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Old April 12th, 2012, 11:51 PM   #3701
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Old April 13th, 2012, 12:26 AM   #3702
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When I look at the designs for the new American Embassy in London I remember that when I was a little boy in the 1950's I played on the derelict lands in this part of London that still remained after the bombing of the Second World War. I can still remember kids I grew up with bringing home unexploded shells that they had found when playing there. London was still rebuilding many, many years after the war and that process is still going on today. London had its heart ripped out of it during the Blitz (as we ripped the heart out of the great cities of Germany during that dreadful war). I could not have dreamed in my wildest imaginings how much London has changed. So much is going on now in London - it is almost miraculous. I love New York with a real intensity, it is a fabulous city but remember that London suffered the equivalent to 9/11 every day during the Blitz. London has a lot to do to recover from that period and the scars that were inflicted when rebuilding was done very quickly and as cheaply as possible in the decades following the Second World War. Dreadful, nasty buildings were built in the London in the 1960's and the 1970's because Britain has/had an awkward relationship with Modern architecture. So whilst New York was building architecture by Mies van der Rohe and and Frank Lloyd Wright we were building secord and third rate architecture based upon ideas of Le Corbusier (whose work I love). Even flirting with something called New Brutalism. Some of which is good and a lot that has the potential to suck out all pleasure to be gained from life.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 12:27 AM   #3703
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as far as i am aware a dedicated thread for the cucumber tower has not been opened yet
There's a thread for it in the UK section:
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Old April 13th, 2012, 05:50 AM   #3704
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World's top 25 cities for tech startups
Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

  1. Silicon Valley
  2. New York City
  3. London (1st in Europe)
  4. Toronto
  5. Tel Aviv
  6. Los Angeles
  7. Singapore
  8. Sao Paulo
  9. Bangalore
  10. Moscow
  11. Paris
  12. Santiago
  13. Seattle
  14. Madrid
  15. Chicago
  16. Vancouver
  17. Berlin
  18. Boston
  19. Austin
  20. Mumbai
  21. Sydney
  22. Melbourne
  23. Warsaw
  24. Washington D.C.
  25. Montreal


Silicon Valley, London, NYC: Startup Genome Data Reveals How The World’s Top Tech Hubs Stack Up
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Old April 13th, 2012, 12:39 PM   #3705
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Nice, great news!

Has anyone else heard about Mayor Johnson's idea for Devo Max for London from the rest of the UK?
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Old April 13th, 2012, 03:32 PM   #3706
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^ i haven't heard of it, what is that?
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Old April 13th, 2012, 06:19 PM   #3708
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Mayor Boris Johnson pledges to make London most digital city in the world
Published: 12:29 GMT, 13 April 12

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has pledged to make London the most Wi-Fi accessible city in the world if he is re-elected into his position next month.

"My ambition over the next four years is to make this the most digitally-covered and Wi-Fi accessible city in Europe, if not the world," Johnson told delegates at the Innotech Summit in London today. The London mayoral elections are taking place on 3 May.

The UK capital is currently "up there in the league" of cities with good Wi-Fi access, said Johnson. He referred to the Wi-Fi connectivity that is due to be rolled out across 120 Tube stations with Virgin Media, 56 overground train stations with The Cloud and the half a million hotspots across London with BT.

Johnson believes that the technology industry can help boost the economy, with the creation of businesses, jobs and apprenticeships.

The number of digital companies that have set up in east London's Tech City has grown from 226 to 600 over the past three years. Skype recently announced a recruitment drive for engineers in London, and in 2010 there were 1,300 apprenticeships created in the area, he said.

"I believe the figure in 2011 might be even higher," said Johnson. "I think these apprenticeships offer real hope to young Londoners who might not have strong literacy skills, but they sure know how to use a BlackBerry."

He also praised the entrepreneurship of young Londoners such as Nick D'Aloisio, the 16-year-old creator of the Summly iPhone app, which recently attracted $250,000 of investment.

"That is the kind of entrepreneurship that is going to lead London and this country out of the recession," said Johnson.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 07:28 PM   #3709
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10 Apr 2012



The City of London Corporation will hold an event for entrepreneurs and angel investors at the end of this month, geared towards encouraging investment in the UK start-up industry.

The organisation has spent months writing letters to wealthy business executives in London's Square Mile and nearby areas, asking them to invest in the capital's most innovative ideas, V3 has learned.

Now, 30 of these business executives will be attending a central London event on 25 April ready to receive pitches from small businesses and entrepreneurs.

The event is part of the corporation's 'Angels in the City' initiative, which is run in partnership with the London Business Angels.

The aim is to try and harness the financial capacity and expertise of city workers in order to help technology start-ups in and around East London's Tech City succeed.

The event will be the first pitching opportunity the Angels in the City scheme has run.

Overall it aims to generate over £10m of new angel investment per year for Tech City enterprises.

"We need to bring the City and Tech City closer together," said Stuart Fraser, policy chairman for the City of London Corporation, in an interview with V3.

"They are not far apart in distance, and when I talk to the executives in the City, they think investing in start-ups is a great idea, but they are too busy at their desk to do anything about it."

Fraser said many business executives in London are not aware they can easily invest in start-ups, and added that the pitching event will be the first of many to come.

He added that the corporation had visited financial institutions and accountancy firms in the capital to alert them to the Angels in the City initiative and to let them know the kinds of benefits they can experience from investing in start-ups.

"There are 100,000 people earning over £1m in the capital and we need to harness these people for the economy," said Fraser.
In related news, the City of London Corporation last week helped the public launch of non-for-profit organisation, Entrepreneur First.

Entrepreneur First aims to encourage more university graduates to become entrepreneurs, and the corporation has put £50,000 into the programme.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 07:42 PM   #3710
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Old April 13th, 2012, 07:47 PM   #3711
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SO143, thanks for all those updates! It's hard to keep track of everything in the London sub-forum so it's nice to have everything in one place. There is so much going on in London at the moment! Unbelievable.

Edit: Last pic of the cable car looks photoshopped... Not sure, but the part where the pilon hits the water looks weird..

Edit2: Ow lol it was a one Aprils fool joke.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 08:17 PM   #3712
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Stanhope and Royal Mail 'revise London offices plans'

New plans for a Royal Mail and Stanhope development have been submitted in order to help allay concerns held by Transport for London (TfL) and Westminster City Council.

The 270,000 sq ft scheme close to Paddington Station originally included 120,000 sq ft of London offices in an eight-storey building and approximately 5,000 sq ft of retail and restaurant space, CoStar UK reported.

However, as a result of worries regarding the development's construction over a complex London Underground system, Royal Mail and Stanhope have resubmitted the proposals, which were first put forward in August of last year.

One of the changes allows for a potential extension of the Bakerloo Line ticket hall, although TfL currently has no plans in the pipeline for such work, the publication explained.

Stanhope and Royal Mail have reduced the number of residential units to 129 from 141 and cut the overall office space to 96,000 sq ft. It is hoped the development will be delivered between 2013 and 2015.

Royal Mail Group has been active in the commercial property market in recent months. In autumn of last year it offloaded a 2.3-acre site to Great Portland Estates, with the land having planning permission for new West End offices.

The site lies between Newman Street and Rathbone Place and proposals were approved for a 383,435 sq ft mixed-use scheme.
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Newham pledges Olympic Stadium cash but West Ham fans question move

Newham Council has agreed to invest up to £40m in the adaptation of the Olympic Stadium, but a backlash is mounting from fans of West Ham United about its proposed move to Stratford after the 2012 Games.

The council has agreed to establish Newham Legacy Investments Limited, a company wholly owned by the London Borough of Newham, which will enter into a Limited Liability Partnership with the Olympic Park Legacy Company to manage the stadium post the games.

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Stockwell's 808 new homes at Myatts Fields North

One of the largest new parks to be built in London outside the Olympic zone will also bring with it 808 new homes, allotments, a showpiece community centre, a café, a crèche and an IT suite.

Myatts Fields North, in Stockwell, will offer the impressive range of community facilities "hidden" beneath a grassed-over roof, as well as landscaped outdoor space.

London has more green space than most world cities. As well as eight Royal Parks, there are heaths and commons, 600 traditional garden squares, numerous public parks such as London Fields, plus well-kept community spaces tucked away in unlikely pockets of the inner city.

Being close to green space improves people's quality of life and is of great recreational use, particularly for families with young children. But living close to open space does not have to cost a fortune.

Increasingly, affordable homes are sprouting up alongside — even within — parks, often as part of wider regeneration prioritising the natural environment.

Modern-day planners are keen to promote the amenity value of parks and open spaces, which dovetails with the "sustainable development" agenda. Mayor Boris Johnson's "great outdoors" initiative is improving the quality of 80 London neighbourhoods, while the Royal Institute of British Architects sponsors a "forgotten spaces" competition for the imaginative re-use and adaptation of neglected plots, encouraging designers to work with local groups and residents wherever possible.

The Myatts Fields development is a private finance initiative now under way, a collaboration between Lambeth council, which owns the site, and a consortium of developers, with PRP Architects as the masterplanners. Maisonettes, flats and houses for rent, sale and shared ownership are being built, with the first phase due for completion next year. For more information visit regenter.com.

"Public parks are an extension of the home for many young people and families who cannot afford a property with a private garden," says Becky Munday of south-east London estate agent Wooster & Stock.

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Housing association scoops contract for 200-home London regeneration
Friday 13th April 2012 - 2:00pm

A housing association has been selected to deliver 200 new homes for the latest phase of a regeneration project in North West London.

Brent Council have selected Catalyst Housing - which provides more than 21,000 homes in the capital - to deliver 208 new homes for social housing, rent and private sale.

The development work will involve knocking down four blocks of flats; Ely Court, Hicks Bolton and Cambridge and Wells, and replacing them with low rise modern apartments.

Out of the 208 new homes being developed, 122 will be made available to existing South Kilburn tenants and 86 will be for outright sale. On top of that Catalyst Housing will provide 15 construction-related training apprenticeships for local South Kilburn residents.

The development includes Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands Architects’ award winning design for Cambridge and Wells which won the National New Homes Design Award 2011.

Working closely with construction partner Willmott Dixon, Catalyst will help make Brent’s plans for the future of South Kilburn a reality.

Catalyst are now working with the architects and partners to plan in detail the construction phases and will start assisting Brent in the securing of the blocks earmarked for demolition.

As well as investing in the neighbourhood, Catalyst’s community development arm, Catalyst Gateway, will continue its work in South Kilburn and will work with other agencies to create training and employment opportunities for residents.

Rod Cahill, chief executive of Catalyst Housing, said: “We’re proud to be a part of the important regeneration of South Kilburn. Catalyst are committed to building strong sustainable communities. This isn’t just about high quality new homes, our commitment to the area will continue long after the last brick is laid.”

Andrew Donald Director of Regeneration & Major Projects for Brent Council said: “Brent Council are delighted to be working in partnership with Catalyst Housing to deliver the next phase of the South Kilburn Regeneration Programme. The new homes have been designed to an exceptionally high quality and will create a fantastic place to live.

This phase of the regeneration programme will make a significant contribution to transforming the area and delivering our vision for South Kilburn. Brent Council are determine to continue to drive forward the regeneration of South Kilburn and create a strong, vibrant, sustainable community where people choose to live now and in the future”
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London Square's Fulham development receives permit
3 April 2012

London Square has achieved planning permission for a proposed £100 million residential development in Fulham.

It will construct 40 Georgian-style homes on a two-acre site at Farm Lane, which was previously a trading estate for light industrial firms.

Chief executive of the housebuilding company Adam Lawrence said inspiration for the project came from Wellington Square, which is near to Chelsea's Kings Road.

"We are creating a new square for London, continuing the legacy of the capital and its historic squares," he declared.

He was quoted by Whathouse.co.uk as saying the new structures will be good for young professionals and families.

It will merge the "best features" of the traditional capital development with first-class buildings, as well as contemporary and modern interior designs.

The site will be symmetrical and occupants will be able to benefit from private underground garages.

Assael Architects was responsible for the design of the scheme and work is scheduled to start on site late in summer 2012.

Companies in the house building sector could benefit from Sage Housebuilding operational management software, which is programmed to streamline essential business functions.

Article Posted by Editorial Team. All news articles are provided by journalists from an independent News Agency - Adfero Ltd.
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Our faith is fraying in the god of money



Trading is as old as humanity, and possibly older. It’s based on the notions of fairness and balance – something children recognise very early in life. If you give me a banana, I owe you something: possibly a return banana, but at the very least a Thank You. On the other hand, if you bite me, I will wish to bite you back. Because we’re social beings, we constantly exchange and trade: food, kisses, gossip, revenges.

Money is a lately-come human artefact: it’s our symbol-making talent in overdrive, a convenient make-believe that allows us to trade and exchange. Money, whether paper or digital, has no physical value; it’s worth only what we decide it’s worth, and it’s of no use to us until it’s exchanged for something we need or believe we need: a carrot, a kilowatt, a glass of water, a supersonic jet.

Trades used to be done between individuals. You knew whom you owed, and who owed you. That had its plusses: the sense of obligation, of owing back, was personal, and thus you could feel shame if you didn’t pay up; and the rage when someone you knew stiffed you for a loan was also personal. But high finance is now so very high – so in-the-cloud – so algorithmic, so removed from those on the ground who suffer the fallout from its misdeeds – that it is seen as faceless, voiceless, non-human. Has it taken on the attributes of a god – unpredictable, all-powerful, uncontrollable? And if so, how can any government anywhere make any sort of plan about anything? Gods have another attribute: they aren’t accountable. You can’t put a god in jail.

During the 2008 meltdown a taxi driver in Middle America told me that she’d seen it coming a while back, because she’d been getting two calls a week from salesmen foisting second mortgages on her as if they were aluminium siding. She told them she couldn’t afford it; they kept pushing, promising that her house would always increase in value, so why not shoot the moon? “I said no, but a lot of other people didn’t,” she said. “And now look.”

Three and a half years later, I received another earful from a driver. This man was past retirement age; he’d been planning to sell his house and do some travelling with the extra cash before putting on the wooden overcoat. But there were no buyers. He was driving to meet expenses. “And the guys who did this, this reckless stuff – they knew it was coming. They were stuffing their own pockets. And none of them paid the price: it’s people like me who ended up getting stuck. I am one very angry retired senior citizen,” he told me.

This is the mood: those at the top were irresponsible and greedy. Those at the bottom had nothing to lose, because the mortgages being peddled required no down-payments. Those in the middle – who’d worked and saved and invested their money in their houses – got hit. But who exactly did the dire deed? With so many harmed, why isn’t someone in jail? That’s what my driver would like to know. He’d like to know why he should trust the financial system any more, since its minions inspired false confidence, made fast and loose with the public’s hard-earned savings, and then scampered away with the money bags. But should anyone care whether he trusts it or not? He’s just a small player.

There are, however, millions like him. When distrust in a system becomes widespread among small players, it throws up something like Occupy Wall Street, or like the Tea Party. Or like, for instance, the French revolution. Before that game-changing event, a privileged class that made the rules – rules favouring itself – overspent on a foreign war and then tried to stabilise the nation by overtaxing the already ruinously taxed populace. Confronted with protest, the aristocrats responded with inflexibility and prevarication, and dedicated themselves to preserving their own advantages at the expense of everyone else. If this sounds in any way familiar, it may be bracing to recall that before long, heads were being sliced from necks, blood was running in the streets, and France, riddled with internal dissension, lost its position as the most powerful country in Europe.

“The commercial world is very frequently put into confusion by the bankruptcy of merchants, that assumed the splendour of wealth only to obtain the privilege of trading with the stock of other men, and of contracting debts which nothing but lucky casualties could enable them to pay; till after having supported their appearance a while by tumultuary magnificence of boundless traffic, they sink at once, and drag down into poverty those whom their equipages had induced to trust them.”

So wrote the perceptive Samuel Johnson, in 1752. He was talking about merchants, but substitute banks and large corporations, and it’s much the same story. People trust enterprises that appear to be solid because they appear to be rich. When such concerns collapse, a great many are dragged down the plughole with them. If these concerns are “too big to fail”, many are dragged down anyway, because public money is used to shore them up. And no one is held accountable, because the aristocrats look after their own.

And that can be annoying for the taxpayers. How annoying does it have to get before the tumbrils start rolling and the heads begin to fall, whether figuratively or literally? And before once pre-eminent nations lose their top-dog positions and find themselves being eviscerated, as those at the mercy of the faceless money god often do?

Transparency, accountability, fiscal responsibility, a true interest in the public good, leaders that actually lead, a financial system less like a faceless robot: is that too much for my driver to ask? Capitalism, like any other religion, relies on faith and trust; as it is a material religion, it must also continue to deliver to an ever-expanding world population at least some of the benefits it promises. Which will be a hard task on an already depleted planet.
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