All Letters to the editor articles – Page 4

  • ARB logo

    Proposal more Arb than good


    When I saw the headline “Arb’s qualifying revolution” ( News July 19 ) I hoped the article would reveal a long-awaited move to make qualifying as an architect easier.

  • Richard Rogers

    Rogers' political cause is laudable


    The guy’s alright. He’s 80. He’s had an amazing career (“Rogers: ‘ Architects need to take on politicians ’, News July 19).

  • Richard Rogers, 1986

    We don't need another Rogers..


    The fact that it is difficult to name a single successor to Richard Rogers’ public and political role ( Leader July 19 ) is not altogether a bad thing.

  • South Bank Tower by KPF

    KPF's record was a tall story


    You said the proposed height increase at South Bank Tower by KPF could be a world first ( News July 12 ), but I know of at least one building, the Blue Cross HQ in Chicago, that nearly doubled the height of its existing building about seven years ago — ...

  • istock housing

    Tackle the real housing issues


    I would suggest that the government’s policy of milking the building industry to bankroll local government is a more likely cause of stalled housing than “expensive” architects ( News July 12 ).

  • Aldershot High Street.

    Streets need a designer's eye


    Your piece on the DCLG’s interim policy paper The Future of High Streets (“ Shops-to-homes bid could save high streets ” News July 12) reflects both an encouraging and a worrying development.

  • Thomas Heatherwick's garden bridge across the Thames

    Why build a park on the Thames?


    For a seafaring nation with such a coastline, it seems that our desire to bury the Thames beneath a wide-span artificial park (“ TfL prepares to spend £4m taking Heatherwick bridge to planning ”, July 12) belies the potential of the water as the most natural and readily available recreational ...

  • Concrete blocks being prepared on WIPAHS grounds

    CE marking isn't always in the mix


    Readers of Cate St Hill’s article regarding the new Construction Products Regulation ( Management July 12 ) may be wondering how concrete supplied in a ready-mix truck can have a CE marking.

  • Ed Lister

    Lister is brewing up controversy


    Readers may care to be reminded that it was while Edward Lister was in charge of Wandsworth Council that its officers and committee consented the dire “twin towers” scheme (32 and 42 storeys) on the grade II* listed Ram Brewery site in its most sensitive conservation area.

  • Students

    Teach what our society needs


    The problems of architectural education go deeper than the obsession with originality at all costs

  • London cityscape

    Architects must take the blame for London's views


    The undoing of London is the fault of we architects and perhaps some politicians — not planners or developers.

  • Wells Cathedral

    Heritage scheme ensures stability


    Marcus Binney, the eminent and passionate president of the pressure group SAVE, has, uncharacteristically, failed to grasp the facts behind the recently announced proposal to put the National Heritage Collection into a publicly owned charity ( Speaking Out July 5 ).

  • Jesmond library

    Jesmond library is fighting back


    I was interested to read Owen Hatherley on public libraries ( BD June 14 )

  • The Cutty Sark

    London Region needs a shake-up


    The experience of the RIBA London southern region regarding an apparent confusion over the “prizewinning” (or not) setting of the Cutty Sark (Boots June 21) eerily reflects an experience that I had some years ago as the then representative of the London Region’s South London Society of Architects

  • Don’t be afraid to talk money.

    Let’s come clean about subsidies


    Ron Heath’s point about affordable housing was well made ( Letters June 21 ) but we also need to define affordable housing.

  • Henning Larsen

    Larsen will be sorely missed


    It was sad to learn of the death of Henning Larsen (News June 28) — he was an inspirational architect.

  • Colin Stansfield Smith

    Tributes paid to Stansfield Smith


    I had the privilege of working under Colin Stansfield Smith in Cheshire (where the county architect, incidentally, was not the inventor of the jet engine, Frank Whittle, but the former deputy to Hubert Bennett at the GLC, Jack Whittle).

  • TNG Youth & Community Centre by RCKa

    Westside story needs telling too


    I noted with interest the coverage of RCKa’s TNG youth building in Sydenham ( Buildings June 21 ), not least because here at Ealing Council we have our own “ground-breaking” youth centre: Westside.

  • George Square- council plans

    Glasgow is no-go for proper design


    The George Square fiasco ( News June 21 ) is just another example of a council that fails to see the value of designer-led quality intervention within the city.

  • Colin Stansfield Smith

    Colin Stansfield Smith: a gentleman with a mission


    Jonathan Glancey recalls his memories of an elegant and well spoken yet radically driven architect