Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Plans for Port Royal: lessons from London >>> >>> >>> >>> height vs heritage

There are several ideas for how to imagine Port Royal:
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal and the Eastern Town >>> Re-imagining on Streetlife...

Many of which have been spurred on by the current architecture competition:
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: complete the online questionnaire

The public consultation informing the competition ends on Sunday:
Reimagining Port Royal

Ideas have been around much longer, however, and might well be drawn on:
Futures Forum: Schemes for Port Royal and Eastern Town

A tower at the end of the Esplanade is one idea:
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: Jurassic Tower
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: British design in Singapore

It's very much the trend - and not only in Dubai:

 Alain de Botton: 'London is becoming a bad version of Dubai' – video

London is on the verge of being ruined for all future generations, says Alain de Botton. With a whopping 260 towers in the pipeline, no area is safe, as planners, property developers and the mayor's office commit crimes against beauty to create fun buildings. Here's why we're right to be nervous – and how we can stop this clear desecration of the capital city

Alain de Botton: 'London is becoming a bad version of Dubai' – video | Art and design | The Guardian

This story was widely covered in the national and professional press:
More than 200 tall buildings 'in pipeline' for London - BBC News
London skyline to see 260 tower blocks as it enters age of skyscrapers | Daily Mail Online
Skyscrapers are NOT ruining the London skyline claims The Shard architect Renzo Piano | Daily Mail Online

This is a presentation from the architects behind much of the rising skyline in London:

London's Growing Up! - Tall Buildings in London

New London Architecture 

Published on Aug 3, 2015

Following pioneering research conducted by NLA and GL Hearn in 2012, now ongoing, this film illustrates how London's skyline is changing as the capital is developed more densely in order to meets the demands of the growth in population. Charting the history of towers in the capital from the 1960s to today, this film investigates the recent increase in tall buildings - both built and proposed - and the rules and regulations which control their introduction, including the London View Management Framework.

Not everyone is happy:
Campaigners fight to save London skyline from 230 more skyscrapers | Cities | The Guardian

Tall buildings: Height vs heritage

London’s lack of a coherent tall buildings policy has led to controversial ‘carbuncles’ such as the Walkie Talkie crowding its skyline – and a further 200 tall towers are proposed for the capital. Ike Ijeh wonders if other old cities offer lessons in how to integrate tall buildings into their historic fabric
Walkie Talkie
Last week our sister publication BD awarded the Carbuncle Cup, the irreverent annual prize for Britain’s worst building, to the Walkie Talkie, the 37-storey skyscraper that keeps a maleficent eye over the City of London. This comes hot on the heels of the unveiling earlier this year of controversial proposals for a new tower on the site of the abandoned Pinnacle stump nearby and the unsuccessful conclusion to the protracted legal challenge attempting to stop the development of a series of towers along the South Bank.

Tall buildings: Height vs heritage | Magazine Features | Building

And this is the latest on what height embodies:

Can a Skyscraper Constitute Sprawl?

A spat between two architects has London wondering just how far the city should let its tower boom go.  
Image Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Renzo Piano’s proposed new 735-foot tower might just be a skyscraper too many for London. That, at least, is the highly critical take from rival architect Terry Farrell on the recently announced project. In an open letter Tuesday, Farrell damned the new scheme for a slender residential cylinder built over London’s Paddington Station as “piecemeal” and “opportunistic.” 

Architect Terry Farrell Attacks Renzo Piano's New London Skyscraper Plan - CityLab

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