Robert Wakeham's comments
It's unclear whether the terms 'no regrets' and 'exemplary' refer just to the Board's performance after the first fire, but it would surely be very surprising if - with hindsight - any of them were comfortable with the administration of the building at the time of the first fire, when an aerosol can of expanding plastic foam was used near a hot projector in a basement studio under the library.
Phil: Boris Johnson is the Horatio Bottomley of our time, and the fact that he's still politically 'alive and kicking' calls into question the integrity of the Conservative Party in every sense.
WHERE ART AND SCIENCE COLLIDE' (image 6/15) - presumably designed to catch the eye, but isn't this new gallery more about collaboration than collision?
Having said that, the 'carving out' of a large glazed opening (with strident graphics to hook the passer-by) and the sticking on of a new lift tower (with its tedious upended graphics) all to a listed building, is about as subtle as Heatherwick's butchering of the Coal Drops in the King's Cross railway lands.
This is surely creating a hostage to fortune and anyone of the Scruton tendency will descend on it with squawks of joyous horror - just compare 1/15 with 5/15.
The reasons for the Garden Bridge Trust's reluctance to let their meeting records see the light of day are becoming clearer - and as for TfL, the staff (and some ex-staff) have some hard questions to answer, as well as deciding whether to tell the Mayor they need to fork out another £9m to the benefit of the Trust rather than that of Londoners (or anyone else save the trust's assorted consultants, contractors and cronies).
Martin Fletcher's New Statesman article should be prescribed reading for all architects and politicians - and the substantial chunk of the populace that still thinks Boris is wonderful, rather than largely responsible for the black hole threatening the survival of the government and the stability and well-being of this country.
Judging by the most recent creations of ZHA, neither should anyone else.
For anyone who saw the government's espousal of Scruton's views on beauty in the built environment as in any way amusing, the joke's over, and this sort of blinkered bigotry has to be called out for what it is.
Car parking and servicing provision do appear to be remarkably low-key for a location that's far removed from the city centre, approached through a vast area of stultifyingly unmemorable housing with public transport links limited to slow and lengthy bus routes, reflective of the relative failure of the Bristol city region over many decades to get its transport planning act together, compared with many other similarly sized places in Britain.
Schumacher surely can't be some sort of self-important, arrogant, overbearing control freak, can he?
This massive 'filter' for people entering Hong Kong from Macau / Zhuhai is matched by a similar facility at the opposite end of the bridge-tunnel, and yet another one out at sea at the transition from bridge to tunnel, and all this might seem like overkill for 'passenger clearance', and very Orwellian - but perhaps, with Brexit, we'll find out for ourselves what's needed.