Comment on: Charles Knevitt dies aged 63
A wry character who made me smile back in the day. Smiling now at memory of the unstuffy man he was..
The Chancellor has roughly the same amount of pull to solve the 'housing crisis' as King Canute had to slow the ebb and flow of the tide. Ditto the RIBA. I posted this 'Housing for Dummies' rant elsewhere yesterday. I'm now off to lie in a darkened room...
"Builders supply homes, not politicians. The units are designed to attract the highest price, not for ease of living. The number of units builders construct is determined by their business plans, not by politicians. The number of ill-affordable homes in any development is determined by how few the builder thinks they can get away with when determining how much to bid for the site. Why anyone things developers are going to act any differently remains a deep mystery."
As part of Create Street's 'positive spirit of assistance' their design brief should contain enough floor space to throw off a £60m contribution towards the £100m cost of station improvements being demanded from the present developer by Transport for London. Otherwise the excercise is futile.
Comment on: 'It is my pleasure to be returning to the AJ'
Shame, but the way of the world. Good to see enough outrage was generated by reader reaction to digital-only that hard copy will come fortnightly, for now.
Comment on: RIBA calls for Garden Bridge to be halted
Imagine, Thomas Heatherwick is only a 'honorary' architect, not a properly qualified designer. Only full members of the RIBA should be allowed to design bridges, obviously. Clearly, the Mayor of London should never be allowed to break euro rules and commission one of the finest designers in Britain. Does the President of the RIBA have any idea how parochial her complaints sound to those not members of the chosen profession?