Year: 2013

Epiphanies from Frank Gehry

See on – on design Scrapbook‘s insight: This interview had me in stitches! So refreshing to see the best known sharing the frustration that we all feel… “One would hope there would be more support from within these places for architecture that responds to the place and culture. … but, …It’s just cheap copies of buildings that have already been built somewhere else.” I love it! I might add, though, that describing industrial Bilbao as a “sleepy Spanish port city” is a rather hilarious misinformed statement, as it is to credit Gehry for singlehandedly delivering its regeneration bearing in mind that the museum was “just” a piece of the Bilbao Ria 2000 masterplan. Although the museum has indeed created both footfall and appeal for tourism to choose Bilbao as a destination, it saddens me that the brains behind the strategy and the many other contributions are always forgotten. …and just in case anyone wondered, the main issue that the masterplan faced was the lack of connectivity between both sides of the river as they …

Priorities, Groups, a book and Mentoring

It has been a while since I began to consider that, at my age (not fishing for compliments, just stating the numerically correct), I should be able to give something back. Last year was a tough one with the project, the professional registration, setting up of the atelier and our familiar circumstances. All and all it was intense, and I could not allow myself looking in a further future than the one my surviving mode required: the continuous present. Ironically, the event that made me face the future was a discussion with both my six and four year old nieces over Christmas. As I presented them with images of the project that has kept me busy for all their lives, the six year old looked at me un-impressed as though it was not worth the time I had spent away from them, and the four year old asked me why “a girl” would want to do a “boy’s” job!

Rathbone Market, London

Delivered on behalf of  CZWG Architects My Role : Project leader. (Planning, tender, construction) In the heart of Canning Town, 1.5 hectares of challenging nature between a busy high street and the A13 had patiently waited for the right kind of developer to take on the challenge when English Cities Fund joined the London Borough of Newham, as developing partner, to do so.