A digest of the top stories on the AJ this week: Foster, drones, Bath bridge, and Retrofit Awards
It has been a busy week for Norman Foster. This week Foster + Partners revealed plans for a new droneport project in Africa. The first scheme by Foster’s charity the Norman Foster Foundation, the project will support cargo drone routes delivering supplies to remote locations. Later in the week, Foster told the AJ that new technology, including drones and self-driving cars, will transform architecture and our cities. He was speaking at the topping out ceremony of his new European headquarters for Bloomberg in the City of London.
Architects mainly welcomed Jeremy Corbyn’s victory in the Labour leadership elections. Welcoming the win, architect and Stirling Prize-winner Will Alsop, said: ‘At last we have someone that can give the electorate something to think about. We have a choice at last.’ However RCKa’s Russell Curtis was not so convinced: ‘I’m not sure that architecture comes very highly on his list of priorities’.
The beginning of the week also saw the six finalists in the competition to design a new bridge for Bath revealed, developer Cathedral’s Martyn Evans announced his plans to stand down as the company’s creative director, and Lifschutz Davidson Sandiland’s Foyles bookshop triumphed as AJ Retrofit of the Year.