Brilliant - we need more like this - congrats to all involved
Providing opportunities for meaningful agency in the design is critical and a great baseline. Capturing and channelling the positive energy and capacity of residents to improve their building and external environment into the future, through creative offers of governance however can build truly resilient communities. This is what we should be striving for.
to expand on my tweet @dieterkleiner
. . . ensuring residents are at the heart of regen' is incredibly bold stuff by our Mayor. Hats off to @SadiqKhan for grappling with the thorny issue of ever-reducing truly affordable housing provision.
It is a great opportunity for the GLA and LA's to lead by example, and importantly for architects to work with communities to create places with more relevance and resonance to those that use them.
The profession should enthusiastically back this initiative to regain some of the ground lost to cost-focused consultants, who miss opportunities to realise the significant social and economic value of working with communities.
Ultimately buildings should serve people and not vice-versa.
Comment on: Competition: Evergrande Centre, Shenzhen
Sorry, run that by me again . . . open to teams with relevant experience . . . of £344 million corporate headquarters in Shenzhen!
I share Ellis' concern at the lack of opportunity for young hungry practices to prove their skills on a public stage, but fear the Serpentine is now so far removed for it to be incongruous.
Perhaps better is to promote the LFA's equivalent, the emerging architect focused Dulwich Picture Gallery pavilion, which was a huge success and no less of a stepping stone for the practices involved.