Paul is right to say the 'idea' of the bridge attracted a lot of public support. When pollsters started including a lot more detail on what this idea would actually entail, support dropped markedly. Here's more on this: https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/opinion/what-do-polls-tell-us-about-support-for-the-garden-bridge/10003732.article?search=https%3a%2f%2fwww.architectsjournal.co.uk%2fsearcharticles%3fqsearch%3d1%26keywords%3dopinion+polls+garden+bridge
Comment on: Row over RIBA decision to honour UAE ruler
Is it weird Paul? Of course architects nominate their own clients for Client of the Year. The point is the judging panel has to be objective and understand who has done the nominating and why. Presumably this judging panel did know the identity of the person nominating Sheikh Sultan but we don't because the RIBA won't tell us. What's really in question here is whether the judges knew of the link between him and one of their number.
Thanks for your comment Francis. I disagree with this because as well as the longlist and shortlist receiving considerable publicity from the AJ and the Crown Estate and the final six receive honorariums, there is the chance of real work at the end of this. The Crown Estate is a large client with considerable resources which is sincere in its desire to find new architectural ideas and talent. Our last competition with the Crown Estate produced real projects in the West End for some of the shortlist. Will Hurst, AJ managing editor
Comment on: Garden Bridge finally sunk as Trust closes
PJW should say who he is. He should also read Marks Barfield's statement on the Hodge report published in this story: https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/cancel-the-garden-bridge-says-hodge-inquiry/10018946.article?search=https%3a%2f%2fwww.architectsjournal.co.uk%2fsearcharticles%3fqsearch%3d1%26keywords%3dmarks+barfield+garden
Thanks Industry Professional - good spot and now corrected