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Alan Dunlop

Alan Dunlop

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  • Comment on: Urbanist Group: ‘We work with the best architects’

    Alan Dunlop's comment 20-Feb-2015 11:22 am

    "engagement..delivery...collaboration..accessibility.. sustainable-solution..viable...improved experience", yep, all there. Just "key stakeholders" missing

  • Comment on: Hoskins reveals contentious hotel plans for empty Edinburgh landmark

    Alan Dunlop's comment 6-Feb-2015 2:50 pm

    The building is impressive and it’s great that it could be brought back into use but I would not underestimate the challenges ahead in converting such a significant, neo classical monument as Hamilton’s Old Royal High into a hotel. The program is in many ways incompatible and the plan of the Grade A building seems resistant to such a conversion and judging by the supporting comments it look like the hotel accommodation will sit separately from the main building. I wish Hoskins luck but it won’t be easy. Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to assess the real merits of the proposal as it stands from the very general and non-descript cgi image and loose concept sketches provided. I would hope that is not intentional by the developer and that much more detailed information is made available soon.

  • Comment on: Rachel Haugh: 'The name change is not going to change me'

    Alan Dunlop's comment 24-Jan-2015 12:14 pm

    ......I can remember your beautiful pen drawings and a meticulous drafting skill, Rachel. All the best.

  • Comment on: Revealed: Five practices shortlisted for Mack revamp

    Alan Dunlop's comment 8-Jan-2015 10:37 am

    I defer to few people in my appreciation of Mackintosh and have written frequently and spoken on the BBC about his genius. The true worth of the Mac building and example of Mackintosh's profound talent is that it is still a working art school, over one hundred years since its completion, with the exception of the library. That was a museum space. However, you had the knowledge that Mackintosh once stood in that space, talked with the craftsmen, developed the design, you were always very much aware of his presence. That connection is now lost and cannot be replaced, no matter how good the replication. It is a shortlist that avoids controversy and for me disappointing that there is not one "wildcard" on the list, like Mackintosh himself was in the 1890's. However, most of all I find it ironic that such an esteemed institution like the Glasgow School of Art, that prides itself in innovation in art and makes such a play of having four winners of the Turner prize should now play it so safe. Who could do it? I can think of a few and have faith in my profession that we could rise to this challenge and could produce a new library that can meet modern requirements and it can still be beautiful, inspirational and well considered.

  • Comment on: Revealed: Five practices shortlisted for Mack revamp

    Alan Dunlop's comment 8-Jan-2015 7:59 am

    Very safe shortlist.

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