Isabel Allen, former editor of The Architects' Journal, has written for us a thoughtful, funny description of the woes of building in London. Planning permissions, English Heritage, and community groups represent only some of the treacherous pitfalls into which architects and developers may plummet headfirst throughout the course of a project.

Such measures, of course, provide useful checks and balances against the potential onslaught of development in London. With Heritage for example, valuable landmarks and historically significant sites are protected under its purview. Yet such measures can also pose unnecessary inefficiencies and delay projects, negatively impacting surrounding residents and businesses. Striking a balance can be difficult, but, as Kate Barker made clear in her review her review last December, greater transparency and reduced bureaucracy are the least we can start with.

Posted by: Jaffer Kolb on 20/06/07



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