I am not a member of ASH, nor do I support the targeting of individual developments for censure but I did protest outside the RIBA last night. Having struggled with the ethics of it beforehand, my final reason for peaceful protest (my first ever) was that staying silent is no longer a justifiable position. However you cut up the cake of housing, it is always those most hungry that get the smallest slice. I would hope that all architects with a social conscience might expect the RIBA to have a clear policy on the provision of affordable housing and make that known to the powers that be. There would then be no need to protest.
Comment on: Y:Cube by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Would have been interesting to explore the reasons why "short-stay" accommodation does not have to comply with GLA Space Standards. I understand the plan area of the units is 26m2 or nearly 30% smaller than the minimum studio area in the GLA Space standards. Consequently, isn't this a superb example of how certain people can live in small spaces if they are well designed?
This article demonstrates how far removed the AJ has become from being the Architects' Journal. The real story is who is building and collaborating on the 75% of houses not delivered by the 'Big 3'. If the AJ reported on football, nobody outside the top 4 of the Premiership would get much of a look in. The "More Homes Better Homes" campaign appears devoid of any in-depth reporting on complicated issues and pushes against an open door.
Comment on: Let's use our influence wisely
Let's hope that great debate is extended to people beyond the small coterie of practices who have a stranglehold on housing policy within the architectural profession.
The symbolism of architects sipping champagne (also not uncommon for AJ staffers) in a moat while people with a democratic right to protest have to shout to make themselves heard says it all about the current state of architects and their "cllients".