Comment on: Cameron set to scrap affordable homes quotas
This is a move to further divide society through housing, so no more attempted co-location of rich and poor. Together with what is happening in health and education this is bad news and will deeply divide the UK. Starter homes will not be built in areas with the best job prospects. Sorry for stating the obvious.
Comment on: Peter Barber reveals Newham back-to-back housing
This is a really interesting article and project. We have some back-to-backs in our Malings project, currently completing in Ouseburn, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Interestingly, our client vetoed the use of the descriptor back-to-back being applied these units, as it is still a toxic term up north. As well as the advantages that Peter mentions, back-to-backs, like terraces, are good for sustainability because they share, in our case, two walls with adjoining properties. Our units are all triple aspect.
Such a shame if the little house goes. Tower Hamlets should CPO it for social enterprise below and affordable housing over. And/or the developers need to see it as a fantastic story, PR on a plate, rather than a problem and a hindrance.
Angela For me it was a really important trip, irrefutable evidence of woman architects' particular sensitivity to the spirit of a place and the geographical nature of culture. Less happily it was a wake up call; impossible not to see with one own eyes how architecture all too easily acts as a stooge to power politics and how once our profession stoops... the corruption feeds itself. Impossible too not to admire the sheer resilience, oscillating between steadfast optimism and black humour, shown by our architect hosts and their colleagues. I now try to run my practice like Khilda and Nadia's Nablus friend with the five children, who insists on generous credit to all in her team, who she calls her extended family.
Comment on: Moscow’s Shukhov tower saved from demolition
Visited it last month and got within 10 metres of its base, trespassing in a neighbouring compound.. One of the must-sees of a visit to Moscow.