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?

Raising the roof twice at King’s Cross

Two new roofs are revealing themselves at King’s Cross Station. The engine shed nears completion with photovoltaic panels adhering the glass and the concourse and ticket office are becoming increasingly visible.

Is this the most boring new building in London?

Is this an army checkpoint or a railway terminal in the heart of London? The plans for Farringdon Station were controversial because they inserted modern designs in a setting that combined seven hundred years of history. The results turn out now to be controversial not because they are modern but because they are so dull.Continue reading “Is this the most boring new building in London?”

Rothschild HQ opens as St Paul’s becomes open-air debating chamber

The contrasting life of the City of London illustrated by the recent opening of Rem Koolhas’ headquarters for the Rothschild Bank and the open-air seminar taking place today on the steps of St Paul’s. Interesting to see how empty some public spaces have become. The centre of the City of London used to be theContinue reading “Rothschild HQ opens as St Paul’s becomes open-air debating chamber”

Golden Lane Leisure Centre wraps come off a week before new book published on its architects

Just a week before English Heritage, RIBA and the Twentieth Century Society publish a new book by Elain Harwood on the architects of Golden Lane Estate, the scaffolding has been removed from the leisure centre at the heart of the estate. With another three months to go before the restoration is complete, the work toContinue reading “Golden Lane Leisure Centre wraps come off a week before new book published on its architects”

Swimming in the newly-restored Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace Sports Centre has had a modest restoration. A strange building, the wet and dry sections meet in the entrance hall which makes the whole place feel a bit damp. And despite being cathedral-like in its scale, swimming in the fifty-metre lane is very claustrophobic. The best part is the way that the lightsContinue reading “Swimming in the newly-restored Crystal Palace”

What is the connection between the opening of Westfield in Stratford and the closure of Gaby’s Salt Beef Bar in the Charing Cross Road?

Here is a picture of the hotel at the new Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford, viewed from the International terminal. And here is a picture of Gaby’s salt beef bar in the Charing Cross Road.  Westfield is about a week old and has been welcomed as the saviour of East London.  Gaby’s is about fiftyContinue reading “What is the connection between the opening of Westfield in Stratford and the closure of Gaby’s Salt Beef Bar in the Charing Cross Road?”

Join me this weekend for two Open House walks

This Sunday I am leading two walks for London Open House.  The first is a guided tour of Golden Lane Estate.  The second is a tour of the City of London’s newest landscape architecture schemes.  Both tours are free but need to be booked through Open House. Booking details for Golden Lane.  Booking details forContinue reading “Join me this weekend for two Open House walks”