I am currently working with colleagues on a study of New Cross in south London. Part of the study explores how a new London Underground station and better environment on one of London's oldest and busiest roads, the A2 New Cross Road, could influence the location and quantity of future development. These issues are linked … Continue reading How Much is Too Much? Or, rules for the 1,000 year old city
I undertake a fair bit of CPD during my morning commute by listening to podcasts, with the Centre for Cities series a particular favourite. The panel discussions cover issues facing English cities today from a political and economic perspective, such as competitive advantage, productivity, transport, and governance. I find these kinds of issues fascinating as … Continue reading Zonal plans…is the grass greener?
It took London a mere five days into the new year to use up its annual 'allocation' of toxic air days as governed by law. A combination of cold, still air, native pollution, and an alleged blast of toxicity from industrial Germany, have made for a grim start to 2017 for London's human residents. … Continue reading Gasping for Growth
The annual Quality of Life survey by Mercer has placed London - one of the world's most confident, richest, (historically) creative, diverse and educated cities - at no.39 in its list. I'm of the opinion that London's strengths as listed above don't necessarily equate to 'quality of life'. Together they create a place where the … Continue reading We need to talk about London’s pavements.
Some of the big hitters from LDN arch thought talk about canals and 'the city eating itself'
Architecture + Planning in Times of Scarcity Notes from the European Urban Summer School in September 2012 which I contributed to