I’m a bit late with this info, mainly because the cynic in me knows that the Nine Elms Partnership’s Open Days are just a big PR exercise so that the perpetrators can say that they consulted with the public. Twitter quotes from the recent Embassy Gardens presentations and attributed to @LFArchitecture such as “we looked at other city’s with memorable skylines to work out how to make the Vauxhall cluster work” (and then ignored it, obviously) and “London is an exemplar for co-ordinated site line planning and transport planning, no other city does it” made me unsure as whether to laugh or cry, but both were matched and I think bettered by @LFArchitecture’s “Getting all the developers to work together (hmm, I must have missed that when I went for a coffee) to deliver the linear park (no, I don’t know what one of those is either) is one of the defining features for the area”. That, and a complete disregard for anyone already living in the area. It’s already impossible to see the sun when driving or walking along Nine Elms Lane as a result of the aesthetically appalling high rise developments, including the American Embassy, designed no doubt to withstand a nuclear attack. But, hey ho, more to come and big dividends for all involved. As Private Eye would say, “trebles all round”.

Like I say, cynical old me. Just disregard my comments. Some of you might actually love this stuff. I just think that, much as we do now when reflecting on the barbaric architectural failures of the 1960’s, we’ll look back in years to come and weep at the lost opportunity for genuine regeneration that would have actually benefited London and Londoners, rather than the rich, the filthy rich and the absolutely rolling in it. None of whom will ever reside here for more than three weeks a year.

Anyway, here’s the link. Make up your own minds. It’s the top one. The bottom one is actually a cartoon, although it’s hard to tell the difference sometimes:

http://www.nineelmslondon.com/events/open-days-2014?utm_content=buffer93377&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
cartoon

 

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