Architecturally, this looks like grandstanding to me. Politically, these days of cultural genocidal waged against muslims, would seem to demand far more vigorous use of such public spaces: for anti-war protests.
Comment on: In the cradle of democracy and urban planning
Who is architecture for? If it is to be inclusive of diversity, and supportive of common people, then what does that mean for the architecture of cities. These are the operative questions. But we must learn from great cities of the past, and not treat them as opportunities for unrestrained real estate development, geared to suit the interest of short-term profiteers and egotisitical megalomaniacs.
Comment on: TfL grilled over ‘unfair’ Garden Bridge contest
The competition process is exploitative, and cheapens the value of professional design.
Comment on: In pictures: FAT edits The AJ
It is an annoying trait of human beings that they will sometimes attempt to kill what they fail to understand.
If one firm shuts down, the entire discipline is not dead.
Another option would be to unionize.