Lovely evocative sketches. Makes me feel good about architecture again!
The elephant in the room here is the exponential growth in housing supply that is supposedly required by the UK (and many other countries and regions of the world) is totally at odds with sustainable development.
Maybe a lowering of expectations regarding outdated notions of continual economic growth, along with a massive reduction in rampant and unnecessary mass consumerism would be a better course of action worldwide, in order to deal with this problem?
Phil Parker - what is wrong with a food and drink based offering on Brighton Beach? That is what occupies much of the main promenade further up anyway. It generates revenue and is part and parcel of why toursts flock there.
Boxpark are also offering a hotel as part of the scheme as well as improved public realm (shared surface) on Madeira Drive, so there are also wider benefits.
I tend to agree with the thrust of what Upton is putting across here.
More dialogue, more engagement with the actual process, the actual site, architects asking really searching questions regarding end users / socio-economic impacts.
Not all developers are as progressive as U&I though. It would take a really brave architect to bring this sort of commitment to a project if the fees and commitment from the client were not there.
It is a two-way street after all.
One of the finest one off houses I have seen on your pages in a long while.