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Rowan Moore: London’s high-rise free-for-all


In the mori poll Strata was voted the publics 5th favourite building in London. Not sure why you don't mention this before your attack on a building which you know little about? For instance the turbines are there because under The GLA plan in force at the time there had to be 'on site renewables' providing 20%. This was the only significant building designed and constructed during the enforcement of this policy, during a massive economic recession. There is no other way to provide this statutory requirement other than turbines but poor journalists do not care to investigate this. Perhaps you should look into why the turbines are not moving rather than speculate, it's very simple and easy to find out but I will leave it up to the AJ to actually pick up a phone and ask someone, perhaps that's too difficult? So you think Strata should take its surroundings into account, by that you can only mean the elephant and castle shopping centre, drapers house and the heygate estate. All mostly unloved and 2 of which are being demolished. What context would you suggest is taken from the concrete roundabouts of elephant and castle? Seems to me that the whole area is on the up and the first building there to do that was Strata, it was the first there and it had to stand out and be brave, not fade into the drab context. It's about time critics looked at the positives strata has created and asks people who live in it what they think about it. It's probably sparked one of the best regenerations in London since docklands.

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4 April, 2014

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