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Westfield Stratford City: an Olympic Legacy to be proud of or ridiculous Temple to Consumerism?

Westfield Stratford City may have opened to great fanfare today, but I am not convinced that this vast temple to consumerism is the best legacy the 2012 Olympics could have left east London.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Westfield Development by Sniff Chatfield
Westfield Stratford City by Sniff Chatfield.

So, amidst great fanfare the brand new Westfield Stratford City megamall was finally opened today, with the help of plenty of sheeny shiny celebrities: Nicole Scherzinger, Kelly Brook and erm, Boris Johnson. Yes, a bunch of loons queued for hours to get in and grab the hyped up First Day bargains, but what will be the reality of this huge shopping centre a few years down the line? I don't doubt that the 2012 London Olympics will bring big revenues as punters are forced through the Westfield shopping funnel in order to get to the games, but what then?

Westfield Stratford City by Sniff Chatfield
Westfield Stratford City by Sniff Chatfield.

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Central Saint Martins MA in Communication Design Graduate Show 2011: Review

I may be nearly two months late with my review of the CSM Communication Design show but there was so much great work that I couldn't let it slide. Meet the likes of Su Kyung Lee, Matt Nicholson, Kanitta Meechubot, Sarah Langford, Gareth Barnett, Carl Partridge and Beth Salter.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Detail from Su Kyung Lee’s The Imaginative Battle. The Central Saint Martins MA in Communication Design graduate show was held earlier this summer in the spacious rooms of the high […]

Supermarket Sarah meets Fred Butler for London Fashion Week 2009

online shopping

Written by Sally Mumby-Croft and Sarah Bagner

Supermarket Sarah is a lovely online shop with an intriguing alternative homepage to the usual multiple image interface popular with online shopping websites. The website loads a picture of Sarah’s […]

Julian Sayarer – round the world on a bike

Round the Globe, all photos courtesy of Julian, except the first one by me, June 10th 2009

Written by Amelia

The first time I met Julian he asked if I was a banker. I can confirm that this is the first and only time that this has happened to me, […]


Affluenza Exhibition

Clerkenwell, March 2009

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An example by Maria Sagun. In collaboration with the Samaritans, photographer Hege Sæbjørnsen (herself a Samaritans volunteer) is organising the Affluenza Exhibition. The aim of this project is to, “inspire […]