Monday 7 August 2006 7.49am
For a grey Monday morning...
The BBC are piloting a new service to download clips - aimed at VJ (Video Jockeys).
One of the clips is a retrospective from Tomorrows World, which believe it of not includes our very own Island Block (aka One Westminster Bridge Road
You have to login using your BBC sign on or register if you don't have one already.
The clip is big at 43mb - and the sound cuts occasionally due to copy right restrictions, which feels a bit like Big Brother.
But most importantly it features the original Tomorrows world report on open plan offices, and those trendy automatic orange blinds in action.
Hopefully the Civil servants bound for the new Palestra
building won't have such problems. It seems to have been a theme running through the 60s and 70s that architects experimented with new designs that didn't quite come off, with our very own Alexander Fleming House (Metro Central) and it's cut price air de-conditioning. Hopefully the computer modelling of today makes this a thing of the past - I almost sound like Maggie Philbin myself.
...the island block is about half eaten.