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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
Comment on: RIBA moots ‘test of time’ award
This is a really great idea. I would also like such a judging process to include a post occupancy evaluation to asses the subjective experience of the building's users. A successful building as to be delivering a good user experience not just a set of numbers and a nice visual appearance. Kevan Shaw
As an Architectural Lighting Designer I have found the old plan of work becoming increasingly f=difficult to reconcile with the current project management and procurement methods. We have found ourselves engaged much later than is best value and best input to the project. I think the new plan of work is much better suited to current practice and much easier for us to adopt wholesale. I agree with Rab Bennetts' suggestion that a standardised drawing example set should be developed. We do see very wide variation between different practices as to what is currently submitted at the old Stage C and Stage D. Standardisation makes it much easier for us sub consultants to integrate our services and our fee proposals with the general workflow Sadly the success of this new plan of work is probably more in the hands of project managers than architects in the current climate. We also need to ensure that it is not used to reduce fees for architects and designers. We still need to do do the same quantity of work no mater how the work stages are set out and named. Kevan Shaw