153 comments By James Ellender
The government should condition that these flats cannot be marketed abroad to investors, only to individuals in the uk and see how the developer reacts to that.
Yes learned he could make a lot more money!
yes the council should charge the cost of the rental for a potential family that could live there, that they have to face due to lack of affordable rents.
Or perhaps the vacancy rate is the actual rate for affordable homes that should be on new sites.
In the past architects could start their own practices by winning a competition. This possibility needs to be brought back to get actual competition in the competition. Too many old 'starchitects' are preventing newcomers. Its meant to be about design not the size of your PI.
The headline detracts from the actual content of the article. A dictatorial mayor does not help the planning process which is meant to be democratic. It is pretty contradictory to build so many more residential towers given the number that have been knocked down and in private developments 33 per cent are empty.
It doesn't matter where this is for, the fact is they are too small still. I suppose the government is too scared to make these standards mandatory as it would mean much of the uk housing stock is either substandard or 1 bed flats!
They are still tiny, and not long term liveable solutions. They do not bring the uk in line with Europe. How can a third person live in a room 2.15 wide. 11.5 m sq is a tiny double bedroom and I defy anyone to say it in not. These should be NIA areas.
why not put it in a city up north to attract tourists there and bring money in to a different city. london has enough tourist attractions plus we are in austere times and cant afford schools and libraries and teachers. No wonder students dont finish school with useful educations to companies when the money to teach them is wasted on bridges and cable cars.
I agree with Angela, if you are a profession you have ethics. It's clear from this debate that it's not. Why can you just pick and choose your ethics.
Yes lots of you architects are going over to work for developers as architects don't offer any sort of benefits even if you have a permanent contract. Until architects smarten up and decide if they are a profession or not and campaign to streamline education and proper protection of function they will remain a dying breed. Too many are guilty of putting their heads in the sand over wages, training and professionalism that' we are in dire need of to improve.
Any one who thinks this is not the developers design ultimately is frankly naive.
Well as above but it is a disgusting waste of taxpayer money given Cameron's austerity cuts proposed. Tfl and the treasury will end up funding most of it.
“the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture in the past year”.
As an architect this makes me sad to hear that this is somehow the best that was come up with. How is anyone surprised that there is no interest in the Sterling prize outside of some architects.
Ziggy, If this level of thought, detail, and refinement is the average then architecture is in good health. Congrats to AHMM - raising the bar.
Congratulations to AHMM!
There may be a kernel of truth underneath the spurious analysis and leaps of imagination described above but the best lesson to be learnt from this pointless piece is to remove the chip from your shoulder and get on with it. No one cares what school or university you went to if you are good at what you do.
If there is a billionaire backer why couldn't they stump up the 'four figure sum'?!
Montcalm Hotel, City Road by Squire and Partners.
At least it would block the view of Blackfriars Station...
Why can't a bridge just be a bridge?
Olympic legacy should fulfill its quantity of affordable home it should have built before building these expensive buildings rather than making another area for the elite.