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Alan Dunlop

Alan Dunlop

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  • Comment on: Schools: What is the impact of austerity?

    Alan Dunlop's comment 11-Apr-2015 9:18 am

    Clever piece Helen. Concise. All you need to know, really.

  • Comment on: RIBA moves to scrap Part 3

    Alan Dunlop's comment 25-Mar-2015 10:27 am

    "Currently students enter practice with poor business and client skills and receive very poor pay in return". March Students of architecture are in my experience, clever, articulate, critically engaged and motivated by a belief that architecture can improve lives and be a catalyst for positive change. They may have poor business skills but leave university highly motivated and with the expectation that they are entering a profession with integrity, purpose and a clear artistic and philosophical direction. Instead, are more likely to find a profession that is currently bogged down with issues of low fees/ low pay; value engineering, speculative work, meaningless competitions, BIM and supplanted by project managers, “key stakeholders” and accountants. The universities, not the offices, are where architecture as the mother of the arts is still practised, and ideas about place making, aesthetics, beauty and a willingness to experiment is undertaken, architecture and urban design discussed and critical engagement expected. It is practice that is letting students down, not the other way around.

  • Comment on: New London School of Architecture opens for applications

    Alan Dunlop's comment 24-Mar-2015 10:12 am

    "Practice" needs to move closer to architectural education, not the other way around.

  • 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.

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