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youth and politics
Today the Guardian published a comment by Zoe Williams on Sunday's Generation London debate. The piece focussed on the issues of youth and political apathy. Williams argues that rather than e... Read More
Posted by: Jaffer Kolb on 28/06/07

was ours a united panel?
Last night's opening debate, Is London A United City?, was a great kick-off to Debate London. The panelists—Boris Johnson, Neal Lawson, Lynsey Hanley, Ivan Massow, Tony Travers and Emma Peters—presented a diverse and largely bifurcated set of views addressing the rampant economic inequality that has ... Read More
Posted by: Jaffer Kolb on 23/06/07

in conversation
We've just posted two interviews. In the first, I speak with David Adjaye about what London offers architects today versus when he began his career over a decade ago. According to Adjaye, London's moment of dynamism and transformation has passed and the rising star is moving above the city's con... Read More
Posted by: Jaffer Kolb on 21/06/07

prime minister assesses new architecture in london!
This week the shortlist for the 2007 Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award was announced. The 17 projects selected represent a predictable array of the bold, the beautiful and the responsible. While the group of projects are geographically diverse across the UK, six were from London.

Curiously four of these were ... Read More
Posted by: Jaffer Kolb on 21/06/07

building better communities?

On June 14, the government-sponsored Commission on Integration and Cohesion(CIC) published this report, ten years after New Labour established the Social Exclusion Unit and first began waving the banner of cohesion. Interestingly, the report sit... Read More
Posted by: Jaffer Kolb on 20/06/07

the value of bureaucracy

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 treacherou... Read More
Posted by: Jaffer Kolb on 20/06/07

the overground and integrated transport
As a dedicated cyclist, I'll probably get some flack for potential empirical inaccuracies here, but the Mayor of London's announcement yesterday of an Overground Rail network is certainly worth a mention. London's rail system can be an impenetrable web comprising innumerable operators all running on slig... Read More
Posted by: Jaffer Kolb on 20/06/07

natural born leaders
I have contributed an essay to Debate London comparing the mayors of London and New York. New York has long had strong mayors, a model which has been adopted and emulated by numerous other cities over the years given the city's apparent success. Ken Livingstone is London's answer, and, given his co... Read More
Posted by: Jaffer Kolb on 19/06/07

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

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

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

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