Co Founding Director of Duggan Morris Architects
I reside on several design review panels across London Boroughs, and in some cases, the panellists are required to review schemes (some controversial/some small) by inclusion of wall mounted drawings and a presentation by the planning officer, minus Architect or Applicant. In these cases, the D&A forms an invaluable narrative and explanation for decision making both wrong and right. Invariably, a well formatted D&A reads true and reflects highly upon the application and design team to deliver quality, and in many cases this reassurance is important to local authorities. The current system is not infallible, and many abuse the format as a means to entice the poorly trained and the lay into thinking the scheme is delivering more than it can. The D&A is also often an excessive drain on resource and time. However, if programmed into the design development correctly and used as a record of progress, recycled regularly, it should not be a burden. Instead, a useful reference mechanism for the team, client and stakeholders. My view remains that the D&A is a useful and necessary tool. It provides an important reference tool for both local authorities and the wider community, and instils a degree of referential rigour allowing those reviewing, insight into chronic deficiencies within applications. A sense of proportion is all that is required however, and this isn't just a matter of scale, it is a matter of complexity.
Hm...tricky. Who do I think will be on short list and who I want to be on the shortlist. First things first, Shortlist will be something along the lines of; Hopkins-Velodrome (winner) Nouvel/Sidell Gibson-One New Change SHL-City of Wesminster College Caruso St John-Chiswick House Bennetts Associates-Royal Skakespear and Swan Theatre AHMM-Angel Building Now, who do I want on the list; O'Donnell & Tuomey-An Gaelaras Sarah Wigglesworth-Sandal Magna School Hopkins-Velodrome (winner) AHMM-Velodrome Burns-Passmore Apollo Pavilion And dare I say it Seven Oaks School of Performing Arts by Tim Ronalds.
Poor comment previous comment. This project is a tour de force. Such a difficult thing to deliver in such complicated circumstances. And to deliver with such aplomb. Once again, MTW prove that clear, incisive and well considered thinking is all that is required...yet so hard to do.
Comment on: Orbit tower joins London skyline
I'm not one for generalised throw away comments, but what the...no, mustn't speak loosely. This simply has no place in the previous or current political administration. It neither pushes the boundaries in design and innovation, nor makes consideration for the current climate of austerity. I'm baffled. Also the reference to this being likened to the Eiffel tower is misjudged...for a start it has elegance and poise, the Eiffel tower that is. 'Chronic', not 'Iconic'. Sorry...it's too important to stay quiet.