Developers 'using culture as a Trojan horse in planning battles'

A claim that developers 'are using culture as a Trojan horse in their planning battles' features in today's newspaper round-up.

Writing in the Guardian, the author Anna Minton says that developers "appropriate art to sell luxury homes at the expense of local artists and communities". Minton says that "British towns and cities are chock-full of examples of the positive impact artists can have on places", but adds that artists are increasingly being "displaced from their homes, along with their communities".

The Evening Standard reports that the "pedestrianisation of Oxford Street is a step closer following public support for plans". The newspaper says that "62 per cent of residents and businesses said they support turning Oxford Street into a car-free zone, a new Transport for London (TfL) consultation found".

Proposals for a new City of London concert hall have taken a step forward with the appointment of New York architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the Guardian reports. The newspaper says that the practice "has an impressive list of major cultural projects to its name including the High Line park in New York, the vast 10-year project to redesign the city’s Lincoln Center and the Broad museum of contemporary art in Los Angeles."

The Guardian runs an obituary for architect David Marks "who both designed and made a reality of the London Eye and the British Airways i360 tower on Brighton seafront". The newspaper says that Marks and his wife and professional partner, Julia Barfield, spent "six years patiently gathering financial, public and political support, resolving engineering and logistical challenges and weathering considerable opposition" to build the London Eye.

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