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Flick through the Shard’s progress in pictures, then read Rowan Moore’s article tracking the building’s haphazard journey from pipe dream to reality, and asks is it a good thing for the capital?
Rowan Moore:

'Save us from a poke in the eye with a sharp stick,” I wrote in the LondonEvening Standard, in 2000, when property developer Irvine Sellar unveiled plans for a 1,400ft-high pointy cylinder above London Bridge station. I went on to say that if he wanted to build something this big, which would be visible all over London, the least Sellar could do was hire a decent architect.

    Flick through the Shard’s progress in pictures, then read Rowan Moore’s article tracking the building’s haphazard journey from pipe dream to reality, and asks is it a good thing for the capital?

    Rowan Moore:

    'Save us from a poke in the eye with a sharp stick,” I wrote in the LondonEvening Standard, in 2000, when property developer Irvine Sellar unveiled plans for a 1,400ft-high pointy cylinder above London Bridge station. I went on to say that if he wanted to build something this big, which would be visible all over London, the least Sellar could do was hire a decent architect.

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    Constructive criticism: the week in architecture

The very words “Battersea Power Station" are enough to elicit a collective groan these days, so anaesthetised have we become to bold new plans to turn the London landmark into a theme park/ice rink/hotel/shopping mall/football stadium/urban park. It’s defeated architects and property developers so many times, fatigue has just about set in permanently. If they announced it was going to become an intergalactic rocket launchpad tomorrow, we’d all yawn.
But here we go again.


Read the full story here

    Constructive criticism: the week in architecture

    The very words “Battersea Power Station" are enough to elicit a collective groan these days, so anaesthetised have we become to bold new plans to turn the London landmark into a theme park/ice rink/hotel/shopping mall/football stadium/urban park. It’s defeated architects and property developers so many times, fatigue has just about set in permanently. If they announced it was going to become an intergalactic rocket launchpad tomorrow, we’d all yawn.

    But here we go again.

    Read the full story here

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