Open Space

Shop, eat, pray – Jean Nouvel puts the ‘cheap’ back into Cheapside…

  • By Amanda Reynolds
  • Nov 12th, 2011
  • Thoughts

The picture above is the best shot of Cheapside’s new piece of architecture – Jean Nouvel comes to the City of London with an extraordinary building, that most banal of typologies – yes, its a shopping centre! Three shopping/eating storeys, one of them below ground, with a section open to the sky – looking back to its somewhat ..err… classier? older? astonished?… neighbour, St Paul’s Cathedral. Called ‘One New Change’ as it fronts both that street and ‘Cheapside’ which is far more relevant (but maybe not as sexy). We are frequently reminded by the PR machine that ‘cheap’ was Olde Englishe…

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Winter on the Highline

  • By Amanda Reynolds
  • May 10th, 2010
  • Thoughts

A sparkling cold day in NYC early spring gets the crowds out on the city’s newest piece of public open space – a linear park created on the structure of a disused freight line up the west side of Manhattan. Designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro plus others, it was fascinating to see it in its winter outfit – ie: not a scrap of green and snow lying about in sunless places. But crowded! Maybe it was the first bit of sun to greet New Yorkers for months, they were going for it. This area where we ‘got on…

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