BD: ‘Everybody needs everybody’
A couple of years ago, at a wedding, I sat next to a charming, bombastic property developer. In the course of his work many of his tenants had become his friends (including Will Alsop as it turned out), he had recently started a Jazz Club in the basement of one of his buildings, and he seemed to have a plethora of ideas for the future. Essentially he had developed a creative community around his property portfolio, and when I asked how he manages to balance commercial realties with community aspirations he stated the following:
It’s a recession! Everybody needs everybody!
Recently I have noticed a growing and gathering spirit in much of our new work which seems very much in line with this statement. Indeed there seems to be a community groundswell of people who simply want to ‘get things done’. Let me describe some examples.