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Designing the city

what do we want for london?

A very healthy crowd turned out for last night's debate: 2012 Wishlist: What Do You Want For London? An impressive and diverse list of contributors found itself dealing with some of the fundamental questions regarding the future of London's built environment.

The evening was prefaced by pollster Ben Page of MORI/IPSOS telling us what Londoners think about their city. We are conservativ... Read More
Posted by: Kieran Long on 24/06/07


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


fighting for visibility

Developing the South Bank of the Thames continues to spark considerable debate for Londoners. Rob Gregory has written us a helpful reminder of what London's south side is and what it can be, without looking north for inspriation and validation. He outlines some of the more contentious developmen... Read More
Posted by: Jaffer Kolb on 21/06/07


blueprint for london
With all the changes London is presently undergoing, not to mention those that the future holds, the role of architects to create new mechanisms, typologies, and infrastructure to meet new social and climatic needs is increasingly paramount to the profession.

In collaboration with the Architecture Foundation, ... Read More
Posted by: Jaffer Kolb on 20/06/07


designing the white city
Rem Koolhaas will participate in Saturday’s 2012 Wish List debate, which is great. This got us thinking: how will the architect shape London in the next five years? Excluding the inevitable mass of projects he’ll likely be offered between now and then, we’re reminded of his Read More
Posted by: Jaffer Kolb on 19/06/07

subverting the capital
Karsten Huneck has contributed a great article describing the work of his Office of Subversive Architecture (osa). While many architects bemoan the lack of design opportunities in "built-out" London, osa continues to find witty and creative opportunities to erect temporary follies, including a te... Read More
Posted by: Jaffer Kolb on 18/06/07

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

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

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

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


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