Comment on: RIBA Awards winners 2014: Houses
I have loved that Luker House for ages. Now I know the conbtractor! Thanks AJ & Carl!
For the quality of the built environment to be protected, either design quality has to be a real, central and overriding statutory concern or architect's function should be protected. The problem is that only lip-service has been paid to the former option, and so now architect's (me included) don't trust the government to put design quality at the forefront. The problem with the latter option is that the architectural profession isn't seen as being worthy of it and it smacks of protectionism and cartel-ism to non-architects; particularly those who remember the 'quality' of much that was produced at the height of architect's power and influence in the 60's and 70's. A third problem is that the notion f the specialised professional architect is historically incongruous anyway, as Ruskin said:- "I saw that the idea of an independent architectural profession was a mere modern fallacy, the thought of which had never so much as entered the heads of the great nations of earlier times; but that it had always, till lately, been understood, that in order to have a Parthenon, one had to get a preliminary Phidias; and to have a Cathedral of Florence, a preliminary Giotto; and to have even a Saint Peter's at Rome, a preliminary Michael Angelo...."
Yikes! Ellis Woodman writing for the AJ? After the increase in natural disasters and escalating worldwide conflicts this is the final straw. We are surely in the final days of of the apocalypse. I'm heading for my underground bunker in Norfolk!
Comment on: Shades of Tate: Tate Britain by Caruso St John
great write up. I love the use of the TS Eliot quote!
Hi Rory! Happy New Year to you! I guess it does! I think people get ideological about the 'Learning From Las Vegas' lot and don't give them the credit they often deserve for the quality of their built work. As you probably know by now I think built work is the real thing for an architect! M