Planning or politics?

Planning or politics?

On 27th March last year Westminster City Council began an eight week consultation on “Tall Buildings”. Its findings have not yet been published. The questionnaire was slated by “The Skyline Campaign” saying that WCC already had sufficient protective policies against the proliferation of towers. Apparently 80% of residents are against...

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The Temple of Mithras: Ancient and Timeless

The Temple of Mithras: Ancient and Timeless

As Londinium expanded in the second century AD, Roman soldiers and Free men built one of their World’s most robust Temple of Mithras. It was located on the banks of the Walbrook; a stream that ran across the City into the Thames, and close to Watling Street, the main Roman...

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All change at Duke of York Square

All change at Duke of York Square

Walking along the King’s Road you will notice that there is a colourful illustrated hoarding where the café used to be. A new café is under construction. Cadogan held a design competition for emerging UK architects and the decisive winner was Nex-Architecture. The design takes its starting point from the...

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Cyclinteriors: A new home for your bicycle

Cyclinteriors: A new home for your bicycle

Cyclists are taking over. MAMILS (Middle Aged Men In Lycra) now dominate the morning commute cityscape, as ever more of us vie to escape packed, overpriced trains. To some, bicycles are particularly aesthetically pleasing, but you don’t have to adore life on two wheels to consider incorporating bikes into your...

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The enchanted hill

The enchanted hill

Hearst Castle is not Xanadu and William Randolph Hearst was not Citizen Kane. Assumption is the mother of all errors. Driving up pacific Coast Highway from LA to Ragged Point, I was curious to visit W.R. Hearst’s extravagant folly on top of a hill above the tiny harbour of San Simeon. Hearst’s father,...

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From Pillar to Post: The walking tour that reveals London’s postal history

From Pillar to Post: The walking tour that reveals London’s postal history

Train geeks rejoice! The Mail Rail; a subterranean network of automated trains stretching from Paddington to Whitechapel which kept the Capital’s communication network flowing for over 75 years, is set to open to the public on July 27. The Postal Museum have resurrected a section of track so that you...

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Construction drawings at the RA Summer Exhibition

Construction drawings at the RA Summer Exhibition

For the first time in 249 years, construction drawings are the focus of this year’s architecture room at the Royal Academy of Arts’ summer exhibition, which this year is curated by British architect, Farshid Moussavi. The annual London exhibition is one of the biggest events in the UK’s art and design calendar, and...

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The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945

The Japanese House is the first major UK exhibition to focus on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of World War II to now, a field which has consistently produced some of the most influential examples of modern and contemporary design. The extensive destruction of Tokyo and other Japanese cities...

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Air pollution and Architecture (Smog-eating façades)

Air pollution and Architecture (Smog-eating façades)

London breached its legal limits for toxic air for the entire year in the first five days of 2017. Readings showed that air at locations in the capital were worse than the notoriously smoggy Beijing, hitting a peak 197 micrograms per cubic metre for particulate matter on the Air Quality...

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Tunnel Tours:  Subterranean London opens to the public

Tunnel Tours: Subterranean London opens to the public

The London Underground was the world’s first subterranean railway network. Remaining one of the largest in existence, today it transports around four million passengers a day on over one hundred miles of underground track. While this impressive network is regularly experienced by residents and visitors alike, there is another landscape...

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