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Alan Dunlop

Alan Dunlop

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  • Comment on: Scottish architects split over £1,000 festival payment

    Alan Dunlop's comment 12-Dec-2014 10:58 am

    I'm happy you're content Jim. True, I have not attended a convention since 2004 and it will probably be another ten years before I attend another. Yet I 'd be interested if you could suggest another architect who has written more positively about architects and architecture in Scotland in recent years. I'm up to my neck in CPD. However, I have read the 2011 document and as far as I can detect the publication has had absolutely no influence on the Scottish Government or public procurement in Scotland: Small and medium sized practices still are still restricted or barred entry; Design quality of new buildings and fitness for purpose has not significantly improved, The Scottish Futures Trust or "Hub"s are driven by bottom line economics not design quality ; We are no clearer on the expertise of those judging PQQ's or those involved in the final tender selection of public sector procurement process. However,as the profession is dogged by a lack of respect, which has resulting in low fees and long hours, the Presidents call for pricing, reliability and value for money in the process seems to have had an effect but not in the way anticipated, I suspect.

  • Comment on: The Vinyl Frontier: Barrowland Park by LOCI Design

    Alan Dunlop's comment 9-Dec-2014 7:00 am

    Great project that has lifted a whole area of Glasgow's saltmarket and reinvigorated an important site that has been bordered by rotting timber panelling and derelict for years. It has transformed the space between London Road and Gallowgate from an area filled with rubbish, rubble and abandoned syringes to a space used by local residents, office workers and joggers. The change in gradient from Gallowgate to London Road has been expertly handled, with the incorporation of gabions, retaining walls and bench seating. There are also quirky elements, not fully noticeable at first, like the rainbow pathway that includes the names of the 2000 or so bands that have played at the nearby Barrowlands and a blue Dr Who police box which is sure to delight local kids.

  • Comment on: Scotland at the Venice Biennale: from idealism to calamity

    Alan Dunlop's comment 11-Nov-2014 9:12 am

    " between 1950 and 1970 no European country invested less in social housing." Very interesting, what's the source/reference?

  • Comment on: Morgan McDonnell's 'intricately woven' Edinburgh scheme wins 2014 Doolan Prize

    Alan Dunlop's comment 6-Nov-2014 7:29 am

    "Intricately woven....a virtuoso performance, highest standards of place-making " really?

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