King’s Cross station’s new, bright and spacious concourse reflects the renewal of the wider area, heralding a renaissance in how railway stations interact with their urban context. The Victorians excelled at creating a sense of arrival, leaving a legacy of grand stations that took pride in railway travel. After a period of decline, London’s railway stations are beginning to scrub up to smart 21st century standards.
The Avon and Somerset Constabulary is instantly recognisable as a piece of Banksy. It dates to 2001 and was shown at his first major exhibition in the UK – The Severnshed show in 2000. It’s currently on display at Sotheby’s, part of BANKSY: The Unauthorised Retrospective, curated by Steve Lazarides. You can read our thoughts on the exhibition on the blog here.
Urban Bees is an organisation that aims to bring bees to cities, promoting sustainable and responsible urban beekeeping. Since starting beekeeping in 2006, they have worked with an impressive range of companies and organisations across London, including the City of London Festival, the Co-Op Group and London Wildlife Trust. Co-founder Alison Benjamin kindly answered some of our questions about their work and the importance of having bees in the city.
With the world’s eyes on Brazil at the moment, who better to feature as our street art picture of the week than Cranio? Born in Sao Paulo, Cranio developed his distinctive blue ‘Indians’ as a way of depicting the indigenous people of Brazil. His work frequently has a political edge: you can see an example of his anti-World Cup street art here. This photograph was taken on Rivington Street in Shoreditch, London, near Cargo.
The sun is shining and we’re daydreaming about holidays, but we’re still thinking about sustainable architecture. Not in the office or the home this time, but on holiday and, more specifically, in hotels. Many of the luxuries that are enjoyable part of a hotel stay are, by their nature, wasteful, so hotels have to address the sustainability question in alternative ways. Just look at these five very different ‘green’ London hotels, and see how they compare.