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Westfield Stratford: Hammerson, eat your heart out

Link to Evening Standard

"This is a brave new world, as envisioned by Westfield, an extraordinary experiment. But what of its architectural merit? Of course, the idiom of the whole of the shopping centre is the slick, seamless style that developers call 'contemporary'.

"There is little in the way of distinctive architectural character in any of the buildings I saw — although I should say that most were not yet complete.

"Stratford is a deserving east London centre with potential, but after some interesting work in the mid-Nineties (including the refurbished theatre and the Picturehouse cinema) the regeneration of the town centre has stalled. Recent new housing on Stratford High Street is cynical and low quality."

[We say: Ah, a similarity to Hammerslum at the very end!]

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