Last week, the rebuilt Liverpool's Everyman Theatre, designed by architects Haworth Tompkins, won the Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize, beating rivals such as the Shard and the Olympic aquatic centre. In the Telegraph, Ellis Woodman wrote that it is a building of "quiet but considerable substance". He said: "How long some of the flashier candidates for this year's prize will retain their glamour is open to question, but Haworth Tompkins' building looks certain to be well used and much admired for many years to come." In the Guardian, Oliver Wainwright said the project managed "that rare thing for a new building, of feeling like it's always been there". In the Financial Times, Edwin Heathcote said the shortlist "reveals Britain's continuing reliance on the public sector for architectural quality. With the exception of the Shard, all the buildings here were built with public money".
Changing face of the high street inked in
Data on the changing make-up of UK town centres featured in the press earlier this month. The Guardian said Experian's figures show that "Britain's high streets have been transformed in the last ten years and the change is well illustrated by the rise of tattoo parlours - shopping parades are increasingly populated by retail outlets where the customer actually needs to be there". The Daily Mail spoke to a tattoo artist in Ashford, Kent, in a studio set up last year in an empty unit between a cafe and an estate agent. Josh Stafford told the paper: "It's easier to set up tattoo parlours and get the equipment now. I think it's also because tattoos are becoming more accepted in the workplace."
Sparks fly on housing at London Property fair
An international property fair in west London hit the headlines after activists arrived to protest the capital's housing crisis. Police were called to protests at MIPIM UK last week in Kensington Olympia, the London Evening Standard said. In the Guardian, Aditya Chakrabortty wrote that events such as MIPIM "raise the flag on the land grab that eventually leads to thousands of people being kicked out of their homes - and in many cases out of London. It is a forum that relies on invitation-only lunches and secret talks". But the event's organisers hit back in the Guardian's letters pages, saying Chakrabortty's account was "not one which people working to regenerate Britain's cities and towns would recognise". The letter said: "For 25 years - and this week in the UK for the first time - MIPIM has brought together public and private sector experts and contributed to the urban renaissance across the UK."
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