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Astragal: Been there, done that, designed the T-shirt

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This season, Sam Jacob is rocking Tudorbethan casuals

Architects have gone T-shirt crazy this summer. Having produced a Flemish bond-inspired design a couple of years ago, last month Sam Jacob revealed an all-new catwalk creation – the Half Timbered T-Shirt (pictured, £35).

Describing the concept, the former FAT front man said: ‘On one hand the T-shirt is a tribute to the op art effect of a traditional construction method of buildings like the Elizabethan manor Little Moreton Hall. On the other it’s a new twist on the artifice of Mock Tudor suburban buildings.’ 

The Architecture Foundation has also been at it, having launched its own range of T-shirts (£20) ‘featuring designs based on drawing conventions by architects in London’.

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Aftees jimstephenson 22 grande

Among those to have had a crack for the AF are Interrobang (sedimentary stone-inspired design), AOC (walls), and another FAT co-founder, Charles Holland, who has developed a range based on entablature outlines. Perhaps FAT actually stood for Fashion, Architecture, T-shirts.

But where does Bacon stand on the Garden Bridge?

Gareth bacon

Gareth bacon

As the prospect of the Garden Bridge slips out of sight, the Tory group in the London Assembly seems to have been attacking Margaret Hodge’s damning report on the project as a means of protecting the legacy of former mayor Boris Johnson.

But what does Tory group leader Gareth Bacon actually think of the scheme? He told TV station London Live last month that he is ‘agnostic’, saying: ‘I’m open minded about it – I’m not a great advocate of the Garden Bridge. Neither am I hostile to it. I want to see if this review [Hodge report] is worth the money that’s been paid for it.’

But new Freedom of Information correspondence between his office and the Garden Bridge Trust tells a different story. Hot on the heels of the publication of the Hodge report in April, Bacon’s office got in touch with the Trust in order to set up a meeting with chair Mervyn Davies, which later took place at City Hall. In this, his assistant describes Bacon as a ‘long-time supporter’ of the bridge … just not in public, it seems.

Battle looms over Holloway Prison homes scheme

Holloway prison

Holloway prison

The future of London’s largest new regeneration site – the former Holloway Prison in Islington – looks set to lead to a major tussle between central and local government. 

The women’s jail closed last year and is now part of UK-wide plans to replace outdated inner-city prisons with new facilities. Property agent GVA has been selected by the Ministry of Justice to manage the sale of the prominent 4ha site, which is thought to be worth £200 million and could hold £2 billion regeneration potential. 

But local authority Islington Council has just launched a consultation on a draft Supplementary Planning Document which could see half of the total scheme safeguarded for ‘genuinely affordable’ homes – also a major priority for London mayor Sadiq Khan, but less important for the MoJ and the Treasury, which are seeking to maximise their financial returns. The stage is set for a battle.

Article 25 mounts up for fundraising cycle trek to Myanmar

Architecture charity Article 25 has revealed details of a fund-raising cycling expedition to Myanmar in November.

The organisation is already working on the regeneration of the country’s 19th century General Hospital. The 14-day two-wheeled trek aims to raise £50,000 for the charity.

Among those signed up for the expedition are Geoff Rich of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Peter Murray, chair of New London Architecture and design manager Ruth Edwards.

The charity is looking for project partners and sponsors for the expedition. For details, email Jennie Milward: jennie-milward@article-25.org.

Source: Article 25

Article 25 Cycle Expedition Myanmar


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  • Could it be that Gareth Bacon, Andrew Boff and others of the Tory group in the London Assembly are keen to protect the legacy of former mayor Boris Johnson in the expectation of benefiting in the event that he becomes leader of the country?

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