Whether one likes it or not ( I personally love what I see here but haven’t seen it in the flesh ) one has to have complete admiration for a practice as big as AHMM that can still produce something as intellectually
rich and so beautifully coordinated. There has been hands-on attention to detail from shuttering to veneer selection. As there should be, but not easy.
It takes non-politicians to spell out the pragmatic reality that while government, in fact all of us, depend on housebuilders and residential developers to provide housing, there is no formal partnering between private industry and public need. Indeed, if housing really is infrastructure then all political persuasions have failed to grasp the opportunities but also the structural failings. Starting with the planning system which sees record underinvestment, undermanned departments, under-skilled officers, medieval timescales and fragmented guidance, how can we expect to push more planning consents into construction? Why in the last 20 years have we failed to place clear housing demands to private developers in return for clear public benefits? Why have we failed to clarify affordable housing in a county or borough wide policy rather than a site wide negotiation on viability? And why do we allow changing of agreed planning consents, the selling of consents with their added value and delayed implementation when we could have a contractual undertaking on the provision of homes in return for a permission – like a development license. And why, oh why, if there is a housing crisis is nobody panicking?
Comment on: Spirit of Barcelona: Clapham One
It does have overtones of Guadi- during his Barratt Homes phase. This looks better on screen than in the flesh and perhaps just too ambitious for the budget.
Comment on: RMJM's UK companies go under
what happened to the creditirs ?
Comment on: Work completes on Hadid's Montpellier civic HQ
stunning, beautiful, meaningless