All the more reason that Park Hill should win the Stirling, to send a message that it is possible to refit and relove neglected residential buildings without out the need for vast clearances and rebuilding.
It's an oppertunity for the prize to not only be a recognition of excellent architecture but to become a statement of how things should be done from design through to the politics.
Comment on: Picture perfect
I've just read Tom Picton's two articles for an essay I'm writing on how architecture is presented in a fetishised manner in press and on websites through carefully selected imagery. What struck me about Picton's article is that although it was presented in the AJ 34 years ago with calls towards change, there is still so much in common with what he describes and what is shown in contemporary copies of the AJ and the new archiblogs such as Dezeen or Archdaily.
I wonder if you could comment on the AJs stance towards architectural photography? Many of the photographs in your publications still feature either no people, or the minimal amount needed to convey scale, or signs that people have existed in the space at some point. The framing and angles of the views always shows the best of the building, and we never see photos of weaker parts, even if commented in the text.
Is this an editorial decision to present on the best photographs or is it because you are having to use photographs from a independent photographer whose work has been received via the architect after being vetted and filtered?
Comment on: Segal-method office reborn in Stockwell
I would definitely argue this IS homage to the Segal method of construction. Being able to deconstruct a building once its life is over, then reuse the same materials elsewhere but in a new layout is the definitive idea behind the Segal method