11. Stop motion animation: Shell Centre climate emergency project

This animation is based on a group of images created at City Lit in late 2019 as part of a Printmaking Artist Residency. Forty images were made based on a photographic image of the Shell Building on London’s South Bank. The object of the project was to attempt to create images of buildings which wouldContinue reading “11. Stop motion animation: Shell Centre climate emergency project”

How meat and water designed part of London: the drovers’ route from Islington to Smithfield, a new walk from London Open City

Last week I led a walk exploring the drovers’ route from the Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington to Smithfield Market. This took in the New River, the history of Sadler’s Wells, Spa Green and especially the impact of the movement of meat and water on the design and development of the route along St John’s Street toContinue reading “How meat and water designed part of London: the drovers’ route from Islington to Smithfield, a new walk from London Open City”

Why can’t London be like Freiburg?

Freiburg in southern Germany rightly calls itself a ‘green city’. It has demonstrated a thirty-year commitment to sustainable urban development. Born out of protests against the building of nuclear power stations and influenced by the catastrophe at Chernobyl, a green activism has led to an impressive urban achievement. This includes: a tradition of high-quality urban planning competenceContinue reading “Why can’t London be like Freiburg?”

North bank becoming as pedestrian-friendly as south bank

Completion of Watermark Place and the riverside walkway has created a pedestrian-friendly walk to rival that on the South Bank. The monumental Mondial House telephone exchange building, famously modelled on a typewriter key board and clad in white fibre glass, has given way to a building set back from the river and partly clad inContinue reading “North bank becoming as pedestrian-friendly as south bank”

This recycling bin broadcasts stock market prices but does it use more energy than it saves?

These recycling bins have appeared near to Cheapside. They show share prices and provide news updates on two digital screens. They do not appear to be solar powered. So is the energy saved by encouraging recycling undermined by the energy expended in providing the information service?