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.
I'm really pleased to see the FCBS submission is actually journo-shorthand for a group of ambitious young architects within FCBS, and not the practice itself.
In which case, more-power to FCBS for supporting young architects (assuming the architects' names would be in lights should they succeed), and congrats to the organisers too for what is clearly a great opportunity to support new talent and liven up my home turf of Dulwich too.
Best of luck all
FCBS are hardly an emerging practice!
We loved the idea of being involved, but having been around for nearly 9 years thought it better to let younger-guns get involved. I'm not sure what this says about FCBS or the organisers, but I'd be disappointed if they won, regardless of how nice their proposal may be.