Simon Allford's stories
Simon Allford: 'I'm addicted to boxing'Subscription
AHMM director Simon Allford on his return to a childhood fascination with boxing
The listing of 14 post war offices confirms an important cultural shift in our view of both post-WW2 and contemporary architecture, says AHMM’s Simon Allford
[OFFICES] Essay 1: Simon Allford, AHMM
About the White Collar FactorySubscription
This 16-storey White Collar Factory tower will soon stand tall at the Old Street roundabout in London EC1
Adelaide Wharf by AHMMSubscription
More Homes, Better Homes: The AJ presents twelve exemplar housing schemes
Coalition, classicism and designSubscription
Despite the political picture, the best designers will still attempt to make better places, says Simon Allford
Building Regulations - a 'snappy aide-memoire' Subscription
Austin Williams has collected his best NBS Shortcuts into two ‘at a glance guides for building designers’. Simon Allford takes a look
There was much discussion during the week about architecture and matters of life and death. Which only highlights the eternal architectural dilemma: you are trained to live and breathe architecture at all costs, only to realise (as some other earth-shattering news is conveyed) that there is more to life, notably life itself. I am of the belief that the more you set out to enjoy life, and the architecture that springs out of it, the more likely you are to produce enjoyable, even uplifting, ...
I recently wrote of how the Sustainable Communities Plan ensures that the urban renaissance is enjoyed by the cappuccinoconsuming few. Which leads to the question: who are the few? In architecture there are advisers to government: the great and good who broker deals distributing wealth and power. I know of clients who have been pressured, warned off someone or encouraged to use another. It's all very nasty.