Real Victorians would have had no hesitation in demolishing everything that stood in their way. The proposal acknowledges the past while building for the future, and further improving Aldgate. VicSoc folk need to develop a sense of perspective -- and irony.
At last! Congratulations in order, provided the appointee is picked on merit not as part of a style war.
This is what happens when you trash people for having ideas, which is what happened with the Garden Bridge and its miserabilist critics.
Just for clarity, I wasn’t suggesting a commercial building would have taken this form!
Comment on: Row over RIBA decision to honour UAE ruler
This is all a bit weird. Architects have always nominated people they have worked for as Client if the Year, without anyone making a fuss. I have never met the Ruler, but have been impressed by his patronage of architects and artists over many years. The geological museum and turtle sanctuary sound great. Some of the critics should consider their own histories and whether they have promoted people they know, like or have a relationship with. It’s not just about money.