Architect Director, One-world design:
Nearly a century after the Weissenhofsiedlung and most volume house builders are still throwing up this shite, blighting the suburbs and the shires alike. Despite 90% of new homes not being designed by Architects its clear that the wider population blame us for this. Its embarrassing at best, a huge con at worst. This study is important in highlighting and measuring the under performance and failings - the perpetrators should be fined punitively and made to repair the ecological and environmental damage.
The Garden Bridge was about 3 years too late to join the list of completed vanity projects. It would have been the epitome of the post 2012 Olympic glow, for better or for worse. The dedicated transport funding spent and the political fallout from its demise still today taints other projects, even those with a proven transport and environmental benefit. It would seem that Sadiq Kahn as mayor will not support river crossings at all where they are needed (with the exception of a £1bn road tunnel) whereas Boris Johnson was seemingly gung ho about his pet projects. Perhaps we need to consider taking infrastructure spending away from the mayors portfolio and into a non political transport planning department. Decisions should be based on provable benefits to London as a whole. The mayor can have a separate power over special projects but clearly, in the past 3 terms, both mayors have failed to deliver a single river crossing. I personally have had more success than either of them in progressing such a public project despite having spent no public funds whatsoever. In the case of the Cremorne bridge planning is granted, piles are in the ground and Wandsworth Council have nearly 2/3rds of the funding raised. its taken nearly 9 years to get to this point and the current mayor has confirmed that he will not assign a single penny. His decision is not based on cost benefit ratio or health and environmental benefits, or air quality improvements - his decision is based purely on the fact that the bridge is west of tower bridge - his decision is political and based on how people will vote and his calculation must be that some people in east London will not vote for him if he helps build a bridge in west London. Those same people are suffering from poor air quality, are at risk from increased climate change. If the decision to contribute to this public infrastructure was anything but political it would have been completed in 2018. Sadiq Kahn needs to change his mind and be a mayor for all London or I expect he will be replaced this year with another mayor.
on the bright side... Arup and Heatherwick will be recruiting
sorry to be controversial, as good as the proposal is (its great) so was the existing house. What happened to retrofit first?
Comment on: Eric Parry unveils new City of London tower
Sir David King, UK govs Special rep for Climate Change until 2017, was just on Radio 4's the World at One and calmly and factually pointed out that London is not a city that is in a sustainable location - it will be under the sea a lot sooner than currently anticipated. He recommends that it is moved. How long will is be business as usual?