Some excellent regional winners from the North East this year. I'm surprised there wasn't at least one more National Award for the region - For Example, Crook Hall Visitor Centre.
We are a funny lot. We want to preserve our countryside at the same time as our cities skylines, something has to give. Nimbyism is still the issue and that will never change. It’s sad to think that those wishing to live and work in our cities are denied access as others fight to protect the status quo. From my view out of my office window in Hong Kong, the skyline is a myriad of beautiful buildings and not so beautiful buildings juxtaposed in no perceptible rhythm or plan but the city works on many levels. I would rather read that the £60m public park and underground entrance were the cause of public consultation in relation to how they will be enjoyed and how they will benefit the local community. London thrives on its diversity and quality of architecture and tall buildings should be a part of this. Written by Richard Dorkin as a personal view.
Comment on: Revealed: 100 ideas to solve the housing crisis
In relation to Paul Finch's comments, it seems completely logical to utilise under occupied parts of London's housing stock in addition to a new build programme. Over 2.25 million new bedspaces could be provided in London within existing homes presently under occupied by those aged 55+. Releasing these homes through the construction of more appropriate housing for individuals who no longer need a larger home would be a great start. Perhaps Jeremy Corbyn's newly proposed National Investment Bank could be the catalyst for a new social Inclusivity movement funding appropriate sustainable new housing?
Comment on: ‘The worst building in the world awards’
Fascinating and true. In designing and building my own home (as an architect) I too took a view to consider my neighbours and sense of place. The response being a house that aesthetically respects its neighbours but internally provides a home that I (we) can live in and enjoy. We don't live on the outside of our homes, we live on the inside and that is where we need to focus the design effort, the form and function of a Victorian terrace house has stood the test of time but its environmental quality and impact are showing. The external place making (streets and spaces) provides delight which is valued too but both external appearance and internal enjoyment need to be weighed respectively. Remember we live in an environment where we spend a lot more time indoors!
It is fascinating reading comments on micro housing whilst living in a city that has mastered it. Hong Kong. Designers would do well to study the solutions, the effects on health and well being and so forth before setting out on this journey. Hong Kong works because residential is tall (up to 32 storeys), would the UK adopt tall again? I personally don't feel it provides the psychological wellbeing that we need as human beings without well planned public spaces and respite opportunities to support it, weather permitting etc...
By Richard Dorkin of Ryder