Is housing a human right?

Leading up to the 2012 Olympics in London, there was a scramble to secure housing for the athletes. The location for the games was Stratford, not Shakespeare’s home town on the River Avon, but a major transportation hub about six miles northeast of Trafalgar Square. Until 1839 this area was pastoral, not much different from

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London: City Mouse

Saturday we were touring the splendid Courtauld Gallery. It is famous for its Impressionist collection, but its relocation to the Somerset house between the Thames and the Strand is a definite advantage. Just a few steps off the street you are transported to a very rich treasury of art and architecture.

Turn right here into the

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Building London in a Hurry

 London is a jumble of impermanent building parts at worst and a continually changing display of architectural styles and lifestyles at best. Architecture critic Rowan Moore (WHY WE BUILD, 2012) writes about our desire for permanence and the futility of it. How can our built environment remain the same when our needs are ever-changing? Case

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A Sunny Day in London

The weather has changed. It is warm enough for people to walking about with their coats flapping open and scarves worn hanging down instead of wrapped around their noses. Yesterday, all the clouds seem to be circulating to the North. I was out twice, once on Kensington High Street running errands, buying light bulbs, gloves,

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These fossils feel forgotten

It wasn’t the rainiest nor the coldest London has had lately, but Saturday came with problems for the over-70 set, which in our case included over-80s as well.  Intrepid explorers by sheer will power and perhaps a dash of competitiveness, our English cousins P and L agreed to meet us at the Natural History Museum

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