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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The new issue of New London Quarterly - which I edit - is out. Timed for the MIPIM property show in the south of France (from which I've just returned), it includes an interview with MIPIM attendee and London mayor Boris Johnson, another with architecture's nemesis Sir Simon Jenkins, and, in the lead up to the general election a piece of political forecasting from Tony Travers. There are also articles on East London, on Bankside and London Bridge, ten years on from the establishment of Tate Modern, a piece on Clive Dutton and the regeneration of the borough he works for, Newham, in the run-up to the Olympics (and beyond), and plenty more. Spring is sprung.
Posted by David Taylor at 2:27 PM
Thursday, January 21, 2010
This is the new-look magazine I've been working on. Called 'New London Quarterly', it's aimed at developers, architects, politicians both local and national, and anyone else with an interest in built environment in the capital. It also reviews and is complementary to the work of the New London Architecture Gallery, a growing force in London development circles. Hope you like it.
Posted by David Taylor at 10:01 AM
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
A book I wrote about Liverpool and the city-changing project by BDP, Liverpool One, has just been published. The masterplan scheme is shortlisted - along with five others - for the Stirling Prize, which is announced on October 17. For more info on that click the above 'Liverpool vision' link.
Posted by David Taylor at 12:55 PM
Friday, June 05, 2009
The company aiming to redevelop Battersea Power Station have asked Rafael Vinoly to come up with new designs, and here they are.
It certainly looks like a high density development...
The masterplan includes around 3,700 new homes, 1.5 million sqft of office floorspace, 500,000 sqft of retail, restaurants, a hotel, leisure space and community facilities. It is this mix of uses, says developer Real Estate Opportunities Limited, that is 'essential to delivering an active place that will bring life to the area.' Around 16,500 new jobs will be created within the completed development, along with thousands of construction jobs. Many of the job opportunities will be available to local people, who will be invited to see the new plans at a public exhibition that is on until 6 June.
Posted by David Taylor at 8:56 AM
Friday, May 01, 2009
I've just heard London mayor Boris Johnson on the radio (LBC) telling presenter Nick Ferrari that he would like to see a new bridge in London and that it will include residential and other uses on it. This is very much like the old inhabited bridge idea of yesteryear, which got as far as a design competition but no further. Zaha Hadid was involved at that time. Johnson said he had 'very clever people' working away on the idea 'as we speak'. 'We are certainly looking into the idea', he said. 'Something that could provide a commercial zone.' Watch this space.
Secondly, I've been sent a press release from Qatari Diar and Project Blue which reiterates the developers' commitment to the design by Rogers Stirk Harbour of the Chelsea Barracks scheme. This was the project which irritated Prince Charles, who intervened to suggest the take up of an alternative, more traditionalist design. A furore followed, with big-name architects responding by letter to national newspapers in support of the original scheme and arguing that the Prince's intervention was undemocratic.
The new statement reads: '1st May, 2009, London – Project Blue (Guernsey) Limited (“PBGL”), the owner and developer of the Chelsea Barracks site, is concerned that several recent reports in the media have either stated or implied that it is actively considering abandoning the Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (“RSHP”) scheme which it submitted for planning to Westminster City Council (“WCC”) on 27th February 2009. As a direct consequence of these reports, PBGL has written to WCC confirming its wholehearted commitment to the RSHP scheme.'
Posted by David Taylor at 8:43 AM
Friday, March 20, 2009
I'm just back from MIPIM, which was a leaner, fitter affair this year, perhaps understandably given global credit crises and mass doom and gloom. But the sunshine lent some cheer, and a sprinkling of optimism. I've written a review of it as a business briefing at www.worldarchitecturenews.com
MIPIM was also the place to launch the latest issue of the London Property Review, which I edit. The current issue is themed loosely around infrastructure, with articles on Crossrail and a key interview with Sir Simon Milton, who was an ever present at Boris Johnson's side down on the south coast of France. There are also items on security and design in anticipation of the US embassy project in Wandsworth, a building review on 150 Cheapside, housing, urban design and much more besides. Roll on the summer...
Posted by David Taylor at 4:45 PM