Edited by Kieran Long


do politics an influential architect make?
Having just won architecture's highest accolade, the Pritzker Prize, Richard Rogers has secured his place in the industry's canon. In this piece for Debate London, however, Justin McGuirk argues that it is his pivotal role as urban policy-generator and advisor to both New Labour and Ken Livingston... read more
Posted by: Jaffer Kolb on 18/06/07


housing estates, anti-social behaviour and architecture
Alex Ely, architect and housing expert, has written a very personal article for us about the Marquess Estate in north London. He lives there, and he starts with a story about a joyrider smashing into his front garden before going into a subtle analysis of the perils of new housing in London. Will w... read more
Posted by: Kieran Long on 15/06/07


the olympic legacy and its discontents
This morning saw the second Debate London breakfast take place at the Evening Standard's offices in Kensington. It was a great morning, with David Higgins, chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority, addressing a distinguished audience on the development of the Olympic park in Stratford. Also, there were fantastic contributions from Rod Sheard, of HOK Sport Architecture (who is designing th... read more
Posted by: Kieran Long on 15/06/07


why north is north and south is south
Cab drivers may not like going south of the river, but luckily for us, Julian Lewis of East Architects does. He has written a thought-provoking piece for Debate London that finally explains why north and south feel so... read more
Posted by: Kieran Long on 14/06/07


"beyond the tedium of the everyday, the underground holds its own romance"
Marko Jobst, writer and academic, has contributed a fabulous piece about our favourite boneshaking mode of transport - the London Underground. "On the tube we face each other," he writes, before ruminating beautifully on the anonymous democracy of the tube. Read it here.... read more
Posted by: Kieran Long on 14/06/07


london has the worst public spaces west of latvia
So says Richard Rogers, Ken Livingstone's design czar, and architect of the Pompidou Centre and the Millennium Dome. He was speaking at a lunch today at Somerset House, hosted by the mayor's Design for London agency, which is responsible for planning the future of London's physical fabric. Rogers was predicting a sea-change in the way public spaces are designed in the next decade. Design for Lond... read more
Posted by: Kieran Long on 13/06/07


why the smoking ban could transform london
Architect and smoker Michael Howe has written a laconic piece for us about the ban on smoking in public places, which will take effect on July 1st. Multi-storey pub gardens could be just one of the new "non-substantially enclosed premises" to spring up. Read it in the article sectio... read more
Posted by: Kieran Long on 13/06/07


why west kensington is just like west ham
Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah of think tank IPPR has contributed our first article, describing how different kinds of immigration keep the capital going. 'Immigration is also critical to London's economic dynamism,' he argues, before quoting statistics saying that the majority of us Londoners do not t... read more
Posted by: Kieran Long on 12/06/07


climate change blackout in london next thursday
Next Thursday, London will be plunged into darkness, not because of any apocalyptic energy shortage, but voluntarily, to raise awareness of climate change. On June 21, many of London's landmarks (including Canary Wharf tower, Buckingham Palace and the BT Tower) will turn of all non-essential lights, and everyone is being urged to do the same between 9 and 10pm. The hour's blackout is expected to s... read more
Posted by: Kieran Long on 11/06/07


house prices soar through the roof shocker

The Evening Standard runs another story to strike fear into the hearts of those who do not own their houses. The cost of buying a house in London will be 10 times the average salary in the city by 2026 if housing supply does not increase. read more
Posted by: Kieran Long on 07/06/07



oona king says that multiculturalism has failed in east london
The Guardian today has run an interview with Oona King, former MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, in which she says that multiculturalism in the east London is failing. She cites faith schools and poor housing policies as being at the root of discontent bred between communities in her former borough. In ... read more
Posted by: Kieran Long on 06/06/07


our new olympic logo

Being commissioned to designing a logo for the Olympic Games must be one of the most poisoned of chalices for any graphic designer. But branding agency Wolff Olins has provoked a storm of public protest over its jagged, abstract logo for London's 2012 games.

Does anyone out there like it? There is already a... read more
Posted by: Kieran Long on 05/06/07



diversity and housing

Industry minister and MP for Barking Margaret Hodge was pilloried in the press a couple of weeks ago for comments about the allocation of housing to immigrants in her constituency. Her argument was that families who have lived in an area for generations have a 'legitimate sense of entitlement' to council owned housing, and that this must be balanced against the needs of immigrant families in th... read more
Posted by: Kieran Long on 01/06/07



the people's republic of london
This column is like a pub conversation taken too far, but James Harding of the Times did it anyway. In this article he argues that London should be given independence from the rest of the UK. He writes: “Londoners give the provinces much more than the provinces give Londoners. The capital generates... read more
Posted by: Kieran Long on 30/05/07


the view from city hall
Where better to begin than with the nearest London has to a political leader? This interview with mayor Ken Livingstone appeared in Prospect magazine in April, just as we were beginning to research this site. It’s a great round up of how the mayor sees the state of the city in 200... read more
Posted by: Kieran Long on 30/05/07


welcome to the debate london blog
Thanks for tuning in to Debate London. We'll be updating this website regularly with hoards of information and opinion about London leading up to the spectacular events at Tate Modern on June 22-25. This website is the chance for you to add your voice to those of the high-profile speakers at the debate, and to those of the many who will attend the events. You can join the debate in the London qu... read more
Posted by: Kieran Long on 30/05/07


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