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24 Nov 2015

Heathrow: worth more dead than alive

Infrastructure, Norman Foster says, is about “investing not to solve the problems of today but to anticipate the issues of future generations”, reports The Guardian. He cites his hero, Joseph Bazalgette, who, in solving Victorian London’s sewage problems, “thought holistically to integrate drains with below-ground public transportation and above-ground civic virtue”.

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Norman Foster is apparently delighted that Britain now has an infrastructure commission, chaired by Andrew Adonis, which he says gives the opportunity to plan in 30-year cycles and remove the politics from infrastructure. He will expound these views this week at the Urban Age 10th anniversary Global Debates, Urban Age being the LSE’s Deutsche Bank-sponsored series of conferences in which high-powered and highly powerful people travel the world exchanging views on city building.

He has campaigned vigorously for the Thames Hub, a new airport in the Thames estuary with an associated network of huge ambition: an orbital railway around London, a flood barrier, tidal energy generation. He is profoundly disappointed that his plan is likely to be rejected in favour of an expanded Heathrow: “The reality of a hub airport is that you can never ever do that at Heathrow. If you do that at Heathrow now you can absolutely guarantee that we will still be pedalling furiously to stand still. You can never accommodate long-term needs there.”

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Maybe with one eye to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21 or CMP 11 to be held in Paris, from November 30 to December 11, he goes on to say “The whole climate change issue, which many would argue is about the survival of the species, comes down to urbanism.”


Architect says airport will ‘never accommodate long-term needs’ as he defends the sustainability of his Thames Hub airport and other major infrastructure schemes, reports the Architect’s Journal.

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