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Save Dolphin Square and its wonderful roof garden

Sadly, a US property company Westbrook wants to spoil one of the most significant housing projects in London. Its central importance in the history of residential site planning comes from: Dolphin Square’s use of high residential terraced blocks to create

Posted in community gardens, green roofs, landscape architecture

The London Cycle Network is a fraud

The London Cycle Network was planned by the London Cycling Campaign shortly after it was formed, in 1979, and approved by Ken Livingstone when he became leader of the Greater London Council in 1981. This led to some minor improvements

Posted in cycleways, landscape architecture, London cycle network, London Cycleway Plan

The Royal Docks Development is a good example of bad architecture and helpless planning

The file-name of this depressing image is Riverside-day-overall-view-23032017-Final.jpg. The word ‘Final’ is ominous and, as anyone can see, the blocks are beside a disused dock and a busy runway: it is not a ‘riverside’ development. Suing the development team for

Posted in bad architecture & planning, green roofs, landscape architecture, landscape urbanism

Barbican housing landscape architecture review

 ‘The landscape architecture of the Barbican housing development in London is very good and very bad‘ conclude Robert Holden and Tom Turner.

Posted in housing, landscape architecture

Convoys Wharf planning application for Plot 08

In 2011,  I reviewed the Hutchison Whampoa Master Plan for Convoys wharf. A modified version of the plan, scarcely improved, received planning permission in 2014 and an application for the first phase has now been submitted. My reasons for urging Lewisham

Posted in housing, landscape architecture, urban design

Kipling’s Recessional & the Stop Killing Cyclists 2013 TfL Die-in

In church, a recessional is a hymn or piece of music accompanying the withdrawal of the clergy and choir from the chancel to the vestry, at the close of a service. The term is also used for the music after

Posted in landscape architecture

Lecture on London Cycleway Network Planning

Lecture by Tom Turner on 23rd April 2018, the LI London Branch The Landscape Urbanism Design Method should be applied to the problem of giving London the Cycleway Network it deserves: for getting from A-to-B, the aim should be to

Posted in cycleways, landscape architecture, landscape urbanism, London cycle network

Playing chess on the Stockwell Street University of Greenwich roof garden

Does London have a better place for a game of chess than the University of Greenwich’s Stockwell Street roof garden? If so, please tell me about it. While smelling the sweet scents of spring flowers, you can pick mint, gaze

Posted in green roofs, landscape architecture

Hal Moggridge lecture: Slow Growth: On the Art of Landscape Architecture

On Wednesday 21st February, Hal Moggridge lectured to the London Branch of the Landscape Institute on the theme of his 2017 book Slow Growth: On the Art of Landscape Architecture. A Wikipedia article explains that Slow Food is ‘an organization

Posted in landscape architecture

Ian McHarg’s boyhood in Glasgow, Clydebank and Craigallian Loch

Ian McHarg was born on Clydeside and became the most famous landscape architect of the 20th century. The importance of Clydebank in the development of his Design with Nature philosophy is explained in McHarg’s last book: A Quest for Life: An

Posted in landscape architecture