Félicie Krikler is director of Assael Architecture
The most successful new places are hardly ever the vision of one person. They are usually the result of sustained collaboration – with the community, between architects, but also across sectors and disciplines and benefiting from being strongly driven by the clients.
London mayoral candidate Rory Stewart has faced a backlash after suggesting that trees should be planted on Regent Street. He tweeted that it was a “disgrace” that the historic street lacked greenery “crucial for the environment – carbon, air quality – but also for mental health and wellbeing”.
“While ever-taller towers in the City grabbed headlines last year, we need to remember that most buildings people interact with are homes and workspaces”
It might sound like the start of a terrible industry joke, but it’s not. The answer to this question is, of course, the public realm. It is the often forgotten glue that holds cities together, linking the existing to the new, residential into commercial and people to place.
One of the biggest shifts in recent years has been the surge of activism among younger voters. Some see this as a vital move to rebalance policymaking towards the young, but others see it as potentially wanting to drag us back to the 1970s.