Paul Finch

Paul Finch

Paul Finch is a programme director of the World Architecture Festival

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    World Architecture Festival’s Paul Finch has ‘just one thing’ to say about office design

    2024-02-08T07:00:00

    The annual British Council for Offices (BCO) dinner was a sell-out and a cheery event, despite the travails besetting the sector.

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    Earls Court has an exciting future

    2023-11-30T00:00:00

    The year was 2010, the client was Capco, the development site was Earls Court. I was part of the advisory team picking masterplanners for this ambitious project.

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    World Architecture Festival’s Paul Finch on a question of trust

    2023-10-12T06:00:00

    Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Trust, by Herman Diaz, concerns two lives and the way they were lived – or the way they were lived according to accounts written by people (themselves artificial literary creations) with personal axes to grind.

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    Searching for hope in silly season

    2023-07-06T00:00:00

    With summer parties in full swing, reasons to be cheerful are currently rather tricky for the world of property, architecture and planning.

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    Housing ‘crisis’ is political creation

    2023-04-13T00:00:00

    When Russian harvests failed to meet production targets in the 1930s, former Russian premier Joseph Stalin simply increased the target for the next year. He was doing his bit; why couldn’t the farmers do theirs?

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    All eyes will be on Gove this year

    2023-01-19T00:00:00

    The secretary of state for levelling up etc, Michael Gove, is going to loom large in the lives of property folk, planners and architects over the coming year.

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    Beauty is not a simple matter

    2022-11-24T00:00:00

    The inaugural Building Beauty Awards were celebrated at a ceremony this week, with Lord Foster of Thames Bank the guest of honour.

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    Planning refusals on the rise

    2022-06-30T00:00:00

    I recently took part in a public inquiry, giving evidence about the very obvious design qualities of a modestly scaled scheme. It massively enhances what is laughingly categorised as a ‘conservation area’ because it contains a 19th-century railway station.

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    Are we going back to the 1970s?

    2022-04-07T00:00:00

    It is tempting to start claiming that we are reverting to the 1970s because of current energy price increases and global political instability.

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    Can the definition of beauty be built?

    2022-01-13T00:00:00

    Twenty years ago, the late, lamented Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment published a document on design review, including a section on “what makes a good project”.

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    Designs for a sustainable life

    2021-11-11T00:00:00

    As a prequel to COP26, and to coincide with the current architectural biennale, the US-based Design Intelligence group hosted a two-city event in Rome, then Venice discussing sustainability and its implications for architecture and architects.

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    Procrastination can be beneficial

    2021-09-09T00:00:00

    It is a decade since the Tottenham riots took place, prompting the report by a task force led by Sir Stuart Lipton, which secured substantial public investment in the neglected, once-proud London borough.

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    We need green-belt housing too

    2021-07-01T00:00:00

    Guess which London borough we are talking about. “The largest number of units delivered in any one year (357) equates to 25% of the annual average needed.

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    A weird twist to Khan’s London plan

    2021-03-11T00:00:00

    During these strange times, you sometimes read something in an official document and assume you must be suffering from some sort of lockdown fever.

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    Lessons of the Grenfell inquiry

    2020-11-26T00:00:00

    The evidence given at the Grenfell Tower inquiry has become more shocking by the day, especially in relation to the behaviour of certain manufacturers.

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    Creating the offices of tomorrow

    2020-10-01T00:00:00

    ”As the office sector faces seas of change, we challenge you to imagine a better future. Entrants are encouraged to think outside the box to present innovative and thought-provoking solutions that bring to life how workspace may change over the next five years.”

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    A healthy focus on space

    2020-06-11T00:00:00

    One effect of the current health crisis has been to focus on how we can redesign or rethink the places we live, work and play in to deal with this and future pandemics. That should mean new workstreams.

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    Happy Helical celebrates the City

    2020-02-27T00:00:00

    As we await publication of yet another government review of the planning system, the world of property, architecture and construction can only marvel at the profound belief of politicians that by changing things, they really make a difference.

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    An opportunity to revive old ideas

    2019-12-20T00:00:00

    Political certainty, in the sense of a government with a substantial working majority, is not the same thing as policy certainty.

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    Simple buildings, complex uses

    2019-10-25T00:00:00

    An intriguing insight into the relationship between architecture, development and investment comes from Yolande Barnes, formerly global research director at Savills, now a professor at, and chair of, the Bartlett Real Estate Institute, University College London.

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