In an unusual turn for the usual praise heaped upon the knighted Lord Richard Rogers, there are some in London who are pretty upset with the super-starchitect. While Rogers is trying to save the gigantic Robin Hood Gardens housing complex in the city’s east side, claiming the building is a piece of architectural beauty, the people who live there, who have voted to have it demolished and new, modern housing put in its place, are complaining that, if he loves it so much, he should come stay there for a night and see just how great the building is. Here’s a bit:
“They think it’s a quaint, living museum-piece, when it’s a place people have to call home.
“The reality is that it has a reputation as one of the worst estates in East London. It’s not in a fit state for the people living there.
“To compare it to the Royal Crescent in Bath is ridiculous. It’s ugly; a real monstrosity.”
Residents’ association vice-chairman Aktar Hussain added: “Why don’t they come and live here? It’s hell.”