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We should delight in, not bemoan, architecture's invention and imagination


There is no architectural 'invention and imagination' in the Garden Bridge - the idea came from a professional actress, not an architect. Once you are set on a garden with large trees on a bridge then there isn't much choice but to make it a huge concrete slab. Play the ball, Paul, not the man. The NLA is dominated by positive luvvy talk from developers, but then they could use as a strapline CABE's favourite comment on everything when you were in charge as a strapline - "another bold addition to the London skyline". So we are supposed to celebrate an "outpouring of ideas" at the NLA, as if float free from their proponents and champions? What sort of fantasy realm do you live in, Paul? Proposals (not "ideas") are carefully floated and propogated by an industry dominated by money in off-shore bank accounts which has no interest in "good or bad ideas", or in architecture or the urban realm, but just in duplicating itself. Most of the bollocks you champion Paul doesn't even get built, but in achieving planning permission these "ideas" increase the paper value of their intended sites to the benefit of the developer - and we don't even get the development.

Posted date

29 October, 2015

Posted time

3:36 am