Divide and Conquer?

One of the PR and media messages under the command of Southbank Centre Director of Marketing and Communications, Edward Venning, was that it was ‘musicians versus skaters’ or ‘skaters against everyone else’… ‘them and us’. Hmm. let’s look at that… This low – and desperate – measure couldn’t be further from the truth. Southbank Centre […]

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20th Century Society Propose Alternative Designs

Yesterday the Twentieth Century Society released an alternative design for the regeneration of the Southbank Centre’s buildings. In this new plan a ‘more modest scheme’ is suggested that would both reduce the scale of the Southbank Centre’s Festival Wing as well as provide an option to retain the Undercroft. The Twentieth Century Society’s architect Sally Rendel’s […]

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LLSB at the Architecture Foundation

  Last month, LLSB were invited to take part in a talk and discussion at the Architecture Foundation as part of their Culture + Commerce: Designs for a Different City series. “Launched in part in response to the controversy surrounding the removal of the skate park from the Southbank undercroft, and the increasing elision of […]

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LLSB Respond to the Southbank Centre False Claims

On the 25th of September the Southbank Centre sent out a public email titled ‘Update: Southbank Open Forum’. This email contained a number of false claims about both the Open Forum and Long Live Southbank. We have since contacted them twice to retract these claims and are disappointed to have received no response. In the […]

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Marc Vallée: Defensible Architecture and the Privatisation of the Undercroft

photography by Marc Vallee “The physical space of most American and some European cities is becoming privatised. And in the process of this privatisation, deviants who defy defensive architecture are prohibited, demonised and excluded. A class war is being fought, at the level of space. Along with this recapitulation of space goes an extensive iconography; […]

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Professor Iain Borden on the Festival Wing Consultation

Prof Iain Borden, architectural historian and urban commentator at The Bartlett UCL, comments on the Southbank Centre’s failed consultation for their Festival Wing development and discusses the political, emotional and local elements that have been overlooked and ignored in spite of 6 months of campaigning by Long Live Southbank. […]

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LLSB REAL TALK : Undercroft users’ opinions outside the Festival Wing “Open Forum” #2

LLSB member and respected Undercroft community figure Biko Issah reports on the outcome of the Southbank Centre’s Festival Wing “Open Forum” meeting and discusses the format, reception, the SBC’s funding gap and the possible outcomes from the invite only meeting. […]

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