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Comment on: Malcolm Fraser Architects goes into liquidation
I am very sad to see Malcolm's practice close in this way. We have worked with Malcolm and his team on many projects over the years and the creative force of the practice will be sadly missed in Edinburgh. We do hope to be working with Malcolm and members of his team in the future. Kevan Shaw C.Eng MILP. IALD, MSLL
Comment on: Are architects overhyping the drone?
I worry about design buildings for photography in general and Drones add a whole new layer to this issue. Surely buildings are for people and the principle views should relate to where the building is seen by real humans in real time? Much rendering is done from impossible view points and design to these views cannot help provide buildings that are seen from human eye level. Drones do allow the impossible view point and the typical scale model view surely this should not be the aim of design?
I must say I think the AJ headline here is inappropriate and prejudicial. This is not supposed to be a "revamp" but a restoration of a sadly accidentally damaged masterpiece. When it comes to restoration of damaged masterpieces I cannot imagine, for example, that anyone even remotely suggested the total repainting in a different style of Dali's Christ of St John of the Cross when it suffered significant damage in Glasgow some years ago, honestly I cannot think of a modern painter who would have suggested that this should be done or would be appropriate. The Glasgow School of Art was a complete composition albeit done in two stages, of which the library was an essential part. That composition can only be dramatically harmed by an intervention. Indeed would such an intervention have any architectural integrity and worth if it was placed inside the remaining shell? Would this be architecture or merely interior design? I would hope ,with the contribution of the many skilled Scottish craftsmen around today in the same way the original was built by Scottish craftsmen guided by the genius of Mackintosh in the early 20th Century the library and other damaged spaces can be fully restored. The library in its original form could be put back into use without the concern of damaging precious antique pieces of furniture. Kevan Shaw
Malcolm, Well said , I think you speak clearly for the whole of the supporters of the Yes movement. Sadly it is clear that the agreements between the Westminster parties to present a common "No" front have already completely unraveled and there is now massive infighting to create party advantages, for the Conservatives particularly. In the course of the last few days promises were made to Scottish voters that were key to the results achieved. It is essential that these promises are kept in full and on the agreed timeline. Kevan Shaw
An independent Scottish government will be able to deliver a better public building and housing programme as it has full control of public finance. The Yes campaign has identifed areas of current spending that will be cut enabling higher spends elsewhere, Trident particularly comes to mind in this respect. As Malcolm Fraser states the people who live in Scotland are of a less Conservative mind and more willing to support society as a whole rather than an elite. As an independent country it will be possible to look again at the standing of the architectural profession and at public procurement methods that have been driven by the desires of Westminster to feed big businesses. Kevan Shaw