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".
This is a flawed report with 'overwhelmingly negative' responses from people who are already overwhelmingly negative about shared space. Well designed shared space is overwhelmingly popopular - look at Leonards Circus in Hackney.