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The Housing Bill: Say goodbye to good design

Say goodbye to good design: How the Housing Bill threatens the quality of our built environment. At a time when Britain’s housing crisis has never…

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Birkbeck University announces Arts Week 2016 programme

Award-winning stage and screen writers will headline a series of events at Birkbeck University as part of their London’s Arts Week 2016.   More than…

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Builders Merchants’ Federation supports “build up” London

In a recent consultation, the Builders Merchants’ Federation (BMF) say that they support plans to “build up” London in order to reduce the pressure to…

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The Housing Bill: Say goodbye to good design

Say goodbye to good design: How the Housing Bill threatens the quality of our built environment. At a time when Britain’s housing crisis has never been more acute, the new Housing & Planning Bill currently going through the House of Lords should be an exciting prospect for the country. It promises to stimulate house building, provide hundreds of thousands of affordable homes, and improve the planning process. However, unless amended,

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Birkbeck University announces Arts Week 2016 programme

Award-winning stage and screen writers will headline a series of events at Birkbeck University as part of their London’s Arts Week 2016.   More than 50 free public performances, discussions, workshops, screenings, and book launches will adorn Birkbeck’s Gordon Square campus from 16th to 20th May 2016. The annual celebration of arts and culture will be the biggest programme in the festival’s 5-year history. Headliners will be Birkbeck’s David Eldridge

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Builders Merchants’ Federation supports “build up” London

In a recent consultation, the Builders Merchants’ Federation (BMF) say that they support plans to “build up” London in order to reduce the pressure to “build out” onto the Green Belt.   The BMF claim that new-build housing cannot provide enough homes to overcome today’s housing crisis and that adding extra storeys to existing sites must be one of the solutions to resolve this problem. Besides this, they think that

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Rum, Sodomy, & The Lash

The Eurodam, a ship that seemed closer to a behemoth than a cruise-liner, had attracted a very specific kind of passenger, which is what caused the dignified looking elderly couple to stand out.Unable to contain my curiosity (and, to be frank, keen for an excuse to take my mind off the…festivities) on the last day of the cruise I approached the couple and asked them what fit of madness had inspired them to

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Theatre Review: Cleansed

The National Theatre’s production of Cleansed is in it’s final weeks at the Dorfman Theatre. It has been eighteen years since the original production of Sarah Kane’s Cleansed opened at our own Royal Court Theatre in ’98. My thoughts upon entering the Dorfman for The National’s first staging of any of Kane’s work was simply: ‘why?’. Cleansed is a play set in an institution in which ‘a group of inmates try to

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The Long Lingering Weekend

New York The long weekend (4 nights/5 days) has never been more affordable. And though you might think New York a long shot think again. The arrival of Air Norway and Airbnb makes it possible to fly and rent for less than £500. I did the Big Apple in February staying with friends near Columbia University (I sit on a board there). This is becoming a more attractive area alongside

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Paul Strand at the V&A

Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century V&A Until 3 July 2016 Admission £9 vam.ac.uk/paulstrand     Facebook, as well as Flickr and Instagram, promote themselves as being the world’s largest photographic ‘libraries’, with an estimated collection of 140 billion photos, but precious few could be termed as ‘Fine Art’. The Prints & Photographs Division of the Library of Congress holds more than 15 million items, including photographs,

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Chelsea comments on Crossrail 2 amid fresh TfL report

The publication of TfL’s latest Consultation Report on Crossrail 2 has re-awakened debate over the proposed King’s Road station. The report, which was released on the 16th March, showed only a tenth of the ‘general comments’ about the station to be supportive. The majority of unsupportive comments, which totalled almost 9,000, were concerned with conservation and heritage. Other issues included the projected cost outweighing benefits, and the potential for building

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