Regeneration

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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Land of the Free…

  • By Amanda Reynolds
  • Jun 21st, 2010
  • Thoughts

Art and architecture in NYC for the weekend… thanks to John R… A return to the New Museum by Sanaa, the Japanese Pritzker prize-winning duo, and their attempt to make a large-footprint use work vertically, or at least small-footprintly. Good commissioning from the client – if the Japanese can’t do it, who can? Basically, this is an art gallery on a small urban site. It has a mission to showcase “adventurous contemporary works”. Good stuff, so is it also an ‘adventurous and contemporary’ building? It is in the sense that it has to pile several tall-ish, open-ish spaces on top…

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