Ealing urged to reject Penny Whistle tower

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.

Greece to transform airport into a park | Spero News

A MULTIMILLION-EURO plan to transform Athens’ former airport into a residential park complete with sports venues and leisure and business centres has been met with mixed reactions by experts.

On November 26, Public Works Minister George Souflias opened the Elliniko project to public consultation, giving architects, landscape architects, civil engineers, local mayors, ministers and transport directors an opportunity to air their objections – or forever hold their peace – before the bulldozers roll in.

“My first impression is that it’s probably the best plan that has ever appeared for the area,” says landscape architect Thomas Doxiadis. “It is a very responsible and forward-thinking landscape strategy of the type we should be looking at for the next century.”

Greece to transform airport into a park | Spero News.

New Ecotown Will Ruin The Area Warns Parish Council

PROPOSALS to build a new eco-town on an old airfield could spell the end of surrounding market towns and villages in south Worcestershire, a parish council has warned.

Bishampton and Throckmorton Parish Council said it thought the idea to build between 5,000 and 20,000 environmentally friendly’ new homes on the disused former RAF base at Throckmorton “wholly inappropriate” for the area.

New Ecotown Will Ruin The Area Warns Parish Council (from Worcester News).

CABE Champions Design Competitions in New Exhibition

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.

Retail buildings can be zero-carbon by 2020 – but only at a cost

A new report by the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) revealed that it is possible to reduce carbon emissions from energy use down to zero in the majority of new non-domestic buildings, but that companies will have to pay above their baseline costs to do so.

Retail buildings can be zero-carbon by 2020 – but only at a cost.