PEEKING TOO EARLY
I enjoyed your coverage of the Diener & Diener buildings (AJ 07.07.05). The Basel Forum centre has a spectacular facade and does 'sit happily with the paraphernalia of the building site'.
But seeing the big picture on pages 24-25, and the smaller one on the page before, made me worry that the AJ is buying into a tendency I've noticed in many architecture magazines, which seem to be so keen to publish a building first that they send along photographers before the work is really complete.
If you are doing some sort of construction study, then that would be fine. But if not, your readers can miss out on vital information about the building - namely, how it sits on its site and how it meshes with the landscape around it. This just reinforces the old prejudice that landscape is an afterthought when a building goes up, which anyone can take care of later on. I hope the AJ will keep an eye on this in future.
Don Livingston, Kettering