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An act of folly

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Sad news at the Royal Docks, where the shelving of two installations planned for the London Pleasure Gardens temporary events arena has left architects frustrated

RIBA London with Price & Myers commissioned a string of architectural follies for the eight hectare Silvertown Quay site, but to date only four have been delivered. Left out in the rain were Denizen Work’s £3,500 polystyrene and jesmonite structure (pictured) and a mirror maze by Mobile Studio. Both schemes were unable to be delivered on time and to budget, according to RIBA London director Tamsie Thomson, who said there was an ‘ambition’ to construct them on an east London waterside plot next year. The ‘rainbow folly’ by Studio Squat is also on site but yet to complete. A ‘frustrated’ Murray Kerr of Denizen Works - whose ‘seldge sauna’ was shortlisted for the sustainability award for this year’s AJ Small Projects - said: ‘When you design something and it doesn’t happen and you don’t get paid, you are out of pocket because you spent the time designing something.’ Further London Pleasure Gardens woe emerged last weekend when the Metropolitan Police pulled the plug on the two-day Bloc music festival at midnight on the opening night due to overcrowding.

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