Outrage: Commonwealth Institute Betrayed

The prestigious international monthly the Architectural Review leads this week with Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin’s attack on the recent destruction of Sylvia Crowe’s setting of the Commonwealth Institute in London – ‘the rape of a sacred landscape’. The area between the Institute and the street was designed by Sylvia Crowe, one of the most highly regarded landscape architects in Britain at the time, as an integral part of Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall’s famous Institute building in Kensington. As a ‘registered’ landscape, equivalent to ‘listing’,  this setting should have been preserved for posterity so that everyone could enjoy an oasis in a busy part of London; instead, it has been developed for private flats and parking.

To read the full article, please visit the Architectural Review – http://bit.ly/2fEzYOs