Plans to build skyscrapers in the suburbs were dealt a blow as English Heritage attacked proposals for a 40-storey tower in west London.
The Government’s advisory body believes the centre of Ealing is the “wrong location” for the 469ft block of flats, nicknamed the Penny Whistle.
Rowan Moore, director of the Architecture Foundation, said: “Once again London’s vague planning system is giving rise to a pointless and expensive debate. Is it okay to build towers in suburbs? Yes. But how big is too big? It is up to the Mayor to give a lead, which he has failed to do.”
Ealing council expects to decide on the application next month.
Ealing urged to reject Penny Whistle tower | Evening Standard.
A CABE exhibition opening at New London Architecture in London on 17 January 2008 will show what design competitions can achieve – and that they are one of the best ways to procure well-designed buildings and places.
Competitions Work will feature the winning projects and runners-up for the three UK sites for Europan 9, Europe’s leading housing and urban design competition for young professionals. The sites in Milton Keynes, Sheffield and Stoke-on-Trent are actual developments and the winners will be announced on 16 January 2008.
Design News – CABE Champions Design Competitions in New Exhibition – TAXI Design Network.
The members of six Illinois chapters of the American Institute of Architects selected the sites, which are all public spaces, to celebrate the AIA’s 150th anniversary, notes the Web site http://illinoisgreatplaces.com.
University architecture and landscaping recognized by American Institute of Architects.
Nicolai Ouroussoff of the New York Times looks at how New York and in particular Manhattan has turned a corner as it has unveiled many new architecture landmarks in the last year including the IAC Building, Renzo Piano’s Tower and how in the coming years more architectural marvels will grace the skies of one of world’s most renowned skylines.
Manhattan’s Year of Building Furiously – New York Times.
The ubiquitous L.A. mini-mall is the 1980s love child of bad tax laws and shortsighted planning policies. But we have them all around us — every street corner it sometimes seems — and they’re not getting any prettier as they age. I propose that we embrace the mini-mall and make it a positive feature of the contemporary urban landscape.
Hand over the mini-malls – Los Angeles Times