Robert. There is already a generous basement link between main public areas, without compromising the spatial integrity of the walk. This is/was one of the best and most unique spaces in Manchester which has now been stolen from the public realm.
How quaint! Good to know the solution to the housing crisis will be suitably 'folksy' for the Telegraph reading voters. Perhaps we could build them in, I don't know...Garden Cities, or something? Ian
How refreshing that someone as renowned as David Adjaye can admit to and reflect on design failure. I don't know the scheme well, but it appears to be more of a failure in the public realm design and perhaps a lack of social activity and public supervision than the building itself? Is there any other reason why this building would be a more attractive object for attack than any other with a glazed facade?
Comment on: RIBA backs building on greenbelt
Hear hear, Paul Finch. Unfortunately politicians always want an easy answer - greenbelt, garden cities (haha) etc. What better case for investing in 'design' than shaping our cities? It all seems a bit too complicated! The Urban Task Force seems all but forgotten, Maccormac's Sustainable Suburbia http://www.sustainablesuburbia.co.uk/ is hardly known. Planning standards need to allow higher densities in urban and sub-urban housing (not just flats) and change outdated approaches on overlooking distances, building height, parking spaces/sustainable transport, etc whilst demanding more intense green infrastructure. Land must work harder and more sustainably before other options are entertained. We will never get the greenbelt back!
Definitely worth listing. I remember this as one of the most interesting buildings whilst at University and with hindsight, certainly influential in rational sustainable design. Quite the antithesis of all the 'iconic' blob architecture to follow.