Comment on: Competition: Hammersmith High Line
I would like to make clear that the London Festival of Architecture is not involved in the running of this competition. We have fundamental concerns about ideas competitions which expect architects to do substantial amounts of work for free.
An interesting piece Dan. We're planning to have a breakfast debate on just this topic at NLA on October 6 with Will Hurst. Hope you can be there.
I was never quite sure where Hodge got the idea of 'grands oeuvres' from - did she mean 'grands projets' which is what Mitterand called his interventions? "Grand travaux' is an alternative. Why not use English and just call them 'big ideas'?
How on earth can this sort of thing happen in a membership organisation? Who agreed to the publication of this report? Surely heads must roll in the Executive.
Comment on: Fireworks and architects
Claire Bennie is brilliant and from this report the only speaker speaking much sense.
I'm surprised your story doesn't mention that St Hilda's commissioned Alison and Peter Smithson in the late 60s to design student accommodation on the site. An important part of their oeuvre, it has an interesting juxtaposition with Big Jim's contemporaneous Florey Building just up the river and borrows elements of the Economist building, completed a few years before. The cladding was described by Alison as a 'yashmak' to "prevent the girls from being too exposed".