The Albert Bridge will re-open next week after two years of repairs.
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 the place that people left at weekends and evenings, now life has returned perhaps for the first time since before the bookshops by St Paul’s were destroyed in the blitz.
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 lights set into the roof appear to merge with each other as you swim.
At a lecture given at the Garden Museum, writer, academic and chair of Clissold Park Users Group Ken Worpole highlighted the benefits of open space, available to all. He referenced his superb book on public space, democracy and architecture Hear Comes the Sun. I found myself in Clissold Park the next day. For me it was the place I was taken as a child, my idea of the rolling countryside complete with wild animals and its own railway engine. Now it is beautifully preserved and looking brilliant in autumn.