Talking of Tate Modern, Nick Serota is waging a one-man campaign against the 'pencil' residential tower proposed for a neighbouring site. He thinks it is wrong for a tall structure to interfere with his redundant chimney, and for a private building to impinge on the civic significance of the Tate. Can this be right? After all, the Millbank Tower (now listed) has a significant impact on the locality in which Tate Britain sits on the north side of the Thames.
Moreover, one of the arguments for locating Tate Modern at Bankside was the effect it would have in regenerating the area. That is exactly what is now happening, courtesy of architects Kevin Dash and Philip Gumuchdjian, and developer London Town. With Ken Livingstone in favour of the tower, this one will run and run.