Richard Rogers

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April 14, 2009
Originally published in Beyond Green
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  London As It Could Be, exhibited in 1986, seems more like the elaborate set of an unreleased science-fiction film than a serious proposal for the redesign of central London, but its radical ideas for updating the city remain both timely and stimulating.  Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.
    London As It Could Be, exhibited in 1986, seems more like the elaborate set of an unreleased science-fiction film than a serious proposal for the redesign of central London, but its radical ideas for updating the city remain both timely and stimulating. Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.
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  Rogers' original sketch for London As It Could Be.
    Rogers' original sketch for London As It Could Be.
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  The headquarters for Channel 4, completed in 1994 in the borough of Westminster, is a particularly accessible example of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ machinic sensibilities.  Courtesy of David Churchill/arcaid.co.uk.
    The headquarters for Channel 4, completed in 1994 in the borough of Westminster, is a particularly accessible example of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ machinic sensibilities. Courtesy of David Churchill/arcaid.co.uk.
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  The Rogers House, built in 1969 for Rogers’s parents,was “a transparent, flexible tube which would be adapted and extended,” offering freedom of layout through flexibility of design.  Courtesy of Richard Bryant/arcaid.co.uk.
    The Rogers House, built in 1969 for Rogers’s parents,was “a transparent, flexible tube which would be adapted and extended,” offering freedom of layout through flexibility of design. Courtesy of Richard Bryant/arcaid.co.uk.
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  Lloyd’s of London, one of RSHP’s most famous projects, opened to the public in 1986, becoming an instant icon of British high-tech design. The building remains popular  today as a film location.  Courtesy of Richard Bryant/arcaid.co.uk.
    Lloyd’s of London, one of RSHP’s most famous projects, opened to the public in 1986, becoming an instant icon of British high-tech design. The building remains popular today as a film location. Courtesy of Richard Bryant/arcaid.co.uk.
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  The Centre Pompidou in Paris opened in 1977 and was a collaboration between Rogers and fellow Pritzker Prize–winner Renzo Piano.  Courtesy of Katsuhisa Kida/FOTOTECA.
    The Centre Pompidou in Paris opened in 1977 and was a collaboration between Rogers and fellow Pritzker Prize–winner Renzo Piano. Courtesy of Katsuhisa Kida/FOTOTECA.
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  Completed in 2008, the addition to the Bodegas Protos winery in Spain includes over a mile of underground tunnels for aging wine.  Courtesy of Katsuhisa Kida/FOTOTECA.
    Completed in 2008, the addition to the Bodegas Protos winery in Spain includes over a mile of underground tunnels for aging wine. Courtesy of Katsuhisa Kida/FOTOTECA.
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  The Bordeaux Law Courts were finished in 1998. Seven cedar-clad “pods” hold the actual courtrooms.  Courtesy of Katsuhisa Kida/FOTOTECA.
    The Bordeaux Law Courts were finished in 1998. Seven cedar-clad “pods” hold the actual courtrooms. Courtesy of Katsuhisa Kida/FOTOTECA.
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  The National Assembly of Wales, completed in 2006, features an open–air design that is intended to reflect the transparency of democracy.  Courtesy of Redshift Photography.
    The National Assembly of Wales, completed in 2006, features an open–air design that is intended to reflect the transparency of democracy. Courtesy of Redshift Photography.
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  Madrid’s intensely spacious Barajas Airport, completed in 2005, includes a massive sequence of color-coded columns, each vaulting up to the bamboo ceiling from massive plinths.  Courtesy of Richard Bryant/arcaid.co.uk.
    Madrid’s intensely spacious Barajas Airport, completed in 2005, includes a massive sequence of color-coded columns, each vaulting up to the bamboo ceiling from massive plinths. Courtesy of Richard Bryant/arcaid.co.uk.
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  The exterior of Heathrow’s Terminal 5, a $6.5-billion addition to the ailing London airport, gives no sign of the huge open spaces and structural pyrotechnics within.  Courtesy of Katsuhisa Kida/FOTOTECA.
    The exterior of Heathrow’s Terminal 5, a $6.5-billion addition to the ailing London airport, gives no sign of the huge open spaces and structural pyrotechnics within. Courtesy of Katsuhisa Kida/FOTOTECA.
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  The flats at One Hyde Park have become notorious for their sheer expense: With some units priced at an unreal $125 million, they are some of the most expensive housing in the UK.  Courtesy of Hayes Davidson.
    The flats at One Hyde Park have become notorious for their sheer expense: With some units priced at an unreal $125 million, they are some of the most expensive housing in the UK. Courtesy of Hayes Davidson.
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  The houses at Oxley Woods, however, are a more modest case study in sustainable design and innovative construction.  Courtesy of Katsuhisa Kida/FOTOTECA.
    The houses at Oxley Woods, however, are a more modest case study in sustainable design and innovative construction. Courtesy of Katsuhisa Kida/FOTOTECA.
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