Good article that hits the nail on the head as given all the evidence - words without significant new actions are meaningless & also regressive. As a signatory I now encourage the profession to urgent review and agreement of collective action forward.
£118,000 for 'Big Ideas' a public engagement consultant is extraordinary & this appears to show the sum has been paid to completely circumvent the democratic system.
“collecting responses through a questionnaire which asks respondents whether they support the plans and the location, and requests permission to submit comments on their behalf” is surely unprecedented.
‘Big Ideas’ could have submitted up to 2,834 messages of support?
All 2nd hand proxy submissions should be struck off by Westminster CC, with only submissions made on a level playing field acceptable.
this scheme sadly only goes to highlight the architectural scale, nuance, delight, ingenuity and quality of the Hampshire County Councils existing library, all facets that appear so lacking in this proposal
Where is the critique AJ? Not only re impacts to the existing community & its social value, but for example does this finally include a much needed Brixton station on the London Overground & Vic. line tube interconnection?
Although it’s now over 5 years down the line, without any debate about strategy and only tactical implementation, over the past couple of years the public generally have come to realise significant deficiencies with Parliament and the suitability of the houses for a modern democracy. At the very least modernisation is necessary, but reform might be considered likely and any such modernisation or reform should best be manifest in a physical architectural form. Given the abject lack of strategy isn’t it time architects fully moved to open up and enter this debate? The lack of alternative advocacy appears to lack architectural foresight, leadership and planning. How best might this now be opened up to architectural and strategic discourse?