Joanna Spiteri Staines

Joanna is an architect by profession and a Council member of Din l-Art Helwa

11 Apr

Where are the buffer zones?, by Joanna Spiteri Staines

The Irrestawra Darek funds scheme introduced by the Planning Authority is an excellent scheme to restore the façades of traditional old buildings. The scheme was met with approval at Din l-Art Ħelwa since it helps home owners financially to restore their façades. It improves streetscapes and  promotes the growing restoration industry. However, there is one overarching, positive outcome, that of conserving our...

12 Jun

Wied Ghomor

by Joanna Spiteri Staines Hats off to a unanimous decision by the Planning Authority board, chaired by Vince Cassar, in refusing the so called “rehabilitation of a quarry in Wied Għomor” to be used as an old people’s home. It is indeed heartening to see an entire board of people from different bodies and representing different interests coming together to protect the...

29 Jan

No sitting on the dock

by Joanna Spiteri Staines Architect Joanna Spiteri Staines says that the rehabilitation of Dock 1 in Cospicua should serve as a catalyst for holistic urban renewal of Cottonera. Dock 1, a 19th century dock built by William Scamp (1801-1872) in 1848 for the British Navy, is located in the heart of Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua, collectively known as Cottonera. It lies at...

24 Jun

The thin edge of the wedge

by Joanna Spiteri Staines Referring to the recent case of the pseudo-Gothic historic house in Spinola, at 127, Spinola Road, Spinola, Times of Malta requested Din l-Art Ħelwa to comment on the current issue. One may argue that there may be insufficient fiscal incentives in place to restore such a scheduled building. I would like to argue that this is not...