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Thinking outside the brief: Arup “gets” Green Sky week

Open-City’s Green Sky Thinking Week is about ideas. Big, small, failed, famous – doesn’t matter. The idea is to share interesting experiences in sustainable urbanism, spark dialogue and ideally generate more ideas. You might think Arup’s London team wouldn’t step too far out of the box. They’re part of a humming global corporation and an event sponsor, … Continue reading

Out of Africa: Sustainability Basics

                      In the UK, as in most affluent countries, sustainable architecture is defined by factors like carbon footprint, energy performance, waste management, daylighting and the occasional bat-box, to score that last BREEAM point. Regulation and ratings are critical in a £90Billion industry where commercial viability and climate … Continue reading

Order out of chaos? Thankfully not

The London Circle Walk Repost from Michael Brunström’s unpronounceable blog and delightful idea: A few years ago (quite a number of years ago, in fact), I was sitting in The Lock Tavern in Camden with Tim Wilson…We were several pints into the conversation and for reasons unknown we were discussing the work of the ‘land … Continue reading

2 for 2

2 for 2 on grant applications this month! Quick, write more (and buy lottery tickets…).

Top 10 airports… for something

Beijing Airport / PEK – Foster and Arup’s sweeping, cathedral-like ceilings are large-scale public architecture and engineering at their best. Too bad the food, service and shops are rubbish. Still, if you have a hang-over, you can get a frappucino followed by noodle soup. Also, getting picked up by a driver airside and rushed through … Continue reading

2012 Thames Park

London River Park, a set by Greater London Authority (GLA) on Flickr. I knew there were GLA spies in our Space & Place class last term… Watch this space for project and budget updates!

The self-consuming city

Starbucks? a hotel? condos? If the building survives, it won’t complain. What offends it is being called a dangerous structure. And all the bastards pissing on it, but it’s used to that.

Lost in Bankside

Or, at least as lost as it’s possible to be in about 20 square blocks laced with railroad tracks and construction fences… Spent a thoroughly enjoyable morning wandering this intensely mixed-use neighbourhood with the Bankside Residents Forum and about a dozen new and old residents. Like most of central London, the area is extremely dense, home … Continue reading