Co Founding Director of Duggan Morris Architects
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.
Comment on: Architects call for Gove’s resignation
Coupled with Toby Young's ridiculous, continuing diatribe about the benefits (or not) of good architecture for it's users, Gove's comments smack of a Monty Python-esque witch hunt, directed for comedy effect at the wrong people, whilst the audience watches on, open mouthed...unsure whether to laugh or cry. This has to be one of the most bizarre sequences of minister mishandling, for all the wrong reasons.