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  • Comment on: Denizen Works wins approval for self-build backland houses

    Babel's comment 25 March, 2019 9:53 am

    Lovely scheme, although backland development is traditionally driven by land values. Tight site with limited access along with a bespoke design might make this an expensive build.

    I wonder if there is enough in it to make it work from a developer perspective? Be fantastic to see it built though.

  • Comment on: PAD Studio lodges plans for 800m² sustainable home in rural Surrey

    Babel's comment 1 March, 2019 9:30 am

    Lovely evocative sketches. Makes me feel good about architecture again!

  • Comment on: Architects are sleepwalking into a climate crisis. Time to wake up!

    Babel's comment 28 February, 2019 3:38 pm

    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    Maybe a lowering of expectations regarding outdated notions of continual economic growth, along with a massive reduction in rampant and unnecessary mass consumerism would be a better course of action worldwide,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?

  • Comment on: Chalk outlines plans for Boxpark venue on Brighton seafront

    Babel's comment 1 November, 2018 11:15 am

    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.

  • Comment on: Architecture ‘still up its own backside’ says U+I chief Richard Upton

    Babel's comment 17 July, 2018 10:38 am

    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.

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