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Skyline campaign: Prospects and views

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I am intrigued by this campaign - there are 76 architects in the list- most are in the AJ100 and are regarded as some of the best architects in the country and indeed the world. Allies and Morrison have 44 listed and whilst it is pointed out some of these may go to others they are likely to go to others in the AJ100. Following A&M, Squire and Partners have 14 then SOM with 13, KPF with 9, Glenn Howells and Fosters with 8 a piece. Is the campaign saying these architects should not be trusted to design these buildings? Is David Chipperfield saying it is OK for him to design a tower which appears to be somewhat controversial but the others in the list are not good enough? Are the architects designing these towers putting profit before the appearance of London. If we are to be celebrating some the success of these architects at the AJ Awards why is there a campaign which appears to be damaging to these firms success? The cut off at 20 storeys is also an issue- how many are just below this, say with 18 storeys? It may well be that a 15 storey high building could be regarded as being inappropriate in some circumstances as a 20 storey one and indeed a 15 storey high office building is likely to be as tall as 20 storey residential tower. Of course if the cut off were 15 storeys it would also include most of the Battersea Power Station development.

Posted date

14 April, 2014

Posted time

1:20 pm

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