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Robert Wakeham

Robert Wakeham

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  • Comment on: Ivor Smith: What makes a house a home?

    Robert Wakeham's comment 30-Jun-2015 11:05 am

    'Expression of the whole dwelling rather than the repetition of separate windows can order the scale of a large building' - this helped greatly to 'humanise' Park Hill, as can be seen when the deck access elevations are compared with the opposite, 'human', side. The Park Hill elevations are surely rather more successful than those of the Smithsons' Robin Hood Gardens - and if you wander around the back of King's Cross the new Saxon Court / Roseberry Mansions blocks by Maccreanor Lavington show what happens when rigorous repetition and order rule the day (at least, on the street elevations) and the influence of Louis Sullivan is obvious. But then, he wasn't designing homes for people in Chicago - and it's intriguing that the mix of housing types and communal facilities at King's Cross are in fact not that much different from that at Park Hill.

  • Comment on: TfL: ‘We could be the answer to London’s housing crisis’

    Robert Wakeham's comment 30-Jun-2015 10:31 am

    Reassuring to know that TfL's awareness of what it can do to help develop London extends beyond a very contrived vanity project - although developing its property portfolio will see money flowing in, rather than out. But I wonder what's meant by 'game-changing' - affordable housing maybe? No mention of this, and with the government determined to see social housing being flogged off cheap to tenants/developers, maybe the arithmetic wouldn't stack up and we'll see more and more residential property bought purely as an investment, to be left empty and to hell with London.

  • Comment on: Profits up at Urban Splash

    Robert Wakeham's comment 30-Jun-2015 10:19 am

    Good to see a really inspirational developer bouncing back from the hard times of recent years, and very good for the likes of the city of Plymouth.

  • Comment on: Heatherwick: ‘The Garden Bridge has to be built in central London or not at all’

    Robert Wakeham's comment 30-Jun-2015 10:07 am

    There's a degree of underlying arrogance in the belief that this project is without doubt a great asset and in no way a disruptive imposition - and the notion that 'London has treated the Thames as an obstacle to breach' is simplistic in the extreme With work proceeding beyond the design stage, I wonder who's paying for it - is the joint commitment of £60m of public money, by Boris & George (at the same time that George is demanding the nation's books be balanced and pulling the rug from under large areas of the welfare system) already being drawn down?

  • Comment on: SimpsonHaugh scoops go-ahead for Westminster Homes

    Robert Wakeham's comment 29-Jun-2015 8:26 pm

    How about 'the emphasis' at pavement level - what appears to be a solid (brick?) wall, utterly out of character with the rest of the street.

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