artist colonies
Posted by Roger Crimlis | 09 October 2016
The Hotel Chelsea, Part 1 – Art Communities

“The list of Chelsea residents past is so impressive as to appear fictitious” - Sarah Vowell,  Take the Cannoli, 2000. It’s unfortunate that most people’s knowledge of New York’s Hotel Chelsea is limited to its connection with Sid and Nancy, Andy Warhol’s Chelsea Girls or a Leonard Cohen song. The importance of the work produced...

Posted by Roger Crimlis | 24 February 2017
Soho – Part 1 – The birth of British rock and roll

The current demolition of many of the buildings, bars, night-clubs and cafes within London’s Soho risks destroying one of the UK’s most idiosyncratic areas. The on-going demolition with its subsequent destruction of the small-grain, combined with the privatisation of public space is erasing the areas history and breaking the continuity with activities that many of...

West Side Highway 1975
Posted by Roger Crimlis | 02 March 2017
A West Side (Highway) Story

A few days ago I saw a flyer from 1972 promoting a concert by Eric Emerson’s band The Magic Tramps performing at New York’s Mercer Art centre. Later that day I read an article about New York’s High Line Park. The unpleasant details of Emerson’s death and the opening of the park are two seemingly...

London housing needs
Posted by Gudjon Erlendsson | 03 March 2017
London; Housing Solutions

Urban planning is a strategic endeavour. It involves the maintenance and improvements of the existing and facilitation of growth, or reduction. It uses statistical tools to predict future needs and strategically plans for the urban accommodation of those needs. When these strategies are not met, Urban Planning is failing. The “housing crisis” in the UK...