For decades now, the UK has talked about the ‘special relationship’ it has enjoyed with the US – think Reagan and Thatcher, Blair and Bush. And for that, read London with New York, if not Trump with Cameron or Khan. But it is clear that the two cities have more than a few similarities as they struggle to keep ahead of the game in world city stakes and strive to take steps to attend to their respective housing shortfalls.
In this issue of New London Quarterly we look at Americans in London. Our New Londoner this time is Sarah Cary, a Texan at British Land and a cyclist with a passion for sustainability across the developer’s portfolio and beyond. Top of their Game is Gensler, founded on near-Hippyish principles by Arthur Gensler in ’60s San Francisco but now making waves in the UK with new of ces and a loose advisory role with Number 10. Dan Hajjar is North American – a Canadian – but is helping to move HOK on from projects as British as the BBC’s Broadcasting House to the scienti c melting pot that is the Francis Crick Institute, the subject of our Building Review this time out. John McAslan takes a look at how both New York and London are attending to their housing dearths. And then there is coverage of NY- LON – the latest in a series of live video link-ups between London and NewYork to discuss issues like density, tall buildings and affordable housing.
Elsewhere in the magazine we continue our quest to give more exposure to up-and-coming practices with a look at Carl Turner Architects and Bell Phillips Architects. There are opinions on subjects ranging from housing for the elderly to Colin Wilson’s sequel to City in the East ... City in the West, plus capital ideas from practices including Rogers Stirk Harbour and Fletcher Priest. And there is the return of the Sounding Board as it looks to have more of a say in how London shapes up in Sadiq Khan’s tenure of City Hall.
In this uncertain period where we’re questioning the very nature of British- ness and Europe, even putting it to the vote on 23 June, it’s important to look further a eld as well for cities that London can learn from – good and bad.
Enjoy the issue.
David Taylor, Editor