New London Architecture


There’s a definite green tinge to this edition of New London Quarterly, not least because of the impact that COP26 has had on the prevailing, pressing conversation we all need to have about climate change.

Oliver Heath, whose very name conjures up the biophilic, extolls the subject’s virtues in contributing to wellness, be that in the home, office, or indeed home office, in our profile, following on from the Planted show at King’s Cross. Sue Morgan, meanwhile, talks through the impact that landscape design as a discipline and landscape designers as a profession can or should be making on our environments, and how they should be shaping the discourse. The new chief executive of the Landscape Institute figures as our New Londoner interview.

But it is at the local authority level that perhaps most can be done in the name of attending to creating healthier environments, Waltham Forest leader Grace Williams explaining how the council is turning to cycling and active travel as well as emphasising the borough’s green attributes to that end. Williams talks about how the council is undergoing
a post-COVID ‘reset’, where one of the main challenges will be communicating how good growth should not be a thing
residents should be afraid of, and can in fact fund local services and even a sense of place.

There’s lots more besides, including coverage of the London Real Estate Forum and its concentration on (environmental) ‘resilience and resurgence’, and a look at the joy of modelmaking as an underappreciated boon to design and communication. Finally, we have two building reviews this issue that also epitomise a sustainable approach, with Heyne
Tillett Steel’s timber Chart Street offices and Arup’s 1 Triton Square retrofit.

Welcome to the new (green) normal.
Enjoy the issue!
David Taylor, Editor

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The new teams 18
David Taylor interviews Waltham Forest leader Grace Williams about a borough on the up

Profile 26
Seeding the future — Oliver Heath of Planted talks all things biophilia with David Taylor

New Londoner 32
Louise Rodgers talks to Landscape Institute chief executive Sue Morgan about greener futures

London Real Estate Forum special 42
Resilience and resurgence — an essay on the main thrusts at this year’s London Real Estate Forum. By David Taylor

Model behaviour 46
David Taylor explores how models and modelmaking continue to provide inspiration for designers and public alike

Building review 70 | 82
Reuse, recycle — 16 Chart Street and One Triton Square get the building review treatment

Need to know 4
The quarter — our summary of all the key news events this term

Viewpoint 8
We ask: what will levelling up mean for London?

Murray Mint 12
Peter Murray laments the demise of the Mound and decision to nip the Tulip in the bud

Columnist 14
Professor Yolande Barnes makes the case for a London with better governance

Opinion 31
Joe Morris of Morris+Company presents Office+, a radical rethink for workplaces

Coffee break 54
Earls Court Development Company creative director Sarah Gaventa answers NLQ’s questions

Briefing notes 56
Our regular round-up of conferences and events at NLA

My London 136
Tsuruta Architects’ Taro
Tsuruta describes his ongoing relationship with Catford

Portfolio 6

Making connections — Low Line Commons wins the Overall Prize at the New London Awards

Covid conversations 17
Peter Murray looks back over the COVID period and the use of new technology

Review 36
Empire state — Peter Murray reviews a new book on the Commonwealth Institute by Tom Wilson

Best of the web 38
David Taylor talks to Sally Lewis of Stitch Architects about a new scholarship for architecture students

From the team 52
LFA director Rosa Rogina on ‘Act’ — the theme of next year’s event

Market essay 94
JLL’s Julian Sandbach on London’s rising confidence levels



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