Archive for February, 2010

Cockaigne / Cockney

Interested to read about the Utopian idea of Cockaigne today and its relation to Cockneys of London.


Victoria Park housing sell off

Passing through Victoria Park earlier I read some fliers stuck to the fence which brought my attention to this…

Tenants living in affordable housing in east London have held a demonstration against plans to sell off their homes.

Residents on an estate in Victoria Park in Hackney, owned by Crown Estate, want the agency to halt plans to put the freehold to four sites up for sale.

They fear rents could go up and key workers be forced out if the Crown Estate homes in Victoria Park, Regent’s Park, Millbank and Lee Green are sold.

Read the full BBC article or the associations website.

Greenpeace’s Heathrow fortress

This seems like an interesting project..

Britain’s leading architects are being invited to enter a competition to design an impenetrable fortress to be built on the land earmarked for a third runway at Heathrow.

The plot of land where the stronghold will be built – in the village of Sipson to the north of the airport – was bought last year by Greenpeace, which then distributed ownership of it to people across the world. There are now over 60,000 beneficial owners of the runway land with more people signing up every day on the Greenpeace website, creating a legal headache for any government trying to push ahead with Heathrow expansion.

Press release.

Architexts build small spaces at the V&A

The V&A will be staging a contemporary architecture exhibition in June 2010 exploring the power of small spaces. A number of international architects have been asked to design structures which explore notions of refuge and ‘retreat’. These buildings which examine themes such as play, work, performance and study will be built at full-scale in various spaces within the V&A. Follow exhibition curator, Abraham Thomas, as he documents the evolution of the exhibition and offers an insight into the architects’ design and construction processes.

Magnificent Maps at the British Library

Super excited by this exhibition at the BL opening in April.


It will also include the first display of the world’s largest book.

Open Air Library