Letters page. Don’t keep us guessing about what makes you angry, laugh, cringe, scoff, cry.
We’d also like to hear from you about this week’s news. The coalition government has enacted its first wave of cuts and changes: no more garden-grabbing, the rescinding of the minimum density requirements, and £1.6 billion-worth of major spending cuts to Kickstart, the National Affordable Housing Programme, the Department for Transport, and Communities and Local Government.
Practices with generous public sector portfolios may have been cushioned during the credit crunch, but with the public sector imploding, they’ll be feeling it now. So, a second round of misery cometh. This time, it would be nice if the whole profession could afford to stick its fingers in its ears, close its eyes and hum until the national debt is paid and we’re all flush with work again. (The London Festival of Architecture, kicking off this week, offers some delightful ways to forget.)
But for those making second rounds of redundancies (or being made redundant), it’s a bit rich for me to suggest we simply look the other way. Let us know how the cuts and changes affect you, and whether we can do anything to help.