Badly presented item - what is the scheme called, why is the City developing it, etc??
Comment on: Why aren’t there more architects on TV?
A terrific if depressing range of responses. Nice to hear from Gabrielle whose flat, unknown to me until the Apprentice, I walked past hundreds of time on the way to school. Piers punchily sums it up, even if he does appear to practise a little of the snobbery he decries ('no more back extensions' twice at least). Though clearly helpful for those interested in the built environment, Grand Designs does often marginalise the architects when they are used - it took my own informed layman's research to uncover the fact that not one, not two but three were involved in creating GD's 100th project, Leight and Graham's water tower in Lambeth:
- even Mike didn't know. It wasn't always like this - 20 years ago the BBC alone showed One Foot in the Past, Restoration, Dreamspaces (fronted by Justine Frischmann of Pell Frischmann fame), Wall to Wall, and Buiding Sights.
It's becoming increasingly hard to keep track of the various strands of this project, not helped by the City's decision to now vacate the whole site and the little-publicised but radical changes to the main above-ground brief. Surely even 2024 seems optimistic.
It would be helpful to understand what 'holes' were cut. As for impving circulation, sadly the barb hobbled that more or less permanently in the AHMM refurb brief by removing the lower portion of the CPB main staircase that originally ran in relaxed fashion down from the gallery through the library (both levels) and down to the waterside lobby.
Comment on: Beds and sheds: a new building type emerges
" allowing a fuller picture to emerge than is often the case with TV programmes." Up to a point, Lord Copper... The biggest fault with GD (an excellent programme, I agree) is that it is in fact often very partial in its information - architects are often invisible or barely mentioned, relevant backgrounds of some owners are omitted, etc etc. It's all about the journey of course but sometimes you need to see the stops.