Comment on: The RIBA desperately needs a credible figurehead
The question is how the RIBA represents its members and evangelises for architecture. It has a membership that broadly falls into three groups: salaried architects, leaders of small practices and leaders of large practices. They all have different, and sometimes opposing, needs and the Institute's main aim should be finding ways of satisfying these wants.
As it is the Institute does not offer that much, especially to architects from outside London and I don't see its membership getting engaged until it does.
Possibly not a good time to be selling an office lease?
Why shouldn't a homeowner not be allowed to extend their home at the rear if it does not affect anyone even if it is ugly and/or sub-standard (whatever this means as they will still need to meet Building Regs)?
The whole planning regime for minor domestic works is ridiculously restrictive and time consuming and everyone's time would be much better spent giving more consideration to larger projects where rubbish often gets built.
Comment on: ‘Stop being defensive and build what British people want,’ Kit Malthouse tells architects
Wasn't it Stalin who said that 'the people demand their columns'?
Today the City of London voted to take part of the Centre away from the community and use it as an Estate Office. The Community Centre was threatened with £125,000 being taken from them if they did not agree to it.
It is an excellent restoration though.