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Robert Wakeham

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  • Comment on: Proposed Orbit super-slide rises three times over budget

    Robert Wakeham's comment 5 February, 2016 9:29 pm

    I think that Ted Happold would've been very surprised indeed if he knew that the team that bears his name had become involved in this.

  • Comment on: Many small things add up to something significant

    Robert Wakeham's comment 5 February, 2016 8:43 pm

    'Many small things add up to something significant' calls to mind the AJ's recent news item - 'Developers selected for huge TfL property framework'.
    Given the massive and increasingly destabilising problem of young Londoners being unable to afford the ballooning cost of housing, I wonder if TfL might see their way to releasing at reasonable prices the huge number of 'leftover' small and more difficult to develop plots - those places unattractive to their big framework partners - to enable young up and coming practices to tackle small housing projects to enable young people escape from joining the homeless and disillusioned?
    I wonder if TfL - having become embroiled in the controversy surrounding their support for that irresistibly vital piece of infrastructure, the Garden Bridge, might see the opportunity to redeem themselves (somewhat) by helping to address the housing problem?
    The Mayor and his team might benefit from visiting the current exhibition at the AA on the small projects of - and inspired by - Walter Segal, and the current development on another backland site in Lewisham.
    Perhaps the 'great & the good' of our architectural profession who've been so ready to applaud the Garden Bridge might consider a TfL small housing projects initiative just as worthy of support?

  • Comment on: Mayor demands review of rejected Duggan Morris scheme

    Robert Wakeham's comment 4 February, 2016 1:05 pm

    A big step-change in scale (and lumpen if the first image is anything to go by) so the mayor's call-in letter 'failure to promote appropriate development....' makes me wonder how much London risks suffering from a failure to elect an appropriate mayor, in terms of integrity, diligence and freedom from the diseases of deviousness, cronyism and overweening personal ambition.

  • Comment on: Zac backs the Garden Bridge

    Robert Wakeham's comment 4 February, 2016 1:44 am

    The odds on London having another opportunistic mayor with his sights set on the 'main chance' must be increasing by the minute - and Mr Johnson is beginning to sound about as convincing as Mr Trump.

  • Comment on: Piano's Paddington Pole pulled from planning

    Robert Wakeham's comment 2 February, 2016 6:13 pm

    Michael Sorkin, discussing the New York city skyline in last August's 'Architectural Review', talked of 'a rush of global starchitects energetically putting lipstick on a rash(er) of enormous pigs', and went on to liken the skyline to a bar graph of real-estate prices.
    Where Manhattan goes, central London follows?

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