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http://www.battersea-powerstation.com/
And by "we" I mean Me and Him, on our own, ooh, we enjoyed the thrill of crossing roads when the red man was showing and running to catch tube connections and walking fast and waiting in queues while chatting to each other and all the other thrills that are denied to us when we don't have en suite babysitters.

There are an awful lot of architecture nerds in London; this was not heavily publicised, but there was a *lot* of people there, taking arty photos and wearing sensible footwear (or not), toting newborn babies in Baby Bjorns and using a wide variety of North American accents.

Well worth doing, seeing it up close shows you how fabulous a building it is, and how much it's still worth preserving, also just how much prime London riverside space there is lying idle there - even in the current state of the economy it has to make sense to do something with it. Re the actual plans, the new tube station was news to me - I'm not convinced it's a goer, but I don't see that it would actually make the diabolical overcrowding on the Northern Line any worse, so it has to be worth a try. The chimney thing is all very well, but just boils down to not using air conditioning, and surely absence of aircon has already been invented? Still, it will be another cool tall landmark that we can see from New Loft, which is a plus point. As for the plans for the power station itself, I think that the glass and steel interior designs for the turbine halls are rather crass and Bluewater-y - the assumption that using lots of glass is in some way neutral and timeless is running past its use-by date, especially when done poorly.

There's a consultation document as well, including some no-brainer questions like "Is a riverside walk a good idea?" and a list where you pick your personal priorities for the site - something tells me that a disproportionate number of our fellow architecture nerds will be picking "sensitive restoration of the Power Station itself" as a top priority.

If you're going then take the number 344 or 156 bus from stop E of Vauxhall Bus Station (going to Vauxhall Bus Station is a good thing in itself), be prepared for a 15-20 minute queue to see into the main boiler room, allow enough time to look around the exhibition, and do not take their dire warnings about wearing sensible shoes too seriously, it's rather less taxing terrain than many car parks and hiking boots are not required.

[Edit: and I forgot to say the most important thing, which was thanks to [livejournal.com profile] vicarage for bringing the open days to our attention]

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