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Lets hope this leads to an explosion of great 21st century architecture in this country. Its absolutely nuts that our world-class architects like Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster get commissioned by China etc rather than Britain. We need great, inspiring buildings all across Britain celebrating we live now in the 21st century. Compared to much of Europe most of our towns and cities are dire. They are grotesquely ugly and delapidated. Lets create world beating cities and towns
that the world wants to come to and admires as the very best in the world. We have the talent. Lets use it. We live in the 21st century. Lets create and enjoy a 21st century legacy as our forbears created their great legacies..
Malcolm Rasala |
March 27, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Malcolm is right. British housing and residential design
was renowned in the 18thc for its beauty, practicality
and delight. Britain has the designers and architects to
do the same again for the 21st century with new and
enduring designs that make daily life an excitement
and a pleasure.The second rate is not an option and what is
not expensive need not be shoddy or ill considered. Our best
designers and architects are ready to go.
Mark Macho |
March 27, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Agree but that is not what will happen. We will get rows of boring semi detached houses and brutalist towers that date very quickly. Look at the future c. 1960's - there is nothing that dates as quickly as someones vision of the future. Agree we should concentrate on aesthetics but not buildings trying to make statements.
George Lees |
March 27, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Well George, you, me, Mark and everyone must ensure we do not "get rows of boring semi detached houses and brutalist towers that date very quickly". The Georgians managed it. So must we.
Period. Not sure about your other points. For example would you say the Taj Mahal is not a statement, or Windsor Castle, or the White House in Washington or Canary Wharf. They make statements but are still pretty inspiring and beautiful.
Malcolm Rasala |
March 27, 2012 at 06:30 PM
not sure any of those tried to be visions of the future and so worked.
I think the housebuilders need to be more imaginative, creating communities with road layouts, squares terraces focal points etc - rether than concentrate on jamming numbers onto green field sites which I fear this liberalisation will do.
George Lees |
March 27, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Yes by all means build modern buildings.There is plenty of ugly brown sites littering the country.Acres of unused shops and offices.There again to bring them up to date would not be what our politians and planners want.Plus the building moguls want a quick return.There we will end up as usual with whats left of the countryside concreted over.Whilst the brown sites take on a rusty hue.
March 27, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I wonder why the nod towards the Green Belt was only in a footnote, rather than being an explicit consideration in the text of the document. Local tax payers can expect to spend a large amount on lawyers fees as cases get chased around the courts.
"Sustainable" of course is a meaningless objective worthy of the current politicians. It is totally non-justicible, wholly subjective and it will undoubtedly lead to development on your favourite open space.
Now, where was the address of that architect?
If this leads to better design I will be greatly surprised.
Andrew Smith |
March 27, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Clark's calm but effective put down of Dame Fiona [who is resigning from the NT] and Sir Simon.
Bill Brinsmead |
March 27, 2012 at 11:22 PM
"We need great, inspiring buildings all across Britain..."
Yes, but this planning reform covers England - or perhaps England and Wales - but certainly not the whole of Britain.
March 27, 2012 at 11:30 PM
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